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When Do We Fight?

When Do We Fight?

Or, have we started behind me?


Dr. Michael Craddock Sr.


The Scripture says that we are to fight the good fight of faith.

I am wondering, when did the fighting began, because there is things going on behind the front lines that should be done to the enemy.

When we attack family and let the enemy get away with doing wrong. That is a sign of a traitor among us.

Matt. 13 25

But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

We cannot continue to stab each other in the back as we face forward in expectancy of the enemy.

We should not judge each other’s mistakes as if ours have never existed.

If you knew that your brother was sabotaging your steps, what else could you do but abandon that fellowship?

We need one another to stand together in the battle for winning souls to the Lord.

But, we have turned our allegiance to God and killed each other on the battlefield.

1 Pet. 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.


The question I’m asking is, did he get you?

Because we should never betray the trust of those in whom we care for.

Let me say this, if it was what we did in the past, whether the past was yesterday.

Let us fix the broken fences.

Mend the broken hearts of distrust among the believing body.

I have to trust you with my life too.

Even though I have taken the responsibility to see after your souls on earth as an Angel assigned to you like in the book of Revelations speaking to the 7 churches of Asia Minor.

I have your souls best interest at heart.

I cannot lose you to backslashes of miscommunication and distrust in leaderships ability to stick to the book.

We have come a long way in our walk together.

I have erred in decisions and have done some things right by my service to the congregation.

Yet, I can not lead with strife and envy among us.

I cannot help us to fix our eyes on Christ, if we do as the disciples did at one point.

They didn’t work together, they begin to bicker and murmur about what was being done and they didn’t have the vision that the Lord was instilling within them.

I wonder, do any of you who are with us truly know what we are going for in the future of the ministry?

Do you know our vision?

Have you focused on what you should be doing to build a better and stronger future for our youth, and for the elders who are with us.

Not to mention the elders we will all become?

We Do Not have the time to turn on each other.

God will not bless a mess.

Present this Temple as Holy into God which is our reasonable service.

Not just your bodies, but your minds and this sanctuary we have built for the Lord’s pleasure.

When did we start fighting for the faith, or have we started behind me, in the trenches arguing about enough space for everyone to be comfortable.

I ask you my brothers and sisters.

Was our Lord always comfortable?

Traveling on foot with men who have a heart but not the patience.

Dealing with the eyes of the enemy who assumes he is sleeping with Mary Magdalene.

They see girlfriends and tax accountants and doctors along with fishermen and others who seemed fishy.

Did He have the comfort of sitting pretty and coming to a place with His name on it weekly? No.

Why fight over someone else’s issues?

Why argue because you do not understand what God is doing through another person’s personal struggles?

I had a children out of wedlock.

How can I point do get a at anyone else and say anything that would degrade another’s hopes.

When did the fight begin again?

It did start in the very garden as soon as Adam bit in, we started fighting for our cause of forgiveness, for our desire to live happy lives.

We started fighting for true love, only to be constantly stabbed in the back. We started fighting for freedom from our sins. The devil will not allow you to be free.

So I tell you now.

Be ready to fight right after this message from our sponsors.

Let’s pray…

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The Pleasure Is All Mine

The Pleasures All Mine.

Why do we take pleasures.

Bishop Michael Craddock Sr.

Sermon 05.20. 2017


Gods pressing us to break up the fallow ground in us that the Lord may cause us to be able to reap of the Harvest.

Good ground first means that we do not play on the land to make it hardened against us even more.


Eccl. 2:8 (7-11)

7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me: note

8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. note

9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.

11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.


We make the ground hard against us even more because of our need to be pleased.

Instead of using the ground for good. It has been trampled upon packing the top soil compacting it making it hard to pierce.

Pleasuring oneself only and for a long period of time.

Can cause the mind to be packed where the piercing Word has to break the topsoil to finally get in the needed seed and water to bring about goodness out of a life.

When you have more than you can do anything with, then where is a true need for God?



Seeking our pleasure is a sickness and disease to our body and mind. Pleasure seekers hurt their process of good clear thinking because we are focused upon ourselves and not our purpose for life.

To be trapped in one’s own mind and not find a way to escape it. It is a labyrinth in itself. The mind plays images like the television. It envisions you doing what you are not supposed to. It traps you in the fantasies of false living. Because it is only in your thought process.


2 tim. 2:22

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the. Lord from a pure heart.


Seek to please God over self.

When we are young, I can understand that we haven’t thought out all avenues before we start imagining where our lives can end up.

We hold a desire to be great and to be accomplished.

Most of us are sidetracked by our innermost desires.


Prov. 21:17

16. A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the dead.

17. He who loves pleasure will become a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not become rich.

18. The wicked is a ransom for the righteous, And the treacherous is in the place of the upright.…

When we let ourselves go. We need to pull back from things that draw our sensual desires.

Things that put us in a weird mood. Makes you feel a certain way that is satisfying to your eroticism.

We must put these emotions and feelings in perspective. Food should not move our erotic desire.

This message second title is actually.

The sensuality over spirituality.

When we are more sensual and sexual over being Spiritual and righteous.

We must control these physical urges, and place them under scrutiny.

That is not allow these feelings to escape the sanctity of our allowed places.

Marriage is the only place where sensuality and sexuality is truly Spiritual.


Closing Scripture:

11. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

12. “Everything is permissible for me,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me,” but I will not be mastered by anything.

13. “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food,” but God will destroy them both. The body is not intended for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.…

1 Cor. 6:11-13


You have the right by the permissions of the Lord to choose your fate.

God will not force us to walk upright before Him.

Many people already know this about the Lord.

That is why they do not sweat it when they fail at walking right.

Sure we do not want the enemy to assume he can cause us to be discouraged in any way.

Just because we fall, we do not have to stay in that place or mindset.

You have power to get out of the place immediately and stand up right in repented center unto the Lord your God.

You and I have achieved such greatness through our confession.

But, do not lose what you said you stand on.

You are in the powerful position. You can repent and carry on.

Those who are not of the faith, cannot.

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Etch A Sketch

If God Creator restarts the process all over with the same criteria.

Man will still turn away from the way of God’s law for his own pleasure for power over his existence.

“The ultimate control is beyond mortal existence”.

Men cannot control where he will end up after his part of the sketch is erased.

We only exist within the criteria of what God has drawn out for us.

Our boundaries are set with a limited space and time.

We are the workmanship of the Potter on the wheel, who chooses what to do with His drawing.

Isaiah 49:16

“Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me

———————————————Exod. 13:9 ; sos. 8:6

Jeremiah 18:1-12

The potter leaves His creative hands within the soil of His creation.

We cannot get away from this concept, because we are the clay of which we speak.

What I am getting at here in this message today, is that we don’t want to be wiped off the board.

Cooperate with the creator, and move in the direction that He is giving you to go.

Sometimes the knobs get stuck because we have turned.them so much and the boundaries are reset that is not what God wanted from us

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Spiritual Prayer

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

— Ephesians 6:18 NLT


Your Spiritual prayers are not always something that your mind understand, unless you have the gift to understand.

Spiritual Prayer is about getting into an Extreme Holy place of solitude, a private chamber where you can lay out with the Spirit and let Him empower you with might.

Many of us do not get that moment or even that private time to be alone with God.  When I did my 30 days of prayer.  I had that opportunity at the sanctuary.   Many of us might have to go to the house of the Lord on a specific day and time to get into this Spiritual fix.

You might even have to shut in all night for 12 hours, or more.

Also, be persistent for ALL BELIEVERS EVERY.  Don’t be selfish in your prayer time with the Savior.  When given this time with God.  Never go into that moment with a one track mind.  If you habe the opportunity to reach Heaven through your Spiritual Prayer moment, then pray for everyone who is in the faith with you.  Those you know and do not know.

Pray all the time like this.  Somewhat ever it takes to get your Spiritual Prayer going each time you pray.  We should never pray, and not go through the Spirit to reach the Lords place.  Don’t toss prayers to Heaven.  You know those quick prayers that are not focused and directive.  The ones we say when we have forgotten to pray.

So I guess I should tell us that we should never pray outside the Spirit.  

How can you get a letter sent to another person, if you dont put the stamps on it?

How can you call long distance without the area code?

The Spirit is the way to pray and communicate with God.  Stop and focus, making sure your prayers have a directive.  You want results after all.

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Groaning Within

Romans 8:23  Even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body


Your inner groaning have been heard of the Spirit.  He will bring about comfort for you as you rely on His instruction.

We try not to complain about our situations, but it seems that We have to tell someone because no one is listening to our hearts cry.  That is not the truth, God hears the cry of His children, and He will not let you suffer unjustly.  

Our Spirit is connected to the constant flow of the Holy Spirit.   He knows when things are hard for you to handle.  He is aware of the times you have held your peace.  Those times are when He goes into action for us.  He gives comfort for those difficulties that we cannot seem to press our way through.  If we lean on the knowledge that is in the Word of God.  Trusting that He has our best interest at heart.

We all await the final process of our adoption into the family of God.  He has taken our shame and hidden it from us that we do not recall the bad and ugly person we was before we came to the Faith.  None of us were good, we all had been full of mischief.  To the point that we ended up in the gutters if life and needed to be cleaned.  He has come in His Lordship and redeemed us from the curse of the Law of Sin and death.   Once we denounce our sinfilled way, and turn from that wickedness, then He will hear from Heaven and heal our lands.  

Accept the name of the Lord upon your life.

We should not be like most kids who know they are adopted.  That when they can live their life’s in the goodness that was provided for them by loving parents, they look for their real parents.  Only to find degradation of life, or maybe their mother finally got things together, but never came back and took them in.  Let us not be like those children, who have to know their history and find that we were lost and had no one who truly cared for our well being like the Lord has.

Don’t feel rejected, or lost anymore, now that you have a Father who cares for you.  A Lord thinks willing to share His Kingdom with you.

Your way out of here is your adoption in Christ.  New life begins as soon as you let your old one go.

What makes us groan inside for the Hand of God to come in and fix things?  It is when we are overwhelmed by what has taken place and we find filth and dirt creeping back into our lives.   We groan and moan for help from our inner man, because the outer man doesn’t have a clue.

Spirit begets Spirit.  God in us and through us, knows what is going on with us and He will come and fix the broken and contrite hearts that are run down by life’s issues.

If you let Him, He will, but if you and I go back to the dirt, it is not His fault.

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 I Speak What I Believe.

We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.

2 Cor. 4:13


What we believe is not given just to our generation alone to have, but to all generations past, present, and future. 

This place we live in now has many faiths.  I guess I should actually say, Mini-faiths, as in small faith, very little belief in anything that is greater than men’s ability.

People believe what they see over what is in their hearts.  They stand on the physical and not the Spiritual.

Do you speak highly of what you have learned and studied for yourself, or what others have given you through side-bar conversations.

Our faith cannot be of others and we have not put it to good use for ourselves.

I am a preacher because of those who called the gift in me to come out, but those elders are now gone.  What keeps me motivated to speak what is my belief now?

It is personal now.  To see the salvation of God revealed to those who need Yeshua for themselves.  My goal is not to be famouse, but to be Spritiual relevant to an individual’s growth.  That my involvement inspire another to reach into the soul of another to bring them to the Lord.

What you believe will inspire others to come to Christ.

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Not A Simple God

Psalm 92:5  How great are Your works, O LORD! Your thoughts are very deep.


How deep God is, and how much we get to know of Him, .  if we seek for the knowledge.

God is not simple and easy to understand.  Anyone who tells you that you can know all there is to God our Creator and King, doesn’t have a grip on who He is.

God makes known to whom He chooses at the given time He sees fit.  No one knows God to the fullest extend of who He is.  They may only make references of who He is based upon books and study of various items that men have shared through out time.  To know God in the fullness of all creation.  Is not simple at all.

When we cone to grips with that truth, we can gather enough information to walk upright before Him.  To the best of our human ability, the rest is only known by the Spirit of God.  He reveals as much as you are capable of ingesting.

Just because I may be over weight outwardky, doesn’t mean I can match my outward ability to over indulge with my inner understanding.  Many of us will only get so far in our capacity to comprehend the depth of who our Creator God is.  Christ in the flesh and being deity, is still a concept we have not fully mastered.  

We argue over what is simple to the Master, and those in whom understand without doubt cluttering their minds.

Ask yourself, how much more are you willing to learn of the Creator?  Even put a question to investing in the knowledge of who He is as Creator God, not just some story book fantasy conjured up by old people to keep the kids excited or subservient to their rules.

Knowing God through the Holy Spirit, is intimacy on a level beyond flesh and materials.   You must know Him in Spirit and in truth.  At least they that truly worship Him and not what He made alone, but who He is in being and power.

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Live Worthy of God.

We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory.

— 1 Thessalonians 2:12 NLT

How are you supposed to share in the Kingdom and Glory of God, if you don’t live your life according to His will?

Many people seem to think they are God’s favorite, and they don’t live their lives according to His Word.  It is amazing to me that we can get comfortable with claiming a victorious life, and we don’t have to do right.

You want royalty status, on a beggars mentality.  It is wrong to want the best life, and live outside the boundaries of the Kingdom that you say you serve.  

Those people are the type that take the Grace of God for granted on purpose.  They refuse to be told how to live their lives.  Spoiled brats want the prestige that comes with being known, and they squander the riches that they haven’t earned.  It is because of mom or dad that they have this wealth.  They donor work hard for what they spend.  

We cannot live our lives like that before the Lord.  We might not be able to buy Grace and Mercy, but we sure can maintain its worth in our appreciation to the Lord for supplying our needs.

It is our job as leaders in the Body of faith to remind you how to live.  To urge you to trust and depend upon the Lord God.  He supplies you and I worth everything we have need of in our daily life.

Ask yourself, are you living life as God expects you to?  Would He be proud of your daily accomplishments?  If He is pleased with you, then you don’t have anything to worry about.  If you could improve your life, are you working on it?

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Favor With God.

Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

Ex. 33:13

Father, we long for you continues favor upon our lives.  We seek you in the midst of our circumstance.  How to please you in our lives and not walk in the pleasures of flesh.

The Apostle Paul has  concern for those he works with in ministry.  He wants then to walk in the full measure of their faith that they believe in.

The Grace cannot be earned, it is the gift of God towards man.  We must take the time to know His statutes and put them to action in our lives.  Grace is but for a time, and once that time limit has been reached, there will be no more extensions applied to man.

The author is asking for the Grace God gives to those who know Him and have found this favor of God.  Those who live a life in service to the King almighty.    The Grace of God cannot be handled by those who do not know why Grace is applied to man.  Many take advantage if Grace periods that have been given, to extend their time to pay a debt.  This debt that man owes the Father cannot be set aside.  The answer to the Grace that we have been given is to serve the Lord with gladness for the rest of our time.

When men give Grace periods they do it because it is what makes them look good to extend a person a specific time to get something done. We live our lives under the Grace period of men, not realizing we have been given just as much from God and more.  

We can’t take advantage of who God is, He will not be mocked by men.  Men should get to know the Lord through His Word, and because He extends Grace to us all.  God is not willing that every man be punished to death, but that we all come to the knowledge of the truth.

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In Any Situation.

12I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.

Phil. 4:12

Can you struggle?  Do you have the ability to live a content life off of nothing?  Many of us would say yes, because of our struggles now, but if we have the ability to read this little blog note, then we are not as bad off as we think.  If you and I can go once a month to a restaurant and eat and pay the bill, we are not as bad off as we think.

We must learn how to humble ourselves and live modestly before the Lord.  Just because we have the option, we should never show boat what the Lord has given us, because, to whom much is given, much is required.  There is also the Scripture about those who have much will be taken because we misuse our abilities and never give God glory for what He has Made available to us.

When we are in the middle of our struggles, we tend to be self centered.  We work hard at making sure that we have all our essential needs and we do not tend to think of others and what they do not have.

I seem to recall as a boy growing up seeing my Grandmother help others even when we didn’t have enough to eat for ourselves and sure would extend herself to give to those who had less then we did.

There is always a place in time when you have to put yourself on the back burner, because someone else is a little bit lower on the totem pole of life.  When you extend yourself beyond what your able and you live from the residual, God sees it and it is counted for righteousness.

It is important to our Spiritual growth, that we learn how to get by with what we need and not what we desire.  We have to move away from fantasy faith living.  People believing God for fancy stuff over useful items that help win this war.

We loose to the eyes and freshly desires, when we are focused on our personal wants and not what God has supplied for us. In the field of Spiritual battle the Lord has given us what is needed to pull in the harvest and to plant new seedlings that we may see growth is the Eternal promised family.

Father Abraham was given a for sure promise, and God Creator is not a man that He cannot carry out what He said.

We need to get on board now, and stop living our lives outside of the faith view.  We cannot serve two masters.  One being the Eternal Father and King.  The other being our own selfish greed.