We Bless Your Name…

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Good morning, Family:

Have you ever just woke giving praises to God? Not because anything happened, that was of the ordinary, but simply because God is so good and in that moment, you were overwhelmed by His greatness.

Today is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 is one of my favorite bible passages. It doesn’t say, “on the day I get, I will rejoice and be glad.” The passage says, “Today is the day the Lord has made. Not tomorrow, not two days from now.

God knew what he was doing when he inspired the writing of this scripture. God teaches us not to depend on the day or circumstances to dictate how we worship Him. In fact, the way we worship God will dictate our day.

Be glad, Family. Continually chase after the Lord. Let your lifestyle be a lifestyle of worship. Psalm 34: says, “I will bless the Lord, at All Times. His praises shall continually be in my mouth.” Amen!

Go in peace, while praising, worshipping and serving the Lord.

Rev. Marcia Davis

The Lord of Hosts, Adonai-Tzva’ot…

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Good morning, Family of the Most High:

I love to study the word of God. Sometimes I like to be able to know the root of a scripture, because the Lord calls me to go deeper. This morning’s devotional is a result of my studies. The passage below was taken from ONE FOR ISRAEL (Messianic Jews In Israel) on June 2, 2016:

“Adonai Tzva’ot, the “Lord of Hosts” is one of the names of God, used 235 times in the Bible. The first time it appears is in the story of Hannah and her husband Elkanah, in Hannah’s struggle with barrenness. Hannah is the first person to call God by this name.

She cries out to the one who is able to create from nothing, to whom every cell and atom are called to attention. She knows that her hope lies only with the one whose voice the whole host of heavens and earth must obey. She understands that the command of the Lord of Armies will and must be executed. And it was.”

Today’s Scripture Passage

Psalm 24

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

By David. A psalm:

(1) The earth is Adonai’s, with all that is in it,
the world and those who live there;
for he set its foundations on the seas
and established it on the rivers.

Who may go up to the mountain of Adonai?
Who can stand in his holy place?
Those with clean hands and pure hearts,
who don’t make vanities the purpose of their lives
or swear oaths just to deceive.
They will receive a blessing from Adonai
and justice from God, who saves them.
Such is the character of those who seek him,
of Ya‘akov, who seeks your face.(Selah)

Lift up your heads, you gates!
Lift them up, everlasting doors,
so that the glorious king can enter!
Who is he, this glorious king?
Adonai, strong and mighty,
Adonai, mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, you gates!
Lift them up, everlasting doors,
so that the glorious king can enter!
10 Who is he, this glorious king?
Adonai-Tzva’ot —
he is the glorious king.(Selah)

Go in peace, while serving and praising the King of Glory, the Lord God strong and mighty!!! Amen

Rev. Marcia Davis 

 

Amazing Love…

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Good morning, Family:

This morning, I woke up thinking about the amazing love of God.

We were originally created, by God, to fellowship and commune with God.  Even though we fell short, so many times, God continued to want a relationship with us.

What kind of amazing love is this? God has a love for us that will never change and never fade. Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, is the unifier of us to God. Nothing will ever be able to separate us from Him.

I stand in awe and wonder of a Love that is so wide, so deep, and so vast. There is no place we, as believers, can be where Your love can’t reach us. Why do you love us so much?

I stand in Awe of you, Lord.

John 3:16 

English Standard Version (ESV)

For God So Loved the World

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Go in peace, joy and thankfulness, while serving the Lord.

In His everlasting Love,

Rev. Marcia F. Davis

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So!!!

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Sing with me, Family, if you remember this vacation bible school song (that we use to sing in rounds):

I’ve been redeemed (echo)
By the blood of the Lamb (echo)
I’ve been redeemed (echo)
By the blood of the Lamb (echo)
I’ve been redeemed
By the blood of the Lamb
Saved and sacntified I am
All my sins are washed away
I’ve been redeemed…

The song was sung, in fun, as a young child, so that we could be taught God’s Holy Word. As adults, knowing the meaning of Redemption holds a lot more weight. 

We have been bought with an eternal price. We are forever the property of Heaven. The blood, that Jesus shed for us on Calvary, was the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. The culmination of our freedom took place three days later when Jesus conquered death and the grave and rose with ALL POWER and Authority. The complete sacrifice was made and had been fulfilled. 

Ephesians 1:3-7 

New King James Version (NKJV)

Redemption in Christ

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

Family, let us live our Redeemed life with joy and thankfulness. Tell and show others the Good News. Let your light shine among ALL people. Allow love to be your currency. We have enough religion. The world is seeking an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Go in peace, while serving the Lord. Amen. 

Rev. Marcia F. Davis

 

Living A Surrendered Life…

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Good morning, Family:

How many of you have heard or sung the lyrics to this popular gospel hymn, “I surrender all. All to thee,  my blessed Savior, I surrender all.”

What does a surrendered life look like? What does a surrendered life feel like?

A life surrendered to the will and direction of God is a life of faith, hope, trust and love. A surrendered life is one that is initially started,  for most believers, with spiritual baby steps.

Daily trust in God, and standing on His Holy Word, allows the faith and trust of a believer to grow stronger each day. Each day we surrender to God, the faith walk becomes more and more comfortable.

We, as believers, were never created to navigate this life alone. Jesus promised, the disciples, and us,  that he would send the Comforter, to help navigate this dimension and bring to them  remembrance all that He taught.

John 14:25-27 

New International Version (NIV)

25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all thingsand will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Go in peace, faith, and trust, as you are being led by the Spirit of God, our Promised Comforter. Serve God and love God with all of your  heart, mind soul and strength. 

Why not start your day with this prayer:

“Good morning, God. I love you and I give you all the glory, honor and praise. Thank you for living on the inside of me. Show me your ways, Lord. Lead me, as I go about my day. Order my steps, my mouth and my actions. May my life be a reflection of your love. I surrender my life to your divine purpose. Thank you for using me. May you be glorified through me. In the name of your Son and my Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.”

I love you, Family.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Worth the Wait, Kairos Timing…

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Good morning, Family:

In the bible, there are so many passages that speak about waiting on God. Verses like Psalm 25:5 that says, “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. King James Version (KJV)”

Psalms 27:14: Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, i say, on the LORD.

Why is it so important to wait on God? Whether we are waiting on God for an answer to a prayer, an answer to a question, or waiting on God while we worship. The presence, purpose and power of God is tied up in God’s everlasting covenant with us. As long as we seek the Kingdom of God and the Presenceof God, we will always be in right order.

Be still, worship, serve, pray, and rejoice….while you wait on the Lord.

Go in peace, knowing and trusting that God is who he says he is and he cannot lie.

In Christ Alone,

Rev. Marcia Davis

 

 

The Passion…

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Good morning, Family:

Last week we talked a little bit about allowing God to heal us and for us to feel safe in His presence, no matter where we are. I can’t think of a better scripture to start this week off than with Psalm 23 and with a heart lifting video entitled, “Deliver Me,” from Donald Lawrence.

Read how The Passion Translation interprets Psalm 23.

Psalm 23 

The Passion Translation (TPT)

The Good Shepherd

23 David’s poetic praise to God[a]
The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.[b]
I always have more than enough.
He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love.[c]
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.[d]
That’s where he restores and revives my life.[e]
He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure
and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness[f]
so that I can bring honor to his name.
Lord, even when your path takes me through
the valley of deepest darkness,
fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.
Your authority is my strength and my peace.[g]
The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.
You become my delicious feast
even when my enemies dare to fight.
You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit;[h]
you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows.
So why would I fear the future?
For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.
Then afterward, when my life is through,
I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you.

Go in peace, perfect peace, while praising and serving the Lord. 

In Christ,

Rev. Marcia Davis

 

A Brand New Heart…

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Good morning, Precious Family:

I pray for your peace in the Lord daily. It is my heart’s desire that no past hurt, trauma, or brokenness has prevented you from having a filling life, in your relationship with Jesus Christ.

If you have unhealed hurts, I pray that you would allow God to minister to your heart. There is nothing that God can’t fix. Trust him to do a complete work in your heart, mind and soul.

In Psalm 51, David asked God to give him a new heart so that absolutely nothing would come between the worship David wanted to give God. David didn’t ask for money, fame, the best job, or even perfect health. David’s only desire was to be able to worship God with all that he had.

Psalm 51:10-17 

New International Version (NIV)

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit,to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[a] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.

Go in peace and joy, with a newly renewed heart. Seek God daily and lavish worship on Him. Become a sponge in the presence of His Glory.

In pure adoration of the Most High,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Seek First…

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Good morning, Family:

In this fast-paced life we are in now, sometimes it is hard to slow down and take time for our spiritual health. We must always understand, as Christians, our hope and joy comes from the giver of life, Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer.

Why is it important to seek God? Seeking God’s direction gives us a plan and a purpose. We can navigate our lives with hope, faith, and trust knowing that while we follow and pursue God, everything in our lives will be so much more peaceful.

Meditate on today’s scripture:

Matthew 6:31-34 

New International Version (NIV)

31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Be blessed. Follow God. Stay prayed up.

Seek God.

Rev. Marcia F. Davis

Victory!!!

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Good morning, Family:

I’m so grateful and blessed for each and every one of you. I pray for you often and you are always on my mind. I’m excited about the day that we may get see each other face to face.

The main purpose of Sacred Journey Devotionals is always to uplift, encourage and edify each reader to help you grow stronger in your daily spiritual walk.

We are all more than conquerors and even though weapons may be formed against us, they will not prosper because we are covered and grafted into the family of believers in Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 54:17 

New King James Version (NKJV)

17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.

Go in peace, family, while praising and serving the Lord. 

In joyful service to our great and might King,

Rev. Marcia Davis