How Do You Plan To Honor God?

“And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the Lord: they shall come into the treasury of the Lord…” (Josh. 6:18-19).

When you enter into your Promised Land, how do you plan to honor God? We must remember that He is the One Who has fought the battle on our behalf. God is the One Who has secured a great victory against our enemies. It is not because we deserved to win. Neither is it because we have done something so significant that it would ever measure up to all that God has ever done for us. Therefore, we must render unto God the honor that belongs to Him rightfully from the first of all that we possess upon entry into the land of promise.

If God has blessed you with additional time to live when the doctors had given you a timeframe to die, honor God with your remaining years. If God has blessed you with a promotion on your job, honor God with the position and the subsequent increase in salary. If God has restored your marriage and family, honor God in your marriage and family. If God has open up an opportunity for you to be a person of influence, honor God with that platform before others. Whatever it is that God has done on your behalf, honor Him with the victory that He has given to you in the presence of your enemies because He did not allow you to suffer defeat.

Honor God with the first fruits of all your substance…in whatever form it may take. It all belongs to Him rightfully!

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Life (No Longer A Slave)…

Father, as I prepare to go into the land of promise…my prayer is that You shine the light of Your glory upon my life that I may see every area that is not pleasing to You. I desire to be wholly clean before You and do not want the stench of my past to continue to be upon my life. I pray, Father, that You roll away the reproach of my Egypt from off me as You did with the children of Israel after they crossed the Jordan and entered into the Promised Land (Josh. 5:9).

My desire is to walk up rightly before You everyday in every way, even if it means that You confront me with face to face with my shortcomings. I choose to come forward to You because I do not want to continue on my current path because I know You have more for me. I want to live life to fullest with Your life flowing through me.

Circumcise my heart, Father. Cut away everything and everyone that has been a hindrance to my my growth and maturation…even me, O, Lord…even me. I do not want to return to bondage again because You have truly liberated me. You have broken every shackle and chain off of my life…now I am free to live for You triumphantly in Christ Jesus, my Savior and Lord….Your Son.

I have not come this way before and I do not want to have to come this way again. So help me, Father because I want to get things right this one time. Father, I do not want walk around the same mountain again. I need that part of my life to be over and done with. I want my destiny. My desire for Your promise for my life to be fulfilled. Father, help me to become the man You have created me to become…so roll away the stench of my past…

Consecrate and sanctify me, O, Lord. Make me a vessel that is meet for the Master’s use. I am no longer a slave to sin and bondage. No longer am I a slave to the kingdom of darkness. I am no longer a slave to this world. Now I belong to You, Heavenly Father. I thank You and praise You for this for I pray this in Jesus’ name…Amen!

Now Is The Time!

“And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore. And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you…” (Josh. 3:3-5).

After going in circles in life for however long, we are on the brink of entering the land of promise. God has sent forth the marching orders and given the command to proceed forward. With this in mind, we have to follow God’s instruction to the letter and lay aside anything or anyone who will cause us to compromise our relationship with God. The command is not given to us for us to wait until we arrive in the land of promise, but to immediately set ourselves apart from those who may attempt to influence us once we arrive at our destination. This is the only way that God’s presence will go before us and remain with us once we have attained the promise.

We need to consider seriously if holding on to these things is worth the possibility of losing the presence of God in our lives? We need to consider seriously if holding on to these things is worth the possibility of losing God’s favor upon our lives? We need to consider if holding on to these things is worth the possibility of losing the promise altogether? The answer to all of these is a resounding and emphatic: NO!!!

Even if we were to remain where we are currently, NOTHING IS EVER WORTH THE POSSIBLE RISK OF LOSING GOD’S PRESENCE IN NOR HIS HAND OF FAVOR UPON OUR LIVES! Whatever God has asked us to rid ourselves of can easily be replaced. Whenever God asks us to let go of something, it is always for something far greater than what we had previously. Never become so attached to something that you allow it to cause you to lose out on the promises of God for your life. Never become so attached to someone that you allow it to cause you to lose out on the promises of God for your life.

I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes…

armor-of-god-classic-720x540If there was ever a time wherein the Body of Christ needed to buckle down and pray, it is now. This is not some new profound statement, nor is it a cliche. This is a fact that intensifies daily as we are being confronted by an increase in attacks from the enemy. The main reason why many of us are succumbing to these attacks is because we are attempting to fight a supernatural enemy using using natural weapons.

Consider the source. Once we realize who is behind these attacks, we will know how to approach the battle. The Apostle Paul teaches,

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Cor. 10:3-5).

What we must keep at the forefront of our minds is that, although our enemy is supernatural: 1) he is not omnipotent, 2) he is not omnipresent, 3) he is not omniscient, and most importantly, 4) HE IS ALREADY DEFEATED!!! However, while we are remembering these things, we must remember that he is still a supernatural being and he has more power than we do within ourselves. One remedy for this is remembering that our help comes from above…from the Lord of Hosts (Ps. 121). The other remedy is following the exhortation of Paul,

“Finally, my brethern, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perserverance and supplication for all saints…” (Eph. 6:10-18).

In these last days, we must be on alert. We cannot be ignorant of the enemy’s devices (2 Cor. 2:11). We must pray always (Lk. 18:1; Eph. 6:18; 1 Thess. 5:17). This is a REAL battle and lives are being lost daily. There is a spirit of urgency in the atmosphere…we would be wise to return to our post upon the wall and watch while we pray…#thinkonthesethings

A Challenge

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Good morning my Brothers and Sisters! I would like to issue a challenge to everyone today…
Let’s make a conscious decision to follow hard after God and seek Him with everything within our being for the remaining 95 days of this year…
Our focus is to see His Kingdom come and His will being done within our lives and in the lives of those with whom we come into contact from this point forward…
I love you all and God Bless you is my prayer!

Where Do You Stand?

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Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, ‘Be ye holy; for I am holy…'” (1 Pet. 1:13-16).

Although we may complete and fulfill certain periods wherein we have set aside in order to consecrate ourselves to God, the desire to continuously draw closer to God is never extinguished within the heart of the one who is seeking to know God. The Apostle Paul says in the Epistle to the Philippians,

“…But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord: for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus…” (3:7-12).

In other words, Paul was so consumed with knowing the Lord intimately and also knowing, understanding and executing the will of the Lord for his life that nothing else matter to him…not even his own life (Acts 21:10-14; 23:11; 25:7-12; 26:30-32; 2 Tim. 4:6-8). Upon reading this about Paul’s life and his passion for the things of God, we must begin to truly take into consideration whether we are willing to consecrate and set ourselves apart for God’s will to be done in our lives…at any cost? We must begin to ask ourselves, “What price am I willing to know God in this way? How far am I willing to go?”

Jesus provides a spiritual ‘checklist’ for us to assist us in our decision-making,

“…If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and his mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?…or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?…So likewise, whosever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple…” (Lk. 14:26-28, 31, 33),

and qualifies this statement with His previous declaration,

“…No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God…” (Lk. 9:62).

We turn again unto Paul for the conclusion of the matter,

“…Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus…” (Phil. 3:13, 14).

#thinkonthesethings