The One Who Complains, Stays In Chains

God gave me a prophetic word through my anointed Aunt Mary and I have held onto that word. In the last blog, I spoke about speaking things in the now and holding onto the word until it comes into the present. One way to bring something into the present is prayer and thanksgiving. I posted on Facebook about how I prayed for God to put a check into my spirit each time I say something out of line. Be careful what you pray for because you will receive just that. I was getting ready to complain to someone about what happened to me during the week and before I could say anything, a phrase came to me from Joyce Meyers: “You complain, you remain. You praise, you raise”. I got back in line quick and said okay God I hear you!

Most believers have heard the story of Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness for 40 years from Exodus 16, Numbers 11, and Numbers 14. What stood out to me the most was their complaining. They died in the wilderness without receiving the promise. We hold up our release through complaining. I told God thank you for correcting me because I do not want to remain in this state.

What does the word of God says about complaining?

Philippians 2:14-5 Do everything without complaining or arguing 15 so that you will be blameless and pure, children of God without any fault. But you are living with evil people all around you, who have lost their sense of what is right. Among those people you shine like lights in a dark world.

I Thessalonians 5:1617 NIV: 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Refuse to stay in chains any longer by giving God thanks instead of complaining. Paul and Silas in Acts 16 were praying and singing praises to God while in prison, causing the prison to shake and the chains to break. They did exactly what 1 Thessalonians 5 said. They did the will of God and God worked on their behalf. Glory To God!

Example 1: You don’t like your boss or president.

Instead of complaining, say “Lord I thank you for changing the heart of our leader. You said the king’s heart is in the hands of God you turn it wherever you will (Proverbs 21:1)”. God deals with the judgement by replacing that person if they don’t repent.

Example 2: You don’t like your job.

Instead of saying “I can’t wait to leave this job”, say “I am thankful to have a place to work until God moves me to another assignment.”

Example 3: You experiencing sickness or illness.

Instead of complaining about it, say “I bless the Lord. I don’t forget His benefits. He heals all my sickness and forgive all my sins.” (Psalm 103).

Remember, our time is now and God is showing us how through prayer and thanksgiving. Make a decision to stay out of prison; to break free!

The one who complains, stays in chains!

Prayer: God, I thank you for your word that sets me free from any chains! God, I repent for complaining about situations in my life; that is not your will for me. You told me to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks for this is your will for me. God, I want to do your will. Help me by continuing to put a check in my spirit when I am about to say something that will keep me in bondage. I don’t want to die like the people in the wilderness without getting what is promised to me by complaining. I choose today to give thanks in every situation by speaking the promise instead of the problem. I give you thanks in advance for my freedom in Jesus name! Amen.

God Will Show You How, Your Time is Now!

Jesus said it is finished when He sacrificed His life. Everything is already done. The bible is like a use and care manual: it shows you how to navigate in life. Just like a use and care manual, everything is not written in it. The manufacturer of the product will have insight that is not in the manual. The same is with the bible. As we meditate the God’s word, God (the manufacturer), He will show us how to obtain everything in it.

2 Corinthians 6:2 says: Now is the time now is the day of salvation!

Hebrews 11:1 says: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

How are you speaking with your words? Most people who have been to school or teach knows about past, present, and future tense. If we are speaking on things in the past and continue to speak it, it will keep us in the past and we can’t move forward. If we are saying “I am going to get myself together one day” or “One day I will have this house”, it will stay there in the future. However, when you say I am a home owner, I am a entrepreneur I am in good health, etc……. it brings the future to the present which is Now!

When walking by faith, faith is in the present tense. We are the seed of Abraham as believers. If you don’t know Jesus, receive Him now; Romans10:9-10 will lead you to salvation. God gave Abraham a promise (Genesis 17:5) that He would be the father of many nations. He kept saying in the present tense “I am the father of many nations.” He spoke his future in present tense to bring it to the now.

As we meditate on God’s word day and night & continue speaking the word of God in the present tense because it is already done, God will give us what to do. James 1:5 NIV: says If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

God will show you how, your time is now!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for your word you left me to lead and guide me through life. Lord, I come to you for wisdom on anything I don’t understand in your word because you are my creator, All knowing. God, you left us an example, Jesus. You left the Holy Spirit within me to lead and guide me. I repent for unbelief, disobedience, and the words I have spoken that was not in line with your character. God, I ask you to put a check in my spirit when I am out of line. My time is now. I speak what has already been done in the present to bring it to the now. I thank you in advance for the answer and the wisdom to obtain everything you have for me. I am the head not the tail. I am the lender not the borrower. I am prospering in every area of my life because my soul prospers. I am redeemed from the curse, and whatever I do succeeds with your help, God. I give you praise in Jesus name!

Make A Decision, To Stay Out Of Prison

Decision: Final choice; conclusion (bring to an end)

Prison: State of confinement (held captive).

Whatever prison we may be facing (physical, financial or mental), in order to be free we have to make a final choice & bring to an end anything that is holding us back.

We must lay the axe to the root (Matthew 3:10) of what is causing us to be held captive. We can do it with the word of God.

Hebrews 4:12-13 Message Translation: His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.

Sometimes the word of God can be cutting. It can show us up, leaving everything laying bare. But, if we allow it to do the corrective surgery on us, we will be better for it. The book of Proverbs is one of those books of the bible that will definitely cut you, show you up, and humble you, but you will gain wisdom. When we take heed to wisdom, we live longer and prosper in every aspect of our lives (Proverbs 3:16).

Remember when we continue in the word we know the truth and the truth sets us free. Who the Son sets free is free indeed. (John 8:31-36)

Make a Decision, To Stay Out of Prison!

Prayer: Lord, I praise you for setting me free by sending your Son Jesus to die on the Cross for me! I no longer have to be held captive by anything because Jesus paid it all by shedding His Blood for me. I make a final choice and bring to an end anything that is holding me captive by being obedient to your word. I allow the word of God to do surgery on me to expose anything that is holding me back from going higher in my walk with God. I stay with the word until I am free. I repent for allowing circumstances, distractions, things from my past, & fears to keep me in prison. I choose today to be free! I give you the honor and glory in Jesus name! Amen.

To Digest, Start With Less

My dad would tell me to put a small amount in my plate when I was eating and if I wanted some more, I could get it. There have been times where I loaded my plate with too much food and couldn’t eat it all. My dad calls it “letting my eyes overload my gut.” I ended up throwing it away.

God has been dealing with me on meditating on a few particular passages of scripture and and once I am done with that, I will be ready for more. Sometimes we can be believing God for a lot of things. We jump from one thing to the next and get nowhere because we have too much on our spiritual plate. Just like the food that ends up going to waste, our spiritual food is wasted.

God gave me two passages of scripture to meditate on. As I started meditating throughout the day, God gave me instructions concerning my situation. It went from a written word to a rhema word (a spoken word) that was specific for me. I rejoiced in my spirit and put it into action. God then gave me another word once I obeyed the first instruction. God is directing me every step of the way.

John 8:31 King James Version: 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

The key is continue in the word until you get the manifestation. We have to stay committed to get it! (clink link to check out the blog post 7/29/2018 Stay Committed, To Get It) I have read the word a few times but it took time before the revelation came. Sometimes it can be an instant revelation because you are at a level where you can digest it easily. Just like certain foods digest with no issues, some may not digest as easily. It may take several hours before we can digest it. But once we wait, we are ready to eat more food.

To digest, start with less!

Prayer: Thank you Lord for your wisdom it surpasses man’s wisdom. I get excited about your word because there are so many good things in it. I am now learning to stick with a little of your word at a time until revelation and change comes. I repent for not being diligent in your word. I thank you now that I continue in your word and it sets me free in every area of my life. In Jesus name! Amen.

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.