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Codependent No More

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalms 139:23,24

Some people pray for deliverance from drug or alcohol addiction. Some cry out for freedom from sexual sin. We all have areas that God will shine His loving light on so that we can be truly free to serve Him. One day God revealed to me that I needed deliverance from codependency.

I was…

  • Having difficulty making decisions in relationships
  • Having difficulty identifying my own feelings and communicating
  • Having difficulty valuing the approval of others more than valuing myself
  • Lacking trust in myself and having poor self-esteem
  • Having fears of abandonment and an obsessive need for approval
  • Having an unhealthy dependence on relationships, even at my own cost
  • And having an exaggerated sense of responsibility for the actions of others

But God. He took me by the hand and led me in the cleft of a rock in my spiritual walk with Him. I got alone with God and over the course of two months He broke the power of codependency off of my life. I found myself in Him. He gave me my life back and I am so blessed to say that I am totally free. And what He has done for me He will do for you. Do you believe that?

So often we stay on the surface with God because we don’t want Him peering into the crevices of our heart. Who knows what He will find, right? But if we desire to be vessels unto honor fit for the Master’s use, some pruning, deliverance and revealing of His truth will need to take place. Our prayers must be as the Psalmist David, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” God wants to shine His light on every area in your heart that’s keeping you in bondage. Not to shame you, but to free you so that He can be glorified in your life.

Prayer: Search me oh God. Try my heart. Reveal to me what’s not like You and lead me in Your way. I know You love me. I know You love me. I know…You love me. Deliver me God. I trust You with my life. I trust You with my heart. I yield to Your Holy Spirit and no other spirit do I yield to. I ask that You be glorified in me. In Jesus name, Amen.

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A message from God’s heart for those who are so accustomed to a destructive life.

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

When all you’ve known is a life of destructive habits, destructive mindsets, and destructive environments, it can be very difficult to see yourself living a victorious life in God. Because you can’t picture it, you need God to teach you how to live. If you don’t reach forward into fulfilling your purpose, you will default to who you once were. It is a fear of the unknown that holds us back and hinders many believers from pursuing God with reckless abandonment. What does it look like for you to overcome and let Him have His way in you? What great things are you capable of doing for God’s kingdom when you focus all of your attention on Him. There are gifts and callings that have been given by God and not taken back. You have not even scratched the surface of every vision and purpose that God has for you to receive. You have only tasted a small portion of His divine life. Go hard after God. Refuse to turn back in fear. Don’t fear the success God has waiting for you. “Your fruit will remain and You will bring Me great glory,” God says. “It is My desire that you bear much fruit. It is My plan that you experience My fullness. Don’t hold back the gifts I have placed in you. Don’t fear the path I have laid in front of you. Don’t fear walking through the open door. Pursue Me with all of your heart. I want to be found by you. Embraced by you, and glorified in and through your life.”

Prayer: Thank You God. I am speechless at Your love for me. You love me and I humbled. All I’ve known is a destructive life. Help me not turn back in fear to what’s familiar. Help me reach forward and press toward the prize of the high calling of You in Christ Jesus. Help me God. Teach me how to live. Be glorified in me. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Uncommon Favor

“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52

The Greek word for grace is “charis”. It means divine influence upon the heart and it’s reflection in the life. An increase in favor begins with an increase in God’s knowledge and wisdom, and increasing in obedience. Here are some ways to manifest divine and uncommon favor in your life.

Watch Your Words

Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Speak life over your situation, not death. Speak the truth of God’s Word, not what the devil is saying. Also guard your ear gate from harmful words of others that are sent to destroy you. Let your response be what God is saying.

Have a No Strife Policy in Your Life.

Don’t fuss and fight with people. If they refuse to hear or refuse to walk in peace with you, leave them alone. Strife hinders the flow of God’s grace and favor in your life.

Be All In.

If your heart is divided between the world and God, if it is distracted with the cares of life, or if you’re holding on to an offense, you will hinder the powerful flow of favor.

Bless What God is Blessing.

God is wanting us to bless Him by blessing His saints, those who are doing His work from a right heart. Find ways to sow into their life and bless them by praying fervently for them.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for speaking directly into my heart. Thank You for Your favor and love. I open myself to You and ask that You have divine influence on my heart. Let Your character and nature rub off on me. I receive Your wisdom and I yield my life completely to You. I ask that You release Your flow of grace in my life and that You are glorified in me. In Jesus name, Amen.

(Read Proverbs 18:21; Philippians 2:3

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Persevere Through the Bad and the Good

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4

How sweet it is to commune with God, to feel His love, learn His wisdom and experience His power. It is wonderful! Just when you find yourself enjoying a state of peace from your communion with God, the enemy sends a trial that is difficult, emotionally challenging and that tests everything you know to be true. In these moments it can be difficult to understand how and why your circumstances have changed so drastically. But understand this, everything you go through is working for your good and for the glory of God. You may say, “Well, how can this horrible situation be working for my good? How can my husband leaving me and our kids be for my good? How can suffering financial ruin be for my good?” These are the questions of the heart that only God’s word provide answers for. What does God’s word say? “The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever!” God is good even when people and situations aren’t.

You may be experiencing everything bad, but trust in the goodness of God. Let Him produce in you a persevering heart. Let Him complete the work He began in you. Every lesson learned brings you a step closer to Him. He will allow you to come across difficult people so that you may learn His love, His compassion and forgiveness. He may remove something from your life to help you realize that all you need is Him. He may bring you up against seemingly impossible challenges so you will finally know and believe that you can do all things through Christ. We all have times when we think, “Why do I have to face this God? Everything was going so well!” And then He reminds us that He has a purpose for everything we face. You would not be the woman you are today had you not faced some painful situations that helped develop your character and that showed you God is indeed present in your life.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for giving me the strength to face whatever may come my way. I ask that You renew my mind so whenever I face a new challenge, I remain in peace knowing that You have allowed it to develop me and bring glory to Your name.  Help me trust in Your goodness. I love You and I receive Your love and grace. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Destiny Disrupted? Not When You Walk by Faith‏

“Let me be weighed on honest scales, that God may know my integrity. If my step has turned from the way, or my heart walked after my eyes, or if any spot adheres to my hands, then let me sow, and another eat; yes, let my harvest be rooted out.” Job 31:6-8 (NKJV)

Job clearly was in the midst of a change of life. His once peaceful existence was completely disrupted in one day. He lost everything except his life in twenty-four hours. Even his friends began to wonder how Job had offended God to bring about such terrible consequences. Job had to know if he had lost his way. When bad things happen, we often quickly analyze our life to see where we went wrong. As Christians, we often wonder if we have somehow offended God bringing about such punishment. Those who are intent on a good “life” will quickly recalculate their course and forget about following God for the moment. Those with a heart and passion for God choose the course that Job decided upon. This man of God asked the Lord to weigh him on a scale of integrity. Job wanted to walk with God even in the midst of great trials. He went one step further and challenged God to continue to bring adversity until his life was balanced and in check with God. Who would ask the Lord to allow continued trials and tribulations in the midst of such circumstances? Only someone purposed in their heart to never fear change more than God.

Are you that person? Have you purposed in your heart to love God and submit to His will no matter what? When you do, God will heap His Grace and Mercy upon your life. Let His Word become a guide that leads you  through the pitfalls and danger zones of life. Let God increase you in wisdom and knowledge so that you can trust Him with every step you take.

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for guiding me through life’s many changes. Help me trust You even when it’s not clear what You are doing in my life. Man tries to convince me that trusting You is dangerous and is a careless way to live. But I believe in You is the safest place in the world. Help me move when You move, speak when You speak, love what You love and hate what You hate. Direct my steps into the promises that You have stored up for me. In Jesus name, Amen.

(Read Psalm 37:23-27)

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God’s Will for You is Divine Peace

“Great peace have they that love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Psalms 119:165

“Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace.” Psalms 37:37

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” 2 Peter 1:2

When you feel like you need a companion God will show you that you really need peace. When you think you need provision God will show you that you need peace. Every prayer request we can possibly think of points to the greater need for the supernatural peace of God. We are living in a time when God wants us to experience His peace like never before. Peace comes from resting in a true knowledge of God and the finished work of Jesus Christ. When peace comes in, worry and doubt runs out. It doesn’t come to share a space, it comes to take over. The enemy isn’t the only one that comes in like a flood. He got that from Someone. God’s peace comes in like a mighty flood and completely overwhelms us. Hallelujah! Receive God’s peace today about your life, receive His peace about your marriage, receive His peace about your children, receive His peace about your business and your ministry. Ask God to open up the windows of heaven and pour out His peace upon you like you’ve never seen before. Let grace and peace be multiplied to you through your knowledge that God is who He say He is and He will do what He say He will do. No ploy of the enemy can stop God’s great plan for your life. You are who God said you are and you will fulfill His divine purpose for your life. Like water, peace is the greatest and most powerful spiritual resource. So receive it! Receive it! Receive it!

Prayer: Oh glory to Your name Father God! I thank You for Your amazing peace in my heart. I receive it like a flood! Yes, God! Open up the windows of heaven and pour out Your peace in waves upon waves upon waves in my life. Let me sense Your holy presence and Your power at work for me. You are with me and You are for me. Thank You that the enemy will not conquer over me, but I conquer, dominate and am victorious over the enemy through Jesus. I tread over scorpions and I win through Christ! Thank You Lord for Your supernatural peace in my life! In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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God wants to beautify your soul.

“Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. ” 1 Peter 3:3,4 (NKJV)

One day while in prayer, I said, “Lord, I don’t have anything I can give anyone financially right now, but I thank You that You have made me extremely rich in my soul.” With tears running down my face, I thanked God for enriching and adding value to the hidden part of me. In that moment, I understood what it really means to be blessed. God wants to beautify your soul. He is trying to make you rich on the inside, but do you keep asking Him for only tangible things? Ask Him for wisdom. Ask for an understanding heart. Ask for a meek and quiet spirit. Ask Him to help you know His voice better. Ask Him to make you into what He deems as beautiful. How do you get a good godly man? You let God make your soul beautiful. How do you land the job that everyone wants? You let God enrich your soul with His wisdom. How do you be at peace with your enemies? You let God change your ways. He said, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” To God, the prosperity of your soul is more important than the size of your wallet. When you let Him enrich your soul, financial wealth and health is not too far behind. A blessed soul is a magnet for the supernatural favor of God.

Prayer: Oh God, my God. You are the lover of my soul. Forgive me if I’ve placed more value on outward things. Beautify me inwardly, Lord. I pray that You give me a wise and understanding heart. Give me a meek and quiet spirit. Fill me with Holy Spirit. Bless me inwardly so I can bless others. All I need is more of You. Thank You Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.

(Read 3 John 1:2; Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 3:16-19; 1 Corinthians 1:4,5)

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Get the Facts

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

It happens to be that 99.9% of the time, whenever we assume something, our assumptions are usually wrong. We can think, “He walked past me because…”, “She didn’t respond because…”, or “They didn’t invite me over because…” When we assume we are making judgements without knowing the real facts. Assumptions can keep our minds preoccupied all throughout the day, and if we aren’t careful we will create emotions about something that hasn’t been proven to be true. Assumptions are usually negative and can send a harmful message to our physical body. Our body doesn’t know the difference between an assumption and a fact and will respond as if everything it feels is real.

Maybe they didn’t invite you over because they forgot. Maybe she didn’t respond because her life has been extremely busy lately. Maybe he walked pass you because he was focused on getting somewhere on time and didn’t see you. Everything people do to you is not because they don’t like you or because they feel something negative about you. Love believes the best. Don’t let assumptions ruin you. If you feel it’s important to know something, it is wise to ask. We can’t think on “whatever is true” if we don’t know what is true. We must get the facts so we can have peace of mind.

Prayer: Father God, my mind has been bogged down with assumptions. I assume everything without knowing anything. I find that my assumptions have usually been wrong. Help me learn to reject any thought that the enemy tries to plant in my mind about someone or something. Help me think on whatever is true. Give me peace of mind. In Jesus name, Amen.

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God Has Not Turned His Back On You

“And if by grace, then it is no more of works…” Romans 11:6

To be disgraced is to be out of favor with. Have you ever felt like you were out of favor with God? As though He had turned His back on you. As though He no longer loved you. Yes, you knew without a doubt He loved you and favored you when you were serving Him with passion. When you were excited about winning the lost. When you were serving in your local church. But now. Now that your hopes have been deferred, your dreams have been delayed and your prayers seem denied, what now? You ask, “Does God still favor me?”

Yes, He does.

God loves you. Period. Not because of you, but because of Jesus. He favors you. Period. He has called you. Period. His hand is on your life. Period. Even when you can’t see it, let your heart believe what your eyes can’t see. It’s time to trust in God’s character like never before. So often we want God to bless us like never before, but will you trust Him like never before? Will you believe His word like never before? Will you align your will with His? Many who feel abandoned have hearts that are not totally submitted to God’s will. They want God’s will plus their own. But that’s not how God operates. If you want to live free from all feelings of disgrace, submit to God. Receive the blessing that come from being totally yielded to Him.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for speaking directly to my heart. I’m sorry for doubting Your love for me. I know You love me. Your hand is on my life even when it doesn’t look like it. You wouldn’t call me then distance Yourself from me. You wouldn’t make a covenant with me and not uphold Your end. You wouldn’t go through all that You did to reconcile me to You only to abandon me. You wouldn’t make me Your daughter only to throw me out with the dogs. Thank You for helping me see Your love and Your grace. I love You and I submit to You. You know what’s best for me and I trust You. In Jesus name, Amen.

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You are not without hope.

“You made men ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water, Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance.” Psalm 66:12 (NIV)

While laying in a mental hospital, I felt completely lost and confused. I knew God’s Word could comfort me, but I couldn’t remember anything. My mind was gone. Then out of nowhere, I heard Holy Spirit bring Psalm 23 back to my remembrance and I began to quote it. You see, in your darkest hour, the Holy Spirit will comfort you with whatever word you have already received in your heart. That word will minister life to you. I didn’t know how God was going to restore me. I didn’t know how He was going to get me through that time in my life. But He did. And if He could bring me out, He can do the same for you! Be encouraged. You are not alone. You are not without hope. You are not too far gone. The Lord, He is your hope and you can trust in Him. He will bring you out and into a place of rest and abundance. Be comforted with these same words He comforted me with:

“You will see My mighty fist and My strong muscle displayed in your life like never before. You have wanted to see My glory. From your spirit you cried, “Lord show me Your glory.” So My glory you will see. You have waited and now the vision speaks. Now My dream for you will come to pass. The place I have brought you to, no one will be able to separate you from it. The place My love has brought you to, no one can rob you of it. And what my love has taught you, no one can cause you to unlearn it. It’s yours. Rejoice in the land of the living! Rejoice in My deliverance and in My special care of you. Rejoice that you know and understand My love, My character and My nature to bless those who diligently seek Me. This is a time of seeing what I have longed for you to see, tasting what I have longed for you to taste, and receiving what I have longed to give you. It is time of great and tremendous rejoicing on your part and great action and power on Mine.” Says the Spirit of the Lord.

Prayer: Thank You Father. Thank You for speaking to me. I receive Your comfort and Your love. You are my hope. I put my trust in You to bring me through what I’m facing right now. My steps are ordered by You. I trust that no matter what it looks like You will be glorified in my life in a mighty way. In Jesus name, Amen.

(Read John 14:16,17,26; 2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

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