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

Tag: love

What’s Holding You Back?

1 John 4:18 TPT- Love never brings fear, for fear is always related to punishment. But love’s perfection drives the fear of punishment far from our hearts. Whoever walks constantly afraid of punishment has not reached love’s perfection.

Holy Spirit has been speaking to me in this season about the spirit of fear. On Tuesday night we dealt with the spirit of “fear of the Promise” on the Midnight Cry Prayer Call. If you missed that call (titled, It Will Be More Than You Ever Imagined), I encourage you to listen to the replay on our YouTube channel: MNC Prayer Call.

On Thursday night, the Lord gave deeper revelation on the spirit of fear and revealed Himself as Perfect Love. We pressed into that revelation and commanded the spirit of fear to be broken in the Name of Jesus Christ! There was a powerful demonstration of the Holy Spirit that followed, and yokes were broken and destroyed to the glory of God! We continue to receive testimonies from those who tuned in live and those who listened to the replay.

If you’ve been battling the spirit of fear in any form, this #MidnightCry recording is for you!

I look forward to hearing your testimonies of healing and deliverance in Jesus Name!



Midnight Cry Prayer Call – 03/17/16

There were some technical difficulties with the Midnight Cry prayer call tonight (03/17/16), so I’ve uploaded the recording here for those who missed it. We discussed the Fruit of the Spirit and taught from Galatians 5 and 1 Corinthians 13.

We need the FRUIT of the Spirit to help us operate effectively in the GIFTS of the Spirit! 

Join us on the Midnight Cry prayer call every Tuesday and Thursday at 12am EST (11pm CST).


Moving From Religion To Relationship

**Book Release Announcement**

My book, Moving From Religion To Relationship: A Journey Toward Spiritual IdentityAnd Purpose is now available for purchase on Amazon.com.

It’s an intimate and transparent account of my spiritual journey, as God has moved me from a life based in pure religion (rules/legalism) to one of true relationship with Him, based solely on the sacrifice He made for me on Calvary. I can’t wait to share my journey and all I’ve learned with you!


Here’s the link to purchase the book online:http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/150245744X/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1412700047&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40

I pray it blesses you!


Chastised Peace

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5.

While meditating on Isaiah 53 this morning, this verse and particular line resonated with me. I pondered the notion of peace being chastised. Peace, by its very definition means tranquility or freedom from disturbance; while chastisement means punishment. Why would Christ be punished because of and for our peace? Well, two thoughts came to mind and although this understanding is fresh for me, it has already given life to my spirit.

The first thought is the fact that Christ bore ALL our sins – including the sin of contentment with sinful habits and practices. Contentment is synonymous with peace. It is quite possible to feel “peaceful” when doing something wrong, if you feel no accompanying conviction. After all, the scripture says, there is a way that SEEMS right to a man, but this way ultimately leads to death and destruction (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25). So “the chastisement of our peace was upon Him” speaks to the fact that Christ was punished because of our peaceful contentment with sin – those things that we continue to engage in with no remorse or conviction, or despite our convictions.

The second thought comes from the Garden of Eden, where we first lost our righteous peace. You see, when Adam and Eve were created, they were built with a default character setting that included all 9 fruit of the spirit (ref. Galatians 5:22-23). They were created perfectly in God’s own image. Because of sin’s influence, a PIECE of fruit cost them their PEACE. And I wonder today, how much peace we continue to forfeit… just to have a piece of whatever our “fruit” is? So, Christ was not only chastised because of our peace (i.e. our peaceful contentment with sin), He was also chastised for our peace. Meaning, He bore stripes (beatings) so we could experience righteous peace again. The righteous peace that was originally a part of our salvation package, has now been reset as our default setting.

Recognizing now that Jesus was punished because of your peace and for your peace, what will your response be to Him? The Word of God says that if we have received the wonderful gift of Christ’s sacrifice for us and we turn away from it or reject it, it is like we “crucify Him afresh and openly shame Him” (Hebrews 6:4-6). And we all have a sense of what that feels like – to make sacrifices for the people we love, only to have them in turn become rejecting, neglecting, or even dismissive towards us at times. It causes great hurt and shame, which is exacerbated if we sense that they either don’t care that they’re hurting us or are nonchalant in their response to our pain. Situations like this indicate that even in the natural there’s a point where someone else’s “peace” can sometimes feel like chastisement to you. Imagine what Christ must have felt.

I challenge us today to do a heart-evaluation:

1. What area(s) of your life have you become “peacefully content” with, despite it being dishonoring to God?
2. What was it that you had a piece of (i.e. engaged in) that has consequently affected your peace?
3. Have you rejected the message behind the chastisement that Christ endured because of your peace and for your peace?

Let’s endeavor today, and as we transition into a new year, not to crucify Christ afresh by our actions. Once was enough. Let’s claim the righteous peace that Blood was shed for us to have, and let us in turn share that peace with others.


The What-Is and How-To of Friendships

**Just some heart reflections on the notion of Friendship**

There’s no self-preservation mode in true friendship. There’s no need to protect or defend yourself against someone who’s committed to protecting and defending you. Once you find that you’re protecting and defending, it’s best to do a self check-in to see what that’s all about. Nine out of 10 times we go into self-preservation mode because we are afraid. Fear is the biggest obstacle in friendships; it hinders trust and stifles love. The reason there’s so much defensiveness in our friendships is because we have unresolved issues and baggage that we drag into every new connection. Rarely do we take the needed time after a friendship ends to sit with ourselves and endure the painful process of assessing the damage and identifying our own contribution to it. Instead we cut the person off, assign complete blame to them, and jump head first into the next friendship. No lessons learned.

An even deeper issue is the fact that we truly may not know what true friendship is or how it should look. We loosely label as friends people we really don’t know. We base friendships on commonality and shared experiences more than on the characteristics of loyalty, truth, honesty, faithfulness, etc. There are people I share common experiences with, who are quicker to tell me what they heard about me, than to defend me in the face of the rumor. Should I continue to consider them my friends? How are we defining friendship nowadays? Maybe if we assess our definition we’d realize the reason our connections don’t last or we’d identify the pattern in our “group”.

You attract who you are. Yes it’s easy to blame others for all the “wrong” they do and for being “trifling” and “fake”. But take a moment to examine yourself. What is it about you that would attract and cause you to be attracted to “trifling” and “fake”? The truth is, the people you’ve been in relationship with says more about you than it does about them. “Statistics show that you are the average of the 5 people you spend most time with.”

As human beings capable of higher level thinking, we can be extremely self-deceptive. We can fool ourselves into thinking our actions are producing uncorrelated results. To constantly find yourself in the same unfortunate situations in your friendships, while constantly having the same complaints about all the “other party” has done…… is self-deception at its highest. “Wherever you go, there you are”, meaning you are you regardless of a change in your environment. You’re the only stable factor in your friendships and until you are willing to do some intense self-examination, you will continue to be self-deceived.

God created friendships to operate on the 1 Corinthians 13 foundation. That’s not just a scripture for weddings…… it’s for everyday life. It speaks to character traits that, when developed, will enhance all our interactions.
So ask yourself today:
-Am I patient?
-Am I kind?
-Am I envious?
-Am I arrogant and demanding?
-Do I “act out” when I don’t get what I want?
-Am I selfish? Do I seek to only (or mainly) satisfy myself?
-Am I easily provoked or ticked off?
-Do I think the negative before considering the positive?
-Am I happy when people “get caught”? Or when I’m able to “call people out” about a wrong they’ve done?
-Am I happy when the truth is revealed, however painful and inconvenient it may be? Am I willing to embrace it, however painful and inconvenient it may be?
-Am I tolerant? How much am I willing to bear/put up with?
-Am I trusting? Do I readily believe the good and positive things about my significant others? Or am I quick to believe the negative?
-Am I hopeful? Am I willing to endure some stuff for the sake of love?
-Does the love I profess to have for others (significant or not) often end? Is that a pattern in my connections?

True friendship has its roots firmly planted in love and, contrary to popular belief, love is more than a feeling….. it’s a decision to stay true to your character regardless of what the other person does. If we each asked God to work on our character (Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 13), we’d experience healthier connections, instead of the dysfunctional and maladaptive cycles we ignorantly call “friendships”.