Prophesy Life To Your Valley Of Dry Bones

(Ezekiel 37:4-5 NLT – Then He said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to The Word of The Lord! This is what The Sovereign Lord says: Look! I Am going to put breath into you and make you live again!’”)

The NIV of today’s focal verses say, Then He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear The Word of The Lord! This is what The Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.’”

How electric and life-giving are those words?!

Over this last week, as I’ve sat with Papa God and meditated on Ezekiel chapter 37, verses 1-14, Holy Spirit has just been continually unveiling and wrecking me in the best possible way with new and fresh revelation of The Word of God. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read that passage of Scripture over the course of my life, but wasn’t truly cognizant of how powerful the gift of prophesy is or mindful of the fact that The Word is alive—literally alive. And not only is The Word alive, but it gives life as well. (John 1:1-5)

Just in spending intimate time with The Lord, it has amazed me how notably the truth of those very words have just adhered to my spirit and been a constant reminder of how dynamic The Word really is. And in me taking the time to reflect upon that truth, it reminded me of yet another truth that mustn’t be negated. And that truth is, that our words as in the words that we’re speaking daily are paramount.

The Bible says that death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruits. (Proverbs 18:21) So, the question to ponder then becomes, what are we speaking forth over our lives, our families, our friends, the dreams of our hearts, and our destinies?

The Bible also says, What comes out of the mouth is what’s overflowing in the heart. (Luke 6:45)  What that says to me is, that what we say is what we truly believe in our heart of hearts not only about ourselves, but also about those around us as well. I would like to propose that we should intently mull over what we’ve been speaking forth and if our thoughts and words don’t line up with the truth of who God says we are and who He’s created us to be, then we need to replace those thoughts and those words with His truth.

We not only need to meditate on the perfection of the promises within The Word of God, but sit with Him in the secret place, ask Him to speak to us His truth— that eternal truth that He spoke over our lives from the moment that He first thought of us, listen for His voice to sweetly whisper the truth of who we are into our hearts, and then began to prophesy that truth over our lives.

As we position ourselves to start speaking life over ourselves and others everyday, here are 4 powerful little gems/tokens of truth for us to store in the treasure chest of our hearts and minds.

  1. ) Before The Lord created us in our mother’s womb, He knew us, approved of us as His chosen instrument, and set us apart consecrating us unto Himself. (Jeremiah 1:5)
  2. ) We are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) (That reference is from the NIV, but I really recommend reading Psalm 139:1-18 from TPT as well because the wording there is much more personal, intimate, and elaborate.)
  3. ) The Lord’s plans and thoughts toward us have always been to give us unwavering hope and a bright future. His heart for us is that we would abundantly prosper. (Jeremiah 29:11)
  4. ) Jesus came to give us everything in abundance, more than we expect—LIFE in its fullness until we overflow! (John 10:10)

As we enter into this new year, let us hold the truth of those 4 things in our hearts, being fully aware of the efficacy that lies within the words that we speak, and knowing that above all else The Word of God will always stand firm, outshine, and reign supreme over the blatant lies of the enemy.

In closing, my prayer is that we would unequivocally accept and receive The Word of The Lord as the infallible truth that it is and prophesy that truth over our lives, our loved ones, our hopes, our talents, our gifts, and our dreams allowing The Lord to breathe life into, upon, and within our own personal “valley of dry bones”.

“The human voice: It’s the instrument we all play. It’s the most powerful sound in the world, probably. It’s the only one that can start a war or say ‘I love you.'” – Julian Treasure

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THE SPIRIT Of THE LORD Is Here

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(Jeremiah 1:12 WEB- Then Yahweh said to me, “You have seen well; for I watch over My Word to perform It.”)

As The Lord began to write the words of today’s focal verse upon the walls of my heart, I felt those very words come to Life within my spirit. And so today, my Loves, I want you to be encouraged and know that our God is watching over His Word and every promise that He has spoken forth— He will perform. For His Words are perfect and true and They will never fail, but will accomplish the purpose in which He decided to draw you near and ever so gently whisper Them upon the tablets your souls. The promises of love and hope that He has planted within your heart in the secret place will bloom and be established in your life.

Today, as we’ve entered into the new year, let us begin to declare the promises of His Word over our lives and over the lives of the ones we love every single day. For our Father is watching and wherever He sees His Word, there His Spirit will be to bring that Word to Life. (2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV- For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.)

The song below that I’m sharing with you guys this morning is one of my favorite worship songs. The beginning of the song says “The atmosphere is changing now. For The Spirit of The Lord is here. The evidence is all around and The Spirit of The Lord is here.”.

Take just a moment and allow the truth and promise of those lyrics to imbrue the walls of your heart and spirit because as you begin to declare, believe, and stand on His Word, I can promise you that you’ll see everything change not just for the better, but for the very best. (John 11:40 AMP- Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe in Me, you will see the glory of God; the expression of His excellence?”)

With that being said, I leave you guys with three things to allow your hearts to embrace and your minds to reflect upon this morning: speak His Word, believe in It’s Truth, and watch for the evidence of His Presence as He performs those very words in your life.

Abba, we come to You this morning first to say thank You for breathing Your Life within us and allowing us the beauty and privilege of entering into this new year. Words cannot express our gratitude for The Life that You have gifted to us through Your Holy Spirit. You are truly a good, good Father. And this day, as You are watching over The Word and promises that You’ve spoken to our hearts, we patiently wait upon the power of Your Presence to bring Them to Life. We love You, we honor You, and we give You all of the glory.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Your precious Son, and our Lord and Savior— I pray, Amen and so be it.

Dear Hearts, welcome to week 13 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! I’m so happy to have you guys join me this morning and I pray that you were truly blessed by today’s message. I didn’t get a chance to write last week, so I have two features for you guys this week! Also, know that I am available to pray with or for you all throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here.

Happy Friday and Happy New Year! I love you guys!

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Heaven On Earth

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(Proverbs 8:17-21 VOICE- I love those who love Me: those who search hard for Me will find Me. Riches and honor are the benefit of following Me; so are lasting wealth and justice. My reward is better than gold, even the purest gold; and My profit is greater than the highest quality silver. I follow the way of right living. Follow Me along the path to find justice; I’m ready to meet those who love Me, bestow true riches upon them, and fill up their lives until their treasuries overflow.)

A few weeks ago, I was awakened from my sleep by the sound of The Lord’s voice. He audibly spoke to me and said, 8:17. For some reason, in my mind it registered that He was speaking in terms of the time, so I immediately grabbed my phone to check the time only to discover that it wasn’t 8:17. It was actually 4:00am. I didn’t say it out loud, but I thought to myself, “Lord, it’s not 8:17.”. And then He audibly responded by saying, No, not the time. Proverbs 8:17..

Proverbs 8:17 wasn’t a verse that I knew by heart, so I had to look it up. After I read verse 17, The Holy Spirit led me to continue reading the passage through verse 21. So, that’s where today’s focal passage comes from.

Before I go any further, let me just tell you that God amazes me.

As I have shared with you guys several times before, The Lord often speaks to me through dreams/visions, but mostly dreams. Well, right before He had awakened me with the passage of Scripture from Proverbs 8, that’s exactly what had taken place.

In this dream, I saw countless jewels and gemstones all around me. I mean everywhere I looked, I saw them radiantly glistening and sparkling in all different colors, shapes, and sizes. And one by one, The Lord was bringing each jewel before me. I would see the gem in His hand and as He brought each one before my eyes, I could hear His voice speaking to me about each one individually. It was almost as if He was explaining to me the meaning and power behind each one of these precious, treasured gems that He, Himself had beautifully created by the power of His very own hands.

Well, because the sound of His voice had awakened me so abruptly, when I woke up I knew what had taken place in the dream, but I couldn’t remember what He had said to me about each gem. The only thing I remembered was right before I woke up, in the dream, I heard Him say, Now, remember these three: the emerald, the pearl, and the tourmaline..

The odd thing about that was when I heard The Lord say to remember those three, I didn’t see the actual gems as I had been seeing throughout the entire dream, but instead the names of all three were written out in His hand for me to read.

I was familiar with both the emerald and the pearl and those are both referenced in The Bible, but the tourmaline isn’t. I had actually never seen or heard of the tourmaline in my life before I saw it written in His hand.

I believe that the emerald and the pearl represent or are symbolic of the known blessings that we treasure— such as the truth of God’s promises to us in His Word or things that we’ve prayed and believed for and then in return The Lord blessed us with. But, I believe that the tourmaline represents His gracelets or the grace gifts: meaning the great, unknown, undeserved blessings that He treasures, yet desires to adorn us with simply because He loves us and we belong to Him.

I was truly amazed that God would speak to me in a dream about jewels and gems which most of us consider to be of great value, but would then awaken me and give me a passage of Scripture that lets me know that if I’ll just continue to diligently seek and wholeheartedly follow Him, that what He has for me surpasses anything that I could dream of, imagine, or even pray for. His blessings are better than pure gold and greater than top choice silver.

When I speak of God’s blessings, I don’t just mean financial wealth, but spiritual wealth as well. For example, priceless treasures such as being able to enter His Presence, hear His voice, know His heart, access His wisdom, experience His grace, and see His glory. It is God, Himself Who is the greatest treasure and we have the precious privilege of experiencing the fullness of Him through His Holy Spirit living within us. (Ephesians 1:3 VOICE- Blessed be God, The Father of our Lord The Anointed One, Who grants us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms where we live in The Anointed—not because of anything we have done, but because of what He has done for us.)

Some may read today’s focal passage and think that The Lord is saying that if we’ll just seek and follow Him now (meaning while we’re here on earth), the reward of that is receiving the incomparable blessing that when this life is over, we’ll get to meet Him in heaven where it is there that He will bestow upon us the true treasure that He’s prepared for our lives.

Well, that’s true. However, I also believe that if we’ll make the choice to earnestly seek The Lord and genuinely follow Him, the benefit of that is Him allowing us the privilege of being able experience heaven now while we’re here on earth. And what I mean by that is, He wants us to experience the joy of knowing that He is a good Father. His heart’s desire for us as His children is to bless us far above and beyond all that we could ever imagine. God said, “I’m ready to meet those who love Me, bestow true riches upon them, and fill up their lives until their treasuries overflow.”.

That is certainly true for our eternity with Him in heaven, but I also know it to be true for our lives right now; here on earth. (Luke 17:20-21 GNT- Some Pharisees asked Jesus when the Kingdom of God would come. His answer was, “The Kingdom of God does not come in such a way as to be seen.  No one will say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’; because the Kingdom of God is within you.“)

Meeting with God simply means seeking Him in the secret place and intimately reveling in His Presence as we converse with Him in prayer and through worship. (Matthew 6:6 NKJV- But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father Who is in the secret place; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you openly.)

So, Dear Hearts, be encouraged today knowing that The Lord is inviting and summoning you into His Holy Presence so that He can graciously bless you both spiritually and naturally, bestow upon you true riches, fill your life until your treasuries overflow, adorn you with heavenly keepsakes, and gift to you great and incomparable trinkets and tokens of grace that display His endlessly love for you. (1 Corinthians 2:9 CEV- But it is just as the Scriptures say, “What God has planned for people who love Him is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds!”)

Abba, today, I come to You on behalf of every heart reading this and I ask and pray that You would draw them into the secret place of Your Presence that You may lavishly bless them with the heavenly treasures of Your grace just as Your heart desires. Father, I ask that You would open their hearts, minds, and spiritual eyes to not only see You as God and Creator, but to also deeply know You as the loving, gracious, and perfect Father that You are. Lord, You are better to us than we are to yourselves and we love You, we bless You, and we give You all of the glory. In the name of Jesus Christ, Your precious Son, and our Lord and Savior— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“We are ever surrounded by undeserved blessings. Even in His silence, He blesses us.” ~ Dr. David Jeremiah

Welcome to week 3 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! I’m so happy to have you guys join me this morning and I pray that you were truly blessed by today’s message. Also, know that I am available to pray with or for you all throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here.

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Just Bring The Cup Of Your Heart, HE’LL Supply THE LIVING WATER

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(Psalm 68:9 NIV- You gave abundant showers, O God; You refreshed Your weary inheritance.)

The other day, the sky was clear and blue and the sun was shining bright. It was extremely hot outside, yet still an incredibly beautiful day. And then all of a sudden, and I mean in an instance and out of nowhere— rain just came pouring down. Though the sun was shining and the sky was clear, the rain abundantly showered.

However, just as quickly as it had come, in the very next instance it simply stopped as if it had never started. In that moment, The Lord spoke to me and said, “That was just a reminder that when the “heat of life” seems unbearable, I Am there in the midst. And I can provide Living Water at a moment’s notice to renew, replenish, and refresh the hearts, minds, and spirits of the ones I love if only they would enter My Presence.”.

Beloved, Jesus is that Living Water and through His Holy Spirit we have an endless supply if only we would bring the cups of our hearts to Him that He may pour and we may drink.

  • (John 4:14 MSG- “Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless Life.”)
  • (John 7:37-39 MSG- Jesus took His stand. He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Rivers of Living Water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in Me this way, just as the Scripture says.” (He said this in regard to The Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were about to receive. The Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.))

Had I not been outside, I would’ve never been able to feel the refreshing coolness of rain in the midst of the heat. The same can be said in regards to our relationship with God. If we never enter His Presence, we’ll never know The Life, Love, and replenishing calmness that is His Holy Spirit when the “heat of life” seems trying and unwavering. The Father says, it is in choosing to seek Him that we truly find Him.

  • (Proverbs 8:17 NIV- I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me find Me.)
  • (Jeremiah 29:11-13 GNT-  I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Then you will call to Me. You will come and pray to Me, and I will answer you. You will seek Me, and you will find Me because you will seek Me with all your heart.)

Dear Hearts, can I just encourage you to intimately seek Him with your whole heart today? Our Heavenly Father is longing to be in relationship with you. His Word says seek because His heart deeply desires intimacy with you. It is in that intimate and personal time with Him that He can pour out The Living Water that is His Spirit upon you and shower you with His love and grace. It is in that secret place that God reveals His promises and purpose for the beauty that is your beating heart and His breath within you. You are His most treasured possession. (Deuteronomy 7:6 MSG- You are a people set apart as holy to God, your God. God, your God, chose you out of all the people on earth for Himself as a cherished, personal treasure.)

Abba, I come to You this morning on behalf of every treasured being reading this asking and praying that You would help them to seek Your face with the understanding that it is in Your Presence that they shall find true Life. Father, I ask that You would pour out Your Holy and perfect Spirit upon them and shower them with The Living Water that is Your Life, Love, peace, joy, grace, mercy, wisdom, and strength. Let the purpose and power for Your breath within them prevail and every promise that You have for their lives spring forth. Abba, You are worthy, willing, and able. You are not just sufficient, but You are our more than enough. Let Your glory rest upon those that You treasure. I praise You for simply being You and I praise You for their lives.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Your precious Son, and our Lord and Savior— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“Christ is not a reservoir but a spring. His Life is continual, active and ever passing on with an outflow as necessary as its inflow. If we do not perpetually draw the fresh supply from The Living Fountain, we shall either grow stagnant or empty, It is, therefore, not so much a perpetual fullness as a perpetual filling.” ~ Albert Benjamin “A.B.” Simpson

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Hope In THE LORD Never Disappoints

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(Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT: God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.)

Our God has made everything beautiful for its own time. Did you know that that includes you?

Today’s focal verse says, “He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end”. I think the eternity that He’s planted in our hearts solidify that we have the capacity to infinitely place our hope in Him even when we can’t see or feel Him at work in our lives. In other words, He created us with the capacity and power that our hope would forever increase and never fail.

I find it pretty amazing that He instilled this incredible gift of hope in our hearts that we would forever be encouraged and uplifted through our faith in Him. (Roman 5:1-5 MSG- By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with Him, make us fit for Him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that He has already thrown open His door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through The Holy Spirit!)

You guys our God is faithful! He created us with the beauty of being able to hope in every situation and circumstance. Imagine how much He loves us that He would bestow such a gift upon us. He never promised that our life’s journey would be free of troubles, trials, and tribulations, but He did promise to love, protect, and be with us every step along the way. (John 16:33 AMP- I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have perfect peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer, take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted! For I have overcome the world. I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.)

My greatest prayer for you today is that you would embrace the gift of hope that God has placed within your heart and entrust that hope within His care allowing Him to make the beauty that He has prepared for your life your reality. I can’t promise you that your life will be perfect, but I can promise you that hope in The Lord never fails or disappoints. (Hebrews 10:23 AMP- So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable, sure, and faithful to His Word.)

“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” ~ Samuel Smiles

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Set The World On Fire With Purpose

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(Isaiah 14:24 NIV- The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.)

When I read today’s focal verse I felt this indescribable joy begin to arise within my heart and I smiled because I was reminded that the purpose that God has for my life will stand firm and unwavered no matter what. It reminded me that what He has promised me shall be. I find it amazing that God has this empyreal purpose that He planned just for me and each day He whispers the truth of His promises to my heart making me more cognizant of who He is in my life and the greatness that He expects of me. He nurtures my dreams and the desires of my heart with His living water allowing them to blossom right before my eyes.

There is no one greater than our God. Everyday that He allows us to wake up is a day that we get the chance to choose to draw nearer to Him and live that day greater than the previous through His Presence. Every breath that we take has great purpose because every second that we’re alive is a sign from God that He treasures the purpose that He designed and created us to carry out.

If you’ve ever wondered why you’re still here, know that it’s because of the incredible plan that God predestined for your life. (Jeremiah 1:5 MSG- Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you.) Take a moment to conceptualize what that truly means. … God chose us, loved us, treasured us, and decided that He was going to bless us before He even gave us life. If you can’t think of anything else to praise Him for, praise Him for that alone because He’s worthy!

My purpose for today’s post is to remind you guys that you are loved, you are valuable, you are beautiful inside and out, and your purpose is vitally needed and exceptionally great! Embrace all that He has created and called you to be! Believe that you are all that God says you are! And trust that all that He has promised you is yours to keep because His promises and His purpose endure forever!

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”~ St. Catherine of Siena

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A Heart Longing To Pray Like JESUS

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(Luke 22:39-44 CEB- Jesus left and made His way to the Mount of Olives, as was His custom, and the disciples followed Him. When He arrived, He said to them, “Pray that you won’t give in to temptation.”. He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed. He said, “Father, if it’s Your Will, take this cup of suffering away from Me. However, not My Will but Your Will must be done.”. Then a heavenly angel appeared to Him and strengthened Him. He was in anguish and prayed even more earnestly. His sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground.)

Today’s focal passage truly humbled my heart. It reminded me that though Jesus is 100% God; omniscient and omnipotent, He was also 100% man which means He was fully aware of what it means to truly feel and live life as a human being. The more I read the more my heart and my thoughts were drawn to Him. He knowingly held all power as God, yet as man His heart still remained completely obedient to the Will of God The Father.

Jesus withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed. He said, “Father, if it’s Your Will, take this cup of suffering away from Me. However, not My Will but Your Will must be done.”. Above and beyond His own Will and through His suffering and affliction, it was still more important to Him to honor the Will of His Father. How often do we truly pray for God’s Will to manifest in our lives above our own?

Throughout this entire passage of Scripture there was one word that I stood in complete awe of… if. Notice that as Jesus was praying He didn’t just ask God to remove Him from the dolor and distress that He was bearing. He said, “Father, “if” it’s Your Will, take this cup of suffering away from Me.”. To me, He was saying, “Father, remove this cup of suffering away from Me only “if” it’s what You desire to accomplish through My life”. Jesus treasured God’s plan and purpose above His own life! And He loved and valued us enough to remain obedient to what He knew in His heart God had called Him to do. I’m so amazed by that!

I’ve gained valuable life gems through reading today’s passage. Jesus suffered and endured so much more than I will ever have to bear, yet instead of complaining, He prayed. He wholeheartedly trusted God with His life whether it was going to be for Him to live or to die and our God is so amazing that even through death, He gave and still gives Life.

There are two things that I want you guys to take with you today: Jesus valued prayer because He had faith in what intimately conversing with God had the power to accomplish in and through His life and He knew that even if He had to suffer that God had an incredible purpose for it. (Romans 8:28-30 NIV- We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.)

Don’t get discouraged by your trials, tribulations, or circumstances, but be encouraged that you serve The God Who has the power to deliver you from them! (1 Peter 5:10 NLV- After you have suffered for awhile, God Himself will make you perfect. He will keep you in the right way. He will give you strength. He Is The God of all loving-favor and has called you through Christ Jesus to share His shining-greatness forever.)

I don’t know about you guys, but my heart is longing to pray like Jesus; constantly, relentlessly, selflessly, and faithfully! Our God gives Life and that Life is found in knowing Him intimately. I pray that through your prayers, you become divinely connected and acquainted with God so that His Presence, power, promises, purpose, and provision will reign in your life always!

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Your Desperation Has The Power To Lead To Your Destiny

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(1 Corinthians 2:9-12 VOICE- But as The Scriptures say, No eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard and it has never occurred to the human heart all the things God prepared for those who love Him. God has shown us these profound and startling realities through His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep mysteries of God. Who can see into a man’s heart and know his thoughts? Only the spirit that dwells within the man. In the same way, the thoughts of God are known only by His Spirit. You must know that we have not received the spirit of this rebellious and broken world but The Spirit that comes from God, so that we may experience and comprehend the gifts that come from God.)

Along my journey with God, there have been countless times when I simply trusted Him to move in my life. I didn’t worry if He would answer my prayers or not because the moment that I chose to enter into His Presence, it was already established in my heart, confirmed in my mind, and settled in my spirit that He undoubtedly would. However, in my humanness, there have also been countless times when I entered into His Presence lost and broken wondering if He could hear my voice and the deepest cries of my heart.

There’s a saying that goes, “If you’re going to worry then don’t pray and if you’re going to pray then don’t worry.” and I get the gist of that, but I can’t say that I necessarily agree with it. Being human we will all inevitably have times in our lives where worry will try to defeat us and that’s when we should draw nearest to God and pray to Him with all that we are. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 VOICE- Celebrate always, pray constantly, and give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. This is God’s Will for all of you in Jesus The Anointed.)

I believe with my whole heart and soul that every word that God has promised to us is pure, perfect, authentic, and true. I believe that every single word that He speaks forth will fulfill His intended purpose just as He said. (Isaiah 55:11 NIV- My Word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent It.)

In believing all of that and knowing it to be true, in my relationship with God more often than not, it wasn’t the times that I entered His Presence boldly and with confidence that I had the privilege, benefit, and pleasure of experiencing all that He is and desires to be in my life, but instead the times when I humbly entered His Presence broken and desperate, not knowing which way to turn that He revealed Himself to me in the most beautiful and prolific ways. Those have been the moments that allowed me to feel His Presence and experience Him the greatest. Those have been the moments when He allowed me to hear His voice with incredible clarity. When I came before Him worried and fearful are the precise moments that He has whispered to my heart, I Am with you always. Never will I leave nor forsake you.”. In my deepest and most intricate moments of desperation are the moments that led to true, sincere, intrinsic intimacy with God.

Today’s focal passage says, “No eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard and it has never occurred to the human heart all the things God prepared for those who love Him. God has shown us these profound and startling realities through His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep mysteries of God. Who can see into a man’s heart and know his thoughts? Only the spirit that dwells within the man. In the same way, the thoughts of God are known only by His Spirit. You must know that we have not received the spirit of this rebellious and broken world but The Spirit that comes from God, so that we may experience and comprehend the gifts that come from God.”, meaning all we have to do is love God and allow His Spirit to fulfill It’s purpose within us.

I said all of that to say this… Seek God with all that you are no matter the circumstance or situation. Become vulnerable and transparent with Him because you can trust that He always has your best interest at heart and knows what’s best for your life. And never allow fear, worry, or doubt to keep you from entering into His Presence because in The Presence of The Lord your greatest and deepest moment of desperation can be transformed into the Life-giving, purpose-filled destiny that He has planned for your life. (Psalm 36:7-9 GNT- How precious, O God, is Your constant love! We find protection under the shadow of Your wings. We feast on the abundant food You provide; You let us drink from the river of Your goodness. You are the source of all life, and because of Your light we see The Light.)

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Armed And Ready For War!

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(2 Samuel 22:31-33 NIRV- God’s way is perfect. The Word of The Lord doesn’t have any flaws. He Is like a shield to all who go to Him for safety. Who is God except The Lord? Who is The Rock except our God? God gives me strength for the battle. He makes my way perfect.)

As I began to meditate on the focal passage above, I was genuinely in awe of the beauty and power of our God and how phenomenal He is. Through His Word we have the ability and privilege of experiencing how in-depth His promises to us truly are. There was one incredible promise in particular that my heart grasped immensely and just wouldn’t let go of… He makes my way perfect. How amazing is that?!

By definition the word perfect means: flawless or as good as it is possible to be. Now, take a moment to reflect upon the fact that in us choosing to trust God and follow His lead, not only does He make our way better, but through Him our way is made perfect! No matter where our circumstances say we should be, God is saying, “The way that I have prepared for you is flawless!”.

It’s extremely important for us to always remember that God had a plan of perfection for us long before we ever even had the capacity to contrive a plan for ourselves. (Jeremiah 1:5 MSG- “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you.”) He chose you and set you apart because He knew that He had incredible plans for your life.

We need learn to trust God and look to Him with the same eyes and heart as the Prophet Isaiah did. (Isaiah 25:1 GNT- Lord, You Are my God; I will honor You and praise Your name. You have done amazing things; You have faithfully carried out the plans You made long ago.) In other words, God will fulfill His purpose for our lives. We just have to trust and praise Him through our storms because at the end of every storm, the sun is destined to shine again.

In the 29 precious years that God has allotted to me thus far, I have come to not only realize, but to understand that I can’t do this thing we call life without Him, but the beauty in that is, He never intended for me to. (2 Samuel 22:36 NOG- You have given me the shield of Your salvation. Your help makes me great.) Without God, I am nothing. All that I am, I owe to Him. It is His Presence in my life that strengthens me, gives me peace, and makes me great.

(Psalm 144:1-2 NLV- Praise and thanks be to The Lord, my Rock. He makes my hands ready for war, and my fingers for battle. He Is my Loving-Kindness and my Walls Of Strength, my Strong Place and The One Who sets me free, my Safe-Covering and The One in Whom I trust.) There is nothing that we will ever face that the power of God can’t conquer. Who is God except The Lord?! Who is The Rock except our God?! God gives us strength for the battle and the war. He makes our way perfect! He has equipped us with everything we’ll never need for His purpose in us to prevail. The Truth of His Word is our shield, our strength, and our protection, so we are armed and ready for war! And our God has promised us victory!

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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With GOD, You Can Slay “life” And Win!

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(Isaiah 9:4 VOICE- You will shatter the yoke that burdens them, You will lift the load that weighs them down, You will break the rod of their oppressor.)

The power and Presence of God reigns supreme exceedingly above and surpassingly beyond all things. The beauty in our intimacy with Him is, no matter what we may have to endure in life or no matter how difficult life may seem at times, it doesn’t have the power to defeat us. Though we often can’t conceptualize the blessings and breakthroughs that God has ahead of us in the midst of the weight of our burdens and the brokenness that our hearts bear, the fact still remains that our God is so much greater than all of the heartache, disappointment, fear, and frustration that we allow to consume us.

If we truly believe in God and the promises of His Word, then why do we still try to carry our own crosses instead of entering into His Presence and laying them before Him? (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG- “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”) Jesus gives us the option to exchange our brokenness and our ashes for His crown and His beauty. There is no exchange in this life that is greater than that.

It’s so crucial that we learn to trust and have complete faith in God instead of relying on ourselves because I can promise you this, our efforts will never match or compare to His power. He’s The Foundation in which we live, walk, breathe, stand, and literally exist and there will always be this need for more and this feeling of inadequacy without Him in our lives. I think the reason we often feel defeated and overwhelmed by life is because it’s simply not enough for us to want God to be in our lives. We have to know that we need Him and by need, I mean need as in can’t live without Him and then surrender that need in His Presence. Our lives would be fulfilled in ways that we never could’ve imagined, dreamed of, or even prayed for if we just allowed our hearts to embrace that truth. We want to know and then trust, meaning we want to be able to see before we believe. But God wants us to trust and then know, meaning He wants us trust Him before we’re able to see and know in our hearts that He will provide. (2 Corinthians 5:7 GNT- For our life is a matter of faith, not of sight.)

I believe with my whole heart and soul that with God this life will not defeat me. I believe that He has already conquered everything that has the power to break to me as well as everything that I’ve felt has left me broken. And the reason I believe that is because Jesus said it. (John 16:33 AMP- I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have perfect peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer, take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted! For I have overcome the world. I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.) I believe in every truth that He promised in His Word and that’s what I want for you.

Don’t live your life feeling defeated and merely existing. Live your life believing that God is with you, expecting Him to help you conquer and overcome victoriously, and knowing that He has the greatest reward with your name written on it if you’ll simply trust Him. Live your life with a smile in your heart as well as on your face not just as you overcome, but as you slay the life that involves everything that has tried to defeat you knowing that God has prepared a Life of perfection ahead of you!

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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