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Thirsty Faith ! by E. Davenport June, 2013

THE BEST STREET

I find myself in such a lovely position as of lately.  I know that I am not alone.  That is I am thirsty to know more of the things of God and craving breakthrough.  As I read through the bible; I stumbled across the story of Cornelius a very admirable man .  You se, Cornelius must have really gotten God’s attention.  He was not even a Jewish person; he was a Gentile  and yet his behavior, his heart and his diligence caused God to open a door to engraft the Gentiles into the faith.  As a result, generations of people who had no future…were ushered into eternity!   Hallelujah.

In these end times with so many things happening in  the news daily it would be easy to lose our focus.  The truth is:  people do it everyday.  I fight to make certain that I am not distracted.  It has caused me to live a joyful and peaceable life of separation and fellowship.  I hope that the story of Cornelius inspires you!  Have an amazing day!

Please do not read it just once…but soak it in…thanks!

Acts 10

King James Version (KJV)

1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,

A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.

And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:

He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.

And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually;

And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.

On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,

11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:

12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.

17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate,

18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.

19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.

20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.

21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?

22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.

23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.

24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near friends.

25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.

26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.

27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.

28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?

30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.

32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.

33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.

34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)

37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:

40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;

41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.

42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

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The Grace of God! February, 2013

Acts 11:22-24 The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.

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Faith Is Simple Not Complicated By Elaine Davenport December, 2012

Candlelights

Lots of people panic when a problem arises…they sort of say:  “I never exppected this to happen.”  Well, the truth is …things are going to happen…but help is available.  Our faith journey is a journey that we must take for victory. 

Faith has a supernatural component.  When there’s a problem, we are assured of a solution by our faith.  Faith is an experience of  a sure heart. That heart knows God and that He is the Master of all!     Faith says here God I am and I need You to step in and take this and I believe right now it’s done…no doubt about it.    It’s not a complicated math problem.  Ask God to show you how to increase your faith for that day when you will need it or to help some others. 

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Faith is a wonderful thing for those who understand it.  And let me tell you that it has been understood for hundreds of years.  The word “faith” appears in the bible 3, 215 times in the King James Bible.  It is the very fiber of our core; that is for believers.   God says it’s very simple, he says every man has been given faith.

Even non believers have faith in things or in people; until proven otherwise.  But, as believers our daily instructions, wisdom, solutions and strength are all found in the bible.  We have faith in God and His promises.  Every scripture is truth.  The bible contains so many promises and I am not certain just how many they are; I just know they are powerful and all true!

Every scripture in the bible is true.  We are not reading one of  Shakespeare’s novels;  full of fiction and imaginations.  It’s not the same.  It is not a dead book.

We were promised a Savior; and He came.  Even before Jesus went to the cross, He told us.  And that could have been the end of it.   But, it wasn’t.  He empowered us, told how to pray and left us the Holy Spirit to comfort and help us.  We are not powerless…because every single word in the bible is true.

We have the Word of God…it’s powerful, we just have to have an expectant hard!   Be assured…every scripture is true.

So the next time, you hear a voice that tells you that things are bad…pull out your bible and look for some faith scriptures.  Here are a few that will help you. 

1 Corinthians 16:13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

2 Corinthians 5:6-7 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.

Ephesians 6:16 (KJV) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Matthew 8:26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. (Jesus speaking to His Apostles)Matthew 14:29-31 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Matthew 17:20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Jesus Speaking)

Now, this is a scripture that will really help you:

Matthew 8:26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. (Jesus speaking to His Apostles)Matthew 14:29-31 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Matthew 17:20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Jesus Speaking)

“Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees, And looks to God alone; Laughs at impossibilities, And cries it shall be done.” ~ Charles Wesley

Use these scriptures…read them daily…they will become stringer in your heart and in your spirit!

Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak. 2 Corinthians 4: 13

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Holy Ghost Party! October 30, 2012

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come , they were all with one accord in one place.   And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting .  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.   And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance .  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.  ACTS 2:  1-5

 

Why don’t you plan a party for just you and the Holy Spirit?   Better yet, invite some friends.  Be certain to invite The Holy Spirit!  It will be Blessed!   Spend some time with Him today.

 

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The Oil Of The Holy Spirit! by Lanie Davvy October 30, 2012

THE DOCTOR SAID HE THOUGHT I HAD A BRAIN TUMOR!    There are so many different types…most will mightily alter your life or end it.

I really did not know that much about Psalm 23 at the time.   I had only said it at funerals.   But, they had stuck me in this capsule while they were on their search  and destroy/rescue mission.  Well, I was fighting the voices telling me not to have the surgery and the fact that I did not like being in that capsule.  All of a sudden I start chanting Psalm 23.   A great peace came over me.

They found a tumor…I had a stroke in the surgery…my recovery should have never come…but it did..but God wasn’t through yet…

Psalm 23 helped to change the course of my life.  When I read it; Iget strength and have courage and I receive great comfort! 

I love the part that says He maketh me to lie in front of my enemies, He anoints my head with oil, my cup runneth over…surely goodness and mercy shall follow me…

I take that to say that when I face my enemies…the Holy Spirit is covering me and there is no reason whatsoever for me to be afraid.  God sees things long before they happen and though it is new to us…God has already prepared.  So stand in faith and get before Him for your instructions on what to do.  So many people miss this all the time…they have religion.  Yet, they do not have the understanding.    Please read carefully below how God anoints His sheep with the Holy Spirit.

Psalm of David.   PSALM 23  (Amplified Bible)

The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.

He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.

He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.

Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with [a]oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.

Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 23:5 It is difficult for those living in a temperate climate to appreciate, but it was customary in hot climates to anoint the body with oil to protect it from excessive perspiration. When mixed with perfume, the oil imparted a delightfully refreshing and invigorating sensation. Athletes anointed their bodies as a matter of course before running a race. As the body, therefore, anointed with oil was refreshed, invigorated, and better fitted for action, so the Lord would anoint His “sheep” with the Holy Spirit, Whom oil symbolizes, to fit them to engage more freely in His service and run in the way He directs—in heavenly fellowship with Him.  (Author Unknown)
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Why Do You Fret? by Lanie Davvy October 30, 2012

There is nothing that I can do to stop you from fretting every time that a problem  arises.  I wish that I could but I know someone who can.    He is God , the head of the Holy Trinity…Father, Son (Jesus) and The Holy Spirit

He said in the bible:  Romans 10: 17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.   That means that the more you hear the Word …the more you are going to sharpen, grow, increase, preserve your faith.  It’s kind of like exercise…you build yourself up.

Something is going to happen to someone around you…maybe even to you…but your faith will carry you through it.  I do not want it to happen; but that’s the kind of world that we live in.  We have an enemy that wants to “devour” us.  He tries every strategy, trick scheme, crooked plan, wicked surprise that he can…his name is Satan…and if anyone told you that he does not exist…they lied! 

So, if you have a situation that seems hopeless…or just isn’t right; know right now…there is hope.  Dig out your bible, open it and read it and afterwards get on your knees.  You will be led to Wisdom. Grace and Peace.   Now your job is NOT to resist any of this because your flesh keeps looking at the circumstances.   In the meantime, get strong , do not fret…(that won’t help) , receive the Father’s love and let’s move this enemy out of the way!  I love you and I will be praying for you!  Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
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Joshua 1:3-9
I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you … No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.

Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
(NLT)

1 Chronicles 28:20
David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.
(NIV)

Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
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Psalm 56:3-4
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
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Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
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Isaiah 41:13
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
(NIV)

Isaiah 54:4
Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.
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Matthew 10:26
Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.
(NKJV)

Matthew 10:28
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
(NKJV)

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Love Search! by E. Davenport June 25, 2012

Apprehensive on an airplane flying down to Texas….I sat back in my seat and I heard a whisper:  “I’m holding you in my arms.”  There is no Love greater than this.  The Love of God.  

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Last year people were searching the Internet for the Word “Jesus” and they were landing at this site right here (and likely many others.)   This year the top search Word that we have received is “Love.”  You have to ask yourself why that is.  I know…and I found out the answer in my time of need.

I was ten years, I was twenty, I was thirty-five and so forth.  The older I got, the more I needed to understand if ANYONE could love me unconditionally.  It turns out that that this question which I had never put in words and the “search” for the answer in my life had led me  down some dark trails and ultimately some bright and shining trails.  

I knew that God loves me all my life.  Every single day.  Every problem.   Every trial…He got me out!  I am not making this up.  He started answering my prayers from the moment I sent them up.    I remember all the way back to age five years old.  And He has never failed.

I hear people saying:    “We are all God’s children.”   That’s the devil’s lie and it is ignorance.    We are all God’s creation…but we are not ALL God’s children.   The God that I serve is the only God.  He is a God of Love.  He gave His only son…to die for us that our sins would not be held against us that we might have…our choice…eternal life.

So the next time that you want to do a LOVE SEARCH…stop…what you’re doing and say a prayer…God will here you and you can talk plainly.

 

Write in and let me know how you are doing.  I care.