"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 Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son." genesis 22:13
“I know God’s got a ram in the bush for me!” How many times have we heard or even said that? And while that may be a true statement, it is a loaded one. In fact, it is so loaded, that it carries at least three Godly principles that precede your ram’s release. In Genesis 22, Abraham was faced with a challenging act of obedience. God wanted the most dearest and most closest thing to his heart, his cherished and long-awaited son, Isaac. Pay close attention to what happens next. Abraham obeys, Abraham uses wisdom to prevent any delay in obeying God, Abraham prophesied in faith that he and Isaac would return from the mountain, and then Abraham committed the act. These are the processes which led to the ram’s release. It wasn’t until AFTER Abraham was caught in the act, that Heaven reacted. How many times have we expected Heaven to move when earth hasn’t prepared a place for such a move.
This message unlocks out some powerful pointers in what your ram is, what it means for you beyond the act of obedience, and the real meaning of Jehovah Jireh!! Prepare to be enlightened. You may need your notebook for this one. Listen and be blessed.
"And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison." Genesis 40:5
It can be a lonely season when God is quiet and you feel as if all He has promised you has already past. Joseph was left alone to war with a promise He received in his father's house. He found himself a stranger, even a prisoner in a foreign place yet He held on to the promises of God even when it looked as if God and his family had forgotten him. If you can relate to Joseph's story, this is your reminder that God has not forgotten you.
I ministered this message in my church on my birthday last year. Enjoy this throwback.
"And the Lord thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee." Deuteronomy 7:22
Today’s message deals with the frustrating concept of waiting on God to perform a promise He’s made. Israel had wandered for forty years and now they were finally approaching a moment of breakthrough. I am sure they were excited to break out into their own, to finally build, plant, and establish but then God says, “little by little!” What? When you’ve waited years for a thing and then it is revealed to you in increments, how do you respond? Or when God promises you something great, but it seems like you can’t get past the small thing, how do you deal with that?
In this podcast, I talk about what the anxiety and frustration looks like when it seems as if God is taking too long, the breakthrough is dripping and not flowing, and when it seems as if there are still people in your way of what belongs to you. Take a listen and be blessed by today’s message.
"And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman." Ruth 3:9
Ruth was a woman who demonstrated the laws of reciprocity. She lived a sacrificial life and as a result, God opened the heavens for her. Ruth was a young woman, young enough to remarry and bear children after the untimely death of her husband, but she chose instead to serve her destitute and distraught mother-in-law, Naomi. Even after Naomi urged Ruth to return to her family, Ruth denied herself that pleasure and maintained her loyalty to Naomi. Ruth became a seed. She didn't just sow seed; Ruth became seed in Naomi's life and God, who cannot be mocked, was obligated by virtue of His own word, to reward Ruth substantially.
Take a listen at today's podcast on the lesson of sowing and reaping as it pertains to Ruth's life and let it challenge you in any area where you may need it. Let it inspire you to be your best in all you do that God will take delight in you and bless your life accordingly.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD." Isaiah 55:8
Have you ever asked God for something in prayer and when He answers it, the answer looks nothing like what you asked for? I know I am not the only one! I have been praying for a particular thing for quite a while, but I had no idea how God was going to manifest it. (In fact, I just felt my inner man leap because I feel an answer to another prayer is on the way! Hallelujah!) Anyway, I had been lifting this certain thing before the Lord for quite some time, and though He tarried, I waited. All of a sudden, it happened. Only, it did not come as I expected! In fact, I had to be convinced of the answer to my own prayer! Can you believe that?
While I was totally surprised by how God manifested my answer, I was grateful. He heard me, and He answered me; that was all that mattered, but it sure made for a teachable moment. I am certain I am not the only who envisions what our answered prayer will look like. Like our Heavenly Father, we have the visionary capacity. We see what we want and then as prophetic people, we move in faith towards its manifestations. However, what happens when the thing you believed for comes wrapped in an awkward box? What happens when what you were waiting on looks nothing like what you expected? Father knows best so trust me, you will rejoice, nonetheless.
Isaiah said it plainly, and we cannot miss it. He tells us not to even bother with trying to figure out the ways of our God. He will always surpass our understanding. The Jews of Jesus’ day assumed He would make His grand entrance riding on the back of a stallion. To their frustration, He rode the back of a borrowed donkey! Go figure! God does His own thing!
Whatever you do, my friend, do not underestimate the cleverness of our God. He will come through for you, yes, but He will also perform that thing how He deems fit. So brace yourself to welcome the answer to your prayers but in that, remain cognizant of the fact that God is a wonder all by Himself. He has His way in the whirlwind, and when He postures Himself to see about you, He will blow your mind. Get ready!
"Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." Genesis 12:1-3
One of the things I often focus on is the word “inventory”. In fact, I hear myself often saying, “You have to take inventory,” and what I have found out is that not everyone knows what that means. When I say, “Take inventory,” I mean that each person should take the time to discover what God has placed inside of them.
My husband is a sales manager in the building industry. A few months ago, he was obligated to work a few Saturdays for ‘mandatory inventory’. It means that he and other staff had to take time out of their weekend to personally count every single item in the warehouse. Go figure! So, when I say, “Take inventory,” it means to take the time out of your life to count every skill, talent, gift, and ability God has placed inside of you. And check this, don’t even think for a moment that you can accomplish that on a Saturday afternoon. No, it will take the rest of your natural life to take inventory because you grow, develop, and unfold as a person every day. Again, you have to take inventory of who you are. When you do that, you identify what is in within you and THEN you are in better position to apply who you are in whichever environment you find yourself in.
Many times, when we hear the prophetic words that, “God is sending you to the nations,” for some reason, we define that to mean we are about to travel to some remote country somewhere and start preaching. Now, I am not saying that you shouldn’t do that, I will say that you shouldn’t limit yourself to ministering with a passport. When God sends you to nations, He is sending you to a certain group of people. These may be nations of women, men, and children. These may be nations of wealthy, impoverished, or underprivileged people. These may be different races, different mountains of culture, and nations of subcultures. Shall I go on? When you take inventory, discover what you are carrying, then you are properly positioned to do something with who you are. Listen, when you know what you carry, you won’t wait for someone else to PERMIT you to execute your purpose. Stopping here for now, but think about it!