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Eternal Invincibility By Elaine Davenport ( Friday, June 29, 2007)

…who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
(KJV) Esther 4: 14

Hello Friend. God Bless you today. You and your family, your friends and their families too. I have been thinking about you for some time. I thank God for you and the example that you give to us all. It is amazing you know, that each person has a special God given characteristic that can bring peace, light, wisdom and joy to someone else. That is how I see you. I’ve been thinking of you and just want to run some things by you.

Several years ago, I came off of the freeway driving pretty fast. I had just bought a new car, but I wasn’t excited about that. I was anxious to get home. In my mind I became convinced that I had to see my family before something happened to them. My mind was shooting thoughts: “What if you never see your husband anymore?” “What is the last thing that you said to him?” “Did you tell him that you loved him?” “Did you tell the children that you loved them?” The questions were coming in rapid succession. I starting driving faster and faster even though I was only four blocks from my house. Smile. Did I have any reason to be anxious? Had I gotten an emergency call summoning me home? The answer to both questions is NO.

By the way, I arrived home and nothing was wrong. As soon as I saw my family I realized that my thoughts were off base. There was no reason for me to panic like that. It was a symptom that something was lacking, that something was needed; but I hadn’t a clue what to do.

Sometimes our bodies send out physical indicators. Sometimes we have financial smoke signals in our lives. Sometimes we have emotional or mental symptoms that bother us. Did you know that we get spiritual symptoms that are sometimes good and sometimes bad?

My feelings on that day were out of control, I experienced fear, worry and anxiety. I had no peace, no true happiness; in fact I didn’t really know what it was (happiness). Looking back I had a “earth” happiness. Joy? What was that? It wasn’t even in my vocabulary because that was just a “seasonal” word. I didn’t have low self esteem; I just had less. My panic in the car was just another outward expression of my hopelessness at that time. During that time, I basically never slept; my mind just raced every night with “what ifs.” It’s a miracle that I didn’t have horrible bags under my eyes and that I was so agreeable most of the time. I knew deep inside that there was a better way for me. I decided to follow that instinct. My search took me on a journey that I will never forget.
Last night, I stayed up so that I could explain it to you. I got “chose.” I know it’s not proper English; but that’s what happened. That’s what we used to say when I was growing up. Smile.

Imagine that you’ve fallen in love. You’ve met someone wonderful; they are the best thing that has ever happened to you. They want the best for you, they love how you look, they applaud your desires, they encourage you and fully support you, they know your past and it doesn’t bother them; they just forget it…permanently never to be brought up again. When you look at them you see nothing but beauty; nothing but LOVE . Wow. For the first time in your life you have met someone with no earthly shortcomings…in other words if you told your friends about this relationship; they’d say: “That’s too good to be true.” That love that you experience has put a fire in you, a passion for the things that are right. You now have a bold confidence that you always saw in others/wanted. You’ve become transformed. You are not your old self. People who knew you before can’t believe the change in you. You’re full of love and have a heart of compassion for others. In fact, you no longer accept strife, you avoid anger, you’ve matured and you no longer judge others; just yourself. All of this has happened because of this wonderful bond that you now have. That’s how it is with God and that’s only the beginning, He’ll be with you forever only loving you more. You can’t even believe it’s real; but you know it is…that’s how you start using the word: “JOY.” In an imperfect world; you have been singled out to have a perfect relationship with Him.

My journey led me to the only solution for me. I gave my life to Christ…fully. I needed some invincibility and I got it. When we are born again, we have eternal invincibility and the devil would love to see us lose it- he brings trials, conflicts and confusion of the financial, the physical, of the mind or in whatever area; hoping that we will give up our invincibility; because otherwise he can’t defeat us…and we know he’s a defeated foe. ETERNAL INVINCIBILITY…WOW. So stand. Invincible= unbeatable, unshakeable, unconquerable.

My message to you is a reminder that: You’ve been chosen.
*You’ve been chosen to take authority over your problems and challenges. You’ve been given the keys to the kingdom, instructions on how to overcome any problem.
*Again, you’ve been chosen to do some special things that only YOU can do at a special time, and you HAVE TO do them. Don’t MISS your window.
*You’ve been chosen to speak to some people in certain situations and you HAVE TO speak to them.
*You’ve been chosen to spread the good news of God and you HAVE TO do it.
*You’ve been chosen to love your neighbor as yourself and you HAVE TO do it.
*You’ve been chosen to pray for others and you HAVE To pray for them.
*You’ve been chosen to set the Godly example and you HAVE TO set it.
*You’ve been chosen to stand and fight for the kingdom of God and you HAVE TO stand and fight.
*You’ve been chosen for many things… but especially for such a time as this, but you HAVE TO take action. I’m so glad. Love Sister Elaine Davenport

ADDENDUM……… I say this with the greatest humility for to God be the Glory……..
As many of you know this letter began many months ago when I found out that three young friends had been diagnosed with cancer. My heart was touched. Vivid memories of the terrible brain tumor that tried to take me down (and failed) came rushing back. I knew that they needed encouragement so I began to write them to tell them how they could look to God for their healings. Faith strengthened and healing came profoundly and the letter continued. Eventually it began to reach more and more people into the higher hundreds.

This letter is also Online now, In fact, you’re reading it. It goes all over the world now. God is Awesome. I was as shocked as you are when I found out that the letter was traveling; but I shouldn’t have been.

Last month, I got an email from Atlanta, Georgia. It was from a wonderful longtime friend Cynthia Johnson who was frustrated. (My friend Cynthia formed a foundation to feed children in Africa.) Bless God that she recently formed a partnership with Bruce Wilkinson who wrote The Prayer of Jabez; to plant well over one hundred thousand gardens in Africa. )

Well Cynthia told me that the letter arrived just in time and that she wanted me to agree in prayer with her; as she was stuck in Georgia trying to get to Soweto in Africa. That there was a labor strike and not only was her plane delayed; but she needed to get to Australia for an ordination for an Apostle as well. You know what she said in her email that just really stuck in my heart? She said: “Elaine, I just need you to agree with me in prayer” and then she went on with the problem.

It was Divine that I was on the computer at the exact time that the email came in!

YES, I HAD NO PROBLEM AGREEING WITH HER IN PRAYER.

We went off on the devil period point blank and in our email and we demanded that he cease and desist. We called the strike OVER. We called for FAVOR and favor we got. I agreed with Cynthia in Prayer and she with I. We celebrated her Victory and gave thanks! Beforehand…….The next email that I got from her I did not see until the next morning; she said the strike was over and she was on her way to Africa and then Australia. HALLELUJAH. I yelled out something like: GOD IS. We just have to stand in faith. WE CAN do this.

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You’re in a Miracle Season by Elaine Davenport (Thursday, June 28, 2007)

He who earnestly seeks good finds favor. Proverbs 11:27

You’re in a Miracle Season. I just wanted to write to tell you that many prayers have been sent up for you. I pray that you do know that all is well with you and your loved ones; everyone that you care about, no matter what it looks like.

Through many hours of prayer, I’ve been praying for everyone that gets this letter. Yes, that includes you! I just want to ask you:

“Have things been going your way?” You know, when things go the way that I want them to- it is a VERY good day. I like having good days; most people do. Do you?

Favor can affect you in a very small way or in a very big way. It happens to us all of the time and many of us (not everyone) never give it-this instance of favor even the slightest recognition.

I’ve been working on starting two businesses for over a year. These businesses both have to do with furthering God’s plan here in the earth. They can’t be launched together because one is entirely dependent on the success of the other. However, at the time of the initial planning stages; I encountered a
strong challenge. In reality to other people, the challenge would have
been insurmountable. However, I knew that it was minor because
it wasn’t my idea to start it.

It was a God idea so I knew He could handle it.

When I met with the Project Developer; I found out so much more

about favor.

For whoever finds Me finds life, and obtains favor from the LORD. Proverbs 8:35

When I was given the cost sheet; it was exactly right. For what I needed to do- this was a miracle! As new things came up (more expensive things); I was given great leniency and goodwill. The favor came continuously and still continues though the project is almost complete. I put my faith into action everyday and I start early; and I don’t quit; no matter how I feel. The people working with me do that as well. They are faith people so they understand. Miracle after miracle came and I just had to trust and lean on God. When you really think about it; it’s easy to lean on God. I am pleased to say that I learned some wonderful things. (I can’t wait until I get a release to tell you more about it all; but I can tell you God will have His way.) I learned through this experience to do right all of the time. When I did the right things-favor came. I’m not saying this like this is easy. Even if your mind is fixed, things come up but you just have to stay focused. I also learned to follow the rules and that obedience is critical.
PLEASE…
A lot of you know the story of Esther in the bible. It’s not a very long story but it is a story that well illustrates Gods’ favor. Esther who could have easily become an orphan without a future; led a favored and faith filled lifestyle which eventually led to her becoming queen. At a point in time, the test and trial came to Esther and her people and she; for her part; had to decide whether to turn her back on her people or to trust God. Esther put her faith into action and received favor. Not just a little favor; but enough FAVOR to spare her life and the lives of the Jewish people in her town. Esther knew what favor could do; and that knowledge enhanced her faith; her faith caused her to act and her acting caused the miracles to flow forth.

You need a combination of things working together to bring forth the miracle that you need; the miracle that God has for you.

With all of this talk about favor, I got to thinking one day recently. I asked myself: “Are you favoring God?” Are you giving Him special treatment? Are you biased towards and for Him all the time? I know that I can’t do for God what He does for me; but I can do what He expects of me and I know that my obedience, my putting Him first is a good way for me to give Him favor. I know that it is essential! It’s crucial! It’s love.

I just want to encourage you to consider favor to be a two sided coin and to encourage you to show God just how much favor that you have for Him. I am so thankful for people like you, I really am. PLEASE PUT YOUR FAITH INTO ACTION!

Posted in Concordance, Faith Scriptures, Luke 22

Advanced Thinking by Elaine Davenport (Wednesday, June 27, 2007)

Dearest Friend,

God loves you. I know it. I have lifted you up in prayer everyday and will continue to do so. I was originally praying for financial, physical, psychological, emotional or any other kind of healing and then I stopped. I had to. The bible says that” by his stripes we were healed. That means you,( your sister, your brother, your mother, your father, your friend, your cousin etc.) already are. Even, if it doesn’t look like it. I always say especially if it doesn’t look like it.

I have a wonderful example for you, but it’s going to do one of three things. It’s either going to make you laugh, think I am crazy or it’s going to make you be astounded. Okay, here goes. Everyday I go to the library because I have to write my books and research. I always ask the Holy Spirit to reserve me a parking space in the first or second row. Sometimes, I just ask for the first row. I have a witness for all of this too. But, I’ll tell you about that later. Today, I sent my prayer out early and not at the last minute. Our new library here is extremely popular. A decent parking spot in the first four or five rows is treasured. Forget the front row. No one comes out. A lot of people think the people who work there take the good spots. But, I don’t have to worry about that. I have faith. Another reason that this is important is because going to the library is not my hobby. I like it, don’t get me wrong. But when I go, I go on a mission. God sends me there to do what He has called me to do. I feel like a V.I.P. and I should park like one.

Okay, so I arrived at the library and looked. It was quite crowded and there were no spots in the front row. Not at all phased, I drove around again. Without hesitation, I said: let me just sit here in the front row and wait for my spot. It is promised to me, it is mine.
About two seconds after I said that, a lady and a man came from nowhere and pulled a mini van out right in front of the door. I praised God. He is that good.

I decided to travel to travel to Toronto to save souls for Christ. Originally I planned to go with one of my friends from early morning prayer. Every obstacle that you can imagine came up against us. When you decide to work for God, the rewards are great, but the tribulation will come. I think we ended up with several plans to go with various people. At one point it was so funny, people kept saying: “How are you getting to Toronto?” and I would say: “I don’t know how. I just know I’m going.” You see, I was able to do that because I stayed close to God and I kept getting the message that I was going. So I stood on that word. It all worked out at the very last minute. I went. It was wonderful. Toronto is so diverse. We met people from all different backgrounds. There was no confusion, no division. It was very nice. I’ll tell you, I had two praying roommates. They prayed away a horrible headache that I had. When I drove away from that city, I had written down fourteen revelations and I had an idea for a revolutionary book. God is so faithful.

Enough about me, let’s talk about you. Whatever you are believing God for, He wants you to have it. All that you need is faith. The bible has a lot to say about faith, for example:

The just shall live by faith. Habakkuk 2 v. 4
Thy faith hath made thee whole…Matthew 9 v. 22
According to your faith be it unto you. Matthew 9 v. 29
Have faith in God Matthew 11 v. 22
Thy faith hath saved thee. Luke 7 v. 50
But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. Luke 22 v. 32

If you need to know about any area in your life that you want to stand on based on God’s word do this. Look in the subject area at the back of your bible. It is called the Concordance. You can look up many subjects back there. They will tell you where to find all of the scriptures that apply to your need. Look them up and read them daily. While you’re at it apply your faith and you’ll be successful. A lot of you who get this will say I already know this. So, it makes even me wonder why am I sending this to you. I don’t know, but there is a reason. Maybe, you need to apply more diligence, get rid of unforgiveness, praise God more, spend more time in the word or maybe it’s just a confirmation that you are doing everything right and that you have been patient and that you are about to reap a wonderful harvest. I sure hope so. Be Blessed. I love you.
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Can you make an Executive Decision? By Elaine Davenport (Tuesday, June 26, 2007)

I saw this movie called Executive Decision. It was a story about some terrorists taking over a plane and how ordinary people overcame them. It was suspenseful, but the most impressionable part was when the “hero” had to fly a plane in mid air for the first time in his life to save the people. First, he had to defeat the terrorists one by one in the air; but then he had to land the plane. ONLY ONE PROBLEM: MOVIES AREN’T REAL.

Now there are more than 15 steps to landing a plane in a real life. You’ve got to:
THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE LIST.

1. Get to the controls and take a seat
2. Check your fuel continuously
3. Put on the radio headset
4. Say: “Mayday, Mayday.”
5. Turn to station 121.5 (You can get help there)
6. Look at the instrumentation/see if the plane is level
7. Make sure the plane is flying straight
8. Find the altimer- this tells you your altitude (it’s in the center of the control
panel.)
9. Begin your descent- pull the throttle back to slow down, as the plane slows, the nose drops.
10. Deploy the landing gear; if you’re landing on water leave the landing gear up.
11. Look for a place to land. Preferably flat ground. If you’re headed for trees; aim for the middle of them so that the wings will bear the impact.
12. Line the plane up.
13. Pull way back on the throttle/make sure the nose of the plane doesn’t dip too much.
14. If you have time, drive over the area you intend to land in and look for obstructions.

15. Use the floor pedal to steer and brake the plane.

If you took the time to read this list and scan it; you would not be too eager to be in this situation. No one is; yet emergency plane landings happen all of the time. Most don’t make the news unless something happens.

YOUR EXECUTIVE DECISION

You just have to turn your problem over to God. That’s all you have to do. He can’t work on it if you still are, so when you turn it over; let it go.

THE GOOD NEWS

I’ll say it again another way. The good news is you don’t have to do all this with God. He’s in charge and yet a lot of people have trouble giving their troubles, cares, anxieties and burdening situations to God.

Joshua 1: 8 says:
This book of the law, thou shalt meditate therein day and night, for then thou can make thy way prosperous and then thou can have good success.

But, first you have to believe and trust God and you have to believe that God lives on the inside of you born again believer. If you have this revelation knowledge and not sense knowledge; your decision will be easy.

It’s not unusual to run into people who say: “I don’t know what I’m going to do.” When we hear this; our job is to point them to God.

If you cast your burden on God; don’t take it back. I see and hear this all the time. People praying daily for the same thing they asked God to take care of yesterday. God can hear. He heard you the first time. Be patient and stand in faith. Do not waiver. Be confident and courageous.

Psalm 34: 19:
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

This is not meant to teach you specifically how to fly a plane. It is just intended to show you the number of rules involved. This is a brief synopsis; there’sa a lot more to it than this.

Posted in God's love is in us, Love bears up under anything, Love never fails

Failure to Love by Elaine Davenport (Monday, June 25, 2007)

My ministry had been teaching a lot about Love. We had spent a lot of time in 1Corinthians 13 where it talks about Love. I had the most unusual experience not too long after that. It gave me an opportunity to put the teaching into practice; not by teaching someone else but by learning through visualization.
* Sometimes it is hard to love people; especially when they don’t want to love back, but we have to do it.

I was invited to a wonderful gathering. When I arrived; I was immediately notified that I would be the speaker. I’m sorry, I admit that it caught me off guard, only because writing is my comfort zone and I try to stay in that zone. However, I went to a quiet place to pray to find out what I would speak about. In my heart, there was an overwhelming need which came upon me to speak on Love; with an emphasis on First Corinthians Chapter Thirteen.

I was sure of it and prepared my speech. On the surface, I couldn’t “see” where it was necessary but I gave it anyway. Then something phenomenal happened. Four more people who were also men and women of God whom I did not know spoke. Every single person spoke on Love. I believe that each one of us was called to minister on the message of Love for such a time as that.

Failure to Love can result in a great deal of pain. More explicitly; the denial that such a problem exists as we self examine can ultimately cause great pain.

When a small child sees fire for the first time; the parent may look at the child, point to the fire and say don’t touch, fire burns.

This message is just that serious.

I HAVE A FRIEND

I have a friend who had a very close relationship with her daughter. They had been through many ups and downs. My friend has a rather strong personality; but she is a great person. By and by the daughter met and married a great guy who had children that he was raising. To many people, they are a perfect couple, but not to her mother. Over time, the mother and the son-in -law became distant only communicating through the daughter; if at all. There were several incidents of drama between them. My friend received the Love message; but she did not hear it. My friend has experienced great anguish and pain from this experience. When I asked my friend about loving her son in law; she brushed it off and made a remark about what the son in law had done to her. Two years later, my friend was in worse pain over the situation because things had gone from bad to worse and her daughter no longer visits.

In First Corinthians 13 it says:

1 Corinthians 13
If [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such [a]as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

And if I have prophetic powers ([b]the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).

Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or [c] in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me), I gain nothing.

Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.

It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy ([d]the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].

For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect).

But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded).

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.

For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as [e]in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand [f]fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been [g]fully and clearly known and understood [[h]by God].

And so faith, hope, love abide [faith–conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope–joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love–true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.

LET’S TALK ABOUT HEARING

We can’t be deaf to the Word of God and we can’t afford to be in denial. The cost of the ticket is way too much and we don’t have time. I didn’t say “you”, I said “we.”

Blessings
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Posted in faith and Godly Wisdom to you today, Going to the next level, lack, Make a choice to re-position ourselves

Thought by Andrew Valle (Friday, June 22, 2007)

Selah

The level to which you ascend is directly proportional to the one to whom you submit.

The Holy Bible tells us everything that was made was made by the Creator and that in Him was life and the life was light of men. It further tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things will be added on to you. Who are you submitting to? Where is it taking you? Do you have all?

Wisdom would tell me that if I had any lack in my life that I should seek the light and his way of doing things. Let’s make the choice to re-position ourselves so that we can draw on the life and the light of the creator. Aspiring to ascend to the heights, He intended for us at creation.

Selah

John 1: 3-4, Matthew 6: 33

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We greatly welcome Guest Writer Andrew Valle to our site. Please look for further insights from him on a frequest basis.

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God is in Control by Elaine Davenport (Thursday, June 21, 2007)

Last night, I tossed and turned over a rather serious prayer concern. Then I woke up. I heard these funny noises and I got up to investigate and look out of the window. Praise God it was raining. I recalled someone saying to me just earlier that day that we were having a drought and did I know it. I did not express dialogue, but I briefly replied something about the power of prayer which was for them. In my mind, I didn’t accept such a declaration. So it had rained consistently all night long. I turned on the weather channel and it was raining all over the country.

That’s just a side note to assure you that God is in control.

Posted in emotional healing must take place in our lives, injustices must be forgotten, offenses

Getting to Forgetting by Elaine Davenport (Wednesday, June 20, 2007)

You decide to take a vacation. It’s something that you’ve always dreamed of. When you arrive at the airport the place is packed with other people whose intentions are the same as yours. You’d like to bring a lot of luggage but you know that you could not do so because there are weight restrictions. An overload could cause serious safety hazards and there are regulations that prohibit that. You decide to follow the rules.

We are instructed as believers not to try to carry our own burdens. We’re invited and instructed to give them to God. We live in a world where the famous catch phrase: “I can handle it.” is said by so many, but as born again believers we don’t have to handle it.

Do you really want total peace? You have to ask this of yourself? If you do; there are some things that you must let go. You can start today. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.

Unforgiveness is the unwillingness or inability to forgive. It could be a deliberate act, or it may not be so deliberate; but it has to be dealt with.

In following up the dialogue on “UNFORGIVENESS;” it’s important to talk about how we must move ourselves to a level of forgetting. A common expression that the “world” uses is: “I can forgive you, but I won’t forget it!” If you forgive, you have to forget. Point blank. We have Biblical precedence for this.

When God forgives, God forgets. He has great love for us. Psalm 103 verses 10 through 12 gives us good insight:

We do wrong things.
He does not *punish us for them as much as he should.
The sky is high above the earth.
So his kind love is great to those people that love him.

As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he taken our *sins from us.

A great example, is the example of the Apostle Paul. A known persecutor of Christians who was forgiven by God. Paul spoke in Ephesians 1 and said

Paul literally said: “Yes, I’m accused of sins, misdeeds and crimes in this city and I am guilty. Many wonder how I have the nerve to stand before you; but you must know that in Him, I have redemption for my trespasses. He was saying that God had forgiven and God had forgotten. WE know that “people” have trouble forgetting, but my message is that you must.

The bible says:

Trust in the Lord and lean not to thine own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge HIm and He will direct your paths.

When facing with the mountain of forgetting; we must give the burden to God, casting the lot of those cares on Him, because we know that He cares for us.

When we are unable to forget the slights, offenses, injustices, persecutions and transgressions against us and our families, we are in our own ways “holding” on to unforgiveness. When we do that, we delay our complete emotional healing. I’ve been through it and I write this to prevent this from happening to you.

Though there hasn’t been a heap of discussion regarding this, I believe that this revelation will greatly reach the body of Christ so that we can totally separate ourselves step by step from the things that beset those that are of this world.

My prayer is that you will grab hold to this and expound on it; so that it will not be a hindrance to you.
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Posted in Love is longsuffering, persecutions

Spiritual Heart Attack- Part Two by Elaine Davenport (Tuesday, June 19, 2007)

Please, if you haven’t had the opportunity; please read Part One now…thank you.

I have long considered myself a prayer warrior. Each day, I fight and stand ready for battle against the adversary. There is no reason whatsoever to take false pride in such a role. That position can only allow one to be vulnerable to attack.

UNFORGIVENESS CAN AFFECT YOU SPIRITUALLY; YOU CAN”T AFFORD IT. I heard a wonderful young minister say: “Don’t sign for the package!”

I suppose the adversary has studied me and looked for chinks in my armor. He found it in the area of unforgiveness. It was an area that I was not aware of.

Just a few hours after leaving church one reSunday, I was verbally attacked in a nice way. I didn’t deserve it. The more that I thought about it, the more I became convinced that an injustice had been committed to me. I should have recognized that it was a test; but instead I allowed my emotions to drift into dangerous territory as I decided “how soon” I would totally forgive the person.

First of all, I was forced by circumstances to remain in the presence of a lot of people when it happened. I fought back tears as I felt totally humiliated. I knew that my skin should be tougher than that, but at that moment; I wasn’t. I fished through my purse for sunglasses. I began to pray in the spirit. That’s when I got my breakthrough. The tears decided that it wasn’t necessary. I regained my composure. All was well.

The dangerous part is the damage that can be done to our hearts.
The bible says:

Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it. Proverbs 4: 23

Hours longer than I should have; I forgave the person. I struggled with seeing them the same way beforehand. I believe one of the greatest challenges that believers have is realizing that we’re all imperfect people.

We’re supposed to have love for the next person the same that we have for ourselves.

Love is longsuffering and we have to remember how many times we’ve heard that something was a piece of cake and it wasn’t. As believers, we’ve been told that we’ll face tests and trials and that we’ll be persecuted. The lesson that I’ve learned is that when they do come, my assignment of love never changes; irregardless of how I feel. I’ve learned to give the burden to God.

I think that staying close to God and staying in the Word can help us to endure; the sin that “doth so easily beset us.”

Unforgiveness is like an invisible poison; don’t take it, reject it.
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Spiritual Heart Attack by Elaine Davenport (Monday, June 18, 2007)

Unforgiveness is very real; it is an attack on your heart!

Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, “I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” Luke 17:3-4 NKJV

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15 NKJV

“Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.” Mark 11:25 NASB

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 NASB

ASK YOURSELF
Ask yourself, who it is that allows you to feel pain, hurt, resentment, anger, rage and offense. The answer should not surprise you. I am responsible when my emotions try to lead me. Yet, even though I know it, it doesn’t make it any easier when it happens.

Some years ago, when I made a decision to become a prayer warrior, I was led to make a list of people that I needed to forgive from throughout my life. Yt, I was able to make a two page list. I had all that unforgiveness inside me and I didn’t even realize it. Some of the people, I forgave right away. Others took some days but I completed the list. From time to time. other people would cme to memory and I would forgive them too. They were spillovers from my my “pre” born again life.

None of them were hard cases except one. I had already forgiven the man who had murdered my father. That had taken years and lot of God’s grace, but it had come before that. If we’re not careful, unforgiveness can turn into bitterness which can grow and fester.

Let me say that I really was character wise a nice person all my life even before I truly became born again. Being nice won’t get anyone a pass to heaven; though a lot of people think it will. I went the extra mile for people because I wanted to help them. I was raised that way. My grandmother fed the neighbors for years; just because. My mom used to pick people up in a blizzard going out to the bus stops and giving free rides. This was in the 60’s. It was all I ever knew to do. Yet, as I entered adulthood with all of my spiritual knowledge, I changed. It was because I subscribed to the school of thought which says: “I’ll forgive you, but I’ll never forget it.”

It would be years before I realized that this was not true forgiveness but a coping mechanism allowing myself to give people a “conditional” pass, not a complete pass. I think it’s healthy to keep your eye on everyone including yourself, but there s a fine line between that and unforgiveness. It’s a line that the believer can’t cross.

Underneath all of the rhetoric; unforgiveness may be some sort of defense mechanism whose activation is triggered by our willingness to protect our hearts from further or future attacks. However, I suggest that unforgiveness is in of itself and attack on the heart ever so subtle.

Just as I was thinking that I was stronger than that; I was tested.

More tomorrow on how I coped with the flood of emotions that come as the believer tries to fight off rage and anger that can result in unforgiveness.

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Please continue with Part Two.

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Listen for the "Override." by Elaine Davenport (Saturday, June 16, 2007)

I was riding in my car on the way to a prayer meeting. Just before going into the gas station, I was led to make a quick telephone call. I said a few words and said goodbye and laid the phone down abstractly. I arrived at the station pump almost immediately thereafter and jumped out and put gas in the car. Within minutes, I was back on the road and then I heard a voice clearly. It said: “You lost your phone.” I became interested, not alarmed. Then another voice: “You lost it when you jumped out of your car. You need to get it. I began to imagine it on the ground and who might or might not see it. I even imagined whether it might be turned into the station and whether it would be there when I went back to get it. About that time, I was at least a mile away and near my freeway ramp which would take me even farther away. I was actually looking for a place to pull over. It’s funny now. And then I heard it.

A Small Voice…

“Your phone is in your purse.” It was calming and reassuring. I’ve heard the voice of reason before. I decided to trust it, but soon I found myself reaching for my purse to look inside. It’s a huge purse with big dark pockets that don’t allow for light. Traffic only allowed me to put it down.

I recalled John 10 verses 1-4:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”

It was clear. That voice I call the Override.

In the supermarket, when the cashier rings up your groceries and makes a mistake, they have to call for the “Override” key or the person with the authority to correct the error. The cashier yells out: “OVVERRIDE, but the person who comes usually comes quietly to fix it. I’ve watched this scenario many times in my life. Perhaps you have as well.

When I’m uncertain of my proposed course, I ask the Lord to order my steps. I realize that there are more than one voice, but I listen for the override. Staying close to God allows me to know the voice when I hear it.