Committing Scripture to Memory

By Apostle Tonya

Oh how love I thy law!  It is my meditation all the day.  Psalm 119:97

We must live a life of abiding where the Blessed Comforter remain in and upon us.  One profound passage that we should often meditate on is written in the Book of John, Chapter one, verses 32 and 33:

And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him.  And I knew Him not:  but He that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 

How do we live such lives where the Holy Spirit would choose to remain in and upon us as it is written in John 1:33?  First, we must faithfully take time to learn His Personality and be sensitive to Him.  It most pleases the Comforter when we remain yielded and create an atmosphere in our homes filled with worship unto thy Lord and our words are pleasant to our families.

During these times, when we are now spending more time at home I encourage you to draw nearer unto the Lord by increasing the daily reading and studying of the Bible.  The Holy Spirit is ever-faithful and will pour into you and strengthen your inner man as You seek Him. Family, also use this time of resting in the Lord to try a new method and read the Bible out loud. Ephesians 3:16

I most enjoy the passage in the Book of Acts, Chapter 8:26-39 of the Ethiopian, an eunuch sitting alone in his chariot reading the Word. We see Phillip first received his instructions from an Angel.  Thereafter, we continue to read how the Lord’s will for the eunuch manifested when the Holy Spirit directed Phillip to fellowship with the eunuch.  The Lord’s will for Phillip to teach the Word to the eunuch ended with the eunuch receiving salvation and being baptized.  Surely I believe it was his hunger that moved Heaven for him. How glorious!  

The Lord is ever-faithful to fulfill the desires of our hearts.  Just as He answered the heart of the Ethiopian; He will answer our prayers for the salvation of our loved ones.  

Now as you began to commit Scriptures to your memory, ofttimes, you may find the Lord is leading you quietly to certain verses that He desire you to memorize.  The Lord may also use a certain Book in the Bible to begin training you.  Ofttimes, you may find He will lead you to repeatedly read the same Book or Chapter out loud to train you to walk in your spiritual authority and dominion in the Kingdom of God.

Here are a few keys to Committing the Scriptures to Your Memory:

Write the Verse

Thy Word is a lamp upon my feet, and a light upon my path.  Psalm 119:105

One of the keys I have discovered useful is to record a verse using an index card, journal or notebook.  Using index cards to write verses that you are led to memorize will help you during your study.  Ofttimes, I use colorful ink pens to circle a certain word the Holy Spirit has given understanding on. 

Be sure to make use of the back of the index card to record any revelation you may receive from the Holy Spirit. 

Soaking in His Presence 

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  Psalm 1:2

Before you begin any study time with the Lord make sure you guard your place of abiding.  Bind distractions and loose focus.  Take delight in the Lord by soaking in His glorious Presence before you begin reading, studying and meditating on His Word.   


Another key that is most helpful in committing the Scriptures to your memory is saying the verses to your friends or family throughout the day.  You will also find each time you write or read the verses; the Holy Spirit will be faithful to give you deeper understanding and revelation. 

Sing it!

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.  Ephesians 5:19

As a young girl, I was taught to sing the verses from the Book of Psalms.  It is still the most powerful key in creating an atmosphere of Heaven.  I am sure you will find this method of memorization of Scriptures to be most rewarding.  

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.  Amen. 

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Celebrating Our Savior

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:  And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.  And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.  And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.  And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped Him.  Matthew 28:1-9

9 Bible Verses to Meditate on for Peace and Faith

By Apostle Tonya

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, and that seek Him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in His ways. Thou has commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. Psalm 119:1-4

One of the Scriptures that I have applied to my life is written in the Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 11 verse 18: “Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. Family, we must surround ourselves with the Word of God.

Yesterday, as I sat quietly with thy Lord meditating on one of my favorite chapters, Psalm 145, I suddenly heard the church bells across the road ringing. As the bells continued to ring, I began to share my heart with the Lord Jesus about His Church and He encouraged me.

It is my hope that as you delight in the Lord you will meditate day and night on these blessed scriptures. Psalm 1:2

Isaiah 26:3

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Psalms 23:1-3

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Psalm 130:6

My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Family, I cease not to give thanks for you. Amen.

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He is Risen!

By Apostle Tonya

He is not here: for He is risen, as He said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  Matthew 28:6

I most cherish the rich memories I have as a young girl on Easter Sunday.  The family traditions that were passed on to me by my beloved great-grandmother, grandmother and mother were richly woven together in love and remain etched on my heart.  

How precious were the days when our family gathered together to celebrate the Risen Lord’s glorious Resurrection: wearing Easter hats and carrying colorful baskets!  I cherish the memories of the mornings spent with my extended family and neighborhood friends before we went to Sunday School.  Our church home held decades of our family’s worship unto thy Lord Jesus; the church with the small steeple in Brooklyn.  

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.  John 20:1

Ofttimes, when I read the Book of John, Chapter 20 and the story of Mary Magdalene, I meditate on the love thy Lord servants had for Him.  What were Mary thoughts as she traveled to visit the tomb of where Jesus Christ of Nazareth had lain?  Her loyalty for our Lord would not end at His death on the Cross.  When Mary discovered that our Beloved Lord Jesus was no longer in the tomb she wanted to find Him.  But, Jesus was alive and suddenly appeared right before her.  He had Risen! 

As we prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior, I pray you will be encouraged in this season of Resurrection Power.  Our Father who gave us breath and causes the clouds to pour out rain upon the Earth when it is full; will perfect what concerns us.  The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will answereth our prayers concerning this current Coronavirus crisis.

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The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.. Psalm 24:1

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Trusting God for His Answers

By Apostle Tonya

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.  Jeremiah 17:7-8

Just a few days before this world crisis was announced as a pandemic; thy Lord placed on my heart His concern for a young man that needed a miracle.  Ofttimes, I would pass by the young man while I was shopping.   

The young man’s cheer in his suffering touched my heart.  His brain damage had severely affected his speech and knowledge.  Each time I saw him, I asked the Holy Spirit could I pray for his healing. In His lovingkindness, He would say, Not yet.  

Then, on a day that I planned to attend to appointments; the Lord surprised me with Signs throughout the day.  By the afternoon, I entered into a facility and felt the Lord unction me to look upward; above a worker’s head.  It was a simple red sign engraved in white with the first name of the young man with brain damage.  As I marveled at the Sign, I heard the Lord then say his name.

Later in the evening, I was guided by the Lord to make one final stop.  In this facility, I immediately noticed the young man was there sitting with his head down using a portable oxygen tank.  I walked a few steps and watched him suddenly worshipping thy Lord God Almighty.  I quietly wept as I watched the Lord’s glorious Presence resting upon him: the power to heal.  The Sun of Righteousness, our Beloved Healer answered. Hallelujah!  

And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?  The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.  Acts 3:12-13

Family, let us offer the sacrifice of the righteous and trust the Lord and wait for His answer. 

Be encouraged, remain confident and hopeful for the end of the quarantines and the Coronavirus crisis.

King of Glory, we give You all the praise and honor. We bless You O Lord and thank You for Your lovingkindness.  Lord, in the Dictionary it defines the word “corona” as an: “Crown.  Anatomy.  The upper portion or crown of a part, as of the head.” 
I decree and declare that the “head” of the spirit of the Coronavirus be cut off and destroyed by Your Consuming Fire!  I loose Your Scepter and declare the Coronavirus be dethroned.  I seal this prayer with Your Precious Blood.  Amen. 

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A Message about the Coronavirus

From Apostle Tonya

Be anxious for nothing .. Philippians 4:6

There have been some Houses of Worship that have closed it doors in response to the coronavirus pandemic.  Let me encourage you, the ministry is here for you should you need us and now will be open 24 hours a day.

Should you desire prayer, you may call us toll-free at (888) 222-0980 or submit your requests by clicking the “Prayer Request” Page. We are here for you! 

Wonderful Jesus, I beseech You to heal those afflicted with the coronavirus. O Lord I worship You and bless You for Your Word: Be anxious for nothing.  

Father, I declare You are the Great I AM!  Thank You, Father for the end of this thing!  In Jesus Name, Amen. 

In the Beauty of Holiness

by Apostle Tonya

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before Him, all the earth. Psalm 96:9

Father, we exalt You and worship at Your Footstool for You are Holy!  When we consider Your heavens, the work of Your Fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? 

O God cause our mouths to be filled with Your praise; declaring Your splendor all day long!  O Lord in thee we trust; all thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.  Our mouths shall speak the praise of You, Lord:  and let all flesh bless Your Holy Name forever and ever.

Father, we give thanks unto You O God for Your Son, Jesus.  Our Beloved Jesus, in whom we have redemption through His Blood and the forgiveness of sins.  We give thanks to You Father for Your only begotten Son, Jesus whom You raised from the dead and set Him at Your own Right Hand in the Heavenly Places; far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every Name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. 

Father, we give thanks to you that You hath put all things under Jesus’ feet and gave Your Son to be Head over all things to the Church.

Lord Jesus, we give thanks to You for thy Holy Spirit, our Comforter whom You sent from the Father whom testifies of You.  We give thanks to You Precious, Holy Spirit for Your lovingkindness, faithfulness and comfort.

O God we put You into remembrance of Your Word, as it is written in the Book of Genesis 28 verse 15:  And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

O God we give thee thanks for never leaving or forsaking us.  In Jesus Name, Amen.   

Be thou glorified O God! 

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He Makes All Things New

by Apostle Tonya

And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.  And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. Revelation 21:5

For a time in the past, I walked the path of grieving a loved one.  As I journeyed through it, I discovered something about myself:  I most enjoyed long walks and quiet talks with thy Lord which became a great comfort.  Quite to my surprise, it became a divine time to receive from Him both revelation and healing.  

The Father began guiding me most gently away from the path of a long season of grief, to one with purpose.  On a marvelous day, as I laid on the floor near an open window; our Beloved Lord Jesus appeared to me.  He gave me new life.  John 14:21.

Every morning, I would seek thy Lord in prayer and remained in His Presence for hours.  The Comforter would faithfully answer me with dreams and ofttimes during that time of our fellowship He revealed to me why it was my loved ones time to be with Him in Glory. Heaven’s response to my many questions about the timing restored my dance, joy, hope and released a glorious new beginning.  Thy Lord is a Wonder! 

Thereafter, one of the Chapters in the Holy Scriptures that kept my heart anchored in hope and staggering not at His promises can be found in the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 43 verse 19:  

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” 

Family, I encourage you that if you are in a time of mourning and grieving to increase intimacy with the Lord Jesus.  It is in His Presence where there is fullness of joy, hope is restored, health spring forth and a new beginning arrives.   

I declare healing from mourning, grief and loss come upon you!   

May thy Lord grant the petitions that thou hast asked of Him. 

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