The best part of waking up is…. folgers in your cup.. wait, no it isnt’. It’s Jesus!
When the new day comes, the warm sun kissing you on your face to wake you up, what is it that your mind thinks about to get out of bed?
What is it that wakes you up in the morning?
I know for me, there are many times that knowing I am going to crawl out of bed, put on my robe, and go get a warm cup of coffee can get me rolling out of bed.
But, for those of us who “wake up” by drinking a cup of coffee, what if we work up to the Word of God, prayer, or a simple “Hello God, Good morning! I’m up, what are we going to do today?” Then as we go to grab ou coffee and sit down we are simply enjoying it as an added part to our morning!
We know that God never sleeps nor slumbers, so when we wake up He is there with us. But, so does satan. He doesn’t give up so easily. Satan will take every opportunity to overwhelm us with negativity, pride, unhappiness, jealousy, impatience, or a reminder of what took place the day before. The list goes on.
God! He is ready to claim victory!
It is up to us to fill our thoughts with the will and the Word of God. And through this, God will empower us to gain victory in our minds.
A made up mind is powerful. I encourage you to have it made up on Gods word being the final answer!
This is lengthy, warning! But, it will help you I believe. Pulled it from a book I’m writing (slowly lol). I didn’t want to cut any of it bc there is someone who is going to read it all….. and that is worth the writing of it, even for one!😘👍❤🙏🙌🏼
Stop allowing fear to drive you.
You don’t have to push people or have a fear that people are not going to “catch” the things of God. You don’t have to worry or fear that if you “don’t do this” then they could possibly “do this” or “get this” or “become that”. When things seem to be a struggle; you see physically a slow slipping away of good things- you don’t have to start grabbing them, freaking out in fear that if you don’t do something to stop it, it could be the last!
What happened when you were in that state? Did you drift off and never come back to the Lord? Did you listen when others spoke to you? Well, I’m sure you did at some point, but it was when you were ready to listen. Does it mean you should not talk to them? No! Show Christ? Absolutely, you should! Stop giving them encouragement? Nope! Mark them as a lost cause, I sure would hope not!
That’s where perfect love comes in. That’s where the peace of God that surpasses all your understanding to guard your heart, soul, and mind by Christ Jesus comes to play. The most powerful thing you can learn to do is PRAY. Declare. Know the Word of God and make it known to the enemy that you know how to fight this spiritual warfare, that you know the promises of God and that with God, you cannot be stopped nor can His promises for you and your family when the Word of God is spoken, believed, and stood on!
I think of a scripture
“And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?””
Acts 19:15 NKJV
I grabbed ahold of this scripture the first time I heard it and read it. I remember saying to myself, “oh, the enemy is going to know who I am, and He’s going to know I know who I am and the power I am coming with!”
With this, there is no more room for fear to operate. We have ALL of heaven backing us up. When we open our mouth and even just say the name of Jesus, God and His Holy Spirit step on the scene and begin working on our behalf! Imagine if you had some scripture of what Gods word says about the situation! The enemy wants to stop that flow by getting our minds thinking on all the what if’s and the could be’s, but we can squash that with Gods PERFECT work- His love that came down in the form of a man, lived a blameless life, walked with the Father, heard His voice, was guided in His life, died on the cross taking ALL of our guilt, shame, sin, regrets, and imperfections- nailing them in place once and for all…. going down to hell, snatching the keys of life!!!!! And power!!!!!! And then ascending to heaven to hand them to our Father, brought back once more for us to begin tapping into what He has fulfilled in prophecy, and what we are to carry out until He comes back again! The same spirit that raised Christ from the dead DWELLS, LIVES, RESTS ON THE INSIDE OF US!
The power to move mountains!
The power to calm a raging sea!
The power to speak His name!
The power to heal the sick!
The power to raise the dead!
The power to speak words into life,
Causing the Word to begin producing!
This power sits in your mouth, in your belly,
And is always ready to be launched into motion!
The ONLY ONE that can stop this, is you.
Fear will cause you to keep your mouth closed. Say you can’t. Say it works for everyone else but me. Well let’s address that lie:
“Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.”
Acts 10:34 NKJV
He wants to set us ALL free! Redeem us all! Give US the kingdom and ALL that is in it. He wants US to walk on this earth with the same power & authority as JESUS did.
Jesus went to the poor, the sick, the hungry & hurting. I didn’t find it where he stayed “comfortable”. It’s time to kick fear out once and for all. What is there to be afraid of when God is for you? God is on your side? The creator of heaven & earth, the creator of you & all you are in and around?
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
Do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.
God loves you. He is for you not against you. He cares about you, your family, and what goes on in YOUR day (as ultimately it is His day He has created just for you to live in). Get intimate with Him- meaning find Him behind closed doors! Open up your heart and let Him remove the heart of stone, and all that is ugly, filthy, and things that He never put in there when He created you…. and FIND LIFE! Then, live it to the glory of the Lord God, being about your Fathers Business until the day of the Lord! You will find more joy, peace, fulfillment, and purpose than you have ever known before, trust me!
Division has risen, Satan is showing his ugly head all around this world. What do you stand for? What are you against? What can you tolerate? What seems to be the last straw before you “voice your opinion”? What do you support? What do you oppose?
With these questions, come accusations of what you must be about! If your that, then this! All lies. That’s not how it works.
But Satan will sure try to deceive you into thinking it is.
News flash: Satan is the accuser of the brethren and the father of all lies.
God has called us to side with HIM! Stand for truth, what is right. Not our own opinion, not mans opinion; but God’s opinion.
We have millions today out for their own agenda who have been given their minds over for years to the enemy who has been playing games & controlling the very thoughts of people who eventually because they have sided with a different voice – the voice of reason or the voice of lies – they cannot hear or even see the actual truth. They have hard hearts. Due to sin. Due to unbelief. Filled with hurts, pains, and a hopelessness in an area of their life they believe is just the way it is and there’s no way to feel different. For example: children who had to grow up fatherless or motherless- kids picked on at school their whole life because of how they looked, what they liked or didn’t like; etc – children being abused physically, mentally, verbally – a loss of a loved one they couldn’t get over – mental abuse hearing they’re a failure and will never amount to anything, their stupid, dumb, ugly, or worthless – they barely had anything growing up so they ended up learning to steal & rob people to get what they wanted or needed and now it’s just a part of them – hate filling hearts ….. confusion setting in on who they really are ….. the need to find a place to be accepted …..
All because of sin. Darkness.
JESUS SAVES! Bible says he picks us up out of the miry clay. “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.”
Psalms 40:2 NKJV
There IS a way to be redeemed from your childhood, or even any situation you have faced in this life. There is hope! There is light at the end of this dark tunnel of confusion, despair, depression, hate, rage, justice being served, and hurt!
God can restore you, heal you, put you back together, remove the hurts, pains, and lies and give you a life worth living! One you actually enjoy and a chance to get to know the real you! Give Him a chance. He’s done it in me, and continues to help me daily; and He is not a respect or of persons, which means, He will do the same for you, if you let Him.
It’s time to evaluate all the things that bring fear into our lives. I always say “Im not afraid of anything”. And while this is a faith statement, and sounds good, it’s not real.
I deal with a variety of fears that try to grip me. I wouldn’t say on a daily basis but pretty often. And when I feel that feeling in my stomach, I have to arrest it.
Fear of guns
Fear of failure
Fear over my kids lives
Fear about surgeries
Fear of the gossip others spread about me or my family
Fear of my husbands past
Fear of friendships
Fear of things happening to my family I cannot control
Fear of the future
Job 3:23- Job says the thing he has feared the most has come upon him. There is a lot to learn from Job.
Fear is such a strong force. But, so is faith. They are opposites. Kind of like, either cold or hot. You can only pick going up or down. Left or right. Front or back. Fear or faith. You can’t have both operating at the same time. If you were being honest with yourself, are you living by faith… or fear?
For we walk by faith not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
Hebrews 11:6 says faith pleases God and without faith it is impossible to please Him. The Lord’s eyes keep on roaming throughout the earth, looking for those whose hearts completely belong to him, so that he may strongly support them (2 Chronicles 16:9).
The thing about this is, not always do we choose faith. Not always do we please God or give Him access into our lives or situations. Fear hits us and we crawl into a foxhole to hide or begin to prepare which takes our eyes off God putting things in our own hands. Surely we can fix this. If not, we’re sure going to try!
Satan uses fear-tactics on people. He did it with Jonah, He did it with Daniel, He did it with David (just to name a few), and he does it on me and you.
Fear is a spiritual force that motivates and moves hell and the devil.
Everything hell does is fear. His only weapon is fear.
Faith is a spiritual force that motivates and moves God in heaven.
When David looked at Goliath, he didn’t call him a giant. He only called him an uncircumcised philistine. This meant a man who had no covenant with God. He knew he won already because faith said “I, David, belong to the Lord and He is with me. I cannot lose. He gives me power to overcome anything I’m up against.”
David took Gods word (in which he believed) and spoke it out. He was the one who won that impossible battle that day! Why? Because Faith overrode Fear! And with that weapon, the devil was defeated.
You can’t stop the devil from saying things to you, it’s just a constant curser. But, there needs to be a point where YOU speak back to the devil! He may try to talk, but your words have much more power over any of his.
“I’m redeemed from the curse of the Law.”
“I’m forgiven and those things are in the past. God has forgiven me of those wrong choices and I have a new life in Him!”
“I’m not going under, I’m going over!”
“I am not sick, I am healed by the stripes of Jesus!”
“I am not lacking any good thing! Jesus has given me life, and an abundance of all I will ever need.”
It’s time to look at whatever the enemy tries to grip you with and SPEAK BACK! What does God say about this fear? That’s what you grab ahold of and keep those stones in your pocket.
Have you ever been inspired to come up with a word for yourself for the new year! I do, and I can say it helps me refocus sometimes and get back on track as the days and years go by because I feel as if I have a “reset” button.
My word(s) are Purpose & Fulfillment / Unapologetic.
I normally have one word, but this year, It seems I have 3! Lol. (See, there is no right or wrong way about doing this!) I believe this year will be a year that everything I do will have purpose behind it and with that purpose brings fulfillment! I believe I will be seeing things that I have been longing to see come to pass this year- fulfillment! And while I thought that was all, after a women’s conference I ministered at, I realized I had one more to tag onto this year; as I do what I do as unto the Lord, and be who God has created me to be, as I shine for my Father and continue to see fulfillment with purpose; I shall be Unapologetic about it! I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, my Father, the Holy Spirit who lives in me, or the life I live. ❤️👏😎
What’s your word?!
Find your word. And then get it put in front of you.
Get a small poster board and bring it to life! You can just do words, you can draw things, find magazine clippings of pictures, words, or phrases, anything that you feel is speaking to you that would help you reset & refocus so you can have a powerful year! Take some time to journal it, find scripture to stand on that go along with what you’re wanting to see come to pass and declare them over yourself.
MAYBE YOU WANT TO GET TOGETHER TO DO THIS? Contact me! I would love to do this with you or get a group together. 🥳
I would love to see Your Word(s) brought to life or journaled! Share them with me! Let me encourage you and help you reset, refocus, and refuel this year! 💪 You’ve got this!
💛This is your race. Run it well. Nobody can receive the prize that is set up for you at the finish line. Run with God and all the changes that need to be made, will be made through His Spirit. Be a better you! 💛
Now let’s go a step further. You pass by the cop and now the cop car begins to pull behind you. Uh oh…. what are your thoughts and actions now? I can tell you what they are…. you are dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s!
And all of a sudden, the cop flicks his lights on … and quickly passes you up to dart somewhere else! Whew, close one huh!
What made you so nervous? Authority! The cop had authority over you and at anytime could have used it’s authority to trump anything you were doing, even if you were not up to no good, the cop could use his authority to stop you and check it out!
Where’s your authority over the enemy? You have it! You have the authority to stop him dead in his tracks, take whatever it was he tried to steal from you, and send him away to “jail”! Lock him away even if you think he’s suspicious!! So, why don’t we? Why don’t we use our authority Christ Jesus gave us to make the enemy nervous? He should be! He’s messing with royalty! Set in your position! Get the word of God over your situation, fire it out of your mouth toward the enemy of your soul, even if you think he’s up to no good. Stop him dead in his tracks and let him know he’s in violation and you’re here to see to it he’s punished! You are on the scene to put a stop to whatever he is trying to conjure up. You have been given authority, same authority Jesus had while He was walking in this world as a man, it has been given to you. Demons must flee, darkness must tremble as the light shines through, the enemy must take his hands off whatever he is trying to put them on. You have the power in Jesus Name to break and destroy every plan, every assignment of the enemy!
Use your authority, flip your lights on and make the enemy nervous!!
You ever find yourself staring back at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself “Am I enough?” “Will I ever amount to anything?” “Can I really see change in my life?” I want to see you find victory today!
Competing in life doesn’t have to be a bad thing, it’s just a matter of “who” you are competing with. Looking around at other people and what they have & how they live their life has nothing to do with You! God has given each one of us a specific unique life. For us to be caught up in someone else’s life puts us in a position to reject what God has for us to have! He has designed us for a great purpose. Each one of us.
Jeremiah 29:11-12 (amp) “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. Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear [your voice] and I will listen to you.”
God has created us for a purpose. It’s time to stop competing with others. Competition and jealousy work hand in hand. It’s hard at times to not get caught up in comparing yourself; your successes, your children, your gifts and talents, your acts of giving, your life to someone else’s. But, this is so dangerous and can suck the life out of you. It is designed to suck your purpose, your identity, your authenticity, your personality, your joy, your peace, your hope… leaving you feeling like YOU are not enough.
Competition is not a bad thing in itself. A good dose of challenge can strengthen you and give you some motivation to be better than you are today. But that competition should be aimed at the “you” of yesterday.
I want to ask you to examine yourself. Compete with who you were yesterday. Ask yourself, are you a better you than you were a month ago? 6 months ago? A year ago? What about yesterday?
If you are not happy with your results, pray to the Lord to help you get to where you want to be. Where HE has made you to be, and who He has made you to be. Get your focus OFF other people and get them on YOU.
Who are you? Who do you want to be? What has God given you in life (your gifts/talents)? What are you doing with them? Do they need strengthened, sharpened? Are you making effort to seeing that happen? What is your passion? What do you like? What seems to occupy your mind? What drives you? What do you seem to perk up to talk about when it comes up? How do you like to dress/ what is YOUR style? What do you see yourself doing?
…. Be a better YOU and go after these things! Dare to believe that God created YOU to shine for Him. Some may shine with many talents, some may shine with 3, and some may have 1 that they glow and make known throughout the world. Find YOU and go after being better today than you were yesterday. Set goals for yourself. Find a mentor. Surround yourself with people that will help you get there. And set your face like a flint to seek God. Together, you and Him will see the plan come to completion in this beautiful gift of life you’ve been given. He is faithful to accomplish what He started in you (Philippians 1:6).
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” 1 Corinthians 9:24
This is your race. Run it well. Nobody can receive the prize that is set up for you at the finish line. Run with God and all the changes that need to be made, will be made through His Spirit. Be a better you!
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See that? There are always things that zoom into our minds. We have to LEARN how to 🅲🅰🅿🆃🆄🆁🅴 these thoughts and ask ourselves “Is this going to produce good things or bad things?” And be real. Sometimes we want to keep these thoughts 💭 because we’re use to them. They make us feel good, or comfortable because it’s what we think is going on anyways. Everyone likes a good dose of evidence that proves their case. This can be dangerous…. we don’t need to collect evidence to build our case. Jesus is the one who has taken every pain, every hurt, every wrong and made it right – through His sacrifices for us.
So, when you hear about something and then you have that moment that floods in a “thought”, grab that thought 💭 and ask yourself if this thought produces love or hate, good feelings or makes you feel sick, makes you want to smile or crawl up in a ball, makes you want to pull the curtains back and let the sun shine on you or does it make you want to hurt someone, push someone away, and pull the covers back over your head, feeling …. defeated.
Think I’m being extreme? I’m not. The mind is your biggest battlefield.
Capture the wrong thoughts, kick them out, and replace them with truth and good thoughts instead- it will truly bring change to your perception of it and people, and even yourself. You will see hope where you couldn’t see it before. And you will see victory – finally- where you have seen nothing but trapment and defeat.
If you keep doing the same old things, you will get the same old results.
If you keep thinking the same lies, you will get the same lies.
If you keep thinking 💭 on all the wrong things, you will continue to get the wrong things.
There’s something that comes with a new year…. a fresh new perspective!
You have hope that you can start over and make better choices and end up better off than you were the year before. I believe that when people look at the new year it is a breath of fresh air where they truly believe that they can start anything. It’s a clean slate. A do-over. A new beginning.
And when I think about a brand new start with Jesus Christ and the new life, it correlates with the feelings of what January 1 brings.
In the Bible it says that when we receive Jesus Christ we become a new creation in Christ Jesus. The old things pass away, they go away, they disappear. And all things become new. The old things are everything we have done in our lives up to that point of saying “yes” to Jesus. You know those choices you made that weren’t so good? The shame and guilt you have felt because of it? Can you believe that God, by His Spirit, can take it all away? Can you dare to believe it? Sounds too good to be true, but it is. That’s what Jesus does! He takes all the weight, pressure, guilt, and shame from us and places it on Jesus. Then, he gives us a fresh look on life and even His Spirit to walk fresh in Him.
When this takes place we are truly able to walk and enter in to a brand new life. One where we believe we can start over and start fresh and now we have someone who can help us.
Receiving Jesus Christ is the greatest thing that anyone can ever do in their life.
And until you experience it,
you can’t quite get it.
But I believe that this year is going to mark a great awakening and an unfolding of the mysteries of God to his people. It is his good pleasure to give us the kingdom of God. All that he is and all that he has created is for us to take pleasure in.
As I reflect on this year, I believe that it truly is going to be a year where the scripture unfolds that he can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ever ask or think or we can require of him. I believe things are going to transpire that we did not even have a clue to ask for but he has already pre-destined it from the beginning of the earth. And the kingdom of God is going to advance!
My question is are you where you need to be?
If the answer is yes, then go after it was all that you have and realize that there is not one person that can hold you back from fulfilling what has been placed inside of you.
If the answer is no, then I would like to encourage you to find someone to help you understand what God‘s kingdom is all about, receive Gods perfect love for you, receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, then find a church home, get plugged in and experience a life like you’ve only dreamed.
A life with God is the best life that could ever be lived. It is a life where if you have much , you’re happy, your filled and satisfied and if you have little you’re happy, your filled and satisfied because there is nothing in this world that you will ever achieve or have in your possession that matters. You realize, God is your success. It is what you have inside of you that you carry with you everywhere you go! And the best part is He will NEVER leave you or forsake you, He will be with you, even to the ends of the earth!
Happy New Year. Now what do you want it to look like? Seek God first, and you can have it.