Some years ago, after battling many personal and family challenges, the Lord began to stir my heart in a new direction and rather than read the Bible simply as a story book or as a collection of wise words, I began to truly meditate on what I was reading. Prior to that, even as a Christian, my reading was very superficial and sometimes done out of habit. I was a gospel singer who was starting to gain recognition in the community I lived in and even internationally. Singing for Christ was cool and something bigger than my usual sense of direction had convinced me that I needed to stick to gospel music and not do other genres of music. Years later, it would become clear to me and those around me what God was starting to do in my life.
The Bible shows us that Jesus spent a lot of time casting out devils and healing the sick but I never thought much about what this meant for my own life as a Christian. Many believers will identify with me here. If I was to truly be a follower of Christ, would I be able to do the things Jesus did? Back then, with no spiritual power myself, it occurred to me that if a demon possessed person showed up in front of me, I would probably duck for cover. Something was wrong with this picture, after all Jesus himself said in Mark 16:17-18 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Wow! The very first thing Jesus said believers would be able to do was to cast out Devils and then He went on to list other miracles we would be able to do. So I began to ask myself why I did not see the miracles Jesus did in my own life and in the lives of most of my fellow Christians today. The Lord was starting to get my attention in a deep way but I still could not see how that would be possible in my own life.
Fast forward 10 or so years into the future, after some near death pregnancy experiences, the Lord brings some divine connections my way which started me on the spiritual journey of my life. Like an onion, the spiritual layers of my life began to uncover and deep levels of generational bondage were peeled away one layer at a time. Through out this escapade, I had to learn spiritual warfare for my own survival. I had to learn how to partner with the servants of God who had been divinely assigned to walk with me in a new season of self discovery and lead me into a new dawn were purpose was beckoning me to answer the call of my life. Was the same Jesus who had set free the man of the Gadarenes from legions calling my name? Could it possibly be true that as a believer, one of the signs that would follow me was going to be the grace to cast out devils? As I began to meditate more on Mark 16:17-18, I realized that every believer could cast out devils; I did not have to be a Pastor, I did not need to attend Bible College, I did not need to have special powers, I was not perfect but I was qualified to be used by God to cast out devils because in Jesus’ own words, I had already believed!
Today many spirit filled believers are living in bondage and not experiencing the abundant life that Jesus paid for. On the other hand, many unbelievers appear to be thriving and enjoying the good things of life. Many believers spend countless hours praying and believing God for the manifestation of the many promises in the Bible which never seem to materialize. If you are honest with yourself, you may recognize that there is a disconnect between your own life and the life God promises His children. Poverty, sickness, stagnation and many other demonic setbacks have stood as a mountain between you and your destiny. The church is paying a price for turning its back on the ministry of casting out devils. This is a missing piece in the puzzle of life that must regain its place in the line up of Mark 16:17-18 if the Church is to walk in freedom. For many, just like it was for me, the wake up call will come only after years of bondage causing their backs to be on the ground. At his juncture, spiritual warfare becomes a necessity for survival! When this sign follows you as a believer, not only will you tread on the serpents and scorpions in your own life, but you will be a true reflection of the love and power of Christ to others in a suffering world.
Many times in our lives the enemy will use offense to cause us to be separated from the divine helpers that God has ordained to help us on the road of destiny towards our promise land. The enemy will only attack those relationships that are meant to bless us, those relationships without which our climb to destiny will be so much harder or even impossible. Suddenly you find that everything your pastor, spouse, your sister, your friend does makes you feel mad, hurt, rejected.
There are some seemingly unanswered prayers in our lives not because God has not answered but because we have allowed the devil to separate us from our destiny helpers, we have fought with and rejected our destiny helpers, we have minimized and underestimated our destiny helpers. We must learn to recognize those people that God positioned in our lives to meet a need, fill a gap, provide an answer and honor those people no matter what. Sometimes we are the ones who have been ordained to assist another person but we allowed an offense to take root and we don’t feel like helping and loving that person. When the enemy brings a reason to despise someone who is meant to be a blessing in our lives, or someone we are instructed to assist, let us quickly discern and refuse to fall in that trap.
Acts 24:16 “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.”
I pray that all our Kingdom ordained relationships will be restored and that we will eat of the goodness of the land which our helpers are carrying for us.
Ephesians 4:2 “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;”
Loving you all on this beautiful Tuesday afternoon💕.
Are you feeling broken from a betrayal by a friend or family? Maybe you loved that person so much, gave so much of yourself to them, invested your time and energy but in the end they left you hanging. They lied about you, sided with your enemies and like Judas even plotted to harm you. Betrayal in all its forms can be very devastating. It cuts right through the heart leaving you wounded. But betrayal is also a powerful driver that can lead you into a pit or into the arms of a loving Heavenly Father. Betrayal presents us with a choice to forgive or to keep grudges: to nurture hurt or to pass a spiritual test and move on to another level in Christ.
Ever wondered why Jesus still allowed Judas in his inner circle even though He knew Judas would betray Him? You see our enemies and those who betray us have a divine purpose in our lives. No matter how much they think they have you where they can destroy you, Gods plan for you will prevail if you remain in obedience to God. We have a God who is master at working ALL things for our good. (Romans 8:28) Judas’ betrayal led to the greatest display of love that mankind had ever seen. Jesus could have focused on the betrayal but instead He focused on the big picture, He understood that He had to pass the test and die for all sinners, for all betrayers including Judas.
If you are facing betrayal today, it is normal to feel hurt but do not dwell on the hurt. Do not let the hurt sew seeds of unforgiveness and birth a root of bitterness in your soul. God will use your betrayal to pull you closer to himself, He will use it to teach you lessons that will equip you for your next assignment. As you focus on growing in love and forgiveness, you will pass your test. How you respond to this betrayal will determine your next level. Your promotion is around the conner waiting for your test results.
If God has given you a mighty assignment and you are manifesting His glory in your calling, you must surely have haters. You will have persecution from people. You will have many who don’t understand you and think you are too much, too proud, too confident, too bold, too loud. You will have people who think you must be silenced by any means. Sometimes your haters will be strangers but sometimes they will be posing as friends, family or your Christian brethren. Some just misunderstand your calling while others are being used as agents of the devil.
David was hated
Joseph was hated
Moses was hated
John the Baptist was hated
Paul was hated
Even Jesus was hated
These people were not just hated but attempts were made to kill them.
If you are called into the office of the Prophet God will give you bold assignments, he will ask you to do uncommon things. This will make you a candidate for gossip and murmuring. If you are not hated, but loved by most, you just may not be legit. If people always like your messages, something may not be right. True prophets are bold in declaring the truth from God, they are not people pleasers.
Luke 11:49 Because of this, God in his wisdom said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.’
Today I pray for every true prophet called of God who is misunderstood, facing hatred or persecuted. I pray for protection from your haters, I pray for grace to stand for and boldly declare the truth without fear. I pray that you will not take offense at family, friends and brethren who think ill of you because you are different in style of ministry. I pray that your haters will not succeed in derailing you from your assignment. I pray that you will not place acceptance above your call but that even in those lonely moments, you will stay true to your assignment.
God knows what you are going through and will reward you for your obedience. Do not be discouraged. Do not run from your calling but embrace it with joy.
My year of “the Lord is enough”. This is what the Lord gave me for 2017. What does this mean?
– With Christ I can do all things Phil 4:13
– With Christ I can pursue and overtake. 1 Sam 30:8 Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”
-It does not matter who accepts or rejects me because God’s love will be sufficient. Psalms 27:10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.
– It does not matter how many demons from hell stand against me because with God I have a mighty army. Many are those for us than those against us 2 Kings 6:16
– I will not try to keep anyone who is not fully with me because they are not part of my destiny. Matt 12:30 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
– I will shake off anything that weighs me down because God will plug that gap in my life. Heb 12:1 let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.
– In my marriage, finances, business, God will meet all my needs and fight all my battles. 1 Sam 1:3 He is my Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of armies!
– God will be my “I AM” meaning whatever I need to fulfill my destiny He will be. God will be my source. Exod 3:14
This word has been an on time word for me. Because there will still be battles to fight in 2017, I am excited to wear my attitude of “The Lord is enough” into the new year. This word can bless you too, if it speaks to you, please receive it in your spirit and walk with Godly assurance and confidence into this new year. With God you can take on anything that comes your way!
When we face impossible situations in our lives, in our families and in our nation, interesting how almost everyone becomes a Christian and asks God why he is not fixing the situation speedily. Suddenly we recognize that God is Lord above all and we cry out to him for help. My people God has been crying for us to return to him, God wants our families and our nation to return to Him. God has given us a manual – the Bible, to teach us how to live lives that will not open us to so much suffering. God has sent us his servants in the community, everyday people who serve God and preach to us. God has given us true Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Teachers and Evangelists to edify us but we mock them and continually judge and reject them when they bring a message of correction and repentance. We use the excuse of false prophets to reject even the true word and message of God.
Every time God’s people are in trouble, He sends a prophet with a directive and a solution. Problem is, do we recognize the prophet of this season sent for this issue or would we reject our true prophets like Jesus was rejected and crucified? The answer we want from God may not be what the prophet brings to us from God, Jesus was not the type of king or Messiah they expected and yet in Him was the answer to their desperate condition.
Are we willing to repent in order for change to come? I have said this many times and I say it again, WE MUST REPENT AND OBEY GOD’S COMMANDS in order to be delivered from our woes. A change starts with you and me doing some introspection. Time to stop blaming others or each other or even our leaders and Pastors/prophets. Time to stop treating God as a candy machine that we only come to when we need help. Even candy has a price, have you paid the price God requires of you? Or are you looking for free handouts from God? What sacrifice are you willing to put on the altar?
11. Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them. 14. Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.
Lately as I examined my own journey from birth to becoming the servant of God I am today, I recognized many rejection points. I realize as I counsel and pray for many in the body of Christ that rejection is responsible for a lot of the issues faced by many today. It is responsible for lack of self worth and that inner ache that tends not to go away . Our rejection points are numerous. Those times in life when we do not feel loved or accepted by a friend, family, church, neighbor, coworker, and the list continues. We are rejected for various reasons which leave us with feelings of inadequacy or inferiority. Everyone faces rejection in their lives at various times and this tends to leave an ache in our soul, it creates a crack that requires the perfect love of Christ to repair and heal.
Your rejection was not an accident. Rejection is a strongman that attacks our souls as a strategic move from the kingdom of darkness. His goal is to pile up so many instances of rejection from conception, through the womb and throughout our lives so that we will believe the lie that God cannot possibly love us. This spirit will come with his cohorts such as a lying spirit that makes us believe God does not care and our loved ones do not care. He comes with a spirit of death that will try to convince us to commit suicide because the lie of not being loved has set deep roots of self loathing. This spirit brings in so much more: anger, hurt, pain, infirmity, jealousy, isolation, strife and much more than we have time to cover here.
Sometimes we are on the other side of rejection; maybe we behave consciously or unconsciously in ways that leave others feeling rejected. Sometimes our actions towards others may be misinterpreted as rejection but oftentimes, we reject others because we have also been rejected. Rejected people reject others and the cycle continues.
The Bible says in John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. Although the enemy is using this strategy to steal, kill and destroy many children of God, we must trust that our Heavenly Father loves us so much and will never reject us. The Psalmist says in Psalm 27:10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. If you are hurting today because you feel rejected, press into the presence of the Lord. Rather than keep trying to be accepted, loved or validated by those who reject you, run into the safety of the love of Christ. He is the only one who can bring healing to your wounded soul, he can restore you to a place of unconditional love. When everyone else disappoints you, remember that ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him may not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16. Only the love of Christ can set us free from the spirit of rejection.
Jesus understands what it feels like when we are rejected because he was also rejected and despised. Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Jesus bore rejection so that we can be adopted into the family of God as sons and daughters. No matter who rejects us, we should rejoice because the love of God in our lives is sure. Heb 4:15 says For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
For more in depth information and help on the topic of rejection, we will be covering this at our December 2016 Deliverance Session. stay posted on our ministry Facebook Page ‘The Children’s Bread’ by Atina Music Foundation.
Sometimes God appoints godly leaders like David to rule his people but sometimes God will also use an evil leader to bring judgment to his people as in the case of Nebuchadnezzar.( 2 Kings 20:17-18)
I am not your typical political enthusiast, I am one of those who barely cares to vote, I will drag myself there totally disengaged. I can hear some of you preaching to me now about how Christians must participate in order to ensure we select a godly leader who will look out for our values and beliefs. I somewhat agree with you but I also somewhat disagree. There are many ways we believers can contribute towards releasing the atmosphere of heaven on earth, one is by voting a godly leader but another is by each of us simply being as Christ like as possible. As a matter of fact, if all of us Christians were serious with our personal walk, I believe we will influence our society more for Jesus. We will be better examples for others to want to serve our Jesus. We will achieve more than one flawed politician voted into power with the hope that they will support Christian values. Also, if every Christian did those things that God has asked them to do to impact their country and community for Christ, be it in ministry or otherwise, the nation will be a very different one.
Am I saying participating in the political process is wrong? Certainly not. Recently I supported my gospel artist friend who is running for political office because she believes that God has given her an assignment. Whether you vote or run for office I believe must be done after seeking the will of God on your participation, not done because of pressure from your pastor or friends who try to sway you in their own political direction.
My take on the Political season we are in? I see godlessness in both parties in America today. I see godlessness in both candidates. In my understanding of the Bible, murder, lying, homosexuality, abortion, racism, pride and so many more flaws we see in our candidates and parties are things God condemns in the Bible. Whether you claim your gun is your protector or you claim your rights to kill your unborn baby, whether you lie in order to start a war in Iraq and kill many or you legalize same sex marriage, you have sinned. One sin is not worse than another sin. There is no big or small sin in the eyes of God. Killing an unborn baby is not worse than killing a grown man. As a believer, I see that this season, we have a tough choice, but let us be careful not to vilify a fellow Christian because they chose to vote someone who we disagree with. God can use a God fearing leader just like he can use an evil leader to accomplish his purpose for the times. There is no authority except that which God has established. ( Romans 13:1). God is about to chose a leader in America to establish them for his purpose in this season, let us pray for wisdom to align accordingly.
As Christians, I believe rather than squabble over whether our preferred candidate is the better of two evils, we should seek the Lord to understand the times as the sons of Issachar.(1 Chron 12:32) Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command. God can use either candidate to serve his purpose for America at this time. Let’s consult God for a better understanding of what He is wanting to do with America in this season and vote accordingly! My choice of candidate does not make me a better or worse Christian!