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Faith Takes on Fear & Failure

In a recent audio, I listened to Sarah Blakley, the creator of Spanx.
Her journey is very interesting. She didn’t have a silver spoon thrust into her mouth. Most of what she learned about success began with how she was able to redefine the meaning of failure.
She also learned a great deal about resilience as a cold-caller selling fax machines.
Before becoming the youngest self-made woman billionaire, she learned some valuable lessons that we could all probably learn from:
  • We all begin life with some sort of disadvantage.
  • There is no such thing as a start. 99% of the time it is usually start and stop, start and stop, start, start, start and then go.
  • To be successful, it will require a process of cold calling. Cold calling teaches you not to take No for an answer.
  • Our mistakes have the power to make us memorable and teachable. When you learn this lesson, the mistake becomes a memorial to our success.
  • Learn to get your foot in the door. (Practically and Spiritually)
  • Reject the fear of rejection.
  • Sarah learned not to accept No after hearing it for 2 years trying to sell fax machines.
  • True failure is refusal to try.
  • Keep your mind focused on your objective.
  • When you lose focus, you become susceptible to average.

When we are willing to live a courageous life, an Acknowledged Life, there is some risk. But when we take risk at the suggestion of what God wants, risk precedes promotion.

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Prospering in Winter

“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Genesis 8:22

As is seen in the scripture above, winter is clearly part of God’s plan (don’t tell a Floridian this…LOL).

So if the Lord established winter as a season, it would be incumbent upon us to understand its purpose.

Here are some thoughts about the role of winter in a person’s spiritual development:

In the winter season you can clearly see all the dead things that surround you because the foliage isn’t there to obscure them.

During the winter season, it is more important than ever to maintain your heating system, that means fuel your spiritual fire and passions, otherwise the fire will go out.

The way we fuel our passions is through relationships, through communication and through worship.

During the winter season, it is very important that you maintain your eating and nutritional supplements:
■ Vitamin D which is Sonlight Vitamin
■ Vitamin B which is your Energy Vitaminwinter station
■ Vitamin C which is your Community Vitamin

Other tips to prospering during the winter season are:
■ Moisturizers, since our outer skin actually can get quite cracked and dried out
■ Lip balm, because lips get chapped – so watch your words because it says in Proverbs 13 vs 2-3 about the words of one’s mouth
■ Stay active, get out, avoid burrowing inside
■ Spiritual agility, keep up your spiritual disciplines and keep stretching spiritually


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How Worship Releases Spiritual Authority

I was thinking about one of the great spiritual battles in the New Testament, which was when “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness.” Luke 4:1

If you notice that Jesus wasn’t just brought into the wilderness, but the NASB describes this experience as “led around by the Spirit.”

Have you ever felt like you were “led around“?

If you haven’t, I will admit that I have; more than once.

But I was reminded of this passage in scripture and some of the aspects of the engagement.

Luke 4:5-8 And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’”

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Prayer BARCS

Begin with GODJesus is called The Door

Acknowledge God: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Pr 3:6

“Lord, I, [name], acknowledge, and recognize into all of my ways today, and you promise to direct my paths. Thank you.”

Remember His Promises: For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 1 Cor 1:20

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Cor 7:1

Confession: For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Ps 51:3,7. 10

Specific requests: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. Mat 7:7-8

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, without criticizing; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. James 1:5-7

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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.”

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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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