Posted in Defining moments

One Afternoon with an Atheist by Elaine Davenport (Wednesday, August 1, 2007)

There may be people who may read this; who knowingly or unknowingly may be looking to see if this is a critical piece. That is not the nature of this writing. It’s simply about a personal experience that clearly shaped my walk with God.
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When I was younger and not walking close with God; I had an enlightening experience. It was what my friend Rose calls a “defining moment.”

I always had two or three jobs even when I had a good job. We had moved into a new house and the financial needs became more demanding. I needed to be able to work at home and still earn extra monies. It so happened that an opportunity arose that allowed me to make money and a lot of it writing meaningful greetings cards and I leaped at the challenge.

BACKGROUND

I had written poetry for many years; all of my life in fact. When we were newly married in the middle of the night; something would wake me up and whisper poetry in my ears and I would jump up and write it down. When I became convinced that it could wait til morning, I would later find that it couldn’t, it would be long forgotten. All I knew was that it was beautiful. So I ended up with a huge stack of poetry in a bin from these nightly writings. My husband and I even thought of putting a computer in the bedroom for my nightly writings but we decided against it.

THINGS HAPPEN TO BELIEVERS

I knew the Lord as a little child. I am very thankful. I know that this doesn’t happen to everyone. God is love. I knew this as a child, but something happens to believers as we live in this world. I became sensitive to all of the unbelief that surrounded me in the wrong way. In my poems, Gods’ name would just pop up. Or Jesus name would just pop up. I really couldn’t explain it but they would be in the writings and nothing else would go there. I could be writing on anything, any subject and God’s name, His hand was always in it.

I GOT THIS JOB OFFER

I heard about a place that paid for your poetry if they could convert it into Greeting cards. I began to do some research and wrote a stack of materials. I went to the business and met the owner. I literally spent the entire afternoon there. I don’t recall her name and honestly I wouldn’t say it if I did. The lady paid me extremely well and promised me that she would give me a byline on the back of the Greeting Cards that were published. She then gave me a very large assignment. I was so excited.

THEN THE BOOM FELL…

This is a true story. As I was leaving she said: “One small thing. You mention God in your poetry, can you just leave that out? I usually don’t accept writings with Gods’ name in it but you didn’t have it in there a lot; but can you just do it less?”
She explained that she was an atheist. Now I had never met an atheist before. I couldn’t even understand how someone could have that mindset. I was shocked. I remember thinking how I couldn’t tell by looking at her. That was the most alarming thing.

MY RESPONSE…
I went numb. Those “visions of sugarplums” danced right out of my head. I just said the expected good-byes. For some reason I had parked a very long ways from the business. The walk back to my car was way too long. I was overcome with great sadness. I knew in my spirit that I could never return. I could not compromise my faith.

LOOKING BACK

I am very proud, because I wasn’t walking close with God then. There comes a time when we will all face DEFINING MOMENTS; what will you do then? What choice will you make?

Posted in God is the power source, God's love is in us, Just a reminder

JUST A REMINDER (TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2007)

I Corinthians 13 v. 8a. LOVE NEVER FAILS

Blessings to you my friend today. All is well. I am delighted to be able to speak to you today to encourage you. I am glad that there is a light around you and that your love is far reaching without exception. Yes, I know that I don’t see you very much and my plan to keep in touch with you falls short sometimes; but I care about you. I have some very special words for you today. This is why you have this letter.

You know, even though you may not ever hear this or maybe you do but just not enough…you’re a great person. You have special talents and only you can do some things that no one else can do. This makes you very unique. Many have noticed. Sometimes you have this way about you of cracking a joke or saying something witty or wise that no one but you could pull off. Sometimes it’s just a smile or a laugh. It makes those of us who know you, feel rewarded. When this happens we all say that you’re special and we’re very glad that we know you. Did I ever tell you that you are also generous? You are greatly capable of giving of yourself, your time, your energy, your compassion to those around you. Let’s talk about those talents that you have. Not the known ones but the ones yet to come: the creative and generous things that you think that you’ll do one day.

Let me tell you that we all have those kinds of ideas. I was amazed when someone told me that God puts those ideas right there in your heart. Really. Psalms 37: verse 4 says: “Delight yourselves in the Lord and he will give you the hidden desires of your heart.” I found this to be true as I began to delight in God, He began to give me my hidden desires in my heart. It surely is a good thing.

My main purpose for writing to you is to tell you how much God loves you. It’s a whole lot. He loves you. YOU ARE the apple of God’s eye. He wants you well, healthy and whole with everything in your life in place…EVERYTHING. You are special. I just wanted to tell you that God knows it and I know it too. Stay connected to Him, He’s the POWER SOURCE. If you know someone who can stand to hear this message, I encourage you to share it with them. Many thanks. Be well my friend, be well. Love Sister Elaine

Posted in God's love is in us

THOUGHT YOU"D ENJOY THIS (MONDAY, JULY 30, 2007)

1 Corinthians 13 (The Message Bible)
1 Corinthians 13
The Way of Love
1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
8-10Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
11When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

12We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
13But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

Posted in FEAR OF GOD, REVERING GOD

EVERYONE WON"T GET THIS by Elaine Davenport (Sunday, July 29, 2007)

I’ve spent many days and some sleepless nights for these past few years writing and rewriting about God. While some of my closest friends are faith writers; I’ve noted that they’ve easily found their style, the approach that they take in their writings is consistent. For instance one dear friend writes and has a no nonsense approach when it comes to his faith writing. On the other hand, I’ve found myself struggling to appeal (being sensitive to)to the varied backgrounds of the people that God sends to this site. However, I have realized that God can handle it, it’s too big for me. In my travels, I have looked at people and thought incorrectly that they didn’t know God that well or that they “looked” like they didn’t love him that much. I’ve basically been wrong many times. I don’t do that anymore. I didn’t do it in a judgemental way, it’s just that I’m always happier when I personally meet someone who really understands faithstuff. (my own made up word)

That said; I want to talk about FEARING GOD. Yes, I know again. It’s that important.

My fearing God takes precedence over all. Things always appear to be the exception many times, BUT NOTHING IS.

All that said: I just want to give you some scriptures to chew on and meditate upon regarding the FEAR OF GOD

For those who don’t know; fear of God means revering Him.
The payoff for meekness and Fear-of-GOD
is plenty and honor and a satisfying life. PROVERBS 22: 4

Here you see that there is a huge payoff other than intrinsic for fearing God.

Don’t for a minute envy careless rebels; PROVERS 23: 17,18
soak yourself in the Fear-of-GOD—
That’s where your future lies.
Then you won’t be left with an armload of nothing.
Fear GOD, dear child—respect your leaders;
don’t be defiant or mutinous.
Without warning your life can turn upside down,
and who knows how or when it might happen? PROVERBS 24: 21,22

Here you see a life instruction so to speak and a warning. It tells us that your life can be turned upside down without warning. It tells us to “soak” ourselves
in the fear of God.

Psalm 112 (Amplified Bible)
Psalm 112
1PRAISE THE Lord (Hallelujah!) Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who fears (reveres and worships) the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments.(A)
2His [spiritual] offspring shall be mighty upon earth; the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
3Prosperity and welfare are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
4Light arises in the darkness for the upright, gracious, compassionate, and just [who are in right standing with God].
5It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice.(B)
6He will not be moved forever; the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) shall be in everlasting remembrance.(C)
7He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firmly fixed, trusting (leaning on and being confident) in the Lord.
8His heart is established and steady, he will not be afraid while he waits to see his desire established upon his adversaries.
9He has distributed freely [he has given to the poor and needy]; his righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) endures forever; his horn shall be exalted in honor.(D)
10The wicked man will see it and be grieved and angered, he will gnash his teeth and disappear [in despair]; the desire of the wicked shall perish and come to nothing.

THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR. LOOK AT VERSE ONE. IT SAYS BLESSED, HAPPY< FORTUNATE< TO BE ENVIED IS THE MAN WHO FEARS THE LORD.

O fear the Lord, you His saints [revere and worship Him]. For there is no want to those who truly revere and worship Him with godly fear. PSALM 34: 9

THERE IS NO WANT TO THE SAINTS WHO “TRULY” REVERE AND WORSHIP HIM.

6In the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children shall always have a place of refuge.
27Reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.(B)
he reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it rests satisfied; he cannot be visited with [actual] evil.(H) PROVERBS 19: 26

DO YOU HAVE STRONG CONFIDENCE?
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Posted in Now faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evi

A Prayer of Faith by Elaine Davenport (Saturday, July 28, 2007)

FAITH
In the Name of Jesus, Father we come before you with
humble and thankful hearts. Father we are asking you to
strengthen________ (your name) this day. We stand on your word for
you said:
According to your faith be it unto you. Verily I say unto you
that if you have faith and doubt not, you shall not only do this
which is done to the fig tree but also if you say unto this
mountain be thou removed …it shall be done. The just shall
live by faith, but if any man draw back; my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.
Father, ___________( your name) is believing for: __________
_______________
And___________________ etc. She/He is standing on
their faith and we stand in agreement that these things
will unfold exactly that way that he/she wants them to
in accordance with your Word; though there is no evidence
that can be seen, __________(your name) is stronger and stronger
every day never doubting that these things will come to
pass. We also pray that YOU the God of our Lord Jesus
Christ , the Father of Glory , may give unto ___________
(your name) the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of you.
That the eyes of __________’s (your name) understanding being enlight-
ened that she/he may know what is the hope of his calling
and the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is
the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe,
according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought
in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at
his own right hand in the heavenly places….For this cause we
bow our knees unto You the Father of our LORD Jesus Christ
of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.
That he would grant unto_________(your name) according to the riches
of his glory to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in
the inner man; That Christ may dwell in ______________’s
heart by faith, that _____________ being rooted and grounded
in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the
breadth and length and depth and height; And to know the
love of Christ; which passeth knowledge, that she/he/they
might be filled with all the fullness of God!
In the Name of Jesus we ask and Pray.

Posted in God is Light

Putting God First by Elaine Davenport (Friday, July 27, 2007)

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I deny before my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 10: 32-33

Dear Heavenly Father, I am not ashamed of you. In fact, quite the contrary. I love you. You are First in my life. You are my daybreak, my daylight, my light and with you there is no night. Blessed Father, I pray this day for the misguided people. Someone must pray for you. I am asking you today to send your laborers to them. Many think that you and all the other Gods are one God. To hear the vain philosophies of mankind, we sound like the ancient Greeks. You are the true and living God and your sheep hear your voice. Yet, there is a misconception among men that we all have the same God no matter what the belief. Some think Jesus is a prophet O LORD. Please help them to understand that he is the Messiah and no one comes to the Father except through him. Let our words of truth from your Holy book fall on willing ears. Let us all be able to boldly confess you to all men. AMEN

Posted in Mystery of Christ

They don’t want to hear it by Elaine Davenport (Monday, July 23, 2007)

Heavenly Father, we stand in Your presence and in awe of You. In the Name of Jesus we just ask You to help us to speak the mystery of Christ to those whom the god of this world hath blinded. Please count us to be the worthy laborers that other saints have prayed for us to have a Divine encounter with. Help us not to be ashamed of the gospel. Please give us an opening in conversations so that we may spread the light and snuff out the darkness.

Teach us patience. Help us to exude Your love to others. We ask for Your favor as we move out into the missions fields, the highways and the by ways and we thank you. Teach us to pray the perfect prayer so that hearts will be touched and minds will be enlightened. Help us to understand that it will not be a cakewalk without sacrifices. Teach us not to be offended but to love those that despitefully use us or snub us. Enable us to save the lost.

We ask for the spirit of boldness to overcome us and that You will send the ministering angels forth in front of us to prepare hearts and minds. Enable us to pray in public places and to give people an on time Word in due season. Heavenly Father, help us not to be lofty minded about our positions or abilities but enable us to humble ourselves and to be thankful. We’ll be careful that You and not our flesh will get the praise, the honor and the accolades. We ask it all in the Authority of Jesus. So be it.