Christians by Maya Angelou

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Christians – By Maya Angelou

When I say.. “I am a Christian”
I’m not shouting “I’m clean livin’.”
I’m whispering “I was lost,
Now I’m found and forgiven.”

When I say.. “I am a Christian”
I don’t speak of this with pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble
and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say.. “I am a Christian”
I’m not trying to be strong.
I’m professing that I’m weak
And need His strength to carry on.

When I say.. “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success.
I’m admitting I have failed
And need God to clean my mess.

When I say.. “I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
But, God believes I am worth it.

When I say.. “I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say.. “I am a Christian”
I’m not holier than thou,
I’m just a simple sinner
Who received God’s good grace, somehow!

The Persecuted Church, Each year 100 million Christians suffer persecution, imprisonment and even death for their sacred religious beliefs

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“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Charisma Founder Steve Strang is speaking at the United Nations against the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Steve Strang, founder of Charisma and CEO of Charisma Media is addressing an event at the United Nations in New York at 5:28 PM today called “Not Peace but a Sword: The Persecution of Christians in the Middle East as a Threat to International Peace and Security.”

He is one of several speakers and was asked to address the topic: “The Role of the Media—or lack of—in Highlighting the Persecution of Christians in the Middle East.” Here is the text of his remarks:

It’s an honor to be here this afternoon at this historic event to speak about the role of the media in covering the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

Each year, 100 million Christians suffer persecution, imprisonment and even death for their sacred religious beliefs. According to The Voice of the Martyrs, a ministry dedicated to assisting the persecuted church worldwide, “more people have died for their faith in Christ in the last 100 years” than in the previous 19 centuries combined.

As you are probably aware, until recently, the media have largely ignored and downplayed the slaughter of Christians in the Middle East and throughout the world.

It should have shocked the conscience of the world, but it registered barely a blip on the media’s radar for decades.

There are exceptions, of course.

Several years ago, Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, held a forum on “The Persecuted Church,” noting that of all the religions in the world that are being persecuted, “the single largest persecution is of the church—Christianity—far more than of Islam, of Buddhism, of Hinduism or any other religion.”

A few days after Easter this year, Pope Francis—reacting to the slaughter of nearly 150 Christians by Islamic militants in Kenya—called on the world to give tangible help to persecuted Christians, describing them as modern “martyrs.” The Vatican’s official preacher said there was a “disturbing indifference” among the world’s institutions and in public opinion to the killing of Christians.

Until recently, the media have mostly looked the other way, and even today we are still witnessing examples of how the media are ignoring, or minimizing the fact, that Christians are the primary targets of genocide by ISIS and other Islamic extremists in the Middle East. For instance, in January, numerous media outlets focused on the terrorist attacks on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo while ignoring the ongoing massacre of Nigerians, including many Christians, at the hands of the terror group Boko Haram. As many as 2,000 people are believed to have been killed and several churches were burned.

As head of Charisma Media, one of the nation’s largest Christian media outlets, we have closely covered the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and throughout the world for four decades. Our writers, sources and readers have witnessed some of the most horrific acts of human depravity imaginable. As a journalistic observer of these atrocities for decades, I can tell you without a doubt that the situation is reaching an unprecedented dimension of crisis.

I have personally reported as recently as this month persecution of Christians in Egypt, Dubai and Malaysia based on interviews with Christian leaders from those countries.

A century ago, Middle Eastern Christians represented about 20 percent of the population. Now they represent about 4 percent. In Iraq, before the Gulf War, there were about 1.4 million Christians in 1990. Now there are about 200,000 and the head of the Catholic Chaldean Church in Kurdistan says Iraqi Christians have “little time left.” We are literally watching the genocide of Jesus’ followers in the Middle East.

From kidnappings and the execution of journalists and aid workers to beheadings, crucifixions and the burning of Christians, the Islamic State is exhibiting shocking cruelty. Thousands have died at their hands—more than 24,000 in the first eight months of 2014. This doesn’t include the 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded or 45 Iraqi citizens who were burned alive. ISIS is also kidnapping children and selling them into the sex trade, or crucifying them like the Romans did to Christians in the 1st century.

With the rise of ISIS and its threats of bringing “Armageddon” to the West, along with concerns that Iran is developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technologies, all eyes are on the Middle East. As the world witnesses the beheadings, crucifixions and torture of thousands of Christians, it’s become clear that this will have far-reaching consequences for not only Christianity, but the entire world. Left unchecked, the inhumane carnage we are watching in the Middle East and other parts of the world will eventually come to the United States and other western nations. It will pose a threat to international peace and security.

Nevertheless, the media have largely failed to cover the plight of Christians in the Middle East, the United Nations has remained mostly silent and the U.S. government has turned a blind eye to all this—downplaying the role of Islamic extremists in these atrocities and that Christians are their primary targets.

Meanwhile, the pulpits have been stunningly quiet. A week ago, we ran a story about how Glenn Beck is “sounding the alarm about a coming Christian holocaust in the Middle East—if Americans don’t do something to rise up and help stop the slaughter.” He said, “The American Revolution, the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement came and were won from the pulpits first. The pulpits should be on fire, but our pulpits are barely an ember. It’s shameful what is happening.”

In another one of our articles, best-selling author Joel Rosenberg pleaded for the church to wake up. “Much of the church around the world is asleep to the threat,” he said.

I share his lament. The pulpits and the media should be reverberating with righteous indignation at these injustices—the wholesale slaughter of our brothers and sisters in Christ in the cradle of Christianity’s birth.

We must address the mass genocide of Christians in the Middle East.

And just as we saw in the years leading up to the American Revolution, the efforts to free African-American slaves during the American Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, the media and the pulpits must take the lead in building the case and inspiring United Nations and U.S. leaders to pass resolutions to protect Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.

It’s also vitally important that President Obama appoint a Special Envoy for the protection of religious minorities in the Middle East and call for the establishment of an International Day of Prayer in solidarity with Christians in the Middle East.

It’s no coincidence that you are here today, or that you are listening at this time. The Lord will not hold us blameless if we pretend this isn’t happening. We must act and we must act soon. We have been called by the Lord to serve at this critical time, not only in the history of our nation, but also in the history of the world.

Allow me to close with two thoughts—one from Edmund Burke and the other from Moses.

Burke, the Irish statesman best remembered for famously saying, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Moses, who received the Ten Commandments from God, offers us this encouragement down through the mists of time: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 

Steve Strang is the founding editor and publisher of Charisma. Follow him on Twitter @sstrang or Facebook (stephenestrang).

 

 

 

Reblogged via Charisma Founder Speaks Out on Persecuted Church at UN.

Day 107 – How much does God love you by Denise N. Fyffe

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If God gave His son because He loved you, what else don’t you think He would do, so that you who believe should not perish…..

 

As I rested my head on my pillow, preparing to drift off into the sea of dreams; I prayed to God and said “is there anything you want me to write about tonight, Lord?”.

Then, a familiar scripture seeped into my spirit and my mind:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.-John 3:16

The message began to rise from the mist in my mind and God said he wanted His people to understand how much He loved them.

The scripture actually has two distinct messages:

  • For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son…
  • …that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life

Despite whether you believe in Christ Jesus and accept Him as your Lord and Savior…God loves you. He has given the ultimate sacrifice any parent can give and that is to give up their own child…for His other children.

This might be an incomprehensible concept to some, but it still sheds light on the depths of God’s love for mankind.

Jesus offered Himself to be slain and thus death had to relinquish its dominance over us for eternity. When Jesus came on earth he was despised, abused, tortured, suffered great pain, pierced and He killed. All this so that we may have eternal life.

  • …that whosoever believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life

For his sacrifice to fully redeem and save though, we must believe on Him. This is the redemptive criteria. We must believe on Christ Jesus to have eternal life; without such we will perish.

God loves you…

Like a mother with her newborn, but more.

Like a father playing with his young son, but more.

Like a man, teary eyed proposing to His girlfriend, but more.

Like a friend diving into a shark infested waters to rescue his friend, but more.

Like a stranger, diving on a train platform to rescue someone who has fallen in the path of an oncoming train, but more.

Like a father looking into the eyes of his newborn child, but more.

Like a mother crying over the body of her son who was gunned down, but more.

Like a pastor, rejoicing over a backslider returning to the flock, but more.

Like a sister giving her kidney to her dying sister, but more.

Like Jesus coming down on earth and taking lashes from a cat-o-nine…

The depths of God’s love cannot be measured. It would span the earth times infinity and go on in time beyond eternity. In a perfect world we would want for nothing. We would never be sick and we would never know death. We would never know disappointment of abandonment. We would never hate or be hated. That place is called Heaven and God wants us to join Him there, but we must believe on Him.

Matthew 10:30 (NLT) – And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.

God knows every bodily detail about every human being on earth.

God knows the pain we lock away in our hearts, which even our own consciousness is not aware of.

God knows every last sin we committed.

God knows every good intent that we are capable of.

God knows if there is someone in the world who is our perfect mate.

God knows why we were born and our purpose in this world.

God knows if we truly love Him or if we are faking it.

There is no other, who loves us like the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Romans 8:37-39 – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 2:4-5 – But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved …

Romans 5:8 – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Zephaniah 3:17 – The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Psalm 86:15 – But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

God has proven His love for hundred of years. he is the same God yesterday, today and forever. He will never forsake or forget you.

God loved Noah enough to spare his family from the flood.

God loved Daniel enough to close a Lions mouth.

God loved the three Hebrew boys enough to save them in the fiery furnace.

God loved Saul enough to not have David kill him.

God loved David enough to spare him when he killed Bathsheba’s husband.

God loved Israel enough to rescue them every single time they cried out to Him, after suffering for their disobedience.

God loved Jonah enough to spare His life, even when he was in the whale’s belly.

In the same way he loves you His child, his creation, His…

 

Copyright © 2015 · All Rights Reserved · Denise N. Fyffe

Day 103 – If Daniel a prophet fell at the sight of Gabriel an angel and a Prince Demon kept this angel for many days, then in flesh, how do Jamaican Churches match up against demons

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Daniel 10:And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength.

12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days

Oh how naïve we are.

Oh how blind we are.

Oh how foolish we are.

Oh how deceived.

This is what the Lord says:

You are spun like puppets on a string. You are swept to and fro by the wave. You are tossed by the wind. You are blind. You are caught up in your own selves, but how deceived you are. You dance and carry on as if I am in your midst, but I Am not. Your eyes need to see your prison state. Your eyes need to see your prison and when you see only then will you truly turn to me and repent. Amen.

If Daniel a prophet fell at the sight of Gabriel an angel and a Prince Demon kept this angel for many days, then in flesh, how do Jamaican churches match up against demons?

The answer is simple, Jamaican churches operating solely in the flesh cannot match up against any demon on earth. These churches would be so bind up and deceived that God himself would have to work a mighty act to release it.

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There are dozens of churches in Jamaica who have not had a visitation from God, the anointing nor the Holy Spirit in years.

There are dozens more who meet on a Sunday morning to actually dance up a storm, but in the devil’s prison.

There are dozens more who offer fake praise and pump their saints to do the same. But the Lord God Jehovah rejects it.

We are foolish fools, walking on a chain gang to hell and we need to repent, seek God and pray for Him to help us see the prison that we are existing in.

Daniel was a mighty Prophet, who was spiritually strong and highly favoured by God. This is the man God sent angels to shut lions mouths for but even He, when he saw the angel Gabriel, he fell, almost to death; saved only by the strength he received from said angel.

Gabriel, a mighty angel, a general of God’s angels. He was detained, held, kept, delayed by, fighting with a Prince demon. But for Michael, another of God’s generals; he was freed up to go and deliver God’s revelation to Daniel.

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Does no one understand what Jamaican churches are up against? We are up against the best of the best. Every Sunday when you step into your church, for many, the devil already deployed his troops.

  1. Your sanctuary will either be on lock-down.
  2. Your praises will be shut down or only get as far as the ceiling.
  3. Your congregation will sit in the sanctuary looking blank and bored.
  4. The atmosphere will feel forced.
  5. Worship leaders and ministers will unwisely try many antics to ‘pump’ the saints.
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I am certain many of you have already experienced this.

In a previous article, I mentioned my visit to a church and only when I went out to the car park was my spirit truly able to fully commune with God. I was not able to flow in my gifts, inside the sanctuary.

For some, you are going to have to keep church outside, until you learn to take authority in the spirit and go back inside to clear the atmosphere. Until you operate truly as a child of God, using the gift of discernment and until Jamaican churches repent and seek God’s will; many will remain imprisoned, deceived and bound. We need to walk, run and worship around our Jamaican churches like the children of Israel did to Jericho.

Principalities, no joke.
Power demons, no joke.
Rulers of darkness, no joke.
The deceiver, no joke.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. — 1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV)

I pray Jamaican churches wake up.
I pray that the spiritual warriors in Christ wake up.
I pray that the eyes of pastors be opened in the spirit.
I pray that apostles, evangelists and prophets in Jamaica equip themselves with the whole armour of God.

Wake up and pray for a permanent release for your church.

God is bidding His children to come higher in Him.

Mediocrity is unacceptable.
Lukewarm is unacceptable.
Disobedience is unacceptable.

 

Copyright © 2015 · All Rights Reserved · Denise N. Fyffe

Biblical truth for today #9 – Why was the first woman named Eve?

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Genesis 3:20 NLT

Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live.

 

 

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Erica Campbell, What do you seek Fame, Fortune or God’s Favour by Denise N. Fyffe

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33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you..-Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

The Mary Mary reality show is both entertaining and revealing. It gives you full access to the Gospel duos lives without restriction. This is the fourth season of the show and all good behaviour has been thrown out the window and the real character of the casts are shining bright for all to see.

I have already addressed the blatant character flaws of Erica’s sister, Tina Campbell in another article; but now I would like to discuss those which are jeopardising the health, family life and spiritual standing of Erica Campbell.

Erica Campbell of Mary Mary

Erica Campbell of Mary Mary

The ‘I need a little more Jesus’ singer has a lovely personality. She is warm, engaging, forgiving, and compassionate. Erica Campbell sacrifices her own needs most of the time, for those of others. She is yielding and doesn’t own the word ‘No’ in her vocabulary; but she should. Erica is learning this season that her sister is not as nice as her and doesn’t truly care about her well-being. Having launched her solo career, Erica Campbell has started to focus on her aspirations; but her sister Tina would have none of that. Not only did she give her sister an unholy warfare in the last season when she made her decision, this season she bullied Erica in doing performance gigs for Mary Mary; so now, Erica is yet again in a place where she is unhappy, disregarded and exhausted.

Erica, you have to learn to say NO. You have to learn that in this case it is OK to focus on you.

For whatever reason, God has placed the desire in her heart to be a solo artist. Her two first records were successful. However, now that she has compromised with her sister, she is back to being tired, frustrated and hugely disappointed. Erica it is ok to do you; especially when the other person doesn’t compromise or put your needs first.

Let’s tackle the character flaw of Ms. Erica that will jeopardise her health and ministry; that

Warryn Campbell and Erica Campbell

Warryn Campbell and Erica Campbell

is, her penchant for pushing herself to the point of sickness or total exhaustion. This is not wisdom in action. This is Erica chasing fame and fortune at any cost, and it should not be so.

She has often ignored the wise counsel of her husband and family, when told to slow down.

Her babies are crying on the phone when she calls home, because they miss her and she is gone very often.

Erica Campbell of Mary Mary and daughter Krista

Erica Campbell of Mary Mary and daughter Krista

Last season, her vocal cords were so messed up to the point of bleeding, because of how busy she was.

Is this how a Christian should operate? No.

Godly wisdom would dictate that she do all things in moderation.

Godly wisdom would dictate that she not offend her husband.

Godly wisdom would dictate that she places her family higher on her priority list and not risk their distress.

But Erica Campbell does not follow Godly wisdom.

Proverbs 3:7 – “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”

Ecclesiastes 7:12 – “For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.”

James 1:5 , 6 – “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”

Proverbs 14:8 – “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.”

On another matter….

I have yet to see any episode or a series of episodes where the cast members are attending church. Do they not attend church regularly? Do they not go and feast and be nourished from God’s word?

Hebrews 10:25 – Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Matthew 18:20 – “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

Ephesians 4:12 – for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

If not, are they just simply Gospel artists and not active Christian saints?

James 5:16 – Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

If they do attend, why is this not broadcast on the show?

Destruction is what lies ahead of Erica’s race towards fame, fortune and earthly favour. Sickness and exhaustion are what will keep her company. A unhappy husband and abandoned children are what will greet her when she returns home, and this should never be.

Peter 3 (NLT)

In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over 2 by observing your pure and reverent lives.

3 Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewellery, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.

I pray that God intercede with this beloved woman of God and show her how to balance her ministry and her family and her individual needs.

The songs that she sing are a blessing to God’s people and that is important.

Her efforts to minister and reach souls for Christ are important.

But so too is her soul.

Matthew 16:26 (NLT) – And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?

 

Copyright © 2015 · All Rights Reserved · Denise N. Fyffe

Day 102 – Jamaican Churches blindly cloaked in Deception and Disobedience

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This is what the Lord says:

The people of our generation have yet to come to understand, the full extent of the devil’s deception. We live and go about our business like blind rats; woefully ignorant of the realm of deceit in which we exist daily. This is to our detriment and God is merciful to point out the deceit and implore us to come higher in Him. He alone can deliver us out of the this dimension and usher us into a dimension where we see the ploys of the enemy in the spiritual. Amen.

One evening, I spent sometime in a church that was woefully deceived. There were several things which happened that I was asking God about and that He was pointing out to me.

First, when I arrived the worship team were singing songs, but no one was standing or worshipping. There was barely any sign on the Richter scale for their praise. I came in and did as my spirit was free to do, worship.

Secondly, the pastor asked for members to shift to fill the seats at the front as the back was filling up, but not the front. No one moved. I wanted to go up to the front, but as I had already learned this place was a bit odd as earlier no one stood for the hymn as I was accustomed to nor did anyone indicate to me why…not until I felt odd, sat and asked an usher what was the procedure. Then she explained they only stood for the last verse.

A little after this mass dis-obedience, God started to give me a message. It is hard to deny His words when He wants you to convey it. So after about 15 minutes of trying to focus on the service. I went out and captured the message that God was pouring into my spirit. You can say he was not amused about such a blatant act of ‘disobedience’ being allowed. I did what he required.

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

If we give an inch to the devil, he will take the entire church.

If we allow demonic spirits to remain in our presence, they will block our praises and prayers from God.

In this instance, the spirit of Disobedience was ignored and as such had the permission to remain in that place.

Thirdly, the Lord was not in the shaking. At some point the preacher had riled up every one with his ‘raspy, bellowing antics’ that all were carrying on as if there was a great outpouring of anointing.

God said he was not in it.

Remember Elijah’s experience:

1 Kings 19:11-13 (KJV)

11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

This minster had riled up everyone so much in that they manifested tongues and dancing

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and shaking, out of the flesh.

I have seen this so many times, I would be at a loss to count. Ministers and preachers in Jamaica, start to ‘act up’ and scream and rasp their voices in hopes to rile the congregation. But God is not impressed or amused with this and everyone who does it, will have to account to Him for it.

It is my practice that I never move unless I feel the unction or anointing of God. Flesh must be slain for spiritual manifestations of God to occur.

What will the people remember after they have had a great time in the flesh?

Nothing.

What change will occur in their spirit?

Nothing.

How will their home lives change?

In no way.

How will they act differently towards their coworkers?

In no way different.

The Last thing occurred when I was about to leave for the night. I made it as far to my car and rested my things before the Holy Spirit took me over. I had to grip the car for support as my spirit was fast and furious dialogue with God.

I could go nowhere. God said to go back in.

When I went in they were doing a prayer and I held the woman’s hand beside me to pray with and for her. While doing so, God started to speak to me and show me that the atmosphere and people was so bound up, that even I could not communicate with Him like I normally do.

While in the parking lot, my spirit was free, the communication with God was easy; but inside the church, the worship was forced, the manifestations a smokescreen and God was not in it.

The devil so easily deceives us that we see manifestations in the church and think it is business as usual. Our spirits are not alerted and we are spectators to the happenings at the altar. We do the church dance when our flesh gets excited and we wipe the sweat off our brow when we have exerted ourselves to exhaustion.

Woe to us a blind and deceived nation.

God is calling us to a different level

God is calling us to a dimension where our spiritual eyes are open and we know the presence of God.

God is calling forth his servants to spiritual warfare, to guard our military strongholds.

God is calling us to a season where we are truly equipped to handle this version of the devil’s warfare tactics.

Till then, our churches in Jamaica will be wilfully disobedient and deceived.

 

Copyright © 2015 · All Rights Reserved · Denise N. Fyffe

Day 101 – 2015 Trials and Tribulations of the Finances

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2015 has so far been a year of trial by poverty. Since the recession hit Jamaica hard in 2009, I have been challenged in the area of my finances. Stretching a dollar is no longer possible for day to day needs, now it pap weh it bruk. Having not worked for two of those years made things even more difficult. I lost freedom of movement, my job and my own place to live. Nonetheless, I bunkered down and braced for the challenges which faced me for the next five years.

But 2015, has been the year to put all others to shame. I did a surgery at the end of 2014 which left me half a million dollars in debt and I have yet to recover. Having not worked for nearly two months put me in the red with every bill collector that I am obligated to and they all have my address. The calls come every month, but no sympathy.

Spiritually, I have never been better and I garner that I will simply have to leave it all in the hands of the Almighty; after all, I always say He doesn’t only test us to see whether we can bear, but how we bear it. My spirit is still uplifted, but the battle is in my mind. When the bill collectors call, I own a little frustration and stress. My worry is that I won’t be able to exhale or enjoy a proper meal for the next year at least. God forbid.

Its hard.

Psalm 37:25 (NLT)

Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.

So, why do we experience trials and tribulations?

As christians, we go through trials to grow our faith. If we never go through them then how do we learn to endure?

How else do we qualify to serve with Christ?

How else do we prove that we are capable of managing His affairs here, on earth?

How else do we grow in strength and conviction?

How else do we overcome temptation at the most extreme?

Trials come to prove you.
Trials come to strengthen you.
Trials come to break you.
Trials come to change you into the best version of yourself.
Trials come to prove you to you.
Trials come to provide spiritual warfare training.
Trials come to develop godly character.
Trials come to grow your patience.

Be encouraged

1 Peter 5:10 ESV – And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

James 1:12 ESV – Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Romans 12:12 ESV – Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV – No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

John 16:33 ESV – I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Exodus 14:14 ESV – The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

I know God will release me from this burden in time.

As I am encouraging myself, be encouraged also.

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