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Forgiveness Friday (Forgiveness Calms the Spirit)

DO YOU HAVE A CALM SPIRIT?

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

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

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

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

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

The art of forgiveness begins when you forgive someone.

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

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

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

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

LEARNING THE ART OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

LEARNING THE ART OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Relationship Strategies (Build upon a solid Foundation)

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS UPON THE SOLID FOUNDATION OF LOVE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS UPON THE SOLID FOUNDATION OF LOVE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

BUILD YOUR RELATIONSHIPS ON FAITH UPON A SOLID FOUNDATION

The relationships that you begin is your first step in building a life; the only way to get a life, is to build one of your own by building it on Faith upon a Solid Foundation, one that will never fail or forsake you.  Remember, Jesus is that Solid Foundation.  He is the beginning and the end.  When you choose to build your Relationship upon this foundation, you would have chosen wisely.

CLOSENESS KEEPS THE FIRE BURNING

Technology offers us many ways to connect instantly all over the world, but when you begin building a new relationship, it is something you have to learn and recognize the need to add to or subtract from. One may ask them-selves, “How do I build a life, from where do I start?” To answer that important question, how does day by day, moment by moment sound? One must make decisions and choices to decide what really makes their life complete. When planting  a garden, the very first step is to make sure the soil is prepared, healthy and then carefully select what is  to be planted; once planted,  wait, as what’s planted begin to appear, nourish and cultivate each seedling to maturity and watch them grow into something really beautiful and beneficial.

The same is with relationships that you begin building, making healthy choices in friends; cultivate them just as you would your garden.   Give time and attention to those you’ve chosen or those whom have chosen you, soon the relationship start to bloom, continue to feed and nurture it and the rewards can be beautiful. When building that solid foundation remember to add, faith, clear thinking, love and respect, vital for growth.

 Faith works in every aspect of life, how it’s activated is instilled in each of us, it is a gift from GodJesus is the descent of God in our lives; he is alive among us and is for us, not against us, he lives in each of us, our source to draw from. Now imagine this for a moment:

When your heart beats its vibrations forces blood through the highways within the body that sustain vital nutrients for life in this earthly realm. When Building Your Own Foundation allow indwelling of the Holy Spirit to be your guide, the Holy Spirit lifts us to another level or dimension with ability to explore and release such an energy force that leaves it’s effect within every person we come in contact with, that is if they are open and ready to receive the energy as it flows.

In order to avoid any interruption of flow, avoid negative thinking and attitudes, when encountered replace that flow of thoughts with positive feedback such as love and encouragement.

Understanding the principles of faith enables one to seek those ideas and thoughts worth holding on to. Troubles and tribulations that come may seem overwhelming because they are viewed from a negative point. Now close your eyes and focus, imagine that there is a long corridor ahead and you can only see so far, beyond that point just might be the biggest blessing of all, one unseen, that block you’ve added while Building Your Own Foundation.

Faith means reliance, scripture reminds us that, “All things, whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive” (Matthew 21:22). Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life, the person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirst no more, (John 6:35), “I am the World’s Light, no one who followers me

God’s Marvelous Light

stumbles around in the dark. I provide plenty of light to live in” (John 8:12) a reminder to remain diligent while Building Your Own Foundation.

Finally, Building Your Own Foundation on love and respect offers stability that what has been constructed is tangible and deserving of attention and honor from which the foundation was started in order to continue to grow and produce. When plants are not nurtured and feed they soon wilt and die, the same applies to those you’ve chosen to share in life with. With the birth of Jesus, it was the beginning of a new era, his life here connected each of us to the pattern, a process we strive to carry on; through his death, burial and resurrection we are blessed with an opportunity to grow in grace and choose wisely. Keep in perspective that Jesus is the Corner-Stone; that true and solid foundations therefore, build Your Relationships on Faith upon the Solid Foundation of Jesus Teachings of Faith and Love, putting those words of love into action and allowing them to lift you to higher grounds.

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Love Conquers all in a Loving Relationship

LOVE CONQUERS ALL (Photo by Pastor Davis)

LOVE CONQUERS ALL (Photo by Pastor Davis)

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 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, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:1-7 ESV)

We’re all either in a relationship, getting out of one or looking for one.  No matter love 01what the situation may or may not be, everyone is seeking love.  Some of us are seeking it in all the wrong places and in all the wrong ways.  No matter, we want love.  We want to be loved and we want to experience it in ways that will define who we are.  Weather we are young or old, rich or poor, we are trying to reach a place in life that will define our happiness, our joy, our place in history, as a man or woman, a family or whatever.  We seek love; we seek to be loved, not knowing that; Love is the foundation and the apex of the pyramid of our existence.

Love is the “affirmative of affirmatives”; it enlarges the vision, expands the heart.

Love is the dynamic motivation behind every worthy purpose; it is the upward thrust that lifts men to the heights beyond their own limited imagination.

love 10Love is the creative fire, the inspiration that keeps the torch of progress aflame.

Love is down to earth and it reaches to the highest star; it is the valley of humility and the mountaintop of ecstasy.

Love is the perfect antidote that floods the mind to wash away hatred, jealousy, resentment, anxiety and fear.

Love alone can release the power of the atom so it will work for man and not against him.

Love, in the words of the World’s Greatest Lover, is the shining command:  LOVE ONE ANOTHER, and when we learn to love one another without a preset oflove 15 conditions, we would have then learned how to experience, the joy and pleasure of the totality of the relationship, and how to have a romantic love affair with the joy of life.

Now we can embrace the relationship, knowing that love is King and the flames of fire is filled with great romance and passion is our greatest desire.

We pray that this lesson has been a blessing to your soul, and if it has, why not share it with others so that they too can receive their blessing.  Thank you for reading and studying with us and may God bless you in every way this day, in Jesus name, Amen!

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Monday’s Word of Encouragement (God will never give up on you)

BE ENCOURAGED GOD WILL NEVER GIVE UP ON YOU

REFLECTING POOL (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

REFLECTING POOL (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Below is a letter sent from Paul an Apostle of Jesus Christ to believers everywhere?  It is a letter of encouragement with a promise from God just to remind us in case we forget just how much God really loves us and that he will never give up on us.  This is truly a great reminder of just how much God loves all of His Children, and this is one fact we should never ever forget. Now listen to what Paul tells us:

He says, “I send this letter to you in God’s church at Corinth; believers cleaned up by Jesus and set apart for a God-filled life. I include in my greeting all who call out to Jesus, wherever they live. He’s their Master as well as ours!”

May all the gifts and benefits that come from God our Father, and the Master, Jesus Christ, be yours;

Every time I think of you—and I think of you often!—I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus. There’s no end to what has happened in you—it’s beyond speech, beyond knowledge. The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives.

Just think—you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that.  (1 Corinthian 1:1-9 MSG)

Therefore, Children of God, let me Encourage you today, to stand still, look towards the hills from which all your blessings are flowing, calm your mind, allow Jesus to open your spiritual eyes that you may see His blessings flowing all around you. Allow Him to open your spiritual ears that you may here Jesus voice speak to you as he says these words, “MY DEAR CHILDREN, BE ENCOURAGED, GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU ARE FORSAKE YOU!

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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.

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Who is the 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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The true Romantic Valentine’s Story of Love

A MAN AND WOMAN’S LOVE STORY FROM SONG OF SOLOMON

We are reflecting God’s Marvelous Light

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, since this is Valentine’s Day, we declare it for each of you a day of romance to be enjoyed with the ones you love.  The romantic physical love you share with each other as well as the spiritual love that you will share with all as the Lord has commanded you to do when He spoke these words of truth, “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.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 ESV)

I’m just a wildflower picked from the plains of Sharon, a lotus blossom from the valley pools.

The Man

 A lotus blossoming in a swamp of weeds—
that’s my dear friend among the girls in the village.

The Woman

 As an apricot tree stands out in the forest,
my lover stands above the young men in town.
All I want is to sit in his shade,
to taste and savor his delicious love.
He took me home with him for a festive meal,
but his eyes feasted on me!

Oh! Give me something refreshing to eat—and quickly!
Apricots, raisins—anything. I’m about to faint with love!
His left hand cradles my head,
and his right arm encircles my waist!

Oh, let me warn you, sisters in Jerusalem,
by the gazelles, yes, by all the wild deer:
Don’t excite love, don’t stir it up,
until the time is ripe—and you’re ready.

Look! Listen! There’s my lover!
Do you see him coming?
Vaulting the mountains,
leaping the hills.
My lover is like a gazelle, graceful;
like a young stag, virile.
Look at him there, on tiptoe at the gate,
all ears, all eyes—ready!
My lover has arrived
and he’s speaking to me!

The Man

 Get up, my dear friend,
fair and beautiful lover—come to me!
Look around you: Winter is over;
the winter rains are over, gone!
Spring flowers are in blossom all over.
The whole world’s a choir—and singing!
Spring warblers are filling the forest
with sweet arpeggios.
Lilacs are exuberantly purple and perfumed,
and cherry trees fragrant with blossoms.
Oh, get up, dear friend,
my fair and beautiful lover—come to me!
Come, my shy and modest dove—
leave your seclusion, come out in the open.
Let me see your face,
let me hear your voice.
For your voice is soothing
and your face is ravishing.

The Woman

 Then you must protect me from the foxes,
foxes on the prowl,
Foxes who would like nothing better
than to get into our flowering garden.

My lover is mine, and I am his.
Nightly he strolls in our garden,
Delighting in the flowers
until dawn breathes its light and night slips away.

Turn to me, dear lover.
Come like a gazelle.
Leap like a wild stag
on delectable mountains!

My lover is mine, and I am his.
Nightly he strolls in our garden,
Delighting in the flowers
until dawn breathes its light and night slips away.

Happy Valentine’s Day to each of you and may the joy and peace of our Lord filled each of your hearts with nothing less than pure everlasting love in Jesus name, Amen!

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