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Arise

"Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you."

(Isaiah 60:1, NKJV)

The Glory of the Lord has risen within you. The glory of the lord gives us the strength to rise and shine the light the lords has given us.

We all have gifts/ talents that were given to us by his good grace. These gifts and talents were given to us for us to grow and use in his glory. They are provided to us so that we can rise up from our circumstance in the flesh. They were given to us so that we can shine in his holy light. It is when we put god first in all of our endeavors, it is when we properly glorify his name, it is when we give him due praise for our success and talents that we can shine like beacons of light in his name.

We shall and can rise up. We shall and can shine bright and let his glory manifest among us. His glory is already with us. All we have to do is wake up, look for it, rise up and we shall shine and be of blessings. We don't have to look far. We don't have to travel the world to find ourselves, we have to search within. We need to look in the depths of our soul, the depths of our hearts. We need to see from within to see what God wants from all of us.

Did you know that the word “glory” in the original language indicates that God’s favor, blessing and splendor is on you in a heavy way.

He has filled us with so much of his glory that it weighs us, its there, in searching for it you shouldn't have to search far, it's there.

Please know that your time is now. It is time to shine bright. It's time to rise. Let that sink in. Let this marinate in your spirit. His glory is with you. It's time to ride and shine because of his glory.

Thank you father for your glory. Thank you for letting your glorify marinate and manifest within me. Thank you for allowing me to rise, so that I may shine. Lord I know I shine because your glory is within me, you placed it there. Many may not realize this my lord. Many may not realize that your glory is with them. I pray for them dear lord, I pray for them dear lord that they may see your glory within them so they too can rise and shine. Amen.

With you….

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
(Joshua 1:9, ESV)
The Lord is With You
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
I have another post referencing the book of chronicles specifically a dialogue between David and his son Solomon indicating exactly the same thing.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
No matter what we do, we needed to be constantly reminded of the great works of God. We need to be constantly reminded of his instructions. We need to be constantly reminded that he is with us no matter what we are facing today.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
This will be my catch phrase today, because what I realized is it is important to have things repeated so it can sink in..:::… for even in the Bible the Lord repeats himself so we can let his words manifest and sink in.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
Be confident that the lord is with you in everything we do. There is nothing we need but his love, mercy, grace, wisdom and guidance. When we follow his lead and follow his words we will realize we are in good hands. We will realize he has our backs. We will realize that we no longer need to live in fear.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
Anything you need, he will provide. If you
need wisdom, wisdom is with you. If you need strength, joy or
peace today, they are with you. Remain confident in the that that everything you need will be provided spiritually, emotionally and physically. Lord is with you…. that’s is why.
He is the one person whom had never broken a promise to you.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
So please do not let the enemy maneuver his way into your mind casting doubt and lies.
Do not listen to those who are happy when you are oppressed.
Open your mind, heart and spiritual where to see the favors that god has in store for you .
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
Father God I want to start off by thanking you for always being with me. I want to thank You for completing every good work that You have started in my life. I choose to believe Your Word, to trust in you, even when things look impossible. I choose to believe that You are working behind the scenes and that You will bring victory and breakthrough to every area of my life. I will lean on you for guidance, I will Be strong. I will be Of good courage.
I will go ahead and Do it. I will not fear.
I will l not be dismayed.For lord god I know that will be with me!
in Jesus’ name! Amen.

God Got this.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
5 [a] Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. 2 [b] Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. 3 For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words.
4 When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. 5 It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.6 Let not your mouth lead you[c] into sin, and do not say before the messenger[d] that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands?7 For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity;[e] but[f] God is the one you must fear.
I am not going to lie, I went to church doubtful with the upcoming event for next week.
When the idea for the event came up, everyone was litt, everyone was down.
When push came to shove, the people whom insisted we needed to do this backed down….they were not upfront….
I am not going to lie, I was upset with the news that someone dared suggest we reschedule after the event was planned and booked for and many were already making plans to pay on this specific day.
I am not going to lie I was upset that you wait until this day to tell me under the veil of someone else.
I am not going to lie I was upset.
Then the pastor read this verse to start the service.
Then that’s when it all changed for me.
Yes I was bothered, but no I was no longer upset.
God answered me.
God calmed me.
He said They are listening to this same message as you and this message is to be heard by all of you.
Then end of service, the pastors wife approached me about one of the individuals.
Honestly, I don’t trust that the person would be true to their word.
I will trust you until you flake, that’s just how I am.
What I did learn was God is in control.
I do not have to trust you.
I just have to trust in God.
What was interesting about this opening scripture as well is what happened to me when I went to bed the same night..
verse 7 says “For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity;[e] but[f] God is the one you must fear.”.
I woke up this morning with a dream about the venue.
My dream kept reiterating to trust in teh Lord.
That He will provide.
I dreamnt of the venue.
I dreamnt of the turnout.
It was better than anticipated.
God Provided.
I TRUST IN YOU!
I have nothing to worry about.
You got this.
Father God, I am sorry for worrying. It was only natural for me to do so. You know the intentions behind this event and it is for all your Glory. Thank you for reminding me to trust you! Thank you for reminding me that You got this handled. I am just playing a role for your great deed.
I am grateful for being able to listen when you speak. I am grateful for you teaching me to listen when you show me a vision or a dream. I am able to forgive the trespasses for I know you have spoken to their hearts, just as you have spoken to mine. I thank you Amen.

Prayer warriors needed to fight the good fight 

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
(1 Timothy 6:12)

We have all been placed here for a specific reason. We all have a specific role to play and a specific fight we need to fight for our creator. Each one of us has a story. Some are simple, some are hard, some are very complex.  
What we all have in common is no matter what our stories are, no matter what struggles we face, we all have the same fight. Yours may be more specific than mine, mine may be more specific than the person sitting next to me on this train, but we all have the same fight.
Our fight is a spiritual fight.

It’s is a fight for our faith.

It’s a fight for acceptance.

It is a fight for hope.

It is a fight for our eternal salvation.
Regardless of our backgrounds. Regardless of our hardships, the fight of faith is one in the same.  
We were chosen to be Gods people.

We were chosen to be his prayer warriors.

We were chosen to spread his word.

We were chosen to defend him against the enemy.
Fighting the enemy could be tiresome.

He comes from Many angles.

He uses different pathways to deter not only your blessing but your faith in God.

He attacks us using our loved ones.

He attacks us using our colleagues:

He attacks us using random strangers.

He attacks us with illness.

He attacks us with stress.

He attacks us with uncertainty.

He attacks us by filling us with doubt.
Our faith is what can help us with this battle. We all have a pivotal role in this celestial fight for our eternity. Are you willing and able to pick up your arms (spiritual) and fight the good fight?

Are you going to continue to fast, continue to pray, continue to praise even during the hardship?  
Job lost it all, was tested, over came his circumstance and in the end was blessed.

As parents, nothing hurts us more than seeing our children in anguish, pain and torment. As I am writing this, I have an uncle who’s son (my cousin) is in a hospital because he was found unresponsive in his room. Several exams were done to see where the problem lies. My aunt and my uncle are desperate in need of prayers. 
We will fight this food fight with you for your son. We will take up our coats of arms, we will hold our shields, we will gather our swords and we will fight this good fight with you.
My grandmother told my uncle, ” he was chosen by God to do his work and that everything he is going through is the battle that he will face against the devil.”

God chose his son for his specific battle. He God will lift him up from this circumstance.
My young cousin maybe unresponsive right now. But I know deep down he is fighting. This poor young child…. whom has been through a lot in his life, please feel our prayers, please feel our thoughts, please feel our words, listen to the voice of God. Follow his lead little one, he will direct you, he will guide you, he will help you in this fight.  
I am praying for you little champ. 

You will come or victorious in Jesus name. 

The lord will guide your doctors to reveal the nature to your current mysterious circumstances. God has he answers and in time will provide. While we wait I will pray. While we wait I ask for prayers. While you fight, we will fight with you. 
Father God I ask you to cover your hands over my cousin and bring forth healing. I ask you to wake him from this nightmare. I am asking for healing and liberation in your name for this child. May he be liberated from the demons holding him down. I ask for strength for my aunt, uncle and family as they face this battle of the unknown. I ask for guidance, patience while awaiting diagnostics, I ask again for healing. I ask that anyone reading this can unite with my family in prayers. May the Holy Spirit move so that we can provide strength and liberation for my family. Lord your will, will be done. Amen.

 

 

 

Receive Power of the Holy Spirit. 

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me…”
(Acts 1:8, NKJV) 

Receive Power of the Holy Spirit. 

The Holy Spirit is essential in our Christian walk. Once we have received the Holy Spirit we shall be empowered by God. Now I’m not talking about the pinky and the brain I am going to take over the world empowerment. Being empowered by god is being provided wisdom when you lacked wisdom on a given subject. Being empowered means having courage when you fear. Being empowered by god means coming out of your comfort zone and take on a new role for his glory. 
God strengthens us, he equips us with everything we need to move on to the next task he has for us.

Remember your victory is his victory. The scripture tells us that when Jesus ascended to heaven he told his disciples that he was sending his comforter. Who was that? The Holy Spirit of course .

The Holy Spirit doesn’t just comfort us, the bills Spirit I s our counselor, teacher 

And our strength. The Holy Spirit provided for us. In order to receive the power and greatness god had in store for you, one needs to open your heart, open your mind, open your eyes, open your would and be ready to receive.
I challenge you today. 

Receive gods power. 

I challenge you.

Open your heart.

Open your eyes.

Open your mind.

Be ready to receive.

Invite the Holy Spirit and be willing and ready to be filled with gods power and glory.
Let the Holy Spirit do his works in you.

Read the Bible, as you read, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you.

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal gods plan.

Invite him in.

Open the door.

Be ready to be equipped by the Holy Spirit.
I challenge you today.
Do you accept?
Pray with me.

Father God I want to be empowered by you. I want to feel the warmth of your spirit. I want to be equipes by you. I want to be used in your glory. God help me open my eyes to be able to see your wonder. God help me open my ears to be able to hear the call of the Holy Spirit. God help me open my mind so that doubt doesn’t pass my mind and I can accept your power. God open my heart for I want to be filled with your glory. Lord use me any way you seem fit using the Holy Spirit. I am willing, able and ready to receive your Holy Spirit who will equip me in this walk with you. Amen

A Prayer for Today 

“Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit who is my helper in this life. I choose to open my heart to Your Word to receive power so that I can walk and live in the victory You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

The Pruning Process

The Pruning Process
“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no
fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will
be even more fruitful.”
(John 15:2, NIV)
At home, I have a Garden that my mother in law began.
When she moved out of our home and went to Florida she asked that I take care of her babies (not my husband and kids, but her plants).
So I told her I would give it a try.
I have always wanted to have a garden.
I have always wanted to grow crops on my own.
I figured how hard could it be.
Then I remembered I inherited my mother’s Black thumb, and not my grandmother’s green thumb.
Ay Chi chi!!!!
Her babies are OK, I just attempted several times ( I still do, because I have faith one day my thumb will be green) to add to her garden.
Well, one thing I have gotten good at has been pruning the rose bush and tending to the weeds (note to self, check the garden for weeds).
I carefully take my pruning scissors and clip of the extra long thorny stems, cut it short so the bush could only grow but so high.
Trimming just enough to get rid of whats not needed, while still keeping the branches that will bring bulbs which in turn will beautify the yard with Roses.
That’s what God does with us.
He prunes every asepct of our life.
He is the Gardener and we are the Rose Bush.
We have periods in our lives, like plants where we begin this whole pruning process.
You start pruning right before it is time to harvest your fruits.
Everything has a timing when you start pruning.
You never begin pruning a plant late in the season.
You never let the plant or Bush grow too high.
That’s what God does with us.
Everything in his timing.
His timing is precise.
He begins his pruning process.
so you may ask what does God prune in my life?
Well…Lets just say he prunes anything he needs to so that you may bear spiritual fruitfulness.
The Term prune means:
Trim (a tree, shrub, or bush) by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems, especially to encourage growth.
‘now is the time to prune roses’
no object ‘to limit growth, prune in summer’
1.1 Cut away (a branch or stem) from a tree, shrub, etc.
‘prune back the branches’
1.2 Reduce the extent of (something) by removing superfluous or unwanted parts.
‘the workforce was pruned’
1.3 Remove (superfluous or unwanted parts) from something.
‘Eliot deliberately pruned away details’
So god Cuts or removes things in our lives that can prevent us from bearing fruit of his blessings and anointing.
He moves people out of your lives strategically.
He gets rid of things that will give you temptation.
He ends relationships, which may potentially drive you astray.
A new job may show up.
A promotion.
A lateral move in a company.
Your boss may assign you to a different office or cubicle.
Your barber / hair dresser may not be available today.
Everything is for a reason.
There is no need to question it.
God knows what we need to grow with him spiritually.
We need to not understand why or what.
We just have to be faithful and trust in his timing.
His timing is always perfect.
When things change in your life.
When friendships end.
When transitions in general happen in your life.
Do not question it, accept it for what it is.
God is pruning the weeds, getting rid of the thorns so that you and I can bear fruit and blossom.
Thank you Lord for your perfect timing. thank you for holding the clippers, thank you for being my gardener.
Thank you for pruning my life so i can be filled with your blessings and grow spiritually.
Thank you for pruning my life so I can be a blessing for others.
I thank your for your gentle love and care with me.
I thank you for always trimming the right amount, even when i begin to wonder why.
I know you have the definitive answer and that you are only doing what is necessary for me to blossom.
I trust you father with my past, my present and my future.
Amen.

A Levitical-kind-of-love

As Kingfishers Catch FireDay 3  •  1 of 2
This is Day3 of a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.

I posted the other two parts of this devotional yesterday and the previous day. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.
Devotional

Love, Love, Love

If we’re honest, most of us consider Leviticus dry reading, the kind of reading to do if you’re having trouble falling asleep or you’re doing some kind of forced penance. But not so fast. There’s something going on in those pages, something stirring.
“No single word in Leviticus has been quoted more often or in so many different contexts than this imperative verb in Leviticus 19:18: love. The word is threaded all through the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures and embedded on nearly every page of the New Testament. Love as a verb is personal, relational, comprehensive. Love is the primary verb in our Scriptures as a whole and in our language still.”
The uber-popular phrase these days is “Love wins.” But the question must be posed, “What kind of love?” And that question must be asked because there is the love we have for our trucks and cars, the love we have for musicians and their ballads, the love for sports teams, movies, pets, tacos, and the list goes on, doesn’t it? So if love does indeed win, and let’s believe it does, then again, what kind?
A Levitical-kind-of-love, that’s what kind. The kind that is straightforward without pages and pages of qualifications and loopholes. The kind that is direct and to-the-point and unconcerned with what’s uber-popular or not these days. The kind that loves a neighbor like we love ourselves, period, end of discussion, whether we feel like it or not. That’s the kind of love that not only wins, but conquers all, forever and ever, amen.

And to think we thought Leviticus was boring.

Just do it. Love your neighbor as yourself.
After day 3 I found where I got this devotional from: Thanks for reading through Eugene’s YouVersion Reading Plan! 

Leviticus 19:18 KJV

KJV Listener’s Bible

    

                

18Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.

Father God thank you for loving us. I ask you for guidance in embracing the “A Levitical-kind-of-love”. To be able to fully love everyone and embrace that ability. I pray for you to open my heart to love with all my might, so that love wins, so that love may conquer. Amen.

All in his Time.

Guilt

1 John 1:5-9New American Standard Bible (NASB)This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

What is guilt?

Guilt is the stain of sins on your conscience.

Do you have guilt?

Are you living off of a fear of past mistakes?

Trust in the lord and Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit can not only tell us when we did a wrong, but can guide us to a path towards redemption and a better walk.

Confess your sins to God, for he has forgiven you.

Psalm 32:5New American Standard Bible (NASB)

I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I did not hide;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”;
And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah
Our biggest problem is that we are our own critics. We critique everything we do. We know we are flawed and look into each flaw. Profess you sins to God, he has forgiven you. He is the judges of all judges.
If your guilt is for a wrong doing, ask for forgiveness and forgive oneself. Forgive the offended, ask them for forgiveness. Ask God for forgiveness though he has already granted you forgiveness. Do not let guilt weigh you down and steal your blessing.
Father God, I pray for anyone reading this. Father God I know we are flawed, we are imperfect and impure. We are sinners. I ask for forgiveness for any wrong doings I may have committed. Release me from any guilt. Release anyone reading this from any guilt that is blocking your blessings to manifests in our lives. Thank you for forgiving us. Thank you for sacrifice. Thank you for liberating us. Amen.

Selective Listening and your Relationship.

“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?” (NLT) ( Luke 6:46 )
Do you know many of us have selective hearing.

Many among  us are unable to determine when God is speaking.

Many among us are confused.

Many among us listen, yet are selective.

Many among us call upon the Lord in times of need, but not in the good times.

Many call upon the Lord, but does not follow through with his directions.

Yet call upon him for help, expecting him to always answer, always find a solution without us ever doing our part.

Yer when prayers are not answered you question why? Why aren’t you helping me? Why me?  Well answer his question, ‘Why are you calling me….when you don’t do what I say…’

Ever had moments when you feel God is asking you to do something?

That is called conviction.

There are times he is picking up the phone, sending you a text, shooting you an email or knocking on that door so that you can do something that will not only glorify him, but help you in your situation, to give you a blessing, or for you to be a blessing on someone else.

Instead what do we do when he calls?

We run.

Ignore.

Hide.

Miss that call.

Not open that door.

We run away.

What does running away do for you?

You probably just compromised yourself in that situation your trying to get out.

That help you needed is now gone.

That blessing you were going to receive   gone.

That blessing you could’ve been for someone else….. also gone.

We want the benefits of having a relationship with God, yet not obey when he extends a hand or calls. We want to have our cake and eat it too.

There are many whom  want the storms to pass, without doing our share.

We have to do some work. His works.

We have to pray.

We have to listen.

We have to do.

We can not conform to the times and be selective listeners when God calls.

When he reaches out, answer his call.

Answer his text.

Open that email.

Open that door.

Let him in.

Get to work.

It will all be worthwhile once you see the fruits of labor come to pass.

We need to maintain and build a relationship with God just like any other relationship in your life.

It’s not a give and take relationship it’s a give, help, listen, pray, do, praise, listen, glorify, pray, give, take, help, pray, read, listen, praise, do, glorify, do, act, listen, kneel, follow, lead, bless and be blessed kind of relationship. (I know I was repetitive in my word) my point is, sometimes you got start from the beginning, continue, repeat some things before you get what the Lord deems you need to get out of a situation.

Father God I thank you for always being there, you are my Emanuel for you are always with me. I ask you dear Lord to help me continue to keep the channels of communication open with you, so that I may always answer your call and do your will. I ask for guidance to always be able to know when it is you calling me. I ask for the ability to have the knowledge and understanding for any task you present before me so your will can be done. I pray that I can do my part, to maintain this relationship with you. To be close with you. To do your will. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.