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TIME TO BREAK THE CHAINS OF FEAR AND LIMITATION

TIME TO BREAK THE CHAINS OF FEAR AND LIMITATION

My Brothers and Sisters pay close attention to what I write in this message here for you today, because this is what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.  (Romans 12:1-2 MSG)

You see my Brothers and Sisters, know that in this very important message, you were born with chains of fear and limitations placed into your mind by the world that you were conceived into, limiting you from the ability to be what God created you to be, [a powerful and free human being], without limitations.  You were born free and you will die free, but will you live free?  The choice is entirely yours.

GOD’S GIFT OF LOVE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

However, at this very moment in time, when you entered into the world of the unknown,  you will not be able to make that decision, because others are controlling your being.   The moment and time you left your mother’s womb, you left screaming, and everyone that was around you at that very moment looked at you and said, oh, how beautiful he or she really is.  You had left your comfort zone and your mind had become filled with fear of the unknown.  You had entered into a world that you knew not.  A world where your own ability to move freely had been limited by fear of the unknown, but you were a child of God, blessed with his breath of life.

A BABY CONCEIVED IN LOVE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Your life was no accident, you were conceived in love and from the very beginning of time, you were loved unconditionally.  You were presented with your parent’s gift of love for each other, and wrapped in their gifts of peace, love, joy and happiness.  But the world around you, was cruel and harsh, filled with angry, bitterness and despair, Poverty was everywhere, crime and rage filled the air.  People pleading for help, only to find fear, lack, limitations and despair, screaming from every street corner, calling out, “do you dare?”

Pause your mind for a moment, click on this very important video clip and now allow your mind to be relaxed as you journey deeper with us into the unknown that is sure to enlighten you and in the end fill your heart with joy, knowledge and wisdom.  We will join you on the other side as we continue to read and study together.

Our Soldiers are returning home from the war zone, broke, lame and no place to call home.  Houses boarded up, friends and family living on the street, sleeping in cardboard houses under the freeways.  The airways are filled with hate for women, blacks and other minorities.  The people’s voting rights are being stripped away, leaving them with no voice to say to their representatives, “will you help us this day.”

Limitations, limitations, you scream, is this a dream?  Or am I caught up in a whirlwind?  This cycle of fear and limitation is beginning to make me crazy.  No time for me to feel this despair, my parents told me that I was born free, and that I would die free, the choice of which path that I would take was entirely mine to make.  No, no I say, I will not be limited by fear and limitations.

Now as I look around, I look towards the heavens, and I scream, Father, why so much fear, lack and limitations have gripped your people in this day and time?

I know who I am; I know that you created me with unlimited potentials.  The gift of possibilities resides within me, and I know that I am only limited by the thoughts I place in my own mind.

But the people Father, you created them also with the same gifts and potentials, but they seem frozen in a deep freeze of limitations, stuck deep in despair and unable to free themselves from the roots of poverty that seems so unfair.

Now is the time to break the chains of limitation, it’s a brand new day, and I know God has equipped me with all the tools I need to break these chains of limitation and grow in prosperity, living out my purpose and moving towards my destination.

This is the day that proclaims my freedom, I am free to live, love and share my gift of freedom with your people everywhere Father.  This I will do now, and do it without fear are limitations, because you told me father, that if I would abide in you, you would abide in me, and no weapon that is formed against me shall ever prosper.  Today, I can come boldly before the throne of grace, lift my holy hands towards the sky and proclaim my freedom by saying, free at last, free at last, thank God all mighty, I am free at last.

In conclusions, I say to all of you, live free, and die free, the choice is yours, for on this day, We have ministered this message to you from a position of peace, purpose, power and prosperity, by proclaiming freedom for everyone who chose to free their minds from the chains of limitation.

We proclaim this freedom in the name of Jesus Christ who died on the cross and rose again just so that we all could enjoy such freedom.  Therefore, I encourage you to live free of all restraints and teach others to do the same.

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POWERFUL WAYS OF OVER COMING YOUR FEARS

POWERFUL WAYS OF OVER COMING YOUR FEARS

FEAR NOT SAYS THE LORD (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

FEAR NOT SAYS THE LORD (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FINDING TRUTH IN THE ETERNAL REALITY OF GOD’S MERCIES

FINDING TRUTH IN THE ETERNAL REALITY OF GOD’S MERCIES

WHEN TRUTH AND REALITY MEETS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

WHEN TRUTH AND REALITY MEETS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

 

Brothers and sisters, in light of all I have shared with you about God’s mercies, I urge you to offer your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice to God

THE ETERNAL REALITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE ETERNAL REALITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

A sacred offering that brings Him pleasure; this is your reasonable, essential worship.

MEN PASS FROM SELF TO TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

MEN PASS FROM SELF TO TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind.

THE LIGHT OF TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE LIGHT OF TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.  (ROMANS 12:1-2)

YOUR ENEMY MAY DO YOU HARM BUT LOVE HIM ANYWAY

YOUR ENEMY MAY DO YOU HARM BUT LOVE HIM ANYWAY

THE ROSE OF LOVE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE ROSE OF LOVE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

The lesson I write and teach here today will be hard for a lot of people to understand in light of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman trial.  However, we must understand and learn to obey the teaching of Jesus when He tells us to love our Enemies.  So let us look closely at what Jesus wants us to know about loving our enemies.  We will begin with Paul’s teaching to the Church of Corinth as he spoke passionately on the meaning of love.

Paul says, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

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

 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.  (1 Corinthians 13:1-8 ESV)

Now listen carefully, open your spiritual mind, and understand this message: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want, remember these words written in Psalm 23:1, allow this to be your focus when intervening in prayer on behalf of those who may have sought to lay a stumbling block in your pathway or do bodily harm to you. He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies, anoints my head with oil and my cup overflows (5) with goodness from the Lord.  Develop and Understand as a Rule, Love your Enemies.

Jesus was an advocate of love and his teachings were centered on this key ingredient which is the key to living life in the fullness of his joy. He says, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you and pray for those who spitefully use you…Just as you want men to do to you, you do to them likewise (Luke 6:27-31 NKJV). Love your enemies, do good and lend, hoping for nothing in return (35), judge not, condemn not, and forgive those who wrong you.” When you are able to develop and understand as a rule, love your enemies, your blessings will flow from the heavenly realm because Jesus has said so.

Love, as Jesus instructed and set an example to follow. Through many encounters he demonstrated patience, kindness, and concern for others. It is not his will or desire that anyone should be lost or have an attitude of harm and indifference towards one another. Through his teachings we gain strength and knowledge to help us to understand behavior, what to expect from others and how to handle those events in life through a genuine heart of love and kindness; even toward those who seek to cause us harm. When we are connected from the spiritual realm we understand how we are to respond through spiritual kindness; and when we do, he sets the rest in proper order. When you are able to develop and understand as a rule, love your enemies, your reward will be one of inner peace.

Christ in God is our life; chosen by God our new life become a life of love, along with that love we acquire compassion, kindness, humility, strength, discipline. We become content with second place, quick to forgive offense. The greatest of all attribute is love, something we should never be without; every detail in our lives focused on Jesus with praise and thanksgiving to God the Father always (Colossians 3:3-17, MGS). When you are able to develop and understand as a rule, love your enemies, you’re being obedient to God’s will.

However the stream flows, it never forgets its source (African Proverb).

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OVER COMING THE THREAT OF FEAR AND FAILURE

OVER COMING THE THREAT OF FEAR AND FAILURE

LIVING IN THE LIGHT OF GOD (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

LIVING IN THE LIGHT OF GOD (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

We welcome all of you into our Sunday Morning Praise and Worship Service.  Let us begin by reading from the book of Psalms 150 in obedience to the word of God.  This is what the book of Psalms teaches us, “Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the tumbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.  Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

This message of praise is one that should be branded on our hearts, and we should wear it on our chest daily as a badge of honor, free from the fears of the world.  We are His children, and we should be proud to lift up our hands, open our mouths and shout out praises to the one that woke us up this morning and every morning that we are on this earth.

In our message today, I will be speaking to you from the Book of (2 Timothy 1:6-7).  Now here is what the Scriptures teaches us about overcoming our fears and standing up in the face of the devil and giving God all your praises in order that He may take you to that High Place in which He desires you to be: Now listen up, as the Bible speaks to you, it says, “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind, 2Timothy 1:6-7 KJV!”

Now click on this video and listen to a live video broadcast of today’s message by Pastor Davis at the Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Now let us conclude our service today with Pastor William Murphy singing Praise is what I do.

We thank you for worshiping with us today, and we invite you to worship with us every Sunday Morning at 0700 and study God’s Holy Word with us daily. We invite you to visit our youtube channel by clicking on the link below:  http://www.youtube.com/davistheteacher/

WHY ARE YOU ALLOWING FEAR TO DESTROY YOUR JOY

WHY ARE YOU ALLOWING FEAR TO DESTROY YOUR JOY

FEAR-THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR BUT FEAR ITSELF

 

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.

FEAR IS OF THE DEVIL

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

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

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

  1.  People feeling isolated and believing that they having to work out their work and financial issues on their own because everyone else is preoccupied;
  2.  A loss of confidence in our economic and political institutions, and leadership of all kinds, and finally
  3. 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.  Now pause your thoughts for a moment and watch this short video clip on overcoming your fears.

Now I leave you with the same question that we begin this discussion with; “why are you allowing fear to destroy your joy?”  Think deeply on this, because it will reflect upon your relationships and everything you do going forward.  Know that God promised us that He would never put on us more than we can bear.

 

 

FEAR-ANGER AND DIVINENESS IS HARMING OUR NATION

Fear, Stress & Anger

Fear, Stress & Anger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FEAR-ANGER AND DIVINENESS IS HARMING OUR NATION

WE MUST OVERCOME OUR FEARS IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS

This is one of the most fearful times in our nation’s recent history. How we respond to it, both individually and collectively, may determine the outcome of our success as a NATION.

However we view it, we must overcome our fears in order that we achieve the success GOD has already provided for us. He told us that He would never put on us more than we can bear.  God’s word is truth, and we as a NATION must learn to stand on His word.  He further told us that His people will perish from a lack of knowledge.  Knowledge is power, and God will provide us with  all the power we need to overcome our fears.  He assured us that He was the VINE and we are the BRANCHES, and if we abide in Him, He would abide in us and we will bear much fruit.  In other words, we can achieve the SUCCESS as a NATION by abiding in JESUS.

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)

The coping behaviors we are seeing – avoidance, denial, being reactive, staying busy – are somewhat predictable, as are the feelings produced – anxiety, anger. What are causing such reactions, to a large degree, are 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 (1). People feeling isolated and believing that they are having to work out their own financial issues on their own, because everyone else is preoccupied; (2) a loss of confidence in our economic and political institutions, and leadership of all kinds, and finally (3). 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. People bring all of this baggage to work, where it can show up in a lot of ways – cheerful denial, tense conversations, angry conflicts, misperceptions and miscommunication, and even distrust.

However, we do have a choice? The choice is at home or at work and it is very simple: Let the fear control our 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?

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.

Lead with compassion: This is a time to lead from the heart rather than the head. The WORK FORCE needs reassurance, information, perspective and a chance to be heard. Over-communicate. Create opportunities for people to talk about their concerns. The worst thing that can happen is that we act like nothing is going on – and then we get what we get.

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.

Support each other: It’s about relationships. Everyone at work is going through the same stuff. Most people do not want to feel isolated or alone during times like these. Create opportunities for people to talk about their concerns and how they are problem-solving. In mutual support and communication, the work force will discover a new sense of community.

Go with the energy: What you resist persists. The more we resist engaging our fears, the worse they become. Go with the energy that is generated when people can have an honest conversation about the realities of how this economy is impacting work life. Once the dialogue is opened up, people will move from their concerns to solutions – and support for each other. This is the energy of true collaboration.

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 – the most difficult economic times this nation has faced in at least 100 years. It is a time for us to be authentic and truthful about our workplace challenges. It is a time to engage each other. It is a time to move beyond our fears to achieve success – together.

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally.  Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, may the grace of God abide in you now and forever, in JESUS name, AMEN!

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