2017: New Year New Me… So We Always Say!

How many of us used to say this every time at the end of the year making our New Year’s resolution? We make out these long list of stuff we want to do and make “vision” boards that do not even line up with the will of God? We often use the scripture of Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” We interpret this scripture meaning that God will give us what WE want. That is not the case. In this scripture it is saying that God will give you THE DESIRES. God will give you the desires He wants you to desire so when you desire something, it is of God and not of you. It is not of self or flesh, but by the spirit. Delight means to make oneself pliable and flexible. So you are making yourself flexible and pliable for the Lord to change your heart’s desires to His. In order for this to happen, our heart must change. That is way God requires us to have a new heart. In Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it? In Ezekiel 36:26 says, “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. There is no way that God can give us the desires of our old wicked heart. Our heart is deceitful and manipulative. Jeremiah 24:7, ‘I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.

In this season, you got to catch what God wants for you and not what you want for yourself. How do we know if what we are desiring are from God? There are three points you want to follow to know if you are walking in the desire of God for your life

  • God speaks clearly

In Isaiah 30:21 says that, ‘Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it. You have to be able to decipher between your voice, God’s voice and the enemy voice. Many believers wrestle with this and often times find themselves in various situations. Romans 8:14 says that “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God”. How can you be led? By learning the voice of God. My sheep knows my voice and I know them and they follow me. If you are a son of God, the ability to know His voice is inside of you. Once you allow the spirit to have control over your life, He will lead you in the right direction. Hearing from God takes discipline and you have to commune with God, read your Bible in order to know the voice of God. You have to meditate on His word over and over and you will begin to become familiar with His voice.

  • We do not have to force the doors open

Everything flows in His perfect timing. Habakkuk 2:2 “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run. “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay. 3:11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. God knows how much we can handle in THIS time. If God showed us everything for our lives, we would not be able to handle it. We would jump right to the end and not appreciate the process in between to get to that point. The process in between is what makes us who we are. That is why God only gives us glimpses of our future because He knows that we cannot handle it. God knows not to give us everything at once because we are not mature enough to handle it. In James 4:3 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. God’s will would not be on your mind, you would be focused on your own will and desires. God will never give you millions until He knows for a fact that you will do what He wants for you to do. If God told us to give a million away, are we able to? We got to walk in maturity. If not, you will end up like to prodigal son. The prodigal son was guaranteed in due time to receive his inheritance, but he wanted all that was promised to him now. So the father did and the son used up all that was promised to him. Why? Because his motives were not pure. His problem was immaturity and ignorance. He did not know who he was and where He was headed. We cry and cry to God for things to happen in our lives, but we are not able to handle the responsibility of receiving the blessing. We want marriage- but not mature enough to handle the responsibilities yet alone take care of ourselves. We want a house- but do not have financial discipline. We want a business- but cannot remain faithful to work for someone else

Phil 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  • Don’t be anxious for anything! Do not be so quick to have things in your life. God wants for us to pray to Him to make sure that it is in His will. The problem is that we do not stay long enough in his presence to hear the full answer and instructions.
  • The desire will not be exalted higher than God

In Ezekiel 14 talks about how people allow their desires to become idols in their hearts. They have set up their idols in their heart; they not only have idols, but they are in love with them, are wedded to them, and have laid them so near their hearts, and have given them so great a room in their affections, that there is no parting with them. God will allow desires in your heart to come to pass to show you that you do not need them in the first place. Our desires can be so strong to a point where we exalt them before God and not even know it. In everything we do, we have to make sure that God is leading us rather than us trying to lead God. God has given us the ability and He can take it away too. Desires are created, motivated, and moved by a will. Do not allow others to place their will on your life. Do not allow your own will to create desires in your heart. Once you give God an authentic “Yes”, then His Will will be downloaded in our spirits to create the desires for our heart.

So as you go into the 2017 year, check your heart and make sure you are desiring the desires that God wants for you to desire. If you are going to make a list, pray over it and make sure this is the direction that God wants for you to travel. Do not be like the man who decides to go on a trip but do not have the right directions or GPS to get there. If you continue to lean and depend on God, He will lead you in prosperity and wealth.

The Day After Deliverance Pt. 2

The Day After Deliverance Pt. 2

If you have been following my weekly blog, I am on the topic of deliverance. Many of us attend churches where the Spirit of God moves in and there is a point during service where people can come down to the altar to confess their sins and profess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Many charismatic churches take their newly or well-attended members through a process called deliverance. During this time, the believer is confessing their sins and hang-ups in their lives and want to be free and changed from it. Those who do not possess Christ in their hearts would sometimes have demons manifest out of them just like in the Bible days which could cause gnashing, vomiting, and other types of manifestations. When all is said and done, they go back to their seats and we call what they have gone through is deliverance.

We have to remember in scripture Luke 11 says that, “When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.” So once the whole deliverance has taken place at the altar, there is a chance that the person will be attacked even harder than before. But do we teach or warn the people?

Many Christians face in their days of walking with the Lord coming to a point where they have to give of something that is preventing them from walking closer to God. Matter of fact all Christians. You cannot be saved and remain in the same lifestyle you lived before salvation. When you come into Christ, you are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). All of us deal with things that trip us up but we are ashamed to show our shortfalls. Sometimes God will take it away or allow it to be our thorn in our flesh (2 Cor. 12:7). The true testing is the day after deliverance. You may question yourself and say “Am I really delivered? What am I supposed to do now?” The problem with the process of deliverance that the church culture has created is that we go through the motions of crying, throwing up, and being laid out on the ground, but there isn’t any follow up or further counseling. I have experience more of a taunting after the fact rather than encouragement and support. Many Christians have experienced the same thing.

I remember learning about the deliverance process and in that was walked through deliverance. Many think when we go through the steps of renouncing and repenting at the altar, that is all that need to take place. But as I grow in God, I am learning that deliverance is a daily process. Not just the one-time process we experience at the altar or in the prayer room. We must always remain in prayer and communion with God. When you spend so much time in God, the temptation to slip back lessens because of the Word and the vision of your future that is being poured inside of you. Inner healing begins to take place and your intimacy with the Lord becomes stronger.

So some may ask, I need practical steps! What can I do to maintain my deliverance? Deliverance requires purging of the soul. Let’s take for example your struggle is overeating. I believe these next few steps can be applied to any given situation. First after the church service:

  • Talk to the Lord

Before you begin to get on the phone to talk to friends and family, talk to God. Talk out the situation and the process and I say not only do I believe I am delivered but I know that I am deliver. You have to keep speaking positivity over yourself saying that “I am delivered” You need to constantly speak well over yourself. 2 Corinthians 10:5- Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

  • Read your bible

For many this may be difficult due to the fact that many do not read their bible so they do not know where to go in the scriptures. There are many bible aids out there that can help you find scriptures that addresses your problem. A few examples are

  • John Eckhardt- Daily Declaration series
  • Cindy Trimm- Spiritual declarations
  • Google

There is no reason for us not to know what scriptures to stand on because there are many resources that can help us

  • Create your sphere of influence

If you want to do better, it is all about the company you keep. Change the people around you. It is easier said than done but if you want to save your life, you got to do what you need to do. The Holy spirit will give you the words to say and the direction as needed. Pray to God to show you who you need to be connected to. There are those assigned to help you to get you to your next destiny

  • Repeat 1 & 2.

You got to keep the word hidden in your heart. This can only happen through repetition. You have to repeat something over 13 times in order for it to become your reality. Your deliverance is your reality. I want you to walk in it

As you start your Monday, be encourage. Read or listen to the word of God. Remember that you are delivered healed, and set free. God has great things in store for you. Jeremiah 29:11 says that, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

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The Day After Deliverance Pt. 2

The Day After Deliverance: Part One

The Day After Deliverance: Part One

Many Christians face in their days of walking with the Lord coming to a point where they have to give of something that is preventing them from walking closer to God. Matter of fact all Christians. You cannot be saved and remain in the same lifestyle you lived before salvation. When you come into Christ, you are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). All of us deal with things that trip us up but we are ashamed to show our shortfalls. Sometimes God will take it away or allow it to be our thorn in our flesh (2 Cor. 12:7). The true testing is the day after deliverance. You may question yourself and say “Am I really delivered? What am I supposed to do now?” The problem with the process of deliverance that the church culture has created is that we go through the motions of crying, throwing up, and being laid out on the ground, but there isn’t any follow up or further counseling. I have experience more of a taunting after the fact rather than encouragement and support. Many Christians have experienced the same thing.

I remember learning about the deliverance process and in that was walked through deliverance. Many think when we go through the steps of renouncing and repenting at the altar, that is all that need to take place. But as I grow in God, I am learning that deliverance is a daily process. Not just the one-time process we experience at the altar or in the prayer room. We must always remain in prayer and communion with God. When you spend so much time in God, the temptation to slip back lessens because of the Word and the vision of your future that is being poured inside of you. Inner healing begins to take place and your intimacy with the Lord becomes stronger.

I want to speak peace in the time of your deliverance. Accountability is important so find someone you trust to keep you on track. Make sure you stay in prayer and stay connected to God. Deliverance starts today and will remain for the rest of your life. God will keep you in perfect peace if your mind is stayed on him (Is. 26:3).

Make America Great by Making God Even Greater 

Make America Great by Making God Even Greater 

America has been in an emotional transition for a few weeks. From watching the on-the-edge election campaign to dealing with the string of murders that not only affect the black community but mankind. What is the need for America at this point? The Last thing we need is a new president. The last thing we need are protests and marches. Not to minimize the importance of them. We are dealing with severe injustice in the world. But we as Christians must remain spiritual in the midst of natural disasters and chaos.

This is an opportune time for churches to stand up. It is easy to point fingers and shoot blame from one group to another and to keep that cycle going, but we must stand back and see what is working in the background of the current affairs in the world. The problem is that many churches are not trained to see the spiritual but to solely focus on the natural. It is difficult not to stay focus on the natural because we are being bombarded with media and it causes our emotions to rise. There is a spirit behind what is causing fear in the hearts of man. There is a spirit behind what is causing protesting and civil unrest. We cannot walk around in fear for our loved ones, or do not want to continue life ourselves. Psalm 112:63 says that the righteous will never be shaken. This is the time for our spirit man to kick in and ask the question, “Lord, what’s going on in the realm of the spirit?”

The solution is to pray. It may sound evasive and so simple but it is about what you are praying. If God has given you a heart to pray for the nation, God will show you what it is you need to pray for.  In Acts 17:26 says that, “He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.” The times that God appointed are in motion and we must tune in to what God is saying doing. Even though it may seem chaotic in the land, remember God’s word in Isaiah 46:9-10 that says, “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure.”

How can we make God even greater? By coming together and fighting the spiritual warfare, not the physical. Ephesians 6:12 says that, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” You cannot pick and choose when will you be in the natural or in the spiritual. The spirit realm is the causal realm and it is more real than the natural. We must live a daily life with our mindset in the spirit realm and constantly praying the things that the Lord is trying to show us. Revelation 3:22 says that, ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” We are the church and we are the called out ones. God is speaking loud and clear. The question is who is posturing themselves to hear to make great the works of the Lord? Whatever we go up in the spirit to bind, it will bind here on earth. Whatever we go up in the spirit to loose, it will be loose. This is a call to the church to get into our rightful positions and be the watchmen, the leaders, the true prophets God has called us to be. Once we do what it is God wants for us to do by making his name great, then God will make our name great. 2 Samuel 7:9 says that, “I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth.”

Making Right Decisions in Life

Making Right Decisions in Life

Making choices form our destiny one way or another. We have to be very mindful of the choices we make in life. From picking out what we want to wear to what kind of food we eat. From deciding what career choice to where do I want to live.  Little to big choices effect our lives in some way or fashion. We cannot blame others for the choices we make or what we do not make. We have to wake up, walk in maturity, and take ownership of what we are doing. But God wants us to make the right decisions.

I remember growing up as a child and reading the create your own adventure books. Each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of the protagonist and making choices that determine the main character’s actions in response to the plot and its outcome. We have a choice on how our lives will turn out. God is a God of choices. Choices are presented in front of us by God and choices are presented to us from the evil one. Which choice will you choose?

I had a dream that I was at my desk about to leave to catch up with a friend. He asked me to go somewhere with him. Before I left the desk, I had a phone call. The number did not look familiar but I answered it anyways. The voice was very familiar and he began to persuade me to meet up with him at places we used to go to. Places that I had no business being at. That moment I had a choice to either skip my first obligation or go new the newly planned obligation. I went with the newly planned. When I went with the new plans, I was in a dark place and I saw a spirit fly from the end of the room to the other and shut the door. I heard a voice say that it was too late. I made the choice and I had to own up to it.

God is saying in this season, your decisions that you make may cost you your life or can catapult you into great destiny. We are surrounded with people and media that persuade our choices. In the book of Job, God asked him, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? (Job 38:2)” Who would dare to challenge what God has said? What mere mortal, the creature that God has created with His own hands would challenge what God has said over your life? Proverbs 19: 2 says that, “Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, and he who makes haste with his feet errs”. There are those who are sent by God to give a message or word to the people, but the word will align with the Will of God. But there are those who are sent to snatch the word that the Lord has given you (Matthew 13:19). You have to discern the counsel you seek. “He who separates himself seeks his own desire. He quarrels against all sound wisdom (Proverbs 18:1).

Decisions are so critical and we must always consult the Lord before doing anything in our lives. We quote this scripture all the time, but fail to apply it to our lives. ““Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Trusting in the Lord means that you make Godly decisions and follow the path He has for us. Not what we have or others have for us, but what God has for us.

If we have made the wrong decision in life, it is never too late to turn around and start to make right decisions. “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear (Is. 59:1).” Thank God for His grace and mercy. We are never too far gone for God to pull us back on track. You have to be willing to allow God to pick you up and turn you around. Declare today that I will make the right decisions.

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