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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.

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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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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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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.