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

Armored Up Wednesdays…

We are so excited for this new season for Sisters Helping Sisters. The Lord is taking on a thematic journey and we are allowing the Holy Spirit to have His way! Over the next few Wednesdays, we are highlighting the importance and necessity of wrapping ourselves in the armor of God.

The armor is needed because we are at war! The enemy wants us to continue to fight one another, he wants us to be at war with our neighbors or those who don’t do what we do. Sisters, we cannot afford to get caught up in the hype!

If you turn to the news or hop on social media, you will see the war raging on! For example, yesterday was a big Election Day for Virginia. The enemy is using the media to get people upset at the results. He wants to put fear in people and he wants to use politics to cause division. He’s a liar and incapable of truth!

Whether it’s politics, education, or just everyday matters, we must remember we are not fighting against flesh and blood:

And since our fight is not against flesh and blood, our weapons cannot afford to be carnal…it’s time to gear up!

Join us for Armored Up Wednesdays!

Peace and Blessings

The Lifestyle…

“…Even so, Come, Lord Jesus” Revelation 22:20. John’s declaration to the Lord is truly a lifestyle.

John’s simple words proved that he was ready to be with the Lord. As the Lord shared that He is “coming quickly”, the response wasn’t “hold up Lord, not yet.” At times, our lives shouts that same response…

John lived a life that echoed the coming of the Lord. He was sent to the island of Patmos to essentially die alone. This prove that he didn’t forsake the Lord, he did not deny the Lord’s authority, and he loved Him even to the point of death. John’s position expressed that he patiently awaited the Lord’s return. He could have deny the Lord and been saved but he took his stance and said: Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus just isn’t a call-it’s a way of life! Let’s be found working, loving, and seeking the Lord! No one is looking to be outcasted to an island to die alone but John’s willingness proved that he was ready to be with the Lord.

Are we? Are we ready to be with the Lord-resting with Him and worshipping Him for eternity? Are we ready for Jesus to come back? Do we live a life that exclaims-Even so, come, Lord Jesus! Repentance, obedience, service, sacrifice, love, forgiveness: all shout, “Come Lord Jesus!”

And while we wait, may we hold on to our blessed hope:

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Peace and Blessings

React vs. Respond

There is actually a difference between the two!

With reactions, they occur because of a behavior. Think about it, as a parent or maybe you were told this as a child-if someone hits you, you hit them back. We aren’t here to dispute if that’s a good reaction or not-but ultimately, it’s a reaction to a behavior. A response is a reply. If someone hits a child, we tell them to respond by going to the teacher or telling a trusted adult.

A reaction is immediate, a response is intentional. A reaction encourages us to act based off of emotions or feelings. A response encourages us to think before moving.

The Lord exhorts believers to respond. Turn the other cheek. Love. Be slow to speak, quick to listen. These are all responses. These responses draw us to this important truth:

Ultimately, our flesh is designed to react. It is designed to act with emotion. It is designed to feel good about reactions. But intentional responses build our spirit man! Our flesh reacts, our spirit responds.

We know it feels fleshly good to react but we need to respond! We need to respond to the Father. We need to respond to those who are hurting-they tend to lash out. We need to respond to our enemies-do good to those who hurt you. We need to respond to hate with love-love conquers all!

Choose this day, what will you do: Will you react or will you respond? Which choice will let your gentleness be evident to all?

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

The Beauty of Desperation…

We are so excited to see what the Lord is doing in this next season of ministry! Please like, subscribe, and share this podcast. We are moving from being worn out to being well and whole in the Lord!

Listen to From Worn to Well: Becoming Whole for the Kingdom on Anchor: The Beauty of Desperation, Episode 1

You can like, share, and subscribe to our podcast on your favorite platforms: Spotify, Google Podcast, and Anchor!

We pray that you are blessed by the Word!

Peace and Blessings

The Power of Persuasion…

Being persuaded or pressured is frequently associated with negative behaviors. However, let’s adjust our perspective of persuasion. Have you ever been persuaded to do something good?

Think about your physical health: haven’t you been compelled to work out or eat better because you were able to see the benefits for someone else? Think about cooking: haven’t you been persuaded to try out a recipe because you watched someone prepare it on YouTube?

The power of persuasion doesn’t always result in drinking, sex, or drugs. Sometimes, you will be motivated to try out something that will benefit your family, your health, or your wealth.

Persuasion worked for Abraham:

So how does this become our testimony? We cling to the Word of God through Jesus Christ!

Sisters, Abraham believed because God said so! He had not seen the promises of God manifested, all of the natural things pointed to the very opposite of what God said-but he persuaded simply by God’s Words!

This must be true for us! We have to know His Word so that we can cling to His Word and by clinging to His Word, we will become persuaded by His Word.

Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes, and your current pastor are great folks-they are not the Word of God! If you can be persuaded by them, imagine what the pure, unfiltered Word of God can do for our lives. It’s time to go back to Bible Study with your Bible, pen, paper, and the Holy Spirit leading the way. It’s time to go back to memorizing scripture and speaking the Word of God over our situations.

It is time to be persuaded by the pure and beautiful Word of God! Abraham heard the direct voice of the Lord. That beautiful, still, small, yet powerful voice must be our sole motivation.

Peace and Blessings

The Filling…

It’s time to empty ourselves of ourselves.

We are probably are familiar with the saying: “you can’t pour from an empty cup…”, right? Sometimes the cup isn’t truly empty. Sometimes the cup is full our ourselves: our plans, our desire, and our will. If we are the only contents of our cup, it is truly empty.

Do we leave room for the Lord in our cup? Not only should He be the center, but He must also be the content of our cup:

The love of God through Jesus Christ is what fills our cups. The quote of pouring from an empty cup often charges us to take a nap, get mani/pedi, or get a cup of coffee. None of those things are bad at all-however, it all starts with Christ!

The love that covers a multitude of sins, the love that shed its blood on Calvary, and the love that gave His One and Only Son so that we could be in greater relationship with Him-that is what must first fill our cups.

The filling of Christ’s love for us is what completes us, reconstructs our will to please Him, and molds our desires to satisfy our spirit rather than our flesh-this in our cups will truly change our lives.

Peace and Blessings

The Harvest…

Believing and sowing go hand in hand. To all the folks with a green thumb-you all plant seeds and expect to harvest a bountiful crop, right? To the students-you all study so that you can pass your exam, right? To all the chefs-you spend hours preparing a meal and expect that it will be tasty, correct?

For the gardeners, bakers, and students-all expect to see a harvest that is relevant to their sowing. So children of God, when we sow in our faith-do we expect to see the movement of God? Believers, when we pray-do we expect to hear the voice of God? Daughters of God, when we cry out “Abba, Father”-do we expect to see God our Father?

Saints, we should be expecting a harvest! The Word of God tells us that we should expect to see when we believe! John 7:38 tells us that we will see rivers of living water flowing from us. John 11:40 tells us that we will see His glory. When we believe, we will be made whole. He is Lord of the Harvest!

Sisters, let’s labor before the Lord. We won’t labor in vain. Our reading, our fasting, and our praying will absolutely yield a bountiful crop! And we know it can be hard in the waiting, we know that we are down right tired of closed doors and “no’s” at every turn-but the harvest is coming!

Why can we count on the harvest? Because we belong to Lord of the Harvest! We shall have living water accessible to us at all times, we will see His glory, and we will be healed and made whole.

Our sister, don’t grow weary in well doing. Don’t stop sowing. Don’t stop seeking. The Father sees you! He hears your cry! He sees the budgeting you are doing for your family, He sees your long nights of crafting that book, He sees the negative balance in your bank account-the harvest is right around the corner!

To the faithful, make room for the harvest!

Peace and Blessings

Our pain, His plan…

Can you imagine the Lord having anything to do with our pain? The lame, the blind, the ongoing issue with blood-all can be used to display the glory of God. Imagine that! Let’s see what the Lord has to say about it:

Let’s start here: suffering is a part of being in this world. Our aches and pains are par for the course. Also, some of our issues are straight consequences of our sin. As children of God, we are absolutely forgiven-hallelujah!-but there are still natural consequences to our sinful actions.

But this does not negate the absolute fact that we can still see the manifestations of God’s amazing work in our lives! The man with the issue of blindness became the very indication that Jesus was here and present. His healing is the Lord’s amazing handiwork! His recovery likely brought someone else to Christ.

Our pains serve as an opportunity to testify about the goodness of God. Listen, we are not oblivious to the fact that pain is tough and troubling, but fret not-the Master has a plan for your pain.

Pain will not win. Pain is not the end. Pain has been defeated, Amen?! Our troubles and trials is an opportunity for Christ to be magnified and glorified. His plan for our life may involve pain-but pain is not our purpose nor it is our final promise!

Our pain is a part of His plan-His plan to show the world that He is Lord, His plan to demonstrate to us that we are more than a conqueror, His plan to show us that we are overcomer, and His plan to prove that we are victorious!

Peace and Blessings