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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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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Prayer

May 5, 2017

Purpose of Prayer

  1. To come to God with your needs and desires
  2. To ask God to change things on the Earth.
  3. Express Your Love and Gratitude to God

Why Should WE PRAY

  1. To communicate with God and develop an intimate relationship with Him.  God desires fellowship and intimacy with His children.
  2. Prayer accelerates God’s plans and purposes for your life.  When you fail to pray, you delay and frustrate the pans and purposes of God. “And I beg of you to pray for us the more earnestly, in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.” (Hebrews 13:19)
  3. It is a vehicle that God uses to heal others

“And the prayer of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart].  The earnest prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available. (James 5:15-16)

Your prayers can cause God to act on behalf of others through healing, making the person whole through restoration, and forgiving the person.

Your prayers also help you to repent of your wrongdoings through confessing your faults, negative ways (for example, criticizing others), and sins, so that God may forgive you.  Confession is the heart of Repentance.  You must first confess your wrongdoings and then ask God to forgive you.  Once He forgives you, receive His forgiveness by not continuing to have a guilty conscious.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)

The devil likes to reminds us of our past wrongdoings, but if you have confessed them, and God has forgiven you, then there is no need for you to feel guilty.  God has put all of your sins into the Sea of Forgetfulness, and you should do the same.

“I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.  I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward. (Philippians 3:13-14)

  1. Help others through Intercessory Prayer

Touching others lives by asking for protection, comfort, and transformed hearts and attitudes (I Timothy 2:1-5, Hebrews 7:24-25, Acts 6:4)

If you do not have a set time to pray, you will not pray.” (John Wesley)

 

What makes your prayer powerful? The Word of God

  • God and His Word are One.  “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was god Himself.  He was present originally with God.  All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without him was not even one thing made that has come into being.” (John 1:1)
  • The Word of God gives us direction.  “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) “In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6)
  • God watches over His Word to fulfill it.  The Word has the power to create the desired result.  “So shall My word be that goes forth out my mouth it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
  • The Word makes your prosperity fruitful (good success).  “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but they shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it.  For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)
  • Jesus name is above every name“Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name.  That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” (Philippians 2:9)
  • The blood seals the prayer.
  • Jesus gave me the assurance that every prayer would be answered.
  • Jesus gives me the authority to pray.  “. . . All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.” (Matthew 28:18)

What are the fruits of prayer?

  1. A heart cleansing from sin (Psalm 19:12-13, Psalm 51:2)
  2. Knowledge of Self (Romans 7:18)
  3. Promotes Wisdom (James 1:5)
  4. Brings God’s Power into our work (acts 4:24)
  5. Helps to Evangelize the World

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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No Titles, No Hype, Just Jesus

April 9, 2017

Many times people pursue degrees for the sake of getting a title before their name, such as “Doctor Jones” rather than seeking God and asking Him should they pursue a Doctorate Degree or Master’s Degree or a Bachelor’s Degree.

They believe that pursuing degrees makes them valuable and enhances their self-esteem.  It may make you more valuable from the world’s perspective, but not from God’s perspective.

People are valuable to God because He made them in His image.  However, a person must believe and accept their God-given value.  Once they do this their self-esteem will automatically be enhanced and continue to grow as they grow in the knowledge and understanding of how God sees them – Fearfully and wonderfully made – Awesome Masterpiece – God’s Workmanship.

“I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”  (Psalm 139:14)

“For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].”  (Ephesians 2:10)

 

 

 

 

 

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Blazing for Christ

April 7, 2017

 

I am the light (flaming torch) for Jesus Christ.

How intense is your flame?

Are you burning for Jesus Christ?

There are some activities in your life that are weights that bear you down. These include:

  • Traditions
  • Your Past
  • Relationships that sap your energy because they do not add value to your life

Things you can do to maintain the Flame of God (keep your light burning) are:

  • Stay in God’s Word
  • Wind of the Holy Spirit
  • Baptism of Speaking in Tongues
  • Fellowship with other Believers

 

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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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Beyond the Valley

March 17, 2017

A valley is a low plain; a low point or interval in any process, representation, or situation; any place, period, or situation that is filled with fear, gloom, foreboding; such as the valley of despair.

When you are in a valley, you can do one of two things – not move (remain stagnant) or move upward. When you experience valleys of life such as the betrayal of a friend; the loss of a loved one; or financial disaster, God does not want you to stay in the valley; He wants you to come up out of the valley.

Many people choose to stay in the valley because they lose hope and then experience despair. They lose hope because they depend upon people rather than God, to help them come up out of the valley.

God wants you to come up Higher. However, you must desire to come out of the state of lowliness, and rise to higher ground. God desires for you to grow and go from one level to another level; constantly climbing until you reach the top of the mountain, where you can remain if you trust and obey God.

 “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil.” (Proverbs 3:5-7)

Remember, you can always depend on Jesus Christ, He is always there for you, and will always supply your every need.

And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

God will always lead you on the straight and narrow path that leads to righteousness.

 

Abide in Me (Jesus)

Abide in Jesus and He will not depart.

He will flow blessings to you from the start.

 

Remember that He is Lord of your life,

And through Him you can avoid strife.

 

He is always with you, no matter what comes your way.

Just trust in His Word (promises) and you will be well on your way to reaching new heights of wisdom and understanding.

 

Never veer from your God-given purposes each day,

Because God will constantly reveal them to you every step of the way.

 

Don’t be conformed to this world of wickedness,

Focus on staying on the straight and narrow road of righteousness.

 

© 2000 Karmen A. Booker

 

 

 

WOMAN

You are of value.

Don’t be afraid to hold your head high when you cross the valleys in the twilight.

You got to make it through the night

Before you reach the mountain top and see daylight.

Once you reach the top of the mountain,

Your victory does not end there BECAUSE you got to remain within the light.

The light is truth revealed by GOD.

 

 

©   1992 Karmen A. Yorker

 

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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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