"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted." galatians 6:1
This message deals with two people, the person who has fallen and the person who is assigned to do the restoration. I cover biblical examples from the Old and New Testament to convey the seriousness of what the restoration of a fallen brother entails. I also share my personal testimony of being restored and what the fruit of that restoration looks like. Gal. 6:1, 2 Samuel 11-12, Ezekiel 33, and Genesis 14:1-24 are my scriptural references. Be blessed.
"And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. 33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight." Numbers 13:30-33
In the book of Numbers chapter 13:30-33, Moses is seen surrounded by 12 princes of Israel. He sent them to spy out the land that God promised them, but instead of them bringing back a positive report, 10 out of the 12 brought up an evil report. It took Joshua and Caleb, the only two with a different spirit, to still the people and to encourage them in the things of God. You and I will have seasons of life where fear will attempt to trap us, intimidate us, and arrest us. It will come to block us from moving forward, but in times like that, it is essential that we surround ourselves with those with a different spirit. Listen to this message and gain insight as to how you can take these few verses and apply them to your life to see the victory of God over every area where fear is trying to bind you.
"But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD." Jonah 1:3
There are seasons in our ministry work where we may disagree with an assignment that God has given us. Hopefully, most of us would continue to move on in obedience despite it all and do what God has called us to do. On the contrary, though, there are those who have tried to get away from it and get away with it, and things have not gone well as a result. This message looks at the Prophet Jonah, one who was called to preach repentance to Nineveh. Unable to put his personal feelings aside, he decided not to comply with God's will and he suffered tremendously as a result. Not only him, but those close to him were affected by his results as well. This message will enlighten you those of you who are prophetic that we won't always like what we're called to do, but God's work must be done nonetheless. Let this message bless you.
"And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed." GENESIS 19:17
There will be many occasions where we will be tempted to return to things that God has delivered us from. Those things can be people, places, or things. It is essential that we remain led by the Spirit of God that we don't contaminate ourselves in the process of returning to that which God has deemed unfit. This message is saturated with scriptural examples of why God expects us to move forward. It also serves as a warning for going back. Let the message bless you.
"And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren." Exodus 2:11
As a young boy, Moses experienced trauma. From being surrounded by the grief-stricken screams of mothers losing their babies to a murdering spirit to being thrust hastily in a basket and set to float on the Nile River. He went from a warm and loving atmosphere to residing in a cold, idolatrous castle that belonged to the enemies of his people. Moses lived a life that denied him a genuine community. And just when he found out who he really was, his emotions triggered in anger, and the orphaned, yet destined prophet became a murderer.
Moses’ story is not unlike many of ours. Many of us can relate to dealing with childhood trauma that followed us into adulthood. We have been triggered in areas that we’ve managed to mask for years only to have them affect our ability to maintain relationships, to serve faithfully in the work of ministry, and to maintain gainful employment, among other things.
There is hope for us. God didn’t leave Moses alone. He made a way for Moses to receive the healing, validation, and sense of community that he needed to develop the leader that burrowed within him, that one that was hidden behind the scars of a traumatic childhood. This message is a real one that unearths what many of us have tried to conceal. It will reveal how destructive triggers are and makes a strong case for why we need to confront and overcome them. Listen and be blessed.
1 CHronicles 22:9, "Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.
God made a promise to King David that his son, Solomon, would not only inherit the throne but would also enjoy a reign of uninterrupted peace. Like all prophetic words, this one was contingent upon David’s obedience and his acceptance and willingness to confront every enemy that would pose a threat to his son’s future kingdom. David was a man of war, yes, He was God’s man of battle, but David also faced battles of his own. David faced distressing emotions, episodes of manic depression, rejection in his family, betrayal in his camp, and so many other battles against his destiny, yet he overcame each and every one.
You and I are a lot like King David. We have our battles to confront, which is why we keep our swords unsheathed. On the contrary, there are some of us who choose to ignore these battles to the detriment of our generations. In this case, they not only stand to face their own giants but in many unfortunate cases, have to fight their family’s giants, too.
This message gets in your face and may be uncomfortable, but if you can hear what the Spirit of God is saying, you can position yourself in place to protect your generation from your own warfares and set them up for a life of peace. Listen and be blessed. (I pray for you at the end)
"And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand. But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host: And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to go down unto the host. Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the host." Judges 7:9-11
I had a lucid dream early this morning and in that, the Lord revealed the heart of a person close to me. Now, before you think that I am being petty, hear me out. It is important to know the hearts, minds, and spirits of those whom you work alongside. If not, you can inadvertently set your heart to be pierced through with many sorrows.
In the podcast, I share some of the details of my dream and the interpretation thereof, but the lesson learned was one I could hardly keep to myself. I feel it needed to be shared.
Basing this lesson from a short, but challenging season in Gideon's life, I believe there are some rich takeaways that can bless your life and mine. Listen and be blessed.
Jude 1:9, "Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee."
Jude is a relatively short book in the Bible, but there is one particular verse of scripture that directly correlates how much intense hatred Satan has for the believing ones. In verse 9, we find that after the death of Moses, the extenuating circumstances surrounding his burial did not sit well with Satan, the legalist, contentious adversary. He wanted to know where the body of Moses was buried, and since God personally buried Moses, Satan’s ignorance of the matter infuriated him. He had charges to press against Moses for sins he committed as a zealous young Hebrew and as a frustrated leader of the nation of Israel and he eagerly wanted his day in court.
Michael, the prince angel of Israel, who had a full understanding of why Satan was so interested in Moses’ body, dared to return the accusation as to why God buried Moses. Instead, he rebutted, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan!” The rest is history.
Listen to my Sunday morning preached messaged that equips the believer with sobering reasons for living a life of repentance before God and the importance of maintaining their places under the Blood of Jesus. Let it bless you.
Exodus 18:17, "And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good."
Who wants to be challenged? Everyone wants to believe that they are doing the right thing, the right way. At least, I know I do. But what happens, when someone calls you to the carpet? Moses, one of the most prolific leaders in the Bible, had just that experience to happen to him. Jethro, a man he admired and who was most instrumental in facilitating his rehabilitation process in the wilderness, challenged his style of leadership. It takes a great deal of humility to listen to someone as they list the areas where you have missed it, but it also a sign of self-confidence when you can listen without being offended.
This message is going to help you understand the difference between types of challenges you may be confronted with. As sure as there are good challenges, there are not-so-good challenges. Trust me, there are people, even in leadership potions, whose method of challenging you is unhealthy. Their motives are selfish or evil, at worst, so be discerning to not accept what can become a hindrance to you. You will also learn what a good challenge looks like. You will hear me share Biblical examples of what a good challenge is made of. You won’t miss it the next time you encounter one.
"Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled." Hebrews 12:15
For today's blog, I decided to go audio instead. I had so much to say that I felt needed to be expressed personally. I pray you are blessed by today's message on Bitterness. Subscribe to my podcast at Soteria Prophetic Ministries and stay with me.