Today’s Declaration 12/15/14


Today’s Declaration:

“It is well with my soul. Because my God is bigger than anything I face, I can truthfully say it is well, everything will be alright! There is nothing too hard for God, and no mountain so tall that He cannot bring me over it or around it. With God, ALL things are POSSIBLE!”

Walk in the possible today!

Shalom :)

Today’s Declaration 12/12/14


Today’s Declaration:

“I have let go of that which happened yesterday in order to grab hold of what God has for me today. Every day is a gift and allowing yesterday to hold me hostage keeps me from unwrapping what is meant for today.”

Let go of yesterday.

Shalom!

Proper Alignment


Three words kept repeating themselves as I drove to work this morning. Power. Position. Presence. Over and over, realigning as they repeated until they were in this order:

Presence-Position-Power.

The Lord is speaking something quite amazing and simple. When we seek His PRESENCE – to come up higher, dive deeper, dwell with Him, commune intimately with Him – then He POSITIONS us. Like a master chess player, He puts us right where He purposes us to be. What this looks like is not the same for every person – remember, we are a unique portion of a whole, but we each have a specific POSITION. It is in this position where we are given POWER. Power does not look the same for each person either, we are not clones of each other, but different facets of our Father. We are made in His likeness, in His image, but we are not cloned.

Because the words kept realigning themselves as I listened, I realized that many of us are out of alignment with God. Many of us search for position first. This is because we’ve been taught that we must be in the right place to receive power or Presence. Oh, how we have strayed by believing this! Position does not guarantee the presence or power of God, nor does it make us more effective in our purpose.

Some of us seek power first. We believe power gives us the ability to do what we think we should be doing. This is why there are so many “uncalled” leaders and people in the wrong ministry area. Ooh, did I just say that? Yes, I did. Throughout the Body, there are many trying to function in places they are NOT called to be in. This is one of the reasons for weak or failed ministries and why we often see religious tyranny within ministries.

There are some who seek the Presence first, but want power before position and lose sight of the journey. This is a dangerous place, and one that often breeds a hard heart toward the things of God.

Church, we must come back into proper alignment. Scripture gives examples. Joseph was intimately acquainted with the Lord, yet he was sold into slavery and ended up a servant in Egypt. Yet, everywhere he wound up, he was giving a position of power. God’s Presence in Joseph’s life Positioned him to be Powerful and ultimately led to the growth of the Israelite people. Had God not positioned Joseph in Egypt the way He did, the Israelites would have compromised themselves in Canaan and not become the people God desired them to be.

David was another. He was described as a man after God’s own heart, and he was continuously in the Presence of the Lord. Because of this, he was anointed as King. However, it was years of Positioning before he stepped into Power.

Christ, who ultimately is the One we should strive to be like, came from the Presence of the Lord and walked among us. Even while He walked the earth, He was in constant communion with our Heavenly Father. While we do not know the details of His childhood, I believe this was His Positioning period and when He was in Position, we know He walked with Power!

Wake up, stand up, get into alignment with what God is doing! Seek His PRESENCE, let Him POSITION you and walk in POWER!

Shalom :)

Today’s Declaration 12/11/14


Today’s Declaration:

“So now, may the God of peace make me His own completely and set me apart from the rest. May my spirit, soul, and body be preserved, kept intact and wholly free from any sort of blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus the Anointed.”

Walk blessed today!

Shalom :)

Forget Not His Benefits


Forget not His benefits (Psalm 103:2b).

I have been thinking of this particular Scripture all morning. What a beautiful call to praise and worship! There is something powerful in our praise and worship of God. It is not only a weapon of our warfare, but it unlocks and opens doors of abundance. These doors include us and also those we pray for, who draw close to God. And, by abundance, I do not necessarily mean financial wealth, although it can sometimes be included in His benefits. The benefits of God are only limited by the box into which we put Him.

Some of His benefits include:

Mercy that lasts forever.
Unending love.
Eternal life.
Protection and security.
Water for the dry.
Rest for the weary.
Sufficient grace.
Provision.
Healing.
Joy.
Identity.
Purpose.
Blessing others.
Hinds feet in high places.
Shield.
Courage.
Ability to walk on water.
Strength.
Deliverance.
Redemption.
Help for unbelief.

The list goes on and on, but you get the picture. When we immerse ourselves in giving God all praise and worship, there is no way we can forget His benefits. He is FOR us, and His Spirit is IN us! He is the eternal God, the One who was, who is and who is to come! The Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End! As we remember His benefits, we find in ourselves a delight in Him only, thus enabling Him to grant the desires of our hearts.

When our hearts are sold out to the One who knows our hearts best, we are enabled and empowered to see farther, dream bigger, be bolder and take larger leaps of faith. You see, when we meditate on the benefits of God, we release Him from the box!

Psalm 103: 1-5 VOICE
O my soul, come, praise the Eternal
with all that is in me—body, emotions, mind, and will—every part of who I am—
praise His holy name.
O my soul, come, praise the Eternal;
sing a song from a grateful heart;
sing and never forget all the good He has done.
Despite all your many offenses, He forgives and releases you.
More than any doctor, He heals your diseases.
He reaches deep into the pit to deliver you from death.
He crowns you with unfailing love and compassion like a king.
When your soul is famished and withering,
He fills you with good and beautiful things, satisfying you as long as you live.
He makes you strong like an eagle, restoring your youth.

Shalom! :)