365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, today let us talk about distractions. Distractions are those things (obstacles, frustration, debt, gossip, unhealthy social media, arguments, lies, underhanded deals) or people who are designed to come into our lives to keep us from achieving purpose by knocking us off track and detouring us from staying on the path of focus. The path that is truly important. Many may say distractions come to cause us to lose focus to the point where we can no longer concentrate on our God-given steps to destiny. When this happens, we immediately begin to develop and operate in a negative mindset—not good! Yes, distractions are the work of the enemy, and we cannot allow the enemy to win, but we must consider the flip side of distractions. We must channel all the wasted energy we put into talking about distractions and trying to figure out why they have come into turning our negative mindset into a positive mindset and make them work for us.
WR2W, God has given us the authority to make it work for us and the best part about it is that He (God, Himself) is causing all these distractions to work together for our good. Why? Because we love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Again, I must reiterate, we must change our mindset, the way we view things and what we speak. Positive affirmations bring positive results, and it is time for us to see these distractions as blessings in disguise or better yet, blessings in the makings, and speak that they are indeed working for our good. Perhaps they (distractions) have come for such a time as this to motivate us to transform our mind into being Kingdom thinkers, so our hands can be Kingdom builders. It is time for us to make Kingdom moves. What are Kingdom moves you should ask, they are boss moves made by Kingdom women.
My number one distraction is the burden of student loan debt, and how it keeps me from being able to sow more into the Kingdom, the lives of others, and myself. But honestly, this is not true. This is only an excuse, and I must change my mindset. This is the way the enemy wants me to think. This is his tactic to distract me from what is truly important, being a Kingdom sower, and living my best life. He wants to stifle me by stifling my thought process to keep me in a poverty mentality, but the devil is a liar and God is in full control. My distraction is the burden of student loan debt, but your distraction maybe your problems with your husband, companion, children, friends, and/or jealous people who always have an opinion about your life. For example, if they do not see you on social media for a while, you must be going through something, or if you are on social media quite a bit, you are showing off. If these people have this much of time to invest into worrying about what you have going on in your life, they have way too much time, which indicates they are not doing enough worthwhile. WR2W, we must be careful with whom we associate, and let speak into our lives—-VERY IMPORTANT!!! But truth be told, sometimes we allow distractions, especially these type, to take shape in our lives because we like drama, and the attention it brings, but the only attention we should be seeking is the attention of our Lord.
My sisters, when we learn how to look at our distractions, and recognize them for what they are, we can learn to say thank you Lord and receive our camouflage blessings (distractions) that have come to make us stronger and give us more fire to achieve. It is time out for us condoning foolishness and allowing distractions to overpower us. It is time for us to conquer our goals, walk in purpose, and achieve destiny from distractions. What are some distractions you are currently facing? Together, we can make them work for your good because together, we are powerful beyond measure, let us change our mindset and go get our blessings! I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
Let us pray……
Father God, in the name of Jesus, we thank you for the distractions that you have allowed to come in our lives to make us stronger and fuel us to keep pressing toward destiny. We ask now God, in the name of Jesus, to shape and mold us into the WOG you have designed us to be. Allow us to take the tools that you have given us to defeat the spirit of distraction and excel in our God-given gifts and talents for Your glory. Continue to birth purpose in our life and give us Your divine wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to walk purpose out as you continue to order our steps in You, Christ Jesus. We trust you and surrender our all to you. Father, open doors that will allow us to go get our blessings. We seal this prayer with the blood of Jesus, Amen!
Blessed by Distraction
365 Days of Growing Together
John 11:39-44 (NLT): (39) “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.” (40) Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” (41) So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. (42) You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” (43) Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” (44) And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!
Hi WR2W, it is time for us to tell our circumstances, issues, and whatever or whoever it is that is holding us bound, I’m Coming Out!!! Why, because Jesus is a Deliverer. Through the study of His word, we have found him to be a Miracle Worker, Teacher, Preacher, Wonderful Counselor, Friend, Preserver, Healer, Mediator, Vindicator, Avenger, Mighty Son of God, and the Resurrection. Jesus was no stranger to taking what seemed hopeless and transforming its state. For instance, you remember the first miracle He performed as a Chemist when He turned water into wine at a wedding in Cana. Jesus was showing that He is the One who provides the abundance of blessings. Not only did He provide at this wedding, but He was Jehovah Jireh to 5,000 hungry men and their families when he stretched 5 loaves of bread and two fish, and still there were 12 baskets of leftovers remaining. Jesus performed many miracles of healing. He healed a man possessed by a demon in Capernaum, healed the sick during the evening of all kinds of illnesses, healed the man born blind and the 10 men suffering from leprosy, healed the woman with the issue of blood while He was on his way to raise Jairus’ young daughter from a dead state. Oh wait, and let us consider this text, John 11, when Jesus was called to Bethany by Lazarus’ two sisters, Martha and Mary, to preform, yet another miracle.
WR2W, Jesus has proven to be more than a healer, but one who has the power to resurrect us from a dead state and deliver us out of bondage. One of the great things I love about the story of the miracle of Lazarus was that Lazarus name and place of residence, called forth his blessing! Lazarus name meant “God helps” and he lived in a “house of potential” so Jesus had to come and help him. Again, God helps in houses of potential! If potential is present, hope is present, and when hope is present, God is a present Help! My question to each of us is, “What name and place of residence is calling forth our blessing?” Are we Daughters of the Most High King called according to His purpose with Kingdom citizenship residing in a House of Potential? Oh, and stop thinking and/or saying what is she talking about, like I am crazy because you and I know very well that every so-called Christian is not answering to the call of His purpose or even seeking to know God’s purpose for our lives so how can we know our name is Blessed. Moreover, every church open is not open in His name and following His doctrine so how can it be a House of Potential. If we do not know that the purpose He is calling us to is to be Blessed, and if we have established residency (become members) in a church that is not teaching and following the principles of God (sound doctrine), we are indeed hopeless, and helpless, and we wonder why we are still bound and our blessing has not come forth!
It is time for us to take Jesus to the place where we have stopped believing in His power and started focusing solely on our circumstance and the habitual practice of going to church because it is what we do on Sunday’s, it is the family’s church, and/or the church that is popping at the time. If the ground is not fertile, how can Fruit be produced, #goandgrow. We must take Jesus by the Hand to the place where the promise to deliver us from our circumstance has become obsolete. The place where the stone is rolled to the entrance of our heart due to doubt, fear, and unbelief. That very place that has become so stinky because we have been dealing with it so long that our circumstance seems hopeless and appears dead. Once we bring Him there, Jesus will then act on our faith and intercede on our behalf to the Father and shout us out by Our Name—-Blessed! Like Lazarus, we too will be resurrected from a dead state and delivered out of bondage. Thank God, Jesus was not through with Lazarus after He called him forth out of the dead state because according to verse (44), he was still bound by his circumstance. The text states that “his hands and feet bound in graveclothes [and] his face wrapped in a headcloth. Oh, but thank God for Jesus! Jesus did not leave Lazarus this way, and He will not leave us walking around still bound just because we got up. WR2W, we better learn how to thank God for our process and trust Jesus to complete His perfect work in us. I encourage you today, no matter what you are going through, to try Jesus because He is the only one who can bring us out. He will resurrect and deliver us because He has the power! So, my question to you is, what do you need us to stand with you on in prayer, as we go before God, trusting and believing it is already done? Leave your comment below, and together, we will go under construction and tear that wall down! I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
Let us pray……
Father in the name of Jesus, we pray now that you, Roll the stone of fear away, Roll the stone of doubt away, Roll the stone of unbelief away, and call forth your daughter, Blessed, to Come Out! Loose her of all her stinky/smelling circumstances, [LOOSE family problems, LOOSE job issues, LOOSE the pains of keeping dark secrets, LOOSE sickness, LOOSE unruly children, LOOSE debt, LOOSE backbiting, LOOSE gossip, LOOSE lying, LOOSE betrayal, LOOSE hatred, LOOSE envy, LOOSE jealously, LOOSE deception, LOOSE restlessness, LOOSE eagerness, LOOSE laziness, LOOSE spiritual weakness and wickedness, LOOSE lust, LOOSE fornication, LOOSE adultery, LOOSE sexual immortality, LOOSE homosexuality, LOOSE dishonesty, LOOSE stealing, LOOSE murder, LOOSE idol worship, LOOSE church havoc and division, LOOSE pride, and LOOSE selfishness. Father, whatever her issue maybe, in Jesus name, command it to, “Unwrap [her] and let [her] go!” Amen!
365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, in times of waiting, we must learn to continue to trust God no matter how long we have been waiting for the promise to manifest. But, the question is, “Who told you the very thing you are waiting on is the promise?” Did you call forth the promise or did God call forth the promise? Too often we say we are waiting on the promises of God when we are truly waiting on the promises of self. We must ask ourselves, did God really ordain the promise or was it something we set in our heart, and because we want it, we believe it is our time to receive it? For us to know if God promised it or if it is a self-promise, we must spend time in the presence of the Almighty!
What does it mean to spend time in the presence of the Almighty? We simply must set aside some time each day to become one with the Father, basing on His word. (1.) We must begin to worship Him and usher in His presence as we honor him and give Him reverence for who He is, has been, and is to come. (2.) We must bring before Him His word as we meditate daily on a scripture and think on the things of God. (3.) We must let Him minister to our hearts as we go before Him in prayer. It is so important for us to pray daily! Prayer is just having a little talk with Jesus as we bring our petitions before the Lord with a heart of thanksgiving, expecting that what we are requesting is already done by faith.
Moreover, it is not wise for us to do nothing while we are waiting on the promise to manifest because faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26). This means if we are not in motion working towards the promise, we will not receive the promise. God wants us to #goandgrow! WR2W, we must keep in mind, as we are working, just because we cannot see the promise, does not mean God has not released the promise. Physically, we may not see it with a natural eye, but we must learn to depend on the Holy Spirit and see with a spiritual eye. “God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10 NKJV). The time for manifestation may not be now, but it is coming. The problems we face are we become impatient and do not want to wait, and we have not become developed enough spiritually to be able to discern when God has granted the request and released the promise or when our emotions have granted the request and our flesh want God to release an unauthorized promise! (FOOD FOR THOUGHT)
We must do a self-evaluation, get into the presence of God, and stay before Him until we receive His answer. Times of waiting are not easy, but they are necessary for our destiny. WR2W, what are some of the things you have been struggling with as you wait on the promise to manifest or have struggled with as you waited on the promise to manifest? I am waiting to hear from you, let us help each other and grow together! I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, today I came to encourage us through the word of God that “Good People Do Suffer”, but according to Matthew 26: 36-46, as Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, He teaches us that during our suffrage, God’s Grace is Sufficient! The Garden of Gethsemane was a familiar place to Jesus and His disciples. It is a place where the oil is pressed, and where we find out just how anointed we are and how much we can endure. It is a place of uncertainty that you and I cannot avoid no matter how hard we try. But in this place of uncertainty, we discover there is still good, and the good is the fact that it prepares us for our “Next Level Blessing”. So, there is no need for us to walk around feeling sorry for ourselves, having a pity party because “the cup of suffering” has become full and it seems to be causing us great pain and agony when the bible clearly depicts, through the life of Jesus, that if we press through our Garden of Gethsemane, we will receive our “Next Level Blessing”.
However, WR2W, for us to receive our “Next Level Blessing”, we must be willing to drink from the cup of suffering. This is the time in our life when all hell is breaking loose, and our situation has not improved; in fact, it has become worse, and we are now at the point when we feel we cannot take anymore and if one more thing happens, we will lose our mind. At this point in our life, we must be willing to reflect on the character of Jesus Christ and carry out the assignment God has placed before us with integrity, dignity, and grace. We are to remember we belong to God, and because we are a Daughter of the Most High King, we are not to conform to the world’s system and try to make things happen for ourselves. Like Jesus, we must Honor God in Obedience and suffer through! Father, not my will, but Your will be done. We must speak to the dead things in our life that is holding us bound (i.e. hatred, envy, eagerness, laziness, sexual sin (H.E.E.L.S), backbiting, gossip, lying, betrayal, jealously, deception, loneliness, pain, hurt, disappointment, agony, grief, anger, abandonment, tiredness, frustration, desperation, anxiety, uncertainty, and despair), and tell these things to “Sleep on now and take your rest!” (Matthew 26:45 KJV)
We must be willing to Commune with God in Prayer. Although Jesus knew His purpose for being in Gethsemane, because He continuously communed (talked) with God in prayer, He obtained strength. For example, verse 39 depicts Jesus going deeper, giving reverence to the Father as He entered His “War Room” of prayer. WR2W, if we want to receive our “Next Level Blessing”, we must understand our purpose for having to pass through Gethsemane, and we too must go deeper, into our “War Room” of prayer, and prepare for the Great Spiritual Fight that faces us ahead! Like Jesus, we must have a prayer life because prayer is what brings us into close fellowship with the Father. When we commune with God in prayer, we come into a place called worship, and for me, there is no greater place to be than in the presence of the Almighty God. Moreover, prayer is the place when divinity meets humanity and circumstances are subject to change. We experience spiritual intercourse and become one with the Father. God is within us and His Holy Spirit is flowing through us. This, I can tell you, is an amazing experience!
WR2W, it is time for us to “let sleeping dogs lie”. We do not have time to allow dead weight to keep us bound, the betrayer is here, and we have too much work to do for the kingdom. In simple terms, we do not have time to be stuck in tradition, operating according to a religious system, and with all due respect, being stuck on stupid while the enemy is in our vicinity plotting and scheming. We must Serve God in Joy, “Rise, let us be going”, we have work to do (Matthew 26:46 KJV)! I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!