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I heard someone talking recently about 'Perfect Patience'. From a biblical perspective we need to first understand what “perfect patience" looks like. Because the truth is, people aren’t patient and really have no concept of patience when you compare us to GOD our Father.

The first example of the patience of GOD is revealed in Genesis. Let’s go to Genesis 3:15 where He made a promise to satan: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

We know that GOD is referring to the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. How long was did it take until this promise was realized? We know that it is between 4,000 and 10,000 years. That’s a long time for GOD to wait to see HIS WORD fulfill. That is the perfect patience of GOD.  

We can also see the “perfect patience” of GOD when HE spoke to Abram and told him in Genesis 12:2: And I will make of thee a great nation,and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:, then GOD said after Abram was obedient in Genesis 13:16, And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. 

All of these promises we know that GOD fulfilled and did so in a way that must have frustrated Abram, because all of these things were carried out in GOD’s time, not men. When HE said that HE would “make thy name great”, we know that to be fact because when we talk about Abraham we talk of him in the context of GOD himself identifying who HE was as the “GOD of Abraham, the GOD of Isaac, and the GOD of Jacob.” We know Abraham as the father of nations. Abraham himself is a major figure in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He is the father of Israel through his son Isaac, and in Islam he is the prophet and ancestor of Mohammed through his son Ishmael. GOD himself preached the Gospel of the Kingdom to Abram first.  

Gal 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 
Gal 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 
Gal 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 
Gal 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. 

We probably include Abraham in many of our prayers, claiming that Abrahams’ blessings are ours, realigning our very bloodline, linking it to his. Scripturally let us look at Galatians. It says Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 

Gal 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 
Gal 3:15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. 
Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 
Gal 3:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 
Gal 3:18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. 
Gal 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

We have so many examples of GOD’s patience. But what happens when that patience wears thin? GOD is the perfect example of patience, but even HE can’t be patient forever. 

God's Patience
by David G. Bancroft
I wonder about God's patience wearing thin
with all that HE sees below HIM
beyond all doing right for those in need,
repenting for their misdeeds,
holding HIM high in esteem,
knowing HE is supreme.

It is those HE sees who purposely ignore,
for selfish reasons including personal gain,
one or more
of HIS ten laws that all should strive to maintain.

It is those HE sees acting falsely in HIS name,
never accepting any blame,
no matter how bloody or deadly the end,
resolutely unwilling to make amends.

It is those HE sees under Satan's hold,
corrupting the innocent young in evil's mold,
spreading falsehoods so bold,
causing pain and suffering untold. 
I wonder when
God's patience will wear thin,
causing the return of HIS Son
to have HIS will be done!

David G. Bancroft
Copyright © 2004
All Rights Reserved

When it comes to patience we have the perfect example. What have you learned through your walk with GOD about patience?
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2 Chronicles 4:10

Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked

 Years ago you couldn’t walk a foot without seeing the Jabez prayer plastered all over every christian store in America. It was written on coasters, pencils, plaques, hanging from pendants, and stenciled onto artwork. It was EVERYWHERE!

But I was a little late to the party and just watched the hoopla from a safe distance. I remember reading the scripture, but for whatever reason I didn’t pray the prayer over my life. Truthfully, I was going through my whole ‘Prosperity Aversion’ season. By that I mean I had purposed it in my heart that a prosperity focused ministry was wrong. (I’m not against any ministry, I just believe in a more balanced teaching.)

Recently, my husband Derrick and I were talking about favor. And he said something that was interesting (He’s a really interesting thought provoking guy. Check him out @ www.derrickday.com). He said, “You have to make room for your blessing”. And yet it sounds so simple, but it’s so true. Why are you asking GOD to bless you, to enlarge your border if you haven’t made room for that blessing in your life?

The word bless means to proclaim or make holy also, to request GOD to bestow divine favor upon. The Bible has over 470 mentions of the word bless and it’s derivatives (blessed, blessing, and blessings). And I didn’t add up the various synonyms you find for the word bless (exalt, praise etc.) Compare that to the 173 times we see the word curse and it’s derivatives (cursed, cursing, and cursings) and you’ll see the importance of the word.

Most of us skip right over the first definition, but skid to a stop and rest on the second part. I believe that it is important to embrace the definition in its entirety. Just as often as we ask GOD to bestow his divine favor upon us, we must proclaim His blessings upon others. Those of us in the body sometimes act as if we can’t do two things at once. I’m not telling you to pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time (I struggle with this). Only to embrace the word and practice it wholeheartedly.

I digress…

Jabez asked GOD, “…bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!”

What does that mean? Bestow divine favor upon my life. Divine favor is the tangible evidence that GOD approves of you. He is pleased with you, your words and actions. Divine favor is life changing. Divine favor is earth shattering.

When I think of divine favor I think of Abraham. Genesis 12:1 chronicles the beginning of Abram’s journey. “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be bless.

GOD bestowed blessings upon blessings on Abram. Why? Hebrews 11:8 says, “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should have receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” Abram was faithful, obedient, and trusting. Abram wasn’t church folk. He wasn’t raised believing in GOD. He was a pagan. But…when GOD made Himself known to Abram, he embraced Him. He loved GOD and taught his family to love Him, without knowing church, or the perfect prayer, or hours in a prayer closet. Like Abram, we must fully embrace GOD. Live faithfully. Be obedient. Trust GOD. And lastly…but most important, Love GOD.

NOTE – Abraham and Lot had to part company because their combined substance was too much to be contained in one place – they had to split up for Abram to continue to be blessed. Abraham had to send Hagar and Ishmael away to make room for Abraham’s blessing to increase. Indeed, Abraham was moved to sacrifice his son because he believed this was necessary for God to increase his blessing.

When I think of divine favor I think of Isaac, and Jacob, and Joseph, and Moses, and David, and…I could go on and on. These were men. Flawed men who all had the same thing in common. They loved GOD. They were faithful. They were obedient. And they trusted GOD. And they walked in divine favor.

NOTE – these men all had to do things that involved making room.

GOD blessed them, he enlarged their territory/borders, and His hands was upon them, keeping them from harm. They were blessed and the evidence of GOD’s favor was upon their life. Did they escape physical harm from others? Yes. Did they escape drama? Weeeellll, that was something totally different. GOD didn’t put them through drama. They created their own. Abram had a baby mama – his own doing. Isaac favored one child over another to such an extent that he created an environment of jealousy and manipulation. Jacob was a liar, and a manipulator, and he unconsciously treated his older sons’ the same way his father had treated him by favoring Joseph. Moses didn’t fully trust GOD in the beginning. And David fell in love with another mans’ wife and sent him off to die. I said all that to say, that we are all susceptible to self-inflicted injuries. GOD can’t protect us from ourselves.

What I want you to understand is that when you pray the Jabez prayer or any prayer asking for/proclaiming prosperity and/or favor over your life, you have to be prepared for change. Matthew 9:17 says, “Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.”

Just as Jabez asked GOD to expand his physical borders, we must be prepared to expand our mental borders. You can’t expect to stay in the same place, physically or mentally. Are you ready for that blessing? Have you made room in your life for change? Because that’s what happens. Things change. Your finances will definitely change. Sometimes your address will change. Your connections may change. And attitudes around you may change. Don’t be afraid of change. Learn to embrace it. Roll with the punches.

Live faithfully.

Be obedient.

Trust GOD.

Love GOD.

Expand the borders of your mind.

And lastly…

Expect change.

 

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Who You Wit?

Matthew 28:20

…I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

 

Years ago a comedian would burst out on stage and yell to the audience, “Who you wit?” To which they would yell the same phrase back to him. This became one of his trademarks. So much so that it was incorporated into his hit television show. But the roots of this now urbanized phrase runs much, much deeper. Throughout mans history, we have always desired to differentiate between our friends and our enemies. In days long past, soldiers/sentries would ask a stranger to identify themselves.

Why?

To gauge their loyalties. Who do you serve? Whose side are you on? This hasn’t changed. We are still asking. “Who you wit?” With whom do you associate? Neighborhood. Political party affiliation. College. Sports teams. Religion.

Again, why?

Because our innate desire is to belong. We want to feel like we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. We desire communion. We crave connectivity. Even when we claim to be introverts or loners, we still align ourselves with a particular group.

And who do we align ourselves with? Typically people who look like us. People who think like us. Or people we want to look like (emulate).

But I’ve learned that we have to be careful. Why? Because aligning ourselves with a particular group will surely alienate you from those outside that group.

Who you wit?

I grew up in a small country town with a population that usually hovers at around 7,000 strong. And as a minority, my associated groups was always much, much smaller. And what I saw time and time again were people graduating and moving away and coming back different. Some much different, others completely unrecognizable. Why?

Because once the boundaries are removed, our previous way of thinking is unbridled and if we aren’t careful we are impressed by/ influenced by whatever group we latch onto. We can all identify with this. Religions change. World views change. Political affiliations change. We change.

Is that always a bad thing? No. Is that always a good thing? No. But the change comes along because we were never confident in who we were to begin with. One or two things happen. We were never confident in ourselves, or Somewhere our confidence became shaken, so then does our identity.

Who you wit?

I was raised a Baptist. Attending church several times a week, from birth. But once I graduated from high school I didn’t attend church on a regular basis until well into my 30’s.

Why you may ask?

Because I felt burned out. I had seen and heard things in the church that disillusioned me from a very early age. I’ve always been entirely too observant, a people watcher. Emotionally over-sensitive to true feelings. I saw the hate behind the smiles and the lies behind the eyes. And I struggled with reconciling the truth with the fiction of church folk.

But, fortunately for me I was blessed with an amazing mentor, my grandmother. She had a way of separating the truth from the bovine effluvia. She knew what I saw and her desire was for me to understand that GOD is GOD and man is man. Man is flawed, but GOD is perfect. She showed me a loving GOD. She showed me that regardless of how church folk acted, GOD was still in control.

And so even though I stepped away from it for awhile, I still knew who I was and whose I was. I knew GOD. And in knowing Him, this protected me from the many other religions of the world.

I served a loving GOD, so I didn’t have to search for inner peace. The God I served created all, so I didn’t question creationism. I studied history, so I didn’t give credence to the concept of a Hollywood-esque Christ. The Holy Spirit within me, made itself known to me at a pivotal time in my life, so I was always sensitive to Him.

Who you wit?

I learned to stand with GOD because He stands with me. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Those words are a comfort to me. Why? Because I’m connected. To who? A loving God. A loving Father who confirms over and over again His love and affection for me. He confirms over and over again His commitment to me. He confirms over and over again His desire to see me succeed and excel.

Who you wit?

I learned that I wasn’t alone and found peace in the journey. Matthew 28:20 says, “…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Regardless of my current friend count. Regardless of how many people call me or drop in to see me. I learned that I was connected to someone. That someone had my back. Romans 8:31 says, “If GOD be for us, who can be against us?”

Who you wit?

I learned that I have to be careful of my associations. I am careful to not align myself with any one group. (Except for the Cowboys. I bleed silver and blue.) I don’t belong to any one political party because I believe that no one party can define my beliefs. I don’t align myself with a socio-economic group because I’ve lived both. I was raised in a single parent household with little money and am now raising my children with my husband in a middle class lifestyle. I identify with both, therefore I am conscious of the struggles that occur within both groups and could never align myself with one, thereby alienating the other.

Who you wit?

I feel blessed that my friendships look like my childrens’. Think about it. If we leave our children alone and let them grow and develop friendships unchecked, they are always multi-cultural/ethnic and diverse. But what we tend to do is surround ourselves with people that look like us and think like us. And then we force our children, unknowingly I hope, to align themselves the same way we are aligned. We change them, instead of allowing them to grow naturally and develop on their own. So their friends, in turn, look like them and think like them.

Leave them alone. Encourage their friendships. Kids don’t know color. They only know that this is my friend. Period. Get out of your comfort zone and get to know the parents. When you embrace others your perception changes. You become more sensitive to the things you say. You become more sensitive to racism and bigotry. You become more sensitive to the truth of the world. The worlds’ goal is to divide and conquer. We have to stop playing that game. Stop allowing the world to dictate to us our affiliations. At the end of the day we should love each other and want the best for each other. Period. The party lines become blurred and our connections become stronger. Love! Love! Love!

Who you wit?

It’s never too late to answer that question. It’s never too late to know GOD for the amazing Father that He is. It’s never too late to step into the power and authority that He destined for you. The Holy Spirit is there waiting to make Himself know to you. To reconnect you to a greater power source. To remove the veil from your eyes. To open your heart.

Who you wit?

 

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Insider Trading

Most of us have heard the term Insider Trading before. We know it as a financial term. The working definition is the buying or selling of a security by someone who has access to material, nonpublic information about the security. I use the term insider trading all the time. My husband Derrick will tell you…I am relentless about it.

Why?

Because our words have creative power. Period. We were given that creative power by GOD, our Father.  Genesis 1:26-27 GOD states that He made man in His own ‘image’ and ‘likeness’. To be just like Him. He gave us dominion over our environment and to be able to do our job, He gave us abilities like his own. Which means we should be able to:

Think like GOD

Reason like GOD

Plan like GOD

Complete like GOD

We have creative power. Psalm 115:16,“The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.” But yet, we fail to realize our full potential.

How many of you…and you don’t have to admit this aloud. But how many of you start out your day like this:

Oh Lord, today I have to…I hate doing that.

Oh GOD, today is Monday. I hate Mondays and Mondays hate me.

Man, today I have to work with so-and-so…I hate working with her.

I have to take the car into the shop, they always over-charge me.

Ugh, I need to change the oil. That cap never comes off easy.

But wait, there’s more…

I can’t do this because…

This is always hard…

Every time I take one step forward…

The last time I tried to do this…

Ugh, I know it’s broken…

This is always so expensive…

The phone rings, before you even answer you’re thinking about what could be wrong…

Any of that sound familiar?

I know…we all do it. We fail to realize that not only do we have authority over our situation, but we are also feeding the devil with…Insider Information. We tell him right where to focus his attention. We let him know right where he can frustrate us.

We stand before him fully clothed in armor, but we point out the chinks. Imagine that. A soldier fully clothed in protective gear, but with bright red flashing signs that points out all of our vulnerable spots.

That’s basically what we do when we open our mouths.

Do you realize that the devil doesn’t create problems in your life? He only perverts and distorts. He is not a creator. He cannot create a situation. He can only pervert it. He can only distort it. He can only make it look worse than it really is.

Lucifer himself is a created being: Essentially the minster of music, but we make him equivalent to his creator. Ezekiel 28:13. Why do we do that? Why do we place him in such a place of authority? Let’s look at something. We need to differentiate him from GOD. We know that GOD is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent; the devil is …busy. He’s none of these.

We know that GOD is spirit. Revelation 19:6 says And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

GOD is omnipotent. Omnipotent, in Greek means “All ruling” or Almighty. When we say GOD is Almighty (which we say often), we are standing firm in our belief that He has all power and all authority over His creations. And yes, Lucifer was created. Ezekiel 28 described him in all of his brilliance. But he was created. Understand that.

It says, “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.”

GOD is omniscient…all by his lonesome. Omniscient means ‘perceiving all things’, having complete knowledge and understanding.

David had such an amazing revelation…such an amazing understanding of who GOD is.

He said “If I say, Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me, even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”  Psalms 139:11. He says earlier in Psalms , “GOD knows the secrets of our heart.” Psalms 44:21

Even Paul says in Hebrews 4:13, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” 

And lastly, GOD is omnipresent. He can be everywhere at the same time. David talks about this in Psalm 139: 7-10. David says, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

Now let’s talk about satan.

It says in Job 1:6-7:

One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” 

He has to walk back and forth on earth. Scripture shows that he is not omnipotent.  The devil is not equal to GOD and we have to stop imbibing him with our Creators powers. He’s not sitting up high, looking low. He doesn’t have a place of authority in our lives. He eavesdrops on us. Learning our weaknesses and our secret fears.

It shows us clearly twice in scripture that satan was fishing for information. Why? Because he did not know! In the very beginning he is skulking around the garden, looking for information. Let’s read Genesis 3:1-3

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

Do you see that? He had to ask Eve which tree was forbidden. She gave him insider information. Stop running your mouth to the devil.

Let’s go forward in scripture. Matthew 4:1-6

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. After fasting for forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’

Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”[b]’

Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the highest point of the temple. ‘If you are the Son of God,’ he said, ‘throw yourself down. For it is written:

‘“He will command his angels concerning you,

    and they will lift you up in their hands,

    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

Did you catch that? If you are… If you are… He asked Jesus twice if He was the Son of GOD. Why? Because HE DIDN’T KNOW FOR SURE! He didn’t know.

Satan does not know everything! We have to confirm stuff for him. Stop being an informant!

Let’s go back about 30-40 years…do you guys remember the party line?

I grew up in the country and we shared a phone line with our neighbors. So, sometimes you would be on the phone and you would notice a disturbance in the line. Usually, if it was an honest person…they would announce themselves and say something like…”Oh I didn’t know somebody was already on the line.” Or maybe they tell you that they have an emergency ask to use the line.

But sometimes, you’d notice a hollowness to your call and would know that somebody was on the other line…listening to your conversation. That’s the devil. He listens to your conversation.

Let’s go back to Job. We all know the story of Job. He was tested by GOD…NOT!

He was not tested by GOD because GOD doesn’t need to test us. He was tested by satan. Satan wanted Job to curse GOD.

Understand that satan is angry at GOD. Andrew Wommack has an awesome teaching on this. He believes that Lucifer and other angels were sent to Earth to serve as a blessing to Adam and Eve. Hebrews 1:14 says, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”

But when Lucifer got there he became angry and jealous with all that GOD gave them. Remember GOD gave man ALL authority on Earth. That we were to rule Earth. Complete and utter authority.

Who knows? Maybe Lucifer wanted to take GOD’s place here on Earth in the hearts of man. Isaiah 14:13 says, “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.”

He goes on to say, I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

And until the return of Jesus, he has been trying to work his program. But then, of course, Jesus came and took that authority back. Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, “All power is given unto Me in Heaven and on earth. GO ye…that power and authority was gifted back to us as our inheritance. Matthew 28:18-19

Let’s go to Job 1:5 Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom. Job was operating out of a place of fear, not faith. The devil knew right where to attack him.

We have to be mindful of our words. We have to remember that we have creative power. We get so carried away with things that we have a tendency to rush through something and before we know it we have completely doomed our situation.

I was talking to a friend recently and they said they were talking with their doctor and the doctor made a comment about them having cancer. This person said, “No. I don’t have cancer. My uterus has cancer.” You know who you are. Thank you so much for breathing that powerful WORD into my life.

When she said that…I was really just blown away. We have to differentiate our statements. Now, we have to submit facts under truth and not the other way around.

The fact may be that we have an ailment, but the truth says ‘By His stripes we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5. That’s truth.

We have to learn to mimic GOD. GOD created all that we know with His words. Genesis says that In the beginning GOD created….Speak those things that are not, as if they were. Speak life. Speak positive. Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21

Before you start working on your car, say Lord I thank you that I have the mind of Christ. The words of Christ too, because sometimes we tend to mutter and say things we shouldn’t.

Before you start anything…speak the positive outcome, not the negative outcome.

When you wake up in the morning…speak life into your day. Talk about how you love Mondays…or Tuesdays…or Wednesdays…whatever day it is.

Say, Thank you Lord for that co-worker that normally works your nerves…pray for that person, speak positive about him/her.

Lord I thank you that you have given me supernatural wisdom and knowledge in all things.

Lord I thank you that you have given me the words to say.

Lord I thank you that all things work together for my good today. Start your day off right.

We need to be more like the Shunammite woman. I absolutely loved the story of Elisha and the Shunammite woman. 2Kings 4:8 tells the story.

Elisha travel through Shunem and whenever he was in the area he stayed with this wealthy woman. Her husband was older and she had no children. This was a woman who was content with her life. Elisha wanted to bless her, but she had no need for anything. So he told her that she would have a child, which it seemed, to be what her heart really desired.

The child grew and one day complained of his head hurting. His mother held him until he died. She took him to Elisha’s room and went to get him.

The husband asked her, ‘Why go to him now?’

“That’s all right,” she said. She held no conversation with her husband about the futility of the situation.

Elisha saw her coming and sent Gehazi, his servant to check on her, and again she said, “Everything is all right.” Never once did she speak the facts of what happened. Because the facts were that her child was dead. She pressed her way to the man of GOD and never once in that passage did she acknowledge the facts of the situation.

Her truth was…GOD knows my heart. He answered my unspoken prayers through his prophet Elisha. He will again answer my unspoken prayer through Elisha. She didn’t cry and lament when her child died. She didn’t cry and lament on her way to Elisha. She laid him in the bed of promise and petitioned the prophet directly.

That was Old Testament. We don’t have to petition our prophets. We don’t have to go searching for our pastor. We don’t have to lay before the Pope. Jesus gifted us back our authority.

We no longer petition. We proclaim.

We no longer beg. We decree.

Satan/Lucifier has no authority in our lives. Psalms 115:16 says, ‘The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to mankind.’

Stop giving the devil insider information. We control the outcome of our day. Speak life and minimize the devils importance in your life. He should hold no importance. He should be of no significance.

Let’s pray:

Father GOD I thank you for your revelations. I thank you that as we go forth from this point on that we operate with all the authority and power that You originally intended. I thank you that the authority given to Adam and Eve manifest in our lives. That we speak with authority and creative intent. I thank you that we are conscious of our words and we walk with purpose in Your Son Jesus name. Amen.

 

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Maya Angelou said, “When someone shows you who they are believe them.”  That is something that I wish I had known years and YEARS ago.  That one quote changed my life.

I can’t tell you how many times I allowed someone’s words to dictate my understanding of their character.  Don’t listen.  Watch.

Watch how they treat those less fortunate than you.  Watch how they treat their family.  Their friends.  The waiter/waitress.  The doorman.

You will learn all you need to know by watching and tuning out their verbal advertisements of themselves.  We, not others, are our biggest promoters.

I’ve allowed that quote to govern my life from that point on.  And because of it I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by beautiful, loving people.  They love me.  They encourage me and when necessary they convict…In Love.

I don’t have the time or patience to surround myself with fake, processed friends.  It’s draining and emotionally suffocating.  And I’m too old for that.

Life is precious.  Our time left here on earth is precious and we don’t have the luxury of diluting our purpose with watered down personalities.

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2014

2014

 

As we walk, dance, sleep into 2014 let’s do so with excitement and joy.  This is another opportunity to shine.  Successful people plan.  Write down those things that you want to accomplish in 2014 and as you accomplish them check them off the list.  Put in the work.  And remember that the failures of 2013 are laid to rest in 2013.

 

1)   Be knowledgeable

2)   Be encouraged

3)   Be persistent

4)   Be honest

5)   Be grateful

6)   Be aware

7)   Be sold-out

8)   Be forgiving

9)   Be kind

10) Be intentional

 

Be knowledgeable

Understand what it is you want to do this New Year.  Do your research.  If you want to start a business, take a trip to the library and read up on it.  If you know someone who is already in the business, talk to him or her.  Most people will open up and talk to you if they know that you are truly interested.

 

Be encouraged

Surround yourself with good, honest, intelligent people.  If you are the smartest person in your circle, your circle is too small. – Bishop T.D. Jakes.  Make sure that the people you are friends with are positive, forward thinking and forward moving people.  Look around and join some clubs or groups.  There are tons of meeting places that will put you in the company of encouraging people.

 

Be persistent

Go for it!  Aggressively!  Whatever you want to do this year make sure you pursue it with dogged determination.  Don’t let go of your dream.  If someone tells you that you can’t do it prove him or her wrong.

 

Be honest

Yeah, be honest!

 

Be grateful

Someone didn’t make it into 2014!  Don’t squander your opportunity.  Know that you are standing on the shoulders of all that came before you.  Someone, somewhere paved the way for you to have this chance to make your dreams come true.

 

Be aware

Keep your eyes and your spirit open. Know when to stay and know when to leave.  Don’t try to force the door open when it closes.  Closed doors are blessings too.

 

Be sold-out

Be all the way in on your dream.  No half-steppin’.  You are not going to succeed if you are timid and blasé about your dream.  If you want to do it…Do It!  Don’t vacillate between maybes.

 

Be forgiving

You are going to make mistakes.  Everyone does no matter what.  When you do make a mistake acknowledge it, and keep it moving.  Forgive yourself and forgive others.  Don’t hold anything against anyone, but when “Someone shows you who they are believe them”.  – Maya Angelou.

 

Be kind

People respond better to honey than vinegar.  They’ll remember a smiling face and respond positively to you the next time you see them.  Remember it only takes a moment to smile, but that smile maybe the only one that person gets all day.

 

Be intentional

Everything that you do, every motion must advance your goal.  If you are not moving towards completing what you have set out to do in this New Year, you are wasting time.  You have 365 days to accomplish your goal.  Don’t waste a day.  Make sure you are accomplishing something towards that goal so that when December 31, 2014 rolls around (and it will faster than you realize) you can rest in knowing that you were successful.  You did it!

 

I’m excited to see what 2014 has in store for me.  I’m also excited to see what 2014 has in store for you.  New authors, singers, dancers, musicians, business owners, husbands, wives, students, bloggers, designers, chefs, teachers, athletes, actors…I know I missed a lot.  But I’m excited for you.

 

On your mark…

 

Get set…

 

Go!

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Jesus Loves

Jesus loves the Sinner, but hates the sin.  He forgives the Sinner, but not the sin.  He said to the woman brought to him accused of adultery, “Go and sin no more.” 

So in other words:

Go and lie no more.
Go and fornicate no more.
Go and murder no more.
Go forth from this place where you have laid yourself bare at my feet and commit that sin no more.

As followers of CHRIST we turn our face from it.  We say it’s okay.  We say, “It’s your life.  Your rights and your business.”  And from a worldly stand point that is true.  But are we supposed to be in the world and living as the world?  Or, are we supposed to be light in darkness?  Salt?  What is our purpose? Jesus didn’t point out any one persons sin, neither should we.  He didn’t commiserate or negotiate.  Neither should we.

Followers of CHRIST have lost our way.  We strive to be accepted by society.  To blend.  To fit in.  We look like, talk like, walk like, dress like, drive like, parent like, and live like the world. 

At some point we have to stop, draw a line in the sand and dare the world to cross it.

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The Voice Within

The Spirit

Romans 8:11 tells us that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead resides in us. With this knowledge we must understand that a wise person should listen to their spirit. That small still voice that encourages, realigns, reveals and  confirms.

Encourages:

If we stop thinking so much and still our mind, we will “hear” the Holy Spirit within us encouraging us towards our gifting.  So many times we look around for others to edify and encourage us.  Unfortunately, others either don’t care or genuinely don’t know where our gifts lie.  In either case it’s dangerous because we could possibly be steered in the wrong direction or worse be discouraged.

Realign:

Realignment happens when we’ve detour from our path.  The Holy Spirit will get your attention.  For some it’s a quiet prompting and very subtle.  For others it is a no-nonsense in your face moment that you can’t ignore.  So, don’t get upset about the ‘Closed Door’.  Stop!  Recognize it for what it is.  And Praise GOD!

Reveals:

This is a good one.  You have to love it when the Holy Spirit reveals things to you.  Because if you pay attention you become a very wise person.  Maya Angelou once said, “When people show you who they are believe them!”.   I truly believe that the person who listens to their Spirit is a “Spirit Seer”.  By that I means that you are able to see the spirit in others.  You know the right people to be in covenant with.  You know that man or woman is not for you.  You know not to take that job no matter how attractive it is.  You know that house is not right for you.  YOU JUST KNOW!  Just knowing is a beautiful thing.

Confirms:

This is the one that ‘Parking Lot Prophets’ hate.  You can’t walk up to me and tell me that The Lord told you to tell me anything.  Why?  I’m going to take what you tell me and run it by The Holy Ghost.  And if its not confirmed in my spirit…somebodies a lie!  (That’s not proper English, but you get what I’m saying.) The words you speak to me have to align with the Word I’ve been given.  And if that doesn’t happen then that’s when you smile politely and just walk away.

© 2012 – Angela Day (www.angeladay.com)

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Success or Failure

Most of us are afraid of failure.  And because we are afraid to fail, most will never succeed because success requires us to suppress the fear of possible failure and get up off our ‘Blessed Assurance’ and actually TRY!

KNOW THIS:  We learn the most from our failures.  Failure gives us the opportunity to refocus, refine and restructure.

DO THIS:  Close your eyes.  What would you do if you knew that you wouldn’t fail?  The one thing that has always lingered in the back of your mind.  The one thing that someone may have told you that you weren’t any good at.  The one thing that you see someone else doing and think maybe, just maybe you could do it too!

TODAY:  Get started RIGHT NOW!  Don’t make excuses.  Tell doubt to go to Hell!  Just do it!

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I’m always struck by the similarities and stark differences of life when I watch shows like Biography, Unsung, etc.  These shows give you a backstage pass into the life of well-known singers, actors, politicians, and others.  No matter the level of success the person achieves what you will notice is that no two beginnings are exactly the same.

Some people are born with seemingly perfect lives, while others seem to be born with shovels, destined to start life out in a pit, struggling to dig themselves out to a level playing field.  But, the hard truth is that it’s not how we began, but how we finish.

No matter our beginnings, we are all born with gifts and talents, but not our dreams.  Our dreams are a product of our own making.  They become the great equalizer because we all have to follow the same Steps to Success, which are:

SEED
FOCUS
TIME
COLLABORATION
MILESTONE
HARVEST

The basis of my pathway to success is Genesis 8:22.

Seed – Your gifts and talents, the Word of God and the Holy Ghost.

Focus – You have to buckle down and focus your attention on what you wish to achieve and don’t allow problems along the way to slow or stop the journey to success.

Time – Be realistic about how long you believe it should take, but don’t get sidetracked and discouraged.  This is when you should reassess and realign.

Collaboration- Don’t be afraid to reach out to other people.  Look for a mentor or an accountability partner.

Milestone – Celebrate your accomplishments along the way.

Harvest – Enjoy your success!

© 2012 – Angela Day (www.angeladay.com)

 

 

 

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