Monday, May 6, 2013

Blessings From God | Self Improvement

Faith in God opens the door to the inexhaustible treasure reserved for us on earth and in heaven. There's a critical point in experiencing the supernatural provisions. The ability to make the transition from the natural to the faith realm takes a lot of effort if you're absorbed in the sense realm. In the natural, things have to be seen, and felt to know that it's real. Faith rather believes it before it sees and calls it done. Presented here are five key steps for actualizing blessings from God.

1. Locate the promise

Is there any promise of God in the Holy Bible that suits your particular circumstance(s)? Hold it tight to your spirit in faith, meditate upon it and expect the result. As a matter of building solid foundation, locate more than one scripture to buttress your claim. The more scripture you gather the stronger your faith will be to believe for your blessings from God.

We read, "For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us."(2 Corinithians1:20,KJV). God says yes to blessings if your faith is rich enough to receive it.

2. Establish your grounds

Don't let anybody talk you out of God's blessings in your favor, keep it in the heart. You cannot afford to be unstable but resolve in your heart to claim what belongs to you. Remember that the scripture says," a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways."(James 1:8,KJV)

Know your rights and standing in your relationship with Christ, don't let reasoning and other people's opinion steal your blessings from God.

3. Seek to Glorify Him

The important thing is to guard against being so fixated on the blessing that you forget the source. The only personal benefit is the blessing itself but all glory belongs to the Lord. I've watched many Christians walked away from God's house because of the blessings form God. Sometimes they pursue or should I say worship the blessing to their own hurt. The attitude rather should be that of appreciation and thanksgiving.

4. Apply Your Faith To The Word Of Promise

The children of Israel missed God's blessing because they were faithless in the words that they heard. It's written," For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.(Hebrews 4:2,KJV)

Miracles take place frequently when we exercise childlike faith in what Gods says. We cannot please God without faith neither can we actualize the blessings from God.

5. Maintain a spirit of expectation

No matter the odds that may be standing against you, expect your blessing. God is faithful who has promised and doesn't go back on his promises. Even if there is a delay, don't slacken in your expectations, the scripture says," Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."(Mark 11:24,KJV)

The spirit of expectation will usher in the manifestation, the blessing of God is to enrich our lives and make us living spectacles of his mercies, bounties and grace. You can source more information by following the links below.
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Monday, January 21, 2013

We Can Bless Our Children

"Now I lay me down to sleep...", prays the youngster, ever so sincerely while kneeling at the bedside, a concerned parent looking on and praying fervently along with the child. And so the child continues until the recitable part is over, and then begins in his or her own ad lib: "...bless Mommy and Daddy and Grandma..." and on and on until the child is satisfied that he or she has mentioned everyone that they love, believing that the Almighty is going to do something good for them.

Has the child wasted his or her breath? Has anyone ever kept track of such prayers? I'd like to submit that the child is probably doing a lot of real good in this world. I know that I wouldn't mind being on the list of many such children. There would probably be a lot less of this world's troubles that would touch any of us if we were on such "blessing lists".

God introduces the idea of blessing very early in the Scriptures. In Genesis 12, He makes it plain to Abraham that He favors him, and says that he is going to bless him. Not only that, but He also tells Abraham that he (Abraham) is going to be a blessing, presumably to others around him. Furthermore, He makes it clear that He will bless those that bless him (Abraham).

Now, while it is true that the word "blessing" can mean that, for example, I physically do something that benefits someone else, the word "blessing" in this passage has several definitions from the original Hebrew language that it was written in. These definitions are weighted, that is to say, there is an order to the definitions that are less applicable as the list descends. The best definition for this word "blessing" in this passage is, simply, the word itself, "blessing". But "blessing by God" is a stronger definition than a simple blessing of one human being to another by human means. What I'm trying to say is that the blessing spoken of in this passage is a blessing by God, even when it says that, for example, Abraham is going to be a blessing to others. While Abraham is the proxy "blesser", God is the actual One doing the blessing.

Three things are taught by this short passage:

Blessings are real
We can bless others as God's proxy "blesser"
God blesses those who make themselves blessable
If this is so, what a responsibility we have in our relationships with others! We can actually say, for example, "I bless my boss to have good judgment in dealing with us employees". That being said, let me amend it by saying that I believe that we should obey another Scriptural admonition when we practice such blessings, and that is to " all in the Name of the Lord Jesus." (Col. 3:17) So, for the above pronouncement, let's say instead, "I bless my boss, IN JESUS' NAME, to have...(etc.). Try it! You might be surprised to find out that it really works. Besides, it can't hurt.

But let me go on to the crux of what I'd like to say with this article.

It's true that our lives are helter-skelter. We forget (or just don't have time) to do the basic things in life. I don't think I'd be stretching it to say that most people don't take 5 minutes a day to really stop and pray. What a tragedy!

But what if you found out that blessing really works? What if you conferred a blessing on a friend, and that blessing really occurred? Would you be more likely to take time the next time you were made aware of someone in need?

A short digression is needed here. These blessings that we speak on others should be on the same order as the things we pray for for ourselves. What I mean is, we should pray according to the will of God. For example, very few prayers for a million dollars have been answered by God simply because a lot of money would ruin most of us. Proverbs puts it really clearly in Prov. 30:8 when the writer asks God for neither poverty nor riches, but that he would be fed with " convenient for me." Too much makes it so that we needn't rely on God anymore, and that is never His will. So the blessings we speak on one another need to be according to the will of God.

So, if blessings do work, and if time is short, and if our memories tend to be weak, let's at least do something that would be a blessing to someone. Let's at least bless our children, and if you've come that far in life, bless your grandchildren. Make it a tangible blessing: WRITE IT DOWN! Bless their attitudes. Bless their faith. Bless their awareness of the Almighty. Bless their imaginations (to be both fruitful and pure). Bless their choice of friends. Bless their decision making abilities. These are things that will always be according to the will of God. And what a difference they would make in their whole lives if God would indeed bless as you speak!

Romans 12:14 tells us to bless and curse not, (our enemies, no less). Try it! See if you can't make a difference in someone's life. Make a difference at least in the lives of your family.

I am A A Sawyer. This is my first article submission. I am a Children's Minister (12 and under), and very much a child advocate, philosophically. I believe in the inerrancy of the Bible, and that it is indeed a God-breathed document.

Feedback on the subject of this article is encouraged and appreciated.

God bless you (really) is my prayer

A A Sawyer

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What God Has Blessed | Ministry

The word "blessed" has been interpreted in so many ways by so many people, but what interests me most in it is that it has had such a profound impact on my life and ministry.

There are people who believe that the word "blessed" is as cheap and easy as it sounds. Well, to be blessed is to be rewarded for a good job. I said so because, nothing just happens! There is always a reason for everything. This explains why a farmer who faithfully sows his seeds will return home with proceeds at the time of harvest. Isaiah 32:20 declares that the man who sows is also the man who is blessed - empowered to prosper. Acts 20:35 states that it is more blessed to give than to receive. When you get on the giving side, you discover the path to receiving. You cannot receive, however, until you first of all give. No giving, no receiving (Read Genesis 8:20-22).

God commanded that only those who sow seeds will have a harvest. God is not permitted to bring increase (blessing) until a man has committed himself to sowing seeds. If there is to be a harvest (blessing), there must be seed sown. The Firebrand, according to God's declaration, is wise farmer. He knows that if he sows, he will reap; and that he can only reap the kind of harvest (blessing) he sows in the form of seed. In Jeremiah 4:3, God instructed us not to sow among thorns. The implication of sowing among thorns is grave. Every thorn grows at the expense of some useful crops, and no thorn plans to encourage your crop to bear fruit when it grows alongside it. Every thorn has a diabolical mission against any precious seed it may encounter in its lifetime. The life of a thorn is deliberately set to frustrate all efforts of fruitfulness on any ground to which it is granted access. It achieves this by choking the plant, thus cutting off all necessary supplies from reaching it.

If any precious seed will prosper and bear fruit on the ground where any thorn abides, then the thorn must first die. The heart of this matter is the matter of the heart. The only ground of a person's destiny is his or her own heart. If your ground is marred with stones and thorns, your future is definitely bleak. A good heart is what guarantees a good harvest of any life with God. Our heart is where we are either made or marred, because all behaviour (good or bad) originates from the heart. The heart is the root and the spring of our daily living; this is why God assesses every life by the condition of his or her heart. Whenever God seeks for a man, He is actually seeking for a heart (Matthew 12:35; 1 Samuel 16:6-7). Whoever carries the right heart, however young, illiterate or poor, is always the right man before God.

The reason why men could easily be impressed and deceived by an outward show of piety and humility which is only pretentious, and is not of the heart, is because a man cannot see beyond the outward picture you point for him. This is also why we can easily secure the honour of men and the temporary promotion that a man can give using hypocrisy, sycophancy and eye-service. Man can deceive man, but not God. God will always note the outward appearance quite all right, but He never forgets to look beyond it, so as to perceive the real condition of the life. God bases His evaluations of a man on the state of his heart because He is aware that the outward appearance can be faked.

What God finds on your heart determines your fate - whether you are qualified for the blessing or not. What has been your focus as you labour daily to build your life and destiny? Do you care about the real state of your heart or have you been concentrating on your external appearance and impressions rather than on your heart? The Lord is always looking for men - Firebrands, who will bow themselves in humility before Him - people who are not ignorant of the thorns among men. God is looking for people who know what thorns know and prepare to fight back. Thorns know that in the battle to affect a life, the heart is the most important part. They know that once they get the heart, they shall automatically rule the heads, hands, feet, and every other part.

God is looking for people who are not presumptuous - those who know the damaging effect of thorns on any heart, and resolve to take the challenge of keeping them out. We see in the world today, people who presume to possess some unique wisdom to accommodate certain thorns on their hearts. Whatever personal reasons they may have, thorns remain nothing else but thorns, and in due course they must surely manifest. God's blessing is only on the man who recognizes these thorns for what they are and treats them as such. Firebrands are blessed because they carry hearts that constantly give an attractive testimony of God. You may look mature, dignified, orderly and presentable, but if God discovers that you are disorderly, undisciplined and unstable inwardly, you will surely be rejected!

In the story of how God chose David, we discovered that physical appearance could have given Eliab the honour of ruling as king, but God chose to go with David, who was not even considered "qualified" to appear before Samuel for the "test". God has a way of locating His Firebrands anywhere they are. As a brand plucked out of the fire, David could not take the empty boasts of Goliath, and so he stepped forward and challenged him. However, the courage of David to put up a challenge angered Goliath, and in his wrath cursed David by his gods (1 Samuel 17:43). The Bible says so many things about curses. In Proverbs 26:2, it says that "... the curse causeless shall not come". Also in Numbers 22:12 and 23:8, the Bible emphasized that what God has blessed, no man shall curse. When Goliath cursed David by his gods, the Almighty God turned it into a blessing as He did in the case of Balaam (Deuteronomy 23:5).

David is a perfect example of "What God Has Blessed". He had gained God's approval, and so God blessed him. He sowed the good seed and reaped a harvest of blessings. The Almighty God chose him from a place where he was nobody; who then is Goliath and his gods? David must have a good harvest of life because he possessed a good heart. Do you desire to be blessed? Then discipline your heart! This can be achieved when nothing else but God occupies your heart. When you live in God and walk in His ways always, you determine your worth and your will. When you have discovered God's will, you will have discovered His ways to cause waves. And when you have known His ways, you will be able to command and produce His acts perfectly without activities, but the activation of His will to make and create waves.

Life is all about the kind of ways and the will you want and are determined to walk in. The way(s) you walk in will determine your ultimate worth in the journey of life and destiny. David knew, understood and also applied the divine principle God gave to Abraham in Genesis 17:1: "... the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect." It is certain now that before a covenant of great multiplication and exceeding greatness is seen in the life of any man, the man must walk before the Lord blameless. Walking before the Lord blameless is a guarantee for a blessed life, and when the Lord has blessed you, no man shall have power to curse you!
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How to walking in the Blessings of God

Many people are praying to God to bless them. But they fail to realize God has blessed them. Understand this a blessing is words spoken (good and positive) over something or someone. When God blessed Adam and Eve He blessed them by saying.........Genesis 1:28. Old Testament people knew the power of speaking blessings. Jacob deceived his own father to have him speak a blessing over him. And that blessing produced for him just as his father said.

People pray to God to bless them because they don't see the blessings of God operating in their life. But not seeing the blessings operating in your does not mean you are not blessed. It means you have failed to release the blessings of God into your life. It is up to you to release the blessings of God into your life. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. You bind and loose with your words. And sometimes people loose curses and bind the blessing. Blessings and curses come out of your mouth.

In the beginning God said and it was so. What God said is so even when you don't see it. And you have to believe it is so before you see it. And when believe you will speak. And when you believe and speak you will have what you say. When you keep the word of God in your mouth you will make your way prosperous.

Your words produce your life. Your words bring the blessings of God into your life. God has set before you life and death and blessings and curses and then God said you choose. You choose by your words. Death and life is in the power of the tongue. Learn how to speak the blessings of The Book of Deuteronomy chapter 28:

I am blessed coming in and going out
I am the head and not the tail
My enemies are smitten before my face

Reference Scriptures:

Genesis 1:28
Genesis 27:27-30

Matthew 18:18
James 3:10

Genesis 1
2Corinthians 4:13
Mark 11:23
Joshua 1:8

Proverbs 12:14
Proverbs 18:21
Luke 6:45

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Simple Blessings - The Word in My Life

Recently, a dear friend of mine sent me an email at Christmas with this message: "I hope you find peace this holiday season." WOW. I said to myself, "How incredibly sweet - such a nice thing to say!" And I received her words gladly. I can't begin to express how much that phrase has blessed me since then. It was like a benediction was spoken over my life. I felt it wash over me, warming me. I was floored by her sincere, heartfelt wish for me and I wanted it to be true. Oh, to have PEACE. After all the preparations and staying on my feet so long until they ached. After all the hustle and bustle, the cooking and shopping until you drop. Peace was ambitious and more than I looked for. I was just hoping to get through the holiday and for it to be over soon. But her words turned out to be somewhat prophetic as I had the most peaceful Christmas I can remember. From the time I awakened until I laid my head to rest again, I had peace. It was simply wonderful.

My friend's email reminded me of something I used to do automatically but have since fallen out of the habit of doing: blessing others. We say "God bless you!" automatically, every time someone sneezes. It's considered impolite to let the sneeze just hang there without a response; rude, even. I learned in high school that this practice originated from the belief that when you sneeze, a part of your soul escapes. Imparting a blessing was intended to somehow counteract that unfortunate event. Nowadays, we hardly take the opportunity to bless someone unless they have done something extraordinarily nice. But it's so powerful! With your words, you have the means to affect someone's day in a positive way. One day, I read a scripture that inspired me to do it:

"Whenever you enter someone's home, first say, 'May God's peace be on this house.' If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you." (Luke 10:5-6)

I decided then to make a conscious effort to bless others, reasoning that the blessing could return to me and I would be none the worse for wear. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. So I blessed the bank teller as a way of thanking her for services rendered. I blessed the hospital janitor to thank her for cleaning my mother's room. I blessed the cashier as a way of wishing her a good day after paying for my purchases. It was an experiment of sorts, I guess, to bless anyone I came into contact with. The results were a bit of a surprise. I expected most people to rebuff or reject my efforts. I expected sarcastic responses. I expected that I might even be ignored. I wondered if it would offend some folks. We've all heard reports in the news about people taking offense over prayer and the mention of God, even to the point of filing lawsuits against the offenders. Employers have instructed their workers to offer "Happy Holidays" greetings, instead of "Merry Christmas!" to avoid offense. So, while I felt led to do it, I was a bit apprehensive about how it would be received. But I went for it - "God bless you!" I said and then braced myself for their reaction.

The bank teller responded with a surprised smile of delight, "Oh! Thank you! God bless you, too!" Thereafter, anytime I came to the drive through window, the tellers looked for my "God bless you!" as my thank you. After a time, they even offered their own in return. And you know - it felt as good to give as to receive! The hospital janitor responded, "Oh! Thank you! God bless you, too!" She later came back and told me, "You didn't know how much I needed to hear that." As it turned out, a loved one had just died. It was just what she needed to hear - she felt like I really meant it. And she was right. Along the way, something that started out with no real end goal in mind began to take on a life of its own. It changed me. It started out as something I felt pressed to do and morphed into something I wanted to do. It blessed me, too.

I found that people really need to be blessed. They want it. It's an unexpected, happy surprise, especially when it comes on the heels of some tough times or a really bad day. It's like a sudden ray of sunshine. A "God bless you" can make someone's day and lift their spirits. I didn't even have to go out of my way. I just made the effort with people I encountered daily. It soon became so much a part of me that I even included it on my voice mail message. One day, I accidentally erased it and had to re-record it. My daughter called and got my voicemail instead of me. When she finally spoke to me she said, "Mom, you forgot to say God bless you!" It had become so ingrained that when she didn't hear it, she missed it. It made her feel good, even via recorded message.

During the holidays, it's easy to remember "peace on earth, good will towards all men". Usually, this translates into actions; meals for the homeless, donated clothing, money or gifts. But this is one gift you can give all year long - simply to have a kind word for your fellow man. And this doesn't cost you anything. The end result of my experiment was that I found people all around me who were starving for a kind word. My friend reminded me of how much good you can do with the words you speak. You can speak something wonderful into someone's life. You will be remembered for your kindness. But the life you truly bless will be your own.

Be blessed,

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Your Blessed Place

In the first part of this study we were discussing how we are called for a purpose and how our gifts will be used to edify one another. We all have gifts and they should be used in conjunction with other gifts within the body to fulfill the plan and purpose of God within that local body. In fulfilling our purpose we not only fulfill the plan for ourselves, but also contribute to the greater plan God has called us to complete within the body of Christ as a whole. This takes the obedience of a body with a shared vision, but it starts with the individual being obedient to his or her calling to make this happen on a corporate level.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Before the world was created, God had a plan and purpose outlined for each one of us. The significance of this is hard for many to comprehend. Why would Christians walk away from their God ordained destiny, if they truly understood the significance of what they were doing?

Many times Christians walk away from the place God has called them to be a part of because of disagreements, or in many cases a lack of commitment to the plan God has called them to fulfill. The vision must be clear if you are going to fulfill it. We are not stumbling through this life on our own without help. There is a plan for each of us, and God expects us to find it and take the necessary step to fulfill it.

The Living Bible says it like this...
1 Corinthians 6:20 For God has bought you with a great price. So use every part of your body to give glory back to God, because he owns it.

There is an attitude that has come out of the world, of I'm doing my own thing. This is a form of rebellion towards God and will greatly hinder His plan for our life. This same attitude has permeated the church and has become a major problem. Many Christians are doing their own thing and don't understand why they are not walking in the blessings of God. This is not a new thing, it's been around since the beginning, and has been the root of every sin. I realize this is a very strong statement but if we were to always walk in obedience there wouldn't be a sin problem would there? Obedience to the plan God has for our lives has got to be ever present in our thoughts and prayers. Our choices should be based not just on what we feel is right but on the Word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.

God will certainly forgive this attitude but why put ourselves in this place if it is not necessary? God's Word promises us blessings, yet we have to understand blessings will always follow obedience. So many Christians think that all they have to do is make a few positive confessions and go their merry way. I believe in the power of our words, and understand the great importance that God places on us lining our words up with His words. But I also know that disobedience and a good confession will not bring blessing. We can not walk in disobedience and blessing at the same time. Disobedience breaks fellowship with God and causes our faith to loose its potency. A minister I have great respect for used to say, faith quivers in the face of sin. How true! Blessings always go hand in hand with obedience. How much more we can do for the kingdom when we have found God's purpose for our life and follow in that path instead of our own plans and purpose and what may seem good to us at the time.

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.

When we choose our own path outside of God's plan then we have made a choice to walk in the way of death. This is a very sobering thing to consider, yet God loves us enough to warn us over and over in His word so that we will walk in the path of blessings. He has also given us His Holy Spirit that will lead us in the way that we should go. Let's look at a some sections of Scripture that shows us a very good example of this. Starting in Genesis 12 We will look at specific sections of Scripture because of space. I would encourage you to look at the whole section through chapter 19.

Genesis 12:1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. 2. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. 3. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.'' 4. So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5. Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan.

Lets skip ahead to Genesis 13:1 Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, to the South. 2. Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. 3. And he went on his journey from the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4. to the place of the altar which he had made there at first. And there Abram called on the name of the Lord. 5. Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents. 6. Now the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. 7. And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land. 8. So Abram said to Lot, "Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. 9. "Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.'' 10. And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar. 11. Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other. 12. Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom.

14:8. And the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out and joined together in battle in the Valley of Siddim 9. against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of nations, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar four kings against five. 10. Now the Valley of Siddim was full of asphalt pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled; some fell there, and the remainder fled to the mountains. 11. Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. 12. They also took Lot, Abram's brother's son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed. 13. Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, for he dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner; and they were allies with Abram. 14. Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15. He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. 16. So he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.

Genesis 19:1 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground. 13. "For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.'' 14. So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, "Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!'' But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking. 15. When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, "Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.'' 16. And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife's hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. 17. So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, "Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.'' 18. Then Lot said to them, "Please, no, my lords! 19. "Indeed now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have increased your mercy which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, lest some evil overtake me and I die. 20. "See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.'' 21. And he said to him, "See, I have favored you concerning this thing also, in that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken. 22. "Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there.'' Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. 23. The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar. 24. Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. 25. So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. 26. But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

A lot happens in these sections of Scripture but I would like to look at the decisions these 2 men choose to make. God spoke to Abram and told him to go to a land He would show him and He would bless him. He left and departed as the Lord instructed and his nephew Lot went with him. Abram treated Lot like a son. We can see Lots blessed place was tied in with Abram. He greatly prospered and had become wealthy in his own right as long as he stayed with Abram. As he prospered the land became crowded to the point that there was not enough room for the both of them and Lots servants began quarreling with Abrams servants. Abram realized that strife was a bad thing and choose to take the high road. He offered Lot his choice of land. Basically, you take your pick and I'll go the other way. This was the kind of man Abram was. Lot took what looked to be the best land and they parted ways. Before we go on, lets look at some things. Firstly, strife is not godly, and Abraham knew this had to end. Being generous, Abram gave Lot the first choice, yet he was only thinking about himself.

Lot takes off and the next time we see him, he and his family have been taken captive along with all of his possessions. Did Lot have to leave Abram? Was this God's will for Lot and his family? Abram took his trained servants and went out against the kings that had taken Lot and His family and recovered them and their family and possessions. God was merciful to Lot, yet in chapter 19, Lot is right back in Sodom in the midst of a very wicked city. God sent Angles in to rescue Lot and his family. In the end, Lot was spared, but he lost his wife and all of his possessions.

We all have choices to make. God will allow this, but we have the choice to follow after Him or to go our own way. Lot walked away from Abram and his place of blessing and because of this lost everything. He became wealthy because of Abram, yet instead of showing respect and deferring to his elder, he chose the best for himself. Lot could have said to Abram, I'll talk to my servants and end this bickering. I'll sell off some of my herds so that we may dwell together in peace. I'll do whatever it takes to make things right. He could have dealt with the problem that took him away from Abram and his blessed place instead of running from it. In the natural it looked like he was going to greater prosperity yet you can not walk away from your place of blessing and be prosperous. I know it could have been different for Lot if he had made right choices.

You can not separate obedience and blessing. God has a blessed place for each of us. We must seek it and find it. After we have found it, hold on to it with tenacity. When we find our blessed place, blessings will overtake us. We won't have to seek them, they will come to us. Let's make the decision of obedience and not allow anything that may prevent us from entering and staying in our God ordained place. Let us say, persecutions or offences or anything else will not dissuade us from fulfilling my mission and walking in the place God has preordained. I will choose life for me and my family. Amen

Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Do you want to be a joint heir with Christ?
If so, I urge you to earnestly pray the following prayer.

Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. Your word says, "...and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out." (Jn.6:37),

So I know You won't cast me out, but You take me in, And I thank you for it. You said in your Word, "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.'' (Ro. 10:13).

I am calling on Your name, So I know You have saved me now, You also said, "...that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation." (Ro.10:9,10).

I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe He was raised from the dead for my justification. And I confess Him now as my Lord, Because Your Word says, "... with the heart one believes to righteousness..." and I do believe with my heart, I have now become the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Cor. 5:21),

And I am saved! Thank You, Lord!
I can now truthfully say, I see myself as a born again child of God!

Glory to God!!!! Amen.

I was raised Catholic, and was born again at the age of 17. I received God's call into ministry at the age of 19 and began to prepare for ministry. I graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in 1979. The Lord has called me to teach. My desire is to help all that are seeking the truth to come into a deeper understanding of what God has done for us through Christ Jesus. Olive Branch Ministries is an outgrowth of that desire. Please feel free to visit us for more free studies and resources to help you in your search for the truth.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Blessing and Meditation


As we grow and move into a new energy and a new paradigm, consider the greatest thought that you can think, the greatest act that you can do. We are all here to bring an uplifting change to our world. What can you do to bring about this uplifted and honoring change?

It is time to be the leaders of light. It is time to rally towards blessing. Starting now, I ask that each of you commit to this vision and practice in your meditations. Imagine and hold a focus that everywhere you go, you are blessings the way for our evolution into a light-filled world and life. Imagine that you are part of this shift and part of the action. In this meditation and in the act of imagining that you are helping the evolution of our world, you will be given opportunities to do just that!

This meditation will be a most powerful way you can embrace the Divine and clear the way for the blessings to enter. These sacred words in Alawashka will bring blessings to all people, animals, Divine beings and this planet. Alawashka is the language and vibrational source of creation. The words and chants in this language bring multidimensional enlightened creation frequencies to you. This chant will help reorient your world toward the highest path of light. It will pave the way for the communion of humanity in its grace, compassion, wisdom, truth and divinity.


Take several deep breaths, allow yourself to be centered. As you enter your meditation, chant these words, until they become familiar.

Hola Mayo Laka So.

(ho"-lah mah"-yo lah"-kah so)

These hallowed, blessed grounds are healed and restored

in the sacred rhythms of Oneness.

Imagine yourself as you truly are, a being of light and beauty. See and feel your own Divine light. Allow your light and energy to build.

Imagine that you are standing on the street in front of your own home. As you feel your own light, chant the Alawashka blessing. Allow the words, sounds, energy and light of this chant to fill you. Open to embrace this essence of blessing and allow it to grow within you.

When you are ready, move the energy of the words, down the street. See the energies gently sweeping the street clear, filling it with the light and blessing of the Alawashka chant. Continue to do this, with every street in your area. Spread the chant into every street in your town, your state and your country. Continue to chant in Alawashka and sweep this energy into every street across this planet. Allow the energies of this chant and this light to travel and move where it will. Notice any feelings or shifts, yet continue sweeping until you feel you are complete.


When you are finished and your energy is calm, say: "With these words I bless the way. May the blessings of the Divine and our own highest essence, light our paths. It is done."

I invite you to share this meditation with your friends, family and other people. Let them know that you appreciate them. Let us all spread the gifts of appreciation in our lives and our world.
May your life be filled with blessings.
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