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The Love You Say You Have Will Be Tested! January 14-21, 2010

I love God. That much is clear, but I have a responsibility to do more than that. I recently went to a Faith Conference and it was oh so wonderful.  However, my whole trip was almost ruined because of a strangers rudeness, my naive expectations, my not understanding how love really works and satan’s insistence that I put “my money where my mouth is. “

I left a Healing line to go back to my seat and a lady from another country told me to go all the way around because she did not want for me to go past her. Of course, I was shocked but I did as she instructed. I remember thinking how rude that was and that I had never encountered that before. As I traveled the long way around, I was instructed by ushers because of the volume of people to go even another direction and it seemed to go on and on.

When I arrived at my seat, I was surprised when a young school teacher whom I did not know told me not to lose my joy. I realized that she was so right and I began to ask God to forgive me for not loving the lady (instead of dwelling on why she did that) that would not let me pass by her. I began to ask God to Bless her and I still will continue to pray that He will do this. She will likely stay on my prayer list for the rest of my life. It was a test and though I did not get 100%; I passed. Next time I’ll ace it. You see, we are required to “LOVE” even if they are a stranger and no matter how they act. God doesn’t love them any less than me or you. Blessings

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.

The Message Bible greatly describes a recent challenge that I faced:

I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory. 1 Peter 1:6-7 (The Message)
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Thankful Eyes! by Elaine Davenport January 17-23, 2010

Two years ago, I had a heart transplant.  It was a major operation and the doctors did not know  if I would come through.   I almost died during the operation.  That is a fact.

I was out of commission for two weeks.  Yet and still it was almost a year before the “new” me resurfaced.    I totally fought my recovery…and I did not even know it. 

It was all spiritual. 

I wonder if we are being truthful how many people need a transplant.  You see, as believers we have a mandate to be compassionate  but many fall short of the goal.  The inability to do this was a heart issue.     I was a radical  hardliner and I was unable to fit love in when it needed to be done.  My timing was  off.   No one could tell,  I said and did all the right things, but God and I knew what was really going on.  Little things bothered me, I missed things.    On some days, I woke up and took God for granted.   Sometimes for hours, I ignored Him.  I took Him for granted.  Are you Ignoring God?   Please don’t.   Some days I meditated, some days…I didn’t.  I spent little time praising outside of church.  I was doing good deeds, but I was also helping Satan.

Then, I woke up!

Now, I see people, the world and God through “Thankful eyes.”  It is such a beautiful view.  My heart is glad and grateful.  God…”so loved the world…that He gave His only begotten Son!”  

What can I give?  Please tell me Lord…it’s Yours!

Matthew 7:24 – “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

Helping Satan is helping Satan and the bible says “give him no place.”    It is not in our best interest to help the adversary; he would like to bring us down, destroy us, our families, kill, steal from us…it is not a lie.  We’ve seen it.  We know it from the core of our souls.    A Word for procrastinators…you’re helping the enemy.    You’re drawing back.  You are disengaging yourself from moving God’s plan forward when you do nothing.

Stop and think about that.

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God Heals Family Rifts! by Elaine Davenport December 20- December 27, 2009

If there is strife. discomfort, poor communication or strain when your family comes together; it is time to pray!    If it is your fault; repent and move on.  Do not go into the most Holy day there is with this burden.    Love never fails.

A dear friend of mine is of a different faith.  Our faith differences have never posed a challenge to either of us.  When she heard that I was making a trip to Prayer Mountain, she asked me to take a prayer regarding a huge problem in their family.  It was a problem that was causing great pain.  It was a problem that she distinctly wanted resolved.  She had tried everything humanly possible; it was clearly a job for God alone.

I  took that prayer request along with countless others.  When we went to Prayer Mountain, we slept little and prayed much.   Our total focus was prayer.  Afterwards, we buried the petitions on the mountain.  We spent a lot of time thanking God for our answers.

When I  returned, I had a schedule change.  I was no longer able to see or visit my friend.  I totally forgot about her prayer request mainly because I was so busy.

Not too many days after, I received a voicemail from my friend.  She said almost to the day that I had told her of our return, the family rift was mended.  She said it was nothing less than a miracle.

In what I know of the whole matter, God performed a miracle and mended some hearts…I can only say that I am Thankful!

Psalm 107:19-20
“Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”


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I WAS DESPERATE FOR FRIENDS! by Elaine Davenport

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This article may not get a lot of hits…but it will prove to be valuable to those who read it!

I am a companion of all those who fear, revere, and worship You, and of those who observe and give heed to Your precepts. Psalm 119: 63

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When I first became born again, no fireworks went off for my friends.    They weren’t heathens, they were believers too.  They were good people too.   But, they didn’t want to talk about scriptures. loving God and what Jesus could do, would do or had already done.  That put me on an island….with just me and God.  I could see the look on my extended family’s faces; they hated to see me coming.  They tried everything to get me to shut up including challenging me,  countering whatever I said and ignoring me.    This forced me to try many approaches  and ultimately I decided to minister to them and not to convert them.  Because I had dialed down my aggressive approach, they welcomed the ministering.

I gave it to God.  I prayed for them, but I took a back seat and gave it to God.  I’d say more, but they’ll probably read this so I’ll just say:  “you know.”


When Tiger Woods goes out to take care of Business; he goes out with other professional golfers.  The other golfers have pushed him to greater heights and despite what the media says they have challenged him.  A closer look at the golfers and you will find that they are friends.  They may not all love each other; but they have a connection and that is respected and esteemed by most.  They are not just golfers, but they are people traveling a path of destiny together.

I had to find myself some faith friends, people who loved God who put him first and who were interested in walking out God’s plan for their lives, loved God and people and had hearts of compassion.  Oh,  it didn’t hurt if they were on fire for God!  This was a tall order I thought; so I prayed about it and sat back and waited.

A friend loves at all times, and is born, as is a brother, for adversity. Proverbs 17: 17

They began to come all kinds of friends and it unfolded that our common ground was prayer and care.

At one point, people were coming and going and moving and though it was exciting to have so many genuine friends; at times it was sad.  God answered my prayers, I changed…I got stronger.  What  a  God!

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Make no friendships with a man given to anger, and with a wrathful man do not associate. Proverbs 22: 24


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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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