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WHAT WE NEED

Jesus’ earthly ministry lasted three years. During His last supper with His disciples, as His time of death drew near, Jesus took time to speak words of comfort and assurance to them. He knew they would miss Him greatly, miss His teachings and their time of fellowship. Though He would no longer be with them in the flesh, He promised them a Comforter that would be with them for the rest of their lives.

The Greek word for Comforter is parakletos, and it is used by John five times in the following scriptures: John 14:15, 26; 15:26; 16:7 and 1 John 2:1. Literally, the meaning of parakletos is “called besides to assist,” “to aid another,” or “an advocate.” Additionally, He informed the disciples that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, would be called the Spirit of Truth, and He would dwell with them and be in them. He would not control them, but He would guide them in all truth.

The scripture revealed the Comforter or the Holy Spirit was coming from the Father per request of Jesus. Just like the Father gave Jesus to the world, Jesus requested the Father give the Holy Spirit to believers, and we saw this come to fruition on the day of Pentecost when one hundred and twenty believers in an upper room receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Before this event in the Old Testament, the Spirit of God was with men, for men, and upon men to accomplish their earthly assignments, but from now onward, He would be in them.

From all the turmoil in our present world, I am sure everyone realizes that the world is in direr need of answers. People are pressured on every side, and many feel the solution to their situation is death. People have no hope, and they do not know who to trust. There answer is the parakletos.

Throughout the New Testament, the Bible shares the Holy Spirit’s many works, for he is not limited to a few things. He is a comforter, a teacher, a guide, a revealer, an imparter of spiritual gifts, an intercessor, a refresher, a regenerator, a constrainer, a keeper, a lover, a mover, a sanctifier, and a producer of fruit. Knowing all that the Holy Spirit provides, who would not want Him active in their lives?

If you have not received the Holy Spirit, I am inviting you to do so. Luke 11:13 states. “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” So, ask the Father now. When the Holy Spirit fills you, the sign that He is in you, as seen in Acts 2:4; 10:44 – 46 and 19:6, is the ability to speak in a language unknown to you. The bible states in 1 Corinthians 14:2, “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” So, don’t expect to understand what you are saying. Just know by faith as you speak in the unknown language, God has fulfilled the request of His Son in your life.

Moreover, for those of you that already received the Holy Spirit but have not completely surrendered to Him, I implore you to do so, for you are missing out on God’s best for your life. I pray we all remember the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, and allow Him full access to every area of our life, for He is what we need.

JESUS CAME AND DID IT

This week believers of the gospel of Jesus Christ all have the opportunity to celebrate His life, death, and resurrection. Jesus was sent to earth with a purpose to redeem man back to God. He was born in a barn in Bethlehem of Judea, and Mary, his mother, laid Him in a manger. On His birth day, shepherds were informed of His birth, and they sought Him and found Him. After which the scripture in Matthew 2:20 said, “And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”

Shortly after that, Joseph was instructed in a dream to flee to Egypt with Mary and Jesus, for Herod was looking for Jesus to kill Him. After Herod’s death, Joseph and his family returned to their native land and lived in Nazareth.

The bible stated in Luke 2:40, “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him.” Besides that verse, the only recorded event in the life of Jesus’s boyhood was when he was twelve years old, and his family traveled to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. While traveling back home, Mary and Joseph discovered that He was missing, so they returned to Jerusalem and found Him in the temple, conversing with the doctors doing His Father’s business.

Jesus’s life story reopens at age thirty when He began His earthly ministry teaching the kingdom of God principles, healing the sick, raising the dead, and casting out demons. At the end of three years, Judas Iscariot betrayed Him in the Garden of Gethsemane, and Jesus was brought before Pilate by the Jews to be prosecuted. Pilate acquiesced to the desire of Jews and sentenced Jesus to death.

Before crucifying Jesus, the Roman soldiers spat in his face while others struck him.  They put a platted crown of thorns upon his head and beat the crown into his head with a cane. Their final act of cruelty was to scourge him, and then they took him to Golgotha and crucified Him in between two thieves. During that torturous day, Jesus at any time could have stopped the men from their evil acts, but He bore all of the bodily pain and bruising to redeem us.

There has been a debate on the actual day that Jesus was crucified. To be three days in the earth, scholars have said He needed to be buried either Wednesday or Thursday and not Friday. To me, whatever day He was buried is insignificant. What is important is that He died, He fulfilled His purpose, and He completed His earthly assignment.

So, the soldiers hung him on the cross in the morning, and He died in the afternoon around the ninth hour of the day. Joseph the Arimathaea took His body, wrapped it in clean linen, and laid it in a new tomb. While His body lay in the tomb for three days, He descended into the lower part of the earth and preached to the spirits in prison (1Peter 3: 18-19). On the first day of the week, the grave could no longer hold Him, and Jesus arose. He became my kinsman-redeemer, and for this, I am grateful, and I celebrate his resurrection knowing He did this for me. Thus, I must end this blog with the lyrics of the song “Just for Me” by Donnie McClurkin, which I’ve been humming all week.

               JUST FOR ME

What does the cross of Jesus mean?
It’s more than songs we sing, yeah
Much more than that emblem on your chain
But it means I’m free, yes from the chains of slavery
And the blood that shed won’t let my sins remain, oh my

Upon the cross my saviour died, the lamb was crucified
Showed us love that this world had never known
Oh what love, divine so divine, true a love you’ll never find
So that we might live, love came and died alone, Hallelujah

Well the cross will always represent the love God had for me
When the Lord of glory, heaven sent gave all on calvary
He did it just for me, just for me, Hallelujah
Jesus came and did it just for me, help me sing

Just for me, just for me (oh yes)
Jesus came and did it just for me (oh)
Just for me, just for me
Oh, Jesus came and did it just for me.

COVID-19 VACCINATION CARD

Being interested in the study of Eschatology, the events that our world is presently experiencing greatly interest me. It has made me connect the dots from our present to the future, and I clearly see how things can transpire in the future.

So far in the United States, we have mainly used the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, which require two doses. After being vaccinated, participants are given a card with the vaccine documentation on it. Participants are told to make copies of it and, if possible, get their card laminated. In the near future, this card may become as important as your driver’s license.

Presently some countries will not allow people entrance unless they have received certain vaccines. It is believed in the future, this practice will expand beyond countries to schools, theme parks, restaurants, sporting events, supermarkets, etc. If the Covid-19 escalates, people’s ability to move around may depend on whether they have been vaccinated.

For those of you who know about the beast’s mark, doesn’t this vaccination card make you think, “Wow”? Just in case you have not heard about the mark of the beast, let me quote Revelation 13:11,16-17, “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” During the tribulation, the person who institutes this practice is the false prophet and as stated in the scripture, no one will be able to purchase goods unless they have the mark, and your access to places will be determined by it. Presently, we have a choice whether to get the vaccine or not; however, if your rejection of the vaccine hinders you from getting things that you need, what are you going to do?

What I am saying in this blog is that all of us must realize today’s events are preparing the way for the future. God does not want us to be fooled, deceived, or blind, and neither do I.

LET THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY COME FORTH

Last year August, I took a workshop titled “PROPHESY THE GOLD IN PEOPLE,” and the presenter Matt Sorger said something that made me rethink what I knew about the Spirit of Prophecy. Until that workshop, I viewed the Spirit of Prophecy as one of the spiritual gifts that God gave selected individuals. After taking this workshop, I believe I’ve been enlightened, and my understanding expanded.

In the Bible, Paul the Apostle wrote the most on the Spirit of Prophecy. First and foremost, he revealed spiritual gifts were given as a means of helping the entire church. In other words, spiritual gifts were not to be bestowed on solely one person but the masses. Additionally, in 1 Corinthians 14:3, he states, “But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.” To edify means to build up, to instruct or benefit, and to uplift. To exhort means to urge, advise, caution earnestly, admonish, and strongly encourage. Lastly, comfort means to soothe, console, reassure, bring cheer, and ease grief and stress

We all must admit in the times in which we are living with the numerous reports of people suffering from depression, suicidal ideations, economic issues, family breakups, health crisis, unemployment, addictions, and isolation; people need a word of encouragement, instructions, and a word of comfort. Think about that, as believers, isn’t that what we are called to do.

The good news is, it’s not hard to do if you follow these few suggestions: 

  1. Don’t look at people with your natural eyes but look at them through your spiritual lenses.
  2. Ask God to help you see individuals as He sees them. God looks beyond our faults and failures and sees our potentials. God wants us all to be successful as we follow his kingdom principles
  3. As you perceive who they are in the spirit, speak to their true identity and purpose. Meet them where they are at and bring them up and out.
  4. Offer encouragement, instructions, and consolation based on the Word. You will never go wrong when you speak the creative, saving, redeeming Word of God.
  5. Please don’t limit your prophecy (edification, exhortation, and comfort) to believers; speak to the lost they need to hear the Word the most.
  6. Finally, do as Paul advised, “Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy.” Don’t just long to do this. Do it, start today; someone needs to hear the Word.

DELIVERANCE AT MIDNIGHT

Acts 16: 16-40 tell the story of Paul and Silas’s deliverance from incarceration. As told by Luke, the physician, Paul, and Silas, while ministering in Philippi, met a certain damsel that followed them around for several days saying, “These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.” This repetitive proclamation grieved Paul so much he cast the spirit of divination out of her, which made her masters angry. The masters caught Paul and Silas and brought them before the magistrates with false accusations. Believing the report, the magistrates had Paul and Silas beaten and cast into prison.

Having been told to keep these prisoners safely, the jailor put them in the inner cell and placed their feet in stocks. Being beaten and placed in prison did not deter Paul and Silas from praising God, for the scripture said, “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God.” They did these things loud enough that the other prisoners heard them.

Additionally, the scriptures revealed there was a great earthquake that shook the foundations of the prison, all the prison doors were opened, and all the prisoner’s bands were loosed. This occurrence caused the prison keeper to wake out of his sleep. Becoming alarmed with what he saw and thinking all the prisoners had escaped, he drew out his sword to commit suicide. Paul stopped him by saying, “Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.” The keeper got a lit torch and went trembling and fell before Paul and Silas. He escorted them out of prison and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Paul and Silas shared the message of salvation to the keeper and his household, and in turn, they believed and were baptized. Furthermore, the keeper dressed Paul and Silas’s wounds, fed them a meal, and the scripture reports rejoiced, believing God with all of his house.

Now that I shared this event in the life of Paul and Silas, here are some nuggets that I gathered from their experience:

  1. While ministering, you will meet people that need an exorcism.
  2. God can cause a possessed person to speak the truth.
  3. Demons recognize those who have authority and power over them.
  4. Sometimes deliverance happens in unlikely places.
  5. Some deliverances are not instantaneous.
  6. People will become angry when you cause economic loss in their lives.
  7. You may have to suffer for others to be delivered.
  8. Midnight is known to be the beginning of the third watch (12 a.m.-3 a.m.), and it is said to be the period that has the greatest satanic activity. Midnight also represents the darkest time of one’s life when one cannot see clearly. However, even when you know the enemy is working, when you are bound and can’t see, when your painful experience has left you bruised and battered, continue praying and singing praises to God.
  9. When you have every right to complain, instead praise God.
  10. A clear principle; sing until the chains fall off.
  11. Praying and praising God yields results.
  12. There is a set time for your release.
  13. Deliverance is for those without and those within.
  14. Some innocent people are placed in prison for the salvation of others.
  15. God uses your experience to save others.
  16. Believe God for household salvation.

WHERE DO YOU FUNCTION IN THE BODY?

This week I had the opportunity to do a seminar titled “Saturate your soil, seed, and soul with praise, worship, and thanksgiving.” In preparing for the presentation, the Holy Spirit directed me to focus on the human body’s anatomy and physiology. While studying and researching, the Holy Spirit ministered to me about the tissues in the body in a revelatory manner. So, today I am going to share aspects of the revelation in this blog.

The body comprises four kinds of tissue: the epithelium, muscle, connective, and nervous tissues, and each of these tissue groupings was designed to perform various functions. As I studied them and looked at their function in the natural, I saw a spiritual application. It was an aha moment.

The epithelium tissue’s primary function is that of protection. This is what is known as the human body’s outer skin, and it covers all that is beneath; it leaves nothing exposed. When there is a wound in the skin over time, the epithelium heals itself and closes up the area that has been exposed to outside elements. To me, the epithelium tissues represent the intercessors in the body of Christ. They are the ones that keep the church protected thru their unceasing prayers. If they stopped functioning, the enemy would invade, and when there is a breach, it is through the prayers of the intercessors that which the enemy attacked and taken is restored.

The muscle tissue is responsible for body movement. This tissue represents the workers, the ministry’s hands and feet, and without them, the church would be dormant. They are the lifters, and they are the movers. They are the ones that help things to be accomplished.

In the body, the connective tissue not only connects and attaches but it supports, protects, and stores nutrients. I see these tissues representing those that exhort, edify and give comfort. They are the ones that hold the people together, making sure all have the necessary support, and none fall thru the cracks.

Lastly, the nervous tissues conduct impulses throughout the body from organ to organ via neurons. I believe the nervous tissue represents the command center. These are the leaders and administrators that give the instructions making sure all are in their place and fulfilling their assignment.

As you can see, all of the four tissues are needed for the body to function correctly. It reminds me of Paul’s scripture in Ephesians 4:16, which I will incorporate below using several translations, but before I do that, let me ask you this question. Which tissue are you, and are you functioning properly? If you can answer yes, good; if not, read these scriptures and allow them to motivate you to do what you are supposed to do.

“From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” (King James Version)

“Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly, and each part in its own special way helps the other parts, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” (Living Bible)

“From Him the whole body [the church, in all its various parts], joined and knitted firmly together by what every joint supplies, when each part is working properly, causes the body to grow and mature, building itself up [a]in [unselfish] love.” (Amplified Bible)

DON’T GO WITHOUT HIM

Besides those that are theists who believe in God, there are agnostics who claim neither faith nor disbelief in God, and there are polytheists who worship more than one God. I, however, using a saying from the Old testament, appreciate that I know and have a relationship with “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” I thank God I am not deceived into thinking I can function without Him in the difficult times in which we live.

Listen, Exodus 32 – 33, I believe, discloses a significant pattern to which fellow believers and I should subscribe. Prior to these chapters, as the Israelites traveled through the wilderness, Exodus 13:21-22 states, “And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.” By His actions, the people knew God was with them.

When they arrived at Mount Sinai, God summons Moses up the mount to give him judgments, ordinances, and commandments that the children of Israel were to follow. When God finished Exodus 31:18, states, “And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.”

Unfortunately, chapter 32 shares the folly of Israel that occurred when Moses was absent. According to the scripture, Moses was on Mount Sinai for forty days, and the children of Israel thought something had happened to him. Therefore, they requested Aaron, “Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.” Aaron complied with their request and made a golden calf out of their golden earrings, after which the people offered burnt offerings, brought peace offerings, sat down, had a meal, and then rose up to play.

On the mount, God says to Moses, “Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves.” When Moses gets back down to camp and sees what the people had done, he became so angry he threw down the two tables that contained the commandments. He grounded the calf into powder, mixed it with water, and made the people drink it. Then he instructed those on the Lord’s side to kill all who were not, which ended up being three thousand dead men.

On the next day, Moses communicates with God about the sinful act of the people, and God said to him.” Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it: And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite: Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.”

Moses knew not to accept this instruction willingly, so he replied, “If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.” Moses understood that they needed God to be with them to be successful in unknown territory. Though guidance from an angel was useful, and though they would inhabit the land of Canaan as God promised their forefathers, neither that occupation nor the angel accompaniment could compare to having the presence of the mighty I Am, God.

Moses interceded on behalf of Israel until God acquiesced and said, “I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.” When we have a loving relationship with God, He will be actively involved in our lives. We need Him every moment; that is why it is crucial for us to pray without ceasing. Stay in contact with God, express your total dependency on Him to Him, and please don’t go without Him.

DON’T ACCEPT THE COUNTERFEIT

During His earthly ministry, Jesus taught kingdom principles, and many of them are found in Matthew 5-7, which is called His “Sermons on the Mount.” In this blog, I will share one of them located in Matthew 7, and I am sharing this one because of what is going on in America concerning our recent election and the prophetic words spoken about who would be our president.

I am going to share Matthew 7:15-23 using two different translations.

(King James Version) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

(The Passion Translation) Constantly be on your guard against phony prophets. They come disguised as lambs, appearing to be genuine, but on the inside they are like wild, ravenous wolves!  You can spot them by their actions, for the fruits of their character will be obvious. You won’t find sweet grapes hanging on a thorn bush, and you’ll never pick good fruit from a tumbleweed. So if the tree is good, it will produce good fruit; but if the tree is bad, it will bear only rotten fruit and it deserves to be cut down and burned. Look at the obvious fruit of their lives and ministries, and then you’ll know whether they are true or false. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the realm of heaven’s kingdom. It is only those who persist in doing the will of my heavenly Father. On the day of judgment many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, don’t you remember us? Didn’t we prophesy[j] in your name? Didn’t we cast out demons and do many miracles for the sake of your name?’ But I will have to say to them, ‘Go away from me, you lawless rebels! I’ve never been joined to you!’

From these verses, I believe Jesus gave believers powerful insight into how to determine a counterfeit. According to the dictionary, the meaning of counterfeit: made in exact imitation of something valuable or important with the intention to deceive or defraud.

Synonyms:  fake · faked · copied · forged · feigned · simulated · sham · spurious · bogus · imitation · substitute · dummy · ersatz · knockoff · pirate · pirated · phony · pseud · pseudo · cod

Jesus tells us that we must be alert and on guard because everyone is not genuine or truthful. Also, a person’s appearance can be deceiving; so, don’t be fooled by outward appearance but watch actions and note character. That which that person produces will expose who they are. Moreover, just because a person says they communicate with God does not mean they are in the right relationship with Him. It is crucial that you know who is speaking to you and whether to accept their words because their words can be fatal and not helpful for your well-being. Watch what you accept, digest, and internalize.

Finally, Jesus gives assurance that God will judge those who are false and counterfeit, and in the end, they will be destroyed; therefore, my warning to you, be aware of counterfeits and please don’t be one.

AWAKE WITH PURPOSE

For most of my life, I have been a good sleeper. Unlike some when I went to bed, I usually was able to sleep at least eight hours. However, I noticed my sleep pattern has changed for the past year, and I find myself waking up anywhere between 1 and 3 a.m. no matter what time I go to bed.

I believe that this occurrence is happening in the lives of many believers. At first, many of us probably tossed and turned, trying to go back to sleep but failed. After a while, some of us gave up trying to go back to sleep, got up, and started doing chores. If you were like me when this event began to happen consistently, I realized, though I prefer to be sleeping, I am awake for a purpose. Yes, God is causing me to wake up because He wants me to pray. This, I am sure, is part of His kingdom assignment for believers to have dominion and subdue the earth. As I pray, watch, decree, declare, pull down strongholds and pray in the spirit (to name a few of the methods I utilize), I am advancing God’s kingdom.

In the past, when I woke up in the night, I prayed randomly; however, recently, I was reminded of the eight prayer watches about which people have written books and articles. If you are interested in more information on this topic, I recommend you google it, and you will receive a host of useful information and instructions. For now, I will share only a smidgen to whet your appetite, and since I am sharing the night watches, I will also include information on the day watches.

Initially, there were only three watches in Old Testament times: beginning watch, middle watch, and morning watch. Each watch covered a four-hour period, which started at 6.p.m. and ended at 6.a.m. In AD70, when the Roman Empire ended the Jewish occupation of Israel, times were changed to adhere to the Greco-Roman style, and the times were decreased to three-hour periods. Please note following God’s plan found in Genesis 1:6, “And the evening and the morning was the first day,” so the first watch starts in the evening with the sun setting.

The First Watch is from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is a time to reflect on your day and thank God for what He did throughout the day. Also, pray for direction for tomorrow.

The Second Watch is from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. This is the time to discharge warring angels to set up ambushes against the enemy’s diabolic plans that he will orchestrate on the morrow.

The Third Watch is from 12:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. These are the hours of greatest spiritual activity and warfare. Pray against the plans of witches and warlocks, and the satanic cult, over people and places. Pray for exposure of their plans and the breaking of their strongholds. Furthermore, speak peace, guidance, and release for those that need deliverance from this cultic bondage. 

The Fourth Watch is from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. This is the last watch of the night, and it is believed that the demonic host is reporting back to their home base. In this time, pray and cancel all the weapons attempting to form. Also, pray to dismantle the enemies’ footholds.

The Fifth Watch is from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. This is the time of commanding, equipping, and strengthening people for the challenges of the day. Pray for traveling mercies and protection as adults and children leave their homes for work and school. Additionally, pray for guidance for the day and the seven spirits of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2)  to rest on believers.

The Sixth Watch is from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. These hours are believed to be the brightest time of the day. It is time to pray for God’s promises to be fulfilled in our lives.

The Seventh Watch is from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. These hours represent rest. Thank God for His secret place, His banner over you of love, for His daily provisions, and the ability to cast your cares on him.

The Eighth Watch of the day is from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. This is a time of dying to self and praying for the deliverance of mind, spirit, and body. During this time, thank God for keeping you alive to begin another day.

Once again, I reiterate what I said above; for those who want more detailed information on the watches, google “The Eight Prayer Watches,” and you will receive many articles on this topic.

Finally, just in case you’ve forgotten, I must say it is so amazing that we all live in many different time zones in our world. Therefore, multitudes are praying in each one of these watches, hitting the necessary targets, all day long, and I say, “Hallelujah” to that. I recognize that this is God’s design to have believers as a corporate body praying without ceasing.

JOSEPH SERIES: THE PATH TOWARD LEADERSHIP

During the months of September, October, November, and December, I wrote a series on the life of Joseph. Since completing that series, I have reflected on some of the events that happened to Joseph, and in this blog, I am going to share a key point that all of us need to understand.

All of his youth Joseph was pampered by Jacob, his loving father. Jacob gave Joseph a special coat to wear and made him report his brother’s activities, which caused his brothers to react negatively to him. Also, Joseph shared two dreams with his family in which he was exalted over them. These dreams helped influence his brothers in their desire to rid themselves of him, and when the opportunity arose to do so, they sold Joseph into slavery,

Joseph was taken in chains down into Egypt, where he was sold to Potiphar. He lost his freedom and privilege lifestyle; however, I concluded Joseph adjusted to being a servant from reading about his time in Potiphar’s household. The spirit of excellence rested on him, and he found favor with Potiphar, who elevated him to the position of overseer.

Unfortunately, he was falsely accused of assault by Potiphar’s wife, and he ended up in prison. While there, he displayed that same spirit of excellence he had in Potiphar’s house, which resulted in him being put in charge of the prison’s affairs. An opportunity arose for him to interpret two of Pharaoh’s staff’s dreams, which he did, and Joseph requested one of them to tell Pharaoh about him; however, it took two years for that request to come to fruition.

When he was finally released and standing before Pharaoh, he did not request Pharaoh to send him back home to his homeland and father. Instead, he willingly accepted the position that Pharaoh assigned him. He undoubtedly realized this change was in line with the dream he had in his youth, and he accepted the fact God altered his path. Additionally, from reading his words in Genesis 41:51, “For God hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house,” it appeared Joseph had obliterated his family out of his future, and he made himself content and satisfied where he was placed.

Joseph was made a servant, and from servanthood, he became a leader. Though the bible does not record Joseph’s everyday experiences, I am sure a portion of it was not pleasant. Despite his desire to be released from servanthood ahead of time, God kept him in it. In that position, God allowed him to develop skills to be utilized in the future, and at the appointed time, God caused him to be released and flourish as a leader.

This is an excellent lesson for all of us to learn. Servanthood is not comfortable, but the end product is rewarding. Furthermore, while serving, do it with excellence and gain skills for future use.