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

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.

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

We are at war

What is war? War is defined by Merriam Webster as “a state of usually open and declared hostile conflict between states or nations, or the art or science of warfare.” In case you are unaware once we gave our lives to Christ we entered into a spiritual war.

Who is the war between? The war is between the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of Light. Satan the enemy of our soul seeks to sift us as wheat, deceive us and ultimately destroy us. “ The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy” But thanks be to God that Jesus came that we may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the fill, till it overflows] “ John 10:10 AMP-

Now that we know that we are in a war, how do we prepare for battle? Glad that you asked.

God provides instructions on how to prepare and stay ready for battle. In Ephesians 6:11-18 we are told to put on the whole armor of God so that we can stand against the wiles (trickery, craftiness) of the devil. The enemy never comes to us in a red jumpsuit waving his hands while screaming Hi I’m the devil. He is cunning, strategic and calculating as he studies us and our lives.He watches how we react in situations, what we like, what we struggle with, all with a plan to entice us to sin and ultimately get us out of fellowship with God. It is essential to our survival to maintain our relationship with God and be sensitive to the leadings and promptings of Holy Spirit. “ For as many as are led by the Spirit of God,they are the sons of God”.Romans 8:14. In this spiritual warfare both God and the devil want to carry out their plan for mankind. God is seeking to save humanity while satan is seeking to destroy man. In order for either plan to be carried out here in the earth there must be people available to be used. We must be sensitive to Holy Spirit and be used by God as opposed to being used by the enemy. Oftentimes we are used by the enemy and are not even aware of it. Along the same vein there are times when people come against us, attack and mistreat us and they are not cognizant of the fact that they are being used. However, do not be deceived there are times when people know that they are being used and freely yield themselves to the enemy. Nevertheless, it is very important that whether people knowingly or unknowingly come against we cannot remain angry with the person or persons. While I can relate and understand the reasoning behind being upset with those who have hurt or mistreated us, it is extremely dangerous.If it we are not careful the enemy has gained an access point into our lives, into our heart and can cause us to walk in unforgiveness. Remember people are not our enemy! It is the spirit behind them that is the enemy. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood”…..As soldiers in the army of the Lord it behooves us to be equipped for battle…. How you ask.?? Let me tell you….Paul under the inspiration of Holy Spirit provided instructions to us on how to be ready for war. In Ephesians 6:11-18 it reads “ Put on the full armor of God [for his precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier] so that you may be able to stand [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and strategies and the deceits of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending with only physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly [supernatural] places….Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger],and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place,fully prepared, immovable, victorious] So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) and having on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart); and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm- footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with is in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s people” AMP-

Let us be prepared and ready on the offensive against the enemy and walk in our God given purpose.

Let us pray…… Father it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you thanking you for your goodness and mercy. Help us to be prepared for battle. Remind us that we are not fighting people. Remind us to prepare for battle and to stand in our God given authority!

Prayer

The necessity of prayer……..

What is prayer? Prayer is defined as a(1) an address (such as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought. (2) a set order of words used in praying.b: an earnest request or wish .

2.the act or practice of praying to God or a god

3:a religious service consisting chiefly of prayers-often used in plural etc.(Merriam Webster)

Prayer is our lifeline(something regarded as indispensable for the maintaining or protection of life). It is how we remain connected to the Father.

Quite often we approach prayer with an incorrect mindset.We complicate it,make it burdensome and lifeless. If we are not careful it can become a religious practice and not a fruitful,life giving method of communication with our Father. In Matthew chapter 6 Jesus provides a blueprint and a basis of how we should pray. Who prayed more than Jesus? It behooves us to follow his example. In Matthew 6:5-8 Jesus warns not to pray as the hypocrites do so that we can be seen of men.Instead he advises us to pray to the Father in secret and the Father who sees in secret will reward us openly! Hallelujah. Jesus was so awesome to provide us with a guide on how to pray, by giving us the “Lord’s Prayer”. It was never His plan for us to pray it verbatim, it is more of a guideline.

Prayer is communication, a conversation between God the Father and His children. In order for our prayers to be effective and answered we MUST pray the Word of God. We are to put Him in remembrance of His Word. (Isaiah 43:26 KJV)-He honors His Word. Many times our prayers are not answered because we go before Him just bringing our issues, gripes, and complaints. (I am guilty of this too)Please understand that He desires to hear all about our troubles and concerns, because He cares for and loves us. But once we have expressed what’s on our heart, cried our tears, screamed etc..the responsibility now lies on us to speak the word over our situation. For example, when we feel defeated or incapable we must declare the Word! I am the head and not the tail. (Deuteronomy 28:13 KJV)-. And follow it up with (Jeremiah 29:11) Father, you said that you know the thoughts that you have toward me, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give me an expected end. When we are feeling overcome by sickness or disease we can declare: Your Word says you heal all my diseases. (Psalms 103:3 KJV-)You are Jehovah Rapha the Lord that healeth me.(Exodus 15:26 KJV-) If you are unemployed, in debt,or just financially strapped we declare…Father you said that I should owe no man nothing but to love him. (Romans 13:8 KJV-) Your word says that you supply all my needs according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 KJV). You are Jehovah Jireh the Lord that has provided, (Genesis 22:14 KJV) Father show me your provision for this need..and so on. Daily we thank Him for our protection. Father I thank you that no evil shall befall me, neither shall any plague come near my dwelling for you shall give your angels charge over me to keep me in all my ways (Psalms 91:10-11) After we have prayed we are required to follow it up with corresponding action, for faith without works is dead (James 2:26 KJV). We must be careful not to cancel out our prayers and only speak things that are in line with what we are believing for. This is only a minute portion on prayer but I pray it has helped.

Lastly, I want to emphasize the importance of being baptized in the Holy Spirit..It is the desire of God that his entire body be “filled with the Spirit”. To be clear, when we accepted Christ in our hearts (repented of our sins, believed on the Lord Jesus and confessed Him with our mouth) the Holy Spirit took up in residence in us. However, there is another level, one of power. Acts 1:8 KJV- “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Why is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit important? Where do I begin? 1. We often don’t know how to pray for situations and for people as we ought to,as our natural mind is limited. Romans 8:26 KJV-states “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. It is essential for us to pray the will of God over our lives and over the lives of others. 2.To assist us in prayer. Ephesians 6:18 AMP-With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit ,and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s people” The Holy Spirit conveys to us the Father’s heart. John 16:13 when He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak:and He will show show you things to come. 3.For spiritual growth. Jude 1:20 AMP- “But you, beloved,build yourselves up on [the foundation of] your most holy faith [continually progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher],pray in the Holy Spirit.Those few reasons(not all) are reason enough to ask the Father for the Baptism if you have not received it.

Hopefully, going forward we can also touch on the various types of prayer.Until next time…

Let’s pray.

Father it is in the name of Jesus that we come to you today. Thanking you for who you are and how faithful you have been to us.We are grateful that you have never changed and you never will because you are the same yesterday, today and forever.Thank you that as we commune with you we will never look at prayer the same again. Father, those of us who are not baptized in the Holy Spirit we ask for the baptism. We know that you will honor our prayer as your Word says if we being evil,know how to give good gifts unto our children: how much more shall you our heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him. We thank you in advance for you are good and your mercies endure forever. We love you and praise you.In Jesus’ name amen.