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EACH  SPIRIT FILLED BORN-AGAIN BELIEVER QUALIFIES FOR THE SUPERNATURAL LIFETSTYLE

Often when we hear about the supernatural, we think that this grandiose experience is limited to the chosen few within the body of Christ, such as those with key titles! Especially when people talk about their elaborate experiences of being in heaven, seeing God and all other encounters, we may feel “little” and unqualified for the supernatural. But I believe the supernatural transcends beyond encounters and what is seen. I believe  the supernatural includes our identity, the influence of the Holy Spirit in the gifts and callings He has given us, it includes miracles, signs and wonders, exploits , greater works, revelatory gifts, such us prophesy, seer and power gifts, hearing the voice of God, dreams, visions and encounters; and day to day  relationship with the Holy Spirit. So if you are experiencing any of these; you are already walking in the supernatural!

I have also discovered that many Holy Spirit (Spirit) filled believers are already walking in the supernatural but they do not realize it. The reason for this is because of the definition and explanation of the term “supernatural” and how it has been relayed to us.  What is the supernatural anyway? The supernatural is the supernatural is what is beyond or above nature or science. My personal definition for the supernatural is “when God uses the ordinary to produce the extraordinary. The supernatural then involves the exploits mentioned in Daniel 11:32 and the Greater works that Jesus mentioned in John 14:12; the supernatural includes the above and beyond in Ephesians 3:20. All realms of the spirit are included in the supernatural; God, Jesus Christ, the angelic, the human spirit and the demonic are part of the supernatural. The supernatural is a lifestyle not a one-time event! Thus it must be developed, nurtured, and stewarded well.

The supernatural is part of our blessing and inheritance. Failing to partake of it is like living in a fully furnished mansion that is rightfully yours, but you limit yourself to only living in the kitchen instead of enjoying the rest of the house. There is more to being -born again beyond salvation. A lifestyle of the supernatural is one of the many blessings of the Kingdom of God!

Each spirit filled born again can engage in supernatural because they are created in the image of The Supernatural God; and they are filled by the Holy Spirit. Because of this supernatural nature, we are capable of relating with God supernaturally, walking in the supernatural and we are capable of producing supernatural outcomes. It is through the Holy Spirit that we engage and walk in the supernatural. Thus Through the Holy Spirit, we can do the extraordinary things. Through the Holy Spirit, God can use an ordinary thing or person to do the extraordinary things. For example, Samson killed a thousand Philistines with the jaw of a donkey ( Judges 15: 14-16), Elijah outrun the King’s chariots to beat the rain( 1 Kings 18:46), Jesus turned 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish to feeding more than five thousand people (Matthew 14:13-21),  Peter preached for the first time after being filled with the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and three thousand people got saved(Acts 2:1-14), the apostles and Peter were filled with the Holy Spirit that His shadow healed the sick (Acts 4:12-16). Paul did miracles through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:11-12).

We too are capable of walking in the supernatural because God sows no partiality, all is needed is faith.  When we collaborate with the Holy Spirit, tune to Him, remain sensitive to Him, obey, and trust Him, the supernatural becomes a natural lifestyle I call it being supernaturally natural and naturally supernatural. There is a lot of interest in the supernatural of God, and I am glad to share that the supernatural is for everyone. Each born again believer has the ability and capacity to walk in the supernatural and live a supernatural lifestyle because we are filled with the Holy Spirit. The supernatural extends in all areas, in prayer, in worship in praise, beyond prophecies to daily life encounters and applications. It is common to engage with the Holy Spirit that talking to Him becomes a common occurrence. It is normal to engage with God’s angels on a regular basis. It is normal and common to carry the glory and presence of God 24/7. It is normal to be in supernatural here on earth while living in a natural world.

The following are the different ways the Holy Spirit engages with us supernaturally:

The Holy Spirit ushers us in God’ s presence giving us ability to talk to God. We walk with God through the Holy Spirit. In Hebrews 6:4-6, we see that the Holy Spirit supernaturally allows us to share in the power and the goodness of what we will eventually share in heaven. So, aspects of what we experience in the supernatural now, are only a taste of heaven. The Holy Spirit though the supernatural allows us to taste heaven while we are still here on earth, to experience the age to come through encounters with Him.

The supernatural is an inheritance of each believer – Ephesians 1:13-14 says that after salvation, we were also marked and sealed by the Holy Spirit, giving us a deposit of an inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession to the praise of His glory

We have the supernatural ability for miracles signs and wonders just like Paul and Peter did special miracles, salvation, healing, and deliverance like that for Peter in Paul in Acts 4, 5 and Acts 19 and the rest of the book of Acts. Additionally Jesus promised that we will do more because both authority and power has been given to us, John 14:12 -14-Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ask anything in My name, I will do it.

 We can experience protection, strengthening, and deliverance by supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. In Scripture, we see the Holy Spirit move supernaturally to protection and rescue Paul and Silas in Acts 16, when Paul and Silas were imprisoned, and God intervened! The Holy Spirit also protects and preserves through warnings and prohibitions for example when the Holy Spirit forbade Paul and Silas from travelling to preach in Asia in Acts 16: 6-7 says Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. Expect the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to protect, preserve and warn and you too

 The Holy Spirit Strengthens us supernaturally when we are weak or tired- This is from personal experience, there are countless times that I have been exhausted both mentally, emotionally, and physically but after engaging in praying tongues, I have been rejuvenated and restored. There are times when such weakness are attacks of the enemy and at times they are from burnout. I believe engaging the Holy Spirit in both cases helps, because the Holy Spirit can also warn when you need to take a break and rest, while He also refreshers and restored strength. See the promise in Isaiah 40:31 NJKV says But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Whenever you are tired, engage the Holy Spirit, take time off to pray in tongues, take a break from what you are doing, get some rest. You will more alert when you get back to it. I recommend listening to your body and listening to the Holy Spirit too.

 The Holy Spirit also engages in warfare supernaturally deliver us from enemy attacks. I have learned to involve the Holy Spirit in spiritual warfare as well. Yes, we engage the matchless Name of Jesus Christ, we engage the Powerful Blood of Jesus, we engage warring angels, we engage the Word of God and of course the Holy Spirit. Isaiah 59:17 b says When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. The Holy Spirit as a Helper and advocate is an integral Person in our deliverance!

 The supernatural work of the Holy Spirit in ministry- I believe that when we got born again, everything about us became spiritual. It is through the Holy Spirit that we receive power and grace to minister Zechariah 4:6b says that it is not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. The anointing that we minister in is from the Holy Spirit- we should be careful not to call it “my anointing” but rather develop, nurture, guard, and steward well the anointing and the grace we have been given.

We are able to live and function in our spiritual life by the Holy Spirit. As supernatural beings, the Holy Spirit supernaturally empowers and enables us to live this life. Hence, we should not judge believers others who may not be living like us, Instead pray and help them encounter the Holy Spirit. Pray for their hearts to be made pliable, turned from stone to flesh. Pray that they are convicted by the Holy Spirit and that the Spirit of the fear of Lord encounters them. It is only by the Holy Spirit that we are sustained to live a successful Spirit-filled life

The Holy Spirit fuels our natural and spiritual gifts to make us effective and fruitful in whatever we do. Acquiring knowledge is good. I believe that Knowledge and expertise are keys, but the Holy Spirit fuels our knowledge and gives us wisdom to effectively apply that knowledge in our spheres of influence. Because of this we should never rely on our achievements but on the Holy Spirit our Teacher and Counselor, Who directs us in truth in all matters. The Holy Spirit also empowers us through the gifts He has given us, both spiritual and natural gifts. The Holy Spirit inspires our creativity, every skill or talent. With this we can learn to submit out gifts, careers, business, skills to the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit breaths on your gift, business, skill, career, or talent, there will be fruitfulness, multiplication, abundance, favor, and breakthrough. We prosper in all we do when the Holy Spirit is permitted to influence our gifts. This is causes wealth and prosperity in what we do.

So how can you live a Supernatural Lifestyle? Consider the following:

Stay connected to Your Power Source-God is the source of ALL power because He is All-Powerful or Omnipotent. To walk in the supernatural power, we must stay hooked to the power, constantly recharging, constantly refueling. It is like a computer, to keep it running, we must ensure that it is recharged. If you utilize any electronic device, after some time it requires charging its battery. We cannot run on empty or drained if we want to success in the supernatural. Failing to do that results in “making up the supernatural” which is the long run will be exposed by the fruits of the person doing that. We cannot mock God. In our walk we must recharge with God frequently. This means Knowing God more intimately. Spending time with Him alone in prayer, devotion and listening to Him. I recommend this for those who desire to ignite their intimacy with God. Identify 15 minutes a day that you can spend with God. Split the 15 minutes into three; read the Bible for 5 minutes, pray for 5 minutes, the sit down for 5 minutes with a journal to write the impressions, messages, or visions you receive from God. From here you can incrementally increase your devotion time. Get a Bible version that you can easily understand, like the NLT, NKJV or NIV, TPT whatever version that you like

Be Filled with the Spirit– the Holy Spirit is the one who stewards the supernatural including doing exploits and moving in “Greater Works” -So pray to be filled with Holy Spirit. Be filled with the Spirit and yield to His instructions. When we collaborate with the Holy Spirit, tune to Him, remain sensitive to Him, obey, and trust Him, the supernatural becomes a natural lifestyle. I have a prayer of how you can be filled with the Holy Spirit and impartation for the supernatural  at the end of this article.

Believe- Adamantly believe the word of God for what it is the truth. God’s word is sure to perform, God’s word does not change. God swears by His word. So believe God at His word. Believe that With God, ALL things are possible. Believe that God does exceedingly above all that we know or ask.

 Build your faith up and become a Faith Giant Faith comes by hearing and by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17). Faith in God is the foundation of salvation and walk with God. The Supernatural requires faith. Jesus said athat even the faith the size of mustard seed. A mustard seed measures about 1 to 2 millimeters or 0.039 to 0.079 inches (source Wikipedia). Imagine the exploits you can do with gigantic faith! So build up your faith by standing firm on the word of God and His promises. Stay unshakable and immovable despite the opposite. Remember the supernatural defies science, this is what happened to Abraham and Sarah when they conceived at 100 years old. Also note that it is impossible to walk in the supernatural without ‘any size” of faith.

Feed on God’s word– Indulge in reading the Word of God. Jesus is the Word and bread of life (John 1:1-3, John 1:14 and John 6:48). We need daily nourishing. Also the supernatural engages the Word of God. God often confirms the encounters and experiences we have with Him by His word. So make reading the Word a priority, the word of God is the sword that pierces and the fire that fuels the supernatural. One way that I have found useful is reading Scripture then replaying the same Scriptures on the Bible app. You will get additional revelation by doing this. Literature also shows that repeated reading or listening to something at least seven times, reinforces retention of information.

Walk in the SpiritWalking in the Spirit involves surrendering all areas of our life to the Holy Spirit and submitting to Him. It involves killing or dying to the flesh that the Holy Spirt may fully influence our lives. Submit your imagination, mind, and thoughts to the Spirit because that where the battle is the most Allow the Holy Spirit to invade all areas of life, leave no area untapped by the Holy Spirit. See Galatians 5:16.

Act- Walking in the supernatural lifestyle requires radical obedience. So move quickly, act quickly when the Holy Spirit instructs In James 2:14-26 NKJV we learn that faith without works is useless.  Move when God tells you to move even when you do not understand.  That is what Joshua did with the wall of Jericho (see Joshua Chapter 6).  God changed the strategy for warfare in this chapter, it was not like the other was the strategy of previous wars. So obey God without being analytical or rationalization. Trying to figure God out or bring logic to what He has instructed you will only delay and frustrate you until you do want, He instructs. And if you are stubborn, God will raise someone else to what you failed to do.  May I warn also, most of the supernatural moves of God are unannounced; He never warns when He will move. At times we will give us a signal that He is about to do something- most of the time we do not know what He will do, We only learn of it after the fact. To be successful in the supernatural you must TRUST THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Remember, the walking in the supernatural is an inherent right and blessing of each child of God. Romans 8:14 KJV says for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Sons and daughters of God have the supernatural nature of God that they should engage with to their God in that capacity. God is impartial. Be encouraged by this, Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful (1 Corinthians 1:27 NLT). You qualify for the Supernatural Lifestyle!

PRAYER FOR IMPARTATION OF THE SUPERNATURAL

All you need to do now is to receive by faith what God has for you, but before that

  • Receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
  • Repent of any sin sins, iniquity, and transgressions, including involvement in idolatry worship of other gods
  • Forgive and release bitterness, anger and unforgiveness, jealousy and covetousness
  • Renounce and repent anything that is not of God that you have participated including witchcraft, divination, sorcery, spiritism, ritual, sororities, new age, enchantments psychic, medium consultation, any involvement with the occult. Renounce  and break all covenants in Jesus Name.
  • Renounce and repent of using spirit guides and familiar spirits
  • Command every foul and evil spirit to leave you know in the Name of Jesus Christ

 Prayer to Receive the Holy Spirit and Impartation

The Prayer of Salvation or Re-dedication to Jesus Christ – Dear God, I come to You. I accept your Son Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I believe that Jesus died and rose again for my sins, so that I may receive salvation. I therefore repent of my sins, transgressions and iniquities and ask for Your forgiveness. I renounce sin and all forms of wickedness. I renounce all gods that I have served, vowed to, submitted to, or ever made sacrifices to them. Lord Jesus, now come into my life and into everything that concerns me. Come in, Lord Jesus, and be Lord over my life and align me to the path and plan you have for me. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

Prayer to be filled with the Holy Spirt– Holy Spirit, I now welcome You. Come to reside in me and take over every aspect of my life. I submit to You Holy Spirit; guide me in knowledge, wisdom, revelation, discernment, and counsel so that I may walk and accomplish the plan God has for me. Holy Spirit fill me with your gifts that I may experience the fullness of God in this new life, in the name of Jesus I pray. Amen!

Impartation Prayer. Father in Jesus Name, I now release to the reader to receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You. Lord open the eyes of their  understanding being enlightened; that I  they know what the hope of His calling is what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the them  Father give them   understanding and what is the exceeding greatness of His power regarding the supernatural according to the working of His mighty power in them. Father I pray for an infilling of the Holy Spirit with increased sensitivity to You and to the Holy Spirit. Father open their eyes to see and ears to hear. Lord activate their supernatural senses. In Jesus Name, Amen

 

Transcript of the video blog 7/8/2020. Copyright MJC International Inc: Pauline Adongo. Free for distribution.

 

 

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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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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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WHAT GRIEVES THE HOLY SPIRIT

If you have been brought up in church, you may be familiar with the statement “do not grieve the Holy Spirit”. Whereas we strive for fellowship and intimacy with the Holy Spirit, we should also be aware of what saddens Him. The Holy Spirit has a personality. In previous blogs I shared my experience in walking in the Spirit, today I would like to share what grieves the Spirit according to the  Bible; from personal experiences and observations and from, convictions of the Holy Spirit. This is not the complete list; there could be more. We grieve the Holy Spirit when:

  1.   When we cut Him short in worship, during prayer or during ministration
  2. When we abruptly change His flow through the songs we sing in worship-true worshippers and ministers can attest that the Holy Spirit will rest strongly on particular songs. When our agenda is to sing all the songs listed, or when the worship leader is tempted to put a show of skills, we quench the Holy Spirit

3)         When the church’s agenda or programs supersede the Agenda of the Holy Spirit

4)        When we insist on praying our own prayers whilst suppressing what the Holy Spirit wants us to pray for- This happens a lot during intercession. We can easily pray in the flesh – such prayers are amiss. We grieve Him when we leave Him out of prayer

5)         When the sanctuary of God, the meeting place, home or church is not honored or respected. The house that you live in and your body are also temples of God. The Holy Spirit is grieved when they are not honored

6)         The way we dress or present ourselves can grieve the Holy Spirit-This has nothing to do with wearing pants (trousers) or sleeveless clothes to church. whatever we do in action, dressing or presentation should not draw attention to us but should instead bring glory to God. Generally, worship and ministry should draw people to God and not to an individual. The Holy Spirit does not give glory to Himself but Jesus (John 15:26)

7)         When Spiritual gifts are used to manipulate or control others and or used to draw attention to skills and gifts of the presenter (same as the #6)

8)         When we ignore the instructions of the Holy Spirit when we take Him for granted. Ignoring the Holy Spirit is outright disastrous. Basically, you are on your own at that time; the absence of the Holy Spirit results in fleshly activities. Often that is when people start mimicking the Holy Spirit, fabricating or manufacturing outcomes.

9)         When we talk carelessly and construe Scriptures to meet our needs or when gifts and talents are selfishly -solely used for personal gain .

10)       When we do not use our time wisely; when we procrastinate or delay in implementing what the Holy Spirit has instructed us to do

11)       Unforgiveness, bitterness, jealousy, covetousness, malice, gossip, anger or rage that leads to sin, speaking evil or others, slander, unconfessed sin, among others also grieve the Holy Spirit

12) When we neglect His advice and seek counsel from people or other sources such us the occult, divination, palm reading, shaman, astrologers and other forms of witchcraft

My encouragement to you this week is ; respond quickly at the conviction of the Holy Spirit even if when it seems illogical. The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity. We should relate to Him and reverence Him they way we treat Jesus and God our Father. Purpose to honor the Holy Spirit completely in life.

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MAKE THIS A THURSDAY AND A WEEKEND OF THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving is often associated with heavy meals and gatherings. However, it should be incorporated in prayer daily and even practiced as a lifestyle. The prayer of thanksgiving is a powerful prayer that in my opinion draws God’s attention faster and results to a quicker release of breakthrough. Intercessors can attest that thanksgiving prayers usher them faster into the realms of the Spirit. This prayer though can be very difficult to utter especially when the answer is nowhere near. I believe being thankful to God amidst uncertainty is what makes in a sacrifice.

Most of us are familiar with the song; I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart… Or the we give sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord… and we offer unto Him the sacrifices of thanksgiving. Being thankful is more powerful when you don’t see the answer. It is faith in practice, thanking God in advance of what He is about to do or what He is has already done,

As I engaged the Holy Spirit in devotion this morning, He advised me to pray the prayer of thanksgiving. I resisted initially because “Thursdays are not my scheduled days for thanksgiving prayers”. Afterwards I complied realizing that God must have a good reason to direct me to pray this way.

You see, normally we barrage God with REPEATED PRAYERS OF PETITIONS. We forget that He heard us the first time. Isaiah 65:24 says that before they call, I will answer; while they are still speaking, I will hear. It could be that God’s directive to thank Him is because He already answered you and It’s just matter of the manifestation of the answer! Remember Daniel’s story in Daniel 10:12-13?

Make this Thursday, tomorrow and the weekend, thanksgiving weekend. Thank God for the petitions you submitted to Him with fasting at the beginning of the year. Thank God for the petitions you have made from January to June 2019. Thank God for where you are now and where He is taking you. Thank God for the past, present and the future.  Thank those around you; who have stood with you and supported you. Thank God for your family, kids, spouses, jobs, businesses and ministries. Whenever you struggle with praying or you feel resistance during prayer, switch the prayer to a prayer of thanksgiving.

Wishing you a joyful weekend, graced with gratitude and thanksgiving!

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GOD WANTS YOU TO SUCCEED

Often when met with life’s challenges or obstacles, we may conclude that God is orchestrating our demise. This is far from the truth. The truth is that God has an outstanding plan for each of us. He devised this plan way in advance before we were born. Psalm 139 :16 says that God has book in which He outlined everything about you!

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed (Psalm 139:16). Hey, you have a manufacturer’s manual- God has already outlined everything about your life in this book. I believe among the prayers we should be praying is “Lord cause me to walk in the plans you have outlined in my book”. We should also pray daily for the Holy Spirit to help us align and execute what God has for us in that manual!

Above all though, God wants us to succeed in life. That is why He says in Jeremiah 29:11 that the plans He has for us are not to harm us, but to give us hope and future. Furthermore; God says that He will guide us with His eye upon us(Psalm 32:8). I also love that fact that our steps are ordered by God; and that God delights in the steps (goals, ambitions, dreams, visions) of a good person (Psalm 37: 23).

So, think about it, would God design a plan for you to frustrate you and make you miserable? Would God outline a plan that results in failure? No way Jose (pronounce Jose in Spanish). No way! In verse 24 of Psalm 37, the Bible says that “though you fall, you shall not be utterly cast down because the Lord will uphold you with His hand”. 1 Samuel 2:9 says the Lord guards the steps of His faithful ones. Psalm 66:9 says the Lord preserves our lives and keeps our feet from slipping.

As you write and plan your goals for 2019, do this confidently before the Lord (Hebrews 4:16). Commit your ways to the Lord and He will establish. Step out in action and execute your goals with courageous faith.  If you feel you have missed the mark; no worries there is fix for this too; Psalm 103:10-13 says God does not deal with us according to our sins nor does He reward us according to our iniquities. Instead God completely removes our iniquities and He pities us as a father would do. Out of His mercies, God will still uphold you and redirect you to the path of the original plan He had for you.  So, don’t feel left out. Make 2019 different. God ALWAYS wants you to succeed. God rejoices over us with singing- He rejoices over your success too. God is for you! Romans 8:31-39

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BELIEVE GOD FROM START TO FINISH

The conception of every new thing comes with much excitement and energy. The new thing could be an idea, vision, dream, goal month, baby, business; a new job, car, ministry, a new exercise routine; name it; any new thing! As you progress in the new thing though, you may experience challenges, twists and turns and or even growth spurts (the teenage stage of anything)! I encourage you this week to trust God in every stage of it.

He who begun a new thing in you will bring it to completion (Philipians1:6). As child of God, His plans for you are orchestrated by Him. Like a symphony conductor, allow God to walk you through the symphony of your life. Partner with Him in each stage of the process; in the exciting times and through the challenging period. I believe God likes to show Himself strong on your behalf through those twists and turns, that’s when we see His mighty hand of salvation, deliverance healing and restoration. We get to experience God as the chief conductor bringing the ensemble of the new things to high climax-all things working for our good (Romans 8:28). By consistently involving and trusting God, when you meet your goal you can testify to “thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1Corinthians 15:57)! Yeaaah! Kudos to you!

Commit your ways to the Lord and He will establish them. No matter where you are with your goals right now, commit that stage to the Lord right now. Engage God in it. God rejoices at your success. He celebrates with you (Zephaniah 3:17), believe God for every area of your life. Have faith in God. He will see you through to the end.

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LET GOD DO WHAT HE WANTS TO DO

Soooo I am learning, that frequently, God partners with men and women to accomplish His will on earth but yet there are times when God intervenes independently.

Now that can be very troubling for those of us who are analytical planners and want to know the whys, hows and whats. Speaking from experience, it’s frustrating when you really want to understand what God is doing and He hides it from you. You can be tempted to put your hand on it or your “two-cent opinion”. Oh how tempting it is to want help or figure God out!

In such times, trust, faith and surrender become paramount. This is where the rubber meets the road; you are left only but to trust and believe that nevertheless, God is up to something good!

Romans 3:4 (a).. Let God be true and everything else a lie (paraphrased). If you are going through transition right now, or are exhausted from trying so hard to fix the issue or you cannot control what is going on. Take the issue at the cross, let God do what He wants to do… nicely said, “back off.

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 (Isaiah 55:8-9)

My encouragement to you this week is to let God be God in the things you don’t understand. Let Him be God when you cannot control it any longer. Flow with God’s flow… I believe this is the “next level of surrender”

Let us pray for continuing discernment- that God will show us when He wants our partnership, and when we should let God be!

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ACTION PACKED SIGN LANGUAGE

While  reflecting on the Gospel of Jesus, I noticed that the evidence of Jesus ministry were action packed. Jesus not only taught but He lived what He taught; See all Gospels from Matthew to Acts. If Jesus taught about prayer- He is recorded to be secluding Himself to pray. If He taught about obedience- He is recorded to have done only what He saw His Father do. If He taught about mercy and compassion, He, fed, healed and delivered many.

Then I thought, as believers, what is our sign language. Commonly sign language is associated with motion and action. Speaking and acting out often concurrently What if each believer took that approach? That we read the Word, speak or teach it but also act it out.

Loving God would then mean loving one another through our actions i.e., respect, honor, truthfulness, accountability, authenticity, being genuine. It would mean tolerating one’s weakness while lovingly supporting them. It would mean taking time to understand one another instead of being quick to judge or criticize. Our sign language as believers would mean, willing to stay unrecognized while we advance another. Our Sign language will include supporting a difficult person even when we know that their success will be in bits; while staying committed to seeing them through. It would include obeying and trusting God even when you do not understand; but just doing because He said so.

Acts 11:26- The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch. This is the early church. Were their actions so Christ like? Was there life so action-packed so much so like the Christ beyond just confessed that they were labelled Christians? They must have been doers of the Word.

This week, purpose to have an action-packed Christ language. Consider the application of sign-language which is motion or action. Let us act Christ out, Let us act the Word out. Let us be the Christ people can see and point to – THEY MUST BE CHRISTIANS!

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NURTURE THE “ONE SEED” –GOD WILL MULTIPLY IT

I am rubbing my palms with excitement as I write this today. Studying this subject has been fun. Anyways, let’s get back on track. The “seed” that you have could be the idea, the job, the skill, the ministry, the church, the family, the business; collectively whatever you have right now in your possession.

Humanly, it may not be sufficient, it may not make sense, and maybe you are questioning whether it’s really from God because “it is not what you expected. My encouragement to you this week, nurture it, steward it well, continue to pray over it. Stay faithful in it. Take good care of the apartment, soon you will own homes!

What you currently have is a seed from God; He will increase it. 2Corinthians 2:10 says Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. Multiplications or Harvests come much later, endure, stay persistently faithful, eventually, you will reap much more!

The Scripture that led to this study is Genesis22 15-18. In it God blesses Abraham for being faithful with the one son Isaac. Abraham was so faithful to God to the extent of losing that one seed. Can we be faithful to this extent? If God says let go, can we still trust that He will replenish and multiply,

Meditate on these Scriptures this week. May God increase you as you nurture what you currently have faithfully.

Genesis 22:15-18The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”