World, no thanks…I’m Full

WoW WOW wOw!!! Today I was beyond blessed at Church! Today at Destiny Harvest, we had an awesome woman of God present some awesome spoken word about fasting and the significance of it (sorry for all the awesomes, but it was awesome!! lol)! I had to get her permission to share these words because they were too beautiful to keep within the 4 walls of my church!  This is truly why we fast as Christians…To see our God…To be close to our God…To break down walls of despair…To see healing where no healing could happen…These words were refreshing and full of truth and I pray you feel the expression of love for the Father in them!  If you’re on this 21 day journey with our church (and even if you’re not), I pray these words encourage and keep you pressing for His glory!!! Hallelujah!!

So here you are! Feast on these beautiful and powerful words from my sister in Christ, Zai Samura!!!!

Fast. Find Abba’s steady truth. Remember Faithful adherence surpasses tribulations.

So I fast. “Starving” flesh so soul may feast from you. This discipline, an insane beautiful.
I fast. Stunting wants, so need may be only you. Jehovah Jireh, my provider.
“No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
So limb by limb, I will pull myself up to the challenge.
Tightly making sure mind is bandaged  taut on the Word.
Lust over food, or anything absurd will not infect your plan for  me.
For you have called me for something specific.
So I will fast, making my place near the alter.
Fast, knowing if I draw close, you will draw closer.
Father I will fast, so I may enlarge your territory.
Fast, to maximize this year, maximize your glory.  Believing that mountains will be moved. bodies healed. I fast
trusting that eyes will be opened.
Destinies sealed.

Have your way in my heart oh Lord,
And I will fast with gladness.
Oiling my head, washing my face, so it’s not obvious.
I will fast in secrecy.
For He who is unseen, has rewarded me plenty.
Father I will fast,  so hearts can see that your yoke is easy
Burden light.
You have trained these hands for battle, have made my way perfect, 
The end bright.

So I will fast for alignment to your will. 
Because my eyes can’t always perceive life the way you see things, still. 
In the hour after hour, in the day after day, I will fast for the spiritual warfare happening in the heavens. I will pray. When hallow stomach begins to ache, I will remember hunger pains are the body’s call for the scriptures 
Greater is He that lives within me, so I will sow that mustard seed. Grow that little bud of hope until it is the fruit for my gospel. I will let your words seep deep, and wait as your faithfulness sprouts revelations through my veins. I know the same blood that dripped on the cross of Calvery is the same blood surging through me. So Father when I fast, I will  remember that crown of thorns, remember how all of my sins have  been forgiven. Father i will remember how you said you have overcome this world, so I will take heart, converting convictions into energy. Through fasting, you received your assignment, that was the start of how you saved me.
Abba, I fast. Finding agreement with your steady truth.
You have given me the spirit of power, of love, and self-discipline.
So I will fast with boldness Father, I am serious. 

I know, that “man shall not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
So I will “starve” the flesh, disconnecting from the world, soul feasts from you.
This discipline, some call it insane. I say it’s beautiful.
When tempted, I stunt wants so need may be only you. 
Father, I fast because I, because I remember you. I snack  on my salvation. 

World, no thanks. I am full. 

~ Zai Samura

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Freedom through Worship??

Truly, freedom does come through our worship!!

Acts 16:23-26

“They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!

This is also coupled with FAITH.  Paul and Silas had to have FAITH in the fact that God is real to still be singing and praising Him in their darkest moments.  And as they WORSHIPPED the chains of bondage fell off and the doors the enemy tried to keep shut opened wide.

We must be like Paul and Silas.  Our freedom from bondage and pain come through our FAITHFUL WORSHIP.  We must believe what the Bible says is true and that our God is real, and as we WORSHIP in that knowledge freedom will surely come.

Faith and worship?
Worship through Faith?
Faith through Worship?
Faith with worship? 

How ever you choose to look at it, it can’t be faith OR worship.  If we truly believe in the Living God we will be compelled to worship, even in our darkest bleakest moments.  And as those 2 things are combined freedom will not too long follow!  Lets worship in faith and truth and see what happens!

As I find You…

 

Proverbs 8:17 “I love all who love.  Those who search will surely find me”

I will continually search for You and love You with all my heart my Lord, for I know when I find you or better yet AS I FIND YOU I will see my destiny….

Jeremiah 29:11-14 “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.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,”

When we search for where our God dwells we will find Him and our Destiny.  Good things are hidden in His presence and as we dig deeper we will find them…

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings

I’m learning that as I search for Him, not for my dreams, not for my own wants, but as I search for Him, and ultimately find Him, my dreams and wants come right to me!  As a matter of fact, as I search for Him He gives even beyond my wildest dreams!

Ephesians 3:19-20 “May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.  Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

 As I’ve continually looked for Him in His Word, in His people, and in His presence He has yet to disappoint…

Let’s search for God with all our hearts this year! There is so much more to find!!

 

Guarding you heart..How important is it??

Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart above all else for it will determine the course of your life”

Wow!! Such a true and poignant statement! How many of us have made life decisions based on what someone did to our heart!…and didn’t even know it!

This is so key for us women because we hold on to what men give us.  If they gave us grief and left us wit ha broken heart, broken spirit how much does that affect how we move and act in life!!! Lets be honest what one person did to us carries over to the next and the next and the next! How many people have we pushed away (romantically or otherwise) because of what some else did to us long ago!

We must protect our hearts and allow God’s love to surround it so that we can live a life fulfilling the grandiose things God has in store for us!  Lets let God cover our hearts with love so the course of our lives ends well!