Friday, February 28, 2014

PEOPLE PLEASERS

Good Morning, Mighty Women of God!

I glorify the Lord on today.  I pray that the Lord continues to bless you as you seek diligently after Him.
 
Today, the Lord's message to you is "deliverance from people".  Yes, "deliverance from people".  If you're the kind of person that typically are called a 'people pleaser', then this message if for you.  Some of us may have been raised in a household and felt we didn't get much attention.  Maybe you were the type of child that always did what was right.  Maybe the type of child that everyone said, you wouldn't amount to anything.  Whatever the case may be, you have unknowingly become a 'people pleaser'.  You see 'people pleasers' don't do anything they want to do, they do what you think they should do.  People pleasers worry about what people in church, on the job and even in our families are saying about us.  We don't want to cause any trouble, at any time, so we tend to go along with the most popular thing going at that time.  There may be times where you knew something was not right, but you did it anyway because don't want other people to judge you. A lot of 'people pleaser' are in he church.  You aren't yourself around other members of the church in fear that they will judge you by the things you say, the way you act, or even the fact that they are still struggling with issues.

I used to belong to a big congregation.  I really enjoyed being a member of the church. I was an active member of the Prayer Ministry and Good News Publication Ministry.  I was well known in the church, even though it was a big congregation.  I had a spirit of intimidation on my life and low self-esteem.  Those two demonic spirits made me a "People Pleaser".  You would not know that about me just by looking at me because I am also a very sociable person.  I was around a lot of teachers, pastors, elders on a lot of occasions, even as much as being in their homes.  I thought that their positions in the church made me feel inadequate.  I often cared about what they thought about me. I never showed them the real me.

One day while in prayer, the Lord told me that I was just as important as any of His people.  He told me that I was placed in their presence for a reason.  At the end of the day, if you can look in the mirror and ask yourself, did I do anything that didn't bring glory to the Lord today?  Did ungodly words come out of my mouth against the people of God?  If you can answer no to these questions, than you have nothing to worry about. 

If you have people in your life that make you feel intimidated, remember that you are just as good as they are.  It does not matter what a position they hold in your church.  Remember that God is not a respecter of persons and no one is without sin.  Because of a spirit of low self-esteem, it can take a little work to constantly look at yourself in the mirror and say, "I am a child of the Most High, I am as good as anyone else".  I had to do that and I went through a lot of pain and suffering because of the spirit of intimation, which did not allow me to speak up for myself or be myself around other people.  I learned the hard way, but I did learn.

I realized that the biggest issue that I had was that I needed deliverance from people.  That meant that I would no longer worry about what other people thought about me.  There were things happening in a church that I decided to attend to help the new church get started.  I observed a lot of things that was wrong, according to the bible, not me.  I didn't say anything about it, because I was a 'people pleaser'.  It just happened that something really bad took place and I had to leave because of the hurt that I went through.  Don't end up being a 'people pleaser' it will hurt you in the long run. PRAISE THE LORD!
 
Please sign up early for the upcoming Women's Conference, Saturday, June 7th, 1PM-3PM in the Chicagoland area (details to follow).  I am expecting a mighty move of God and I pray that you don't miss this opportunity for a TRANSFORMATION.  God bless you.

Friday, February 14, 2014

GOD'S DISCIPLINE AND REBELLION

Good morning, Mighty Woman of God.  I pray that you are all blessed and highly favored of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(Hebrews 12:5-8), And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as daughters: "My daughter, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when He rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes everyone He accepts as a daughter.  Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as daughters, For what daughter is not disciplined by her father?  If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true daughters. (New Int'l Version) (I changed words sons to daughters).

Okay, today's lesson may sting a little bit, but you know me, it's never to hurt you but to help you. I don't know about you but when I was a child, I often heard, "If I didn't care, I wouldn't punish you.  Or if I didn't love you, you wouldn't be getting this whipping right now".  As a child I didn't see that as a sign of love or caring at all.  As a child, my thinking was more one the lines of, "If you care or love me, you would leave me alone and forget about what I just did to be getting punished."

I am going to throw myself under the bus for this one, but my prayer is that, in me doing that, I will touch someone's heart and mind to push you a little farther in your spiritual journey.

I have been dealing with something for the past week.  Just as Paul says, I know that I should do what is right, but the right thing I do not do.  There is a struggle in the spirit realm and just like Paul, I am struggling.  I don't know whether or not if struggling means that I am at least fighting to do what I know to be the right thing to do or not.  I have often laughed at cartoons when I see the devil on one shoulder and Christ on the other shoulder, both petitioning their point to that character.  That's what it's like when we are struggling.  Suddenly that cartoon doesn't seem so funny to me, especially when I am dealing with the spirit realm.

I asked my Heavenly Father, "Why don't I do what you want me to do? This should be very easy, just pray and the struggling will be over."  My Father's answer to me was, "Because you are dealing with a spirit of rebellion and disobedience."  That was a hard pill for me to swallow.  When my Father said the word 'rebellion', that stuck with me and it hit me hard.  It hit me hard because I never looked at my not doing what I know to do, as 'rebellion'.  My Father didn't sugar coat His answer to me and therefore it hurt.  The reason why it hurt me so much is that I really love the Lord and being 'rebellious' to Him, made me feel horrible.  My next question to my Father was, "Forgive me, what do I do?"   My Father's answer to me, "ENDURE HARDSHIP". 

I have a book that I used as a reference when dealing with stronghold's.  This book gives you the root of the problem (spirit) and what to bind and loose in prayer.  The Holy Spirit had me to go to that book and look up 'rebellion'.  Under 'rebellion' there were 11 demonic spirits.  Being honest with myself, I was dealing with 5 of them: Idleness, Contentious, Rejection of God, Self-Deception and Rebellion.  God says, "These are all works of the flesh".  How do I fit into those categories?  I am idolizing that thing that I keep doing wrong; I am rejecting God because I am doing wrong, I am deceiving myself into thinking, I can handle it on my own; therefore 'rebellious'.  LET'S PRAY!

Heavenly Father, please forgive me for my sins.  Everything that I say, do or even have in my heart that does not glorify You in Heaven.  Father, forgive me for being rebellious in the things that I know to do right, but don't.  Father, I ask that you strengthen me as I endure hardship, I speak over my life by the power of the Holy Spirit, that is within me, greater is He that is in me than any demonic spirit.  I will no longer seek the things of the flesh but the things of the spirit.  I speak that no weapon that is formed against me shall prosper and no spirit will rule over my life but the Spirit of the Living God, in Jesus name, Amen.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

GO FOR THE GOLD

Hello, Mighty Woman of God.  I speak blessings upon your life and your entire household.  This week we are going to GO FOR THE GOLD!  I am going to give the messages from the book of Hebrews the 12th Chapter.

(Hebrews 12:1-4), Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right had of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lost heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

The other day I was watching the Olympics and they showed a commercial about how much it takes for people to compete in the Olympics.  To be in the Olympics, you have to start practicing your sport at a very young age, some at the age of 3.  The person that has tried out and competed in the Olympics has most likely gave up a lot of things.  That person stays focus on the goal that they have placed in their mind that they want to achieve.  Through falling, sweating, swollen hands, fingers and ankles.  Sprung wrist and toes; people go through a lot to achieve that one goal, which is to compete in the Olympics.  They spend every waking moment practicing and getting their mind set to the point where they seem to eat and breathe their particular sport.  That person has endured some of the toughest things that we probably would quit.

Jesus Christ went through much more that we could every imagine.  When I watch the movie, The Passion of Christ, it is very hard for me to watch as even the actor goes through the pain.  Even though I know that this is a movie and the man is acting a role.  But what I do know is that Jesus Christ went through everything that was going on in the movie.  Jesus was whipped with something called catanine tails.  That actually pulls your skin off each time you use it.

Sin hinders us from getting God's best.  That thing that you know God wants you to be delivered from or that person, place or things that is keeping us from running the race with everything within us.  We don't want to suffer for 5 minutes let alone 5 years.  When dealing with that sin that is keeping us out of the race, we have to fix our eyes on the prize (Jesus).  Have the faith that He will walk with you through your pain.  It is painful to give up something that we have been doing for years.  Deliverance can be painful, but think on this:  Have you been whipped, has anyone put a crown of thorns on your head, do you have nails pierced through your skin.  Jesus endured, so that we don't have too.  Jesus endured all the way unto death.  Are you willing to just sweat a little bit? LET US PRAY!

Heavenly Father, I praise you on today, Lord I ask that you create in me a clean heart and right spirit.  Comfort me and walk with me as I go through my deliverance.  That thing Lord that you know I need to let go of.  I pray that you renew my mind so that I can run this race and glorify You.  Lord when I think that I can't make it or I want to give up, I will keep in my mind that Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior never gave up and He did it for me, in Jesus name Amen!

Sign up the Spiritual Growth for Women Conference, Sat. June 7th 1P-3P., Chicagoland area  Come on out for a blessed afternoon in the Lord, bring a friend.  God bless you.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

RELATIONSHIP THROUGH PRAYER

Hello, my sisters in Christ Jesus.  I pray that you are all blessed and highly favored of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I like today's message and I hope it's a timely one for you and that you are blessed by it.
 
(2 Chronicles 7:13-16) "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place, I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there".

Relationship - A state of connectedness between people; closeness Personal - peculiar or proper to private concerns. (Webster’s New College Dictionary, Third Edition, pp.

Woman of God let me ask you this question, do you have prayer or do you have a prayer life? Years ago my mentor asked me, “When do you have devotion time?” I had no idea what she was talking about, but I really didn't want her to know. I said, "I pray every day". Then she said, "That’s not the same as devotion time".  She told me that if I got up earlier in the day the Lord would make sure that I would not be tired.  He would give me more energy than I had waking up at my usual time and she was right.
I had a quiet place in the attic of my house and I cleaned it out for my devotion time. I would get up at five o'clock in the morning for prayer and get ready for work at six o'clock. When I first started getting up early, my body really wanted that extra hour of sleep. For the first week I had to literally push myself out of bed, I would just fall on the floor. After a period of time, I would be in such a hurry to get to my prayer closet because that is where I would go to meet God. I felt like He was always waiting there for me and I didn't want to disappoint Him.
The Lord gave me another way to look at those scriptures.  Watch this:  God says, “If you turn away from sin and pray for forgiveness with a spirit of humility, He will forgive you.  He will open up the heavens (which were shut to you because you did not repent and pray for forgiveness).  His eyes will be open and His ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.  (This place) God is referring to your heart, not a room or building.  God has chosen you (set you apart for holiness).  That His Name will be in your heart forever.  And if His Name is always in your heart then prayers offered from your heart will be heart.  And God will never take His eyes off of you or His heart.

The Lord wants to have a relationship with you. Not just to hear your prayer request or hear you read off your list of things you want Him to do for you. The more time you spend with God, the closer your relationship with Him will be. You will find yourself walking in God's favor every day. You need it. Your devotional time with the Lord will bless you so much. You will notice a change in your life, on the job, in your family and every area in your life. You need to be jealous when it comes to having a personal relationship with Him!  LET US PRAY!

Heavenly Father, I You honor and praise on today.  Lord, I pray for a deeper and closer relationship with You. Lord, remove any obstacles that may be keeping from have a peculiar and closer relationship with You, in Jesus name, Amen.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

TAKING BACK YOUR REMOTE

Hello, Mighty Woman of God.  I pray that you are blessed and highly favored of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

This is a message that was included in my first book.  "Spiritual Growth for Women - Breaking Shackles".  I thought is was time to post for those who are in this situation.  Love you, my sisters in Christ.

(Psalms 29:11),  The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.

 Mighty woman of God, it’s time for you to get your remote back. Yes, your remote! Picture this: you’re watching a program on television and every time a commercial comes on the person with the remote starts changing the channel. You don’t say anything but it is really annoying you. You just keep looking at the person with the remote, wishing they would stop pressing the button.

My question to you is, “Does someone else have your remote? By this, I’m asking, are you allowing someone else to control you? Do their reactions determine what type of day you are going to have? Are you constantly worried about whether they are going to be checking your phone messages?  Do you have to make sure you are home at the same time every day or else you are accused of cheating?  If you have any of those problems I just mentioned, then you have given your remote to someone else.  You are allowing someone to control you.

In my early 30's, I gave my remote to someone.  I had no control over anything in my life because of this person.  I went through mental, physical and emotional abuse.  He knew which buttons to press to make my life a living hell.  Whatever he said, I did, just to keep peace in my house.

One day I heard the Spirit of the Lord say to me, "Who are you?" I had no idea.  Never in a million years would I have thought that I would be so lost and allowing someone else to control me and my actions.  I was a strong woman before this person came into my life.  I started praying, something I hadn't done in ten years. I took my remote back (my life).  The remote symbolizes your life. I hope this message can save you ten years.

Here’s what I want you to do, refuse to let that person, place or thing control you.  Enjoy who you are and whatever decisions that you make with your life let them be yours.  Hold on to your own remote, it's your life, make up in your mind that you will no longer allow someone else to change your channel from peace to sorrow, joy to bitterness and hatred.  You should be able to control your own life.  Just because you put your remote down for a moment, doesn’t give any man, woman or child, the right to pick it up and begin changing your station.  LET US PRAY!

Heavenly Father, I give You all the praise and honor on today.  Lord, I pray that You give me the strength to take back whatever the enemy has stolen from me.  I pray also for wisdom and knowledge concerning any situation that may be controlling me.  Lord, I want to walk under Your guidance and authority.  Lord, I thank you for giving me strength to control my own life, and that I will have no fear to take back my remote.  I thank You Lord, for keeping me safe through this journey of my life, in Jesus name, Amen.

Monday, February 3, 2014

SHIFT

Hello, Mighty Woman of God!  I pray that you are all blessed and highly favored of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
 
You will have to put your spiritual cap on for this message, but I believe that you will be blessed.
 
I remember when I first learned how to drive a stick-shift car.  Driving a stick-shift car is nothing like driving an automatic. When you are driving an automatic, all you have to do is put the key in the ignition, use the gear shift to put it in drive and you can keep on driving without worry.  An automatic means that the car automatically shift gears for you.
 
When you are driving a stick-shift you have to learn the fill of the car to know exactly when to shift gears.  If you do not shift gears at the right time you are putting your engine in danger and possibly setting yourself up to having to buy a new engine.  There are times when you might stop at a light that is slightly on a hill and when the light turns green you have to be able to shift gears properly, using your clutch and gas pedal.  If you don't shift properly or in time, your car will make a loud noise and then either shut off or begin to move backwards.  When shifting gears in a car that has a stick-shift the key is to evenly press the gas and release the clutch just right. Okay, so what am I getting at, what's the message?
 
Woman of God, there will come a time in your life where you will need to SHIFT.  Meaning, you have to change your gears or your speed because you are headed in the wrong direction.  Or you are moving backwards and this will cause you spiritual failure (engine trouble).  If you do not SHIFT at the precise time that the Lord is telling you to, you will get stuck and eventually will shut down.  Just like operating a car that has a stick-shift, you have to know when to SHIFT.  The right amount of prayer and the right amount of studying your bible will keep you from moving backwards.  There must be a balance of those two things (prayer and reading your bible).  The more you read your bible, the more your prayer life should increase.  If you study your bible regularly then you will be able to know what the bible says about certain circumstances that will arise and you will be able to pray God's words back to Him.
 
How do you know when to shift?  If you keep doing the same thing and your outcome is the same bad thing, then it's time to SHIFT.  If you are trying to somehow make it through the day without having signs of depression, it's time to SHIFT.  If you have come to a point where your heart feels so empty and you feel like you are alone, it's time to SHIFT.  If you know without a doubt that God has promised you something and you have not received it yet, it's time to SHIFT.  Don't keep going backwards.  Learn how to evenly shift-gears so that you can move forward.  AMEN!
 
Ladies, please sign up for the upcoming Women's Conference, June 7th in the Chicagoland area.  This is a FREE event all I need is for you to sign up.  I want everyone to be comfortable and have enough space so an estimate is what I am looking for.  Don't miss out, expect a mighty move of God.