WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!!

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Thankful for everyone who has let us know you are enjoying our Facebook blog, page, and/or groups!! Only yesterday, while at a dental appointment a staff member shared that she and her spouse were so encouraged by and enjoying our group. Many have shared with us that although you may not comment publicly that you are an active reader. That’s awesome to know!! We also greatly appreciate those who are active participants. We love, love, love hearing from you!! ❤

It means a lot when others in the community and online share how they have been encouraged or blessed with a right now word. Here’s the best part to me, many of our posts are written and scheduled weeks in advance, but God knows exactly what we need individually and collectively and exactly when we need it!! I love that, and give God all the glory and praise!!

This started out as just an idea on my heart that lingered to start a blog, than a page, and now two groups. It’s a blessing to see the growth and the support. We look forward to seeing what else lies ahead in the future!! The funny part is every time we think about taking a break for a while, others have encouraged us repeatedly to keep sharing so we will until God says otherwise. Be blessed on today, and thanks so much for your support!! 🙂

Something To Think About…

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The word of God is for our example and our guidance. Here are a few points to consider from the following passages. What do these passages speak to you? Share in the comments below.

1. Those who were assigned to the work were handpicked and chosen by God.

2. The workers were given the necessary wisdom and understanding to carry out their assignment from God.

3. The congregation gave freely and bountifully towards the work. The offerings were sufficient and even too much. There was enough with no lack. There was overflow!

4. The man of God commanded the congregation to not bring anything further once he was informed of how much had already been given. He received only what was necessary to complete the work of the Lord, and did not try to rob or profit from the people for his own gain or in the name of the Lord as they carried out the assignment from God.

Exodus 35:31

31 And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;

Exodus 36:1

36 Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the Lord put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the Lord had commanded.

Exodus 36:3-7

3 And they received of Moses all the offering, which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the sanctuary, to make it withal. And they brought yet unto him free offerings every morning.

4 And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every man from his work which they made;

5 And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the Lord commanded to make.

6 And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing.

7 For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.

We appreciate your support!!

Red for repentance of our sins and covering by the blood of  JESUS!

Purple for fellowship with the body of Christ as a child of the most high King.

White for the leading of the Holy Spirit as we walk through this life and grow in the Word.

Thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey!

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Devonne Banks

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Do You Believe?

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Do you believe? Can you see?

John 20:25-28

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

Did you catch that??? His response…

My Lord AND my God.

Now he believed. Now he could see.

My Lord and MY GOD.

Do you believe? Can you see?

I SHALL COME FORTH!!!

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Remember this! The devil comes to kill, steal, and destroy! When the enemy of your soul speaks to your mind and says… It’s too much. You can’t handle this. Just give up. Just quit. You’re not going to make it through this. It’s a lie from the pits of hell!! ⚠️⚠️

You better turn to that devil, and announce…

I may feel weak right now, but My God is STRONG and MIGHTY!

God can handle THIS!! Nothing is impossible though Him!!

It’s NOT OVER until God says so! His timing is perfect!

I can do ALL THINGS through Christ Jesus who STRENGTHENS ME!

My God is ABLE TO DO EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY MORE THAN I could ever ask or think!

The Way To Win The Battle

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In the midst of all that is going on, we the called of Christ, should not panic or fret. Let us get quiet before our King and listen. Let us prepare ourselves that we might be able to come before His presence without fear. Let us show the love of Christ to those round about us in the midst of diverse trials and suffering, and become more diligent in proclaiming the gospel. We must be more vigilant than ever before. Watch AND pray. All that is happening was already foretold in the Bible. Read AND study. Warnings go out across pulpits continuously through the preached Word. Hear AND obey. God reveals things to those who seek Him, so that current events are not a surprise. Watch AND listen. He will personally show you things to come. Get quiet before the Lord. Pray. Listen. God will always provide an answer. He will always provide a way of escape. Even in death, heaven is our reward. Do not fret as them who have no hope. Our hope is in the Lord!! It’s time to awake out of sleep. Having a form of godliness is NOT enough in this day and time! Pray without ceasing!! The alarm has sounded long ago. Hear AND obey!!

Everyone will not receive you, neither did they receive Christ.

Everyone will not understand you and the words that you speak, neither did they understand the parables that were spoken by Jesus himself.

Everyone may not judge you fairly and with kindness, but they entreated the Savior the same.

Everyone will not understand your actions, but move as the Spirit of God leads you and according to His timing anyway.

God knows exactly who He is reaching for in this season, and what must be accomplished in this last day and hour.

Trust Him!! Seek after Him!!

Prepared To Serve

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Hours, days, months go into ministry before the preacher, praise team, or worship arts team comes before the congregation for mere minutes in comparison (at least I know it does for us at my church). Late nights and early mornings are the norm, but rarely or never seen by the casual onlooker. While others enjoy down time those in ministry pour hours of family time, free time, and sleep time into preparation. So much is done behind the scenes before those mere minutes happen prayerfully with anointing and a great move of the Spirit of God upon the congregation. Ministry takes dedication!! Ministry takes discipline!! Ministry takes work!!

Don’t believe me? Read your bible and see how many days, months, years God’s chosen vessels went through preparation before being used by God. David was annointed King long before he took on the position, but he was being prepared and working even in the fields. Joseph endured betrayal after betrayal, but kept working faithfully, and every seemingly setback was actually positioning him for where he needed to be at in due season. The same applies to Ruth in the fields, and Ester’s preparation before being chosen as the new queen. Over and over again you see the same thing: preparation, work, disillusionment or fear, and ministry. Noah had to prepare and build the boat in the face of ridicule, but his obedience saved his family!

However, here’s an important point we must not forget…that we are ALL called to minister one to another!! So, with that being said take a moment to see how you are preparing yourself to minister to your loved ones and community. Your daily bible study and devotion time may be forgotten often in the midst of a busy schedule, and if so reprioritize your life so that you can be in position to minister to that one person who is waiting for an answer!! Hours of preparation sitting at the master’s feet will never be wasted time, even if you simply touch another’s life on God’s behalf for mere minutes. Ministry matters, but ministry requires work and sacrifice by those who truly desire to be used for His glory!!

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

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Go, And Sin No More

The issue with the crowd who presented the woman “taken in adultery, in the very act” was never the fact that they pointed out her sin, but the manner it which they did so with self righteous judgement and underhandedly challenging Jesus authority. For even Jesus himself acknowledged her issue, and told her to “go, and sin no more”. All have sinned and fallen short, BUT God does not desire any of us to stay there!! Are you living a life contrary to the word of God? Yes? Then, “go, and sin no more”!!
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John 8

1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

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34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.