Developing Christian Character

June 16, 2017

Developing Christian Character

Faith produces virtue > knowledge > self-control > steadfastness > godliness > brotherly affection > Christian Love

When you develop these qualities, they will keep you from being idle (unfruitful) unto the Lord Jesus Christ.

  Messiah  –     Anointed One

If you lack these qualities, you are spiritually blind and lack vision.

“My people perish for a lack of vision.”  (Proverbs 29:18)

 

There are four types of vision:

Myopic Vision – People with myopic vision are nearsighted that they live only for today. Their vision of the future is fuzzy. They can barely see beyond their noses.

Peripheral Vision – People with peripheral vision are blindsided by side issues. These visionaries are hampered in moving forward because they catch the threatening images of lurking problems in the corners of their eyes. They are fearful of shadowy difficulties and people lurking on the sidelines who will defeat their efforts. These folks are easily distracted.

Tunnel Vision – People with tunnel vision see only what is dead ahead of them and assume that their slender view of reality reflects the whole world. They don’t see other persons or other issues.

Panoramic Vision – People with panoramic vision see the “Big Picture”. They see beyond today. They see what is ahead of them and what is to their sides. They have a basic understanding of the key ingredients of a healthy organization and know the steps necessary to take to get them there.

MAKE SURE YOUR VISION IS PANORAMIC, so you can be

Productive and Move Forward.

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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 helps women 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 encourage victims of abuse to go forth and grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ with more commitment and boldness, knowing that through healing and restoration “the good work God has began in them He will complete.’’

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:  “You Are Called to Greatness”, “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts”, “Life Enrichment Kit”,  “Seeking the Face of God”,  “You Are God’s Masterpiece”, “Christian Mentoring Guide for Women”, and  “Biblical Entrepreneurship”.

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DEVELOPING A WINNING ATTITUDE

June 16, 2017

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 helps women 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 encourage victims of abuse to go forth and grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ with more commitment and boldness, knowing that through healing and restoration “the good work God has began in them He will complete.’’

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:  “You Are Called to Greatness”, “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts”, “Life Enrichment Kit”,  “Seeking the Face of God”,  “You Are God’s Masterpiece”, “Christian Mentoring Guide for Women”, and  “Biblical Entrepreneurship”.

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Children are Like Arrows in the Hand of a Warrior

June 2, 2017

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man (warrior), so are the children of one’s youth. (Psalm 127:4)

A warrior is one who fights in a war.

Arrows are defensive weapons that are aimed at a particular target.

The warrior strategically determines where and how he will aim the arrow to achieve his goal of bringing the enemy down (destroying the enemy).

Children, like arrows, can be specifically aimed at a particular target.  They can be directed toward God or toward Satan (the worldly ideals and customs).  If children are directed toward the Word of God, then they will live loving, joyful and peaceful lives and be able to overcome the darts (peer pressure, teenage pregnancy, crime, pornography, rock music, etc.) of Satan which are designed to kill, steal, and destroy them.

Once they are directed to the Word of God (Jesus) it is important for them to remain in the Word for their spiritual sustenance and well being because the Word is the very nourishment for their spiritual growth and personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

These arrows are seeds of truth that transform one’s mind, uplift one’s heart and motivate one’s spirit to grow in wisdom and understanding of the Word of God.

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32).

Abiding in the Word will give them:

1.     a moral foundation based on biblical principles;

2.     wisdom (Proverbs 8:11 and 20); and

3.     Love, joy, and peace beyond measure.

Remember the Word says that as arrows are in the hands of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.  Therefore, when you engage in the process of pointing your children to God, you engage in a war between righteousness and Satan (the world system).  It is a spiritual warfare that can only be fought with spiritual weapons.

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal (tangible-worldly), but mighty to the pulling down of strongholds.”  (II Corinthians 10:4)

Our spiritual weapons as outlined in Ephesians 6:10-18) are as follows:

1. Helmet of Salvation

2. Breastplate of righteousness

3. Loins gird about with truth

4. Feet shod with peace

5. Shield of faith

6. Praying

Let us instill in our children the importance of putting on the whole armor of God, not just a part of it.  That is, being 100% committed to God, walking on the straight and narrow path that leads to eternal life, rather than on the broad path that leads to destruction.

Aim your children and cause them to pursue the rich, eternal treasures that are above, where Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of God and set their minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher spiritual things), not on the things that are on the earth.

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection (mind) on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)

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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 helps women realize healing and spiritual growth, while cultivating their God-given gifts and ministering in their local churches, 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 encourage victims of abuse to go forth and grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ with more commitment and boldness, knowing that through healing and restoration “the good work God has began in them He will complete.’’

WLWM offers ministry resource books 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:  “You Are Called to Greatness”, “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts”, “Life Enrichment Kit”,  “Seeking the Face of God”,  “You Are God’s Masterpiece”, “Christian Mentoring Guide for Women”, and  “Biblical Entrepreneurship”.

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Prayer – Poem

May 19, 2017

Talking to my Father God with a sincere heart.

 

Pleasing my case, and asking for it to be erased.

 

He removes every ounce of darkness form my life,

and fills it with brightness from the light.

 

I long to tell God what is on my mind,

and what my heart desires to find.

 

Because after I talk with my Father, casting all my burdens on Him,

I know that I can only continue going down the path of righteousness further.

 

Yes, Prayer  changes things, and helps me break the chains.

 

Copyright 2006  Karmen A. Booker

 

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Karmen A. Booker has produced ministry resources – “You Are Called to Greatness”, “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts”, “Life Enrichment Kit”,  “Seeking the Face of God”,  “You Are God’s Masterpiece”, “Christian Mentoring Guide for Women”, and  “Biblical Entrepreneurship”  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.

For more inspiring and encouraging poems by Karmen A. Booker, purchase her book, “Seeking the Face of God”.

 

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Canopy Of Love

May 19, 2017

CANOPY OF LOVE

 

L = Loyal

O = Obedient to the Word

V = Victorious in every situation

E = Exceeding greatness (blessings)

Love (God = Jesus = Word) is the key to success (fulfilling your God-given purpose).

When you abide in love (God = Jesus = Word) then you avail yourself to divine protection spiritual understanding, wisdom, grace and faith.  Your life explodes with blessings and you receive the desires of your heart.

“You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips.  Selah.  For you send blessings of good things to meet him. You set a crown of pure gold on his head.  (Psalm 21:2-3)

“For the king trusts, relies on, and is confident in the Lord, and through the mercy and steadfast love of the most high he will never be moved.”  (Psalm 21:6)

The king received all of the desires of His heart and blessings because he trusted in, relied on, and was assured in the Lord.  He knew without doubt that the promises of God were true and they would be fulfilled.  He knew this because the Word says so, and through his experience – he got the desires of His heart, and received good blessings.

Now in order for this to happen, what kind of relationship must be the king have had – a close relationship with Jesus Christ founded on love and faith.  The closeness is reflected in the degree of trust the king had for the Lord.

“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, but acknowledge him in all of your ways, and he will direct your paths.  (Proverbs 3:5-7)

“The just shall live by faith.”  (Habbakuk 2:4)  It is impossible to please God without faith.”

The king had constant faith, and was never moved from this faith – never allowed doubt to come in.  Sometimes we allow doubt to come in by what other people say and what they think of us.  But the most important thing is what does God think of me? Are my thoughts and actions pleasing Him.

The whole duty of man is to love God and keep His commandments.
(Ecclesiastes 12:13)

You can’t love God and keep His commandments by pleasing other people because their thoughts and ways do not agree with the Word of God.  They are not the same as God’s thoughts and ways.

You discover God’s thoughts and ways by reading, studying and meditating on the Word 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 helps women realize healing and spiritual growth, while cultivating their God-given gifts and ministering in their local churches, 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 encourage victims of abuse to go forth and grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ with more commitment and boldness, knowing that through healing and restoration “the good work God has began in them He will complete.’’

WLWM offers ministry resource books 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:  “You Are Called to Greatness”, “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts”, “Life Enrichment Kit”,  “Seeking the Face of God”,  “You Are God’s Masterpiece”, “Christian Mentoring Guide for Women”, and  “Biblical Entrepreneurship”.

 

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The Branch

May 5, 2017

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 (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.

You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word, which I have given you.  Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you.  [Live in Me, and I will live in you.]  Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.  I am the Vine; you are branches.  Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit.  However, apart from Me you can do nothing. (John 15:1-5)

The branch that is not connected to its source of nourishment withers and dies.  It is essential for the branch to remain connected to the source.  That source is God – Jesus – The Word.

“If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:6)

We must remain (abide) connected to The Word (Jesus Christ) in order to continue growing spiritually and prospering.

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (III John 2)

God wants us to prosper and be in health, even as our soul (mind and emotions) prosper.  The soul can’t prosper unless it is transformed.  Transformed by The Word.

“Do not be conformed to this world (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 12:2)

Our mind must be continually transformed by Living Waters.  We can’t physically live without water, and we can’t spiritually live without The Word.

“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.  Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.  For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” (Proverbs 4:20-22)

There are many people walking around who are physically alive, but spiritually dead because there is no Word in them No Jesus in them.  Jesus is the source of spiritual life.  We may eat, drink and be merry (engage in worldly pleasures) and think we are living the life. That is, to party, drink alcoholic beverages, do drugs, have premarital sex, play sports till the sun goes down, and not have Jesus in our life (heart and mind); not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ the Messiah – The Anointed One.

But we aren’t “living the life” because we don’t have Jesus (the source of life) inside of our heart and mind.  So we are really living DEATH.

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life (his blessed life in the kingdom of God)?  Or what would a man give as an exchange for his (blessed) life (in the kingdom of God)? (Matthew 16:26)

The most important relationship in our life is the one we have with Jesus.   Not our relationship with our mother, father, or brother.

” . . . truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (I John 3)

“He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me:  and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.   And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” (Matthew 10:37-38)

STAY CONNECTED

Stay connected to Jesus Christ even when the winds fall and the valleys run deep.

When it seems like all you need is sleep.

When it seems there is no way out.

Trust in Jesus, He is the truth and the way without a doubt.

He will shape and mold you all the way through.

Just don’t give up when you are feeling blue.

The trials and tribulations we experience are designed to strengthen our faith and trust in Jesus (the Holy One).

I challenge you to be a Branch that Remains Connected to the Vine – 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 helps women realize healing and spiritual growth, while cultivating their God-given gifts and ministering in their local churches, 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 encourage victims of abuse to go forth and grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ with more commitment and boldness, knowing that through healing and restoration “the good work God has began in them He will complete.’’

WLWM offers ministry resource books 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:  “You Are Called to Greatness”, “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts”, “Life Enrichment Kit”,  “Seeking the Face of God”,  “You Are God’s Masterpiece”, “Christian Mentoring Guide for Women”, and  “Biblical Entrepreneurship”.

 

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Hidden Rivers of Life

April 21, 2017

He is the source of the living waters that flow.

Constantly within us, which renders an outside glow.

Jesus is the source of living waters.

If we trust in him, He will fill us with an ever-flowing stream of living water.

Water that nurtures and purifies our soul.

Allowing us to reach our godly goal.

A goal that is enhanced and multiplied through holy and righteous living.

Focusing not on receiving from others, but giving.

Giving our time, talents, and gifts sent from above;

To be a blessing to others and to show our love.

We must be faithful and true,

For it is only in this that our true light (Jesus within our hearts) will shine through.

We must continue to grow by studying and meditating on His Word.

Then and only then will the living waters flow.

Keep growing in the Word daily so the living waters within you will grow deeper and higher,

And your inner spiritual light will shine through brighter and brighter.

Don’t delay for time is running out.

We must remain in the flow of living waters to avoid everlasting drought.

 

©   1998 Karmen A. Booker

 

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For more inspiring and encouraging poems by Karmen A. Booker, purchase her book, “Seeking the Face of God”.

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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