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LET HOPE ARISE

My heart goes out those who are ill and or have lost loved ones due to corona virus. We continue to pray, and I know that God has already given us the breakthrough. We declare healing and restoration in all nations.

This crisis has affected many; but I would like to encourage all to HOPE IN GOD. Adversities bring the best and worst of us. Adversity also helps build our resilience; we also learn from them. For many who may questioning why and when, please be assured that

  • God has not changed His position about us, He is still merciful to forgive, heal and restore. As the Alpha and Omega, God saw the beginning of this crisis and He saw its end too before it started. We can hasten its end though through prayers of humility, repentance and recommitment to Him; but assured that our God sees all, and He sets boundaries on things!
  • Let’s not judge, criticize or blame others for this crisis- Let LOVE be the lens we use to respond to this crisis and to related with one another, LOVE Instead Additionally let us use this time for self-examination; are we in right standing with God? Is there something in us that we need to address with God. I believe this crisis has stirred a wake-up call for believers and the church worldwide. Lamentations 3:40-let us examine our ways and test them and let us return to the Lord.
  • Take the shield of faith– In Ephesians 6, the shield of faith is what deters the darts of darkness and oh how we need that now. The reports on the crisis are discouraging; but let us believe the report of the Lord. God never changes, He is still protecting, preserving, healing and saving. Put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:8) Refuse to be led and fed by fear. The world needs the church now, so the church cannot be afraid, each believer is the church (fyi- fear is faith in the wrong god) It is time to walk by faith towards God and love towards one another
  • Watch our Words- Words are creative and they create both good and bad. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Believers are prophetic by nature, what we say matters. In a crisis that is marked with death, let be mindful of our words and actions, let us speak life and light into the darkness. The same Spirit that raised Jesus out of grave is alive and active in us; the Word of God is alive and active; Angels of God are active let’s give them some work to do by the declarations of life we should be making!
  •  Do not allow this virus crisis to distract you from your vision or goals– I think this is most critical takeaway in any crisis. Never allow a crisis or any challenge to distract you from your goals. You may not accomplish your goals to the extent you wanted to but consider using this time to re-evaluate your objectives; and identity small objectives that you can do while you wait for things to clear up. The objective can be as a small as reading book you bought 2 years ago. I believe that God will still hold us accountable for what He gave us, and we cannot use a crisis as an excuse to relax. So, find that little thing you can invest in. Do your best to keep the momentum!

Lastly, stay prayed up! Increase your prayer time and devotion this year. Pray as a family since most families together right now. LET HOPE ARISE! This morning, I was encouraged by Lamentations 3:25-26. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. LET HOPE ARISE!

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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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THANK GOD FOR THE LITTLE PROGRESS

As humans, we often want to see immediate results to prayers we have petitioned. Well there are things that God will respond to immediately and there are things that God will take time responding to. There things that God responds to with grand outcomes and there are things that He responds to in increments – consider thanking God for the progressive results.

Have you been praying for something and the answer has not manifested yet? Maybe you a praying for a loved one, a son or daughter, your spouse, a co-worker or a situation in business, work or marriage. Although the full breakthrough has not yet manifested, take notice of the small positive things that are happening in the person or the situation. If you were expecting 1000 customers in your business today, thank God for the 50 who patronized you today. If the son or daughter is not going to church yet, thank God that they are back in school and no longer with the wrong friends. If you are working towards your personal goals, thank God for every small step you have successfully completed.

Next time before we start asking God for our needs; let’s thank Him the gradual results. Let’s thank Him for the little positive changes that we are seeing. Let’s praise Him. God abides in the praises of His people. He loves grateful hearts. Let’s not just keep asking- but let’s also thank Him in the midst of asking. Remember, God hears our prayers before we ask (1 John 5:14); He responds to the cries of His children (Isaiah 65:24).  Those who trust Him will never be put to shame (Psalm 69.6)

Gratefulness opens opportunities for more. God rewards a grateful heart. Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (I Thessalonians 5:18). Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 107:1).

Celebrate and thank God for the little progress.

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TESTIMONIES FROM MEXICO

The Puerto Penasco mission was our last equipping conference as we wound up our mission to Mexico. As shared earlier, I truly witnessed God’s glory increase at a greater measure as well. Believers in these churches had great expectation for what God was going to do. The atmospheres were charged with God’s grace, mercy and love to heal and to set free. There atmospheric spiritual breakthrough that the Pastors attested to as they made declarations and broke curses.

In Puerto Penasco is where we experienced a lot of physical healings including healing of knee and neck pain. Tumors in the stomach disappearing, destinies called out and deliverance from demonic dedications. A lady whose knee had just be healed, broke out in a dance in high heels shoes! Another lady was healed from uterine discomfort- in fact the first day I prayed for her she said “ was so gloomy and depressed, I don’t know why I came here” But on the second day this sister who was in the Church’s dance ministry; danced endlessly after service .  The Pastors pointed her out to me, “that’s the lady from yesterday now dancing to the Lord”! Halleluyah, glory to God.

There was a great testimony of a young man who attended the conference in Puerto Penasco at the direction of the Holy Spirit. On the first night of the conference he got delivered from demonic oppression. On third day of the conference, which was a Sunday service, his eyes were corrected and restored, Halleluyah! Previously this brother had astigmatism. In addition, five people gave their lives to Christ and were filled with the Holy Spirit. Four teenagers were delivered from anger, the trauma of fatherlessness, depression and drug addiction. One of the teenagers kept joining us from one church to another following his deliverance. There were confirmations of callings, one of which was a nine-year-old boy- the Holy Spirit encountered him so strongly; he held his dad so tightly. all I could say was “more Lord, more”.

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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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REEL BACK TO THE ORIGINAL PLACE OF PERSONAL COMMUNION

At times in pursuit of answers to life issues, we tend to seek everywhere looking for breakthrough. This often comes after long periods of waiting and pressing through. On the other hand, it can also be matter of desiring a quick fix. In this quest we can jump from church to church, prophet to prophet, seeking for a word from someone with hopes of receiving the breakthrough but there is a place we often neglect, and that’s a place of one on one with God. We can go looking for answers all over while forgetting that God is always there waiting for us to acknowledge Him and seek Him for what we need.

This a short blog to anyone out there who could be frustrated of seeking. Can you reconsider God, and return to original place you had with Him? Recall the days you spoke to Him daily, the days He visited you frequently, the days dreams, visions and instructions were common. The days prayer and reading the word were priorities in your life. The days you sang and worshipped God by yourself when no one was around.  Are you still seeking? Search no more, behold Jesus is right at your door, waiting for your open so that He can come and dine with you.

Jeremiah 33. 3 says, Call on Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not now. Revelation 3:20 says behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him, and he with Me.

Also, consider revisiting the original instructions God gave you regarding what you are seeking. The blueprint and more details are hidden in those instructions. Continue to seek Him in those. The short instruction is an invitation for more.

Purpose to get back to that original place- back to the beginning when you were ‘running through the fields with Him” – Be encouraged by this song by United Pursuit on You Tube. The title of the is   Let it Happen.
Blessings & Love in Christ Jesus,PaulinePsalm 32:8 – The Lord will instruct and teach you in the way you should go.He will counsel you with His eye on you

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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