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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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WORSHIP and THE VALLEY OF BLESSINGS

Have you ever experienced duuh moments in prayer. Where you drag yourself to your prayer room or simply don’t feel like praying. OR have you ever been hit so hard by an adversary that you don’t know how to pray or where to begin in prayer. In both experiences, I encourage you to worship the Lord. Make your prayer the prayer of worship.

You may feel like you have prayed all the prayers concerning the issue, fasted and stood on the promises, but while the answer or breakthrough is on its way to manifest, persevere and approach God in worship. Make worship your most valuable asset to present Jesus. Make worship your alabaster oil.
From personal experience, the prayer of worship helps me connect with God much faster. How would you know that, I describe this as an inner knowing, in such moment’s prayers flow effortless with the help of the Holy Spirit.

In worship we go without an agenda, plan or prayer list. It is simply resting in worship of God. How does a prayer of worship look like?
•Lord I worship you because you are my salvation in this situation
•I acknowledge you surpassing power to break this issue and birth forth my breakthrough
•I embrace your goodness and mercies this day
•I acknowledged your power to deliver and to set me free
•I thank you because you have already seen the end when this issue began, I bless you my Alpha and Omega, my all in all
•I worship you, all knowing, all present God, because you are with me right now, I acknowledge your presence and ability in this
•I bless you for your love for me
•I honor you my I AM because you are the solution to this right now
•Oh I thank you Lord, for your mercies are not only new for me today in this situation but they endure forever

This week, approach God in worship, end your prayer in worship and thanksgiving. God responds mightily to all prayers. But He seems to respond valiantly to the prayer of worship and thanksgiving. 2 Chronicles 20:21-25 has become a constant reminder lately. Worship intimidates the enemy. Worship brings blessings. As we worship in prayer, may we gather our answers from the valley of blessings.

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LOOK OUT! THE ANSWER MAY COME FROM AN UNEXPECTED SOURCE

The beauty of God is that He is so relatable in that He loves to show up in our daily life affairs. I am not sure about you; but I am realizing that with time, God seems to show up as we are going about our lives. That’s when He seems to speak and teach louder; at least from my experience.

A few weeks ago, while in Orlando, He gave me one of these practical live teachings. I had just left the fitness room in the hotel and was headed back to my room to get ready for the day. The problem was with the keypad. For some reason, it could not work to open the elevators. So, knowing my dilemma, as I left the gym, I prayed, “Lord please let someone exit the elevator so that I access it as they leave. So, I stood by the elevator for about a minute facing and looking straight at the elevator. A minute later, I saw a lady walking from my left side; she keyed the elevator and we both got in.

I smiled and exclaimed; wow, Lord you have just taught me a lesson at 6:20 am in the morning. You see, the Lord answered my prayer. All I needed was the elevator door to be opened. It did not matter to God how it got opened! While I stood, and stared at the elevator for someone to get off it; the Lord instead, brought the answer through a totally unexpected means; the lady from by left with her morning coffee!

Isaiah 55:8-9
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, “declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. This scripture came to mind as I was reflecting on the elevator lesson this morning; hopefully the following will help you throughout the week, that:
1)God hears all prayers; no prayer is too small or too big or irrelevant for Him to respond to.
2)Once we have prayed and petitioned God, leave the issue to Him; God knows how He will answer us.
3)Do not rationalize how the answer should come. It is not up to us to figure out how God will answer the prayer.
4)God may not respond exactly how we want the answer to come
5)Stay open to whichever way; means or person God will us to bring the answer.
6)Look out, God may bring the answer from a totally different direction or person; He may bring the answer through an unexpected source. 1 Corinthians 1:25

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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 CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR GOALS THIS YEAR

Commit your ways to the Lord and He shall establish them. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and everything shall be added unto you. Whenever we have plans, missions, goals or objectives, God is very good at guiding us to correct, feasible and attainable goals.

The “committing and seeking” starts at the planning stage not after the goals have been set and ready to go. Right when your mind says “I need to write down my goals or resolutions”, that’s the perfect time to invite the Holy Spirit and ask Him to show you what you need to focus on. In fact, if you are in constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit, He will give you the goals way ahead of time.

The Holy Spirit is very practical and strategic as well. He will not only help you with the goals but also show you how to go about attaining them and lead you to the correct alliances to support your goals and plans. The key is to stay intimate with the Holy Spirit in prayer and obedience to His instructions. The other important thing you should do is to stay open to whatever means God may use to meet your goals. You may think the resolution will come through route A yet God responds through route W.

When we commit your ways to the Lord in the “thought or planning stage, it also curbs recidivisms of starting and not finishing and restarting and not finishing. God’s plans are sure and It is God who also brings them to a complete end. Philippians 1:6.
This week in prayer ask the Holy Spirit to help you set your goals. Then ask Him how to go about meeting the goals. Do not stop there, ask God for the resources needed including the alliances necessary to accomplish the goals. Always ask God for more. This is why; God is able to make all grace abound toward you, always having sufficiency in all things and that you may have abundance for every good work, 2Corinthians 9:8

Write and DO what the Holy Spirit tells you. Psalm: 32:8-9 (please read these scriptures). God can help with your goals this year, only commit your ways to Him.