The Unwrapped Gift

Material gifts and spiritual gifts are very similar in the aspect of how they are unwrapped? They must be unwrapped by a person or process. A gift will lay dormant until it is opened. Who or what process has God placed in your life to unwrap your spiritual gifts? There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they are all from the same Spirit. Paul said: “There are different ways to serve, but we serve the same Lord. And there are different ways that God works in people, but it is the same God who works in all of us to do everything.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6, ERV)

God uses his spirit to operate our spiritual gifts. However, the gifts must first be open to be used unless they lay dormant. God opens our spiritual gifts through a person or through a process or situation in our life that causes pressure.

In the bible, Joseph’s gifts were opened by his brothers and Potiphar. Joseph was the most loved son of his father. He was given the famous robe of many colors. When Joseph reported having dreams of his brothers, and even the stars and moon, bowing before him, and their jealousy of Joseph grew into action.  The brothers sold him into slavery to a traveling caravan of Ishmaelites who took him to Egypt and sold him to Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s guard.

In Egypt, the Lord’s presence with Joseph enables him to find favor with Potiphar and the keeper of the prison.  With God’s help, Joseph interprets the dreams of two prisoners, predicting that one of them will be reinstated but the other put to death.  Joseph then interprets the dreams of the Pharaoh, which anticipate seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. Pharaoh recognizes Joseph’s God-given ability and prompts his promotion to the chief administrator of Egypt. Who or what process is God using to open your gifts?

Sometimes there is a process to  unwrapping your   gifts. Some gifts come with layers and layers of wrappings just like the process in making  a natural pearl form when an irritant – usually a parasite and not the proverbial grain of sand – works its way into an oyster, mussel, or clam. As a defense mechanism, a fluid is used to coat the irritant. Layer upon layer of this coating, called ‘nacre’, is deposited until a lustrous pearl is formed.

In this process, the nacre is used to form, reveal and unwrap the pearl which is the gift. Who or what in your life is being used to unwrap your gift to the world? God uses people or processes or situations to reveal, form and unwrap our gifts. Stop avoiding the process to being unwrapped by God.

How God unwrapped my prophetic gift?

 In 2001, I received the gift of speaking in tongues through Holy Spirit . Thus, I would go to intercessory prayer on Friday nights and I would pray with other saints on behalf of the church . However, I always felt as if I had more to give to the body than speaking in tongues. See, speaking in tongues is to edify you as well as praying the mysteries of God. Also, you are cultivating your love relationship with God.

Paul said: “Love should be the goal of your life, but you should also want to have the gifts that come from the Spirit. And the gift you should want most is to be able to prophesy. I will explain why. Those who have the gift of speaking in a different language are not speaking to people. They are speaking to God. No one understands them—they are speaking secret things through the Spirit. But those who prophesy are speaking to people. They help people grow stronger in faith, and they give encouragement and comfort. Those who speak in a different language are helping only themselves. But those who prophesy are helping the whole church. (1Corinthians 14:1-4, ERV)

It was my desire to help the whole church with my gift of intercession. So, God used the leader of the intercessory prayer ministry to unwrap my gift. Just as Joseph received favor from Potiphar and the keeper of the prison, I received favor from the leader of the intercessory prayer ministry. See, I was always a part of the intercessory prayer ministry at one location but my gift of prophetic intercession was lying dormant because no one ever unwrapped  it at that location.

However, when I moved to a different location within the same ministry, my gift made room for me.  Gifts can open many doors and help you meet important people (Proverbs 18:16 ERV). My gift of intercession opened the door for me to meet the intercessory prayer leader at a different location. She recognized that I had the gift of prophetic intercession. See, I   had a strong desire to encourage, exalt and edify the body of Christ through prayer and prophesying during intercessory prayer. So, that is what I did when I would pray but I did not know my gift was being unwrapped. I endured the process.

As this leader would allow me to prophesy during prayer, my gift was being unwrapped layer by layer just like when a pearl is being formed with the ‘nacre’. My gift is still being unwrapped layer by layer. However, through this process God continues to show me how strong I am through the process. Listen, as you are being unwrapped and revealed many are going to enjoy your gift and some will not appreciate your gift. Don’t be discouraged by the people that don’t appreciate and receive your gift. See, you just have to dust your feet off and keep it moving just as Jesus did in his hometown. 

He came to the world that was his own. And his own people did not accept him. But some people did accept him. They believed in him, and he gave them the right to become children of God. (John 1:11 ERV)    

 So, I encourage you beloved, whatever gift   God wants to unwrap in you be open to the process. Don’t resist certain people that maybe an irritant to you. Although, my leader was not an irritant to me, she was always very encouraging. However, this will not be the case for everybody’s unwrapping. God could be using them to unwrap   you even though they may be an irritant. Don’t resist the uncomfortable process. Develop in the fruit of long-suffering and patience. God wants to use your gifts to bring him glory. However, we must be willing to be  unwrapped by God. Ask God to give you a working revelation of whom or what situation is to  unwrap you? As God reveals to you, he is getting ready to manifest your gifts to the world Beloved.        

God uses people and or processes to unwrap your gift

So, I encourage you beloved, whatever gift   God wants to unwrap in you be open to the process. Don’t resist certain people that maybe an irritant to you. Although, my leader was not an irritant to me, she was always very encouraging. However, this will not be the case for everybody’s unwrapping. God could be using them to unwrap   you even though they may be an irritant. Don’t resist the uncomfortable process. Develop in the fruit of long-suffering and patience. God wants to use your gifts to bring him glory. However, we must be willing to be  unwrapped by God. Ask God to give you a working revelation of whom or what situation is to  unwrap you? As God reveals to you, he is getting ready to manifest your gifts to the world Beloved.        

 Be encouraged   Beloved you are a gift to the world!

Prayer: Dear Father, I exalt you above anything in my life. I give you all of the honor and glory. I can do nothing apart from you Lord. I surrender my hands, feet, eyes and heart to you father. I  pray for you to reveal my gifts to me and cultivate my gifts through the Holy Spirit. Open up the eyes of my heart to discern when to use my gifts for your glory. I pray that I am willing to be unwrapped by you father and through whatever process you see fit for me to bring you glory. I pray that your will be done on earth as it is in heaven in my life in Jesus name.

 

 

Married to a “Down-low Brother”

Testimony of being married to a “ Down- Low Brother”

Single and living for God was my lifestyle in 2001. Divorcee raising a little girl who was 5 years old at that time. Living single as Christian woman was a different lifestyle because see I came from a life of being a fornicator in the eyes of the “church”.

It was a beautiful sunny Sunday August morning in 2001, I walked through the doors of a journey that I am still on. I joined a Holy Ghost filled, word teaching church. This is what I was looking for, the Holy Ghost! Listen, I literally went online looking for a church to help me speak in tongues. I first saw Pastor Cathy on Television and I was captivated by her story about how she had experienced angels during the birth of one of her children.

So, I began to research this church. “Tongue talking” is how they described their church. Oh, this is what I want. I want to speak in tongues! See my grandmother was a “ Tongue Talker”. She was filled with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

Everyone was so friendly and kind when I walked through the doors. Welcome to Virtue! I felt as though I was in another realm. I was escorted to my seat up in the front by a very pleasant usher. Service began with praise and worship. Now, in my former lifestyle I would tear the dance floor up when the music would start! So, when the music started I could not believe my hears. The sound was so powerful! I danced and danced as if no one was watching! Like David did in the bible. Except I left my clothes on.

As I looked around while dancing, I saw these large cameras for their television ministry at the front. Nevertheless, I continue to enjoy praise and worship. It was time for the Pastor to bring the word. I was looking for Pastor Cathy who I saw on television to speak. However, her husband got up to speak. Although, I was disappointed not to see Pastor Cathy her husband  Pastor Tim had a great message as well.

Pastor Tim was teaching about how the axle is twisted in families by the father being removed from the homes and leaving woman single to raise the children. Pastor Tim explained that the enemy likes to remove the head from families to destroy God’s design for the household. Thus, this message hit home for me. Single, divorced and raising my daughter alone.

As Pastor Tim was teaching, all I could think about is how am I going to get this “tongue talking” thing. At that time, I did not know it was a gift from God. Anyway, after service there was an invitation to come and receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I ran down to the altar still not knowing how I was going to get this “tongue talking” thing. I just wanted whatever they were giving out because I was hungry for God in my life.

In the back office with other hungry for God people, I waited for the counselor to ask me why I was here? She finally got to me. “ Hello sweetie, why did you come back here today and how can we help you?” “ I want to speak in tongues” I said with confidence. So, she began to explain to me that this was a gift from God called the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. She placed her hand on my throat and began to pray for me. She told me to open my mouth and began to speak. She said that it would sound strange in the beginning but it was like being a baby and learning how to talk. So, I open my mouth and different sounds came from my mouth. She said yes that is it! Go home and just continue to speak to God and your language will develop is what she told me to do.

The following Sunday I went back to join Virtue. Now, I had a church home and the gift of the Holy Spirit. I felt so empowered, so renewed and refreshed! As I sat under this ministry, I was taught to abstain from having sex until marriage. Huh? No sex until marriage? Very well, I will try. See, I started having sex at the tender age of 14. No one every taught me to keep myself until marriage. I was actually taught to have sex by the woman in my life.

I was now a born again virgin at the age of 32. I was taught that the single woman in the church were to be holy and they were to abstain from sex until marriage. In the beginning, it was easy because I cut off all of my previous relationships and I began to engross myself into the things God like going to bible study every Wednesday and participating in Friday night prayer.

Being an attractive woman made this a real challenge because I would get so much attention from men on the outside of church. Well, being in this new church environment was different because the men there loved God and had respect for woman. They also were afraid to mess with Pastor Tim’s member’s. See Pastor Tim is the father figure of the church. He had rules about dating. If members were going to date they should speak to the Pastors first. This was an accountability system that was extremely different for me.

I was not accustomed to being accountable to anyone but myself. This accountability system was very uncomfortable for me because I had trust issues. Nevertheless, I joined the singles ministry hoping to meet a nice christian man. Listen, I just did not understand how to be single. Regardless, of how many single ministry meetings I went to I still wanted to be in a relationship with a man. Singleness is ministry that must be taught by developing a relationship with Jesus and falling in love with Jesus.

Being touched at the age of 14, was traumatic for me but I did not realize the damage that it had done to my soul. I was not raped by my father, brother, cousin  or neighbor or anything of the such. See, I willing decided to give my virginity to my neighbor’s cousin who was 16 at the time. I don’t have an excuse for being sexually activity at the tender age of 14. I have to charge it to ignorance. There was no one in my immediate circle to show me how to keep myself.

Everyone in my circle was smoking, snorting and drinking alcohol. Oh and having unprotected sex. In my circle, I was the young-in in the bunch. Everyone was at least 4 years older than I. Anyway, I was taught not to get pregnant and not to get AIDS. Listen, this was in the 80’s when AIDS was new on the sexually transmitted disease list. However, at that time only gay men and intervenes drug users were know to have that disease.

I was extremely afraid of catching AIDS. Therefore, I knew that I wanted to have safe sex without the risk of getting AIDS and I wanted to be with one man within a marriage union. So, in 1991 I married my first husband and daughter’s father. Well, I fix one problem which was the fornication but then I inherited another problem which was being unequally yoked to an unbeliever. That marriage lasted for 5 years.

Fast forward through about 5 years of dating and a couple of engagements, 2001 I landed at Virtue church. Here I am  every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday in church. I was changing from the inside out. At least, that is what religion told me. My leaders loved God and they taught the full gospel. However, at the time they were teaching their members to be sin conscience. Therefore, fornication was frowned upon.

For the first time in my life I was practicing celibacy. I began to participate in the yearly consecrations with the church. We were taught that fasting helps your lower extremities to die. Well, I renewed my mind just as James directs us in 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. Also, I began to live Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

After 2 years of celibacy, I felt as though it was time for a husband. Surprisingly, I had not meet anyone in the church. I really was not accustom to being in a environment where the men did not communicate to an attractive woman. Thus, it was all good because I was on a mission to stay a born again virgin until I got married again. So, I had a bright idea to go onto the internet to meet a man because it was time for me to start dating again as a Christian woman. I can handle this I thought.

Dating as a Christian woman is different from dating as Non-Christian woman. I read many books on how to date as a Christian woman. The rules stated don’t date after dark. Don’t be alone with your date. Always be accountable to another couple or another Christian. Rules, rules and more rules. These rules just made dating really boring and too controlling and confound. Needless to say, I did not follow the rules!

Eheaven was a new dating website for christian singles. Well, this should be safe if it is for Christians is what I thought. Here I go, ready to meet a “nice Christian man”. Right after our 2004 January consecration, I went online to meet a “nice Christian man”. I spent about an hour filling out the personality profile so that I could be matched with the right person. I had several matches. However, there was one that stood out from the rest of the bunch.

Derrick was 6’ tall brown skinned about 180 lbs, nice muscular build bold head and he wore glasses. Derrick was very easy on the eye from what I could gather from his profile picture. He reached out to me first. Then we began to communicate on a regular basis. Derrick requested to get my number after several communication sessions. I agreed. We chatted several times over the phone then we agreed to meet in person.

Derrick was also practicing celibacy. However, he was 5 years into his celibacy. At least, this is what he told me. I was 2 years into my celibacy. I felt like I was so “ Holy” because I had not fornicated in 2 years. My faith was high when I meet Derrick. I knew and could quote scriptures. See, I had religion and not a relationship with the father. Although, I had faith in God to bring his word to pass in my life. It meant nothing without a relationship with the father.

Everything moved really quickly, we were engaged and married all in one day within 3 months of dating. We were convicted because we started having sex. We both wanted to be right in the eyes of God. This situation is so easy to judge because it is obvious that I was desperate to be married so I could have sex. Once again I made the stupid mistake of getting married to fix the problem of fornication. However, I inherited the problem of being married to a man who did not want me. He wanted another man! Only if I had known that this man was only marrying me to cover up his real intentions. So, we both had intentions.

After we where married, he no longer wanted to have sex. He had a male friend that he communicated with on a regular basis. I began to find letters from this man to my husband. I found information about gifts that my husband had given this man. So, I confronted him about his relationship with this man and he denied being in a romantic relationship with him. 2004 was a high time for men being on the “down low” in Atlanta and Washington DC. After I began to confront Derrick he became more distant from me. Derrick ask me for a divorce after 3 months of marriage. I was devastated. My faith was shaken. How could I be so stupid?

Scared and terrified that I contracted HIV! I went to my pastor for prayer. He prayed with me and told me that I would be fine. He was right! I went to get an HIV test and I was HIV negative. Thus, I was still in the house with this christian man who was on the down low. I was angry and feeling rejected by my husband. I was confused because I did not understand why he did not want me. I had to do some research to understand that men who are on the down low have a retarded notion that they are not gay, they just have sex with men and relationships with woman.

Well, as an attractive woman I was feeling really rejected and not wanted by my husband. My flesh wanted to be wanted. So, I went out and meet a man who was attracted to me. I began to relate to this man on the phone. One night I decided to go and sleep with this man to make me feel wanted. Long story short, before I was getting ready to have sex with this man, I was laying in the bed with him and he told me that he was HIV positive! Jesus!!

I got up, put my clothes on and said I have to go home to my husband. See, the devil knew I had escaped HIV many times before but I heard the devil say to me on my drive home “I am going to  kill you if you  cheat on your husband.” Mercy said no! God had mercy on me and spared me. I am so grateful and thankful that he told me his status before sleeping with me. However, he could have told me before we got in the bed because I asked him and he said he was negative. Anyway, God’s grace is sufficient in all things.

After that experience, I realized that I was suppose to live as married woman until something changed. Derrick and I divorced in January 2005. I was engaged, married, separated and divorced all in one year. This experience changed my life for the better because it made me realize that I did not trust God to send me a husband and that I did not have an authentic relationship with the father. My faith was shaken and I did backslide for awhile. Nevertheless, having the Holy Spirit on the inside on me would not allow me to sin comfortably. God is so faithful and his mercy endures forever!

Through it all, I rededicated my life to the Lord. Now, I have a strong relationship with the father. I know God wants me to use me for his glory and God loves me! I am still on this journey called life.

The Woman Who Bleed for 12 Years

There was a woman with an issue of bleeding for 12 years. She heard that there was a “healer” in town . So, she went to see the healer about her issue because she was out of money. You see, she spent all of her money with all of the top physicians all over town. However, they were unable to cure her issue of bleeding. Therefore, she had nothing to lose by going to see this healer in town. This healer had a reputation of doing miracles, signs and wonders right on the spot!

When she arrived to that “ There place” with this man called Jesus. The crowd was so thick! So, thick she could not see how to touch Jesus. The crowd was pressing in to get to Jesus! Listen, this woman was not the only one with an issue. Everyone there had an issue of some sort. Some had high blood pressure issues, diabetes issues, arthritis issues, depression issues, financial issues, relationship issues, job place issues just issues! Everyone was pressing in to touch Jesus to get rid of their issues!

Nevertheless, this woman who had suffered for 12 long years with the issue of bleeding did not let this crowd stop her from pressing in from behind to reach Jesus. She saw that the crowd was so tight she could not get through the crowd by walking. You see she was desperate to touch Jesus because she knew that if you could just touch just a fiber of Jesus, just touch the hem of his garment she would be healed.

This woman realized that she could no longer put her faith in man for her issue. She had to believe in the master of healing her issue. The master Jesus! This woman got on the ground and began to crawl from the back of the crowd and pressed her way to the front. This woman got a glimpse of Jesus’ hem on his garment. See, she was determined and believed to touch any part of him to be healed!

This woman got on her knees on the ground with the crowd all around her. People were stepping on her but it did not matter. She was on a mission to touch Jesus. She pressed and pressed and pressed towards the hem of Jesus’ garment! Finally, she touched just the hem of his garment.

Jesus ask his disciples, “ Who touched me?” The disciples told Jesus “ I am sure it could be one of the many here in the press! Jesus said “ virtue has left my body” again Jesus asked “ who touched me?” The woman who touched Jesus, confessed to Jesus that it was her who had touched him. Jesus, acknowledged the woman and said “  Daughter your faith has made you whole, go in peace”

What issues in your life need to be healed? What measures are you willing to go through to get to the master? Do you have faith that Jesus can make you whole?

Get to that “ There Place” and press into Jesus to be made whole! Touch Jesus and have him say “ Who touched me?” Press into the power of Jesus to receive everything that Jesus wants to give you. He wants us to be made whole in every area of our life!

Reference: Luke 8: 43-48

Jesus healed every who came to him for healing: Matthew 12:15, Matthew 8:16, Matthew 19:2, Matthew 6:56

If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Just ask him to come into your heart and be Lord over your life today. This is not about religion. It is about relationship with the father in heaven. Confessing that I believe that Jesus died on the cross and arose and now lives! You now have the ability to have a divine relationship with Jesus and the father.You have just received salvation. Get into a bible teaching church and watch God change your life and fix your issues!

Romans 10:9-10

Maybe you have salvation, you just may need to recommit to Jesus? Sometimes, we get so blinded by our issues that we forget to take it to the master to fix. Allow Jesus to heal your issues.

Prayers for the Supernatural

A Life of GraceGod requires us to do the impossible. God wants us to do the supernatural. He wants us to perform signs, wonders and miracles.

James 1:2  My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials

  Luke 1:37  For nothing will be impossible with God.”

2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Dear Father in Heaven,

I come into your presence giving you all the honor and glory. You are so worthy to be praised father! I exalt thee higher than any situation or issue that I might be facing at this time. I acknowledge as my all and all Jehovah . I can do nothing apart from you God. 

I praise God for the benefit of a continuous joyful year. I pray and thank God for causing His goodness and mercy to make a difference in my life.

I pray that the eyes of mercy and favor of the Almighty shall rest upon my  life for good.

I pray that I  will have a pure heart. A heart changed through the word of God in 2019.

 I pray that the word of God gets down on the inside of my heart and becomes engrafted into my soul.

I pray that I will participate in the things of God while in faith.

I pray I will experience God’s strength through rejoicing and anticipating God to do great things in my life for 2019.

I pray that I will participate while waiting on my breakthrough. For with God all things are possible.

 I pray that the covenant of long life shall be my portion and that of my children.

I pray for divine increase numerically, spiritually and materially upon my family.

I pray that I  will have the strength to operate in the Supernatural through the fruit of joy.  I pray that I acknowledge that my joy is the measurement of our strength.

I pray for the grace of God for the government and our President to be more kingdom focus, relevant and relentless in the work of the Lord.

I pray that every need of the church would be richly met by the inexhaustible resources of our God.

I pray that I acknowledge that it’s not in my own ability but  God’s Grace empowers me to do the word of God.

I pray that I will cease in backbiting and complaining and began to love one another as I  love myself

I pray that I will  have a heart of humility.

I decree that the Holy Spirit will begin to do in our midst more than we can ever imagine, prayed or think and with God all things are possible.

 `I pray for the supernatural of notable miracles to begin to occur that will advertise the power of the God to heal, deliver, and set free.

I pray for the zeal of God’s house to consume every kingdom worker in our midst. Pray that the body of believers at  will have a servanthood heart.

I pray for God to prepare me for the next level in my kingdom assignment

I decree that the word of God for me and my family for 2019 run very swiftly to accomplish His divine purpose in  my life and my  family life.

I pray over my life and  my family that the word of God would grow in our midst and prevail over every contrary word and act.

I pray that I will have the fruit of joy.

Physically and spiritually decree and declare that I will not faint and I shall not fall.

 I decree and declare that daily from you Lord, I receive the strength to mount up with wings as eagle.

I decree and declare that daily from you Lord, I receive the strength to run without becoming weary and to walk without fainting

I decree and declare in the day of trouble I will triumph because my God will never leave nor abandon me.

Today by the mercy of the Lord, I  pray I and my family  triumph over authority and power of darkness arrayed against the lives and our God given calling.

Lord I thank you for your good plans for my future and the future of my loved ones.

O Lord arise and silence every power attacking your glory in my life.

Father, I hide myself in you, immunize me against every aggression directed towards my life and destiny.

This 2019 year  by the unfailing grace of God, I remove every virtue waster out my life.

I decree in the name of Jesus, that my thirst for holiness, my passion for prayers and my zeal for the Lord’s service shall be renewed daily.

Father you are the God of inexhaustible riches and abundance, let all my depleted resources be resupplied this 2019 year in the name of Jesus.

I decree that God’s covenant of victory shall be established over my life.

I declare Victory in the name of Jesus!

Prayers for Wisdom and Favor

1 Corinthians 1:30  (NIV)  30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

1 Timothy 14  14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

Dear Father in Heaven,

I come into your presence giving you all the honor and glory. You are so worthy to be praised father! I exalt thee higher than any situation or issue that I might be facing at this time. I acknowledge as my all and all Jehovah . I can do nothing apart from you God. 

I look to heaven from which my help comes from. I thank you father that I can come boldly into your throne of grace!

I am agreeing with your word for Wisdom and Grace (Unmerited Favor) over my life.

I pray that I will began to operate under God’s grace ( unmerited favor).

I pray that  I began to be transparent with you God and end with trying to perfect phoniness. I Believe that my  transparency will be the gateway for someone else deliverance.

I pray that I will trust God’s grace and not my performance.

I Pray for the wisdom of God in every area of my life. I pray that my life will be blessed because I  walk in the skillful wisdom of God. I pray that I continue to seek wisdom.

I pray that when I find wisdom, I find life and receive favor from the Lord.

I pray that I will be in agreement with God’s word that says wisdom comes from God and he freely give it to us as we ask.

I pray that I  will call on God and believe that he answers and will show me great and mighty things that I do not know.

I pray that the wisdom of God brings me great blessings. It will bring me and my family long life, riches, honor, and peace.

I pray that as I walk in wisdom, it keeps, defends and protects me. God’s wisdom will bring me honor and it will promote me.

I pray that as I get wisdom I will get   understanding in all things. I pray that by the grace of God and the wisdom he has given me, my character is pure, peace-loving, considerate, and gentle.

I Pray that I am willing to listen to reason. I am full of compassion and good fruits.

I pray that my thoughts and words are sincere straight forward, impartial and free from doubt. I  will delight in the wisdom of the lord.

I declare Victory in the name of Jesus!

Manifestation of the Sons of God

Living in his “Presence”

Abiding in me is an act of faith that is the gateway to you living in my presence. Living in my presence will not always be a sensation or emotional experience because a sensation or an emotion is temporary. I don’t want you to be disappointed when you don’t feel those things in our devotional time together as if my presence is not with you.

 Not the case, as you continue in your obedience as I direct you through word, song, messages and my small still voice. You are living in my presence. If you want to abide in me you have to go where I am going. Abide in me and I will abide in you. ( John 15:10) Stay obedient as you will see much more fruit though your obedience. Your obedience is not about works. It is about your expectation in me to bring my word to pass in your life as I promised.

As you abide in me you will learn to sense my still small voice (1 Kings 19:12). Abiding will allow your desire to accomplish more for me to flourish. This will be a sweat less effort because you will be more in tune with my directives. (Grace) As my branch, I desire for you to produce much more fruit. The producing of fruit comes from healthy branches. Branches become healthy through my discipline and pruning. Discipline and pruning are seasons that all my branches must experience. Sometimes you will be in one season and not the other or you may experience both simultaneously.

 Each season is to help you bear much more fruit. Abiding gives you the rest you need to bear a much greater yield. Abide in me and live in my presence. “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” ( 15:7 KJV). As you know, discipline and or pruning are uncomfortable. Thus, your response in each season is vital to your expected abundance.

Praise and Worship as a Weapon

How to use the weapon of praise and worship to combat depression?

At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the LORD caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. 2 Chronicles 20:22 NLT

Issues about finances, relationships, family, health, etc can make you depressed, fearful and anxious about the future outcome. It is hard to think about praising God at that time because you are facing your issues.

As believers in Jesus Christ, we have to now put our faith in action by using praise and worship as a weapon to bring down the strongholds that are exalting themselves against the word of God. It takes faith to engross yourself  into praising and worshiping God when you are scared, paralyzed from the issues, depressed and operating in fear.

The enemy uses fear as a weapon against the saints. Fear perforates and penetrates our faith. This is that anxious feeling the we experience during times of fear. We don’t praise because we feel good. We praise because it is a weapon. Fight back that enemy with your weapon of praise! Shouting as we praise is also a weapon to combat the enemy. The walls of Jericho collapsed in the battle of Jericho when Joshua shouted. Joshua 6:1-21

So, I encourage today to put on your favorite praise and worship song and blast it as loud as you can and invite God to come and commune with you through your issues. God promises you that those feelings of heaviness will have to flee and those walls will come down through your weapon of praise! Remember, to press into thinking about how good God has been to you and about your past victories. If God did it before he will do it again! God is always on his throne! Be encouraged, God is faithful!