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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.

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LIVING AS THOUGH GOD IS FOR YOU

Lately I have been reflecting on Romans 8:31 which says, “If God is for us, who can against us”. Then I though surely what would I do differently daily know that God is for me?

The truth is God never changes, His promises are sure. So, God means it when He says He is for you. God does not lie, and He cannot change His mind (Numbers 23:19.) Furthermore, Jesus says in, behold I am with you always, I will never leave you or forsake you. I am with you to the end (Matthew 28:20, Deuteronomy 31.8.). So surely if you knew that God is for you right now, what could you do differently? Can you evaluate your situation right now and picture God right there with you? Ephesians 2:4-7 says we are seated in heavenly places with Jesus Christ. This is pretense tense, meaning right now Jesus is with you!

I challenge you this week to live as though God is right there with you. Pursue life with boldness and courage. Dream big and engage God in your dreams. Since you are that close with Him anyway, ask for His guidance, ask God what you do not understand. Ask Him about the past, the present and the future. Make the Holy Spirit your personal consultant! Pursue your dreams and destiny with faith and tenacity.

Pursue life! Live to the fullest knowing that God is for you and nothing- I mean nothing will separate Him from loving you. Go forth and conquer, unleash the potential in you. You are already guaranteed victory through Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:57). Look at the situation at tell it “GOD IS FOR ME” because it is true; GOD IS FOR YOU!

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MOVE IN FAITH then WAR IN PERSEVERANCE

In this fast-paced life, at times it may feel like things are not moving fast enough. With Apps and touch screens, I often catch myself trying to click something repeatedly because it is not opening fast enough for me. While I still have a regular door knob, occasionally I have pushed the car keys projecting it towards the front door of my house, pushing the button to open the door. Why- I want the door open now! I want the solution now!

As I journey with the Lord, I’ve come to learn that faith is important, but the real test is whether we can wait and persevere patiently for the correct outcome from God. I am learning this right now, as recent as 2 weeks ago, the importance of believing in what God has promised then persevering through the promise until it manifests. It’s been a lesson alright!

A practical way of this perseverance involves learning to rest in the Lord, avoiding seeking alternative solutions to the problem, trusting the counsel of the Lord, asking the Holy Spirit to help you not revert to your former ways or solicit past relationships; it involves self-control and self-discipline. Persevering through the promise requires taking time to be still to listen to the Lord and wait for instructions on what to do next about the promise. Perseverance involves continuing to pray, to dig deep, to seek deep, constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit while waiting for the promise to manifest.

Lastly perseverance through faith means KEEPING THE MOMENTUM and STAYING CONSITENT AND FAITHFUL in your communion, prayer life, in worship, in thanksgiving, in reading the Bible, in meditation and in doing what God called you to do until the answer comes. Easier said than done, right? But you have great examples in Joseph, in Daniel, in Joshua and in Jesus Christ himself.

This week believe God, walk in faith but war in perseverance. Do not rush to make decisions, do not settle for the alternative. He has spoken, will God not do it! God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19)

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COURAGE FOR LIFE’S TRIALS

My dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful test you are suffering, as though something unusual were happening to you. Rather be glad that you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may be full of joy when his glory is revealed-1 Peter 4:12-13

Have you noticed that the stuff that is going on right now actually occurred in the Bible? Even the negative stuff happened already. The Bible is full of “present-current” things. I have always been encouraged by the above Scripture though, for (1) that I am not the first one to go through the trial, someone else has experienced the same trial before (2) That the trial will produce a much greater glory- something positive, something valuable, or something of with a significant impact.

Consider the following if you are in a trial now or when you will get one:

1.God already knows the timing and the intensity of the trial (1Cor 10:13)
2. The trial designed to accomplish a specific purpose to fit the destiny God has for you (Psalm 12:6, 2 Timothy 2;20)
3. Faith will be an instrumental tool for responding to the trial (Heb 11.1)
4. Persevere under the pressure of the trial, your perseverance is an opportunity for God to demonstrate His great power (1 Peter 4:12-13)
5. The trial when handled right will help develop Christlikeness in you (James 1:2-4)
6. The trial when handled correctly will mature us spiritually (Romans 5:3-4, Hebrews 12:7-11, 2 Timothy 2:3-5)
7. God will be with you in the trial – in such times God gives us the grace to endure and go through the trial (2 Corinthians 12:9)
8. By God’s grace and by the power of the Holy Spirit you will overcome the trial (Isaiah 59:19, Zechariah 4:6)

This week, give the trial a switch. FLIP IT OVER, spin it. Consider this, other people have gone through it, God has a timer on it-remember the story of Job, Joseph, even Jesus, consider that God is expanding your capacity to contain a much greater valuable treasure as a result of the same trial !Take courage, God’s got you!

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EVERY DAY IS A NEW DAY

All weekly blogs are personal experiences that I often have way before the day they are posted. Some though are very fresh like this one. Hope you will be encouraged through this one as well. Yesterday, I had such hectic day at work with demands coming from all ends; one of them involved dealing with a very challenging person. The person’s attitude was rude, unprofessional, angry etc., etc., blah, blah, blah.

Initially, I just wanted to “give it to them” in fact I even proposed submitting a compliant about the person’s behavior. The other issue though, is that I started developing “anticipation anxiety or strategies about how to deal with the person for the rest of the week. I allowed myself to strategize during the night, but every strategy was inconclusive. In fact the more I strategize, the more frustrated I got. I knew this would affect my prayer time and peace so I decided to submit it to prayer

As I prayed, God gave me the strategy, in fact He showed me that the person was hurting and that the person’s identity was wrapped up in their profession. That the best approach was to love and honor the person, with understanding that the person may not acknowledge the love or honor. 1 Corinthians 13 on Love, Galatians 5:22 on the Fruit of Spirit and Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone, gave me a totally new meaning to be being Light in darkness. Danny Silk’s book on A Culture of Honor also came to mind

As I compared the yesterday from today, I concluded that EVERY DAY IS A NEW DAY. We may strategize and anticipate the future but God in His love gives us grace to face each day afresh. We cannot take yesterday’s plans into today. God’s mercy and loving kindness are new every morning. We receive FRESH MANNA EACH DAY. DO NOT GO INTO A NEW DAY WITH THE OLD. Each day has its own special anointing

Lesson-Never let a person’s bad day ruin your day. You have the authority to dictate how to react to everything. Choose peace at all costs. Every new day is a day to start a fresh- BLOG BACK PLEASE