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A BETRAYER AT THE DINNER TABLE

A BETRAYER AT THE DINNER TABLE (MARK 14:17-20 AMP)

THE PLACE OF THE LAST SUPPER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE PLACE OF THE LAST SUPPER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

My brothers and sisters, this week allows us to go deep within ourselves and reflect upon that awesome moment in history that Jesus took upon His shoulders the agony of being beaten, humiliated in every way possible, suffering while being nailed and hanged upon a cross for all of our sins in order that we may have the opportunity to enjoy eternal life that God the father promised and sent His Son Jesus to die for.

Now use your imagination and image yourselves sitting down at the dinner table with family and friends and eating a well prepared meal as you discuss the family problems and current events which are suppose to be a very enjoyable moment.  Then image yourself not having the benefit of spiritual insight to know that one of your family members have been plotting behind your back to kill the head of your family, what would be your immediate reaction?  In the case of Jesus and His twelve disciples this is exactly what happen.

On that evening (Wednesday or Thursday), Jesus arrived in Jerusalem with the twelve disciples.  The meal was not to be eaten until after sunset and was supposed to be finished by midnight.

However, as Jesus and His Disciples were eating, Jesus spoke the stunning words, that quickly got the attention of everyone sitting around the dinner table that evening.  Jesus said, “One of you will betray me.”  The betrayer was one of his own chosen twelve disciples, a member of his own family, one with whom the meal was being shared.  Jesus words caused quite a stir among the disciples.  They had heard Jesus tell them three different times that he would soon die, but that one of them would actually betray Jesus saddened them greatly.

Although the other disciples were confused by Jesus words, Judas knew what he meant.  Apparently, Judas was not the obvious betrayer.  After all, he was the one the disciples trusted to keep the money.  Therefore, the disciples asked Jesus who the betrayer was; “I’m not the one, am I?” each one asked in turn.  Matthew records that even Judas asked the same question (Matthew 26:25).  Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray him, and he also knew that Judas would not repent.

In our studies we find that Luke wrote this about Satan, he said Satan entered into Judas Iscariot before he went to the religious leaders.  However, Satan’s part in the betrayal of Jesus does not remove any of the responsibility from Judas.  In God’s sovereign will and according  to his timetable, he uses sinful men.  But that doesn’t excuse their sin.  All people will be held accountable for their choices and actions.  Whatever Judas thought, Satan assumed that Jesus death would end Jesus mission and thwart God’s plan.  Like Judas, Satan did not know that Jesus death and resurrection were the most important parts of God’s plan all along.

All I can say in conclusion, is that this had to be one hellish feeling in the gut of each family member sitting around the dinner table that night knowing that one of them would betray the head of their family in such an evil way.

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IS GOD REALLY WHITE?

IS GOD REALLY WHITE? This is a question that one of our readers asked me this morning in response to our lesson yesterday title: “SIMON OF CYRENE WAS THE BLACK HANDS THAT HELP CARRY THE CROSS.” You can read his questions and my answers to his questions under the comment section at the bottom of this lesson.  Click this link and stroll down to the bottom of the page:  http://wp.me/pf75v-33x

THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS IN ALL THINGS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS IN ALL THINGS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

My friend, your question that you asked this morning, “Is God really White is in truth a really simple to answer.  However, I will not just give you a simplicity answer.  I will begin by answering it this way.  God is neither White nor Black; God is spirit.  We worship God in truth and in Spirit, because God is all there is.  God is everything and everything is God.  Before the world was created, God existed and He created everything out of Himself.  There is nothing are no where God is not.  Therefore, the beautiful colors that we all are, God created them all to represent himself in his beautiful natural self.  The bible says in Genesis 1:27 that God created us in His own image and likeness.   Therefore, what color are we?  Did God not create the rainbow?  Does not the rainbow have many different colors?  Since we all are Gods’ children, do we not represent the rainbow of the Universe?

 

 

Your next question would probably be, what about Jesus, is  Jesus himself God, was He not a white man with long stringy hair and blue eyes?  Well that is the image that the white man in America has created to represent Jesus.  That is not the real Jesus who is the son of God and who is our Lord and Savior.  There is nowhere in the New Testament that includes a physical description of Jesus before His death.  That being the case, how can we come up with a picture of Jesus being a white man with blue eyes?  I am a black man and I have blue eyes.   Various theories about the race of Jesus has been advanced and debated for centuries, but there is no clear evidence of what color is Jesus.  The one thing that we can say for certain is that Jesus is God and He has said so Himself and God is neither white nor Black.

The Prophet Isaiah spoke of Jesus some 700 years before Jesus came to earth.  This is what he said, “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God.”  (Isaiah 44:6 AMP)

In the book of John the bible says this, “In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  (John 1:1 AMP)  Then in verse 14, John further says, “And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.” When we move to the book of Revelations the bible says this:  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord God, He Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty (the Ruler of all).  (Revelation 1:8 AMP) During His time here on this earth Jesus said many things about Himself here are a few:

  1. I am Divine
  2. I am the son of man
  3. I am Alpha and Omega
  4. I am the light of the world

Wow, think about that last one, “I am the light of the world!”  What color is light?  Nobody knows the race are color of Jesus, but what we do know is that his message is about God and love, that makes his race and the color of his skin irrelevant. Our calling is to love God with all our being and be conformed to the image of Christ.  He came here to teach us how to live, love and be obedient to the word of God and offer us eternal life.  He was beaten and suffered a horrific death on the cross for our sins that is all the people of the world, not just white people, or black people nor any other race of people.  He did this for all of us and in this day and time, we should be living as one people, being of the same mind as Jesus had, when he said let this mind that is in me be also in you. (Philippians 2:5). Let us celebrate this Easter with the love of Christ in our hearts, and think not of his color or even our own skin color, but love each other, because God first loved us and he has commanded that we love each other.

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SIMON OF CYRENE WAS THE BLACK HANDS THAT HELP TO CARRY THE CROSS

SIMON OF CYRENE WAS THE BLACK HANDS THAT HELP TO CARRY THE CROSS

Simon of Cyrene the black hands that helped carry the cross (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Simon of Cyrene the black hands that helped carry the cross (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

And when they had [finished] making sport of Him, they took the purple [robe] off Him and put His own clothes on Him. And they led Him out [of the city] to crucify Him.

And they forced a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, who was coming in from the field (country), to carry His cross.

And they led Him to Golgotha [in Latin: Calvary], meaning The Place of a Skull.  (Mark 15:20-22 AMP).

In verse 21, Mark tells us that Simon of Cyrene, was coming into the city from the countryside into the city of Jerusalem, but the Lord was traveling out of the city.  These two men were traveling in opposite directions.  Simon was coming in and the Lord was going out being led by the Roman Soldiers and a large crowd of haters.  Simon suddenly found himself turned around at the instructions of the Centurion and finds his life walking in exactly the opposite direction from where he was first headed.  Meeting Christ at this point and being forced to place his hands on the cross and carry it would be a life changing experience for him.

Now some of you might ask, “why would he ever mention Simon of Cyrene as the Black Hands on the cross, and how would he even know that Simon of Cyrene was a Black Man?  For those of you who are truth seekers, these would be legitimate questions to ask.  For me as a Minister of the Gospel, called and ordained to come boldly before the throne of grace, and speak truth to power, convince, rebuke, exhort and teach, it is my job to empower you with knowledge in order that you may know the truth and the truth will truly set you free.  (John 8:32)

For me to state here with absolute certain that Simon of Cyrene was a Black Man is impossible.  This is a question that has been debated by Scholars worldwide for hundreds of years.  However, I should start by pointing out it is difficult to determine with accuracy black men and women in the Bible because the Bible is color-neutral. There is never any reference to race or racial features. The main distinction throughout the Bible is between those that serve God and those that do not, whether as individuals or as nations. It is not definite that everyone from Ethiopia or Cyrene was black, but certainly you could reasonably assume that it was a good possibility. So this study will have to be considered reasonable speculation.

We know very little about Simon. We see from this Mark’s writing that he had come from the country to Jerusalem on this occasion, perhaps on business. He must have been a strong man. I don’t think the soldiers would have picked a weakling. God had appointed him to be there, not to help Jesus with the cross, but to encounter the one who was to be crucified for his sins. Except for Mark’s obscure reference to Rufus and Alexander we would have no more information about Simon.

What we do know about Simon called Niger is his name.  Simon is a Jewish name and Niger comes from the Latin word for “black”.  It’s safe to say he was Jewish and may have been called “Black” simply because of his looks.

Research shows that Simon of Cyrene was from a country in ancient northern Africa (bordering Egypt) called Libya. According to Spirit of English Magazine Vol. 10, pg. 286; in ancient times Libya contained two countries Cyrenaica and Marmarica.  Wikipedia [the on line encyclopedia], shares that Libya was until recent times, the home of one the oldest Jewish communities in the world, dating back to at least 300 BC. In the 1st century, the Jewish historian for the Roman Empire, Josephus Flavius, noted 500,000 Jews lived in Libya. By today’s standards, people from North Africa may or may not be classified as Black. The New Testament, let’s us in on the fact that Joseph, Mary and Jesus spent time in Egypt, This raises an equally intriguing question as to whether or not Simon’s friend, Joseph of Marmarica (a.k.a. Joseph of Marmore, Joseph of Arimathea, brother of Jesus’ grandmother) from the neighboring district of Marmonica/Marmarica, should also be classified as African or Black. –Satchell Intell.

We find here in (Matthew 27:32 NKJV).  Simon of Cyrene was from Ethiopia, and this text and the identity of this man clearly reminds us all of us today that all cultures were represented at Calvary and in the church.  This further reminds us that wise men of all ages would be honored to be allowed to perform the task that was conferred upon Simon of Cyrene, the Ethiopia from northwestern Africa.  Whether it was voluntary or by force, in any case, black hands were extended to help the Savior bear His cross.  The Ethiopian eunuch from Africa (Acts 8:26) was the first Gentile convert mentioned by name in the Book of Acts.  History reports that he returned to Ethiopia to found the Abyssinian Christian Church, which exists until this day.

May God’s saving grace, be with each one of you whose hands, regardless of their color, feel obligated to pick-up your cross and carry it this day be blessed with love, peace and power.  Only because Jesus loved all of us and died for our sins so we may  have the opportunity to celebrate his life, death and resurrection on this EASTER.

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MIND REALITY THOUGHTS

FRIDAY 3/28/14

PREPARE YOUR MIND FOR WARFARE

Every true child of God soon learns that the Christian life is warfare.  The hosts of Satan are committed to hinder and obstruct the work of Christ and to knock the individual solider out of combat.  The more effective a believer is for the Lord, the more he will experience the savage attacks of the enemy: the devil does not waste his ammunition on nominal Christians.  In our own strength we are no match for the devil.  So the first preparatory command is that we should be continually strengthened in the Lord and in the boundless resources of His might

.THURSDAY 3/27/14

PATIENCE IS A PARTNER OF FAITH

Patience is shown when “you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:12 NKJ) Patience is an active force of perseverance, endurance, fortitude, and persistence. Patience is a force of action that does not distract you from your corresponding action but under girds it.  With the force of patience, you possess a greater tenacity to succeed.  ”By your steadfastness and patient endurance you shall win the true life of your souls.” (Luke 21:19 AMP)

BIRTH AND DEATH OCCUR SIMULTANEOUSLY

When we look deeply and recognize the causes and conditions that allow birth and death to be, we realize that birth and death are only notions.  The manifestation of something is not the beginning of its existence, and when something is not manifesting, this does not mean that it does not exist.  Before a phenomenon manifests, it is already there in the conditions.  Birth is made of death, and death is made of birth.  Birth and death occur simultaneously in each moment.  Before you were born, you were already there.  When you die, you do not become nothing.  You go back to the wholeness, to the base, in order to manifest again.

TUESDAY 3/25/14

HOW ORDERLY PEOPLE CONSERVE THEIR TIME

Orderly people conserve both their time and energy by never losing anything and therefore never having to find anything.  Everything is in its place, and the hand can be at once placed upon it, though it be in the dark.  They can well afford to be cool and deliberate, and so use their mental energies in something more profitable than irritation, bad temper, and accusing others for their own lack of order.

SATURDAY 3/22/14

SUPPLEMENT YOUR FAITH WITH VIRTUE

The WORD OF GOD speaks to us and says, “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.” (2 Peter 1:5-7 ESV)

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HOW YOU CAN DISCOVER WISDOM THROUGH THE PRIORITY OF INSIGHT

HOW YOU CAN DISCOVER WISDOM THROUGH THE PRIORITY OF INSIGHT

DISCOVERING MOTHER WISDOM IN THE BEAUTY OF NATURE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

DISCOVERING MOTHER WISDOM IN THE BEAUTY OF NATURE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHILDREN OF GOD, today I want to share with you some words of WISDOM on HOW YOU CAN DISCOVER MOTHER WISDOM in your own lives by learning to LISTEN and THE PRIORITY of INSIGHT.  I encourage you, take to heart what I’m about to tell you; collect my counsels and guard them with your life. Tune your ears to the world of WISDOM; set your heart on a life of understanding.  Now know it, The Fear-of-God will be yours; you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.

And here’s why: God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding. He’s a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well, a personal bodyguard to the candid and sincere. He keeps his eye on all who live honestly, and pays special attention to his loyally committed ones.

So now you can pick out what’s true and fair, find all the good trails. Lady Wisdom will be your close friend, and Brother Knowledge your pleasant companion.  Good Sense will scout ahead for danger;Insight will keep an eye out for you. They’ll keep you from making wrong turns, or following the bad directions.  Of those who are lost themselves and can’t tell a trail from a tumbleweed, These losers who make a game of evil and throw parties to celebrate perversity,
Traveling paths that go nowhere, wandering in a maze of detours and dead ends.

Wise friends will rescue you from the Temptress—that smooth-talking Seductress who’s faithless to the husband she married years ago, never gave a second thought to her promises before God. Her whole way of life is doomed; every step she takes brings her closer to hell.  No one who joins her company ever comes back, ever sets foot on the path to real living.

So—join the company of good men and women, keep your feet on the tried-and-true paths.  It’s the men who walk straight who will settle this land, the women with integrity who will last there. The corrupt will lose their lives; the dishonest will be gone for good.  (Proverbs 2:1-22 MSG)  It is so important that each of you learn the ART OF LISTENING, that you may discover the truth in MOTHER WISDOM and her many hidden treasures, and in doing so, you will soon know, that the “Fear-of-God will be yours; and you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.”

Now in conclusion, let us understand that under the Law of Moses, men of integrity—the upright and the blameless—were rewarded with a secure place in the land of Canaan.  When we come over to the New Testament, these material blessings in earthly places give way to spiritual blessings in the heavenliest.  But the fact remains that righteousness and decency are rewarded in this life as well as in the life to come.

It is equally true that the wicked will be cut off from the land of blessing.  There is no lasting inheritance there for the treacherous.  Therefore it is the up most important for each of us to practice daily ways in which we can MAKE INSIGHT OUR PRIORITY!

TAKE A WALK WITH JESUS

Take A WALK WITH JESUS:

"THE JOURNEY OF ANTICIPATION" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“THE JOURNEY OF ANTICIPATION” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

Are you facing challenging times, wondering which way to go? Consider the master Jesus, in him all your needs are met because you are his child, his master-piece.

Open your heart and be willing to receive, listen to what Jesus says; embrace him soul, body and spirit. In your walk, become a diligent follower of truth and power. As we set aside time to TAKE A WALK WITH JESUS, we are magnified with strength, grace and genuine love in our hearts for one another.

Now, let’s begin our journey as we TAKE A WALK WITH JESUS: Jesus says,” I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which you have given me for they are mine. I have given them my word and the world hates them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I don’t pray that you should take them out of the world but that you keep them from evil (John 17: 9, 14-16 NKJV).

We are always in the heart and mind of God and he watches over us at all times. Jesus walked among mankind in the flesh, he always shared the message; the urgency of getting to know and live like him, he was always at work designing a pattern for each of us to follow which was based on love, patience, and kindness; never taking credit for himself, always reverence to God the Father.

Let’s “TAKE A WALK WITH JESUS” as he reminds us of what he has to offer:

The Word was first, the Word was present with God in readiness from day one (John 1:1).  Jesus says, “Truly, truly I say unto you, except a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; that which is born of the Spirit is spirit; marvel not that I say you must be born again” (3: 5-7).

Bread of life:

Jesus says, “I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believe on me shall never thirst (John6: 35). For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me, and this is His will that all he have given me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day” (38, 39 ).

"MAY THE LIGHT ALWAYS GUIDE US" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“MAY THE LIGHT ALWAYS GUIDE US” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Jesus says, “I am the light of the world; he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. You judge after the flesh, I judge no man. I am the one that bear witness of me, and the father that sent me bears witness of me (John: 8:12).  I am the door, by me if any man enter in he shall be saved and shall go in and out and be nourished. The thief comes to steal, kill and to destroy: I come that that they might have life, more abundant life. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep (10: 9-11). I am the resurrection and the life, he that believe in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; whom-ever believe in me shall never die (11:25-26). I am the way, the truth and the life (John14:6); I AM the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman, every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away, every branch that bears fruit he prunes it , that it may bring forth more fruit” (John 15:1-2)

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. ( 8) Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered (9) and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him (Hebrew 5:7-9 NIV). As we journey day by day let us be reminded that Gods’ watchful eye is upon us; and as we TAKE A WALK WITH JESUS we are experiencing an exciting part of a journey called “Love”. May he grant you according to your heart desire; and fulfill all your purpose… (Psalm: 20:4).

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE MYSTERIOUS TRUTHS OF SPIRITUAL LIFE?

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE MYSTERIOUS TRUTHS OF SPIRITUAL LIFE?

THE SUNFLOWER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE SUNFLOWER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Growing up into Christ (YOU ARE TRULY DIVINE)

The change of heart by which we become children of God is in the Bible spoken of as birth. Again, it is compared to the germination of the good seed sown by the husbandman. In like manner those who are just converted to Christ are,” as newborn babies,” to grow up” to the stature of the men and women in Christ Jesus1 Peter 2:2; Ephesians 4:15. Or like the good seed sown in the field, they ought to grow up and bring forth fruit. Isaiah says that they shall” be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3. Therefore, from natural life, illustrations are drawn, to help us better understand the mysterious truths of spiritual life.

Not all the wisdom and skill of command can produce life in the smallest object in nature. It is only through the life which God himself has imparted, that either plant or animal can live. Therefore, it is only through the life from God that spiritual life is begotten in the hearts of man. Unless a man is “born from above,” he cannot become a partaker of the life, which Christ came to give. John 3:3.

As with life, so it is with growth. It is 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. Moreover, the prophet Hosea says to Israel, that “he shall grow as the Lily.”  “They shall revise as the corn, and grow as the vine.” Hosea 14:5, 7.  And Jesus bids us” consider the lilies how they grow.” Luke 12:27. 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. The plant, 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; it Psalms 72:6. He is the living water,” the bread of God… Which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.” John 6:33.

Now in the Maecenas give of his son, God has in store call the whole world with an atmosphere of grace as real as the air which circulates around the globe. All who choose to breathe this life given atmosphere will live and grow up to the stature of men and women in Christ Jesus.

As the flower turns to the sun, that the bright beams of may aid in perfecting its beauty and symmetry, so should we turn to the Sun 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’s 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’s 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.

Do you ask,” how is I to abide in Christ?” In the same way as you received him at first.” As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in him.”  ” The just shall live by faith.” Colossians 2:6; Hebrews 10:38. You gave yourself to God, to be his holy, to serve and obey him, and you took Christ as your Savior. You could not yourself atone for your sins are changing your heart; but having given yourself to God, you believe that He for Christ sake did all this for you.

By faith, you became Christ’s, and by faith, you are to grow up in him, by giving and taking. You are to give all, your heart, you 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.

REMOVE THE RESTRAINTS FROM YOUR MIND AND BE FILLED WITH KNOWLEDGE WISDOM AND POWER

REMOVE THE RESTRAINTS FROM YOUR MIND AND BE FILLED WITH KNOWLEDGE WISDOM AND POWER

PULPIT IN THE SKY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

PULPIT IN THE SKY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

LISTEN AND LEARN HOW FROM THE TEACHER PREACHER AND HEALER

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES 

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)

Follow, Ask, Seek, and Go, what more do we need? Listen and Learn from the Teacher, Preacher and Healer; Jesus, who took his assignment, his mission seriously. Concerned about the plight of all people he diligently sought to deliver the Message the way God intended. His intended purpose, to help us understand who we are and to whom we belong. He came to erase the guilt and stain of sin from our lives in order that we might be able to spend eternity in the presence of the Most Holy of Holiness, eternally.

The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them. His work is honorable and glorious and His righteousness endures forever (Psalm 111:4-3).  Jesus encourages us to, “Come, all who labor and are heavy laden, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, you’ll find rest for your soul (Matthew 11:28). He encourages us to seek him out and in doing so we will find in him peace and joy unlike anything we’ll ever experience.

Jesus the Teacher: As he began his earthly ministry it centered on people from every walk of life. Getting them to slow down and listen to his message was a task he carried out diligently no matter attempts to side-track him. Even in choosing his closest followers (his disciples) he was not concerned about whom they were, yet he knew that in them there were possibilities to help perfect God’s plan for the human race.

Jesus preached God’s Kingdom and taught people the truth about God, the process for renewal of spirit, grace and mercy. His word encourages hearts when it seems as if there is no one to turn too, no hope. He therefore wants each of us to diligently seek him, for he says, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened (Matthew 7:7). In his sermons he was always striving to relate his teaching in simplicity, it is therefore much easier to understand and apply his word to our lives when we set aside time to fellowship with him, because he is a Teacher, Preacher and Healer of great importance.

Jesus the healer always compassionate, caring and concerned about the wellbeing of others; He healed people of their diseases and the bad effects of their lives, their ailments, mental, emotional and/or physical conditions. What he did was out in the open and when others saw how he ministered to those in need, they believed and made the decision to become followers, by embracing his teachings.

Jesus the Preacher, Teacher and Healer provides all we need in this life, so why do we worry about the material aspect of our lives. He lets us know that he is always present and watching over each of us as we journey through life; Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow , for tomorrow will worry about its own things (Matthew 6:34). We have an advocate to make our request known, one who does not judge or criticize. He patiently waits and expects us to call him in times of distress as well as peace; he is the Preacher, Teacher and Healer of our weary hearts.

Let today be a day you embrace life and look to the hills from where “all” your help comes; allow your heart to be filled with praise and thanksgiving, prepare yourself for the battle, it all belongs to God.  “REMOVE THE RESTRAINTS FROM YOUR MIND AND BE FILLED WITH KNOWLEDGE WISDOM AND POWER!”

Thank you for visiting and studying with us.  We love you and appreciate you, for we all have been called by Jesus to GO and make disciples.  Therefore, our mission is to help make that possible.  The work you do in your own ministries provides avenues for those who are seeking the truth, and when we join together, we provide powerful forces to help spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.  May His grace and mercy be with you now and into all eternity, in Jesus name, Amen!

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HOW AND WHY A FATHER TEACHES HIS SON TO GET WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE

HOW AND WHY A FATHER TEACHES HIS SON TO GET WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE

In order for a person to be a great leader in any calling, that person first must gain the most important asset

MY SPIRITUAL FATHER PROVIDES WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE

PHOTO OF MY SPIRITUAL FATHER DR. OLIVER DORSEY AND PASTOR DAVIS MY SPIRITUAL FATHER PROVIDED ME WITH  WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE  

of all, and that is,  “WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE.”  The two fit together like hand and glove.  James said, “If any of you lacks WISDOM, he should ask GOD, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5 NIV).

When you have acquired the KNOWLEDGE of who she is and the sweetness of her aromas in your life, you now have obtained the power to begin building greatness in your life.  Because when you have rubbed shoulders with LADY WISDOM, you have been given the ability to use the best means at the best time to accomplish the greatest results.  I can assure you that without the knowledge and power that LADY WISDOM provides you, success in any calling will always elude you.

In our role as leaders, our first and most important priority is the LEADERSHIP within our own family.  As a FATHER, we seek to provide the type of leadership for our children to succeed in life.  Especially when a son is involved, the father will make every effort to teach his son the truth of who LADY WISOM is in his life and the effects that LADY WISDOM can have on his future providing he adhere to her teachings.  Now listen to the advice given to a son from the book of Proverbs.

This message begins with a concrete no holds barred advise.  It starts with a command to gain the attention of the listener.  He says, “Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain UNDERSTANDING.  I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.  For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother;

Then he taught me, and he said to me, “Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live.  Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.  Though it cost all you have, get understanding.  Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.”

Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.  I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.  Hold on to my instruction; do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.  Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. (Proverbs 4:1-15 NIV)

Now let us understand the message that this father was teaching in this lesson, if there was one thing that this father wanted for his son to acquire in life it was truly wisdom and the knowledge of LADY WISDOM.  As this father saw it, if the son were to posse’s wisdom, he would find life, safety and honor.  This father was single-minded.  Rather than urging his son to pursue success and recognition, he exhorted him to:“get wisdom;” not forsake wisdom,” “esteem” and “embrace” wisdom.  Carrying out his father’s ideals would no doubt require serious effort and diligence.  But if the son did acquire wisdom, the benefits would flow from it like water from a cup.

Now please allow me to conclude this lesson with these final words from Matthew.  “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”  (Matthew 7:24-27 NIV).

You are truly the master of your destination, now seek out LADY WISDOM, and allow her to stir the beauty that lies asleep in the depths of your soul.  She is only a thought away, awaken her and “SEEK THE SWEET AROMAS OF WISDOM AND DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF HER SOUL.

BE PATIENCE IN THE MIDST OF TRAGEDY

BE PATIENCE IN THE MIDST OF TRAGEDY

PATIENCE IS LOVE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

PATIENCE IS LOVE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

Today we encourage the people from all around the world, to be patience in the midst of tragedy, in all you do and how you feel in regards to the tragedy that has unfolded in Boston, Mass in the past few days. The people of Boston and the World all have been struck by the Enemy of terror.  This Enemy had a dark and evil Spirit to set off a bomb in the middle of innocence people that would kill and injury so many people.  But let there be no mistake, our President and all the leaders that are involved in the mystery of solving this problem has promised us that the Enemy of Terror would feel the full weight of the American Justice System.

We can take comfort in the fact that our first responders, and the many heroes that rushed into chaos to help those that were injured, and now our hospitals, nurses and Doctors from around the world are still responding with courage and a Spirit that has shown the World the strength of the people of Boston and the American Spirit of all its Citizen.

Let us not forget this very important fact, and that is this enemy was truly a thief, and his aim was to take the lives of as many people as he possibly could.  In John 10:10, we see that Jesus warned us of this thief.  Jesus said, “A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”

Therefore, I encourage all of you, in all that you do, “BE PATIENCE!” Allow the authorities the time an opportunity to do their jobs.  Be informed by the facts and allow the WORD OF GOD to guide your hearts and minds in all things.

Finally, listen to how the word of God informs us to act, it says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!”
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil, for the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. (Psalm 37:7-9 ESV)  “BE PATIENCE IN THE MIDST OF TRAGEDY!”

Now let us continue to pray for the victims and their families in the Boston Tragedy.  When prayers go up, blessings come down.

 

THIS IS HOW YOU CAN OVERCOME MONDAY MORNING BLUES

THIS IS HOW YOU CAN OVERCOME MONDAY MORNING BLUES

FREE YOUR MIND AND BE FREE INDEED

GOD’S WILD AND BEAUTIFUL FLOWER GARDEN (Photo by Pastor Davis)

In the world today we find that people are filled with anxious desires to overcome their present lot in life. Anxieties are running deep in their veins, being faced with much lack of everything that this world has to offer and in their heart of hearts not being able to have the basics necessaries that GOD has promised to them that love and believe in the LORD.  Nevertheless, I say to all the people, know that God never makes a promise that he will not fulfill.  Just hold onto God’s unchanging hands and your storehouse will never be bare.  You see, God has provided the world with all the necessary things for man’s survival in this world.  Remember, there are three basics things that we need for our survival and they are; the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.  These three basics necessities, God provides them in great abundances’ and they are FREE and without germs are diseases.  FREE YOUR MIND AND BE FREE INDEED

But now I can just here you saying, “I need a job, and without a job how can I have food on my table for me and my family to eat, clothes for my children to wear, money to pay my mortgage and car note, money to keep the lights and gas on in my house, money to send my kids to college.  I will grant you these are important things to consider in helping offset some of these burdens that you are now facing, but are they really the most important things you need to do in order to have a healthy and prosper life style? Think deeply on this for a moment before you continue reading the rest of the story!

For further information about entering the job market and getting the job you desire, click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geK_yezaTKI

Now I say to you, listen carefully to what the word has to say about all of this, it says’ “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and

THE BIRDS OF THE SKY DEPENDS ON GOD FOR THEIR SOURCE OF ENERGY (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE BIRDS OF THE SKY DEPENDS ON GOD FOR THEIR SOURCE OF ENERGY (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

“Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, and do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.  (Matthew 6:25-34 MSG)

You see, in this passage Jesus is trying to bring you into the realization that you are important to Him and you are free of all yokes and bondage of man’s rule over you.  It is not man that is going to provide you with the necessities of this life, but it is God who provides all of those who believe. DO YOU BELIEVE?

BALL AND CHAINS KEEP YOU IN BONDAGE...

BALL AND CHAINS KEEP YOU IN BONDAGE…

The first prerequisite of having the great abundances of this life is to be set FREE.  You have to remove the ball and chain from around your ankle.     Release the Spirit in your Mind and set it FREE of the bondage that is keeping you from having all the things that you desire in this world.  It is not that man is not providing you with a job to meet your basics needs that is hindering you from having.  It is your own thought process that is keeping you from having; your dependence upon another person to provide you with a job, when God has already told you to use your own thought process and you can have anything that you may desire.  Free your mind and be free indeed.  If the Son of God Sets You FREE, you must realize the greatest news of all and that is, “You are truly FREE.”  At a time when Jesus was speaking truth to power, this is what he said to the Jews and what he is saying to you and I right here and now, “Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will FREE you.” (John 8:31-32 MSG)

These are the words of truth that were birthed in you from the beginning of time.  They are the words that will allow you to create that job that you are concern about in order to be in a position to meet your basic worldly needs.  They are the words that will bring about that change from the old man to the new.  They are the words that you can take to the cashier at your bank, present them with a check with whatever amount you desire at the time and be guaranteed it will be cashed with no questions asked.

Now is the time for you to learn how to properly use your Imagination to create within you all that God has already provided for you from the very beginning of time.  Click on this short Video Clip and discover the power of your Imagination.

You are the ruler of your life, the power given to you by the maker and creator of this world.  No man holds power over you but the one you give to hold such power.  And when you are ready to make the change and your determination is so great that you are willing to do whatever is necessary to be the true ruler of your life, the new person in you will show up and nothing can stop you from rising to take your place in this world of great abundance.  The time is now for you to, FREE YOUR MIND AND BE FREE INDEED!”

WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO SACRIFICE

WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO SACRIFICE?

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

THOUGHTS ON MAKING A SACRIFICE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THOUGHTS ON MAKING A SACRIFICE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

 

 In today’s lesson, I set before you a very important question for you 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 of 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.

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.

The question is, 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.

 

THE TIME IS NOW FOR YOU TO WRITE THE VISION GIVEN TO YOU

THE TIME IS NOW FOR YOU TO WRITE THE VISION GIVEN TO YOU

GOD SAID WRITE THE VISION  (Habakkuk 2:2-3)

A CHILD IS WRITING HER GIVEN (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

A CHILD IS WRITING HER GIVEN VISION (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

In the Book of Habakkuk we find that Habakkuk had questions for God that he just could not understand.  So he did what a lot of other prophets dared not do.  He took it upon himself to question God what he thought God was not doing about the problems that were facing his nation.  When he did, here is how God answered Habakkuk, God said,   “Write this. Write what you see.
Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness
pointing to what’s coming.  It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie.
If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time!

Today’s lesson is being taught through the vision media of video. We hope you watch and study the entire lesson with us, then let us know what you think.

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SIMON OF CYRENE WAS THE BLACK HANDS THAT HELP TO CARRY THE CROSS

SIMON OF CYRENE WAS THE BLACK HANDS THAT HELP TO CARRY THE CROSS

Simon of Cyrene the black hands that helped carry the cross (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Simon of Cyrene the black hands that helped carry the cross (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

And when they had [finished] making sport of Him, they took the purple [robe] off Him and put His own clothes on Him. And they led Him out [of the city] to crucify Him.

And they forced a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, who was coming in from the field (country), to carry His cross.

And they led Him to Golgotha [in Latin: Calvary], meaning The Place of a Skull.  (Mark 15:20-22 AMP).

In verse 21, Mark tells us that Simon of Cyrene, was coming into the city from the countryside into the city of Jerusalem, but the Lord was traveling out of the city.  These two men were traveling in opposite directions.  Simon was coming in and the Lord was going out being led by the Roman Soldiers and a large crowd of haters.  Simon suddenly found himself turned around at the instructions of the Centurion and finds his life walking in exactly the opposite direction from where he was first headed.  Meeting Christ at this point and being forced to place his hands on the cross and carry it would be a life changing experience for him.

Now some of you might ask, “why would he ever mention Simon of Cyrene as the Black Hands on the cross, and how would he even know that Simon of Cyrene was a Black Man?  For those of you who are truth seekers, these would be legitimate questions to ask.  For me as a Minister of the Gospel, called and ordained to come boldly before the throne of grace, and speak truth to power, convince, rebuke, exhort and teach, it is my job to empower you with knowledge in order that you may know the truth and the truth will truly set you free.  (John 8:32)

For me to state here with absolute certain that Simon of Cyrene was a Black Man is impossible.  This is a question that has been debated by Scholars worldwide for hundreds of years.  However, I should start by pointing out it is difficult to determine with accuracy black men and women in the Bible because the Bible is color-neutral. There is never any reference to race or racial features. The main distinction throughout the Bible is between those that serve God and those that do not, whether as individuals or as nations. It is not definite that everyone from Ethiopia or Cyrene was black, but certainly you could reasonably assume that it was a good possibility. So this study will have to be considered reasonable speculation.

We know very little about Simon. We see from this Mark’s writing that he had come from the country to Jerusalem on this occasion, perhaps on business. He must have been a strong man. I don’t think the soldiers would have picked a weakling. God had appointed him to be there, not to help Jesus with the cross, but to encounter the one who was to be crucified for his sins. Except for Mark’s obscure reference to Rufus and Alexander we would have no more information about Simon.

What we do know about Simon called Niger is his name.  Simon is a Jewish name and Niger comes from the Latin word for “black”.  It’s safe to say he was Jewish and may have been called “Black” simply because of his looks.

Research shows that Simon of Cyrene was from a country in ancient northern Africa (bordering Egypt) called Libya. According to Spirit of English Magazine Vol. 10, pg. 286; in ancient times Libya contained two countries Cyrenaica and Marmarica.  Wikipedia [the on line encyclopedia], shares that Libya was until recent times, the home of one the oldest Jewish communities in the world, dating back to at least 300 BC. In the 1st century, the Jewish historian for the Roman Empire, Josephus Flavius, noted 500,000 Jews lived in Libya. By today’s standards, people from North Africa may or may not be classified as Black. The New Testament, let’s us in on the fact that Joseph, Mary and Jesus spent time in Egypt, This raises an equally intriguing question as to whether or not Simon’s friend, Joseph of Marmarica (a.k.a. Joseph of Marmore, Joseph of Arimathea, brother of Jesus’ grandmother) from the neighboring district of Marmonica/Marmarica, should also be classified as African or Black. –Satchell Intell.

We find here in (Matthew 27:32 NKJV).  Simon of Cyrene was from Ethiopia, and this text and the identity of this man clearly reminds us all of us today that all cultures were represented at Calvary and in the church.  This further reminds us that wise men of all ages would be honored to be allowed to perform the task that was conferred upon Simon of Cyrene, the Ethiopia from northwestern Africa.  Whether it was voluntary or by force, in any case, black hands were extended to help the Savior bear His cross.  The Ethiopian eunuch from Africa (Acts 8:26) was the first Gentile convert mentioned by name in the Book of Acts.  History reports that he returned to Ethiopia to found the Abyssinian Christian Church, which exists until this day.

May God’s saving grace, be with each one of you whose hands, regardless of their color, feel obligated to pick-up your cross and carry it this day be blessed with love, peace and power.  Only because Jesus loved all of us and died for our sins do we have the opportunity to celebrate his life, death and resurrection on this EASTER weekend.  I remain your brother in Jesus Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

KNOWING THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE REDEEMER AND PREDATOR

KNOWING THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE REDEEMER AND PREDATOR

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

SHIRLEY RHODES

SHIRLEY RHODES

 

Knowing the distinction is how we develop into strong believers of faith in Jesus Christ and his teachings. The predator seeks out his target, devise a plan and then set about to conquer and devour. The Redeemer plucks you from the unsettled state and offers life filled with grace, mercy, joy and hope, and provides all that’s necessary through the Holy Spirit that keeps you safe and grounded. The Predator seeks to kill steal and destroy your hope, to derail you from the purpose God created you with and or for.

It is not a desire to break from the teachings, it’s being able to recognize when we find ourselves in a place that robs us of our hopes and dreams that we seek forgiveness through the Redeemer.

Perfection is a goal we all would like to reach, but as long as these bodies of clay exist we will find ourselves in the presence of the predator. When we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us we know that it is through Christ that redemptive power lives and gives us hope.

God is a living Spirit (a living personal presence) which gives us freedom from those things that holds us in bondage. The scripture reminds us, “let nothing separate us from God’s Love,” when we enter his presence it is to be done so in holy reverence, he beckons us to come.  Those who do not understand the true meaning of God are those looking or going the wrong way while refusing to give thought to what God and his message is all about.  It seems that all they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness (the Predator); thinking he can give them what they want, so they rather not bother believing a truth they cannot see.

Jesus has given us the brightness of his message: if we follow the pattern we know it is determined that we must guard our hearts because the Predator never sleeps. Jesus said, “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will  deceive many (Matthew 24:4, NIV), he went on to say, the one who stands firm to the end will be saved (13).”

Knowing the distinction between Predator and Redeemer sets God’s chosen apart, for they are chosen by God for the high calling of priestly work, to be a holy people. These are God’s chosen instruments to do his work, to get the message out to others; he takes nothing and makes something, he takes the rejected and makes them accepted (1Peter 2:8-10, MSG).

Let us not think for one moment that we are not within eye-sight of the Predator; after all, he’s been around since creation and to this day as in the days of Job. As scripture revels, One day when the angels came to report to God, Satan, the Designated Accuser, came along with them, God singled out Satan and said,” What have you been up to?” Satan answered God, “Going here and there, checking things out on earth.”(Job 1:6-7, MGS) This very moment in time he is still “checking things out on earth” the predator.

What a God we serve! Our Redeemer lives, Christ suffered because of other’s sins, Righteous for unrighteous; he went through death–then was made alive–to bring us to God. Through his sacrifice we are given a chance to choose and make decisions in order to become a part of who he really is, the choice is ours.

 

GOD HAS PROVIDED US GRACE FOR A NEW BEGINNING

GOD HAS PROVIDED US GRACE FOR A NEW BEGINNING

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

 

MOMENTS OF REFLECTIONS THE ENDING AND THE BEGINNING (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

MOMENTS OF REFLECTIONS THE ENDING AND THE BEGINNING (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE ENDING AND THE BEGINNING

The fullness of God’s grace is beyond our human appreciation, comprehension or full knowledge. The riches of His goodness cannot be expressed or described by mortal tongue. We can only attempt to describe it, and our best efforts will be a puny approximation. We can admire the beauty of His divine grace, but we cannot really explore its depths.  At best we can only stand in awe at what we have seen and live in the expectance of what is yet to come.  Through God’s grace we have survived the trials and tribulation of a year of ups and downs in many areas of our lives.  We now stand at the end and await the beginning of the new.

The Endings and Beginnings are a part of who we are as well as the process we all go through in life. The year ends,  and the last day we realize so much has happened, struggle, decisions, choice and chance; yet we have so much to be thankful for,  there are even moments we can look back on with pride and accomplishment.  What to do with our learning experiences, stop and take stock (think); what have I accomplished that makes me proud, did I reach goals I set for myself this time last year?

What ever happened this year is behind us and those moments can never be reclaimed, they are endings.

A new year is time for new beginnings, letting go of ways that are not beneficial such as anger, resentment, fears, allow those things to become part of our experiences we grow from and then release them.  Let’s become more diligent in our prayer life, pray for joy, peace, directions and for everyone whether we know them or not.  Let us make room in our hearts, our lives to fellowship and set side time for introspection with our higher power, the source, the light, the bread of life, remembering to follow the pattern Jesus gave so that we might live productive lives.

Endings and Beginnings: Our spiritual identity is our soul, our spirit and that never change.

Life takes us through changes that enhance our character and instills values in our lives developing our inner being and helping us to discover who we really are.  We go through many changes in a life time before we find out who we really are and what we have to give.  One thing is certain, we should always see ourselves as valuable even though others may not recognize and/or accept that fact.

No matter what role or purpose we’ve been assigned in this life; knowledge we gain through the process, keep it close to heart as Wisdom teachings. Proverbs remind us in this way:  Collect my counsels and guard them with your life, tune your ears to the world of Wisdom. Set your heart on a life of Understanding, make insight your priority and don’t take no for an answer, before you know it Fear of God will be yours; you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:1-5). God gives out Wisdom free and is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding. He is a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well (6). He controls our Endings and Beginnings so why not learn to trust him with an obedient heart and attitude, which pleases Him.

This is the time of year to reflect on where we’ve been; a time to release those things (ways) that hinder our growth and the time to look forward to a new year encouraged with optimism, strength and courage. Learn from the Endings and embrace new Beginnings, make this year about   renewal, commitment, caring and sharing. Grow in God’s Grace and Love.

Make it a Happy New Year!!

When we think about where we have been this past year and how we have managed to come through it all, we must confront this one truth, and that is simply this, “Our God is truly an awesome God.  Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out.  Is there anyone around who can explain God?  Anyone smart enough to tell Him what to do; anyone who has done Him such a huge favor that God has to ask His advice?  Everything comes from Him, Everything happens through him; everything ends up in Him.  Always glory!  Always praise! Yes, Yes, Yes!”  Romans 11:33-36.

Now as you make plans for this brand new year we encourage you to grow in God’s Grace, make this a happy, joyful, safe and prospers New Year.  Click on this video clip sit back relax and allow the sounds of the water to minister to you as you reflect on the year that lies ahead.  May God bless you abundantly, in Jesus name, Amen!

May God’s grace and mercy abide in you throughout this brand new year, filling your life with pure joy and prosperity.

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO TRANSFORM YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO TRANSFORM YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY

Shania A. Byars the Dreamer (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Shania A. Byars the Dreamer (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Throughout this year we have discussed with you many times the word transformation.”  We have done so because we realized early on as we begin this teaching ministry that in order for us to be successful at what we were doing, we to needed to be in the flow of the transformation process. 

We have learned a great deal from your many wonderful comments, and as we continue into 2012, we will apply the knowledge and understanding we gleamed from your thoughts and apply them to our teaching methods in hopes that many more of you will gain some valuable lessons from what is being taught here.

The subject of this lesson is:  “YOU HAVE THE POWER TO TRANSFORM YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY.”  The very first thought in many of your minds will be doubt.  Saying, I don’t have any power.  Others have the power, but I am powerless to transform a single dream I have ever had into reality.  That is truly the kind of negative thinking that hinders you from becoming the genius that God destiny you to become from the very beginning of time.  Now let me encourage you to pause your reading right here for a moment and watch this short video clip as it helps to further engage your mind with great thoughts of manifesting your dreams into reality.  Please continue reading on the other side of this video clip.  After you have completed this message, do not forget to click on the share button and share it on your social networking page as well as with friends and family.

Let us understand this one very important thing in our lives, and that is, our negative thoughts are the seeds we plant in our minds that begins the process of creating lack, poverty and all the things that we have dreamed of having, but have not been able to obtain in our lives thus far.

When your thoughts are always centered on the negative side of life, you set up the conditions which correspondence with the predominant mental attitude in your mind.  Therefore, if we fear disaster, as fear is a powerful form of thought, disaster will be the certain result of our thinking.  It is this form of thought which frequently sweeps away the result of many years of toil and effort.

However, if we begin the process of planting positive seeds in our mind instead of the negative ones and begin to think of some form of material wealth, the results will be that it will show up at the time and place it is most needed.  By concentrated thought the required conditions will be brought about, and the proper effort put forth, which will result in bringing about the circumstances necessary to realize our desires; but we often find that when we secure the things we thought we wanted, they do not have the effect we expected.  That is, the satisfaction is only temporary, or possibly is the reverse of what we expected.

This condition is because, we lack the knowledge of the power and where that power derives from.  Know that God is the source of all power that we have within our physical bodies and spiritual minds.  Therefore, we must learn to lean and depend on God when we are face with the difficult task of the transformation process.  Listen to what God tells us to do, He says, “ Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).  (Jeremiah 33:3).

 

When you are ready to put your trust in God, the power of transformation will show up on your front door step.  The power to make this happen is already within you.  God gave this power to you from the very beginning of time.  So when you say you are powerless to make your dreams become a reality, think on this, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.  (Psalms 37:4-5 AMP).

We must transform our thinking in order to realize our dreams.  The old orthodox way of thinking was to be “a worm,” to be satisfied with our portion whatever it is; but the modern idea is to know that we are entitled to the best of everything, that the “Father and I are one” and that the “Father” is the UNIVERSAL MIND, the CREATOR, the ORIGINAL SUBSTANCE from which all things proceed.

Now admitting that to transform your thinking from the negative to the positive and it has been taught to us for more than two thousand years, and it is the essence of every system of Philosophy or Religion, then how are we to make it practical in our lives?  How are we to go get the actual, tangible results here and now that will make our dreams become a reality?

First, let us begin by putting our knowledge into practice.  Nothing can be accomplished in any other way.

The athlete may read books and lessons on physical training all his life, but unless he begins to give out strength by actual work he will never receive any strength; he will eventually get exactly what he gives; but he will have to give it first.  It is exactly the same with us; we will get exactly what we give, but we shall have to give it first.  It will then return to us many fold, and the giving is simply a mental process, because thoughts are causes and conditions are effects; therefore in giving thoughts of courage, inspiration, health or help of any kind we are setting causes in motion which will bring about their effect.

Let us understand that your thoughts are spiritual activity and is therefore creative, but make no mistake, thought will create nothing unless it is consciously, systematically, and constructively directed; and herein is the difference between idle thinking, which is simply a dissipation of effort, and constructive thinking, which means practically unlimited achievement.

Remember, you have the power to make the transition from the old person to the new person.  It all lives in the power of your belief system, your thought process.  Now take advantage of the power that God has given to you, stop giving lip service to who and what you are and become the true creative power that lives within.

We minister to you this day from the position of PEACE, PURPOSE, POWER and PROSPERITY.  Learn to think Globally as you work Locally to make this major transition in your life.  I remain your brother in CHRIST, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!

 

HOW DO WE DETERMINE THE BEGINNING

HOW DO WE DETERMINE THE BEGINNING

In our lesson yesterday, we discussed with you how to live in the beginning and blessedness of this day.  Today, we take you a step deeper into the reality of our mind power to understand how we determine the beginning.  Now come and let us join our minds and see how God intended for us to live out our lives each day.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

MOTHER EARTH

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

The Darkness of the Night (Photo by Pastor Davis)

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3)

God spoke light into existence (Photo by Pastor Davis)

How do we determine the beginning of anything in this world of ours?  Have you discovered the vast importance of any beginnings?  Do you really know what is involved in a beginning?  Do you know the number of beginnings you are continuously been making, and do you realize their full importance?  If not, come and journey with me for a short time into the depths of your mind and let us thoughtfully explore some ignored beginnings by-way of blessedness; for blessed it is when it is wisely resorted to, and much strength and comfort it holds for the understanding of our mind.

Let us begin with this moment for each of us; it is our beginning at the greatest blessing God has given to each one of us.  It is the first day of the rest of our lives, a brand new beginning for you to take a chance, and learn to live out the rest of your brand new life.

Now here is how Jesus describes it, Jesus said, “I am alpha and omega”, the beginning and the end. Now pause your thoughts for a moment and watch this short video clip before continuing to read the rest of the story and we will meet on the other side with Jesus as alpha and omega.

By making this bold statement, Jesus opened our minds up and showed us the beginning of all life as we know it.  Therefore, when we think deeply on this and pause our thoughts and consider how in the spiritual world, the greatest things proceed from the smallest beginnings.  A light fancy may be the inception of a wonderful invention or an immortal work of art; a spoken sentence may turn the tide of history; a pure thought entertained may lead to the exercise of a world-wide regenerative power.

Then we look deeply into the material world, and as we do so, we discover that everything also, proceeds from a very small beginning.  The mightiest river is at first a rivulet over which the grasshopper could leap; the great flood commences with a few drops of rain; the sturdy oak, that has endured the storms of a thousand winters, was once an acorn.

A beginning is a cause, and as such it must be followed by an effect or a train of effects and the effect will be of the same nature as the cause.  The nature of an initial impulse determines the body of its results.  A beginning also presupposes an ending, a consummations, achievements, or goal.  A gate leads to a path and the path to some particular destination; so a beginning leads to results, and results lead to a completion.

In aiming at the life of Blessedness one of the simplest beginnings to be considered and rightly made is that which we all make everyday—the beginning of each day’s life.  How do you begin each day?  At what hour do you rise?  How do you begin your work in what frame of mind do you enter upon the sacred life of a new day?  What answer can you give your heart to these important questions?  You will find that much happiness or unhappiness follows upon the right or wrong beginning of the day, and that, when every day is wisely begun, happy and harmonious sequences will mark its course, and life in its totality will not fall far short of the ideal blessedness.

The Sun Rise upon the Cross (Photo by Pastor Davis)

It is a right and strong beginning of the day to rise at an early hour.  Even if your worldly work does not demand it, it is wise to make of it a habit, and begin the day strongly by shaking off indolence and by putting on vigor and energy.  How are you to develop strength of will and mind and body if you begin every day by yielding to weakness?  Self-indulgence is followed by unhappiness.  Those who lie in bed till late, are not necessarily bright and cheerful and fresh, but often the prey of irritabilities, depressions, debilities, nervous disorders, abnormal fancies, and all unhappy moods.

This is the heavy price they have to pay for their daily indulgence.  Yet, so blinding is the pandering to self that, like the man taking his daily dram in the belief that it is bracing the nerves which it is all the time shattering, so the lie-in-bed is convinced that long hours of ease are necessary for him as possible remedy for those very moods and weaknesses and disorders of which his indulgence is the cause.  Men and women are unaware of the losses that they entail upon themselves by this common indulgence: loss of strength both of mind and body, loss of prosperity, loss of knowledge, and loss of happiness.

Begin the day by rising early.  If you have no object in doing so, never mind; arise, go for a gentle walk among

Nature exposed in the beauty of the trees and sunlight (Photo by Shirley Rhodes)

the beauties of nature, and you will experience buoyancy, freshness, and a delight, not to say a peace of mind, that will reward you for your effort.  One good effort is followed by another; and when a man begins the day by rising early, even though with no other purpose in view, he will find the silent early hour so conducive to clearness of mind and calmness of thought, his early morning walk so profitable in enabling him to become a consecutive thinker and so to see life and its problems, as well as himself and his affairs, in a clearer light; that in time he will rise early for the express purpose of preparing and harmonizing his mind to meet any and every difficulty with wisdom and calm strength.

There is, indeed, so spiritual an influence in the early morning hour, so divine a silence and inexpressible

The Early Morning Sunrise (Photo by Pastor Davis)

repose, that he who, purposeful and strong, throws off the mantle of ease and climbs the hills to greet the morning sun will thereby climb no inconsiderable distance up the hills of blessedness and truth. 

The right beginning of the day will be followed by cheerfulness at the first meal, permeating the household with a sunny influence; and the work of the day will be undertaken in a strong and confident spirit, and the whole day will be well live.

There is also a sense in which every day is to be regarded as the beginning of a new life, in which one can think, act, and live newly, and in a wiser and better spirit.  This day is truly the first day of the rest of your life. It is my birthday and I thank God for allowing me to experience another one.  “To be continued”

SEEK THE SWEET AROMA OF WISDOM (PART ONE)

SEEK THE SWEET AROMA OF WISDOM (PART ONE)

THE BEAUTY OF LADY WISDOM AND HER COMPANION KNOWLEDGE

The Wisdom of God makes all things Beautiful (Photo by Pastor Davis)

 We begin today’s lesson by studying one of two very important precepts.  One is wisdom and the other is knowledge.  In today’s lesson, we will focus our attention on Lady Wisdom, and we begin by asking the simple question, “WHO IS LADY WISDOM?”  She is a deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to choose or act or inspire to consistently produce the optimum results with a minimum of time, energy or thought. She is the ability to optimally (effectively and efficiently) apply perceptions and knowledge, and then produce the desired results. Lady Wisdom is also the comprehension of what is true or right coupled with optimum judgment as to action.

Her Synonyms include: sagacity, discernment, or insightLady Wisdom often requires control of one’s emotional reactions (the “passions”) so that one’s principles, reason and knowledge prevail to determine one’s actions.

Sweet Honeycomb 001

She is beautiful and delightful to the soul in every way. She is as sweet as honey to the mouth as wisdom is to the soul.  The Bible says, “My son, eat honey, because it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. So shall you know skillful and godly Wisdom to be thus to your life; if you find it, then shall there be a future and a reward, and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off.”  (Proverb 24:13-14 AMP).

She is elusive:  She is so elusive, that she seems to be in very short supply.  Some people are crafty and shrewd, others are well-informed and highly educated, but few of us manifest the quiet depth of wisdom.

What are her secrets and the source of her wisdom?  Listen to how the Bible tells us about her Secrets and the Source of her Wisdom. It begins by asking a series of questions.  ”But where, oh where, will they find Wisdom?  Where does Insight hide?  Mortals do not have a clue; have not the slightest idea where to look.  Earth’s depths say, ‘It’s not here’; ocean deeps echo, ‘Never heard of it.’ It cannot be bought with the finest gold; no amount of silver can get it.  Even famous Ophir gold cannot buy it, not even diamonds and sapphires.

Neither gold nor emeralds are comparable; extravagant jewelry cannot touch it.  Pearl necklaces and ruby bracelets—why bother?  None of this is even a down payment on Wisdom!  Pile gold and African diamonds as high as you will, they can’t hold a candle to Wisdom.

“So where does Wisdom come from?  And where does Insight live? It cannot be found by looking, no matter how deep you dig, no matter how high you fly. If you search through the grave yard and question the dead, they say, ‘We’ve only heard rumors of it.’

“God alone knows the way to Wisdom; he knows the exact place to find it.  He knows where everything is on earth, he sees everything under heaven.  After he commanded the winds to blow and measured out the waters, Arranged for the rain and set off explosions of thunder and lightning, He focused on Wisdom, made sure it was all set and tested and ready.

Then he addressed the human race: ‘Here it is!  Fear-of-the-Lord—that’s Wisdom and Insight means shunning evil.” (Job 28:12-28 MSG)

This concludes part one of this great subject; “SEEKING THE SWEET AROMAS OF LADY WISDOM!”  In lesson two, we will discuss with you the effect Lady Wisdom has upon our ability to provide great leadership within our families.  Therefore, we encourage you to come back tomorrow for the conclusion of this powerful study.  May you be ENCOURAGED in the Lord as He pours His many blessings out upon you, in Jesus name we pray, AMEN!

 

CHALLENGED TO RUN IN A RACE TOWARDS SUCCESS

CHALLENGED TO RUN IN A RACE TOWARDS SUCCESS

 

Pastor Davis stands in front of his two room school house where his success began.  My very first school was located within 500 feet from the house I was born in.  Both my Mother and I attended this School which set before me my Challenge to run in my race towards success.  This School is located in a small town in Marysville, S.C. Population then and now about 100 people.

ENDURE THE RACE SET BEFORE YOU

By Shirley Rhodes

Life is a race, and we all entered into the racethe day we were born.  However, at that very moment we

GOD’S GIFT TO MAN

never had the opportunity to consider it as such.  But as we begin the process of growing into maturity and been endowed with power, knowledge, understanding and opportunity, we soon discovered that we were truly in a race.  We have been challenged to run in a Race towards Success.  When we were brought face to face with this great Challenge, we had to consider where we stood in this race and just how we were going to complete with the competition in a way that we would become a success in all that we did day by day with the tools that we were given from birth.

Before going further, let us considers what this word Success mean to us.  First and foremost, Success is a relative term and it is personal and individual.  It is your answer to the problem of making your minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years add up to a great life.

Success is harnessing your heart to a task you love to do.  It is falling in love with your work.  It demands intense concentration on your chief aim in life.  It is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.

Successis ninety-nine per cent mental attitudes.  It calls for love, joy, optimism, confidence, serenity, poise, faith, courage, cheerfulness, imagination, initiative, tolerance, honesty, humility, patience and enthusiasm.

THE SEAT OF KNOWLEDGE  In this two room School House I began to climb the ladder of Success.  Every success story has a beginning and a end.  My story began right here, and it is still a story in progress.

Success is having the courage to meet failure without being defeated.  It is refusing to let present loss interfere with your long-range goal.

Success is discovering your best talents, skills and abilities and applying them where they will make the most effective contribution to your fellow men.  In the words of Longfellow it is “doing what you do well, and doing well whatever you do.”

Now as you contemplate how to endure the Race Set Before you, we suggest that you chose a life centered on the teachings of Jesus.  However, in doing so you are certain to come up short a few friends simply because you choose to enter the race that leads to eternity.  This race towards success is not to the strongest are to the fastest runner.  It however, is to the person that remains focus on Jesus which will enable them to have a calm spirit and the patience to endure the trials and tribulations that are certain to come into their pathway.

Remember these three basic rules:

(1)       Joy, what’s going on inside of you, how you present yourself to others; happiness is what’s around us at all times. Sometimes we fail to take time to recognize all the beauty and peace God has provided in nature and others, learn to be thankful for each moment and not take it for granted.

(2)       In order to Endure the Race Set Before You, examine your mind set; you must win the fight, put on the whole armor of God mentioned in Ephesians 6:11-18.

(3)       There’s a course you must finish, so therefore be faithful where-ever you are, this race is one of endurance; there is a finish you must see and keep, always  stay focused and keep your eye on the prize, that prize is Jesus and you will gather strength to Endure the Race Set Before You. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the truth (2 Timothy: 2:15).

Finally, understand this simple truth; there are no secrets of successSuccess is doing the things you know you should do.  Success is not doing the things you know you should not do.  Be encouraged in all that you do.  Jesus promised that He will always be with you, He will never leave you are forsake you.  Nor would He put on you more than you could ever bear.  He will be with you through it all.  He always will have your back, and He is challenging you to run this race towards success. 

 

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