A Lasting Grip

January 7, 2017

We grab hold to things that are temporary – last only a short period of time.  They are here today and gone tomorrow.  But God wants us to hold on to those things that are everlasting – His Word – His promises and covenants.

Since God is eternal – The Alpha and Omega.  He is always here; always there to meet our need if we will take hold of His Word and plant it in our hearts and minds.

. . . And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)

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. (Joshua 1:8)

It is essential that the Word be rooted and grounded in our hearts because out of the heart flows all the issues of life.  If our heart is pure, then pure thoughts, pure concepts, pure actions will flow from it.  But if our heart is impure – tainted by corrupt thoughts and ideals that are perpetuated in the world, then wicked and evil will flow from it.

We must constantly purify our hearts and minds by washing them with the Word – reading and meditating on the Word of God.  This is the process of renewal.  As we renew our hearts and minds, our thoughts, attitudes, and actions are renewed and will line up with the Word – Jesus Christ.  Our thoughts and actions will become Christ-like.

Our main goal as Christians (disciples of Jesus) is to line up with the Word of God in our thoughts, words, and actions because as Christians we are God’s ambassadors – His representatives.

Suppose you sent someone out to represent your company at a conference, where they were suppose to know the intricate details of the company’s products.  However, at the conference they could not explain how the products worked. Well, it is obvious that he was not a good representative of the company because he didn’t have understanding of the use of the products.

The same principle applies to our relationship with God as His representatives. We must come into a full knowledge and understanding of God, if we are to be His best representative.  We come into this knowledge and Understanding by constantly

–     Seeking the presence of God by quieting yourself and thinking about God and His Word.

–    Knocking at the doors of Truth, Knowledge, and Understanding, where blessings are awaiting

–     Asking God to strengthen you spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

(Matthew 7:7-8) says:

“Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keep on knocking, the door will be opened.”

Be sure your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock – that Rock is 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 an international 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.

WLWM offers ministry resource products that are designed to encourage you to grow in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and take you to higher spiritual heights of knowledge and understanding of the Word of God!!! These resources written and published by Ms. Booker are:  “Life Enrichment Kit”,  “Biblical Entrepreneurship”,  “Seeking the Face of God”,  “You Are God’s Masterpiece”, “Christian Mentoring Guide for Women”, and  “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts”.

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Advancing in God

December 15, 2016

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.

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Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts

December 1, 2016

As you read the pages of “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts”, you will discover your passion and specific gifts when you take the Spiritual Gifts Test.  I also discuss:

  • Exploring Your God-given gifts
  • The 4 Personality Styles

–    D – Dominant

–    I – Inspiring

–    S – Submissive

–   C – Competent

  • What are Spiritual Gifts
  • Different Types of Spiritual Gifts
  • Key Elements to Exploring Spiritual Giftedness
  • Different Spiritual Gifts
  • Heart of the Servant

The book also includes a Spiritual Gifts Test that you can score and discover your God-given Spiritual Gifts.

Your Investment is  Only $9.99

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You Are Called to Greatness

November 16, 2016

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Stay Thirsty

November 15, 2016

 

STAY THIRSTY

 

Stay thirsty for Jesus Christ.

He is the only one who can satisfy all of your needs.

 

Just believe and cleave

Trust and rely on the Word of God.

 

Then you will experience love, joy, and peace.

Completeness you will feel throughout your life.

 

Your life will not be bits and pieces of a puzzle

that cannot be put together.

 

But your life will be divinely designed by the Master’s Hand.

Blossoming at divine times and seasons according to God’s Plan.


 

                                                                                          © 2015 Karmen A. Booker

 


An Instrument of Love

November 12, 2016

Be sure to be an instrument of love and peace throughout your life.

 

LEGACY OF LOVE


Individually and collectively, we leave a legacy for those behind us, based on our beliefs and values.

If we believe in LOVE (Jesus Christ) we will live a life dominated by love, which is reflected in our personal relationship with Jesus and how we treat others.

Our lives won’t be engulfed with dishonesty and hatred, which perpetuates bitterness, oppression, and self-destruction.

The lives we live today not only affect “today”, but dictate the future lives of our children. What we do today in their eyes, will determine how they live tomorrow.

Let us examine our lives daily, and leave a Legacy of Love, based on our faith and commitment to Jesus Christ.

 

© 1994 Karmen A. Booker

 


Sail With Jesus

July 16, 2016

SET MY SAIL TO THE WIND

 

The wind blows from the North, South, East and West.

Sometimes it is gentle;

Other times it is brisk and fierce.

But there is one wind that is steady and constant – the wind of the Spirit.

It leads and guides you unto all truth – the Word of God.

The Word of God is the truth, the way, and the life.

You will constantly move forward, and not backward.

You will constantly flow in the purposes of God.

But you must affix your heart and mind on His Word, not on your feelings and emotions.

Allow the Word of God to lead you along the path of righteousness;

And you will never go wrong.

You will set your feet on solid ground,

Instead of going around and around.

 

© 2005   Karmen A. Booker

 

Sail With Jesus, and you will never go adrift.

 

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].  (Psalm 92:12 – AMP)