DEVELOPING A WINNING ATTITUDE

October 19, 2014

For we are God’s own handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us, [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them, [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

(Ephesians 2:10 – AMP)

God said in His word that he has already preordained your life.  He has a plan to prosper you and not to harm you.

How do you fulfill His plan for your life?

By developing a Positive Attitude. There is a winning attitude and a losing attitude.  In order to be successful in life, you must have a winning attitude.

What is a Winning Attitude?

It is Christ’s attitude.  In Philippians 2:5 – AMP, it says, “Let this same attitude and purpose and humble mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus.”

Jesus never ran from adversity.  He never gave up in the midst of adversity.   He maintained a winning attitude, and trusted, relied upon, and depended on the power God gave him to overcome adversity.  This is the same attitude that you must develop in your life.  You must determine to win at any cost, relying solely and completely on God to strengthen you and carry you through to victory.  Your attitude is more than a feeling.  It is what will enable you to keep fighting in the midst of adversity when others have given up and thrown in the towel.

Jesus never quit.   When He knew He was about to be crucified on the cross, he surrendered his will to God’s will by saying “Thy will be done.”  He endured all of the pain and suffering on the cross to save you from eternal death in hell.

We must endure (outlast) adversity like Jesus.  Whatever you are going through, whatever Satan is trying to do in your life, make a decision today and remain determined to endure (outlast) it and triumph through the power and strength God has given you to overcome.   “We are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:38)

If you will begin to develop a Winning Attitude, then nothing Satan tries to do to you will move you.  If Satan cannot move you, then you cannot be defeated.  You will Triumph in Christ and fulfill God’s plan for your life.

 

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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God.  She is the founder of Wings of Love Women’s Ministry (WLWM), which is a teaching and evangelist ministry whose vision is to encourage and inspire people to accept and commit their lives to Jesus Christ so their lives will be transformed into righteousness, and they will experience unceasing love, joy, and peace.

She has produced ministry resources that can help you grow in your spiritual walk with Jesus Christ.  Go to www.womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com/ministry-resources/

 


VICTORIOUS THROUGH TRIALS

October 12, 2014

“Consider it wholly joyful my brethren, whenever you encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.  Be assured and understand that the trial and providing of your faith bring out endurance, steadfastness and patience.”

According to this scripture, trials and temptations are designed to try your faith.  That is, to see if you really believe and trust in the promises of God.  As you go through the trial or temptation, you will either falter in your faith (belief and trust in God) or grow in your faith (belief and trust in God).  Moreover, as you grow in faith, you grow in longsuffering (endurance) perseverance (steadfastness) and patience (waiting expectantly).

We must engage in spiritual warfare using spiritual weapons.  These weapons are not carnal, but spiritual.  (II Corinthians 10:3-4)  We must use (put on) the Armor of God as outlined in (Ephesians 6:10-18).  Out of the whole armor of God, the Sword of the Spirit is the most powerful because it is the Word of God. (Hebrews 4:12)

Therefore, when you speak the Word of God with faith, you are cutting down the sickness, oppression, discouragement, doubt and unbelief, and deception – demonic forces that plague you with.

Remember, “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and wickedness in high places.”  (Ephesians 6:12)  When the devil came to Jesus and tried to tempt him, Jesus said in (Matthew 4:4) “. . . it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”  The devil tried to tempt Jesus a second time when he took Jesus into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee:  and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.  Jesus said unto the devil, “It is written again Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”  (Matthew 4:5-7)

The devil tried to tempt Jesus a third time when he took Jesus into a high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and said unto him, all these things will I give thee if thou will fall down and worship me.  Then Jesus said to the devil, “Get thee hence, Satan:  for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.  Then the devil left him, and angels came and ministered unto him.”  (Matthew 4:10-11)

Notice that after Jesus Christ confessed the Word of God, the devil could no longer tempt Him, and he departed (left) Jesus.  The same thing occurs, when we confess the Word of God, with faith believing and trusting in the Word we have confessed.  The plots and tactics (trials and/or temptations) terminate (end) and we are victorious (the winner).

We are to glory (be joyous) in tribulations because the tribulations enhance patience, and patience experience, and experience hope.  (Romans 5:3-4)  Hope in the power and strength of the Word of God.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  (Romans 8:25)

Tribulations and temptations we experience in our lives work for our good by:

  1. Increasing our faith (belief, trust and confident reliance on God and His Word;
  2. Strengthening us spiritually; and
  3. Giving us a testimony to testify of the goodness, grace, and mercy of God, and the victorious power of the Word of God.

When we confess the Word of God we overcome the devil and all of his evil plots, plans, and schemes, and are VICTORS IN JESUS CHRIST.  We are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:37)  So when tribulations and temptations come, know that God is with you and will deliver you if you confess (speak) the Word of God with faith believing and trusting.

Scriptures to meditate on:

Psalm 9:9                                 Isaiah 26:3-4

Psalm 37:5                               Matthew 21:22

Proverbs 3:5-7                         Mark 9:23

Proverbs 29:5                          Mark 11:23-26

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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God.  She is the founder of Wings of Love Women’s Ministry (WLWM), which is a teaching and evangelist ministry whose vision is to encourage and inspire people to accept and commit their lives to Jesus Christ so their lives will be transformed into righteousness, and they will experience unceasing love, joy, and peace.

She has produced ministry resources that can help you grow in your spiritual walk with Jesus Christ.  Go to www.womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com/ministry-resources/


THE 4 D’S TO VICTORY

October 5, 2014

DECISION

Make a DECISION to succeed in life.

Joshua said, as for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.

“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods whom your fathers served on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

You cannot continue to follow the world’s standards of living and God’s way.  The two are diametrically opposed.  You must DECIDE which standard you will follow.  Remember, there is a consequence for the decision you make.

Worldly Standard  = HELL (LAKE OF FIRE) God’s Righteous Standard = HEAVEN

DETERMINATION

Determination means to make a firm decision to do something.

DETERMINATION requires stability of the mind, emotions, and spirit.  Once you make a decision to follow Jesus Christ, you will not allow anyone or anything to cause you to turn back and follow the worldly standards of living.  You will follow Christ, regardless of the cost.

“No man having put his hand to the plow, and looks back to the things behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:2)

God desires for ALL of His children to move forward.  When you plough land, you are constantly taking steps forward; you are focused on forward movement (pressing forward to the next step); never looking back.

One step forward automatically leads to the next step if you are determined to go the next step. As you go from one step to the next step, you will constantly grow in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom of the Word of God.

“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:9-14)

DISCIPLINE

Discipline means self-control.

“Be still and rest in the Lord:  wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.” (Psalm 37:7)

God will deal with the evil one who seeks to distract, steal, kill, and destroy you.  He will execute judgment and righteousness on your behalf.  He will see to it that the evil one gets what he deserves – God said vengeance is mine saith the Lord.

It is essential to exercise self-control in our lives to maintain holiness (sanctification).  We can’t be guided by our emotions and natural minds.  We can’t get up and pray /study when we feel like it, or go to church when we feel like it.  We must die (not give in) to our human feelings and desires and accept and embrace God’s ways and desires, which are found in His Word.

We must dedicate our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God.  This sacrifice is ongoing throughout our lives.  We must follow God’s will and ways for our lives, rather than our own will and ways.  We must be guided by God and His Word.  Our submission and obedience to His Word will bring about positive change in our lives – spiritually, mentally, and physically.  God’s Word is our source for change; our tool to effect change in others; and our guide for empowerment and prosperity.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world (customs and attitudes), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)

“Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)

Your thoughts dictate your actions and your attitudes.

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7)

It is important to align your thoughts with God’s thoughts – found in His Word.  When I speak positively, passionately and in the present tense, then this activates the forces of my human spirit to lay hold of the spirit and power of God.

“The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor.” (Proverbs 12:24)

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:  And all these blessings shall come to thee and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2)

DILIGENCE

Diligence means consistent.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing and being continually aware that your labour in the Lord is not futile.” (I Corinthians 15:58)

“But without faith it is impossible to please him:  for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

It is important to be consistent in prayer, reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God on a regular basis – developing the PRSM Method.  When you develop the PRSM Method, you will undoubtedly grow in knowledge and understanding of the Word of God, and develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.  Your rewards will be immeasurable.

“Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.” (Psalm 119:4)

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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God.  She is the founder of Wings of Love Women’s Ministry (WLWM), which is a teaching and evangelist ministry whose vision is to encourage and inspire people to accept and commit their lives to Jesus Christ so their lives will be transformed into righteousness, and they will experience unceasing love, joy, and peace.

She has produced ministry resources that can help you grow in your spiritual walk with Jesus Christ.  Go to www.womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com/ministry-resources/


God’s Work In Progress

September 28, 2014

What does this statement mean to you?  You know Who God is?  The “I AM THAT I AM”.  Praise His Holy Name!  But let’s see what “work in progress” means in the context of this statement.  The “work” here denotes what God is doing (aka God which worketh) in the Believer and the “in progress” here describes how this work is developing in the Believer.

It could read this way –

God (by His Holy Spirit) is laboring continuously (in us).

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”  (Phillippians 2:13 (KJV)

But, there is yet another way we can interpret this statement.

The “Work” (aka “his workmanship”) here is the Believer and “in progress” is what the Believer is doing as a show of the inward workings of what God is doing.

It could read this way –God’s children going forth, achieving, advancing, abounding

“ . . . We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  (Ephesians 2:10 – KJV)

Jesus Christ is Lord and King

 

 

FLOW IN THE PURPOSES OF GOD

God has given everyone a purpose to fulfill for His glory.

To edify and build up every man, woman, boy and girl with His-story.

Don’t neglect your calling today.

God wants to use you day-by-day.

Don’t give up when people reject you as if you are worthless treasure;

Just remember you are serving and pleasing God, and He will bless and promote you beyond measure.

Copyright  2001 Karmen A. Booker


YOU MUST HAVE A VISION

“My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge, and where there is no vision, the people perish.”  (Proverbs 29:18 – KJV)

The Hebrew word for vision is “Khaw-zone” which means a mental sight, which can be in the form of a dream or revelation.

Before you start a ministry or business, you must seek God for the “VISION”.  He will reveal to you what He wants you to do.  Once God reveals this to you, then it is important to seek God as to how He wants you to carry out the “VISION”.

For example, God may reveal to you that He wants you to open a Bakery and sell baked goods such as danishes, cakes, and pies using all natural ingredients.  You may wonder, well “How am I going to do this, and who will help me.”

God can reveal to you the best ways of marketing and promoting your baked goods, and connect you to the right people who can help you get all of your ingredients and equipment at a wholesale price; help you register your business and set it up legally.

Once you have sought God for your divine purpose, then He will prepare you, guide you, and carry you through.

You must exercise faith at all times.  You must believe, rely, and have confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ; in the Word of God; and the promises of God.

 

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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God.  She is the founder of Wings of Love Women’s Ministry (WLWM), which is a teaching and evangelist ministry whose vision is to encourage and inspire people to accept and commit their lives to Jesus Christ so their lives will be transformed into righteousness, and they will experience unceasing love, joy, and peace.

She has produced ministry resources that can help you grow in your spiritual walk with Jesus Christ.  Go to www.womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com/ministry-resources/

 


Blossoming Into Your Greatness Radio Show

September 19, 2014

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BE FAITHFUL

September 14, 2014

Everything you have belongs to God.  Faithfulness has to do with how well you manage what God has loaned you.  How do you use what God has given you (time, talents, and treasure [money]).  God will see how well you manage the little things in your life, before He gives you more responsibility.  God does this to see if you can be trusted with the true riches of God’s Kingdom.

The purpose of life is to prepare you for eternity.

Time

Do you spend your time praying to God?

Do you go to church and worship God?

Do you praise the Lord Jesus Christ in church and at home?

Do you give clothes that you have outgrown to those in need of clothes?

Talents

Do you consistently use your gift of drawing?

Do you start writing a book and then leave it uncompleted?

Do you continue to use your creativity by designing tote bags, painting clay pots, creating hairstyles?

Treasure

Do you give tithes and offerings unto God?

Do you give money to others who have a need?

Four Qualities of Faithfulness are:

Trustworthiness – dependable and reliable to do what you say and promise.

Loyal – Can Jesus Christ rely on one to put his interest before mine.  To avoid temptation to reject and forsake Jesus Christ.  (Example  Judas – betrayed Jesus; Peter – denied Jesus 3 times under pressure)  (Examples of Loyalty are Daniel – willing to die for his beliefs in continuing to maintain his relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer;

Job – he withstood the loss of children, animals, and resources, but never denied God)

Responsible – given an account for what you are responsible for.  You know what needs to be one, and you do it the best way you can.  Use your time, talents, and treasure that pleases God, rather than yourself and other people.

Obedient – carries out instructions of the owner (God). Jesus is King of Kings, and a king’s invitation is never to be answered, but obeyed.

 

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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God.  She is the founder of Wings of Love Women’s Ministry (WLWM), which is a teaching and evangelist ministry whose vision is to encourage and inspire people to accept and commit their lives to Jesus Christ so their lives will be transformed into righteousness, and they will experience unceasing love, joy, and peace.

She has produced ministry resources that can help you grow in your spiritual walk with Jesus Christ.  Go to www.womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com/ministry-resources/

 


A Pearl of Great Price

September 14, 2014

Pearls are found in oysters and are the result of the oyster’s way of protecting itself from foreign substance.  To understand how pearls are formed in oysters, lets evaluate an oyster’s basic anatomy.

Oysters are bivalves, which means that its shell is made of 2 valves.  The shell’s valves are held together by an elastic ligament that is located when the values come together.  This ligament keeps the valves open so the oyster can eat.

As the oyster grows in size, its shell must also grow. The mantle is an organ that produces the oyster’s shell, using minerals from the oyster’s food.  The material created by the mantel is called nacre.  The formation of a natural pearl begins when a foreign substance slips into the oyster between the mantel and the shell, which irritates the mantel.  The oyster’s natural reaction is to cover up the irritant to protect itself.  The oyster covers the irritant to protect itself by producing “nacre”,  a substance that is used to create the shell. The constant covering of the irritant forms a pearl.

Like the oyster, women experience irritants (trials and tribulations) in life.  Some women choose to bear the burdens that these trials and tribulations produce such as anxiety, depression, and emotional pain rather than casting them upon the Lord Jesus Christ, and allowing Him to carry them and heal them.

When you cast your burdens upon the Lord Jesus Christ, believing, trusting, and relying on Him, He will strengthen you and comfort you so that you can overcome your trials and tribulations.

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” (Psalm 28:7)

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (I Peter 5:6-7)

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30)

If you learn to turn your cares over to the Lord, He will work on your situation while you are asleep.  The Amplified Bible says, “Casting the whole of your care, all of your anxieties, all of your concerns, all of your worries once and for all.”

Don’t cast your cares upon the Lord everyday and then take them back again.  Do it once and for all.  Then continue to trust (believe, depend, and rely) on God to work on your situation and heal you in the process.

Remember God’s Word says you are healed by Jesus’ stripes.  Keep declaring it and it will manifest.  Ephesians 3:20 says,  “Now to Him Who, by the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]”.

 

You have to exercise faith in the Word of God at all times, and praise God.  Did you know praising God encourages you and stays the enemy, the devil.  It is a defensive weapon against the plots and plans of the enemy.

 

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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God.  She is the founder of Wings of Love Women’s Ministry (WLWM), which is a teaching and evangelist ministry whose vision is to encourage and inspire people to accept and commit their lives to Jesus Christ so their lives will be transformed into righteousness, and they will experience unceasing love, joy, and peace.

She has produced ministry resources that can help you grow in your spiritual walk with Jesus Christ.  Go to www.womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com/ministry-resources/

 


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