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COVER ALL AREAS

So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah. Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon. Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me. Nehemiah 4:16-18

It is easy to be carried away or be overly involved in one aspect of life and forget the other parts. This is common when things are going well and there is no hint that anything could go wrong elsewhere. I recently learned that satan will target the least expected areas in life. The forgotten parts, the thing you are assured to be intact; that’s the place he will target. You may have heard of this phrase already;” that’s the last person I thought would do that “or I could not have imagined that it happened in that city or that office”

Destiny is all inclusive. While pursuing our goals, we must ensure to cover all areas with prayer and secure all entry points and weak areas by the help of the Holy Spirit. In Nehemiah 4, we see the plan that Nehemiah had, “we will build the wall, with one hand and the other is with a weapon. Nehemiah was very strategic in the execution of this vision, he placed people in entry areas (gates) and on the 4 corners of the wall. See Nehemiah chapter 3.

The weapons of our warfare are mighty in power. Our enemies though are not fellow human beings. Prayer, meditation on Scriptures, praise and worship and most important asking God to alert you and guide you are some of the weapons we can use. In prayer cover your family, job, children, school, neighborhood, business associates, house, your coworkers and everything connected to you. Watch out for repeated patterns as well; similar negative things that seem to surface and disappear from time to time or during some months of the year.

If you read further in Nehemiah, he encourages the people to build the wall geared for battle for the sake of their families, daughters and sons. Meaning destiny is for posterity. It involves all that pertains us.

The other added weapons are the authority we have Christ Jesus, The name of Jesus, the Blood of Jesus, the power, fire and glory of the Holy Spirit, Angels. This week, pursue your goals but cover all areas with prayer. Consider reaching out to trusted fellow believers or church family to pray for you also. Destiny is all inclusive and you have the upper hand!

p/s- There are many lessons in all chapters of Nehemiah. Consider reading all of them this week. Nehemiah is a short Book in the Bible.

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SELF-SARBOTAGE

This happens to be the most self-destructive habit that impacts our destinies and God ordained purposes. Self-Sabotage is a debatable issue but I’m convinced we cannot blame satan for this one.

Self –sabotage occurs when we fail to commit to what we purposed to do for ourselves. Often it manifests in avoiding taking risks, being extremely calculated, procrastination, doubt, fear of success, refusing or not seeking counsel, failure to follow through on opportunities or leads, focusing on the wrong things, avoidance to diligently indulge in the right thing for the season and a pattern of distraction or starting and not stopping and being in a constant merry-go-round

Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans (Proverbs 16:3). Whereas prayer is essential, there a part that we must play and that is putting into action what we have prayed for. These are faith-generated actions that should produce fruits.

Sharing from experience, I have experienced the strength of the Holy Spirit in helping me accomplish personal goals, including not so complex ones like completing household chores. Often I pray, Holy Spirit help me accomplish the tasks for this day. Normally they are accomplished or the Holy Spirit will provide strategies to accomplish a lot in a short time.

This week, take time for self –evaluation. Review your goals for the year or review your vision. Do this for all areas, family, school, children, work etc. See if you have sabotaged any areas by your actions. Take full responsibility, then repent. After which ask the Holy Spirit for strength, wisdom and direction to accomplish them. Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans. Let us also pray that God open our eyes to see and seize opportunities. It is not by our strength, but the Holy Spirit. Let us tap onto the Holy Spirit to combat self-sabotage. We must live the fullness of our destinies here on earth in Jesus Name Amen!

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FAITH IS THE AUTHORITY

Quite often we generally take part and adopt “Christian behaviors” that we have seen commonly practiced. For instance, it common to see multiple commentaries with instructions to say or type Amen., share with 12 other people etc., etc. It is also very common to practice quoting scripture or promises; but it’s also very rare to see people receive those promises. That can lead to frustration, doubt in God and more disturbing religious acts that produce nothing. Rehearsing and quoting scriptures, proclaiming and declaring, extended fastings and self-denials and even giving, when done without love and faith are so pointless!

Without Faith, we cannot please God. Hebrews 11:6. Pleasing God means living and functioning in the will of God; Matthew 12:50. Not forgetting, God also checks the intents of the heart when quote, fast, decree these promises.

Faith is the authority we must activate and exercise to receive our breakthroughs. The Bible says through faith and patience/endurance we attain the promise Hebrews 6:12. Jesus frequently rebuked His disciples for the lack of faith. The Israelites perished in the desert because of unbelief. It is their unbelief that led to rebellion. Coming to think of it, I’m now convinced that to a believer, the lack of faith is what causes us to turn away from God for other alternatives.

Jesus taught that it only takes the faith of a mustard seed. Are you waiting for an answer to a prayer? This week do a faith assessment, what rating can you give it. If you lack faith, ask God to give it to you or to enhance that which you have. The Holy Spirit has many gifts, among them is the Spirit of Faith! 2 Corinthians 4 :13. We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
•Before you prophesy, have faith
.Before you rebuke the devil, have faith that all authority has been given to you
•Before you declare, have faith
•Believe first then quote the Scripture/promise
•Have faith first, then say Amen
•Before you shout “fire”, be very careful what type/source of fire you are calling for. Have faith instead and ask God to fill you with the Spirit of fire (Matthew 3:11)
•Believe first, ask the Holy Spirit when and how long you should fast, then keep believing throughout your fast and after your fast.
•Have faith first before you pray, approach prayer believing God in advance

It is faith that says to this mountain move and it moves. It is faith that produces signs, miracles and wonders, Faith is the conduit through which the power of God flows. The power God is in the Word of God (each Bible verse). Faith is the conduit through which the Spirit of God moves, the Name of Jesus authorizes and the Blood of Jesus testifies. Faith is the authority we need for the fullness of the Holy Spirit to manifest.

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UMMH, COULD THE FIGHT BE BECAUSE OF THE WORD?

Once I heard a dear sister respond; “Pauline, I am not going to no prophetic meetings. Every time a get prophesy hell breaks loose. I have had enough fights, no aint coming”

Matthew 13:20-21 caught my attention two weeks ago, it says-The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.

The latter part of verse 21 is what caught my attention, Jesus saying that the fight/percussions come because of the word. The word here is the promise God gave you, what has been spoken over you. A God ordained declaration or prophesy over you. That is the word. Could it be that all along the fights, delays, frustrations, oppositions, resistances, gossips, betrayals, slander, hurt, name it, are all BECAUSE OF THE WORD YOU RECEIVED!

Ponder on that for a minute. Instead of fighting the enemy, REFOCUS on the promise, the declaration, the prophesy. Switch all your attention to these, because He who promised, He is sure to perform them to completion and to perfection. Philippians 1:6. God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19

This week, instead of focusing on the devil and his antics, FOCUS ON THE PROMISE. It is highly likely that he is opposing that word. Satan tried Jesus too by offering other alternatives. But Jesus stood to the task of His assignment. You too can, because you now have this Jesus in you and you have a greater covenant that establishes you as co-heir, reigning victorious always with Jesus.

Focus on the word you received. The promises of God are all YES and ALL in Him Amen!

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DESTINY DETOURS

I wish we were guaranteed that the road paved for our destiny was a -6-laner high speed, straight forward … smile it aint! Interestingly, this road may have some pot holes, speed bumps, speed limits and even detours. My encouragement to you this this week is to embrace the detours; if you are walking the God assigned destiny, the detours will still lead to your destiny!

Matthew 2:19-23 is a perfect example –So Joseph got up, took the child (Jesus) and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Achelous was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, Joseph withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that Jesus would be called a Nazarene

Like with Jesus above, destiny was that He was to be called a Nazarene, so although Joseph set for Judea, his trigger resulted in God’s warning to detour to Nazareth in order for the prophesies to be fulfilled that Jesus would come from Narezeth.

Is God directly you to detour? Do you hear that small voice warning you not to proceed yet, to hold off yet, to change the course yet, put your brakes on, and follow an alternative route instead? You may call that small voice ‘something”, others call it ‘”instinct” I call Him the Holy Spirit.

From experience, God assigned detours are normally for your protection, to teach you something or to mature you in a certain area. This week, reflect and reevaluate your detours. Are you in one now, embrace it? Have you just be been redirected, ask God to show you why and what you need to gain from it. And also celebrate these; destiny speed bumps, speed limits, and detours are all working for your good (Romans 8:28). That the purposes of God in you and God’s prophesies (word) concerning you aka DESTINY are fulfilled!

Cheer up, it’s all good!

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GOD IS TIMELESS. SO ASK FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASES

Some of you may relate. I tend to do most of my reflection and meditation while driving. So I was pondering on God’s promises that had been spoken over my life and concluded that I would commit them to prayer the next morning and start declaring them for the season.

Right there the Holy Spirit said, but God is timeless! And I shook my head nodding NO- why wait for tomorrow to declare the promises. Start now, God is timeless! And off I went. I started by thanking God for His omnipresence. Then the Holy Spirit reminded me that He is the Alpha and Omega. And that God hears our prayers immediately the first time we pray.

•Isaiah 65:24-Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.
•Psalm 34:17- The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.
•Deuteronomy 4:7-For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him?

Then I proceeded with; today is the day of salvation, right now this hour this evening, God can still release my miracles. God is timeless and limitless. Off I went, praying the immediate releases. Lord release now! Let your Angels disperse them now. Let them connect with me now, this evening!

I don’t know about you, it could be that the blessings, miracles, promises and breakthroughs have already been released on earth, already here somewhere waiting for us to call them in.

This week, do not hesitate to ask God for immediate releases. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation 2 Corinthians 2:6. Today is the day of salvation, now is the hour of deliverance. Today is the day of healing, now is the hour of restoration and restitution. Every true prophesy is a promise from God. Reflect on past prophesies, pray them in. God is timeless, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of our salvation and miracles.

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FIRST STEPS

Most parents savor this moment; the very first time their child takes the first step walk. In fact, some parents are saddened when this occurs in their absence. Other parents even video tape and save this occasion for future reference. And aww, you should see the joyous expressions of the parents when this happens. Priceless!

I believe God reacts in the same way when we take the first step towards our destinies and the plans He has for us. Whether it’s child or a calf, instinctly, they sense they should walk after being born. You see, this current life requires faith and obedience. God rarely shows us the end from the beginning, although that is His Name, but God sees the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). We see this with Moses and with Abraham. In addition to walking by faith, God made provision for them as they kept on walking.

God has already gifted you with what you need in life. You do not need to see the clear picture or perfect what God has given you to act. My encouragement to you this week is to use what you have and take the first step. As you step out, God will bring additional provision. He will protect and preserve everything that pertains you (Psalm 84:10-12, Psalm 85:10-13). You don’t have to get it perfect to step out. Apply that mustard seed faith, move and activate what is in you.

Matthew 17:20-He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Take the first step

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WALK IT THRU’ ALONE. IT’S OK. IT’S ONLY SEASONAL

We are in an era where there is a quest for belonging and association. Most people are in clicks or longing to be part of a click. Most are seeking for spiritual fathers, spiritual mothers and mentors. There is a heighted sense for affirmation and association. Some are looking to others for promotion, advancement and popularity. The thought of pursuing destiny alone scares many. My encouragement to you this week is that you are not alone, take courage and endure solitude just a little while longer.

Whenever God had a greater plan for someone, He rarely called them the in couples or in large groups. God always called each person independently. Consider these:
•God called Abraham independently. Even when Abraham chose Lot, God’s divine inheritance was revealed to Abraham immediately following his separation from Lot.
•Noah was called independently concerning the Ark
•Joseph to be separated by his brothers to preserve Israel later independently
•Moses was called independently and though assigned Aaron, God always spoke to Moses alone
•David was chosen by God in the wideness and He related to God independently
•Consider the independent callings of Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel and Gideon
•Jesus was called independently; God sent His Own Son. Consider Daniel’s life or Deborah’s call to war.
•The Apostle Paul was called independently

If you notice from that list, whomever God called, He also instructed directly. Rarely did these people rely on mentors, spiritual fathers or mothers. They did not have publicists. God was their publicists, through signs, wonders and victories! They were called, taught and directed by God and the Holy Spirit. That said they also knew the voice and ways of God. They obtained revelation and wisdom from God independently.

When God calls, at the foundational levels of destiny matters, from personal experience, it is very common that God will want you to be alone with Him. 99.99% of spiritual training and connections is done by God through the Holy Spirit. 0.00001% is done through divine persons. Endure the time alone, because it’s seasonal. When the appointed time comes, God will connect you to the right mentors and people towards accomplishing your destiny. Jesus retrieved to be alone, then later chose his disciples. Paul was called alone, he retrieved to for over 14 years, then returned to be embraced by the apostles and to be partnered with Barnabas, Timothy, Titus, Mark, Apollos and others to spread this Gospel that we Gentiles now enjoy.

While in solitude with God, He is preparing you for a greater impact! Look at Abraham, David, Jesus and Paul. While in solitude, remember this; surely Jesus is with you always, even to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20

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AUDACIOUS ASKING

Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom. “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink? “We can,” they answered.esus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.” When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Matthew 20:20-28

While listening to these scriptures this week, I was encouraged by the audacity of this mother. She knew what she wanted for her sons and she cut through the source and went to the Giver. I’m sure in her days, there were cultural constraints, religious laws and even worse, Jesus was surrounded by 12 disciples let’s say 12 armor bearers, but she did not care, she pressed through and boldly asked the Lord. Guess what, her request was granted!

Since 2014 the Lord has continually instructed me to JUST ASK, DO THE ASKING. I sense that there is more and greater things God wants to do in and with us and to also give us, if we only ask!

From the scriptures, the other 10 disciples were offended after the 2 were granted their requests. Actually as I read, I laughed thinking, all 10 of them were right there with Jesus, all they had to do is ask also, why take offense?. This brought me to think about contentions and strife within the Body of Christ and amongst believers, all we need to do is ask. To curb coventiouness and envy in all areas of our lives, all we have to do ask the Lord.

As you see in the Scriptures, Jesus first said yes to some things, “it’s not in my place to grant” in other things, and to some things He will tell you NO. We too have free access to Jesus; the heavens are constantly open for our access. All we have to do is ASK. So this week ask audaciously, ask boldly, ask without limitations, and ASK BIG!

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GOD HAS NOT CHANGED HIS MIND ABOUT YOU

Most of the time when we don’t see things coming through for us we may think that God has changed His mind on us. At times, also when we think we are far away and disconnected with God, we also think He has disconnected with us. Both are lies, God is always there for you and His plans for you have not changed!

The reason God will never change His Word concerning you is because He has sworn to do what He said. His Word does return void without performing what It was sent to do Whatever He said about God’s destiny and purpose for you. So, take courage and know that God’s plans to prosper you are still active, God’s plan protect you are still present, God’s plans for Hope are happening, God’s plans for your future are in motion.

Among the keys to walking in this plan and will of God is understanding what the will of God for you is. It starts by accepting Jesus as Lord and savior. It also starts by reading the Word of God, reading the Bible. The Word of God is God’s will for you. The second thing that leads to enjoying the fullness of this plan is understanding of your IDENTITY in the Christ you have just received. Your identity is what God designed you to be , who, whom and what you are in God.

No matter how far you think you are, God’s got you. No matter how late you think it is, God is timeless, a day in like 1000 years, and 1000yrs like a day. He is never far; instead always closer than a brother. He has not changed His mind about the prayer request, about your destiny or about the plans He has for you. He remains a good, good Father. Like the prodigals’ son father to the older son, “you always have the inheritance”

This week, keep the faith. START where you are, reconnect with Him. Start to pray, start to read the Bible, go to mid-week services in church, start going to church, start the business, start the vision, start school. Just start. God is not only watching, He has not changed His mind on you or the issue.