Confess! Get Up Out That Mess!

There is a saying, “Confession is good for the soul”. However, it is a challenge. We can be free through acknowledging our wrong and start on the right path. It is the only way to be free. If you have a stronghold in a certain area, prayer and fasting is the answer. The disciples asked Jesus after He cast out a demon in a man (Matthew 17:19-21), “Why couldn’t we cast out the demon?” Jesus told the disciples it was because of their unbelief; this kind of demon would only come out through prayer and fasting.

1 John 1:19 says if we confess our sins God will forgive us our sins and cleans us from all unrighteousness.

We can also confide in someone godly that we trust:

James 1:5 says confess your faults one to another and pray for each other so you can be healed. The prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective.

We want the kind of confession and sorrow that leads to repentance. It is good to admit and feel bad about what we’ve done, but unless action takes place for change it will lead to destruction.

2 Corinthians 7:10: New Living Translation 10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.

A great example on confessing and making a turnaround is the parable Jesus gave on the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32. The prodigal son’s father was wealthy. Our Heavenly Father owns everything. The prodigal son asked for his inheritance. God has blessed us with some things we asked for. The prodigal son wasted all his money on women, drinking and living wild. A lot of us have mishandled things God blessed us with, did things our own way, and forgot about God. After he wasted all he had he began to be in want. He was hired to feed the pigs. He got so low that he wanted to eat what the pigs ate. Many of us can say sin has brought us low. Doing things on our own can fail and material things can run out. The prodigal son came to his senses and went back home to His father. For many of us, it took coming to the end of ourselves to realize that we couldn’t make it without God. The good news is his father saw him from far off , was moved with compassion, ran to him, threw his arms around him, and kissed him. God is waiting for us with open arms when we are ready. Our Heavenly Father is compassionate and will not condemn us like a lot of people do. For those who are not saved, you can make your confession through Romans !0:9-10 and God will welcome you into the family of God. The prodigal son repented, His father cleaned him up, put him on the finest clothes, and threw a feast/party. Our Heavenly Father restores us back once we turn to him, confess, and live a life in obedience to Him.

Confess! Get Up Out That Mess!

Prayer: God, thank you for your unfailing love. I know you take pleasure in giving me the kingdom (Luke 12:32). I repent for forgetting about you and letting other people/things get my affection. I confess my sins, turn from evil and now I am clean. I return to you God and today you will restore double to me according to Zechariah 9:12. I give you the praise, glory and honor in Jesus name! Amen.

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In An Unfamiliar Place, The Blessing Awaits

A lot of us are believing for a breakthrough in many areas of our lives. There is phrase from Star Trek that says “To boldly go where no man has gone before.” The life of faith operates this way. Faith is putting our hope and trust in God every step of the way. Hebrews 11:1 says faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. It is walking into the unknown that releases the blessing.

In order to understand the spiritual, we must understand the natural. Most people with addictions of any kind had to get around an unfamiliar place so that they could be free from that addiction. The same applies to our spiritual walk. In order to receive, we have to renew our minds to the word of God and surround ourselves in an environment to receive. It is something we never done before. There are examples of people in the bible that have done this to receive the blessing God had for them.

Abraham, who is our father of faith had to go to an unfamiliar place to receive the blessing. Genesis 12:1-3 NIV version says : The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Joshua had to do this leading the Israelites crossing over the Jordan river. Joshua 3:2-5: After three days the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits between you and the ark; do not go near it.”Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”

Who is ready to receive the blessing? Who is willing to go to an unfamiliar place to receive what God has? The unfamiliar place could be emotional or physical. Seek guidance from God most importantly, and surround yourself by successful godly people to help guide you. You must also be willing and obedient to God.

There is a powerful song by Mary Mary titled “Go Get it”. I suggest anyone to listen to it to motivate you to go get your blessing. I like the verse that says:

It’s alright to crawl before you walk
It’s alright to walk before you run
But if you wanna get what you never got gotta do something that you never done Go get it, go get it, go get your blessing
Go get it, go get it, go get it

It’s time yo, It’s time yo, It’s time your time.

In an unfamiliar place, the blessing awaits!

Prayer: God, I thank you for a relationship with you. I walk by faith not by sight or how I feel to receive the blessing. I repent for doing things my own way. God, I don’t know which way to go. This is new territory for me. I acknowledge you every step of the way because I know the steps of a righteous person are ordered by the Lord. You will never leave me or forsake me. I declare I am willing and obedient and I eat the good of the land. God, your mercies are new every morning and I need it everyday. God, you always causes me to triumph in you. I give you thanks in Jesus name!

Enjoy Where You Are And You Will Go Far

God answered my prayer through Joel Osteen and my spirtual mentor, Aunt Mary. I was about to make a decision concerning something that I have been planning. Joel Osteen said let your emotions subside and acknowledge God. I spoke to my aunt the same morning telling her my plans. She told me to start thanking God for where I am, stay in the presence of God, enjoy the present, and God will deliver me speedily. I knew I was on the right track. The next morning while sitting quiet before God, the phrase came for the blog. My dad’s favorite scripture I live by is 2 Corinthians 13:1: In the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established. My first witness was Joel Osteen, second witness was Aunt Mary and third was God’s voice the next morning. It is a great scripture to use for making decisions.

Since September, I have been thanking God for where I am, where he brought me from and where He is taking me to. After listening to an inspirational speaker’s message entitled “Thanksgiving victory”, I begin to enjoy where I work, welcomed the challenges, and was glad to assist the customers. Philipians 4:11-13 paraphrasing: Paul said whatever state he was in He learned to be content with the help of God that gives strength.

Joseph in the bible is a great example to follow. Joseph had a dream just like we have dreams. Joseph encountered problems. We also encounter problems along the way. Joseph didn’t let betrayal from his brothers, slavery, people lying on him, being thrown into prison, temptation, or being forgotten keep him from operating in his gift of interpreting dreams. He never complained. Joseph even asked one of the prisoners “Why are you so sad?” He walked in intergrity and didn’t have bitterness/unforgiveness in his heart. He enjoyed and operated in his gift and God delivered him from being a prisoner. He was set free. He went from being a slave to ruling. (Read Genesis Chapters 37-41)

The challenges that we face in our present situation are preparation to move us to the next level. When we view our situation in this way, we begin to welcome whatever comes our way, realizing it is preparing us for the next level.

Enjoy where you are and you will go far!

Prayer: God I thank you for work, the place I live, my family, friends, and where you have me at this present time. I operate in the gifts you gave me. I have an attitude of gratitude. The current state that I am in now is temporary to where you are taking me. I learn like Paul that whatever state I am in to be content and keep moving forward into the plan you have for my life. The challenges I encounter now, I trust you because I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. I enjoy the journey because it is equipping me for my next destination. I give you the praise in Jesus name!

How Long Will You Halt Between Two Opinions? Take Dominion!

It is easy for us to believe what is written in the news, on TV and social media. However, when it comes to the word of God, we question it. “Did God really say this?” “I can hardly believe this will happen.” “I tried and nothing is working.” We’ve all had points in our lives where we’ve done this. God is saying to you today, “How long will keep going back and forth in your faith?” Either we believe God or we don’t.

Romans 3:4 paraphrasing: God’s word is true and stands over man’s word. God is faithful; man is not because we are born with a sinful nature and our minds have to be renewed daily.

We take control over our situations by submitting to God. James 4:7 says submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee. When negative thoughts come to your mind, you resist it by speaking the word of God. Jesus kept saying “It is written” whenever the devil came at Him with lies, including twisting the word of God.

We take dominion by learning scriptures for a specific situation. When you are rooted and grounded in the word, you will not be hesitant or waiver in your faith. Psalm 119:11 says God’s word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Him. We have to meditate on the word day and night in order for it to be in our hearts (Psalm 1:2) . So when the pressure comes, the word of God comes out of our mouths. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45)

Elijah said in 1 Kings 18:21 “How long will you halt between two opinions if the Lord be God follow Him, if not follow Baal. We can not have it both ways. Speaking the word of God one day and speaking doubt the next. 2 Timothy 4:2 says be consistent in season and of season. No matter what comes we still speak, believe, and act on the word of God.

James 1:6-8 : Let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

How long will you halt between two opininons? Take dominion!

Prayer: Jesus, I thank you for being the same yesterday, today, and forever; you do not change according to Hebrews 13:8. God ,you left us an example to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. God, I repent for believing man over believing your word. I choose to be rooted and grounded in your word. I submit to your word, resist the devil and he flees. I hold fast to my faith so that I can receive what you have for me. I no longer halt between two opinions. I chose today to believe and trust you. I give you the praise, glory, and honor, In Jesus name!

2021 The Journey Has Begun

A lot of us have goals, dreams, and things we want to change. Beginning is the key and seeing the process through. However, before starting anything you have to prepare your heart and mind.

Luke 14:28-29, paraphrasing it: We don’t do anything without counting up the cost and people make fun of us because we couldn’t finish what we started.

How do we prepare for something? We do research, read information about it, ask questions, and hang around others who are successful in that area. As believers, we have to put the super on the natural with the help of God and the Holy Spirit on the inside of us to complete the purpose and plans God has for us.

Philipians 1:6 Amplified Version says: I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].

We must trust God with our plans or it will not succeed. God will direct our paths when we acknowledge Him in all of our ways (Proverbs 3:5), no matter what obstacles come our way. Any wisdom we need, we can ask God and He will give it to us (James 1:5)

Success doesn’t come without challenges. A lot of us have heard the saying “Can you stand to be blessed?” Matthew 5:11 says, The blessing comes with persecution. Be prepared for people to judge you, envy you, distant themselves from you, or even betray you because of the blessing on your life. However, it is rewarding. Are you willing to pay the price to stay on top and stand out from the rest? Run the race looking to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 11:1-2).

2021, The journey has begun!

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the purpose, anointing, gifts, and talents you have given me. God, I trust you with my plans no matter what challenges come my way. I prepare myself for the blessings that you already have stored up for me. I repent for doing things on my own and failing. I trust you to complete the work inside me with the help of the Holy Spirit and obedience to your word. I know the plans you have for me. Plans to prosper me not harm me. To give me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29;11). I praise you for it now, in Jesus name! Amen.

Laugh And Experience The Aftermath

When things happen in our lives: The passing of a loved one, uncertainies in this world, disappoinments, experiencing sickness, and dealing with everyday challenges, we can face it with joy that comes from God.

Proverbs 17:22 says A joyful heart is like medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.

Laughter is healing for the body and soul. When I have a challenging day and begin to laugh with a friend, or I hear something on the radio, tv, or the internet that was funny, I forget about the negative things I experienced.

Nehemiah 8:10 says, the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy and with my song I praise him.

I remember the song I heard as a child that said “I still have joy, I still have joy, after all the things I’ve been through I still have joy”

We can have joy as believers, and share with others that don’t know Jesus, that they too can experience joy that is everlasting through salvation (Romans 10:9-10)

The life after this is greater than what we face in our day to day lives. It is in this hope we can have joy. Have a joyous season!

Laugh and experience the aftermath.

Prayer: Thank you Lord that through Jesus’ birth, death, and ressurection, we have eternal life. I pray that those who are lost would accept Jesus as Lord and Savior so they can experience joy that will never fade. This joy gives me strength to face everyday challenges. I thank you that according to Isaiah 53:4, you took our pain and sorrow on the cross which means I don’t have to hold on to it. Hallelujah! I choose to have a joyful heart because it is like medicine and healing for my entire soul and body. God, you give me all things to richly enjoy. I live, love, laugh, and experience the aftermath of a life of joy knowing that I have eternity with my Heavenly Father. I rejoice in you Lord, in Jesus name! Amen

To Win The Fight, Walk In The Light

Light is something that makes things visible. It illuminates darkness. The only way to defeat the enemy in our lives is to walk in the light of the word of God.

John 12:35 Amplified Version 35 So Jesus said to them, “The Light is among you [only] a little while longer. Walk while you have the Light [keep on living by it], so that darkness will not overtake you. He who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going [he is drifting aimlessly]. 36 While you have the Light, believe and trust in the Light [have faith in it, hold on to it, rely on it], so that you may become sons of Light [being filled with Light as followers of God].”

Remember to a person that has, more will be given (Matthew 13:12). However, if we don’t stay with the Light, it will be taken away. How do we stay with the light? It is through the word of God. It has to be a daily thing. If we continue in the word, we will know the truth and the truth will set us free ( John 8:31-32).

Psalm 119:130 Amplified Version- The unfolding of Your [glorious] words give light;
Their unfolding gives understanding to the simple (childlike).

Speaking and doing things contrary to the word of God is walking in darkness. Whenever a situation seems dark, turn on the light of the word of God and don’t let go of it. It is just like when you turn on a light switch. It stays on until you cut it off.

We should let our light shine before others that they can see God working and glorify our Heavenly Father (Matthew 5:16).

To Win The Fight, Walk In The Light!

Prayer: I thank you Heavenly that you are the Light in darkness. When the earth was dark with no form, you said let there be light and the light came (Genesis 13:3). I stay with the Light of your word and speak to my dark situations. I turn on the light of your word and stay with it until freedom comes. I repent for letting darkness get the best of me. I know you are with me and I have the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me so I can know where I am going. I have the victory through you. I thank you. In Jesus name! Amen.

At The End, God’s Glory Begins

God wants to be glorified in our lives. We all have been in very dark places: death, loss of job/money, relationships not working out, or health issues. However, there is an opportunity for God to shine His light in these situations.

During my quiet time, John 11 came to me about Lazurus’s death. Mary informed Jesus about her brother’s sickness. Jesus said “This sickness is not unto death but for the glory of God.” Jesus waited several days before he came to see about Lazurus and he loved Mary and Martha. In Lazurus’ natural state, at that point, he was dead.

When the disciples asked about Lazurus, Jesus said he was asleep and that he was going to wake him. When Jesus arrived Lazurus was buried for 4 days. When Jesus came to meet them Martha said to Jesus “If you had came earlier my brother would not have died.” Jesus told her “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said “I know my brother will rise again in the resssurection on the last day.” Jesus said to Martha “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

Martha told Mary. Mary met Jesus and said the same thing Martha said. Jesus said if you believe, you will see the glory of God. Jesus called for Lazurus and he rose from the dead.

There have been times in our lives where things are so dark that we ask God like Martha and Mary, “Where are you God?” Right at the end of our dark situation God shows up. The key is that we must believe like Mary and Martha that no matter how dark it gets, we will trust God. We even have to be reminded like Jesus did Martha: “Didn’t I tell you if you believe you will see the glory of God?”

Remember, when we are right at the end of everything God shows up. Trust Him to see you through. God is a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). Even if people you know have passed on, the good news is if they knew God, they just passed on to the the next life. Even though they are gone from this life, they are still alive with God in eternity.

At the end, God glory begins!

Prayer: God, I thank you for being a light in dark times. God, I trust you no matter how dark it gets because you are Jehovah Rohi. You are everything I need; my Shephard. There are times the pressure makes me feel like you are not there. When I cry out, you remind me in your word that you are with me and that you are a present help in trouble. I thank you that even through my situation and the things I go through, even if it is something I caused, you are still merciful. You take me through my dark situations as I trust you for your glory. I give you the honor in Jesus name! Amen.

Don’t Let Opposition, Stop Your Mission

Opposition: Hostile or contrary action or condition.

We all have had situations that were hostile (challenges and unfair situations) happen to us. However, the ones who keep pushing through the tough times come out victorious.

What are things that are opposing you? Is it being a single parent, obstacles in starting a business, problems on the job, getting a job, financial trouble, health issues, loosing weight, relationship trouble etc.? Whatever it is, use it as an opportunity to keep going and pushing through.

What does the word of God says about handling difficult times?

2 Timothy 2:3-5 says to endure hardship as a good soldier.

Hebrews 12:1-2 New Living Translation  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

The last blog was about living a life of thanksgiving. Refuse to let anything stop your mission so you can reach your destination. Whatever the weight or sin (unforgiveness, anger, disappointment, procrastination, complaining, living in the past, lust, etc….) that is holding you back get rid of it and ask God to help you. Having a heart of gratitude no matter where you are is what gets you to the next level. Speaking the word of God is fighting the good fight of faith. Remember when you give your situation over to God, He will direct you and lead you to victory. God always causes us to triumph through Him; that is enough to be grateful about.

Faith works by love -Galatians 5:6; read 1 Corinthians 13 and study on love.

Job 23:10 says 10 But He knows the way that I take;When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.

I Peter 1:7 says: that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,

Challenges come to test your faith. When you read the book of Job, he had things happen to him that seemed unfair: health problems, money problems, his house catching fire causing the death of his children, his wife telling him to curse God becuase of what they were going through, etc. All this happened to him and he was a person that lived a godly life. The good news is he came out like pure gold. He got double back what was taken from him. Job trusted God through it all. Job said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust Him.” (Job 13:15).

Don’t let opposition, stop your mission!

Prayer: God, I thank you that I have the victory through you no matter what challenges that I go through. God, I repent for allowing the weight of sin and challenges to stop my progress. God, I am crying out for your help. God, put a check in my spirit when I am not responding in love because faith works by love. God any unforgiveness, bitterness, and all other weights that I have that is holding me back, reveal it to me. Jesus endured the cross because he knew the victory was on the other side. I follow His example and look to you and fight the good fight of faith, speaking the word of God over my situation. Knowing what is on the other side gives me the strenghth to keep going. I thank you because it is already done in Jesus name! Amen.