What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Good morning, Precious Family:

Happy Wednesday. I get so excited when I think about the ability to share with you all. I hope you have had a wonderful week. I hope that in every circumstance that may have occurred this week that you have said, “Thank you” to God. Gratefulness, even when life is hard, is a necessary state of mind, as children of God.

Some of you know me personally. You know that I have been struggling with my health, especially over the last three years. Life became even more challenging last year in May when I had my car accident that landed me in the hospital.

My husband has stood by me the entire way. He has been such an amazing caregiver. A few weeks ago, Anthony changed jobs so that he could be home every evening. He made the declaration that we were going to change our eating habits. We started eating clean ketogenic foods and incorporating intermittent fasting.

Anthony said that he was scared to death because he was having dreams and visions of me being bedridden and sick. He said very clearly to me, “You may get mad at me during this journey, but I’m trying to save your life.” Since we started this journey about 3 weeks ago, I have lost 14 pounds. My depression has lifted, and I can walk without losing my breath.

So the question of “What does love have to do with it? It has EVERYTHING to do with it. Love saved my life. I tell people all the time about the original testimony of our relationship and how God prepared me to be Anthony’s wife months before we even met face to face.

As we come up on Valentines Day, love is in the air. Our first love should ALWAYS be the Triune God we serve, represented by God, The Father, God, The Holy Spirit, and God, The Son. Draw close to God, and He will give you the desire of your heart as long as they line up with His will and purpose for your life.

Our Prayer:

Precious Holy Father,

As we are allowed to wake up each day, we are reminded as your children that you are our everything. May we begin each day with praise and adoration of your unfailing love. We draw close to you because you are our first love. Lead us and guide us in your perfect way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Our Worship…

This week’s worship video comes from Michael W. Smith. The song, ‘Draw Me Close To You,’ should be our anthem. As you have your quiet time prayer and worship this week, play this song in the background. Allow it to wash over you.

Draw Me Close To You

I love you all with the amazing and everlasting love of Jesus,

Rev. Marcia Davis

A Teachable Heart…

Good Day, Precious Family:

This morning, the Holy Spirit put on my heart the importance of having a teachable spirit.

I have had a lot of practice with being stubborn. One could say that at a certain time in my life, I was an expert at being stubborn and hard-headed, especially where God was concerned. However, the closer and more intimate my relationship with God became, my desire to please him grew.

As I matured in the Lord, and in life, I realized the lessons God was trying to teach me were important. The lessons were important not just for the present moment but also for the future.

I learned that the quicker I obeyed God, I was able to move through my lessons and trials with greater ease and clarity. The greatest and most humbling lesson I learned is that sometimes the lesson is not even about me (go figure).

Sometimes, the lesson I’m learning is for others who are watching my life. Whether we know it or not, people watch our lives. They watch how we respond to certain situations and scenarios. We are the Lord’s billboards. What does your billboard say about you? What does your billboard say about God?

Psalm 25:4-7
New International Version


4 Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.

Today’s worship song comes from Vineyard. As you listen, please do so with a meditative heart.

May God bless you as you grow in wisdom and knowledge of His will for your life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

I love you all with the amazing and everlasting love of Christ, our Savior.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Total Praise…

Good morning, Precious Ones:

We give God total praise for a new year. We give God total praise for health and strength.

This year will be a year of walking the path of our destiny. Last year, we may have taken time for granted, thinking that much more time was available. This season, every minute, every second, and every hour has to count. Take nothing for granted. This year must be walked in obedience and truth.

Psalm 121

New International Version

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Richard Smallwood Total Praise

May the magnificent God we serve bless you and allow you to finish your race with joy and praise.

I love you all with the amazing and everlasting love of Christ Jesus,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Preparing for God…

Good afternoon, Precious Family:

I am looking forward to sending out a devotional message every Wednesday in 2023. I always take some time, at the beginning of the new year, to get direction from our Triune God. I’m excited about what is to come.

Get ready!!!!

Next week, we will begin our devotionals for 2023. I pray that you would meditate in the Word of God in preparation for the year.

Our Prayer:

Our Holy Father, we bless your name, which is above every name. Prepare our hearts to hear from you. Position us in a way that we can get the best reception of your will, voice, and direction. Allow us to be laser focused on you. We come against every trap, distraction, and seen and unseen snare that may try to derail us from our calling and purpose for the Kingdom.

Bring into our lives those people whom you have ordained and allowed in this season and give us your heavenly wisdom to know and recognize the length and time-span that they will be in our lives.

We know and understand that every person, place, or thing that was with us last season may not be ordained by you to come with us in this season. May our will, mind, and emotions be obedient to your will.

Surround us and cover us in your most precious gift, the precious resurrected blood of your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for the angels and ancestors that you have assigned to our lives for protection and direction. We love you and place nothing else before you. In the name of our Redeemer, Jesus, The Christ. Amen.

I love you all with an amazing and everlasting love.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Praise Be To God…

Good morning, Family:

Happy New Year to you all. Praise God, who indeed causes us to triumph. God is always faithful to complete the good work that was began in us. However, the speed and timing of the completion of the good work sometimes depends on our obedience to God’s instructions.

Have you ever heard the saying, “Help me, help you”? As children of God we have to work in unison with the Holy Spirit. Let’s read what Paul wrote to the church in Philippi:

Philippians 1:1-11

New King James Version

Greeting

1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the [a]bishops and deacons:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thankfulness and Prayer

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

What a wonderful passage of scripture. May we never forget the charge we have been given. Our work for the Kingdom of God must continue. May we claim and attain everything that God has prepared for us in this season.

I conclude this week’s devotional with a beautiful and powerful song by the Psalmist Brian Courtney Wilson entitled, A Great Work.

Be abundantly blessed and obedient in your assigned seasons.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Strongholds, Principalities, and Witchcraft…

Good morning, Precious Family:

I’m sure the title of the devotional has gotten the attention of many of you. The reason for this devotional message is because God needs us to take back our position as prayer warriors, Intercessors, prayer wailers, and worshippers.

I’m not sure if God’s chosen earthly army is just tired of fighting or have been deceived into thinking that what we are experiencing in today’s world is anything other than a serious spiritual battle for the souls on this earth.

Please, Family, if you have been given the anointing and mantle to be a worshipper, Intercessors, wailer, or prayer warrior, please go back to your post. We need you. The battle is in high gear and we need everyone to stand up and put on their Godly armor in the spirit realm.

Ephesians 6:10-18

New International Version / The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

This week’s worship video is from a woman of God I truly honor and respect. My greatest desire is to see her worship live. Pastor Shirley Caesar.

Pastor Shirley Caesar

Be blessed, family. It’s time to go to work and take the Kingdom of God back.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Glory to God in the Highest…

Good morning, Precious Family:

I pray you all continue to be in a place of peace in your heart and mind. Circumstances may change, but the God we serve is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.

Recently, I faced a setback in my educational journey. I’m almost at the end of my Master’s degree. I have been working as an intern at a counseling center since August. Through a set of unforeseen circumstances, I found out that the counseling center is closing, which means that I will have to forfeit my time training there and find a new location to train and intern next semester.

Yes, having to start again is not convenient, but I have a peace knowing that God already knew the ending from the very beginning. I trust God’s process through it all. I can stretch my hands to heaven and say, “Glory to God in the Highest.” My heart is filled with a peace and a hope for the future.

Luke 2:13-14

King James Version

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Family, no matter how the circumstances may appear, God always has the FINAL WORD. Amen. Be blessed and be still in your mind and heart.

Rev. Marcia Davis

The “But God” Clause…

Good morning, Precious Family:

I pray you are all safe and at a place of peace being assured that God has already taken care of everything. You can relax and trust that what it looks like now is not the end of the story. Always remember to leave room for God. I call it the “But God” Clause. It may have looked bleak and unsolvable with no way out…..BUT GOD turned it around and made a way out of no way!!!

Is something in your life that seems so much bigger than what you can handle? Have you given whatever it is over to God?

I have told several people before that my name is not God for a reason. I do not pretend to be God, nor do I try to stand in God’s way. I was created in the image of God, but I am not equal to God. There is HUGE difference between the two. I was created to worship and love God, to do His will, and to spread the Love and Good News of the Gospel of Christ Jesus.

Psalm 85:8-13

New International Version

I will listen to what God the Lord says;
    he promises peace(A) to his people, his faithful servants—
    but let them not turn to folly.(B)
Surely his salvation(C) is near those who fear him,
    that his glory(D) may dwell in our land.

10 Love and faithfulness(E) meet together;
    righteousness(F) and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
    and righteousness(G) looks down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give what is good,(H)
    and our land will yield(I) its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before him
    and prepares the way for his steps.

Today’s worship video is from John Waller and is entitled, But God. Listen and enjoy. May you hold onto the words of this song and remember that God is your fortress and strength. Amen.

#JohnWallerMusic #JohnWaller #ChristianMusic

Be blessed and be still and know,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Give Thanks…

Good morning, Beloved Family:

Happy Thanksgiving. This week, I was leading a group counseling session with a precious group of kids. We talked about what it meant to be thankful and what emotions you feel when you are thankful. The kids shared beautiful answers.

I will ask the same questions to all of you. What are you thankful for and what does being “Thankful” mean to you? King David was a man that truly loved God. He had so much to be thankful for because God changed his life.

One of the ways David showed his thanks to God was  through the Book of Psalms. David’s words are from the heart of a true worshipper.

Psalm 100

New International Version

Psalm 100

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

Shout for joy(A) to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord(B) with gladness;
    come before him(C) with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.(D)
    It is he who made us,(E) and we are his[a];
    we are his people,(F) the sheep of his pasture.(G)Enter his gates with thanksgiving(H)
    and his courts(I) with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.(J)
For the Lord is good(K) and his love endures forever;(L)
    his faithfulness(M) continues through all generations.

May you be blessed today. Whether you are alone or surrounded by friends and family, I pray that your heart is filled with Thankfulness to God. I know that I am thankful for each of you reading this post. You are surrounded by love, both seen and unseen. You are never alone.

With love and thanksgiving,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Perfectly Loved…

Good morning, Precious Family:

I greet you this morning with the never-ending, infinite and perfect love of God, in Christ Jesus.

In a world where everything about us is judged, scrutinized, and laid bare, it is so good to know that through the Blood of Jesus we are perfectly loved.

The Word of God is the best love story ever written. What other love story do you know of someone being willing to lay down their life even before you have met.

1 John 4:7-11

New King James Version

Knowing God Through Love

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

On a very personal note, I have the great honor, privilege, and pleasure to be married to an amazing African American man. Whenever he leaves our home I always want him to carry with him that he is perfectly loved. I want him to know no matter what the world dishes out, whenever he returns home Jesus and I will be waiting to love him all over again. No matter what the world tells him he is my kind of perfect.

Beloved, may your encounters with your family be surrounded in love. May hope and grace abound in your life.

Be abundantly blessed,

Rev. Marcia Davis