Empwered by the Lion and the Lamb

 

Lion king isolated on black

“But one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.

 

And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne’ (Revelation 5:5-7).

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nd your abundant living on earth, Jesus the Mighty Warrior, the Son of the Living God known as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, prevailed against all enemies, adversaries, tests and trials, so that He would be worthy to be our Savior, our Redeemer, our everlasting Champion.

 

While on earth, He walked and taught with authority (Matthew 7:9). Out of His authority He has given the believers authority in His name. Authority to cast out demons, heal the sick, and live a holy life.

Not only has He given us authority, but His power is at work in us to do great exploit. In Ephesians chapter 3 and verse 20, the Apostle Paul declares: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

In order for us to have eternal life, Jesus had to give up His life like a slaughtered lamb. the Prophet Isaiah affirms this by saying, “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth” (Isaiah 53:7).

The Lion of Judah bravely decided to die like a lamb, so that those who believe and trust in Him might be bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1).

Wouldn’t it be nice to be as powerful as Jesus is and as humble as He was on earth? Actually, with the authority He has given you and His power that is in you, you are as powerful as He is. The Apostle John says, “As He is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17).

You have the capacity to terrorize your spiritual adversaries and to love your human enemies (Ephesians 6:12). Simply, be mindful that inside of you lives Jesus Christ by His Spirit, the Lion of Judah and the Lamb of God that was slain.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for loving us despite our wickedness. Thank you for becoming human being in the Person of Your Son Jesus Christ. Thank You that He took our sins upon Him, He became sin for us, and we have now receive His righteousness.

We are as bold as a lion and as meek as a lamb.

In Jesus name.

Amen

Dare to Believe


Dare to Believe

Believing is the core system of following Christ. Every miracle that took place in the Bible and especially in the New Testament, happened because someone believed.

In 2 Kings the fourth chapter, a wealthy woman invited the Prophet Elisha to stop by for dinner. But, it seems that like many spirit-sensitive people, the woman sensed God’s power and grace on Elisha. For that reason, she felled compelled to do more than just feed Him. “And she said to her husband, ‘Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. 10 Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there’” (2 Kings 4:9).

Now every time Elisha came to town, he had a beautiful, well-prepared room to rest and to meditate. One day, as he was contemplating the kindness of the woman, he felt that he had to do something for her. Elisha thought of giving her great recommendation to the king, the captain of the army, the magistrates or some other official of the town. But the woman was wealthy and had no such need. Elisha determined that “Sa paka rete konsa” (something had to be done) for the generosity of this great woman.

As he and his servant continued to brainstorm as to what to do for the kind woman, the servant told Elisha that although she has everything there’s one thing she did not have. Shed did not have any children. Whah? No children? Therefore, my God shall supply all her needs for her kindness (paraphrased). “So he said, “What then is to be done for her?” And Gehazi answered, “Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.” 15 So he said, “Call her.” When he had called her, she stood in the doorway. 16 Then he said, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son” (2 Kings 4:9).

While the woman was doubtful about receiving and believing Elisha’s word, Elisha on the other hand along with his servant had direct contact and knew the authority and the heavenly access that Yahweh gave him. Hence, when the prophet spoke, he spoke from a knower and not from a maybe.

The author of the epistle of Hebrews states that “It is impossible to please God without faith…” Faith is believing in the unseen. It is trusting on the Lord Jesus, and simply believing every word that God uttered.

There is more to the story about believing. We shall continue next time, God willing.

In the meantime, I dare you to believe that what God says about you is true and real and able to come to pass. All you need is to believe. Only believe.

Please share your comments and encourage somebody in regard to believing.

Be blessed!


 

The Audacity of Faith

The Audacity of Faith!

All is well!

Picking up in 2 Kings chapter four, due to the profuse generosity of the Shunamite woman, the Prophet Elisha, due to his sense of gratefulness and despite her protest, prophesied that by this time next year the woman would have a baby boy. And according the words of the prophet, by that said time, the woman had a baby boy.

However, faith is now put to an arduous test. “The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers. 19 He said to his father, ‘My head! My head!’” (2 Kings 4:18-19). Effectively, the father sent him to his mom where he sat on her lap till noon, and then he died.

The strange thing about the audacity of faith, when it is set on a result, nothing and no one ca

n deter it from achieving its goal. Calmly and confidently, the woman requested from her husband the chauffeur to take her to the man of God, and that she would return quickly. “Is everything alright?” The husband asked. “All is well.” She replied.

The man of God, seeing her from a distance, sent his servant to find out if everything is alright with you? Is your husband alright? Is the child alright? She responded, “everything is alright” (v. 24-26). However, she finally reached the man of God, she grabbed his legs and began to express her grief, “Did I ask you for a son, my lord?” she said. “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hopes’?”

Elisha was astonished that as the prophet of God, that the Lord did not reveal her situation to him. You see, in the walk of faith, and more specifically, the test of faith, the Lord will seem to be absent, but these are the moments you will know whether your faith is intact or vacillate. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

Most of us won’t move until we see the whole staircase. We won’t depart until we see the global plan. We won’t start until we see how it will finish. If we understand that Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the Author and Finisher of our faith, then we won’t wait for the whole picture, but we will continually trust Him along the way with each step, each circumstance and each situation. For Jesus promised that He will always be with you till the end of the age and that He will never leave you nor forsake you (Matthew 28:20).

The Shunamite woman had her eyes on the only person that represented God at that time. At the end of the story, her boy came back to life. Hallelujah. 

Will you keep your eyes on Jesus, the only Person that can give life everlasting, even if you die physically, in Him you will live (Hebrews 12)? In Lazarus event, Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26).

Prayer: Lord, thank you for taking our sins upon your body and for dying and resurrecting for us. We believe in You Lord Jesus. Help our unbelief, and strengthen our faith that we might have unstoppable, audacious faith.

Amen.


 

Being a Mouth Piece for Jesus

Being a Mouth Piece for Jesus
By Minister Roland F. St. Gerard

“The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless.”
-Billy Graham

The author of the epistle of Hebrews tells us that the Word of God is alive and powerful (Hebrews 4:12).
God’s word is medicine for healing and to maintain a robust health.
Solomon declared, “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh” (Proverbs 4:20-22).

Declaration of God’s Word
While God’s word generates health and healing, it takes God’s children – God’s servants to declare the word, and for God to confirm His word with signs and wonders.

Jesus came to heal, to save, to liberate the captives, but it will take His followers to be His mouth piece, hands and feet to execute His heart’s desire.

Jesus stated such mission of His when He was given the book of Isaiah to read while in the Jewish synagogue. In Luke 4:18, He read, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruise.”

After He was raised from the dead, he declared that all authority in heaven and on earth is given to Him. Then, in that authority, He commissioned the disciples and all future disciples to go make disciples from every nation and teach them what He taught us.

There is a hurting world out there. Out there might be in the homes, in the churches, among the youth, and in discouraging church workers and pastors. Jesus is the solution. He is the head, the authority and provision. We are the body with the hands and feet to fulfill Jesus dreams and mission upon this earth. No wonder He said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father” (John 14:12).

Prayer:
Lord, we thank You for accepting to come on the earth to teach us the way and to teach about eternal life. Thank you for dying and resurrecting for us. Thank you for presently interceding for us.
Forgives Lord for being complacent about the hurting, the hopeless, the widows and the orphans. Grant us Your grace to have a burning desire coupled with a compassionate heart, so that we can execute Your heart’s desire to bring healing, health and eternal life to the dying world.
In the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

How Effective is Prayer?

Prayers that move…

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16b).

The Benefits of Prayer

Effective prayer “provides timely direction. It prevents wrong decisions. It eliminates worry and anxiety. It produces peacefulness. It invites God into our activity. It produces confidence. It eliminates fretting. It sharpens discernment. It gives us energy. It prevents distractions. It protects us from discouragement. It opens doors of opportunity. It helps us discern between busyness and fruitfulness” (Charles Stanley).

According to Psychology Today:

Prayer improves self-control

“Recent research indicates that prayer can help you get more out of your ‘self-control muscle.’ Research participants who said a prayer prior to a mentally exhausting task were better able to exercise self-control following that task. In addition, other studies demonstrate that prayer reduces alcohol consumption, which may reflect the exercise of self-control. Findings such as there suggest that prayer has an energizing effect.”

 Prayer makes you a nicer person

Researchers found that having people pray for those in need reduced the amount of aggression they expressed following an anger-inducing experience. In other words, prayer helps you not lose your cool.

 Prayer makes you more forgiving

Researchers found that having people pray for a romantic partner or friend made them more willing to forgive those individuals.

Prayer increases trust

Recent studies found that having people pray together with a close friend increased feelings of unity and trust. This finding is interesting because it suggests that praying with others can be an experience that brings people closer together. Social prayer may thus help build close relationships.

Prayer offsets the negative health effects of stress

Researchers found that people who prayed for others were less vulnerable to the negative physical health effects associated with financial stress. Also, it was the focus on others that seemed to be contributing to the stress-buffering effects of prayer. Praying for material gain did not counter the effects of stress. So thinking about the welfare of others may be a crucial component of receiving personal benefits from prayer.

Will You Stand Him Up… Again?

Will You Stand Him Up… Again?

 

Have you ever watched a movie in which a guy has been stood up on a date by a girl he really liked? From the pure excitement he has after setting the time and location of their date, to telling his best friend about a potential girl he really likes. For days, he anticipates the moment where they actually meet, wondering what to wear or what to even say. Then finally, the day comes and… she doesn’t arrive. —leaving him to eat alone embarrassed and disappointed. Soon, the sad slow music plays in the background as he walks home with his head down. Usually, a trail of hard rain begins to follow, which makes the night even worse.

Maybe it could possibly be you who has experienced being stood up by someone you really liked—getting all dressed up, smelling great, and making sure you’re on time, only to get there and find no one. Denial begins to set in, thinking he or she is just running late. “Maybe their phone died,” you say to yourself because your phone calls keep going straight to voicemail. Right? As you’re sitting there confused and wondering what went wrong, the waiter comes frequently to your table asking if you’re ready to order… You’re embarrassed to eat by yourself, thanks to a No CALL, No SHOW.

A day that started out exciting and hopeful only ended in extreme hurt and anger… Sounds like a sense of betrayal, doesn’t it?

This is a lot like our alone time with Jesus. When we set in our mind that we are going to get in our Word and spend some time with Him, only to let time get the best of us and we end up postponing it to the next day. Or, you’re probably like me, who rushes through reading a couple chapters before bed just to show I did spend some time with Him as promised. Either way, we’re standing Him up on having that time alone that He desires. Why? Because our hearts are really not there to receive.

God revealed this scenario to me, comparing being stood up on a date to alone time with Him. The Word is literally the food on our plate that we intake spiritually, worship music is like the music playing in the background at a restaurant, and then it is just you and Jesus at the table. Do you see the concept now? It completely wrecked me because there are nights I just go to bed, watch Lifetime Movie Network (my favorite network by the way), netflx, or read a couple verses and call it a night. It truly opened my eyes and crushed me after discovering what I was doing and from that night forward, I made sure I spend time with him.

Psalm 27:8 says “My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”

How many of us really go through and talk to Him? Call me crazy, but I believe Jesus comes dressed up at his best ready to speak and listen to us, only for us to never show up. How many times are we going to stand Him up? How many times are we going to cause pain and disappointment? What if that moment we missed meeting with Him was the night we could have received an answer we’ve been desiring to know? I know you’re probably saying, “But Aline, I’m a full-time student and employee, I have a family, I have to cook, and I’m tired…” However, you will make time and sacrifice for what’s truly important to you.

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”—Matthew 6:21 (NLT)

There are 24 hours in a day. He’s not asking for your whole day, but simply a moment out of your day set aside just for Him.

So much can come from me spending time with Him, such as renewed strength, hope, laughter, clarity, peace, and much more. I guarantee you’re not going to want to leave His presence. He’s longing for time with you. He desires your presence with Him. So, my question for you is: Will you stand Him up again?

Sincerely,

 

Aline

 

 

Are You Thinking…

Do you know that thinking right is very important for speaking right in order to rightly act your way to success?

The thing is, when you begin to think, speak and act accurately, your life will be set on the track that leads to life satisfaction. Living the life of your choosing.

How we think directly affect our communication skills, which in turn affect how or whether we take action at all.

Most of my childhood years were raised in Haiti without a mom or a dad. I had to live with family members and friends of the family while my mom was in the U.S., while I did not know my father until I was about twelve years old.

Living in that condition as a child came with a price. There were many occasions when I was treated harshly and do without basic needs at times.

My Younger Self
My Younger Self

As you can imagine, that planted and built in me a low self-esteem mentality. For that reason, as I grow up and become an adult – in spite of my talents and abilities – I’ve often felt I was lower in stature than my peers.

Due to that kind of upbringing, I got to experience  cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking, and sexual intercourse at a very young age.

After vainly living the first half of my life in promiscuity, wild parties, drinking and smoking, I’ve had a great spiritual encounter in the Fall of 1992 that began to transform my thinking and the way that I perceived myself.

Since that time I’ve become passionate about reading. I began to read the Bible day and night. I read all sorts of positive and faith-filled books. Ever since then, I’ve been on a quest of self-awareness and development to a fulfilled life.

Thinking the right thoughts, speaking the right words, and taking the right and timely actions will bring you great fulfillment.

The same way I discover the power of words – good or bad – I desire that you would make the same discovery as well. That you will acquire the abundant life that is rightly yours by accurate thinking, speaking, and taking the right action steps toward success and ethical prosperity.

As I’ve heard it said many times. “I’m not where I ought to be, but I’m not where I used to be.”

Transforming one’s life is a lifelong effort. The key to elevation is to begin feeding your mind with new set of power words that will bring about new set of positive attitudes everyday of your life.

Begin to think your new life into reality!

King Solomon declares, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7-b).

You can only become what you constantly think about.

Someone said, “You are the creator of your reality.” It’s more real than one might think. qtq80-un5Gsm

I read an article by Amy Morin, who is a licensed clinical social worker, college psychology instructor, and psychotherapist, where she explains that “The way you think about yourself turns into your reality. If you draw inaccurate conclusions about who you are and what you’re capable of doing, you’ll limit your potential. Your thoughts are a catalyst for self perpetuating cycles. What you think directly influences how you feel and how you behave. so if you think you’re a failure, you’ll feel like a failure. Then, you’ll act like a failure, which reinforces your belief that you must be a failure.”

While your thinking that affects your speaking is widely influenced by the power of words.

In his letter to the Christians in Rome, the Apostle Paul assures them that, “Faith comes by hearing the word of God” (10:17).

In other words, the words you are listening to regularly are like seeds, that are being germinated in your mind, and that will eventually bare fruits accordingly.

Similarly to the saying, “As a man thinks, so is he”, is the same with what a person continually listens to will certainly govern his thinking. So then, we can accurately say that the catalyst for your thinking is what you are hearing. Words -good or bad.

I would encourage you then to make a firm decision today and determine to start thinking proper and accurate thoughts!

To do that yoimg_1772u will have to feed yourself daily with the inspiring words from the Bible and from positive writers and motivational speakers.

From the time of my spiritual encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ my eyes opened to the reality that I am “the creator of my reality” by my thoughts, my words and actions.
Since then, I began to fight back to eradicate inferiority complex from my life and from everyone that will give me an opportunity to speak into their life.

To maintain my growth and motivation, I constantly seek positive and inspiring literature to read or audio to listen to. (Click for resource).

Now I welcome you to take this self-development and positive spiritual journey with me, as you will find inspiring articles, blogs, quotes, testimonies, and various life-enhancing goodies on this site for the elevation of your mind to higher heights in becoming the real YOU.

At your service for your enduring prosperity,

Roland (BroRo) St. Gerard

ARTICLES FOR YOUR SOUL

BEING AN EXAMPLE WITH YOUR WORDS

1 Timothy 4:12 – 16 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word

  • DON’T BE GUILTY IN DRAWING CRITICIMS TO YOUR YOUTHFULLNESS
  1. Let no one despise your youth
  2. Despise means to look down on with contempt, to regard as worthless or distasteful.
  3. Youth: Formative years, the qualities of vigour, freshness, or immaturity as associated with being young. An early stage in the development of something.
  • BE AN EXAMPLE
  1. Synonym: Lead, model, pattern, ideal, standard, template, paradigm.

Be illustrated or exemplified.

  1. Definition: A person or thing regarded in terms of their fitness to be imitated or the likelihood of their being imitated.
  • BE AN EXAMPLE IN WORD (IN WHAT YOU SAY)
  1. Quote
  2. Words are most powerful.
  • Words can give someone hope to anticipate a great future. Yet words can also destroy the faith of a hopeful person.
  1. In the book of Proverbs in the eighteenth chapter and verse 21, King Solomon tells us that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

You see how powerful words that are coming out of your mouth are. They are able to sustain life or suck it out of someone.

That means when you are cognitive of the words you are speaking and you want to target them constructively and not destructively, it will better you, your surroundings, and ultimately, the world.

  1. How do you use your words?
    1. Do you speak the truth or lies?
    2. Do you honor your words?
    3. Do you seduce others with your words?
    4. Are you respecting or disrespecting your parents and elders with your words?
    5. Are you being mean or are you being kind to others with your words?
    6. Are you gossiping or are you teaching positive things with your words?
    7. Are you using your words in ways to control people’s emotions (manipulation) or are you showing them the way to life?
  • To be an example with your words, determine not to lie but to speak the truth to others
    1. Colossians 3:9 -Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.
  1. According to the Lord Jesus, people who do evil things and lie make themselves children of the devil.
  • John 8:44 –“For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
  • With that being said, if you were lying constantly, and you don’t want to make yourself to be a child of the devil, then there’s only one thing to do. Speak the truth.
  • Speak truth to one another
  1. Ephesians 4:14-15 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ who is the head of His body, the Church.

 

  • CONCLUSION

When you consider the power that is in words, how constructive or destructive it can be, you will want to be more disciplined in the way you use your words.

Your words are powerful psychological bullets. Therefore, aim right and aim at the right target, so that you will shoot great and powerful words to build people and your community and not demolish your community along with the people.

Be blessed, and please check out the resources to help you build a new mindset with a beautiful attitude that will take you to higher heights along with the people you are speaking to.