LET THE LORD FIGHT YOUR BATTLES!

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I pray you are walking in God’s unmerited favor like never before and seeing God’s blessings manifest in your life. Today I want to challenge you to trust God to be your defense.  Psalm 5:11 says, “Let all those who put their trust in you rejoice. Let them ever shout for joy because you defend them.” God is saying if you trust Him to defend you He will. The converse of that is if you don’t, He won’t.

Most of the time, when the enemy attacks us through people, our first knee-jerk response is to defend ourselves. We have to give that person a piece of our mind. Or we have to make sure they know they are wrong about us. We have to fire back with something! We can’t let them get away with it, right? If they hurt us, we’ve got to do unto others as they have done unto us! We rationalize in our mind, “God’s not going to do anything anyway. I’ve got to take matters into my own hands.” And if you are going to defend yourself, God will NOT defend you. Again He says all those who put their trust in Him can rejoice and shout for joy. If you wanna defend you, God will sit back and let you do it. God will fight for you, but He’ll only fight with you if He has given you instructions to do so.

You might ask how does God fight for me?  How will God defend me? I can’t even see Him! Here are some ways God wields His power on our behalf:

  1. He allows people to reap what they sow (Galatians 6:7). In Genesis 27 Jacob tricked Esau, but in Genesis 30-31 was tricked himself by Laban.
  2. The Holy Spirit convicts the person of sin (John 16:7-8). In 2 Samuel 12, David was confronted by Nathan the Prophet.
  3. He orchestrates and allows difficult circumstances in the life of your antagonist (Isaiah 49:25). In Exodus 7-12, He sent ten plagues upon the Egyptians.
  4. He exalts you right in front of their eyes (Psalm 23:5). In Esther 6, Mordecai was paraded through the streets by Haman, his enemy, as ordered by the king.
  5. He makes your enemy your footstool (Psalm 110:1). In Genesis 37 and 39-45, Joseph was in a position of power and his brothers ended up having to come to him for help.
  6. He divinely gives you words of wisdom that do not tear them down or damage the relationship but makes them think about what they are doing (Proverb 25:15). In I Samuel 24, David relayed to Saul how he refrained from killing him, and the king was convicted of his wrongdoing.
  7. He allows your enemy to be caught in the trap of their own making (Psalm 57:6). In Daniel 3:22, the soldiers who threw the Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace got burned up themselves.

Granted, you may not always see God fight for you, but know that He will if you will trust Him. His Word will not return to Him void. So the next time the enemy shows out and you get the urge to defend yourself, abandon self-sufficiency and let God defend you. Recognize that “hurt people hurt people,” as the old saying goes. Know that who you are in Christ, your worth, value, and status, cannot be altered regardless of what they do or say. Instead of defending yourself, pray for the individual the enemy is working through, ask God for instructions, and purpose in your heart to let God be your defense.

Have you ever had an experience where you saw God fight for you? Please leave a comment below.

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DON’T FALL INTO THE DEVIL’S COMPARISON TRAP

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Recently, I received a strong rebuke from the Lord about comparing myself to others. I was watching a television program on TBN one day, and I saw a spoken word poet I had never seen before. I looked her up on YouTube and saw how amazing she was. I began to compare my poems to hers. Of course, I judged my poems as less powerful than hers, and needless to say, discouragement began to set in. I’m just being transparent.

The Holy Spirit stepped in and intervened, thank God. He asked me, “Who gave her those words?” I replied, You.” He went on, “Who gave you the words to the poems you write?” I replied, “You.” He then with a quickness said, “How dare you disparage My work, the words I have given you! Do not EVER compare the gifts and talents I have given you to those I have given to others! I am the author of those words, not you. Don’t ever forget that.”

Whew! I had to repent. I had fallen into the devil’s comparison trap. I am sharing this with you because perhaps you have compared your gifts to those of others as well. An example of this can be seen in John 21:18-22 where after hearing a negative prophecy about his own future, Peter attempted to compare himself to John by asking Jesus what would happen in John’s future. Jesus said to him, “What is that to you? You follow me.” Therefore, I feel that it’s important for us to understand how God views the comparison of our spiritual gifts and talents that have been distributed amongst His children. These are some other truths God shared with me that day:

  • Comparison creates disunity. “When you compare yourself to your brothers and sisters, you are competing and therefore creating disunity in the body of Christ. When there is disunity versus unity, I cannot command a blessing upon My people (Psalm 133:1-3). Your competitive spirit impedes My flow.”
  • Comparison is a distraction. “I am the giver of gifts. Whatever gifts others may have, I gave them to those individuals. I also gave you your gifts. Their gifts are not better than yours. They are just different. I need all of you to operate in your gifts that I have given in order to accomplish My will on earth. If I choose to flow them in a different manner (not better, just different), what is that to you? You must keep your eyes on Me. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted.”
  • Comparison is an insult. “When you compare your gifts and talents to others and judge them as inferior, I am insulted. Do not fall prey to the devil’s temptation to compare your gifts and talents to those I have bestowed upon others. Never belittle what I have given you.”

Saints, if by chance you have been comparing yourself to others, please stop it. Paul said that when we compare ourselves with others we are not being wise (2 Corinthians 10:12). The reason comparison is not wise is because there are only two outcomes: Pride or discouragement. Therefore, why even go there in the first place? If you want to compare yourself to someone, make Jesus your standard. We should be striving to be better than we were yesterday, not comparing ourselves and competing against one another. If you want to compete against someone, compete against yourself. Stop comparing yourself to others, and follow Christ. Remember, if we want to succeed in this life, then we must keep a laser-like focus on Jesus all the way to glory.

How has the “comparison trap” affected your life? Please leave a comment below. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Book Writer’s Symposium – Workshop Facilitator 
Chesapeake Christian Center
Saturday, October 12, 2019, Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
300 Liberty Street
Chesapeake, Virginia 23324
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Women’s Prayer Breakfast – Guest Speaker
Immanuel Worship and Deliverance Ministries International
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:30 AM
9200 Tidewater Drive,
Norfolk, Virginia 23503
This is a free event! Continental Breakfast will be served.
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SING A SONG OF DELIVERANCE

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The other day, I had some “stinkin’ thinkin’” going on, and my thoughts were bringing my mood down. All of a sudden I just broke out in song. After singing a few choruses of a worship song that addressed my issue, I noticed that the negative thoughts were not pressing in on me anymore. It was astounding! I had peace. That day God was teaching my hands to war! He was showing me that singing a song in the midst of a spiritual battle is spiritual warfare that works. Worship is, indeed, warfare! Praise is truly a weapon! We simply have to use what God has made available, for an unused tool left in the spiritual toolbox is absolutely worthless.

To illustrate my point, I want to cite some examples in the Bible we can draw from:

  1. In II Chronicles 20, the strategy God gave was to put the singers in the front lines of battle. When they sang, the enemy became confused and the Israelites defeated three armies that were coming against them.
  2. In Acts 16:25-26, Paul and Silas were imprisoned. When they sang songs in the middle of the night, there was an earthquake. The prison doors opened and the shackles fell off.

Therefore we can conclude that singing in the midst of trials is an effective spiritual weapon. But why does it work? Let’s take a look at what the Word of God says:

  1. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Therefore as you sing praises, the Word you hear is deposited in you and dwells in you, and faith will rise up in you. When you believe God for deliverance, deliverance will come.
  2. Zechariah 2:10 says, “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst, says the LORD.” Psalm 22:3 says He inhabits the praises of His people. In other words, when we sing, God shows up! When God shows up, deliverance is inevitable!

So if you are being bombarded by ungodly thoughts like anxiety and fear and being sorely tempted by the enemy, break out in song! Find a song that directly addresses and counteracts the satanic thoughts the devil has injected into your mind. When you praise God, you will confound the enemy. God will show up and fight for you. The anointing of God will, indeed, destroy the yoke, and the enemy will end up where he belongs: under your feet.

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HOW TO TAKE YOUR THOUGHTS CAPTIVE

 

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Today, I want to talk to you about taking thoughts captive. II Corinthians 10:5 says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” How do we take thoughts captive and make them obey? By taking the following steps, we can get the victory in our thought life:

  1. Identify the wrong thoughts that are causing you to have negative emotions. We need to understand and remember that negative emotions proceed out of negative thoughts, lies from the enemy, that don’t line up with the Word of God.
  2. Identify the truth. The thought you think must be examined, and the principle or truth of God’s Word that is being violated must be identified, pulled up out of your spirit, and brought to the forefront of your mind.
  3. Identify the culprit who is injecting that thought into your mind, Satan, and address him directly. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Tell the enemy, “Satan, I resist you. I reject this thought. I command you to flee. Leave my mind, and take this thought with you in Jesus’ name.”
  4. Plead the blood of Jesus over your mind as a shield against the entry of other satanic thoughts. Just as the blood over the doorposts of the Israelites homes in Egypt prevented the destroyer from coming into their homes (Exodus 12), you can plead the blood over your mind as well. The Blood serves notice on the enemy that he is not welcome to occupy space in your mind.
  5. Replace the thought by speaking out loud the Word of God that is counter to the satanic thought. It’s important to speak it out loud because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Furthermore, you can’t think a bad thought and speak the truth at the same time.
  6. Anchor your thoughts on positive truths and reality through praise and worship. God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). When He shows up, the anointing destroys the yoke of bondage (Isaiah 10:27). Therefore, go ahead and sing your heart out!
  7. Repeat the above steps as often as necessary until you get the victory! If you keep pressing in, you will certainly win. God says in Psalm 34:19, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them out of them all.”

Saints, it’s so important to examine our thoughts. Just because you think a thought doesn’t mean it’s the truth or reality. Once you identify the thought that is causing the problem, you need to take your authority in Christ, take it captive and make it obey using the steps above. Be determined to keep at it until you see victory. Do not give up, let up, or back up. That’s the only way you will walk in the victory Jesus died to give you.

Can you think of a time you had a struggle taking your thoughts captive? What revelation did you receive that helped you to get the victory?

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GOD WANTS TO BE GOOD TO YOU!

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When I met with God in my quiet time the other day, I heard Him say to me, “I want to lavish my love on my people. I want to pour out my goodness upon them, but I must prepare them for it.” I believe that is what God is saying to you today. He longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18). That means  He wants to send good people into your life. He wants to shower you with possessions that will bring you joy and give you the desires of your heart. He wants you to be blessed to be a blessing. Let’s take a look at several verses in God’s Word to support this thought:

  • “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
  • “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).
  • “Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant” (Psalm 35:27).
  • “If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures” (Job 36:11).
  •  “I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations” (Exodus 34:7 NLT).

God is like any good earthly parent in that he wants to shower His kids with blessings. However, while He is all about pouring out His goodness on you, His child, as Bishop T.D. Jakes would say, the caveat is this: He wants you to have things, but He doesn’t want things to have YOU.

Therefore, if we are to receive the goodness of God we have to be prepared for it. If we are not prepared and our hearts are not right, God’s goodness will become a curse and destroy us. That means the Lord has to increase our capacity for increase through a customized preparation process.  He cannot pour “new wine into old wineskins.” Therefore, I challenge you to take inventory. Have you expanded your thinking to include the following trains of thought?

  1. Expect God to be good to you and perceive Him as a loving Father.
  2. Hold on to people and possessions loosely and be ready to release them when God directs.
  3. Tithe and put God first in your finances to show that you trust Him and honor Him.
  4. Have a generous spirit and sow seeds of generosity so that you can reap a harvest.
  5. Make positive confessions, knowing that you will never become rich with a poor mouth.
  6. Let your motive for wanting to receive His goodness be to love and bless others.
  7. Recognize that whatever you have in your possession is a gift from Him and belongs to Him.

Beloved, let’s keep expecting God to be good to us. He longs to lavish His love upon us, but we must have the right mindset that will be sustained even long after He has blessed us. Our God has unlimited resources, and when we are mentally and spiritually ready (and He knows precisely when the shift in us has taken place), we will be well able to receive the manifold blessings He has waiting for us at the next level.

What are your thoughts about God’s blessings and prosperity for His children? Which train of thought above resonates with you the most?

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YOU’LL FULFILL YOUR GOALS AND DREAMS WHEN YOU REARRANGE YOUR PRIORITIES

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I’m back! I had some glorious downtime during the month of July, and now I am ready to get back in the swing of things. I feel like I have made some progress in my spiritual and emotional life over the past month, and what I want to share with you today is a revelation that God gave me during my time off.

Do you have goals and dreams in your heart that God has given you to accomplish? Have you ever felt frustrated because you can’t seem to make progress toward those God-given goals and dreams? I know I have. And if you don’t find out why that is, then you will never fulfill the purpose for which God put you on the planet.

WHY OUR GOALS AND DREAMS GO UNFULFILLED

How do you make things happen? I once read, “If it’s really important to you, you will find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.” Have you been finding excuses? I had to get in my prayer closet recently and really process this situation that was happening in my own life. I asked, “Lord, why am I not moving toward my goals? Why can’t I seem to get anything done that pertains to my dreams?” I do get things done, mind you. I have a “to-do list” that I make every day. I’m a list person. It seemed like the things on the list were urgent and necessary to keep my life going. They were important. However, my goals and dreams are important, but in my mind, apparently not as urgent as the things on my daily to-do list. The reason those things having nothing to do with my purpose were getting done and marked off my to-do list is that I made them a PRIORITY.

THE NEED TO REARRANGE PRIORITIES

If we are going to get our goals and dreams accomplished, then somehow, we have to make them a PRIORITY. When I talked to God about this and scoured the internet trying to find different perspectives, at the end of my quest, God said these words to me: “You are going to have to make your purpose as urgent as those daily tasks that you are giving the utmost priority on your to-do list.” He went on to say that I have to treat my purpose as sacred and let my life revolve around Him. That purpose He gave me had to become a part of my decision to put Him first in ALL things, especially this area. After all, He put the dreams and goals in me in the first place. As Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

The same way I give priority with spending time with God each day, going to church each Sunday and Bible Study each Tuesday, I have to elevate my dreams and goals to that level. After all, God gave me those dreams. They ARE sacred. The purpose of those dreams is to glorify God and expand the Kingdom. They SHOULD  be given first place above the mundane things of life that were stealing from my ability to do what needs to complete my God-given assignment here on earth.

PUT IN “THE BIG ROCKS” FIRST

Have you ever seen that demonstration where there are big rocks put in a jar and then sand is poured in to fill in the small spaces? That is what God was telling me. I have to put in the big rocks of quiet time, church, Bible study, and my purpose FIRST, then fill in the other spaces with the other “urgent” matters that constitute daily living. Therefore, now as an extension of my quiet time, I am making the decision to give two hours a day to work on things that pertain to my purpose at least three days a week. I figure if I put my word out there, I’d be more apt to follow through. My purpose has now become “a big rock.”

If you have been having trouble doing what God has called you to do, I encourage you to put in “the big rocks first.” Elevate your purpose to a sacred status. If you don’t, you will get to the end of your life and be filled with regret. If you do, you’ll get to heaven and be able to hear God tell you, “Well done, my good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.”

What goals and dreams have you not accomplished because you need to reset your priorities? Please leave a comment below. 

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Summertime is Vacation Time!

I hope you are having a great summer so far. I just wanted to share with you that I will be on vacation for the month of July and will return to blogging in August. Thanks for your faithfulness in reading my blog content. I certainly do not take that for granted. However, I really must take a much-needed break.  Please click here to watch my informational video regarding my whereabouts for the summer. I pray you’ll have a fantastic fourth of July holiday, and may God bless you real good! I love you, and I’ll see you soon!