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 🙂

Ignite My Fire for New Beginnings this Month


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Hi Everybody!

I know that it’s been a while since I’ve written on my Blog. I mean it’s been a while since I’ve written anything substantive, but I just want to let you know that I’m still alive and well :).

I want to declare and decree to you that this month of August is a month of New Beginnings.

August is the 8th month of the year and number 8 in biblical numerology is always associated with NEW BEGINNINGS! HALLELUJAH! 😀

REJOICE!!!!! because this is also a month that I believe you will receive answered prayers. The important key factor about receiving something is your EXPECTATION level. What are you Expecting from God? Some people pray and give up along the way, but I want to encourage you in this season NOT TO GIVE UP. Keep pressing through for your breakthrough.

Another thing I want to point out is that blessings don’t just fall from the sky and onto your lap… My friends, you have to ACT, you have to MOVE by faith (be practical) to obtain the promises of God. Passivity does not bring bread and butter to the table. You have to GO OUT and make it happen. I’m not here to give you a fluffy feel-good about yourself kind of message. You will have to learn what it means to endure and press through and face trials and tribulations by remaining steadfast and vigilant. As the old sayings go, No Pain, No Gain, No Guts, No Glory…

Laziness is a vice to your advancement in the Kingdom of God. So Go out there and get with the program.

If you are not prepared to face battles in your mind right now….then you are destined to fail. OUCH Sherline, Where’s the encouragement woman!!!!!! (I’m sorry, did I just smack you with the truth?) tsk tsk tsk.

WAKE UP and FACE REALITY! You must aim to get stronger if you are weak right now. Train yourself, seek knowledge, pursue wisdom, for wisdom will carry you to greater heights.

Build emotional strength and wisdom to confront each battle with the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Gird yourself up with the full armor of God and choose to not lean on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge God and He will direct your path… (Proverbs 3:6) God will make your path straight when you are led by His Spirit, so seek God first in all that you do. You aren’t that bright all by yourself.

I’ve been learning on my journey that people who are short sighted only see where you are right now, but they don’t know where God is taking you when you are following Him. Do not be distracted by the naysayers and the ones who don’t have the same revelation of God that you have. Criticism is really a sign of insecurity to the one who gives criticism aimed to cut down and tear down at others so that they can feel better about themselves. You have no time to trifle with such people. Shake the criticism and the discouragement off and keep your head high and focus on the goal.

You must remain focused so that you obtain your promises from the Lord. Critics are those walking around for 40 years in a desert not seeing a way out… You will notice that nothing around them changes so you must be like Caleb and say “enough is enough! I’m walking towards the promised land!”  This is how you should go about your everyday business.

Choose your battles wisely because sometimes you’ll get caught up in fruitless arguments that also pose as a distraction. Let me tell you, You have no time for that in this season. Remain focused, be vigilant, don’t be passive and remain ACTIVE. Your pursuit of happiness is determined on how you conquer minor and major giants that you face in your daily life. Seek wisdom from the Lord if you lack it. The Lord will not withhold any Good thing from you.

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.

The Lord has been impressing upon my heart to tell the people I want them to focus on the Deuteronomy 28 Blessings. So what I’m going to do is paste this scripture here on this blog and you are going to pronounce these blessings over your household and your family in this month of August. Great things are coming to your address!

Deuteronomy 28: 1-14(NKJV)

Blessings on Obedience

28 “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. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:

“Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.

“Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.

“Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

“Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.

“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.

“The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. 11 And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. 14 So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Here is a song that is in my Spirit lately by William Murphy called Ignite My Fire. May this Song Bless your Spirit Today. God Bless you everybody! 😀

The Plumb Line – Walking in Right Standing


Hi Everybody!

I was reading a book the other day by Perry Stone called Purging Your House and Pruning Your Family Tree and came across a verse of scripture that hit me. It was Psalm 127:1.

Psalm 127:1
[ Laboring and Prospering with the LORD ] A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.

The reason that this piece of scripture hit me was because I understand that whatever we do in our lives, if it’s not following God’s plan…we do things in vain. Many people run with “good” ideas…but not many people run with “God” ideas. This should go without saying; however, it still needs to be said. I have seen areas in my own life where I ran with “good” ideas but they weren’t necessarily “God ideas”. When we realize that to some extent our “good” ideas run on a basis of futility, it is then that we should stop and recognize that we are falling short somewhere. We are running our lives by might and power and are not operating by the Spirit of God. When I realized how much I tried to do things with much effort my way and saw no results… I began to recognize that I was labouring in vain. Doing things in vain is also a sign of operating in insanity; I don’t mean the clinical kind, but what I mean to say is that we start operating in the same manner, doing the same thing over and over again expecting to yield a different result. If we operated by the Spirit, we would be doing things much differently and would achieve different results. God keeps showing me this lesson over and over in different areas of my life and that is why we need to learn to Cooperate with the HOLY SPIRIT in our lives rather than rebel against Him.

God’s ways are foolishness to us but our ways are foolishness to God.

Isaiah 55:8
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.

It’s amazing how some churches do their own thing even when given God-inspired direction to not pursue a course of action that could potentially compromise the integrity of the building.

What building am I speaking about?…Certainly not a brick-layered one in stone… I’m talking about PEOPLE who are the Church (the Ekklesia– the called out ones). The church is always a people and not some cement-built-brick-layered building. When churches run through legalism and not by the Spirit of God because they do not believe in all the gifts of the Holy Spirit they end up building a church by man-made hands which is through might and power even though it says in the Word that we cannot work through might and power but by the  Spirit of  God.

Zechariah 4:6
So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.

Only God can lay down the foundation of how He wants His Church to be built because He is our Master-builder and the Chief Cornerstone.

Acts 4:11
This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’

1 Peter 2:6-8

Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,

“Behold, I lay in Zion
A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,
And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”[a]

Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,[b]

The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone,”[c]

and“A stone of stumbling
And a rock of offense.”[d]

They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

It is important to understand what’s going on here. In the Word, it says that those who believe in Him shall not be put to shame (1 Peter 2:6). Those that act in disobedience become a stumbling block of offense (1 Peter 2: 8); and to whom do they offend? Is it the people? No…they become offensive to God. When I think about this I look inside my own life and consider that there are times I have offended God by doing things “My Way” and not “His Way” which has caused me to repent countless times. I will not claim to be a saint and say I’m always obedient to God’s Word when I know for sure that that isn’t the case. That’s just self-deception right there.

How many of us have tried to build things with our own limited levels of understanding and have not followed God’s ways of doing something? We end up labouring in vain hoping that what we do will work out somehow, but have not realized that we have in a way already stepped outside of God’s will for us by yielding to our own will. This idea of stepping out of God’s will is also known as SIN. Sin is defined as missing the mark“. When we work at trying to establish our own will that goes against God’s will for our lives, we ‘miss the mark’ through our conduct. I don’t think that God desires us all to miss the mark. He wants us to always hit the target and that is why we must rely on the divine plumb line in our lives to walk steadfastly.

You must be wondering what is a Plumb line? 

A plumb line is a simple measuring tool used to determine whether or not something is perfectly vertical—upright. Usually used in construction of a building or a tall structure to ensure that the building is standing on level ground. So consider that if you were a building and if you were not standing on level ground, such a building will surely tip over and be destroyed. That is why it is important to have a building built on level ground as it’s FOUNDATION in order to stand uprightly at all times. We must always stand uprightly or strive to do so in our walk with the Lord. This is how we remain in Right-standing with the Lord.

The question is, are we standing on level ground? What foundation are you standing on?

Jesus is the plumb line in our lives (Zechariah 4:10) and the Bible is our Foundation on which we stand. 

God’s measure is always just, but if we try to work things out by our own limited abilities and refuse to yield to the wisdom of the Lord, we will always walk in an unjust measure and therefore, we cannot operate nor walk  uprightly. Such a person ends being a stumbling block of offence. We cannot afford to be this way.

So today, focus on what it means to walk in Right-standing in the Lord. Search deep within yourself and consider the areas you have not submitted to the direction of the Holy Spirit. We all have weaknesses, but we all overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony, Amen!  

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I have here another song, actually two songs to bless your day. The First one from Myron Butler called Not My Own and New Life Worship called Wonderful, Beautiful, Glorious. May these songs bless your spirit today everybody!

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Fear Not


Hi everybody!

I have this cool clip just to get us thinking today. If anything, we must learn to Fear God more than our inadequacies, friends, family and people in general. We tend to over exalt people and our weaknesses over the knowledge of God that we are always in a battle to re-position our focus back towards God. God is the center or our world and that’s where He should remain in our hearts. We must remember Him at all times with everything that we do. Check this video today and may it bless you today Everybody!

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Scriptures to Meditate

Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Genesis 46:3
So He said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there.

Exodus 20:20
And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.”

Leviticus 19:14
You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God: I am the LORD. 

1 Samuel 23:17
And he said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Even my father Saul knows that.”

2 Kings 6:16
So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

2 Chronicles 20:17
You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.”

Psalm 56:4
In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?

Psalm 118:6
The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

Ecclesiastes 5:1
[ Fear God, Keep Your Vows ] Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil.

Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

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Contending with Unbelief – The Father of Lies


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So today’s post is about the stronghold of Unbelief. Where did unbelief come from? How did it begin? I strongly believe that Unbelief is indeed a killer of destiny and that is why we must be vigiliant to guard our hearts from people who try to sow seeds of doubt into our spirit-man.  When we look at the book of Genesis, God had made the world and He had made Man in His own image and likeness who were both Adam and Eve.

Genesis 1: 26-28

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

In this passage we understand that:

1. God created Man and Woman in His Own Image and Likeness.

2. God blessed  His creation of both Men and Women.

3. God blessed them with the power to be fruitful in everything, not limited to just giving birth, but also in the ability to be inventive and create things by their own hands.

4. God blessed them with the ability to Multiply which was to reproduce after their Own kind which were to be a the future son and daughters of God since they were created to be in Gods Image and Likeness.

5. God gave them the Earth as their inheritance as sons and daughters of God.

6. God already gave them the power of DOMINION (authority) over every territory on the earth, land, sea and air.

God gave us all this authority and many blessings but something happened that thwarted the destiny of Mankind to lose the privileges of our Godly sonship;  UNBELIEF happened.

Adam and Eve knew they were sons of God until they were deceived out of their sonship by Satan who lingered in the garden waiting for an opportune time to sow a seed of doubt. Satan is indeed the Father of lies and all he needed to do to steal, kill and destroy God’s original plan for mankind to rule over the earth in dominion, Power and authority, was to cause the sons of God to become UNBELIEVERS of the LIVING WORD OF GOD.

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.

Eve was caught up in the scheme when Satan caused her to question her sonship in the Lord.

Genesis 3: 3-7

The Temptation and Fall of Man

3 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

Ok so here we understand that Satan was very coy and questioned how much Eve believed in the WORD of GOD. In verse 2 She was clear on the instruction that God had given her and Adam not to eat of the fruit so she was strong and confident to that point until Satan came at her at a different angle. Satan planted a suggestion in her mind that insinuated that God didn’t want them to be like Him by sowing a seed of doubt that caused her to believe in a lie that God was withholding information from them concerning the forbidden fruit from the Tree of knowledge of Good and Evil which they were commanded NOT to eat in the first place.

This diabolical suggestion was the first seed of doubt sown by Satan – the FATHER OF LIES (John 8:44). Adam and Eve ended up doubting their Sonship when in fact they were already created to be like God in His Image and likeness from the very beginning. Satan just needed to add a little confusion to cause them to lose their IDENTITY. This is how the stronghold of Unbelief was birthed into their Spirit. Also take note that the seed of Unbelief, caused them to no longer Fear the Lord’s instruction to NOT eat of that fruit and thus Foolishness followed as they ate of the desirable fruit to make them “wise” (Genesis 3:6). Did they forget that the FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF ALL WISDOM???? It seems that their Faith in God was shaken by a deceptive lie that came in the form of a planted suggestion. Satan is indeed a Cunning foe.

Adam and Eve were wise beings originally because they FEARED THE LORD but Satan’s first seed of Doubt that birthed a harvest of sin into their spirit like a choking weed caused them to fall from that state of God’s Grace, lose their Identity in the Lord, and as a result they both died spiritually. Their destiny as Sons of God was destroyed as of that moment just because of UNBELIEF.

Praise be to God that Jesus came back with a plan to destroy all the works of our Enemy, the Devil, by the Power of what He did on the Cross which helped to reinstate us back into true Sonship with the Lord once again. The Power of the Blood of Jesus aided in reviving our Faith back to God as we throw away the bondage of UNBELIEF by becoming free as BELIEVERS  in the One TRUE GOD once again.

Sons of God are BELIEVERS.

Sons of Disobedience are UNBELIEVERS

What son are you today? Ask yourself this question.

Believers receive the same package of Glory that was given to Adam and Eve, the power to have dominion over the Earth, land, sea and air, they can be fruitful and multiply (productive, creative, inventive — just like our Creator God is) and that is their inheritance that we must claim as we acknowledge who we are in CHRIST.

Unbelievers have no idea who they are and wonder aimlessly from religion to religion still trying to figure out their identity. Who has deceived you out of your IDENTITY?????? 

Friends, my message today is that UNBELIEF is a serious Destiny killer. It is the one thing that was able to separate Adam and Eve from God. It is Satan’s plan that we remain separated from God and lose our identity in Christ. We cannot afford to let this happen PEOPLE! Know who you are in Christ and also consider that UNBELIEF is a serious stronghold in our churches today. You’ll be surprised how many so-called members in your churches are bound by unbelief.

Without FAITH it is completely IMPOSSIBLE to please God because unbelief separates us from Him (Hebrews 11:6). So like the man that sought Jesus to heal his child and had trouble in his UNBELIEF, ask the Lord to help you with your unbelief Today.

Mark 9:23-25 New King James Version (NKJV)

23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,[a] all things are possible to him who believes.”

24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!”

Unbelief is a stronghold that plagues our cities and that is why people who operate in this way LACK THE FEAR OF GOD and despise WISDOM which is UNDERSTANDING who you are in CHRIST. Pray that the Lord uproots areas in your life where there were seeds of doubt sown into you by people or suggestions planted by what you heard, read or saw. Believing is Seeing, the Fear of the Lord is Wisdom and Faith is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of things not yet seen. Believe God today and seek deliverance from the stronghold of UNBELIEF.

I have an awesome Song from Men of Standard called I WILL. May it encourage you today. Stay blessed Everybody!

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Scriptures to Meditate

Psalm 139:14
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 Psalm 111:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 9:10
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

James 2:26
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (NKJV)

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 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.

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A Situation of Faith – Staying Saved


Hello everybody!

Today my meditation is a continuation of my last post regarding Job and how much we claim to “really love the Lord”. Now in this post I’m going to probably ruffle a few feathers as I speak some truth out here in this post. The truth isn’t intended to harm but to reveal that which remains hidden. We have to yield to the power that wisdom gives in keeping us from remaining vulnerable in ignorance when wisdom sheds light into a situation that produces the truth. We have to address difficult topics at times in order to remain humble and real with ourselves. So I am just stating that as a warning for the ones who may be offended with what I’m about to say when I’m speaking on the topic of Salvation.

Salvation – What is Salvation?

sal·va·tion  (sl-vshn)

n.

1. a. Preservation or deliverance from destruction, difficulty, or evil.
    b. A source, means, or cause of such preservation or deliverance.
2. Christianity

     a. Deliverance from the power or penalty of sin; redemption through JESUS CHRIST.
     b. The agent or means that brings about such deliverance.
 
Now let me just say that as followers of Christ as “Christians”, it is assumed that we follow in the footsteps of the One in Whom we Believe which is our Savior and LORD Jesus Christ. I also stated in my previous post How Much Do We Love God? – The Fear of the Lord that Satan has no reason to attack the already UNBELIEVING Christians since unbelief is enough to separate us from our God.
 
Yes, it is possible to be a Christian and yet be unbelieving. *shock* *gasp* –“Say it ain’t so Sherline!!!!!!” I’m sorry but it’s TRUE.
 
Some people start off believing after they get saved…but sometimes the adversities of life can shake a person’s faith and cause one to stumble. Some stumble for a short time in their wavering faith and some stumble greatly and permanently and at times don’t recover from the fall at all. Although we can stumble in our journey, I want you to know that we can stand back up again and return on the journey that is set before us, but some people when they get hit and smacked down, they stay down and some just completely divert from the path and turn away completely. This is an issue of backsliding and also an issue of wavering faith that leads to unbelief – The major killer of destiny. This also ties back to my other post regarding what type of SEED are you and what SOIL are you in?????
 
The path of a Christian isn’t a simple “walk in the park” friends, I’m sorry to say. In fact, I didn’t expect such trials in my life to enter after I found Jesus Christ at the age of 15 because I had already been through some heavy things prior to salvation that I did not expect an even heavier battle that lay ahead of me. I have found that in my own journey I have had a “Peter’s Denial of Jesus” experience and in many ways, I was shocked beyond belief that I was capable of doing so, but that’s because the things I was facing were soo mind-breaking and heart-breaking for me that I was almost losing my mind. At such points as Christians, we have to understand that the battles we face will cause us to answer this one but very important question that needs to always be  in our heart as we walk in the Spirit:
 
How far are you willing to go and stay with GOD and Stand with GOD? – seriously consider this question people. This isn’t the type of question that elicits a “spiritual answer“. Speak truthfully and really search deep before you answer…because your answer will be TESTED. Never forget that.
 
Adversities are there to shape our character even though they can be quite rough and soul-breaking. Our Spirit is strengthened when we go through the tests. Peter went through it when he denied his association with Jesus during the time of Jesus’ arrest before that day at Calvary.
 
Peter exemplifies that it is POSSIBLE to be a follower of Christ and yet Deny Him when Troubles come to Test our FAITHFULNESS. Peter believed in Jesus, but when he denied him three times in a crowd of witnesses, that was the Test of his Character that revealed an area of weakness in his level of Faith to remain COMMITTED even when faced with the threat of PERSECUTION.  I know that I’ve had my Peter moment and have discovered that wow…Faith in Jesus simply isn’t just following the Lord, it’s a question of standing and staying with HIM in the end. How far are we willing to GO?
 
There is HOPE folks.
 
Peter was redeemed and so can we. If you have ever encountered a “Peter moment” in your life, know that you can still be redeemed. The whole idea is to STAY SAVED. We may stumble along the way in our walk but GOD is saying, “I can redeem you no matter how many times you may stumble through my Son JESUS CHRIST”.
 
 
 
 
 
Peter was restored in John 21:15-19 Lets Read:

Jesus Restores Peter

15 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah,[b] do you

love Me more than these?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah,[c] do you love Me?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah,[d] do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”

And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”

Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. 18 Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” 19 This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

Here we see that Jesus is speaking to Peter addressing his personal commitment to remain with the Lord. Jesus didn’t just ask Peter once whether or not Peter loved Him. He asked him at least 3 times because it’s easy to claim that we “Love the Lord” so rashly, but do we really? Are we really committed to Him? I also think that the reason why Jesus asks Peter several times concerning whether or not he loves Jesus is so that Peter really hears what he is saying in his claim. He has to be sure of his love for the Lord since he was so rash earlier in his claim that he would never deny Jesus prior to His arrest  and yet he did deny Him 3 times  in the end in (Matthew 26:35) and (Mark 14:31).

Peter’s words were TESTED and so shall our words be if we make such claims in our “Love for the Lord”. Peter did fail in that test but even though he failed, Jesus still had the compassion to redeem him after he resurrected from the grave, hence these questions of Peter’s Love were to address his level of Faith and commitment to the Lord after the fact.

Notice that:

1. Peter denied Jesus 3 times (Matthew 26:34, Matthew 26:75; Mark 14:30; Mark 14:72; Luke 22:34;Luke 22:61)

2. Jesus asked Peter whether or not he loved Him 3 times;

3. Peter affirmed his love for the Lord Jesus 3 times;

4. Jesus restores Peter by giving him 3 Instructions to tend to the flock and redeems him by grace in order for Peter to answer to the call in his life to build the church in  (Matthew 16:18).

What can you learn from this?

For every time we fail, God takes each failure into account and leaves no room for Satan to accuse us on the same failure as he addresses each failure one by one in order to restore us in right standing.

The Last instruction Jesus gives – “FOLLOW ME” completes Peter’s redemption to walk again as a BELIEVER of Christ and as a son of God, as he later operates in the freedom that Salvation in Christ brings with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah! Can you imagine what would have happened if Peter was not restored by the forgiving grace of Jesus?????? I praise God that Peter was restored because he is one disciple-turned -to- Apostle that knew how to equip the Church for Spiritual Warfare when persecution became the threat to the rise of Gods Kingdom being established on earth by the rise of  the Church of God; the rise of the Christ-believers;  the rise of the Christians.

Friends, I believe that God is always going to Test us in our level of Faith and Commitment to Him in our walk. We will encounter what I call the “PETER TEST of Faith” in our walk at some point in our journey because the Devil is always seeking to sift us as wheat (Luke 22:31). The great thing about the Peter Test is that we also discover our weaknesses early enough in our walk in order to work on strengthening our Faith so that we can be restored in right standing with our Lord. The key term is RIGHT STANDING. We have to stand up again no matter how many times we fail. The devil would rather you stay down or not return on the path of Salvation but Jesus wants us to live a life of abundance so don’t beat yourself up and cause yourself to remain grounded when GOD is commanding you to GET UP AGAIN!

Peter was called the ROCK that would build the Church (Matthew 16:18). When Jesus came to restore Peter, He gave him instructions:

1. “Feed my Lambs” (John 21:15)- basically work with the young believers in Christ (the born again Christians) that need the WORD of GOD and teach them the basics  in order to lead them in their journey to spiritual maturity as they GROW in FAITH in the WORD of GOD.

2.”Tend my Sheep” (John 21:16)- Work with the mature Christians believers and guide them in their journeys to follow the WORD of GOD as they also will encounter similar experiences as you once did and tribulations that will test their level and measure of faith in the WORD of GOD.

3. Feed my Sheep” (John 21:17) – the Mature Christians still need to work with BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES so preach the WORD of GOD to them so that they can continue in their Spiritual Growth and gain more knowledge, understanding and wisdom as they go from strength to strength and glory to glory knowing who they are in Christ.

4. “Follow me” (John 21:19) – Never forget in Whom you believe and remember that the Lord Jesus Christ is always with you in your Journey as you continue to walk with Him through tests and trials and tribulations.

I believe that these instructions that Jesus gave to Peter strengthened his spirit as he acknowledged that Jesus didn’t condemn him in his weakness, He merely pointed out the areas of  Peter’s weakness that he needed to deal with so that he could work on it as he continues to grow in his journey as a FOLLOWER of CHRIST.

My message today is that God is saying,  “I want to REDEEM you ALL who have fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

You can be redeemed if you fix your eyes on Jesus and learn to stand up again from your trials and times of testing. Recognize your weaknesses, accept the forgiveness of our Lord Jesus and learn to understand that Jesus knows your weaknesses before you make them, but He doesn’t want you to be destroyed by self-condemnation as is the devil’s plan is in our lives. He wants to restore you back on the road and FOLLOW HIM just like he commanded Peter. Peter equipped the CHURCH as he rose to answer the Call in His life after Jesus restored Him through forgiveness, so God wants us to equip ourselves and be restored in RIGHT STANDING with HIM by accepting His Forgiveness to you TODAY.

Don’t let the devil take you away from the LOVE of the LORD. Remember that the devil is an ACCUSER of the Brethren (Revelation 12:10)…but God is our kinsman REDEEMER!  BE REDEEMED TODAY and let all of the REDEEMED SAY SO!

To end this meditation, I have this amazing song from Canton Jones and it’s a song called Stay Saved. It’s a great song with a theatrical characterization of how we walk each day when people try to offend us and get us stirred to do the wrong thing in our daily lives. I found the video rather entertaining. Enjoy everybody and Stay blessed because GOD LOVES YOU!

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Scriptures to Meditate

 Romans 5:2-4 (NKJV)

through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Matthew 16:18
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

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.

Ephesians 3:13
Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Proverbs 24:16
For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.

Psalm 107:2
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,

1 Chronicles 16:34
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

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I Will be Your God and You will be My People


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This Post is still in reference to practicing the Fear of the Lord in our Lives. I feel as if God is pressing me to talk about this subject multiple times since the Last post in regards to Tapping into Divine Wisdom: The Reverential Fear of God .

My Meditation today comes from the Book of 2 Timothy 3

Now, from what I’ve read, there are two clear distinctions in this chapter. There are characteristics that describe the traits of Children of Disobedience and then there are Characteristic traits of those who are the Sons of God.  We cannot afford to be like the Children of disobedience because there is indeed a heavy price to pay by choosing to be rebellious in nature. However, having said that we must also understand what it means to be Children of God. From what I have read, we must clearly assess what type of Children we resemble in our current life right now. If you want to grow from strength to strength, from faith to faith, from glory to glory in your walk, there are certain features that you cannot afford to be ignorant of concerning your conduct, concerning your behaviour, concerning your belief system that determines your FAITH level and the level of your intimacy that you have in your relationship with GOD, Jesus Christ, Son of the Father. Purposing to walk in Holiness is a serious commitment that takes so much dedication and resolve that it can only be cultivated by discipline and confidence in your Faith towards Jesus Christ.  You can only come to the Father through the Son, so accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord who is the One that paves the way for you to commune with the Divine Father God in your life. Let me make it clear that it is YOUR CHOICE the path that you choose to walk on. You are accountable for your own decisions that you make in your Life, so remember that as you read on.

2 Timothy 3 New King James Version (NKJV)

Perilous Times and Perilous Men

3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith;but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

The Man of God and the Word of God

10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The Man/Woman of God that is described here is one that:

1.)  Follows God’s Word and BELIEVES in it (2 Tim 3: 10)

2.) Endures the troubles they experience through and for their faith in Christ (2 Tim 3:10-11)

3.) Has a Spirit of Love indwelling in them which is one of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (2 Tim 3:10)

4.) Understands that they will be persecuted for what they believe (2 Tim 3:12)

5.) Walks in the divine wisdom of the Lord that comes from Discernment and meditation of Gods Word through the workings of the Holy Spirit (2 Tim 3:14) 

6.) Meditates on Gods Word as a lifestyle and practices it on a daily basis (2 Tim 3:15)

7.) Takes Heed to the Prophetic Word of God and believes in that Prophetic Word (2 Tim 3:26). The Bible is often described as the book of Prophecy (ref. Revelation 22:10 so hence I am calling it the “Prophetic Word of God” since God’s Word will not return Void, it shall complete that which it was sent it to do and it will accomplish much! (Isaiah 55:11)

8.) The Man/Woman of God is equipped through the Word and lives by the Word that provides Divine Wisdom and Understanding to walk with God in all their ways (2 Tim 3:16-17).

The Man/Woman contrary to the Word of God is one that:

1.) Acts like they “believe” in the Word but denies the power of the prophetic Word which is from God (2 Tim 3: 5). <– this is also characteristic of False Humility which is a post I wrote a while back that I truly recommend for people to read if you want to increase discernment about such people operating in this fashion.

2.)  They are Narcissistic (Lovers of themselves), Greedy (Lovers of Money), Braggers (Boasters), they act aloof/conceited/ haughty (Proud), they talk against God and His word and try to cause others to lose faith in GOD (Blasphemers),  are disobedient to instruction/ guidance/ rebuke/ correction from their parents (or guardians), they lack a heart of gratitude (are unthankful),  they don’t believe in the holiness of God and are perverted in all their ways (unholy) (2 Tim 3: 2).

3.) They are unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good (2 Tim 3: 3)

4.) They are people who don’t think twice about selling you out (traitors), Stubborn in their thinking and all their ways (headstrong), arrogant and snobby (haughty), they prefer to walk in the flesh to satisfy their carnal desires rather than walk in the Spirit to operate in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God),(2 Tim 3: 4)

5.) They can appear to look and act “Christian” on the surface but they do not actually believe in the power of the Name and the Blood of Jesus Christ our Savior, our Redeemer, our Lord. This is how some will have the form of Godliness but deny its Power (wolves in sheeps clothing) (2 Tim 3: 5)

6. ) They love to deceive people and they have corrupt minds that are self-seeking to satisfy their carnal desire (2 Tim 3: 6 & 8)

7.)  They can learn about the Word just like everybody else but not fully embrace the truth of it. They are Skeptics, Doubters, they tend to be argumentative about the Word, are Unbelieving in nature and are not doers of the Word but are still able to preach about it when practicing false humility (2 Tim 3:7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth).

8.) They will NOT prosper in their wickedness even when they think that they are getting away with it, God will make them a spectacle and deal with them accordingly (2 Tim 3: 9; Nahum 3:6; Colossians 2:15).

What does God say about such people… He says to TURN AWAY. (2 Tim 3:6). Turning away from them is the only way one can keep from being influenced by their perverted way of life. Turning away means DO NOT follow their path, DO NOT walk in their ways, you may not be able to ignore such people in your life completely, but that doesn’t mean you should do what they do when you know to do better, always do better. Don’t be led astray and purpose to walk with wise counsel rather than evil and corrupt ones because there is safety in wise counsel (Proverbs 24:6).

Corrupt people corrupt others and in the same way that God-fearing people edify and strengthen others.

You’ve got to ask yourself, who are you hanging out with? Are you hangin’ with the God-fearing Crowd or the Crowd that entices you to do things that go against what you believe in?

I believe in my spirit that at this present time, God is making a clear distinction between His People and those that Deny His Power.   I know this sounds bold for me to say, but this has been in my spirit for a while and I can’t keep silent about it. God is separating the wolves from the Sheep and that is what it means to be Set Apart in the first place. This Separation is going to cause a lot of repositioning and dethroning liken to what happened between Saul and David. He is making a clear distinction between the Saul’s in this world with the David’s of this world. The question is, who are we before God?  Are we seeking to walk in the Spirit with God and be like David, or are we going to choose to walk in the Flesh like Saul?

People, all I can say is that we need to start being serious in our walk. This Word is not just for you but for me as well. God is setting the record straight in this Year of Divine Government.

When God Says: “I will be your God and YOU will be my People”, it means that He sincerely wants to be God to His People, but do we want to be His People? We can only be His people if we are GOD-FEARING. So ask yourself, Who do you Fear? Is it Man or God? Your answer will determine where you stand and who you place as “God” in your life.  

This is a humbling word to me and I would like to encourage others that God makes a distinction so that we can increase in our discernment of the types of people we have in our lives as well. Can you distinguish the Sauls in your life from the Davids?

David was used to help build the temple of God and made worshiping God His lifestyle. As imperfect as he was as a man, God chose Him over Saul who was rebellious, arrogant and Jealous of David’s true love for the Lord. Saul didn’t love God that way at all but still wanted what God gave to David, and that was Sonship through KINGSHIP. This is a kingdom thing.

God is King of KINGs  and LORD of LORDS. Saul was bankrupt in His spirit for the Love of God and became one that hated anything to do with Him and that is why He sought to kill David, because He despised what is Good and acceptable of the LORD. Saul epitomizes the one with a contrary spirit to God. David is a God-fearing man loved by God.

Today, Meditate on what it means to be God-fearing. Seek to walk in the Spirit, Seek Sonship because you sincerely LOVE God, and Seek to do what is Good and acceptable before the Lord.

Stay blessed in your walk everybody!

Scriptures to Meditate

Psalm 19:14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.

Proverbs 10:32
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.

Proverbs 21:3
To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Romans 12:1
[ Living Sacrifices to God ] I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service

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.

Psalm 4:3
But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call to Him.

Matthew 10:16
[ Persecutions Are Coming ] “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Psalm 4:5
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the LORD.

Proverbs 19:20
Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days.

Ephesians 1:17-19

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding[a] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power

Leviticus 26:12
I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.

Jeremiah 7:23
But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’

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Wisdom for Effective Victory – Choosing your Battles Wisely


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Day 9 of 21 Day Daniel Fast –  Yay! My swollen eye is healed. It took 24 hrs but it’s all better now. God is GOOD!!! I heard from some of my colleagues that it could have been a spider bite *yikes*. I sincerely hope not! At first I contemplated putting my pic with the swollen eye on here but then again I thought…..hmmm…. nah…people might get grossed out so just know that it’s healed everybody lol.

Today’s meditation is about choosing your battles wisely. Yes, it is a given that we are to remain focused on the goal at hand here but do not ignore your enemies gorilla warfare tactics on your soul! When you are in engaged in Spiritual warfare, you have to understand that the Devil isn’t sitting there watching you win…he isn’t going to let you get HIM while he’s sitting down. You are always on the offensive as you fight for your victory through Prayer and Fasting.  Keep your expectations high and then make them higher. This battle isn’t a walk in the park either so you shouldn’t rely on perceiving things with our natural senses  since you are supposed to be seeking the Gifts of the Holy Spirit at this time because He is the Great Helper in such situations. If you want deliverance and healing in your life or in the lives of others, including your family, make sure you understand that you’ve got to keep your mind together. This isn’t the time to crack under pressure. You will suffer battle fatigue but that’s because you are many steps ahead to your victory through Jesus. The Lord will go ahead of you in battle and will ensure your Victory as you fight the Good fight of Faith.

Matthew 11:12
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.

I must also emphasize that although we acknowledge that we are in a serious battle, you also have to learn how to choose your battles wisely. Don’t just pick up and react to everything that is happening around you. You should already know that the agenda of your adversary is to place key people you have in your life (with vile intentions) to rile you into anger and act on it foolishly because their aim is to get you offended. Make no mistake and realize that you will start to see the wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 10:16) and when you do, you must act with prudence and with wisdom.

You’ll see things that you never saw before because God will lift the scales off your eyes to see what you never noticed before (Acts 9:18). You will experience people trying to agitate you during this Fast and it’s all about holding your ground and remaining steadfast in the midst of the battle (1 Chronicles 28:7). You should learn how to respond appropriately rather than react negatively to situations as they arise because when you are racked up with your emotional self, you will fail to reason and will act on things without wisdom. The point I am getting to here is that you have to choose to be better than your OLD self. You are Fasting to become a NEW creation and toss away your childish behaviors of the past (1 Corinthians 13:11). In order to mature with Wisdom, you have to set aside the foolish reactions, the foolish ideas, the foolish counsel (wayward thoughts, friends, family members or peers) that lead you astray, the foolish things that poke fun at Divine Wisdom that guides you into your victory.

You’ve got to ask yourself can you afford to go through this Fast and finish UNCHANGED???? This is why I keep saying, don’t do things in Vain. If you aren’t determining to come out NEW and transformed from this Fast, you are wasting time and I suggest that you don’t continue fasting because it will be done in Vain.

For those that are persevering for their breakthrough, understand that the Greater the Need that you have of God requires a Greater sacrifice. You don’t have to stop Fasting after 21 Days if you feel led to continue, but remember the focus is to dismantle the works of the wicked one in your life through prayer and meditation of God’s Word and to intercede on behalf of your family, your church, your workplace and your political leaders that govern the land that you live in.

Expect to receive answers from Heaven, Expect to be Transformed and Renewed, Expect to increase your level of FAITH and Expect to Prosper with the Guidance of the Holy Spirit that provides Wisdom in your Daily affairs. Seek HIM (JESUS) and HE will answer YOU.  You have to believe that in order to receive what He already has for you.

Here are 2 Videos to Help you Keep Encouraged as you go day-to-day in your daily battles. Remain Blessed in all that you Do and You seek HIS face.

Scriptures to Meditate

Psalm 30:10
Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me; LORD, be my helper!”

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

John 14: 15-17

Jesus promises Another Helper

15 “If you love Me, keep[a] My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

John 14:26
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

Hebrews 13:6
So we may boldly say: “ The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Psalms 51: 10-12

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

Mark 12:36
For David himself said by the Holy Spirit: ‘ The LORD said to my Lord, “ Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”’

Mark 13:11
But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

Luke 3:22
And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”

Luke 12:12
For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

Acts 2:4
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2:33
Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.

Acts 4:31
And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Acts 9:31
[ The Church Prospers ] Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.

Acts 10:44
[ The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles ] While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.

Romans 14:17
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Increasing Your Spiritual Discernment while Engaging the Battle


Day 8 of 21 Day Daniel Fast –  So I’m down to 2 weeks left of this Fast, some people have just started and some who started earlier are already experiencing differences within their Fast. I think this is worthy of Praising God for, AMEN!

I did have a rough morning today in that I went to work and my entire left eye was swollen like as if somebody had punched me in the eye also coupled with a bad dream that I had last night but the whole swelling of my eye thing caught me off guard because it was unexpected and unexplainable. My Boss is very gracious to me and I praise God for her and my colleagues who were all concerned and egging me on to visit a clinic that’s just down the street to make sure I’m OK. At my workplace I’m treated like family so the encouragement was very supportive for me.

I went to the clinic and the good news was that it wasn’t an infectious eye infection. It was diagnosed as an allergic reaction to something (i.e. makeup or food). However, the doctor kept marveling by how swollen it looked and how I didn’t have blurred vision nor experience pain which is typical for the things he’s seen. Now when I heard this, I thought to myself that I have never had so much as an allergic reaction to something in my entire life so you can imagine my surprise. Despite this, I took the Doc’s advice and prescription and prayed to God about it all because at the end of the day You have to believe in the Report of the Lord over your life. By His Stripes I am Healed in Jesus’ Name.

Isaiah 53:5
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

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Today, I want to talk about understanding the battle and the importance of increasing your discernment during this time. Like I said before, when you Fast, your senses become sharpened/heightened. Ask yourself, do you feel the difference???? I personally feel that my discernment is increasing. It is important to increase in this area  since it is a supernatural battle we’re engaged in to make the natural submit to the Holy Spirit. If you aren’t purposing to increase your discernment, then I suggest that you start pursuing it  NOW and seek to do so because you aren’t battling a battle of flesh and blood.

Ephesians 6:12
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

So many strange things will start to occur during this Fast and it is up to you do determine and seek from God to sharpen your discernment so that you can understand the strange things that are happening in your environment and also consider the change you are experiencing from within. When I mean sharpen your discernment I mean, purpose to increase with wisdom and knowledge with UNDERSTANDING so that you are able to take the wisest course of actions when confronted with something in any situation or circumstance.

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As man looks at the outward appearance of men, God looks at the Heart. We must discern and seek to understand a person for who they truly are rather than marveling at the outward appearance because appearances can be deceiving. You have to understand and learn to be able to point out who your friends are from your foes, who is trustworthy within your family amongst your multitude of relatives, who your allies are from your contenders in the workplace. Seek to sharpen your discernment so that you operate with DIVINE WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING that enables you to choose Godly courses of action when confronting your variety of ADVERSARIES.  I recommend reading my earlier post called Sharpening your Discernment as a starting point so that you increase in your level of wisdom to God’s level that He has for you. 

I have  NOT 1, but 2 Awesome Videos for you to Watch today as you meditate on Sharpening your Discernment as the Inner you continues to Transform into God’s Image. He is the Final Architect of our Lives so allow the Master Builder to build you into a strong Tower for His Name Sake. Be Blessed Everyone!

Scriptures to Meditate

1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Luke 21:8
And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them.

1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

Galatians 6:7
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Titus 3:3
For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.

1 John 1:8
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

2 Corinthians 4:16
[ Seeing the Invisible ] Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.

Ephesians 4:22-24

22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Colossians 3:9-11

9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

Titus 3:4-8

4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.

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.

Philippians 3:21
who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

Exodus 31:3
And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

1 Kings 4:29
And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore.

1 Kings 10:23
So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.

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The Value of Wisdom – Ponderings in the Book of Proverbs


As you know I love the book of Proverbs and thought that since I wrote a post regarding the Watchman’s Duty – Insight to prophetic Intercession, I think I want to start cultivating divine wisdom as one of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Wisdom is so important because it helps us sharpen our discernment and the only way to grow in it is to seek it (Matthew 7:7). Read books, seek wise mentors that build you and challenge you, make it a mission to find knowledge like it was your last meal on this earth. Seek these things diligently and you shall find the answers that you are looking for in your daily affairs, but you won’t be able to find these things if you are sitting on your derriere. I have put a scripture below that I think I’ll start using when I pray for wisdom and meditate on it and seek God for increase. I like sharing stuff like this and maybe you might want to pray too if you want to increase in this area which is one of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8). I highlight things that stick out to me on purpose to maintain the focus of what to find important as you read the scripture and basically as a means of targeting what is needed in order for the Lord to fulfill the petition. You do your part and God finishes the rest since  He is the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2).

Remember: you can only increase in wisdom according to the proportion of your Faith level, so seek to increase your FAITH in order to gain a high level of Wisdom.

Proverbs 2: 1-22 (NKJV)
The Value of Wisdom

1 My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
And find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
8 He guards the paths of justice,
And preserves the way of His saints.
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
 Equity and every good path.
10 When wisdom enters your heart,
And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
11 Discretion will preserve you;
Understanding will keep you

12 To deliver you from the way of evil,
From the man who speaks perverse things,
13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness
To walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice in doing evil,
And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked,
And who are devious in their paths;
16 To deliver

 

you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words,
17 Who forsakes the companion of her youth,
And forgets the covenant of her God.
18 For her house leads down to death,
And her paths to the dead;


19 None who go to her return,
Nor do they regain the paths of life—
20 So you may walk in the way of goodness,
And keep to the paths of righteousness.
21 For the upright will dwell in the land,
And the blameless will remain in it
22 But the wicked will be cut off from the earth,
And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.

[Emphasis Added]

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