Featured special guest! Pastor Cornell Whitehead!!

The enemy thought that his plan of separation would work. But GOD had other plans. All things work together for good for them that love God, to them who are called according to HIS purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Check out this awesome word from my Spiritual Father!

“Stop worrying! And, do not worry about not even one thing”, says Paul, in Philippians 4:6a. Next He provides the solution for worry: “…but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving..” Today, let’s look at “prayer”. He distinguishes prayer from supplication and thanksgiving. “Prayer” here is interesting because it comprises a couple of Greek words (Prepare for a lil lesson in Greek). It is Proseuche. Pros, here means not just coming before, or being in front of another person, but there is also an exchange between the two. Then, there is euche, from euxe, which pertains to what someone wishes. Thus, we get a perfect picture of prayer. In the act of prayer we actually come before God. We are in His present. We have an audience with Him. During this time we make our wishes, and desire known to Him. HOWEVER, here, He also makes His wishes, and His desires known to us. True prayer is not only expressing what you want God to do for you, but also asking God, and finding out from Him what He wants from you, and what He wants you to do for Him. There is so much unbalanced teaching today where it is all about what God will do, and wants to do for you, with little emphasis on what He desires, and expects us to do for Him.

This blessed me so… He will be a constant presence on my blog.

Let’s pray .. Father thank you for the ministry of reconciliation in all aspects. First with reconciling us to you through your son!!!! And through those God ordained relationships. Let us never look at prayer the same again !!! It is exchange between you and us! Help us to be obedient to the plan that you have for us! In JESUS’ name we pray! Amen.

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The vine

While working on my bible study homework assignment and reading John chapter 1, I was reminded of how Christ is our life. John 1:4 “In Him was life”…. In Christ is life… Apart from our connection from Him we can do nothing. Just as in John 15 we see the illustration of the vine and the branches. Jesus is the vine and the Father is the husbandman and every branch that does not bear fruit it He takes away and every one that does bear fruit He prunes it so that it could bear more fruit! Just as the branch cannot bear fruit on it’s own -neither can we bear any fruit apart from our connection to Christ. In explicitly states apart from Me you can do nothing !!! I had to be reminded that it’s not about Keia…. I don’t want to do this. I don’t want to do that. I,I,I. It says in Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God!!! We live not unto ourselves but unto God!!!! When we place our wants above the plans and purposes that God has for our lives -we are in error! I have been distracted lately and indulging my flesh. Romans 13:14 says ”make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof ”. I wasn’t resisting the devil-so that he could flee…. I had the door wide open and in my Fannie Mae Topp voice I was saying : come on in, just come on in! 😂😂 Let’s abide in Christ and stay connected to LIFE!!

Let’s pray…. Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that I come before you, with a heart of repentance. Asking for forgiveness and mercy. I Break every stronghold and thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. I pray for wisdom and direction concerning our lives. I pray for strength through the Holy Spirit, to live a life that is pleasing to you. Amen

Faith, fear & doubt

Leviticus 15:19-33

In the Old Testament we see how God separated the clean from the unclean. What stuck out to me was the portion of scripture that speaks of when a woman is on her monthly cycle. In those days during that time of the month, women were separated for seven days according to the Levitical law. I now have a better understanding of why the woman with the issue of blood (Mark chapter 5) was so persistent to receive her healing from Jesus. She was ostracized from society due to her condition. She couldn’t interact with anyone. No wonder she spent her life savings trying to become whole. But thanks be to God she heard of this man Jesus….Faith comes by hearing! (Romans 10:17) Her faith was activated and it moved her to action. This woman was considered unclean and was not supposed to be in the throng of people, yet she threw caution to the wind to get what she needed. Faith without works is dead. (James 2-26). Sometimes we are called to do things that are outside of our comfort zone and it’s not always easy-but necessary. This woman by faith, touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and was healed. She no longer needed to be separated she could once again be integrated into society. Faith, fear and doubt all come by hearing. Silence doubt and fear, and choose to trust and rely on the word of God to receive all that is promised to us. Let’s push through the throng and lay hold of Jesus. He’s waiting!

Let’s pray- Father in the name of Jesus we thank you today. We thank you for life, strength and for the protection of our families. There’s so much to thank you for and we don’t have the space to type it all. I pray that you will stir up our hearts to seek you, read your word and live a life of faith. Cause us to be sensitive to the needs of those around us and let us be an answer to their prayers. We love you and praise you in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Luke 24:5

Luke 24:5

Why seek ye the living among the dead?

In this passage of scripture, the women went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus. However upon arrival they discovered that his body was not there . The angels wanted to know why they came to seek the living among the dead.

What is dead? Dead is defined as 1) deprived of life, no longer alive 2) having the appearance of death, 3) lacking the power to move or feel. As I read and meditated on this passage I began to think about my life and how many things I am connected to that have no life – dead. At one point it could have been rewarding , edifying but now it’s lifeless.

Why are seeking the living among the dead? Are we seeking to hear from God in a place that’s lifeless-dead? Are we connected to people and in relationships that are not producing life but are draining and dead? Are we so religious that we continue to relate to God in ways that are no longer fruitful- dead? Is our prayer life on fire or are we habitually just repeating words and have no relationship-dead? In this year let us seek to disconnect from everything and everyone that is not producing life -that is dead. Let us cultivate our relationship first and foremost with our Father and then be sensitive and discerning to see who and what we should be joining ourselves to. Let us not waste time on things that are not conducive to life, the abundant life!

Let us pray.

Father in the name of Jesus we thank you. We thank you for life, thank you for mercies that are renewed daily. We thank you for your ultimate sacrifice …. Father I pray in this new coming year that you connect us to people and things that will further propel us into purpose. Help us to be disciplined and diligent as we seek after you and your will. Remove all those people and things that are no longer producing life and continue to cover us under the blood of Jesus Christ. We love you. Amen !

Identity

As years pass by and life happens I am learning more and more about myself. I am confronting areas of insecurity, low self esteem, faithlessness, strongholds, immaturity etc and guess what it’s refreshing. I am enjoying the journey of learning of and walking in who God created me to be. Not allowing people to influence and shape me into who they think I should be, react how they think I should react, live how they think I should live. I am being delivered from people and ohhhh the feeling is amazing. In this season I am focusing on myself and allowing the Father to reveal myself to me (and it can be painful when He reveals who you are to you)…. Oh but It’s necessary and It’s for our good. So in this season let’s focus on self and not what this one is or isn’t doing, how we feel this one should behave or not behave, how much this one should have grown and the list goes on. If we focus so much on what someone else is doing we neglect the areas of our lives that need to be brought into subjection!. The Father wants us to pray and intercede for our brothers and sisters, our families , friends and the world . We can’t fix anyone because we can’t fix or save ourselves. We are not Holy Ghost juniors (speaking to myself first) all we need to do is pray, trust God and confront if led to. It is also ok to disconnect from people and situations that are not fruitful.

Let’s pray ….. Father it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you , thanking you and praising you for your son’s sacrifice so we can be reconciled to you. Thank you for the opportunity to commune with you and love on you! We ask Lord that you help us to focus on allowing the Holy Spirit to shape and mold us into the image of your dear son. Cause us to deny self and desire to walk in the plan and purpose you have for our lives. Let’s us be ever mindful of our brothers and sisters and to cover them in prayer and allow the work of the Holy Spirit to change them. Help us to be example of your love in this world . In Jesus’ name.. Amen

Thanksgiving

We are two days away from “Thanksgiving”

What is Thanksgiving?

Dictionary.com defines thanksgiving as 1-the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favor, especially to God. This my friend is not limited to one day. We should be offering thanks to God daily! I realize that this holiday is when family comes together to fellowship and that’s a beautiful thing. Just don’t let that be the only time that you offer thanks to God.

1 Chronicles 16:34 “O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “ In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”

So on Thursday and every day thereafter remain in a posture of thanksgiving.

Father in the name of Jesus we thank for you for who you are, we thank you for life, we thank you for family near and far, we thank you for shelter , food, employment, provision and all that you provide and all that you are. We love you and ask that help us to keep a heart of gratitude and remain in the posture of thanksgiving! Amen

Happy Thanksgiving  ❤️

Are you a peacemaker?

Are you the gossip bearer? Are you always talking about people and their shortcomings ? Are you one who stirs up strife and contention?

Or are you the one who encourages? Are you the one who comes to bring peace ? Are you the one who prays for others and situations?

As children of the Most High we are called to be peacemakers. Romans 12:18 “ If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men”.

Ephesians 4:1-3 “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation wherewith you were called, with all lowliness, and meekness and longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace”

Choose not to be used of the enemy! Choose to be a peacemaker ! Be an agent of change !

Let’s pray , Father it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you today . Lord we ask you for forgiveness. Forgiveness for doing things done that were contrary to your will. Father I ask that you empower us by the Holy Spirit to live in accordance with your word. Help us to put self aside and obey you. Empower us to be peacemakers and to bring encouragement to the body. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen