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Thursday Scriptures of Encouragement (Obedience)

OBEDIENCE PUTS YOUR BLESSINGS WITHIN REACH

PINK ROSE PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PINK ROSE PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Worldly people often look at material loss, and think OBEDIENCE requires a high price, not realizing that by being obedient their blessing may be within reach.

Therefore, the bible teaches us in Psalm 27, that we must learn to wait on the Lord: Wait (trust) on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

The Bible speaks truth to power, it is up to each one of us to seek out its truth and be empowered by the knowledge it provides us.  Remember, “OBEDIENCE PUTS YOUR BLESSINGS WITHIN REACH!” When we are filled with sin and wondering why we are lacking in our BLESSINGS, we can always find comfort and strength in the word because it will always speak to our hearts.

Now listen to what it says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” (Hebrews 12:1 NIV).

When we are filled with sin, we struggle to move forward towards the prize that God has waiting for us.  The prize has our individual names written on it.  But because we are weighted down by sin, we are called to strip off every weight that might slow us down.  We as Christians must be “SPIRTUALLY TRIM,” and able to run the race unencumbered.  We must run with endurance the race that God has set before us, because we do not select the course, God marks it out.

There are many believers who are willing to humble themselves for the cause of Christ, and conclude that mere material possessions do not come before their desire to be OBEDIENT to the Lord.

Paul sums it up this way:  The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing in the trash—along with every-thing else I used to take credit for, And why? Because of Christ; yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, first hand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant, I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him.  I gave up all inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it. Let’s keep focused on that goal, those who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that you’re on the right track, let’s stay on it (Philippians 3:7-11, 15-16 Mgs.)

God wants to bless you, and He wants to do it right now.  He is your heavenly Father, and just like your earthly Father, when you do well, he rewards you, and when you are disobedient, he punishes you.  When you are OBEDIENT to your heavenly Father, He will open up the windows of Heaven an pour you out a BLESSING that your bank account will not be able to contain.

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Saturday Morning Devotional Prayer and Praise Service (Lifting up the Lord in Praise)

A TORCH OF HEAVEN

A TORCH TO HEAVEN

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. (1TIMOTHY 2:8-10 MSG)

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OUR SONG OF PRAISE:

My Brothers and Sisters what a week this has been, for some of us it has truly been a week of joy, praise and celebration, but for others it has been a week of struggles, sacrifices, doom and gloom.  No matter where you may fit into this equation, the one thing we can all do is lift up our Holy Hands, thank God, and praise Him for allowing us to be right where we are at this very moment.  For God is the same today, yesterday and He will be the same tomorrow.  He loves us and He wants us to share that same love and joy with each other.

Therefore, on this day let us take our praise to a new level of worshipping.

Join me in this song of High Praise to our Lord!

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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Monday’s Word of Encouragement (Get up and get going)

TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Let me begin this morning by asking you a question; “What are you waiting on?” The journey through this life waits for no one.  Yet you continue to procrastinate by putting off what you can do today for tomorrow, as though there is going to be a tomorrow.  For it is not promised and if you do not begin the task that has been set before you, how do you ever expect to accomplish them?

God has given each one of us a purpose in which to accomplish in this life time, and He has assigned us a specific task to carry out.  Do you know or even understand what you are assigned to do daily in this life as you work towards accomplishing what has been assigned to you?

This is the day and the moment in time for each of you to, “GET UP AND GET GOING!”  Stop wasting valuable time thinking about what you have to do, instead just “GET UP” and, “DO IT!”

In your heart of hearts you may say to yourself, know body knows the pain and frustrations I am feeling day to day.  It is easy for you to say Pastor, “GET UP AND GET GOING!”  But let me tell you, it’s easier said than done.

I say to you my friends, sometimes we’re hurting, and we feel very isolated and lonely.  Maybe there’s been a death in the family, a divorce, maybe we’ve gotten fired, and we start to think, “Nobody understands the way I feel, nobody can tell the way I feel, nobody feels the pain.”

Now know this, God knows your feelings and frustrations.  He’s seen the crisis in your soul.  There’s no hurt that goes unnoticed by God.  Psalm 56:6 says, “You know how troubled I am you have kept a recdord of my tears” (Good News)

Yes, I say to you, God knows all things; none of your troubles are above His caring and understanding.  You must learn to lean and depend upon Him.  Cast all your troubles and concerns upon His shoulders.  The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.” Psalms 103:13 NLT

Thursday Scripture of Encouragement (Price of Obedience)

CALLED BY THE WORD TO STUDY (Photo by Pastor Davis)

CALLED BY THE WORD TO STUDY (Photo by Pastor Davis)

YOU ARE CHOSEN AS KEEPERS OF THE PROMISE:

by Shirley Rhodes:

Jesus was a promised fulfilled by God and in keeping with his plans you are a promise created for kingdom building. As a chosen follower of Christ there comes the realization that you are responsible for one another; really, it’s not about you at all. In order to follow in the footsteps Jesus laid you are to lay aside any forms of malice, hatred, jealously, envy, and any character that’s not of God. It is selfishness to claim the victory while your brothers or sisters wander in darkness; after-all, you have been set free and now see light.

While searching for knowledge and understanding, study the scriptures for it is there God reveals his will for you. Jesus worked so diligently while here on earth to spread the good news of hope for all. For the scriptures says, Jesus said, “I am the door, if anyone one enters by me he shall be saved…the thief does not come except to steal, kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10: 9-10; NKJV). I am the good shepherd and I know my sheep, and am known by my own.” (Verse 14) Therefore, pray for wisdom and understanding by opening your heart to God and live life in expectant obedience for it is his desire to provide you with strength and insight while sojourning here.

When you are able to find the source of discomfort in your life and deal with it in a positive manner, God gives you strength and power to make wise choices and decisions simply because you’re not focused on doing things on your own. Once you confront the issues you’re in far better position to challenge the lies the devil will try to speak into your mind when he tells you, “You’ll never make it.” For the scriptures says, “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8: 37; NKJV),” and so it is.

When you finally decide to follow Jesus there is nothing to lose, yet your reward will be eternally stored. Since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same…therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers, love one another. (1 Peter 1:1-8) Live with hope for all mankind and pray for peace throughout the world.

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Thursday’s Scripture of Encouragement (Quiet Please)

LIVING IN THE QUIETNESS OF THE MOMENT (Photo by Pastor Davis)

LIVING IN THE QUIETNESS OF THE MOMENT (Photo by Pastor Davis)

STILL THE MOMENT BEFORE YOU SPEAK:

by Shirley Rhodes

You may never know how the words that flow from your lips will affect someone else. It has always been said, “Think before you speak.” Intentions of the heart can be good, but is the time appropriate. You live in a world in which communication is one of the greatest tools given to humans; therefore, when used productively and wisely all can benefit. Throughout scripture you find frequent references to the tongue and its results, for out of the mouth come words of love, hate, encouragement and/or strength for building a better world all seek to inhabit. For the scriptures says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your (God) sight, O Lord my strength and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14; NKJV).

What the scripture says about words and tongue as well as behavior and attitude is there as a guide for applying them to your lives as you journey; better yet, your instruction manual for godly living:

Anyone …who thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue deceives his own heart (James 1:22). The tongue …defiles the whole body…no man can tame the tongue; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. We bless our God and Father…yet curse men made in the similitude of God (James 3: 5). The words you speak can have lasting effects on an individual, so be mindful of what you speak before your tongue is engaged.

When you study the life of Jesus and the many things he had to say you’ll find no gossiping or hurtful words spoken. Understanding logic and meaning for methods of communicating brings you into a place and time you value the idea of positive thinking which helps you to relate to those you come in contact with. For the bible teaches that wisdom from above is pure, willing to yield, full of good works, without partiality, hypocrisy, sown in peace by those who make peace (James 3:17).

Finally, what-so-ever you do or say, think of how the words from your tongue will affect the person(s) on the receiving end. Are they good thoughts, good enough to encourage a weary soul? Remember to STILL THE MOMENT BEFORE YOU SPEAK.

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Relationship Strategies (Time for Reflections)

TIME FOR REFLECTION (Photo by Pastor Davis)

TIME FOR REFLECTION (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Time for Reflection

By Shirley Rhodes

 What happens when you feel as if you are all alone?

 What happened to those friends who walked by your side and interacted with you, saying they have your back? Through-out a life time you are apt to encounter such friends as these. As you grow and mature you are likely to experience situations where you’ll have moments of joy as well as disappointment.

It is a time of reflection and a  reminder as to how God is able to lift you  above moments of disappointment  and encourage your heart to let you know that all is not lost, for in him is where your strength lies.

When you feel as if you are all alone? God says, “If you will hold on to me for dear life, I’ll get you out of trouble. I’ll give you the best care if you only get to know me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times. I’ll rescue you, I’ll give you long life, give you a long drink of salvation.” (Psalm 91: 1-16, MGS)

What happens when you feel as if you are all alone, you’re at a crossroad in life? There comes a point in time when you must choose, you must make decisions, those type things that guide you towards your assigned destination. Those friends you once thought you could not do with-out is no longer a part of what or who you seek to be, that only means that you are coming into your  own, beginning to realize the value of life.

What happens when you feel as if you are alone? Once you’ve tapped into the source you have gained a friend for life. For Jesus says, “I will never leave, nor forsake you,” those words reassures us that beyond our worldly thoughts, our spiritual connection brings us into a whole new dimension of life, we are now new creatures in Christ Jesus, who is our friend and provider, always watching over us and listening to our cry for help. He is not like man; he hears and will acknowledge our requests at the time appointed. So, rest assured my friends, you are never alone.

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Forgiveness Friday (Chosen to Forgive)

LEARNING THE ART OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

LEARNING THE ART OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

I AM CHOSEN TO FORGIVE

As we enter into this 4th of July Holiday Weekend, let each of us enter with a Spirit of Forgiveness.  Hold no grudges, but release any and all unforgiving feelings and allow the power of God’s grace to let you live in His peace.

We are living in trouble times, and many evil spirits are surrounding us, trying to destroy us and tear down the Kingdom of God.  Hate mongers fill our space, even when we are sitting in the Lord’s House of prayer, praying, praising and worshiping His Holy name.

Although we are surrounded by evil and unforgiving spirits, “I AM CHOSEN TO FORGIVE,” live and let live, and being thankful for being a chosen vessel of God.

When you realize that the very people you considered to be friends will go to any level to cause you harm or pain you must keep a spirit of forgiveness even when you are alone.

It is when you are alone that you ask God to help you understand why things happen the way they do and don’t carry the burden of heaviness alone.

An unforgiving spirit can destroy your relationship, therefore; the best thing you can do is release those feelings and repeat to yourself, “I am choosing to forgive those who have stolen from me, broken my heart or caused any physical or emotional damage. Lord thank you for giving me the ability to release, and for peace and joy to journey on in faith. Fill my heart with love greater than I’ve ever had for all of my friends, you are my peace. Thank you.”

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