Sow As You Go.

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To understand the spiritual, you must first understand the natural. People that plant gardens know that whatever fruit, vegetable, or plant they want they have to plant a seed for it.

Genesis 8:22 says as long as the earth remains seed-time and harvest,cold,heat,summer, winter, day, and night will not cease.

I noticed when a small seed is sown and tended to properly, it multiplies. I also noticed with fruit, they have more seeds in them to grow more fruit. It is a perfect description of Genesis 8:22 

Whatever you need, plant a seed for it. Genesis 1:11 says each seed produces after its own kind.

I was listening to Keith Moore and Jerry Savelle  last year in 2017 and it came to me to sow money into two ministries every month because I needed a financial increase. It was a small amount monthly, but it produced a harvest. In the same year,I had a dream about freelance writing which led me to writing a blog in February 2018. I got a pay increase this year in April 2019. It was $7 more than what I currently use to make. I am now working on another idea to launch a business and letting God lead me in what to do. I am also able to save and be a blessing to other people. My prayer everyday is “Lord bless me to be a blessing.”

That is what you call multiplication. When you sow a seed whether it is money, time, an encouraging word, prayer, friendships, love, and so on, it comes back multiplied.

You tend to your seed with speaking the word of God and walking in love because faith works by love and trusting in God. My dad told me the other day that with some plants you put a seed in the ground comes back quickly, but some take time. With farmers, they expect that what they planted will come.

I noticed that the more I give out of a pure heart, the more blessings come back to me. 2 Corinthians 9:10 God supplies seed to the sower, bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteous.

Glory to God! This  reminds me of a song I used to hear in church “You can’t beat God’s giving no matter how you try.” The song also said “The more you give, the more he gives to you.”

Matthew 13:12 says to a person that has more will be given and that person will have more abundance. However, who ever has not even what they seem to have will be taken away.

If you hold on to a seed, it can’t produce or grow. How much you will receive depends on how many seeds you planted.

I like the New Living Translation of Ecclesiastes 11:1 : Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you.

Whatever  you sow into, you will reap the benefits of it. I love sowing into other ministries as God leads me because I reap the anointing from that ministry.

I love the event in the bible in Mark 6  about the two fishes and five loaves of bread.  As the disciples gave it to Jesus and divided it among each other, it multiplied. They were able to feed 5,000 men and that was not including the women and children. That is multiplication.

I am glad I sowed to the spirit this past Wednesday. My emotions wanted to leave because the regular teacher was not at bible study, but my spirit was impressing on me not to leave. Because I didn’t yield to what I wanted, I got confirmation on what God was dealing with me on earlier in the week. God used my dad earlier in the week for the phrase for the blog, and when I heard the speaker Wednesday night speaking on giving, I was overjoyed. It let me know I was on the right track. Also Tammy Bradley Scott talked about the works of the flesh (check out her inspirations and videos on website Closer Walk Ministries to learn how to draw closer to God). As I listened to her video, I was saying  to myself thank God I yielded to the spirit and not what I wanted to do. I was able to get direction on what to do next. That was two confirmations for me on Wednesday just from me sowing to the spirit.

Galatians 6:8-9 Amplified version says For the one who sows to his flesh [his sinful capacity, his worldliness, his disgraceful impulses] will reap from the flesh ruin and destruction, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in. 

It pays to be led by God. It saves us from a lot of problems. Don’t ever get tired of doing what is right because in the end it pays off. No matter what others get away with, in the end it will lead them to destruction.

Psalm 37:1-3 NIV Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither,like green plants they will soon die away.Trust in the Lord and do good;dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.Take delight in the Lordand he will give you the desires of your heart.

Glory to God! No matter what others do, you keep doing what you believe. Let your light shine so that they may see God manifesting in your life and it will lead them into the kingdom of God.

Let’s sow good seeds and reap the harvest  of it. No matter how long it takes. Like a farmer, have confidence and expect to reap the harvest. How much do you want? Put it in God’s hands and it will multiply. Just like people plant seeds in the ground, they are not concerned how it will grow. They just plant it, water it, look after it, and wait for it to grow.

Sow as you go!

 

 

 

 

 

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Praise God With Your All, And The Glory Will Fall

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What does it means to give your all? Dictionary meaning All: 1.The whole amount, as much as possible. 4. Every, 6. Nothing but.

Have we praised God with our whole heart, as much as possible, with every part of our being and nothing but? There’s no time like the present to give God our all because He gave His all when He sent his Son Jesus to die for all of our sins. That is enough to praise and worship God for the rest of our lives.

We’ve all heard of the meaning of  glory as splendor, high esteem, beauty and to exalt.

However, another meaning for glory; height of prosperity or achievement, spot light

I am rejoicing because this let’s me know that when we praise God with our all,God will put us on display so people can see the goodness of God. That includes God prospering us not only monetary, but spiritually, and emotionally. We become whole and complete. That sounds like heaven on earth.

David was a man after God’s own heart because he worshiped and praise God with his all.

Psalm 103 David says Bless the Lord, Oh my soul, and all that is within me, bless His Holy name. Bless the Lord Oh my soul and forget not all His benefits.

Notice the word “all” in Psalms 103, David praise God with everything in him. Even when David was in pain He praised God.

Psalm 50:14-15  NIV says 14 “Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High,15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

Hallelujah! When we choose to praise God during our pain, God will deliver us. His ears are open to the cry of His people. What an awesome God we serve!

There are a few examples in the bible that showed when people praised with their all and how the glory fell after.

Paul and Silas Acts 16:25-26 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

Noticed it says the prisoners heard it. Paul and Silas put God on display, God freed them and the guard asked “What must I do to be saved?”  When people see God at work in you it makes them desire what you have.

Joshua and the Jericho walls: Joshua 6:20  20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they  took the city.

Not only did the walls come down, they received gold; that is the glory that means prosperity. When God blesses you, he does exceedingly, abundantly, and above all that we could ask or think.

Blowing the trumpet and shouting with all you have is like when you go to a concert or  ball game. Most people scream, shout, clap, and dance to show how much they enjoy and admire them.

We can do that for the creator of the universe who breathed life into us and if it wasn’t for God we would be lost and in darkness. That is enough to shout and leap for joy.

I encourage anyone to start reading Psalm 95-100 and Psalm 145-150.  Those chapters deal with praise. It is sowing the seed of praise in your spirit to take you to another level .

My favorite is Psalm 67:5-6  Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us.God shall bless us,And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.

Praise brings increase in every area of our lives.

Praise God with your all and the glory will fall!

 

Maintain What You Gain

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Webster’s meaning maintain: 1. to keep in an existing state; preserve from failure or decline. 2to sustain against opposition or danger uphold and defend. 3to continue or persevere in :carry on , keep up. 

Don’t lose any ground with the progress that you have made . Keep going.

2 John 1:8 Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.

2 Timothy 4:2 says be prepared in season and out of season.

God wants to take us from faith to faith, glory to glory. Once you win a victory , never get too comfortable. Continue to go higher in the  purpose God has for you.

When a routine maintenance is done on anything, it is easy to  upkeep. However, when you start to slack off on anything too long it is harder and can be costly.

Keep it up, persevere,and always be on watch for the enemy plans because Satan is on his job as a roaring lion seeking a person he can devour. We should be just that diligent.

Maintain what you gain!

 

 

 

Refuse To Lose

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We all know that  there will be challenges to obtaining all the great things in life. The key is never giving up. Keep going until you obtain all that God has for you.

Webster’s meaning of Refuse: 1to express oneself as unwilling to accept  2ato show or express unwillingness to do or comply with bto not allow someone to have or do (something) : deny

When situations come that are hurtful, unpleasant, painful, or challenging: don’t accept  it. Accept the truth of God’s word.

Romans 3:4 No, even if everyone else is a liar, God will always do what he says. As the Scriptures say about him,“You will be proved right in what you say,and you will win when people accuse you.”

Be unwilling to allow the situation to keep you out of faith. God’s word is the only option. When you you see things in the spirit realm (through the eyes of God), your situation seems small. You won’t be concerned about time because your trust is in God. It is not according to time, it is according to your faith. Even if someone prays for you, you have to be in agreement with it in order for the prayer to work. It is not that person’s faith that will get it done. It is both of you being in agreement.

With God you always win. No matter how many times you get knocked down, if you keep going and never give up, you win.

2 Corinthians 2 :14 Easy Read Version: 14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in victory through Christ. 

The key is getting quiet to hear what God has to say. When God speaks to you, you act on it, and then it will manifest.

Psalm 46:10 NKJV :10 Be still, and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the nations,I will be exalted in the earth!11 The Lord of hosts is with us;The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Quiet down. Be still in a place to yourself so that you can know what to do.

When evil comes at you, fight with the word of God.

1 Timothy 6:12 Amplified  12 Fight the good fight of the faith [in the conflict with evil]; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and [for which] you made the good confession [of faith] in the presence of many witnesses. 

Know that with God you always win. Fight the good fight of faith by believing God’s word  no matter the situation, speaking the word of God, and get quiet  so you can get instructions from God to win.

Refuse To Lose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let God’s Desire, Take You Higher

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We develop a desire for God by spending time with Him. When we put God first and seek His way of doing things God takes you higher than you can imagine.

I never dreamed of writing a blog or writing for that matter. However, as I started spending time with God, He started revealing His purpose for me in dreams. The words would come to me as I yielded to Him and let Him lead and guide me. The purpose God has for me is becoming clearer and bigger than I could ever imagined as I look to God for guidance. God sometimes uses the people close to me to get His message to me.

Isaiah 55:14-3 New Living Translation: “Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink—even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free! Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good.You will enjoy the finest food.“Come to me with your ears wide open.Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.

God wants the best for us. We are spiritual beings in a natural body. We won’t enjoy the natural things in life without a relationship with God. We can’t fill the void with entertainment, drinking, drugs, sex, shopping, or even going to church.  God wants us to come to Him and be willing to sit quietly and listen because he wants us with the best things in Life.

Psalm 34:8-10 Amplified Version :O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good; How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who takes refuge in Him.O [reverently] fear the Lord, you His saints (believers, holy ones);
For to those who fear Him there is no want.
10 The young lions lack [food] and grow hungry, But they who seek the Lord will not lack any good thing.

Solomon who the wisest, richest man, and had all the women said we can’t enjoy life without God; that it is all useless without God.

Matthew 5:6 Amplified Version; “Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied.

Ask God to to give you a desire for Him and take the steps towards developing a relationship with God. You can start with 15 minutes a day. It is just like with anything. The more consistent you are, the more it becomes a way of life.

God can take you from faith to faith and glory to glory if you spend time and listen to Him.

Let God’s desire take you higher.

 

 

To Remain At Ease, Walk In Peace

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Situations and things show up to steal our peace. What does it mean to walk in peace?

Webster’s dictionary meaning of peace:

1: a state of tranquility or quiet: such as 

a: freedom from civil disturbance 

ba state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom

2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions

3: harmony in personal relations

a: a state or period of mutual concord between governments

b: a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity

5used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell

 

We know as people of God everything ends and begins with the word of God.

The first scripture that applies to the first definition of peace is praying for our leaders and for all people.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 New International Version: I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 

We may not like or agree with certain leaders and people, but we are to pray for them so we can lead a peaceful life. We have to give our leaders over to  God. Either God will change their hearts or remove them.

The second meaning deals with a peace of mind.  Isaiah 26:3-4 New Living Translation: You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always,for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.

We have to keep our minds on the truth of God’s word to stay in peace.

The third meaning is being in harmony with everyone. Sometimes you have to agree to disagree because we all don’t view things the same. You still walk in what you believe and love people regardless of what they believe.

Romans 12:18-21:  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.]21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Remember God’s vengeance is the best. Don’t be overcome by evil (lowering to another person”s  level) but overcome evil with good. Remember we are not fighting flesh and blood but it is spiritual. There is an area in that person’s life that he/she gave place to the devil that is causing them to act in the wrong way.

Sometimes in order to keep the peace certain  people, we have to stay away from and pray for them. Evil can rub off on you quicker than good.

I was asked  a great question when I was in a discussion with someone. “If God is the Prince of Peace then why is there a hell?” I didn’t have the answer at the time until later that day God revealed it to me and it was clear.” It was like an inner voice was saying “yes I am the Prince of Peace, but in order to keep the peace I had to remove Lucifer because he was stirring up confusion even though he loved him.

I was amazed at that revelation. Hell was never intended for us, it was for Satan and the fallen angels/demons that went along with him. God gives us a choice and with the choice  consequences comes along with it. We destruct on our own; that’s why we need a Savior.

Deuteronomy 30:19: 19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.

We choose life by being obedient to the word of God. We choose death when we do what we want to do and everything we can think of. In our flesh dwells nothing good. We are capable of anything. It is only through God we are of any good. Even the heart can fool us. Everyone uses the phrase “God knows my heart.” Yes, he does and it can be wicked.

Jeremiah 17:9-10 : “The heart is deceitful above all things,And desperately wicked; Who can know it? 10 I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways,According to the fruit of his doings.

David would ask God to search his heart. We all need a spiritual check up to make sure we are doing things with the right heart.

Psalm 139-23-24: 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

I am jumping to the fifth definition of peace: speaking calm into a situation.

Jesus spoke to the storm.

Mark 4:37-40: 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How[b] is it that you have no faith?”41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us. We can speak to our storms and say peace, be still. We can speak to our mountains in faith and it will obey.

In conclusion to live in peace: pray for our leaders and for all people, keep your mind stayed on things that are truly  from God’s word, be in harmony with everyone even if you have to love them from a far distance, and when things are chaotic in your life speak to your situation by declaring the word of God.

To remain at ease, walk in peace!

To Receive The Blessing, Learn The Lesson

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Most of you who went to school or are in school currently know that you can’t pass the test or go to the next grade without passing and learning the lessons that the teachers gave.

It is the same way in life, you will keep going over the same thing until you learn how to slay whatever keeps coming up and kill it by the root in order to receive your blessing.

Jesus is the master teacher because He lived, died, and rose again. Jesus finished out His purpose, now he is seated at the right hand of God (His Heavenly Father).

When Jesus wanted people to learn the way the spiritual world works, He would give a story describing the natural so that they would understand the spiritual. It was called a parable(a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels.)

Jesus spoke a parable about the different grounds in Mark 4.

Mark 4:1-8 Message Version

3-8 “Listen. What do you make of this? A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled among the weeds and nothing came of it. Some fell on good earth and came up with a flourish, producing a harvest exceeding his wildest dreams.

Which one of the grounds are you an example of?

Ground 1 Seed falling Along the Side of the Road
14-15  “The farmer plants the Word. Some people are like the seed that falls on the hardened soil of the road. No sooner do they hear the Word than Satan snatches away what has been planted in them.

Ground 2 Stony Ground
16-17 “And some are like the seed that lands in the gravel. When they first hear the Word, they respond with great enthusiasm. But there is such shallow soil of character that when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it.

Ground 3 Thorns
18-19 “The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it.

Ground  4 Good Ground
20 “But the seed planted in the good earth represents those who hear the Word, embrace it, and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.

We hold on to the word by meditating, speaking and reading it throughout the day. It is your charger when your spiritual battery is low.

I am declaring this “Jubilee July”! Let us hear the word, hold on to the word by hearing because that is how faith comes,  and finally reap the results.

To receive the blessing, learn the lesson!