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Don’t Be Like The Majority. Take Your Authority!

We have heard the phrase used for the military: “The few. The proud” As believers, we are soldiers in the army of God. Genesis 1:28 Amplified Version says: 28 And God blessed them [granting them specific authority] and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subjugate it [putting it under your power]; and rule over (dominate). We don’t have to put up with evil and darkness when we have the Holy Spirit and the light of God’s word.

1 Peter 2:9 King James Version: 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Peculiar means distinctive, different from the rest. We don’t have to accept anything that is not God’s character and nature, letting it rule over us. We rule as believers by submitting to God’s word, resisting the devil, and then the devil flees from us (James 4:7). I heard an anointed preacher who said everyone is always saying, “The devil is busy.” The preacher said, “Yes, the devil is busy because we are busy running our mouths speaking the wrong thing.” “Why don’t you say the devil is under our feet and speak the word of God over the situation?”

As royalty, I decree a thing according to the word of God, and it is established (Job 22:28). We are made in the image and likeness of God, who spoke the world in existence and said “Let there be light” in darkness. We as believers can do the same and say let there be healing, restoration, love, protection, peace, provision, deliverance, wisdom, and light in our darkest situation. No matter how it looks, take your authority. Stop letting conditions dominate you and cause you to live in fear. Get mature people of God to intercede for you when you are weak and need someone to talk to. There is strength in numbers. We need each other.

Romans 15:1-2 Message Version: 15 1-2 Those who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”

Don’t be like the majority. Take your authority!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving me authority over the earth. I repent for failing as a ruler over the earth and my life. I take my stand by submitting to God, resisting the devil, and the devil flees from me. I am peculiar and set apart from the rest because I serve a true and living God. Thank you, God, for giving me the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me into all truth. Thank you for the people you have placed in my life to strengthen me because we need each other. I take my stand against darkness and rule in God In Jesus’ name! Amen!

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Stay Lit With The Holy Spirit!

Most people use the term “lit” when something is exciting, or when they get a buzz from drinking or drugs. As believers in Jesus Christ, we can stay “lit” by allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us. The phrase came about by spending time with God during my quiet time.

We can stay “lit” by being in the presence of God, worshipping and praising God for who He is.

Psalm 16:11 NIV Version: 11 You tell me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence,

with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

We can stay lit by being filled with the Spirit. It is better than getting drunk or getting high off drugs, which is temporary. God’s high is everlasting with no adverse effects. It transforms us inside and out.

Ephesians 5:18 Christian Standard Version: Don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless living, but be filled by the Spirit.

We can stay lit by the lifestyle we live. As believers in Jesus, our lifestyle should resemble the fruits of the Spirit. We can have peace in the storm by trusting in God. We can walk in love even when someone does evil to us. We can have joy during pain. We can endure challenges when our hope is in God. People will know you are of God without quoting scriptures because the evidence/fruit will show in our lives.

Matthew 5:18 Common English Version: 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.

My Aunt Mary would say, “Judge a tree by the fruit it bears” (Matthew 7:20). Believers bear the fruits of the Spirit. Matthew 5:22-23 Amplified Version: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things, there is no law.

On Wednesday, I saw a faith-based movie on Tubi titled “Wake Up Call.” At first, I turned it off when I saw it was a low-budget film. However, the Holy Spirit led me to watch it again. It was a lady who went to church every Sunday but during the week partied, got drunk, lived with her boyfriend she was not married to, and behaved like she did not know God. Her parents tried talking to her, but she got offended and angry. Her Father kept praying for her, gave her over to God, and walked the life of God out before her. She came home drunk one night with her friends who did not attend church. One of her friends told her, “You are just like the rest of us. The only difference is you just get up early and go to church after staying up all night partying.” She got angry and told her to leave. It was her wake-up call. She realized her friend was telling the truth. It was a wake-up call for her to change her life.

God wants us to enjoy life as believers. However, our lifestyle should show the love of God and the fruit of the Spirit. Our light should shine so bright that people should want to know about the God we serve. We are in the world, but not of the world. When we sow to the flesh, we reap corruption; but, when we sow to the Spirit, we have life and peace (Galatians 6:8). Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:50). It means we can only inherit the things of God through the Spirit with faith, hope and trust in God not through our emotions/feelings. Don’t settle for a temporary high. Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). Lamentations 3:22-23 Easy Read Version: 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Stay lit with God’s Spirit!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving me the Holy Spirit. Without you and the Holy Spirit dwelling in me, I can do nothing. I let my light shine so people can see your goodness and glorify my Father, which is in heaven. I repent for sowing to my flesh & reaping corruption. I sow to the spirit and reap life and peace. I bear fruit by spending time in the word of God and staying in your presence. The love of God flows through me and draws people into the kingdom of God. May God be glorified in my life. In Jesus’ name! Amen!

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Do Not Doubt . God Sends The Rain During the Drought

Thursday, it rained after being without rain for an extended period. Judy Jacobs’s song “Rain Dance” came into my spirit while driving. So I turned the music on at home and danced. I was like Elijah, “I hear the sound of abundance of rain” in the spirit realm. A lot of us may be going through a dry season. So get ready for the rain and prepare the field for the shower!

Prayer is the key to receiving the rain. The word of God says we should always pray and not faint or give up {Luke 18:1).

1 Kings:8:41-42 Living Translation: 41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!” 42 So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees.

We should expect that what we prayed for is done according to God’s will, which is God’s word.

1 Kings 18:43: 43 Then he said to his servant, “Go and look out toward the sea.”

Hold onto your faith, for God is faithful. Act like it is already done; be on the lookout for it. The race is not given to the swift or the strong, but those who endures to the end will receive the promise (Ecclesiastes 9:11) 

1 Kings 18:43-46: The servant looked, returned to Elijah, and said, “I didn’t see anything. Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. 44 Finally, his servant told him the seventh time, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.” Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!'” 45 And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. 46 Then, the Lord gave exceptional strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot to the entrance of Jezreel.

Do not doubt. God sends the rain during the drought!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your faithfulness. I wait in expectancy for what you promised in your word. I repent for giving up during the wait. I trust your timing; I pray, give thanks, endure until the end, and receive the promise. It is done in Jesus’ name! Amen.

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Once God Starts To Bless, Don’t Slip Back In Your Old Mess!

The blog phrase came to my sister as we were talking about how we can forget about God after God gives us grace and blesses us. We have all been guilty of it. My sister was telling me how God wants to do more for us. However, we become comfortable and camp out where we are. We spend time with God, but it is a bare minimum. God wants to take us from faith to faith, glory to glory. God created us as believers in Jesus to glorify Him and take dominion over the earth for His purpose. God wants to get His people off the world’s system and depend totally on Him. God wants His people to take dominion wherever we go. We are crying out for change; however, with that passion and anger, God can use us in that area to make a difference, with His guidance.

Deuteronomy 8:11-19: 11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.19 If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. 20 Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.God wants us to remember Him when He delivers us for.

Solomon is an example in the bible of not remembering God. He started out asking God for wisdom to rule the people and was humble. God gave him wisdom along with wealth. He got the wealth and wisdom and did everything his heart desired. Solomon had a lot of wives and mistresses. He turned his heart from God. At the end of his life, Solomon lived in regret. Solomon said all that he had was useless and vanity. Solomon said the best thing to do is to honor God, enjoy the fruits of your labor, and enjoy the people you love, which we can not do without God.

Job was the opposite of Solomon. He was an upright, wealthy man. He honored God when he had the wealth and when he lost everything. God gave Job double for his trouble. While on a high, he served God, and at his lowest, he served God. During a difficult situation, Job said, “Though He slays me, yet will I trust him.” The devil catches us unaware to make us turn away from God. In the morning, the devil comes at you, and night while you are sleeping. That is why Joshua 1 says to meditate on the word day and night to be strong. We must study our opponent, the devil, and stay ready. We can lose focus when things are great and when things are challenging.

When God starts to bless, don’t slip back into your old mess!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for brand new mercies. God, I repent for not being diligent in the things of God and forgetting about you. God I serve you at my highest and lowest moments because you are good and deserve all my devotion. Thank you for saving me from death and hell. I do not take my salvation and your love for granted. I testify about your goodness to draw people to you. I continue in your word and go from faith to faith, glory to glory. I give you the honor and praise in Jesus’ name! Amen.

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If You Don’t Change Your Life Course, God Will Move You By Force!

The word came to me for the blog while my sister and I conversed. We can get comfortable in the state that we are in because it is familiar and easy for us. God will allow things to happen in our lives that if we don’t change, the circumstances will cause us to change. It could be something God told you to do, but you are putting it off. It could be a bad habit or addiction in which you don’t see a way out. Things go from bad to worse. You will see no way out without God. You have to change your behavior or sink into your state.

In Jonah Chapter 1:2-3, God told Jonah, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. So he went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

But Jonah disobeyed God, a great wind came, and the people threw him overboard. Jonah ended up in the belly of a whale, where he prayed and cried out to God. Read the entire book of Jonah.

Jonah finally did what God told him. However, it took a storm, being thrown overboard, and being in the belly of a whale for him to do what God told him to do. A lot of us are like Jonah in some areas of our lives. We want it our way.

Psalm 81 Easy Read Version: 11 “But my people did not listen to me. Israel did not obey me.12 So I let them go their stubborn way and do whatever they wanted. 13 If my people would listen to me and live the way I want,14, I would defeat their enemies. Would punish those who cause them trouble.15 Those who hate the Lord would shake with fear. They would be punished forever. 16 I would give the best wheat to my people. I would give them the purest honey until they were satisfied.

God will give us instructions on how to live in victory, but if we do not listen and are stubborn, He will remove his protection, leaving us to fend for ourselves. We cannot defeat the enemy on our own. We need God’s protection and grace over our lives. In order to have that, we must listen and obey his words.

I am paraphrasing Deuteronomy 30:15: God has set before us life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose life which is God’s way so you can live. A lot of people say it is hard. Yes, it is hard when we want to do it our wayProverbs 13:15 says a way of a transgressor is hard. Matthew 11:30 says God’s yoke is easy, and the burden is light. The Easy Version Hebrews 11:28-30 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.”

God will allow us to be put into situations where our only choice is to sink or swim. When you obey & trust in the Lord, he will not let you drown. God will take you to higher ground, but only if you do his will, not what you want to do.

If you don’t change your life course, God will move you by force!

Prayer: Lord, I thank you because your ways are perfect. Lord, I repent for doing things my way, which has been hard. I come to you and learn your ways. Your yoke is easy, and the burden is light. I come to you, God, and eat what is good. I give you the praise and glory. In Jesus’ name! Amen.

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Stop Acting Crappy, For Others Be Genuinely Happy!

The phrase came to me as I congratulated and rejoiced with someone on their victory and success. It can be challenging to rejoice with someone about the same thing you believed in, which has not yet manifested in your life. It is a test to get you depressed and discouraged. You can be congratulating someone and feel like God has forgotten about you. Yet, there is power in rejoicing with others. It should encourage you to build up your faith for your deliverance.

Romans 12:15 says, Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. This means we should be of the same mind, that is, love. Faith works by Love. If you’re only thinking about yourself, that is not love. 1 Corinthians 13:5: Love is not self-seeking. The best thing to do to get our minds off ourselves is to pray and do good for others that are going through it.

Job is a great example. When Job was going through His trial, his friends were quiet at first. However, when they opened their mouths, they spoke evil. Job 42:10 says: After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.

Begin praying for people while you are going through. Sow into people who are where you want to be. Job acted out Psalm 126:5-6: he sowed in tears and reaped in joy the harvest.

Revelation 12:11: They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.

Others’ testimony empowers us for deliverance.

Stop acting crappy; for others, be genuinely happy!

Prayer: Father, thank you for being good. I repent for being selfish and only thinking about myself. I rejoice with those that rejoice. There is power in someone else’s testimony. God, you are no respecter of persons. What you do for others, you have already done for me. I pray and do good for others, and I have my deliverance in Jesus’ name! Amen.

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Get Out The Boat. God Will Keep You Afloat.

The phrase came to my dad as we were having a conversation about God. Where two or three are gathered in His name God is in the midst. Fear has held a lot of us back from stepping out on faith and trusting in God. God is saying get out of your comfort zone and trust me to see you through. God tells us to do things that are out of the norm. We either have to trust Him, step out in faith, or stay stagnant.

Matthew 14:22-33 NIV Version: 25 Shortly before dawn, Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said and cried out in fear.27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately, Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Peter got confirmation that it was Jesus walking on water. God will give you confirmation that it is Him leading/speaking, whether it is in a dream, through a speaker, or a magazine article/blog. Peter started out in faith, walking on water, but as soon as the wind came, he was afraid. A lot of us follow what God says, and when the challenges come, we get in fear. We give up and panic. God is saying to you to build up your faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. We have to meditate in the world day and night to stay strong. Peter started sinking and cried for God to save Him, and immediately, Jesus reached out His hand and caught Peter. We can cry out to God to help us when we are sinking in despair. He is a very present help in trouble.

Step out of the boat! God will keep you afloat!

Prayer: Lord, thank you. Your mercies are new every morning. I step out on faith through confirmation from you. When challenges arise, I look to you, the author and finisher of my faith. I repent for being afraid and sinking in despair. I cry out to you when I catch myself slipping, and you rescue me speedily. I thank you, God, you are a present help in trouble. In Jesus’ name! Amen.

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Push Through The Pain. God Will Send The Rain!

The phrase came to my dad for the blog. He told me when you push through the emotions and go on through difficulty, the end result is great. I began rejoicing when my dad told me this. Jesus went through pain for us on the cross, and in the end, many souls are saved from hell.

The woman with the issue of blood for 12 years in Mark 5:25-34 pushed through the crowd to get to Jesus. She kept saying if she could touch the hem of His garment, I know I will be made whole. She touched the hem of His garment, and immediately she was healed. Jesus said her faith made her whole.

The Shunammite woman in 2 Kings 4 did like the woman with the issue of blood. When dealing with her son’s death, she kept saying, “All is well,” and pressed through. She went to the prophet Elisha & her son came back to life.

Both women kept speaking by faith and applied action while dealing with painful and hopeless situations. Read the blog “When Going Through Hell, Say All Is Well. ” It gives strategies on how to handle trials.

In Joel 2, the people repented, cried out to God, fasted, and God sent the former and latter rain on the land. In this world, we need the former and later rain. Repent, fast, and cry out to God; He will send the rain. Read Joel 2 and meditate on it for the government, lost souls, evil, and disobedience in this world. Return to God, and He will restore the land.

Push through the pain. God will send the rain!

Prayer: God, I thank you for being living water and the living word. God, I push through to get to the other side by faith. I repent for getting into my emotions, becoming stagnant, and giving up in the middle of my pain. I speak life into my painful situations with the word of God. I allow the word to take root in my heart, moving to action. I return to God, and he restores to me everything that is lost. I thank you for the rain. In Jesus’ name! Amen.

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Write The Date, It Gives Strength During The Wait!

Last Sunday, I listened to teaching, and this phrase came to me.

Deuteronomy 6-9: 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

When you have something written down in front of you, it is fresh on your mind. It gets inside you. Mark 11:24 says, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” As I was listening to the teaching Sunday, the speaker said he would write the date that he prayed, and when doubt or discouragement came, he would say this is the date I received what I prayed for. He marked it on the calendar. It strengthened him while he was waiting, and the manifestation came.

Hebrews 6:17-19: 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

Glory to God!. God’s word is sure, firm, & unchangeable. It is the truth and security. God’s word is an anchor. Pray for the word of God.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 Message Version: 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.

Write the prayer, vision, and date you prayed. Claim that this is the date that you received it. As the Stevie Wonder song says: signed, sealed, delivered, and it’s yours!

Write the date. It gives strength during the wait!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your covenant and for never changing your character. I write down the vision and date I prayed because that is when I received it when I prayed. When I get discouraged, or it seems like nothing is happening, I remind myself that I received what I asked for when I prayed. Lord, when I pray your word back to you, I am putting you back in remembrance of your word. You can not lie. All of your promises are “yes” and “amen” to the glory of God. I have your covenant as an anchor for my soul. It is signed, sealed, and delivered, and it is mine! In Jesus’ name! Amen.

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