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How to experience Humility as a way of Life

How to experience Humility as a way of Life

THE TOWER OF STRENGTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE TOWER OF STRENGTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, do you really understand who you are when you look into the mirror and see that face looking back at you?  Do you ever ask the question, Oh God, who am I?  What I want you to understand in this lesson and the many lessons we teach here is How Humility works to bring you into the knowledge and power of  just who you are, who God is, and who you are in God.  Re-read and comprehend this last statement because it holds more power than an atom bomb.

The reward for HUMILITY and fear of the LORD is RICHES and HONOR and LIFE. (Proverbs 22:4 ESV) Now I ask you, how many of you do not want to experience these blessings in your life. God is teaching us how to live as that new person in this season and experience a true abundant lifestyle, BY LEARNING HOW TO EXPERIENCE HUMILITY AS A WAY OF LIFE!

In this, we are given a choice, we can befriend God are we can befriend the world. Some of us may say that we will befriend both God and the world, but in practice, we can only choose one way. The more we give ourselves to the world, the stronger will be our allegiance to the world. The more we give ourselves to God, the stronger will be our bond with him. This is what Jesus says, “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be. (Matthew 6:21)

We have to remember, that we can find strength in the Lord, to live a humble lifestyle and receive all the lords abundant BLESSINGS. Although the world may consider us weak, when we show HUMILITY, this is because the world wants us to be filled with pride, and God sets himself against the proud, because pride makes us self-centered and leads us to conclude that we deserve all we can see, touch, or imagine. It creates greedy appetites far more than we need. Pride can subtly cause us to no longer see our sins or our need for forgiveness.

But remember this one great truth, HUMILITY opens the way for God’s grace to flow into our lives; thus, God shows favor to the HUMBLE.

Do not get so caught up in the ways of the world and the people that surrounds you, that you lose sight of who you are, who God is, who you are in God, that your heart becomes so hearten that you cannot HUMBLE yourselves in the presence of the Lord.

Understand this fact, “HUMILITY is not weakness; instead, it is the only place that believers gain courage to face all their temptations and sins with God’s strength.” As God gives us more grace, we realize that this world’s seductive attractions are only cheap substitutes for what God has to offer. It is our choice we can HUMBLE ourselves and receive God’s grace, or we can continue in our pride and self-sufficiency and experience his anger.

Now let me conclude this by leaving you with these two questions; (1). How do we, so prone to pride at the very moment when we think we might be approaching humility, discover true humility? (2). How do we become the kind of humble people who find the overflowing grace that God promises?

Well, listen to how Scripture teaches us to do it; “Let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.” (James 4:7-10 MSG)

May the grace of God fill your lives with His overflowing blessings, and bring you much joy and peace now and forever, in Jesus name, AMEN!

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FAITH BRINGS ABOUT REWARDS

FAITH BRINGS ABOUT REWARDS TO ENDURE THE RACE:

PINK ROSE PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PINK ROSE PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

 

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

 

FAITH and TRUST IS: A perfected combination for Christian growth. The question is do you really trust God if not are you able to say why?  The following virtues should help in understanding just how much power lies within your physical body powered by the spiritual.

Endurance:

Endurance requires determination to follow the plan Jesus laid out for each of you before he departed this earthly realm. His care, compassion and concern were that each of you listen carefully and be obedient to his call on your life. Therefore, in this world you are encouraged to lay aside every weight and sin which so easily ensnares us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us looking unto Jesus…who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…consider him who endured hostility…lest you become weary and discouraged… (Hebrews 12: 1-7; NKJV).

Patience:

We all experience moments in life that patience is a virtue we must tap into. Patience usually brings you to that place you’ve discovered that life does not go according to “your” plans, but in all actuality according to the plan of God. It is here we become frustrated, impatient, and sometimes even angry due to lack of patience. What you must remember is that patience is what Jesus displayed in dealing with this world and those who challenged him, we are no different. When you are able to come to the mindset that godliness and contentment is great gain…pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on to eternal life to which you are called… (1Timothy: 6:6-11). Therefore my friends, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience; but let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete (James 1:2-4).

Humility:

Meekness, absence of self, overcoming pride, arrogance

When you become self –absorbed, you become blinded to the needs of others. What is most important in this Christian walk is that you must remember, it’s not about you, but about the lives you touch in such a way change is experienced. We are all a part of something greater than we are as mere humans, so grab hold of the source of power that leads you to heights you’ve never experienced. Take on the attitude of “love” for one another while understanding that the Holy Spirit is directing your every move, thought and action. There is no greater joy to reach for or to become a part of because the scriptures reminds you, that “greater is he that’s in you than he that is in the world.”

Strength:

Your strength to overcome, endure and run the race lies in your relationship with God who inspires hope through faith and grace. God is salvation, refuge, helper, and mighty in power for those who chose to follow his plan; all things come from him, we are his instruments and can live life in expectancy for a greater day. The Lord is my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27: 1-2)

When troubles come remember that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)

He gives power to the weak, and those who have no might he increases strength. Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength (Isiah 40: 29-31)

Strengthen your brother (Luke 22:32)

Integrity:

Reading through scripture opens the mind to all avenues of this earthly life; therefore, you are encouraged to seek knowledge and understanding that will guide you to and through your purpose. Titus chapter 2 describes character and how to encourage as well as apply those principles to ones’ own life journey.  As for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine (Titus 2: 1; NKJV). First addressed: guide older men in virtues as temperance, dignity, wisdom, faith, love and endurance. They are in return to guide younger men to live discipline lives; build up their courage; discipline them if they get out of line; do this your- self and lead by example.

As for older women, they should be reverence, non-gossipers, nor drunkards but models pf goodness. They are to teach young women to love their husbands and children; be virtuous and pure; keep a good house and be good wives. The older women are to lead by example as well.

You may ask the question why?

Demonstrating how to turn their backs on a godless indulgent life and how to take on a God filled, God honoring life, for the glorious day when our great God and Savior Jesus Christ appear; he offered himself as a sacrifice to free you. Your have a hope in knowing that whatever comes you will experience growth that often come when least expected.

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WEDNESDAY INSPIRATIONAL AND MOTIVATIONAL SERVICE 009 POWER TO OVERCOME

WEDNESDAY INSPIRATIONAL AND MOTIVATIONAL SERVICE 009 POWER TO OVERCOME

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. (Romans 12:2 AMP)

BE AN OVERCOMER and value yourself because God sees value in you; therefore, be diligent in service with a willingness to work for what you need. When you’re moving forth in your purpose, he has promised to supply what you need to accomplish your goals. You are encouraged to be anxious for nothing but in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6). Again I say, God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory and by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

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OVERCOMING LIFE’S MANY OBSTACLES

ANCHOR YOURSELF IN GOD’S PROMISE:

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

BE AN OVERCOMER:

Don’t allow worry to be the choice for your life, the decisions you make and the goals you inspire to reach. For Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me (John 14:1; NKJV). With all of your passion, suffering and tears learn to release and trust God for all your needs.

BE AN OVERCOMER by developing faith and waiting on God. Make a decision to get to know him personally because he lives within you. While you’re aiming for perfection, set spiritual goals, see opportunity and then the obstacles. Become a faith warrior and decide that living as such brings you into the presence of God because you depend on him, he will supply you with all substances necessary for a life well lived.

BE AN OVERCOMER by not being careless, apathetic and indifferent; learn the meaning of living in a calm state. In choosing to do so you will make better decision and choices. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God (2Corinthians 3:5).

BE AN OVERCOMER and value yourself because God sees value in you; therefore, be diligent in service with a willingness to work for what you need. When you’re moving forth in your purpose, he has promised to supply what you need to accomplish your goals. You are encouraged to be anxious for nothing but in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6). Again I say, God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory and by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

Today if you find yourself struggling with situations that seems far reached remember this, worry will not change your situation. Determine to accept where you are and keep moving towards your goal because life is filled with possibilities, BE AN OVERCOMER.

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WELCOME TO FAITH IN ACTION

WELCOME TO  FAITH IN ACTION:

May all that we present to you here this day and everyday be a blessing to your soul, providing you with the proper spiritual food that enables you to grow stronger in God’s grace.

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!

 

 

GOD IS THE LIGHT OF THE UNIVERSE

As we begin this study of Living in the light as light, we begin with two precepts.  First we begin with light as the substance that illuminates the world.  Second we come into the knowledge and understanding as to whom and what this substance that illuminates the world is.  In this study we will use pictures and video clips to help us take you into a deeper and more profound understanding of who God is, who we are and who we are in God.  So as you explore this subject “GOD AS THE LIGHT OF THE UNIVERSE”  pause and meditate on what is being conceived in your mind. Now allow your mind to take you deep into the mind of God as He created you in His image to be a reflector of this light.  Click on this video clip and let us begin our studies.Let me give you a working definition of the word light; it is something that makes things visible are affords illuminations.  In Physics it is also called, luminous energy, radiant energy.electromagnetic radiation to which the organs of sight react, ranging in wavelength from about 400 to 700 nm and propagated at a speed of 186,282 mi./sec (299,972 km/sec), considered variously as a wave, corpuscular, or quantum phenomenon.

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