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WEDNESDAY INSPIRATIONAL AND MOTIVATIONAL SERVICE 011 RISE AND LIVE BY THE WORD OF GOD

WEDNESDAY INSPIRATIONAL AND MOTIVATIONAL SERVICE 011 RISE AND LIVE BY THE WORD OF GOD

My Brothers and Sisters, this is your word for this day. Take it and use it, let it empower you to fight the devil as he comes forth to take you out of the game. Stand firm on the truth of the word of God, because the word will never fail you. This word is sharper than a two edged sword, and it will take down your strongest enemy.  Now click on this tape and get ready to fight the good fight with the WORD.

 

 

Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.  (Ephesians 6:13-18 MSG)

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GOOD FRIDAY IS OUR HOLY DAY FOR REFLECTION

GOOD FRIDAY OUR HOLY DAY FOR REFLECTION

Today, we as Christians celebrate this day as Good Friday; It is truly OUR HOLY DAY FOR REFLECTION.  For many farmers it is the day for planting their seeds for fruit bearing.  It is truly a very unusual day when you think deeply upon it.  And of course yes, we will ask the question, what is Good Friday?  Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. On this day Christians commemorate the passion, or suffering, and death on the cross of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Pastor Davis is spending theses moments before God in prayer, meditation and deep reflections on the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ

Pastor Davis is spending theses moments before God in prayer, meditation and deep reflections on the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

How will you spend your GOOD FRIDAY?

We at VINE AND BRANCH WORLD MINISTRIES along with millions of BELIEVERS from all around the world will observe this day as a day of REFLECTION.  Reflecting on the life, death and resurrection of JESUS CHRIST as well as our own individual lives.  Let us pause and meditate on the life and death of Jesus as we experience the pain and anguish that Jesus felt as He hung on the Cross and bore our sins and the sins of the World.   Now let us watch this short Video Clip and reflect upon what this day really means to us.

As Jesus hung there on the cross, nails in his hands, feet and side.  Thrones on his head, bleeding from head to toe, he was teaching us the lessons of LOVE, COURAGE, PATIENCE, UNDERSTANDING, FAITH, and FORGIVENESS.  He showed us that Strength is made perfect in weakness.  This next video clip is a short version of all that Jesus did for us.  Now reflect upon this.

In closing, let me make this one thing very clear, and that is this, “we are citizens of a city of God which we did not build and can never destroy, and that city stands on this day taller than anything that we can ever image in our small minds.”   Before His death, Jesus told us that if this temple was ever destroyed, he would rise up and rebuild it within three days.  No one at the time could imagine what He was talking about, because of the resurrection of CHRIST, we now live in that city of God that no man can destroy.  On this GOOD FRIDAY, let us reflect upon what Jesus did for us, and now what we can do for others.  This video clip will help take you to that special place that allows your heart to be filled with peace, joy, and love. Now watch and pray.

This is our day of PRAYER, MEDITATION AND REFLECTION, let us pray for each other, then reach out and express our love for each other.  I pray for you and you pray for me.  I remain your brother in JESUS CHRIST, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!

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.

GOD IS THE LIGHT OF THE UNIVERSE

As we begin this study of Living in the light as light, we begin with two precepts.  First we begin with light as the substance that illuminates the world.  Second we come into the knowledge and understanding as to whom and what this substance that illuminates the world is.  In this study we will use pictures and video clips to help us take you into a deeper and more profound understanding of who God is, who we are and who we are in God.  So as you explore this subject “GOD AS THE LIGHT OF THE UNIVERSE”  pause and meditate on what is being conceived in your mind. Now allow your mind to take you deep into the mind of God as He created you in His image to be a reflector of this light.  Click on this video clip and let us begin our studies.

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SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 60 STEP OUT ON YOUR FAITH VISUALIZATION

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 60 STEP OUT ON YOUR FAITH VISUALIZATION

Good Morning Children of God, and indeed it is truly a very good morning. The Lord woke us this morning, dressed us up in His Garment of Praise, wrap is loving arms of grace around us and put a shooting Spirit of Worship and Praise in our feet and hands, and provided us with the Freedom to go out into the World meet and greet other brothers and sisters who are also Holy Ghost filled and some that are not, who may not even no one single thing about loving and praising the Lord, but put into our Spirit a desire to serve him and to lift up others, embrace them with a heart of love and tell someone what good things that the Lord our God has done for you and I. That my brothers and sisters makes this day the best day of our lives. We have been given the opportunity to live, love, embrace and share the beauty of joy and praise with anyone and everyone this day. Let’s not lose are misuse the blessing that God has showered over our life and the lives of all those He has placed in our Vision this day. Now just lift up your Holy Hands and say, “Thank you Jesus, I love you Lord, I praise your Holy Name Lord, I am a blessed Servant and I will serve you with every ounce of my being. Thank you, thank you, thank you, AMEN!

LET US PRAY:
Most Holy and all wise God our Heavenly Father, it is with great joy that I am able to open my eyes and see your glory this day, open my mouth and shout out the words of praise you have placed on my heart. I thank you for just being my God, now I seek your blessings over my life and the lives of all the people that will hear my voice and read my spoken words as I speak your name this day with nothing but love and joy in my heart. I lift you up in praise and thanksgiving Heavenly Father, that you are great and great to be praised. I will sing songs of love and holy praise unto you name, I will speak words of Peace and Love into the Universe, that the Universe will absorb them and send them back down into the hearts and minds of our world leaders that they will finds ways to help bring about peace and harmony in their countries and among their people. Teach us your ways Heavenly Father that we may be on one accord, living in a chaotic world, where many ungodly leaders are ruling over your Children who are suffering greatly and are in need of your loving arms to embrace, and hide them in your shelter of provisions. Let the words of my mouth be acceptable to you this day Heavenly Father, that you will hear your Servant, crying out for help to ease the burden and suffering of your Children from every corner of this world. It is in the name of your Son Jesus, I send up this prayer request, thanking you for the blessings of this day. Amen!

SCRIPTURE READING MARK 11:22-24
And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 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[a] it, and it will be yours.

TODAY’S BIBLE TEACHING IS TITLE:

STEP OUT ON YOUR FAITH LESSON 4 VISUALIZATION: In today’s message, Pastor Davis continues His powerful teaching from a series of lessons designed to educate and equip the CHILDREN OF GOD with all the necessary tools to lift them up from whatever state one may find themselves at the present time, to that high place God is pushing them to go. Move up the latter to SUCCESS and be victorious in their calling. First you must activate your faith and click on this video watch the entire clip and take action in your life. Now let us begin our Worship Service this day by listening to the Lord’s Servant and Master Teacher, Pastor Davis.

QUESTION: How important is Alter Call?
It is the most important thing that any Servant of the Lord can do. We are called to bring the lost sheep in from the cold. How can we do this if we never call them to come forth and accept the Lord as their Lord and Savior? When we make the call the Holy Spirit will convict them to answer the call. Therefore, if you are truly a disciple of Christ, it is your obligation to make the call.

TODAY’S ALTER CALL:
If you are a person studying this lesson with us today and have not received the saving grace of the Lord and would like to join the Lord’s family of BELIEVERS and receive ETERNAL LIFE, we simply ask you to, “BELIEVE!”

Now repeat this short prayer with me: “Lord I am a sinner, I have sinned against you, I BELIEVE that Jesus died for my sins, and on the third day you raised him from the grave and today He lives. I ask you to forgive me of my sins, and come into my heart and cleanse me of my sins. If you have prayed this prayer with me, you now are saved and have ETERNAL LIFE in glory.”

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STOP CONDEMNING AND JUDGING ENCOURAGE SOMEONE IN THE LORD TODAY

STOP CONDEMNING AND JUDGING ENCOURAGE SOMEONE IN THE LORD TODAY

YOUR MIND IS AKIN TO THE EMOTIONAL STORMS OF THE OCEAN WHEN IT IS HOT. CALM THE EMOTIONAL STORMS WITH SERENITY. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

YOUR MIND IS AKIN TO THE EMOTIONAL STORMS OF THE OCEAN WHEN IT IS HOT. CALM THE EMOTIONAL STORMS WITH SERENITY. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

My Brothers and Sisters, today is the first day of the rest of your life, therefore I encourage you in the Lord to be strong, be courageous, “STOP CONDEMNING AND JUDGING ENCOURAGE SOMEONE IN THE LORD TODAY,” because this is your duty, your responsibility as a Christian, a chosen vessel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Know that God is Good all the time.

Please understand this one truth, and that is, there is always a right way and a wrong way of doing anything. When we lift a brother are sister up and provide them with a word of encouragement instead of sticking a knife into them, God will bless you abundantly. God has given you the power to make the choice, how you use that power will determine your destiny in this world. Now listen to what God commands you to do.

He says, “Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, his Message, and his Royal Rule, which takes a beating in that kind of talk. You’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others?” (James 4:11-12 MSG)

While a man is involved in sin he will condemn others who are likewise involved and the deeper and greater his sin the more severe will be his condemnation of others. It is only when a man begins to sorrow for his sin, and so to rise above it into the clearer light of purity and understanding, that he ceases from condemning others and learns to sympathies with them. But this ceaseless condemnation of each other by those who are involved in the fierce play of the passions must needs be, for it is one of the modes of operation of the Great Law which universally and eternally obtains, and the unrighteous one who falls under the condemnation of his fellows will the more rapidly reach a higher and nobler condition of heart and life if he humbly accepts the censure of others as the effect of his own sin, and resolves henceforward to refrain from all condemnation of others.

The truly good and wise man condemns no one; having put away all blind passion and selfishness he lives in the calm regions of love and peace, and understands all modes of sin, with their consequent sufferings and sorrows. Enlightened and awakened, freed from all selfish bias, and seeing men as they are, his heart responds in holy sympathy with all. Should any condemn, abuse, or slander him he throws around them the kindly protection of his sympathy, seeing the ignorance which prompts them so to act, and knowing that they alone will suffer for their wrong acts.

Now in closing, I will leave you with God’s final word in hopes that it will lift you up out of your sinful nature of Judging and Condemning your fellowman. Here is what God has to say to you, “So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.” (James 4:7-10 MSG)

Now I say to you, “ENCOURAGE SOMEONE IN THE LORD TODAY.” Think globally as you work locally in your church and community to help bring about a change in someone’s life this day.

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HAPPY VALENTINE DAY TOO ALL OF YOU WITH LOVE

FLOWERS ARE THE TRUE EXPRESSION OF GOD’S LOVE AND BEAUTY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHIRLEY RHODES

THE BLACK ORCHID

Flowers are known as the reproductive organ in plants and when combined into a bouquet there’s beauty and sweet aroma to enjoy.  So I set before you to enjoy the Essence and Beauty of My Flower Garden.

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The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2:12

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Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.     1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13:34-35

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I will be like the dew to Israel;  he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon Hosea 14:5

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My beloved has gone down to his garden to the beds of spices, to graze in the gardens and to gather lilies.  I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine; he grazes among the lilies. Song of Solomon 6:2-3

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SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 56 STEP OUT ON YOUR FAITH

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 56 STEP OUT ON YOUR FAITH

FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH BEAULAVILLE, N.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH BEAULAVILLE, N.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

GOOD MORNING CHILDREN OF GOD, it is time for all of you to rise and shine. For the light of the world is peaking its head through your Windows, and providing you with brand-new energy that will strengthen you from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. It is time for you to get up and get your praise on. For the Lord our God is worthy to be praised, now let us lift him up in high praise and worship Him this Sunday for all that he has done for us. I say glory glory, hallelujah, hallelujah, can you see it with me? Lift up those holy hands and say hallelujah, thank you Lord. I praise you this day, for you are worthy to be praised, in Jesus name, Amen.

SONG OF PRAISE: Psalms 138:1-5
I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart;
before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
2 I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
that it surpasses your fame.
3 When I called, you answered me;
you greatly emboldened me.
4 May all the kings of the earth praise you, LORD,
when they hear what you have decreed.
5 May they sing of the ways of the LORD,
for the glory of the LORD is great.

LET US PRAY:
Most holy and all wise God our heavenly father, It is with great joy that I humble myself in your presence this day and lift you up with praises and thanksgiving. Heavenly father because you are all wise and see all things and know all things. We seek your divine blessing over the lives of your children throughout the world that they may find strength to endure the trials and tribulations off their physical suffering. Humble the hearts and minds of the leaders that are over your children in such a way that your children will be able to rise up and overcome their hardship and live in peace and with contentment. Let this day be the day that healing begin in the minds of those who have the willpower to transform their thinking and know that you are God and God all by yourself. Let their hearts be filled with joy and let them rejoice in hope that they will have a future in your kingdom. Let our prayers this day reach you heavenly father in such a way that the hungry children of the world will find food to eat, shelter from the storm’s, clothing for their bodies, medication for their healing and faith to continue the journey. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!
OUR SCRIPTURE READING FOR TODAY: Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

TODAY’S MESSAGE:
STEP OUT ON YOUR FAITH:

Today’s message begins the first in a series of a four part lesson on this subject. We will present this as four Keys: Key 1. Activation, Key 2. Determination, Key 3. Meditation, Key 4, Visualization. If you miss any part of this you can always go to our youtube channel and get them.

QUESTION: How important is Alter Call?
It is the most important thing that any Servant of the Lord can do. We are called to bring the lost sheep in from the cold. How can we do this if we never call them to come forth and accept the Lord as their Lord and Savior? When we make the call the Holy Spirit will convict them to answer the call. Therefore, if you are truly a disciple of Christ, it is your obligation to make the call.

TODAY’S ALTER CALL:
If you are a person studying this lesson with us today and have not received the saving grace of the Lord and would like to join the Lord’s family of BELIEVERS and receive ETERNAL LIFE, we simply ask you to, “BELIEVE!”
Now repeat this short prayer with me: “Lord I am a sinner, I have sinned against you, I BELIEVE that Jesus died for my sins, and on the third day you raised him from the grave and today He lives. I ask you to forgive me of my sins, and come into my heart and cleanse me of my sins. If you have prayed this prayer with me, you now are saved and have ETERNAL LIFE in glory.”
We encourage you to find a local Bible Teaching Church and begin to study and fellowship with other believers. You can also return back here daily and study God’s word with us. We share the truth of the scriptures daily, and you will find over 1000 topics for study and discussions. May the saving grace of our Lord and Savior be with you now and forever, in Jesus name, AMEN!

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 51 STOP FORGETTING THE MAIN INGREDIENT

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 51 STOP FORGETTING THE MAIN INGREDIENT

OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS WEEK IS THE AIRLINE BAPTIST CHURCH IN GAINESVILLE, GA. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS WEEK IS THE AIRLINE BAPTIST CHURCH IN GAINESVILLE, GA. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHILDREN OF GOD, we have come to the end of the year 2013, and set to enter into a brand new year with great expectations, with great hopes, joy and thanksgiving for all that God has blessed us to have and what He is offering us for this coming year.  With all the many wonderful blessings we have been given, our hearts should be full of nothing but praises.  So let us lift Him up on this last Sunday of 2013 with songs of praises and a heart that has been made for worship, For He is truly worthy of all our praises.  Prayer and Praises is what I do, so humbly ask you to join in with me this day and let us lift His Holy name up in Prayer, Praise and Worship this day in a very special way.  Be Bold in your Praises this day and let the world know that you are a prayer warrior and you will not allow nothing to come before your prayer and praises for what God has done for you.  Let it begin NOW! Clap your hands in praise for the Lord, never mind what other people may say or thank of you, just do it NOW.  Call out the name JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, I thank you and I bless you for your mighty works.

LET US PRAY:

Eternal God, Our Heavenly Father, it is with great joy that I enter into your present this day just to think you for bringing us through the many trials and tribulations that we were confronted with throughout our journey this year.  We now stand at the cross roads that will take us into a brand new year, some of us will make it into the promise land while others will succumb to the elements on this side of the old year.  We thank you for the opportunity Heavenly Father to be in the flow of this brand new life’s journey.  You have comforted us through this journey with the protection of your angels and provided us with shelter from the storms, food for the soul, strength of both body and mind, filled our hearts with the spirit and power of love, and sent the Holy Spirit to teach us that we are unique and we can do all things that our hearts and minds desires when we remain in the flow and stay connected to the main power source of Jesus Christ.  For this and so many other reason Heaven Father, we are eternally grateful, and all that we do this day and the rest of our days on this earth, we will lift you up in prayer, praise and worship. We thank you for the power and present of the Holy Spirit into this brand new year, in Jesus name we pray, AMEN!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE IS:     (James 4:13-17 NIV)

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

TODAY’S MESSAGE:

Stop forgetting the main Ingredient; in today’s message Pastor Davis shares with us a very important message concerning the missing ingredient that has cause a lot of us much pain and heartache in the year 2013, and he attempts to share with us ways that we can avoid such pain and misery going into 2014.  Now click on this video clip and get ready to receive your new year’s blessings.

TODAY’S ALTER CALL: 

If you are a person studying this lesson with us today and have not received the saving grace of the Lord and would like to join the Lord’s family of BELIEVERS and receive ETERNAL LIFE, we simply ask you to, “BELIEVE!”

Now repeat this short prayer with me:  “Lord I am a sinner, I have sinned against you, I BELIEVE that Jesus died for my sins, and on the third day you raised him from the grave and today He lives.  I ask you to forgive me of my sins, and come into my heart and cleanse me of my sins.  If you have prayed this prayer with me, you now are saved and have ETERNAL LIFE  in glory.”

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MY PRAYER FOR PEACE AND CONTENTMENT

MY PRAYER FOR PEACE AND CONTENTMENT

THE LORD'S HOUSE OF PRAYER, ENTER INTO THE SANCTUARY AND LET US PRAY TOGETHER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE LORD’S HOUSE OF PRAYER, ENTER INTO THE SANCTUARY AND LET US PRAY TOGETHER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

ETERNAL GOD, our Heavenly Father, In the name of Jesus, I bow my head in your present this day in complete peace and contentment. I empty my soul unto you Heavenly Father; for I know that it is you, and you only that provide me with all peace and contentment.  My sins are before you this day Heavenly Father, you know my weakness, my strength and my heart desires.  I seek your forgiveness as well as your blessings over my life Heavenly Father, and the lives of all those who you have placed before me that my life and the work you have called me to do will touch this day in some way. I seek healing for our NATION AND THE WORLD BODY OF BELIEVERS that you will bind up the wounds that so many are now experiencing, and suffering from because of the decisions or indecisions by our political leaders.  Search out their hearts and renew their Spirits Heavenly Father, lead and guide them in such a way that their heartfelt love will be centered on and for the needs and benefits of all its citizens that you have allowed them to be responsible for and teach them how to live in Peace and Contentment that they will experience your JOY AND PEACE.  There are many lives that have been lost during the great storms in the Philippians this past week.  Much destruction and devastation took place causing pain and suffering.  But you know the real needs of all your children and especially those who suffer the most.  My prayer this day is for all of your children that are suffering the most Heavenly Father, is that you will rain down from Heaven your blessings that will relieve the pain and suffering, restore the power to the community, the homes, business, shelters and hospitals that are in the greatest need, provide food and shelter for those who have lost so much and show them how they can still live in your peace and contentment in the face of the enemy who has taken so much from them.  Teach us all as a Nation and the World Body of Believers, how to have a Spirit of Humility and live in Peace, as one people, serving one God, enjoying the fruits of all that you have provided and have complete Contentment in all that we do, our hearts and minds filled with love, joy and peace for one another, In Jesus name, I pray, AMEN!

 

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BE ENCOURAGE THE STEPS OF A GOOD MAN ARE ORDERED BY THE LORD

BE ENCOURAGE THE STEPS OF A GOOD MAN ARE ORDERED BY THE LORD

THE STEPS OF A GOOD MAN (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE STEPS OF A GOOD MAN (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Good Morning CHILDREN OF GOD, on this day I encourage you to be strong and courageous.  Stand firm in your faith, do not doubt, do not wavier, do not fear the enemy who is trying to tear you down.  Know that “THE STEPS OF A GOOD MAN ARE ORDERED BY THE LORD.”

Bad guys have it in for the good guys, obsessed with doing them in. But God isn’t losing any sleep; to him they’re a joke with no punch line.  Bullies brandish their swords, pull back on their bows with a flourish. They’re out to beat up on the harmless, or mug that nice man out walking his dog.  A banana peel lands them flat on their faces—slapstick figures in a moral circus. (Psalm 37:12-15 MSG)

You are a child of God, a child of the King, and He is your Savior your Strength, your Salvation, your all and all.  Now put on the WHOLD ARMOR OF GOD, and know that no weapon that is formed against you shall ever prosper.  The Lord is the guardian of your soul, your protector, your provider and no harm will come to the righteous that stands and wait on the Lord.

Turn your back on evil, work for the good and don’t quit.  God loves this kind of thing, never turns away from his friends. Live this way and you’ve got it made, but bad eggs will be tossed out. The good get planted on good land and put down healthy roots.  Righteous chews on wisdom like a dog on a bone, rolls virtue around on his tongue. His heart pumps God’s Word likes blood through his veins; his feet are as sure as a cat’s. Wicked sets a watch for Righteous, he’s out for the kill.  God, alert, is also on watch—Wicked won’t hurt a hair of his head.  Wait passionately for God, don’t leave the path.  He’ll give you your place in the sun while you watch the wicked lose it. (Psalm 37:27-34 MSG)

Therefore, I say on this day to each one of you my friends, no matter what trials are tribulations you may be facing, the devil is a lie and he is your enemy; remain steadfast in your faith, rejoice in the Lord, for He will never leave you are forsake you, “BE ENCOURAGE THE STEPS OF A GOOD MAN ARE ORDERED BY THE LORD,” and he delighteth in his way. (Psalm 37:23 KJV)

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BY EXPRESSING HUMILITY DO PEOPLE PRECEIVE YOU TO BE A WEAK PERSON?

BY EXPRESSING HUMILITY DO PEOPLE PRECEIVE YOU TO BE A WEAK PERSON?

STRENGTH IN HUMILITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

STRENGTH IN HUMILITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

This is truly a profound question, one that I hope each person would pause their worldly thoughts and ponder the true answer to how they perceive themselves when people call them weak minded, cowards, and so many other things that we know that we are not, when we are attempting to live the life of Jesus Christ expressing our Humility towards our fellowman.

Now let us look at how the Apostle Paul teaches us by showing the example of Jesus as the Humble Servant.  He says, “Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]”

Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly graspedor retained, but stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.

And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!  (Philippians 2:5-8 AMP)

We as believers are to sit ourselves apart from the world.  In other words, we are to humble ourselves before God and resist the evil things that the devil will set before us.  We find that the bible dictionary meaning of Humility is, “the quality or condition of being humble, modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance.”

Now let us take a look at what James tells us about this subject.  He says, “Submit yourselves’ therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (James 4:7-10 ESV).

In this, we are given a choice, we can befriend God are we can befriend the world.  Some of us may say that we will befriend both God and the world, but in practice, we can only choose one way.  The more we give ourselves to the world, the stronger will be our allegiance to the world.  The more we give ourselves to God, the stronger will be our bond with him.  This is what Jesus says, “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be. (Matthew 6:21)

We have to remember, that we can find strength in the Lord, although the world may consider us weak when we show humility.  This is because the world wants us to be filled with pride, and God sets himself against the proud because pride makes us self-centered and leads us to conclude that we deserve all we can see, touch, or imagine.  It creates greedy appetites for far more than we need.  Pride can subtly cause us to no longer see our sins or our need for forgiveness.

But remember this one great truth, humility opens the way for God’s grace to flow into our lives; thus, God shows favor to the humbleHumility is not weakness; instead, it is the only place that believers gain courage to face all their temptations and sins with God’s strength.  As God gives us more grace, we realize that this world’s seductive attractions are only cheap substitutes for what God has to offer.  It is our choice we can humble ourselves and receive God’s grace, or we can continue in our pride and self-sufficiency and experience his anger.

Now let me conclude this by leaving you with these two questions; (1).  How do we, so prone to pride at the very moment when we think we might be approaching humility, discover true humility?  (2). How do we become the kind of humble people who find the overflowing grace that God promises?

May the grace of God fill your lives with His overflowing blessings, and bring you much joy and peace now and forever, in Jesus name.  AMEN!

 

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JESUS MET THE WOMAN AT THE WELL (PART 2 OF 2)

JESUS MET THE WOMAN AT THE WELL (PART 2 OF 2)

JACOB'S WELL (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

JACOB’S WELL (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

NOW WOMAN, GO AND GET YOUR HUSBAND (John 4:16-26 MSG)

In part 2 of this most important study, we pick up the story of the Samaritan woman who by chance met Jesus at the well.  After Jesus had offered her to drink the living water, Jesus abruptly shifted the subject from his living water to her style of living.  The woman perceived her need for living water at one level.  Jesus knew that her need was far deeper, so he turned the conversation to reveal his knowledge of her personal life, and her sin of adultery.  So here is what Jesus told the woman to do:

He said, “Woman go and get your husband.” Jesus wanted to make this woman see her sin and her need for forgiveness and then offer her the living water, salvation.  She must have realized that this was not a man who could be fooled, for she answered transparently, 17-18 “I have no husband,” she said.”     ”That is nicely put: ‘I have no husband.’ You have had five husbands, and the man you are living with now is not even your husband. You spoke the truth there, sure enough.”  The woman spoke the truth without any explanation.

Although he confronted the woman’s sinful life, Jesus managed to affirm her truthfulness.  He did not accuse or excuse; he simply described her life so that she could draw some clear conclusions about the mess in which she was living.  The conclusions we reach without knowing the facts will usually err in one of two directions:  We will accuse others and raise their defenses, or we will excuse others and enable their denial.  We see in Jesus communication with this woman that when faced with an accepting confrontation, people will often respond positively.  When we speak to others about themselves, we must limit our words to what we know.

Now the woman’s dandruff begins to rise and she says to Jesus,   “Oh, so you’re a prophet! Well, tell me this:  Our ancestors worshiped God at this mountain, but you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place for worship, right?”

The woman acknowledged the truthfulness of Jesus remarks about her life.  At the same time, she recognized that he must be a prophet who had the power to “see” the hidden past as well as the future.  The theme of people “seeing” Jesus appears several times in John (especially in chapter 9).  The persons Jesus encountered saw him many different ways, but he consistently directed their attention to recognize him for who he really was, their Savior.

When we as CHILDREN OF GOD, begin to recognize Jesus as our Lord and Savior, then we will begin to worship Him in Spirit as we are commanded to do, we will have been filled with knowledge and power of the truth of who God is, who we are and who we are in Christ.

 

The expression “in spirit” refers to the human spirit, the immaterial, inner being in each person, the God-breathed entity that corresponds to the nature of God himself, who is Spirit.  Using the terms of Jesus conversation, worship involves the person’s awareness of that personal “spring of living water” that God has planted in each believer.  God indwells a believer that is where true worship takes place.  Our body can be anywhere, yet worship occurs as our attention and praise are turned toward God.  We need to consciously focus on God when we are in a house of worship because we easily assume that our presence in church is all that we need in order to worship.  We can usually remember how long the worship service lasted, but can we remember exactly when we actually worshiped the Lord?

In this discussion as Jesus met the woman at the well, Jesus sowed the seeds of salvation in her mind and sent her out to sow seeds in the minds of other Samaritans.  He was preparing the people for a great harvest to come.

We will conclude this discussion in our SUNDAY PRAYER, PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE.  Until then, may the Lord’s blessings be upon each one of you, as you enjoy daily the fruits from His table of Blessings, in Jesus name, AMEN!

 

HAVE YOU ANSWERED YOUR CALL FROM THE LORD?

HAVE YOU ANSWERED YOUR CALL FROM THE LORD?

THE FIELDS ARE WHITE AND READY FOR HARVEST (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE FIELDS ARE WHITE AND READY FOR HARVEST (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE HARVEST IS RIPE BUT THE LABORS ARE FEW (MATTHEW 9:36-38)

We begin our lesson today and for the rest of the week praying for labors to go forth and gather in the Gospel Harvest.  We asked the question, “HAVE YOU ANSWERED YOUR CALL FROM THE LORD?  Now we set before you the path in which it all must unfold by asking this next question; “How can we be in real sympathy with Christ unless we love the work of laboring in this Gospel harvest, and long to be commissioned to go forth and put in our sickle with our own hand?”  “THE HARVEST IS RIPE BUT THE LABORS ARE FEW!”

Most certainly, if we were in Christ‘s spirit we should say — I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how am I strengthen till it be accomplished? We should cry out, Lord, let me go! Let me go — for dying millions are just now perishing in their sins. How can I pray God to send out others if I am in heart unwilling to go myself? I have heard many say — O that I was young; how I should rejoice to go myself. This seems like a state of mind that can honestly pray for God to send forth laborers.

The spirit of this prayer implies that we are willing to make any personal sacrifices in order to go. Are not men always willing to make personal sacrifices in order to gain the great object of their heart‘s desire? Did ever a merchant, seeking goodly pearls, find one of great value but he was quite willing to go and sell all that he had and buy it?

Moreover, an honest heart before God in this prayer implies that you are willing to
do all you can to prepare your selves to accomplish this work. Each young man or young woman should say God requires something of me in this work. It may be God wants you as a servant in some missionary family; if so, you are ready to go. No matter what the work may be no labor done for God or for man is degrading. In the spirit of this prayer, you will say — If I may but wash the feet of my Lord‘s servants, I shall richly enjoy it. All young person’s especially, feeling that life is before them, should say — I must devote myself, in the most effective way possible, to the promotion of my Savior‘s cause. Suppose a man bows his soul in earnest prayer before. God, saying, “O Lord, send out hosts of men into this harvest-field,” does not this imply that he girds himself up for this work with his might? Does it not imply that he is ready to do the utmost he can in any way whatever?

Again, this prayer, made honestly, implies that we do all we can to prepare others to go out. Our prayer, will be, “Lord, give us hearts to prepare others, and get as many ready as possible and as well prepared as possible for the gathering in of this great harvest.”

Of course it is also implied that we abstain from whatever would hinder us, and make no arrangements that would tie our hands. Many young Christians do this, sometimes heedlessly, often in a way which shows that they are by no means fully set to do God‘s work, first of all.

When we honestly pray God to send out laborers, and our own circumstances allow us to go, we are to expect that He will send us. What! Does God need laborers of every description, and will He not send us? Depend on it, He will send out the man who prays right, and whose heart is deeply and fully with God. And we need not be suspicious lest God should lack the needful wisdom to manage His matters well. He will put all His men where they should be, into the fields they are best qualified to fill. The good reaper will be put into his post, sickle in hand; and if there are feeble ones who can only glean, He puts them there.

One indispensable part of this preparation is a heart for it. Most plainly so, for God wants no men in Hisharvest-field whose hearts are not there. You would not want workmen in your field who have no heart for their work. Neither does God. But He expects us to have this preparation. And He will accept of no man’s excuse from service that he has no heart to engage in it. The want of a heart for this work is not your misfortune, but your fault, your great and damning sin.

 

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 38 OVERCOME HATE WITH LOVE

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 38 OVERCOME HATE WITH LOVE

OUR FEATURED CHURCH FOR THIS WEEK IS THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF WILMINGTON, N.C. FIRST ESTABLISHED IN 1808 (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

OUR FEATURED CHURCH FOR THIS WEEK IS THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF WILMINGTON, N.C. FIRST ESTABLISHED IN 1808 (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

GLORY HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, GLORY, GLORY to GOD, OH what a day in the life of Jesus this really is, just thinking about how awesome He really is, should make you want to jump up and shout to the top of your lungs, HALLELUJAH:  Good Morning CHILDREN OF GOD, if it is Sunday, it is our SUPER BOWL SUNDAY, and that could mean only one thing, and you know what that is.  It is time for all God’s Children to ARISE, SHINE and let the light of God that is living inside of you SHINE so bright that it blind Satan’s evil Spirit that is also trying to awaken and stop you from Praising God this Morning.   For He is truly worthy to be praised, Lift up your HOLY HANDS towards Heaven, and just say, thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus, I love you Jesus, I love you Jesus, I adore you Lord, I love you Lord, Thank you for your AMAZING GRACE that saved a wretch like me.  I once was lost but now I am found, was blind but now I can see.  Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus, for today I am entering into your sanctuary to lift you up in Prayer, Praise and Worship.  Because it is truly by your amazing grace that I have this opportunity to make a change in my life and make a difference in someone else’s. GLORY, GLORY HALLELUJAH, I feel so good, I just want to shout and praise you.  Thank you for my blessings this day and the blessings of all your CHILDREN, where ever they may be in the world.  For you have awaken us this day, and put your SPIRIT in us and allowed us to be a part of all that you have blessed in this world.

OUR SONG OF PRAISE IS:  Laura’s Story, BLESSINGS

LET US PRAY:

OUR FEATURED CHURCH FOR THIS WEEK IS THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH LOCATED IN WILMINGTON, N.C. ESTABLISHED IN 1808 (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

OUR FEATURED CHURCH FOR THIS WEEK IS THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH LOCATED IN WILMINGTON, N.C. ESTABLISHED IN 1808 (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Now let us clear our minds of the things of this world, and center our minds upon the things of heaven, in order that the HOLD SPIRIT may enter in and comfort you as He provide you with peace and tranquility as you enter into the present of our HEAVENLY FATHER.  Our hearts and minds are heavy this day and only through the comfort of our prayers may the burdens be lifted and our wounded Spirits is healed and made whole once again.

Eternal God our Heavenly Father, we beseech you this day to enter into the hearts and minds of all your children and be gracious to us and bless us and make your his face to shine upon us, that your  way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you (judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you! The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him! In Jesus name, AMEN! (PSALM 67:1-7 ESV)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING:  HATED BY THE WORLD (JOHN 15:18-22 MSG)

If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating me. If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you.

“When that happens, remember this: Servants don’t get better treatment than their masters. If they beat on me, they will certainly beat on you. If they did what I told them, they will do what you tell them.

 “They are going to do all these things to you because of the way they treated me, because they don’t know the One who sent me. If I hadn’t come and told them all this in plain language, it wouldn’t be so bad. As it is, they have no excuse. Hate me, hate my Father—it’s all the same. If I hadn’t done what I have done among them, works no one has ever done, they wouldn’t be to blame. But they saw the God-signs and hated anyway, both me and my Father. Interesting—they have verified the truth of their own Scriptures where it is written, ‘They hated me for no good reason.’

OUR SUNDAY WORSHIP MESSAGE IS TITLE:  OVERCOME HATE WITH LOVE!

Let us worship God together by opening our minds to receive the message that God has provided to Pastor Davis.  It is truly an awesome message that all God’s Children need to partake of.  Click on this video clip, sit back and be blessed.

We thank Pastor Davis for that awesome lesson on Love and Hate.

OUR PRAISE SERVICE TODAY FEATURES:  FATHER CAN YOU HEAR ME, this is truly an awesome praise and worship song that will lift you high into the glory of God in order that you can just praise Him more and more. Just click and be blessed.

We thank each one of you for joining us on this great an Holy day of Praise and Worship unto our Lord.  May God’s mercy and grace be upon you, your families and your ministries.  We love you and want you to know that you are truly a blessing to all of us here at VINE AND BRANCH WORLD MINISTRIES.

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OVERCOME HATE WITH LOVE

OVERCOME HATE WITH LOVE

THE GOOD NEWS:

"MY ROSE IS A TOKEN OF LOVE AND PEACE" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“MY ROSE IS A TOKEN OF LOVE AND PEACE” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

THE GOOD NEWS is that you’re not lost, you’re not alone, and faith is open for all to grasp and rely on because that is the way God has designed it to be. God’s Word is a road map that points the way to your destination if you so choose to study and apply it to your life. God’s Spirit is given freely because Jesus paid the price in full for our salvation.

Paul invites’ us to share in his revelation when he penned, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved and gave himself for me.”(Galatians 2: 20-21, NIV). As we live out our purpose, faith is a magnifier of transformation that causes us to rely on the will of God to guide and direct us in His way. “Faith” is described this way, “The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV). Another translation describes “Faith” this way: “it is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see…” (Hebrews 11:1, MGS), it is THE GOOD NEWS.

God’s Word is written to us and about us, we are Gods’ prize possession and he has given His word to bless, teach and guide us, and to forgive and save us.  Jesus says, “Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…” (Matthew 11: 28-30, NKJV). Jesus so passionately taught and encouraged us through words and actions to learn of Him, therefore our hearts will be at peace; sharing THE GOOD NEWS.  The greatest treasure of all is knowing that God saw the need to spare each of us for a reason, that reason is to become learners of Him, share his message of hope for a dying world and transform our thoughts and attitude in such a way that “Love” will become the guiding force in all we say and do. We must be diligent in searching and applying those things Jesus gave as a pattern to follow. THE GOOD NEWS brings us from the lower realm to a higher level in Christ Jesus and in that, we learn the true meaning and value to the words “Let us Love one another.”

Pastor Davis will continue this message in our SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE beginning at 0700 each Sunday Morning.  Please do not miss out on this very important teaching.  Check out our Home Page and our YouTube Video teaching channel just by clicking on the links below.

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HOW WE AS A PEOPLE CAN PRAY AND HEAL A WONDED NATION

HOW WE AS A PEOPLE CAN PRAY AND HEAL A WONDED NATION

SANCTUARY OF PRAYER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

SANCTUARY OF PRAYER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

We are surrounded by terror on every street corner, the enemy of darkness is moving in the still of the night, shooting and killing, robbing, beating and raping innocent women and children.  No one knows who will be his next victim.  Our economy is on shaky grounds, our Nation’s leaders are not able to come together and sit together to solve some of the most simple problems to meet the basic needs of the citizen of one of the richest nations on the face of this earth.  Why are we faced with so many unresolved issues that are straining the basic fabric of our families and our entire nation?  As I sit and pondered this question, I turned to the Scriptures which are the true word of God and this is how it speaks to us this day:

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2Chronicles 7:14 ESV

We are God’s chosen people and He wants us to live in peace and security, He wants to get us on the right road to restoration and revival for all times.  But in order to do so He has set down His command for each one of us to live by, and those of us who believe must forsake our sins, turn from the life that is centered in self, and yield to God’s word and will, then and only then, will heaven send a revival.

In the mean time, God has set out a process in which we can begin to turn the situation that is gripping our Nation to our advantage, and here is the process which each one of us can begin with, the Bible says,  “The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.”

He wants not only us but EVERYONE saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.

Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.

 I don’t let women take over and tell the men what to do. They should study to be quiet and obedient along with everyone else. Adam was made first, then Eve; woman was deceived first—our pioneer in sin!—with Adam right on her heels. On the other hand, her childbearing brought about salvation, reversing Eve. But this salvation only comes to those who continue in faith, love, and holiness, gathering it all into maturity. You can depend on this. 1 Timothy 2:1-15 MSG

Now as we close this lesson for this day, let us not forget, “HOW WE AS A PEOPLE CAN PRAY AND HEAL A WONDED NATION!”

May the grace and mercies of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, rest and abide in you now and forever, and may you also receive His PEACE, POWER, PURPOSE and the joy of HIS PROSPERITY. 

THE SECRET TO RELEASING AND LETTING GO

THE SECRET TO RELEASING AND LETTING GO

THE FREEDOM OF A BIRD When you love something you must release it, [set it free] if it returns back to you it was meant for you, if it does not return it was not meant for you in the first place. BY PASTOR DAVIS

THE FREEDOM OF A BIRD When you love something you must release it, [set it free] if it returns back to you it was meant for you, if it does not return it was not meant for you in the first place. BY PASTOR DAVIS

Release is an aspect of circulation. Release things or people that you no longer need or desire in your life. When you give material things away that you no longer use or want, you make room for what you want to come into your life. Sell or give those things away to people who find better value in them. Release friends and people who no longer serve in your best interest because of their limited mindset or negativity, to make room for new and better ones that do. When you release or leave the lesser, you’ll find that the better thing or person you’ve been waiting for will be able to show up.

Let go of negative emotions due to loss so that you can allow positive restoration to enter. When you hold a grudge, essentially you are denying your connection to creation. You somehow think that you can be made a lesser person, or that your wealth can be taken away, or even that someone can do irreparable harm to you. All those things are impossible. You have as part of your basic nature all you need to be whole. You have that because you are made of the substance that makes everything.

If someone steals from you, or if your property is damaged, you can easily replenish it, provided you are in the flow. If someone hurts your body, miracles can heal it, provided you are in the flow. If someone belittles you, the knowledge of who you are and what your potential is, casts off the remarks like water on a duck’s back, provided you are in the flow.

Unresolved grudges deny who you are. They seem to give truth to your limitations and vulnerability. Then by your invitation, the flow appears to be cut off. Since the flow can’t actually stop, what is happening? Well, the flow is simply creating what you’re expecting. When you think you can be irreparably injured, that is what manifests. When you think someone can take away your abundance, or a part of it, that is what manifests.

Let go of disappointments and failures because they are just part of the journey to achieving success. You are not remembered by the number of failures you make, but by the number of successes you make. People, who have achieved immense success in life, always encounter lots of failures and made lots of mistakes along the way. They still make mistakes as they achieve further success, but they are willing to let go of it all because they know the secret is to keep moving and not be stuck.

Have the attitude of detachment and testing, and having another action to take. Having something else better to be occupied with if you can’t do what you want at the moment. Have the mindset of taking action and seeing if it succeeds, but still persisting as far as you can go anyway. Be persistent yet able to detach. Have the power to hold on to and let go when you want to, and as you wish. Decide and act only according to your wisdom and not anyone’s idea of what you should or should not do.

Your desires can manifest faster when you are detached because of two reasons. The first is that you do not give off negative vibrations with feelings of worry, fear, anxiety, disappointment and regret, because you are able to let go of all negative experiences and keep going on with the fulfillment of your intention in mind. The second is that you keep yourself open to a range of other possibilities and pathways by which your desires can manifest.

Always allow the possibility that you are guided towards something better. Remember that the universe is not limited. If you miss one opportunity to manifest your intention, another one will open up. Another and another. The string of opportunity never runs out. You are able to notice and take the next one if you will let go of the previous one and be free to observe. The universe brings forth everything you desire and nothing is being withheld from you.

Abundance is a flow. You will always have abundance if you are able to let go and remain in the flow. When something is taken away, something else will replace it. Otherwise what was taken from you will come back to you with even more than before. Knowing that this is how the universe and God works, you can be free from fear and worry about losing anything. Let go and you can remain happy, and what you want will flow to you.

My Dear Friends, let me encourage you to keep your eyes on the prize, and that is Jesus Christ.  He is the author and finisher of your faith.  When you do this, you can remain in the flow, run with patience as you let go of all the negative weights that are holding you back from receiving your blessings.  What better time than right now to release them so God can take you to that high place of prosperity that He has waiting for you.

This message is not complete, we encourage you to come into our SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER, PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE, which is title: RELEASE YOUR CHAINS AND RUN WITH PATIENCE THE RACE OF FAITH.  It is truly an exciting lesson so please join us beginning at 0700 every Sunday Morning.  May you have a blessed and prospers weekend in the name of Jesus.

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GOD IS OUR LIFE GIVER THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

GOD IS OUR LIFE GIVER THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

 Written by Shirley Rhodes

Life (Photo by Pastor Davis)  FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVE IN HIS SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE…

In our lesson today, let me share with you God’s word on living your life in the fullness of all that He has provided you through Jesus Christ.  The Scriptures teaches us in John 8:32, to know the truth and the truth will set you free.  This lesson presents you with five key ingredients of that truth to help you live the life God has purposed for you.

Now let us understand that our Life is given to us through Jesus Christ; he knows our thoughts, desires and what we need even when we make decisions or choices that lead us astray.  One good thing about a relationship with him is that he understands when we make honest mistakes. There may be times that we as believers will not see how the Holy Spirit is directing our lives or may rely on or receive bad advice from a friend. God looks at the heart and may even allow poor judgment (decisions) to run its course, but he will not shame his children for an honest error, he can (and will) often turn what seem like a bad situation into something good for his own use. If God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking of your-self more than of him. He offers us hope, faith, love, joy and peace; it’s all there, so grab hold.

Life in Hope:

Although times may seem hard at the present moment there is still hope. Paul gives us a glimpse of what it’s like living in expectancy when he penned these thoughts; I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. Difficult times of pain throughout the world are around us and within us, the Spirit of God is arousing us within; the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our wait. When we get tired of waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. He does our praying in and for us, he knows us far better than we know ourselves (Romans 8: 9-28, MGS)

Life in Faith:

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.  This is what the ancients were commended for; Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and so many more moved in faith. All were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them (Hebrews 11:1-16, NIV).

Life of Love:

Jesus says, “If any of you wants to serve me, and then follow me, then you’ll be where I am, the Father will honor anyone who serves me.” (John 12: 26 KJV). He commands that we live a life of love for every-one, that means that no matter how someone my treat you or what they say about you, you are to love unconditionally.  Jesus says, “If you love me you will keep my commandments (John 14:15 KJV). This is my commandment, love one another as I have loved you, greater love have no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.” For God have not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV).  This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, He’s given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit (1 John 4:13 MGS). God is love. The scriptures remind us, that if anyone boasts, “I love God,” and hates his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from God is blunt: Loving God includes loving people, you’ve got to love both (20, 21 MGS).

Joy (gladness):

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy (Psalm 126:5).

Peace (calm response):

The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace (Psalm 29:11).

BELIEVERS ACTIONS ARE ROOTED IN LOVE NOT FOR HONOR OR POSSESSIONS PART 2 of 3

BELIEVERS ACTIONS ARE ROOTED IN LOVE NOT FOR HONOR OR POSSESSIONS PART 2 of 3

Jesus was faithful to the end (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Jesus was faithful to the end (Photo by Pastor Davis)

MATERIAL WEALTH IS A HINDERANCE TO YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE     

In part one; we presented you with the scriptures just as Jesus gave them to you.  In this lesson we want to focus your attention on what was happening at the time Jesus taught this very important lesson and how it fits into all of our lives today.

Jesus life was unique, so were his teachings.  His teachings were known for their fresh and new approach.  Jesus taught several distinctive spiritual truths that set Him apart from any other religious leader who ever lived.

In this lesson, we will focus on Jesus unique abilities as a Master Teacher to teach this one great lesson that we all need to understand and that is; HOW A BELIEVERS ACTIONS ARE ROOTED IN LOVE NOT FOR HONOR OR POSSESSIONS.

Jesus taught that love must not be selective.  His followers are to love all people, regardless of how unlovely or even hostile they may be.  They also must act on that love by being willing to do good when it is in their power to do it.  There are several words for love in Greek.  The word we are using here is agape love, meaning the kind of love shown even when the one loved has no merit for that love.  It is love that must be chosen and willed.

All people have experienced agape love from GodGod loved the world even while people were sinful and rebelliousGod willed to love his people and sent his Son to die for them, not because they deserved it, or had any merit, but only because of God’s love.  Those who have experienced God’s love understand what it means to be loved undeservedly.  People who were once enemies of God and have joined his family can understand what it means to love your enemies.  Only with the help of God’s Spirit can his people do well to those who hate them, pray for the happiness of those who curse them, and pray for those who hurt them.  When believers are hated, cursed, and hurt, they are to respond with love.

HOW CAN ANYONE RESPOND TO HATE WITH LOVE?

I submit to you when you are in the flesh, this can be a very difficult thing to do.  However, let me assure you that people who have accepted Christ as their Savior have the Holy Spirit’s help to accomplish what would otherwise be impossible.

Now let us for a moment take a look at the examples Jesus offers to us; he says, “If you get slapped, turn the other cheek.”  “WOW” Who me, you say? Turn my other cheek and let you slap me again.  “You got to be crazy!” And therefore, the normal response for a person in the flesh would be to slap back, but Jesus offers another option—the attitude that says, “I will not seek revenge.”  Pause your thoughts, and think about this for a moment… then say, “In fact, if need be, I am ready to take another blow.” This attitude is not so much to offer to be slapped again, as it is to offer forgiveness.

The same attitude is illustrated regarding the coat and the shirt, referring to the outer garment and your undergarment.  If someone demanded the one, you are to offer the other as well.  The point is not so much being passive when someone is attempting to rob you as it is being compassionate for another’s need.  If someone needs to steal your coat, then perhaps that person also needs your shirt.

In fact, a more general principle could be stated:  Give what you have to anyone who asks you for it; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back.  Such an attitude completely confounds the world.  It doesn’t understand non-retaliation, forgiveness, and a loose hold on possessions.  But believers, citizens of a future heavenly Kingdom, are freed to forgive and to give.  The point is not that giving is always the correct answer, but that “believer’s actions are rooted first in love, not in regard for honor or possessions.”

In our final lesson on this subject we will conclude it with, “HOW MATERIAL WEALTH IS A HINDERANCE TO YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE.”

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