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It’s Only Your Process…

So Don’t Throw In The Towel!

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11

 

During the past year we have had the time to adjust most of our schedules to a slower pace. We in America were living in an era where spending long hours preparing and cooking food, was almost to be compared with typewriters and dinosaurs!  We had adhered to and adjusted to the notion of reducing some of the steps and cutting a few corners; while yet expecting the end product to still remain the same. Most of us had not learned the art of “waiting”, nor how to persevere and gracefully endure each phase of a process.

Let’s consider making some rolls. Many people really enjoy freshly baked warm rolls; straight from the oven.  However, have you ever considered that there are various processes involved prior to receiving this end product?  If you are going to bake rolls – the dough must be properly made, permitted to rise; punched down; reshaped; and then permitted to rise all over again.  Then, after more preparation… this dough will be placed into a hot oven where the process continues.  If just one step in this process is eliminated; if just one ingredient is measured incorrectly; if just one condition is adjusted improperly – the end product will not produce the expected and anticipated results.  The entire process must be permitted to “run its course” – if you desire to have rolls which have the correct texture, taste and appearance.

When we read the story of Joseph’s life; (Genesis 37:3-41:4); we can realize that life is a process.  Joseph didn’t advance to be the King without enduring every stage of his process.  Far too often we are attempting to reign as a King, without enduring the foundational principles gleaned from the experiences of a pit.  Joseph had to endure the consequences and apply the wisdom learned in the pit, and at the house of Potiphar, and in the prison; prior to his ability to reign in the palace.

Every occurrence in your life was and is vital!  Every circumstance presented a building block that has been permitted, as a foundational pillar, from which your future will be erected.  If just one incident in your life had been altered – you would not have learned from that experience, nor have the wisdom that you now have achieved.  Every part of your process is of grave importance.

Always remember the concept of making rolls.  When making rolls, the dough will rise only to be punched back down again… and sometimes again. Then reshaped, set aside to rise again and shoved into a hot oven!

So don’t become discouraged when you have exceled….. only to find yourself knocked down and back at square one all over again…. But rather rejoice.   There are lessons to be learned on every level that will equip you for your future stability.   God has made plans for your life.  He is simply taking you through the process that will bring you to His expected end for you.  Wherever you are right now – your present conditions are only temporary and the stepping stones along this path called destiny!

Remember, whatever you are experiencing right now…. …. It’s life.   It’s vital.  It’s God ordained….. and……   It’s only a necessary part of your process. 

 

 

 

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Pollution Contaminates! Get the Junk Out..

And Keep Your Water Shaft Unpolluted

“David said on that day, Whoever smites the Jebusites, let him get up through the water shaft and smite the lame and the blind who are detested by David’s soul….”   2 Samuel 5:8 (Amplified)

 

 

As we read this story about the capture of Jerusalem from the Jebusites we will find that King David had a strategy.  This reminds us that whenever we are going to be victorious in any type of confrontation – we must first have a strategic plan. Bear in mind that our adversary isn’t powerful nor a genius - but he is strategic and tenacious. 

David’s plan was to use the water shaft. A water shaft was an underground conduit for bringing water from a spring into a city. David knew that the water shaft would give him the access into the city – yet give him the ability to arrive undetected.  David didn’t attempt to devise a new method to gain access – he just used what was already available.  

What is used as the water shaft in your life?  What is the source in your life that keeps your soul, your mind and your spirit refreshed?  Whatever the source, we must make certain that our personal water shaft remains free from debris.  We can’t afford to permit our water shaft to become clogged nor to circulate polluted water. 

The enemy will use whatever access is available to gain entrance. He will try to poison your water shaft.  He will try to clog up your water shaft.   By any means necessary… he still wants access to kill, steal and destroy. He will use your eye gate, ear gate, etc. to gain an access to pollute your water shaft. 

You see…Water is one of those resources that our bodies need on a regular basis.  Both our physical and spiritual bodies need a fresh supply of water on a daily basis.   Our natural body is composed of mostly water.  Statistics have revealed that our bodies are more than 60 percent water. Our blood is composed of  92 percent water, the brain and muscles are 75 percent water, and bones are about 22 percent water.  A human can survive for a month or more without eating food, but only function properly for a week or so without drinking water!

So in the natural – so in the spiritual.  It is vital that our spiritual bodies receive a fresh flow of “water” – that living water…. in order to effectivly survive the constant attacks of our adversary. So by any means necessary – keep your water shaft unpolluted. 

Daily maintenance is a dire necessity.   Ask the Lord for a sharpened and a keener discernment with the ability to detect the enemy while he is yet afar off! 

We have to govern and disinfect our spiritual water shaft constantly!  The water is pure because it is flowing directly from the throne of God.  However, am “I” permitting my water shaft to become contaminated because “I” am not maintaining a DAILY regimen of spiritual cleansing?   Am “I” the cause of someone else receiving contaminated water because my water shaft is filthy with the ideologies, concepts and precepts that are worldly by nature?  Am “I” yielding my ear gate to music that is not structured and inspired by those whose soul has been disciplined by God?  Far too often we, the body of Christ will attempt to justify and legalize anything that we desire.  Old data that is outdated and now non-productive MUST remain in the past.  We MUST receive all things new – if we are going to have the ability to successfully stand in these last days.   We cannot permit our souls to find contentment in the pleasures of the world IF we want our water shaft to remain clean and unpolluted.

The Bible states that there shall be many in the last days that will come and DECEIVE.  Warriors – don’t be deceived.  Don’t permit your spirit man to feed on music and reading materials that are not ordained of God.  Just because someone may verbally “SAY” that they belong to the Lord – doesn’t make it so.  People often ask me if it’s okay to listen to secular music.  My response is this.  Music is known as a universal language because it is generated from the soul and spirit of a person.  If my spirit man is to maintain a certain stamina; it cannot do so by receiving from one who has not acknowledged God’s lordship into their lives. Secular music will appease by flesh and my soul – but does not have the ability to enhance my spirit man.   Therefore, the proof will be in the pudding!  It’s all or nothing – anything that is lukewarm…. God will spew out… and so should we! Again…. if I am going to keep my water shaft in the condition that is satisfactory to the Lord – then I must “step up my game”, become more focused and remove any “junk” that is attempting to clog or pollute my water shaft.

Remember: It’s the “little” foxes that spoil the vine…. So it only takes one small action, one gate left unprotected, one small breach in the wall….. to permit an access to your water shaft…. Which can lead to the potential of your entire water shaft becoming polluted!

 

 

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It’s The Season To Emerge From Fetters to Freedom

Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishment on the peoples, To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron,               Psalm 149;6-8

 

When we sang hymns, one of the familiar was entitled, “Jesus Breaks Every Fetter”.  Even though that song is rarely heard anymore,  its implication hasn’t loss it validity.  When we bring to mind thoughts concerning the word “fetter”, we can correlate them to various obstacles that the enemy attaches to us to delay our progress in the Lord.   Whether they be: areas of sin or weaknesses in the flesh; the phenomena of life; or circumstances totally beyond our control; - a fetter is anything that is tied to me which restricts my mobility and/or my advancement. 

There are those things….FETTERS; some of which WE have permitted or instituted.  Others could have been inherited or the consequences of circumstances where our decisions were not involved.  Nevertheless, these obstacles still continue: to shackle, bond, chain and yoke themselves to us.  Therefore, our effectiveness in the realm of the spirit is none productive or menial.  Many times we are attempting to assist others in a deepen walk with the Lord, yet we ourselves have not been freed of our many “fetters”.  However, Jesus still breaks EVERY fetter.

What are some of the evidences that our fetters have been broken?  

¨ When Jesus has broken every iron fetter, my concern is to increase my relationship with the Lord - just because of who he is - not because of what he can do. 

¨ When Jesus has broken every fetter, I will realize that as I increase in my love walk and in every other walk in my life - so also will those with whom I am connected.  The proof IS in the pudding!  Leaders.. We cannot any longer expect others to walk in a level of excellency (not perfection – there’s a great difference!)  that WE are not committed to! 

¨ When Jesus has broken every iron fetter, my appetites are disciplined and my motives pure.

¨ When Jesus has broken every iron fetter, the manifestation of the enemy’s work won’t frighten me, his maneuvers don’t surprise me and his schemes can’t outwit me.

¨ When Jesus has broken every iron fetter, I won’t just sing, “It is Well With My Soul”, but my life will exemplify and verify so.  (By your fruit shall you be known!)

¨ When Jesus has broken every iron fetter, the peace of God WILL rule my mind,  I WILL walk above EVERY circumstance in this life, and I WILL remain focused on and committed to the plans and purposes  that the Lord has assigned to me.

Therefore, to obtain the freedom which will permit the peace of God to continually infiltrate our lives; surpassing all understanding…. every fetter and its suppressing power must be broken!  

So ….its once again dependent upon the status of my mind! Once my mind has been liberated from its fetters – I will have the ability to be…and to maintain total freedom in every area of my life.  Then and only then will I have at my disposal the matured level of wisdom to advance from Fetters to Freedom. 

                                                               "He whom the Son sets free is free indeed!" John 8:36

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My Current Status Has Changed..

Because God Has Called Me To Greater

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ASK or THINK, according to the power that worketh in us,”       Ephesians 3:20

 

 

Take a look at where you are now – physically…. God has called you to a greater place.  Now consider your vocation or your daily routine…. God has called you to a greater place.  Think about your spiritual walk…. God has definitely called you to a greater place!  Whatever you have already achieved; whatever you have already accomplished; whatever ground you have already acquired – it just doesn’t matter – God has called you to a greater place!

Therefore, you must now embrace an amended and a refreshed expectation from the Lord, that will give Him no other alternative than to catapult you to your next place that He has already designed just for you!   The initial step is to acknowledge that you are called to greater! Then, seek to advance yourselves in the spiritual arena.  As you embark upon enhancing your walk in the realm of the Spirit…the manifestation of your “greater” will become a reality in every other area of your life.  For far too long we have settled and become “comfortable” in our current state…. Which is always of a lesser degree than that which the Lord has already decreed for our lives!    The book of 3rd John (3rd John 2) has already informed us that God’s desire is that we should PROSPER and be HEALTHY.  There is one condition….. AS MY SOUL PROSPERS!!!   So, in other words; as I increase my spirit man in the concepts, precepts, mannerisms, ideologies etc. of the Lord….. my natural estate will automatically be enhanced!!!!

We must realize that we are all unique yet alike …. But yet different.  God hasn’t made any two people from the exact same mold.  It has been discovered that even identical twins have at least one distinguishing characteristic.  Therefore we must engulf the notion that we are called to operate in our giftings as originals, and not carbon copies of anyone else.  I cannot excel to my greater place; spiritually, economically, socially, financially or emotionally until I establish the “God appointed”; unique goals for MY life.

Begin today with the determination that your mind will achieve a “greater place” status.  Increase your mental capacity by learning at least one new fact daily.  It isn’t necessary that it be spiritual in nature (however that would probably present the superior benefit in the long run!).   Advancing to my greater status begins with a thought… which when activated… will become an active reality; and not a dormant dream.

One of the surest and quickest avenues to obtaining my “greater” status is to assist and to push someone else on their road to their destiny.  Seeds sown will manifest the same.  Whatever I sow – that will I also reap (Galatians 6:7).  This is a natural as well as a spiritual law!  Luke 6:38 is still relevant! Give and “IT” (what ever the IT is) shall be given to you.  Don’t judge – just give! (Matthew 7:1).  Don’t be stingy in your giving – because your return will reflect the same (II Corinthians 9:6).

Unless I can realize that I still have a “greater” within me; I will not advance to that place ….. and sadly to say…. When next year arrives…  I will be in this same place that I am now!

I would like to challenge you to begin this process NOW.  Set daily small, achievable goals for yourself. Be determined that you will no longer just play the cards that have been dealt to you. Demand a whole new deck; because the old deck is marked!  Marked with failure, disappointment, pain, ungodly fear, loneliness, low self esteem and the like.     

As of today; where ever you go – expect the situations and circumstances to be changed….. simply because you have arrived on the scene …and have brought with you the divine presence of the Holy Ghost!  Learn to be like David and encourage yourself!  Now.. don’t get heady; but walk in a “boldness” and a level of confidence that demands that the greater status which is within you … be hidden no more!

Dreams are excellent and are necessary – however, the time has now arrived for our dreams to become the manifested reality of the “greater” that we all have within us!  

Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams].”        Ephesians 3:20 AMP

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When You Learn How To Employ The Word of God

Then… Nothing Shall Offend You!

“Great peace have they which love thy law; and nothing shall offend them.” Psalm 119:165

 

Some of you may have known my father, the late Bishop John C. Hackney.  He was known to have a peaceful, gentle disposition (I guess that I didn’t inherit that character trait from him! Lol) I would often be asked, “Does your Dad ever get upset or angry?”  His life Bible verse was Psalm 165:119.  I’m certain that his ability to fully comprehend this verse was his major key in life.

Our ability to refrain from becoming offended, reveals the level of maturity from which we operate.  The word offend in this verse refers to “stumbling block”.  Therefore, when I permit anything to cause me to stumble or to divert my focus from the Lord; I have not learned to avail myself of His ever-abiding peace.  I have not learned to avoid walking in offense.

The peace of God represents the wholeness of God; His completeness – nothing missing.  When I realize that God has the ability to control the outcome of every situation; I will then receive that confidence in my spirit to rest in Him. 

I’m reminded of a toddler as they begin learning to walk.  They must learn to be confident, as well as how to balance themselves.  When we haven’t learned to walk confidently according to God’s word; we permit the cares of this world, people and even our own undisciplined motives – to become a stumbling block and we lose our balance.  When we haven’t obtained the power to have the proper balance in our lives; we stumble and just like the toddler…sometimes we fall.

I must also realize that the spirit of fear is the anchored root system and underlying, hidden culprit that is still present when I am yielding to the influences of offence or of being offended.  When ungodly fear is eradicated from my life, I will recognize that offence will no longer be an issue.

Offences will come (Luke 17:1) – but I don’t have to permit them to divert my attention.  If I prepare myself daily with an awareness that I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37); I will know how to receive the peace of God; which has the power and the authority to permit me to remain stable and causes me to triumph in every situation (Philippians 4:7).  Peace is not the absence of chaos.  Peace is the mindset that affords me the ability to remain unshaken – regardless.  Peace is the state of completeness – nothing broken, nothing missing, nothing lacking!

To rest in the peace of God reveals that I have permitted the power of God to be my support system… and that I am trusting in His promises to be my daily provision.

Therefore, to prevent the offences that so readily appear in life from becoming a stumbling block in my life; the spirit of fear must be dealt with.  I also must appropriate the mindset that God’s unconditional love will yet prevail in every situation.  I can’t become distracted nor lose my balance; and above all I must trust the fact that God will vindicate every contrary wind that blows my way….and somehow….. always cause His favor to reign in my life! (Romans 8:28) 

“Those who love your laws have great peace of heart and mind and do not stumble.”                                Psalm 119:165(The Living Bible)

 

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Because I’m Still Holding The Reins

 I’m Yielded ….. But Not Broken

“Not of works”....  Ephesians 2:9

 

With the impact that this strand of coronavirus has presented, has come to surface the realization of where our true position is in the Lord.    The Lord wants to be in total control of our lives.  However, for the most part, far too many of His faithful followers haven’t received the boldness which is required for them to operate from a platform of being “broken”.  They are faithful in the “doing” while lacking in the “being”.  In other words, we are basically still living our lives from the position of observing the law (the covenant of works); instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to accomplish His work through us.

We have yielded our thoughts, actions and words to the LEADING of the Holy Spirit which is a great achievement… for a new convert…but not for a seasoned saint.  Think about it.  When I “yield” in a given situation; I remain in control and decide the outcome of that situation.   When I am yielded, I will faithfully and in all sincerity: pay my tithes, “assemble myself with other believers”, study and read my Bible, etc.  However, because I am only yielded – I am still basing my relationship with the Lord on all of these things that I am “doing”. 

When I become that broken vessel …. I have matured to the place where I am no longer in control at all.  Therefore my mind has been renewed to the extent that I will move in instant obedience to the voice of the Lord.  A broken vessel truly “Takes no thought for tomorrow” when they receive a command from the Lord. A broken vessel doesn’t worry, fret or become overly concerned about the outcome of situations or circumstances.  A broken vessel understands that such words as “accident” or “emergency” have emulated from the kingdom of darkness….in an attempt to force us to take back the reins and move hastily  - often making unwise decisions!   A broken vessel has learned the art of resting in the assurance of the unconditional love of the Lord – regardless. 

A yielded vessel will know that they’ve heard the voice of the Lord; but may delay in obeying…

A broken vessel will know that they’ve heard the voice of the Lord and without giving it a second thought - instantly obey. 

A yielded vessel will still “stake claims” on and cling to their material possessions….

A broken vessel will say, “Lord EVERYTHING that I have is yours” - …. And they will freely release ANYTHING that they possess when the initial instruction comes from the Lord

We all still have areas in our lives where we are yielded vessels; still in the process of being molded, reshaped and refashioned.   When we are totally broken vessels, we will be vessels that have been stripped of every hindering traditional ideology, concept and precept.  Then once stripped, we as broken vessels can now be completely engulfed by the power of the Holy Spirit and refashioned to be used totally by Him for His glory.  

To be effective in these last days; we can no longer be just yielded vessels.  It’s a new day!  It is now time for those who are truly the “called out ones” to totally submit to being used by the Lord.  I understand that many may disagree with my stand.  Nevertheless, I whole heartedly believe that if WE - are truly in the state of` being broken; then, we will receive our instructions from the Lord and not the government concerning our lives.  In my opinion, many are fearful – and yielded but not broken.  Therefore, in my opinion - they are hiding and using the statement that “we must obey the laws of the land” because they are fearful, ignorant concerning the power of God, and yielded instead of being broken.  Yes! We are absolutely to obey the government concerning matters of the world.  However, again, in my opinion, when the governmental laws interfere or contradict the instructions of God….  Are we to obey man or God??? (SELAH! As my Son would say)

So, simply because many are yielded – the spirit of fear has engulfed their minds.  Therefore, instead of operating from a platform of brokenness, we have been diminished to the infant status of yieldedness!    The Lord doesn’t desire for us to only be yielded.   I reiterate, we must become broken vessels by Him for Him. 

I challenge you to sincerely seek the face of God, asking Him to reveal the areas in your mind where ungodly or immature strongholds still exist…. The areas where you are only yielded – and not broken.  

        We must be determined to become broken vessels because:

         Broken vessels are vessels of virtue;

         Broken vessels are vessels of valor and above all;

         Broken vessels are vessels of Victory!

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  Isaiah 43:19

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The Rain of Abundance Is Falling!

A Refreshing Rain…Restoring Rain

“You, O God, did send a plentiful rain; You did restore and confirm your heritage when it languished and was weary”.            Psalm 68:9 AMP

 

 

Note: Today’s meditation is prophetic in nature and therefore might not be totally comprehended by everyone.  Nevertheless, please feel free to contact me for clarification. 

 

A drenching rain has begun to fall!  However, some people haven’t be able to reap the advantages of this rain.  Simply because it a supernatural rain that will yield increase in both realms.  This rain will pour down upon the earth – to saturate those children of God who are waiting in great expectation of it!  The Lord is sending this rain: to cleanse, to heal, to restore and to maintain.

The rain will be felt as you prophetically dance in the presence of the Lord to the beat that is within your spirit.  Worship in this rain.  Listen in this rain.  Obey in this rain. Receive your next instructions and strategic plans in this rain!

Remember - Not everyone will comprehend the fact that it’s raining.  Many will know that something is occurring – but won’t understand exactly what.  Still others will know “ABOUT” the rain – but haven’t developed the type of relationship with the Lord that will afford them the opportunity to reap any of the benefits from it.

The effects which are being released from this rain are eternal.  They won’t wear off – but will wear in.  This rain will cleanse.  This rain will awaken.  This rain will unlock.  This rain will release.  This rain will saturate; producing healing, wholeness and bringing total peace (NOTHING lacking, NOTHING broken, NOTHING missing!).

This rain will also confirm.  This rain will also seal. This rain will also bind.  This rain will also initiate a coagulation process for spiritual wounds that have bleeding for years.

Revelation, manifestation, transformation and reformation…. All benefits from soaking in this rain.  No umbrellas for this rain…. Become completely soaked!  You are about to acquire an enriched, a totally refreshing and an awesomely rewarding experience.  

However, you must dismantle EVERY limitation that is existing within your mind.  Remember the concept of Ephesians 3:20.

So get free ….. and Dance, Dance, Dance IN THIS RAIN OF ABUNDANCE!!!!  

Decree, Decree, Decree IN THIS RAIN OF ABUNDANCE!!!!

And Rest, Rest, Rest IN THIS RAIN OF ABUNDANCE!!!!

HALLELUJAH!!!

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Good Friday Exemplifies Tenacity

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 sane 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. 

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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 lead 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):  1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV

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

R  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 – 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 -  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 - Never Give Up: Galatians 6:9 ESV                                                                                     “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

T – 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, and Trustworthiness.  Above all a true servant will have a gift of endurance….. which will enable them to …Never Give Up … on anything!

 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 his 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 them “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? 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.  He 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” 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… not more!  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!”

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 lead 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 by 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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 You’re Basking & Marinating…but in WHAT?

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8 (ESV)

 

As we are yet adjusting to our new norm after the major onset of the corona virus, the time has come for us to regroup and to consider exactly what we have been permitting to infiltrate our spiritual senses.  Our ability to advance depends upon how we alter our lives and get ready for future successes.

Preparation is always a vital instrument.  Our ability to effectively outwit the adversary is to sensor the type of “marinating” substances that our spirit man is being exposed to.  Today, as never before, it is essential that we are ever cautious and remain on our guard concerning the types of material that we are constantly permitting to enter through our ear and eye gates.  Far too often we are permitting our spirits to be marinated with; and to become saturated with the concepts of this world – without our knowledge! However, if we maintain the proper relationship with the Lord, He will always alert us to the ploys of the enemy.

Don’t permit your spirit to become desensitized to what God has established as our foundational principles and guidelines.  With the advancements in technology, we have the ability to have God inspired materials at our disposal as often as we desire. Therefore, it is our responsibility to “choose” what we will permit our spirits to bask, soak… marinate in.  

Here is a prime example.  I very, very rarely watch television programs – with the exception of the news.  However, I can recall an incident which occurred.  I had watched the News and a program had come on immediately after the News that caught my attention.  I think that it was some type of detective story. About a minute into the program; the Lord said, “You can’t watch this”.  So I instantly turned it off.  Sometime later, when I asked Him why, He said that the program had the potential to introduce the spirit of fear and deceit into my spirit.  He also said that if I had permitted my spirit to marinate in such for just an hour – I would have availed myself to every negative concept from the program.  Now… would I have gone to hell for watching the program?  Absolutely not.  However, like Sampson, upon my next encounter with the enemy; I might not have had the necessary wisdom, power and authority to successfully outwit and discern his various diabolical maneuvers. 

Warriors!  If we are going to stay at least a step or two ahead of our adversary – we must be on our alert at all times.  Everything that is a “good” thing may not be a “God” thing! 

We of our own accord can’t possibly be aware of every current device that the enemy will use in an attempt to bring defeat and or demise to our plan of action.  Nevertheless, when we begin to marinate in the presence of the Lord, we will have the ability to maintain a consciousness of Him – that will always alert us to every potentially adverse situation.

Yes… preparation is vital.  Remember, marinating is a preparatory process.  Any chief will attest to the fact that marinating is an essential preliminary process when cooking.  When food is permitted to marinate in a given substance it will absorb the characteristics of that substance.  Therefore, even after the food is removed; the effects of the marinating substance will be experienced.  Marinating in the Word and presence of God is a “current” procedure, whose results will assure us of our future victories.

So, the problem is not “if” we are marinating, resting, relaxing and basking…. But “what” are we using as the material, our substance and our source?  I would like to challenge you to monitor and physically write down for one day everything that you are permitting your spirit man to be influenced by….. hour by hour.  What are you really marinating in?   At the end of the day – your results will reveal the material that your spirit man is really absorbing!

“I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.” Psalm 119:15 ESV

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You Have The Power……

So Just Change It

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,”. Proverbs 18:21a

 

There were two television shows that aired many, many years ago which each featured a different woman who possessed “mystical” powers.  The programs were entitled: Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie.  In both of these series, the women’s powers were only known to certain people.  In the program Bewitched, the lady named Samantha; was supposed to be a good witch (oxymoron!!); who was a homemaker. She used her powers in the times of distress or of grave importance.  The other program featured a little genie that lived in a capped bottle which had been found by her master who was an astronaut.  What these two women had in common is that whenever they encountered a situation that was not to their liking – they would just change it.  Samantha would simply twitch her nose; Jeannie would blink her eyes; and whatever they wanted to be altered – would immediately change!

Although these were mere television programs; they depicted of a truth the power and the authority that we as children of the most high God have at our disposal.  Whenever we encounter a situation that is not in accord with what God has decreed it to be; we should not grumble or complain about it… we should simply - just change it.  God has given to us the power and the authority to bring into divine alignment everything that is in disarray (Luke 10:9).

However, far too often we will: entertain fear instead of faith (II Timothy 1:7); become a coward instead of being courageous (Joshua 1:7); or respond to a reaction - instead of proactively thinking ahead.  We, in too many instances, become discouraged when we don’t see (with our physical eyes) immediate results and then begin sabotage our own efforts with our words (II Corinthians 5:7)!

When does a change occur? Does it occur when I see the manifestation of the change? Well....that answer is twofold.  Change occurs in the realm of the spirit as soon as I command it to be so!  The scripture states that “Death and life ARE….not will be….but ARE – Present tense!  Therefore, I can possess the ability to see it before I see it!  I once heard someone say several years ago; that if you can’t see a thing before you see it – when it appears, you won’t recognize it.  So just because I don’t physically see a change; doesn’t negate the fact that change has occurred and is in the process of being manifested.

As you progress throughout your day today, be determined that you will no longer just “accept” or ignore whatever you encounter that is not in accord with God’s plans and purposes.  Your power lies not in a twitch of your nose; nor in the blinking of your eyes.  Your power lies within your mouth (Proverbs 18:21).  You have the power to alter ANY situation!  So don’t grumble, don’t complain …. You’re in control.  So open your mouth, speak to your situation and…..

just change it!!!

 

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Get In Step… Raise Your Level of Expectation…

And Become Completely Synchronized

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”  Habakkuk 2:3

 

Simply because we are quickly approaching the end of time as we now know it; it is imperative that our “clocks” are in alignment with God’s agenda for this season…. And that we increase our level of expectation.  Now is the time to become excited, eager and enthusiastic about what the Lord is doing!  God has already released in the realm of the Spirit an outpouring of the endtime wealth.  However, if you are not synchronized to His time schedule – you will not be in the correct place, nor in the correct position to begin to be a recipient.

I’m reminded of a few instances when people were in the right place (their physical location and their spiritual position), at the right time.  Therefore, because their time clocks were synchronized with God’s timing - they were blessed beyond measure.  Consider the: Woman of Samaria (John 4), and The Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8;26-40); they were positioned in the right place at the right time – and therefore were able to encounter life altering experiences.

To be completely synchronized I must:

  • Know what season I am personally undergoing. Just understand that your personal season may differ from others who are in your ministry, church, temple, synagogue, etc.  
  • Understand the process of: Seed, Time & Harvest. All seeds - when sown and properly cared for will produce fruit. (Note: Also apple seeds won’t produce oranges. You can fast, pray, command and demand…. But those apple seeds will only produce apples….after the seeds have matured and are ready to be harvested. We must also know what type of seed to sow and when!)
  • Failure to fully comprehend the stages of the process will sometimes permit us to entertain the spirit of fear while waiting for our seeds to mature. Remain confident after you’ve sown your seeds. (Note: Many state that you must sow into “good” ground. Question …Is your seed potent enough to produce 100-fold regardless???)   Remember that there is a process that must be adhered to prior to receiving the fruit.  Even though we are approaching the time when the “plowman will overtake the reaper (Amos 9:13)” – we must still understand that synchronization is a process.   
  • Know the voice of God. We are living in an era where the enemy is using those who are in positions of authority to attempt to displace, dismantle and demolish the authentic voice of God. Remember God’s voice will ALWAYS be in alignment with His written word.
  • Value my time by not becoming distracted by anything that is not God ordained for THIS season.                                                          

So get excited!  Launch out into the deep waters in your mind and in your expectations, your dreams, and in your desires.   Ephesians 3:20 reminds us that God can do far more that we can even imagine or think!  The sky is not the limit; for there is no limit where Jesus is Lord!  So increase the borders and the previously established perimeters of your mind and your anticipations!

To be completely synchronized with God’s future plans concerning us is not difficult.  However it will require of us a determination to acknowledge Him in ALL of our ways – as He leads us along this walk of faith; step by step; day by day…. And in most instances minute by minute!  God WILL manifest all that He has promised…but I must be completely synchronized to His orchestrated moves!  He has given unto you a blank check…… What’s your next move????

“Timing is so important! If you are going to be successful in dance, you must be able to respond to rhythm and timing. It’s the same in the Spirit. People who don’t understand God’s timing can become spiritually spastic, trying to make the right things happen at the wrong time. They don’t get His rhythm – and everyone can tell they are out of step. They birth things prematurely, threatening the very lives of their God-given dreams.” – T. D. Jakes

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Don’t Fight The Change….

Go With the Flow!

“See, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? …. “Isaiah 43:19 NIV

 

Don’t fight the change! As you are currently aware, most of the seemly concrete pillars which were previously stable are no longer so.  The onset of the passing coronavirus pandemic has implemented major alterations in our daily life patterns. 

Saints….especially for those of you who are actively serving in Leadership; it is imperative that  you become more characteristic to the flow of electricity.  Think in retrospect to those chemistry classes. Remembering some of the lessons on the study of electricity will assist us in the comprehension of today’s meditation.  An electrical current will always flow down the path of least resistance.   When there is a blockage, the current will quickly attempt to discover a new path.  Therefore, we must emulate the same and become more yielding to the Holy Spirit; adhering to the new path – without resistance …. That He is now directing us to follow.

I’m sure that most of you have noticed the recent atmospheric occurrences which have transpired.  These are only symbolic to and mirroring the fact that there has been a major shifting in the realm of the Spirit.  We ARE in a new place.   We are therefore experiencing and sensing the “newness” all around us.  We must remember that change is attempting to materialize in all things and in everything which concerns us.  The Lord is saying, “Don’t fight the change….just go with the flow!”.

Many times we will gladly welcome change - in some areas, but resist it in others. However, in this season…. “Don’t fight the change…. Go with the flow”. 

Ok…. let’s refocus our minds back to thinking about electricity.  Why do people get shocked?  One of the reasons is that they interfere with, intercept, and attempt to block the flow of the electrical current.  Therefore, if there is a certain electrical current or force field; and you cause a break in it …BAM!!…. you will receive a shock!

The Lord has permitted the release of a new flow; a different type of flow.  Saints, stay in the flow!  Avoid getting shocked!

Years ago, there were occurrences when we would to listen to a radio station or television broadcast and we would hear a sound that we called static.  This sound was produced because something had interfered with the natural flow of the sound waves or the current.  The sound of the static was not the problem.  The sound of the static was the indication that there was a problem.  The problem was that something had caused a stillness; an interference; or a break in the flow of the current.  In other words, the sound waves were still transmitting; however the static was relaying to us that there has been a disturbance in the flow.  The static was indicating that something is resisting, fighting against and interfering with the natural flow.   The static was communicating that something needed to be altered.

Saints, (especially Leaders), don’t become the cause of static in your ministry.  Don’t fight the change.  Go with the flow of the Holy Ghost.  Our increase in every area of our lives can only be received when we are pliable enough to go with the flow and not become our own hindrance; inviting self-sabotage!

Don’t wait for the lack of sound … or the sound of static…… to occur.   Flow along the path of least resistance in the realm of the Spirit.  This flow will not be familiar to your natural man or mindset; but within your spirit. you will receive an affirmative confirmation that it is from the Lord. This flow will require major adjustments.  However, your successfulness as an endtime warrior is dependent upon your ability to swiftly adapt and adjust to the new flow.

When uncertain of which path to choose – enter into a season of consecration to receive specific instructions.  Remember, go with the flow of the Holy Spirit – whether it be upstream or across stream!  Just as in the natural – when we go against the proper current or the flow….we will receive an indication that we’ve interrupted the flow.  That indication is referred to as a “shock”.  There may be times when the Lord will need to send you a “spiritual shock” to bring you to a state of alertness if you are not adhering to His flow! 

Let’s listen to the Lord. 

Let’s avoid interrupting or causing an interference in what the Lord is now permitting to transpire. 

Let’s get on the move…. and go with the current…... to prevent getting shocked.  

Finally, let’s just go with the flow and be guided by the all-seeing eye of the Lord!

“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”   Psalm 32:8

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Dare to Create!

Because….The Details Matter!!

In the beginning, God CREATED….. Genesis 1:1

 

The Lord, our God, is a God who is greatly concerned about the details.  Details reveal and enhance the complexity of a substance.  The details also reveal the complexity of the creator of that substance.  In other words, they shed a light on the in-depthness or the simplicity of the mind of the creator   Therefore, the more detailed a: thought, concept, production or object – the more it displays the intricacy of the mind of the one who has produced it.

We must always remember that every attack that we encounter is directed towards our minds.  So, because every attack is aimed at the mind; we must continually guard our minds.  Out minds must be protected from whatever or whomever may attempt to: disable, disallow, demolish, discourage, stomp out, cage in, cancel and bring to nought…. our God given gift of creativity. 

Why do people perish without a vision?  One of the reasons is because the manifestation of their vision is the end result of what their minds have had an ability to create.  When we lose or don’t develop a vision; we are not permitting our minds to reproduce.  Our minds lose the ability to function as that of our Father God; that master creator!  Then...we fail to use those components of our DNA that are identical (in composition but not in magnitude) to our father.

Why are demonic influences really directed towards our minds?  In addition to the obvious; we can’t rule out the notion that demonic influences also attempt to override our creativity.  For an example, if the enemy can cause someone to think that they have no victory in a given situation – then they will never hear the voice of the Holy Spirit when He attempts to show them how to CREATE a way of escape! 

God has created man with a free will.  However, the enemy wants to override God’s plan, and to control our minds.  Witchcraft is simply a demonic influence that attempts to do what God himself won’t do….. And that is to suppress our creativity and to control our minds by domination, manipulation and humiliation!

Therefore, every detail does matter…..Simply because every detail reveals another dimension of the complexity of our awesome God!

So dare to be different! Permit your spirit to be liberated and available to produce what God has given unto you to reveal for this season.  Age is not a criterion – God still desires to use your mind to create devices and avenues for such a time as this. Then we will have the ability to use those devices to manifest the exposure of endtime: strategies, inventions, solutions etc.. God is waiting to catapult your level of creativity to a dimension that you have not previously known. However… He needs you to be more creative  -  and to think “outside of the box”.   

Trust God….every detail does matter.  Above all…every “unexpressed” detail, may be that missing link needed, to successfully reign as an endtime warrior!

“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous--how well I know it.”  Psalm 139:14 (NLT)

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“Corona” Has Caused 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)

 

As the nation begins to adjust to the “new norm” since the onset of the official announcement of the Covid-19 pandemic; we must realize that we have undergone a huge “shipwreck”.  We have all been impacted by this corona-storm…. however, we have survived!  Hallelujah!

We must also remain cognizant of the fact that there will always be times when, just like Paul, we are 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.  Storms come to pass; they don’t come to last!

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 something that causes intense and/or prolonged pain or suffering; whether physical or mental.   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 just love hymns!)

REMEMBER!!! You will never fail….unless you give up!  Be determined that the enemy will never, ever weaken your mind to the extent that he convinces you to give up or give in!!!!

So, no matter how devastating or destructive the storm; 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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Lift Heavy Spiritual Weights

To Build Strong Spiritual Muscles

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; Romans 5:3

 

In earlier years we used to sing a song entitled, “Jacob’s Ladder”.  It was one of those songs which had a seemingly endless amount of verses!  Each verse would end with the statement, “Soldiers of the Cross”.  At that time, I didn’t fully understand the concepts that were attempting to be expressed and impressed upon us. 

Today we have saints who fail to realize that they are “soldiers of the cross”. As a soldier, I must understand the fact that God has orchestrated every test, trial and difficult situation, for no other reason than to build my spiritual muscles.

Far too often we have only obtained the ability to successfully lift a two-pound weight in the realm of the spirit.  Then, we seem amazed when we are confronted with a situation requiring the ability to lift fifty pounds and we are unsuccessful – often blaming God for our inabilities and fallacies.  Sadly to say, I constantly observe Saints who are enduring very rigorous physical exercises and toning every physical muscles – however their spiritual muscles are flabby, weak and are in deplorable conditions!  Physical exercise is extremely important – however we must exert MORE into the development and the conditioning of our spiritual muscles than those of our physical bodies.

So how do we begin to build up our spiritual muscles? 

Trusting in our own relationship with the Lord.  As a babe in Christ, it was tolerable for us to always run and whine to other Saints with our problems and difficult situations.  However, when will you begin to trust and validate your own relationship with the Lord?  When will you begin to lift those heavy weights in the realm of the Spirit and really believe who and whose you are?  When will you believe what YOU say to the extent that you will KNOW because of your relationship with the Lord that whatever you’ve asked…. it’s done!?  When will you begin to build those muscles of faith and realize that God has given to YOU power? ....That for real….you don’t NEED anyone to “touch and agree”, you don’t need to constantly address what the enemy is doing….etc.  Nothing in err about doing these things – however they are not assisting you as you move up the ladder.  I can attest to the fact that in extremely difficult situations, I’ve sought the Lord; trusted in Him and Him alone – without sharing the information with anyone else…. and He has NEVER failed me. Sure, at the onset, my faith hadn’t matured to this level…. it was a process that had to begin at some point.  It’s symbolic of asking your earthly father for something.  Once you’ve asked him, would you go and ask someone else to accommodate you?  …NO!  You would only ask someone else if your doubted your earthly father or felt as though he was incapable of producing your request.    So it is with our Heavenly Father.  We must learn to trust Him with the assurance that He WILL grant our request – because we are joints heir with His Son; and because of our own relationship with Him. Of course thoughts will come and attempt to weaken your faith.  However we must be determine to lift those heavy weights – if we are going to have those strong muscles. 

 (Now if you feel as though your walk isn’t strong enough yet for you to stand alone or your faith hasn’t progressed to this level yet; by all means seek for and request the assistance of others who are stronger than you are.  However, we must be determined not to be “co-dependent” upon anyone…other than the Holy Spirit!)

Yes, we are climbing a Spiritual ladder where every round gets higher and higher.  The song Jacob’s Ladder also asked the question, “Do you think you’ll make a good soldier?” 

As we lift the heavy weights in the realm of the Spirit, we will build those strong muscles which will enable us to effectively, successfully and strategically stand as an endtime soldier.  Then we will have merited the ability to respond with the concluding verses of the song by responding, “Yes I know I’ll make a good soldier”.  Then and only then will we be able to totally, with a full assurance, sing and live the final verse “Rise, Shine, Give God the Glory”!

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YES!!! AGAIN!!!

Yes Again!!!

YES! .... Your Test Will Be Given…. AGAIN! 

“The Season & The Time”

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”

                                                                                                                     Ecclesiastics 3:1 

 

 

We are all aware of the fact that everything in nature is governed by at least two elements; one of those being “its season”.  However, what is of a graver importance is the “TIMING” within the season.  Far too often our focus has only been directed towards our season; while ignoring the fact that “our timing” is just as relevant.

Solomon (the accredited) author of the book of Ecclesiastics; and the wisest man that the world has ever known, specifically focused on both…. the season and the time.   He said that everything has a season and within that season – there is a designated time when its purpose will be revealed, manifested and fulfilled.

In many instances, simply because we haven’t advanced at the correct time – we have not accomplished our expected results.  Therefore, some of us have continued to enter into “our season” over, and over again; yet, we know that we haven’t received all that God has in store for us!

So, your test will be given AGAIN!  The retest!  Have you noticed that there is one situation or circumstance that continues to occur in your life… year after year?  Different day…. Different month…. Different people involved….. but the same basic situation?  That’s because God is testing you …. AGAIN! You keep failing the test…. So our patient God is simply giving you the “makeup exam”!   God… as always…. is giving you an opportunity to pass the test.   As I often say; God doesn’t have a “No child left behind policy”!  He will permit us to continue to experience the same situation … for a lifetime if necessary …until we accomplish the results that He is requiring of us.  He is always scheduling and aligning situations and circumstances in some of the areas of our lives that we have previously encountered - unsuccessfully.  Our “make-up” test will require that we focus more on our “timing”.   So as you operate in this season – don’t omit the necessity to align your timing …. And to incorporate it into the equation.   Don’t lose your focus this time.  Be fully aware of “emergency” situations or “accidents”!  These are only  sent from the kingdom of darkness in an attempt to distract you.  Remember there are no such occurrences in the realm of the Spirit!!!

YES! It is our season….however, we must make certain that we are walking choreographically aligned and synchronized to God’s timetable for us…within this season…. to prevent failing the test again… and having to be retested….AGAIN!

“There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth…”    Ecclesiastics 3:1 (AMP)

 

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