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Nehemiah’s Walls: Fighting Against Familiarity

The first fight Nehemiah had to fight was the fight against spiritual mediocrity. Spiritual mediocrity accepts what we
are and who we are rather than pressing into the high call of God. They say if you want to boil a frog, do it slowly so they don’t notice that they are being cooked.Our culture has an effect of boiling the Church, so that we no longer discern the boundaries, and in the effort of cobbling together some sort of coalition of unity, we lower the bar of God’s Kingdom.

Exposure to a condition either positive or negative often causes us to be unaware of dangers or solutions.

Probably the first thing that anyone has to do when praying into an impossible situation is overcome the condition called familiarity.

Familiarity obscures what you have and also where you are and what you have at your disposal.

Fervency removes the veil of familiarity. The quickest way to pray with fervency is to tap into the fear of the Lord.

And secondly, another effect of familiarity is to hide our assets from us. Our greatest asset is access to the throne of God.

Whatever becomes too familiar to us ends up losing its original value. And as you can see that can relate to God in terms of familiarity of him causes us to lose our fear of him. Whatever you are too familiar with you no longer see.

Thirdly, one of the effects of sin is familiarity. That is why familiarity appears to be a form of pride.

Never Give Up


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Wisdom’s Blueprint for Perilous Times

The word ‘perilous’ only occurs once in the New Testament, and never in the Old Testament.

The meaning of the word perilous means: hard to do, to take, to approach, hard to bear, troublesome, dangerous, harsh, fierce, savage.

OK, so now that we know that we are talking about 2015, what should we do specifically?

I believe that Psalm 51:6 covers not just the theme of repentance but a template for living in the Holy Spirit.

Within Psalm 51 are such critical areas such as:

  • Restoration of the Joy of Salvation
  • Knowing Wisdom in the inner places
  • The freeing power of God’s Spirit
  • Sacrifices of God

I did a search for the use of the word “wisdom” and discovered that its use is closely attached to purposes of crafting or putting together such things as priestly vestments and the design of the tabernacle. It also is used to describe Solomon’s ability to judge the conflicts as they involve people.

So wisdom is associated with a specific skill or ability to know how to or what to build, craft or design. It is not an ethereal or theoretical knowledge of a topic. Wisdom always is attached to an effectiveness to produce a result as well as a distinguishing quality that separates an individual from other people by virtue of God’s use of their lives and actions.

Wisdom reflects the individual access to and evidence of a divine source of design and sovereign participation.

Wisdom is often a supernatural insight. When given we should always be ready to ask Him, “Lord, how should this be applied to my life or life situation?”

So briefly stated, when given a promise, we should be intentional about abiding in Christ, having Him establish, anoint and seal us and expect a foretaste of the total promise given.

It is during such times that are described as perilous, that wisdom, not just intellect, but wisdom from above will play a critical role in our day to day life.

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Conspiracy Theory

The power of every effective conspiracy is rooted in its invisibility.

3 areas of conspiracy we must stand vigilant against:

  • Conspiracy of self
  • Conspiracy of Satan
  • Conspiracy of society

That is why one of the most powerful prayers within the New Testament is found in Ephesians 1:17-23, which deals with the invisible forces that seek to undermine our decisions daily.

God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Revelation is not only to see what is there, but also to reveal what isn’t there.

That is why fear is such a powerful force, because it actually constructs mechanisms that convince us they are too powerful to overcome, when in truth they don’t exist to the extent that they portend.

Salvation is all about exposing and exiting from those self-imposed limits that imprison us.

The highway to heaven is belief.

The highway to hell is doubt.

You can only go as far as your identity can take you.

Your identity determines your destiny, not anything else. [And just consider that we were made in the image of God!!!]

Whether you arrive or not will depend upon Who you know, and what He has revealed to you about you.

You don’t just want a million dollars, but you want a million-dollar character with the money.

Money without the character is a madness.

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Charisma Magazine Reports: Wonders Break Out Among 1,000 Jews

Charisma Magazine reported that: “Men, women, and children listened intently as It’s Supernatural host Sid Roth presented his testimony while an interpreter spoke Russian to the non-English speaking audience. Joshua Aaron led the people in Hebrew worship songs.

The room seemed quiet and cold. At first, people were unresponsive.

Initially, there seemed to be a great resistance to the message. A few people were being very distracting, while others left the auditorium for a while and then came back.

Unlike in the United States, these events rarely ever take place in Israel. In fact, the last time someone stood up and gave his testimony to this many Jews at once, it was Peter in the book of Acts.

All of a sudden, something shifted in the atmosphere. As Sid Roth began to talk about the unconditional love of God; you could see people’s eyes opening and their hearts widening. As Sid went deeper into his testimony, people began to respond.

Then, the most supernatural thing began to happen: Roth stopped the testimony and began to share words of knowledge concerning physical aliments. As he prayed for those in attendance, hundreds stood up reporting that they had received instant physical healing. They were healed in their seats without the laying on of hands.

What they thought was a lecture on the supernatural became a powerful presentation of the Gospel of the kingdom of God.”

Here is the link to the story:

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God’s View of Celebrity

The Box of Wheaties: A Breakfast of Champions
I grew up eating this breakfast cereal called Wheaties. The front of the box always had an athlete on it that was known or celebrated for achieving some great feat of athleticism.
If you made the Wheaties box, you had made it as an athlete and the point being that you stared at the box with the picture on it, and you would start your day looking at someone that achieved something great. Most of the time, these athletes didn’t make a lot of money, they achieved a level of excellence that was highly unusual.
So here is my question to you: Is our life worth celebrated, imitating and duplicating?
I think that is a real honest question.
What are we doing with what God’s given to us?
What are we doing with what God hasn’t given us and we’ve taken? Right now, take an inventory of what God’s given to you. Make a list.
It could be a job, relationships, a marriage, a home, children, parents, a church. Salvation?
I believe that we have taken the word celebrity and made it into something that it was never meant to be.
When someone is called a celebrity, what do they mean?
Well, today, it means that they have done something that has produced a level of fame, wealth and influence that allows them to shape their generation. Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Tiger Woods, Bruce Springsteen.
But you see God’s given us this gift called celebrity that He intended to be used to protect and preserve each generation through the Gospel of Christ.
Look at David – David was the original celebrity of the Bible. He became the spiritual superstar of his day – but that was not a platform that he built for himself – but rather a godly lifestyle that he lived.
The result was that men began to follow David because of his spiritual victories.
Who are you spiritually following? Are you living a life that is worth following?
God wants you to be a celebrity – someone that others imitate to enjoy the spiritual benefits that your life produces for you.
Humility and the Fear of the Lord are definitely a start.
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1 in 33 Million

Ever feel stuck?
It isn’t pleasant or fun.
The Good News: Stuck Always Precedes UnSTUCK!

When we redefine the stuck state, it is the first phase of your exodus.

We have many perceptions and expectations as to what that will look like and how it will occur, but only God knows.

Stuck is good when we get God involved.

God allows us to get stuck because it is only when we’re stuck that we discover our strength.

Stuck is your strength builder and strength finder.

Strength is activated only in a condition called resistance.

Strength is the unusual capacity to overcome resistance and move into a new setting in which our strengths become the ascendant force and transformation takes place.

Transformation is the result of your strength being activated.

You have strength.

Finding it is part of the joy of faith in Christ.

The joy of the Lord is my strength.

Joy is not a feeling, it is an expectation.

When joy manifests, it conforms weakness into opportunity.

You Matter
Jesus said in Luke 12:6-7 “Do not be afraid, you are of more value than many sparrows.”

We live in a world where God is giving us an opportunity to discover the strength He’s placed in each one of us.

According to certain scientific research published by the Gallup Organization, we are comprised of five unique talents or strengths which create a very unique fingerprint.

Your talent fingerprint is so unique that it has been calculated that you are 1 in 33 million. (Living Your Strengths p.64.) That works out to 4 New York City populations put together in order to find one person with your Strength Fingerprint.

I know of two great examples of people who discovered their unique strength who are actually alive today and are transforming the worlds that they touch.

They are Rick Warren and Marcus Buckingham.

Rick Warren had a mentorship relationship with Peter Drucker for a number of years. It was there that Peter Drucker, the Father of Modern Management, introduced Rick Warren to the theme of Purpose; with a capital P.
The rest is history: Warren took the theme of purpose and transformed Christianity with 60 million copies of the book The Purpose Driven Life.

Marcus Buckingham was an employee of the Gallup Organization who developed the concept of strength. Buckingham took the theme of strength and brought that to an entirely new level, transforming the business landscape and becoming himself a world famous author.

What strength has God given you that He wants to use to transform your world?

Remember the concept of strength only exists in the environment of resistance.

Complacency is simply surrender disguised.

God never intended resistance to produce discouragement; resistance is the perfect environment to develop one’s strength.

Discouragement usually points to a deficiency in faith.

When we no longer are able to tap into our strengths, we become complacent to live with our weaknesses.

We are defined relationally to Christ as Overcomers – with a capital O!

So if you are tempted to that famous New York City expression: Oh Sh#%!, don’t. Replace it with Oh Strength.

Remember: God made YOU to be 1 in 33 million.

Our strengths are merely the platforms from which God functions.

God is ultimately the One Who reveals to us all strength and the process He uses to do that is called sanctification.

God made us all to be 1 in 33 million.

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Testimony: Rise Up and Keep Walking

Resurrections are incredible things. They don’t happen every day and so when one does occur, you want to make sure you get the word out.

Evelyn Lawrence one of the leaders at BOLD Ministry gave this incredible testimony on Tuesday Midtown of a man at her church.

The man’s name is Eduardo Acevedo. On March 24, 2014 at about 4:30am he was involved in an accident on his job. He was standing on the back of a pick-up truck retrieving a shovel when the driver, who did not see him back there, started to back up. Eduardo lost his balance and fell off the truck. The wheels of this seven thousand pound pick-up truck ran over him not once, but twice. He was conscience the whole time and remembers hearing his bones breaking and the screams of his own voice.

As you can imagine no one expected him to survive or even have any kind of a life if he did live.

His pelvis was shattered, both of his hips broken, his left ribs were cracked along with his left clavicle, he had fractures in his spine, ligament damage in his neck as well as stenosis, his liver was lacerated, and he had a severed artery. He wasn’t given much chance to recover.

“But God.” Probably the two best words ever said, outside of “He Lives,” must have been said by someone and God must have happened to have heard.

If God were a gambler He would be outlawed from Las Vegas and Atlantic City, because He doesn’t know how to lose.

During his hospital stay Eddie did not remember much, but on his second day in ICU he did remember the sound of people praying over him and laying hands upon his body. He also remembers them singing his favorite song “How Great Is Our God,” over him. Eddie did he try to join in but could only hum through his ventilator at which point, he gave them the thumbs up.

After nine weeks in the hospital where he endured three surgeries on his liver, a hip and pelvis reconstruction and a neck infusion along with multiple blood transfusions, many, many setbacks and months of intense pain he finally moved onto rehab. He spent 4 months in rehab where he not only had to learn to walk again, but learn to use the rest of his body as well since he left the hospital only able to move his right hand and right foot.

Six and half months after the accident, Eddie walked into church this past Sunday against all the odds, without a wheelchair, a walker, a crutch or even a cane.

Eddie walked in and unbelief ran out.

He wasn’t given much of a chance, but God!

After he gave his powerful testimony, he began to lay his hands upon the sick for recovery.

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Christians

In the letter of Jude, he writes:   Peace that Passes the Test
  1. Build yourself up in your most holy faith
  2. Pray in the Holy Ghost
  3. Keep in the love of God
  4. Look for the mercy of Jesus
  5. Have compassion on the weak and the ignorant
  6. Save the willing with fear
  7. Hate the garment spotted by the flesh


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Escaping the Prayer Block

I believe many people don’t pray because the structure has either gotten old or it has become ritualistically dead.
Prayer is not intended to be an incantation of some special words to magically produce a specific result.

Prayer begins with our words but ends up with God’s words; and God’s words never return void but they accomplish the things they are sent into.

I believe all prayers provide a landing strip for the Holy Spirit.

That’s why in the book of Ephesians, we are instructed:
to be renewed in the spirit of your mind:
and to put on the new man after which God created it in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:23-4.

Prayer is not supposed to be a “honey do” list for God to take care of for us.

That makes God a butler, not a king.

When Paul prayed, he prayed for about 10 or 12 different things on a regular basis:

  • Knowledge
  • Strength
  • Love
  • Purity
  • Wisdom
  • Revelation
  • Hope
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Steadfastness

Look at this prayer from Paul and pray it today and insert the name of the person where appropriate:

For this cause, I kneel before the father from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. And I pray that you being rooted and established in love may have power together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love – that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19

Wow, now that’s a Prayer. That’s what I call a Legacy Prayer.

We want to be praying prayers that leave a legacy.

Our prayers need to be making a mark in the present with a path toward the future.

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Stirred and Not Shaken: Signs of a Vicarious Life

The vicarious life is when someone takes the victories of another for their own. This can be a very dangerous way to live one’s life. Sports fans are notorious for such vicarious admiration. A sports fan takes ‘their team’s’ victory as if it is credited to their own success.

Here are some of the symptoms of a vicarious life:

  1. Busyness: activity does not always translate into achievement. You can stay at a job for 40 years, and retire in the same condition that you began.
  2. Unfruitful competition: politics today is all about control and containing others. Politics does include business, charity work, and even churches. (There is probably just as much competition for the pulpit than any other position.)
  3. Sleeplessness: more people are working more, sleeping less and are less fulfilled than ever.
  4. Fear: fear of failure, fear of the future and primarily a fear of the call to live a courageous, unique and original life. Just look at the news: it’s one calamity after another, no wonder people wait for the sports report.
  5. Digital medication: using social media to either establish your value or to compare with others.
  6. Unintentional living and activity: thoughtless moving through the day without purpose.
  7. Clutter :paper clutter is evidence of postponed decisions.
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