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Forgiveness: It's for You...Not for Them!

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June 11, 2014

Forgiveness: It's for You...Not for Them! by Tonya Davis

Forgiveness has amazing  power!It  is God's  way of putting  an end to bitterness, resentment, and hostility. Forgiveness is freedom from anger and a personal
state of bondage that comes from harboring anger.

Why is forgiveness difficult? It is difficult because it is unselfish.Maybe you simply don't  want to forgive, or you believe the other person  should initiate reconciliation, or you're "stuck" on past hurts and bad experiences.Maybe you don't  want  to appear weak, be misunderstood, or be rejected. Whatever the case, we must be willing to forgive 
those who  sin against us, because God has forgiven each of us of so much  (Matt.18:23-35).

Scripture tells us that forgiveness is mandatory: "For if you forgive men when they sin. against you, yow heavenly Fat/'}(tr will also  forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive yow sins" (Matt. 6:14-15).


There are a few things we can do when working toward forgiveness:
1) Remember that God has totally forgiven you
Your entire life has been forgiven, not because you deserve it, but because of His awesome grace. 
2) Recognize that unforgiveness is sin. It is simply a violation  of biblical principles. 
3) Get rid of the anger.

Make a conscious decision to let it go. We must forget what  is behind,  and press toward what is ahead" (Phil. 3:14). 
Since Scripture clearly teaches forgiveness, we must
accept and agree with  His Word, pray, and have patience.

You'll know you have forgiven when:
1) Compassion overrides the harsh emotions towards others.
2) You've 
accepted others without bitterness,  even if they never change; instead,you'll seek understanding of their actions.
3) You'll thank God for allowing the difficult experience to teach you more about  His awesome grace.

We don't have to hold onto unforgiveness, bitterness,  and resentment.We can escape the bondage that traps those who refuse to show mercy.When the Holy Spirit reminds you of those you need to forgive, don't  ignore His voice.

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Jesus the Christ: There's Something About that Name!

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June 11, 2014

Jesus the Christ: There’s Something about That Name!  by Achkei "HK" Wilson
 
What’s in your name? Does it have meaning? What’s its significance? In a lesson, Pastor Norful emphasized that every component of your name has meaning.  He explained that the value of your name is like rubies and treasure.  But there is one name that reigns supreme.

As the songwriter said, “There’s something about the name Jesus.” He goes on to say, “It is the sweetest name I know.” So what is it about the name Jesus? The answer to this poignant question is so vast and so boundless that it’s impossible to answer with simplicity.

Studying the many names of Jesus is so uplifting and encouraging that you’re bound to find a new love and fondness for our Lord. According to allaboutjesuschrist.org, Bible scholars have discovered there are more than 700 names and titles ascribed for Jesus. These names not only identify Jesus’ character, but His personality and the love He has for you and me.

The Bible says an angel visited Joseph in a dream. In this dream, Joseph was told that the Holy Spirit would impregnate his fiancé, Mary, with a child. The angel also told Joseph the baby would be named Jesus, which means to save His people from their sins. Therefore, His name means Savior. Ecstatic visionaries called prophets brought word that this Savior would be called

Emmanuel, which means God with us. On a silent, yet holy night, in a manger of Bethlehem, Christ, The Messiah was born. After Jesus was born, wise men came from the east to Jerusalem and called him King of the Jews.

In the book of John, Jesus is referred to as The Word becoming flesh because in the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. One day as Jesus approached John the Baptist to get baptized, John greets Jesus as the Lamb  of God to indicate that Jesus would become the sacrifice for all mankind.

Most of the time during Jesus’ life, His mere presence brought about a following. When the first disciples followed Jesus, they called him Rabbi,  which means teacher. Jesus schooled even Nicodemus, a high ruler of the Jewish council, in knowing that in order to enter the kingdom of God, one must be born again. To be born again, one must profess with his mouth that God sent His one and only Son, and that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Jesus is Alpha and  Omega—meaning He is the beginning and the end. In the Christian faith, Jesus is part of the Trinity. The Trinity denotes that God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one with Jesus being an incarnate of God. In the book of Revelation, Jesus speaks about being the Ruler of God’s Creation. Could it be that when God said in Genesis, “Let us make man in our image…” that
He may have been speaking in the first, second and third person?

There is great intensity in knowing Jesus. The more contact you have with Him, the easier it is to accept that He is the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords.  Nothing should faze you after an experience with Him. His divine appointment should shake you, and knock you to your knees.

Being fed by God the Father, is an awesome experience. He is the Bread of Life because He gives true spiritual nourishment. Jesus is our Redeemer, One who gave His life to save ours, and to deliver us from bondage. He is the Prince of Peace,  The Comforter, The Rose of Sharon. When you lose yourself in Christ, you tend to call on His name to pull you through certain circumstances. The term Jehovah means The Lord.

For example, when you are unemployed and your benefits don’t seem to be enough to get you through the week, you call on Jehovah-Jireh,  the Provider of all your needs. When you call on Jehovah-Nissi, you call on God to be a Banner to shield you from evil. Allow your battles to be His battles. When the enemy tempts you, you call on Jehovah Tsidkenu because we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. Ask Him to keep you on the path of righteousness. He can protect you and He can save you, for He is Elohim—God all by Himself.

According to Names of  God by Rose Publishing, Elohim is used more than 2,300 times in the Bible, referring to God. And what did the Mother Mary call him? In the movie The Passion of the Christ, Mary is a mother who knows the path of her Son. She is protective of Him as a child, but prepares herself of what God has written for Him as a man. She calls him Yeshua, the Hebrew form of His name.

When I think of Calvary, I think of the hours that led up to the crucifixion. I can only imagine the disparaging names the people of Jerusalem called Him. As Pontius Pilate, the high magistrate, presented a scourged Jesus to the people; they demanded Pontius Pilate sentence Him to death by crucifixion. The road to Calvary was long and grueling. There was noise all around Him; there was social anarchy. Every step He took through the streets, and up the hill, left a trail of blood. The Bible doesn’t mention those who were saved on the way to Calvary, but I believe those who were sprayed by His blood as
the whip ripped the flesh off His body, were instantly saved. It is the unrecognizable power of His blood that Satan failed to realize as he watched with sheer delight.

On the cross, it was time for Jesus to “give up the ghost.” He’d been up there for a while. Above His crown of thorns, there was a sign that read INRI, which translates Jesus of Nazareth,  King of the Jews. As Jesus takes His last breath, I find myself weeping, as I place myself at that moment in time. It is finished. Everything around me is in slow motion. Everything is silent. There is a soldier who walks past me. He draws his sword and pierces the body of Jesus. The wind catches the blood and water that rains down on me. I am showered with His Spirit as I open my arms wide to cry out, “Master, save me!”

Jesus’ Profile...Strengths and Accomplishments Among many:
1) The world’s most outstanding teacher; His teaching was applicable, practical, and concrete.

2) Self-mastery and self-control

3) Nurturing, caring relationships with others
4) Accomplished grace and salvation for mankind
5) Power over death through resurrection.  
He lives!

Lessons from His Life
1) Jesus is our example in prayer, standing for truth, and rebuking sinners.
2) Loving and serving others should be priority.
3) Keeping God’s commandments is achievable.
4) A spiritually fruitful life requires death followed by resurrection.

Vital Statistics
1) Where: Born in Bethlehem, Lived in Nazareth and Galilee
2) Occupation: Carpenter
3) Relatives: Mary (Mother), Joseph (Father), James, Joses, Simon, and Jude (Brothers), Unnamed Sisters

One Key Verse
21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 (NKJV)

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Let Go & Let God!

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June 11, 2014

Let Go & Let God!  by Tonya Davis

Have you at any time found yourself reciting, "Lord, let your will be done, not mine," only to continue trying to do things your way? Certainly we all have, but sometimes we do
it unconsciously.Some of us are completely unmindful of the proverbial tug-of-war we have going on with God.The whole notion of "let go let God" is based on the premise that we tum everything over to God, and let Him work it out. After thinking about this concept, a few questions come to mind:What do we need to let go of? Why do we need to let go? How do we let go? What do we need God to do?"

No doubt there are many different answers to these questions, but ultimately the bottom line is...if it's not what God has for you, then it's NOT for you!Let's quit trying to fit a "square peg into a round hole."

In dealing with what we need to let go owe can start with the things keeping us from moving toward our next level:negative thoughts and distractions, open wounds, and toxic people.Some of us are badly wounded and walking in circles, afraid, and bleeding profusely. But be encouraged and know that "If the Lord had not been on our side when men attacked us, when their anger Pared against us, they would have swallowed us alive..." (Psalm 124:2-3). Everyone's situation or circumstance is not ((one size fits all,)) so we must be diligent in seeking God's will for our lives. After all,it's no big secret...He already knows what or who we've been holding onto. If we're open, He'll help us let it go.

Why we need to let go is based on the need for personal empowerment, preparation, enlightenment, moving forward, and growth. Also, why we need to let go becomes very apparent by way of the negative, never-ending cycles that we tend to carry on.So let's stop thinking we know it all and "Be not wise in our own eyes but fear the LORD,and turn away from will...because blessed is the one who finds wisdom and the one who gets an understanding" (Prov.3:7,13).

How we let go can sometimes be a bit unclear. When we set into motion the act of dismissing those negative thoughts and distractions that come along to throw us offtrack, we then begin the process of taking our power back! We also can use the power of forgiveness as a way to let go. Also, by acknowledging the fact that we have wounds that have not been healed, God opens the door for discernment and restoration.

Lastly, getting rid of those toxic people in our lives can lend a hand in the healing process, as well as preventing the likelihood of additional damage.In this case, the old adage, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," holds true.

After all is said and done, we need God to be our everything! By letting go, we're able to be released from the unnecessary complexities in life, therefore allowing God's will be our very own. His Word tells us, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will" (Romans 12:2). If we change our way of thinking, life's positive improvements will be revealed to us. We must get out of our own way, and out of God's way.We must let go of that old way of thinking, doing, and being, and let God have His way.

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Greater Increase

Author:
March 02, 2014

This is the year of Greater in the lives of Victory Cathedral.  Pastor Smokie Norful began a series on Greater!  During this message, he discussed how God has promised us an increase...to be fruitful and multiplying (Genesis 1:28).

"You would have never seen it (your vision), if God did not impregnate your spirit with it.  God is so awesome that He gives you a picture of your potential.  If you do not do what you are suppose to do, then you do not allow God to do what He was supposed to do."  - Pastor Smokie Norful

In your opinion, what are the top 3 reasons why people (or you) never accomplish the vision that God has shown them (or you)?

God Gives Strength & Restoration

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February 19, 2014

Are you worried, weary, or waiting? What is it that you’re concerned about? Wars and rumors of wars? Economic upheaval and increased poverty? Political decisions and
governmental policies? Religious hostility or indifference? The words of God recorded in Isaiah 40 are delivered to the nation of Judah, which had these concerns and many more. 

The people of God were displaced. Carried off into exile following 
an attack by the Babylonians, the people of Judah were forced to live in a foreign land, surrounded by foreign people worshipping foreign gods. Jerusalem, their home, lay in ruins,
leaving those who remained to suffer economic hardship. And most devastating of all, destruction of the temple left the people of God without their center for worship.

Lamentations 1:1, 3 describes the scene:
1 How deserted lies the city, once so full of people! How like a widow is she, who once was great among the nations! She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave.
2 Bitterly she weeps at night, tears are on her cheeks. Among all her lovers there is no one to comfort her. All her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies.
3 After affliction and harsh labor, Judah has gone into exile. he dwells among the nations; she finds no resting place. All who pursue her have overtaken her in the midst of her distress.


This exile was punishment for the sin and rebellion of the nation of Judah. The people of Judah would be waiting for release, wondering if their God had been defeated or had abandoned them, and weary from living in a strange land.

People without Strength (Isaiah 40:1, 2)
It is to this scene of despair, displacement, and discouragement that Isaiah spoke God’s word, “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” For the people who would know no peace for decades, this word promised restoration. Everything that had been broken was going to be made whole again. The words my people and your God resounded in their ears like the words of the covenant spoken to their ancestors (Exodus 6:7), acknowledging that they would not be abandoned. Their time of punishment would
conclude, and they would be restored again as the people of God.

God’s Incomparable Power and Strength (Isaiah 40:3–5, 25, 26)
The people were reminded that the Lord could not be defeated. A “voice” described the preparations for the procession of God. Through the desert and wilderness, referencing
the trials and sufferings the people of God had and would endure, God would bring his triumphal procession. The Babylonians constructed roads for parading their gods.
However, the one true God would  change the landscape for his procession, removing all obstacles, so that the “glory of the Lord” could be revealed to all people. This reminded
the people that the Lord God was, is, and forever would be the true King of earth.
The people were reminded that nothing on earth or in Heaven compared to the power and strength of God. Though surrounded by foreign gods, none could compare to the Holy One. For the King of earth was also God of the universe, demonstrated through the numerous stars in the sky that had been placed, numbered, and named by the power of
the Lord.
 
Our Weakness Compared to God’s Strength (Isaiah 40:6–8)
A comparison is made between the strength and power of God and bloom for a season, and then wither and fade, it is only by the breath of the Lord that life begins and ends. God reminded his people that just as their acts were powerless, so too would the acts of their oppressors be powerless. It is only the Word of God that remains forever and the
nation of Judah would need to place its hope in the promises contained in the Word.

God’s Strength in Our Weakness (Isaiah 40:29–31)
It is from the power of God—the same power that restored the nation power that created, named, and placed the stars—that the weak and weary receive strength. Even the strength of youth would not endure the time of exile, but God’s strength would renew those who grew tired. Those who waited for the Lord, placing their hope in the Word of God, would receive strength.

Just as the nation of Judah would have to endure its time in exile, we too will endure times of wilderness and desert in our lives. But the same God who provided strength for the people of Judah through their waiting, wondering, and weariness, says to us today, “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” Strength from God comes when we place our hope in the enduring Word, in God’s covenantal love realized in Jesus Christ, and in the glory of the Lord revealed on earth and throughout creation. This is strength that will help us walk, run, or soar. 

Quietly waiting on God (spending time alone with Him in prayer, 
worship, or Bible reading), as Isaiah 40:31 encourages us, does more to restore our bodies, minds, and emotions than anything else we can do. We need to do this regularly. Insist on quiet time with God; do not let anyone take those sacred moments from you. In those times, God
empowers you to face everything you need to do with renewed physical,
emotional, mental, and spiritual strength.

Source: christianstandard.com Reprint with permission

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Our Strength Comes from the Lord

Author:
February 19, 2014

Our Strength Comes from the Lord

Have you ever experienced a period in your life when your relationship with God was not quite as strong as it once was, or as strong as you’d like it to be? Or maybe you heard a sermon that tugged at your heart, or even experienced a storm, that drew you to want to
strengthen or restore your faith?

In life, endless things and challenges will tempt us and test our strength: family, work, relationships, illness, unemployment, death, unexpected events, and more. Here are some suggestions to reach beyond our own means to connect to the only Source to help us overcome those things that are bigger and stronger than us:

1. Read the Word regularly. Set realistic goals.  There are several guides to assist you in achieving your goals, i.e. daily reading plans (found in many Bibles), daily devotionals, and more.

2. Apply lessons learned. Review what you have read in your Bible, heard in a sermon, or received in godly counsel, and apply those principles in your daily life and situations.

3. Pray for perseverance. Continually seek the Lord for steadfast guidance and wisdom in your journey to Him.

4. Get involved in ministry. Connect with others. There is strength in numbers. Your brothers and sisters in Christ are in your life not only to serve alongside you, but also to be an earthly source of love and support.

5. Believe you can make it. Recite and believe, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

It’s the great challenges in our lives that God often uses to teach us to rely on His strength and not our own. And when we overcome those challenges by strengthening our faith, we can truly praise Him; we know only by His strength did we overcome our trials and tribulations.

Written by Deirdre McClarin

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