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Sibling Chivalry: Facing the Darkness with Light

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Happy Siblings’ Day: One final note on this “national” holiday – as long as we’re sharing how awesome our siblings are. This picture illustrates two things. 1) Note the prayerful position of my sister. 2) Note the difference in our complexions. We are 100% brother and sister.

My sister was teased when she was younger for having what I call a “rich” complexion. She was teased so badly that she told me (later in life) that she prayed to God while I was still in our mother’s womb. She prayed to God that my complexion would not be “dark” so as to ensure that I wasn’t picked on.

I ended up getting picked on for other things (the enemy sought to bring about a spirit of rejection on both us AND our parents early in life) but I came out so light that some ignorant people in our family questioned who my father really was.

This isn’t me saying that I’m glad I don’t have such a beautifully #ChocolateComplexion, though. This is me acknowledging that my sister was thoughtful enough to PRAY for me at the age of 7 to save me from the abuse she experienced unnecessarily at such an early age.  Do NOT underestimate the power of a praying child!

There’s NO question Who my/#OurFather is!

Thanks, Devonna – out of the mouth of babes, the Lord has ordained STRENGTH to still the enemy AND the avenger; and a child shall lead them!

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Intuition Assistance

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I think at least one of my coworkers wonders why I am so generous with awarding grant money and/or being lenient when renegotiating payments for students that flake on previous plans. It’s real simple.

I used to take it personal when someone didn’t follow my payment plans only to come back later all humble or trying to act like they don’t know they owe the school money but then God (as He often does to me) flipped it on me and said “What about your debt? Who are you to catch an attitude about what they owe relative to what you could not pay back?” Besides that, when I almost lost my scholarship due to my GPA at the University of Delaware, someone intervened on my behalf and gave me a#GracePeriod to get back on track.

#NuffSaid. That’s why it’s a great feeling to erase an eligible person’s debt to the school with a FULL grant versus signing off on a partial grant given to me to approve that would’ve had them paying out of pocket still. Why not just grant #FullForgivenessversus going in partial and holding something over them for 4 months with a payment plan? Sure – they have the ability to pay but WE have the ability to forgive. #DoIt.#Done#Deal.

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I AM A POET

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Yes. #IAmAPoet.  I know where this gift comes from and relentlessly give it back to its source.  I am a DOER of the word and not a hearer only; lest I deceive myself and forget Whose image I am made in:

” For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” – Acts 17:28

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.” – James 1:22-24

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Broken Vessels of Disciple-ship

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At the end of the day, many Christians cannot and do not desire to be called#DisciplesOfChrist because of the DISCIPLINE it takes to commit to such a lifestyle. “Christian” sounds like less work and, in fact, has become just that… but#TheKingdomOfGod does not come by observation. That’s like thinking you can inherit a garden and yield fruit without doing the work to #TillTheGround#SowTheSeed then#ReapTheHarvest#Work #TheHarvestIsPlentifulButTheLaborersAreFew

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Don’t FALL for Rejection…

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Just as people are not born into this world with a love for money as much as they are born into poverty which creates a desire to compensate which then can lead to the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10), people are not born prideful. People are born with the CAPACITY to be prideful due to sin (Romans 3:23) but pride is an overcompensation for abasement and rejection.

A person who is rejected and regarded as lowly early in life is more likely to attempt to perfect and exalt themselves. Self-exaltation is the very nature of the devil. He was rejected because he desired and attempted to exalt himself above God. He was not abased but was cast down to earth into abasement. He was rejected by God because he saw his own splendor and forgot that his splendor was from the Lord.

That’s like the moon starting to feel itself because of how brightly it shines when it merely REFLECTS the light of the sun. Oh how foolish the #SONOfTheMorning (Isaiah 14:12) was with the #BrightAndMorningStar (Revelation 22:16) above him!

satan knows what rejection feels like and what it can lead to which is why he attempts to get us with that feeling of rejection. As we begin to make sure that NO one rejects us again, we try to perfect ourselves. We try to exalt ourselves on our OWN (since we begin to believe that no one loves us)… but we should never forget that God (Who IS LOVE, see 1 John 4:8) will not forsake us but that the truly forsaken (satan) will attempt to get us in leagues with him by convincing us that God has done just that.

He wants to rob God of His children and get some company with his misery.

Don’t FALL for it. Resist the devil, submit to God in humility and allow Him to exalt you lest surely, you go before destruction with a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18).

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Break, Chains, BREAK!

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“And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.” - Luke 5:17

‪#‎TheTruthOfTheMatter‬ is that not every chain got broken this weekend at the KAC conference.

SURELY, grief, sorrows, unforgiveness and pride were cast out in some. SURELY, sicknesses and diseases were affirmed to be carried to the Cross and healing by the name and blood of Jesus was made available to ALL… yet there is an act of the will which must occur.

Old burdens of darkness must be willfully laid down and the burden of Christ’s yoke (which is light) must be picked up in their place to remove EVERY burdenous chip off of shoulders and EVERY heavy yoke off of necks that the anointing can destroy (see Matthew 11:30, Isaiah 10:27).

There is a desire matched with ‪#‎BelievingONLY‬ that releases power and activates the righteousness (God’s way of doing things) of healing. Every Christian has access to these through ‪#‎TheHolySpirit‬ within us by way of Jesus THE Christ.

Yet, this becomes unavailable if we are more comfortable carrying heavy loads we’ve become accustomed and conditioned to bear even though Jesus has borne our grief and carried our sorrows already (Isaiah 53:4).

The power to heal was available to the Pharisees and doctors of the law in the scripture above. They were counted among the “them” that the power of the Lord was available to heal… yet only one was healed in this particular account from the Gospel.

Make yourself available. Release your willpower to the POWER of God’s WILL. Be healed in Jesus’ name. ‪#‎BreakChainsBREAK‬!

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(all screenshots are from Apostle John Eckhardt‘s book Prayers That Rout Demons)

A Contrite Contractual Agreement

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ME (talking to myself in the mirror): “At the end of the day, if you are really doing your work as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23-24), your promotion does not come from the supervisors on your job (remember Psalm 75:6-7?!!).

So resist the temptation to displace your anger on him/her for a lack of work recognition. Place it where it belongs. Give it to God. He’s more than a #BigBoy, He’s the Big #ManUpstairs – He can handle it.

It’s not until you can confess your #ContriteHeart that He can begin to mend it.”

“The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” - Psalm 34:18

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” - Psalm 51:17

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Getting Around “The Bends”

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God exalts the humble… after all, if we exalt ourselves, where else is there to go… but down?!!

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18

“Before destruction the heart of man is haughty , and before honour is humility.” – Proverbs 18:12

It’s no coincidence that I’ve been studying and am soon to teach on pride at the Kingdom Advancement Center’s Healing and Deliverance Conference this weekend. I have been abased career-wise for some time now. Though I have worked on shining my light before men that they may see my good work and glorify God Which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16), I have wondered for some time now why I have yet to be promoted how, when and where I want to be promoted. Where’s my mountaintop?!!

Talking this over with the senior pastor of The Kingdom Advancement Center, he could relate to my frustrations. As we talked it over, the Lord brought my attention to #DeepSeaDivers. The deeper they are or the higher they ascend from one place to another, the greater risk there is for them to wreck their bodies if they ascend too quickly. It’s called #TheBends or #DecompressionSickness.

The pressure related to being so deep within the ocean compresses gas in their body which, if not properly decompressed, will have an equal type of reaction to a #SodaPopContainer that has the top taken off too fast. The gases in the bottle decompress too quickly and BOOM! The bottle blows.

One way to proactively disarm this process in a deep sea diver is to bring them up SLOWLY. Even to the point where it’s done in stages that can take longer than the time it took to get down where they were. From stage to stage (sometimes even going back down before being brought up)… from #FaithToFaith.

Have you been looking for your #ComeUp as well?!! The longer it takes to get there, the higher up God must be (Lord, I HOPE so!) taking you. Without bringing you through a slow process of ascension, you just might blow once you reach your pinnacle in the same way that some celebrities’ stars shine too bright too fast which leads to them crashing down.

This process is ANNOYINGLY slow, though. But I’d rather allow the Lord to elevate me in His time then be brought down by the pride that comes from elevating MYSELF at my own pace.

The last time some being tried to promote himself in HIS time it didn’t end to well for said being once God caught wind of it; so any whiff of pride He sees now already has a curse upon it that is sure to lead to destruction:

“And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” – Luke 10:18

“This pride is the very root and essence of all sin.” – Sylvia A. Allen

I’ll talk more about pride this Saturday at the workshops. Until then… stop trying to blow up on your own time before you actually do (BLOW UP)!

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Two Left (Behind) Feet

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“Corrective Shoos: Resist Dancing with the Devil ”

It’s hard to walk in
Righteousness when you’re born in
Sin with two left feet.

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I just saw my daughter pulling at her older brother to dance with her – which he resisted. As he was pulling away and not wanting to move, he hurt himself. Not bad, mind you – just obvious enough for him to say “Ouch!” Maiyah (my daughter) wound up moving on unscathed within minutes of them separating.

How often have we felt the Spirit of God move us in a certain direction (even just to DANCE with Him) and we resisted? You’re either moving WITH or AGAINST Him. Moving against Him is bound to get someone hurt… and it’s NOT going to be Him.

Lord, thank You for forgiving and being patient with me for my #TwoLeftFeet that cause me to hesitate from walking in the righteousness that Jesus Christ purchased for me.

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CURE-All

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My griddle has been “seasoned”. The last time I made pancakes, the consistency of color on the outside was just as equally even as the moistness of the inside of the cake itself. No lie – the flavor and overall presentation was on an IHOP level. After YEARS of making pancakes, this level was reached by no real effort of my own but simply because the surface of the griddle has been CURED (thanks, mom – for reminding me of this word!).

I looked up “cured” to be sure I understood what the process was. Basically, there are three components to effective curing: 1) a cleaned but not scrubbed surface which allows the 2) shortening/oil to seep into the crevices of said surface and 3) heat to sear the oil in.

If that’s not a #CureAll, I don’t know what is! Check the correlation to how HEALING works:

- ALL Christians are qualified to heal; though sin is at work in our bodies (flesh), we’ve been 1) cleansed of our sins in the spirit and made into the righteousness of God through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).

- Christ stems from the word “Christos” in Greek meaning “the anointed one” which alludes to the anointing OIL. When you break this word down further in Hebrew, it is an unguent or ointment that was meant to be SMEARED into a person such that it becomes ingrained as a part of them. Anyone who has ever had some good ointment/oil knows how hard it is to get out of your skin once it’s been rubbed in:

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” – Isaiah 10:27

- Lastly, the applicable 3) HEAT can be referenced to the angels that readily assist and minister to the #HeirsOfSalvation which the Lord Himself made as #FlamesOfFire.

“And of the angels He saith , Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire… But to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit on My right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” – Hebrews 1:7, 13-14 (emphasis added)

The angels are available to assist us when we call healing (one of #TheGiftsOfTheHolySpirit) from heaven in order to make the sick whole #OnEarthAsItIsInHeaven where #SicknessAndDisease do not exist.

How’s THAT for some flapjacks?!! #IHOP, indeed! We will have our International House of PRAYER established further this weekend at the “Break Every Chain” Healing & Deliverance Conference… though the #ContinentalBreakfast won’t be as sweet of an allegory!

Conference Registration:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/break-every-chain-healing-and-deliverance-conference-2014-tickets-10882274175?ref=ebtnebregn

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