Summary: A sermon of encouragement for women who are feeling unworthy and have low self-esteem.
Evangelist Carolyn Malaika Foster-Brooks
The Ministry of S.A.R.A.H.
(Serenity*Atonement*Restoration & Healing)
Prayer- Dear Father in Heaven- We woke up this morning thanking You once more for your goodness. Whatever problems we faced yesterday are a part of our past and we can’t change that. Tomorrow is our future, but we also have no control over tomorrow, all we can do is pray for an opportunity to live one more day. Lord what we have is our present moment to live for You and to be the best we can possibly be.
God we pray that those who are reading this come to the realization as we have and that they are thanking You and praising You too!
Father God, there is nothing impossible for You and we have enough faith to believe that the sick can be healed, prejudice attitudes can be changed, mean people can be touched and given a spirit of kindness, the lame can walk, the blind can see and the dumb can talk! Most of all God, we believe deep down in our soul that Your Holy Word can be heard and felt throughout the land!
Bless everybody. Teach us the meaning of agape love and then show us how to apply it in our daily lives. Continue to mold and shape us for Your good works!
In the name of Jesus, we pray.......Amen.
Scripture: Our main scripture will be coming from Ephesians 3:14 through 19.
Jesus used parables in his evangelizing to help his listeners understand the true nature of God, the Father. And out of the 38 recorded parables of Jesus, 13 of them in some way related to "soul" food!
Throughout the bible you will read different accounts of parables that will make you think and also realize that the messages are for us today. The bible clearly tells us that there is nothing new under the sun!
In praying to God for a message of encouragement, He led me into the surrounding community to take a spiritual look at the neighborhoods. I asked God what was he trying to show me? How many of you know that God will talk back to you when you ask Him questions??
Sure the answers sounds like your own voice in your inner thoughts! Some people say that it’s your conscious talking to you and they are right! God has that connection with our spirit that will keep us on track....but unsaved people will ignore their conscious and follow their own ways instead of God’s. Aren’t you glad that God talks to you and that He guides you!
The Lord answered me and said that He wanted His people to know about being "rooted"!
No, I’m not talking about Black Magic and occult religions (that’s a sermon for another time......)
I am speaking of Ephesians 3:14-19. The NIV version says:(14) for that reason I kneel before the Father, (15) from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name, (16) I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you in your inner being. (17) so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and etablished in love, (18) may have power, together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, (19) and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to measure of all the fullness of God.
Topic: For those of you who might need a text topic, I want to tell you about THE PARABLE OF WOMAN NICKNAMED Y.A.M.! that God has divinely inspired me to write. And yes, I am still talking about being rooted.
THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL WHO LOVED HER FATHER VERY MUCH AND HE LOVED HER TOO! They lived where there was a beautiful garden and the father never failed to spend time with his child and often allowed her to work in the fields with him.
As they toiled in the dirt and in the hot sun, she asked her father what was soul food? The father told her that soul food is fondly described as food made with feeling and with care. That soul food evolved from the rich heritage of African customs. The father went on to tell his child that the Africans were forced to leave the moterland and were removed from their healthful roots. On ships coming to America, slaves were fed a paste made of boiled beans and lard, rice and sweet potatoes. And because they had little meat, they ate peanuts. But the father told his child that through it all, even though they had nothing, the strong survived and God never left them alone.
So you see, the father said, they had strong roots and were very much like the yam which today are called sweet potatoes. Strong people have roots that are grounded in the Lord and He lifts them up out of dirt to save them. His Word is food for the soul!