Faith is the Substance…

Hebrews 11:1 KJV
[1] Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1-3 MSG
[1-2] The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. [3] By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.

This morning when I woke up, I was thinking about my faith.  My faith that things that I have been praying for and those very things God has promised would materialize.  Faith is the main ingredient (not the only) to move things from God’s promise (heavenly realm) to the promise showing up in the earthly realm.  You still need works along with faith to get things accomplished  “Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself” (James 2:17 NASB).  Using faith and works to accomplish your promises are vital to success.  If you want to accomplish your business plans, write a book, new career, etc. your faith needs to be fully activated and in alignment with the plans God has for you individually, not looking at what others are doing in a covetous way, but looking at what path is before you and working to achieve your own goals purposefully and intentionally.  It is very good to have people around you who sincerely pray for you and uplift you, we need that, you are not an island, but make sure you are developing your gifts and talents too.

The first scripture above is key.   Everything that we believe and everything that our belief system is based upon is founded on faith.  First, when we come to Christ we believe, then we confess that he is Lord, then we are saved.  Just that one principle shows us how we are to function in the kingdom of God.  We come to him humbly, believe what he’s said, confess it/act on it/work at it while he’s perfecting us (making us better day by day with each trial).  Through trials we continue to have faith and we continue to work it out.  Just because you are going through something doesn’t mean the promise is over and you stop working; some way, some how you will finish.

Philippians 1:6 ESV
[6] And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:31,37 NASB
[31] What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? [37] But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.

Get that?!  You OVERWHELMINGLY conquer! There is nothing that can stop you.  Only you can stop you from achieving what God has promised.  Keep your head in the game and remember through having faith in Him and His word you can and WILL move mountains.

 Psalm 128:2 ESV
[2] You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

There Are Steps To This!

Leading up to activation of my spiritual gifts:

“He had to change these things so that I could live according to His plan and have it stick. He was breaking up the old foundation I had formed my misshapen reality on in order to build a new foundation that He could properly build upon. He took from me the old to make room for His new. I keep a journal and on 7/26/2010 this is what God had revealed to me about why I was in the spiritual and physical place I was at that time:

Journal entry based on Hebrews 11:10 KJV and Psalm 118:22 KJV.

The Lord’s Message To Me:

“For [Abraham] looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and Maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10 KJV). This is what God has sent me here for. That the things of my life would have foundations made by Him.

  • My relationships
  • Career
  • Future Marriage
  • Ministry

 

-He is rocking the old foundations and forming new ones. He is making big holes like a jack hammer in the old foundation.

-“The stone which the builders refused has become the headstone of the corner” (Psalm 118:22). The old foundation wasn’t suitable for what is to come. It would not hold the new structure that I [the Lord] am building.

The tearing up of my former foundation began with my break up. “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal. From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will touch you” (Job 5:17-19 KJV).”

 

 

 

“My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.”(Song Of Solomon 2:10-12 NIV)

Liken the process to activation with chemical reactions and mechanisms that lead up to the start of an engine.  With every reaction  functioning in unison the start of the engine can happen and the vehicle/vessel can move forward.  We are vehicles/vessels of the Holy Spirit and those gifts that he has prepackaged us with and we need to be in tuned with His process to working on all cylinders.  God has to get us to a place to be fully reactive and move forward with no hindrances or baggage in this season.

To Activate:

The beginning to end, the break down. There are steps that lead up to activation, have you completed the steps or are you in process? We are always in process.

  1. A tender heart ready to submit, praise on your lips and heart, and that we are nothing without Him according to John 15.  (Psalm 34:18 and Psalm 51:15-17).                                                                                                                                   Psalm 34:18 NASB
    [18] The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.                                              Psalm 51:15-17 NASB
    [15] O Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare Your praise. [16] For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering. [17] The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.                                                                                                                       The keyword in these scriptures is contrite, which means to humble, crush, wounded, crouch.  With this definition we know that God loves a humble, teachable heart.
  2. Instruction/ A word from the Lord: Finding your position through praise and worship (Psalm 100:3-4).                   Psalm 100:3-4 NASB
    [3] Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. [4] Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.”  This sentence tells our positioning and through praise our position is activated.  Our senses and gifts become activated through our praise and worship.
  3. Faith to believe the instruction and follow through (2 Chronicles 20:12).   -“…we don’t know what to do but our eyes are on you.”  In this verse and beyond it shows how we should be resolved (be sure) to seek the Lord and know beyond a shadow of doubt that He will lead you to victory and give you good counsel.  In this scripture King Jehoshaphat received instruction from the spirit of God and praised with the people, then God sent ambushments and the enemy turned on themselves.  The people were able to reap a great spoil from that conquest.  The people knew their position and stood firmly and took every gift that God had for them.
  1. Prayer life. Reading the word daily. (Psalm 145:18, Romans 15:4, 1 Thess. 5:16-22, Hebrews 4:12).              Psalm 145:18 NASB
    [18] The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.            Romans 15:4 NASB
    [4] For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.                                                                                                                          1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 NASB
    [16] Rejoice always; [17] pray without ceasing; [18] in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. [19] Do not quench the Spirit; [20] do not despise prophetic utterances. [21] But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; [22] abstain from every form of evil.                                      Hebrews 4:12 NASB
    [12] For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
  2. Eyes and heart open to the movement of God. (Ephesians 1:18).                                                                                    Ephesians 1:18 NASB
    [18] I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
  3. BE FLEXIBLE!!! Be willing to go wherever the Lord wills.  Is your will His will?  Always self examine.  The direction you would naturally take may not be the direction God has for you. In order to have your plans established make sure your plans are in agreement with what God’s plans are for your life.

“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12 NIV)

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” (Proverbs 16:9 NIV)

ACTIVATE:

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” (Isaiah 60:1-2 NIV)

God is calling us higher. He wants us to experience His best and we must be positioned.

Something that comes to mind first. When I made the decision to fully submit to God, He showed me something:

“My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” (Proverbs 4:20-26 NIV)

 

Ephesians 3:15-16 NASB
[15] from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, [16] that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,

****That those things that He strengthens on the inside of you, through the power of His Spirit, begin to manifest outwardly and overflow onto the lives of others.****

 

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galations 6:9 NIV)

 

Keep in mind our Christian walk helps us to fully activate spiritually and maintain that activation. We are never meant to be stagnant.  He wants us to be fully equipped.  God wants us functioning on all cylinders, with all chemical reactions running in order to move forward freely and effectively.

A Series Of Events

At times life will throw you situations that will send your emotions into an upheaval.  You think, “Why me?”  “Why now?”  “What next?” or “Oh my goodness, everything was going so well, now this!”  All of these statements show a feeling of frustration, but what is frustration?  From a Christian prospective it’s a feeling of not being in control and realizing it.  At that very moment of frustration you realize you need God and that you won’t move any further without him.

It seems that God works best or we tend to see His movement more in serious times of distress (see below 2 Corinthians 12:9).  But through it all, God will put together what may seem to be negative experiences into a bundle and make us come out looking even better, if we trust Him (see below Job 23:10).  Everything that you go through is meant to build you up in the end and to build up others when you share what you have gone through.

After the Holy Spirit gave me this topic to write on I was in a car accident.  I had planned to write this post a couple of weeks ago but was preoccupied with dealing with that, my book and other things.  My car was totaled and I thought in my mind, as the car hit us from behind, “Oh my goodness, everything was going so well, now this!”  When things happen out of the blue that disrupt our lives, it isn’t really a disruption, I believe it’s just an alarm from God wanting us to look at Him in a new way and to expand our faith in Him.

There wasn’t only the accident but other things happening in my world which God was and is still using to culminate into a miracle.  With each disruption to your daily routine you are taken out of the familiar and given a divine opportunity to shine your brightest yet.  I chose to not look at my circumstances as bad but as a platform for God to move freely and openly.  In the book of Genesis you see plenty of times where people were taken out of familiar territory into the unknown and how God spoke to them and helped them to realize their God given destinies.

There is a story in Genesis about a young man named Joseph, he was one of the sons of Jacob and Rachel.  Rachel had been barren before he was conceived but God provided and with his birth it ended her disgrace.  Joseph was dearly loved and favored by Jacob.  His father made him a coat of many colors and his brothers were severely jealous.  Soon Joseph began having dreams of his family bowing to him, but instead of keeping these dreams to himself he told his brothers which made them more intolerant of him.  One day they saw their opportunity to get rid of Joseph (Genesis 37:14).  One brother suggested to just kill him but ultimately he was sold by his brothers and ended up in Egypt.  He ended up in one of Pharaoh’s official’s household.  He had favor there but the official’s wife wanted to sleep with him, she was able to get him wrapped up in her lie and he was put in prison.  Now that he was put in prison you would think that this would be the end of Joseph’s story but it wasn’t, God was setting him up to receive some serious blessings.  While in prison Joseph was put in the spotlight again because of his ability to interpret dreams (Genesis 40) which landed him in Pharaoh’s court.  One of the men that he had interpreted a dream for while he was in prison remembered him and recommended Joseph to Pharaoh.  At this time Joseph interpreted a dream Pharaoh had that no one in the kingdom could (Genesis 41).

Side note:  You never know who will recommend you for your next break through, be at your best in all stages of life even when the odds are against you.

Being that Joseph had this wonderful gift of interpretation; his gift brought him into service for Pharaoh.  By this time he was 32 years old when his ordeal began he was 17.  So with that being said there is nothing impossible for God and it is never too late for whatever you are waiting for, your blessing is unfolded before you in a series of events.  Joseph ended up being the go to man in Egypt, the only thing that separated him from Pharaoh was Pharaoh’s throne.  Joseph went on to help the country through a 7 year famine and through that he was reunited after many years with his brothers and aging father.

Even when you are on the rise like Joseph still be kind to those who sought to harm you, Be Humble.  Joseph was confident and understood his position, as we must, do not allow people to rattle you.  When he was reunited with his brothers he was kind to them and still blessed them and in the end they still had to bow to him just as his dreams had dictated when he was a boy.

Everything comes together through a series of events planned by God.  One day you’re in one position and realize a few months or years later that your circumstances have completely changed.  Keep praying and have faith.  You are in the middle of a series of events that will one day culminate into a miracle.

-a snowball effect

-nothing can get in the way of it

-KEEP PRESSING FOWARD

 

2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
[9] But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Job 23:10 NIV
[10] But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

 

The Covenant Maker

Deuteronomy 7:6-10 MSG
[6] Do this because you are a people set apart as holy to God , your God. God , your God, chose you out of all the people on Earth for himself as a cherished, personal treasure. [7-10] God wasn’t attracted to you and didn’t choose you because you were big and important—the fact is, there was almost nothing to you. He did it out of sheer love, keeping the promise he made to your ancestors. God stepped in and mightily bought you back out of that world of slavery, freed you from the iron grip of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know this: God , your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon. He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations. But he also pays back those who hate him, pays them the wages of death; he isn’t slow to pay them off—those who hate him, he pays right on time.

James 4:8 NIV
[8] Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Covenant is an agreement between one person or entity to another. A covenant, according to Google dictionary in theological terms, is “an agreement that brings about a relationship of commitment between God and his people.”

 

Relationship and Position

Genesis 18:32-33 KJV
[32] And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake. [33] And the Lord went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.

This scripture (Genesis 18:32-33) is concerning the demise of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Abraham talked with God, asking Him, if he could find just a few good men in the city would He spare the doomed city from destruction.  Since God had such a close relationship with Abraham He allowed him to go and attempt to find a few good men, if he could, in the city.  Long story short Abraham was unsuccessful in finding any good men there and the city was destroyed with fire from heaven.  I brought this scripture up to say this, that when you have a close relationship with God He will speak with you and commune with you closely.  He is very concerned for us and He wants to show us how He deeply cares for our well being by giving us options and doting on us, because that’s what good fathers do.  We have an illustration of the type of relationship God would like us to have through Abraham.  We see that God loves us, He cares, and He is faithful to the end.

Abraham was given a promise by God to be the father of many nations because of his obedience and faithfulness to God.  He was faithful even when situations didn’t make sense.  God wants us to have that deep devotion to Him just as Abraham had and vice versa.

Hebrews 2:5-9 MSG
[5-9] God didn’t put angels in charge of this business of salvation that we’re dealing with here. It says in Scripture, What is man and woman that you bother with them; why take a second look their way? You made them not quite as high as angels, bright with Eden’s dawn light; Then you put them in charge of your entire handcrafted world. When God put them in charge of everything, nothing was excluded. But we don’t see it yet, don’t see everything under human jurisdiction. What we do see is Jesus, made “not quite as high as angels,” and then, through the experience of death, crowned so much higher than any angel, with a glory “bright with Eden’s dawn light.” In that death, by God’s grace, he fully experienced death in every person’s place.

 

The Blessing of Abraham Extended To His Descendants

When you commune with God, He will make a covenant with your descendants.  Communication is paramount in any relationship and giving someone time and your attention brings about a closer relationship.

Genesis 26:3-5 KJV (God speaking to Isaac)
[3] Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; [4] And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; [5] Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

Other terms that are associated with covenant are guarantee, pledge, contract ….

I love this definition of covenant because it tells us that the agreement that God made with those such as Abraham and Isaac brought about a RELATIONSHIP between a man and God. A relationship, a connection, a parallel of a man’s life and the Marvelous. In any relationship, communication is paramount. Abraham communed with God and did as God asked Him to do. He lived a life of obedience to God and God honored that.  The plus side of communing with God is you get to know Him.  You become more and more familiar with His personality and you begin to understand how to please Him.  We are the seed of Abraham and his blessing is on us.  Let us all as children of the Most High live a life devoted to God just as Abraham.  Let us all live in the promises of Abraham.

Galatians 3:6-9 NIV
[6] So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” [7] Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. [8] Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” [9] So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

Broken Chains

Exodus 12:17 NIV
[17] “Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come.

Acts 12:1-4 NIV
[1] It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. [2] He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. [3] When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. [4] After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.

Acts 16:25-26 NIV
[25] About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. [26] Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.

I entitled this post “Broken Chains”  because as believers in Christ we are currently in a season of broken chains.  What once held you captive no longer does.  Where you once thought there was no life or hope you now see the light at the end of the tunnel.  There are always transition periods in life and we are in one.  Whatever you face, God has now broken you free from stagnation and you can now move freely.  It is up to us to now get into a mindset that is conducive to forward movement.   In order to get into a mindset of freedom we need to spend time reading and ruminating on the word of God daily.  Also spending time in prayer daily is very important.  Prayer is your communication with God and what good is a relationship without communication.  If we read the word of God we become more familiar with His characteristics and patterns. We will also become more familiar with the people who were facing very difficult times and how they responded to those challenges.

The chains of bondage are broken and a transition point comes.  I am going to reference Exodus 12 where Passover or the The Festival of Unleavened Bread is referenced, Peter’s miraculous release from prison (Acts 12) and Paul’s miraculous release from prison (Acts 16).

As I was thinking about what to write the Holy Spirit had me ask myself a few questions about these passages of scripture as I read them.

What is the significance of Passover?  What is the significance of Peter being imprisoned during Passover?  Also what does it mean when the passage says “about midnight” when Paul was praising in prison?

  • Passover (Festival of Unleavened Bread) is a remembrance of when the Lord passed over the homes of the Israelites who had covered their doorposts with lamb’s blood and their exodus from Egypt.  God gave them instruction “to commemorate”  that day for generations to come and that it would be a “lasting ordinance”.
  • Peter was imprisoned during Passover, during a feast that commemorated the release of captives, figuratively you could say breaking the chains of the prisoner.  He was miraculously released by an angel (even Christ, “Passover lamb,” was taken during Passover and God performed a miracle through His death and resurrection).
  • At about Midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing to God and then they were released from prison miraculously by an earthquake and brought people to the knowledge of Christ on the way out.

God used these particular times to show us a theme.  Passover represents a time of being passed over, and protected from harm in the midst of a trying situation.  It commemorates a miracle of being delivered into a new pattern or a transition.  Midnight is the transition from one day to another which also brings in a new pattern and the new mercies that come with a new day, “It is the of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning:  great is they faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).  Both situations illustrate bondage, but when God stepped in with something to break the pattern or form of bondage we have a revelation of who He is in our lives.  He has broken the chains of your life and given you a new way of moving forward in His protection, with His instruction.  Each time bringing you from glory to glory with each victory.  In each set back ( at least what seems like a setback) it’s a set up to see a deeper part of God and for Him to remind you of the great things He has done and will further do in your life.

 

The Manifesting Power Of God

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 KJV
[7] And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. [8] For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. [9] And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. [10] Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Another Translation

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 MSG
[7-10] Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.

God’s Power Is Made Perfect In Our Weakness!

Through our pain and at our lowest point God is more powerfully working in our lives and circumstances.  It is at these points in our lives that we are more open to His favor and grace manifesting.  This scripture isn’t saying that He is only powerful when we are weak, but that we allow Him more power, leeway, into the areas of deepest concern to us in our weakness.  If we did not have areas that were broken then He could never humble us and keep us vulnerable to His will and direction.  Not saying God wants to cripple you; He wants to be the glue that keeps you together, the scaffolding and foundation that keeps you walking firmly according to His Word.  He knows that we are dust and we need Him to keep us strong.  We were made to function in His kingdom, so how can we function properly without Him?  When we pray and believe that He is strong enough to help us achieve our best in our weak spots, we also need to know and believe that His strength is just what we need (sufficient) to propel us to the next level.  Take Him with you no matter what you face physically, spiritually, or emotionally.  God is able and He will do whatever is needed.

John 15:1-10 MSG
[1-3] “I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken. [4] “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me. [5-8] “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples. [9-10] “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.

Deliverance

“Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor” (Job 11:13-19 KJV).

Some me people are living in a cloud of sin that blocks their progress.  I have experienced that due to habits and ideals that I had developed from my teenage years.  Even though I was raised in a Christian home, I went off track and it took certain situations to realize my error and come back to God.  We all have times where a light bulb goes on in our heads and we realize that we don’t like where we are, are you at that point?  What is holding you back from growth?  Sometimes we get thrown off of our original path due to wrong judgement calls, wrong relationship ties, habits, etc.  Even though we get thrown off we need to remember that there is a Savior named Jesus who came down from Heaven to save and heal us spiritually, emotionally and physically. He will reroute you and put you back on your correct path and KEEP you there if you submit to His will.   Your deliverence is not just for you, it’s meant to be a testimony.  When you get it together make sure to bring others with you; show them what you have found.

This past weekend I went hiking with a friend.  We were pretty high up in the mountain when we realized that we had taken a wrong turn.  We could see our correct path below, but we could not figure out how to get down to it.  As we were searching for an alternate route back to our path we noticed two other people lost and searching for a way to return to their path also.  My friend remembered that she had downloaded a hiking app which tracks your route, so instead of us walking away from our new lost friends we said hey let’s all go together and get to the main road.  Long story short we were able to make it to the right path and help them out of the wilderness.  We were able to use our resources to pull ourselves and others out of a potentially dangerous situation.

This is how we need to be in our everyday lives.  Don’t hide the resources that you have that is helping you or has helped you in the past to reach your Godly path.  God will put you in someone’s path who will need deliverance from bad habits and will be in need of what you have, so miss that opportunity to give a God glory with your testimony.

Prayer is powerful. In the Bible the Apostle Paul talks about praying without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV). That is truly important for a person’s success in everyday life. I had to commit my way to Him, so that I would see what destiny He had in store for me. I had to align myself with His will, so that way when I make plans they line up with Him. If I was totally out of touch with what He was about I could not move forward. I would continue circling the same mountain, watching my life pass, unfulfilled, and hopeless. God showed me that I would not reach where He wanted me to go if sexual immorality continued to be present in my life. At first when you are faced with a decision to make you make excuses and drag your feet, I could no longer do that, I had to change. Sometimes we are the hindrance to our own prayers coming to fruition, we are not willing to change inwardly in order to see the change outwardly.
Prayer of deliverance. When you pray this type of prayer you are taking the enemy’s authority away (Satan) in your life and walking in your authority as a child of God (born again believer of Jesus). When you come to God with this prayer ask for forgiveness and repent, this puts you back into good relationship with Him. Satan can no longer legally attack you because you are not walking and living in sin. To start you first acknowledge what Christ has done for you on the cross. Know and speak out loud that these habits have been nailed to the cross with Christ and now you are a new creature by the power of Christ’s death and resurrection. Also when you are speaking your heart needs to be contrite and totally surrendered to the will of God. You should now be committed to living a glorifying life unto God. After you have acknowledged what Christ has done on the cross, acknowledge that those sins/habits that you have done are nailed to the cross also and since Christ is raised from the dead you are resurrected as a new creature also and those things no longer have dominion over you, you have dominion over it. You are no longer controlled by your senses and you are no longer a slave to sin. Speak that you have power and dominion over that habit you have and that it is under your feet in Jesus’ name. Make sure to ask the Holy Spirit to fill those spots that those habits/sins left with what is pleasing to Him and praise Him for freedom in Him. After this prayer the enemy will try to attack your deliverance and make you doubt it, but be confident and speak the word of God; stay prayerful and read your Bible daily (Read 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, 1 Corinthians 2:16, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 6:3-14). Now that I have gone through so many twists and turns in my short life, I can see the hand of God clearer. I am not perfect and there is so much more that needs to be learned. I encourage you to dig in deeper to find your message. Ask God to lead and comfort you using these great scriptures and more.  Deuteronomy 28 has great promises for us to speak over our lives daily and meditate on.  Be blessed.

What’s Your Plan

Proverbs 16:9 MSG
[9] We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.

Proverbs 16:9 NLT
[9] We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.

Proverbs 16:9 KJV
[9] A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

What is your plan?  Do you even have a plan?  Is it a good plan?  Where did your plan come from?  Were you under stress when you made your plan?  What were the circumstances surrounding it?  Is it a plan B or C?

There are so many different ways plans are born.  Make sure your plans come after you have prayed and sought God’s wisdom; those are the plans He supports.

I Samuel 15 talks about a plan that went wrong.  King Saul was given a plan by the Lord.  He performed part of what God had told him to do but decided to do something else with other aspects of his mission based off of “the voice of the people”.  Saul’s people urged him to take spoils from a conquest when a God specifically told him to destroy everything.  Since Saul did not follow God’s plan the kingdom of Israel was taken away from him and God even went as far as to say that he regretted making him king.  Wow, can you imagine going along, you have this great life, great future ahead and then you step out and do your own thing even though God has told you otherwise?  Since he was disobedient everything was snatched from him.  God was no longer determining Saul’s steps, Saul decided that he wanted to call the shots.  Don’t allow the voice of the people to take you out of God’s plan for you.

Another example of a plan going awry is Exodus with a Moses.  Moses was leading the children of Isreal into the Promised Land based on instructions from God.  In order for the plan to be executed properly it was detrimental that God’s instructions be followed, total obedience was necessary. Self and doubt had no place in this plan or any God designed plans.

On one occasion Moses was supposed to strike a rock and get water from it because the people were thirsty in the wilderness, then on a second occasion he was supposed to speak to it to bring water from it.  Slightly different instruction to get the same result.

First Time

Exodus 17:5 MSG
[5] God said to Moses, “Go on out ahead of the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel. Take the staff you used to strike the Nile. And go. I’m going to be present before you there on the rock at Horeb. You are to strike the rock. Water will gush out of it and the people will drink.”

Second Time

Numbers 20:7-12 MSG
[7-8] God spoke to Moses: “Take the staff. Assemble the community, you and your brother Aaron. Speak to that rock that’s right in front of them and it will give water. You will bring water out of the rock for them; congregation and cattle will both drink.” [9-10] Moses took the staff away from God ‘s presence, as commanded. He and Aaron rounded up the whole congregation in front of the rock. Moses spoke: “Listen, rebels! Do we have to bring water out of this rock for you?” [11] With that Moses raised his arm and slammed his staff against the rock—once, twice. Water poured out. Congregation and cattle drank. [12] God said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you didn’t trust me, didn’t treat me with holy reverence in front of the People of Israel, you two aren’t going to lead this company into the land that I am giving them.”

Since Moses did not trust God’s plan he was not allowed to lead them into the promise.  He was only able to see it from a distance.

It is very imperative to listen to the voice of the Lord and allow His will to be our will so that our plans for ourselves match His.  If our plans match His and we do not get distracted by: the voice of the people, circumstances, self or doubt we will see the promise, God has intended and reach our destiny.

Do not take the idea God gives you and run away from Him with it, like you have everything under control, that’s a negative, you will not be successful that way.  Pay attention to his details, he needs to be in the middle of your plans, otherwise when you get ahead of Him and self/flesh gets involved the idea fails and you are back at square one, wondering how you got no where so quickly.

  • Follow His instruction down to the letter, it’s all in the details (obedience).  
  • Don’t get ahead of Him (be very prayerful, read your bible and be intentional, even writing things down that God has shown you on your journey).  
  • Give Him the controls, He knows best.

When you do these things you can make and execute effective plans for your future and God will go before you and establish them.

Isaiah 52:12 NLT
[12] You will not leave in a hurry, running for your lives. For the LORD will go ahead of you; yes, the God of Israel will protect you from behind.

Don’t think you have to do anything to please anyone or that you need to rush, give your plans to God.

 

 

Having A Heart Of Celebration

Psalm 34:8-9 NLT
[8] Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! [9] Fear the LORD, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need.

Psalm 118:1 NLT
[1] Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

Psalm 118:5-7 NLT
[5] In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free. [6] The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? [7] Yes, the LORD is for me; he will help me. I will look in triumph at those who hate me.

God is able to protect you and guide you through the toughest of situations!  His strong arm holds us up and keeps the enemy in check.  He will block every plan the enemy (Satan) has for you and help you to live the victorious life He has designed for you.  Follow His word and and CELEBRATE because you know that God is on your side and nothing can stand against Him.  When you are in the hands of God nothing and no one can snatch you out, you are a child of the Most High God, King of Kings.  Make sure that you have a praise on your lips on your way to your promise.  Your praise (celebration) proceeds your victory.  Even if you don’t feel like it, you must praise.  You are closer than you think, keep moving forward.

 

Examples of praising/celebrating God before the physical manifestation of victory:

Joshua 6:1-27

Joshua 6:16 NLT
[16] The seventh time around, as the priests sounded the long blast on their horns, Joshua commanded the people, “Shout! For the LORD has given you the town!

2 Chronicles 20 King Jehoshaphat surrounded by enemies looking for a way to defeat them

2 Chronicles 20:18 NLT
[18] Then King Jehoshaphat bowed low with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the LORD.

Be encouraged and know that God is moving despite what is happening around you.  Focus on the guidance He has given you and CELEBRATE FOR VICTORY IS IN YOUR HAND!!!

 

Be Ready To Receive

 

1 John 5:14-15 NLT
[14] And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. [15] And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

God is very faithful! But be aware, this scripture is not a “name it and claim it” scripture.

The key word in this scripture is “pleases”. Our desires must line up with His desire for us. He will not honor a request if it does not line up with His word. He cannot contradict himself. We must read the word and know what promises are there for us and pray those over ourselves. We need to be submitted in every way to Him, being obedient and following His instruction in order to have the scripture work wholly in our lives. If we are doing things that are contrary to the will of God our desires will not line up.

How do we know that our desires line up with His desires for our lives?

John 15:4-5 NLT says
[4] Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. [5] “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:6-8 NLT
[6] Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. [7] But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! [8] When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

 

What type of fruit are we bearing? Ask yourself that question, is God pleased?

A man is known by His fruit.

(Matthew 7:16 NLT
[16] You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. (Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?).

When we are fully functioning in the will of God we can take full advantage of all of His promises. This scripture gives us authority to call things out, through our faith, out of the heavenly realm into the earthly realm. If we understand this principle of authority that was given to us, we will live victorious lives. The same resurrecting power that Christ displayed on earth lives within us when we accept Him into our lives as our personal savior. That same Faith he displayed we have access to. He wants us to thrive and be fully functional in our godly authority through Him and to be fully functional we must follow His precepts.

Other scriptures that parallel this one are:

Matthew 21:21-22 NLT
[21] Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. [22] You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”

 

Mark 11:22-26 NLT
[22] Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. [23] I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. [24] I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. [25-26] But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”

This scripture shows us that we need to line up with His precepts to have what He is showing us in scripture.

 

His desire is for us to come boldly and ask him for the things we need, be bold. As His children we should be strong in the knowledge of our identity in Him and come to Him EXPECTING Him to intervene.

Ephesians 3:12 NLT
[12] Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

God wants the very best for all of us. Ask God for His will to override yours and that your prayers align with His word and your desires please Him.

If we do this, he will do that. If we draw close, he will draw close. Be blessed.