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Forgiveness Friday (BREAK THE CHAINS OF REMORSE AND REGRET FORGIVE)

TASTE THE SWEETNESS OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

TASTE THE SWEETNESS OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Now is the time for you to “BREAK THE CHAINS OF REMORSE AND REGRET,” that is keeping you locked in a prison that always seems impossible to escape, because your mind is filled with hate. How do you ever expect to enter into the Kingdom of God when you have so much hate in your heart for your fellowman? The word of God says, if anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.  (1 John 4:20-21 MSG) Forgiveness frees your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future. Forgiveness should become a habit.  When Peter asked Jesus, how often should we forgive others, he answered;  “Until seventy times seven.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate. Forgiveness should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.  Take this moment and search your heart for the list of those persons who you know you should be forgiven and take the first step and make it happen. When you do this you will, “BREAK THE CHAINS OF REMORSE AND REGRET!”

Forgiveness Friday (Chosen to Forgive)

LEARNING THE ART OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

LEARNING THE ART OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

I AM CHOSEN TO FORGIVE

As we enter into this 4th of July Holiday Weekend, let each of us enter with a Spirit of Forgiveness.  Hold no grudges, but release any and all unforgiving feelings and allow the power of God’s grace to let you live in His peace.

We are living in trouble times, and many evil spirits are surrounding us, trying to destroy us and tear down the Kingdom of God.  Hate mongers fill our space, even when we are sitting in the Lord’s House of prayer, praying, praising and worshiping His Holy name.

Although we are surrounded by evil and unforgiving spirits, “I AM CHOSEN TO FORGIVE,” live and let live, and being thankful for being a chosen vessel of God.

When you realize that the very people you considered to be friends will go to any level to cause you harm or pain you must keep a spirit of forgiveness even when you are alone.

It is when you are alone that you ask God to help you understand why things happen the way they do and don’t carry the burden of heaviness alone.

An unforgiving spirit can destroy your relationship, therefore; the best thing you can do is release those feelings and repeat to yourself, “I am choosing to forgive those who have stolen from me, broken my heart or caused any physical or emotional damage. Lord thank you for giving me the ability to release, and for peace and joy to journey on in faith. Fill my heart with love greater than I’ve ever had for all of my friends, you are my peace. Thank you.”

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Forgiveness Friday (Forgiveness Calms the Spirit)

DO YOU HAVE A CALM SPIRIT?

Forgiveness is the way to personal peace.  It is good for the soul, body and mind.  When we learn the art of forgiveness, we learn a truly good thing, and the very first thing we will notice, is the calmness of our spirit, and how peaceful all things become in our lives.  Jesus taught us the art of forgiveness, now let us study this lesson and learn from the Master himself.

FORGIVENESS PROVIDES YOU WITH A SPIRIT OF CALM (BY PASTOR DAVIS)

FORGIVENESS PROVIDES YOU WITH A SPIRIT OF CALM (BY PASTOR DAVIS)

In Luke 7:47-50 Jesus spoke these word, “Therefore, I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much.  But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.  “Then He said to her, your sins are forgiven.”  And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you.  Go in peace.”

The art of forgiveness begins when you forgive someone.

It is having a humble spirit and being done with pride and self-pity.  It is taking a step toward the practice of forgiveness.  Hate is death, forgiveness is life.

If the Lord can forgive us of our sins, why do we have such a difficult time of forgiving others when we perceive them to have done us wrong?  Getting rid of our heart aches and pains begins with us.  We must learn to free ourselves of all the negative baggage we carry around each and every day with our unforgiving spirit.

Forgiveness works the miracle of change.  When Lincoln was asked why he did not destroy his enemies, he replied:  “If I make my enemies my friends, don’t I then destroy them?”  When you forgive you change others and you change yourself.  You change discord to harmony.

Forgiveness should span the years.  You should first forgive yourself for the wrongs

LEARNING THE ART OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

LEARNING THE ART OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

you’ve done to yourself and others, for the mistakes you’ve made.  Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime.  Thus you release others and you release yourself.  You break the chains of regret and remorse that bind you.  You free your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future.

Forgiveness works two ways.  You must forgive to be forgiven.  “He who cannot forgive others,” wrote Edward Herbert, “breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every man has the need to be forgiven.”

Forgiveness should become a habit.  When the Master was asked how often we should forgive, he answered: “Until seventy times seven.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

Forgiveness should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.

Forgiveness is the way to personal peace.  It is performing mental surgery in yourself, probing deep within to remove hurts, grudges and resentments.  It is forgetting wrongs as though they had never been.  It is flooding your mind with the powerful medicine of forgiveness that cleanses and heals.  It is discovering a serenity you’ve never known before.

Now learn the art of Forgiveness and you will experience the joy of real peace unlike anything you have ever experience before in your life.  We leave you with our peace that your soul will be blessed with everlasting joy in the name of Jesus.  Amen!

Relationship Strategies (Breaking out of the prison of Loneliness)

IS LONELINESS KEEPING YOU IN A PRISON OF DARKNESS?

LOCKED IN A PRISON OF DARKNESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

LOCKED IN A PRISON OF DARKNESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FEEL AS IF YOU ARE ALL ALONE?

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Let us begin this day by understanding that we are never alone when we learn to lean and depend on Jesus.  Now think deeply on this, when you are feeling loneliness in your life, because learning to lean and depend on Jesus requires you to turn away from the things of this world, which include your worldly thoughts.  Now listen to how Jesus teaches us to lean and depend on Him, He says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. (John 15:16 ESV)”

What happens when you feel as if you are all alone?

What happened to those friends who walked by your side and interacted with you, saying they have your back? Through-out a life time you are apt to encounter such friends as these. As you grow and mature you are likely to experience situations where you’ll have moments of joy as well as disappointment.

It is a time of reflection and a  reminder as to how God is able to lift you  above moments of disappointment  and encourage your heart to let you know that all is not lost, for in him is where your strength lies.

When you feel as if you are all alone?  God says, “If you will hold on to me for dear life, I’ll get you out of trouble. I’ll give you the best care if you only get to know me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times. I’ll rescue you, I’ll give you long life, give you a long drink of salvation.” (Psalm 91: 1-16, MGS)

When you realize that the very people you considered to be friends will go to any level to cause you harm or pain you must have a spirit of forgiveness even when you are alone.

It is when you are alone that you ask God to help you understand why things happen the way they do and don’t carry the burden of heaviness alone. Unforgiveness can destroy friendships, take away your joy in life and can even damage your health. So, the best thing you can do is release those feelings and repeat to yourself, “I am choosing to forgive those who have stolen from me, broken my heart or caused any physical or emotional damage.  Lord thank you for giving me the ability to release, and for peace and joy to journey on in faith. Fill my heart with love greater than I’ve ever had for all of my friends, you are my peace. Thank you.”

What happens when you feel as if you are all alone, you’re at a crossroad in life? There comes a point in time when you must choose, you must make decisions, those type things that guide you towards your assigned destination. Those friends you once thought you could not do with-out is no longer a part of what or who you seek to be, that only means that you are coming into your  own, beginning to realize the value of life. Many go through life never reaching this point, but when you connect to the source, you’ve connected to the One that will always be there, no matter the season.

What happens when you feel as if you are alone?  Once you’ve tapped into the source you have gained a friend for life. For Jesus says, “I will never leave, nor forsake you,” those words reassures us that beyond our worldly thoughts, our spiritual connection brings us into a whole new dimension of life, we are now new creatures in Christ Jesus, who is our friend and provider, always watching over us and listening to our cry for help. He is not like man; he hears and will acknowledge our requests at the time appointed. So, rest assured my friends, you are never alone.

We pray that this message has been a blessing to your soul, and you will begin your daily walk with God lifting Him up as He picks you up and takes you to that high place that He desires for all His Children to be.

Forgiveness Friday (The lesson I learned from my Mother)

MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME THE LESSON OF FORGIVENESS

A Mother’s Arms (Photo by Pastor Davis)

MY MOTHER was truly an inspiration to my soul.  Whenever I felt someone had hurt me, she would simply say, “Son, don’t hold a grudge against them, you must find in your heart the words to forgive them.”  I would say, “but Mom, it hurts, how can I forgive them, they hurt me.”  Son, if you truly want to stop the pain, you must release it and let it go, forgiveness is the only way to your personal peace.

MY MOTHER was a godly woman, she loved and feared the Lord, and she made sure that I understood what she meant when she said I must forgive those who would seek to do harm to me. Now let me share with you the lesson MY MOTHER taught me on FORGIVENESS.  She begin by saying, “Son if the LORD can forgive us of our sins, why do we have such a difficult time of forgiving others when we perceive them to have done us wrong?  Getting rid of our heart aches and pains begins with us.  We must learn to free ourselves of all the negative baggage we carry around each and every day with our unforgiving spirit.

FORGIVENESS works the miracle of change.  When Lincoln was asked why he did not destroy his enemies, he replied:  “If I make my enemies my friends, don’t I then destroy them?”  When you forgive you change others and you change yourself.  You change discord to harmony.

FORGIVENESS should span the years.  You should first forgive yourself for the wrongs you’ve done to yourself and others, for the mistakes you’ve made.  Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime.  Thus you release others and you release yourself.  You break the chains of regret and remorse that bind you.  You free your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future.

FORGIVENESS works two ways.  You must forgive to be forgiven.  “He who cannot forgive others,” wrote Edward Herbert, “breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every man has the need to be forgiven.”

FORGIVENESS should become a habit.  When THE MASTER was asked how often we should forgive, he answered: “Until SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

FORGIVENESS should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.

FORGIVENESS is the way to personal peace.  It is performing mental surgery in yourself, probing deep within to remove hurts, grudges and resentments.  It is forgetting wrongs as though they had never been.  It is flooding your mind with the powerful medicine of forgiveness that cleanses and heals.  It is discovering a serenity you’ve never known before.

Then with her big beautiful brown eyes, looking and penetrating deep into my soul, the softness of her voice changing, she said, “you may not understand all that I am telling you at this moment, but when the time is right it will all come to you and you will get it and use it to help your own children and others to understand that we all must learn the art of forgiveness.

So my brothers and sisters, as you begin your journey into this weekend, begin it with a spirit of forgiveness in your hearts towards your fellowman.

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Forgiveness Friday (Learning to forgive and be forgiven)

LEARNING TO FORGIVE AND BE FORGIVEN

PASTOR DAVIS STANDS IN THE SHADOW OF DARKNESS SEEKING FORGIVENESS OF HIS SINS

PASTOR DAVIS STANDS IN THE SHADOW OF DARKNESS SEEKING FORGIVENESS OF HIS SINS

The art of forgiveness begins when you forgive someone.  It is the miracle that works the art of change.  When you forgive you change others and you change yourself.  You change discord to harmony.  You should first forgive yourself for all the wrongs you have done to yourself, for the mistakes you have made.  Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime.   By doing this you release others and you release yourself.  You break the chains of regret and remorse that keeps you locked in a prison that always seems impossible to escape.  Forgiveness frees your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future. Now watch this short video and we will continue this discussion on the other side.

As you watched this video clip you saw where it said, “Forgiveness is an adventure, it is making peace with the past, it also means to give up and let go.”  I say to you, forgiveness works two ways.  You must forgive to be forgiven.  “He who cannot forgive others,” wrote Edward Herbert, “breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every person has the need to be forgiven.”

Forgiveness should become a habit.  When Peter asked Jesus, how often should we forgive others, he answered;  “Until seventy times seven.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

Forgiveness should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.  Take this moment and search your heart for the list of those persons who you know you should be forgiven and take the first step and make it happen.  This next clip is from an interview that Tyler Perry did with Dr. Phil.  Take a moment listen to it and then meditate upon all that has been discussed in this lesson, then make your comments known to the world by simply telling us how you feel about forgiving and been forgiven.

May the blessings of the Lord be upon you this weekend as you learn the art of forgiving and being forgiven.

Thursday Scriptures of Encouragement (Sweet Perfumes of Penitence)

BEAUTY OF LOVE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

BEAUTY OF LOVE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

My dear brothers and sisters as we enter into this day of celebrations, I encourage you to pay close attention to our scripture reading for this day.  It is one designed to encourage you in your walk with the Lord and move you away from the evils of sin and allow you to smell the Sweet Perfumes of Penitence.

In this Psalms Alexander Maclaren once said, “The alchemy of divine love can extract sweet perfumes of penitence and praise out of the filth of sin.”  We have an illustration of this in Psalms 51. As the heading explains it was written by David, after Nathan the prophet had boldly exposed him for committing adultery with Bathsheba and for murdering Uriah her husband.  Utterly convicted of his sin David pours out this torrent of penitence from his broken and contrite heart.

Now click on this short video clip and listen carefully to this very important scripture reading of our word of encouragement for this Thursday…

We pray that this scripture lesson today has been a blessing to your soul and that you will now share it and bless someone else on this very beautiful day so that they too can smell the Sweet Perfumes of Penitence.

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