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The True Test of Honor

Honor is a man’s greatest need regardless of his family background, race, culture or educational status. I know many men, whether in the church or not, seem to know or can just merely recite Ephesians 5:22 “Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” We fail to realize that when we sow honor to our spouse or anyone else in authority that’s how we get to receive it. Honor means to esteem, respect, reverence, a dignity
according to a position – the feeling or expression of admiration. Many women don’t mind honoring their man, but what separates a mature wife or woman in any type of relationship from the rest is how she responds when her husband and friend falls short of her expectations. We’re in a day and time where we all are being tested in True Honoring.

During every relationship whether married, dating or job related the man is bound to do something(s) wrong. If a woman can’t honor her husband, and/or friend during those times she may end up with a wounded and dishonored husband/friend. I’ll never forget the testimony of this woman who stood beside her husband and said how he was a loser and a lousy husband in the beginning of their marriage and he didn’t know how to do a lot of things such as balance the check book. He never spent time at home with her and their three boys, they were always broke and worked all the time. He was insensitive to her needs (affection and honor) and he never prayed over his family nor did he take the lead in the spiritual area for his family. She continued putting the man under the bus and at the end of her testimony she said that when they began to have their trouble she knew she had to make a decision.

A decision is neither a feeling nor an emotion, it’s a choice. She said she could either continue to nag him or divorce him, but neither negative choices would be right. She went on to say she decided to let him fall and allow God to convert him as she honored and loved him. In Proverbs 24:16 “A righteous man may fall seven times and rise again.” In Hebrews 12:6 “God chastens those whom he loves.” God changed that man inside-out right in front of her eyes.

She realized, like we all should, that we hinder the program of the process of a godly man or woman by dishonoring that person or trying to force them to
change. The key to success is through prayer, positive confessions and then practice treating them better than they may deserve. You should be able to express your feeling to your husband about anything. When you tell him how you feel do it with respect and kindness (Sweet Lips). In Galatians 5:7 “For whatsoever a man soeth, that shall he also reap.” So ladies, treat him as you would want to be treated by honoring and praying for him. The wife that keeps nagging, manipulating and is continuously irritable may win a few fights with those tactics but you’ll always lose the war. If wives would honor their husbands even if they don’t deserve it, God will deepen your husband’s love for you as he changes your husband with a new heart to love and serve you. Revelation 3:8 says “God will open a door that no man can close.”

Come any Thursday evening or Sunday morning so that my wife Pastor Dorothy and I can get your feedback on the articles as well as fellowship and build a relationship so we all can continue to grow in honor. Come experience the love of God at Double Portion Spirit Ministries, International.

Driving Out Debt

It is mean, nasty and down right devastating, causing families to just leave their homes to escape the high mortgages. The elderly have been forced to move in with their kids and even vice-verse. It has caused many to lose their once “dream jobs,” the employment opportunity that many could only dream about. It has caused divorce to be on the rise. More than 1⁄2 of the American families have ended in divorce. It has strangled the life out of good marriages. Kids being forced to join the military simply because they can’t afford to go to college nor can they find work.

It’s time for the “Baby Boomers” to retire and you guessed it, they can’t because their 401K plans, stocks and bonds, and their other retirement plans have taken a turn for the worst. Many have made living in debt a way of life. It’s the norm. By now you have probably figured out whom or what I have been talking about IT’S THE SPIRIT OF DEBT. Living in debt is the way of the world, the more debt you have the more you can’t get. People often get so deep into debt during their working years that they can’t enjoy retirement because they are still paying creditors. Many have grown up with the concept that debt is a way of life and this cycle continues generation after generation.

The devil’s agenda is to keep you from prospering; he wants you to keep your nose to the ground stone. Debt is an oppressive and demonic spirit designed to keep you from fulfilling your dreams. In Genesis 12:13 God has called us to bless others until “all families of the earth be blessed.” If you are fed-up with living paycheck to paycheck, having more bills than you have money and juggling bills every month, then do I have great news for you. You can choose the world’s way or you can choose God’s way. God’s way is always BEST. The Word of God says “The blessing of the lord, it maketh rich, and he added no sorrow with it.” (Proverbs 10:22).

My prayer for you today is to TRUST GOD. We have to trust God for every decision we make. To be honest there have been times in my life when my trust has wavered. We all have been there and those are the times we have to make sure the phrase “Trust in God” isn’t just a cliché. It’s easy to place our confidence in Him when things are going well, but the acid test is trusting God even when we have to wait patiently for His direction especially in difficult times. I, Pastor D. Tyler, would personally like to take this time to invite you to come out and fellowship with the Double Portion Family, where we can come together and learn how to defeat and drive out LACK and DEBT. Do what’s necessary to get out of debt and stay out of debt. Avoid the things that got you in debt in the first place such as: overspending, frequent trips to the ATM, covetousness, greed, eating out everyday and trying to keep of with the Joneses or whosoever’s in your neighborhood.

Our Lifestyle Foundation

From the Desk of Pastor D. Tyler Grimes:

Faith is like a house: it must be built on a strong foundation if it’s going to stand the test and trials of time. Faith’s foundation is the word of God and the “Love of God”. In Galatians 5:6–Faith worketh by love. You can’t build great faith without it. Faith is not one’s religion or denomination, it is a spiritual force that works by love and this truth has a success rate of 100%. It never fails! My wife and I have built our lives and the lifestyle of our church on this definition of faith which is faith is a practical expression of one’s confidence in God and His word. We adopted this definition from Hebrews 11:1 (Amplified Version), which describes faith as the title deed of the things (we) hope for; being the proof of things (we) do not see. Example: Since I have the deed to my automobile, no one can call me or come by and hook my car up and take it to the impound. I can sleep peacefully because I have the title deed. Faith gives you and I all the assurance we will ever need to take what’s ours according to the Word of God.

You must build your title deed on your confidence in God and this work as your title deed to the things in the world. When your life is built on faith the storms will come, life type hurricanes will hit your house, the devil will attack your body or a loved one. He will attack your employment status, he will throw everything including the bathroom mirror at your 20 year marriage. He will even try to destroy your relationship with your children, especially your teenagers. He wants to steal your peace of mind. Don’t allow him into your thinking space. In Luke 6:48 (Amplified Version) “He is like a man which built a house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation on a rock(the word of God) and when a flood arose the stream beat vehemently upon that house and could not shake it for it was founded upon a rock.” You see people of God, or for the one who may desire to accept God as your personal Savior and partner, it’s an absolute necessity that we know God and have confidence in him and his promise (word) so that we can build our house of faith because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

In Romans 10:14 “How then should they call on him whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Here at Double Portion Spirit Ministries International, my wife and I excitedly and expectantly await your arrival. God has called us to Prince William County for such a time as this to be about the Father’s business. We’re on a mission along with this body of believers to help you become a rising star disciple who will go into the world teaching the Word as well as demonstrating the Word which will call others to take hold of the advantage and benefits of being a fellow citizen of the kingdom of God. Boldly and confidently confessing “God is love and as Jesus is so are we in this world.” We look forward to seeing you and the family real soon! Make sure you come and be a part of the most exciting and empowering worship experience you have ever encountered!

The Kind of Faith That Will Last

From the Desk of Pastor D. Tyler Grimes:

Everyone, no matter your family, background, educational accomplishments, no matter what is your social status or no matter rich or poor, every one of us goes through trials and tribulations whether in the church or not.You may be going through a trial right now, maybe you know someone who is being attacked in their health, their employment, in their housing situation or even in their finances.Believe it or not, these attacks are not random.Some of you may not know why or where the attacks are coming, but I have good news for you today!I have recently completed a series on “The Kind of Faith That Will Last.” I’ve come to let you know you can win against every attack, test or storm that comes your way.Faith is not your religious belief or denomination.Faith is a lifestyle for the believer.It’s the way we live and the way we win at no cost.

A simple, yet profound definition of faith is its practical expression of one’s confidence in God (who is love) and His word (Jesus). The enemy releases these tests and trials against you to not just make you ill for a day or two, but to get you to lay down the Word of God and abandon your belief in His care for you.The bottom line is that many of you don’t know who you really are and how valuable you are to the Kingdom of God or God’s family business.You are on the enemy’s most wanted list. He wants to make life so miserable for you that you give up and quit and commit high treason against God and his ability to receive you.Some of you upon reading this newsletter had just said to yourself, “This is too much pressure for one person to handle.”

You must change your perspective and your words because I John 4:4 (Living Bible) says “dear young friends, you belong to God and have already won your fight with those who are against Christ.”Also in Chapter 5:4 (Message Bible) “The conquering power that brings the world to it’s knees is our faith.The person who wins our over the world’s way is simply the one who believes Jesus is the son of God.” Now if those two scriptures alone don’t motivate your faith to tell the enemy “I always win,” I don’t know what will.

My wife and I have been called to this community, county and statewide to encourage and empower.If we have never been through the trials and storms of this life and experience some downs we couldn’t share with you the victories you can achieve and the success you can manifest in life also.Let me encourage you until we come together at service at The Double.

In II Thessalonians 1:3-6, I want to show you how the Apostle Paul knew how to boast about his congregation and encourage them.Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul everyone needs it and everyone executes better when they have it. Because Paul understood this truth, as well as myself and the whole DPSMI family, in this letter I’m telling you how much we boast and appreciate the ministry for allowing us to use this media to become a blessing to you and your household.We have made a quality decision to be an encouragement to you whenever and as much as you will allow us to.Our ultimate goal is to help you reach your full potential in the Kingdom of God and obtain every promise God has for you and your family.So if these newsletters have been a blessing to you please feel free to come out and fellowship with us and receive your Double Portion love, blessings and encouragement as only you can receive at the place of “Double Sized Portions” of all God’s promises for you.

Music Influencing the World

What kind of music do you listen to? What are your views on Christian music? When I was a teenager, finding good music to listen to without reverting to worldly music was a little more difficult than it is now. Not only do I consider modern day Christian music to be just as good as secular music in terms of quality of production, lyricism, and creativity goes, but it is superior in a lot of instances – all the while glorifying God. Artists such as Canton Jones, Lecrae, Mary Mary, and our very own, One Focus rap group have been able to make innovative, inspirational, “neck breaking” music that is all about Kingdom business.

Artists in the secular arena have even started remixing Gospel songs in order to get a piece of the action. In 2009 Ne-Yo (a secular artist) hooked up with Mary Mary for a “God in Me” collaboration. There are even times when I’m riding in my car and someone will pull up next to me and ask me who I am listening to.

Being a musician, I understand the power of influence that music has in this day and age. William Congreve, an English poet in the 1700s stated, “Music has the charms to soothe a savage beast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” I interpret this quote to mean that music has the power and influence to bring about change. With music being one of the most powerful stimulants that affects our emotions, I believe that music has a strong influence on our minds and spirits, which ultimately determines the decisions we make and the actions we take. Galatians 5 gives us the type of fruit we should instill into our spirits and Romans 12:2 tells us to renew our minds apart from the world and to align our lives with God’s perfect will.

The type of music we listen to is a major factor in our daily walk with Christ. At work, I do a lot of report writing and the system I use pulls data from another system that obtains its data from what people input into the various data fields. Sometimes data can be erroneous and my supervisor always says “garbage in, garbage out.” We could apply this mantra to what we allow to enter our ear gates throughout the day. If I am constantly injecting my mind with sexual thoughts sparked by the content of the music I listen to, then it’s only a matter of time before I act on those thoughts. Music has the power to make us experience a wave of emotions–sadness, anger, happiness. Music sets the mood–it sets the atmosphere. Think about it: when you are about to set the mood with your spouse, you listen to slow jams, when you’ve broken up with a significant other, you listen to sad depressing music, when you are upset with someone or trying to pump yourself up to confront someone, you may listen to something loud and hardcore to get your adrenaline to rush. Listening to this type of secular music at the wrong time can be the very thing that leads you to an avenue of sin or depression that you cannot crawl out of. We as Christians can hinder our growth by allowing those things that are not of Christ to enter into our minds and spirits. It is imperative to be aware of the type of influences we allow music to have on our lives.

When Life Hurts, Let God Heal You!

From the Desk of Pastor D. Tyler Grimes:

One of the greatest pains for many people today is the fear of rejection. Rejection is the feeling that you’re the unwanted one, the unloved one or the not accepted one. It’s the feeling that has haunted many of us even from childhood that you will never be good enough. The fear of rejection is rooted in thoughts of inadequacy and insecurity. When a person is unsure about his or her worth as a person or falsely believes negative things about him or herself they will fear people’s rejection based upon his or her own negative self image. Many of us have chosen to live in our past hurts and mistakes. Have you heard the phrase “you can’t drive through life looking in the rear view mirror?” Because the front windshield of your car is bigger than the rear view mirror. It’s the same with God and the church family at DPSMI. God, as well as our church family, want you to learn to focus on what’s going on ahead of you so that you don’t even notice what’s going on behind you ever again. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you says the Lord, thoughts and plans of peace and not of evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.”

God Almighty, the creator who declared the Earth is mine and they that dwell therein. He has thoughts and plans for your future and he is more interested in you obtaining your good future than he is about your past hurts, mistakes, and misfortunes.

God the father wants to take you to a higher level, but you must first quit living in your past. QUIT YOUR PAST NOW! How do we live in our past? IN YOUR MIND! Isaiah 43:18, “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.”II Corinthians 3:18, “But we all, as with unveiled faces, (because we) continued to behold (in the Word of God) as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly, being transformed into His very own image.” Remembering and beholding are both mental processes that take place in your mind. So if Satan can get you thinking about the past hurts and rejections of your past, then you think yourself right out of the will of God.

You must learn to gain focus on The Laws of Priorities and How to stay on Track with your focus of the future God has planned for you by doing the following:

  1. Work on yourself because you are your greatest asset or your worst liability.
  2. Work on your priorities and fight to put and keep first things first which are the important ones.
  3. Work on your strengths and you can reach your full potential if you do.
  4. Lastly, work with your spouse, co-workers, and your church family because no man is an island and you can’t be effective alone.

Godly confidence comes from within and is not based upon external appearance or an abundance of things. The person that lives this way for too long will eventually become so comfortable with the mask he or she wears that he or she might find it difficult to ever regain control with who he or she really is.

The solution to this soul sickness is knowing that God loves you. The man or woman who is rooted in God’s acceptance can accept themselves. You must be confident that God loves us despite your past rejections or hurts and pains. In John 5:14 (Amplified) “And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in him, we are sure that if we ask anything make any request according to his will in agreement with his own plan he listens to and hears us.”

The person who begins to see him or herself as God sees them is forgiven despite your past mistakes or hurts, successful regardless of your current circumstance or past failures and complete in Christ alone. As your confidence increases it will become easier to remove the masks of rejection, past hurts, inadequacy and fears of insecurity with God and his word that he promises you in Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give you power (authority) to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing by any means shall hurt you.” My wife and I along with the congregation of DPSMI pray for you daily. We look forward to personally putting our eyes on you and giving you and your family a real big hug from God and his people.

Is it ‘OK’ for Christians to Dance?

Psalm 150:6 states, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” The bible highlights different ways to praise God which includes instrumentation, singing and of course dancing.

In today’s world and youth culture we see secular artists making hits about dances almost every other day. It doesn’t take much effort to find a kid or young adult crankin’ the Soulja Boy, doing the dougie, the flex or the dutty wine to name a few. Think of the impact these artist have, how many albums they have sold and the amount of people you see doing these dances. Have you ever asked yourself how much of an impact you could make by promoting fun dances that would bring the lost souls to God and also promote God’s word?

As a dancer it seems that as time progresses the different styles of dancing have become more secular, but at the same time the role of the dance ministry in the church and in the world has increased. So what does that mean for us Christians? When discussing the role of dance many issues arise. The major controversy is that there are so many dances to chose from, but not all are acceptable to perform in the church. There is a thin line separating what is an appropriate form of dance and attire for Christian dancers. As Christians it is imperative that we flock to modest styles of dancing that make God the focus rather than certain parts of our bodies.

Typically, dance styles seen in churches are prophetic, liturgical or interpretative because of their ability to appeal to a desirable, conservative appearance. The problem that arises is that there is a younger generation who want to praise God through dance, but are hesitant to minister because they’re fearful the churches won’t accept their modern moves and that they’re being to sexual.

The truth is, God created all types of dances, and they can all be utilized to add to His glory and to reach lost souls. A Christian dancer must understand, however, that no matter the style of the dance they practice, they must always be a conscious performer, meaning they must understand the purpose behind their steps and the intentions behind their moves. For example, if you’re at a night club dancing provocatively with a member of the opposite sex, what are your intentions? To arouse or seduce? Examples of dance like this are not edifying to God. Still, in Genesis 50:20 the Word says “What the devil meant for evil, God will turn it around.”

Our Heavenly Father gave us the gift to dance, it’s a way to praise him, and I believe that we as Christians and dancers can adapt various styles of dancing such as hip hop, lyrical ballet, or jazz to do just that. Dancing can change lives, no matter if you’re doing the dancing or watching. It is a way to express emotions, to tell a story, it is a path to save souls, which is the purpose of our ministry.

Your motivation to dance should be to save the lost at any cost. So remember, don’t be afraid of diversifying your collection of dance styles. Explore hip-hop, jazz, tap, folk, latin, traditional, swing, ballroom, afro-Caribbean and the many others forms and enhance your ability to outreach and minister to people from all walks of life.

I was Built to Lead

Leadership is a product of living, trial and error, and a willingness to try again in order to achieve success. One thing about life is that it will always teach you whether your want it to or not.

Leadership is defined in many different ways, but today we will define it as achieving success through life experiences, adapting to changes and doing what is right or at least listen to wisdom and be able to influence those around you for a specific purpose. Leadership is associated with one primary thing – PEOPLE.

There is a cliché that leaders are made, not born. Leadership has no boundaries nor does it care about how old you are. However, one thing about leadership is that it will require something from you – COMMITMENT. Once you fully grasp, understand, accept your purpose, mature, and recognize that others trust you and your decisions, you are responsible to them. The decisions you make will affect those around you. Therefore, you have to be mindful of what you say, or do, and assume associated risks for your behavior. The people who are following you want to be fulfilled by your actions, drive, or abilities to create because if they are not they will go elsewhere, complain, or simply quit on you.

A leader has to realize who they are, accept their position, and listen to wisdom while also offering it to others. They must learn and give back to the next generation through motivating words and by creating space for success t o be achieved. It is well worth it, as you get closer to achieving your personal goals or that of your group. Change your altitude and climb higher. A leader must be a motivator making the vision clear and concise. He or she must take responsibility for the future, as well as the present while being an honest leader who will always be fair and willing to share information. As a leader, you must know how to deal with challenges. When hurdles appear, just follow these simple steps: look at the course, prepare and focus, settle in your mind that you will defeat each challenge and you cannot be stopped. Lastly, execute and push as hard as you can to conquer each challenge until you reach that finish line called success.

What it Takes…

  • Listening Skills: Leaders must be able to listen to lead and understand people
  • Ability to Set an Example: How can you effectively lead if you are not able to do what you are leading others to do?
  • Purpose: The leader must be able to motivate others simply through their self-acceptance and beliefs.
  • Drive: The ability to press forward despite the environment.
  • Sacrifice to Lead: If a person does not have the desire or sacrifice to lead, they will not put 100% effort into pushing others or themselves to the next level.
  • Honesty and Integrity: This goes without saying.
  • Self-Confidence: Leaders cannot be flimsy or always in conflict with themselves. They have to be stable in their thinking and actions.
  • Cognitive Ability: A leader must be able to understand and communicate actions.
  • Flexibility: A leader cannot be wedged into a standard way of thinking if they plan on remaining relevant.
  • Adaptive: A leader must be able to adapt to any situation and they should be prepared to commit resources, if necessary to solving a problem or pressing forward with a new concept.