Stay Close to God! By Elaine Davenport (Saturday, June 2, 2007)

Have Faith ! ...He wants to Bless you , come closer.

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without waivering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

HEBREWS 10 v. 23

Perhaps today you might decide to skip a prayer, not Bless your food, skip church, not smile at someone, move faster through your bible when reading, not love your neighbor, miss saying a kind word when it’s needed, forget about God because things are going good, not give thanks, forget about repenting, not go out of your way to help someone because you don’t feel like it, violate a commandment, skip your praising, change your faith routine or eliminate it, be unforgiving…I don’t know. We’re all human. I assure you that God wants to Bless you, so stay close!  

I have been praying for you and I fully intend to keep you covered in prayer and your family too. I was looking at the names in my prayer notebook and I was saying to myself: “It’s time for a bigger prayer notebook.” (smile) You should see it. There are names written diagonally, upside down, crammed in every available white space!

I want to talk to you personally about your faith today and to tell you a little about mine. Please, before you consider the story that I am about to tell you; reflect upon some of the things that the bible says about faith. Please read them slowly and these are just a few out of many:

 

* but the just shall live by his faith (Hab 2 v. 4)

*thy faith hath made thee whole (Matt 9 v. 22)

*So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10 v. 17)

*Watch ye, stand fast in the faith 1Corin 16 v. 13

*Fight the good fight of faith 1 Titus 6 v. 12

*the prayer of faith shall save the sick (James 5 v. 15)

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HIT THE SWITCH OF FAITH?

I saw a friend the other day, whose faith “confidence” I had always admired. Somehow they had managed to become inactive in their faith fight. (and I know it wasn’t deliberate; you see they love God too much!) I thought about something that happened to me a long time ago. I had distanced myself from God without even realizing it! Yes, me. Sometimes a persons’ movement is so slow that only a “rocket scientist” could detect it. Plan B would be to examine ourselves and we will know…if we’re honest.

If anyone cared that I was moving away in my faith walk, they didn’t tell me and I didn’t “quite” realize it either! Well, I sort of realized it but I MISTAKENLY thought it wouldn’t harm me. The days came when I needed my faith and it was like when you try to climb a hill or mountain with rocks and gravel on them and your shoes won’t stick so you just keep losing ground or traction and little pebbles keep falling as you try to get a foothold. It’s a terribly frustrating feeling.

IT WASN”T A DELIBERATE ACT ON MY PART THAT THIS HAPPENED. It’s just that things came up and I had to handle them, or so I thought. This is probably what happened to my friend. Fortunately, I got a wake up call! It didn’t come at one time…it was a series of messages. That’s why it is a really good idea to pay attention to the messages that we get. It’s also a good idea to stay on guard.

I am writing this letter to ask you not to let this happen to you. It can happen quickly and easily; right when you don’t need it to happen

Your faith is not electricity. Just because you hit the switch doesn’t mean that you’ll get juice or an electric current. Some might say you have to pay the bill to keep the lights on. With faith there is no money involved but you have to keep the battery charged, to maintain a current. (Look at some of the scriptures above) Your faith is something that you need to have at “your” fingertips, breath, mind, heart ……(your beck and call)

EVERY SINGLE DAY!

I just want to write to you to ask you to let NOTHING stand between you and God. He loves you greatly and nothing can come between that! You have to know this. You probably do. Good. Sometimes we can miss the mark, even slightly.


I love you, God Bless you and I’ll be in touch! Love Elaine Davenport

 

 

 

 

 

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Don’t shut up! By Elaine Davenport (Friday, June 1, 2007)

* Most people get real quiet when they get a negative doctors report. It’s the time to talk. Also, it’s time to focus on other people and help them. Perhaps you don’t need this information, but you know someone who does. What are you going to do about it? You will be held accountable.

Don't Compromise...say what you believe!

For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Mark Chapter Twelve verse thirty-seven*

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the world! Romans Chapter One verse nine*

*For Greater Understanding, please read the entire Chapter.

Dear Friend,

How are you doing? God Bless you today wherever you are! Thank you! Thank you! You have called, written, reached out and it has been refreshing. I think of you all, everyone that gets a letter, your families. It is my prayer that when you receive it (the letter) , you will be greatly strengthened in God. Sometimes, I walk around for days trying to think of what to write to you. Then, I come to my senses. I say: I will write something good, something true and something beneficial! The next thing I know, I have too much to tell you. Before I left town last week on a God appointed mission, I had a wonderful story to tell you. That story has been replaced. Here goes:

First, let me tell you that I have never considered myself to be proficient in rattling off bible verses. I study hard, but that wasn’t one of my strong points. But the Lord had a plan in the works for me to prove that “nothing is impossible” for me and that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” John and I went to Philadelphia on a spiritual mission. I won’t discuss why I went simply because I don’t want to take credit for anything that happened. I will just say that it was wonderful…it was God at work in all of His majesty!

Several things happened which were significant. On the night before we left town, I was attacked with a mysterious debilitating illness. I knew it was the enemy. If I hadn’t been in so much pain, I would have laughed. I was expecting victory, but the truth is that I I could no longer walk. It felt like my kidneys. The pain was sharp and horrid. I was confined to a chair, even to sleep. The next morning my husband said, if you’re that sick, we won’t go, no way. I asked him to come back in an hour after I prayed. I prayed for an hour for other people. He came back into the room and I said, I will sit in this chair for one hour without moving and then I will get up and walk. I also said that I was going to Philadelphia. I declared it! I started thanking God. Faith! At the end of the hour, I got up and walked. I also had my son (who is a believer, saved and doesn’t know it) lay hands on me and we prayed together. As each day went by thereafter, I was better. In four days time, I was back to normal. Five things that I know that I did right: I had faith, I prayed, I spoke my faith, I drank water and I patiently waited for God to work in that situation. God took what the devil meant for bad and turned it for good.

I HAD A “JABEZ” MOMENT!

We had a wonderful time on the trip. We were supposed to run into a horrible snowstorm on the interstate. It was dry and clear the entire way. We visited with Piper our daughter and we had an incredible dinner evening with cousins Elvy and Cora Williams in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. (THANK YOU) The train station in Philly was really nice. As I stood in line at McDonald’s, I had an accidental conversation with a gentleman in line ahead of me. He had turned and said something and I said, “God Bless you.” He then turned and looked at me really strangely. This is what he said, I’m waiting for the wrath of God, yep, I can’t wait for God’s wrath! At first, I thought he was crazy. Then I realized that he was very sane, just misinformed. I looked at him and said, “What does that mean?” He said something about the flood and how God still operates that way and don’t get Him started. I was thinking, I wish Minister this person or Minister that person was here, but then I realized that they weren’t and it was only me there. This is what I said, Oh No, don’t you know that God loves you? He doesn’t put trouble, tests or trials on you. Don’t you know that Satan is the God of this earth. He said, Yeah, you’re right. I said, It doesn’t matter because we have the power to tread on him. Guess what he said? He goes, Oh Yeah, EVENTUALLY! I said, NO, not eventually…NOW! I was stomping and quoting scripture and he was stomping too! He was so happy. His burden had been lifted.

Haven’t you read: James 1 v.9?

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.

Where did you get this information sir? Don’t you read the bible? What about 1 Corinthians 2 v. 5 which says:

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

He looked at me and said, Are you a Jehovah’s Witness? I shook my head No. He said: Are you a Baptist? I shook my head No. I told him I am a person who believes in the Word of God and that I have no denomination. I did not speak of other faiths. They are not my concern. God is my concern, His Word is my concern. I told him that the Word of God is alive. I know it is. I speak it. I said much more. I then went on to tell him where I attend services and where I am taufght and I gave him the web site address. At that point, we started to talk about Jesus. He looked at me and said, This is a divine connection! I was supposed to meet you! I am so happy! I gave him some Bible Chapters to read. I asked him his name and I told him that though I would probably not see him again that I would put him on my intercessory prayer list. All of this happened in line at McDonald’s when I said God Bless you to a stranger. My Blessing was that I was able to Praise God and that everyone in the restaurant was watching and listening! I could have stopped there, but I was on a roll. When I got to my seat at the train station in Washington, D.C., I whipped out my cell phone in a crowd of 200 plus people and re-told the whole story to my friend Dottie and we both praised God! That was a great day. I learned that I never want to miss a chance to tell someone about God’s love for them. I won’t compromise and I won’t please the other side! You see, when I am noisy about my love for God, (it’s no secret) the enemy loses and that’s the way I want it!

I want to have more moments like this!

Your Sister in Christ, Elaine Davenport

Satan, we declare war on you! By Elaine Davenport (Thursday, May 31, 2007)

DECLARING WAR ON:

fear, worry, terror, dread, alarm, panic, anxiety or any of

their relatives.

The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, [a] when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. Psalm 27:1-3 (New International Version)

Dear Prayer Friend, God Bless you today and in the forth coming days! I’ve been thinking about you and the total victory that God has in store for you and I am so humbled and grateful because YOU are so deserving. You have been diligent and faithful continuing to persevere no matter what comes up, you just move forward. I thank God for you; that you would be so kind as to pray so fervently for the ministry, the body of Christ and your fellow prayer warriors. Bless the Lord!

As a fellow soldier on the battlefield for the Lord; I try to pay particular attention to the devices that the enemy uses towards the saints and one of them is the use of fear. Fear itself will test our confidence; but we have to recognize it right away and be on guard. PRAISE GOD!

It was a quiet Friday night and the telephone rang. I answered it. There were three saints on the line and two of them (whom I didn’t know) were under attack. The Spirit of fear had a grip on two of them and didn’t want to let go. When it was over, we all celebrated and the callers who could barely speak in the beginning were now speaking clearly with confidence. GOD WAS IN THE MIDST! As a prayer intercessor, you are likely to start getting urgent and emergency prayer calls. You are going to have to find a balance between your standing in faith and giving empathy. It will be a test. On the one hand you must speak and pray with a confidence in God not giving in to the stress that may have impacted the person (s) making the request. On the other hand you cannot discount the validity of the concerns pressing on the heart (s) of people who call upon you. We must be confidently assured of God’s faithfulness and we must convey it to all that we encounter!

In the beginning the enemy started attacking my thoughts telling me how I was going to be persecuted for telling sick people that they were already healed. I’ve had to cast down all of these crazy imaginations that were trying to take me over in my mind. On the outside, I appeared stronger than anything. But on the inside there was a WAR raging as I fought the panic and the fear of others and the thoughts that kept coming from the enemy. Fear was trying to take hold of me and I fought it with Faith…tooth and nail! The Word was my ammunition and it fueled my faith to the point where I could stand and so can you!

You’ve been identified as a soldier and God is going to use you. It is my prayer that when people begin to lean on you, rely upon you and come for prayer to you, (even when they don’t say so) that you will stand strong without wavering and confidently assure them to withstand the fear or panic in any circumstance, using the Word.

I ALSO HAVE TO SAY TO YOU ABOUT FEAR…DON’T BE AFRAID TO DO WHAT GOD HAS TOLD YOU TO DO! STEP OUT OF THE BOAT! STEP OUT!

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As saints of God; we’re going to be summoned MORE and MORE to go to the front lines and I’m telling you to be ready!

YOU are going to have to be Prayed up, Girded up and “Worded” up…the whole nine yards!

I don’t know what you’re working on, assigned to do, compelled to do or led to do, but I just want to tell you to stand strong and be encouraged and don’t be afraid; just stay connected! I thank God for you and I’m imploring you to stay connected!

Blessings, Love Sister Elaine Davenport

Psalm 112:7-8 (New International Version)

7 He will have no fear of bad news;
his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

8 His heart is secure, he will have no fear;
in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.

Go after it! Go Beyond it! Capture it! By Elaine Davenport (Wednesday, May 30, 2007)

 *  This is a letter I wrote in February of 2005.  It will Bless you.

 

 

The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy:  I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.   John 10  verse 10

 

Dear Friend, God Bless you today.  As you know for months I have written to you to encourage you.  I pray for you and your family daily.  I want you to know that God loves you greatly and that is a certainty.  I don’t know what you are facing as you hold this letter in your hand but I know it gets cleared up, it goes away.  You see, nothing can stand in your way. 

 

As I write this letter today, I too am facing something.  It is a test of course and I will pass it.  Earlier today, I was on the verge of tears as something happened to me to upset my world of peace and joy.  When it happened, I was caught quite off guard.  I admit that I was confused for a few minutes.  It took me far too long to regroup and recover.  I don’t want a second to go by without my being able to instantly be able to recognize how much the adversary wants to steal my joy! 

 

I really wanted to have a pity party.   I decided to throw the problem out the window, forget about it and cancel the party!

 

 I thought about it long and hard and I said:  “Wow!  Okay,   now I can really identify with anyone going through anything when they get this letter because I’m doing that  (going through)  while I’m writing it!  Only I don’t feel like I’m going through because I CHOOSE to have joy!  I CHOOSE to have peace!  I CHOOSE to not let it ruin my day or my precious time with you.    

 

Is it a goal that you are after?   Is it joy or  peace?  Perhaps it  is  healing, or financial wholeness, maybe it is something really specific that you need, but God knows.  Get with Him, let Him help you, then go after it, go beyond it, capture it!    Keep the good, discard the bad.  You can do this!  Yes, you can.  These aren’t just words.  In fact, as I write them, I’m  getting stronger and stronger if that’s even possible .  

                                                                                

You see, God had already given  me my COMEBACK!    He already gave you yours too.  I was driving down the street this morning and I just began to give God praise.  It wasn’t easy, but I did it.  SHOCK!  I got better.  It was almost instantly.  That is what we all have to do.  I have so much to be thankful for and so do you.  Tomorrow I probably won’t even remember the “ so called” problem.  Ha- Ha.  You see when trouble comes we have to see it as it is.  Our adversary, the devil would love to keep us off the path that God has put us on.  But I write to you today to tell you that you must identify specifically what God has called you to do, Go after it, Go beyond it and Capture it!  You have to get to it, you cannot miss your window!  Don’t miss your flight, God wants to take you on a wonderful journey.  When that time comes, you’ll have more joy than any words that I can use can describe!  It is so funny that when we’re really our happiest, a lot of times we just can’t say anything at all.  It’s like we want to slow down time.  But that’s when we need to make it plain to all around that this VICTORY came from God.  It wasn’t a surprise.  It was what God wanted for us. 

 

When you face a trial, remember it isn’t God.  It is the thief trying to get you distracted, offended, off in another direction, to give up, forget about it, question yourself.  Your job at the time is to identify the source and to press on, continue following, concluding the things that you must do by tying all of the loose ends, get closer to God in prayer asking Him to lead you, remind yourself just how important it is for you to achieve your goal and how important it is to God.

 

I reminded myself of my daily victories and the ones that are within reach for the first time in years and it is my impetus to push on…to press and I am filled with joy! 

 

You must not let anything stop you until you go beyond every obstacle  and capture  what it is that God has for you.  I have faced great obstacles in past months, but I will joyfully continue on and I know and am praying that you will too.  Bless God that we know that we already have the victory because He says so.  Let’s make a vow to Praise God whenever we can to give thanks and honor and that we will carry forth what He has entrusted us to do in the name of Jesus.    Thanks and I’ll be in touch.  My good report for you is imminent and I am awaiting yours too and my prayers for you and your family will continue more fervently!   Love Elaine Davenport

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For whosoever is born of God overcometh the world:  and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.   1 John 5 verse 4

 

                                            HAVE FAITH

A PRAYER FOR HEALING BY Elaine Davenport (Tuesday, May 29, 2007)

                      A PRAYER FOR HEALING

 

In the Name of Jesus, Father we draw closer to you; bringing before you the petition of ___________________ concerning healing in the matter  _____________________. 

We join our faith together and we rely on your Word.  You said:  “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. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:20-23)

Your Word says: “He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.” (Psalm 107:20) It says:  “I am the Lord that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26) You said:  “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Num. 23:19)We know  “There hath not failed one word of all His good promise.” (1st Kings 8:56)  We know that:   “For ever O, Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89) for you said Father:   “I will HASTEN *MY* Word to perform it.” (Jeremiah 1:12)

We know that You are the Lord that healeth ____________.   (Ex. 12:37). How do we know that??  

Your Word says:  Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. It says:  The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (James 5:14-16)

Father God,  You giveth power to the faint; and TO THEM that have no might YOU increaseth strength.  We also know that you have delivered __________’s

 soul in peace from the battle  that was against   her or him.   Father we know that we will face tests and trials in this world for surely this seems to be one.  But we don’t concern ourselves because we are reminded of the words of Christ Jesus when he said:    In this world you will face tribulation, but be of good cheer I have overcome the world!    So Father we thank you for the Victory that is already ours no matter what it looks like!  Father we give you glory, and we give you honor and we give you praise and we are thankful for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who himself was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniequites, the chastisement of our peace was upon him and with his stripes we are healed. We count this a GREAT victory today Father in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and we celebrate and praise your Name all the days of our lives.  AMEN! 

 

 

Two Hands by Elaine Davenport (Monday, May 28, 2007)

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

 16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

 17And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

 18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.    MARK 16
The Bible says that believers shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.

REMEMBER THAT.  IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE

A few years ago, a friend and I went to visit the Lakewood church in Texas.  I had never ventured out like that and I don’t think my goods friend had either, but we just seemed to be drawn there, so we made our reservations.

Everything began to go wrong from the moment we arrived.  It was the enemy for certain, but when you’re visting in a strange town and you don’t know anyone at all. you need to know God because He really cares.  The first thing that went wrong was with the taxi cab.   At the airport, we had to negotiate fares and no one was cheap.  At the last minute we realized our funds were really too low to go.  We had made a mistake booking the flight on Cheap Tickets and they had a rule that basically says, we don’t care, but that’s okay.  I forgave them and we just decided to make our trip longer.  It turned into a Blessing.  The driver we did get told us the church was far far away from our hotel.  He said he would give us a special discount.  We felt Blessed, we thought.

We arrived at our hotel and we decided to spend time praying.  We didn’t have sight seeing monies from our vantage point.  We did a lot of praying in the spirit.  As soon as we left the hotel room, an amazing thing happened.  We met in the gardens a young minister from Tanzania!  He was going to the Lakewood church and offered us a ride!  We ended up going to several services which were wonderful and we met Pastor Joel Osteen.  He was wonderful!    Many people seemed shocked that we came from Michigan.

We also met Brother Daniel Morales, who drove us all around town and we all hung out at church.  It was Blessed.  The time flew by.  The day before we left, we all  went to the largest Chinese Buffet and the nicest that I had ever seen!  Later that night, I got so sick!  I didn’t know what to do.  My friend was snoring and I was too sick to move with no transportation.  I tried to figure out where the hospital might be and then I remembered my two hands.  I remembered that I am a faith person and who my Father is.  I was aso sick.  So, I began to lay hands on myself and pray over myself.

I fell asleep.  I had to trust God and I remembered the scripture:

“Healing is the children’s bread.”

“I qualify”  were the last words that I said.

The next morning  when I awoke, it was as if nothing had ever happen.  This has happened to me many times

Remember this always.

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Breakthrough By Elaine Davenport (Sunday, May 27, 2007)

Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Romans 10: 17

So many people want to be healed. So many people have given up. What if I told you that your answer to healing is so close and it’s free? I don’t know your circumstances, but I can tell you this: Get into the word of God the Bible and find you some healing scriptures and start meditating upon them, spending time with God. You’ll be very surprised at the results. I’m not just saying this because someone told me. I’m

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