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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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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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DIG DEEP TO STAY HIGH

Foundations in any aspect are very critical in ensuring stability and longevity. Predictions and outcomes can be made based on foundations that were laid. Studies have shown this; and whether it is in our spiritual journeys, ministries or life, there remains emphasizes to lay the right foundation. However, God may ask you to dig deep and remove some heavy-duty dirt to take you to the next level.

It is the story of the wine skins. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. Instead, new wine is poured into new wineskins.” Mark 2:22.

If committed to being trained by God, He does this in stages and often the Holy Spirit will lead you to face unaddressed issues. God is so loving enough that He will allow you to mature to be able to handle what you have always ignored. That is why some deliverances are in stages. Normally these are matters of the heart. The pain, the anger, the bitterness, the unforgiveness, the trauma, the hurt, the wrong beliefs, the pride, the arrogance, the whining, the complaining, the wrong friends or relationships, the bad attitude, the self-pity, the poor identity, the selfishness, the low self-esteem, the procrastination, the laziness, the depression, the fear.

Slowly by slowly God will take you there to start dealing with them and bring you healing. Please note that all is in love. God loves you so much and desires to heal you so that He can do something new; give you the new wine. See when the junk is out, your heart becomes a new wine skin, deliverance occurs, you are set free then healing and restoration begins.

Since God has greater purposes for you, He also wants to ensure that you have laid the right foundation for where He is taking you next. Satan will try to reason with you to keep the junk. This is demon of oppression(stagnation) that wants to keep you from progressing in life and the things of God. Never allow the junk to keep you hostage.

This week dig deep, are there some things you need to let go? Are you ready for your deliverance and healing? At times, I went to God in tears crying “Lord this hurt is too difficult for me; help me, heal, deliver, help me Holy Spirit. Call on the Holy Spirit, He is our Helper. I am a testimony of being healed and delivered by God privately in prayer. This same God can do it for you.

2017 was declared a year of breakthrough. We are approaching the end of its first half. Take courage this week and dig deep. God wants to take you to a high HIGH

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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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SPEAK INTO THE YEAR 2017, THE ROD IS IN YOUR MOUTH

More and more I am beginning to understand the fullness of the power we have as believers of Christ. God has already established what He wants for us. 99% has already been done by God, He now only requires 1% from us and that is to speak our destiny into action!

Romans 10:10 is a practical example of our role in the 1%- For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Emphasis being in our mouths confessing. This salvation is not limited to the salvation of the soul from sin, but rather it also means the expected outcome of what you would like God to do. Better yet the answer or outcome, blessing or breakthrough you want in 2017.

Most of us have resolutions or goals for the year. Most have already received their “Word (s) of the year. Now the journey to the answers starts; speaking the promises of God regarding what you want until they manifest. 2017 will require walking in faith and putting that faith in action. That is what Hebrews 11 is all about, Faith. Remember Faith is what pleases God. Each person mentioned in Hebrews 11 ACTED on the promise. Abraham did, Sarah did, Noah did, Isaac did and YOU CAN DO!

God will not do the speaking for us. He has already spoken and forever His Word is established and It will not change! Like Moses, the Rod is in your hands this time is your mouth. Speak into the year concerning your spiritual, physical, emotional and financial life. Speak into the year concerning your semester, your professors, your job, your boss, businesses and investments. Speak into the year concerning your health, your children, your marriage and extended family. Speak into the year concerning your ministry. Speak into the year concerning your new home or vehicle. The power is in you and in your mouth. Speak in faith believing (heart) and your mouth CONTINUING to confess daily until you see the answer (salvation). SPEAK INTO 2017

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O’ COME ON TO SWEET COMMUNION

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

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

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

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

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

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EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS!

Adult bald eagle in flight

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO….It is finished! JOHN 19:30. This is the finished work of the cross. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ grants us our rights to live on earth fulfilled in all aspects of our lives. Here are the rights we WERE granted, Exercise your rights!

•You have a right to LIVE RIGHTEOULSY because Christ’s blood that was atoned for us

•You have the right to a GUILT FREE LIVE, because Christ died for our transgressions

•You have the right to PEACE because Christ was tortured, chastised for our peace

•You have the right to GOOD HEALTH because by the Christ stripes we were healed

•You have the right to TALK TO GOD DIRECTLY, because Christ’s blood purified us, tore the curtain of separation and gave us access to God

•You have the right to ACCESS BOLDLY because Christ and gave us the authority

•You have the right to be FEARLESS, because behold, Jesus Christ is always with us

•You have the right to GREAT ADVOCACY AND HELP because of the Holy Spirit

•You have the right to ASK FOR ANYTHING because Christ gave you His name; In the name of Jesus

•You have the right to ENJOY THE INHERITANCE & RICHES OF GOD as a branch that has been grafted in as partaker of the promises of Abraham

•You have a right to your IDENTITY IN CHRIST, as He know calls you son, daughter and friend. He knows your name. You are created in the image of God

•You have a right to DELIVERANCE, because at His resurrection, he rent all powers and principalities useless, destroying every yoke of bondage that you can be set free

•You have the right to PROSPER because God wants you to prosper in all areas of your life

•You have the right to a SOUND MIND, because God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power and love

•You have the right to FREEDOM, because Christ has made you free in all areas

•You have the right to release and live daily in GOD’S KINGDOM because of the Holy Spirit. The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit

•You have the right to VICTORY and TO LIVE A SUSTAINED VICTORIOUS LIFESTYLE because God always causes us to triumph, even in temptations God provides ways of escape

Exercise your rights these week! These are your “Miranda rights”; better reworded, these are “Your Rights” as a son or daughter of the Highest God. If satan shows up with the contrary, read satan YOUR RIGHTS. Remember Jesus declared IT IS FINISHED! When you know WHOSE you are and your IDENTITY in Him, you can boldly exercise your rights!