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Perspective is Everything

What situation do you find yourself in right now? Is everything going well or is everything falling apart?

If you’re like most of us, life seems to be falling apart as we are in the battle for our lives. No matter where you look, it appears evil is winning. Right seems wrong and wrong seems right.

Wilderness seasons are as tough as they can get. It’s a season where sickness and disease are prevalent, we don’t have enough, we wonder if things will ever get better, people walk out of our lives, we can feel lonely and depressed or worse, we can feel so alone that we consider suicide. It’s moments like these you wonder what is your purpose in life and if people would miss you when you are gone. These types of seasons are filled with hurt, pain and lack. And if you let it, a lot of complaining.

It’s a crazy world we live in but have no fear. There are many benefits to our wilderness seasons and if we can change our perspective, it can change everything.

If you look in the Bible when John baptized Jesus, what was the very next thing that happened? The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness. It was a place of nothing, a place of loneliness, a place of temptation and a place of hunger. (Matthew 4)

God wants us to lean on Him in good times and bad times. He wants us to invite Him into our lives to take our lack and multiply it to meet, not just our needs, but the needs of others too. Sometimes the only way for us to learn how to lean on Him for ALL things is by going through a very rough and dry spell. It’s during these times we seek Him above all else. We read the Bible more, we commune with God more, we ask questions, we seek His answers and we learn to not lean on our understanding or on our ways of doing things because no matter what we try, nothing works.

During these difficult times, God wants us to grow. He wants to test us, transform us, purify us, prove us and prepare us for great things. He wants to walk with us and teach us that He is with us no matter how good or bad the situations are in life. He wants us to depend on Him when fear is trying to get a hold of us. He wants us to look towards Him when we don’t see a way. He wants us to see Him as our provider, our restorer, our healer, our first love.

The wilderness is sometimes the best way for God to clean out the junk in our hearts. We may think we are in alignment with God, only to find out we are holding onto grudges, unforgiveness, pain and brokenness. This is when God can do amazing things. When we can humble ourselves in the midst of the battle to say “God I need you”.

When we are feeling lost, scared and alone that’s when God can bring out the best in us and prepare for the road ahead. He wants us to always remember “give us this day our daily bread”. We need to change our perspectives and see God moving in the midst of our battles. He has a way when we don’t see one. He knows what we need and when we need it. Begin to rely on HIM for EVERYTHING and you will quickly become ready for your “promised land”.

Boast in your battle, your distress and your persecutions. (2 Cor. 12:9, Hebrews 11:34) Depend on God! You’re strong if you’re holding on. Don’t let go. God is transforming you into a mighty warrior in the midst of your battle. His resources are unlimited and dependable. Let Him do His mighty work in you so your are prepared for His incredible plan for your life.

Realize that temptations will also be in the “promised land”. It’s easy to get comfortable and feel secure when things are going great. It’s easy to forget that God provided the blessings and abundance. We need to be prepared for the greatness He has in store for us while still relying on Him even when everything is going well.

Remember…Faith, Dependence, Trust, being Humble, Provision, Healing and Protection is needed in the wilderness and in abundance. It takes courage and strength to embrace the difficult learning seasons; but God is calling out and wants to hold your hand. Will you trust Him enough to let go, learn what you need to learn, let Him transform you and prepare you while depending on Him every step of the way?

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Smack Em’ Down

Every day we are bombarded with thoughts. They can be either positive or negative. When we find ourselves drained of energy or circling the same issues over and over again, we are focusing on the wrong side of the equation and leaving God out of it.

We live in a fallen world tainted by sin, lust, evil, sickness, disease, anger and greed. The world wants what others have. They want their cake and eat it too. And many are willing to do whatever it takes to acquire success or fame.

Those of us in Christ need to focus on Him and Him alone. He is always with us whether we see Him or not. He is always fighting our battles even when we don’t see the circumstances change. When we get anxious or fearful it’s usually because our focus is on our wants and needs; on future things. But today is a gift. A gift from our Heavenly Father. It’s a day where we get to worship Him while unwrapping the day He’s giving us. Each day we get to see it unfold into something new.

See Him in every situation and every moment. It might be a bird, a song, a smile, a person or an unexpected present. Whatever God places into your life today, see the little things in a new light. His light!

Be focused today. Smack down the negative thoughts and keep your focus on Him. He has an amazing future for you and each day that unfolds will become more amazing when you see the little gifts along the way. He has you covered and you’re never alone. He will fulfill all your needs and desires. Keep believing and you will become all God wishes you to become, in His perfect way and His perfect timing!

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How To Fight Your Battles

God is a good God. Nothing that comes against us can hinder His progress in our lives.

Success is ours! Prosperity is ours! Healing is ours! Amazing grace and favor is ours! Don’t give up, keep pushing through. Know how to fight your battles! The battle is the Lords!

We may feel surrounded by the enemy in every area of our lives, but in truth, we are surrounded by God’s presence. He is fighting the battle and we already have the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!

Keep your eyes fixed on Him and your situation will result in the most amazing and glorious victory…not just in one area, but in all areas of your life.

Worship Him and fill yourself with His loving word. He will finish what He starts. Say “YES” to Him and all will bring you life and life more abundantly! Praise the Lord for He is good!

Here’s a wonderful song to keep you focused on Him. He will fight your battle. Look up, worship, and know that the victory is yours!

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Shake Off The Doubt

Breaking ChainesToday’s powerful word that coincides with today’s major Biblical event!

It’s time to shake off all doubt!

Are you doubting that your circumstances won’t change, or your family won’t turn back to God, or your finances won’t grow, or your health won’t be restored?

All of us have found ourselves going through a very long drought season. Well today kicks off our changing season and it’s time to kick the doubt habit to the curb.

Whatever situation or circumstance you find yourself in today…TODAY IS A NEW DAY and GOD’S MIGHTY HAND IS SHOWING IN A BIG WAY!

God is very specific about letting our problems get a hold of us to the point of doubting Him. There are two ways to live our lives. One in the “doubting Thomas” mindset or one in the “all things are possible to those who believe” mindset. When we doubt, we are being double minded. God said he gives us the power to choose life or death; therefore choose life. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20) He also has made it quite clear that when we doubt, we are setting ourselves up for failure.

James 1:6-7: “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.”

Basically when we doubt, we are telling God that our problems are larger than He is. He’s the creator of the universe and you are in the palm of His mighty hand. There’s absolutely no way our problems are ever larger than He is!

Today God showed us that His word is truth. Therefore all of the Bible is true! We must become more childlike, stop analyzing everything to death and stop all the doubting thoughts that plague our mind. Replace your thoughts with the Word of God and make it a daily habit to thank Him every morning with praise!

  • When your pain won’t subside … say “by His stripes I am healed!”
  • When you think your circumstances won’t change … say “I am more than a conqueror through Christ!”
  • When your finances dry up and you don’t have enough … say “My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches and glory!”

Things might have taken longer than expected and you might find yourself frustrated right now. But that’s okay! God completely understands. Right now, ask Him for His forgiveness and choose life and life more abundantly over every doubt, over every fear, over every pain.

You are not going to stay where you are right now in life. Capture this amazing moment in time. You have a tremendous life ahead of you and nothing, and I do mean nothing, can hold God’s promises back from being completed in your life! God is in control and your victory is being released in mighty ways! Stay the course and become a doubt buster today!

VICTORY IS YOURS ~ JUST BELIEVE!

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You Can and Will

Everyday people are tormenting themselves by thinking:

I Can’t change
I Can’t believe
I Can’t get over this sickness
I Can’t go on
I Can’t forgive
I Can’t pay my bills
I Can’t get a job and so on.

What we must realize is that this mentality and attitude sets you up to fail, to quit, and to live a negative, defeated life.  It is a very poisonous mindset that we must overcome in order to see victory within our lives.

The Bible has so many wonderful scriptures that deal with this mindset.  When you start thinking “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13) or Oh Lord my God, I cried to You and You healed me.” (Psalm 30:2); you will begin to notice changes in your life.

The most important thing we can do, is stand firm in His word and have faith that he will change our circumstances.  For in Ephesians 3:20 it says “He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all we can ask or think“, so why in the world we would allow the dreaded “I Can’t” Syndrome rule in our lives.  “I Can’t” should not be in our vocabulary.

We serve a BIG GOD and he wants us to have more than enough to spare and share.  Why do you think one of God’s names in the Bible is El Shaddai?  It means more than enough!  I don’t think that would be coincidental, do you?

The best thing we can do to over come this negative mindset is set our eyes above.  “For my God shall supply ALL your needs according to His riches.” (Philippians 4:19)  There is absolutely no question that God has you covered, no matter what the circumstance looks like.  You may not be in an ideal situation right now but you have an amazing God who guarantees that you are VICTORIOUS and A CONQUEROR through Christ!

So, Stand Up and Shake It Off

SAY…I CAN!  Watch Me!

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By A Thin Thread

Courage Against The Odds

What battles have you found yourself in? How long have you been waiting for the touch of God to break forth into your life? How many prayers have you prayed but they don’t seem to be answered? How much have you struggled and held on, only to feel defeated?

If you are anything like me, it has been a very long and tough battle. Everything that could go wrong, has! Everything you loved or worked so hard for has been taken away! Everything you’ve tried to do has been less than successful. Blow after blow has left you feeling crushed, broken, and exhausted!

It would be easy to give up. It would be easy to say forget it. It would be easy to say “why should I go on?”. It would be easy to let it all go and start playing the world’s way. You’ve been fighting the battles for so long, it’s easy to lose all hope because you are holding on by a very thin thread!

Well I’m here to tell you…HOLD ON, GOD’S NOT DONE WITH YOU YET and you are primed for the biggest comeback, the most amazing restoration, the most incredible and prosperous time of your life. God has seen you struggle. He has seen your tears. He has seen your defeat. But he has also seen you hold onto your little bit of faith; which in itself is a miracle that you could hold onto it through it all.

Deuteronomy 20:4 “for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.”

Matthew 21:21 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.”

One thing to keep in mind is that we are still in the timeframe between Passover and Pentecost. This is the time when the disciples watched Jesus die on the cross and ran for their lives. They were in dire straits. Here they thought Jesus was going to make everything alright, only to watch the Son of God be crucified. And they were next. But then, 50 days later in the upper room, they were filled with the Holy Spirit which gave them courage, wisdom, and the strength to go out and change the world for the Gospel.

You’ve been through alot and there’s no doubt in my mind that you have had to struggle to hold on to any ounce of faith. That’s okay. God understands and knows that you are doing your very best to keep believing. Just hold on for a little bit longer. June 4th marks God’s Pentecost. It’s His time to break the curses that have been plaguing you! And if that’s not enough…we are in a very prophetic time frame of Israel’s jubilee which means double blessings for those who are standing with God’s people! It’s God’s time for signs, wonders, and miracles. It’s the time that God will rebuke the devourer for your sake and pays back everything that has been stolen. Don’t miss your moment!

God’s restoration is coming. He promises to restore far greater than anything you’ve lost. Don’t give up your hope! Keep standing on His word and see it come to pass in your life.

God promises that you are more than a conqueror! (Romans 8:37) He promises that you will overcome and have the victory! (I John 5:4) He promises to be fighting the battle for you. It doesn’t matter what you feel or see…God is fighting on your behalf!

Your greatest moments of life are right in front of you. Don’t give up just when it’s right around the corner and in sight. You’ve fought your way around the mountains, over and over and over again. You’re almost there! Hold on for God is about to burst forth into your life like never before. Don’t lose your courage and don’t lose your ground when your best times are just ahead!

Your Harvest Is On It’s Way! Stay Strong Till You See Your Breakthrough!

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God’s Blessings

Isn’t it amazing how quickly we can forget the incredible blessings that that God has given us? Once we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we tend to struggle very heavily in our minds. Being bombarded by negative thoughts and doubts; leading us into stress and worry. We think it sounds great in the Bible yet we doubt that it could happen in our lives today. However, God is not a respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34)

Every single day, we need to remind ourselves that if God said it…then, it will be done. There are no “ifs or buts” about it. No matter what we are facing, God gave us the answer. All we need to do is begin believing that whatever He did in the Bible, He can and will do for us in our lives today!

Let’s take a closer look at what God has to say…

God's Benefits

So, when you are feeling down and nothing seems to be going right…REMEMBER, His precious gifts!

What do you need today?

  • You need healing, it’s yours.
  • You need Divine protection, it’s yours.
  • You need favor, it’s yours.
  • You need a miracle, it’s yours.
  • You need forgiveness, it’s yours.

God loves us more than we could ever imagine and He wants us to live a REWARDING and SUCCESSFUL life.

Simply ASK – TRUST – and BELIEVE! God will provide anything you need! Now, it may not happen when you want it to or in the way you would like. However, God will provide in His perfect timing and in His perfect way! So take the limitations off God and let Him be your source in every area of your life. Stand firm, keep believing, and it will be done. We serve a very BIG GOD and He will not disappoint you!

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