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GOD TURNED IT AROUND

God turned it around!  But what does that mean? You can’t see it, nothing has changed, the bill is still due, your heart is still hurting, but God already turned it around…
 
If you have been or are in God’s waiting room, you know that it can be the most uncomfortable place to be — It’s the nighttime of our faith (Psalm 30:5).  God is working things together for the good of our faith when it’s nighttime. Patience is a fruit of the spirit, not a skill of the flesh (Galatians 5:22).
 
Haven’t you noticed that when our faith is challenged, the light of hope tends to get dim — or goes out completely.  Anytime we have a faith challenge bigger than before, or a challenge that we have not grown from yet, it’s a set up for our come up.
 
Why?  Because God does His best work when we have to walk by faith and not by sight.  God already knew what you needed before you needed it: “…For your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8). When we’re waiting, God is working — on us.
 
Take it one step farther. God knew when you would need it and what you would need before you were even born: “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16).
 
Did you see that God wrote your need and the answer in His book before you were born into this life? We’re living in God’s history, our present is God’s past, today is God’s yesterday.  God is not turning it around, God already turned it around!
 
God uses “It,” whatever our it is that challenges our faith, to grow our faith.  It takes time and pressure to produce a diamond, and the only time we grow in faith is when our faith is challenged, resisted — the nighttime.  When it’s nighttime, it’s growing time.
 
Put This In Your Spirit:
 
The Apostle Paul was chief among Apostles.  As a condition, requirement to be an Apostle in the bible, one had to be taught directly by Christ.  Unlike the other Apostles in the bible, the Apostle Paul was not taught on earth.  While unconscious from a beating, Apostle Paul was caught up to heaven and revealed the word of God directly from the Lord.  Now, imagine being caught up to heaven and God giving you a private, one-on-one faith study, and then finding yourself with a thorn in the flesh — a pain so intense, that all of your teaching goes out of the window.  Nighttime — This is what happened to the Apostle Paul and will happen to us (2 Corinthians 12:3-10).
 
If you thought your faith had arrived, you would agree that the Apostle Paul should have been more than arrived.  But he wasn’t, and neither are we.  Faith does not grow because we have it, faith grows because we go through it with God. We don’t meet grace when we read about it, we meet grace when we cannot do anything about it.
 
The Apostle Paul tells us what God uses nighttime for: “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-10).
 
Did you catch it?  Nighttime is God’s time to:
 
  1. Introduce us to grace on a new level
  2. Perfect the power of His word in our weakness
  3. Increase the resurrection power of Jesus on our life
  4. Turn our fears, weaknesses into supernatural strength
 
Victory in Christ is not just what shows up on the outside but also what grows up on the inside.  Our victory in faith produces our victories in life.  You’re not being delayed or punished, you’re being prepared and promoted.  Have you asked God what He’s working on inside of you?  What fruit is God growing?
 
Trust God, your prayer is already answered.  You’re not waiting on victory, you’re growing to victory.
 
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DAILY DEVOTIONAL: A TIME TO KILL

It might feel like pain but this is your season of separation.  Every tree is a seed that refused to stay the same, refused to stay under ground and refused to give up.
 
God is moving you out of what was into to what will be.  Old things are passing away, and behold, all things are becoming like new!  When it’s time to kill, God is saying, “Kill what’s killing your hope, kill what’s killing your potential, kill what’s killing your focus, kill what’s killing your fearless faith.
 
When it’s time to kill, God will use His fire to reveal the impurities, the familiar spirits that have crept in and have taken you out of position to win.  
 
God says, “See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction” (Isaiah 48:10).  The enemy is not attacking you, God is purifying you beloved. Did you know that when God is purifying us, He holds us in His hands and uses just enough heat to separate us from our impurities but not enough heat to hurt us?  
 

Put This In Your Spirit: “A woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest so as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in our hot spots.

 

Then she asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, How do you know when the silver is fully refined? He smiled at her and answered, “Oh, that’s easy–when I see my image in it.”

 
Are you seeing what God is revealing?  Do you see the impurities, the familiar spirits, the strongholds, the forces that have been holding you back?  Can you feel the separation from wrong people, from emotional ties, from fears, from doubts, from caring about what people think about you? What is the Holy Spirit telling you needs to be sacrificed?  What needs to be surrendered and who needs to be shook in order for God to get the glory for your story? 
 
As God reveals it, release it. They were a season, not a lifetime. You can keep them in your prayers but you can no longer keep them in your life.  You’re going to have to unfriend and unfollow some people in real life.  Talent got you this far but it’s going to take sacrifice and humility to get you to the next level.  What mama did, what happened in childhood, what daddy didn’t do is over — you’re being separated from that so you can take your adulthood back.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: To make a God transition in any area of life, you have to get comfortable being uncomfortable.  Remember, if God’s fire reveals it, you were comfortable with what you were supposed to be uncomfortable with.
 
You’re coming out of this.  This is the breakout before your breakthrough.  Suddenly, when God is finished, doors that you couldn’t open are going to be opened to you.  Struggles and storms are going to cease.  Your famine is going to turn into favor.  Your faithfulness in this season is going to cause prayers to be answered, fights to be won and faith seeds to produce a supernatural harvest.
 
This is your time.  Kill it.  Celebrate your victory in advance! You’re about to be lighter, you’re about to lose to win, you’re about to go from stressed to blessed.
 
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DAILY DEVOTIONAL: WHILE YOU’RE WAITING

Waiting on God is never easy.  Patience is not something that we have, it’s a fruit of the spirit.  In other words, impatience is waiting in self, patience is waiting in God.
 
Remember, the bible says: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness” (Galatians 5:22).  We don’t have patience, the Holy Spirit is patience beloved.
 
Jesus said, “God knows what we need before we even ask” (Matthew 6:8).  Jesus!  Think about it.  The weight in the wait is not because of what we’re waiting on, it’s because of what God is working on.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: God knows what we need before we need it.  The Holy Spirit knows the fruit we need when we need it, and intercedes on our behalf to ask God for what we need (Romans 8:26).  In other words, the Holy Spirit is a fruit inspector.  When it’s time for us to grow, the Holy Spirit uses time to produce fruit.
 
But it does not end there.  The Holy Spirit wants our patience to bear fruit.  Without the fruit of Joy and Self-Control, the fruit of patience won’t last.  See, when the need is great, trust in God has to be just as great.  Joy comes from trust, and self-control comes from Joy. 
 
We don’t know how much we trust God until we have to wait on God — on new levels.  Waiting in Joy turns impatience into God-fidence — All things will work together for the good (Romans 8:28).  Joy is the keeper in storm.  Joy is the calmer, the voice of reason.  In other words, Joy keeps us from losing it while we wait for it.  
 
Pray On This:
 
A man brought his son to Jesus who had been having convulsions from a young age. He asked Jesus, “If you can, heal my son.” Jesus said, “If I can? Everything is possible for one who believes. Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!“” (Mark 9:17-27).
 
Impatience is intensified by unbelief. In essence, impatience says to God, “If you can.” Whatever you’re waiting for, standing for or have need of right now, unbelief will activate impatience.  While you’re waiting, ask God to help you overcome unbelief and to replace doubt with Joy — as often as necessary.
 
Sometimes the change we’re waiting on is waiting on us to change.  Sometimes God is not fixing them, He’s using them to grow us — to turn our worry into worship.  To walk in peace, work in confidence and to wait without weight is the victory that God is working on. 
 
God knows what we need in the physical and He will supply it (Philippians 4:19).  When God has you waiting, He’s working on your fruit — unspeakable joy (1 Peter 1:8). Wait in Jesus and God will turn your fruit into favor.
 
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Beyond Resurrection Sunday

Resurrection Sunday is always a day of reflection and, for some of us, a day of reconnection or introspection. Whether you attended church or attended to thoughts about Jesus this past resurrection Sunday, we are reminded of how much God loves us.
 
Christ’s death represents the ultimate sacrifice for love.  And God’s love is a love that keeps on giving. God’s love shows up when we’ve been knocked down. God’s love quiets our worst storms and heals our deepest hurts. God’s love gives us the courage to get back up again, start over again and to keep fighting. God’s love gives us the ability to forgive the unforgivable and to walk in peace even when we’re in pieces.
 
Love is a two-way street though. Love is hard. Love is powerful. Powerful love is painful and, it is never possible without sacrifice and submission. Submission to God’s will so burdened Jesus that He sweated blood in prayer: Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. (Luke 22:42-44).
 
When you think about it, Jesus loved God more than He loved life itself. He had to. Can you imagine God asking us to sacrifice our life for some strangers — even the people who are trying to hang us? God knows our answer: “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:7-8).
 
God is not asking us to die but an intimate relationship with Jesus, abiding in the spirit, does require a sacrifice. Any relationship that will have the benefits and the power that it was created to have, will have sacrifice and submission (John 3:16-17).
 
We’ve all been in good relationships and some not so good. We’ve all met wrong people or people who did not understand the meaning of love — through behavior. Relationship without sacrifice is not a relationship — to most of us. Despite how He felt, despite asking for His cup to pass, despite every reason that you and I would have, Jesus was sold out to for God.
 
Put This In Your Spirit…Jesus said: “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7).
 
It sounds like, and it means, if we abide in Jesus and the Word abides in us, we we can ask with expectation. Hope is justified and our power is empowered through abiding. Our desire to do God’s will confirms that the Truth abides in us. There is no other proof: My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples” (John 15:8).
 
Abiding is a lifestyle, not an event.  Nobody is perfect and abiding does not mean that we are.  We can abide and be flawed (1 John 1:8-10), we can abide and be weak (2 Corinthians 12:9-10), because it is through abiding that we are moved to ask for forgiveness when we make a mistake (1 John 1:9).
 
Abiding simply says “Yes” to God’s will and His Word — as our sacrifice. Through our sacrifice we gain access to the power of the resurrection: “I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Philippians 3:10). In other words, if we really want power in life, we must abide, sacrifice for the cause of Christ.
 
Abiding does not always feel good, it’s not always convenient but as Christ showed us and we celebrate as part of the “Resurrection,” abiding is the requirement for power (Matthew 28:18).  Church fellowship is not optional when we abide in Jesus (Hebrews 10:24-25, Ephesians 4:11-13). Serving each other (Galatians 5:13), sacrifice for the cause of Christ (1 Corinthians 9:19), saving the lost (Matthew 28:16-20, John 21:17) and defending the defenseless (Isaiah 1:17), is not optional when we abide in Jesus. Bearing fruit (John 15:4-5), Loving each other (1 John 3:14), submission to our spouse (Ephesians 5:21), and forgiveness (Mark 11:25, Matthew 6:14-15), is not possible — although sometimes difficult, unless we abide (John 15:5).
 
Real relationship will cost you — more than a Resurrection Sunday. It will bless you. It will reward you. It will take you places that you never dreamed of. It will take you deeper through experience. It will take you higher through obedience. It will grow us, change us, and fill our faith deposit box with hope (Romans 5:1-5).
 
If we trace our ups and downs, despair and struggles in any area of life, they will always be connected to our abiding. Are you ready for more, for higher, for greater, for supernatural increase and favor to overtake your life? Abide — find a powerhouse church, plug in and access the resurrection power for powerful living (John 10:10).
 
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RELATIONSHIP DEVOTIONAL: THE GOD IN GOODBYE

 

Nothing draws us closer to God like the hurt that comes from relationship. Love exposes the soul to human extremes, pleasures, and hurts that only love can.
 
If you’ve loved and lost — to win, had to sacrifice a relationship for your greatness, or had to surrender your will to God’s will and let someone go, you’ve had to walk in a closeness with God that does not compare to most other situations.
 
Don’t get me wrong, we don’t start out with the plan or the intent to be hurt just so that we can get closer to God.  No, emotional heart attacks push us into God’s Emergency Room — bleeding, bruised and broken.
 
One of the divine lessons that love will continue to teach us, until we learn it, is that we are not love.  Repeat, we are not love.  God is love (1 John 4:8).  When we’re loving on purpose with whom God planned for us, God is loving through us for them. The bible says it this way, “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
 
If, then, God is love and it is His love that is working in us and through us for His pleasure, who we emotionally pick as a mate or to date does not mean that they are a divine match. We would have to say that we were using or know the mind of God in order to convince ourselves that we know, in advance, if someone is meant for us. We don’t have that ability (Romans 11:34. 1 Corinthians 2:11).  We can only use proof, evidence based on behavior that agrees with our Savior (Luke 6:43-45).  Emotions alone are not qualified, and can be too contaminated, to be relied on as the only proof of a divine match.
 
We’re not our own, we belong to God and the supernatural blueprint for our life is not subject to our emotions — it can’t be. We have to pause when we think about the hurt that comes from who walks out or who we have to remove from our life.  Think about it: If someone who is not meant for us leaves our life, a surrendered will would pray for them and wish them well — knowing that God has put a love period where we had a love question mark.  If we cannot genuinely pray for a season and wish them well, we have not surrendered our emotions to God’s will for our life.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: If you aren’t for them, then that means they aren’t for you either. Two wrongs don’t make a God right. God’s plans for your life, and theirs, were created before you were born (Psalm 139:13, Jeremiah 1:5, Ephesians 2:10).   We either are on plan or we’re off track with everybody we meet. Whenever God steps in, it’s to keep our lives on track with His plans: “For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the LORD. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
 
Emotions that override God’s divine plan, warnings and signs, are disobedient emotions (2 Corinthians 10:5), that are influenced by seductive evil spirits — Our emotional condition will determine the influence familiar spirits can or will have over us.  Jesus came so that we might have life and life more abundantly — only demonic forces are at war with God’s plans for our life (John 10:10).
 
Consider This: Trees shed leaves when it’s time to change seasons — for self-preservation. In other words, even the tree will shed leaves in order to save its life. But know this, when the tree sheds a leaf, not one leaf that falls to the ground kills the tree.
 
Walking in divine truth leads emotions.  It’s a position worked-for, hard-fought for that usually requires retraining our emotions to acknowledge, submit and abide in the will of God.  This is not hardly natural, in fact it is impossible without an intimate relationship with Jesus (John 15:5).
 
Fighting back thoughts and emotions that come from the enemy takes work.  In fact, without abiding in an intimate relationship with Jesus, the work will wear us out (James 4:7) — Especially when the emotions we’re trying to fight are emotions that want what we don’t need. 
 
You don’t have to fake it.  Unless you have an iron brain, it takes a minute to submit to God’s will — every new test requires a new level of submission.  But what we have to remember, consider for our own sake, is this: Emotions that can tell God what to do or tell you to do anything that harms you or your destiny, are influenced by the enemy – no matter how good they feel (2 Corinthians 10:3-4).
 
Break up with fear and emotions that tell you to harm yourself.  Break it off!  Cry if you have to, crawl if you have to and even if you stumble on your way out, submit to God’s will for your life.  When we’re not walking in our divine truth, every season will look like a lifetime and if we’re not careful, long and wrong seasons can become unhealthy soul ties.  
 
When we won’t or can’t do what God’s love requires us to do — learn from the past and step aside, the Holy Spirit will protect us in our weakness by interceding on our behalf (Romans 8:26) —  even when we don’t want to be protected.  When someone is not for us, right for us or not ready for us, God steps in.  It might look like a breakup but if God stepped in, it’s a divine shakeup.  God lets wrong things fall apart so that He can make right things fall together.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: Haven’t you noticed that when you lie to yourself about how you’re being treated by someone, the truth drives you crazy?  No matter what we tell ourselves to try to make wrong right, the truth won’t allow us to be at peace with emotions that break our heart.
 
When people leave your life or have to be removed, it is confirmation that their season is over — not your life.  When you love you with the love of Christ, you don’t ever have to be with somebody to be somebody — happy, healthy and powerful.  The evidence of our surrender to God’s will is in how we respond, react and ultimately recover from a God intervention.   
 
When you know what you bring to the table, you’re not afraid to eat alone.
 
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Relationship Devotional: The Danger Of Talking To Everybody About Your Relationship

It’s tempting to just bear your soul with folks when you’re dealing with relationship troubles or decisions.  We all need somebody to talk to and when we’re in an emotionally stressful or difficult situation, we, both women and men, tend to reach out to people we know.
 
The problem is, everybody we know is not always somebody we should reach out to about our relationship.  God works through wise counselors — neutral, objective people to help guide us in the right path.  The opposite is true when we put our business in the wrong hands.  Putting your relationship business in the wrong hands is like giving your alarm code to a thief.  
 
Put This In Your Spirit: Proverbs 10:14 says, “The wise don’t tell everything they know, but the foolish talk too much and are ruined.” When you’re struggling or going through it in a relationship, there are three people that you should never put in your business: 1) A gossip, 2) A wounded person and, 3) Somebody who is happy if you lose. 
 
Likewise, you cannot put people in your relationship business who will hold on to what you should and will let go of.  You will be surprised at the number of relationships that struggle because an outside influence is holding on to something that the couple has moved on from years ago. If you’re talking to somebody who will hold a permanent grudge, dislike or negative attitude towards your mate, you’re talking to the wrong person.
 
When we’re hurt, we tend to gravitate, emotionally, towards whoever will make us feel good about whatever we want to feel good about. If we want to feel justified about our wrong, we tend to talk to somebody who will go along with us — even when we’re wrong.  These are poisonous conversations.
 
It is not abnormal or crazy to want to hear what feels good when we’re not feeling good.  The problem is, when you expose your relationship to poisonous people, you will poison your relationship.  Keep doing it and you will destroy your relationship.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: When we talk to wrong people about our relationship, before long, talking can turn into an unhealthy partnership with them against our relationship. Confiding in wrong people tends to create wrong, unhealthy emotional alliances that are never healthy for your relationship — it is very dangerous. Proverbs 13:20 says, “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
 
Does this mean that we shouldn’t talk to anybody?  No.  Talking is not the problem, who we’re talking to and the objective for talking can be the problem.  Are you talking to the right person for an objective, healthy purpose? Or the wrong person to agree with half the story? Let’s say you’re dating a great person but they have a flaw that you’re trying to decide if it is or should be a deal breaker.  Or let’s say you and your spouse are going through a difficult time.  The last person you need to talk to is somebody who is emotionally hurt, unsupportive of your relationship, unhappy in their relationship, happy to see you single, negative or, somebody who does not believe in the power of God.
 
It’s not always easy to separate the good one’s from the bad one’s.  At the very least, eliminate talking to someone who is obviously poisonous.  Another tip is to always state your objective up front when you’re talking about your relationship with someone — “I want to fix my marriage,” or, “I am trying to look objectively at my behavior/decision,” or, “I need an objective/balanced opinion,” or, “This is not about bashing my relationship or my mate or me leaving,” etc.  If you’re talking to the opposite sex, eliminate anybody who is not a friend/supporter of the relationship or who has a romantic interest (spoken or unspoken).  The devil uses open doors — put a lock on obvious foolery.
 
Whoever you choose to share your relationship business with, just remember that you don’t want to lose a good relationship over bad advice, or turn a temporary problem into a worse or permanent problem.  And you don’t want to make a decision based on somebody else’s hurt or ignorance. Word to the wise: Don’t give someone the ability to speak death over your love life when you’re trying to save it.
 
Seek God’s wisdom — don’t just read the bible but search the scripture for God’s wisdom about the problem you’re having.  It makes no sense for us to read the bible without purpose when we’re needing a answer about a specific issue.  No matter what you’re dealing with, the bible has a wisdom principle that will guide you to right thinking, right people and right answers.  If you don’t believe it, leave a comment below for a topic/issue you’re dealing with for a wisdom scripture(s) that will address it specifically.
 
Trust God for your destiny love decisions.  Always make the love of your life the first and the last conversation about your destiny together.  Relationships are hard enough, don’t add gasoline to the fire.
 
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RELATIONSHIP DEVOTIONAL: ALONE AND LONELY ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS

Being alone can sometimes feel lonely but single is not a death sentence.  Yes, we all love companionship and yes we enjoy good company.  We’re human and, we were created to love someone who loves us intimately and uniquely.
 
But alone is who we’re with and lonely is being miserable with who we’re with. Lonely has to be with somebody to be somebody. But people don’t cure our loneliness, loneliness is an inside job. 
 
No, we don’t have to be satisfied being alone but content, yes (Philippians 4:11-12).  Why?  Contentment or Joy is a fought-for, struggled-for fruit of the spirit that the fruit of self-control relies on (Galatians 5:22-23).  Anybody who has ever hooked up with somebody while they were lonely will tell you that, 1) A spirit of loneliness makes you feel out of control, and 2) A spirit of loneliness robs us of our joy, and causes our heart to leak with low self-esteem, low self-love, distrust and obsession. 
 
All of us have gone to the grocery store hungry.  When we shop with hunger, starvation, we don’t make wise decisions, we make desperate decisions — something quick, something easy and something right now.  When we shop hungry, we almost always buy something that we don’t need.
 
Loneliness that causes unhealthy emotional hunger is no different. Unhealthy emotional hunger tends to use temporary emotions to make long-term decisions — in the heat of the moment.  If you’ve gotten into a relationship because you were lonely, hungry, chances are the relationship didn’t last long — if you knew you were only looking for a snack, that might have worked for you.
 
But if you were looking for a lifetime relationship, you probably found out that as soon as the hunger was satisfied, emotions filled up, the attraction wore off.  After you sobered up, you might have even experienced Hunger After Shock — that feeling of, “Did or why did I choose that?”  A relationship initiated out of hunger is usually intense in the beginning — that’s why it can be confusing, but it’s always mild in the middle and it melts down after a short period of time.
 
Loving on purpose takes soul work.  When our soul is right, healed, healthy and content, we are ready for our soul match.  Remember a soul mate can be an unhealthy match but a soul match is that person who God planned for our best self.  Our soul match compliments our willingness to be by ourselves if being with someone else means being miserable. 
 
In other words, we tend to mate with someone who matches our soul condition.  Loneliness is not a condition that you want to attract or mate with.  A lifetime love is somebody who we choose to do life with, not somebody we have to put up with for the rest of our life. How we choose to be alone is up to the individual but however we choose to be alone, we should enjoy it to the fullest — Date, learn, grow.
 
When you know what you bring to the table, you don’t mind eating alone.
 
We have to check our heart before we check into a relationship. God will guide us into the path that He planned for us when our heart is ready, willing and able. We don’t and won’t always get it right but before you get emotionally caught up, pray this simple prayer: “Lord, create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10) — and listen with honest ears. One thing is for sure, we cannot recognize a swine when we’re out of our emotional mind (Matthew 7:6).
 
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DON’T LET THE LIGHT GO OUT

A little love takes a little effort.  A lot of love takes a lot of effort.  Nobody has great love without putting in great work.  It’s not that complicated but the truth is, it’s not that easy to keep the light on.
 
If you’re sitting in a relationship with the light going out, you cannot sit back and expect love to do the work.  Love won’t do anything that we don’t do.  Love is not going to make us feel anything that actions don’t support.  We can love somebody but without actions, love is just a word.
 
Sometimes we get caught up wanting the feeling of love without doing the work or putting in the work to keep the light on.  You cannot make somebody want the light and love cannot produce light without two people working together.
 
It’s not one person’s responsibility.  It’s not one person’s job.  It’s not, “What are they going to do for you,” it’s what are the two people going to do that makes love work.  Take off the mentality that they are supposed to make you happy — that’s immature love.  Mature love is reciprocal not selfish.  Mature love gives to get, it does not wait to get.  Mature love makes the light shine, it does not sit in the dark and complain about what somebody else is not doing.
 
God said, “How can two walk together unless they agree” (Amos 3:3).  Making an agreement to let love shine is the beginning of powerful loving.  Correction to the misconception: Love is not like.  You have not loved somebody until you have had to love them even when you don’t like them.
 
Don’t get it twisted.  God didn’t give us a mate for us to be loved.  God gave us a mate to love.  Two givers make love.  When we love somebody who has it backwards, that’s a relationship between a giver and a taker, not a giver and a giver.
 
Don’t accept less, don’t give less, don’t even consider less than what God planned for you.  Settling for less, making an emotional meal out of emotional crumbs, trying to get by on fumes are all light killers.  You don’t have to trade your life for death or a love that is not worth having.  Your destiny is too important for that.
 
Make a decision. Love like there is no tomorrow every day.  Don’t let laziness compromise your light.  Don’t give the enemy a door to create division or confusion.  Be sold out, be submitted to having the best love that any two people can have — And commit to prioritizing priorities that make it happen (Ephesians 5:21).  
 
If you’re with the right person, you have what it takes to have the best.  Don’t play, grow out of immature games that sabotage love.  Remind yourself that the light will not stay on by itself, and we cannot expect more out of love than we put into it.
 
Love to win.  Love to shine.  Love to be a light for somebody else who needs to see what it looks like when two people are committed to loving unselfishly, unconditionally, uninhibited and undeterred.  Your love is God’s love and whenever your love walks into a room, the room should get brighter.
 
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GOD TURNED IT AROUND

God turned it around!  But what does that mean? You can’t see it, nothing has changed, the bill is still due, your heart is still hurting, but God already turned it around…
 
If you have been or are in God’s waiting room, you know that it can be the most uncomfortable place to be — It’s the nighttime of our faith (Psalm 30:5).  God is working things together for the good of our faith when it’s nighttime. Patience is a fruit of the spirit, not a skill of the flesh (Galatians 5:22).
 
Haven’t you noticed that when our faith is challenged, the light of hope tends to get dim — or goes out completely.  Anytime we have a faith challenge bigger than before, or a challenge that we have not grown from yet, it’s a set up for our come up.
 
Why?  Because God does His best work when we have to walk by faith and not by sight.  God already knew what you needed before you needed it: “…For your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8). When we’re waiting, God is working — on us.
 
Take it one step farther. God knew when you would need it and what you would need before you were even born: “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16).
 
Did you see that God wrote your need and the answer in His book before you were born into this life? We’re living in God’s history, our present is God’s past, today is God’s yesterday.  God is not turning it around, God already turned it around!
 
God uses “It,” whatever our it is that challenges our faith, to grow our faith.  It takes time and pressure to produce a diamond, and the only time we grow in faith is when our faith is challenged, resisted — the nighttime.  When it’s nighttime, it’s growing time.
 
Put This In Your Spirit:
 
The Apostle Paul was chief among Apostles.  As a condition, requirement to be an Apostle in the bible, one had to be taught directly by Christ.  Unlike the other Apostles in the bible, the Apostle Paul was not taught on earth.  While unconscious from a beating, Apostle Paul was caught up to heaven and revealed the word of God directly from the Lord.  Now, imagine being caught up to heaven and God giving you a private, one-on-one faith study, and then finding yourself with a thorn in the flesh — a pain so intense, that all of your teaching goes out of the window.  Nighttime — This is what happened to the Apostle Paul and will happen to us (2 Corinthians 12:3-10).
 
If you thought your faith had arrived, you would agree that the Apostle Paul should have been more than arrived.  But he wasn’t, and neither are we.  Faith does not grow because we have it, faith grows because we go through it with God. We don’t meet grace when we read about it, we meet grace when we cannot do anything about it.
 
The Apostle Paul tells us what God uses nighttime for: “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-10).
 
Did you catch it?  Nighttime is God’s time to:
 
  1. Introduce us to grace on a new level
  2. Perfect the power of His word in our weakness
  3. Increase the resurrection power of Jesus on our life
  4. Turn our fears, weaknesses into supernatural strength
 
Victory in Christ is not just what shows up on the outside but also what grows up on the inside.  Our victory in faith produces our victories in life.  You’re not being delayed or punished, you’re being prepared and promoted.  Have you asked God what He’s working on inside of you?  What fruit is God growing?
 
Trust God, your prayer is already answered.  You’re not waiting on victory, you’re growing to victory.
 
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GOD IS TAKING YOU SLOW

We just are not wired to wait.  Nothing about waiting is appealing or enjoyable in the flesh.  We want what we want when we want it, and the less we understand about what the wait is for the worse the wait is.
 
Those times between prayers going up and promises coming down can “feel like” the worst times in our faith walk — if you’re human.  The fact is, the bible does not tell us that we wait on promises or that God goes to work when our need shows up. 
Put This In Your Spirit:  The bible said, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).  We aren’t waiting on the promise, we’re waiting in the promise.  We don’t have a wait, we have a work that grows us to the level of faith that manifests the promise that existed before our need did!
 
The weight in our wait comes from our faith being challenged.  Have you noticed that our heart and mind is stressed up the most when we are, “Waiting on God?”  Have you noticed that when we cannot see (or trust) what God is doing, our emotions tend to start doing the fool? Don’t think some of us are exempt from the stress that comes from being in God’s waiting room — Jesus sweated blood in the waiting room (Luke 22:44).
 
God is saying, I’m not working on the promise, I’m using the problem to grow your fruit. Watch this, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).  God already knows that If we try to wait in the flesh, the wait will become a weightPatience is a fruit of the spirit, not a mental or an emotional skill (Galatians 5:22).
 
In other words, waiting starts to break us, stress us, discourage us because without the fruit of Patience, we don’t have what it takes to wait. Sometimes God has to wait for the fruit of Joy to mature in order for us to handle His no.  Remember, the Apostle Paul didn’t get His thorn removed, he received grace for his race.  Can your Joy handle: He’s not bringing them back, He’s going to move you forward. He’s not going to fix them, He’s going to grow your trust so you will believe Him when He shows you who somebody is. He’s not going to make it happen overnight, it will happen when the time is right. He won’t open the door you want, He’s opening the door that leads to your destiny.  If our Joy is not mature enough to handle God’s will —  “Nevertheless, not my will but your will be done,” God will delay us to grow us so His answer won’t kill us.
Watch this: Remember, God said the victory is already won (1 Corinthians 15:57).  In order to have the fruit of Patience, we have to grow the fruit of Self-Control.  In order to grow the fruit of Self-Control, we have to grow the fruit of Joy – unshakable trust in God’s will and plan.  In order to experience the fruit of Peace in the storm, we have grow the fruit of Love — our love for God anchors all fruit.  All fruit are connected and Jesus said, “…Apart from Him we cannot bear fruit.”
 
God is a fruit inspector.  Look at the problem, the need, the challenge again but through God’s eyes.  Is the problem the problem or is the fruit the problem?  If God is not a man that He should lie, where is our anxiety coming from — if not our need to mature our fruit?  Our human reaction is a condition that cannot be solved without growing fruit — growing deeper in our faith and relationship with Jesus.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: We cannot cast our cares on the Lord without putting our trust in the Lord — Joy.  If the problem is causing us problems in our faith, access to the promise will be delayed until our fruit is matured to our next level (Philippians 2:12).
 
Your promise, your answer, your strategic plan, your escape, the divine intervention, the wisdom and the connection you need are in God’s hands. Access is not denied, access is delayed when God is working on our fruit.  
 
Work your fruit.  When we grow, God lets go of what He already has for us (Hebrews 11:6).  
 
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WHEN HELL GETS THE GLORY

“Looking saved,” without being healed gives hell the glory.  Dancing in church without scoring in life might impress the church people but it gives hell the glory. Promoting faith that cares more about how high we jump as opposed to how healthy we are or how we walk when we come down, gives hell the glory. Anything that causes our faith to not represent our Truth, hell gets the glory.
 
Pastor Pete Scazzero once said, “A true surrender of our will to God’s will is a learned and struggled-for obedience.” We don’t glorify God by glorying in pretentiousness, pretending as if saved means solved or acting like salvation means we fell from heaven – we all came up from hell, and we’re all fighting or struggling to go higher in faith every day (Philippians 2:12).
 
I have never met a perfect Christian and I’m not looking for one. What we should see are Christians humbly working, and growing through adversity, tests and trials that produce greatness. Christ died for our imperfection, not to confirm we don’t need God (Romans 4:25).  If we don’t have anything else in common, we have this: We will all always need God.
 
Denial and pretentiousness gives hell the glory, denies our story and prevents us from being transparent with each other. Iron sharpens iron when it’s transparent, not when it’s wearing a mask – A testimony cannot have blood in it if we were not cut for it (Revelation 12:11).
 
Christ said to the Apostle Peter, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith will not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:31-32).  Peter’s sifting positioned him to help his brothers, not his belief alone (James 2:19). Just like Peter, belief does not grow us, what we grow through grows us.
 
We cannot strengthen each other if we’re not strong enough to admit that our strength comes from being sifted, not from being perfect. We cannot disciple people if we’re too busy trying to be too holy to be any earthly good (Romans 7:23-25). 
 
An authentic relationship with God is between the natural and the Supernatural, the weak and the Strong, the Holy and the unclean.  We should be reminded of our condition whenever we are in the presence of God unless we’re deceived by our own ego – “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
 
Our greatest challenge is not being saved, it’s embracing the meaning and the purpose of worship.  Catch this: 1 John 1:8 said, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”  John 4:24 says, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”  If we didn’t know, now we know: If we claim to be without sin we cannot worship God in spirit and in Truth – because the truth is not in us.
 
Nobody comes right out and say’s they are perfect in God’s sight but it’s in our lack of humility, compassion and grace towards others. It’s in our inability or refusal to sit with those who Christ called us to.  It’s in our denial and lack of sympathy for human conditions that cause us to struggle, that cause us to be sifted, that cause us to need God (Galatians 6:1).
 
Nothing is more powerful than our ability to fellowship with one another (Matthew 18:20), but we cannot fellowship or help each other, in or out of church, if we cannot be real with each other. Are you comfortable letting God use your truth, your healing and the compassion that comes from your forgiveness to lift others up? Our greatest sacrifice, highest honor is to be used by God to help others.
 
As Christians, we are safe places for people to grow, for people to be sifted and for cutting to take place that produces the blood of our testimony.  When we love God, we are acknowledging that we’re all in it together, God is the potter and we’re the clay, we need the blood of each other’s testimony to survive, we are no better than and, our story gives God the glory. God is lifted up when we show up perfectly imperfect.
 
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Faith Under Pressure

Scripture Reference: James 1:1-12

Life is not a cake walk or a bed of roses all of the time. We know this but that doesn’t make life’s pressures or pains any less difficult. When our faith is being tested, we can feel alone, weak, defeated, anxious and overwhelmed. Notice I said “feel.” When life happens, the natural instinct, normal reaction is to feel first — as long as we’re human this will be true. Feelings tell us what to think about what we see.
 
Said another way, pressure is looking, feeling and fighting with the enemy without God. We are never ready for a test, we can only be prepared to grow. God knows how to grow us because He created us. God doesn’t cause everything that happens in our life but He causes everything to work together for the good (Romans 8:28). Pressure busts pipes, and when the enemy has us under pressure, he  usually has us believing and thinking things that cancel whose we are, who we are and what God said about it (2 Corinthians 10:5).
 
No matter what the trial or pressure is, even if we’ve caused it, God is faithful (1 John 1:9). The bible says, “…And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). When we find ourselves under faith pressure, we have to fight every temptation to let emotions override our truth.
 
Confidence releases pressure. The bible says, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). In other words, God’s power increases as we release the pressure of doubt, fear and anxiety through trust in God and hope in the divine assurance that no weapon formed against us will prosper, that with God all things are possible, that he who the Son sets free is free in deed, that every setback is a setup and every miracle needs a mess. It’s not easy to turn off emotions or pretend as if hurt does not hurt — decreasing does not mean to dismiss what happened, it means to intentionally surrender emotions that stand between us and doing what beasts do, what greatness does to honor self.
 
Some have been tempted to believe that trials or pressure only comes to those who lack faith. Not true. Trials and pressure do not discriminate and they have no respect of person. In fact, without pressure faith would not grow — faith grows when our trust in God grows: “…When I am weak then am I strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). God allows our resistance to cause pressure to grow us beyond our comfort zone. Destiny does not come to where we are, we grow to it.  Pressure is pushing you into destiny love, destiny joy, destiny peace, destiny visions.
 
When someone leaves your life, that’s not the test. The test and the pressure is whether or not we will trust in God’s word and “lean not to our own understanding,” about a season. God said, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). This is God’s covenant with us, this is our pressure release valve — Hope and confidence in God’s promise is the only way that we can release the pressure that comes from the weight of hurt, fear and failure.
 
Releasing the weight is not easy. Releasing hurt is not easy. Pressures in life don’t come from easy issues. Conflict, guilt, disappointment, struggle are emotional attacks that will rage, war and battle against us until we find the courage to hope in the Lord and walk in the strength that comes from releasing and being set free from the emotional weights that cause our pressure (Hebrews 12:1).
 
The bible says, “…Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5); the morning of our joy — in any situation, trial or test, is the moment when we rise up in faith and tell tell our emotions, “Peace be still.” The morning comes when faith overrides what we see and confidence in our truth declares the victory, the healing, the recovery, the breakthrough, the divine intervention — in advance.  In other words, morning comes when we tell hell, “No, not today, not this time, not as long as I’m breathing.”
 
Life will sometimes blind you, people will sometimes hurt you, jobs will sometimes lay off, losses will occur and life lessons will come but God’s grace is sufficient to endure, to stand up in it and release the emotional pressure that causes us to walk by sight and not by faith. It takes work, it takes time, it takes prayer for strength and courage to walk out of emotions and walk in power. But there is no other way out.
 
Stand in the faith. Focus on the release. Know that when you’re in life’s gym, you’re getting stronger, better and wiser. You might not see it or feel it right now but you are a miracle in the making — pressure produces diamonds. Grow through it, don’t die to it. When life works you out, do your faith work and remember, God is faithful to your faith!

 

Be blessed.
 
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FAITHPRENEUR D4W1: GREAT FAITH

After many years in business and having experienced every high and every low, the one thing that I think all business leaders, entrepreneurs and aspiring professionals will tell you is this, “If you don’t believe in you, nobody else will.”
 
Belief is not simply a matter if thinking we can.  Belief is the foundation that supports what you will do.  Let’s face it, if success, progress or growth were easy, in any area of life, we would see the manifestation of God’s promises everywhere.  But we don’t.
 
The fact is, any endeavor, mission or vision is going to take everything you have and then some.  There will be days where you feel on top of the world and days when you feel like the world is on top of you.  It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of how… How will you survive the lows, the difficulties, the challenges and yes, the setbacks?
 
A FAITHPRENEUR has a built in plan.  It’s not easy, nothing worth having is but it is absolutely necessary.  Hype does not support hope.  A belief that you will ride every wave with, stay under control with, stand up against every Goliath with and tackle every challenge with is based on Great Faith.
 
Don’t get me wrong, many people succeed without Great Faith.  I’m not talking about momentary or temporary success, I’m talking success from the inside out.  Faith in whatever God has given you to do, your talent or vision is only as sure as your faith in God is.  People tend to fall on one of two sides of Great Faith: They either have it or they don’t, they either want it or they don’t.  And you know based on your own experiences, that there is a difference between believing in what you’re doing and believing that you were created to do it.
 
Every vision, business or career is for somebody but that does not mean that everybody will have the faith to do it.  There are a lot of dreams, talents and visions in the grave yard that did not achieve full potential.  Faith in God’s will and plan for our life, our talent, our purpose is an unmistakable, unstoppable belief.  It drives, rises, steps up and shows up when others give up.  It is uncommon faith or “Great Faith.”
 
Remember the woman in Matthew 15?  She came to Jesus seeking help for her daughter (Matthew 15:22-28).  She believed that Jesus could help and she persisted in asking him for that help.  Jesus ignored the woman and even outright denied her. When our faith is challenged, and it will be, will you give up or will you believe that God’s desire is to bless you? 
 
Finally, Jesus told her, she had “Great Faith,” and He answered her prayer. Notice that Jesus did not say, “You have worn me down with your nagging,” or, “I’ll do it just to shut you up.” No, Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment” (Matthew 15:28). Are you working with Great Faith? Are you working on your faith as hard as you are your business (Hebrews 11:6)?
 
Uncommon or Great Faith, does not come any easier than success at anything else does.  Developing Great Faith is intentional.  If great faith were easy, wouldn’t we see mountains in people’s lives being moved all around us — with just a mustard seed worth (Matthew 17:20)?  It’s not common and it’s not possible without intentionality. 
 
A FAITHPRENEUR first seeks the Kingdom for Great Faith, knowing that everything else will follow (Matthew 6:33).  This is where the rubber meets the road.  Great Faith is the difference between a miserable journey and a powerful journey.  It decides how we deal with turbulence as well as our energy and attitude.  It informs our determination, our motivation and our resilience.  Mind you, this same faith is what empowers the believers life in all things.  A FAITHPRENUER has a faith focus that intensifies the need and the development of Great Faith.
 
Here’s our takeaway for today:
 
  • Identify 3 areas that your faith either needs reinforcement or improvement to influence your attitude and confidence
  • Identify a personal relationship or scenario that you can begin practicing Great Faith
  • Start tomorrow with your FAITHPRENEUR Prayer and include your desire for Great Faith in your prayer.  Ask God to continuously show you and bless you with opportunities to grow your faith
  • Identify one way that your Great Faith can be shared with others
 
Next week we’ll go over some powerful prayers and biblical affirmations that you can use to practice speaking life over your business and keep your words in line with your faith.
 
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FAITHPRENEUR D3W1: PRAYING FOR GROWTH

Some people will look at you sideways, odd or even strange if you talk about praying for your business growth.  For a poverty mindset, it can sound vain. For those convinced that the bible did not say, “Beloved, I pray you to prosper concerning all things and to be in good health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 1:2), this might be hard to accept.
 
Without question, God receives the glory for increase in our personal or business life as followers of Jesus Christ. 
 
I think what causes a lot of confusion around this issue is humility or a lack there of.  How many really successful people do you know personally who glorify God publicly through their testimony, spiritual fruit, service and sacrifice for the body of Christ.  There are thousands that do but I’m not referring to them, I’m referring to the one’s you know personally.  The sad fact is that most of us don’t know but a handful personally — if that many.  And don’t misunderstand me, just because someone is not “Materially Wealthy,” that does not mean that they aren’t successful in faith.
 
What I am saying is, a FAITHPRENEUR is successful in Christ — first, before they are successful at anything else (Matthew 6:33).   The key is glorifying God.  Giving God the glory through our story.
 
Our lives, our businesses take us into the streets, the marketplace and into positions that enable us to influence the world by our faith.  The most powerful ministry happens in the street, through our everyday interactions, expressions of faith and conversations — verbal and non-verbal.  The lost and the majority of believers don’t go to church — the most impactful discipleship happens in the marketplace through lights of faith (Matthew 5:14). 
 
Money is not our end-game.  Money is the end result of our end-game — Glorifying God.  A FAITHPRENEUR knows that effective people do not chase money, money chases effective people.  The bible says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23).  When we honor God through our work, whatever our work is, and our stewardship, we give God thanks: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).  
 
Do you know many marketplace leaders who rep God in the streets, business and social circles — with tact and effectiveness?  With a reported 6.9 Billion believers in the world, shouldn’t we be overwhelmed by spiritual fruit in the marketplace?  But we’re not, and that’s the problem — that’s another way we rob God and hurt the body.  Repping God is not just through shout outs and the occasional, “I’m a Christian,” but heart, intentional behavior, testimony and, giving back as a lifestyle and not just an event?  
 
Our faithfulness builds each other up.  In Hebrews 11:1-40, God gives us examples of faithful leaders to imitate, and you are called to do the same — be examples of great leaders of faith for everybody to see and to be inspired by.  A FAITHPRENEUR, like all of God’s faithful, models the word by being a doer of the word, by living the word, by applying the word (James 1:22-25).  Somebody is watching you, the God in you.
 
What does all of this have to do with praying for growth?  A FAITHPRENEUR must align business growth with Kingdom growth, business prosperity with Kingdom prosperity.  God is the end game.  A growth prayer includes a God impact — “God bless the work of my hands to support 3 women’s shelters.”  “God bless the fruit of my labor to have enough overflow to send 50, 100 youth to camp this summer.”  “God increase my territory to show more people the love of Christ.”  This is your end-game.  Your end-game is not your church tithe or church service, your end-game is what keeps growth grounded.
 
Whatever compassion God has put on your heart, it is the reason why God wants to increase your territory. The bible says, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25).  
 
Put This In Your Spirit: Favor is God’s ability to trust us to do His will with His increase, blessings and influence. (Hebrews 11:6)
 
This weeks FAITHPRENUER Challenge:
 
  • Identify 1-3 marketplace leaders that role model faith
  • Identify 1-3 areas that your faith can be better role modeled in the marketplace
  • Identify 1 way that God does or can use your talent/wisdom/faithfulness to serve the body regularly
  • Identify 3 God purposes for increasing your territory (Impact to others through your overflow)
  • Identify time frames that you want to see a harvest in these areas (Continually increase these bars as you accomplish them)
(A prayer journal will come in handy for these critical seeds that should be watered daily)
 
When this backs up our prayers for growth, growth is not simply a matter of being rich, growth is a matter of being a powerful Kingdom influencer.
 
Share and be blessed.
 
 
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FAITHPRENEUR D2W1: PRAYING FOR YOUR BUSINESS

The business of prayer is just as important as the business we run, our aspiration or our goal.

I know quite a few Christians who have been taught that it is selfish to ask God for anything but I just can’t find that in the Bible. 
 
God does say not to worry, that He knows what we need, that we should seek His kingdom and will first, and trust that He’ll provide for us.  For a FAITHPRENUER, the business of praying for your business is the first order of business — daily.  
 
The business of prayer is not mundane or repetitious but focused.  It is not worry prayer or pleading, it’s mind renewing and positioning prayer that focuses faith on the day’s expectations, needs and requirements to be effective.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: Effective people don’t pursue money, money pursues effective people.
 
Success is one part knowing what to do, and one part knowing what we need help to do.  Confidence, passion, humility, clarity of purpose, effectiveness, and anointed determination must be renewed each day. No problem or challenge can stand up to faith prepared.
Put This In Your Spirit: Faith has many focuses and it is sufficient to do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).  But faith, our belief, is not powerful without trust.  A FAITHPRENEUR is not simply asking God for what is needed but is also trusting God to provide what is needed.  
 
The business of prayer is a power talk with God that keeps our mind clear and prepares us for our day.  No matter what business you’re in or what your business goals are, your mind is your greatest asset.  Without a mind conditioned to Faith Forward, challenges become vision killers.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: A FAITHPRENEUR is critically honest about S.W.O.T. — Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.  Strengths and Weaknesses are internal (self), Opportunities and Threats are external (Luke 14:28).  An effective prayer life, will monitor progress of S.W.O.T. through purpose driven prayer.
 
It’s important to realize that Worry isn’t Prayer and Prayer isn’t Worry! 1 Peter 5:7 it says: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”  Our Father cares about us.  Yes, he knows our needs already – but he always welcomes our prayers that know our weakness and submits to His will for divine intervention.
 
Prayer must be accompanied by meditation (Psalm 19:14).  It’s in meditation that we often hear from God about how He plans to provide for our needs.  It’s in meditation that we’ll get clarity about our situation and be able to see God’s clear direction for our business.
 
Start each day, religiously, with a 10-15 minute FAITHPRENEUR Power Prayer and Meditation.  If you want to build your faith and be sure to give God all the glory down the road, start a business prayer journal and jot down the needs and situations you share with God in prayer. 
 
Look back over your lists every now and then and highlight the answered needs and solved situations. You’ll be blown away at what you see, I’m sure of it!
 
Transform your prayer life into a prayer lifestyle and give God the glory for your journey.  Below are some awesome online and mobile app prayer journal ideas for you to consider.  If you prefer, grab a journal at the local office supply store.
 
Online Prayer Journal:  OnlinePrayerJournal.com is a powerful tool for developing and managing every detail and charting every aspect of your FAITHPRENEUR prayer life.  It’s free and it’s powerful.  Go to www.onlineprayerjournal.com and check it out.
 
You can also go to the Google Play or the App Store and search Prayer Journal and find many free prayer journals available.
 
Share and be blessed.
 
 
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FAITHPRENEUR D1W1

And so we begin! Day 1.
 
Congratulations on your decision to join us on this 10 week FAITHPRENEUR journey! Prosperity is not simply a desire or an ambition, it is the will of God for our lives. No matter what we’re endeavoring to do, become or achieve in life, our faith focus establishes a foundation for achieving extraordinary results.
 
God’s plan for our lives is to prosper us for the cause of Christ. Your success is Kingdom success, your prosperity is Kingdom prosperity and through faith in action, God works through us to accomplish his will.
 
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act on behalf of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13)
 
Every week we’ll kick off with a ‘Stretching Your Faith’ message. As a FAITHPRENEUR, anchoring each week with a powerful faith focus is critical for our Faith Momentum. We’ll go into Faith Momentum later but for now, consider Faith Momentum to be the result of starting each week by intentionally fanning our gift into flames (2 Timothy 1:6).
 
Before we begin our journey, I want to provide a few guidelines that will help us to achieve our goals and to ensure that this experience is both rewarding and transformational.
 
  1. To illustrate different faith principles, we will incorporate diverse business and leadership concepts and strategies. The primary focus of the FAITHPRENEUR devotional however, is our faith and the faith strategies that will impact the way we approach our business, goals and challenges.
  2. Each devotion will be identified as “FAITHPRENEUR” followed by week number and day number — i.e. today’s devotional is W1D1.
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Now, let’s get started!

I don’t want you to put a single finger to work until you’ve been reminded that you have been created for a purpose and that God has a plan for your days.
 
Knowing this to be true, we should approach our business with powerful enthusiasm but that isn’t always the case is it?
 
The truth is success is not easy, anymore than a faith walk is a cake walk. Maintaining momentum and keeping a positive attitude can be challenging. A FAITHPRENEUR is human and yes, there are days when fighting, climbing, growing and managing can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, or fortunately, the old adage is true, “No pain, no gain.”
 
In future weeks we’ll definitely be covering the importance of choosing work that you enjoy. For today I want to simply encourage you to approach your day with an attitude of powerful meditation and expectation.
 
Maybe you don’t love what you’re going to have to do to make a dollar today – but you have the opportunity to make one and that is worth being thankful for. The key to keeping Faith Momentum is, “An attitude of gratitude determines our faith altitude.”
 
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
 
Whatever you do as FAITHPRENEUR, do not give room for the enemy to steal your gratitude by grumbling and groaning about anything that you put your faith to work for. Why? Because the words you speak matter.
 
Proverbs 18:21 says: “Those who love to talk will experience the consequences, for the tongue can kill or nourish life.”
 
If you’re going to talk about your business, your vision, your plans or even your challenges, do not speak words that contradict your faith position. Negativity pours water on the flames that you intentionally fanned to start out your week – which can, and often does, kill your Faith Momentum.
 
We’re going to end today’s devotional with this real-life example:
 
Gert has a young Virtual Assistant business that has no steady clientele yet and she’s worried about whether her marketing efforts are ever going to pay off.
 
Option A: She can wake up stressed, spend some time doubting her efforts and complaining to friends that she may have chosen the wrong business, the wrong target market or the wrong marketing tools. She finally gets down to work discouraged, faithless and demotivated.
 
Option B: She can wake, make a habit of praying for her business, the days expectations and divine inspiration, and tells a friend how she expects her day to be prosperous, impactful and rewarding. She tackles the day with excited expectation.
 
Attitude is everything. The power position of a FAITHPRENEUR is that attitude and the words we speak DO matter.
 
If you tend towards negativity or if your situation is really stressful right now, choosing to be positive with your words may be challenging – but I’m asking you to stretch your faith and practice, “Speaking those things into existence as though they were.”
 
No one, that I know of, has ever expressed regret over having been positive all day!
 
Looking forward to tomorrow’s powerful session. Be blessed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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