Freedom…

There are some fights that repeat themselves over and over again-the battle to remain silent when you want to speak, the struggle not to overindulge on that favorite food, the fight to remain steadfast in prayer. And the list goes on.

However, there are some encounters that you won’t have to fight again. Remember when you conquered that fear of speaking in public? Or perhaps that first flight? Maybe you’ve conquered that fear of roller coasters. Whatever it may be, that first fight was the only fight.

There is freedom in realizing that there are some battles you will not have to engage in again. For those whom are married, your season of first dates are over. For those who are mothers and are done have children, those labor pains are done for you!

Let’s go deeper, there are some enemies, there are some things that go bump in the night that you worry about, that you fear-and the Lord has set you free from experiencing those things again. Never again will you have to encounter that one who hurt you. Never again will you want to hurt yourself because you’ve been healed and made whole. Never again will you have to be a slave to a bottle or pills.

The Word tells us so:

Freedom is found in not fearing. Freedom is found in standing firm. Freedom is found in seeing the salvation of the Lord. Your Egyptians are done for! Egypt represented a place of bondage and slavery for the children of Israel. What represents your Egypt? Make it personal and speak that declaration over your life!

For the addiction you see today, you shall never see again if you stand firm, fear not, and see the salvation of the Lord!

For the low self-esteem you see today, you shall never see again if you stand firm, fear not, and see the salvation of the Lord!

The struggle you have with being all that God has called you to be may be visible today, but if you fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord-you shall never have that struggle again!

It’s time to be free, my friend! Leave those “Egyptians” behind and press onward towards the mark which is in Christ Jesus!

Peace and Blessings

False Sense of Security…

“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord.” Isaiah‬ ‭31:1‬ ‭

Horses and chariots aren’t necessarily our cup of tea nowadays. Many of us don’t possess those items and if we do, they aren’t for war or fighting. Now, our horses may substituted for our home, cars, or life insurance. Now, our chariots may be considered our salaries and our degrees.

No one is saying that you shouldn’t try to obtain these things. We do have earthly needs. However, our sense of security should not be found in these things. If we lost our jobs, many of us would struggle with feeling secure. If we lost our cars, we may have a difficult time adjusting without it.

Horses, cars, chariots, and jobs offer a false sense of security. These things will not save us. These things are not our salvation. Just because we have a job, does not mean we are any better than someone who does not have a job. Our nice car does not give us a heavenly advantage over someone else.

Our possessions does not mean we will win the war. Do not find your worth, self-esteem, or confidence in things. They are temporal. They will fade and pass away. You can be decked out in jewels and designer brands and be failing spiritually.

Friends, let’s find our security in the One who is greater than anyone or anything this world can offer. Our security must be anchored in the One who defeated death, hell, and the grave. Let your possessions be what they are: just temporary, just materials, just things that will fade and rust.

Our treasure, our security is not found here on Earth.

We must look up: “but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew‬ ‭6:20‬ ‭

Heaven contains our hope, our security, and our salvation. May we look to the Lord for our security, our joy, and our peace.

Peace and Blessings

Training Ground…

Any form of training can be quite tedious and difficult. When you are new to a position, you feel a multitude of feelings while attending orientation and training: anxiety, excitement, boredom, and the list goes on. While being trained, you are becoming equipped for the assignment ahead. The training is necessary.

This is proven true for the spiritual: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

The anointing is needed but you also need to have a training period. If you are not rooted in the Word of God, how can you preach it? If you are unable to connect with children, how can you teach in children’s ministry?

This walk of faith requires equipping. While we may all be the recipient of the prayers of our mothers, fathers, and grandparents, there comes a time when we must train ourselves up. Training requires getting on our knees and crying out to the Lord. Training requires time in the Word. Training requires us to learn how to praise God on the mountaintops and in the valley lows.

The training ground prepares you for the biggest challenge of your life, which is the battle for your soul. Not only does the Lord want you to commit to Him, so does Satan. How will you successfully combat your enemy if you do not study the Word of God which tells you how to defeat? We must value the spiritual training ground.

It is the training for godliness that builds your weapons arsenal. It is the training in the spiritual that equips you for your life’s mission. Continue to pace that floor with prayer. Continue to sharpen your sword by studying the Word of God. Your very life, not the physical body, but your soul, depends on your training ground.

Peace and Blessings

How The War Is Won…

There is a quote, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” Henry Ford

Mr. Ford was on to something.

One may say there is a war waging now, whether you consider the war from the nature perspective, with regards to the protests and the pursuit of racial justice and equality. Or whether you consider the ongoing spiritual battle from the supernatural perspective. The war is waging but with a focused mind and renewed perspective, it can be won.

If you hear of those protesting in streets or in the spirit, they realize that the battle is bigger than them but it doesn’t overwhelm them. They realize that the victory will change the generations to come. Those fighting, in the natural or in the spirit, understand that their enemy will not overpower them. The warriors on the battlefield, naturally or supernaturally recognize that peace and communication are keys to the victory.

This is how the war is won.

Your victory or defeat will always begin in your mind. It is no wonder that the Lord exhorts believers to transform and renew out mind with the Word of God:

With a mind set on victory, you can operate from a place of victory. You are not ruled by your emotions. With a victorious mindset, you are not governed by your feelings. You will be able to develop strategies of victory. You will be able to see the hand of God in your battle and in the war.

Your adversary also knows that with a transformed and renewed mind, you are unstoppable. This is why the attacks frequently begin there. If you think you are nothing, the war is lost. If you believe you are inferior, your enemy becomes bigger. If you are unaware of your identity, the enemy will begin to tell you who you are. Without a renewed and focused mind, anger and fury rule and win.

Soldier, continue to fight with a transformed and renewed mind. Continue to remain focused on the mission. Know that as you wage war against your adversary, it can be won.

Transform and renew your mind-the battle is first won there.

Peace and Blessings

Our banner, His victory…

When we graduate, tradition states that you turn your tassel or throw your hat into the air. When you leave one job to head into another, some jobs will have a send-off of sorts-cake, party, nice card, etc. When you get married, most folks have some sort of reception to celebrate.

In some capacity, there is usually something we hold up as our banner when we are victorious. And it’s nice to celebrate!

But before the retirement parties, before the reception, before the graduation celebration, the Lord must be our banner! He is the One who goes before us, He is the reason for the victory.

The Lord demonstrates His position as our banner in the children of Israel’s battle against Amalek (Exodus 17:8-15). As Moses held his hands up, Israel was successful in the battle. The obedience of Moses was the key in their victory.

Your obedience is an active demonstration of the Lord as our banner. Your obedience will be the key to your victory. Your obedience shows the world that the Lord is the reason that you are victory.

As we give God thanks, as we seek His face, as we yield to His will and His way, the Lord becomes our banner. Our banner is the key to our victory. As He is lifted up, we recognize that He is absolutely the reason and without Him, we will lose every time.

So for our next celebration, our next major win, our next success story, may we shout “The Lord Is My Banner”!

Peace and Blessings

Waging War…

As believers of God through Jesus Christ, we are consistently engaged in a tremendous battle. Thankfully, we have the victory through the finished work of Jesus Christ. However, our battle still rage on as we exist here on Earth.

We engage in warfare to destroy the works of the devil. Christ accomplished this, once and for all, with his life, death, and resurrection. We are still prevalent to sin, however, because we still exist in the world. But make no mistake, we are not OF the world. No friend, as a born again believer, you belong to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore, you were created to destroy the works of the devil.

Perhaps you are wondering how that is possible. It’s done with the fruit of your lips, with your lifestyle, with the fruit of the Spirit. Your Christian walk is actively destroying the works of the devil. Your prayers, your fasting, your studying-all work together to defeat Satan and his minions. We do not have to go to Hell and get the keys, that’s been accomplished but it is our responsibility to continue to fight the good fight of faith.

We cast down Satan’s mission to steal, kill, destroy with love, building, and giving. We give joy, we command peace, and we extend grace. We triumph over the advances of the enemy with choosing to operate in love, power, and a sound mind. When Satan comes to condemn, we comfort. We Satan comes to discourage, we encourage.

So fight on sis! Continue to wage war with your ministry, your kindness, and your dedication to Christ. Cast off that spirit of fear, you will win! And you will win because Christ already won! Know that you are equipped for the fight. In Christ, you have all you need to destroy the works of the devil.

Wage on, soldier. You got this!

Peace and Blessings

Fight.

Fighting can be quite exhausting. All of that energy is exerted and fighting requires the mind and body! Sometimes, you just get down right tired. And sometimes, you just want to give up. However, our charge stands:

This post is not about a physical fight. This is all about the spiritual battle that we must face each day. This is about staring the Devil in his face and declaring that he will lose this battle as he’s already lost the war. This fight is about pressing on. This fight is about tapping into God’s strength and not your own.

This fight is about strengthening your mind with the Word of God to remain sane and focused. This fight is about strengthening your body with the Word of God to be able to withstand the blows of life. This fight is for your family, your friends, and the generations coming after you.

Fight for your ministry, your relationship, and your joy. Fight for your peace. The functions of the enemy is to steal, kill, and destroy. Decide today to submit to the will of the Lord and not the snares of Satan.

You can do this. You can fight. But most importantly, in Christ, YOU WILL WIN!

Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Corinthians 15:55,57
Peace and Blessings

Possessing the Victory…

The battle has already been won. Christ, the Victor, stands strong. He has conquered death, Hell, and the grave. No longer do we have to wonder if there is life after death, Christ has answered that question for us.

If Christ possessed the victory, why won’t we? If we are children of the Most High and joint heirs with Christ, then why won’t we attach ourselves to the victory that is in Jesus Christ? He is our Savior, He has saved us! In Him we are redeemed. In Him, we too, have won!

Possessing the victory is a mindset. Its transitioning from surviving to thriving. It’s letting go of stinky thinking. It’s speaking life. It’s seeing with our faith instead of our eyes. It’s acknowledging the victory each and every day as we square up against our enemy.

So as we suit up in our armor (see Ephesians 6:10-18), we no longer have to wonder if we are going to win the battle. We can stand confidently knowing that victory is already ours. The armor is for our protection against our adversary. The armor helps us acknowledge our victor, Jesus Christ. In Him, we live, we move, we have our being, and in Him, we always win.

So possess your victory today! Stand firm in the Lord. Be strong and courageous! Know that everything that comes against you will fall because our victory rests in the Lord (Proverbs 21:31) and it cannot be snatched away.

Peace and Blessings

The Battle Is Not Yours…

It’s the Lord’s! Many of us has heard that in one context or another. And it is true!

Indeed, the battle is not yours. However, that does not mean that there won’t be a fight. Birthed from 2 Chronicles 20, there was indeed a battle. The Israelites had to stand together and trust in the Lord, and they won!

Who is standing beside you in the midst of your battle?

More can be accomplished together than apart. Let’s consider the story of Moses, Aaron and Hur.

The Israelites and Amalekites are battling one another. Joshua was sent to fight. Moses was sent to stand. So with the Lord’s guidance and direction, Moses held his staff in the air to help the Israelites.

Any time Moses held his hands in the air, the men of Israel would start winning the fight. But when Moses put his hands down, the men of Israel began to lose the fight. After some time, Moses’ arms became tired. So they put a large rock under Moses for him to sit on. Then Aaron and Hur held Moses’ hands in the air. Aaron was on one side of Moses and Hur was on the other side. They held his hands up like this until the sun went down. Exodus 17:11-12

Who is your Aaron and Hur? Whose on your team when things get rough? Who is holding up your arms? Who is praying for you, fighting alongside you, standing alongside you?

In this culture of YOLO, DOLO, and SOLO, it’s fashionable to fight alone, however, it is not wise and it is not God’s design.

Armies won (and win) together. Moses had Aaron and Hur. Joshua and Caleb. David had Jonathan. Jesus had Peter, James and John. You, my sister, aren’t any different. Sis, the battle is not yours.

Much is accomplished in the context of community. Look at your past victories. Chances are, there was an Aaron, Jonathan or Joshua there, holding you up, sending you encouragement, praying for you. You don’t have to look hard for them, when you stand and fight, some will flee, others will stand with you.

So give your Aaron and Hur a call, tell them thank you, remember to hold up their arms, and pray for their strength!

Your battle is not yours sis but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a fight. Just know that the Lord has well-equipped you for the victory.

Peace and Blessings