Speak It

Job 22:28
King James Version

28Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

Speak It! The favor of God is upon you. The Bible says, "decree a thing, and it will be established..." What is a decree? A decree is a formal and authoritative order.To decree something is to decide with authority.You have been given such power. You have the power to speak to a mountain in the name of Jesus and it has to move.There is power in the name of Jesus. There is power in the blood of Jesus. As the prayer leaves your lips, angels carry your words up to your Father.

Be careful what you speak. If you say, "I'm sick" or " I'm broke", that is what you are. Watch what comes your mouth.If you speak it, it is so because of your authority.The angels don't pick and choose what to take to your Father.They take them all. There are angels assigned to you. Their job is always have their ears tuned to your every word. so, watch your confessions.

Begin right now to speak to your body, your finances, your relationships, your purpose, your destiny. Decree healing, deliverance, fresh anointing, clear vision. Decree those things that God has spoken to you.

"Speak It, and watch Me move," says your God.

God Bless

You're About to StepThrough

1 Corinthians 16:9
(New King James Version)

9 For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

Rejoice! You are about to step through. God has opened a door for you. No one can close it. What God has for you is for you. Shout with a voice of triumph. Praise Him even harder if it seems that everything is going wrong. The closer you get to that promise, the stronger the attacks. Don't be discouraged. The enemy is trying to block you. He can slow you down but he can't stop you. So keep walking.

You ought to begin thanking all those people who stabbed you in the back. Give thanks. Go kiss Judas. Thank that boss who let you go. Be thankful that you were turned down for that loan. Give thanks if the doctor's report was not what you expected. It's just a stepping stone to your blessing. As a matter of fact, what God is setting you up for is beyond what you can fathom. In everything give thanks. You may be troubled on every side. Rejoice! It is all working for your good. It may not feel good. God is using this to usher you into your promise, your breakthrough,your miracle,your purpose.

If things look bad right now; praise Him. You are about to step through the door.

God Bless

Arrest The Devil

Matthew 12:24-29
King James Version

24But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

25And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

26And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

27And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

28But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

29Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

You are God's law enforcement agent. You must exercise your authority. Jesus gave you a command. Cast out devils.Take territories for Christ. Take back your neighborhood, your city, your state. Bind poverty, drugs, gangs, waywardness, disobedience. Start binding the spiritual wickedness, the principalities. You have been passive for far too long. No longer will you be defeated by the same things. Cast out those things that you have become too comfortable with. Pull down strongholds. You are an anointed vessel. Those things are not part of who you are.

There is a warrant out on you. Arrest the devil. You are S.E.#1- Satan's enemy #1. It's him or you."Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You're not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It's the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won't last forever. It won't be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does".(1 Peter 5:8-11, The Message)

God Bless

Now What?

1 Samuel 30:6-8
King James Version

6And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

7And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.

8And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.

Now what, Lord? You may be like David. David and his men's wives and children were captured. Obviously, they blamed David. David in a life or death situation, his men were talking about killing him. They were consumed with anger. He had nobody to run to. Run into God. David encouraged himself in the Lord. Begin to think of the goodness of Jesus. Think of how He gave His life to save your life. He is able to perform it. He is not slack concerning His promise. You don't know how, you don't know when..but your God will do it again. You are in the middle of a storm. Guess what? Your friends have their own problems. Now what? Enquire of the Lord.

Don't just stand there! Go after it. God says, " Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake without fail recover all" Go get your children. Go get your spouse. Apply for that job. Apply for that mortgage. Ask the doctor to run that test again. Go test drive that car. Your God says,you will not fail and you will recover it all.

God Bless

He Knows Where You Are

Psalm 121
(New Living Translation)

Psalm 121

1 I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!
3 He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.

5 The Lord himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
6 The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.

7 The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
8 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever.

"Do you trust Me?", says the Lord. Your footing is unsure. God gave you just enough light for where you are. God knows the end of the thing. He won't let you stumble or fall. God is always on the job. Take your eyes off of where you are and look up. He is holding your hand, leading and guiding you. Listen to His instruction. He won't let anything harm you.

Trust is esstenial. Trust is walking by faith not by sight. Fall back into the loving arms of your Father.

Watch As I Show Them

Revelation 3:7-11
The Message
7Write this to Philadelphia, to the Angel of the church. The Holy, the True—David's key in his hand, opening doors no one can lock, locking doors no one can open—speaks:
8"I see what you've done. Now see what I've done. I've opened a door before you that no one can slam shut. You don't have much strength, I know that; you used what you had to keep my Word. You didn't deny me when times were rough.

9"And watch as I take those who call themselves true believers but are nothing of the kind, pretenders whose true membership is in the club of Satan—watch as I strip off their pretensions and they're forced to acknowledge it's you that I've loved.

10"Because you kept my Word in passionate patience, I'll keep you safe in the time of testing that will be here soon, and all over the earth, every man, woman, and child put to the test.

11"I'm on my way; I'll be there soon. Keep a tight grip on what you have so no one distracts you and steals your crown.

God is a God that can accomplish anything. He opens doors no man can close, and closes doors no man can open. God sees what you have been through. God sees how you continue to stand on His Word when you felt like you would fall under the pressure.He sees you hoping against hope. He sees how you serve while you wait.

God bottles up every tear. He hears every word. He sees every sacrifice. He knows all about it. He sees how people misunderstand you. He hears when people talked about you. God says, "Watch! He is going to strip off their pretensions. They will be forced to acknowledge that He loves you."

The refinement that you are going through has been hard.God is going to reward you by opening some doors. No one can stop the hand of God. He is also going to reward you by closing some doors. He is removing every hinderance. You are about to break forth.(see Job 23:10)He is opening doors right now.Rise up and walk through the doors. Stop trying to open closed doors. Great is the reward through that open door.

God Bless

Give Me My Stuff!

Job 20:15
New American Standard Bible
15"He swallows riches,
But will vomit them up;
God will expel them from his belly.
Job 20:18-20
18"He returns what he has attained
And cannot swallow it;
As to the riches of his trading,
He cannot even enjoy them.
19"For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor;
He has seized a house which he has not built.
20"Because he knew no quiet within him,
He does not retain anything he desires.

Proverbs 6:31
New American Standard Bible
31But when he is found, he must repay sevenfold;
He must give all the substance of his house.

This is the day of great return! Everything the the enemy stole from you is coming back. God is causing the enemy to spit it out. The enemy had no legal right to your stuff. You are a child of the King. Satan has been caught red handed with what belongs to you. Therefore, he has to repay it back, and not double...not triple...but sevenfold.

Your God has punched Satan in the belly. Here comes your stuff. Grab hold of it! Your healing has come out. You ministry is out. Your finances are out. Your loved ones are out. Your house is out. Your car is out. Your job is out. Your peace is out. Your deliverance is out. Your joy is out. Your faith is out. Whatever was stolen is out!

Proverbs 6:31b says," He must give all the substance of his house". Get ready! Satan is only going to steal the best for his house. He did not steal garbage, the stuff nobody wanted. Your are getting the best back, sevenfold.

God Bless

The Blessing of Obedience

Deuteronomy 28: 1-13
Amplified Bible

1IF YOU will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments which I command you this day, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. 2And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God. 3Blessed shall you be in the city and blessed shall you be in the field.4Blessed shall be the fruit of your body and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your beasts, the increase of your cattle and the young of your flock.5Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading trough.6Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out.7The Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.8The Lord shall command the blessing upon you in your storehouse and in all that you undertake. And He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.9The Lord will establish you as a people holy to Himself, as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.10And all people of the earth shall see that you are called by the name [and in the presence of] the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.11And the Lord shall make you have a surplus of prosperity, through the fruit of your body, of your livestock, and of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.12The Lord shall open to you His good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.13And the Lord shall make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day and are watchful to do them.

God is watering the seed He has planted.You have asked God to water your garden. The anointing He has placed in you is being watered. The gift He has given you is being watered. Can you stand to be blessed? Obedience in this hour is critical. You may not understand what God is telling you to do. Do it! There is an overflow coming. You are on the cutting edge of God's plans and purposes. He will lead you into higher realms of manifest glory. The Word of God says your obedience will cause blessings to overtake you. You will be blessed with things you never even asked for in addition to what you ask. The enemy is going to come with a vengeance. Declare and decree that you will not sit down, back up, go back, or turn around.

You cannot pick and choose what area to be obedient in and still expect the blessing. Your answer must be yes, completely yes. It's time for action. Hear the word of the Lord then act on it. Abraham was blessed by his obedience. When God told him to sacrifice Issac, the promised child...He moved without hesitation. God told Abraham to leave home and go into a land that He would send him. Abraham moved. As his reward Abraham was blessed, his seed was blessed, God made his name great. God is no respecter of persons.

Your obedience may cause you to lose some things, some friends, maybe even family members.Obedience may cause you to look strange. You may even question if you really heard from God. But, who is like the Lord?

Release Me

Psalm 78:40-41
(King James Version)
40How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!
41Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

"Release Me", says the Lord. You may be going through a "wilderness" experience. You feel like you are in a dry and desolate place. You are asking, when God, when? You may be asking how God, how? Or why God, why? God has you just where He wants you. God is using this time to build character in you. God is using this time to deepen His relationship with you. God is using this time to bring you in line with His purpose. Often times, we get tired of waiting on God. God's timing is perfect. A songwriter said it best, " He may not come when you want Him but He's right on time".

At times, you have a give and take relationship with God. You give Him your burden. When He doesn't move in your time you take it back. Is it possible to limit God? Limit means to restrict by establishing boundaries; to confine.God gets ready to move and then you limit Him through our doubt. You establish boundaries. In other words, you are waiting for God to send a check in the mail not realizing that the bank made an error in your favor. You ask God for a companion who looks a certain way. God sends Mr. or Ms. Right but they were not packed like you thought and you missed them. So many times, you try to " help" God be God. He knows what is best for you. God makes impossible things possible. He can do anything. There is nothing too hard for God. He's not a man and cannot lie(Num.23:19-20). You have invited God into the situation. But fear and doubt have pushed Him out. Faith is an active ingredient in a blessing. God said if I believe it, He will perform it.

God can! Give God that problem, sitaution, concern, dream, that desire of your heart. You have prayed, cried, and fasted. Now, leave it there. If you have to, get a can, a box, or something you will not be able to open. Put an opening at the top. Write what you need God to do. Put it inside, remember you cannot take it back. Now, watch the limitless God perform it.

God Bless

Activate the Rider

Activate the Rider
Exodus 15:1-7 (NIV)
1 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD : "I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea. 2 The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him. 3 The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. 4 Pharaoh's chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea. The best of Pharaoh's officers are drowned in the Red Sea. 5 The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone. 6 "Your right hand, O LORD, was majestic in power. Your right hand, O LORD, shattered the enemy. 7 In the greatness of your majesty you threw down those who opposed you. You unleashed your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble.

Breakthrough is coming. God says, "Activate the Rider". God has many attributes. God is a keeper, deliverer, protector, provider, sovereign, love, joy, peace.God is El Shaddai, He is Elohim. The list goes on and on. God is also warrior. The Bible says that there is a time for everything. There is a time to love and a time to hate. There is a time for peace and time for war. It's time for war! That breakthrough you have been asking, seeking, and praying for has already been released. God heard your prayer and granted that very thing. But the prince of Persia(see Dan.10: 13), has been blocking the release of your blessing.

"This is not your battle", says the Lord. "Give it to me, Activate the Rider". The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea. God is clothed in His garments of war, He has His weapons. He has mounted His chariot. Can you hear His horse galloping? He has fire in His eyes! He has tossed your enemy into the sea. He has tossed that problem, that sitaution into the sea. God the warrior, has overthrown the chariots, the horses, the riders. All of heaven is fighting your battle. Angels now excel in strength. Ride on King Jesus, ride! Jesus gave Satan a death blow on Calvary. Angels are battling demons. Demons have been slain. Michael the Archangel has emerges with that healing in his hand. That financial breakthrough is in his hand. That anointing is in his hand. The salvation of the loved one is in his hand. Whatever you need is in his hand. Hallelujah! The Lord, God Almighty reigns! Jehovah Gibbor has won the battle!

Declare right now," God is a warrior, The Lord is His name".

God Bless

Arise and Eat

Arise and Eat

1 Kings 19:4-7
(King James Version)

4But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
5And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
6And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.
7And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.

Everyone gets discouraged at times. Elijah was a great man of God. He was in the fight of his life with Jezebel. He had just come off a spiritual victory, yet he was vulnerable. When God gives you a victory in battle, the fight is not over. The devil comes after you harder. Elijah was so dicouraged that he wanted God to take his life. God always gives you what you need when you need it.God sent an angel that told him to "arise and eat".

This journey is too hard for you. The only way you can stay on this journey is to eat the Word daily. Just like you have to eat food everyday to live, you must eat spiritual food daily. When you are discouraged, you have to eat more. What happens you don't eat natural food? You become weak and want to lay down. Your head may be hurting and your vision is blurry. The same thing happens when you don't eat the Word. Your vision becomes blurry.

In your wilderness, don't get stuck there. The devil wants you to die in the wilderness but the devil is a liar. He comes to kill, steal from you, and destroy you. He is counting on the fact that you will be so weak that you don't want to eat. God says: "Arise and Eat". The journey is too great for you. God has already given you what you need...His Word. Use your tools.

God Bless

Enough and Suddenly

Enough and Suddenly

Ezekiel 12:28
(Holman Christian Standard Bible)
28 Therefore say to them: This is what the Lord GOD says: None of My words will be delayed any longer. The message I speak will be fulfilled." [This is] the declaration of the Lord GOD .

God gave me two words, enough and suddenly. You have entered into the season of enough and suddenly. God said enough! Your suffering has come to an end. Your season of lack has come to an end. Your testing has come to an end. Your barreness has come to an end. Your waiting has come to an end. You have stepped into a season of suddenly. God's promises will be fulfilled. No more delay.

God is getting ready to reveal Himself in a special way. Watch as promises come to pass. Now is the time for unveiling. Unveiling is an act or instance of presenting,displaying, or revealing especially for the first time. It is the act of beginning something new. It's time to see the unseen and hear the unheard. It is time to turn to Heaven and inquire of the Lord.

Decree right now: God has said enough and there will be a sudden move of God.

God Bless

Longing For A Touch

Longing For A Touch

Song of Solomon 3:1-4
(The Message)

Song of Solomon 3
1-4 Restless in bed and sleepless through the night, I longed for my lover. I wanted him desperately. His absence was painful.So I got up, went out and roved the city, hunting through streets and down alleys.I wanted my lover in the worst way! I looked high and low, and didn't find him.And then the night watchmen found me as they patrolled the darkened city. "Have you seen my dear lost love?" I asked.No sooner had I left them than I found him, found my dear lost love.I threw my arms around him and held him tight, wouldn't let him go until I had him home again,safe at home beside the fire.

Have you ever longed for God? Have you been desperate for Him? Have you felt like Job? Did you look for Him but couldn't find Him? If so, what did you do? If you have ever loved a human being, you know there are ups and downs in a relationship. There are some times when you feel a distance. Maybe the two of you aren't spending enough time together. On the Christian journey ,there are peaks and valleys. There are times when God seems far from you. The truth is, God is never far from us. In the nautural, if a man likes a woman he pursues her. If a woman likes a man, she has to show interest. God is the same way in a sense. God is the Ultimate Gentleman! He loves you more than any human can ever love you. You are constantly on His mind (Ps. 139:17-18). God pursues us, but never forces His love on us.

In your despeartion, you may have prayed and cried and still felt nothing? God was there. He always is. As illustrated in Song of Solomon 3:1-4, you must pursue God. Worship is our way of being intimate with God. He desires our praise and worship. " Have you seen my dear lost love?" In other words, praise Him. Praise Him for who He is. He is holy,holy, holy. He is I AM. Whatever you need He is. He is love, joy, peace,healing, deliverance, provision, and the list goes on. He is a lion and a lamb. He is gentle but mighty to save.

" I threw my arms around him and held him tight, wouldn't let go..." How do you throw your arms around Him? Worship God. Tell Him how much you love Him. Appreciate Him for just being God. Get in His presence. Go beyond what you need from Him and just spend time with Him. He wants to see your face. He thinks you wonderful. Just sit on His lap, put your head on His chest, and let Him love you. Don't be in a hurry to leave. A relationship with God is not one sided. Just like you spend time with that man, that woman, your friends, your children, or whomever...spend time with God. You don't have to say anything. Praise Him, worship Him and watch your life change.

God Bless

Intimidate the Intimidator!

Intimidate the Intimidator!

Genesis 3:15
(New International Version)
15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."

From the time of your conception, Satan's mission has been to destroy you. He hates your very existence. He despises your every breath. He wants to kill you! How do you feel about him? Are you mad with the devil? Or are you radical? Is it your mission to remind him of his fate? Do you hate him like he hates you? Do you spend your time plotting his demise? Genesis 3:15 says there is enmity between us. Enmity is a deep rooted and mutual hatred, hostility.

Satan is a defeated foe. Use your God given authority. He is terrified of you, he knows the power that you have as a child of the Most High God. He has the power to bruise your heel. In other words, his job is to send things to distract you from your assignment. You have been assigned along with Jesus to crush his head. Jesus gave him a death blow. Jesus defeated him back on Calvary. He laid His life down, picked it back up, and snatched back the keys to hell and death. Your part is to kick Satan, stomp him, and crush him.

Go on the offense with Satan! Do not sit around waiting for him to bruise your heel. Here are some steps to being an offensive Christian:
1. radical, prolonged praise and worship from a place of victory.
2. activate Christ's power (Rom. 8:11).
3. ruthlessly bind Satan as the Holy Spirit leads - NO MERCY!
4. pray- pray like your life depends on it. quote the Word as you pray.
5. remind Satan of his fate (Rev. 12: 9-13).

Intimidate the Intimidator, play no game, crush his head!

God Bless

God Has A Miracle In Mind, How Badly Do You Want It?

God Has A Miracle In Mind, How Badly Do You Want It?

James 2:18 (King James Version)

18Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Can you fathom the depths of God's love for you? It is God's desire to bless us. God delights in making impossibilities for man possible. He specializes in miracles. Our desperation becomes the source of another's inspiration .

What is a miracle?
A miracle is an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause. It is the work of God.

The Bible says, "Faith without works is dead". Let's examine some Biblicial examples of working faith: (1) The woman with the issue of blood. see Luke 8:43-48. (2) the paralyzed man, see Mark 2:1-12. The woman with the issue of blood was tired. She spent every dime trying to get relief. She was considered unclean. She should not have been around other people. But she heard about a man named Jesus. She said like Esther," if I perish, I perish". She had to see Him, touch Him. Immediately, she was made whole...her faith made her whole. The paralyzed man also heard about Jesus. He was carried to the house where Jesus was. He was not able to get in through the door. He could not get in through the windows. Did he give up? No! The men that carried him there tore the roof off to get him to Jesus! They understood that God had a miracle in mind, and they were desperate.

Is there something you need right now that only God can do? Ask yourself: Are ready to snatch the roof off to get your miracle?

God Bless!

It's Not What It Looks Like

It's Not What It Looks Like

Romans 4:20-21
(King James Version)
20He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

In the last couple of months, I have seen my mother go through changes in her body. She has had unexplained swelling in her face, hands and legs. The doctors couldn't offer a definite reason for it. In March, she was supposed to have same day surgery to repair her Achilles tendon. The doctor was unable to operate due to elevated blood pressure, she may have had a stroke if he did. But God...so her doctor put her leg in a cast. She spent about a month away from home, in the hospital and then a nursing home. She never stopped praising God, encouraging others, or coming to church. She did all of this from a wheelchair. On Resurrection Sunday(Easter), the enemy attacked her again and she went back into the hospital. Last month, after her cast was removed she fell. She fractured her back in several places. She is in a lot of pain. Last week, the woman of God went to Georgia to encourage her son and daughter in the gospel. While in Georgia, she fell on her wrist. Ain't nobody mad but the devil! Like Jesus, Mommy never said a mumbling word. One of her favorite songs is " I Won't Complain".

She preached a sermon in January 2007called N.O.W Faith... Notorious, Outrageous Worship. I pray that her testimony blesses you, as it has blessed me. Whatever your test is, remember the words of this great woman of God..."It's not what it looks like". Stop right now and give God a crazy praise!!!!

God Bless!

God Is Stretching Me and It Hurts

God is Stretching Me and It Hurts

1 Chronicles 4: 9-10 Chronicles 4:9-10(King James Version)

9And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.10And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

This is known as the Prayer of Jabez. At one time or another, we have all prayed this prayer. Have you ever thought about what you are asking? I always thought it sounded good. I just realized what I asked for. It is uncomfortable when God begins to enlarge you.

Let's examine what it means to enlarge...enlarge: (1) to make larger; increase in extent, bulk, or quantity; add to. (2) to increase the capacity or scope of; expand.

Included in the definition of enlarge is the word expand. Expansion involves stretching. Have you ever stretched a rubber band?What happened? How do you think it feels? The rubber band is pulled as far as it can go. If you stretch it beyond its limit it will pop. Are you glad God knows our limits and won't allow us to pop? Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

So, the next time you are under a serious attack of the enemy and you are frustrated and discouraged. Stop and think. Did you pray the prayer of Jabez? You might be surprised to find out that it is you. God does answer prayer! This is a key time in your refinement. He is using this opportunity to get rid of those things in our character that He can't use.

Imagine my surprise when I found out it was me!

God Bless!