Neisha-Ann Thompson, Ph.D

"Give me a Word to sustain the weary; awaken my ear to listen." - Isaiah 50:4

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Guard Your Pearls!

I was reminded today of a dream I had almost three years ago where God spoke clearly to me. He said, “You are a pearl of great value.” Later on in the day, as I was ironing my clothes for church, He spoke again. This time He said “Do not cast your pearls before swine.”

You are a pearl of great value. Do not cast your pearls before swine.

Matthew 7:6 says – Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample/crush them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

People of God, you are God’s pearls of great value! What you’ve done, or what’s been done to you, doesn’t dictate your value or your worth. Many times we allow our PAST, or even the challenging PRESENT, to make us feel LESS worthy. But, I hear the Lord saying even now that mistakes don’t diminish your value! You don’t DEPRECIATE in God! And because some of us don’t feel worthy and don’t feel valuable, we tend to PROSTITUTE ourselves (knowingly or unknowingly) for people’s acceptance and approval.

Prostitution: is defined as putting oneself or one’s talents to an UNWORTHY use or purpose, for the sake of PERSONAL or financial gain.

It’s not just about sex.

Some of us are giving away our pearls (i.e. our value and our worth) for attention, for connection, for advancement, for approval, or for acceptance. But, recognize today that SWINE cannot appreciate the value of pearls. The Bible says they’ll drag them in the mud. They’ll crush them. And in turn leave you devastated and torn.

The Bible also says we should not give what is holy (valuable and meaningful) to dogs (Matthew 7:6). Dogs eat their own vomit. Like SWINE, they have no idea of what is precious and priceless, or what is to be treasured or cherished.

If you’ve been reading this and any of this resonates with you, take heart! The Holy Spirit showed me some ways to identify when you’re dealing with this kind of spirit, so you’ll know how to address it in and through the Spirit.

The swine spirit: 

1.Treats you like you have no value

Watch out for people in your life who are excessively critical, condescending, demeaning, and belittling towards you. EVERYTHING the swine spirit does is to DEVALUE.

2.Reminds you of past mistakes (to put you down).

It mocks your past. Be careful of those who bring up your past in a mocking way, meant to humiliate you.

3.Will always make you feel guilty and condemned.

Nothing makes you feel LESS VALUABLE and LESS worthy than feeling guilty and condemned about something. Remember the swine spirit is after your sense of VALUE and WORTH; that’s the target of its assignment. 

4.Brings its cousin-spirit of shame with it (because, again, shame attacks your worth and value).

Whenever we feel ashamed, we tend to isolate (hide) ourselves and we often lack the confidence we need to do what God has called us to do. One assignment of this spirit is to try to derail your destiny and the fulfillment of your God-given assignment.

Recognize today that God has called us valuable and worthy. He has made us ACCEPTED in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6). If you don’t feel valuable or worthy, or if you’re having a difficult time accepting your value and worth, you’re currently under attack. Don’t just sit back and accept it as “what is.” We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). It’s time to put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6) and fight back in the Spirit!

Matthew 7:6 says after you cast your pearls before swine, they will TEAR YOU TO PIECES. The swine spirit tears you down, people of God. That sounds exactly like the agenda of the enemy – to kill, steal, and destroy! (John 10:10). The enemy tries to destroy your assignment by coming after your self-esteem and your value and sense of worth.

It’s not that you “suffer from a low self-esteem”…. it’s a spirit, people of God. And spirits work through people who avail themselves to be used. This kind of spirit is after your VALUE as a PEARL in God’s Kingdom.

Don’t be distracted in this season. More than ever we need to pray for spiritual discernment and insight. Not everybody you’re connected to truly values you and all that you bring.

Some of us are so desperate for approval and acceptance that we’ll take it wherever we can get it. God is trying to hide you in this season, but you’re determined to be seen because you’re craving attention. Don’t expose yourself to swine. God has you hidden for your protection. The most valuable treasures are kept (hidden) in secret vaults.

Consider the process that deep sea divers go through to find genuine pearls. Pearls are not just sitting randomly on the ocean floor. Divers have to search diligently for oysters and then pry them open to get to the pearl inside. It’s a process. Don’t miss that!

Your process is valuable to God (pearls are formed from sand trapped in the oyster; from something that was once irritating and painful). More than ever, it’s the season to value the treasure that God has placed inside you (2 Corinthians 4:7) and the process it took to get to where you are.

Sometimes people don’t value you because they’re blinded to who you are and what you bring. Don’t be offended. If they can’t see your value/worth, or they don’t appreciate it, that means God has you hidden from them for your protection. You’re hidden because you’re valuable.

We even take authority right now over the swine spirit and every dog spirit in operation in our lives. We prophesy their exposure and their destruction in this season, in the Name of Jesus! We loose the Spirit of discernment in the hearts and minds of every believer of the Lord Jesus Christ. We call on Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into ALL Truth and to show us those things that are to come. We prophesy a refreshing coming to the Body of Christ even now! Every low self-esteem and feeling of low self-worth – every hurt from abuse, misuse, rejection, neglect, misunderstanding, condemnation, and abandonment – be unseated, uprooted, dismantled, and consumed by the fire of God, in Jesus Name! We decree and declare that as beloved children of God, we are no longer bound, but we are FREE INDEED!

Be encouraged, Pearls of great value!

YIC,

Neisha

I Said What I Said

Acts 27:25 NLT– So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as He said.

It’s easy to get discouraged and to lose heart with only 35 days left in the year. It’s easy to believe that you missed God, or that maybe He didn’t say what you thought you heard Him say. But, I hear Him reassuring us in this moment, saying: “I said what I said!” In other words: I’m well aware of the promises I’ve made to you. I haven’t forgotten. And to prove that I haven’t forgotten, I’M going to remind you of what I said!

I’m praying that a strong undercurrent of confidence in God will arrest your heart, to believe everything He has spoken over your life!

Listen to the replay of the #MidnightCry prayer call titled, I Said What I Said:

YIC,

Neisha

The Fowler

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare (trap set for birds) of the fowler (the one who sets the trap) and from the noisome pestilence (harsh, hurtful, injurious wind; a fatal disease; something intended to harm or kill; an assault against your spirit).” – Psalm 91:3

The intention of the fowler (whatever the trap he uses) is to limit the movement of or detain the bird, and ultimately kill it. The “fowler of our souls” (satan) wants to prevent us from growing (moving) in God and from fulfilling our purpose in God. If he can ensnare us and keep us bound, he’ll eventually weaken us to the point of death. If he can keep you bound in your past…. If he can keep regurgitating past mistakes and cause you to feel like you haven’t grown or haven’t moved, he’ll prevent you from accomplishing all God has for you.

But, glory to God, Psalm 124:6-8 says, “Blessed be the Lord who has NOT given us as prey to their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowler. The snare is BROKEN, and we have ESCAPED. Our HELP is in the Name of the Lord, who made Heaven and earth.”

Listen to this teaching on The Fowler. I pray it blesses you and causes you to be watchful, sober, and vigilant in your spiritual walk.

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YIC,

Neisha

 

Heart Issues

The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful; a puzzle that no one can figure out.” – Jeremiah 17:9 MSG

I’ve been having some issues with my heart lately. I took some medication that has as a side effect, atrial fibrillation (i.e. irregular heart rate/heart palpitations). Needless to say, I’ve now stopped taking the medication and I’m in the process of getting it completely out of my system, so that my heart rate can return to normal. As I pondered this situation today, I started thinking more deeply about the heart.

The Bible says the heart is deceitful and wicked, and that no one can really figure it out. I know that’s a bit hard to hear, especially for those who believe they have a “good heart” or that they are inherently good. We all like to think that we’re “not so bad” or that our hearts can be trusted by us and our significant others. But, the prophet Jeremiah challenges our positively distorted self-perceptions. Let’s examine the verse more closely… blinders completely off… honesty cranked all the way up to 10.

Ready?
Let’s go.

How many times have you made decisions that have been completely unlike you? How many times have you said things that you regretted saying, the very second the words left your mouth? How many times have you found yourself in situations that you never thought you’d end up in? How many times have you felt genuinely disappointed in your own self? We’ve all experienced this. It’s a part of being human. And regardless of how good we feel we are or how well we were raised, left to our own selfish, self-seeking devices (our Adamic nature), we’re sinful at our core. The Bible says, “There is none righteous [none that meets God’s standard], no not one.” (Romans 3:10 AMP). It also says that everything we do flows from our hearts (Proverbs 4:23; Matthew 12:34).

The underlying message of Jeremiah 17:9 is that a heart that has not been fully yielded and surrendered to Christ, simply cannot be trusted to make right decisions or generate right behavior. The key phrase there is “fully yielded and surrendered.” The longer I live, the more I discover that surrendering is not an event, but a consistent, continual practice, minute by minute. You won’t get it right all the time. So, most times, we’re operating outside the fully-yielded-and-surrendered zone; which means, most times our hearts are hopelessly dark and deceitful.

I think that realization is more freeing than it is disheartening. The reality is, we desperately need God. We can’t breathe, move, or live without Him (Acts 17:28). And this recognition of our hopelessness without Him, should cause us to be more tolerant and understanding of just how hopeless our significant others are without Him as well. We get so disappointed/hurt by the things our loved ones do that we sometimes play prosecutor, jury, and judge, when our hearts are the same shade of black as theirs; ours just manifests in different ways. Not better or worse ways, just different ways.

The lesson today is humbling. There are heart conditions that we may be susceptible to in different ways and at different times. The atrial fibrillation you sometimes feel in your own life and in your relationships is an indication that something isn’t exactly how it should be. You’ll feel it from time to time. It’s not an indictment; it’s an invitation. An invitation to stop the self-medicating and to allow God to clean your system. Jeremiah 17:10 says, “But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.” (MSG).

Let’s climb up together on the operating table of the Altar today.

Prayer: Lord, as the One who designed and formed the heart, You are our Chief Cardiologist. There is no heart condition so terminal that You cannot fix. Uncomfortable as it is, we acknowledge the darkness and deceitfulness of our hearts. As we lay still on Your operating table, we ask You to get to the root of the issue. Help us to fully yield and surrender our hearts to You, one step at a time. In this Lenten season, we thank You that because of Your shed blood, our conditions are never indictments, but invitations to draw closer to You. We accept Your invitation. Consider this our RSVP today. Amen.

YIC,
Neisha

Dear Whole Me

Many times in life we get stuck on what happened “back then”. We regurgitate our painful life circumstances so much, that we end up identifying with our condition –broken. But today, I wanted to write a letter to the me that’s no longer broken; to the methat’s no longer identified by the what, but the Who. In my brokenness, the question was always, “What happened to you?” But today, I want to highlight Who happened to me. This is my Dear Whole Me letter..

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Dear Whole Me,

It’s been a journey to get to this point and even though you haven’t fully arrived, I just want to pause here to celebrate your growth and development. Who would’ve guessed that God would’ve trusted you with so much pain… and with the ministries that have been birthed as a result of ruin? But you’ve learned through the process that, ruin is the road to transformation. You’ve learned to let go and trust God to do the renovation, which sometimes involved demolition, in your life. Romans 8:28 is a personal note from God to you and you’ve basked in that blessed assurance when adversity and calamity have threatened your walk and sanity. Like Job, the thing you feared the most happened (Job 3:25), but you never had to face any of it alone. You were like the woman dragged naked into the streets (John 8). But, Jehovah Nissi (your banner… The God who covers you) stood right beside you and covered your nakedness with Grace, until all your accusers eventually dropped their stones and fled.

You are loved immeasurably by God! He has shown you time and time again how mindful He is of you and how attentive He is to your needs and your heart. You areHis! That reality has kept you in the darkest of seasons. That reality continues to keep you right now. And regardless of what naysayers, accusers, and stone throwers have said and will say, you are Forgiven and Loved.

The transition from religion to relationship has been life-altering. Who would’ve thought you’d ever have such an intimate relationship with the Lover of your soul? Andnone of it would be possible today had you not experienced the hell you had to go through to get to this point. When you did not know which way was “out”, God Himself stepped into your situation and became your exit (John 10:9). He delivered you through the breaking! With you, God squeezed Whole out of Broken. You’re a miracle.

My word of encouragement to you is to stay in God’s crucible – His hand is on the thermostat and His eye is on the clock! Endure the fiery process; you’re being refined and perfected. I promise you that when you come through all this, you will come forth as pure gold. Everything that you have gone through was part of a Predestined Purpose that is leading to the Pre-Prepared Promise. Continue to let the Word of God settle your heart and settle EVERY matter in your life. Don’t sweat the one that tries to rise up against you, condemn, and accuse you… God has already shown you that He will be your defense attorney, jury, advocate, and judge. By His grace and through His blood you are – Approved by Him!

I love you.

[I encourage you to write a “Dear Whole Me” letter to yourself today. The reality is that you have endured some painful seasons in your life, but God has kept you through them all! You’re here today only because of Him. Celebrate the work He’s yet doing in your life, knowing that “He who has begun a good work in you, will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ!” – Philippians 1:6]

YIC,
Neisha

Resources: http://www.amazon.com/Moving-From-Religion-Relationship-Spiritual/dp/150245744X

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