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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Barriers to Walking the Path of Truth

June 29, 2014

The Torn Walls

 

Walls, Walls, Walls.

Some are made of concrete and wood.

Some are physical and spiritual.

Many people use them as barriers to close themselves in, and to shut others out.

The reasons for these barriers range from being alone to hiding one’s true motives, needs, and desires.  These walls prevent us from walking in the true light where JESUS CHRIST guides our steps.

 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delighteth in his way.”   (Psalm 37:23)

 “A man’s heart deviseth his way, but the Lord directeth his steps.”  (Proverbs 16:9)

For God said in the Word, walk as children of the light and be ambassadors for Christ, for I am the truth, the way, and the life.  As my representatives, you must walk as I walk, and talk as I talk, or you are none of mine.

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

Like constructed walls are designed to support the foundation in a house, so our spiritual walls of love, joy, peace, faith, truth, temperance, endurance, and meekness, support and elevate our spirit, which is rooted and grounded in the foundation – Jesus Christ.

If these spiritual walls are not firmly in place, we will surely become like a landfill – wide open to receive all kinds of debris in the form of false doctrines, founded on manipulative schemes, which will undoubtedly cause confusion in the greatest degree.

These walls we put up, barricade us in a pit of pain and emotional scars, until we desire to tear down the walls by:

(1)           accepting the truth about ourselves;

(2)           asking God to heal us of those things that cause us to barricade ourselves; and

(3)           forgiving self and others who have offended us.

Only then can we live a joyful and victorious life in Jesus Christ.

 “. . . for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  (Nehemiah 8:10)

                                                 ©      1997   Karmen A. Booker

 

 


Locking Patterns

July 22, 2013

God has given us a will that makes choices.  Choices to:

Accept Jesus Christ                                         Reject Jesus Christ

–  Believe the Word of God                                  –  Reject the Word of God

–  Trust in God                                 or                  –  Doubt the Word of God

–  Accept Truth                                                       –  Reject Truth

–  Apply Truth in Your Life

For every choice you make there is a consequence.  Those who choose to do all those things in the left column will live abundant lives; walk in wisdom; and experience eternal life in heaven.

Those who choose to do the things in the right column will live lives of defeat; walk in foolishness, and experience eternal death in hell.

The key is the “Choices you make have a direct effect on the life you live, and Lock you into a pattern of Success or Failure.”

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.  God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.  Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Psalm 53:1)

“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”  (Proverbs 16:9)

Be sure to make right choices because they will set you on the straight and narrow path that leads to righteousness (right Standing) with God.  Then you are guaranteed to live a fulfilled life full of love, joy, and peace.

“Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied!” (Matthew 5:6)

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For more inspiring and encouraging poems by Karmen A. Booker, purchase her book, “Seeking the Face of God”.  Just go to https://womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/seeking-the-face-of-god/ You can also click on the Ministry Resources at the top of this blogsite to order other inistry Resources offered by Wings of Love Women’s Ministry.


Light Grow Dim

June 17, 2013

Every Child of God has the light (truth) of Christ in them. But it is very important to keep the light of Christ shining in your life by reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God, and applying it in your life.

Don’t let the “Light of Christ” grow dim in your life, by allowing the devil to get you to slow down in using the R-S-M method; slow down in going to church; slow down in praising and worshipping Jesus Christ; praying to God.  Once you slow down it can continue and lead to you stopping all of these things.  Bind all hindrances to you keeping the light of Christ burning bright in your life.   Pursue God to Know Him and Develop Intimacy with God.  Pursue God with all of your heart and God will make known His ways and will reward 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 Women’s Ministry (WLWM), which creates 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.’’

WLWM offers ministry resources such as “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts”, which is designed to encourage you to discover your God-given spiritual gifts so you can use them to help and bless others, while growing in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Go to https://womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/discovering-your-god-given-gifts/


Jesus, the Fountain of Living Waters

June 3, 2013

 

Jesus is the truth, the way, and the life.  He is the source of truth; the example for the way to live; and the reflection of an abundant blessed life.

Many people are thirsty. Thirsty for love, joy, peace and fulfillment.  However, their thirst can only be quenched by Jesus – the Thirst Quencher.

“Now on the final and most important day of the Feast, Jesus stood, and He cried in a loud voice, If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.”  (John 7:37-38)

You must first believe and continue to believe, trust, and depend on Jesus to supply you with whatever you need to quench your thirst.  Remember the Word of God says, “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)

Don’t put your trust in man or woman because they will let you down.  Put all of your trust in Jesus, who will never disappoint you. He is always there when you need Him.  He will never leave you or forsake you.  He is always there when you need someone to talk to and lead you on the path of righteousness.

JESUS IS THE ROCK

You are the Rock on which I stand.

You will lead me all the way to the promise land.

I can trust you without a doubt.

You bring blessings all about.

In the morning and throughout the day.

In your Word I will trust and obey.

©   2000 Karmen A. Booker

LOOK UP

Look up from whence you have come.  God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that you can ask or think.  You need only come.

Come and humble yourself at the throne of grace, and you will invoke the presence, love, and mercy of God.  He is longing for you to spend some time with Him because he desires to be close and intimate with you – His child.

You must make the time to talk and listen to God; not just keep on running your regular busy schedule without regard to your Master’s pleasure.

For in spending time with God, you will experience love, joy, peace and great intimacy (closeness) beyond measure.

You will receive instructions and know what to do and who to talk to.

Remember to come boldly to the throne of grace,

and on mountain tops and higher levels you will be placed.

Don’t be discouraged on your Christian walk,

You have a Father, Friend, Encourager, and Comforter with whom to talk.

Don’t be anxious or shy,

But allow God to shape and mold you into a beautiful butterfly.

© 1998 Karmen A. Booker


God’s Healthcare Plan

May 26, 2013

 

  1. Introduction
  2. God’s name is Jehovah Rapha, the God that healeth thee

(Exodus 15:26)

3.  God’s will is that His people be in health (3 John 2)

  1. God has programmed health and healing into our DNA.
  2. God is able to keep us well and disease free (Psalms 103:1-5; Deuteronomy 34:7)
  3. Why are God’s people living in a state of disease?
    1. Christians lack knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)
    2. Christians are violating natural and spiritual laws (Exodus 15:26)
    3. Christians are failing to mix the Word of God with faith (Hebrews 4:2)
    4. Christians are sowing to the flesh and reaping corruption(Galatians 4:8)

Christians are eating and drinking unworthily  (I Corinthians 11:29)

Christians are not discerning the Lord’s body (I Corinthians 11:29)

God’s health care program has a supernatural component.

Jesus bore our sins and our sicknesses (Isaiah 53:4-5)

    1. The healing anointing is on theWord and it heals supernaturally. (Psalm 107:20)
    2. The power in the Word to heal is released by mixing the Word with faith.
    3. Take God’s Word as food daily (Proverbs 4:20-22)
  1. God’s divine health has a natural component.
    1. God promises divine health through food and water (natural law). (Exodus 23:25-26)
    2. The natural laws that were part of the old covenant were a crucial part of God’s health care system for His covenant people. (Daniel 1:12-16; I Timothy 5:23)
    3. We should not expect God to repeal the laws of biochemistry that He established by His Word to govern the operations of our bodies, but must understand and obey them.
    4. Poor diet is a primary factor behind most diseases.

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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 creates 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.’’

    WLWM offers ministry resources such as “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts”, which is designed to encourage you to discover your God-given spiritual gifts so you can use them to help and bless others, while growing in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Go to https://womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/discovering-your-god-given-gifts/


Is God at the Controls?

April 20, 2013

A pilot leads and guides an airplane.  He knows the intricacies of every control mechanism of the plane from how to start the engine to how to use the landing gear.

If the pilot did not know how to operate the control mechanisms of the plane successfully, Would you get to your destination?

Suppose the pilot mistakenly went 100 miles west rather than 100 miles east.  Would you reach your desired destination?  No.

Suppose the pilot was not properly trained in how to use the landing gear, and neglected to engage the landing gear at the proper time, causing the plane to crash; you would not reach your destination.

However, when you have God at the controls of your life (as the PILOT of your life, you are guaranteed to reach your God-ordained destination because God has clear direction and knows the best paths for you to take.  God never makes mistakes?  However, you must remain steadfast in faith (trusting, depending, and being assured) of God’s Word, and apply it in your life.

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

Proverbs 3:5-7 says “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.”

 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.   For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. (James 1:22-23)

 You must submit to God’s leading (direction), rather than being led by your thoughts and emotions.  When you follow God’s direction, you automatically turn form and resist evil.  You can’t follow the path of righteousness and the path of evil at the same time.  They are diametrically opposed to each other.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  (James 4:7)

“Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.  Avoid it, do not go on it; turn from it and pass on.”  (Proverbs 4:14-15)

“But the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until [it reaches its full strength and glory in] the perfect day [to be prepared].  The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.”  (Proverbs 4:18-19)

“The uncompromisingly righteous shall flourish like the palm tree (be long-lived; stately; upright; useful and fruitful) . . . Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.”  (Psalm 92:13)

Like the pilot, God is the pilot of our lives.  He has clear direction for our lives, and knows the designated life destinations that are best before we reach our eternal destination – HEAVEN!!!

But we must surrender to God’s will (his direction) so we can stay on the straight and narrow road that leads to righteousness, rather than veering off and going our own way.  For when we go astray, it leads us to experience problems and catastrophes that could have been avoided; problems that lead to oppression and depression, problems and catastrophes that lead to the destruction of our lives physically and spiritually.

Therefore, allow God to PILOT your life, and you will gain wisdom (knowledge + understanding + applying the Word of God) and avoid many snares (traps).  When you allow God to lead and guide you, success is guaranteed, and you will experience true love, joy, and peace.

So I challenge you today to take a back seat,

and allow God to be your PILOT.

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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 creates 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.’’

WLWM offers ministry resources such as “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts”, which is designed to encourage you to discover your God-given spiritual gifts so you can use them to help and bless others, while growing in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Go to https://womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/discovering-your-god-given-gifts/