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PICK IT UP AGAIN- SECURING OUR INHERITANCE

I received this message in March when studying the book of Jeremiah The subject of the study had to do with revisiting or redoing what God had instructed. What caught my attention to God’s instructions to Jeremiah was the pain stacking effort to redo what He had originally done In Jeremiah 36; God gave Jeremiah special instructions that need to be written and presented to king. Jeremiah needed writer, Baruch to do write since he Jeremiah was in hiding. You should note that in those days, writing was not easy, there were laptops or recording devices. Writing involved dipping a pen in ink and writing one word at a time, so the process was long and tedious. Despite this, Jeremiah and Baruch completed the task and the message was read the to king, who in response burned each page parchment. God nonetheless instructed Jeremiah to rewrite the instructions; they had to redo the pain stacking process.

Isaac the son of Abraham was another one who stayed persistent with what He knew belonged to Him. In Genesis 26, we see Isaac digging the wells, despite opposition until the enemy could no longer fight over the last one which He named Rehoboth

My encouragement to you this week is never get discouraged when the devil destroys or frustrates what God has told you to do on first attempt- you do it again Pick it up again! There are two aspects of these two stories that I would like to encourage you with. The first one is Jeremiah’s – If you have anything you had put aside that you are sure God had told you, pick it up again. This quarantine time is a good time to revisit and refresh your plans about it. This is the best time to pray or fast and petition the issue to God. It is the best time to ask God for strategies and blueprints for that vision. It is the best time to research and reinvent yourself in a new way. Consider reviewing the prior instructions God has given you, see what needs adjusting and what need implement. You may start small, but then keep at it, just pick it up again. Do not allow that idea to lay dormant

 The second example is Isaac’s Isaac new his inheritance – He knew what belonged to him, wells that and be covered by the enemy, that remained dormant, but active. Genesis 26: 17-18 says that Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them. Verses 19-25 shows that though the wells had been dormant, once dug, they produced fresh water

 I want to encourage you that you have a spiritual inheritance and a generation inheritance that is in your bloodline. Your inheritance is in your personal opportunities and untapped generational inheritance.

 Personal Opportunities: -One of the ways God uses to advance is by giving you an idea or an instruction. Ephesians 1:3-4 says that we are already blessed with spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus. It says Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. 2 Peter 1: 3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know   him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.

As I reflected on this issue, I questioned myself as how may, ideas and instructions God had given me and I laid them down out of frustration, intimidation, fear or lack, discouragement, betrayal, disappointment, passivity, laziness, or procrastination. Let us repent of this negligence and pick up from where we left. So we already have spiritual inheritance and our role is to tap into that, acclaim, and possess them. I believe spiritual inheritance call be classified into, our new identity, (who we are and whose we are,  our position in Christ, our authority and power, the tools we have to execute God’s kingdom on earth, the word of God/promises, our eternal promise. Most of this comes through intimacy with God, and communing with God, seeking wisdom, and understanding of our inheritance and how to fully walk in them. Also by faith, boldness, and persistence, these blessings can and must be accessed with an overcomer’s attitude- Faith in God- Led by the Spirit- Persistent determination.

Untapped Generational Treasures- You have generational blessings waiting for you to dig up! Pick them up! This have to do with positive family traits and blessings that belong to you. Since most skills and gifts are passed on from parents and from genealogies, I questioned what my paternal and maternal ancestors laid down. I also questioned what my parents did not pursue. Those things are still there where they were left and we need to reclaim them, pick them up and work on the them. We need to do it again- this time leaning on the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of God to guide us. Whatever treasure, idea, instruction, skill, opportunity that was meant to advance us, these are our inheritance we need to pick them up again

It is often good to probe to find out about more about your family and what rightfully belongs to you. Isaac knew what belonged to him and took it upon himself to go after it. There is inheritance in your bloodline that you can still tap into, and maybe they are laying down somewhere waiting to be discovered. This may involve probing- the goal is to maximize on what your bloodline left unfinished. You could learn that your parents wanted to do something-but they could not finish because of one things or another. May be you are the one to pick up from where they left and improve on what they had. If you parents had certain skills, it is most likely that you have those skills in you given your DNA- they are your heritage.

This may sound farfetched, but just probing your curiosity a little – are there blessings in your family, skills, talents, opportunities that were not maximized that are waiting for you to? Normally we get excited at this Scripture – Proverbs 13:22-A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. What if an unjust cause, led to the dormancy of this inheritance? – do you know that you can stand in the gap of your bloodline and petition the justice of God to release it to you.

There are a few lessons and Scriptures that I would like to end with in relations to picking up our inheritance

Lessons

  • It may be pain stacking like with Jeremiah having to rewrite the scroll, keep pursuing it
  • You may face opposition like Nehemiah did while building the wall- but arm yourself and still pursue your inheritance
  • The enemy may have suppressed the inheritance like with Isaac, but know that whatever is yours is still fresh and active, just waiting for you to rediscover it
  • Another advantage of knowing your inheritance is that it helps you pray strategically, both offensively and defensive to release your inheritance

 Scriptures

  • Exodus 20:5-6 The Lord pushes the wicked up to the 4th generation, but shows love up to a thousand generations- you have pending blessings that you need to claim for you and for your future generations
  • Joshua 1:9 -Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”- pursue your inheritance with boldness and determination
  • Genesis 26: 24-24 That night the Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham- God will be with you as long as you depend on Him to guide and direct you .

 This is the season and NOW is the time to obtain and possess what belongs to you. You are in your promise land. Isaiah 60:1, Isaiah 52:1-2- Awake, Arise, put on your splendor which is strength, the Lord has risen upon you, the glory is upon you, free yourself from all captivity, fear, and apathy, Go after your inheritance!

 

 

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#DONOTFREAKOUT-Spiritual Warfare Dreams

God still speaks to all people, believers in Christ and non-believer alike. Dreams and trances are some of the means God uses to communicate to us. When God communicates through dreams is often to give instructions, to provide counsel or direction on a matter, to clarify matter or to warn us about impending danger.

Should you notice that you are dreaming about evil, demonic attacks or witchcraft activity, do not freak out. It is highly likely that God is showing you what is happening so that you can act on it. Remember also God will not show you something without having equipped you for what He is showing you.

Each believer has been endowed with authority and power, crowned with honor and glory. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you and is active. You have the Word of God which is sharper than a two-edged sword that is available for use. When such dreams occur, raise up in faith, renounce them, bind them (binding means forbid or restrict them from working). Cancel the effects or assignments of what you saw in the dream by the blood of Jesus and in the Name of Jesus, cast the demons associated with what you saw in the dream out , then declare a promise from the Bible that is related to what you saw in the dream. Continue declaring the promise over you. By making the declarations you are “loosing” the blessings over you. Hence the promise, Bind and Loose; Matthew 18:18. Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven (NKJV)

Some of the dreams could be exposure of hidden things or generational issues that need to be addressed. Such dreams are often repeated. Follow the same process in the previous paragraph to tackle them. You may also seek additional help from believers, pastors or ministers to pray with you.

But don’t freak out- You are likely being shown stuff that you are qualified to overcome!

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MISSION UPDATE TESTIMONIES FROM CALIFORNIA

There were countless testimonies in California during the seven days that I ministered there. Among the highlights were:

  • Immediate activation of the gifts of the Spirit, mostly words of knowledge, wisdom and largely the seer gift. I have never experienced most of the church activated in such large numbers. Both the young and the old were activated. To see brethren, step into their giftings immediately made ministering and prayer so effective. Through the gifts, we could pray strategically and accurately.
  • Part of the equipping included corporate declarations and prayers of deliverance, especially in spiritual warfare. It was amazing to see mass deliverance; brethren getting breakthroughs and experiencing deliverance immediately. Many were freed and physically healed as they said the declarations. The Pastor had to decrease the time that was allotted for testimonies because per the Pastor, “the whole church would have testified!”
  •  In California, I witnessed God deliver twenty-one (21) members of the same family who were previously dedicated to satan. The testimony from the matriarch of the family who is approximately 80 years old was, “I now know how to fight the devil, I will not be afraid of satan anymore, I now have the tools to fight effectively”. There was a second family of ten that also got delivered from the occult. In this family, a young man renounced his lifestyle, dedicated his life to the Lord and kicked his then live-in male partner out within 24 hours. Glory to God!
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CONSISTENCY IN EVERYTHING PAYS OFF

While regrouping from a mission’s trip, I decided to revisit the goals and objectives of the previous years. I identified the goals that I achieved and the ones I needed to revisit. On the ones I still needed to work on; I decided to approach them differently; this time maintaining the same objectives but staying consistent with the small goals I set. Within two weeks of this approach, I noticed the difference!  There was great success in achieving the smaller goals!

I’m sure you have goals for 2020 as well. Consider breaking those goals into smaller measurable achievable objectives. Start taking smaller steps towards those goals- no matter how minuscule they may look, Stay consistent. Commit to the smaller interventions as you maintain the momentum towards the greater goal.  Commit the minor steps to God and watch God empower you with wisdom, knowledge and counsel towards the bigger goals. See Proverbs 16:3, James 1:5-6, Proverbs 2:3-6. Matthew 7:7

Trust God even in the simplest stuff -He who begun a good work in you will bring it to completion; Philippians 1:6

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TAP INTO THE POWER WITHIN

Ephesians 3:20-21 is one of my life Scripture. These Scriptures impacted me profoundly over a decade ago following prayer and intercession on an issue. Since then I’ve frequently been assured by the same scriptures; specifically, on the abundance aspects of God’s answers.

Ephesians 3:20-21 saysNow to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.”

Lately though I’ve been drawn to this part of the Scriptures.” according to the power that is within us”. What power? . Initially I erroneously translated this to mean according to how strong my prayers were or how powerful in prayer I am . But that is wrong . According to the “power within us” means HOLY SPIRIT POWER” that is us

This is the Power that created the universe. He is the Power that moves like a wind, shakes mountains, parts waters, heals and delivers. The Power that flattens mountains and raises valleys! The Power that makes crooked paths straights and makes ways where there was no way. The Holy Spirit Power brings rivers of water in the deserts. It is the Power that anoints and carries God’s presence. This the same Power that raised Christ from the dead – in us. This same Power still raises the dead today! The Greater One that is you than in the world is This Power; THE HOLY SPIRIT. Hence surely, we can adamantly say NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD!

Hey that same Holy Spirit is available today waiting for us to tap into Him! Be baptized in the Holy Spirit, be continually be filled with Him.

Whatever you are going through now- tap into the Greater Power Within! The Person of the Holy Spirit. Remember He was sent to help, guide, teach, intercede for you and show you things to come. He will show you God’s heart for the situation. Reach out to this Powerful Person — Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

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PATIENCE WITH GOD’S GPS

The Global Positioning System (GPS) dates to as early as 1973. Then, it was under the ownership of the USA Airforce. The GPS provides navigation, positioning and timing; and has evolved to provide much accuracy to date. It’s amazing now to see the multiple routes GPS provides when travelling. I was personally impressed to discover that GPS was available in most rural parts of Africa for navigation. Anyway, I have a GPS experience that I would like to share about in this week’s blog.

Have you ever been impatient with the GPS, turned it off and used the route you “thought you knew”?  Well, I had that experience on Saturday. I was driving to a familiar destination and thought I knew the route, but the GPS diverted me to a more scenic windy route. As I drove, I thought I would recall the old routes and get to my destination because the route I was on though scenic, was new to me.  I was tempted to make a U-turn but remembered the GPS would likely keep recalculating and rerouting me back likely to the road I was on. I also recalled that the “GPS Lady” would just keep talking until I got her instructions right and I was not sure I wanted that either. So, I decided to “flow” with the GPS and still made it to my destination safely.

Consider the Holy Spirit as our GPS.  Like the natural GPS, the Holy Spirit too has been assigned to us to help us navigate life and help us accomplish our destinies. In John 16:12-33 we see the ministry of the Holy Spirit for each believer. Whereas the natural GPS relies on satellite and humans for updates, the Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead, He already knows the will of God for us making His instructions and guidance on point and on time where we cannot go wrong. Scripture says that He guides us in ALL truth! However, the Holy Spirit works at will. In Genesis 6:3 God says, “My Spirit will not strive/contend/fight with man”, emphasis added.

2019 has been a year of many changes and transitions. Part of that has involved transitions or adjustments to new and unfamiliar places. I encourage you to be patient and trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I have learned that at times, God because of His loving and  gracious nature may allow us to keep reprogramming “our own GPS- i.e. minds and agenda”; but at times He will keep redirecting us to the path He wants us to follow. The redirection may come after learning some hard lessons, but at least He gets us back on track. Trust that you are being guided by the One who sees the end from the beginning. God in Isaiah 46:10 says, “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. Trust the author and finisher of your faith. Trust the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the last; the One you predestined your destiny and the same of One who determines it’s end. Trust the I AM, the ever-present answer in the situation you need Him for. Trust Jesus the One who remains same in your journey. Trust the One who began this good work in you, that He will accomplish it

Wherever you are in life now, trust the Holy Spirit. He will never misguide or lie to you. Trust that God will bring you to the correct destination- For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end, Jeremiah 29:11.

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IT’S OK TO DUMP IT ON GOD

Our God is a relational God. He understands us the best more than anyone else. He created our emotions and personalities and He is well qualified to handle everything. When overwhelmed by life He is the best Person to dump on!

Have you ever desired to just talk to someone, get a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on? At times is just a matter of someone to hear you out or vent to. When something is pressing boiling in you that you are about to explode, release it on God. Dump it on God. According to Psalm 46: 1 and Proverbs 18:24, God is ever present- you are never alone. He is the all present, all powerful, all knowing God! Talk to God like you would talk to your best friend!

You see God cares so much for you that He does not like to see you anxious, nervous, upset, stressed or overwhelmed. That is why He said cast “casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”1 Peter 5:7

Philippians 4:6 says, be anxious about nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Cast, throw, fling, damp your burdens to the Lord. Do not hold onto them. God is able to take the heat; and He desires to carry your troubles for you. Psalm 55:22- “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.

Can you offload on God today? Unload everything, the good, the ugly, the embarrassing, the secrets, the pain, the uncertainty, the worry, the anxiety or the fear. Cry to God.  Unload, offload, vent, dump on Him knowing that God will NEVER TELL ON YOU!

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus, Philippians 4:7. Now may the peace guard your heart and mind. “John 14:27 says, I (Jesus Christ), I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So, don’t be troubled or afraid.  JESUS IS OUR PEACE see Ephesians 2:14

Declare peace over you this week. Prophesy peace over the situation in Jesus Name. Receive peace. Christ left you peace – all you have to do is to receive it. Can you say that; “LORD I RECEIVE YOUR PEACE

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GOD HAS ALREADY PREQUALIFIED YOU FOR THE TASK

I have heard it said that if you can handle the vision independently, then the vision is too small. Often when Gd calls or assigns us something it may look too grand to handle . My encouragement to you this week is to keep your eyes solely on God- God has already prequalified you for that task

When the vision is too grand; you may feel unqualified for the task. King Saul; Gideon and Moses felt the same . Both Gideon and Moses gave excuses as to why they could not live up to the task; King Saul went into hiding see 1 Samuel 10:20-24. Can you believe that an already confirmed king went hiding on the day of his inauguration? The Lord had to reveal to prophet Samuel where Saul was hiding! 

Do you have a dream; vision; goal or project that you are running away from or avoiding because of its magnitude? I’ve learnt that God prequalifies you before assigning you something .In fact He addresses you by the qualifications of that assignment! Gideon was a mighty man of valor at the time of his appointment; Moses was the deliverer; Abraham a father of nations; Jesus as savior of the earth, also God with us as Emmanuel.Similarly;  God has already prequalified you for what He wants you to do. He will not give you an idea; dream; calling or assignment without preparing you . Endure the preparation process but it’s more important that you accept the call and get it started.

Romans 4:17 God calls those things that are not as though they are– We can run from the vision by looking up to others to direct us or there could be people who think you are not qualified for the task. Do not be intimidated by such people and do not OVERLY rely on people to steward what God has given you . When we do that we disqualify ourself; we loose our creativity and ability to hear from God. We can easily resort to human idolatry( which is sadly loathed after in form of followers; mentoring or  spiritual parenting). Engage God in the vision. Partner with the Holy Spirit for guidance. God is able to make what you think is impossible now possible; He is able to strengthen your weak areas; He is capable of amplifying your voice ; He is capable of making you bold and strong to speak in public. God is capable of giving you wisdom; knowledge, revelation and understanding despite your educational level or experience Acts 4:13- The testimony of Jesus Christ will manifest through you by the Holy Spirit Zechariah 4:6 

My encouragement to you this week is that you stop disqualifying yourself . No matter where you are in life; you already have what it takes to pursue the dream; vision; objective or calling God has placed in your heart. God predestined you and prequalified you already for your destiny , Pursue the vision with total confidence in God.He who has begun a good work in you will see to it that you finish it Philippians 1:6 

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STAY CONNECTED

Prolonged or repeated cycles of pain, betrayals and hurt can draw back into seclusion. However, God created each of us for relationship, productivity, fruitfulness, joy and abundance and we cannot achieve these on our own. 2 Peter 1:3 says that His (God) divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. We are not meant to live in isolation or independent of others.  There is “healthy co-dependency and interdependence in God’s Kingdom.” God has people assigned to help you fulfill your destiny. In  most things God involves  healthy people to connect with us towards accomplishing His purposes through us; also known as DESTINY!

I guess I should start by defining who “healthy people are”. These are people who are authentic  and are available to stand with you through thick and thin without judging or criticizing you and if criticism was to be given,  they are people who will give you constructive criticism with pure motives to help you advance in live. They are encouragers, people you are free to open up to without fear of your business being broadcasted negatively- you feel safe around such people. They are people whose blessings can be reciprocated in that as they help you while you too help back with ease.

One of the tactics satan uses to steal, kill and destroy is isolation especially when we are in valleys of life. At times the devil uses isolation to convince incorrectly about others. The devil dose this through false perceptions and beliefs about others or circumstances resulting in further withdrawal. This may present as avoiding church, lack of interest in reading the Bible and lapses in praying. The devil’s aim is often to use the negative experience to draw you away from God. Submit to God, resist the devil and He will flee (James 4:7)

Throughout the Bible we see the support systems that existed through communities or friendships. (1) Two are better than one according to Ecclesiastes 4:9 because they have a good reward for their labor. We need one another for support, comfort, encouragement, joy, laughter, prayer, fellowship and communion. When you stay isolated you deprive others of what you have to offer. You have many great things to offer the world. The world still needs you!(2) Where two  of you  agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven (Matthew 18:19), (3)where  two or three are gathered in My Name there I am in their midst also ( Matthew 18:20)-both (2) and (3) allude to the power of corporate prayer, unity and fellowship with one another. (4) Proverbs: 11:14, Proverbs 15: 22, Proverbs 24:6- in the counsel of many there is wisdom and safety- Do not struggle alone, your gifts can help someone else. Another’s gifts can also bless you.

We were not meant to live this life in secrecy and in isolation. God’s grace is sufficient in our weaknesses to bring us healing, deliverance and freedom. Submit everything to God. This week pray asking God to bring you “HEALTHY CONNECTIONS”.  Ask God to direct you to the right church, friend or persons, and community that will support you and help you thrive. If you are in a wrong setting, ask God to expose that too; show you how to exist and the strengthen you to walk away. Most important- stay connected. Alone we are a weak link, connected, we make a stronger bond – A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken- Ecclesiastes 4:12, NLT

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CONNECTIONS and DESTINY

-In both testaments of the Bible, you will notice a common theme in the destinies of people God used. The theme is that these people had connections or people who steered them towards what God wanted them to accomplish. This week’s blog is to encourage you to know that you are not alone in what God has for you and He has connections for you.

Now satan only mimics what God has for you. In the destiny journey we must recognize the connections and decide what to work with and what not to allow around us.  Consider the following:

  • Your Mind-What God has for you is engrained in your heart and mind. Continue to believe what God has spoken over you as you wait for its manifestation. Satan may bring you wrong connections in form of doubt, fear, hinderances. Remember you become what you think about yourself (Proverbs 23:7). Resist, renounce and object to any thought that is contrary to the promise God has for you. Only connect with God has said and declare that daily until it manifests (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).
  • Enemies -Even amidst opposers of your destiny, all things still work for the God. God allows enemies to teach us how to war (Judges 3:1-4). God allows opposers to keep us determined and focused on the assignment He has for us (Nehemiah 4:1-21) , However; God will not allow your adversaries to overtake you (Psalm 121,Psalm 91, Isaiah 54:16-17, Jeremiah 1:19, Zechariah 2:5). Enemies will manifest through demonic spiritual attacks and through people closest to you (Matthew 10:34-39). To both, say NO! So, don’t panic when you experience opposition in your destiny journey. You are always in power (Luke 10:19, Colossians 1:9-18). You always war from a victorious identity and position.
  • Your Company– Your circle of friends either propel or repel your destiny. Key is to identity who is who. Walking in purpose may require walking alone for a while until God brings your healthy connections. We see this in the relationship between Abraham and Lot (Genesis 13:14-18), Jacob and Esau (Genesis 33:12-15, Genesis 32:22-30), Joseph and his brothers(Genesis 37:12-36, Genesis 50: 19-21), Orpah, Ruth and Naomi(Ruth 1:6-22). Not everyone you are “close to” is assigned to your destiny, so when God allows people to leave your life, thank Him instead, He has the right connections ahead. Additionally, learn to let go of destiny wasters. You can identity destiny wasters by a lack of growth or development when you are around them or; they could be people who always talk you off your plans and dreams. Such like the status quo- they want you stay at the same level. In my native language Luo, they call this jiromre or romre (same level).

Continually partner with the Holy Spirit, our true Guide and Helper-the discerner or thoughts and motives, in your destiny journey. He will align you with the right connections and warn you of impending danger.

This week pray, praying more in the Spirit (prayer language, tongues) and ask God to expose anything around you that is currently hindering your progress. Ask the Holy Spirit to expose and help you detach from anything or anyone that should not be part of life permanently in the name of Jesus! The Spirit of the Lord shall raise up a standard against them (Isaiah 59:19). It is not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord (Zechariah 4:6). Trust God to connect you with healthy people that will support your destiny.