God – You Did!


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Hi Everybody!

Honor-HimWooohoooooooo it’s the final day of the Fast for me! The whole journey has been rather surreal for me. I remember going to church last night because we were praying throughout the 21 Day Daniel Fast so it was holding a prayer service, and as people were praying for their needs, I literally saw a cloud of smoke hovering the entire congregation and it filled the entire room and I knew it was the presence of God because this wasn’t the first time I’d seen this happen.

Exodus 33:10

All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man in his tent door.

People of God, the presence of God is tangible from my experience. It was a fearful sight for me, because that is when you realize that you’ve entered into a place that is considered the Holy of Holies. I remember feeling like I was just trembling throughout the prayer session and what I can say is that when you enter into that Holy place, you can’t joke around in that presence. I believe that the same God who walked with the Isralites like a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night is able to make His presence known to those who reverentially fear Him. As I meditate today, I feel in my spirit that the Lord wants people to know that the Lord will lead you in the night time and in the day time with knowledge, instruction, direction from the Light that comes from His Word. All you have to do is watch Him lead and you follow as you walk by faith and not by sight.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Exodus 13:21

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.

 

I’m expecting a new move of God this year. What took years to be established will take days if not hours to be fulfilled. There is indeed a quickening in the spirit so don’t give up on what you are praying for is my encouragement today. God will show you the road in which you should travel if you just put your trust in Him today.

Nehemiah 9:12

Moreover You led them by day with a cloudy pillar, And by night with a pillar of fire, To give them light on the road Which they should travel.

Nehemiah 9:19

Yet in Your manifold mercies You did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of the cloud did not depart from them by day, To lead them on the road; Nor the pillar of fire by night, To show them light, And the way they should go.
God will not leave you in the wilderness if you just allow Him to take you by the Hand and allow Him to lead you in the right direction, is what I’m hearing in my spirit right now as I’m typing this.
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This word that is in my spirit right now is to encourage you as it is also an encouragement to myself. There are moments I wonder whether I am heading in the right direction as I sometimes am filled with anxiety wondering if I’m still following Him. There are moments where the road seems a bit blurry and you need that reassurance that you are walking in the right direction. Throughout the fast God has been telling me to not lean on my own understanding and to follow Him as He directs my path (Proverbs 3:5-7). Sometimes we operate by presumption, assuming we know where we ought to go…but that level of presumption can lead you astray if you are not careful. We can’t rely on our own understanding to get to where God wants us to be so we have to humble ourselves and allow Him to direct the path and He will make it clear for you. I pray that the journey ahead of all of us will be made clear and that in whatever we do, we must do it for the glory of God to be revealed to His lost sheep.
May the peace of God follow you throughout the year everybody!

I feel like celebrating the end of this fast with a song by J.Moss (feat. James Fortune) called You Did. May this Song bless your spirit today Everybody!

Worship Sunday: If He Did it Once, He Can Do it Again!


Hi Everybody!

jesus-healing2I feel like praising the Lord today. I only have two days until I’m done the 21 Day Daniel Fast and honestly, I feel like my discernment is getting sharper as I sit and meditate in God’s Word day after day and I just want to give God the praise for all the things I experienced through this Fast. I feel like I need to post a song to encourage some people out there who feel weary about whether God is going to answer their prayers or not this year. If you are seeking restoration, healing and deliverance for your family, God is more than able to grant what you ask in His Name according to His will and purpose for your life which is the Jeremiah 29:11 promise.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

The message that’s in my spirit right now is that “If God did it once, He can do it again”. Do not forget the past miracles He has given you in your life. When you remember all that He has done for you, you will look forward to the greater things that are yet to come. Greater miracles than the former are yet to come. The greatest miracle in your life though, is when you decided to give your life back to the Lord. Salvation is the greatest miracle; however, your life of miracles don’t end there.There will be a path of miracles that will continue to occur in your life as you continue to follow God when you allow Him to direct your path towards HIM and the destiny that He has for you in this Life leading you to your promise and your destiny.

Draw near to God and He will Draw near to you and let your footsteps be ordered of the Lord as He takes you by the hand and leads you in the direction that you must follow in order to receive your miracles. Don’t give up on whatever you are praying and believing for and keep pressing through for your breakthroughs. A blessing delayed is not necessarily denied, it’s just waiting for you to reach its destination when you put your Trust in God and allow Him to lead you to your blessing.

If God did it before, Please believe He can Do it Again.

Hebrews 10:22

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Psalm 73:28Spiritual warfare

But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, That I may declare all Your works.

Psalm 37:23

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths.

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I have a Song here by Deon Kipping called Heal Again. May this song bless your spirit Everybody! Be Encouraged and God Bless You!

Developing “Staying Power” to Remain Free


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Hi Everybody!

For the past few days during the Daniel Fast, the Lord has been speaking to me about maintaining “Staying Power”. At first I had no clue what He meant since I knew it was a business term so I had to look it up and this is what it is defined as:

stay·ing pow·er

Noun
  1. The ability to maintain an activity or commitment despite fatigue or difficulty; stamina.
  2. Long-term popularity of a product or trend: “hip-hop has a remarkable staying power”.
Synonyms
endurance – stamina – durability – hardiness – resistance

And according to investorworlds.com “Staying Power” in business terms is defined as:

The ability of a person or entity to endure for a long period of time, even through rough times or situations. “During every economic downturn, the company was able to weather the storm and remain profitable. This was a true testament to the company’s staying power.”

energizerWhy mention STAYING POWER?

Through this fast, Daniel learned an important lesson when he prayed and fasted for God to come down with the answers he sought for; He learned the true power of ENDURANCE in order to obtain his breakthrough. Many people want breakthroughs in life but have not past the test of ENDURANCE to stay the course. I have found that it’s easy to start something with much passion and enthusiasm in the beginning, but the true test is whether one can endure to the end. This is a matter of Starting and Finishing something.

Now, for Daniel he had hindrances that he did not realize he had to fight in the spiritual realm in order to receive a message of confirmation from the Lord spoken by an angel. Many people fight unseen forces and underestimate the intensity of the battle when they give up too early. According to Daniel 10:12-14, the angel revealed to him that on the very first day the Lord had answered his prayer but he had to battle the principality of Persia.

Daniel 10:12-14

12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.

Finish the raceIn this Fast, the Lord wants to train our spirits to practice ENDURANCE in Spiritual Warfare. Don’t give up too easily as you pray with expectancy for instruction, direction and confirmation of God’s Word in your life. As you press through do not be naive and underestimate the enemy who seeks to Kill, Steal and Destroy your Hope and Faith during this fast (John 10:10). You’ve got to fix your eyes on JESUS.

The Bible says that we cannot work by MIGHT nor by Power, but by HIS SPIRIT (Zechariah 4:6). If we want to endure during this Fast and if we want to strengthen ourselves for battle, we need to rely on the Holy Spirit to provide us guidance to maintain our STAYING POWER in the Lord. Staying Power only comes from the guidance of the HOLY SPIRIT.

How does one maintain STAYING POWER to stay the course?

1. By Practicing Humility – You need to know that you need God to help you endure the tests and the trials that you may encounter this year no matter what comes your way. Also confess your sins and weaknesses to God by practicing daily repentance so that the Accuser has no room to hinder the progress of your prayers by petitioning against your soul. Recognize your mentors and respect them when they chastise you and guide you because they are the people that God plants in your life to watch out for your soul. Disrespecting them only closes doors of opportunity in your life and will definitely leave you in a vulnerable position for the enemy to attack you ruthlessly.

James 4:6
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

1 Peter 5:5
[ Submit to God, Resist the Devil ] Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.

Hebrews 12:7
If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?

2. Practice Worship DAILY – this is your battle axe weapon of warfare in this fast. Keep your mind, body, soul meditating on God’s Word so that the enemy can’t kill, steal or destroy your hope and your faith.

2 Corinthians 10:4
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

3. Being specific in your Prayer life – You need to be specific in your prayers so that you hit the target. Don’t be vague otherwise you will not receive what you truly require during this fast. The most important thing to pray for is WISDOM. It is worth far more than rubies or diamonds and this can take you a long long way.68652_317238341728647_846683213_n

2 Chronicles 1:10-12

10 Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”

11 Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— 12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”

4. Meditate on the Word – Guard your spirit from UNBELIEF by abiding in the Truth that is contained in God’s Word. The Bible says that you must meditate on the Word day and night so that it does not depart from your mouth.

Joshua 1:8
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Psalm 1:2
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.

These are the things that I can think of at the moment that will help you develop Staying Power. If anybody has anything to add, feel free to comment down below.

The Lord continues to emphasize in my prayer life the importance of Humility.  Humility will take you to your destiny; Pride will kick you off the path. Let the Grace of God be with you during this 21 Day Daniel Fast because God resists the proud only because they do not believe they need God to direct their path.

Proverbs 3:5-7

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And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.

Matthew 10:22
And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.

Those that can endure during this season of prayer and fasting, whatever you are seeking from the Lord shall be saved and you will receive your reward for your endurance. Do not falter in your Christianity, do not lose hope, even if you stumble along the way, get yourself back up again and continue to run towards God with all that you’ve got! Seek God to purify your heart so that your flesh decreases and the Spirit of God increases in you.

1 Corinthians 3:14
If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.

2 Timothy 2:3
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 2:12
If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.

endurance1So everybody, the Staying Power of God is the ability to ENDURE through hardship and remain standing strong and firm in the Faith. This is how one also maintains their ANOINTING like the 5 wise virgins (refer back to The Bride of Christ is Anointed post) who kept a supply of fresh oil to keep their lamps burning. Do not be like the 5 foolish ones that did not prepare properly to keep their lamps burning. You need divine wisdom in order to continue the course and endure the race set before you. Keep in mind that yesterdays anointing cannot sustain you for tomorrows troubles, so it is important to always seek a fresh Word, a fresh anointing, a fresh direction through revelation to continue on the path that lays ahead of you.

The Kingdom of God shall not be shaken, so be guided by the instruction of the Holy Spirit and remain in obedience to God’s Guidance by yielding to HIS WISDOM and stay strong in the Lord and in the Power of His Might (Ephesians 6:10).

You can become free from bondages and things that hindered you from progress by maintaining your Humility, practicing your worship unto God daily, being specific in your prayer life and by meditating on God’s Word day and night to fortify your SOUL.

Daniel 6:26
I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, And steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, And His dominion shall endure to the end.

I have a song by Kierra Sheard called Free to bless your spirit today. God bless you Everybody!

21 Day Daniel Fast: Needing God’s Grace to Build Emotional Strength


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Hi Everybody!

It’s been a busy New Year, more busier than I anticipated, but we are back in the mode of the 21 Day Daniel Fast. My Fast started on the 2nd of January and so far I have decided that I won’t chronicle my meditations daily as I did last year. I found that last year the fast was so intense that I found it difficult to sleep because I was in such a spiritually heightened state that I developed insomnia which I have not been able to get over since now.

David has Emotional Strength to defeat a Goliath

These days, I feel the need to just bask in solitude and will type up whenever I have the time my thoughts during the fast. So far there have been many strange things that I have been noticing as of late, but despite all that I have witnessed and experienced and still continue to witness, I can attest to the fact that God’s grace during the fast is amazing. I find that the beginning of the Fast is always the most difficult for many including myself to start; however, as time goes by it gets a little bit easier once you reach your determination level to stay the course.

I find that just by being silent and really just training my spirit to hear what the Father has to say has been a humbling experience. Although I see visions of things happening and things yet to come, there is that sense of feeling overwhelmed by the information that I’m receiving that has caused me to feel like I just need to be silent for this fast. It’s that waiting period when you are awaiting instructions and at the same time taking the time to observe that which ought to change within (yourself) in order to change throughout. I probably am not making any sense right now to others; however, what I will say is that as I sit here contemplating about God’s grace in my life, I can testify that there are times when I have taken it for granted. I think to some extent we all do. Life is seemingly so transient, but when you find the path that leads to eternity, your life never really stays the same again unless you decide to forsake the path.

From what I can see, this year is going to be dynamic and at the same time a trying year as well. I get the sense that there will be difficult tests that each person will have to go through in order to see a new side of God in their lives. Developing spiritual strength starts from developing emotional strength. The one word that hit me at the beginning of this fast that has been disturbing me for quite some time is the word “Treachery”. I’m not exactly sure why this has been on my mind as of late, but from what I understand, all I can think of is that as I have been talking about the David Generation rising this year, it is important to know how one should engage the enemy especially enemies that have a Saul-like spirit. There was a point where David had an opportunity to kill Saul because of his treacherous ways, but David did not kill him even though he may have been justified in doing so. It is so important to NOT create any room for hatred to enter into ones heart. It has a way of contaminating your spirit. This is why we need to make room for God’s grace in our lives. The Grace of God helps us to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).

Read about how “David Spares Saul” in 1 Samuel 24-28

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David Spares Saul’s Life

This is why it is important to develop emotional strength. I think for myself…this will be the area that I will be focusing on this year since I admit that I can be emotionally immature when dealing with certain kinds of people. I know that when I lived with my grandparents, I witnessed various forms of treachery that it developed in me a sense of taking justice into my own hands because I couldn’t stand to witness injustice. Thank God I never did because God doesn’t want us to do such things. He wants us to allow Him to take care of our enemies His Way, if only we just learn to TRUST HIM. This means….vengeance belongs to God and we have to step aside and let Him do His thing. That’s extreme humility and that’s what we all should develop if we want to be successful in Spiritual Warfare. We usually say things like “the Battle is not ours, it is the Lords” and yet some people take the battle into their own hands and suffer incredible losses because they refused to wait on God to take over and ensure victory. Defeat can be avoided when we yield to the power of the Holy Spirit, so for this year…people, develop emotional strength for the battles that you will face. I can sense that the war is heightening in intensity this year, so I urge all who are participating in the Fast to focus on building fortified walls of HUMILITY. God is your strength and shield, Amen!

Another thing that I want to say is that it’s one thing to be anointed, but it’s another to have the right mindset to handle the weight of it. Even so, God’s Grace is sufficient to meet the need as long as we remain humble. Humility is completely key this year. Also, from my own meditations, the one thing we must understand is that might and power won’t take us to the destination of our destinies. We can only reach our destinies through the power of the Holy Spirit. Not everyone has trained themselves to rely on the Spirit because they are too used to having faith built by their own hands, but if you want something to have “staying power”, you need to let the Holy Spirit build things His way so that whatever you try to build will not be shaken. Christ is the solid rock and He should be our foundation. So for those participating in the Daniel Fast, recognize that this Fast trains you to strengthen your Humility in order to be successful in your Spiritual Warfare. Humility takes you places…pride halts progress.

The Daniel Fast is also a form of Spiritual Warfare to receive answers and instructions from God so continue to meditate on God’s Word and keep it in your Heart when you encounter your battles this year.

I have a song to lift your Spirit up today called Grace sung by Bebe & Cece Winans. May this Song Bless your Spirit. God Bless you Everybody!

I Will Get There – Beyond the Finish Line


Day 21 of the 21 Day Daniel Fast – Finally, it’s the End of the Fast and  let me tell you that it has been a very humbling experience for me. I feel that although I started off sick with a chest-cold making it a challenge right at the start and then going through some crazy things during the Fast, i.e. being bit by a spider on the eye (I guess when I was sleeping) making it swell like crazy and then having it heal the very next day after praying for healing, nearly escaping death in a car accident several times in the past 2 weeks but barely missing a collision, experiencing confusion during my meditations which caused for a lack of sleep and a start of insomnia issues, internet connection issues preventing me from posting and at one point losing all my information for a post coupled with having severe nightmares and certain dreams that revealed who I should and shouldn’t trust this season, I mean the list goes on and on.

To finally reach the finish line has been one hurdle after another that also made me feel discouraged at many points which actually surprised me. It has not been a peaceful Fast for me at all exactly, and rightfully so, because when you have or are about to receive big visions for what God has in store for you, He trains your spirit to war and fight for it in the Spirit and tells you what to pray for. I have a new appreciation for spiritual warfare and can tell you that it wasn’t fun at all, but it has been spiritually rewarding for me in that God has shown me what it means to intercede and to also be obedient when He tells you to do something, DO IT. You can avoid calamities when you learn to obey His voice over your own understanding. He sees beyond our human capabilities and limitations so it’s better to put your Trust in Him for He goes Ahead of us and warns us of things yet to come as we try to catch up to where God is going.

Today’s meditation is about Waiting for the Authentic rather than settling for the Counterfeit. If you think about the word “counterfeit” split it into two words and you get “Counter” and “Fit” without the “e”. If we opt for counterfeits in our life, we are settling for less than the best which is authentic. If something doesn’t fit your destiny it counters your fit — therefore, it was never designed to fit you is what I’m getting at here and yet, many a time, people opt for things that don’t fit them when God has something authentic that He desires to give you but expects you to cultivate a spirit of patience, a spirit of gratitude and a spirit that is willing to do whatever it takes to pursue that which is authentic, that which is Genuine, and that which is able to FIT you in your destiny. My question today is, are you going for the authentic or are you opting for the COUNTER-FIT?

What will take you to your promise is believing in the Authentic and not settling for less than the Best.

In the Book of Exodus, we learn about Moses who had to take on a great calling by God’s command to go before Pharaoh and pronounce His judgement set against the people of Egypt for keeping the Children of Israel in Captivity. Moses had to boldly declare to Pharaoh who had enslaved the Children of Israel that the Lord had declared for him to “Let My People GO!” (Exodus 7:16). Pharaoh scoffed at Moses  because he had a hardened heart that obviously required drastic measures because he was full of PRIDE (Proverbs 16:18). Moses remained obedient to God’s instruction because the Vision was so great that it required Great FAITH and OBEDIENCE to fulfill the Promise that God was going to set the CAPTIVES FREE!

God used 10 Plagues to get His point across to Pharaoh that He means business when it comes to His Children and wasn’t backing down until His Word accomplished that which He sent it through Moses, which were:

1) The Plague of Blood in the Water (Exodus 7:14-24)

2) The Plague of Frogs (Exodus 7:25Exodus 8:1-15)

3)The Plague of Gnats/Lice (Exodus 8:16-19)

4)The Plague of Flies (Exodus 8:20-32)

5)The Plague of Disease on Livestock (Exodus 9:1-7)

6)The Plague of Unhealable Boils (Exodus 9:8-12)

7)The Plague of Hail and Thunder (Exodus 9:13-35)

8)The Plague of Locusts (Exodus 10:1-18)

9)The Plague of Darkness (Exodus 10:21-29)

10)The Plague of The Death of the Firstborn of  every Egyptian and their Animals (Exodus 11:1-10).

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These plagues were specific and symbolic in that God plagued the Egyptians with the very same things that they worshiped rendering their “gods” impotent and proving that Our God was and is OMNIPOTENT. The gods of the Egyptians were Counterfeit gods that could not prevent the decree from the AUTHENTIC GOD that would lead Moses to SET THE CAPTIVES FREE from OPPRESSION, POVERTY, SLAVERY, TORMENT, and systemic and seemingly unending SUFFERING. Our God, Jehovah, Yahweh was and is the Authentic God and the ONE TRUE GOD that was able to deliver what HE had PROMISED.

To end this Fast, I want us to remember that we serve a GOD that is AUTHENTIC, and He is concerned for our well-beings because He is a God that will FIGHT for HIS CHILDREN as He demonstrated for the CHILDREN of ISRAEL. The Egyptian gods did nothing to stop the calamities that their Egyptian worshipers suffered through RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT because GOD’s Word does NOT return VOID. It completes that which HE sends it and it prospers in what it has been sent out to do.

My Last Questions for this Meditation are:

Who are we placing our faith in at the moment?

Are we opting for less than what’s best?

Are we reaching out for counterfeit blessings that cannot sustain us because we are impatient for waiting for the authentic?

Or, are we pursuing the Genuine and the authentic that is able to deliver us from Evil with an abundance of blessings forevermore? Remember that when the Children of Israel were delivered from captivity, they came out of Egypt RICH with SILVER and GOLD (Exodus 11:1-3). God didn’t just deliver them but He also Provided for them for their FUTURE. He is a God of Abundance and of the OVERFLOW.

I thank all those that have been with me during this Fast. Although mine technically ends tomorrow, I wanted to post this up for today to bless those that have completed it already. I have a song to finish this meditation off that fits with this message. It was from the soundtrack from the Disney movie Prince of Egypt and it’s a song by BOYS II MEN called  I WILL GET THERE. I love this song for it has encouraged me for not giving up on this Fast seeking God’s face and keepin’ my wits together. I pray that it blesses you too. It is Finished and we will all reach to the OTHER SIDE! No LIMITS!


Scriptures to Meditate

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Deuteronomy 6:3
Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’

Proverbs 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

Ephesians 4:8
Therefore He says: “ When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.”

Psalm 118:5
In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free.

Psalm 146:7
He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free,

Isaiah 58:6
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

John 8:32
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

John 8:36
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Romans 8:2
because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

Galatians 5:1
[ Freedom in Christ ] It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Hebrews 9:15
For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance— now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

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Blessings: Regarding what is Important with Respect and Value


Day 20 of 21 Day Daniel Fast – Well, I only have one more day until I go Tea partying hahahaha. Ok well, it’s been an amazing journey. I must say there were moments where I just wanted to end it all because on one of the days this week I felt like I was just breaking down literally, I felt like I was losing my mind because of lack of sleep. I don’t know if it’s withdrawal from not having tea but I found each day a struggle to go to work because I felt so exhausted from staying awake deep into the night. I think I was suffering from insomnia that it was just getting out of hand. Can’t explain it but all I could do was pray and write up a new post while I couldn’t sleep. It’s also been very busy for me this week but I am blessed by my readers encouragement and words of comfort. You don’t know how you fellow bloggers make me *smile* especially during this last stretch of the Fast. I could do with some sleep but I highly doubt that even after this Fast is over that it’ll happen just like that since I’m in serious meditation mode as of late. I feel like God won’t let me sleep until I have written down everything that He has shown me. So this post today is inspired by this intense experience more than anything.

My encouragement today is a continuation along the lines of what I wrote about yesterday regarding Esau and the birthright. The birthright is always handed down to the first born and in our case, we are SONS OF GOD who also have a birthright but do we know what our birthrights are? Do we recognize it? Do we value it? Do we despise it like Esau? He despised his birthright which was his rightful blessing for a morsel of food.

My Question today is: Are we like Esau who despised His birthright or are we like Jacob who knew the VALUE of the birthright? Let’s read the story shall we.

Genesis 25:19-34

19This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac. Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram[a] and sister of Laban the Aramean. 21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the LORD.

23 The LORD said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”

24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.[b]26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.[c] Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them. 27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished.30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.[d])

31Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

 33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.

What can you learn from the Jacob and Esau story?:

1. Jacob knew the value of the birthright blessing that was going to be handed to Esau by their father Issac.

2. Jacob caught Esau at his most vulnerable moment where he was neither alert nor discerning of Jacobs agenda (he was famished and only thought of food after a hard days work) .

3. Esau did not recognize that the birthright blessing was one to be valued and he didn’t think twice about His brother’s scheme to cheat Him out of it. He did not discern the plot behind Jacobs scheming behaviour. That is why it is important to increase in spiritual discernment so as to avoid being cheated out of your blessing.

4. Esau disrespected the VALUE of the birthright blessing by selling it off without a second thought for a morsel of food.

5. The repercussions of Esau’s decision weighed heavily on him as a life changing mistake that he sought after it with tears (Hebrews 12:17).

We cannot afford to be like Esau. Waiting patiently for our blessing is important but we must also remember to regard what God has for us with RESPECT and VALUE. Each blessing carries a weight of Glory and we have to be mature enough to handle  its value in our lives as we await for what God has in store for us. We can be cheated out of our blessing like Esau if we don’t understand the assignment of those trying to rob us out of what is rightfully ours. So pray to increase your discernment in the coming days because there will be those (including those closest to you) who will be able to discern the value of what God has in store for you and will try to cheat you out of what God already preordained to be yours. Seek wisdom and recognize the assignment against your life over it. The enemy tries to kill, steal and destroy but God wants you to have life and life more abundantly.

My Last Word:

In your abundant seeking meditations, do not forget the enemy of your soul that wants to rob you of it so pray for God to place a hedge of protection around you and a protection over your promise so that the enemy has no room to steal what is rightfully yours. Do not be passive and be caught unaware of the agenda against your blessing like Esau, be wise and outsmart the Jacobs that try to trick you out of it. Abundance is your PORTION so protect it and regard it with RESPECT and VALUE and be alert at all times. This isn’t the time to be caught with your pants down and with the wool over your eyes. Be discerning and be alert. Don’t forget to seek wisdom as your pray for an increase of DISCERNMENT. Be VIGILANT as you maintain the Focus on God during your meditations. Remember, God has your JEREMIAH 29:11 for you, so fight for it rather than end up like Esau, seeking for it with TEARS.

Scriptures to Meditate

John 10:10
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Deuteronomy 7:12
[ Blessings of Obedience ] “Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers.

Deuteronomy 28:1
[ Blessings on Obedience ] “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.

Deuteronomy 28:2
And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God

Deuteronomy 28:8
“The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

Psalm 3:8
Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people.  Selah

Psalm 21:3
For You meet him with the blessings of goodness; You set a crown of pure gold upon his head.

Psalm 24:5
He shall receive blessing from the LORD, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Proverbs 10:6
Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

Proverbs 10:22
The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.

Isaiah 44:3
For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring;

Ezekiel 34:26
I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing.

1 Corinthians 10:16
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

Galatians 3:14
that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Ephesians 1:3
[ Redemption in Christ ] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

Hebrews 6:14
saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.”

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Nearing the Final Stretch – Getting there


Day 18 of 21 Day Daniel Fast – so I have only a few days left of this Fast and I’m looking forward to having my tea *woooohooooo!*. Ok, but seriously this fast has not been easy for me at all. Even so, I will say that it has been very rewarding in that I feel like God has been opening up my eyes to things I didn’t see before about myself, and also revealing so many wonderful mysteries in the Word. I truly hope I gained some level of wisdom but time will tell.

Today’s encouragement is about nearing the Final Stretch. Sometimes we tend to give up half way when we are pursuing something with all that we’ve got but the test of endurance is a measure of your capacity to not give up. Remember that saying that goes, “When the Going gets tough, the tough get going”. Where are you in this Fast? Have you already given up? I know that it is a tough thing to do but don’t land in self-condemnation zones when you are struggling to keep up. Remember that this race isn’t about winning, it’s about finishing. You may be finishing with tears and when I mean tears I mean tears of pain and tears of joy. You will discover yourself in this fast and you will discover God with you during this Fast. The Word for me has been very enlightening during this Fast and I hope that for those that have been following my personal meditations during this fast that you have all been encouraged in your own personal walk. God desires relationship with us and intimacy and I feel that this Fast has brought me closer to  Him to quite an extent. I also think that my Faith has been reshaped through this experience. I have never felt so focused in hearing Gods voice as I have been with this Fast. It’s all about putting our trust in Him but in order to do that He’ll also test our level of faith.

Question yourself: Are you willing to put your level of faith to the Test? I shiver at the word “test” but I think that it’s better to go through it knowing that in the end that is the only way one can grow with spiritual maturity and increase your cup of faith. We can’t afford to be satisfied with our current level of faith when the God of more than enough, the God of abundance expects us to do greater things than these by seeking to enhance and increase our Faith to move many mountains. We must pursue “the Greater” for we serve a Great God. Remember that when you go through your meditations.

This Video I’m putting here is to encourage you in your walk to help you remember that you were created for a greater purpose. A Great purpose from a Great God requires Great Faith.

I also have an awesome song by Damita Haddon called I Will Trust.  I pray that in ministers to your spirit today. God bless you. Only a few days left and you will reap the rewards of your faith for this Year of 2012 of DIVINE GOVERNMENT after the Fast. Believe it to receive it.

Scriptures to Meditate

Psalm 91:2
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Proverbs 29:25
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

Isaiah 25:9
In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

Isaiah 12:2
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation.”

Zephaniah 3:12
But I will leave within you the meek and humble. The remnant of Israel will trust in the name of the LORD.

Deuteronomy 28:13
The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.

John 6:35
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

John 7:38
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

John 20:29
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

John 14:12
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

Zephaniah 3:9
[ Restoration of Israel’s Remnant ] “Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve him shoulder to shoulder.

Joshua 24:15
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

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Answer to the Call in Your Life – He’s Calling You


Day 17 of 21 Day Daniel Fast –  So todays meditation is also a day in advance but I think I’ll just post like this for now since I’m trying to catch up with the things that I have to do with so little time.

It is about analyzing yourself to make a complete turn around in they way you go about your daily affairs.  I entitled it Answer to the Call in Your Life – He’s Calling You because that is what is required of us in order for one to fulfill their God-Given Destiny. Do you know what your calling is in this Life? Are you an engineer, a teacher, a preacher, an evangelist, a boxer, an athlete, a business man, etc; whatever it is, God gave you gifts to use in this world to make it a better place and did so with the intention to Glorify You His Son and Daughter in whom He is well pleased, to Glorify Him using our talents and our giftings to answer to the “Call” in our lives. Ask yourself, are you using your gifts right now to Glorify Him? Who is benefiting from your Gifting? Is it the Lost? Is it the World, or is it the Body of Christ? How you answer that will show you at what capacity you are fulfilling your role in this life.

I’m still on my own journey trying to figure myself out but I have a general idea that my gifting lies in helping people through positive motivational speaking and writing. God gave us the creativity to create Change; however, because He is the Potter and we are the Clay, we have to allow Him to Change us into His Image in order to fulfill His Will over our lives.

Isaiah 64:8
Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

The question is “Are you willing to Change in order to Answer to the Call in Your Life?”. Do you even believe that you need to change? What is your calling in life?If you have no idea what your calling in life should be, then this is the right time to be seeking God for answers during this Fast. You have to keep in mind though that the answer you anticipate may require you to change the habits that hinder you from reaching your full potential. You have to seek God to expose those things that are keeping you from obeying His Will over your life in order to operate in your fullness. God is a God of the Overflow and of abundance. You can reach your answers if you understand what it takes to reach your goals. Your character is the key to answering God’s calling in your life. You must purpose to walk in humility and integrity in order to satisfy the Call.

In order to develop a Character of Integrity, you must:

1) Be Teachable;

2) Be Honest with yourself – this isn’t the time to be in denial zone;

3) Respect the answers that come with further instruction;

4) Purpose to change by making a decisive decision to change what needs to be changed;

5) Act on what you have learned and desire knowledge with understanding;

6) Remain humble to correction;

7) Understand the assignment against your progress to fulfill your dreams;

8) Do not give up when the tough gets going (I personally am working on this one here)

9) Meditate on the Word to Maintain the Focus on God’s Will over your Life; and

10) Thank God for the Answers that He Gives to you as you Receive them – always have an Attitude of Gratitude. <—- That’s very very important.

Sometimes we think “we know it all” but that’s just PRIDE talking there and we must seek to humble ourselves before the great Teacher, Father God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Like I said earlier, I feel like God is showing me many areas that I need to change but “why these areas?”. Sometimes when we don’t get the full picture concerning who we really are in Christ, we try to work things out by our own methods through rationalizing and justifying our bad behavior for not doing what we are supposed to do to find those answers. This behavior won’t help us in the long run if we don’t learn to cultivate a teachable spirit to listen to wise instruction/counsel.

To be a better you, you’ve got to go beyond yourself and seek to throw away your old self that doesn’t know how to move forward. Only through God will you be able to find what you seek because I believe that if we are all Sons and Daughters of the most High God, He is calling all of us to rise up and BE what we’re supposed to BE. We can only answer to the Call in our lives when we seek to be obedient and teachable so that our spiritual ears can Hear what God is telling us to do. What are you going to do when you Hear what He has to say? Are you going to turn a deaf ear or answer to His Call? God speaks to us all the time and yet we complain that He doesn’t hear us when we call out to Him. However, have you ever considered that it could be because we are not trying to hear Him when He calls Us?

John 10:27
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

If you want God to be attentive to you, You also have to be attentive to Him. This is what it means to build a relationship. Humble yourself so that you can receive and Hear what God has to say since He will never leave you nor forsake You (Deuteronomy 31:6; Deuteronomy 31:8; Joshua 1:5; Hebrews 13:5).

I have yet an amazing song to fill your spirit that fits this message of encouragement. It is also by Donnie McClurkin and it is called He is Calling You. Stay blessed everyone!

Scriptures to Meditate

Psalm 23:5
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Psalm 119:171
May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees.

Psalm 65:11
You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.

Romans 5:15
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 9:12
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.

Colossians 2:4-6

Spiritual Fullness in Christ

6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces[a] of this world rather than on Christ.

John 15:15
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

Ephesians 1:17-19

17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength

Ephesians 4:4
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;

Hebrews 11:8
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

1 Peter 1:15
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;

Matthew 22:14

14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

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God says: “Didn’t You Know?”


Day 16 of 21 Day Daniel Fast – So for this particular post I have to post it up a little early (a day in advance) since I find myself really bogged down with work I’ve got to do  after the new year.

This is a song that was brought back to memory that I believe will be very encouraging for anyone who is continually seeking to Walk with God. Faith is something built through Trust and Belief. You can only go from strength to strength in your walk when you measure and increase your cup of Faith. God is with you but you have to believe it to be true so that you can Trust Him when you face adversities in your life. I find that even in my walk I ask questions like “Where are you when I need YOU GOD?”. When searching for answers, they may very well be right in front of us but we may fail to see them when we are wrapped up in our emotions. So be encouraged no matter what you are going through, GOD IS WITH YOU. That is what the name Immanuel means, “God With US”.

This song is from Donnie McClurkin called Didn’t You Know.  I hope it blesses you today as it has blessed me.

Scriptures to Meditate

Hebrews 13:5
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

1 Chronicles 28:20
And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God—my Godwill be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.

Psalm 18:32
It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect.

Psalm 42:8
The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life.

Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 54:4
Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is with those who uphold my life.

Psalm 84:11
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.

Psalm 104:1
[ Praise to the Sovereign LORD for His Creation and Providence ] – Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty,

Daniel 9:4
And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments,

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.”

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Surrendering Your All to God ~ Seriously?!


Day 15 of 21 Day Daniel Fast –  So today’s meditation comes from the idea of learning how to surrender all. Now, I am not going to claim that I have completely surrendered my all to God because during this Fast, I’ve been feeling like God has been sort of saying to me,

“Give that to me and give that to me and that, that and that…oh and that over there. Give me this stuff that you don’t need because I’ve got something better but YOU have to give me all these things willingly”.

You must be wondering “What in the world is she talking about?” I’m talking about letting go of things that we try to handle on our own based on our level of understanding and allowing God to be the director of these parts of our lives that we have not fully learned to TRUST faithfully with because of deep rooted insecurity, doubt and fear and our need to be “in control” of things we really have no control over. In my personal journey during this Fast, I feel that God has been revealing to me things that I need to curb, things that I need to give up, and things that I need to let go and let God. He has also shown me that there are things that I need to put my 100% trust in Him for, and also in order to continue following Him, there are also things that I can’t take with me along the way because He (Father God) wants to make my Yoke easy and make my burden light, but in many instances I have failed to see it His way because I’ve been doing certain things MY way. Knowing my personality which can be stubborn at times, I can honestly say that God is breaking me down right about now. Just when you think you’re making progress He still shows me areas in my life that need a makeover.

Matthew 11:28-29

 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

What I discovered:

What this whole journey boils down to is that if you seriously and I mean seriously in the honest sense of the Word really want to walk with God, you have to seriously reflect on what it is that is holding you back from Trusting Him Fully and by Fully, I mean COMPLETELY. You want to experience the miracles, the blessings, the amazing things that He has in store for you and all that fun stuff but conveniently we forget that all these things we desire always come with a certain prerequisites that are needed to be satisfied in order to achieve what we seek which is letting Go of what we have in our hands and Letting GOD take our hands. This decisive action is not a walk in the park everybody, and this isn’t a “I want to believe” decision either because it’s a Trust issue here. You have to trust God Completely and not merely “want to believe” in Him when you clearly struggle with areas of doubt here and there. You will not be able to satisfy the call to follow JESUS if you cannot accept that you have to get rid of a lot of junk that is holding you back from doing so, namely DOUBT. Admit to it and then get rid of it. Easier said than done but that is what we all have to do if we want to Follow with an unwavering heart.

What I learned from meditating on the Word for the past few days is that Complete Trust takes a measure of Great Faith and I know my measure is not there yet. However, despite that, I want to pursue it anyway with Fear and Trembling *gulp*.

Let’s look at the story of the Rich Boy who claimed he wanted to follow Jesus In Mark 10. Jesus had some stipulations in order for this naive kid to follow HIM.

Mark 10:17-23 (NIV)

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

17As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’[d]20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

If you look at this scripture, we learn that:

(1) It was about a young man who had great wealth that he had inherited from his family who honestly wanted to “follow” Jesus.

(2) Jesus gave the young man some ground rules (stipulations) in order to satisfy his request to follow Him.

(3) The prerequisite was too much for the boy to let go despite his earnest desire to follow the “great Rabbi”.

(4) Jesus was able to discern what the young fella lacked in order to follow Him and tested his character with a word of instruction in verse 21.

(5) The young man was distraught that Jesus was able to expose his weakness, which was the very thing holding him back from “LETTING GO and LETTING GOD”.

After reading this story, I thanked God for the revelation and the slap of truth that He had unveiled to me about myself. I have had to ask myself “What is holding me back from following Jesus COMPLETELY?”.

Do you have anything that you have not completely surrendered to God about? This question was a painful one for me, but I want to expose the truth of it no matter how agonizing this truth encounter was for me. God is gracious in that He loves people enough to point out what we need to work on in order to satisfy the call to follow him without anything holding us back. This is what I’ll be praying and repenting for in this last week of the Fast.

Consider that when God reveals to you your weakness, it is not intended to put you to shame, but to reveal to you with Love what you need to let Go and give to Him so that He can give you something far better than whatever it is that’s holding you back. LET GO and LET GOD. SURRENDER YOUR ALL TO HIM.

I have two videos to encourage both you and I today, to think about what we have to do to really allow God to rule over our lives. Hope you enjoy the Vids. Be blessed today everyone!

This other video was done in the Year 2009 but the message is so relevant to what I just spoke about. Hear it and think about what is being said so that it resonates with your spirit.

Scriptures to Meditate

Luke 14:27
And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

John 10:27
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

John 12:26
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

Matthew 10:38
Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Matthew 19:28
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Mark 8:34
[ The Way of the Cross ] Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Mark 10:21
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Proverbs 3:4-6

4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.

 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
   and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
   and he will make your paths straight.

John 8:12
[ Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony ] When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

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