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THE WONDERS OF HIS LOVE

As we reflect from the beginning of the year to this last week of 2016, I am sure voluminous blogs can be written of testimonies of the wondrous works of the Lord this year!

Salvation-We can attest to the Lord’s on time salvation, not only of the soul, but of the mind and body. We can testify of God’s grace keeping us sane in our right minds, where others could not handle what we had to face, but the Lord’s grace, mercy and peace sustained our minds to think clearly.

Deliverance- Oh Jesus, we can attest to God’s deliverance from traps and snares. Where once bound, we had lost ourselves, but God delivered us from the mucky mire, literally pulling us out by force, setting us free and bringing us to our full identity where we can finally say “I found me”. Among the profound deliverances that I experienced were; deliverance from “works”, deliverance from “busy and doing”; deliverance from false humility, deliverance from religious spirits and pretense, deliverance from false mindsets and unbelief. Can you testify to what God has delivered you from?

Protection- We attest to His divine protection, accidents were averted, the plots of the enemy were exposed and foiled in advance. The Lord then set a shield of protection and permanently shut dangerous doors permanently even when I fought to reopen. But then He open new safer doors and opened by eyes to see where He is guiding me to.

Restoration- He brought inner healing of past wounds and provided an ongoing antidote of His love. We came to know of the Father’s pure unadulterated love. The Lord restored by VOICE for worship; and anointed me with the OIL OF JOY and DANCE! Then He began restitution with latter and former rains. He restitution has been perpetual.

I now know Him as THE LORD OF REPLACEMENT & RESTITUTION.

Community- He brought a new community of fellowship. In it we are free to be ourselves as we share in joy of our identities and destinies the Lord has for each of us. It continues to be a community that focuses on unity and support for one another and fosters each other’s growth and purpose of their destinies. In this community, I finally found my “tribe”.

Have we seen His wondrous works this year? Yes! Have you see the wonders of His Love? Yes! Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, for His mercies endures forever. OH, COME LET US ADORE HIM

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O’ COME ON TO SWEET COMMUNION

The same Jesus that we are celebrating this season was a perfect example of community, communion and good food. When there was no food, He made multiplied some and ensured there were leftovers! Though He separated Himself to pray, often Jesus dined with people and hanged around with people. Jesus seemed to have crossed boundaries and even hanged out with those others deemed outside their circles. When His family mocked Him, Jesus still found people to be around with. Community and Communion were recurrent themes of Jesus.

The fullness of God though cannot be experienced alone. Some aspects of it requires community, fellowshipping with one another and enjoying each other’s company. I’m beginning to experience the fullness of this freedom in Christ. So far, I am learning that this freedom extends beyond the freedom of being saved, delivered and set free; that it is the freedom of just being you. Coming to the fullness of the identity God created us to be.

When we have come to the fullness of this identity, reaching out and becoming a part of a community becomes easy. It is from here too that we enjoy the community of fellow believers, friends and family. This reminds me of the Israelites after Solomon built the temple (1 Kings 8:65-66) and of King David, when the Ark of the Lord was returned to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6). These occasions were followed by days of feasting and celebrations. How much more now that Christ has set us free and reconciled us to God! The holiday season can be lonesome for others; introverts like myself would rather just be left alone!

But this Christmas and holiday season, I encourage you to “come out” and join in communion, community and good food. The holidays should not be the only time that brings the best out of us, but please don’t stay home alone, venture out, enjoy the festivities, go watch the Christmas lights, excite the little child in you, make fun of yourself, be silly responsibly!

This Joy to the world, came over 2000 years ago, for your freedom and that you may enjoy the fullness of life with others. So, Come On, enjoy sweet fellowship and communion with others this week and throughout the holiday season.

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LORD GIVE ME A DRINK!

At times in the hustle and bustle of life, we get to a point that we need refills in order to keep going or to restart. Or a times it’s a matter of replenishing the with new strength, new direction, clarified vision, clear direction or new oil. In such times I think we should just be blunt with God, look up with our hands, hearts and mouths wide open and just pray; “Lord give me a drink!”

Jesus to the Samaritan woman in John 4:10 -Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

This Living Water, the Holy Spirit has a track record of rejuvenation, impartation and activation. If you recall, He is the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead. This same Spirit now lives in us and is very capable of resurrecting and renewing the tired areas of our lives including our bodies. Romans 8:11.

He is also the same Spirit that breaths into the Words we proclaim to birth new things and bring life, solutions, directions, insight to our lives. Hence He is called the Spirit of Wisdom, the Spirit of Counsel, the Spirit of Knowledge, The Spirit of Revelation, The Spirit of Discernment, The Spirit of the Fear of the Lord; Isaiah 11: 2. The Spirit of Power, the Spirit of Glory, the Spirit of Fire, the Spirit of Faith, The breathe of God, The Spirit of God.

Prior to meeting the Samaritan woman, Jesus had just performed His first miracle, turning six barrels of water to much needed wine at a wedding reception in despair.

It is in Christ that we can now enjoy both the rivers that never run dry and the new fresh wine of the Holy Spirit. As you wind down your holiday shopping, as you review you goals and set resolutions and objectives of the New Year; If currently in despair, If you are almost at the point of refill, let’s look up this week with our, hands, hearts, minds and mouth open and pray; “Lord, give me a drink!”

Psalm 36.8, Luke 5:37-39, Isaiah 41:10

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ASPIRE FOR THE GREATER ONE

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But when He (Holy Spirit), the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what He hears from God our Father, and He will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13

We are living in an age where many are seeking for answers and solutions to life issues. To some, it is just a quest for spirituality, a sense of belonging and quest for a fulfilled destiny. Some still question what their destinies are. There seems to be an increased hunger to quench multiple voids.

Because of these many have resorted to any means that would provide them answers. Most have tapped into astrology, psychic operations, alternative religions or blend of multiple faiths. More disturbing though is the increasing number of believers who have resorted to prophetic gifts as their own source of direction; turning it to what I term “prophetic psychics”.

The problem of relying on a person for direction is that it opens one to deception, exploitation and hurt especially if the source of that person’s information is not God. Second, it leads to Idolatry because the person or thing replaces God as the sole source for everything.

Christians are however blessed to have the assigned Helper; the Holy Spirit. The beauty of this is that the Holy Spirit only leads you the truth concerning the past, the present and the future. Secondly, what the Holy Spirit tells you will never contradict the Word of God or the destiny God has for you because the Holy Spirit hears directly from God then disseminates to you. The issue though is that most Christians do not want to foster the relationship with the Holy Spirit.

This week, purpose to foster a relationship with the Holy Spirit. Start by asking “Holy Spirit Come”. Welcome the Holy Spirit to lead your prayers, to guide your day, ask Him questions, ask Him to show you things about your marriage, children or family. Ask him for ideas about job, work project or business; when and where to relocate to, ask the Holy Spirit to join your board & business meetings, invite Him in your thought process and emotions, talk to Him openly, tell the Holy Spirit everything. Press in to pray more in tongues (prayer language) if you have this gift. He, The Holy Spirit will guide you in all truth.