Come, Now is the Time…

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Good morning, Beautiful Lights of God:

Family, I’m so excited for us today. Today is one more day that we have the chance to tabernacle and fellowship with God. Today, as we are filled with God’s Holy Spirit, we have the sweet opportunity to know God’s heart.

Several years ago, before life got crazy busy, there was a small group of us that use to gather at each others house and have intimate  times of fellowship, worship and edification in the Lord. Having that intimate time with God blessed my soul so much and I grew and matured, in the faith.  The worship that would come from those small house gatherings made me feel as though I was sitting in the very lap of God.

I believe the time of the small gatherings are beginning to return. They are filled with people that hunger and thirst for God. They are filled with people that want to continue to learn and grow, in an effort to be available for the work God has for them to do. It is so important to be ready when God calls is into action on His behalf.

I encourage you, if you have the opportunity, to either be a part of or create your own local group of believers who can edify and sharpen each other. Small groups of 10, 20, 30 or even 40 people do not replace the larger church body, they enhance it. Take every opportunity you can to learn, grow and then lead.

Hebrews 10:19-25 

New Living Translation (NLT)

A Call to Persevere

19 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. 20 By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. 21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, 22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Enjoy today’s small group worship video. May it help you to grow and be encouraged as you serve the Lord. 

I love you with the amazing and everlasting love of the Lord. Go in peace, while serving the Lord.

Rev. Marcia F. Davis

Global Love…

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Good morning, Family:

I greet you with the love and hope of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This morning’s devotional is a plea for unity, love and hope.

There are too many instances of hate, division and strife in our country and around the world. I pray that we as Christians would have the courage to stand up in the face of hate and denounce it as wrong.

One of the sayings my mother would say is, “You cant make wrong right.” In other words, if something is wrong, dont try to wrap it a fancy bow to make it seem pretty. Hate is wrong. Murder is wrong. Prejudice is wrong.

What does the bible say about love?

1 Corinthians 13

English Standard Version (ESV)

The Way of Love

13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

No matter what language you speak or where you are from, love translates in every language, creed, and tribe. Love is an Action word!!!

I love you with the amazing and everlasting love of the Lord.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Greatest Adventure….

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Good Friday Morning, Family:

It’s the the beginning of a brand new day. I’m thanking God for everyday and every opportunity I have had to love, learn and grow this week, by his grace and unending mercy.

Today’s worship video is a song I used to love playing. The words are so very true. The Christian walk and lifestyle is a Great Adventure. It’s full of ups and downs, as well as laughter and tears. It has drama and suspense, but all the while, it is the greatest Love story ever told. It is a walk that has taught me so much. More than anything, it has shown me how much God truly loves me.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 

English Standard Version (ESV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Go boldly today, knowing that God will lead you in the perfect way, as you seek his face for direction and guidance.

I love you with the amazing and everlasting love of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rev. Marcia F. Davis

Born Again…

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Good morning, Blessed Family:

I greet you, this morning, with the love, grace and redeeming mercy of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Earlier this week, my husband and I were discussing the topic of being born again and the reason for the outward act of baptism. It made me think of today’s scripture passage from John 3.

In Christ, there is a spiritual lifeline available to us all. Jesus will never force Himself into your heart. He offers the invitation to allow Him to come into your heart, but ultimately it is us that has to accept the invitation to let Him come into our heart.

Being Born Again…

Being born again is about walking in partnership, fellowship and relationships with God, because you have accepted His invitation to come into your heart.  Being born again is learning, through relationship, how to live your life for and with Jesus, by  putting to death the carnal, desire-driven self and making a choice to live in a committed relationship with God. Which was the whole purpose of why we were created in the first place.

Baptism…

After we have given our lives to Christ, the public declaration of our transformation is water baptism. You can be baptized at church, in a river, in a swimming poor or even with a bowl of water. Baptistism is the outward demonstration to others that you accepted Christ into your heart and you now want to make a public declaration that you have been born again. Baptism is the symbolic act of what your soul has already done.

Here is an example of the relationship of being born again and then being baptized. I am an ordained and licensed minister. I officiate at least one wedding every month. Giving your life to Christ is the same as when, at the end of the ceremony, after the bride and groom have spoken their vows to each other, exchanged rings and I then say, “I now pronounce you husband and wife.” The pronouncement of them accepting each other as husband and wife is akin to us accepting Jesus. However, when I say, “You may now kiss your bride,” the kiss, and the wedding rings, are the outward symbols of the commitment that was already made. Wearing a ring doesn’t make you married. The ring is a public declaration and demonstration of the decision you already made with your heart. It is a symbol to says to yourself and others that you are in a Covenant relationship with someone.

John 3:1-8

English Standard Version (ESV)

You Must Be Born Again

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again. The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

We were not created to walk this journey alone. Call out to God, even as your soul cries with the question, “What must I do to be saved?”

Jesus is calling out and asking, “Will you marry Me? Will you be in Covenant relationship with me?”

Rev. Marcia F. Davis 

 

Inhaling God…

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Good morning, Family:

I pray that you woke up this morning with a spirit of gratefulness and gratitude to God. Yes, life can sometimes hand us things that we didn’t expect, but each day is one more day that we get to brag on God for bringing us through.

Transparency Alert: I can remember a time in my life, about 12 years ago, when I truly could not see a way out of the mess I was in. I was sitting in my living floor just crying. I was feeling overwhelmed and scared. I was tired of eating rice and beans or going to bed hungry. I was too ashamed to ask my family for anymore help. I couldn’t pay my bills and I didn’t know where to turn.

In that moment, I distinctly remember the Holy Spirit touching my heart. With tears still rolling down my face, I opened my mouth and said, “Father, I thank you for allowing me to go through this. Thank you for loving me and for walking with me. Thank you, God, for this season. I know that it will make me better and bring me closer to you. May you receive all the glory for what is about to happen.”

Family, I cant explain it, but my spirit knew to speak those words outloud into the atmosphere. My spirit knew that I had to bless the Lord at all times. After that evening, I was able to get up off of the floor with a peace that went down to the very core of my being.

What happened was, throughout my life, I never really truly put 100% of my trust in God. Every time I got in a jam or difficult place, I would panic and run to my family for help. God, in his infinite wisdom, knew that I needed to become spiritually, emotionally and physically mature. So what did God do? He closed every door that I would normally turn to for help. He gave me no choice but to face my fears and reply solely on Him. I’m so glad that He did. My faith in God is one of my strongest features now.

I’ve learned to trust and rely on God. When facing trials, people ask me now why I’m so calm. I respond, with a smile, “because God has it under control. He will lead us in the way to go.”

That season of my life is when the 23rd Psalm came alive to me. I let go of fear and worry. Whenever the fear tries to creep back in, I go back to the Word of God and also reflect on all the other times God has brought me through.

Remember this, saints, everything we go through is for our growth or God’s glory. 

Today, as you start your day, read Psalm 23 and then quietly listen to the words of today’s worship video from Anthony Evans entitled, Back to Life.

Psalm 23 

New Life Version (NLV)

The Lord—Our Shepherd

23 The Lord is my Shepherd. I will have everything I need. He lets me rest in fields of green grass. He leads me beside the quiet waters. He makes me strong again. He leads me in the way of living right with Himself which brings honor to His name. Yes, even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not be afraid of anything, because You are with me. You have a walking stick with which to guide and one with which to help. These comfort me. You are making a table of food ready for me in front of those who hate me. You have poured oil on my head. I have everything I need. For sure, You will give me goodness and loving-kindness all the days of my life. Then I will live with You in Your house forever.

I love you all with the everlasting and unending love of Christ Jesus, our Wayshower, Waymaker, and Chief Intercessor and Lord.

Rev. Marcia F. Davis

I Stand in Awe…

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Good morning, Family:

Happy Friday. Happy I Woke Up.  Happy I’ve Got Jesus!!!! Woooo hoooo!!!!

In case you cant tell, I’m very, very happy to be here this morning. I have to admit and confess something to you. This week, I got a little anxious because of some things I’m trying to figure out how to handle. I’m crunching numbers and calculating figures and I’m still coming up short.

The whole time I’m panicking and pacing, I can hear the Holy Spirit saying, “Dont worry, I’ve got this handled. Trust me and follow my lead.” It took me a couple of days to actually stop and listen. Once I quieted my mind, I was able to receive the peace that God was trying to give me. There was a storm raging in my mind. It took the Holy Spirit jolting my mind and saying, “Peace, be still, Marcia.”

Y’all the scripture passage for today blew my mind. I have read this passage so many times before, throughout my lifetime.  I immediately went to this scripture passage and was so very thankful for the word. Then the Spirit said, “Look deeper at the passage.” Y’all, today is the very first day I received revelation on verse 35 of the passage below.

“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let US cross over to the other side.”

Jesus had already told the disciples what he was going to do. He was going to cross over to the other side. The plan was set. The decision was made. All the disciples had to do was sit back and be at peace because God had a plan, a purpose, a position and the Power to make it happen.

Am I the only one this has happened to? Has Jesus had to say to you, “Snap out of it. I’ve got it.” This morning there is a peace in my mind, body, heart and soul. No, my circumstances have not changed, but my perspective did. So, this morning, I’m happy and full of joy, because I know that God has it under control.

I am completely in Awe of God. I’m blown away daily at how much He loves us.

Read the scripture passage below, as you listen to today’s worship video by Ted Winn featuring Balance.

Mark 4:35-41

New King James Version (NKJV)

Wind and Wave Obey Jesus

35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side. 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be still! And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

I love you with the amazing and everlasting love of the Lord. Go in PEACE, while serving the Lord.

Rev. Marcia Davis

I’m Blessed…

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Good morning, Family:

Happy Tuesday. I’m full of joy this morning. Yes, I am experiencing life, just like you. Yes, I have bills to pay. Yes, I have to drive in Atlanta traffic. Do you know what else? I’M BLESSED!!!

I’m blessed because I know that God has it under control. I’m blessed because I know God has a plan and a purpose for my life. I’m blessed because not only do I have what I need, but God has blessed me with a lot of what I desire.

More than anything, I’m blessed because I have an intimate and personal relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He truly is the Gift that keeps on giving. Meditate on the scripture passage below, from Deuteronomy 28 as you listen to the late Rev. Clay Evans minister in song.

Deuteronomy 28:1-10 

The Message (MSG)

28 1-6 If you listen obediently to the Voice ofGod, your God, and heartily obey all his commandments that I command you today,God, your God, will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world. All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God, your God:

God’s blessing inside the city,
God’s blessing in the country;
God’s blessing on your children,
    the crops of your land,
    the young of your livestock,
    the calves of your herds,
    the lambs of your flocks.
God’s blessing on your basket and bread bowl;
God’s blessing in your coming in,
God’s blessing in your going out.

God will defeat your enemies who attack you. They’ll come at you on one road and run away on seven roads.

God will order a blessing on your barns and workplaces; he’ll bless you in the land thatGod, your God, is giving you.

God will form you as a people holy to him, just as he promised you, if you keep the commandments of God, your God, and live the way he has shown you.

10 All the peoples on Earth will see you living under the Name of God and hold you in respectful awe.

I love you with the amazing and everlasting love of the Lord.

Rev. Marcia F. Davis

 

Psalm 42…

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Good morning, Family:

Blessed Monday morning to you. Close your eyes and take a deep cleaning breath. Inhale God’s love, grace, mercy, kindness and faithfulness. As you exhale, release control of everything that is worrying you. Release the breath into the atmosphere of God. Now read the scripture below and as you meditate on the scripture passage, listen to the worship video below.

Whatever happens next, during your worship time, is necessary. You may cry. You may lift your hands to worship, or you may even sit in silence as the Holy Spirit washes over you. Whatever happens, dont try to control it. Let God do a perfect work in you.

Psalm 42

New International Version (NIV)

BOOK II: Psalms 42–72

Psalm 42

For the director of music. A maskil of the Sons of Korah.

1 As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”
These things I remember
    as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
    under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise
    among the festive throng.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

My soul is downcast within me;
    therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
    the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
    have swept over me.

By day the Lord directs his love,
    at night his song is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God my Rock,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
    as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him,  my Savior and my God.

I love you with everlasting and abundant love of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Redeemer.

Rev. Marcia F. Davis

In the name of Jesus…

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Good morning, Saints of God:

I greet you this morning with joy, love, peace and manifested faith and hope, in the name and power of our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

This morning, I woke up with a warrior song in my heart. This song always reminds me that we have to actively and constantly be on guard against the wiles, tricks and tactics of the enemy of our mind AND soul. 

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 

New International Version (NIV)

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Philippians 2:5-11 

King James Version (KJV)

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Stand and fight, the enemy, with the name of Jesus as your shield and sword. Reclaim your mind and guard it. We are not weak. We are Warriors!!!! Now shake the Devil Off. 

Keep this song in your spirit, all day today and every day. If people ask you why you are singing this song just smile and say, “It’s my workout song.”

I love you with the amazing and everlasting love of Christ.

Rev. Marcia F. Davis

Be Strong and Take Courage…

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Good morning, Family:

Today is state holiday for me, so writing today’s devotional little later in the day than I normally would. During the week, our alarm clock goes off at exactly 4:15am, so I enjoyed sleeping in a bit. 

Good news, I’m am using today to check on my health. I dont look forward to any of it, but I know that taking care of our earthly bodies is very important. If you are afraid to go to the doctor,  just take courage and know that you are staying healthy not only for you but also for those that love you. 

Deuteronomy 31:6 

New International Version (NIV)

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

As I am writing this post, I am in the lobby of the Comprehensive Breast Center Emory Hospital at Hillandale waiting to get my yearly mammogram. I share this personal information because it is so important. Early detection saves lives. My next appointment today is with my OB/GYN for my yearly exam. 

Today’s devotional message is not just about women. This is for the men as well. Go and get your prostate exams. Early detection does save lives. There are so many people that love and care about you. Dont be afraid. Be courageous and be well. 

I love you with the amazing and everlasting love of Christ. 

Rev. Marcia Davis