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BELIEVERS ACTIONS ARE ROOTED IN LOVE NOT FOR HONOR OR POSSESSIONS PART 1 of 3

BELIEVERS ACTIONS ARE ROOTED IN LOVE NOT FOR HONOR OR POSSESSIONS PART 1 of 3

MATERIAL WEALTH IS A HINDERANCE TO YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE     

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Open Bible (Photo credit: Ryk Neethling)

 

In part one of these very important lessons we wanted to focus your attention only on the pure scripture of this message.  In lesson two we will go into the details of Jesus teachings on this subject.  Read it, pray on it, then spend some time and meditate on what Jesus is teaching you here.  This is taken from the Message Bible in (Luke 6:27-36).

To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, gift wrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.

I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.

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WILL YOU BE OBEDIENT AND ANSWER THE CALL OF JESUS?

WILL YOU BE OBEDIENT AND ANSWER THE CALL OF JESUS?

YOU ARE DESTINED TO BE A HARVEST WORKER?

"RIPE FOR HARVEST"

“READY FOR HARVEST” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

 

Jesus gave the great command to “GO” which is known as the great commission to all believers, and he said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the earth.”(Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV). Now we simply ask the question, “ARE YOU DESTINED TO BE A HARVEST WORKER?” We know that the harvest is ready, but we also know that the laborers are few; therefore, we ask the question once again, “ARE YOU DESTINED TO BE A HARVEST WORKER?”

We are created in the image of God, and therefore should be productive in what he has instructed each of us to do. To begin the process we must first understand the true meaning of how Jesus patiently labored among mankind teaching and instructing how to become connected to the source that is to guide you in decision making as well as taking on the challenge to “Go” and guidelines to “FOLLOW”. As you dig deep into his methods of explaining the process that guides and direct you to the right course, you will be able to distinguish the intricate weavings of how it all comes together at the appointed time.

Remember, he told his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into the harvest field” (Luke 10:2-7 NIV). The harvest field is the world, and we are challenged to go forth with the mission of winning souls for Christ so that they can share in the true meaning of freedom that has been bought and paid for.

His message is one of love, how we perceive and describe that message is the assignment.

“ARE YOU DESTINED TO BE A HARVEST WORKER?”

Picture in your mind, how Jesus in love and urgency, released those he had instilled the vision of love and sharing to the dying world when he said; “Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves,” a prime act of love. “Love” hovers over and protects their off-spring while they are young, tender and unlearned. When he released his disciples, he knew that they had taken time to learn of him, yet he cautions them; telling them to travel light and to stay focused on the goal for kingdom building.

Reminding them that trials and temptations are bound to come, so be alert; if you see a friend going wrong, correct him, if he responds forgive him even if it’s personal against you repeated several times a day and seven times he says ‘I’m sorry, I won’t do it again,’ forgive him (Luke 17:1-4 MGS). Jesus set an example, he went from town to village; village to town, keeping on a steady course, teaching, preaching and healing as he went; spreading the good news of Gods Kingdom.

Once again we ask the question, “ARE YOU DESTINED TO BE A HARVEST WORKER?”

Jesus said, “The servant who knows what his master wants and ignore it, are does whatever he pleases, will be thrashed, but if he does a poor job through ignorance, he’ll get off with a slap on the hand” (Luke 12:47-48 MGS). As harvest workers remember, great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities.

You, who are destined to be harvest workers, take on the servant attitude in obedience and humbleness, reminded of your purpose move with fear of God, filled with love and care for all. The goal is bringing souls into knowledge and understanding of whom Jesus is and his desire for all to become a part of the pattern for Gods’ kingdom. Remember the command, “GO.”

We thank you for studying with us today, and pray that this lesson has been a blessing to your soul. May God bless you, your family and the kingdom work you are doing in helping to bring lost souls into presence of Jesus; Amen.

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BE PERSISTANT AND STAND YOUR GROUND

BE PERSISTENT AND STAND YOUR GROUND

THE SUNFLOWERS ARE PERSISTENT IN STANDING THEIR GROUND (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE SUNFLOWERS ARE PERSISTENT IN STANDING THEIR GROUND (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Neither this message nor this lesson is about the stand your ground laws that have sprung up all over the country, but it is truly a profound message and it is ironic that Jesus taught us the exact same message but with a different meaning than we have in the now famous stand your ground law that first sprung up in Florida. In Luke the eleventh chapter, verses five through eight, this is what Jesus said in these three verses about standing your ground.  He said, “Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. An old friend traveling through just showed up, and I don’t have a thing on hand.’

 “The friend answers from his bed ‘don’t bother me. The doors are locked; my children are all down for the night; I can’t get up to give you anything.’

 “But let me tell you, even if he won’t get up because he’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need.

Jesus message was presented as a parable with a touch of humor teaching us that in our prayer life, our prayers to the Father, we must learn how to Be Persistent and Stand our Ground, knowing without a doubt that the Father is always ready to give to His Children.

Jesus further points out that the two people in this lesson are close friends and the one that has already gone to bed, put his children to bed and do not want to be disturbed he might not get up for the sake of the friendship.  However, if you keep knocking long enough, being persistent and not giving up, he will get up, although he might be angry, and ready to punch you out, but because of the friends persistent in continuing to knock, he will get up.

Jesus wants us to understand this very important fact and that is boldness in prayer overcomes the praying person’s apathy, not God’s perceived insensitivity to practice persistence changes the hearts and minds of those praying, and it helps them understand and express the intensity of their need.

Persistence in prayer helps them to recognize God’s work.  By praying persistently, believers are not trying to get a reluctant God to answer their prayers, instead, they are showing that they are very serious about their request.

Therefore, in all that you do from this day forward, “BE PERSISTENT AND STAND YOUR GROUND!”

 

 

THE ROAD MAP TO ACHIEVING YOUR VICTORY IS FOUND IN JESUS

THE ROAD MAP TO ACHIEVING YOUR VICTORY IS FOUND IN JESUS

THE ROAD TO VICTORY (Photo by Pastor Davis)

THE ROAD TO VICTORY (Photo by Pastor Davis)

THE TIME TO ACT ON THE VISION IS NOW

From the beginning of this year we have provided you with a road map from the word of God on the path He wants you to follow to help you make this year the year you ACHIEVE the VICTORY that you have been seeking all your life.  Today, we continue with God’s road map in laying out a clear VISION that will help you move forward by taking action to manifest your dreams into reality, and “THE ROAD MAP TO ACHIEVING YOUR VICTORY IS FOUND IN JESUS!”

Achieving the VICTORY requires you to take action.  The first step was when God gave you the VISION; He

A CHILD LEARNING TO WRITE IT DOWN (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

A CHILD LEARNING TO WRITE IT DOWN (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

told you to, “WRITE THE VISION.”  God made it crystal clear that you must take action before the VISION will appear as a reality to you.  In other words you must activate what God has given to you in order for you to begin the process where you find yourself going through.  The process is never going to be easy, but it is a necessary step that must take place.

One of the reasons so many of us never achieve any desired results from what has been set before us, is because we dislike going through the process.  We fail to write it down; we fail to ask God for wisdom, guidance and understanding.  We fail to seek knowledge and clarification of where we are in the process.  Then we come up against what seems like a brick wall when door after door is been slam shut in our face.  We stand in front of the door and look at it with disgust and ask ourselves, WHY?  But we refuse to take the next step and KNOCK, because fear has so gripped our minds and we find ourselves questioning our own ability to achieve what God has already given us.

Pastor Davis teaches you how to achieve the victory by studying the word of God

Pastor Davis teaches you how to achieve the victory by studying the word of God

However, I want you to know that the Bible is crystal clear on what God wants you to do in this process.  God’s intention is to teach you how to be successful at achieving the VISION which he has given to you.  Now listen to the words of Jesus, “So I say to you, Ask and keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you.”

For everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10 Amplified)

Do not hesitate to move on your ideas and respond to situations that call for action in order to keep the momentum going. If you are sitting waiting for something to happen, doing other “important” tasks rather than those that you know will produce the results you desire, you are wasting time and you are no closer to achieving your VISION and desired goals, [the vision which God gave you]. You may realize that you have waited for so many things in your life that never showed up!

Act on your desire in order to get to where you want to be. Waiting will not do it. The best people are not those who have waited for chances, but those who have taken them, and made chance the servitor. It is better to act first and apologize later than to seek permission first. We often wait for the feeling to be right first; before we take the action we know will bring us satisfaction. The feeling of satisfaction only comes from accomplishment, not from pondering and procrastinating. Take immediate action, not out of fear, or to force things to happen, but because the next action you take brings you, one-step closer to your desire and you will see tremendous results come into your life.

TRAVELING THE LONG ROAD TO VICTORY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

TRAVELING THE LONG ROAD TO VICTORY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Now I realize that this might sound like a contradiction in terms of what God said when he told us to wait on the VISION.  But understand this, God was challenging us to have patience, and believe in the promise he had given to us when he said, “though the vision may tarry, the VISION will surely come.”

Sometimes opportunity knocks but sometimes you must knock. If you truly desire what is behind the door, you will knock until it opens. Sometimes you may even have to break down the door to get through to what you want. The difference between using the force out of power and using the force out of fear, doubt or worry, is that when you are powerful, you know what it is you are doing and are doing it powerfully. It does not feel forced but liberating to you.

Remember, all things come to those of us who, seek, ask and knock.  “THE ROAD MAP TO ACHIEVING YOUR VICTORY IS FOUND IN JESUS!”  Never give up, and never give in, because you are truly a winner, and a winner never gives up, and never gives in.  Jesus said, He would never put on you more than you can not bear, nor would He ever leave you are for sake you, and you can always stand on the promises of the Lord.

THE VICTORY IS IN THE RISING SUN (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE VICTORY IS IN THE RISING SUN (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

GOD HAS A DIVINE PLAN FOR OUR LIVES

GOD HAS A DIVINE PLAN FOR OUR LIVES

Written by Shirley Rhodes

 

The Angel Gabriel announcement to Mary by Photo Bucket

The Angel Gabriel announcement to Mary by Photo Bucket

God still has A Divine Plan for his people, the Birth of Jesus, a story of love and redemption is unique and ordained by God. It is a story worth taking time to study and try to gather an understanding of how much God cared for his creation. Jesus came from humble beginnings within this earthly realm. Joseph and Mary, people who lived simple lives, had a deep connection to God and were therefore his choice to share in his eternal plan to redeem mankind to himself through his Son, they were chosen vessels whose purpose was to fulfill the Promise. The mystery of God:  A Divine plan, A Divine appointment with A Divine purpose with us in mind.

A DIVINE PLAN:

BABY JESUS IN A MANAGER

BABY JESUS IN A MANAGER

When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would bear a son to be named Jesus she objected and said she had no husband, the angel then said to her “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and power of the Most High will overshadow you”; the child would be called “Holy, the Son of God.” An enduring example of obedient faith, Mary replied, “I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:35, 38). As the events of Jesus’ birth unfolded, Mary continued to meditate on them. “Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). All of this took place as a part of Gods’ plan of redemption for mankind.

A DIVINE APPOINTMENT:

Mary and Baby Jesus in the Manger

Mary and Baby Jesus in the Manger

Imagine the emotional roller-coaster Mary must have experienced as the events of A Divine Appointment unfolded foretold by early prophets. It began with the threat of divorce from Joseph, which was brought to a halt by an angelic intervention assuring him that her conception was “of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:20). Then A Divine Appointment cumulating in Bethlehem where she gave birth to baby Jesus in a stable, using a feeding trough for his bed, shepherds telling that angels had announced the birth of the Messiah, aged prophets in the temple exalting her month-old infant, wise men arriving from the distant east with wonderful gifts for her child , then the angel’s warning that King Herod the Great would try to kill the boy, they hurried escape into Egypt to await the death of King Herod, then finally able to return home and settling in Nazareth, Mary had so many things to ponder in her heart.

A DIVINE PURPOSE:

For thirty years the Gospels are silent as the child grew up under the watchful eyes of his parents. When he was aged twelve he accompanied his parents to Jerusalem for Passover (a celebrated event) and remained in the temple as his parents started their journey home; realizing he was not present with them they turned back to find him; Jesus seemed perfectly at ease “sitting among the teachers” in what he referred to as “my Father’s house” (Luke 2:46). A Divine Purpose was unfolding as Jesus set about his Fathers business of spreading the good news.  He chose his disciples, and started the process of seeking to save the lost. He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also; for this is the reason I have come” (Luke 4:43). Let us remember this holiday season; God has A Divine Plan for his people, as we celebrate the birth of the Promise.

 

Old Little town of Bethelem (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Old Little town of Bethelem (Photo by Pastor Davis)

JESUS CALLED OUT A WEALTHY SINNER TO REPENTANCE AND SALVATION

JESUS CAME TO SEEK AND SAVE THOSE LIKE ZACCHAEUS WHO ARE LOST. (Luke 19:1-10 MSG)

Zacchaeus climbed the Sycamore Tree to see Jesus (Photo by Pastor Davis)

While Jesus was in Jericho, he sought out a wealthy and corrupt tax collector by the name of Zacchaeus, which was the chief tax collector at the time of Jesus visit, and Jesus took the liberty to invite himself to this individuals home.  Zacchaeus was despised and hated by the people; he would soon become an example of a rich man coming to salvation.

Now here is how Luke tells the story of what took place.  “He said, when Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way—he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by.”

Zacchaeus, like the rest of the people in Jericho, was curious to see this man whose healings and teachings had been astounding people all over the country.  Moments earlier, a blind man sitting on the side of the road had been healed.  The news had spread, and Zacchaeus wanted to get a look at Jesus.  The text reveals another detail about this wealthy tax collector: he was so short that he could not see over the people in the crowd.  Zacchaeus would not be put off.  He ran on down the road and climbed a sycamore tree.  The sycamore tree was easy to climb, it was like an oak tree with wide lateral branches.

Then Luke says, “When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.” Zacchaeus scrambled out of the tree, hardly believing his good luck, delighted to take Jesus home with him. Everyone who saw the incident was indignant and grumped, “What business does he have getting cozy with this crook?”

Zacchaeus must have been a pretty bad character, for the crowd reacted with great displeasure that Jesus would have chosen him out of everyone.  No one else in the crowd could have known that Jesus visit would change this tax collector’s life.

Zacchaeus just stood there, a little stunned. He stammered apologetically, “Master, I give away half my income to the poor—and if I’m caught cheating, I pay four times the damages.”

The crowd grumbled, but Jesus knew that Zacchaeus was ready for a change in his life.  After Jesus took the initiative with him, Zacchaeus took the initiative to follow wherever the path of obedience to Jesus might lead.  The rich young man had come asking and had gone away empty, unable to give up his money and possessions.  Zacchaeus, however, was able to give away his wealth in order to follow Jesus.  This is the heart attitude that Jesus was looking for.  Perceiving it in Zacchaeus, he quickly brought this man the Good News.  So eager was Zacchaeus to rid himself of the shackles of wealth that he said he would pay back four times as much of the overage that he had charged people.  His attitude was correct, and his actions showed his inner desire to obey.  Zacchaeus was setting his priorities right and he would be ready for the Kingdom.

Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham!  For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.”

This tax collector was perceived as a traitor by his people, so they would not have considered him a son of Abraham in the sense of a Jew looking for the Kingdom, but also a son of Abraham in the truest sense of the word because he experienced salvation.  Salvation came to Zacchaeus, not because he did good deeds, but because he truly believed in Jesus and set aside anything that might get in the way of obeying him.  To the grumblers, detractors, and self-righteous, to those who thought they were saved simply because they were descendants of Abraham, Jesus explained his mission, he came to seek and save those like Zacchaeus who are lost.

BELIEVERS ACTIONS ARE ROOTED IN LOVE NOT FOR HONOR OR POSSESSIONS PART 1 of 3

MATERIAL WEALTH IS A HINDERANCE TO YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE    

Open Bible

Open Bible (Photo credit: Ryk Neethling)

In part one of these very important lessons we wanted to focus your attention only on the pure scripture of this message.  In lesson two we will go into the details of Jesus teachings on this subject.  Read it, pray on it, then spend some time and meditate on what Jesus is teaching you here.  This is taken from the Message Bible in (Luke 6:27-36).

To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, gift wrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.

I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.

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