RELATIONSHIP DEVOTIONAL: ALONE AND LONELY ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS

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

Hello devil! That’s what Christ said to Judas when he showed up to betray him. Jesus knew His purpose, His destiny and that made even his attackers his friends (Matthew 26:50).
 
There is no way we can be in a, “Hello Friend,” state of mind without being in a relationship with Jesus. I don’t mean a relationship of convenience — when it serves us or when we need a tow. A relationship of convenience does not create trust, it creates a giver and a taker — with only one doing the taking. We want so much more from Jesus.
 
Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). Jesus was rolling with God and his swagger came from his knowing that if God said it, you could take it to the bank. Is that the relationship you want with Jesus?  The kind of power that cannot be shook, the kind of peace that tells storms to hush, the kind of confidence that you can look at your Judas and say, “Hello Friend, do what you came to do?”
 
I figured out that the relationship that most of us want with Jesus is based on what we want for ourselves, what we want out of life and whether or not we want to live life with little assurance or a lot of assurance. Whether or not we want to have a little power or a lot of power. This is all personal but that’s why relationship with Jesus is personal.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: “Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me” (John 15:4).
 
The fruit that Christ is talking about is the fruit of the spirit, “…love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22). What in the heck does fruit have to do with how we act, react or respond to life?
 
Fruit are the Holy Spirit’s personality, qualities and power. Not just the fruit but the fact that without being plugged into Jesus, we cannot bear fruit. In case anybody thought being plugged into Jesus was just about bearing fruit, it’s not. It’s really not ya’ll.
 
Did you know that we cannot even resist the devil without abiding in Jesus — we don’t have the power or authority to rebuke the devil. The bible actually says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). The devil does not obey us, the devil obeys God. The devil will not flee from us unless we’re plugged in — “Submitted to God.” But wait, there’s more.
 
We don’t even have the ability to expect to receive an answer from God for a need or a want without being connected. The bible actually said, “If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you wish, and to you it will come to pass” (John 15:7). I don’t want to sound preachy but it sounds like God is saying, “If you’re not into Jesus, you’re going to be into some problems.” We cannot bear fruit, we cannot resist the enemy and we cannot even ask God for anything with honest expectation unless we’re abiding in or connected to the vine: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:16).
 
Can you imagine being disconnected, lightly attached or having a shallow relationship with Jesus and relying on the full power of the fruit? Our ability to stay in peace even while we’re in pieces comes from the fruit of self-control. Without self-control we’re emotionally driven — without brakes. We cannot have self-control without Joy – trust in God that no matter what, you win. Without joy it is impossible to have peace. Jesus is saying, “If you want all of me, that’s great, I want all of you too.”
 
Let’s say you didn’t have a relationship or history with someone and they were supposed to pick you up after work. When you get off, they’re not there. Because you don’t know them, would confidence in them showing up be high or low? Maybe you’re just trusting like that and it wouldn’t bother you. Would your confidence go up or down as time passed — not knowing what’s going on? After even an hour and no call, would you bet your life on them coming or would you start making other plans? Doesn’t your lack of experience/intimate knowledge of them influence your thoughts — negatively? Could you honestly be confident that somebody will show up who you don’t know well enough to testify about their character?
 
When we don’t have a real, worked-for relationship with Jesus, we do the same thing. Emotions will make other plans whenever conflict happens. Jesus is saying — “If you want confidence in me, you have to know me, trust me, go through some stuff with me and see that I am not a man that I should lie (Numbers 23:19)
 
Can you imagine the difference in our response to life’s encounters, struggles, mess, drama, trials and tests with a fought-for, struggled-for relationship with Jesus? Maybe you can see why we go to pieces when life temporarily goes against us. If a door closed, a bad relationship ended, a delay occurred, a lack occurred, a test occurred, a hurt occurred, a rejection occurred or a loss occurred, would it break you if you knew for sure that because of your relationship with Jesus, “God’s going to work it together for your good?” (Romans 8:28)?
 
If we really want stability, power and control in an unstable world, we’re really saying we want a deep relationship with Jesus. If we want to heal, control our anger, rely on confidence for strength, get past the past or whatever we cannot do on our own, we’re really saying, I want a deeper relationship with Jesus.
 
We talk a lot about, “Connecting with Jesus, being in the vine and abiding,” but without practical steps, without repeatable steps, without steps to practice, it’s like telling somebody to go fly like the birds — without instructions. No matter how long we’ve been in a relationship with Jesus, flying like the birds or walking on water is not easy – every new level comes with new flying lessons for new challenges. Nobody will become a flying expert, just more confident about flying.
 
Whether you are an experienced flyer or a beginner, there are three things that you can consider doing everyday to develop, cultivate and stay woke in your relationship with Jesus:
 
  • Commit at least 5 scriptures to your memory that you will meditate on and repeat daily — it’s best if you do this as early as you can before your day starts — but your time is the right time if your mind is clear. These are meditation scriptures, that means that they are reciprocal — promises tell us why God loves us, obedience or faithfulness tells us how we love God.  They can change, they can be added to but these scriptures represent your worship, your daily meditation and devotion. If we can go to the gym and do whatever else we want to do every day, we can set aside 15-20 minutes to seriously focus on why we love Jesus.
 
  • Self-correct or stay woke. Just like meditating on and worshiping Jesus takes practice, so does negativity, discouragement, doubt, fear and unhappiness. You have to work at being unhappy by meditating on and agreeing with thoughts and beliefs that completely contradict your truth. In other words, be your own mouth police. Correct and replace negative words. Don’t just say, “My bad Jesus,” practice replacing every negative with a positive — negative words, negative thoughts and negative behavior. Fix it, apologize for it, replace it — practice speed, the faster you fix it the more you begin to be conscious of it.
 
  • Continuously work on God’s plans for your life — including serving and fellowship with the body. No matter what anybody says, every church is not for everybody but everybody who desires to abide in Jesus, will attend a powerhouse church that ministers to the whole person for whole victory. Followers of Jesus are not built to walk, sharpen, build up and serve alone. Develop goals, life plans, fun and new discoveries, and relationship goals that grow you, stretch you beyond your comfort zone and support a positive life.
 
A full life, loving relationship, serving God, positive attitude and a destiny mindset makes it difficult for the enemy to break us down or keep us down at will. The enemy should have to fight for your attention.  Our ability to say, “Hello devil,” and know that no matter what we win, is based on what our worship with Jesus looks like. Desire a “Hello spirit,” that Jesus swagger, it will change your perspective, your mindset and your expectations for every area and aspect of your life.
 
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WHERE ARE ALL THE GOOD MEN AT?

Ladies, you aren’t looking for all the good men.  In fact, you aren’t looking, you’re positioning and preparing to be complimented not completed.
 
Don’t let the crowd tell you that there aren’t any good men.  The crowd is not looking for your good man.  Your good man is the one that God set aside just for you.
 
You haven’t dated all men, you’ve dated the wrong men, seasons and lessons.  Stop tripping over the wrong one’s, the right one is not every man.  If there’s only one right man, that means that 99% of the men you meet are going to be, are supposed to be, have to be the wrong man — for you.
 
The wrong one is only a problem if temporary emotions make permanent decisions.  If your emotions follow, not lead, your decisions, the wrong one should confirm that you are true to holding on to your pearls until the right one shows up.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: You can’t expect what you don’t believe you deserve.  Deserving is not just what he brings to the table, deserving is what you bring to the table that makes what you deserve a reality and not a fantasy.  You’re not perfect and neither is he but you will be perfectly capable of being perfect for each other.
 
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IT’S IN THE FRUIT

The power is in the fruit.  God is raising up a generation of fruit bearers who will cause the atmosphere to shift, favor to be unleashed and, cause influence to go before them to open doors and make even their enemies have peace with them.
 
They will be intentional and purposeful about producing power from their fruit.  Their fruit will subdue giants, tear down strongholds, take the weight out of the wait, take the doubt out of deliverance and position them to be world changers.
 
The supernatural anointing that causes fruit to grow has a divine purpose — to change our world from the inside out. Visions will be decreed, valley’s will be turned into victory and battles will be turned into blessings through mature fruit.
 
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Your Hurt Is Your Help

So many of us have hidden behind pain and hurt, or have covered up our struggle to impress those who seem to have it going on (on the outside).  I’ve been hurt as everybody has and the one thing that always seems to happen is that hurt helps.
 
God is more interested in our confession of weakness than our ability to confuse people with our mask.  See, we don’t meet God’s mercy, His grace until we meet hurt that cannot be danced away or shouted away — or hidden away.
 
You remember Paul’s, “Thorn in the flesh.”  Whatever his thorn was (and we don’t know), it hurt — it hurt bad. He prayed over it, He believed for his healing and he prayed some more (3 times).  But God didn’t heal Paul by removing the thorn, God healed Paul by removing his belief that divine healing only happens when God stops the pain, fixes the outward problem or gives us what we want.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather boast in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
 
I might be the only one but I cannot recall a time when the first thing out of my mouth when hell showed up was, “Thank you God for the thorn.” Like Paul, we don’t think that way — at first.  Hurt hurts real people.  I don’t imagine that the tea bag welcomes the hot water but the tea bag needs the hot water in order to produce its greatness.  Have you asked God what He’s trying to produce through your hot water?
 
Here’s the truth, God already knows what our reaction and thoughts are going to be (1 Corinthians 2:11).  God knows how to grow us because He knows us (1 Corinthians 8:3). God knows that we are not God and that His greatness shows up in our weakness — more than any other time.  Hurt brings out of us an awareness of our vulnerability, our humanity and our dependency on God (Romans 7:19-25).
 
The bible says, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:7).  Catch this: The bible didn’t say that we wouldn’t have troubles, it said that troubles achieve an eternal glory — it builds up and causes our faith to become unstoppable (Romans 5:1-5).
 
Folks who claim to know God or claim to know what grace is without going through the kind of hell or hurt that seemed impossible are, “Testi-lying.”  If they have not had to stay in peace while walking in pieces, they haven’t met grace.  If hurt has not helped them to see that at their weakest moment they were stronger than they thought they were, they have not truly grown in Christ.  If God has not told them No and made them grow from it instead of fix it, they have not seen the salvation of the Lord (2 Chronicles 20:17).
 
Go ahead, “Boast in your weakness.”  In order for hurt to help us, we have to know that when hurt happens, God is about to make something supernatural happen.  When hurt happens, “The power of Christ is resting on us.”  When hurt happens, sometimes God is working on our response not just our request — James 1:2-4.  Grace shows up when hurt shows up to grow us to our next level.
 
Knowing what God is doing does not make going through pain painless.  Surround yourself with people who aren’t just saved by the blood but who are not afraid of the sight of blood.  Hurt helps but between hurt happening and grace showing up, we stumble and fall, pray and cry, doubt and believe — before joy rises back up (Psalm 30:5).  We cannot be a conqueror without a battle, a victor without a valley or have a God promise without a God process.  
 
Whatever you’re going through, God is using it to help you — This is your help.  In this season, Christ’s power is resting on you.  Embrace it, walk in it, talk to your destiny, and tell the devil that you don’t need to wear a mask to walk in power.  Heal around real people — “No weapon formed against you will prosper,” does not mean that you won’t get hit, hurt or weak.  When hurt causes our weakness, God is using His power to bring out our greatness — “His power is made perfect in our weakness.”
 
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SEASONS CHANGE

We can sometimes become locked into a season forgetting that seasons do change.  We’ve all been through seasons, and as long as we keep living there will be more seasons to come.
 
Every season has an expiration date. The bible says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).  The part about this scripture that we have to pay attention to is, “There is a time for everything.”
 
We go through it for a season, we hurt for a season, we fly high for a season but when we attach our joy to the season as opposed to the truth, joy becomes an elevator ride — sometimes up and sometimes down.  In other words, when our joy is defined by the season, joy becomes happiness.
 
Happiness is predicated upon what’s happening, joy is regardless of what’s happening.  Seasons don’t define us, they tell us what time it is — time to grow, time to shift, time to mature, time to rest, time to regroup, time to reposition, time to get closer to God. When joy is based on the truth, we get better at understanding our seasons.
 
Everybody who comes into our life is not meant for a lifetime.  When we confuse a season with a lifetime, emotions tend to do overtime in our seasons.  Some relationships have an expiration date.  As you grow, you will grow out of some people, you will grow out of accepting less than you deserve, you will grow out of trying to force yourself to fit in with wrong people, you will grow out of talking to turtles about giraffe visions, and you will grow out of trying to make an emotional meal out of emotional crumbs.
 
Seasons come for a reason. They come to teach and then they expire at the appointed time.  Some dreams have an expiration date —  they come, they inspire, they open our mind to a new world of possibilities, a new level of confidence and then they get replaced by new dreams.
 
Seasons of lack, loneliness, chaos and even depression have a time limit. Put this in your spirit: “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).  Nighttime is a season of doubt,  fear or despair but joy comes when we get the courage to let the light of truth outshine what we see.
 
In every season you are blessed, you are in God’s hands and if you watch, walk and work in faith, every season will produce a harvest.  Speak life over your season, embrace it, grow through it and remember that a season comes when a season is necessary.
 
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Faith Under Pressure

Scripture Reference: James 1:1-12

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

 

Be blessed.
 
Pastor Patrick

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TELL HELL NO

You don’t have a choice! You’ve lost enough, you’ve paid enough, you’ve waited long enough.  It’s time to tell hell, No!
 
This weight is not going to let go of you beloved, you’re going to have to let go of it, you’re going to have to give the hurt back to them, you’re going to have to forgive for your soul’s sake and, you’re going to love you enough to walk by faith out of yesterday, yester-them and yester-doubt.
 
Drop this in your spirit: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).  The you that can walk through fire, the you that can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, has to hope right if you’re going to think right and fight right beloved.
 
Hope says, I’m not putting joy on hold to get in somebody’s line to wait for an apology that won’t come.  Hope says, my destiny is too important to burn down my emotional house to keep my history warm.  Hope says, that was then and this is now.  Hope says, God does not put anything we need for our destiny in our history.  Hope says, what God has for you is for you, you are enough, you are OK even if you don’t feel OK right now.  Hope says, I cannot lose anything that God did not intend for me to win with. Hope says, no man can close a God door — and no devil in hell can stop you from having what God said you could have.
 
This is your breakout.  This is your time to refocus and release.  Drying our eyes and wiping away yesterday is not always easy but we must (Psalm 30:5). Letting go of what we wanted and grabbing hold of what God is doing is not always easy but we must (Isaiah 43:19).  Pushing ahead when we cannot see where we’re going is uncomfortable but the hope in you has to stand up and tell hell “No,” because this is not how your story is going to end” (Psalm 23:4).
 
When you hope right, wrong people won’t fit right.  When you hope right, holding on to what’s killing you won’t agree with you.  When you hope right, you cannot sit in that mess and wonder if it’s God’s will.  When you hope right, you will say goodbye while some people are still talking!  When you hope right, you cannot accept defeat.
 
You have it in you to do what you have to do to rise up beloved. Walk and bleed if you have to but tell hell, No.  Cry and crawl out if you have to but tell hell, No.  Everything that God has for you is right on the other side of telling hell, No!  It’s your story, it’s your life, it’s your time to forgive you for not knowing then what you know now.  It’s your time to get back up and fight for joy that comes from doing right by you.  Grace looks so good on you!
 
Tell hell, No! Tell the enemy not this time and not today (James 4:7)!  He cannot have your promise, he cannot have your potential, he cannot have your dream, he cannot have your family, he cannot have your joy! This is a new day, a new you and you’re activating the word: “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
 
Write down what’s holding you down.  Pray over it and loose it!  Ball that piece of paper up and throw it outside in the garbage.  Refuse to pick it back up again, refuse to talk to it again, refuse to let it define you again, refuse to let it dictate what your future is going to be and refuse to let it tell you what’s impossible for you, your life or your family (2 Corinthians 10:5).  Believe it, speak it, expect it and walk it — and this giant will fall.
 
Doors are opening, connections are being sent and, divine wisdom and restoration are on the way.  Your lifetime love is coming to love you like your season love never could.  It’s time to put hope in the promise that all things work together for your good, and that God is standing behind you with the full weight of His glory.  The bible says, “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” (Psalms 91:11). 
 
Jesus already covered it with the blood beloved!  You aren’t what happened, you are what happens when you reach down deep in your soul and tell hell, No!
 
 
Share and be blessed.
 
Pastor Patrick
 
Visit us at Faithhill Church every Sunday at 9:30AM and experience the shift!
 
 
 
 

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Don’t Give Hell Your Victory

 

The last thing we want to hear when we’re going through a storm or a battle is that we’re doing something wrong. Sometimes we can fight so hard and be so consumed with the battle that we start to lose perspective, lose hope and get overwhelmed by the struggle.
 
If you have not said or thought, “God! When is this hell going to end or when is my breakthrough coming,” you’re probably not human. The enemy’s job is to fight humans who have a God promise (1 Peter 5:8).  But when we get overwhelmed in a fight for a God promise, God is saying, “Slow down, calm down and repair your faith thoughts.”
 
Before the children of Israel ever crossed the Jordan to conquer Jericho, God said to Joshua: “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men” (Joshua 6:2). God told them that the victory was already won — and they would receive it by marching in victory! Obedience releases victory — the faith fight is against any thought or lie that rises up against or attacks our hope (Romans 5:5).
 
The most powerful, destiny determining thing we can do in a God fight is to think like a victor: The battle is already won — (2 Chronicles 20:17).  To fight a faith fight right, we have to train emotions and thoughts to walk in agreement with our promise: “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Ephesians 1:11). 
 
The first principle of a God fight is that it is not yours, it’s the Lords (2 Chronicles 20:15).  Second, the victory is already won — We’re never fighting for victory in Christ, we’re fighting in victory because through faith in Jesus, we have access to God’s grace that not only guarantees our victory but our ability to endure the process in the promise (Romans 5:2, 1 Corinthians 15:57).  Third, God’s will. Trust in God’s will decides if we’re fighting in victory or fighting against fatigue and fear — False Evidence Appearing Real.  If this is where you are, have been or are trying to help somebody out of, keep reading and feed your soul.
 
A God fight is for God’s will to be done. Whether it’s a relationship or an argument, a job or a business, a breakthrough or a recovery, we have to remember Christ’s prayer: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).  When we’re in a God fight for our promise, our will is and must be surrendered to God’s will.  In other words, we have to fight to keep our emotions in check.  Surrendering our will is not canceling our desire, it’s knowing that our desire is based on a partial view of God’s plans for our life and God’s will is based on the total view, the destiny view of our life.
 
How do we know when our will or emotions are not submitted to God’s will? Mainly, by the words that come out of our mouth and the thoughts that dominate our mind.  Our mouth and our thoughts tell us what we believe in our heart (Matthew 6:21) — The enemy knows that doubt seeds will not produce a faith harvest (Hebrews 11:6). Half the battle in a God fight is resisting the lies that cause us to emotionally turn on our promise, cancel our hope and forget that, “No matter what, we win” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
 
The Truth About a God Victory: A God Victory does not have to look like what we thought it would or dreamed about, it has to fulfill God’s will to prosper us and not to harm us (Jeremiah 29:11). They don’t have to come back, we don’t have to have it our way — we have to get what God has for us — that’s the victory (1 John 5:3-4).  Without submitting our thoughts, expectations, desires and even our patience to God’s will, the enemy knows we have lost confidence in God’s word and our emotions are in control. Submitted emotions are confident that: “…In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
  
Peace in a God fight is not the absence of work, resistance or struggle beloved — it’s confidence in the fact that the work, resistance and struggle is working together in our favor.  Peace comes from confidence in victory — the more confident we are, the more peace we have.  The more peace we have in a God fight, the more powerful our thoughts are, the better we fight and the better we sleep (Romans 5:1-5). There is no way to learn how to walk in victory, resist hell and to develop fearless faith except by experience. We don’t meet grace when we read about it, we meet grace when we fight about it.
 
We might get hit but No weapon formed against us will ever prosper!  No mountain, no breakthrough and no challenge can defeat us when we put worship in our work (Spirit and Truth), faith in our fight (Confidence in God’s will), and victory in our heart (It’s already won).
 
Don’t give hell your victory! Faith Right, Speak Right, Fight Right and watch God work this together for your good (Matthew 19:26)!
 
Share and be blessed.
 
 
 Pastor Patrick
 
Join me at Faithhill Church this Sunday, Feb. 11th, for the start of the powerful sermon series, “Declare Your Victory.” Real Talk for Real People for Real Power.  Don’t miss it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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