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RECIPROCAL BLESSINGS

The dictionary meaning of the word reciprocal is an action or arrangement that involves two people or groups of people who behave in the same way or agree to help each other and give each other advantages. This is one of the ways God blesses those that praise and worship Him

Earlier this year, I did a seminar in which I taught praise and worship in action. I taught in our praise and worship specific movements we do such as clapping, dancing, waving, leaping, bowing, singing, and running have a spiritual meaning,

Unfortunately, many do not understand that these movements are declaring victory over the enemy in the spirit realm. For example, these movements are telling Satan he is defeated, the movements are saying, “I am coming out of my problems,” the movements are saying, “You can’t keep me down,” the movements are saying, ‘I am arresting you,” the movements are saying, “Things are turning in my favor.” The movements are saying, “I will no longer be restrained.” Don’t be fooled; we are not just doing these things out of routine, for they have significant meanings.

What I love is I found there are numerous health benefits from doing these things. These actions were good for my heart, circulatory system, digestive tract, respiratory system, muscular system, and skeletal system. Who but God would construct our bodies that when we bless Him, He causes us to be blessed?

So, I encourage you to follow the many instructions found throughout the Bible, particularly in the Psalms. Please, “Bless the Lord,” “Clap your hands,” Bow down before the Lord, “Shout unto the Lord,” “Sing a new song,” “Rejoice in His presence,” ”Run through troops and leap over walls,” and “Praise Him with the timbrel and dance.” Believe me, as you do these things, you will receive a reciprocal blessing.

THE SPIRIT OF DECEPTION

I had to do this particular blog this week because of what the world is presently experiencing. What is that, you might ask? My response would be, “The Spirit of Deception.” The Spirit of Deception has been around for a long time, for it originated with Lucifer, who we now call Satan. Before this earth was formed, he deceived himself with his five “I will,” which you can read in Isaiah 12:13-14. Consequently, God saw the iniquity in Satan’s heart because of his beauty, and God cast him to the ground (Ezekiel 28:14-17). Unfortunately, the Bible reveals Satan was able to deceive one-third of the angels who were also cast out of heaven (Revelation 12:3-4).

When the earth was created and Adam and Eve were placed in the perfect home, Satan came in and deceived Eve by making her question God’s instructions. Genesis 3:1-5 shares their encounter. It says, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Eve chose to believe Satan, ate the fruit, and gave it to Adam, who also consumed it.

From Satan’s invasion into the perfect home to our homes, he continues with his deceptions. This Spirit of Deception is running rampant throughout the world in every area of our lives. Important matters and decisions that could unite us and be beneficial for our peaceful existence are rejected because of this spirit. This spirit has caused world wars, family feuds, national crises, death, and destruction. Many people wonder who they can believe and are questioning whether to believe those they previously trusted. Additionally, it appears the closer we get to the rapture of believers, people are deceived the more.

Furthermore, closely examine this Spirit of Deception. After experiencing a peaceful time on earth during the millennial reign of Jesus, Satan, the deceiver, is let loose from the bottomless pit. He deceives nations into aligning with him to wage war against the believers located in Jerusalem (Revelation 20:7- 8). On the one hand, I can’t even begin to fathom how Satan will be able to do this, but as I watch the deception going on in our world, I can see how easily people will be tricked into believing lies.

We genuinely need God; we need His divine intervention to guide us. So, in closing, please join me in this crucial prayer request to God, “Father, don’t allow the Spirit of Deception to fool us but allow the Spirit of Truth to rest, rule, and abide in our lives.”

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU RECEIVE BAD NEWS

What do you do when you receive bad news? Do you panic, do you become anxious, or do you attempt to intervene and change things? After reading Nehemiah chapter one I realized his actions revealed a good template to follow. So, let’s examine what happened to Nehemiah and see how he responded to bad news.

While living in captivity in Shushan Nehemiah was a high-ranking official in King Artaxerxes’s household. Proven to be trustworthy he became the cup-bearer and it was his duty to serve the drinks at the king’s table. While carrying out his duty he met with one of his countrymen named Hanani who told him the following. “The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.”

This news had an emotional effect on Nehemiah for he wept, mourned, fasted and prayed. Notably, Nehemiah did not ask his countryman what he should do, instead he took the matter to God in prayer.

His prayer first acknowledged the supremacy of God, and then he acknowledged that he was a consistent prayer. He continued his prayer by confessing Israel’s sins, the consequence of their sinning, and the results of their repentance. Nehemiah concluded his prayer with these words, “O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.” Nehemiah sought God for Divine intervention; he needed God to touch the heart of King Artaxerxes, and chapter two revealed God answered his prayer.

Following Nehemiah’s example, we should take our problematic situations to God and not to man. In that prayer, first, acknowledge God’s greatness, confess any sin that would hinder the prayer from being heard and answered, and then make the request. This is a simple formula, and I can attest to the fact it works when you work it.

THE END OF THE WORLD

In Matthew 24:3, Jesus’ disciple asked Him these three important questions, “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Jesus responded by giving them signs for which to watch. Notably, these signs merely told people the end was near, and they signaled the beginning of a painful period. Jesus also shared that believers would experience persecution and betrayal from within their families, sin would abound, but only those that endured would remain standing.

Many believers have interpreted the last question posed by the disciples in the wrong way. They believe until the gospel is preached everywhere, the rapture will not occur. The key factor to remember is at the end of the world, Revelation 21:1-3 occurs, “I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” I like The Message Bible translation of these verses. It read, “I saw Heaven and earth new-created. Gone the first Heaven, gone the first earth, gone the sea. I saw Holy Jerusalem, new-created, descending resplendent out of Heaven, as ready for God as a bride for her husband. I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone. The Enthroned continued, Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate.”

Between now and Revelation 21 happening, several events will occur. Our next major event is the rapture, followed by the tribulation. The Bible reveals during the tribulation, there will be a hundred forty-four thousand sealed servants of God and two witnesses spreading the kingdom message (Revelation 7, 8). Additionally, I believe some people who rejected serving God before the tribulation, realizing they were in error, will also become ministers of the Word. The tribulation ends with the Battle of Armageddon.

After this, the Millennial reign of Christ happens. People will have the ability to choose what belief system they will follow, for not only will they hear the kingdom message, but they will experience the rule of the righteous king. Hence, there will be those that will accept Jesus as their Sovereign Lord and King, and there will be those that reject Him. This can be seen in the scriptures that talk about Satan being loosed from the bottomless pit. It states in Revelation 20:7- 9, “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.” This event is the Battle of Gog and Magog, followed by the White Throne Judgment, and then Revelation 21 occurs.

Though the information that I have shared with you reveals there is a while before the world ends, it does not mean you have time to waste for tomorrow is not promised to us. So, I conclude with an invitation to those who are yet in the valley of decision. Surrender your life to God, for your world may end before the end of the world.

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)