#147 – Pass the Baton (Part 1)

The old you must pass the baton to the new you. The former self must make way for the future self. Yesterday is done and much has transpired: the blessings, the miracles, the pain and the shame all reside in that passing season.

As you move into a new environment, from the old environment, be sure to maintain your momentum. The baton symbolizes the accomplishments, the promise, the hope and the legacy. The goal is to move from yesterday, to today and to tomorrow, without losing stride.

As you run into what is next, make the transitions and the needed adjustments, based on your new assignments. The race depends on speed, timing and strategy, but the baton is equally important and must complete the race.

If the baton is dropped or fails to make it to the finish line, in anyway, you are disqualified. This is the crucial part, to complete your assigns and answer each of life’s calls, in a way, that opens a path into MY rest, being well and done.

2 Corinthians 5:1-5
For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.

#146 – An Earthly Deficit

You are a reflection of the light, connected to, the true and living light. It was ME that said, let there Be. I Am the source of all illumination and becoming the light is not your role. We are a team, MY dominion is Heaven and your dominion is earth.

Becoming too heavenly minded will lead to an earthly deficit. It is difficult, even impossible to be offended and anointed at the same time. The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy, through sin, you have taken on the enemy’s identities: becoming a thief, a murderer and a destroyer.

You are replacing your purpose, your calling and your gifting for a sinful disposition. It is time for ownership: things you have said, things you have done and things you are thinking. The results have been disastrous and people have been hurt.

The day of calling wrong, right and right, wrong are over. I need you, to get to a place where the actions and words of men, against you, do not matter. The only thing that matters is what I command you to do and who you are to become.

2 Timothy 2:24-26
Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.

#145 – The Enemy of Purpose

The opinions of men make fools and enemies of God. Men will celebrate you into a shallow grave, by tolerating your ignobility, without resistance. Compliance does not equal love and resistance is love, in its unconditional form.

Success can be the enemy of purpose and winning a battle can produce a confidence, that loses the war. Watch what you place your hope in. The appearance of better is not equivalent to becoming better.

The unvarnished truth can be shared, except by, hearts knitted in love. The truth is like a surgeon’s scalpel and it can only be wielded with the precision perfected in love and a skill found in discipline.

Affirmations are plentiful when those speaking see a benefit in your behaviors. The integrity of a heart is hidden until stress is applied and under the pressure of conflict its true contents are revealed.

Proverbs 27:5-8
A spoken reprimand is better than approval that’s never expressed. The wounds from a lover are worth it; kisses from an enemy do you in. When you’ve stuffed yourself, you refuse dessert; when you’re starved, you could eat a horse.

#144 – A Prayer for a new Heart and Mind

I surrender my will Father, all that I am and all that I can be, to you Lord. In you is my beginning and my end. I have missed the mark many times and I know, I will miss it again. I am thankful for your grace and your ample supply of forgiveness.

I am a broken vessel before you God. Heal my heart Father, heal me in my secret places. I want to operate from a place of hurt and compensate with ego, no more. Thank you for accepting your prodigal son, time and time again.

God I thank you for making the crooked places straight. Forgive me for speaking death and not life, and for holding your creations to a higher standard, than I hold myself. I repent for my unholy thoughts and for my disobedience.

I desire to see people through your spirit, God. I need a new heart and a new mind, guided by love. Give me a heart of flesh O’ Prince of Peace. I desperately need you to help me, with my true enemy, the enemy residing inside me.

Ezekiel 36:25-27
“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations

#141 – MY Solemn Guarantee

All that has a beginning in ME is promised to the very end. Your final phase is MY first step and your initial phase is MY last. Your start is MY ending, therefore your ending is MY solemn guarantee. When you choose ME, I Am bound to reciprocate.

The evolution in your heart is a recalibration to its original frequency. The noise around you must be quieted, in order, to be reset and retuned to ME. You must relearn how to think, how to feel and how to believe.

What will matter, in the end are MY principles and MY word. Being stuck between the opinions and expectations of men is tiresome. The enemy will always enter through your eyes, your flesh and your pride.

I send the enemy for exposure, to edify and not to embarrass you. An earthly status lost due to repentance is one gained, here in Heaven. I Am adding to you, by subtracting the facades and behaviors assumed, to deflect the pain.

Philippians 1:6
I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

#140 – Times of Testing

In the moments of turmoil are where you will find the most sincere peace. Discovering faith in the chaos makes it all worthwhile and these times of testing, ensure a knowing of what a faith is made.

Growth is when you can see the victory and vanquishment in the same light, being aware that both are working together for your good. It is a shift in your prayers from deliverance and to becoming decisive.

Being fully persuaded, that the trouble in your world can be seen as a problem or the process, I Am using, to shape and mold you. It is your decision whether to lament or to be MY life of lamentation.

You are not a victim of circumstances, but are a preselected victor. The obstacles before you are no longer seen as predicaments of punishment, but are the processes of promotion asked for in prayer.

Romans 4:18-22
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he acknowledged the decrepitness of his body (since he was about a hundred years old) and the lifelessness of Sarah’s womb. Yet he did not waver through disbelief in the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God was able to do what He had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness

#138 – Trouble & Triumph

The Anointing comes with pressures. Pressures to conform, to compromise and to quit. The enemy of your soul has a singular goal, to stop you. His desire is to destroy you, but will settle for delaying you, by any means.

Be mindful of the season, when supernatural pressure comes. When the wind blows troubles your way, consider what the storm is there to produce. The storm is MY armor-bearer, therefore the wind, the waves and the whirlwind obey ME.

If it could be done any other way, it would be so. MY ways are precise and MY plans are efficient. Use the moments that seem senseless to build your faith. Gather them all and place each at the altar, as a sacrifice.

The pressure is an indicator of the promise and that I can trust you, with both trouble and triumph. This is the pinnacle of faith, the building blocks of what sustained Daniel in the lion’s den, a faith that can stand on its own.

Daniel 6:20-24
“Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” Daniel answered, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king.” The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

#137 – Say Whoa

Do not waste a precious moment being or becoming someone else’s expectation, you are an original. Measuring up to outside standards is a hard thing to do. Trust and acknowledge the instincts, I have hardwired inside you.

MY burden is easy and MY yoke is light. I have given you the authority to say NO and to say WHOA, when you have had, enough. Every opportunity is not for you and the tribe can be be both a liberating and a limiting influence.

Solve what I set before you and not what man or society, says to solve. I Am more than the source of your strength, I Am your strength. The more you yield to ME will reveal deeper dimensions of MY person and MY Glory.

This is MY rest and resting in ME is not weakness, but is the embodiment of strength. Your strengths are finite, but MINE are omnipotent, because MY word is spoken from eternity, it is simultaneously true in your past, present and future.

Matthew 11:28-30
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

#136 – Live for Legacy

There is a forgiveness that you bestow, another forgiveness you request and one other that you give to yourself. The most important type of forgiveness and the most difficult to hold is the one you give yourself. Have you forgiven yourself?

It is over, it is done and there is no need to hold the shame anymore. Do not waste an ounce of your last days fighting, an old version of yourself. I set before you the tools to cement your legacy, live for legacy. Speak life or do not speak at all.

Live the rest of your days as an example for your family. The secrets to life are to be passed like a baton and shared with the world. Be a source of light and strength, for all who you love and it will illuminate a pathway for your bloodline.

Live each day for the next generation, live for legacy and live life for the benefit of the living. Be the example of grace, that you craved in your darkest moments. Be the light of hope, to illuminate the path for a wayward soul.

Psalms 112:1-6
Praise the LORD! How joyful are those who fear the LORD and delight in obeying his commands. Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed. They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever. Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous. Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly. Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered.

#134 – Not Too Big for ME

There is a future in the spirit realm, that I Am giving you access to. A demand must be made to pull it into your now. The person you aspire to be is real. Call out to your better self in the infinite and move under the auspices of that wisdom.

Because you have seen the perfected image of yourself, I Am obligated to perform and it is a binding covenant. A vision is a promise, that I will fulfill, when you conspire with ME. A hope is an oath, that I will insure, when you trust ME.

Focus not on performance or perfection, focus on MY voice. Momentary failures are a part of your perfecting. Your circumstances are not too big for ME, the opinions of men are not too big for ME and your self-doubt is not too big for ME.

I Am the infinite ultimate power standing in your past with forgiveness, I Am the infinite ever present power standing in your present with guidance and I Am the infinite all-knowing power standing in your future with hope.

Jeremiah 32:17-19
‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. You show steadfast love to thousands, but you repay the guilt of fathers to their children after them, O great and mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts, great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man, rewarding each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds.