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DAILY DEVOTIONAL: LET THEM!

Too often we let someone’s idle or inappropriate threats control our life — especially loved one’s.  Fear of them leaving, fear of them not talking to us, or fear of them period gives them power that no man or woman should ever have.
 
We put our faith under unnecessary stress and pressure when we try to accommodate indecent proposals.  A friend to your weakness is an enemy to your greatness.
 
Let them!  Let them do what they threaten to do.  This might seem harsh or insensitive but the truth is, people who want to stay in your life by threatening to make your life unstable, don’t deserve to be in your life.  Let them go, let their mouth cash that check. A threatening spirit is after control and tolerance gives it power.
 
 
Put This In Your Spirit: The bible said, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (1 Timothy 1:7). When fear controls us, it reduces us to slaves of the person threatening us — and they become our god. Can you imagine a bully being a god? No, they need to get right or be removed from your life. God said, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).
 
Remember, the bible says, “…Not of fear but of power, love and self-discipline.”  We have to examine ourselves, our emotions and our truth when we tolerate an emotional bully (2 Corinthians 13:5).  When an emotional bully is tolerated, you’re giving up your power, love and self-discipline or control.  Nobody is worth that and the only time that somebody is believed to be worth that is when we have lost our self-worth.
 
Tell somebody, even if you have to cry, go with out, sacrifice or give up what you thought you needed, take your power and self-respect back. Your soul is unable to serve God and you cannot respect you from the prison of fear.  Let them do what they say they’re going to do.  Maybe God is calling you into a deeper level of faith by letting them go.  Maybe God is making a way for your escape by letting them do what they say (1 Corinthians 10:13). Tolerating the intolerable is not because we love them, it’s because we don’t love ourselves.
 
Sometimes you have to let people do what they threaten to do so that you and they can find out that God did not attach a single one of His promises to them  And if they leave, don’t call anymore, don’t help again or don’t speak to you again ever in life, that makes them a non-factor in God’s plans for your life.  God does not put anything we need for our destiny in our history or give us a bully for a blessing.
 
Love hard, give from the heart and always demand respect for your anointed abundance (Matthew 7:6).  It is not unloving to let someone do what they threaten to do. It’s unloving to let someone write negative checks with their mouth without consequences (Proverbs 13:20).  Give people notice — God did not give you the spirit of fear.  
 
Love you and people will either love you back the right way or leave you for the right reasons.
 
 
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DON’T BE AFRAID TO DISAPPOINT

 

We have to learn to be OK with not wasting valuable time, precious energy trying to be liked, fit in or go along to get along.  Some think it’s love or faith that keeps us holding on to what’s killing us but that’s a lie.  It’s fear of letting go — we’ve all been there with loved one’s, relationships, friends and people who knew us back when.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: This is your life and you’re trying to fulfill God’s divine plans for your peace, joy, potential and destiny. Everybody who wants to be a part of your life is not eligible to be a part of your plans. The bible says, “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” (Amos 3:3).  If they don’t agree with the plans that God has for your life, don’t be afraid to disappoint!
 
Some might say, “Well, that seems shallow.”  Well, the alternative is to treat your life like it doesn’t matter.  You are not being fair or true to you by cooperating with what destroys you (Proverbs 14:7).  Walk alone if you have to but don’t hold on to what’s killing you — The only people who will have a problem with your boundaries for joy, peace and power are the people who are not meant to walk with you.
 
Don’t be afraid to disappoint! Nobody knows better than you what it takes to be you.  Nobody is responsible for your peace, guarding your heart and keeping your life drama free but you.  Before every plane takes off, the pilot has to make sure that the plane is not overweight.  Every life, like every plane, can only carry so much weight — don’t let the weight of wrong people, wrong decisions, history relationships cause your life to stay stuck on the ground (Hebrews 12:1).
 
Put This In Your Spirit: The top 5 people that we spend 80% of our personal time with, influence our conversation, our direction and our elevation.  You know better than anybody that intruders throw your prayer life off, they interrupt thoughts, they distract you from your fight and they keep you majoring in minor things.  When we’re afraid to disappoint the right people, we let the wrong people have power over our lives.  
 
If they cannot handle the requirements of you, that’s OK.  If they cannot handle your boundaries, that’s OK.  If they cannot appreciate your need to be healthy, stable and positive, that’s OK. If they cannot handle the fact that you need to keep them in your prayers but put them out of your life, that’s OK.  If they cannot handle you letting go of people that are killing you, keeping you stuck, holding you back, that’s OK.  This is not their life, it’s yours and you get to make up the healthy rules that keep you from losing your mind (Micah 2:10).
 
Every tree is a seed that refused to be held down.  No amount of dirt, no amount of darkness, no amount difficulty kept that seed from becoming who it was created to be.  When you refuse to allow anything or anybody to keep you from becoming who God created you to be, you are walking in agreement with God’s plans for you: “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm” (Proverbs 13:20, Matthew 7:6).
 
God desires to bless us but we have to protect our inheritance from wrong people and wrong decisions.  Doing right by you, positions you to be blessed. Esau was the firstborn son to Isaac and Rebekah, but he made a bad choice that forfeited his inheritance (Genesis 25:29-34).  Don’t be afraid to disappoint when your inheritance is on the line!
 
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THE DEVIL IS PUSHING YOU INTO YOUR DESTINY

The enemy is on assignment to push you into your destiny.  They had to do what they did.  They had to reject you.  That door had to be closed.  You had to almost walk out.  You had to go through what you went through. 
 
You’re going to have to get comfortable being uncomfortable in order for God to keep moving you to the love, the plan, the vision, the goal that He showed you.  When you’re doing overtime in a season, the devil will show up to push you out of your history and into your destiny.
 
You remember Joseph in the bible. God showed him in a dream that he would be ruler over his brothers and his father. His dream got him hated by his brothers who threw him into a pit. His brothers then sold him into slavery and he wound up at Potiphar’s house in Egypt — running things (Genesis 37:18-36).
 
Put This In Your Spirit: Sometimes we get comfortable simply because we’re doing better than we were.  Or because they are better than the last.  But God is saying, “The longer you stay comfortable where you’re not supposed to be, the more uncomfortable it will become.  Staying comfortable where you are is keeping you from the dream that I gave you.”  The dream God gave Jospeh was not going to be fulfilled at Potiphar’s house.
 
Joseph got comfortable in a temporary place, in a place that was meant for him to pass through not to stay put. The spirit of complacency can cause us to become content in a relationship, a fear, a feeling, a decision or on a level that takes us off of God’s path and causes us to do overtime in a season.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: The bible says, “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Philippians 2:13). You cannot stay where God’s purpose cannot be fulfilled. Your destiny belongs to God — His plans for your life were written in His book before you were 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).
 
Just as soon as Joseph got comfortable, Potiphar’s wife started making passes at him and when Joseph resisted, she accused him of rape.  Potiphar threw Joseph in the pen but what Potiphar didn’t know was that his actions pushed Joseph into his destiny. You weren’t supposed to get promoted there, they weren’t supposed to like you there, you weren’t supposed to do business with them, you weren’t supposed to be comfortable with a mediocre relationship — resist the temptation to get depressed about what pushed you out.
 
It might look like all hell is breaking lose, it might look like things aren’t working out, it might look like a breakdown but God is breaking you out of that place, that stronghold, that dry place, that comfortable place to position you for your high place.  When God is positioning you for what’s coming next, your resistance to what you could do, to what they want you to do, to what might be tempting to do is going to set it off (2 Corinthians 4:17).
 
You’re going to encounter some situations, some people and some setbacks along your journey that will make you feel like, “Not again!,” but remember that God uses opposition to move us into position.  When a layover causes us to put our dreams on layaway, God has to push us in order to bless us (Isaiah 43:19).
 
Joseph went from the pit to Potiphar’s house, from Potiphar’s house to the pen, and from the pen to the palace — get comfortable being uncomfortable for your destiny.  The prophecy written in God’s book for your business, your ministry, your love life, your purpose that He showed you in a dream will keep pushing you out of your history until you fulfill your destiny.
 
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IS GOSPEL MUSIC GOING SECULAR?

There has been a great deal of controversy over this issue of secular artists singing gospel music and whether the church is falling prey to outside influences that compromise the standards of faith that supposedly separate the believer from the non-believer, or holy from secular.
 
While the debate will continue, and there will undoubtedly be different opinions throughout Christendom, the issue of secularization, I believe, is not as simple as we would like it to be.
 
First of all, we have to ask the question, “What do we mean by secular?” When we say secular, are we referring to the person or their profession?  The word secular means, “attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis, or nonreligious.” Most Christians have secular jobs — work outside of the church in a nonreligious profession. So to simply say secular, or to disapprove of someone based on the fact that they have a secular job is dangerously problematic. People called Jesus a carpenter (Mark 6:3), which means that our Savior had a secular job.
 
More recently, though not new, popular secular artists have collaborated on gospel albums with well known gospel artists. Many in the body of Christ are up in arms over this trend and are vehemently opposed to it. Why? Is it that the particular secular artists aren’t spiritual role models or good enough examples of holy living?  Is it because they sing secular music — as a profession? Is it because our gospel artists have to conform to a made up image that agrees with our exposure, box or preference? Or is it that the body of Christ, in general, concludes that secular artists, in general, are all sinners and sinners should not sing the Lords music?
 
If the body of Christ were to just come out and say, “We believe that secular artists who we do not approve of or who do not live visibly holy lives are sinners and we disapprove of sinners singing gospel music,” there would be many who might go along with that. But the truth is, this argument/position is highly flawed, shaky and borderline spiritually arrogant. Surely, the church is not turning down tithes and offerings that come from secular jobs — just the giver…
 
Our nondescript, muddy, subjective view of secular creates more problems than answers. At its most basic level, if what we’re saying is that having a secular job is synonymous with being a sinner, most if not all Christians would be excluded from participating in any church function, role or position. The idea that having a secular job, in and of itself, counts you out of relationship with Jesus is beyond ridiculous. If you don’t personally know the heart of a man, be quiet about their salvation (1 Corinthians 2:11).
 
Secondly, wouldn’t it make more sense for those who do have x-ray secular vision to use it to protect the thousands of children who are molested in the church every year, or to see and deal with the countless secular church rituals that we honor? Or is it that our vision is best when we look out the window instead of in the mirror? God would differ with us on looking out the window (1 Corinthians 5:11-13, 1 Peter 4:17).
 
We, Christians, as flawed as we are, are good for counting people out but we struggle at counting people in, extending grace or allowing other flawed people into our perfect little clubs.  Christians are flawed, secular job or no secular job (Ecclesiastes 7:20, Romans 7:21-25, 1 John 1:8). However, we are incredibly perfect when we’re comparing ourselves to people who we consider to be imperfect or different but thanks be to God, there are no favorites in the Kingdom of God (Romans 2:11).
 
Superficial judgement leads to shallow condemnation. Does this mean that the church should become a safe haven for “anything goes” or be influenced by what the world does? Absolutely not. Is it possible that unbelieving secular artists singing gospel music can cause some confusion among their unbelieving fans? Yes.
 
A Possible Path For The Cause of Christ
 
I think the issue really comes down to what we do, as opposed to what an artist or anybody does on his or her own.  In the case of who or what the body of Christ co-signs, maybe we should consider the following:
 
I would suggest that anybody who sings about Jesus is inclined to believe in Jesus or at the very least, knows that they are being used to attract others to Jesus.  We, Christians, should know better than to judge one of God’s books by the cover (1 Corinthians 2:11), or to question God’s plan for salvation (Romans 11:34, 1 Corinthians 2:16).  It’s not our job to question God, it’s our job to question ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5).
 
It is possible for an unbeliever to draw people to Christ and even perform miracles in the Name of Jesus (Matthew 7:22-23).  Why? Because it is not the person who leads someone to Jesus, it is the revelation of the name of Jesus (John 14:16, Philippians 2:10). We don’t save anybody, God does (1 Corinthians 3:6, Ephesians 2:8).  However, to those who were lawless and performed deeds/miracles in Jesus’ name, Jesus said, “Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Matthew 7:23).
 
It’s not about whether or not they have a secular job, it’s about the cause of Christ. Christians have to be mindful of the message attached to the cause of Christ.  The gates of hell shall not prevail against the Kingdom of God.  The Kingdom is not threatened by an unsaved individual singing gospel music.  The anger of the Lord will be against those in the body who choose to co-sign or align the cause of Christ with contrary images: “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:32, 2:1)
 
All Christians know, or should, that the bible said, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).  That includes gospel music or any other partnering in the name of Jesus.
 
As for secular artists singing gospel music, in general, there is nothing wrong with that — the more the merrier.  If the concern is that gospel music is at risk of becoming secular/worldly music simply because a secular artist sings it, that’s far reaching (Romans 8:28).  Perhaps our concern can be expressed this way — in general: “To the best of our ability, for the cause of Christ, Christians should make every effort to eliminate, avoid or not promote any confusion about deeds overriding the need for deliverance  — for the sake of the unbelieving hearers and the unbelieving participants.”  You cannot work your way into heaven.
 
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? (Romans 6:1)
 
That’s why Paul exhorted Timothy, as a young leader, to “be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in purity,” reminding him to “take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you” (1 Timothy 4:12, 16).
 
In other words, keepers of the promise, not unbelievers, are responsible for the lives assigned to us (Jeremiah 23:1).  If the messenger and the message are contrary to the word, if the implication is “saved does not matter,” if the potential exists for the unbelieving hearer to be lead astray — by the appearance of deeds/singing overriding the need for salvation, or if the intentional partnering/collaboration undermines the cause of Christ, it should be rethought — or left up to God to destroy it (Mark 3:25, Romans 12:19).
 
Winning souls, meeting people where they are does not mean that we should promote staying where they are.
 
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When Storms Come

If you’re like most of us, a storm can seem like all hell is breaking loose.  Winds of confusion can beat up against our faith, and problems can look like rivers overflowing the banks of our hope. A storm can come from any direction, and can occur on any day. 
 
The one thing we know about storms is that everybody will go through them (Matthew 5:45).  Every storm has clarity in it, a blessing in it and destiny power in it. The biggest problem we have in a storm is getting over the initial reaction.  We don’t have to pretend like we’re not hurt or that the storm feels good — hurt hurts real people and to hurt is human (2 Corinthians 4:17).
 
When a storm comes into our life, a storm is almost always necessary.  Storms bring clarity.  The disciples went through a storm with Jesus (Matthew 8:23-27), just like we will. They were with Jesus when the storm came, just like we are.  They were frightened by the storm, they got in their feelings and their feelings overrode their trust in Jesus. Sound familiar?
 
While the disciples were stressing, Jesus was sleeping (Matthew 8:24). Can you imagine what God is thinking about the storms that comes up against us? Are you able to see the storm as God sees it?  God sees, “No weapon formed against you will prosper.”
 
When the disciples woke Jesus to tell Him about the storm, Jesus said, “O you of little faith” (Matthew 8:26).  Here’s where the clarity comes in.  Jesus was not telling the disciples that they had a little amount of faith, He was telling them that they were not even using a small amount of the faith they have (Romans 12:3).  Every storm will give us clarity about the level of faith that we’re on, and the level of faith we’re on decides how “Furious” the storm looks.
 
There’s a blessing in the storm.  To get the blessing out of the storm, to see the mess turned into a miracle, we have move past the initial shock, awe and hurt to remember that the storm is not the threat, faith is the threat.  The bible says, “Be it, according to your faith” (Matthew 9:29).  Faith does not mean the absence of a storm, faith gives us power in and over the storm (Matthew 17:20, Hebrews 11:6).
 
Your storm is pushing you into your destiny.  A storm says, “It’s time to move, it’s time to go higher, it’s time to let go, it’s time to trust on a destiny level.  When destiny is growing us out of our comfort zone, it gets uncomfortable.  What is God growing you out of? What were you afraid of before the storm? What was holding your confidence back, your peace back, your love back before the storm?  The storm becomes a blessing when we understand its purpose.
 
This is not just a storm, this is a divine wind, this is a supernatural force that is pushing you to trust God on a whole new level. When Jesus rebuked the storm it immediately calmed. Jesus was not only speaking to the storm, He was speaking to the emotions of the disciples.  Before we can have peace on the outside, we have to calm the storm on the inside — through faith and confidence in Jesus.
 
Get your blessing out of the storm.  Your destiny is too important not to!
 
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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.  
 
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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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DAILY DEVOTIONAL: THIS IS THE LAST TIME

My God! We’ve all had that experience, been through that hell that we’ve said, “This is the last time.”  This is the last time we’re going back, this is the last time we’ll be unprepared, this is the last time we will let them treat us that way.
 
God knows just how much to let it hurt to let it be our last time.  It might just be me but haven’t you noticed that the last time isn’t the first time.  No, for most of us, the last time comes after many times.  It usually doesn’t come until we get tired enough, wise enough or strong enough to say, “enough is enough.”
 
Have you had one of those last times that came after praying for more proof for the proof?  Or allowing yourself to sink so low that by the time the last time comes, you’re so numb that the decision that you couldn’t make all of a sudden becomes the only decision you can make?
 
God is in the last time business. If you’re in that place where the Holy Spirit is saying, “Not again, no more, enough is enough,” stay woke. If it is happening to you it is happening to the Holy Spirit — If it is hurting you or will hurt you, the Holy Spirit is hurt by it: “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30).
 
Put This In Your Spirit: Our heart cannot accept what the mind rejects.  It doesn’t matter whether it’s a person, a temporary loss or a necessary change, if our mind rejects the truth, our heart is helpless.  God is saying, “If we hold on to what holds us back, whatever it is, it becomes our God” (Exodus 20:3).
 
If you have experienced depression, mild depression, you have had to deal with unconvincing the mind of something that was not true.  No matter how strong we are, we all have a weakness.  The truth is, if we didn’t have a weakness we wouldn’t need God (1 John 1:8-10).
 
What can make it hard for us to accept the truth, to stop praying for more proof for the proof, is not so much what we’re believing as much as it is what we’re not believing.  The wrong person is not going to do the right thing.  You cannot make somebody change, self-love does that.  You won’t keep everybody in your life — if you’re not losing people, you’re not growing.  The business was a good idea but that does not mean that your difference, your gift, was created to be the best at that.  You emotionally committed without proof, and now that you have proof your decision will turn into a struggle if you refuse to make the right decision.  It was a loss but a loss with God is gain — all things work together for your good.
 
If you’re emotionally suffering or struggling with a decision that keeps chasing you down — because of their behavior or because of your refusal to do right by you, you’re grieving because the Holy Spirit is grieving.
 
The bible says, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17). In other words, God is saying, “I will let it hurt until it hurts enough to be the last time.” God is faithful to His promises, even the one’s that we forget: “For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastises everyone He receives as a son” (Hebrews 12:6).
 
God is working in us and through us to keep us moving forward, growing stronger, and walking in victory.  God’s desire is to bless us but we’re not in the position to be blessed if our mind is rejecting God because we’re rejecting truth.  Anybody who’s had to snatch themselves back, love slap themselves to wake up or to put a faith period where there was an unhealthy emotional question mark, will tell you that it’s not always easy but it’s necessary.
 
This is your sign.  Enough is enough.  This is your time.  If it hurts so bad, it’s for our good.  God will not let what is not right for us feel good to us — He can’t (Jeremiah 29:11).  Thank God, He can’t!  Pray and watch…pray and watch!  Whenever our mind is holding on to what’s killing us, what’s beneath us, or whatsoever is taking us away from God — it will hurt until we make it the last time.
 
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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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DAILY DEVOTIONAL: THIS IS YOUR SEASON

We’ve all been told that, “This is your season.”  This one statement is perhaps one of the most profound and confusing for us as Christians.
 
Jesus died so that, “We might have life and  life more abundantly” (John 10:10).  If you believe in Jesus, you better believe that God’s divine plan is to prosper you and not to harm you (Jeremiah 29:11).  There is no devil in hell, situation or circumstance that can stop God’s will for our lives.   No matter what the weather forecast is, no matter what the obstacle is, God’s plans to prosper us are always true.
 
If you’ve lived and walked in faith for any length of time, you know that prosperity and increase are seasons. Not one of us has a problem with the seasons of prosperity or increase, most of us struggle in our seasons of Preparation or Plowing, Planting and Growing.
 
Lord knows it would be nice if we could skip the middle and just go straight to the harvest but without the middle, we miss out on the most critical parts of a God promise.  Every season is a God season, and when our position of faith is tied to God’s timing (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8), it causes a supernatural mind shift.
 
We don’t control seasons, we control our faith in our seasons.  This is something that we have to let sit in our spirit and let produce a harvest of understanding in every season.  
 
Put This In You Spirit:
 
Season of Preparation: Before any God seed can be planted, the ground has to be prepared.  The season of preparation is the one time that there is nothing in the ground. This is your season of tilling and plowing. Uprooting the old and getting your heart and mind ready to be fertile for God’s seed. In this season, you’re going to experience the most uncertainty because it’s not your appointed time, it’s your anointed time. In this season, you may need a second touch for clarity (Mark 8:22-26). In this season, you may experience famine, lack or be unsettled as God tills the soil of your heart in preparation for planting season: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). Our season of preparation is our most intimate time with Jesus.
 
Planting Season: Our planting or sowing season, builds off of our Season of Preparation.  The bible tells us that we reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7).  We cannot sow a doubt seed and get a faith harvest. Remember the parable about the seeds (Matthew 13:20-23)? Some fell on stony ground, some fell among weeds and some feel on good ground.  Our planting season is only as good as our ground is — and God knows what that is.  Don’t despise your season of preparation.  In our season of preparation, God works out anything and everything that will cause our seeds to die.  You can imagine the problems that would, and do, occur when somebody prays for a marriage harvest but neglects or bypasses the season of being healthy single.  Or the bigger salary before we learn to be faithful stewards.  Or a powerful position before we’re powerfully humble.  No matter what the seeds are or our hope is, God protects our harvest by ensuring that our ground, our faith, holds our seed to the end.  Good ground produces good harvest — not hope, desire or wishing (Hebrews 11:6).
 
Growing Season: God knows that the best of us hurt the most, struggle the most and doubt the most in our Season of Preparation and our Season of Growing.  Growing is never easy in the flesh (Matthew 19:26).  It does not matter who we are, how long we’ve been saved or what our faith level is, growing hurts. Growing takes us from the level we’re on to our next level of faith.  It takes us from our comfort zone to our uncomfortable zone. Preparation Season and Growing Season are the seasons of our most intense spiritual warfare.  The seed can be good — what we hope for, but the growing takes faith work.  Our growing season always matures the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).  Without fruit, there is no harvest.  See, spiritual fruit can only be produced through experience and our faith in Jesus — and only through our faith in Jesus can we receive anything (John 15:5-7).  In other words, our growing season grows us deeper in relationship with Jesus so that God can take us to higher promises!
 
What season are you inHow are you handling it?  The better we understand God’s seasons, the less stress and struggle is wasted on fighting the process and resisting the enemy.  If you noticed, seasons aren’t punishment, they’re God’s process to produce a divine harvest.  The world cannot give a divine harvest and the world cannot take it away.
 
No matter what season you’re in, you are always in God’s plan. Jesus is the beginning and the end, the vine and the answer, the strength and the fruit in every season. The Apostle Paul said, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am” (Philippians 4:11).  By “learning,” Apostle Paul means that we’re growing through every circumstance or season!
 
Get season ready.  Speak the word in every season! It’s not happening to you, it’s happening for you.  Pray over and thank God for what He’s doing right now — growing you.  Being content does not mean we’re satisfied, it just means that we know that as long as we are working our season, God will work all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). 
 
Your harvest is coming!  Hope will never make you ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 5:5). 
 
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DON’T LET THE DEVIL TURN YOUR PROMISE INTO A FIGHT

You’re in that cycle of fighting that makes no sense.  We’ve all been there — those times in life where no matter how hard we swing, no matter how hard we pray, no matter what we do, it seems like nothing changes.
 
Sometimes, we can fight so long and so hard that we get punch drunk — Punch Drunk is a term derived from boxing where a boxer gets hit by the opponent so many times that they become disorientated — similar to being drunk. That’s how it can feel when we’re taking too many punches for our promise.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: When we feel like we’re losing control, we’re not fighting for the promise, we’re struggling with the Holy Spirit to grow the fruit of Self-Control.  When we start to lose it, the Holy Spirit is saying, “Your victory is in the fruit, not in the fight” (Galatians 5:23).
 
Remember, the enemy is not fighting folks who are sitting on the sidelines.  You wouldn’t be Punch Drunk if you weren’t at least in the ring going toe to toe for your promise.  You came to win and the devil came to stop you.  You refuse to lose and the devil refuses to give up.  If you didn’t have a blessing waiting on the other side, if this was not a promise, the devil wouldn’t be fighting you so hard.
 
Haven’t you noticed the more we try to control the fight for a promise, the more we tend to lean to our own understanding or walk by sight instead of by faith?
 
Watch This…
 
A friend has a daughter who did not get along with her step-mother.  They could not make it through a day without a blow up.  His daughter felt like her step-mother was taking her daddy away and the step-mother felt like her step-daughter, who was fine in the beginning, started to view her like the enemy.
 
He tried everything he knew how to referee the situation but the more he tried it his way, the more out of control it became.  Sometimes we forget that in order to prosper God’s way we have to use God’s way.  So one day he decided to have another family meeting.  Only this time, he was bringing God to the table.  The conversation started off like it always did — finger pointing.  Then suddenly, he just busted out with, “God showed me that I am losing both of you because I’m fighting for you and not with you.”
 
Everybody got quiet.  He went on to say, “The enemy had me choosing sides and defending positions, which was creating division.  He then says, “God showed me that a house divided cannot stand.  I’ve been trying to balance my love 50/50 but the balance God wants is 100/100.  when I fight for one of you, I’m fighting against the other — I have to fight for wisdom to give you both the love that you need without taking away from the other.  I have to fight right in order to win right.” 
 
In other words, sometimes we’re fighting for the right thing the wrong way.  When we start to feel punch drunk, like we’re losing control in a fight for our promise, God is saying, “You will lose control when you take Me out of the fight” (John 15:5).
 
Put This In Your Spirit: When we’re fighting the right fight the wrong way, we will experience Moses Moments. Remember when Moses got punch drunk in the wilderness? He said to God, “Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!” I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.” (Numbers 11:13-15).
 
What Moses forgot, and what we forget too when we’re overwhelmed, is that the battle is not ours, it’s the Lords (2 Chronicles 2:15). This is easy to say and harder to do but when we’re swinging for our promise we have to remember that it is a promise and not a fight.  When we turn our promise into a fight, we lose it.  Haven’t you noticed that the majority of the blows we take when we’re fighting the right fight the wrong way come from beating ourselves up over what we cannot do?
 
God is saying to us, like He said to Moses, “Get your mind right.  I don’t need what you have to win what I’ve already won.”  Moses felt that if God was going to leave him to do this on his own, it would be better that He take him home to Heaven — Take me now!  Haven’t you felt that way? Haven’t you felt like just throwing up your hands and saying forget it? That’s when we know the enemy has caused us to lose control — our fruit (Galatians 5:22-23).  The enemy knows that if he can get us to lose control, forget God, he can cause us to lose sight of the promise.
 
You know you’re fighting the right fight but now you have to know that the right fight is for what God promised.  When we start to lose it, we have to stop.  Just stop, and recognize what’s happening.  When we run out of self, it’s time to run to God for help.  Just like God did for Moses, when we tell God we need help, He will provide what we need (Numbers 11:16-17). 
 
God guaranteed our victory (1 Corinthians 15:7), favor would surround us like a shield (Psalm 5:12), and that He would provide what we need for the process (Philippians 4:19).  
 
If you’re at the end of your rope, emotionally beat down and drunk from the punches, writer Fred Fries says these 3 things will help us to sober up: Remember, Rest and Rely.  Remember that we don’t fight for promises, we fight to keep the tricks of the enemy from causing us to doubt God.  Take a spiritual timeout, sit and talk with God about His promise.  Rely on God for the wisdom, the resources and the way that you need to claim the victory. Pray, listen, walk.
 
Jesus already hung, bled and died for your victory, your fight is fixed.  Don’t let the devil turn your promise into a fight.
 
 
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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.
 
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GOD IS SHIFTING YOU INTO POSITION

God is shifting you into position for the promise that you’ve been praying for.  Sometimes a God shift looks like chaos, setback and even defeat but God is saying to you, “When the dust settles, you will understand why you had to go through what you’ve been through.”
 
If you’re in the middle of a shift, you’ve already noticed that change is happening that don’t make sense.  When a God shift starts, your whole world can seem to be turned upside down, all hell can seem to be breaking lose, wave after wave of tests feel like you’re being punished.
 
Don’t Panic: In order for God to shift us “into” position, He has to shift us “out of” conditions that prevent our shift. God is putting periods where you had question marks.  God is closing wrong doors to wrong plans, wrong relationships, wrong decisions and even some wrong places that have taken you on a detour from His plans.
 
Sit in the spirit and listen.  You know it’s a God shift because the Holy Spirit has been whispering to you.  Situations, losses that would have made you snap are giving you peace.  You’re letting go without losing it.  You’re saying, “Yes God,” without even knowing it.
 
When you’re in a God shift, keep people on a need to know basis.  Keep your God shift on the DL — Divine Low.  In the bible, God told the children of Israel that they already won the victory against Jericho.  But in order to receive it, He told them to walk around the walls for seven days — silently.  Then, on the seventh day, give a shout and the walls would come down (Joshua 6:1-5) — manifestation!
 
God is saying to you in this shift, follow the instructions.  Keep quiet.  You got this.  This victory is already won.  If you keep marching by faith, Suddenly, everything that’s been in your way is going to fall!
 
Put This In Your Spirit: Jericho was a city that stood between the wilderness and the promise.  There was no way around it, and no way to avoid it.  A God shift will always take you through situations that prove that with Jesus, if life brings it to you, God is going to bring you through it (Philippians 4:13).
 
Now is the time for you to put drama on a timeout.  Detach from relationships that God has shown you are expired.  Let go of what God is showing you is holding you back.  Don’t let temporary emotions make permanent decisions. Everything that’s happening is shifting you into position to walk into your promise.
 
God found you faithful through the hell and the high water, the stresses and the struggles.  He’s seen what people have done and He’s seen the work you’ve put into your faith.  Keep your head up, keep walking.  The prayers and the hopes that you’ve been watering with tears are about to produce your supernatural harvest!
 
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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.
 
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Daily Devotion: HOLY PEOPLE HURT TOO

How are you really doing? I know you’re blessed and highly favored but I’m asking you about your condition, not your position. Blessed and highly favored is our spiritual position — depressed, stressed and a mess is our condition.  Do you ever get the feeling that as Christians, we need to tell people how the Spirit is doing when they ask us how we’re doing instead of how our soul is doing?
 
We’ve created an underground culture of suffering, all because we think we need to hide our hurt from other Christians.  The devil is a liar!  We don’t need to play the, “I’m always OK game,” with people who aren’t always OK.  One of the most intimate moments we will ever share with Jesus and the people we love is when we’re capable of being vulnerable about pain.
 
As Christians, we must remember that we’re human, and if we let ourselves become emotionally constipated to appease or hide from people, or to deny our own humanity, we can make our condition worse.  Hurt is caused by what happened, misery is caused by what we do about what happens.
 
Humble believers know that God understands what we go through and that we have nighttime’s in faith — “…Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
 
Put This In Your Spirit: Joy is a fruit of the spirit.  Hurt is a reaction to what happened, not a cancellation of what we believe.  When hurt overwhelmes us, we still have joy but we’re not smiling or grinning — because we’re hurt.  If we didn’t have human reactions to human conditions, we would not be human.  Even Jesus cried.  If we try to play the super human game, we can cause ourselves a lot of trouble and even negatively effect our ability to get honest feedback or wise counseling.  If we let our soul get backed up we can get messed up.
 
Psalm 23, tells us that God sees and desires to restore our soul: “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul…(Psalm 23:2-3). Restoration follows devastation, and God is in the restoration business.  Why would God need to restore our soul if our soul is never involved in accidents? 
 
The bible reminds us that we’re made up of three parts: May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).  We don’t need to pretend like one part is turned off, our soul, because we’re saved. 
 
When we can hurt right, we can heal right.  Our human condition is real — this is a faith walk not a cake walk (Matthew 26:41, Romans 7:14-25).  Growing in faith happens when we grow through conditions that cause us to have to lean more on God.  Let somebody know, we don’t meet grace when we read about it, we meet grace when our soul is too weak to fight (2 Corinthians 12:9).
 
When pain comes, human reaction to pain happens. Healing is not microwavable, we have to claim it before we feel it, and sometimes we have to talk it through in order to make it through — even argue our way with God sometims. Job said, “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him” (Job 13:15).
 
We don’t have to suffer in silence or hide our struggles from each other — or God. Jesus cannot help us, people cannot help us (Hebrews 10:24), by masking pain. Our flesh wars with the spirit, and anybody who says that they’ve arrived and no longer battle the war within is self-deceived (1 John 1:8).
 
Through faith in Jesus, we have the power to heal, grow and recover.  We cannot ignore, hide or fear the weeping that endures for a night (Isaiah 40:31, Romans 8:37) or be spiritually intimidated into silence. Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an overwhelming breakthrough but whatever our soul pain is, it is not a destination.  It’s OK to have a breakdown but we cannot let ourselves unpack and stay there — our destiny is too important.
 
The next time you ask someone, “How are you doing,” ask with the intent and interest in knowing how their soul is doing, not how the Holy Spirit is doing — the Holy Spirit is always doing great. Their position is blessed and highly favored but the pain in their soul is their condition. Don’t judge them or their faith, be the light in their night.
 
Share and be blessed.
 
 
 
 
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