Lesson From The Trash Can

A Lesson From the Trash Can

Today at lunch as I was throwing away paper towel I noticed that I had also thrown some money in there with it. I began to walk away saying it was only $3 but then decided to attempt to retrieve it.

As I looked down I saw the money lying something not so pleasing but I went ahead and reached down and grabbed it.

I then proceeded to the closest sink to wash my hands just in case any of the not so pleasant trash got on them. The money was perfectly fine and spendable.

As I was walking away with my “dirty money” the Holy Spirit used this experience to speak to me about people. Money in any increment is valuable and so are people. Just because they may be mingling in around the wrong people, involved in ungodly and illegal activities does not make them any less valuable. Someone just has to be willing to get their hands dirty, reach in and grab the valuable items.

Will you stand in the gap for someone who may not be doing the right things but has purpose and worth? Will you pray for that child of yours that is on drugs or in a gang even though you are completely embarrassed of their current actions? Will you pray for a prodigal spouse, child or relative to reconcile themselves back to God and then to their families? Will you pray for the healing of someone that you consider to be an enemy?

The blood of Jesus does that for us. It cleanses us and washes of all our filth and sets us before the King of kings to be used for His use.
Each and every person has value because God loves them no matter what trash can they may be currently residing in.

Instead of walking away from what you may consider trash because they are dirty and covered in filth, reach in grab them, pray for them, wash them in the blood of Jesus and watch God use them in His way.

Money can be replaced but where a person will spend eternity cannot.

Imposing Faith

Art 101: Imposing Faith

Hebrews Chapter 11 is noted as being the hallmark of fame in the bible. In detail it explained different biblical people and how faith was their mechanism for reaching the promise. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen; it is in essence a supernatural occurrence that is very real but invisible. Those promises that we have yet to see fulfilled in the natural realm, lie in the real but unseen realm.
One night my Pastor preached a message “From process to the promise.”

An artist has a technique which by terminology is called “impose.” Impose is a process that is used to complete a finished product. Impose to an artist means to print an image over another image so that both are seen at once. Another definition of impose is to lay on or set as something to be borne, endured, obeyed, fulfilled or paid with authority.

When we pray the Word, we are actually imposing the Word of God with the delegated authority that He has given us, laying the Word on or setting it on top of our natural circumstances which births the promise after we have endured, obeyed God who fulfilled and paid everything by placing His Son on the Cross. What we have to understand is that when laying the Word of God over a particular situation, the Word of God transforms that situation into what you are praying. For example, when the Word (Spiritual) is laid on top of cancer (Natural), the Word of God regarding healing has the ability to transform that cancer into healing.

One of the main tactics of the enemy is trying and to get us focus on what we see with our natural eyes (I am preaching to the choir on this note) instead of the fact that the solution which is in the Word of God has ‘imposing authority” when spoken in faith over our circumstances and situations. Let me use the movie the Matrix as an example, there is a character named Agent Smith. Agent Smith has the ability to touch another person and make them look like him, act like him and think like him. We have the same ability in imposing faith; remember we are made in the image and likeness of God. We can reach into our situations, speak the Word of God by faith with authority and by imposing the supernatural over the natural transforming that situation to look like, act like and think like the Word of God. We walk by faith and not by sight. Close your natural eyes and walk in imposing faith today.

First Alert – 911

This morning as I was headed out to work I looked up and noticed the ‘First Alert’ device that is attached to the ceiling in the door way. The device that we have in our home is a combination of smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. It is able to detect the visible threats to our lives as well as the invisible threats. When the smoke (visible) rises to the point of detection, the alarm sounds. When carbon dioxide (invisible) rises to the point of detection, the alarm sounds.
Our spirits should be wired the same way. Some attacks you can see and fight with your naked eye and some you should be able to see and fight with your “Mind’s eye.” Your entire mind, soul and body should be wired to detect those things that are seen and those that are not seen. Your natural eyes can see sickness, debt, betrayal, and other works of the flesh but your “Mind’s eye” should see: healing, wealth, faithfulness, covenant and fruits of the spirit etc. When you have a relationship with God, He will share the unseen things, I am a witness of that.
Note: just because you may not be experiencing something right now does not mean that you should not safeguard that area with prayer. Always keep the invisible shield of protection around every area of your life not just the ones you can see at the present time.
Now here is where the alarm comes into play, remember the alarm goes off when the detector detects a threat, so when the alarm goes off due to sickness, debt, unfaithfulness, these are counter-attacked by those things in the “Mind’s eye.” Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” When the alarm sounds; you must begin to speak those things that are not as though they were. The alarm is there to alert you not destroy you. Everything is not the devil. Sometimes things happen because God wants to awaken the sleeping giant. He wants to teach and show you the power that you are working with and those gifts that are lying dormant in you that He placed within you before you were formed in your mother’s belly.
You have the power to speak to those mountains and they must move out of your way. Remember greater is He who is in me, than he who is in the world. Many times we crush under pressure not realizing that the road to victory is in our mouth. Everything including the kitchen sink, Jesus Christ has placed on the inside of us that can crush the head of the enemy, tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy.
The alarm silences when the threat has left. Many of us while cooking, wave a towel around the alarm to make the smoke go away. The way to make threats to your family, destiny and purpose go away and lineup with the Will of God lies in the “waving” of the Word of God to overcome the powers of darkness.

When the threat of sickness comes, wave the Word: It is written “I shall live and not die and declare the goodness of the Lord.”
When the threat of poverty comes your way, wave the Word: It is written“I am a tither and the Lord rebukes the devourer for my sake.”

When the threat of unfaithfulness comes into your marriage wave the Word: It is written “What God has joined together let no man break apart.”

When you see the smoke, or when you don’t but you sense something in your “knower”: Wave the Word it wards off every attack!

Candy Crush – Prayer and Fasting

Some of you may be aware of the latest “addiction” in internet games. I promise there needs to be rehab concerning this game. The concept is simple yet addicting as all get out. You seem to have this unquenchable desire to complete the next level and before you know it, it is 2 hours later. 🙂 There was this level 65 that I stayed on for two weeks, number one because I refused to pay 4.99 and was determined to do without doing so. Finally after many days of trying, I put together the right combination to blow everything up. A chocolate ball plus a striped candy immediately wiped every hindrance out of the way and I made it to the next level. Woohoo!

The Holy Spirit showed me something in this combination that literally took every obstructing obstacle out of the way. Prayer works just like that. Sometimes we pray, repeating the same moves, same words and it seems that we find ourselves fighting the same battles over and over again. There are some battles that need a little bit more and we have got to get back to this design.

Matthew 17:20-21: Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

Prayer was the “chocolate ball” and the “striped candy” represented fasting. Together they annihilated everything that needed to be taken out to get to the next level. If you are finding yourself stuck at a certain place, going in circles unable to press through and you know that God has shown you greater and given you a promise, maybe just maybe you need a combination of prayer and fasting, and if you really want to see the blessing add a seed it to it which brings the 100 fold.

Use the game of Candy Crush as an example of warfare, you are guaranteed victory, because you are more than a conqueror, you are an OVERCOMER! Some of your situations just require a little more power, add fasting and watch God!

The Notebook

As I prepared for bed last night exhausted from the day,  I had the bible open and even attempted to thumb through it. As my eyelids grew heavy I whispered these words: Lord speak to me through Your Word and I fell asleep.

When I woke up the next morning, my blurry vision began to notice a red spiral notebook poked out from the shelf of my closet. I pondered for a second because I don’t remember it being like that the night before. I opened it up and the Word spoke to me.

In this notebook, I write down scriptures, personalized prayers for the situations I experience. The first page of the notebook had this scripture(Isaiah 55:8-11) – “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways….so is My Word that goes forth from My Mouth: It will will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

The Lord spoke to me through His Word that I had written in a notebook. Write the vision and make it plain. Even though it had been written in the notebook, it is still His Word. The way that He chose to speak to me was His way but it was still His Word!

The Lord is speaking in ways you might not deem usual. The one way to confirm if the Lord is actually speaking is if it lines up with His Word, even if it is written in a notebook. 😉

Elyashib – The God who restores

As I was driving into work one day , I noticed a work van with the word “Restoration” written across it in big bold letters.

I then began to read the smaller print of the type of repairs that this particular company worked with: Fire/Smoke damage, mold removal ,and water damage. In any of these cases the work begins with removing the damaged areas and then replacing it with new.

In doing this if the job is performed well enough, people will look upon the house and unless they are told will not see any evidence of the destruction/damage that was there before.

Wearing the armor of God prevents fire/smoke damage, Speaking the Word of God with faith prevents mold, and realizing that the Holy Spirit is very much the third person of the Godhead will be used in rebuilding what has been damaged. In these natural examples, homeowners have insurance, in the spirit we have insurance also and it is the Blood of Jesus. The Blood of Jesus destroys the bad ( the damaged areas) and resurrects (restores) to make it look like new at the same time.

In Jeremiah 18:4 – “And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.” Have you ever thrown something away and didn’t mean too? You resist on reaching into the trash because what was good is now mixed up with “mess” so you just leave it there and buy another one. Instead of reaching in, grabbing it, rinsing it off and using it.

God is able to make your marriage into a new one. Just like He reached in and grabbed you from your sin, washed and rinsed you off for His use, the same can be done for your marriage. Just like restoring a home takes time from the damages incurred so does your marriage.

It is written in Amos 9:11 – “On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old.”

Elyashib is His name, The God who restores! Have a blessed day!

Lord we come before You today standing in agreement for those believing for their marriage to be repaired and/or restored. We plead the blood of Jesus over every marital covenant represented in this email and declare that the blood speaks on behalf these blood covenants in Jesus Name.

We thank You that each wife and husband are growing closer and closer to You each and every day and the vows that they spoke with as a witness are speaking louder than their circumstances. Help each praying wife to turn her eyes away from the natural which is temporary and look toward the spiritual which is permanent. Help them to pray with the eyes of God and not their own. We plead the blood of Jesus over every marriage, we decree that the balm of Gilead is running over and through their marriage right now.

We thank You that each spouse in this type if situation has chosen to look to the hills from whence cometh her help, their help comes from the Lord.

We thank You for the testimony of restoration in advance.

In Jesus Name, Amen!

Jesus Closed the Book!

Close the book!

I love the story in the bible (Luke 4:16-20) where Jesus walks into the temple, opens the scriptures, finds Himself in the Word, reads (Isaiah 61:1-3) it out loud, then says “today this word has been fulfilled.” and closes the book. We were made in His image and His likeness. He said even greater works than this would we do. Daily we should be opening the book, find the answers to our situations and then close the book once the promise has been applied.
The key was that Jesus already knew who He was, He just had to fulfill the scripture and He did it by opening, finding, reading, decreeing and closing the book. The same goes for each of us, we must know who we are and that we come from holy stock. 🙂

I challenge everyone: if we are made in His image and His likeness then we too can open the scriptures, find ourselves(answers to our situations) in the Word, read it out loud, then decree “today this word has been fulfilled” and close the book. Here are a few examples:

Feeling ashamed? Isaiah 61:7 – Instead of my shame I will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace I will rejoice in my inheritance. And so I will inherit a double portion in my land, and everlasting joy will be mine. Close the book.

Been faithful? The Lord rewards the faithful. The Word says that if I am faithful over a few things, He will make me ruler over much. Close the book.

Has something been stolen/robbed from you? Isaiah 61:8-9 “For my Lord, loves justice; He hates robbery and wrongdoing. In His faithfulness He will reward me and make an everlasting covenant with me. 9 My descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the Lord has blessed. Close the book.

Marriage issues? Mark 10:9 “What God has joined together no man, woman, or spirit shall break apart.” Close the book

Family a mess? Isaiah 61:4-6 – “My God will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; He will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Strangers will shepherd my flocks; foreigners will work my fields and vineyards. And we will be called priests of the Lord, we will be named ministers of our God. We will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches we will boast.” Close the book.

God is not a man that He should lie nor the son of man that He should repent. Open Your Word, Find yourself  (the answer to your situation), Read it out loud so that the enemy can hear it, Decree that today it has been fulfilled, and then Close the book!