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The Comma ….. The Resting Place

“Be still, and know that I am God. …………..” Psalm 46:10

 

When using written communications to convey our thoughts to others, it is much easier for us to be understood when we use various punctuation marks.    Whether you are the writer or the reader; without the use of punctuation marks it would be virtually impossible for the written communication to be successfully comprehended.  

 

One such marking that most of us are familiar with is the comma.  The comma, unlike the period informs us the we haven’t arrived at the end of the sentence; there is still more to come; so just take a brief pause and continue on.

 

Our lives are also accompanied with various “accent or punctuation marks”.  There will be times when we arrive at the place when it becomes necessary to take a brief rest – and then continue on.  In other words – we’ve arrive at a place that we know isn’t the end or the final stage of the project.  Yet, we are not feeling as though we should proceed “right now”.  This may be the time when it is necessary to take a brief pause – and then continue on. 

 

You just might be experiencing the awareness of a “spiritual comma” that God has inserted into the “sentence of your life”.  God strategically places the commas in our lives where He knows that they will effectively impact us and those to whom he has called us to minister.  Don’t ignore the God inserted commas; if you do, the remainder of the spiritual sentence will be perplexing.  In other words, don’t push forward when God is telling you to wait.  Don’t try to MAKE God move in a given situation.  Far too often I hear people say that they are going to fast and pray when they are faced with a difficult situation….. because they want God to change His plans concerning their situations.  Fasting doesn’t change the mind or decision of God – it changes us and increases our level of faith.  Therefore, don’t lean to your own understanding.  Seek the face of God… and walk or wait there in.

 

So just remember, the comma is the signal to stop briefly; and then continue on.  Don’t become too comfortable or discouraged in the “comma” place.  There is still more to be accomplished. God will use YOU to achieve all that He has promised.  Don’t become disheartened when the situations and circumstances which were once “sailing smoothly” suddenly appear to hit a few bumps in the road…..even though you know that the journey isn’t complete.  Maybe you’ve just encounter a spiritual comma.  So remain calm, seek the face of God for any amendments that need to be implemented… and wait for the release to proceed further.

 

Acknowledge and appreciate the commas…. They are the brief resting places along this “sentence” of life.

 

And He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while."……

Mark 6:31

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“P.E.A.C.E.”

How can I still have peace?

 

It doesn’t matter what I’m encountering….I can still have peace.  However I must realize that God has given to me a strategy that must be implemented.  I must also realize that peace is not the absence of adversity – but a mindset.  

So… How can I renew my mind to the extent that I can receive God’s solution and apply it to every situation?   The following can assist.

P -“Presence” - If I invite the presence of God to intervene; (Exodus 33: 14)

E -“Endure”   - If I endure as a warrior, not whine like a wimp; and view  my situation as an open door and not a dead end;     (James 1:22; II Timothy 2:3)

 A -“Ask”        - If I ask God for guidance and the proper strategy to successfully  outwit the enemy in this situation.;, and don’t just do what “I”  

                           think is best;  (Proverbs 3:5-7)

 C -“Cry”         - If I cry out to the Lord first– and not to other people;  (Psalm 30:2)

 E -“Expect”   - If I expect and accept. Expect God to give me a strategy – so I’ll keep an open ear  - knowing that I must accept the process.

                               (Philippians 4:13; Psalm 86:11; Psalm 25:5)

 

So….YES! I can still have PEACE in the midst of it all…..But the key is to:

Invite in the PRESENCE of God;  Be determined to ENDURE; ASK God for help; CRY to Him and EXPECT Him to change ME even when the situation doesn’t APPEAR to be changing.      

 

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Assertiveness +Anticipation =Advancement!

“You lazy fool, look at an ant.  Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two, nobody has to tell it what to do.  All summer it stores up food; at harvest it stockpiles provisions.  So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing?  How long before you get out of bed?  A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next?  Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, poverty your permanent houseguest!”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Proverbs 6:6-11 (The Message Bible)

 

A while ago I read an article which had been written by John C. Maxwell regarding various lessons which can be learned from the ant.  He said that ants have:

A- Attitude of Initiative (Ants are self -motivated: I Samuel 30:6)

N- Nature of Integrity (Ants work faithfully and need no outside accountability; Proverbs 11:3)

T- Thirst for Industry (Ants labor hard & will quickly replace their anthill when it gets destroyed;   Proverbs 12:27; 10:4)

S- Source of Insight (Ants store provisions in summer; John 9:4)

    (Note: Scripture references were added by Apostle Boatwright and were not included in  John Maxwell’s article)

 

After reading the article, I concluded the following.

When we consider the ants we can also observe that they are never intimidated by obstacles or the presence of anything that they may encounter.  Whatever is placed in front of an ant will not defeat or convince it to surrender…. or become distracted from its mission.  They may be forced to discover an alternative route – however they won’t quit!  The ant is one of the smallest creatures – yet they are some of the hardest workers.

 

Also, the ants “make haste while it is day”.  They know that the night will come when they will not have the ability to work. We should become encouraged from the tenacity which is shown by the ant; because our night is coming! (I’m not referring the physical nighttime!)

 

The ants are always anticipating …..always in preparation for tomorrow.  The ants always keep in mind that they must advance…. That their mission is before them.  There are times when you may observe that an ant is attempting to carry a load that is twice their size – however, because they have a mindset that is motivated for success; they will always achieve their goal. 

 

We, like that ant, are “wired” for success.  Therefore whatever obstacles that present themselves must be conquered….. simply because the Bible says that we can do all things through God’s strength (Philippians 4:13) AND that we are MORE than conquerors (Romans 8:37)!

 

So, looking forward, let’s always, with great: expectation, motivation and determination have that same zeal which is found in the ants.  I challenge you today to “anticipate” and “advance”.  In other words, expect the daily “bumps in the road”; but don’t permit them to cause you to lose your focus.  Remember that a group of workers….  No matter how small……All pulling in the same direction….. all sharing the weight of the load….. Will get the job done successfully! Develop a mindset that because of who I am, whose I am and to whom I belong…. I am supposed to….. and I will emerge from every situation as the victor and not the victim! 

 

To summarize: if I develop an assertive mindset; if I maintain a spirit of anticipation and expectation; then I will victoriously advance and excel in all that I endeavor!

 

My road may be long and my journey may seemingly be up hill; however, I must keep in mind the old cliché: a winner never quits… and a quitter never wins! 

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There’s Been A Shipwreck

  Just Hold On To Your Broken Pieces

 “But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land: And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.”   Acts 27:43 & 44       (Read the entire chapter for better insight)

 

There are times when, as Paul, we are always embarking upon some type of voyage or challenge where our “ship” becomes totally destroyed.   However we must remember one concept: There will always be fragments to gather.  So in the midst of your worst devastation – Hold on to your broken pieces!   If you hold on….and don’t quit……. And don’t become discouraged…You will be victorious.

We must also remember that Psalm 34:19 tells us that many are the afflictions of the righteous – BUT the Lord WILL deliver us out of them all. Afflictions refer to circumstances or hardships that cause pain or suffering; whether physical or mental; psychological or spiritual.   Paul was afflicted on numerous occasions – but he managed to flee safely every time because he kept his focus, and learned to hold on to his broken pieces.  As he stated in II Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;……”.

I’m reminded of an old school song that said, “I’m so glad, trouble don’t’ last always”.   So as I await God’s divine intervention….. I must remember that God is able to do just what he said he would do, He's gonna fulfill every promise to me.  I can’t give up on God, cause he won't give up on me….He’s Able!!!!

 

Therefore…..I’ll hold to God’s unchanging hand,…… and Build My Hopes On Things Eternal….. and continue Standing on the Promises of Christ my king…..  and Look Ever to Jesus; He Will Carry Me Through! (I still love hymns!)

 

So, no matter how devastating or destructive the storm; storms don’t come to last, they come to past…. there will always be broken pieces.  

I MUST maintain or regain my focus. 

 I MUST search out those broken pieces.

 I MUST value my broken pieces.

 I MUST remain cognizant of the fact that I can never, never let go of my broken pieces – for it is those broken pieces that will glide me safely to the shore!

 

 

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Failure is not an Option…..

It’s Not On My Menu

“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world,…..” Ephesians 1:4

 

Every master chef knows the importance of having a well organized menu. The purpose of the menu is to inform everyone exactly what they can expect to receive from that particular establishment.  Therefore when one glances at the menu they can determine the type of facility, the expertise of the chef, as well as the clientele who frequent that place of business.  We also understand that we can’t order an item that is not listed on the menu – and then become upset if that item is either not available or not prepared to our liking.  The master chef will only order the essential ingredients which are required to properly prepare those items which are listed on the menu.  Now an experienced chef will on occasion, use some of the ingredients which were purchased for one item and prepare something that is not listed on the menu.  However, this is not always possible.  For example; you can’t become distraught if a fast food restaurant doesn’t fulfill your request for a fresh seafood order.  Why? It isn’t on their menu.

 

So it is with our lives.  God who is our Master Chef has a well-planned menu for our lives.  As the scripture text states; even before the foundation of the world – God had already written the menu for each and every one of our lives.  Therefore He knows which ingredients to include in our lives that will permit us to produce the highest quality of life.  He knows a forehand which circumstances, experiences, trials and the like to include on our menus of life.  He also knows: because He is God, the decisions that we will make in every given situation. However, because we already have a well-planned menu, when we make contrary choices in our lives; God has the ability to use those choices to still yet implement His plan for our lives (Romans 8:28).  He’ll take our burnt bread; scrap off the overly browned portions; cut it into squares and use it for croutons!  He’s the Master Chef and therefore knows exactly how to re-organize everything in our lives…..if we permit Him to!

 

Therefore, when you feel as though you are on the verge on becoming overwhelmed and going out of your mind – just declare that a nervous breakdown can’t occur… Why?.. Because Failure is Not an Option….it’s not on my menu! Declare Isaiah 26:3 & St. John 16:33!

When you feel as though you “can’t” – just decree that Failure is not an Option…It’s not on my menu. Declare Philippians 4:13!

When you feel as though everything is just taking too long to materialize – just remember that the best sauces must simmer for hours; and endurance IS on your menu! Decree Isaiah 40:41or Psalm 27:14!

When you feel as though the bottom has fallen out of your world and every stable foundation has been shaken – just relax… God may be testing you or just trying to get your attention so that He can elevate you to the next course of your menu! Decree 2 Timothy 2:3-5!

 

Learn to rest in the Lord and in what He is doing at this stage of your life.  We must remember that God had not “mass produced” us.  Therefore, we aren’t to compare our menu items with anyone else’s.  Although they may appear to be similar on the surface – because we are all uniquely made.… so are our menus.  We aren’t to be compared to the “chain” stores which all possess the same exact menus.  Yes, we are all God’s kids – but we are all so different!.... He planned it that way!

 

So it doesn’t matter how your circumstances may currently appear to you – simply remember that God is only attempting to get you to advance from the soup on your menu to the dessert. He has the entire menu of your life in mind.  You can’t simply produce the “soup” from your menu of life... forever!  It’s now time to advance to the appetizer and then endure every challenge of life.  God is only attempting to get you to the end of your menu…. Where your mind will be totally focused... and you will have the ability to enjoy the dessert course of life ….without regards to your current circumstances! View every item on YOUR menu as an opportunity to prove to the world that as for me.. “Failure is not an option; because It’s Not On MY Menu!”

 

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”   I Corinthians 1:6

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“Another New Prophetic Sound….Have you heard it?”
“I will sing a new song to you, O God…..” Psalm 144:9

What do you hear? Another new sound has been dispatched from the heavens and it is seeking new instruments. This sound is seeking to reside within the instruments which have the ability to sense, grasp and blend it properly - thus forming a new chord!
In this season, we must listen with the ear of our spirit for additional new chords. As we hear, we must receive into our spirit-man the revelatory sounds which will usher us into a new prophetic time of worship. Our number one weapon during this end -time season is worship. Not the worship of times past, but an enhanced worship which is capable of permitting us to receive from the Lord the end-time strategy.
• That strategy which will bring a total transformation of our thought patterns, methodologies and “religious” convictions.
• That strategy which will usher us through economic crises, atmospheric irregularities and terroristic threats.
• That strategy which will enable us to remain totally focused and unmovable in the midst of every adversity.
• That strategy that will permit us to be engulfed with the peace and presence of God – regardless.
After we have received, it then becomes our responsibility to share the essence of the new chord and to instruct others in the proper disciplinary spiritual insights, which are required for them to become “new instruments”.
As this new sound is received here on earth, then blended by many, we will again release it back to the Lord. Upon its ascension it is heard as one voice; one perfected sound unto the Lord. Although in the realm of the spirit-we may hear several complexed chords, they will still ascend as one voice; one perfected praise unto the Lord.
This new sound, once we have received it into our spirits, will also enable our souls to become transformed into the expressed mind and will of God. Without the acknowledgement of this sound, our minds do not have the ability to embrace the “renewal process” (Romans 12:1). Without renewed minds we are not equipped with the necessary format nor the discipline to govern our bodies, and to bring them under the subjection of the Holy Spirit. We have no true revelation of how to become presented as a living sacrifice.
Many prophetic gatherings - true prophetic gatherings, are receiving the manifestation and the divine presence of the Lord as never before, simply because they have heard the new sound.
This new sound - prophetic in nature, has no limits and no boundaries! Yet, its nature is disciplined, its character is divine and its application is strategic.
Leaders, Warriors, the new sound has been released…..Have You Heard It?

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The Timing of Today’s Eclipse is Relevant!

The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. Joel 2:31 ESV

 

Today, here in the U.S. many are focusing on the rare occurrence of the eclipse that will be visible today.  However, I would question as to how many have inquired of the Lord what He is relaying at this time. There is no coincidence between the timing of the unexpected earthquake a few days ago and the expected eclipse  on today!

 

When we refer to our Bible, there are many references to the sun and moon darkening the sky.  Now because I don’t believe that anything happens without the divine direction of the Lord, in my opinion, our concern should be directed to the timing of this eclipse.  Many true prophets of the Lord who have their ear in alignment with the voice and intents of the Lord have marked this sign as a directive from the Lord, that this is a time for the body of Christ to enter into a season of deep intercession.

 

This eclipse is occurring at a time which has great significance to the Hebraic  calendar.  Chuck Pierce and other noted prophetic voices have released:

“Recent political developments, coupled with the upcoming total solar eclipse, suggest a pivotal moment in both the natural and spiritual realms, urging believers to discern the times with wisdom and respond with intercession.”

 

So, what does this mean to us?

  • We are to ask the Lord for an understanding prophetic ear with the ability to understand the times.
  • “It is time for the faithful to accept a posture of vigilance, strategic prayer, and seek God’s divine intervention in the affairs of nations and the protection of Israel. This call to prayer is not merely for the preservation of military aid but for the protection and blessing of the United States as well (Gen 12:3).” (Chuck Pierce)
  • As you are enlightened, share with others – those who are willing to receive.
  • Look for and acknowledge the signs that the Lord is giving to us, that remind us that His return is imminent!

 

“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” John 9:4

 

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Too Full To Receive…..

Only Empty Vessels Receive!

“Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.  Don’t drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.”  Ephesians 5:17-20 (The Message Bible)

 

 

It is only when we have been emptied – that we can be filled – full.  Any given container has a limit on the amount of a substance that it can keep in check.  Therefore, when a container has reached its maximum limit……that’s it.  It can’t hold another drop.  For example; you can attempt to pour a gallon of liquid into an already filled gallon sized bottle – and the bottle will not be able to receive the liquid.  Why? Because the first bottle is already filled full. Therefore, even though the substance in the second bottle may be of a superior quality – because the first bottle is already full; it can’t receive the better product.

 

God is saying that we are expecting Him to fill us with all of who He is – but He can’t; because there’s no room.  Our minds are still filled with the concepts and precepts of the world; when He has instructed us to empty them and renew them. (Romans 12:1&2)

  • He has told us to empty ourselves of the cares of this world (I Peter 5:7); but we are still filled with worry, doubt and unbelief.
  • He has instructed us to be not like the Pharisees and Scribes – hypocrites (Matthew 6:5); but we are still filled with pride, boastings and egotism.
  • He has warned us not to be filled with vengeance – because it belongs to Him (Romans 12:19). Yet we are not emptied of backbiting; we’re still holding grudges and harboring unforgiveness.

 

We must remember:

Ø  Only empty vessels can be filled.

Ø  Only empty vessels have the ability to totally receive all that is being poured into them. 

Ø  Only empty vessels will have the capability to contain the proper amount of wisdom needed to successfully up root the diabolical plans and plots of the enemy.

Ø  Only empty vessels have received the revelation that they must stay on the potter’s wheel and daily cleanse themselves with the Word of God – if they are going to remain emptied of the concepts and ideologies of this world.

Ø  Only empty vessels are those who were once yielded; but are now broken, freed and ready to have the anointing of God to empower them with His Presence, His Integrity and His Kingdom Authority.

 

So, if we are to be used totally of God…for God – then it is time for us to empty out ourselves and get rid of whatever is not relevant for this season in our lives.  Remember yesterday’s treasures just might be today’s useless clutter!

 

…….. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:…” Ecclesiastes 3:1

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A Simple Reminder………..

A Simple Reminder………..

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” I Peter 4:12 (ESV)

 

 

As endtime Leaders, it is imperative that we maintain our position of alertness in the realm of the spirit at all times.  Remembering this; our adversary is constantly attempting to find weakened areas, or breaks in our "wall" where he can gain access into our lives.

One of the tactics that is commonly used by him is to bombard us with various situations  - all at the same time - in an attempt to make us lose our focus.  Many times these occurrences are of various magnitudes, and will require varying degrees of strength and energy to conquer.   However, as a mature leader, you must maintain your focus at all times and not permit the nonsense of the enemy to distract you.  

Recently, I've encountered too many leaders who are making excuses for their lack of focus in their times of adversity or discomfort.  These statements have been spoken by Leadership: Pastors, Bishops, 5 - Fold Ministry Leaders, etc.; who have been releasing words of self -sabotage.  They have failed to realize that the releasing of such words will not only hinder them, but their ministry as well. 

So let’s keep in mind that we can only become truly effective in our walk if we eliminate every hindrance and conquer every hurdle that the enemy strategically positions in our lives.  We must remember that every hindrance and every hurdle is sent to us as an attack from the kingdom of darkness -  with one ultimate purpose in mind.  They are only sent to us in an attempt to cause us to become distracted, unfocused and discouraged…. Thus causing us to release from our mouth words of doubt, defeat, and unbelief! 

Lastly… Know that your words are the powerful weapon that will be used in this season.  You WILL decree a thing and it SHALL come to pass; you WILL speak with new tongues; you WILL lay hands on the sick and they SHALL recover;  and WHATSOEVER you ask in my name – in faith believing… said the Lord it SHALL COME TO PASS!

WARRIORS! Now is not the time to become "wimps" in the realm of the spirit.  Stand strong, Stay focused and Reclaim your territory.  

Begin NOW! Time is of the essence!  

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” I Corinthians 15:58 ( NIV)

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You Still Have One More Move..

Therefore - It’s Never Too Late!

 

Life can be compared to a strategic game that requires its players at certain points, to make moves that cannot be changed.  One decisive rule that we must remember in this game is this: although we may not maintain the ability to alter the moves; we can always change the results.  In the game called life you will always have…..One more Move!

 

This concept is mirrored in many instances throughout the Bible.  As we read and glean wisdom, strength and encouragement; we can see that no matter what the circumstances or the situations that the people of God were confronted with – God always showed them that they still had – one more move. 

 

So as you continue to participate in the game of life, always remember that; “It ain’t over til God says it’s over”.  No matter what you’ve done in your past, if you: trust in God, make an about face (Repent), and begin to do things His way, instead of leaning to your own understanding – He can rectify, repair, resolve, amend and correct anything. (Proverbs 3:5 & II Chronicles 7:14)

 

Another very important fact to remember in this game called life is this: “We have the power to limit the manifestation of God’s desire to change things for our good”.  In other words, because God has given to us the place of dominion and authority on this earth, He will not override that decision. 

 

That’s why He has told US that: death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21); He has told US to speak forth those things which be not.., (Romans 4:17);

He has told US - I set before you this day life and death ….  (Deuteronomy 30:19);

He has told US - No good thing will I withhold… (Psalm 84:11); e has told USH

He has told US to – put on the whole armor …. (Ephesians 6:11-13)

(and this list could continue on!)

 

So, He is saying SPEAK it, and I’ve got your back!  He is saying, “You may have decided to make a wrong move – but I’ve allotted you the opportunity to cause that wrong move to work in your favor.” (Romans 8:28)

 

So remember that this game of life has many players but very few winners.  Why?  Because most people don’t realize …..that, our battle has already been won… and most importantly ……you always have at least one more move……..Therefore…… “It’s Never Too Late”!

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I Have GODfidence, Therefore

I Won’t Sit In Fear….. I’ll Walk By Faith!

 

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love”.                                                                                                                                                 I John 4:18

 

 

No matter what comes my way, I now walk in GODfidence!  My hope, my trust, my everything is centered and placed in the Lord and in what HE is going to do!  I have learned to ask the Holy Spirit to signal me whenever that spirit attempts to invade.  Sometimes we are not aware of the entrances that this spirit has within our lives.   However, because we walk in GODfidence, we can NEVER be tricked or caught unaware of the enemy’s schemes. 

 

The spirit of fear is always looking for opportunities to enter, dominate and paralyze us.  Usually, when the time arises for us to embark upon and advance into a new place in the Lord, he (the spirit of fear) – will faithfully grace our stage for a grand performance!  In other words that spirit of fear will always seek to gain an entrance into our spirit man – and play a major role in preventing us from moving forward in the Lord. 

 

So, it’s time for us to “take the bull by the horns” and aggressively pursue our next adventure in the Lord.  Remember, walking in faith isn’t always walking in the absence of fear.  There will be times when you will have to move forward while “feeling” afraid….  But you must continue to advance.  If your level of faith is going to increase, you can’t stand still and wait until you don’t feel afraid. 

 

I would like to encourage you to embrace the prayer below that I had written quite a few years ago concerning the spirit of fear.  Remember….you are in control and the decision is yours.  Your actions will always reveal whether you have chosen to SIT in fear or to WALK by faith.    Although you may have undoubtedly read it before, because you are in a new place, this prayer will have an enhanced application.  Walk, stand and live in the GODfidence of the Lord in the your new season!

 

Fear Be Gone! (© 2003)

 

Father God in the name of Jesus, I denounce the spirit of fear in my life.  As of this day, I forbid the spirit of fear to dominate, reign or sit passively in any area of my life.

 

Holy Spirit, I surrender right now to you my entire being.  I ask that you reveal to me now every area of my life where ungodly fear is present.  Every area in my conscience or sub-conscience arena where fear may have a stronghold.  Any area from my past where fear has been the comfort zone.  Reveal every open door that satan has used to bring fear into my life.

 

Lord God, your word declares that your perfect love will cast out, drive away, eradicate and will replace fear.  So Father, I come to you now and ask that you reveal to me your perfect love in every area of my being.  Your love that will not fail.  Your love that is unconditional.  Your love that is incomprehensive to my natural man, but is conceivable in the spirit realm.

 

Father, as I have asked the Holy Spirit to reveal the entrances where fear has entered, I ask you for the wisdom needed to close every open door.  I decree those doors closed, shut, sealed - never to be opened again.

 

 I thank you Father God for my new found freedom in you now that the weight of fear is gone. Hallelujah!

 

Psalm 56:4 “When I am afraid, I will trust in you”.

 

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love”.                                                                                                                                                 I John 4:18

 

 

No matter what comes my way, I now walk in GODfidence!  My hope, my trust, my everything is centered and placed in the Lord and in what HE is going to do!  I have learned to ask the Holy Spirit to signal me whenever that spirit attempts to invade.  Sometimes we are not aware of the entrances that this spirit has within our lives.   However, because we walk in GODfidence, we can NEVER be tricked or caught unaware of the enemy’s schemes. 

 

The spirit of fear is always looking for opportunities to enter, dominate and paralyze us.  Usually, when the time arises for us to embark upon and advance into a new place in the Lord, he (the spirit of fear) – will faithfully grace our stage for a grand performance!  In other words that spirit of fear will always seek to gain an entrance into our spirit man – and play a major role in preventing us from moving forward in the Lord. 

 

So, it’s time for us to “take the bull by the horns” and aggressively pursue our next adventure in the Lord.  Remember, walking in faith isn’t always walking in the absence of fear.  There will be times when you will have to move forward while “feeling” afraid….  But you must continue to advance.  If your level of faith is going to increase, you can’t stand still and wait until you don’t feel afraid. 

 

I would like to encourage you to embrace the prayer below that I had written quite a few years ago concerning the spirit of fear.  Remember….you are in control and the decision is yours.  Your actions will always reveal whether you have chosen to SIT in fear or to WALK by faith.    Although you may have undoubtedly read it before, because you are in a new place, this prayer will have an enhanced application.  Walk, stand and live in the GODfidence of the Lord in the your new season!

 

Fear Be Gone! (© 2003)

 

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ather God in the name of Jesus, I denounce the spirit of fear in my life.  As of this day, I forbid the spirit of fear to dominate, reign or sit passively in any area of my life.

 

Holy Spirit, I surrender right now to you my entire being.  I ask that you reveal to me now every area of my life where ungodly fear is present.  Every area in my conscience or sub-conscience arena where fear may have a stronghold.  Any area from my past where fear has been the comfort zone.  Reveal every open door that satan has used to bring fear into my life.

 

Lord God, your word declares that your perfect love will cast out, drive away, eradicate and will replace fear.  So Father, I come to you now and ask that you reveal to me your perfect love in every area of my being.  Your love that will not fail.  Your love that is unconditional.  Your love that is incomprehensive to my natural man, but is conceivable in the spirit realm.

 

Father, as I have asked the Holy Spirit to reveal the entrances where fear has entered, I ask you for the wisdom needed to close every open door.  I decree those doors closed, shut, sealed - never to be opened again.

 

 I thank you Father God for my new found freedom in you now that the weight of fear is gone. Hallelujah!

 

Psalm 56:4 “When I am afraid, I will trust in you”.

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Good Friday Exemplifies Tenacity

Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”   I Corinthians 15:54-57

 

Today is the day that we reflect on the perfect example that Christ has displayed for us as He endured it all.  Our very existence is accredited to the fact that Christ was WILLING to undergo every demonstration of torture that was presented to Him by the adversary. He proved to us that although He was tempted on every hand – in various types of circumstances and situations, He was yet victorious!  Therefore, we can be grateful to God that He has given to us the same power to endure.  We can be grateful for the tenacity to stand and never succumb to the nonsense of the enemy – without regards to the pressures and intensity of the battle!  Father, we are so grateful for Good Friday.  Father, we are SO grateful for the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit who enables us to be triumphant in every situation!

 

GRATEFUL FOR YOUR TENACITY (© 2003)

 

Father God, in the name of Jesus, I come to you to acknowledge that tenacity is needed to accomplish your divine purpose in my life.  So, I come to you now, EARLY….  At the beginning of this time of my life.  Since today is the first day of the rest of my life, I have come at the start of this new season, with the realization that I am in a new “place in life”.  For this day has never been seen prior to its awakening.  Therefore, I am in a place that I have not yet experienced. 

     I thank you for your diligence, your perseverance, your endurance, your stamina, your assiduity, your determination - that I now possess to be the warrior that you have decreed me to be.

So now Lord, I stand on Romans 8:36-39 and declare that in all things I am more than a conqueror.  I acknowledge that I already have the amount of tenacity required to receive the manifestation of every blessing that you have outlined for me in your word.

 

 I will therefore never permit any obstacle or phenomenon in this life to hold me captive.  I will never permit any thought pattern that is contrary to your divine direction to invade my conscience or sub-conscience intellect.

 

As I have become more tenacious in times of disappointments; You have revealed your unconditional love and security,

 

As I have become more tenacious while engaged in spiritual warfare; You have revealed your camouflage, shield, shelter, your protection - as well as the ability to uproot every diabolical plan.

 

As I have become more tenacious in every area of my life; You have revealed the potency, the discernment, the joy, the peace and the fulfillment that are now evident in my life.

 

Thank you Lord for the manifestation of YOUR TENACITY. …that same tenacity that enabled Christ to endure the cross.  Thank you Lord that my mind is in the process of being renewed to the extent that I will be able to bring every thought captive to the obedience of endurance.  Thank you Lord that because of Christ’s tenacious examples, I have the ability to be tenacious in every area of my life. 

 

Therefore, I WILL endure the pain, ridicule and rejection that accompanies my cross – just as Christ endured.

I WILL embrace every opportunity to exhibit your love to the unsaved while on my cross – just as Christ did.

I WILL rise triumphantly from my cross – Just as Christ did!

 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 15:58

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Holy Week: : Maundy Thursday

“Love That Produces a Servant”

“Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.”            John 13:13 & 14

 

 

 

Among one of the events that transpired on this day of Holy Week was the washing of the Disciples’ feet.  Jesus led by example, exactly what it meant to be a leader.  As a leader we must be so submitted to God that we will humbly perform any task….for His glory.

 

We must always bear in mind that everything that Christ exampled was motivated from the platform of a heart that generated unconditional love.  He was attempting to show us that it matters not what the task; if love (I Corinthians 13) is present; then that love will override any other emotion that we may experience.

 

A true servant has a heart of unconditional love for their master.   Therefore, they place no limitations on the duties that they graciously will perform – for their master. 

 

When Jesus washed His disciple’s feet; He was mirroring to them a display of His unconditional love for them – which produced the ability to become a servant.

 

Far too often when we read this narrative; we focus on doing the work of a servant.  However, we must also realize that doing the work of a servant, which is not motivated from a heart of love, is simply fulfilling a responsibility and not showing an act of compassion.   God’s desire for us is that we are so filled with His love; that whatever task we must undertake, we will be motivated from a heart of that type of love.    He desires that His love has so renewed our thought patterns; that our thoughts have now produced the mentality of a true servant.

 

A true servant must possess the ability to:

S – Sacrifice ; Philippians 3:7-8 ESV  “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake    of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.”

E – Encourage (others as well as yourself):  1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

R Be Reliable : 1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

V – Be Vigilant: Ephesians 6:10-18 ESV

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,….”

A -  Be Alert: 1 Peter 5:8 ESV  “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

N – Neglect (Worldly Pleasures) 1 John 2:15-17 ESV  “Do not love the world or the things in the world ………...”

T – Be Trustworthy: 1 Corinthians 4:2 ESV    “Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.”

 

So to recap….a true servant has received that degree of unconditional love that has now produced within them the mentality of: Sacrifice, Encouragement, Reliability, Vigilance, Alertness, Neglecting (of worldly pleasures)  and Trustworthiness.

 

 Are your expressions of servanthood motivated from the platform of responsibility or compassion? 

To do the work of a servant is commendable.

However, to have the heart of a servant is exceptional and requires a renewed mindset!  Remember man sees WHAT we do….but God knows WHY we are doing it!

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Holy Week: Day 3 - L.I.S.T.E.N.

“The Voice of Silence”

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, ……..”    Psalm 62:5

As we review the events of Holy Week we can observe that this day was called the day of Silence.  There are no recorded events for this day; however, that should not imply that Christ was idle.  Even when that are moments when there are no visible displays, the Spirit of the Lord is always at work.

One of the most rewarding and intimately fulfilling experiences that one can embrace is their relationship with the Lord.  Furthermore, as this bond begins to become more “seasoned”, our fellowship with the Lord transcends the “outer court” experience – and will embrace the natural and mature fellowship - which is characteristic to that of a “holy of holies” occurrence.   Within this dimension, one will learn to truly appreciate their relationship with the Lord.  They will enjoy the conversations with Him which are not relative to this realm, but are held “spirit to spirit”.  In other words, these conversations occur on such an accelerated level, that information is transferred more quickly than our brain can receive, process and transmit the words to our mouth! Consequently, you learn that it’s useless to even attempt to speak to Him with your natural mouth.  So, you just settle down and allow the “mouth of your spirit” to communicate with the Lord. 

One morning, while having one of these conversations, the Lord asked me, “What do you hear?” I responded, “I don’t hear anything”.  Again he said, “What do you hear?”   I replied, “Nothing”.   Then, a third time he asked, “What do you hear?”  Well…. by this time, I’m thinking about Peter!   I’m thinking… Okay,  I’m really missing something here!  So I waited for a while, then I replied, “I hear silence.”  The Lord replied, “YES!...so you do hear something!  You hear silence.” Then he said, “Now, listen pass the silence.  What do you hear?”  As I listened more intensively, I answered, “I hear conversations”. (Even though the language wasn’t a spoken language that I was familiar with – it seemed as though I could understand exactly what was being transmitted). ….  Yes, he responded, “Always remember that in times of “silence” the enemy is diabolically planning, strategizing, and regrouping.  Therefore, use those times that appear to be silent wisely”. 

“Listen”, He said, “For the voice…the Voice in the Silence.  The voice that will signify the shift in the wind.  Listen for the voice of distractions.  Acknowledge them...but learn not to entertain them.”  He further said, “As you listen to the voice, in the silence of the wind, you will be able to distinguish and interpret the sounds of the wind.  Listen for the wind within the wind.”

To Listen in the realm of the Spirit……… Is To…..

L = Look and Learn; Look beyond this realm into the multifaceted dimension where God’s sovereign authority is evident. Then LEARN how to walk in the liberty of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

I = Ignite Your Expectation (Proverbs 10:28)

S = Settle Your Spirit (Romans 12:1 & 2)

T = Temper Your Mind (Philippians 2:5)

E = Exercise Your Kingdom Authority (Matthew 28:18)

N = Nurture Your Information Received (Matthew 7:6)

As endtime Leaders (and Saints), we must know how to listen...not just for the voice of the Lord, but listen with a discerning ear for the “Voice of Silence”.   God has equipped us and established us as His ambassadors to properly discern the times.  Just as he led His people through the wilderness with a cloud and a pillar….He’s still leading us through our endtime wilderness (natural & physical).  However, we must know how to LISTEN. As we adhere to the proper listening techniques, we will know how and when it is the appropriate time to move His people (and ourselves) to their next place (and our next place) in Him.

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Holy Week Day 2: Doubt Get Out!!!

“Verily I say unto you, if ye have faith, and doubt not……” Matthew 21:21

 

One of the events which is recorded for this day is the manifestation of the withered fig tree which had been cursed by Jesus on yesterday.  Both Mark and Matthew explain their amazement as they approach the tree.

 

Our limited concept of the miraculous power and authority of God can also often be compared to that which was housed in the minds of the Biblical disciples. Although they had actually seen the demonstrated displays of Jesus’ power, the Bible states that they marveled and they seemed amazed with the rapid results of Jesus’ spoken words (Matthew 21:20).  What is even more interesting is the fact that Jesus declared, that after all that they had seen – they still lacked in their ability to understand who He was.  Most importantly they didn’t fully comprehend who TEYHEHHhhhhhHEY were because of their relationship to Him.  Jesus responded to their insecurities and named those insecurities  “doubt”; informing the disciples that even though one has faith – doubt can’t be on board.

 

Today, we are often encased in that same “prison” of doubt.  Doubt has established invisible barriers around our minds and has prevented us from understanding and really gasping who we actually are in Christ.  We fail to experience the enormous amount of power that belongs to us simply because we permit doubt to: enter in……get a latte….. sit back and get comfortable!

 

So, I present a challenge to you. Refuse to permit this spirit; the spirit of doubt; to control your actions any longer.  How is this done? By the continual process of “Identification and Eviction”.  Daily we must move in the confidence that is established in the Word of God.  Therefore, when doubt attempts to surface – acknowledge it; then cancel the effects of its power and evict it by SAYING the Word of God.  Don’t doubt yourself! …And especially don’t doubt the power of the Word of God!  You must know and remember… If I can think it – (and it’s legal!) I can do it! 

 

When Jesus walked the earth, He did what no other person had ever done prior to His existence.  Why? He wanted to give to us the example that we have been empowered by our God to manifest on this earth, what other gods of other religions can’t produce. Jesus was the living example FOR us, to demonstrate TO us, some of the things that we should be accomplishing.  However, we must rid ourselves of doubt.

 

Doubt comes to:

D – Destroy; O – Override; U – Upset; B – Bind; and to T – Threaten.  

To Destroy our dreams and hopes.

To Override God’s power and authority.

To Upset our foundation of faith that has previously been established.

To Bind us by limiting and forbidding our progress.

To Threaten us by making us presuppose the worst. (And then he (doubt) brings in his “roadie” unbelief and his big brother FEAR!)

 

Make a conscience decision to actually DO what God has placed in your heart, mind and spirit to accomplish.  Come into an agreement with; and a oneness with the plans that the Lord has for your life. 

 

Refer back to the recorded story of when the people were attempting to erect the tower of Babel. The Bible said… “and NOTHING shall be impossible for them because they are of one mind” (Genesis 11:1-7). If we, as people can accomplish anything that we desire when we become “as one”….. can you imagine what would result if we ever totally became “as one”… and in total agreement with God as Christ was? (John 17:21)

 

So, as of today make a conscious decision to… be bound… no more!  To be deceived ….no more. Take the limits off.  Send the spirit of doubt a memo by: Email, Text, FB, Snap Chat, Twitter, Instagram or TikToc!  Inform him that the drama is over… and all future performances have been cancelled!  

 

Inform the spirit of doubt that as of today it has received an eviction notice – effective immediately. Now…. Begin to BOLDLY walk in your authority!

 

Remember: I John 4:4b “…..You have overcome them, because greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world!”  You CAN accomplish ANYTHING that the Lord has commissioned you to do!!!  The sky is not the limit -because there is NO LIMIT when the spirit of doubt has been eliminated!

 

HALLELUJAH….. AND IT IS SO!!!!!!

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Holy Week -Monday: The Cleansing of the Temple

“….Any Wicked Way”

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”                  Psalm 139: 23 & 24

 

 

 

There are two specific events that are recorded concerning Jesus’ journey on this the day after Palm Sunday.  They are the cleansing of the temple and the cursing of the fig tree. 

 

Just as Jesus eradicated the actions that were transpiring in the physical temple; we must make certain that our “temple” is not contaminated.      Let’s consider the word wicked.  I often correlate this word to wicker which reminds me of wicker furniture.  What differentiates this type of furniture is the fact that its material has been uniquely processed.  Wicker also refers to the weaving process that the material has under gone.  So, wicker furniture has undergone a special process and has been woven in a manner that will produce a certain effect.

 

Far too often our hearts have been interwoven with concepts, motives, ideologies, etc. which have produced in us a “wickered” or “wicked” way.  We have – in many instances unknowingly – been indoctrinated by traditions, rituals, and the like which have led us down the path to bondage.  We have within us areas which are still harboring the spirits of: anger, deceit, and fear.  Pride is still on board and has intricately been woven into our hearts causing us to unknowingly “bow” to various idols.   

 

Of course, none of us have erected ancient day idols in our homes; but what is worst is the fact that we have them within our hearts!   We, on many occasions; establish, pay homage to, and hold in too high esteem the reverence for “people, places and things” over our relationship with our God. A reverential respect and fear of God has not taken its rightful position within our hearts.    

 

The true revelation of all that is within our hearts, will only be produced by an illumination from the Holy Spirit.  So on a personal level; I need to sincerely seek the face of the Lord, and ask Him to reveal any wicked or wickered way that is within me.  Then I must learn to succumb to His leading as He directs me to the path which will allow me to obtain a renewed heart.  A heart that is totally submitted and committed for His use……Then when He passes by my spiritual tree; He will not curse it for not being productive in my season!

                                                                                                              

“Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong - then guide me on the road to eternal life.” Psalm 139: 23 -24 (The Message Bible)

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Don’t Allow the Problem to Steal Your Peace!

Great peace have they which love thy law, and nothing shall offend them”

Nothing can entice them to sin – Nor can the sins of others cause them to fall.   Psalm 119:165

 

Our Christian walk is one that is very complex; possessing multifaceted combinations of ideas, concepts and precepts.   Therefore it is vital for every successful Christian to undergo a complete “makeover” if they are going to operate from the plateau that the Lord has decreed.  We must realize that we need to embrace a complete transformation beginning with our minds.  Now for some. this was easier than for others.   Sadly to say, there are those who have been studying the word of God for many years; …and are still having difficulty with comprehending the plans, purposes and intent of God – simply because their minds remain carnal.

 

 So… along this road as we journey towards our divine destiny; our minds must be freed from the mindsets that have been engrafted into us throughout our entire lives. We must now begin to uproot the “former things” and replace with them God’s decreed plan for success.  For example; We’ve been taught to think for ourselves and to use our own brains.  Now the Lord is telling us  – not to think for ourselves nor lean to our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). We’ve been taught to govern everything through our five senses.  But God tells us to trust and adhere to a force which operates outside of the perimeter of those senses (John 14:26) .  We’ve been taught to fear spirits and the like.  Now the Lord – whom we can’t see (John 4:24); is telling us to trust in the leadings and guiding of a Spirit. .. that we can’t see.  Also… we were taught to defend ourselves by avenging people for the wrongs done to us.  From childhood we were taught, “If somebody hits you…you better hit them back.”  But the Lord said that vengeance belongs to him (Romans 12:19)

 

So, when we stop and really consider our present way of thinking; we can understand why our minds must be renewed.  We can truly understand that God’s ways are contrary to those that we have spent a lifetime adhering to. 

 

Therefore, as we refer back to our subject for today ….We also must learn not to worry.  When we can finally grasp the concept of God’s love for us….we will understand that the problems in life are only problems when we view them from our old mindsets and from the point of not fully understanding who God is.  Nothing in our lives occurs without the knowledge and approval of God.  Now,  no God doesn’t send calamities and such….  But He will permit them and use them for His glory….( that’s another lesson for another time!)

 

So because God loves us, He has warned us that in this world we will have tribulations  - but the statement doesn’t end there.  It continues – but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world  (John 16:33).

 

Ok….so what is God saying?.. “Don’t allow your problem(s) to steal your   peace.”  We must always remember that we have an enemy who has one thing in mind – and that is to make us doubt and distrust what God has said.

 

The two words problem and peace are words that everyone can relate to. 

But I need you to know that every problem that occurs in your life is preordained by the Lord to push you and enable you to understand and to walk in His peace.

 

Life is full of situations, which,  if we are not alert in the realm of the spirit – will cause us to view them as problems instead of possibilities for God to manifest his peace.  The choice is yours.

 

How do we not allow the enemy to steal our peace?

  1. Daily renewing our mind with the word of God.
  2. Refusing to be confrontational – Know who you are. (Matthew 5:25a)
  3. Reminding yourself that you are in a spiritual battle – that our war is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12).
  4. Rehearsing in your mind and out loud the promises of God (Psalm 1:2).
  5. Remembering…Whatever is dominate in your mind will rule – govern what you watching on TV, Listening to on your ipod, etc.. If I am constantly listening to, reading or watching the incorrect material, I might be opening the door to fear and allowing the negative opinions of others to cause me worry.

 

Peace – is a mindset.  As I’ve often said… It is not the absence of adverse situations  - but it is the mindset that ALL IS WELL… REGARDLESS!  So if I am walking in a lifestyle that is in accord with the Lord’s guidelines – I can claim the promises of God.  He has promised that I will ALWAYS prevail!

 

Just because the battle is intense…..Don’t allow the problem to steal your promise,

Just because the journey is long....Don’t allow the problem to steal your promise

Just because the road is lonely…Don’t allow the problem to steal your promise,

Just because it appears that things are not going to work out…. Don’t allow the problem to steal your promise…..

 

BECAUSE OUR GOD IS THE FAITHFUL GOD……

His peace will prevail…..if you demand and command it to do so!!!

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The Worshipper’s Praise

The Worshipper’s Praise

“Your God is present among you a strong Warrior there to save you.  Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love and delight you with his songs”.       Zephaniah 3:17 (The Message Bible)

Although we all; who have breath in our bodies; are required to praise the Lord (Psalm 150:6); there is a type of praise that when offered, permits the presence of the Lord to enthrone us…. A type of praise that can only be released from a submitted vessel.  Psalm 22 references this type of praise. 

The Hebrew word “Tehillah” is one of the seven expressions for the word praise.  This type of praise is what we commonly refer to as singing in the Spirit.  The Tehillah praise is what I refer to as a “worshipper’s praise”. It’s typically referred to as spontaneous singing from your spirit.  Psalm 22:3 states, “Yet Thou art holy, O Thou who art enthroned upon the praises (tehillah) of Israel” (NIV).  The King James Version states: But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel”.

It is the Tehillah type of praise which can only be uttered when one is in a state of total: submission, humility and reverence to the Lord.  This type of praise, will usher in the inhabitation of the Lord’s presence.  It is this type of praise that will grant us the privilege of and the ability to, receive a personal audience with the Lord of Lord and the King of Kings.  Is it this type of praise that Zephaniah references. It is this type of praise that would be considered “inner court” praise…. And it is this type of praise that will permit us to have a disciplined ear; an ear which will have the ability to hear the Lord’s song.

Learn to sing in the Spirit.  Learn to enter into this type of praise on a regular basis.  The ability to remain focused in the face of adversity is related to the amount of discipline that we are able to achieve.  Discipline is a precursor to one’s ability to offer a reverential praise unto the Lord.    It is this type of praise that will result in our ability to maintain a level of peace and calmness in the midst of every storm. Let your ultimate goal be to offer unto the Lord a type of reverential praise that will demand His attention!

Therefore, when I have learned how to offer a Tehillah praise; I will have also gained the ability to not only impact my daily walk – but will be equipped with the endurance, and composure to walk above every circumstance in this life….  And to immediately recognize and bring to naught every diabolical plot, plan and scheme….. PROactively!

It is only when I have ascended in praise that I can now descend in power, purpose and perseverance.

 
I shall confess you, Lord Jehovah, from my whole heart; in front of Kings I shall sing praise to you!  Psalm 138:1 (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)

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What type of fruit are you producing?

 Perennials or Annuals?

You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain….. John 15:16

 

One of the advantages of living in this region is that we have the opportunity to experience the distinct changes in the weather temperatures.  Accompanying those “seasons” are also a variety of flowers.  Some of which are classified as perennials, while others as annuals.  Both are capable of producing an array of blooming plants.  Although many will continue to bloom throughout the summer – with the arrival of the colder temperatures the distinction will be revealed.  

 

Perennials are those faithful plants that are able to endure the winter temperatures and remain unaffected by the cold. It doesn’t matter how bitterly cold the temperatures, nor how much snow falls during the winter season; those perennials will return year, after year, after year.  Even some of the early spring perennials will begin to bloom in the snow – because they have been made to endure.

 

Now on the other hand we have those annuals.  These are the flowering plants that we must purchase yearly.  Although many can endure the heat of the summer – when the temperatures begin to dip  – so will they.  These tend to be those “fussy” plants.  Some of them like and thrive in the sunny sections of the garden; while others enjoy the shadier sections.   Some enjoy daily waterings; while others will survive the heat of the summer days.  Nevertheless, they are beautiful – but only for one season.  It doesn’t matter what type of soil you plant them in, nor the mixture of food you give to them – when the temperatures begin to change – so will they.

 

Now… at this point you should already be able to anticipate the questions for today….which are:

  1. What type of plant do you believe yourself to be perennial or annual?
  2. What type would others consider you to be?
  3. What facts or truths can be presented as evidence to support or confirm your status?
  4. What would be the basis for your responses?

 

God has equipped us ALL to be “Perennial Saints”.  (II Timothy 2:3). His desire and plan for us is that we learn how to “take a lick and keep on tickin”.  We must never permit the “winter season” in our lives to have the ability to prevent us from being the: faithful, dependable, loyal, committed, dedicated and true person that God has already fortified us to be.

 

While I’m not a farmer, I do know that fruit trees are perennials!  Therefore, if I am going to produce fruit in the realm of the spirit – I must be able to endure – as a good soldier.  The Bible declares that we will be known by the fruit that we produce (Matthew 7:16).  However, you can’t plant an apple tree today and receive apples tomorrow. (Normally!!)  Likewise, in the realm of the spirit. If we are going to produce fruit for the kingdom, then we must LEARN to be perennials – and endure until we have produced the fruit that God has programmed us to manifest.

 

We can also learn another lesson from plants.  I have these tulips (perennials) in my yard that faithfully return yearly.  However, because I don’t go through the trouble of digging them up every year; (which would give them a chance to rest) – and replanting them  … each year when they return… they will bloom.   Yet the blooms are decreased in size yearly.  The change was gradual and barely noticeable for the first year or two.  Nevertheless, when I look at my lawn now over a period of many, many years, the tulips are much smaller than the newer purchased ones.  So what does this mean?  We must take the time to get our proper rest.  Far gone should be the times when we are permitting ourselves to work, and work and work – year in and year out and think that we will still be able to maintain and produce a maximum output.

 

I could continue with the comparison of Perennials and Annuals, however I’m sure that you’ve received the concept by now.

 

So, make the proper adjustments immediately; first to be a “Perennial Saint”.  Next, to establish a healthy regimen in the natural that will permit you with the ability to get the proper rest and vacation time….  That will avail you with the opportunity to be a fruit bearing tree. 

 

Lastly, pray that your fruit also will be perpetual in nature!

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Lighthouse or “Lite” House?

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  John 1:5

 

 

The light within the lighthouse is always shining.  However, its light is only visible when there is an absence of; or a limited availability of sunlight.   Sailors would often rely on the lighthouse to guide them or to warn them of dangerous conditions at night or when the weather was cloudy.  So, although the light from a lighthouse would shine just as brightly in the day; its light was totally irrelevant…until darkness appeared.  

 

We have been called to be the lighthouse for the world today.  The unsaved can be compared to a sailor who is lost at sea …in the dark.  They, the world, are wandering around looking and hoping to find some refuge and comfort for their minds.  They are looking for answers.

 

The dilemma is this; instead of those who are called to be the lighthouses, standing as the lighthouse; far too often, we stand as a “Lite” house.  This word lite refers to something which contains a low or lesser amount of a substance than the original item.  Therefore, a “lite” house would not contain the power to withstand the storms of life; and would therefore succumb to the pressures of this world.  A “lite” house is one who professes Christ with their mouth; but their works and lifestyle example a completely different revelation. 

 

Consider the following:

  • A lighthouse will stand in faith believing in the promises of God; however, a lite house will give in and think that God has forgotten them and that He won’t fulfill His promises.
  • A lighthouse will continue to pay their tithes and offerings regardless to their circumstances; however a lite house will make excuses and stop when their finances become challenged or problems arise.
  • A lighthouse will have the ability to stand and to be a living witness for the Lord without regards to their surrounds or to the circumstances; however a lite house will lack the boldness, stamina and loyalty to God which is required be a to living example in every situation.

 

And the list could continue.  However we must remember that the Lord needs us to stand in these last days and to be true lighthouses for Him.  The darker the night the brighter the light.  In other words…. as this world becomes darker and more of the endtime diabolical plans of the enemy are daily released; we, the true lighthouses must shine brighter.

 

Lastly, we must remember, that if our lights are to be seen…. We must be willing to be in the midst of the darkness… and yet shine!

 

(Note: those of you who know me, know that I’m old school and love a good hymn every now  and again! This one I remember from my childhood.)

 Let the Lower Lights Be Burning

Lyrics By Philip Bliss

Verse 1

Brightly beams our Father’s mercy, From His lighthouse evermore,

But to us He gives the keeping, of the lights along the shore.

Refrain:

Let the lower lights be burning! Send a gleam across the wave!

Some poor struggling, fainting seaman… You may rescue, you may save.

 

Verse 2:

Dark the night of sin has settled, Loud the angry billows roar;

Eager eyes are watching, longing, For the lights along the shore.

Trim your feeble lamp, my brother; Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,

Trying now to make the harbor, In the darkness may be lost.

Refrain:

Let the lower lights be burning! Send a gleam across the wave!

Some poor struggling, fainting seaman… You may rescue, you may save.

 

 

So be determined that you will be a true lighthouse,

In the midst of betrayals, be a true lighthouse.

In times of disappointments, be a true lighthouse,

When false accusations are opening cast upon you, be a true lighthouse,

WE, THE TRUE LIGHTHOUSES OF THE MOST HIGH GOD…

    Must be the ones who will stand strong and shine the brightest in the midst of ever “dark”     

    or adverse situation….. And the ones who will never permit our lights to go out nor to   

    become dim!

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