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Some Time Away to Pray…

Luke 5:16 CEV—But Jesus would often go to some place where he could be alone and pray.

Good morning, Family:

It feels wonderful to be back with you again. Sometimes it is so important to take time away from everyone and everything and connect or reconnect with God all by yourself. That is exactly what I have done for the last two weeks. My heart, soul, spirit and mind needed some concentrated time alone with Jesus.

My church family was and is such an integral part of my spiritual health. Even though my pastor has been so faith to continue services on Facebook, I still missed worshipping corporately with my spiritual family. The effects of the void of church began to take its toll. Hebrews exhorts us in the following way:

Hebrews 10:24-25

New King James Version

24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

It is important to realize when you need a spiritual refill. There is nothing wrong with admitting that sometimes you cant pour out to anyone or anything else, until you take the time to get filled back up by Jesus.

If Jesus had to take time away by himself, we most definitely should follow his example. There is a lot going on in the world today. Our mental and spiritual health needs nourishing. Steal away with God to renew and refresh.

I Am Not Alone…

Stay close to God. Take time to be alone.

May the peace of the Lord be with you always,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Who Is Following You?

Good morning, Family:

I pray that the peace of the Lord is dwelling with you, no matter what your circumstances appear to be currently. In the 23rd Psalm, David cries out to God. It’s not a cry of fear, but a cry standing on Who and What God said he was and would do.

God was faithful to David and in the 23rd Book of Psalms, David made his prayer a prayer of Faith. David knew that God went before him to make his way straight and God allowed his Grace and Mercy to follow David, wherever he went.

The question for all of us is, “Are we allowing God to lead us, so that His Grace and Mercy will follow us, no matter where we go?”

Psalm 23

English Standard Version

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David.

23 The Lord is my (A)shepherd; I shall not (B)want.
    He makes me lie down in green (C)pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.[a]
    He (D)restores my soul.
He (E)leads me in (F)paths of righteousness[b]
    for his (G)name’s sake.

Even though I (H)walk through the valley of (I)the shadow of death,[c]
    I will (J)fear no evil,
for (K)you are with me;
    your (L)rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You (M)prepare a table before me
    in (N)the presence of my enemies;
you (O)anoint my head with oil;
    my (P)cup overflows.
Surely[d] goodness and mercy[e] shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall (Q)dwell[f] in the house of the Lord
    (R)forever.[g]

Lisa McClendon – The Invitation and Grace, Grace, Grace

May the peace of our Lord be with you always.

Rev. Marcia Davis

No Other Reason…

Good morning, Family:

Today is a brand new day. Let us give thanks to the Lord, for no other reason but because of who God is and shall continue to be.

Father, we come to you this morning to tell you we love you and adore you. You are great and greatly to be praised. Because of who you are, we worship you alone.

May the peace of the Lord be with you always.

Rev. Marcia Davis

With Joyful Hearts…

Good morning, Family:

We have talked about santification for a couple of weeks. The title of this devotional is “With Joyful Hearts,” as santification is a journey in love, joy and thankfulness. There is a book by Gary Chapman entitled, “The Five Love Languages.” The book teaches a couple how to communicate and love each other in a way that will bring joy to the other’s heart, based on their specific love language.

Santification and acts of Worship are God’s love languages. The way we live our lives for God are acts of worship to God. As Christians, our manual in how to love God is in the Word of God. The first two direction that were given my God was to Love God and the next is to love others. God has told us the two most important aspect of His Love language.

Matthew 22:36-40

New International Version

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a](A) 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b](B) 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

May we all intention in our hearts to daily worship and love God and love others. Go in peace, while praising and serving the Lord.

Rv. Marcia Davis

Santification- Part 3

Good morning, Beautiful Family:

May the perfect love of God bless you and keep you in perfect peace. We live this life, as Christians, with the ultimate hope that on one precious day we will get to see the Lord face to face. Until that beautiful day comes, we live in thankfulness of the Grace of Salvation. The outward manifestation of the thankfulness in our hearts is how we live a life of worship.

Praise God, through the grace of salvation our soul’s destiny is secure. While we are living out our salvation, it is our flesh that must also learn to bow to God. In the same way that children have to learn how to walk and talk, our flesh has to learn the same thing. Through studying the Word, spending time in prayer, being around other mature Christians, our flesh learns how to walk and talk this Christian life. Once we learn the foundational truths of God, we have a desire to learn more. God shows us deeper truths and we become more sensitive to His leading and guidance.

When I first started reading the Bible, after I was saved, I started in Psalms and Proverbs. I read them over and over. Then I read Genesis and Hebrews. I continued on and I read Ephesians and Luke. After that, I wanted to know more, I started again with Genesis and read through the Old Testament and New Testament. If there was something I didn’t understand, I would ask the Holy Spirit to make it clear to me. I got in the habit of praying before I began to study. I asked God to illuminate the Word and to teach me the secret things that weren’t on the pages, so that I could seal it in my heart.

In my mid to late teens, I would spend hours and hours locked in my room studying God’s Word, praying, singing, and dancing before the Lord. I could always tell when the Holy Spirit came in the room. My legs would become weak and my whole body would want to bow or lay prostrate on the floor. I would cry and sing as I could feel the Lord working on me.

During those years, I was so hungry for all that I could learn from God. What I didn’t realize was that there were dark forces that would do anything to steal, kill and destroy me to keep me from growing closer in the Lord. I learned a lot of lessons the hard way. It took me several years to recover from my mistakes, but no matter what, God was always there, even when I didn’t deserve it. How precious is the gift of grace.

I learned very quickly how important it was to know about spiritual warfare. I studied Ephesians, Galatians, and so many other books of the Bible. I bought books by great authors and speakers. All of these things were a continuation in my santification.

Then the Lord really took me deeper….

I will tell you more about that soon…

Be abundantly blessed, Family. May the Lord continue to bless, keep and cover you. May the Spirit of God enfold you in Its arms.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Sanctification, Continued….

Good morning, Family:

In our last devotional we talked about santification, being Holy, and the difference between the two. Even though both words are very similar they are still different.

We spoke about the aspects of santification being a daily act of worship, as Christians, once we are saved. Salvation makes our spirit holy immediately, because the Blood of Jesus has purified our spirit. Sanctification is the daily “workout” we have to do with our flesh or free will.

I have heard people say that the Bible stands for “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.” There is some real truth to that saying. The bible is an amazing love story between us and God. John 3:16 tells us that God loves us so much that he gave his one and only begotten Son as a permanent and complete blood sacrifice for all of our sins. All we have to do is to believe and confess that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and that he was willingly crucified, died, buried and rose again, in victory, conquering sin and death, for us to be saved and our spirit made holy.

Once we receive the gift of salvation our spirit is made whole and blameless in God’s eyes, because all God sees now is the Blood of Jesus covering us.

Santification is what has to take place in our flesh. The part of you that still craves the sinful things. That is why it is so important for us to get intimate with the Word of God. The bible is full of testimonies, trials and tests that others that came before us have been through. We read and live out the instructions in the Bible so that we can live victoriously for Christ.

Galatians 5:16-24

English Standard Version

Keep in Step with the Spirit

16 But I say, (A)walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify (B)the desires of the flesh. 17 For (C)the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, (D)to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are (E)led by the Spirit, (F)you are not under the law. 19 Now (G)the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, (H)divisions, 21 envy,[a] drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that (I)those who do[b] such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But (J)the fruit of the Spirit is (K)love, joy, peace, patience, (L)kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 (M)gentleness, (N)self-control; (O)against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus (P)have crucified the flesh with its (Q)passions and desires.

We will continue to talk more about santification this week so be ready. Until then, I love you with the amazing love of the Lord.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Santification and Holiness…

Good morning, Family:

I pray all is well. I had a conversation with my mother this weekend and we were talking about santification and holiness and the difference between the two. Our conversation sparked the desire for me to dedicate a devotional this week.

If we talk about being holy or being sanctified, are we saying the same thing or something different? First, what does the bible say about each term.

HOLY – 1 Corinthians 1:30 (Good News Version)

30 But God has brought you into union with Christ Jesus, and God has made Christ to be our wisdom. By him we are put right with God; we become God’s holy people and are set free.

Holiness is what God has made us. Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we immediately have a new spiritual DNA called Holiness. We do not have any control over our spiritual DNA. It is part of the gift package from becoming a Christian.

What we DO have control over is how we display and demonstrate our new Holiness DNA. This is where Sanctification comes in to play.

Santification Here is what the Bible says about it in Romans 6:22 (ESV):

22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.

Santification is the OUTWARD manifestation of our Spiritual Holiness DNA. Before we accepted Jesus, we may have been a person that carried and demonstrated anger, hatred, jealousy, promiscuity, lying, backbiting, thievery, shame, unworthiness, confusion and so many other things. As we begin to study the Word of God, through the help of the Holy Spirit, and get it in our hearts, we start to realize that, in Christ, we are not those things.

As we read the Word of God, we find out that we are, and can become over time, beautiful, lovely, loving to others, slow to anger, patient, kind, gentle, modest, and self-controlled.

Sanctification is the daily conscious practice of continually turning away from sin (our old self) and demonstrating our faith in Christ by obeying God’s Word. That is why it so important for new believers, in Christ, to get into a spiritual setting where they can learn and hear about Jesus Christ, the Word of God, Why we worship, why we fellowship with other believers and grow in Christ.

Through daily santification, we are ALL still working out our salvation, as Paul the Apostle stated in Philippians.

I hope today’s devotional was helpful and beneficial for you and your spirit man. May we continually walk daily in God’s grace which gives us the strength to press on, in this world.

I Surrender All by CeCe Winans

Be abundantly blessed,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Just Ask, In My Name…

john-16-24-sGood morning, Beautiful Family:

Throughout the Bible, there are many instances where Jesus tells his disciples to pray in His name. Why? There is power and authority in the name of Jesus. The enemy will try to make you think that it doesn’t matter how you pray, but I PROMISE, it does…and he KNOWS IT!!!

20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn(A) while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.(B) 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain(C) because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief,(D) but I will see you again(E) and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.(F) 23 In that day(G) you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.(H) 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive,(I) and your joy will be complete.(J)

Go with God, Family. Do not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Proclaim boldly and defend, with love, why you are a servant and disciple of our Lord and Redeemer.

In Christ Alone,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Silver and Gold…

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Good morning, Family:

In this time, in the world, our priorities have been put into perspective. What’s most important is not the kind of car we drive or the latest fashions. What is most important is our health, our family, and our relationship with God. Today’s scripture passage pays homage to getting our priorities in order.

Peter Heals a Lame Beggar

One day Peter and John(A) were going up to the temple(B) at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon.(C) Now a man who was lame from birth(D) was being carried to the temple gate(E) called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg(F) from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,(G) walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping,(H) and praising God.

Go in peace while praising and serving the Lord

Rev. Marcia Davis

Go Deeper…

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Good morning, Family:

This morning, Facebook reminded me of a post I shared back in 2014. The truths of the Spirit of God never change. When I reread the post, I was still just as moved as when Spirit shared it the first time. Let the words go deep into your heart. Do not be afraid, God is always with you, and His Spirit will always call you to go deeper.

“Deeper Still”

One thing I have learned…

Just when I think I have gone deep enough and broken through to the next level. Just as I am starting to get comfortable. I hear, “You must go deeper still.”

Have you tried to look at the depths of the ocean, while swimming on the surface?

A part of you wants to dive deeper, but it’s the fear of not being able to see, past a certain point, that stops the dive.

What treasures I have encountered, the deeper I go! Sometimes, I think to myself, “that is far enough”, but I know in my heart there is so much more.

I encourage you, and myself as well, to Dive, Dive, Dive!!!

Rev. Marcia Davis ~ 2014

“This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

May the Peace of the Lord be with you always,

Rev. Marcia Davis