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RECOGNITION IS THE POWER OF BLESSING

RECOGNITION IS THE POWER OF BLESSING

GRACE UPON GRACE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

GRACE UPON GRACE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHILDREN OF GOD, today you are truly BLESSED for the Lord, our God has placed in your hands the powers to BLESS other people. So on this day I encourage you to use your God-given powers to BLESS that person that is standing next to you or perhaps even sitting next to you. When you praise anyone, that person at once begins to unfold, as a rose unfolds and expands, because you are recognizing his Real Self. “RECOGNITION IS THE POWER OF BLESSING!” Recognition is a law, and what you recognize will become quickened and active!

When you BLESS a person, a place, a thing, you recognize THE PRESENCE AND POWER OF GOD within them, and your BLESSING calls forth the good into active manifestation. You tune yourself into the reality, or soul, of the person or thing.

Now listen to what the scriptures teaches us. “BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.

But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.

And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].” (Psalms 1:1-3). (AMP)

This one act incurs a double good. You help the person or thing you bless, and you consciously align yourself with the Power of All Good. What can you think of that has a greater fascination and allure than to know that through a simple act of yours, you can release the hidden good in countless persons, and make many apparently troubled situations smooth and easy?

Therefore my brothers and sisters, I encourage you to use your awesome powers the Lord our God has provided you with an sprinkle bless minds over the lives of all the people that God has placed in your presence. For this day is truly the first day of the rest of your life that make it have a greater meaning than self.

We bless this lesson to you today because God has provided it to us in order that we use it to bless your life. Now wait on the Lord and he will pour you out a blessing that you will not have the room in your space to contain all that God is about to give you because, “RECOGNITION IS THE POWER OF BLESSING!”

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BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN GROW UP IN THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN GROW UP IN THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

THE SON OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE SON OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHILDREN OF GOD, as we stand before the throne of grace, in the awesome power of God who holds the entire UNIVERSE in the palm of His Hands, we are asking you to CONCEIVE and BELIEVE in your MINDS that we can, “GROW UP IN THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST.”

Therefore, as we enter into this CHRISTMAS SEASON, we ask you simply to BELIEVEBELIEVE that we were created in the image of God and given His Character that we may grow up in His grace.  We can do nothing of our own.  Our growth is totally depended upon the actions of God.  Everything in the Universe was created by God and for God that it may grow and flourish in the manner God has chosen it to be.  Therefore, as a newborn creature in this life, “our mission is to grow up in the grace of Jesus Christ.”

Now the question becomes, how do we accomplish our mission that God has given us?  As with all life, so it is with growth.  We must learn to lean and depend on the maker and giver of all life.  Know that it is only God, who brings the bud to bloom and the flower to fruit. It is by his power that the seed develops,” first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.” Mark 4:28.

The plants and flowers grow not by their own care, anxiety, or effort, but by receiving that which God has furnished to minister to their life. The child cannot by any anxiety or power of its own, add to its own stature. No more can you, by anxiety or effort of yourself, secure spiritual growth.  No, all life is the mystery and work of God provided to us through His power and grace.

The plant, as well as the child, grows by receiving from its surroundings that which ministers to its life – air, sunshine, and food. What these gifts of nature are to animal and plant, such is Christ to those who trust in him. He is there” everlasting light,”  “a sun and shield.”  Isaiah 60:19; Psalms 84:11, he shall be as” the dew unto Israel.” “He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass.” Hosea 14:5; Psalms 72:6. He is the living water,” the bread of God… Which cometh down from heaven, and gives life unto the world” John 6:33!

As the flower turns to the sun, that the bright beams of day aid in perfecting its beauty and symmetry, so should we turn to the Son of righteousness, that heavens light may shine upon us, that our character may be developed into the likeness of Christ.

Jesus teaches the same thing when he says, “abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abides in the vine; no more can ye, except he abide in me… Without me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5. You are just as dependent upon Christ, in order to live a holy life, as is the branch upon the parent stock for growth and fruitfulness. Apart From Him, you have no life. You have no power to resist temptation or to grow in grace and holiness. Abiding in him, you may flourish. Drawing your life from him, you will not wither nor be fruitless. You will be like a tree, planted by the rivers of water.

 

Many have an idea that they must do some part of the work alone. They have trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of sin, but now they seek by their own efforts to live aright. However, every such effort must fail. Jesus says,” Without me ye can do nothing.” Our growth in grace, our joy, our usefulness, all depend upon our union with Christ. It is by communion with him, daily, hourly, by abiding in him, that we are to grow in grace. He is not only the author, but the finisher of our faith. It is Christ first, last, and always. He is to be with us, not only at the beginning and the end of our course, but at every step of the way.” I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Psalms 16:8.

By faith, you became Christ’s, and by faith, you are to grow up in him through grace, by giving and taking. You are to give all, your heart, your will, your service, give yourself to him to obey all his requirements; and you must take all, Christ, the fullness of all blessings, to abide in your heart, to be your strength, your righteousness, your everlasting helper, to give you power to obey, and when you do all these things, your GROWING UP IN THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST is now under way.  Now you must stay focus and keep your eye on the prize.

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SUBCONSCIOUSLY BLOCKING THE FLOW OF GOD’S GRACE

SUB-CONSCIOUSLY BLOCKING THE FLOW OF GOD’S GRACE:

"GOD GIVES BEAUTY TO EVERYTHING" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“GOD GIVES BEAUTY TO EVERYTHING” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

Are you aware of the fact that you’re SUB-CONSCIOUSLY BLOCKING THE FLOW OF GOD’S GRACE and if you are, how do you allow your spirit to reconnect to the flow of power that keeps you in perfect peace? The subconscious mind is described as “of or concerning the part of the mind of which one is not fully aware but which influences one’s actions and feelings. Scripture reminds us this way, “You (God) will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you (him)” (Isaiah 26:3: NIV).

Think about your attitude, behavior, lack of wisdom and lack of understanding; are you SUB-CONSCIOUSLY BLOCKING THE FLOW OF GOD’S GRACE.

Attitude is described as a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected is ones’ behavior. Awareness or presence of the Holy Spirit is essential as to how you allow your attitude to be the dominant factor that controls your response to certain events in life; we are reminded in scripture, “Let nothing be done through strife or pride…let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death…” (Philippians 2:3-8 NKJV); by being mean-spirited; boastful, gossiper, backbiter, hateful attitudes toward others you may be SUBCONSCIOUSLY BLOCKING THE FLOW OF GOD’S GRACE; check the attitude.

Without wisdom and knowledge we approach life from “a blind side” therefore SUBCONSCIOUSLY BLOCKING THE FLOW OF GOD’S GRACE, it’s like following a road without directions.  For the Lord gives wisdom, from his mouth come knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6: NKJV).   When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul; discretion will preserve you, to deliver you from the ways of evil (10-11)…When you embrace your assignment in faith, know that God is within you and he will not lead you astray.

So my friends, if you are SUBCONSCIOUSLY BLOCKING THE FLOW OF GOD’S GRACE, renew, refill and move forth in your purpose, it’s your gift, embrace it whole heartily. Your strength and power will be given at the time appointed, so don’t lose hope.

HAVING FAITH IN GOD CAN ACCOMPLISH THE IMPOSSIBLE (LESSON 3 OF 3)

HAVING FAITH IN GOD CAN ACCOMPLISH THE IMPOSSIBLE (LESSON 3 OF 3)

REFLECTIONS OF TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

REFLECTIONS OF TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

IS THERE ANYTHING TO HARD FOR GOD?

BACK GROUND SCRIPTURES FOR THIS SERIES OF LESSONS: Mark 11:13-14, 20-25

CHILDREN OF GOD, we present you the third and final lesson in this series on FAITH and PRAYER.  In our SUNDAY PRAISE, PRAYER AND WORSHIP SERVICE, we will present the SUMMARY of this week’s lesson.  We encourage you to WORSHIP with us for the final conclusion of JESUS powerful teaching on FAITH and PRAYER.

JESUS wants us to know that the word IMPOSSIBILITY is not a word that should be used in our lexicon.  In understanding JESUS teaching in this text we should be moved into action.  Know that in our minds we can do anything in the name of JESUS.  There is no mountain to high that we cannot climb, no valley to low that we cannot walk through.

We should not become like the motions of the ocean.  Always going back and forth, but we should be so rooted and grounded in our faith that no matter what comes after us we will always be able to with stand it.  We are built of strong timber, the timber of Jesus Christ.  When God says that nothing is impossible, we must learn to trust God in his word.  Knowing that God can never tell a lie, if he does he will deny himself.  God never makes a promise that he does not fulfill.  Our faith must be rooted and grounded in the word of God.  Our spirit must be one of can do.  Having a can do spirit will remove the mountains of impossibility from your life.

When the doctors says to you that you only have six months to live, and there is nothing else they can do for you.  Your attitude must be one of faith.  Faith in Jesus, Faith that if Jesus said it, it is a done deal; Jesus said that if you believe in God without doubt in your mind, nothing is impossible.

Change your thinking and you will change your life.  Tell the doctor that my God said not until he says it is time for me to go, that I will leave this world.  I can overcome this, I will overcome this because I am leaning and depending on my God.  I am an over comer, I am born in the Spirit of the living God.  For me nothing is impossible.  Today not only do I talk the talk, but I am walking the walk.  I am walking out my faith in the name of Jesus.  I know that my God did not bring me this far to leave me.  He promised me that He would never put on me more than I could bear.  I am standing on that promise, because I know that this check that my God has given to me, I can deposit it into my bank account and it will never bounce.  Faith, Faith, Faith, it is my faith that will always see me through.  Come on now let’s walk it out, talk it out.  Let’s tell the devil, devil get thee behind me, because I am holding onto My God’s unchanging hands.

Faith, Faith, Faith, there is nothing that is impossible in my world.  Step by step I am moving closer to where My God is trying to take me. It was nothing but Grace that brought me through the tribulations of this life.  It was nothing but God’s grace that brought me up on the rough side of the mountain and planted my feet right here where I am standing today.

Now sing this hymn with me, Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!  I once was lost but now I am found, I was blind but now I see.  Taws grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!”

It was God’s grace that gave me the opportunity to change my thinking, It is my faith that has sustained me, it is my faith that has healed me, and I know that it is my faith that will move any mountain in my life, because I believe in the true and living God. What about you?  Do you believe that, “HAVING FAITH IN GOD CAN ACCOMPLISH THE IMPOSSIBLE?”

Truly, I say to you today, hold onto your FAITH and believe in the IMPOSSIBLE.  Know that God is real, and He can move those Mountains that are hindering you from moving forward out of your life.

We bless this series to you that it has provided you with a portion of inspiration and encouragement to reach out, stretch out and lifted up to that high place that God is pushing you towards.  In Jesus name we pray, AMEN!

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THE AWESOME POWER OF GOD’S GRACE

 

ABUNDANTLY BLESSED, PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

ABUNDANTLY BLESSED, PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

THE AWESOME POWER OF GOD’S GRACE:

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

A question we should all ask our-selves, “Do I understand THE AWESOME POWER OF GOD’S GRACE?” Those who chose to live by faith are truly blessed; anyone who tries to live by his/her own effort, independent of God is doomed to failure. In order to experience God’s grace we must be willing to humbly submit to the will of God for our lives; in doing so, we share in blessings of love, joy and peace.

We know that Jesus has rescued us from this evil world by what he did, offered himself as a sacrifice for our sins. What he has done is, The Awesome Power of God’s Grace in which we are able to embrace his teachings of love for one another. His message of unconditional love brings our lives into complete obedience as we seek to embrace how he loved in order to continue the pattern. God’s word reminds us this way; “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God…” (1 John: 4:7 NKJV).

If its joy you’re lacking take a look at The Awesome Power of God’s Grace, for he is your joy. Let us be encouraged and allow joy to flow free in our hearts; we can “count it all joy when trials come” knowing that the testing of our faith produces patience; but let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James: 1:2-4); for joy comes in the morning.

The Awesome Power of God’s Grace gives us peace like nothing else. Remember that it is God’s desire for each of us to prosper and be in good health (3 John: 2) and live in peace. In order to find and maintain the peace God offers; we must maintain a healthy heart (spirit) and a sound mind (knowledge and understanding), in so doing, study and apply his words of instructions to our lives constantly. God will keep him in perfect peace, those whose mind stays on him because he is our everlasting strength (Isaiah 26:3-4).

My friends, when the trials of life come (they will) think on the goodness of God and you will understand THE AWESOME POWER OF GOD’S GRACE. Experience, love, joy and peace in all you do, they are your gifts from God.

Brothers and Sisters, let us encourage you to come into our SUNDAY PRAYER, PRAISE AND WORSHIP VIRTUAL CHURCH SERVICE, beginning at 0700 Sunday Morning and every Sunday.  Tomorrow’s message is appropriately title: GOD’S GRACE IS SUFFICIENT!  This is a Bible Study lesson you do not want to miss.  God is blessing us daily with His Holy Word; now let us use the blessings of His mercy and grace to bless others.

WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO SACRIFICE?

WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO SACRIFICE?

God is Light photo by Shirley Rhodes

God is Light photo by Shirley Rhodes

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES                     

 

In today’s lesson, I set before you a very important question to ponder, and that question is; What Are You” Really” Willing to Sacrifice for the price that has been paid for your FREEDOM?  Pride, distrust, envy, hatred, anger, lack of commitment, and unwillingness to love those who strive against you in every way are just a few of the obstacles encountered in life, even when up against such odds, what are you willing to sacrifice?

Deciding to step out or move forth requires an in creditable amount of will power and self-discipline, much more than many of us are able to envision in our minds. Making sacrifices requires us to rethink our own agenda, knowing that in life there are no quick fixes. Jesus made that sacrifice in order for us to see and understand that it is possible to reroute the way we think in terms of our daily lives. It is the mission of “the Dark One” to create in each of us self-doubt and when we surrender control or our will we find ourselves on loosing grounds, where we become like a rubber band stretched and pulled so that there is no more room to expand.

So, the question is, What Are You Willing to Sacrifice?

First of all you must be willing to admit that you are not your own, we are all sinners saved by grace. To sacrifice your will or desire to get to know more about Christ and his many teachings will become one of the greatest accomplishments of your life.

We live as mortal beings, yet we are spiritual, awareness brings about enlighten and we come into that knowledge by submission and change of attitude, no longer conditioned by how the world dictate who and whose we are.

A  New Day Photo by Shirley Rhodes

A New Day Photo by Shirley Rhodes

What Are You Willing to Sacrifice?  In Christ we become new creatures with meaning and purpose, willing to surrender our lives to a Savior who patiently waits. Admitting that we are sinners and in need of salvation is a start, acceptance, and total surrender of our lives brings us into an intimate relationship with Christ. We set aside “sacred moments” to allow the Holy Spirit to minister to our needs, learning to live in expectancy.

We must remember that God is not someone we bargain  with; think of your relationship with your parents as a child, how you trusted them in all innocence, or your children dependence on you to meet their needs; Christ is the spiritual connection that brings wholeness, a sense of direction, and is the supplier of all that we need.

Knowing and trusting God to guide you as you journey places you under grace, when its sin verses grace, grace wins. Sin threatens us with death and that’s it. Grace, through Jesus gives us life that is never ending (Romans 5: 20-21).  This means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives.

What Are You Willing to Sacrifice? A relationship in Jesus gives us freedom; you’re living in the freedom of God when you surrender in obedience to the will of the Father for your life.

What Are You Willing to Sacrifice?  It is well worth the sacrifice to allow the Holy Spirit to come into your life and learn in obedience the way of Jesus, follow the pattern he has so graciously left in place for all of us to follow. Always keep his teachings at the forefront of your spiritual mind and you will journey this life in peace no matter the obstacles.

 

FAITH AND DOUBT CANNOT DWELL IN THE SAME HOUSE (PART 2 of 2)

FAITH AND DOUBT CANNOT DWELL IN THE SAME HOUSE (PART 2 of 2)

Pilot Mountain, N.C. (Photo by Pastor Davis)

As we begin lesson two we begin with precept two on doing the ABSOLUTE IMPOSSIBLE.  Now listen to how Jesus teaches us to overcome the IMPOSSIBLE.  He says, “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  (Mark 11:23-24 ESV)

Jesus then moved swiftly in teaching them a lesson about answers to prayer.  Jesus had cursed the fig tree; the fig tree had died; the disciples had expressed surprise.  Then Jesus explained that they could ask anything of God and receive an answer.  This mountain (referring to the Mount of Olives on which they stood) could be sent into the sea (the Dead Sea that could be seen from the Mount).  Jesus point was that in their petitions to God they must believe and not doubt (that is, without wavering in their confidence in God).  Remember, “FAITH AND DOUBT CANNOT DWELL IN THE SAME HOUSE.”  The kind of prayer Jesus meant was not the arbitrary wish to move a mountain; instead, he was referring to prayers that the disciples would need to endlessly pray as they faced mountains of opposition to their gospel message in the years to come.  Their prayers for the advancement of God’s Kingdom would always be answered positively in God’s timing.

However, as we look at the straight forward teaching of Jesus concerning the character of God and that God’s character never changes, Jesus told them that there was no guarantee that simply by asking him anything they wanted and believing they could get it.  Now don’t you become discourage in what Jesus is saying to the disciples, but listen how he instructs them on the moral high ground of God.  He says to them, “God does not grant request that violate his own nature or will.  Jesus statement was not a blank check.  To be fulfilled, requests made to God in prayer must be in harmony with the principles of God’s Kingdom.  They must be made in Jesus name.

Now turn with me for a moment in your Bibles to (John 14:13-14).  Listen to what it says, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. The stronger our faith, the more likely our prayers will be in union with Christ and in line with God’s will; then God would be happy to grant them.  God can accomplish anything, even if it seems humanly impossible.

Impossibility is not a word that should be used in our lexicon.  In understanding this text we should be moved into action.  Know that in our minds we can do anything in the name of Jesus.  There is no mountain to high that we cannot climb, no valley to low that we cannot walk through.

We should not become like the motions of the ocean.  Always going back and forth, but we should be so rooted and grounded in our faith that no matter what comes after us we will always be able to with stand it.  We are built of strong timber, the timber of Jesus Christ.  When God says that nothing is impossible, we must learn to trust God in his word.  Knowing that God can never tell a lie, if he does he will deny himself.  God never makes a promise that he does not fulfill.  Our faith must be rooted and grounded in the word of God.  Our spirit must be one of can do.  Having a can do spirit will remove the mountains of impossibility from your life.

When the doctors says to you that you only have six months to live, and there is nothing else they can do for you.  Your attitude must be one of faith.  Faith in Jesus, Faith that if Jesus said it, it is a done deal; Jesus said that if you believe in God without doubt in your mind, nothing is impossible.

Change your thinking and you will change your life.  Tell the doctor that my God said not until he says it is time for me to go, that I will leave this world.  I can overcome this, I will overcome this because I am leaning and depending on my God.  I am an over comer, I am born in the Spirit of the living God.  For me nothing is impossible.  Today not only do I talk the talk, but I am walking the walk.  I am walking out my faith in the name of Jesus.  I know that my God did not bring me this far to leave me.  He promised me that He would never put on me more than I could bear.  I am standing on that promise, because I know that this check that my God has given to me, I can deposit it into my bank account and it will never bounce.  Faith, Faith, Faith, it is my faith that will always see me through.  Come on now let’s walk it out, talk it out.  Let’s tell the devil, devil get thee behind me, because I am holding onto My God’s unchanging hands.

Faith, Faith, Faith, there is nothing that is impossible in my world.  Step by step I am moving closer to where My God is trying to take me. It was nothing but Grace that brought me through the tribulations of this life.  It was nothing but God’s grace that brought me up on the rough side of the mountain and planted my feet right here where I am standing today.

Now sing this hymn with me, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!  I once was lost but now I am found, I was blind but now I see.  Taws grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!”

It was God’s grace that gave me the opportunity to change my thinking, It is my faith that has sustained me, it is my faith that has healed me, and I know that it is my faith that will move any mountain in my life, because I believe in the true and living God and I know without a doubt that “FAITH AND DOUBT CANNOT DWELL IN THE SAME HOUSE.” What about you?

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