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

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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.

Who am I?

Who am I ???? Yes I am a child of my parents, a mother to my daughter, a wife to my husband, family to some and a friend to others but Most importantly I am a child of God, a child of the King. In a world full of insecurities, feelings of worthlessness, depression and so much more. It is vital that we find our identity in Christ, the one constant thing in this life.
For those of us who are born again believers through Christ we are the righteousness of God. God sees us as righteous because Jesus took our punishment. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 “So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us; we [as Christ’s representatives] plead with you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God. He made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is,we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness]. Remember we are made right with God through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross not any right doing of our own. We do the right thing not to get right with God but to maintain our relationship with Him.
Who am I ???? I am chosen by God. “But ye are chosen generation, a royal priesthood,an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” 1 Peter 2:9.
Who am I ???? I am Christ’s workmanship. “For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above– spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].Ephesians 2:10
Who am I ???? I am complete in Christ, lacking nothing. Colossians 2:9-10 “For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].And you are in Him,made full and having come to the fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead-Father, Son and Holy Spirit-and reach full spiritual stature]…”

Be blessed until next time…

Let’s pray
Father, we come to you thanking you for your mercy, grace, loving kindness and faithfulness. We thank you for not giving up on us when others have. Thank you for second chances and help us to get it right. We ask that as we read and meditate on your word that you give us revelation of who we are in you . We love you and praise you.
In Jesus name we pray, amen.

Am I Prideful?

Are you prideful? Don’t be so quick to say no, lol.
It was recently brought to my attention that I have issues with pride. At first I was like nahhh… not me.. I don’t boast or brag about what I have. I don’t post pictures daily on social media for attention etc. Pride is tricky and can manifest itself in many forms! I was reminded of a statement that I made concerning myself that was extremely arrogant. There was a situation in the news that prompted me to pray. I prayed for the situation and the parties involved. Later on that day I heard the report that all was well and I rejoiced and said look I prayed for that outcome, as if my prayer alone changed the situation. I should’ve been rejoicing and thanking God for the outcome and realistic enough to recognize that there were millions of people praying for the situation, not just myself.

How do I know if I am operating in pride you might ask? Do you find yourself always steering a conversation towards yourself and your accomplishments? Is it difficult for you to accept correction and even more challenging to admit when you are wrong? Are you are quick to find fault in others? If you answered yes to any of these questions this would be a great indication that your dealing with pride. We all know that self care is necessary and that is it perfectly normal to rejoice in personal accomplishments. However, it becomes pride when it is boastful and rooted in conceit and arrogance. It is vainglorious to believe that everything begins and ends with you, that you have all the answers and can figure everything out on your own. It is basically saying that you don’t need God, and at this point your moving into dangerous territory. “God is opposed to the proud and haughty but [continually] gives [the gift of] grace to the humble [who turn away froms self-righteousness”] I am sure many of us can relate to not being able to figure things out or navigate this life on our own. We weren’t designed to live this life apart from God. Our destiny and purpose is wrapped up in Him! So it behooves us to establish, re-establish or maintain a relationship with GOD (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) to receive direction for life.

Do you seek validation, acceptance or approval from others? I also struggled with “needing” the approval, praise and acceptance” from others and came to realize that needing validation is evidence of pride as well. Whatever God has called you to do, DO IT. If no one recognizes you, encourages or supports you that’s fine. Even if it is people who you thought would be supportive and they are not, it’s okay. Sometimes people have this erroneous idea that they are more “spiritual” than you are based on their own preconceived opinions and judgements of your current state or even your former state. In case anyone who has this type of mindset is wondering- You are operating in pride. The only approval and validation required is GOD’s. If God in fact called you to do something, He will validate you and in due time it will be evident to all! Be encouraged! …. Also, do not let anyone make you feel like you are not in relationship with God because you are not connected to “their” ministry. God will place you exactly where you need to be, to equip you and get you to the next level in His perfect plan, not man’s. An arrogant person might say if you are not affiliated with my ministry, you are missing the move of GOD. This type of mindset is extremely dangerous. God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9)So be careful in making hasty judgements about people and situations. Instead, pray that God will direct people to who and where they need to be.

In closing, I highly recommend purchasing and downloading the ebook Leviathan written by Apostle John Eckhardt. This book is an eye opener and clearly defines and exposes the ways in which pride manifests. As a bonus it also includes specific decrees and prayers for breaking pride. (If interested you can purchase the ebook from WWW.APBOOKS.GLOBAL)

Let’s pray…
Father in the name of Jesus we come to you thanking you for who you are. You are the Most High and we love you. Thank you for every blessing, every lesson, every open door and opportunity, and every door that you have closed for our protection. Father we ask you to reveal to us the areas of pride in our lives and empower us to turn away from pride and walk in humility. Holy Spirit enable us to walk in divine love and to manifest the fruit of the Spirit which is “ [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22) Thank you for your wisdom, guidance and protection. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Faith

Without faith it is impossible to please God..

Every day we face situations that require faith (our complete trust and reliance on God) and based on what we give our attention to, we are either feeding faith or feeding doubt.
We often enter prayer not full of faith but full of anxiety and doubt. As indicated in the scriptures we must pray in faith. “…But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like the wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. Let not that man think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double – minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1: 6-8 KJV) also in Hebrews 11:6 KJV it says “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”.
For example say you are believing God for divine protection. It would not be wise to inundate yourself with the news and listen to all the crime reports and negativity. (Yes it’s ok to watch the news and important to stay abreast of world affairs) It would be more beneficial to give your attention to the word and what God says about divine protection. Read the word of God (the Bible-which is the logos word) so that the Holy Spirit can give you a rhema word (a personal word) on protection that you can stand on and believe.
Always be honest with the Father and tell Him about your anxiety and doubts concerning your situation(s). Stay in His presence so that the peace of God can envelope you. “Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.And the peace of God that passes all understanding, shall keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus”.(Philippians 4:6-7 KJV)
Faith is the conduit by which we receive the promises of God. Faith is obedience, which means we are required to do something. “But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? (James 2:20 KJV) We cannot say we believe God, believe His word, yet we walk in disobedience. God is going to speak to us through the word of God (Bible). If we cannot obey the written word, how do we think we can receive specific and detailed instructions for our lives? Today let us make a decision to obey God and not walk in disobedience, to feed our faith and not our fear.

Let us pray…..
Father in the name of Jesus we come to you today. Father forgives us for disobeying you. Forgive us for our intentional disobedience and for things we have done inadvertently. Strengthen us God by the Holy Spirit to walk in obedience to your perfect will. Father we choose to believe and trust your word and plan that you have for our lives. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

To forgive or not forgive.

To forgive or not forgive…that is the question?

Is forgiveness necessary in every situation? What about if someone disrespects you, offends you, or hurts you? Is it justifiable to hold onto the anger, bitterness and resentment in your heart, especially if the action was intentional?

The word forgive is defined as 1-to stop feeling angry or resentful toward someone for (an offense, flaw or mistake) 2-to cancel a debt. While writing this blog I was convicted by the latter part of the definition lol, to cancel a debt, to basically release a person from having to earn my forgiveness. This is mind blowing. It reminds me of how the Father cancelled our debt and forgave our sins through the sacrifice of Jesus. The truth is we were guilty and He had a right to feel angry and resentful towards us. Yet, Jesus being the ultimate sacrifice allowed the Father to cancel a debt that we could never repay.

I can say it is easier for me to forgive people and that is only a result of me yielding to Holy Spirit living in me.Yet at times it’s a struggle because I feel justified in my anger and I want to hold on to it. It’s even more difficult when I replay the scenario over in my head a million times or I re-read the post or text messages until my anger is rekindled. When I first gave my life to the Lord back in 2002 (I backslid and rededicated my life) I equated forgiveness with reconciliation. Sometimes it is necessary and in other cases it is not. I have learned that in certain scenarios and in order to heal it is imperative that you separate yourself from people. You can truly forgive someone, release them in your heart and not associate with them. However, we must forgive. Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”.

Now I am not advocating that you cut a everyone off you’ve ever had a disagreement with. Nevertheless, there are times when you must disconnect from people. We often ignore the Internal alarms that are ringing and going off inside of us and choose to give people “the benefit of the doubt”. Beloved (in my Iyanla Vanzant’s voice) pay attention to the signs !!! If you find yourself in a situation where you are not sure if you should reconcile or part ways with a person or people, pray about it. God will direct you. The reality is some people are not a part of the plan that God has for your life. It just is what it is. Some people are toxic, jealous and have ill intentions. Others are genuine and good natured but just not apart of the plan. If by the Holy Spirit you are being warned to disconnect from people and you blatantly ignore His dealings and stay connected you will suffer the consequences of your disobedience! No one and no-thang (nothing) is worth forfeiting your destiny for.

If we are honest we can admit that we have done or said things that have hurt and offended others. I know that I have not been the perfect friend, sister, auntie, mother, daughter, wife and so on. I know there are people that I have hurt and offended, some of which I am conscious of and some I am not aware of. I ask for forgiveness and I forgive because I need my sins and trespasses forgiven. I can be a trip at times 😂

My friends forgive so that you may be forgiven. Evaluate your relationships and determine which ones to hold on to and which ones to end, because your destiny depends on it. Ensure that you are not the toxic, jealous ill willed person in someone else’s life. If you are acknowledge it, ask for forgiveness, forgive yourself and ask the Father to help and change you. He can and will do it!!
Let’s be purposed minded, intentional in love, intentional in forgiveness, intentional in displaying the nature of Christ to a world with little hope…..till next week ❤️❤️❤️

Let’s pray
Father it is in the name of Jesus that we come before you. Father we ask for forgiveness. Forgive us Lord for the people we have hurt, intentionally and unintentionally, forgive us for hurting and disobeying you. Help us to be purposed in our love, empower us to love like you love. We ask you to remove every person from our lives that mean us harm and help us to recognize your warning signs and to not be so familiar with people that we cannot disconnect from them. Father, for those people who you remove and expose we pray for them. We pray for their well being, we pray and ask that you will deal with their heart and bring them to a place of repentance. We pray your protection over them. And Father we thank you for the divine connections that you are bringing in our life. Every strategic person that you will use to bring us one step closer to our destiny. We love you and give you praise in Jesus name amen.

Remember, forgive it is necessary and it is freeing ❤️❤️❤️