If You’re Not Testing, You’re Guessing

Title of the blog was inspired by my Uncle Terry who is a skilled ac technician and business owner. Most technicians (car, ac, appliance,medical,computer,etc…) will tell us that in order to get an issue resolved, it must first be diagnosed/tested. We all have done things on our own without getting the proper help and it cost us. This is true when applying for a job, going to school, etc. In order to move forward, you must first pass the test. How can this apply to our life and spiritual walk?

James 1:12 Amplified Version says 12 Blessed [happy, spiritually prosperous, favored by God] is the man who is steadfast under trial and perseveres when tempted; for when he has passed the test and been approved, he will receive the [victor’s] crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

We receive the prize when we pass the test. When we fall, get back up again. Proverbs 24: 16 says a righteous man falls seven times and get back up. We don’t have to go through life guessing. God gave us the Holy Spirit that lives inside us to help us. James 1:5-7 says if any person lacks wisdom let him ask of God in faith without wavering to receive. He will give it to us without blame.

The key is to ask for wisdom in faith or we will not receive it. Just like we depend on professionals to diagnose and resolve our problems, we must do the same with God.

If you’re not testing, you’re guessing!

Prayer: God, we rejoice in you because you mastered everything. We repent for going through life guessing & trying to figure it out on our own. We ask you for wisdom in faith in order to receive our answer to pass the tests we have in life. We don’t have to be ashamed when we fall. We acknowledge where we went wrong, get back up, and go at it again with your help. God, we know that with you we are winners because you already won the victory through your Son Jesus on the Cross. We give you praise in Jesus name!

Make A Demand, To Bring Into Your Hand!

Demand (Webster’s meaning): (1)to ask or call for with authority : claim as due or just. (2) to call for urgently, imperiously, or insistently.

We as believers can come boldly to God (Hebrews 4:16) for what is rightfully ours because it is promised to us in the word of God. We are made righteous through faith in Jesus, not because of how good we are, but how good God is and the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus’ Blood!

Manufacturers keep making items that are in high demand with their customers. What are we believing God for? Are we being urgent with our requests before God? After asking God, are we thanking Him every day so that we will not get weary or discouraged? Is it possible that a demand has not been put on what we are believing God for is why it has not manifested yet? There are three examples in the bible I would like to mention to strengthen our faith and encourage us.

Example 1: Luke 11:5-9 the parable of the persistent dealt with a person who ran out of food to give a friend who came out of town to visit him. He went to his other friend’s place at midnight asking for loaves of bread. His friend said “don’t bother me.” “I am in bed along with my children.” However, that did not stop him from asking again. Because of his persistence and boldness his friend got up and gave him what he asked for. The same is with God; we keep asking until we receive. Keep seeking and we will find. Keep knocking and the door will be opened.

Example 2: Luke 18: The persistent widow dealt with an unjust judge. She kept coming to him demanding justice. Because she stayed persistent, the judge grew tired of her, gave up and granted her what she asked for. It is the same for those who come to God and cry out to him day and night. He will deliver speedily!

Example 3: Genesis 32 Jacob wrestles with the man/ angel until almost daybreak until he threw his hip out of joint. The man/ angel said “Let me go!” Jacob said “I will not let you go until you bless me.” Jacob’s name was changed to Israel because he struggled with God and man but he still overcame. God blessed him as he requested.

It is just like a child that keeps asking the mom or dad for something. Most children are persistent and the parents would say “I have not forgot.” That is how we should be with our faith. Unless we come as little children, we can’t receive the things of God (Matthew 18:3). My dad’s slang motto: “Stay Wit It, Til You Git It!”

Isaiah 62 came to me one morning. Verses 6-7 NIV: I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night.You who call on the Lord,give yourselves no rest,and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.

Give God no rest until you have received what is promised!

Make Demand, To Bring Into Your Hand!

Prayer: We thank you that we are made righteous through your Son Jesus Blood. God we put a demand on what we are believing you for until it is manifested just like a little child. God we repent for coming to you under condemnation and a sin conscious way. As long as we repent of our sin and trust in your goodness, not our own, there is no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus! We can now come boldly (not with arrogance but confidence in God) before you with our requests that has been promised to us in your word. We will not let go of you God until you bless us! All of your promises are yes and amen. Hallelujah, we give you thanks! In Jesus name, Amen!

In Order to Reap, God’s Word You Must Keep.

Good Ground

A lot of us have planted seeds for things we want to happen. However, we have to tend to what we plant in order for it to manifest.

Matthew 8:15 Message Version 15 “But the seed in the good earth—these are the good-hearts who seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there’s a harvest.

If we continue in the word, we will know the truth and the truth sets of free (John 8:31-32)

Seeds will die in the natural with weeds around it. Doubt, negative speaking and thinking are weeds that will kill our seed of faith.

We will reap the harvest if we don’t grow tired in doing good (Galatians 6:9.) The only thing that can keep us is holding on to the word of God. God’s word is a lamp unto our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). I know from personal experience when you hold onto the word of God, the word will bring you to victory.

God gave me Isaiah 43:2-3 when I was going through a financial situation. My income was the only one coming in since my sister lost her job right after we closed on our home. On top of that, the car broke down. I cried out to God and He answered me. I held on to that verse and I didn’t drown or burn in my situation. God was with me. God was doing a new thing. I kept giving an offering on top of my tithes. God gave me a word and He saw me through it. People would give me money without me asking for it. My dad came by and said “God laid on my heart to buy you groceries.” He came right on time when I was in need. My sister believed for a job near the house, the pay grade she wanted, and she got what she believed for. On top of that, God blessed us with transportation.

Hebrews 10:23 New Living Translation: 23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.

If we don’t hold on to the word of God like in James 1:24, it is like looking in the mirror and walking away: You will forget what you look like. Don’t turn away from the word of God when things get tough. Hold on to it!

In order to reap, God’s word you must keep!

Prayer: Lord we praise you for your word. Your word is living, it is life, and it lights our path in the midst of unknown and dark circumstances. We are the good ground that holds onto the word of God and receives the promises. We repent for allowing weeds of doubt, unbelief, negative speaking, and thinking to come in and kill our seed of faith. We endure until the end and receive every promise God has for us. We speak crop failure to negative thoughts and words we have spoken. We give you thanks in Jesus name!

Your Victory Is Already Set. Let Down Your Net!

My aunt was talking about the goodness of God over the phone with me Friday. In the midst of our conversation, the phrase for the blog came to me. We started praising and thanking God. Most of us believers know that where two or three are gathered in Jesus’ name, He is in the midst (Matthew 18:20) God has everything in place for us. However, we have to do something in the natural that requires faith and sacrifice in order for it to be released from Heaven.

Early Friday morning, God gave me Luke 5 to meditate on. I gathered a lot of points out of it.

First thing I observed out of verse 1 was that people were gathered to hear the word of God. Romans 10:17 says faith comes by hearing the word of God. It is not a one time thing. It should be a daily lifestyle to listen to the word of God in order to have faith to act.

Second thing I noticed was that Jesus got into the boat of Simon’s and told him to launch out into the deep in verses 2-4 of Luke 5. God knows that when we are in a certain state we have to do something more to exercise our faith.

Third thing I noticed was that Simon worked hard to try to get what he needed. Verse 5 of Luke 5 Simon said : Master we have toiled all night and have not caught nothing , but at your word I will let down my net.

There have been many times in my life where I tried on my own to supply my needs by working many hours, putting money to the side and still not having enough. As soon as you save for something, other expenses will come up and then you are right back where you started. Toiling is what we are doing when we try to do it on our own. Every situation we handle without the help of God (whether it is marriage, business, handling money, or any relationship) is toiling. Webster’s meaning of toil: to work hard and long; overwork.

Matthew 11:28-30 Easy Read Version: 28 “Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest. 29 Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest. 30 Yes, the teaching that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is light.”

The final thing I got from the scriptures was that Simon did what God told him to do and caught such a large amount of fish that he had to signal for his partners for help. God multiplies whatever we give over to Him. He can do exceedingly and abundantly above all we can ask or think, according to the power that works within us. (Ephesians 3:20)

Your victory is already set. Let down your net!

Prayer: We praise you Heavenly Father for being the all knowing and loving God. God, we give our situations over to you. We toiled in certain areas of our lives and have gotten nowhere but through hearing your word daily we obtain our faith and at your word we act. We ask your forgiveness for trying to make things happen ourselves and not trusting in your word. Romans 8:8 says they that are in the flesh can’t please you and God we want to please you. God, as we give our situations over to you and learn your ways, we thank you for doing more than we can even ask or think. We give you honor and praise in Jesus name! Amen.

Let God Determine Your Fate. Be Willing To Wait!

Webster’s meaning of fate: Final outcome.

We all have desires, dreams, and goals we want to obtain in life. We can become anxious and want to do things our own way. If we give our situations to God, God always causes us to triumph through Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 2:14). It takes faith and complete trust in God waiting on His instructions of what to do next.

Me and my sister love concerts and plays. Most of you all are familiar with the Broadway play “Hamilton.” The creator used hip-hop with singing to tell the history of one of the founding fathers, “Alexander Hamilton” The song that stuck with me the most is “Wait For It”

Here are some of the lyrics that stood out to me the most:

I am the one thing in life I can control
I am inimitable (unique), I am an original
I’m not falling behind or running late
I’m not standing still
I am lying in wait

Waiting is not sitting around hoping and wishing for something to happen or fall in our laps. True waiting is trusting God every step of the way. As we take steps of faith, we acknowledge God and wait on Him to direct us in which way to go (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Habakkuk 2:2-3 Message: And then God answered: “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time.

It is easy to jump ahead of God when we see things happening for others and not ourselves. It may look like you are behind, but God’s timing is never late. It is perfect. We can write out our vision. Keep it before us and even in a notebook or folder, so we can envision it. However, in order to succeed we must trust God with our goals and dreams. There maybe many plans in our hearts, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails! (Proverbs 19:21)

Let God determine your fate. Be willing to wait!

Prayer: We magnify you God for your unfailing love, grace and mercy towards us. God you are faithful and patient with us. We have made plans on our own without consulting you and failed. Lord you said in your word according to Philippians 4:6-7 to be anxious for nothing but by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make our requests known and you will give us peace. We ask for forgiveness for not trusting you when making decisions. We are like Isaiah 40:31; we wait upon the Lord and you will renew our strength. We will soar like eagles because our trust is in you. We will run and not grow weary. We will walk and not faint. Through faith and patience we inherit the promise! We are not standing still, we are waiting on the instructions of God as we take steps of faith. We know with God there is no hit or misses. We always triumph through Christ Jesus! We are thanking you now in advance for the victory! In Jesus name, Amen.

Do You Want The Devil To Flee? Submit To The Almighty.

I had a dream on last Sunday morning. I was asleep in the dream. Two children that looked about the age of 10 to 12 came into my room from the side door. I woke up immediately before they could do anything. I said with authority: “Get out!” I woke up and asked God what was the meaning of the dream. He spoke to me and said “You see how you took authority and immediately they ran off?‘ I replied, “Yes” and then I heard “You want the devil to flee? Submit to the Almighty” I began rejoicing.

There have been times when we have allowed evil in us and around us. When evil enters into the side door, are we going to let it in? As believers, we have authority. In Genesis 1:28, it tells us to have dominion over the earth.

Luke 10:19 King James Version: 19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

We maintain our power by coming under the authority of God and trusting what the word of God says to us.

James 4:7 Amplified Version: So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.

There are times when we have allowed evil to lay dormant in us until it was hard to break free from it. You tried to rebuke the devil over certain areas of your life and nothing happened. What does the word of God says about this?

In Matthew 17, Jesus cast out the demons but the disciples tried and couldn’t.

Matthew 17:19-21 New King James Version: 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

If there is anything in your life that you tried to get rid of and couldn’t, your answer is prayer and fasting. It means getting alone with God and sacrificing the normal things you would do ( such as social media, people, TV, certain foods you were eating, etc) so you can hear from God. You replace what you normally would do with meditating on the word of God, listening to the word of God, worship/praise unto God, and getting quiet. Isaiah 58:6 says that fasting looses the bands of wickedness (evil). Please read the complete Chapter of Isaiah 58 to understand fasting. Fasting strengthens your faith.

Once you have given control over to God, you can walk in victory. You can’t cast out evil with evil inside you. In Acts 19 starting at verse 15, some Jews tried to cast out demons using the name of Jesus. The demons inside the man said “Paul I know, Jesus I know, but who are you?” The demons inside the man jumped on them and overpowered them then beat them until they were bleeding and naked. The news spread to the other Jews, which made them honor and respect God more. People who practiced sorcery, burned the scrolls with witchcraft in them and the word of God spread.

The devil and demons should tremble at our command because we walk under the authority of God. We can bind and loose things on earth and it will be loosed in heaven according to Matthew 16 :18.

You want the devil to flee? Submit to the Almighty!

Prayer: We come to you thanking you for another word from heaven. God you are high and lifted up above every situation, devil, and demon! We repent for not submitting to you in every area of our lives. We ask for your grace and mercy. Any areas that are out of control in our lives we go into prayer and fasting to loose the bands of wickedness. We come under your authority by believing and trusting you through your word. We walk in confidence, boldness, and faith in your word that demons tremble at our command. We give you the glory! In Jesus name! Amen.

When Things Go Left, It’s Good To Be Kept

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In life things can be going right. Then, all of a sudden, it goes left. Something devastating, unexpected, and disappointing can happen out of nowhere. For example, this year started out hopeful. We had plans and goals to accomplish. Then all of a sudden, everything went left. The corona virus spread. There are huge amounts of death. Businesses as well as homes, are in financial trouble. Parents are still adjusting to teaching children from home. Racism is out in the open. People are dealing with depression. We are limited on where we can go. The list goes on and on. The good news is that God is a keeper. We can trust Him to get us through trying times.

Webster’s meaning: Keep-(1) To retain in one’s position or power; to have in control (2) to preserve and maintain. (3) to watch over and defend. (4) to take care of.

How can we retain our power? Isaiah 26:3 New King James: You will keep him in perfect peace,Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

How can we maintain and preserve our minds in difficult times? Psalm 55:22 Amplified Version: Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail).

How does God defend/fight for us and watch over us? Psalm 91:10-11 Amplified Version: Because you have made the Lord, [who is] my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place,10 No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent.11 For He will command His angels in regard to you,To protect and defend and guard you in all your ways [of obedience and service].

What does it say in the word of God about God taking care of us? Psalm 23:1 Amplified Version: The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want.

When things go left, it’s good to be kept!

Prayer: Thank you God for another fresh word. Your mercies are new every morning and we thank you. Lord we repent for allowing challenges in life to get the best of us. We choose to keep our minds on you to get us through difficult times. We allow you to be a present help for us when we are in trouble. We take refuge in you. We cast everything on you so you can keep our minds and give us peace. We trust you to be our shepherd that provides, guides and protects us. Lord be merciful unto us. Bless and keep us. Cause your face to shine upon us. We thank you and receive everything we prayed for in Jesus name!

It Is Done! The Victory Is Won!

Our victory is in Jesus. He lived as an example for us, overcame temptation, and died on the cross, taking the sin for us. He was buried and He rose again defeating Satan. We don’t have to walk in defeat because Jesus fought the battle for us. When He died on the cross, He said “It is finished‘. Webster’s meaning of finish: (1) to come to an end, terminate. (2) to defeat or ruin utterly and finally. (3) to bring about death of (4) the quality or state of being perfected.

That is enough to serve God for the rest of our lives. All we have to do is trust and receive everything Jesus has already finished for us.

Revelation 22:13 says 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

God knows the beginning and the ending of everything we go through. Our faith in what God has already done for us leads us to victory through Him.

2 Corinthians 2:14 Amplified Version: 14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us spreads and makes evident everywhere the sweet fragrance of the knowledge of Him.

1 John 5:4 New Living Translation: For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.

It is done! The victory is won!

Prayer: God we thank you for winning the battle for us by sending your Son Jesus to die for us. We thank you God that those that have not received Jesus into to their lives, will receive Him now by repenting of their sins and asking Jesus to come into their life. Lord we receive everything you bore on the cross for us. By trusting in your word, we have victory and we always triumph through Jesus Christ. We no longer walk in bondage or despair, because you know our beginning and ending. We ask you to lead and guide us through your Holy Spirit and the word of God. We give you the praise, glory, and honor in Jesus name! Amen.

Don’t Settle! Go To The Next Level

Webster’s meaning of settle: To be content with.

Level:a position in a scale or rank (as of achievement, significance, or value)

Everyone who is on a higher scale or rank in life didn’t stay content with where they were. If you stay on the elevator and don’t press any button, it will not go up. In order to go higher in God, we have to move from one place to the next. What does the word of God say about moving to the next level?

Hebrews 6:1-2; 11-13 Easy Read Version So we should be finished with the beginning lessons about Christ. We should not have to keep going back to where we started. We began our new life by turning away from the evil we did in the past and by believing in God. That’s when we were taught about baptisms, laying hands on people, the resurrection of those who have died, and the final judgment. Now we need to go forward to more mature teaching.

11 We want each of you to be willing and eager to show your love like that the rest of your life. Then you will be sure to get what you hope for. 12 We don’t want you to be lazy. We want you to be like those who, because of their faith and patience, will get what God has promised.

13 God made a promise to Abraham. And there is no one greater than God, so he made the promise with an oath in his own name—an oath that he would do what he promised. 14 He said, “I will surely bless you. I will give you many descendants. 15 Abraham waited patiently for this to happen, and later he received what God promised.

Let us as believers move forward like Abraham (through our faith in action and patience in remaining steadfast to what we believe) to get what is promised to us. We have to do like Joshua Chapter 1: meditate and speak the word day and night. Then we will make our way prosperous and have good success.

Don’t settle! Go to the next level!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to thank you for sending your Son Jesus to die for us. Thank you for leaving us an example on how to live a victorious life. Thank you for the written word and giving us the Holy Spirit to guide us. God, we repent for not being diligent in certain areas of our lives and trusting in your word. God, we desire to go higher in you by living a lifestyle of faith, applying action, and remaining patient (being steadfast in trusting what you have promised and done for us.) By meditating and speaking your word day and night, we receive everything you have for us. In Jesus’ name!