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Monday’s Word of Encouragement (Be an Encourager)

LET OUR PRAYERS ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER FOR THIS WEEK

JESUS PRAYS FOR US (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

JESUS PRAYS FOR US (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

“BE AND ENCOURAGER”

As we begin a brand new week, walking out our purpose in this life, let us learn how to use our prayer life to ENCOURAGE one another.  “We are truly our brothers and sisters keeper; therefore, we should be about God’s business in helping one another to move forward in this life as we all grow in His grace being an ENCOURAGER!

Listen to what Paul tells us concerning this matter, he says, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  (Philippians 2:4 ESV).  As we read this, let us understand that we as believers should not be completely absorbed in his or her own affairs, but should also be interested in others, nothing their good points and qualities.  A sure cure for selfish ambition is appreciative recognition of others’ good qualities and their walk with the Lord.  It is easy to get caught up in competition, aggressive acquiring and vying for our own rights and needs.  But compared to knowing Christ, those interests seem shallow.  We need Christ’s attitude of self-sacrifice to look beyond ourselves to the needs of others.

LET US PRAY:  Eternal God, our Heavenly Father, we begin a brand new week in your presents seeking your blessings over our Nation, our leaders, our families, our friends and all those that you have brought forth into our lives as a blessings to our souls and the work we do. We move forward this day and this week thanking you Heavenly Father for the abundance of your love and prosperity that is flowing into our lives to meet the needs of all our brothers and sisters.  Let not our own selfish ambitions hinder us from reaching out to help others that are in need. Help us to shift our focus and our thinking from our worldly needs to the great abundance of all spiritual truths.  Let our prayer life be the focal point of lifting each other up in such a way that you may clean us up and use each one of us for the building of your Kingdom and the eternal salvation of all your children.  In Jesus name, we pray, Amen!  Now click on this video clip and listen for the voice of God speak to you.

Thursday Scripture of Encouragement (Wise Parenting)

PROVERBS GUIDE FOR WISE PARENTING:

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

Traditional parenting seems to be conforming toward more flexible ways of parenting. Today’s discipline discourages spanking and stress using some form of reverse psychology, such as the points system. It is a fact that children are going through a growth process at different stages as they grow and develop; therefore, defiance and control becomes tools used to get their way much of the time. The question is, “Are we successful at child rearing or has the process become one of rearing more focused independent children?” The future generation will be leaders, teachers, and so much more; will they be effectively equipped to step into their designed purpose for life?

Proverbs Wisdom teaching is not outdated but should be a part of the process in healthy growth and development. For the scripture reminds you this way; God has no use for the prayers of the people who won’t listen to him (Proverbs 28: 9; MGS).

Discipline your children while you still have the chance; indulging them destroys them (Proverb 19:18; MGS)

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge… (Proverb 1: 7; NKJV)

Children are a heritage from the Lord… (Psalm 127: 3)

Children who lash out against their parents are an embarrassment and disgrace (19:26)

Point your children in the right direction—when they’re old they won’t be lost (22:6)

Young people are prone to foolishness and fads; the cure comes through tough-minded discipline (22:15)

Don’t be afraid to correct your young ones, a spanking, in fact might save them from something worse than death (23:13-14)

As parents, children are entrusted to your care for a while in which molding and shaping their lives becomes your responsibility. It is wise to examine the scripture for guidance while applying your daily teachings and instructions in the process.

What are your views on parenting in these trouble times?

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Thursday Scriptures of Encouragement (Proclaim God’s Truth)

PROCLAIMING GODS CLEAR TRUTH EVERYDAY

Created by Faith (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Created by Faith (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth everyday. If you praise him in the private language of tongues, God understands you but no one else does, for you are sharing intimacies just between you and him. But when you proclaim his truth in everyday speech, you’re letting others in on the truth so that they can grow and be strong and experience his presence with you.

The one who prays using a private prayer language” certainly gets a lot out of it, but proclaiming God’s truth to the church in its common language brings the whole church into growth and strength. I want all of you to develop intimacies with God in prayer, but please don’t stop with that. Go on and proclaim his clear truth to others. It’s more important that everyone have access to the knowledge and love of God in language everyone understands than that you go off and cultivate God’s presence in a mysterious prayer language—unless, of course, there is someone who can interpret what you are saying for the benefit of all.

Think, friends: If I come to you and all I do is pray privately to God in a way only he can understand, what are you going to get out of that? If I don’t address you plainly with some insight or truth or proclamation or teaching, what help am I to you? If musical instruments—flutes, say, or harps—aren’t played so that each note is distinct and in tune, how will anyone be able to catch the melody and enjoy the music? If the trumpet call can’t be distinguished, will anyone show up for the battle?

So if you speak in a way no one can understand, what’s the point of opening your mouth? There are many languages in the world and they all mean something to someone. But if I don’t understand the language, it’s not going to do me much good. It’s no different with you. Since you’re so eager to participate in what God is doing, why don’t you concentrate on doing what helps everyone in the church?

So, when you pray in your private prayer language, don’t hoard the experience for yourself. Pray for the insight and ability to bring others into that intimacy. If I pray in tongues, my spirit prays but my mind lies fallow, and all that intelligence is wasted. So what’s the solution? The answer is simple enough. Do both. I should be spiritually free and expressive as I pray, but I should also be thoughtful and mindful as I pray. I should sing with my spirit, and sing with my mind. If you give a blessing using your private prayer language, which no one else understands, how can some outsider who has just shown up and has no idea what’s going on know when to say Amen“? Your blessing might be beautiful, but you have very effectively cut that person out of it.

I’m grateful to God for the gift of praying in tongues that he gives us for praising him, which leads to wonderful intimacies we enjoy with him. I enter into this as much or more than any of you. But when I’m in a church assembled for worship, I’d rather say five words that everyone can understand and learn from than say ten thousand that sound to others like gibberish.

Therefore, I say to each of you, go on and proclaim God’s clear truth to others everyday, and allow everyone to have complete access to the love and knowledge of God.

Knowledge

Now may God’s love, truth and peace, rest and abide in each of you, in Jesus name, AMEN!

Building Relationships (Share love that will grow)

SHARE A LOVE THAT WILL GROW:

LOVE BOUNTIFUL IN FRUITS FROM THE SOUL:

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

Love suffers long and is kind, love does not envy…parade itself…is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own; it is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity; but, rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things; Love never fails (1 Corinthians: 13:4-8; NKJV). What is it about these tributes that make it hard for people to get along in the world? How often do you take a moment and examine your attitude, can you say it’s one of love? For Jesus has taught and shown the world how to love, for which without, no man will see God.

If you pause and look around, you can plainly see that people are growing colder, more immune to violence and despair.  Would you reach out to people you don’t know, those who desperately need to know they matter. Homeless people, those incarcerated, gang members, teenage mothers, runaways, battered women and children, junkies—people who are lost and have given up hope; have you made an attempt to let them know that there are angles among us.

Jesus says, “…my commandment is that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love have no man than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friend (John: 15: 12-13). So, do you pick and choose your friends or do you pray and ask the Master to give you a spirit of discernment instead of prejudice?  You will find that we are eager to admit love for one another and that’s great; but, just think how that same spirit of love can influence the attitude of others helping to shape a better world.

Just for today reverse negative thinking to positive, when you encounter something as simple as saying thank you with a smile you begin a cycle, which will flow from you, through you to others and back to yourself.

We are everything, yet we are nothing, we all are one and that process is comprised of Love, Agape Love, the kind of love Jesus shared throughout his ministry and passed on to all people. “So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well…appropriately…sincere and intelligent not a sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life…Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God (Philippians:  1: 9-11; MGS).” Glory belongs to God always!

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Wednesday Inspirational and Motional Service (Overcoming the Impossible)

FAITH AND DOUBT CANNOT DWELL IN THE SAME HOUSE 

Pilot Mountain, N.C. (Photo by Pastor Davis)

We begin this lesson today with Jesus teaching us how we can overcome the ABSOLUTE IMPOSSIBLE.  Now listen to how Jesus teaches us to overcome the IMPOSSIBLE.  He says, “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  (Mark 11:23-24 ESV)

Jesus then moved swiftly in teaching them a lesson about answers to prayer.  Jesus had cursed the fig tree; the fig tree had died; the disciples had expressed surprise.  Then Jesus explained that they could ask anything of God and receive an answer.  This mountain (referring to the Mount of Olives on which they stood) could be sent into the sea (the Dead Sea that could be seen from the Mount).  Jesus point was that in their petitions to God they must believe and not doubt (that is, without wavering in their confidence in God).  Remember, “FAITH AND DOUBT CANNOT DWELL IN THE SAME HOUSE.”  The kind of prayer Jesus meant was not the arbitrary wish to move a mountain; instead, he was referring to prayers that the disciples would need to endlessly pray as they faced mountains of opposition to their gospel message in the years to come.  Their prayers for the advancement of God’s Kingdom would always be answered positively in God’s timing.

However, as we look at the straight forward teaching of Jesus concerning the character of God and that God’s character never changes, Jesus told them that there was no guarantee that simply by asking him anything they wanted and believing they could get it.  Now don’t you become discourage in what Jesus is saying to the disciples, but listen how he instructs them on the moral high ground of God.  He says to them, “God does not grant request that violate his own nature or will.  Jesus statement was not a blank check.  To be fulfilled, requests made to God in prayer must be in harmony with the principles of God’s Kingdom.  They must be made in Jesus name.

Now turn with me for a moment in your Bibles to (John 14:13-14).  Listen to what it says, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. The stronger our faith, the more likely our prayers will be in union with Christ and in line with God’s will; then God would be happy to grant them.  God can accomplish anything, even if it seems humanly impossible.

Impossibility is not a word that should be used in our lexicon.  In understanding this text we should be moved into action.  Know that in our minds we can do anything in the name of Jesus.  There is no mountain to high that we cannot climb, no valley to low that we cannot walk through.

We should not become like the motions of the ocean.  Always going back and forth, but we should be so rooted and grounded in our faith that no matter what comes after us we will always be able to with stand it.  We are built of strong timber, the timber of Jesus Christ.  When God says that nothing is impossible, we must learn to trust God in his word.  Knowing that God can never tell a lie, if he does he will deny himself.  God never makes a promise that he does not fulfill.  Our faith must be rooted and grounded in the word of God.  Our spirit must be one of can do.  Having a can do spirit will remove the mountains of impossibility from your life.

When the doctors says to you that you only have six months to live, and there is nothing else they can do for you.  Your attitude must be one of faith.  Faith in Jesus, Faith that if Jesus said it, it is a done deal; Jesus said that if you believe in God without doubt in your mind, nothing is impossible.

Change your thinking and you will change your life.  Tell the doctor that my God said not until he says it is time for me to go, that I will leave this world.  I can overcome this, I will overcome this because I am leaning and depending on my God.  I am an over comer, I am born in the Spirit of the living God.  For me nothing is impossible.  Today not only do I talk the talk, but I am walking the walk.  I am walking out my faith in the name of Jesus.  I know that my God did not bring me this far to leave me.  He promised me that He would never put on me more than I could bear.  I am standing on that promise, because I know that this check that my God has given to me, I can deposit it into my bank account and it will never bounce.  Faith, Faith, Faith, it is my faith that will always see me through.  Come on now let’s walk it out, talk it out.  Let’s tell the devil, devil get thee behind me, because I am holding onto My God’s unchanging hands.

Faith, Faith, Faith, there is nothing that is impossible in my world.  Step by step I am moving closer to where My God is trying to take me. It was nothing but Grace that brought me through the tribulations of this life.  It was nothing but God’s grace that brought me up on the rough side of the mountain and planted my feet right here where I am standing today.

Now sing this hymn with me, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!  I once was lost but now I am found, I was blind but now I see.  Taws grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!”

It was God’s grace that gave me the opportunity to change my thinking, It is my faith that has sustained me, it is my faith that has healed me, and I know that it is my faith that will move any mountain in my life, because I believe in the true and living God and I know without a doubt that “FAITH AND DOUBT CANNOT DWELL IN THE SAME HOUSE.” What about you?

We live by the Law of Divine Order

To Be Right Where We Need To Be – We Live By The Law of Divine Order

GOD CREATED EVERYTHING IN DIVINE ORDER

GOD CREATED EVERYTHING IN DIVINE ORDER

Written By Adam Price

Everything in our lives is in a perfect state of grace and is right where it needs to be. We can often fall into a victim mentality, thinking that society has punished or harassed us in certain areas but if we look more deeply and “trust” the process, we’ll realize that what is happening is divine order in action. Nothing is either good or bad, it’s our perceptions that colour the situation, there’s only neutral energy.

It’s only our perceptions that taint a situation good or bad, but the fact is, from a viewpoint of the law of divine order, that everything happens in a perfect state of grace and is neither good or bad.

The main harmful point to us as human beings, and having a victim mentality is the fact we’re surrendering our control over to the external force of the material earth. In other words we giving away our spiritual power and becoming dependent on an external factor to control our own fate as humans (and in reality this fate can never be taken from us, it’s within us already, we only experience the illusion of it being taken from us, as we experience this illusion of material life, then we wake up again and are ourselves… spirits again). But you must remember this, you always have a choice to manifest your own destiny and create your very own divine life, the way that the law of divine order meant for it to be.

In order for us to be able to get passed the distortions of imperfection labeled by man, things are still happening in the perfect order that the universal energy desires. Once we realize and acknowledge this, we’ll realize that God really does have a purpose for everything that goes on, on this planet and the billions of other planets in the entire universe.

We have to learn to see divine order in every situation we have created for ourselves, and allow the universal force to work in unison with us and the circumstance that has manifested in our lives so we can learn the lesson of that divinely ordered series of events.

If you look at man’s law from this perspective, which has been created so that to some degree, we each express likeness and unity with each other. So we say things like, we’re individuals and need to be unique, we hear that for our general lives and quite a bit if you’re in business, as “differentiation” is one of the dominant factors. In this unique identity we are all trying to create for ourselves (so that we “fit in” or “stand out”), we each approve and accept a slice of the divine concept of identity.

For example, man’s law says that we must look beautiful (in accordance to man’s ideals of beauty), but the law of divine order states we are already in perfect condition, even if we are seen in man’s eye as “ugly” or not attractive, because natural universal laws don’t recognize vanity.

We also are led to believe that we must judge ourselves and “live up to” certain standards and goals that we set for ourselves, and when we don’t achieve them we think along the lines that we aren’t living up to our expectations and this can sometimes cause people to feel down and stuck in a rut. But these are all self-inflicted pains… The law of divine order states, “You are in order as long as you are listening to me.”

Can you begin to see the conflict between our own perceptions of perfect and that of the law of divine orders?

According to natural law we are all already perfect, beautiful, and in the right situation at the right time. Even those of us who are dying, taking their last breath, we do so in perfect grace and will of the ever powerful universe. For it’s not in our control to massage our fate, therefore all laws that we create for ourselves and our own lives for our own gain, are really temporary illusions.

 (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

(PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

Take for example the rose, it would still bloom even if man didn’t exist at all, it’s completely perfect without man. Our bodies are created perfectly the way nature wanted them each and every time. The fact that we see deformity, and abnormalities in our human form, and the fact that we think we can improve upon our shape and health by pumping ourselves full of all sorts of substances, doesn’t alter the fact that we all come into this world in a perfect state of grace, and we all leave this world in exactly the same way.

With or without human intervention, trees would still grow, the sun would still shine and the winds and rains would still occur in a perfect sense of purpose.

Therefore the purpose of the law of divine order is this, to see that absolutely everything happens for a reason and nothing by chance.

Here’s the main challenge, look upon all the actions on earth as part of a divine plan that has been blue printed in advance by the universal God intelligence, and this intelligence has allowed for multiples of free will outcomes. So instead of seeing certain situations as good or bad, we just see them as information that we can then utilize for future creations. We are in perfect essence right now, and that’s how we chose to be, and how we created ourselves right from the start, which is in the state of perfect grace.

The same goes for everyone around us, and sometimes it can be very difficult when our emotions are involved, but in the world of natural law, especially that of the law of divine order it takes but a fraction of a second for it to recognize everything is perfect in God’s world of divine order.

By not interfering with the way things are, and the way some people are because of the way we were brought up, or the way society wants us to conform. We’re able to work in this world and know that we can leave things as they are, because they are in a state of divine order.

This allows others to more easily connect on a soul level, and lets them discover they as a soul are better than they think from a human understanding. Because if we only give sympathy, pity and empathy, we’ll in effect block the process of them discovering their own divine process.

If we can concentrate on stimulating what is known as the Christ principle, which can be related back to the law of divine order. Because we irrespective of how we assimilate the actions and side effects we see in society, our family, others families and professions, things will be in a state of divine order. We only need to practice “detachment” from our temporary existence as creatures of form on this earth, learn from the lessons of our experience and then identify the balance that lies beneath the experience.

In summing up, here’s an example… If we look upon illness in a human or creature of form as suffering, what we are actually doing is projecting the energy pattern of suffering to continue being active in that individual, as opposed to the energy of being in perfect health or state of grace. This is because we look upon illnesses such as cancer, HIV, and heart disease as a destructive energy.

If only we could refocus outside the socially accepted “norm” and see such events as an opportunity to grow and learn, for the individual with the so called affliction and for ourselves, we’d realize that the chance of greater self-discovery and attunement to our own God force has been right here inside of us all along.

Adam Price is a successful holistic life coach and author around the laws of the universe. Learn how tap into the powerful laws of the universe in your life by visiting:

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Thursday Scripture of Encouragement (Preparing Hearts and Minds for Mother’s Day Celebration)

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Written by Shirley Rhodes

Yes CHILDREN OF GOD, Mother’s Day is upon us, but in actuality Mother’s Day Celebration should be for us an everyday celebration. However, the world has set aside this Sunday as an opportunity for us to honor and celebrate our Mothers, therefore let us begin this day by preparing our HEARTS AND MINDS FOR MOTHERS’ DAY CELEBRATION.

Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do; and don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems they’re strong on opinions but weak in faith. Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is.

So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault.

Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don’t impose it on others. You’re fortunate if your belief and behavior are coherent; if you’re not sure, if you notice that you’re acting in ways inconsistent with what you believe—some days trying to impose your opinions on others, other days just trying to please them—then you know that you’re out of line. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong.

Eventually we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God, read it for yourself in Scripture: “As I live and breathe,” God says, “every knee will bow before me; every tongue will tell the honest truth that I and only I am God.” Romans: 14: 1-23 (MGS)

 

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