Week of June 30, 2019
The Battle Is Already Won
John 10:10 (NIV)
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I initially felt I could conquer anything that attempted to get in my way: relationships, health issues, financial hardship, and whatever else came with salvation! No one told me embracing Jesus as the Captain, CEO, and King in my life meant I would be embarking on a life of spiritual warfare!!!
I had to learn real quick how to be a soldier. To fight in the spirit and no longer in the fresh because the enemy was out to kill me!
Keep this in mind as I've had: Satan's plan is to kill, steal, and destroy you. He will set you up!!! A spirit of fear will unexpectedly attack your faith. A spirit of rejection will attack your identity and the spirit of sickness will overtake your body!!
He's planning strategically how to take you out! His belief is to destroy you before you recognize who you are and what's your purpose!
Join us in prayer as we consecrate before the Lord. Our prayer is for you as the body of Christ gain spiritual discernment to identify spirits that are coming after you and your loved ones! To be able to develop wisdom to battle in the Spirit. Victory is yours saith the Lord!
I encourage you to walk in your God-given authority and declare your Victory in Jesus name, Amen
Week of June 23, 2019
Life Lessons Through Trials
James 1:2-3, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”
There are so many life lessons to learn while going through a rough time/season. I believe as believers we must be able to endure the time. You don't know how long your situation will present itself. All you know that it's getting the best of you and you want it far away from you.
We tell ourselves "No one knows how I feel.” “Nobody has ever gone through what I’m going through right now!” “You don’t know what it’s like to be going through like this!” Have you ever felt like or said any of these things? I think most of us, at one time or another, feel like we are going through something that has never been experienced before. But, that is just not true. King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and THERE IS NO NEW THING UNDER THE SUN.” It is normal to feel isolated in our sufferings or trials, but we are assured that we will not have to endure anything that is not common to the human experience.
In the midst of your trials, remind yourself how God is "Faithful." Read 1 Corinthians 1:9, “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord over and over again until it hits your spirit. Also remember this because of His faithfulness, the Lord will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able to handle.
Rely on His power and guidance to overcome all that you face this week!
Prayer: Father, grant me the strength, power and anointing to endure the trials before me. I stand on your word. You're faithful to those who believe in You. I pray you will touch the doubters on this week. Lord renew their minds and strengthen them to be able to face their trials my counting them all as the joy!! Amen
Week of June 16, 2019
Lord Help Me
Scripture: John 16:1-4
All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them.
The late Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis, said to his frustrated, impatient daughter, “My dear, if you would only recognize that life is hard, things would be so much easier for you.”
In these verses Jesus is warning his disciples to expect trials. He also ends the chapter with
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (verse 33).
Yet in spite of these words many that confess to know Jesus are stumbling and falling away when trials and tribulations come. If you’re going to persevere with Christ, you must know in advance that you will face times when you are in the pit, and you must know what to do when you’re there. Rather than turning away from the Lord, you must learn to turn to Him to rescue you from life’s pits.
Lord our God, in the grace of Jesus Christ I turn to you, our Father in heaven and on earth, for I know your truth and your saving power. Grant that all may learn to look upward to you in faith and in trust that your will is being done on earth, even though so much seems to be the work of humans alone. But your will is behind everything and I put myself under your will. I hope in your will. In your will I am certain that everything will be made right and good, to the glory of your name. Amen.
Week of June 9, 2019
Scripture: 1Peter 5:8,“Your adversary,the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour”
Topic: You Have an Adversary
It’s true. You have an adversary who wants to attack your desires, your thoughts, even how you see and treat your body. So you and I need to be on guard against evil and Satan’s schemes.
According to 1 Peter 5:8, God’s Word gives us a strategy against those assign attacks by telling us to “Put on the full armor of God, so that we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes…” (Ephesians 6:11-18). I find it interesting that every piece of “armor” described in this passage refers to the character of Christ. In other words, put on Christ-likeness abide in Christ and you will fend off the attacks of the enemy.
We abide in Christ through surrendering and communing with Him. As you suit up this week with the armor of God, I encourage you to recite this prayer;
Let Us Pray:
Almighty God, cover my mind with the helmet of Your salvation, reminding me constantly that I am Your child and the enemy can’t mess with me. Fix my thoughts, Lord Jesus, on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Help me to think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise so Your peace will guard my mind. Don’t let me copy the behavior and customs of this world, but transform me into a new person by changing the way I think. Then I will learn to recognize Your will for me which is good and pleasing and perfect. Saturate my mind with Your truth so I am convinced that the answers are found in Your Word, not out in the world in Jesus name, Amen.
Week of June 2, 2019
Scripture: Colossians 3: 12-13
"Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,compassionate,hearts,kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive."
GOD teaches us in His word that "forbearance" usually refers to a godly character trait. To forbear is to abstain or hold back; forbearance is akin to patience and self-control this example is proved in our scripture Colossians 3:12-13.
God shows forbearance in how He holds back the judgment the world deserves: “Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance, and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? (Roman's 2:4) is another example of how God holds back His judgment on us. Thus, forbearance refers to God’s mercy, kindness, and longsuffering in delaying rightful judgment. Paul warned mankind not to take God’s delay in dealing with sin as a sign that He is uninterested or that man is innocent. Paul now warns us not to be hasty in judging others since God will judge everyone some day. The fact that God is so forbearing in judging the world should cause us to forbear to judge others. Make it a point this week to not judge those who have wronged you. Forgive and move forward in the mercies of God. Loving one another as Christ has loved us.
Let Us Pray:
You are a God of deep forbearance, and you desire your people to be a people of forbearance. Forgive us, Jesus, for we have been impatient and unkind. Forgive us for our thoughtless busyness that allows us to push others aside in favour of our own agenda. Forgive us for simply dismissing those who have stood in opposition to us, rather than taking the time to know them. Holy Spirit, teach us how to bear with each other, especially when it hurts. Help us to refuse retaliation in favour of kindness in Jesus name, Amen.