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Where Has God Raised You From?

“With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:33 NIV

In this passage, Peter and John were seized by the Sanhedrin and put in jail for teaching and proclaiming Jesus and the power of His resurrection. Unschooled and ordinary, with boldness and courage, they could not help but proclaim what they had seen and heard in their time spent with Jesus.

As I look back over the last 4 years of my life, I got to witness what His resurrection power can do in a life yielded to him. I was given a 3 week death sentence in 2010. I had Burkett’s Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and was told I needed a stem cell transplant to survive. Unable to collect cells from my body due to my health and chemo, they attempted to find a donor. That was unsuccessful because of my ethnicity, for there are very few donors of color. Three years passed and my doctor gets permission to use this new drug and makes another attempt to collect stem cells. This was his 8th attempt in 3 years, and I needed 5 million cells from a body that could barely walk. This time it was successful.

I share this today to say, we all like the disciples can attest to the resurrection power of Jesus. Where has God raised you from that you know only He could of done it? Is it financial ruin, an emotional breakdown, death or loss of a love one, a divorce, a sickness, or just not feeling loved or wanted? The enemy would love for you to hide where you come from or what you have gone through. Yes, we must be discerning to whom/when we share. Be discerning, but also be transparent, own it and let God use your story so someone else can have a story of His resurrection power in their lives. It is the Holy Spirit’s power that enables us to be witnesses for Christ, both in word and action. The name and claim it in Jesus is that it is in the name of Jesus that I can claim that He did it and not I, myself.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the sacrifice of the death of your Son. Daily remind us that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is in us to get through the day and be and do all that you have called us to. Give us the grace and courage to testify to who you are in our lives and the resurrection power that is in us to overcome anything. In Jesus Name.

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God is Protecting You

“And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.” 1 Peter 1:5 (NLT)

When God tells you “no”, when He closes a door, when He removes someone from your life, when He tells you to slow down, when He doesn’t allow that job to hire you, when He tells you to take a different way instead of your normal route, when He wakes you up in the middle of the night to pray, it is all a part of God’s divine protective plan. He protects you by His power and love. You are in the palm of God’s hand and no enemy can pluck you out! As long as you stay obedient to God, you will remain in His divine protection. It will be like a mighty shield around you…guarding you everywhere you go. However, if the enemy is wrecking havoc in your life, sometimes it’s not because you are just under spiritual attack. Attacks are often caused as a result of disobedience. Disobedience opens a huge door to the enemy to come in and cause a big mess of things. You must always ask yourself, “Lord, is there anything You have told me to do that I haven’t done?” Once Holy Spirit brings it back to your remembrance, even if it’s something He told you many years ago, repent and then do it. Do it with no delay! The enemy knows fully that he cannot touch you as long as you are obedient to God. You are outside of his domain and are shielded by God. Obey God. Obey Him even when it doesn’t make logical sense. Obey Him even when it inconveniences you, makes you uncomfortable and causes you to have to give up something of value to you. Obey Him consistently and see His divine protection in ways you have never seen before. Be always before His face, receiving His wisdom and instructions and then doing what He says by His grace.

Prayer: Father, thank You for protecting me. Help me learn how to fully trust in Your protection and leading. Forgive me if I have not obeyed You. I repent. Even when I don’t understand why, even when it makes no sense at all to my head, help me learn to follow You. I declare I am obedient, submissive to Your Spirit, and I continue to see Your divine protection in my life and in lives of those I pray for. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Don’t Worry, Be a Happy Woman

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” Romans 14:17

When we are feeling like the cares of life are weighing on our shoulders and bogging down our minds, at what point do we stop and say, “You know what. I don’t have to operate like this! I am God’s daughter and because I am His daughter I can be happy, at peace and joyful.” The daily stresses of life will try to replay over and over in our mind and situations will tell us that everything is a burden. If we’re not careful we will begin to feel like being a wife is a burden, being a mother is a burden, being a worker in the church is a burden, like our jobs is a burden, and being a sister and friend is a burden. Living burdened down doesn’t produce joy or happiness. Thank the Lord that He lifts our burdens and helps us understand that we are citizens in His Kingdom, and since we are, we have righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. We have something supremely spiritual that can impact every natural aspect of our lives. God’s will is that we live joyFULL, peaceFULL and cheerFULL. We are called to be a joyful mother of children, a cheerful wife to our husbands, a happy servant and minister to others, a happy employee that works as unto the Lord, and a joyful sister in Christ. He promises to be our God so that we can remain care-free and happy. A happy woman is a singing woman, a confident and free woman, and is a great blessing to be around! Let us reject all feelings of worry, fear and anxiety over small things that we can do nothing about and allow our hearts to fill up to the full with God’s supernatural peace and joy in the Holy Ghost!

Prayer: Father, You are my God and I am Yours. Thank You for placing me in Your Kingdom and for teaching me how to receive from You peace and joy. I fill up with it now and pray that it overflows from my life into others around me. I bind every mental distress, inner turmoil and emotional disturbance that’s robbing me of joy. I cast my cares on You right now. I know You care for me. You will take care of all the problems I face. I decree I am a happy, peaceful and joy-filled woman. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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Oil and Vinegar

“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:14 (NLT)

Have you ever had someone in your life that you just didn’t get along with? Personality clashes are nothing new to our society. They exist in the work environment, in our homes, schools, churches, etc. On a regular basis, we encounter people we feel are difficult to be around. Differences in behavior, in opinions, values and perspectives can cause clashes between people. God loves us all and doesn’t expect differences to divide us. He expects us to learn from eachother, work together and learn to get along no matter how difficult we find it to be. When it comes to oil and vinegar, they don’t mix. We find the only thing that can cause them to mix is an emulsifier. It is the agent that contains special compounds that wrap around the molecules in oil and causes them to bond with the water molecules in vinegar. For example, soap and egg yolk are both well-known emulsifiers. These are both outside agents that are used to bring two very different substances together. It’s not in our own natural ability to be patient with others’ idiosyncrasies. We need an outside Agent. God’s love is the great emulsifying agent we can use when we are faced with someone we clash with. God’s love will help you be caring, understanding of others and patient. His love can bring two very different people together that wouldn’t normally get along. 

Prayer: Lord, I need You and I humble myself under Your mighty hand. You are patient with me. Help me be understanding and patient with others. I admit I have areas in my life that You are working on. Other people have areas You are working on in them. Help me love them and treat them with respect. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

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The Power of His Resurrection

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” Philippians 3:10

While on a getaway with my husband, celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary, I became very sick with the flu. I felt terrible and extremely weak! I could barely stand up, had chills all over my body, and no desire to eat. While lying there in bed, my husband left to go and purchase some things we needed. Not too long after he left, the Holy Spirit said to me, “Get up!” I could hear Him audibly. He said, “It’s your anniversary and you’re not about to spend it in the bed sick. Get up!” I then leaped up and started declaring I am healed by the stripes of Jesus! I started praying and praising God while pacing the floor, and a God  healed me and strengthened my body supernaturally! When my husband walked in the room he smiled and said, “Praise God!” Thank God for the power of His resurrection entering into my physical body, causing it to be made whole and strong again! The same power that raised up our Lord Jesus can cause anyone that believes to get up from a sick bed and be raised to life again. Rejoice today and be glad that God is alive and His Spirit and resurrection power lives within you!

Prayer: Father God, I thank You that are my God and I am Yours. Thank You for Your supernatural resurrection power that lives in me. I receive by faith every promise and every blessing You have already provided. In Jesus name, Amen!

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God Hears Your Cry

“The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help.” Psalms 34:15 (KJV)

One evening, I arrived home and didn’t have the key to the door. Needless to say, my husband who I love, was inside sleeping like a rock. He didn’t hear me knocking on the door like the police. He didn’t hear me ringing the doorbell repeatedly. He didn’t hear me throw a bucket next to the window. That man was completely knocked out. So I yelled next to the bedroom window, “Baby, open the door!” Seconds later, there he was standing at the front door. I asked him, “You didn’t hear all of the noise I was making?” He said, “No!” “So what woke you up?” He said, “I heard your voice.” It is not our emotional fits, demands, tantrums, and pouting that gets God’s attention. His ears are attentive to our voice. One thing is for sure, God hears you and if you know He hears you, you know you have the petition you have asked of Him. His ears are attentive to your prayers and when you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you. Let God hear the cry of your heart, let God hear your voice!

Prayer: Father God, thank You for watching over me and being so attentive to my prayers. You hear my voice and You draw close to me when I draw close to You. When I face difficult situations in my life, help me to always stay reminded that You do hear me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Get In His Will

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

We are first introduced to the phrase “will of God” in the New Testament. It is found mentioned twenty three times. The phrase, “will of the Lord” is also found twice. What is God’s will? God’s will is His determination, His choice, His purpose and decree. It is good and acceptable and well pleasing in His sight. It is perfect and complete. God will never force His will upon us. It is up to us to submit our will to His. Anyone that seeks to know God’s will and do only His will show their relationship with the Lord to be true. All of heaven does what the Lord wills. In order for His Kingdom to come on earth in our lives and our surrounding, we must submit and align our will with the will of God. When you pray, “Lord, I want to be in Your will. Reveal to me where you want me to be and what you want me to do.” That is a great place to start. Going through is not a sign that you’re outside of God’s will. As absence of conflict is not a sign that you are in His will. Having to suffer is not an indicator that you missed it and are not where you’re supposed to be. We aren’t led by circumstance. We are to be led solely by the Spirit of God. One of Holy Spirit’s responsibilities in our lives is to lead us and help us do the will of the Father. One thing is for certain, when you are in God’s perfect will, you will receive a continual supply of wisdom and revelation. It will pour out like a running faucet. You will see increased favor on your life. You will see increase in effectiveness and overall sense of peace and fulfillment. This is no time to wonder if you are where you are supposed to be and wondering what your assignment is in the earth. You must seek God in prayer so that you can know without a doubt. He will permit you to have what you desperately want, but that is not His perfect will. You stand in the safest place on the planet when you are in God’s perfect will for your life.

Prayer: Father God, I hear You speaking to my heart. Lead me by Your Holy Spirit into your perfect will for my life. I yield to no other spirit but Yours. Keep me in Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Have You Healed Properly

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”  (Isaiah 61:1)

God designed our bodies in such a way that it can heal on its own. A broken bone grows healthy tissue immediately after it breaks and overtime we find that it is stronger than before. However, an infection can prevent healing of what’s broken. Also, if the bone healed out of place, a doctor will refracture the bone so that it can heal properly. While this sounds painful, the doctor has the patient’s best interest in mind. God is our Great Physician and He has our best interest in mind. He knows how to heal a broken heart. He also knows when you have healed properly. While you may be praying for God to heal a broken relationship in your life, He is first looking to see if there is an infection in you, any deep-rooted issues in your heart that must be healed first. Have you healed properly? You may think time and distance has helped you to heal. You may think avoidance, ignoring calls and shutting someone out has helped you heal, but it only causes you to heal out of place. God will break you down and instruct you to set things right so that you can heal properly. God’s objective is that we heal and are made stronger than ever, but we must trust Him. Time doesn’t heal all wounds, especially not emotional ones. Only God does. Set things right with those you have fallen out with. Let God help you to deal with any and every deep-rooted issue in your heart that may be hindering the healing process. Be broken into submission to His will so that you can heal the right way.

Prayer: Father God, I thank You that You are my Great Physician. You know how to heal any broken heart. I come to You praying that You heal my heart. Help me deal with any issues that I may have. I need to set things right again with those I have fallen out with. I submit to Your will and Your way. Strengthen me Lord and help me do what is right. Make me stronger than before. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Don’t Go There

“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21

Some people are like kids on an elevator. They will push every emotional button on you, never realizing they are being used by the enemy. When everything in you wants to react in a negative way, don’t go there. Remember, whoever overcomes you controls you. (2 Peter 2:19) Your determination to consistently show kindness and love is too much for any evil person to handle. Good overcomes evil. Many times I have literally broke down crying in my time alone with God, because God wanted me to love someone I wanted to hate. He wanted me to do good when I did not want to. I wanted to be overcome by evil and fight and show that I’m not a doormat, but God’s Spirit within me wouldn’t let me go there. Oh thank God for the Holy Ghost! Oh thank God for His help in keeping our flesh under! It is only by His grace and supernatural power that I have never once cursed anyone out in my entire life. Have I become angry and wanted to? Yes, of course. Many times. But when God’s Spirit truly lives in you, you can’t do whatever you want to do and you can’t say whatever you want to say. You must submit to God, saying “Yes, Sir!” to His Spirit no matter how you feel about it. When we learnto submit to God, we find it easier to submit to others, even those who are not so kind. You must remember that you have influence in this world. Somebody, even if it’s one person, is watching you and your example. Don’t give evil nonsense a moment of your time. It’s not worth it. Walk in love while you continue on with living the life God has blessed you to live, moving forward in doing what God has purposed you to do. Don’t go there.

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for the help of Your Holy Spirit. You loved me enough to put Your Spirit within me to guide me through life. When everything in me wants to act ugly, help me Lord to stay in the Spirit and not go there. I rebuke all strife and wrath and I yield to no other spirit but Yours. Be glorified in me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Go Through the Open Door

“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” Revelation 3:8

Discouragement over regrets, missed opportunities, closed doors, and over being told “no”, is at an all time high. Many people are feeling discouraged today and negative thoughts are pouring into their minds like a rainstorm. We must rebuke discouragement as soon as it raises its ugly head. We must encourage ourselves in the Lord. God is still on the throne and you are who God said you are. You have what He said you have. You will do everything He has set out for you to do. You are on the winning side! That makes you a winner! Don’t let the spirit of discouragement talk in your ear any longer. Only listen to the comforting and reassuring voice of His Holy Spirit. He will remind you that you don’t serve no small God. You serve the King of kings and the Lord of lords, and what your King has already approved for you, no one can disapprove. What He has ordained for you to receive, no one deny you of it. When God decrees a blessing for you, all of heaven knows it and all of heaven expects you to agree with it, go after it and receive it by faith. Your assigned angel is ready to go before you and prosper your way, but you have to send your angel forth. Don’t sit at any closed doors feeling down, discouraged, and defeated. No man can close a door that God has laid open before you. It doesn’t matter what man has said about it. What God has spoken to your heart, whispered in your ear and shown you in His Word is all that matters! Be encouraged. Be determined. Be persistent. Everything God has for you is yours for the taking!

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for encouraging me today by Your Spirit. I rebuke the spirit of discouragement right now and I yield to Your Holy Spirit. Help me to go through every open door You have laid before me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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