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THE WORLD STAGE SHIFTS BEFORE OUR EYES

THE WORLD STAGE SHIFTS BEFORE OUR EYES:

 

"CAPTURED ON  WINGS OF THE WIND" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“CAPTURED ON WINGS OF THE WIND” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

 

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

THE WORLD STAGE SHIFTS BEFORE OUR EYES; all around us today we are experiencing change at home and abroad; everywhere we look there seems to be discord, anger, hatred and frustration, so much so that no one seems to know the answer. In order to get a clear understanding of all that is occurring right now we must turn to God for answers because he is the “key,” one so many of us have moved to second place in our lives.  The time and season is now, to refocus and set our priorities in the proper order.

Jesus reminds us that he is the “Light of the world” (John 8:12) and he is the Bread of life (John 6:8).  In order that we may be able to endure the many evils of this world we must place him at the center of our lives every moment, because we are witnessing a time in which; THE WORLD STAGE SHIFTS BEFORE OUR EYES.

In light of the recent bombings and shootings we must not lose hope. Now is the time to reach out to families who’ve suffered loss of love ones, experienced emotional and physical changes as a result of evil that lurks about seeking whom they can destroy.

No one knows as, THE WORLD STAGE SHIFTS BEFORE OUR EYES:

It’s true that no one knows what’s going to happen, or when, who’s around us to say? No one can control the wind or lock it in a box. No one has any say so regarding the day of death; no one can stop a battle in its tracks; no one who does evil can be saved by evil. As long as men and women have power to hurt each other, this is the way it is. If you keep your eyes open day and night without blinking you’ll never figure out the meaning of what God is doing on earth. The good, the wise, and all they do are in God’s hands–but day to day, whether love or hate they’re dealing with, they don’t know. Everyone is lumped together in one fate; Life leads to death, that’s it (Ecclesiastes 8:7-17; 9:1-6 Mgs).

Reassurance as THE WORLD STAGE SHIFTS BEFORE OUR EYES:

God has not forgotten us, his eyes are on every man, woman and child. His angel surrounds us while we pray, his ears picks up every moan and groan. We may not see him, but rest assured that there is no night dark enough, no shadow deep enough to hide those who do evil. God’s eye is on those who respect him, and abide in his grace. When trials of this life tend to interrupt and destroy, he is the one who keeps it all together.

Remember my friends God knows more about our weary hearts than we do ourselves. If you are experiencing a broken heart, a broken spirit, if you are crying out for help, he is listening ready to lift you up above your present circumstance. Allow him to come in and fellowship with you. In him you’ll find peace that surpasses all the madness and chaos the world offers. Remember that as THE WORLD STAGE SHIFTS BEFORE OUR EYES, we must remain focused on the prize. Distress brings us closer to God; we find that we become more concerned, sensitive, passionate and responsible to the needs of others.

Finally, be reminded, as God told Joshua, “I will be with you, I will not fail nor forsake you; be strong, be courageous for I am with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:5-9). As THE WORLD STAGE SHIFTS BEFORE OUR EYES, we must look up, lift up and keep moving, living in expectancy of a greater tomorrow.

BE ENCOURAGED AND BE BLESSED

 

BE ENCOURAGED IN THE STRENGTH AND POWER OF GOD

BE ENCOURAGED IN THE STRENGTH AND POWER OF GOD

SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Today CHRISTIANS from all around the world are being targeted and murdered.  This is a shameful act by a few cowards who seem to have no understanding are appreciation for human life.  Their moral values rest and abide in the gutter of mud.  The devil has so captivated them, wrap them up in the garment of evil, that they no longer can see the good and mercies of God, but can only see and believe in the evil and destructive ways of Satan.  This is truly a very sad commentary for some of the Children of God who have allowed Satan to still their joy and turn them into evil doers.

But make no mistake, God will have the last word, His divine power is at work right now, bringing order out of chaos.   We want CHRISTIANS everywhere to know that we here at Vine and Branch World Ministries, with our army of Disciples alone with all the people of this Nation and the Nations of the World, are standing shoulder to shoulder with you, to fight against evil where ever it may exist.  Therefore, we say to you, “BE ENCOURAGED IN THE STRENGTH AND POWER OF GOD,” “For God did not give you a spirit of fear, but he gave you a spirit of power, and a Spirit of love, and a Spirit of Self-Control(2 Timothy 6:7)

Therefore, God wants you as well as all of us as a Universal Nation, to rise up, do not be overcome by fears of the devil, but embrace each other with love, and ENCOURAGE each other in the LORD, and this is how He challenges us to do it, He says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Evil cannot stand when God’s people are strong. For the Lord assures us that in our weakness, His strength is made strong.  The evil workers of the devil can target, bomb, shoot and kill incent people, but God will have the last word.

Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Godpraying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.

To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:10-20 ESP).

Now to all of God’s people, this is the WORD of our Lord, as He has spoken it plainly to you.  We have ministered it to you from a position of PEACE, PURPOSE, POWER and PROSPERITY, and finally, we say to you, “BE ENCOURAGED IN THE STRENGTH AND POWER OF GOD!”  I remain your brother in CHRIST JESUS, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

 

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DRAWING STRENGTH TO SURVIVE IN THE MIDST OF EVIL AND CHAOS

DRAWING STRENGTH TO SURVIVE IN THE MIDST OF EVIL AND CHAOS

THE PURPLE IRIS (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE PURPLE IRIS (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

We are living in very dangerous times, our lives and the lives of our children are at risk and it seems that our government and laws are failing to protect us from Evil and Chaos.  The trial of George Zimmerman murdering Treyvon Martin, an unarmed seventeen year old boy and then being set free and given his weapon back to go out and do it all over again sets a bad example for others to do the same to anyone of us are our children.

Now I encourage each of you, hold onto God’s unchanging hands; allow your deep abiding faith in God to become your guiding light.  For we know that in moments like this our minds can become hot and take us into many different directions, and some will cause us to make wrong decisions and possibly commit evil and violent acts.  But when you go deep inside and allow your faith to strengthen you and guide you and become the armor that will protect you, then you know that without a shadow of doubt, “no weapon formed against you shall ever prosper.”

In these very difficult times when it seems that each turn we take, life is throwing us another curve ball and we are running into irremovable walls, know that it is in such times that your faith is being tested and at this moment, your only option is to trust the Lord.  Allow your faith to dwell in His powerful hands, for He said, “He would never leave you or forsake you,” therefore in times such as this we must come into His presents and dwell in His House of Righteousness.

Let us remember, God will always have our backs.  Our friends and love ones may forsake us, but God will never leave us.  Listen to what He tells us, He says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)

Therefore, when we find ourselves caught up in the middle of Evil and Chaos as so many of us seems to find ourselves at this very moment in time, stay focus, keep your eye on the prize and allow your faith to calm your mind in the heat of the storm.  God knows the trials and tribulations you are facing and He will fight your battles.  The enemy will do all he can to keep you off balance, confused and fighting among yourselves, but God will always be your guiding light and your faith will strengthen you and carry you through to the end.  The race is not to the swift are the strongest, but to those who have the patience to endure.

Therefore, let us be about the business of “DRAWING STRENGTH TO SURVIVE IN THE MIDST OF EVIL AND CHAOS!”

We thank you for studying with us and helping to spread the word of God’s love and mercy throughout the world.  It is through the work that each one of us does, that God get the glory.  There is more for you to read and study, just click on the links below and discover:

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PASTOR DAVIS EMAIL:  pastordavismasterteacher@gmail.com

 

 

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 26

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 26

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Good Morning to all our friends, we thank God for each of you taking the time to join us here each Sunday morning for our Prayer, Praise and Worship Service.  Today, our services will be ministered by two awesome women of the Gospel.  Dr. Naomi Dorsey, first lady of my home church in Mt. Airy, Ga. The Ebenezer Baptist Church will lead our prayer service, and our very own Shirley Rhodes will present the written word.  Our praise video is truly an awesome one which was given to me by one of our readers, Sister Francine Gassette. The title of this praise video is: Solid Rock, by Brother Ron Kenoly.

LET US PRAY:  Our prayer for this morning is minister to you by our First Lady of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Sister Naomi Dorsey.  Click and be blessed

OUR SCRIPTURE FOR THIS DAY IS FROM ISAIAH 61:1-2

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.

It is now time to read the word of God, we encourage you to pay close attention to what God as put on this Minister’s heart.  She begins by telling you this, “GOD BUILT HIS KINGDOM ON A SOLID AND TRUE FOUNDATION!”

WRITTEN AND TAUGHT BY SISTER SHIRLEY 

SHIRLEY RHODES

SHIRLEY RHODES

Today we begin our lesson with some of Life’s questions/curiosity. Where did we come from? Where are we going?  What about what we think and what we do?  How do we strive to get alone with one another?  How do we adjust to the troubles we sometimes find ourselves in? Yet blessings keep arriving upon our door steps day after day!

GOD built His Kingdom on a solid and true foundation, and He spoke these words of truth, he said, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!” (Matthew 16:18 ESV)

Now let us understand this, we are our thoughts, and they make a clear and convincing statement about our character, how we feel, our way of speaking, actions and the choices we make, and how we center our prayer life. Since the foundation is already given and firmly established, how we add to the process is a matter of choice that we all will make.

Consider the words of Jesus in this matter in Matthew 7:24-27 {Luke 6:47-49} {Acts 14:22} God’s firm foundation is as firm as ever, these sentences engraved on the stones: GOD KNOWS WHO BELONGS TO HIM. SPURN EVIL, ALL YOU WHO NAME GOD AS GOD. {2 Timothy 2:19}

The bible is about truth, teaching us how to have a right relationship with God.  To do so, the bible says this, “know the truth, and the truth will set you FREE.” (John 8:32).  Then the bible takes us one step further and commands us to do this, “it says, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy: 2:15)

What we must realize is that God works with us where we are and just as he finds us, whether good or bad. No matter how desperately we may (at times) desire to fade into non-existence we can’t stop (give up) so what we must do is make the decision to take our place in this journey and run the race set before us, always with clear thinking and focus on the prize.

Part 2:

Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people. Warn them before God against nitpicking, which chips away at the faith, it just wears every-one out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. Stay clear of pious talk, talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul.

Run away from infantile indulgence; run after mature righteousness—faith, love, peace—join those who are in honest and serious prayer before God. Refuse to get involved in insane discussions; they always end up in fights, God’s servants must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. 2 Timothy 2:14-18, 22-26

Now we encourage you to stand your ground and speak truth to power, as the bible teaches us, when it says these final words of this lesson today.  It says, “Therefore take up the WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  (Ephesians 6:13-18 ESV) Know without a doubt that, “GOD BUILT HIS KINGDOM ON A SOLID AND TRUE FOUNDATION!”

We encourage you to always stand on the word of God.  Let it grow inside of you, as it molds and shapes you, preparing you to do the work of God daily.  Click on the next video for some awesome praise.

LET US PRAY:  Father we thank you for the message this morning, we thank you for the messenger and we thank you for all those that you pricked their hearts to join in the Service to lift you up in high praise this morning.  We leave this service thanking you for what you are going to do in the lives of all your children this week, showing each one of them how to live in peace, power, purpose and prosperity.  It is with great joy that this service has been ministered in the name of Jesus, Amen!

Now we invite each on you to stroll on over to our home page and our video ministry for some additional teaching of the word of God.  Remember, you are a disciple of Jesus, and a disciple is a learner, a life long learner.  We teach the truth of God’s word in order that you may have a place to come daily and learn and share what God is providing daily.  Just click on these two links and receive your “BLESSINGS!”

VABWM HOME PAGE:  http://wp.me/Pf75v-Uu

VABWM VIDEO TEACHING:  http://www.youtube.com/davistheteacher/

My email address is:  pastordavismasterteacher@gmail.com

 

OUR NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE BECOME SATINS BATTLEFIELD

OUR NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE BECOME SATINS BATTLEFIELD

DEEP INTO THE FOREST (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

DEEP INTO THE FOREST (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Have you ever stopped to observe what was around you?  For most of us we are so busy trying to earn a living to support our families and life style, it makes it very hard for us to see the forest because we are always looking straight ahead into the trees.  Nevertheless, if we ever took the time to observe what was around us, we would then realize that the battlefield is wherever we are.  It does not matter if we are at our homes, school, job, library, concert hall or church, the battlefield will always be where we are.  Satan is and will always be an enemy of God.  His job is to recruit, recruit and recruit, and believe me; he does his job very well.  Satan does not discriminate on the basics of race, creed, color or national origin.  He is out to destroy God’s kingdom, and that means anyone who is a believer of God is a target of Satan.

Therefore, when we understand our purpose and mission in life, we then know that the enemy we are fighting is a very smart, cunning and truly an elusive devil.  His territory is very large and continues to expand every day.  So finding the battlefield for us should not be very hard as long as we are committed to staying the course and following in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The battlefield for us will always be close by.  Our neighborhoods are filled with gangs, drugs, prostitution and all sorts of petty crimes.  In some major cities, people are prisons in their own homes.  They have still bars on their windows and doors.  Their homes are like a fort.  In order for them to enter in or come out, they have to struggle to unlock the bars they are locked behind.  Some people have even died in their homes from fires because they could not get out from behind the steel bars they had locked themselves behind.

Our schools from all over the country, which are located in almost every neighborhood in America, has become one of the most potent battlefields in America today.  Each day more than 250,000 kids carry some type of weapon into our schools to either defend themselves or threaten someone else with them in order to show how big and bad they themselves really are.  Kids are shooting and killing other kids because the evil that the old devil has been able to penetrate into our perimeter around the battlefield we have established for ourselves.  When we stop and consider for a moment that our children are our futures, we cannot but to conclude that the enemy has brought the fight to us.

This to me is unacceptable in the 21st century. We must not continue to allow evil to dedicate our destiny.  We have a King that roars like a might lion who is our protector.  He does not know or accept defeat.  We must believe that we as a chosen disciple of the one living God has been given the power to change the course of our destiny by changing the way we view the people that are committing the evil crimes within our communities.  We should never forget that evil survives because we choose to let it rule over us.  We must resist it on every hand, using the power that God gives us, and believe me, we do have the power to stand up and take the fight to the enemy.  God has given us that power if we choose to use it.  All we have to do is call on him.  He said that he would never leave us or forsake us.  He will always be right there with us even until the end of time.

Standing up to the enemy may not be the way you would view your mission in this world, but if you don’t, who will?  Sometimes we have to just say no to the enemy, and do what is unpopular at the time even if our life depends on it.  This world is not our home; we are just passing through on our way to our eternal home.  We must be prepared to face the enemy with all our strength and might.  Then and only then will the enemy have a sense of who we are.

The enemy will always feel that he is the biggest and baldest bully in town as long as we allow him to back us down.  There comes a time in our lives when we must say no backing away or running away from a situation that I can no longer tolerate.  This enemy is threaten my family, my community, my way of life, and if I don’t do something about it right now, I will no longer have a family or community to live in, because he is taken it all away.  It is up to me to end this right here and now.  It is time to take the battle to the enemy, no more turning my back and saying it’s not my problem.  I am the child of a King, and the King gave me power over the enemy.  I will take a stand and do my part.  I will do it NOW!  Together, we can bring a change into our Communities.

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 11

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 11

Good Morning to all our friends, we thank God for each of you taking the time to join us here each Sunday morning for our Prayer, Praise and Worship Service.  Today, our services will be ministered by two awesome women of the Gospel.  Dr. Naomi Dorsey, first lady of my home church in Mt. Airy, Ga. The Ebenezer Baptist Church will lead our prayer service, and our very own Shirley Rhodes will present the written word.  Our praise video is truly an awesome one which was given to me by one of our readers, Sister Francine Gassette. The title of this praise video is: Solid Rock, by Brother Ron Kenoly.

So enjoy the Service this morning and let us know what you think.  To God be the Glory!

GOD BUILT HIS KINGDOM ON A SOLID AND TRUE FOUNDATION

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

SHIRLEY RHODES

SHIRLEY RHODES

Today we begin our lesson with some of Life’s questions/curiosity. Where did we come from? Where are we going?  What about what we think and what we do?  How do we strive to get alone with one another?  How do we adjust to the troubles we sometimes find ourselves in? Yet blessings keep arriving upon our door steps day after day!

GOD built His Kingdom on a solid and true foundation, and He spoke these words of truth, he said, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!” (Matthew 16:18 ESV)

Now let us understand this, we are our thoughts, and they make a clear and convincing statement about our character, how we feel, our way of speaking, actions and the choices we make, and how we center our prayer life. Since the foundation is already given and firmly established, how we add to the process is a matter of choice that we all will make.

Consider the words of Jesus in this matter in Matthew 7:24-27 {Luke 6:47-49} {Acts 14:22} God’s firm foundation is as firm as ever, these sentences engraved on the stones: GOD KNOWS WHO BELONGS TO HIM. SPURN EVIL, ALL YOU WHO NAME GOD AS GOD. {2 Timothy 2:19}

The bible is about truth, teaching us how to have a right relationship with God.  To do so, the bible says this, “know the truth, and the truth will set you FREE.” (John 8:32).  Then the bible takes us one step further and commands us to do this, “it says, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy: 2:15)

What we must realize is that God works with us where we are and just as he finds us, whether good or bad. No matter how desperately we may (at times) desire to fade into non-existence we can’t stop (give up) so what we must do is make the decision to take our place in this journey and run the race set before us, always with clear thinking and focus on the prize.

Part 2:

Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people. Warn them before God against nitpicking, which chips away at the faith, it just wears every-one out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. Stay clear of pious talk, talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul.

Run away from infantile indulgence; run after mature righteousness—faith, love, peace—join those who are in honest and serious prayer before God. Refuse to get involved in insane discussions; they always end up in fights, God’s servants must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. 2 Timothy 2:14-18, 22-26

Now we encourage you to stand your ground and speak truth to power, as the bible teaches us, when it says these final words of this lesson today.  It says, “Therefore take up the WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  (Ephesians 6:13-18 ESV) Know without a doubt that, “GOD BUILT HIS KINGDOM ON A SOLID AND TRUE FOUNDATION!”

We encourage you to always stand on the word of God.  Let it grow inside of you, as it molds and shapes you, preparing you to do the work of God daily.  Click on the next video for some awesome praise.

PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD THIS IS YOUR DAY OF BLESSINGS

PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD THIS IS YOUR DAY OF BLESSINGS

THE CROSS IS THE HEART OF GOD (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Good Morning to all God’s people where ever you may be, it is Monday Morning, the beginning of a brand new week.  As you leave your homes and families and begin your journey to execute the task that you have been given, we want you to be encouraged by the word of God, with His entire blessings of love, peace and power, to overcome the many trials and tribulations that will come upon you this day. “PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD!”

We encourage you, in all that you may do, too know the truth, know the word and use it as your weapon to fight evil wherever it may exist.  For this is truly a brand new day that God has made for you and I want you to rejoice and be glad in it.  He has chosen each one of you for a very specific task this week and he has given you a purpose for carrying it out, and pointed you in the right direction that will enable you to be successful on your all important assignment.

Now finally, the people of God, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Godpraying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.

To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.  (Ephesians 6:10-20 ESV)

Now have no doubts that the devil is waiting to take you down, and keep you from receiving your crown, but the choice is yours, obey the word of God and the devil can never be in charge. PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD.  We bless this word to you this morning that you will receive it in the manner that it is given and share it with all those that you love as a word of encouragement and protection of their souls, in Jesus name, AMEN!

Finally, let me ENCOURAGE you this day to allow God to fill your days and weeks with OPTIMIST as you grow in His grace.  Know in your heart that all things are possible for those who can believe in the possibilities of a greater tomorrow.  Click on this short video clip and listen carefully to how you can become a true optimist and discover many possibilities of your true greatness.

Thank you for reading, studying and sharing our work here with your readers.  For additional study sessions, click on the link below and visit our youtube channel.

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PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD

PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD

THE CROSS IS THE HEART OF GOD (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Good Morning to all God’s people where ever you may be, it is Monday Morning, the beginning of a brand new week.  As you leave your homes and families and begin your journey to execute the task that you have been given, we want you to be encouraged by the word of God, with His entire blessings of love, peace and power, to overcome the many trials and tribulations that will come upon you this day. “PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD!”

We encourage you, in all that you may do, too know the truth, know the word and use it as your weapon to fight evil wherever it may exist.  For this is truly a brand new day that God has made for you and I want you to rejoice and be glad in it.  He has chosen each one of you for a very specific task this week and he has given you a purpose for carrying it out, and pointed you in the right direction that will enable you to be successful on your all important assignment.

Now finally, the people of God, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Godpraying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.

To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.  (Ephesians 6:10-20 ESV)

Now have no doubts that the devil is waiting to take you down, and keep you from receiving your crown, but the choice is yours, obey the word of God and the devil can never be in charge. PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD.  We bless this word to you this morning that you will receive it in the manner that it is given and share it with all those that you love as a word of encouragement and protection of their souls, in Jesus name, AMEN!  I remain your brother in Christ Jesus, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

MY MAXIMIZED PRAYER FOR EVIL SPIRITS TO BE EXPOSED TO THE LIGHT

MY MAXIMIZED PRAYER FOR EVIL SPIRITS TO BE EXPOSED TO THE LIGHT

Pastor Davis in prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus, we thank you for sending your light into this world in order that it may penetrate the hearts and minds of all your children, the good and the evil doers alike.  We know that those who stand for evil, and will do harm to their neighbor, truly do hate the light.  But we pray Father, in the name of Jesus, that this light you have sent into the world, will light up all the dark corners where the evil doers are larking and planning to perpetrate more evil upon the world will be exposed and condemned for their evil.  Father God, as some may believe, we know that you did not send your Son into the world to condemn the world, but instead you sent him that the world might be saved through him, and those that are hiding in the dark might be exposed to the light, and be enlighten by the light, their minds will be filled with God’s thoughts and with God’s perspective, it will then drive out the darkness of sin.  In Jesus name we pray, AMEN!

 

SATAN HAS MOVED HIS BATTLEFIELD INTO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

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 SATAN HAS MOVED HIS BATTLEFIELD INTO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Ephesians 6:11-18

 Have you ever stopped to observe what was around you?  For most of us we are so busy trying to earn a living to support our families and life style, it makes it very hard for us to see the forest because we are always looking straight ahead into the trees.  Nevertheless, if we ever took the time to observe what was around us, we would then realize that the battlefield is wherever we are.  It does not matter if we are at our homes, school, job, library, concert hall or church, the battlefield will always be where we are.  Satan is and will always be an enemy of God.  His job is to recruit, recruit and recruit, and believe me; he does his job very well.  Satan does not discriminate on the basics of race, creed, color or national origin.  He is out to destroy God’s kingdom, and that means anyone who is a believer of God is a target of Satan.

Therefore, when we understand our purpose and mission in life, we then know that the enemy we are fighting is a very smart, cunning and a elusive devil.  His territory is very large and continues to expand every day.  So finding the battlefield for us should not be very hard as long as we are committed to staying the course and following in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The battlefield for us will always be close by.  Our neighborhoods are filled with gangs, drugs, prostitution and all sorts of petty crimes.  In some major cities, people are prisons in their own homes.  They have still bars on their windows and doors.  Their homes are like a fort.  In order for them to enter in or come out, they have to struggle to unlock the bars they are locked behind.  Some people have even died in their homes from fires because they could not get out from behind the steel bars they had locked themselves behind.

Our school from all over the country, which is located in almost every neighborhood in America, has become one of the most potent battlefields in America today.  Each day more than 250,000 kids carry some type of weapon into our schools to either defend themselves or threaten someone else with them in order to show how big and bad they themselves really are.  Kids are shooting and killing other kids because the evil that the old devil has been able to penetrate into our perimeter around the battlefield we have established for ourselves.  When we stop and consider for a moment that our children are our futures, we cannot but to conclude that the enemy has brought the fight to us.

Even on our jobs, we have to worry about offending anyone, because so many people are stressed out, worrying about not making enough money to support their families. Whether or not they are going to lose their job because of out sourcing, whether or not a family member will become ill and they not have the proper medical insurance to meet their needs.  These are just a few of the many problems that we face in the work place that make people fill unstable and freak out and the next thing you know people are running to seek shelter because someone has lost it all and feel that they have to take revenge on anyone that happens to be in their way.  They come into the work place fully armed and just start to shooting at anyone that gets in their way.

It has now become harder to drive down the highway because someone feels they just do not like you, or they feel you just got in their way and you are holding them up from getting to where they are going.  Just a few months ago down in Atlanta, Ga., a driver in a small car for whatever reason got angry with a eighteen wheeler and decided to take his road rage out on the driver.  He took his gun out and shot into the sleeper of the driver’s eighteen-wheeler.  The bullet missed the driver, but hit the driver’s three-year-old son that was sleeping in the bunk at the time, killing the baby.

This to me is unacceptable in the 21st century. We must not continue to allow evil to dedicate our destiny.  We have a King that roars like a might lion who is our protector.  He does not know or accept defeat.  We must believe that we as a chosen disciple of the one living God has been given the power to change the course of our destiny by changing the way we view the people that are committing the evil crimes within our communities.  We should never forget that evil survives because we choose to let it rule over us.  We must resist it on every hand, using the power that God gives us, and believe me, we do have the power to stand up and take the fight to the enemy.  God has given us that power if we choose to use it.  All we have to do is call on him.  He said that he would never leave us or forsake us.  He will always be right there with us even until the end of time.

Standing up to the enemy may not be the way you would view your mission in this world, but if you don’t, who will?  Sometimes we have to just say no to the enemy, and do what is unpopular at the time even if our life depends on it.  If we stand up for Christ we are most certain to lose our life, but what are we living for any way.  This world is not our home; we are just passing through on our way to our eternal home.  We must be prepared to face the enemy with all our strength and might.  Then and only then will the enemy have a sense of who we are.  The enemy will always feel that he is the biggest and baldest bully in town as long as we allow him to back us down.  There comes a time in our lives when we must say no backing away or running away from a situation that I can no longer tolerate.  This enemy is threaten my family, my community, my way of life, and if I don’t do something about it right now, I will no longer have a family or community to live in, because he is taken it all away.  It is up to me to end this right here and now.

It is time to take the battle to the enemy…

As we have discovered, Satan is a very potent enemy.  His aim is to destroy our communities, our schools, our families, our churches and ultimately, God’s kingdom.  We have a choice in whether or not Satan gets his way.  We can through our hands up and walk away from everything we have work so hard to build, or we can take it to God and ask Him for help in defeating the old devil himself.  It is either our way or God’s way.  One thing we know for certain, our way is headed for failure.  However, if we take it to God and leave it in his hands, He will show us just how to take the battle to Satan and win.

Now listen to what Paul tells us about how to protect ourselves as we prepare to take the fight to the enemy.  Paul says, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly reams.  Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.  (Ephesians 6:11-18)

GAINING KNOWLEDGE OF THE TWO ASPECTS OF GOD (PART 2)

GETTING TO KNOW THE PERSONAL ASPECT OF GOD (John 8:32)

 In the first lesson, we discussed the Universal Aspects of God.  In this lesson, we will discuss the personal aspects of God.  However, we encourage you to go back and re-read lesson one to help you better understand the key aspects of this discussion. In addition, as usual we have included the following quote from lesson one to get you to think deeply on this matter as you read and study it.

The quote is this, Think Deeply Before Concluding this Matter.” Therefore, we will provide you with this quote from Dr. Kinley as you begin your study. Dr. Kinley stresses the importance of thinking on a matter before reaching a conclusion “… Nevertheless, we must, for our own Eternal welfare, regardless of our present so-called Church affiliation, keep an open mind to proven facts, which Satan, the Adversary, who was created to oppose the TRUTH, is always present to influence us in the wrong direction.”

Knowledge of the universal aspect of God is enough to give us tremendous amount of power to rule the universe and achieve our dreams, desires, destiny and almost everything we could ever want in this life on Earth. Nevertheless, there is the personal aspect of God that we should come to know about. It is more than just using our God given natural divine powers. It is about having a relationship with Him.

There is a personal God and He is the personal aspect. Theosophy, New Age, Gnosis and various other religions and philosophies deny the existence of a personal God. They believe that there cannot be a personal God because God is infinite and a personality is finite. They believe that the universal mind can only manifest through the individual mind and not on its own.

The truth is that the trinity of the Godhead is three distinct individualities. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three actual persons. To have a relationship with God is to relate with the personal aspect of God. It is the universal aspect of God, that is infinite, but the personal aspect of God is finite. God has a fixed personality that has boundaries without variableness or shadow of turning. God cannot lie, God is love, and God is holy. The person of God is only perfect and complete good. In him is no evil.

For such a reason as this, God cannot coexist with sin in his presence. Anything that has sin, is separated from the personal aspect of God, although it is still connected to the universal aspect. Understanding this is what solves the paradox between Theosophy and Christianity. We are all connected to God and can draw inspiration from the universal aspect of the divine but we cannot have true fellowship with Him unless, the blood of Jesus Christ washes us.

Salvation is of two aspects. Salvation from ignorance through knowledge (Gnosis – Learning) and salvation from sins through knowledge (Oida – To Know fully) and belief of Jesus Christ as God and savior.

John 8:32 says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Why does Theosophy, New Age and Gnosis contain so much knowledge about the nature of the Universe and God to the extent that it makes Christianity appear as if we know so little? The reason is because one side has been focusing mainly on the universal aspect of God while the other has been focusing mainly on the personal aspect.

The question is who is The One at work manipulating world events and making things happen that way? The person can be none other than the most powerful heavenly being in the universe. The one was full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. His name means Bringing Light. His name is Lucifer the anointed cherub. Who else has all knowledge of the universe and the different planes of reality than him? Who else knows more about the nature of God than him?

However, being the greatest in heaven, he chose to think that he could be like the most High. He desired to exalt his throne above the stars of God but Jesus cast him out of heaven. Lucifer fell like lightning from heaven because he had sinned against God with his wrong thinking and ignorance. Though he was full of wisdom, he still had the free will to choose his thoughts. He chose to think wrongly and hence sinned through ignorance. Wrong thinking is ignorance and ignorance is the only evil that leads to all other forms of evil.

Now the Bringer of Light is at work making people believe that there is No God or that God exist but it is the God of a greater scope than the God of Christianity. His intention is to make spiritual people focus purely on the universal aspect of God and deny the personal aspect of God. By denying God as a personality, the person of Jesus Christ as God is denied. The Angel of Light’s grand scheme is to make people develop themselves spiritually in of the universal aspect of God and then inserting himself in one name or another somewhere along the path as the God they should believe in.

Lucifer knows that he cannot make a direct lie be a universally accepted truth. Therefore, he knows that the best thing he can do is to promote the truth, not the whole but a portion. He knows that a lie cannot contend with the truth, therefore, the art of deception is not to enforce the lie but to conceal the truth. The lie, can be enforced only when the truth is hidden. The way to conceal the truth is to control the vision that looks upon it, by making it focus on one area and away from another. Magician’s misdirection, the portion of the truth that is missing can be replaced with error that can be complemented with the remaining portion of the truth creating the perfect illusion.

2Corinthians 13:8, for we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

His other intention is to keep the Christians in as much ignorance as possible about the universal aspect of God. The less knowledge they have about the universal aspect, the less power they have. Lucifer makes Christians believe all kinds of things are satanic, evil and not of God when those things truly belong to God and not him. He even uses scripture and the law of God to make people shun away from knowledge considered to be doctrines of devils. The truth is, truth is mixed with error in every place. What good is light among light? Christians are called to be a light among darkness.

Many symbols that belong to God are neither good nor evil, even though Lucifer may have made use of them in his own works. The serpent was created by God, as the most subtle creature in the garden. The entire signs of the Orion, from Virgo to Leo, was placed by God in the heavens to tell the story of salvation and Jesus Christ. Virgo represents the Virgin Mary and Leo represents Jesus as the victorious Lion of Judah. All angels are angels of light. Lucifer is no longer really an Angel of Light but a Prince of Darkness.

Lucifer was God’s greatest creation, which had fallen. He believed that he could be like God because he and God were made of the same substance, which is consciousness. He persuaded all of heaven’s angels to join him in becoming like God against the permission of the Godhead by claiming that the trinity was egoistical to disallow any other being to be their equal. He only succeeded in turning a third of the angels to his cause and fought against God but they lost. Lucifer became Satan which means Adversary of God. He was casted out of heaven and into the earth where God had created Man.

Revelation 12:7-9, and there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Lucifer did the same thing with Man that he did with Angels. He told Adam and Eve that they could become God if they ate the forbidden fruit so that they would know good and evil like God. God had originally given Man dominion over the earth but when Lucifer got Man to sin against God, Man’s dominion was shared with Satan. The fall of Man gave place of the world throne to Lucifer. That is why Satan could tempt Jesus with the deal of sharing ownership of the material kingdom if Jesus would worship him.

Satan may be the god of this world, but God is still the ultimate owner of the material world. Whatever we as Christians, touch in the material world, becomes redeemed by the blood of Jesus. Jesus had come to redeem perfect purity of Man and God’s shared dominion of the material. To us, nothing is secular, everything is sacred. Titus 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

There are only two to think about in this world, Jesus and Lucifer. The two are not the same. When you are not thinking of one, you are not aware of what he is doing and may attribute his work to the other.

Keep the two in mind so that you can keep them separate. For every matter there is antimatter, but Light and Anti Light are exactly alike. True Light is pure and never changing. Anti Light shifts one degree beyond light and changes into pure darkness, which is at the other extreme end of the polarity. Nothing can be above God. God is the highest; to go beyond the highest is to fall into the lowest.

Universal Knowledge is Universal Power. For this reason, the Children of the world are wiser than Children of Light. It is time for the Christians to be wise as serpents and use the Angel of Light’s tactics against him. The tables have to be turned against Lucifer. We are the greater serpents, just like the serpent of Moses rod that ate up all the serpents of Pharaoh’s magicians. The wisest Children of Light are those that truly understand both the universal and personal aspect of God.

Now think deeply on what you have just read, meditate on it, and allow God to speak truth to power in your heart.  Now we minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity.  “BE BLESSED!”

LIVING WITH THE FEAR OF FAILURE

LIVING WITH THE FEAR OF FAILURE.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING

WHAT DO YOU THINK IT MEANS TO BE A SPIRITUAL SLAVE TO SOMETHING?

Romans 7:13-25 (Amplified Bible)

13Did that which is good then prove fatal [bringing death] to me? Certainly not! It was sin, working death in me by using this good thing [as a weapon], in order that through the commandment sin might be shown up clearly to be sin, that the extreme malignity and immeasurable sinfulness of sin might plainly appear.

14We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am a creature of the flesh [carnal, unspiritual], having been sold into slavery under [the control of] sin.

15For I do not understand my own actions [I am baffled, bewildered]. I do not practice or accomplish what I wish, but I do the very thing that I loathe [[a]which my moral instinct condemns].

16Now if I do [habitually] what is contrary to my desire, [that means that] I acknowledge and agree that the Law is good (morally excellent) and that I take sides with it.

17However, it is no longer I who do the deed, but the sin [principle] which is at home in me and has possession of me.

18For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot perform it. [I have the intention and urge to do what is right, but no power to carry it out.]

19For I fail to practice the good deeds I desire to do, but the evil deeds that I do not desire to do are what I am [ever] doing.

20Now if I do what I do not desire to do, it is no longer I doing it [it is not myself that acts], but the sin [principle] which dwells within me [[b]fixed and operating in my soul].

21So I find it to be a law (rule of action of my being) that when I want to do what is right and good, evil is ever present with me and I am subject to its insistent demands.

22For I endorse and delight in the Law of God in my inmost self [with my new nature].(A)

23But I discern in my bodily members [[c]in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh] a different law (rule of action) at war against the law of my mind (my reason) and making me a prisoner to the law of sin that dwells in my bodily organs [[d]in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh].

24O unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that I am! Who will release and deliver me from [the shackles of] this body of death?

25O thank God! [He will!] through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One) our Lord! So then indeed I, of myself with the mind and heart, serve the Law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

 

 

 

KNOWING GOD LEADS TO SELF CONTROL

KNOWING GOD LEADS TO SELF CONTROL; as one of the fruits of the Spirit, self-control refers to mastery over sinful human desires in every aspect of life.  The Greeks considered this a highly prized virtue. Their focus, of course, was entirely on self-effort, but the problem was that self-effort always fails in the long run because it may control the body but does not affect inward desires.  We know from Romans 8:13 and Galatians 5:22-23 that Christians have the Holy Spirit’s help to gain self-control.

The quality of self-control must then lead to patient endurance, the ability to steadfastly endure suffering or evil without giving up one’s faith.  Endurance is not a stoic indifference to whatever fate allows; rather, it springs from faith in God’s goodness and control over all that happens in believers lives.

Such endurance leads to godliness,  this is another word that is unusual to the New Testament, but common to Greek ethics lists of that day, we see that Paul emphasized godliness in the Pastoral Epistles as being the virtue that should characterize the life and conduct of the believers.  Godliness was the primary word for “religion” and referred to a person’s correct attitudes toward God and people, usually referring to performing obligatory duties.  Here we discover in 1st Peter the word describes an awareness of God in all of life – a lifestyle that exemplifies Christ and is empowered by him (the same word is used in (1st Peter 1:3).  Christians must have a right relationship with God and right relationships with fellow believers.  The false teachers claimed such “godliness,” but were sadly lacking in reverence toward God and in good attitudes toward others.

 

Can We Overcome Race Hatred And Do What’s Right?

 

 

We truly have come a very long ways in America.  Today we have one party who has chosen for the very first time in history, a Black Man for their Presidential Nominee, and another who has chosen the first woman for it’s vice presidential nominee. Great leaps for mankind as we have reached for a new dimension in governing the free world.

 

What an opportunity there is for the Churches of the World to prove the power of God’s love to change race-hatred into brotherly love?  The question now is, will they do it?  Will the leaders that God has chosen to lead His people begin to preach brotherly love to their followers to show that we all are truly created equally in the kingdom of God, or will they continue to allow the color of a person skin and gender to divide us? 

 

Titus 3:3 reminds us that, “we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.”  We all have fallen short of God’s glory, but as believers we are suppose to treat others the way God in His grace has treated us.  A born again Christian is supposed to be able to put away his hatred, envy and evil thinking of his brother or sister, and love each other as God has loved all of us. 

 

Let’s examine this text for a minute, because it paints a dark picture of the state of our human nature.  What causes such a sad condition?  The answer is “Adam’s fall.”  Think for a moment just how Cain, the first child born of the man God created, shed the blood of his brother Abel.  The first child born on earth came under the power of the devil, who “was a murderer from the beginning, a liar and the father of lies.  (John 8:44)  Because of the evil Satan perpetrated upon Adam and Eve we have allowed that evil to continue to be a part of our lives today. 

 

Humanity’s love of their own people, implanted in their hearts by nature, soon changed to hatred of other peoples.  Love of country became the source of race-hatred and bloodshed.  Note how God has placed the races side by side to see if our Christianity will enable us to overcome race-hatred.  Will we, in the power of Christ’s love, prove that “In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, black or white, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free.  Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us” (Colossians 3:11)?

 

How wonderful it would be if at this moment in history, we could put away our race hatred and gender bias and do what’s right, love one another as Christ has so loved us, and if our Churches and Church leaders could be an example of Christ’s love for all mankind.

   

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