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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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Thursday Scriptures of Encouragement (Enslaving Power of Sin)

LIVING IN SPIRITUAL DARKNESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

LIVING IN SPIRITUAL DARKNESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

FREE YOURSELF FROM THE ENSLAVING POWERS OF SIN

by Shirley Rhodes

The gospel is the power of God for salvation to all who are faithful.  God loved us so that he sent his Son to break the Enslaving Power of Sin on our lives through his redemptive death on the cross. Though we humans are weak and unworthy God showed his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). The fact is that no human being can break the power of sin and stand righteous before a living God. God in his grace choose to reign over those guilty who surrender, and put their trust in him, through Jesus we become innocent, children of the King, the power of sin and death is broken.

 The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus fills our hearts with hope, love, joy and peace. When we face the Powers of Darkness we are encouraged to stand firm in faith, the Enslaving Power of Sin has already been taken care of.  If God is for us, who is against us? In all creation nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39).

 As Jesus prayed for his followers his main concern was that they follow the pattern and to genuinely show love and concern for one another.  He knew that they would face stiff opposition because he himself had. Even so, he didn’t live according to the world standards or his chosen followers; he prayed that God would guard them from the Evil One because he knew the competition for their souls would be fierce.

The ultimate goal was and is for all to become one heart and mind in Christ so that the world might  desire to know him and his teachings, to  encourage others by making known to them Gods’ word, that through Jesus Christ the Enslaving Power of Sin has already been taken care of.

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Monday’s Word of Encouragement (You can make it if you try)

FEAR NOT (By Pastor Davis)

FEAR NOT (By Pastor Davis)

YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY

Trials and tribulations are truly a part of our daily lives.  How we deal with them in each moment of the day defines our strength and weakness, which helps us to overcome and continue to push forward, or knocks us down, makes us feel weak and sometimes in capable of getting up and moving forward.  The devil knows our every weakness and has no regard for our strengths.  He does not like strong soldiers on the battlefield, therefore, he will do everything in his powers to knock you out of the battle early in the fight.

But know this; “YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY!”  The Lord has prepared you for moments such as this.  He has equipped you with all the necessary tools to fight this battle and win.  The most important thing we can encourage you to do this day as the devil throws everything in the kitchen sink at you is to: A.  Stay focus and keep your eyes of the prize, B. Be strong in your resolve, C. Be courageous in your forward movement D. Never give up and never give in, because; “YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY!”

On this Monday Morning the Lord, your God wants you to be Encouraged in His Word, be not dismayed and Fear Not as His Words speaks volumes of truth to power in this powerful passage of scripture which says, “I pulled you in from all over the world, called you in from every dark corner of the earth, Telling you, ‘You’re my servant, serving on my side. I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’ Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.  I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you. (Isaiah 41:10 MSG)

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