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Weekly Refreshing | Word Manna-Festation

As the Holy Spirit through the preached Word ignites and empowers us to operate in kingdom principles, we invite you to be partakers of Word Manna-Festation. Come join us as we "stomp in the Word" and reaffirm the ineffable and residual effects of having intimacy with God's Word through weekly refreshings from our Bible Study, Sunday Services and Facebook Sessions.


PEACE: Prophet Shâmar Dieudonne Harrison

Saturday, October 01, 2016

THE HOLINESS OF PEACE

It's an incontrovertible truth, that most human beings have a voracious appetite for trying to figure everything out, in an attempt to gain a sense of mastery over our lives!  How is it that the wisest of all men, King Solomon, could never think his way through to PEACE.

In John 14:27 we see where Jesus unequivocally states that  "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give you as the world gives."  In other words, My PEACE is not an elusive goal, hidden at the center of some complicated maze.  It is not a fleeting thought or the manifestation of one's tangible reasoning amidst the dire restraints of helplessness. On the contrary, God designed PEACE to be a state in which believers could consistently remain encapsulated within. Actually, God's PEACE guarantees a condition of being prosperous, relaxed, untroubled, flourishing, satisfied, refreshed and YES, even in a good mood!  

PEACE is from God the Father and it was given to all mankind; it's your birthright. The moment you accepted Christ as Lord, you became enveloped in PEACE, which is inherent in His Presence.  It’s a witness to the world of God’s loving-kindness.  The Father intended for us to have PEACE with Him (Romans 5:1).  Is it simple to live in peace? Absolutely, however, it requires a decision to be obedient. Abraham lived in PEACE because of his obedience to God’s instructions (Genesis 12:1-4).  In essence, a committed life to obedience will inevitably yield a lifestyle of security, safety, and well-being of mind, body and spirit. 

In other words, if we're commanded to REST in His PEACE, is there not provision for us to LIVE in PEACE?

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THE HOLINESS OF PEACE 

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Prophet Shâmar Dieudonne Harrison
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THE POWER OF WORDS: Taming The Tongue (Bible Study)

Monday, June 03, 2013

When asked the question can you or I tame our own tongue, the answer resoundingly is NO! It is a truth that although a word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but in actuality it can accomplish nearly anything, as well as destroy everything! 

Unlike King David, most of us do not pray about our words; only the restraining of our tongues. However, like many of us, he had the propensity to dilute truth and a cynical and diabolical aptness for portraying the scrupulousness of his hidden agenda.

In our social media induced culture where extraction of words is airborne within seconds, one might seem superannuated in making the decision not to sin with their mouth. Impossible you might say; nevertheless, it is achievable when you purpose to rely solely on God's strength for the execution of it in your life.

THE FOUR FUNCTIONS OF THE TONGUE 

FUNCTION #1: James 3:1-2 "TO GAUGE"
The tongue inevitably becomes the gauge for our MATURITY. In other words, our FAITH will NEVER register HIGHER than our WORDS!

FUNCTION #2: James 3:3-5 "TO GUIDE"
The tongue sets things in motion. It will either defuse or kindle its course of action.

FUNCTION #3: James 3:6-8 "TO GIRD"
The tongue is a POWERFUL force; it has the power to expend life or death in our lives through words. Ironically however, to our detriment, it was NEVER intended to be used to KILL US, but rather to CREATE an abundant life CONDUCIVE to God's intended purpose.

FUNCTION #4: James 3:9-18 "TO GUARD"
Proverbs
4:23 (NLT) says "Guard your heart above ALL else for it DETERMINES the COURSE of your life." Here James provokes us to PONDER upon whether or not our words reveal a GOOD or BAD guarded tongue.   In other words, does it CREATE peace or does it REVEAL hypocrisy?

A LOW GRADE GRAZER (Facebook Session)

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

"My people are not INTIMATELY MEDITATING and DIGESTING because they're too busy GRAZING over My Word"!

Again, we're here to SERVE you (empower, strengthen, inspire and edify) from the Word of God; not ENTERTAIN! We're hopeful these posts will reach you right where you are and inspire further meditation (focused thinking; rethinking what you read) as well as, profitable dialogue with others.  In other words, too many of us have unconsciously become LOW GRADE GRAZERS perpetrating HIGH PLACES of illumination and revelation; absent any AUTHENTICITY! 

I’m reminded of a story about a celebrity Pastor who visited Israel and while trekking down Mt. Arbel, whose slopes are extremely steep, notices a cow resting in one of the caves high upon the mountains.  They were intrigued by the continuous movement of the cow’s mouth – it was chewing the cud or ruminating (chewing over and over again) maximizing the grass it had eaten earlier. In other words, it was methodically regurgitating it, chewing it and swallowing it again. 

So, what does a cow ruminating grass have to do with God’s Word?  It’s an object lesson on the criticality of MEDITATING on God’s Word in whatever capacity it is presented.  The Lord is saying that many of us go to church or visit different social media  pages only to approach HIS WORD like the OTHER cows GRAZING at the BOTTOM of the mountain—they simply EAT and GO!  In retrospect, the cow chewing the cud, ruminating and taking it’s time to ABSORB all the NUTRIENTS, was kept in a HIGH PLACE – a place of rest, security and perfect calm. 

See the LOVE OF GOD in that he’s admonishing us to when we come to receive His living Word, whether in church on Sunday, in our quiet time with Him or on any social media page, don’t simply GRAZE and GO but EAT and RUMINATE. 

 To that end, know that we love you; however, we are NOT willing to compromise the integrity of God’s Word and intended purpose of our FB Page.  I want to admonish you to pull yourself away from the noise, chaos, clutter and busyness of life; especially during the Christmas season and sit at the feet of Jesus and be REFRESHED under the waterfall of God’s love while enjoying His Word through meditation!

Too many of us have unconsciously become LOW GRADE GRAZERS perpetrating HIGH PLACES of illumination and revelation; absent any AUTHENTICITY!

I’m reminded of a story about a celebrity Pastor who visited Israel and while trekking down Mt. Arbel, whose slopes are extremely steep and notices a cow resting in one of the caves high upon the mountains. They were intrigued by the continuous movement of the cow’s mouth – it was chewing the cud or ruminating (chewing over and over again) maximizing the grass it had eaten earlier. In other words, it was methodically regurgitating it, chewing it and swallowing it again.

So, what does a cow ruminating grass have to do with God’s Word? It’s an object lesson on the criticality of MEDITATING on God’s Word in whatever capacity it is presented. The Lord is saying that many of us go to church or visit different social media pages only to approach HIS WORD like the OTHER cows GRAZING at the BOTTOM of the mountain—they simply EAT and GO! In retrospect, the cow chewing the cud, ruminating and taking it’s time to ABSORB all the NUTRIENTS, was kept in a HIGH PLACE – a place of rest, security and perfect peace.

Might we ALL take a pause and SEE the LOVE OF GOD in that he’s admonishing us that when we come to receive His LIVING WORD, whether in church on Sunday, in our quiet time with Him or on any social media page, don’t simply GRAZE and GO but EAT and RUMINATE!

To that end, know that we love you; however, we are NOT willing to compromise the integrity of God’s Word and intended purpose of our FB Page to accommodate GRAZERS. I want to admonish you to pull yourself away from the noise, chaos, clutter and busyness of life; especially during the Christmas season and sit at the feet of Jesus and be REFRESHED under the waterfall of God’s love by INTIMATELY meditating on His Word!

Now let the RUMINATING begin......

WHO IS YOUR CLOTHIER: FLESH OR SPIRIT?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Scriptures:  Roman 13:8-14 (NLT), Gen. 2, 3:4-7, 20-21, Eze. 11:18-20, Rom. 12:3-6, Ps. 34:11-14, 51:10-11, James 1:14-15, 19-20 (J.B. Phillips) , 3:2-12, Prov. 26:4, 1 Kings 3:3-14, Matt. 3:13-17 (NKJV), Philippians 2:1-11, 1 Peter 5:6, Eph. 6:5-9, 2 Cor. 5:17, John 8:31-36 and Romans 12:16-18

When music artists’ actors or actresses are interviewed on the red carpet for various movie and music awards, the correct pronunciation of the designer’s name and identifiable characteristics regarding the collection from which they are clothed is critical.   

In retrospect, the simplicity of being clothed in a designer’s couture is superficial; especially when it only masks the inner workings of an individual’s life, as oppose to being conducive with their inner workings, as well.

Too often as believers we clothe ourselves through illicit indulgences because of their esthetic appeal and temporal satisfaction, rather than being scheduled for a private customized fitting, with the original clothier!

In other words, when our self-worth trajectory is contingent upon the dysfunctional illusions of another, in essence we are admitting to being improperly clothed. We who are covered and cleansed by the blood of Jesus must emphatically saturate our minds with the Word of God.  You see, the eternal clothier of the spirit, through the Word of God, has already made provision for the guarding of every gateway that has access to our thoughts while we walk victoriously on the red carpet of life.

Prophet Dr. Tiajuana Pittman

WHY UNCLEAN SPIRITS CAN RETURN HOME

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Scriptures:  Matt. 12:43-45, 8:28-32, 2 Peter 2:19-21, Heb. 6:4-6 and John 8:34-36

Have you ever wondered how an evil spirit has the audacity to return and wreak even greater havoc in someone’s life?  You see, when an evil spirit goes out of a person it roams about seeking dry places (presence of Holy Spirit not dominant and operative) to rest and finds none.  The blatancy with which it returns to his house is due to an absence of the Word of God in an individual’s life. 

The absurdity of an evil spirit returning should not be contingent on works, but the confrontational yoke destroying power of God’s Word evident in our lives. In short, evil spirits are not irascible at the temporal evacuation of illicit indulgences (modified behavior), but by wet places overflowing with the presence of rivers of living water (transformation). Remember, the depiction of one’s residence is defined by their allegiance to the governing authority; whether tangible or intangible.

Pastor Michael (“Mike”) Pittman

Visionless Hope: You Become What You Behold! (Pt. 2)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Scriptures:  2 Corinthians 3:18 (NASB), 1 John 5:14-15 (NLT), Zechariah 4:10 (NLT), Habakkuk 2:2-3 (NLT) and Ecclesiastes 7:8

How often do you sit and daydream or visualize your hopes, dreams and ambitions in life, only for them to become fleeting manifestations in your mind?  Perhaps it is because what you see are only glimpses and not constant consistent visuals of what can be. 

In today’s modern society, too often what appears real is often infatuation; someone else’s illusion of what you can become.  The Law of Vision clearly shows the principle of beholding as envisioning before having something.  Too often, however, we waste valuable time – speaking in the hearing of fools, who do not hunger for our thoughts. 

You see, when our current condition no longer dictates visionless hope, and we fervently and unapologetically behold; cling to the transformative visual manifestation of becoming what we have been beholding then divine uniqueness is birthed.

In other words, without a clear vision the next level will appear unattainable. The visionary’s vision should always be visible enough to be read at a glance.” Why? Because our minds think in pictures, not words. A vision’s divine origin stems from having intimate dialogue with God about his will for our lives; not ours. Vision is God’s loving hand infusing intricate details about areas of our lives which require more attention. We should delight ourselves in keeping God’s vision in sight. In retrospect, does what we behold ignite hope in us or does our allowing others to extinguish it take precedence?

Until we become righteously indignant towards what we behold, our being full of vision (purposefully guided, instructed and directed by the Holy Spirit), will inevitably be consumed by visionless hope.  See what you seen then embrace what you behold!

Prophet Dr. Tiajuana Pittman

Visionless Hope (Pt. 1)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Scriptures:  Ecc. 5:3, Prov. 29:18, Rom. 5:3-5 (AMP) Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV), Jeremiah 25:5-11, 29, 1-5, 14, Prov. 13:12, Hab. 1:12-17, 2:2-3 (NLT), Prov. 23:7, 9, 12, 17-18 (NKJV)

When you awake in the morning what do you see?  Do you see the Creator’s creation for your future or do you see nothing?  Whatever it might be, ask yourself the question does it induce feelings of confident expectation or doubt and unbelief?

In the Amplified Version, Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision (redemptive revelation of God) the people perish.” We perish from a lack of hope when insight and foreknowledge of God's plan is absent. Being redeemed from our current situation and propelled into a more hopeful and significant set of circumstances appear afar off when we have no dreams, goals, ambition or vision.

You see, God given dreams and visions are supernatural glimpses of hope into the purpose and future for our lives. In transitioning from visionless to vision-full hope, do not become sidetracked when others appear to be prospering; remain hope-full in God’s plan to prosper you. In other words, vision is crucial in the life of a believer because it’s the birthing of self through God’s eyes; God’s preference over what our lives should mimic.

Someone once stated a profound truth which said, “the first person you lead is you and the first organ you master is your mind.” In short, the root of our hopelessness towards our vision stems from our wasting our thoughts on those who do not hunger for them. Similarly, whatever you focus on you will attract, and if you see nothing, you will attract nothing on any level.

Vision to the believer is hope for a preferred future and assist in perfecting saints. Faith in your vision is given for the maintaining of hope. Hope is given for the sustaining of your vision when the seen is not seen by everyone else!

Prophet Dr. Tiajuana Pittman

THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Scriptures:  Luke 9:57-62, Matthew 8:19-22, Luke 2:7, and 1 John 2:15-17

PONDER THIS . . . .  

Have you ever genuinely thought about what Jesus require from us? It’s simple. Like in any other relationship, he requires total dedication and commitment; not half-hearted lip service. In other words, when we do not accept the cross and crown, we are being selective in our acceptance of the Gospel of Grace! You see, the authenticity of discipleship requires a willingness to abandon superficial securities in pursuit of a greater purpose. In short, the cost of becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ equates to an inward abandonment of self, absent the struggle!

Pastor Michael ("Mike") Pittman

ACCOUNTABILITY: The Law of Solid Ground (Pt. 1 & 2)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Scriptures:  John 4:34, 8:28, 14:10, Exodus 28, 29, 30:22-38, Leviticus 10:1-7, Acts 5:1-11, Colossians 3:23, 1 Peter 1:13-16, 2:9-12, Matthews 25:14-30, Romans 11:29, Gen. 3:8-19, 1 Samuel 13:8-14, 2 Samuel 12:1-4, Matthew 16:21-23 and Luke 16:1-12

In being honest with ourselves, we all have areas in our lives which demand a greater accountability. Since The Law of Solid Ground does not discriminate in the marketplace, citizenship, leadership or personal relationships, every human being will be held accountable to God for their lifestyle choices. 

In order to flourish in the promises of God, you must acknowledge God’s standards regarding accountability. One must recognize that we have taken our liberties in Christ for granted absent being accountable for those rights. In other words, The Law of Solid Ground not only requires us to be responsible, liable and answerable for our actions, but to take ownership of the initial thought process which dictates the actions.

When Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu offered strange fire before the Lord they not only showed contempt for sacred things, but for Him who they were accountable. When we are committed to the things of God, our accountability is influenced by him; as oppose to man and flesh. You see, when godly accountability is afforded an opportunity to germinate within the heart of our minds, it no longer becomes an option, but a choice.

God has freely given each of us gifts, skills, resources and talents which must be used responsibly in ways that honor him.  The Law of Solid Ground is multifaceted because it encourages, positions, inspires and protects while evoking high standards, godly convictions, transparency and trustworthiness.  The lack of accountability will always cause us to operate independently of God (i.e. impatience, lack of foreknowledge, illegality, impulsivity and insensitivity), as well as hamper and stalemate our spiritual growth.

In retrospect, because of the efficiency of God’s Grace through The Law of Solid Ground we can intimately address truths about our actions and attitudes; self-examination of whether or not we’re habitually residing within the confines of God’s will.

Prophet Dr. Tiajuana Pittman

HE IS RISEN!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Scriptures:  Matthew 29:1-10, Mark 16:9-18 and John 14:1-3 

 Although there remains much debate over the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, there are still only two choices; acceptance or denial of the truth. In other words, we can spend a lifetime explaining Jesus away or acknowledge the incontrovertible truth and spend eternity with Him.

In today's society and even in Christendom, being faith related and not relationally connected has become fashionable. When Jesus said "I am the way, the truth and the life" he was saying, the idiom of how he might appear is irrelevant, but rather when he comes will you believe?

Jesus' words showed that the way to eternal life, though unseen is secure through faith and trust in him. Since Jesus has already prepared the way for eternal life, through our unconditional willingness to believe the issue can be resolved.

Pastor Michael (“Mike”) Pittman