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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.

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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!

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!

 

 

IT’S TIME TO BREAK THE CHAINS OF FEAR AND LIMITATION

IT’S TIME TO BREAK THE CHAINS OF FEAR AND LIMITATION

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.  I remain, your brother in Jesus Christ, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!

ARE YOU STANDING IN THE PATHWAY OF YOUR LAST DAYS ON EARTH?

ARE YOU STANDING IN THE PATHWAY OF YOUR LAST DAYS ON EARTH?

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (AMP)

BUT UNDERSTAND this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].

For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane.

[They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good.

[They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God.

For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].

YOU MUST OVERCOME FEAR TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS

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YOU MUST OVERCOME FEAR 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.  However we view it, we must overcome our fears in order that we achieve the success God has already provided for us.

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’s 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 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. 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.

We do have a choice? The choice at home or at work 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?

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 comes 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.

 

LEARNING TO USE YOUR AWESOME GIFTS FOR SERVICE TO OTHERS

LEARNING TO USE YOUR AWESOME GIFTS FOR SERVICE TO OTHERS

THE WAY OF LOVE

This lesson begins with Paul a servant of Jesus Christ, being in prison and writing a letter of encouragement to his son Timothy.  Paul begins with these words, 8-10So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. However, we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.

This is the Message I have been set apart to proclaim as a preacher, an emissary, and teacher. It is also the cause, of all this trouble I am in. Nevertheless, I have no regrets. I could not be surer of my ground—the One I have trusted in can take care of what he’s trusted me to do right to the end.

So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It’s as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us. (II Timothy 1:8-14 MGS)

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. (II Timothy 1:7 AMP)

My question to you today is, do you know what gifts God has equipped you with?  Do you understand that you are a marvelous created person? Each one of you has been given a very special gift.  You were created in the image of God.

You My Friends, you were created for God’s own purpose and service in this life. Do not think that God made a mistake when he purposed you to do great things. God never gives us a task to do without empowering us to carry it out.

Today I want to teach this lesson from three different precepts. 1.  Power,  2. Love and 3. Self discipline.  These three precepts when mixed together with the process and your purpose in this life will provide you with the greatest prosperity ever known to humankind. By taking the time to study this lesson, means that you are truly beginning the process. The process may not be easy, but the process is what you must go through in order to arrive at your destination. The one reason why so many of us fail at the task that has been assigned to us is that we work so hard to skip over the process in order that we may receive the prosperity.  Remember, God created everything in an orderly process, and if we are to receive the benefits of God’s gifts to us, we must do the same.  God created the process for our benefit.

The bible teaches us that God did not bring us this far to leave us, and God will never put on us more than we can bear.  We are uniquely designed, with great powers of our minds to carry us to great heights.

In Jeremiah 33:3, we see that God spoke to Jeremiah and told him these words, “Call me,”  “and I will show you great powers that you never imagined that you had before.” The powers to do great things were given to us before we were conceived in our Mothers womb. We can use these powers to climb great mountains, to build huge skyscrapers, build sophisticated spaceships, which are capable of taken us into space and then returning us safely to earth. These are just a few of those great achievements that God has shown us that the powers of our minds can accomplish anything providing  that we attune our minds with God  mine. In the bible the book of Philippians it states, “Let this mind that is in Christ be also in you. When we connect our minds with the mind of Christ, our blessings of prosperity will begin to flow like an untamed river flowing its waters back into the sea. That is what power and especially the powers of our minds will do for us.

We do not need to have naturally powerful personalities. God gives us strength of character and confidence that wins us respect when we face opposition as we speak, preach, and live the truth.  God supernaturally replaces any timidity on the servant’s part with boldness.  Such power is difficult to discredit. Power, God awesome powers.  Understand the very important gift that God has equipped you with. Learn to believe in it, use the powers of your mind to practice the task you have been assigned this day, and as you grow in God’s grace prosperity will begin to flow to you in great abundance.

The second precept is love. This is one that we could spend the whole day studying and never reach the end.  Scripture for this text states God did not give us a spirit of fear, but he gave us a spirit of power and a spirit of love.  Oh, what a wonderful God, who saw our needs before we entered into this world.  Therefore, he provided us with the awesome powers to love.  God taught us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Love comes from the inside of each one of us. When we truly learn to love ourselves as God has taught, we can begin to love others  with a spirit of un- conditional love. In John 316 the bible says that God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son,  that whosoever believes in him shall not parish but have eternal life. My friends that is truly an unadulterated pure love. A love that is unmatched, by anything else that we have ever know in this life.

Now listen to how Paul speaks of the greatest gift that has ever been given to humankind. Paul calls it “THE WAY OF LOVE.” (I Corinthians 13:1-13 MSG)

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

The virtues of faith, hope, and love are necessary in this age, but is the age to call come, faith will be way to sight, and hope will turn into experience. Love alone is eternal, for God is love. (I John 4:8.)

Now we come to the third and final precept, which is self-discipline this can also translate to the art of self-control or sound mind.  However, we may perceive it, we must understand that it is a part of our mind power that God has provided us with and we must learn how to control ourselves under all circumstances.  The power of your Mind is truly awesome.  You can use your mental powers to achieve success that, up until now, you have only ever dreamed of.  It is a Universal truth that life tends to move you towards the physical equivalent of your predominant thoughts and feelings. A great many people are well aware of this fact but most find it extremely difficult to apply this knowledge and put it to work effectively in their lives. Are you one of those people? If you are, then do not worry because I am about to show you how to overcome this little problem.

Now for all of us, our training in the art of self-discipline begin the very moment when we come into the knowledge of the truth of this proverb, “listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.”  Self-Discipline means that you are wise enough to obey this proverb and have acquired enough wisdom, knowledge and understanding to begin the process of training your mind as well as your physical body in the art of self-discipline,  Being obedient to the word and able to climb that great mountain of obstacles, and manifest your dreams into reality.

As a Godly leader, and a follower of Jesus, our spiritual lives should form the core of our character.  Our training should be a daily process in building up the spiritual mind in order that it will always prevail against the evil spirits of the devil.  Our training should be like that of a runner or a boxer.  During the course of a race, runners do not stagger from one lane to another.  They rivet their attention on the finish line and run a disciplined race toward it.  So also, boxers train with purpose so they can absorb powerful blows without falling down.  They build up their physical stamina so that their legs will hold out for the final rounds.

A wrestler once asked his coach, “can’t I smoke and drink and have a good time and still wrestle?”  The coach replied, “yes you can, but you can’t win!  We as Christians and godly leaders cannot win the race either, if we are unwilling to discipline ourselves to studying and obeying the word of God.

Now if you truly want to be a godly leader, and learn to serve humanity, you must cultivate your spiritual journey like a world-class athlete.  Why? In order for you to finish the race without being disqualified, you must develop the art of self-control.  By doing this you can and will affect other areas of your life-how we treat others, where we go for answers to major decisions, and the skills we use in accomplishing our daily tasks.

When we study (2 Timothy 1:7), we soon discover that Paul was prompted to encourage his fellow worker to maintain a holy boldness and assurance in his position of spiritual leadership.  Paul had commissioned Timothy to oversee many of the churches in the Roman province of Asia, and this task required “a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” Self-discipline is needed to stretch us beyond our own comfort zones and areas of personal inertia.  For some, the needed discipline will be more in the realm of the emotions; for others the focus of self-control will be in the realm of the mind or of the will.

Writing to the Galatians, Paul said that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

While people without Christ can exercise self-control, this quality in its fullest expression of character transformation is a part of the spiritual fruit that only the Holy Spirit can produce in us.

Self-discipline is seldom easy.  Paul’s words to Timothy revealed that this young man probably struggled with it in his ministry.  And most leaders who come across the need for more self-discipline in their lives struggle at times as well.  God’s Spirit is the power source behind self-discipline.

 In conclusion, let me say that all of these three precepts of qualities are gifts of the Spirit, not just natural tendencies.  They function best in harmony.  Under the pressures of leadership, people tend to gravitate toward a desire for power and boldness as the most effective tools for success.  However, used alone, these qualities are self-defeating.  The inclusion of love and self-control clearly indicates that a leader’s effectiveness comes from God’s Spirit.  We may be impressed by a leader who exhibits boldness and power, but without love or self-control, such a leader is little more than a bully.

Now with your understanding of these three precepts, we urge you to come boldly before the throne of grace, preach and teach the word of God with all the awesome powers God has given you.  Preach the word in season and out of season, and never give into the evil spirits that will call upon you to speak otherwise.  You are a servant of Christ, as such, you were provided with spiritual gifts to serve others, and your job daily is to go into the world carry the gospel to those who are in great need wherever they may be.  Do this in the name of Jesus. Amen!

 

 

 

 

HAS SATAN BECOME THE AUTHORITY FIGURE IN RAISING YOUR CHILDREN

Group of children in a primary school in Paris

OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE

HAS SATAN BECOME THE AUTHORITY FIGURE IN RAISING YOUR CHILDREN

 The enemy has taken the fight to our youth…

Parents, are you willing to risk being run over by the children of your community?  What has God placed in your hands that might be attractive to them?  If we are to restore the path for our children, we must be willing to do what it takes to arrest their attention.  We must stop being passive and become pro-active in helping to bring about a change in their lives.  It might mean that we have to sacrifice our nice carpets and beautiful homes to bring them in.  If you are going to invite the children of the community into your home, your carpet will get dirty, and your patience will be, tried and tested.  How committed are we to lifting these kids out of their maze of misery?  In a sense, the children are our own pathways to the future.  If we ignore the children of our communities, we do so at the cost of our very own future.

Now listen up parents, Youth violence has gotten totally out of control, with no one knowing what to do or how to control what is happening with our youth that are destroying our communities.  Everyone is pointing the finger at the other.  If we could only stop for a moment, and take a good look at what is happening within our homes, schools, churches, work places and government offices, we will see the real enemy that has taken control and that is the old devil himself.  Yes, Satan has gotten control of every avenue of our children’s lives, and we all are standing around and blaming each other for all kinds of things rather than seeing the real enemy of God and that is Satan.  Satan knows that by spreading his violence among our youth, he can begin to penetrate Gods kingdom by causing them to become addictive to drugs, alcohol, joining gangs, killing each other, killing their parents, then committing suicide themselves.  You see Satan truly has his game plan together, while we are sitting around blaming each other for the many evil deeds that our youth are committing.  Some of us are locking ourselves within our homes afraid of our youth, afraid we might be next.  It is a sad day in America when we as adults have become so fearful of our youth, when our future lies in the very ones we are fearful of.  I do realize that some of our youth have gone astray and it should give us a very good reason to pause and take a good look at what is happening within our society as a whole.  Look at just how we as parents and grandparents are raising our own children, allowing them to tell us what to do are not to do.  These are the same youth, that are taking control of our communities and threaten all of us that we have become so fearful of.

Stop blaming and start acting…

There is enough blame to go around when some say that it is liberalism that has caused the violence.  Others say that it is the removal of prayer from our schools.  Some say it is the steady stream of violence we see in the movies, on the nightly newscast, on all sorts of TV programs, and especially the video games.

There are still others who blame the government for overtaxing us, and forcing parents to have to abandon their children for the workplace.  When it comes to youth using guns to settle their differences, there are those who would blame the gun manufacturers and the gun dealers.  But no where do we see anyone taking responsibility for what has happened.  Not the parents, schools, churches, business, government, or the youth themselves.  No, everyone wants to place the blame on someone else.  It is time that we as parents and grandparents begin to accept the major portion of responsibility, and take control of our children’s lives and get the government out of our homes and bedrooms.  We as parents are responsible for raising our youth and it does take the whole community to be involved and always willing to lend a helping hand.

It is time for Parents to take a stand and fight a good fight…

 When I was a young boy growing up in a very small community in South Carolina, everyone knew everyone and no one was ever afraid to correct any child of the community, if they saw us doing something wrong.  Every parent and grandparent was responsible for every child of the community.  Today, if you correct a child when you see them doing wrong, you will have the parents knocking at your door for chastising their child.  You might even have the police come calling on you, if you are lucky that the child has not shot and killed you.  There is something badly wrong with this picture, but it is the reality of the world we live in today.

 Another part of this problem of correcting children is some of the abuse that some parents have perpetuated upon their children that has caused the government to get more involved in our daily lives.  We as parents are responsible for our children and we must shoulder that responsibility with love, understanding and patience.  Children can be a problem.  There is much peer pressure on them.  They want to fit in with their friends, therefore as a parent, we must try to understand their changing life style, and their growth hormones as they experience adulthood.  We must treat them with respect, try to understand that they too do have problems and they may not always share those problems with us.  Nevertheless, we must always be willing to put our arms around them and daily tell them that we love them, even though we may not be having the kind of conversation we would like to have with them.  However, I tell you that there is power in love.  When our youth can feel within themselves that they are loved, it brings a much different kind of respect from them.  However, we must never compromise our principles and allow our children to be disobedient and disrespectful to us are the people that are in authority.  We must stand our ground and always be willing to discipline them with love.  We must always remain strong and keep our focus on raising our children to become responsible and loving adults, ready and capable of taking on the mantel of future leaders within their communities and of the world.  We must never except defeat as a way of giving up on our children.

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 our children and 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 bring an end to this right here and now.

 

 

 

 

SPOILED YOUR CHILD ARE DISCIPLINE YOUR CHILD

Our children are the most important asset that we have in this world. Raising them properly is a lifetime labor of love. For many parents the proper way to discipline our children seems to be the most difficult thing to do. The Bible teaches corporal punishment, whether the modern experts agree or not. To withhold punishment from a child when it is deserved is to encourage the child in sin and thus to contribute to his eventual ruin. The parent who spares his rod might think he is manifesting love, but God says it is hatred. Here is how the Bible describes it, “He who spares his rod [of discipline] hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines diligently and punishes him early.” (Proverbs 13:24 Amplified)

The parent who genuinely loves his child does not condone naughtiness, but discipline the child promptly. We all know children who have been properly discipline will always bring delight and rest to their parents instead of anxiety and heartache. Once again listen to how the Bible describes corporal punishment, “Correct your son and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your heart.” (Proverbs 29:17 Amplified)

Are Your Children Spoiled?

By Katherine Kam WebMD Feature Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

If you are spoiling your children, you’ll know it. They’re rude to you and other adults. They won’t share with other children. They will act bossy and demand to be first in line. They don’t answer your questions and ignore your instructions. If you deny them a new toy or treat, you’ll face a tempest of crying, howling, and little fists pounding the floor.

Feeling defeated? Nowadays, many parents do. But it’s not too late to curb spoiled behavior, child psychologists tell WebMD. In fact, they say, your child’s ultimate happiness depends on it.

“I think most parents know when their kids are spoiled, but they feel kind of helpless to do anything about it,” says Richard Bromfield, PhD, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School and author of How to Unspoil Your Child Fast.

During more than 25 years in a private counseling practice in the Boston area, Bromfield has seen the gamut. A young boy who ordered his mother around and scolded her sharply for giving him yogurt when he wanted pretzels. An 8-year-old girl who cried and screamed when her mom and dad went to dinner or a movie without her, prompting frantic calls from the babysitter that sent her parents scurrying home. Or children who sass their parents for refusing them anything: “You stink.” “You’re a terrible mother.” “I hate you.”

When spoiled youngsters become teenagers, they’re more prone to excessive self-absorption, lack of self-control, anxiety, and depression, says Dan Kindlon, PhD, author of Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age.

“If you give kids so much early on, they get to a point where they can’t be satisfied with anything,” says Kindlon, who is also a clinical and research psychologist at Harvard University.

When mothers and fathers stop spoiling their children, Bromfield says, not only will they feel less frustrated as parents, they’ll also prepare their children to handle life’s curve balls — a tough task for kids who have always gotten their way.

So where do you start? Here are steps you can take to regain control.

1. Commit yourself wholeheartedly to stop spoiling your children.

“You have to commit. If you do it halfway, it’s better than not at all, but it’s not going to work until you really do it,” Bromfield says. For example, a parent who wants a child to start cleaning his room has to make sure that the job gets done right. “If they pick up one crayon and a piece of clothing and that’s it, it isn’t going to work,” he says.

In Bromfield’s experience, parents who take their new mission seriously see fairly quick improvements in their child’s behavior, he says. “A 10-year-old spoiled child does not need 10 years of reversal. Kids are smart and resilient and they want to grow right, so it’s generally not too late.”

2. Replace empty threats with clear, calm, concise instructions.

“Kids hear their parents say, ‘stop, no, it’s the last time.’ All the screaming and the counting to three and the threats — we have trained them to ignore us for 11 hours because they know that in the 12th hour, they’re going to get their way,” Bromfield says. “I tell parents to say what you mean. If you just say the words and say what’s going to happen and stick to it, that’s what has the power — the consequence. You don’t even have to yell.”

Also, avoid the trap of over-explaining or haggling endlessly over routine matters, such as tooth-brushing, turning off the video game, or bedtime. Your child will only argue with you like a pint-sized lawyer, Bromfield says. Think about it, he says: Does your 11-year-old son really need hundreds of nightly reminders about the benefits of dental hygiene if he’s smart enough to memorize 493 species of Pokemon?

3. Provide consistent discipline and consequences.

“Actions speak louder than words,” Bromfield says. Cut the chatter and provide concrete consequences, he suggests. “Is tooth-brushing a problem for your child? Try no treats for the entire next day. No warnings, no threats, just a total prohibition of sugar and sweets for the next 24 hours. Does he refuse to [pick] up his toys? Put them all away for a few days, period.” At first, your child may whine and cry, but don’t give in to tantrums. “Children need to grow used to handling reasonable limits without feeling devastated, rejected, and unloved.”

4. Avoid rescuing or overprotecting your child.

Is your daughter always late for school? Stop nagging and let her suffer the consequences of constant tardiness, Bromfield says. It sounds simple, but most parents are quick to rush in and rescue. His advice: “Unless the children are in danger, let them stew in the messes they make.”

Parents who repeatedly shield their children from consequences thwart their growth in character, experts say.

5. Ask yourself if you’re overindulging your child materially. 

Many parents shower their children with gifts and never require them to earn something on their own, experts say. But spoiling your children with all the toys, clothes, and electronic gadgets they want deprives them of important life lessons, such as saving up for a treasured possession, Bromfield says. “If you get everything, you don’t learn gratitude. If you never have to wait, you don’t learn patience.”

The psychologist says that he sees mothers who buy themselves $12 dresses at discount stores, but think nothing of spending $200 on their child’s shoes. Instead, try to cut back on excessive spending and shift some responsibility to your child to do chores or save allowance money for purchases.

In these hard economic times, more parents may simply be being forced to say no, Bromfield says. “The fact that people are struggling is not a good thing, but there might be a mixed blessing. Because of financial limits, people are probably giving their kids less. I see a lot of parents who are struggling with this because they’re feeling really badly. But I see this as an opportunity. In the way that the stock market and real estate prices are correcting, I think over-indulgent parenting is correcting, too.”

6. Stay on Track  

Despite a parent’s best intentions to stop spoiling a child, lots of things can derail the effort, experts say, including fatigue or being overwhelmed by work responsibilities or marital troubles. “Parents will backslide and undermine their progress,” Bromfield says.

What’s the secret to getting back on track?

“Parents can remind themselves that the reason they’re going to give in is a selfish reason — because it’s easier,” Kindlon says. “Remind yourself that you didn’t hesitate when the child, as a 2-year-old, wanted to drink the Chlorox. You had to take it away from them, right? Even if they said they hated you and they screamed, you didn’t feel bad about that. You have to develop the same mind-set and realize that this is best for them.”

Kindlon recently worked with a man who remembers how he chafed in his youth at his father’s steady discipline and refusal to spoil him. As the man recalls gratefully now, “My father told me, ‘I don’t care if you like me now. I want you to like me when you’re 40.’”

Why Do We Spoil Our Children?

Children don’t become spoiled because they’re innately bad, Bromfield says. Instead, a “spoiling” parent who doesn’t provide limits and structure can foster self-centered behavior in kids.

In more than two decades of counseling families, Bromfield has seen spoiled children become more prevalent, he says. Today, parents spoil their children for myriad reasons. They’re unsure about how to discipline children, they’re too tired and overworked to make an effort, they’re afraid of damaging their youngster’s self-esteem, or they fear that their children will become angry and dislike them. And, here’s a biggie: some parents spoil their children intentionally because it feels good, Bromfield says. “They find it gives them true pleasure to see their child happy, and they just always want that to happen.”

No one is advocating a return to a strict and distant child-rearing style from the past. But today’s parent-child relationships, marked by more emotional closeness, spontaneity, and friendship, pose both advantages and pitfalls.

“Today’s parents tend to be less comfortable with their authority,” Bromfield says. “Instead of telling their child what to do, they ask. Demands become questions. Questions become special elections.”

For example, “Look at what ‘Please hand me that stick’ can morph into at the playground,” he says: “‘Can you pretty please give Mommy the stick, and then we’ll go to the candy store?’”

But a child who controls parents is actually out of control, Bromfield says.

He recalls one couple who “walked on eggshells” around their preschooler to avoid triggering the boy’s rages. Why was he so angry? In part, Bromfield says, “he felt frightened of his own aggression because even his parents, rather than stand up to him, would give in to him.”

“Kids want their parents to be parents,” Bromfield adds. As he writes in his book, “A child needs boundaries and structure to grow and will seek them when they are absent. A child who perpetually pesters her parent may be searching for the limits she needs to grow straight. Her demanding and destructive behavior is meant, to a great degree, to test you, her parent, to find out what outrageous reaction will finally get you to react — constructively.”

Unchecked, a child’s sense of entitlement and spoiled behavior can spill over into the classroom, sports team, and play dates, causing rejection from other children. “Even brats hate being brats,” Bromfield says. “They will be the first ones to know that their selfishness is getting in the way. They will show you, even as they’re defending themselves, that they’re envious of kids who aren’t selfish.”

TEACHING YOUR TEENAGERS TO OVERCOME EVIL

Parents, you must know that evil is knocking at your front door, and its aim is very simple, to lure your teenage children into the pits of hell.  Today, we pause for a moment to share with you a very important lesson to help you protect your children from the pits of hell.  We all were teenagers ourselves at one point in our lives and we know just of difficult it can be trying to fit in with the crowd.  So we encourage you to share this message with your teenage children.

As a teenager, you must always be on guard of the evil that is lurking around the next corner.  Even your best friends can be your worst nightmare.  You will always be walking a tight rope trying to balance yourself in order that you may not fall from grace.  However, remember, it is only God’s grace, that you do not ever want to fall from.  Your friends cannot get you into heaven, but they can get you into prison.  They always have a map of how to get into prison, but once you are in, they do not know how to get you out.

Your very first lesson in protecting yourself from the evils of this world is to know the one person that will always have your back no matter what the circumstances may be.  That person is God and God alone.  Your friends will ridicule you for your beliefs, but you must not let that stop you from being protected from the evils of this world.  When your best friend says to you, let us get a gun and carry it for our protection.  You must know that arming yourself with a gun that can injury and even bring death to someone else is a very dangerous thing to do.  Although you want to remain friends with your friend, you must realize that at this point you are getting into a very serious and possible dangerous game.  The thing that you must do at this point is to rise above the level of thinking that your friend is truly your friend, and remember where you come from and why you are where you are today.  You did not get to where you are by yourself and now to turn around and start going in the wrong direction would be a fool’s way of doing a thing.  You are no body’s fool and you certainly were not raised to spend the rest of your life locked in a cage, chain and shackled like a wild animal unable to do or think for yourself.  But if you follow your friends way of doing things and arm yourself with his are her type of weapon, the route that you are taking will only lead to being caged up in some prison or death.

Instead of arming yourself with your friends type of weapon, ask your friend to pick up the sword.  Your sword is the Bible, the word of God.  You were trained how to use the sword from a very early age.  Now you have been given an opportunity to teach and train your friends how to use a different kind of weapon.  The kind that can protect you and him are she, from prison and the pits of hell and even bring you many years of joy and prosperity.  Do not be afraid to offer your friends your weapon of choice.  The one weapon can save both of your lives.  Be brave and come boldly before the throne of grace.  God is watching your every move.

The teenager’s sword:

 When you are planning for the future…

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.  (Psalms 119:133)

When you are instructed by your parents…

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” which is the first commandment with a promise, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”  (Ephesians 6:1-3)

When you are speaking to others…

To slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men. (Titus 3:2).

When you are choosing entertainment…

“Abstain from all appearance of evil”

(1 Thessalonians 5:22)

When you are participating in sports…

If anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.  (2 Timothy 2:5)

When you are tempted to smoke…

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s spirit lives in you?

(1 Corinthians 3:16).

When you are tempted to drink beer, wine or liquor…

“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.”

( Daniel 1:8)

When you are choosing your companion…

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?  (2 Corinthians 6:14)

The Power to overcome your enemy

In all that you do, remember God is watching over you.  Your friends may say to you, but I have your back.  You must always remember, in times of great trouble, you are pressed against the wall and everything seems to be caving in on you, and there seems to be no way out, will your friends still be with you are will they just run away and leave you holding the bag?  That is a great question that you must always be asking yourself, and forever seeking answers to.  A real friend is one that will be with you always even until the end of time, and that friend is none other than Jesus Christ. Jesus said to us, “that in the time of trouble, he will never leave us are forsake us,” and that is a promise you can take to the bank where you know your check will never bounce.  He is also a friend that has assured us that we can call on him any time day or night and he will always be there waiting to answer our call.  He said when you call he will show you great and mighty power that you never dreamed that you had.  He will give you strength to over come evil and endure for another day.  That is the kind of friend, that you should want to be with you at all times.

Jesus wants you to be in control of your own destiny.  He wants you to be strong, bold and filled with love and power.  These are a few characteristic traits, that God provides His children that loves him.  He commands us to come boldly before the thorn of grace.  When we do this, we can be assured that the promise that he has given to us will always be fulfilled.  With Jesus on your side, you will never have to walk alone; you will never have to fear your enemy.  Listen to the promise Jesus has given us.  “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  ( II Timothy 1:7 )   He has assured us that we have nothing to fear but fear itself.  We must always remain steadfast in our belief that we can do all things through God who strengthens us with his awesome powers.  He has also made a way that we can take total control of his awesome powers and use them to our advantage.  Here are some of the ways that you can do this by exercising spiritual virtues:  faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love.  When these are found in our lives we may have assurance that our calling and election for Christ is really real, and no arrow that is formed against us shall prosper.  Our enemy will flee from us because he knows that we have been endowed with powers that he cannot deal effective with.  These powers can only come from God.  No man can provide them for us, no matter how strong his armor may be.

Encouraging your friends

 One of the many ways that we can be a real friend just as Jesus is a friend to us is by encouraging our friends to do what’s right and pleasing in God’s sight.  Our job is to always remain steadfast in our own faith although our friends may waiver and when they do we have the opportunity to show them that they too can be strong and grab hold of the power Jesus has given to you. Show them that God’s grace is sufficient for all.  When your friend rejects your encouragement, do not become angry with them, because angry is the devils way of separating you from the love of Christ.  Just continue to encourage them to stay strong and keep their hands in God’s hand, because God is the truth and the light.  He is the right way and the only way that will keep you from falling by the way side.

Listen to these very important words.  “In your angry do not sin, do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold  He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.”

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:26-32).

THE DOCTRINE OF TITHING (LESSON ONE)

THE DOCTRINE OF TITHING (LESSON ONE)

 In the next several lessons, we will present you with a bold position on “THE DOCTRINE OF TITHING.” As you read and study these lessons, we want you toThink 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. Did it ever occur to you that we remain ignorant of attested TRUTH and scientifically proven facts, most particularly because we fail to make a PERSONAL, detailed INVESTIGATION of important matters? This failure to investigate positively retards the progress of our understanding and knowledge in every vocation and phase of life, both physical and spiritual. Sometimes, stopping and thinking for a moment over the essential things of life eliminates many regretted years of poverty, sickness, humiliation, embarrassment sometimes, death and destruction. Therefore, we should learn to pause and TRY TO THINK INTELLIGENTLY before we finally conclude affirmatively or negatively. We should do this before an ultimatum or final decision is rendered on any secular subject. The majority of us are, to some extent, guilty of this negligence.” (Elohim, the Archetype Original Pattern of the Universe, Introduction, paragraph five, page 1)

We encourage Bible educators to be bold, to open up their seminary level research and to promote studies on this subject in the Masters, Doctorate and Ph. D. levels. This doctrine is simply too important to ignore.

In many churches today, the doctrine of tithing has reached the level of a modern scandal. While on the one hand, most seminary-level textbooks on systematic theology and hermeneutics by highly educated theologians omit tithing, on the other hand, this practice is quickly becoming a requirement for church membership in the very denominations, which insist on solid Bible-based doctrines. There is also increasing evidence that laypersons who question the legitimacy of New Covenant tithing are usually criticized, and ignored as being troublemakers or weak Christians. Sincere Christian leaders should always be open and available to discuss God’s Word. Failure to do suggests doubt and insecurity. More “holy boldness” is needed.

A trip into a handful of Bible dictionaries should cure anyone of the simplistic idea that there is such a thing as 10 per cent off the top to a priesthood. Harper’s Bible Dictionary under “tithe” on page 1078 tells us,

“Reconstructing a clear picture of the nature and function of tithing in biblical times is extremely difficult due to the conflicting accounts and the problems in identifying the dates and provenance of the texts. Apparently, tithing was understood and practiced differently at different times and localities throughout the Biblical period.”

The above statement may come as a surprise to many people. This is very sad because it shows how little most of us know about the Bible. Many of those who teach tithing want it that way.

Tithing is Illegal

by Gary Amirault

When I say “illegal,” I certainly do not mean from the government’s point of view. The American federal government has been extremely generous in allowing religious organizations almost free hands in their money raising endeavors, even to the point of giving them many kinds of tax advantages. By illegal, I mean that God never authorized Christian leaders to take a tithe from God’s people. One will not find the modern church tithe authorized in the Old Covenant, nor in the New Covenant. Certainly, church historians are in agreement, when they say that tithing was not practiced by the early believers.

The tithe is a subject that is very dear to most church leaders. Those denominations that can get their members to actually bring in a full 10% of gross income can create very powerful forces far beyond their strength in numbers. The leading “tithing” sects according to an article in Christian Ministry, are interestingly what Evangelicals would term “cults.”  Mormons, and the World Wide Church of God are the leading givers. The fourth is the Assemblies of God. Recently, the World Wide Church of God abandoned the tithe as un-Scriptural. Donations dropped 30 per cent in the first year.

According to Newsweek, most church members give far less than 10%, most giving under 2 per cent. Not surprising is the fact that the poor give a far greater portion of their income than the rich. USA Today (Oct. 25, 1990) tells us that families earning less than $10,000 give 5.5 per cent of their income to charity (not necessarily to church). Families earning between $50,000 and $60,000 give only 1.7% of their earnings.

We hope to show in this book that while many church fund-raising organizations and Christian financial counseling ministries tell us that not paying “the tithe” is robbing God, the actual Biblical facts are that those who teach tithing as a Christian doctrine are, in fact, the ones who are “robbing God.” As we go through this article, keep in mind the above statistic that the poor far out-give the rich percentage-wise.

I am going to make a statement that will probably shock many Christians who have been in church for a long period of time and feel they know the Bible pretty well. I hope this statement encourages the reader to “see for themselves” that this statement is 100 per cent Biblically true. My hope is that when we see how far off Scriptural ground we have come in such basic Christian teachings as giving, we will renew our desire to study to “show ourselves approved.” Here is the statement: The tithe as taught by most Christian denominations as being 10 per cent of gross or net income is not contained on the pages of the Bible!

Many Christian publications say that those who do not tithe are robbing God and will suffer curses for not doing so. I am going to use one of them as an example of what Scriptures and reasoning are usually used to support the idea that the church is full of God robbers, that is, people who do not tithe 10 per cent of their income.

A booklet entitled Tithes, Offering, and Alms states: “Today many churches do not teach tithing because they do not want to drive people away. In reality they are robbing God’s people of their blessing. When tithing is not taught, they are allowing their people to ignorantly rob God. By this they allow the devourer to have free access to their people. Then the church and the people wonder why they are not being blessed. When God’s people return again unto God, He will return unto them as He has promised.”

By this minister’s own reasoning then, the Churches of the world are full of “God-robbers.” The vast majority of Christians do not even come close to giving ten per cent of their income. Most churches are overflowing with “God-robbers.”

While this booklet Tithes, Offerings, and Alms deals with more than just the tithe, we will only focus on the tithe since that is the subject of this article.

I am not mentioning the author of this work hoping in days ahead he will see the foolishness of what he wrote.

In one small paragraph, this minister condemned to the devourer entire congregations who do not tithe. As long as people do not tithe, he says, they have turned their backs to God and He cannot bless them. They are God robbers! The booklet I just quoted is very typical of publications like this. They all refer to the same handful of Scriptures to justify their position.

I will use this one as an example of which Scriptures are used to support their view and then show how these Scriptures have not only been grossly taken out of context, but even these Scriptures out of context do not support the teaching of tithing being 10% of income.

We will then study the history of tithing in the Old Testament, the early church view on the subject, and what we believe is the correct Biblical view on giving.

What Saith the Scriptures?

Those who teach that Christians are obligated, to tithe can be categorized into two main groups: 1. those who say we are still under the Mosaic Law or portions of it; 2. those who say the tithe is part of the Abrahamic Covenant, which is pre-Mosaic. The latter group says the Abrahamic Covenant, being a covenant of faith, is valid for the church. They say Abraham was a tither. Therefore, we should tithe.

Let us deal first with the pre-Mosaic arguments. Those ministries, who have taught the Mosaic Law, are done away with and therefore cannot be put upon Christians use this teaching. They are correct regarding the Mosaic Law having passed away.

(We cannot get into this subject fully because it would take up too much space, but a handful of Scriptures might be helpful to those who disagree on this point. See 2 Cor. 3:11,13; Hebrews 8:13; Gal. 4:21-26; really all of Galatians and Hebrews.)

Briefly, the Old Covenant (Mosaic Covenant) was a two-sided agreement between Israel and Yahweh in which Yahweh would bless them if they kept their part of the agreement and He would curse them if they did not. It was an all or nothing package. A person was not allowed to turn this agreement into a smorgasbord, picking and choosing what suited one’s religious diet. They could not choose what to keep and what to throw out. James 2:10 tells us “whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.”

Almost all denominations of Christianity have taken portions of the Mosaic Covenant, “Christened them,” and added them to the New Covenant. Without being aware of it, this has made most Christians guilty of the whole Mosaic Law, which says it all must be kept. At the same time, they have “fallen from grace” because of mixing it with a covenant which no longer serves a purpose for those under the New Covenant. This is not to say that we cannot learn many wonderful truths from the Mosaic Law. We are just no longer in covenantal relationship with God through that covenant. We are in covenantal relationship with God through a New Covenant ratified by Jesus Christ, not Moses.

The fact that most denominations of Christendom have not understood this vital point has caused us to fall from “grace through faith,” the very power of the New Covenant itself. What is tragic is that most Christians are not even aware of this “falling away” which has been going on for hundreds of years. Most denominations have mixed the Mosaic Covenant instituted by Moses with the New Covenant, which is the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. (Rom. 8:2) One covenant brought death (and always will); the other brought Life. If you believe, any of the Old Covenant is still binding to a believer in Christ, read what Paul has to say in 1 Corinthians chapter three verses four through eighteen about the cornerstone of the Mosaic Covenant, that is, the Ten Commandments. This should cure anyone of binding himself or herself to the “ministry of death.” The consequences of this mixture have been catastrophic. A careful non-biased survey of church history should reveal what this mixture has produced. While this paper is not about Mosaic Law versus Grace, I felt the subject had to be touched somewhat. (To be continued in Lesson 2)

DO YOU HAVE THE PATIENCE TO OVERCOME THE TRIALS THAT YOU ARE FACING?

Many times in our lives, we come face to face with many difficult situations. We stand at the crossroads of life wondering which direction we should take. At this junction, the crossroads offers us an opportunity, to make a life changing decision that could affect the rest of our lives. Once again, we ask ourselves, which direction should we take? Our thoughts begin to take us on the journey that we initially set out to experience. As our minds begin to roam in the great distance, our patience begins to grow thin. We question ourselves again and ask, why have we been led to this point? Our not knowing sometimes brings fear, and fear fills us with anxieties, that hinder our perspective in knowing that that God has our backs and led us to this crossroads in order to teach us the patience we need to carry us through to our destination.  At this point, we need patience to develop within us.

Developing patience first starts within our minds, our thoughts, and our thoughts become things. You must now intentionally commit to observing delayed gratification for a better end. Patience is having the ability to delay immediate gratification for a greater good. Developing patience also means bettering your character. In addition, your patience allows you to assess a situation with greater clarity yielding to the best possible outcome.  It can allow you to see the completion of a thing or the completeness of it. It is a position of wisdom to have great patience in all matters.

Now listen carefully how the word of God begins to teach us how to develop the necessary patience’s that will take us to our destination:

  1.  Developing Patience ] By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.

    There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! (Romans 5:1-5 The Message Bible)

Here is how some of the other sources describe the word patience. “Patience is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or pro-vocation without acting on annoyance anger in a negative way; or exhibited in forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer term difficulties. Patience is a level of endurance so one’s character can take before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being in steadfast.”

Now let us look closely at how patience fits into three of our religions spears, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.   

Let us begin with Christianity:

In the Christian religion, patience is one of the most valuable virtues of life. Increasing patience is viewed as the work of the Holy Ghost in the Christian who has accepted the gift of salvation. While patience is not one of the traditional biblical three theological virtues nor one of the traditional four cardinal virtues, it is one of the seven virtues, alongside chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, kindness, and humility.

In the Christian Bible, patience is referred to in several sections. The Book of Proverbs notes that “through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone” (Proverbs 25:14-16, NIV); Ecclesiastes points out that the “end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride” (Ecclesiastes 7:7-9, NIV); and Thessalonians states that we should “be patient with all. See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good for each other and for all” (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15, NAB). In the Epistle of James, the Bible urges Christians to be patient, and ” see how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth,…until it receives the early and the late rains.” (James 5:7-11, NAB). In Galatians, patience is listed as one of the “fruit of the Spirit”: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law”. (Galatians 5:21-23, NIV). In Timothy, the Bible states that “Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life”.(1 Timothy 1:15-1

JUDAISM

Patience and fortitude are prominent themes in Judaism. The Talmud extols patience as an important personal trait. The story of Micah, for example, is that he suffers many challenging conditions and yet endures, saying “I will wait for the God who saves me.” Patience in God, it is said, will aid believers in finding the strength to be delivered from the evils that are inherent in the physical life.[2]

In the Hebrew Torah, patience is referred to in several proverbs, such as “The patient man shows much good sense, but the quick-tempered man displays folly at its height” (Proverbs 14:29, NAB); “An ill-tempered man stirs up strife, but a patient man allays discord.” (Proverbs 15:18, NAB); and “A patient man is better than a warrior, and he who rules his temper, than he who takes a city.” (Proverbs 16:32). The emotion is also discussed in other sections, such as Ecclesiastes: “Better is the patient spirit than the lofty spirit. Do not in spirit become quickly discontented, for discontent lodges in the bosom of a fool.” (Ecclesiastes 7:8-9, NAB).

Islam                                                                    

Patience in Islam is one of the best and most valuable virtues of life. Through patience, a Muslim believes that an individual can grow closer to Allah and thus attain true peace. It is also stressed in Islam, that Allah is with those who are patient, more specifically during suffering. Some of the Quran verses about patience urge Muslims to “seek God (Allah)‘s help with patient perseverance and prayer” (2:45) and “give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere” (2:155-157). The Quran states that Muslims should “Persevere in patience and constancy” (3:200) and “be steadfast in patience” (11:115). It notes that “No one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint, none but persons of the greatest good fortune.” (41:35).

As well, the Quran states that “It is not righteousness that you turn your faces towards East or West. But it is righteousness to believe in Allah and the Last Day, And the Angels, and the Books, and the Messengers; To spend of your substance, out of love for Him, For your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; To be steadfast in prayer And give in charity; To fulfill the contracts which you have made; And to be firm and patient, in pain and adversity And throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the God-fearing.” Qur’an 2:177

The Muslim faith believes that without a good spirit while enduring, the struggle will not bear its full reward, thus, Patiently persevering, striving and going forward, despite the difficulty, is the pinnacle of behavior during challenging times. Through every difficulty, Allah promises, there will be found relief upon its conclusion. Instead of wanting to skip challenging times, and avoid them, Allah is teaching that the way to the easing, is through, the difficulty. It takes patient perseverance, or enduring with a good spirit still intact, in order to reap both the internal and external rewards of struggle.

In closing, let us look at this word patience from a Philosophical Perspective:                    

In Human, All Too Human, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche argued that “being able to wait is so hard that the greatest poets did not disdain to make the inability to wait the theme of their poetry.” He notes that “Passion will not wait”, and gives the example of cases of duels, in which the “advising friends have to determine whether the parties involved might be able to wait a while longer. If they cannot, then a duel is reasonable [because]…to wait would be to continue suffering the horrible torture of offended honor…”

Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.

Brian Adams

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.

Victor Hugo
French dramatist, novelist, & poet (1802 – 1885)

How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees.

William Shakespeare
Greatest English dramatist & poet (1564 – 1616)

 There will be a time when loud-mouthed, incompetent people seem to be getting the best of you. When that happens, you only have to be patient and wait for them to self destruct. It never fails.

Richard Rybolt

French saint & bishop of Geneva (1567 – 1622)

 Patience is the greatest of all virtues.

Cato the Elder
Roman orator & politician (234 BC – 149 BC)

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

Franz Kafka
Austrian (Czechoslovakian-born) author (1883 – 1924)

Now grab hold of your patience, and get on board this train, because the next stop is success.  Are you ready?

 

LIVING WITH THE FEAR OF FAILURE

LIVING WITH THE FEAR OF FAILURE.

HOW AWESOME IS THAT DAY TO ME

HOW AWESOME IS THAT DAY TO ME

By Josh Etter

Ponder these words as Holy Week begins. You might consider using this poem in your personal or family devotions this week:

How awesome is that day to me-
O day of hallowed history!
Set time in God’s determined plan
To sacrifice the Son of Man.
What famous work that day was done
By Jesus Christ, His Perfect Son!
The Second Adam, sent to save,
Humbly obeying to the grave!

How savage is that day to me-
O day of pure brutality!
When Christ, the Son of God Most High,
Was fiercely whipped and hung to die.
And O the horror of my sin,
Seen there in His appalling skin!
For God struck down- as meant for me-
The sinless One, at Calvary.

How precious is that day to me-
O day of purchased liberty!
In Him, a freeman now I live;
My sins, through death, did God forgive.
No wrath at length looms o’er my head,
But loving kindness there instead.
His righteousness, my guilt replaced,
And Love, this ransomed soul embraced!

O awesome, savage, precious day-
‘Tis God the Savior on display!
What peerless, holy, gracious Mind
Would fashion such a Grand Design?

ARE YOU PREPARED TO FIGHT AND WIN? (PART 2)

IT’S TIME TO HIRE A PERSONAL TRAINER

Earlier on in my life while I was training to become a cross-country cyclist, I learned a great secret.  People who make the most dramatic advances in physical fitness have a personal trainer.  Without someone guiding you, you just randomly work out.  Most of us do not have the kind of discipline we need, so we hire personal trainers.  This was one of the greatest decisions, which I could have ever made, because it helped to prepare the three-dimensional
self, which we will discuss in the next lesson.

John 14:26 (Amplified Bible) 26But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will
cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.

Now let us begin with a physical definition of what a personal trainer is:  A personal trainer is a fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction.

Proper exercise prescription may result in improved body composition, physical performance, and health outcomes.  The decision to hire a personal trainer may be related to a perceived ability to facilitate these factors through proper prescription and instruction or factors related to motivation and adherence. A personal trainer will pay close attention to your exercise form, workout routine, and nutrition plan.

Few studies have investigated personal training for men. Personal training in women has been shown to exercise behavior patterns, improve perceptual benefit-to-concern ratio for exercise
(decisional balance), and increase confidence to choose exercise in the face of other time demands (scheduling self-efficacy).  Personal training results in higher strength, higher workout intensities, and higher perceived exertion during exercise in women. Although women working with personal trainers do self-select heavier loads than women who did not, the loads used are still below recommended training load percentages.

No matter if we are a man are a woman, we need to make sure we hire the right personal trainer to help us move on to victory.  Always keeping our eye on the prize and never losing sight of where God is trying to take us on this journey.

Now we see in John 14:26 the word “Helper”.  It is a translation of the word Paraclete.  Paraclete means, “To call alongside.”  The Paraclete, which is the Holy Spirit, will stand alongside you as your personal trainer.  He has the perfect approach and methods designed for your success.

The Holy Spirit is always there to remind you of what you already know.  Whenever you begin a training program, some of what the trainer tells you is nothing new.  When the trainer tells you to eat certain things and not others, there is no great news flash in your spirit.  You’ve heard it
before.  Stay away from ice cream.  Close your mouth to pie.  Pull away from the table when the cake comes around.  It is nothing new, but the trainer reminds you of these things, things you’ve heard before, never acted on, or stopped acting on.  This is also one of the roles of the Holy Spirit in spiritual fitness.  He reminds you of all those useful things you have been learning all along.

This will conclude lesson two,and we will continue in lesson three on how your personal trainer, The Holy Spirit will guide you through each step towards victory.  Let me remind you to read and meditate on lessons one and two again to get the full benefit of where God is trying to take you in this process of preparing you physically, mentally and spiritually.

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