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
Samaria Colbert © 2011
Life Lessons Learned From A Woman Who Has Been Misunderstood
By: Samaria M. Colbert
So last I wrote I was in the mist of the greatest trial of my life. Honestly I know I should say something deep or spiritual but at this point but I choose to be transparent. This year so far started with such hope and with great excitement with the anticipation of what was to come. Yeah I too shouted at the beginning of this year over another prophetic promise that yes sorry to say still has yet to come to pass. If I can be honest and say so far the year 2011 has been the worse year of my entire life. It seems as though when you think you’re going to experience God’s greatest you experience the worst. It is only the end of June. There are six more months left in this year. It sounds so sad to be at the end of June and to only be counting the months till this year is over. Sorry folks I choose to be real not super saved, not fake.
Anyway so life has been hard. As bad as it may seem things generally are looking up. Yes the declaration that the Lord brought to my spirit was that it is over. It was confirmed in church. I have gotten to the place where I simply don’t believe what someone tells me just because they tell it to me. I have to hear from God for myself. Trust me from someone who has gone down this road before. I been there, done that and got the t-shirt. I have no capacity for foolishness and I simply don’t believe what someone else tells me lest I hear from God myself men and women of God confirm. Unfortunately I think that in the body of Christ we have gotten so pimped by false prophets and propheliers that church has become nothing more than a cheer leading, motivational teaching, hold on till tomorrow entity. Just push on people’s emotions and feed them baby food, be more concerned about numbers than growth and maturity and you’ll be fine.
So yes God spoke to my spirit and declared to me that it is over. It was confirmed and a new opportunity opened for me. It is so funny at the beginning of this year I was at a church where the man of God declared, “God was going to make you 1000 times better”. Of course I sewn my seed for the 1000 times better anointing. Ha ha. Be careful what you ask God for, you will get it. I am 1000 times better alright but if I knew what I had to go through to get to the 1000 times better trust me I wouldn’t have raised by hands in agreement and I surely wouldn’t have sewn my seed. I am fresh out of a trial; I haven’t gotten to the super saint status yet where I declare that if I had to do it over again I would. Truth be told I am 1000 times better but the past pain is still so fresh and the residue still there I can’t honestly say that. But I do know I am 1000 times better.
As stated before trials comes to make us strong. Storms as my pastor says are meant to let what’s in you that not supposed to be there die, not you. So honestly one of the reasons I am 1000 times better is because there are some things that have died in me that didn’t need to be there in the first place. It is a hard thing to be broken by God Himself but very necessary if you’re going to walk into you kingdom assignment. The storm is all a part of the process. And as I say the theme of my life work is understanding the process. I said it like a broken record if you don’t endure the process your will NEVER manifest the promise. I keep thinking about situations and people around me. It is ironic to me how saints have selective hearing when it comes to God. We expect to walk into our wealthy place with God haven’t not been obedient. We are like some of my clients who have been diagnosed with delusional disorder. We see things that are not there, believe things that are not so because we refuse to believe the truth. There are requirements associated with the blessing. If you promptly and disrespectfully don’t heed to the Holy Spirit and His warning you don’t qualify to be used by God. And my heart’s desire His to be used by God. So with every trial, with every tear that no one will ever truly understand is the processing and preparation for the promise. I glad I am through but I learned a tremendous amount.
One lesson I have come to appreciation is honesty. Those words sounds simple but believe me they are profound. I come to know that many saints would rather believe a lie than the truth. It is easier to perceive God to be like our personal Santa Clause then who He is. It is hard to understand that the same God who loves on you, and washed you from your sins and died so that we may live. It is a hard thing to understand that the same God who loves you will allow you to be broken. He will allow you to cry yourself to sleep at night. He will sit back and let people who are close to you hurt you and scandalize your name. He’ll do all that and not say a mumbling word. You can probably tell by my tone in this article that I am being brutally honest. I have matured. Honestly I would rather someone tell me the truth than to have my heart set up for a lie. Scripture says, the hope deferred makes the heart sick.
Don’t tell me this or that to play with my emotions. Don’t have my heart set on something that is based upon a lie. Eventually you do wake up. Another thing I heard at church was how, “a lot of saints are at odds with God”. I believe one reason is because we have prostituted the prophetic to be something that it is not. Remember a half-truth still equals a whole lie. Tell me the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Let me help everyone who will ever read this post. You can have six guardian angels come to your door, sit at year feet and show you in an open vision that you are anointed. Your ability to manifest that prophetic promise will always be a choice you make to endure the process. Furthermore in the mist of the process it will be the greatest triumph and test of your life but when He is finished processing you then you will reap the reward and only then. So no as I always say just because you have promise doesn’t mean you will get to it. There were more Israelites that died in the wildness then who actually made it to the promise. So I’d rather someone correct me in love then someone to prophesy me right out of my divine assignment. And yes you can have people who prophesy to you what you want to hear, never hold you accountable and have you believing a lie. I have seen it happen so many times. Deception is a very power tool that the enemy uses but self-deception is the worst kind of deception you will ever come across. Sometimes you just need people in your life who will tell you the whole truth because they love you. It is better to have one good real friend than two thousand Facebook friends in your ear telling you what you want to hear. One of the main strategies of the enemy is disconnecting. He will disconnect you from people who are God ordained, and have you connect to the demonic sons of satan. Who deduce individuals to believe half-truth (lies) and consequently you never walking into your prophetic destiny. Trust me I have seen it happen first hand and it continues to happen. This is why the body of Christ must grow up. Be mature. Endure your process. Be obedient. When you have real spiritual maturity you have real discernment and people can’t just sell you a bill of goods. So what I learned is that I need honesty. I graduated past the falsies and the fakes. I really crave substance. I am no longer impressed by a hoop and a holler. In fact if you don’t yell, scream or hoop but you know how to teach something from the word than you are alright with me. The body of Christ must understand that there is more than one message then the “God is getting ready” message. I see so many people that can preach most folks under the table and every message no matter the title all boils down to “God is getting ready and if you want it give XYZ”. Honestly if my miracle is or is not right around the corner I desire God Himself. Besides one thing God spoke to me the other day is that “it will happen when you least expect it”. I stopped looking for miracles and answers for life’s problems. Through my trials I learned to rest in God. Trust me it is a lesson learned because when you are driven and want more than you have it is hard to rest in God and know that He is in control. But I learned it the hard way. I don’t care about what God is getting ready to do. I just know He is going to do it. I just want to rest in Him. Spend time doing nothing with Him and love on Him without expectation of a return. So honesty is always the best policy. It is better in the long run to live your life in truth than to live it believing a lie. Eventually you do wake up but where you started and what you believed will dictate how you feel. If you lived your life believing a lie it won’t manifest anyway and you will be devastated at the state of affairs of your life. But if you started out believing the truth you put yourself in position for true manifestation. So yes folk no more behind the pulpit lies. TELLS THE TRUTH
I have become more of women of substance. Once you have experienced the real truth it is hard to go back to processed foods. It’s just hard to swallow.
Another thing I learned is that it is okay to be misunderstood. Yes that’s right it is okay to be misunderstood. You may say uhhh what does that mean? Something about trials makes you think back over your life. It makes you remember people, circumstances and things you have been through. So I started thinking about some of my past failures and my past victories. I keep thinking over what I have accomplished and what I plan on accomplishing. I realized that it is perfectly okay to be misunderstood. Let me explain. All my life I have been the different spiritual girl who didn’t seem to fit in. I was always the odd ball out. I hated being different. When I look back over my life it was me being different that led me to say in my heart, “I don’t know where I am going but I know one thing I can’t stay hear.” You see people who are the most popular, the head of the clichés and the clubs I have found are really at a disadvantage. If you are never in an uncomfortable place you will never pursue something different. You never come to fully understand who you truly are because you have people to define you. But I am like a diamond in the ruff I am not what you think. I am more than meets the eye. I know this about myself because I have been misunderstood. It is in being misunderstood that you draw closer to God and He begins to tell you who you are and who you are not. You don’t have to believe me but people will make assumptions about you based upon where they want you to go. People will try and define you. It is when people don’t get you that you become begotten by God. Unfortunately again in my process of life there were people that I thought would come along side me and we’d run the race together but the truth of the matter is that they are no longer there. We are not running the race together. Sounds harsh but it’s all a part of the process. You have to let go of something’s to gain something’s. Moses couldn’t take Aaron into the glory no matter how close they were. He did however take Joshua. Hence when God’s disconnects you from an Aaron in your life He has already provided a Joshua. So being misunderstood causes the disconnection which causes the reconnection to something 1000 times better. You get my drift. When I look back over my accomplishments and where I am going I realize that I couldn’t stay in a comfortable place, I had to learn to be fearless, I had to learn to pursue but I had to learn the pain of being misunderstand which resulted in a disconnection. I don’t get sad or offended over disconnections anymore I realize they were all a part of the process. It is what it is. The truthful brutally honest nature in me choices to see it as it is.
The truth is that everyone is not on your level most don’t know it. What will be will be. In process you have to let go to gain. When I look back over my life my disconnections have always been hard but for my good. No love lost, but truth be told.
Another thing I learned is spiritual warfare. I won’t go into detail about that. Read my previous post entitled Weapons of War. One area of spiritual warfare that I am again confronted with was the spirit of fear and intimidation. I won’t go into detail but I learned to confront this spirit head on. The lord spoke to me a while ago and said you can’t be driven by fear either. So I learned that I am not defined by what people think or say about me. The spirit of fear cannot drive me away from the place God has me to be. Fear will cause one to run away. The opposite of fear is faith. I learned to rule with faith and not fear. I learned to stand confidently in who I am and in what I know. I have been through worst in the past. So someone who does not know me, and tries to wrongly intimidate me cannot because I am a winner and I know who I am. One thing someone told me a couple of weeks ago is “people can call you an orange all day long but when you know you’re an apple you don’t have to answer to it”. Through my trial I have been called things I am not, been told what I could and couldn’t do and I been mistreated. But one thing I know is that I am a child of God. I have great skills and I know who I am. Spiritual warfare causes one to stand firmly and aggressively declare who you are and what you will accept. I am the head and not the tail. I am above and not beneath. I excel in everything I put my mind to do. You say it to yourself, don’t let people try to define you or intimidate you. Don’t give your power to someone else. Remember the main strategy of the devil is fear. Don’t give your power over to the devil he is already defeated. The battlefield is always waged in your mind. So we must take control over every thought and bring it captive to God almighty. I could go on but I learned about the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. Above all else I learned to swim in the presence of God. For Him to surround me by His glory. To finally just know that He is here and that everything is okay. I learned to be content and to just be still surrounded by His love. The main lesson learned is to just be still and know.
Everything is okay when know that we are safe in His arms.
While at church the man of God prophesied that July 3, 2011 will be the half-way point. On July 3, 2011 we will be at the half way point of this year. I am believing that the second half of the year will be much better than the first. I won’t be naive as to think I know all of what God is going to do. The truth is I have not a clue. I do know that the second half will be much better than the first. It has been hard but the lesson learned has been invaluable.
There are so many life lessons I wouldn’t be able to finish but I will say I have gain so much more than I have lost. I realized having come through the trial that I am much further along than were I thought I was. The storm was for my perfecting. I believe God who brought me to it, brought me through it. He is still in control.
Know that whatever you go through it is for your good.
Isaiah 55: 8-11 (NKJV)
8. For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
9 “ For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “ For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Remember regardless of the pain you feel don’t give up. The truth of the matter is where you settle is where you’ll stay. Remember Abraham’s father Terah was on his way to Canaan but he settled in Haran and that’s where he died. Where you settle is where you’ll stay and that’s where you die. You can’t die here. You CAN’T! Others have but you won’t die in your wilderness. Other people have settled for the wildness mentality. Their content with the wilderness. They have settled for mediocre but greatness is what He is after. He is calling you to greatness. Greatness does not happen absent from the breaking, the crushing of the potter’s wheel. We are a great people! We serve a great God! We are more than conquers and we will walk into His promise. We will be carriers of His glory. WE WILL!
Don’t give up you are meant to be misunderstood!
Samaria M. Colbert © 2011
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We are always hearing about the kingdom of God and how God is manifesting the kingdom. We are always hearing about this prosperity gospel and how we as saints are all a part of the kingdom. A few weeks ago God gave me a revelation about what the kingdom truly is and how it is manifested. He also showed me how the kingdom of God can be prevented from manifesting. I thought I’d share. I don’t know about you but I want to be in position for the kingdom of God to manifest in my life.
It is true just because you are a Christian doesn’t mean you have been given access. You can have a key and not use it. You can have a key and not know how to use it. You can have a valuable treasure and not even know it’s there. The kingdom of God is like the Indiana Jones movies. It is there, we know it for a fact. But this kingdom does not come easily. We generally have to seek to understand it, to know who we are, and the power we possess. Most importantly we must know how it operates so that a spiritual abortion does not take place.
Remember you can be a citizen within a kingdom but still not have authority. What does that mean? Well it’s simple. Just because you are a citizen of the United States and are governed by the laws, statues and privileges of being a citizen does not mean you are a government official who has power or authority to enforce, change or implement laws. How many of us are United States citizens yet we feel powerless? It was once thought that the United States was infallible and that it was the greatest nation when it comes to power and rank. Of course we know that because of everything that is going on in America many are questioning that belief. Never the less even in the United States of America with all its citizens again there is still poverty, deficits in our economy, lack of efficient health care, significant problems in our educational system and so on. In what some consider to be the most powerful nation in the world poverty continues to run rapid. So if it is like that within the United States of America I propose to you that although you are a kingdom citizen, if you don’t know the power, authority, laws and precepts that govern this kingdom you will still be subject to the kingdom of a lessor order. You will still be subject to sickness, poverty, depression, barrenness, and the curse if you don’t understand the kingdom , understand how it works and how it is manifested.
Let us journey together.
First things first let us define what the kingdom is. Many people in the body of Christ have been hearing about the kingdom. We have been hearing teaching about the kingdom but many people simply don’t have a real clue about the kingdom and what it really is. Let us first define what the kingdom of God is and is not.
The kingdom of God is an entity by which God readily uses His people to begin to manifest and execute His will, dominion, power, judgment and authority to be released on earth.
The kingdom of God is a community of Christ citizens chosen by God to execute His divine purpose and order on earth.
There is a purpose plan and will for heaven but God will only use His people to execute the pattern of heaven to earth.
When Jesus came to earth He didn’t spend a lot of time dealing with your emotions. He didn’t spend a whole lot of time even dealing with sin. Even though He did deal with sin that was not His main objective. Jesus main objective while here on earth was to teach about the kingdom. Most of the words he spoke about were either teaching on the kingdom or using His authority from the kingdom to heal, set free and deliver. He realized that because His kingdom was greater than the earth He lived in His kingdom took precedent over the earth and it’s limitations. So when He came He set the foundation and began teaching us what the kingdom is and how it operates. He lets us know that the limitations of this earth are not the same limitations of the kingdom. As Jesus left this earth He declared, “greater works shall you do”. You see our great teacher set the foundation. Foundation is always the beginning or the order. After the foundation is set then you can begin to build the structure. If there is no foundation there is no structure. So Jesus said I set the foundation now build. It’s like in college you can’t take an advance course in any given subject if you have not learned the basic 101’s of any subject you are trying to learn. You know when you’re trying to register in a class most of the advance courses they won’t even let you sign up for until it is documented that you took the prerequisites.
So it is with Jesus He set the foundation by teaching us the course entitled Introduction to The Kingdom 101. The apostle Paul and others came along and taught the next course entitled Kingdom 102 and countless others have come along to teach us other courses such as Kingdom Business, Kingdom Prosperity, Kingdom Finances the Principles of Sewing and Reaping and so on. Sadly many Christians have never matriculated past the Intro to the Kingdom course. They had been sitting in the same classroom for twenty years. I am declaring this is the year 2011 and it is time to move forward.
So again Jesus main objective was to teach us the basics of the kingdom.
We know this because when Jesus came He spoke to the people in parables.
10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
So Jesus started explaining the kingdom in a way they could understand. He told them parables or stories that illustrated the kingdom. Think about when you were a child and you first started learning to read. You looked at color pictures and books with childlike figures so that you could understand the words and then form sentences. No child who begins to learn to read starts reading novels no matter how much of a quick learner they were. You took baby steps then you moved forward. Jesus was saying I illustrate to them stories and mental pictures because they can’t understand the mysteries yet. Again He was the great professor. They were learning the concepts. They did not execute what they learned yet He was simply in a teach mode, they were the students. Like in any college or university today. You sit listen to lectures but most people don’t begin to execute what they learned until they are close to graduation or have graduated. That is when you implement what you have learned. Jesus went further to say, “But you have been chosen to understand the mysteries.” Children can’t understand mysteries.
A baby can’t eat meat and potatoes whole. They are babies, they can’t swallow it. So they have to eat baby food that has been mashed and processed down. So it is with baby Christians they can’t really understand the meat of the word. So it has to be mashed down and processed so they can swallow it. However it is a sad thing to be a full grown individual still eating mashed down and processed foods. I don’t know about you but baby food doesn’t appeal to me as an adult. So why should spiritual baby food appeal to me? It is growing up time.
We are putting the children to bed. Its grown folks turn now. You know when you were a kid and your parents friends came over. There were some things that grown folks could only talk about amongst themselves and not in the presence of children. Children can’t keep still, they need some color, some form of stimulation. That’s why a graduate school classroom looks very different that a kindergarten classroom. I believe that spiritually speaking it is time to put the children to bed. It is now time for the kingdom of God to manifest. God is now getting ready to reveal His sons. Sons is not gender specific it simply means kingdom citizens who are in position to begin to execute His will, ways, judgment and power in this earth.
God can’t release His kingdom to children.
Galatians 4:1-3 (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.
3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world.
No matter what kind of promise you have. No matter who prophesies over you if you don’t grow up and mature you WILL NOT manifest the kingdom.
Everything that God will ever do He will do through His mature sons (adults not gender specific) and through His kingdom. God will not execute His kingdom absent from His people.
Remember the kingdom of God is not God Himself, it is where He dwells. If my home address is 123 somewhere street, that is where I live not who I am. The kingdom of Heaven is where He lives it is not Him. His kingdom must manifest on earth and there He will be in the mist.
It is very important to understand that there is the kingdom and there are the characteristics or the blessing related to being a kingdom citizen. Prosperity, houses, cars, money are not the kingdom. Once you are a successful kingdom citizen God will release these things to you but they are not in and of themselves the kingdom. The kingdom is not your ability to receive the blessing but to be a blessing, to change nations and generations for His kingdom. God does not wish to release the blessing to you He wants to release you to be a blessing. Read Deuteronomy 28, the whole thing.
So the first and most profound question is: How is the kingdom of God manifested?
Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
The kingdom of God must be sought. The first thing to understand is you can’t truly seek the kingdom of God without seeking the king. You can’t seek the king without having a heart for the king. You can’t have a heart for the king if you are living in sin and disobedience. So we must seek the king with a pure heart. This is why God sends the test to purify our motives. We must seek to touch His heart, to feel what He feels, to love what He loves. If you have His hand you can have what’s in His heart. We have become a people who shout more over what God is getting ready to give to us more so than what we give up for Him.
It is not until God can trust you will He release His kingdom to you. I have said it before that you can be a kingdom citizen and not have authority, dominion and power within that kingdom. The blessing associated with being a part of the kingdom will only manifest when you are obedient. I hate to say it but blessing and cursing are a part of the kingdom. Most people want the blessing no one wants the curse. If you are a citizen of the kingdom and you break kingdom protocol, laws and rebel against this kingdom. The king then releases you to the curse. Just like in the United States when you disobey the law you suffer the consequence so it is with the kingdom. You don’t stop being a kingdom citizen but you do suffer the consequence of disobedience. That’s why I said read the whole chapter of Deuteronomy 28. Saints have selective hearing now a days we like to selectively pick and choose what we want to receive in the bible but the truth of the matter is you are what you do.
I could talk on and on about the principles of the kingdom but that would talk that would take forever. I simply wish set the foundation on how the kingdom is manifested and prevented from manifesting. Briefly some attributes of the kingdom is authority to disallow, disarm, and annihilate the principles and plans of the enemy. It is the ability to execute and release the judgment of God on the earth. It is the ability to use your mouth to speak healing, wholeness and prosperity to a dyeing world.
Principles or attributes of the kingdom again these are not in itself the kingdom but characteristics of the kingdom:
The headship anointing. Simply means you are the head and not the tail, above and not beneath. This is where God sets you high and above the nations of the earth. (Deuteronomy 28:1) It simply means you are in a place of authority.
You don’t run after the blessing the blessing runs after you. (Deuteronomy 28:2)
Your ability to prosper. (Deuteronomy 28:3,4)
Your ability execute spiritual authority over the enemy.
Your ability to create and have wealth.
The most important principle to be a part of the kingdom is your ability to execute God’s judgment on the earth. I am not referring to condemnation or to put someone in hell. Most people think of judgment as a bad thing. It simply means to know and understand the mind of God and to execute His dominion, power and authority on the earth that He has given us. If you don’t like what’s going on in your world, in your city or in your neighborhood don’t allow it. When you have God’s authority, you don’t allow what He allows and you release His authority. Again I am not talking about Fox news, picketing and arguing over Christian values to a sin filled world. I am talking about spiritual authority.
Matthew 16:19 (NKJV)
19. 19 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 loose on earth will be loosed[a] in heaven.”
Ten Ways That The Kingdom Is Manifested:
1. By the Holy Spirit. The kingdom of God will not manifest absent of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:7,)
2. By seeking the kingdom. (Matthew 6:33)
3. By obedience. You will never manifest the kingdom of God in disobedience. Be obedient to the process. There are no short cuts to the kingdom. (Deuteronomy 28)
4. Perseverance- The spirit of a finisher says I will not give up. (Matthew 5:3,4 Romans 8:18-30, 11 Corinthians 12:10)
5. The appointed time. God has a set time or appointed time for when He will release the mantle. You can’t make it happen or force it. You can miss it if you’re not ready when He shows up. (Acts 1:8, Matthew 25:1-13)
6. Spiritual maturity-Galatians 4:1-3
7. Having a right relationship with God. Can God trust you?
8. Spending time in preparation. Studying His word, reading, praying and fasting. (Mark 9:29)
10. Order, structure and unity within the body of Christ. The Apostle Paul set order and structure which is how the kingdom church began to really manifest and grow. (I Corinthians 12:12-31, I Corinthians 14, I Corinthians 11, I Corinthians 7, Ephesians 4:11-16) A important point to make is that the kingdom will not manifest without apostolic alignment. (which has nothing to do with the apostolic church which is more like a domination) You cannot grow or mature into the things of God absent from an apostolic father.
Fourteen Things That Prevent The Kingdom From Manifesting:
4. Moving ahead of God’s Timing (the same as disobedience)
5. Moving out of His will
6. Impure Motives
7. Spiritual Immaturity
8. Not praying, fasting or reading the word.
9. Not having a consecrated life.
10. Not enduring the process.
11. Soul Ties
12. Emotional Instability (mental illness, jealousy, envy, double mindedness)
14. Pride, lack of humility (Proverbs 16:5)
The kingdom of God will also begin to manifest again by way of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will hover over you and begin to release to you kingdom ideas, creativity and by divine connections.
There is so much more to say about this topic but I will end it here. The rest will be for another day. Remember most of all the kingdom of God dwells on the inside. It is invisible, but it is only the hand of God that will make the invisible visible and the unseen seen.
Let us pursue above all righteousness.
Oh Lord let your will be done!
Samaria M. Colbert © 2011
Not speaking out does not make you innocent it makes you guilty.
The question still remains do you want blood on your hands?
Sitting here talking to my sister about how people take the scripture do not judge out of content. First off Tupac said, “only God can judge me” not the bible. When the bible says judge not it means don’t condemn. Matthew 7:25. Don’t speak out against what you are in yourself. No one can send you to hell only you can do that. Anyway the bible does not justify Christians not speaking out against sin. John 7:24 says judge with righteous judgment. Funny how we can pick and choose what scriptures to quote when they seem convenient to our situation but when you really love God you love His word.
Don’t use the word of God to justify mess. Don't use God's righteousness to excuse your foolishness.
Read: Ezekiel 2, 3
The Message (MSG)
17-19 "Son of man, I've made you a watchman for the family of Israel. Whenever you hear me say something, warn them for me. If I say to the wicked, 'You are going to die,' and you don't sound the alarm warning them that it's a matter of life or death, they will die and it will be your fault. I'll hold you responsible. But if you warn the wicked and they keep right on sinning anyway, they'll most certainly die for their sin, but you won't die. You'll have saved your life.
20-21 "And if the righteous turn back from living righteously and take up with evil when I step in and put them in a hard place, they'll die. If you haven't warned them, they'll die because of their sins, and none of the right things they've done will count for anything—and I'll hold you responsible. But if you warn these righteous people not to sin and they listen to you, they'll live because they took the warning—and again, you'll have saved your life."
God loves us and He wants us to show EVERYONE His love. When you really love someone you tell them the truth. Love doesn’t let someone die and go to hell. Love saves you from yourself. It was love that hurt me but helped. Love yourself and love your neighbor. However scripture clearly says when you don't speak out God will require you to suffer the penalty of others sin. Your personal righteousness means nothing. God will require your blood for theirs.
Yes God can and will judge you so will other people whether you like it or not. God holds Christians to set a standard. We are ambassadors to His kingdom. We allow or disallow His kingdom to manifest on earth. Could it be a lot of the foolishness going on in our world have something to do with His children not taking their rightful place as kingdom citizens God sends to govern His earth which He gave us.
Matthew 16:19 (NKJV)
19 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 loose on earth will be loosed[a] in heaven.”
Things are about to get real thick. Choose ye this day who you will serve God or man. Christians are going to have to make a decision. Staying silent does not mean you don’t have a stance it means that your stance against Christ has already been made.
Joshua 24:15 (KJV)
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Could it be that the reason we are not seeing great manifestations in the church are because we are not taking our rightful place? When was the last time you saw miracles, signs and wonders in church?
In fact when was the last time you received any ministry training? I am not talking about how to preach. What about basic 101 stuff i.e. operating in the supernatural, teaching on the prophetic, how to hear the voice of God. The churches main agenda is to take the city. If I may ask a stupid question, how are you going to take a city not operating in your rightful place? We want bigger churches but we haven’t walked into a greater anointing.
You don't use people to build ministries. You use ministries to build nations.
God is coming back to the church.
The only way we are going to see our nations healed.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)
14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Notice the scriptures says if My people. My people means people who belong to Him meaning us. We need the body of Christ to take their rightful place in the kingdom so God can heal our land.
When Christians silence their voices it means a closed heaven and chaos on earth.
I leave with a prophetic word by my a great apostle. Bishop Don Meares.
July 29, 2012
There is a move of God coming back to the church. Demons will flee. Healings are coming back to the church. Blessings are coming back to your house. We must tear down the idols.
Time out for lukewarm shady Christians. Time out for religious Christians who have no relationship with Christ. Time out for folks who are Christian by title only.
Samaria M. Colbert © 2012
Proverbs 13:22 (KJV)
22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
Proverbs 10:22 (NKJV)
22 The blessing of the LORD makes one rich,
We are hearing in Christendom that God wants to make His people rich. Long gone are the days when Christians are supposed to have the poppers mentality. It is God’s will that His people be prosperous and wealthy. I stated earlier in one of my blogs how the same Holy Spirit that lives on the inside of us is the same Holy Spirit that was there in the beginning. Holy Spirit is the divine creator with the ability to turn nothing into something. We have that same ability because Holy Spirit dwells on the inside of us.
Yet and still as Christians we are in the mist of struggle. Now the world is experiencing calamity at all time high. Contrary to what we have been told the economy is not getting better. In fact I believe it is only going to get worse. Everything that can be shaking is being shaking.
There are seven mountains of God; Arts and Entertainment, Business, Education, Family, Government, Media and Religion. These are dominion, spheres of influence and aspects of the kingdom that govern the earth that God has given His people authority to execute and rule. These mountains have always belonged to God. However the church has retreated and relinquished control of what rightfully belonged to God over to the world.
The world has then taken what belonged to God and mishandled, mismanaged and perverted what rightfully belonged to Him. What do you expect when His people hand over His stuff to a corrupt world that is not interested in His kingdom or His will? It is no mistake that the arena in which the corruption is taking place and falling apart happens to be the same mountains that rightfully belong to our God.
So how does that relate to the great wealth transfer? Let us study on.
In short one of the reasons why the earth is experiencing such a shaking is because God is getting ready to transfer what is rightfully ours back into our hands. He is not giving us something new He is giving us what rightfully belongs to us. God wants the earth to be governed and controlled by His people. It is no mistake that there are mask calamities, hurricanes and other natural disasters that continue to happen. It is no mistake that the economy is crashing, the real estate market has crashed, the housing market has gone bust, and wall street market crashed. The arts and entertainment movement is going down hill believe it or not. People no longer want to see sexually explicit and high violent movies any more. There is too much of that in real life people are not willing to pay hard earned money for that anymore. There is a trend where people want to see more family oriented, morality driven movies. Every mountain that belongs to God, that was in the hands of sinners has either crashed and burned or is on it’s way. This is not by incident or happenstance.
I had a dream twice in a row years ago before the economy and the housing market was in trouble where I was sitting at my home church in Maryland. I see the Bishop get up and say, “the economy is going to crash”. Then I remember in my dream saying, “oh yeah pastor … said the same thing”.
I had dreams before the housing market crashed. I remember just being able to get a house for nothing because the housing market had went bust. The banks had gone bankrupt. I had dreams where I saw nothing but empty buildings because businesses had went bankrupt.
Now there is nothing to get worried or fearfully about. You must understand the pattern of God. God uses calamity to shake the earth. God always blessed His people in the time of famine. The shaking that is going on in the earth really is for your sake. If you are a Kingdom minded Christian whom God can trust. Just because you go to church and pay your tithes does not mean your Kingdom minded.
Hebrews 12:27 (KJV)
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
I believe our Father has had enough and He is getting ready to transfer the wealth because He wants His people to govern His earth that He gave us from the beginning of time. Again this is why the shaking has taken place. The question is not if it will happen rather the question remains will you be ready when it comes?
It may sound like a dream but there were six wealth transfers that happened in the bible. The next wealth transfer coming will be the seventh. It is no mistake that there are seven mountains of God and six wealth transfer have already occurred.
The first wealth transfer happened with Abraham. Genesis 12:10-20, Genesis 13:2, Isaac Genesis 26, 30. Jacob Genesis 31. Joseph Genesis 41. Israel Exodus 12 and the last one happened with Solomon 1 Kings 10:23.
If God did it before He can and will do it again. So how will the wealth transfer happen? It will happen through the seven mountains of God. The question that you must ask yourself is which mountain do you fall into?
I believe God is setting up His people to manifest His kingdom. The wealth transfer will not happen by happenstance. Money will not fall out of the sky. You must be prepared for when the door opens and God releases it. There now is a big push in the area of creativity, arts and entertainment. I believe there is also coming a significant shift into the hands of the believers in the area of real estate and land. You’re going to be able to obtain homes you didn’t build. I had a vision some years ago of empty buildings. I believe these buildings were empty for the sake of the Kingdom.
However God is not going to fill empty buildings with empty people who have empty mind sets. This is the time to begin to write your visions down begin to work on your gift. For example my gift in the area of creativity is writing. Writing is my passion it’s what I am good at. When God releases the wealth transfer He will do it for me in the area of the writing I have done.
My responsibility is to prepare and be ready. I have written seven books and am working on my eighth at the time this blog is being written. Now that is not set in stone for all believers. How God will transfer the wealth to one is not the same way He will transfer it to another. You may not be a writer maybe you’re a businessman or have always had an interest in the arts. Whatever your gifts are that is how the wealth will transfer to you. If you are not prepared when the door opens you won’t possess the land. Kingdom domination is not for those who have not been found faithful. The other thing to remember is if God cannot trust you He won’t release anything to you. If you are not sure in your relationship with God and not living a sanctified life before Him He will not release it to you.
Remember increase absent from character, integrity and truth is dangerous. If you live an unholy life in an apartment why in the world would God bless you with a house? What you have not conquered will only conquer you in the long run. So this is a season of preparation.
I encourage you to write down your visions and dreams from God. God will release Kingdom ideas and creativity in your spirit. Don’t try to make it happen it will manifest in due time but have a clear and precise plan for when God releases it. It will happen.
God will give divine strategies and instructions.
I speak now the creative nature of the Holy Spirit to begin to manifest and illuminate your very being now.
In Jesus name.
Samaria Colbert © 2012
One of the areas that God has allowed me to walk in is the supernatural wisdom of God. I always talk about the wisdom of God and the ability to rightfully discern. One area that we tend to overlook a great deal is in the area of wisdom. We focus more on signs, wonders and miracles but not the wisdom of God. As I stated in the last blog the greatest enemy to the body of Christ is wisdom and discernment. The bible says that people perish for lack of knowledge not lack of a sign and a wonder. Not for lack of the prophetic or apostolic anointing for lack of knowledge. When the bible talks about knowledge it is not talking about book knowledge or mans knowledge. It is talking about the lack of the ability to know, hear and truly perceive who God is and how we are to walk truly in His kingdom. Therefore we can rightfully conclude that when the bible says people perish for lack of knowledge a great part of that perish would be due to the lack of the wisdom of God.
Hosea 4:6 (NKJV)
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.
I read a series of books by Bill Hamon author of books about prophets and prophetic ministries. I highly recommend anyone called to the office of a prophet and/or prophetic ministry to pick up these books. In Dr. Hamons book: Prophets and Prophetic Movement he talks about how God had tried his faith. He had incidents where prophecies did not come to pass then he lost a property that he had been believing God for after he received a prophetic word that it would be paid for. After he sought God for what was going on God said to him He could have given him the land and the building overnight but God wanted him to gain maturity and wisdom. God specifically told Dr. Hamon He couldn’t grow wisdom and maturity in him without taking him through certain processes.
You see the gift of wisdom is just that a gift but the ability to operate and walk in that gift can only be developed overtime and in process. The greatest gift that God will ever bless His people with is wisdom and discernment.
So what does it mean to operate in the wisdom of God?
Proverbs 1:1-7 (NKJV) Read
To operate in the wisdom of God simply means to know God’s divine instructions for you and if you are called to prophetic ministry the body of Christ. To be able to receive instruction and correction. To know the knowledge of God. The ability to hear and increase in learning. Many people who walk in the wisdom of God are natural teachers but also have a hunger for learning. They are also very teachable and have the ability to seek wise counsel.
Proverbs 2:1-7 (NKJV)
The Value of Wisdom
1 My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
And find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
Someone who walks in wisdom is also someone who walks in the maturity of God. Remember the gifts of God are without repentance. Romans 11:29 You can have someone who operates in sign and wonders. Can teach the bible like no other. The only indication of a mature saint is their ability to walk in wisdom and obedience.
I personally am not impressed by someone’s ability to preach and prophesy. Demons can preach and prophesy accurately by the way. The wisdom of God is what really matters. Remember gifts are in you from the wound. You don’t have to be processed into your gift, you do have to processed into wisdom and the anointing. When you operate in the wisdom of God you can rightfully discern the times, seasons and whether or not what you see is from the heart of God or man. Along with wisdom there is always discernment. These two are like kissing cousins they don’t ever separate from one another. With wisdom comes discernment, with discernment there is always wisdom. They are always inter changeable and again they are never separate. It’s like getting a two for one special both go hand and hand. When you walk in wisdom you don’t lean on your own understanding but your sole dependence is in the path that God has set before you. When you walk in wisdom you are not wise in your own eyes.
Characteristics of wisdom:
I personally have seen people who can articulate deep things in God, yet when you look at their every day life they make stupid decisions and don’t use wisdom. Regardless of how much someone talks about God the only indication of them using the wisdom of God is when they walk in it.
So the first indication that someone walks in the wisdom of God is their ability to make wise decisions. Wisdom is not something that you can display it must be walked out. You have to ask does this person represent mind of God in their everyday life.
A lot of times people who don’t use the wisdom of God attached faith to justify foolishness. They do things absent from wisdom and say they heard God say this or that. Remember the wisdom of God always prepares. God is not going to do anything in your life unless He prepares you for it first. So no God is not going to release you into ministry unless He first processes and then prepares you. God is not going to bless you with a husband or a wife unless He prepares you for it first.
Remember God is not a fool. Christians love to make Him look like He is. God is not going to have you in something that He has not first gave you provisions for.
A lot of times people end up having to back track and finish unfinished steps but had they used wisdom in the first place, God would have had them finish this up first then move forward.
Wisdom waits on God. People who don’t walk in the wisdom of God are always out of the will of God. They are always trying to step ahead of God. They are always moving forward without hearing from God first. People who don’t operate in wisdom are always trying to network and make things happen in their own strength. They don’t understand the simplicity or God. Someone who does not operate in the wisdom of God is really a immature Christian no matter how good they can preach and prophesy. They don’t know how to wait on God for further instructions. Remember scripture says the step of a righteous man are ordered by God.
People who don’t walk in wisdom receive revelation from God but are not content to wait on God for His next step so they start plotting and planning trying to manifest the vision God gave them. Remember God has a plan and knows how He will get us to manifest it. It is not up to us to figure it out it is up to God to bring us to it. People who don’t walk in wisdom are always busy trying to do the business of God or ministry. They don’t know how to rest in God. Often times these people are so busy in God they miss God Himself. Wisdom seeks God’s face not His hand.
People who don’t operate in the wisdom of God have a hard time receiving instruction. They have already perceived in their mind what they want irregardless of what God really has to say. They also don’t seek wise counsel if wise counsel is given they don’t receive it.
People who don’t walk in the wisdom of God don’t respect authority. When corrected they become easily offended. People who don’t walk in wisdom again show arrogance and pride. When you correct them in their wrong instead of receiving it they look at you as if something is wrong with you. I always find it odd when people say they heard from God yet they never receive a word of correction from Him. The truth of the matter is when God speaks it is not always a, “I am going to bless you word”. Often times it is God pointing out an area that He is going to refine in you. He will say, “no or this is not your time yet.” In God believe it or not you will receive closed doors before there is an open door. People who say in God there is always an open door before there are closed door are wrong and again haven’t been processed into wisdom. Before you ever get to an open door in God there will be closed doors first. When it is your time then God will open the door. People who don’t operate in wisdom are always trying to pry open doors that God has not opened for them yet. They are always trying to go places in the spirit that God has not released them to yet. Remember you should never go places in the spirit God has not released to you because that is when you tap into a familiar spirit. A familiar spirit is a spirit that looks like God and acts likes God, prophesies like God but is from the demonic world.
People who don’t walk in wisdom don’t know how to shut up. Yes that’s right I said it shut up. When you truly walk in wisdom there is a quietness in your spirit that represents the peace of God. People who don’t walk in wisdom have diarrhea of the mouth they simply don’t know how to stop talking. Remember the wisdom of God knows when and what to release to the people. You can’t release everything to everybody. You must only release or feed the people what they can handle. Would you put a plate full of steak, meat and potatoes in front of a one year old child and say, “okay now eat up”? Absolutely not. When you operate in the wisdom of God you know what to release and what not to release. You know the timing of God.
Remember just because you can say something doesn’t mean you should. Wisdom knows what to speak particularly in front of people who maybe different than you. Sometimes you have to know what to speak and what to keep to yourself. Sometimes you have to not let your right hand know what you left hand is doing. You have to approach things with God’s agenda without stating this is God’s agenda. If you walk in the wisdom of God you know when to shut up and know when to speak up there is a big difference. Joseph is a great example of this. Just because God gives you great visions and dreams doesn’t mean He wants you to tell other people particularly if they can’t perceive where God is taking you. Often times God is speaking to you for your own understanding it may not be meant for the people yet.
Psalm 103:7 (NKJV)
7 He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel
Remember the ability to see or operate in signs and wonders is not and indication of operating in the wisdom of God. The Lord told me a few years ago. “There are some I want to reveal My glory to and there are some whom I want to release My glory through.” In the scripture above God revealed His acts to the children of Israel it simple means He showed them great signs and wonders so that they would believe. The world and immature Christians needs signs and wonders to increase their faith and cause them to believe. However God reveals His ways to Moses. This means God trusted Moses to reveal Himself to not just His acts. God would talk to Moses as a friend. God trust Moses so much that He could release His words to Moses.
Isaiah 55:8 (NKJV)
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
The thoughts of God represents His mind or His will. The ways of God represent the path that He would take. God shows non believers and immature Christians His power through signs and wonders which then increases their faith and causes them to believe. However when you have reached a maturity in God then He trust you enough to allow you into His mind and why He does what He does. Knowing the ways of God means you know true intimacy of God. The people of Israel knew God’s power they didn’t know intimacy with God. God wanted them to believe in Him, God chose Moses to know God personally.
Moses represented a man of God who walked in the wisdom of God. The people of Israel represents immature Christians who needed sign and wonders to believe. So when God told me He wants to reveal His glory to people it means He wants people to see signs and wonders so that it caused them to believe that He is God. However when God changes your position you become a vessel. Then God uses you to reveal His glory through. You become the vessel by which the glory, signs and wonders are being shown through not just to. Glory to means God wants you to see signs and wonders. Glory through means you begin ministering powerfully, signs and wonders begin to manifest through you. Now you are not a spectator you are participator.
For example one of ministries that I absolutely respect is Benny Hinn’s. Most of you know he is a great man of God who has healing crusades all over the world. When I was young I would sit for hours and cry just watching those signs and wonders. I was so amazed I wanted to feel God like that. I also wanted God to use me like that. Now that I have grown up in God I still respect this man of God’s ministry however I am not so much fascinated with the signs and wonders but I love his teachings. To me the ability to really begin to teach the word with revelation and knowledge into the kingdom of God is what fascinates me I am so hungry for God’s word.
God told me one time, “I have chosen you to understand the secrets of the mysteries of the kingdom of God.” This is also the wisdom of God.
The disciples were with Jesus and they asked Him, “How come you speak to the people in parables”? Jesus said this:
11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
Parables are like illustrations or pictures. So imagine when you were a child in kindergarten you went to school where they taught you things in colors. You wrote in crayons and sang songs. When you got to college you don’t write things in crayons. Your professors don’t start out in singing to have you understand the concepts that they are trying to teach you. No way.
It is the same in the kingdom of God. God spoke to the people in parables or pictures so that they could comprehend His kingdom. However the disciples those who truly walked with God were chosen to understand the mysteries in God, He spoke to them plainly. Why? Because they had been chosen to operate on another dimension in God. They weren’t called to just see they were called to do.
It is the same when you walk in wisdom. It means you have been chosen to operate in another dimension in God. You don’t get so caught up in what you see but you are more aware of what you don’t see. When you walk in the wisdom of God then He begins to give you supernatural instructions, plans and mysteries begin to awaken unto you.
Again wisdom increases overtime and in process. It is your everyday ordinary operating that indicates whether or not you operate in wisdom or not. As the wisdom increases then you begin to transition into operating in the wisdom of God in ministry.
People who operate in the wisdom of God have God like perception. They can rightfully discern whether this thing they see is of God. They can also perceive areas that need to be dealt with in the spirit. People who walk in wisdom see what others around them don’t see.
When you walk in wisdom you have perception. Perception is how you view something not how you see things. Sounds crazy but seeing happens from your natural eye, perception happens from your mind. How you see with your natural mind impacts how you see things in the physical. When you walk in wisdom you are have view from God perspectives not man. Wisdom introduces you to the view from the kingdom perspective.
Wisdom must be sought. When you seek God’s opinion regarding any situation you are really seeking His wisdom. There is security in wisdom. There is a way in wisdom. There is a call to wisdom. There is a spirit of excellence in wisdom. Proverbs 2:4,5
Proverbs 2:4-5 (NKJV)
4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
And find the knowledge of God.
Remember it is the wisdom of God that releases the kingdom of God. To know how to appropriately operate and manifest the kingdom of God you must know and walk in the supernatural wisdom of God. Remember people who try to separate the kingdom of God from the church are out of order and not in the will of God.
Matthew 16:18 (NKJV)
18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Remember the church is a God idea. His kingdom is a God like idea. The church is the bride of Christ whom Jesus died for. The kingdom of God is the manifested Glory of God brought to earth. You access the kingdom by seeking the King. The body of Christ or the church is His heart and His bride.
The church is not a small piece of the kingdom. The church is the body of Christ. People who try to separate the church from the kingdom are trying to separate Christ from His own body. This simply cannot be done. The body of Christ is the church and the church is the body of Christ. The church is the only entity or group of people who God’s gives access to His kingdom. There is no one else who can have access to the kingdom other than His church (bride). Again when I talk about a church I am not talking about a building or denomination I am talking about the body of Christ.
People who try and separate the two are out of order and not of God. This is so pertinent and must be understood.
When we talk about warnings what we are seeing is an increase in signs and wonders but a decrease in the wisdom and discernment of God. People who are for the kingdom but not the church represent an anti Christ and the spirit of rebellion. Again because they subconsciously are trying to separate the body of Christ from His kingdom. It cannot be done!
When you try and do this a spirit of rebellion comes in. Watch people who have critical spirits. Watch people who always have something negative to say about other people particularly toward other Christians in leadership positions. This is a high ranking principality that exist in the heavenlies. When you begin to speak against a particular group of people, leadership or the kingdom of God, and it citizens you give this principality access. It begins to opens doors to the demonic world and begins to destroy lives.
A great example of this would be Mariam Moses sister. She began to speak against Moses and it angered God to the point that God struck her with leprosy. Moses had to cry out to God and intercede on her behave. Numbers 12. Watch what you put your mouth against. As my pastor would say don’t speak about what you don’t understand. Shut up, pray and ask God for understanding if need be but don’t speak against, make fun of or use any verbal assaults against. God will and still does release curses for this very reason. Jude 1:8-10, 19. Vein words causes division and come from people who are not led by the spirit. You walk in wisdom when you are being led by the spirit even in your conversation.
Even if you perceive things that need to be corrected in churches, the body of Christ and leadership. Again here is the wisdom of God. God is showing you these things so that you can begin to intercede. Often times those whom God has called to ministry God is using the example He shows you to teach you what not to do. God is not sending you to give correction often times He is calling you to intercede and stand in the gap until the correction is made.
I am a little leery of people who talk against leaders in the body of Christ yet they haven’t walked in their shoes. Interesting. I am not being judgmental but again use wisdom, sit back, shut up and observe. People who have critical spirits towards a particular group, people, leaders and pastors often carry an underlying spirit rejection themselves. They have a hard time submitting to any authority, they surround themselves with “Yes” people who also have no discernment, they cannot receive correction, they think everyone is wrong simply because they don’t agree. These are the same people who tend to birth themselves out into ministry prematurely before God has released them. They develop ministries not because God has called them to but out of a need to be accepted.
Remember to use wisdom. We are fighting a war that exist in the heavenlies.
Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Where do principalities and powers exist? Not in a low place or under your feet in high places. Where do rulers exist? In places of authority. Where are host of wickedness? According to this scripture they are in heavenly places.
We must put on the whole armor of God. Perceive what really is in front of us based upon our spiritual eyes and not what we see. Even now there is an uprising of false prophets who can perform signs and wonders. In many cases it can appear as if the false prophets can perform greater signs and wonders than real prophets. Remember if a minister’s words, signs and wonders are not submitted to the foot of the cross and in Christ they are false prophets no matter how sincere they are.
The only way you are truly able to rightfully discern is by using the wisdom and discernment of God. People who don’t carry the wisdom of God don’t have discernment.
Matthew 11:12 (NKJV)
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
In the days to come God will give those who walk in the wisdom of God divine instructions as to how to navigate through His kingdom. Remember the wisdom of God also releases divine strategies and instructions that solves problems. God will give you a strategy to solve every problem. He gives business plans, creative solutions, million dollars ideas. Remember along with the wisdom of God, comes the wealth of God. Solomon introduced us to this, even now to this day when you walk in the wisdom of God His wealth will soon follow. When we seek His kingdom the wealth will come. Remember whatever God calls you to He will pay for it. If He hasn’t paid for it maybe your trying to access it absent from God’s purpose, plan and timing.
This is not a game. We are at war. You ability to win is dependent up your level of maturity in God. Immature soldiers don’t fight wars. Immature saints don’t fight spiritual battles either. It is time we put the children to bed, now is the time for the real warriors to stand up and do battle. We already won the war believe it or not but now is still the time to fight.
Warning: When you walk in the wisdom of God often times it can causes you to be ostracized and persecuted. You will find that people would rather believe a lie rather than the truth. When you represent the truth it’s as if people want to close their ears and run in the opposite direction.
When you walk in wisdom you represent forward thinking. Meaning you make decisions today anticipating the future. People who don’t walk in wisdom only are concerned about today. They make right now decisions instead of God decisions.
When you walk in the wisdom of God you won’t move out of His will. Can God trust you with more than is acts? Can He release His mind?
Something to think about.
For more detail be sure to purchase my book: Wisdom, Warnings and Warfare. There is so much more to learn about this subject.
Samaria Colbert © 2012
How would you like your church or ministry to grow from 50 members to 3,000 members in one day? Have you ever heard of a ministry growing from 50 members to 3,000 in one day? Well believe it not it has happened before.
Acts 2:1-4 (KJV)
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
We should know the story by now, if not I encourage you to read it in it's entirety. The story goes on to say that the Holy Spirit fell and they began to speak in tongues and foreign languages. Peter who was previously so scared and denied Jesus at that moment gets up and boldly proclaims the word of the Lord. It teaches us that the anointing is what will also break the yoke of fear and give you boldness. Look at what happens here.
Acts 2:40-41 (NKJV)
A Vital Church Grows
40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.”
41 Then those who gladly[a] received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
Look at God! In one day they went from being a small group of people praying and waiting on God to growing to 3,000 members. Wow, all in one day! Most churches that grow to 3,000 members in a couple of years would be considered the fastest growing church in the area. Can you imagine such growth in one day?
This is just one example. The apostle Paul never spent time laboring trying to convince people to join his church. In fact he was operating and functioning as an Apostle as he planted multiple churches in multiple sights and they ALL grew. This was before the days of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, satellite dishes etc.. When it is God's work, it will grow. As yourself this question, is your house built by God or man? Again you don’t want to spend your time in life trying invest in a relationship, a church, a career that God didn’t build. You put in hard work but as the scripture says your labor is in vain. If God wants you to birth it, He will also build it.
Psalm 127:1-3 (NKJV)
1 Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
I recently moved to a completely different city that was more than an hour and a half away from my old home. Moving can be quite a chore, packing up, organizing, decluttering. I love the idea of moving to a new place. I love experiencing a different way of living. I always said when I was a child I wanted to live in different places and travel the world before I settled down. So I love the idea of moving, off with the old and on to the new. However, I must confess I hate the idea of actually moving my stuff. When I get more finances I am actually going to pay someone to pack up and move my stuff for me.
Anyway, it’s been a few years since my last move. When I first moved I was fresh out of graduate school, looking for a job and a place to stay. So after not moving for a few years I guess I forgot how things went when you are the new girl in the city.
So after organizing, packing up and getting ready after a few days later I finally find myself somewhat organized with the help of my parents and in my new bed. Oddly enough Christians can be strange fruit when it comes to new people. As I arrived in my new city, having not been in the city two days I kid you not I had multiple and I do mean multiple request to come to other peoples church. I said I would visit but then I felt awkward saying no. I felt like if I said no I am not interested in visiting your church I would offend some people.
The truth of the matter is I had been looking for a church for a while now. I knew that I would move long before I ever packed up a bag and knew where too. I just knew in my spirit that this was the will of God. I personally think that the church you decide to join is one of the greatest choices you will ever have to make, next to the person you choose to spend the rest of your life with.
I know what kind of church I am looking for. I could care less about superficial things like size and if the music is to my liking. Although those things are to be considered if we aren’t so super spiritual and be honest. If you go to the church where the praise team is a hot mess more than likely the rest of the church will be also but that is neither here or there. I know the kind of church that I want to be apart of.
For me personally I have to be at a church that functions in the five fold ministry Apostle, Prophet, Pastor, Teacher and Evangelist. Sorry folks I am not interested in joining a new ministry. This is just my opinion you may have your own. I grew up around small churches where we heard messages about the building fund and how God is going to grow us. Been there done that got the t-shirt, not interested.
I personally don’t want to go to a church that is too traditional. Meaning if you have a church bulletin, with the order of service and Hymnal 1, 2 and 3 already preset more than likely your church is not for me. If your church sings that song, “all things come of thee Oh Lord and have thine own perfect will”. After the reciting of the written affirmation it’s more than likely not my church. Mind you there are churches that are very much like that and I don’t have a personal problem with any of them but I know me.
Wherever you go to get the word of God is up to you. Like I said I don’t think there is anything wrong with churches like that. I also don’t like to go to a church that is too modern. For example, I attended a church were it was like a rock concert every Sunday. The people would come to church with mini skirts on and tight jeans. It appeared as though some of the members would come to church with there club gear on just in case they had a party to go to after church or something. Mind you the word was good but not my kind of church. I think churches like that are more geared towards winning the unsaved and keeping the babies in Christ saved.
The point is there is a church for any and everyone. Church is not about form or fashion. Although I have to say I disagree with the club gear at church some things just should never be. You still should respect yourself and God and know where you are. Christians shouldn’t be going to clubs let alone wearing club attire at all and definitely not to church.
Church is more about your destiny. It is not a place where you are to be spoon fed and made to be happy long enough to get you through the week. Church is about knowing and receiving from God. When God connects you to a church it is just like a divine connection because a church has to do with your divine purpose for living. That’s why if you go to a church for any other reason your spirit man will die. We don’t go to church for the experience or for personalities. We go to church because we need to be around like believers where you can receive an imparted word, where you can get divine instructions and where the vision God has for you is awakened.
The point is you can hear from God anywhere. I typically hear from God when I am alone, when I go to the church that God has connected me to I receive confirmation based upon the word God has already spoken to me. Now some people go to church to hear a word from God and that is fine. But when you are a mature Christian you already got a word, you go to church for more than just a word from God.
In fact I always say our spiritual leaders don’t become God for us. They don’t become God’s voice for us. They don’t replace your own personal relationship with God. However a good church should always teach you the principles of how to hear the voice of God for yourself. Your church is not about your pastor. It is not really even about you it is about God’s kingdom and Him preparing His body to manifest His purpose on earth. The only way you get to know the kingdom is through His church. You cannot separate God’s kingdom from His church. So be cautious when you hear people say things like I am about the kingdom of God and not church. God never separated His kingdom from His church never. That is the anti-Christ spirit that tries and separate God from His bride. The anti-Christ wants to be spiritual, operate in signs and wonders but doesn’t want to submit it’s members to anybody called His church.
The point is as I was moving I had begun to contemplate what church I was going to. I had already decided long before I went what churches I was going to visit and possibly join. I honestly became overwhelmed by the amount of people who wanted me to come to their church. It was crazy.
I had been in the city literally two days and had multiple offers to go to someone’s church. I honestly could see it meant so much to them that I didn’t have the heart to say no. Then I thought how in the world am I going to be able to visit all of these churches. Most of them I had no intention of joining. I would only be visiting in a way to appease someone else. I even had people really try to push me to join their church. I went to a church for bible study and people were just so excited. Mind you I am just a quiet girl from nowhere I am nobody special it’s not like I am some celebrity trying to visit someone’s church.
People barely know my name, all they saw was a new face and new body possibly to join their church. I even had someone flat out asked me, “how did you like the message?” I replied I enjoyed it. Mind you that was it, I enjoyed it there wasn’t much to it so I wasn’t overly excited about it but it was okay. Then she quickly asked me was I coming back on Sunday. Mind you I had already predetermined in my mind within the first minutes of being their that I would not be returning. It wasn’t bad but sometimes you just know what’s for you and what is not for you. I could see the disappointment when I had to just flat out tell her no I would not be at her church that Sunday.
As I look at my surroundings I literally see a church on every corner. I see big churches, little churches, medium churches. I am sure every single one of them would love to have a new tither in their mist.
I even had people literally try to manipulate and get me to be at their church. It was crazy. In the name of discretion I won’t go into detail but really. I am not making this stuff up and I can honestly tell you that was not the first time it happened to me. I thought how sad.
It’s like now a days people are more church evangelist and not Christ evangelist. When you are a church evangelist you try to get as many people as you can come to your church. You are like a recruiter for the United States Army but instead you are a recruiter for your church. When you are a Christ evangelist you are trying to evangelist people to Christ not your church.
I thought if these same people would have asked me about prayer or my life. Not that I need that but if we have a heart of God and evangelize to people about Christ. Maybe even come with a word don’t you know that people will come to your church? People are hungry for the word not to come to another church. Particularly when there is a church on every corner. Some within walking distance of the other.
My main criteria for the church is the word. I could care less how someone preaches or prophesies. At some point in your walk with Christ you get over the hype and you just want the word. I am not interested in the acrobatics of church. I am not interested in emotionalism in church. All I care about is the word. I am a student and I love to be taught. If the man or woman of God can teach the word of God with a level of revelation knowledge you are good with me. If when you preach I have to take out my notepad and take notes, then that is my kind of church.
You see the point is when your vision is from God and is anointed by Him you don’t have to play games to get people into the seats. You don’t have to strive and work hard to get people to come to your church and join. You don’t even have to make a huge announcement. If it is in the will of God it will grow. The anointing is what attracts. Again people are hungry for the word not your church.
When you have to work hard to evangelize your church you are not in the will of God. If you have a church that you believe is in the will of God but it doesn’t grow you have to ask yourself is this a church that God has built or man? There is a difference.
Psalm 127:1 (KJV)
1.Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
You don’t have time to waste. It is a sad thing to spend your life working on a vision that God never told you to build. Believe it or not people have spent years trying to get a vision to grow that God never told them to build. Notice the scripture says it is God who builds the house. When you are in the will of God He draws people to it by the anointing. You don’t have to work hard when God is in it all you have to do is get into the flow or stream with God. All you do is get into position. If you have been a part of a vision for 20 and 30 years and it has never grown then your vision is not from God. You may think that I sound harsh but I don’t care. Whenever God is in it, it will grow.
The example is given by the Apostles all they needed was the Holy Spirit to fall.
So to answer the question how do you get your church or ministry to grow supernaturally?
It is the anointing and the anointing alone. If it is God, He grows it.
Anything else, networking, business cards, manipulating, teleconferences are tools not in and within themselves meant birth yourself out into ministry. ARE NOT OF GOD NEITHER HIS WILL.
AGAIN HOW DO YOU GROW YOUR MINISTRY SUPERNATURALLY? TURN YOUR PLATE DOWN, TURN YOUR CELL PHONE OFF! GET ON YOUR KNEES LIKE THEY DID ON THE DAY OF PENTECOSTE AND PRAY. DON’T MOVE UNTILL YOU HEAR GOD.
IT IS THE ANOINTING THAT DRAWS THE PEOPLE. EVERYTHING ELSE IS LABORING IN VAIN.
WHEN GOD BUILDS YOU A HOUSE HE WILL DRAW THE PEOPLE TO FILL IT.
Hey, it's tight but it is right. Some maybe be disappointed that I didn’t reveal some big secret but it is better to believe the truth rather than a lie.
You can network your way into many things, i.e business, positions, jobs but not into your ministry and kingdom assignment.
Samaria M Colbert © 2013
New King James Version (NKJV)
35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.
Confidence means full assurance, full certainty. There are many different areas that we exert confidence in. We must have full confidence in God. The bible has a few things to say about confidence. Confidence is so important to your development as a Christian. If you don’t have confidence, you don’t stand a chance. One of the strategies of the enemy is to rob you of your confidence. The anointing always flows through your confidence. For example, if God is telling you, “you are a winner”, but you keep telling God, “I am a loser.” God can’t move in your life as He wants to, because your lack of belief prevents the plan of God from coming forth.
Confidence is a good thing. Confidence is not the same as arrogance. Arrogance is the same as pride. Arrogance is an overarching sense of self importance. When a person is arrogant, they put themselves on a pedestal at the expense of others. Arrogance is when a person has a sense of superiority over others. For example, an arrogant person believes they are better than others. They make precocious statements about their own accomplishment while putting down another’s lack of accomplishments. I once heard a minister talk about his many accomplishments, all the while stating to the audience how they couldn’t do the same thing. This is an example of arrogance. Making statements like, “I have been saved for 10 years and you can't stay saved for five minutes.” Is an example of arrogance. This is someone who is boasting while putting another down, thereby displaying arrogance.
God absolutely despises the proud and arrogant. Proud means arrogance. God considers arrogance an abomination.
Proverbs 16:5 (NKJV)
5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD;
Though they join forces,[a] none will go unpunished
Revelation 21:8 (KJV)
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Proverbs 6:16-19 (NKJV)
16 These six things the LORD hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.
Abomination means a thing that causes disgust or hatred. It means vile, shameful, detestable, greatly disliked. God greatly dislikes pride and arrogance. In fact, when leaders fall, it is always preceded by their own pride.
Proverbs 16:18 (NKJV)
18 Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall
Haughty also means proud, arrogant, vain, conceited, snobbish, superior, self-important, pompous, supercilious, condescending, and patronizing.
By the way homosexuality is an abomination before God.
Leviticus 18:22 (NKJV)
22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.
It may seem that pride and arrogance are small matters, but to God, they are major disgraces before Him. God will not put up with arrogance in people, nations, or leaders.
There is a major difference between confidence and arrogance. Many people confuse the two. When you are confident, you know who are in Christ and you recognize without Him, you can do nothing. Arrogance on the other hand, is perverted confidence in ones one’s ability, that in turn, allows an individual to mistreat and put down another.
However, false humility is not of God either. False humility is the exact opposite of arrogance. False humility is lack confidence. It means to not acknowledge one’s accomplishments, to put others on a pedestal above themselves and not act or feel worthy of praise. Persons who exhibit false humility have an inability to receive. They can’t receive from man and they certainty cannot receive from God.
Humility is silent confidence in God. Humility means to submit yourself to God’s authority and to recognize that it is through Him that we are able to do mighty works. The bible says some awesome things about humble people. One of the greatest leaders that ever lived was known as a humble man. A humble person has a spirit of submission and servitude.
The remainder of this article can be found in the book entitled; Trusting God Isn't Easy By It is Worth it. Chapter 10. To purchase your copy go to the book store.
Samaria M Colbert © 2013
Tips to goal setting:
In my practice I set a lot of goals for the clients. Goals are written on the treatment plan, so that we know what we are working on and due to time limitations how we will get there.
Goals are what you want to accomplish. Interventions are how you will get there.
Things to know about goals, no matter how lofty they must be measurable. For example; Samaria will be able to decrease depressive symptoms as evidenced by displaying a decrease in crying spells from 7 days a week to less than three days a week. (I know it sounds strange but it is just an example)
When it comes to my personal goals I do something similar. What do I want to accomplish? How will I get there? What is the indicator that I have accomplished that goal? For me most of my goals are about my passions, writing, ministry, counseling if you hadn’t already guessed.
1. Start with an overall goal. Be careful because when you have a big goal, it is easy to get discouraged before you begin because the goal it so big.
2. What is the time frame? Example: Jane wants to have a 150 page book completed in 6 weeks. This is measurable. If the goals was Jane wants to complete a book, that is not measurable, although it is a goal.
3. Make the goal measurable based upon your own time frame and what you honestly believe you can do. Jane decided that if she writes roughly five pages a day for the next six weeks, give or take a few she will have her book completed by then. (Not including, editing, graphics, etc)
1. Have a accountability partner, if you don’t have one post your goals on facebook. I am not that brave yet but it is a good idea, knowing you have supportive people and to be honest some haters pushing you to do it, helps.
2. Don’t give up! Life will happen while you’re working towards your goal, determine in your heart not to give up. Know before going into it that there will be something.
3. For writing I just write first, then I revise what I say to ensure it makes sense. It inhibits the creative process, when you are constantly trying to fix and tweak stuff. Write it as the Holy Spirit leads then go back, read over it and start fixing it.
4. Write it down! Write your ideas down. I carry a notebook and I write as I get an idea. Most of the time the ideas eventually become titles of chapters. It may not be the project that I am working on at that moment but it ends up being somewhere without me trying.
5. Enjoy the process, don’t be so busy trying to get something accomplished that you miss out on the spontaneity of life. Enjoy your life.
6. Learn to say no. Sometimes what you are working on is more important than temporary satisfaction. When people demand your time as much as you possibly can say no. Of course for those who are wives, mothers, husbands etc this may not always be possible. The point is when you are pursing your dreams you must set boundaries. People mean well but your pursuit is more important. Value your time like money, be careful how and who you spend it on.
7. Why I do what I do. I remember a few years ago, I was at a job I hated, dreaming that one day I would be able to work on a project God told me to write. I remember being so stressed out from that job by the time I got home, I would go to sleep and pray the next day wouldn’t come so quickly. Thank God for deliverance, I no longer work at that job.
However it made me think. There will never be the perfect time to pursue your goals never. There will always be something getting in the way. The reality is your current situation is not conducive to your kingdom pursuit. Eventually God will open the door for you to do your kingdom assignment full time. If you wait for the right time it will never happen.
I thank God for all the jobs I hated yet had to go to. I believe He allows us to be uncomfortable so we pursue something greater. Are you uncomfortable? I guess not, because it is uncomfortability that will push you to pursue the greater in you. If you’re not pursuing it you are comfortable enough, no matter how much you complain about your current situation.
Finally when I am working on a project I never concern myself on who will read it. Who will purchase it, whether or not I will be a New York Times Best Seller. I know it is on the way. I know what God has promised me. My responsibility is to write. So I am pursuing my goals for the right motives not because I am trying to be seen.
Do yourself a favor, do it! Go for it! Write it! Your life depends upon it!
Remember in Christ we have the spirit of a finisher. He starts something in us and He will complete it. If our Father is like that towards us. We have His DNA in us, in you is the ability to finish what you start. You must start it in order to finish it!
The Message (MSG)
There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.
Samaria M Colbert © 2014