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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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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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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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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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LEAVE THE CAMP

I have observed something in the ministerial journey so far and even on a personal note. That the spirit of setback can manifest by constantly reminding you of past trauma, offenses of negative situations and even successes and achievements.My encouragement to you this week is “do not make a bed out of the situation, leave the camp!

Whenever you start rehearsing past experiences whether good or bad and don’t seem to moving forward; you have just made a camp. Satan may even lead you to believe that “you own the issue with labels like “my migraines”, my abuse, my loss, my arthritis, my divorce; or you know, I can’t be healed because this runs in my family; my success, my award, my profit, my promotion. Shortly after, you find yourself identifying yourself with these These are deceptions and tactics to give you a false identity, keep you stagnant, to keep you from deliverance and to keep you from pursuing your destiny. Camp no more!

You know, there a gets a point where you can’t just take these anymore; where you draw the line, and say enough is enough. I am not down playing any negative experiences or their effects; but do not allow satan to keep you in his camp. His aim is to pamper you, make you feel victimized and rationalize you to destruction; aborting your destiny.

The story of the 4 lepers in 2 Kings 7:4 If we say, ‘We’ll go into the city’—the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. These were lepers who in the were castes making some dire decisions about their destinies. (Please read the whole chapter 2 Kings 7)

MOST DELIVERANCES OCCUR WHEN WE DENOUNCE AND LET GO WHAT WE HAVE ALLOWED IN OUR LIVES; REVOKING FALSE BELIEFS AND COVENANTS ESTABLISHED IN THE “CAMP”. This week evaluate any areas of your life where you do not see progress for any “camp behavior”. Denounce them and give them an exit slip with NO RETURN STAMPS in the name of Jesus. Once they leave, fill your life with Bible Scriptures concerning the area you just released; pray more and ask the Holy Spirit to heal that area completely. Then ask the Holy Spirit to also show you the progress you should pursue. And don’t worry, even if you had “camped” for so long, the same Holy Spirit will recompense 7 times more what the canker worm had eaten Joel 2:32- And EVERYONE who calls on the name of the Lord shall be delivered

The Breakthroughs and new things in 2017, will only happened when we DECIDE to let go the past and present; surrender and allow God to fully lead you. Are you ready to leave the camp?
#freedom; #nolongerslaves;#taketherisk; #deliverance

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ONLY FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT

Have you ever been involved in a discussion or conflict and the midst of it ask; how in the world did I ever get here; where did this come from? The answer to these questions is distractions! They come in various forms and ways, but it’s imperative that we stay strategically focused to our visions and goals. So, in 2017, only fight the good fight!

The Apostle Paul in his final instructions to Timothy, a young Pastor encourages him to Fight the Good fight of Faith-1 Timothy 6:12- Fight the good fight o the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses.

I encourage you this week and in 2017 to only focus on what advances the Kingdom of God in you and the purposes of God in your life. Fight Kingdom style:
•Fight with the weapons of righteousness on both hands -2Corinthians 6:7
•Fight with your mind set on things that are above not below. Colossians 3:2
•Fight by bringing your mind to subject to God and every contract thought to submit to God’s authority-2 Corinthians 10:5
•Fight my guarding your heart-Proverbs 4:23
•Fight by studying the Word of God-2Timothy 2:15
•Fight with the weapons of warfare which are we know are mighty to bring down stronghold. The weapons are, salvation, righteous, faith, truth, peace, the Word of God, prayer. 2Corinthians 10:4
•Fight by not getting into unnecessary arguments-1Timothy 2:23
•Fight by not being unequally yoked-2 Corinthians 6:14
•Fight by bearing the fruits of the Spirit-Galatians 5:22-23
•Fight through worship, prayer, thanksgiving, by the blood of the Lamb and in the Name of Jesus-Revelation 12:11
•Fight by staying alert and vigilant-1 Peter 5:8
•Fight by staying bold and Courageous Joshua 1:9
•Fight by submitting to the Holy Spirit -Galatians 5:16, James 4:7-10

Fight by relinquishing the fight to the Holy Spirit knowing that it not by our strength, gifts or skills, but by the Holy Spirit. Fight knowing Greater is He that is you and he that is in the world.

Let us Enact and Activate the Kingdom of God in our lives, for our marriages, for our children, for our families for our jobs and businesses. This week only purpose to engage in what advances God’s Kingdom in your live and in the lives others. Only fight the good fight.

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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.