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Pray, Stay Connected

Prayer is the pathway for a loving and working relationship with God. Through prayer, we grow in our love for him and our knowledge of God. Prayer is our direct line of ongoing communication with the Father. It never stops; nor should we. Keep the lines open between you and the Father. We are privileged. Pray without ceasing.

There may be some painful parts of your past you wish to forget. It was good you were afflicted. God allowed it that you may be blessed.

You may have been hurt by ones who walked out of your life. God allowed affliction to remove ones he knew were not meant for your destiny that no longer needed to be a part of your life. When God allows affliction, promotion will follow. Painful lessons are necessary. It’s required. You may go through some things. Life may not seem fair. Know God is with you. God’s there.
Run the race. Stand on the promises of God.  You will find deliverance. You will make it there. Trust in God.

God will supply all your needs. God knows what it is you need. Jesus tells us not to worry about the needs that God promises to supply (Matt 6:25). Don’t worry and allow it to disrupt or ruin your life.

Worry can affect your health and can consume your thoughts that will impact you negatively. It will disrupt your ability to sustain and live freely. You will become stagnated in productivity.  It can affect how you treat others. Negativity will hinder your ability to prosper.

Discern the difference between worry and genuine concern. “Worry immobilizes, but concern moves you into action (6:25).” When you know what you can do, that’s in your control, and what you are capable of doing, do it. Take action. When you know what is not in your control, what you are not capable of and cannot do, give it to God. Let him have control. Let Him do. God has all control. Do your best. Let God handle the rest.

Pain can hurt and negatively affect your life. Worry can disrupt your life. Don’t let it consume you. God is with you. The Lord will provide. God is Jehovah Jireh. He is our provider.

Prayer is the key. Faith unlocks the door. Cast all your cares upon the Lord. Don’t worry about a thing. Don’t let your past hinder you. Give it all to God. Surrender. Trust in God’s will for you.

Pray, stay connected. Talk to God all day. Release the pain that has you disconnected. Praise God, no matter your circumstance today. Give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. There’s purpose in your praise. Praise God for all he has done, what he will do, and what he is going to do!

Be blessed! –JD

Luke 18:1-8 “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

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Lies and Rumors, Rumors and Lies; The Devil is a Liar!

Oftentimes our past will hinder our ability to receive the blessings God has stored up for us. We choose to become bound by things which we have no control but will give control when we fail to resist or release it, letting it control us.

When the devil tells you a lie you know is not the truth. Don’t believe him. He lies and doesn’t believe in the truth. God will place the enemy under your feet. The devil will flee!

The devil’s a LIAR. He’s weak. He’ll do anything to make you feel useless when you’re weak. If God be for you who can be against you? No one can be against you when God is for you. The devil can’t take from you what God already promised you. He may try to convince you it’s not yours. It’s yours. God promised it to you.

Confusion comes from the adversary that will leave you wondering where God is when you’re broken and can’t find healing. Rebuke that spirit! When you can’t see God in the midst of your trials, know that God is with you all the while. Don’t look to the right or the left. Look to God for help. He is a present help. When you’re at your lowest of lows and feel you can’t go on. Be strong. Man can do you no harm. God sits high on the throne. He’ll work it out. Hold on. Have faith. It’s done. God already worked it out.

Failure is expected when you stop trying. You ultimately will give up without trying. God won’t fail you. Great is his faithfulness. Don’t give up or think he’s not there for you. It’s just a test. God loves you. A double-minded person has a single thought mentality. They’re unstable in all they do and lack clarity. Live one life. Have the mind of Christ. Don’t think about it twice.

When others tell you you’ll never be anything. Don’t believe them. Misery loves company. In God’s eyes, you are more than a conqueror.

When others look down on you, don’t let it trouble you. Defeat is a symptom of a lack of faith. Look to God from whence cometh your help. When in doubt, have faith. When there’s fear, pray. God will make a way. When lost, seek God. He’s just a prayer away.

When in opposition with the enemy, disillusionment will make you think God is who you want him to be. God is God. He is and always will be.

KNOW THIS: “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” (Numbers 23:19)

Lies and rumors, rumors and lies; the devil is a liar! Don’t believe anything he says. He’s the father of lies (Jn 8:44). Tell the truth. Shame the devil. Don’t be afraid of the truth. Trust God.  God does not lie. His Word is truth.

Be blessed! –JD

Lamentations 3:19-24 “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. 20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. 21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

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Don’t Get Stuck in the Valley

Mountains are big and in most cases, will be hard to climb. What you face may be too big for you to handle. With God, you will stand the test of time.

The valley is a test of your faith during a trial. God wants to see how much you will trust Him in the trial. It may be hard but know this. God will lead you out of the valley and will plant you on top of the mountain for such a time as this. God will give you strength to handle it.

When fear and discouragement cross your mind, know that God is there and will give you peace of mind. You mustn’t try to handle things on your own. God is Almighty. Let him handle it. For he sits high on the throne.

If God left everything up to you, your life would be a total mess because of you. God knows what’s best. He won’t let you settle for less.

When we’re stubborn and set in our own ways, we linger in the valley for what seems like forever trying to find our way out. Humbly submit to God. He’ll provide a way out.

God won’t deny you to climb the mountain set in a valley he brought you to. The valley you go through is set to prepare you to get to where God is taking you. God will take you through the valley to strengthen you so that you’re able to receive what he planned; to prosper you, plans to elevate you. It’s all God’s plan. Place your cares upon the Lord. Leave it all in God’s hands.

When you get to the place where God is leading you, the mountain will not be hard to climb. Even when you refused to see it, God was there all the time. It will happen all in his time. You will come through. Assured it was God and only God who brought you through.

Don’t linger in the valley because of what you refuse to do, because in the end it will only hurt you. Let go of selfishness, self-centeredness, and foolish pride. Let God instruct you and be your guide.  Change your ways. Take the advice written in God’s words that may come from others. It may be an unexpected source God is using to communicate his message to you through others.

Don’t allow your past to hinder you from doing the work of the Lord. God can use you just as he used Paul. Answer the call. God forgives you. Don’t let fear and stubbornness paralyze you.

God wants to use you to do his will. Don’t let your foolish will hinder you from obeying God and doing His will.

Don’t get stuck in the valley. Follow God’s lead. Climb your way out of the valley. God will move mountains when you let him lead.

Be blessed! –JD

1 Timothy 1:12-14 “I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength for my work. I thank him for considering me worthy and appointing me to serve him, 13 even though in the past I spoke evil of him and persecuted and insulted him. But God was merciful to me because I did not yet have faith and so did not know what I was doing. 14 And our Lord poured out his abundant grace on me and gave me the faith and love which are ours in union with Christ Jesus.” (GNB)

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Trust God’s Sovereign Will

MP900182538God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all you could ever think or ask. He will give you the desires of your heart if you honestly seek him when you ask.

We may feel overwhelmed when a situation seems humanly impossible. God makes all things possible. Trouble doesn’t last always. Don’t underestimate God’s power. He’s all knowing. He’s Sovereign. He’ll show you the way out. He’ll work it out. With God we can overcome. It’s already done.

Let your focus be on God today. Concentrate on his power, even when you can’t see through troubles you face. Trust God. He has all power. That’s all he needs. He will meet your every need. His will is sovereign.

Be happy for others. Don’t desire what they have; even if you don’t have what they have. Be content. Be grateful to God believing because of his grace, all that you have is a blessing.

When God opens one door, he closes another. When he births something inside you, you don’t need validation from others. God will see you through the process. Deliverance is yours because of his Divine Providence.

Oftentimes we confuse our own desires with God’s will. Don’t confuse your will with God’s will. If things turn out in your favor but are contrary to what the Word says, it may have happened because of what you wanted and not what God said.

When you do or ask God for something in any given situation, you will know what God’s will is without hesitation. If what you ask will glorify God and build the kingdom, you won’t need any explanation. It will help you grow spiritually. It will not be something that goes against what the Bible forbids. Nor will you do it unwillingly. You won’t have to wonder, if it is unrighteous. When it concerns the will of God, it is righteous.

Moreover, if God doesn’t give you what you ask for, it may be that it’s not his will for you to have it. However, it could also mean that you may need to wait longer to have it. God does not give us specific information or direct answers to what he will do. He requires we make the right choices in whatever we do.

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).” Commit your ways to him and he will give you the desires of your heart. Because God’s will is good and perfect and will not deviate from what his Word says. It won’t change. He will do what he says.

Do as God desires, make the decision to not sin or resist His will. Make choices that are appropriate. Choices that are in agreement with his will. Walk closely with the Lord to do as he desires. Let his will be your will in what he desires.

God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we could ever ask or think. He will place his desires on our heart when we walk closely with him. If what you desire can be of benefit and the Bible does not speak against it, this is your answer to make the right decisions. Follow your heart in it.

Renew your mind. Don’t conform to this world. You then will be able to test God’s will by his Word. Humble yourself in spirit. Truly seek God in all you do. God will reveal His will to you.

God’s Word instructs and guides us. He surrounds us with godly wisdom to make it through any season. He sends prayer warriors to pray for us for unknown reasons. God desires to impart in us, the fruit of the spirit to begin the process to mold us, in the image of his Son. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22, 23). It will transform you. Let His will, not your will, be done.

Be blessed! -JD

John 15:3, 4 “Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (ESV)

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God Holds Your Future in His Hands

Let your service be to God, not man. Man does not hold your future in his hands. People may slander, tell lies, and show evil towards you. Pray for them. For they know not what they do. Remember God loves you.

When we serve God we are to display humility and God’s character. We are never to let our positions or titles become our character. Nor should we deny God’s love to those we encounter when we serve. We are to show love and who we are in God’s kingdom in our service. For, it is who we are to others in God’s eyes that he will see. Love all your sisters and brothers just as He. God loves you. He will reward you.

Titles are not what God will honor when judgment day comes. But he will judge you according to your works – how faithfully you served, when the day comes. Remember, you are a reflection of God when you serve his people. Attitudes and disposition that are not in alignment with his will can negatively affect other people. Do what pleases God, not people. God holds your future in his hands. Don’t let man deter God’s plan. Magnify the Lord. Serve and give honor to Him. You are an ambassador of Christ. Let your work for God speak for itself. Worship Him.

Don’t hate the sinner, hate the sin. Hate the evil that resides within. Work to overcome it. Love everyone in spite of it. God loves each and every one of us. Don’t let the evil intentions of others drive you away from what God has promised.

Acquaintances are people you meet and know of you. And just because they may have known you for a long time, they don’t know you. Don’t get it confused with who you are in Christ. Don’t let the attitudes and intentions of man towards you be your light. Don’t let it define who you are. You are a child of God. Do the work of God.

They lied on Jesus but it didn’t stop him from fulfilling the plan God designed for him. Nor should it let you be removed from God’s promises or Him. It doesn’t matter how people see you. Or the evil intentions or motives they may have towards you. See yourself as God sees you.

Be steadfast, diligent, and committed to the work God has called you to do. The only thing that matters is what God sees in that which he has placed inside you. Do your best to display the characteristics of God no matter how others may treat you. God is all knowing and sees everything. Put it in his hands. He will take care of everything.

God holds your future in his hands. Not man. Let God handle it. He has the final say. His judgment will stand.

Be blessed! -JD

Genesis 16:13 ” She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” (NIV)

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Consider Failure a Life Lesson

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Failure is a symptom of unrealistic expectation. It is not a person. If we set our hearts and minds on God, He’s real. His Word does not fail nor will it return void.

Oftentimes we confuse the idea of failure with the reality of our perception when things don’t go the way we expected. While it is true we all have habits or some false sense of perception we deal with that may present obstacles to getting where we need to in life. We must be cognizant of the role we play in making it happen and the role God expects us to play to trust that he will allow it to happen in our life.

If we took a moment to think about what kind of life we would have if we sat endlessly waiting for something to happen. What do you think would happen? If we lacked effort in taking the initiative to be held accountable to do things that would please God. How else would we be able to please God? We make the mistake of expecting God to bless us in his mercy and goodness towards us. And find ourselves frustrated when we think he has failed us. We then blame him when things do not turn out as WE expected. When in fact it really may be exactly what God expected.

To set the expectation that others are to assume what we are thinking and are conscious of what we need, is not in alignment with God’s will. We must not assume others know what it is we don’t’ have and what it is we need just because we don’t have. Does it mean others are supposed to assume what you are thinking? Based on the assumption they knew what you needed and be held responsible for what it is you were lacking because they know what you are lacking. More so, what if you didn’t take the initiative to help yourself but expected others to help you because they knew you needed help? And you expected them to do what it was you failed to do in the absence of calling and asking for help.

When we fail to take responsibility in the part we play, failure will be prevalent in our relationships when we hold others accountable for our mistakes. It will diminish our relationship with them. We also will hurt our relationship with God. God is a Good God. He will do it anyway. He will clean up our mistakes.

God helps the helpless. And will help us overcome when in despair. In all things we are not able to help ourselves but God’s help is available to everyone who seek him in prayer. He will give us strength to do things we are willing to do that may seem impossible. He will make all things possible. But we must be responsible.

God does not expect us to do everything but he does desire we do some things for ourselves. Otherwise, why would we need his help if we totally depended on ourselves? On our own we are helpless and with difficulty we cannot operate alone in this thing called life. With God’s help we can. God helps the helpless. He is the bread of life.

God expects us to do things that please him. But we must be held accountable for our actions and stop playing the victim. God wants your all. He doesn’t want you to put the blame on others but wants you to walk before Him and be blameless when you fall.

God requires our faithfulness in our service and desires we use the gifts and talents he blessed us with. Make use of your gifts and talents to enrich the lives of others instead of waiting on others to make a life for you in it. God will get the glory when you do. He will reward you.

God desires you to be the answer and not depend on others for an answer to a life you feel you may have failed because you chose not to answer. Pay attention. Don’t choose to become a victim because you denied God’s provision. When you take matters into your own hands, don’t complain when others fail to do what you assumed they would do. Not realizing God was there to do what he promised he would do. Or get mad when you could have easily taken a stand to do for yourself and looked to God from whence cometh your help.

Demonstrate God’s love and compassion when helping others. Help yourself too. But don’t get angry or disappointed out of your own selfish ambition when others fail you. Don’t allow selfish motives to define the reason you make assumptions regarding the expectations of others. Be God’s mouthpiece, help yourself, encourage and help one another.

When you are called to do things you may not feel like doing, do them without effort as they will become a part of you. Make a decision to please God in all you do. Because God created you to be a blessing to others as he blesses you. God expects your obedience and your follow through.

God orders our steps. He leads us in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. We may not understand everything. Let God lead the way. And follow the path he designed for you today.

One of the greatest things in life can be found in failure. It can be for your own good. Failures demonstrate God’s grace and his love.

Therefore, make a declaration. Accept failure as a life lesson. Don’t blame others but take responsibility for your actions. Let God have his way.  Trust God.  Don’t let your failures keep you from serving him.  Thank God for the blessing.

Consider failure a life lesson.

Be blessed! -JD

Proverbs 16:2-3,9All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. 3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,  and he will establish your plans. 9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” NIV

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Praise the Lord!

Good morning! Good afternoon! Good evening wherever you are today.

Yesterday is over. It’s a new day. Today is not your yesterday.
Be determined, steadfast, committed in your spiritual walk today.
Let your heart not be weary. Let God have his way. Make a declaration today.
Lord, we need you. Show us the way.

God brought us back at the appointed time to the appointed place on this day.
God’s in the blessing business today!
Praise the Lord for the gift of life. Your gift will make room for you.
God will send you before great. Glorify God. Seek Him in all you do.

The enemy sits waiting to kill, steal, and destroy.
Don’t let him steal your joy.
God’s got a blessing with your name on it.
Declare, “I’ve got the victory. I’m claiming it!”
God promised. God said it. I believe it. That settles it. Go get your blessing.

Praise the Lord!

Be blessed! -JD

Habakkuk 2:2-3 Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. 3 For the vision is yet for the appointed time: But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it: Because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” NKJV

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God’s Grace is Sufficient

In quietness, as I meditated on the Word of God, I couldn’t help but think how this life would be so hard, if it had not been for the Lord on my side. How could I operate in this thing called life?

I poured out my heart to Him. And these are the words I said to him:

I was restless last night. I didn’t sleep well.
My body ached all over and I didn’t feel well.
God, I am thankful. You gave me another chance to stay.
I am alive. You woke me up today.

You placed the enemy under my feet.
You protected me and my family while we were asleep.
You sent angels to comfort and guard me.
We were surrounded by tranquility and peace.

I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed because my heart was full.
All I could think, “God is good.”

You are so good to me.
I am blessed even when I can’t see.
I may have more month than money.
But there is no lack. I am not hungry.

I have clothes on my back, shoes on my feet.
I have a roof over my head and food to eat.
I may be tired but I’m not spent.
I am thankful for a portion of my health and strength.

God, your Word is my daily bread.
It clothes and feed me. I’m daily fed.
You sent your Son Jesus to die for me.
His blood was shed on Calvary.

Jesus is my daily bread.
He is everything to me.
I won’t complain.
I will cherish the life you’ve given me.

Thank you for saving a wretch like me.
I once was blind but now I see.
I’ve been given another day to bring you glory.

I am overjoyed. Grateful I am amongst the land of the living.
Thank you God.
Your GRACE is sufficient.

Make a declaration today. In spite of what you are facing, let God have his way. Give thanks. Praise Him. Worship and adore Him.

He didn’t have to let you stay. Thank Him for another day. Let the words of your mouth and the meditations of your heart be acceptable in the sight of the Lord.

God’s grace is sufficient.

Be blessed! -JD

2 Corinthians 12:9 “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

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Say a Prayer Today

My heart is saddened by news of today’s act of nature and the only thing I ask is that you please pray for the families and victims who have been affected by the devastation.

A tornado struck Oklahoma City today that took the lives of at least 51 people including 20 children and at least seven children who drowned in a pool of water at Plaza Towers Elementary school.

My heart is breaking. I’m weary. But all I can say, although we don’t know what’s going on with the world today, fervent prayers are needed for our nation. It’s becoming a common occurrence just about every week, news of a natural disaster that’s taking the lives of many people.

While we may not understand any of it, please pray for God’s protection to help them get through it. In the wake of devastation, pray for God’s covering for every victim and family who has lost loved ones and homes that have been totally destroyed to pieces.

We need you now Lord more than ever. You’re the only answer. Let our prayers be heard. Send healing, anointing in the midst of the storm.

God, surround the people of Oklahoma City with your favor as a shield.
Send your angels to every home that they may be healed.
May your grace and mercy abound.
In the midst of devastation, please be a fence all around.
I pray for comfort, strength, and peace for those affected by today’s tragedy.
Surround them with everlasting mercy.
God, may they find peace in Jesus’ name. Amen

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. I’m praying for you. May God bless you.

Say a prayer today.

Be blessed! –JD

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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