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“PRAISE WORTHY”

VERSE 1       O’ taste and see that the Lord is good and He’s worthy—worthy to be praised

O’ taste and see that the Lord is good and He’s worthy—worthy to be praised

CHORUS:      Hal—le—lu—jah    Hal—le—lu—jah    Hal—le—lu—jah

Our God is worthy—worthy to be praised

VERSE 2       O’ taste and see that the Lord is good and He’s worthy—worthy to be praised

O’ taste and see that the Lord is good and He’s worthy—worthy to be praised

CHORUS:      Hal—le—lu—jah    Hal—le—lu—jah    Hal—le—lu—jah

Our God is worthy—worthy to be praised

BRIDGE

(3 Part Harmonies)

Altos/Bass Singers           O’ taste and see—that the Lord is good— (3x- times)

Hal—le—lu—jah    Hal—le—lu—jah    Hal—le—lu—jah

And he is worthy—worthy to be praised

(Sopranos)                     O’ taste and see—that the Lord is good— (3x- times)

Hal—le—lu—jah    Hal—le—lu—jah    Hal—le—lu—jah

And he is worthy—worthy to be praised

(All Voices)         O’ taste and see that the Lord is good and He’s worthy—worthy to be praised

O’ taste and see that the Lord is good and He’s worthy—worthy to be praised

CHORUS:      Hal—le—lu—jah    Hal—le—lu—jah    Hal—le—lu—jah

Our God is worthy—worthy to be praised

(Lots of improvisation ending the song) #

–Devon Wilford-Said

(c) 2012 All Rights Reserved

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Mrs. Devon Wilford-Said is a native of Martin County North Carolina and presently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She’s happily married with a beloved daughter and grandson.

Mrs. Wilford-Said is a spirit-filled minister, author/writer, biblical instructor/trainer; and has designed and taught courses in discipleship training and spiritual warfare for Dominion Christian College formerly the Mid-Atlantic Bible College at First Apostolic Faith Church of Jesus Christ, Inc., located in Baltimore, Maryland.  She graduated from the Class of 1985 from the former Writer’s Digest Schools, Inc., presently the Writer’s Digest University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Devon has written many articles, poems, short stories, and lyrics, etc.  Her first published book is a biblical teaching tool and how-to-manual about praise and worship, faith, and discipleship training.  The book is entitled, Hallelujah Praise and Worship Manual.  She just recently completed her second book that is yet to be published entitled, “From Within: A Collection of Inspirational Poetry and Creative Expressions.”  She is currently working on her third book that is titled, “Warring Strategies: The Disciples Guide to Spiritual Warfare.”

Devon’s future goal is to become a successful writer and to fulfill her divine purpose in the service of helping others.

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Written By:  Minister Devon Wilford-Said                              

The Spirit of the Lord is ushering his people into His presence…We must open our hearts and release our spirits to connect with His.  Below is an illustration for a closer and intimate relationship with our Almighty “Abba” Father.  This can be done during your quiet time or at any time you feel led to so. I pray that you are blessed from the outcome.

* Begin by lifting up your hands in an outstretched motion with the palms facing forward.

* Bow your head ever so slightly…and say this quick prayer of affirmation.

Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus I thank you for the opportunity to present myself to you; please forgive me of any transgressions that I have committed knowingly or unknowingly at this very moment.

I repent and ask for your forgiveness right now, and believe by faith that I’m forgiven.

Lord God, I want the more of you…my soul thirst for you. Fill my cup to the overflow and allow me to get to know you better. You are my life…my strength and salvation.  I love you Lord!

You are the lifter up of my head; and I exalt you with the highest praise of Glory Hallelujah! Release me and set me free to praise and worship you the more.  In Jesus name I pray, amen.

* Now close your eyes and think on his goodness.  Begin to speak to him and tell him who he is to you. Thank him and praise him for who is…

* Sing spiritual psalms unto him…speak words of praise from the scripture, or from scripture memory.

* Clap your hands and thank him…offer up to him a heave offering which is swaying your arms from side to side before his presence. Rejoice and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you more into His presence.

* Remember to chant the glory hallelujah praise over and over…He loves this it’s like a sweet swelling savor of frankincense and myrrh.  The smell of your praise identifies your submission to the throne room.

* So, go up…go up higher and release your worries and stresses of this life.   Allow the Spirit to take you up higher!

The Lord is saying to you now, come up here and I will show you great and wonderful things that you know not! Think on the things that are of a good report, think on these lovely things…love, peace, kindness, faith, joy, meekness, longsuffering, etc.

* Now that you’re within the secret place of the Most High…allow Him to minister back unto you…and be still and know that He is God!  Amen.

© 2011-12 Devon Wilford-Said All Rights ReservedIntimacy with God through Praise and Worship

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FOUNDATION SCRIPTURE:

Ezekiel: 1-26-28 KJV Holy Bible    Image

“And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above it.  And I saw the color of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as if it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about.  This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.  And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spoke.”

Ezekiel: 2: 1-10 KJV Holy Bible

“And he said unto me, son of man, stand upon your feet, and I will speak unto you.  And the spirit entered into me when he spoke unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spoke unto me.  And he said unto me, son of man, I send you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me unto this very day.  For they are impudent children and stiff hearted.  I do send you unto them; and you shall say unto them, thus says, the Lord God.

And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear. (For they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words through briers and thorns be with you, and you does well among scorpions; be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.  And you shall speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear; for they are most rebellious.  But you, son of man, hear what I say unto you.  Be not rebellious like that rebellious house: open your mouth, and eat that I give you.  And when I looked, behold, a hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; and he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.”

“PROPHETIC WARNING”

“Thus says, the Spirit of the Lord God of Hosts.  Unto my people there will arise the sun in darkness and it shall shine upon them with a great light to cover the doom that is now upon the people of darkness.  Yes, I shall shield my people in light; and they however will behold my judgments upon the wicked.  I say unto you, my Beloved arise, and shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord your God has risen upon you.

But to the wicked they shall not stand before my sight because they are a rebellious nation.  A people that abhors good and hold fast to the evil way.  Therefore, says the Lord, I shall render to the proud their just rewards.  But I will uphold my people, my remnant with the right hand of my righteousness.  And they who have committed sin I will forgive them if they repent and turn from their wicked ways back to their God who loves them unconditionally.

Yes, forgiveness will be given to my chosen who sometimes fear and walk in doubt because of the pressures from this life.  I, the Lord their God shall spare them and open my arms out to rescue them once again unto myself.  So speak Sons, and Daughters the words that I have put into your mouth.  And say, unto the rebellious ones, ‘Repent for the Lord’s judgment is at hand!  The Lord is not slack concerning his promises unto you for you shall reap if you faint not.  Be not afraid of sudden fear when it comes but trust in the Lord your God and you shall overcome in the evil day.’ The storms shall come and the winds shall blow vehemently upon the land.  And behold, the earth shall be shaken once again and again until all that is left is that which I have strengthen to remain by my Spirit.

Tell the people who do not know me to repent and turn away from their sins.  Tell the people who do know me who with their foolish pride to turn away before it are too late.  For the God of this world has nothing in me and his fate is sealed as is the promises that has been written from the beginning.

Rejoice my children, my sons and daughters!  Hear the Word of the LORD.  Praise shall stop the plagues of destruction that’s coming upon the land.  Praise me, in the midst of the storms and the winds.  Praise me, during the shakings of the earth.  Praise me, during the disruptions that I have put in place against the principalities and powers, and against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Against the men who would oppress my people.  Praise me, and I shall bring you out from despair.  Praise me, and I shall fight your enemies for you; and take back all that was stolen from you.  Praise me, and I shall lift up bowed down heads that has lost hope because of the opposition.

Praise me, and I shall continue to pour out of my Spirit a fresh anointing upon you to stand until I come back for you: my anointed, my chosen even before the foundations of the earth!  Praise me, and I shall heal the brokenhearted and the afflicted within the gate.  Praise me, and I shall recover them that are sick of diseases.  Praise me, and I shall pour out blessings that there is no room to receive.  Praise me, and I shall make you shine as royal jewels from my treasuries.  Praise me and I shall change the earth and perform exploits in the land through and by your hands.  Praise me, and I shall lift you up from the dunghills and I shall bless the work of your hands.  Yes, you shall be a delightsome land my children, anointed friends, and my chosen.  Yes you shall be a delightsome land in the midst of a wicked and crooked generation.  You shall overcome even until the end and shall be my people always and I shall be your God, says the Spirit of the Lord God of Hosts.”

Amen…

Prepared By:

Min. Devon Wilford-Said

August’ 2011

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“I Stand”

I opened my eyes for the first time to see what was right in front of me from past years of doubt, fear and anxiety.  I was loved in the beloved—and no matter which way my feet had treaded during those awful times back then.  I found myself always looking up in faith; and now the stability of times has rooted its foundation of how I stand…To be continued.

–Devon Wilford-Said

March’ 2012

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A True Testimony of Min. Devon Wilford-Said

In the Holy Bible, Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life”… But, I’ve struggled for many years just too fully understand the reality of that truth.  From early childhood to my adulthood, I’d always considered myself to be a, “Seeker of Truth.”

But had many questions about just how to get to God…In fact, I’d read the Bible and wondered why the name of Jesus was mentioned so often.  “Jesus the Son of God,” and “Jesus the Son of Man; why was Jesus so controversial to mankind?  What was the comparison of him, to that of God?  There were so many things that I didn’t understand about Jesus.  But, I’ve always believed in God, and would say my prayers at night believing that he loved, and watched over me.

I’d recite, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, if I should die before I awake…” on my knees each night along with the 23rd Psalms.  No matter what time I’d went to bed– that prayer had to be recited before I could settle down, and finally drift off to sleep.  And whenever I had a bad day– I’d look up towards heaven and asked an invisible God—to whom I thought would be always watching over me, and that would assist me with my problems in life. Somehow those things made me feel reassured.   After all to me, God was my Heavenly Father–and only father in the absence of my real biological father.

My mind, through the years of growing up was constantly invaded with puzzling thoughts, and unanswered questions.   I’ve always known that I was linked to God in some way or the other, but I would not traditionally set myself up in one particular religion or form of worship.

My experiences varied with religious customs and belief systems.  As a matter of fact, I believe that was the reason…I was drawn to that Pentecostal storefront church back when I was a child. Yeah, I would clap my hands to the music and laugh at the people when they shouted because I had not fully understood why, or even what was going on?  After all to me and my younger sister they looked awfully funny!  But those feelings of curiosity and warmth continued to haunt me and lodged deep within my heart.  There was an unquenchable desire to be able to understand my true destiny.

I’d studied many types of religions and various forms of worship—and to my chagrin some good and plenty were bad especially when left untapped by the true and living God.  From studying under Jehovah Witnesses, attending Baptist churches, and Sunday School to Philosophy Studies of the Essenes, Mayan religion, Taoism, Pragmatic Mysticism, and a host of others.  Nothing seemed to quench the yearning in my soul for the real truth.  In fact, I thought that the knowledge I had obtained were only delusions, designed to throw me off from what was hidden deep inside. Just waiting to be opened, and released through my repentance and acceptance of the Lord.

Back when I was a teen, I had called on the Lord and accepted the confession part of it.  But when it came down to going under the water that’s when I drew the line mostly because fear had set in.

Many questions had bombarded my mind back then. Such as, why was I able to see in the spirit world at such a young age?  And what made me flee from my first ‘out of body experience’ on that cool autumn’s night at the age of seven.

I had found myself hovering over my lifeless body at one moment and then shivering from the cool of the night at the next.  And, why had I remembered the experience of being borne?  I felt for such a long time, that I had been the only one experiencing those strange things that was happening in my life?  I even remembered every spiritual encounter from the darkness and also the light?

Many years came and went and I was left wondering, God, what’s happening to me?  What was the truth about my unforeseen circumstances?  Sure, I’d learned many things, and was pressed to know even more.  But, what was the logical explanation about those dreams and visions, and my ability to foretell things before they happened?

Why had it been so important for me to say my prayers at night?  Also, where had the Jesus equation fit in all of it?  I had always addressed God, as Father, or Lord.  But I never quite understood the name of Jesus.  Yet, I had begun to feel that he must be recognized, and somehow be acquainted to God.  Or, it wouldn’t have pierced my heart with so much conviction.

When I studied the Bible under the Jehovah Witnesses, I loved the Word of God, But, I never fully understood what, “Paradise lost, and Paradise Regained,” meant?  Or why they had not recognized the man, “Jesus” as the mediator for God?  Their principles had been so confusing, and conflicting.  So much so that I’d finally grown into maturity and asked God for myself to show me the real truth; and grant me wisdom, knowledge and understanding.  I needed to know him and to my chagrin he answered my prayers.

I had finally decided to rededicate my life and confessed my sins unto God.  But, courage to be baptized in the name of Jesus came later around June 24th 1985.   Back in the fall of October’ 1986; I was filled with the Holy Spirit of God, and spoke with other tongues as the Spirit gave utterance.  It was a fluent unknown language and dialect from heaven and I had felt so much better than ever before!

My body had spiritually lifted off the floor of the altar that Sunday afternoon, and an electric blue mist surrounded me as tears streamed down from my face.  I felt as light as a feather on the way back to my seat when the glory cloud of the Lord had momentarily filled the entire sanctuary.  My belief in the awesomeness of GOD—and of the power in the name of Jesus whose name meant, “Salvation to God,” had finally awakened my mind to the real truth.

Christ, which means, “Messiah” or the “Anointed One,” was the Heavenly Father’s mediator sent to deliver man from his sins and relay His message of love to all humanity.  Yes, I understood now that I was one of God’s chosen vessels that He gave His Holy Spirit to dwell inside.  But, most of all I knew that no man could get to the Father except he be first drawn and led by the spirit through his Anointed, Jesus or Yeshua in Hebrew.

Not only had I understood the importance of how to relate to Jesus as Lord because of his status with God.  But, I knew that we as a people must acknowledge him in everything that’s pertaining to life and godliness.  The Holy Spirit was sent as the comforter from Jesus, and now teaches us and bears witness with our spirit that we are the Sons and Daughters of the Most High, and that we belong to Him.

Yes, the real truth about Jesus had now set in and I was no longer fooled by the many voices spoken in the world.  I had now identified with the real true voice that had always been within my heart and his name is—JESUS who is, “The Way, the Truth, and the Life.”  #

NOTE: This testimonial came from the mind and heart of the author based on her personal life experiences, and struggles to find the hidden truth of her own spirituality.

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