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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

Let Love Lead…

Greetings Precious Family:

Greetings, Precious Family:

First, don’t panic. Our trust has never been in man, but it has always been in God. Ok, so now I will back track. Yesterday, many states around the country had their mid-term election. Some folks woke up this morning happy and some woke up sad, disappointed, and concerned. Hence, my opening sentence of “Don’t Panic.”

Our lives are lived for God. Our walk is in the shadow of Christ. Our guidance is from our dependence on the internal leading of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.

Do we want a repeat of rouge Americans storming the Capital, of course not. Our country was built on democracy. The will of the people, for the people and by the people. ALL PEOPLE. Anything else is not a true reflection of our founding fathers.

What is our role as Christians? We are to show love, mercy, grace, long suffering, patience, kindness and hope. Any other characteristic is not a true reflection of Christ.

Here is my question to all of us who say we love God. Who is the ruler over your life? Is your ruler a political figure or is it God Almighty? Is your ruler your emotions or is it the Word of God? We all have room to grow.

My prayer, for each of our journeys’ on the Path, is that before people see us they see Jesus. May those you meet be better because of how you treated them. No matter what person’s color, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, or (insert differences here), their encounter with us should be the same. May how we treat them, as representatives of the Cross, be the same. Only God can change a person’s heart. Our job is to love first. Period.

Colossians 3:1-4

English Standard Version

Put On the New Self

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your[a] life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

In closing, may the love of God lead you in every single area of your live. Leave no parts hidden away. Love with all of you. Love with your liver. Love with your eyes. Love with your smile. Love with your feet. Love with your hands. Watch how your life will change once you make a choice to love.

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

Rev. Marcia Davis

Flight Crew

Good morning, Beautiful Family:

Another Wednesday is upon us already. I hope you have had an amazing week since the last time we spoke. I’m so very grateful for each of you. I praise God for how the Light inside each of you is shinning so brightly and changing the world around you, in Jesus name.

I pray that you are surrounding yourself with people who encourage you to be your very best. I pray that your circle of people pushes you to go to higher levels and they don’t allow you to be comfortable or complacent for too long.

The people who encourage, push, cheer, and challenge me to be better are who I call my Flight Crew. They are not responsible for giving me my wings, but they are responsible for reminding me that I have wings and teaching me how to use them.

My Flight Crew are the people God has placed throughout different seasons of my life who helped to teach me how to use my wings, either by example or instruction. They have taught me how to use my wings to push off the ground as well as how to land. They have taught me how to turn my body and wings so that I can make sharp turns and deep dives. They are the people that have reminded me that it was God who gave me my wings for a reason and they help lead me even closer to Him.

I learned the importance of learning my Flight Manual, which is the Word of God, inside and out. I have the Flight Tower (Jesus) and Air Traffic Control (The Holy Spirit) always in my ear letting me know how to navigate my assigned mission. They always let me know when it’s time to refuel, rest, and get my scheduled maintenance.

Isaiah 40:28-31

New King James Version

28 Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

This week’s worship video is from Colton Dixon. I love the heart of this song as it is a reminder that we were Made To Fly.

COLTON DIXON

Be blessed family and have an amazing week. I look forward to seeing you next Wednesday. Until we meet again, go in peace while serving and praising the Lord.

Thanks be to God,

Rev. Marcia Davis