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A BETRAYER AT THE DINNER TABLE

A BETRAYER AT THE DINNER TABLE (MARK 14:17-20 AMP)

THE PLACE OF THE LAST SUPPER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE PLACE OF THE LAST SUPPER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

My brothers and sisters, this week allows us to go deep within ourselves and reflect upon that awesome moment in history that Jesus took upon His shoulders the agony of being beaten, humiliated in every way possible, suffering while being nailed and hanged upon a cross for all of our sins in order that we may have the opportunity to enjoy eternal life that God the father promised and sent His Son Jesus to die for.

Now use your imagination and image yourselves sitting down at the dinner table with family and friends and eating a well prepared meal as you discuss the family problems and current events which are suppose to be a very enjoyable moment.  Then image yourself not having the benefit of spiritual insight to know that one of your family members have been plotting behind your back to kill the head of your family, what would be your immediate reaction?  In the case of Jesus and His twelve disciples this is exactly what happen.

On that evening (Wednesday or Thursday), Jesus arrived in Jerusalem with the twelve disciples.  The meal was not to be eaten until after sunset and was supposed to be finished by midnight.

However, as Jesus and His Disciples were eating, Jesus spoke the stunning words, that quickly got the attention of everyone sitting around the dinner table that evening.  Jesus said, “One of you will betray me.”  The betrayer was one of his own chosen twelve disciples, a member of his own family, one with whom the meal was being shared.  Jesus words caused quite a stir among the disciples.  They had heard Jesus tell them three different times that he would soon die, but that one of them would actually betray Jesus saddened them greatly.

Although the other disciples were confused by Jesus words, Judas knew what he meant.  Apparently, Judas was not the obvious betrayer.  After all, he was the one the disciples trusted to keep the money.  Therefore, the disciples asked Jesus who the betrayer was; “I’m not the one, am I?” each one asked in turn.  Matthew records that even Judas asked the same question (Matthew 26:25).  Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray him, and he also knew that Judas would not repent.

In our studies we find that Luke wrote this about Satan, he said Satan entered into Judas Iscariot before he went to the religious leaders.  However, Satan’s part in the betrayal of Jesus does not remove any of the responsibility from Judas.  In God’s sovereign will and according  to his timetable, he uses sinful men.  But that doesn’t excuse their sin.  All people will be held accountable for their choices and actions.  Whatever Judas thought, Satan assumed that Jesus death would end Jesus mission and thwart God’s plan.  Like Judas, Satan did not know that Jesus death and resurrection were the most important parts of God’s plan all along.

All I can say in conclusion, is that this had to be one hellish feeling in the gut of each family member sitting around the dinner table that night knowing that one of them would betray the head of their family in such an evil way.

THE CROSS WAS THE WAY BACK TO THE KINGDOM

THE CROSS WAS THE WAY BACK TO THE KINGDOM (MARK 15:25-27)

The King of the Jews Crucifixion (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

And it was the third hour (about nine o’clock in the morning) when they crucified Him.  And the inscription of the accusation against Him was written above,

The King of the Jews.

And with Him they crucified two robbers, one on [His] right hand and one on His left.  And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, He was counted among the transgressors.

Jesus was placed on the cross at nine o’clock in the morning.  A signboard stating as a warning.  Because Jesus was never found guilty, the only accusation placed on his sign was the “crime” of calling himself King of the Jews.  This sign was meant to be ironic.  A king, stripped and executed in public view, had obviously lost his kingdom forever.  But Jesus, who turns the world’s wisdom upside down, was just coming into his kingdom.  His death and resurrection would strike the deathblow to Satan’s rule and would establish Christ’s eternal authority over the earth.  Few people reading the sign that bleak day understood its real meaning but the sign was absolutely true.  Jesus is king of the Jews, and the Gentiles, and the whole universe.

When James and John had asked Jesus for the places of honor next to him in his kingdom, Jesus had told them that they did not know what they were asking (Mark 10:35-39).  Here, as Jesus was preparing to inaugurate his kingdom through his death, the places on his right and on his left were taken by two criminals.

A person who wants to be close to Jesus must be prepared to suffer and die as he himself was doing.  The way to the kingdom is the way of the cross.  If we want the glory of the kingdom, we must be willing to be united with the crucified Christ.

CHALLENGE YOUR SELF THIS DAY TO BE JOYFUL

CHALLENGE YOUR SELF THIS DAY TO BE JOYFUL

For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers, and as a garden cascades with blossoms, So the Master, GOD, brings righteousness into full bloom and puts praise on display before the nations.” Isaiah 61:11 MSG (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers, and as a garden cascades with blossoms, So the Master, GOD, brings righteousness into full bloom and puts praise on display before the nations.” Isaiah 61:11 MSG (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted. Isaiah 49:13

My question to you this day in offering up this challenge is very simple:  Is there anything too hard for God?  And if you said NO, my Challenge for you is:  “CHALLENGE YOURSELF THIS DAY TO BE JOYFUL.”  Now here is what you must do, “Take the very worst situation that you may face this day and look old Satan in the face, and say, “despite your efforts to turn me around, knock me down to the ground, still my peace and happiness, I will not succumb to your evil ways, I will face you down and rejoice in the joy that my God is providing me with.

Those of us who have learned to trust in God ought to exhibit a dramatically different, positive response to the difficult events of life.  Our attitude is to be one of genuine rejoicing.  This is not joyful anticipation for trials; instead, it is joy during trials.  The joy is based on confidence in the outcome of the trial.  It is the starting realization that trials represent the possibility of growth.

Rejoice and be Happy; BELIEVERS, it’s time to stop pretending to be happy.  It is time to put on your shouting shoes, get up out of your comfortable seats and rejoice in the goodness of the Lord.  Rejoicing goes beyond happiness.  Happiness centers on earthly circumstances and how well things are going here.  Joy centers on God and His presents in our experience.  Now listen careful to this very important message from Isaiah.  He says, “I will sing for joy in God, explode in praise from deep in my soul! He dressed me up in a suit of salvation; he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo and a bride a jeweled tiara. For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers, and as a garden cascades with blossoms, So the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom and puts praise on display before the nations.” Isaiah 61:10-11 MSG

NOW REJOICE and  CHALLENGE YOUR SELF THIS DAY TO BE JOYFUL!

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BEAT THE DEVIL AT HIS OWN GAME

BEAT THE DEVIL AT HIS OWN GAME

THE EARLY MORNING SUNRISE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE EARLY MORNING SUNRISE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHILDREN OF GOD, I declare to you that it is time for you to begin to fight the good fight and win.  You have been summed to come forward and BEAT THE DEVIL AT HIS OWN GAME, if you would stop being a couch potato, learn to walk by the Spirit, step outside and rediscover the beauty that God has blessed you to be able to see and observe.  Begin by taking a daily walk 30 minutes to an hour daily.  You will soon discover your physical strength returning to you, your spiritual mind has taken control and now you are beginning to walk by the true spirit of God.  You see your body is an electrical and mechanically flesh and blood piece of machinery.  It responds to the signals given to it by the minds energy field.

Now let us look at just how we can obtain that goal:  You have heard the expression, he or she is just a couch potato.  There is no need for you to allow this to happen to you.  You can start by pushing the off button on that remote that lays beside you in the bed are on the couch.  You see the T.V. has become the devil’s greatest avenue of convincing you that he is in control of your life. He acts out your life for you; he carries on the conversation in your house for you.  He thinks for you.  Finally, when he has total control of your mind and body, he zaps your physical strength by keeping you in bondage as a couch potato where he can watch over you.  You never seen to have the strength are desire to do any type of physical exercise.

THE TOWER OF STRENGTH POWER BEAUTY AND SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE TOWER OF STRENGTH POWER BEAUTY AND SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Your batteries need to be recharged regularly in order for you to function at your maximum capacity, and one of the ways to recharge those batteries is a daily walk.  Do not just stroll down the walkway in a hurry to return for more of the devil’s old games.  Make your walk meaningful by looking around, relaxing and becoming one with God, the universe is there waiting for you to re-discover.

God’s ideal for the believer is that we live our lives in the realm of the Holy SpiritWalking in the Spirit, the exercise we should strive for refers to one’s lifestyle.  In other words, we are to live a lifestyles characterized by the Person and work of the Spirit of God.  To be led by the Spirit suggests that same Spirit directs our lifestyle.  It means we allow Him to point the way, to navigate us through the turns and intersections of life.

SANCTUARY OF PRAYER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

SANCTUARY OF PRAYER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

When you are truly walking by the Spirit, in line with the Spirit, maintaining your cover and alignment, you cannot be seen; only He can be seen.  When people look at you, they see Him.  When you speak, He speaks.  Walking in the Spirit is not so much you becoming an extension of God the Holy Spirit, but the Spirit of God living in you, living through you, touching lives through you, and blessing others through you.

Walking by the Spirit means you stay in line with God.  It means you do not break the line.  It means you do not get out of line.  You do not move until it is your turn.   It means you live your life following the lead of the Holy Spirit.

Some of you are losing battles you should be winning because you are not in shape.  It is not just that Satan and his pimps are on your trail.  Some demons cannot be cancelled out.  They have to be cast out.  Jesus said some demons come out only by fasting and prayer.  Fasting and
prayer are essential exercises.  Some of you are holy but ungodly.  You come to church every Sunday, but you are not in shape.  You cannot work out once a week and expect to see results.  Walking through the gym once a week does not get you in shape.  God has called you to be a godly woman or a godly man.  He wants your relationship with Him to be manifested in your conduct and actions.  Godliness is not measured by your behavior in church or the way you conduct yourself in the spotlight.  God wants you to leave your church seat, walk out of the door back out into the world, and do what He has called you to do, the way He has called you to do it.

SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

It is time to get in shape.  Sign up for a heavenly gym membership.  There is open enrollment.  And what a deal!  Jesus paid the price in full at Calvary.  But don’t be satisfied with just signing
up.  Go on and work out.  Stick with the program.  You will soon see the results you have been
looking for.  Remember, winners never quit and quitters never win.  Now is the time to get up off that couch, stop being called a couch potato and begin to fight to win.  Learn to walk by the
Spirit and be counted among the stars.

But I say walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God). (Galatians 5:16 AMP)

BEAT THE DEVIL AT HIS OWN GAME, and begin to live in the newness of this life been renewed by the Holy Spirit as He lifts you to heights unknown and unthinkable by you in this space and time.  “DO IT NOW!”

 

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FOLLOWING GOD’S PLAN SECURES OUR FREEDOM

FOLLOWING GOD’S PLAN SECURES OUR FREEDOM:

"IT'S WISE TO PONDER THE COURSE, " PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“IT’S WISE TO PONDER THE COURSE, ” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

FOLLOWING GOD’S PLAN SECURES OUR FREEDOM, our journey into the world comes with all sorts of human weakness but it is not the plan of God that any should be lost. In his word we are able to develop strength and courage to weather the storms of life if we are willing to accept him as our savior and walk in faith. We are not promised that the journey will be easy but we are encouraged by the words Jesus spoke when he said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 29-30: NKJV)

FOLLOWING GOD’S PLAN SECURES OUR FREEDOM; therefore, we must “lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

FOLLOWING GOD’S PLAN SECURES OUR FREEDOM; as we journey we must remember that we are not beyond the desire of Satan’s attempt to cause us to detour from the course set before us. We must prepare for the battle of our very souls; therefore, we must gird ourselves in the “whole armor.” Scripture reminds us, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (the ruler of darkness). (Ephesians 6:11), your armor consist of truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, the Word of God and prayer. Clothed in this armor you will be able to repel the forces of evil.

We must learn to put our trust in God, rely on his Word as our compass among chaos and instability in the world; FOLLOWING GOD’S PLAN SECURES OUR FREEDON, because he lifts us to a level far beyond the elements of this world.  

BE ENCOURAGED IN THE STRENGTH AND POWER OF GOD

BE ENCOURAGED IN THE STRENGTH AND POWER OF GOD

SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Today CHRISTIANS from all around the world are being targeted and murdered.  This is a shameful act by a few cowards who seem to have no understanding are appreciation for human life.  Their moral values rest and abide in the gutter of mud.  The devil has so captivated them, wrap them up in the garment of evil, that they no longer can see the good and mercies of God, but can only see and believe in the evil and destructive ways of Satan.  This is truly a very sad commentary for some of the Children of God who have allowed Satan to still their joy and turn them into evil doers.

But make no mistake, God will have the last word, His divine power is at work right now, bringing order out of chaos.   We want CHRISTIANS everywhere to know that we here at Vine and Branch World Ministries, with our army of Disciples alone with all the people of this Nation and the Nations of the World, are standing shoulder to shoulder with you, to fight against evil where ever it may exist.  Therefore, we say to you, “BE ENCOURAGED IN THE STRENGTH AND POWER OF GOD,” “For God did not give you a spirit of fear, but he gave you a spirit of power, and a Spirit of love, and a Spirit of Self-Control(2 Timothy 6:7)

Therefore, God wants you as well as all of us as a Universal Nation, to rise up, do not be overcome by fears of the devil, but embrace each other with love, and ENCOURAGE each other in the LORD, and this is how He challenges us to do it, He says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Evil cannot stand when God’s people are strong. For the Lord assures us that in our weakness, His strength is made strong.  The evil workers of the devil can target, bomb, shoot and kill incent people, but God will have the last word.

Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Godpraying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.

To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:10-20 ESP).

Now to all of God’s people, this is the WORD of our Lord, as He has spoken it plainly to you.  We have ministered it to you from a position of PEACE, PURPOSE, POWER and PROSPERITY, and finally, we say to you, “BE ENCOURAGED IN THE STRENGTH AND POWER OF GOD!”  I remain your brother in CHRIST JESUS, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

 

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CHALLENGE YOUR SELF THIS DAY TO BE JOYFUL

CHALLENGE YOUR SELF THIS DAY TO BE JOYFUL

For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers, and as a garden cascades with blossoms, So the Master, GOD, brings righteousness into full bloom and puts praise on display before the nations.” Isaiah 61:11 MSG (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers, and as a garden cascades with blossoms, So the Master, GOD, brings righteousness into full bloom and puts praise on display before the nations.” Isaiah 61:11 MSG (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted. Isaiah 49:13

My question to you this day in offering up this challenge is very simple:  Is there anything too hard for God?  And if you said NO, my Challenge for you is:  “CHALLENGE YOURSELF THIS DAY TO BE JOYFUL.”  Now here is what you must do, “Take the very worst situation that you may face this day and look old Satan in the face, and say, “despite your efforts to turn me around, knock me down to the ground, still my peace and happiness, I will not succumb to your evil ways, I will face you down and rejoice in the joy that my God is providing me with.

Those of us who have learned to trust in God ought to exhibit a dramatically different, positive response to the difficult events of life.  Our attitude is to be one of genuine rejoicing.  This is not joyful anticipation for trials; instead, it is joy during trials.  The joy is based on confidence in the outcome of the trial.  It is the starting realization that trials represent the possibility of growth.

Rejoice and be Happy; BELIEVERS, it’s time to stop pretending to be happy.  It is time to put on your shouting shoes, get up out of your comfortable seats and rejoice in the goodness of the Lord.  Rejoicing goes beyond happiness.  Happiness centers on earthly circumstances and how well things are going here.  Joy centers on God and His presents in our experience.  Now listen careful to this very important message from Isaiah.  He says, “I will sing for joy in God, explode in praise from deep in my soul! He dressed me up in a suit of salvation; he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo and a bride a jeweled tiara. For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers, and as a garden cascades with blossoms, So the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom and puts praise on display before the nations.” Isaiah 61:10-11 MSG

NOW REJOICE and  CHALLENGE YOUR SELF THIS DAY TO BE JOYFUL!

 

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!

 

FLYING HIGH ON THE WINGS OF ASPIRATION

FLYING HIGH ON THE WINGS OF ASPIRATION

Arise Shine and Praise God your Wings of Aspiration

Children of God know in your hearts, that this day is the very first day of the rest of your life. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not promised, Therefore, I encourage you, to take flight this day and the ball and chain that have been keeping you from receiving your blessings, remove them and lift off on the wings of Aspiration.  For this day, this moment is the only time that matters.  God is calling you, now listen for His voice and do not allow Satan’s voice to drown out your blessings.  God is still in control. Let your mind take flight today and begin to see the beauty of all that God has to offer.  God is waiting for you right now, to begin your flight, “and fly high on the wings of Aspiration!”

When your mind becomes Calm and you find Peace within yourself, you will begin to discover by taking flight on the wings of aspiration, you can rises from earth to heaven, from ignorance to knowledge, from the under darkness to the upper light.  Without it, you will simply remain a groveling animal, earthly, sensual, unenlightened, and uninspired. Aspiration is the longing for heavenly things, for righteousness, compassion, purity, love, as distinguished from desire, which is the longing for earthly things, for selfish possessions, personal dominance, low pleasures, and sensual gratifications.  For one to aspire, means that he or she is dissatisfied with their low estate, and is aiming at a higher condition.  It is a sure sign that you will be roused out of your lethargic sleep of animalist, and you have become conscious of nobler attainments and a fuller life. You are now flying high on the wings of aspirationNow think deeply on this, and begin to enjoy the very first day of your brand new life.  God gave it to you, now take advantage of your wings and fulfill your dreams.

May God’s blessings be with you for a joyous and prospers day.  Don’t forget our Sunday, Prayer, Praise and Worship Service beginning at 0700 in the morning.  In the meantime review our home page and video teaching:

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SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 25 CALLED TO BE FRUIT BEARERS

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 25 CALLED TO BE FRUIT BEARERS

VIRTUAL CHURCH IN THE CLOUDS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

VIRTUAL CHURCH IN THE CLOUDS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Good Morning Children of God, if it is Sunday, it is time to rise up, stand up, look around, lift your Holy Hands towards the Heavens, and say out loud, “Thank You Jesus, Thank You Jesus, you brought me through another difficult week, where I had to face many temptations, trials and tribulations.  I can truly say, I have come this far by faith, leaning and depending on you.  I know it was nothing but grace.  It was your grace that picked me up when I was falling down, stumbling all around, and could not find my way out of darkness.  Satan had come and stolen my joy, I had lost all hope of ever being able to turn my life around, but I kept hearing that voice saying, “You can make it, if you try.”  You can make it, I know you can!  I lifted my head up and looked all around, and said, “Thank you Jesus, I can do this!  This is a brand new day, and as far as me and my family is concern, we are going to serve you, praise you, and worship you Lord, praise you in every way, every day, with everything in my soul, I will praise you this day and for the rest of the days of my life. Because Praise is who I am, Praise is who we all are, we are your Children, and we have gather together to Praise and Worship you like no other time.  Thank you Jesus for allowing this Praise Service to begin…

OUR SONG OF PRAISE BY THE SOUTHEASTERN SINGERS PERFORMING PSALM 150

LET US PRAY:  Eternal God, our Heavenly Father; we enter into your presents on another Sunday Morning with a song of praise in our hearts and prayer on our lips.  We humble ourselves before you today just to say thank you.  For our souls are blessed this day for so many wonderful reason, and we are eternally grateful for the opportunity to be able to express our heartfelt love for our brothers and sisters all over the world, many of them who do not yet know you.  But Father we are reaching out this day to those that are in need of a blessing, that our prayers for them will open doors that will allow them to walk in and rest comfortably in your tender,  loving arms of mercy.  In Jesus name, we pray, AMEN!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING:  John 15:16

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

Pastor Davis delivers today’s Bible Study Lesson via video; the lesson is title:  “CALLED TO BE FRUIT BEARERS.”  Please click on this video and let today’s Bible Study begin.

LET US PRAY:  Heavenly Father, we thank you for the blessings you have bestowed upon this ministry and all who have taken the time to partake in it.  Use all of us this day Heavenly Father for your glory that each of us may become successful fruit bearers, bearing fruit that will last through all eternity.  In Jesus name, we pray, Amen!

CLOSING SONG OF PRAISE BY THE BROOKLYN TABERNACLE CHOIR TOTAL PRAISE

Thank each one of you for joining us in another great Sunday of Praise-Prayer and Worship Service.  We love you and appreciate each one of you for visiting with us and sharing our messages here with others. Remember, you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, and as such you have been called to be a fruit bearer.  Now study the word and become a life long learner.  Know the truth and the truth will set you FREE.  We have ministered the WORD of God to you today from a position of Peace, Power, Purpose and Prosperity.  I remain your brother in Christ Jesus, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

THE WORLD OF GOD IS RICH

THE WORLD OF GOD IS RICH

The Heavens in our Minds

WRITTEN BY SISTER SHIRLEY RHODES

The world of God is rich, wonderful and filled with promise. When we open our minds and hearts to allow His Spirit to fill us with radiant light, the outward expression will cause others to wonder about this awesome show of love our Heavenly Father so graciously bestows within his children; we are children of the King.

What we need to do is renew our way of thinking, our minds, and our thoughts every day.  Someone may ask the question, “How am I supposed to do that?” The answer is, by entering into the presence of God, the Holy Spirit, to allow your needs to be ministered too. Study the Word of God, consider Jesus as your teacher, soon you will be able to take on and understand how he taught; we become learners. His word becomes our thoughts which are powerful enough to lift us above any circumstance or problem.

The World of God is rich in mercy and grace it allows us to focus our minds and hearts on what is provided and where we are destined to go. We are to stay focused on the prize and run this race with patience. God equips us with whatever we need to fight the raging battle that Satan attempts to use in order to derail us from reaching our assigned destiny, eternal life. Learning of what God’s world is like as we study and meditate, let’s not grow weary in well doing, knowing that grace and mercy will carry us when the load seems heavy or unbearable.

The World of God is Rich in love and by taking time to embrace all that surrounds us it is evident. Jesus fervently stressed the importance of love for each other. When we learn the art of unconditional love, we are able to see the world and people it consists of as ourselves, designed for purpose. As we journey through life God watches over us, he never leaves us hopeless. What he has prepared and shaped is always there; we must humble ourselves and in obedience ask and wait for the promise.

When we are able to allow God to do his work within us, we are able to rest, assured that whatever he has promised will come to past. Embrace him, share your dreams and thoughts with him, because he is the source of all our strength and joy, he is our King.

HAVE YOU TRAINED FOR THE SPIRITUAL RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE YOU?

HAVE YOU TRAINED FOR THE SPIRITUAL RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE YOU?

PASTOR DAVIS IN TRAINING FOR THE SPIRITUAL RACE

PASTOR DAVIS IN TRAINING FOR THE SPIRITUAL RACE

It is no accident that Paul used an athletic metaphor to describe the pursuit of godliness.  Paul knows there was the potential for victory or loss, so to assure our victory in this spiritual contest, he warned us to exercise.  In 1Timothy 4:7 he used the verb train, which is the Greek word gumnazo, which is where we get our word gymnasium.  The word speaks of not just training, but of “the focused discipline behind the training.”  Discipline demands commitment and consistency.  You will never become godly by accident-an attitude of discipline must precede the pursuit of godliness.

The attitude of one, who would be godly, is first and foremost, one of focus.  Satan has any number of distractions waiting in the wings to keep us off the track toward godliness.  Some of them are even good things–but not better than becoming like God.  The way to keep our focus is to, as the book of Hebrews encouraged us, “fix our eyes on Jesus” (12:2NIV).

Put simply having a goal and focus is not enough.  Physical exercise requires sustained, rigorous effort.  It is not easy.  Spiritual exercise is no different.  Displaying the character of Christ is work.  It is the result of making a conscious decision to live your life based on who you are in Christ.  Godliness is an act of volition.  You must choose to walk, live, and act godly demands personal responsibility and commitment, which grow out of knowing who God is and knowing how committed He is to you.  Once you understand that, then Paul said exercise.

But be aware that exercise is never done in the actual competition.  It only prepares you for the competition.  Once the contest starts, it’s too late to get into shape.  When the bell rings or the first gun goes off, it’s too late to try and get in fifty crunches or a set of leg lifts.  After the coin is tossed and positions are taken, this is not the time for skipping rope or jumping jacks.  You have to be in shape before the game starts to have a chance at winning.

Spiritual exercise begins with Bible study, prayer, meditation, and fasting.  It continues when we practice instant obedience to God’s will.  We expand that exercise by allowing God to reign in our lives.  Spiritual exercise is to be woven into the very fabric and foundation of our lives.  That requires commitment, discipline, perseverance, and long suffering.  We only grow to be the people God wants us to be when we allow our exercise to secure our foundations and stretch our abilities.

FATHERS HOLD THE KEY TO THE NEXT GENERATION

FATHERS HOLD THE KEY TO THE NEXT GENERATION

A TEACHABLE MOMENT FOR PASTOR DAVIS WITH TWO OF HIS GRAND CHILDREN

A TEACHABLE MOMENT FOR PASTOR DAVIS WITH TWO OF HIS GRAND CHILDREN

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Who share in the responsibility of nurturing and grooming the next generation in roles of leadership even in the home? FATHERS HOLD THE KEY TO THE NEXT GENERATION:

A Father is placed in the position as “The Head” and not the tail, which means that is the position God designated him to be, from the very beginning of creation. Adam is known as the first created father, molded and designed by God with his own similarities. God took time to create something special to share in every-thing he had made in the physical environment, establishing a relationship in which to shower his love and care upon. Even though throughout a period of time that bond was broken by temptations from Satan, his love for his creation remains.

Consider fathers of every creed, color and national origin, they all are fathers designed for a purpose.  Along the way God gave the charge to produce and replenish, that included children. The great responsibilities of fathers are to be someone children can identify with and learn from.

Godly fathers are placed in position to serve as leaders, role models and providers which begins in the home.  Fathers hold within themselves the ability to propel children to reach goals others might not see or understand. There will always be the connection and responsibility of Godly fathers to instill in all children faith and hope in them-selves, simply because they tend to see value in them the way Jesus did.

Fathers are extended branches of how God has designed the family and connecting their role as providers and nurtures.  Today too many excuses are given as to how our youth have wandered from the original plan of God and questioning why they seem so out of touch with the true meaning for their lives. Somewhere along the line principles of wisdoms’ teaching have not been equally dispersed to our young men and women.

Fathers as examples should share their own life experiences as role models to encourage those struggling to find acceptance and or their place in society. Extended families are becoming a thing of the past; therefore, men (fathers) are expected to take up the torch of leadership and guide young men toward the heights God has prepared just for them. The prophecy of Isaiah reminds us this way; even the youths shall faint and be weary, the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait on the Lord shall be refreshed, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:30-31).

This is a challenge to all Fathers; help our youth to gain wisdom and knowledge that will steer them on the right course. Fathers as leaders and role models hold the key to lifting young men to position and power when allowing God to take the lead. The future will come, what will our leaders really be like if they are not taught responsibility, respect, leadership and character as well as the value of family?

 

BE ENCOURAGED DRAW FROM THE WELL OF RIGHTEOUS

BE ENCOURAGED DRAW FROM THE WELL OF RIGHTEOUS

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Come and partake of something greater than self, take a moment, Draw from the Well of Righteous.

REFLECTIONS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

REFLECTIONS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart; a wise person draws from the well within (Proverbs: 20:5). Even if we should find ourselves wandering away from the path we’re on, God never release us because we belong to him. It is when we tend to live life on our term that we encounter many obstacles; when we strive to gain comfort and safety apart from God, we find ourselves getting further and further away from the source, the very nature of who we truly are.

Jesus offers us the plan of salvation and invites us to come and Draw from the Well of Righteous. He says, “Come to me, all you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, you will find rest for your souls. My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). So, when we find that life throws difficult moments into our space, reflect on these words, “Come to the throne of grace where all needs are met.”

Take a moment to reflect on the biblical presentation of the lady at the well. Many analogies have been discussed as to why she was at the well at a specific time and her lifestyle. Maybe this woman never took time to learn about Jesus or had even heard of him simply because she chose to live life on her own terms. She must have been a lady with an open mind because she listened to Jesus reveal details of her life, the time and moment was right for her to draw from the Well of Righteous, she was in the right place at the right time. She could have been someone who needed to hear a kind word, those very words Jesus spoke to her, opened her understanding to the one who was always there.

Another example is Rehab, described as a “harlot” who was frequented by strangers and probably judged by society. God placed her in a position that would leave a lasting impression in history of scripture. Apparently Rehab had heard of the awesome power of God and pondered it deep in her heart. She offered refuge to God’s chosen, so she too must have been a person with an open mind. By her actions of kindness to Joshua and his companions she was able to secure peace and safety for her entire family and relatives simply because she moved in obedience, she was able to draw from the well of righteous.

Today we journey through life not knowing who or what we may encounter along the way. One thing is sure,  if we approach life with an open mind and be obedient, we too will reap the benefits of being able to draw from the well of righteous, freely given to those who decide to seek.

As you begin this week’s journey traveling the road with many curves and detours, with Satan snapping at your heels as he lays obstacles in your pathway, “BE ENCOURAGED,” by the voice of Jesus, when He says’ that He will never leave you nor forsake you; understand the teaching Jesus is teaching as you walk daily with Him, “DRAW YOUR STRENGTH FROM THE WELL OF RIGHTEOUS!”

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 21 (THE GREAT COMMISSION)

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 21 (THE GREAT COMMISSION)

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THE HOLY TEMPLE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE HOLY TEMPLE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Good Morning Children of God, if it is Sunday it is time for you to get up, stand up, look up, thank God, and then Break out in Praises to God.  Grab your Sunday go meeting garments, slip on your shouting shoes and let’s get ready to break out in Praise, Prayer and Worship for the one who has done so much for us this week.  Through many trials and tribulations, He brought us through it all.  No weapon that was formed against us was able to prosper within us, because the one, who can see all things, be all things and do all things but fail, had our backs.  Now can you say thank you Lord.  I made it over the rough side of the mountain this week; therefore I know I can make it through the next and the next.  I am walking with my head hung high, I got a smile on my face and a strut in my walk, and faith in my heart with prayer as my weapon, now move over Satan, I got a brand new attitude and nothing are no one is going to stop me now.

LET US PRAY: Most Holy God our Heavenly Father, I pause my worldly thoughts this morning that I may thank you for bringing me through the many obstacles that came into my pathway this week.  Right now Heavenly Father I’m thanking you for allowing me to put on this Holy garment that shines brighter than any light known to man, and allow me to go places that I have never gone before and see and experience the newness of life like I have never done before.  Thank you for giving me this brand new attitude this day Heavenly Father.  Now I will walk with my head high to the sky and give you all the praise and glory for bringing me out of the darkness into your marvelous light.  In Jesus name, Amen!

OUR PRAISE MESSAGE IS: Anointing Fall on Me; Presented by Brother Ron Kenoly

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING IS:  Matthew 28:19-20

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

OUR MESSENGER FOR TODAY’S MESSAGE IS PASTOR DENNIS R. EVERETT SR.

This is truly an anointed Pastor and Teacher of the Gospel and we are truly blessed to feature him for this very important message today.  No one teaches it better than Pastor Everett.  Please do not take my word for it, I want you to click on this video and listen for yourself.  This message should inspire you into action.

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We hope this message today has been a blessing as well as an inspiration to your soul.  Now is the time to take action and do what God has called you into action to do.  We will be presenting this message in greater details in the coming months. We want all of you to experience the joy of this great Kingdom Building process.  Because you were created with Power and for this purpose, and now God has commanded each one of us to simply GO!

LET US PRAY:  Heavenly Father, we thank you for blessing each one of your children today that took the time to read and study your word.  Anoint each of them in such a way that they may eat from the bread of life and drink from the purified waters that they will never thirst are hunger again.  Allow the Holy Spirit to enter into their souls that they will be lifted up and filled with power to do all things that they may desire and no weapon formed against them shall prosper.  In Jesus name, Amen!

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IS YOUR LEADERSHIP VISION CONSISTENT WITH GOD PURPOSE?

IS YOUR LEADERSHIP VISION CONSISTENT WITH GOD PURPOSE?

Jesus a visionary Leader-In-The-Wilderness-Ivan-Kramskoy

Few things are more important to effective leadership than a VISIONGodly leaders foresee something out there, vague as it might appear from the distance that others do not see.  Godly leaders who are followers of Christ must first have a VISION of who God is and the future he holds for them.  They must also have a sense of what God has called them to do.  Once they understand it, then they must take hold of the leadership role that has been given to them and begin to fulfill the role with a godly vision.

What is the focus of your life?  Are you a person of passion for the things of God, or is that passion just a sporadic experience for you?  If you had to describe the compelling treasure as a visionary leader in your life, what would it look like?

It is crucial for a leader to know how to identify and cultivate a personal vision.  However, where does such a visions originate?  When you are in God’s will, understand God’s purpose for your life and are truly ready to follow God’s directions, he will create in you the vision for His will and His purpose for your life.  When the Prophet Habakkuk was attempting to understand God’s purpose, he question God and this is what God told him to do, God said, “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”  (Habakkuk 2:3-4 ESV)

In his book Visionary Leadership, Burt Nanus defines a VISION as “a realistic, credible, attractive future for your organization.  It is your articulation of a destination toward which your organization should aim, a future that is better, more successful, or more desirable for your organization than is the present.”  Nanus contends that the right vision “Is an idea so energizing that it in effect jump-starts the future by calling forth the skills, talents, and resources to make it happen.”

Over the course of his ministry, Jesus consistently cast an energizing vision of the coming kingdom of God.  He repeatedly described the character and conduct that would define
citizens of that kingdom.  The Lord’s vision was so compelling that the twelve disciples left everything to follow his lead.  Thousands of others also took their direction from him.

Yet, in spite of the Lord’s consistent message, the disciples had a hard time grasping the fact that ushering in the kingdom of God would require suffering.  When Jesus clearly explained his impending death, Peter rebuked him for making such an assertion.  He was probably shocked when the Lord abruptly turned the tables and said, “Get behind me, Satan!”  Peter’s problem was that he allowed his personal and self-centered agenda to box in God’s plan.  Ultimately, such self-serving visions are satanically inspired.

Leaders need to be sure their vision is consistent with God’s purpose.  Moreover, when cross currents threaten to sweep the vision into another channel, they must work to keep it heading in the right direction.  They cannot allow self-serving interests—their own or someone else’s—to distort their vision of the future and prevent God’s purposes from being fulfilled.  That is why we must continually ask the question, “IS YOUR LEADERSHIP VISION CONSISTENT WITH GOD PURPOSE?” 

OUR NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE BECOME SATINS BATTLEFIELD

OUR NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE BECOME SATINS BATTLEFIELD

DEEP INTO THE FOREST (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

DEEP INTO THE FOREST (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Have you ever stopped to observe what was around you?  For most of us we are so busy trying to earn a living to support our families and life style, it makes it very hard for us to see the forest because we are always looking straight ahead into the trees.  Nevertheless, if we ever took the time to observe what was around us, we would then realize that the battlefield is wherever we are.  It does not matter if we are at our homes, school, job, library, concert hall or church, the battlefield will always be where we are.  Satan is and will always be an enemy of God.  His job is to recruit, recruit and recruit, and believe me; he does his job very well.  Satan does not discriminate on the basics of race, creed, color or national origin.  He is out to destroy God’s kingdom, and that means anyone who is a believer of God is a target of Satan.

Therefore, when we understand our purpose and mission in life, we then know that the enemy we are fighting is a very smart, cunning and truly an elusive devil.  His territory is very large and continues to expand every day.  So finding the battlefield for us should not be very hard as long as we are committed to staying the course and following in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The battlefield for us will always be close by.  Our neighborhoods are filled with gangs, drugs, prostitution and all sorts of petty crimes.  In some major cities, people are prisons in their own homes.  They have still bars on their windows and doors.  Their homes are like a fort.  In order for them to enter in or come out, they have to struggle to unlock the bars they are locked behind.  Some people have even died in their homes from fires because they could not get out from behind the steel bars they had locked themselves behind.

Our schools from all over the country, which are located in almost every neighborhood in America, has become one of the most potent battlefields in America today.  Each day more than 250,000 kids carry some type of weapon into our schools to either defend themselves or threaten someone else with them in order to show how big and bad they themselves really are.  Kids are shooting and killing other kids because the evil that the old devil has been able to penetrate into our perimeter around the battlefield we have established for ourselves.  When we stop and consider for a moment that our children are our futures, we cannot but to conclude that the enemy has brought the fight to us.

This to me is unacceptable in the 21st century. We must not continue to allow evil to dedicate our destiny.  We have a King that roars like a might lion who is our protector.  He does not know or accept defeat.  We must believe that we as a chosen disciple of the one living God has been given the power to change the course of our destiny by changing the way we view the people that are committing the evil crimes within our communities.  We should never forget that evil survives because we choose to let it rule over us.  We must resist it on every hand, using the power that God gives us, and believe me, we do have the power to stand up and take the fight to the enemy.  God has given us that power if we choose to use it.  All we have to do is call on him.  He said that he would never leave us or forsake us.  He will always be right there with us even until the end of time.

Standing up to the enemy may not be the way you would view your mission in this world, but if you don’t, who will?  Sometimes we have to just say no to the enemy, and do what is unpopular at the time even if our life depends on it.  This world is not our home; we are just passing through on our way to our eternal home.  We must be prepared to face the enemy with all our strength and might.  Then and only then will the enemy have a sense of who we are.

The enemy will always feel that he is the biggest and baldest bully in town as long as we allow him to back us down.  There comes a time in our lives when we must say no backing away or running away from a situation that I can no longer tolerate.  This enemy is threaten my family, my community, my way of life, and if I don’t do something about it right now, I will no longer have a family or community to live in, because he is taken it all away.  It is up to me to end this right here and now.  It is time to take the battle to the enemy, no more turning my back and saying it’s not my problem.  I am the child of a King, and the King gave me power over the enemy.  I will take a stand and do my part.  I will do it NOW!  Together, we can bring a change into our Communities.

REMOVE THE BALLS AND CHAINS AND BE LIFTED UP ON WINGS OF ASPIRATION

REMOVE THE BALLS AND CHAINS AND BE LIFTED UP ON WINGS OF ASPIRATION

CHILDREN OF GOD know in your hearts, that this day is the very first day of the rest of your life. Yesterday

BALL AND CHAINS KEEP YOU IN BONDAGE...

BALL AND CHAINS KEEP YOU IN BONDAGE…

is gone and tomorrow is not promised, Therefore, I encourage you, to take flight this day and the ball and chain that have been keeping you from receiving your blessings, remove them and lift off on the wings of Aspiration.  For this day, this moment is the only time that matters.  God is calling you, now listen for His voice and do not allow SATAN’S voice to drown out your blessings.  God is still in control. Let your mind take flight today and begin to see the beauty of all that God has to offer.  God is waiting for you right now, to begin your flight, “and fly high on the wings of Aspiration!”

When your mind becomes Calm and you find Peace within yourself, you will begin to discover by taking flight on the wings of aspiration, you can rises from

THE TIME TO BE LIFTED UP ON THE WINGS OF ASPIRATION IS NOW...

THE TIME TO BE LIFTED UP ON THE WINGS OF ASPIRATION IS NOW…

earth to heaven, from ignorance to knowledge, from the under darkness to the upper light.

Without it, you will simply remain a groveling animal, earthly, sensual, unenlightened, and uninspired. Aspiration is the longing for heavenly things, for righteousness, compassion, purity, love, as distinguished from desire, which is the longing for earthly things, for selfish possessions, personal dominance, low pleasures, and sensual gratifications.

For one to aspire, means that he or she is dissatisfied with their low estate, and is aiming at a higher condition.  It is a sure sign that you will be roused out of your lethargic sleep of animalist, and you have become conscious of nobler attainments and a fuller life. You are now flying high on the wings of aspiration.  Now think deeply on this, and begin to enjoy the very first day of your brand new life.  God gave it to you, now take advantage of your brand new wings and fulfill your dreams.

Truly, you are the master of your destination, where it leads you is the exact place that has been running around in your thoughts.  Your Mind is the Master over all things.  Keep it Calm, Keep it Clear, and learn to live each day as a brand new day in Peace, no matter what the situation around you may be, lift up your eyes towards the Heavenly things and be lifted up on THE WINGS OF ASPIRATION.  The choice is yours, what are you going to do?

I have ministered this message to you this day from a Spirit filled Mind that God has spoken His Thoughts of Wisdom and Knowledge into, and said, “My Servant, be obedient to the truth of My Word and share it with both the Believers as well as Non Believers.  My Word is like a two edge sword, it cuts both to the right as well as to the left.”  May God’s grace and mercy be yours to enjoy this day.

A BETRAYER AT THE DINNER TABLE

A BETRAYER AT THE DINNER TABLE (MARK 14:17-20 AMP)

Sitting down at the dinner table with family and friends and eating a well prepared meal as you

A BETRAYER AT THE DINNER TABLE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

discuss the family problems and current events is suppose to be a very enjoyable moment.  But what happens when one of your family members has been plotting behind your back to kill the head of your family?  In the case of Jesus and His twelve disciples this is exactly what happen.

On that evening (Wednesday or Thursday), Jesus arrived in Jerusalem with the twelve disciples.  The meal was not to be eaten until after sunset and was supposed to be finished by midnight.

However, as Jesus and His Disciples were eating, Jesus spoke the stunning words, that quickly got the attention of everyone sitting around the dinner table that evening.  Jesus said, “One of you will betray me.”  The betrayer was one of his own chosen twelve disciples, a member of his own family, one with whom the meal was being shared.  Jesus words caused quite a stir among the disciples.  They had heard Jesus tell them three different times that he would soon die, but that one of them would actually betray Jesus saddened them greatly.

Although the other disciples were confused by Jesus words, Judas knew what he meant.  Apparently, Judas was not the obvious betrayer.  After all, he was the one the disciples trusted to keep the money.  Therefore, the disciples asked Jesus who the betrayer was; “I’m not the one, am I?” each one asked in turn.  Matthew records that even Judas asked the same question (Matthew 26:25).  Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray him, and he also knew that Judas would not repent.

In our studies we find that Luke wrote this about Satan, he said Satan entered into Judas Iscariot before he went to the religious leaders.  However, Satan’s part in the betrayal of Jesus does not remove any of the responsibility from Judas.  In God’s sovereign will and according  to his timetable, he uses sinful men.  But that doesn’t excuse their sin.  All people will be held accountable for their choices and actions.  Whatever Judas thought, Satan assumed that Jesus death would end Jesus mission and thwart God’s plan.  Like Judas, Satan did not know that Jesus death and resurrection were the most important parts of God’s plan all along.

All I can say in conclusion, is that this had to be one hellish feeling in the gut of each family member sitting around the dinner table that night knowing that one of them would betray the head of their family in such an evil way.

KING OF THE JEWS

THE KING OF THE JEWS

THE WAY TO THE KINGDOM IS THE WAY TO THE CROSS (MARK 15:25-27)

The King of the Jews Crucifixion (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

And it was the third hour (about nine o’clock in the morning) when they crucified Him.  And the inscription of the accusation against Him was written above,

The King of the Jews.

And with Him they crucified two robbers, one on [His] right hand and one on His left.  And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, He was counted among the transgressors.

Jesus was placed on the cross at nine o’clock in the morning.  A signboard stating as a warning.  Because Jesus was never found guilty, the only accusation placed on his sign was the “crime” of calling himself King of the Jews.  This sign was meant to be ironic.  A king, stripped and executed in public view, had obviously lost his kingdom forever.  But Jesus, who turns the world’s wisdom upside down, was just coming into his kingdom.  His death and resurrection would strike the deathblow to Satan’s rule and would establish Christ’s eternal authority over the earth.  Few people reading the sign that bleak day understood its real meaning but the sign was absolutely true.  Jesus is king of the Jews, and the Gentiles, and the whole universe.

When James and John had asked Jesus for the places of honor next to him in his kingdom, Jesus had told them that they did not know what they were asking (Mark 10:35-39).  Here, as Jesus was preparing to inaugurate his kingdom through his death, the places on his right and on his left were taken by two criminals.

A person who wants to be close to Jesus must be prepared to suffer and die as he himself was doing.  The way to the kingdom is the way of the cross.  If we want the glory of the kingdom, we must be willing to be united with the crucified Christ.

We bless this word to each one of you this morning.  Come and worship with us this coming Sunday Morning at 0700, for a very Special Palm Sunday Morning Prayer, Praise and Worship Service.  May your day be filled with Joy, Love and Peace.

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