Speak Life…

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Good morning, Family:

Happy Wednesday. We are almost at the weekend. I enjoy the weekends because my alarm clock doesn’t go off at 3:45am.

No matter what time I wake up, each day I wake up is a blessing and one more chance to shine for God.

I speak LIFE into my day. I start my day with this statement,

“Thank you, Lord, for a brand new day. Open my eyes to see what you would have me to see. I speak life into my day, my circumstances, and my interactions. May everyone that I encounter see YOU instead of me. May you be gloried in the Temple of my body. I love you, Lord. Cover me and my family. Continue to help me grow as a wife, a homemaker, a servant of your kingdom and in ANY other areas of my life that you know I need to grow. Remind me to speak life into every thing. And So it Is. Amen. 

Ephesians 4:29

English Standard Version (ESV)

29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Speak life to those around you. Speak life to your family, your coworkers, your circumstances. 

Your sister in Christ,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Consider It Joy…

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Good morning, Precious Family:

I was listening to the radio this morning and one of the radio hosts said, “I know it’s just Tuesday, but I am Friday tired.” I immediately said, “Amen, Sister!”

Today is just Tuesday but my body and mind are just exhausted. It is in these  moments that the Word of God brings me back to life.

James 1:2-8

Modern English Version (MEV)

Faith and Wisdom

My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into diverse temptations, knowing that the trying of your faith develops patience. But let patience perfect its work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally and without criticism, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, without wavering. For he who wavers is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed with the wind. Let not that man think that he will receive anything from the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Be blessed, stay encouraged. There are thorns now, but it will produce a rose garden.

Your sister in Christ,

Rev. Marcia Davis

The Choice is Yours…

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Good morning, Blessed Family:

As we get our day started, this morning,  there are some choices that we get to make. We will decide what to eat, what to wear, where to go and what to do. However, the biggest and most important choice we will have to make today is whom to serve. Will we serve ourself and the desires of our flesh or will we serve God? As for me and my houses, like Joshua, we will serve the Lord.

House has two meanings to me. First there is the actual structure made of brink, stone and mortar. Then there is our body which is the “house” that holds the Holy Spirit. Scripture says we are the house or temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 3:16)

Prayer of Service 

Father God, we come to you today to say that we serve you with our whole heart, mind, soul, body and strength. Our desire to please you is far above our desire to please ourselves.

Spirit of the Living God, walk with us and lead us in the ways to go. We submit ourselves to the will of the heaven. Let our lives be a reflection of what has been desired and spoken in heaven.

We pray this prayer in the name of the One who intercedes for us, at the right hand of the Father, Jesus Christ Our Lord and Redeemer. Amen 

Joshua 24:14-15

Modern English Version (MEV)

14 “Now fear the Lord, and serve Him with sincerity and faithfulness. Put away the gods your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord15 If it is displeasing to you to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve, if it should be the gods your fathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites’ land where you are now living. Yet as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Go in peace, Family, while joyfully serving the Lord in all that you do. Make every action and thought an act of Worship. The more you train your flesh and your mind, the easier it will become. Start each day with the statement, “Today, I will serve the Lord. I command all aspects of who I am to submit to the authority of God, in Jesus name. Amen”

And so it is…

Rev. Marcia F. Davis

Sacred Journey Devotionals 

 

The Good Way…

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Good morning, Beloved Family:

I greet you this morning with s big cyber hug (squeeze). 

Family, my mind is on you every day. I always wonder how you are doing and if you are in a good place. I appreciate you so much. There are not enough words to tell you all how much you mean to me.

Continue to be encouraged. Dont get weary in your daily walk with the Lord. Each day matters. Each choice matters. Romance and meditate on the Lord.

I love you with an amazing and holy love. 

Psalm 1

Modern English Version (MEV)

BOOK ONE

Psalms 1–41

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man
    who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor stands in the path of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
    that brings forth its fruit in its season;
its leaf will not wither,
    and whatever he does will prosper.

The ungodly are not so,
    but are like the chaff
    which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the ungodly will perish.

Trust, Rest, Be at Peace….

There is a Good Way, walk in it.

Rev. Marcia F. Davis

New Beginnings…

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Isaiah 41:13

New International Version (NIV)

13 For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
    I will help you.

Good morning, Family:

I greet you with love and thankfulness. Don’t we serve an awesome and amazing God? Each day is chance for new beginnings and adventures.

I officiated a wedding this weekend and I am overjoyed with the new beginnings this couple will experience. I feel the same excitement when a person gives their life over to the Lord. What a wonderful new adventure awaits us as we say, “Yes,” to Jesus.

This morning, we start our day with a grateful and adventurous heart. Let’s keep our heart and mind open, as the Lord leads us.

Go in peace, Family, while serving the Lord. 

Rev. Marcia Davis

Time with Abba…

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Greetings, Precious Family:

I usually write our devotionals in the morning, when I wake up. Today is different. Right now, I’m finally slowing down for the day. As soon as I did, I came across an amazing worship video. I have literally been playing it over and over, all evening, allowing the presence of God to saturate all of me.

My prayer is that when you have some quiet time in your day, open your mouth and cry out “Abba.” Call on our Father our Daddy. Allow God to meet you and dwell with you. This is a great song for Christian meditation and prayer time.

The artist/worshiper is Johnathan David Hesler.

Rev. Marcia F. Davis

Sacred Journey Devotionals 

Adventure is Out There…

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Good morning, Family:

If you know me personally then you know that I am huge kid, as well as also being a kid at heart.

A lot of times, I remember and apply biblical principles, when I watch my favorite movies. One such is the Disney Pixar movie “Up.” My favorite line is said by the adventurous Ellie.

“Adventure IS Out there!”

What a powerful and faith-fill statement. Every day I feel the same way as Ellie. This Christian walk is the journey of a lifetime. It involves faith, adventure, drama, love, fear, belief, and so many other things.

A life of allowing the Lord to lead, is a life that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.

Matthew 4:19

New International Version (NIV)

19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

Go in peace while serving and praising the Lord.

Rev. Marcia Dsvis

 

 

What Did Jesus Say?

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Good morning, Family:

I’m going to jump right in today. Please read Luke 4:1-13.

In Luke 4:1-13 when Jesus was being tempted, in the desert, by Satan. He responded to Satan’s temptations with knowledge on how to fight back.

Temptation comes in three forms:

  • Temptation through Greed
  • Temptation through Lust
  • Temptation through Pride

The first thing Luke mentions is that Jesus was full of the Spirit. He spent time and fellowship with God. He was girded with the Spirit AND The Word.

Next, Luke noted that the Spirit LED Jesus into the wilderness and for 40 days he was tempted. During Jesus’s time in the wilderness he ate nothing. 

Here is how Jesus responded to Satan’s temptations.

Temptation through Greed: Verses 3-4

The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

WHAT DID JESUS SAY?

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.

Temptation through Lust: Verses 5-8

5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

WHAT DID JESUS SAY?

8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”

Temptation through Pride: Verses 9-12

9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully;
11 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

WHAT DID JESUS SAY?

12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’

Jesus teaches us how to combat the enemy. Dont do it in your on strength. We must stand on the Word of God and continually fellowship and worship God. In some cases, as you are lead by the Holy Spirit, fasting may be necessary. Allow God to lead you in how to fast, how long to fast, and what to fast from.

Always be vigilant in your warfare,  because the enemy will not stop. In fact verse 13 says this:

“13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Spiritual warfare is not a one time attack and then it’s over forever. The enemy’s main desire is to destroy us or to distract us from our purpose, by any means necessary. The enemy does not play fair. Prepare yourself. Get Ready.

The Good News is…

We already KNOW who has the Victory!!!

Go in peace, while serving and praising the Lord. 

Rev. Marcia F. Davis

Stepping Out On Faith…

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Good morning, Family:

When you hear the words, “Just have a little faith,” what do those words mean to you? For me, it means trusting God. It means going past what my eyes, or circumstances, tells me and listening to the still small voice inside of me.

Stepping out on faith, for me, means that my faith, in God, is bigger than my fear. Do I get scared or nervous when I step out on faith? Of course I do. However, I know that God would never lead me to a place that he had not already prepared for me.

When I was younger, I used to love the music of a Contemporary Christian artist by the name of Rich Mullins. One particular song that would always give me strength was entitled Sometimes By Step (Step by Step). I would always feel so encouraged, after listening. Then I would pray to Jesus to help me make whatever journey was ahead of me. I knew that if I got up early in the morning, when everything was quiet, I would be able to hear my Lord’s voice.

Psalm 63:1-8

New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 63

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

Go in peace. Walk by faith and not by sight. 

In His Amazing Love,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Teach Us How to Pray…

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Good morning, Family:

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Here in the states, we celebrated July 4th which is our Independence Day.

I woke up this morning thanking Jesus for allowing us to come to the Father, because of the loving sacrifice he became on the cross.

Because of our freedom, in Christ, we get to come to the Throne Room of God. Jesus gave us step by step instructions on how to pray.

Matthew 6:5-15 

New International Version (NIV)

Prayer

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father,who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

In Christ alone,

Rev. Marcia Davis