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Don’t Help The Devil! by Elaine Davenport Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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MUSIC TO READ BY: “I Exalt Thee!” by Israel Houghton

Acts of kindness may soon be forgotten, but the memory of an offense remains.

HAVE I EVER BEEN OFFENDED?

Unfortunately, yes.  As much as I know better…it happened to me and I didn’t see it coming.

Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous, love is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offense, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins but delights in the truth; it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes. Love does not come to an end.”  1 Corinthians 13: 4

NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT; BEING OFFENDED IS BEING OUT OF LOVE.


I once had a dear church friend get mad at me.  I was shocked.  I immediately apologized and begged for forgiveness.  My mistake was that I had mentioned to them in a nice way that they had not kept their word on several occasions.  I should never have said that because they weren’t my children and I didn’t know them that well.  I thought I did.  But, I spilled it out without praying and I suppose I said it as a means of offense trying to control them or to make the person feel guilty.  It was sporadic, it was wrong and it wasn’t love.    I know better.  I suffered a lot of pain as a result.  I did a lot of praying.  I wouldn’t leave my church; but I changed my seat for a long time.  It was awful.  Why did I help the devil?  Why didn’t I realize that I was on a slippery slope?  I just wasn’t there yet.

I wish I could say that only the “new” believers get offended; but that’s not true.  Everyday, I meet someone who leaves a church they’ve been at for 20 years to go to another church.  When I ask them why they are leaving; I’ve heard all kinds of excuses.  Somebody said something.  Somebody did something.   I have met people who had compelling stories for leaving, but each person must ask themselves are they leaving for the right reason.

WEBSTER’S 1828 DICTIONARY SAYS:

. Displeasure; anger, or moderate anger. He gave them just cause of offense. He took offense.
2. Scandal; cause of stumbling. Christ is called a stone of stumbling and rock of offense to both the houses of Israel. Ps. 8.
3. Any transgression of law, divine or human; a crime; sin; act of wickedness or omission of duty.
Christ was delivered for our offenses, and raised again for our justification. Rom. 4.
4. An injury.
I have given my opinion against the authority of two great men, but I hope without offense to their memories.
5. Attack; assault; as a weapon of offense.
6. Impediment. Matt. 16.

Offense is when you feel like you’ve been injured or slighted.  Some people get offended by something said to them and others may get offended by something that has not been said.  Perhaps, it’s a look, or body language, or whispering or a rumor.    Sometimes the root of it is miscommunication, jealousy,  pride and the list goes on.      My reaction injured another person and caused them to be offended and it could have went on and on except; we got our bearings.    I work daily not to be touchy or sensitive and I’m winning.

My friend and I got back together; but unfortunately she moved away.  I use that instance as a reminder of what I should never let happen.  I use the Word of God as my compass.


Don’t help the devil outwardly or inwardly.  Before I utter anything to anyone…I stop and ask myself:  “Am I helping the devil?  Can this be misconstrued?”  If I get a check in my spirit…I keep moving.

You are in control!   Yes you are…but you don’t “feel” like you are.  The devil knows a sure way to get you in a place where everything stops working for you. Don’t Help The Devil!   Don’t Do It!

Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it

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Busted Up Prayer Meeting! by Elaine Davenport Monday, October 5, 2009

Music to Read by:  “I Am A Friend Of God” by Israel Houghton

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I once had a lot of people coming to my house for prayer meetings.  It was fun.  It seemed like we were all on the same page; until one day I sent them all a note.  It said the following:

“At our next meeting, we will go out on the streets to pray with people.  Please be on time..  Thank you sooo much.”

Sounds harmless right?  Well, the devil took those three sentences and ran with them!  My phone began to ring off the hook.  People wanted to know if I was serious.  One friend asked me if I was sure that God wanted me to do that.    She was in bible school.    Others had comments as well.  But even worse, on the day of the next scheduled prayer meeting the house was nearly empty!  This is true.   I felt really bad at the time.    I was driving down the street nearly in tears when I recalled that it wasn’t even my prayer meeting…it was God’s meeting.  What was I even crying about?  I’ll bet the devil hated that revelation!

Yet,  I kept remembering The Great Commission; the minister at church today reminded us of this:

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  Matthew 28: 19-20

About praying…we’re told:

Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man. Luke 21: 36(NKJV)

Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly] 1 Thessalonians 5: 17

I desire therefore that in every place men should pray, without anger or quarreling or resentment or doubt [in their minds], lifting up holy hands. 1 Timothy 2: 8

You see, the people who were invited to the prayer meeting that didn’t come…they missed an opportunity to increase their faith and stretch themselves…and they missed an opportunity to be obedient.  They weren’t willing, but I am sure that they got another chance.


ARE YOU THE ONE THAT WILL HEED THE CALL?

What do your family and friends think when they think about you?

What can they count on you for?  Can they count on you to tell them the truth?  Can they count on you to encourage them?  Can they count on you to be there when they need a listening ear?  Well, what if they just need prayer?  Maybe, they don’t even know it.  Can they count on you to just say a prayer with them?  What if they need to take a closer walk with God?  Can they count on you to tell them?  I sure hope so, but it doesn’t matter a whole lot in the scheme of thingswhat I think.  This however means a whole lot to God.


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JAILBREAK!!! by Elaine Davenport Wednesday, September 29, 2009

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God is not an impossible, improbable God.  He’s not an any-meany-miny-moe God.  He is the God of the Breakthrough and the breakout if necessary!  You better tell somebody!!!

Imagine if you lived in a country where the leader of the country was on a killing spree and was killing Christian leaders?  That’s exactly what was happening in Acts 12.  King Herod was on a killing spree.  He  killed  James and then set his sights on Peter.  Peter was thrown in church…BUT the church was earnestly praying for him.  They weren’t talking about it and they were not cavalier about it.   The amplified bible says the prayer was fervent and persistent.


Acts 12

1It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3When he saw that this pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. 4After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.

5So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.

God answered swiftly.  He sent the angel of the Lord to free Peter from jail.  The angel showed up while Peter was sleep.  He hit  Peter  on his side  and woke him up.  Peters chains fell off his hands.     The angel told Peter to put on his shoes and his clothes.  Peter thought it was all just a dream.

6And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.

7And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

8And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.

9And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision

Okay, okay, I’m excited!  This is like a suspense movie…only with a good ending.

Peter finally realized it wasn’t a dream.

11And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the LORD hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

God had broke him out of jail!!!  HALLELUJAH!!!!   HALLELUJAH!!!

Now, I really don’t know what’s going on with you or what you need but God knows.  Get before HIm.

Now, maybe  you are supposed to be praying for someone.  You’d better get busy…and be about God’s business.  He’s counting on you.  Yeah.

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Promise Keepers by Martin A. Cisneros, Guest Writer Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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Joshua 1:12-14

And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and half the tribe of
Manasseh Joshua spoke, saying, “Remember the word which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, ‘The Lord your God is giving you rest and is giving you this land.’ Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side of the Jordan. But you shall pass before your brethren armed, all your mighty men of valor, and help them.”

Promise Keepers

In his book Up From Slavery, Booker T. Washington described meeting an ex-slave from Virginia: “The man had made a contract with his master, two or three years previous to the Emancipation Proclamation, that permitted him to buy his freedom. While he was paying for himself, his master released him to labor where and for whom he pleased. Finding he could receive better wages in Ohio, he journeyed there. When Abraham Lincoln declared all slaves to be free, however, the man was still in debt to his master three hundred dollars. Even though technically he was freed from any obligation, he still walked back to where his old master lived in Virginia and placed the last dollar, with interest, in his hands. The man concluded, ‘I could not enjoy my freedom until I had fulfilled my promise.'”

Joshua, too, reminded the Reubenites, the Gadites and half the tribe of Manasseh that they had made a promise during the days of Moses. In return for being allowed to settle in the peaceful land east of the Jordan, they agreed to join their kinsmen in conquering the land west of the river. It was now time to fulfill that promise.

God expects all of us to keep our promises. In fact, the psalmist said that the person who walks with integrity “swears to his own hurt, and does not change” (Ps. 15:4).

Is there a promise that you need to fulfill? Have you made a commitment and not seen it to the end? Now is the time to take your obligation seriously and make good on your promises. Even if technically you’re off the hook, people of integrity always do what they promise.

A promise broken is a responsibility left undone.

Martin A. Cisneros

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Get your mind right! by Elaine Davenport Monday, September 27, 2009

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JOSHUA WAS AFRAID OF THE TASK THAT GOD GAVE TO HIM; ARE YOU AFRAID TO MOVE WITH WHAT GOD GAVE YOU?  GET YOUR MIND RIGHT.  JOSHUA DID IT AND GOD HELPED HIM.  HOWEVER, YOU CAN’T DO THIS IF YOU DON’T SPEND TIME WITH GOD.


Like many other believers I love to read the Book of Joshua; especially Chapter One.    It talks about being successful and many use the instructions there as a model to go by in life.  Joshua was afraid of being a leader; maybe he was afraid of people or afraid of failure.  Joshua had spent years shadowing Moses as his apprentice learning how to lead God’s people and how to commune with God; and now that it was his turn he had cold feet.    No doubt, he knew how to commune with God; there is no dispute to that.  But, he was reluctant to lead the people, after all, he had seen them in their best and worst light.  He must have been afraid or felt unworthy; because God had to tell him three times to be strong and courageous and the fourth time it was spoken by the people to Joshua after he began to act on what God said.  Once he acted; the miracles began to unfold.

Look at  verse 6:

8This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

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First God tells Joshua to be strong and have courage.  Then he goes back again and takes him…Only be strong and very courageous.  It’s like saying   This is the course I have for you!  Get your mind right.  Then God says a third time to Joshua: I’ve commanded you.

6Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

7Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.


9Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

God gives instructions very carefully in this Chapter and if you read it slowly and meditate in it; there are some pearls of wisdom there.

We can’t hear what Joshua had to say…but if God had to tell him 3X…then he was trying to build Joshua up for success.  How many times does God have to tell you what to do?

Finally, once Joshua goes and does what God says:  The people confirm what God says by speaking the same exact words God told Joshua.  WOW!!!  They weren’t there when God spoke to Joshua..but God spoke through them to reassure Joshua.

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Sure enough verse 18 reflects:

8Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage.

You’ll see the expression:  Be strong and be courageous” in  four places in that one Chapter.  The last time it is said; something really powerful is taking place.  God confirms His word spoken through the mouth of the people.

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FAITH IN YOUR FACE BOLDNESS!!! by Elaine Davenport Saturday, September 26, 2009

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WHY BLOG?

Blogging gives you the audience (if you can build one) to get the word  out.  You get to pick it.  You get to control it.

The most popular Internet Bloggers gossip or talk politics.    When I started; very few were interested in tough faith talk.    I originally drew a ton of atheist and demonic types. I am not exaggerating. Because I didn’t know what I was doing; I saw a lot of terrible stuff I didn’t choose to see with spam.  My sites were attacked. spammed and deleted!   Even worse, a pornography site attached itself to my site on more than one occasion.  There are people who still hack into my sites to sell drugs or products or whatever else.


A blogger is a person who likes to write and has a passion for a certain topic.  That topic had better be a topic that the blogger (or writer) has a passion for!  That’s because once you build a following…people will be expecting you to say something regularly…or they won’t come back.  The message goes out on the Internet on a “blog.”  A Blog is a space or a place with software that allows you to go on and on about your subject.

A blog is different from a website in that it keeps changing.  It’s also a chronological date stamped diary so to speak.   I went on the Internet to write about faith and discovered the blog, my writing style and most importantly that I love to write about God.

I found initially that there weren’t many faith blogs; there are more now.  No one was talking my language  (FAITH IN YOUR FACE BOLDNESS) except for a few people.  We quickly became friends.  My friends were in Australia, California, Singapore and England.  My friend from England had a very full schedule and at the end of a year; she quit.

One of my friends began to not only blog in excess; but began to write and publish everywhere that I look. If I could give the Blogger of the Year Award; I’d give it to him.  One of my other friends has a gift for meeting people across oceans and if I gave a Most Compassionate Blogger that ever lived; I’d give it to her.  Another friends win the Most Diligent Blogger Award and another gets  The Most Serious and Sincere Blogger Award.    My friend who quit had a heart for God like I don’t always see and it was beautiful.

I started with two blogs and now nine blogs later; I’m still learning.

People leave comments and they won’t always be nice.  You have to stay prayed up because every reader won’t say”Bless God” and “Thank you!”

Sometimes people will be angry and a faith blogger has to remember…why they are there.  Have I ever missed it?  Yes, and it was big and I paid for it.

Faith blogs are fun ; especially while you learn the ropes on the new technology.    It can’t be a success unless you build a readership and this can be done by constantly posting new articles or videos.  When you make your own videos you are a Vlogger.

Did I leave out the whole year of blogging 12 hours a day?  Well, that’s a good way to build readership if you’ve got seven faith Blogs.  (I have nine but 2 are inactive)

Bloggers learn a lot of new technology  behind the scenes.  There are a lot of administrative responsibilities.

Blogs give you the ability to be the Writer, Editor, Producer and Director.     This is the New Frontier..Onward!!   This is what I always remember:

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:


2 Corinthians 9:8