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THE BREAKTHROUGH MAY BE CONTINGENT TO BLESSING YOUR OFFENDER

Most are familiar with the teachings of Jesus to be good to your enemy, turn the other cheek or even to bless your enemy rather than curse. These are easier said than done especially if the betrayal or the hurt is too deep and too close. However; have you ever thought that by blessing the enemy, blessings are released in your favor instead?

There are two examples that I would like to highlight in this week’s blog. The first example is Job’s. In Job 42:7-8 we see God directing Job’s friends to go to him for prayer. These were the three friends who had judged Job harshly citing that Job’s affliction were tied to his sins.  Verse 10 of the same chapter says that “the Lord restored Job after he prayed for his friends”

Can you imagine turning around to bless someone who has just offended, hurt or betrayed you? Learning from Job, what did that blessing look like? Blessing your offender requires another level of humility and surrender! God may require you to: forgive your offender, pray for them, wish them well, meet their need or offer to help the one who had just hurt you. I believe this is what it means to throw hot coals through these good deeds to your enemy; Proverbs 25:21-22 and Romans 12:19-20

As you bless your enemy, God will restore what the same enemy took. God will restore with plenty, see Job 42:10-12. In 2 Kings 6:8-22, we see Elisha leading the Syrian army that had come to fight Israel to Israel’s camp. Once in Israel’s camp the King asked Elisha whether he would attack them. This is a normal reaction, at times we just want to retaliate in return, but no Elijah instructed the King to feed his enemies. The outcome was “the Syrian raiders came no more into the land of Israel”

Could it be that the answer to your prayers, your breakthrough is right at the door waiting for you to forgive someone, to be merciful to someone, to extend a hand to someone, to release someone or something. Think about it this week.

When God restores, He does so exceeding, abundantly, above all we ask of think; with running over overflow, with double the measure, with great things!

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BUMPS AND BARRICADES

-A focused lifestyle can never be boring. In fact, most people dislike redundancy. Some of us in the workforce love that constant change in routine; not any one day is the same! Globally there is more emphasis on Diversity and being multifaceted in skills. In a believer’s journey though, such changes in routines may present as bumps and barricades.

Notice though that I did not label bumps and barricades challenges but rather “slight changes to routine” . I consider bumps something you need to go over, like the speed bump. Barricades are obstacles you need to remove to proceed.

Bumps- something you need to go over- as you pursue your goals or vision. You may hit some bumps. When you come to them, stay on the road, keep your focus, reduce your speed you cannot drive around them because they cover the whole length of the road. So, what should you do. Pray and ask God to give you the strength and wisdom to raise up above the bump and overcome. Once you’ve gone over it, recharge, hit the gas pedal and continue with journey focused on reaching your destination.

Bumps also come with speed limit restrictions. If you drive too fast you will wreck the car as you hit the bump. You may get a speeding ticket. A car symbolizes your career, calling, vocation or ministry. Advancing outside the timing of God will destroy you and or end or cause a delay. These would be the consequences of speeding. Don’t wreck your car, collaborate with God to synchronize with His timing

Life’s bumps come in so many forms. Are you approaching one or are you on top of one? OR are you currently wrapping up a bump ?Receive new strength. Be encouraged this week; thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.1 Corinthians 15:57

To be continued-Stay tuned for the next blog on BARRICADES
#bumps
#barricades

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LOOK OUT! THE ANSWER MAY COME FROM AN UNEXPECTED SOURCE

The beauty of God is that He is so relatable in that He loves to show up in our daily life affairs. I am not sure about you; but I am realizing that with time, God seems to show up as we are going about our lives. That’s when He seems to speak and teach louder; at least from my experience.

A few weeks ago, while in Orlando, He gave me one of these practical live teachings. I had just left the fitness room in the hotel and was headed back to my room to get ready for the day. The problem was with the keypad. For some reason, it could not work to open the elevators. So, knowing my dilemma, as I left the gym, I prayed, “Lord please let someone exit the elevator so that I access it as they leave. So, I stood by the elevator for about a minute facing and looking straight at the elevator. A minute later, I saw a lady walking from my left side; she keyed the elevator and we both got in.

I smiled and exclaimed; wow, Lord you have just taught me a lesson at 6:20 am in the morning. You see, the Lord answered my prayer. All I needed was the elevator door to be opened. It did not matter to God how it got opened! While I stood, and stared at the elevator for someone to get off it; the Lord instead, brought the answer through a totally unexpected means; the lady from by left with her morning coffee!

Isaiah 55:8-9
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, “declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. This scripture came to mind as I was reflecting on the elevator lesson this morning; hopefully the following will help you throughout the week, that:
1)God hears all prayers; no prayer is too small or too big or irrelevant for Him to respond to.
2)Once we have prayed and petitioned God, leave the issue to Him; God knows how He will answer us.
3)Do not rationalize how the answer should come. It is not up to us to figure out how God will answer the prayer.
4)God may not respond exactly how we want the answer to come
5)Stay open to whichever way; means or person God will us to bring the answer.
6)Look out, God may bring the answer from a totally different direction or person; He may bring the answer through an unexpected source. 1 Corinthians 1:25