Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Call to Fasting and Prayer

Clarion Call to Fasting and Prayer



Can you hear the sound in the air? Can you feel Him calling you higher?  Do you feel Him drawing you closer? Come up higher my son, come up higher my daughter! Heaven is speaking, and there is a clarion call to more fasting, praying, and spending time with the Lord so that His work, His will and His plans can be established and manifested in the earth realm.

We have been hearing this for some time now and we really are living in the last and evil days. Scripture and prophecy are being fulfilled before our very eyes, and no matter who you are in Christ it is all around us. The return of Jesus is near!

There is such a need for the Body of Christ to walk in the same power and likeness that Jesus and his disciples did while here on the earth. When He ascended into Heaven and was seated at the right hand of the Father, the same power that He walked in didn’t leave.  On the contrary, that power was released at Pentecost, and that power is still here today!

7Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.14He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.John 16 7-14

If our precious Savior yielded his life to prayer and fasting, how much more should we? Living as a man in the flesh, who touched the lives of many as he came on the scene, countless men and women were set free. When He ministered through his teaching, deliverance went forth, when he walked past the demoniacs, they experienced liberation. The power of God was able to follow Christ because He lived a lifestyle that was pleasing unto the Father; one of obedience, prayer and fasting.


Jesus Fasted!

After Jesus returned from his forty-day fast, he walked in a new level of power, boldness and authority. There was no doubt that the anointing was present over him. What has happened to this power now? Or shall I ask this question… Why is it that very few Christians operate in this same ability today? Why is it that we come to church and believers are prayed for yet they return in the same condition? If Jesus Christ said to Philip, “greater works shall you do because I go to the Father”, John 14:12 and because the word of God is to also apply to us, are we not held accountable for the “greater works”?

Is the modern day Church of Jesus Christ living void of the “greater works”? If so, wouldn’t you like to see a contemporary manifestation of them?  I imagine because you are reading this book! Glory!

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father John 4:12.

There is a Clarion Call to Fast, but before we touch that topic please allow me to ask you a few questions:

Could it be that the church has lost (much) of its power because of the lack of fasting and prayer? Could it be that we are not experiencing the “greater works” because we are not walking in the likeness of Christ?
If the anointing that rested on Christ after he was led into the wilderness was strong enough to do all that is mentioned in the next passage of scripture, how much more would it be if we also would yield ourselves to fasting and prayer?

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruiseLuke 4:18

God anointed him to preach the gospel to the poor; sent him to heal the brokenhearted; preach deliverance to the captives; recovery of sight to the blind; setting at liberty those that are bruised.

Although that passage of scripture can be read in a few seconds, do we truly realize and understand the magnitude of the Power in which He walked and the quality of anointing that rested upon his life?

What separates Christianity from any other religion? Aside from the fact that there is no other name whereby men can be saved and the fact that no other man gave his life for the salvation of others. There is no other noted God in history that laid down His life for mankind other than Jesus Christ.

What separates us from any other Religion is this…signs, miracles, healings and deliverances!  I have never heard of a testimony of someone being healed, delivered or set free when they called on the name of Buddha. Neither have I ever heard of a testimony of someone being healed, delivered or set free when they prayed to Mohammed.  Have you?

Here is my point, if it has been medically, scientifically and historically proven thatindividuals have been instantly healed as a result of the miraculous, shouldn’t there be such a hunger and thirst in us to experience this power?

As we study the life of Jesus Christ we will find that much power and anointing rested upon him after living a life of prayer and fasting.

*Preaching the gospel to the poor was important to Jesus;
*Healing the brokenhearted was important to Jesus;
*One of the noticeable facts in the ministry of Christ was bringing deliverance to the captives. The gospels are packed with an array of healings that took place. To see individuals set free that were sick, stifled, smothered, trapped and imprisoned by evil forces was very important to him;
*Recovering Sight to the blind was important to Jesus;
*Setting at Liberty those who were bruised was also important to Jesus.




Imagine living a life so yielded to God that when you showed up demons begin to speak out, the lame walked, the deaf would hear, the blind would see and salvation would be received. That’s the power of Christ. It was very evident, based upon the results that followed, that the anointing was present. It takes the anointing to break yokes of bondage.  Without the tangible presence and power of God on our lives deliverance will not come forth.

Do you ever wonder why it is that some prayers are effective while others are not? What is the reason for this? In some cases, I’d say there is a lack of anointing on the part of the individual who is praying. The reason I say some cases, is because you will also find later on in the bookthat there are hindrances that can block thebreakthrough, and blatant sin can also counteract many prayers, but again to my point,

...it takes the anointing!

Luke 4
1And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. 3And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. 4And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word of God. 5And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 8And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 9And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: 10For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: 11And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.12And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.13And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. 14And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. 15And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. 16And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,19To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. 22And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son? 23And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. 24And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. Much can be pulled from the above verses. Chapter two highlights additionally revealed truths that happened as a result of the forty-day fast, but here, I wanted to highlight the glory that followed him after the fast.

Verse 18 of Luke 4 says… because he hath anointed me to… 
The ANOINTING makes the difference!

Have you ever walked into a service and there was such a difference, an unexplainable peace so indescribable that you knew God was present? The King of Kings had showed up to accomplish something for someone! The anointing brings about true change! The anointing brings about genuine transformation! The anointing brings FREEDOM! The anointing brings RESTORATION! The anointing brings HOPE!




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How a 21 Day Fast can Change your life



Friday, March 10, 2017

The Favor of God!

Favor

What does it mean to have The Favor of God?



To favor means, “to give special regard to; to treat with goodwill; to show exceptional kindness to someone. Sometimes, it means to show extra kindness in comparison to the treatment of others; that is, preferential treatment.”

It is from this use of favor that we get the word, “favorite”. The greatest favors are shown to the favorite. Ex., “that is my favorite student! That is my favorite teacher! That is my favorite friend!”

This insinuates there is a difference, and sometimes it can’t be explained in words. My personal belief is that people can say what they want about favor, but there is a price to pay to have favor smeared on your life. That price is Obedience!

I am reminded of the story of Joseph, and although I am not going to go into detail here, it was undoubtedly so that favor rested upon his life. However, even in the midst of the favor resting upon him he had to pay a tremendous price on order for others to realize it was there.  Many believers (to me) aren’t willing to pay such a price.

Another Biblical example of Favor was Esther. Esther received royal favor above all the other virgins (Esther 2:17), and the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.

How favor and fasting connects is this. When a person fasts they get Gods attention, and that individual begins to do things that will please the Lord. In doing so, it is like a breath of fresh air being sent up to heaven in the nostrils of God. He then in turn begins to reciprocate the same but in ways that will now allow others to grant you attention, access and all sorts of things.

When the heart of God is touched by an individual, God will move on that persons behalf very quickly.

• Favor will allow doors that were closed tightly to open immediately!
• Favor will allow you to obtain a position that you were not even qualified to have!
• Favor will allow your enemies to be made your footstool!
• Favor will allow you to connect to great people!
• Favor will just plain and simple Make people Like You just because!
• Favor steps in when there is a “Lack of Skill”!




But it is also sad, that when there was once favor and now the favor has been removed because some of the examples that are mentioned above are now the opposite.

When a person fasts, this allows Favor to literally fall from heaven!

However, favor is not always used in a comparative way toward others. It sometimes simply means that the one favored is shown kindness and treated with a generosity and goodwill far beyond what would normally be expected. This is generally the favor that we receive from the Lord. We are treated much better than we could expect. Of course, every believer is favored to some degree. Therefore, we must understand God’s favor in degrees. The more we please God, the more we will be favored by Him. Also, it is important not to think of this favor in material or worldly terms. God’s favor, most likely, will be given in spiritual blessings more than in material blessings. Here are some of the ways by which we obtain the favor of the Lord:

Scriptures On God’s Favor

And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to
prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, Genesis 39:3–4

You have granted me life and favor, and Your care has preserved my spirit. Job 10:12 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor. You will surround him as with a shield. Psalm 5:12

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of

my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:5–6

For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Numbers 6:25–26

A faithful man shall abound with blessings” Proverbs 28:20

What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet. Psalm 8:4–6

Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles. Psalm 103:4–5

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. John 17:22–23

So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:46–47

… For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. Romans 5:15

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14

For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Ephesians 1:3

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, Ephesians 1:7–8

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. 2 Thessalonians 2:16–17

And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 1:14


Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Jealousy can block blessings!

Jealousy

Can Block Breakthroughs and Blessings!

Jealousy Defined:

1. Feeling resentment against someone because of that person's rivalry, success, or advantages (often followed by of): He was jealous of his rich brother.
2. Feeling resentment because of another's success, advantage, etc. (often followed by of): He was jealous of his brother's wealth.
3. Characterized by or proceeding from suspicious fears or envious resentment: a jealous rage; jealous intrigues.
4. Inclined to or troubled by suspicions or fears of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc., as in love or aims: a jealous husband.
5. Solicitous or vigilant in maintaining or guarding something: The American people are jealous of their freedom.
6. Bible. Intolerant of unfaithfulness or rivalry: The Lord is a jealous god


This is something one of my cousins wrote and decided to include this in this portion of the book/blog.

Jealousy occurs when person hates you for one of three reasons:

1) They hate themselves.
2) They want to be you.
3) They see you as a Threat.


Another Definition: "Jealousy is resenting the fact that others have something, do something, or are something, that you wish you had, could do, or were.”

If jealousy is not repented of, dear friend, and if you’re suffering from that sin, and you don’t deal with it, or let God deal with it in your heart, then that  jealousy is going to turn to hate. Furthermore, that hate will end up consuming your entire life; it will control you.

Jealousy can and does close doors. It is really a smack in the face towards a holy God, who is sovereign and who gives gifts as he chooses and wills. In actuality, it really says, “God what you gave me is not enough. I don’t like this anointing; I don’t like how you use me. I wish you would use me another way.”

Certainly, there is nothing wrong with admiration, but even too much of that is off balance and can lead to hate and malice if a jealous spirit is operating and not put in check.

Since we are talking about “breakthrough” here, I want to make sure we are continuing to shed light on the hindrances that allow us to miss the breakthrough. If jealousy is a problem with which you know that you wrestle, you have to take it before the Lord while you are fasting and praying and trust God to deliver you and free you from it.

What we have to keep in mind is that there will always be someone who has better hair, is prettier, a better shape, is more anointed, has a bigger ministry, sang the house down; more gifted than us, has a sharper mind, better work ethic, more driven… The list goes on! The acceptance of others allows our gifts to not only spring forth but also to flourish! Remember Elijah and Elisha. If he were jealous, he would never have been able to catch the mantle that Elijah had.

You may never know what that individual or person had to go through to obtain those things, those blessings, or the level of sacrifice they had to pay to walk in that anointing. How many hours they spent in prayer or fasting, the level of obedience they had to yield to the Lord and what happened behind the scenes in order for them to walk in it.

Many times because of the sacrifice of one of their ancestors, It could also be a price that one of their mothers or father or grandparents had to pay, and now they are walking in the blessing that was released through the bloodline because of someone else’s obedience!

That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Give your contributions privately. Your Father sees what you do in private. He will reward you.

Matthew 6

EXAMPLE in the Natural:

If a person goes to the gym consistently, that person is going to have great definition in their body. Therefore, why should I get jealous over someone who has spent the time to do what I don’t want to do? Why should we become jealous over someone who has disciplined him or herself to get the results?


(James 3:14, 16 KJV) But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. {16} For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work


I am sure we all have heard the statement, “The Green Eyed Monster.” Ironically, so, the first time I ever heard the term mentioned, I didn’t know what in the world that meant. My response was something like this, “Come Again Please?” This meant I absolutely had NO idea concerning what they were speaking. Ironically, I was dealing with a person who had issues, and this spirit began operating in a way that made me very uncomfortable. When you have a spirit of jealousy attached to you, it will not only make you jealous towards one person but many. Insecurities could be the deep-rooted issue that will allow you to become prey to this spirit and kill others with your words, throw darts in the spirit. When enter that persons presence, you feel a sense of dislike towards them for no apparent reason.

When we hate ourselves, it is very difficult to love others. No, love for yourself will cause you to hate others! If we are Jealous of others success, marriage, ministry, spiritual gifts or children, we can hinder what God could be trying to deliver to us. Hence, this becomes a major hindrance to receiving breakthrough. We cannot have what we cannot embrace. What we cannot celebrate will be very difficult for us to obtain, OR maintain. If we are blessed, at each level there will always be someone who is experiencing more.

Another thing that may be noted is that while growing up in a household of multiple children, it may be obvious that the anointing may rest stronger on one child than it does on another. Although this may be true, it does not at all mean that God is not concerned or cares about the others but sometimes this can cause a root.

Remember the story of Joseph! His very own brothers were so jealous of him that they left him as dead. What later happened was shocking! They eventually had to humble themselves and bow down to him. With great blessings came great pain and suffering.

However, while that anointing may be present, that child may have to endure things that the others may not. Think of the story of Joseph who was favored by God, but his brothers were jealous of him. Now in the end, he did rule, and he really had the opportunity to show up and mistreat and repay because of what they did to him as a child. Though the favor was on his life, he had to be repeatedly processed, prepared and positioned to rule and reign. That favor, of which his siblings were jealous, would be the same favor that would cause him to be tested and tried endlessly and proven time after time whether he was going to pass the test to one day assumes the throne.

That was spiritual jealousy!

Spiritual Jealousy: Desirous of another person’s spiritual gifts

I have seen firsthand how this spirit operates, and I am still learning about this vicious spirit. I use the word “vicious” because of the murder in the spirit realm that this spirit can do to a person. This spirit will cause your close friend to turn on you in an instant and betray you, it will cause your name to be damaged, and it will cause your character to come under attack. This is the same Spirit that Cain had towards his own brother Abel, which is the first recorded occurrence of this in the Bible in Genesis chapter four.

As the Lord began to cause elevation in the spirit realm and in business, there were many days that I would reach out to my husband with tears in my eyes saying, “Why? Oh, why would so and so do that? What was the purpose? Did I cause them harm?”

Also don’t MISUNDERSTAND another person’s actions as Jealousy IF you are a withdrawn person. For example, there is something in you that repels others and therefore this begins to push people away. You may think others are jealousy of you because they may not want to be bothered with you. Don’t misunderstand this as jealously because you may be pushing others away based upon things in your heart that need to be healed and delivered.  

Examples of “How this Spirit can gain ground”:

Example 1

You may have had a position at your job from which you were demoted. Let us say it was a supervisory or managerial position. However, for no apparent reason that you knew, they demoted you while they elevated another individual to carry out the same assignments and duties to which you were once assigned. Naturally this could open up the door to a spirit of Jealousy and cause you not to care too much about this individual.

Example 2

I am sure that all will admit that at times, they have felt this rise up, and yes, it happens to the best of us. I personally discovered this rising up during a time when I felt as though my personal rights and that which was rightfully mine was snatched, taken and stolen from me. This can lead to an open door as well by which this spirit can gain ground to operate.

Example 3

Another example would be someone who is ministering under the anointing, and the power of God is being released through this individual. If one is dealing with a jealous spirit instead of embracing what the Lord is doing, and absorbing the release that is taking place, the jealous person may wonder, “What’s so unique about this person? What’s so special about this person? God why did you allow this person to operate and flow in manifestations such as these?”

This happens many times in ministry as well.

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks! We may not realize we are operating in this spirit but if we watch closely and listen to our words we can detect if this is upon us.

Statements such as this serve as an example…

“They did not have to struggle as much as I did; they have a perfect life. Everything comes good to her/him.” I’ve heard many women say, “Girl I am so jealous!” I’d say... “Don’t confess that mess”! The bible declares …. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”



*Ways to tell if you are allowing yourself to be used by a Jealous Spirit:

1. You put up a Guard when we are near that person.

2. When we are not walking in our purpose or calling and we see others who are then we may find ourselves in a jealous place.

3. When we see others living their dreams and we are not, it causes us to feel anger.

4. I am preoccupied with the things of that person.

5. You pre-judge the motives of that person.

6. We find ourselves gossiping about that person.

7. We may have a hidden desire to see adversity come into their life.


When we operate out of this spirit, knowingly or unknowingly, what we are telling God is, “The blessings that you have given to me are not enough!”

When you think that you are better qualified, more suited for a job or position, a better singer, more anointed, and for some reason someone else steps into it, and you find yourself upset, check your motives!
Ways to Overcome Jealousy:

1. ADMIT IT TO THE LORD!
The Bible teaches in Proverbs 28:13:

(Prov 28:13 KJV) He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

2. Be Satisfied With What You Have
You do not need any more than God has supplied for you at this moment in time. Where we get into trouble is when we think we need something, when in essence we only want something! To think we need more than God supplies is to indict God that He is unable to supply our needs. To further strengthen that indictment, Satan gives us credit cards to fulfill our desires while withholding the fact that credit cards can ruin us financially. The proper use of credit cards are not sin, the abuse of them are.

3. God Allows You To Be Strong In One Area But Lacking In Another.
God will allow us to want in some areas for the purpose of keeping us faithful to Him. If He gave us everything we wanted, how many of us would live to be seventy years old? (He who has ears to hear….) God wants us to fellowship with Him and come to Him with both praise and needs. The Lord Jesus Christ stressed prayer as a vital part of the disciple’s prayer. If all things were supplied, how much would you pray and how faithful to God would you be with many things. What about Moses in the wilderness; all things they needed were supplied, but at the time of need, it was their greed and desires that got them into trouble. Read Psalm 106:13-18!

4. Contentment Is Learning To Trust God In Your Present Situation!


Contentment is learning to trust God completely. It is easy to thank God when He has abundantly blessed us but to thank God for areas of need is another story. When Joseph was placed in prison, he learned to trust God through his ordeal and the outcome was promotion to Governor of Egypt. God was preparing him for a certain task. When we are in a need situation, God is also preparing us for something, and to realize that God is engineering our circumstances for a certain outcome will bring great contentment to us if we continue to bask in His loving care.


The was an excerpt from the "Fasting For Breakthrough". 

Chapter 8 
Hinderances that Block the Breakthrough 

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God Bless,
Lenika Scott