Pastor Billy Worland prophetic message addressing Covid, Christians, and the Church

This message was given by Pastor Billy Worland. Pastor Billy and his wife Karen, pastor Linton Assembly of God in Linton, IN.  He is one of the most successful youth pastors I know and also an incredible pastor with a heart that hears from God and he is not afraid to share it. Billy and Karen and their family have been friends of ours for over 25 years.

This message was given after he was quarantined with his family for 2 weeks.  His message starts around the 38:00 minute mark.

I listened to this while working out this morning. I was greatly moved, and I recognized it as being a word for the us all not just Linton Assembly of God.  Listen, pray, share, and listen again.  This is the best message I have heard addressing the church and Christians response to Covid.  Pastor Nate Elarton

Ten Ways to Pray for a Personal Renewal

Ten Ways to  Pray for a Personal Renewal

By Nate Elarton, Compelled Church 2017


  1. Receive forgiveness for past-Past sins and mistakes will continue to bring self-condemnation, and paralyze you from moving forward. Receive the grace and forgiveness Jesus freely gives. Stop asking for forgiveness.

“There is, therefore, now no condemnation against those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8.1


  1. Forgive– Now that we have received forgiveness, we must forgive those that have hurt, betrayed, neglected, and/or attacked us. Be free from the prison of bitterness, that leads to hate. Pray that God forgives them, blesses them, and they know they are loved by Him.


  1. Present Sin– Is there sin in your life presently? Maybe things you don’t even recognize as sin because they are so common, been in your life for so long, or so accepted in this world. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal and sin in your life. Confess, and receive forgiveness, and cease that in your life.

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness” 1 John 1.9


  1. Present Habits that Bind? Are there habits you have that are controlling your life that need to go. Their bondage needs to be broken? Addictions, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, TV, facebook, tablet games, Netflix, gambling, porn. Addictions waste blessed resources of time and money and rob us of potential serving and relational opportunities, as well as turning your heart in to self and not to God and others. Pray and ask God to give you the strength and self-control to break addictions.


  1. Begin to connect to the Lord through Praise and Thanksgiving. Give Him thanks for the cross, forgiveness, His abounding love, His grace, His work in your life. Praise Him for His power of sin, the past, unforgiveness. Praise Him for His goodness to you and your family.


  1. Ask to be filled with His Sprit. Empty your heart of self, and ask to be filled with the presence of Jesus, His Holy spirit. To walk with the Lord in victory, we need the Spirit to fill us, possess us, and overwhelm us. If you are full of yourself, there will not be much room for Him. Empty and fill (Mark 8.34-38).


  1. Pray that you will love the Word-Read, study, learn, and grow as you read God’s Word, and His words bring internal change that will be noticed on the external (Psalm 1; 2 Timothy 3.16; Matthew 7.24-28). Pray you receive greater faith as you read and know God more.


  1. Ask to be more like Jesus. We need to be more patient more loving, more caring, more giving, etc. That you would care and have compassion and burden for lost people (Romans 8.29). That you would be a servant, first to family, church, work and community (Mark 9.35).


  1. Be Honest about where you are now. Talk to the Lord as a friend. Are you afraid? Are you lonely? Worried? Sad? Insecure? Pour your heart and feelings out to the Lord, don’t deny them. He cares and His Spirit will begin to work in your heart and emotions. He is our Father, our daddy, our “abba”. Romans 8.15 “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have receive a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”


  1. Pray that you continue to grow in knowing Christ. These patterns are not a one-time thing, but a way of life to continue growing in Christ, and in spiritual passion, commitment and strength. Pray you continue and told let old ways seep back into your life.


..Scriptures to pray through on back

Matthew 7.24-27

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”


Ephesians 6.18-20

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. 20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.


Matthew 6.9-15

Our Father in heaven,

may your name be kept holy.

10 May your Kingdom come soon.

May your will be done on earth,

as it is in heaven.

11 Give us today the food we need,

12 and forgive us our sins,

as we have forgiven those who sin against us.

13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,

but rescue us from the evil one.

14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Ephesians 2.1-5

Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!).


Psalms 1.1-3

Oh, the joys of those who do not

follow the advice of the wicked,

or stand around with sinners,

or join in with mockers.

But they delight in the law of the Lord,

meditating on it day and night.

They are like trees planted along the riverbank,

bearing fruit each season.

Their leaves never wither,

and they prosper in all they do.

Nine Trends I See for the Christian and the Church

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1. I believe it is going to cost more,  and is now costing the real believer more to be a complete follower of Jesus, and to have the title “Christian”.   We will see more cynicism toward our faith. We will experience less favor by the world because of our relationship with Christ and our convictions that will more regularly  collide with society’s loss of moral standards and integrity.  The snickering and eye rolling toward followers of Christ will grow (from Ed Stetzer). 

2. People that rarely have attended church are disappearing completely.  Ed Stetzer says “nominal Christians are becoming none.” I agree.  Those that fiddle on the fringes of Christianity, seem to be just disappearing from the spiritual scene. People that used to attend Compelled like maybe once  a month or so attend almost never now.  I see that trend continuing, sadly. 

3. We will be challenged more and more on believing the Bible.  The morality of the Bible, the salvation plan of God will be attacked, challenged, and we will be looked down on by society, friends, and family for embracing God’s Word completely and God’s plan.  We need greater faith than ever. 

4. It is rare, refreshing, and more uncommon for someone to attend church weekly, be in a small group, or be part of a midweek.  I talk with many pastors and we experience more of a challenge to disciple people, as they are just not around to disciple. Interest in growing in Jesus is waning.  It is challenge to build a faith community, and people who know each other and are around their church family to get to know them, and grow in faith together.  The efforts must not stop. Pastor, don’t stop challenging people to grow, being innovative, and challenge key leaders to be examples and faithful to their church. I will not relent, even though Compelled’s midweek and small groups are struggling, I have been mandated to build disciples, so I will not give up or settle for mediocre discipleship.  “I will build My church and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” Jesus words to Peter. I live by them! They encourage me when discouragement floods me on discipling people.

5. The pressure for our kids to be “professional athletes” at young ages and to be in that sport year-round will grow, and our children’s participation in their local church continues to diminish. Parents will continue to choose many things over getting their family to church. Time and resources will be invested outside of faith in greater  amounts.  I fear what the results will be as a generation gets older. I fear the reaping of these decisions on our children and youth. 

6. The Spirit of God, and His presence will become more of a reality to those who’s hearts are fully devoted to Jesus.  They will experience a close relationship with our Father that will ground them, and set their feet solid on the rock and nothing will cause them to step off, leave their faith, or compromise. Devoted followers of Christ will grow in devotion, no matter what happens in this world. 

7. The Word is going to become more precious.  As it is diminished in our society, and mocked by more and more of the world. The Spirit will bring greater appreciation, dedication, and desire in the followers of Jesus to know God’s Word and God’s Words.

8. Liberal churches that leave the Word, and follow the world’s philosophies  will continue to decline, and many will close. Those bodies that remain true to the Word, and the Lordship of Jesus Christ will continue to be strengthened by our Father and will remain to do the work of Christ on this earth.  The challenges for health will be greater.  The pressure on pastors and spiritual leaders will increase, but God’s Spirit will uphold the faithful and the work of Christ on this earth will continue (Joel 2.28-32, Acts 2). 

9. There are going to be more radical salvations!  I believe there is coming a season of harvest and those whose hearts and lives seem to be the coldest and farthest from God are going to be saved and will be so radical we pastors are not going to know how to pastor them as they will challenge compromise, business as usual, and mundane faith.  It is going to be a challenging and exciting time. I feel it’s coming.  A great harvest, awakening, and/or revival in the midst of everything else. God’s Spirit is going to awaken people and they are going to turn to Jesus without compromise.

Let’s keep faithful to our faith in Christ.  Don’t believe for a second that believing without growing is enough!  Ask God to give your a heart that will be faithful in the midst of the pressures of this world.  Grow in Jesus! Read and study the Bible. Pray and praise our Savior Jesus.  Embrace the fact that if you follow Jesus with all your heart you will not be like everyone else. You will not blend in.  God is with us. He is building His church. Let’s be part!  Pray believe, keep praying!  Be aware that the enemy of our soul is suttle, tricky, and patient.  May we have great discernment as he tries to lead astray the follower of Jesus.  Give us a greater desire for you Jesus!

Gut Check

More of Jesus!
More of Jesus!

It’s time for gut check people. If you could have more of anything what would it be? Most people would immediatley say more money, or more sex, or more time off. How many of us would say more of Jesus in our lives? We need more of him. We need more of His Spirit, more faith, more obedience, more committment, more standards, more self-control, more love. What ever we need in spirit, in character, in behavior, we all need more of Jesus. How do you get more of Jesus? It is a decision, then it’s an action. You stop doing anything that is not of Jesus. You make room in your life for Jesus’ stuff. Stop making excuses and neglecting your soul. Gut check your life, evaluate your life, commitment levels and priorities. Be honest with the Lord and have a good gut-check. Some would call a quest for more of God in our lives a revival, or spiritual awakening. I say, call it whatever you like, but I am compelled to lead Compelled on a quest to check our guts and make sure that we are on fire for more of God, filled with the Spirit, walking in obedience, and serving this world the Gospel. There is too much at stake to live without “more”.

Do you want to come with me? The Quest starts with a gut check.

Dwell Worship

I’m looking forward to a great night of worship Saturday  night @ 6pm.  It is the night of worship Pastor Rick has named “Dwell.”  I love this night and I usually slip out of the crowd, go up to the loft and look down at everyone worshiping Jesus, seeking God, and enjoying His presence. I am always incredibly blessed.  If you can’t get here to the Temperance Site, then watch on our live webcast .   Enter into worship with using your phone, IPad, lap, notebook, etc.  Tweet to #dwellcc .  Tweet what your reflections are, what God is saying, or anything.  See you at Dwell.


Doors open @ 5:30 and we start @6pm.

No Agenda, Just Jesus

What I Need

“My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4.19 NLT

What to we need?  We instantly go to physical and financial needs, that are really sometimes wants. We need more money, another job, better car, new tires, tax money.  But many times in our life we are void of our true needs.  As we look at this pretty popular verse in Philippians ask yourself this, “Are you aware of your true needs today?”  Here are some things revealed to me that I truly need.

  • I need to love deeper, and more unconditionally.
  • I need a greater burden for those that are not saved yet, to motivate me to continue to live missional.
  • I need to be more like Jesus in so many ways.
  • I need to move to the next level in worship.
  • I need to be quiet more, and learn to hear His voice even better.
  • I need God’s presence.
  • I need to know some of the things I think I need are really wants.
  • I need to allow God to give me greater faith.
  • I need to stop worrying about Compelled Finances and to not be anxious.
  • I need to be a better encourager to people.
  • I need to remember my first ministry is to Wendy, Abby, Gabe, and Levi.
  • I need more of the Spirit’s presence, anointing, gifts and fruit.
  • I need to memorize more Scripture.
  • I need to have God help me get back to work on the book He put on my heart to write last year.
  • I need God’s grace, mercy, and presence, in my mind, on my lips, and in my life every day.

What are some true needs you have?  Are you aware of them? Get on your knees and ask Jesus what you truly need, and then start writing.  Now we have a prayer list.  Now we need to pray!

Blessings PNate

“Courageous” and Rev. Tim Delina

We packed out the house out at the Temperance Campus for the “Courageous” moving Saturday night.  We put up  a couple extra rows.  It was great to see new faces.  The movie was powerful. I had not seen it before Saturday night. I sat in the back row and Wendy and I kept sharing the kleenex. It was a very moving movie.  AFter the movie, at the closing, I called all the men and young men forward for prayer. Man the Spirit of God was working deeply.

Sunday we started the “Forty Days in the Word.”  We will be launching the small groups in 2 weeks. It is going to be a great 6 weeks.

Next week Rev. Tim Delina will be our guest.  Tim will speak at our men’s breakfast, then Saturday night and Sunday morning.  He will speak a different message Saturday and on Sunday.  This guy is a personal friend and a powerful man of God.  He is one of my favorite speakers.  After planting an amazing church in Highland park, Revival Tabernacle, and pastoring that great church for years, He is now at the Brooklyn Tabernacle with Pastor Jim Cymbala.  Make sure to make these services, and be ready for the Lord to move in your life.

I’ll be out of service for a few weeks for a surgery tomorrow on 3 herniated discs, and bone spurs. Pray for a speedy recovery.

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