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TODAY IS A GIFT

TODAY IS A GIFT BUT YOU MUST STAY IN THE RACE:

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

Scripture reminds you that, the power of God…has saved us and called us with a holy calling, but not according to his own purpose and grace…revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ who abolished death and brought life and immorality to light through the gospel…(2 Timothy 1: 9-10; NKLV). You must therefore endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:3).

We all begin each day in search of something because we have hopes and dreams; when we place all of our cares in the master’s hands we will be able to accomplish what is purposed. From the God who cares more than you can even begin to imagine, today is your gift, yesterday is past, tomorrow is a hope, but the moment you’re experiencing now is yours.

Sharing encouragement, spreading laughter and joy nourishes your own spirit and what you release to the universe comes back to you.

For this day, this moment in time, allow it to be well spent in acts of gratitude and thanksgiving because it is a gift.

As you journey, remember that the day is filled with possibilities, take time to explore those areas of life that encourages growth, strength, and courage, determined to fight the good fight of a soldier well trained in godly living and principles that are sure to bring you in line with all possibilities. TODAY IS A GIFT BUT YOU MUST STAY IN THE RACE!

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OH YES MY REDEEMER LIVES

EMBRACE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER:

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile (Psalm: 94:11; NKJV). Futile is described in the dictionary as incapable of producing any useful result: pointless. So why do you waver against the authority in which God relates to your circumstance through his word. There is no one or nothing else that can bring your attention in focus to where you are and where you want to be. By learning to trust God in all that you seek to gain, your goals, dreams, hopes, allow his presence to be your guide, for the Lord knows your thoughts and intentions.

God says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts; nor are your ways my ways” (Isaiah: 55: 8), those words alone are enough to let you know that there comes a time in this life that you need to EMBRACE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER. For he says, “I am the Lord, that is my name, and my glory I will not give to another, nor my praise to carved images.” (Isaiah 42: 8-9) Through- out the scriptures your hearts and spirits should be energized as you live in expectancy of greater things for your life yet to be revealed.

Become uplifted and inspired, start to EMBRACE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER, this is good news. For he says, “New things I declare, before they spring forth, I will tell you of them. Fear not…you are mine (43:1), every one called by my name…created for my glory, I have formed him, yes, I have made him (43:7).”

Lift up your wandering minds and humble yourselves before the Lord, learn to trust him and be obedient to his word, for your life is one of intended purpose. God lets you know that, “I am the last, besides me there is no God.” (44:8). Jesus says, “Come to me…I will give you rest.” (Matthew: 11:28)            EMBRACE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER, it’s well worth the effort.

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 70 BLESSED IS THE PEACE MAKER

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 70 BLESSED IS THE PEACE MAKER

CHURCH WELCOME MESSAGE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHURCH WELCOME MESSAGE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Good Morning Children of God, if it’s Sunday Morning, it is time to put on your shouting shoes, put a strut in your stride, put on a happy face with a big wide smile and lift up those Holy Hands  of yours and together, let us begin our SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER, PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE.

Can you open your mouth wide and say out loud, “I AM BLESSED, one more time, “I AM BLESSED!” Never be ashamed to shout out these three words; I AM BLESSED!” One for the Father, one for the Son and one for the Holy Spirit; For truly, we are blessed this morning beyond our wildest imagination and the Lord will keep on blessing us because we have chosen to live our lives serving him as a PEACE MAKER.  He said, “Blessed is the peace maker, for they shall be called a child of God.”  Let us embrace one another with the love of God as we lift Him up this day in PRAYER, PRAISE AND WORSHIP!

LET US PRAY!  Eternal God, our Heavenly Father, we are your children that have gather here in your name to bless you and give you all the glory for all that you have done that has allowed us to see and experience your glory one more time.  We thank you for this opportunity and we go forth this day lifting up our Holy Hands in prayer, praise and worship, in the name of Jesus, Amen!

COMMENTARY BY PASTOR DAVIS:

CHILDREN OF GOD, listen up, because time is not waiting on any of us.  There is much work to be done.  The time is now to renew your spiritual vitality.  You must revitalize your ordinary life, your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and just walking around life, and place it before God as an offering.  You must stop living in the traditional way of just doing what has been acceptable as part of your culture, that you fit into it without even thinking.  Instead the time is now for you to fix your attention on God.  Get into the Spiritual Race and allow the HOLY SPIRIT to transform you from the inside out.

You can take what I have to say to you here right now as meaningless, are you can get up from sitting in front of that television screen are just lounging around in your bed.  The choice is yours.  It is time to stop making excuses are blaming others for your lack of energy and enthusiasm for overcoming your weakness in being a true CHRISTIAN that God has ordain you to be, because God wants you to renew your Spiritual Vitality and He wants you to do it NOW!

TODAY’S MESSAGE:

Pastor Davis teaches this short lesson from the Lord’s sermon on the Mount.  Title: Blessed is the peace makers.  Click on the video and let us be filled with Lord’s blessings for this day.

 

TODAY’S ALTER CALL: 

If you are a person studying this lesson with us today and have not received the saving grace of the Lord and would like to join the Lord’s family of BELIEVERS and receive ETERNAL LIFE, we simply ask you to, “BELIEVE!”

Now repeat this short prayer with me:  “Lord I am a sinner, I have sinned against you, I BELIEVE that Jesus died for my sins, and on the third day you raised him from the grave and today He lives.  I ask you to forgive me of my sins, and come into my heart and cleanse me of my sins.  If you have prayed this prayer with me, you now are saved and have ETERNAL LIFE  in glory.”

We encourage you to find a local Bible Teaching Church and begin to study and fellowship with other believers.  You can also return back here daily and study God’s word with us.  We share the truth of the scriptures daily, and you will find over 1000 topics for study and discussions.  May the saving grace of our Lord and Savior be with you now and forever, in Jesus name, AMEN!

 

 

LIVING FOR CHRIST TRUTH MEETS REALITY

LIVING FOR CHRIST TRUTH MEETS REALITY

WHEN TRUTH AND REALITY MEETS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

WHEN TRUTH AND REALITY MEETS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

This week we will be studying Romans 12:1-2, learning how we can live for Christ when Truth meets Reality.  The Bible tells us to know the Truth and the Truth will set us Free.  How we get to that truth will be the basics of our teaching this week.  Here is what Romans 12:1-2 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  This is the reality of the truth we must come to know if we are to live for Christ.

Now let me share this truth with you as we begin this week in the newness of the Holy Spirit working through us.  There is but one religion, and that religion is the religion of Truth.  There is also but one error, and that error is of self.  Sometimes we allow self to get in the way of Truth.  Where self is, we will not find Truth, where Truth is self is not.  Therefore, let us discover Truth within ourselves about ourselves and move self out of the way and learn to live each day for Christ.  Jesus declared that if any man wishes to be His Disciple, he must deny himself daily.

Finally, let us learn that self is the denial of Truth.  Truth is the denial of self.  As you let self die, you will be reborn in Truth.  As you cling to self, truth will be hidden from you.  Now know this,  “LIVING FOR CHRIST TRUTH WILL MEET REALITY!

 

 

HOW TO REMAIN CALM UNDER PRESSURE

HOW TO REMAIN CALM UNDER PRESSURE

In today’s lesson my brothers and sisters, we will let this short video clip speak directly to each of you.

May the Lord’s saving grace always provide you with a calm spirit and a peaceful mind which will enable you to overcome all the devil’s attacks upon your mind and allow you to always remain calm under pressure.

 

SATURDAY/SUNDAY MORNING DEVOTIONAL SERVICE OF PRAYER AND PRAISE 69

SATURDAY/SUNDAY MORNING DEVOTIONAL SERVICE OF PRAYER AND PRAISE 69

Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, we welcome you back to our SATURDAY/SUNDAY DEVOTIONAL SERVICE.  Prepare your hearts and minds to receive the Lord’s blessings for you this day as you partake the spiritual meal that has been offer here this day as we begin our journey into our weekend service of lifting up our risen savior.  Now just click on each video because it offers a special blessing just for you in Jesus name:

TODAY’S WELCOME MESSAGE BY PASTOR DAVIS

LET US PRAY: A PRAYER FOR IDLE MINDS BY PASTOR DAVIS

OUR PRAISE SONG IS TITLE REFLECTIONS:

As we watch this short video clip let our hearts reflect upon the beauty and grace that God has provided for us in nature that it may teach our hearts how to love and be loved. Click and watch:

We pray that this morning devotional service has been an uplifting blessing to your souls.  We return in a few hours as we will begin the second part of our service.  The Lesson for this service is title:  THE DEVIL’S PLAY BOOK.  It is truly a message you do not want to miss.  Until may the Lord’s peace be upon you for an abundant blessing in Jesus name.

GOOD FRIDAY IS OUR HOLY DAY FOR REFLECTION

GOOD FRIDAY OUR HOLY DAY FOR REFLECTION

Today, we as Christians celebrate this day as Good Friday; It is truly OUR HOLY DAY FOR REFLECTION.  For many farmers it is the day for planting their seeds for fruit bearing.  It is truly a very unusual day when you think deeply upon it.  And of course yes, we will ask the question, what is Good Friday?  Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. On this day Christians commemorate the passion, or suffering, and death on the cross of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Pastor Davis is spending theses moments before God in prayer, meditation and deep reflections on the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ

Pastor Davis is spending theses moments before God in prayer, meditation and deep reflections on the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

How will you spend your GOOD FRIDAY?

We at VINE AND BRANCH WORLD MINISTRIES along with millions of BELIEVERS from all around the world will observe this day as a day of REFLECTION.  Reflecting on the life, death and resurrection of JESUS CHRIST as well as our own individual lives.  Let us pause and meditate on the life and death of Jesus as we experience the pain and anguish that Jesus felt as He hung on the Cross and bore our sins and the sins of the World.   Now let us watch this short Video Clip and reflect upon what this day really means to us.

As Jesus hung there on the cross, nails in his hands, feet and side.  Thrones on his head, bleeding from head to toe, he was teaching us the lessons of LOVE, COURAGE, PATIENCE, UNDERSTANDING, FAITH, and FORGIVENESS.  He showed us that Strength is made perfect in weakness.  This next video clip is a short version of all that Jesus did for us.  Now reflect upon this.

In closing, let me make this one thing very clear, and that is this, “we are citizens of a city of God which we did not build and can never destroy, and that city stands on this day taller than anything that we can ever image in our small minds.”   Before His death, Jesus told us that if this temple was ever destroyed, he would rise up and rebuild it within three days.  No one at the time could imagine what He was talking about, because of the resurrection of CHRIST, we now live in that city of God that no man can destroy.  On this GOOD FRIDAY, let us reflect upon what Jesus did for us, and now what we can do for others.  This video clip will help take you to that special place that allows your heart to be filled with peace, joy, and love. Now watch and pray.

This is our day of PRAYER, MEDITATION AND REFLECTION, let us pray for each other, then reach out and express our love for each other.  I pray for you and you pray for me.  I remain your brother in JESUS CHRIST, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!

MIND REALITY THOUGHTS

FRIDAY 3/28/14

PREPARE YOUR MIND FOR WARFARE

Every true child of God soon learns that the Christian life is warfare.  The hosts of Satan are committed to hinder and obstruct the work of Christ and to knock the individual solider out of combat.  The more effective a believer is for the Lord, the more he will experience the savage attacks of the enemy: the devil does not waste his ammunition on nominal Christians.  In our own strength we are no match for the devil.  So the first preparatory command is that we should be continually strengthened in the Lord and in the boundless resources of His might

.THURSDAY 3/27/14

PATIENCE IS A PARTNER OF FAITH

Patience is shown when “you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:12 NKJ) Patience is an active force of perseverance, endurance, fortitude, and persistence. Patience is a force of action that does not distract you from your corresponding action but under girds it.  With the force of patience, you possess a greater tenacity to succeed.  ”By your steadfastness and patient endurance you shall win the true life of your souls.” (Luke 21:19 AMP)

BIRTH AND DEATH OCCUR SIMULTANEOUSLY

When we look deeply and recognize the causes and conditions that allow birth and death to be, we realize that birth and death are only notions.  The manifestation of something is not the beginning of its existence, and when something is not manifesting, this does not mean that it does not exist.  Before a phenomenon manifests, it is already there in the conditions.  Birth is made of death, and death is made of birth.  Birth and death occur simultaneously in each moment.  Before you were born, you were already there.  When you die, you do not become nothing.  You go back to the wholeness, to the base, in order to manifest again.

TUESDAY 3/25/14

HOW ORDERLY PEOPLE CONSERVE THEIR TIME

Orderly people conserve both their time and energy by never losing anything and therefore never having to find anything.  Everything is in its place, and the hand can be at once placed upon it, though it be in the dark.  They can well afford to be cool and deliberate, and so use their mental energies in something more profitable than irritation, bad temper, and accusing others for their own lack of order.

SATURDAY 3/22/14

SUPPLEMENT YOUR FAITH WITH VIRTUE

The WORD OF GOD speaks to us and says, “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.” (2 Peter 1:5-7 ESV)

via MIND REALITY THOUGHTS.

WEDNESDAY INSPIRATIONAL AND MOTIVATIONAL SERVICE (BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED 004)

WEDNESDAY INSPIRATIONAL AND MOTIVATIONAL SERVICE (BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED 004)

Greetings my brothers and sisters, today in our WEDNESDAY EMPOWERMENT SESSION,  I can stand before you and testify that, “I AM TRULY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED!” “ARE YOU?   If not, you should be, for the Lord our God has chosen his elect to shower His favor upon them.  God’s blessings and favor are for those who are willing to be obedient to his Word, do his will, and keep his Commandments. When the Lord Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, he said three times that the blessing was for the obedient.” If ye love me, ye will keep my Commandments: and I will pray the father, and he shall send you the comforter that he may abide with you forever.” (John 14:15 – 16 KJV)

YOU ARE BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED

It is my strong belief that God has given you a testimony when he picked you up and took you out of the hands of the enemy, and delivered you from the many trials and tribulations of this life, put food on your table, clothes on your back, provided you with shelter from the storms, and allowed you to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, when your enemies had their sights set on destroying you and all that God had provided for you. He gave you HOPE and a brand new life, then he  prepared a table for you in the presence of your enemies, he placed a hedge around you that no weapon that is formed against you will ever prosper. God did all of this in the presence of the enemy because he favored you over your enemies. Therefore my brothers and sisters, you should be able to stand in the presence of your enemies and say with a loud voice of authority, “I AM BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED!”

For truly when God blesses you, he wants you to use your blessing and bless others.  This is what the Lord says about a blessed person, he says, “Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.”

But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.

And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].  (Psalm 1:1-3 AMP)

Now let there be no doubt, the person who live according to these precepts is truly, “BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED!” Therefore this kind of person shall prosper in everything he undertakes. The reason, of course, is that he lives in fellowship with the Lord, and all of his service is therefore guided by the Holy Spirit. The only way to be efficient and successful in the Christian life is to be led by the Holy Spirit of God. The Lord knows the way of the righteous. He is not only aware of their lives, but he approves them, he blesses them and he lifts them high in his favor.  “TODAY I AM BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED OF THE LORD!”

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EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON GOD

EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON GOD:

WHERE ARE YOU IN THE PLAN OF GOD?

"HEED YOUR HEAVENLY CALLING" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“HEED YOUR HEAVENLY CALLING” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

Humanity has no claim on God that he does not freely give; but because you are God’s creation and recipients of his deliverance you belong to him for he planned it that way from the beginning. Though rebellion has often caused separation from what God had planned for you and me he continues to grace us with his favor. God said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever for he is indeed flesh…” (Genesis 6:3; NKJV), throughout time we continue to “grieve God’s heart” through disobedience, violence, corruption and deceit.

You are chosen of God; therefore strive to live out your purpose in his presence by being attentive to his voice. Everything about you (your life) depends on God’s initiative and everything occurs to achieve his purpose. If you embrace the way God does things, there are wonderful payoffs: God pays no attention to what others say (or what you think) about you. He makes up his own mind (Romans: 2:11; MGS).

We all start out as sinners and since we’ve complied this long and sorry record as sinners proving that we are utterly incapable of living glorious lives God wills for us; God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear the world of sin, faith in him sets us free, makes it possible for us to live in his rightness (3: 20-26).

On a warm summer day or after a hard workout you usually will experience thirst; you drink liquids for refreshing and replenishing. Now consider what Jesus says, “He who comes to me shall never be hungry, and he who believes in me shall never thirst” (John: 6:35; NKJV). When we decide to become followers and learners of his teaching, we shall experience refreshing for our souls. The Holy Spirit speaking through Peter, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts: 3:19).

Make a joyful shout to the Lord…serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing. Know that the Lord, he is God; it is he who has made us, and not we ourselves. We are his people and the sheep of his pasture (Psalm 100: 1-3).
Be blessed!

LEARN HOW TO BECOME UNAXIOUS AND INTIMIDATED

LEARN HOW TO BECOME UNANXIOUS AND INTIMIDATED:

ARE YOU ANXIOUS AND INTIMIDATED IN YOUR LIFE?

"BREATHE IN THE MANY SPLENDORS OF GOD'S BEAUTY" PHOTO BY  SHIRLEY RHODES

“BREATHE IN THE MANY SPLENDORS OF GOD’S BEAUTY” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

When you feel your back is up against a wall and there is no way out, hang in there, don’t allow your circumstance to cause you to take on the spirit of being anxious or intimidated; for God has not given you a spirit of fear. Zoom in on who you are in the Lord, cast your cares upon him because he cares for you.
Instead of allowing negative thoughts to mold and shape you, develop an attitude of thanksgiving and praise. When you do you become whole within your inner spirit in where you are agreeable, sympathetic, loving, compassionate, and humble, traits the evil one seeks to destroy. Become a model of what you have learned and understand about Jesus and his mission here on earth, follow his pattern.

You are included in the plan of God, therefore you should not allow the spirit of anxious and intimidation to dictate to you contrary what is the will of God for your life. A message from the high and towering God who lives in Eternity, whose name is Holy, “I live in the high and holy places, but also with the spirit-crushed and what I do is put new spirit in them and get them up on their feet again…” (Isaiah: 57:15; MGS).

Set your priority, focus on who you are and whose you are, become a learner and doer of his word. For the scripture says; …collect my counsels and guard them with your life. Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom; set your heart on a life of Understanding…God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding. He is a rich mine of Common Sense…trust God and listen, don’t assume you know it all, guard clear thinking and common sense with your life, don’t for a minute lose sight of them (Proverbs: 2:1; 3:5-21). These words of thought will help prepare your mind and attitude in such a way you’ll soon recognize the spirit of anxious and intimidation and you’re able to move forth in your created purpose with assurance that God holds your today, tomorrow, your future in his hands.

Finally friends, scripture encourages your heart, “Be anxious for nothing…let your requests be made known to God… (Philippians 4:6; NKJV); Jesus says, “Do not worry about your life…nor have an anxious mind…do not fear, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke: 12:22-32) Now, consider it all joy in the presence of Jesus, who loves each of us; for, in him there is release from anxiety and intimidation.

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

UNDERSTANDING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD:

"ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO TAKE YOU THERE" PHOTO TAKEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO TAKE YOU THERE” PHOTO TAKEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES


WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

You are the ones chosen by God; chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. (1Peter: 2:9-10; MGS).

Now that you are chosen vessels you are free in Jesus, with understanding that he will open the windows of heaven and release your blessings; so, remain faithful and obedient to his word. Take time to study and examine how he lived as human here in this earthly realm and follow the pattern; after all, your final goal in to be in his presence eternally.

As you are about your mission, nurture your faith and watch growth and development spring forth in front of your very eyes. God do not want you to worry or be anxious about anything, so don’t question him, for he knows your needs. Scripture reminds us this way; first and for-most, seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:31; NKJV).

You are to prosper and be in good health, as your soul prospers blessings will flow. Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made to God (Philippians 4:6). Here is one fact worth considering, “People who do not know God and the way he works fuss over things. Don’t worry about missing out, you’ll find all your everyday human concerns met, on time.”

God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere, but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is…All gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the Spirit of God. He decides who gets what and when. (1 Corinthians: 12:4-12; MGS)

UNDERSTANDING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD makes it clear that all things that God holds within his hand is being extended to his children, in order to receive those gifts you must become diligent seekers of good; therefore, you will prosper and grow in grace, knowledge and understanding of the value of an intimate relationship with the Lord, for he is the keeper of our souls.

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble…May he grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose. We will rejoice in your salvation and in the name of our God we will set up banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions (Psalm: 20: 4-5; NKJV).

HAPPY VALENTINE DAY TOO ALL OF YOU WITH LOVE

FLOWERS ARE THE TRUE EXPRESSION OF GOD’S LOVE AND BEAUTY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHIRLEY RHODES

THE BLACK ORCHID

Flowers are known as the reproductive organ in plants and when combined into a bouquet there’s beauty and sweet aroma to enjoy.  So I set before you to enjoy the Essence and Beauty of My Flower Garden.

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The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2:12

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Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.     1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13:34-35

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I will be like the dew to Israel;  he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon Hosea 14:5

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My beloved has gone down to his garden to the beds of spices, to graze in the gardens and to gather lilies.  I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine; he grazes among the lilies. Song of Solomon 6:2-3

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GOD WHO WALKS ON THE WINGS OF THE WIND

GOD WHO WALKS ON THE WINGS OF THE WIND:

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES


WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

GOD WHO WALKS ON THE WINGS OF THE WIND is ever present in all we do. Our hope and dreams come from him for a pathway to completion. Worry can become one of the greatest hindrances to what we are able to see with mortal eyes instead of the spiritual ability instilled within us.

Often you are faced with many trials and difficult times, it may even seem as if there is no end to such perplexities of life, but don’t ever stop trusting and believing that the God you serve will not hear or understand the groan of your spirit; for he is the GOD WHO WALKS ON THE WINGS OF THE WIND. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10; NIV) He encourages your heart when you fully cast your cares to the wind where he lifts you to new heights as you grow in grace.

GOD WHO WALKS ON THE WINGS OF THE WIND watches for your soul. His love is never-ending always knowing and supplying all that you need, if you only learn to trust him and his promise for your life moment by moment and day by day. Peace is what we long for and desire within our spirits and scripture reminds us this way; “You will keep in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV); another translation explains it this way, “People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit” (Isaiah 26:3 MGS).
In him you find peace and joy when you are willing and able to release the restraints of this life that tend to “bog” you down.

Focus on what is placed before you at any given moment, take time to lift your eyes and allow your wondering hearts to connect with our GOD WHO WALKS ON THE WINGS OF THE WIND; he cares for you, may you always find peace in his presence.

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POWERFUL WAYS OF OVER COMING YOUR FEARS

POWERFUL WAYS OF OVER COMING YOUR FEARS

FEAR NOT SAYS THE LORD (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

FEAR NOT SAYS THE LORD (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

SCRIPTURE: For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. (Jeremiah 29:11 AMP)

In today’s lessons my brothers and sisters, we are providing you ways in which you may be empowered to overcome your fears. The fear that is hindering you from achieving the victory, that God has already provided for you. In Paul’s teaching to his son Timothy, “he told Timothy to stir up the gifts that was inside of him.” God wants us to do the same, he has provided us with many gifts, now I encourage you to stir up those gifts and overcome the evil spirits of the devil, and obtain the victory.

With this powerful gift given to us by the all mighty and powerful God, we have no need to fear. It is a state of mind that is causing us sickness, stress and physical illness that is destroying our lives. Change your thinking and change your life and you will begin to live in a state of blissfulness.

FEAR IS OF THE DEVIL
In addition, we are experiencing coping behaviors and seeing – avoidance, denial, being reactive, staying busy and this is somewhat predictable, as are the feelings produced such as anxiety and anger.
We can trace back what is causing such reactions, to a large degree, to unanswered questions such as these: Are we in this together, or is it everyone for themselves? Will we ever find our way out of this, and if so, how long will it take?

Among the unfortunate psychological side effects of a crisis like this is:
People feeling isolated and believing that they having to work out their work and financial issues on their own because everyone else is preoccupied;
A loss of confidence in our economic and political institutions, and leadership of all kinds, and finally
A resulting loss of self-confidence and even depression as people cope with the crisis in different ways.

We can feel powerlessness and hopeless, which produces a cycle of futility that can spiral downward. However, we do have a choice; and the choice is very simple: Let the fear control your reactions, or embrace the fear. At a time like this, we could easily go negative or reactive, with predictable results. We could go naively positive and be viewed as out of touch. We could bury our heads in the sands of busyness in the hopes the crisis will go away. But one thing is clear, this is one set of crises from which we can run but definitely not hide.

If we are not going to run and hide but embrace this fear, what do you need to do?

One of the most important things is simply this; “Stay grounded:” Find your own ground first, where you are your true, authentic self – what truly matters to you, your core values, your mission in your work. Find a quiet place to reflect on what is true vs. what is perceived. From reflection comes discernment, and with discernment come perspective and a more positive attitude.

Maintain a realistic optimism: Practicing optimism in the face of the daily reports of Armageddon is not exactly easy. But optimism creates its own energy. It’s easier if we’re grounded daily, which gives us perspective. And with a positive attitude, we can avoid overreacting and actually create an environment in which we are looking for creative solutions.

We thank you all for reading and studying with us. We encourage you not to miss our SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE. We will be continuing this powerful lesson in our Live Video Broadcast Service. So please tune in an be a part of the Blessing God has waiting for you.

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WHAT ARE YOU FEARFUL OF?

WHAT ARE YOU FEARFUL OF?

BELLAMY MANSION MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND DESIGN ARTS IN WILMINGTON, N.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

BELLAMY MANSION MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND DESIGN ARTS IN WILMINGTON, N.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

WHAT ARE YOU FEARFUL OF?

SCRIPTURE: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (1Timothy 1:7 KJV)

What is it about living in the beginning of your season that is causing you so much fear? We begin this year by telling you that God BLESSED you last year in such a way that he has chosen you to achieve the victory in this season. Then if God has chosen you to rise above the many frustrations, and obstacles that you would normally face on any given day, then why are you so fearful off moving forward towards your goals and achieving the victory that God has already blessed you with?

When you look into the book of first Timothy chapter 1 verse seven, this is what the word of God teaches us as Paul the Apostle’ has written, it says, “for God has not given us the spirit of fear.” let me repeat that one more time so that you don’t miss it, “for God has not given us the spirit of fear.” So if God has not given us the spirit of fear, then why are we faced with fear from every direction each and every day?

What is it that we are so afraid of that keeps us paralyzed in our tracks like a deer in the headlights of our automobiles? In this next sentence, Paul tells us that God gave us a “SPIRIT OF POWER, and then he gave us a SPIRIT OF LOVE, and he moved even further and he gave us a SPIRIT OF A COMPLETELY SOUND MIND.” By having a SPIRIT OF POWER, God is in EMPOWERING us to be able to overcome the evil spirits of the devil. He is saying to us, why should we just be completely paralyzed and sink back into our old habits, carrying all the same old baggage, making all the same mistakes over and over again? Do we not realize that God has shut the door on our past mistakes, and when God shuts the door tightly on something he will never open it up and allow it into our futures ever again?

Listen carefully my Brothers and Sisters; for I completely understand your fears, I have not always been immune from them myself. Yes, for many years I lived in fear of success of achieving the victory even though it was stirring me in the face. I did not want to believe that my goals were so easy achievable. God had called me into the ministry many years before I even accepted his call. I ran, I ducked, and dodged, I was like Jonah, I done everything I could to keep from walking into that pulpit and preaching God’s word as he had called me to do. Once I was able to be obedient to the call of God and begin to do the work that he had called me to do, massive success in my life became so easy, it was like turning on the water faucet and the water began to flow. God was blessing my life and all the people He had placed in my life. With the help of the Lord leading and the Holy Spirit teaches me, I was able to generate tens of millions of dollars for myself and so many others. I was no longer fearful of climbing to the top of the ladder that God had been trying to push me all alone. My fear of achieving the victory had evaporated because now God was using me in his own way to do his will, because my will was no longer important.

You see brothers and sisters, God provided me with the desires of my heart, he said “ask,” but when you ask, believe that I will provide to you what you ask for. When you ask in faith, be obedient to my word, and walk in the path of righteousness. Being obedient to the word of God help me to overcome my fears. Through all my ups and down I had to learn to trust God, lean and depend on him, and stop allowing the devil to fill my mind with evil thoughts, and begin to believe what thus says the Lord. By doing so I am where I am today, I am the son of the King; I am the disciples of Jesus Christ.

This will conclude today’s lesson, we will continue this discussion tomorrow and Sunday with tomorrows lesson title: “OVER COMING YOUR FEARS, LACK AND LIMITATION!”

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RECOGNITION IS THE POWER OF BLESSING

RECOGNITION IS THE POWER OF BLESSING

GRACE UPON GRACE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

GRACE UPON GRACE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHILDREN OF GOD, today you are truly BLESSED for the Lord, our God has placed in your hands the powers to BLESS other people. So on this day I encourage you to use your God-given powers to BLESS that person that is standing next to you or perhaps even sitting next to you. When you praise anyone, that person at once begins to unfold, as a rose unfolds and expands, because you are recognizing his Real Self. “RECOGNITION IS THE POWER OF BLESSING!” Recognition is a law, and what you recognize will become quickened and active!

When you BLESS a person, a place, a thing, you recognize THE PRESENCE AND POWER OF GOD within them, and your BLESSING calls forth the good into active manifestation. You tune yourself into the reality, or soul, of the person or thing.

Now listen to what the scriptures teaches us. “BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.

But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.

And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].” (Psalms 1:1-3). (AMP)

This one act incurs a double good. You help the person or thing you bless, and you consciously align yourself with the Power of All Good. What can you think of that has a greater fascination and allure than to know that through a simple act of yours, you can release the hidden good in countless persons, and make many apparently troubled situations smooth and easy?

Therefore my brothers and sisters, I encourage you to use your awesome powers the Lord our God has provided you with an sprinkle bless minds over the lives of all the people that God has placed in your presence. For this day is truly the first day of the rest of your life that make it have a greater meaning than self.

We bless this lesson to you today because God has provided it to us in order that we use it to bless your life. Now wait on the Lord and he will pour you out a blessing that you will not have the room in your space to contain all that God is about to give you because, “RECOGNITION IS THE POWER OF BLESSING!”

ASSURANCE, I WILL GIVE YOUR LIFE TO YOU AS A PRIZE

ASSURANCE, I WILL GIVE YOUR LIFE TO YOU AS A PRIZE:

"LIFE UNFOLD IN LAYERS LIKE THE ROSE, LEARN THE KEY" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“LIFE UNFOLD IN LAYERS LIKE THE ROSE, LEARN THE KEY” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

ASSURANCE, I WILL GIVE YOUR LIFE TO YOU AS A PRIZE, what more can we ask for? We strive to live in balance and harmony with nature and each other, yet we struggle from day to day, unsure of our directions and or calling. The Lord has promise to provide all that’s necessary for this journey, the assignment, our purpose.

The Lord says: “Behold what I have built I will break down, and what I have planted I will pluck up, this is the whole land; and do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them, for behold, I will bring adversity on all flesh, but I WILL GIVE YOUR LIFE TO YOU AS A PRIZE in all places, where-ever you go.” (Jeremiah 45: 4-5; NKJV)

When life is heavy and hard to take go off by yourself, enter the silence; bow in prayer, don’t ask questions wait for hope to appear (Lamentation 3: 28-30 MGS). There may be circumstances that you feel inadequate to handle or lack the desire to attempt. God is a God that will never place on you more than you can bear, he knows every weakness and trial you encounter; after all, he is the creator and finisher of all things.  His love is never ending and what he does it’s because he loves each of us, so don’t ever take that love for-granted. When you display spirits of being unthankful, you insult God by questioning his love; remember his word; I WILL GIVE YOUR LIFE TO YOU AS A PRIZE; to you, not someone else, that is his promise.

Let us search out and examine our ways and turn back to the Lord; Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven (Lamentation 3:40-41). When the course seems rugged and stumbling blocks are in the way, know that in every situation, God has a ram in the bush, so learn to trust him to secure your present and future.

When it seems as if all is hopeless, say as the psalmist did; “I will lift my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help; My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121: 1-2; NKJV), for he has promised that, “I WILL GIVE YOUR LIFE TO YOU AS A PRIZE in all places wherever you go.” The Lord shall preserve you from all evil (121:7).

This is a great time to refocus, renew, and reclaim your place in kingdom building by connecting to the branch from which the substance for life is always in a constant state of flow. Allow this to be a gift to yourself, one in which you make a choice to share with others the true meaning of love. Learn to love the way Jesus did; without restrictions, you will find that your heart fills with a new kind of joy and peace. The life you live is your prize possession, cherish the gift.

 

 

ARISE AND SHINE EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF THE SUNRISE

ARISE AND SHINE EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF THE SUNRISE

THE BEAUTY OF GOD'S MARVELOUS LIGHT (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE BEAUTY OF GOD’S MARVELOUS LIGHT (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Good Morning CHILDREN OF GOD, today I present to you a short video clip of the early morning SUNRISE as it was seen through the lens of my camera.  Take a moment to relax your minds and reflect upon the goodness and mercies of God as His Marvelous Light shines its powerful and yet so beautiful face upon us day after day.

Thank you for watching, and may the Lord shine His face upon each one of you and opens the windows of Heaven and pour you of a blessings that you never image would be a part of your world in this season.

ALIGN YOUR MIND WITH GOD’S MIND IN 2014

ALIGN YOUR MIND WITH GOD’S MIND IN 2014

WELCOME MESSAGE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

WELCOME MESSAGE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

My Brothers and Sisters, the Lord our God has blessed all of us in a mighty way in this year of 2013.  Tomorrow is the last Sunday in this year, and the Lord has given us a word to share with each of His Children this coming Sunday Morning.  Therefore, we encourage you to remain faithful in the Lord, come and share a word of praise with us as we share with you our year ending message and provide you with words of wisdom and encouragement for the coming of 2014.  Our Sunday Prayer, Praise and Worship Virtual Service begins promptly at 0700.  It is truly a message from God that you will not want to miss.  We want you to align you mind with God’s mind in 2014, in order that God may lift you up to that high place that He desires all who will obey His Holy Word and live a righteous life of service.

Now come on by and help us ring out the old and bring in the new, I believe it is truly the Lord’s will that we continue on this journey of sharing, caring and serving Him through our praises, prayers and blessings of others.  We are here to help you align your mind with God’s mind.  Let His will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven, in Jesus name, AMEN!

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