Hold On. It’s On The Way 

2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are yes and in Him amen to the glory of God through us.

****Today’s blog is a video I made on Wednesday 8/30/17 on my way home from work. It’s not edited, I wanted it to speak to you and bless you. I pray that as you watch it, you will be encouraged to keep pressing for your breakthrough. Don’t give up, hold on, the God of breakthrough is able to bring it to pass no matter how long you’ve waited. I’m praying for all of you. remember, no storm is powerful enough to topple Gods word. Love and blessings!****

 

Psalm 96:9

Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.

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Being still before Him. Bowed down at His feet. Worshiping as my tears flow unhindered, drenching His feet with my love. His hand reaches out and touches my head and explosions of fire fans out from my head to my tingling toes. This is the lace of worship. A place where I can be with the one my heart longs for and loves the most. #Bridegroom. #LoveDivine #Jesus

 

 

 

 

Matthew 17:17-18

Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.

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When His disciples asked Him why they were unable to cast it out, this is what Jesus said; “So Jesus said to them, (vs 20-21) “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.

We have authority in Christ Jesus to pull down strong holds and defeat the powers of hell. Move in boldness and take authority over unclean spirits in the name of Jesus.

The importance of crossing your red sea.

 

Exodus 14:15-16, 31 Then Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again. 14The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.” 15The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to move forward [toward the sea]. 16As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, so that the sons of Israel may go through the middle of the sea on dry land.

22The Israelites went into the middle of the sea on dry land, and the water formed a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

26Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, on their war-chariots and their charioteers.” 27So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal flow at sunrise; and the Egyptians retreated right into it [being met by the returning water]; so the Lord overthrew the Egyptians and tossed them into the midst of the sea.

30The Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians [lying] dead on the seashore. 31When Israel saw the great power which the Lord had used against the Egyptians, they feared the Lord [with reverence and awe-filled respect], and they believed in the Lord, and in His servant Moses.

Just like the children of Israel, God speaks to us today as He did with them. He wants us to trust Him when we are faced with the impossible or when He gives us instructions, direction on how to get to the other side, how to cross our red sea. God wants to bring you and I to a place of trust where all you have and need is Him.

So why is it so important to cross your red sea?

  1. What is your Egypt/struggle
  • Identify your Egypt/situation/struggle. The struggle for the children of Israel was the oppression and abuse at the hands of the Egyptians. Exodus 1:8-11 now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9And he said to his people, “Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; 10come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land. Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses. Is your struggle prolonged periods of unemployment, debt, addiction, unconfessed sin that’s keeping you bound in guilt and self-loathing? Somethings we don’t talk about it but the struggle is real.

 

  1. Can God provide a way out for you?
  • Believe that God can give you a way out. He sent Moses to deliver Israel from Egypt. Exodus 3:10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” God gave us Jesus. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
  1. Are you willing to follow his instructions?  
  • YES! Following Gods instructions even though you may not understand it is a show of complete trust and dependence on God. His way is the only way not just the best way. Exodus 14:13-14 but Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. “The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.

 

(This entry is part of a sermon I preached in a class I took about sermon writing  – preaching in a contemporary world) hope it blesses.

Be intentional with Jesus

Over the last few years, I have desired more and more of Jesus. I can’t get enough of Him! I decided to be more intentional in my walk with the Lord.  I started praying for a desire to pursue the Lord and know more of Him. I went back to the basics, to know more of who I was as a child of God and who He was as a Father to me. I wanted to relearn and develop a deeper relationship with Jesus. I felt it was time to let go of myself and what I wanted and desired and seek after what God desired for me. I knew I have a calling and felt I was not growing in certain areas. I recommitted myself to the will of God but I knew without the foundation being strong, I’d sink back to complacency and even though I had a healthy devotion and prayer life, something was lacking. The fulfillment tank was half full and I wanted it to not be full but to overflow.

The bible says that God is a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).  I love learning from Jesus about how to be with God the Father. Jesus was intentional in His relationship with the Father Even though He was the Son of God; He pursued a relationship with Him. He was obedient to the Father, He submitted to the will of God, He often withdrew and prayed and He only did what the Father desired Him to do (John 12:29). Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice that would bridge the gap between man and God brought about by sin. There’s not one scripture that says Jesus was worried about His needs because He trusted the Father to provide. I found myself hungering for more of that, to cast each care unto the Lord and just do what He has called me to do. It wasn’t easy and I still go through moments where I want to take control but the Holy Spirit reminds me Gods got it.

How do we become intentional?

  • Remember God was intentional when He gave His Son as a ransom for us so we need to be intentional in our pursuit of Him.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

  • He was also intentional when He created us.

Psalm 139:13-16

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

 

  • Be intentional in your prayer life. Jesus often withdrew to pray. We ought to do the same. Find a room in your house where you can pray without interruptions. Turn off the TV, and spend some quiet time with the Lord. You can wake up early if the demands of your family don’t allow you to pray before bed. He is the God of rest and when you make Him your priority, from experience He gives you rest.

Luke 5:16

But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.

  • Be intentional in your devotion life. Set time apart to read the word. It’s very important to have the word of God hidden in your The bible says in Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. The word acts as a guide in our daily life. We know what scripture to turn to for different seasons in our life. Know the word.

Ephesians 6:13-15

Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace

  • The bible also tells us to renew our minds. Read the word. Hide it in your heart.

Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

  • Be intentional in listening to Him. When you are done praying, don’t just say amen and leave His presence, be still, be quiet and let Him speak. Prayer is not a monologue but a dialogue.

John 10:27

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

  • Write down what He tells you.

When the Lord speaks, write down what He’s telling you. He might be giving you instructions or direction about something you are praying about for yourself or for others. Also write down your prayer requests and prayer them out loud then write what you perceive the Holy Spirit is saying. Whatever God tells us is backed up with scripture.

  • Be intentional in your worship. Praise God with everything you’ve got. Praise Him for a new day, for your life, health, provision and all your blessings. Praise Him for bringing through many battles and hardships and praise Him for the many victories He’s brought you. Your praise will always get Gods attention.

Psalms 150:6

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 95:1-2

O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

Psalm 100:4

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Stepping Into Your Calling By Faith

Hebrew 11:11 is an amazing chapter about faith. Each verse leaves a trail of hopeful fire in my heart. By faith, by faith, by faith, by faith! Some of us know our calling, let us move by faith and be amazed by what God will do through us. We have the seed of promise (our calling) which is watered by the word of God; it is backed by the blood of Jesus and testified by the Holy Spirit. No one can fulfil the call of God in our place. No one can take that seed that God has planted in us and live it out for us. The seed of promise as I call the call of God in my life grows when you read the word, be cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, when you let the Holy Spirit testify of Jesus in your life, when prayer becomes like breathe to you, the seed comes to life and it grows and keeps growing.

As called and chosen vessels, let us not be complacent or get comfortable in the ‘waiting’ for God to open those big doors as each day we wait a soul goes unsaved. We don’t have to wait for the stadiums, arenas, churches or open fields promised to reach the lost. We can start ministering where we are at because all around us are people who don’t know Jesus, people who are living broken and some are lost in an addiction of some sort. I love Hebrew 11:8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Abraham did not sit and wait for God to give him a destination, he didn’t say he was not prepared or had little kids to think of or he didn’t have enough food etc., he packed up and left because he trusted God to take him to the land He promised him. The bible says Abraham went out not knowing where he was going (vs8). Abraham was getting prepared for the promise land as he was on his journey and even though he didn’t enter the promise land, His descendants walked into the promise land and settled there.

Question for all of you, can you trust God like Abraham did and move out of obedience? I know we all need training in the different areas God has called us to serve but does that stop us from saying a simple prayer of repentance with someone who needs Jesus? Does that stop you from inviting someone to church? Does lack of training stop you from being an usher or greater in your Church? As you are training, get involved. Touch someone’s life with the love of Jesus. Don’t get stuck in the preparation phase for years and miss out on the great and wonderful things God is waiting to do through you.

Step out and trust God to direct your path. There maybe unfavorable situations, hardships, closed doors or even heart break but we should all go forth to the unknown yet known world and reach the unreached for the kingdom of God. We should be okay touching the grime and filth of this world to reveal the gem hidden within layers of sin or brokenness. We shouldn’t sit and wait for the warm, cozy and big arenas to be open. A diamond has to go through fire to look like it does. We are no different yet unlike the diamond God doesn’t need us to be perfect to use us. A well-known international evangelist says, ‘God uses those who are willing’ and ‘a cold stove cannot heat any water’. An unwilling and unyielded vessel is not usable to God but a yielded, humble and willing vessel He uses. Being called doesn’t put us on a pedestal but may put us on a platform open to public scrutiny from those who don’t believe in God, those who shun the gospel of Jesus Christ and like Jesus we will face accusers under the influence of darkness yet like the Son we ought to be a light for a dying world that will remain dead if we don’t pick up our cross and fulfill our commission. The enemy may try to discredit you but God who has appointed you approved of you before He sent you. Do not get side tracked. Keep moving on your assignment, keep ploughing, keep sowing seed/word of God and let the Holy Spirit work on the hearts that need to be saved. Someone once said the easiest part of their crusades the miracles of healing because it is not them but the Holy Spirit who does the work of healing.

If the fire of God is lit in us we ought to soldier on with the weapons of our warfare (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey ChristNLT) and face down devils that have already been defeated, exposing the copycat (satan) and his works by shedding the light and truth of Jesus Christ that burns brightly in us in every area we go to. Remember, you cannot confront darkness with meekness but with boldness for the Lion of Judah, the Son of God, Jesus our Lord and Savior abides in us.

Put on the full armor.

Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand when the time of testing comes. Our God has given us tools to remain safely anchored in Him. We all have had days or been through seasons when we felt like we were on a spiritual war zone. We faced one battle after another but came out on top. Having the full armor of God and knowing how to apply the word to whatever attack you are facing is important. When I started writing this word, I remembered when Jesus was in the wilderness; after He was baptized by John the Baptist the Holy Spirit took Him to the wilderness to be tempted (Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil). The bible says the devil came and tempted Him but Jesus used the word which is the sword of the Spirit to counter every attack and defeated satan. (Matthew 4:2-11 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’  Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”  Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.  Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him).

Earlier this month, my daughter brought home a science project and I decided to leave it in a container in my bathroom with only water as its source of nutrients. I watched day after day as the beans grew taller and the roots spread on the paper towel but after a while, the leaves started turning yellow and the leaves felt so fragile and started dying. I didn’t throw it out then but each day, I’d spray some water of the roots and eventually it died. The stalks after a while could not stand straight but were bent. Throughout the whole process I kept thinking of the heart of a believer surviving without the nutrients that it needs to grow strong. If the enemy attacks when the believer’s heart is with not strengthened in the word, he could easily take over because that territory is not properly protected. Guard your heart. The sword of the spirit/ word of God is very powerful and knowing the word is very important. We need it, it is our daily Manna and it nourishes our spirit and we grow stronger as believers. A teacher in a course I was talking told the class that memorizing scripture and not knowing how to apply it is pointless. It’s one thing to memorize scripture but another to learn how to stand on the word of God. Jesus had fasted forty days and forty nights and he was hungry and maybe He was feeling weak physically but He was focused because He knew the word and the devil was defeated. Jesus had the full armor of God.  

Having the full armor of God on should be a daily task for believers. You don’t know how or where the enemy will come from. He doesn’t announce himself until he pounces. There are times it catches one off-guard but when you have the armor of God you will not be unbalanced. You will stand firm, counter every attack with the word of God and the enemy will flee. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

 Let the word be hidden in your heart, let it nurture your Spirit and be like an anchor to your soul and when the time testing comes, the enemy will not succeed in his plans. I’ve said this before; you never go to the battlefield without your battle gear. As a believer do not go about your life without prayer and the word of God.

~I will break this down and cover each topic: helmet of salvation, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, belt of truth, gospel of peace and sword of the spirit~ Remember to stay prayed up and put on the full armor of God. Jesus is your anchor and solid ground. Blessings.