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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!

OVERCOMING SIN AND LIVING IN THE LORD’S PEACE

OVERCOMING SIN AND LIVING IN THE LORD’S PEACE

BLESS THE LORD AND LIVE IN HIS PEACE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

BLESS THE LORD AND LIVE IN HIS PEACE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Let me begin this discussion today by asking this simple question, “Why is there so much sin in the world today?”  The answer is simple, (choice) we choose our actions and the way we live out our lives.  Sin came into the world through Adam and Eve, and it has always remained with us until Jesus came and took our sins upon His shoulders and died on the cross in order that we may live a life FREE of SIN.

CHILDREN OF GOD, if you have allowed SIN to enter into your life, and take control of your brand new life, listen up, because I want you to know that every SIN can be overcome.  Your life, in its totality, has proceeded from your mind, and your mind is a combination of habits formed and accepted by your mind, which by patient effort, can be modified to any extent, and over which you can gain complete ascendancy and control.  When you come into the complete realization of this reality, you will have at once obtained possession of the key which shall open the door to your complete emancipation.

However, emancipation from the ills of life (which is the ills of your mind) is a matter of steady growth from within, and not a sudden acquisition from without.  Hourly and daily you must work to train your mind to think stainless thoughts, and to adopt the right dispassionate attitudes, until you have strained out of it the Ideal of your holiest dreams.

Know in your heart that you are truly a Child of God, you are the Sons and daughters of a King and you are Holy, so why are you living a life filled with sin?  You sought Jesus out and you found him, He gave you a brand new life, and He lifted you up from the evils of your old sinful life, and now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and you have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way!  Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master. (Romans 6:22-23 MSG)

MY MAXIMIZED PRAYER FOR OVERCOMING SIN IN MY LIFE

Heavenly Father, I thank you for blessing me to be able to experience your love, mercy and grace this day.  Thank you for your Son Jesus that allowed me to accept your blessings of Salvation.  I pray for strength to overcome the sin that has gripped my life, and that is preventing me from enjoying the fruits of prosperity that has been set before me.  Heavenly Father I pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to lift my mind to a level of maturity that can think and speak with clarity your words of truth that will provide me with complete control over my mind.  Free my mind of the constraints that keeps me in bondage and away from the PROSPERITY that you have already provided for me that I have been unable to see.  In Jesus name, Amen!

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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. 

GOD IS THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE

GOD IS THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

BIG AND SMALL THE LIVING UNIVERSE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

BIG AND SMALL THE LIVING UNIVERSE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

Today we live in a world that demands a great portion of our energy just to survive and many find it difficult to adapt. Gloom (darkness) of sin and impending judgment lingers within our thoughts, we must never forget, God is the Master of the Universe.  In spite of the tiredness we may feel as the world attempts to drain the very peace from our existence (being) we must journey above the physical and material aspects of this worldly life, determined to joyfully live in the spiritual realm where we learn the meaning of true fellowship with a God who is in control, because he is the Master of the Universe.

When we are able to wrap our minds around this simple fact that He is, “THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE” (entirety, all there is) it will truly offer hope for your soul, he is the one you seek for all things, he will take you, mold you and give you rest; then enfold you in grace, love and mercy in such a way you become secure in who you are. In the Master you find acceptance, he will not deny you because of your past, he erases our pains so that we may be able to help others by sharing the same love he gives us.

Our Dependence on him moves us to a place in life where we come to realize that all our needs are met.  What’s important is the manner in which we submit in obedience to his will for “our life” accept him into your heart and cast all your cares upon him because he is the one person in your life that will be there no matter the obstacles you encounter. It’s your life, your journey given to you by the Master of the Universe, so grab hold and embrace yourself, for you are abundantly blessed; don’t allow anyone or anything to cause you to think different.

When feelings of emptiness threaten to drain our lives, we attempt to make peace within ourselves only to find that our own efforts tend to add to the emptiness we already feel.  God is the Master of the Universe,  the greatest source of peace for those who know and place their trust completely in him; for those who do not know him,  it’s impossible to know the  kind of peace he gives; because  he is our peace (Ephesians 2:14).

Many who claim to know such freedom often find themselves struggling with questions about what’s unknown as they strive to live worthy of Gods’ love for them. That is why faith is so important, it is the driving force that bridge the depths between the known and unknown; therefore,  your mind must be open and on the receiving end of the greatest gift of all, God’s Love.

Finally: Oh come, let us worship and bow down:

Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker,

For he is God, and we are the people of his pasture,

And the sheep of His hand: (Psalm 95:6-7).

 

MY MAXAMIZED PRAYER FOR PEACE AND CONTENTMENT

MY MAXAMIZED PRAYER FOR PEACE AND CONTENTMENT

IN PRAYER BEFORE GOD (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

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 will touch this day in some way. I seek healing for our NATION that you will bind up the wounds that so many have suffered during our Presidential election.  Renew their Spirits Heavenly Father, and teach them how to live in Peace and Contentment.  There are many lives that have been lost during Hurricane Sandy 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 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 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 peace and contentment in the face of the enemy who has taken so much from them.  Teach us all as a Nation how to live in Peace, enjoy the fruits of all that you have provided and have complete Contentment in all that we do.  In Jesus name, I pray, AMEN!

BELIEVERS MUST PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR THE CALL OF GOD

BELIEVERS MUST PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR THE CALL OF GOD

THE CROSS IS THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL (Photo by Pastor Davis)

When it comes to serving in the ministry as one of God’s Disciples you are never to young, are too old because God prepares us all in his own way, but all of us will not accept the call to serve.    The one true important fact we all need to know is this, we are a chosen people, chosen by God to worship and serve him.  When God thinks we are ready he will call us to come unto him.  The first thing you will say when the call comes upon you is, “but God,” I am not ready.  I am just a little child or I am too old. I have a lot of living to do, and God will say to you, my son, I have heard those same words many times before, and when I heard them I told each person the same thing.  Listen to what happen when God called Jeremiah to be a prophet.  He was only thirteen at the time, but God knew he was ready when he sent out the call.  This is what God told Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in your Mother’s womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”  “Ah, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, I am only a child.”  You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.  Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth.    See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”  (Jeremiah 1:5-10).

You see God never makes a mistake.  When God called Jeremiah, he commissioned him to be a prophet to a nation.  God knew Jeremiah would face many obstacles and would have to confront some powerful people along the way.  But God assured Jeremiah that he would be up to the task.  Don’t worry about small things, because I am here to fight your battles for you.  All I want you to do is to be ready to stand up and be a strong moral leader with an unshakable conviction to lead my people in the manner I have given you.

When you are young or old and you hear the voice of God calling you, don’t be afraid to follow God, because God will have your back.  When in the time of trouble, your best friend may desert you.  But you can rest assured that God will always be there for you.  Learn to depend on God, because he is someone you can trust in the heat of battle.  God wants you to walk with him and become a good role model and set examples for your peers to learn to live by, although you will face some tough going and be ridiculed by your peers.  God says not to worry because he will be with you even until the end of times.

God is saying to you right now, to understand his word and write them on your heart, because when trouble comes and you know it is going to come, the words of the Lord is like having a sword in your hand and it is guaranteed to cut both ways, to the right and to the left.  It is your shield of armor that will always protect you.

Therefore, I encourage each one of you, the young and the old to think on the things of God and not on the things of this world.  God is calling you now to be a soldier in his army.  Turn away from the evil of Satan, and prepare yourself to except the challenge of serving in the ministry of God.  Remember, it is never too late, and you must never, “say never,” or I can’t do this.  Just know that when God calls you, he knows you are ready, he knows you better than you know yourself.

Today, I encourage you to open your mind and think boldly on what God can do, and be ready to go onto the battlefield.  I have ministered to you this day from a position of PEACE, PURPOSE, POWER and PROSPERITY.  I remain your brother in JESUS CHRIST, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!

FINDING CALMNESS IN OUR MINDS AND PEACE IN OUR SOULS

FINDING CALMNESS IN OUR MINDS AND PEACE IN OUR SOULS

SHANIA A. BYARS DISPLAYS CALMNESS OF MIND (Photo by Pastor Davis)

In the lessons we are presenting this week, they are all about discovering inner peace, what is inner peace, how do you achieve inner peace, what are the benefits of inner peace.  These are just a few of the questions that we wrestle with in our lives every day.  If you could just pause your many thoughts for just a moment and think about all the anger, resentment, unhappiness, physical and mental tension, nervousness, strife and the waste of time and energy that results from lack of inner peace, then you will start to appreciate the importance of discovering what real peace of mind is all about.

Now listen to what the bible tells us about finding inner peace, it says, “If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your place, for calmness will lay great offenses to rest.”  (Ecclesiastes 10:4 ESV)  In other words, we are to calm our thoughts from the tension that has come over us and allow real peace to surround us.  If someone are something else has angered us, do not leave that place of calmness that God has brought you to.  That statement of mind of calmness is your home.  Now remain at peace there.  The devil wants you to get angry, he wants you to yell and scream, throw  things, break things, curse others out and blame them for all the wrong that is taking place in your life.  When you lose control, you lose your self-respect and then you enter into the pits of hell.  That is where the devil resides and just where he wants you to be as well.  Stay calm, stay focus and stay in control.   The bible tells us that when we find ourselves in this position, this is what we should do, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV).

Let us understand this fact, when your mind is calm, it is at peace, and when it is at peace it is being strengthen in every direction.  When you are at peace, you are then put in a higher level of thought and when you are there you will soon discover you are finding deeper levels of peace and concentration unlike anything you have ever experienced before.

In addition, when you are at this level of concentration, it provides you with an increased level of energy, the power of your mental factors are greatly increased; you will begin to experience a greater memory level, and your ability to study and learn complicated topic’s will greatly be improved, and finally as you go about your daily affairs in life, you will soon discover that you are much more able to handle with greater efficiently the stressful and difficult situations that life throws at you.

Now is the time to make some changes in your life to have that peace and calmness that we all seek to enjoy.  You can do this by beginning daily to practice calming your mind.  When you begin to do so, the calmness that you experience will influence your inner being, your body, your circumstances and the people you meet.  You can now begin to live a fruitful life that will provide you with much joy.  Read and study the many lessons that we teach here daily on this subject and many others and your life will begin to change.

Now listen to God’s last word on this subject.  “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, (Ephesians 4:11-16 ESV)

Please return for our next lesson which is title, “CALMNESS OF MIND.”  This lesson is from the book of James Allen.

 

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