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Monday, August 31, 2015

Fullness of Joy

Read Psalms 16:8-11

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Lord, today we declare and decree that we as your people are filled with the fullness of your JOY! In Jesus name Amen!
We as believers must keep our eyes on God so that we don’t fall by the wayside. Keeping our eyes on the Lord gives us sight to see. I think about the blind beggar (Luke 18:35-42) as I write this blog. Jesus was approaching Jericho and Jesus was passing by and the man asked the crowd what was happening. They replied that Jesus was passing by so He called out “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! People were trying to get him to be quiet but he began to shout even more. Jesus heard him because he stopped and asked that he be brought to him. Jesus asked him “What do you want me to do for you?” The man replied, “Lord, I want to see” Jesus then said to him, “Receive your sight; faith has healed you.” The man received immediate sight and began praising God. People saw this and began to praise God.

Yes, this man was physically blind but on that day he received physical sight but also spiritual sight. He was restored and filled with unspeakable joy. First, notice that he was placed in a position to be humbled before the Lord, he called out to the Lord and the Lord heard his cry. Jesus came and spoke over his life and he was healed instantly. In that healing moment he began to worship the Lord. See the world didn’t give him that joy so the world couldn’t take it away.
His heart was glad and he began to offer a sacrifice of praise to the Lord. He was able to rest in the presence of the Lord knowing that God is sovereign, omnipresent, and powerful, a healer, a deliverer, comforter, a counselor, and the giver of peace, the giver of joy, merciful, graceful and loving.

God saved us from the realm of the dead by sending his son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. The amazing thing is that he didn’t just stay dead but was raised from the dead with all power in his hands and sits at the right hand of God the Father. Not just to stop there, he has defeated the enemy. He has saved us from an eternal death and has offered us salvation.
God has made known of the path of life through his words in the bible but also through that quiet still voice that speaks to us. Thank you Lord for the Holy Spirit that you pour into believers that believe in the Messiah and that accept him as their Lord and Savior.

Being in his presence brings joy to us a believers! I often think of this worship song – Set a fire down in my soul that I can’t contain, that I can’t control. I want more of you God, I want more of you God!! Just to think that when God sets your soul on fire and fills you up with his presence you can’t control it because your light is shining so bright and you want to share it with everybody.  
Just to think those eternal pleasures are beyond what we can see in the natural but it’s a promise from God that this world shall pass away because it’s only temporary. Jesus has went into heaven to go to prepare a place for his people. Praise the LORD! Hallelujah! Amen!

~Be Blessed!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It Will Work Out for You

Read 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

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Many times we have experienced a difficult time in our lives and have felt like a thorn was piercing us in the side. I recently have been under spiritual attack and felt tormented from every angle. After accepting the calling that God had on my life and enrolling in seminary school. Satan has been on his job full time. I have been attacked mentally and physically.

In that process I was crying out to God asking for him to please take this away. I remember in 2011 saying that the Lord could use me anyway that he wanted to use me. I didn’t really understand what I had spoken until this year.  The Lord is definitely having his way in my life.
In the times of torment we must draw closer to Jesus Christ. According to his word, the torment comes so that we don’t exalt ourselves. Torment taught me how to remain humble and to give all glory to God in all situations. I don’t mind sharing my weaknesses with others because in those moments God strengthens me and has poured out his amazing grace upon me.

The song that constantly is in my spirit is “Father I stretch my hands to thee, no other help I know” (old spiritual hymn)
There is no other help I know but Jesus Christ to bring me through the snares and attacks of the enemy. God has placed some awesome spiritual people in my path to keep me encouraged but at the end of the day my intimate relationship with him exceeds those connections.

Our Father in heaven, understands what we are going through even when we can’t express it with words. That’s why I love the omnipresent God that we serve. He’s not like man, were you have to explain yourself a million times until they get the point of your pain.
I encourage you today my brothers and sisters that God’s grace is sufficient for you. Whatever you are going through know that God is working it out for your good. Your testimony but for God’s glory!  It doesn’t feel good right now but I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken.

I have found in the torment process of the enemy that God is usually birthing a new thing within me. When it manifests in the physical I’m mind blown. When I look back over the situation that he brought me through, I owe him all my praise!
Accept the weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and pressures because in those moments of weaknesses God is making you strong. It will work out for you!!!

~Be encouraged!!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Emptiness

Read Nehemiah 2: 2-6

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Nehemiah was in the presence of the King Artaxerxes but his facial expressions showed the feelings of the heart. Nehemiah was sad because the city of Jerusalem had been destroyed. Nehemiah wanted to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls. Nehemiah prayed to God first and then answered the king. Nehemiah was requesting that the king send him to rebuild Jerusalem walls.  The king granted his request and requested a time when he would return.
At some point in our lives we have felt sadness. If you look back over your life our saddest moments more than likely occur when we aren’t connected to God. I can honestly say that when Jesus Christ was not my main focus, I was not joyful in spirit. Just looking at this passage makes me think back over my own life and see that I was sad because I wasn’t connected to the vine when I was in the world. God created me so he was also sad that his child had turned away from him.

This passage teaches that Jerusalem had to be cleaned up, restored and rebuilt. Same way when we have turned to the ways of the world. God has to clean us up, restore us and rebuild our minds, bodies, and spirits. Once this happens God can use us the way he wants to use us and his will be done in our lives and on earth.
How does God clean you up? He cleans us up by removing anything from our lives that are not of him. When the Holy Spirit is within us we live to please God more and more. We don’t want to grieve the Holy Spirit by continuing to deliberately sin against God. (Read Ephesians 4:30)

How does he restore us? God is able to restore us through prayer and reading the Bible. We must be hungry for the word of God and hungry to hear a word from him. Our prayer life should never cease because we need God to restore us to the place he would have us to be. (Read Psalm 51:12)
Now the rebuilding process can begin because we can grow spiritually from drinking milk to being able to eat solid food. (Read Hebrews 5:13-14) We are reading God’s word and mediating on it day and night.

We will feel emptiness in the inside as long as we are running from the calling that God has placed on our lives. We will never feel complete and will always be looking for someone or something to fill that void in our hearts.
Today, I tell you that God wants to be connected with us in the most intimate way. He wants us to draw closer to him. Jesus died on the cross so that we may be saved from an eternal death. Jesus Christ has given us a future of hope because he was the sacrifice for all of our sins. We offer thanksgiving and praise for what Jesus did long ago.

If you have a relationship with Christ, keeping pressing on in Jesus name. If you don’t have a relationship with Christ, I encourage you to invite him into your life. He wants to hear from you. He is waiting for you with open arms. He loves you and so do I. I want you to experience the same joy that God has given me and many others that follow him.
Prayer:
Jesus we invite you into our lives to fill those empty places and restore us back to the place that you would have us to be. Clean us up Lord and remove anything from our lives that is not pleasing in your sight. Lord, we say yes to your will and way! Lord just make us over! In Jesus name, Amen!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Words of Encouragement

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We often times take God for granted and the calling his has placed on each of our lives. We could be kingdom building but we have allowed the enemy to place fear in our spirits.
 
God’s word says, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
 
Why do we allow the enemy to rule in our hearts were he has no place being in the first place. Each day we must die to the flesh and be called to God in the spiritual  realm. Look past what the natural eye can see and look at the things the way God would have us to see it.
 
Be Blessed!