The Message: “DINAH’S LOT WILL NOT BE MY PORTION”

On Sunday November 5, 2017, the Shepherd of the house, Pastor Darcia Palmer, delivered a thought provoking and inspiring message last Sunday entitled, “Dinah’s lot will not be my portion”. It was based on Genesis 34:1-8, 13-17 and 24-27. She began by explaining Dinah’s position as the only daughter of the great patriarch Jacob and his wife Leah. When Dinah was violated by Shechem, Jacob did not deal appropriately with the matter so her brothers, Simon and Levi, decided to handle matter in their own way. Full of guile, the brothers dealt deceitfully with Shechem, his father Hamor and killed them along with all the men of their city.

Pastor Palmer noted three things about Dinah;

  1. She was a victim, powerless
  2. Her destiny was decided by her brothers
  3. She was used for vengeance and then forgotten

Pastor Palmer explained that often times we miss our destiny because of the decisions of others. The words they speak to us, the proclamation that is made over our lives and the decisions made on our behalf, often determine our destiny. She emphasized that we must be sensitive to these issues to ensure that Dinah’s lot is not be our portion. Do not allow your circumstance or any person cause you to be a victim.

Pastor Palmer used Dinah situation to bring across three main points. Firstly, what you have been through doesn’t determine who you will be. She accentuated that God as a purpose for each and every one of us and he will decide what we will become. No principalities and power, can take this purpose from us because God has the final say. Like Jeremiah we are created to do great exploits for God; “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

Secondly, she mentioned that no man can determine your destiny. Naomi wanted to determine her daughter-in-laws destiny but Ruth was determined to make her own destiny. She refused to leave Naomi and stay in her own country. Her determination made her press forward and leave her own people to worship the true and living God. Because of this, Ruth ended up in the linage from which Jesus Christ our Savior came; she didn’t allow death or anyone to determine her destiny. Pastor Palmer encouraged us to ask of God what he wants us to do and not listen to what others say we can or cannot do. Obey God not man.

Finally, the shepherd of the house declared that when we obey God our name shall be known for great shall be our reward. God moved Rehab from a place of obscurity to a place of prominence because of what she did for God’s people. God sees the best in us, he looks beyond our sins and iniquities as he already made provision for our cleansing through the blood of his son, Jesus Christ. He is able to pull us out of the miry clay, out of us mess to fulfill our destiny. Rejoice when you are persecuted for righteousness sake, when you are hated, reviled and falsely accused, used and abused. Great is your reward.

Pastor Palmer closed the sermon by reminding us that we should “live out” our God given potential and not allow others after the similitude of Dinah’s brothers, determine our destiny. We are the light of the world and should live so that others can make it in because of our light. We are victors, not victims. She  professed that we shall not be like Dinah and go out in obscurity, but God will make us GREAT!

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The message: “JESUS SAVES”

On June 5, 2016 Evangelist Sashikia Benjamin ministered the word of God to the congregation titled “JESUS SAVES”. Isaiah 53:3-7 KVJ. “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted….”

Evangelist Benjamin reminded the congregation that Satan, our adversary, deceives many using enticing words; he tries to cloud our minds with thoughts that are not of God, he attacks when we are asleep, he tries to kill us by inflicting our bodies with sickness, and he even tries various other means. The point of all of this is to remove us from the presence of God and thus leave us vulnerable to the attack of the enemy, cause us to doubt God and question His will. There is a battle between truth and error, right and wrong, being fought in each of us daily. We may ask God at times, “How can this be?” or “Why me?” But we need to begin to ask ourselves “Why not me?”

No matter the attack; whether it may be through dreams or the circumstances that surround our lives, we must learn to call on Jesus because JESUS saves! God will hear our cries and deliver us from all afflictions. It doesn’t matter if we are in a deep slumber, we are covered under the blood of Jesus. The blood of Jesus saves, delivers and sets us free from the bondage of sin. Our God is even greater than death; Jesus saves!

Be encouraged and remember that Jesus saves, He heals and He delivers! No matter what circumstances begin to call on Jesus; He has the final say!

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The Message: “KNOCKED DOWN BUT NOT KNOCKED OUT”

On May 29, 2016 Associate Pastor Veron Hall delivered a powerful word to the congregation titled; “KNOCKED DOWN BUT NOT KNOCKED OUT”. The focus text was 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” Pastor Hall expounded on the topic in three points:

  1. Down and out: There are times in life that we experience hardship, when situations arise and we believe that it is impossible to tunnel through and every thought that comes to mind is negative so much so, that it keeps us trapped. It is at these times that the enemy comes in and begins to speak into our spirits telling us things like “you are not good enough”, “you can’t do any better than you’re doing now”, “just give up”, “you’re down and out” and “where is your God now?”. We then begin to question ourselves; “Am I down and out?”, “Can I get back up?”, “Do I trust God?” and “Do I trust myself?”. Proverbs 24:16 declares; “The righteous man may fall seven times but he gets back up again.”. It is up to us to make a conscious decision whether to stay down or get back up. Pastor Hall encouraged us to trust God and know that when we are knocked down with God it is possible to get back up. Remember that it is not over until God says it is over. Being knocked down is not to be considered a final stop, it is merely preparation to strengthen the foundation we stand on. We have to trust God and allow Him to manifest his strength in our weaknesses. This is when we experience and see who God really is in our lives.
  2. When you get knocked down, look up: When trouble presents itself we must first look up, then call upon God and be confident that He will see us through. We must allow God to fight our battles and know that if we fight our own battles we will lose. Our help comes from the Lord and when our focus and trust is on Him, God will guide and protect us.
  3. It’s not over: The trials and the setbacks are only temporary. Let us not dwell on them but rather, use them as ladders. Again, it is not over until God says it’s over! So let’s get out of the fixed mindset and get into a growth mindset. Let’s desire to overcome obstacles and frustration and begin to embrace challenges without fear. Let’s remember that our true potential lies in the unknown, feeling defeated will block our growth and limit our opportunities.

We challenge you today to remember, no matter how dark the situation may seem, choose to look for the light which is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Remember God has the final say! Be encouraged, it is not over, you may be knocked down but not knocked out. Be blessed in Jesus’ name!

 

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The Message: “It Doesn’t Matter the Condition”

On Sunday May 22, 2016 the woman of God, Pastor Darcia Palmer delivered the word with much conviction and power titled “It Doesn’t Matter the Condition.”  The focus text was 2 Kings 4: 32-35, “And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the Lord. And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.”

The story of Elisha and the Shunammite’s woman was used to demonstrate that it doesn’t matter our present situation God is able to fix it.

Her first point was, even if the situation is broken it doesn’t matter. God doesn’t care if we a broken, messed up or what negative things others may be saying about us he is able to mend every broken situation. She stated that God often breaks us into pieces so that he can mold us into who he wants us to be. She referred to Jeremiah in Jeremiah 18: 1-4, who was instructed by the Lord to go to the potter’s house to hear and understand the word of the Lord. We all are clay in the master potter’s hand and he often break us, melt us and mold us into what he wants us to be. God is saying to us come to him in our brokenness and He will mend and restore us for the purpose for which He created us.

Pastor Palmer then mentioned that even if we are wounded it doesn’t matter.  God will never pass us by like the priest and the Levite who passed the man that was beaten by thieves and left to die by the side of the road. He will never allow us to die from our wounds but he will pour in the oil and the wine and heal our wounds. She also stated that God sometimes allows us to be wounded and broken because that’s the only way he can get our full attention. Oftentimes it is when we are in the broken state that we run to and cling to God which develops our relationship with him.

The woman of God then presented her third point; it doesn’t matter even if it is dead. The Shunammite’s woman son was dead. Lazarus was dead. But that didn’t matter, it was done for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it. She said that all the dreams, talents, abilities that the enemy had killed the Lord will resurrect and restore them. Just as he said to Lazarus come forth from death and the grave he is saying to us today; come forth talents, come forth promise, come forth gifts, come forth in the name of Jesus. She further mentioned that woman caught in adultery was dead in sin but Jesus did not condemn her to death as was the Jewish custom, but asked of the men that brought her to him “He who is without sin among you cast he first stone.” God doesn’t condemn us to die but desires to give us life.

She closed by saying, it doesn’t matter our current condition; broken, wounded or dead God is saying come. He will mend the broken, heal the wounded and raise us from the dead so that we can go forth with newness of life in Christ Jesus. Are you ready for the life God as for you?

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The Message: “IT WON’T BE LONG NOW”

On April 24, 2016 Pastor Darcia Palmer delivered a powerful word to the congregation titled, “IT WON’T BE LONG NOW.” The text was taken from John 16:21-22.  “A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.  So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”

Pastor Palmer expounded the word with three main points as follows:

  • You Have Been Nurturing The Promise

In order for the promises of God to manifest in our lives there are some things that we must face, trials that we must go through and obstacles we must overcome.  Jesus told his disciples that that there will come a time when they will be cast out of the synagogues and killed, He was making them aware so when it came to pass they would not lose faith. The disciples were told, And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They 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… He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” Like the disciples, we too have been called to do great exploits for the Lord and because of this call, this divine purpose, God has planted seeds within us. We have been nurturing  the promise, the seeds that God has placed on the inside therefore we must keep moving forward. As we become more desperate for God great things begin to take place, the supernatural occur and God shows up in miraculous ways. The seed planted of God cannot be killed, will not die and the enemy cannot destroy it. It’s too late to abort it for the nurturing stage is just about over and the travail is about to begin.

  • It Comes Upon You Suddenly

Travail is something that comes upon you suddenly and we serve a God of suddenly. When a woman is in travail it is a time of great pain, “…for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.” When we travail there is always a wrestling because our travail as Christians must also come with intense prayer. There will be times when we do not even know what we ought to prayer but we know that we must pray for the spirit makes intercessions for us with groaning that cannot be uttered. Jacob travailed all night and said I will not let you go until you bless me. This wrestling and travailing caused his hip to be disjointed but his name was changed to Israel. Elijah said I hear the sound of abundance of rain and then he travailed on his knees with his face to the ground on Mount Carmel; his travail gave birth to a new season for the rain came. Travail is a posture of desperation for it is a process that cannot be stop. Only death can stop travail and God will not allow us to die.

  • Push Forth The Promise

“For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. “Shall I bring to the birth and not cause to bring forth?” saith the LORD.” God would not take us to the travail and then leave us, He will not give his promise and not allow it to come to pass. When we conceive things from God in the spirit and we nurture them by faith and through prayer, God will do what he says he would do for God is not like man that he should lie. Nobody said it would be easy, that there will only be joy and no pain, but when you would have travailed and then delivered,  the pain will be forgotten.  It won’t be long now before tears turn into laughter so count it all joy as you push through the hurt, heartache, test and trials, the persecution and the pain, for you shall deliver greatness; for greater works than these shall ye do. Remember it won’t be long now. Be blessed!

 

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The Message: “STAND BETWEEN THE PILLARS”

On April 17, 2016, Sister Beverly Allen-Smith delivered a word to the congregation titled, “STAND BETWEEN THE PILLAR”.  The main text was taken from Judges 16:19-21 & 28-30, And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him. And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him.  But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.” And 28-30, “And Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.”

Sister Allen-Smith stated that God is our pillar and He alone holds and support us, He is the pillar we can lean on. As Christians, like Samson, sometimes we fall from grace, but it does not matter where we have been or what we have done, God is merciful and we can still lean on him. Samson told the source of his strength and the enemy used that knowledge to do him harm and take him into captivity, it appeared like he was defeated and  the enemy had gained the upper hand, but everything that the devil meant for evil God turned it around for good. Samson asked the young boy to lead him to the main pillar, that which held the building together. God returned is strength and he did great damage to the enemy and he used Samson to slay more of his enemies in death than in life.

God  is our source, our refuge and strength and there is power in the name of Jesus  to defeat and destroy the enemy’s devices; power to bruise the serpent’s head.  Let us run to the source,  Jesus Christ, who is the pillar of our lives. He will deliver us out of any and every situation that we may be facing. Be blessed in Jesus’s name.

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The Message: “NOW ARE WE THE SONS OF GOD”

On March 27, 2016 Resurrection Sunday, Pastor Darcia Palmer delivered a powerful word to the congregation titled, “NOW ARE WE THE SONS OF GOD.” The main text was taken from 1 John 3:1-2. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”  The subtext was taken from 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 with the focus on verse 21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Pastor Palmer expounded the message with three main points. The first point was that;

  1. Sin was pronounced upon all because of Adam. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Adam’s disobedience to God’s command regarding eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil resulted in sin and this sin caused not an immediate physical death but an immediate spiritual one. When sin is conceived it manifests itself in the form of either the lust of the flesh – “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food”, the lust of the eyes – “and that it was pleasant to the eyes” or the pride of life – “and a tree to be desired to make one wise.” (Genesis 3:6) Sin caused Adam and Eve to hide from God and that is the same effect that sin has on us. Sin results in us being ashamed; it separates us from God and brings death, for the wages of sin is death. Yet even from the beginning God made the provision for our redemption, to bring us back into right standing with Him for God declared unto the serpent, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
  2. When the fullness of time came. When the fullness of time came Jesus was born in a manger, at the tender age of 12 years Jesus was teaching in the synagogue and when his mother Mary, came to seek him He told her, “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” At the age of 30 years He was baptized by John and was led into the wilderness where he fasted forty days and forty nights. After His fast He was hungry and thirsty; the devil came to tempt Jesus with the very same sin that he tempted Eve, the lust of the eye, the pride of life and the lust of the flesh but Jesus rebuked the devil with the Word of God. Pastor Palmer encouraged us to use the Word of God at all times to counteract the devices of the devil. Jesus was taken from prison to judgment where he was beaten and suffered many things for our sake. Pastor Palmer painted a picture of the cruelty that was done to Jesus so we can be healed, delivered and set free and referenced the words of Isaiah, “he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
  3. It is finished. Jesus was nailed to a tree, stretched wide with blood running from His frail beaten body as they laugh and mocked Him. And he pleaded for our forgiveness even as he hung on the cross, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Jesus gave up the ghost, no one had to break his leg or kill him, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” He was laid in the tomb but as all hell rejoiced Jesus went into the hell and took back the keys of death and hell, he led captivity captive and death’s power was taken. We rejoice for we can say, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks are to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

On the third day Jesus arose with a mighty triumph over his foes and we who were a far off are now drawn near to God through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. We are no longer strangers and foreigners to the commonwealth of Israel but we have become sons of God, heirs and joint heirs with Christ. Beloved now are we the sons of God and does not yet appear what we shall be but we know when He shall appear we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is. What a redeemer is Christ Jesus our Lord! This was indeed a profound message to know it was for you and I that Jesus died.  We pray that you were blessed reading this summary.

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PROVISION FROM THE MOST UNLIKELY PLACES

Pastor Veron Hall delivered an enlightening message to the children of God. “PROVISION FROM THE MOST UNLIKELY PLACES”. The passage of study was 1Kings 17:1-9, “Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” And the word of the Lord came to him: “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.  The Widow of Zarephath. Then the word of the Lord came to him, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.”

Often times as children of God, we expect our blessings to come in a certain size, to look a certain way, to have a specific smell, to come from a specific person, at a specific place and time and/or to come in an extravagant manner. With this mindset we overlook what God is doing in our everyday lives, the so called “simple blessings”. But just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are God’s ways higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts. God could have provided food for Elijah in the most extravagant way during the drought but he chose to use Ravens to bring food to Elijah. Ravens are scavenger birds that are known to eat almost anything they can get a hold of, including dead corpses and this is what God chose to feed his Prophet. Many of us would not think for a second that this could be the work of God but He blesses us how He sees fit not how we think He should. He blesses us from the most unlikely places.

It is time to change our mindsets, it is time to take the limits off of God. If we keep God in a box in our lives that is the only place he will move, in a box. We have to remember that “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9) and that He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. (Ephesians 3:20). Our prayer should always be, “Father, thank You for every good and perfect gift that you’ve given to my life. I open myself to the good things You have for my future. I believe and receive every blessing You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name!“

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IT’S HARVEST TIME!

As Divine Grace of Glory Church begins their journey through 2016 on a 21 day Daniel fast, Pastor Palmer started the New Year off with a much needed teaching. The scriptures of reference were Daniel 10:1-3, 12-13. “In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision. In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks. Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.” The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty- one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia.” God heard Daniel’s prayer as soon as it left his mouth and had already moved on his behalf but the Angel that was sent with the message for Daniel was held up by an aggressive spiritual being, The Prince of Persia.

Pastor Palmer used this word to clear up one of the most common misconceptions amongst Christians regarding fasting. Our fast is not done to make God move on our behalf but we fast so that satan is forced to release the things that rightly belong to us. Jesus died so that we may have these blessings, so it is time for us to claim what is rightfully ours. Pastor reinforced the principles laid out in the word of God to ensure a successful fast.

  1. Self denial, (let go of the works of the flesh, focus on only those things that please God).
  2. Please God, (Have faith and keep the commandments of the Lord, John 14:15).
  3. Walk uprightly (“For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11).
  4. Be committed (regardless of what goes wrong or right, be fully persuaded to go the distance knowing that God has power to do what he has promised).
  5. Establish a PRAYER LIFE (Observe Jesus’ presence in every environment, ask the Lord to give you a praying spirit and spend time in His word. God only promises to answer our prayers when we ask according to His will.)

Now that we are equipped with the knowledge, it is time to put it to practice. IT IS HARVEST TIME!!!

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