TWO CENTS – THE GREATEST GIFT??

 TWO CENTS – THE GREATEST GIFT?

Uh… How does that compute?

Jesus said the woman who gave two cents, gave more than all the rich people gave… How so?  I discovered in my early life, that God doesn’t think like I think. To we educated mortals, 2+2 makes 4.

“…five loaves and two fish, – but what are they among so many? ]  

You may know the story in the writings of Luke. More than five thousand men, plus women and children, had followed Jesus out of a city and into a wilderness. They were so hungry to hear his words of hope and life. The impression we get is that only one lad had thought ahead and came prepared with some food to eat. His mama probably saw to that.

Copy me on this; – While meditating and talking to God a few mornings back, I became pensive: “Father, I’m not able to travel and preach/teach like I did for 63 years, and I really miss it. I feel so limited on how to distribute the ministry that still stirs so deep inside of me.”

I guess we could feel that way at any age. But, while reading the scriptures following that set-to with God, – those words about the “five loaves and two fish” seemed to stand up off the page and talk to me. I hope they will speak to you as well;

Meditate this: – If I am ‘prepared’ (properly equipped both mentally and spiritually) to be a blessing while following the Lord, I will see some amazing things happen with what I have to offer, even if it seems so small.

David said in the PsalmsBring an offering, and come into his courts.” (or ‘come prepared’ to be a blessing)

When Moses was chosen by God to deliver God’s people, God asked Moses this question; “What is that in your hand? ” Moses replied, “My shepherds rod.” In other words,- ‘not much’! God instructed him; ”cast it on the ground.” When he obeyed the word of the lord, it suddenly became a live and threatening serpent. It appeared to be something that could destroy him. Then God said,” pick it up.” Uh – do what? With great reluctance and lots of faith, Moses picked it up. That threatening serpent suddenly became a rod that was forever transformed into a tool for miracles. If you are a bible student you probably know the rest of that spell binding story and all the miracles that followed when Moses trusted and brandished that rod.

NOTE THIS:

Jesus could have used anybody’s meal to work that miracle and feed five thousand men, plus the women and children,( about 15 thousand total) – but only one out of more than five thousand came prepared with something in their hand….!  Are you seeing what I am seeing?

God’s lesson to me is clear; – Teeming millions are searching for words of hope and life. What I have and what I can do, seems so small when compared to the need and the overwhelming task. But,- if I do what I can, and share what I have, and care enough, and trust God enough to give it to him – I will never be able to explain or even know the enormity of what it will accomplish. I will never know how many were fed and helped from,- my little bit.

Conclusion:  

I, Gerald Davis, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, have prepared some seed over my 65 years of ministry, ( i.e; books, CD’s and DVD’s etc) – then those who participate in sharing what they can, to help me distribute the seed as partners,  (yes,– even two cents)  will create the miracle of increase and supply, – and will feed us well in the process! Everybody ate to their satisfaction and appetite– including the lad who trusted Jesus with what he had when the opportunity came. They gathered up twelve baskets full that were left over! The boy had plenty to take home to his mama,- because he committed what he had to Jesus. I hope this truth reaches your spirit-man like it did me!

“What is born of the mind only reaches the mind, – but what is born of the heart,- reaches the heart.” (C. M Ward)

Did you ever want to shout! A word from the Lord sure does boost our spirits and gives us a renewed joy.

Jesus lifts us up where we belong,- and makes us to sour with the eagles!

I hope this helped you as much today as it did me…

Our little becomes much when we commit it to God!

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PROVEN PRIORITIES – SUCCESS IN MARRIAGE AND LIFE

July 28, 2020

All credits go to my wife- ‘THELMA the beautiful’

 A special word of counsel to our friends and ministry partners- 

Thelma and I are at the age of 84 now, as of July 25th. We have been married for 66 wonderful years. We have two sons, 8 grandchildren and 14 great grands. They all honor and serve the Lord Jesus. We have been in the service (ministry) of our Lord for 65 years together.- yes ITS A MIRACLE.

 A SPECIAL WORD OF GUIDANCE

I want to pass along some words of guidance and counsel to my younger friends.

Life will never be free of trouble in some form. ‘We have to run Satan off,’- he never volunteers to leave.

But, – I have some priorities to share with you that can prevent a lot of entanglements and unnecessary heartache in your future. This would be good to save and pass along to your friends…

Here is the list of 5 priorities for a happy marriage and for successful living- 

1.GOD FIRST – 

Always keep God first. Your personal relationship with God in ‘Bible time and prayer’ cannot be over emphasized. We can’t build a confident prayer life without knowing how God thinks.

2.YOUR COMPANION – 

He/she should never, ever doubt your allegiance to them. Some words in Proverbs 31 say it best. “His heart can safely trust in her to do him good and not evil all the days of his life.  To the man; – only you can make her know that she is the most important person in your life. It requires thoughtfulness, effort and self-initiative. If you only respond to her when she is reaching out, – it won’t be enough! We should shun ‘even the appearance’ of an interest in another person of the opposite gender. 

3. TAKE CARE OF YOUR SELF –

Your own body. This applies both to the man and to the lady. If you thought the children would be third on the list, you would be wrong. If you don’t take good care of yourself, you can’t properly take care of the children, – or your companion.

4. TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR CHILDREN –

            Children are “the heritage of the Lord”. They are either a compliment or a negative reflection when they become grown. If you have properly loved and cared for your children, including discipline when they are coming up, they will be the best asset you can ever grow and develop. It is your children who will care for you when you can’t properly care for yourself. You want them to do it of their own volition and desire, – not only from a sense of obligation. Proper discipline with thoughtfulness and love will create in them a sense of security. 

5. NOW TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS –  

NOTE: If you are a minister, ‘that is your business’. It doesn’t come first ahead of your family. I understand “the call” as we refer to it, to doing the work of the ministry. It is a driving force that never leaves or slacks off

 An experience I had; – In 1965, while I was at my office as pastor of a church in Houston, Texas, I got a phone call from my wife.  She asked if she could ‘make an appointment’ to have some time with me. It put my entire perspective in shock. I knew I had to get a new grip on how I was viewing my calling (work). If my wife was not happy with how things were…?  

Note: God is never more interested in ‘other people, or in fame or money’, than he is ‘our families’. I have known numbers of professional people who “shipwrecked” because they didn’t get these priorities straight. They had a great ministry, but their priorities were out of order. We all know it is true; “ If momma ain’t happy…!

I know there are always exceptions to every rule. But ‘if both persons in the marriage love God and put Him first’, this list of priorities will be the general rule to follow for a long and successful life and marriage.  *I hope this will be helpful and meaningful to you. SELAH! *

A VERY STRONG THANK YOU TO OUR FRIENDS AND PARTNERS IN MINISTRY

Thelma and I can’t travel now and keep up with a rigorous preaching schedule. Our old bodies can’t manage that pace anymore. I can continue doing ministry through blogs, email <gerald@geralddavis.org> and facebook, plus ministry through mailouts and distribution.  (See list of 9 books)  We give away a lot of books to overseas destinations, – and at home.<www.geralddavisministries.org>  

I’m still able to help ministers and friends via telephone visits <713 805 2289> and special counsel and prayer. I have been praying each Sunday morning at 7:00 on BPN radio, an International radio station owned and operated by Dale Gentry Ministries out of Austin, Texas… that reaches over a hundred countries. Now in it’s fifth year of ministry.

                                        “THE MIND OF CHRIST”

Praise God Almighty, I still have the mind of Christ! Whatever is born of ‘my mind only’ will ‘only reach your mind.’ But if it is born of ‘His mind’ (spirit), – it will reach ‘your heart’. And-

 “Out of the heart are the issues of life.”

                              PRAYER EFFORTS FOR AMERICA

Be encouraged! – I am aware of many concentrated prayer efforts across this nation, doing 11 Chron. 7:14. We are not going to lose this Christian nation that God helped our fore- fathers to establish. God would not abandon America any sooner than He would abandon Israel. Because we have embraced both the Judeo and the Christian values. And America stands firmly in support of Israel. Can you ‘raise a Hallelujah’ in agreement! IN GOD WE TRUST!

                MY FEELINGS TOWARD MY PARTNERS

These words from Paul in 11 Timothy 1: 16-18 express my feelings toward my partners today;

“This you know…the Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me…he sought me out and found me. The Lord grant him…mercy…you know how many ways  he ministered to me…”. 

Mercy and blessings search out those who attach themselves to ministries of their choice, and who bless them in an on-going manner. No ministry can function without their friends.

            And one more statement made by Paul,- for thinkers; (1 Cor.3: 8-9)

“The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field…” I firmly decree that God is planting in your field! The eyes of our Lord will not overlook your deeds of service and love toward Gerald Davis Ministries during this period of our life. HE WILL NOT overlook it!

Please stand in agreement with us that God would “send forth more laborers in the field” with us, – and help us finish strong!   NOTE: FREE BOOKS FOR MY PARTNERS WHO REQUEST THEM…see the <website www.geralddavisministries.org>

Thank you again, dear friend and partner,

            Gerald Davis

WHERE IS HELL…and does it really exist?

 

WHERE IS HELL…and does it really exist?

I’ve entered a list of verses from the bible below that my reader can go to if you choose.

QUESTIONS: 

  1. Is there a literal hell?  2. If so , where is it?  3. Do people really go there? 4. If so, why?

My following thoughts will be based on the assumption that the reader believes  the bible is the Word of God.  If not, this probably won’t be of interest you. Jesus (God come in the flesh) talked about hell more than any other personality in the bible. Both during his three years of ministry on earth, and then in His revelation to John on the Island of Patmos.

CONSIDER THESE FACTS:

We know the earth is round. We understand the law of gravity. If hell is beneath us, as the scriptures say it is, then hell is below us regardless of where we stand on the surface of the earth.

Pointing down in America is pointing up toward China, and vice versa. If I could drill a hole from to America to China, and drop a one thousand pound ball into it, the ball would travel toward the center of the earth and continue to gain speed until it reached the center of the earth. Velocity would cause it to continue toward China after it reached the center of the earth. But from the center of the earth it would begin to climb instead of fall. It would slow its ascent until it reached the peak of its velocity. Then it would begin to fall back toward the center of the earth where it would finally lodge and stay. The core of the earth is the center of gravity. That is why it is called “the bottomless pit” in the book Revelation. There is no bottom to the core of the earth, because every direction from the center of the earth is up toward the surface.

If you could pore a million tons of water into the hole, it would do the same as the lead ball. It would center itself in the core of the earth. It is held there by gravity. This explains the “lake of fire” as referenced four times in the book of Revelations. When Jesus spoke of hell, he often referred to it as a place of  “fire and brimstone.”

SPECIAL NOTE:

People don’t go to hell in a flesh and blood body. That would be consumed in a moment. The soul of people go there at the departure from the body when the body dies. According to the scriptures they will take on a spirit and flesh body which will never die nor be consumed. But it will still have physical sensation.

EXAMPLE:  When Jesus rose from the dead he was not flesh and blood. He was flesh and spirit.  His blood had been drained on the cross. The life in his body was now ‘spirit’ and not blood. He could eat food, and the disciples could touch Him.

We will have a flesh and spirit body that will go somewhere and remain for all eternity. Hell is called “the second death”… but, -” where the soul never dies.” Thus the term “soul and body cast into hell … where there is weeping and grinding of teeth.”

People who choose not to believe in a literal hell, do so because they don’t want to believe it. But then, – who does want to believe it?

CONSIDER:

  1. Where does that lava, fire and brimstone come from that we are seeing from the volcanoes? 2. What causes those volcano and fissures to begin to convulse and belch out that fire and brimstone? Here is a statement from a prophet of God named Isaiah, in Chapter 5 verse 14; “…hell has enlarged herself…opened her mouth without measure…their multitude… shall descend into it.”

QUESTION:

What about these volcanos that are erupting in Hawaii and Guatemala? Those emissions are coming from somewhere in the depths of the earth. It is called by the media, – “lava, fire and brimstone.” Could these be spigots that are releasing something from the bowels of the earth? There are a number of these volcanos around the surface of the earth. Is this how hell enlarges its self?  Do you believe your eyes when you watch this on the news? – SELAH!

FOUR QUESTIONS TO PONDER:

  1. If there is no literal hell to avoid, then where is there cause for evangelism? 2.Why do evangelicals spend so much time and money and effort trying to save peoples souls?  3. What are they saving them from? 4. Why did Jesus die that wicked death on the cross if there is no hell to save people from?                                           What are the answers to these questions if there is no literal hell?

FINAL QUESTION:  How can a person know they won’t go to hell?   You have probably already heard this but here it is again;

Believe in your heart that Jesus is who He said He was. Go to Him with some words of acceptance.

IE; – “Jesus, I believe you love me. I believe you will save me from that place called “hell” and take me to heaven when I die. I believe you are alive today to hear my prayer. Please come into my heart and save my soul, and forgive me of every thing I have done to displease God. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from this day forward. Help me to learn more about you  as I read your word. Thank you Lord for saving my soul! Amen

According to everything I have read in the scriptures, if you do this  you can trust God to take you to heaven when you die. No more reason to worry about going to that awful place called “hell.”

The following verses are listed for those who want to see these references about hell in the scriptures;

Mt. 5:22, 29 -10:28  – 18:19 – 23 ;23 – Mark 9:43 – 45 &47 -2 Peter 2:4 – Pr. 15:24 – Is. 14:29 – Ps. 16:10 – Acts 2:31 – Deuteronomy 32:22 – Ps. 9:17 and 139:8 – Revelation 19:20,10,14,15

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HOW DOES A SALMON CLIMB WATERFALLS…?

Many people have heard me teach as I traveled from church to church for a period of about 35 years, on the insights that God gave me for ‘successful living’ “now in this time.” And the borrow-free, debt-free lifestyle that God dreamed for His people in Deuteronomy 15.Many of you purchased materials and have “believed the good report”.

SALMON FISH

We are like a salmon fish, swimming upstream against the current, and climbing  waterfalls to get to our destination.   Those fish can’t get out and walk around those falls, – they don’t have feet. They can’t fly over those falls, – they don’t have wings. We do like they do. They utilize what God gave them, and facing the challenge they do what seems impossible. We utilize what God has given us, (the faith of Jesus Christ) and we face the obstacles and hindrances, and kick it in gear. We have what it takes to get to the top… – and then are the spawning grounds where they (we) see the multiplication and increase.

REMEMBER : If we let the devil do our arithmetic, he uses subtraction and division. If we let God do our arithmetic he uses ‘addition and multiplication. SELAH!

SPECIAL LETTERS

Below are some people who have received our free books, CD’s etcetera in Nigeria…

JIWO WUJI Benin, Nigeria, wrote; “Thank you for what you sent regards to my request. I’m so grateful for that, – it’s beyond words. YOU are a blessing in our lives. Your materials have proven helpful to me. Keep up your great work.”

PRISCILLA EFUJE wrote from Benin City, Nigeria; “…valuable tools in our hands. I received the materials meant for me, which you sent. I am saying a little prayer that God will smile on you, and send you all the blessings you deserve from God’s Angels…”

EFE SABBI from Benin City, Nigeria; “I’m so glad for the information sent for me…I have printed out and shared with others….who are also interested…are delighted for this useful information too. I have learned some truth and understanding… I did visit your website…and will direct some of my friends to see it’s contents…” I would like to receive a book, …some friends said this a good book. Also, CD’s would be useful…Thank you! EFE

There is no greater blessing in this life than to know we have been an ‘extension of God’s hands’ to those who cannot afford to pay. “Freely we have received, freely we give.” We probably won’t reach everybody, but we can reach somebody, and they do pass it on, as mentioned in one of those letters.

The attacks on believers in this nation and around the world serve only to make the church and believers grow. Satan is a loser from the beginning. We NEVER LOSE because we DON’T QUIT!

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Good things happen for us – when we help others!

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…HE SAID WHAT??

HE SAID WHAT??

“…people from all languages will take firm hold…of his robe and say;  ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’”  (Zech.8:23)

When the old prophet Zechariah made that statement to some covenant people, it really gave me pause, and opened up a whole new level of meditation for me. 

QUESTION: What would make someone grab on to the shirt-tail of a person not of their own language, or ethnicity, and want to have what they have, and want to have their God.  It’s because they saw their success and connected it with their God.

QUESTION: – Is that really God’s dream for His people?

God knows human nature. That’s why He loves to bless His people. Success draws attention! What we are, and what we do speaks so much more effectively than any words we say. The man Paul, writer of most of the New Testament letters, when teaching people about  why Christ died, and what we have because of it; made this invitation to his followers:Follow me as I follow Christ.”

 Grab my shirt tail…! Paul was convinced that his success as a believer was tightly connected to his success in gaining followers. We people listen, – and then we watch! We’ve seen the results of the apostle Paul’s life and influence. When success is attached to godliness, – we see the greatest following. People want to be successful, loved and blessed.

DONALD TRUMP…

While we watch the current of major opposition that President Trump has and is functioning under, we continue to watch his influence increase. Not only here in America, but around the world.

QUESTION: Is it his words that has brought this about? – I think not!  In fact, some of his words have made a lot of people angry. His record of success is what speaks for him the loudest?

I hope my point is clear to my reader by now. If we have what God Almighty wants us to have, and if we become what He wants us to be, we will never have trouble being an influence to people who are watching us, and then we can lead them to a better life. If you are like me, you like to read after people who have “been there and done that.” We never have to praise our own accomplishments. Just be! – and others will want what we have.

CLOSING THOUGHT:

There are two things that will define us.

1. Our ‘patience’ when we are trying to climb up from the bottom;

2. Our ‘attitude‘ when we have reached to top!

If you have reached the top, there is no better way to spend the rest of your life than trying to help someone else get there too!

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