The Armor of God: Praise

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. The fight isn’t against flesh and blood. Therefore, it makes sense that the armor of God isn’t crafted by human hands. So today, let’s consider the power of our praise! Praise is truly a weapon!

Praise is often considered to be synonymous with music. It’s so much more! Our praise doesn’t come from Maverick City Music or Fred Hammond, it comes from the fruit of our lips and our lips alone! It’s the words you speak, the tears that run down your cheek, and the groan and moan before the Lord. Let’s consider the Word:

Go back and read Joshua 6 and the fall of the wall of Jericho. The people’s faithfulness, obedience and praise caused the wall to fall! Their shout was a weapon! They had access to the manmade tools to cause the wall to fall but their praise was much more powerful!

Is there a wall blocking access to your promised territory? Is there a mountain in your way? Praise your way through! There is power in your praise! Praising the Lord is a great weapon in your arsenal.

The enemy wants you to speak negatively. He’s waiting for you to speak death to your promise-sisters, let’s choose to praise our way through the fight! Let’s choose to rejoice and give thanks unto the Lord for the victory!

It’s time to strap on praise. It’s time to lift our hands and our voices and declare that the Lord is GOOD and that He is worthy to be praised!

Pick up your praise and fight-the Lord, your God, is with you!

Peace and Blessings

His Perfect Plan…

Who else gets excited when they see this verse:

Come on now?! We know that scripture causes a good ole Holy Ghost shout! As it should! In a world filled with uncertainty, it’s good to know that the very Creator of the Universe has it all together! His plan is absolute perfection…

The promotion, the kids, the husband, the house-all apart of His perfect plan! Hallelujah! We can rejoice at the thought of His perfect plan for our lives!

Let’s also consider verse 10, when He speaks about spending 70 years in Babylon. Let’s consider verse 14 where He speaks about restoring and returning from exile. Those words cannot be overlooked…

Maybe Babylon is the job that laid you off and 70 years is a representation of the timeframe between jobs. Perhaps restoration involves recovering from a miscarriage. Perhaps the gathering means at one point you were lost. Could the silence you hear when you pray be apart of His perfect plan? Could the rejection from that “dream” job be apart of His perfect plan? Could that failed relationship be apart of His perfect plan?

Yes, yes, and yes. We cannot praise Him for the manifestation of the promise and curse Him for the presence of pain. Perfection, for the children of Israel, involved exile, loss, and destruction as well as promises, protection, and guidance. Why? Because it helped them return to their First Love. It led them to the Eternal Savior and not a temporary one.

That’s His perfect plan-for us to return to Him-whatever it takes!

So yes-His perfect plan involved the loss of a love and the love of your life. It involved your demotion and promotion. It involved the season of prosperity and the season of lack. His perfect plan involved the pain of the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Perfection is not the presence of good, it is seeking and desiring the presence of God.

Peace and Blessings

The Power of Repetition…

Having a rough day? Needing a reminder? How about clinging to this powerful Word?

When the enemy tries to tell you otherwise, whisper: “Lord, You are good and you do good…”

When you are reminded of past trauma, whisper: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”

When you receive disappointing news, cry out: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”

When that door closes, write: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”

When the one you thought you were going to spend the rest of your life with, shout: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”

As you start to repeat that simple line, Heaven will respond, Angels will be dispatch, and the Lord will smell your sweet fragrant of praise. As you declare that power over your life, you will see the good that you are declaring. As you shower that scripture, your strength is renewed!

There is power in repeating the truth of God’s Word! It’s not about shouting it on street corners, it’s about whispering it with tear-filled eyes. It’s about speaking it when you aren’t seeing good. It’s about crying out about the Lord’s goodness when you are discouraged and distracted.

Find yourselves declaring: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”

Peace and Blessings

From Egypt to Eternity…

Egypt, for the children of Israel, represented a place of comfort, bondage, and complacency. Egypt was dry and full of despair. When enslaved in Egypt, the children of Israel had to endure hard labor, with minimal pay, and survived from the crumbs of the Pharoah’s table.

Does Egypt sound familiar? It should-it’s where we live spiritually until we meet Christ. Without Him we are hopeless, in poverty (spiritually), and in bondage. From a spiritual perspective, Egypt is beautiful on the outside, empty on the inside.

Sisters, we can rejoice because we have a Savior that promises to remove us from our Egypt!

One translation (the Easy To Read version) reminds us that the Lord is the one who saved us! We have transitioned from Egypt to eternity! When we decide to accept the call of the Lord, we crossed over! When the children of Israel decided to heed to the call of the Lord through following Moses, they became etched into the Book of Life!

Like the children of Israel, we made some poor choices on the way that has taken generations to resolve. We have desired to run back to Egypt to be comfortable. We’ve desired go back to the very bondage we were freed from, just like the children of Israel.

Accepting Christ has ushered us until eternity! We can rejoice at the fact that we are no longer fighting for the crumbs of Pharoah’s table. We have a table prepared just for us! We are no longer in a dry land-we now have the promise of a land flowing with milk and honey!

Let’s rejoice-as our soul wonders how we got over, we can proclaim the name of our Father through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior-the One who saved us!

Peace and blessings

Chosen.

Whether you are chosen or not all depends on you…

This has nothing to do with who you present yourself to be, your status, or your educational attainment. Being chosen in Christ is not like being in the world. The world selection process is all about tangible and temporary things. Thank God that He does not function in the same capacity!

We are chosen in Christ when we say yes! We are chosen when we agree with what the Father says about us. We are chosen when we choose to believe in the promises of the Lord! Your degree and your childhood experiences do not automatically enter you into the Father’s kingdom. We are chosen by admitting that we cannot survive with God through Jesus Christ.

Rejoice and be glad! The Father is waiting to accept us with open arms. He is willing to choose us if we are willing to be accepted. He receives us as we receive Him. We should be glad to know that He loves us unconditionally!

Maybe you grew up in multiple foster homes, perhaps you were rejected by a parent. Maybe you were passed over for the promotion, or rejected by a friend. Maybe your dream school denied you or you were denied for that loan. No matter the circumstances, we promise that you have been handpicked and chosen by the Father!

He sees you as chosen, holy, royalty, and a special possession. All you have to say is “yes Lord, I am available, choose me!”

Peace and Blessings

Joy in Trouble…

Almost sounds like a oxymoron, right? Joy and trouble seem to be natural enemies of one another, surely the two cannot co-exist, right? Well, the Word of God tells us differently:

The Lord and His infinite wisdom gifts us with joy in the midst of our anxieties and worries. Yes, sister, there can absolutely be joy in trouble. Matter of fact, the Lord tells us to rejoice in sufferings! Joy in trouble produces much fruit: Endurance. Character. Hope. (Romans 5:3-5)

Anxiety does not have to be the final diagnosis. Restoration, freedom and healing is available. Trouble is not the end of the story. Trouble don’t last always. Worries do not have to weight us down, there is Someone who will carry the load.

Joy is in the journey! As we progress forward despite the weight of the world, as we seek out healthy coping mechanisms and courses of treatment-there is joy waiting for us. The Lord is waiting for us with arms full of joy. As we seek His face, He is showing us that joy is available for all whom desires it’s fruit!

No matter what we are going through, His comfort can bring us joy. Yes, there is joy in trouble and it’s found in our Father through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Peace and Blessings

Let Us Pray! Time for #SPS

You made it through the week, Overcomer, happy Friday! Check out the video below about our upcoming Saturday Prayer Session!

Has the Lord whispered a promise to you? Are you waiting for a promise of the Lord to manifest in your life? If so, please share that promise with us! You can do so in two ways:

Join the Prayer session! You can do so by hopping on to the call: The number to call is (425) 436-6200 and the access code is 827208. Tomorrow’s call (03/27/2021) will be at 9:00am EST!

You can also leave that promise in the comment section! We will share that scripture on our call tomorrow.

Even if you do not have a promise to share, feel free to join as we hear the promises of God and pray for one another! We are always excited to bombard heaven with our gratefulness, our cares, and our praise!

Any prayer requests: let us know in the comment section or send us an email: sistershelpingsisters757@gmail.com

Peace and Blessings

Will You Rejoice?

Habakkuk chose to rejoice. The prophet rejoiced even though:

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls…” Habakkuk‬ ‭3:17‬

The prophet didn’t focus on the drought or the barrenness of the land. The prophet focused on the Lord and His goodness. The prophet chose not to focus on what’s in the Lord’s hand but what’s in His heart.

Will we rejoice? Will we rejoice when the cupboards are bare? Will we rejoice when family drama seems to be intensifying? Will we rejoice when that door closes? Habakkuk was knowledgeable of the Lord His God and His capability to restore. The prophet knew that His Father was the Creator of the Universe. He knew that the promises of the Lord stand the test of time and complexity of our situations.

Rejoice regardless dear sisters! Rejoice in the Lord in the midst of the pandemic! Take joy in the Lord and regardless of your circumstances! Have plenty? Rejoice! Have little? Rejoice! Need answers? Take comfort in the God of your salvation! It’s not about what we see, it’s about what He said-Rejoice in the Lord, always!

Will we rejoice?

Peace and Blessings

Rejoice Always…

This concept can be foreign to many people during this day and time. What, some people may ask, do we have to rejoice over? The pandemic is happening, many people are out of work, it’s difficult to spend time with family during this time, and many people are experiencing economic problems in this season.

And yet, the scripture tells us to rejoice always (see Philippians 4:4). It can be a little challenging, depending on the situation. However, the command still stands: rejoice always. So what do we have to rejoice over? Let’s look to the Word of God:

We rejoice because we are clothed in garments of salvation. We rejoice because we are covered with a robe of righteousness. Salvation and righteousness are our portion in Christ and this is why we always rejoice.

We do not rejoice in our circumstances that are forever changing. We do not rejoice in our health that is always fleeting. We do not rejoice in a full bank account. Our rejoicing is for the Lord alone and what He has done for us.

Salvation leads us to Him. Righteousness is the right position for us as we live for the Lord. Our soul is most complete in Jesus. This is why we rejoice.

Maybe your holiday plans fell through. Maybe you have to celebrate without that beloved family member. Maybe your hours aren’t as plentiful due to restrictions associated with COVID. Friend, we still must rejoice. As hard as it may be, as challenging as it may feel-we must rejoice. We must rejoice in the Lord alone.

May we make this exhortation our posture forever: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

Peace and Blessings

Thorn to Throne…

“…a thorn in the flesh was given to me” 2 Corinthians 12:7

Followers of Christ may be familiar with this passage of scripture. Paul never stated what the thorn was that was in his flesh. Many theologians have many different theories but the Holy Spirit never revealed what it was. However, we do know that the thorn led Paul to the throne:

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.” 2 Corinthians 12:8

Paul recognized that the Lord was the only One that could deliver Him from his thorn. He knew that the Lord was the ultimate deliverer. He remembered how the Lord had healed his sight. He knew that the throne would be the place that would be able to help him.

We need to follow the example of Paul, our thorns must lead us to the throne, the place where Jesus Christ sits! He is the only One who delivers, He is the only One who saves, and He is the only One who redeems. Whatever pain or hurt we are experiencing, we must remember our Father. This is not forsaking the blessing of medicine and science, but this is remembering that the One who gifted the scientists and doctors must be our main source of healing and delivers.

Our thorns must not lead to groans and moans. Our thorns should not lead us to cursing and whining. We must remember that we are to look to Jesus Christ for these aches, pains, and downright annoyances that plague our days. And maybe we are like Paul and this will be our response as we seek the throne:

And while that may not be the response we were hoping for, perhaps it can shape the perspective of the thorn. Every moment we are annoyed or achy, may we remember the grace of God and how it shines in our weaknesses. Maybe we remember as we continue to plead with God to remove the thorn, that His power is most perfect in our weakness.

And perhaps with thorn in our flesh we receive this ultimate proclamation:

“…Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Peace and Blessings