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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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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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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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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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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