When the storms in our personal lives arrive not with the purpose of defeating us, or forcing us to take shelter, but to do the exact opposite?
What if the purpose of the storm is to lift us up; to give us the opportunity to bravely spread our wings, to push us in a new direction, to new heights? What opportunities would we be able to see if we could rise above negative thoughts, judgements or limiting beliefs about what we can be, do, or have in this life?
I don’t know about you but I think I am going to follow the eagles lead.
Did you know that the eagle is the only bird which flies directly into a storm? It is the turbulence of the winds that the other birds avoid, that the eagle seeks. A turkey would has scampered for shelter in the face of a storm but not an eagle. You see the eagle knows a little something that the other birds do not, turbulence pushes the eagle higher. So when a storm moves in eagles don’t seek shelter, they fly into it, embracing it. Eagles use the bad weather to gain entry into a space that they could never have reached in good weather, and their reward for this act of boldness? The eagles are given a broader view of their surroundings. This bird’s eye view also comes with the added benefit that once they rises above the storm they are clear of the rough winds and their flight becomes smoother, requires less effort!
Now that got me thinking…
So when storms of life arise I get down on my knees with prayer and supplication while waiting for an answer because I am a HEIR of SALVATION.
Prayer: I thank you for you never leave nor forsake me, open my eyes to see the right direction you have ordained for me in this situation. Help me Lord to soar as an eagle over all turbulences and challenges that the storms of live brings in Jesus name.
“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons” (1 Timothy 4:1).
Satan diabolically uses lies to deceive God’s people. He appeals to our emotions and directs his attacks to a point of contention in our lives. For instance the saying “Half of all Christian marriages end in divorce”, but this does not have to be true of yours. You have to stand firm in your faith. If you are struggling, there is help. When you seek Him, God will provide a solution to your broken life.
“A new job is on the way and another contract will set you debt free”
Remember, God’s Truth that there is never a time when adultery is acceptable. Most often Satan attacks our weakness and makes it feel that we are undergoing attacks from our family members or friends so we personalize failure and attach faces to them. For instance, to those unhappy in their marriages, he will say: “You are having problems in your marriage, right? God wants you to be happy. The person you are with does not understand you. In fact, she doesn’t love you, she is not God’s choice for you, but your co-worker—the one who sits and listens to your every word and laughs at all your jokes—loves you. She will make you happy. This is a lie from “the pit of hell”
Stop accepting the lies of the enemy. If you feel that you have drifted from God in any area of your life, then you have to turn back to Him right now. Tell Him that you need His help. He is the “God of Wonder” There is hope for your future because Jesus lives.
Prayer: Lord, help me to stay focused on Your Truth. Fortify my heart with Your Word of life. Please forgive me for believing the lies of the enemy rather than seeking You to meet my needs. Help me to stand focussed on You alone this I pray in the name of Jesus.
Your heart must be devoid of anything contrary to righteousness – a sure way by which it can be united with the heart of God. One thing that causes a man not to flourish is unforgiveness, which results from offences. You must therefore train your heart not to dwell on offences but to focus on Jesus, so that you can flourish in your spirit, soul and body.
Matthew 18:7 says, “For offences must come, but woe to that man by whom the offence comes!”
Offences will always be, and will always happen. Looking at your physical body as an example, the teeth can offend the tongue as a result of bite (a kind of offence), and this can happen from time to time. The tongue, as a result of the teeth’s offence, cannot decide to stop feeding the body because the tongue itself needs the teeth for help in carrying out its function of swallowing.
This demonstrates the importance of forgiveness (the tongue has to continually forgive the teeth) and unity to be able to forge ahead and accomplish their tasks.
So it must be with you, as a Christian and your fellow brethren. You must relate to one another with righteous and open heart.
If one flourishes, it must positively affect the other.
The Bible clearly states that one shall chase a thousand and two shall chase ten thousand. (See Deut 32:30; Josh 23:10) Remember, when God blesses you it is not just for your own sake but for His kingdom’s – you are part of the blessing because you are part of His kingdom. His blessing upon you is to enhance His work on earth and to change the perspective of His church, beginning from your domain (local church).
Isaiah 40:18,25-31 say, “With whom, then, will you compare God? To what image will you liken Him?” “To whom will you compare Me? Or who is My equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? … … … Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Prayer: O God, arise and fight my battle, arise and fight the cause of my life. Contend with those that contend with my destiny. Contend with every elemental evil spirit, every satanic association set up to hinder me from fulfilling my destiny or being myself on a daily basis. Arise O Lord, and fight my battle.
Set Free To Serve (2)
A Christian (follower of Christ) cannot be less than what the Bible says in Acts 4:32-35, “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the Apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.”
This Scripture tells us that when God is enthroned in the midst of His people there cannot be any poor there. The reason is that those who had, took those who didn’t have and invested in them. From time to time those who owned land and houses sold them and brought the money before the apostles to be distributed among all. That was the way they could express their hearts of benevolence by selling off their [abundant] possessions to raise others. There was no needy person among them!
The church of God should be a place of provision and help.
The church, instead of the government, should be providing tokens and build affordable homes for members of the church. The church members should not be depending on the secular world to survive. It is the churches that should be setting up various industries and become big magnates, but you find that none is doing that in today’s world – this is a great concern.
Looking carefully at the whole thing again and again, one begins to wonder what exactly is responsible for this. There are several factors but behind them are demonic forces. It is therefore, an all out war against the powers that invade the destiny of man. It is demonic manipulation of the mind of a man that causes him to misbehave. Satan is a universal planner and very efficient in his delivery, but the only thing we can do to destroy his plans and works is to pray and walk according to God’s ordinances.
There is nothing prayer cannot do.
Prayer can repair any bad situation or condition as well as maintain a good one. Anything that is bad needs prayer and anything that is good needs more prayer. You might not have prayed a lot to attain a certain height but to sustain or increase such height, you would [definitely] need to pray more.
Prayer: Father, unite my heart with Your heart so I can succeed. Unite our hearts as a church with Your heart so Your church can succeed.
“Every bad and ungodly attitudes would only detour anyone from yielding good fruits.”
Such attitudes as anger, adultery, covetousness, evil desires needs to be rid of. You must ensure that your mind is continually cleansed and renewed by the Word – Matthew 1:18-20. You must dedicate yourself wholly to God and He must always have His way in your life, home, family and your will. By allowing this a new man will be born of you and you will have the power to overcome the flesh and every onslaught of the devil. If a man insist in his own ways he will be utterly destroyed, this is affirmed in Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that seems right to a man,but it ends in the way of death”.
“You must be of understanding that not every fruit is delightful to God, therefore, your aim must always be to produce fruits that are delightful to Him.”
God is the source of our righteousness through His strength in us. In Isaiah 40:28 encourages us to trust in the Lord so that we do not grow weary but soar like the eagle. God just wants us to continually do that which is right before him and thus possess the land. Deuteronomy 6:18-19 “Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so that it may go well with you and you may in and take over the good land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors, thrusting out all your enemies before you, as the Lord said.”
Prayer: Lord create in me a clean and pure heart and renew a right spirit within me. Purge me of every uncleanness that reside in my heart so that I can flourish in Jesus name.
“Everything in your life will try to keep you away from from ‘The Secret Place’ – when that happens you will begin to fall in other areas and you ask yourself ‘Why is it such a battle'”
The secret place is where you meet with God to get instruction..correction…cleansing..loving and being built up for the future. Your secret place can be anywhere but it has to be somewhere, it can be set to anytime but it has to be sometime that is set. It has to be the most important appointment in your day.
Jesus is our example. He often rose before the day breaks to pray knowing what awaits Him. He makes deposits in the early mornings to be able to make withdrawals later in the day. Children of God without deposits made in “the secret place”, what would you have to draw on? You’ll work harder and harder and less to show for it, because you are operating in your own strength. But after you’ve prayed you will struggle less and accomplish more because you are operating in HIS strength.
“He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed” Isaiah 50:4
Do not get too involved in the work of the Lord that you neglect the Lord of the work. That is probably why Paul prayed, “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him ….” Philippians 3:10
Nothing can be born without intimacy. Everything you really want to become is in God’s presence. Have you been there today?
Prayer: Father, if there is any area in my life that have been blind to knowing the essence of Your Presence take it away from me Lord. Open my heart to knowing Your will for me on daily basis.
“The Law of the spirit of life does not work automatically. It must be activated.”
What are your first words when you face any form of affliction? Your first words in the face of affliction are extremely important and decisive of what happens next. The words you speak license spiritual laws to go into operation for or against you expressly. They either allow sin and death to take over or they activate the Spirit of Christ Jesus.
Thank God, as born-again believers, we’re in Him and as Romans 8:2 says “…because through Christ Jesus the law of Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” Since life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21) – speak life over your situation all the time!
Prayer: Father, as a believer, direct me by Your Spirit to the place You have prepared for me. Open my eyes Lord to see the way that is right before You and guide the words that come out of my mouth in Jesus name.