When God Arise....

When God arise, He can either arise to kill or to save. His action will be determined by Him and He alone appoints and chooses the time in which He does so. God renders mercy and by the same token He executes judgement. Proverbs 16:7 says, "When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him." It seems to suggest then that it is your relationship with God, and the decisions that you take each day of your life that would determine God's action concerning you. 

Whatever a man does, it is first preceded by his own thought and the origin of the thought is directly related to the master in control of the thought process at that particular given time. Therefore, in every decision a man takes, God being a just God will test you to prove your loyalty and your faithfulness to whom you have chosen to serve. If a man choose to take side with the Devil, [sin] same way he must be tested to prove his faithfulness to the Devil. Why? James says, "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man." [James 1:13] 

It is on the basis of the foregoing that I am led to believe that the Christian life can be a struggle, and it is a constant warfare as we see how the flesh battles with the spirit everyday. Unless we begin to see it as such, and learn, then practice the techniques of overcoming the mastermind behind the thought processes that leads to sin and eventual death, then we are going to live a life of defeat. Far too often the child of God can allow Satan to bluff, bluster, and coerce him into submission and defeat when God Jesus already arose on our behalf to kill and destroy the power of the enemy of our souls! 

A Voice That Cannot Be Silenced - But Why Does It Hurt So Bad? [Part 2 of 2]

As I continue this discussion, I would recap briefly with this excerpt from Part 1 ~ "there are times in our lives when we will go through some seasons of extraordinary pain and rough experiences.....It can be an experience of unprecedented nature, comparable to 'a dark night of the soul' journey where you can actually let out the cries of a travailing birthing woman or, if you are like me, you can become numb and anaesthetised by the thought of, 'this too shall pass,' or 'God never gives me more than I  can bear.' Too weak to cry out  aloud, your groans becomes your voice, 'a voice that cannot be silenced,' through which your prayers can be heard.  Have you ever been at that place in your life? Or, perhaps even as you read this article, you are saying, 'that's exactly where I am right now.' Well, I can assure you, that you are in for your greatest empowerment moment ever with some sound encouragement and answers as to 'why does it hurt so bad." 

I personally believe that there is relevance to this particular discussion for a time such as this. I think of such a voice that cannot be silenced, Dr. Cindy Trimm who is well known to many and who recently said, "There is no greater discovery than self-discovery -- and no greater hope for healing the world than people tapping into their own creative power to make a difference." I find this to be authentic and credible and from a witness who understands clearly the restorative work that God is right now doing in the body of Christ. I must add, for maximum effectiveness, it must begin with each one individually, discovering his/her inner self and positioning ourselves for inner healing of soul and spirit before being able to go out there and to heal the world at large.    

A Voice That Cannot Be Silenced - But Why Does It Hurt So Bad? [Part 1 of 2]

Seasons come and seasons go, and yes, there are times in our lives when we will go through some seasons of extraordinary pain and rough experiences. Such can cause you to ask illogical questions like, "God where are you?" and "Why me?" It can be an experience of unprecedented nature, comparable to 'a dark night of the soul' journey where you can actually let out the cries of a travailing birthing woman or, if you are like me, you can become numb and anaesthetised by the thought of, 'this too shall pass,' or 'God never gives me more than I  can bear.' Too weak to cry out  aloud, your groans becomes your voice, 'a voice that cannot be silenced,' through which your prayers can be heard. Have you ever been at that place in your life? Or, perhaps even as you read this article, you are saying, 'that's exactly where I am right now.' Well, I can assure you, that you are in for your greatest empowerment moment ever with some sound encouragement and answers as to 'why does it hurt so bad.' 

Permit me to share with you the characteristics of 'A Voice That Cannot Be Silenced' of what God has revealed to me through my own seasons of extraordinary pain and rough experiences. It is important that I do, because in so doing I hope to help the universal church to be able to identify all of the persons that are among us, who God for some reason known only to Him have configured a little different all because of what He has called us and purposed us to do. Mark you, not better, but just different in genetic make up, structure and spiritual DNA. To illustrate the point, I refer to one letter writer, the Apostle Paul who says, "we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office." (Romans 12:4) 

[DAY 21 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ Weep No More, You Are Blessed Of The Lord"

"I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God for He has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in the robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in His wedding suit or a bride with His jewels. (Isaiah 61:10 NLT) The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it." (Proverbs 10:22 NIV). God has made known unto us through heavenly wisdom and insight, and by the inspiration of His Holy Spirit the secret plan that He had already purposed for us. That is to say, He had already decided even before time begun to complete this all  inclusive package by means of His Son Jesus Christ. 'When will my change come?' God completes the plan when the time is right or in the dispensation of the fullness of time. (Eph.1:10)  The Apostle Paul records for us in scripture, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ. According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world...." (Eph.1:3-4)

A closer look at the phrase, "blessed us in heavenly place," is a phrase that is found five times in the epistle of Ephesians and not elsewhere (Eph.1;3, 1:20, 2:6, 3:10, 6:12) I must add this has great significance. The relevance is that Christ's resurrection and primarily His ascension are the only means of introducing us into the heavenly places, which by our sins were barred against us. Christ's ascension is the crowning moment of the full thought of God in order for the first work of grace to take place. In other words, Jesus had to go back to the Father or else the Comforter could not come to us. (John 16:7, 13; John 14:15)

Compare also the change made by Christ (Col.1:20; Eph.1:20) that He made peace with God on our behalf through the blood He shed for us and reconciled all things unto Himself, whether on earth or in heaven. Why then do you weep? While Christ in the flesh was in the form of a servant, we the people of God could not realize fully our heavenly privileges as sons. But now "our citizenship is in heaven," (Phil.3:20) where our High Priest is ever "blessing us." Our 'treasures" are there (Col.1:5; Titus 2:13-14) and so is our inheritance (1 Peter 1:4) 

From all these things, we conclude that God is not only the God of the man Jesus, but He is the Father of the divine Word. God hath blessed us, referring to His past original counsel. The blessing with which He blesses us His children refers to every possible blessing for time and eternity which the Spirit has to bestow. The blessing is not a promise, it is a fact and it is already established. It is not in mere words, but it acts (manifestations). No matter what anyone may say, God has already blessed us! 

You and I must now begin to play a more active role in bringing to fruition our destiny. We each have control over it! There are times of course that the blessings, our progress and success can be held up, one reason being the negative words that we ourselves released from our mouths or what others spoke over us. But you and I have the power to speak the blessings of God into manifestation. Words have power! They have no limits and no boundaries. They have prophetic implications that functions like a magnet to pull the manifestation of that which we speak from other realms, regions and dimension. In every realm of the spirit there are numerous prophetic utterances that are suspended in the atmosphere, simply awaiting the fullness of time and the right condition for their manifestation. 

I understand for some, the law of religion may have disqualified you and made you think that you will not make it. But that is a lie that must be rejected completely. The truth about you is "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ hath made me free from the law of sin and death." (Romans 8:1-2) The active role that you must now begin to play is to break/reverse ill spoken words, idle words, ill wishes, spells and hexes that may have been released over your life and your destiny. 

A good place to start is to open up your mouth and begin to give God all the praise. Give Him the fruit of your lips and worship Him in spirit and in truth. Your condition qualifies you for a miracle! Not later, not tomorrow and not next week, but right now. It was a prophetic utterance and a heart of worship that not only qualified the leper in Matthew 8:2-3 for a miracle, but singled him out from among the crowd as Jesus stretched forth His hand and healed him. 

We have yet another great example of how the spiritual law of revelation, incubation and manifestation operates so that you might war a good warfare according to the prophecies that have gone out before on your behalf. (1 Tim.1:18) It is the story of how Caleb commanded the blessing of the Lord that it was released into his life. (Joshua 12:6-15) The point is, even though Caleb experienced some hard pressing that eventually got him into his purpose, he remained faithful and obedient to the very end. God not only preserved his life but kept him close to his duty. Through good times, bad times, hell and high waters he was kept alive by the grace and mercy of God. He made such a strong representation of his particular case that in the end, he could not be denied the promised blessing.

So it is, let us continue to stand on the word of God. You are never too old for God to use you in His kingdom. Stop limiting yourself and take the limits off the limitless God who can do exceeding abundantly above all that you could ever possible ask or think. Dry your tears, weep no more, you are blessed of the Lord!

[DAY 20 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ On The Other Side Of Your Jordan"

".....:and they two stood by Jordan. And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me......He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and he said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over." (11 Kings 2: 7-9, 13-14) Read also Joshua 3

There is a simple but very important rule that we should always bear in mind when reading the Word of God and that is, to distinguish between that which is written to us and that which is written for us. Because not all the Bible is directed to us, but all the Bible is for us. Having said that, I believe that there is great significance to us in this brief passage of scripture that is recalled here from the book of 11 Kings and, to a much greater extent, that which is written in Joshua 3. 

As the title of today's article says, "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ On The Other Side Of Your Jordan," we can only hope that as this particular journey nears its completion, that you were making arrangements all along to cross over on the other side of your spiritual Jordan and you are ready for what awaits you there. Within the context of the word and therein implied, it is the completion of one assignment and the expectation of the next which is to come. It strongly suggests that there is a shift into another dimension for which God had all this time been preparing you and I to meet. It is suggestive of another crossroad in our lives for which there are two ways, that is, the one that lies before us (future) and the one that is behind us (past) and the middle (present) which is where we are at this moment in time.  But before I proceed any further, let me briefly recap some of the events and detail by way of its meaning the importance of Jordan River and the spiritual connection that it has to each of us. 

Speaking of the Jordan River - the name Jordan means "descending, downward flowing." It is a natural barrier between the eastern desert and the western fertile country. (a promised land) In addition, Jordan represents a boundary, as well as being known as a popular site for miracles, transitions, and shifting paradigms. Change always accompanied the Jordan as it marked some of God's most propitious events. 

In summary, Joshua 3  and the ones that follow, gives an account of the history of Israel's passing through Jordan into Canaan. (the latter being the land which God had promised) Some time after they are put in remembrance of what God did for them between Shit-tim and Gilgal where they next pitched. Next, the march up to the river side of Jordan, hoping that you already read the scripture, was at Joshua's order (v 1). Their journey caused them to pass through the Red Sea unexpectedly  (which points to their redemption). Their expectations raised with regards to the thought of now having to pass through Jordan because they remembered how the Almighty power had led them through the Red Sea.  In their crossing over the Jordan, they were directed to (a) follow the ark of the covenant, and by depending on it, they were in fact depending upon God Himself (v2-4); (b) The people were commanded to sanctify themselves (v5); (c) The priests with the ark were ordered to lead the van (v6); (d) A leader was chosen in the person of Joshua (v7-8); (e) Public notice was given of what God was about to do for them (v9-13) A miracle it was, and a great historic event when the Jordan was divided, and Israel was brought safely through over on the other side of the Jordan River. 

As we make the connection through application of the Word of God, understand that God never changes. He is the same God today (present), as He was yesterday (past) and forever more will be the same (future). If you could just look up and look beyond where you are today in your current circumstances, your limitations, your past failures, your discouragements, sickness and your pain and just see what awaits you on the other side of your Jordan! Your MIRACLE awaits you! Your DOUBLE PORTION awaits you! There is HEALING in the water and an abundant supply of it that awaits you! Your MANTLE is about to be defined, and one also that cannot be denied! 

My encouragement to you is, just as God was with Elisha, so shall He be with you. The tokens of His presence with Elisha, was the guaranteed seal that no one else could have gotten his miracle but him. Three things must be taken notice of (1) Elisha immediately gained Elijah's mantle; (2) He was possessed with twice as much power as that of Elijah so that he was able to now divide Jordan for his crossing over on the other side; (3) He showed as much interest as Elijah did in the people of God to teach them likewise and to pass on the inheritance to yet another generation. It was a convincing evidence that the spirit of Elijah and a double portion of the anointing was in fact upon him (Elisha). 

God often would lead His people into places, and would allow set backs, and would even have His children to become 'limp and lifeless' in Him through all the discouragements and hurts, only to resuscitate us again  by the life giving breath of His Holy Spirit and to bring about MIRACLES of HEALING and of RESTORATION.  He often raise us back up in Him into new dimensions that the public notice of it, is to show to the world that beyond a shadow of a doubt only God could have done that thing in your life! 

Elisha could have left his 'master,' teacher and companion Elijah the first opportunity given him at Bethel, (2 Kings 2:2); then at Jericho (2 Kings 2:4); and lastly at Jordan (2 Kings 2:6). But I believe it is recorded for our example and our teaching that no matter what, we must be willing to follow our Lord and Master, our Chief Commanding Officer, and our Saviour Jesus Christ. By following Him, wherever he leads us, we can be assured that we will cross over safely on the other side of our Jordan, the land that has been promised to us!

It has been such a wonderful blessing doing life with you. It is my prayer that you have been blessed in like manner. God bless you! Your miracle awaits you!

[DAY 19 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ Embrace Your New Life & The I Am That Is In You"

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. (2 Cor.5:17) "Behold I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." (Isaiah 43:19)

As we near the end of this journey to your restoration, it is my hope that you have already begun to experience life anew, that your spirit man is revived and that your faith in God has grown exponentially! I personally have been changed! I have witnessed God moved in ways that I have never seen Him move. And one of the greatest lessons that this has taught me, is to define myself and who I am in God according to the word of God. There will always be struggles, life will always be filled with challenges, season will change, people will change but with all of that you do not have to let those things change you. 

There will always be opportunities for growth, for change and for you to make a difference in the lives of others. Speak according to how God sees you through the eyes of His Son. If you do not make a series of "I am" statements about the new creation you are in Christ, others will define you, and chances are in a negative way, and before you know it, you begin to act and speak in the negative light in which they have perceived you. Having said that, I will like to share with you a portions/excerpts of  "I Am In Christ" statements that I have come up with according to God's word, and that which I continue to confess over my life. 


"I am one of God's beautiful creations, created in His image and after His likeness which is His authority and power. I am redeemed through the blood of Jesus and forgiven of all my sins according to the riches of His grace. I am a born of the Spirit of God and I am filled with His Holy Spirit. I therefore possess and walk in the fruit of the spirit of love, joy peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. I am an Ambassador for Christ. I am His representative here on earth and His official legislature and law enforcement agent because I have an unction from the Holy One. I am a fellow citizen with the saints and of the household of God. I am built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ as the Chief Cornerstone. I therefore walk in the power of God, I walk in the authority of God and I walk in divine dominion. I am the salt of the earth and the light of the world. (Gen.1:26-27; Eph.1:7; Gal.5:22-23; 2 Cor.5:20; 1 John 2:20; Eph.2:19-20; Mat.5:13-14)

I am a student of the word of God and I diligently study His word daily to show myself approved unto Him. I am therefore not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ because I know how to rightfully divide and skilfully use the word of truth. I am wise in God and the things of God and I daily know to cleave to that which is right and move away from the things that are evil. (2 Tim.2:15; Rom.1:16; Joshua 1:8; Ps.111:10; Prov.3:1-8) I am not forgotten, I am never forsaken and as God knows each star by their name and not one is lost to Him and He knows the number of every hair upon my head, so it is God knows my name. I did not choose to be I am, I am an offspring of the I AM that I AM who spoke with Moses in Exodus 3:14. I am the apple of God's eyes and He keeps me safe under His wings. 

I am the bride of Christ. I am fearfully and wonderfully made on the outside but more so on the inside because I have God's Spirit upon me and in me. I am not conformed to the world's way of thinking. I am healthy in my body and I am spiritually well and whole. I am renewed in my mind, thoughts and ways because I am transformed by the word of God and I think only on the things that are true, honorable, noble, pure, lovely and praise worthy. (Heb.13:5; Isa.40:26; Mat.10:30; Isa.43:1; Ps.17:8; Sol.4:7-11; Isa.54:5; Ps.139:14; John 3:5, 14:16,26; Acts 11:16; Rom.8:16; Rom.12:2, Phil.4:7-8)

I am royalty because my Father is King of kings and Lord of lords. I have His royal blood flowing through my veins and I also have His royal DNA which is His Divine Natural Ability. I am heir with God and joint-heir with Jesus Christ. I suffer no lack because He owns everything. Every beast of the forest, the cattle upon a thousand hills, the earth and the fullness thereof, the world and all that is in it belong to Him. All good things have I inherited through my new life in Christ. Every place that the sole of my feet shall tread on He has already given to me. My first priority and passion in life is to seek first the kingdom of God and all His righteousness and as a result of my heart and passion to please Him, He causes all my needs and my desires to be added unto me. (1 Tim.6:15; Rev.19:16; Gen.1:26-27; John 3:3,5; 1 John 5:6-9; Rom.8:16-17; Phil.4:19; Col.1:16-17; Ps.50:10; Ps.24:1; Ps.37:11, 25:13; Mat.25:34, 19:29; Jos.1:3; Mat.6:33)

I am risen with Christ and seek those things that are above that I may please Him. I sit in heavenly places in Him because I am in Him and I dwell in Him and He in me. I remain in the secret places in Him and abide under the shadow of His wings. I have Kingdom Diplomatic Immunity against all evil according to Psalm 91. I now apply this to my life, my family's life and to all that is mine through Christ. (Col.3:1-2; Eph.2:6; Col.2:12)

I am rooted, I am settled, and I am established in my faith in Christ. I now choose to walk in my authority and dominion as a king and priest of the Lord. I put on the helmet of salvation knowing who I am in Christ and knowing who Christ is in me and through me. (Eph.6:17) As I speak, decree and declare the word of God, it cannot be stopped, hindered or hampered by the enemy (Isa.55:11) because, I am in Christ and Christ is in me!"

Be blessed, be encouraged, and be empowered!

[DAY 18 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ Soul, The Time For Your Healing Is Now"

"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7) And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit." (1 Corinthians 15: 45)

'Soul' - who am I really? 'How did my soul get to the point of being bound and in captivity, crying out desperately for its' freedom once again?' 'What is preventing me from fulfilling my dreams, my purpose, hence me not reaching to that point in my life to realize my full potential?' 'Why do I keep going around in circles and just as I am about to gain my breakthrough, it seems I am hit with another stroke of 'bad luck?' 'Why are my relationships not working out and why is it that only certain kinds of people are attracted to me?' 'Why do I no longer have the desire for doing certain things like I used to when I first got saved?' If you have asked yourself these and other like questions, and you have been on this life changing journey with me, it is neither luck nor chance that you are reading this article today. It is by God's divine appointment and God will truly honour your faith in Him and bring about the healing and restoration that you so desire.

In answer to these questions though, the foundation of the discussion must first be established. I would do so firstly by looking at what the soul is. I would of course consult experience and the experienced to gain their perspective, but I would also present to you my own understanding of what it is that has been revealed to me. 

Who Am I? 

Soul, as I have come to know it as, is the very innermost part of a person's being. It is what you cannot see with the natural eyes and it is what connects the body to the spirit.From the recalls of Genesis 2: 7, The soul is contained within a physical body that God created from the dust of the earth. The soul is the revelation of God ~ being, the breath of life (God) breathed into man's nostril and life emerges. The soul is the seat of one's intelligence, conscience, passion and reason and it houses the mind, will and emotions of an individual. Being the life breath, it is the very first thing that leaves man upon death. And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Ben-o-ni, (meaning son of my sorrow)..." (Gen.35:18) 

The Blue Letter Bible recorded an article from the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia entitled "Soul," and written by Marais, J. I. as saying - "Soul, like spirit, has various shades of meaning in the Old Testament, which may be summarized as follows: "Soul," "living being," "life," "self," "person," "desire," "appetite," "emotion," and passion." In the first instance it meant that which breathes, and as such is distinguished from basar, "flesh" (Deut.12:23); from she'er, "the inner flesh," (Proverbs 11:17)

In the words of Oehler, Old Testament Theology, l, 217, the subject of soul and spirit is described as: "Man is not spirit, but has it: he is soul...In the soul, which spring from the spirit, and exists continually through it, lies the individuality - in the case of man, his personality, his self, his ego." (end quote)

In laying the foundation even further, I refer to the Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words which gives the Greek translation of the word soul as 'psuche' which denotes 'the breath, the breath of life,'  then "the soul" used in various forms in the New Testament may be analyzed as follows: (a) the natural life of the body eg. (Mat.2:20, Luke 12:22); the immaterial part of man eg. (Mat.10:28, Acts 2:27); the seat of personality eg. (Luke 9:25, Heb.6:19, Heb.10:39); the seat of the sentiment element in man, that which he perceives, feels and desires eg. (Mat.11:29, Luke 1:46, Luke 2:35); the seat of will and purpose eg.(Mat.22:37, Acts 4:32, Eph.6:6, Heb.12:3); the seat of appetite eg. (Rev.18:14) 

In Hebrews 4:12, the penman recorded "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit....." It appears that there was some difficulty in separating or rather distinguishing between the soul and the spirit as both are in more ways than one alike in their nature and their activities. In general analysis however the spirit is the higher life form, the soul is the lower element. The spirit (pneuma) is the principle thing bestowed on man by God, while the soul (psuche) is the resulting life constituted in the individual, the body (soma) being the material visible organism which both the soul and the spirit animates.

Why This or Why That - Is There Not A Cause?

Every soul belongs to God, and the soul that sin shall die, this according to the word of God. Jesus knew no sin, "yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him...when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin..." (Is.53:10)  Sin is the greatest malady and sickness of leprosy and palsy that can befall the soul of any man. The only possible remedy and the prospects of healing and restoration comes from God alone through the blood of Jesus Christ His Son.

"For as a man thinketh in his heart so is he." (Prov.23:7) You attract who you are on the inside of you. Like spirits also attract. The only possible way that negative cycles and negative patterns and even negative people would be attracted to you is because of what is in your heart. These factors can cause you not to be able to fulfill your dream, to abort your purpose and can cause you not to realize your full potential. In addition, past hurts and 'baggages' from as early as childhood years, toxins such as unrest, confusion and despair are things that can keep a man's soul bound and in captivity. "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us..." (Heb.12:1) By the foregoing, there appears to be a strong correlation between inappropriate behaviours and past experiences, the effect of which is the 'junk' that clutters the soul.

Wilt Thou Be Made Whole? 

There is hope for you today. God wants to heal you. He wants to restore you in body, mind and spirit, but in particular your soul. Job cried out to God. He made known to God what God already knew and that is, "my  soul is weary of my life....I will speak in the bitterness of my soul." (Job 10:1) His life experiences had led him to that stage, coupled with the snide remarks made by the ones he thought were his friends. The Psalmist David in a similar manner cried out and was sure that the God in whom he had placd all of his trust would not so much as leave his soul in hell, but will come to his rescue, will heal him and then show him the path of life. The make it even all the more glorious, he was certain that after his healing that he could be gauranteed of continuity in the presence of God where there is fullness of joy and pleasures at God's right hand forever more. (Psalm 16: 10-11) Much has been said about worship in past discussions. And in yet another example, we see how worship indeed brings about your miracle, healing and your victory. "...there came a leper and worshipped him [Jesus], saying, Lord if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." The Father was glorified through the Son in that very moment of worship from this man and so as Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, "I will; be thou clean," immediately his leprosy left him and he was cleansed. (Matthew 8: 2-3)

The question once again, 'Will thou be made whole?' Let your answer be yes today! The time for the healing of your soul is now! The first man Adam was made a living soul, but Jesus the second Adam was made a quickening spirit to heal your soul and breathe life into you once again. (1 Corinthians 15:45)

[DAY 17 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ A Living Sacrifice"

"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53: 3-5) "I beseech you therefore, by the mercies of God that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." (Romans 12: 1) 

The Agape love helps us to understand that for which we have been apprehended. It is a call for sacrifice and to give up on things that we value the most and perhaps even to let go of persons in our lives that we hold dear to our heart all for the sake of following Christ. When that time comes, it is like having an extraction with the anesthesia. It is likened to walking on a very narrow street without the light and you having to even turn sideways just to get through it. It is a journey that you take all by yourself but having the full thought of God that He would never leave you nor forsake you no matter how bad it gets.

Picture yourself being led one day through 'the valley of Elah' where you meet many great forces that want to conquer, enslave, and kill you. It is the place where you have got to face every Goliath in your life. (1 Samuel 17:2,40) Then you are taken through 'the valley of Baca' meaning 'tears.' (Psalm 84:6) It signifies many weeping and watery valleys.(1 Sam. 30:4; Job 30:16) Finally, just imagine being led through 'the valley of the shadow of death.'  The only faint sound that you are likely to hear is that of your breathing and if you are so blessed, you hear the sound of liquid glass as they roll down the river banks of your cheeks. You see, all of us as we travel life's journey, on our way to heaven lies for each one of us one or more of these valleys. 

Jesus who was once offered to bear the sins of many and as the only sacrifice of atonement, was led through every one of these valleys for our sake. A perfect model of 'A Living Sacrifice.' Nothing or no one else could have done it for us. He is God's only Son, yet God spared Him not. "He is stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before the shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth." (Isaiah 53:4, 7) Jesus' last days here on earth were the most agonizing. He was prosecuted and delivered up to Pilate. We are reminded of His arraignment and trial before Pilate, and the clamours of the people against Him, and the sentence that was passed.The warrant for His execution was then signed.

As He was led to the place of execution He had all possible indignities done to Him. Four Roman soldiers we are told were employed to crucify Him. They stripped Him, and the sham of majesty was put upon Him when He was dressed in a red cloak called a scarlet robe. To make it all the more undignified, shameful and painful, they platted a crown of thorns and placed it upon His head. They placed a scepter in His right hand as if it was a scepter fit for the King of kings. It was a worthless thing done, for the scepter was made of reed, a reed they would later take and smite Him with on His head. In doing homage, it is the custom that they would kiss the one that is sovereign as a token of allegiance, but they in the mock homage spat in His face instead of kissing Him.

All this time heaven frowned upon Him and God hid His face from Him as He was delivered into the hands of His enemies. No angel was sent from heaven to deliver Him, and no friend appeared for Him. He was made to carry a two hundred pounds cross upon His back, the very wood upon which He would be sacrificed. As the nine and twelve inch rusty spikes barbarously driven into His hands and feet shattered His bones, the light of the sun was withheld, even heaven denied Him a beam of light, and earth denied Him a drop of water. Instead, they barely wet His lips with vinegar, the intention of which being to paralyze His vocal cords, an attempt clearly to shut off His vocal cords that He not speak.

And so, with mangled pieces of flesh by then hanging from a near lifeless body, shoulder bones, hip bones, and every other bone dislodged from their sockets, blood running from every part of His body that He suffered at the whipping pole, Jesus is said to have spent those last three dark and gruesome hours in a silent retirement into His own soul. Just before the three o'clock hour, the time He died, He uttered with a loud voice, "It is finished." (John 19:30) Although He was in much pain and anguish, He spoke like a man in His full strength, to show the world that His life was not forced from him, but was freely delivered by Him into His Father's hands. Christ our Passover, the Paschal Lamb, without spot and without blemish, became "A Living Sacrifice" for us. (1 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Peter 1:19)

[DAY 16 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ The Fulfilment Is In Your Worship" Part 2

"Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. (1 Chronicles 16:29) God is a Spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." (John 4:24) KJV. In a brief recap of the previous discussion,  it will be noted that we looked at what it means to 'worship God in spirit and in truth.' We also looked at the importance of it from other writer's perspective including the 'Vine's Expository Dictionary.' We have even looked at it in the Greek form as 'proskuneo' [from  pros, 'towards' and kuneo 'to kiss.'] and also examined the Hebrew form of worship to be 'shachah,' pronounced as sha-kha. "Worship," was then summarized as follows: 'Reverencing God, adoring Him, honouring and bowing down prostrate before Him. It is to have extreme devotion, an intense love and adoration reserved for Him alone. It is more a thing of the heart and mind than physical action. But much deeper than that, our obedience to God is considered to be the highest form of worship that we give to Him.'

For today's discussion captioned under title heading as "The Journey To Your Restoration - The Fulfilment Is In Your Worship" Part 2, I will now look a little more in detail into this vitally important subject of "worship," while at the same time offer a practical approach of how we can move forward into the future worshipping God in spirit and in truth. 

Practicality of Worship

A good way to start is to understand that worship to God or worshipping God is a requirement. It is very simple to bow down to Him once we understand what it means, but difficult if one has not yet totally surrendered his/her will over to God. The Apostle Paul understood it quite well and offered his perspective in this way, "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him." (Colossians 1:16) 

He took it a step further for those who might want to consider the thought of 'why must  I  worship someone I've never seen' and he chronicled it in this way, "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;" It is clear what the Apostle Paul is saying in this text, that Jesus is so great, so high and lofty He is, that eventually everyone born or created (visible and the invisible) will bend their knees, and will bow down before His throne in reverent homage before the King of kings and the Lord of lords! 

The very basic concept of the foregoing scriptures allows us to see that God must be worshipped, because He demands it or rather He commands us to do so. God clearly knew from the outset that it is possible for His people to worship others and things besides Himself. It took place in the beginning in the garden of Eden when Satan cohearsed Eve, and subsequently Adam, to worship him through their dis-obedience to God the Father. That resulted in the fall of man. It was also a blatant attempt by Satan to get Christ to worship him, (a being besides the true God) when Christ bluntly rejected him with the word of God saying, 'Him only you shall  serve,' thus putting an end to Satan's annoyance that he too (Satan) will bow his knees and worship and serve the true living God. 

Through these scriptural truths, it is evident that the very next principle is that God deserves our worship. Jesus our greatest example of how we are to walk worthy of the vocation, knew this and by acknowledging God the Father in everything that He did, and not doing anything without the Father (John 5:19-20) gave reverence, homage and great love and respect for His Father. It was His worship to God being expressed and demonstrated through His obedience. Paul confirms this very principle in 1 Corinthians 4:16 "Be followers of  me."

The third practical principle is,  we need to worship Him [God] and it emanates from the previous principle of being imitators of what we see done by our Lord Jesus Christ. It is given by this simple persuasion that if we do not give our worship to God, our natural human tendency is to give it elsewhere and to someone else other than the true God. And anyone who is drawn away to giving worship to any other and expect to build a solid life is only treading on dangerous grounds of idolatry and idolatrous practices [rejects God  as  Ruler and stands at the base of every sin], breaking not only one, but all of God's commands. Eventually, one becomes what he/she worships. 

How Can I Worship God In Ways Acceptable To Him? 

This segment will provide for us a starting point for some and for others it may be viewed as an improvement to what was done before. But either way, the best way to start is to embrace 'worship in spirit and in truth' as a lifestyle as opposed to some religious exercise that we partake of whether just on Sundays at church service, or bible study or prayer meetings on weekdays. In the final analysis, each individual must develop his/her unique style, personal between you and God. These are just a few suggestions. 

  • Repent - The first solution to any problem is to acknowledge that there is one, then accept personal responsibility asking God to reveal any areas in our life where the worship we had given before to Him did not measure up to His standard. Perhaps you may be a part of a larger Christian community that have failed in the past to incorporate laments for justice (Isaiah 58:1-8; Joel 1:5-8; 13-14) into corporate worship. Then it is time to turn away from the world's patterns and thinking, that we be not conformed any more by those things, but that we be transformed by the renewing of our minds to prove what is the acceptable and perfect will of God for our lives. (Romans 12:2) As we begin to identify and proclaim the laments, and our paradigms shift to truly see that our brothers cry is our cry, that their pain is our pain, then and only then we would begin to see God move in the earth in unimaginable ways. 
  • Regain focus - I believe that because God is merciful and would not entirely suffer us to perish, many have been drawn to complacency to seek a God they 'want' instead of worshipping God for who He is. Then there are others who fashion a god in their mind who blesses without obligation, who lets us feel his presence without living and measuring up to his lifestyle, and who say things such as He is merciful and loving so he would stand with us and not against us and, He sends both rain and sunshine upon the just and the unjust so he gives us what we want when we want it. The reality is, He is not that kind of God, so let us regain our focus where it may have been lost.
  • Reconnect to our first love - We can become so busy with everything else in life and loose our spiritual connection and our love, not only for those we see each day but more so with God our Heavenly Father. "I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil.....Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love." (Revelation 2: 2-4)  The writer of the gospel of Matthew penned it in this way, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6: 21 NIV ) Let us reconnect spiritually and cohesively in His love.
  • Realign and remember our first priority - Realign with God's word and remember at all times who God is, that He alone is holy and worthy and that we are called to serve each day. With the realization also that justice and worship at their core each deal with power and the abuse of it, we must begin to emphasize more  God's Kingship, His rule over all creation, His undeniable and spotless character, so that we create the medium by which the Most High God can address the fallen powers in our church, states, nation and the world at large around us. The Bible says no one can serve two masters. We must be willing therefore at whatever cost to point man in his fallen state back to God.
  • Worship through prayer - Our prayer life ought to be more about God and less and less of us. It must begin with Him! It is the very core of the model prayer that Jesus gave first to His disciples and then to us. "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.." (Matthew 6:9-13). Prayer gives us the opportunity to get to know God better and in a more intimate and personal way. It ought not to be only about a list of 'I want' before God. Again the length of time that one spends in prayer is a personal thing between him/her and God. 
  • Get in a regular habit of reading the Bible -  The Bible is the Word and the Word is God! The only way of getting to know Him, to be in a wonderful, sweet, loving relationship with Him and to worship Him as He is, is to read the Word everyday. How can we expect to worship Him the way that He truly deserves without a clear understanding of who He is? 
  • Share your faith not your religion The only way some persons will ever know God is by how much of God they see that we have in us. "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17) God wants every person on the planet to worship Him, not because He is an 'egotistic maniac' who needs our praise, but worship is how we have all been designed by God to give freely to Him! 
In summary, I suggest we build an attitude of thankfulness to God. It is one of our reasonable services to Him. Thank Him for who He is, for what He has done for us. Thank Him for what we already have as every good and perfect gift comes from God. Not that we are deserving of any of the the things we have or the favour that He has shown to us but because of the sacrifice that He made for us through His Son Jesus Christ. Once we begin to look more through the lens of thankfulness, we see our lives and everything in it from God's perspective. 

Another "Empowerment Moment" has ended and it is my prayer that you have been blessed indeed by the word of the Lord.  

[DAY 15 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ The Fulfilment Is In Your Worship" Part 1

"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." ~ John 4: 23-24 KJV  Without going any further, let us take a moment to reflect on where we have come this far on this journey to restoration, in particular, day 13 and 14 respectively. We looked at the  subject of "There's Plenty For You In The House Of Beth-el," and we've also looked at "Keep Your Eyes On The Cross And Him Crucified."  Given the nature of those discussions, I believe it is appropriate and fitting as we near the end of this journey, to turn our focus on the level of our worship that we give to God. Simply because, I believe the measure and the extent to which God divinely brings restoration back into the lives of His people, is somehow connected to the level of our worship that He receives from us each day.

Why worship and not praise?  Can praise not do as good a job or even better than our worship? To another fellow believer one may ask yet another question as this, Did you see how God moved in the worship service at church today? Such questions and logical reasoning are legitimate and a good start to explore deeper the subject title of discussion, "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ The Fulfilment Is In Your Worship." As a matter of fact, the Christian way touches on worship and praise. But that is all these questions and reasoning are, a place to begin, especially that the church worship and praise is always there. It is actually woven into the fabric of our lives and one which I believe is often taken for granted.

It alludes to praise as being in the outer court of God's throne which anyone is capable of doing. Even the unbeliever and the rocks for that matter with the evidence of,  breaking open of prison doors, breaking of chains and fetters of iron to set captives free. It gives a false sense of security that there is no need for an ongoing personal intimate relationship with God and that whenever one needs a breakthrough in his or her life, then praise is what is required. On the other hand, worship which is said to get one into the inner courts of God's throne, the impression is that it is reserved only for a specific category of believers. But nothing could be further from the truth within those notions.

So what then is true worship? Is it entirely possible that continually giving God the very basic form of worship will get His undivided attention? Are we really meeting God's full requirements with respect to true worship? If no, is it possible then that our understanding of true worship is far too narrow? Aside from Him being our Creator, why does God want us to worship Him? God is calling us all back to a heart of true worship, He is seeking true worshippers! The hour cometh He says when the Father seek such who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. Not just out of any heart, but worship that comes out of the depth of ones spirit and soul that is true, sincere and pure.

What is Worship? 

Except within the context of a passage of scripture, the Bible never clearly defines it, yet understanding what it is, is crucial to our daily living. It is a matter of life and death for us. God has even taken it a step further and is measuring His temple and its alter to see who worships there in spirit and in truth. (Revelation 11: 1-2) It tells us therefore that the understanding or lack thereof of worship and what God truly requires of us, is entirely up to each individual, and not God. To each his own that we work out our own salvation with fear and trembling!

We are the temple of God,  so we are being measured by God to see if we are truly worshipping Him or not. Jesus says worshippers draw nigh to Him and worship Him in vain with their mouths when their heart is far from Him. (Matthew 15: 8) Indeed we are to exercise great caution on our journey to whom we give worship ~ worship is considered as intimacy with God, yet Jesus clearly made a point, rather a rebuke to the worship that was being presented to the Father. Satan even tried to get Jesus to worship him instead of His Father, but Jesus angrily replied, "Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.(Matthew 4:10)

Grammatically though, worship can be either a verb or noun. The thesaurus gives synonyms such as adulate, honour, glorify, edify, deify to mean worship. The Webster's Dictionary, its verb form includes such synonyms as "esteem," "exalt," "revere," and "respect." While as a noun, it can encompass adoration, veneration, devotion, supplication and invocation. The Collier's Dictionary, its noun form includes meaning such as, reverence or devotion for a deity; religious homage or veneration; extreme devotion or intense love or admiration of any kind. 

The Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words gives the Greek word proskuneo (from pros, "towards," and kuneo, "to kiss"as the most frequent word in verb form rendered to mean  "worship." It is to make obeisance or to do reverence or, an act of homage either to God eg. (Mat.4:10; John 4:21-24; 1 Cor.14:25; Rev. 4:10; 5:14; 7:11; 22:9) OR to Christ eg.(Mat.2:2; 8:2; 9:18; 14:33....John 9:38; Heb.1:6). In the Old Testament the Hebrew word for "worship" is shachah, pronounced as sha-kha. The word is translated into the English version to  mean, "to bow down," "obeisance," "reverence," "fall down," "themselves" (prostrate), (make to) "stoop," "crouch."

In summary, worship then, is reverencing God, adoring Him, honouring and bowing down prostrate before Him. It is to have extreme devotion, an intense love and adoration reserved for Him alone. It is more a thing of the heart and mind than a physical action. But much deeper than that, our obedience to God is considered to be the highest form of worship that we give to Him.

Part 2 of this discussion will be presented at which time the topic will be explored even deeper to look at practical biblical examples in more detail and to offer some suggestions on how to improve our worship God. It is my prayer also that you have been blessed by the word today and you are empowered to go forth to make that difference and to impact the lives of those around you!

God bless you!

[DAY 14 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ Keep Your Eyes Upon The Cross & Him Crucified"

"......For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit of power. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." ~ 1 Corinthians 2: 1-5. 

It was very interesting to me as I read this passage of scripture, how the Apostle Paul presented himself at the start of the text. I tried to be creative in my mind as  I began to draw a picture of what he must have been encountering at the time of this recording. I saw a picture of him at that point where he must have had some flash backs of his own personal life by the response that he gave. It was an indication to me also that as one progresses in life along the journey to restoration, there will be many challenges - hard enough that we still at times struggle with the guilt and shame of our past experiences, it is even harder when we are constantly reminded by others.

But nonetheless, like the Apostle Paul, let us be ready at all times to put the record straight and to keep our minds' eyes upon the cross and Him [Christ] crucified there, lest we ourselves are reminded of the things past. First, be ready to present ourselves clothed in a garment of humility. And in our defence, let God's truth be made known to the world, not as though we have great learning and excellency of speech or wisdom with enticing fancy words, but let us purposely choose to forget about everything else except Jesus Christ, especially His death on the cross. 

Keep our eyes upon the cross and the place that brought the whole world to a stand still over 2000 years ago! At the cross - the 'ground is level.' [no titles, no positions, no degrees and resume of anyone's accomplishment] The cross is where the worst of man meets the very best of God. It is where the 'ugliness' of a man's heart comes into direct contact with the purest of divinity. Scripture recalls it to be the place where two thieves hung (one on Christ's left, the other on His right) and while one gloated in ridicule and infamy, the other cried unto Jesus, "Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom," proving that the cross is where the highest personality in philosophy forgives sinners and discharges debtors! (Luke 23:43)

On this our journey, the cross and the one crucified upon it for our sakes opens for us the doorway of deliverance, the pathway of peace, the roadway of righteousness, the highway of holiness, the gateway of glory where the promise of God is sure. The cross is where flesh bows its' knees to the Spirit of the living God, that even when folks don't do right by you and I, we can still say like Jesus, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." The cross as scripture recalls, met a woman at the well, and when everyone else looked down upon her, she seized that moment and surrendered her life to Christ completely. She was then placed on the path to her purpose and to walk into her destiny. (John 4: 6-30) The cross can get you out of the pit and bring you into the palace before the King of kings, that even when folk look the other way from you, God sees you as His golden treasure, the apple of His eyes, His precious jewel carrying His Royal Blood and His DNA (Divine Natural Ability) It is all at the cross!

What shall we say to all these things? Clearly, if God be for us, then who can be against us? The answer, nothing or no one! For years there was a woman as described to us in scripture who had a particular issue, an issue of blood. (Luke 8:43-48) But one day she became really sick and tired of the flesh mates who after she had spent all that she had with them, in the end, they really could not help her. She heard of the deliverer and the healer who was passing by and she said if only she could touch the hem of His garment, if only she could get her finger prints on where the strategy and the solution to her problem was, then her finger prints would be there upon investigation of the matter. Once traced back to her she thought, then no one else could claim and receive her blessing and that MIRACLE OF RESTORATION. 

And so we see, in the final analysis, there comes a time in our lives when we've got to make up in our minds to do what is necessary, what's right and prudent and what would get God's immediate attention to move on our behalf. Be willing to push our way past the noise of the crowd and the challenges that life presents us with each day. The journey would at times get rough yes but, it is attainable. The process to perfection (Matthew 5:48) is never instant yet it is highly possible and, as long as you and I continue to keep our eyes upon the cross and on Him crucified upon it, we will cross over to the finish together. 

Blessings and love!

[DAY 13 of 21] "The Journey To Your Restoration ~ There's Plenty For You In The House Of Beth-el"

"And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Beth-el, and dwell there: and make there an alter unto God,..Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: And let us arise, and go up to Beth-el; and I will make there an alter unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. (Genesis 35:1-3) Read also Luke 15:11-32 "And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father...." v's 17-18

The events in these stories, though coming out of two entirely very different circumstances, are given here because of the similarities that I found in them. The difference first of all, was in the patriarch's family with the disgraceful and perilous event in She-chem of the criminality of his two sons, both in the offence they had given to God, and the dishonour which they brought on the true faith. (Genesis 34) Then secondly, we see a young son who was in such a haste to join himself to the world for instant gratifications, would demand of his father a total payout of his inheritance, only to loose it all through riotous living.

The similarities I would dare say are quite obvious. See how the subjects went and joined themselves to strange gods and citizens of other countries who participated in superstitious and ungodly practices such such as idolatry. (Gen.35:2, Luke 15:15) They soon came to their senses however and were reckoned unclean and unfit to join in the social worship of God. (Gen.35:2, Luke 15:18b-19) Recognize also how grace, mercy and providence changed the course and the path of their self-destructive behaviours and brought them back unto the path to their true faith and destiny and with the promise and provisions of plenty. (Gen.35:1, Luke 15:20-25) Here we faced truth and reality at the same time that God is indeed a merciful God and forgiving God who would not suffer us to go on the wrong path in life and not come to our rescue. We see a God who is compassionate, a God who is loving and kind, and as one who will not allow us to be tempted more than which is common to man. "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye might be able to bear it." (1 Corinthians 10:13)

You may be reading this article today and find that it is connecting with you and there is a feeling of guilt and conviction in your spirit. Perhaps it is because you too have stepped outside of your Father's house doing the things that are contrary to the will of God.  But just like Jacob, his family and the prodigal son, God is waiting for you with outstretched arms as He bid you to come into the house of Beth-el where there is plenty for you. He is the God who provides and you will never go without. (Gen.22:14) He is the one who supplies all that you will ever have need of according to His bountiful riches in Christ Jesus His Son. (Philippians 4:19) The answer to the void and emptiness you may feel is in God's house, that is, fullness of joy and pleasures at His right hand forever more.  (Psalm 16:11) Jesus is the Bread of Life and you will not ever go without the food you need each day. (John 6:48) The burden that you feel and the weight that you are carrying, and the tiredness that you are experiencing, you have the opportunity today to trade them for God's peace, His yoke which is easy and His burden that is light. (Matthew 11:28-30) Put on the garment of praise in the house of Beth-el in place of the spirit of heaviness; trade in your mourning for the oil of joy and receive beauty for your ashes (Isaiah 61:3); receive God's peace (Romans 5:1) Lay down the guilt and the shame at the alter (Romans 8:1); accept your pardon and forgiveness (1 John 1:9-10); http://www.propheticministeryiwilson.org/p/salvation.html receive your badge of 'son ship' and be led and guided by the Spirit of God once more. (Romans 8:14-15)

May God bless you and empower your life with the transforming power by His grace!
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