Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Increase or Decrease in 2019?



You can't sow "DISHONOR" seed & call it a "JUST BEING TRUTHFUL" seed. You may not know the difference but your HARVEST will.

When you LEAD, the same people who honor & BENEFIT from your gift may dishonor & discredit you. Seek validation from God alone.

It aggravates the DISHONORABLE to see those they’ve dishonored being HONORED. Their only recourse is to cast shade.

Mark my words…DISHONOR can never produce by IMITATION what HONOR received by IMPARTATION.

I cannot give AFFIRMATION to anyone who has admittedly been DISHONORABLE but continued UNREPENTANT & UNCHANGED.

Before you start a MINISTRY, CHURCH or BUSINESS…understand that if you begin in strife & dishonor you're doomed to fail. Begin with clean hands & a pure heart & God will BLESS you. Take care of your UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

Dear Sons in the Faith: HONOR is a big deal to God. Master it. Give where it’s due. DISHONOR closes doors & forfeits inheritances.

Business owner, Pastor, Entrepreneur, etc., NEVER & I repeat NEVER pay someone to DISHONOR you. Their familiarity will erode your ability to promote them & their ability to go with you.

Age does not automatically guarantee wisdom. Wisdom is linked to 
HUMILITY, HONOR for God & RESPECT for others. Wise people have learned to take nothing for granted.

You can DECREASE FAVOR in your life when you become…

·      Comfortable
·      Familiar
·      Entitled
·      Apathetic
·      Ungrateful
·      Critical
·      Resentful or
·      Deceived about your importance

Allow God to INCREASE FAVOR in your life in 2019 by living a FAVORABLE life. 

It’s The Day After Christmas...


1. I still have Peace & Joy because I know the Prince Of Peace & the One who said Joy can remain in me. 

2. One day of the year isn’t a “magical” escape from reality for me. I serve a God who is Omnipresent & Who has ordered my steps each & everyday. He has given me good healthy relationships 24/7...not just during a “holiday.”

3. I didn’t go into debt, buying gifts, with hopes of trying to impress people or compete with someone else’s spending spree. I actually bought common things for my family & friends that they already use & needed restocked. 

4. I’m very much content today because I didn’t seek to receive some kind of “emotional high” from an anticipated reaction to whether my gift was appreciated or not. 

5. I won’t be standing in any lines to return anything. If I can’t use what I’ve received from others, I’ll pass it along to someone I know who can. 

6. My thinking isn’t so distorted to believe that my kid(s) need so many toys & gadgets that I have to cram piles of things into closets & fill entire rooms with what will literally be played with for 3 minutes & forgotten about but will take 6 months to pay for. (Hope no one did that this year.)

7. It’s the day after Christmas & I am still the same person, doing the same thing, living the same Jesus centered life...with an expectation of Christ’s return! 

8. I’m loving my family & friends. I appreciate true covenant relationships & I’m blessed to have breath in my lungs. I’m an old dirty sinner who’s received mercy & grace so that I can inherit eternal life. I’m so thankful!!

9. You don’t have to feel let down today. Go on living the Jesus life! Remain in peace, because you have The Prince Of Peace! Go back to work with the same focus. Be upbeat!

10. Rain or shine, your best days are ahead of you! Each day is bringing you closer to eternity! Live life to the fullest! Love people! Share with others! Be kind! Stay focused! Don’t let anyone drag you back into the past...you have a bright future...because of JESUS!


Tuesday, December 25, 2018

A Generous Christmas

I have vivid memories during Christmas especially of my father’s generosity. As a boy, my father didn't have much. His parents survived the Great Depression & he was raised at the head of the holler, in the Appalachian mountains. What he lacked in material blessings he made up for in the amount of love & generosity he experienced in his home. 

I am a witness to the empathy my father has to those in need. Other people seem to sense it too. Neighbors & strangers have come out of nowhere & walked right up to my dad as if guided to him by a Heavenly hand. 
I remember one particular Christmas, dad knew about a family that was having a hard time. He loaded up our car with groceries & presents to make sure that family was cared for.  
That was just one example out of many, I witnessed growing up. Dad just seemed to be able to discern where true needs were. It’s the way he’s lived all these years. 
Sadly we live in a day where some people steal what you’re giving away. For example, if the church is giving away turkeys for Thanksgiving, (one per family) some people will sneak & take more than their share without even blinking while doing it. They take from others, disregard the rules & steal. That is the difference between need & greed. 
There will always be people who work the system, know how to pull on your heart strings & mooch off of everyone...but even still...may we remain generous in spirit. God will show us who to help & who is helping themselves. 
My father is a generous man with a giving heart. He believes the best in people & gives them the benefit of the doubt. I’ve seen him share whatever he has everywhere he’s went & discover the true joy of Christmas.
This year, I encourage you to discover the true joy of Christmas by sharing what you have with others. Maybe you aren't in a position to buy someone groceries & presents, but you have something you can give. Even a word of encouragement can mean the world to someone who needs to hear it. Just keep your heart open & look for ways to be a blessing. Let God use you in a special way this Christmas & every day of the year!
"A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." Proverbs 11:25

Friday, December 21, 2018

The “Art” Of Preaching

When did preaching the Gospel become an "ART"?  

Sure, there are amazing communicators who possess the skill of timing & eloquence who can hit their cues, captivate crowds & garner an emotional response. I'm "all in" when someone skillfully uses their gift to communicate.

However, talent & skill pale in comparison to an AUTHENTIC ANOINTING that is raw & spirit unctioned...where the "anointing" draws out of the deep place within a person & inspires their natural effort to be transformed into a supernatural outflow.

A polished "talk", speech or motivational elocution is ear pleasing & has its place but so does raw & unrehearsed expressions.

Let's not make such a big deal over the "art" of someone's PREACHING to the degree that their "deliverance" is preferred over another persons simply because of "style." 

Whoever God is using to "PREACH" (declare) the WORD...may our hearts be open to receive the engrafted Word of God into our spirit, for the express purpose of REVELATION, INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTION & ACTION irregardless if someone can "hoop" or "holler"!

The ANOINTING shouldn't be defined by the "style" of someone's vocal expression. I'm more concerned about the CONTENT & CONVICTION of what a person has to say then their SHOWMANSHIP or ANTICS.

We are ALL called to preach...some just do it in a pulpit. Let your life PREACH (proclaim the Gospel) in all you do! You don't need a PULPIT with a MIC in your hand to accomplish it. Your PLATFORM for ministry is EVERYWHERE YOU GO, EVERYTHING YOU DO & EVERYTHING YOU SAY.

Sure...we all have our favorite FLAVOR...but Don't fall into the trap of FAVORING someone's FLAVOR over another simply because of their DELIVERY. Mature people can LEARN & GLEAN (I call it "GLEARN") from anyone. 

It's time to GRADUATE from PRE-SCHOOL to at least the ELEMENTARY level in our understanding. 

Pastor Russell Hylton

#IntentionalGrowth

#YouGotThis

Thursday, December 13, 2018

10 Things

1. I don't have to PREACH my convictions...I simply LIVE them.
2. UNEQUALLY YOKED = Partnership with a person who values this world's wisdom while you're trying to honor & live by God's wisdom.
3. Quit saying, "Don't be JUDGING me...you don't know me like that." Boo Boo, the WORD of God has already judged your actions irregardless of anyone else's witness to your lifestyle.
4. Amazed at the number of people that want to meet for one-on-one counseling who never bother to attend church. They got this backward.
5. Some believers need to download the new HOLY GHOST operating system. The version they have is missing commitment & devotion.
6. GRACE doesn't give me an excuse not to live right.
7. It is an OXYMORON to say, "I just want more of God's presence" while we're knowingly living in sin.
8. If the CHURCH was to ever get our "Jesus Doctrine" right the world would never dismiss us. They'd either love us or hate us...but they couldn't dismiss us!
9. Stop complaining about the COST & realize that you are being pulled UP. You don't have time to argue when you're a living sacrifice.
10. The REASON that you're THERE is more important than the SEASON that you're THERE. Stop complaining so you can GROW!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Don’t Lose Your Prophetic Voice

When the angel appeared to Zechariah & told him to name his unborn son "John", Zechariah contested. When he did, he lost his ability to speak. 

When Elizabeth wanted to name her child John, the whole family looked to Zechariah to name him after himself. After all, John wasn’t a name in the family. 

Zechariah couldn’t speak so he wrote, "His name is John." Immediately he was filled with the Holy Ghost & began to prophesy! 

When we stop arguing with God & yield to His instruction, we too will be given a prophetic voice concerning our future!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Don’t Let Your Mouth Cause You To Sin

"Don’t shoot off your mouth, or speak before you think. Don’t be too quick to tell God what you think he wants to hear. God’s in charge, not you--the less you speak, the better." Ecclesiastes‬ ‭5:2‬ ‭MSG‬‬ 

Solomon reminds us in this chapter that God is in charge...not us. 

When we think we’re in charge...we end up talking way too much & potentially...our MOUTH ends up getting us in trouble...especially when we make vows we don’t intend to keep. 

Often, we make judgements based on feelings & emotions rather than facts. We assume to know more than we do. When that happens, we set ourselves up for internal strife within our own selves & even others. Sadly, those internal wranglings end up affecting others externally who are completely unaware of our inner struggle. 

Friend, allow the Holy Ghost to put a filter on your emotions & especially your MOUTH...else you’ll grieve Him as well as those around you. In other words, by principle of even this passage, don’t let your mouth cause you to sin. 

Selah

Thursday, December 6, 2018

You Are Valuable!

1. Don’t waste your time trying to be successful, spend your time creating VALUE. When you’re valuable to those around you, you will be successful.
2. Don't DEVALUE yourself just because someone else did not recognize your VALUE.
3. I've learned that when you are new, people seem to VALUE you. Once they get used to you, you can become an OPTION.
4. At times, you will feel WORN OUT. But it will be WORTH it! God is about to get more VALUE out of your life!
5. Never waste your time pouring the best of who you are into people that don't VALUE who you are.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Make Room For Me


Isaac reopened the wells of his father Abraham, after the Philistines filled them with dirt.
Once he honored his father's legacy, then he began digging his own wells.
Along the way he encountered, JEALOUSY, ARGUING & HOSTILITY. However, he endured it without RAILING back at his enemies...who thought they were going to destroy him with their "dirt" slinging.
Isaac kept on prospering because he was OBEDIENT during the famine! God brought him to Rehoboth and MADE ROOM for him!
Friend, God wants to bring you into your REHOBOTH SEASON! Believe me...it will come when you MOVE on from the attacks of people who are JEALOUS, ARGUMENTATIVE & HOSTILE!
His Rehoboth season prepared him for his BEERSHEBA (Maturity & Completion) SEASON!
My heart is still full from Sunday!
#StrongChurch
#StrongFamily
#StrongLife
#Everyone

Five Things - Mantle

1. You can be gifted, talented, called of God & make an impact...but a MANTLE is only gained through HONOR.
2. Elijah tested Elisha to see if he would follow without knowing, before he gave him a double portion of his MANTLE.
3. Do not expect a MANTLE, if you've never pushed a PLOW.
4. When you're MANTLED & MANDATED with a God assignment, others who are needed for the fulfillment of that task will be drawn by that MANTLE.
5. It's possible that God is fulfilling a promise He made to your parents concerning you. Accept the MANTLE of success & do them proud.

Friday, November 23, 2018

God Stays Awake So I Can Take A Nap

Have you ever considered that sometimes God will let you be BRUISED in order to be greatly USED? You might as well thank the people that tried to kill you...even in their ignorance God worked it for your good! 🙌🏽

There’s no BATTLE, BETRAYAL, BRUISE or BLAST that can kill the FAVOR of God on your life! The devil is a LIE & I just want him & his cohorts to know that I knew what they didn’t think I knew...and I knew even more than they know about themselves! 🙌🏽 #divinerevelation 

Go ahead & RUN towards your DESTINY! It is the seed of the woman that will bruise the head of the enemy. (Genesis 3:15) God reached into your FUTURE while you were yet in your PAST! He was PROPELLING you while PULLING you dimensionally!!! 🙌🏽

I HEAR what God is SAYING, therefore I SEE what God is SEEING. He’s acquainted with my life & is working things for my GOOD & His GLORY! So, I’ll just rest in Him! 🙌🏽

God stays awake so I can take a nap. (Psalm 121:4) 🙌🏽 



Thursday, November 22, 2018

ThanksLiving Attitude

Thanksgiving isn't just a holiday...it's an ATTITUDE of the heart. Because of Jesus...we can celebrate our friends, family & freedom every day of the year! God is so good!

Do you have an ATTITUDE of THANKSGIVING?  Depending on what you focus on, your PROBLEMS or your BLESSINGS, will determine what you see.  

Living with an ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE means you don't just thank God for what He did in the past, you also thank Him for what He will do in the future.  
  • You thank Him for opening new doors. 
  • You thank Him for increasing you. 
  • You thank Him for bringing the right people into your life. 
When we thank God in ADVANCE, we're DECLARING our faith! Our "thanks" is saying, "God, I'm so sure of your goodness, I'm so sure that You're working in my life that I'm going to THANK YOU right now for what You are going to do tomorrow!"

Never forget...FAITH is what pleases God!  Faith is what moves Him!  Faith is what opens the door for His promises to enter your life. 

Today & every day, choose to have an ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE & live every day in THANKSGIVING!

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy & loving-kindness endure forever!" (1 Chronicles 16:34)

Happy ThanksLiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hype Will Give You Cavities


HYPE will give you cavities.
I've been around a little while. In my short journey with Jesus, I've discovered that some people seem to "need" hype & hoopla to sustain their emotionalism.
Spiritual immaturity will make you run from this to that, crave hype, popcorn prophecy, roughness, flashiness, rhymed routines, etc.
I've seen it all before. Sadly, people get hurt in the long-run because it never pans out. It can't. There's no fruit to it. Spiritual health can't be sustained in an environment of constant dessert. Spiritual tooth decay sets in & eventually an extraction has to happen.
Spiritual Maturity understands the value of a well balanced spiritual diet. That's why God has placed in the body five-fold ministry. The offices of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor & Teacher do no compete with each other...they complete each other for the edifying of the body.
Sadly, we see so many self-proclaimed apostles & prophets today bringing confusion with their "words" for everyone. In the end, they'll give an account to God for the confusion they sowed into the minds of vulnerable people....while true pastors are trying to repair the damage done after the teeth have to be extracted & root canals done in order to prevent future disease.
This is the stuff we see happening loosely today. I for one will have no part in it. I can't. When the Holy Ghost gives you a check in your spirit...you learn to take heed. I can't control what others open themselves up to...but I can control what I allow to enter into the innermost being of my spirit.
Beware beloved. There are many snares out there & some of them look good but it takes true spiritual discernment to know the difference.
Pastor Hylton 
#WisdomWillKeepYou

Still Called To Holiness


HOLINESS is what we are. It's who we are. We LIVE a life of sanctification. (Set apart from the world.) We don't TALK like the world or ACT like the world. We are CHRISTIANS.

  • We DO NOT use the initials "mf" in our conversation, posts, etc. We are CHRISTIANS.
  • We DO NOT cuss. We are Christians.
  • We DO NOT pose for pictures with our middle finger up, while trying to add God's name to our posts. This is vulgar & nasty.
  • We must teach our young people that they DO NOT travel overnight together and share a bed. This is called FORNICATION. It is a SIN, and it will send you to HELL. It is UNACCEPTABLE.
  • We must SAVE these young adults who have left HOLINESS and are living in SIN...doing what they think is RIGHT in their own eyes.
  • We DO NOT "like" people's posts that contain nudity, vulgarity & obvious innuendos that are unCHRISTlike. We do not SUPPORT fornication, vulgarity or worldliness.


WE ARE CHRISTIANS. We follow the SCRIPTURES.
We are not JUDGING people...the WORD has already JUDGED each of us by our FRUIT. Our opinion or interpretation doesn't matter...ONLY THE SCRIPTURES.
God help us raise people into HOLINESS & teach the TRUTH. God HELP US!
As your pastor...It is my obligation & desire to train you up in the TRUTH of The Word. But sadly, we are dealing with entire generations that have compromised, thus their children have grown up in a "learned" lifestyle where SIN is ACCEPTABLE.
If Pastors refuse to PREACH, no matter how unpopular it makes them, we will continue in a downward spiral of sin.
BUT NOT ON MY WATCH. I GRIEVE when I see this junk. It's an abomination to our Lord. GOD HELP US REGAIN OUR GODLY FEAR!
I'm not perfect...and neither are you....but WE must FORSAKE sin and return to HOLINESS.
Love you very much.
Romans 10:14 "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?"

Don't Even Think About Quitting

Monday, November 12, 2018

Five Things For Monday

1. Over time, I've learned that those who aren't willing to look for SOLUTIONS become aggravated with ANSWERS. After all, if they didn't have something to COMPLAIN about they wouldn't have anything to post on social media.
2. Your TAILOR-MADE problem can't be fixed with an OFF-THE-RACK solution. You need a mentor, with enough wisdom, to FIT you with a seamless strategy.
3. "I can't, it won't work, there's no way, I'm too broke, it's impossible, it's not fair & it's too hard..." aren't SOLUTIONS. Change your VOCABULARY to receive an EXTRAORDINARY answer!
4. You'll exhaust your energy providing SOLUTIONS to a person that needs the PROBLEM so they can have something to complain about.
5. You don't have to beg God to SOLVE your problems, the SOLUTION has already been supplied - Hebrew 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Dear Pastor

To ANYONE serving in PASTORAL MINISTRY today...Jesus was betrayed by Judas...but when the guards came to take Him...He asked for the release of His disciples. John 18:9 "He did this to fulfill his own statement: “I did not lose a single one of those you have given me.”
DEAR PASTOR...
  • The sheep belong to Jesus. Your heart may break when they fall away & get tangled up in the cares of this world...but remember...they belong to Him not you.
  • You can only lead people that are willing to be led.
  • You are not called to everyone.
  • Pour your energy into those who's hearts are teachable. You'll exhaust yourself & die an early death stressing over stubborn people.
  • Take as many with you as possible...on the journey. Provide for them teaching/guidance/Biblical truth...but leave the results up to God.
  • You're not called to defend the truth...just present the truth. The truth will defend itself.
  • Stay in your lane. Fulfill the vision God entrusted to you. Stay out of other people's business.
  • Remember...if someone comes to you bad mouthing their previous church/pastor, it won't be long till they're saying the same thing to someone else about you. (Even Jesus can't pastor some people...and their boatload of dysfunction.)
  • Never stop loving people. Stay in the Word & in Prayer. Preach what God tells you to say...not what's culturally crowd pleasing.
  • Walk in LOVE.
  • For every one JUDAS...God will give you ten JOHN'S!
  • Never pay someone to disrespect you when you can get that for free.
  • Remain in FAITH. God called you...He will take care of you.
  • Get out of the fishbowl of small mindedness & set your sails for the ocean of GRAND HORIZONS!
  • FORGIVE those who have hurt you. Sure, you'll never be able to tell all you know...but you don't have to. Lean on the side of mercy & God will bless you for it. You'll see. :)
Don't quit Pastors! Your best days are ahead of you!
Love you much!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Five Things For Wednesday

1. Good morning! Let's be PRODUCTIVE & PURPOSEFUL today!

2. You can't keep saying "I hate this job" & expect to be creative & productive in it...or fulfilled by it. SPEAK LIFE over it.

3. With God fruitfulness is not optional. He expects us to BE productive with what He's given us. (John 15:8)

4. Rethink DELAYS. You're not losing time. Your schedule was adjusted. Don't be frustrated. Be productive with that extra time.

5. When you see the people on your TEAM as partners, you will be twice as productive with half the effort!

Monday, August 13, 2018

I'm My Own Boss

I RELEASE THIS WORD...

What do YOU do when God speaks through His mouthpiece to bring correction or instruction to His church or a group of people?A. Get mad at the preacher?B. Let bitterness take root?C. Leave the church?D. Complain to others?E. Stay put & receive it?

1. When a TEACHABLE person receives correction he says, “I stand corrected.” When an UNTEACHABLE person receives correction he says, “I’m being picked on.” #sonship

2. When a student's heart isn't RIGHT towards his teacher instructions sound like insults & correction is mistaken for criticism. #sonship

3. OPEN REBUKE isn't insensitive correction. It is intended to openly address behavior that has AFFECTED or INFECTED those exposed to it. #sonship

4. Thru CORRECTION a father adjusts his son’s life to receive BLESSING. Without this adjustment he falls prey to a bastard spirit. #sonship

5. Gehazi was servant to the PROPHET Elisha. A PRIVILEGED apprentice of a great prophet with great POTENTIAL, but covetousness RUINED his destiny. #sonship

6. Wisdom is NOT connected to age. It's connected to HUMITY, HONOR for GOD & RESPECT for others. Wise people take nothing for granted.