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You Will Finish What You Started!

Okay, so it is the last day of January, and already this month has flown by.  Wow, I am trying to figure out how did the days zoom by so quickly?  Ugh!  I have so much to do and so little time. 

If you’re like the majority of people, who started this year strong, resilient, and ready to take on the world….you’re probably staring at the calendar today, and saying, “I have not completed one thing that I resolved to do this year, and one month is already gone!”  That’s understandable, because sometimes life has a way of throwing curve balls at us and we’re flying high until we realize….oops…I jumped, but there’s a hole in my parachute!!!  🙂

It’s those little holes in our parachutes that can sometimes derail us, or cause us to lose focus on the bigger picture.  Today, in my devotion, God reminded me of a story about a man named Zerubbabel, interesting name huh?   Zerubbabel was a descendant of King David who led a large group of Jews back to Jerusalem after their seventy years exile in Babylon.  Zerubbabel was born during the exile in Babylon. His name, Zerubbabel, means seed of Babylon or born in Babylon.  Zerubbabel was to complete the task of rebuilding the temple, despite opposition from the neighboring Samaritans. The people he had to work with were greatly discouraged, apathetic, and many had turned away from the Lord. Certainly, it would have been extremely difficult to accomplish the task in their own strength. But God, in His great love, lays out the plan on how the temple is to be rebuilt.

Zechariah 4:6-9
6 Then he answered and spoke unto me, saying, this is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, said the LORD of hosts. 7 Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shall become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shouting’s, crying, Grace, grace unto it.8 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.

1) Get a plan or course of action.  Write down what you need to do, then highlight the steps that must be taken to get there.  If you have to write down a to-do list, Write it!  Ask God through the power of the Holy Spirit to assist you to create a solid and reasonable plan, and then act on it.  The plan on rebuilding the temple was to be accomplished not by their strength or power, but by God’s power – His ability and His grace. The task that seemed like a mountain would become a plain. What seemed so difficult in the natural would come forth by shouting grace to it. What tasks are we facing today that seem so difficult that could not change if we only shouted grace to it?

Sometimes our inability to complete certain things in life lies in the fact that we refuse to work our faith.  Faith really is an action.  Faith without works is dead.  So we’ve got to mobilize our faith through our actions in order to see manifestation.

It’s not by might nor by power but by the spirit, says the Lord!  As God told Zerubbabel, you have laid the foundation, and your hands will finish it!  Make up your mind to lay the foundation for success, and through the grace of God, you will finish whatever you have started.  Don’t make excuses, and don’t procrastinate.  Make a list of phone calls you need to make to get to your goal, and Act on it!  God is releasing grace upon our plans and actions. Now it’s up to us to put hands and feet on our vision!

Zerubbabel couldn’t just throw up his hands and say, “Ok God, you do it” and sit back and have a Mountain Dew! No, God’s way has always been to work through us.

Finishing What I’ve Started,
DP 

Prayer:
Father, I thank you for every reader today.  My prayer today is that you give them the boldness and confidence to tackle every project, every dream, every vision, and every goal that they have set their hands to do this year.  Give them the grace to not only start it, but to complete it.  I pray that they will cast all doubt and fear aside, and work the plan through grace and faith!  I believe that as we attempt to bring completion to areas in our life, we will rejoice as the work comes to fruition.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen!

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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Sleeping Giants

This morning, I came across a quote from a man by the name of Napoleon Bonaparte.  Napoleon was a relentless and power-hungry military commander, who led the French to innumerable victories in his period. He was well-known for his prolific leadership qualities and masterly military tactics.

In the early 19th century, Napoleon Bonaparte was quoted as saying in reference to China, “There lies a sleeping giant. Let him sleep, for when he wakes he will move the world.”  As I read this quote, I was literally shaken to the very core of my being. Often I have minimized my own potential, not realizing that we all are significant.  Now there are some slight variations of this quote that say ”for he will be unstoppable” or “he will shake the world.”  Nevertheless, no matter what variation you consider, there is a sleeping giant within you and now is the time for you to awaken the greatness you possess. 

We must shake ourselves and awaken from our sleep and slumber. There is something great you and I must do, but in order to accomplish it, we must awaken the greatness and potential that is resident within us.  Too often we put many dreams, visions, and goals to sleep, and vow to revisit them when the time or opportunity is better.  However, there is no perfect time like the present!  It is often said that the average person will sleep one-third of their life away.  One third of our life is spent sleeping…WOW….  Romans 13:11 says, “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”  We no longer have time to waste!  Awaken the sleeping giant within you!  There is a big world out there, and it’s waiting on you and I!  Wake up your desire to go to back to school, to get your certification, to start the business, to launch your vision, you must do it!  No excuses, no complaining, and no procrastination! 

Waking the Sleeping Giant Within,
DP

Prayer:
Father, I thank you for every reader!  I believe by faith that today, they will begin the process of waking the sleeping giant within.  We decree and declare that once the giant is awake, that you will give them biblical concepts and principles that will help them to strategize and be effective in whatever you have called, created, and purposed in their life.  Position every person to be an earth shaker!  In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Bust A Move!

This year, I have really believed God for crazy stuff!  As much as I would love to receive some material things like that Mercedes CLS550 (which yes, is my dream car), I am really believing God for things that reap a spiritual harvest.  I know God will blow my mind. To be honest, when God starts answering some of the prayers that you’ve earnestly prayed and believed Him for it can be scary, and rather intimidating.  Sometimes, we have a tendency to say we believe God for His blessings and favor.  The true test is not waiting for the blessing to manifest, but how we react when God literally brings the blessing right to our front door.  Will you act slothful?  Will you misappropriate the blessing?  Will you wait for God to spoon feed you? 

I know that I’ve been guilty of it myself many times, because I felt that if God was going to bless me He was going to bless me and I would not have to put any effort into it.   Could I have ever been so wrong?  This year God is going to bless me, but He’s not going to force me to receive.  He’s going to test my tenacity, my stamina, and my fortitude, to see whether I’m going to sit idle and wait for Him to do all the work or if I’m going to take some initiative and do something for myself.

2 Kings 7:3 tells the story of famine in Samaria and of four leprous men, restrained from existing in population due to their leprous condition; separated from society, and forced to live among others with their condition.  These men were sitting outside of the city, when God caused the Syrian Army to hear the noise of chariots and horses as if a great army was coming.  Due to their fear, the Syrian army left their camp, they fled from the camp in the twilight, with regard to their life, i.e., to save their life only, leaving behind them their tents, horses, and asses, and the camp as it was. This was a miracle, by which God delivered Samaria from the famine and their enemies, in which the enemies thought they heard the march of hostile armies from the north and south, and were seized with such panic terror that they fled in the greatest haste, leaving behind them their baggage, and their beasts.

These four leprous men decided if we are going to die, we should at least die trying.  They knew they could be killed for breaking Levitical Law, but they also knew that if they didn’t eat in famine, they could die from starvation.  At this point they determined, they had nothing to lose, so they might as well made a move!  This is my time to bust a move!  I might as well try to at least grab the bull by the horns, and walk into the blessing that God has prepared for me!  Did you know that sometimes the blessing is right in front of us, we just have to take the initiative to go get it?  So I’m going to get it!  I refuse to let another year pass without at least making an attempt.  I want to ensure, that as God does His part, I’m also doing my part!  So get ready it’s time to bust a move!

Busting Moves!!
DP

Prayer:
Father, I thank you for every reader today.  I pray that no matter what has limited their potential, no matter what obstacle or issue in their life has caused them to feel ostracized and isolated; I pray that today they will shake off what’s holding them back and walk right into the blessing that you have prepared for them.  We declare over our lives that there be no more excuses, and no more complaining, only praise!  We praise you for the blessings, the doors, and the opportunities that await us!  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen!

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

There is More to Me than Meets the Eye

I am evolving….I am changing….I am in transition!  Change is one of the most difficult and most challenging things you can experience or go through, because change often requires you to change your mindset, your ideals, and most importantly your environment.

Most people want change, but they want change to happen without adding little or no effort to the process.  That’s right, change is a process that requires us to put in a little elbow grease, to see the results that we want.  Sometimes we make the mistake of minimizing who we are because we base our self-worth upon other people’s assessment, opinions, and even successes.  This can be damaging to your destiny, especially while you’re in the process of change.  I want to encourage you today that you have something that no one else has, you are valuable.  God made you unique and special, and don’t be ashamed of who He created you to be!  Everything about us is uniquely designed so that God would get full glory out of our lives. 

2 Corinthians 4:7 says, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of ourselves.”  God loved us so much that he put the wonderful gift of salvation on the inside of us.  We are the earthen clay vessels that the Apostle Paul speaks about.  Isn’t it wonderful, that something so fragile, something with imperfections, something that can easily be broken, can be used to carry something so valuable.  Your gifts, your talents, your potential is priceless!  Everyone of us has something valuable that we have the responsibility of using for the glory of God!  I’ve heard many times, that one of the richest places on earth is the graveyard!  Many people died with songs that should have been written, businesses, dreams, inventions, that went with them to the grave because they failed to unearth the treasure within! 

I don’t want you to die with unfulfilled dreams, unfinished goals, and the priceless treasure of God!  I decree that this is your year to unearth and to uncover every valuable dream, goal, vision, that God planted on the inside of you!  You are valuable and there is more to you than meets the eye!  People may not be able to see your treasure based upon the external, but this is your year to show the world, that you are valuable!

Finding the Treasure Within,
DP

Prayer:
Father, I decree and declare that today is the day that my friends will begin to see themselves as their most valuable asset and resource.  They are great!  I pray that they will begin to look on the inside of them, and realize the greatness that lies beneath their fragile exterior.  We pray that they will have the tenacity and the confidence to realize their potential, and realize that this is their year to live their potential to the max!  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen!

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

What a Weekend…and Week for that matter!

This weekend I had to travel to minister in a small town called Eure, NC (population small….very small), there are no hotels in the town, so our hosts booked me in a wonderful hotel in Suffolk, Va..  I had to go preach for a prophetic conference at St. John Community Christian Church, two services and whew, I’m exhausted. 

They were having their 1st annual Prophetic Conference and wow.. God showed up and showed out!  It is nothing like experiencing the dynamic presence and power of God.  For those who don’t believe,  He still reigns supreme and there is nothing that he cannot do.  It still amazes me that God chooses to use me with all my faults, my shortcomings, and the failures that I’ve made, but yet he still uses me.  Thank you father for using me!

Well this week is going to be busy, all day seminar Tuesday, then church on tuesday night, preaching another service on Wednesday night,  then I leave for Washington DC for a two day conference on Thursday and Friday.  Then back home on Saturday!!  Whew, I’m already wanting to ask God, God are you sure I’m the one you really meant to call into ministry?!  Well nonetheless, where he sends me I will go….Even with the hustle and bustle of ministry, one thing remains important, my alone and quiet time with God.  It is quite easy to be so busy that when you are tired and exhausted from ministering or working you forget to say your prayers or tell a loved one how much you love them!  But If it wasn’t for him, I would not be fit to be used.  So as a reminder, though your life is busy and you have a lot going on, dropping off and picking up the kids from school, completing homework, cooking dinner, and whatever else is on your to do list.  Take a few moments right now to say thank you!

Busy but Thankful!
DP

Prayer:
Father, we thank you for those who are reading today.  We ask that in our busy days and times, that we find a few moments just to say thank you.  Thank you for keeping us, thank you for using us, and thank you for being such a wonderful God to serve.  We are like the psalmist who declared, “I will bless the Lord at all times and his praises shall continually be in my mouth!”  We praise you today!  In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

God Has His Hands on Me…

This morning during my devotion and prayer time, the song “He Has His Hands On You” (listen to the song here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6LJatSmbG0 ) by Marvin Sapp came on the radio and tears began to well up in my eyes.  I wasn’t so much emotional as I was, just grateful that through all the things I’ve been through, God still chose to keep his hands on me.  The powerful lyrics of the song was an encouraging reminder that God has his hands on you and I and if we just remember that no matter what pressure we face, no matter how many obstacles stack up against us, no matter how overwhelming the vision that he has given us seems….Be confident that God has his hands on you! 

A few weeks ago, I ministered a message entitled, “Same Clay, Another Vessel” from the story in the book of Jeremiah, where God speaks to him and tells him to go to down to the potter’s house, and God would speak to him there.  A colleague of mine in ministry reminded me of that message last week, and I’m reminding you of the story today!  That though we are in the Hands of God sometimes he has to make us over and over again until we become the masterpiece that he envisions for our lives to be.  The pressure of the hand of God sometimes seems unbearable, sometimes seems unfair, sometimes seems too long, but be encouraged and rejoice that as long as we are in the hand of God nothing that we face or encounter can impede our progress.  No we are not perfect, no we have not done everything right…oh yeah, and I’ve made many mistakes, but we serve a loving, compassionate, and forgiving God that sees us not as we are but as we will be.  God doesn’t throw the clay out when it becomes damaged or marred, but he keeps working with the same clay and makes it into something more beautiful and more complete.   I must be very honest and admit, that God’s Hands are on me!  I can feel something in the atmosphere this year that I have never experienced before, and I am anxious to see what masterpiece he is working on in my life.

John 10:29 declares, “My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand.”   I’m so grateful that His hand is on me and that I am in his hand!  When God’s Hand is on you, expect to win, expect to finish, expect Victory!

His Hands are On Me,
DP

Prayer:
Father, thank you for the person reading today!  Thank you for having your hands on us!  Even when we cry, we feel discouraged, and overwhelmed, we know that your hands are on us to prosper our way, whithersoever we go!  Thank you for your hand that pushes us, promotes us, protects us, and provides for us!  We Love you God and we praise you today!  In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Thou Shalt also Decree A Thing….

Okay, so I am like a kid in a candy store! I do not know if you can sense it or not, but I am in eager anticipation for what shall unfold for me in this year.  I have been declaring since November of 2010 that this is my year! This was my year of divine connections,  My year of limitless potential, my year to live my dream, my year to have whatsoever I say! 

So ever since the New Year came in, there has been an undercurrent flowing in my and my family’s spirit that says something good is about to happen!!  I don’t know what is happening, but ever since I personally declared for my life that this was the year of divine connections….God has been doing just that.  And everyday that I take a moment to decree certain things in my life, it’s as if the delivery man pulls right up to my front door and says, “sign for this please.”  Have you ever ordered something from a catalog or from television, and you forget that you ordered it?  Well that is what’s been happening to me!  I have decreed so many powerful confessions over my life that when It comes I almost forget that I ordered it!  John 14:14 says, “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it,” the problem is we get frustrated because most of the time God does things according to his will…and timing for that matter!

Anyway, I am so confident in the Word of God, that I am certain that many of the things that are happening right now are a result of some of the things that I’ve decreed.  I’m not being arrogant or haughty, but the scriptures are true, in Job 22:28 it says, “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto you; and the light shall shine upon your ways.”  The bible also says in Proverbs 6:2 and I’m paraphrasing but “we are ensnared by the words of our mouths!”  So one of the ways to get out of entanglements in our lives is to talk our way out!  We have to decree and declare what shall be in our lives.  We can no longer accept others judgements, opinions, or thoughts concerning how we should live our destiny. 

The word decree comes from the french/latin meaning a decision with the definition stating  that it’s An authoritative order having the force of law.  When you began to decree you must first make a decision that change is inevitable, and then use your kingdom authority to bring the earth realm under the force of law of the power God!

I can remember a few weeks ago, I needed some financial resources to complete a project, and I remember getting up that morning and driving down the expressway, saying, “I decree that financial resources are coming to me, I decree that angels of prosperity and provision are being marshalled to bring me resources, that God you are putting my name in the wind that my gifts will bring me before Kings!”  and to my pleasure, by the end of the day I had exactly what I needed (cold hard cash) to complete the project.  The scripture says after we decree it is established, and the light will shine upon your ways.  That day, God began to illuminate my mind and give me ideas, strategies, and even people who needed my assistance!  We must now begin to use our most powerful weapon and that is our word!  Begin today to Decree over your life, over your family, over your finances, and watch your environment and atmosphere around you begin to shift!

Decreeing and Declaring,
DP

Prayer:
Father, I thank you for the reader!  I thank you for marshalling angels and agents of heaven to move swiftly on the behalf of your people!  As they begin to decree and declare, I pray that you would send forth the words that they speak into the atmosphere to set their homes, their families, their businesses in alignment with your will and purpose for their lives!  Father, I decree supernatural wisdom, divine connections, and strategic success over the lives of your people!  In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2011 in Uncategorized