By: Samaria M Colbert
Luke 23:34 (KJV)
34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Immaculee IIibagiza survived the Rwandan Genocide. In 1994 there was political unrest and ongoing tensions between two tribes the Hutu and Tutsi. The tension led to the murders of thousands of the Tutsi tribe. Immaculee family was one of the many who became victim to these crimes against humanity. Immaculee’s entire family was murdered while she and seven other women hid in a small bathroom for three months. Immaculee went on to write a New York times bestselling book entitled, Left To Tell and Led By Faith.
Eventually Immaculee did meet one of the murderers face to face where she told him that she forgave him.
Forgiveness is defined as to cease with resentment, bitter or anger towards someone that has caused a great offense. It means to grant pardon. It means to let go of. It means to not hold oneself or another hostage over the offense or offenses.
Forgiveness also means to release, and to pardon, towards another. It means to not carry the wrongful acts, done to us in our yesterday into our today, to impact our tomorrow. Forgiveness is the emotional and spiritual act of wiping away the hurt, pain, and turmoil.
Forgiveness is the conscious act, and deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance towards a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether or not they actually deserve your forgiveness.
Forgiveness is not earned, it is granted. Forgiveness is a decision. Forgiveness cannot be forced upon you. Forgiveness can be a hard concept for any individuals to conceive of. Most people can’t really conceive of why you would forgive someone who has hurt you particularly with some of the tragic things that are recently going on in our nation.
Forgiveness is the divine order of God. The only way we have access to the kingdom of God next to salvation and sanctification is forgiveness.
The reality is whatever the offender has done, holding it in your heart, mind and spirit will not help the situation. It will not make what happened go away. It does not hurt the offender. In fact in some ways it empowers them. For some the offender knew the intended damage it would have on you and it still has power over you, their intentions were malicious. When you continue to hold on to it you are giving them the power in your heart.
You can have unforgiveness in your heart towards a dead person. Unforgiveness impacts the mind, the will and the emotions. Unforgiveness creates a broken, damaged and emotionally wounded heart. The reality is there is no recompense in unforgiveness. Recompense is compensation or reward given for loss or harm suffered or effort made. You can’t reap the reward of wholeness and a healed heart when you don’t forgive.
First let us begin by looking at what scripture has to say about forgiveness.
Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
John 3:16 (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The first thing about forgiveness is that it originated from God Himself. Man did not come up with the idea or principle of forgiveness. The kingdom of God is all about love. Therefore strife, division, dissension, ill will, hurt, bitterness, anxiety, death and destruction do not exist in the kingdom. These things came to exist as a result of the first rebellion in heaven and the sin that Adam and Eve committed in the garden.
Man was introduced to these concepts that never existed prior. God never had to ask anyone for forgiveness, because He never did anything wrong. Satan is the one who rebelled and committed the first sin, not Adam and Eve as some imply.
The devil was the worship leader in heaven. He decided he didn’t want to be the worship leader he wanted to be worshipped. Even in heaven the only being that was ever worshiped was God. Satan decided that He wanted to be God. Many people imply that satan wanted to be like God, no that is not true. Satan wanted to be God Himself. If your heart is truly for the Lord, you want to be like Him. That was not satan’s motive. He wanted admiration, and worship. He desired power, prominence and position so he pursued it by any means necessary. There was a big revolt in heaven and the devil deceived many of the angels. He was evicted from heaven, and his angels. Now he still wants to be God, however he will never. My point is satan committed the first sin. However to date he has never asked for forgiveness, never repented and he has never admitted that he was wrong.
However after satan did what he did, sin entered into existence. It was Adam and Even who introduced sin to earth. Now we are all born into sin.
So everyone is in need of the savior Jesus, and we need to confess our sin, in order to be forgiven.
Psalm 51:5 (KJV)
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Because sin is in us, everyone at some point in their lives has committed a sin, most of us many sins.
Romans 3:22-23 (NKJV)
22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all[a] who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God
We all have a sin conscious. It means to be aware, to be pulled, lured or enticed by a sin or wrong doing. Sin simply means to act, think, practice or display behaviors that are contrary to the word of God. It means to act unrighteous, and to do wrong.
We read Romans 5:8 that says Christ died for us when we were still sinners. Meaning Christ made the ultimate sacrifice which was death to atone for our sin. Atone means to make amends. Before we thought to ask for forgiveness, He went ahead and died. We hadn’t asked for forgiveness, felt sorry for what we had done, or thought that we did anything wrong He died.
He didn’t just die for Christians, He died for the entire world. Meaning Christ decided to forgive us of what did before we did it. He decided to forgive us before we asked it. Now that is the powerful thing about forgiveness. Even now you can forgive someone without them ever acknowledging that they offended you.
We forgive because we are forgiven.
Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV)
32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
When you claim to be a Christian you are making the proclamation that you have been forgiven by Christ. You have confessed Him as Lord and savior. However we all have had incidents where we have had to ask for forgiveness to one another. The reality is we error in one way or the other, whether it be intentional or unintentional. Sometimes you can have the right motives but go about it the wrong way. Sometimes you were just wrong and had to humble yourself admit it and move forward. Think about a time you offended someone. Clearly you had to go back to that person and ask to be forgiven. We all have, that is a part of human nature.
The reality is if you don’t forgive others, God won’t forgive you.
Matthew 6:14-15 (NKJV)
14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses
Remember I said that in the kingdom of heaven things like bitterness, envy, hatred, unforgiveness don’t exist. The only way to enter the kingdom is to repent of your sins and ask Christ into your heart. However you can’t gain access to this kingdom with these things in your heart. The kingdom is the most powerful entity that exists. To be able to seek, obtain entrance to this kingdom, you need to first meet the requirements. Since the first requirement is repentance, if you don’t meet the requirements you don’t gain access. You can’t take these negative emotions into the kingdom. So if they are present your access is denied.
God will not hear your prayers if you don’t forgive. I know it sounds harsh considering some of the things you have been through but the truth hurts.
Matthew 18:21-35 (MSG)
A Story About Forgiveness
21 At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?”
22 Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.
23-25 “The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to square accounts with his servants. As he got under way, one servant was brought before him who had run up a debt of a hundred thousand dollars. He couldn’t pay up, so the king ordered the man, along with his wife, children, and goods, to be auctioned off at the slave market.
26-27 “The poor wretch threw himself at the king’s feet and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ Touched by his plea, the king let him off, erasing the debt.
28 “The servant was no sooner out of the room when he came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him ten dollars. He seized him by the throat and demanded, ‘Pay up. Now!’
29-31 “The poor wretch threw himself down and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ But he wouldn’t do it. He had him arrested and put in jail until the debt was paid. When the other servants saw this going on, they were outraged and brought a detailed report to the king.
32-35 “The king summoned the man and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave your entire debt when you begged me for mercy. Shouldn’t you be compelled to be merciful to your fellow servant who asked for mercy?’ The king was furious and put the screws to the man until he paid back his entire debt. And that’s exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each one of you who doesn’t forgive unconditionally anyone who asks for mercy.”
A parable is a story that represents the kingdom of God. Hopefully you are seeing the point. One servant owed a great deal of money, but pleaded for forgiveness. Yet he would not bestow that same mercy to another, even though he owed a greater debt.
When a person does not forgive the greater issue is that they are prideful. Pride will keep you out of the kingdom of God.
Luke 17:3 (NKJV)
3 Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you,[a] rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.
Forgiveness is not, not standing up for yourself. The scripture above means if your brother offends you still rebuke him, meaning let him know about it. Rebuke means to express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions. Then it says forgive him. So often we confuse passiveness with forgiveness. Forgiveness is not allowing people to take advantage of you, all in the name of being a super Christian.
However the scripture means after you confront that person about their behavior, move on by forgiving them. There is a different between forgiveness, denial and repression. Denial means to deny or act as if the offense never happened or does not exist. Repression is to suppress or push down what you truly feel. Remember I said forgiveness can’t be forced upon you. When people try to force forgiveness on you it either fits in the category of repression, oppression or denial.
When you pray, God won’t hear your prayers if you have unforgiveness in your heart towards another.
Matthew 5:23-24 (NKJV)
23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
God won’t receive your offering if you have unforgiveness in your heart towards a brother.
Remember our Father in heaven forgives. In fact while He was in the process of being murdered He forgave.
Luke 23:34 (NKJV)
34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”[a]
And they divided His garments and cast lots.
Jesus knows what it is like to be humiliated, abused, misused, misunderstood, beaten, and wrongfully accused. Yet He forgave.
Forgiveness is not easy; most people don’t hold grudges over simply offenses. Often times it is the person closes to you that will hurt you the most. No matter how hard it is, remember it is possible.
We make the decision to forgive, Holy Spirit does the work. There are some sins against humanity that are simply unbearable and unthinkable. There are some offenses that without the presence of the Holy Spirit we will never overcome, due to how emotionally damaging it can be.
However without forgiveness there is not true repentence.
The definition of unforgiveness is simple it means, to not forgive. It means to carry the weight of yesterday’s hurts into our today. It means to carry the heavy burden of resentment, bitterness, anger, rage, hurt, turmoil, fear, violence and hatred, because of someone else’s offense towards you. It means to carry resentment
To forgive means to let go of the heavy burden of resentment, bitterness, anger, rage, hurt, turmoil, and fear.
Which one do you want? You can never have peace, with unforgiveness in your heart.
Finally a quote by Kagen Salmansohn, “Forgiveness is a process. Forgiveness is not approval of the offender’s wrong doing. It is not viewing what they did as less harmful than it truly was. And it’s not about giving the offender a “free pass” to keep on doing wrong actions against you. Forgiveness is about recognizing that staying in resentment creates an “active echo” of the pain the offender caused. By saying that the awful offense is “beyond forgiving” you give them continued power over you. Forgiveness begins with the mind recognizing that there’s truthful logic in how the past cannot be changed, but happily the present and future can be. Eventually forgiveness progresses to the heart with the heart deciding it will no longer allow the offender’s pain to take permanent residence in your heart. Yes it is a process, but eventually the mind and heart together recognize that the choice to forgive is both logical and spiritually liberating.
Forgiveness doesn’t excuse their behavior. Forgiveness prevents their behavior from destroying your heart. Quote by www.beyondordinary.com
My first blog ever I can't believe it's been 10 years.
A Time To Heal
To heal or to be healed means to be brought back to a place of wholeness. It means to be at a state of equilibrium, to be cured, to be healthy again or to fix what has previously been broken. To recover means to be at a place where you are no longer controlled by the thing that once held you bound. Recovery could also be defined as a place of balance. For those of us who work in the mental health profession recovery means that the person is at a place where they are able to maintain happy healthy lives, be productive citizens within their families and communities. Coincidentally, recovery and healing can be instant, although many times recovery and healing happen over time.
Scripture tells us that there is a time to heal. That means that there are times in our lives where we will be sad. There will be times where we experience hurts and pains. There will be times where we feel the comfort of love and times we feel the pain of disappointments or abandonment. No one can argue that they have never had feelings of being broken, abused and even forgotten. Truthfully, we all have. However, when considering what healing means it is important to note what real hurt means. Ever experience the death of someone you love, the abandonment of a lost dream or hope. Something you put your faith in that didn't come through. I have often thought that emotional pain is harder to deal with than physical pain. Think about if I accidentally bruise my arm, I can get bandaged up and proceed with my day. Emotionally hurt it takes a tole on all areas of our lives. Emotional hurt impacts how you interact with others, relationships, and your ability to trust. Emotional hurt can be debilitating at times and can keep us at a state of constant wariness.
Many people live their lives trying fix what happened in there past. We are living today feeling the hurt of yesterday. I believe that all trials are a great gift that comes to make us strong. Think about it what did you learn? When I went through some of the most tumultuous times in my life I learned that I was really was a lot stronger than I thought I was. I learned that I had nothing to fear and that God really hadn't abandoned me. I learned to go after my goals with everything I had. I would have rather failed at trying something than to have sat around doing nothing for fear that I might fail. I learned that perception is everything and that if I thought myself to be a failure than everything else around me would be. If I thought I'd be successful and a winner, than I started seeing victory in all areas of my life.
To say it is a time to heal means to make a proclamation to the past that it will no longer control my future and my destiny. It means I know what happened but I have had enough now and am ready to move on. To heal is a decision you make, like forgiveness is. It means to say I am tired of this mess in my yesterday trying to creep up in my today. To begin to heal means I am ready for a change. It is silly to keep doing the same thing expecting different results. You cannot change yesterday, tomorrow is never promised. Regardless of the situation this moment is the best moment to decide to live. It is up to you. God ultimately gives us the supernatural ability to forgive and to heal the broken places that we otherwise couldn't heal ourselves. Healing begins from the inside out not the outside in. Healing ultimately begins with you.
Samaria M. Colbert
Many of us who are driven to succeed must endure a process. We first begin with a vision. A vision is something you wish to accomplish, a goal, something you work towards with an expectation of reaching the end that you anticipated. Vision gives you a destination and road map to work towards. Think about it, most people don’t get into a car without having in mind where they want to go. You expect that when you start going somewhere you will get to where you had predestined to go. Therefore you have vision. A true vision comes from God. He has a purpose and a destiny for our lives, he begins to reveal to us that purpose by giving us a vision. One could argue that in some instances we can use the words vision and promise interchangeably.
God promises us that he will give us the desire’s of our hearts if we seek him. God has a promise for every one. God has a vision for everyone, it is what we were created to do. Nobody on this earth is created arbitrarily absent from a purpose or vision that God has for us to accomplish. If God did not have a purpose or destiny for you he simply would not allow you the opportunity to be placed on this earth. Everything created has a purpose and destiny to do while here on earth.
The process is what happens between vision and the manifestation of the fulfillment of the promise. So it looks like this, VISION + PROCESS = PROMISE. They must happen within this order. You can’t have vision without a promise. You can’t have promise without a process. The process will be one of the hardest things that anyone will have to endure. Often times while in the process you have to walk alone. This is were God teaches us how to hear his voice and to tune out all distractions
While going through my undergrad, I would work part time behind a jewelry counter. I learned a lot about jewelry back then.The thing that I remember most about gold is that it most be purified. Gold naturally has impurities in it, most people don’t want jewelry with blemishes in it. We all want the most perfect piece of jewelry that our money can afford. Gold is purified by having it reduced down to a liquid form. It is then placed into the fire, it is while in the fire that the impurities rise to the top, the merchant then wipes the impurities away, and then the gold is placed back into the fire. This process is repeated several times until the merchant gets the gold to the consistency that he/she wants. Ironically, the less the impurities in the gold, the more expensive it tends
I used the process of purification to symbolize God’s process, we are his precious jewels. We belong to him, he must take us through the purification process. Everyone has impurities in them. It is in God’s process that our characters, integrity and intentions are made Holy before him. This is were he takes away the pains of our past, and where we learn to forgive. The process is one of the hardest and most arduous things we will every have to endure. The process is not easy. The process is what prepares you for His glory. Please note that things that you have attained but not been processed into will eventually kill you. Instead of being a blessing, it will become a curse. God loves us enough that he has to prepare us for His glory. There are many people that will never do what they were created for because they don’t want to endure the process or they get discouraged. The process is not easy, but well worth it in the end. So for those of US, who are in the process, don’t give up. Keep encouraged. There is a purpose for your pain.
© 2009 Samaria M. Colbert
A Birthing Place
By: Samaria M. Colbert
Have you ever felt like you had potential, but was not quite there yet? Have you ever been at a certain place and at a certain time only to realize that you were at the right place and at the right time where your dreams were to became manifested? Is there a difference between where you long to be versus where you currently are? Have you ever gotten excited because you felt like you had almost arrived, but in actuality you were not quite there, yet you knew that something was on the horizon? It could possibly be that you are at the birthing blace.
Scripture describes the manifestation of the promise to a woman giving birth. As you know there is a process for a woman who is getting ready to give birth. At first although the woman may know she is pregnant, she has some signs of pregnancy but to the naked eye or someone else there are no visible signs of a pregnancy. There are 9 stages of pregnancy until the ninth month when the baby is birthed out. Through out the pregnancy process a womans body becomes uncomfortable, the further along she gets the more uncomfortable a woman will get. So I heard, since I don't have any children.
However it is at the ninth month were the baby and the mother become so uncomfortable. The baby needs more room and the mother is exhausted from carrying the baby, hence the mother is at the birthing place. At the birthing place there is much suffering, groaning and moaning in anticipation of the release of a baby.
Many of us are at the spiritual birthing place. You carried your potential your promise for months maybe even years. During that time God had you in a process. During the process he had to readjust you, you became uncomfortable, people originally could not see the change that was happening but you could. Eventually people around you started noticing a change is happening. As the potential or promise has been growing on the inside, you began to look different. God had to change your environment to a place were you were no longer comfortable with being average or ordinary. God was preparing you. You suffered, you cried, you lamented, and you began to prepare. Now you are spiritually at the birthing place.
Romans 8:18-24 (NJKV)
18. For I consider that the suffering of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us.
19. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly awaits for the revealing of the sons of God.
20. For the creation itself was subject to futility not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;
21. because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children ofGod.
22. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
23. Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits ofthe spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly awaiting for the adoption of our body.
24. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?
It is now time for the sons of God to be revealed. (note: sons is not gender specific, it denotes men and women of God who have been led by the spirit). You are getting ready to birth out your purpose, destiny and promise for the Glory of God not your own glory. The vision has waited for an appointed time and this is that appointed time. My potential is no longer potential but it is reality. Wait for it, in just a few days it will be manifested. You are at the birthing place.
The thing about the birthing place is that no matter how excited you are, no matter how much you have prepared for it, it will not happened until it is time. When it is time you know it, just as a mother who finally goes into labor knows it. Nobody has to tell her anything. So don't try to make it happen it will happen when it is supposed to happen.
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SamariaM. Colbert © 2009 All Rights Reserved
~Dedicated to Grandma Jane 1/7/1933 - 1/20/2010
By: Samaria M Colbert
In the word’s of Shakespeare “Parting is such sweet sorrow
It is never easy to say goodbye. It is hard to watch someone you love say farewell. To leave it all behind for a greater place of dwelling called heaven. I am happy that you are at a place that we all have longed
But parting is such sweet sorrow.
We have heard of it and even read about heaven, but you are there. I am happy for you, but I am sad that this means goodbye for us and hello my child to Him. I am so sad to say goodbye, although I know you are happy.
Knowing someone you love is in a much better place does not make it easier to say goodbye. I know that you are smiling, and that you are in the arms of Jesus, but I most confess I wish you were still here.
What sights are you are seeing? What do the angels look like? What about the streets of gold? What about Jesus, I know I talk to Him all the time, but what is it like to see Him face to face? What does it feel like to rest in His arms? What about the 24 elders that cry holy? And the music, what song did heaven sing to welcome you home?
You are in a beautiful place, but parting is still such sweet sorrow.
Matthew 16: 19 (NKJV)
….and what ever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven
Losing you on earth means releasing you in heaven. So today grandma Jane, I say farewell on earth. We have lost you on earth, but heaven is your home now.
I still have to admit parting is such sweet sorrow.
I want to say goodbye
I love you.
You were always more beautiful than you know.
Your laughter and kind heart will be missed.
Heaven needed and angel so He sent for you.
Note the quote"parting is such sweet sorrow" s from Shakespeare's Romeo and Julie Play. No copyright infringement intended.
17. Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to Your name."
18. And He said to them, "I saw satan fall like lightning from heaven.
19. "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
20. "Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
21. In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, I thank you father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father so it seemed good in Your sight.
24. "for I tell you that prophets and kings have desired to see what you have seen and have not seen it, and hear what you hear, and have not heard it."
Lately as I have been going through a major transformation process and the Lord has led me to read and study about spiritual authority. I have been studying about spiritual warfare, deliverance ministry, expelling of demons that are indwelling of Christians, territories and regions. The bible clearly states that as spirit filled believers we have the ability to cast out and expel demons we also do not have to be controlled by demons or evil spirits, because as stated in the scripture above they are subject to us we are not subject to them. I have always known these things and have had a keen interest in spiritual warfare for years. God would often speak to me about spiritual warfare through dreams and visions particularly when I first began to discover the ministry God has called me to. However in reading these books my awareness of the demonic and the need for deliverance ministries has been awaked with a new sense of urgency in my spirit that God's people be set free and delivered from the oppression of the enemy. You see even though demons cannot possess Christians (possession denotes having ownership) they can oppress Christians when given permission. And yes Christians can whether unknowing or knowingly invite the demonic in.
But my question still remains as I have been studying is why do we not hear more about spiritual authority in our churches or in our every day lives. We don't hear about the training of ministers for real deliverance (referred to as deliverance ministry which in short means the expelling of demons and evil spirits). When was the last time you heard a teaching on the believer's authority over the demonic or divine deliverance from the demons of sickness and oppression? Scripture clearly tells us that when Jesus walked the earth not only did He expel demons but He also laid His hands on the disciples and told them to go and do the same. Jesus went so far as to say in Matthew 18:18 that you have the power to bind and loose things in heaven and on earth. When Jesus walked the earth He didn't have to say anything and demons began to scream out saying to Him, to leave them alone. You see apparently they knew who Jesus was and the power that He possessed. Yet Jesus said greater works shall you do. Some people Jesus laid hands on and the demons left others He just spoke and they were expelled. The authority in His voice alone was able to rebuke the demonic off of someone. (Mark 5:1-19)
When Jesus walked through out the earth He spent a significant amount of time expelling demons and healing the sick. His intention was that His followers do the same so that the kingdom of God would manifest here on earth. The ability to cast off demons and heal the sick was not for Him and Him alone but for all of us. When you look at the scripture Jesus is clearly saying "I give you this authority." Many believe that because He said "don't rejoice that the spirits were subject to you" that He was not impressed or ambivalent about you having the authority to rebuke demons. But if you look carefully in Luke 10:21 it says Jesus rejoiced in that hour in the spirit. The bible went further to say that this mystery has been revealed to babes no less, not the spiritual elite. He went further to say many prophets and kings meaning great men and women of God have longed to see this but could not but you do. You see Jesus was glad and thankful as scripture said that His people had the ability to rebuke demons. In Luke 11:20 Jesus said you know the Kingdom of God is upon you when you cast out demons.
My question still remains so why we are not taught more about our spiritual authority over the devil and the demonic world? We are taught to shout our troubles over and be nice little Christians who don't cause any harm until God decides to bless us. I am all for the process as you should know from previous post, and my book No Promise Without A Process The Makings of a True Prophet. But there comes a time when we must discern whether this thing that I am going through is God processing me or is it the enemy holding on to my stuff. Spiritual authority releases what belongs to you. If God gave you the authority, He is not going to do it for you when He already gave you authority over that thing. There are people in our lives, work places, and sphere of influence who need deliverance. They go to church everyday, they read their bibles, they pray and yet they are still under a curse. The kingdom minded people are ready to advance His kingdom. Advancing His kingdom is not about wealth. Wealth is a result of the kingdom coming upon you not the entire purpose of the kingdom. It is a result of the blessing not the blessing itself. So if you are the type of person who is always oppressed by something. You keep going around the same mountain over and over again. You keep seeing generational curses being passed down from one generation to the other. Your money is always acting funny no matter what kind of raise you get. You keep crying the same tears as you did yesterday. Maybe you are under a curse. Remember at the name of Jesus demons have to flee and Jesus became a curse on the cross so we would not have to be subject to the curse. Galatians 3:13 But you decide. Don't let the spirit of fear and intimidation stop you from possessing what belongs to you. Cast it out of you. There is so much to write about this subject. Also look at my next post entitled Blessing or Curses. I could not possibly even begin to write in this short post about Deliverance Ministry. I am saying that deliverance is available to you from every oppressive, depressive and perverted demon. Further more you have the power to possess and speak deliverance to someone else. I am recommending some books below that will give you greater understanding.
Note: I am in no way affiliated with the authors and am simply recommended these books that I have read as a personal reference. The Holy Spirit is the ultimate guide.
Be set free in the name of Jesus.
Samaria M. Colbert © 2010
- They Shall Expel Demons By Derek Prince
- Witchcraft in the pews By Bishop George Bloomer
- Pigs in a Parlor By Frank and Ida Mae Hammond
- Blessing or Curse You Decide By Derek Prince
- Deliverance From Evil Spirits By Francis Macnutt
- Anything by Apostle Kimberly Daniels (Clean House Strong House, Delivered to Destiny, From a Mess to Miracles, Inside Out etc)
John 10:1-5 (NKJV)
1. "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2. "But he who enters by the door is the shepherd to the sheep.
3. "To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and lead them out.
4. "And he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
5. "Yet they will by no means (no way whatsoever) follow a stranger, but they will flee him, for they do not know the strangers voice.
John 10:25-30 (NKJV)
25. Jesus answered them, "I told you and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father's name, they bear witness to Me.
26. "But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you.
27. "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
28. "And I will give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
29. "My father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of my hand.
30. "I and My Father are one."
Jeremiah 1:9 (NKJV)
9. Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: " Behold I have put My words in your mouth.
Obedience heeding/submitting to the voice of God means you know His voice and that you belong to Him. Disobedience and rebellion to the voice of God means that you don't know His voice. Not only that it means according to the scripture that you don't belong to Him.
Hearing the voice of God is not difficult. It is not strange or unusual to hear the voice of God.
Hearing the voice of God is a common decision that you make once you say you belong to Him.
I use to take it for granted that the person standing next to me belongs to Him.
I mistakenly thought that if we are crying the same tears, speaking in tongues and dancing to the same music than that meant that we both belongs to God. And the tears were only an indication of passion and obedience towards Him.
Like wise I thought it strange how the same person can be so quick to walk out of the will of God for their lives and disobey Him, when in my mind He is clearly talking.
So I asked God about this. Lord why do we say we love God, but are so quick to disobey Him and fall into diverse sin.
Then the Lord took me to this scripture. First shouting, tongues and crying are not indications of our love for God. Obedience to His voice is.
If and individual is finding themselves having a hard time, knowing and obeying the voice of God is only means that they do not belong to Him.
And they are caught up in some kind of sin that prevent them from hearing His voice.
States that the sons of God are those individuals who are led by the spirit. So if you are being led by the flesh or your sinful nature you are not a son of God nor do you belong to Him.
Principle of the Kingdom # 1: The reason you can't hear the voice of God is because of sin and disobedience.
Principle of the Kingdom # 2: Whenever someone sins the first thing that they do is to hide themselves from the voice of God.
After Adam and Eve have sinned they knew that they were naked and were then ashamed. So they hid themselves. So according to the bible when God came to meet with Adam, he hid himself was afraid.
Hiding is always an indication of shame. It is an awakening or awareness of sin and a turning away from righteousness.
It was always God intention to speak with His people face to face and to allow them to hear His voice. Not go through another man but to hear His voice for themselves.
The people of Israel became afraid of God's voice. In verse 19 of Exodus 20 they say Moses when you speak with us we will hear, but don't let God speak with us, lest we die.
The voice crying out in the wildness. God was getting ready to put His voice back into His people so He sent a voice to prepare a way for His voice.
The voice of God always prepares you for the greater reveal (revelation) of His manifestation of earth.
Principle of the Kingdom # 3
Fear of hearing the voice of God is always a result of not wanting to hear the voice of God because of sin. Most people who are His, long to hear His voice for themselves. However the people of Israel assumed that they may die if they heard His voice.
They had committed the sin of constant complaining and speaking against God and His man servant.
Have you ever tried to give someone Godly sound advice or wisdom that you knew was from God. And they said "I don't want to hear that"? or they disregarded what you had to say.
Most of the time that is a result of sin.
Again if you are a child of God you recognize or are not spiteful of correction towards the voice of God.
Well if you are not in sin, why are you afraid to hear His voice? They were probably afraid of what He might say to them.
When your heart is right and you are not in sin, even it is in correction you long for God to take out even the things are in you that are not like Him.
Most people who long to be near Him are like David who said I long to be in your presence.
You see when you are in the presence of God and fear His voice instead of wanted to be near His voice something is wrong.
The true fear of the Lord means a Holy reverence towards Him. You aim to follow Him. You long to be lead by Him.
God talks about the blessing of obedience to His voice and the curses of disobedience to His voice.
So if I am acting in obedience and am following His voice there is no need to fear what God has to say because I am in His will. When He speaks He speaks to bless me.
But if I disobey Him, I have good reason to fear, because He is proclaiming His curses over me. Which is why disobedience people don't want to hear His voice. They only want to hear what they want to hear. They want to hear others who share their same voice (opinions and compromise) but surely not the voice of God. Lest He curse them.
I Kings 19:11-14
God speaks to Elijah in a still small voice.
Principle of the Kingdom # 4
God will always speak to you in a way you can understand. I once heard a pastor say if you are sitting alone in your house and you hear a big bass voice, with a great sound say "My child come forth" He said run that is not God.
God is not out to scare you. He will test you but He is not out to scare you.
So God will always speak to you in a way that you can understand. He spoke to the Elijah in a still small voice. This is the same God who answered by fire in Mount Carmel.
Principle of the Kingdom # 5
God may answer by fire, but He speaks to His people in a still small voice.
Acts 6 & Act 7:57
The bible says that when he (Stephen) spoke they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.
So after Stephen kept speaking in Verse 57 it says that they cried with a loud voice and stopped their ears and ran at him on one accord.
They stopped their ears.
What happened hear. They did not want to hear what the voice was saying. They couldn't bear it.
Again if they weren't wrong why stopp (cover) their ears?
II Timothy 4:3,4
Says that in the last days they will not endure sound doctrine, according to their own desires and they will turn away from truth.
That means they will no longer want to hear the voice of God, but would rather believe a lie. So they go where they want to hear what they want to hear.
God longs to speak to His people. It was always apart of His plan from the beginning, starting in the beginning with Adam and Eve.
We see God speaking to His people through out the bible. But if you don't want Him to speak to you like the people of Israel He won't
It is not God's will for you to go here and there and everywhere looking for a prophetic word from the Lord.
The prophet Joel said that in the last days God would pour out His spirit on all flesh. That is why He came.
Says that the spirit of truth will tell you what is yet to come. What is the spirit of truth? The Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will tell you what is yet to come. So there is a prophetic nature on the inside of you.
Says that the world cannot receive the spirit of truth. Meaning sinners/rebellious people because they don't want to know Him or hear His voice.
But the bible says you know Him and because you know Him, the spirit of truth dwells meaning lives inside of you and he will continue to be with you.
Tap into the prophetic nature that is on the inside of you.
Lastly when Jesus died on the cross, the veil was broken. We are no longer under the curse the people of Israel requested being under, where God no longer spoke to them and they God could only relay messages to them from Moses.
You have the spirit of truth on the inside of you.
It is sad to have the voice of God on the inside of you, and not use it.
It is just silly to long to hear His voice that is already on the inside of you but go seeking His voice through someone else who has the same Holy Spirit that you have.
God longs to speak to His people.
God will always speak to you concerning you.
I believe that God will not reveal more to a man or woman of God about you than He longs to reveal to you Himself.
They water, but He plants.
A prophetic word from others is meant to activate your faith not be the sole provider or be the means by which you hear from God.
I once heard a minister say that as Jesus was dyeing on the cross, with every lash He took. With every pain He endured. Maybe He was thinking of the words to a song that Barbara Streisand wrote:
The Way We Were.
Maybe He was thinking of the way we were and endured the pain to have that relationship with us again like He walked with Adam and Eve before the their rebellion.
The way we were.
God longs to speak with us more than we long to speak to Him.
So much so that He sends people our way to say hey he is trying to talk to you but you won't pick up your phone.
He longs to have a intimate relationship with us, more than we long to have a relationship with Him.
He longs to reveal mysterious and secrets to us. But He also longs just to communicate with us. He wants you to tell Him about your day. Talk to Him about things that may seem insignificant.
Our daddy just want to be with us.
He longs to be with us. That why He said to David "seek my face" meaning seek to get to know Him. But we must respond in our hearts like David. And say Yes Lord "Thy face I will seek".
Allow the voice to come in. Hear Him, He is waiting, longing and wanting to be with you.
Samaria M. Colbert © 2010
Read Esther –The entire book
For our emphasis
Esther 2:7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 17
7. And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is Esther, his uncle's daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and beautiful. When her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.
9. Now the young woman pleased him, (King Ahasuerus) and she obtained favor in his sight, so he readily gave preparations to her, …..
10. Esther had not revealed her people or her family, for Mordecai had charged her not to reveal it.
12. Each young woman's turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months of preparation, according to regulations of women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women,
13. Thus prepared, each young woman went to the king…….
17. The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
Esther 4: 14, 16
14. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether or not you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
16…….And "so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!"
Read Matthew 25- the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.
Most of us have been taught the story of the wise and foolish virgins. Basically the wise virgins were the one who had prepared for the bridegroom to come and when He came they were ushered into His presence. But the foolish missed their opportunity, and when He came because they had not prepared they were locked out.
The story if Esther and the bridegroom represent many things to us who are in preparation for our kingdom assignment. Esther represents an intercessor and a godly woman that we all can look up to. She had a heart for God and a love for her people so much so that she basically says "I know what I am about do is against the law, but I most save my people, so If I die, let me die"! She was prepared to face death so that others may live. Esther is a very power story, rich with revelation and mysteries about the kingdom of God. Everyone must read the book of Esther with the ears of discernment by the Holy Spirit. This is not just another story about a beautiful woman. It is not just a story that reads like a romance novel, to make us tear up with love and warm feelings. This is the story of a young woman's preparation for the kingdom. It also describes the preparation that takes place prior to walking in your kingdom assignment. Not a man, your kingdom assignment. You may say I didn’t get that from this story but just hear me out and I will explain.
First I want to propose to you that Esther's preparation began long before she was ever being prepared to be a queen. It did not start where the rest of the virgins started with myrrh and oil. Esther's preparation started with a tragedy and then a divine connection. Esther 2:7 reports that after Esther's parent's died she was raised by her cousin Mordecai. We don’t know how or when Esther parents died, but we know they did die. She was not supposed to be a queen because she was an orphan. Esther should have just been grateful to have been adopted and have someone to love her like her cousin. She was like Gideon, the least called to be the greatest.
Remember you can't walk into your kingdom assignment without preparation. God does nothing unless He prepares you. Esther was the wrong nationality, and orphaned. She certainly did not qualify to be a queen. But her heart was right. Remember Queen Vashti was very beautiful, (Esther chapter 1) but her heart was not right and she was prideful. So it had to be more than Esther's beauty that gave her favor with the king. Remember when you are king or in a power position beautiful women are a dime a dozen. It was Esther's spirit of humility, her heart, her integrity, her grace and her quiet spirit that really made her beautiful. Her true attributes are what gave her favor with those around her including the king.
Remember Joseph in the bible. Often times a separation must take place. It is in the separation place where we become connected to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in an unprecedented way. It is here where we hear His voice clearly and then are put into a position of greatest. We must be alone so we can be clear minded and be away from distractions. Often times God's is calling you, He is speaking to you, but we are to busy trying to bring everyone around us into the Glory, but God is speaking to you. He will speak to them when He is ready, but His finger is pointing at you saying "Come on in, there is much I must tell you" You, not you all.
The first principle of the kingdom is that a separation must take place from those that are closest to you. God will always call you into an alone place sometimes referred to as a wilderness place.
Luke 18:29, 30 (NKJV)
29. So He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you; there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God.
30 "who shall not receive many things more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life."
Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
33. "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
You see in order to be apart of the true kingdom of God you first must seek after it, not the things. So often we associate the kingdom of God to prosperity or wealth. That is not the kingdom of God they are attributes or the physical manifestation of the blessing but it is not within itself the blessing. Unfortunately in the church today we got it all wrong, we will shout more over the things God is getting ready to bless us with rather than Him. Yes God longs to bless us and yes we will be blessed. But we will never get it when we seek after what is in His hand instead of His heart. God is looking for true worshippers to bless.
You can't seek after the kingdom without a heart for King. You can't really have a heart for the King if He is not in you. You can't truly walk into His kingdom absent from a true relationship with Him. You can't really have a true relationship with the King unless you walk in holiness. Hebrews 12:14 without holiness no man can see God. Meaning you don't have access to the King, His kingdom, His heart, the things He longs to bless you with unless you first walk in Holiness.
It was Esther's heart that was right that gave her access. Esther still had to go through a process for a year. She was first processed with oil. In the spirit oil is representative of the anointing. Then she was processed with perfumes, which is representative of the glory. So even today we must be anointed with oil, but we must be possessors of the glory.
Now we know that the old testament is flesh. The new testament is spirit. So when we read the old testament we must see the spiritual representation of these flesh beings. Queen Vashti is representative of the people of Israel who rejected Christ as our Lord. In Luke 19:44 Jesus was in tears because the people of Jerusalem did not know the hour of visitation. He was rejected by His own people. Isaiah 53:2, Matthew 22:1-14. Mordacai also represents a type of the Holy Spirit who intercedes on our behave. Esther is representative of us the bride of Christ. The story is representative of us the church being the bride of Christ. The church is a woman. The church is being prepared to possess the kingdom and be used mightily for His glory. This is the day when we are being ushered into the hour of the church. Not a building. The remnant, called out body of believer, who have been waiting patiently in preparation to be used for great and mightily exploits for the King.
Haman is representative of the demonic kingdom. Remember in the text Esther 3. Haman was advanced above all in his kingdom. He was only in second command to the king himself. He had great power. He sought to be worshiped (Esther 3:2) but when Mordacai would not worship him he sought to destroy all the Jews. The is representative of the Satan once named Lucifer.
Ezekiel 28: 12, 15 (NKJV)… You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and beauty
15… Till iniquity was found in you
Isaiah 14:13 (NKJV) 13. " For you have said in you heart: 'I will ascend into heaven.
14. You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you;
You see Lucifer was very beautiful and He had been established by God Himself. Yet, He wanted to be worshipped. To this day he still wants to be worshiped. Just like Haman wanted to be worshipped. The reason why the devil hates God's people so much is because we refuse to worship or bow to him. As a matter of fact when he was cast out of heaven he no longer had kingdom authority. God created you in his stead. This is why Matthew 25 reports, we have been given the keys to the kingdom, not only that we have power over the devil. We have power to execute things on earth as it is in heaven. So you see why the devil's jealous and envious of us. He does not want us to know our kingdom assignment. Often times the devil knows our kingdom assignment more so than we do. This is why he is after us so hard. Now he is still trying to destroy God's kingdom and His people but he cannot.
Remember the story of the wise and foolish virgins. If you hadn't already done so go ahead and read it. The foolish virgins are representative of a people who want a position or try to put themselves into position with no process. This is all foolishness. The difference between being great and being good is the process. It is the process that makes you great, it is the lack of process that makes you forgettable. Process is the only way to true wisdom which is representative of the five virgins who prepared. Although all the virgins had a prophetic promise, only the one's who had been prepared made it in.
Yes it is true that you can miss the hour of visitation. The scripture never reports that they had another chance to make it in. They had to be ready when the bridegroom would come or they'd miss it.
I once read a book by Bill Hamon, he reported how he lost a building that he thought God had blessed him with. While in prayer God told him "Son I can give you another building overnight, but I can't give you wisdom overnight" Only process gives you wisdom.
Esther (the church ) was prepared. Haman ( the devil, demonic attempts to demolish God and His people) never even considered Esther.
Esther 4:14 (NKJV) I love this scripture.
Mordecai says: 14: "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and you fathers house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"
Esther say 15: And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!"
I love Esther response. She knew that it was unlawful for anyone to go into the inner court without being called. One could be put to death for such a thing. But Esther says well "If I die, I die. She represents courage and a Godly fight that said I will do something even if it cost my life. She knew what she was up against the possible consequence but she was willing to move forward anyway, despite the threat of death.
Notice Mordecai said "deliverance will come, but from another place." Please understand that your kingdom assignment and how God will use you IS NOT about you. God will use anyone, it is about the kingdom. That is why if you choose not to obey Him he will take the annoiting that off of you and put in on someone else. His will will be done on earth, but not through you. This is why your heart must be right not focusing on the stuff that is in His hand.
John 12:24-25 (NKJV)
24. "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
25. "He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Another principle of the kingdom is that you must die. Yes that's right you must die. In the order of Christ and His kingdom to be glorified you must die. You die to yourself, your will, way and emotions to be raised to God's glory. Now Esther did not die but she was willing to. Jesus says if they hate me they will hate you if you really belong to me. Many want the kingdom, they want the power to rebuke demons and devils, they want great ministries. But are you willing to give up everything you hold dear? Are you willing to pay the cost? Are you willing to be processed? No there is no such thing as walking into a greater manifestation of the kingdom of God without a process. Within the process there is always a dyeing process, always. Don't look at any great minister and long to be them, because you don't know the cost that they had to go through to get that glory.
I recently asked God why He had me waiting so long, while others move ahead of me. He responded by saying "Because of the weight". I thought uhhh, what does that mean. Well it means because of the weight of Glory God has called me to walk in, God can't give me what I want easily because of the weight of Glory He has called me to. I can't have it when I want to or I will not be able to handle it.
You see this is what the process is for. God does know the dimensions and weight of Glory we have been called to that is why there is a greater process or preparation. The greater the process the greater the Glory. God's preparing us for the real kingdom of God. Let us let Esther this greater kingdom ambassador be our example of what happens when our heart is right, our motives are pure and we have a vision for our King.
For more information on the process please pick up the latest copy of my book entitled: No Promise Without A Process The Makings of A True Prophet.
God Bless You
Autonomy of An Abuser
Read it, meditate on this, and don't be deceived. Remember no relationship starts off as abusive.
• Batterers have a higher incidence of alcohol and drug use than non batters. (The alcohol does not cause the abuse)
• Batterers tend to have traditional sex-role expectations (male female) and be preoccupied with a "macho" ideal of manhood.
• Despite their display of bravado, many batters have low self-esteem more so than non batterers. They become emotionally dependent on their mates, consequently, feel threatened by the possibility of their departure. This is often manifested as excessive jealousy, possessiveness, control and isolation from those who are supportive of you. (family, friends, etc)
• Batterers frequently lack assertive communication skills and come off as alternatively passive or aggressive. They tend to resolve their emotions and problems through violence.
• Batterers tend to have poor impulse control and show higher levels of hostility than non batterers. Their emotional range tends to be limited to anger, which is expressed through violent behavior.
• Most male batterers experienced or witnessed childhood violence that has gone unresolved.
• Batterers tend to externalize responsibility. They usually refuse to accept responsibility for their behavior, including abusive behavior; instead they blame others for making them angry, thereby excusing their actions
Battered Women As Survivors An Alternative To Treating Helplessness by: Edward W. Gongolf & Ellen Fisher Lexington Books
Please also refer to my previous post entitled: Domestic Violence In Faith Communities
Habakkuk 2:2,3 (NKJV)
2. "Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.
3. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come to pass, It will not tarry.
Last night at bible study my pastor began my talking about success and what it takes to be successful. That got me thinking about how I define success. Am I successful? What does it really take to be successful? If you have read my other post you will know that I am not about magical or hopeful thinking. I believe that if you really want something in life you have got to be truthful to yourself and others. Success is for those who want to be successful. You choose to be successful. You have to make the wise choices that it takes to be successful. But the deceived make poor decisions but still expect success to happen.
When I think of success I believe that it simply means to be able to get up in the morning and to do exactly what you where supposed to do with your life. Success to me is the feeling or knowing that you are in the mist of fulfilling your destiny and purpose for being on earth. To me success is not for just someone who is seen or heard. Success is not only for someone who stands behind a pulpit, a politician or actress. We all have a right to be successful on our own God given positions in His kingdom. But it wouldn't be me if I was not honest. So many people will go through their lives, wandering around aimlessly and never fulfill there purpose for being. That is failure to me. To live an ordinary, impact no one go no where life.
Monday I was watching desperate housewives of Atlanta. My guilty pleasure I most confess. As I watched these African American women who appear to be mans definition of successful. I thought how often we define our success as the houses we live in, the car we drive, having the latest hand bag or shoes. But you can have all that and according to my definition not be successful. I don't know those ladies real bank account so I wouldn't dare comment. But there are people in life that are asset poor. Meaning they have nice things but their lives go to paying for their things. Their bank accounts are in the red because we want to drive and look a certain way. We are trying to impress people that we don't like, with money we don't have, with things that do not really make us very happy.
This weekend I was watching another black in America special on CNN. By the way I think they should do a better job at being more balanced. Yes, black people do have their issues just like every race does, but we are who we are and we are not all the same. So choose both the positive and the negative. I know that they have shown the positive side but to me the focus is more on the negatives than the positive. This is my opinion some may disagree. But back to my point what struck me the most is the African American couple who were going through foreclosure. They could not afford to pay their mortgage in two years and instead of trying to somehow get rid of their home they were hoping to still stay in the home. Towards the end of the program the woman says "I know I will get a job". As a counselor I want to rack their brains a little more. Because something is wrong. As the bank has already decided not to negotiate any further now you say you will get a job after two years of not paying the mortgage. Ummm.
Anyway but the point is you could see that they were beaming with pride showing the home off and still hopeful that it could be saved. This house was huge. Apparently they could afford to live elsewhere.
The main question I had was, what is it about this house that is costing them a huge debt, bad credit, foreclosure and probably a lot of sleepless nights that made them still hopeful to want to keep this home they could not afford? But on the outside they looked successful. I am not trying to judge them in anyway or make them feel bad. But it does make you think.
If you tomorrow get blessed with five thousand dollars and the first thing you do is spend it on getting a fresh tailored suit and some new pumps. A week later you are broke again, but you still got that nice tailored suit. Regardless of what you look like on the outside, you still have a poverty spirit. If you get five thousand dollars tomorrow and you pray Lord how should I spend this money and He gives you a plan. (AND HE WILL GIVE YOU A PLAN!) So you work that plan in whatever way He directs. Like an investment somewhere or paying to get back in school etc etc. Yes you still may be wearing the same bad suite you had on before you got the money. You still may look the same but you don't have a poverty spirit. In fact you are on your way to true success. Not because of the investment per say but because of the wisdom and the ability to seek God. When you follow His plan, you may not immediately see success but you will get there. Remember Habakkuk who said the vision awaits an appointed. Like they said on the show "you can want the right thing at the wrong time".
To me success means having a vision. The vision for Christians comes from God. The vision is God's purpose for your life. The plan is the way that God has preordained for you to bring His vision for your life to pass. This is why I love apostolic ministry. The prophetic anointing is what reveals the vision and plans. But it is the apostolic that set foundation in you, builds your character, positions you and gives you a strategic plan to make it come to pass.
So am I successful? By some people standards maybe I am or maybe I am not. For the material things. I am a young single Christian woman who walks in holiness. I have a master's degree from Howard University. I am also working towards my PhD. I live on my own, not in a house in an apartment and I have a car. I have completed two books. I use to fear that I would eventually fail. I feared I would be a teenage mother or that I was not smart enough graduate from college. But years later here I am, no teenage pregnancy, working on my third degree, successfully single. I have a job. So maybe in some ways I am successful. In some ways I am not. I thought I'd be much further along by now. I don't own my own home. The day God releases me from my job that I am really good at by the way. Trust I will run and never look back. I don't have my own private practice by now. There are some dreams and visions I have for myself that have still yet to come to pass. I don't drive the BMW 745 LI that I really really want. I am not a millionaire yet but I have no doubt in my mind that I will be one day. I still have to pay back my student loans. So by some standards I am not successful.
But do I consider myself successful? Honestly yes and no. I am not successful because the main dreams that I have been holding on to since I was young. The day I left for undergrad and God showed me His vision for my life has not come to pass. I will never be satisfied until I get there. I can learn to be content but never satisfied.
But yes I am successful. Because like the examples given earlier. I may look the same, but I have a vision and an investment from God Himself and it will come to pass at His appointed time. I have by the grace of God defied every barrier that was ever put in my face. I am not what I was told. I am an over comer. I have defined the odds. I am stronger and happier than I have ever been in my life.
So yes I am a success, but I am still on my way to success at the same time.
Key points to True Success:
So from someone who is successful while still on her way to being a success most of all ask God to help you see yourself the way He sees you. He will give you dreams and visions about your future. At first you may think who is that person and how in the world will I ever get there. But as time goes on as you are in your waiting (preparation stage) you will see that you are making those steps towards that vision. You see yourself evolving, changing and growing. Sometimes progress can seem slow but you will get there.
Lastly I can remember when God first began to speak to me. What really helps me is holding on to that vision. When I was at jobs that I couldn't stand. I would hold even closer to the visions. I just kept telling myself that this is temporary and I won't be here long. Your coworkers, neighbors and friends maybe content to live and die here but you will not. Whenever you get discouraged talk to God about it. There is nothing wrong with talking to God as if He is your best friend. He doesn't just give you one vision. As a matter of fact it is when you are discouraged that He will give you another vision to keep you encouraged even when the manifestation is not immediate. So when you get discouraged ask Him for another vision.
Success is in your hands. Allow God to not only prepare you but bring it to pass. As I always say if there is no preparation there is not manifestation only the spiritually immature try to make the vision come to pass without preparation. Remember you can't make it happen so allow God to prepare you.
Samaria Colbert © 2010
I thought it befitting this time of year to talk about how not to spend so much money. I know, I know we all have been once again shouting in church. We hear God is going to make us successful so we aught to shout right now for it to happen. If you are like me you naively shouted and are still waiting for the return on your praise investment. Yes there is sarcasm in my writing by the way. Anyway after being raised in church I believe in asking God to increase me in wisdom not stuff. I have found that if I ask God for wisdom the stuff will eventually come. By the way you don’t seek the kingdom for things or with secret motives anyway. You seek the King to advance His kingdom. Somehow the things eventually find you but by the time you get the things it doesn’t satisfy because it is the King that you love.
The point is as stated before I do not in anyway believe that being a Christian and shouting about God’s ability to prosper gives us a license to live foolishly because God is going to bless us anyhow. In fact it works at the complete opposite. If you are faithful over what you have and take care of what you have then God will bless you. I know what you hear in church, “just sow your last, give a sacrificial seed and then Lord will increase you”. So we give our last and are still waiting for the 100 fold return. Don’t get me wrong it is a sin not to sow your tithes and offerings so you must if you want to be blessed. But don’t allow the emotionalism of church to cause you to be foolish.
Yes I have given my last bit of money knowing that I still had to buy groceries, get gas back and forth from work till the end of the month but the emotional aspect kicked in. There was a man of God preaching and I gave my last. The next day I was still broke and yes I did have to call my parents for money. I embarrassingly told them I gave it all in church. They didn’t make me feel bad but I hate to ask them for money. Again this was not my regular tithes and offering. This was also almost two years ago and yes I am still waiting on my prayers to be answered. So yes maybe there are people who quote, “gave and were never broke another day in their life”. I have never met such people and never experienced such. This was foolish because I am miles away from my family and have no support. As a single woman who lives on her own. It is not in my best interest to be in a city all by myself with no money in case of an emergency. This is foolish. For all my critics I do have a bible scripture to prove my point.
Corinthians 9:7 (Amplified Bible)
7Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He [a]takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, "prompt to do it") giver [whose heart is in his giving].
So yes according to the scripture it is okay to purpose in your heart what to give. (Again this does not apply to your tithe which is set based upon any income or increase you receive not your decision). You should not give compulsively or in my owns words, some preacher is pulling on your emotions and prophelying to you. You know when the organ is playing and God supposedly so conveniently speaks to the preacher at the same time every Sunday about what you should give and then promises you that you will be an instant millionaire. You should take pride in giving and not with impure motives. Remember what you give is stored up in heaven. Like a bank account but the interest that the bank of heaven gives back to you is not the same interest that the earthly bank gives you. The point is you still can’t beat God giving no matter how you try. But we still have a responsibility to spend our money wisely. God will increase you but more than likely it won’t be immediately. It doesn’t mean that because you spend your monely wisely that you don’t have faith. God will release to you what belongs to you in the most appropriate time. Your ability to be elevated to the next level in all areas of your life is dependent upon your ability to make wise choices where you are. (I know I am repeating myself but I am not referring to your tithes and offering) You will not be blessed when you rob God. So yes increase is coming. God will bless your finances but why would God give you an increase in any area when you are not faithful where you are? So I have compiled my own list of money saving techniques that I use for those who are like me in process.
1. Don’t eat out. I almost never eat out anymore now that I eat healthier. This year I can count maybe eating out three times or so. You save a lot of money. This is coming from someone who almost never cooked and always ate out especially while in graduate school. My excuse was that I am to busy to cook. The reality is you can find away. No one is to busy to save money. I usually cook extra food at dinner. I set aside my lunch for the next day and I always take my lunch to work. Believe it or not I eat very healthy but it takes me all of 15 minutes or less to cook.
2. Do your own hair but if you can’t it is perfectly okay to go to the shop. I usually do my own hair. Growing up in a house full of women we didn’t have any money to spend at the shops. That was considered a luxury not a necessity. My mom and sisters would do my braids, my older sister was good at doing my hair and now I can do it on my own. In Maryland to have everything done it would cost a good 85.00. Since I moved to North Carolina I still do my own hair and believe it or not my hair is really healthy. However there are times when I want the luxury of having my hair done at the shop. It doesn’t mean that you have to spend an arm and a leg to get your hair done. A few months ago I found two great places in Durham, NC that are great and cheap. Both places are Lillians and Studio 10. At both places for a wash and roller set it is 10 dollars. For a relaxer and rollers set it is 35 dollars that is quite a change from the 85 I was use to spending in Maryland. I have heard of people doing their own perms and going to the shop with their hair wet for the stylist to do the set, not for me but it would certainly save money. There is less to be said about how it looks but I have no complaints their work is great. P.S. I tend to go to Lillians just because you have to wait a long time at Studio 10 to be seen. At Lillians there is almost no waiting.
3. Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart Wal-Mart God Bless You Wal-Mart. I love the Wal-Mart Supercenter. This is where I buy my groceries. The food is plentiful and cheap. I usually buy in bulk at the beginning of the month that way I do not keep going back and forth to the grocery store. Wal-mart in my opinion out weighs all the other grocery stores when it comes to their prices. A few months back I was attempting to eat only organic in hopes of taking my healthier lifestyle to the next level. I started shopping at places like whole foods and traders joes. I quickly found out that neither store was in my budget, it is more expensive and they do not sell the bulk items that prevents me from having to keep going to the grocery store every week. I haven’t given up on this lifestyle but it is more on the to be continued list for when my finances increase. Besides did I tell you that I really can’t forsake my first love the super Wal-mart. (sighs)
4. GCF (Goodwill Community Foundation) the other love of my life. That is the Goodwill. I know I know I sound desperate. When I was a little girl I was so embarrassed to ever set foot inside of Goodwill even through we were broker than broke. Having to pay your own bills changes ones perspective. A couple of weeks ago I needed some new clothes. I have lost so much weight that I was walking around looking a hot mess. I didn’t have much money so I decided to at least check out the Goodwill in Raleigh to see what they had plus I needed a winter coat. OMG, I fell in love. Goodwill is not the same frumpy store it was back in the day. They are really on the come up. I got basically got a whole new wardrobe including a winter coat for about 65 dollars. No one would even know that my clothes were from the Goodwill. Believe it or not they do have name brands, shoes and purses for cheap. I was so excited. I get so many complements on my clothes. I am not ashamed to say I am a bit of a shopping feen for the Goodwill. In NC they are starting to pop up all over the place. In fact I was driving home from work yesterday and saw a new one that just opened in Morrisville. Apparently I am not the only one who has the same idea because the place was packed out. Besides everyone wears second hand clothes. Celebrities pay ridiculous prices for vintage stuff they call them vintage stores but where I am from we call them consignment shops. You can still get your shopping fix without spending a whole lot of money.
Another positive about the Goodwill is that when you spend money there you are contributing back to your community. For every item purchase a portion of the money goes back to job training and community development. Not to sound cheesy but as a person who works in the human services field I love that. This is well needed particularly with all the stuff going on in our world. My hats off to Goodwill.
They only down side of Goodwill is that the clothes are separated by color and not sizes so you have to keep pulling up every piece of clothes that you like to check the size instead of just going to the rack with your size on it. I think it contributes to the fun of it. You find one of a kind pieces instead of a rack full of the same sweaters.
I also found out recently after going out of town for a few days that all Goodwills are not created equally. If you in NC you have a better chance. I went to one while out of town and found almost nothing. I couldn't find my size or anything remotely cute. Just so you know if you go to Goodwill that is close to more afluent areas you are definately more likely to find better up to date clothes. I love the ones in Morrisville, Raleigh, Cary and Durham. So if you are in the NC area try them.
5. Roses in Durham. The Roses in Durham is another great place. The clothes are pretty cheap. You can get jeans for little to nothing.
6. Considering looking at your monthly bills and negotiating them down. I had another line on my cell phone for the internet that had expired so I canceled it. This month my cell phone bill was a good 100 dollars less than it usually is. Who doesn’t want to save 100 dollars a month? That is almost 1,200 over a year.
7. Amazon.com or go to the library. I love to read books. If you are a college student go to amazon.com and buy used books. FYI: Even though your professors may require you to buy the latest volume of the text they can’t force you to get the latest version and in my experience there is very little changes from the last version. I would only recommend going down one version. For example if you are required to get a text book that is version 5 I wouldn’t get version 3 because that is when you are running the risk of having out of date information. Always buy used. Sell your books back at the end of the semester. If your like me and you just love to read when I go to amazon I never buy a book new unless I have to have it and there are no alternatives. Buy it used. For me if it is just a text that I want I don’t worry about buying the latest version. That is saying a lot since I am an author and would prefer you buy my books new, but here is the truth to save money. The library is a great place to get free books, free wi-fi etc. You can’t beat free. I just picked up a copy of Bishop Jakes book: Before You Do from the library. Although I love Bishop Jakes and would love to support him by buying his book new. It is not in my budget but that doesn’t mean I can’t read the book I will rent it from the library. Same with DVDs and CDs.
By the way more and more libraries are starting to have more Christian books; they will be in your religious section.
8. 1.50 movie. If you really want to go to the movies and live in the Raleigh area there is a great movie theatre in Raleigh that only cost 1.50 per movie. I don’t eat popcorn but some people bring their own. Google whatever city you are in to find dollar movie theatres.
9. Know when to shop: I use to work at retail stores while working my way through undergrad. The best time to shop is after Christmas when they are trying to get rid of their inventory. That would be around January or so. You can get stuff for little to nothing. Buy off seasons on off seasons. For example you buy your summer clothes during the winter when they are trying to get rid of their summer inventory in preparation for the winter. And vice versa.
10. Clip coupons: Coupons are a great money saver.
I could go on but the point is you can still do pretty much what you want, but without spending a whole lot of money. The best way to save money is to not spend it at all. Like I said before there is nothing wrong with making wise decisions with your money. Don’t let anyone pull on your emotions, give you empty promises. You are just as anointed as the next person. Be confident in your ability to hear God. If God wants you to give sacrificially He will tell you Himself and the preacher is confirming the word God already spoken to you. Remember that if you are faithful where you are then you will be elevated higher.
Respect God, respect yourself, take care of your finances. This is from someone who is not perfect but trying my best to make better choices.
Remember you can have a millionaire mind set wherever you are. I am not a millionaire yet but I will be.
P.S. One last thing I forgot. I am not really into Christmas so this is not hard for me. Please do not get yourself into debt and depression over one day. Jesus wasn’t really born on Christmas anyway this is a pagan holiday instituted by Constantine who created the holiday to appease folks from different religions. Some scholars believe that Christ was actually born sometime in May. So remember what really counts. Spending time with your family, loving Jesus. If you don’t have it you don’t have it. That doesn’t mean it is a bad Christmas. Back in the day when I was into Christmas as a little girl my favorite thing about Christmas was going out the night before and looking at the lights. Last Christmas I spent the day watching the cheesy movies that always play on Christmas day it was great. All the other stores mentioned can also serve as great places to buy gifts if you have to.
Love you much
Samaria Maria Colbert
Samaria Colbert © 2010
1. I Samuel 16:7 But the Lord told Samuel, “Don’t look at his appearance… for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
2. Because often times the main person that does not look the part is the chosen one of God. It is the people who are forgotten by man that are chosen by God. Isaiah 49:14,15
3. Mark 10:27 With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.
4. God is not limited like man. It is not based upon man’s ability but God’s.
5. I Corinthians 1:27 God has chosen the weak things of this world to put to shame the things that are mighty. II Corinthians 2:3,4
6. Because our weaknesses are not His. It is the main one who doesn’t have the experience, the know how etc that God will use.
7. Even Jesus was rejected by His own people because He didn’t look the part. So those that belong to Him will at some point in their life go through the same. John 1:11
8. Because everyone has an appointed time for their reveal. I Corinthians 4:5
9. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:11
10. Because it is not about ability it is about obedience. Only obedient people meet the requirements for a blessing not ability. Deuteronomy 28:1-7 If you obey
I can't stand arrogance it is so unattractive. It is sad to build yourself up at the expense of other people. There is something to be said about someone who walks in humility. Not false humility or low self esteem. You can be confident while having a spirit of humility at the same time.
Remeber it doesn't cost you anything to treat people nicely. Be kind. The same person that you are being ugly to today is the same person God is calling to greatness tomorrow.
So from a woman who is destined to greatness be kind.
I Kings 18:20-40
Deuteronomy 28:1,2 15,45
Light and dark
Good versus Evil
In the Old Testament whenever a prophet would come forth his main agenda (reasoning) for being sent forth was to deal with sin and rebellion. According to the old testament. Remeber there is a difference between the office of the prophet and the prophetic gift.
If you want to study the office of the prophet you study the old testament. If you want to study the gift you study the new testament. Both are relevant but one put more emphasis on one than the other.
This is the difference between the office of a prophet and the prophetic gift.
~see my book: No Promise Without A Process for further explanation of the difference between the office and the gift.~
The main sin that the people of Israel were guilty of was the sin of idolatry.
God would always send the prophet forth to warn God's people of impending danger.
The first task of the prophet was to tear down strongholds.
Before sending the people into captivity God would allow the people enemies to gain victory or access over them due to their own rebellion against the voice of God.
There is always a consequence for disobedience.
You can jump shout run etc.
It is amazing how people will shout over the blessing.
We shout over our destiny, purpose and how God is getting ready to bless us.
Yet we are deceived because we have not met the requirements for the blessing.
Every morning you wake up, your able to use your limbs, your in your right mind you are blessed.
But when I talk about blessing I am not talking about your blessing that is based upon the grace of God.
You're alive when you should be dead.
We are talking about God's ability to use you to impact the earth.
The blessing of wealth and prosperity.
The blessing over your children
There are requirements attached to these blessing.
Everyone shouts over the blessing (promise) but how many will shout over the requirements.
We are living in a day and time where we want prosperity but we don't want process.
Matthew 22:14 says many are called but few are chosen.
I never understood this scripture. I always thought if I called someone doesn't that mean I chose them.
Everyone gives God a yes in service, the anointing is high, people have been praying.
But after all that God will test your heart.
It is the passing of the test that qualifies you for the promise.
That's why the scripture starts with many and ends with few. It means there was a subtraction here.
Everyone is called but your not guaranteed anything.
You cannot expect to graduate from high school or college without first meeting the requirements.
You can shout, have prayer meeting, go to the registrar's office, purchase your cap and gown, send out invitations, and make arrangements for family. You can even show up to graduation dressed and ready to go. If you have not met the requirements you will not graduate.
You will not graduate or receive the benefits of a diploma if you have not met the requirements.
So there are always requirements attached to the blessing.
Deuteronomy 28, says that when you don't obey and meet the requirements, then the God who said He would bless you is the God who said He would curse you.
Scripture says we are in the world not of the world.
Romans 12:2 God teaches us not to be conformed to this world
2 Peter 3:3
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts
2 Timothy 3:1-7
1. But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3. unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4.traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5. having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6. For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7. always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
The bible says in Mathew 24:24 that people will be deceived because of signs and wonders.
So there is not need to be deceived by signs and wonders.
Demons and devil can perform a sign and a wonder.
The prophet was always sent forth to destroy the works of the enemy.
Before God was getting ready to execute His judgment on His people He sent a prophet.
The people of Israel were guilty of sin, perversion, rebellion to the voice of God and adultery.
Like us today they were God's people living in an environment of heathens who did not serve the same God.
Yet they were still expected to be holy in an unholy world.
So it is today.
But like it is today, the people of Israel find themselves, reducing themselves to a lesser order.
They were guilty of the sin of adultery.
In I Kings 11: We know that King Solomon turned away from God and began to serve other god's after God has blessed him with supernatural wealth and wisdom.
I Kings 11:14 God raised an adversary against King Solomon.
Because when you continue to rebellion against the voice of God, God will not cover you or protect you from your enemy. In fact He will release you to your enemies.
So rebellion came to King Solomon's house because of His own rebellion toward God.
Because when you rebel against God, that spirit of witchcraft called rebellion is then released to your house.
But after he died the adultery spirit is still on his people and the rebellion continues.
God continues to release His judgment.
It is in chapter 17 that we are introduced to a righteous prophet named Elijah. Elijah performs miracles. We don't know where he came from. We don't his father's name which was typical of the bible to tell the fathers name.
It symbolizes that the annointing that God wil cause you to walk in has nothing to do with your family lineage or name. So if you come from nothing you can still be used of God.
Because when you walk in righteous and obey His voice God will use you.
In verse 8 (Chapter 17) Elijah commands the widow to give him her last, and she obeyed and according to the words the prophet spoke the bin of flour was not used up nor did the jar of oil run dry.
Because when you are obedient it doesn't matter what the circumstance God will prosper you.
In spite the miracle there was still rebellion in the land.
V 17: Chapter 17 We learn of the widows son being revived.
But in spite the miracles that were taking place there was still rebellion in the land.
I Kings 1:1 When Solomon was in his thrown God told the people of Israel not to intermarry because they would take their hearts to worship foreign gods. I Kings 11:2 Deu 7:3-4
But Solomon married these women and his heart turned away from God in V11:4 just like God said would happen.
This is why the bible says be not unequally yoked with the unbeliever. It doesn't matter how much they say they are a Christian.
Be a fruit inspector.
So Solomon built a high place I Kings 11:8 he instituted a law that was against the law of Moses that allowed for the people to intermarry. The law stated that his foreign wives could burn incense and sacrifice to their false idols.
So God told Solomon I am going to tear down your kingdom and give it to you servants.
I Kings 16: 30 Ahab was known as the most wicked king of Israel.
I Kings 16:31 and it came pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshipped him.
Who was Jeroboam? Solomon's servant. After Solomon rebelled the consequence of Solomon's rebellion was that he would tear his kingdom down and give it to his servants. I Kings 11:11
But because of David's faithfulness God says I won't destroy all your kingdom. I will leave one tribe to your son for my servant David's sake.
When you rebel God will release iniquity to the third and fourth generation.
Some of us were (are) living under a curse that had nothing to do with us but our father's father's generation.
Rebellion impacts not only you but your children and your children's children.
But because of David's obedience God gave David a promise that God still fulfilled. But look at what Solomon lost. Majority of his kingdom.
So Ahab married a woman named Jezebel. This was simply a political move, the marriage meant the alliance of two nations.
Because of the law that Solomon enacted she was able to openly and freely worship her idols.
An rebellion still increased in the land.
Now people don't even attempt to hide there sin they do it out in the open. They are free to sin. And the law justified it. Sounds like some of the same things going on today. All because of Solomons rebellion.
Versus 18: Jezebel is killing the righteous prophet. She had 450 prophets of baal and 400 prophets who eat at Jezebels table. That made a total of 850 false prophets.
Elijah being the only true prophet.
In the scripture we always see false prophets who appeard to outnumber true prophets.
Verse 22 ch 18 Elijah is the only one
He is living in a rebellious land, full of rebellious people, who were serving false gods.
When you are a true Christian God will place you in an environment where you feel like you are the only one trying to live holy in an unholy world.
People living any old kind of way.
You got false prophets telling people what they want to hear. Or there telling them half of the truth. If you tell someone half the truth and not the whole you still are a liar.
There is immorality every where you go.
They don't teach about holiness any more.
They tell you what you want to hear.
So Elijah appears to be the only righteous prophet left.
Testing: Yes God will expect you to live righteous in an unrighteous world.
I have made up in my mind that I am going to live holy even after having to live holy all by myself. I use to say if I have to live holy now I no longer say if. I am determined to serve God and walk into my prophetic promise even though I have to walk by myself. Although I know that there are others of course.
Just like in the days of Elijah we are living in a world of immortality.
We call right wrong and wrong right.
We make excuses for sin and call righteous people who have a problem with sin judgmental.
John 7:24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.
If you are going to be blessed you will have to meet the requirements.
You can't walk into your kingdom assignment absent from holiness.
Yes God will still curse you for disobedience.
Just like unto the days of Elijah there is a spirit running rapid in the church and outside the church.
We live any old kind of way as if God does not see our sin and still expect to make it to our wealthy place.
If God can't trust you, He can't release anything to you. Regardless of how much He loves you.
Everyone knows that if you have someone in your life that you can't trust. You still love them but you have to set boundaries.
Partial obedience is the same as disobedience. Remember Saul.
If God tells you to leave this alone, leave it.
God will not change His will for us. He will simply move His will off of you and place it on someone else who is obedient and has a pure heart.
Beware of false prophets.
Anytime you get someone who is preaching and prophesying and not living nothing that person is a false prophet.
This person is not prophesying by the Holy Spirit, they are prophesying by a familiar spirit otherwise known as a demon.
Demons can prophesy.
You will get to the place in your Christian walk where you feel like you have to walk alone…
I Kings 19:18
So even Elijah felt like the only one. Jezebel had a total of 850 false prophets. The only true prophet on Mount Carmel was Elijah.
I Kings 19:18 I have reserved seven thousand in Israel.
So regardless of what it looked like. Even though it looked like there were more against God than for Him. God already had seven thousand hidden by God Himself not man.
Obadiah I King 18:4 had 100 hidden prophets that he was feeding. But these were not the same ones that were hidden by God.
Romans 11:5 Even so at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
It means that even today, those who you who have been hidden, have been so by God himself. To do great and mighty exploits for Him.
Not only that Elijah didn't have to feel alone for long. I Kings 19:19-21 Elijah found Elisha and became His servant.
As much as a blessing Elijah was to Elisha. Elisha was a blessing to Elijah. Some translations say Elijah ministered to him others translations say he served him.
Either way he couldn't complain about being alone anymore.
There is a consequence for disobedience.
The wages of sin is still death. That is not only talking about physical dealth it talking about a death of the spirit.
There were 54 curses in Deuteronomy 28 and 14 blessings thats almost four times more curses for disobedience than obedience.
Our nation is experiencing judgment.
God used His servants to bring about His judgment.
God is releasing His kingdom authority to His people.
But are you His?
If you have disobeyed Him no matter how good you talk the talk, you still don't belong to Him.
He can't trust you.
He will still give you the blessing to be able to stay alive, but dead to your prophetic promise.
God is getting ready to release His kingdom authority in an unprecedented way.
Like Shakespeare it was the best of times and the worst of times…
Gods real kingdom belong to those who really belong to Him.
The blessing of obedience is where
*He blesses you coming and going
*The blessings come after you, you don't have to chase after it
*Then you are the head and not the tail
*The lender and not the borrower
But the requirements are your obedience
Deception takes place when we disobey Him, and still expect the blessing.
If you repent but don't repel you still have not repented.
There is a blessing for obedience and a curse for disobedience.
God said I set before you life and death.
Decide on obedience. It is your choose.
Samaria M. Colbert Copyright 2010
The Lord spoke to me a few days ago and said, “I want you to write your next post on the importance of really hearing the voice of God”. So here it is. The most important thing to know about the God is that He does speak to His people clearly and in a way you can understand. His voice will never lead you into confusion. It is easy to be deceived into thinking you have heard the voice of God when you have not. You can confuse the voice of God with your own, others who are close to you, or people in high positions. People of God you must hear the voice of God for yourself. Great men and women of God are to confirm, they are not nor will they ever be gods. They confirm.
First things first all my life I have had a very close relationship with God. I have gotten to the place in my life where I simply know the voice of God. This has come from years of pain, isolation and trials. Because of the office that I am called to walk in God has called me to spend many hours and years alone. No one knows the countless hours I spent awake at night crying out to God. No one knows the lonely days, what it’s like to walk in complete and utter aloneness. No one knows the pain it cost to be truly anointed by God. Everyone wants the glory, no one wants the process. But through it all God has always been there. The process has perfected my character, shaped and reshaped my motives, challenged my dreams and most of all led me down a beautiful, painful and wonderful path all at the same time.
Over these years I have grown tremendously in leaps and bounds. Of course I am not a know it all. I am just a quiet girl from a small town who loves God more than life itself. One day I sought God for His divine purpose and He answered me in a way that I could have never imagined. I want nothing more than to live and die for Him. He is my everything. He means everything. I am completely and utterly nothing without Him. I am going to be honest if it had not been for Him I simply would have committed suicide along time ago. If Jesus is not with me there is no point in living. I love Him so much. I have had to die many deaths over and over again. Jesus purifying and breaking me all at the same time. Before you manifest the Glory you must always die first. If your not willing to die you don’t qualify.
So the point is through all of this if I have come out with one thing that I am most proud of although there are many things. The thing I am most proud of is my relationship with God and my ability to hear His voice. I know the voice of God like I know my very own name. His voice is more real to me than my own. I have keen discernment and can rightfully discern what truly is even when others around me don’t see. When I speak, I speak what I have heard not my own opinions. This has gotten me hated, accused of being mean and jealous even though I spoke in love and not my own words the words God told me to speak. His voice is more truthful to me than my very own mother. I live by His voice. I yearn to simply hear His voice. I have come to be even more confident in my ability to hear His voice. Or should I say His ability to reveal His divine plan to me because I truly know that it is not about me or my ability it is about Him, requiring my obedience. Don’t get it twisted there is a difference between what is required of you and what is being asked of you. Something being asked of you implies a choice. Requirement is not a choice. If you don’t meet the requirements, you suffer the consequence of disobedience. It is not a choice that I obey the law it is a requirement. I am not being asked to obey I am being required. I can still choose to disobey the law but if I do I suffer the consequence such as jail.
The point is God is not asking us to know His voice it is a requirement. The minute you make major life decisions without hearing His voice you suffer the consequences of disobedience. This is why you must hear from God for yourself and know His voice. Great men and women of God can be sincere and still be sincerely wrong. When God speaks to you about any major life transitions you will know it. If you have not heard His voice for yourself don’t move until you get the answer. Sometimes you can want the right thing at the wrong time. God always speaks in part. So you still have to wait for further instructions. I have learned many things about hearing the voice of God over the years. Many things. I have always had a keen sense of discernment. I know what is God, what is not God. I am not impressed by someone’s gift, their title, their spiritual gifts or their position. There are men and women of God that I respect but they do not nor will they ever take the place of God. In fact I am never dependent on someone else for a word from God. Never. I pray for confirmation whether that be from a man or woman of God or not but revelation comes from my relationship with God.
Pray God’s people, pray for a spirit of discernment. I have some great gifts but the gift that I am most proud of is discernment. I only pray that God will continue to increase me in discernment. By the way with discernment comes wisdom and knowledge into the mind of God. They are like a package if you get one the others are their. I have seen people hook up with wrong people, make fools of themselves, hurt other people and destroy their lives all because they thought they heard from God. If you don’t know anything else remember the voice of God will not lead you into sin or confusion. Never! It doesn’t matter how many times a person says they heard from God. GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION! When God speaks His voice is always preceded or proceeded by His peace. You can shout, speak in tongues all day long. YOU DID NOT HEAR FROM GOD! If you don’t have peace, find yourself in a bunch of confusion you did not hear from GOD!
It is so important now a days that we as believers truly hear from God. There is spirit of division, manipulation and above all deception that is running rapid through out our lives both inside the church and in the world. While at the same time the people of God don’t know His voice, spend little time in His word and are more dependent on a preacher for a word from God like never before. Consequently we are easily deceived, easily manipulated and easy pulled into diverse sin all because we supposedly heard from God.
Remember you have to know God to show God. If you don’t spend time in His word you don’t know God. If you are in leadership and you can’t truly discern His voice you are not showing God you are showing yourself. Never think more highly of yourself than you aught to. God longs to speak to His people directly, not just through a few leaders.
NOW A DAYS NOT KNOWING THE VOICE OF GOD CAN AND WILL CAUSE YOU TO LOOSE MORE THAN YOUR DESTINY, IT CAN AND IT WILL COST YOU YOUR LIFE!
I believe this is why God admonished me to write this post. He is grieved when His very own people, who have served Him for years don’t know His voice or go in a direction He didn’t say thinking they heard from His voice.
God will use a minister to lead you to His voice. He will NEVER reveal more to the minister than He will reveal to you. NEVER! They lead you to the water. They do not drink for you. They confirm! But God reveals the ministry of His will directly to you.
You will reach the place in God when someone else speaking to you about Him is simply not enough. He will get you to the point where He does not allow someone to speak to you. You WILL get to the place where you must hear from God for yourself.
There will be times that God is not speaking. He does get quiet and refuse to speak. It is during those times that you must be still.Don’t move to the left, don’t move to the right be still!
I have compiled some things I know about hearing the voice of God. I admonish you to read and reread this post over and over again. Deception is very real. I know of someone right now who disobeyed God after He gave them so many warning. He then took the mantle off of them and placed in on someone else. This person is still so deceived they don’t even know this. You see that is what the spirit of deception will do to you, it will keep you blind. You will think that your okay and everything is fine but God has and will take His divine purpose off of you. Don’t get it twisted there IS ALWAYS a price to pay for disobedience. ALWAYS!!!!! You will not disobey God and get away with it, particularly when you know better. When you are spiritually mature in God He WILL hold you accountable for the what He has released to you.
IF YOU ARE READING THIS POST CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED!!!
Let’s begin my reading Deuteronomy 28 In your own time read the entire chapter.
Deuteronomy 28:1, 15
1. Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord you God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I commanded you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above the nations of the earth.
15. “But it shall come to pass if you do not obey the voice of the Lord, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statues which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and over take you:
The point is the requirement for the blessing was obedience to the voice of God. The consequence of disobedience to the voice of God, His commandments and His statues was the curse. When you read the text there were 14 results of the blessing. However there were 54 results of the curse. Yes the same God who said He’d bless you for obeying Him is the same God who said He would curse you for disobeying Him.
Proverbs 26 says a curse without cause (causeless) shall not come. Scriptures says when God curses you He will curse you to the third and fourth generation. So not only are you effected by the curse, your children’s children are then effected by the curse. All because of one thing that we all take fore granted and that is disobedience.
So now we see the importance of not only hearing the voice of God for yourself, but obeying the voice. God gives us the choice. If you choose wrong there is no one you can blame but yourself.
Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV)
19. I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live. Read the entire chapter of Deuteronomy 30.
Principles of hearing the voice of God:
Remember that the devil was cast out of heaven because He wanted to be God. He had a position of authority in God’s kingdom. However he was not satisfied with his position of authority. He was cast out of heaven when rebellion was found in him. The point is the devil still wants to be God. If there is any area that Christians must be aware of is this. The devil will come as a angel of light. He knows how to manipulate himself in a way where he appears to be God. This is known as a familiar spirit. A familiar spirit is a deceptive spirit that has construed itself to look, sound and appear to be God.
Familiar spirits from the outward appearance look like God. They perform signs and wonders as God would. They can prophesy accurately as if it were God. They can preach like someone of God. Familiar spirits can speak in tongues like God. On the outward appearance they look and sound like God but a familiar spirit is still a demon from the pit of hell. It is amazing to me how so many Christians end up following demons because they have no prayer life so they consequently have no discernment.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (NKJV)
13. For such as are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.
14. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
15. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according their works.
I can remember while in undergrad I was thousands of miles away from home. I remember meeting people very quickly. I met this girl who said she was a Christian. We would sit and talk about our dreams and most of all God. Shortly after meeting her it became very clear to me that she was not a Christian. Even though she shouted, spoke in tongues, said she loved God. She started making a mockery of my Christian holiness, implying that I had a religious spirit and it didn’t take all that. Folks there is a difference between a religious spirit and a relationship. I live in holiness out of my relationship with God. Anyway one day she invites me to her church. The whole church again shouts, speaks in tongues, lays hands on folk. On another day I met with the pastor of the church. He basically tells me it is okay to fornicate and have a man on the side and that God would forgive me. I later came to find out that the theology of the church was that God justified sin by His grace therefore we could sin as long as we asked for God’s grace. Now it is true that God’s grace is sufficient but His grace does not justify nor has it ever given us a license to sin. I observed the same members of this church shouting, speaking in tongues, awesome music ministry etc. Yet there were people in this church bound by all kinds of bondage including spirits of sexual perversion, homosexuality as so on. But on the outside everything looked fine. This is a prime example of a familiar spirit.
The only way you will truly know the voice of God is to pray and spend time in His word. Once you read His word, you begin to understand His characteristics, His will and most of all you will begin to understand His ways.
Some of the attributes of God are that He is holy. He is wisdom. He is love. So when someone is prophesying to in some kind of sin. That person is not hearing from God. They are prophesying under a demonic familiar spirit. God does not speak absent from His wisdom. God will never speak contrary to His word.
When God speaks He speaks in part. That means He may reveal to you His will, but not His time. Just because God told you, you are called to preach does not mean you post yourself on youtube, and start sending out letters to local churches inviting yourself to preach at their services. It is Gods responsibility to bring you to your prophetic place. He will open doors and make ways where there is no way. Remember God has an appointed time for everything. Luke 19:20, I Corinthians 4:5 He will always prepare you for what He has for you. He will not show you the appointed time. Act 1:7 You must be obedient to the process. If you step ahead of God you act in disobedience. If you delay Gods plan you still act in disobedience. This form of disobedience is still disobedience in Gods eyes, good intentions and all. This form of disobedience will still release you to the curse.
There is the will of God and there are His ways. God will reveal His will to you but it is in process where He will begin to reveal His way. God’s will has to do with His purpose or the big picture, the why. The way is the road map He takes you. For example if I want to go to the grocery story, the purpose would be for me to get groceries. I am not going to take my car to the grocery store to get it fixed. The grocery store was not created for that, neither does it serve that purpose. The way I take to get to the grocery store is the road map. It is the same with God. He will reveal to you His will (purpose) for your life. He will not reveal the way but that will come in time. In fact if God reveals to you what you have to go through to get to the promise you would never start the journey. So many Christians hear the will of God and think that is a license to move forward in their own way to get to Gods purpose. But not so! If God reveals to you His will but you don’t follow His way, then you are in jeopardy of walking out of the plan for your life. God will not finish what He never started. This is still disobedience that will lead to the releasing of the curse over your life.
So how to we know the ways of God? I heard a preacher say that we were not privy to the ways of God, only leaders were and the flock follow. This is not true. First Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NKJV) 11. For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
So how do you know the ways of God? You seek Him. Through His process He will reveal Himself more and more to you. The reason why I am confident in knowing God and His ways is because I have been serving Him a long time. You just can’t tell me any old thing about what the Lord says. Because I know Him for myself. I know Him personally to be a God of honor and integrity. I know He would never disrespect me and lead me into confusion. This is the same God I talk to every day.
I Corinthians 2:10 (NKJV)
10. But God has revealed them to us through His spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yet the deep things of God.
11. For what man knows the things of man except the spirit of the man which is in him. Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
12. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely give to us by God.
So you see we have been given this awesome gift called the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwells in us and will reveal to us the mind, will and way of God. That’s why I always say you don’t have to go here, there and every where searching for a prophetic word. You have the Holy Spirit down on the inside of you waiting to reveal God directly to you. It is a shame to depend do much on a preacher for a word from God, when he or she has the same Holy Spirit you have.
Remember God will always speak to you in a way you can understand. He is not out to scare you. I once heard a preacher say if you are alone in a house and you hear this great bass voice saying, “My child come forth”. He said run that is not God. God speaks in a way you can understand. The more you grow in God, the more spiritual you become, the less likely you are to depend on others for a word from God. The more He will speak to you differently. God does speak through a clear and audible voice but that is not the only way He speaks. He speaks through dreams and visions. He speaks through His word. He will speak to you by way of your thoughts. Remember before you make any major life decisions that can alter and effect you for the rest of your life and those connected to you He will speak to you in a way that you understand. You will know that it is God with no doubt in your mind.
Many of you may know that I moved to North Carolina from Maryland. I knew for years prior to me actually moving that I would move to North Carolina. I remember even looking for jobs in North Carolina once I graduated from undergrad. I also looked at graduate schools in North Carolina. I even heard what city I would move to. But nothing ever panned out for years. I ended up attending a graduate school close to home. I just had to sit an wait for His timing. Then a year before I actually moved I heard God say, "prepare". So I did as best I could, still not knowing the when. Ironically I heard the devil say, “just pack up your bags and drive”. I knew instantly that was the devil and not God’s wisdom. It was God’s wisdom that I prepare. I still didn’t know much. I needed to know in my knower that this was His will. Then He spoke to me in an open vision that I will never forget. So yes even though I had a premonition, a thought of what was to come. I still had to wait for further instructions. It is important to note that I still got confirmation after I heard God for myself. Again men and women of God only confirm. No one should bring something knew to you. Even if they do you still need to ask God for confirmation as to whether or not this is His will. When I finally moved, yes I still had struggles because just because you have a word from God doesn’t mean you won’t be challenged. Since then I have grown in leaps and bounds since . I have been totally transformed. But had I not waited for further instructions I cannot tell you how discouraged, distraught and how I would have felt like a utter failure. I would have been sent back to my parent’s home in no time, having them look me in my eyes and say I thought you heard from God.
Beware of distractions.
So why do people have such a hard time knowing the voice of God? The number one reason is distractions. You got to many people in your ear telling you what thus says the Lord. I believe that God having me be so alone is one of the reasons why I hear from God with such clarity.
Clicks are detrimental to your ability to hear from God. If you don’t set boundaries with folks they will distract you.
Particularly to leaders if you have to many people who have access to you then you do have a problem. Eventually your ability to hear God with clarity is weaned away until you hear people more than God. Then you confuse the voice of people to be God’s. Remember Moses who had to set boundaries between He and the people. The anointing must be protected. The only people who should have intimate access to you are a few and I mean a few and who are at your level, are intercessors and most of all have no problem holding you accountable.
Moses again was a great leader to his people, but he had a problem listening to many of the people of Israel’s problems. In a way He was acting as a counselor constantly listening to the people of Israel problems. They looked up to him because when you are called to a leadership position people will naturally pull on you from different ways. Good thing for his father in law Jethro. Jethro observed Moses listening to the people from sun up till sun down scriptures say. Jethro says “this is to much for you, your going to wear yourself out”. Even in my secular training as a therapist we were taught the importance of professional ethics, self care and most of all appropriate boundaries. In this field when people are revealing to you the most intimate details of their lives and you are constantly dealing with other peoples issues this is a most. Then Jethro instructed Moses what to do and that was to appoint leaders who act as counselor or judges of the people. The point is Jethro’s resolve to Moses was that these people had to much access to Moses and would eventually wear him out. Jethro was someone who could give Moses wise counsel and direct Him. Yes God will use people to direct. I find it ironic that in verse 15 Moses says, “ the people come to me to inquire of God. When they have difficulty the come to me”. It is the same today often times people use other people as a means to hear from God instead of seeking God for themselves. Or when they don’t get an answer from God they seek man to answer for God. I know I sound like a broken record, but leaders confirm. Read the entire story for yourself in Exodus 18.
I also find it ironic out of all the people Moses was around the only other person who had intimate access to Moses was Joshua. Joshua was the only one aloud into the glory tent with Moses. Not Aaron, not his wife or children. A quiet, no name, insignificant person named Joshua. It was no mistake that Joshua would eventually lead the people into the promise land. Joshua 1, he started out being a servant.
It is important to note that the reason why Moses was not allowed to make it to the promise land was because of his own disobedience. Numbers 20:12 (NKJV) Then God said," to Moses and Aaron , Because you did not believe Me, to hallow me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” God told Moses to speak to the rock and he hit the rock. Numbers 20:6-12. Deuteronomy 32:51,52 (NKJV) 51. “because you trespassed against Me among the children of Israel at the water of Meribah Kadesh , in the wilderness of Zin, because you did not hallow Me in the mist of the children of Israel. 52. “Yet you shall see the land before you, though you shall not go there, into the land which I am giving to the children of Israel. All because of disobedience he was not able to make it to the promise. Notice God's will was fulfilled just not through whom it was originally intended.
It leads us to an excellent point. You can see God gave the people of Israel chance after chance, but it appears that with Moses He didn’t. Because again God holds you at a higher standard the more he has released to you. That’s why the drug dealing sinner on the street has more grace than leaders in high positions.
The other reason you may not hear the voice of God is sin. Sin of any kind prevents you from hearing the voice of God.
Another reason is simply your level of maturity in Christ. If you don’t have the Holy Spirit you may not be able to hear from God. If you just got saved you may not be confident in your ability to hear from God.
Don’t get so caught of in people and their positions. They can be wrong. Sincere but wrong.
One of the main reasons you may not be able to hear the voice of God is simple. He just is not talking. You will have seasons in your life where He is quiet. You cannot force God to speak. Often times He is using those quiet times to test our obedience, to mature and to grow us. You would have no real faith if every time you had a problem He answered you immediately. That does not take faith. God has to mature us, make us strong. It is similar to the life of babies. When they are infants they need there parents for everything, eating, using the bathroom, basic needs. So every time they cry there is mom and dad to the rescue but as maturity takes place the children must learn to stand on their own, they become more and more independent.
When I was a little girl like most I depended on my mom for everything and rightfully so. But now that I am a grown woman who lives miles away from my parents how ridiculous would it be if my mom picked out my clothes for me each morning, and called me every morning to wake up. Or if she worked to pay my bills every month. Or even if she sent me a months worth of cooked meals so that I could eat. That is absolutely absurd. I am a grown woman, with grown woman bills and responsibilities. My mother raised me. She will always be my mother and I will always be her child but the dynamics of our relationship has changed. I am mature and have my own responsibilities.
So it is with the kingdom of God. We have an inheritance. God has already released His kingdom to us. But our ability to begin to manifest His kingdom our inheritance is dependent upon his ability to be able to trust us with more responsibility. God will not release His kingdom authority to babes.The higher you go up the more challenging it is. If you are not mature in God, know His voice and understand His ways you will fall and be a complete failure. God does not want you representing Him or embarrassing Him or yourself all because you could not handle what He released to you.
Every college student knows that your senior year is harder than your freshman year. As a PhD student, your program is more intensive than your undergrad program. But it was the first level that prepared you for the next. By the way again you cannot expect to graduate if you have not passed all the test (not some) and met the requirements.
So God has a responsibility to perfect us, to mature us, to develop our character. This is what the process is for. The gifts are already there but it is the process that perfects the inner man not the gifts. That’s why you have singers who can sing the paint of the walls but are still on their way to hell. Your gift means nothing. Who are you when no one is looking. If you can’t have integrity behind close doors you won’t have integrity in public. If you can’t hear the voice of God for yourself, you certainly can’t hear His voice for other people.
Do yourself and other a favor. Respect God. Respect His people. Watch how you treat God’s people. He does not show favorites and will hold you responsible when you disrespect His people. Make sure you have clean hands and a pure heart. Don’t move forward, don’t move period until you hear from God for yourself. Don’t say you heard God when you didn’t. God is not the author of confusion. Never use your position of authority to abuse others.
Truthfully no human being who serves God can honestly say that they have never made a mistake or done something they thought was from God and was not. It is your level of humility and the ability to admit when you are wrong that truly shows your character.
Sometimes you got to just go to God and other people who may have been affected such as a spouse, friend, congregation, parents etc and say I am human, I made a mistake and I apologize. The details of who did what and who told you they heard from God and who you sought counsel from are irrelevant. A good man or woman simply admits when they are wrong. I for one don’t expect any one to be perfect. I know I am not. I do respect folks and hope that they respect me more when I just say, listen I made a poor choice I am sorry. Humility speaks volumes about character. However pride always precedes a fall. The difference between David and Saul is not because one was perfect both of them disobeyed God. However Saul was still saying I did the will of God. While David had sense enough to repent. Saul’s destiny and divine purpose ended because of this, while we are still reaping the benefits of David’s spirit of humility and ability to admit when he was wrong. Jesus is a descendent of David.
Just repent. Again repent is to ask for forgiveness. But you must stop what you are doing because if you repent but don’t turn in the opposite direction you are still in disobedience and have not come to true repentance. You’ll be so surprised how people will be so deceived by the devil they don’t even have sense enough to repent. You know you are under a spirit of deception then. Then they go a step further and accuse righteous brethren of being mean or judgmental. These people are only trying to save you from hell and life detached from your divine purpose other wise known as life outside of the garden.
This post will in no way guarantee that you will never intentionally or unintentionally make poor choices. I call them poor choices not mistakes. Mistakes are when you accidently make decisions not having all the information. A poor choice is when you have all the information, know the consequences but continue in foolishness anyway.
Even if you aren’t sure whether or not you made a poor choice, just going to God and saying Lord if this was not your will and I stepped out on you prematurely please forgive me. God honors the heart.
Remember God does not yell or scream. He will speak to you in a still small voice the best way to hear from Him to rid yourself of all the noise and get into the quiet place with Him. Psalms 91, I Kings 19:11-13.
Remember there are some answers that will only come through fasting and prayer.
I close with this warning.
II Timothy 3:1,5 (NKJV) Read the whole chapter.
1. But know this in the last days perilous times will come.
5. Having a form of godliness but denying its power, And from such people turn away.
II Timothy 4:2-4 (NKJV) read the whole chapter
2. Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, and with all long suffering and teaching.
3. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they heap up for themselves teachers.
4. And they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (lies)
I have come to know that you can’t make people serve God. Some people no matter what you do would rather believe a lie than the truth. You can spend the rest of your ministry trying to convince people who don’t love or serve God to honor Him with their lives. But why would you want to?
According to this scripture you still have to speak the truth. According to Ezekiel chapters 3 and 4 when you don’t God will hold you responsible for their blood. I don’t want some else’s blood on my hands and if you are reading this post I believe that you concur.
We are at this time that Timothy spoke of. I also believe this is the time that God is releasing His kingdom to His true saints. But we had to go through the testing, and the trial of our faith. This is the time where we are seeing deception through out the body like never before. But I believe God has counter release for His people. Whenever there was trouble in the land it always at face value appeared that the enemy had the upper hand but God still has a remnant. I Kings 19:14, 18 Remember it is only a test. It is how you handle the test (passing) that qualifies you.
So beloved don’t get caught up in form or fashion. Deal with your issues. That is what the process is for and no one can say they have never had an issue. Repent if you have wronged someone. Repent if you have not. Repent if you have unintentionally offended someone. Again the details are irrelevant but the response is what matters. Forgive those who have offended you. Most of all do everything within your will to obey God, hear His voice. It is never okay to speak against someone to try to justify your actions or make yourself look better in mans eyes. If an injustice has been committed against you God will take vengeance.
DON’T MOVE TO THE LEFT OR THE RIGHT UNTILL YOU HAVE HEARD GOD FOR YOURSELF.
I encourage you to read my post entitled, The Glory and The Cloud. If you haven’t read it, if you have read it again. Just because you see the glory cloud doesn’t mean you move even though the glory is moving. You still have to wait for the voice (command) to tell you to move.
Samaria Maria Colbert
Samaria Colbert © 2011
Faith and Obedience
Samaria M. Colbert
Hebrews 11: 1 (NKJV)
1.Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
James 2:14, 19, 26 (NKJV)
14. What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
19. Yes believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble!
26. For as the body without a spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Hebrews 11:8-10 (NKJV)
8. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive his inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
9. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;
10. for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
I have said it repeatedly in other post. There is a difference between what is being required of you and what is being asked of you. Requirements are always attached to blessings. You can’t have one without the other. If you want the promise you have to meet the requirements. If someone is asking you something, they are giving you a choice or are inquiring of some information from you in order to gain your knowledge. In others words to ask a question it usually goes like, “Can you?, Will you?, Do you mind?, What do you think about? etc”. You can respond in whatever way you choose. If someone asks you to borrow something and you say no for the most part there are no repercussions for that other than maybe hurt feeling. Or if someone inquires of some information from you and you don’t know and state so. You can either find out or they move on. Again no repercussions for not knowing the answer to a question.
Although the bible says people perish for lack of knowledge so there are consequences for not knowing the word, praying and not knowing the will and ways of God. But that is another matter in which we will not discuss today.
Requirement is another matter. You again can choose not to meet the requirements but you will reap the consequences of disobedience. Often times consequences are not necessarily punishments they are more denials into the promise God has for us. For example in the scripture above Abraham left his home after receiving a word from God. Had he not obeyed God to leave he would not have received God’s blessing. We wouldn’t be talking about Abraham to this day. His obedience would not have equated to his righteousness. He would not have been given his son Isaac who was the promise. Meeting the requirements releases you to the promise. Isaac was the promise. Sarah would have still been barren and they would have passed away having never received the promise. You think not, just remember the people of Israel who had the promise to go to the land God had promised Abraham. On your own time I won’t give you this one research how many left Egypt and how many actually made it to the promise land. Most of them died in the wilderness because of their own disobedience even though the promise was for all of them. So again just because you have a promise from God doesn’t mean it will manifest. You have a responsibility. No God’s people we don’t serve Santa Claus we serve a true and living God. He is not deaf, dumb or stupid. He is merciful and kind He won’t release what belongs to you absent from your active and willing participation. Should you decide not be an active and willing participant He will decide not to actively and willingly release you into His promise.
So how does it relate to our topic faith and obedience? First things first what is faith?
Faith in it’s simplest form means to believe. It means to have hope, and to believe something will be even though you do not see how or see it manifestation. Faith. It means to believe that it will come to pass even though you have no physical evidence that it will. I grew up in non-denominational pentecostal, charismatic church where we are taught to have faith. Have faith for your miracle. Have faith for your healing. Have faith for your promotion. Have faith for you promise. We are taught to have faith for just about everything. Nothing is wrong with faith. In fact that is all we hear, talk about is faith. You would think we’d see more faith healings we hear so much about faith. I suspect that if you are Christian you probably can’t go a whole week with hearing, seeing or reading something about faith. Just turn on Christian television. Go to bible study or your regular Sunday morning service at some point whether it be during some worship song or a message you are going to hear something about faith.
All it takes is faith right? Ummm
If I could be candid what happens after you have faith. You believe with all your might something is going to happen. You sowed your seed. You pray. You call those things that are not as though they were. You rebuke every demon in high and low places. You fast, get together with the prayer partners to believe, because you are going to touch and agree and it shall be. You shout for your blessing and run around the church. You cry and lament. You make statements while in prayer like, “Oh Jesus”, Yes, YESSSSSSS LOOORRRRD” “Come Jesus come” with some tongues in between. All this to show God you have faith. You go lay your hands on something you are having faith for. (i.e a wayward child, the home your believing God for) You are faithful to pay your tithes and offerings so there is nothing blocking your blessing. You went to the alter and fell out.
Yet still no manifestation.
But I thought all it took is faith?
Well there is more to it than just having faith. Scriptures says faith without works is dead. What does scripture mean when it says faith and works? Works simply means obedience to what God has required of you. Or aggressively working towards what He has you told you to do, how He told you to do it, when and where He told you to do. During the specific time and course He told you to do. Hence the title. The simplest definition of works is exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil. To achieve or win by work or effort in the works, in preparation or being planned to bring about (any result) by or as by work or effort: to work towards a change. Retrieved 2-17-11 from www.dictionary.com
Obedience means to adhere to a set of norms, rules, discipline and governing laws than either prevent negative consequences or bring about a desired result. For example obedience to the law means not going to jail. But say someone is training out for the Olympics. They are following a disciplined regimen, and transforming their bodies the end result being the accomplishment of a dream to make it to the Olympics or to be able to compete competitively on that level. When you are in obedience to God and have faith you are giving Him full on access and permission to transform and change you to what He wants you to be. Metamorphosis means a marked change in form, or metamorphosis, from immature to adult. From a immature childlike Christian into a full grown vessel of the most High God. In metamorphosis you have been transformed and construed in such a way that the end result is that you are now in the likeness and image of our father in heaven.
So God according to the scripture God not only requires faith He requires works (obedience). Now that does not mean try to manifest His promise on your own. That is dead works. It does mean after God has given you the promise, you must be obedient to His law, rules, and specific requirements that He has set before you in order to get to the desired result. The desired result is the manifestation of His promise in our lives. No we don’t do works on our own. After God has given you the promise you still have to seek God for the path He has for you to take.
There are God’s universal laws that govern His kingdom. Such as thou shall not commit fornication or adultery, thou shall kill or covet and so on. These are universal laws that everyone who claims to be a Christian should be following. If you don’t follow the laws of God, you can claim to be a Christian all day long, you simply are not. But there are requirements that are specific to our development individually. God requires different things based upon your specific purpose within the kingdom. Most Christians know the universal laws of God. They don’t know specifically what God is requiring of them but they are not necessarily in sin. For example it is not a sin to marry someone. However if you marry someone who God has not ordained for your life even though that is not a sin you have still disobeyed God. The sin is that you didn’t obey His voice. You will still reap the consequences of disobedience. Abraham’s requirement was that he leave everything including his father’s house to a land that he didn’t know about. Abraham was obedient to God’s specific requirement for his life. It is not a sin should Abraham had stayed in his father’s house. There is no commandment saying thou shall not stay on thine father’s property. In fact the law during Abraham’s time was so that Abraham would have inherited his father’s stuff. It is actually crazy to leave all that behind for someplace you don’t even know and have never seen. Abraham must have heard from God that was the specific requirement for Abraham.
The point is Christians are good at faith. They are not so good at obedience to the specific requirement to get the blessing. Consequently we pay our tithes, shout, speak in tongues and fall out. Yet we don’t see the manifestation of what God required of us. You need faith and obedience to the plan and purpose. God has already preset the plan and the purpose for what He wants to happen throughout the earth. We must be obedient. We must know His voice.
I sound like a broken record I say this on every post. But is amazing to me how Christians will shout, speak in tongues, run, jump and shout and not meet the requirements yet still expect God to manifest His glory in them. Seriously folks this is delusional thinking at its best. In therapist terms many Christians are delusional because they are believing things that are not, doing things they shouldn’t yet still expecting something from God. That is not faith. Scriptures says faith without works is dead. News flash believing without obedience is just plain silly. Scripture says in Romans 10:9,10 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart then you shall be saved. Even salvation looks like this:
Works (confess with your mouth) + Faith (believe in your heart) = Salvation
The scripture above says that even demons believe and tremble. SO WHAT IF YOU BELIEVE! If demons believe and are still guaranteed eternal damnation what makes us think that somehow believing will get us something from God. A demon is still a demon no matter how much they believe. Believing is just believing if there are no works. Works without God’s direction is just purposeless. It doesn’t get you any closer to the manifestation than doing nothing. So purposeless works and doing nothing are the same both get you nowhere.
The point is it is not enough to sit around doing nothing waiting on something to fall from the sky. You must be obedient to the specific plan that God has for you in order to reap the benefits. I have composed a few things to know about faith and manifesting the promise. Some things maybe repeats but they are important to the manifestation of the promise thereby worthy of repeating.
Faith and Obedience:
-Faith and Obedience go hand and hand. They are never separated they never come apart. One must come with the other. They are always intertwined. If you have faith but no obedience you won’t manifest the glory and you won’t be obedience if you don’t have faith.
Faith and Obedience / Obedience and Faith
-Works is not going about trying to put yourself on. For example just because God called you to preach doesn’t mean you start the effort, getting your business cards together in an attempt to birth yourself out into your prophetic promise. Remember if God has given you the promise it is His responsibility to bring you to it. So works is not the same as the world’s definition of works where they work hard to get to the end result. Our (Kingdom) works means to allow God to process us for it to manifest. Manifestation is when God makes it show up.
-Seek God for further instructions. God will always tell you what you should do next. But be aware He doesn’t give you step 1, then 2, then 3. He’ll give you step 1, then step 4, then back to 3. Because God speaks in part sometimes like Abraham you don’t know why or how or what. You just should know yes. Sometimes all you have is a word from God. Sometimes you are doing something God told you to do not knowing why. That is a part of faith and obedience as well. Having faith that it will manifest and being obedience to whatever God has told you to do even though you don’t know how they relate. A big part of faith is simply not knowing but trusting.
-Disobedience equals denials. I know I say this a lot. Let me explain. Yes God will deny you. Remember Saul, God removed him and put David in his place. Moses was replaced with Joshua. New Testament examples include the story of the virgins. Matthew 25:1-13, Matthew 15:14-30 the story of the parable of talents. Mark 11:12-14 Jesus cursed the fig tree after it was not bearing fruit. Matthew 20:1-16, Matthew 22;1-14 There are other examples but this should get you started.
-Yep there is no indication that disobedience will always result in delays. Often times disobedience can result in denials. Now God is merciful God. He doesn’t deny us as soon as we make a poor choice or sin. God’s denial is dependent upon your level of maturity and disobedience. Most times when a person is in rebellion He will keep warning them over and over again. The warning could be repetitive over years of time. God will keep saying, “Don’t do that, leave that alone, stay away, move away from, I see what you’re doing, stop it, don’t go there”. He’ll keep speaking to you over and over again. He’ll send a prophet and people of spiritual maturity to warn you. But God always repeats Himself. He doesn’t just up and deny you. He also looks at the heart, if you’re caught in a stronghold but your heart is right He won’t deny you. For example maybe you suffer with low self-esteem that prevents you from moving forward but your actively praying and asking God for deliverance. Remember there are some deliverances that happen overnight and there are some that happen over time but come in the process of getting to know God. It is when you don’t heed to the God’s warnings, which He then will say, okay I am taking the mantle off of you and putting it on another. He is so merciful He will still let you stay alive but deaf to the purpose and plan God intended for your life. His will will come forth just not to whom it was intended. So when you hear the voice of God obey. When David heard from the prophet He repented. When Saul heard from the prophet he denied any wrong doing. Even up until the last minute before He says time up I am moving the mantle He will still give you time to repent. Literally up until the very end He will say to you or use someone to warn you saying. “You’re getting ready to lose the mantle God has called you to walk into, if you don’t make a decision etc”. Up until the very last hour! This is how merciful God is. Right before He gets ready to expose you He will warn you. A person who is still in disobedience and rebellion is in a bad place. This is where their heart have really turned from God to serve some kind of idol(sin). God is a just God and gets no pleasure in embarrassing anyone or not releasing anyone into their prophetic destiny especially when He before the beginning of time planned your life out. This is not a decision He takes likely but it is a decision He will and DOES make.
-Your level of obedience on one level releases you to increase to another level. (Note: I am using the word level to bring about understanding God deals in dimensions and spheres of influence. But for now to bring about clarity we will use the word level) When God can trust you He will release more to you.
-You have to know His voice in order to obey. So if you are having faith, but not having faith over God’s words that He spoke to you, you are still wasting your time. For example if someone prophesies to you, thus sayeth the Lord XYZ and you have all kinds of faith towards that word but the prophetic word was not from God then your faith means nothing. God will not sign off on what He never started.
-Faith and Obedience is not the same as positive thinking to bring something to pass. The world uses this all the time. There some basics truths if you believe something positive it will happen. But that is not the same as faith and obedience. Positive thinking doesn’t really require anything of you. It doesn’t require holiness, or the building of character. There is a woman who believed that she should would win the lottery. She wrote down the number of millions she wanted to win and shortly after that she won with the exact amount she wrote down. But she didn’t have to obey God. God would not have told her to play the lottery which is wrong. He is so rich He has multiples ways to make you rich other than sin.
-Faith and Obedience means being willing to allow God to perfect your character, heal you from your past, develop your character. Turn you from being Jacob the trickster to Israel the mighty man of God. After faith and obedience to God you can then handle what He releases to you. It’s not about money it about blessing. This is why you have celebrities who have fame and fortune but still have drug demons and depression spirits. Because they have fame and fortune without the character building that only Christ can do. There is a difference between fame and fortune that the world gives and fame and fortune that our Lord and Savior releases us to.
-So in simple terms what will God require of you. How do you know the specifics? The only way you know the specifics is to seek God. He will give you a plan. Again He will only give you parts of the plan. It is your obedience to one part of the plan that will get you another piece to that plan. I encourage you to pick my book entitled: No Promise Without A Process The Makings Of A True Prophet. Depending on the specific plan God has for your life, will determine what He requires of you. For prophets He requires them to have seasons of intense aloneness. For people called to healing ministry He may require pain. For some He will require school. He will require from everyone holiness, separating from people He has not ordained for your life. One of my requirements like Abrahams was to move from my home of origin. Another one of my requirements was to be healthy and so on.
Remember there is an already set appointed time for your reveal. It is your passing of the test that releases you to the ministry. There is a difference between your assignment and your ministry. Your assignment may change but your ministry will not. For example when you are in school you professor gives you specific assignments that are related to the class you are taking. It is not until you graduate and are working in our field of study that you can implement what you did in the classes although you completed many assignments throughout your matriculation. That is what your ministry is when you have finally completed the work and have graduated and are now working in your field of study otherwise known as your ministry. While in college you must pass the test and turn in your assignments in order to be able to take the next class, have the next test and completed the next assignment. Although you are taking a difference class, have a different assignment and have a different test your major or course of study is the same. You are studying and preparing with a specific goal in mind.
Remember there is a beginning, middle and end prior to graduation (your manifestation into your ministry). In college you can change your course of study(major) prior to graduation in the kingdom you do not. Your assignment is based upon the specific task God has you working on in this season that can and will change with the next season He has you in. Your ministry is when you are released and are working in the area that you have been processed into (studied, prepared, tested and tried) graduated from and are doing what God has specifically assigned (prepared) for you to do. Your ministry is not going to happen until God releases you; you have to complete the assignments and pass (ALL) the test. Your specific assignment will change, you will have an assignment as long as you are in Christ. Even before your ministry and during your ministry you will have a specific assignment. The assignment before God releases you is for your preparation into your ministry. The assignment you have after God releases you into ministry is for you to begin to develop and be used to bring healing, deliverance and restoration to someone else. He will use you to act as a midwife to someone else who is waiting on the manifestation of their promise.
Remember Faith and Obedience go hand in hand. No matter how hard you shout. No matter how much scripture you know. No matter how many spiritual experiences you have had. No matter how God has spoken to you. Faith and Obedience are requirements to fulfilling your prophetic promise. I am convinced that if the saint’s had true faith understood the real consequences of disobedience they wouldn’t be so quick to disobey God. That is why I believe God has me talking about requirements and process in this season. He wants to see His saints develop into mature and honorable vessels so that He can manifest His glory on the earth. Remember our assignments and divine purposes are not about us. We have nothing to do with it. That’s why God will use another if you decide you don’t want to be faithful and obedient. Our divine assignment is not about how we will be blessed is it about how we will be a blessing and advance His kingdom for His (not our) glory.
James 2:22-24 (NKJV)
22. Do see that faith working together with his (Abraham) works, and by works faith was made perfect?
23. And the scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.
24. You see then that a man is justified by works, NOT by faith only.
Samaria Maria Colbert
Samaria Colbert © 2011
By: Samaria M. Colbert
God wants to transform you.
On my last post I talked a little bit about metamorphosis. I want to talk a little more about the transforming power of the anointing and how God wants to transform you. I know somethings about transformations. I am in the mist of one right now. As I look back over the years I see how God has and continues to transform me into the person He has called for me to be. I don’t think like I use to think. I am happier than I have ever been in my life. I was just writing in my journal about how I feel so at peace. I just feel tranquil and happy all the time. No for those of you who may be wondering I have not met a man or fallen in love. I am however meeting Jesus in a new way and falling deeper in love with Him as each day goes by. I have not arrived I am in process. I have my days but they are not nearly as bad as they use to be neither do they last as long. I feel beautiful, whole and complete. I feel like I have and continue to come into my own as a woman. I am being transformed into the person I always knew I was but could never see how I could get there. My past is erased. My future is in front of me and I am excited. The thing about transformation is that it does not happen overnight it happens in process. So let us talk further about transformation. I had this journal a while back and the caption on the front of it read, “just when it thought it had died it turned into a beautiful butterfly”.
God is transforming you. You will be a beautiful butterfly for His glory. And yes just like the butterfly you thought you would die and it was just then that you awakened and turned into a beautiful butterfly.” For me the girl that was forgotten no knew her, no one cared has now turned into a beautiful swan.
Let us begin.
Jeremiah 18:1-6 (NKJV)
1. The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying:
2. “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.”
3. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel.
4. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.
5. Then the word of the Lord came to me saying:
6. “Oh house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, Oh house of Israel.
Yes it is true God wants to transform you. For most of us we are going through a process where we are being metamorphosed into the image of our father. When you become a Christian you make a declaration to the Lord of your life saying, “okay Lord this is who I am but I let go of me and allow You full and complete control of me to make me into Your image.” The questions remains why do we need to be transformed into the image and likeness of God. Don’t we already come the way God wants us to become when we are born on this earth? Why do I need to change?
First things first man was made in the image and likeness of God. It began with Adam and Eve. God said in the beginning of time. Let Us make man in Our image, according to our likeness. Genesis 1:26. The Us was not only God it was God the father, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. This is why there are three parts to us. We are spirit, soul and body. We reflect the image of God. You cannot have one without the other, otherwise your dead. If you have a body but no spirit your dead. If you have a soul but nobody you don’t exist on earth. If you have a body and no soul you don’t exist in planet earth. So in that sense we have been created in the likeness and image of God. We are not little gods. We serve the only one true living God. In the beginning God created man in His likeness and image. He created the first human beings Adam and Eve.
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion. Genesis 1:28 (NKJV)
So from the very beginning of time God’s original plan for humankind was that they carry out His purpose and plan on earth. God gave man earth as a prototype of heaven. In which we are to carry out His heavenly kingdom on earth. Not only does God give us authority in and over the earth. He gives us authority in heaven to execute and rule on earth and in heaven while still on earth.
Matthew 16:18, (NKJV)
18. ‘And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loosed on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Most of us have heard this kingdom message before. However I want to remind you that at the time Jesus was speaking this word to Peter. Jesus did not say and I have given you the keys as to imply an automatic immediate position that Peter would have as soon as Jesus spoke it. Jesus said, “I will give you” meaning sometime in the future. Most preachers don’t preach this they imply that God has already given authority to us. But God will not release His kingdom authority to just anybody. God has the responsibility to process you and transform you into His image so that He can release His kingdom authority to you. You don’t automatically have the authority once you get saved. Once you receive salvation you are a babe in Christ, you now have access to the kingdom. You are officially a citizen of the kingdom of heaven, you don’t have authority until God has transformed you into His image and you can now handle what God can released to you.
When God gave mankind kingdom authority without process man made a mess of things and yielded their God given authority over to satan. That leads us back to Genesis and the question why do we need to transformed into the image of God. Many should know the story but man eventually fell from the graces of God after they and I do mean they were disobedient. Adam and Even ate of the fruit on the tree that God told them not to eat. They were kicked out of the garden, man was cursed. From that point and time good and evil existed throughout the beginning of time even to this day. From that point and time when man is born, even though he is still in the image and likeness of God. He is now flesh and does not come automatically into the kingdom. Any individual is given a choice to serve God or not. Now we must be transformed into the image and likeness of God. God has no sin. He is holy.
Now every individual who is born is born in sin and sharpened in iniquity. We must choose to follow Christ. We don’t automatically come as followers of Christ.
Psalms 51:5 (NKJV)
5. Behold I was brought forth in iniquity, and cleansed from my sin.
But God still wants man to have authority, dominion and power to execute His kingdom on the earth that belongs to Him. We are His kingdom ambassadors.
That is the purpose and plan of God. He wants not only to bless us, but He wants to see His kingdom advance meticulously, strategically and most important effectively. God could care less about religion. He is concerned about His kingdom. As stated the kingdom is not released to you automatically. We must be transformed. Remember God can’t release His kingdom to babes. You must be mature and full grown.
Galatians 4: 1,2,4 (NKJV)
1. Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ from a slave though he is master of all.
2. But is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father.
4. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His son,
God guarantees that He does have an inheritance for us. He will use us to execute His purpose and plans throughout the earth. He does have an inheritance for us. However it is clear in this scripture it is not automatic. As long as you stay a childlike immature Christian you don’t have access to the promise. Notice the father sets the appointed time we do not. So as I say in every post you don’t go about trying to execute kingdom authority that you to not have. I once read in a book that you cannot go places in the spirit that God has not given you permission to go. Notice that in the fullness of time. So there is a set time for your release. You are not always in wait, it will manifest but not until the fullness of time, that again is predetermined by our Father. So the fact is that you must be transformed. The more important question to answer is why? Again it is simple because we were born in sin and sharpened in iniquity. But lets be honest.
Because there is a big difference between the life that has been handed to you and the life that God has for you. Most Christians are still controlled by the pain of their past. Many people have been born into abusive, manipulating and controlling environments where their spirits were broken and abused. Most Christians need to understand the God of the bible and not the God that was displayed before them.
We need to learn the basics. How to love? How to trust? How to pray? If you don’t have authority over yourself when no one is looking you are not going to have authority out in the open. There is a difference between your gift and your anointing. Many preachers are gifted, but how many are anointed. As I say the anointing will cost you something. We don’t need any more preachers who can wear nice suits and dresses and make people shout. We don’t really need another preacher but the earth is thirsty for the real authentic anointing.
Because how can you speak to someone else’s demons when you have not dealt with your own. If you don’t have confidence in yourself you won’t have confidence in God. So He must transform us into what He wants us to be, not what we want Him to be, not what we want to be. That’s why so called Christians who don’t endure the cross don’t qualify for the crown. If you don’t die first, Christ won’t multiply in you. You won’t have authority in the earth nor in heaven.
If you have never overcome anything, never stepped out on faith, never learned how to trust God, He can’t trust you with His stuff.
So I have composed a few characteristic of how God wants to transform you.
God wants to transform you:
First transformation is a process it does not happen overnight. Although there are some deliverances that happen overnight. The total and complete transformation happens over time. This is a process called metamorphosis. I talked a little bit about metamorphosis in my last article but let me elaborate.
Metamorphosis is a termed typically used to describe the way insects grow and mature. Some argue that humans do not go through metamorphosis. The term metamorphosis is actually a kingdom term uses to describe God’s transformation process. Metamorphosis is a Greek word meaning transformation and transfiguration. Transformation means a radical change or alteration. An apparently miraculous change in appearance and thinking. It also means when something passes from one state or phase to another; or to change.
Transfiguration is a supernatural and glorified change. It is a change that only happens by way of supernatural means. When God transfigures you are so changed there is physical change in appearance to a glorious nature. You are literally completely unrecognizable to people who have known you your whole life. It means to change or alter the outward appearance. When God transfigures you it happens from the inside out. However it happens in such a way that a physical change happens to your outward body.
So God wants to transform you in such a way that there is a complete and whole change in your mind, body, spirit and soul. Not only will He change you, He’ll do in a radical way. You will literally be turned inside out. You will be completely and literally a whole new person.
Who wouldn’t want a change like that? What would life be like if you had no limitations? What would you really have done with your career? Where would you live? What kind of money would you have? That’s what God transforming power does for you. It will put you on the path to go above and beyond what you could have ever asked or think. The sad thing is that if you don’t allow God to transform you, you will live and die having never reached that place. You will have lived and died in the limitations that you have set for your own self. Like I always say where you settle is where you stay.
The second thing to know about transformation is that it happens in phases again not all at once. Once you get saved your heart is saved. You stinking thinking is another matter within itself. That’s why you have to endure the process. First God changes your heart, then your will, then your emotions, then your motives. You know when God moves you from one phase to the next when He changes your surroundings. You can’t bring new revelations into old mind sets. That’s why God releases you from one place to the next. That’s why you don’t have a desire to hang around the people that you use to. You start noticing them doing things you use to do, instead of you being okay with it that now it irritates you. It doesn’t necessarily mean sin. Maybe you had girlfriends that when you got together you would complain or gossip. Complaining and gossip releases curses over you. For some reason you just can’t bring yourself to get together with a friend to talk about your same old problems. Yeah you still may have problems but your mind set has change. This is God transforming your thinking.
I always get amazed when I go back home. I see the same people, doing the same thing over and over again. Something about me just can’t stay there for long. No I am not trying to be a snob. But I have been so transformed I can’t tolerate being around the way things use to be. Let me give you this warning not disconnecting from folks WILL cost you. You won’t grow any further than where you are. God always disconnect you from people always. He will connect you with other people who are attached to your destiny. YOU ONLY NEED DEVINE CONNECTIONS IN THIS SEASON. God will NEVER allow you access into His glory or release His kingdom authority to you connected to people He has disallowed there. It will ALWAYS cost you more than you’re willing to pay ALWAYS. So disconnect no matter how hard it is. Destiny partners are a million times better than soul ties. If you want to stop and completely alter your divine destiny for the bad keep hanging around with people who are not supposed to be there. You will permanently and completely stop your own growth. They will begin to subtract and even divide. You will be 100 times worse than where you started. On top of that everything God has released to you up until that point WILL be stripped from you. Whatever you do LET THEM GO. It is not worth it.
So God changes your spirit, soul and body. He begins to change your company. He changes everything. Another way you know that God is transforming you is when you are no longer comfortable where you are. He will change your environment. All of the sudden you just feel this restlessness, a feeling like you need to get out of here and go somewhere even though you do not know where you need to go. In this phase again SEEK GOD. Don’t just up and move somewhere. Seek God for where He is moving you. Often times your assignment is attached to a specific place. That specific place is predetermined by God Himself. He will reveal to you the where, but seek Him.
Another way you know when you are being transformed is when you start having demonic attacks come against you. Often by people who are close to you. God allows this; He is teaching you how to have a prayer life. There is nothing like adversity to get you to pray. God can’t release His kingdom to you if you don’t have a prayer life. God has to show you that you have authority over the devil.
God will also change your physical body. There is no sickness in heaven. There are no diabetes, no high blood pressure, and no obesity in heaven. There are no psychotropic medications in heaven. I am in no way against medications. I jokingly say if you have a headache you can go into prayer and lamenting when you need that kind of healing. Or you can use a God given tool such as Tylenol or Advil. Yes you should go to the doctors, get your regular checkups. Yes we are kingdom ambassadors. We still dwell in human vessels. So don’t be so super spiritual that you act crazy. You can ask God to heal you of that diabetes spirit or you can choose better eating habits. Since we are kingdom ambassadors who dwell in human bodies we do both. It is only sinners who do only one which is to go to the doctors. Doctors don’t spend 10 plus years in medical school to steal money you don’t have or to be agents of the devil. They are God ordained servants who simply serve different task within the kingdom. Their main assignments are how to govern and take care of your physical body. Which is very complicated by the way and still considered the temple of the Holy Ghost. It is your spiritual leaders i.e. pastor, prophets and teachers who work on your spiritual body. Again we need both BOTH.
Another way to know that you are being transformed is when God begins to govern your emotions. You are emotionally a lot stronger. You’re not tossed a turned by every life situation. You’re not depressed. Regardless of what situation you are going through. Even when life’s traumatic events happen you are not ready to jump off of a bridge because you get bad news. It is not that you don’t have emotions. Emotions are God given. It is that you are not governed by your emotions. You’re not weak men because you cry. Often times when I worship God I cry. I am not sad I just well up with tears. God gives us tear ducks and He intends that we use them. If God intended you not to use your tear ducks when you get saved they would simply well up and disappear, we would be staring at each other looking crazy like some aliens. Ecclesiastes 3 says that there is a time to cry and a time to mourn. So God transforming your emotions doesn’t mean they don’t exist it means you are emotionally strong(sound). You not tossed to and from by every wind and doctrine. You can make wise decisions and stick to them. Your not double minded constantly changing your mind. You don’t have time to deal with foolishness. You are confident and are not constantly dealing with low self-esteem. In general you have a sense of peace and accomplishment even though you may not be there. You’re finally able to laugh and really smile without going through life with a dim grim attitude. You smile when you even think about Jesus. You’re able to worship God for who He is instead of trying to get a miracle from Him. If you touch God’s heart you can have what’s in His hand. Your motives must be pure.
So how will God transform you? There is no easy answer for this question but. Romans 12:2 says we will be transformed by the renewing of our minds. When God begins to transform you He will do it by way for renewing your mind once you make a decision that you will not be conformed by this world. That means once again you must be an active participant in what God is doing. God is not going to force a transformation to take place. You have to want it. You have to decide that you don’t want to be governed by the world’s standards, ideas or demons. You decide that. Once you decide God starts the transforming process. So again there is a part you have to play. No you can’t do what you want. Live any kind of way and expect God to supersede your own will for His. If you make the decision He will be with you every step of the way.
Some final benefits of God transforming power.
You are then in position for a move of God. There is a move of God then is getting ready to be released on this earth. I heard God say to me a few days ago, “I have already made provision”. See when you endure God releases it. You don’t have to work as hard.
You are confident in your ability to hear God.
You begin to operate on a supernatural level in whatever assignment God has called you to.
Most importantly God WILL release to you His kingdom authority. You can then begin to speak things and they manifest. You cause things to open up or shut up in heaven and in earth. You become a kingdom ambassador.
God will release to you kingdom ideas, concepts and creativity. Remember creativity is not a world concept and it never will be. Creativity is kingdom concept. It simply means God will cause you to begin to create something where there was absolutely nothing. Think about the guys who discovered facebook and youtube. These are world ideas that simply didn’t exist until the creators thought them up. Now if this is the world’s definition of a creative idea. I want you to get excited because the creative ideas that God releases to His people are 100 times better than that. This is how the worlds were formed. God literally looked out into emptiness and formed the entire universe in seven days. Which means that He will cause His creative ideas that He has released to you to begin to manifest quickly. I just heard God say, “It will create itself”. You take ownership of it but God gave it to you. Everything that He made millions of years ago are so profound that they still exist to this very day. That same spirit that God used is inside of us. I am getting excited. The point is once you get filled with the Holy Spirit and have been transformed you now have the ability on the inside of you to tap into something that will change the dynamics of mankind. God won’t release that kind of glory to you unless He transforms you.
Lastly supernatural wealth will be yours. Supernatural laws, that don’t govern this world but govern the kingdom, are now at your disposal. Remember the principle of least to greater. Which ever is the weaker will become obsolete while the stronger will be dominate. Since the world is of a lessor order and the kingdom is of a greater and stronger order. One again supersedes the other. The kingdom of God is the higher order therefore it supersedes the earth. You have to know the principles, concepts and laws of the kingdom to know how they will affect you.
For example in the earth people work hard to get what they need. Their hard work pays off eventually and hopefully but it is not guaranteed. The law of the kingdom says we work hard and be faithful in anticipation of our release date in obedience to God. In the kingdom of heaven after you have endured the process it manifest. When it manifest it is always 100 fold and above all you could ever image. Now which law would you rather be governed by? In the earth you live first then die. In the kingdom you die first to live. In the earth realm you borrow. In the kingdom you are the lender, you own. In the earth you are governed by limitations. In the kingdom there are no limitations. I could go on hopefully you see how and why you need to allow God to transform you.
Finally God’s promises for those who belong to Him are:
Daniel 7:18 (NKJV)
18. But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.
Revelations 11:15 (NKJV)
15. Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
Yes God does want to transform us. He will release the kingdom to us; the scripture in Daniels says not for a season of time will He release it to us but for forever, and ever and ever. See how God wants to bless us. He wants to bless us forever. He wants to make us into the vessels He wants us to be. When you’re in process you are the clay, He is the potter. Make a decision let Him mold you. Don’t step out into your own will, step out into His.
Samaria M. Colbert © 201
Weapons of Warfare
By: Samaria M. Colbert
This article comes at a time when the fight has been the fight of my life I kid you not. I will be transparent and not super saved to say that I have been going through. If it was not one thing it has been another. When I get through one battle there is another one. I will be honest and say although writing is my passion I haven’t written in a while. I just didn’t have the heart or strength to write some encouraging positive article when in my heart I have been screaming on the inside. So I feel qualified to write an article about warfare. Trust me I know what I am talking about. The thing about trials is they cause you to pray, pray and pray like never before. Trials cause you to get on your knees in desperation. And believe it or not trials actually help to perfect your motives and teach you what really matters. Trials keep you fasting and reading the bible. I should have a PhD in Biblical Studies after all of this. (LOL) In fact I may even consider getting a PhD in Biblical Studies but that is another matter to be discussed at a different time. Through all of my trials, I have gained strength, become more confident and most importantly I am becoming a fighter. Not a physical fighter but a spiritual fighter. I will not lose. The fight is fixed. Whatever happens today I have already won the war. However I don’t want to appear super saved as to not be human. Through it all I have also been discouraged. I have cried. I have lamented saying to myself, “God where are you in all of this?” I have. This article is not written at a time when I am not going through or to talk about a trial that is past tense, I am in the mist of one right now.
Even though it is painful I have not given up hope and I am growing stronger every day. I have learned so much along the way. I have come out with a profound understanding of how God uses the trials that we go through for His good. So here is my story on what I learned and am learning in the midst of a trial.
First things first. Understand that there are two types of trials that one goes through. There are trials because of disobedience or sin. Somehow you walked out of the will of God for your life. The other trial that you go through is because you are anointed. Yes, that’s right because you are anointed. The good news is that scripture says all things work together for your good, but why would you want to add an extra trial or tribulation that you don’t have to go through? Trials of your faith are hard enough. You may say how can one go through a trial because they are anointed?
New King James Version (NKJV)
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
New King James Version (NKJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Pain is a part of the perfecting process. If you are familiar with any of my writings you know that you don’t get to be great in God until you go through. So yes although you have a prophetic promise if you want to get to it you must go through. Simple as that.
I write about the weapons for warfare because even though the devil may appear to have the upper hand in your life when you are going through he does not. God is only allowing this test to bring you to His promise. The last stage of a woman getting ready to give birth is pain. Excruciating, unbearable pain. One scripture God has led me to is this:
Isaiah 66:9 (NKJV)
9 Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the LORD.
“ Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God.
In the midst of a trial the devil will whisper in your ear. He will tell you maybe God didn’t really say that. He will cause you to go back to fear and doubt. The doubt is that maybe God is not who He says He is. The fear is that maybe what He promised you won’t come to past. The devil is still a liar. Isaiah 66: 9 is clear. Looking back over your life and all that God has done for you, why would you get to this place and it not manifest? God will not cause delivery of your baby to shut up in the womb. It is the time of birth and He will not cause delivery to not happen.
But what about weapons and warfare? How are they related to trials? Let us take a look at this:
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
New King James Version (NKJV)
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
You see the devil thinks he is causing your demise because he has been given access to give you trouble, but God is only using your enemy to birth you out into your prophetic promise. Your promise will wreak havoc on the enemy and destroy his kingdom.
2 Corinthians 4:7-15 (NKJV)
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed--
10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
12 So then death is working in us, but life in you.
13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,”[a]we also believe and therefore speak
14 knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
Remember it is only a test:
Before we talk about weapons of warfare let’s talk about the purpose of our trials.
-As stated trials are only there to make you strong.
-Most importantly trials come so that we can die to ourselves and the glory can begin to manifest.
New King James Version (NKJV)
24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor
In order for the Glory of God to manifest a death has to happen.
Romans 8:18-19 (NKJV)
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
So before God can raise you up, you got to do die. Harsh words but true. It is in the death of a thing that our hearts are tested, we find out who we really are, motives are perfected and ministry is truly developed.
But what about warfare?
It is simple if while going through you don’t use your weapon you will never get through. Trials are meant to reveal to you who you really are and the power you really possess.
Remember there are those who God wants to reveal His glory to and there are those who God wants to reveal His glory through. It is when you mature in God that you are no longer content to sit on the sidelines and be observers of the glory. It is then that you are being put in position to have the glory come through you.
Remember God can’t release His kingdom to babes or those who have not fully matured into the things of God. You must be a son, meaning full mature kingdom citizen to be given a position of power within His kingdom.
Galatians 4:1-2 (NKJV)
1 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all,
2 but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father.
7. Therefor you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Remember what God has for you it is for you. Don’t allow the devil to steal your destiny. He has only been given access for a time of testing he still has no control unless you give it to him.
Read: Job 1:6-12
A word of wisdom that struck me like a ton of bricks the other day. My pastor said this, “If you can pray it away it was the devil. If you can’t pray it away it is God.”
Remember it is only a test the devil does not had the upper hand. He is liar but he is not that smart. He rejoiced like he had done something when Jesus died on the cross. He thought he got the final victory. But he was wrong; God only used the cross to bring about the victory for all mankind.
So it is with this trial. God is only using it to bring about the resurrection of your destiny but remember if you don’t bear the cross you will never get the crown. The cross is the death of you, your resurrection is the life of Christ in you ready to be used for His glory not your own.
Principle of spiritual warfare:
-God is equipping His people to advance His kingdom. We are being prepared to advance His kingdom. We advance His kingdom my confronting the enemy and rulers of this world that sit in high places. We cannot be equipped to advance His kingdom being weak and wearied saints. You can’t conquer a demon that you don’t confront.
For to long Christians have been content to sit and give sinners what God has died and given to us. He gave us the world not sinners. We are not meant to sit look pretty stay in our nice homes, and go to church. The world doesn’t mind Christians as long as they stay in their place and don’t stir any controversy.
Look at the world today and everything that is going on. Yet in church most Christians assume that God’s kingdom is about how He is going to bless them. The mind of God is that He created us to set the captives free, to advance His kingdom. To pursue Him and to bring reconciliation of the nations back to the cross. Why do we shout about what God is getting ready to do for us? Instead we should be shouting about what God is ready to do through us.
That’s why the bible says seek ye first the kingdom and His righteousness. God doesn’t want us to seek what’s in His hand. We are to seek what is in His heart. When you have His heart you have what’s in His hand.
Remember the kingdom suffers violence but the violent take it by force. If you are apart of the kingdom you will suffer violence.
That’s why God won’t allow us to be comfortable and content where we are. He will allow that thorn in your side till you say, “okay God I realized what I really want is you”. Nothing will satisfy you completely but God Himself. Not a job, not a degree, not a nice house. God is not concerned about how comfortable you are. He is concerned about positioning you for His advancement.
If God allows us to be comfortable where we are we will never seek after something greater. There are people in life who want nothing at all. They are content to be average and ordinary. There are people who wonder around aimlessly without ever fulfilling their purpose but if your like me there is something down on the inside that won’t allow you to sit and be content with nothing. That how you know that you’re really in position for greatest within the kingdom. When your main concern is advancing His kingdom. You more concerned about others than yourself. When you shout and pray you’re not shouting over a house or something material but your heart is for God and His people. When you truly have His heart you are a true kingdom ambassador.
Don’t take it lightly because there are many people who are shouting the shame shout you are shouting but their reasons are completely different. They are shouting over the blessing instead of the Blesser. So even though we may look the same we are not. One is a kingdom citizen the other is not.
-Spiritual warfare prepares us to be fighters not pacifiers. Not sissies, not weak, frail or ineffective. Learning how to do battle behind closed doors in your own life prepares you to advance His kingdom and fight on behave of others.
-Spiritual warfare releases you to the supernatural boldness that God needs for you to speak His words. When you are fighting the battle, you have to learn to speak. You fight by using your mouth. You begin to declare a thing and it shall be. Your mouth is your weapon and what you say can make things come to past.
When you’re in the mist of spiritual warfare you get tired of being sick and tired. You get tired of the devil backing you into a corner and holding you hostage. So get Godly angry and say, “I have had enough.”
Then instead the devil having you on the run the shift happens and now you have him on the run. Instead of you being afraid of him he is now afraid of you. Spiritual warfare releases tenacity in you.
Spiritual warfare teaches you how the demonic kingdom works. How can you confront an enemy unless you know how he operates? It is in the spirit that we wage war not in our flesh. Again how can you confront a demon on behave of someone else when you have never confronted demon in your own life.
So many people want the ministry. What they really want is the accolades and the position. Real preparation for real ministry happens in dessert places.
-Spiritual warfare releases the anointing. God does not anoint us for nothing. He doesn’t anoint us to say we are anointed. The anointing is for a purpose. Not our purpose His purpose.
-Spiritual warfare teaches you discernment. The devil knows how to imitate God. He knows how to preach, prophesy, and lay on of hands just like God. People are so easily deceived these days. We think that because someone is preaching and working miracles then they must be of God.
2 Corinthians 11:13,14 (NKJV)
13. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers transforming themselves into Apostles of Christ.
14. And no wonder! Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
If you’re going to survive you have got to have discernment and not be deceived by what you hear and see.
Spiritual warfare matures you. Babies don’t participate in battles. Babies stay home while the war is being raged. Matures Christians fight. You can’t stay a baby your whole life.
So yes waging war is for your benefit. It is for the benefit of the body of Christ because waging war is for the advancement of the body of Christ as a whole.
Spiritual warfare teaches you not to fear. The Lord spoke to me a couple of weeks ago and said, “fear is the root of all evil”. Not money fear. Every strategy of the devil first and always is rooted in fear. If the devil can get you to fear he will gain victory. Fear causes you to run and hide. But when you are backed into a corner you will have no choice but to stand up and fight.
I use to wonder why the devil would mess with me. I am just a quiet girl from a small town. I was just about afraid of everything including my own shadow. My main objective in life was to be left alone. I have my grandfather’s spirit. I just wanted to stay in a room by myself and read my books. The blessing and problem was that from a young age I have had this deep and unfathomable love for God. Loving God wholeheartedly causes you to dream. It causes you to long and want something beyond your small world and what others have planned for you. So by the leading of the Holy Spirit I sought God for His destiny for my life.
The truth is the devil doesn’t care a thing about us. It is not about us. He wages war against us to cause us to run away and fear. He wants us to have a spiritual abortion. That’s why he wages war against us even when we are in our infancy. The devil knows who we are far before we ever know. He doesn’t want us to come into our identity. The devil does not fight fair. He is a coward. He will fight you even when he is at an unfair advantage. He will send out a giant when you are just a little no name David. But the truth is God is in control. He knows that He does not send you off in your own strength; He’ll send you forth in His.
The war is not against you it is against God. The devil wants to destroy you to get to God. He hates you because you belong to God. He hates you because as weak and insufficient as you may feel you are stronger than the devil on his best day. That’s why he doesn’t want you to come into the knowledge of who you are.
Spiritual warfare causes you to understand the God you serve and the power you already possess. What good is it to have power and not know you have power and worse more not use that power? The power that God has placed in us can literally change nations. Having power and using that power are two completely different things within themselves. God wants us to know that we have power, then He wants us to know how to use that power.
Spiritual warfare releases the strategy of the enemy. Again why would God give you a strategy if you’re not going to fight the war? That is something to think about. You have to use the strategy that God gave you. He gives you the strategy, and then He allows the circumstances of life to use it. Every test you go through is only preparation for ministry.
Spiritual warfare perfects the promise. It puts you in position to possess the land but like unto the days of Israel there are giants in the land. It is still up to you to confront the giant before you possess the land. What we have to ask is will we be like some of the people of Israel and say, “we are like ants in their eyes” or will we be like Joshua who said , “we are well able”.
You must understand the strategic motive and assignment of the devil to be able to rightfully discern and defeat the spirit of Jezebel. Now that is a mouthful. I don’t have time to even begin to explain the spirit of Jezebel. God had me studying that spirit and trust me I can’t begin to explain in this article but I definitely encourage you to begin your own study. Just understand that the spirit of Jezebel destroys lives, families, churches etc. That spirit runs rapid not only throughout the church but throughout the world. We must understand how that spirit works and how it operates. Again we must understand the strategic, plots, plans and motives of the devil in order to defeat him and his demonic kingdom. Studying about spiritual warfare in books is not enough. Again God allows us to wage war in private to prepare us to wage the war on behave of others in public. Again if your not going to win the war behind closed doors you’re not going to win in public.
So how to we fight and win the war?
Ephesians 6:11-18 (NKJV)
11. Put on the whole armor of God that you maybe able to stand against the wiles of the enemy.
12. For we do not wrestles against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13. Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness.
15. and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16. above all taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench al the darts of the wicked one.
17. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.
18. Pray always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, begin watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
This scripture tells us what to do:
The first thing is put on your battle garments so you can fight. Who goes to war with no armor? The first part of this scripture admonishes us that if we are going to fight we must have our armor on to be able to even stand against the enemy. Verse 12 gives us a description of the enemy’s kingdom. One it is not flesh and blood. So whatever you are going through it is not about the person. If someone is attacking you, treating you unkind, calamity is happening all around you it is about the devils kingdom. Then we know that the demonic kingdom is not in a low place but in high places, meaning places of authority. Where do principalities, powers, rulers dwell? In high places. The scripture above makes it very clear that they dwell in heavenly places. Heavenly places are not below you they are above you. I once heard someone say you have to look down to do spiritual warfare. This is not true, the demonic kingdom exist in high places. So if someone in a high position is attacking you they are only doing so from their demonic position which is in high places. So all these attributes we must put on. Putting on something is not something that happens accidently or automatically. You have to make a conscience decision to put on something. Like when you wake up in the morning you make a conscience decision of what to wear. No one just puts together any old thing just because. At least I hope you don’t. It is the same thing we must get up and make a conscience effort to be ready for battle. We must put our armor on every morning.
Other armor to put on is the garment of praise. Keep praising regardless of how you feel.
Be careful who you seek consolation from. Remember everyone who appears to be your friend is not. Some people will only discourage you. They will say things like well, “maybe you should turn around and go back” etc. Everyone doesn’t share your dream. I am not saying don’t seek out people I am saying make God your source.
Trust me when I tell you God will get you to the place where the only person you can call on is Him. You not going to be able to call mom or dad, no prophet will get you out of this one. In spiritual warfare God is not only perfecting your praise he is making sure your total reliance is on Him. You will get to the place where you’re stuck. You can’t go back to what you know but you can’t move forward because God won’t allow it.
In spiritual warfare you learn how to walk in the spirit for yourself. You stop depending on someone else to lay hands on you and pray over you, you begin doing it yourself.
Spiritual warfare causes you to be confrontational. Now when I say confrontational I am not saying you begin popping off at the mouth and having an attitude problem. I am saying spiritual warfare causes you to confront the devil head on. You are no longer the nice little sweet Christian who is content to live and die in the safe by and by.
Spiritual warfare awakens you from the dead. It stirs up the gifts that lay dormant on the inside of you. I could go on but I think that is enough on spiritual warfare for now.
I want to conclude by saying while in the mist of spiritual warfare you can feel alone, depressed, and insufficient. Let’s be honest, in the mist of spiritual warfare sometimes you feel weak. I know as Christians we are not supposed to say that. We only want to believe that we will never cry, we will never feel defeated, we will never feel weak but the truth is that we do. We are human and of Christ at the same time. The key is don’t let how you feel cause you to give up. Remember after you have done all you can do, you just have to stand. Don’t give up, just stand.
While fasting and studying scripture God gave me these words:
2 Corinthians 13:4-6
New King James Version (NKJV)
4 For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. 6 But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.
It is saying when you weak then you are made strong.
Even Jesus had to be crucified in weakness to be raised in power and so do you. This trial is crucifying your flesh but it is meant to raise you in power and boldness.
Yes it is true you may not be enough in and of yourself but in God you are more than enough.
2 Corinthians 13:7
New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Now I[a] pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though we may seem disqualified.
It is basically saying regardless of what it looks like you have not been disqualified. Though you may seem disqualified, don’t retaliate with evil you have not been disqualified. In the midst of your trial the devil will try and tell you that you have been disqualified but you have not. You are God and He is yours.
Never give up.
I conclude by saying I don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring. I wish I could say that this trial was over and now God is ready to bless I honestly don’t know. He still gives me dreams and visions but honestly you get to the point where dreams and visions are not enough. What good is a vision with no manifestation?
I do know the word of God is true. God does not lie. It will come to pass. This is only a test; I believe I am passing with flying colors regardless of how I feel. So will you. Don’t give up.
New King James Version (NKJV)
6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Finally one thing I keep telling myself is, “God loves me and I am safe in His arms” over and over again.
Samaria M. Colbert
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