Worship Weekend: I Struggle


Hi Everybody!

I just came across this awesome song sung by Tenth Avenue North  called The Struggle. This song really inspired me to share it today because I know that I still struggle with my own weaknesses despite being a Christian. Just because you are Christian doesn’t mean that you don’t encounter days of weakness. It makes me appreciate my humanity and need of my Savior more. We need to face the fact that each day is a test, each day can be a blessing or a curse by the things we do, think or say. It’s all about how we view the world in light of the knowledge of what we know or do not know about what it means to be Christ-like. “In this world, there will be trouble…but take heart” says the Lord Jesus, “I have overcome the World” John 16:33.  There will be days when you won’t like who you are, but when you are in Christ, understand that you do not serve a God that is unable to sympathize with your weakness, for Jesus also encountered many tests, many temptations, many trials and many opportunities to be offended; however, He overcame each one. It is through Him that we can be redeemed from our weaknesses and failures.

Confess them before  the Lord, and He will set you free from self-condemnation.

Hebrews 4:15

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

 

When we are weak, Jesus helps us to be strong. Lean on Him today when you know that doing it alone isn’t enough anymore. Seek refuge under the wings of the Almighty and He that guides you into all Truth will help you deal with each issue so that you will be free.

Enjoy this Song Everybody and Be Blessed! 😀

A Prayer for Free People


Hi Everybody!

Hope you are all having a great week. I came across this video which I’m posting today as a word of encouragement and inspiration to uplift anybody’s heart today. It is such a true gift to be free from a life that was bleak without God. Salvation is  a gift and freedom begins with a choice — by choosing Jesus to be our Lord and Savior; walking in the same spirit, in the same mind, in the same body as Christ did for us. Be blessed Everybody!

 

The Story of a 16-year old Ex- Cutter


Hi Everybody!

Today I would like to address another issue that remains undiscussed or left in hindsight because it isn’t an obvious activity amongst our young generation. We sometimes wonder what causes a child to want to commit suicide or take drugs or drink alcohol, club like no tomorrow, starve themselves and become anorexic or bulimic or practice binge eating etc etc. There are soo many reasons why these things happen but we have to understand it in a biblical point of view here. The generation rising is what the devil is trying to destroy. When Moses – the sent deliverer was born, Satan was after his life and tried to kill a generation of children that were 2 years of age and under using Pharaoh to decree it as law …When Jesus popped into the scene as the Messiah and the one who came to save us, Herod decreed the same law that permitted the killing yet again of young children 2 years of age or younger in pursuit to kill Jesus as a vulnerable baby.

It should be clear to you that Satan is after the young generation rising that could be sent to be the solution to our future and to the world’s existing problems. Why wait until they are full blown adults when the assignment is to destroy them before they realize their full potential. Is it such a mystery as to why abortion is on the rise???? Is it such a mystery that youth are dying everyday to addictions and violence???? Is it such a mystery that pop music, the internet and social media has such a strong influence in youth culture??? Satan will do whatever and use whatever means possible so that he can and infiltrate in whatever way he can to get at the minds of young people and abort their destinies. The stuff some young people are dealing with to this day is stuff you’d be surprised about because some activities never really existed 20 years ago. This saddens me because I see this operating a lot to this day and it rarely gets any recognition or awareness that it deserves because of the simple fact that parents are oblivious and ignorant of the affairs of their children. This just proves how Hosea 4:6 is still in effect in our current generation…but what I want to see is  2 Timothy 3:15-16  & Proverbs 22:6 to be in effect people!

So today I want to give you a short video clip of a young 16-year old girl’s testimony of how she is an Ex-cutter and what she discovered during the healing process to overcame the addiction. Check out her story.

Now, I found it interesting how Ashley said that she “heard a voice that told her to start cutting”. Folks, the practice of cutting isn’t a new thing at all, in fact I was surprised to find it practiced in the Bible. The practice of cutting yourself was practiced by Baal worshipers in the book of 1 Kings 18. When Prophet Elijah challenged the Baal prophets to see which “God” was really the one true God that should be worshiped, he proposed that they both make alters where a bull was to be sacrificed and laid there for the purpose of the “True God” to supernaturally accept the offering by Fire that was not man-made but divine in origin as proof of whose god was really God.  During this process, the Baal Prophets practiced cutting themselves (the flesh) until blood flowed which was a typical custom for their religion in an attempt to get their god Baal to “answer them”. You will find they practiced this nonsense in vain because the God of Elijah, the one true God defeated their so-called gods as God answered to Elijah’s offering with a divine Fire that consumed the entire offering. Let’s read it so you know where I’m coming from if you think I’m making this stuff up.

1 Kings 18: 20- 38

Elijah’s Mount Carmel Victory

20 So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together on Mount Carmel.21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word. 22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 23 Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it.24 Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.”

So all the people answered and said, “It is well spoken.”

25 Now Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one bull for yourselves and prepare it first, for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.

26 So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, “O Baal, hear us!” But there was no voice; no one answered. Then they leaped about the altar which they had made.

27 And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, “Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them.29 And when midday was past, they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice. But there was no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. 31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Israel shall be your name.”[b]32 Then with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord; and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed. 33 And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, “Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood.” 34 Then he said, “Do it a second time,” and they did it a second time; and he said, “Do it a third time,” and they did it a third time. 35 So the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water.

36 And it came to pass, atthe time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, “Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. 37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.”

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.39 Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”

Why make mention of this Sherline????

I’m telling you that the practice of cutting isn’t a new phenomenon in children today. It was practiced in the days of Elijah by the prophets of Baal (a false god; a demonic entity) and you will find that a lot of the afflictions that run in countries and families to this day can be sourced to ancient practices that are transmitted as curses from one generation to the next. For Ashley, she first heard a “voice” which is obviously demonic in its source when she started to practice cutting. When she engaged in it, she felt ‘relief’ or some sort of ‘high’ after doing it because of the unstable state of her mind at the time. It then ended up being an addictive practice for her to deal with her emotional pain and stress. It became something she unwittingly started to worship and exalt and without realizing that she was now turning the activity into a subtle form of modern-day idol worship. The addiction gave glory to her cutting her flesh until blood flowed which rewarded her addiction with a false sense of temporary “relief” and “security” when what she really needed was some serious help. She never turned to God for help because she was already self-absorbed in it all that she kept it a secret that cutting was the answer to relieve her pain. This is obviously a lie that she now felt convinced was her ‘truth”. Do you see how subtle lies work to train a person into practicing sin by these unhealthy activities?   

Cutting is a form of IDOLATRY just as drugs are a form of IDOLATRY and any other addiction for that matter.

You become what you worship.

It makes you wonder doesn’t it… If people aren’t worshiping God then what are people worshiping these days?

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 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, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled

In this case…Ashley became a cutter which is something Baal worshipers used to do in the days of Elijah as was their custom. Don’t get me wrong here because I’m NOT implying that Ashley is a Baal worshiper… What I am trying to say is that the origin to this sinful practice of cutting human flesh is demonic in nature and has been passed down from generation to generation as an ongoing generational curse from our fore-fathers, so it isn’t a new phenomenon if you find that people are still engaged in this dangerous activity behind closed doors.

Ecclesiastes 1:9
That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.

Lamentations 5:7
Our fathers sinned and are no more, and we have borne their iniquities.

If Baal worshipers did it as a customary thing in their worship to a false god then cutters are essentially doing the same thing…they’re worshiping the “relief” that cutting their flesh produces to an extent that over-exalts the knowledge and the truth of God found in Jesus Christ.

John 14:1
[ The Way, the Truth, and the Life ] “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Notice how Ashley didn’t even think to pray to God or even seek help from her family or friends to stop this unhealthy behaviour. She was so self-absorbed in relieving her pain that it didn’t occur to her that she was hurting her family and other people that cared for her. These unhealthy addictions and activities cause people to be blinded to how their behaviors affect other people around them and also they too become blinded to the extent that they cannot see that they also need help. Cutting became such a serious stronghold in Ashley’s mind that it hooked her and silenced her as she remained bound by the oppression of this secretive activity. Notice that her mind was not normal…if such an activity were OK by normal standards…why do it in secret??? These are the types of sins that our young generation are facing to this day that needs to be brought to the fore front and must be confronted with Compassion and Love and Education.

Each time Ashley faced a personal crisis, she turned to cutting rather than calling on God or seek Godly counsel to help her deal with her emotional issues. She had a sister and a mother that were available to listen to her problems, but she didn’t even call on them for help. The practice of cutting is like a drug in that it is a self-absorbed activity that idolizes having “control” and a false sense of “security” with something (an activity) where you have none.

How can one be secure with cutting themselves and yet lack self-control? The act of cutting is in and of itself a blind side contradiction in that it serves no purpose to provide a person “real security”or “self-control” over their emotions. Such self-serving addictions are dangerous in that a person engaged in the activity for a prolonged period of time will essentially become bound by lies that convince them that they do have “self-control”  over their addictions when they don’t, and these lies are the kinds that lead to death. All addictions lead to death. Ashley started to enjoy the feeling of “relief’ that came from cutting that it ended up being an unhealthy obsessive compulsive behaviour that she tried to hide.

If Ashley’s cutting behavior had not been exposed by her sister, I don’t think you’d be reading this post today about this girl’s victory. You’d probably be reading her grave stone epitaph right about now. This is how serious addiction is people, but unfortunately…this isn’t the only type of activity that is being practiced by youth today in secrecy.

These unhealthy activities that children are getting into these days are becoming alarming. I have heard of some crazy new things that are becoming a fad as of late amongst young teens that live in this age of new technology and innovation. If you are a parent then you have to seriously get in-tune with what’s going on and keep up with what is going on because the devil is finding new things to get young people absorbed in different forms of IDOLATRY and other sins. Sin releases curses that affect people generationally and that is how generational curses continue from seed to seed, from child to grand child etc etc.

Deuteronomy 5:9
you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

Numbers 14:18
The LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.’

Friends, if you are a parent or guardian, I think it’s about time that some of us get serious here and start getting involved with your children’s lives.

Recognize the signs of isolation, recognize when a child is acting withdrawn…seek spiritual discernment (which is gift provided by the Holy Spirit) on these areas so that you can pray effectively for your children. Don’t just stop and pray though…you’ve got to be actively involved with their lives to be an effective intercessor. Intercede for them with prayer and be sure that they are involved in a Bible believing church and that you are also a part of their lives as well. A lot of young people don’t communicate these struggles out of fear, guilt and shame. Parents, if you want to reach out to your kids effectively, respond with love rather than condemnation. Show your children that you care for their well being rather than condemning them for being involved in these unhealthy activities. They will shut down and won’t respond to criticism which again fuels continual secrecy, silence and continual practice in the addiction.  Also understand that the times are changing  and the days are evil. You need to get informed of the new fads that are targeting your children today that are essentially killing a generation.  I’ll give you an example….if you don’t know what a sex bracelet is, or the Choking game” or “Car surfing” is by now….then this is how ignorant and out of touch you are of what is going on in youth culture today.

Ignorance kills destiny, wisdom PRESERVES LIFE. 

Proverbs 10:27
The fear of the LORD prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.

Proverbs 14:27
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.

All I am saying is that it’s one thing to discuss healing and deliverance for an individual… but if you are unaware of what some people are struggling with…how can you know what they need to be healed and be delivered from?????How can you know what to pray for???

Education is key here and research is key. My message is that we need to start getting some knowledge of current day practices if we want to effectively minister to someone that is going through some struggles that are unfamiliar and new territory for us.  We have to fear God enough to purpose to change the current status quo of a dying generation of the world’s solutions. Children are the solutions to our future…but we must step up and protect them with the same zeal as how Moses – the deliverer for the Children of Israel was protected as a baby and how even our Savior Jesus was protected as his life hung in the balance by Herod’s blood lust to abort His destiny at the expense of other children’s lives which was to become the Saviour of the World.

Final Word: Let’s pray and get educated about the new trends that are keeping people bound in silence out of fear, guilt and shame so that we can be effective at interceding for the current generation that needs covering so that they can all rise up to meet their full potential.

 Romans 8:19 (NIV)

19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.

Let us not lose the generation rising to ignorance and become well informed and strategic in our spiritual warfare. Show children that God loves them and that HE wants them to be Healed and Delivered and set free from the oppression of addiction and other unhealthy activities by getting involved in their lives and learn to engage them in open discussions that involve some real talk. Dispel the lies that they are being fed out there with the TRUTH as your weapon of Spiritual warfare. Fight for them so that they live because Jesus did that for us so we should do the same.

I have a song today in reflection to this post by  Kierra”Kiki” Sheard called “Let Go”. May it minister to you today. God bless you everybody!

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The Cell – Leave Your Prison!


Hi Everybody!

It’s been a dynamic weekend for me. I’ve been pretty busy with work and what not and have also been registered as an attendee for the Power Up Conference hosted by the Toronto Mass Choir. They are sooooooooo awesome and let me tell you I was in two sessions of vocal boot camp today and it was awesome!!!!!! I have never experienced this level of training for worship. These people are so amazing and I totally would recommend anyone who ever wants to do something like that in your neighborhood to go while you can. Grab every opportunity to enhance your giftings/anointing. I am soo exhausted though but I’m still pumped enough to give you guys a video of inspiration after all this because Praise is my WEAPON! Hallelujah!!!!! GIVE GOD PRAISE!!!!!! ok I guess you can tell I’m a little pumped and excited. The Conference isn’t over and it’s been an amazing 2 days of intensity and just being surrounded with God-fearing people wanting to grow in God has been an awesome awesome experience.  Those hooked up on my facebook page for this blog, you can check out the vid I posted on there after the second session of vocal boot camp. We were just Giving God all the praise. He is SOOOOOO GOOD. I just love God and had to share that with you all before I start this post.

Ok so for those following my blog, this whole week I’ve been meditating on what it means to Fear God (reverentially), to Repent, to recognize our Weaknesses or failures and to acknowledge that we need the help of our Savior in our Walk as we battle our weaknesses. Sometimes we accept the fact that God forgives us for our sins when we get saved, but we still end up in situations where we are still bound up by guilt and shame because we have not really learned to make Jesus Lord over all areas of our lives. Believe me, I’m still workin’ on it.  We still need His help after we are saved because sometimes we are left with scars from past hurts or are left with guilt and shame for things we struggle with in our path to righteousness. Reflect on allowing God into those areas of your Life. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6) so let Him help you when you struggle with your weaknesses. He is a God that helps those that seek His help so when He comes to break you free from guilt and shame, from pain and discouragement, from hurt feelings and afflictions experienced by the injustice of others, ask yourself, Will you let JESUS break those things which are chaining you down from moving on and reaching your full potential and set you free???? Sometimes, we hold ourselves back from allowing Jesus to set us free in these areas because of how wounded we are, but wounds shouldn’t fester…Let God Heal every part of you so that you can become WHOLE again!

Here is a Short Vid to help you think about that last question and pray about the things that are keeping you bound up in the first place. Freedom comes when you admit you Need the Help of your LORD and SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST, SON OF GOD. 

I also have a great song since I’m in such a singy and praise and worship mood to end this post for the weekend. It’s from Darwin Hobbs and it’s called Glorify Him. I Pray that it ministers to you today as it always does for me! GOD IS AWESOME EVERYONE!!!! Stay blessed everybody!

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Scriptures to Meditate

John 14:1
[ The Way, the Truth, and the Life ] “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Zechariah 9:11
[ God Will Save His People ] “As for you also, Because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.

Romans 6:18
And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

Romans 6:22
But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.

Romans 10:9
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

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Being the Answer that you Seek


So recently I had a conversation with a choir friend about what it means when we are seeking God for an answer. I was praying for different things and during my meditations I was revealed that sometimes when we ask God “What’s the Answer?” we not only have to prepare for the answer but we must consider that He might tell us that “You are the Answer”.

If we want Change in our lives we have to purpose to BE the Change. Your circumstances don’t determine who you are and you can also change how you view your circumstances. If you see God removing key players that are stumbling blocks to progress in your life, you have to be prepared that as He removes wicked counselors out of your way, He is also paving a road for you to step up to that role that requires change through DIVINE INTERVENTION. My question to you today is, Are you prepared to BE the ANSWER?

Like Moses who had many excuses under the Sun to disqualify himself from being the Answer to God’s call for him to go before Pharaoh to set the Captives free from Evil Slavery, God may require you to be the answer that you seek. When I pondered on this, I started to freak out to be quite honest with you, because I understand Moses’ feelings about what God required of him. Despite that, I believe that Moses was groomed to be a leader since birth. He understood Egyptian politics because he was brought up and groomed as a young prince in the palace of the Egyptian Pharoah as a young man, so birth doesn’t determine destiny, it prepares you for it but it is OBEDIENCE that allows for your destiny to be fulfilled.

How obedient are you willing to be when You answer to the CALL in your life????

As terrifying as this question was laid before me, it all boils down to increasing your level of faith to satisfy the Call and respond to the Call on your life.

Remember that MANY are Called but Few are Chosen because what is required to fulfill destiny is:

FAITH, OBEDIENCE, HUMILITY, COURAGEHOPE, LOVE and TOTAL TRUST in the LORD.

Think about these things and remember that you can try to disqualify yourself from the call in your life, but GOD doesn’t Call the QUALIFIED, HE Qualifies the CALLED. Walk in Obedience and answer to the Call in Your Life.

Yes, it goes without saying that you will face adversities as you pursue your calling but that’s what Faith is all about. You can’t walk by sight when you are required to walk by Faith. God always goes ahead of you…you walk through your red seas as He makes your enemies around you your footstool.

Look at Pharoah, He died a poor mans death as He tried to pursue the Children of Israel after they had reached the other side of the Red Sea. Egyptian Pharaohs were historically known to be buried with their treasures and servants in a pyramid tomb for their so-called life in the “After life”, but God dealt with Pharoah with a final blow in that in his pursuit to kill and bring back the Children of Israel back into slavery, God swallowed him up with his entire Army by closing up the Red Sea. Pharoah was left bankrupt in fortune since the Children of Israel were given the wealth of Silver and Gold during their exodus out of Egypt by their slave drivers as they were set free from Captivity. The end of Pharoah’s PRIDE and Hardened heart resulted in his dying a pitiful poor mans death with the Red Sea as His grave. Pharoah perished in his PRIDE as God gave Grace to Moses’ Humility.

Humility assures Victory and Pride will always FALL.  Humility is Key when fulfilling the call in your life. Always remember that!

Scriptures to Meditate

Matthew 20:16
So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”

Isaiah 58:12
Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.

1 Corinthians 1:25-26

25Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Glory Only in the Lord

26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;

1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

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

Psalm 10:2
The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

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

Proverbs 8:13
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.

Proverbs 29:23
A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor.

Job 1:10
Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

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 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.

2 Samuel 22:31
As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 32:10
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.

Psalm 37:5
Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.

Psalm 40:4
Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Psalm 37:23
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.

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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).

Moses

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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Suffering in Silence – Abused by Indifference


This poem I have written is dedicated to all the men, women & young children who have suffered abuse at any stage of their lives, be it sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual. It’s been something that I have wanted to write about for a long time and I know of a few people who have suffered these abuses and one of them was a friend of mine.  Some things don’t have to end up in tragedy if only we spare our time to show people that LOVE does exist in this World. Emotions stemming from a broken heart shouldn’t be pacified with indifference. When you want to cry, cry… I will lend my shoulder, when you hurt, I hurt, when you are sad, I am sad. Jesus is the same in that He sees your suffering and wants to heal you of all your afflictions. God sees all, knows all and sends key people into your life to be representations of His divine Love that He has for you.


YOU are NOT alone! NEVER FORGET THAT!

John 15:11-13 (NKJV)

11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. [Emphasis added].


Some feel abandoned by those they hoped would be near them in their time of need and for those that stick with you during such storms in your life, they are the ANGELS in your lives so let them embrace you as they comfort you in your Pain. You will find healing from the least of these and those that you never paid a second glance are the ones who will stick close to you more than a brother, sister, father or mother. Allow yourself to be freed by the Love of a stranger that is an Angel in disguise. Let your friends Love you, Let your family Love you, Let God LOVE you. Don’t suffer in silence…don’t enter the devils play ground….he is the one that locks you up in bondages that can’t accept

Love…do not be tricked, do not be robbed of happiness, do not be robbed of liberty, for Whom the Son sets free, is free indeed (John 8:36). Run to Jesus…His arms are wide open…run to Him and He will set you free! Run towards the gates of Freedom from anguish, hatred, regret, bitterness, pain, depression, sadness, grief, despair, hopelessness, loneliness, guilt and shame. Run towards God, run and don’t look back…be freed and receive Joy in exchange for all that sadness….Receive Love! Let the Lord carry your burden!

Psalm 55:22 (NKJV)
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. [Emphasis added]

1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. [Emphasis added]

I have also added a Song to brighten the message and I hope that it ministers to you before you read the poem below. 



2 Corinthians 1:2-4 (NKJV)

2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Comfort in Suffering

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. [Emphasis added].

 


Suffering in Silence

 

Her voice is choked,

Her tears are flowing,

but no one sees, that her heart is breaking.

She looks into space,

Darkness lies there…

She closes her eyes,

Darkness follows her there…

She opens them again and sees nothing’s there.

She hears nothing, feels nothing,

more and more, she feels nothing

and yet something is there,

something is there,

Her mind is screaming,

is there anybody there?

Her soul is fearing that no one is here,

Only her and it,

the darkness that lies there.

When will that moment of fear leave her chest?

When will that hand that reaches her lift her off this mess?

When will the light she longs to see through this night,

come beaming down and torture her fright?

She silently gazes into the gloom,

where the doom that awaits her…

where love has no room,

where saddness has now become her groom,

That enraged bitter wound,

no longer wants to fester, that suffered in silence

no longer wants to fight

because she is tired, tired of this pain

tired of the hatred, tired of the blame.

“Set me FREE!” she finds her song,

she finds her voice, she finds her soul.

The wondering spirit that felt abandoned there,

felt as if that’s all life had to share,

That simple place of darknesss and lonliness,

that single crusted level of phoniness,

No more silence, “NO MORE! I don’t care!”

that’s all the torture she could bear.

(c) 2011 Sherline N.T.

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