I Never Lost It…

Good morning, Precious Ones:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Yes, indeed, God desires all of our praise, no matter what we are going through.

The last few of years have been tough for most of the world. I know more than a few people, who are Christians, who had some real questions for God. We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t ask why.

People who read the Sacred Journey Devotionals sometimes ask me why I include music videos in my devotionals. The main reason is because music can get inside crevices of the heart that words cannot.

When our hope is teetering on the ledge. praise and worship music can pull someone back from walking away from God. One of the only things that has kept me during any season of hardship is music that uplifts my spirit and gives me hope.

There is a song by Tramaine Hawkins entitled, “I Never Lost My Praise.” The words to this song always cries out to me to remind me that I’m not the only one going through something. The song shifts the focus from me and places it back on God. I pray that this song blesses you the way it does me every time I let it wash over me.

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

New International Version

2 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom(A) as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.(B) I came to you(C) in weakness(D) with great fear and trembling.(E) My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,(F) but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,(G) so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.(H)

Rev. Marcia Davis

Defending Your Faith…

Good morning, Precious Ones:

I pray that the love of God engulfs you today. I pray that the peace of God flows through you today. I pray that the protection of God surrounds you today. I pray that the grace and mercy of God goes before you and behind you today.

Have you ever been asked if you know how to defend your faith? That particular question has always given me a little bit of … concern. When I hear the word “defend” it automatically makes me think of a defensive or battle stance.

Yes, it is important to know why we believe in the Triune Godhead. However, I believe that instead of defending our faith, we should show our faith. The word of God says that people will know that we belong to Jesus by the LOVE we show one another. If more people would show, rather than defend, the world would be a much more peaceful and loving place. Be the change you seek…

John 13:34-35

New International Version

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

I’m highlighting this amazing band because of their love for Christ and their love of people. Music can reach where words cannot. (Rev. Marcia Davis) #Christafari

I love you with the never-ending, ever reaching, and amazing love of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Love Language…

Good morning, Precious Ones:

I pray you were greeted with love this morning. If that was not your morning, please let me be the first to hold your face in my hands and tell you how much I love you.

I love you because I know that you were fearfully and wonderfully made. I know that the same amazing Creator that made a rose also made you. Yes, we all have our thorny places, but we also have great beauty, because we are a reflection of our Creator.

I know there are many different types of love languages that help us express and receive love from one another. As children of God, we are the reflection pure love. We are love in action. We are acts of service, loving touch, words of affirmation, giving of gifts and so much more.

The instructions we were given to reflect and show the love of God is this:

Matthew 22:37-40

New International Version

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

Be blessed family,

Rev. Marcia Davis

A Clean Heart. Running Back To God…

Good morning, Precious Ones:

In the 51st Book of Psalms, we have heard and read the very familiar scripture passage of “Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me (vs 10, 11).” David knew that his heart and mind were out of synch, or cadence, with the God.

David also asked God to, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit within me (vs 13),” because his attitude needed a true adjustment.

The question that must be extracted from this plea to God is what characteristics results from having a clean heart, a renewed and right spirit, a restoration of joy, and a generous spirit? David tells God that when he is restored and renewed he will,Then I will teach transgressors Your ways and convert sinners to God (vs 13).”

David also declares in verse 14 that if God forgives him and removes the heaviness of the sins he committed that “O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise (vs 15).”

Family, what joy we are able to experience if we are living a life dedicated to God. What a LIGHT we can can be for the Kingdom of God! I invite us ALL to search our hearts and minds. Have we become so focused on all other areas of our lives that we have slowly moved away from our first love?

How do we get back to God? We must return to God with a “child-like” attitude. In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 19 and verse 14 Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such AS THESE.”

When a child has been away from a parent for an extended amount of time, what is their typical reaction? The child drops everything and runs with excitement, hope, and joy back into the parent’s arms. The parent picks them up and holds them tight. Oh how we could be if we ran to God that way? That’s right, WE CAN!!! RUN FAMILY, RUN!! The arms of God are waiting.

Pastor Smokie Norful

Father God,

Psalm 51:10-17

New King James Version

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.

14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Love God, Love People..

Mark 12:30-31

New International Version

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.

Father God,

The season of 2020 has brought so many things boling to the surface. We have taken our eyes off of you. Hatred, political unrest, pandemics, and so many other things have our focus. Man has looked to man for the answers. Lord God, bring things back into focus. Our eyes have been roaming for answers when the answer has been in front of us the whole time. May we return to our first love, which is You. As we love you, we will be authentic in our love for our fellow man. In Jesus name, Amen.

Rev. Marcia Davis