Seasonal Shifts: How Do You Respond to Shifts?
Seasons come and seasons go. Some seasons can be tough and others can be beautiful. The key to seasonal shifts in life is to embrace and learn about them. Seasons come and go in life to constantly progress or move us into new levels and phases. How do you respond to life changes? Last time I talked about how God forewarns us when the seasons are changing in our lives. But are we sensitive to the transitions? Do we take heed of the warnings?
Growing up in school I was the biggest procrastinator when it came to studying and school work. I was on honor roll but I knew that I could have done better in many of my classes. In my first year of college, I realized that I could no longer wait to study and do assignments. Especially in accounting. After closely failing accounting one, I realized that I had to change my way of studying for test and doing assignments. I actually started reading assignments ahead of time, asking questions, and making sure that I was ready for the test. So when the test came, I scored in the top percentage of my class. I went from an “D” to an “A”. Why? Because I prepared myself and realized the mistakes I was making. I had a choice to either stay in the cycle or go and put forth the effort.
When you take to time to study, ask questions, observant of things around you, and praying all the time, you are more prepared to handle life situations. Many of us have a habit of waiting while we are in the turmoil to pray rather than praying and preparing ahead of time. God speaks and He speaks a lot. He loves His children so much that He has the best motives and thoughts for us. The next time you feel in a place where you cannot discern the seasons or understanding what is going on in your life, stop and pray. Ask for guidance and direction. Then the season will start to make sense. You will pass the test with flying colors!!
In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, While slumbering on their beds, Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction. In order to turn man from his deed, And conceal pride from man, He keeps back his soul from the Pit, And his life from perishing by the sword.- Job 33:15-18
Lately I have been faced with issues that I know the enemy is trying to put his hand upon. Usually when attacks from the enemy rises, we instantly back down and breakdown. I refuse to allow that to happen. God has so much in store for me and there are promises that are remained to be fulfilled.
Prophesy is so important because it is The Word of God being released and in timing be active in the atmosphere. Prophesy is for the believer to edify and uplift one another. God has given all believers the ability to prophesy at some level (Numbers 11:29).
I wanted to cancel hearing prophecy over my life because at one point I was receiving so much prophecy from others and when I saw it come to pass, it was a decoy! I followed the whole prophecy from the beginning to end. I was so hurt and discouraged that I said out of my mouth, I never want to hear another prophetic word from anyone. I was that mad. I told God that if it is not from God or my pastor, I do not want to hear it. God told me to think back to every word He has said to me from this last year and follow that. I read in 1 Thessalonians 5:19-20 says that, “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. So I prayed to God asking if the word was given through someone you was from You or an evil spirit.
Every word you receive, it must be tested. in scripture it says that, “Beloved, do not believe every Spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).” Even those you may respect might be under the influence and do not know it. Test everything. No matter how credible the source may be, all given word must be tested. This is through praying and asking God for discernment. I believe The Lord allowed to go through this to increase my discernment and hearing from Him.
Here are some points when receive a word from God (source: BLB)
- Remember a prophet must not contradict anything God has previously revealed.
- A prophecy must always points back to Jesus Christ.
- A prophet’s life must be consistent with the prophecy he or she gives.
- Because someone meets the above criteria does not necessarily mean that the message is from God. The leaders of each particular assembly should be the ones who make the determination.
- Prophecies should be tested, and if they hold true, they should not be despised.
I am known in my church to do declarations. Usually I would read them from a book or The Lord would give them to me hot off the wire. For this current situation I am facing, the word of The Lord began to bubble up inside of me and I began to declare. I encourage you to used the declarations over your life.
How do we recognize these satanic agents? By discernment.
I command all organized forces of darkness against my life to receive commotion, lightning and thunder, in the name of Jesus.
All demonic organized network against my spiritual and physical progress, be put to shame, in the name of Jesus.
I command all demonic mirrors and monitoring gadgets against my life to crack to pieces, in the name of Jesus
I command every agent of frustration to loose its hold over my life, in the name of Jesus.”
I cancel the assignment of spiritual spies that try to take spoken prophesy and manipulate it in the name of Jesus
I cancel the assignment of decoys that are trying to enter our lives in the name of Jesus.
We cancel backlash from this declaration in the name of Jesus.
We confuse the assignment of the satanic agents in the name of Jesus.
I command all evil records planted by the devil in anyone’s mind against my advancement to be shattered to pieces, in Jesus’ name
O Lord, catapult me into greatness as You did for Daniel in the land of Babylon.
O Lord, help me to identify and deal with any weakness in me that can hinder my progress.
I bind every strongman delegated to hinder my progress, in the name of Jesus.
O Lord, despatch Your angels to roll away every stumbling block to my promotion, advancement and elevation.
Let power change hands in my place of work to the hands of the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus.
I receive the mandate to put to flight every enemy of my breakthroughs, in the name of Jesus.”
I shall receive the prophetic word of the Lord and test it against what the Lord has told me and the Word of God.
I shall use discernment and follow the voice of the Lord
And it is so in the Name of Jesus