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THE EXODUS STORY GOD CALLS MOSES TO GO DOWN TO EGYPT

THE EXODUS STORY

HOW MANY “BUT GOD” EXCUSES DO YOU OFFER UP WHEN GOD CALLS ON YOU TO GO?

Today’s lesson offers you an opportunity to look deep into yourself and examine yourself with a critical eye upon your qualifications to serve out your purpose on this earth.  What is it that is holding you back from moving forward when God has called you to “GO?”  Are you examining yourself using your predetermined list of negatives which you feel will disqualify you in the eyes of God?  By so doing, you can always say, “BUT GOD”I am not qualified to stand before your people and preached the gospel, “BUT GOD,” I am not qualified to be a missionary leader. “BUT GOD,” I am not qualified to be a Sunday School Teacher, “BUT GOD,” I am not qualified to sing in the choir.  “BUT GOD,” I am not qualified for such a position in that great company, “BUT GOD,” I am not qualified to start my own business.  “BUT GOD,” I am not qualified to do this or do that.  “BUT GOD,” “BUT GOD,” “BUT GOD,” please don’t send me, send somebody else, [you cry out loud,] and your list of “BUT GOD,” gets longer and longer, do you not understand that before God called you, He had already determined your qualifications for services in His Ministry.  So why do you continue to make excuses before God?

You are a created being, created in the image of God, with the character of God to fulfill your purpose and the purpose for what God created you for while you are alive and living in this earth at this moment and time.  You are never too young and you are never too old.   It is your time to do what’s right and pleasing in God’s sight.  By continuing to offer up your “BUT GOD,” excuses, you are wasting valuable time which you can never gain back.  When God calls you, He will never give up on you, He will never leave or forsake you, nor will he put on you more than you can bear.  God never makes a mistake, and He knows just what he is doing.

In this EASTER STORY, MOSES was a reluctant servant when God called upon him to go down to EGYPT and bring HIS people up out of SLAVERY.  At the very moment God called on MOSES, he begin to offer up to God his list of “BUT GOD” excuses.  By Moses initial reactions and his uses of “BUT GOD” excuses, you would not be alone in your reluctant to except God’s calling you out to GO.

Now let us take a look at Moses inventory of disqualifications of “BUT GOD,” excuses.  We begin with his very first one which was his LACK OF CAPABILITY, “And Moses said to God, Who I am, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”  (Exodus 3:11 AMB).

HIS LACK OF MESSAGE; “And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them?” (Exodus 3:13 AMB).

LACK OF AUTHORITY; AND MOSES answered, But behold, they will not believe me or listen to and obey my voice; for they will say, The Lord has not appeared to you. (Exodus 14:1 AMB).

LACK OF ELOQUENCE; And Moses said to the Lord, O Lord, I am not eloquent or a man of words, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and have a heavy and awkward tongue. (Exodus 4:10 AMB).

LACK OF SPECIAL ADAPTATION;  And he said, Oh, my Lord, I pray You, send by the hand of [some other] whom You will [send]. (Exodus 4:13 AMB).

LACK OF PREVIOUS SUCCESS; For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people, neither have You delivered Your people at all.  (Exodus 5:23 AMB).

LACK OF PREVIOUS ACCEPTANCE;  But Moses said to the Lord, Behold, [my own people] the Israelites have not listened to me; how then shall Pharaoh give heed to me, who am of deficient and impeded speech?  (Exodus 6:12 AMB)

As you read Moses list of “BUT GOD,” excuses, you get a picture perfect understanding that the two list of “BUT GOD” excuses are pretty much the same.  Now instead of pleasing God, Moses seeming humility and reluctance stirred His anger.  “The anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses (Exodus 4:14).  In point of fact, the “BUT GOD” excuses Moses advanced to show his incapacity were the very reasons for God’s selection of him for the task.”

Now what do you think of your “BUT GOD” excuses?  In concluding this message this observation was offered up by (F. B. Meyer, Moses, the Servant of God)F. B. Meyer found that in Exodus 3:11 “There was something more than humility here; there was a tone of self-depreciation which was inconsistent with a true faith in God’s selection and appointment. Surely it is God’s business to choose His special instruments; and when we are persuaded that we are in the line of His purpose, we have no right to question the wisdom of His appointment. To do so is to depreciate His wisdom or to doubt His power and willingness to become all that is necessary to complete our need”

Now we leave you with our peace that God will bless you and help you to overcome your “BUT GOD” excuses.  I remain your brother in JESUS CHRIST, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!

HOW DID YOU ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS?

HOW DID YOU ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS?

THE PERSON WHO IS LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY STREAMS OF WATER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE PERSON WHO IS LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY STREAMS OF WATER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

LIFE PROCEEDS FROM YOUR MIND

Let us understand that our brand new life proceeds from the thoughts we entertain in our minds.  Therefore, I ask this question to see how many of you have thought about it and answered it honestly for yourselves.  Knowing that it was truly a day of celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, how did you center your thoughts upon this fact as you shared your moments with your children, family and friends?  Now think deeply upon it because the memories will help you live, enjoy and appreciate all there is to come from this day forward.  Remember, everything begins from the inside, your thoughts, your actions and who you are all begins in your mind with whatever your thoughts are.

When a person realizes that life in its totality proceeds from the mind, and to the way of blessedness is opened to him or her; they will then discover that they possess the power to rule their own mind, and to fashion it in accordance with their own thoughts and ideals.  At this point you will elect to strongly and steadfastly walk those path ways of thought and action which are altogether excellent; your life will become beautiful and sacred; and, sooner or later, you will put to flight all evil, confusion, and suffering; for it is impossible for a person to fall short of liberation, enlightenment, and peace who guards with unwearyingly diligence the gateway of their mind.

This year has truly been a profound blessing for those whose thoughts have been centered upon the Lord and have allowed the Lord to use them for the greater good of all mankind.  Now that the old year is coming to an end, and a brand new year is about to begin, let us change the way we see the world and all the people the Lord brings us in contact with.  Let us use our mind’s to sow good seeds so that in 2014 the manifestation of what we sow will be great rewards that will lift us to higher places than ever before.

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HOW TO GET GOD TO BLESS YOUR LIFE THIS CHRISTMAS

HOW TO GET GOD TO BLESS YOUR LIFE THIS CHRISTMAS

THE PERSON WHO IS LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY STREAMS OF WATER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE PERSON WHO IS LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY STREAMS OF WATER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHILDREN OF GOD, please allow me to speak directly to your heart this Christmas.  For we all know that Christmas is a very special time of the year.  We look forward to spending time with our family and looking into the eyes of our Children when they begin to open their gifts.  This is all good, but the most important gift that we want to share with you is the gift of SHARING and CARING, and that gift comes from “LEARNING HOW TO GET GOD TO BLESS YOUR LIFE THIS CHRISTMAS!”

Many of you are wondering why your life and the life of your family is in such poor condition, think on  this message of praise, and if you are not giving God all your praises day by day then the answer should be quite simple, and the solution to being able TO GET GOD TO BLESS YOUR LIFE, and lift you up out of poverty is to begin praising God for whatever condition you might find yourself in.  Just open your mouth and praise him even if you are facing eviction from your home are apartment, no food to eat, no job to go to, your marriage are relationship has fallen apart, you have been stricken with a crippling decease, you ought to look towards heaven and say, thank you Jesus for this opportunity to praise you, because I know that the conditions that I find myself in today, shall be no more.  Thank you for allowing me to experience your marvelous light of this day.  From this moment forward, I am going to praise you, HALLELUJAH!

Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy house of worship, praise him under the open skies;
Praise him for his acts of power, praise him for his magnificent greatness; Praise with a blast on the trumpet, praise by strumming soft strings; Praise him with castanets and dance, praise him with banjo and flute; Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum, praise him with fiddles and mandolin. Let every living, breathing creature praise God!  Hallelujah!  (Psalm 150 MSG).

When your life becomes filled with praises, he will put a smile on your face, new words on your lips, new clothes on your back, new strut in your walk, your rent is paid, your car note paid, plenty of fresh food to eat, pain and heartaches gone, stress and worries gone.  When you come into the full knowledge and power of these changes taking place in your life, then you will know, “HOW TO GET GOD TO BLESS YOUR LIFE!”

Now I ENCOURAGE each one of you to make this CHRISTMAS SEASON to be the most BLESSED SEASON of your entire life.  Next season is not promised to any of us, therefore, what we do today and how we do it is the most important challenge of our entire lives.  Let it be filled with praises for the Birth Celebration of our Lord and Savior.  When you do this, you will begin to experience the Lord’s Blessings in your life like nothing before.

MY MAXIMIZED PRAYER OF PRAISE

Father in the name of Jesus, I pause all of my actions this very moment, lift my head towards the sky and say thank you for allowing the sun to shine on me this day.  I praise you Heavenly Father; I glorify you, for you are worthy to be praised. Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.  Nothing can stop me from praising you, giving you the glory and honor for all that you have done in my life and the lives of all the people that you have placed in my care.   Thank you Heavenly Father, and may you forever allow all my deeds, my words, my actions and my thoughts always be nothing but one of praise.  In Jesus name, AMEN!

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SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 48 BELIEVE

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 48 BELIEVE

"BELIEVE"  (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

“BELIEVE” (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHIDREN OF GOD, in our PRAYER, PRAISE and WORSHIP SERVICE for this SUNDAY MORNING, we present to you our CHRISTMAS STORY beginning with the Birth of John as God’s divine plan unfolds for many UNBELIEVEING MINDS.  It is a story that many of us have read and studied over a long period of time, but in it all there is always a ray of HOPE and INSPIRATION for a greater tomorrow when we celebrate this beautiful story of the unfolding birth of OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.  Our lesson today is simply title:  “BELIEVE!”  Allow this word to sink deep into your sub-conscious minds, and renew your Spirit daily whenever doubt begin to creep in.  Let us lift up God in high praise for His mighty works, for He is worthy to be PRAISED.

LET US PRAY FOR UNBELIEVING MINDS:

Pastor Davis in Prayer as Zachariah

Pastor Davis in Prayer as Zachariah

Eternal God, Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for those among us who have believed, and we seek divine intervention into the minds of those that are still wavering in their faith.  For we know that with you Heavenly Father, all things are possible to those who believe.  Transforming a world of unbelieving minds may seem to be an impossible task for some, but we as believers are trusting you Heavenly Father, because we know that it is possible.  You sent your only Son into an unbelieving world as a gift that those among us who would believe in Him should not perish but be transformed into a brand new creature and enjoy eternal life.  Through our prayers Heavenly Father we are seeking the same transformation for those unbelieving minds among us today to come into the full knowledge and understanding that you are God, and they can do nothing without you.  And for this Christmas Season, our prayers are for those unbelieving minds to know that Jesus is truly the reason for this Season.  Amen!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING:

For with God, nothing shall be impossible.  (Luke 1:37)

Background Scriptures for today’s lesson is from (Luke 1:1-37)

TODAY’S MESSAGE IS TITLE:  “BELIEVE”

Our Christmas Story is a true and profound statement by God who can do all things but fail.  All He asks us to do is to BELIEVE.  In this story, God performed one of the greatest miracles known to man, yet we find it very difficult to BELIEVE when the simplest things are right before our very own eyes.  WHY?  Do we not know that God can never lie, if He lies He will denied Himself.  So why do we continue not to BELIEVE the word of God when the Word of God is truth in itself?

Perhaps, like so many before us, we want God to show us a sign.  Let us examine for a moment the High Priest Zachariah, who was a minister of God that worked at the Temple managing its upkeep, teaching the people the Scriptures, and directing the worship services.  When God sent His Angel Gabriel to tell Zachariah that he and His Wife Elizabeth was going to have a son Zachariah words came perilously close to doubt, [disbelief].  Zachariah wanted more than the word from this Heavenly visitor, he wanted a sign from God.

ZACHARIAH QUESTIONS  GOD'S MESSANGER GABRIEL

ZACHARIAH QUESTIONS GOD’S MESSANGER GABRIEL

So Zachariah question the angle by asking, “How can I know this will happen?”  At that very moment Zachariah saw only the obstacles and not the possibilities of the Good News that the Angel Gabriel was presenting to him from God.  His thoughts were that he and Elizabeth were both well past their childbearing years.  In Zachariah mind, he could not see, comprehend or even understand how God could perform such a miracle and place such a burden on him and his wife at this late stage in their lives.  Gabriel explained to Zachariah by stating, “I am Gabriel; I stand in the very presence of God.”  (Luke 1:19)

When we do not BELIEVE and allow doubt to creep in and rule over our unbelieving minds, it will result in some sort of punishment.  God has His own ways of letting us know that He is not please with our actions, and just like any loving parent, He will punish us for our unbelieving minds.  In Zachariah unbelieving mind, he asked for a sign and was quickly granted his request.  He would be unable to speak until the Child was born.  The angel’s words would certainly come true at the proper time, whether Zachariah BELIEVED or not.  God’s plan had been set in motion and nothing could stop it.  (LUKE 1:20)

Zachariah and Elizabeth had been childless for many years and God had promised a son to them, and God kept His promise.  The promise came even before this child was ever conceived.  God was waiting for the right time to ENCOURAGE them and take away their disgrace of not being able to bare a child in their early childbearing years.  Elizabeth soon realized that in this impossible pregnancy, God had performed a MIRACLE.  (Luke 1:23-25)

What God has done for Zachariah and Elizabeth, He will do the same for you.  With God, nothing is impossible, all you have to do is, “BELIEVE!”

THE STORY OF THE BIRTH OF JOHN

When Elizabeth was full-term in her pregnancy, she bore a son, Her neighbors and relatives, seeing that God had over whelmed her with mercy, celebrated with her.

On the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child and were calling him Zachariah after his father. But his mother intervened: “No. He is to be called John.”

“But,” they said, “no one in your family is named that.” They used sign language to ask Zachariah what he wanted him named.

Asking for a tablet, Zachariah wrote, “His name is to be John.” That took everyone by surprise. Surprise followed surprise—Zachariah’s mouth was now open, his tongue loose, and he was talking, praising God!

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.”

We encourage you to find a local Bible Teaching Church and begin to study and fellowship with other believers.  You can also return back here daily and study God’s word with us.  We share the truth of the scriptures daily, and you will find over 1000 topics for study and discussions.  May the saving grace of our Lord and Savior be with you now and forever, in Jesus name, AMEN!

CLOSING PRAYER:

Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—to the only wise Godbe glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

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RISE AND LIVE A FULL LIFE IN THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST JESUS

RISE AND LIVE A FULL LIFE IN THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST JESUS

RISE TO THE HEIGHT

Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHILDREN OF GOD, as we have been studying Paul’s writings to the church in Philippi, we thought it would only be fitting to include this message to the Ephesians.  It is truly a very powerful message for all of us to live by as we enter into the Christmas Holiday Season.  We encourage you to take a few moments of your valuable time to read, study and meditate on the words of this very important letter, then pause your thoughts and pray over all that the Lord has filled your plate with for a late evening spiritual meal. 

As you read over what I have written to you, you’ll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God’s Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I’ve been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in Christ Jesus. The Message is accessible and welcoming to everyone, across the board.

This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the details. When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in God’s way, I was the least qualified of any of the available Christians. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities.

And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!

All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus. When we trust in him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go. So don’t let my present trouble on your behalf get you down. Be proud!

 My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.  (Ephesians 3:4-19 MSG)

 

LET US PRAY FOR OUR THANKSGIVING BLESSINGS

LET US PRAY FOR OUR THANKSGIVING BLESSINGS

My Brothers and Sisters, I take this moment to wish each one of you, your families, friends and ministries a Happy and Joyful Thanksgiving.  May the Lord bless each one of you abundantly as you celebrate this day with your families, friends and precious love ones.   Here is my prayer for you this Thanksgiving.  Click on this video clip and receive your blessing for this day, in Jesus name, AMEN!

Now may the Blessings and grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who is able to keep us in always be upon each soul, filling them with compassion, love, peace and joy through all trials and tribulation be also a blessing to each other, in Jesus name, AMEN!

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PRAISE DIRECTED TO THE LORD

PRAISE DIRECTED TO THE LORD:

"RFRESSING THE SPIRIT" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“RFRESSING THE SPIRIT” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

WHEN YOUR PRAISE IS DIRECTED TO THE LORD, you will find joy, contentment and peace.  Jesus assures us that he will never leave nor forsake us, it is therefore most urgent that we learn to trust his will for our life. Amidst the uncertainty of the path we often travel from day to day,  know that your steps are ordered by the Lord as scripture reminds us, “no weapon formed against you shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17 NKJV).  Peaceful assurance knows that God is always there in time of need; therefore, our praise is and shall always be directed to him, for he is worthy.

As Paul shared these words for growth and encouragement, “…be steadfast and immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain…” (1 Corinthians 15:58). Always keep focused on why and where you are purposed to journey and the final goal; say to yourself, WHEN MY PRAISE IS DIRECTED TO YOU LORD, I’m empowered with joy, strength and peace.

When you’re focused on what is most important develop a habit of patience, shed those things (thoughts, ways and attitudes) that tend to weigh you down.  Cast all your cares on the one who truly care for you, for scripture reminds us that we must “Trust in the Lord with all our heart, and lean not to our own understanding; …acknowledge him, and he shall direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).  Most Holy One, MY PRAISE IS DIRECTED TO YOU, you are the magnifier of my soul.

When we can look back at where God has brought us from, we must be careful not to revert back to the past. We must lift our heads; open our eyes and heart, thanking God for the struggles as well as blessings. No matter the circumstance, be joyful, be content, lift your voice and shout “LORD, MY PRAISE IS DIRECTED TO YOU. The journey may at times seem long and difficult, CELEBRATE ANY-WAY.

“THE ENEMY CANNOT TAKE AWAY YOUR POWER TO BE FREE, NOR YOUR WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING UNLESS YOU RELEASE THAT CONTROL TO HIM. LORD OUR PRAISE IS DIRECTED TO YOU.”

FINDING TRUTH IN THE ETERNAL REALITY OF GOD’S MERCIES

FINDING TRUTH IN THE ETERNAL REALITY OF GOD’S MERCIES

WHEN TRUTH AND REALITY MEETS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

WHEN TRUTH AND REALITY MEETS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

 

Brothers and sisters, in light of all I have shared with you about God’s mercies, I urge you to offer your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice to God

THE ETERNAL REALITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE ETERNAL REALITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

A sacred offering that brings Him pleasure; this is your reasonable, essential worship.

MEN PASS FROM SELF TO TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

MEN PASS FROM SELF TO TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind.

THE LIGHT OF TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE LIGHT OF TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.  (ROMANS 12:1-2)

LIVING FOR CHRIST TRUTH MEETS REALITY

LIVING FOR CHRIST TRUTH MEETS REALITY

WHEN TRUTH AND REALITY MEETS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

WHEN TRUTH AND REALITY MEETS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

This week we will be studying Romans 12:1-2, learning how we can live for Christ when Truth meets Reality.  The Bible tells us to know the Truth and the Truth will set us Free.  How we get to that truth will be the basics of our teaching this week.  Here is what Romans 12:1-2 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  This is the reality of the truth we must come to know if we are to live for Christ.

Now let me share this truth with you as we begin this week in the newness of the Holy Spirit working through us.  There is but one religion, and that religion is the religion of Truth.  There is also but one error, and that error is of self.  Sometimes we allow self to get in the way of Truth.  Where self is, we will not find Truth, where Truth is self is not.  Therefore, let us discover Truth within ourselves about ourselves and move self out of the way and learn to live each day for Christ.  Jesus declared that if any man wishes to be His Disciple, he must deny himself daily.

Finally, let us learn that self is the denial of Truth.  Truth is the denial of self.  As you let self die, you will be reborn in Truth.  As you cling to self, truth will be hidden from you.  Now know this,  “LIVING FOR CHRIST TRUTH WILL MEET REALITY!

 

 

HOW YOU CAN DISCOVER WISDOM THROUGH THE PRIORITY OF INSIGHT

HOW YOU CAN DISCOVER WISDOM THROUGH THE PRIORITY OF INSIGHT

DISCOVERING MOTHER WISDOM IN THE BEAUTY OF NATURE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

DISCOVERING MOTHER WISDOM IN THE BEAUTY OF NATURE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHILDREN OF GOD, today I want to share with you some words of WISDOM on HOW YOU CAN DISCOVER MOTHER WISDOM in your own lives by learning to LISTEN and THE PRIORITY of INSIGHT.  I encourage you, take to heart what I’m about to tell you; collect my counsels and guard them with your life. Tune your ears to the world of WISDOM; set your heart on a life of understanding.  Now know it, The Fear-of-God will be yours; you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.

And here’s why: God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding. He’s a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well, a personal bodyguard to the candid and sincere. He keeps his eye on all who live honestly, and pays special attention to his loyally committed ones.

So now you can pick out what’s true and fair, find all the good trails. Lady Wisdom will be your close friend, and Brother Knowledge your pleasant companion.  Good Sense will scout ahead for danger;Insight will keep an eye out for you. They’ll keep you from making wrong turns, or following the bad directions.  Of those who are lost themselves and can’t tell a trail from a tumbleweed, These losers who make a game of evil and throw parties to celebrate perversity,
Traveling paths that go nowhere, wandering in a maze of detours and dead ends.

Wise friends will rescue you from the Temptress—that smooth-talking Seductress who’s faithless to the husband she married years ago, never gave a second thought to her promises before God. Her whole way of life is doomed; every step she takes brings her closer to hell.  No one who joins her company ever comes back, ever sets foot on the path to real living.

So—join the company of good men and women, keep your feet on the tried-and-true paths.  It’s the men who walk straight who will settle this land, the women with integrity who will last there. The corrupt will lose their lives; the dishonest will be gone for good.  (Proverbs 2:1-22 MSG)  It is so important that each of you learn the ART OF LISTENING, that you may discover the truth in MOTHER WISDOM and her many hidden treasures, and in doing so, you will soon know, that the “Fear-of-God will be yours; and you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.”

Now in conclusion, let us understand that under the Law of Moses, men of integrity—the upright and the blameless—were rewarded with a secure place in the land of Canaan.  When we come over to the New Testament, these material blessings in earthly places give way to spiritual blessings in the heavenliest.  But the fact remains that righteousness and decency are rewarded in this life as well as in the life to come.

It is equally true that the wicked will be cut off from the land of blessing.  There is no lasting inheritance there for the treacherous.  Therefore it is the up most important for each of us to practice daily ways in which we can MAKE INSIGHT OUR PRIORITY!

BE STRONG AND BE COURAGEOUS

BE STRONG AND BE COURAGEOUS

Today marks the beginning of a brand new series of short messages we will be presenting here on a regular basics.  This series of core Pastoral Scripture Messages are title:  THE ONE MINUTE WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT.  It is our hope and prayer that they will move you into a higher rim of consciousness, help to inspire you to better use the many great gifts that God has given to you, lift you up when you are feeling down and out, encourage you to think outside of the box, and take you on a journey that will help to fulfill your mission of service in the Kingdom of God.  May you find a source of great strength, peace and comfort in “THE ONE MINUTE WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT VIDEO SERIES.

Now may God’s peace and blessings reside with you as He provide you with a Strong Will and the Courage to move forward when you are facing the great storms of head winds in this life.  We bless this to you in Jesus name, Amen!

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IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE TO TAKE PLACE

IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE TO TAKE PLACE

CROSSING THE LONG BRIDGE TO CHANGE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CROSSING THE LONG BRIDGE TO CHANGE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHILDREN OF GOD, I speak to you today as one of God’s Servant striving to be obedient and do His will in some of the most difficult times we as Christians have faced in a very long time.  We all are facing some very difficult challenges in our lives today.  Although some of us are facing some that are more difficult than others.  But God is challenging us as we go through the trials and tribulations in this life, not to waiver in our faith, to remain strong and courageous, and to abide in Him and He will abide in us.  Therefore, I am commanded to tell you this, “IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE TO TAKE PLACE!”   

Now listen to what I have to say, God wants each of you to begin by, taking your everyday, ordinary life—you’re sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before Him as an offering.  Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Do not become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You will be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.  Now let yourself, “BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR GOD GIVEN MIND!  (ROMANS 12:2)

I am speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relationship to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.

You can take what I have to say to you here right now as meaningless, are you can get up from sitting in front of that television screen are just lounging around in your bed.  The choice is yours.  It is time to stop making excuses are blaming others for your lack of energy and enthusiasm for overcoming your weakness in being true Christian that God has ordain you to be.  Attending more Bible Studies, more prayer meetings, reading more Christian Books, listening to more teaching tapes without an outlet for the truth we have already acquired, will cause us to spiritually decay.  What we need to do right now, is to take what God has given us and use it constructively in the lives of others.  We can do this simply by, “CHANGING OUR THINKING!”

Remember, we all are CHILDREN OF GOD, and we have the mind of God, because we were created in the image of God.  He created in us a Mind that is second to none, and when we learn to use it properly and use it for His good, we can do some truly amazing things.  Always center your mind upon Jesus, the one who can do all things but fail.  When trouble comes your way, problems develop within your mind that seems to be impossible for you to resolve, you must remove fear, doubt and the word, “I can’t,” from your mind.  Then replace them with this one sentence, “I can do all things through God who strengthens me.”   The time is NOW, for both you and me, “TO BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF OUR GOD GIVEN MINDS!”  The choice is ours, tomorrow is not promised.  Change your thinking, and you will begin to CHANGE YOUR LIFE.  Expect a miracle, and a miracle will show up.

 

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE STEWARDS OVER GOD’S VAST RESOURCES

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE STEWARDS OVER GOD’S VAST RESOURCES

REFLECTIONS FROM THE VAST RESOURCES OF GOD'S CREATION (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

REFLECTIONS FROM THE VAST RESOURCES OF GOD’S CREATION (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

In our most recent posting we taught the lesson title: “THE FUNDAMENTAL IDEAL OF WORK IS STEWARDSHIP.”  In today’s lesson we will expand on those thoughts and take you deeper into the mind of GOD and explain how He has provided the vast resources of this UNIVERSE for all His Children to share in and become TEMPORARY STEWARDS over.

Now let us understand this basic fact of life, and that is, when we claim OWNERSHIP of the material things in this world, that OWNERSHIP is a relative term, and as a HUMAN BEING, created in the image of GOD, it is up to each one of us to come into the full knowledge and understanding that WE OWN NOTHING IN THIS WORLD, and that everything that comes into our procession is a gift from God, is owned by God, is placed in our hands by God to become good STEWARDS over HIS possessions, and are to be used as a tool to help us to grow and live a loving, joyful and prosper life while we are on this earth.

It is truly a humbling experience to realize that nothing that we possess is really our own.  Our time, talent, material possessions and the relationships we have been given are merely consigned to us by God for a few decades.  Now think about that for a moment as you build MATERIAL WEALTH and then agonize over how you are going to keep others from stealing and taking it away from you.  My question to you is simple, “to what degree are you conscious of God’s ownership of everything which you call your own?”

Pause for a moment and think deeply on your THOUGHT PROCESS, how you view your time, talent, material possessions and of course your relationships with those whom you love dearly?  Are you working consciously are unconsciously to process the things and people that God has placed in your life?  Now I am certain these words are going to rattle your brain as you question this PASTOR’S knowledge and wisdom for making such a bold statement.  However, let us understand that we are only temporary STEWARDS over all of God’s vast RESOURCES, and WE OWN NOTHING IN THIS WORLD.

Have you developed a “stewardship mentality” a growing awareness that you will one day have to give an account of how you have used the trusts you have been granted?

Now let us explore this theory for a moment by first looking at GENSIS 1:27-28 (AMP), it says, “So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.

And God blessed them and said to them, be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.  This verse has been realized to a far greater extent during the past century than ever before.  For the first time in human history, we face the crisis of global pollution and wholesale destruction of irreplaceable resources.  Much of this is due to human greed and presumption; people have assumed that the supplies of earth are inexhaustible and that we are free to use them for personal gain.

However, let us understand this simple truth that scripture cautions us that we really own nothing that “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.”  A steward manages the possessions of another.  We are temporary managers of God’s resources because God created us for that responsibility. Remember, God has no needs, and he did not create the cosmos because he was lonely or bored.  Instead, the created order is the overflow of the fountain of love that has always existed within the triune God head.  As stewards, we participate in a world that derives its being and substance from the infinite, personal CREATOR.

God has entrusted to us the dignity and responsibility of being stewards of the resources and creatures of this planet.  When we shape, refine and creatively utilize the minerals, plants and animals that God has placed at our disposal, we are accountable for the results.

As a steward of the resources that God has placed in our hands, we are expected to realize the maximum possible return on the resources which the master has entrusted to our care.  Then we are to thank God for providing us with such vast resources, lift Him up with praise and thanksgiving daily as we go about using these resources with love, care and joy in our hearts, and share with others and help others to understand that they too can do and have at their possession all that they desire in their hearts.  God is a true and loving God and He will take care of each one of His children, never putting on them more than they can bear.

I want to personally thank each one of you for reading, studying and sharing the Word of God with others.  You are truly a blessing to this Ministry and the Kingdom Building work that each of you are doing in your own right.  Never quit; never give in, because a quitter never wins and a winner never quits, for God is moving you in ways you have not yet begun to understand. Be strong and keep your eye on the prize.

We will continue to expand this very important teaching in our SUNDAY PRAYER, PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE with our lesson title:  “CONSIDER THE ANT, AND LIVE AN ABUNDANT LIFE!”  Please do not miss out on this awesome lesson, it begins at 0700 each Sunday Morning.  To God be the glory!

 

THE FUNDAMENTAL IDEAL OF WORK IS STEWARDSHIP

THE FUNDAMENTAL IDEAL OF WORK IS STEWARDSHIP  

 

REFLECTING ON THE WORK OF MAN; “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” (Colossians 3:23 ESV)  PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS

REFLECTING ON THE WORK OF MAN; “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” (Colossians 3:23 ESV) PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS

 

What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:9-11 ESV)   So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him? (Ecclesiastes 3:22 ESV)

Now that the scriptures have spoken, let us begin this study this morning by describing to you why  “THE FUNDAMENTAL IDEAL OF WORK IS STEWARDSHIP!”

Work is something we all do day in and day out.  But if I ask you, do you  really know what work is and why we are all called to the task of doing it?  You would automatically answer the question by saying in the affirmative; “of course I know what work is.”  Do you think that I am that stupid, when I have to get up every day and do it?   To begin with, please indulge me for a moment and allow me to provide you with a few basic facts about this word work.   “Work is a means by which we glorify God by fulfilling our calling; work is a means to love God by loving our neighbor; work is a means by which we learn and understand our need for God; work provides for our needs and benefits the community.

For at least eight hours a day, forty hours a week, two thousand hours a year, and one hundred thousand hours a lifetime, nearly every one of us works.  By comparison, even death and taxes seem less certain.  So why do we spend so much time working when it seems in today’s technology world there is so much more to do than to spend all our time working.  But if we didn’t work, what would we call the things we do to get what we want?  What would it all be about?  In order to clarify this, let us understand how work came into existence.

Work first begins when God created the heavens and the earth.  He worked for six days, with light and atoms and dirt and fire and water, the elemental, and he was satisfied.   He worked and, stepping back from the results saw that it was good.  To drive home the point, he repeated himself.  Other than the work itself, God did not need to manufacture a reason for working.

In his image and after his model, God created man, in part, to work:  “The lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”  (Genesis 2:15).  God’s first assignment to mankind was this: “WORK.”  Uncorrupted by the perversions of sin and death, work had to be good—very good.  An ideal as high as God is wide, work was no less than the sharing of divine privilege.  God asked that we work as he did so that his work, creation, would be cared for.

Robert R. Ellis, writing in the Southwestern Journal of Theology, summarized three simple and magnificent truths from (Genesis 1:26-30):

  1. God created, and therefore he owns.
  2. We manage resources that God owns.
  3. We were created in God’s image, and therefore we are expected to manage resources the way God would manage them.

The fundamental idea of work is stewardship—the task of protecting and adding value to all the assets God has put under our care.  Through our work, God asks us to care for his creation.  Because we are created in his image, work is in fact one of the defining activities that separate us from other creatures.  Bees, bears, and beavers work to survive, we as people work to manage God’s assets.

Work, then, is a big idea and no small matter.  In the name of the King, we serve as steward of all we see.  Therefore, let us understand that when it comes to our work, stewardship offers us a brand new perspective.  We no longer work “under the sun,” but view life from above the sun—from God’s perspective.

From this vantage point, we now come to know that God calls each one of us to our jobs, in order that we may now do His work.  That is, we are to take care of His creation.  We must manage His resources as He would.  We possess His power of attorney for management decision making.  When someone requests references, we can drop the name of the Creator and Sustainer of the cosmos.  When money is an issue, we can sharpen our pencils in the light of eternity.

More than correct theology, stewardship is a powerful philosophy that permeates all of life and work.  “Stewardship is not a subcategory of the Christian life.” “Stewardship is the Christian life.”  Stewardship is first an internal reality, affecting the way a person thinks, sees, and feels.  Stewardship anchors motivation.  Once inside our heart and mind, stewardship eventually and inevitably works its way out.

Now in conclusion, it is clearly understood that in our day-to-day living, stewardship knows no limits.  There is no blank in which we check off “DONE.” Therefore, we leave you with this final thought, “THE FUNDAMENTAL IDEAL OF WORK IS STEWARDSHIP!”

THE SECRET TO RELEASING AND LETTING GO

THE SECRET TO RELEASING AND LETTING GO

THE FREEDOM OF A BIRD When you love something you must release it, [set it free] if it returns back to you it was meant for you, if it does not return it was not meant for you in the first place. BY PASTOR DAVIS

THE FREEDOM OF A BIRD When you love something you must release it, [set it free] if it returns back to you it was meant for you, if it does not return it was not meant for you in the first place. BY PASTOR DAVIS

Release is an aspect of circulation. Release things or people that you no longer need or desire in your life. When you give material things away that you no longer use or want, you make room for what you want to come into your life. Sell or give those things away to people who find better value in them. Release friends and people who no longer serve in your best interest because of their limited mindset or negativity, to make room for new and better ones that do. When you release or leave the lesser, you’ll find that the better thing or person you’ve been waiting for will be able to show up.

Let go of negative emotions due to loss so that you can allow positive restoration to enter. When you hold a grudge, essentially you are denying your connection to creation. You somehow think that you can be made a lesser person, or that your wealth can be taken away, or even that someone can do irreparable harm to you. All those things are impossible. You have as part of your basic nature all you need to be whole. You have that because you are made of the substance that makes everything.

If someone steals from you, or if your property is damaged, you can easily replenish it, provided you are in the flow. If someone hurts your body, miracles can heal it, provided you are in the flow. If someone belittles you, the knowledge of who you are and what your potential is, casts off the remarks like water on a duck’s back, provided you are in the flow.

Unresolved grudges deny who you are. They seem to give truth to your limitations and vulnerability. Then by your invitation, the flow appears to be cut off. Since the flow can’t actually stop, what is happening? Well, the flow is simply creating what you’re expecting. When you think you can be irreparably injured, that is what manifests. When you think someone can take away your abundance, or a part of it, that is what manifests.

Let go of disappointments and failures because they are just part of the journey to achieving success. You are not remembered by the number of failures you make, but by the number of successes you make. People, who have achieved immense success in life, always encounter lots of failures and made lots of mistakes along the way. They still make mistakes as they achieve further success, but they are willing to let go of it all because they know the secret is to keep moving and not be stuck.

Have the attitude of detachment and testing, and having another action to take. Having something else better to be occupied with if you can’t do what you want at the moment. Have the mindset of taking action and seeing if it succeeds, but still persisting as far as you can go anyway. Be persistent yet able to detach. Have the power to hold on to and let go when you want to, and as you wish. Decide and act only according to your wisdom and not anyone’s idea of what you should or should not do.

Your desires can manifest faster when you are detached because of two reasons. The first is that you do not give off negative vibrations with feelings of worry, fear, anxiety, disappointment and regret, because you are able to let go of all negative experiences and keep going on with the fulfillment of your intention in mind. The second is that you keep yourself open to a range of other possibilities and pathways by which your desires can manifest.

Always allow the possibility that you are guided towards something better. Remember that the universe is not limited. If you miss one opportunity to manifest your intention, another one will open up. Another and another. The string of opportunity never runs out. You are able to notice and take the next one if you will let go of the previous one and be free to observe. The universe brings forth everything you desire and nothing is being withheld from you.

Abundance is a flow. You will always have abundance if you are able to let go and remain in the flow. When something is taken away, something else will replace it. Otherwise what was taken from you will come back to you with even more than before. Knowing that this is how the universe and God works, you can be free from fear and worry about losing anything. Let go and you can remain happy, and what you want will flow to you.

My Dear Friends, let me encourage you to keep your eyes on the prize, and that is Jesus Christ.  He is the author and finisher of your faith.  When you do this, you can remain in the flow, run with patience as you let go of all the negative weights that are holding you back from receiving your blessings.  What better time than right now to release them so God can take you to that high place of prosperity that He has waiting for you.

This message is not complete, we encourage you to come into our SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER, PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE, which is title: RELEASE YOUR CHAINS AND RUN WITH PATIENCE THE RACE OF FAITH.  It is truly an exciting lesson so please join us beginning at 0700 every Sunday Morning.  May you have a blessed and prospers weekend in the name of Jesus.

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FREEDOM IS IN JESUS, WHAT YOU DECIDE TO DO WITH IT IS UP TO YOU

FREEDOM IS IN JESUS, WHAT YOU DECIDE TO DO WITH IT IS UP TO YOU

"GODS' GIFT" SHIRLEY'S PHOTO

“GODS’ GIFT” SHIRLEY’S PHOTO

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

We live each day in hope that the life we are given will be blessed in all we are purposed to do as we journey this earthly realm. Life challenges us to reach deep within in order to grasp where we are and where we desire to be. Each one of us can be a participant in life and contribute to the well-being of each other; that is if we operate without shelfish motives seeking to only please self. FREEDOM IS IN JESUS, WHAT YOU DECIDE TO DO WITH IT IS UP TO YOU.

What life offers is individual choice in which sometimes we may not make the best decisions; but when it all comes to completion, don’t shift blame onto others. Remember, FREEDOM IS IN JESUS, WHAT YOU DECIDE TO DO WITH IT IS UP TO YOU. Now, from life experience you are blessed with the ability to learn from what you encounter, well or not so well. While we are pondering the path that’s before us, it is important that we take a moment to think and realize where our help comes from, since we did not create ourselves; our help comes from the Lord, the maker and creator of all things.

Reference to the pattern of Jesus reminds us of how he went about his mission touching, healing, encouraging, because his desire was that each life encountered would be free from those things that had them bound. When we consider movement of the Holy Spirit we too are able to “taste” such freedom. Before we are able to receive the anointing, we must release some things, we must be able to free our thoughts so that we are able to become centered and focused in order to reach the source. Our life is a gift of choice; FREEDOM IS IN JESUS, WHAT YOU DECIDE TO DO WITH IT IS UP TO YOU.

You cannot grow in faith without reading and hearing the word of God. Your faith should not stand in the wisdom of man, but the power of God (1Corinthians 2:5).

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     

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.

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 31 LIVING IN THE WORLD AS LIGHT

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 31 LIVING IN THE WORLD AS LIGHT

OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS SUNDAY IS THE PACOLET FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH PACOLET, S.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS SUNDAY IS THE PACOLET FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH PACOLET, S.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Good Morning Children of God, if it’s Sunday Morning it is time to Rise Up, Stand up and get your Praise on.  For this is truly the first day of the rest of your life, and God has created it for PRAYER, PRAISE and WORSHIP; While you were stumbling around this week in darkness, unable to focus clearly on what He had set out in front of you; He picked you up, stood you up, put clothes on your back, shoes on your feet, food on your table, gasoline in your ride, He put a brand new strut in your stride and filled your heart with joy and laughter.  What an awesome God we serve?  Is there anything to hard for God?  Let us Praise Him this Sunday Morning, like we never praised Him before, because He is truly worthy to be Praised.

LET US PRAY:  Father we thank you for showering us with your blessings of love, peace and joy.  We honor you Heavenly Father, and today, we have come to lift you up in PRAISE and WORSHIP, to give you the glory for saving us from our sins and bringing salvation into the world. In Jesus Name, Amen!

OUR SONG OF PRAISE:  Our God is an Awesome God!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING

THE LIGHT HAS COME INTO THE WORLD (John 3:17-21 ESV)

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him, whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

LET US WORSHIP THE LORD IN OUR STUDY OF HIS HOLY WORD 

Pastor Davis teaches a very profound lesson today on the light that exposes all evil deeds.  Listen how the scriptures describes this light, it says, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not over come it.  (John 1:4-5 ESV)”

Now I say to you who claim to love the Lord, yet you are living in darkness and carrying out the evil deeds of the devil.  The life that we live today reflect the light that shines within us, which telegraphs to the world the condition of our spirit.  It will say that our spirit is either good or it is evil.  For those people who hate the light are those who want to sin in the darkness.  Evil deeds are revealed by the light, so people who want to do evil must do it in the dark so they cannot be exposed and caught in the act.

Light means understanding and moral insight, spiritual vision.  But more than just shinning or reflecting, the light of Jesus penetrates and enlightens our hearts and minds.  Everyone who comes into contact with Christ can be enlightened.  When Christ’s light shines, we see our sin and his glory, Therefore, we can refuse to see the light and remain in darkness.  But whoever responds will be enlightened by Christ.  He will fill our minds with God’s thoughts.  He will guide our path, give us God’s perspective, and drive out the darkness of sin.

Now as you read and listen to the truth, know that the timeless light has invaded our time, and we can see it in our darkness.  As the light shines, it drives away the darkness, for the unsaved world is blinded by the prince of this world.  Christ’s light shined to a hardened, darkened humanity and he continues to shine.  But the darkness can never extinguish it.  This statement indicates the struggle between the darkness and the light.  Unregenerate humanity under the influence of Satan, the prince of darkness, has not accepted the light and even resists the light.  Thus, “darkness” indicated ignorance and sin, active rejection of God’s will.  Those in darkness reject Christ, his light, and his followers.  But no matter how deep the darkness, even a small light can drive it back.  The power of Christ’s light overcomes any darkness in the world.

Therefore, brothers and sisters we encourage you to live in the light as the light that shines and reflects your true spirit that will help bring salvation to the world.  We leave you with our peace that you will become a disciple of Jesus and carry his message into darkness of this world.  I remain your brother in Jesus Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

LET US PRAY:  Eternal God our Heavenly Father, we thank you for the message and we thank you for the messenger.  We thank you for sending your light into the world in order that we may be brought into it from the darkness.  We pray that those who have heard the message and received the message will comprehend the brightness of the light and their light will shine in all places where evil spirits are larking, and those that are hiding in the dark might be exposed to the light, and be enlighten by the light, their minds will be filled with God’s thoughts and with God’s perspective, it will then drive out the darkness of sin.  In Jesus name we pray, AMEN!

LET US GET OUR PRAISE ON:  Lift Him up can’t stop praising His name, with Ron Kenoly

We thank you for joining us this day to lift up the Lord in Praise and Worship.  We came in to Worship, now let us go out and serve.  May God bless you abundantly in all you do.  In Jesus name, Amen!

 

GOD WANTS YOU TO BE AN ENCOURAGER

GOD WANTS YOU TO BE AN ENCOURAGER

BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“Be Encouraged troubles don’t last always” (Photo by Shirley Rhodes) There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.  “Katherine Butler Hathaway”

Good Morning everyone, this is a new day that God has shared with each one of us to live in His peace, love and joy.  All he asks of us is to LISTEN, PAY ATTENTION, WAKE UP and be OBEDIENT to His Holy Word.  Now listen and learn from what God has given to me to give to you.

THE MASTER GOD has given me a well taught TONGUE, so I know how to ENCOURAGE tired people. He wakes me up in the morning, opens my ears to listen as one ready to take orders. I don’t go back to sleep, didn’t pull the covers back over my head, I’ll follow orders. Therefore, I set my face like flint, confident I’ll never have any regrets.

Who out there fears God, actually listens to the voice of his servant?

For anyone out there who doesn’t know where you’re going, anyone groping in the dark, here’s what: Trust in God, lean on God! But if all you’re after is making trouble, playing with fire, go ahead and see where it gets you. Set your fires, stir people up, blow on the flames; but don’t expect me to just stand here and watch. I’ll hold your feet to the flames. (Isaiah 50 and 52)

FEAR NOT, EARTH! Be glad and celebrate! God has done great things. God has given you a teacher to train you how to live right—teachings like rain out of heaven, showers out of words to refresh and nourish your soul, just as he used to do.

GOD REASSURES, I’ll make up for the years the locust, and canker-worm, caterpillar and palmer-worm have destroyed. I’ll pour out my Spirit on every kind of people. And it shall come to pass that whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered.  (Joel 2:21-32)

SEEK GOD while he’s here to be found, pray to him while he’s close at hand. Let the wicked abandon their way of life and the evil ways of thinking. Let them come back to God who is merciful and lavished with forgiveness. (Isaiah 55:6-7)

“LOVING OBEDIENCE is the key to every blessing, God is worthy of total commitment.”

We pray that this lesson has been a blessing to your soul, and if it has why not become an encourager and share it with others.

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TRANSFORM YOUR THINKING AND BE GUIDED BY YOUR FAITH

TRANSFORM YOUR THINKING AND BE GUIDED BY YOUR FAITH

MYSTERIES OF HEAVEN (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

MYSTERIES OF HEAVEN (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

FAITH is the GOLD KEY that God has provided to us to unlock all the mysteries that are set before us in this life.  In Hebrew 11:1 the WORD OF GOD provides us with this description of faith.  It says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Therefore, when we come into the full knowledge of what Faith is, it forces us to see through our Spiritual Eyes, by removing our fog glasses, transform our energies into changing our present mind set and learning to walk by faith and not by sight.

In addition, it requires you to think more deeply on your relationship with GOD, your higher power. We tend to strive for things in the world that will complete or identify who we are instead of whose we are. We adapt to our surroundings allowing that to form our character into the very image of worldly ways or standards that is what’s expected, we’ve come to believe.

THE GOLD KEY that allows you to Channel Your Faith assumes a totally different path. Faith requires obedience which moves us from the position of being caught up, conforming to the world’s way. We are reminded of Jesus, his teachings and the pattern he’s given to follow; therefore, we cannot worship two God’s at once. Making the decision to step out in faith requires commitment and sacrifice. Scripture reminds us that faith is not what we see with our mortal eyes but it is a hope (a trust) planted deep in our spirits.

 

When you learn to use your GOLD KEY to channel your faith, you make the decision to follow God and in doing so don’t concern yourselves with material gains because there is more to life than what you eat and wear; more to who you are than clothing. Jesus described it this way: “Observe the birds how they are free, unfettered, and careless in the care of God; we are of far more value to God. Observe the wildflowers and all their beauty, they never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and designs quiet like it? Even those who are best dressed look shabby in comparison.” Just think, If God give so much attention to wildflowers and birds, won’t he take care of you, take pride in you and do his best for you? (Matthew 6:25-33)

What you can do is pay attention to God, how he works, he has promised to take care of his own. So, don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. James 4:13 puts it this way, “We don’t know the first thing about tomorrow, we are nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’ll still alive, we’ll do this or that.”

So you ask, what is the process for using your GOLD KEY to unlock the door to Your Faith? Place everything about you before the Master Jesus, embrace him and his message, become interconnected within the pattern; be willing to change the way you think, don’t become so well adjusted to the world that surrounds you that you’re not able to recognize what it is God wants from you and wants to do through you; embrace the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. For once in your life dare to be different, allow God’s love to flow through you, from your center, focus on the eternal purpose and move in faith. Allow faith to be your road map, guide, friend and companion and in that, Christ will do within you a mighty work. We are all created and chosen for a purpose.

There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Every part of Scripture is God breathed and useful one way or another–showing us the truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Learning how to use your GOLD KEY will allow Your Faith to mold and shape you for the tasks God has especially for you to share with others, his way.

Click on the video clip below and allow Pastor Davis to conclude our discussion from the Book of Romans 12:2.

Thank you for taking the time to read and study with us today.  We encourage you to visit our home page as well as our youtube teaching channel. Just click on one of the links below:

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