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Fruitful in a Painful Place

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Don’t Stress…You’ve got FAVOR on YOUR side!

To study the life of one of my favorite biblical characters, would take you to Genesis and the life of Joseph. His story is one that I never grow tired of preaching, and I encourage you to read. Maybe it’s because Joseph was a picture of Christ. He was the beloved son of his father Jacob, just like Jesus was the beloved son of God. Joseph came up from the depths of prison into power and Jesus came up from the depths of hell with all power. While there are many parallels, Joseph’s story is a phenomenal illustration of how to survive the painful places when you’ve been invited into greatness and the favor of God is resting on your life.

Great favor brings great jealousy and hatred.

Unfortunately, this comes with the territory. It has absolutely nothing to do with anything you have said, or anything you have done. It is just that God has chosen to set you apart and that makes some uncomfortable. Whenever God begins to bless your life, some will hate you simply because of your favor. It’s easy to become confused. You think others would be happy for you, especially those close to you. Unfortunately, often times, this is not the case.

However, you can’t become discouraged and give up. You have to recognize that your favor belongs to you. No one can take it from you and you can’t give it up just because someone else doesn’t want you to have it. Being hated is a part of being blessed. You can be hated a long time before you figure out what’s really going on.

No need to fret…This is a good sign God is with you!

When the enemy understands God is about to elevate you and take you places, the fight is on. Rest assured something big is about to happen in your life. The fact that he’s fighting you is a good indicator God is getting ready to raise you up and that makes him angry. A sovereign God is about to make your enemies your foot stool. Keep a sweet spirit, keep smiling, and keep doing what you do. Keep clean hands, keep a pure heart and keep moving. When you can take a licking and keep on ticking God will bless your life with favor.

Nothing happens by accident. God is a strategist and He has a plan for you.

God does not give you a mark of distinction by giving you a title. He does it by giving you power, anointing and authority. The anointing that rests on your life not only sets you apart, it means God did it. There is a reason you need to hear this month’s partners’ message, Fruitful in a Painful Place. God knows what doors He is about to open and what connections you are about to make in 2015. He is trying to set you up for the supernatural and He wants you to expect it and anticipate it. He wants you to know if He doesn’t get you out, He’s going to bless you while you’re in.

Trust Him when you can’t Trace Him…

Joseph didn’t know what God was going to do for him in His places of pain, because God was silent. God didn’t intervene, or speak on Joseph’s behalf. He was quiet in the midst of Joseph’s trouble, but Joseph waited on the Lord. He waited until he could see what God said! I guess that’s why I love his story so much. The lineage and the heritage of Joseph will strengthen, encourage, enlighten and ignite the faith of anyone who has ever found themselves in a conflicted place. If what you’re looking at does not look like what God promised, stand, worship, wait, pray, press, be faithful and trust God knowing you are about to be fruitful in a painful place!!!

I pray that God empowers you with supernatural strength, unbelievable favor, with an abundance of blessings that will rest on you and yours all year through.

I’m so blessed and grateful to know that you continue to stand with me in prayer month after month. May God perpetually shower His blessings upon you!

– Pastor Brady

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Let the River Flow

There are immeasurable benefits to accessing the presence of God.  Psalm 16:11 tells us that in His presence there is fullness of joy; and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Whenever I think about a real relationship with God, my mind immediately begins to focus on what is necessary to access His presence.   That’s why I think it’s important to periodically go back and reinforce the foundation of what He has called us to do, which is to worship Him and give Him praise.

There is a Difference between Praise & Worship

To understand the line dividing praise and worship you have to address the purpose of the act and not the act itself.  Unfortunately, we have mixed culture with truth and the end result is misconceptions regarding praise and worship.  Praise is honoring God and thanking Him for what He does.  “Lord, I thank you for picking me up.  I thank you for bringing me out.  I thank You for feeding my children.”  That’s praise.  Worship on the other hand celebrates Him for who He is.  It addresses the unchangeable, unfailing, immutable things about God causing you to say, “Lord, You’re Holy.  You’re unwavering.  You’re sovereign.  You are God and God alone.”

Both praise and worship may be accompanied by fast or slow music, or even have the same body language.  But tears do not mean worship any more than shouting means praise.  So you’re probably asking yourself, “Then how can I know the difference between the two acts when the actions are the same?”

God is not limited by our limited concepts of worship…

Praise and worship is not decided by music style and movement.  It is not defined by education, emotion, ethnicity, culture, or gender.   You can only know the difference when you understand the purpose behind the expressions.  Even once you understand the expression, you must also know that praise and worship are equally important.  Each one is concurrent flowing towards the destination of His presence.  You see, “thanks” gives you access into the gates, “praise” into the courts, and “worship” is what you do once you’re there, in His presence

Let The River Flow…

When you have a river of worship in your life, you can be replenished, refreshed, revived and renewed by opening your mouth and letting your river flow.  I have barely scratched the surface of all I want to impart to you about praise and worship.  I want you to understand why you don’t have to fight your battles in the flesh; and why worship is sometimes more difficult for men than women.  I want you to realize the reasons and realities of needing the river of living water flowing through you washing your mind.  To hear this message in it’s entirety it’s available for instant download at

The Power of Encouragement

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No matter how you may try to avoid it, life happens.  When it does you can find yourself in a place of struggle; in the midst of mistakes and failures; trying to rebuild what you may have lost; or at the very least, finding the strength to just keep going.  Sometimes life can deliver a punch so hard it can take the fight right out of you and you become totally and completely discouraged.

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Hebrews 10:23 tells us to hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised…  We know that God will do exactly what He said.  We know if He has given you a promise it will surely come to pass.  However, until the expectation becomes reality there are always people more than willing to use any opportunity they can to plant seeds of negativity.  They will tell you, “You’ll never make it.”  “Do you really think God can use you?”   “You’ll never have a good name.” “You’ll never have your dream.” “It’s not going to work.”  Words.  Words delivered to discourage you.  Words designed to destroy you because discouragement handled incorrectly becomes demise.

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I don’t know of a greater example of this than the story of Nehemiah.  In short, the Babylonian army had overtaken the people of God.  The city was left in ruins and the temple had been devastated.  But God had promised the people earlier that the Babylonian empire would fall.  When it did they received word they could rebuild the temple of God.  There was only one problem, they had been through so much their hope, finances, resources and willpower were at an all time low.   They were tired.  The kind of tired that sleep doesn’t help.

God, in His faithfulness, knew what they needed and sent them a leader named Nehemiah.  Nehemiah began to encourage them with positive communication.  He created a plan to address the problem so they could regain their momentum. Nehemiah demonstrated the power of encouragement.

If Christ is really in us, then encouragement can surely help us to live out the gospel.

When you’ve lost so much, including your willpower and your desire, it’s a crazy feeling.  When you have no fight left, it’s easy to move into survival mode where your normal becomes “numb.”  When you’re in the presence of people trying to keep you down, it’s not easy to get up.  It’s not easy to straighten up when you’ve messed up.  Nevertheless, you’ve come too far, you can’t die now and you’re not at liberty to quit.   You need to know that, and so does someone else.

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another:…Hebrews 10:24-25.

Nehemiah developed strategies and tools that silenced the voices of those trying to get the people of God to forget who they were and give up.  They are the same strategies and tools we need for one another today.  You may not know what someone else is going through, but encouragement is the key to caring.  It’s the expression that will help somebody to keep going.  It’s exactly what they need to lift their countenance, dry their tears and put their praise back on.  Be intentional.  Look for opportunities to encourage someone else.  The Power of Encouragement is a life changer!

I want to encourage you today in whatever you’re facing to remember that God sees, He knows, and He’s about to send you the help and provision you need to succeed. I pray that He fortifies your strength and reignites your passion for purpose. You’re too close to the finish line to stop now, and in spite of who’s waiting for you to fail, there’s somebody counting on you to win.

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Stop Pumping Your Foot

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Are you pumping your foot?

I’m sure you’re wondering, “What exactly does pumping your foot mean?”  I’ll explain it to you this way. Sarah sending her Egyptian handmaid to her husband Abraham in order to have a son (Genesis 16), David taking a census to determine the strength of his army (2 Samuel 24), and Moses striking the rock verses speaking to the rock (Numbers 20:8-12), are all examples of the phrase “pumping your foot”.  It’s using human force to attempt to bring about a divine principle, promise, or command.  Each of these examples received a word from God, but in the midst of uncertainty, decided to bring it to pass in their own strength.

Many times God will give us a sneak peek into our future via His word, visions, dreams, prophecies, etc.  However, His timing in often cases seems like a mystery or puzzle to be solved.  It’s the gray area called the “waiting season” that challenges most believers.  Have you ever allowed ambition to motivate you to move prematurely, even if it was to accomplish God’s will?

If we take matters into our own hands to accomplish His purpose, then we are responsible for maintaining it not Him!

There’s a huge contrast between God bringing something to pass and you forcing it to happen in your own strength and time.  If you begin reading Genesis 2, beginning at verse 4, and then study Deuteronomy 11 beginning at verse 11, you’ll find two systems at work.  When God created the heaven and earth, and before man tilled the ground, there was no rain.  A mist came up from the earth and watered the ground.  But after the fall, they had to irrigate canals and “pump with their foot” in order to get water in Egypt.  Then, later you’ll find in Deuteronomy that after they possessed the land that God cared for, He promised to send the rain down and the blessings that came along with it.  All they had to do was love the Lord and serve Him with all their heart and soul.

You see, when we try to accomplish purpose in our own strength and timing, we may accomplish it however, it will be without the blessing.  In these cases there’s a constant struggle that eventually drains you dry which is the complete opposite of what God has intended for your life.  In His timing, there’s ease, peace, and strength.  Yes, you will still have opposition, but you’ll also have His supernatural grace to survive and His supernatural favor to thrive.

Let God Determine the Timing and the Means…

So much time, so many resources, and so much energy is wasted trying to get accolades from people.  Some try to drop the right names, get in with the right crowd, manipulate and maneuver into the right places to experience a channel of blessings.  Sometimes, because we are human we get so caught up in what we think we can produce with our own power and ability that we don’t even realize we’re missing the greater blessing God’s intended for us.

Setting goals, being driven and having aspirations to achieve, isn’t a negative thing at all.  But when you’re driven for the wrong reasons, with wrong motives, using wrong tactics; it becomes an unfortunate disadvantage to oneself, even if it’s for a right thing.

Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father above.

Everything you need, and everything you have comes down from God.  It is the Lord who blesses you.  If you could truly grab hold of that principle it would totally change your life.  God may use people to get things to you, but real promotion, advancement, favor, etc., is not horizontal.  They all come down like rain which is symbolic of the blessing of the Lord.

I encourage you today to wait for His rain. If you are going to receive water in this land it only comes from heaven.  He is a gentleman, so let Him open every door for you.  I trust this has ministered to you today.  If you’d like to dig a little deeper you can hear the audio version of the message “Stop Pumping Your Foot” as an MP3 download HERE

The Body of Christ

When I think of our physical body, I am in awe of being the result of the blueprint made by God.

God made each of us fearfully and wonderfully, paying great attention to all the details.  He designed the body of the woman to enable her to carry a child.  He made certain that child could breathe without breathing and live without having life.  He gave the mother strength to bear down and push what she had been carrying into the earth.  From eyelids that protect the eyes, to the number of fingers and toes, God connected everything that needed to be connected and joined everything that needed to be joined.  He wanted to be sure the body, with proper care, would operate just as He planned.   As amazing as that is, our physical body is only part of the equation God had in mind.

God does everything through the body.

From the days of Adam, God wanted to save us from the slave market of sin, but he couldn’t buy us back.  He had to redeem us.  But he couldn’t redeem us without being “kin” to us.  So how did He become our kinsman redeemer?  Through the body!   He stepped out of eternity and came into time by way of the body of the Virgin Mary.  He came in the flesh to relate to us, connect to us, and ultimately die for us so that we could have life, and have it more abundantly.  His connection to us was so strong He laid down His earthly body and came up in His resurrected body to give us power and victory.  He did not shed His blood and die for one or two of us.  He died for all of us.  And once He got up from the dead, we became the Body of Christ.

And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers… Ephesians 4:11

The church… many members… one body.  Like the natural body it consists of several parts, however each part left alone is absolutely useless.  That’s why the enemy wants to keep us disconnected.  He knows that the body of Christ is edified by that which every joint supplieth, Ephesians 4:16.  There is strength in the body of Christ and when we come together, something happens that is unexplainable.  When you find us, you find God.  When you are looking for a breakthrough, don’t go to the club, come to the church.  Find the people of God.  We are everywhere.  We are in every facet of life.

Each gift supports the other, strengthening the entire body as a whole.  Each of us have gifts and callings and if we learn how to share them we will all be made better!  Today I pray that a continual glory will rest upon your life as you endeavor to walk in your purpose and fulfill His will.  I pray for supernatural faith, favor, and fruition in everything that you set your hands to do. 

Sheryl Brady

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A Family Blessing

One would only need to read the daily paper or view the nightly news to see that the world we are living in is a mess.   And as much as some of us would like to think that what’s happening around us is new news, it really isn’t.   Things we are currently experiencing didn’t begin with this generation.  They didn’t begin with our parents, or even their parents.  You would only have to go back to the first book of the Bible to discover what is happening now, is very much like what happened then.  As a matter of fact, the first eleven chapters in the book of Genesis give account after account, of one failure after another.  Disobedience, lies, murder, deception, drunkenness, nudity, sexual immorality, etc. – all these things are as familiar in the year 2013 as they were in Genesis.   Humanity became so corrupt in Genesis that God cleansed the earth by sending the flood.  Even after the flood, God’s man, Noah, who built the ark and survived the flood, got drunk on his own success and the rebellion continued.

The call for a great nation…

Can you imagine what it must have been like for God?  Witnessing humanity that He created after His very own image; deliberately refuse the blessing He originally intended for their existence.  Perhaps, if it were up to you or me, we would have destroyed the human race and given up on the idea of its existence.  I’m so glad that, His thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are far beyond anything we could ever imagine! (Isaiah 55:8)

Instead, God decided to call another man by the name of Abraham.  It was through Abraham, that He would make a great nation of people who would be, not only the lineage from whom the Messiah would come, but also they would be God’s chosen nation; a witness of God to all the earth. (Deut. 7:7, 28:37, Isa. 43:9-10.  God called Abraham out from a very prosperous city devoted to idolatry called Ur of the Chaldees. A product of an idolatrous upbringing, Abraham did not know the real God, but God called him anyway.  And when He appeared to Abraham, the glory of God was so revealing that Abraham began to see the vanity and foolishness of idol worship and it changed his life forever.

Where would we be if Abraham had not trusted God?

As the word came to Abraham, it brought about a miracle of faith and true faith, based on the Word, will lead you into obedience.  God instructed Abraham to leave his father’s house, his relatives, and his country.  While it was specifically clear what was to be left behind, what lied ahead was another story.  Abraham was not perfect, but his life was characterized by two things, faith and faithfulness.  He was saved by faith, he moved by faith, and he lived by faith.  God wanted to use Abraham’s life as a display to show us the magnitude of blessing that comes through the posture of obedience.

After the call, there were several promises that followed but the final promise was that of blessing.  It was a blessing for Abraham and a blessing through Abraham.  Much of His blessing was to come in the form of his offspring; largely manifested in his descendants, you and me.  You are Abraham’s seed and what God gave to him; He wants to give to you.  It’s a Family Blessing.

God wants you to separate yourself from the corruption around your life, just as He wanted Abraham.  He is calling you out of your mess, just as He did Abraham.  He wants you to experience every one of His promises, just like He did Abraham.  And like Abraham, He has an appointed place for your blessing.  God will not give you all the details along the way, nor did He give them to Abraham.  But through obedience and faithfulness you will rightfully inherit the blessing of Abraham.

Remember a blessing always speaks to the end of thing.

Just because you’ve gone through some struggles and some setbacks, know that there are better days ahead of you.  Don’t get discouraged, and leave the place God’s assigned for you to be.  Preparation for the blessing happens at your appointed place.  And why would God give you a blessing you’re not ready for?  I heard Bishop Jakes say, “Before you can possess your promise, you have to possess yourself.”

God wants the whole world to be blessed and He is calling you out of some things in order to lead you into something else.   There is a blessing that runs in the family and it belongs to you!

Sheryl Brady

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Family Love: Is in a League of its Own

Anyone who has followed my ministry for any length of time knows how important family is to me. I think back to when I was presented with the tremendous opportunity to move from Durham, NC to Dallas, TX to Pastor the Potter’s House North. It might have seemed like an individual opportunity, but it required a decision that affected my entire family. As challenging as the move was, everything came together because we were able to come together, work together, and pray together as a family. I know for a fact that a family that prays together can move heaven and earth. There is power in agreement and when a family comes into agreement, because their spirits are one, God sits down on that agreement.

Regardless of what the world would suggest, we need each other.

Today there is a huge emphasis on being individuals and staying in control, but there is a need for us to be connected. That’s why God created the family. Whether it’s a biological family, single parent family, blended family big or small, when a family moves from a “me” mentality to a “we” mentality there is power. If you hurt, I hurt. If you win and I win, we all win because we are a team. We may fight, but if you have a problem you can’t solve, we are in it together. Unity has been created and where there is unity God commands the blessing. That’s why the enemy fights with all he has to attack the family. The difficult thing is keeping the family together when everything in today’s culture seems to be tearing the family apart.

What do you think would happen if we were able to reunite, reinforce, reestablish and reclaim the family?

Because I travel so frequently, I discovered the perfect metaphor for the family is flying. The pilot knows the destination and he has a flight plan and a compass to stay on track. It’s very possible that major or minor deviations may occur due to storms, turbulence, problems with the plane, etc. that may force the pilot to land in a different place. However, constant communication and feedback will get the plane and its passengers back on course. You see, a family must have a destination, or a goal. There needs to be a shared vision that involves everyone. Does your family have a safe place for open communication and feedback? Are you guided by your compass, the Holy Spirit? It’s the comforter that helps you know where you are and then points you in the right direction. No matter where you are as a family right now, you can get back on track if you will correct the course.

Things that seem impossible become possible when the family comes together.

Friend, we are doing life together. My family and your family make up the family of God. We all bring something different to the table, but love means one is not more powerful than the other. It’s time to stop hurting and start healing; stop lashing out and start listening; stop criticizing and start celebrating; stop competing with each other and start completing each other. After all, you will never be as successful as you think you’re going to be without your family.

In wanting to share my heart with you about the importance of the family, two scriptures immediately came to mind: 1 Peter 3:8 which begins, Finally be ye all of one mind having compassion one of another… and of course 1 Corinthians 13:4 which describes the attributes of real love that never fails. I encourage you to read them both in their entirety.

Continuously, I thank you for your prayers and support of Sheryl Brady Ministries. I don’t take it lightly that God has linked us together, for such a time as this, to impact His kingdom. Together we are making a difference! I always look forward to hearing from you so take a minute to reply or Tweet me @sherylbrady

Staying Connected,

Pastor Brady

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Empowered by Passion

Our winter days have now almost come to a close, and I’m beginning to look forward to the appearances of spring. As I embrace the new season, my mind reflects on one of the most, if not THE most significant holiday ever, Easter. I am forever grateful for the compassion that held my savior to that cross. All that I am and ever hoped to be is because of what took place all those years ago on Calvary.

All roads lead to Calvary…

Everything in the Word either points to Calvary, is at Calvary, or looks back to Calvary. It is the place where Christ gave up His life in such an excruciating way it’s hard to comprehend the magnitude of His pain and suffering. He endured the torture of the cross because He desired to be with us so badly. He loved us in a way we will never be loved by anyone else.

Just imagine Him being nailed to that tree yet seeing each one of us, our children, grandchildren, etc. He saw every mistake you and I would ever make. And every curse that would keep us bound was nailed to that cross with Christ. Oh yes! He settled the sin issue forever right there on Calvary.

Now, take a moment to imagine the grief of those who walked alongside Him; His disciples. They saw His miracles, they experienced His power, and received from His wisdom. And now the one they looked to for everything was crucified and buried in a borrowed tomb. They were devastated and confused; hopeless and deserted. This just didn’t make any sense to them. How could Christ who had done so much good, die surrounded by so much evil?

Everyone at some point or another has been confused during their walk with God…

They had given up everything to follow this man they called Jesus. He was their mentor; their hope and now in their eyes, He was defeated. All of the naysayers, their friends, neighbors, and relatives, are ridiculing them for ever believing He was the Messiah in the first place. This turn of events had them completely bewildered. They went into hiding. Fear, discouragement, intimidation and disappointment had gripped their hearts. Sound familiar? Of course it does, we’ve all been there. Perhaps you forsook all to follow a vision that seemed to have fallen to the ground. Or maybe you’ve experienced a great loss. No matter the challenge, you may have felt it contradicted the promise that had been spoken over your life. From time to time, you will find yourself not knowing what to do or where to turn. Aren’t you glad to know, that in spite of what it looks like, God has not abandoned you.

Without fail Jesus rose and returned to the disciples to assure them that He was everything that He said He was, and that nothing He’d been through changed what He said. More than anything, He wanted them to know it had been worth it all. He defined His sacrifice at Calvary to the disciples as, His passion.

The passion to lay down His life, and ultimately the passion to get up again…

You see without passion you won’t have what it takes to get back up again when life knocks you down. Everybody doesn’t have it and everybody doesn’t understand it, but if it ever gets down inside of you it will help you handle everything life throws at you. Whatever you want from God, you have to want it until it hurts. You have to have passion enough to endure whatever pain comes your way. That’s what Christ did on Calvary.

When you can rise up and let everyone know you’re still here, that’s when you know you’ve been empowered by passion. You may have scars, but you’re still back. You may be limping, but you’re still back. Your heart may be broken, but you’re still back.
As we celebrate Resurrection Sunday this week, I challenge you to follow in the pattern Christ set before us. Don’t give up; don’t stop pursuing your purpose and destiny…be empowered by passion!

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My Cross is Killing Me

There can be no resurrection, unless there’s a crucifixion…

I think it’s safe to say that most of us think Easter Sunday is an awesome occasion, and rightfully so for many different reasons.  For some it is often associated with bunnies, baskets, new clothes, and new shoes.  For others it is about fulfilling a promise to attend a very crowded church and hear what turns out to be a very predictable message.  However, if you are a believer, you know that Easter is so much more than that.  It is the celebration of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Everything we believe hinges on the resurrection

John 3:16 tells us For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus was given to us as a gift, the kind of gift that could never be purchased.

We tend to romanticize the immaculate conception and the virgin birth.  We agonize over the Calvary experience and the tomb, but that is not enough.  We must truly realize that He conquered the grave.  You must believe that He was resurrected.  He got up with victory over sin and death and you were the prize.  However, there can be no resurrection unless there is a crucifixion.

Make Calvary applicable to you

Jesus said unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.(Matt 6:24) In this passage Jesus tells His disciples that it would cost them something to follow His ministry.  It will cost you and me something as well.  Have you been willing to crucify your flesh?  Have you been willing to let some things die?  We know that Christ has been resurrected, but has He been resurrected in you?

We all have a cross to bear.  It might be marital problems, a rebellious child, financial problems, or a sickness you can’t seem to get over.  Whenever there’s an opportunity, the enemy will tell you not to put up with the situation, you don’t have to take it, etc., but the truth is…you do!

Your cross is a requirement, not an accessory

The cross is not just something you wear, it’s something you bear and you bear it on a daily basis.  It represents the area in your life that only God can heal.  The one area you can’t get together by yourself, no matter how hard you try.  It is that area of suffering that makes you want to throw in the towel and scream, “My cross is killing me,” but that’s what it’s designed to do.

Jesus never used His power to come down from the cross.  He endured because He knew that when He died, sin’s power would die in our lives.  He knew that when He got up, our hope would get up too.  He wanted us to cry out to Him knowing… we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 14:15.

Today, I pray that you begin to open the eyes of your understanding and see your cross in a new light.  I encourage you not to run from it, but to run to it.  Submit to the suffering, say “YES” in the midst of your situation, and still give God glory. When the outward man perishes, the inward man is renewed.  There are blessings, miracles and favor right over your head waiting for you to surrender all, die to your will, and say yes to His.  There’s a miracle behind your Yes!

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You Are Fit for the Fight

Life happens to us all…

Out of nowhere circumstances arise that will either set you back, or simply shift everything in your life. You did not see it coming so you feel totally unprepared. It could be anything from an unfavorable doctor’s report during a routine annual check-up, or termination of employment after years of commendations and faithful service. While you would like to discover a deep complex reason, more often than not it’s just life, and life happens to us all.

Whether it’s in your health, your family, or in your finances, at some point we will all go through storms. Storms that make you want to condemn yourself, or blame the devil. Storms so severe, that you want to hide from the embarrassment of loss. You’re left feeling that you are the only one caught in the cyclone of setbacks.

Most believers have become especially adept at putting on a spiritual face to cover up what we perceive as failures or vulnerabilities. Please allow me to fill you in on something; it is not uncommon to love the Lord and still deal with depression, disappointment, and defeat.

1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us no temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man

Usually you see this scripture and immediately think of sin, lust, or moral failure. However, there are many other temptations in life. What about the temptation to quit; get even and seek revenge; harbor bitterness; or the temptation to believe that doctor’s report and not even try. You didn’t pick the test. It came in and took over. As if that isn’t enough, while you are navigating through these land mines of life, someone is sitting on the sidelines judging you. Often times, coming to the conclusion that obviously you’ve failed God somewhere to get into the situation you are in. You begin to wonder, “Maybe they’re right.”

Before you fall into despair, remember 1 Corinthians 10:13 also says, …but God is faithful.

He knows your frame and He knows just how much you can bear. And just when you feel you can’t face another day, He graciously extends a supernatural strength to withstand and overcome the obstacles and opposition life may bring.

I can’t tell you how many times I just kept moving because God was faithful, even when I wasn’t. When I failed, when I disappointed Him, when I messed up, He still loved me. He loved me in my unfaithfulness and in my disobedience. Believe me when I tell you everything has the potential to fail you, but God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore and His Word will come to pass.

Remember You are fit for the Fight! Don’t fret and don’t give in, God has already equipped you with everything you need to win.

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