Arise

April 13, 2014

Arise for the Lord has come.

Arise – to get up; to rise up; to move upward

An example of Arise is when you awake out of sleep you sit up in the bed, then you stand up.  You have taken two (2) steps to Arise – sitting up and standing up.  When you sat up, your upper body was raised from your waist to your head, and the next level or rising was standing- your entire body was raised from your head to your feet.

“And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy),

I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.  And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all . . .” (Mark 8:8-12)

In order for the man to Arise, he had to sit up and stand up.  Therefore, he experienced 2 levels of rising.  When he sat up, his upper body was raised from his waist to his head), and when he stood, his entire body was raised form his feet to his head  Only when he experienced these 2 levels of rising could he walk. Walking requires taking steps forward.  When you walk, you constantly move forward.

Like this man who had palsy, God wants His children to ARISE so they can move forward in life -   Forward in knowledge and understanding of God’s Word so they can apply it in their lives and share their knowledge and wisdom with others.

God wants his children to arise in Him by walking (constantly taking steps forward) in uprightness.  That is in:

  • Reverencing God
  • Worshipping God
  • Praising God
  • Reading His Word
  • Studying His Word
  • Meditating on His Word
  • Obeying His Word

God doesn’t want you to take what life throws you – “oh whatever this day brings I’ll take it; living without purpose. He has given you a purpose and He wants you to fulfill it.  God has given you a destiny so that you can bear much fruit.

“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” (Jeremiah 29:11 – AMP)

 

“For we are God’s own handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, 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)

Many of you are so comfortable in your “beds of ease” that you don’t have a desire (a passion) to arise (go to levels) that will move you forward to where God wants you to be.  So rather than arise from your “beds of comfort and ease”, you settle and accept the level of life you are on.  But God is calling you to Arise to levels that may be uncomfortable.  Levels where you may experience trials and tribulations such as discrimination on your job; or ridicule and scorn if you stand up against what you believe.  However, in order to Move Forward like the man with palsy, You Are Going to Have to ARISE.

If you don’t move forward in life, you BECOME STAGNANT – still; not flowing; not changing or growing; failing to progress.

God does not want His children to stagnate, but to always move forward.  In order to move forward, you have to submit to God’s way and not your way.  God’s way is always the best and will Always Keep You Moving on the Straight and Narrow Road of Success.

 

Your way of doing things will always lead you off the path of righteousness and on to the path of destruction. “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 16:25)

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. ” (Psalm 1:1-2)

In Psalm 1:3 it says  “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tree of Life

Is the tree that is rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ.

It depends and trusts in Jesus for the sustenance of its life.

Its roots go deeper and spread wider as it reaches maturity.

It sprouts fruit that is good for edification and spiritual and physical growth. Its leaves restore health and prosperity.

The tree is constantly nurtured by Living Waters that reach beyond the sky.

And flow from rivers as far as the East is to the West that never runs dry.

The Living Waters is the Word of God, which facilitates constant growth and maturity.

Won’t you become the tree of life today?

If you choose “NO”, you will have to pay.

©  1994  Karmen A. Booker

“I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.  Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit (stops bearing) he cuts away; and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer excellent fruit.” (John 15:1)

“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. (John 15:8)

Therefore, when you follow God’s Word you will produce fruit and bear much fruit. You will use your mind and body to be a productive vessel of God.  For example, you may use your hands to write a book that contains a message from God that encourages and comforts the reader, which moves them off the Path of Despair and onto the Path of Hope.

 

Joshau gives us the key to Moving Forwardi life.  In Joshua 1:8, it says

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

The key to Moving Forward is to read, study and meditate on the Word of God, and apply it in your life; then you’ll stay on the straight and narrow road that leads to an Abundant Life and Eternal Life in Heaven, and you’ll become rooted and grounded in the Word of God. Just like a potato seed you plant in the ground.  If you don’t nurture the seed by watering it, it will never become rooted and grounded and produce potatoes.  It will just be sitting in soil; not growing; it will become STAGNANT.

 

 

“The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible].  Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.” (Psalm 92:12-13 AMP)

Flourish means to thrive; constantly increase.  Therefore, the uncompromisingly righteous – those that are doers of the Word of God, and not hearers only, shall thrive and constantly increase spiritually, mentally, emotional, and financially (in every area of their life.

So Make a Decision to ARISE TODAY, and experience the abundant life that God has already ordained for you.

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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 Ministries (WOLM), 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 are designed to equip and encourage women to grow in their spiritual walk with Jesus Christ, and discover and fulfill their God-given purpose for the Advancement of the Kingdom of God.  These ministry resources are:

 

“Life Enrichment Kit”  – http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191559

“A B C’s of Successful Living” – http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191532

“A B C’s of Ministry “http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191524

“Seeking the Face of God”http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191540

“Biblical Entrepreneurship” – http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191508

“Nonprofit Handbook”http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191567



Enter Into His Rest

April 6, 2014

Rest – to stop; forbear, hold peace, quiet self; wait; be still; comfortable ease; peaceful consolation

In order to enter into REST we must quiet ourselves and be still, trusting in God and holding on to His promises.  Knowing that He is just and faithful, and will uphold His promises.  He is not a God that lies.  God is in control.

When you rest you enter a comfortable ease where there is no worrying or fretting; no frustration; but peace that surpasses all understanding.

God desires for us to abide (dwell, remain, become rooted) in this state of rest (waiting for His direction) instead of going forward on our thoughts and emotions.  Our thoughts and emotions will lead us in one direction, but God’s guidance will lead us in the right direction – moving us ever forward.  However, we must enter into a “Rest” mode and patiently wait.  God is in control.

Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.  Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord; trust also in Him and He will bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:3-5 (AMP)

As we continue to abide in comfortable ease, knowing that God is in control, then He will open doors of knowledge, revelation, and strength.  We expand our spiritual horizons and become greater blessings to others.

Give, and gifts will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom.  For with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others, it will be measured back to you.  (Luke 6:38 AMP)

As we bless others, God blesses us in ways we cannot imagine.  He is the Blesser and Controller of our lives.  If we follow Him, we will never fail.

PATIENTLY WAITING

Father with everything I’ve been through,

Considering all the enemy has sought to do,

I cast every fear, doubt, and confusion very comfortably on you.

You know who I am and who I want to be.

You know all I need, and my hope to be planted as firmly grounded as a tree in thee.

I believe every vision and every desire of my heart has been

beautifully created by the creator’s finger art in part.

Now pressing towards the mark that you’ve carved in my heart.

I’ll continue to trust and believe my steps are ordered by you on

the path you’ve set and see,

and sometimes reveal to me.

Teach me Lord as I go along with all expectancy in You, that You are the God of all creation,

and all that I desire is mine if I patiently wait to see you, see me through.

By Denise Wilkins

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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 Ministries (WOLM), 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 are designed to equip and encourage women to grow in their spiritual walk with Jesus Christ, and discover and fulfill their God-given purpose for the Advancement of the Kingdom of God.  These ministry resources are:

 

“Life Enrichment Kit”  – http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191559

“A B C’s of Successful Living” – http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191532

“A B C’s of Ministry “http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191524

“Seeking the Face of God”http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191540

“Biblical Entrepreneurship” – http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191508

“Nonprofit Handbook”http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191567



Advancing in God

March 30, 2014

God’s desire is for us to grow.  This is clearly indicated through the Bible.  Some scriptures that reflect this are:

But grow in grace and recognition and knowledge and understanding of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (the Messiah).  To him be all glory (honor, majesty and splendor) both now to the day of eternity. (II  Peter 3:18)

. . . the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. (Ephesians 1:17)

Strong meat are principles that are beyond the foundational principles of the doctrine of Christ. (Hebrews 5:13-14 )

Hebrews 6:1-2 outlines these principles.

Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of Eternal judgment.

The Greek word for “perfection” is telesphoreo, which means to be a hearer to completion; maturity.

God wants us to strive for maturity in the knowledge of Him.

How Do We Strive for Maturity?

By reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God.  II Timothy 2:15 admonishes us to study.  It says:  Work hard so God can say to you, “Well done.”  Be a good workman, one who does not need to be ashamed when God examines your work.  Know what his Word says and means.The Greek word for “spoudazo” means to make effort, be earnest, be diligent, labour.  So we must seek to make time to read the word with understanding, on a consistent basis.  We must be consistently consistent, not consistently inconsistsent.  It is not only important to read and study the Word of God, but to meditate on the Word of God.

Joshua 1:8 reads:  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shall meditate on it day and night, then thou shall have good success, and thou shalt make thy way prosperous.

The Hebrew word for meditate is “haw-gaq” which means to ponder; to think about carefully; deliberate.

After using the R=reading, S=studying, M=meditating method, we must obey the Word of God.  This requires:

  1. Walking by Faith – Habbakuk 2:4; Hebrews 11:6
  2. Fulfilling our God-given obligation – Ecclesiastes 12:13; I Samuel 15:22
  3. Walking in God’s footsteps – Jeremiah 7:23-24 and II Thessalonians 2:15

When you attach yourself to God, you follow (obey) where he leads.   God becomes the leader, instead of you.  However, you can detach yourself from God by disobeying his Word.  Disobedience causes one to digress (go backward).  As long as you are going backward, you cannot walk forward.  The two directions are diametrically opposed.

Once you start going backwards, you open the door for Satan to wreak havoc in your life through deception and confusion. James 3:16 says:  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  However, there is a way to turn and go forward and get back on the straight and narrow path that leads to life – eternal life.  That way is REPENTANCE.

Benefits of Maturing in Christ Are:

  1. Discernment between things of God and the things of the Devil.  I once heard a pastor say this on the radio, “Once you know the truth, you can recognize a lie.”
  2. Greater Revelation
  3. Wisdom

Definition of Wisdom

Wisdom is knowledge and understanding.  (Proverbs 2:6 and Proverbs 1:5 and 7)

The purpose of wisdom is to be able to walk uprightly in honor to God.  God is pleased and greatful when you follow His commandments (Proverbs 4:5-6 and 7-9)a

Benefits of Wisdom are:

  1. Avoid a lot of problems and negativity in your life by making right choices.
  2. Bless other people through the wisdom you have gained through counseling and praying with others.
  3. Help others to change their lives.

Continue to Seek Wisdom

  1. Stay on the straight and narrow path that leads to righteousness and peace.  If you don’t you’ll veer off the path, and on to the path of darkness, that leads to much trouble and total destruction.  (Matthew 7:13-14)
  2. Seek wisdom like you would a hidden treasure.  Keep searching until you find it, and once you do, apply it in your life daily.  (Proverbs 8:10-11 and Proverbs 4:7)

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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 network of Christian women. Our endeavor is to create an atmosphere and forum where women can realize healing and spiritual growth, while cultivating their God-given gifts and ministering in their local churches and their communities and the world.

WLWM’s desire is to connect with other women who have battled abuse in their lives, and who have been held back from moving forward for whatever reason. We seek to encourage victims of abuse to go forth and grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ with more commitment & boldness, knowing that through healing and restoration “the good work God has began in them He will complete.’’

She has produced ministry resources that are designed to equip and encourage women to grow in their spiritual walk with Jesus Christ, and discover and fulfill their God-given purpose for the Advancement of the Kingdom of God.  Go to www.womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com/ministry-resources/  to learn more about our ministry resources.

 


Ambassadors

March 2, 2014

Wings of Love Women’s Ministry is Calling for Ambassadors

to help transform the lives of women for the Glory of God.

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Who am I

February 16, 2014

The “Who Am I” bookmark reveals to women who they are in Christ.

It is a  Great Gift for Sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Life Enrichment Kit

February 13, 2014

“Life Enrichment Kit”, developed by Minister Karmen A. Booker, is a Discipleship Manual that can be used by Pastors, Ministers, and Small Bible Study Groups

It focuses on 8 Major Themes that are critical in Discipling others to live a Holy Life before God (Jesus Christ):

* Salvation / Baptism

* Stewardship

* Fellowship / Witnessing

* Spiritual Growth

* Heart of a Servant

* Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts

* God Wants You to Prosper

*  Prayers – Spiritual Warfare – Healing Prayer – Prayers for Children

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Woman to Woman

February 13, 2014

 

By Lois Evans

Today’s Christian women are being pressed on every side to conform to standards of this world.  Unique opportunities in the areas of education and business have  opened doors to women that were not available even half a century ago.  While on the one hand Christian women should enjoy the benefits of these opportunities, we must be careful not to let this world system rearrange our biblical priorities.

Our priority as women ought always be to maintain a vital personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  One of my favorite passages of Scripture is found in the book of Proverbs.  This verse gives women the greatest guidance we could ever receive.  It says, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”  (Proverbs 31:30)

This “fear” is awe-filed respect that flows out of an ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ.  Our careers, hobbies, and even our degrees must never overrule our daily intimacy and interaction with our Savior.  An ongoing awareness of His presence and a devotion to His Word will give us stability, confidence, and direction as we pursue the various ministries God calls us into during each season of our lives.

So in whatever season you find yourself, Jesus Christ will give you the peace and victory you need to accomplish all that He has for you to do.

 


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