Heaven’s Anthem


Hi Everybody!

I apologize for not having posted anything for a while. I’ve been quite busy with so many things going on. Can you believe it’s almost the end of 2014???? I mean we are in the 11th month and so much has happened. I’m planning to leave the country for a lengthy trip soon and I anticipate that so much will transpire on my trip. I’ve been on preparation mode for it and at the same time I just wanted to drop a line and say a few words of encouragement and prophesy to y’all today.

The next four months including the month of November will be a transitional season for many of you. Where you are right now has been the preparation stage for unlocking the door of your “calling” in your life. It may appear to you that not much seems to be happening, but do not be deceived by your natural eyes. God has watched you tilling the ground and has watched you work the fields to cultivate your giftings that will launch you into the next level of your life. You must remember that operating in your calling demands that you walk a supernatural path (a path less traveled). This Supernatural path requires you to pray different, dream different, act different, fast, speak and move differently from the average Christian. Prepare your mind to receive new associations, networks and mentors that will groom you into new areas of leadership and stewardship as you tap into your calling. The emphasis I have been prodded by God about for the past few months is His concern for the people of God has been about “Activation of Calling”.

What must you do now? Pray and concern yourself with God’s agenda in this season. Every breakthrough you receive or should I say want to receive will only be given to you and I do mean ONLY be given to you while you are about Your Father’s Business. Focus on growth and analyze your weaknesses so that you can turn those weaknesses into strengths. Going to church doesn’t mean you are being activated into your calling. Mere attendance is not enough, you have to go out and do something with respect to advancing God’s agenda on the earth in your life. Your weaknesses do not determine nor limit you from God’s prescribed outcome for your life which is to prosper you and be in good health as your soul prospers (Jeremiah 29:11). Your Faith in action is what will determine your outcome.

Learn from the Past, Respect your Present, and Appreciate and Look forward to your Future. You serve a God that knows your past, present and future so understand that all of these timelines are important for you to note so that you will know what to do in the days yet to come.  If you don’t learn from your past, you will make mistakes in your present that can hinder you from God’s prescribed future. Focus on doing things that you haven’t tapped into before in order to move to the next stage. And Yes, that means getting outside of your comfort zone. The consequence of remaining in your comfort zone is Insanity and death. Insanity is doing what you’ve done before and still expecting a different result. God doesn’t work with insane people since death is at the end of that cycle.God only works with those who are up to the challenge of growing from their past mistakes and still having the end goal in mind. God is about life-giving (growth and prosperity) and not about death-sentence making (insanity, conviction). You must do things that attract life-giving growth in your life and choose not to participate in activities with a death-giving purpose to your destiny. Do not be complacent and self-focused, you must be God-centered and purpose-driven focused.

Encouragement: God has given you all the ingredients you need to be successful. The moment you became Born-Again, you achieved your overcomer status. Faith is what causes you to Overcome. Circumstances around you are not powerful enough that you are unable to overcome them. When you Believe and Trust God, Nothing at all in your life will become impossible for you because your mind has been transformed and renewed to be more like Christ. Remember in Whom you have believed.

1 John 5:4 – For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.

Mark 9: 23 – Jesus said unto him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.

If you are lost and don’t know how to move into this season, then it means that who you are hanging out with in your current state, is at the same if not lower level than you. You must go out and pursue associations with people better than you if you want to escape your current condition. You must learn to humble yourself before those who have the necessary ideas, tools, and networks that can take you from your current level to the next higher level for your life. Do not despise your mentors,and remember to have an attitude of gratitude in all things that you do. How you treat people right now will determine whether or not you will fast-track into your calling tomorrow. Be mindful of this and seek wisdom above all else.

Knowledge must always be accompanied with wisdom for wisdom is what will preserve your destiny and protect your future. Seek it like Gold and Silver. Remain determined and develop a spirit of tenacity to not back down or give up until you have achieved your desired end result. AMEN 😀

To end this post, I have a video by Dan Stevers called Heaven’s Anthem. May this video bless your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody 🙂

The Blood of Jesus – What is Living by Grace?


Hi Everybody!

It’s been a while since I wrote a post apart from my story telling time so I’m just getting back into that mode again today. Today, is a wonderful day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it. For those of you that read my story about The Man by the Bus Stop , thank you very much for your input and encouragement. I was a little nervous about putting it up on Wpress at first but then I figured my fears are unfounded and just went and did it anyway. Many of you have caught on to what the message was about which is great because I was trying to convey it in the best way I could so that people don’t misinterpret the message. Using a lot of symbolism such as the red umbrella was a great mechanism for me to use to allude to the covering that we all share under the blood of Jesus Christ. There will definitely more stories to come once I get around to it.

We as the bride of Christ should not forget that our groom who is Jesus Christ awaits us in the coming last days. I think to a large extent we take life for granted and assume that living by grace alone is ok while some still continue to live lives that contradict this grace that we have on our lives. I think to a large extent people don’t seem to understand what true grace is. In my opinion, I believe that GRACE is a probationary period to change our ways as we pursue to walk in right standing before our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He is the plumb-line used to measure those that are walking right next to him amongst His people since He is our righteousness. Many people think that just because the Blood of Jesus covers all sin, they think that they have a license to keep on sinning so long as they remember to plead the blood of Jesus over their lives on a regular basis. I think that for those who think this way, they are running into a dangerous corner of self-deception if they think that merely pleading the blood over yourself on a daily basis while not making an honest effort to change your ways is enough to keep you from going to hell. People, do not be deceived with this way of thinking!

When we repent, we  must actually turn completely around from doing evil and pursue towards the path of righteousness. It’s one thing to get saved, but it is totally another thing to keep and stay saved. Salvation starts off as a decision, but it doesn’t stop there because it is an ongoing  journey with the Lord until you reach the prize.

The question I have for people today is how far along have you gone along in this journey? 

I know based on my own experiences that I have been challenged countless times, but at the end of the day, we must look at the road set before us and seriously consider the uphill battles we will face. These battles are called SPIRITUAL WARFARE. Salvation isn’t a walk in the park everybody. Whoever makes you assume that everything will be a candy cane experience after you accept Jesus Christ  as Lord isn’t telling you the entire story. Salvation is a mountain top that we seek to climb until we reach its peak. The higher up you climb, the higher the pressure and the more difficult it becomes to breathe that you will feel like fainting or collapsing just because the pressure is that great when pursuing such high altitudes. Many people start off great, thinking that the  walk along the base of a  mountain seems to be easy, but as you continue to push forward on upwards, you will realize the reality of the battles that lay before  you and ahead of you as you continue to climb. Even though that is the case, keep pressing forward and never give up!  At such times we need divine assistance in our uphill battles and that is when we call on the HOLY SPIRIT to guide us. We must never forget to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), to walk in the Spirit and not in the Flesh (Romans 8:4) when we decide to take up the cross and walk in the journey that God has set before us.

Yes, you will encounter days where you feel like giving up and that is where you sit on the journey to later get back up again after taking a breather rather than turn around and walk back down the mountain. Take a breather each time you encounter battle fatigue. Rest is better than resignation because you regain your energy during that time in order to continue on the journey. When you resign from the journey, you completely lose drive and purpose and eventually end up going back to the same place where you felt most comfortable which is called your “COMFORT ZONE”. Walking up a mountain is no joke…believe me…I’ve done it before and I don’t know if I’ll ever do that again; However, staying at the base of it never trying to push beyond your limits is also a dis-service to yourself as well. I know I have comfort zones that I need to tackle and sometimes I get really irked out when some people try to push me off the ledge and into the water. It is at those moments where you decide to either sink or swim. Hopefully, you decide to swim because sinking should never be the option at the end of the day.

So when you walk with the Lord in your daily battles, remember to thank God for the blood that is able to cover us each day since His mercies are new each morning (Lamentations 3:22-24). Thank God for the grace in your lives, but don’t take the Lord’s grace over your life for granted. Remember that the Lord’s grace is like a probationary period to change your ways. Just like our worldly legal system provides a grace period for people to change their conduct, this probationary period also has an expiry date to consider the final outcome during sentencing. Ensure that your life is measuring up to a sentence that drops all charges over you rather than incurring judgment because of deciding to violate your probationary period. God’s grace is a probationary period to change your ways…so decide to stay saved.

We are entering into a new season since we are in the ninth month of this year. The number nine biblically means judgement so we cannot fool with this season. We have only 4 months of this year left before we reach the end of the year of God’s divine Government being established. I believe that revivals are going to break forth like we’ve never seen before. I believe that we’re going to see a greater manifestation of God’s grace in our lives if we believe for it. There will be a season of miracles that will become like the talk of the town during that season. All of these things are yet to come if we believe. There will be a greater dispensation of God’s spirit on the present generation rising. I believe all these things by faith. I speak all of these things into the atmosphere seeking God’s Will will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.  Praise God for the new things that will and are yet to occur. God is definitely focused on His bride so prepare yourself Body of Christ for the arrival of our groom.

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I have a song here by Mryon Butler that I’ve been listening to for the past few days called The blood of Jesus. May this song bless your spirit today. God bless you everybody!

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Comfort Zones – The Disabler of Destiny


What are the things that we encounter that prevent us from progress and stop us from exploring and trying out new things? I realized that as much as I have spoken about positive thinking and negativity, it is easy for us to overlook the fundamental things that are considered hindrances to progress. I believe comfort zones are one of them.

Comfort Zones by definition are mental boundaries that we place on ourselves to function behaviourally in an anxiety-neutral condition. We act on familiarity and resist the peculiar. Anything that we do not recognize in our zone of familiarity we reject without giving consideration on how something or someone can change our outlook on life and help us discern the things that hinder our progress.

To me, comfort zones are a form of disabling a person from performing at their optimum level. You will find that over-achievers are those that press beyond the boundaries and step outside the box to target reaching their goals and accomplishments.

The Disabling factors I consider to be the demotivators of progress and facilitate people hiding behind their shells of comfort are:

1. Fear – This is a major culprit I believe that hinders many from pursuing purpose. Fear says “No, I can’t do this because…”. It is a powerful emotion that can overwhelm and paralyze a person to not act because of the level of anxiety they feel based on their notions of a perceived threat and fear of feeling pain. Fear also causes people to think up of many excuses to NOT do something by meditating of false imaginations of possible consequences to actions. An example of this could be the fear of Rejection. Rejection can be a used as a logical explanation for not doing something because of its association with pain. We as humans fear anything to do with pain so the natural inclination is to run from it. On the other hand, you can’t run from it forever because you have to overcome the things you fear in order to achieve great things in this life. False imaginations of a perceived threat of pain can immobilize the individual from stepping outside the box and keeps them trapped in their personal cage that I call a “prison boundary“. Remember that God did not give you a spirit of Fear…(2 Timothy 1:7). Don’t be afraid of taking a calculated risk… You will never know the level of your TRUE potential if you remain inside the box. Have courage because victors are born from confronting what they fear in the face and that’s how they conquer.

2. Depression- This is another heavy emotion that is tied to Fear and Negative confession. Depression sees no hope in a situation. It is devoid of it completely. It manifests itself in many ways such as obesity, bulimia, drug use, intoxication, self-injury, over-sleeping, isolation etc. It is a type of comfort zone that I find to be quite deadly. When you lose hope you actually give up on life in general and I have seen accounts in which it ends tragically by suicide. Depression is deadly in scope as a comfort zone that keeps people out even when it wants to invite people in. I also think that depression is contagious and you have to be a strong-willed person if you want to tackle this demon so just be aware of it. Depression is an expression of a heart and mind devoid of hope…It sees the end and doesn’t see a beginning. It sees everything in pitch black and it is a killer of many destinies. A hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life (Proverbs 13:12). Just because a person is depressed doesn’t mean they don’t have aspirations; however, for  various reasons they come to a place where they start to believe that what they long for will never be possible and are left unfulfilled. They start feeling self-pity and then they just end up depressed. Such people are highly sensitive to criticism (including constructive criticism) and need a huge dose of positive confession to change their way of seeing nothing at the end of the tunnel. Depression leaves people blinded and some remain with tunnel vision and see no other options but continuing that path of depression.  It’s a serious emotional hindrance and obstacle that drives people into a “deadly comfort” zone. Their heads can remain in the sand while things are happening around them. They also don’t see the danger in remaining depressed for an extensive amount of time. Depression attracts death so it is necessary that if you ever feel this way in your life…don’t remain there for a long time because that state is like living in grief only waiting for death to come to numb or end your emotional pain. You need to decide that “Your sick and tired of feeling sick and tired and I want to rise above this!”

3. Negative Confession – This is self explanatory but I will say that “negative confession brings about possession”. If  you believe it in you heart whatever negative confession that comes from your mouth or from the mouth of another then you will become what you think…you will possess the words that will manifest into actions. It is possible for one to unwittingly receive these negative confessions with open arms when they accept them as “fact” in their head that it will soon affect their actions. Such people see set-backs before advancements to progress. They see obstacles before they see the finish line and that is enough for them to decide not to move. We all encounter this in our lives at some point and the only way to get yourself out of this vicious cycle of negativity is by confessing positively into your situation and rejecting every negative thing spoken over your life. You’ll reap the rewards of having a positive outlook on life. Ask yourself, how full is your glass? Is it half empty or half full? How you answer that will determine what you need to work on. If you  see a half empty glass, your veering towards a negative thought pattern. If you see it half full, you are on the right track. 

4. Escapism – This stems from the fact that a person chooses to be in denial about their problems. Instead of confronting the issue for what it is, some people tend to escape by pacifying the problem with unhealthy activities that generate pleasure to minimize the experience of pain. This can be done through drugs, partying, drinking etc and some people can even use generally healthy activities to an extreme such as reading, eating, or sleeping too much etc to distract them from facing their problems. Anything normal done in excess is bad for you. This comfort zone is a type of “self-distractionary” zone that is intended to keep a person inside the box focusing on what they know how to do rather than exploring what they might also be able to do outside of that box. This behaviour is self-destructive and is closely linked with depression. I must also make mention here that some people develop disorders and obsessive behaviours through the activities they use as a crutch to numb the pain or fear of pursuing purpose while facing obstacles that are placed there to help you grow into maturity and not leave you stranded on a dirt road. It’s all in how you look at it. You cannot escape real life through these crazy activities, you have to live it through in order to end your comfort zone.

6. Apathy – You don’t care about what’s outside the box because what’s inside the box is your world and you choose not to have that world be disrupted. If you are not disturbed by this level of tunnel vision, circumstances around you that are beyond your control have the power to disturb your “in-the-box and stays-in-the-box mentality”. Apathy doesn’t allow one to grow from experience, it actual encourages stagnation and cultivates immaturity. You will not move and therefore nothing will move with you. Even if you have desires, you have to step out and reach for the things you want because the things you desire won’t run into statues. Not everyone is going to hold your hand a walk you through. It’s up to you to make that step and that’s by making a decision to do so. This comfort zone is a “stagnant” zone that prevents one from moving at all. No one can persuade a statute to move if it’s unwilling. Such people are defensive about this type of behaviour and choose to agree with you in that they agree to disagree but never arrive at the solution for their problems because they just don’t care and are too immature to deal with it.

7. Selfishness- Pretty self-explanatory in that it is what it is…and that is selfish. The comfort in this zone is based on the focus that remains on the “me” attitude. “What can I do that will benefit myself?” This zone is a comfort zone that doesn’t allow others in at all because they fear that others will minimize their worth if they are invited into their world. Selfish people do everything in their power to keep people out of their zone by making themselves appear greater in their eyes and avoiding other possibilities outside their philosophy of thinking. They only see “their way as the ‘right’ way or you take the “highway” jack and hit the road” which is a very narrow-minded view of the world. Such people cannot see the benefit of other people’s input or ideas and remain enclosed in their “ideal” world. This comfort zone I would refer to as the “Idealistic but not realistic” zone. It’s a crazy place to be, in that you cannot advance further than your own understanding. Knowledge is shared but idealists refuse to learn outside their philosophy of life, thus, they remain grounded in ignorance. Ignorance keeps them from learning beyond what they know and exploring different options. It’s a form of insanity too if you consider that such a person can perform activities over and over again expecting to achieve a different result while ignoring sound advice from the counsel of others who have experienced the same trouble and have knowledge to share in terms of what strategies one can use to combat a problem. What is needed to battle this is taking into consideration of others and respecting other people’s opinions and advice. It’s all about coming to that realization that you know you know absolutely nothing but can still learn about everything. No limits.

8. Confusion – Why list this as a comfort zone? No one ever wants to feel confused which is true. I make mention of this because confusion is a state of mind that is restless because it seeks to find logic in things that are disconnected. We make sense of things in our world by associating things with the way they are connected. If we find no connection, we find an excuse to not proceed with a course of action. It’s another way of placing oneself from venturing into a place where they are stuck with this level of uncertainty to proceed to do something when the time calls for it. We set limitations and this is a serious hindrance to progress.This comfort zone materializes in ways that cause one to remain indecisive about pursuing a course of action. When you are confused you can’t reason things out properly and you remain indecisive about taking a risk or a course of action that can logically help you achieve your desire. However, because you are unable to assess the pros and cons with the act, you ultimately decided not to do anything and presume that doing nothing didn’t harm you in anyway. That is a deceptive mind trick that fools a person into deciding not to make a decision.

This zone is a comfort zone built on “Uncertainty”. If you cannot make a logical choice to do something and fear making the wrong choice, choosing not to make a move out of fear of making the wrong decision just because you can’t make sense of a situation is still the act of making a choice. Indecision leads to stagnation and this hurts many people in ways that they cannot understand. They assume that no choice isn’t making a choice when really “no choice” is the choice. Decide to move and understand that it’s okay to not know how everything will pan out. You don’t need to know the outcome beforehand all the time to arrive at making a choice to decide to act on something. Step out and see what happens. Learn that mistakes can be made but you can only learn from them if you make them in the first place. This helps you build on maturity while at the same time gaining some wisdom as well as knowledge.

My Last Note: I just want to make it clear that this list isn’t exhaustive but I find these 8 factors as contributors for people choosing to remain in their comfort zone. There is nothing wrong with stepping out to achieve your goals. You have to confront yourself honestly if you want to be an overcomer. Victors rise above the most difficult battles which are the battles they fight within themselves. Choose to live victoriously and not stick your head back into the sand. Your world becomes larger when you step out of your own world and jump right into the real world.

Questions to consider:

What are your comfort zones? Can you identify yourself in any of these areas? What causes you not to step out?

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