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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

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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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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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LORD DEAL WITH IT

Transitions and maturity will often require some form of evalution and often cleaning up. If you have relocated to a new home or destination you may discover that you had accumulated quite a lot that you may not need in your new home. Some of these stuff may be good and others bad. Some you may not really know what to do with. These are the stuff we are addressing this week, let us ask the Lord to deal with them!

Have you currently exhausted all you can do humanly to address the situation? It could be a relationship you have worked so hard to mend that remains unresolved. It could be issue or a person who keeps nagging and rubbing you the wrong way. It could be a difficult person that you cannot see eye to eye with and have struggled knowing how to address or deal with. It could be a prayer to a need that has not come through yet

Encourage you this week to take every issue to the Lord and ask Him TO DEAL WITH IT. This week let us turn these issues to the Lord. It is a powerful yet simple prayer of surrender and asking the Lord to take the lead.
If an anxious thought comes just say-Lord deal with it
Is it a ministry need, God assigned you the ministry, don’t you think He can provide for it?-Lord deal with it!
If the memory of the offense returns, transfer it to the Lord and say Lord I forgive, deal with it
If you hear bad news, slander or gossip, ask the Lord to deal with it
If it is worry concerning a loved one, ask the Lord to deal with it!
If an answer to a prayer has not manifested yet, thank the Lord then ask Him to DEAL WITH IT!
 
Note that we are asking the Lord to deal with the situation and this why. Jesus is the ultimate Judge. He judges in righteousness, truth and justice. He is always with us Matthew 28; 20, we are never alone Isaiah 8:10. We are not to carry burdens, He took them all, easing us from this oppression. As we are emptied out; He fills us in. Whatever we ask Him to deal with, He will do exceedingly above all that we ask or know Ephesians 3; 20. This is the freedom we have in Jesus.  He takes the burdens, and frees us to enjoy the fullness of His purposes in us here on earth, Isaiah 42.6
 
 Lord deal with this one. Are you ready to let the Lord deal with it?
 

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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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BLESSINGS, GOD BLESS YOU

These are commonly used phrases that we said to one another. Often with these are used with the intent to really bless or just religiously as a greeting. This week let’s purposely bless!

As we reflect in our lives, this week, consider the many blessings you have. A composer said we should count them one by one. Let start by blessing the Lord. The prayer of worship is the most potent type of prayer; it draws God’s presence. Worship touches God’s heart, the heavens are alerted by worship; so, bless the Lord, oh my soul and all that is within us bless the Lord.

Blessings are not limited to material things, this week , bless someone with a smile, bless them with a greeting, Hi, good morning, bless them with a post-it sticker with a scriptural promise ; bless them with a positive word that encourages and assures them, bless someone with a hug; there are days that people need a good snuggly genuine hug, bless them with a kind word, bless them with a prayer or an encouraging song, bless someone by just being there to listen, sometimes that is all that is needed, listening, bless them with a welcoming gesture; do you know that body language speaks volumes? Bless the person who offended/offends you, I know this can be hard; rise past the offense and just bless. You don’t need to be with them to bless them. But just say ‘Lord, I’ve forgiven them and now I bless them too.

This week’s word is BLESS, Let’s not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9. Blessed are those who bless. The world we know that we are Christians by our love for one another John 13:35

Blessings; God bless you