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PICK IT UP AGAIN- SECURING OUR INHERITANCE

I received this message in March when studying the book of Jeremiah The subject of the study had to do with revisiting or redoing what God had instructed. What caught my attention to God’s instructions to Jeremiah was the pain stacking effort to redo what He had originally done In Jeremiah 36; God gave Jeremiah special instructions that need to be written and presented to king. Jeremiah needed writer, Baruch to do write since he Jeremiah was in hiding. You should note that in those days, writing was not easy, there were laptops or recording devices. Writing involved dipping a pen in ink and writing one word at a time, so the process was long and tedious. Despite this, Jeremiah and Baruch completed the task and the message was read the to king, who in response burned each page parchment. God nonetheless instructed Jeremiah to rewrite the instructions; they had to redo the pain stacking process.

Isaac the son of Abraham was another one who stayed persistent with what He knew belonged to Him. In Genesis 26, we see Isaac digging the wells, despite opposition until the enemy could no longer fight over the last one which He named Rehoboth

My encouragement to you this week is never get discouraged when the devil destroys or frustrates what God has told you to do on first attempt- you do it again Pick it up again! There are two aspects of these two stories that I would like to encourage you with. The first one is Jeremiah’s – If you have anything you had put aside that you are sure God had told you, pick it up again. This quarantine time is a good time to revisit and refresh your plans about it. This is the best time to pray or fast and petition the issue to God. It is the best time to ask God for strategies and blueprints for that vision. It is the best time to research and reinvent yourself in a new way. Consider reviewing the prior instructions God has given you, see what needs adjusting and what need implement. You may start small, but then keep at it, just pick it up again. Do not allow that idea to lay dormant

 The second example is Isaac’s Isaac new his inheritance – He knew what belonged to him, wells that and be covered by the enemy, that remained dormant, but active. Genesis 26: 17-18 says that Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them. Verses 19-25 shows that though the wells had been dormant, once dug, they produced fresh water

 I want to encourage you that you have a spiritual inheritance and a generation inheritance that is in your bloodline. Your inheritance is in your personal opportunities and untapped generational inheritance.

 Personal Opportunities: -One of the ways God uses to advance is by giving you an idea or an instruction. Ephesians 1:3-4 says that we are already blessed with spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus. It says Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. 2 Peter 1: 3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know   him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.

As I reflected on this issue, I questioned myself as how may, ideas and instructions God had given me and I laid them down out of frustration, intimidation, fear or lack, discouragement, betrayal, disappointment, passivity, laziness, or procrastination. Let us repent of this negligence and pick up from where we left. So we already have spiritual inheritance and our role is to tap into that, acclaim, and possess them. I believe spiritual inheritance call be classified into, our new identity, (who we are and whose we are,  our position in Christ, our authority and power, the tools we have to execute God’s kingdom on earth, the word of God/promises, our eternal promise. Most of this comes through intimacy with God, and communing with God, seeking wisdom, and understanding of our inheritance and how to fully walk in them. Also by faith, boldness, and persistence, these blessings can and must be accessed with an overcomer’s attitude- Faith in God- Led by the Spirit- Persistent determination.

Untapped Generational Treasures- You have generational blessings waiting for you to dig up! Pick them up! This have to do with positive family traits and blessings that belong to you. Since most skills and gifts are passed on from parents and from genealogies, I questioned what my paternal and maternal ancestors laid down. I also questioned what my parents did not pursue. Those things are still there where they were left and we need to reclaim them, pick them up and work on the them. We need to do it again- this time leaning on the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of God to guide us. Whatever treasure, idea, instruction, skill, opportunity that was meant to advance us, these are our inheritance we need to pick them up again

It is often good to probe to find out about more about your family and what rightfully belongs to you. Isaac knew what belonged to him and took it upon himself to go after it. There is inheritance in your bloodline that you can still tap into, and maybe they are laying down somewhere waiting to be discovered. This may involve probing- the goal is to maximize on what your bloodline left unfinished. You could learn that your parents wanted to do something-but they could not finish because of one things or another. May be you are the one to pick up from where they left and improve on what they had. If you parents had certain skills, it is most likely that you have those skills in you given your DNA- they are your heritage.

This may sound farfetched, but just probing your curiosity a little – are there blessings in your family, skills, talents, opportunities that were not maximized that are waiting for you to? Normally we get excited at this Scripture – Proverbs 13:22-A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. What if an unjust cause, led to the dormancy of this inheritance? – do you know that you can stand in the gap of your bloodline and petition the justice of God to release it to you.

There are a few lessons and Scriptures that I would like to end with in relations to picking up our inheritance

Lessons

  • It may be pain stacking like with Jeremiah having to rewrite the scroll, keep pursuing it
  • You may face opposition like Nehemiah did while building the wall- but arm yourself and still pursue your inheritance
  • The enemy may have suppressed the inheritance like with Isaac, but know that whatever is yours is still fresh and active, just waiting for you to rediscover it
  • Another advantage of knowing your inheritance is that it helps you pray strategically, both offensively and defensive to release your inheritance

 Scriptures

  • Exodus 20:5-6 The Lord pushes the wicked up to the 4th generation, but shows love up to a thousand generations- you have pending blessings that you need to claim for you and for your future generations
  • Joshua 1:9 -Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”- pursue your inheritance with boldness and determination
  • Genesis 26: 24-24 That night the Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham- God will be with you as long as you depend on Him to guide and direct you .

 This is the season and NOW is the time to obtain and possess what belongs to you. You are in your promise land. Isaiah 60:1, Isaiah 52:1-2- Awake, Arise, put on your splendor which is strength, the Lord has risen upon you, the glory is upon you, free yourself from all captivity, fear, and apathy, Go after your inheritance!

 

 

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WEAPONS OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE

Every believer can effectively engage in spiritual warfare; the life we now live in is Christ who lives in us. In Him we live, move and have His move.  With Jesus Christ in us, we have the DNA of Christ, that means we have His attributes including His authority and power. As co-heirs with Christ we have the upper hand to engage in spiritual warfare, fighting FROM a place of victory not for victory.

Below are weapons of warfare that we have to successfully engage in spiritual warfare. Details of list provided are in the newly released book for declarations and prayers for spiritual warfare title “Victorious Overcomer”. Get a copy from the store; www.paulineadongo.com. The weapons are:

  1. Your Identity in Christ- know who you are, what you have and whose you belong
  2. The Trinity- You have God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit on routing for you
  3. The Name of Jesus, The Blood of Jesus and our testimonies
  4. The Word of God
  5. The Fire of God
  6. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit; words of wisdom, words of knowledge, discernment of spirits, prophesy, seer gifts, and praying in tongues
  7. The Holy Communion
  8. The Angelic Support
  9. The weapons listed in Ephesians 6:10-18
  10. The already granted authority and power
  11. Walking in purity and holiness; our character and attitudes
  12. The foundations of love, forgiving one another and repentance
  13. Friendship and communion with the Holy Spirit
  14. Unity in prayer and walking in the fruit of the Spirit
  15. Prayer and fasting
  16. Declarations of Scripture
  17. Praise, thanksgiving and worship

Spiritual warfare is often associated with the weapons in Ephesians 6, but you see from the list there are more weapons that can be used. Like in the natural, wars may vary, that means the weapons and approach to engage in warfare may also vary. This list provides you multiple weapons to use. Before you engage, ask the Holy Spirit to show you the source or root of the warfare and how to effectively engage. For more on this topic, please get the new book’ Victorious Overcomer”

 

Blessings

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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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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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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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LET US PROPHESY OVER OUR CHILDREN

The first chapter of the book of Luke in Bible, gives historical accounts of first cousins John, then Jesus. Among the similarities of these two births is that their conception and births were announced by an Angel, most likely the same Angel Gabriel.

The other similarity is that both these births are for a greater purpose; John to be the forerunner for Jesus then Jesus to complete the assignment. If you read further you will notice where John is filled with the Holy Spirit when he encounters Mary his aunt. You will also read where John realizes his assignment is over and steps aside to let Jesus take the lead.

What intrigued me as I read this account was the role of the parents in prophesying the destinies of the children while they were still in the womb and after they were born.

In Luke 1: 46-55, we see Mary praising God and prophesying the destiny of Jesus. In Luke 1:67-79, we see Zechariah John’s father prophesy of John’s destiny. This is encouraging too because we see Mary a female, prophesy over her Son and Zechariah a male prophesy over his son. This means any gender can prophesy over their children.

Whereas God has already outlined our destinies, there are things that we have to contend for. This week whether your children are adults or infants; whether they are at home or away and or whether they have “wandered away”, still prophesy over them. Hold their names up to God in prayer, find a Scripture that aligns to that prayer and prophesy over your children. If the children are not there in person, print their photo, lay your hands over the photo, anoint that photo with anointing oil if led and pray fervently for your children every day.

Luke 1:37 –Nothing is impossible with God. The eyes of the Lord that go to and fro will locate your children. You are the righteous of the Lord. God desires that everything about you prospers. That includes your children. Calling mothers and fathers to prophesy over them today; call forth their destinies daily!

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BE THE PRAYER MOUNTAIN

Spiritual retreats are integral part of our journey as believers. They are often recommended to allow us to recharge, refocus and refresh. We often return from these retreats, energized ready to face life. However with time, we tend to get tired again, relapse and want to head out for another retreat. My encouragement to you this week is that you can have an endless prayer mountain experience right now, wherever you are.

I do not refute the need to go to mountains to pray or take breaks for retreat; it is my hope these are not the only ways you can stay refreshed in the Lord. Prayer is an area that most believers struggle with; yet it also the most potent arsenal for a believer.

To stay recharged and refreshed, consider the following:
*Review your daily routines and identify two slots of time that you can dedicate to reading the Bible, Praying and Listening to God
*Start small, may be with just 15 minutes when you wake up , and 15 minutes before you go to bed
*You can break the 15 minutes, into, 5 minutes Bible Reading, 5 minutes, 5 minutes keeping quiet and listening to God
*Always have a journal next to write what you sense God may be telling. It may come as a thought, or a song or a vison
*You may also consider praying for different things on different days of the week. For example, Mondays are dedicated to praying for work, Tuesdays- your marriage, Wednesdays-Kids, Thursdays-Ministry, Fridays-finances, Saturdays- Thanksgiving for what God has done, Sundays-praying for what God showed you throughout the week in your journal
*If praying for specific issues, always identify a Scripture that aligns to that issue and use the Scripture in prayer
*If filled with the spiritual gift of tongues (prayer language) pray more in the Spirit, in fact press to pray more in that. This is partnership with the Holy Spirit interceding  for you. See Romans 8:26-27

Consistency is the key to success in most areas of our lives. This applies to our walk with God too. As you continue in prayer, you will notice that your commitment to prayer will start to enhance you spiritually. You may notice that you are praying more with ease, God in turn will respond to your prayers.

This week, BE THE PRAYER MOUNTAIN. Start your own retreat where you are. The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth (Psalm 145:18.) Oh GOD who hear prayer, To GOD all men come. (Psalm 65.2)

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EXPLORE GOD’S GENEROSITY

While following up with students in the school of ministry and discipleship (MJC School) today, I inquired about the outcome of assignments from last week. One student responded, “the Lord told me ‘X” and I kept receiving the same message each day”. At that response, I realized that Lord wanted to give her more.

My response to the student was “it seems the Lord was inviting you into a conversation with Him”. You see whenever God shows you one thing, it’s a hint that there is more to come. So, probe more from God. Engage God into a one on one conversation because there’s more He wants to show you and do with you. Embrace God’s generosity.

If you see a cloud, ask God for torrential rain. Elijah had this experience in 1Kings 18:41-45. There are many lessons from this incident; but the one that applies to this blog is that a cloud was the only thing initially shown, but with persistent pray, a rainstorm fell afterwards.

In the Lord’s prayer, we often pray “Give us this day our daily bread”. This same God says in Matthew 7: 9-11Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him! This means God always wants to give us good things when we ask. Like Elijah, we can persist and engage God in conversation until He answers with abundance.

Engage God in conversation and explore God’s generosity with what He has already given you, and watch if God will not give you surplus or provide more instructions about the initial instruction He gave you. The instruction -your cloud, may be a creative idea, a past prophesy, an instruction, a provision, even a blessing or an answered prayer. Ask God to show and give you more from what He has already provided you.

Has God instructed you? Do you have an old prophesy? Do you have a God given idea or a dream that needs to be put into action? Would like to see your business expand? Are you starting a new venture? Do you need clarity about your vision or goals? This week enlarge you’re the courts of your tents, spread out your tents, engage God in conversation. Embrace God’s generosity. God wants to give you more. Isaiah 54:2-3

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NEWS FLASH, RECEIVE YOUR NEED

The beauty of partnership with the Holy Spirit is that He provides continuous growth. Some occupations require ongoing educational credits (CEUs) to maintain validation of the occupation. As Christians, this ongoing education is provided by the Holy Spirit. Among these credits, is knowledge and understanding how God responds to His promises when we appropriate them accordingly

Among the promises are; ask and you shall receive (Matthew 7:7-8); God does not withhold any good thing to His children(Psalm 84:11); God has already supplied us with every spiritual and physical need(Matthew 6:25-34), all we have to do is to RECEIVE THEM!

Praying from this perspective requires a MINDSET CHANGE and a TONGUE (Confession) CHANGE. You see at the cross, Jesus said it was finished! Isaiah 53:5 relays that finished work. So in prayer, we no longer beg or plead, WE RECEIVE
•If sick –we pray Lord I receive Your healing
·If bound or oppressed-we pray Lord I receive You deliverance
·If you slipped-Lord I receive your forgives( 1John 1:9, Psalm 103:12)
·If condemned/feeling quilt- Lord I receive my freedom(Romans 8:1)
·If worried-Lord I receive a sound mind, peace and joy (2 Timothy 1:7)
·If need provision- Lord I receive Your supply
·In spiritual warfare- Lord I’ve put on your Armor,
·When weak- Lord I receive Your strength. Quiet often I pray Samson’s prayer, especially when I have deadlines to meet; Lord strengthen me one more time (Judges 16:28)
·Go to sleep saying –Lord I receive safety as I sleep (Psalm 3:5)
·Wake up every morning declaring-Lord I receive Your goodness and mercy that are new for today (Psalm 23.6)
·No matter what is going on around me-Lord I am dwelling in your house (Psalm, 23:6, Psalm 91:1-2)

Once you’ve prayed, watch out for the answer, it may come through an idea, through a person, a thought, a Scripture, instructions on what to do, a word of knowledge, a new revelation. Just stay receptive. God responds to His promises.

This week, identity a promise that speaks to the area of your need then only believe and receive. Let this be a prayer of thanksgiving. Saying Lord, my God are meeting all my needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus, Philippians 4:19. So with thanksgiving, I receive Your supplies for me! Philippians 4:6

My CEU this week is receiving what God has already supplied in abundance for me. I tell you this has changed my prayer life!

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LORD DEAL WITH IT

Transitions and maturity will often require some form of evalution and often cleaning up. If you have relocated to a new home or destination you may discover that you had accumulated quite a lot that you may not need in your new home. Some of these stuff may be good and others bad. Some you may not really know what to do with. These are the stuff we are addressing this week, let us ask the Lord to deal with them!

Have you currently exhausted all you can do humanly to address the situation? It could be a relationship you have worked so hard to mend that remains unresolved. It could be issue or a person who keeps nagging and rubbing you the wrong way. It could be a difficult person that you cannot see eye to eye with and have struggled knowing how to address or deal with. It could be a prayer to a need that has not come through yet

Encourage you this week to take every issue to the Lord and ask Him TO DEAL WITH IT. This week let us turn these issues to the Lord. It is a powerful yet simple prayer of surrender and asking the Lord to take the lead.
If an anxious thought comes just say-Lord deal with it
Is it a ministry need, God assigned you the ministry, don’t you think He can provide for it?-Lord deal with it!
If the memory of the offense returns, transfer it to the Lord and say Lord I forgive, deal with it
If you hear bad news, slander or gossip, ask the Lord to deal with it
If it is worry concerning a loved one, ask the Lord to deal with it!
If an answer to a prayer has not manifested yet, thank the Lord then ask Him to DEAL WITH IT!
 
Note that we are asking the Lord to deal with the situation and this why. Jesus is the ultimate Judge. He judges in righteousness, truth and justice. He is always with us Matthew 28; 20, we are never alone Isaiah 8:10. We are not to carry burdens, He took them all, easing us from this oppression. As we are emptied out; He fills us in. Whatever we ask Him to deal with, He will do exceedingly above all that we ask or know Ephesians 3; 20. This is the freedom we have in Jesus.  He takes the burdens, and frees us to enjoy the fullness of His purposes in us here on earth, Isaiah 42.6
 
 Lord deal with this one. Are you ready to let the Lord deal with it?