A Heart Issue

This year has been indescribable from the start of the year until now, from Kobe Bryant’s unexpected death, the COVID 19 pandemic to the uncovering and exposure of law enforcement executing black people. I remember speaking with Curt (my husband) and him sharing with me that he felt a shift in his spirit when the new year came in and said we have stepped into something new. I had a dream in December that I was in my apartment, and there was a storm with powerful winds that came. The wind was so strong that it blew the blinds off my windows. The strange thing was that the blind are usually inside of the apartment, but in this dream, the blinds were outside and blew off. However, once the blinds were removed, I was able to see clearly out of the window. I believe that God was showing that the winds of adversity and a turbulent time was approaching but that this adversity would allow for clearer vision and exposure.

The body of Christ knows or should know that we are in a spiritual battle. We know that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV. “For we wrestle not against Flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12 KJV. While we know this is the TRUTH, the body of Christ is called to stand up for injustices, to be the voice for those who have no voice. What does God say about injustice, you ask? We know that God is just! In Isaiah 1:17, the word says, “Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.” Proverbs 31:8-9, AMP. “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are unfortunate and defenseless; open your mouth, judge righteously, and administer justice for the afflicted and needy.” Proverbs 6:16 AMP: “These six things the Lord hates; indeed, seven are repulsive to Him: a proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others], a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that creates wicked plans, feet that run swiftly to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies [even half-truths], and one who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers.” When Jesus walked this earth, He exposed and dealt with inequality and injustices.

In John 4:7-26, Jesus asked a Samaritan woman for a drink of water. The Samaritan woman was shocked that a Jew would talk with her because, during that time, it wasn’t customary for the Jews to interact with whom they considered “ half breed.” Jesus is the great example. He defied the religious precepts that were set in place and displayed equality. God exposed Peter’s heart and his racist mindset when He directed Him in a vision to go to the house of a gentile (non-Jew). Peter had a lofty mindset. He believed that the Jews, being the chosen people, could not associate with the likes of those people. When he decided to obey God and go to the house of Cornelius (gentile), he had a revelation that God was no respecter of persons; but in every nation he that feareth Him and worketh righteousness is accepted with Him. Acts10:34-35.Now we know that if anyone prayed (communed with God), we know that Jesus prayed. Jesus also put action behind his prayers. We know that faith without works is dead. James 2: 26, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” Church rise up! Deal with the enemy in the Spirit but also use your voice, your resources in the natural to call out racism, discrimination, and inequality as Jesus would. We must address police brutality as the police are the biggest gang in the world. Elected officials must be held accountable!

Why is all of this turmoil in the world? Why are people murdered? Why are people hated without a cause? Are you ready for the answer-you may not be! It’s a sin issue! A heart issue! “The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is extremely sick; who can understand it fully and know it’s secret motives? I, the Lord, search and examine the mind, I test the heart, to give each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds.” Jeremiah 17:9-10, AMP. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good, and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings for evil. For out of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45 NJKV. The only hope for this world is GOD. Seek Him while He may be found. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17 NJKV. I implore you today cry out for salvation, for now, is the time. He is knocking at the door of your heart, will you open? Allow God to replace the stony heart with one of flesh. We continue to pray for repentance for this world! Rest assured, God is just, and while we may not understand all that is happening. God is still on the throne! Judgment day is coming, and justice will be served in accordance with their deeds. My prayer for you is that you be spared from the wrath to come. It’s a heart issue, a sin issue.

Let’s pray- Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. Father people are tired, confused, scared, and hopeless. I ask that you restore hope to the body of Christ and the world as a whole. Father, we ask that those in positions of leadership in the “church” will continue to speak out against the injustices of this world, letting it be known Your heart concerning the matter. Father, help us to love as you love, empower us to rise up and to carry out the mandate and calling that you have placed on our lives. Father, we are not ignorant of the enemy’s devices. We know that he is sowing discord and chaos as he is the author of confusion. We take our place and fight in the Spirit. We ask you to cover and protect us, Lord. We thank you that you will continue to expose the corruption and wickedness and that people will be held accountable for their deeds. I cry out for repentance! Father, I pray that you deal with the hearts of people. We know that as a man sows that shall he also reap. We thank you for justice. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!

Love your neighbor❤️

Matthew 5:43-48 You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. 

Wooooww reading the following, I’m like help, Lord. I’m not sure if you’re anything like me, but when I read this scripture, my flesh cringed as I had to come to terms with the truth of God’s word. Our natural reaction to someone who does us wrong, who mistreats us, who curse us, gossip about and use us is to either desire to tell them off, tell them off or cut them off! Lol. Well, let me tell you I’m so used to cutting people off that I could’ve been called the cut off queen. Sometimes it’s necessary to disconnect from certain people-but realistically we cannot self-isolate and be a proverbial “island” all to ourselves. This is difficult for me because let’s say I’m pretty awkward in relationships. Due to past experiences and insecurities, I would instead retreat and disconnect rather than confront, deal with the issues, and move forward if possible. However, God has given us specific instructions on how to respond to those we would “consider enemies.” Let’s be reminded when we deal with others that we were once enemies of God but by the grace of God we are reconciled. Romans 5:10 “For, if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Let’s change our perspective and our vision. Let’s begin to look at people not as our enemies but as an opportunity to show the love of God just like Jesus has taught and continues to show us daily. While this is painful to the flesh, it is beneficial to our spirit. Let’s strive to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Let’s make a decision today to push past our feelings and flesh and put the word into practice.

Let’s pray:

Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. Lord, we ask that you strengthen us with might in the inward man. Father help us be mindful of our shortcomings so that we can extend grace to others. Give us the wisdom to know when to disconnect and when it is necessary to grow through relationship. Father, we love you and are grateful for the sacrifice of your Son while we were yet your enemies. Cause us to see our “enemies” as an opportunity to show your love as we may be all the Christ that some people will ever see. We thank you for your love, grace, and mercy in Jesus’ name. Amen!

How to relate to the Father

What are the characteristics of a Father? A Father is protective, affectionate, a wall of trust and security, the source of encouragement, patient. Someone who provides the necessities of life, a good disciplinarian, supportive, loyal, and shows unconditional love.

Many of us have a strained or non-existent relationship with our earthly father. Some of us may not even know who our father is. I wasn’t fortunate enough to grow up in a two-family household and experience the ”love of a father” that many daughters yearn for.To add insult to injury, my mother passed away at a young age. I “knew” my father, he was involved in my life to a certain point, but due to life choices, he ended up serving 27 years in prison. As a result, he missed most of my life experiences, i.e., .birthdays, graduations, my wedding, and the birth of my daughter. So it’s no surprise that when I gave my life to God the Father, I didn’t know how to relate to Him and guess what I’m still learning. I still struggle with receiving love because I don’t know how to receive compliments and unconditional love from people. I’m guarded. I have difficulty trusting people, as I often feel like people have hidden agendas. I know, I know it may sound crazy, but it’s my truth. I can say that I’m growing in the area of trust, and it’s because I’m learning how to trust my heavenly Father. I can assuredly say that I know He has my best interest at heart and wants what’s best for me. I don’t have to question His motives. For his words says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) There is good news for you!! Even if you have a strained relationship, no relationship or may not even know who your biological father is. GOD, the Father, loves you unconditionally. So much so that He sent His son JESUS to bear my sins, your sins the world’s sins, in our stead. The Father wants a relationship with you-yes you. Just as He wanted one with me, this Father will never disappoint you, loves you despite your mistakes, and will care for you like a Father is supposed too. Will you let Him?? I promise you this is one decision in life that you will never regret, and from a union with Him will all other relationships flow. He helped me with bitterness that I felt towards my father and mother (who I felt left me). As I continue to grow closer to God the Father, it is fostering growth in my relationship with my earthly father, and I’m grateful that we still have the opportunity to get to know one another on a deeper level. Now, if you can’t reconcile with your earthly father, understand that you are not a mistake!! That person was just the vessel that GOD the Father used to bring you into this world. You were created on purpose and for a purpose. Connect with the Father to find out what that is. He’s waiting on you, and I’ll be praying for you!!

Let’s pray: Father, it’s in the name of your son JESUS that we come before you. Father, we thank you for life, as many have transitioned as a result of this pandemic. Thank you for keeping us. Father, we don’t have all of the answers, so we put our trust in you. We ask for you to heal the brokenhearted, comfort those who need comfort, love on those who need love. Help us to release the reigns of control over our lives and cry out to you. Help us to know you as Father, the Father that loves us unconditionally. The Father that wants the best for us. The Father that wants to commune with us. For those who don’t know you, I pray that they reconcile to you and began to heal and began to tap into their GOD given purpose. Father, I ask for you to continue to protect and keep us. We love you, and trust you! In JESUS’ name, we pray. Amen.

Fear verses Hope

During this pandemic, I’ve found myself touching and agreeing in prayer, interceding, and “believing” for manifestation, healing, mercy, and restoration. Fast forward to hearing of all those infected and the countless number of people who have unfortunately passed away. I heard of so much negativity that fear and death began to overwhelm me—death to the left, right, front, and back. People were asking me if I was experiencing symptoms(as if I should be concerned), and things begin to weigh heavily on me. Through prayer, I was able to release a lot of tension. On 3/26/20, I had a dream that warned me about what I allow in my spirit. I was directed to limit my time watching the news, looking at negativity on social media and limit talking to people who speak fear over faith. Whatever we choose to give our attention to, that’s what will manifest. Protect your eye and ear gates. Focus on God and his word. Fear will try to overtake you. But we know that God didn’t give us a spirit of fear. I reflected over the teaching that I’ve been hearing for the last couple of months during the Monday Night Bible Study, and the Father has been preparing us for what was to come. He was teaching on Philippians 4:6-7- Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. I must admit I didn’t know that this is what I was being prepared for! But there is hope. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you, ‘says the Lord’, plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Let us continue to pray Psalms 91 over ourselves, family and friends. Use this time to reflect on your life. Repent, Repent, forgive, and cultivate your relationship with GOD. We have nothing but time on our hands!!!

Let’s pray….
Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. Father, forgive us for our sins. Forgive us for neglecting you and doing things our way. Have mercy on us and our land….. We pray and ask for forgiveness and mercy. You said in your word “and my people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.” Now My eyes will be opened and My ears attentive to prayer offered in this place.” Father, we thank you for the blood that covers, protects and heals. Oh, Father, for those who don’t know you, I pray that they cry out to you and be reconciled to you through your Son’s sacrifice. We love You and we trust You in the midst of this.

Think outside the box!

I remember being asleep one day last year and was awakened by this voice “Think outside the box” I jumped up because the voice sounded audible like it came from outside of me but it wasn’t coming from the outside it was coming from within. Think outside the box 📦. Think outside the box I kept meditating on that statement. What is God saying?? We often put God in a box and limit His power in and through us. We resist anything that “we’re not used to” and place limitations on Him! It is dangerous to get to a point where we resist change because things have always been this way, or this is how we always do it. Instead of immediately being dismissive or resistant ,pray and ask the Father is this you Lord? It’s not wise to go up against God. We know that the Holy Spirit is a perfect gentleman and will not override your will. You will only go as far as you’re willingness to yield. If you believe you can only go to level two and no further than that is where you will end. Ask your self this question -Do I truly believe God is who He says He is? I’ve made up my mind to believe God ! Man is fickle ! God is the only constant ! I challenge you today to take the limits of God. Don’t box Him in! Choose this day to think outside the box! Be blessed.

Let’s pray…

Father it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you! We thank you for life. We thank you for being so faithful to us even when we’re not faithful to you. Forgive our debts as we HAVE forgiven our debtors [letting go of both the wrong and resentment]. Empower us by your Holy Spirit to live this life. Help us to not place limitations on you or ourselves! We want to fulfill your divine purpose. We love you. In Jesus’ name .Amen!

Examine yourself!

The word of God instructs us to examine ourselves. 2 Corinthians 13:5 ( Amplified Version) ” Test and evaluate yourselves to see whether you are in the faith and living your lives as [committed] believers. Examine yourselves….” It is imperative that we as believers (followers of the way) examine ourselves and our walk with God to ensure that we are still in the faith. Many of us believe because we belong to a local body we are in a good place. But ask yourself how much of the word of God is evident in your life? How much of the word are we allowing to renew our minds? I’m not speaking of perfection but the condition of the heart! It’s not enough to routinely attend ”church service”, participant in activities, go home, repeat Sunday after Sunday for the rest of your days! Church as usual doesn’t cut it . People come, leave, come, leave, come, leave (you get the point) and nothing has changed. You keep coming and leaving in the same condition. Something is wrong with that! Once again, I’m not speaking of a life of perfection. We all have areas in our lives that have to be brought under subjection to the power of the Holy Spirit. However, there should be SOME evidence of change. Quite often the only time our bibles are cracked open is on Sunday and left closed until the next week. How is your mind being renewed by the word-if your not reading it? Do we pray (commune with our Father)? Is it just during service??? God is calling us higher. There’s so much more and so much He desires to communicate to us!! I’ve been striving to maintain that flow… I have to sacrifice even more to maintain and continuously develop that connection. How can we go through life apart from Him especially in this dark world? I need more than my emotions tickled . We need the word to combat the devil. We need a prayer life to combat the devil. But hey, if church as usual is all that you want, so be it. It’s doesn’t do it for me-never have and it never will. You have to ask yourself this very important question :Am I born again??? That doesn’t mean joining yourself to a local assembly. That means asking God to save /rescue you from your sins, believing that Jesus died on the cross for your sins (paid the penalty) and rose from the dead and through Him has restored fellowship between you and the Father. You have to want to serve Him. It’s personal it’s between you and the Father. I exhort you today that if you do not have the assurance of salvation that you cry out to God and be saved. In the end, if you are not saved all of the other “church”activities don’t matter! Shake yourself , examine yourself, see if you really are in the Faith! I’m praying for you as well as myself that we can stand before Him unashamed and confident that we have fulfilled our purpose here on earth and displayed the love of God!

Trust

What is trust?? Trust is defined as 1. Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something. Who do you trust? Is it yourself, your parents, your job, your spouse? It’s ok to have a certain level of trust in people but it MUST never be above our trust for and in GOD!! The arm of flesh will fail but our God will never fail-no matter how things look. Proverbs 3-5: ” Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding (Amplifed Version). Do you trust God to protect you and your family, to save your loved ones, meet your needs, heal, deliver you, empower you, use you??? Granted you may not trust God in every area at this point in your life but as you continue living and walking with God you will be confronted with situations and life in general that will cause you to see another facet of who the Father is! Please understand the enemy will challenge you in your mind, your will and your emotions but God and His word are more powerful than he we feel. Fear and anxiety cripple you, believe me I know and it can cause you to make some stupid choices. If we would just trust God and wait for direction we would avoid so many traps, disappointments, and problems in life. I’ve begun to mediate on the following scripture and incorporate it in my daily prayers ” Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your specific requests known to God.”Philippians 4:6 (Amplified version) Pray about every situation and trust God. We can rest in this, He loves us and His plans for us are good ! He’s not like man! Let us rise up in our God given authority, for His word says ” For God has not given us the spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self control] 2 Timothy 2:7 (Amplified version) This scripture ministered and convicted me at the same time. In my current position at work I’m faced with a lot of pressure and I found myself freaking out and making crazy decisions! But God who is rich in mercy – convicted me and exposed the spirit of fear in operation in my life. So join me and let’s take back our authority ! Trust God and let’s fulfill our purpose for the kingdom !

Let’s pray:

Father in the name of Jesus we come to you asking for forgiveness for not trusting in you! Father expose every area of our lives where we are not trusting you and are limiting your power to move on our behalf. Forgive us! Heal us from our past, where we were told we weren’t good enough, heal us from every embarrassing situation that paralyzed us. Father set us free from these strongholds and empower us by your Spirit to live a life of Faith. Stir up a desire in us for your presence and for your word! In Jesus name we pray amen!!

Much love ❤️Keia