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God never gives up

The spirit of fear is not from God; fear is fueled by the devil himself. If you fear you lose your power, you lose your love; your confidence and you begin to doubt the word of God. Fear brings condemnation and paralyzes you in your battle. This gives the devil leverage to use you to his maximum advantage.

When you start looking through the eyes of fear and only see the negative, it cripples your prayer life and you become double-minded; and a man that is double-minded is a man unstable in all his ways (James 1:8). Because of fear we neglect our relationship with the Lord and it brings guilt.

When guilt steps in faith and hope walks out because you cannot have fear and have faith at the same time. So what are you feeding – fear or faith? When fear dominates your life it will cause you to accomplish nothing, you will always feel insecure, you will always feel like the world owes you. The devil will never stop with his onslaught against you; it is a daily renewing of your mind to stay focus on your goal that God has set before you. The devil will tell you to give up and that the Lord doesn’t care. When you begin to question the presence of God, you need to know that you are no longer a slave to sin, you are redeemed and forgiven by the grace of God. God is never far from you and He will never give up on you; once the Spirit of God reveals His heart to you; a clear understanding of God’s power and His authority will be released in your life.

Allow God’s Spirit to direct you into all truth and make a conscious commitment to His word. To be reprimanded in love and to allow people to speak into your life, will break the hold that Satan has over you. Turn at my rebuke; surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you (Prov 1:23). Your mind will be steadfast and committed to the ways of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Prov 9:10).

Prayer: Father God please forgive me where I have allowed fear to rule in my life, I repent of all kinds of fear and lay it at your throne of grace; Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus consume every spirit of fear that is not of you in Jesus name. Amen

Raising the Stakes

 

To raise the stakes means to increase one’s commitment or involvement. When God says He is raising the stakes it means that there is a call and an urgency in the Spirit for souls into His kingdom.

Our God is a God of excellence. God’s love for us is a love of excellence and perfection. Excellence is the quality of being outstanding or extremely good. When you come into His presence He raises the stakes, He does not want us to lower our standards and go at it with a slow pace.

For example, snails move at their own pace. When you chase them, they go into their shell and hide from the world.  When snails moves they leave a white mark or white line to show that they were there. So my question to you is: Are you like the snail that when danger comes you hide in your shell and only give a little of God’s light to show that you are a Christian?

The opposite of excellence is inferiority. Inferiority means to always have the unrealistic feeling of general inadequacy. The devil will always use this weapon of fear and inferiority to cripple your relationship with God and just about destroy your prayer life. But we know when we are crippled and on our knees that is the place where God wants you to seek His face and His presence. The Bible tells us 365 times not to fear. Once you give over to fear you have stopped trusting God, you have lost your confidence, and you are in no position to pray. But when the Spirit of excellence comes upon you it is impossible to fear, it is impossible to stay quiet and hide because the Spirit overflows in every area of your life.

When God raises the stakes, He wants you to step out in faith and believe what His word says about you and excel in His Spirit. God’s Spirit is in you and me, and as a Christian you must always flow in His Spirit and at all times be ready when God puts a fire under you. His Spirit will never settle for leftovers because God’s Spirit has never known defeat.

When the Spirit of excellence flows through you, you will hear the cry of the lost, you will see the need of the poor and you will react on His call. 

Prayer: Lord thank you for raising the stakes so that I can step up and step out of my convict zone and step into you glorious light. By faith we will run and not grow weary we will submit under the authority of Your word in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Be light

What is the function of a lighthouse?

A lighthouse is a tower topped with a very bright light called a beacon. The beacon is used by sailors to help guide and to warn boats of dangerous areas they might not see at night. A lighthouse is always located at an important or dangerous place. The core function of a lighthouse is to provide light and to warn of impending danger, its function is clear and can never change.

Light come into our bodies through the eyes, the pure and clean light of Jesus Christ always operates in a vessel that is clean and connected to Him.  The light will always cast out darkness and it will never be overshadowed, His light and power will always be visible for the world to see. The light brings life and joy, but darkness brings death, turmoil and pain. The light that Jesus brings will always have compassion on those in darkness. So be the lighthouse on the hill that shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven (Matt 5: 16).

Our core function as Christians is to warn the world of impending danger and destruction that the devil always brings on those in darkness, because they don’t see the light. We as Christians are also not in the clear when it comes to the devil, but we see the danger and we can strategize our battle plan through the light of Jesus Christ.

When we allow the darkness to overshadow the light, we will grieve God’s Spirit and His voice will become silent. We are called to bring light into the world, to be the salt of the earth, and never lose our flavour for souls. Be light because Jesus is light.

Prayer:   Lord search our hearts and help us to be the salt and the light of Jesus Christ in a dark and lost world. Help us to have compassion on those that don’t know you in Jesus name.  Amen

The anointing never departs from you

“So it was, as they were burying a man, that suddenly they spied a band of raiders; and they put the man in the tomb of Elisha; and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.” 2 Kings 13: 21 (NKJV)

 

Elisha was Elijah’s successor. After Elijah’s death he received a double anointing from God and  also performed double the miracles that Elijah did. The anointing that was upon him was so powerful that even in his death his bones was still full of it’s power.

Even in our weakness, in our death situations, when we feel we’re not in right-standing with God and not worthy to be used by Him, His anointing is still alive in us,  it never departs from us. Isaiah 61:1 proclaims:

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”

Satan will always try to prevent us from obeying God, but let us not be intimidated by his lies and rather use the anointing that God has given us to act on what He is calling us to do.

Prayer: Lord my desire is to always rely on your Holy Spirit for guidance and to walk in your power and not in my own strength in Jesus name. Amen.

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