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Consider Trouble A Blessing And Not A Curse. God Is Preparing You For Your Future. Declare, I’m Walking In My Destiny. I Got The Victory!

You're A Victor JoaynnWhen you go through the unspeakable you will find out who your true friends are. You will know who God is and learn who you truly are.

See, before storms in life present itself to us we have an idea of what we are made of. But when the storm comes, we cannot imagine who we may become. We may rely on people to approve, accept, and acknowledge us believing this is what we need to become who we will be. However, none of it is necessary.

When going through the trial and our faith is tested, we learn about ourselves. God shows us who he is. We may never understand the season we’re in but we learn of God’s power and sovereignty while in it. He is preparing us for what he already knows; our future. He’s pruning, refining, shaping us for what’s to come. Be grateful.

Adversity reveals character. Trials make us stronger. Thank God for the trials and the people who left you. Everybody can’t go with you. No matter what season you may find yourself in, God is all you need. He approves of you. Believe.

Be blessed! – JD

Proverbs 3:25, 26 “Do not be afraid of sudden terror or the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.” (ESV)

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No Matter the Situation, Trust God. Declare In Your Weakest Moments, Yet Will I Trust Him

wpid-img_20150320_200055.jpgSometimes, to find your own peace, you have to make the decision to remove yourself from the equation and let God do what he knows best. You have to decide what to add or subtract from your life that serves no purpose.

God promises it will work for the greater good. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28)

I have been traveling what I find is one of the most difficult, confusing, lengthy journeys I have ever encountered in my life. I have been through many things and can count the times I have faced adversity, questionable trials, and unexpected tribulations hindering my ability to move forward. However, in this particular season of my life, I cannot even begin to explain or understand the depth of my journey and at times question my worthiness. While I know it’s never for me to understand all that God does, yet will I trust Him.

I probably say this more often than most so please excuse me. I have to be honest with myself. Every day I struggle with giving up and going back to what is familiar. I say to myself, it’s easier to give in and settle. But when I sit and do nothing, it doesn’t feel right. I just cannot sit and do nothing. I feel out of place. I cannot settle being comfortable or complacent. God chose me. I cannot go back to way it used to be.

It is then I realize when I am discouraged or frustrated, sometimes I have to get to a place where I sit in pure silence without any distractions to hear from God. And every time I talk about quitting or giving up, when I pray I must listen for that still small voice. God gives me a revelation letting me know he has a different plan. I must keep the faith and learn to be obedient.

God doesn’t want our sacrifice. He wants our obedience. What good are works if you don’t have faith? Honor God with obedience not your works. Without faith it’s impossible to please God. We must be obedient to the Spirit. Do what God tells you to do, and not what your will tells you.

In our deepest moments of pain and suffering when we can’t see God in anything, declare, yet will I trust Him. God is just a prayer away. Pray. God is always listening. He may not come when you want him but he’s always on time. Trust Him. He will answer.

Be blessed! –JD

1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (ESV)

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I May Have Been Through The Storm, But I Made It. I Got A Feeling Next Year is Going To Be AMAZING!

wpid-img_20141229_085324.jpgThis year has been by far one of the most challenging, difficult, uncomfortable yet defining moments of my life that I’ve had in a long time. Nonetheless, I’m grateful.

So many things have happened that left me confused and conflicted. But something changed in the midst of going through it. My walk and my relationship with God deepened. I came to know him more intimately. My faith grew. I had a dream and vision. I stepped out on faith believing God for blessings and miracles! (BAM) I believe something amazing is about to happen.

When I kept going to God in prayer for answers, even though I didn’t understand any of it, he revealed to me his promises. He told me exactly what I needed to know to help me move forward. When he showed me his perspective, it propelled me that much more to walk in my purpose.

No matter how much I tried and wanted to stop doing what I know God called me to do, he refused to give up on me. At times when I wanted to turn back the hands of time to go back to what I thought was comfortable and easy, He wouldn’t let me. I may have gone through some things and many times wanted to give up. But every time I would go through something, I was reminded why I’m a Christian.

When I gave my life to God, in every circumstance I encountered in my life, I realized I couldn’t go back to who I once was. My heart just wouldn’t let me be who I once was. When faced with insurmountable obstacles, it didn’t matter how much I tried to dredge up the old me, I didn’t feel comfortable trying to be the old me. I guess that means I’m growing.

God is always working me. And will use me no matter where he sends me. Regardless of the circumstance, when I sit and take a moment to reflect not on my situation but on how good God has been to me, I begin to think about what I must do to bring him glory.

Know this, while situations may be heartbreaking, discouraging, and sometimes can bring you to the point of death, every day you rise and see the sun shine is God saying, “Don’t fret. I’m not through with you yet. You’ve been through worse. Have I ever failed you? This too shall pass. I’m always with you.”

For everything that has a beginning and an end, there is a purpose. We must be cognizant of God’s presence in any situation to understand, He will fulfill his purpose. When trials come, know that they are to be expected. God has a master plan. Be willing and able. Expect the unexpected.

In the most difficult situation, don’t look to the right or to the left. Look to God. He is a present help. Yes, it will take some time to heal when you suffer and go through, but don’t stay stuck in your misery only to keep suffering. Give everything to God. Let him handle it. Nothing’s too hard for God.

What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger, wiser, better. Don’t live with regrets only to miss your blessing. Yes, we’re human and sometimes the flesh will rise up causing us to feel defeated and lost. We can either learn from the experience or choose to stay stuck. Time heal all wounds. Take time to heal. But don’t live bound forever in your refusal to truly heal.

Ask God to give you strength to get through whatever may be troubling you. Go to God. He will fix it for you. People may hurt you but when you know what you know about God, there’s nothing man can do to you to stop him from fulfilling his purpose. God is a heart fixer, mind regulator, a doctor in the sick room. He’s a healer, no matter what ails you. No matter the circumstance, stand! Stand on the Word of God. Put everything in his hands. Life is worth living when you live for God.

I love the Lord! No matter how many times I may fail him, I know I’m loved. I am a work in progress. There’s no turning back. Whatever I go through, I know God got my back.

The enemy may come in like a flood but God will lift up a standard against him. The devil thought he won. Ha! Look at me. I’m still standing! I may have been through the storm, but I made it. I got a feeling next year is going to be AMAZING!!

Be blessed! -JD

Ephesians 1:11-14 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (ESV)

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They Persecuted Jesus – They Will Also Persecute You

wpid-img_20140723_062114.jpgGod will take care of you. His grace abounds to you. He’s faithful. He will never leave you or forsake you.

The word of God tells us what suffering can do for us. Trials strengthen us. We may suffer along the way. Through Christ, God gives us the victory.

They lied on Jesus. They persecuted him. That didn’t stop him. Jesus died on the cross for us. If God be for us, who can be against us?

People may persecute you. They may even lie on you. Whether you fail or succeed, people still will talk about you. Give them something to talk about. Be the light. Let them see Jesus in you. Shine bright! Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:10).

Be blessed! -JD

John 15:20“Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.” (ESV)

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Declare and Decree, I’m Blessed. I Got the Victory!

wpid-img_20140429_070408.jpgGood morning!

Blessed are the poor in spirit. Blessed are the meek. God is good. You will be blessed going in and coming out. Shout victory!

No weapon formed against you shall prosper. No harm will come to you. You’re too blessed to be stressed about anything. God has been, will be, and is good to you.

Declare and decree, I’m blessed. I got the victory!

Matthew 5:3-12 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (NIV)

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Fibromyalgia and Pain Warriors…This One is for You!

No matter how much pain I’m in, I will fight to the end! I am a FIBROMYALGIA WARRIOR. I’m gonna win this fight no matter how much pain I’m in. I may have Fibromyalgia but it don’t have me. How about you? Are you with me? We got the victory!

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Have No Regrets. Don’t Look Back. Look At God. He Did That!

Isaiah 43When reflecting on your life, past circumstances will reveal what needed to change. God needed to get your attention, in order that some things change.

You may find yourself filled with regrets wishing you had done things differently. While never understanding why you regret things should have turned out differently.

There were times you should have lost your mind. Yet you made it through. God was there all the time. At times, your pride may have gotten in the way. At which time, you made the best decisions during that time on that day. Nonetheless, when you take a look in the mirror and it is yourself you see. Your past is only a reflection of what needed to happen that you may see. The place God needed to bring you to. The place where you are now, to bring him glory, assured it was God who brought you through.

God could have put you in somebody else place. You could have been in a worse situation where you may have found yourself in an uninviting, unstable place. You could’ve been in somebody else situation. It could not have turned out in your favor, creating a worse situation. God saved you. The blood covered you. Hallelu!

You may never understand why things in life happen the way they do. There’s a reason God does not need you to know all he do. If God showed you everything he planned for you. Or gave you everything he promised you. You would not be able to handle it all beforehand if you knew. Where you are now is where God needs you to be. Say to him, “Lord whatever you’re doing in this season, don’t do it without me.”

When things fall apart, all you’ll see is God. In your brokenness, you’ll see the Lord. All other ground is sinking sand. On Christ the solid rock, stand. You’ve been through the storm and through the rain. You made it. God reigns! “Paul reminds us that though we may think we are at the end of our rope, we are never at the end of our hope” (2 Co 4:8-12).

No matter what you’ve been through, God has been good to you. You made it to see another day, in spite of trials met yesterday. Take a step back. Envision where you were this time, long ago. You’ve come this far by faith. God was in control.

Have no regrets. Don’t look back. Say, “Look at God. He did that!”

Be blessed! –JD

Isaiah 43:1-3 “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (ESV)

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Satan’s in Opposition, You’ve Got the Victory; Shout Glory!

MP900201696As I sat in total darkness yesterday, I was in prayer and communion with God all day. Nothing was on, not the television or any other thing that could disturb me from hearing the voice of God. You see, I didn’t realize that there was something happening all week as I cried and poured my heart out to God. I cried and cried tears of confusion asking God to show me what it is I seem to be missing. I told him I felt as though my life is going nowhere and I felt helpless, worthless.

I told him how every day I must walk in humility. I have to humble myself before others even when I don’t feel like it, but must remind myself daily it is to bring Him glory. That in itself can be hard because humility will take you to a place you don’t want to go, but you will, and will cause you to insist on doing something you don’t want to do, but you will. It can be devastating when your mind is trying to convince you otherwise. Especially when you’re like me and are not used to the impact you encounter when things change. I don’t handle change well but know it is expected. However, when others have control and you only play a small role, it can be hard to humble yourself when you least expect it.

It was not until today I realized this month marked a significant turning point in my life. And for some reason the devil did all he could to remind me of it. I woke up from a dream that had me literally in tears. As I cried profusely, I told God, “I don’t know why I’m here  in tears. I had a long talk with you just last night and thought everything was going to be alright.” I rested well and felt I would wake knowing it would all be alright. This dream reminded me of a time when I lost everything. It was a time where my life drastically changed. I felt like Job, only I lost my faith. I felt alone, defeated. I lost trust in everyone and everything. I couldn’t make sense of anything.

I have been through some things in my life but this was by far nothing I had ever experienced in my life. And with Satan attacking me at that time and this week from every side, he did everything to bring this devastating remembrance of time back to mind. I couldn’t get a grip of myself and my thoughts. I became weak. My flesh started rising up over my spirit. I needed help. I couldn’t do nothing but cry out to God to keep my flesh from taking captive of my spirit. I told him, “I need you God now more than ever.”

This has been a long week filled with immense struggles, heartache, and tears. Lord, I don’t think I have ever cried as much as I’ve cried this week and today as I have in my entire life in years. I know there’s a purpose, promise, and potential You have designed specifically for me.

The devil keeps trying to condemn and convince me into believing You are not there for me. And tell lies to make me believe You cannot use a wretch like me. The devil is a liar and the truth is not in him! I rebuke that spirit. Every day is a struggle God but I’m glad I have you in my life. Without you, I never would have made it. You are the bread of life.

God, come into my situation. Cover me. Use me. Remove all fears, distress, worries, heartache, and pain. Restore me back to the place I need to be in order to live freely again. Break every chain! Deliver me God and make me whole again. I come against every lying tongue and every trick of the enemy. Satan you have no authority over me. You can’t ever take what God has promised me. What God has for me is for me.

Some believe as Christians, we are to never get depressed. I beg to differ. We do but we must learn to not become bound by it and do our best to rebuke that spirit. For some, this may not be that easy. It may take a while and for others, it may require professional treatment. Nevertheless, please know it can happen to any given person on any given day. Do your best, with God’s help, to not get stuck when you find yourself feeling this way.  Just because we are Christians we are not exempt. In fact, in many cases because we are Christians we aren’t exempt. Just one more trick of the adversary to cause destruction unnecessarily. No weapon formed against us shall prosper.

Satan will try and rob us of our joy, peace, and assurance in God. He comes to kill, steal, and destroy. We can’t give in to him. We are God’s property. The attack of the enemy starts in the mind. The devil will try to convince us that we are useless, unworthy to be used by God. He will condemn us, reinforcing feelings of fear, depression, guilt, and shame. The Holy Spirit will deliver us from these things.

When you’re stagnated, feel stuck, like nothing’s happening or going right in your life. God’s calling your attention to something. Move towards the light. Be assured of this; the Holy Spirit does not convict us, the believer, of sins or a multitude of sins. It convicts us the believer of righteousness in Christ. Take joy in knowing this.

Job was a perfect example. He lost everything in the first of Satan’s tests; his possessions, his family, his wife, his children. He passed the tests. He reacted rightly towards God. He acknowledged God’s sovereign authority over everything God had given him. He may have grieved but he never lost his faith in Him. He loved God for who he is and not what he gives (Book of Job). We are to do the same, just as Job did.

When you face the greatest opposition, you’re close to victory. The enemy fights the hardest to keep God from opening that door. You’ve got the victory. It is said when you face the toughest battles, the greatest breakthrough is on the way. The devil may try to stop it. Believe. It’s settled. It’s on the way!

Me: Shouting glory!!

Be blessed! –JD

Job 5:17-27 “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. 18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.19 From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will touch you.20 In famine he will deliver you from death, and in battle from the stroke of the sword.21 You will be protected from the lash of the tongue, and need not fear when destruction comes.22 You will laugh at destruction and famine, and need not fear the wild animals.23 For you will have a covenant with the stones of the field, and the wild animals will be at peace with you.24 You will know that your tent is secure; you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing.25 You will know that your children will be many, and your descendants like the grass of the earth.26 You will come to the grave in full vigor, like sheaves gathered in season.27 “We have examined this, and it is true. So hear it and apply it to yourself.”

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Rejoice! It’s Giant Take Down Day!

Today is giant take down day! Slay giants standing in your way. Put God’s Word on it. God will put power behind it. Declare and decree. I’ve got the VICTORY!

There may be some giants standing between you and God’s purpose for your life. Stand! There’s a purpose for your life. You’re spiritually equipped with the armor of God. The devil can’t have your life. Put on the full armor of God. Stand against the enemy’s devices (Eph 6:11). Fight for your life. God protects the righteous.

Speak to that giant. When he starts talking mess, talk mess back to him! Let him know you’re not taking his mess. He won’t win. God will place him under your feet. God wins! The devil will be defeated.

Every giant that has been standing in your way will fall today! God will have his way. Declare and decree. God gave you victory! You’re victimless. You have the victory!

Rejoice! It’s giant take down day! Have thine own way Lord.  Have thine own way!

Be blessed! -JD

1 Corinthians 15:56-58 “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (ESV)

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My Offering For Healing and Peace – Tamela Mann “Take Me To The King”

This song serves as my inspiration today. The devil has been so busy, even as I share these words today. All week he’s been attacking my mind and working against me. To the point he’s trying his best to kill, steal, and destroy me. But I won’t let him get to me. I know God’s got me.

Even though I work to encourage, I too get tired. I’ve been sick and tired of being sick and tired. He’s made many attempts, trying to operate in my life. The devil is an adversary trying to convince me I am unworthy. Because he knows I have been  in despair, riddled with strife.

Satan tempts us when he knows we are going through. To see how much we trust God when we’re going through. But if we know God and we make it through. It is evidence our trust in God brought us through.

He catches us at our lowest point and thinks he will win. But he has no authority in our lives. God wins. Thankful God Is Faithful! We woke up on this side of heaven. We have a portion of our health and strength. His mercy endures forever.

I don’t know who this is for even though I know it’s for me, I pray this song helps someone to hold on no matter what the circumstance or the situation may be. I pray this song encourages you. Please let it inspire and lift you up. A song that may help to ease your heavy burdens no matter if you’re feeling distraught.

God is with us always. He knows and hears our prayers. I pray that he hears my plea in the words I share. That it may heal your heartache and pain. I pray for wholeness. Know that God is with you in spite of the pain.

You may not have much to bring to God. And come empty handed with empty faces. You may be broken in all your lonely places. With feelings of emptiness, feeling as if you don’t belong. The best I can offer you on this day is this song. It is a revelation to the pain I, as many others may be experiencing. And feel alone and cannot see God in anything. There’s no one to count on. But know that God is there. He is listening.

Take this song and use the lyrics as a source of hope no matter what you’re going through. Go to God, talk to him. Let it be between him and you. May your soul find rest. Listen to the words and a brief verse and chorus I included as Tamela Mann puts it best:

Take Me To The King
By Tamela Mann

Verse 1:

“Truth is I’m tired. Options are few. I’m trying to pray but where are you? I’m all churched out. Hurt and abused. I can’t fake. What’s left to do?

Chorus:

“Take me to the King. I don’t have much to bring. My heart’s torn into pieces. It’s my offering. Lay me at the throne. Leave me there alone. To gaze upon Your glory. And sing to You this song. “Take Me To The King.”

Now it’s time I end this in prayer and offer it to you today. I hope it helps someone, somewhere along the way. Be encouraged. God is behind, alongside, in front and behind you come what may.  I know because it has helped me get through this day. And now I feel better as I say:

“Father, I come against every attack of the devil. I bind the hands of the enemy. And even though we don’t deserve it, send your angels of grace and mercy. Count us worthy. Cancel every assignment. Remove anything that is not of you. Your Word is the only thing we can count on to make it through. We give all praise, honor, and glory to you. Right now, we claim the victory! It’s already done. No weapon formed against us shall prosper. Your Will will be done. I seal this prayer in Jesus name, Amen.”

This is my offering for peace and healing.

Be blessed! -JD

Deuteronomy 28:7 “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. 8 “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. 9 “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.” (NKJV)

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Cinco de Mayo – May 5. 2013

Here in the United States, we are surrounded and influenced by a melting pot of rich cultural diversity where there are different holidays we celebrate to honor various cultural traditions.

On May 5, 2013 Mexican and Chicano communities will observe the Cinco de Mayo holiday to commemorate and celebrate their Mexican culture, pride and heritage. The occasion will be marked by a Mexican culture of food, music, parades, and festivities.

Cinco de Mayo,  not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day celebrated on September 16, is a day of great significance in the Mexican and Chicano community.

The holiday commemorates the Battle of Puebla that occurred on May 5, 1862 and celebrates the cause of freedom and bravery of the Mexican army, who, although were outnumbered in battle, achieved a symbolic victory in defeat over French forces.

As you celebrate the holiday and join in the festivities, please remember to honor its significance and commemorate in honor, the victory that symbolized unity and pride as well as those who fought for the cause of freedom.

Be blessed! -JD

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