Understanding Your Adversary: Remain Focused and Don’t Get Distracted

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Hi Everybody,

I spoke on this topic with my church tonight and hope that this message blesses your Spirit. If you want to be successful in life, you have to move by principle, and I mean by Godly principles that can be best understood through the life of Jesus. Jesus shows us so many examples of how we ought to live, so take a look at this on your own and do some soul searching as you pursue greatness in your life. Amen!😀


Luke 4:1-13 (NKJV) – Satan Tempts Jesus

4 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into[a] the wilderness, 2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.

And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”

But Jesus answered him, saying,[b] “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”[c]

Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him[d] all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”

And Jesus answered and said to him, Get behind Me, Satan![e] For[f] it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”[g]

temptation-christ.jpgThen he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

‘He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you,’

11 and,

‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”[h]

12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’[i]

13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.


John 16:33 NIV

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.


When you are pressing through for your blessings in life, when you are in pursuit of elevation or promotion, and going to the next level, you must understand that there is a battle you face against your destiny. This battle is against the adversary (the devil).

You have to understand who your adversary is and how he operates in order to overcome his schemes.

We are praying and fasting not as a religious exercise, but as a spiritual exercise to develop emotional strength, wisdom, discernment in order to grow in knowledge, power and Faith to achieve desired results.  It takes a lot of work to remain focused, and through prayer and fasting is where your spirit becomes sharpened to deal with things ahead of you that you would not have seen had you not prayed and fasted.

It’s time to understand what it is that you are dealing with when you are in pursuit of elevation in your life.


In Luke 4:2 – Jesus was tempted for 40 days and nights by the devil this means that your enemies do not rest until they take you down. Christians are sleeping while their enemies are plotting for their downfall day and night. You cannot afford to take on a passive approach in your daily affairs when the enemies of your destiny do not rest until they have achieved the destruction of your destiny.

Matthew 17:21

However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

My question to you is, are you still sleeping?


1372260154_Temptation_of_ChristIn Luke 4:3 – The devil undermines Jesus by mocking him and attempting to see if Jesus has an area of pride to prove himself and test his loyalties – Do not get suckered into this. You will have people who will mock what you are about and will attempt to get you to prove your self-worth by provoking you to prove who you are in an arrogant way. This provocation is really just a method to get you to act out of pride and arrogance which can turn people off who could potentially be your destiny helpers. Be still and know that this can cause you to sin and do something outside the will of God if you get suckered into proving your identity and self-worth just because someone mocked you. Try not to be moved by the provocation of your enemies who rile you up to puff yourself up with pride and arrogance to cause you to miss opportunities with people who want to help you move to the next level.


In Luke 4:4 – Jesus didn’t need to prove himself –  He already knew who he was and therefore responded with dignity and grace and told the devil plainly that “listen, you…I know what you’re trying to get me to prove but I’ll tell you something, you need to remember what Your Creator (God) has said and commanded you to do” (this is my paraphrasing what has happened) and therefore, Jesus turned the conversation around to pinpoint the enemy’s lack of obedience to do what the Lord has commanded all creation to do and that is to live by every Word of God. The Devil could not come with a good come back on that point because he knows very well how rebellious he is to God the Father. This is where Christians need to learn to order their conversations right. Just because someone is undermining you doesn’t mean that it gives you the license to respond with contempt. Learn to wisen up and respond with wisdom and grace. Order your conversations right and act with humility.


Jesus-TemptationIn Luke 4:5-7 – The devil takes Jesus to a high place and claims that he has authority over all the things that any man/woman would desire to have and that if he works and acknowledges the devil by giving him praise, he could have a share of what he has as well as a promise to this allegiance – Listen, do not be fooled by people who try to trick you out of your rightful place of promotion by getting you to side with them and work for them like a gopher to make them look good. I am not talking about rightful submission to authority here. I’m talking about those who scheme to get you to undermine the right authority by causing you to take a side that is rebellious in nature in order to achieve gains and/or promotion by dishonest means.

To take this into context, try and imagine this: Have you ever been in a workplace where a supervisor undermines the authority of the manager who you report to and gets co-workers to side with the supervisor in order to gang up together to attempt to overthrow and get the manager fired so that they can take the manager’s place by bribing people into being disobedient through lies and slander (accusations) in order to receive promotion at the promises that the supervisor makes as a form of a pact, or allegiance. “If you do this for me, I’ll help you get the promotion you deserve…”


The devil attempted to do the same thing with Jesus. But how did Jesus respond?  

In Luke 4:8 – Jesus told Satan to get behind him – Sometimes you need people to get behind you so that you don’t lose focus on what’s ahead of you.You can shove such people who are there to distract you “one side to the back” (a Nigerian saying) if they are in your face. Jesus refused to entertain the conniving nature of his enemy to be disobedient to the True authority Jesus submits to, which is God the Father. In the same way, you may face people in life who will try to get you to be rebellious and cause you to attack the leadership, to undermine and scheme against the heads of your company or church and overthrow managers to steal their places of authority by dishonest actions and slander. This also is a test of where your loyalties lie.


God does not approve of rebellion in any fashion, so why should you side with the devil and become associated with the oppressor? You will find that those that help such conniving people become a slave to the oppressor who never intended to fulfill their blanket lies and promises. Children of God, it is important to understand the meaning of submission to the right authority. Where do your loyalties lie? Do not entertain people that get you to rebel. You will find a tight noose around your neck if you fall for such schemes in your life. This is a trick the adversary uses every time to get you into bondage. Be wise to rebuke those who attempt to get you to undermine the leadership in your church, your workplace, your family or in any other area of your life. You will preserve your soul if you understand the meaning of submission.


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In Luke 4:9-11 – The devil attempts yet again for Jesus to prove himself, but in this time, he wants Jesus to take a huge risk to prove that his identity is indeed the “Son of God” based on his qualifications – Sometimes your enemies will be able to guess and see where you are heading in your destiny, and they will try to trick you into proving yourself quickly by taking a high and unnecessary risk just to prove that you are indeed what they suspect you are in your journey of life. They entice you to seek recognition concerning your identity and abilities by pursuing to get noticed in the wrong way.


Do not be fooled into seeking recognition for the wrong purpose. This will undermine your integrity.

Let us take an example to understand what is going on here:  Say for example, you know that you are good at public speaking and your boss acknowledges it and has given you the responsibility to be his speech writer. You are then invited to listen to your boss speak at a function but a co-worker thinks it is unfair that you aren’t being acknowledged for the numerous speeches that you have written for your boss to speak. This co-worker then tells you, to hijack the function and embarrass your boss by letting everyone know that you wrote that speech for him and that your boss doesn’t know how to do speeches without your help. By doing this, it is assumed that people will give you praise and acknowledge you for your skills and this will draw away the attention from your boss and put you in the spotlight. But the catch is, if you listen to your sly co-worker’s advice, you will find out by the very next day that you are fired and without a job because you undermined your integrity by undermining your boss in your pursuit of recognition for promotion.

Do not be provoked into seeking recognition and acknowledgement the wrong way.

The adversary is always provocative, and malicious in what they try to get you to do in order to miss the mark in your destiny.


How did Jesus respond to that provocation?

In Luke 4:12 – Jesus responded by rebuking the devil and telling him you can’t tempt me to go outside the will of God. In the same way, if anybody attempts to get you to seek recognition in the wrong way, you should tell them where to go and not bother you because you want to hold on to this beautiful thing called INTEGRITY! Do not allow people to cause you to miss opportunities for advancement by making you undermine authority, and doing things dishonestly in order to achieve promotion or elevation. Smarten up and do not give room for nonsense.


In Luke 4:13 – The devil departed from Jesus after tempting him for the last time and will wait for another opportune time to tempt him again to go outside the will of God – Your enemies will try and try again to get you to do something wrong that will make you miss the mark. Sin is defined as “missing the mark”. You don’t want to miss the mark in your destiny, so as we pray and fast, seek God to give you wisdom to know what to do, strength to withstand temptations to do something outside the will of God concerning your life, discernment to identify who your enemies of your destiny are, knowledge to handle every situation with God’s grace, and the will to remain focused on the goal without being distracted.


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You need God to help you with every attack that may come from the enemies of your destiny. It is not “if” the enemy comes that you need God’s help, it’s “when”. You will face obstacles; you will face trials but you must determine within yourself to hold onto your integrity. Jesus demonstrates that you can strengthen yourself through prayer and fasting to face such schemes that occur in your life. This battle is won when you operate in the realm of the Spirit of God. Your own might and power is not sufficient to handle each attack that comes your way. Seek God and He will show you the way to gain success the right way. Put your Faith and Trust in God.


Zechariah 4:6

So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.


Don’t make prayer and fasting a religious exercise, it is your spiritual warfare weapon for success.

Philippians 3:12-16 – Pressing Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

 

Enlargement Requires Endurance for Increase


Hello Everybody,

I spoke on this topic tonight at church and pray that this message blesses you. Never give up on your dreams. Endurance requires you to not quit. It’s funny and ironic for me to say this considering that I’ve just gone back to school to upgrade myself since I want to aim for project management and business later on in my life and was discouraged that at the first day of classes, I failed a quiz that had a lot of mathematical computational analysis involved and got a grade of F. I remember texting my friend and prayer partner how I had wanted to throw in the towel immediately, but she and God dealt with me and told me to ask for help. It’s funny now when I think about it, because even though I am a minister, it doesn’t mean we  don’t face challenges. What’s important is how we respond to them. I’m admitting to my failures here to encourage someone to not give up even when things seem bleak. You may have your throw in the towel moment like I did…honestly, it was just too pre-mature for me to do that but I ended up picking up that towel and going back to the drawing board. Failure is a part of life, but you don’t necessarily have to remain there. If you do, you’ve not only chosen failure as a way of life, but you have chosen to remain defeated. That is not how  you fight the good fight of Faith. You must persevere, and so I’m persevering with much fear and trembling knowing I have to remain accountable for my actions or my inaction so to speak. I am not perfect, but through God, I am being perfected, Amen!

I asked for help from my professor because I was so sure I understood what was going on in class that I couldn’t understand why I had failed not just once but twice! And he showed me that it was because I missed the real answer by one digit which changed the result of my answer. I retook the test again and turned that F into an A+. Had I decided to remain in that state of defeat and giving up, nothing would have changed for me and that’s why God rebuked me and said “Seek wisdom for the areas you are lacking”. I did that and changed the result of my circumstance. So what I’m trying to say to you is that you don’t have to remain defeated. You can overcome. It’s painful to fail, but what is worse is remaining there. You can overcome if you just try. You have to endure tests, you have to endure trials. You can’t grow if your not willing to go through the tough times. Be encouraged and keep moving forward towards the goal. Don’t focus on the mistake, focus on the one who gives you the answers that you seek to overcome that hurdle. You can do it if you try and if you just believe!😀 Stay blessed everybody!

James 1:2-8 – Trials and Temptations 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you […]

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Enlargement is a Command to Multiply the Seed Given by the Supplier


Hello Everyone,

I ministered this message last Friday and just wanted to share it here on my blog. I am participating in 30 days of prayer and fasting for the month of May with my Church and with my Pastors and can tell you that although I’m on day 8 today, things have been happening.

My friend who has joined us in the fast had a dream a week ago about someone in our workplace (my friend works with me) and she told me the dream and I interpreted the dream and what I discovered was that the person in the dream was moving to a different position from where they were to where they wanted to be.

The next day I went to the office to confirm what my friend had dreamt with my interpretation of that dream to that person in question, and the person revealed that they had just got promoted to an executive level of the company. I was so overjoyed for this person because I knew this was a strategic move for her elevation. She was shocked to find out how I knew and I told her about my friend’s prophetic dream and my interpretation of that dream since I like to use every opportunity I have to share about my faith with another person. My friend and I are prayer partners that work together in the same workplace and we are both praying and fasting when she received that prophetic dream that I was able to interpret.

I believe God will show you things about people and things changing in your environment if you allow yourself to avail yourself to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

People should never downplay the gifts of the Holy Spirit. If you believe in the power of the Holy Spirit, you will be revealed things that you wouldn’t otherwise be revealed had you not had the faith to receive the revelation.

Faith is the key to receive revelation for elevation. God will show you who your destiny partners will be in life (be it friends, coworkers, mentors or family) including who your spouses are (if you’re single) if you just believe. Don’t limit God and be open minded about what He will ask you to do. God can give us crazy instructions, but the thing is, we still have to obey even though the request may sound nuts. You cannot afford to worry about how the other person will think about your obedience, you just simply have to obey God’s voice and you will see open doors for you that no man can shut. All of a sudden people who you thought you’d never be connected to you will want to connect with you, all of a sudden opportunities are flying at you left, right, foot and centre. You have to be “open-minded”…or let me rephrase that … You have to be “open-hearted” to receive what God has for you. As a man thinks in is heart so shall he become.

What are you choosing to become?

May this post bless your spirit today. – Minister Sherline

Isaiah 54:2 – “Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes. If you want increase in your life, you have to allow yourself to stretch out like a tent and be challenged to stand your ground with […]

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Enlargement Starts with You: Learning to Hear Clearly from God —


In order to enlarge your territory, you must increase in knowledge of the Word, increase in wisdom and humility. If you can’t do these three simple things, you will not be able to grow. In order to grow, you need to first learn how to hear from God and not only just hear from him, […]

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The Anointing for Breakthrough Started with Jesus – by Minister Sherline —

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Hello Everybody!😀

My message from this past Friday is also posted on my church’s website via The Anointing for Breakthrough Started with Jesus – by Minister Sherline . I’m on day 6 of the 7 day Fast and I give God praise.


On April 6, 2016, marked the 2 year anniversary since my Pastors and I and my sister started the church. We give God all the honor and all the praise. It has been challenging but I’m so happy to see people desiring to seek God more in our church that we’ve been getting so many people contacting us across the globe and in other cities that want to connect. I believe that God wants to equip His Church for the greater call in people’s lives, but everything starts with the foundation of your belief system. Many churches have clogged up the foundation to suit their own agendas, but we must advance the agenda of Christ in order to see His Word become manifest in a generation that needs to know, Jesus came for all people, and not just some, but all people to live a purpose driven life, Amen!😀


The Power of the Anointing for Breakthrough is already in you. The word “Christ” (in Greek khristos) means “the Anointed One”. If you have Christ in you the hope of glory that means that the anointing is already in you through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The question is, is it operating inside of you?

Are you tapping into what is already inside of you if you are a believer?


The Anointing God puts on you cannot be taken away, it is generational.

Exodus 40:15

You shall anoint them, as you anointed their father, that they may minister to Me as priests; for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.”


 

The Anointing for breakthrough started with Jesus

Jesus had first fasted for 40 days in the desert while being challenged by Satan before releasing this Word found in Luke 4.


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Luke 4:16-30 – Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,[j]
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”[k]

20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”

23 He said to them, “You will surely say this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum,[l] do also here in Your country.’” 24 Then He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. 25 But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; 26 but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath,[m] in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”

28 So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. 30 Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.


The Anointing on Jesus is the same anointing we need to tap into as Christians in order to operate in a realm of perpetual breakthroughs.


First the anointing Jesus speaks of comes from the Holy Spirit (Verse 18). The Holy Spirit provides the power that backs the anointing for you to be able to do the following:

  1. To preach the gospel to the poor: It brings good news to the Poor (poverty in spirit, poverty in finance, poverty in relationship, in fact all areas of Poverty).

  2. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted: It has the power to heal what was broken in your heart because everything you do in your life is a reflection of what is in your heart. Out of the abundance of the heart your mouth speaks.

  3. To proclaim liberty to the captives:  It breaks bondages to those bound to sin in any area (spiritually and physically). Because the Holy Spirit provides the power that backs the anointing, you need to understand that you need to tap into the spiritual realm to move what cannot be moved in the natural realm. This can be done by prayer and fasting and meditating on God’s Word. Every breakthrough you require for God to intervene is only found through the power of the Holy Spirit. If you don’t tap into the Spirit, you will operate in a realm of mediocrity as you strive by might and power. Learn to humble yourself and go before God to whom is your source of breakthrough.

  4. And recovery of sight to the blind, – Jesus doesn’t just restore physical vision, he restores your spiritual sight to see into the spirit, He restores your vision so that you are able to see yourself in the way that God sees you and He also restores the overall vision you require in order for you to be successful in your life.  In order to be successful, you require Revelation.

What is Revelation? The dictionary defines it as:

  1. the act of revealing or disclosing; disclosure.
  2. something revealed or disclosed, especially a striking disclosure, as of something not before realized.
  3. Theology.

God’s disclosure of Himself and His will to His creatures; an instance of such communication or disclosure; something thus communicated or disclosed; something that contains such disclosure, as the Bible.


 

In the KJV it says in Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

The NKJV version says: Where there is no revelation the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.


 

Vision brings you revelation, however, you are required to keep the law which is contained in God’s word; meaning that you must follow God’s Word. It is not enough to be a hearer of it when you don’t do what it says. You don’t want to be a Revelation Short of a Breakthrough.

Vision allows you to see what you couldn’t see before and it brings about direction towards your elevation.

When God gives you a revelation, he reveals to you what was hidden so that you are guided in the right direction.


You need Revelation for ELEVATION.


How can you follow the Lord’s direction when you cannot see?

That is why it is important to meditate on God’s Word so that you are provided clear direction as to where you ought to go, rather than follow another man’s revelation of where they think you should go. You have to learn to see God by following His Word. That’s why there is emphasis to meditate on His Word day and night so that it does not depart from your mouth. The more you meditate, the more you can see clearly and hear clearly. If you don’t meditate on His Word, you will follow a false direction and will end up misguided into the wrong direction and that is why God’s people keep perishing, because they don’t keep God’s word. They don’t meditate on it and therefore, they run in the dark and find themselves lost and directionless. It is important to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus if you want to maintain the vision that He has for your life which is in:

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


 

  • To set at liberty those who are oppressed; The anointing is so powerful that it gives you the ability to deliver people from oppression whether it is demonically inspired (demonization) or legally inspired (through the laws of men) to oppress people into slavery/torture of different sorts (i.e. human trafficking/ war etc). God has given us authority to challenge and defeat the oppressors in order to set captives free.

  • To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” The anointing also prophesies what the Lord will do in every year. When you proclaim, you are declaring what it is that you want to see. The anointing gives you the power to call forth those things that be not as though they were. You can call your breakthroughs into being by proclaiming by faith what it is that you want to see happen in your year. The thing is, whatever you proclaim requires you to partner with the Holy Spirit in order to see your breakthrough.

Romans 4:17  As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.


The Power of the Anointing:

  • Confounds the wise and the mighty (Luke 4:22). People will not know why God has put such an anointing on your life, but God is willing to use a willing vessel to do great and mighty works. Look at David as an example.

1 Corinthians 1:27 (NKJV)  But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;


  • The Anointing locates the least likely for increase (Luke 4:25-26). There were many widows in Israel and yet the prophet Elijah during the time of the great famine/drought that lasted 3 years 6 months visited the widow who fed him the last morsel she had for herself and her son. The oil in her pots brought increase in a time of famine/lack.

1 Kings 17:8-16 Elijah and the Widow

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”

12 So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”

eikon_1132_13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’”

15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.


  • The Anointing does not discriminate, it locates willing vessels to receive breakthrough (Luke 4:27). The same applies to Naaman in 2 Kings 5: 1-19 who was a great and honorable Commander who the Lord had given him victory to the Syrian army that he served as commander, was also struck by leprosy. However when he listened to the prophet Elisha from the enemies camp (the Children of Israel) he was healed. It just goes to show that the anointing can even heal the least likely to believe in the God you serve.

2 Kings 5: 1-19 – Naaman’s Leprosy Healed

Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.”

Then the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”

So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said,

Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.

And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.”

So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.”

Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ 12 Are not the Abanah[a] and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

eikon_1142_15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.”

16 But he said, “As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused.

17 So Naaman said, “Then, if not, please let your servant be given two mule-loads of earth; for your servant will no longer offer either burnt offering or sacrifice to other gods, but to the Lord. 18 Yet in this thing may the Lord pardon your servant: when my master goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand, and I bow down in the temple of Rimmon—when I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord please pardon your servant in this thing.”

19 Then he said to him, “Go in peace.” So he departed from him a short distance.


  • The Anointing Offends those that do not practice the Truth (Luke 4:28) People will not like the fact that the anointing in your life reveals their own weaknesses and will stir up jealousy, hatred, and people will want to attack you but the anointing will still preserve you.

Jesus kept emphasizing in the synagogue that a prophet is not accepted in their own country and was calling that out on the Jews. Elijah and Elisha were such prophets and they kept giving instructions to willing vessels to receive blessings who were foreigners. In the Bible, you will find the frustration of the Lord in the book of Isaiah who keeps saying “Oh Jerusalem, how I have sent you many prophets and you did not receive them” and they kept killing them, dismissing them and not hearing them because they would not accept the instruction that the Lord had to give to them to guide them back in the right direction. The blessing of the anointing was no longer reserved for just the Jews, it was also for the Gentiles. That’s why Jesus states that He was going to pour out all His Spirit on all flesh. You no longer needed to be a Jew to receive the anointing and this reality and truth heavily offended those in the Synagogue.


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The anointing gives direction to willing vessels and it does not discriminate. This is why a Muslim or any non-believer for that matter can come to church and receive the Word and act on it (being a doer of what they hear) and receive the reward that a Christian sitting in the same room would miss. The Anointing searches willing vessels that are ready to obey the Lords instruction in order to receive the blessing that they seek. This is why the people wanted to murder Jesus upon hearing all this. They were not ready for the Truth and wanted to kill him by pushing Jesus off a cliff, but they were unable to because the Anointing protects your destiny. That’s how powerful it truly is and this is the same anointing that is in all believers that have been baptized receiving the same power through the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing Closer to God

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Hello Everybody!😀

It’s been a while since my last post but I’m spending time with God by praying and fasting with my church for 1 week for the month of April. Although it is for 1 week, I’m looking forward to the next month where we will be doing 30 days for Prayer and Fasting. I really want people to tap into breakthroughs this year but not many churches want to pray and fast these days. Sometimes, the challenges we face require more than just prayer, you may require fasting in order to receive your breakthrough. I know that every time I’ve fasted, I’ve always seen results. People in my church have seen results to the point that people keep asking when is the next prayer and fasting session. People are hungry to tap into what can only be found in the Spirit. The Lord reveals so much during the fast that it empowers you when you humble your flesh to yield to the Power of the Holy Spirit.

Might and Power can only take you so far, but it is by His Spirit that you conquer your challenges that you face. It’s day 2 of the Fast for me for this month since we started yesterday and God is just doing amazing things. I feel like He’s just showing me things in the Word that I didn’t see before and I’m preparing to release this Word for Friday night with my members. I will eventually post it on here and on my church’s website Livingproofcentre.org after I release it to the Church first, but y’all can wait right lol.:)

For now I just want to post this song that has been ministering to my Spirit. It’s from Antwaun Stanley called You Are the Source.

I pray that this song blesses your Spirit Today.  God Bless You everybody!😀

Dealing with the Offense, the Offender and the Offended

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Hello Everybody!

Well, this post is going to be rather short (I think) and not intended to be preachy, but I just wanted to address something here. I want to tackle the issue of offenses. In this life you will be offended, or have committed an offense and/or may have offended someone or some people in some way.


The question is how do you deal with the subject matter of:

  1. the offense,
  2. the offender, and
  3. the offended?

 

The truth is this, people who are often times offended remain offended when the offense that took place is not properly acknowledged by others as a legitimate complaint/issue. Sometimes, those that are offended fall in the class of (victim) when they receive no closure to the offense that took place. The fact is no matter how grievous the offense may be, no one can bring you closure except yourself. It’s either you forgive and let it go or you remain a victim forever and harbor bitterness inside your soul. Bitterness then turns into hatred and hatred is equivalent to murder in the Bible. You don’t have to personally stab the person or kill them with a physical weapon to murder the one who is the object of your hatred to commit murder, but hatred can drive you to do that because hatred contaminates the soul.


Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.


angerIf you are the Offended, Do not allow yourself to be contaminated by hate. Having said that though, this doesn’t mean that your feelings of being offended are not legitimate. It’s how you deal with your feelings that matter. I remember when I was in grade school a guy told a weak kid he was bullying to punch me in the stomach for the fun of it to see if that kid would do his bidding, and he did. It hurt like hell, and I was incredibly offended by the offense. I wanted to beat up that kid so bad for what he did to me but my best friend who was a Christian thank God, told me to let it go because it wasn’t worth it and held me back from retaliating. At that time I wanted to punch the living daylights out of that kid for what he did in front of all my friends and classmates, and I remember holding onto this grudge for the longest time that I laughed at the kid when he couldn’t swim when we had swimming classes and that was my strength. Yes I was being immature, but mind you I think I was about 8 years old when this whole thing took place. I took the pain of being offended and became cruel in the sense that I took pleasure in the misfortunes of the one who had offended me (I wasn’t saved by the way). As time went on, I realized that my bitterness was doing me no good and one day my best friend looked at me and said “You know you’re being stupid right now, holding onto this thing forever. The only one suffering is you”. Needless to say, I was ticked off that my friend said that to me, I thought she would be on my side, and in actual fact she was, she just seemingly wasn’t nice about it but the thing was, she was telling me the truth.


anger (1).jpgThe Truth was hard to gulp down because I was too emotional, but at the end of the day, that really hit me when she said that to me and it was at that time I had to look at myself in the mirror and realize I was playing the “victim” card way too long. I decided to let it go and forgive my Offender. The kid later on came and apologized to me later for having listened to his bully like a fool. I honestly felt like the bigger fool for not seeing the full picture that I wasn’t the only victim here. He too was a victim. I later learned that he was a loner and had no friends and had a tough upbringing with difficult parents that always shouted at him all the time. I forgave him and decided to allow him in my friendship circle because I also found out he was subject to bullying.


Forgiveness brought me back to my senses. I felt human again and realized that hatred is like carrying a monkey on your back. That monkey isn’t supposed to be there and yet you keep carrying it on your back until you become a monster yourself. In no way am I saying that forgiveness is easy, but forgiveness allows you to act with grace towards others. In some cases, letting go doesn’t necessarily mean you let the offender stroll back in your life. I’m also referring to and talking about abuse situations and grievous offenses as well. I was molested when I was a child and although I have forgiven the offender, it doesn’t mean I’ll let them back in my life again. You need to apply wisdom with your forgiveness.


Forgiveness is like a protective shield. It shields you from bitterness that draws you to hate in the first place. 


Forgiveness is about releasing yourself from the bondage of hate. 


I was attacked by a guy who attempted to sexually assault me when I was in University. I never told a soul about this story, in fact my parents are currently not even aware that this happened. Although, he did not succeed, I was terrified and traumatized by the incident. I blamed myself for being tricked into going to a secluded area of the university “just to talk” because it was in the library I thought it was a safe place.


He committed an offense, he is the offender and I was the offended. I remember returning to the library a few weeks after the incident just wanting to avoid the guy because I didn’t want to cross paths but somehow I saw him stalking me in the same library and at this time I remember feeling angry and I wanted to publicly shame him and tell him off in public what he had done to me and scream at him and probably punch him in the face or maybe punch him multiple times, but then I remembered what my best-friend told me when I was 8 years old and though I was really tempted, and though my complaint was legitimate, and though my anger is justified, going after him and thinking of causing him harm wasn’t worth it. At that moment, I decided to let it go.


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.


My Offender seemed to be afraid of me and when he saw that I noticed him stalking me in the library, he ran off. He probably felt guilty and was afraid I had reported the incident. I had not reported the incident because I was too ashamed of myself and was traumatized by the whole thing. I now understand why many rape victims don’t self-report things like this. It just re-traumatizes you to remember the incident, and I at that point in my life just wanted to forget it and move on. Maybe I should have reported it, but I was just too ashamed about it. I was a youth leader at my previous church and couldn’t even tell the pastors of the church what had happened because I was just too traumatized to speak. I guess fear gripped my mouth shut until now. I don’t know why I always tend to blog about things I want to take to my grave but I feel that this message may help someone. Usually, I am sharp at discerning people but I felt I had failed to see there was something wrong with this character. The Lord dealt with me and showed me that it wasn’t about discernment, it was the fact that I was too naive and too trusting, but I thank God for His protection because I managed to escape the assault. I was also battling a lot of spiritual warfare when I was in university and had difficulty concentrating, couldn’t sleep because of nightmares, issues with depression, etc. but I digress, the point is, hatred has a way of contaminating the way you think about people and it perverts your actions and draws you to act on evil intentions. 


tumblr_kxsl0dOghF1qzu1fjo1_400Do not allow yourself to be bound with the “forever a victim” mentality. I know, “it’s easier said than done Minister Sherline” and I agree with you. However, that way of thinking leads to death. It’s either you kill yourself over it, or you kill someone else over it. I know this sounds extreme, but I’ve lived through quite a bit and have seen things that not many people should have experienced if they lived in a “normal” world devoid of cruelty. The reality is, that’s why we need to seek God to help us forgive. Forgiveness is not automatic all the time. For some people, it may take days, weeks or even years to do it, but the most important thing is taking steps to forgive in the first place. Your Offender may never be sorry for what they have done to offend you, and you may never receive closure over it by waiting for them to acknowledge the offense, but the thing is this, you are the only one that can set yourself free from the bondage of hate by deciding that you aren’t going to let the offender nor the offense ruin your life.


You’re not going to become a monster because you’re going to let go of your hatred TODAY.


To the Offender, you may not feel like you need to be sorry about your actions, and some of you may feel like you got away with something, but I can tell you the truth, that you will reap what you’ve sown if you feel guiltless. It’s better to seek forgiveness for your actions, sometimes the people you have offended may not forgive you, but it is important to do the right thing and make right with your brother and sister that you have offended. I’m not referring to just serious offenses, I’m even referring to even the petty small ones. Make it right with your brother and sister so that before God’s eyes, you can be redeemed and be in right-standing again.You can be blameless before God.


Behold, God will not cast away the blameless, Nor will He uphold the evildoers.


Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, He himself will fall into his own pit; But the blameless will inherit good.


For those that commit serious offenses, it is often-times difficult to seek to be forgiven from the person that you offended, but healing can begin for the both of you if you acknowledge the offense and apologize sincerely for committing the offense and acknowledge the pain of the offended. If the victim remains offended, you have at least done your part to right a wrong. God always looks at both parties in this whole thing. God looks at how the Offender is treated just as much as how the Offended is treated. The Offender is bound to the bondage of guilt whereas the Offended is bound to the spirit of unforgiveness. The Offended may experience unforgiveness to the Offender and in some cases unforgivness to themselves for having fallen victim to the offense. Let us remember that the Devil doesn’t care about any of the parties in relation to the Offense.


ephesians-4-321.jpgThe Offender and the Offended are destroyed if there is no admission of guilt or forgiveness of the offense. Both parties become losers to bondage and the devil’s work is done. We must remember that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy your happiness, joy and fulfillment that you had in your life by committing offenses that affect your soul. It is only through the guidance of the Holy Spirit that you can either find redemption by confessing the offense, the guilt and the shame if you are the offender and/or by choosing to forgive if offended.


Do not allow yourself to be bound in this scheme of Offense. If you need counseling to get over the offense, then seek it out, but don’t just sit there simmering in anger thinking that you’ll get even one day. You will find yourself running quickly to evil, and you will become deaf to God’s voice. I implore you to seek God’s face and be real with yourself. You may need help to forgive so seek it out, but also seek the help of the Holy Spirit to deliver you from the spirit of unforgiveness, shame, hate, anger or any negative feelings that cause you to be bound in a cycle of condemnation. Silence doesn’t make hatred go away, you have to confess what you really feel with your mouth and invite the Holy Spirit into your situation to begin the process of forgiveness.


[ Forgiveness and Prayer ] “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.

BaitOfSatan.jpgThere is a book I read written by John Bevere called The Bait of Satan. That book was instrumental in my deliverance from the spirit of unforgiveness and hatred. I had some serious issues, many legitimate complaints, but despite all these offenses, forgiveness is what blessed me to operate with the spirit of compassion. In order to operate with the spirit of Compassion, you need to have been through something and felt something to understand how you can empathize and sympathize with others and lead them to higher ground. Hatred can make you arrogant and filled with pride, but compassion is born from the spirit of humility that knows you need the Saviour to keep your sanity intact. You need Jesus. I know I’m not perfect and I also know when I have issues. The last thing you ever want to be is to be in denial of your issues. This book by John Bevere will help you and I encourage anybody who has issues with unforgiveness to read that book. God wants to heal you and deliver you from the snare of unforgiveness. Life is too short to remain unhappy…you deserve freedom from bitterness, but you have to confess with your mouth and forgive with your heart with the help of the Holy Spirit, Amen!


This is an old song from 21:03 called In Your Presence. I pray that it blesses your spirit today. I love this song. If anybody needs prayer in this area, don’t be afraid to message me in this post. God bless you everybody:)