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Awards Show Opening Prayer and Message

Minister Celeste Kelley's Message for the People
at the 2009 SLS Online Award Show

Hebrews 12:1-3 of The Message Translation says:
1 -3 Do you see what this means — all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running — and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed — that exhilarating finish in and with God — he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

Any successful endeavor requires a vision. The word “vision” literally means the ability to see things that are visible, but it also means the ability to see other things – an unusual competence in discernment or perception; intelligent foresight.

Without the ability to visualize worthy goals and how these can be realized, very little of importance is achieved. When we are in the Lord’s will on Destiny’s Road, we desperately need an elevated vision of what it is all about. On Destiny’s Road, we are aware of our visions, dreams and promises, however, Destiny’s Road is filled with much adventure that can become discouraging.

No vision, dream or promise has ever been achieved except by one who dares to put their faith to work. Perhaps, we are hindered by our past experiences, or perhaps we have been fed a steady diet of defeatism. Your vision needs boldness based on faith in God. Your vision needs persistence, not losing heart and faith, for we shall reap in due season, always abounding knowing that our labor is not in vain.

Destiny’s Road can be encumbered with decisions in direction, because the Lord does give us a free will in how we handle what He bestows upon our lives. He blesses us to birth visions, dreams and promises.

Constant prayer is the key to staying connected with the Lord in order to hear His voice of direction. Constant prayer is the key to staying grounded in faith that the Lord will supply all your need as you travel on Destiny's Road. Constant prayer is the key to staying encouraged when you encounter potholes called people and roadblocks called rivalry as you continue on to destiny. When you believe and reach out for a miracle through the prayer of faith, you make a demand upon the Lord's ability and draw from His great storehouse of blessing.

Your relationship with God is as good as your communication with Him. Prayer encompasses crying out for help, fellowship and spiritual nourishment! It is born out of a need and assurance that God is there to meet that need and answer your prayer! Prayer is a privilege and powerful work that can be rightly done only by the Christian.

Through prayer, you can move mountains, because you have the ear of God Himself. You have victory in Jesus. Prayer is the greatest weapon in this world and you must not forget it. You must use it, and become familiar with prayer because it makes a difference in this world and in your hearts. Prayer changes things! Many situations have been altered, lives changed and priorities rearranged by spending time in prayer. Why is this? God answers prayer! God performs miracles! He is real, and communion with Him is a glorious reality! God does answer prayer.

Now, with that said, let us pray:
Lord, give me understanding of what Your will is for my life. As I begin the journey through this reading, allow Your Spirit to lead and guide me into the wisdom, knowledge and understanding You possess for me as I travel on this road to the destiny You have so designed. In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen.

And the Sisters said, "Amen!"

Saved by grace
In the beauty of holiness
Seeking to serve and encourage all women
Taking back what the devil has attempted to steal from us
Anointed by the power of God presenting our bodies
Holy and acceptable unto God which is our reasonable

Uniting teenage girls and women to impact their world is the heart beat of The SISTAHS Ministry through partnering together in ministries of evangelism and compassion, to train, empower, support and encourage.

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