Deliverance

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Today I pray for true deliverance for people. Many are in bondage and don’t even know it. The Holy Spirit of God can break every chain. Every yoke will be destroyed in the name of Jesus. I pray for true surrender for every heart. For true self evaluation and examination. Let The Lord sort through your innermost sins and pain. Let Him take you through the true process of healing. Being free in Christ isn’t the same as being free in the world. We can’t do what we want… But we are free to operate fully in who God created us to be and free to give Him full glory with our lives… Because nothing is hidden. Praise Him for someone’s deliverance right now!

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LaTanya Miller

author of “Soulbound” a devotional anthology

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Wisdom note

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Always continue the journey of being a channel of inspiration to every person you meet on the road. Life is never a coincidence. It’s the fruit of the seed of what you plant & remember there are only 2 days in our lives that we can do nothing about:
One is YESTERDAY which is gone, while the other is TOMORROW which is uncertain & might not come at all.
We can only live in TODAY..
so, work, relax, love, pray & above all enjoy life!
Godbless..

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Dr. Cynthia Togle

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Hope

Hope

HOPE.  Most definitely something that we need more than ever in the day that we currently live.  Hope is not easy at times and often finds itself crushed and “deferred” as the Bible says in Proverbs 13:12, making our hearts sick.  Keep reading the rest of that verse though and you will find yourself in a different mindset.

I recently Googled “hope quotes” and came up with many of the same entries.  The strangest part is that after four pages (and over 160 quotes) on one particular site, I only found a grand total of THREE quotes about hope that were not bitter, negative or cynical.  The world needs hope.

Hope does not disappoint (Romans 5:5).  The greek word for hope in this case is the word elpis, which means to anticipate, usually with pleasure (thank you, blueletterbible.com).  Imagine yourself living a life in which you take pleasure in anticipating something good on a regular basis! Go ahead and read the second half of Proverbs 13:12 and you will understand what I mean.  This is part of our inheritance in Jesus.

I have been marinating in the topic of hope for about six months now.  My husband and I have had many things to hope for in our personal lives, not to mention just our need to have hope in current affairs of the world and our country.  I have made some amazing discoveries in regards to Biblical hope that I believe have allowed me to build a strong case for hope.  I could mention many of my discoveries and even give you five points to build hope on, but I’ll let the Bible just speak for itself.

Zechariah 9:12 is the best place to discuss since that has been the most dramatic revelation for me.

Zechariah 9:12 (NIV) says, “Return to your fortress, oh prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.”  The “prisoner of hope” part is what got me. In the Hebrew, the word hope is “tiqvah” which has the root word of “qavah”.  Qavah means “to twist and bind together; a rope or cord.”  But when you put it all together into the word tiqvah, it means all that but also add the phrase “in expectation.”

The Hebrew word here for prisoner is the word “’aciyr” which means “a captive that is bound.”  So prisoner of hope in this verse quite literally is stating that we are a captive that is bound by a cord or rope in expectation.” To confuse you even more, the only other time in the entire Bible that the word “tiqvah” is used is in Joshua 2, and it is the very word used when describing Rahab’s rope (Rahab was a woman who used a rope to let Joshua’s spies escape from her window before being caught).  I realized while trying to process this all that the safest place for these men (spies) to be was gripping that rope. 

If hope does not disappoint (Romans 5:5) and is an anchor for our souls (Hebrews 6:19), then allowing it to captivate us and for us to be bound by it is probably the safest place for us to be.  

God reminded me also that being “bound” is not just having our wrists and ankles taped up like you would see on the movies.  I believe that we are to be completely wrapped up and knotted up in it – rather like the giant tangle of Christmas lights that we pull out of the attic every year.  We can be so certain (expectant) of God keeping His promises to us that we literally cannot go anywhere because we believe that God can and WILL do something great.

There is SO much more that I can share, but I will end with this:  I believe that God’s will for us is to be prisoners of hope.  To be captivated and wrapped up in hope, being expectant because we know that hope is an anchor for our souls.  The antithesis of hope is despair (loss of hope; to lose or just give up) and I daily see people in despair.  But Christian – your inheritance is not to despair!  HOPE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT.  Isaiah 61:3 says that our God gives us a garment of praise for that spirit of despair!  Thanks to Jesus, we no longer have to live with that sick heart that comes with hope deferred.  We have the tree of Life.  We have THE great Hope.  And being bound by that hope is the safest place for us to be.

Mandy Woodhouse

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Transparent Reflection: Can I Encourage You To Do Better ?

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Never discredit the value of women in ministry. When I was younger, there were some prominent voices who lived in our project complex. One in particular use to gather the youth at the housing authority for bible study. Her words brought confirmation and clarity to what I was hearing during Sunday school from my aunt Snook (nickname). My aunt was a great Sunday school teacher. When I returned from bible study I was excited to tell my grandma what I learned. But after storming into the living room, running down a short hallway and into her room; I found her on her knees whispering to the Lord. I had a praying grandmamma who was divinely connected to the Lord. Because of God’s tender mercies, I dropped addictions not long after I picked them up. Grandma was pleading the blood of Jesus over me when I was a deceptive little teen sneaking out of the window at night, breaking and entering, stealing cars, and the list goes on. These great women impacted my life in ways that a person could only imagine. I haven’t always been a good person. But a woman of God prayed for me, another one taught me, another one inspired me, and another one chastised(whipped my natural behind) me when I needed it. I had no sisters, but I have female cousins (who are like sisters) that encouraged me, and female friends(who are like sisters) that believed in me. When I consider all the blessings that have been birthed through the womb of ministry within my heart, one scripture comes to mind… Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 KJV)… Many parents want to make all the choices for their child, but this hurts him or her in the long run. When parents teach a child how to make decisions, they don’t have to watch every step he or she takes. They know their children will remain on the right path because they have made the choices themselves. Train your children to choose the right way. Children can be a little hard-head at times. But consider all the times we were hard-head when God warned us not to do something. He still received us back, in spite of the mistakes we made. The purpose of this small portion of my testimony is to strengthen parents, encourage women in ministry, and inspire this generation of youth to strive for better. The Lord loves you!

In His Grace,

Apostle JD Pendergrass

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The Truth about Unrequited Love

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The experience of requited love is not something that we often talk about, but every love seeker is familiar with it. It is commonly described as a one-sided affection that is not reciprocated. Sometimes this is not just related to a person; it can also be the disappointment of a deferred dream, business or vision we may have for our lives. This unrequited yearning most times occurs in those immature stages of the love quest, where the understanding of love is limited. Oftentimes we are not able to move beyond this discomfort – we become fearful or allow our hearts to become hardened. Yet some of us do persevere, and allow this experience to lead us to a greater love…

Love is the ultimate quest of all mankind; whether we would like to admit or not. So when we give our all for it and with very little return, it can be a very painful experience. At that point we usually can’t see past the discomfort. Sometimes the feeling is even interpreted as not being deserving of it; but all it really means is that one is not consciously connected to the source of love.

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 

- 1 John 4:8 (KJV)

Since God is love, whenever there is a conscious disconnect from Him, we tend to crave the love of other people or place our faith in other things.  In other words, our focus is more on the “feeling” of love or on obtaining something tangible; basically, placing the fate of our joy and happiness in the hands of someone or something other than God. But we are told in to set our affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2).

(For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you)

- Deuteronomy 6:15 (KJV)

God will not allow us to rely on anything or anyone except Him. Many people have a problem with accepting this, because they cannot grasp why God would be jealous of them. However, remember God is also spirit (John 4:24) and we were created in His image (Genesis1:26). Therefore, whenever our consciousness (heart, soul, strength and mind) is disconnected from Him, we are no longer in-tune with our true nature; but trapped in the bondage of fear. The good news is the word of God tells us that perfect love casteth out fear (1John 4:18) and love is perfected in the love of God in Christ Jesus – through Him we are made a new creation – we are given a new life, an opportunity to be whole, in Him.

“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”
- 1John 4:9 (KJV)

When the lawyer asked Jesus in Luke, chapter 10, “what shall we do to inherit eternal life,” Jesus’ response was: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” The Bible also tells us that to abide in His love, is to keep Jesus’ commands (John 15:10). This means we have to trust and rely on Him to guide, protect and supply us with all that we need to be whole. Like Einstein stated about energy – that it “cannot be created or destroyed,” one can state the same about Love (God) – it just is. And it is only when we have managed to embrace and to continuously grow in pure Divine love (which is the love of God in Christ Jesus) that we are able to know that there is nothing and no one that can take it away from us. It is also then that we are able to deeply and fearlessly experience true love with another and obtain victory as we bear all other fruit – joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22).

Meditation:

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate me from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  • Romans 8:38 (KJV)

 

About the writer:

Kaysha Sahai found great comfort and inner healing after she began applying and meditating on God’s word. Her love and reverence for the word of God and fascination with the mind-body-spirit connection were the inspiration behind her written testimony, “The Biblical Path to Wellness.”

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His Love is Extra Large

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