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WRAPPED IN THE BUBBLE OF GOD’S PRESENCE

-Most believers can relate to the word “presence” as it is commonly used among them. The appearance, reaction and application of “presence” varies though from one person to another. For this blog,” presence” means the presence of God- and I am writing about “presence” because it seems to be a recurring theme this month. I believe God wants us to tap into and engage His presence in this season.

A few Sundays back while I was in devotion, I heard the Lord say, “this is a Sunday of His Presence” This Monday, I saw friends wrapped in a bubble of His presence. This theme caught my attention mostly because it was repeated. Whenever a theme, dream or impression is repeated, it should be taken seriously because it sure to happen; see Genesis 41:32for having two similar dreams, it means that these events have been decreed by God, and He will soon make them happen.

The presence of God is always with you; I believe this presence is the Holy Spirit who is part of the Trinity.  When you are wrapped in Him you can engage Him in all your affairs from inside the bubble. Consider the bubble as the high seat that you are seated in right next to Jesus Christ for the Bible says that we are a royal priesthood, co-heirs who are seated with Christ at the right hand of the Father; Ephesians 2:4-7. Consider that bubble of His presence as your royal throne.

The bubble of His presence is a supernatural atmosphere. It is from here that your can affect the natural. Since you are seated and wrapped in high places, you can decree execute the decrees and laws of God’s Kingdom to your situation. While you are wrapped, you are in “Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven” zone. This means whatever situation you are going through has to be impacted by God’s presence.

Each believer experiences God’s presence differently. My encouragement to you this week is to activate Him when you experience Him. Don’t just experience Him without placing a demand on Him. God does not show up just for showing up sake, He has an agenda whenever He visits. If you’ve never experienced God’s presence, ask the Holy Spirit to show you how He manifests Himself to you.

Be encouraged this week that the Omnipresent God is with you. Engage Him, involve Him in all your affairs, view live situations from His perspective, ask Him for direction, wisdom and protection. Allow His Presence to raise up a standard for you amidst difficulties.

Take advantage of His Presence this week. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you, Deuteronomy 31:6. The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you, John 14:17

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WHEN LOST OF WORDS JUST PRAISE HIM

Often after prolonged periods of seeking God and doing what you know best you can be left speechless with no words to tell God. This may also happen when you approach your prayer time and simply have no clue how to begin. My encouragement to you this week is consider praising Him.

For the past three weeks, my spirit has been singing “Praise Him” By Kelly Willard and Bob Fitts. It’s an old Integrity Hosanna Music Song. I either woke up singing that song or I could hear my spirit singing it before or after devotions. I finally downloaded the song then got what the Holy Spirit was communicating. He basically wanted me to stop my petitions and praise God.

I know it’s the end of the week – I hope you’ve had a good week, but if your week has been challenging, consider praising God for sustaining you through it. Consider praising Him for what He did in the past and for the pending promise He is about to fulfil. Consider praising God for the unknown and the unseen; this would be faith at work and a pleasing sacrifice as well.

After you have done all you know and have no more words to say- rest in God. Consider switching your prayers to a prayer of praise. Sacrifices are not limited to monetary gifts or offerings. Praise amidst the unknown is a great sacrifice. In fact, God says in Psalm 50:23Whoever offers praise glorifies Me: and to him that orders his conversation aright will I show him the salvation of God. Psalm 22:3- Yet I know that you are most holy; it’s indisputable. You are God-Enthroned, surrounded with songs, living among the shouts of praise of your princely people.

So why should you praise God again: – Because God has already seen the end from the beginning, because praise is a sacrifice that God responds to and because God abides right in your praise. When worry comes, praise Him, when anxiety comes, praise Him, when fear knocks, reject it, when anger comes, overcome it, then praise God. Praise is dimension of spiritual warfare.

Praise Him!

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HAVE A “JESUS MEETING”

My favorite TV shows are those that involve renovations and transformations. I can watch the show “Overhaul” and “HGTV” all day. I also love the “Street Racing” show- I guess just the thrill of seeing how dangerous the guys can drive. Recently while watching these shows I heard a phrase that was said in two distinct shows; surprisingly this was my first-time hearing about a “Jesus Meeting”.

These TV shows involve a team or collaborating with others. When disagreements and misunderstandings occurred in the team, they called for a “Jesus Meeting! A Jesus Meeting is where all is laid on the table without reservations and conflicts are addressed then resolutions are made. It’s a come clean, transparency, let’s deal with this meeting!

I then pondered on how frequent we need these meetings with the Lord. As believers, we often try to withhold stuff from the Lord because we think some are too small or irrelevant for Him. God saved all parts of you and He wants all parts of you. So, feel free to share everything with Him. God is a loving God who does not judge or condemn. In fact, He sees the depths of our hearts and knows our prayers even before we pray. Tell God exactly how you feel, how angry you are, how frustrated it is, how happy you are, how excited you are; just be real with Him. Trust me, Jesus understands every emotion; He went through them.

Jesus Meetings are also beneficial when you cannot obtain breakthrough in an area or when we experience repeated negative patterns. Consider coming to Jesus with a Lord enough of this, let’s deal with this attitude! Through prayer, consider asking the Holy Spirit to show you the source of the issue. God sees all things – His exposure will help steer the prayers strategically for the needed breakthrough.

Finally, prolonged undressed conflicts or misunderstands pull us further apart. As believers we are a community of one another.  The Bible directs that we agree with our adversary quickly (Matthew 5:25). Confessing our sins to one another and forgiving one another brings healing (James 5:16). Do your best to address conflicts respectful and prayerfully in a timely manner (Ephesians 4:26-27). Best is to have your own Jesus Meeting for repentance and clean you need to do personally then for direction on how to approach the conflict before meeting with the person you need to meet with.

This week consider the areas you need to bring to the “Jesus Meeting”. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you those areas first in your personal life, then to those you need to address. Transparency with God and with others is essential in our Love walk in Christ.

Scriptures: Isaiah 1:18, Jeremiah 17:10, John 6:37, Matthew 11:28, Revelation 22:17, I Corinthians 13:1-13

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TRUTH-SHIELD-BUCKLER

Often after prolonged periods of waiting for answers to prayers, we give up praying and lose hope for the answer. However, there is a powerful tool that can be used beyond, and this is the Word of God.

Believe you me, waiting for answer or breakthrough is an aspect of spiritual warfare because we have to fight all other voices and options if we want to stay true to God and wait for His best. Psalm 91 comes to mind. I recommend reading the entire chapter, but a few months ago, verse 4 caught my attention. It says He (God) shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

What does it mean then to have God’s truth as a shield and buckler? God’s truth is the Word of God, (2) Jesus is the truth; see John 1:1 and John 14:6.  A shield is a piece of personal armour held in the hand or mounted on the wrist or forearm. Shields are used to intercept specific attacks, whether from close-ranged weaponry or projectiles such as arrows, by means of active blocks, as well as to provide passive protection by closing one or more lines of engagement during combat OR a person or thing providing protection.

A buckler is most useful for deflecting the blow of an opponent’s weapons by binding his arms or hindering his movements. A buckler was mostly worn on the forearm. In Ephesians 6, we are encouraged to put on the full armour of God with righteousness as our shield.

If at all you are in warfare of “waiting” or trusting God for an answer, engage these tools this week. There is spiritual warfare beyond prayer, and this is it. When you can no longer pray, find the Scripture promise that applies to your petition, then continually engage by confessing that Scripture whenever you are reminded of that petition.

That Word of God, which is the truth will be the shield that intercept those frequent attacks of anxiety and worry related to your petition. The Word of God will deflect any camouflage and alternate answer from coming through. Continue to focus on Jesus, the ultimate truth, way and life as you wait for the best outcome from God. When doubt, fear, anxiety or worry comes occupy yourself with the TRUTH-SHIELD AND BUCKLER

See the how the shield and buckler work from the definition in the Blog. Like you, understanding their use gave me courage to continually apply the Word of God while waiting for answers. This week’s blog, can’t wait to hear from you so BLOG BACK PLEASE

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EMBRACE THE PURGING, PROMOTION IS COMING

Some of you may have realized that 2019 came with a few challenges. In fact, some of you may attest to being in a dry season or desert season where you can ‘feel” God. Prayer and devotion may have been a challenge in this season too coupled with unexpected events   and loses that left you wondering where God is? Some may have even gone through major spiritual warfare, wining one battle just to face the next.

 It felt like the devil was relentless, but you stayed fierce and relentless also. Some of you feel like you lost all your friends this season, no one calls to check on you, those you trusted disappointed you and God is nowhere to be seen. Your spiritual gifts don’t flow easy as before. if you are a seer, you can’t recall the last time you had a dream or vision or dream. You feel dry………………………… IT’S BEEN A SEASON OF DEEPER PURGING!

Through all these, God has not been absent, He has stayed as close as possible, ensuring that you were not knocked off to the floor 1Cor10:13. I believe God has allowed these to help us dig deeper. Crisis, adversities and challenges expose our true character. True sons and daughters of God are shaped by the adversities we overcome. This has been a season of DEEP PURGING AND PRUNING. Our reactions or inaction to the challenges we have faced have forced us to look deep inside. To some, it has been a season of REPENTANCE AND SURRENDER, to others a season of DELIVERANCE OF STUFF YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD OVERCOME. It feels as though God wants us to deal with the UNFINISHED BUSINESS(s) in our lives.

 2 Timothy 2: 20-21-Whatever we have gone through so far is preparation for what is about to come. I believe we are about to experience MONUMENTAL breakthroughs in God. He just wants us to deal with the unfinished business. This week ask the Holy Spirit to show you the unfinished business that needs your attention. Be ready though, it may come as an inner healing, repentance, deliverance, letting go some things, tightening your prayer life, going deeper in your devotion. Just surrender to what God wants you to do. Fighting the process will prolong it. Embrace this purging, a promotion is coming.

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FAITH AND DELIVERANCE


Although Satan may subject us to multiple attacks, the key to our victory is not to overly focus the devil or the attack. This does not mean ignoring the attack, but rather refocusing our attention to our strongest Defender, Jesus Christ. OUR VICTORY IS BY FAITH. Whenever the devil shows up, rebuke him, renounce him, cast him out, declare God’s destiny promises over you and move on

Put less emphasis on the attack; the devil would want you to dwell on the attack to get a platform for more attacks. We empower whom we focus on. The armor of faith (Ephesians 6:10-18) will be the fiery weapon to launch concurrently as you concentrate on God’s Word that is related to the attack the devil has launched against you. That Scripture is your Sword-the Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. Declare that Scripture/promise amidst the negative experience. FAITH and relentless focus births the victory.

Apostle Paul testifies of additional weapons in 2 Corinthians 6:1-10; emphasis on verse seven (7), about weapons of righteousness on both hands. We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.  For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses,  in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, 7 by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed;  as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things (NJKV).

So,with one hand we rebuke and cast out the devil, in one hand we decree and declare because our hope and faith are in Jesus Christ our Rock. We do both of these while maintain our hand on the plough doing what God as assigned us to do. In Christ we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). Not in the devil and his schemes.

Let faith in God push you through. Let persistence determination fuel you. Greater is He that is in you than he that is the World. Keep your eyes in Jesus. The Author and Finisher of your faith. He who started a good work in you will bring it to completion (Philippians 1.6). Release the armor of faith backed by the Word of God which is the Sword of the Spirit. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4) NIV. If stuck, seek the assistance of a trusted reputable deliverance minister.w

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DO NOT DRAG THEM WITH YOU

I get excited over most things and often in my excitement, I am quick to share the experience. This was a habit six years ago; I used to share quite a lot with people I thought were open to my insights until I learned the hard way that they were least interested. Well, I have been discovering some interesting stuff lately and I have been tempted to share the information until I heard in my spirit, “do not share that now, don’t drag them with you.”

You see each person is at different stage of being processed by God, so we cannot assume that everyone is where we are, and they should get what we have. Everyone is in some form of process in their walk with God. Instead, we should celebrate and encourage each other in whatever stage we are in our spiritual walk and in life.  To include someone in your process will only lead to frustration on your part but it may lead discord. It also borders on control. On the other hand, not everyone will want to join or share your journey; it will be like pulling a sack uphill, that can be tiring. There are lessons God will want you to keep secret and there are experiences God will want you to endure alone. I bet God does this to test us, to develop our character and to wait until the information is well formed in us to be delivered at the appropriate time.

In this season if friends do not respond when relationships end; that’s fine. Take courage. Not everyone is supposed to journey with you to your promise land. Abraham had to separate from Lot, see Genesis 13: 5-18. This story is critical because it shows a separation of two people who were very close to one another.

The journey to the promise land may require separating from close friends, things and environments that you were used to. It okay to journey alone because God will never leave you. Remember also, that each person is in process that is quite unique to yours. Just enjoy your journey, if God meant for them to be where you are, they will, but don’t force them or pull them uphill. You will hurt yourself. Don’t drag past experiences either, behold God is doing a new thing in this season, Isaiah 43:19.

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ASK GOD FOR THE SOURCE

Today I will be highlighting an area that is often hidden from us, that we tend to address with physical means rather than spiritual means. Instead of dealing with these things, intellectually, rationally and even physically, stop immediately and ASK GOD FOR THE SOURCE.

Specifically, I want to highlight repeated negative occurrences, such as arguments, conflicts, disagreements, and misunderstandings.  Maybe you have someone who always rubs you the wrong way. You could be in constant arguments with your spouse-worker, boss, child or family member. They are entities behind these occurrences. If you ever sense the PRESSURE to retaliate, hit back, explain yourself or give them a piece of your mind; such are never from God. At times, these arguments or conflicts may come in cycles or with specific timings like when you are about to experience breakthrough or when expecting something good. Watch out; such are sabotage agents whose purpose are to delay, distract, hinder and derail what God has for you(destiny). There are forces behind that pressure! Most things in our lives are spiritually orchestrated before they manifest in the natural.  

Instead of tackling these arguments and conflicts, with words, texts or human strength; I encourage you this Friday to ASK God to EXPOSE THE SOURCE. Knowing the source helps you target the prayers strategically to hit the root of the problem. It also helps you disarm the entities, giving you the ability and power to address the issue in love and from a Biblical perspective. Just say this prayer, Lord, Holy Spirit exposure the root of what is going on. Lord shine Your Light on this issue. Show me how to tackle it. In Jesus Name, Amen

Be free this weekend. No more intimidation. Ask God for the source of the argument, misunderstanding or conflict then deal with the source head-on.  1Corinthians 15:57says -But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!  Also see, Ephesians 6:12  and Isaiah 59:19

Personal testimony– The above freedom post is based on a true event that happened to me on Monday evening. I was disappointed by a turn of events that ended up costing me quite a bit. My first reaction though was not to inquire from God. The issue got me so upset I reacted in my terms by giving the person my piece of mind via text. Before I did that, the Holy Spirit warned me not to do so, but I ignored Him. Well the issue blew out of proportion and the person totally missed the point. After it blew out, I saw the enemy on his belly laughing so hard and looking at me. Then it dawned on me that this whole issue was instigated by the enemy. Of course, (a)I had to repent for rebelling against the Holy Spirit (b) I asked forgiveness from the persons I sent the texts to and then(c) dealt with the source!

I also learned another lesson from this experience-that when we ask God to refine us, or to shine the light to on hidden dark areas in us; God may use a negative experience through a person to highlight that area. It is true, God offends the mind to expose the heart! From this experience I identified a few things that I need to renounce and be freed from. God uses people to shape and refine our character.

Consider the conflicts you may have right now- Could God be shining the light on something He wants to free you from?

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GOD WANTS YOU TO SUCCEED

Often when met with life’s challenges or obstacles, we may conclude that God is orchestrating our demise. This is far from the truth. The truth is that God has an outstanding plan for each of us. He devised this plan way in advance before we were born. Psalm 139 :16 says that God has book in which He outlined everything about you!

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed (Psalm 139:16). Hey, you have a manufacturer’s manual- God has already outlined everything about your life in this book. I believe among the prayers we should be praying is “Lord cause me to walk in the plans you have outlined in my book”. We should also pray daily for the Holy Spirit to help us align and execute what God has for us in that manual!

Above all though, God wants us to succeed in life. That is why He says in Jeremiah 29:11 that the plans He has for us are not to harm us, but to give us hope and future. Furthermore; God says that He will guide us with His eye upon us(Psalm 32:8). I also love that fact that our steps are ordered by God; and that God delights in the steps (goals, ambitions, dreams, visions) of a good person (Psalm 37: 23).

So, think about it, would God design a plan for you to frustrate you and make you miserable? Would God outline a plan that results in failure? No way Jose (pronounce Jose in Spanish). No way! In verse 24 of Psalm 37, the Bible says that “though you fall, you shall not be utterly cast down because the Lord will uphold you with His hand”. 1 Samuel 2:9 says the Lord guards the steps of His faithful ones. Psalm 66:9 says the Lord preserves our lives and keeps our feet from slipping.

As you write and plan your goals for 2019, do this confidently before the Lord (Hebrews 4:16). Commit your ways to the Lord and He will establish. Step out in action and execute your goals with courageous faith.  If you feel you have missed the mark; no worries there is fix for this too; Psalm 103:10-13 says God does not deal with us according to our sins nor does He reward us according to our iniquities. Instead God completely removes our iniquities and He pities us as a father would do. Out of His mercies, God will still uphold you and redirect you to the path of the original plan He had for you.  So, don’t feel left out. Make 2019 different. God ALWAYS wants you to succeed. God rejoices over us with singing- He rejoices over your success too. God is for you! Romans 8:31-39

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ASK GOD TO GROW THAT WEAK SPOT

Human nature tends to criticize or point fingers to areas of inadequacies or lack. Ministries and churches get brunt of these based on peoples’ needs. Likewise, people may be hard on themselves because of the weakness they have. My encouragement to you this week is to ASK GOD TO FIX THAT WEAK SPOT!

As believers, we are in the process of being perfected slowly by slowly. Final perfection will come in eternity with Jesus. Consider that any stage of life is a process of being perfected. So is the Church, so is the ministry, so are the pastors. So, should you see a weak area in your church, or an area that is lacking- (1) pray and ask God to grow and mature that area; whether it is in a department or person. (2) Second ask God for what you can do to improve that area. It may be an idea, a recommendation or personal involvement. (3) The next step is to share those ideas or recommendations respectfully with the church leaders, person or leader.

Don’t be quick to critizing, judge, or point fingers at the weakness of others. Avoid sabotaging or holding others siege with demands because of your discontent. If you are convinced that you need to move on, do so respectively. There is a way of ending relationships respectively and in love. Avoid getting involved in unproductive rumors or spreading your discontent about the person, church, ministry or minister.

You see the weak spot is a like as seed. Naturally, seeds are fragile. They can be squashed, trampled on or destroyed. When sown in fertile soil, these same seeds thrive. You are that fertile soil. Fertile means, tilted, fertilized, mature, nourished; made ready to nurture the seed to maturity. You are that fertile soil. You are the temple of the Lord; you are God’s righteous, a holy nation, a peculiar person, filled with the Holy Spirit, equipped and called to great works-refined regularly and transformed from glory to glory.  Surrender that weak area to the Lord. Surrendering the weak area is like placing the seed in the soil. So, submit the weak area to the mighty God who now lives in you!

Personally, if you have an area of weakness, don’t beat yourself either. Commit that area to the Lord also. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit- “Holy Spirit expose and show me how to improve this area. Holy Spirit, breath, water, grow this spot”. Luke 11:11 says that God will not give you stone if you ask for bread. God is faithful, when we ask He responds. God grants the desires of a pure heart. God’s grace is perfect for weaknesses!

Don’t give up, don’t leave, don’t quit yet- ask God to fix that weak spot. The Lord will perfect that which concerns you. Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. Psalm 138:8