Are You Ready for the Explosion?

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Are You Ready for the Explosion?

On July 1st, I was sitting on my deck spending some quiet time with God. As I reflected on it being the first day of the 7th month I added the numbers 7+1, which equals 8. Immediately I began to hear new beginnings and was reminded that  spiritually the number 8 represents new beginnings. I normally don’t ask God for a word for each month, but this day I prayed and said Lord give me a word for July. A word not just for me, but for your people. I closed my eyes and this is what I heard:

Expect to experience my explosive power this month. There will be an explosion in your health, finances, business and relationships. This explosion is two-fold, first to clear out everything that has hindered you and second to exponentially increase you. Where there has been infirmity, I will give you wisdom to eradicate every sickness and disease. Where there has been financial constraints, I will lead you to the hidden treasure, the wealth that has been stored up for you. Your business will no longer be an idea, but I will give you the plan that will open the doors to receive what you need to launch out and be successful. I will bring divine connections and restore broken relationships that need to be restored. It is through my word that you will experience this explosive power. Allow the 2-edged sword of the word to cut and to heal, to cut away the fat of the world  to make room for the fat of the spirit. Don’t look back at the previous six months, for July is the launching pad to catapult you into the realm of the open doors and manifested blessings that I promised you in the beginning of 2018. Stay focused! Be intentional! Don’t just say “faith over fear” but walk it out. Remember I am with you and I know the plans I have for you. Stick with me and you will do exploits!

I pray this blessed you as much as it blessed me! Happy Fourth of July! Are you ready for the explosion?

Scripture references: Isaiah 46:9-10, Jeremiah 29:11-14, and Daniel 11:32b

Be blessed, but first comes obedience!

Rev. Robin

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Intentional

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Intentional

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Since the beginning of the year the word “intentional” has constantly been resonating with me. At least once a month I hear it, see it or read it somewhere and it always happens to be when I’m at a point of giving up or doubting what God has promised me. Just tonight I was prompted to read the prophecy that He gave me for 2018, so I thought I would share it again with you:

I have set before you many doors, but know that I AM the door that will lead you to the doors to open. The doors that I have opened, no man can shut. Your character and your obedience is the key that will open the door. Each door that is opened is where I have commanded the multiplied blessing. You will experience exponential spiritual growth individually and in your family. There will be an astronomical abundance of wisdom and insight that will catapult you in your business ventures. The more you give, the greater the blessing. What am I to give you ask? Love. You are to give love to all you encounter. Remember you are created in my image and I AM Love. As you give love, you are actually giving Me, and not only will windows of opportunity open, but doors of influence. 2018 is the year to be ready, not get ready. My blessings are set to come in like a flood and you must be ready to receive. Let go of the past, remove the doubt, expect the unexpected, for what is impossible with man is possible with me. Seek me daily, desire to come up higher in me. I AM the light that will lead you to the open door. Walk in love, walk in integrity, walk in peace, for the year of multiplied blessings and open doors awaits you.

In order for us to see the fulfillment of this prophecy here’s what we need to do:

Invest more time in studying the word. The word strengthens our faith and makes it easier to combat those thoughts that try to cause us to doubt or give in. Check out Romans 10:17.

Never give up! Even when things don’t look like they’re going to work out, stand on God’s word and keep pressing. Check out Philippians 3:14

Totally trust God. Check out Proverbs 3:5-6

Expect the unexpected. Don’t pray if you really don’t expect God to answer. Check out Mark 11:22-24

No is a complete sentence. Don’t be afraid to say no. Know when you are being distracted. Although it may be a God thing, it’s not necessarily a good thing for you at that time. Stay focused. Check out Deuteronomy 5:32

Talk to God daily. Spending time in prayer every day will allow you to receive downloads from heaven, and give you daily direction. Check out John 16:13

Increase your giving. Ask God to show you creative ways to sow your time your gifts/talents, as well as people or ministries where you can give financially. Check out Luke 6:38

Owe no man nothing but love. Financial burdens can hinder you from walking through doors that God wants to open for you. Strive to live by paying cash for everything. This will eliminate stress and allow you to be able to give more love. Check out Romans 13:8 and Proverbs 22:7

Naked. Don’t be afraid to be transparent with others, as well as with God. Your transparency may be the key to someone’s deliverance. Your transparency with God draws Him closer to you. Check out Revelation 12:11, 1 John 1:9 and Genesis 3:9-11, 21

Apply the word. Don’t just read the word or hear the word, but also apply the word. Check our Joshua 1:8 and James 1:22

Love everyone, not just the ones that are easy to love, but even those that make it challenging. Check out 1 John 4:7-11

So I pray that you’ll join me in being intentional about life. Find your purpose and be intentional about fulfilling it. Don’t get distracted by the naysayers, but stay focused until the end.

Be blessed, but first comes obedience!

Rev. Robin

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What's That Smell?

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What's That Smell?

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As we think about the fact that it’s almost the middle of April, but yet it still doesn’t feel like Spring, we can liken this to how we may feel when it comes to our relationship with God. There are times when our prayer life is stagnant, or our study time is far and few between. We know that stagnant water will soon start to smell foul, and as believers we don’t ever want to offer a foul smell to the Lord, but we want our prayers to go up like sweet incense in his nostrils (Revelation 5:8). As the seasons change and we go from Fall to Winter, the cold air causes the plants to die and the leaves to lose their color. Just like there are seasons in the natural, there are also spiritual seasons, but it’s what we do in each season that determines our fruitfulness.

“For there is hope for a tree,
if it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And that its tender shoots will not cease.
Though its root may grow old in the earth,
and its stump may die in the ground,
yet at the scent of water it will bud
And bring forth branches like a plant.”
Job 14:7-9 NKJV

When I arrived home the other day, I noticed the perennials were starting to shoot up in the flower bed. Although the temperature is still chilly, this sight gave me hope that Spring was truly around the corner. Job 14:7-9 says, “At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.” Verse 9 says “at the scent of water”, not when water is poured, but the fragrance of water will cause growth to that which has been stagnant, and buried.

Are you in a season of spiritual stagnation? Does your prayer life stink? Well don’t fret, just meditate on Ephesians 5:26 and allow the water of the word to wash you and sanctify you for the Master’s use. Plant yourself in the word that you may become as Psalm 1:3 says, a tree planted by the rivers of water, bringing forth fruit in season and even your leaves won’t wither and you will prosper in all you do. Remember, at the scent of water you can go from stagnant to budding, and the more time you spend immersing yourself in the water of the word, the more fruitful you’ll become.

Be blessed, but first comes obedience!

Rev. Robin

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The Sobriety Test

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The Sobriety Test

 

Have you ever been stopped by the police and then asked to take a sobriety test? The purpose of the sobriety test is to determine if there is any altering substance in your system that is causing your driving to be impaired. If you are found to be over the authorized limit, you are then arrested so that you will not remain on the road to possibly endanger the lives of others or even yourself.

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Perhaps you’ve never been pulled over and asked to take a sobriety test, but you’ve just had one of those days where you just couldn’t seem to stay focused. Mostly likely, your lack of focus is due to the fact that you've allowed the cares of the world to consume you.  As believers, we can’t afford to allow anything to get us off course. We have to remember that the enemy comes like a thief to kill, steal and destroy us (John 10:10), and when we are not sober we open the door for him to creep in and cause us to get off course. Just think about how different you feel after you’ve had just one or two glasses of wine. There has been a change in your behavior, even if it’s just a slight change. Although many people become more friendly or loosen up after having a drink, many also become angry, depressed or sad. Because alcohol is a depressant, generally the happiness wears off and the anger or depression may linger. I’m not trying to make a point against drinking, but I do want you to understand the importance of what you allow in your system. Just like when you are sick, if you take your prescription properly, the toxins that caused the sickness will be flushed from your body. The same works spiritually. If you take your daily dose of the word (spiritual medicine), your mind will remain sober and you will be better able to flush out the impurities (negative thoughts, ungodly behavior, wrong decisions, anger, bitterness, jealousy, etc.) and to live a life that exemplifies the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
— Titus 2:11-14 NKJV

I challenge you today to take the sobriety test. What are you allowing to altar your senses? Perhaps it is just that one or two glasses of wine. Maybe it’s dwelling on all the times people have said you wouldn’t amount to anything. Perhaps you and your spouse just aren’t getting along right now, or maybe you’re dealing with health issues. Whatever it is, choose today to remain sober. Choose today to take your daily dose of the word and in 30 days expect to see a change.

Be blessed, but first comes obedience!

Rev. Robin

 

 

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So You Wanna Be Great

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So You Wanna Be Great

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On, Sunday, the message was titled The Neglected Path to Greatness, preached by Pastor John K. Jenkins, Sr. Since then God has been speaking to me about being great, so I wanted to share from the message, and what God has been sharing with me.

In Matthew 20:20-28, a mother is asking Jesus to allow her two sons to sit on either side of him in the kingdom. Jesus’ initial response to her is profound, considering that he was God in the flesh.  He says to her in Matthew 20: 23b, “to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.” The first thing we see here is that Jesus understood his role. Although he was God incarnate, he respected that this decision could only be made by God the Father. The first key to being great is being unselfish. We have to remember that it’s not always about us, even when we have the knowledge and or authority to make a decision. This coincides with the first point of the message which is that we have to be a servant. Most of us deem the word servant as negative, as a position that is less than or beneath us. However, Jesus says in verse 26 in order to be great you must be a servant. A servant is one who executes the commands of another or who cares for the concerns for another. As Christians, we must execute the plans of God vice our own plans. We must have a servant mentality in all aspects of our life. At work we are to respect authority and carry out the plans of leadership. In marriage, we are to serve our spouses by being willing to put their needs and concerns before our own sometimes. No matter what the situation, the word of God shows us how to be a servant in that area. We have to remember that ultimately we are to be a servant of God.

26 … but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

— Matthew 20:26b-28 NKJV

The second thing we must do to be great is to be a slave (verse 27). Most of us when we hear the term slave, associate it with being in bondage. However, to be a slave means to be devoted to another to the disregard of your own interest. It means putting your agenda aside and letting someone else’s agenda take the forefront. This takes humility. This means that although you would run the meeting differently, you don’t take over the meeting, but allow the person who’s leading the meeting to conduct it how they see fit. In marriage, just because you want to leave by a certain time, or you have a specific way of getting the children ready and your spouse is doing the complete opposite of what you would do, does not mean that you intervene and take over. Again, being a slave means putting aside selfishness.

Lastly, verse 28 tells us we must be a ransom. This simply means being willing to give something in exchange for something. There are some things that you must be willing to ransom, to let go of in order to fulfill your God-given assignment. For Jesus, it was to give his life. There are some things that you believe give you life, but yet if you continue to hold on to them you will find that they are bringing you to death-spiritual and or physical. Jesus gave his life so that others could be free. Are you willing to lay down your life-your desires, your plans, your way of success so that you can truly be free?

I encourage you to pause and reevaluate your life. If you really want to be great, the first step is to lay down your life-to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. From there find a good bible teaching and believing church where you can learn and grow in the things of God. Remember that greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4). Greatness comes from within. Cultivate your inner man and greatness will be seen on the outside. Greatness comes from obedience. Just as God promised Abraham to make his name great (Genesis 12:2), as Abraham’s seed that promise is yours too! The Walls Group has a song out now and one of the lines says “he made me great, so let me be great”. Today is a good day to start being great.

Be blessed, but first comes obedience!

Rev. Robin

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The Waiting Game

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The Waiting Game

Wait. A word that we are often introduced to as a young child, and one that most of us as adults still don’t like to hear. Dictionary.com defines the word wait like this:

1. to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens (often followed by for, till, or until)

2. (of things) to be available or in readiness

3. to remain neglected for a time

4. to postpone or delay something or to be postponed or delayed

5. to look forward to eagerly

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As I look at these definitions I think about my posture as it pertains to the promises of God. Habakkuk 2:2-3 says, And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry”. How often though do we get impatient and move ahead of God when it seems that the vision is not coming to pass soon enough. It’s as if we forget that it was God who gave us the vision, so surely He knows how long it should take for it to come to pass. When I find myself getting anxious, I reread the vision and seek God for further direction. I often find that I have either missed an instruction or he will give me the next step to bring me closer to the manifestation of the vision. Although there may be a delay, we must remember there is an appointed time.

During the waiting period, I must admit that there have been times when I felt totally neglected. This generally happens though when I begin to look at others and think “oh they are moving right into their destiny”, or it seems like everything is just falling into place for “so and so”. This is a tool of the enemy to get me distracted and start to doubt God and his promises. If this has ever happened to you, like me we must quickly regroup and put our focus back on what God has said to us. We don’t know what “they” had to endure privately to get to what we see publically.

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The waiting period is a time where we must be as the second definition says, in a state of availability or readiness. One of my favorite scriptures sums this definition up. Isaiah 40:31 says, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. What exactly does this mean though to wait on the Lord? I liken it to a waiter in a restaurant. His first responsibility is to take the order. Once we’ve received the vision from the Lord, we are to seek him for direction. We are to ask Him what he would like us to do. After the waiter takes the order and brings the food, his next responsibility is to check and see how he can continue to serve us. It’s the same with us. Once we seek that first set of instruction we are to seek God to see how we can continually serve him. We should start our day with “Lord how can I serve you today?” The more our focus is on serving God, we will receive the strength that we need to endure during the waiting period.

So how are you doing at the waiting game? Are you impatient? Are you feeling neglected? If so, then changed the way you view waiting. Look at it as an opportunity to “wait on” God-what can you do to serve Him. In your time of serving you’ll be revived, refreshed and renewed.

Be blessed, but first comes obedience!

Rev. Robin

 

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Whose Lead Are You Following?

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Whose Lead Are You Following?

In today’s society we have so many ideologies being presented, it could cause one to lose focus. From same sex marriage, to girls being allowed to join the boy scouts and even the series of devastating events (hurricanes, fires, murders, and racist protests), we really need to stop and ask ourselves whose lead are we following?

People often use the phrase “wisdom is the principle thing” as a cliché, when in reality it’s scriptural (Proverbs 4:7). The issue arises when we rely on the wisdom of man vice the wisdom of God. In 1 Corinthians 2:1-9. Paul is explaining how and why he was able to preach the way he did. Verses 4-5 say, “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” When we follow the wisdom of God (his word) we are connected to the power of God. The power of God is the vehicle that will connect us to our expected end (Jeremiah 29:11).

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When we need advice, we should first seek the wisdom of God. Psalm 25:14 says, “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.” When trials come, when we need direction, God’s word will give us the answers. When we begin to confess that word, we will find the power of God working with our confession to bring about the desired outcome.

So whose lead are you following? Whose voice is directing your decisions? Is it God’s or is it man’s (which could be your own) voice. Take a look at the choices and decisions you’ve made just this week and determine whose lead you followed. If it wasn’t God’s lead, then begin to put him first in your life and watch things work out better for you.

 

Be blessed, but first comes obedience!

Rev. Robin

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The Conclusion of the Matter

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The Conclusion of the Matter

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Surrender

Trust

Ready

Action

Timing

Engaged

God-Centered

Intentional Intimacy

Confident

Today we are going to wrap up our blogs on strategic prayer. Although all the other words of the acronym are important in having a strategic prayer life, these last three pretty much sum it all up. This is pretty much a given, but in order to have a strategic prayer life, the prayers must be God-centered. The prayers must be centered around the word of God and the power of God. This must be the foundation that the prayers are built on. Why? Because God is the omniscient-all knowing one. He’s the omnipotent-all powerful one, and he’s the omnipresent on-he’s ever present. Not only for those reasons, but he is the one who gives us the strategies. Time and time again we see this in the word. Jeremiah 29:11 says “I know the plans I have for you….” Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me and I will show you great and mighty things, which thou knowest not”. These two scriptures alone show us the importance of our prayers being God- centered.

God-centered prayers automatically translate into intentional intimacy. The more we seek God and his word for revelation through prayer, we create an atmosphere of intimacy. He tells us if we seek him with our whole heart we will find him (Jeremiah 29:13). God desires to be found by us, for he created us for relationship with Him.

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
— Jeremiah 29:13

Intentional Intimacy takes us to a place of confidence and trust. When you’re intimate with someone you’re able to be vulnerable with them. Intimacy brings about a closeness where you have complete confidence in that person. This is the attitude that we should have after we say amen. Whatever instruction or revelation we receive during our time of intimacy with God, we must immediately move and do what he has said. Things may not make sense, but because we are confident in the sovereignty of God, we must obey what he has said. In John 2, Jesus performed his first miracle. Prior to the miracle, Mary instructed the servants to do whatever he said (John 2:5). As a result of their obedience, they experienced transformation, restoration and elevation. Transformation came when the empty vessels were filled with water and then it turned to wine. Restoration came because they were out of wine, but once the pots were filled and transformed, there was a restoration of power. The elevation came because the new wine was better than the original wine. God wants to do the same with us in our prayer life. He wants to provide strategies that will transform us, bring restoration to us, and elevate us.

I pray this acronym will help take your prayer life to a new level!

Be blessed, but first comes obedience!

Rev. Robin

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Why Aren't You Engaged?

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Why Aren't You Engaged?

Why Aren’t You Engaged?

 

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Surrender

Trust

Ready

Action

Timing

Engaged

God-Centered

Intentional Intimacy

Confident

What do you think about when you hear the word engaged? Involved? Planning to get married? Dictionary.com has the following definitions for engaged:

1.    busy or occupied; involved:

deeply engaged in conversation.

2.    pledged to be married; betrothed:

an engaged couple.

3.    under engagement; pledged:

an engaged contractor.

4.     entered into conflict with:

desperately engaged armies.

As we look at these definitions we can see how they apply even in our prayer life. When it comes to being strategic in our prayer life, we have to first be busy, occupied and involved in prayer. We cant expect things to change, if we are not consistently praying. The more time we spend in prayer the more opportunities we have to hear Gods strategy. We must remain engaged, in constant contact with God through prayer.

Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.
— John 15:4-5, 7

As believers we are called to be in relationship with God. Just like after a man and woman have developed a relationship and get engaged, our prayer life can define our level of commitment to God. True commitment involves consistent communication. We must pledge to spend time daily with God in his word and in prayer.

Lastly, prayer is a powerful weapon in warfare. Although the enemy is defeated, there are times when we must engage in warfare through prayer to enforce his defeat. If we stay busy, occupied, involved and in constant communication with God, we will be equipped to enter into the enemys camp to enforce his defeat.

So are you engaged? If not, why not? Don't let another day go by without being engaged through prayer.

 

 

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What Time Is It?

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What Time Is It?

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Surrender

Trust

Ready

Action

Timing

Engaged

God-Centered

Intentional Intimacy

Confident

 Have you ever made plans to attend an event and realized after you started getting ready that you had the wrong start time? Perhaps you've forgotten to adjust your clock during daylight savings time and ended up being late. These two examples demonstrate the importance of being aware of timing. Timing is critical in our prayer life too. Not only do we need to pay attention to timing when we pray, but also it is important that when we receive specific directions from God during prayer that we don't move ahead or lag behind God.

Let’s first address why timing is important when we pray. There is no law or rule that says prayer has to be done at a certain time of day or in a certain way. The bible references several different times for prayer, but what is key is that we respond to God’s prompting to pray. Have you ever found yourself waking up early around the same time consecutively for several days? No matter what you did to try to go back to sleep it didn't work and by the time you did fall asleep it was time to get up. The majority of the time when this happens, God is trying to get our attention. He wants us to wake up and spend time in prayer so that he can download some important information. He may place someone on our heart to pray for or there may be something going on in the world that we need to pray against. Nevertheless, if we fail to get up, we miss God’s timing to use us to make an impact in someone’s life or in the world.

To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven
— Ecclesiastes 3:1 Amplified

Our response time to God’s instructions during prayer is also key. Just like in a basketball game if you stay in the lane too long your team is penalized and you lose the ball. If we don't make a move when God says, if we remain stagnant, we lose the opportunity to fulfill God’s plan in the earth. Yes, often we get another opportunity, but it is best to move when God says move. If we spend too much time rationalizing and trying to make sense of the instructions, we create an opportunity for the enemy to come in and infiltrate our mind, which again causes us not to move. I liken this to when the quarterback is spending too much time trying to find a specific person open to throw the ball to and he ends up getting sacked. It wasn't that no one was open, but he was just set on throwing to a specific person and ended up going down.

Make a decision to be in God’s timing with your prayer life. If someone asks you to pray, pray right then. We don't always have to go into deep intercession when someone asks us to pray. Sometimes all that is needed is a quick prayer right at that moment, but if we don't pray then we will most likely forget to pray altogether. So what time is it in your prayer life? Is it time to move out on what God has said or is it time to be still and know that He is God? Reevaluate your prayer life. Have you surrendered everything to God? Do you trust Him completely to come through on your behalf? Are you ready to take action in the timing that he has established? Take a moment today to answer the question, what time is it?

Be blessed, but first comes obedience!

Rev. Robin

 

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