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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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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The Most Powerful Weapon

May 22, 2016

II Corinthian 10:4 says:  “For the weapons of our warfare are not physical but they are mighty before and for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds.”

God has given us weapons that are to be used to overcome the devil and his strategies.  However, we must know what they are and how to use them.

In Ephesians 6:11-13, it says: “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

God has given us weapons that are not physical, but spiritual because the devil is a spirit (spirit of darkness, deception, and wickedness).  His goals are to:

1.             Steal the truth

2.             Kill one’s faith in the Word of God

3.             Destroy one spiritually

In order for the spiritual weapons God has given us to work, you must do what the Word of God says in Ephesians 6:11-13.  “Put on God’s whole armor” so that you will be able to successfully stand up against the strategies of deceits of the devil.

It is important to put on God’s complete armor, and not just part of it.  Some people may have on the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, feet shod with the gospel of peace, but not have the shield of faith (quenches the flaming missiles of the wicked), or the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God in their heart).  Consequently, they are not properly and 100% armed (prepared to fight and overcome the devil victoriously).  This is why the devil can defeat them.  The Word of God says that in Habbakuk 2:4, “The just shall live by faith . . .”

Some people may have on all pieces of the armor of God except “praying at all times”.  Again, they are not completely and 100% armed to be a winner over the strategies and deceits of the devil.  ALL PIECES OF THE SPIRITUAL ARMOR ARE CRITICAL IN DEFENDING AND OVERCOMING THE DEVIL, so that you can triumph (be victorious).

When you are not complete and 100% armed with God ‘s spiritual armor, you leave an opening for the devil to come in and attack.  For example, if you don’t have the “shield of faith”, then the devil is using worry and doubt to defeat you.  Before, when you needed money to pay your electric bill, you trusted in God to supply the money.  But now that the economy has slowed down, and your cashflow has decreased, you are worried about how you are going to pay your bills.

But you can defeat worry and doubt by developing faith in the Word of God. This is achieved by using the R-Reading, S-Studying, and M-Meditating method.  This will increase your knowledge and understanding of the Word of God.   Hosea 4:6 says “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge . . .”

God wants you to keep growing in the knowledge of God’s Word (Truth) and as you do, you will grow in faith.  So be sure that you have on the Whole Armor of God, and not just pieces of it.  Then and only then will you triumph (be victorious) and grow in WISDOM = Knowing + Understanding the Word + Applying 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 Ministries (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

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!!!  Click on “Ministry Resources” Page at the top of this Blog  to ORDER Your Ministry Resources Today.


Positions of the Holy Spirit

July 15, 2015

3 Positions of the Holy Spirit are:

*  The Holy Spirit is in you to reproduce the nature of Jesus Christ

*  The Holy Spirit is on you to anoint you for ministry

*  The Holy Spirit dwells within you.

 

 

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Discovering Your God-given Spiritual Gifts

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

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Spring Up in the Word

July 13, 2015

It is very important for you to spring up in the Word, Worship and Prayer so that yokes may be broken.  You must develop a deep intimacy with God so you will hunger and thirst for God, and become a faithful servant of God – doing things well pleasing to God.

The Holy Spirit is your power source.

 

 


Benefits of the Holy Spirit

December 28, 2014

The Need to be Baptized with the Holy Spirit

1.              It is a promise.  (Joel 2:28; Luke 24:49)

2.              Man is unable to do the will of God without the Holy Spirit. (Zechariah 4:6; I Samuel 2:9; Acts 1:4)

3.              Jesus is our model.  He waited for the spirit to come before He started His ministry.  (Matthew 3:16)

4.              Your tongue must be yielded to the Holy Spirit.  No man can tame the tongue.  (James 3:2-8)

Who Can Be Baptized?

All Believers  (Acts 2:38)

Benefits of Walking in the Holy Spirit:

1.   Edify (lift up; encourage) yourself   (I Corinthians14:4)

2.  You can engage in spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:18)

3. The Holy Spirit gives you direction for ministry.

4.  The Holy Spirit will teach you about the new things God is doing.

5.  The Holy Spirit will tell you about God’s plan of ministry.

How to Receive Baptism with the Holy Spirit.

  1. Repent (Acts 2:38)
  2. Renounce every sin you have committed.
  3. Surrender your mind, body, and emotions to God.
  4. Desire the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-38)
  5. Pray specifically to get the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13)
  6. Have faith in God.  (James 1:6-8)
  7. Yield to what God is calling you to do. (Acts 2:4)

Spiritual Gifts (I Corinthians 12:7)

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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 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/

She has also designed a powerful message packed Bookmarker – “Who Am I” to help you discover who you are in Jesus Christ – https://womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com/who-am-i-bookmarker/

 


MOVING ONWARD TOWARD COMPLETION

July 27, 2014

In order to move forward, we must take steps.  Each step is a building block for the next step; each step leading you closer to the finish line (the completed goal).

Who orders our steps? God

“The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord.” (Psalm 37:23)

But we must allow God to order our steps by submitting to Him.

Laying down our own desires and adopting His desires for our lives.

This requires a willful choice.

Taking steps requires forward movement.  When you move forward, you are growing and graduating from one level of growth to the next level.  However, if you are not taking steps – moving forward – then you are doing one of two things: (1) stagnating – remaining still and not going anywhere; or (2) digressing – moving backward.

Taking steps toward completion of a goal is like walking.  When you walk, you are constantly taking steps forward; constantly in motion.  The steps you take when you walk get you from point A to point B.  For example, if you want to get to the bus stop, which is three blocks from your house, then you must take the necessary steps to reach the bus stop.

Moreover, as we allow God to order our steps, we remain focused and single-minded, rather than veering off the course that he has set for us.  It is important that we remain focused and single-minded because if we veer from our God-given course by taking a wrong turn, we begin to take steps in the wrong direction.  Therefore, we are no longer moving forward, but backward.  We are no longer growing but digressing.  This is analogous to traveling.  Suppose your destination is Annapolis, Maryland.  You are traveling on the Beltway, and you see road signs – Route 50 – Washington, DC, and Route 50 – Annapolis, MD.  Instead of going in the direction of Annapolis, MD you go in the direction of Washington, DC.   Thus, you are off the course to Annapolis.  If you continue on Route 50 – Washington, DC you will never make it to Annapolis.  You must make a U-Turn and go in the right direction.

In the course of life, once we veer off the course God has set before us, there is a way to get on the right course.  That way is to ask God for directions back onto the straight and narrow road that leads us on the path of His perfect will.  The longer we continue to take steps backward, the longer it will take us to reach our final goal.  Therefore, it is crucial that we allow God to order our steps so that we can remain on the straight and narrow road.

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14 – KJV)

“This is what I told them:  Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people.  Only do as I say, and all will be well.  But my people would not listen to me.  They kept on doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts.  They went backward instead of forward.” (Jeremiah 7:23-24- AMP)

“I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright:   no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done?  Every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.” (Jeremiah 8:6 – KJV)

This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.
(Jeremiah 6:16 – KJV)

Requirements for Staying on the Straight and Narrow Road are:

A.        Diligence

“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 – KJV)

“Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper and be satisfied.” (Proverbs 13:4 NLV)

Prayer – “Pray without ceasing.” (I Thessalonians 5:17 -KJV)

Study the Word – “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15 – KJV)

Fellowship With Other BelieversNot forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.(Hebrews 10:25 – KJV

Praise and Worship – “I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1 – KJV)

Benefits of Staying on the Straight and Narrow Road are:

  1. You remain in God’s perfect will;
  2. You increase your level of intimacy with the Lord Jesus Christ;
  3. You increase your knowledge and understanding of the Word;
  4. You are able to bless others; and
  5. You remain in a state of readiness to hear from God.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105 – KJV)

 

 

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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.

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!!!   To order your products, Click this link – https://womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com/ministry-resources/