GOD DOES MORE WHEN WE ARE FLEXIBLE

GOD DOES MORE WHEN WE ARE FLEXIBLE- A few weeks ago I was on the treadmill afterhours thinking of the forecasted busy schedule that I was ahead of me in the first half of the year. I realized that in order to be effective and accomplish all goals successfully, I needed to adjust some things including routines. It was at that moment that a Thought came and said, “you can do more if you are flexible”. Then the next Thought said “God does more with you when you are flexible”. Praise God for the Holy Spirit. God talks to each of us uniquely. One of the ways the Holy Spirit speaks to me is through my thought process. God speaks at all times; on this day He spoke to me while on the treadmill; the topic for this blog was birthed!
So the whole evening I reflected on “Flexibility” in by relationship with God. Then I was reminded of Abraham and Noah, who were given the vision of what God wanted, and they remained flexible and just followed what God directed them to do. Both Abraham and Noah reaped more and to date we are enjoying their fruits of flexibility. Through Jesus Christ we are now partakers of the Abrahamic inheritance. By sign of the rainbow which was given to Noah, God affirms every time we see the rainbow that He will no longer wipe out the earth with heavy floods; the fruits of flexibility.

Flexibility is an attitude of total surrender, when we submit to God as our potter, to conform and shape us into what He wants us to be. Once conformable, God in turn uses various ways including tests, adversity, chastening and blessings to mold us into His image. So do not be quick to want to cop-out of an adversity or test because it could be that God is using that situation to bold and shape you. Instead, remain open and flexible. Let His hands work on you, that you may be shaped and molded to a usable vessel.

I realized that flexibility and obedience are key to increase in the knowledge and fullness of God. I also think flexibility is a test; where God commands that e change our routines, can ne change right away and follow His direction, or will we remain stuck in our ways.

God is the potter and we are the clay, Isaiah 64.8. Recall, clay is flexible. In fact, its consistency has some viscosity that makes in pliable, conformable and shapeable to whatever thing the Potter wants. The final outcome is normally something beautiful; often a vessel to contain something or a decorative décor. This is our God. Repent, renounce and let go of the rigidity. Embrace the freedom in Christ. Our walk as Christians is no longer by works, or our own. Our walk rather is by faith, and by the Holy Spirit. This week purpose to be flexible and expect to receive more from God. Be encouraged, God is Faithful and Dependable.

– Pauline

 

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LET US FOCUS ON GOD’S GOODNESS

Romans 8:28- And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good for those who are called according to His purpose.

This Scripture is often referenced in times of hardship. To many including myself, this Scripture has brought comfort and strength to persevere especially in adversities that I did not understand. However, I realized this morning that this same Scripture is applicable when good things happen. These good things are God’s goodness that we experience daily even amidst adversities. Consider these:
•The Mercies of God are His goodness towards us, through them we are not destroyed
•God’s Loving Kindnesses are His goodness for us, by His love we know that nothing can separate us from God. His love is relentless, seeking us even when are stubborn and rebellious.
•Grace presents as the goodness of God when we know that human efforts or works cannot guarantee or sustain us. That it is by His Grace that we are
•God’s protection is His goodness towards us, knowing that we are covered under His wings
•His goodness presents in the redemptive power of the Blood of Jesus that brought us salvation, healing, deliverance, restoration and restitution.

If we reflect on where and what God has brought us from or through, we can testify of His goodness through the healings we have had, through the breakthroughs and answered prayers, through the just in time solutions that God brought forth at the eleventh hour! OR, when He redirects our lives to a much greater purpose; even that, is till God’s goodness.

This week focus on God’s goodness nonetheless. Focus on His ability, His power, His provision, His assuring promises, His Word that is guaranteed to perform! All things are working for your good. Declare God’s goodness back to Him. Shout it out loud; “God you are good, and your mercies endure forever. Say it, “Your loving kindness are from everlasting to everlasting”. Let us focus on the goodness of God!

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GOD RESPONDS TO HUNGER

While browsing the search engine for the spelling of Zacchaeus, I came across the images of Zacchaeus and his encounter with Lord. You can see why the spelling search was necessary. In Swahili he would be called Zakayo which is very easy to spell. Anyway, I took interest in the images and was pleased to finally see how Zacchaeus looked like.

In some images, you could see the Jesus depicted looking at Zacchaeus and summoning him to come down the tree and head to his home for dinner. I took interest Zacchaeus physical features; he was short, most people around him were taller, his vision was obscured, due to his physique, he may have struggled climbing up a tree, but he was determined to see the Lord. Zacchaeus was Hungry for God.

Jesus in turn noticed Zacchaeus and asked to dine with him. There are a few lessons to learn from this encounter; the main one being that God responds to our hunger. Our sins and imperfections do not matter and should not be a hindrance to seek God. Though a tax collector which was deemed worse sinners then, Zacchaeus was determined to see Jesus. As long as there is a true genuine hunger for an encounter with Him, God will respond.

Zacchaeus’s next encounter was dinner and fellowship with Jesus. Hunger draws us close to God- intimacy at a personal level with God. Throughout the Gospels, it was very rare for Jesus to have met people without teaching them, healing or delivering them. So, this hunger-bred intimacy results in revelation and insight from the Lord. Luke 19:1 -26 Salvation, Healings and deliverances can take place in private one on one encounters with God also.

Lastly, the effects of the hunger results in repentance and it also draws others to Jesus. Zacchaeus and his entire household were impacted by Jesus’s visit. Jesus even exclaimed; “today salvation has come to this house”. Personal encounters with God, should then leave us hungry to impact others. I strongly believe that we encounter God privately in order to impact many. Spiritual gifts and natural talents are not just given by God for us to feel happy about them, get slain by them, have all the gold dust we can have just for “having sake” Each gift, each impartation; each encounter is given so that we can impact many others. But it all starts with HUNGER.

This week pray for the hunger of God. Ask God to fill you with hunger for more revelation of who He is to you. Ask God and invite the Holy Spirit to come and dine with you. Set time to be alone with God. Seek God and the rest will be added. Hunger for more of God. He will respond.

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LORD DELIVER US FROM DEMONIC ASSIGNMENTS

Jesus in Luke 10:18- 19 says, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you….

While in prayer a few ago I saw the words; demonic assignments-distractions. As I pondered on them, I heard the Holy Spirit say distractions are demonic assignments.

Have you ever committed to a goal or task and just when you are about to pursue you find yourself heavily involved in something completely unrelated to your purpose. Most of these things may not be sinful in nature, in fact they may appear worthwhile and in line with your calling or destiny, yet in other sense they are not.

On the other hand they can also present as something that steals your joy, peace and inflict pain, unrest, confusion or frustration. In here you may notice harassing spirits, instigating, and intimidating spirits. These cause major havoc and they can really side track you to delay, slow you down or utterly distract you. Before you know it, you will be like “how in the world did I get here…..? or What was I thinking?

Examples of demonic assignments include, getting involved with someone you should not be involved with, participating in a conversation or debate you had no business being part of, pursuing a business venture or association that you hesitate being part of, being coaxed to belong or do something yet you do out being “nice” not wanting to make them “feel bad”

Because of this, it is not safe to gear prayer one sided. Staying in fellowship with the Holy Spirit will alert you to impeding danger. Spiritual warfare prayer then should become an integral part of daily and regular prayer. I call this; ensuring all areas are covered. While there, rebuke every demonic assignment and its effects on the past present or future. Rebuke and destroy the plots of assignments to come, assignments for the week and even for the month. Pray in advance of the adversity or distraction

So this week we are praying- God in the authority of the Name of Jesus and through the power of the Holy Spirit in us, we cancel every demonic assignments in our lives. We renounce and revoke their effects on our lives. We destroy their plots and divert the paths of their agents to dry places. We reclaim our destiny and assignments and place them on schedule. Lord let your will from heaven be done concerning our assignments on earth right now in Jesus Name. Amen

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GOD MAY YOUR AGENDA MATCH MINE

This title can be applied interchangeably as Lord may my agenda match yours, when you reflect on the promise that God already has a plan for each us, and it’s a plan to give us hope and future. Jeremiah 29:11

If you are a planner, it’s likely that at the start of each week or day, you have an idea what you must do or accomplish. Your “to do list “or goals you should achieve. This “Agenda” slipped out of my mouth last week after devotions followed by a confession” Lord may my agenda match yours this week”.

It dawned on me that since God has already outlined our plans, there could be stuff He had planned for us to be accomplish on a weekly basis. This could be a new venture or what we need to start, whom we should connect with, what we should receive or avoid and what we should do. There could be people we need to meet visions we need to unveil and purposes we need to unroll based on His timetable

Psalms 37:23 says the steps of a good man or woman are ordered by the Lord: and He delights in his /her way. Are there things God wants us to guide us into this week, tonight or even tomorrow?

Think of it, if God already has an individual plan for each us and He is also guiding our steps, He may have something on His agenda for us on a weekly or daily basis. As we approach mid-week, ask God to show you His agenda for you. Ask Him to restructure your agenda to align with His.

God’s eyes are on you- He says, I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8

 

 

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NEWS FLASH, RECEIVE YOUR NEED

The beauty of partnership with the Holy Spirit is that He provides continuous growth. Some occupations require ongoing educational credits (CEUs) to maintain validation of the occupation. As Christians, this ongoing education is provided by the Holy Spirit. Among these credits, is knowledge and understanding how God responds to His promises when we appropriate them accordingly

Among the promises are; ask and you shall receive (Matthew 7:7-8); God does not withhold any good thing to His children(Psalm 84:11); God has already supplied us with every spiritual and physical need(Matthew 6:25-34), all we have to do is to RECEIVE THEM!

Praying from this perspective requires a MINDSET CHANGE and a TONGUE (Confession) CHANGE. You see at the cross, Jesus said it was finished! Isaiah 53:5 relays that finished work. So in prayer, we no longer beg or plead, WE RECEIVE
•If sick –we pray Lord I receive Your healing
·If bound or oppressed-we pray Lord I receive You deliverance
·If you slipped-Lord I receive your forgives( 1John 1:9, Psalm 103:12)
·If condemned/feeling quilt- Lord I receive my freedom(Romans 8:1)
·If worried-Lord I receive a sound mind, peace and joy (2 Timothy 1:7)
·If need provision- Lord I receive Your supply
·In spiritual warfare- Lord I’ve put on your Armor,
·When weak- Lord I receive Your strength. Quiet often I pray Samson’s prayer, especially when I have deadlines to meet; Lord strengthen me one more time (Judges 16:28)
·Go to sleep saying –Lord I receive safety as I sleep (Psalm 3:5)
·Wake up every morning declaring-Lord I receive Your goodness and mercy that are new for today (Psalm 23.6)
·No matter what is going on around me-Lord I am dwelling in your house (Psalm, 23:6, Psalm 91:1-2)

Once you’ve prayed, watch out for the answer, it may come through an idea, through a person, a thought, a Scripture, instructions on what to do, a word of knowledge, a new revelation. Just stay receptive. God responds to His promises.

This week, identity a promise that speaks to the area of your need then only believe and receive. Let this be a prayer of thanksgiving. Saying Lord, my God are meeting all my needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus, Philippians 4:19. So with thanksgiving, I receive Your supplies for me! Philippians 4:6

My CEU this week is receiving what God has already supplied in abundance for me. I tell you this has changed my prayer life!

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GOD IS ALIGNING FRAGMENTED PIECES

While in prayer a few weeks ago, I heard the Lord say, “RIVERS and ALIGN”. I blogged about the Rivers last week, so this week I will share about the alignment that God is doing in this season. I am glad I waited to post on this, because the Lord kept elaborating on the alignment. This past Saturday He said, “I am aligning fragmented pieces”

We are truly in another great season with God. It is not only a time of refreshing and restoration but also a time of alignment. Alignment means (a) the act of aligning or state of being aligned; especially: the proper positioning or state of adjustment of parts in relation to each other (b) an arrangement of groups or forces in relation to one another.

To anyone who has sort God, who has been praying & fasting, who has faced challenge after challenge, adversity after adversity. For the one who keeps asking God “when Lord when” or Lord what about me? Take courage God is aligning things, plans, process, people and resources to fall into place. To quote word for word this is what the Lord shared-below;

The Lord is bringing everything into alignment; everything from the past every generational blessing from the past that needs to align with His timing. The Lord shared that in this season, everything about this alignment is like an alignment of a car wheel that needs to be aligned for the vehicle to move straight. God is doing is that. He is lining everything that needs to be aligned in your life and family by the Blood of the Lamb. This is a ’generational alignment”. So even if your past or ancestry is messed up, God is still bringing you into His alignment because the Blood of Jesus broke every curse; the negative generation stuff has no influence on you.  Isaiah 53:3, Galatians 3:13

The reason God used a vehicle as an example is so that you can accelerate once an alignment has been done. This alignment means being in the right time, with the right people, the right connections, the right environment to thrive. This alignment is not just an alignment. It is (1) a generational alignment (2) it will produce that which God has planned. God will also release “Rivers of the Holy Spirit” and that the Rivers will expedite the growth of what needs to be produced and fruits are generational to bless and impact future generations.   With this alignment, even that which was lost will be restored.

This week, read Job 37 the entire chapter. Only believe, NOTHING is impossible with God. God is aligning and accelerating all that concerns you so that you can bear generational fruits(blessings)

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RIVERS THAT LEAD TO OCEANS

Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. John 7:38. The above is Jesus speaking concerning the promise of the Holy Spirit and the abundance anyone can have if they believe and ask God for more of Him.

Yesterday while praying I heard the Lord say “RIVERS” Later as I meditated on this word I noticed that naturally, some rivers are a collection of streams and others can be traced to their origins. Regardless, most rivers end up pouring to a bigger mass of water; often oceans.

To the Christian, these rivers are the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which have the potential to impact and bring much increase in our lives. You may have a thought to start a business, if you collaborate with the Holy Spirit, He will help you write the business plan, outline your vision, strategies and even given you the marketing plan. Everything birthed after the original thought, are Rivers of the Holy Spirit flowing.

If you a parent, you may have a thought about your child, as you pray the Holy Spirit may show you ten things to pray about or do for your child that you were not aware of. These are the Rivers, flowing to produce more.
The Rivers of the Holy Spirit though come to those who believe. So, the first step will be to invite Jesus as your Lord and savior, by simply saying that Jesus, I repent of my sins, I believe you are the Son of God who died and rose again for me. I welcome you as my Lord. After that, just ask the Jesus to fill you with the Holy Spirit. If you have received Jesus already, just ask Jesus to fill you again with the Holy Spirit and He will.

For this week, evaluate if there are any areas of life or ministry that you would like to see more productivity in. God will honor your hunger, ask Jesus to fill you with RIVERS of the Holy Spirit. As you get filled, continue to foster what God gives you. As you obey, God will give you more. Pray more in the language of the Holy Spirit. When the ideas and revelations start flowing, write them down, pray over them continually. I’ve learned that God reveals more as I press in with Him. Pretty soon your oceans will start to manifest. Your RIVERS will lead to much wider oceans; greater results-exceedingly abundantly above what you thought!

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THESE TWO ARE COSTLY

While reflecting on life a few weeks ago; I realized two keys areas that impacted me greatly. These areas were also costly psychologically, spiritually and economically. Had I known, I would have changed a few courses in my life, but thanks be to God who has revealed these now. The two areas are (1) spiritual ignorance (not knowing) and (2) the desire to belong.

The Scriptures that came to mind as I reflected on these were: Jeremiah 33.3 Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come and Psalm 32.8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Spiritual Ignorance in this context means not knowing spiritual aspects of both kingdoms. God’s Kingdom and the demonic.
(1) For example, failing to grasp the ways God spoke or warned me severally because I assumed those were just my thoughts talking. Or accepting a prophesy and just running with it without praying about it or even testing the prophesy.

(2)On the demonic, it took me quite a while to realize that evil exists. I did not know about potential doors that we can open for satan through our words or actions. I just be believed the world was a nice place and everyone who said they were saved were genuine Christians until the opposite happened.

(3) The need to belong also served to be costly. Inviting and allowing people in your life whom you shouldn’t . It is from here that I learned that not everybody who gets close to you has good intentions for you. See my problem was that I trusted easily, helped easily, sympathized quickly and was prompt to help. Until the phone calls stopped after the help was granted or more was required after the help was given or worse yet, the friendship ended after the support was granted.

The need to belong makes one susceptible to wrong company; people who distract you from your destiny and are mostly time wasters. I also noticed that satan used these wrong associates for spiritual attacks. Satan will often use the person (s) closest to you to attack. The person Satan uses is rarely far from you, look at your inner circle.
This week’s blog is on self-reflection on our walk with God.

The reason I experienced the above is because I did not have a relationship with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a true Helper who guides us in everything. In both Jeremiah 33 and Psalm 32, this same Holy Spirit will show us the deeper things that God wants for our destiny. The Holy Spirit is the one who reveals satanic schemes as well.
The Holy Spirit will show how to pray and join you in prayers. He will even guide and connect us to “healthy people” who will support God’s purpose in us. When you are with God assigned people and in God designated environment, you will thrive and be fruitful.

This weekend ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Himself to you; then get greedy and ask Him to show you everything about yourself or your family. Be ready then to embrace what He shows you.

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GOD CONTROLS SATAN

Often when things do not go our way the first person we have been programmed to blame is satan. These apply mostly to daily activities such as missing bus, misplacing your car keys, leaving the house late, an unexpected detour on your way to work or the garbage truck in front you are stopping at every house on a one lane street. We often equate delays with satan, but no so, no more. Stop crediting satan, GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL. CREDIT GOD.

Job 41:1-4 Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope? Can you put a cord through its nose or pierce its jaw with a hook? Will it keep begging you for mercy? Will it speak to you with gentle words? Will it make an agreement with you for you to take it as your slave for life?

These Scriptures are God Himself describing Himself and His power to Job. Can you see God holding satan with a fishing rode and satan begging for mercy? As I read these Scriptures I thought, maybe this is what Jesus did at Hid death and resurrection. May be this is the explanation “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossian 2:15! Jesus is in Control.

Have you ever left your house late, just to hear on the news that there was a bad accident that occurred on the same road you would have used right around the time you were looking for the misplaced keys in your house?
God is still in control and He still controls the universe, the skies, the atmospheres and the seas. All things were created by Jesus and for Jesus! Consider these; that mishap may not be necessarily satan, but rather God’s divine protection and preservation for the perfect timing!

On the other hand, God may want you to start exercising the authority He gave you in Christ Jesus. The demands action, we must declare the opposite. So instead of constantly crediting satan for every negative experience, declare God’s promise concerning the area. Speak life! Prophesy the Word of God to your situation. Ask the Holy Spirit, He is always there to assist us. Yes, the Holy Spirit will locate the car keys by retracing your steps to where you placed them.

You empower whom you focus on. Satan loves when he is credited. Whenever it is done or spoken, it authorizes him to go into action. There are things we may have granted satan permission to act on! So, if you say your car will break soon, yes it will break down! Watch your words!

If all that someone keeps seeing are demons, something is wrong! Question their source, especially if the person(s) calls that a spiritual gift. I almost did once. I was so close to asking the person “do you ever see God’s Angels?” Let us pray for increased discernment to ascertain true spiritual gifts from divination and sorcery in the present Church (amongst believers)

If you have time this week, read the Bible, Job chapter 36 to chapter 42. In Chapters 36 and 37; you see the character and attributes of God. Elihu, Job’s friend describes them. In Job Chapter 38 to Chapter 41, God Himself tells us His great power and how He exercises that power. It makes more sense that Psalms is written right after Job! In Job 42 , you will see the Lord’s see salvation, healing, deliverance, restoration and restitution ! This was how Jesus operated too! Guys God is greater! Oh how I love the Bible! I’m too excited about this I am dancing right now ! Please take time to read these chapters.

Let’s credit God this week. Jesus is King of the earth and all heavens. God is still in control!

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PERMEATING GLORY

Praise his glorious name forever! Let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and amen! Psalm 72:19

A week ago while in prayer petitioning the nations to the Lord, I heard the words “permeating glory”. As I pressed further in prayer, I saw a ripple effect; the Glory of the Lord was moving like superficial oceanic waves into the nations. After prayer I meditated on the words “permeating glory” and discovered the following

• God’s glory is in us in through the Holy Spirit. God’s glory is also His presence. Since the Holy Spirit is always in us, the God’s glory is also always in us. 1 Peter 4:14

• God’s glory changes our environment. Nothing remains the same after an encounter with God’s glory. That means with the Holy Spirit in us, we have the ability to change the environments and situations around us.

• God’s glory enlightens- Where the glory of the Lord permeates, darkness cannot stand. The glory radiates with such debilitating power to darkness. I’m reminded on Moses upon his return from being with the Lord. His face shown so brightly that the Israelites asked him to cover his face before talking to them

• Each of us can have the fullness on God’s glory. We can enhance God’s glory in us by spending time and staying connected with the Giver of this Glory, God through the Holy Spirit. It is through this relationship that we are matured also from glory to glory

What I liked the most about this permeating glory is that it generated revivals. First it starts with our personal revivals. The glory permeates us to expose what needs to be addressed, healed, delivered or uprooted. Then as this permeating glory rises up within us, nations and environments are impacted. People get saved, delivered, healed, restored and set free! From our homes or churches we can release this glory in our neighborhoods, to hospitals, to maternity rooms, to prisons, to the highways and skylines; to nations, Halleluyah!

Imagine that! This is the glory we carry in and with us! So this week ask the Lord to release the permeating glory within you to change environments and situations around you. Hey how about we become the epi-center of this rippling permeating glory! Blog back please