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Fret Not ....Your Axe-head Will Float Again

(Read: II Kings 6:1-7)

 

This story as recorded in II Kings has always been among one of my favorites.  Today we will not even be able to “scratch the surface” to reveal all that can be gleaned from the examples and principles provided in this story.  However, we’ll probably come back to it at a later date.

 

The focus for this meditation is the servant.  He was: working, in the right place, doing what he was instructed to do, using the proper tool and appearing to be accomplishing the task that was required of him.  However, all of a sudden – he was faced with a dilemma.  The very tool that he was using for advancement – which wasn’t even his, (he had borrowed it) – had vanished into the river – never to return again…. So he thought.

 

When you are faced with a dilemma – who is your first line of defense?  Many times we turn to a spouse, friend, colleague or family member.  Our servant in this story cried to his master.  He cried to someone who had the wisdom, faith and the solution to recover for him what he had lost.

 

The axehead in this story can represent any tool (or weapon), that’s necessary for me to be effective as I attempt to move towards my advancement.  Or any tool (or weapon) used to bring down, cut down or cut through diabolical plans or natural road blocks.  The servant had temporarily lost sight of his weapon.  However with the proper guidance, and instruction, he was able to see the return of his valuable tool.  So, just remember that your situation isn’t hopeless; no matter how it may appear to you. 

 

It is only when we are in the proper place; receiving the proper supervision; anchored by the proper support and obeying the instructions which are given to us - that we will be able to cause our “axhead” to float again.

 

The servant had to DO something.   He didn’t just sit and weep about his situation.  He didn’t just tell his friends or colleagues. He told his MASTER! He told someone who had the wisdom to correct the dilemma, and the power to bring about the recovery of want he had lost.  The servant may have had faith, however “Faith” without corresponding actions – is dead.

 

As we are in this season of recovery; expect your axehead to float again.  Expect every weapon that is needed for your advancement in this season to be recovered.  Expect the outcome of every situation that appears to be impossible; receive an immediate reversal.

 

 So go now and recover your axehead – but don’t do it your way (leaning to your own understanding!). You must listen to and adhere to the voice of your Master!  You must listen to the voice of wisdom….which may be delivered to you by God directly through His word or by someone who can provide you with the careful and watchful guidance. 

 

Your axehead will float again.  However you must be in the proper place, listening to the voice of your Master and doing only that which is relevant in this season for your recovery.  

 

  “Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.” 

                                                                                                                       Proverbs 18:15 (MSG)

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Clutter, Clutter, Clutter….Why The Clutter????

 "At the end of seventy years, the Lord will visit Tyre, and she will return to her wages and will prostitute herself with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth. Her merchandise and her wages will be holy to the Lord. It will not be stored or hoarded, but her merchandise will supply abundant food and fine clothing for those who dwell before the Lord."   Isaiah 23:17-18 (NIV)

 

Have you ever taken the time to consider why you feel the need to keep in your possession all of the items that you are not readily using?  Most of us have a collection of some things that we aren’t using…. From clothing that we are “some day” going to wear; to dishes, to magazines to jewelry… and the list is endless!  The question is, “Why are we still holding on to them?”

There could be many reasons why we feel “comfortable” in keeping all of our possessions.   Many times the spirit of fear is the underlying culprit.  He has come in and is “holding the door open” for his buddies: doubt, pride, procrastination and everyone else to enter.  In other words are you holding on to “your stuff” because you feel as though you might need it one day? (Fear of Lack! .. apply Philippians  4:19)  Or because you feel as though you’ve paid too much for it and someone else won’t properly appreciate it as you do? (That’s probably Pride!.. apply Philippians 2:3 )  Or simply because you haven’t taken to time t o get rid of it? (Possibly Procrastination! Proverbs 6:6)

Whatever the reason – the time has come; especially because we are in the last quarter of the year ; for us to get rid of whatever we are not using.  God has called us to be a channel and a sower; not a hoarder or a packrat!  We are asking God for increase.  We are asking God to return ALL that has been loss, taken or stolen.  However as we receive – no….let’s make a correction – BEFORE we receive…..we are to begin to sow at an accelerated rate!   Listen!  If you have an array of items that you aren’t using in the natural – guess what? That’s probably a revelation of what’s going on in your spirit man!  Most of us have become comfortable in permitting God to use us in a given area. Yet, we still have other gifts within us that are just not being used.  We have permitted spiritual clutter to prevent us from exceling, by allowing that clutter to block the access to many relevant opportunities.  

How do I get rid of spiritual clutter?  By first repenting.  Then, by asking God to identify the clutter and to reveal the areas where I’m bound by clutter.  Lastly, by refusing to permit such clutter as, “the opinions of others”, to “lock me in” in a given area.  I must remember to maintain a sense of freedom and ask God activate those gifts and callings which are lying dormant with in me.

Once we have become “de-cluttered”, the only way to avoid becoming cluttered again is to change our mindset!  Whatever reason you used to justify your clutter in the past is no longer acceptable!  Develop strategies that will afford you the opportunity to be more of a giver in both the spiritual and natural realms … and you will be amazed at how the Lord will begin to restore to you ALL that has been stolen….. and clutter will no longer be onboard!

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Are You Equipped To Press?  Are You Prepared for WAR?!

 

Ephesians 6:13-18 (The Message Bible) states, “Be prepared! You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting, you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”

Therefore, let us stand yielded to God and seeking Him for the “Power To Press Beyond”!!!

 

Power To Press Beyond  (Written by Apostle Claudia Boatwright ©2003)

Father in Jesus’ name, I thank you for the innate force within me that prompts me to seek a deeper revelation of you.

For my only desire in pressing beyond this realm is to obtain a greater insight of you and your solemnness; thus enabling me to not walk on the surface, but to have available to me those hidden, partially revealed spiritual treasures that are vital at this time.  These “jewels” are required for me to excel and will afford me the opportunity to properly lead others.

Lord God, I thank you that I have learned how to persevere and to press beyond the obstacles, the road blocks and the detour signs - the hidden snares designed to delay your divine will for my life.  Thank you for the courage to press; - that courage which is required to recognize and discern; to subdue and call to naught every demonic and satanic force sent to oppose me on every level.  I now know how to press through and not request that you remove from me difficult situations….. For I recognize that all of these have been foreordained for my advancement.

Since you have told me that the best is in the press, I will press into you at any cost.   I will press beyond the feelings of defeat, frustration, adversity and opposition. I will press beyond the spirits of despair, dejection and rejection.  I have learned that I must press beyond any of the feelings in my flesh, and rely only what my spirit discerns for you. Then and then only will I maintain this realization that in my press, YOU will never deny me. 

So forgetting those things which are behind, I press.

Growing and still maturing in the process, I press.

Awaiting your divine intervention……..

I press, I press, I PRESS!!!

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At Any Cost…YOUR Fire Must Remain Ablaze

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”  James 1:22

 

If you can remember some of the lessons from your chemistry class; one of the first lessons was probably on the composition of fire.  As a reminder, three elements are required to cause the chemical reaction to occur that we call fire. They are: oxygen, fuel and heat.  If one of these components is missing…. there will be no fire.

Fire likes to spread, and when it touches ANYTHING it will attempt to engulf it.  Fire will test whatever is in its path to measure the tangibility of its composure. If a fire is going to continue to burn and increase in intensely – it must maintain its fuel supply.

What about your inward fire?  Sometimes, our spiritual fires have been ignited, but if we haven’t provided the adequate fuel line to feed our fires….. they burn themselves out. Are you snuffing out your flame?  Is your flame struggling to stay lit?  Has the sin of: disobedience, worry, ignorance, impatience or that cunning spirit of “leviathan” caused there to be a break or a leak in your fuel line…and now the flame of your fire is just flickering instead of blazing? 

When we have the fire of the Holy Ghost burning on the inside, He will; because of the complexity of His nature, possess the ability to perform a multi-faceted purpose. He will protect and defend; be an offensive as well as a defensive barrier and enable us with the ability to live a productive life. He will spread and ignite everything that is within us; and conform it to His likeness….if we permit Him to do so. 

We must be determined to keep our fire blazing. The Holy Spirit will assist us – but we must do our part.   To maintain our spiritual fire, we must also supply Him with the three required substances. It is mandatory that we have: the oxygen (our submitted will); the fuel (supplying a proper spiritual diet) and the heat (continual line of communication with the Father).

Therefore, In the midst of every “happening”………. Keep Your Fire Ablaze!

Whether the conditions are positive or negative……..Keep Your Fire Ablaze!

Whether your environment is pleasurable or disagreeable ……Keep Your Fire Ablaze!

Whatever mindset you have encountered…………….Keep Your Fire Ablaze!

Remember… You are a WARRIOR!  You are an OVERCOMER!!!  A Warrior allows and develops a mental strategy.  An Overcomer allows and implements that strategy.  Henceforth, YOU KNOW NO DEFEAT!

Therefore, I challenge you to gird up the loins of your mind …..at any cost, be determined that you will....  Keep Your Fire Ablaze!!!

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”  I Corinthians 15:5

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I Can’t Permit My Riches to Replace His Richest!

 “The Eye of the Needle”

“And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”         Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25, Luke 18:25

 

When doing some research, one reference source explains the “eye of the needle” as a secondary gate into a city which was used at night when the primary entrance had already been sealed for the evening.  This gate was much smaller in height and width than the main gate.  The only way that a camel could enter would be to get down on its knees, be stripped of all of its baggage and guided carefully though.

 

In our text, the Lord isn’t condemning anyone for being rich; however the warning is being given to all who have excelled in obtaining material gain.  Be your riches in the areas of: finances, education, prestige, or in any other area; whatever you have acquired in excessive must not replace your love and allegiance to the Lord.  Far too often, when someone begins to “move up the ladder” their level of dedication, integrity, and loyalty to the Lord gradually begins to diminish. 

 

We have read for years that the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the just.  We have also heard about the great release of finances that is on the onset for those who have been faithful.

As you continue to receive your endtime release, it is imperative that you increase your devotion and admiration to and for the Lord. 

 

Don’t lose your focus.  One of the concepts concerning the eye of the needle that is relevant for today is this: we must be willing to be stripped of everything for the cause of Christ.  We must not become so attached to anything - that we will not release it at a command from the Lord.  Also, we must never consider ourselves too “important” to get down on our hands, knees and faces in the presence of the Lord (Give no place to the spirit of pride!).

 

The eye of the needle can also be symbolic to entering into the holy of holies in the realm of the spirit.  We must be stripped of everything prior to the Lord granting us permission to enter. Many people are “saved”; however not everyone who has accepted Christ as their Saviour will be given access to the “holy of holies” in the realm of the spirit.   To gain access requires one to value their relationship with the Lord to the degree that they are willing to surrender any and everything, for and to Him. 

 

Again I reiterate: Don’t Lose Your Focus!  The tables have begun to turn and the imminent release to the true Saints is no longer pending – it’s here!  However, if we are going to retain all that we receive, we must maintain our relationship with the Lord; and increase in our devotion to Him.  Our hearts must remain pliable to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  When we totally surrender our hearts – then whatever is in our hands will automatically flow though us.  We must never forget that we are always blessed to be a blessing   Never neglect the opportunity to be a sower.  You have precious seed that must be released.

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Don’t be compared to the rich young ruler (Matthew 19:16-26).   Daily remind yourself that you must be able and willing to forsake it all for the cause of Christ. 

 

I challenge you in this season to become more alert in the realm of the spirit.  Fine tune your ear to hear the quiet -yet thunderous voice of the Holy Spirit.  Above all…. remain disciplined enough to pass through the eye of the needle…. And Don’t Your Riches to Replace His RICHEST!!!!

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WAKE UP!  Have Your Spiritual Ears Been Awaken?

“………..but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”  Romans 6:13b

What have you sensed in the realm of the spirit recently?  Have your ears become so clogged with the fear and confusion that is currently invading the atmosphere, that you are no longer as sensitive in the realm of the Spirit as you should be?  Have the cares of this world desensitized your discerning properties that are required for this season?

Yet another new sound has been dispatched from the heavens and is seeking new instruments.  This sound is also seeking the instruments that have the ability to receive it and blend it properly so that it forms a new complexed chord!  This new sound is a sound of true revival in the land! This clarion call has now inspired new connections among the people of the Lord whose ears are disciplined to hear.

In this season, we must listen with the ear of our spirit for the new chord of revival.  It is emerging from the realm which is far above the enemy’s reign.  Only a disciplined, focused spirit will have the ability to recognize this sound, advance and implement the same.  As it is heard, we must receive it into our spirits.  Then it becomes our responsibility to share it and to instruct others in the proper disciplinary spiritual insights; which are required for them to become “new instruments”. 

This new sound, as we received it, and bring it to the earth, will be blended by many.  It transcends every diversity that has prevented unity in the believers of Christ.  We will all, as one body receive it and released back to the Lord!  It will ascend as one voice; one perfected sound unto the Lord.  Although in the realm of the spirit - we may hear several complexed chords they will still ascend as one voice; one perfected praise unto the Lord!

This new sound, once we have received it into our spirits, will enable our souls to become transformed into the expressed mind and will of God.  Now, when this occurs, our minds will have the capability of becoming freed from previous non-profitable mindsets; our bodies will be disciplined to the extent that they will freely yield and be totally brought under the subjection of the Holy Ghost;…..  and we will truly be presented as a living sacrifice.  In other words the true meaning of Romans 12:1 &2 will be demonstrated through our lives. 

Many prophetic gatherings - true prophetic gatherings, are receiving the manifestation and the divine presence of the Lord as never before, simply because they have heard the new sound…. Therefore, their praises unto the Lord ascend as one sound .. as one sweet smelling savor unto Him!

This new sound - prophetic in nature, has no limits and no boundaries! Yet, its nature is disciplined, its character is divine and its application is strategic.

Leaders, Warriors, another new sound has been released…..Awaken your “Spiritual Ears” to receive it and encourage other to do the same.

 

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19

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 Servanthood…What’s Your Motivation?

(Responsibility or Compassion)

“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

 

Do I have the heart of a servant?  Has my mind been renewed to the extent that servanthood is emanating from my every action?   We must always bear in mind that everything that Christ exampled was motivated from the platform of a heart that generated unconditional love.  He  attempted to show us that it matters not what the task; if love is present; then that love will override any other emotion that we may experience. (I Corinthians 13)

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 and not on the motivation for doing the work.  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 His unconditional 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 be Reliable : 1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV

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

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

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

A -  be Alert: 1 Peter 5:8 ESV

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

N - 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 – be Trustworthy: 1 Corinthians 4:2 ESV

“Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.”

 

So to recap….a true servant has received that degree of unconditional love that has now produced within them the mentality of: Sacrifice, Encouragement, Reliability, Vigilance, Alertness, 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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God Isn’t Surprised!!!

So…Just Trust Him!

“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

 

 

Sometimes when tragedies occur we tend to lose our focus and forget that God is yet God!  Some of us fail to remember that we still serve an omniscient God (All wise and all knowing).  So although we are surprised or are left in a state of utter disbelief as a result of “the enemy’s nonsense” – God is still saying.. “I got this!!”  We must remember that as the end of time as we now know it rapidly approaches; we will begin to observe even more displays of injustice and the like.  However, WE; those true Believers must not lose our focus!  We must continue to stand firmly anchored – and decree the Word of the Lord. 

 

On several occasions I’ve used as an opening statement, “Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus, Just to Take Him at His Word.”  (Now, a few of you may remember that to be the title of an old favorite hymn.)  Well, when I woke up one morning, someone was singing that song on my television.  Then when I tuned in to Pandora, that very song was playing again!  Coincidence???? No way! Just another divinely orchestrated plan of God.…. Just God reassuring me and to relay the message to continue to trust Him!

 

So with assurance, I know that God wants us to find comfort in trusting Him.  He wants us to find our satisfaction and pleasure in Him…. and in all that He represents.  God wants us to realize that we only have to take Him at His Word.   He longs for us to know that it IS “sweet” to just trust Him and to trust in Him.

 

When some of us use the terminology “that’s sweet” we would be implicating the taste of food.  Still for another group of you, “that’s sweet” would mean that something has received your stamp of approval and that you are really in agreement with the situation.  However – it doesn’t matter which definition you can relate to – the word sweet has a positive implication. 

 

There may be times when you have difficulty in trusting fully in God because you forget that He is the Almighty; the one and only all wise omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient God!  He has no colleagues, contemporaries, or equal.  You may seem to forget that NOTHING takes him by surprise!  He already knows exactly everything that will ever transpire in your life!  Therefore we can’t conclude or compare our decisions concerning what He will do in a given situation, with what others have or have not done to or for us. In other words, because someone has failed or disappointed you – you shouldn’t base your trust in God against such.  God will ALWAYS base His EVERY move concerning you on His undying, uncompromising, unconditional, unwavering love for you.  That’s why we can trust Him!  That’s why it’s so, so, sweet to trust in Jesus.  And because His Word CAN’T fail – because He has promised that His word won’t return to Him void – we can take Him at His Word!  Hallelujah!!!!!

 

So Just Trust Him –when trials come. 

Just trust Him – to turn every negative situation around in your favor. 

Just trust Him to supply your every need and Godly desire. 

Just trust Him for the salvation of your unsaved loved ones.

Just trust Him to do exceeding and abundantly MORE than you could ever imagine.

 

How do you trust Him?  By finding a scripture to correspond with your situation.  Then use that scripture as your spiritual medicine.   Just as your medical doctor may prescribe a medication to be taken three or four times daily – take your spiritual medicine throughout the day.  Now… some medications must be taken for a while – and may even have several refills.  We will religiously take it, and get the refills – and maybe even request a new script when we have exceeded the refills!! Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop us from trusting in that medicine! Well, when we apply the same tenacity with our spiritual medicine “taking” it throughout the day, week, month and maybe for the years – we will begin to build our trust channels in the Lord and conform our minds to the mindset of trusting Him.

 

Deitrick Haddon sings a popular song entitled “He’s Able”; which says,

Don’t give up on God cuz He won’t give up on you…He’s Able!”

Exceedingly, abundantly, above all, all you could ask or think according to, the power,  that worketh in you.

God is able to do just what he said he would do.

He's gonna fullfill every promise to you.

Don't give up on God cause He won't give up on you.  He's Able, yeah, He's able.

 

So just trust God and you will discover that it truly is “sweet” to trust Him.

 

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to take Him at His Word;

Just to rest upon His promise, And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”

 

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;

Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! Oh, for grace to trust Him more! (Louisa M. R. Stead.)

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Let Go! Just Shift to Autopilot

Let Go!

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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My Strength is Seated in Joy!

My Strength is Seated in Joy!

Read Psalm 43 and Nehemiah 8

 “……...This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”     Nehemiah 8:10

 

Today, Lord may I continue to comprehend that you ARE my joy.   May I realize that my mind must be renewed to the concept, that my ability to remain joyful (full of joy) in the midst of adversity, is one of the battles that must be won.  Consequently, Lord I will totally understand that you and you alone are the nucleus of my joy.  Everything that is necessary for my “JOY” has its basis, its focus and its core emanating from you Lord.

 

Therefore…., today I invite you, Holy Spirit to continue to infiltrate my mind, and to release me from every thought pattern that is not God ordained ……. thus permitting me to remain joyful throughout this day.  I decree that I will not allow any circumstance that may arise today cause me to lose or “loose” my focus.  May I always remain cognizant that joy is not an emotion –but a mindset.

  

So I thank you now, for your guidance, your direction and the provision of your “joy” - that will be required for this day.  May the joy that you bring empower me and offer to me the foundation which is vital concerning my ability to stand strong today and always.  May I not be a partaker nor the recipient of anything that will allow my mind to wander….. Thus causing ME to surrender my joyous state.  Because I am in control of my thoughts – I choose to focus on only what will bring: joy, peace and happiness.  May I KNOW that because I do have the JOY of the Holy Ghost – no demonic force has the power nor the authority to steal it.

 

May I never forget that my happiness will ALWAYS be short lived and temporal; simply because it is based upon the things which are “HAPPENING” around me ….. and they are ever-changing. However my joy is seated in my spirit and released through my soul…. And is eternal…..If  “I”  permit it to be so.  Since JOY is a part of the fruit of the Spirit; its charter qualities are eternal.  Therefore the manifestation of joy in my life is a CHOICE that I can determine.

 

May I continue to reflect on the strength and encouragement of our patriots who walked by faith as they sang:

 “This joy that I have, the world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away.” 

 

Joy produces a Mindset of Strength,

Strength produces a Mindset of Power,

Power produces a Mindset of Victory!

So…. I will keep my mind focused….. and Walk in VICTORY!!!!!!

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The Strategy Required to Navigate

 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” Philippians 2:5

 

Although we may not be aware of it, but each new day presents an array of situations and circumstances which require us to “assess and conquer”.   Many times, we are aware of specific challenges that will “grace” our day – therefore, we’ve had the time to adequately prepare for them. However, sometimes these demands will be unexpected and require that we make split-second decisions.  Nevertheless, in either case – God has equipped us with an ability to advance through each situation successfully.  We have within us; although far too often undeveloped; the ability and the skill to strategically navigate through this maze that we call life.

 

To maneuver successfully through our own “obstacle course” not only requires skill, but: patience, endurance and concentration. (You’ll see this trio again!)

 

I found an app for my phone which gives me the opportunity to engage in a game called labyrinth.  Many years ago, I had an actual labyrinth board.  This board is composed of numerous holes and a small metal ball.  The objective of this game is to successfully guide the metal ball through the obstacle course of holes, while maneuvering the ball from one end of the board to the other side – without the ball falling into one of the holes.  It is not until you’ve successfully completed level 1, that you are permitted to progress to the next level - each level increasing in difficulty.

 

Life can be compared to that small metal ball on the labyrinth board.  Life is an obstacle course through which we must carefully, patiently and skillfully be guided and directed.   It demands that we take a seat – physically and mentally to map out a plan that will successfully enable us  to navigate around all of the potholes that the enemy has waiting for us.  We can usually get a “heads up” on some of them by surveying our natural bloodline.  Then as you discover various inherited “potholes” –  whether in the natural or in the realm of the spirit; use your kingdom authority to completely eradicate them.  Declare that the buck stops here! Forbid the manifestation of anything that is not of the Holy Spirit to rest, rule or to reign in your life.    Remember…the enemy isn’t too smart!  However he is strategic and persistent.  Therefore, you must be strategic in your planning if you are going to outwit the enemy and navigate productively through your labyrinth board.

 

Lastly, but most importantly….as always…… we must consider our mindset … for it is our determining factor.  One of the most over overlooked, misunderstood….. but vital focuses in Christendom is the subject of mind renewal.  Yet, it is essential and the prerequisite to our success on every level.  The process of mind renewal must be taken more seriously if we are going to effectively outmaneuver our enemy.

 

I would like to encourage you to increase, strengthen and awaken your current mental status – in the natural!   One sure way to begin this process is by engaging in logic puzzles and memory games.   Challenge your mind to accomplish a task that you haven’t been able to achieve in the past.  By trying a variety of puzzles, you will awaken various areas of your brain.   Without regards to your age, begin NOW and refuse to permit the spirits of Alzheimer, Dementia and the like to occupy space in your mind….simply because some of your brain cells have become deaden due to the lack of proper activity or deterioration! 

 

To be victorious we must come to the realization that every successful battle is won when the proper strategy has been devised….. and the navigation process is formulated according to that strategy!   

  

We must remember that an active mind is a productive mind.  A productive mind now must become a disciplined mind. A disciplined mind is ready to begin the perpetual process of strategically navigating through your personally designed - endtime diabolical labyrinth board!

 

“Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”                                               Romans 12:2 - New Living Translation

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Your Axe-head Will Float Again

(Read: II Kings 6:1-7)

 

This story as recorded in II Kings has always been among one of my favorites.  Today we will not even be able to “scratch the surface” to reveal all that can be gleaned from the examples and principles provided in this story.  However, we’ll probably come back to it at a later date.

 

The focus for this meditation is the servant who was experiencing a problematic situation.  He was: working, in the right place, doing what he was instructed to do, using the proper tool and appearing to be accomplishing the task that was required of him.  However, all of a sudden – he was faced with a dilemma.  The very tool that he was using for advancement – which wasn’t even his, (he had borrowed it) – had vanished into the river – never to return again…. So he thought.

 

When you are faced with a dilemma – who/what is your first line of defense?  Many times we turn to a spouse, friend, colleague or family member.  Our servant in this story cried to his master.  He cried to someone who had the wisdom, faith and the solution to recover for him what he had lost. Therefore, our first lesson learned from this servant is this: my first line of defense should be my Master…. prayerfully that would be our Lord.  When faced with a situation which is beyond your control – to whom do you turn… FIRST???? (Think about that for a second!)

 

As we proceed through the story we reference the axehead.  This tool can represent any tool (or weapon), that’s necessary for me to be effective as I attempt to advance. It can be any tool (or weapon) used to bring down, cut down or cut through diabolical plans or natural road blocks.  The servant had temporarily lost sight of his weapon.  However with the proper guidance, and instruction, he was able to see the return of his valuable tool.  So, just remember that your situation isn’t hopeless; no matter how it may appear to you.  You always have the ability to regain and recover all that you have lost or no longer have within your view. 

 

Recovery is possible, however there are some prerequisites.  It is only when we are in the proper place; receiving the proper supervision; anchored by the proper support and obeying the instructions which are given to us - that we will be able to cause our “axehead” to float again.

 

The servant had to DO something.  He didn’t just sit and weep about his situation.  He didn’t just tell his friends or colleagues. He told his MASTER! He told someone who had the wisdom to correct the dilemma, and the power to bring about the recovery of want he had lost.  The servant may have had faith, however “Faith” without corresponding actions – is dead.   Faith w/o a corresponding action will not bring anything into manifestation! 

 

As we are in this season of recovery; expect your axehead to float again.  Expect every weapon that is needed for your advancement in this season to be recovered.  Expect the outcome of every situation that appears to be impossible, to receive an immediate reversal.

 

 So go now and recover your axehead – but don’t do it your way (leaning to your own understanding!). You must listen to and adhere to the voice of your Master!  You must listen to the voice of wisdom….which may be delivered to you by God directly through His word or by someone who is sent by Him to provide you with the careful and watchful guidance. 

 

Your axehead will float again.  However you must be in the proper place, listening to the voice of your Master and doing only that which is relevant in this season for your recovery.  

 

  “Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.” 

                                                                                                                       Proverbs 18:15 (MSG)

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Don’t Believe What You Perceive In The Natural….

It Might Be An Optical Illusion!

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Proverbs 14:12

 

Visual illusions; better referred to as optical illusions; have taught us that what we think that we see, doesn’t always reveal what is actually present.  In a visual illusion, your brain attempts to process information received from your optic nerve.  However, although many people can view the same picture they will not always perceive the same image.  This is thought to be because of the complexity and individuality of our brain cells; as well as all of the occurrences and information that we have received in our lifetimes. Therefore, we have learned that we can only believe about a half of what we see with our physical eye. 

 

As the end of time as we have now perceived it quickly draws nigh, it behooves us to more eagerly develop our spiritual senses.  We must learn not to sensor everything through what we see with our physical eye, but to increase the awareness of our spirits (conscience, intuition, and communion with God)….. And to permit that knowledge to impact our soul (mind, will and emotions).

 

The enemy has painted most of the visual illusions that we cling to today – and that we perceive as truth.  Usually, our number one blockage or hindrance in our spiritual walk has resulted from nothing more than an optical illusion.  It’s some concept or precept that we have “viewed” and now its residue is still lingering….preventing us from aggressively and effectively defeating the enemy….at all times.

 

II Corinthians 4:18 summarizes this entire concept.  Here Paul is telling us not to look at the things that we see…..because they are temporal…. subject to change.  I would like to encourage you to focus more on the “weightier” things in life.  Many people will read every label prior to purchasing their food or clothing and even exercise religiously. …nothing wrong here.  However, their focus on the edification of their spirit man is not as meticulous.

 

Let’s no longer receive the optical illusion that this world has presented.  Let’s take off the spiritual blinders….and stop living within the perimeters….the “lies” that the enemy has given to us.  Walk by faith, not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7).  We are still privy to every blessing proclaimed in Deuteronomy 28…. And then some!!!  Don’t allow an optical illusion to deceive you; causing you to abort or to total miss your next opportunity for advancement. 

 

To view life only through our five senses is elementary.  Therefore, I must enhance my spiritual discernment – so that I will not be overtaken ever again by the next optical illusion that the adversary presents as truth!

 

“Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.” II Corinthians 4:18  Amplified Version

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Reestablish Broken Boundaries

Reestablish Broken Boundaries

“I have been crucified with Christ: and I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the real life I now have within this body is a result of my trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

 

 

As we begin to reestablish our broken boundaries, we must realize that if our ear is not disciplined  -we will not have the ability to  recognize the prophetic instructions from the Lord.  We have been given specific orders; however, without an “ear to hear” we will continue to proceed through every day conducting “business as usual”.

 

To live a life that has been crucified requires that we re-establish and maintain boundaries.    Therefore, I must be determined that I will; without regards to the cost; not permit the cares, pleasures and lifestyles of this world, to persuade me to permit my God given boundaries to become broken.    So.. I might have to eliminate some relationships, fine tune my “inner circle”, and realize that the strategies that were effective yesterday are totally irrelevant for this season! 

 

Today, we are witnessing the effects of “broken boundaries” in our homes, our government… and what’s even worst, within the body of Christ.   The body of Christ as a whole has the power to totally uproot and overthrow every diabolical decision that our government attempts to impose upon us.   However, because we have permitted so many boundaries to become broken; the Holy Spirit who resides WITHIN us is no longer living THROUGH us.  It’s amazing to consider that a one time in history, the government sought the advice and wisdom of the body of Christ.  TODAY, it appears that the body of Christ seeks the government for direction!!

 

Nevertheless, we must at all times remain cognizant of the fact that the boundaries which God has established for our lives must remain intact.  Sadly to say; far too many of us have expanded the perimeters which God has established to guard our spirit, soul and body.  We have gradually, inch by inch removed the “ancient landmarks”.  Therefore, as a result of these broken boundaries; the body of Christ as a whole has loss her stamina, power, authority and respect.  Of course… there are a few groups here and there who are making an impact against diabolical maneuvers.  However, when you consider the amount of people who profess to be Christians and who have surrendered their lives to the Lord; and compare it to the influence that we are exhibiting in major decision making; it is evident that we have too many broken boundaries.

 

For an example; I can remember in times past when the “real” Saints. .the totally committed people of God didn’t play numbers; now you have houses of worship sponsoring trips to the casinos….. Broken Boundaries.  Previously, Saints didn’t watch various programs on the television; now I hear and see many talking about the latest nightly series that can be compared to the day time “Soap Operas”!…… Broken boundaries.  We have also broken the boundaries when considering what we permit our spiritual diets to contain.  Most spiritual diets today aren’t composed of enough spiritual nutrition to sustain a newborn Saint…..Broken boundaries.  Saints are forced to read their Word, to fast and does anyone memorize the Word anymore???? Broken Boundaries!!! 

 

Let’s eagerly begin to reestablish the broken boundaries in our lives by allowing the Holy Spirit who dwells within us to truly live through us.  This means taking a non-compromising stand for everything that God opposes….regardless!  This means no negotiating or “plea bargaining” when it comes to what we do, where we go, what we eat, what we say, what we wear; our giving and our living; our dispositions nor our attitudes. 

 

So… because we have been crucified with Christ, trust God! We must tune in to that realm where the prophetic voice is as audible and natural to us as taking our next breath! We must allow the life that we now live, to be a living sacrifice of a lifestyle that exemplifies the power, and the authority of the Holy Spirit who inhabits our spiritman.  The world needs what we have. 

 

Therefore, we must:

At any cost, refuse to permit your boundaries to remain broken! 

At any cost develop a mindset that will remain militant, focused and determine in your quest to reestablish the broken boundaries.

At any cost maintain an alert, discerning ear; sensitive to the prophetic voice of God…. and watch God use YOU to begin this transformation of reestablishing broken boundaries!

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The Key is Discipline

“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 worship 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 in a given area, nor do we realize  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, do my actions AND my motives  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 who had been asked to pray 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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God Isn’t Surprised!!!

So…Just Trust Him!

“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

 

 

Sometimes when tragedies occur we tend to lose our focus and forget that God is yet God!  Some of us fail to remember that we still serve an omniscient God (All wise and all knowing).  So although we are surprised or are left in a state of utter disbelief as a result of “the enemy’s nonsense” – God is still saying.. “I got this!!”  We must remember that as the end of time as we now know it rapidly approaches; we will begin to observe even more displays of injustice and the like.  However, WE; those true Believers must not lose our focus!  We must continue to stand firmly anchored – and decree the Word of the Lord. 

 

On several occasions I’ve used as an opening statement, “Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus, Just to Take Him at His Word.”  (Now, a few of you may remember that to be the title of an old favorite hymn.)  Well, when I woke up one morning, someone was singing that song on my television.  Then when I tuned in to Pandora, that very song was playing again!  Coincidence???? No way! Just another divinely orchestrated plan of God.…. Just God reassuring me and to relay the message to continue to trust Him!

 

So with assurance, I know that God wants us to find comfort in trusting Him.  He wants us to find our satisfaction and pleasure in Him…. and in all that He represents.  God wants us to realize that we only have to take Him at His Word.   He longs for us to know that it IS “sweet” to just trust Him and to trust in Him.

 

When some of us use the terminology “that’s sweet” we would be implicating the taste of food.  Still for another group of you, “that’s sweet” would mean that something has received your stamp of approval and that you are really in agreement with the situation.  However – it doesn’t matter which definition you can relate to – the word sweet has a positive implication. 

 

There may be times when you have difficulty in trusting fully in God because you forget that He is the Almighty; the one and only all wise omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient God!  He has no colleagues, contemporaries, or equal.  You may seem to forget that NOTHING takes him by surprise!  He already knows exactly everything that will ever transpire in your life!  Therefore we can’t conclude or compare our decisions concerning what He will do in a given situation, with what others have or have not done to or for us. In other words, because someone has failed or disappointed you – you shouldn’t base your trust in God against such.  God will ALWAYS base His EVERY move concerning you on His undying, uncompromising, unconditional, unwavering love for you.  That’s why we can trust Him!  That’s why it’s so, so, sweet to trust in Jesus.  And because His Word CAN’T fail – because He has promised that His word won’t return to Him void – we can take Him at His Word!  Hallelujah!!!!!

 

So Just Trust Him –when trials come. 

Just trust Him – to turn every negative situation around in your favor. 

Just trust Him to supply your every need and Godly desire. 

Just trust Him for the salvation of your unsaved loved ones.

Just trust Him to do exceeding and abundantly MORE than you could ever imagine.

 

How do you trust Him?  By finding a scripture to correspond with your situation.  Then use that scripture as your spiritual medicine.   Just as your medical doctor may prescribe a medication to be taken three or four times daily – take your spiritual medicine throughout the day.  Now… some medications must be taken for a while – and may even have several refills.  We will religiously take it, and get the refills – and maybe even request a new script when we have exceeded the refills!! Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop us from trusting in that medicine! Well, when we apply the same tenacity with our spiritual medicine “taking” it throughout the day, week, month and maybe for the years – we will begin to build our trust channels in the Lord and conform our minds to the mindset of trusting Him.

 

Deitrick Haddon sings a popular song entitled “He’s Able”; which says,

Don’t give up on God cuz He won’t give up on you…He’s Able!”

Exceedingly, abundantly, above all, all you could ask or think according to, the power,  that worketh in you.

God is able to do just what he said he would do.

He's gonna fullfill every promise to you.

Don't give up on God cause He won't give up on you.  He's Able, yeah, He's able.

 

So just trust God and you will discover that it truly is “sweet” to trust Him.

 

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to take Him at His Word;

Just to rest upon His promise, And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”

 

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;

Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! Oh, for grace to trust Him more! (Louisa M. R. Stead.)

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Integrity = A “Transparency” Which Must Be Displayed

May I daily mirror and display a “lifestyle” of integrity.

Yahweh Sali”

(The Lord my rock. –Psalm 18:2)

 

The Lord is my Rock and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.                      Psalm 18:2

 

Read: Psalm 18 & Psalm 34

 

When we disrespect those who are in authority concerning us – and influence others to do the same; we are in walking in open rebellion.    At this point, WE have opened an entrance for the enemy to come in; take off his shoes and have a cup of cappuccino!   However, more importantly, we are also displaying the fact that the Lord is still not our rock.  Therefore, we are not walking in the level of integrity that will permit us to stand undefeated in these last days.

 

The evidence that the Lord is my rock is proven and displayed to others by the degree of integrity that daily governs my life.   If the Lord is my rock, I will not fall prey to the mindsets of this world and its dishonest principles.  “IF" the Lord is my rock, I will not stand upon the motivations, nor, find rest in the comfort zones, of anything that doesn’t come into alignment with the integrity of His Kingdom Principles.  My level of integrity must excel the mere living a lifestyle that others can observe as being that of a “Christian”.  I must be an open display in the realm of the spirit; to be observed by every diabolical force; that my dedication to the Lord is authentic.

 

Therefore, as of today O Lord, may my every thought, motive and action affirm the fact that you are truly my rock.  It is you that I run to daily to support and anchor me.  It is you that I depend upon as my pillar, as my prop, as my leaning post, as my only genuine stake; which possesses the ability to remain stable and unyielding in this ever - changing world.

 

Lord, it is only because of your revealed quality as Yahweh Sali, that I am capable of remaining unshaken in the midst of every storm. Even nature has revealed that in the eye of every hurricane or tornado there is a place of total peace. I have discovered that it is the guidance of your eye, Yahweh Sali, which is capable of giving me total peace and stability when the turmoil and devastative effects of spiritual or natural tsunamis manifest themselves in my life.   No matter what occurs, because of your integrity to me, - I can always find comfort in the fact that you have hidden me in the “cleft of yourself” and permitted me to find safety in the “secret place” of who you are.  You have allowed me to abide under your shadow. It is in you that I can wholeheartedly trust.   May I never forget that you have been and will always be my perpetual ROCK.

 

“On Christ the SOLID ROCK I stand….ALL, ALL, ALL other ground is sinking sand!”

 

Therefore, I will perpetually keep myself under the restraints of the Holy Ghost; who will assure me the power to walk in the level of integrity; that permits the Lord to be visibly displayed in every circumstance and situation that I may daily encounter…..

And it is so!

 

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Praying In Confidence

Because…God Has Already Heard Me!

 

14 And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. 15 And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.”               I John 5:14 & 15 Amplified Version

 

 

Two of the most prevalent strategies that our adversary has used for years among the members of the body of Christ, is number one - to get us to doubt God and number 2 - to get use to waste time.  He (the enemy) knows that for the most part; as leaders; we are too wise to go back out into the world.  He also knows that we love the Lord too much to steal His tithe and/or offerings.  The enemy also knows that most Christians are not very knowledgeable concerning the Word of God!  We can quote it; but don’t truly understand it enough to apply it to our daily lives.

Hosea 4:6 tells us that we are destroyed for the lack of knowledge.  Therefore, although we love the Lord, we are not advancing and maintaining our stamina in the realm of the spirit.  This is simply because we are not in possession of the proper concepts and precepts concerning the application of the Word of God.  One of the areas of our lives where this is prevailing is in our prayer life.

According to our text, whenever I pray, God hears what I’m saying.  Therefore, to me this denotes that because God is neither deaf, nor void of understanding concerning my intentions; I don’t need to pray the same request over and over and over and over again.  When we pray, the enemy has us so consumed with fear, doubt, unbelief or just plain ignorance – that we feel as though when we don’t SEE (with our physical eye),  the immediate manifestation of our request… we begin to panic.  Listen, and listen to me well…. God is saying….I heard you the first time!  (And please don’t refer to Matthew 7:7 or Luke 11:9). We must remember that God’s timing is usually not in accordance with ours.  If I stop praying for something when I can see the manifestation of what I’ve prayed for….. is that walking by faith or by sight? 

So, after I’ve prayed, I need to now walk in faith – denouncing the spirit of fear, tearing down every road block and hindrance that would prevent the manifestation (in this realm) of my petition.  I also need to become mature enough…. To the extent…. that I can maintain my focus regardless - and pray God’s promises – and not my problems!  I need to not negate the manifestation of my request, by releasing from my mouth words that are contrary to my spoken request of the Lord. 

God HAS Already Heard Me! Therefore, I will stand and realize that, if there has been a delay in the physical manifestation to the response of my request; that there’s a principle that the Lord is attempting to bring to my awareness.  So again I ask: “If I stop praying when I physically see the manifestation  - am I not really walking by sight and not by faith????”.  

I’ve heard many say P.U.S.H. meaning Praying, Until, Something, Happens.  However, as for me; whenever I pray… something has already happened! I’d rather say that P.U.S.H. means Persevering, Under, Satanic, Harassment!

Because God HAS already heard me; I won’t waste precious time walking in unbelief and presenting the same request to Him again as though He is ignorant, deaf or void of understanding!  I’ll walk in faith and begin to praise Him in advance, before I even SEE…in this realm, the manifestation of my request….because I know, that I know, that I know….. IT’S ON THE WAY!!!  Therefore…I can shout NOW!!!!! HALLELUJAH!!!

(Remember …..Our prayers must be in accord with God’s written Word if we desire for Him to positively answer them!)

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Your Connections!

Your Connections!  

 “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, unless He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7

 

Would you like to know the newspaper headlines for tomorrow?  What if your country’s security intelligence forces had the proper connections in advance to focus on where the next terrorist attack would occur? … Or the next major local catastrophe?  It doesn’t matter the situation; proper preparation requires that I get connected to the correct source to obtain a “heads up”.  When I am properly connected to the right source, I will be informed and prepared.  I can then advance to my next place in the realm of the spirit; in peace and harmony…. on time …. regardless to any diabolical road blocks!

 

The Lord loves us to the extent that He doesn’t want us to become alarmed or caught by surprise with the negative occurrences which will become apparent in the future.  He has promised to inform us of His intentions. However we must avail ourselves to those to whom He has given the ear to hear His prophetic voice.  It is imperative in this season that we get connected to those who can authentically represent and relay the voice of the Lord concerning the future.  We must get connected to those who have truly been anointed by God and have the ability to communicate to us His specifics concerning future events.

 

As I have so often said, the time to prepare for the calamity is prior to its occurrence. Our successful survival is dependent upon our ability to be proactive– rather than reactive; to be prepared rather that caught by surprise when major tragedies occur.  So now is the time to connect or to re-connect. 

 

  • Get connected to someone who can correlate their insights concerning the future to the Word of God.
  • Get connected to someone who has a proven positive track record.
  • Get connected to someone who is willing to teach and lead by example; rather than just prophesy.
  • Above all, get connected to the person (or persons) that the Lord is leading you to - not necessarily the person that is the most popular – but the person with whom the Lord validates within your spirit.

 

We can possess proper and powerful tools; however without the intervention of our God given connection(s), our production will be limited or possibly non-existent.    For example; one may purchase the finest electrical equipment possible.  However, if they have no means of receiving an electrical current; or if they can’t get connected to a working power source; their expensive tools are useless! 

 

So in this season… check your connections.  It is possible that the hindrance that you are encountering could simply be that it’s time to amend those to whom you are connected.  Sometimes we are trying to fix and patch up something that has served its purpose and needs to be discarded, replaced or upgraded.

 

There are in the last trimester of this year!  Begin to assessment your connections.  Ask the Lord for the wisdom and the grace to “clean house” as you consider both your spiritual and secular connections.  Examination your connections closely and terminate those that the Lord deems are no longer beneficial.  Trust in the Lord ….He has never, nor will He ever steer you to the wrong connections.

 

 Remember it’s not who you know….but to whom you are connected!!!

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”   I John 4:1-3

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The Decision is Yours….Defeated Foe or Confident Warrior?

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

 

If we were to take a quick poll of those who are operating in leadership positions within the body of Christ; we would readily discover that many are operating from the mentally of “defeat” instead of “confidence”.  

Today ask yourself from which platform you are truly functioning.  Does your confidence in the promises of God end at the onset of the least little “boo” from the enemy’s camp?  If so… you’re a Defeated Foe!  Has your level of faith still not matured to the state where you can place your petitions before the Lord; according to 1 John 5:14 & 15 and move on?  If not….. you’re a Defeated Foe!   Are you still “hoping” that the situations will change after you’ve confidently made all of your decrees and declarations?  If so… you’re living your life as a Defeated Foe! 

A warrior is one who maintains the mindset of victory.  They can’t be conquered!  Even in the event that the outcome of a given situation may appear to show signs of loss – a true warrior always wins!  Why?  Because a true warrior has the mental stability and maturity to remain focused on their target – regardless.  It doesn’t matter the nature nor the source of their opposition, they will remain focused in the midst of any situation.  A true warrior knows that they may encounter disappointing SITUATIONS, but THEY are never defeated …because they triumph in every situation (2 Corinthians 2:14).   A confident warrior will have many battle scars – yet they will still say and mean – “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face” (Job 13:15).  A confident warrior will genuinely believe that their hope and trust are in the Lord. (And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. Ps 39:7). A confident warrior will “Always and ALWAY” (w/o the “s”) – have a Praise in their hearts and a shout in their mouth (Ps. 34:1).  A confident warrior never quits – but maintains the tenacity of a bull dog.  A confident warrior is NEVER impressed nor surprised by anything that emanates from the enemy’s camp – but views every circumstance as an opportunity for God to do the miraculous and His name to be glorified!

So I ask again – Which are you… Defeated Foe or Confident Warrior? Your works and lifestyle reveal your true essence….. and tell the story!

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