Apostle Claudia Boatwright's Posts (1670)

Day 16—The Day of Establishing Priorities
Today O God, may I not provoke your anger.

“El ZELOO”
(The jealous God – James 4:4&5)
4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? James 4:4-5 NKJV

 

Read James 4

When we refer to the words jealous or jealously, normally, we relate to them from a negative prospective. However, there are always at least two sides to every coin.

Every attribute of God is still an expression of His love for us. It is because of that love, that He only desires for us to acquire the very best in every arena. Many times, because we don’t fully understand the total concept of God’s love for us; we think that He has established unrealistic demands or limits on us. God’s guidelines for our lives, are always motivated from a perspective of genuine love, true love – the which we have no true concept. If we could ever totally understand His love – then we would have no problem adhering to His word – Regardless.

When in our lives, we have not received the proper application of unselfish love, then, we in return are more prone to lack the ability to properly love God. In life, this is the reason why we can willingly and willfully disobey Him and reject His love. Whenever we decide to walk according to our own desires or to delight ourselves in what the world has to offer; we are rejecting the love of God. In reality I am saying – “God I Still Don’t Understand Your Love For Me!”

The Message Bible states James 4:4-5 this way. “You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. And do you suppose God doesn’t care? The proverb has it that “he’s a fiercely jealous lover.” And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. It’s common knowledge that “God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.”

So Father God I will continue to keep you as the focal point of my life. In my list of priorities, I will esteem you. I will bring an amended consciousness to your love for me. Because I understand your unselfish, “no holds barred” for love for me, I will return the same. May I always remember that everything I do must be for no other reason - than to express to you and show others my love for you. Anything that has moved you from your place of supremacy in my life; be it prestigious positions, business or personal relationships, money, assets – WHATEVER – will now be moved a position of subordination to my love and affection for you. I will no longer “cheat on you” Lord. You are number one and my actions and motives will reflect the same.

I decree and declare that it is so….. In the name of Jesus – Amen.

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The Day of Compassion

The Day of Compassion

Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them.
“El Rachum”
(The God of compassion. – Deut. 4:31)

"For the LORD your God is a COMPASSIONATE God; He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.” Deuteronomy 4:31
New American Standard Bible (©1995)



Read: Deuteronomy 4 & Ephesians 4 (emphasis on verse 32)



Lord, may one of my objectives for today be to extend to others the acts of compassion that you have shown to me.

May my heart not be hardened to those who are not even seeking to know you and love you. May I not retaliate and avenge others for their acts of ungodliness towards me; – but be motivated to extend and show them true concern and consideration regardless of their acceptance or rejection of my actions of kindness towards them.

Lord, I do realize that I must receive and understand your compassionate love towards me, if I am going to have the ability to reflect the same.

May I not just sing about your love and compassion, read about it, talk about it, and confess it; but may I; as another benefit of this consecration; daily increase my demonstrations of genuine compassion towards others.

When I begin to realize and focus on how you, El Rachum, have been so compassionate and expressed your unconditional love towards me; may I then remember that I have no other choice than to show to others the same.

“I CAN do all things through You, El Rachum, who has given me the strength!” I CAN show compassion to those who slander, misjudge, demean and spread false accusations concerning me. I CAN command my tongue to speak ONLY words of compassion to EVERYONE. I CAN and I must surrender my entire being to become so engulfed with your compassionate love; that as a natural response – my heart is now a heart from which true compassion automatically flows.

I decree and declare that it is so…..In the name of Jesus. Amen

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The Day of Breakthrough

The Day of Breakthrough
“Breakthrough Oh Lord, so that I may break forth”
“Yahweh Perazim ”
(The Lord of Breakthrough –II Samuel 5:20)



So David went to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, "As waters break out, the LORD has broken out against my enemies before me……………… (II Samuel 5:20)

Read: II Samuel 5

As I enter this New Year – a time of fasting, and consecration; Lord I am requesting that you would permit the power of the Holy Ghost to “breakthrough” and to break up any negative residue that is still attempting to linger in my spirit. Any lingering mindset that will prevent your power from having its full range in my spirit, Yahweh Perazim, I summit my will to you now, and request that you break through it. Burst forth as the waters through an overly stretched dam. Break forth with your explosive, uncontainable power!

As you broke through and rescued David from his enemies, breakthrough the plans and devices that my enemy, the master deceiver, has concocted for my demise and destruction. Break through every shackle that is still attached to my feet, thus attempting to prevent me from being in my “appointed places” at the correct times. Break through the thorns and thistles in the realm of spirit, which produce the “snags” that permit me to misuse or waste valuable time. Break through unhealthy, nonproductive relationships. Break through every barrier and “smoke screen” that is hindering and blocking my vision - still preventing me from aggressively and confidently advancing. Break through every negative spirit that the traditions of man have instilled in me, which are hindering the effectiveness of our twenty-first century church. Yahweh Perazim, search my entire being, layer by layer. Whatever concepts, precepts, ideologies, methodologies and the like, that are contrary to yours – break them up, move them out, replace them with your wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

And now Yahweh Perazim, as you break through, may I daily begin to perceive the results which are being produced from my enhanced position of power and authority. May I begin to break forth into one who is: feared, detested, hated, envied and begrudged by the kingdom of darkness. As you use me mightily, may I always remain cognizant and grateful to you, Yahweh Perazim - for your prodigious “break -through” anointing. May I never become arrogant, conceited or heady – only more confident as I walk and rest in the freedom that only you have the ability to provide.

I decree and declare that it is so…..In the name of Jesus. Amen

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Day 13—The Day of Servanthood

Day 13—The Day of Servanthood

“Eved HaKadosh ”
Jesus, The Holy Servant – (Acts 4:27)

“Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy SERVANT Jesus, whom you anointed.” Acts 4:27 NIV

Read: Matthew 20:26-28 (NIV); I Corinthians 7:22 (NASV); Philippians 2:7 (NIV); I Corinthians 9:19 (NIV)

 

Prayer of Servanthood © 2003
(Extracted from my book, “Because I Know Your Word, I STAND” @2003)

Father God I thank you for the opportunity to be used of the Holy Spirit to minister to your people.......

Therefore, I have come to the realization that if I am to lead effectively, I must first become a servant. I will therefore refine my “servanthood mentality” to the upmost.
As I seek to obtain a more in-depth perception of those whom you have given me to serve, may I continue to curtail or “redirect” my own opinions. May I submit to the spirit of humility that is required of me, to serve you effectively through serving them.

Lord, I realize the mandate on my life to constantly cultivate every area of my being. I will never permit pride to mask itself in my life, thus enabling me to become nonchalant, self-satisfied, or complacent in my relationship with you.

You require an excellent commitment as a servant. I therefore decree to align every aspect of my life to display the same. I will continue to press into your sovereignty; as your SERVANT. I will lead with integrity, with expectation and with dedication…as your SERVANT. I am a faithful and obedient steward over all that you have positioned in my charge….as your SERVANT. This places me in the position to be totally used of you as your proficient SERVANT at all times and in every situation, that I may embark upon.

Daily may I continue to realize that I if I am going to be your profitable servant, I must strive, with my entire being to: love the unlovable, teach the unteachable, and reach the unreachable. Then and only then will I be able to demonstrate the servanthood qualities displayed by Christ, and have at my disposal the mentality to serve you to the fullest, by serving all men.

I decree and declare that it is so…..In the name of Jesus. Amen

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Day 9—The Day of Comfort

Day 9—The Day of Comfort

“Jehovah El Ha-Melitz ”
…….My Lord, My God, My Comforter

(The Lord God my Comforter - Isaiah 51:12A)
"I, even I, am the one who comforts you. Isaiah 51:12A

 

Read Psalm 91

Storms don’t come to last…they come and pass.

Therefore, Oh Lord, may I always retain my focus – regardless to the severity of any storm that I may encounter. May I never permit the tragedies, the abrupt and sudden onset of negative situations; to overtake my mind or emotions. May I always find the comfort and peace that I need, in my assurance of who you are my Jehovah El Ha-Melitz

Every storm has a purpose. You have fore warned us that in this world we will have trouble, trials, and tribulations - storms. However, you have also said to be of good cheer because you have overcome the world. Therefore, since you have successfully overcome all that this world has presented to you - I also am an overcomer.

When I reflect, I can hear my Grandmother saying that the darkest hour is just before dawn. So Lord, may I always take comfort in knowing that the sun WILL always appear again. May I perpetually find comfort in you, Jehovah El Ha-Melitz . May I stand in the midst of every storm and still yet declare that you are Lord.

May I remember that every storm has been orchestrated with the correct timing and the correct nature to push me towards my destiny. May I always trust and cling to your immutable anchor. May I never cease to find solace in the guidance of your omniscient and omnipotent eye.

You ARE– my COMFORTER, my LORD, my GOD…… my Jehovah El Ha-Melitz…. Hallelujah!

I decree and declare that it is so…..In the name of Jesus. Amen

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Day 8—The Day of Wisdom

Day 8—The Day of Wisdom

“Lord may I daily walk in a state of wisdom that operates above my physical age, and natural experiences.”
“El De’ot”
(The God of Knowledge - Proverbs 19:8)

“Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom and in all of thy getting, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7

 

Read: Proverbs 4 & James 1

To have information and to have no knowledge of its application is equivalent to walking in a rain storm carrying a closed umbrella; and then complain that I’m soaking wet! Many Christians today are experiencing a since of being “overwhelmed” by the circumstances and the occurrences in their daily lives. Most are truly devoted Saints - who can tote, quote and know who wrote the Bible. However, they have not received the wisdom for proper application of the God’s word.

So today Father, I ask that you El De’ot, reveal to me the hidden treasures of your Word. I understand that I can no longer afford to walk in ignorance concerning the application of your principles. You have given me a work to accomplish. I have the tools, I have the plans, and I have the true desire to continue to walk in your divine guidance. However, the missing element necessary is your wisdom… which is vital, crucial, and extremely relevant for my next level of ministering and ministry.

El De’ot, May I always remember that for every minute that I am not aggressively applying your wisdom, “I” am permitting a delay in the manifestation and the execution of your plans for my life. “I” am opening the door for diabolical distractions. “I” am giving fuel to kingdom of darkness and giving it permission to release and execute its plans.

Therefore, I will plunge into you and seek your wisdom at any cost. The degree of your wisdom which I have already attained and obtained is no longer sufficient. I therefore humbly release a new mandate into the atmosphere. I will push through EVERY obstacle that is attempting to prevent me from this advancement, and cling only to you at this time…. as never before.

I will, I can, I must, ….with a renewed tenacity seek the guidance and direction… the wisdom…… that is only procured from you El De’ot. For without you I CAN DO NOTHING!

I decree and declare that it is so….. In the name of Jesus – Amen.

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Day 7—The Day of Illumination

Day 7—The Day of Illumination
Lord may I permit your light to shine through me—REGARDLESS.
“JEHOVAH ORI”
(The Lord my light - Psalms 27:1)
“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men love darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” St. John 3:19 (NIV)

Read Psalm 27

To encapsulate the concept of “Illumination”; we could state that illumination is when God, through the working of Holy Spirit, conveys to us an UNDERSTANDING of a revealed Bible truth.

So today, Lord I ask that you illuminate every area of my mind that appears to be dark - void of understanding. Your Son has come to us as our Light; as our path … as that road which reveals an understanding of your desires for us.

Jehovah Ori; as the ultimate Illuminator; you are the lamp unto my feet (my current situations; where I walking now) as well as the light unto my path (my future; the situations that I have not yet encountered) .

Today, I seek the Holy Spirit as never before for a fuller revelation of who you truly are Jehovah Ori…. For without revelation I will have no illumination.

I ask you Lord, my JEHOVAH ORI; that as a result of this consecration, I will continually seek your face for the true illumination. May I never fall prey to the ideologies, concepts, and endtime thought patterns that have been released from the kingdom of darkness. If I must stand seemly alone; then so be it. Permit me; empower me to never compromise or keep hidden the illuminated revelations that you have given to me. My effectiveness and stamina as an endtime warrior will only be maintained if I seek you daily for a more in-depth illumination of my previously learned strategies. This is a necessity because yesterday’s strategic planning has been exhausted. Only you can illuminate my understand to the extent that I am assured of my success daily against every diabolical plot and plan.

May I realize that just because it’s a new year, that fact alone won’t assure me of receiving your “multidimensional” illuminations. Lord, enlarge my territory…. - the territory of my mind, which will produce new imaginations, a new comprehensive vision and an unquenchable thirst for you.

“Jehovah Ori, may I permit your LIGHT to so shine through me, that I may then in return, have that ability to share with others the wisdom, revelation knowledge and endtime strategies that you disclose to me.


I decree and declare that it is so….. In the name of Jesus – Amen.

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Day 6—The Day of Redemption

Day 6—The Day of Redemption

HALLELUJAH! I am redeemed!
“JEHOVAH GOELEKH”
(The Lord thy redeemer - Isaiah 49:26 & 60:16)


“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” Galatians 4:4 & 5 English Standard Version (ESV)

Read Isaiah 49 & Galatians 4



Even though it has been many years ago, whenever I hear the word redemption, I remember the redemption centers for those S & H Green stamps that people once collected here in America.

To summarize the entire process; at the center, you would bring in the stamps that you had collected from various food markets - and had pasted in a book. Then you would trade or “redeem” your stamps for something of value.

The stamps which were just worthless paper, when brought to the redemption center, would be traded for an item whose value was far greater that mere paper.

So it is with us. In our sin nature, we were nothing short of mere paper; just dirt, just clay, and just a blob of useless worthless nothing. However, God; because of His unconditional love for us has the power to convert, to trade, to exchange and to forever “buy back” our souls. He desires to release us FROM (the bondages of our former state) and release us TO (our new dimension in the Lord).

There’s a hymn (for those of you who are still be blessed to sing them!), which says:
Redeemed -how I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy, His child, and forever, I am.
Redeemed, Redeemed, Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb; Redeemed, Redeemed, His child, and forever, I am.

So on today, let us reflect on all that the Lord has permitted us to accomplish….. however great or small. Let us realize - had it not been for our “JEHOVAH GOELEKH” we would be nothing more than mere S & H Green stamps - with no future or hope.

As Jesse Dixion wrote:
I am redeemed, bought with a price; Jesus has changed my whole life.
If anybody asks you, just who I am, Tell them I am REDEEMED.
Where there was hate, love now abides, where there was confession, peace now reins
I’m walking with Jesus; I’m a child of the King. All because I AM REDEEMED!

I decree and declare that it is so….. In the name of Jesus – Amen.

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Day 5—The Day of Mercy

Day 5—The Day of Mercy

May I learn to extend the mercy that I’ve received from you Lord
“ELOHE CHASEDDI”
(The God of my mercy - Psalms 59:10)

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “ Lamentations 3:22 & 32 English Standard Version (©2001)

Read Lamentations 3 & Psalm 59

Lord, where would I be today if you had not extended to me an inexhaustible supply of your mercy? May I remain humbled; may I remain appreciative; may I remain grateful; may I never ever forget that I am not consumed by the consequences of the deeds done in this life - just because of your mercy.

May I now O Lord, receive such an overwhelming revelation of your love that I have the ability to extend your mercy to all.

As I am nearing the end of the first week of this Consecration, I thank you in advance for the tenacity and endurance to persevere and conquer every obstacle and every temptation that will be directed towards me in the weeks to come. May I use the concept of your undying, inexhaustible mercy as the foundation to anchor and sustain me now and in the days ahead.

I reflect on the past week and rely on those character qualities to fortify me for the weeks ahead. Let me remember that you are my: “JEHOVAH El ELOHIM” (The Lord God of Gods); my “JEHOVAH MEPHALTI” (The Lord my Deliverer); my “El NORE” (God that Forgives); my JEHOVAH El EMETH” (Lord God of Truth); and above all my “ELOHE CHASEDDI” (The God of my Mercy).

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
I decree and declare that it is so….. In the name of Jesus – Amen.

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Day 2—The Day of Deliverance

Day 2—The Day of Deliverance
Lord you are my ultimate Deliverer
“JEHOVAH MEPHALTI”
(The Lord my Deliverer - Psalm 18:2)
“Surely you shall deliver me from the snare of the fowler and from the noisesome pestilence” Psalm 91:3

Read Psalm 18 & Psalm 91

The Bible displays are least four concepts for the word deliverance.
Briefly:
(1) "to deliver out of the hands of..., to escape." We can find this example in the Hebrew word “Natsal” (Strong's #5337)
(2) "drawing someone to one's self." – “Rhuomai” (Strong's #4506)
(3) "to deliver into the hands of...for the purpose of judgment." - “Nathan” (Strong's #5414)
(4) "to have ample space between oneself and one's enemies." “Yasha” (Strong's #3467)

Therefore, today we can stand assured that whatever our need is concerning deliverance; our Jehovah Mephalti is well able to manifest it. When we combine the four definitions above we can comprehend that our God will not only rescue His people from the dominion of Satan and the world’s system, but in the process of rescuing and delivering from, He will draw and deliver us unto Himself. One commentary summarizes the entire deliverance process as: “To be removed by God from the hand of the enemy and drawn close to Himself, from which position God places us in confrontation with the enemy on God’s own terms, in order for us to gain victory and defeat the enemy, and to experience freedom from oppression in an ample and secure place.”

As you seek your Jehovah Mephalti today, ask Him to reveal to you the areas in your life where total deliverance has not yet occurred - as well as any obstacles and road blocks that are still preventing you from obtaining your total victories.

Let your prayer for today be: “Today I will embrace every concept of deliverance. I will also never permit my mind to return to its former state. Therefore, my deliverance will produce a lifetime of freedom ….never, ever to be bound again.”
I decree and declare that it is so….. In the name of Jesus – Amen.

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Don’t Allow Your 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 which was used at night when the primary entrance into a city 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. 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 is saved 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 follow 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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Is This Word For You?

Is This Word For You?

“He that hath an ear let him hear……” Revelation 2:17

 

This morning when in prayer, the Lord said that since our formal celebration of Christmas Day has ended, it’s Resurrection Day! In other words, Christ now lives to bring resurrection to everything that once died. He can do this Immediately!! The question is can you shift your mind set just that fast ?? Can you shift from thinking about Christmas to thinking about Resurrection Day? …… Remember this word on today is not for everyone…. And will not be understood by everyone. It is only for those who have the mind set to be catapulted into another dimension. That dimension here we see it before it appears in this realm….that dimension where we KNOW God’s promises and decree and affirm nothing else! That realm where we are not impressed, nor threatened by the apparent occurrences of this realm. That realm where we are not disturbed by: the opinions of others, doctor’s reports, bank account balances or any other attempted distractions.

God is saying if you can shift your mind ….THEN all things are possible. If you can shift your mind to advance to the realm of operating above the battle ground of our adversary, then you will have the ability to see manifested in this realm everything … all that our Father has promised. God is not slack concerning His promises, however we must be able to transform our thinking to be in alignment with God’s plan for elevation and restortion. Today is the day when the reapers are over taking the sower……however only those who have the mind of the endtime reaper will have the wisdom and the endurance to go and to reap….
The season is now if you are able to absorb this word….. and apply its nature!
HALLELUJAH! And it is so…..

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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? Well, 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 this sound and blend it properly so that it forms a new complexed chord!


In this season, we must listen with the ear of our spirit for the new chord. As we hear it, 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”.


As this new sound is received here on earth, then blended by many 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! This new sound transcends: geographic, economic, denominational, ethnic, and cultural limitations. Nolimit….no boundaries! Yet, its nature is disciplined, its character is divine, and its application is strategic.


Leaders, Warriors, Overcomers; 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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The Optical Illusion

The 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, etc.).

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 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 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 my 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 my 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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Lord, I’m Available

Lord, I’m Available
Into your hands I commit my spirit….. Psalm 31:5

I recently had the opportunity to speak to someone that I hadn’t seen for quite some time. This person is a minister and has been used mightily for and by the Lord. When I questioned them concerning their current status; they informed me that they were not longer “interested” in ministry.

Although we all have those days when we FEEL as though it’s easier to just throw in the towel, we can’t be motivated by our feelings! We can’t afford to permit the enemy to bring us to the conclusion that the Lord has made a mistake when He has chosen to give to us certain gifts!

So how do we keep up the momentum? How do we remain available to the Lord year upon year upon year? How do we continue to stand - regardless? Listed below are a few suggestions. Always remember… although you may not be able to physically see the impact that you are making in the realm of the spirit… if you weren’t accomplishing anything – then the enemy wouldn’t try to convince you to give up! The stronger that the desires are for you to just “give it up” - the more you should be assured that you are really a “throne in the flesh” of the enemy. Now is not the time to take our spiritual gifts for granted. The Lord needs the availability of ALL of us more now than ever before.

We must, as endtime Saints; remain available to and for the cause of Christ; available for the move of God, available for the work of ministry and above all available to be used totally for and by the Lord.

To be certain that I remain available I must:
1. Spend quality time in the Lord’s presence ( Matthew 6:9-15; Psalm 92:2)
2. Develop a pattern of fasting on a regular basis (Matthew 6:16)
3. Read your sword daily (Psalm 27:8)
4. Don’t ignore the whispers of the Holy Spirit (I Kings 19:12)
5. Live a lifestyle that is so committed to the Lord, that the devil finds no open door within me to gain an access. (Galatians 2:20,21; John 14:30b; Romans 12:1,2)
6. Know that the Lord wants to use me, can use me and will use me on a daily basis… “IF I” present myself unto Him.

Some of you might remember Ron Kenoly expressed it this way: “If you can use anything Lord, You can use me. Take my hands Lord, take my feet, Touch my heart Lord, speak through me, If You can use anything, You can use me.”

So, continue to “make yourself” available to be used of the Lord. Remember…. Some lost soul may be waiting just for you; so be available. Some discouraged sister or brother needs to hear your testimony/praise report; so be available. Some leader may need to hear encouraging, or motivating words; so be available!

Remember that the enemy is counting on you to give up or to be so “busy” that you are not available to hear the voice of God. Think about it…. if I am not available to be used by God….…..I AM available and already being used by the enemy!!!!!!

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

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The Comma ….. The Resting Place

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while."……
Mark 6:31

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The Worshipper’s Praise

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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It’s Your Temple…. It’s Your Responsibility
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” I Corinthians 9:16

Sometimes we seem to forget that because our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost, that we must be careful what we permit to enter this temple on every level. Usually, we are cautious in regards to our spiritual intake. We make certain that our spiritual diet is rich in content and we filter out everything that we feel would attempt to hinder our spiritual growth or stamina.

We have the spiritual aspect pretty well covered. However, what about in the natural? Are you doing your part to maintain your physical health as well? We sometimes forget that the maintenance of our temples IS our responsibility. While we can quote our confessions concerning divine healing and walking in good health – if we are not partaking of the proper food into our bodies – we are simply working against our confessions. Many people think that if they are thin that they are healthy – not necessarily so. Only your physician can advise your concerns in that area…and of course we are to seek the face of our Great Physician for the final decision!

Here in the USA we are about to enter what some are calling the flu season. As with the recession; I have chosen not to participate! However, I will move in wisdom to assure that I maintain a healthy diet - as to not give the enemy any access in the natural.

I came across the list below which will be beneficial in the boosting of your immune system. Remember your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost – therefore God expects YOU to keep it healthy.

7 Flu – Fighting Foods (by Niss Simon)

Tomatoes – Vitamin C rich. Boost the body’s natural defense system in the same way as their citrusy relatives do. One medium produces 40% of your daily vitamin C requirement.

Almonds- Rich source of the antioxidant vitamin E which helps to ward of viral infections. To maximize absorption opt for chopped almonds, almond butter or almond oil.

Mushrooms – Heighten the body’s resistance to viral infections by increasing the natural killer cells. Rich in selenium; low levels of this element have been linked with an increased risk of developing a more severe flu.

Tea – Green, black and oolong all contain naturally occurring compounds that reduce the risk of the flu. They contain quercetin – a powerful antioxidant, and L-threonine, an amino acid found naturally only in tea. Decaffeinated teas also contain the amino acid, but most herbal teas do not.

Carrots – rich in beta-carotene; which the body uses to ward off respiratory infections. Other good sources are dark green vegetables, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and winter squash.

Black –Eyed Peas – Rich in zinc. Pinto beans, peanuts, roasted pumpkin seeds and wheat germ are other good choices.

Yogurt – Probiotics, found in yogurt and other fermented foods strengthens the immune system. Cottage cheese, kimchi, and sauerkraut will have the same affect.

Let’s be more determine as we prepare for the upcoming winter season to truly live life from the inside out; and become more conscience concerning the total maintenance of our temple – Spiritually as well as physically.
Remember…It’s Your Temple and its entire upkeep is YOUR responsibility!!!!

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control,……….” I Corinthians 9:27

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Lord, YOU are my strength!

Lord, YOU are my strength!
“JEHOVAH UZZI”
(The Lord my strength - Psalms 28:7)

“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. “ Psalm 73:26 New Living Translation (©2007)

Read Psalm 28 & Psalm 73

As we have daily encountered the circumstances of life, we have realized that we have only maintained the ability to yet be triumphant because of an inner strength that has been and always will be prevalent. This strength is not our strength, but the strength of the Lord.

The word strength in the above text translates as “rock”. Therefore, Lord, may I remember that you are my perpetual “ROCK”. When all else fails—you, Lord will remain constant. Even if there comes a time when my health, wealth, and spirit become temporarily overwhelmed—you are still my strength. Daily may I never attempt to stand in my own strength. Daily may I acknowledge you, Jehovah Uzzi, in all of my ways. Daily may I remember that I CAN do all things through your strength which is that rock, that pillar and that fortress who will remain faithful, forever in my life.

So Lord, when everything: every foundational principle, every prop, every support system, every ideology, every concept, every belief system –EVERYTING… that has been erected in my life—is shaken….may I never, never, never forget that YOU are my strength…..my rock.

May I fully understand and cling to the essence of an old favorite hymn which states:
“On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand”.

Several years ago, Dottie Rambo wrote the song below that has influenced many other song artists to re-record it entitled, “I GO TO THE ROCK”. Why not permit the lyrics of this song to minister the healing, peace, and the stability that only a rock can confirm……and LEARN to lean and totally depend on your Jehovah Uzzi.

I Go To The Rock
Where do I go when there's nobody else to turn to? Who do I talk to when nobody wants to listen?
Who do I lean on when there's no foundation stable?
I go to the rock - I know He's able - I go to the rock.
The Lord is the rock I go to the rock for my salvation; I go to the stone that the builders rejected,
I run to the mountain and the mountain, He stands by me.
When the Earth all around me is sinking sand. On Christ, the solid rock I stand,
When I need a shelter, when I need a friend….. I go to the rock.
Where do I go, where do I go; When the storms of life are threatening?
Who do I turn to when those winds of sorrows blow? And is there a refuge in the time of tribulation?
I go to the rock - I know He's able - I go to the rock!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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