[DAY 12 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ Walk By Faith And Not By Sight!"

".....But the just shall live by his faith (Habakkuk 2:4b, Galatians 3:11 KJV) Now faith is the substantiating [substance] of things hoped for, the conviction [evidence] of things not seen....But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that draws near [cometh] to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them who seek him out [diligently seek him]. (Hebrews 11:1,6 John Darby Bible Version) For we walk by faith, not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV) There is scarcely any verse of the Bible considered more important than the ones that speaks on the subject of FAITH. As a matter of fact it is so important that is occurs 247 times in 231 verses of the King James Bible.

FAITH is vital for any Christian believer. Just to mention a few, it is the strong conviction that is needed for us to believe that God exists and that He formed the world by the power of His word (Gen.1:1, John 1:1); it is the absolute compelling belief that is needed in order to confess Jesus being raised from the dead (Romans 10:9) it is what we are to live by (Habakkuk 2:4b, Galatians 3:11); it produces the work of salvation in the life of any individual (Luke 7:50, Ephesians 2:8); it is important for us to walk the Christian pathway (11 Corinthians 5:7); faith mixed with the word brings about purification of the heart (Acts 15:9, John 15:3); peace in a believer comes as a result of justification by faith (Romans 5:1); it is a our shield and a spiritual weapon by which one is able to fight ( Ephesians 6:16, 1 Timothy 6:12); it is needed in order for ours prayers to be effective, to save the sick and to bring about their healing (James 5:15); it substantiates the promises of God which we hope for, it brings into existence substance (Hebrews 11:1); it is absolutely necessary in order to please God (Hebrews 11:6) and most importantly, it is a gift from God to every believer. (1 Corinthians 12:9)

Whatever we hope for is a future contention of our faith in God of His many wonderful promises to us and it makes them present realities to us as we walk each day. Faith in action demonstrates to the eye of the mind the reality of those things that cannot be discerned by the eye of the body. And to further illustrate that point, the on line Jamison Bible Commentary can be cited as saying "By faith alone we are sure of eternal things that they ARE: but by hope we are confident that WE SHALL HAVE them." 

Whatever our personal conviction and our belief is about FAITH, and the level at which we are in God, hold fast the profession and always keep close to our remembrance that while God is with us here, yet we are not with Him as we hope to be. In this continuing journey to our restoration, we must keep on the pathway of faith to walk by it, and never walk by what we can see with our natural eyes. God will not only speak to us by His word, but He will speak into us by our own conscience. He whispers to us in His own way and by faith we hear Him as He whispers these words to us, "This is the way to go, walk in it." Let us continue to be instant in prayer, and be careful at all times to observe what answers He gives by His Word, His Spirit and by His providence. Never be afraid to consult 'experiences' and to consult the experienced. God will always point us the way in which we are to walk for He only knows the way that we are to take. And if there is ever a time that we are tempted to think that is fate or 'bad luck' and not God,  then let us set ourselves upon the tower as Habakkuk did and "watch to see what he will say unto me." (Habakkuk 2: 1)

God bless you!

[DAY 11 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ Launch Out Into The Deep"

"And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake." (Luke 5: 3-6)

In this short bible story, Jesus in observance of the way in which Peter conducted his fishing expeditions without so much as catching one fish, dared him to do things a little different than he normally would and prove Him [Jesus] that by launching out into the deep and letting down his net, that he would come up with a great catch. Needless to say, that would not have been possible had Peter not decided to trust his Master and to do exactly as He had advised him to do. It proved the point that if we keep on doing things the way that we have always done it, we would always end up with the same result, that is, without progress or improvement.

The application of this word cannot be overlooked! We can become so busy caught up with life's everyday affairs and miss out on the opportunity to lend our 'vessel' (body) as pulpit to Jesus from which He can reach others and for the purpose of Kingdom advancement and building here on earth. At its' best, life of course can be distracting - job, kids, husband or wife, laundry or the beauty salon appointments. The noise and the bustle of it all, very little gets accomplished.

Then other times, one can become pre-occupied with church affairs, praying and talking in an attempt to reach out to God and then still miss His comforting and re-assuring words by being too hurry to get out of His presence. Through all of this, one can be left with the feeling of exhaustion, and a mind that becomes cluttered with many thoughts, including fear and frustration, when all it takes is a simple change in strategy. A change in strategy I believe that can result in cutting edge results and fresh ideas born from deep within the spirit man who took that moment to be still in the presence of God.

Praising God through our service to Him will without a doubt break one free from the shackles of life, but a heart that thrusts itself from beyond the shores and the borders of norms and routines into deep worship before the Lord will redound to a full recompense and rewards of miraculous breakthroughs! In the journey to our restoration, it is imperative therefore that we make the necessary adjustments in our lives and then launch out into the deep.  

May God continue to bless you in His care and service to Him.

[DAY 10 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ The Promise Is Greater Than Your Pain"

"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the suffering of this present time is not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." (Romans 8: 16-18) There is a song that bears witness with my spirit, the words in part says, "we've come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord. Trusting in His holy word, He's never failed me (us) yet...." It is my firm belief and strong conviction that the message wrapped up within this line from the song correlates to this brief passage of scripture from the Epistle of Paul to the Romans. It was meant to give comfort and a calming assurance that thought the state of the church in this world always is an afflicted state, that the future glorious state was much more rewarding and one indeed worth the waiting for.We are reminded that our light affliction and pain is but for a moment (limited time only) and though in our present state we come short in both the enjoyment and knowledge of the glory, it shall be revealed to us, and it surpasses all that we have ever seen or known. It is rich, it is great, it concerns the soul, and it is eternal! What a wonderful promise!

God's promise is to help us His people. Our situation is never too grave for God to handle. In the book of 1 Samuel 7 it is recorded of how the religious meetings of the Israelites at Mizpeh brought trouble upon them from the Philistines, hence God allowed the Philistines to invade Israel. But how evil sometimes seems to come out of good and how good is, at length, brought out of that evil. They could have waivered in fear and buckled under the pressure of the attack, but instead, they cleaved closely to Samuel as their best friend under God in their distress, not as though he was a military man or as one celebrated as a mighty man of valour, but as one whom they engaged his prayers for God's deliverance on their behalf. The moral and the lesson captured in this story is that while we go through our momentary afflictions, we are going to need the prayers of others. We will need their love and support to help us get through whatever situation or circumstance that we may find ourselves in. Never give way to fear, it will cripple you! But we must always give way to faith in God, our only source and help in times of trouble.

The bible says that Samuel interceded with God for them and he did it by sacrifice. His prayer without sacrifice would not have been so prevalent, but the both together has taught us that we can thus expect great things from God in answer to the prayers which are made with faith in Christ's sacrifice. The words of Samuel is thus declared in the end, "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." (1 Samuel 7:12) This was but the beginning of the people of God's deliverance from the Philistines, which was owing to the help of the Lord. God helped them, that they might hope and encourage themselves that He would go on to help them until their deliverance was completed. As a memorial of the victory to this day, Samuel has placed a stone between Mizpeh and Shen, to which he gave the name Ebenezer, 'the stone of help,' signifying that the Lord had thus far helped His people. If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time in their life, encourage them that they too might receive the same hope of salvation that the Lord  has helped you with today. God is not a man that He should lie, nor is He the son of man to repent. Once God says it, that settles it! Your victory is moments away, and your promise is greater than your pain. 

God bless you as we continue this journey of faith together. Keep the faith, it will guide you! Live in the fellowship one with another, it will keep you and strengthen you!

Minister Yvonne I. Wilson
Ministry CEO/Founder

[DAY 9 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ Watch Out For The Spots On Your Feast Of Charity"

"No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. (2 Timothy 2:4) "These are spots in your feasts of charity....." (Jude 12) The bible speaks of the Apostle Paul and the love that he had for Timothy. It depicted them both as having a model father son relationship, and one that could even be likened to the relationship between God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. 

The world need such today, yet we find that in so many instances, young boys are being raised by their mother who must now play the role of both parents. It is hard enough for a young girl growing up without a real father figure in the home, I believe it is even harder for boys. As a young girl growing up, I witnessed first hand the struggles my mother had. My father lived in the home yes, he was a good provider, he ensured that my brother and I had food to eat, shelter and all of the basic human necessities.  Yet, in hindsight, I see that he was an 'absent father.'

I lacked the training and the discipline that the bible speaks of that a parent should give to a child. 'Train up a child in the way he should grow, that when he is old he will not depart from it.' I lacked the teachings on Christian values, morals and principles. I was darkened in my understanding and knowledge of God as I now realized my dad probably was. My mother on the other hand tried, but I needed that from my father. So necessary and yet lacking it was that when I grew into adulthood, it affected me greatly  in my relationship with others because I was never used to hearing 'no, you cannot have this, it is not good for you' or 'wait, the time is not right as yet.' It was always me having it my way, and always hearing yes to everything that I wanted or demanded. Unfortunately, I never got to share this with my dad as he passed away while I was still in my young teenage years.  

In the text though, we see how the Apostle Paul took Timothy into his care and having endured much himself, and being keenly sensitive to the things that Timothy himself would have to face, he lovingly took him in his care and gave him lessons each day on life itself. He entreated him at the opening of the text as he calls him, "my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard from me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." (v1-2) Here he encouraged him in his work, showing him from whence he must fetch help. He encouraged him to take care of the succession in the ministry. (a father already pointing his son to his inheritance) He exhorted him to constancy and perseverance in his work, considering what would be the end of all his sufferings (v3 -15) His father took special care to advise him that having chosen to walk in the faith and as one aspiring to become a minister, he must shun profane and vain babblings (v16-18). He spoke of the foundation of God, which standeth sure (v19-21) and what he needed to avoid and what to do.(v22-26)

The Apostle left nothing out or hidden as he pointed his son in the direction that was necessary for a good life, yet one lived as pleasing to God. He was stern enough to his son as a disciplinarian, yet gentle enough to have Timothy to understand that as one serving God, he needed to make adjustments in his life and not  to entangle himself with the affairs of life. In the application of this word to us, things would get in the way and try to hinder our service to God. Such things are spots on your feast of charity that will come after us, but from such you and I are to stay away from. It also means that having made a commitment through our faith in God, we can no longer do the same things we used to do. We can no longer hang with the same kind of crowd we hanged with before God chose us to run the race in Him. If there is some place we go to and we cannot take Jesus with us, then we ought not to go there because such would influence us in ways that are contrary to the ways of our Heavenly Father. If there is some conversation that we engage ourselves in that the Jesus cannot be a part of, then we ought not to be having that conversation at all.

The writer of 1 John 2: 15-16 strongly reinforces what was already administered by the Apostle Paul: "do not love the world, neither the things that in the world....for all that is in the world is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. All these are clearly not of the Father, but they are of the world." We are to be different, realizing that there is need of a great deal of wisdom in our adherence to the truths, good duties, and good people lest in any of these we be imposed upon and become deluded. The Apostle Paul gives a word of encouragement to us and even then I noted the hint of caution in it as he says, "For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you to be wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil." (Romans 16:19) The interpretation thus is my parting words to you as I bring today's journey to a close: "There is a good report on you but do not become too complacent, rather be vigilant, be watchful and guard the word of God in your heart. Be wise about what is good and be innocent in that which is considered evil because the serpentine nature still continues in the world today. Watch out therefore for the spots on the feast of your charity!"

Peace, love and blessings to you today and always!

Minister Yvonne I. Wilson
Ministry CEO/Founder

[DAY 8 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ Abandon Your Old Wineskin And.."

"No one puts new wine into old wine skins or else the wine skins break, the wine is spilled, and the wine skins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wine skins, and both are preserved. (scrip.ref.Matthew 9:17) And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old." (Read Luke 5:33-39)

As I approached the end of what I considered another long tiring day from work today and was about to head out of the office to pick up my daughter from college, someone called me and said, "Greetings on to you woman of God." I quickly replied, "Greetings to you also. I've had a long day at work so I am heading out in a few." Then came the response, "Ok, amen bless God! How are you doing? Can I ask you a question? I answered, "Sure, no prob. Will try my best to answer." Then the person on the other end of the line proceeded to ask me, "What is the difference between prophet and prophetic to you?" My answer honestly, was brief and to the point.

I explained that the prophet is the one who speaks for God and serves in the office for a specific time and purpose under His guidance whereas the other is the gift itself in actual operation. The response that I received was this, "Okay  thank you. What is God saying concerning me for 2012?" Quite frankly, I did my best not to be rude in answering and by that time I thought, this person who by the way I seldom see or hear from could not have been paying attention to the fact that I said at the beginning that I had a long day and would be heading out in a few. Also, the boundary I thought by then had been crossed. Why? The person said at first, "can I ask you a [singular] question?"

It was quite obvious that the response I gave to the second question was not pleasing to the person by this exclamation, "Ohhhh yeaaa hmmmm loool loool! Say yesss hmmmm loool! Can we talk down to earth if that's okay with you?" I politely ended that discourse! What did I say to the individual that sparked that answer? Among other things I said, "The gift do not work in that way! I personally do not give a prophetic word unless the Spirit of prophesy itself is upon me.......In case that you did not get the answer that you were hoping to get, seek the Lord in prayer and ask Him to reveal to you what He is saying about you." Should you be wondering why I did not give the person a 'word' here is the reason why. I tested the spirit according to the word of God and I discerned that it was not the spirit of God in the person speaking to me. That was a spirit of divination. (recall Acts 16: 16-18 the damsel possessed with a spirit of divination) Secondly, a true prophet would not just give a word like that especially the angle from which the individual approached the matter. That's like calling up a psychic like Ms. Cleo or some other who does that for money and saying, read my future or 'read my palm for me tell me what you see.'  That if you ask me, speaking about the way psychics work, is 'prophe-lying.' On the contrary, I am responsible and accountable to God for every word that I speak!

To you my friends, associates or even if you just happen to come across this article, it was no accident that you did. What is the lesson to be learned? It is found at the beginning in the scripture text. What does new wine into old wine skins mean? Why is it important for us to abandon the old wine skin? The Apostle Paul said, "...if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new." ( 2 Corinthians 5:17) It is difficult, if not impossible to turn 'inner junk' into instant new wine of the Holy Spirit if one is still entertaining the 'old man's' way of thinking, doing and saying things. Dr. Ralph L. Wilson in an article "New Wine In Old Wine Skins" from his [Jesus Walk Bible Study Series] stated, "the fermentation is eventually so great that the inflexible old skin ruptures, and the new wine gushes out onto the ground and is wasted." I believe what he meant by this was, if you are a true Christian believer and you hear God's voice, you know right away not to use an old skin to fill with new wine. If you and I were to go above and beyond that call, we would be doing ourselves and others an injustice, because as the scripture says, the new wine will burst the old skin and what a waste or a disaster that would be. 

Christianity Oasis also, in their on line article on the subject of new wine in old wine skin said it this way, "Jesus couldn't give His disciples a copy of the Ten Commandments (the old garment and the old bottles) and expect them to teach the world about grace (the new cloth and the new wine) What Jesus was saying was God is putting a new promise into new hearts and both are saved." [end quote.] New cloth represent the fact that you cannot mix the New Covenant of grace and salvation with the Old Covenant Law. 

It is like playing an old game. The game have rules, but if you want to play a new game applying the same rules as the old game you will end up with chaos and confusion and somebody will end up getting hurt. It is also attempting to solve today's problems with yesterday's mindset that created them in the first instance. My encouragement to us as I close is this, as we continue this journey together in restoration, we must abandon the old wine skins. It may mean parting with some folks who are hindering your progress, who are negative both in their thinking and speaking. Whatever it may be, it is time to let it go, and embrace the new. The old life is a life full of sin, sadness, hopelessness, shame and guilt that comes with a normal daily life. But the new comes to us and it is filled with joy, peace, and love of the Lord. 'Crack' is the world's (old man's) high but a life lived under the complete guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit is the new way that causes one to bubble over into euphoria and ecstasy.

God bless you!
Minister Yvonne I. Wilson
Ministry CEO/Founder

[DAY 7 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ The Institution Of Your Blessing"

Have you ever been at a place in your life where you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God gave you specific instructions to do something but somehow half way through the journey or the assignment you became discouraged and you felt like giving up? Well, tell you what, if you have answered yes to this question, you are not alone, because I have. As recent as today, I am about to post this article on line, and I began to analyse a particular matter. I even began to question God as to whether or not this twenty-one (21) days assignment that He gave me was making any sense at all. I said, "Father God, countless hours and sleepless nights are spent on it. I can see the crowd, the multitude in the distance and they are gravitating towards specific persons, titles and ministries, yet I see others, myself included, in obscurity as if to say what we have to say makes no sense to them at all." Well I can just imagine you are now agreeing with me, because you too have felt the same way at times. 

Well now, as I continued in the conversation with the Lord, His Holy Spirit ministered to my heart and said, "Do not get discouraged, continue to do what I have asked you to do. Don't mind the crowd, many are not hearing me. They are not going so much to hear, they are going after idols. But let the wheat and the tears continue to grow together until the day when I shall separate them." It is only then that my spirit man began to feel a burden lifted that I could now continue this journey of faith. I would even pause right here to say that life in itself is a journey of faith filled with experiences that do not always leave us feeling happy. 

The emotions at times gets in the way and if left unchecked could cloud our judgement and our ability to think rationally and to do the things that are most pleasing to God. It is at times like these when doubt, fear and unbelief creeps in and tries to over power the gift of faith. But now we can see that the act of obedience as being so essential to life that it is the key that unlocks and institutes the blessings of God in our lives. This I cannot emphasize enough. 

"He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 
(Romans 4: 20-21)

In studying this word, I learned that when God intends some special blessing for His people, He commonly puts a sentence of death upon the blessing itself. And like He did with Joseph and Abraham, and I believe exactly that's what He did with me as I outlined in the beginning of this article, God will give you a word and then He puts you to the test. He tests you to see what you are really made up of. He tests your faithfulness to Him and to see whether or not you are coming after Him for what's in His hands, the blessing/s or you are coming after Him for what's in His heart. (love, purity, holiness, righteousness etc) He establishes scenes and scenarios and even allow road blocks that makes it look like the thing is unattainable, like you will not make the mark. 

But like these witnesses that we have before us today, we have got to remember in whom we believe. It is God who quickeneth all things, even those that are dead in trespasses and sins. It is God Himself that our faith must be fastened upon and see Him as the only one who could breathe life into dry bones and make them live. The next thing to remember is how we first believed. Like Abraham, we too first believed against hope, and then afterwards to believe in hope. Let me explain. Hope itself was against Abraham including us also. All the arguments of sense, and reason, and experience, which in cases would usually produce and support hope, were against him. (Gen.15: 4-5) "Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken. (Romans 4: 18) Thirdly, do not dwell on or even have any self consultation about the difficulties themselves. Let faithfulness itself venture on the promise, and in turn let the promise keep the faith. 

There is so much more that I would like to share on this matter that time would not permit me to do. But in closing, I would like to share with you that I am a living witness that God who has promised is faithful to deliver. "He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief:" Today we find unbelief at the bottom of staggering at God's promises that some continue to go around in circles, around the same mountain each and every time. But we must never allow "staggering" to be that which causes us to miss out on the institution and the restoration of our blessings. For although God will not reject weak faith, yet strong faith shall be commended and honoured.

Well thank you so much for being a part of this discussion. I pray God's blessings in your life as we continue to do life together and have fellowship one with another. 

Minister Yvonne I. Wilson 
Ministry CEO/Founder

[DAY 6 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ Acknowledge God's Divine Providence..."

"Acknowledge God's Grace and His Favour" Captured in the pages of scripture and etched in the eternal chronicles of Jesus' ancestry line is the story of a young woman whose name Ruth, signified not only beauty but whose genealogy itself of a potential scandal, until that is, divine grace made its' entrance foretells the calling that was on her life, the design of which only God's divine providence, His grace and favour would bring it into manifestation.

The story line that I am using [Ruth 1: 15-18] to illustrate the main point today, assuming that you have read  it already in its entirety, is most intriguing. It is compelling with a series of scenes and episodes and without question would be an instant hit at the movie theatre and the Hollywood box office. But more important than that though, it is a story of true love, commitment, faithfulness, loyalty and family solidarity. (Ruth 1:15-18) In it one can also find a grave, sober minded virtuous God fearing man, who later became Kinsman Redeemer whom God used to demonstrate His presence among a people. [Ruth 4: 1-22]. A good master he was, showing mutual respect to his servants and they in turn showed to him the uttermost respect.

The storybook filled with trial and tragedy in the beginning recalls Romans 5: 3-5 so vividly, and causes one to acknowledge immediately that kindness will go a long way if we will put our trust in Almighty God as Ruth did. (Ruth 1:16) Within the book of Ruth itself one can also find there a spirit of transparency, a culture of accountability and a people of integrity. The first words of the text gave all the date that we have of the story - it was in a time period of Israel's judges and the trial of a famine which gave way to the tragedy of death for Ruth's mother-in-law, Naomi.(Ruth 1: 1-5) It was not hid from plain view that Ruth herself was a less than perfect person with many odds against her. But in the ordinary action of a foreigner, God began to prepare the way of a blessing. It was the blessing of RESTORATION. 

The hint of the blessing would be gleaned in the tearful parting of Naomi from Orpah and the determined love of Ruth for Naomi would be revealed. (Ruth 1: 6-14). In spite of Naomi's urging, Ruth respectfully resisted the injunction of her mother-in-law, thus bringing to an end the debate by a most solemn profession and immovable resolution, never to forsake her as to return to her own country and to her old relation again. She not only proved herself to be a woman of great character, but a great example of humility and in it demonstrated that the inclusion into the family of God's people was not predicted on birth alone. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves.." (Ephesians 2: 8) Ruth submitted and disposed herself to diligence in gleaning and was not uneasy at it, so long as she placed her faith and trust in God. (Ruth 2: 8-13) What is the significance of all this to us? Well it is so good that you have asked because now I would like to show you how moving in obedience with humility, meekness, gentleness of heart, and kindness shown to others can cause the doorway to an abundance of blessings to now begin to open up and flow into our lives.

Ruth defied the odds, if you ask me. To begin with she was a foreigner and a stranger. She was a Moabite, and one of those that by law was to gather only the gleanings (left overs and the crumbs). Without God they did not stand a chance. But she had a plan, a plan of obedience and faith. The blessing of restoration and a lifetime inheritance began to be given to her and Naomi through the Kinsman Redeemer. (Ruth 3: 14-18). She immediately observed to give honour to whom honour was due as she bowed her face to the ground before him. Boaz, the Kinsman Redeemer began to speak a word into her life and then the blessing was pronounced - "....May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.." (2:12) We have favour with God through this divine providence and encounter of Boaz and Ruth and the way opened for God to bless us His people in unexpected and unimaginable ways. By placing their trust in God they went from a season of famine to purpose and destiny and finding favour with God. As I bring this message to a close, permit me to leave with you these my parting words, "It is truth that those that by faith who come under the wings of divine grace may be sure of a full recompense of reward for so doing."

May God continually bless and keep you, may He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, may He lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. (ref.Num.6:24-26) 

Minister Yvonne I. Wilson
Ministry CEO/Founder

[DAY 5 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ A Price To Pay Along The Way"

There are familiar expressions that we may have heard at one point or another such as "no pain, no gain," "cheap things not good and good things not cheap," "who in the kitchen feel the heat," "nothing good in life comes easy," and "the harder the battle the sweeter the victory." 

Whether you have heard them or not, I believe it is the same concept that Jesus used when He communicated to the multitude that constantly thronged Him as spoken of in the gospel according to Luke 14:27 when He said, "And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple." What was the cross being referred to? The cross is the cost and it is the price that we all have to pay as follower of Jesus Christ. Some crosses are heavier making the burden to bear even greater. Some are not as heavy but the result is the same, it is a cross to bear and it is a price to pay! It is a life lived in total submission to God's will, His plan and His way. It means being crucified to the flesh so that the spirit man living in us may now be in total control of our soul and body.
"I crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.   (Galatians 2: 20) 

In the book of Hebrews, the penman made a similar point in reference to the cross and the cost, that Christ did not give up because of the cross. Quite to the contrary, He suffered inhumane hardships but because of the joy that was waiting for Him, He thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and so that now He is seated at the right hand of God's throne. Now even though the disciples are not all crucified, yet it is the word of God they all have to bear crosses. The Apostle Paul endured because he had the mind of Christ. He and His fellow ministers experienced beatings, imprisonment, riots, hard labor, great opposition, hunger and even sleepless nights. (2 Corinthians 6:5)  But yet we see, with a Christ-like mind and a Christ-like dignity, they all endured the sufferings.

[DAY 4 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ Knowing The Will Of God"

"After this manner therefore pray ye, Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9-10).....nevertheless not my will, but thine be done." (Luke 22:42)

What is God's will for my life? This is an age old question that many have asked themselves at one point or another and some have even turned to spiritual leaders and mentors with the hope of obtaining an understanding of the will [plan, thought, road map] of God for their life. Far be it as it may, it is a legitimate question. I recall it being a question that I too struggled with to to gain insight into, until that is, one day back in 2005 when I was led to take a forty (40) day sabbatical and got deep into God's word. After all, which child of God does not want to know the answer to this? It is a question of purpose - who we are? why we're here, what God wants of us, from us, for us. It is fundamental to human existence.

The psalmist David was a man after God's heart. He too had his many struggles, he had weaknesses in the flesh just like you and I, yet he dedicated himself to the service of God and above all else said, "I delight to do thy will, O my God:......" (Psalm 40:8) Our Lord Jesus Himself took such great pleasure in doing the will of His Father that even when the disciples were more concerned with the hunger pangs of the natural man (physical body) to feed it, Jesus said to them,

[DAY 3 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ The Vision"

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11)...For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. (Habakkuk 2:3) 

We've heard so much being said about visions and persons having a vision. Often times they would even use the word when relating it to others, when in fact it may have been a dream. A vision takes place in ones waking moments, whereas on the other hand a dream takes place while one is asleep.The fact is though, visions are still very much a thing of the present day as it was in times past. In the Bible we find the mention of it occurring 79 times in approximately 73 verses in the Bible KJV. Now that tells me there is a significance. Not only do we see how God again have a divine order and plan as it relates to numbers here such as 7, 9 and 3 but it is one of God's communicating channels to mankind (His way of speaking to man)  and there is  according to His word a plan and a purpose for it. Nonetheless, in order to have this discussion, it must first be explained what exactly is a vision.

[DAY 2 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ Our Father's Heart"

"But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.....And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers..." ~Malachi 4:2,6  

During the journey and the process of your restoration, you can expect a further discovery of the heart of our Heavenly Father and His will for your life. By the "Sun of righteousness" we are certainly to understand it to be Christ. It is to be applied to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to seek and to save those that were lost and who fell victims to the harsh nature of the world systems and economic systems. But nevertheless, you who have been governed by a holy fear of God shall have His love; you who have confessed His name in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation and amidst abounding blasphemy in the world shall be the beneficiary of His righteous garment and spiritual healing and restoration. To you who sit in darkness the light of God shall surely shine upon you again.

[DAY 1 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ Nevertheless, At Your Word Lord"

"Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundreth [part] of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them. Then said they, we will restore [them], and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest." ~ Nehemiah 5:11-12 

There have been many times past when I have had moments of simple uncluttered faith and have stepped out to do what I was asked to do. But this time upon hearing God's voice about this my next assignment, I thought to myself, "God you could not be serious! Twenty one days is a long time. What will I say to your people each day?" God did not answer me and I believe it is because He already knew I was asking rhetorical questions, for God would not give us more than we can handle. Not long after that though, the task that I though was so difficult, was soon made simple. You see, through the years, the Word of God has really become for me the ultimate authority and the premise from which I operate in my life. God's word must be the principle thing and the foundational key to our faith and our walk with Him. And once that is established, then everything else that you do must flow from that, and then it becomes easy.
"I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him." ~ Deuteronomy 18:18

GOD The Father, JESUS The Son And The HOLY SPIRIT

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word [Jesus] and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (1 John 5:7)....for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 1:20b).....And Jesus when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water:.........and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon him. (Matthew 3:16).....Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. (Matthew 4:1)

From these brief passages of scriptures, we gain great insights into the work of the Trinity Godhead and we learn that all three God [The Father], Jesus the Word [Son] and the Holy Ghost are all one. They work in unison and one do nothing without the other. Even at the beginning of creation, we witness a corporate meeting and a divine consultation taking place and a divine transference of God's DNA (Divine Nature Applied) and spiritual genes of the Godhead, our Creator. "And God said, Let us [plural] make man in our image, after our likeness....(Genesis 1:26)

Now digging deeper into this word, we gain an even greater understanding into the work of the Spirit in the life of Jesus. From the very beginning of His history here upon earth as Emmanuel, God with us, the Holy Spirit was fully involved. That's right! How? Well so glad you asked. When Jesus was conceived in the Virgin Mary, her conception was not of man's doing, but of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus identified Himself with sinful humanity through Him being baptized by John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit was again at work. When Jesus was about to commence His public ministry, it was again the Holy Spirit of God that came upon Him for authentication and empowered Him to go forth to do the will of God [The Father]. The Son did nothing without the Father, much less the Holy Spirit upon whom He was totally dependent for the working of miracles, teaching, preaching, so and and so forth.

The bible, the greatest book ever written records for us, "The Word [Son of God the Father] was made flesh [human form] and dwelt among us..(John 1:14) He came to earth as a servant. He was no ordinary servant considering how He had just relinquished any claim and lay aside the independent exercise of His ordinary Deity. "He [Jesus] made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant." (Philippians 2:7) proving the point again that He would serve in dependence upon the Spirit. Jesus' ministry would not be of man, even of Himself the perfect man, but of God. 

In this final impartation, when Jesus went forth from His baptism to fulfill His calling, the Spirit was still fully engaged in His life, as He was led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. Here we see Jesus in total obedience and though being equal with and one with God, He did not rely upon His own divine omniscience (His perfect and complete knowledge) and led Himself into the wilderness, but He trusted the guidance of God's leading through His Holy Spirit.

What are the implications for us  then, now that we have been given these glimpses into the work of the Spirit in Jesus' life? First, just as the Holy Spirit had to be working for Jesus to be birthed here on earth, so it is that the same Holy Spirit of God had to work for us to be born into the family of God. No matter what anyone may say to you it cannot be by any other means, not by good works, and not by speaking with tongues of men and of angels! I reiterate, being born again into the family of God must be by the working grace of the Spirit."Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." ~ John 3:5 

Secondly, just as the Holy Spirit was active in the ministry of Jesus, so it is the Spirit of God must be the one who brings us spiritual validation and power in our service to God. "Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit." ~Zechariah 4:6 

The third and final implication that I leave with you today is that just as Jesus looked to the Spirit to lead and guide Him through His life, we also need the same work of the Spirit in our life here on earth. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." ~ (Romans 8:14) 

Father God, thank you for the new birth by your Holy Spirit and for bringing me into this new way of life in you. Baptize me afresh and lead me into paths of righteousness, empower my life to serve you and to serve others just as Jesus your Son did. Let your Holy Spirit be the strong man in my vessel each day. I admit that I am in total need of this kind of work of the Holy Spirit in my life everyday, without whom I can do nothing. Thank you Lord, as I believe that I have received that which I have prayed for in faith in your name, Amen. 

Please, mark your calenders and remember to join me starting this Monday March 19th 2012 where I would begin to release a series of messages right here on "EMPOWERMENT MOMENTS" that I have received of the Lord entitled: "THE JOURNEY TO YOUR RESTORATION" This particular series will run daily for 21 days right through to Resurrection Sunday April 8th 2012. You don't want to miss it, it is going to be dynamic! Meet me right here and join in the discussion. Once again thank you for your prayers, words of encouragement, and financial support. 

May God continue to richly bless you and cause you to abound more and more each day in His grace.

Your servant in Christ
Minister Yvonne I. Wilson
Ministry CEO/Founder

Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You

These phrases we hear ever so often in our daily lives, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." We have even heard it said in the word "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." It does not matter how it was said, I believe in the end what really matters is how we would have responded to that situation that was presented to us, for it is the same thing that we would in turn receive, just as we have done for others. Jesus draws a parallel in this brief passage of scripture as He said -

"Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: naked, and you clothed me: I was sick and you visited me: I was in prison and you came unto me." ~ Matthew 25:34-36 

We can do great things for the Lord indeed if only we be willing and avail ourselves to do little things for others.

You Are Responsible & Held Accountable For Every Word You Speak!

It is with His own WORD that God creates, He rules and He reigns and changes times and seasons as He please! God said these words, "Let there be light and there was light." ~ Genesis 1:3 From the speaking of that word, came the existence of light! That was no magic, it was not by luck or chance. No! And I will prove it to you. The synoptic gospel of John 1:1-4 says, "In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word (Jesus) was with God, and the Word (Jesus) was God......All things were made by him; (Word, Jesus) and without him (Word, Jesus) was not any thing made that was made. In him (Word, Jesus) was life..." In the Word itself there is life and the word have all power that it commands itself to be and to come into existence! Now in the meantime while all of that was taking place, a divine consultation was in session. And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them (man) have dominion.....So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." ~ Genesis 1:26 Do you see where I am going with this? God in His infinite wisdom, so loved us that He created us (body, soul & spirit), brought us into existence in "his image and after his likeness" and have given to us a measure of power, to have dominion here on earth, to operate in power and authority and to bring forth the manifestation of that which we think and speak! And while we are NOT the true living God, in Him and through Him working in us, our words have natural creative ability to bring forth!

I challenge you then, be a true representation of Him, knowing that the words that you speak are like dynamite that when released into the causal realm or spirit realm have the capacity to SHIFT MOLECULES to work either in your FAVOUR or to work against you. Therefore be more accountable for every word that proceed out of your mouth.

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Your Steps Are Ordered By The Lord!

Consider every experience that you have each day a lesson in life's classroom. Sometimes the tests are so great yes, that you wonder if you will ever overcome them. But know that your degree of success out of them all does not come from information knowledge you would have received from man, but from revelation knowledge and strategies already given to you by the greatest Teacher of all times, who is Jesus through His Holy Spirit. He shall teach you all things and keep you in remembrance of them all! The answers? It is all in the WORD!

The Best Is Yet To Come!

Life's detours don't mean that your story has ended, it simply means that the Author and finisher of your faith had to change the "set" for the new scene of your life to take place! It means also that you've got to learn and understand when someone's season in your life is over to let them go! You cannot keep folks in your life whose role in it has ended. Time for the set to change, time for the background colours to change so that the new set director will take you into your next season. Your best is yet to come!

You Are Chosen To Be Blessed!

"Thus saith the Lord, the heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build upon me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit and trembleth at my word." ~ Isaiah 66:1-2

No one can dispute the fact that heaven is indeed the throne of God's Government and the earth is His footstool on which He stands, overruling all the affairs of it according to His will! He has a temple of man's making but yet He is the one who overlooks them all, that He may look with favour to him who is poor in spirit, humble and serious, self-abasing, self-denying and whose heart is fully contrite for sin, penitent for it, and in pain to get pardoned. Such a heart is a living temple for God, and He is delighted to dwell there as He watches over it. The penman of the gospel of Matthew 5:3 says, "Blessed (God's favour being evident in one's life, happy, joyful) is the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." All this means is, those who humble themselves and continue to acknowledge their helpless state without God, and so depend on Him daily, are the ones that shall in the end be exalted. The great high spirits go away with the glory of the kingdoms of the earth, but the humble, mild and yielding souls obtain the kingdom of heaven!

Happy is the man (therefore) that trembles at the word of the Lord." (Proverbs 29:14) May God continue to richly bless and favour His children far beyond and above that which one can even imagine! Remember, "you are chosen to be blessed!"

God Is At Work!

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God is at work! His Spirit is moving, there is a cool refreshing breeze and an outpouring of His Holy Spirit that if you harden not your heart and come to Him today, He will bless you. If you do not yet know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, now is the time! Today is the accepted day and the day of your salvation. God loves you and cares for you and He has a great plan for your life. It is time you give up and turn from the other gods that you have been serving and turn to the One true and living God! His name is Jesus! Amen.

Break Up The Fallow Ground Of The Mind & Be Converted!

"And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath." ~ Matthew 13:10-13 When I first read this passage of scripture, I was a bit troubled as to what Jesus really meant by it as He spoke to those His closest followers, or as we would say the ones that were in His inner circle. But I did not have to ponder it too long! You see the mind is an extremely powerful thing, it holds incredible power and the word though spoken in a parable, is simply the product of a vision that Jesus holds for your life and mine.

Upon examination, the truth be told, the multitudes were the people who followed Jesus from a distance, not so much that they wanted Jesus for what He had in His heart (purity, light, holiness etc), but they were more after Jesus for what He had in His hands, that is, the blessings both tangible & intangible. Jesus further categorized the multitudes. (Mat.13:18-23) He says when some hear the word of the Kingdom, the truth is they do not understand it so the evil one comes and snatches it away for they never even took the time to spend in His presence that He could give them the understanding they need.

Then there are those who are plain out shallow, and both spiritually and morally bankrupt - not rooted and grounded in God's word. They would gladly receive the word for they look for the quickest opportunity to get a quick fix and a high. But because the word did not sink deep into their hearts, they do not last long, they faint! When the heat comes (tribulation & persecution), because the word lack depth and strong roots these persons give up easily.

The third group Jesus says, hears the messages of the kingdom, but their worries about life and the love for the riches of the world choke the message so they do not bear fruits. I sensed Jesus' pity for the multitudes by this time but the word must be fulfilled in them, that, by hearing they do not hear and understand and by seeing they shall see yet not perceive. If it were different then they would be turned to God and be healed and converted. (v 14-15)

By now I thought to myself Jesus must have something good to say about those of us whose hearts He has discerned as the true worshipers and those of us who are indeed His children that whether heat, sun, rain or cold, the valley or the wilderness and even the mountain top, we steadfastly serve His purpose. He says the seeds [word] when sown into the soil of our hearts, we not only hear the messages but we understand it, we live by it and so we bear much fruits! Not only that, He purposely speaks to the multitude in parables so that the knowledge and the secret mystery of the kingdom be not known to them but to us who spend the time in His presence to worship and adore Him! He says, from the multitudes I will take and even though you already have, I will give unto you more in abundance and bless you! From the ones who do not even have anything, Jesus says, because all power is in His hands, He will turn the "nothingness" of even those that do not have and make it into something and give to you in abundance! This is such a powerful truth!
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