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But I called upon the Lord in my distress, And he heard me from his Temple. My cry reached his ears. 2 Sam. 22:7 TLB

 

And do not be worried, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and your stronghold.” Nehemiah 8:10 AMP

 

Look, I have given you the authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; nothing will ever harm you. Luke 10:19

 

Here is an encouraging song: Life and Favor by John P. Kee

 

Think back for me, to a time when you experienced earth shattering news. Let ne ask you, did you ever think about the next trial, test, or tragedy? Or was it all you could do to handle your current circumstance? Now hold that thought, while I tread further in this story. Years ago while attending church I heard the Pastor say “get over it”. He said many of us have gone through something, some more than others. He also stated, if we continued in the vein, of not letting go of what has hurt us, we would remain glued to the things of the past. At the time of the Pastor’s bold message, I had not experienced what I have endured over the last thirteen years. Fast forwarding to the here and now and having gone through midnight after midnight, trial after trial and test after test. I asked the Lord early on and in my quality time with He. I asked of Him, “why me”? He replied with three words, “why not you”?

The truth is, I had gone through so many hardships from the age of three, I thought how could there be any thing worst than the current episode. Then when the next trial hit, like the waves crashing on the banks of the shore, it was even greater than the last. So if the last trial was a category 2, the next was category 3, and so on from there. There are those that would say, if you are still going through you must have sinned in a great way. That use to concern me but now I know many of those same individuals, said that’s not God. After reflecting and the Lord confirming His word over and over again in my heart, mind and body. I realize now those that said, what I was going through was not God, had not endured great heart ache and if they had, they did not draw close to Him. Because His word states My sheep know my voice and a stranger’s voice he will not follow. Furthermore satan would not have said those words. Those three words are designed to set the captives free. His (satan) design is to kill, steal and destroy. He wants us bound and not set free.

As I think back to the moment when I heard the Lord say, “why not you”?  I had laid on my face before the Lord.. Seeking Him in all things to obtain answers as to why me? I was utterly dumb founded at His reply, in my mind who could ask such a thing? I’ll tell you Who could ask, God alone, The Creator of all things would ask such a question of me and you. I meditated on those three words… Those three words were pivotal and pricked my heart. They truly got my attention, as it moved me to examine my inner-most me, for the right reply to God. There were no words deemed adequate to God. Nor did my heart posture budge Him in any way on this particular weighted circumstance. I wish I could tell you, He took back those three words and lifted the heavy trial. But that would be a false statement of the Lord. One thing is for certain we can always check His word. As He always confirms His word in scripture and out of the mouth of two or three witnesses.

This is the third time I am coming to you. Every fact is to be confirmed by the testimony of two or three witnesses. 2 Cor. 13:1 NASB

As I drafted this post I am reminded He is mindful of me and you. So in short, He knows what we can handle according to the measure of faith, He has instilled in us. After all, He is the Ancient of Days, the Alpha and Omega, Jehovah Tsidkenu [Lord our righteousness]… just to name a few. Nestled in His word and as the fruit gleamed I continue to be enlightened by the weight of His word. I submit to you His plan includes us to handle and perform greater exploits. For Jesus said to the disciples greater works shall you do. That word was true for the disciples, but also it holds true today.

… Since God has assigned to each of us a measure of faith. Romans 12:3 VOICE

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.John 14:12

Biblical Instruction For Today:

What The Father laid out for me in His word. Every trial, test, and triumph had purpose. My surrender, gave God full control of my life and in doing so He has transformed me and yet still. I discovered mankind reinvents himself, but God transforms from the inside out. With full autonomy over my life the Potter shaped me the clay, one tragedy, trial, test, and triumph at a time. There have been times I have tried to go around His will and realized the clay can’t outsmart the Potter. There have also been times where He had to restart how He has shaped me, because of my disobedience. The amazing grace part, I never frustrated grace, so badly that I reached a point of no return. He never gave up on me, even though I wanted to quit Him, but Love said not so. He’s not done with me, it’s really only begun in God’s eyes, as one day to you and I, is like a thousand years to Him. So I ask you, does your plan include His plan? There in lies the main ingredient for success, His plan is your plan. I must warn you, be careful going all the way with Him, it may cost you everything.

But who are you, a mere man, to talk back to God? Will what is formed say to the one who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?” Romans 9:20 HCSB

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God , to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV

Here is an encouraging song: God Only Knows by King & Country

God Pours Out His Spirit

A grace never fleeting

nor seen with the naked eye

or beholden in hand. Assurance of grace

is sufficient for steps fallen short.

Eyes wide open on purpose, a purified focus on Him as He keeps

her in perfect peace.

The sparkle in her eyes imaged from her heart

will lead many to the Amazing Light,

opening up doors to a vast new world

with expansive views that holds

His sight within range yet for a predestined moment in time.

She pursued His vision while etched on her heart,

to unlock the secrets of old yet purposed for a new day.

To clear the pathway prepared so long ago by the Ancient Of Days,

leading the next generation from one destination to the next.

Never skipping a beat,

many dreams are held in the hands of the Visionary

to bring the sheaves in from the utter most parts of the Earth.

His requited peace will cover her when moments seem

to be of despair

and time has lapsed from shielding the hurricane.

Only to be unlocked at the designated hour.

You are a vested warrior tried and true;

washed by the blood

purposed by His Spirit

purified in His grace

pursuing His presence

chartered for peace

to display His glory,

A light shone to others

drawing them to the Marvelous.

A veil surrounding her to protect and shield from all

of those not designed to tread into the seasons

purposed, purified, pursued to the destination.

 

“Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave through his servant Moses. 1 Kings 8:56 NLT

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend. Proverbs 22:11 NKJV

 

Here is an encouraging song It’s Your Time by Donald Lawrence

  • Hand picked from His vineyard

For You formed my [nward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, Psalms 139:13-14

In and out of seasons, we tend to wear layers that conceal, the bona fide you. So when it comes to our most authentic self we don’t even know who that is. When it comes down to the heart of the matter, many of us have created so many facades that we don’t even know who we are. Every facade we’ve created are layers to conceal, the bona fide you. The layers over the years are formed for various reasons; either we are ashamed of a time period in our lives, we are making up for deficits, where we think we don’t measure up, or we just don’t see ourselves as worthy. In essence we don’t love ourselves. The more time passed with each facade or layer, it became more comfortable in the facade than living our destiny of truth… the bona fide you.

Newsflash in order to reach any pinnacle in life, we must learn how to adapt in the bona fide you; design He purposed. Yes we can function in someone elses design until the challenges of life hit. Then it becomes truth serum time. This is the juncture where we face who we really are, versus who we are not. The ultimate, is to arrive at a point where we are comfortable with the skin we are in. Not the skin with layers we have presumed to fit into. Many times to walk in the bona fide you stride, it means we must walk alone first, before others begin to embrace the bona fide you. I have discovered in my most vulnerable way, I was a people pleaser. In a previous season it was more important what people thought of me. Then what God had chosen for me. I had sold-out to what I thought others had wanted to see of me. Rather than going all the way in the bona fide blueprint He had envisioned for me.

Now as I have turned the corner, of my life I chose to embrace, embody, and surrendered to embark upon the tapestry He had woven for me, from the beginning. For you see God knew at just the right moment, no matter how painful; I would become sick and tired of being sick and tired of faking the funk or more appropriately stated, walking in someone’s footsteps I was not designed to be.

 Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence. 2 Corinthians 5:17 GW

 

The bona fide you

Personal Anecdote

Think for a moment about wearing a pair of shoes that don’t fit. Imagine how your feet ache because they are not the right size or the make of the shoe is meant for style and not comfort. For years you had chosen to wear shoes too small as you had not embraced your bona fide self, which includes your shoe size. This was your way of fitting in with the crowd. Even down to your shoe size you were an imposture. This was not the only area you weren’t in your truest form. This was the crux of a greater issue as you weren’t pleased with yourself. So it materialized in many ways of you not being who you were designed to be.

I am not talking out the side of my neck as this was me in past seasons. All because I was not comfortable in my skin. I didn’t know how to be, the bona fide me. I was seeking to be someone everybody accepted and wanted to fit in. I learned later, I was not meant to fit in. Because of who God made me, from before I was even a thought I was by design to be the standard and not conform to the standards of this world. So if the thought came to you while reading, how do I know all of this? I am not just a writer but also one that was not in her true self. I submit to you this all leads back to not being happy in my skin. When I sought the Lord, He showed me a better me. It has taken time to arrive on the bona fide me street. Now that I am there many have asked how, when, where, why did I get to this point. That becomes the window of opportunity to relay how He is doing, the bona fide work in me. It can’t be rushed, duplicated, or coveted. As we are all striving to be crowned as unique, rare, finely crafted vessels found in His vineyard.

“Before I formed you in your mother’s womb I chose you. Before you were born I set you apart. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 NET If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom. Deut. 28:13 NLT

Walking in your calling

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Think about your most desperate time in life. Now that you have that thought in mind. Contrast that thought with a refreshment. Not just any refreshment but one that causes you to go from thirsty to quenched. One that causes you to go from desperate to refreshed. One that causes you to go from broken to mended. So what are we talking about here? Think back to that desperate time of yours and imagine Him turning that desperation into a refreshment. You know at your low of lows where no one was there to pick-up the pieces. You instinctively cried out to Him because somewhere in the annals of your mind and heart you were moved to cry out to Him. Whether it was your father, mom, grandmother, aunty or friend that planted a seed. For you to call on Him in your darkest moment. You recalled that seed and called on Him in the midnight hour. He responded to your call. He met you right where you knelt, faced down, or stood in the midst of the trial.

‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and [a]mighty things, which you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV

I want you to know friend, He answered the call and gave you a refreshment. No fear necessary as He refreshed you from the inside out and eased your woes. As He wooed you to draw near and give you a peace that surpasses all understanding. No, the problem did not go away in many cases. But there would have been an immediate peace to come over you and there in lied the refreshment. The peace that shows up when nothing else will do, but arrest your thoughts and captivate your heart. The peace that surface when all else fails. The Jehovah Shalom peace that hovers and cradles you in Spirit and truth. That no person can give you.

He will cause you to be a refreshment for someone else. Even when it seems your back is against the wall. When many times you don’t have the energy or time to be some one else’s refreshment. That’s where our hearts posture should be tuned into Him. Just as we tune into our favorite tv show. That’s really what He desires of us. For it’s when we tune into Him, He will show us who to aid and how. If your first mind tells you, “God helps those who helps themselves”. That’s not how He operates. Of course He will use you to come to someone’s aid and provide refreshment. We (society) as a whole are accustomed to not help someone as we are self-minded. Many times thinking what can I get out of this or how did he or she get in this predicament. I implore you to put aside all of your stinking thinking. When we feel that nudge to help someone, that is your opportunity to display Jesus. If you don’t have your ducks in a row that is a golden opportunity to be the unlikeliest vessel to be used by God. His word reads, if we are willing and obedient we shall eat the good of the land. You will know it’s Him prompting you to help because satan wouldn’t have you to help. Remember it’s never self-serving but selfless acts that bear witness to His works. There again, His word reads My sheep know My voice and a strangers voice he will not follow.

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25

Personal Example

I was leaving court just recently and felt uneasy about the outcome, before my eyes. As I walked towards my vehicle we approached this familiar area. We saw this waterfall and noticed the clarity of the water. We both saw the water in a different hue. So we began to chronicle the moment with pictures. In doing so we noticed something amazing in the pictures and the water. It was a refreshment from the Holy Spirit. It was duly noted in the water and in the photograph. His word states those that have eyes let them see and ears let them hear. I was reminded in those pivotal moments no matter the forecast of my circumstance I am free. For where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. I have searched high and low and the only One that can quench my thirst such as that moment and greater is the Lord Jesus.

A Refreshment

I’ll refresh tired bodies; I’ll restore tired souls. Jeremiah 31:25 MSG

Biblical Example

The woman at the well was desperate and at a divine moment she stood next to Jesus in the midst of it all. As He told her of her desperation, how she had five husbands that weren’t hers and even the one she was currently with was not hers. When he revealed her struggles to her it was like showing her a mirror. He didn’t condemn in that moment He actually redeemed her from her sinful ways. Rather than one drink of water from the natural well, He offered her to drink from the well of which she would never thirst again. In that day she became an awesome mouth piece for Jesus as here she was at her moment of desperation and he turned it into a life altering refreshment. Where she would never thirst again and receive eternal life. Jesus never demonstrated himself as to good to stand along side her. As a matter of mention he loved on her in her desperation and quenched her thirst with him, the Living Water. Assuring her she would never thirst again. Maybe that’s you today, where you are parched in your desperation and need a drink of the Living Water. If this is you, pray this prayer out loud and watch how God yields a refreshment right where you are. Just as the woman at the well in that day or me in my moment of thirst.

Prayer:

Father I am tired and thirsty as my way has not worked. I surrender all to Your will for my life. I look to You, to give me a peace that surpasses all of my understanding. I ask for You to refresh and restore my life from the top to the bottom. Aid me in my crisis as I lay down my cares at Your feet, I repent of my sins. I believe Jesus is your son and he died on the cross and rose from the dead and is now seated at Your right hand. Thank you that I am apart of the family of God and I won’t turn back in Jesus name Amen and Amen.

Here is an encouraging song In Your Presence by William McDowell

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. Ecc 3:11 NKJV

A place of desolation prove to be

the spot of rejuvenation.

A place to prepare and repair the seeds of

discord thrown upon her.

A place to rest and ease a weary soul.

A place to come to the end of oneself

and relinquish control to Him.

In this place she recharged

her heart and mind.

As the butterfly displayed

her light in a place of discomfort to further

the race and changing the face of those He spared.

Love hand-picked the butterfly

to be a sight for sore eyes, a breath of fresh air,

a revival, a smile, laughter, joy, and peace;

as she was fully equipped in her armor

for those in dire straits.

In this place, when the dandelion

was in discomfort and parched,

He led her back to the butterfly to

quench her thirst. She represented the

well for those to drink and thirst no more.

The encounter of the dandelion and the butterfly

prompted one to stand tall in any future setting

and the other to shine brighter wherever she tread.

 

Stay tuned… you never know when you’ll

encounter the dandelion or the butterfly

to ignite something new in you.

13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Eph6:13_17 NASB

#yellowbutterflypromise  #painwithapurpose

 

Did you know you were created for more? Something greater than you. It’s not about you and all about the purpose He’s placed in you. How long has He nudged you for something greater than your current position? We often struggle with the very thing He’s called us to perform. I know this to be true as I kept debating with the Father, similar to Jonah, that He should have picked a man to do this assignment. After much frustration and agony I recognized He never budged on what He had tasked me to do. As I kept trying to convince Him this purpose was not for me, again like Jonah, He kept having me to move in what was uncommon to mankind.

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See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare;before they spring forth, I tell you of them. Isaiah 42:9 NRSV

I was ostracized from many circles. Of course this was of no concern to the Lord because it was all about me getting on His page. Me going all the way for Him. As I began to come around to His ways, I realized more and more He was little by little rooting out of me the very stinking ways that were seemingly not befitting of His tool. You see I was a people pleaser. I cared so much about what people thought about me, I could not be my most authentic self. All and all I was a counterfeit. I made it seem like I had it all together. So when the rubber met the road, I clearly did not have it all together. I was not that much of a Christian after all, as much as I wanted people to think. Oh but I was in for a rude awakening with every fiber of my being.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19 NIV

Let me ask you something, that’s it come closer… Would you put a vase with flowers on display with weeds in it? No you wouldn’t, you’d clean it up first right? This is what the Father does for us, He prunes us before He would perch us. After all He corrects those He loves. In my previous seasons I never thought about how God would use us. You know that there is something greater for us to walk in, bigger than us… But now I know with the utmost certainty, He will clean us up. Basically, pull us out of the muck and mire, wash us in the blood (spiritually). Then polish us with the anointing and light us up like a Christmas tree, only to display His Light through and through for many to see, like a show piece. Now this does not mean He won’t use you before the transformation grabs a hold of you. The funny thing about our Father, He will use each and every one of us, at any given moment to further His plan in our life. Many times we can be oblivious to the Lord using us, especially if our hearts are hardened. There are those person will think they were doing something awesome of their own accord when in fact it was a God-movement. I keep being reminded He used a donkey to talk to the baal god in Numbers 22. You and I know animals can’t talk, but the biggest point conveyed so masterfully to the baal god, that’s how much He is in control, that’s how big GOD is; that He could use the foolish thing to confound the wise. At the same time prove His plan to the false god and anyone else with a front row seat. For you see He towers over any circumstance we could ever face and will show man, when we think we have it under control, we don’t. I know, because I thought I had it all under control seasons ago, until life hit. The truth is I had absolutely nothing under control. The only thing I had control of, was to surrender my all to Him. This is what He waited for, for me to relinquish my self-control to He. The funniest thing to me now is He purged me by testing me with the very thing I struggled with. Yep, you guessed it as someone who is no longer aimed to please people, but to only please Him. In doing so, He showed me how to love on the people and not be swayed by them. The more I said I could not perform this task, He kept giving me assignments to prove otherwise. I can freely share this part of my journey as I have been freed from the bondage of people pleasing. You know how one plus one equals two always? Well Serving God and being a people pleaser does not compute ever. Now that’s food for thought.

 

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Biblical Example

There are countless examples in the bible where God used ones life as a shining example and was placed on display for many to see. Rebekah was one He perched in plain view. She was to be sought by Abraham’s servant at the well. His servant was given the assignment to find Issac’s bride. By Gods hand and design he was not going to miss Rebekah, as she was humbled and ready as a young woman of purity. If you are wondering will God lead His servant in this day and time, to His hand-picked bride, yes He will. For those women trusting in God and waiting for the very one He has in mind for her. He won’t let her miss him and he, definitely won’t miss her as when a man finds a wife… This story nestled in Genesis 24 shows how He drew two people destined for each other together. To ensure the servant did not miss the woman in waiting, he prayed and asked the Lord for a fleece, before setting out on his journey.

He said, “O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, please [a]grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham. 13 Behold, I am standing by the spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; 14 now may it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and who answers, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’—may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness to my master.” Genesis 24:12_14NASB

Not only did He point her out to the servant, she was in plain view. Also, there was no confusion as to which young lady was the one. At the defined moment, she was the only one visible to make such a request. The bible says, she went down to the spring and he ran to meet her… This shows God pointed her out and she had the right response; she willingly served him and referred to him as my lord, which displays a willingness to serve and it was not all about her being served first. She was most concerned to serve, than being servant. Before we can be a servant we first must know how to serve. Those two gestures alone, show humility. These two examples sparked his interest and led the servant to understand she was the fit for Issac. Also, God answered his prayer and gave him a fleece (***), so he would not miss her. Even in that day a woman not suitable or humbled, would not have offered water to a man and his animals. Then she proceeds to go back and forth to the well to give water to the camels until their thirst was quenched. After the camels were finished drinking water the servant knew she was the one and placed the ring and bracelets upon her. I only have one call-to-action, what is the Lord testing and trying you over and over again? Whatever it is, He will continue to perfect that thing in you until you pass the test. Even then that’s subject to change. Remember He is God and He will do things how He sees fit.

*** fleece is a sign.

Here is an encouraging song: You Brought The Sunshine by The Clark Sisters

 

Fear, doubt, angst, confusion, lies, double-mindedness, calamity are not synonymous with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There are many things God is known for, but those nouns are not so of Him. In my darkest days and nights He knew the shadows of fear I was plagued with. I recognized I had tried different measures for relief and it did not work. This time it required me to try something different. My circumstance was so drastic and I needed relief in an extreme way, so I reached for God… He reached back for me in my tumultuous circumstance.

 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. Psalm 118:17

Seven years ago is when I was at my lowest. I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and I thought I would lose my mind because of my mounting crisis, the Holy Ghost stepped right on in. At that time I thought the best way out was to silence my life, at my own hand. Yes, I mean suicide. But God said no. I tried thrice to silence my life, but each time love rushed in and blocked it. The Lord showed me my life mattered to Him. He also reminded me I was not through with my race. The truth is at my lowest and seemingly all was lost to my naked eyes. He asked me through a sister in Christ, do you love Jordan more than God? My answer was no but my heart said something different. If you have followed my blog you know Jordan, was my youngest son (9) that battled brain cancer for seventeen and half months. He ultimately passed March 24th, 2013. I not only thought my life was over because of my son, failed marriage, family in shambles and struggling bakery business. I want you to know in the midst of my losses, He was there.

He will shelter you with his wings; you will find safety under his wings. His faithfulness is like a shield or a protective wall. Psalm 91:4 NET

He not only blocked me from taking my life but also He gave and I received, the greatest love of all. I surrendered everything to Him July 2012. He filled me like never before. Where I was empty and focused on the things, I had placed above Him. He showed me a better way. I believe since that faithful moment in time, I have not been the same. I am reminded why He saved me. Most of all He found me in my mess and didn’t stop there. He has hovered over me when I thought I wasn’t worth it. My life has not changed all at once. As a matter of fact its been a slow climb, to regain material possessions. I can truly say my life is not my own. My life means something, it always has but now I know my life is better since He is at the helm. I know He’s been good to me and without God I am nothing. When He blocked me from taking my life, He gave me the will to live, love and smile not because of what I own, but for who He is in me.  He gave it to me in the most impactful way ever. So now I know confidently because He lives I can truly face tomorrow and all my fear is gone.

“What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? Matt 18:12

In times like these we ought to draw near to the God that reaches for us. He is looking for us to reach out and hold on tight. I know that day He didn’t let me go as He loves me so. Anyone who is reading this now and you think it’s over… I want you to know it ain’t over until God says it’s over. It ain’t over until you reach the finish line and even then you’ve got to press for the mark of the high calling of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let me place this before you as food for thought… You’ve tried your way in your might, why not try God by His Spirit. In our darkest of nights we need the Holy Spirit to show up and intervene and help us. He showed up for me and He will most assuredly show-up and show-out for you, He is no respecter of person. God’s love is for real.

 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Rev. 12:11

Biblical Example

Now when we look back through the bible at the example of one who took their life, it was Judas. But even in his betrayal of Jesus there was redemption. When he took his life he never gave Jesus the chance to receive the love he had for him. He took matters in his own hands and decided by hanging himself, he was at the point of no return. That’s what He gives to us all, life more abundantly. Nothing about death is equal to the Lord as He is the God of the living. As believers we have a hope to live on even after our physical temple no longer remains. Don’t take my word for it, His word states study to show thyself approve. He confirms His word out of the mouth of two or three witnesses. So whenever the word of God is given to you concerning any matter, there is always always always someone or something that will come behind and show revelation. That my friends is the Holy Spirit at work.

I have sinned,” he declared, “for I have betrayed an innocent man. That’s your problem,” they retorted. Then he threw the money onto the floor of the Temple and went out and hanged himself. Matt 27:4-5 TLB

If anything in this post has your attention and you have thought to silence your life pray this prayer out loud and watch Him show-up right where you are:

Father God You are the God of all living things. I am crying out to You, to help me. Give me a peace 

that surpasses all of my understanding. Show me the way out of my mess. I know You will 

make a way out of no way. I feel alone Lord and Your word says, You will never leave me nor forsake

me. So if You are real make Yourself know to me in these moments. Silence my fears and doubt as

You have not given me the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Arrest my thoughts

and flesh as you give me comfort in my heart, mind and body. Anything that is not like You, that I have

said done or thought forgive me and I cast it down from whence it came in Jesus name Amen and Amen.

 

Here is an encouraging song: Reckless Love by Anthony Brown

We search for one that can’t be

found in might or power, yet in Spirit.

It is futile as she is not found in the ways of man.

She is discovered in her sanctuary,

The Father’s heart

where she rest, and abides at the break of dawn.

In a place nestled in range,

tucked away in the hills of Help

concealed in the Valley of Hope.

Her heart becomes illuminated, a-fixed to the one on High

showcased only to the one who seeks

after her heart in His heart, not her beauty,

after his rib and not her soul,

after his helpmate and not her anointing.

 

True destiny awaits, the two hearts as they are purposed for

a crash course collision orchestrated by

His divine hand,

in the moments of His knowing. Many a midnight has kept

the two apart until this Thine hour.

Just as love has divided them to prepare the way,

it is the very source that introduced the two in Spirit and

that shall bring them back together again.

Origin of formation at pre-destination of purpose.

His testimony surfaced when

the two are joined under His tutelage.

This time love found love in the bosom of His heart

and did not stop searching until her heart was right before his,

as He was pleased at the request of her heart.

Just as He planned the finely woven tapestry.

Threads of love charted this journey

of pruning, peace, strengthening, and purpose ordained

to fulfill what the Potter promised from the ages.

As He applied the final touches of faith, hope and love,

to be placed on display with His approval adorned in bronze

and sealed with love.

Matthew 22:37, Prov. 25:2, 1 Cor. 13:13, & Prov. 18:22

 

Here is an encouraging song You Are My Love Come True by Fred Hammond

 

Fresh Fire

When you think of a fresh wind in the natural, more commonly it is the first wind after a torrential rain. The air is crisp and there is a fresh scent that seems to be prevalent. The atmosphere is clear and most tend to experience a slight reprieve from allergies.

Then there is the fresh wind that blows just as a move of God takes place. Some may call it a shift, an anointing, or an out pouring of Gods Spirit. No matter how we slice it, it is God doing a new thing. Many have not seen or heard. As He does not have to copy signs and wonders of old. He is the same, yesterday, today and forever more. I am reminded it’s when we continue to box Him in with our natural mindsets, that is the juncture He astonishes us with something supernatural.

“I will pour out on the house of David and on the people of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace (unmerited favor) and supplication. And they will look at Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him as one who weeps bitterly over a firstborn. Zechariah 12:10 AMP

When does God pour out His Spirit? Have you ever thought about what happens when He pours out His Spirit? I submit to you unless He has poured His Spirit in you, there is no way to assuredly know when, whom, or where. But He said, I will pour out My Spirit on My sons and daughters. One thing is for certain mankind does not chose who gets a portion of His Spirit. His word states, many are called few are chosen and fewer answer.

In order for the good Lord to pour a portion of He into His elect, we must come to the end of ourselves. You may have heard those words before and may even seem cliché; come to the end of yourself. That is truly what must take form a emptying or purging of self to receive the newness of Him. I must tell you of something clear-cut, He will not pour into mess, you know the muck and miry clay. He needs a clean canvas to spark new wine. Now, let’s be clear I am not referring to perfection as we all have fallen short and are filthy rags, if you will. What I am describing is a graceful clearing of self to the point of surrender. Do you see what I am showing you? When we are gracefully cleaned we then have the capacity to receive an in filling of His Spirit. One thing is for certain when He has destined one to receive a portion of Him it will happen, just as He said it would. No devil in hell can divert, squander, or subtract from the plans that God has ordained. For the gates of hell shall not prevail.

Biblical Example

Just after Jesus Christ resurrection he met with the disciples and there was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. He told the 12 go to the uttermost parts of the earth and preach the gospel. As the outpouring fell upon them, they were equipped immediately to spread Gods word, with signs and wonders to boot. There charge was to set the captives free in Spirit and truth. Each of the disciples had a part to play as they represented the body of Christ, with all gifts at play.

Fresh Anointing

I am in awe of how God pours into us. For I remember, asking Abba Father, so I had to lose the old things to obtain the new? In that moment several years ago, I was referring to losing the old material things. Our Father on His hand referred to the old things on the inside of me. So it was never tangibly old to the Lord. It was the stinking things about me that had to be purged before He could fill me up with a portion of Him. There were things about me that I use to do and be, and now that is no longer me. As I submitted totally to His will for me. Someone colorfully explained to me, “baby you flesh so you can’t surrender all the way”. I laughed at this person and said yes I can and walking in total surrender. As I crucify my flesh daily in repentance I am vested to stay the course of His plan for me. Let me be clear again, it is a choice to submit to His will for our lives. That’s what’s amazingly funny about The Father. He is such a gentlemen and its by invitation. If you chose to accept He will grant you a portion of He. If you are asking who willingly accepts Gods will for their life? I do and did seven years ago. A moment of transparency is in order, when I surrendered seven years ago, I did so with a couple of request, of the Lord, He would heal my youngest son, Jordan Allen Samples and restore my marriage and family. I want you to know we can’t out smart God, no way no how. So as I surrendered to Him with the unsaid notion that, I’ll submit so He would extend healing to my son and the rest… As I treaded further into this journey of promise, I discovered and learned He had wanted me for a long time. So as time and tragedy unfolded He allowed all of those things that I placed above Him. To come crashing down to a halt. He allowed, knowing I would come to a place of repentance and redemption. I love the line in the song; He looked beyond my faults and saw my needs. That line is crucial for us today, just like a deer thirst for water. Now I await what He has for me. In the meantime, I believe His word that He will restore all the things I lost. I will continue to move in the purpose, He purposefully arrested in me. To lead those to Him as He beckons me. I ask you what is God stirring in your heart? What is He calling you too, that is going unnoticed? 

“But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father. So keep a sharp lookout, for you don’t know the timetable. Mark 13:33 MSG 

But when that happens, I will take you, O Zerubbabel my servant, and honor you like a signet ring upon my finger; for I have specially chosen you,’ says the Lord Almighty.” Haggai 2:23 TLB

 

Here is an encouraging song God is on the move by 7eventhtimedown

 

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