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Trusting God Through Transition

Exodus 3:21, “And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty.”

The story of the children of Israel and their exodus from Egypt was a very tense, suspenseful, and challenging time of transition.  However, it was a necessary transition in order for them to get to the place that God had promised. Every person on the face of this earth will face transition at some point in their life.

Sometimes transition is a very frightful and challenging place to be, because it appears that your future is filled with many unknowns.  However, God is so preoccupied with your success and where you are going, that He’ll use those who are hindrances or stumbling blocks to be a blessing to you!  God literally told the Israelites that he would make the Egyptians (their enemies/their oppressors) pay them upon their exit!  Now if you have enemies, well then you need to know there are many scriptures to address how God will use your enemies to bless you!  But that’s another post for another day….  🙂

But now let’s be honest, as much as we’d like to think that we have a lot of enemies, most of us really don’t.  Although it’s comforting to be able to rely on the excuses that, oh they just don’t like me, or they are out to get me, that mindset is not always the healthy way to think.  As a matter of fact, some situations we face in life is because, God has been telling us to move but we’ve become so comfortable, complacent, and passive in the place where we are.  It is at that point that God makes our current situation so unbearable that it causes us frustration.  Things that we were once accepting of, we can no longer tolerate…..FRUSTRATION!  Could it be that God allows certain situations to occur in our life, in order for us to must the courage or strength to be the on to stand up and change our community, our lives, and our families?  Unfortunately for many of us, we have become so accustomed to the mundane reality of our lives that we’d much rather stay frustrated and complain rather than stand up and do something about it!

But it doesn’t have to be that way.  When God is ready for you to move and transition he will open up the highways of your life and say, Go!  Actually, hearing his command is the first part of the battle. Then there are many obstacles that we must face in order to move, but  be confident that once we accept God’s orders, we must rely on Him and Trust in Him through our periods of Transition.    Though transition is tough, realize that God is going to give you favor and He will make those around you who are obstacles to finance your future. Pastor Sheryl Brady once said, “Transition is like being somewhere between a butterfly and a caterpillar, you can’t fly yet but you’ve made up in your mind that you’ll never crawl again another day in your life.” Pack your bags and get ready to soar…because your next level is already paid for!

Ready To Fly!
Pastor DP

Prayer:
Father, I pray for every reader today.  Give every person that is experiencing transition in their lives, the courage to embrace change and walk into their divine destiny.  Father we release our fear and our mundane routine and we take hold of the power you’ve given us through your word and your precious son Jesus Christ.  We have made up in our mind that we refuse to go back to crawling and we stretch our wings to soar.  I decree and declare that as we trust you through transition that you will release provision for our next level.  In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Focus Focus Focus

Have you ever started something, and then along the way you lost your focus?  Or maybe you committed to something and something else grabbed your attention?  Could it be that you were not focused on the vision?  I must admit starting something and seeing it to completion is never easy.  You see many times we have the enthusiasm to start something but through whatever circumstance, we grow tired, weary, and somehow lose focus.  Focus is the optimum word here.  Because focus is what causes clarity in your vision.  It can be easy to lose focus on the vision ahead because of busy schedules, distractions, appointments, and events.

What is focus?   Although focus has multiple meanings, I absolutely love the definition that Webster’s dictionary provides.  Webster says that focus is adjustment for distinct vision;  it also : the area that may be seen distinctly or resolved into a clear image; a state or condition permitting clear perception or understanding.  Literally it means that we must make adjustments to achieve the Distinct Vision that we have for our life, and that which God has purposed!  It’s distinctly and uniquely yours and yours alone.  You can see clearly with understanding.  Have you ever looked at something far away, but didn’t know what it was?  It was only until you either moved closer to it or your focus your attention that you had an understanding of what you were looking at!  Helen Keller once said, “It is a terrible thing to see and yet have no vision.”  What is the vision for your life?  Where do you want to go?  If you can’t visualize it now, then you’ll never make the proper steps to get there.  Don’t let this week go end without you making steps to regaining your focus.

Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

It can be frustrating to look at the successes, accomplishments, and achievements of another, and then wonder where you went wrong.  Vision is yours to own.  Become comfortable with what you see, and don’t be afraid to paint your own canvas!  There is a masterpiece waiting, but you must first see it! One of the most interesting quotes by Pablo Picasso, the famous abstract artist says, “If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.”  Vision is powerful… but we must remain focused!

Adjusting My Focus,
DP

Prayer:
Father, I pray for every person today that has somehow lost their focus.  Whether it be through difficulties, financial challenges, or adversity, I pray today that they will make the necessary adjustments to regain their focus and their enthusiasm needed to accomplish the tasks ahead and the vision that is at hand.  I pray for their vision whether its to have a thriving ministry, a successful business, a happy marriage, or just good health.  I pray Father that you would assist them in accomplishing it. In Jesus’ Name.  Amen!

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

The Weakest Link

Happy Monday to all of you!  I hope that you are doing well and in the best of health.  Had a phenomenal weekend at our 2nd week of services, and praise reports are already coming in… What a mighty God we serve!

I happened to be watching the game show channel some time ago, and they re-aired a show called The Weakest Link.  To me it was quite comical how the host, would carelessly remove people who gave the wrong answer.  She would remove them with no expression, no emotion and say, ” you are the weakest link, Goodbye!”  There is an old saying, “A chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link.” We know that a chain with a weak link can and will give out as soon as pressure is put on the link in question. When that link goes, we know that the chain will break and become useless until the link is replaced with one that is strong enough to be in the chain. The problem that we often encounter is it is not easy to identify a weak link until the chain is under pressure. Until there is stress all the links in the chain look the same. They all look like they can hold up to pressure until one shows that it can’t.

The truth of the matter is just like a weak link has an effect on a chain, the people we are connected to have an effect on us. When we bring people into our circle we are adding links to the chain of our lives, and if we are not careful we will bring in links that can’t stand the pressure. In the same way that an employer reviews resumes, and interviews people before bringing them into their company we have to be careful about the people we bring into our circle. No employer would ever bring in people and give them access to the company without having some knowledge of who they are, but we will often bring people into our lives just because we had a couple of drinks with them.

Before you bring in new people do some checking to make sure they can handle the pressure that is attached to the anointing, the call, the destiny that is on your life.  Why pressure?  Because often it is the pressure that produces anointing, promotion and purpose.  The scriptures teach us in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our light affiction which is but for a moment worketh a far more exceeding and eternal WEIGHT of glory…”  God often puts the weight (pressure)  of our trials in our lives in order to produce a heavier weight of glory and victory for us!  We must discern whether they can handle the process that pressure brings.

This week, find out if they are your kind of people who can withstand the pressure that is associated with your life. While some would say that is elitist, it is just smart. You have to know if the people who you are bringing into your circle are people who will make you weaker or stronger. You should be elite about the people to whom you give access. Sometimes we hold onto relationships, affliations, or associations out of false loyalty or fear that eventually the relationship will become fruitful.  Everyone is not worth your time, your effort or your investment. Think of your life as a very exclusive club where you are the membership chair. Make sure the people you let in meet your requirements, that way you won’t have to worry about things getting out of hand because you know who you let in the velvet rope.  God is getting you ready for your premiere, and the red carpet is already rolled out!

Pastor DP

Prayer:
Father, I thank you for those that are reading today.  I ask that you would bless them and keep them!  Allow them to assess their circles and surrounding, and realize their value.  We praise you for the pressure because it is producing great purpose in our lives!  We love you and give you praise for all that is about to happen.  We decree that we are on the cusp of our premiere, and Great things are happening in our lives!  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen!

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

If You’re Gonna Do it….Do It Now

Oftentimes in life that we are gifted with inspiration. We come up with an idea that can change the world or at the very least change our lives. We are blessed to be able to see something that other people don’t see or have the ability to do something that other people can’t do and if it ever gets the exposure it needs we will be launched from where we are to another level in life. What stops many of us from seeing and receiving the things that would completely change our lives is we never move from inspiration to action.

Perhaps you feel that what you desire to do is insignificant or has no value or worth.  Take this thought from Mother Teresa who said, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”  Someone needs what have to offer so go after it!

Wisdom demands that we do something!  Proverbs 6:4 (NLT) says, “Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do.”  Inspiration, genius, ideas, and ability mean nothing if we don’t get up and do something about it. There are many times that we lose out on our chance at destiny because we simply have not done anything about it. What the enemy wants us to do is to wait until it is too late. He wants us to wait to get started with something, wait to finish something, or wait to think about something. Tell the enemy “NO!” by starting, thinking, working and finishing right now. If you never get started you are already stopped, but once you get started there is nothing that can stop you.  Make this declaration out loud today, “I decree and declare that I am unstoppable, and I will accomplish everything that I put my hands to today with Great Success!”

Unstoppable,
Pastor DP

Prayer:
Father, I pray today for every individual that reads this blog post.  I pray that you ignite the passion and zeal to accomplish something great for you.  Help us to regain any time that we may have lost sitting idle, wondering what to do.  I decree that they will pick up their dream, their goal, and their vision and not just think or speak it, but actually do it.  We praise for the fulfillment of great things to come.  In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2011 in Uncategorized