The Fifth Cup


Happy Sunday everybody!

I know I haven’t written much of anything for quite a while…but I will get back into the habit soon. I found this awesome video that will minister to you today called The Fifth Cup by Dan Stevers. It is a definite must watch. I feel stirred in my spirit as of late and feel like there is a need to emphasize the power of the blood of Christ.

Victory is our birth right when we decide that we are a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Our language must reflect that birth right. Even in the face of adversity, the language that God only knows is the voice and the sound of Triumph spoken by His children who live by Faith and not by sight (Psalm 47:1; 2 Corinthians 5:7). The blood covers all sins, all mistakes and everything that is in the past because the Blood is God’s whiteout for our past transgressions. Once our mistakes and our past sins are blotted out, we only can look forward to a clean slate as our future (Acts 3:19). Today, focus on the future rather than dwelling on a past that is already erased by the Blood of Jesus Christ.

Acts 3:19

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord

 

God is the author and finisher of your future, so believe in Him today rather than remain trapped by yesterday’s coulda, woulda, shoulda, but didn’t. The past is over, the time is NOW to move forward with God guiding you into your tomorrows. When a runner runs, they never look back because they are fixing their eyes on the prize which is at the finish line.

Set your eyes on the prize and finish the race. Consider this, that since Spring is the Season of Renewal, your best is yet to come, but you don’t have to necessarily wait for it, you can run towards it if you just believe.

God is looking for barrier breaking impossible faith. Do you want to reach that level? I know I do, however, it will take work, so work your faith out and see God move.

Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV)

Pressing Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Stay blessed everybody and enjoy the video!

The Season of the NEW


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Hi Everybody!

Today is the 2nd day of Spring! I woke up this morning with an encouraging Word that spoke to my spirit a couple of days ago. In my life there have been extreme changes taking place that have made things rather murky and in a sense uncomfortable for me. I’m seeing people leave my life and new ones entering into it… there have been moments I have had mixed emotions about what I’m seeing, but the Lord encouraged me as I meditated on the meaning of Easter. He gave me this specific scripture:

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
 
Right now in my spirit as we head into Spring, I’ve been feeling like my spirit is in anticipation for great new changes that are yet to come.
 
The verse of scripture that hit me was that part where it says “Behold, all things have become new.”
 
I believe we are entering into a new season of rapid changes. A lot of new things are going to be happening in peoples lives very soon and the key to entering into this season successfully is by letting go of the old things that you’ve been holding onto all this time. God can’t give you something that He has in His hand, if you are already holding onto something that is already in your hand <—- this is key. The whole point is to let go of the old stuff and introduce yourself to the new things that God has planned in your life.
 

Isaiah 43:18-20

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18 Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
20 The beast of the field will honor Me,
The jackals and the ostriches,
Because I give waters in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert,
To give drink to My people, My chosen.

 
Now as human beings, we have a tendency of holding onto our old stuff rather tightly, especially if the things we hold dear to our hearts have some sort of sentimental value in our lives. However, these things can’t take you forward in the long run because they have a weight that keeps holding you back from pushing forward towards the goal that the Lord sets before you (Philippians 3:14). Your burdens of yesterday should not be carried into your tomorrows. You have to identify what these things are as soon as possible because they are the “old things” that can’t take you to your FUTURE. These things could be anything such as, “emotional baggage”, “expired relationships”, or something tangible like an old car that is nearing the end of its journey as an example. The thing is…if you keep holding onto this stuff and choose not to let go, your heart won’t become receptive to NEW ideas, NEW innovations, NEW blessings, NEW miracles, NEW plans and a NEW direction that the Lord wants you to go. If you are too busy looking back at what is past, you cannot move forward, PERIOD.
 
I believe that in the present time as we have sprung forward into the Spring season which is also considered to be the SEASON OF RENEWAL, it is time to shed your winter gear, it is time to shed the dead stuff, the old stuff, it is time to shed the emotional baggage, it is time to let go of anger, hatred, strife and resentment,  it is time to let go of yesterdays troubles, it is time to let go of yesterdays mistakes, it is time to let go of FEAR that keeps holding you back from the promises of GOD since FEAR is F- False E-Evidence A-Appearing  R-Real, it is time to let go of the broken relationships, it is time to let go of the dress or the shirt that doesn’t fit you anymore, it is time to let go of the unforgiveness and grief you still hold in your heart, it is time to let go of all the stuff that was soooo last season because you can’t wear a winter jacket in spring, in much the same way that you can’t wear shorts in winter.
 
Prepare yourself for this NEW season. God cannot work with those who are RESISTANT to CHANGE.
 
Psalm 51:10

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
 
Spring forward to the NEW because if you are in Christ, God is saying the “OLD things have passed away, Behold, all things have become NEW” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
 
Renew-1I believe that this is an encouraging Word for you and me Today. I believe that God is setting up people for an expansion of new territories and changes in their lives. When there is an expansion of territory it means you have to discover what is in those territories in order to claim whatever exists in that territory as yours. Whatever NEW thing that presents itself in your life, DO NOT FEAR the NEW changes, rather seek to walk by faith into the NEW thing that God is doing in your life because it is in these unchartered territories that you will see great things happen and manifest in your life. I admit that I am a little apprehensive and at the same time excited about the NEW things that God has planned in my life; however, I choose to be willing to continue to move by faith and see what happens. So many things have shifted within a short time frame that I believe that it is necessary for these changes to occur in order to move you and increase your belief to be strengthened from FAITH to FAITH
 
When things shift in a Season, you also have to shift your way of thinking and your way of doing things to adjust to the CHANGE that is yet to occur. If you remain stagnant, disobedient, obstinate or stubborn in your thinking, you run the chance of missing out on what God has in store for you had you decided to walk in the direction that He chooses for you to walk into. I admit that it can be a little fearful to not know what will transpire once you decide to obey and run in God’s pointed-finger direction, but it is better to obey His Will for you in your life rather than to ignore it so that the Jeremiah 29:11 blessing reaches your hands. Of course, I feel challenged by what I have been witnessing lately, but I have purposed to let go of the burden that anxiety gives when pondering about the future and its uncertainties since it is God who makes my yoke easy and my burden light when I choose to trust in Him (Matthew 11:30).  Key word is TRUST.
 
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God wants to TEST how far we are willing to believe in HIM as He re-arranges your life. So in your prayer life, ask yourself this one important question:
 
Are you WILLING to BEHOLD the NEW things that God wants to do in your life?
 
Of course this will mean allowing CHANGE in your life, but are you willing to permit it in your life in order to step into a NEW DIRECTION which is God’s Direction towards your Prosperous Future that He has planned for you? In order to claim your Future, you have to let go of the OLD things that have passed away in order to embrace the New.
 
imagesCA2IUP06This means you have to RENEW your way of thinking and the way you do things. Do Not Fear Change, instead, embrace it and walk into it by FAITH and see amazing things happen in your life.
 
God will give you something better in this season if you just BELIEVE that HE CAN and HE WILL.
 
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
 

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
 

I have a song that I still love and have posted before in a post I think I did a year ago and it’s from Dorinda Clarke Cole called Everything He Promised. May this Song bless your Spirit Everybody!

God Bless You Everybody!
 
 
 

Focus on the Greater Within You


 

Hi Everybody!

You must be wondering what’s up with the title today? You know that verse of Scripture that says:

1 John 4:4
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

What does that mean exactly?

When you choose Christ as “the Way, the Truth and the Life(John 14:1; John 14:6) in the process of our Salvation, You allow Him to enter into your heart as you give permission to allow the Holy Spirit to transform your old ways of thinking and doing things to become a new creation in Christ. We are all new creations in Christ when we accept Him as Lord and Savior; however, in our walk, we determine how great He is in us as we choose how far we are willing to follow Jesus in His way, in His Truth and in the path that He leads us to eternal Life in Him, with Him, and through Him.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

The question of “How Great is our God?” can only be determined on an individualistic basis based on how much we have cultivated building a relationship with Him in our lives. Someone only becomes great in our hearts when we are in relationship with them built on a foundation of Trust, Faith, and Belief.

Ask yourself these questions:

How much do you Trust Jesus?

How much Faith do you have in Jesus?

How much do you Believe in Jesus?

The measure of these things determines how great He is in you.

Jesus overcame the world for us (John 16:33). We can only overcome the world when we have Jesus Christ inside of us who is the hope of Glory (Romans 5:2; Colossians 1:27). I believe that as Christians we have to pursue the Greatest of the Great so that by one mere look at you, it is evident that you are Christian. The light that comes from you, illuminates that which is already inside of you which is the message of Jesus Christ.

How great is the light of Jesus’ Word shining in you, through you and around you?

When we embrace ideas that contradict the light of God’s Word, we become more like the world that knows no light (darkness = ignorance) and the Jesus in you gets shelved to the back corner in the basement of your heart until He is completely forgotten; or worse, thrown out of your life completely. When we forget our Savior, when we forget our Lord Jesus by our own choice, we then allow something else to become greater within us, and if it is not Jesus, then you’ve got to ask yourself, Who has taken His place within our hearts?”

If Jesus is not on the throne-room of your heart, who is seated there instead? It is possible to hold an idol to be greater than our God which opens doors to demonization and other problems and that is why we must hold fast to the Truth and not allow room for deception or anything to replace the greatness of our God in our lives.

2 Thessalonians 2:13
[ Stand Fast ] But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you by the Spirit and belief in the truth for salvation through sanctification ,

1 Thessalonians 5:20-22

20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.

2 Corinthians 10:5
casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

So Today, focus on what is the Greater that is inside of you?

If you have shelved Jesus in a far place from your heart or have completely abandoned Him in your life, then repent and seek God’s forgiveness for it and reconcile your heart back to His love for you today. Jesus loves you even when you don’t love Him in return. Jesus believes in you even when you have stopped believing in Him. Jesus has faith in you even when you have denied Him. Jesus wants an intimate relationship with you, even when you have divorced your heart from Him. Jesus still wants you even when you think He doesn’t because “He will never leave you nor forsake you” even when you have forsaken Him (Hebrews 13:5). Allow Him to take the throne-room of your heart and let Him become Greater in your life.

“How do I make Him greater in me?” you ask?

By studying His Word (The Bible), by living out what you believe by Faith, and by demonstrating Jesus’ love for you and for other people through your actions, thoughts and deeds. It takes Faith to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the greater One that is within you than he that is in the world. Put away the things that you once exalted before God and seek the things of the Kingdom of God to reside in you. You can do this by renouncing those things that you once made greater in your life than the Christ in you the hope of Glory. God is an awesome God and He is the Greater that should reside inside you when you worship Him daily and make Him a priority in your life. Food for thought.

I have two songs here by 21:03 called Cold World and Done. Totally love these songs. May they minister to you today.

God bless you everybody!

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The Faith Movement – Gospel of Truth


Hi Everybody!

I wasn’t sure if i was going to have a devotional today or not but after seeing a clip on youtube I think I will.

Why did I entitle it “The Faith Movement- Gospel of Truth”.   Faith is a movement. When you walk in the Spirit, you walk by Faith. Faith is an Action. It says in the Word of God that the Just shall live by Faith(Habakkuk 2:4;  Romans 1:17;Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38) and that we ought to walk by Faith and NOT by Sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Faith is indeed a movement that is taken when we operate in the reverential Fear of the Lord. Faith has the power to save an entire household whereas unbelief has the power to destroy a nation. Unbelief is NOT a movement; it is a decision to remain in ignorance.

When you look at Noah, He built the Ark in the Fear of the Lord and his entire household was saved…but for those that ridiculed him and laughed at him, they were destroyed in the flood as a consequence of their UNBELIEF.

Hebrews 11:7
By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

In the same way Moses operated in the reverential Fear of the Lord and saved a Nation out of the bondage of Egyptian slavery. For those that grumbled after-the-fact while walking towards God’s promised land, when it came time to enter into the land, the generation that grumbled during the 40-year journey were killed off because of UNBELIEF. Faith takes you to the destination hence Destinies are tied to FAITH. Unbelief aborts DESTINY and DESTINATIONS.

Faith preserves, Faith heals, Faith restores, Faith Builds, but Unbelief does the opposite since all it does is destroy everything in its path.  In knowing this, it is important that we learn to leave no room for doubt to creep into our lives (especially our minds) knowing that the end result is utter devastation.

Faith is a Movement. Unbelief halts and aborts this Movement.

Unbelief is a decision to remain ignorant and promotes stagnancy which keeps people bound up in the first place.

Notice that in Hebrews 11:7 it also mentions that because Noah was moved with godly fear to operate by faith, he saved his entire household and became and Heir of righteousness which is based by his level of FAITH. To be an heir of righteousness you must always oprate by FAITH. This isn’t an option, it’s a mandatory requirement in the Kingdom of GOD because we are joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. Our Faith demands that we are moved by the direction of the Holy Spirit.

Faith requires ACTION and obedience to be moved by the HOLY SPIRIT.

2 Peter 1:21
for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Unbelief seeks to cap you with lovely friends called Fear, Depression, Hatred, Envy, Self-pity and Pride. We cannot afford to be bound by Unbelief as Children of God.

Hebrews 11:1
[ By Faith We Understand ] Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

So Today, ask yourself, What moves YOU? Are you driven by Faith or are you capped by unbelief? What you believe in determines whether you are walking in the Spirit or just standing still in the Flesh.  Seek God to help you develop your FAITH MOVEMENT and walk with the Gospel of TRUTH as your guide to Faith.

I have here two videos to encourage your FAITH MOVEMENT. May it minister to you today. Have a blessed Day Everybody!

 

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Scriptures to Meditate

Habakkuk 2:4
“Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith

Romans 1:17
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Galatians 3:11
But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”

Hebrews 10:38
Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”

2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.

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