The Benefits of the Anointing – November 22, 2015


Anointing breaks the Yoke. If there are yokes in your life that need to be broken then you will require the Holy Spirit’s anointing to break the yoke.


The purpose of the oil is to keep the fire burning. It is that oil that upgrades the authority that makes you effective when you speak. It takes you to the next level and brings increase. It is the Holy Spirit anointing that makes everything that’s impossible for you possible. You become unstoppable.

                                                                         – Pastor Austyn


Psalm 23:5-6 – 5 You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of Jehovah forever.

David was anointed to slay giants.

1 Samuel 10:1-7 – 1 And Samuel took a vial of oil and poured on his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because Jehovah has anointed you for a leader over His inheritance? 2 When you have departed from me today, then you shall find two men by Rachel’s tomb in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah. And they will say to you, The asses which you went to seek are found. And, lo, your father has quit caring for the asses and sorrows for you, saying, What shall I do for my son? 3 And you shall go forward from there, and you shall come to the great tree of Tabor. And there you shall meet three men going up to God to Bethel, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a skin of wine. 4 And they will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you shall take from their hand. 5 After that you shall come to the hill of God, where the garrison of the Philistines is. And it will happen to you when you come there to the city, even you shall meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a harp and a tambourine and a flute and a lyre before them. And they shall prophesy.6 And the spirit of Jehovah will come powerfully on you, and you shall prophesy with them, and shall be turned into another man. 7 And it will be when these signs have come to you, you will do for yourself what your hand finds;for God is with you.

When the anointing comes upon you, DO NOT depart from God.

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The Benefits of the anointing

  1. The anointing will locate your missing blessings in your life (1 Samuel 10:2)
  2. The anointing attracts resources and destiny helpers to you (1 Samuel 10:2)
  3. The anointing empowers you and provokes you to act
  4. The anointing advances you and pushes you forward (1 Samuel 10:3)
  5. The anointing causes you to become a new man/woman (1 Samuel10: 7)
  6. The anointing makes you the head and not the tail
  7. The anointing makes you a commander/leader (1 Samuel 10:1)
  8. The anointing raises your worship to God
  9. The anointing will cause people to favour your cause

Psalm 35:27

Let those who delight in my justification shout and rejoice; and they shall say without ceasing, The Lord be magnified, delighting in the peace of His servant.

Psalm 23:6 – Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of Jehovah forever.

  1. The anointing will connect you to people who celebrate God and are God fearing people (1 Samuel 10:5)
  2. The anointing will allow your to prophesy and decree and it will come to pass. It gives you to ability to speak the mind of God with a purpose. (1 Samuel 10:6-7)
  3. The anointing will sharpen your discernment
  4. The anointing will make you a powerful person that overcomes every battle despite the attacks

Psalm 21:8 – Your hand will find all you’re your enemies; Your right hand will find those who hate You.

  1. The anointing will protect you

Psalm 20:6 – Now I know that Jehovah saves His anointed; He will hear him from His holy Heaven with the saving strengths of His right hand.

  1. The anointing breaks the yoke

Isaiah 10: 27 – And it shall be, in that day his burden shall be taken away from off your shoulder, and his yoke from off your neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing oil.

Here is a song to bless your spirit today called Holy Spirit sung by Kristene DiMarco and Bethel Church. God bless you everybody.

Source: The Benefits of the Anointing – November 22, 2015

Jesus is “The Unconditional”


Hello everybody, 

This is day 6 of my 21 day prayer and fasting and there have been amazing things happening with just the first 3 days. Rather than that, there has been something that’s been on my heart for quite some time and I’ve been wondering how I should even talk about this but I’m just going to go ahead and go there with my thoughts.


3b6bb8319b5c5202ff9913785489d1b4I’ve been meditating on the unconditional love of God. Many people are hurting because what’s out there isn’t genuine, it’s conditional. How can we be open if people only like the so-called “good” parts of us but when you come out with the worst side of yourselves, people begin to shun you. It’s as if you aren’t even allowed to have a bad day. I confess, there are times when I cuss out…yes, there have been times that I was soo upset that I set aside my “christian” self and went on a flesh rampage and cussed out to relieve stress. I’m not condoning what I’ve done, I’m just gonna be real with you about it. I’m a Christian who has cussed when having a bad day… Yes…have self-control (I know that already in my head…but let’s be honest here…sometimes I fall – there I said it).

The truth is, before I was saved, I had issues with cussing. I remember reading an email I had sent to someone after 2 years of being saved and noticed how many cuss words were in that email…I was ashamed to find that I had such a potty mouth. Although I no longer cuss out like I did before I was saved, it doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been an ongoing struggle. I am saved and I am still being saved by the grace of God as I fight and war with my flesh and hold onto what is good, what is worthy of note what is of good report. I’m a Christian, but I’m also human….I’m not handing out an excuse…I’m handing out a REALITY my friends.

How is it that I can go to church one moment and cuss out the next moment…listen…I’m not superhuman, I’m just me…I’m just a broken vessel needing Jesus, my Savior. Although I don’t cuss as much, I do relapse when I get complacent. Yes, there are times when I say things without thinking and I praise God that my heart is sensitive enough to feel grief and conviction to know when I’ve done something that hasn’t pleased God. I think the most scariest place to be in the world is when you no longer feel that conviction of the Holy Spirit. The moment you no longer feel that conviction from the Holy Spirit is when your conscience has become seared to no longer hear nor feel the heart beat of Jesus.

It’s amazing how many people I encounter with such self-righteousness that they throw stones so easily at others who are their brothers and sisters that they don’t take the time to do some self-inventory and see the planks that exist in their own eyes. Sometimes I think God looks at us and shakes His head….

Matthew 7:1-3 (NKJV)

Do Not Judge

7 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

I’m not saying that it’s ok to cuss or anything, that’s my own weakness that I’m still dealing with, but what I’m getting at is when can Christians be real and judge not so easily about the weaknesses of other and operate at a level of Godly CompassionI don’t care if you’re shocked with my weaknesses…because I’d rather be in a place where I am able to confess my weaknesses before God rather than be a closet Christian pretending to act like “I’m ok”. There are days when I’m not ok and I cry, and I seek God’s face and wonder…why am I like this…how did I get here…why is it so hard to be Christian?

The problem isn’t with the message of Christ, it’s with the actions of other Christians. 

1 Samuel 24:12

Let the Lord judge between you and me, and let the Lord avenge me on you. But my hand shall not be against you.

We lack that element of the unconditional love of God in our heart.
Remember that saying that goes: “People don’t care how much you know, they want to know how much you care”.

87aa9e8e14cff8917027311443874211We need to practice unconditional love. I’ve been around different walks of life both young and old and have traveled and lived in various countries by the grace of God that I can truly see the beauty of God through all these different types of people. We were all born unique and it is in that uniqueness that we have to learn to embrace our differences since we are all part of the same body but all performing a different function.
Lately, I feel that God wants us as people to remember that when He gave us His Son Jesus…it was because of that unconditional love that He has for you. He died for you…He died for the murderer, slanderer, adulterer, the gay the lesbian, the confused, the angry, the lonely, the seemingly unlovable, the psychotic, etc, the point is Jesus died for everyone without discriminating on whatever weakness you had.

The truth is, God’s love is so amazing that it’s truly hard to comprehend and yet so easy to understand because it’s simple, God is Love personified. His name is Jesus and yes, He is The Unconditional Love that we all need.

6cc2d944f6cfb62b30e00d1fae1f8ca5Men may judge you easily because we are imperfect beings, but through Christ we become perfected. You are not too far gone that God’s love can’t reach you.  Jesus’ hand is always extended to lift you up whenever you are down. God loves you. Christians and other people in this world are simply human, and imperfect humans usually display an imperfect love towards others. It’s because unconditional love was authored by God Himself. Jesus became a live demonstration of God’s love so that we could understand that it is possible to love others unconditionally. The struggle is real, but my emphasis in this post is understand that the Unconditional is part of your identity as a Christian. If you are partial in your love, then you need to seek God’s face to help you build up this level of Godly love to demonstrate to others. Tt doesn’t mean that there won’t be people that challenge your ability to love them, however, you must learn to ask God to increase your ability to love the unlovable. God is real and He loves you.

I know I could preach all day long on this, but this was was in my heart after I read a post of a person who abandoned the faith just because of what he saw other Christians do. It’s sad… I don’t blame people who walk away from the faith…the truth is, they probably haven’t walked away from Christ in their hearts because they know how Christ loves them. However, it most likely may be that they have simply walked away from other Christians because of how they practiced their conditional love.

Jesus understands you and wants you to know, that He will always love you. People may fail you, but God will never leave you or forsake you because He is the Unconditional.

Hebrews 13:5

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

This song is something that I’ve been playing for the past few days. It’s by Hillsongs UNITED called Even When it Hurts (Praise Song).  I will praise God even when it hurts because I love Him. Do you? God Bless you everybody! :D


Continued Thoughts – Eternity in mind


So I’ve been on a long haitus and there are so many thoughts running through me that I don’t really know where to begin, so just bear with me for a second.

I visited my Grandfather in Zimbabwe last Christmas (2014) and saw my Grandmother’s grave and the emotions I felt during the visit were mixed up with sorrow and purpose. I spent three weeks back home (Zim) and decided to talk about Jesus Christ to my Grandfather and Aunt. When I visited them with my twin, they were caught up in grief that they were like two zombies living in the same house not really communicating with each other until it was time to do necessary things like pay bills and prepare food to eat.

My sister and I engaged them in talks about the Bible and talked about Christ and had debates since my Grandfather is Catholic we had a whole spiel about purgatory and how that doesn’t exist etc. The fact that we had a heated discussion about it brought my Grandfather back to really think long and deep about how much he knew about the Word. Both he and my aunt are Christian, but even so…they needed to be uplifted and encouraged. Sometimes, when you encounter death of a loved one, there is that shock that comes to your system about the whole finality of it all, but the truth is, death is just a transition into the next eternity. We choose what eternity we will go to by the choices that we make right NOW in this life.

I didn’t really want to talk about that, but what I wanted to say is that we must have eternity in mind.

Do you even know where you are going right now with the choices that you are making?

Life is but a short time and the most important choice that anyone can make in such a short time is to choose Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It takes a great amount of faith to believe that and for those that do believe He is and is to come, the question is how are we sharing what we believe? Are we even sharing what we believe to others at all?

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

In the book of Isaiah, God is referred to as the “High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity”. Only the contrite and humble in spirit dwell with Him there. If there is any area in your life that you are struggling with, then put your trust in the One who is able to help you overcome your weaknesses. You haven’t got the time to figure things out on your own with your limited level of understanding when Jesus is giving you His helping hand. Only pride, arrogance and fear keeps you from reaching out to His hand.

Learn to set aside your pride for one moment and humble yourself before him. Dig deep into your heart and recognize that you aren’t that bright all by yourself to save even yourself from yourself. You need God, you need Jesus and you need the power of the Holy Spirit to sustain you.
For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

The kind of eternity we should seek is where we acknowledge that we are saved by grace and not by human hands.

After the experience of losing someone important to me, I’ve felt a deep appreciation towards God because he gave me grandparents that love (and have loved) me unconditionally. I’ve made seriously stupid mistakes, but through their love, I can understand God’s love for us. Not everyone is fortunate to have loving family members like myself, but for those that have had that experience, you should be very thankful. Do not scorn God for when they pass away and leave you. Rather rejoice in the fact that you have had that taste of God’s love through the people he has placed in your life.
God shows His love to us through different people. We can get closed-minded when we only focus on those that we grew up with and fail to see that there are countless others who have offered an extended hand to you. Can you see God through other people’s eyes? Look at who is around you and learn to appreciate them while you still can because you don’t know the day or the hour that they’ll leave your life forever. Have eternity in mind.
Here is a song by Youthful Praise called Lord You’re Mighty. May it bless your spirit today :D

A Beautiful Exchange


Hi Everybody, 

I can’t even begin to apologize for the hiatus on my blog. So much has been happening to me since my Grandmother passed away in 2013. I found it really difficult to write but  I want to start back again.

First I just want to give God praise. It’s been a difficult couple of years but with God all things are possible. I’ve been on an emotional roller-coaster ride and have needed to be alone to really hear what the Holy Spirit has been speaking into my spirit. I saturate myself with praise songs and one song that has been playing in my heart right now is called A Beautiful Exchange by Hillsongs.

I’m heading into a 21 day prayer and fast for the month of November. You are free to join me because in this month, my church and I will be dealing with the strongman of UNBELIEF.

The focus of this Strongman is found in Hebrews 3

Hebrews 3 (NKJV)

The Son Was Faithful

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.[a]

Be Faithful

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says:

“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
In the day of trial in the wilderness,
Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me,
And saw My works forty years.
10 Therefore I was angry with that generation,
And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,
And they have not known My ways.’
11 So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’”[b]

12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called“Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said:

“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”[c]

Failure of the Wilderness Wanderers

16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey?19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

I have bolded parts of the scripture for emphasis. We are God’s house and if anything, we must build on a strong foundation called FAITH. Can you imagine that a generation was killed off in the desert that they wondered around for 40 years because they harbored the spirit of unbelief which is what God characterizes as something that can be found in an “evil heart” in verse 12. 

Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Unbelief causes you to abandon God and what God has said about you. Whatever you confess out of your mouth is a direct exposure of what is in your heart. If you harbour doubt in your spirit, you are struggling with unbelief. I know that there are areas in my life that I struggle in my faith, but that is why God emphasizes that we should fight the good fight of faith because he know that the Devil isn’t after your money, your possessions or your life…he is after your faith. The moment you abandon your faith, your life becomes forfeit. 

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
I would like to expand on this because I ministered on this subject yesterday at church, but I just want you all to understand that All things are possible to those that BELIEVE. If you want to travel in that realm of faith, you have to build yourself up in Faith. Faith isn’t instant, you have to build it over time and that is why we must grow from Faith to Faith because the faith of yesterday may not be sufficient for your tomorrows. You need to have faith for tomorrow. This is why God emphasizes that the church He builds isn’t a physical structure that many people build in vain….it is YOU. You are the church that He is building, because His House is known to be a House of Prayer. I have never seen an actual building kneel down and pray, have you? Only people can kneel down an pray. 
Don’t get too caught up in church building projects if the people who are part of that building have a weak foundation of faith.
Seriously, what good is a building if people aren’t strong in their Faith?
I and a few friends of mine, have started to build a church starting last April 2014. Let me tell you that it has been a battle. Some people come, some people go…but those that remain faithful to the vision are not easily swayed nor discouraged because we know that the most important building that God cares about building are His people.
We started in a hotel, and then the hotel refused to give us a place to hold services and then we ended up in my pastors apartment until we believed God for a building. We moved in to the building last Christmas and we had people join and had people leave taking most of our members to build their own thing.
Let me tell you, the devil doesn’t care if we have a church, he just wants to know, are you a Believing church? So we are now heading into a 21 day prayer and fasting for the month of November, seeking God’s face for direction. You are free to join me if you want.
I’ll continue to bring updates in the future. Stay blessed everybody! :D

Worship: Send the Rain

Hi Everybody!

I just love this song right about now by William McDowell. It’s called Send the Rain. It isn’t easy to wait on the Lord but as it says in the Bible, those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength and shall mount up like Eagles. You will not be weary so keep on praying, keep on sowing and keep crying for Heaven to Send the Rain. It’s easy to give up when things are rough, but the only way to renew your strength is by waiting on the Lord. Waiting is never easy for waiting in and of itself is a test of endurance. Endurance requires faith and those that wait shall be blessed of the Lord.

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

[ God Will Be Gracious ] Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.

For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the Lord, They shall inherit the earth.

May this song bless your spirit today just as it has mine. :D

17 Signs You’re an ‘Empire Builder,’ Not a ‘Kingdom Builder’ by JOSEPH MATTERA

Are you looking out for the kingdom or your own personal gain?
Are you looking out for the kingdom or your own personal gain? (Lightstock/Dollar photo club)

Ever since the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity divided in the 11th century, some of the greatest fears of the once united Christendom has been realized—fragmentation and division.

Even in the 16th century when Martin Luther led the Protestant Reformation, there was the hope that there would only be a few major expressions of the body of Christ—never in their wildest dreams did the reformers envision all the denominations and now various branches and networks of Christianity that have evolved—which has given opportunity for a spirit of lawlessness, independence and empire building among some insecure but gifted leaders. Whether all these expressions are of God or not is not the purpose of this article.

However, the following will show us some signs revealing when the motivation to build a church, ministry or network is akin to when the human race attempted to build their own empire-epitomized by the “Tower of Babel” which God judged and scattered across the whole earth. (Gen. 11:1-18)

In 1 Kings 11:11 and 12:16 God divided the kingdom of Israel because of religious apostasy, which is the same reason the Catholic Church was judged and fragmented—too much concentration of power in the hands of humans who deviated from the true way of Jesus and the apostles. God will judge His church and hold back revival from certain churches, ministries and regions when their key spiritual leaders are attempting to build themselves an empire rather then build the kingdom.

Leaders talk the talk but their actions speak louder then their so called “kingdom first words.” The following are 17 signs you are an “empire builder” instead of a “kingdom builder”:

1. You rejoice when other key leaders in your region are struggling

Although all leaders with their mouth say they are sad when another church, pastor or leader in their area is struggling, I have observed that some leaders seem to privately gloat or compare themselves with other failing leaders in their area. Whether the failing church or leader is right or wrong, it never pleases God when we internally rejoice or gloat when the body of Christ is not advanced in our region.

2. You are territorial and only work with those under your “covering”

Some leaders and denominations I know will only do outreaches with churches and leaders who have a ministerial and financial allegiance with them. If we are going to reach our communities, we have to be willing to cross denominations and networks and work with the leaders who are sincerely committed to advancing the kingdom.

3. You only support events that which can give you a platform 

I have seen leaders actually pull out of a city-wide or community event because their name was not advertised on the program or because they are rivals with a leader who is part of said program. This shows that their concern was not advancing the kingdom but on advancing their own name and empire-building goals.

4. You tend to exaggerate your own importance and influence to outsiders

Empire builders treat their ministry like a sporting event—they are constantly throwing around numbers and stats and comparing their numbers to the numbers of other ministers. They say things like, “We are growing in record numbers” or “This was the most significant event in our city” or “We have the largest network in our city.” Or worse yet, they claim something like “our ministry is the reason why the crime rate went down in our community or region,” and they tend to exaggerate their influence, importance and results in their region or community.

Kingdom builders brag about what God is doing through His church in His city, and they also attempt to applaud the success of others whose feet they wash instead of propping themselves up for photo shoots and publicity. I have observed that several so-called revivals in our country the past 10 years have been more or less nothing more then good advertising and marketing rather then a real move of God.

5. You are jealous of successful key leaders in your region 

I know I am with an “empire builder” when I am with a person who is always attempting to dig up dirt on other leaders, criticizing key leaders in their community, or giving “faint praise” when asked about other key leaders in their region.

6. You speak about kingdom unity as a smokescreen to hide your own selfish agenda

Some of the most self-centered empire builders I have known in the past 30 years have spoken the most in public about the need for unity in the body of Christ. They use this kind of talk to get “sheep pastors and ministers” to forsake their own agenda and follow them to aid them in building their empire! They know the entire lingo and have the biblical passages down, but unfortunately their actions do not correspond with their words and preaching.

7. Your name and picture has to be highlighted in every event you participate in 

There are leaders I have heard speak about God raising up a movement of “nameless” and “faceless” people and yet in all their conferences, literature and advertising their picture and name are highlighted more than anybody or anything else in the program! I even attended one conference in which there was a life-size picture of the leader in the lobby with the event and program advertised in small print under his picture!

8. You try to steal the loyalties of people connected to other ministries 

I have observed that one of the key signs that someone is an empire builder is when they go after key leaders in other leaders’ churches or networks. I myself have had leaders representing our Christ Covenant coalition approached by another leader in my city, asking them to join his network as a representative, even though these leaders have been part of my leadership for over 10 years!

When leaders do this, they make themselves look bad, both to the loyal leaders they approach and to the other key leaders in the city who eventually find out about the M.O. of said empire builder.

9. You love those who follow you and disregard all others

Empire builders have an “either your with me or against me” mentality and approach to life.

Empire builders will not be friends with a person if they are also connected to the ministry of a rival. One of my regional leaders was actually told several years ago that he was no longer welcome to preach in a particular church because he was keeping the company of certain other leaders (me).

The reason for this is that since empire builders are untrustworthy and use their pseudo-friendships as a platform to perpetuate their own empire, they project that same spirit and mentality on other leaders in their region and thus they cut off people loyal to other networks and ministries because they suspect others are all untrustworthy like they themselves are!

10. You have a “top-down” leadership approach and thus struggle to attract strong, successful leaders

Empire builders surround themselves which “yes men” and actually discourage strong, resourceful leaders from working or partnering with them because it does not fit their “top-down” leadership style. Unlike mature leaders who take a “bottom-up” approach—in which they try to lead through consensus with multiple participation of various levels of people taking responsibility in ministry (so that all have ownership in the process)—empire builders surround themselves with leaders of ministries they deem less significant and who want to follow their dictates without meaningful, strategic dialogue.

11. You are driven by self and not led by the Spirit

Your intense need for affirmation because of your insecurity drives your need for success—not the glory of God and work of advancing the kingdom. Thus there is rarely inner peace or rest because you are striving—constantly trying to create a platform and expand your ministry on your own efforts instead of being led by the Lord and letting Him bring the opportunities and open doors.

12. You are an opportunist when other ministries are struggling 

Empire builders make believe they are concerned when other churches or ministries are struggling, but they attempt to maneuver themselves so that they can capitalize on the struggles of other ministries and seize either their property or, more likely, their choicest leaders and key people.

13. Your main goal in life is to build some kind of monument to your success 

Empire builders are obsessed with building bigger and better buildings, and acquiring more and more property—even if they have to go into huge debt. The lower their self-esteem, the bigger they have to build to compensate for their internal lack. Unfortunately, they are often risking the future of their ministry with all this spending and they rarely if ever think about how their successor is going to fill all these buildings and pay off the mortgage! Remember, there is never any real success without a successor!

14. When possible, you will sabotage the influence and ministry of other leaders you deem a threat to your influence 

Recently I reunited with a key leader in another country after almost 12 years of disconnect. I tried numerous times to stay connected but I could never understand why there was some kind of obstruction in the relationship. After speaking for three hours it finally dawned on us that another leader who was jealous of my influence in this country sabotaged our relationship because he wanted to supplant me as the covering of this key leader.

I have also witnessed firsthand when one leader will insinuate lies about another key leader behind their back to try to stop their influence from spreading to other regions. In instances like this we need to speak up and defend the honor of those not present in the room.

15. You tend to copy those you are jealous of in your region 

It is said that when someone copies your ideas it is the highest form of flattery. Empire builders will attempt to replicate and outdo many of the things other key leaders in their region are doing. They may call it something different, but in the end it is essentially the same model but with the attitude to make it bigger and better then anything else in their region.

It is like Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s trying to reinvent themselves to keep up with Starbucks. It is borne out of personal competition and not a pure love for Christ and His kingdom.

16. You are a narcissist in relating to your desires in life 

Ultimately, empire builders are lovers of themselves. Thus they will sacrifice the dreams and lives of others so their own dreams can be fulfilled. They will throw everybody and anybody under the bus to advance their goals or save their own skin!

Their incredible commitment to the ministry is really only a commitment to advance their own ideals and dreams—which is narcissistic in nature, this is unlike the model of Christ who laid down His own life for the sheep. Ezekiel 34 speaks about the judgment God will bring on shepherds who use and abuse the sheep for their own pleasure.

17. You tell people that your church or network is the main key in your city for true revival and transformation

When giving reports about your ministry, you exaggerate the results of your work and utilize self serving testimonies that back up your claim for spiritual dominance in your region. Many pastors I know have told me of prophecies that have come forth alluding to the fact that it is their church that is going to start a revival for the nation or their community—or that revival is going to start in their region and go to the world because their region is the gate to the rest of the country. I am to tired of hearing these prophecies and so-called words from the Lord.

Unfortunately, some prophets are motivated to give these flattering words so they can be invited back to preach because they know that most inexperienced leaders fall prey to prophetic flattery. That being said, empire builders use these words, visions and experiences to back up their claim that their particular church or ministry is “the church” in their region God is going to use so they can garner the loyalties of unsuspecting and naïve sheep and even pastors.

In my experience, most churches with that attitude are judged by God and actually begin to decline until the leaders repent of pride. Although it is possible that revival can come through one church to the whole world (Azusa Street revival in 1906) it is the exception to the rule because community, city and national transformation usually take place when God visits a region or nation and multitudes of churches receive “times of refreshing” all at the same time, resulting in the formation of informal apostolic networks who partner together to continue to perpetuate the advance of the kingdom of God

Joseph Mattera is overseeing bishop of Resurrection Church and Christ Covenant Coalition, in Brooklyn, New York, and author of numerous books, including Ruling in the Gates: Preparing the Church to Transform Cities. Follow him on Facebook or visit him online at

Don’t forget you are a Christian


Hello Everybody! Today, I would like to touch on a subject that I feel led to talk about. For the past few days, the Holy Spirit has been urging me to tell people that “You should never forget that you are a Christian”. It seems like a “duh” comment, but when you really think about it, how many of us forget that this is our identity? The reason I feel I need to bring this topic up is because lately, we forget that “the enemies of God still hate God, and they don’t care for you either” (I got that from Fred Hammond’s song “No Weapon”) :) . Are you still wondering why bad things are happening to you even though you consider yourself a “good” person, are you wondering why your money is getting tight and you’re running low on resources? Are  you still wondering why your family members are acting crazy all of a sudden when things were going well? are you still wondering….?

It’s because you are a Christian. 

Spiritual warfare isn’t something that you switch on and off and can go to sleep when you want to. The moment you identify yourself as a Christian, literally, it’ll seem like “All hell broke loose” because that is when you have enlisted yourself into spiritual warfare with the devil and the battle rages on. It’s ever ongoing, ever-present and if you read your Bible, you would know that the Enemy, the devil is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. If your enemy doesn’t sleep well at night because he is roaming around seeking to steal, kill and destroy your blessings and your life, then why is it as Christians, we put ourselves on “sleep mode” thinking that nothing bad will happen? The battle that you face in your life is not your physical life itself, it is a battle against your faith, and faith specifically towards Jesus Christ as Lord over your Life. What you believe in is what you identify yourself with and believing in Christ is a spiritual battle because Jesus didn’t come to save our physical bodies since we will all die one day. He came to save our souls and our spirits and therefore, what you are up against isn’t anything natural, it is a supernatural battle that manifests itself in your natural world.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

We cannot afford to be complacent folks. Persecution is real and it won’t go away just because you decide to put your head under the sand. Every challenge you face right now is in light of the fact that 1.) you are a Christian, 2.) you are a Christian, and 3.) you’re still a Christian. Troubles won’t disappear when what you stand for is a threat to the enemy at all times, Not sometimes, ALL TIMES. That is why we must be vigilant, we have to be alert, we have to remain awake and face the fact that there’s nothing new under the sun, and that in this world you will have trouble, but what does Jesus say? He says, “Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the World” John 16:33 .

The World will impress upon you to adopt a different identity or identities, but as Christians, the fact that you chose Christ, you have made Him become part of your Identity. We can dress in worldly clothes all we want, but if you’ve chosen Christ as your Savior, not even clothes can strip you of that identity. Now, I know that some religious folk will have something to say about that, and I’m not going to argue here about it. Instead, just think of someone like Lecrae. He isn’t dressed up like a typical church person in a suit and yet he stands firm in his belief and is outspoken about his identity as a Christian in the music industry. We can’t limit God with how and who he chooses to use to make an impact on the world by embracing Christ as part of their identity. Stop putting God in a box, God can use a rapper as much as he can use a basketball player, an actor or lawyer, etc to do His will. The whole point is, no matter what your dressed in, if Christ is part of your identity then you shouldn’t forget that you are a Christian. 

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the worldour faith.

You are Born of God and that is also a threat to the World as we know it. Because as it says in 1 John 5:4, that those that are born of God have the ability and the authority to overcome the things of this world. You do this on the basis of your FAITH. What you place your faith in will determine on what basis you will choose to either overcome or be subdued by the systems of this world. If you choose Christ as your standard, you can overcome, and have overcome; however, if you choose the world as your standard, you are subdued and lack identity because the world’s definition is always in a state of flux, there is no fixed standard when you choose to identify with Fads, with what’s “popular” (at the time), and with what’s “cool” and “widely accepted”. Just because something is widely accepted doesn’t make it “right” nor “Christ-like”. If you choose Christ as your identity, then recognize that the Faith you have, is Jesus Personified. Jesus already overcame the world and therefore, you share the same identity as Him by being an overcomer of the systems of this World. He is the standard to your identity. The heart of Jesus remains unchanged toward you and everybody else in the world.  He came that we would have life and life more abundantly (John 10:10). The World may change its heart towards you and spit you out countless times, but Jesus is the same Yesterday, Today and Forever. Therefore, you must remain secure about your identity in Him as a Christian.

John 10:10

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

You cannot afford to be having an “identity-crisis” as it were. If you read your Bible, you will already know that Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the World.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Everything regarding your Identity is based on what you KNOW about yourself as a Christian. If you didn’t know the few scriptures that I’ve just mentioned in this post or have just remembered a few of them and not because you have been actively meditating on them for yourself,  then you’ve got to ask yourself, how much of your identity as a Christian have you embraced? Do you KNOW who you are in Christ?

Contrary to “popular” opinion, “What you don’t know can hurt you”. 

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

The biggest tool used against Christians in today’s world is Ignorance. What people don’t know can hurt them. If you don’t know your authority, your ability, your purpose in life, your God, and your salvation, you truly are a lost person. If you don’t know something, then pursue knowledge actively. Laziness and complacency attracts poverty and destruction. If you want to avoid strife in your life, then get to know your God more, and learn more about what He says about you. I don’t have to tell you what to wear, or what to do when all that information is in the Bible. The question is, are you even reading it? Are you simply waiting for a Sunday service to get your Word fix? If you are, you are being Lazy, and you truly don’t know what battle you are facing right now.

Have I offended you? GOOD, because you need to be offended in order to face reality my friend. The Devil doesn’t play, and neither should you by playin’ around. Go back to the source of your Salvation which is in Jesus Christ and read the Word of God (the Bible) to understand what the Word says about you. You have to know how God defines you, rather than remain ignorant and accept any definition that the world has to offer about you. Ignorance is no bliss…ignorance is a curse.

Your God-given identity is not wrapped up in material things, it is a spiritual identity that takes shape in various shapes, sizes and colours since God created each one of us uniquely and we are all said to be Fearfully and Wonderfully made. We seriously haven’t got time to criticize other people prejudicially when Jesus tells us to “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34-35) . Put your biases aside towards other people and focus on understanding your OWN identity rather than poking fun at another person’s identity. That’s just nonsense. When we bicker amongst our fellow brothers and sisters criticizing them on superficial things like their attire, their hair, their skin, the accents, etc, the devil laughs at us because he knows that people are acting like fools if they are busy making fun of their brothers and sisters. It tells the enemy that you simply can’t identify that you are making fun of God at the same time when you do that so STOP IT. 

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

This topic on knowing who you are as a Christian is a Sermon all by itself. I could go on and on, but I just wanted to touch base and let you know that what I felt led to capture in this post today is this message that the Holy Spirit has been urging me to tell people for a while now. And that is,

I can’t emphasis this enough, but that is the main message so think about it today and ask yourself who do you identify yourself with? Is it God, is it some pop singer? an idol? who are you and who or what defines you? Do you even know who you are? Think about it SERIOUSLY.

I have a song here by Adia ft. Jessica Reedy called Behind Enemy Lines. This song has been in my spirit for a while and I pray that it blesses your spirit today as you contemplate on what it means to have Christ as part of your Identity. God Bless You Everybody!!!!