Month: June 2015
When Naomi decided to leave Moab and return to her country, her daughters-in-law insisted on leaving with her, but she told them twice, Turn again. She didn’t want them to follow her. She just wanted to be by herself.
Naomi, in her right mind, really didn’t want to be left alone. This was the enemy at work. He knew that the only way to defeat her in life was to first defeat her in her mind. The enemy used the loss of her husband and two sons as an opportunity to convince her that she had lost everything. She began to feel sorry for herself (self-pity). She became bitter. Call me not Naomi, call me Mara (Ruth 1:20). She thought no one loved her and no one cared for her. God has turned against me (Ruth 1:21). She was focused on herself and what she was going through. There was a battle going on – in her mind. The enemy knew the great things that God was about to do in her life. He knew deliverance was near. He also knew that everything he stole from her was about to be fully restored so he had to move quickly before she realized this. When Naomi told Ruth and Orpah to turn again, she was telling them, Leave me alone. For the enemy to complete what he started, his next plan was to separate her and isolate her (loneliness), but God (through Ruth) wouldn’t give up on her. He wouldn’t leave her alone.
Both Luke and Mark wrote about a man who was in the synagogue with an unclean spirit. While in the synagogue, the unclean spirit cried and said, Let us alone. Although it came out of his mouth, it was not the man speaking. He wanted to be free. If he didn’t want to be free, he wouldn’t have gone to church. It was the demon that cried out of fear. It knew it was about to be cast out. It recognized Jesus, the Son of God and it knew why Jesus came to the synagogue – to set the captives free. It didn’t want to let the man go, but his time in this man’s life was up. Why? Because Jesus came.
John 10:10 – The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.
The Israelites told Moses, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians. For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. Now think about it. That was not them speaking. God came for them because they cried out to Him. They wanted to be free from their bondage (Exodus 2:23).
This was proof that their deliverance was near. Don’t you find it interesting that this spirit spoke just before God opened the Red Sea? Read the book of Exodus. At no other time did this spirit say, Let us alone. This unclean spirit had them in bondage for over 400 years, but today was their day to be set free. For the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you shall see them again no more forever (Exodus 14:13). It probably frustrated Moses to hear them talk about giving up and going back to Egypt, but God knew who was really speaking.
The moment you want to give up is the moment that your deliverance is near. You want to leave that job. You want to leave the spouse (that God gave you). You have gotten to the place where you don’t want to be bothered by people anymore. You just want to be left alone, but that’s not the real you.
The real you knows God promised you His best. The real you knows that God is not a man that He should lie. It may not seem like it is getting better, but fear not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. Don’t worry about what you see because what you see today, you will never see again. The Lord is fighting for you. When Jesus was tempted of the devil in the wilderness, He didn’t forget what God said. Your problem is you forgot what God said. Cut off the devil’s plan with the sword of the Spirit. Jesus told the devil, It is written. Open your bible, find out what is written and speak it (as many times as necessary). The Lord’s angels obey the voice of His word (Psalm 103:20) and it is our job to give God’s word a voice.
Since the devil is persistent, you become persistent. Show him that you are not going to give up. Show him that you are not going back to Egypt. Show him that you are going to get everything that God promised. The fact that you are still alive is proof that God hasn’t given up on you. So if He hasn’t given up on you, don’t you give up on His word and His promises.
Your deliverance is near.
The Lord has been dealing with me about letting some things go. But if I cut it off, I’ll be alone again. No, that’s a lie. What you are doing is making room for what God promised you to come into your life. When you hold on to unforgiveness, grudges and anger, you invite things like heart problems, cancer, and other sicknesses, but the moment you let go of what He told you to let go, you make room for health, joy, restoration and His promises to come in.
I finally made a decision to cut something off this week and when I did, I was asked why. I want to leave an inheritance to my children’s children. I know what it’s like to suffer some things because of the decisions my parents, grandparents or ancestors made. They aren’t bad people and I’m not a bad person, but we have made some bad choices and I don’t want to pass down to my children what was passed down to me. I want to pass down blessings, not curses. As parents or guardians, we must be careful what we sow. Be not deceived. God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. Remember your child/children came out of YOU so what you reap, they may also reap.
I can say all day that I love my children, but when I examined my life, I realized that some of the decisions I made showed that I loved myself more than I love my children.
There are things that the Lord has commanded me to do and sometimes I think, Lord, this is hard. Do I really have to do this? Can I do something else instead? The truth is it’s only hard because in my heart, I really don’t want to do it. There is no need to ask God to take something away from you if you really don’t want to let it go. I do believe God is able to do it. In fact, He can do it, but if God removes a thing and you don’t really want to let go of it yet, you will eventually go back in search of that thing. You see, it’s not always that something is holding us. Sometimes we are holding on to it. We are the ones that refuse to let it go.
God told me something this week and I want to encourage you with His words: The very thing YOU say is holding you captive or holding you back is not as strong as you think it is. The Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is the same Spirit that is in you. The Spirit of God is able to raise you up from whatever brings death. According to Acts 2:24, Jesus couldn’t be held by death. It was impossible, but it was possible for God to set Him free and it is possible for Him to set you free. God gave Jesus power and then Jesus gave you that same power (Luke 10:19). Death had no power to hold him and the thing you’re dealing with has no power to hold you.
It may have you, but what has you doesn’t have the power to keep you. You will be able to think clearly. You will no longer be confused or double-minded. You will not walk in fear. You will prosper and succeed in every area of your life. The devil can’t stop you from getting saved. He can’t stop you from getting delivered. He can’t stop the word God gave you from accomplishing what it was sent out to do. God gave you a promise and He is going to fulfill His promise.
The devil can’t stop it.
Even as a Christian, I’ve told the Lord a lot of things with my mouth, but I forgot that He could see what was in my heart. I was raised to go to church, but no one taught me how to be the church. I’ve been in church all my life so I learned exactly what to say or pray. What I said to God may have sounded good, but was it true? Did I really mean what I said? Unfortunately, many of us know how to honor the Lord with our lips, but we haven’t learned how to honor Him with our hearts. You and I know what it’s like to be lied to and if you hate it, God hates it, too. So don’t lie to God. Be real and be honest because He already knows everything.
Create in us a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within us (Psalm 51:10).
Lord, give us a new heart and put a new spirit in us. Take away the stony heart out of our flesh and give us a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26).
My prayer is: Lord, take out the stubborn heart, the heart that doesn’t want to obey You and replace it with a heart that will be faithful, committed and obedient to You. Take out the heart that wants to do our will and give us a heart that will do the will of Him who sent us. Make us pure again, in Jesus name.
When God completes that prayer in your life, you won’t have to ask or beg Him to take this or take that away. You will choose to take the way of escape that He has provided for every temptation and you will choose life daily so that you and your seed will live…and you know what?
The devil can’t stop that either.
In Luke 18:35, there was a blind man who sat by the way side begging. When you don’t see, know or understand what has been given to you through Christ Jesus, you will always beg God for what you already have. Unlike Adam, you will always be seeking outside of you what’s already in you. When you walk in darkness or ignorance, you can’t see what you have or where you’re going. The word of God was given to us to be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. The word is able to guide you in the right direction. It reveals the path you are supposed to take. It keeps you from being deceived and tricked. It keeps you from going around in circles. Just like myself, there are a lot of people trying to find ‘themselves’, but God doesn’t want us to find us. He wants us to find Him. And you shall seek Me and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13). When you find Him, you will know what He already knew. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord (Jeremiah 29:11).
The God we serve is able to speak and He wants to share with you who He made you to be. Your life has already been planned. Just like Jeremiah, God knew you before He formed you, but one of the reasons why we aren’t fully walking in what God has called us to be is because we don’t know who we are or the purpose for why we were born.
Another reason why we haven’t become who God called us to be is because we are afraid. Jeremiah was afraid also and he gave God an excuse as to why he couldn’t be or do what God said. I am a child. When I was about 23 years old, the Lord revealed to me who He called me to be. Even though I was a young adult in the physical, I was a child in the spirit, but God gives all of us space to grow. We have to grow in order to fit what God has placed on us. He wants us to become fit for His use. I don’t think it’s always that we don’t want to grow up. We just don’t like the things God uses to grow us up.
The last reason why we haven’t become who God called us to be is because we don’t want to separate or let people or things go (this also includes forgiving others and/or ourselves). We see this in the relationship between Abraham and his nephew, Lot. The moment they separated, the very moment Lot left, God told Abraham to look and see the land which He had given him and to his seed. Sometimes we don’t want to part with Lot, but what’s coming in your life is better than what left. What God wants to do in your life and in the generation after you is not familiar. It will not remind you of your past. It is not old. It is new. God wants His children to experience what we have never experienced before, but unfortunately sometimes we choose to settle for what’s here because we can’t see what’s there.
I created a vision board once. Not only did I post pictures, but I also wrote declarations underneath the pictures to speak over my life daily. Let me make this clear: Pictures and declarations aren’t enough. There are things you have to do to prepare for what you are expecting. Also, you must be obedient to the voice of the God. Whatever He tells you to do, do it. I got discouraged along the way and stopped looking at the pictures. When I stopped seeing (believing), I stopped speaking. I stopped speaking it because I couldn’t see it. I couldn’t see my family being restored. I couldn’t see myself finishing school. I couldn’t see myself no longer depressed. I couldn’t see what God said concerning me. Don’t stop speaking it just because you can’t see it. God gave you your own faith (Habakkuk 2:4). You can’t live without it. You need faith to see what your natural eyes can’t see. Your faith says, ‘I believe (see) and therefore I speak’ (2 Corinthians 4:13).
God asked Jeremiah, “What do you see?” When Jeremiah told Him he saw a rod of an almond tree, God replied, “You have seen well”. You can’t speak well if you don’t see well. Jeremiah could have said, I just see a tree, but what he was saying was, I see a branch. I see hope. See what God has given you. He has given you hope (and a future).
At a young age, one of the deacons of the church told me to always pray Psalm 119:18 before I read the word of God. Open my eyes that I may behold (see) wondrous things out of Your law. I know what you see in the natural may not look lovely, but don’t get caught up on what it looks like right now. Let God’s word change how you see it. Paul said, “I think myself happy”. When you imagine, you are thinking and you are creating. You are forming a picture that no one else can see, but you. See yourself happy. See yourself doing what God has called you to do. See yourself winning. God doesn’t want you to have eyes, but yet not see. God has anointed your eyes to see something when everyone else sees nothing. Stop speaking according to your senses (how you feel today, what you hear and what you see) and speak by God’s Spirit.
If you see right, you will speak right.
Every year, time is set aside to honor those who died while serving our country and to honor those who are currently serving our country. We show our gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifice they have made for our country, but I want to take this time to honor every Christian soldier who sacrifice their time and are diligent in prayer.
Unlike those who serve in the armed forces, they can’t see who they are warring against, but they win many victories through Jesus Christ. They pull down strongholds, cast out unclean spirits, destroy yokes, break fetters and chain, and cancel wicked schemes and devises. They just don’t serve the country they live in, but they war in the spirit for the whole world. One soldier is able to chase one thousand to flight. These men and women of God are watchmen on the walls who refuse to be silent. They don’t give God any rest. They pray day and night.
Before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, He revealed His plan. God didn’t hide His plan from Abraham and He will not hide His plan from you, Abraham’s seed. When God shared His plan, Abraham immediately went into prayer and pleaded on behalf of Lot. Abraham sounded like he was making a plea bargain with God.
Will you destroy the righteous with the wicked? (Genesis 18:23)
If there be fifty righteous in the city, will you destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are living there? (Genesis 18:24)
Forty five righteous? (Genesis 18:28)
Forty righteous? (Genesis 18:29)
Thirty righteous? (Genesis 18:30)
Twenty righteous? (Genesis 18:31)
Ten righteous? (Genesis 18:32)
If someone hadn’t stood in the gap for Lot, he would have been destroyed, but Abraham’s prayer delivered him out of destruction. If someone hadn’t stood in the gap for you, you would have been destroyed, but the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous is working in your life.
God is still seeking someone who will make up the hedge and stand in the gap before Him for the land so that He won’t destroy it. The land includes the government, your city, church, school, and your family. Fight against those who are fighting against your land. God made a hedge about Job, his house and all that he had on every side. When we pray, we make a hedge about those who we are interceding for to protect them from the enemy’s plans and attacks.
When you received the gift of salvation, you were automatically enlisted into the army of God. I know you didn’t know what you were signing up for and neither did I. In fact, the only reason why we came to Jesus is because the Father drew us. We didn’t choose Him, but He chose us.
Because you are chosen to defeat the enemy, he will devise schemes and tricks to silence you, to distract you and to keep you from praying, but I pray that you don’t faint. Cleanse yourself from whatever is dishonorable so that you may be a vessel for honor and fit for God’s use. Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord who is great and awesome and fight for your brothers, your sisters, your sons, your daughters, your wives, your husbands and your houses (Nehemiah 4:14, paraphrase).
Yes, sometimes it gets hard, but there is nothing too hard for God. May you endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.