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

Skin to Skin…

Good morning, Precious Ones:

As a woman who was never able to carry, or birth, a child, one of my greatest joys is watching a woman bring life into the world.

I love watching the pregnancy process through each trimester. The glow a mother has as she imagines how her baby bump will look in the first trimester. Everyone is excited and praying that mom and baby stay healthy.

The second trimester mom is truly starting to “show” that she is carrying a life inside of her. She begins the process of nesting and preparing for baby’s arrival. There is a little discomfort and strange cravings begin to emerge. It is important that mom takes care of herself by eating healthy, taking the right vitamins and minerals, and following whatever orders the doctor gives.

The third trimester is here. Everything is getting uncomfortable and swollen and mom has aches in her feet, back, and shoulders. Toward the end of the third trimester she begins to have slight contractions. Is it time?!! Her water breaks, signalling that the time is at hand. Yes, it is time…

Mom pushes and screams. She has never experienced so much pain, fear, joy, and hope all at the same time. Then there is a holy hush as the doctor lay the beautiful and healthy baby directly on mom’s chest, skin to skin. The skin to skin time is the most precious and intimate time immediately after the child is born. The baby is comforted by mom’s warmth and her heartbeat.

I said all of that to say so it is also with the new season that God has been preparing for us. Spiritually, we are in the contraction phase of our third trimester. God is preparing us to meet our new season. Our water just broke!!!! The Living Water has given us a fresh anointing for the new season. The time is almost here

Jesus is patting our brow and telling us to remember all that we prepared for including our breathing. We are experiencing joy, fear, hope, and happiness for this new season we have never seen. When the time is right God will let us know when it is time to push…

This new season will be what we have longed for, prayed for, cried for, and prepared for… We are getting ready!!!

Today’s worship video is almost 20 minutes long. I pray that you could get in a quiet place and allow the worship to flow through you. Don’t just listen, join in the worship. Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal what is being birthed in you. Thank you to Maverick City Music for such an amazing worship session. This video blessed me so much.

Please enjoy, “Getting Ready” by Maverick City Music.

Luke 1:38

New International Version

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Be blessed family,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Honey In The Rock…

Good morning, Precious Ones:

I pray this post finds you all in perfect health and peace in your mind, body, spirit. I pray that you are encouraged to continue to walk out your walk of faith daily. I pray that Love is guiding all of your actions today.

I pray that you will be persuaded to show Love to those you encounter today, whether in person, over the phone, or even through social media.

Today someone will need to know about hope. There will be several chances today for all of us to glorify God.

In my kitchen, on my chalkboard, I wrote a few months ago, “Did you make God proud today?” I purposely make myself accountable every day. I understand my life is not just about me. It’s bigger than me and it’s bigger than us. Yes, some days I fall short, praise God, but I know that each day, each moment, each minute is brand new. Don’t waste your grace, use it wisely.

Psalm 81:16 says that in God we have everything we need. God is more than enough to satisfy us. There is honey in The Rock!!! Oh how sweet it is to trust in you Jesus.

Today’s worship video features Brooke Ligertwood and Brandon Lake and cowritten by Mitch Wong. I always blast my radio when I hear this song. I pray that it blesses you the way it does me. I can’t wait for our church to sing this song.

Be blessed family. Everything is going to be ok. God has everything you need to satisfy you.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Preparing For The Next Season…

Good morning, Precious Ones:

I’m so grateful for you this morning. I want to send a quick note to encourage you to keep pushing through your current course. I know right now many of us are on the precipice of our new season. However, there are still things that must be completed in the current season.

The preparation in this season is taking longer than usual. If you get tired just take a deep breath, pray, cry, or even scream….just don’t stop. There are people depending on you to complete your assignment. Eventually you will be able to enjoy the fruit(s) of your labor but right now is digging and planting time.

People, as well as the enemy, will try to discount you and even discourage you from what God has shown you. Stay faithful to the path. It is your calling and no one else’s. In time, we will be able to say, “Look what God has done in and through me!!!”

Galatians 6:9-10

New International Version

Let us not become weary in doing good,(A) for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.(B) 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good(C) to all people, especially to those who belong to the family(D) of believers.

Be blessed,

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