Seeking Contributing Authors for Book Compilation – “You Are Called to Greatness”

October 29, 2014

I am developing a book compilation entitled “You Are Called to Greatness” that uses the testimonies of women who have suffered from domestic violence, emotional and / or sexual abuse and have overcome their pain and moved forward in their lives with the help of God (Jesus Christ).

If you are interested in being a contributing author and allowing your testimony to transform the lives of women, please email Karmen Booker at wingsoflove833@gmail.com and use CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR in the subject line or call her at 301-408-1082. I will send you the Registration, Writer’s Guidelines, and Author Release Agreement.

Thank you for your support, and God bless you.

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Stay Off the Path of the Wicked

October 26, 2014

Enter not in the path of the wicked.  Turn form it and pass on.

(Proverbs 4:14-15)

I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. (Romans 12:1-2)

Worldly music is a type of worldly path.  Don’t listen to worldly music because it is a strategy that the enemy uses to open your mind (thoughts) to the worldly way.  If you begin to listen to it, you’ll soon be singing it, and dancing to it.  For example, the group, Earth Wind & Fire sings Rhythm & Blues (R&B) songs with positive messages, but their music does not glorify God.  Before, accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, they were my favorite music group.  During college, I spent $25 to see them in concert.  However, now that I’m saved, I no longer listen to their music or see them in concerts.

I remember attending a church in Hyattsville, Maryland and the church promoted rap music.  Although spiritual words may be put to the music it still caries a worldly vibe and effect, which creates tainted music.  The tainted music looses its effectiveness in ministering purity and holiness to those who hear it because there is a worldly aspect or component in the music.  When one incorporates Rap, R&B, Hip Hop, Rock, Country, and/or Blues music in a Christian church setting, you are patterning yourself and those that follow you, after worldly customs, which does not glorify and please God.

What You Do Does not Define Who You Are

If you are a Lawyer, Police Officer, Doctor, or Accountant, Cosmetologist, Security Officer, News Reporter, or Naturalist, your occupation does not define who you are, but who you are in Christ.  As a believer in Jesus Christ (Word of God), you have become a new person pursuant to II Corinthians 5:17.    Moreover, whether you have a Bachelors of Arts Degree, Bachelors of Science, or PhD., does not define you.  It does not define your identity.

Once you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you become a child of God, and God becomes your Spiritual Father.  Who God says you are defines your identity, not your friends, your co-workers, or your neighbors.  You become an Ambassador (representative) for Jesus Christ.  Therefore, you must become Christ-like.  That is, you must desire and take steps necessary to become like Jesus Christ in character (mind, emotions, and actions) by reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God.  In doing, so you become who God says you are.  This builds your self-esteem.  But you must do the following:

I.       Recognize Who You Are in Chris

Child of God and saved from eternal death in hell.  (Romans 10:9; 8:16-17)

You are heir of God, like Jesus is an heir.  As an heir, Jesus Christ received eternal life in God’s presence; grace and mercy; divine protection; and God’s glory.  But just as Jesus Christ suffered on the cross, we will suffer through trials and tribulations, which may be in the form of false accusations, persecution, and grief).   However, these trials and tribulations are designed to strengthen us by totally trusting, depending, and relying on God – the source of our strength.  These trials/tribulations also help to build our confidence in God, knowing that He will surely deliver us.

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles.” (Psalm 34:17)

“Out of my distress I called upon the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free and in a large place.” (Psalm 118:5)

  1. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:  marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalm 139:14)

You are of value to God.

II.      Walk in the Recognition of Who You Are in Christ

Walking in Victory

Approach Life issues with a Conquering Attitude

“Yet amid all these things, we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)

“For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.”

(I John 5:4-5)

“And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony, for they did not love and cling to life even when faced with death.” (Revelation 12:11)

Confess Words of Victory not words of Defeat

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it.” (Proverbs 18:21)

Examples of words of defeat are:  Suppose someone asks you how are you doing today?  You respond saying “I’m hanging in there.”  These words are “words of defeat” because hanging implies that you are hanging onto life by a thread, and you can fall at any time.  You have no foundation and you lack strength because you have no source of strength.

So, the next time someone asks how you are doing, respond with words of victory and power that line up with the Word of God.  (For example, I am blessed and highly favored by God).

(Ephesians 1:4-5, Romans 8:29-30)

III.    Depend on God’s Word for Encouragement

  1. God can deliver you out of all things

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore, will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness – trusts and relies n Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no never].  He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.  With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.” (Psalm 91:14-16)

“Wait and hope for and expect the Lord, be brave and of good courage, and let your heart be s tout and enduring.  Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.” (Psalms 27:14)

  1. Requirement of waiting

“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power: they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to sun], they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.” (Isaiah 40:31)

  1. God is your source of strength

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

“. . . the joy of the Lord is your strength”.  (Nehemiah 8:10)

 

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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/

 


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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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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