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BEHIND THE SCENES GOD IS NOT SILENT

“Journeys with God”; that should have been the befitting title for this blog, LOL. But seriously, there are times in our walk with God when we feel that God is silent. You may be there right now. God is not mad at you. You have done “nothing wrong”. Take courage God has already responded to your need behind the scenes.

Isaiah 46:10-I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’

Why should I be convinced of this? Because as the Alpha and Omega God, He normally sees the end from the beginning. In fact, He says, before you were born, He knew you and had plans lined out for you including the plan for what you think He is in silent about!

TIMING- Since He knows the end from the time you asked Him, God may be waiting for the right timing to release the answer to you. The Bible has multiple accounts that say “at the appointed time” or “when the time came”. At the appointed time, He will release the answer

FAITH-I believe we are or have been in a prolonged season of FAITH DEVELOPMENT. In fact, I would call it STRETCHED faith development. Where God wants us to TRUST HIM FOR AND IN EVERYTHING. This involves staying in sustained faith, constantly believing the promises related to the answer you are waiting for. I may also call it CONTENTIOUS FAITH, where you are not backing down no matter the contrary around you. In contentious faith, you know and are firm that God will deliver. With that your mind, soul emotions and spirit must align to that promise.

PROMOTION- God may delay the answer to mature you for the next level of promotion. This comes with internal searching of motives and intents of that prayer request. It also comes with character development; being sharpened by the Lord.

This week, wipe your tears. Let go your frustrations. God sees your tears, He sees the sincerity of your heart. God is not mad at you. Endure the process. Stand on these two promises; (1) The One Who can turn 1000 years in one day has heard your prayers. 2 Peter 3:8 (2) The God sees the end from the beginning has already released your answer behind the scenes.

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EMPOWERED TO DO MORE

Lately there seems to be a lot to do. It seems that things are moving rapidly and with urgency. In any area of our callings, God continues to download more that requires our immediate obedience and action. It feels as though we are in a crash course of some sort this season and it behooves us to act on what is being released by God. In the midst of this, we still have to do life! Despite all, God has provided us the Helper, the Holy Spirit who empowers us to do more. So take courage, go on, the Holy Spirit is empowering us to accomplish all. This is why, we are
(a)Empowered through rejuvenation -The Holy Spirit is the breathe of life. Even in our weariness, His breath brings to life that which is feeble and weary. He resurrects dormant gifts and activates us to do more. Romans 8:11, John 5:21. In Him we are rejuvenated-in Him we live and move and have our being

(b)Empowered by new strength-As the Spirit of Power in whom we are filled in, Holy Spirit power births new strength. Matthew 3:11. Have you ever been tired, then prayed in Spirit and all over a sudden a new surge of energy rushed in? There are days I am physically tired. On such days my prayers have been, Holy Spirit help finish house chores today.

(c)Empowered through detoxification –This is the Spirit of Fire. Among His functions are burn off all toxins from us, purge and purify. This process can be painful, but hey, a good Father disciplines His children (Hebrews 12:6). It is from here too that we move from glory to glory; this in itself is another form of empowerment!

(d)Empowered through ongoing surrender and submission- I am not sure about you but it seems we are in a season of dying to self. A sister from church shared the same sediment a week ago stating, “It seems we are in season of pruning but at a different level”. Some of you may attest to this; we have been in a season of submitting and dying to our intellect! Our mind and reasoning have to align to the Spirit and with God. Faith, trust and obedience becomes our logic. Our spirits must align to the Spirit of God. Our minds must be transformed to the mind of Christ, set in heaven to detect our daily operations on earth. We are in a season of mind transformation that requires us to mentally, spiritually and emotionally align with heaven. And the bloggers said Amen!

(e)Empowered with Boldness-Acts 29-31-Is there an area you are timid to launch into? The Holy Spirit can empower you with courage and boldness to go forth!

(f)The Holy Spirit Empowers through REST. In fact, He does more in, with and for us when we rest in Him. Watch out for His hints to rest!

This week seek the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. He will rejuvenate you, strengthen you, purge off the dirt and help you align with heaven. Go forth in courage. Move on with BOLDNESS! Do not forget to REST!

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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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SPEAK TO YOUR MIND; SPEAK TO YOUR EMOTIONS

Last Thursday I woke up in a funk, whining about everything possible, I mean just going on and on and on. Then I realized something; that the more I whined and complained the more my body and emotions begun to conform to what I was saying. I mean I could sense what my bad attitude was doing to body.

The suddenly I remembered that I am setting the tone for this entire day. Then I recalled a teaching I had just heard from Pastor Chris Oyakhilome; that “you are responsible for where you are”. Disclaimer: – I am quoting Ps Chris in the context of this blog only. So anyways, right away, I switched to a prayer of thanksgiving. I started thanking the Lord for everything. Then I reflected on Ps Chris’s message again and turned the prayer to commanding my spirit to align with the Word of God. I told my body straighten up, I told my mind strengthen yourself, I spoke to my mind and body and said receive strength, received power. I told my emotions lighten up. Then I heard the Holy Spirit say “rejoice in the Lord always”. OOH, then I proceeded to tell my body, mind and heart to rejoice in the Lord. As I prayed by body, emotions started to get lively, my attitude changed; a metamorphosis was taking place. It’s like a switch went off, turned 180 degrees. Then I sighed, you mean this was all a matter of my mind?

As I ended the prayer I heard the Holy Spirit singing in me, “Bless the Lord, Oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name”. So I joined the Holy Spirit and we sang this line together over and over all day into Friday. As I got to work, I noticed my to-do list had major items that needed to be addressed. My mind stayed alert and sharp in meetings and in systems and processes I needed to develop. At the end of the work day on Friday evening; I testified, that “it had been a good day, God is good”

James 3: 1-6 THE POWER OF THE TONGUE-this week if your thoughts say anything contrary to what God says about you. Stop right there, speak to your thoughts, speak to your emotions. Engage the Holy Spirit, speak in tongues, experience the 180 degree turn around; in the Name of Jesus! All things are possible to them who BELIEVE! Mark 9:23

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LAST CHANCE WORKOUT

The Biggest Loser remains my favorite TV show mostly because of the thrill of the transformation the contestants made. The show motivated me in fitness and I also learned some tips that I incorporated into my life. The biggest thrill was the “last chance workout”, it was the last exercise routine before the weigh in. Contestants, though exhausted, pushed themselves to optimize the needed weight loss to win the price.

As you work towards your goals or vision, it could be that by now, you have exhausted all you’ve got. There is a rush that comes with wanting to meet your goal. This exhaustion may come when you are close to the finish line; the final lap. It may require travailing, pushing through while you can’t just wait it get done; “oh if I could only wrap this up” you say.

My encouragement to you this week is to consider the prize that it ahead. Consider the payoff. The outcome is normally worth it. So, push through your studies, push through the homework, push through the business plan, push through the research paper or dissertation; push through the project deadline. If a challenge or obstacle comes while pushing, invite your Advocate and Helper the Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide you. Disperse the angels God has assigned you to assist also. Considerate as your last chance work out; the great price is right in front of you. Consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

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BETWEEN THE PRAYER AND THE PROMISE

Often people will question what they should in the period between the initial prayer and answer. Frankly this most challenging position and the most frustrating and dry period; especially if you have waited for so long. My encouragement to you this week is to stay consistent over this period.

100% of these blogs are from personal experience of what God is teaching and sharing with me. Most of these lessons take place when I am just up and about doing errands or while reflecting. This lesson was one of them, I was walking from one room to the next while I received this. That the best thing to do while waiting for the breakthrough, answer of promise is to stay consistent in faith;

Stay consistent in your daily devotion in reading the Bible and prayer-A perfect example were Zachariah and Elizabeth despite not having children, they stayed consistent serving the Lord “were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.” (Luke 1:6)

Stay consistent in the assignment God has given you- King David reminds me of this commitment. That even after being anointed for the first time as king, he returned to do his initial assignment as a shepherd until the appointed time came. Continue to faithfully doing your assignment, continue to dream, expand and fine tune what God has given you, don’t hold back and don’t quit. Serve God fully in your current position.

Pursue God and Serve God in your capacity in want and in abundance- Apostle Paul reminds me of this when he says I know how to abound in lack and in abundance. Bill Johnson teaches on this too. In one of his books Bill wrote, pray and seek God just as much when things are ok, just as you would pray and seek God when things are bad; this really changed my perception of God and for ministry. To stay consistent at all time

Activate and Increase praise, worship and thanksgiving during this period- There are times that “warring in prayer stops”, petitioning stops, decreeing and declaring stops, prophesying stops, but Ohh the power of praise, worship and thanksgiving. This is the position king Jehoshaphat took 2 Chronicles 20; 22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon. (Please read whole chapter 2Chronicles 20)

You are being matured and prepared for the promise-Biblical accounts of Joseph and David remind us of this. Would you agree that both Joseph and David served in various capacities in preparation for the higher positions? The waiting period then is likely a training and maturing period in preparation for your promise

Keep your focus on Jesus and not the issue-All battles belong to our Lord. Keeping our focus on Jesus is a form of surrender; telling the Lord we have submitted the issue to Him; trusting He will bring forth the deliverables!

Remember, there comes the fullness of time – In the fullness of time Isaac was born, in the fullness of time Jesus was born! Some delays are a result of God waiting for the appointed time, the right timing. At the appointed time, I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. “Genesis 18:14

In the fullness of time, at the appointed time, your answer is coming. Stay Consistent

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STAY IN THE ZONE

 

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:2). Right now, it is easy to maintain goals and resolutions because it’s still early in the year, but as we venture deeper into the year, a time will come that we must stay focused, committed and on the course. no matter what comes your way this year STAY IN THE ZONE. Your Zone is God’s heaven. Seeing and reacting to everything according what heaven says about it! Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. HEAVEN IS OUR ZONE!

Purpose to set your mind on God’s promises concerning the situation because that is where we belong; we are co-heirs with Christ who is seated at the right hand of the Father (Romans 8:17, Galatians 3:29). Whenever a contrary issue comes up, ask yourself, what does God say about this situation? What does Jesus teach about this situation? What are(is) the promise of God about this situation? What is the Holy Spirit instructing about this situation? What song or Psalm can I sing about this situation?

Keep your mind in the heavenly zone because it is in the mind that is the battlefield of war and where victory first starts (1Corinthians 15:57)

Stay in the heavenly zone because the heavenly zone is ETERNAL AND IMPERISHABLE, while the earthly zone is temporary and perishable
( 1Peter 1:23)

Stay in the heavenly zone because what is of the earth will be left behind and we cannot take it to heaven (I Peter 1:24, Matthew 6:19-21)

Stay in the heavenly zone because God rewards those who are faithful to Him (1 Samuel 26:23 (a), Lamentations 3:25, Psalm 18:25)

ZONE OUT IN HEAVEN this week. Stay in the zone with the Word of God, the promises of God, the Spirit of God. Let God’s heaven dictate your life on earth! Your will be done on earth as it is heaven.

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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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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.