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Are You Ashamed of Your Belief?

Why Are You An “Asymptomatic Believer”?

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.  Matthew 7:20 

Mark 16:17 & 18 reads: “And these signs will follow those who BELIEVE: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;  they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

           

                    

Those verses clearly state the signs, or the symptoms that are to be manifested in anyone who is a believer.  The Greek word which has been translated here for the word believe is piseno; meaning to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to a person or thing).

 

People can’t physically “see” the extent of your faith.  However, the evidence of your inward conviction is characteristic with those “symptoms” stated in Mark 16.  The key here is to advance your level of faith to the degree that you, yourself are convinced of its authority and power.  We already have faith; we already have the ability and we have already received the proper authorization to successfully display every “symptom” stated in Mark 16.  Yet we permit the enemy to: fool, mislead, trick and deceive us into doubting who and whose we really are! 

 

In the medical arena; a disease is considered asymptomatic if a patient is a carrier of a disease or infection but experiences no symptoms. A condition might be asymptomatic if it fails to show the noticeable symptoms with which it is usually associated.  Therefore, many of us can be referred to as “Asymptomatic Believers”!  We may possess the title of a Believer; know and use the correct religious phrases; we regularly attend worship services, pay our tithes and are generous in the giving of offerings; attend Bible ….and Prayer Meeting!  However, where is your level of faith registering on the “faith-odometer”?  How many of the symptoms of the believer which are listed in Mark 16: 17 &18 are evident in your life?

 

So in reference to the initial question, “Why are you an asymptomatic believer?”…… Only you know the genuine answer.  However, whatever your reasoning may be…. It’s only an excuse!  An excuse that the enemy has given to you – to prevent your effectiveness in defeating him and his kingdom.  Any excuse is a lie that you’ve believed and accepted as truth!

 

Let’s get down to some real business.  The time has come that we can no longer “comfortably” exist as asymptomatic believers.  We must now become so “symptomatic” in our profession, confessions and actions; that the manifestation of every sign that is recorded in Mark 16 is becoming evident in our lives.

 

The world needs to see US walking in the same power that was displayed in years past. They MUST know that our God is the true and living God…whose power hasn’t diminished… and that He is truly the same yesterday, today and shall be forever more!!

 

Be bold and very courageous!  Be persuaded and very confident!  Focus more on BEING who you really are…instead of just hiding behind your title!  You already have within you everything that you need to be that Believer which is mentioned in Mark 16.

 

So… the day of exposure is here!  Be determined to no longer be an Asymptomatic Believer. The baton has been given to you…..NOW…..what are you going to do with it???????

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The Comma ….. The Resting Place

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, or else,  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 prayer 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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Yom Kippur =Atonement

Atonement =New Place, New Position, New Assignment

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”

Isaiah 43:19 (New Living Version)

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The celebration of Yom Kippur concludes tonight at sundown.  Our Jewish brothers and sisters recognize this time as a period of Atonement which began on Rosh Hashanah; continued through the 10 Days of Awe, and now concludes.  We believe that Jesus Christ is our “Messiah”.  We know that His blood has made an atonement for our every need…past, present and future!  Therefore, we can on this day thank God for the atoning blood of Jesus that is perpetual.  We can be grateful that we have been atoned.  Christ will never have to return to the cross again.  His sacrifice, His blood sacrifice has paid our sin debt.  We therefore have the ability and the authority to walk in an At One (ATONE) state with God our Father!  Hallelujah! Thank you Lord, for the ATONING power that your Son, Jesus Christ has purchased for us!

 

The Lord has said: “My people are all in a new place and have a new position.  (You should have realized this – if you didn’t already know this; go into a period of consecration as to awaken your discernment.)

 

Reflect on this statement: I’m In My New Place, Embracing My New Position; Advancing Towards My New Assignment!

Think it not strange that you “feel” different and that the things around you appear to be different. The winds have shifted and you are in a new place.  You are now in an enhanced dimension.  You are about to embark upon a new venture.  For some your physical location may be the familiar; however your mission has now been altered, elevated, enlarged and broaden.  Advance, proceed and press forward quickly and cautiously.  It is important that in this dimension you don’t become stagnate, idle or inactive.  Don’t look back with regrets (Remember Lot’s wife!)

 

Stay freed from every entanglement that once held you captive …. the positive situations as well as the negative.  The enemy knows the important role that you are now in the position to assume.  He is going to attempt to keep you preoccupied with “being busy”…. doing and engaging in assignments that are positive but not God ordained for this season.

 

Embrace the change by altering whatever you can in the physical realm; this will assist your mind in forming new thought patterns.  If possible change something in your décor; the places where you shop or dine.  Be creative. It may even be as simple as changing something in your normal daily agenda….. But change something!  The shift has already occurred in the realm of the spirit; therefore it won’t be difficult to transform your physical realm.   We have the mind of Christ; therefore, change is only difficult because we have been programmed to believe so. Remember Philippians 4:13!

 

Don’t expect the assurance or the acceptance of others.  As long as you have my validation, said the Lord….that’s all that matters. Your mandate has already received my stamp of approval.  Continue to guard your heart.  Stand boldly and stand strong in your authority.  It is imperative that your mind stays free.  Walk in peace, walk in power, walk in my promises … and you will continue to walk in my provision as never before.”

 

Therefore, simply because of the power of atonement, I decree….

I’m in a new place, I have a new position and embracing my new assignment!

And it is so!

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"El Nore" - My Ultimate Forgiver

My Ultimate Forgiver

Lord, May I remain cognizant that forgiveness is a decision!

“El NORE”

(God that forgave - Psalm 99:8)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

 

Read – Matthew 18:21-35

 

Without getting an in-depth comprehension of God’s love for us, we cannot even initiate a conversation on His forgiveness. We are unfortunately identified with the ungrateful servant in Matthew 18.   

 

Although we don’t usually envision it to be so, the concept of forgiveness is birthed from a seed of love.  Inevitably, when we increase and engulf an awareness of God’s love—then the decision to forgive one another will become as natural to us as breathing.

 

For far too long we have been deceived into thinking that forgiveness must involve forgetting as well.  Forgiveness is a decision not a feeling.  Forgiveness is not reliant upon the acceptance nor the initiation of the offender.  

 

Forgiveness is a principle that was established by God because of His love for mankind; and He knew that man would sin. He also knew that (1) sin would separate man from Himself and (2) His love for man was so great that He didn’t want to be separated from him.   Hence He has given to us His most precious gift in the person of His son Jesus to atone for our sin, thus bridging the gap caused by sin.

 

Therefore, whatever “traps” that I become ensnared in that will cause me to commit a sin - because of God’s unconditional love for me - the blood of Jesus has already made atonement for them. I must now learn how to receive God’s forgiveness for myself and apply it to others who may: offend, attempt to misuse, or abuse me.  I must also realize that to walk in unforgiveness is only a deceptive tactic which has been released from the kingdom of darkness in an attempt to paralyze the body of Christ.  Unforgiveness mandates that I will never fulfill God’s destiny for my life. 

 

In contrast to the concept that many people have….What a blessing it is to forgive and not forget – but REMEMBER! To remember the offenses that have scarred me – yet, to have finally reached a plateau of spiritual maturity in the Lord, where I now possess the ability to decide that I will administer true forgiveness to my offenders!

 

Reveal to me Father, any areas of unforgiveness that are still lying dormant within my subconscious arena.  Peel back the layers of my mind to expose every crevice where unforgiveness is yet hiding.  Free me from every band of unforgiveness.  Then Lord, may I daily embrace and extend to others the true forgiveness that you have extended to me. 

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God is Able….

Just Shift to Autopilot

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Psalm 2:8

 

An autopilot system is a program used to guide a vehicle without the assistance of the human pilot.  I found it interesting that this system is usually only used when the plane needs to climb, descend or remain stable at a certain altitude while following a specified route of flight.   There are also instances when the pilot who is controlling the plane is instructed from the control center to switch to autopilot; thus, permitting the complete control of a plane to be under the guidance of someone or something else.  However, a plane must have this system in tact prior to take off – if the pilot is going to have the ability to use it.  

There are times in our lives when it is reassuring to know that we are never left alone to guide and to manage the operation our lives.  When we are climbing to new heights we never have to fear or to become alarmed; we can just shift to autopilot.  When we are confronted or faced with situations where our visibility is uncertain – just shift to autopilot.  When we need to maintain a certain altitude – we only have to just shift to autopilot.

When the plane is using the autopilot system – the human pilot is experiencing trouble free, worry free, hands off flying.  We, in our lives can also take advantage of this type of “cruise controlled” living.  However, we must have in our control center the master pilot; … the one who has the ability to have full knowledge of every situation that may occur.  We must have established the proper connection with our Master Pilot prior to the onset of any type of “turbulence” which may arise.   When we have learned to place our lives in the capable hands of our omnipotent, omnipresent, immutable Father - it then becomes His responsibility to control and to orchestrate the occurrences of our lives.   He is the only one who has the ability to reassure us and to make certain that we will weather every flight in life successfully.

So, for smooth sailing, even on a clear day when all appears to be going well; just shift to autopilot.  Also, always remember that our autopilot has an additional feature.  He has no limitations or restrictions.  The turbulent conditions in our lives never become too difficult for Him to handle.  Whenever we feel the need – we can just make the shift.   He is always just one pray, one call, one thought away.   Don’t attempt to fly “solo”.  Thrust yourself into the capable hands of God Almighty…. Learn to rest in Him….By just shifting to autopilot! 

John 14:27 ESV “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

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Discipline is the Key

“Listen” and Obey

“But whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.” Proverbs 1:33 ESV

 

One weekend I had the opportunity to go out of town and visit a church that I had not previously attended.  When I returned home, as I was reflecting, the Lord had me to focus on one specific incident.

One of the ministers in the service was asked to pray after the reading of the scripture.  However, when this minister came forward, he stated that he wanted to give a brief praise report about something that had recently transpired.  Well, the pastor immediately and politely spoke up and asked him to please just pray now and that he would be given the opportunity to give his praise report at a later time in the service.

Children of God…. we must listen and obey at all times.  It doesn’t matter whether we are in a service, on the job, or in the mall.  Where ever we are; we are subject to the rules that have been established.  Sometimes we fail to realize when we are not disciplined and when we begin to operate in what our flesh desires.  It doesn’t matter what the desire … disobedience is still sin!  We must constantly ask ourselves “why” am I really doing what I’m doing; “when” I’m doing it? Also, are my actions AND my motives to truly bring glory to God?

Now back to the service that I previously mentioned.  There had already been a time allotted for Praise Reports.  We must never attempt to override the instructions that we are given in a service.  The proper method to handle any “leadings of the Spirit” that you may feel, would be to confer with the Pastor or the person in charge… FIRST.  We must trust that God has and is directing the Leader.  The Leader is accountable to God.  Whatever they permit or disallow will be judged by God.  We are never to override whomever God has permitted to operate as the Leader.  Many people fail to realize that during a service there are specific anointings which are released….. which should be recognized by the person who is presiding. Therefore, one person operating “out of sync” can negatively affect the flow of the Holy Spirit!

When that person was given the opportunity to express their Praise Report, it was in reference to a prestigious elevation that they were going to receive.  The Praise Report was well received…. But I just wonder if it would have been more effective if it was spoken within the allotted time for Praise Reports. 

We must be ever so careful that we listen to God and obey His instructions… exactly. He will never “speak to our spirit” and tell us to just do what “we” think is best when the order has already been established. 

Rebellion on ANY level is still as the sin of witchcraft (I Samuel 15:23)!  We must be ever so alert in these end times that we are not permitting the enemy to ever so carefully and cunningly ease his way into a situation.  When we are determined that we want God to truly get the glory; we will operate in total obedience…regardless.

Obedience requires submission.  Submission requires a broken and a freed spirit.  To receive a freed spirit, one must be willing to live a lifestyle that has been disciplined and is heeding the voice of the Lord. 

Now is the time when we MUST listen with our inner ear and discipline our spirits to flow in total obedience.  This entire process is sustained by an ongoing intimate relationship with the Lord.  To paraphrase on I Corinthians 10:23…. Every good thing is not a God thing!!!

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 2:7

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Don’t Settle For Less

Don’t Settle For Less

“And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  Romans 12:2

 

Seriously ask yourself these questions.  What achievement(s) do you highly value?  What are you striving to accomplish on a daily basis?  What targets are your arrows attempting to reach?   How many long and short term goals are ever before you?

Whatever venture you are striving to undertake or to complete – now is the time to endure and to press forward as never before.  Don’t become weary, don’t become stagnate… and by all means….  Don’t Settle for Less.

It appears that we have encompassed that mindset of the world which has caused us not to value who we are nor what we have been called to bring into manifestation. 

For example, we are settling for what brings happiness…. Instead of persevering for joy;

We are permitting our appetites (spiritual & natural) to be appeased or pacified…Instead of fulfilling their required necessities.  

We are popping too many pills … Instead pulling our heads up from the pillows and praying our way through. 

We have permitted too many of the conveniences of modern technology to limit instead of enhancing our brain’s activity and ability!

 

So, ever so slowly, ever so subtly, we have begun to settle for the lesser qualities of life – instead of striving for better.  We have just “accepted” and become satisfied with whatever has come our way.  Therefore, for the most part we are living a life and lifestyle that is far more inferior to the desires of the Lord!  Our creative instincts are almost non-existent and for the most part, our lives are lacking the “greater”.   However, we must; as King’s Kids – begin or continue to refuse to settle for just “anything”.  We must keep our goals and aims focused on the wholesome and weightier principles of this life.

Begin to recapture the mindset in your daily activities that will not permit you to settle for less in any area of my life.   Simply because I am a joint heir with Christ – all of my needs are already met.  I therefore don’t have to lower nor compromise my standards nor my expectations, nor my desires, nor goals nor my vision. Develop the mindset that I don’t have to settle for anything less and I won’t settle for less in any area of my life!

The greater one lives on the inside of me…. Therefore I can no longer be comfortable settling for the “less”.  I also cannot become ignorant to the fact that iron does sharpen iron.  So those who are content and relaxed in their “state of less”…. Don’t exhibit the qualities of iron and will dull instead of sharpen my being!

As of today – I will begin to rid my mind, and my physical environment of everything that resembles the state of being “less”….. and permit true greatness to be my daily portion.   I will revamp my “bucket list”.  I’ll no longer “wish” but I will decree, declare, affirm, and announce that because the greater one truly does live on the inside of ME (I John 4:4)… I WILL NEVER, NEVER, NEVER. EVER again SETTLE FOR LESS!

 

“Wealth and riches are in my house: and God’s righteousness endureth forever.”    Psalm 112:3

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But….Are You Sure?

But….Are You Sure?

 “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”    Philippians 1:6

 

If someone were to ask you to name five things that you are absolutely certain about, what would be the first item that you would list?  Would you have difficulty in composing such a list?  What would be the basis from which you gather your responses?  Would you rely on the “trials and errors” of your past?  Just how or where would you even begin to construct such a list?

As we consider the status of this world’s condition … things look mighty dim!  I’ve often heard many people….. those who were “Saints of the Most High God”; say that they can’t bear to watch the news or to engage in conversation about the daily tragedies and occurrences.  They walk through life feeling defeated, discouraged and afraid.   Then, these very same people will say that they are assured of the protective and loving hand of God! They will say that they know our Father is still ultimately in control!   My only response to them is…but, are you sure??? 

So I ask of you…. Do you know God? Or maybe it would be better to say – How well do you know God?  Are you truly assured of who He really is?  Do you have that assurance that He is really on your side?  Now be honest.  Do you have that assurance that He is really in the midst of perfecting each and every situation for your good?

Well…it’s time for another prayer .. (I have a plenty of them…as you know by now!).  This one is entitled, “Prayer of Assurance”. If you are already confident in whom and whose you are, please feel free to share it with someone who may seem to be losing their focus during these trying times.  Let them in on the secret as to why you are not impressed nor upset with the onset of these chaotic world conditions.   Share with them that your full assurance is in the Lord….and He doesn’t have the ability to fail nor to succumb to this world’s nonsense! 

 

Prayer of Assurance         (2003)                           

Lord God, I thank you for the spirit of assurance.  Your word verifies that true assurance in you is the attribute that will permit me to overcome every obstacle in these last days.

 Full blessed assurance in you validates the fact that because of your sovereign love for me - nothing, nothing, No Thing - that occurs today in my life will cause a detour in your divine will for me.  My assurance, my firm conviction in you mandates that I exercise my blood bought authority this day, to walk above the circumstances of life.  I will never again release from my mouth that I am under, beneath or a victim to my present or the world’s conditions. 

Your word assures me and reveals to me who you are, your very nature.  Your word reveals to me that the things seen are temporal, moveable, mutable, unable to withstand, subject to environmental conformation.  Therefore, I am assured that as I   absorb, soak up and permit only your word to infiltrate my spirit - then and then only will I have the ability to rise above and remain above my circumstances.

 My assurance in you decrees that I will not leave this life prematurely.  My assurance in you decrees that I have the ability now to stand in the midst of adversity and command your presence to prevail.

 I thank you for your assurance that I am a “King’s Kid”; an heir of God, and a joint heir with Christ.  I am of a royal priesthood, divinely anointed and appointed for this time - groomed and adorned by God, for God.

 I am assured that I can only excel.  It is because of this assurance that I know I will never, never, never be defeated.

(Also read, study & dissect II Timothy 3:14 & 15)

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 Does It Really Matter?

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 ESV

 

Many people often ask questions in regards to the appropriateness of their ability to listen to secular music.  Usually, these questions are received from those who still haven’t been able to comprehend the importance of a properly enriched spiritual diet.  It reflects not on the longevity of one’s salvation experience; but on their level of spiritual maturity, as well as their ability to discern the effectiveness that music has on the soul of man.

 

God has created us with the ability to respond to the sound music in a fashion that we respond to no other stimuli.  Everything that is living reacts to the sound of music... plants, animals and of course people.  Music is considered a universal language.  Why? Perhaps because in all actuality, music emanates from the spirit of the writer.   Therefore, as a child of God – one of my main concerns should be to mimic my Father – in every aspect of life.  So, how can secular music; which has been produced from the spirit and soul of one who is in direct opposition to my Father; be of any sincere benefit to me?   For example: If I believe; as the Bible states that God is love (I John 4:8); how can someone who doesn’t know God, even begin to tell me ANYTHING about love?   

 

If I am still finding the necessity to seek comfort, enjoyment, relaxation etc. from something that was composed by one who does not know nor have a relationship with my God – what is that saying about how I value my spirit-man?  How much value am I placing on my relationship with God?  Am I saying that God is limited in His ability to produce those people whose music has the potential fulfill my every need?  In other words, have I failed to realize that there are Believers who have composed every type of music that I require to fulfill my every desire? Or have I not matured to the extent that I no longer require the crutch of secular music? Or have I not really become aware of the fact that by me yielding my ear gate to secular music, that I am willingly opening an entrance for the enemy?  Have I not realized that this may be one of the “openings in my perimeter” that the enemy is using to gain access?   We must never forget that we are constantly… (24/7... 365) engaged in a spiritual battle.  Sadly to say, our adversary knows the importance of our relationship with the Lord and recognizes its relevance more than most of us!

 

In this era where we are constantly bombarded with various “instruments” (ideas, legislative rulings, spirits of err, etc.) which are directly contrary to those of the Lord; we must be alert and on our guard for anything that will attempt to divert our attention and devotion from the Lord.

 

Hebrews 12:1 explains it this way:“…… let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”.

 

Sooo….. Could secular music one of those weights? You be the judge!

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You Are An Original Design…SO

Be Whom God Has Created You To Be!

                     I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalms 139:14

 

 

WARRIORS!!! Remember that you are uniquely, fearfully and wonderfully hand crafted by God. Therefore you must stand boldly; embrace your uniqueness….and don’t unconsciously imitate others.

 

God has given unto you a strategic battle plan - that can only be properly implemented by you. However, if you are not comfortable in being yourself - you will not be able to effectively invade the satanic data bases and be the effective warrior that God has designed you to be. There are diabolical plans of the enemy that continue to stand firm because many of us are not confidently positioned in our own uniqueness. Far too often, we are not fulfilling our God given assignments because we have unconsciously engulfed patterns, traditions and the like which are limiting OUR effectiveness.  We have seemed to embrace the notion that we must: walk like, talk like, preach like, prophesy like…. Bishop “so and so” or Pastor “so and so”.    We have failed to realize that those people are victorious in their giftings simply because they are adhering to their own uniqueness.  We will discover that our journey will become much easier once we have learned how to walk in the footprints and leading of the Holy Spirit, instead of those which have been displayed by other saints!


Advancing towards maturity now demands that we stand our ground in the realm of the spirit and BOLDLY use the weapons that God has instilled within us!  Seek the face of God for the boldness to venture into the uncharted waters of your own life.  Refuse to remain the same. 

 

Growth demands some form of alteration.  Anything that is alive grows and experiences some type of change.  Therefore, if everything such as:  your prayer life; your sense of discernment; your tolerance level; your love and concern for the homeless, imprisoned, etc…. if everything has remained the same day after day, month after month year after year…. you should question your growth in the realm of the spirit!  You should question whether you have tapped into your God given uniqueness.  You should question whether you are advancing towards being that threat to the kingdom of darkness that you were created to be!

 

Learn to be satisfied with WHO you are…..but not WHERE you are!  God has carefully and wisely created you ….to be you.  Embrace who you are… and remember; No one can perfect you ….. At being you….. Except you!

 

“But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you - from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.”

 I Peter 2:9 & 10 (The Message Bible)

 

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…No Need to Worry.... You have the Keys

“18And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros—a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra—a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth]must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven.    Matthew 16:18 & 19 (AMP)

 

In our lives today, we are constantly encountering various situations that are not under the jurisdiction of our immediate control.  I’m certain that most of us could establish a never ending list of such.   We must remember that these situations are those which have been permitted and allowed to confront us.  Every obstacle or adverse situation that we encounter in life can be viewed from at least two perspectives. We can view these situations as being presented by the enemy in hopes of opening the door to fear, doubt and unbelief; or these same situations can be perceived as those which have been permitted by the Lord to serve as opportunities where He will gain the ability to reveal His divine guidance, direction and protection.

 

When we encounter adverse conditions, we must remember that God has given to us keys in the form of His word.  These keys will equip us with an immediate access to His divine intervention.    For example; we have been given the key to unlock the entrance into that area of our mind that still must be renewed concerning ungodly fear.  When we truly unlock our minds and permit them to become freed by comprehending the love of God; we will never again walk under the umbrella of ungodly fear.  This type of fear is often manifested through a spirit of pride.  Why? Because “I” feel as though “I” can/can’t handle the situation.  Or “I” feel as though “I” can/can’t control what is occurring.  When I excuse God from the picture, I have diminished, decreased and eradicated the intervention of His divine authority & power.  I have unconsciously decided that my problem or situation is of a greater magnitude than my God!  I have also decided that God’s love isn’t powerful enough to bring me through my current dilemma!

 

Therefore, it doesn’t matter what I encounter I must make a conscious decision that I won’t worry – nor become fearful, perplexed, confused, or dismayed…simply because I have the keys!  

When I observe my spiritual key ring there is a master key labeled “FOCUS”.  I must learn to F.O.C.U.S.  

F= “First things first” (Matthew 6:33)

O= Only Believe (mark 9:23)

C= Count & Cast (James 1:2 & I Peter 5:6&7)

U= Unbelief ..get rid of it (Mark 9:24)

S= Stand (Ephesians 6:10)

 

To focus is therefore to: keep First thigs first; Only believe the Word of God – nothing else; Count it all joy and cast every care on the Lord; Uproot unbelief; and lastly STAND on the promises of God!

 

So, how do I focus in the midst of adversity?

  1. By hiding the Word of God in my heart…. Prior to the onset of negative conditions.
  2. Daily quoting and saying out loud the Word of God.
  3. By refusing to quit!

 

Remember this: Whatever adverse situation is presently prevalent or currently existing in your life is only an attempt by the enemy to distract you; to divert your attention; and to challenge your knowledge of the Lord.  However also remember…. you never have to bow to the lesser authority of worry…. Because you have the master key called FOCUS!

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Virtues of Victory

Virtues of Victory

“…….. and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”    I John 5:4

 

What is victory?  How is it determined?  Listed below are some of the foundational concepts or the Virtues of Victory.

 

V – Vision - To be victorious I must have a vision; a mental image of my future state.          “Where there is no vision, the people perish” Proverbs 29:18

I -   Intensify – To intensify is to exhibit increase by: enhancing, strengthening and deepening. Therefore to be victorious I must not cease to eagerly and powerfully intensify every area of my life.

   But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [make   progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit;  Jude 20  (AMP)

C -    Concentrate – To ponder; to muse; to deliberate.  Concentration requires an ability to focus.  Victory is never accomplished by one who has loss their ability to maintain  heir focus.
  “And SET your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.”   Colossians 3:2
T -    Trust – Confidence or conviction.  To gain total victory, I must solidify my trust channels from the inside out.
  “Don’t put your life in the hands of experts who know nothing of life, of salvation life.”         Psalm 146:3 (MSG).  Also  Proverbs 20:7; 3:5

O -   Opposition – Hostile or contrary action or condition.   Except the fact that there will always  e oppositions; some will edify, some will challenge and all which emanate from the kingdom of darkness are sent to destroy.  However.. every opposition will produce victory… if permitted to run its course!

 “....In this world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

R –   Rules - No task in life is ever accomplished w/o abiding by the established guidelines.  To be victorious; I must know the rules….and obey them.                    Romans 12:1-5 (ESV); Proverbs 4:7; Titus 3:1                  

Y -   Yoked -   Joined, fasten to, connected to.  To be victorious I must remain free of any restrictive burden; and only become yoked to those things that will permit the furtherance of God’s  plan and purposes for my life.
      “….Let us lay aside every weight..” Hebrews 12:1

 

We can also observe that the letter “Y” is the last letter in the word victory.  The shape of this letter reminds us of a fork in the road.  At the end of every victory – we stand at a fork in the road.  We have to make a decision.  We must decide whether to prepare for the next level and advance forward.... or to become satisfied with our present accomplishment and remain at that place.  The Lord always requires that we advance.   The ability to continually walk in a state of victory is achieved, when I decide to never become satisfied with my current achievements – but to always strive for an added dimension of greatness.

Paul explained it like this: “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13 & 14

So again I ask, “What are some of the virtues of VICTORY”?  The answer: The ability to expand my Vision; to aggressively Intensify every area of my life; to maintain my Concentration; to continually build and fortify my Trust channels; to expect Opposition, to obey the Rules and to be Yoked to Kingdom Principles!

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Celebrating Labor Day

Celebrating Labor Day

God is Replenishing… Will You Retain?

Read - Deuteronomy 28:1-14

 

Today we have the opportunity here in America  to acknowledge a holiday know,  Labor Day.   It’s the day when we focus on those who have made contributions to the prosperity and economic strength of our nation. We should also remember those who have impacted and worked diligently within our lives in the realm of the Spirit.   Those Spiritual warriors who have laid the groundwork and foundation for our Spiritual stability.  They have taught us Not to Panic!  They have taught us to not fear the works of the enemy.  They have taught us that when adversity arises, to open our mouths, and declare the word of the Lord!

 

As the Lord begins to restore you to your wealthy place it is imperative that you have already made the proper preparations to maintain the same.  Planning, as well as discipline and an open ear are a few of the other essential tools that must be implemented.

 

(As a reminder, wealth is not limited to monetary increase or the gain of possessions in the physical realm.  We’ll discuss the subject of wealth at a late time.)

 

Then, although some people have very well organized plans – they lack proper discipline and the tenacity to adhere to their plans.  In order to change my disciplinary actions, I must change my approach – my mind must be renewed. (Refer to Romans 12:2)  Discipline requires renewal.  Many of us lack the discipline to stick to the tasks that go “against the grain”.  We must also realize that some of us would have advanced a little sooner, had we applied just a little more discipline throughout our lives, in the areas that were more significant. 

 

Lastly, we must fine tune our ability to hear the voice of the Lord. (Refer to John 10:27) Our ear must be open only to His guidance and direction.  Break that mold that causes you to think that our God is limited in His access to you.  When you know His voice, you will be able to recognize it without regarding the source from which it is being projected.   When you know His voice, and hear His voice, you must have a submissive spirit that will advance in “instant obedience” to His call.  When you know God’s voice, when you have heard His voice, then you must not waste time…by attempting to question His judgment.  An open ear to His voice will enable you to make the proper investments – those which WILL bring a profitable gain.

 

Yes… God has promised to return the years that: the locust, the canker worm, the caterpillar and the palmerworm have stolen (Refer to Joel 2:25).   This has already begun for many of us! However, as the return is restored to you – how are you going to keep* it from being devoured? AGAIN!!!  One way is by remembering that it has now become your responsibility to be a good steward.  This entails the application of God given strategies.  The application of the same will usher in the assurance of keeping all that has been restored to you and assist you to maintain your position as; the head and not the tail …and above ALWAYS and never, ever beneath…. again!

 

 

So, on this Labor Day, while we reflect on the past, let’s embrace the new mind set.  Let’s be more determined that we will start today to set in motion the plans, that will assure us, that we will retain ALL that the Lord restores…..because He is doing just that!!!!

 

(*Note: By “retaining” we are not implying hoarding, becoming selfish or fear based saving. We must remain focused and use wisdom in the areas of our: time, gifts and talents.  Our ability to remain disciplined will prevent the opening of a door that would permit enemy access!)

 

           “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.”                                Proverbs 19:20   (ESV)

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Ability & Authority

“And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” Matthew 10:1

 

In the book of Matthew chapter 10 we can read a recorded account concerning the instructions that Jesus relayed to His disciples.  He informed them that He had given unto them the two key components which would be essential for the success of their journey as His disciples. 

The power that was given to them as His disciples has not diminished. We still have that power today to accomplish every task that is mentioned. The Greek word for power that is used here implies the fact that we have been given the strength as well as the permission to assist this chaotic world in their quest to fulfill every void in their lives.

We must always remain cognizant of the facts that are stated in this chapter.  It is not by coincidence that in the very first verse is the mention of power against unclean spirits.  Today, many of these spirits which were previously working “behind the scenes” are now boldly and openly displaying their presence. Yet, we have already been given the ability and the authority to; eradicate, destroy and to totally dismantle them from wherever they decide to make their abode.  However because we have failed to properly apply our power, the world is now reaping the consequences of the same. 

Therefore we must be more determined to use the power that has already been given to us.  We must personally decree and affirm who and whose we are.  It is imperative that I remain cognizant of the fact that:  It is because of the ability and authority that I already possess (because of the indwelling presence of the Holy Ghost) that I can be used by the Lord; and be that disciple who will decree and declare that:

  1. I will not conform to this world’s standards, policies and mindsets. (Romans 12:1 & 2)
  2. I will not become over whelmed as I labor for the Lord. (Galatians 6:9)
  3. I will not permit the advancement of the wicked to sway my decisions (Psalm 37:1)
  4. I will stand & praise the Lord in the midst of every situation - positive or negative (Ps. 34:1)
  5. I will remain faithful in the giving of my: gifts, assets and time. (Revelation 2:10)
  6. I will encourage myself; not lean to what I think; and daily enforce God’s plan for my life. (I Samuel 30; Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 61:8)
  7. I will, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, stand steadfast unmovable always abounding in the work of the Lord. (I Corinthians 15:58)

So…. Let’s walk in the Confidence and in the Conviction of the Lord…… because we have already been given the Ability and His Authority!

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Cooked to Perfection

Cooked to Perfection

“But He knows the way that I take [He has concern for it, appreciates, and pays attention to it]. When He has tried me, I shall come forth as refined gold [pure and luminous].”       Job 23:10 (AMP)

 

A master chef knows that whatever dish he or she has prepared will have already experienced numerous “test runs”.  The master chef knows a forehand exactly what the end product will look like. They also are very knowledgeable concerning their masterpieces.  They are very well versed regarding each ingredient that they will use; as well as the time needed for preparation and cooking.  The “perfect” dish when presented will look nothing like it did during its prep or cooking times.  However, because the master chef already knows what the end product will be, they are not concerned about its appearance during the prep stages, nor during the cooking stages.  They know that “time” is a necessary component.  Therefore, it doesn’t matter how quickly the end product is needed – the “cooking time” can’t be decreased.  Each added ingredient must be given the proper amount of time to release its self and then to blend with the other ingredients. A master chef will patiently wait for their creation to be cooked to perfection.  Why? Because they already have a mental picture of what will appear as the end product.  So when they look are the array of ingredients before them– they can become excited; because they KNOW what the end result will be when it has finally been cooked to perfection.

 

God, as our master chef, already knows each and every one of us.  He knows exactly what He has placed on the inside of each of us.  Therefore, whatever you are now experiencing - you are in the process of becoming His masterpiece. You are in the process of being “cooked to perfection”!  If it seems as though your time in the oven has been long; be encouraged.  That is only an indication that your potential is of a greater magnitude than even you are aware of.  God will never permit a cake to burn or a roast to dry out!  We are all being cooked to perfection.  The fire seems intense; and it is.  Your journey may seem… just downright CRAZY!... and it is!! Just…Be encouraged!! Sometimes we will often add “opposite” ingredients such as lemon and sugar to the same mixture – and think it normal!

 

So remember, some foods need to be simmered – while others can be stir-fried.  Some foods need to go through the process of being chopped; others diced; and still others pureed or mashed.  Whatever process you are now experiencing, just know that you are being prepared… and when the proper prep applications have been accomplished – you will then be placed in your cooking chamber…. And cooked to perfection!

 

 

 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:…..   1 John 3:2

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What Is F. A. I. T. H.?

What Is F. A. I. T. H.?

 

Note: The word faith is one of those interchangeable words which can be communicated as a noun or a verb. 

 

There is one element that we must possess if we are going to walk in obedience to God.  This is verified in Hebrews 11:6; “But without FAITH it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.                       .

Faith involves vision.   Proverbs 29:18a states: “Where there is no vision, the people perish:”

Therefore if we are going to please God; and walk with a purpose – we must exercise faith which is expressed through vision.

One of the goals of the enemy is to get us to doubt the promises of God – and not walk by faith; or/and to have no outlook for the future; no vision.

 Therefore to make certain that we continue to walk in our God given vision we must view faith as our: Firm, Assurance, In, Trials & Hardships.

So when I have faith in God; I am able to have the faith of God. When I have the faith in God and the faith of God; He IS my “FIRM ASSURANCE IN TRIALS & HARDSHIPS”!

It should matter not what we may encounter in a given day; if we allow God to be our F.A.I.T.H. we will have the ability to work through every phase of our vision.  We must never forget that the enemy has launched every diabolical plot, plan and scheme for our demise.  However, without regards to anything that he proposes – we have the ultimate victory!  Whatever he does, we must have the firm assurance that he is no match for us –when we stand in the Lord. 

If we are going to stand as the victorious warriors that we are; we must daily “gear up” with our spiritual weapons. Now is not the time to become weary in your well doing. Remember your battle may be long – but the key to your endurance is to have F. A. I. T. H. ; express F.A.I.T.H. and above all, to tell others about your “FIRM ASSURANCE IN TRIALS & HARDSHIPS”!

And they overcame ……… .by the word of their testimony;” Revelation 12:11

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Read slowly and thoroughly; digesting with the inner ear of your spirit.

Prayer Recognizing God’s Wisdom ©2003

 

Father God, in Jesus’ name, I come to you.     I thank you for the wisdom to acknowledge you in all of your ways. 

Your word declares that Wisdom is the principle thing - “The foremost ingredient”.  So I come to seek your WISDOM above all else.  With your wisdom, I will accomplish every task to the perfected level that pleases you.

Your wisdom demands that I alter and amend every thought, every motive, every dream - every issue of life and bring them subject to your divine will.  Your wisdom demands integrity to the utmost in every area from the most minute to the most extravagant.

Your wisdom promotes and provokes me to diligently press towards the mark of that higher calling in Christ Jesus. 

Your wisdom orchestrates the tenacity, the endurance, the discipline, the assertiveness, the guidance and the forbearance required by me to discern and uproot every satanic and demonic weapon formed against me.  Therefore as your word declares, these weapons formed will not be able to accomplish nor produce the tasks which were assigned to them.

Father, I thank you for the wisdom to press beyond the veil.  The wisdom to no longer be content on this level, or in this place - the wisdom to seek you and you alone for my divine direction as I advance in my next dimension.

Because of my uniqueness in you, and because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, personally designed and hand crafted by you and for you; I have learned to appreciate all that you have placed within me.   I have learned how to willingly surrender my entire being - spirit, soul and body to you.  You alone and those whom YOU send to me have the wisdom to shape and mold me into your divine vessel.  I thank you for the wisdom to embrace my uniqueness in you.  It is through the revelation of that uniqueness that I am motivated to realize the fact that I will “do things differently”.  Therefore, I decree that I will pattern my life after Jesus and those qualities He displayed.

Lastly Father, I thank you that I have received an in-depth understanding regarding your wisdom.  I can now certainly acknowledge the fact that wisdom is the principle thing.  I will now strive as never before to bring every thought, word and deed captive to your obedience… and in so doing, I will be privy to that degree of wisdom, which will permit me to operate from the platform of your Kingdom Principles. With your wisdom guiding me, I now know that I can be of a greater threat to the kingdom of darkness – because the greater one is definitely abiding within me and daily alerting me to every diabolical trap that has been set for me. 

Hallelujah!  Nothing shall be impossible for me to accomplish because I am covered…. Safe and secured with a blanket of your WISDOM!  …..And it is so!       

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Why Are You An “Asymptomatic Believer”?

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.  Matthew 7:20

 

Mark 16:17 & 18 reads: “And these signs will follow those who BELIEVE: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;  they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

                               

Those verses clearly state the signs, or the symptoms that are to be manifested in anyone who is a believer.  The Greek word which has been translated here for the word believe is piseno; meaning to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to a person or thing).

 

People can’t physically “see” the extent of your faith.  However, the evidence of your inward conviction is characteristic with the “symptoms” stated in Mark 16.  The key here is to advance your level of faith to the degree that you, yourself are convinced of its authority and power.  We already have faith, we already have the ability and we have already received the proper authorization to successfully display every “symptom” stated in Mark 16.  Yet we permit the enemy to: fool, mislead, trick and deceive us into doubting who and whose we really are! 

 

In the medical arena; a disease is considered asymptomatic if a patient is a carrier of a disease or infection but experiences no symptoms. A condition might be asymptomatic if it fails to show the noticeable symptoms with which it is usually associated.  Therefore, many of us can be referred to as “Asymptomatic Believers”!  We may possess the title of a Believer; know and use the correct religious phrases; we regularly attend services, pay our tithes and are generous in the giving of offerings; attend Bible ….and Prayer Meeting!  However, where is your level of faith registering on the “faith-odometer”?  How many of the symptoms of the believer which are listed in Mark 16: 17 &18 are evident in your life?

 

So in reference to the initial question, “Why are you an asymptomatic believer?”…… Only you know the genuine answer.  However, whatever your reasoning may be…. It’s only an excuse!  An excuse that the enemy has given to you – to prevent your effectiveness in defeating him and his kingdom.  Any excuse is a lie that you’ve believed and accepted as truth!

 

Let’s get down to some real business.  The time has come that we can no longer “comfortably” exist as asymptomatic believers.  We must now become so “symptomatic” in our profession, confessions and actions; that the manifestation of every sign that is recorded in Mark 16 is becoming evident in our lives.

 

The world needs to see US walking in the same power that was displayed in years past. They MUST know that our God is the true and living God…whose power hasn’t diminished… and that He is truly the same yesterday, today and shall be forever more!!

 

Be bold and very courageous!  Be persuaded and very confident!  Focus more on BEING who you really are…instead of just hiding behind your title!  You already have within you everything that you need to be that Believer which is mentioned in Mark 16.

 

So… the day of exposure is here!  Be determined to no longer be an Asymptomatic Believer. The baton has been given to you…..NOW…..what are you going to do with it???????

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Profanity in the Pulpit

I was asked the question by a few of my FBF (Facebook friends) if it was okay to use profanity in the pulpit.  They said many Pastors and Ministers are seemingly using that route now as an attention grabber; and it appears to be acceptable.

 

Well… I always attempt to use the Bible to substantiate any response that I may offer.  So the verse that immediately came to mind was Ephesians 4:29.  In this verse the word corrupt was translated from the Greek word “σαπρός” (sapros).  Profanity could definitely come in alignment with the definition of this word.

 

The Amplified Version states this verse as thus: “Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.”  Ephesians 4:29

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I also thought about the amount of prestige or reverence…. (Or should I say the lack of reverence) that we now place upon the presence of the Most High God!  Many standards that we now permit in our churches would not be tolerated by our judicial system, presidential cabinet nor permitted by the Judges in their courtrooms!    Therefore, should we permit the incorporation and the infiltration of such words and phrases to be accepted when we are standing as representatives of the Almighty God?  Should we release with ease into the atmosphere the negative effects and word curses which accompany some profane words?  Have we forgotten that when we stand before the people, we do so as the very orator for such a deity as Our God?    

 

We must never forget that we are in this world – but we as representatives of God do not have to partake of the measures expressed by the world in an attempt to convey God’s message.  We are in this world – but we must not conform to this world (Romans 12: 1&2).  We must always uphold the level of integrity and self-control that will permit us to never stray from “our ancient land mark”.  (Proverbs 22:28 “Don’t stealthily move back the boundary lines staked out long ago by your ancestors.” - The Message Bible)

 

 

God has said:

“Spending time in My presence produces maturity.  The level of maturity which is required for my leaders in these endtimes will release a superior relationship with Me.   Your Relationship with Me produces Sensitivity.  Sensitivity produces Discipline; Discipline produces Obedience.

My leaders must become more obedient and equipped to establish an ear to hear my voice if they are going to win, to triumph and to spoil the strategic plans of the enemy in these last days.  Lowering one’s standards to conform to what is pleasing to the flesh will never be as effective as standing on and trusting in the pure authority of My Word.  When My leaders spend more time….the proper time in My presence – they will emit a more influential presence of My Spirit.  Then they will be able to rely on My Spirit within them…. To flow from them…. to attract the people instead of using words that only excite the flesh.”

                     God has spoken; and it is so…. nothing else needs to be said!

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Your Samuel Is On The Way!

Your Samuel Is On The Way!

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” Galatians 6:9

 

The Lord has instructed me to remind you that all of your praying and all of your fasting has not been in vain.  When we consider the example which was given to us by Hannah; we can glean an insight into the diligence which is required to remain faithful…… until your “Samuel” has been manifested.

The Lord has said that we must read once again the story of Hannah (I Samuel 1.)  We must remember that Hannah’s womb was closed by the Lord.   There was nothing wrong with the seed that was sown.   The seed had been sown into good ground.  The potential of the ground to produce wasn’t the problem.  God had intervened and would not permit the ground to receive and produce the seed.

God today is saying that for many of you, you have sown good seed, into good ground; however His appointed time for your manifestation had not arrived.  He has permitted you to be ridiculed, criticized, and mocked….. Even by those in the house of the Lord.  (Remember Hannah’s actions and intents were even mistaken by the man of God!)  Yet, you, like Hannah have continued to remain faithful and to endure through every test and trial. 

We must remember that as we have been awaiting the arrival of our Samuel – our level of faith has been greatly increased and our stamina intensified.  Birthed within us; as we waited, has been a powerful level of humility and strength.  This dimension from which we now operate permits us to be as synonymous to a “bull walking through a china store”… however not breaking a single dish!  The wait has so fortified our faith and our relationship with the Lord – to the extent that we have become that profitable servant; totally sold out for the Him.

No one had to remind Hannah of the vow that she had made to the Lord.  If you have not arrived at the place in your walk with the Lord that you can honor your vows made to Him without the assistance of anyone – then you are not ready for the birth of your Samuel!

However, if you have prayed like Hannah did; remained faithful like Hannah did; endured the times of disappointment, discouragement and seemingly being defeated year in and year out – like Hannah did…..then you will receive you Samuel…..just as Hannah did!

Be encouraged….. God’s appointed time IS at hand!  You will receive your Samuel – just as Hannah did – simply because God is not slack concerning His promises!  Every one of His promises are YEA & AMEN….. WHATEVER He has promised will; without a shadow of a doubt… come to pass…….  However in HIS divine timing!

Not is not the time to throw in the towel!  Nor the time to throw up your hands in a loss of hope.    Remain steadfast…. Your Samuel IS on the way!!!!

“ For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”  Habakkuk 2:3

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