Posts tagged ‘Faith’

Forgiveness Friday (Scriptures of Understanding)

LET YOUR HEART BE FILLED WITH LOVE

FORGIVE AND BE FORGIVEN

TASTE THE SWEETNESS OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

TASTE THE SWEETNESS OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Luke 6:37 ESV 

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV 

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Psalm 103:10-14 ESV 

He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

Proverbs 10:12 ESV 

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Romans 3:23 ESV 

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Proverbs 25:21 ESV 

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,

Ecclesiastes 7:20 ESV 

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.

1 John 1:9-10ESV 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

THE STORY OF FORGIVENESS:

 

 

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Thursday Scriptures of Encouragement (Ponder these things in your heart)

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

by Shirley Rhodes

Human nature is to dissect and analyze  our  brothers’ and sisters’ while neglecting the idea that it should be the very opposite, it start’s with self. Allow the Holy Spirit room to come in and entertain your every action before uttering one word or thought that may affect the lives of others, think before speaking or comparing, Ponder  These Things in Your Heart.

As the Psalmist so eloquently stated, “let the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight , O Lord my strength and my rock” (19:14).

My meditation of him shall be sweet, I will be glad in the Lord (104:34).

When the angel appeared to Mary, there was no questioning her fate, was her response,” I Ponder These Things in My Heart that I might be used as Gods’ vessel to serve his purpose?”  It is one of the virtues of wisdom when we are able to set aside time to meditate and in tune our thoughts to silence that surrounds us. When the Holy Spirit is at work, opening our minds, listening and being obedient is an act of servitude that is pleasing to God. It is then we are assured that whatever is before us is in the process  of being worked out under the watchful eye of “the Potter,” so learn to still your spirit by stating to yourself these words of thought, “I Ponder These Things in My Heart” and patiently wait.

Remember the pattern Jesus designed, step by step in his teachings. His chosen followers were always around setting at his feet, listening and absorbing his teachings but did not fully comprehend the  meaning of it all until his death on Calvary and his resurrection, which means that they were obedient listeners and followers,  somewhere along the way each of their thoughts may have been,  “I Ponder These Things in My Heart.” When the time was appointed and appropriate they were able to draw strength from the very One who had so patiently laid the foundation of their growth to reach the world at large.

One may wonder about how many Great Prophets of the Bible responded when an assignment came from God.  There inner thoughts are not revealed so I imagine they said to them-selves, I Ponder These Things in My Heart and therefore I am obedient to the call of service from God. Noah when instructed to build an ark that would house a future world never questioned his assignment but moved in fear and obedience.  Moses gave excuses as to why he should not be the one chosen to free the Israelites from bondage when enslaved in Egypt, Imagine that even when in uncertainty   he to spoke the words to himself, “I  Ponder These Things in My Heart” and followed his instructions. Abraham, when called upon to sacrifice his son, move with wisdom and fear  did  he have the same thought process, I Ponder These Things in My Heart? He too was obedient and followed instructions, believing in faith that God will provide. The list is endless as to how through faith and obedience, and these words “I Ponder These Things in My Heart, may have  indeed became an important of the outcome we all may experience as we put our trust, our lives in Gods’ hand and be obedient.

Now have you pondered these things in your heart?

Wednesday Inspirational and Motivational Service (Believe)

Your challenge for the rest of this week and the rest of your life is to “BELIEVE, NEVER GIVE IN AND NEVER GIVE UP.  The choice is yours today, now listen to the rest of this very important message RIGHT NOW!

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We will close today’s lesson out with Yolanda Adams singing to you, “Never give up!”

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Relationship Strategies (Bring back the Joy in your Relationship)

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OVER COME THE FEARS THAT ARE DESTROYING YOUR RELATIONSHIP

This is one of the most fearful times in our nation’s recent history for a lot of people. We have been through many trials and tribulations, and we can overcome our fears.  How we respond to them, both individually and collectively, may determine the outcome.

However we view it, we must overcome our fears in order that we achieve the success GOD has already provided for us.  So I ask you this day, “WHY ARE YOU ALLOWING FEAR TO DESTROY YOUR JOY?”

Know that our fears are from the devil, and the devil is nothing but a thief.  A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy.Jesus said, “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”  (John 10:10 MSG).

President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said in his inauguration address in 1933 that “we have nothing to fear, but fear itself.” His words were meant to reassure a struggling people at the height of the Great Depression.  Therefore, it is important to know and understand the word of God when He further tells us this, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.  (2 Timothy 1:7 AMP)

With this powerful gift given to us by the all mighty and powerful God, we have no need to fear.  It is a state of mind that is causing us sickness, stress and physical illness that is destroying our lives.

In addition, we are experiencing coping behaviors and seeing – avoidance, denial, being reactive, staying busy and this is somewhat predictable, as are the feelings produced such as anxiety and anger.

We can trace back what is causing such reactions, to a large degree, to unanswered questions such as these: Are we in this together, or is it everyone for themselves? Will we ever find our way out of this, and if so, how long will it take?

Among the unfortunate psychological side effects of a crisis like this is:

People feeling isolated and believing that they having to work out their work and financial issues on their own because everyone else is preoccupied;

A loss of confidence in our economic and political institutions, and leadership of all kinds, and finally

A resulting loss of self-confidence and even depression as people cope with the crisis in different ways.

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

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

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

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

Put the JOY back into your relationship by letting go of the FEARS that are keeping you in bondage and away from your JOY, PEACE AND HAPPINESS…

Forgiveness Friday (Scriptures of Forgiveness)

LEARNING THE ART OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

LEARNING THE ART OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Enter into this weekend with your heart filled with love, joy and peace, by having a Spirit of FORGIVENESS; study these scriptures and be obedient to the Word of God…

Ephesians 4:32 ESV 

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Mark 11:25 ESV 

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

1 John 1:9 ESV 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Matthew 6:15 ESV 

But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Matthew 18:21-22 ESV 

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

Matthew 6:14-15 ESV 

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

James 5:16 ESV / 280 

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Luke 6:27 ESV 

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

Colossians 3:13 ESV 

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

SONG OF FORGIVENESS:

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Thursday Scriptures of Encouragement (Obedience)

OBEDIENCE PUTS YOUR BLESSINGS WITHIN REACH

PINK ROSE PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PINK ROSE PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Worldly people often look at material loss, and think OBEDIENCE requires a high price, not realizing that by being obedient their blessing may be within reach.

Therefore, the bible teaches us in Psalm 27, that we must learn to wait on the Lord: Wait (trust) on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

The Bible speaks truth to power, it is up to each one of us to seek out its truth and be empowered by the knowledge it provides us.  Remember, “OBEDIENCE PUTS YOUR BLESSINGS WITHIN REACH!” When we are filled with sin and wondering why we are lacking in our BLESSINGS, we can always find comfort and strength in the word because it will always speak to our hearts.

Now listen to what it says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” (Hebrews 12:1 NIV).

When we are filled with sin, we struggle to move forward towards the prize that God has waiting for us.  The prize has our individual names written on it.  But because we are weighted down by sin, we are called to strip off every weight that might slow us down.  We as Christians must be “SPIRTUALLY TRIM,” and able to run the race unencumbered.  We must run with endurance the race that God has set before us, because we do not select the course, God marks it out.

There are many believers who are willing to humble themselves for the cause of Christ, and conclude that mere material possessions do not come before their desire to be OBEDIENT to the Lord.

Paul sums it up this way:  The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing in the trash—along with every-thing else I used to take credit for, And why? Because of Christ; yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, first hand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant, I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him.  I gave up all inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it. Let’s keep focused on that goal, those who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that you’re on the right track, let’s stay on it (Philippians 3:7-11, 15-16 Mgs.)

God wants to bless you, and He wants to do it right now.  He is your heavenly Father, and just like your earthly Father, when you do well, he rewards you, and when you are disobedient, he punishes you.  When you are OBEDIENT to your heavenly Father, He will open up the windows of Heaven an pour you out a BLESSING that your bank account will not be able to contain.

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Wednesday Inspirational and Motivational Service (Vision)

WHERE IS YOUR VISION?

WHAT IS VISION? Photo by Pastor Davis

WHAT IS VISION? Photo by Pastor Davis

Since this is the first day of the rest of your natural life here on this earth, may God bless you with the capacity to see what others cannot see, and provide you with the strength of mind to prepare for the abundance for what you have been seeking Him for.

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