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Let’s Get Excited Not About BREXIT. But The EXIT!

Let’s get excited! Today is Brexit day, the day when the UK officially leaves the EU. When Britain can be Great again. But the uncertainty of the future doesn’t excite me, but causes me to have apprehension and caution. What really gets me excited is not Brexit but the Exit when Christ will come, because there will be no more pain, sorrow, tears, death and sin. Hallelujah! What excites me is that God carried me through 2019 despite the enemy’s plan.

Brexit or no Brexit, as a believer in Jesus Christ, you have a reason to be excited about your future! Brexit will not remove the darkness in your life right now, only through Christ will the true dawn appear. remember you are not here by accident. You have a purpose and a destiny to fulfil, and God isn’t finished with you yet. Your best days are not behind you; your best days are out in front of you. Get excited! Hallelujah!

Today, don’t put your trust and faith in the uncertainty of Brexit, God has greater things in store for your future than you have experienced in your past. His dream for you this year is so much bigger than your own. This year He wants to take you places that you’ve never dreamed, and open up doors that you’ve never imagined. This year, He told me to tell you, He wants to bring talent out of you that you didn’t even know you had. He wants to increase you and cause you to be a greater blessing to the people around you. So let’s get excited about the future, because God has explosive blessings in store for you! Not Brexit but let’s get ready for the Exit when Jesus comes back to take us home. Hallelujah!

“But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day” (Proverbs 4:18, ESV)

Pray With Me
YAHWEH-ELOHIM, I humbly come to You giving You all that I am. Father, I trust You amidst the uncertainty of Brexit and man’s attempts to make things humanly better, knowing You have good things in store for my future. God, I choose to keep my eyes on You, no matter what’s happening in the political realm. I know that You are faithful, and I’m excited about the blessings that You have in store for me now and when You return a second time. In Christ’s Name! Amen.

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Your Words Can Change Your Life

As you plan for the future watch your words! Your words have the power to make or break your future. With your words, you can either bless your future or curse your future. If you want to know what your life is going to be like five years from now, just listen to what you’re saying about yourself today. 

Too many people go around saying, “I’ll never get well.” “I’ll never get out of debt.” “I’ll never have a good marriage.” Then you wonder why you don’t see things turn around. It’s because you’re calling defeat into your life, you’re calling in mediocrity. Don’t let that be you!

Today, no matter how you feel, or what things look like, instead of using your words to describe your situation, use your words to change your situation. Make a declaration of faith by saying, “this is going to be a great day. I have God’s favour. He’s directing my steps.” When you do that, you are choosing to bless your future. You are calling in godly favour, increase and opportunity. You are opening the door for God to move now and in your future, giving you the abundant life He has in store for you!

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:21 KJV)

Pray With Me
Yahweh, thank You for the blessings You have prepared for me now and in my future. Father, give me the spiritual strength to change my “I will never” to “I will.” God, I submit my ways and my words to You. Help me to speak what You speak, and keep me close to You. I give You the glory for a bright and abundant future, in Jesus’ Name! Amen.

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Be Confident He Will Bring You Through

Like the island of Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands, which were hit with a massive earthquake yesterday, and the family of Kobe Bryant who mourns his death, everyone goes through seasons of disappointment or difficulty. We all have unexpected setbacks. Maybe you’re going through something right now that you don’t understand. Here’s the good news: that disappointment is not the final chapter.

Keep moving forward with your life, God promises that He will bring you to a flourishing finish. Not a defeated finish, a bankrupt finish, a betrayed finish, or a just-getting-by finish. No, in your future, God has a victorious finish. That bereavement, disappointment or unexpected setback that seems like it’s working against you, God knows how to turn it around and cause it to work for you.

Today, the key is that when you’re in difficult times, don’t settle where you are. Don’t put your roots down and think that things are never going to change. No, for every setback, God has already lined up a comeback. For every injustice, He has a vindication. For every disappointment, He has restoration. Today, begin to thank Him for what He’s going to do. Praise Him for His faithfulness. Rejoice because He has a plan to bring you into a flourishing and exciting end!

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

(Philippians 1:6, NIV)

Pray With Me
Yahweh, thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life today. Father, I cast my cares, my disappointments, my unexpected setbacks on You. My heart goes out to the people of Jamaica, Cuba, and the Cayman Islands, as well as the Bryant family during this difficult time, help them to trust and give them the strength, even when they don’t understand. God, I believe that You have a good plan for my life, and will bring me to a flourishing end, in Christ’s Name! Amen.

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We Know What Happened – But Why?

On October 31, 2014, a spacecraft broke apart during a test flight, and crashed into the Mojave Desert near California. The co-pilot died while the pilot miraculously survived. Investigators determined what happened, but not why it happened. The newspaper article about the crash began with the words “questions remain.”

After Andrew’s and Kobe’s sudden deaths many ask the “why” question. Throughout life we may experience sorrows for which there are no adequate explanations. Some are difficult events with far-reaching effects, while others are personal, private tragedies that alter our individual lives and families forever. We want to know why, but we seem to find more questions than answers. Yet even as we struggle with “why?” God extends His unfailing love to us. 

Job lost his children and his wealth in a single day. He sank into an angry depression and resisted any attempted explanations by his friends, even though he still had questions. Yet he held out hope that some day there would be an answer from his God. Even in the darkness Job could say, “God knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold”. Hallelujah!

Today, as we face life’s unanswered questions, we can find help and hope in God’s love and promises, that one day there will be a personal and direct word from God. When every tear and perplexity, every oppression and distress, every suffering and pain, and wrong, and injustice will have a complete, and ample, and overwhelming explanation. Until then hold on by faith that the answer is on the way, just like Yahshua.

“God knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold”

Job 23:10

Pray With Me
Yahweh, thank You for my faith and trust in You, that even though I have questions about life, death and why things happened the way they have, my love for You hasn’t wavered, it seems to be stronger. Father, there is one thing I can’t and won’t question, and that is Your love for me. God, give me wisdom and understanding today to accept what I can’t explain, believing You know what’s best for me. In Jesus’ Name! Amen.

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Oh No Not Kobe!

As the world tries to process the shocking news of the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and friends, my spirit dropped and I thought about his wife and how down, numb and discouraged she must be feeling, (l’m not for one minute saying I know what she is going through). One of the most powerful songs I have ever heard by Donald Lawrence, called “Encourage Yourself” came to mind. It’s good to have friends and family around to cheer you up when you’re down, but in order to truly live in victory and overcome life’s hardships, that encouragement has to come from God’s spirit that lives inside of you. When your mind is telling you it’s not worth it, when your circumstances seem difficult, deep down inside, your spirit has to have the resolve that says, “I refuse to settle where I am.”

David was facing a major setback. His family was killed, his city was destroyed, and his own people were now against him, but he still managed to encourage himself in the Lord. How did he do that? He replayed in his mind the victories from the past. He recounted God’s faithfulness. As he rehearsed over and over the goodness of God, strength began to rise in his heart.

Today, as we think about the tragic loss of Kobe, his daughter and friends, encourage yourself by focusing, like David, on what God has done and is doing. Thank Him for saving you. Thank Him for the miracle of life. Thank Him for His faithfulness. Thank Him for His forgiveness, Focus on the fact that God didn’t bring you this far to leave you. He has given you a clear wake up call to get things right, so stir up that inner strength. As you do, you’ll rise higher and higher, and live the life of victory the Lord has prepared for you.

“David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him…But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” 

(1 Samuel 30:6, AMP)

Pray With Me
Yahshua, thank You for Your faithfulness today. Father, lift up Kobe’s family and all those in bereavement today. I ask for Your comfort in their lives today and in the coming months and years. Lord, teach us how to focus on You and the things You have done, and the good things You have prepared for our future. I encourage myself today and those around me, knowing that You haven’t brought us this far to leave us. God, I thank You for making a way out of no way, and I will bless You always, in Jesus’ Name! Amen.

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God Is Speaking

Many ask how does God speak? He speaks directly, He speaks through His Word, He speaks through dreams and visions, and He also speaks through others. Are you facing an important decision today? God wants to give you the answer. He wants to direct your steps. Many times, He will speak to us through the people He has placed in our lives. That’s why the Bible says that safety is found in a multitude of advisers.

Remember, God designed us to live in families, communities and congregations. We need to be open to receiving input from the people who are close to us. That doesn’t mean you have to follow everything everyone tells you. But if you’re in a particular situation or relationship, and all the people around you are giving you the same word of caution, it may be God trying to get a message to you. Take that advice and bring it before the Lord in prayer, and make sure the advice doesn’t contradict His Word.  Ask Him to confirm His perfect plan to your heart. 

Today, note that wisdom comes from God, and wise counsel will always be in agreement with God’s Word. He will always confirm the answer when you ask Him. Whatever you are facing today, be open to receiving wise counsel. As you do, you will be blessed and protected, and walk in confidence down the road the Lord has prepared for you!

“Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counsellors there is victory.” (Proverbs 11:14, NASB)

Pray With Me

Yahweh, thank You for the spiritual people You have placed in my life as wise counsel. Father, please confirm and give me answers to the issues in my life. Help me understand Your truth, so that I can make godly choices. Keep me close to You always so I will clearly know when You are speaking, and lead me in Your way, in Jesus’ Name! Amen.

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He Has Already Prepared Your Blessing

In this year, God has prepared blessings for you. Scripture says, “He took Adam, whom He had just breathed life into, and put him in the garden.” Notice Adam came into a prepared blessing, something that God had already finished for him. Think about Adam and Eve in the garden. God took the first five days and created the heavens, the earth, the sky, the land and the water. He planted a garden. He put in it beautiful flowers and luscious fruit. He designed rivers to flow through it. He put precious treasures in the ground: onyx, gold and silver. Yes Adam came into a prepared blessing.

When God laid out the plan for your life, He lined up the right people, the right breaks and the right opportunities. He has blessings that have your name on them. If you will stay in faith and keep honouring God, one day you will come in to what already belongs to you. It’s a prepared blessing! Hallelujah!

Today, God has some prepared blessings in store for you, just like He did for Adam in the garden of Eden. God has been working, arranging things in your favour, getting it all perfectly in place. You couldn’t make it happen on your own. It’s just the goodness of God bringing you into a prepared blessing!

“You prepare a table before me…”

(Psalm 23:5, NIV)

Pray With Me
Yahweh, thank You for preparing a place of blessing for me. Father, I choose to trust You and Your timing, knowing that You are working things out on my behalf. God, I glorify You for Your awesome timing and blessings You have prepared for my year, in Christ’s Name! Amen.

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Run Your Own Race

Many go through life competing with everyone around them. They see someone who’s more talented, better looking, or has more gifts. Instead of running their own race and being comfortable with who they are, oftentimes they feel inferior and start thinking, “I’ve got to catch up to them.” The problem with this unhealthy competition is that it’s a continuous cycle.

Remember, there will always be someone ahead of us. But, it’s a very freeing thing when you realise, “I’m not competing with anyone. I don’t have to have a big house like my friends to feel good about myself. I don’t have to keep up with my co-worker. I don’t have to be a certain size. I don’t have to have as many Christmas lights outside. No, I understand that I’m not in competition with my friend, my neighbour or my co-worker. Instead, I’m going to be the best me that I can possibly be.”

Today, I remind you, contentment is an attitude God can work with. When you focus on being who God made you to be, and focus on running your own race, that’s when you’ll see things happen. That’s when you’ll rise up higher, and position yourself for every spiritual blessing God has in store for you!

“…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…”

(Hebrews 12:1–2, NKJV)

Pray With Me
Yahweh, I humbly come to You giving You all that I am. Father, I will stay in my God-given lane in life. I will keep my eyes on You and allow You to work in my heart and mind. I rebuke the self destructive attitudes of competition, jealousy and envy. I declare that I am free from negative, unhealthy competition today, in Christ’s Name! Amen.