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.”
As I begin the next phase of ministry in my life, the Lord has compared it to the journey of Nehemiah. I have always loved the story of Nehemiah because of the principles that can be applied to our lives today. So this morning as I was reading the story of Nehemiah, I was blown away. Nehemiah had a heart for his people and stayed concerned for them even though he moved to another city and became the King’s cupbearer. When the news came to Nehemiah about his hometown, Judah, he was very saddened and troubled. The king saw how important it was for Nehemiah to go rebuild and help his city. Nehemiah acquired the king’s permission to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the city and its fortifications. He is even given letters from the king to ensure safe passage and to obtain timber from the king’s forest for the gates and walls of Jerusalem.
While Nehemiah was praying, fasting and hearing from the Lord of the strategy, he was faced with negative talk from a group of people. Sanballat and Tobiah were the main people speaking against the building of the city. They did not use physical weapons to tear down the people, Sanballot and Tobiah used their words. When the enemy comes to attack, he does not have to use physical weapons but spiritual weapons of doubt and discouragement.
There are 5 dimensions or areas that the enemy will come and plant seeds of doubt and discouragement. Each week we will talk about one
- The Sanballat spirit creates doubt in your ability
Sanballat said in Nehemiah 4:2–3, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore things [at will and by themselves]? Will they [try to bribe their God] with sacrifices? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, seeing they are burned? Now Tobiah the Ammonite was near him, and he said, what they build—if a fox climbs upon it, he will break down their stone wall.”
No matter what the situation may look like, we have to remember that God is able. In Ephesians 3:20 says that, “Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]” God works beyond what we can see. We should be walking by faith and not by what we see (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Here Nehemiah was motivated by faith to build up the city of Jerusalem. Nehemiah prayed and had faith in God that the city will be rebuild. Once you are motivated by faith to do an assignment, nothing or no one should stop you to carry it out to completion. Knowing the assignment and the promise of God can give you joy and power to complete your assignment and you should not let anyone take that away from you. “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” —John 16:22
Notice Nehemiah response to Sanballat and Tobiah. He did not give them conversation. He went straight to what the Lord will do for them. Nehemiah responded in 2:20, “I answered them, The God of heaven will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build.” I had a dream that I saw a prominent leader in the ministry struggling and fighting spiritually. I immediately interfered and tried stop the demonic forces from happening but I began to talk and argue with the demon rather than praying prayers. The leader said to me, “Now what good is that arguing and cussing at the demon?” Nehemiah teaches us a strategy in spiritual warfare. When the enemy begins to talk discouragement and doubt, speak the word and the promises of God. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer (John 16:33).
One of the worst pains is to sit in the presences of those who rejected you. Especially when God told you not to leave. In this time you have to change your focus from man to God. Only God anoints and appoints. The credentials here on earth does not matter if you don’t have credentials in heaven.
So what if they do not call your name? So what if they don’t recognize the gifts you have inside? God is calling your name and many of us choose not to listen. Your gifts will make room for you. But we want the space in front of the masses but God is calling you to reach those who are sitting right next to you in your cubical or across the boardroom. Make Monday count and forget about the rejection of man and make God please with your worship and obedience. #LetsReach #WorkTheWorksOfGod #BeIntentional #MondaysLife #RejectionHurtsButSoWhat
“The moment I said yes to God, I saw the supernatural power of God taking place in my life.”
I was out with some girlfriends and our mentor was asking us about our 2014 and goals for 2015. Feeling embarrassed because I did not make plans for 2014 nor 2015. I never thought about it because at the end of 2013, God told me how my 2014 will be. And it was exactly what He said it would be. So it never dawned on me that I did not make goals.
Previous years I would make goals and resolutions for the upcoming year but then I realize that most of the things on the list never really came to pass. There was a difference in 2013 from the previous years. I remember being in prayer and sincerely giving God a yes. But this time I knew why I was giving God a yes and it was in right timing that I gave God a yes. That time I was done doing things my own way and not getting results. That time I wanted God’s will for my life and wanted grow spiritually. So God clearly told me my 2014 and I did ask questions. What about my job? What about my relationships? and so on and so on. He said two words: It’s Handled!! I made God the overseer of every aspect of my life. It was hard because I wanted to do things a certain way, but I had to remember that I said yes to God. That means hands off my own life.
When I decided to give God a real yes, Not the yes we give because we are in church, plans for my life began to be revealed to me and how to achieve them. It is about submitting your will and way to God. Not surrender, but submitting. Submitting is a choice whereas surrender is forceful. God wants us to willfully and joyfully give our lives to Him. Now my goal is to live for God and since then, God makes my goals and I can achieve them through Christ who strengthens me.