Armored Up: Shield of Faith

The fiery darts of the enemy are very subtle. The darts, while ablaze, have the tendency to sneak up when we aren’t paying attention. The darts can be shot from the ones that we least expect. The darts can look similar to what we’ve seen before, but their source is much more dangerous, much more brutal, and downright deadly.

This is why, sisters, we must maintain our shield of faith at all times! The enemy exists to steal, kill, and destroy. If he gets our faith, he gets the foundation on which we stand.

The Word of God is living, breathing and active-however, if we fail to believe the Lord, we will find the Word being of no effect in our lives. Oh the Word goes forth and fulfills it’s intended purpose but we will fail to see the hand of God if we are punctured by the fiery darts that comes our way.

Our faith must stand at all times!

Shields up, women of God! We must block the darts of the enemy by standing and believing the Word of God!

The dart of insecurity, the dart of comparison, the dart of low self esteem, the dart of envy may come your way but your faith will destroy the darts before they reach you! Your faith in the Lord, your God, is much more powerful than the demonic tactics of the enemy. Your shield of faith is stronger than anything that comes your way!

We block those darts with our faith, with the promises of God, with fasting, with prayer, and with our love for the Father! Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection gave us access to this amazing tool of warfare. We will not fail with the Lord’s armor!

Sister, your adversary may be lurking, seeking who he may devour but with our shield of faith and the Lord on our side-WE WIN!

Peace and Blessings

Armored Up: Shoes of Peace…

“and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news].” Ephesians‬ ‭6:15‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Who do people see when we walk into a room: A drama mama or a peace-filled lady? What shoes do we have one when we are walking? The Word of God tells us to have the gospel of peace strapped onto our feet!

Think about this world we live-it’s full of chaos and drama-do we want to be the carriers of that? Or do we want to bring peace into these dark spaces we walk into? Do we want to be light? Do we want to bring forth the Good News? The world already produces enough bad news!

Let’s be carriers of peace! Let’s be prepared to bring forth peace into spaces that are filled with tragedies. And how do we do that?

We make sure our words are seasoned with salt and light. We encourage instead of tear down. We speak the truth in love and not judgment. We think before we speak. We keep our minds stayed on the Lord.

Our shoes of peace is a powerful weapon. Satan wants us to spread discord. He wants us to start fights and cause division. Peace is our powerful weapon! Mighty woman of God-be determined to produce peace and not pain! Sister, make sure your shoes are strapped on tight and tell this dying world about the Good News of Jesus Christ!

Peace and Blessings

The Armor Of God: Focus

Focus is important in warfare. Soldiers do not shoot aimlessly. They are focused on their target. They aren’t focused on what their fellow soldiers are doing, they do not become distracted by their scenery-they remain centered on the mission at hand.

We can stand to learn something from those who have engaged in battle-in the natural and in the supernatural.

When Jesus was headed to the cross, He kept His eyes straight ahead, knowing that the mission was greater than what He was facing in the moment. When Caleb and Joshua visited the promise land, they did not get distracted by the giants-they remained focused on the promise that God had for the children of Israel.

Focus is an essential component of the armor of God! We cannot afford to lose focus or to become distracted. This is why this Word is of great importance:

Remember hearing in church to turn to you neighbor? The time of looking to our neighbors is over sisters! Its time to keep our gaze straight ahead so that we can press towards the mark!

As you put on your armor, consider your focus! Are you more concerned about what your neighbor is doing or are you focused on your mission? Are you more focused on the plan of God for someone’s life and not yours? Are you aware of your surroundings, naturally and supernaturally?

Look to the hills-that’s where your help comes from. Set your minds on things above, the eternal is what lasts forever. Press towards the mark-what the Lord has for you is ahead of you and not behind you!

Focus-mighty woman of God! It’s essential for our fight against those demonic spirits and principalities that are out to steal, kill and destroy. Focus on the victory that is already yours in Christ Jesus!

Peace and Blessings

Your Way or Yahweh?

Have you ever tried to get to a destination off of memory? You rely on landmarks, you jog your memory, and you end up lost. Eventually, you find yourself turning on Google Maps and then you get re-routed and back on track.

While this scenario is applicable for traveling to a physical destination, this is also true for a spiritual destination. When trying to figure out the best way to go, we will talk to our best friend, seek out a self-help book, and even talk to our Mama. And while our friends and family may have the best intentions, they should not be our first resource. We have to surrender the way we think we should go, we should give up trying to go our way and try Yahweh.

Jesus, Jehovah, Yahweh, Immanuel-No matter what name we call Him-He is the way, the truth, and the life! We have to surrender our way to Him! We must give up the path we think we know for the path He created for us. His way will lead us in the way everlasting. His way will lead us right to Him! The Lord our God has not left us alone to figure this road called life out, His Word is our guide. The Holy Spirit has been sent to lead us.

As we consider our way or Yahweh, let’s look to the Word for direction:

Peace and Blessings

Get Up & Get Out!

You may have stumbled. You may have fallen. You may have tripped. You may have even decided to lay down willingly. But now it is time to get up!

Sister, you’ve been down long enough. You may have tripped over that stumbling block. You may have been blocked by that obstacle. You may have willingly laid down from exhaustion. Get up sis! The time for resting is over! Don’t you let the enemy think he’s won! Oh no, only Christ has the victory!

It’s so easy to stay down. Let’s be empowered by Christ! He did not stay down. He did not declare defeat. Remember, in His last moments, God had forsaken Him-not for His disobedience, but for the mission! Jesus had to go down, but He did not stay there! Amen?! He got up! Let His story be your power!

Now it is time for you to rise! He got up and out of the tomb! It is time for you to get out of that funk! It is time for you to get out of your feelings. It’s time for you to stop letting emotions be in the driver seat!

It’s time to get out. It’s time to get out and do the will of the Lord. It is time to get out and follow Yahweh! It’s time to get out and pound the pavement for our soul, for our loved ones, for the ones who are coming behind us!

It’s time to get up and get out “to have demons be subject to us in the name of Jesus; to have authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy,” Luke 10:17, 19.

You getting up and getting out will shake the very foundation your life and nothing shall hurt you.” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:19‬. We are waiting for you to get up and out friends!

Peace and Blessings

Hide and Seek

(Another sister in Christ wrote an post about hiding and seeking-I had to mention it, the Holy Spirit moves in mighty ways! Check her post out here: Hide and Seek)

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Maybe you are hiding from a major conflict…

Maybe you are hiding from God’s mission for your life…

Maybe you are hiding from hurt and pain…

Maybe you are hiding because someone is pursuing you…

Sister, it is time to stop hiding! It is time for you to come out from that spot behind that rock, behind that tree-it is time for you to seek the Lord and come forward! The Lord is waiting for you to stop running. He is waiting for you to stop using that job, those vain things, and that relationship to block yourself from being all that the Lord has created you to be!

The time for hiding is over. Now it is time to seek the Lord. Pursue Him relentlessly. Be after His heart. Strive for His Will. Seek His face. Seek His purpose for your life. Seek His plan for your life. Our children and our children’s children need us to come out of hiding. Our souls need us to come our of hiding. Why? So that we can experience abundant life, so that we can be set free of toxicity, so that we can be free.

We may be feeling disenchanted and discouraged. We may be experiencing discontentment so we run to our secret hiding place. We run to a place where we can wear masks and be someone we are not. It is time to come forth and live.

Seek the Lord and live.

Peace and Blessings

Oh, the Audacity!

Audacity is a willingness to take bold risks. And it’s often used in a negative context: “she had the audacity to…” or “he had the audacity to…”

Being in Christ requires audacity! We have to stand against what we see and what the world says to believe in Someone we do not see. We have to stand on promises that has yet to manifest. We have to trust in the Word of God-oh, the audacity! It is all starts with a mustard seed:

Your willingness to take bold risks start out with a small seed. Faith requires audacity! Do you have the audacity to believe? Do you have the audacity to love that family member everyone has wrote off? Do you have the audacity to go for that goal?

Let them say: She had the audacity to write that book! She had the audacity to ask for healing for an incurable disease! She had the audacity to start that podcast! She had the audacity to preach the Gospel!

Take your mustard seed of faith, our sister, stand the face of fear and declare that YES-You have the audacity! You will love your enemy and do good to those who hate you because God said so, you will intercede for the lost, you will believe that God can and will move mountains and you will trust in the Lord God Almighty!

Peace and Blessings

The Time Is Now!

The time is now! No more waiting, no more “I’ll do it when…”-now is the time for the launch!

We are all about waiting for the perfect time, the perfect moment. I have you ever heard yourself saying, “it’s not the right time”, and you wait-and you wait a little longer-and before you know it-it never happens?

Our sister, it is time for you to move. Get that degree, start the business, preach the Word, set that routine! You can do it, you can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you! In Christ you have all you need to accomplish that goal! It starts with one step. It starts by opening that notebook and mapping out that business plan. It starts with putting that $5 into that savings account. It start with movement and just a little faith.

Your adversary wants you to say that it’s not the right time. He wants you to wait so that he can plant a seed of distraction, a seed of delay-he wants you to wait and get even more burdened down with cares that push you away from your purpose. The devil knows that when you get started, he can no longer stop you! He knows that when you getting moving, the Lord is already crafting out the vision. Don’t fret overcomer! Satan and his schemes will be destroyed and defeated-hallelujah! Know that the time is now!

You don’t have to wait for God’s favor, you have it now! Now is the day of salvation! Now is the acceptable and favorable time.

It all starts with us and our sisters, the time is now!

Peace and Blessings

Vision Works…

It’s something lovely when you see the big picture. You can see the big booming business, you can see the strut across the stage, you can see the beautiful children-the vision looks incredible!

Rarely do we picture the work. Rarely do we see the tears and the sweat. Rarely do we see the money spent and the time put in. But there is work required for the vision, friends.

That business requires a plan, time, and money. That degree requires long nights and tons of studying. Those children have to be carried, pushed out, and cared for. That beautiful vision requires work.

The vision requires prayer. The vision requires faith. The vision requires relationship. The vision has to be submitted to the Lord so that He may establish the work of our hands. The Word tells us so:

The vision must be put on paper and put into action. Vision works! It requires connections, community, and collaboration. Seeing the vision of God come to pass in our lives requires a trust in Him that far exceeds what we see. We must look to the hills from where our help comes from.

Friends, the vision must accompanied with unyielding faith in the Father-and that requires work! Declaring prosperity in dry times is work, decreeing a thriving environment while operating in survival mode is work, declaring positivity in a world full of negativity is work!

Work the vision, friend! Commit all that you do to the Lord and see the establishment of your plans!

Peace and Blessings

Trailblazer…

It’s Black History Month and we are learning about African American trailblazers. Those folks who were the first to do something, those who broke societal ceilings, and those who weathered the racial climate to achieve their goals. One may say that the season of the trailblazer is over, we say, quite the contrary!

Those African American pioneers were making the way for those coming behind them! They may not have even been aware of what they were creating-all they knew is that the job had to be down-and they said yes! So the season of the trailblazer is far from over! There is so much more work to be done.

You are a trailblazer! The generations behind you are waiting for you to make the path, the generations behind you need you to achieve your goal, those behind you need the barriers to be broken so that they can walk through the door. That may be a scary thought, but know that you are not alone-the Father is with you! The Word says so:

Yes, the first stoplight has been created. Open heart surgery has already been done. Integration has already been done. You may not have your name in history books but you may have your name in your family’s story as the first marriage that didn’t end in divorce. You blaze the trail by getting deliverance from that trauma of your past. You make the path for those behind you by saving, budgeting, and investing. You set the trail by become healthy and whole. Your name may not end up in lights but you can be a light in dark places.

Trailblazer, you are making history! By accomplishing the will of the Lord, you can make a difference! By not yielding in your faith, you can turn the generations towards the Lord! By operating in the power of the Holy Spirit, you can light the path that points others towards the Lord!

Be the trailblazer, you are not alone!

Peace and Blessings