FAITH! I had an opportunity to increase that this morning helping a neighbor get unstuck and out the hood to get to work. She went for it and got out. GOD IS SO FAITHFUL. Faith without works is dead. “This is what the LORD says: Cursed is the person who trusts in mankind. He makes human flesh his strength, and his heart turns from the LORD” (Jer 17.5)

The Positive Outlook

There’s something to speaking the positive to yourself instead of the negative. There’s something to reprogramming your mind to only receiving good things instead of considering anything from a negative perspective. It’s reflected in your speech.

Satan tries to make us believe that positive self-talk is a bad thing. Its not real talk. Its fairy-tale land mentality. But to tell yourself good things is a good thing. Instead of feeding on only what you can see with your physical eyes, usually resulting in a negative outlook, to look at everything from the eyes of faith takes on a positive perspective. Changing your word and ultimately the atmosphere of your life.

For what reason do you think the Bible says that we’re to Count it all joy when facing of every kind of trial? (James 1:2) Because God knows if we lead a life weighed down by the negative instead of walking in faith by seeing the positive then we’ll miss out on being built up in order to mature in our faith. And that will hold us down and we will live under stuff instead of being More than conquerors through Christ (Rom 8:37).

Jesus is our freedom. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36).

When we draw close to God He draws close to us and He helps us to see whatever is coming at us truly for what it is. And no matter what we can decide to see our reality from a positive perspective and watch God turn things around for our good and His glory.

Challenge yourself to really pay attention to if you’re speaking good or bad over yourself and see what it’s resulting in. If you don’t like it then change your words. Think about how your outlook is when receiving information or perceiving others and challenge yourself to see things and people from a positive perspective. See if your life doesn’t change.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.

(Pro 18:21)

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The Presence of God

This morning I watched a teacher I really like exhort on how to get into the Presence of God. He spoke about lies we believe that keep us unable to enter the Presence of God and he taught on truths we need to embrace in order to get over the wall of ourselves to enter into that place with God. I really had an encounter with the Presence of the Holy Spirit this morning in my living room. I could feel my body heat up as I emptied myself of me and toiled to enter into that place with Him. I gave Him my time and made room for Him to touch me. I realized He’s been talking to me about doing this all along. Bringing back to my remembrance times passed when I had experienced His Presence all by myself in my bedroom. I had a verse come to mind this morning as I experienced this. It comes from Song of Solomon 3:4: …when I found him whom my soul loves. I held him, and would not let him go.

When I can enter that place with God I realize how thirsty my soul is and how much His Presence quenches that thirst. Oh believer don’t listen to that lie that goes around in Christian circles that says you ought not to feel the presence of God. That you ought not to base your relationship with God on how much you feel Him. Because He wants you to feel His Presence since when you do you are in that right place of fellowship with Him. According to 1 Corinthians 1:9: …you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

The only thing we’re to toil or labor for as believers on this earth is what Jesus said in John 6:29: …’This is the work of God: that you believe [adhere to, trust in, rely on, and have faith] in the One whom He has sent.‘ This does not say we are to first believe in ourselves and try to do anything with our own might, it says we are to work to especially rely upon Christ. I believe that this fellowship with Christ only comes when we truly admit our brokenness and need for God. Then we’re truly trusting and having faith in Christ. When we rely upon our our own strength we miss that sweet fellowship with Christ.

I want to challenge you this year to really press into God and His Presence. The Bible says: …in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Ps 16:11). Who doesn’t want to experience that? Really consider how you’re feeling internally. And how much time and energy you’re investing in your relationship with God. Because in the end this is the only lasting thing that we will be judged about by a Holy God. Make it a priority to increase that precious time with Him in your prayer closet. Wasting less time on unimportant things and spending more time filling it with God’s Presence. Everyone gets lonely and tries to fill that void with stuff or people. Challenge yourself as Luke 9:23 says: deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow Christ. And truly as you spend time in that place with God I believe Eph 3:16-19 will be real in your life:

...out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Things aren’t always what they seem…

You know the Spiritual world is more real than the natural world that we see with our own eyes. It’s funny how our perception of life can change with one touch from God. We can see our battles as temporary and truly insignificant because we hold onto God tighter than what we can see. God’s Word that tells us We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Rom 8:37). Trials can be something to glorify God instead of beating us down. We can choose to glorify God instead of our problems and deny the enemy the satisfaction of giving him praise for our difficulties. We can speak the peace and the power of God right into our trials just as Christ said. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.“If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:13-14). We can be the victor instead of living beneath something or even defining ourselves by whatever trial we’re facing.

If we have this power that Jesus Himself gave to us, using His name to combat anything that comes against us, than why do we have prayers that go unanswered? I have a struggle of my own that I keep asking God to replace with something new and good and I believe He is. Until I see this manifest completely I have my part to do as I seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and I feed my inner man with His Word so I can become stronger. He has given me the upper hand. I do not have to live beneath any thing. The Devil is a liar. 1 Peter 2:24 says Jesus paid for me to be free of any and every infirmity attacking me. By His wounds I have been healed. It’s true that I believe more of what comes out of my own mouth and I will eat my words because Proverbs 18:21 says so, The tongue has the power of life and death. I had better be in the Bible declaring the truth over myself, my family, or anything else of great value every single day. This takes my time. It doesn’t just happen. I have to do something.

The Bible says, Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won’t be able… (Luke 13:24) To strive to enter through is the word ἀγωνίζομαι agōnízomai. Strong’s says this means the believer must struggle, literally (to compete for a prize) figuratively (to contend with an adversary), or genitive case (to endeavor to accomplish something):— fight, labor fervently, strive. The Bible says, Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable crown (1 Cor 9:25).

Now this is not an easy task. This is not just going through the motions. Just attending church on Sundays and Wednesdays. It’s not even just turning on your Christian music or serving in a ministry consistently in your church. This is much much more than that. This is proactively forsaking our lives for Christ. Giving up our desires, our preferences, our opinions, our rights for the sake of the Gospel. Luke 9:23 says, Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. And John 15:4-5 says, and that means we must remain in Jesus. He is the vine and we are the branches. Jesus said if we remain in Him and He in us we will bear much fruit but apart from Him we can do nothing.

The Bible explains the Spiritual life as something of absurdity to the natural mind. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor 2:14). The natural man will dismiss what he cannot understand. How many Christians do that to things in the Bible? Maybe they’ve been taught things in church and because they don’t question things themselves, by studying the Word, they never grow into mature believers who know the truth and it allow it to set them free. Walking in truth led by the Holy Spirit. They remain stagnant. They do the same things over and over and over again. The cycle of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday is all they see. Back and forth to work they go. And church on Sunday. With vacations thrown in between. There’s nothing beyond that. Christ paid much too a high price for us to only live like that.

So the question is what do we do? How do we live beyond our today or move on and soar in the strength of God? I think we have to really put God first in our hearts, in our lives, in our days, in our plans. Plan my day around Jesus instead of Jesus around my day. Start praying everyday. Include His Word in your prayer time as He leads you to. Read the Bible everyday and don’t read for length but read because you want to hear God speak to you. The primary way God speaks is though His Word. Allow Him the time to tell you things. Study His Word. Study topics in areas in which you struggle. Allow Him to reveal Himself through His Word. Write things down. My Grandmother told me this many many years ago. She said this was so important. I should write everything down. She was right. Because I wrote down my entire book before I had it published or even had the plans as to how to have it published. It was hand written even before it was on the computer. It was a compilation of writing things down as God spoke to me.

It’s a new year. A brand new start. The possibilities are endless. Make God first place in your time, in your thoughts, in your actions, in your desires and in your heart. See how He reveals Himself to you in a real way. Spiritual warfare is real. You enemy the Devil does not want you to do these things because when you do really make God really first place in your heart, you’re a real threat to Him. He won’t bother you if you don’t bother him. Be a part of what is most important. That is building the Kingdom of Heaven today that will last for tomorrow and forever and way past this lifetime into the next. This is what it’s all about.

 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. (Isaiah 40:31)

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A Real God

Just in the last week God has reminded me of how real He is. I have been reminded of how much God wants me to experience the His real presence over the last week. Our God is real and He’s really interested in having a relationship with you.

I have also been having vivid dreams about Heaven lately. I read online today that Joe Biden is going to be put in office as president and I immediately thought this is the beginning of the end of America. Its the beginning of the end of time.

I have these visions that we are just playing parts in a theater production as we go about our days here on earth. Its like how a movie portrays. Time is getting short. Ask God to reveal Himself and He will so you can see Him really before its too late.

If you don’t know my God personally He invites you to get to know Him. Its an eternal decision that is of utmost importance that you settle right on this side of eternity. Open the Bible and see what He wants to speak to you because He will speak directly to you. Right into your personal circumstances and it will blow your mind.

“If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth…If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word is not in us”. (1 John 1.6, 8-10)

We all die. Where will you go when you do?

(John 3.16-18) “For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. “Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.

A personal God

Last night I experienced God in a way I have not in a long while. God reached down and spoke truth to me concerning things I have battled in my heart but not expressed to anyone. There was a stumbling block I have battled against for awhile that was something I could not overcome. I have been pushing to get into the Presence of Almighty God in my own strength. A couple of ladies with their hands on me God spoke through.

God is so personal and He desires so much for us to reach up to Him. The Bible says blessed are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled. We trip over ourselves, and our pride makes us miss the best part of God. His presence.

When those ladies spoke of the things they said I knew it was from God because I don’t know these ladies. They don’t know me. But God knows me better than anyone. He knows me. I was so grateful for the prayer. It made me truly realize that God sees me. He cares. He waits on me.

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By yourself

Jesus said come away with me and be refreshed (Mar 6:31). The Spirit led people into the desert (Mark 1.12) So they went away to be by themselves to a remote place (Mar 6.32). Why do you think that was? I think we as persons get into our routines and just get stuck. Even if we sincerely desire change it may take a drastic change to help us change. We want that change to be something we choose not something to be brought on us by the enemy that makes us fall flat on our face and bring us to our knees, in order to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand to bring about true change. Sometimes it’s necessary we take a ‘sabbatical’ so to speak in order for us to hear God’s voice insteadof our own. Just as Apostle Paul spent much time walking alone, just him and God, He was built up in spiritual strength because he sought the supernatural presence of God. This made him strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

So what are you doing today to prepare yourself for the day?

Are you being refreshed by the Presence of God on a daily basis (Acts 3:19-20)

Take thought to this. Be Blessed

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart” (Jer 29:12-13).

Turning the head of God..

..Moses did this. Moses, if you remember, murdered a man and then ran to the desert and remained there for 40 years. In that time I believe God was humbling Moses to prepare him for his calling. In Numbers 12:3 it says at that time, “Moses was a very humble man, more so than anyone on the face of the earth.” The Bible says that God communicated with the Prophets, during this time, through visions, dreams and riddles but not with Moses. With Moses God would speak to him face to face. Which meant Moses so pleased God, as he humbled himself, that He turned the head of God. It prepared him to walk into his calling. That calling was supernatural in nature. It was gonna take a strength that Moses wouldn’t have the ability to exert on his own. I’m sure it was beyond anything that he could imagine himself needing or even having.

As you read throughout Exodus and Numbers Moses went into the Presence of God time and time again to make intercession for individuals, and God’s people as a whole, asking for forgiveness, mercy or help. Moses went to the outskirts of the location where the people were, to meet with God. He had to inconvenience himself by leaving his location to go to a place he knew God was going to show up, in the Tent of Meeting or on a mountain. He would spend a lot of time basking in God’s presence, getting strengthened, having sweet fellowship with God.

In Numbers 12 Marium and Aaron spoke harshly against Moses, behind his back. Maybe it was because they were jealous of Moses’ fellowship with the Lord. Maybe they wanted, deep down, a sweet time with God themselves and because of that they slandered Moses. As a result, Marium was hit with Leprosy. She went to Moses to defend her in front of God and he being humble enough stepped up and asked God to not hold that sin against her. He pleaded with God to heal her.

Who does that? Sets aside his pride and genuinely pleads for the mercy for his so called “enemy”. It is someone who sees the spirit behind the person acting out against them. Someone who loves their enemies. Someone who is full of God. Someone who truly loves his brother as himself.

What about you? Do you see this as something you could aim for in your life? If so, you would reap blessing incomprehensible in your life because you went after whats most important. Take God as His Word. He doesn’t lie (Numbers 23:19). What His Word is sent to do it always accomplishes (Isaiah 55:11).

 “…In every relationship, each of you must wrap around yourself the apron of a humble servant. Because: God resists you when you are proud but multiplies grace and favor when you are humble. If you bow low in God’s awesome presence, He will eventually exalt you as you leave the timing in His hands” (1 Peter 5:5b-6, TPT).

What inconveniences would you have to reach sweet fellowship with God Almighty? Under the new Covenant we are privileged to be in, how much more will we get by pleasing God internally? Its a goal. Its a thought. Make it an action today. It takes one step of faith at a time…dieing to ourselves daily (1 Corinthians15:31).

“Create a new, clean heart within me. Fill me with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please you… The fountain of your pleasure is found in the sacrifice of my shattered heart before you. You will not despise my tenderness as I humbly bow down at your feet” (Ps 51:10, 17, TPT)

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