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Your heart is a shelter

DRM and PSWedding vows

 

Matthew 19:6 What God has joined together let no man separate

As Christians we aren’t supposed to do things on a purely natural level. There should be something about your life that simply cannot be explained by your education, your talents and where you came from. That includes your marriage.

But what will that look like? How will you get the oil of God’s supernatural enabling to flow in your relationship together?

The day you make your marriage vows to one another, is a day when you become the place of safety for your marriage partner. The covenant is sealed by the giving and receiving of rings and by the utterance of vows. A new life has begun.

From that point onwards you have a right to borrow one another’s strengths, and a responsibility to steward one another’s weaknesses. Above all, your relationship becomes exclusive, and for both spouses to feel secure, this exclusivity has to have well defined boundaries that each submits to willingly

Jesus lets us know that the formula for godly marriage is that a man leaves his father and mother and becomes joined to his wife. That means that, whatever culture you live in, Kingdom culture must prevail if you want your marriage to work according to God’s pattern.

Leaving your father and mother signifies a range of things.

Firstly it means that your spouse becomes the highest priority in your life after God. Other family members now take a back seat and can no longer determine what happens in the marital home.

Sometimes parents and other family members want to live their life and fulfill their dreams through you and they will be angry when they discover that they cannot control you.

The opinions of other family members should not be given the power to mold the marriage or any aspect of the couples’ life together. This Biblical principle flies in the face of the traditions of many societies and cultures, but will create a hedge of protection around the sacred bond of marriage about which God says in Matthew 19:6 “What God has joined together let no man separate”

Secondly it means breaking ties with any previous girlfriends or boyfriends, since there must be no hint of a competing relationship,

Each partner should be freely given the right to meet all of the other spouse’s current friends. If there is a need for secrecy or awkwardness, that tells you that something isn’t right. There should be no old girlfriends still on the scene that the wife is forbidden to meet and no lingering boyfriends, who seem to be uncomfortably more than “just friends”.

Inappropriate emotional ties are as much a breach of the marriage covenant as extra marital physical relationships. You will have to stop contacting certain people, since the marriage bond is exclusive and neither party has the right to keep their options open any longer.

Honoring your spouse and by making him or her highest priority in your life, will involve the giving up of any activities and habits that would cause them to feel they must compete for that special place in your heart. This may include the husband’s passion for football or play station, or the wife’s weekly nights out with girlfriends.

That’s not to say that everything now has to be done together; but if the trust and security of the other is your highest concern, you will be able to work the logistics of these things out without a fight. Although the cost may seem unreasonable at the time, the reward of eradicating undertones of suspicion, fear and insecurity will be priceless

Similarly, when children come, they must take second place. If either spouse makes the children the focus of their attention, the marriage will start to fade. Not only that, but children are also at their most secure when they have clear boundaries and know that their parents’ marriage is strong and loving.

You may be thinking, “Surely it doesn’t take all that to make a marriage!” But sooner or later all of us will get to the place where we realize that God was right about our lives. We will continue to rise in life to the extent to which we are willing to sacrifice, and the same is true of our marriage relationship.

If we want to rise to the level of life that God has for us, there will be no short cuts. We simply have to do it His way.

This demands a decision since the essence of our godly covenant together with our spouse is to give, yet our human tendency is to want to receive all the time.

However, death reigns in the natural order, because if we take out more from any situation or relationship than we give, we will kill that thing.

Have you been killing your marriage by demanding more from your husband or wife than you are willing to release towards them?

As we choose the Kingdom way, the apparent death that we suffer in the form of sacrificing our preferences for the other, actually releases resurrection life, which then flows from Heaven into that marriage.

When character weaknesses show up, mistakes and set-backs occur, life puts the pressure on and significant events take place – all of which carry the potential to pull your marriage apart and devastate you – you will be able to walk through with your covenant intact and your lives still on track.

Now that’s supernatural!


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Re-writing your story

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1 Peter 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

 

When we got born again, God brought us into an arena of hope that is alive.

Before we were born again, we were in the place where we had dead hope. It was no more than a longing or wishing for something we wanted to come about, but with no certainty that it ever would. But now we have switched to a new dimensions where our hope is now alive. Everything that God did to nail Jesus to the cross, He did it so that we could walk through life with hope that is alive.

Now our hope is set by what God has promised in His Word. Our hope is now an earnest expectation of seeing the goodness of God manifested in our circumstances. David wrote that he would have fainted had he not expected to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Having a strong sense of hope is vital for life. In fact it is a characteristic of human beings that without confidence that their expectations will be satisfied, they have nothing to look forward to, and even today is a sour experience.

Many people; even believers, live their lives without a happy expectation of good in their future. They know the Word, but the experiences of their lives have challenged their ability to hope in the Word. People come to a place of hopelessness because they have been forsaken before. They tried and it didn’t work.

Maybe like the Shunammite woman, in your heart you are saying to God concerning His promises, “Don’t lie to me, because if it doesn’t happen as you said, I don’t think I can handle the brokenness”

You’ve been abandoned and rejected and you’ve been alone for so long that you don’t believe that you are worth pursuing. You are tormented by the question,  “Would a man of honor give up everything just to get me?”

 Hopelessness can come as a result of being helpless. You’ve been trapped in big issues and you feel so small compared to the things you need to shift in order to go to where you feel God has called you.

Maybe you’ve been around people who all  ended up dead or on drugs; or you were raised in an environment where mediocrity and being average was the order of the day. Yet something in you makes you believe that you are a giant in the earth, but a voice inside you says, “What makes you think you are that different?”

Maybe you are hopeless because  you’ve been in a controlling environment or an abusive relationship? Maybe there are social structures that keep you hemmed in and you have found yourself forced to submit to circumstances that you know you are better than.

Maybe now that you have grown up a little and you have had time to examine your abilities and capabilities, you feel like the writing on the wall for you is that you have been weighed in the balance and have been found wanting. When you look at what it will take for you to be the mother, wife, or husband that you desire, you feel like you won’t have what it takes since every example you have known up until now is that you run when it gets hard. Your father ran and your uncle ran and now you want to grow old with the wife of your youth, so that your children won’t have to reap the consequences of your error, but you are scared of entrapment. You are responsible but something in you feels so small and intimidated.

Maybe you have been given a terminal report and in natural circumstances by all accounts you should be preparing to die. How do you even begin to have a different expectation when you feel like Naaman the leper who, in his day, had no examples of anyone having been cleansed of leprosy to give him encouragement.

How do you even begin to entertain the thought that you could be different when everyone else who has been through what you’ve been through died?

How can you even begin to believe that where your marriage is, God can restore to you the love and passion, instead of concluding, based on what you’ve seen everyone else do, that this is the end for you.

Have you been in a place of physical disability or emotional emptiness, or codependency, where you have experienced such trauma that you have come to believe that there is nothing good in the world and in fact that the world is against you? You think, “What is the point of even trying because all my other attempts have left me helpless and hopeless.”

When people in the world encounter these things, they give up, but we have a different option.The Holy Ghost wants to rewrite your story. We are born again so that we can have a living hope.

 That’s what it means to be saved, because God sent Jesus to heal your broken heart; to do in you what you couldn’t do for yourself; to restore to you the time: the years that the locusts have eaten.

God can make up for a lost childhood. He can restore to you what the enemy took out of you. But if you come at God based on your natural circumstances, or you go to a church where they deal in natural hope, this is a different thing altogether. I am asking you to look outside of yourself for the source of your hope. Let your ability to dream come alive once again because it’s time to rise up and get a new vision. The challenges you have faced are working for you a far more exceeding weight of glory and you are not a victim of all that has been.

Our souls are nailed and bolted down to the Rock of Ages, and we don’t even fear bad news because Christ is within us – our hope of glory. He Himself is the foundation of our expectation.

Where did you park your life? It’s time to take it out of “park” and put it into “drive.”


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Will you use a sword or a scalpel?

Love Revolution El-Shaddai

Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the Head, even Christ. (NASB)

In every interaction that we enter into; in every attempt that we make to negotiate and reach agreement with another person, and particularly with our husband or wife, the Bible gives us a powerful plumb line for how to approach each other.

The Bible teaches us that maturity is to be achieved by the balanced use of two specific ingredients in all our communicating one with another: truth and love.

Speaking the truth

Deception and lying will undermine trust in a relationship faster than any other behavior. It is impossible to build with a person who is not committed to openness and truth-telling.

Sometimes truth telling is hindered in a relationship because one person reacts so angrily or stormily to the other’s faltering attempts to be open and honest about what they did or how they feel.

As well as being willing to tell the truth we have to commit to being able to handle the truth that the other tells, otherwise we will teach them to pretend and be superficial. Only when the truth is shared can a relationship truly progress. Any apparent strength that it appears to have prior to this is merely an illusion.

Because of this, truth is the foundation of all sound relationship. Both spouses must be ready to prefer costly truths over easy lies and secrets, in order to preserve the long term wellbeing of the marriage. A relationship where ugly truths are known has more chance of flourishing than one where things are glossed over and never spoken about.

Being honest about likes and dislikes, owning up to being hurt by the other person and being willing to confront unpleasant habits or behaviors in your spouse are all aspects of truth-telling.

Speaking in love

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Love is when you appreciate the good in someone and you communicate it to them.

When you say you love someone it means that you accept them for who they are; they don’t need to perform in order to meet your standard and to qualify for your love.

When you say you love someone it means that you have affection for them and you demonstrate that affection. You treat them with a gracious attitude.

The Bible says of Jesus in John 1:14 that He was “full of grace and truth”

Being gracious means that you choose to forgive their faults and weaknesses. You give them space and time to mature and grow. You give them permission to be wrong without passing judgment.

The truth and love combination

Truth without love is like a sword. Truth combined with love is a scalpel: it makes the tiniest incision, but it still gets the job done!

Love without truth can lead you to cover up in order to protect and shield the other in the short term from things they would be better knowing and facing in the long term. If you have only love and grace without boundaries and discipline,  it is like living in a playground with no fence around it.

If you have too much truth- telling, with no sensitivity for the feelings of the other, the atmosphere is harsh and demanding.

We need both in our lives to bring balance and security.

Living with truth means to acknowledge clearly defined standards and parameters. It brings accountability and final authority into our lives. It gives stability and safety. Man is prone to evil if he is left with no boundaries.

Love focuses on happiness and fun. Love without accountability trains a person to check out of a project or activity when it stops being fun. Yet the will of God will sometimes demand that we persevere in obedience long after the fun has stopped in order to accomplish it in full. For example, marriage is not always fun, but commitment to the other person will cause you to sit it out even when you and your spouse are working through some difficult things as you build together.

Godly standards, tempered with grace and forgiveness, will create an atmosphere for growth. God will see to it that your relationship develops and matures as you balance these powerful ingredients.


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Conquer the fear of running out

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Proverbs 11:24-25

There is one who scatters, yet increases more;
And there is one who withholds more than is right,
But it leads to poverty.
 The generous soul will be made rich,
And he who waters will also be watered himself.

There came a point in my life where I came to a crucial realization: God is right.

This can be very annoying when you have held out against Him; but the fact remains that God is RIGHT.

You can live your life one of two ways: you can take His wisdom and cooperate with it, or you can set yourself up as the one person for whom His laws don’t apply and take the long route while you find out your own way the same conclusion: GOD is RIGHT!

The Kingdom Of God is set up by certain laws, which will work for you if you work them. Laws respect those who respect them and yield up their results for those who yield to them.

Instead of fighting the fact that if you refuse to drop your contentious attitudes and strong opinions, fooling yourself that you can still have harmonious relationships nevertheless, why not just accept the fact that you will have to become sweet in order to enjoy peace in your home and friendships. You really won’t be compromising your uniqueness; you will be doing yourself a huge favor. You will never enjoy the relationship of your dreams until you become relationship material.

Instead of trying to believe God for promotion, while you are still unwilling to give any more time to your job, or be inconvenienced in any way, simply realize that it won’t happen that way. You are going to have to give more if you want more back.

Instead of believing that you are unlike everyone else and you can feed your spirit fine sounding human philosophies and still overcome in life, why not just accept that your sprit needs the Word of God in order to be strong enough to win over the depression, discouragement and fear, that inevitably come with life’s challenges.

Instead of resenting the need to give and be generous, just settle it in your heart that increase and progress will only come in your life when you are willing to release what you currently have.

You will get whatever you are releasing. You want friends? Start being friendly. You want to be lifted? Lift someone else. You want to feel loved? Make someone else feel loved. You want relationships that are rewarding? You have to commit and give up your fear. You are still a boy if you are still afraid of being with one woman all your life. You are still at the starting blocks if you believe that to release forgiveness and an apology is making you smaller, when in actual fact it is setting you up for blessing and promotion.

Any area where you and I feel deficient, we are not sowing. If God is going to use others to bless you, you’d better bless someone else.

When will you call someone and encourage them? Not to gossip and complain to them. Refresh others and your soul will be enriched.

The devil’s plan is to make you and I so afraid of giving, and so reluctant to get involved in this system, that we will never enjoy its rewards, because we are afraid of running out.

If you yield to that fear you will never know what God has in store for you the other side of your willingness to co-operate with the Kingdom of God.

Do you realize what you will get if you give yourself to your woman wholly? God determined that the suitable help for a man is a woman, yet you don’t seem to have seen that yet. Maybe you haven’t put enough in to your marriage to really reap her brilliance. you are still keeping your options open. But all the time you believe that you are preserving your own freedom, you are actually limiting yourself and stunting your life.

Whatever you are doing in life, the secret of growth is to engage in it with all your heart. Don’t withhold what you could put in – be passionate and enthusiastic. Your excellence will shine out and open doors for you.

You are crying because she left you, when you know you are a good man. But that is precisely why she left you. If you had wowed her, she would be proud to still be by your side.

You don’t understand why you were fired when you were competent. But your company wanted more than your competence; they wanted your brilliance.

If you are going to sing, sing with passion or you will bore people. If you are going to teach, do it with commitment and genuine love for your students.

When you pray, build yourself up in your faith by praying boldly in other tongues and you will come out of your place of prayer feeling like Rambo!

When I preach I throw my whole self into it. Of course people find my faces amusing, but they are a testimony of my willingness to give it my all and hold nothing back. Anything I can give to get the Word into people’s hearts and minds.

Your life will go to a whole new level if you will adopt the generosity habit. You will release power that you didn’t even know you had.


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Don’t let offense have the last word

Beach San Pedro

Proverbs 18:19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel (NIV)

One of the hardest things to talk about with your spouse is disagreement over a standard or value that you hold dear.

When any one of these standards is threatened, emotions run high and the relationship moves into a vulnerable state whilst the issue is discussed and a resolution negotiated.

At any point along this path offense may arise and when it does so it blocks off all future progress towards resolution until the offense itself is dealt with. In fact, the offense then becomes the whole problem and needs to be the focus of your attention. It will be impossible to talk further about the issue at hand until the relationship is restored.

The process of becoming offended during conflict resolution often follows this pattern:

  • Spouse A confronts spouse B on an area of concern to him or her.
  • Spouse B becomes defensive, feels attacked, and refuses to accept the correction. He attaches his self-worth to the actions that are being challenged.
  • Spouse A refuses to accept spouse B’s hurt feelings as being valid and doesn’t recognize the wounded ego of the other, but instead feels rejected.
  • Both spouses feel that the other should reach out and apologize first.
  • Stalemate ensues where neither backs down.
  • Either one or both spouses begin to think critical and negative thoughts about the other, and become exaggeratedly aware of the other’s flaws.
  • Emotional withdrawal takes place.
  • You start to avoid the other person and close off from them.
  • You begin to feel disconnected and find no reason to stay together.

Offense is the decision not to yield but to harbor hurt and anger. The Word teaches us that offense in a relationship is a tough challenge; but it is not impossible to restore harmony and achieve a greater level of understanding as a result

Proverbs 15:1 tells us that a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger

When everything in you feels like venting your anger and frustration at the unyielding spouse, the Bible shows that the key lies in the gentle answer. The following ways of applying this principle will greatly increase your ability to resolve conflict and defuse offense.

 Show empathy with them. Use body language that tells them that you are giving them your attention and that you are sympathetic towards their cause. Turn towards them and look them in the eye. Offer to hug them if appropriate and ask, “Is that how you feel?”

Don’t invalidate, but acknowledge their emotions. They need their emotions to be understood. At the root of every argument is, “”You don’t understand me”, or “You haven’t given legitimacy to how I feel.” Don’t be critical, but ask, “How does that make you feel?” and, “How can I best understand you?” Resist the temptation to rush to the solution. When a person feels understood they cannot really carry on shouting. They feel they have a partner at resolving the issue at hand. But if you invalidate their feelings, you are in trouble. Now you start fighting about whether their feelings are valid. You have to learn how to speak softly.

Give the other person the right to have a different opinion and to complain. This is a powerful and liberating thing in a relationship. It takes the sting out of the offense and minimizes its affects. Let them know that their complaint doesn’t mean that your relationship is over.

Recognize their needs. Hand in hand with every argument is the fact that their needs are not being met. Most men don’t understand that a woman has a strong need for affection which is as strong as a man’s need for sex. Acknowledgement of the other’s needs is a powerful reassurance of love and concern.

Be prepared to act and do something about it. If you understand, what are you prepared to do about it? Be prepared to make adjustments to your interactions with your spouse. Maybe speaking more gently and considerately on a frequent basis will give your spouse the security they need to yield to your values and ways of thinking without feeling trapped.

You must show that you care. People shouldn’t be afraid of you rejecting them when they mess up. They can mess up but you will still love them. You must be hard on the issue and soft on the person. It is not so much about coming against the person as it is about resolving the issue. Don’t beat the person up about it, but take measures to curb the offending behaviors.

When you reach a place of stalemate with your spouse, seek help. Having a pastor who provides spiritual covering over your lives and marriage will be a huge strength if you both respect that person enough to agree to submit to their counsel.

Finally, someone has to be prepared to back down. It requires great strength of character to stop a fight even when you know you have a valid point that is not being received by the other. Letting it go and entrusting what is dear to you to God is sometimes the only way forward without breaking the relationship. If you choose to take that route, you can be sure that God Himself will never let you down. He will stand up for you and fight your battles. Watch and see what the Lord will do on your behalf!

 


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The secret to a big life

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Acts 20:35

…Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

If you listen to the average person’s testimony, it is usually about what they received. We have the mindset that receiving is the greatest thing that can happen to us.

But It turns out that there is a greater empowerment of blessing that comes on our lives when we give, than when we receive.

In fact giving is a vital part of growing and even sustaining life. Try breathing in, but never breathing out. Try taking a salary but not working. Try eating without using the bathroom!

By releasing something, room is made for your increase, and the door is opened for your progress.

If you are feeling stuck at any particular level, check out your giving. You will rise to the level of your sacrifice in life and no further. When you stop giving you lose your capacity for more.

Many people achieve a level that they perceive to be comfortable, and then simply stop pushing for more. Whoever told you that everything that is in your hand was for your consumption alone? How will you be able to distribute to others if you are only operating with just enough for you?

This attitude will stop you from being maximized in who you can become in the purposes of God. It will affect your life in every arena.

For example you will make your million and switch to the world’s idea that you should protect what you have in case you lose it. Or you achieve peace in your home and stop reaching out to others because they are no longer necessary to support your emotional wellbeing. Or you rise up to become a manager at work, but become a blockage to others because you stop being resourceful and creative, but instead redirect your attention to maintaining your position.

The world’s mindset for achieving success is to hold on to every asset you get, and if you release it you will lose out. In fact this is the quickest way to kill your own potential. Every area of your life in which you are not giving anything, but you are receiving something, is actually dying. Giving allows your life to be replenished and refreshed.

Giving is about operating in an attitude of generosity in every way: with your time, your money, your ideas, your abilities, your love, your attention, your knowledge and your skills; in fact with every resource that you command.

Giving more will take your life to another level. It is the thing that triggers a greater harvest than you have seen before.

Your marriage may be good, but what would it be like if you were to give your whole self to your wife?

Your ministry may be bearing fruit, but what would happen if you loved those people God has given you to minister to with everything that is in you?

You may have good kids, but what could you impart to them if you spent time with them instead of simply buying them things to keep them happy?

You may be covering your bills, but what would happen if you started sowing financial seed like you used to when you were desperate for God to meet your needs?

Proverbs 11:25 tells us that the generous soul will be made rich. Let me ask you this: is everything you own close to you, or are you using your personal resources to have a positive impact on someone else?

It’s time to take care of someone else, and trust God to take care of you. It’s time to give so much at work that they call you the “Solutions Guy.” It’s time to pour so much into your family that your kids rise head and shoulders above their peers.

Of course I appreciate that it makes people mad to be challenged like this; but I encourage you to be teachable and to allow someone to stretch you – unless you are content to play in the Little League all your life. As for me, I am determined to make the Super Bowl!

Your life and results will increase and grow as you increase and grow. There is no mystery: your current results are an indicator of the person you have become so far. You will never see a significant harvest in your life as long as you stay in your comfort zone.

If you want to grow and see significant victories, don’t go running to someone for help as soon as you are in a tight spot. Find someone else that you can help, and you will be surprised at how quickly your miracle shows up.

Right now God is changing your season. He’s leading you out of every narrow place – narrow mindsets, narrow resources, shallow relationships, narrow friendships, narrow visions and narrow circles. He’s lifting you to higher ground. Accept THAT!!


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Something good is coming to your house

Harvest time

Mark 4:26-29

The Kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed on the ground, and then continues sleeping and rising night and day while the seed sprouts and grows and increases- he knows not how.

The Earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, immediately he sends forth and puts in the sickle, because the harvest stands ready

God has set up a system for us to get results in life and it is called the Kingdom of God. Christians, however, are often frustrated by a lot of talk about the Kingdom, but no undeniable evidence of the power of God in their lives.

The Kingdom is not a matter of talk; it is an action orientated system. It’s a system of sowing and reaping. The primary seed is the Word, which is sown into the human heart; but as well as that, the whole of our lives are seeds. We were conceived as a seed and we ourselves are seeds.

Many good Christians are sowing the Word and sowing their finances; working and giving of themselves self sacrificially without seeing a harvest on their efforts because, although they have grasped the need to sow, they have failed to understand the reaping process.

Reaping doesn’t happen in passive place; nor is it a purely spiritual activity. We are going to have to engage with the world, and with the affairs of unbelievers if we are ever going to reap as God intended us to. As Christians we have to move away from an emphasis purely on church activity, and realize that this entire planet is spiritual; and that it is subject to spiritual laws. We can operate within the natural world and come out on top because the wisdom of God will always surpass the wisdom of men. We are spiritual beings in a natural world, and we are set up to master both realms.

Let’s look at the natural picture that we are given in this scripture: the sickle is a rough, sharp blade which the reaper uses in a vigorous swing to tear away at the stalks, and pull off the heads of the wheat. The gathering of the agricultural harvest involves deliberate, strenuous, physical effort.

Yet the average Christian is waiting patiently for his harvest to fall into his lap. He has no notion of what it will take to reap his new home, his promotion, his anointing, his peace of mind, his freedom from addiction or his dream relationship.

We are going to have to be intentional about reaping our harvest. Here are some practical pointers for going about it.

First of all, make sure you have identified what your harvest will be. It can be whatever you want it to be, so establish a clear picture of what you want. Make sure that it lines up with your purpose, otherwise you will be looking for a harvest that isn’t yours to have.

Sometimes your harvest comes but you didn’t recognize it, because you weren’t expecting something that GOOD! You were so preoccupied with paying your bills on your little house that you couldn’t even think that God would put you in that huge place! Don’t be like the man who misses his opportunity because he wasn’t ready to take it. Someone else stepped in and took the promotion that should have been yours because they were ready and you weren’t.

Expectation is powerful. When you stop expecting something good to come to you from God, there is an illness in your bones. You can be saying, “It’s harvest time!” with your lips, but inside you are thinking, “Maybe one day”. There is no urgency about your anticipation. Yet the scripture tells us that “immediately” we must put in the sickle.

Your attitude of expectation will cause you to take action, just like when a woman is expecting a baby and she buys certain things and eats certain things and stops doing certain other things in order to be ready for motherhood.

It’s time to be diligent about preparation – studying for the exams that will open doors for your promotion, taking care of the apartment you are in now because you are practicing for your mansion. Learn how to interview; improve your vocabulary and smarten up your personal presentation, because you are ready to stand before kings, and not before obscure men (Proverbs 22;29)

The realm of harvest is available to all those who will develop their self-image to the point where they think, concerning all the good things in life, “Why not me?”

Get rid of the kind of talk that says “I’m just a… (single mama, minority, uneducated person etc.)”  Recognize that you are equal with all men before God. Stop identifying yourself most strongly with your cultural or historical roots, and see yourself as a unique human being, whose primary place of belonging is the Kingdom of God.

Recognize your power as a human being to influence and affect the outcomes of things. Don’t give yourself away cheaply, taking the first deal that comes to you, or the first man who says he loves you, thinking they are doing you a favor by their offer before you have even had a chance to investigate what you are getting into. Stop being happy with the crumbs! Lift up your eyes, research, do your homework and find out options for every situation. Only settle once you know, “THIS is my harvest.”

Be prepared to take a stand. Enemies love to show up at harvest time to steal away your advantage. Although as believers we never pick a fight, God requires that we stand up for what is ours, just like in the parable that Jesus told of the wise and foolish virgins. It’s time to receive what is ours without shame.

Right now there is a sound of the abundance of rain. It’s time to make an announcement at your house, “It’s harvest time!”

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