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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Blossoming Into Your Greatness (BIYG) is an online Radio show via Blog Talk Radio, sponsored by Wings of Love Women’s Ministry.  Our vision is to provide a forum that encourages others to grow in the knowledge and understanding of the Word of God, and to reach higher spiritual heights by discovering and fulfilling their God-given purpose.

The radio show features a biblically-based teaching segment, and showcases Christian authors, businesses, and ministries to help promote their products and services.

BIYG airs on Fridays at 11:00am – 11:30am EST.

We invite you to be a Guest on BIYG.  We will develop a Radio Interview flyer and promote it for you via my e-newsletter and social media platforms (Facebook, Linked-In, and Twitter).  You will also be featured on the Radio Show Guest Spotlight for 30 days on my Ministry site – www.womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com

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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/

 


Stand Against All Odds

September 7, 2014

“Put on God’s whole armor (the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against all the strategies and the deceits of the devil.”

(Ephesians 6:11)

The Greek word for “stand” is Steko, which means to persevere.  Persevere means to persist in an idea, task, or purpose despite obstacles.

In order to stand against the strategies and deception of the enemy (satan), you must submit (obey) the Word of God.  The Word of God says in James 4:7, “Submit to God and resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  When you submit to God, you automatically resist the devil.   It’s like walking in a room of darkness and then turning on the light – the minute you turn on the light, all of the darkness disappears.

Know the devices that satan uses to steal, kill, and destroy you.  Some of his devices are as follows:

*        Lure you into disobeying God’s Word.  For example, in (Ephesians 5:11) it says “what fellowship hath darkness with light.  Therefore, you should not develop friendly relationships; companionship with the ungodly (unbelievers of Christ) because they will influence you to do things that are wrong in the sight of God, such as gossiping, lying, and stealing.

*        Cause you to lust after the flesh – which causes you to disobey God.  For example, you know that fornication is sin, but you allow a man to seduce you and influence you to commit  fornication.

*        Cause you to invite the enemy into your life.  (For example, seeking advice from a nonbeliever.  In Psalm 1:1, it says blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, there plans and purposes] nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.   When you follow the advice of the unbeleiver, you are following advice that is not based on the Word of God (truth) and is therefore not founded on wisdom.  When you don’t exercise wisdom in your life, you are basing your thoughts and actions on foolishness.

(Ephesians 5:8-11) says “For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light.  For the fruit of the Light or the Spirit consists in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life.  And try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him].”

 (I John 1:5) says “. . . God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [no, not in any way].”

 As a Christian, you are an Ambassador for Jesus Christ.  Therefore, you must represent Jesus Christ in your thoughts, words, and actions.  This can only be achieved by the Holy Spirit, leading and guiding you to obey God’s Word.

 The Holy Spirit is the spirit of Truth, and will lead and guide you unto all truth.

 “But when He, the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth).  For He will not speak His own message; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].” (John 16:13)

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  (John 8:32)

In order to stand against the devil, you must grow spiritually, which requires reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God.  You will have to make time to do this, and as you do, you will grow in knowledge and understanding of the Word of God, and develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

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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 BRUISED REED

August 31, 2014

Many times in life we experience pain due to rejection and mistreatment by others.  This bruises our emotions and makes us fee less valuable or valueless.  However, we must remember that Jesus Christ is our strength, healer, and restorer.  But we must put all of our trust in Jesus Christ.  He will see you through.  You must establish yourself in righteousness (rightness, in conformity with God’s will and order).  Then and only then will you be far from oppression and destruction.  Far from the very thought of oppression and destruction.

In John 10:10, it says the devil, your enemy seeks to kill, steal and destroy.  One of the devil’s strategies is to oppress you.  Oppress means to weight heavily upon; persecute.  He uses people to persecute you.  For example, if you stand against abortion, others may ridicule you for your stance.  The devil also uses people to oppress you.  For example, someone may reject and neglect you emotionally.  Someone may physically abuse you.  However, you can overcome and avoid oppression by discovering who you are in Christ, trusting (depending and relying) on God and His Word.

When you receive God’s love, joy, and peace, and compassion, recognize and depend upon the Holy Spirit to operate in your life, and obey God’s Word.  Then you can surely overcome any and all obstacles the devil throws in your way.

OVERCOMING OPPRESSION

Definition of Oppression

Oppression is anything or anybody that holds you back from accepting and committing your life to Jesus Christ.  It’s goal is for you to fall into the grave where there is a bottomless pit.

It works through people who appear to be helping you increase and prosper, but through manipulation, lying, and deception they guide you to the bottomless pit.  A bottomless pit of torment and destruction that feeds on wickedness.  The devices of wickedness include constant accusation of negative past behavior, and subjection of you to its every request.

Soloman in Ecclesiastes 4:1 says “So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun:  and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of there oppressors there was power, but they had no comforter.”

How to Overcome Oppression

A.   Comfort is Imperative

Comfort is essential in overcoming because it soothes the discomfort associated with oppression. This discomfort may be in the form of pain, stress, low self-esteem, and loneliness.

Crying normally accompanies oppression.  When you cry in your secret chambers, the oppression remains, but when you cry to God, he will hear your cry and heal you.  Jesus Christ is the Healer (John14:26).  The healing process is made up of two parts – comfort and restoration.  Jesus Christ soothes the wounds (comforts) and makes you whole (restores).  (Acts 10:38)

Jesus Christ heals all who are oppressed because of the power God has given Him.  You see, God is the source for Jesus’ ability and authority to perform these actions.

  1. Walking in Victory “That You Have Overcome

 

Victory means deliverance, help, safety, and triumph.

Triumph means to overcome, conquer, joyful, and rejoice.

Victory is a sign that you have overcome conditions and circumstances through dependence on Jesus Christ, which is the only way you can experience victory.  When one has overcome a negative condition or circumstance, his natural response is to rejoice because he is no longer pinned under or bound by the condition or circumstance.  Therefore, he becomes free to experience joy which yields rejoicing = triumph = victory.

 

“. . .in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him (Jesus Christ) that loves us.”  (Romans 8:37)

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world:  and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God.” (I John 5:4-5)

“And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ), and by the word of their testimony . . .” (Revelation 12:11)

 

The only way to BREAKTHROUGH and be delivered from oppression is to:

  1. Believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  (Romans 10:9-11)
  2. Know that you have all power and authority over the oppressor (Satan).  (Luke 10:19, Romans 8:37)
  3. Ask the Lord to place a shield of protection around you.

(Psalm 61:2-3, Psalm 91:3-4)

  1. Bind the devil in the name of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 16:19)
  2. Speak the Word of God for it is a two-edged sword.  (Revelation 12:11)

 

Confession

Today, I declare that I am determined to receive the prize that Jesus has prepared for me and that nothing from my past or my future, nor any trials or difficulties of the present will be able to keep me from your wonderful love and provision.  I declare that I am an overcomer, and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

 

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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 women 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/

 


Teleseminar

August 28, 2014

I  greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I send this invitation with great anticipation that you will join me for a time of empowerment and  encouragement.  Our time together will be filled with prayer, love, support, and the Word of God.  I am confident that you will experience a refreshing.

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