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)
Genesis 2:8-10, "And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads."
In prayer this morning, the Lord brought someone to my spirit which led me to ask, "Why is this person always discouraged?" I couldn't;t help but notice that this person battled with constant discouragement and was often see with their head hung down. The Lord responded, "(He) sows the seed of discouragement in the lives of others!" WOW!
I began searching the scriptures which led me to ask the Lord again about seed. This time He spoke, "Marry science to faith and study garden systems." Needless to say, you are about to hear the fruit of those instructions.
The entire Bible has 52 references to gardens specifically mentioned from Genesis to John, the last of the Four Gospels. Go figure. This message will enlighten you in many areas concerning why sowing seed is necessary and what happens when we aren't diligent over it. You will be blessed by the word.
"And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying." Genesis 37:11
There will be seasons in your life when jealousy will be in operation against you. Jealousy is a cruel, resentful, bitter spirit that harbors deep feelings of hatred against its target. The operation of jealousy can be quite provocative in terms of having to cope with it, but the Bible has provided clear testimonies of how you can identify, confront, and overcome the poison of jealousy. This message will enlighten you and provide scriptural counsel for how to put the spirit of jealousy under your feet. You don’t have to lose your integrity; you can win. 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.
Genesis 11:31-32, "And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran."
Everyone has seasons where they have entertained thoughts of giving up and walking away. It is part of the human experience to feel overwhelmed sometimes the remedy that seems to offer relief from the pressures of life is to just drop it altogether. The issue with that is that when we are responsible for others, making a decision to stop, drop, and roll away may not be in everyone else's best interest as much as it seems to be ours. For the sake of who is attached to you, making a poor decision can be expensive. And sometimes, the consequences of those poor decisions can derail our destiny.
This message looks at the life of Terah, Abraham's father, who fell short of his destiny. He died in Haran which is translated, a dry place. God doesn't want you to dwell in Haran; He has promises He wants to fulfill for you but they are contingent upon you enduring the race that is set before you. Let this message bless you.
"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.
"Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God." romans 4:18-20
Each of us has petitions before the Father in prayer for Him to perform a sign and wonder in our life. Though they may all differ from one to another, it remains something that we ‘hope’ for. Like Abraham, we may find ourselves hoping against any sign of hope, yet we maintain steadfast in the things of God because we know He is able. We don’t know His methods or even His timing, but we know He is faithful to perform what He has promised.
This message is birthed from one of my own petitions that I brought before the Father in prayer. I honestly felt a sense of frustration with it. This situation looks so big in my eyes, and I found myself wondering how and when God was going to do it. Just then, the Holy Spirit spoke to me concerning the life of Abraham and reminded me of his testimony. After studying it, I was encouraged to keep on trusting God and waiting patiently for Him. Let this word bless you and make certain to share it with someone whom you know needs to hear it.
Genesis 2:23-25, "And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed."
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.