God’s Economy

“Restore us to Yourself Lord.” –Lamentations 5:21

The Lord’s Economy is nothing like our own. Let’s take a look at Job. Job lost his wealth, his livestock and sadly his children. Soon after, Job was afflicted with painful sores that ran from the crown of his head to the soles of his feet. There was no support, no peace, no joy; not even the pleasure of sweet sleep. What remained though was his faith in God and his righteousness.

Through Job’s afflictions, whom by the way is a shadow of Jesus, we come to intimately know God and His Restoration Plan. The Lord restored Job’s fortunes to him and gave him twice as much as he had before.  His latter days were better than the former and he received long life to enjoy it all.

I know it saddens the Lord to see His children living life defeated. For it is written, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” If you or someone you know is living life defeated you are measuring your life against the world’s exchange rate not God’s. Look to the cross, Jesus gave you beauty for ashes. He became poor so that you may be rich. Jesus’ body was broken so that you may be made whole.  Your life, past and sins may have robbed you of a lot but in Christ YOU are a new creation and you can expect “your fortunes” to be doubled to you. You can expect your life to be transformed. Expect God’s favor to go ahead of you and open doors that would normally be closed. Expect Salvation to come to your loved ones. Expect healing and victory in every battle, test and obstacle in your life because of who you are, a beloved child of God.

You can liken yourself to Job. I know what some of you are thinking, “Job was a righteous man, I’m not.” Friend, here’s a fun fact, it was God who called Job Righteous and You, who are in Christ, are the Righteousness of God in Christ.  Like Job your righteousness was a gift. A gift given not because of your works and faithfulness but based on Jesus’ faithfulness and finished work on the cross. Whether you are experiencing the best of times or the worst (#TheWisdomofSolomon) You can expect that every promise the Holy Spirit has whispered to you in the valley or on the mountaintop is a “Yes” and “Amen” to you.

-He restores you to Himself. That’s our God’s Economy.


 

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Today is Your Day

oceanYears ago my husband and I were visiting a friend in the hospital, her diagnosis was grim but she still managed to smile. She asked me about my writing and I told her that I was working on a book. Her husband looked at her and said, “You always said you would write a book one day.” She never did. Sadly her story is a very common one. You may have heard it before; “I’ll travel and take that art class one day.” Or, “I’ll rest and enjoy life when I retire. “ Even sadder are the Believers who say; “One day I’ll have my peace and joy, when I get to Heaven.”

While at the Post Office my mother and I were griping about how we really needed to slow down and take a break. The gentlemen standing behind us politely cut in and said, “You’ll get plenty of rest when you’re dead.” We laughed at this but later I thought, “Could it be that peace, joy and rest could only be had when we get to Heaven?

A Thief Made Whole

Two thieves hung on either side of Jesus as He hung on the cross. One thief mocked Him the other rebuked the thief and boldly confessed that Jesus was innocent and underserving of this punishment. Then he turned to Him and said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” Listen to what Jesus says, “Truly I tell you today you will be with me in paradise.” –Luke23: 39-43

Let’s fast-forward, Jesus died later that day. The following day the Jewish leaders wanted to take the bodies down, for the sake of their traditions. They broke the legs of the two criminals because they were still alive; when they came to Jesus and saw that He was dead they pierced His side. Jesus was dead, the thief was alive but didn’t Jesus promise him that he would be in paradise with Him today?

The Promise of Today

1John says that everyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah is born of God. Romans 10 says if you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved. Picture the thief on the cross, he may have been nailed to a cross but he was set free. No longer a thief but Saved. Imagine the peace he had with the hope Jesus had given him, a peace that became his, Today.

This thief received the gift of paradise Today but how much more is your peace and joy in the fullness and finished work of Christ right now. The thief had a promise but you my friend received the fulfillment of the Promise. You were raised up with Christ and received the Spirit of Sonship through His finished work. You are clothed in His Righteousness, sealed by His blood, filled with His Holy Spirit. You are saved, justified, at peace with God. The kingdom of God is not only with you but it is in you.

I believe the very moment you come to Jesus with a sincere heart and believe that your are the object of His great love and affection, salvation is yours, healing and deliverance is yours, freedom is yours. Peace, joy and love are yours. Paradise is yours even as you lay in a hospital bed, sit in a prison cell or hang on a cross. You are seated with Christ, as Christ is so are you on this earth, not when you get your self together, or when you get to Heaven. Not some day but right now in Christ.

My friend if you are in Christ, Paradise and all it has to offer is yours in Him right now, so what are you waiting for!

Who Am I: A New Year Revelation

As you all know in the beginning there was God and His Spirit hovered above the waters. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit said, Let Us make Man in Our own image and likeness and give them dominion over the earth and all that inhabit it. So God created Male and Female in His image and likeness.

In Genesis 2 the Lord God formed the Man from the dust of the ground (the earth).  Let’s stop there and meditate on that.  Create and Form have two different meanings.

To Create means to bring something new into existence.

To Form means to give shape to an existing substance.

So my question is this what being, male and female, did God create on the 6th day?  Here’s a couple of clues:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you.” –Jeremiah 1:5

“Your eyes saw my unformed body.” –Psalm 139:16

The Sixth day Being   

 A Spirit Being made in the image and likeness of God. A being whom He sees and has taken the time to know.  Please Note*God created the Spirit being on the 6th day but no date was given for the Formed being. Also Note*  God gave dominion to the Spirit being, He placed the formed being in the finished work to carry out His will on earth (I encourage you to research this for yourself ).   Could it be that this is the greater part of me, the eternal me, the real me? So who am I? I am a Spirit Being, the material and essence of God, clothed in the very earth that He gave me dominion over. I am created to receive Him and function in Him and I am formed to carry out His Finished work. A Spirit being clothed in a designer earth suit that’s who we are.

Now Christ shed His Righteous blood for us and all power and authority has been given to Him and because of His sacrifice those of us who have confessed Christ can celebrate a new birth and gift of a resurrected spirit and body in Christ. We have Christ, Heaven’s Best, dwelling on the inside of us, co-laboring with us on this earth. So be bold and confident in this New Year  knowing that He that is in you is greater than he (anything or weapon that forms against you) that is in this world. Designed and Destined for greatness…This is who you are.

Happy New Year

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Your Testimony

Many  of the Samaritans from that town believed in Him [Jesus] because of the woman’s testimony,  “He told me everything I ever did.” John 4:39 John 4:38-40 (in Context) John 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

A Testimony: a firsthand authentication of a fact;evidence.

The deadliest killer of hope is silence. When we hold back our testimony we shut the door of hope on the next person.

Our silence is deadly but our testimonies are powerful. It is through our testimony’s that Christ is revealed. When Christ is revealed hearts are transformed, faith grows, hope is raised and lives are changed. The story of the Samaritan Woman (John 4) is one of my favorite stories in the bible for it beautifully displays the power of our testimonies and the heart transformation that takes place when Christ is revealed to a person. She began as a social outcast, divorced by five men and living with a man who is not her husband. Seeking water at Jacob’s well at the high noon hour, a time where she could avoid the stares and comments of the townspeople who avoid the heat of the noon day. There she met a man named Jesus who told her everything she ever did yet, He did not judge her or condemn her but asked her for a drink and offered her the drink of living water. Jesus said to her, whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.-John 4:14 In this account of Jesus’ ministry the Samaritan Woman is the first person Jesus revealed Himself too as the Messiah, no parables, no riddles, just Him.

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am He. John 4:25-26

 

From Social Outcast to Minister of the New Covenant: The Transformation.  Leaving her water jug behind (imagine how filled and complete she felt) she boldly goes into the town to a people with whom she was once too ashamed to face, to share her experience with Christ. Her ministry was effective because scripture says that many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of her testimony. One woman’s testimony was the catalyst that drew an entire town of believers to Christ.

Your testimony, Men and Women of God, is the greatest gift you can give this world.

Christ and the Samaritan woman at the well

Jesus Prays for Himself

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  A few weeks back I shared with you, The True Lord’s Prayer: Jesus’ personal prayer for you.  Within this prayer we get an intimate look at Jesus as He prays for Himself. I do pray that you are blessed by this intimate conversation between Christ and our Heavenly Father as I was.

Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come.

Glorify your Son so He can give glory back to You.

For You have given Him authority over everyone.

He gives eternal life to each one You have given Him.

And this is the way to have eternal life—to know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one You sent to earth.

I brought glory to You here on earth by completing the work You gave me to do.

Now, Father, bring Me into the glory we shared before the world began.

John 17:1-5 NLT

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Just Let God

FreedomLet go and let God. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase. For years I lived with the pain and old ghost of my past and then one day someone close to me told me to let go and let God. I thought to myself okay, sounds simple enough. I then went from one struggle to the next as I battled with letting go. One day I cried out to the Lord in prayer and asked Him, “Lord how do I let go?” He said, “You have to Let God.”

God revealed to me through His word that, “the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Ch 20:15) and if you let Him, He will heal your broken heart (Psalm 147:3). He’ll give you, “the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”(Isaiah 61:3)

If you let God He will help you let go. God will take you to a place above and beyond your past, your pain, your addictions and struggles and He will bring you to a place of happiness, love, peace and His abundance.

I then asked God, “Why, why would you do all of this for me?” He said, “Because of love.” “For God so loved the world (meaning You) that He (willingly) gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes (hopes and trust) in Him shall not perish (remain broken and hurting) but have eternal life (the very heart and best of God). –John 3:16

So how do I let God? You just have to turn to Him in prayer, give all of your dreams, your doubts, your hurt and pain  to Him through prayer.  Talk to Him and let God be God in your life… today and everyday. Be blessed God’s beloved.

Feeling Weary?

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 11:9)

Feeling Weary? Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh (John 1:14) says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you (the battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s) and learn from Me, for I am gently and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy (His work is finished) and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV.

Do you know why there is rest in Him, well according to Isaiah 40:28-29 and 31, “The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.” The word goes on to say that, “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Believers if you find yourself feeling weary cease from your works and effort and rest in Christ’s efforts and finished work, His yoke is easy because when you come to Jesus, who never faints or gets weary; you draw on and receive His strength, His unshakeable, unwavering faith, belief and power. Christ is asking you to come to Him and He will give you rest. Rest from your weariness, rest from your burdens, rest from your efforts, your struggles, your faith and belief and He will be your faith, Christ will be your belief, He will be your strength, He will fight your battles, He will be all that you need and more, HE WILL BECAUSE HE CAN.

Be free men and women of God, let go of yourself and your works, the word of God says that it is by His stripes (His efforts not ours) that we are healed. Let go, put your trust and hope in Him, knowing that He is able.  Give it all to Christ and Rest in the Great I am.

Let us therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish.” Hebrew 4:11

Positioned For Greatness

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him; bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15: 4-5) NKJV

When you abide in God you position yourself for greatness. When you abide in Him you realize that it is only in Him that true success can be achieved. In Him you are strong, you’re victorious, divinely protected and able to flourish and bring forth much fruit but out of Him you are barren, unprotected and open to be destroyed and thrown away. Jesus said, “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:6) There is an enemy out there who desires to steal, kill and destroy you (John 10:10) that can only happen if your outside of the will of God.

The gift of being in Him is that in Him there is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22) Out of Him is misery and unnecessary drama. Sarah and Abraham learned that painful lesson for themselves. When God told Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child, Sarah thought at her age that’s impossible, but Saints in Him anything is possible. Instead of abiding in God and trusting in Him Sarah cooked up what she thought was a great idea; give her handmaid to her husband and have a child through her. As you know things didn’t go as Sarah planned.
Her handmaid despised her, her husband’s obligations were now divided between her and another woman and despite her best efforts she still didn’t have a child of her own.

In Him is peace and joy out of Him is drama and pain. In Him is God’s promised fulfilled, (Isaac), out of Him is a sad mess, (Ishmael)  God is a merciful God and though you or someone you know may be out of Him and His will right now its not too late to abide in Him, He is here, ready and waiting for you. Choose to position yourself for greatness, choose to be the branch that bears much fruit, choose to have true love and peace in your life, choose to abide in Him.

Written by Afiya Duncanson

Free to Have His Way

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10)

The other day I was watching the Disney Movie “Aladdin” and there was this scene from the movie that really struck a chord within me. Aladdin, the main character, had rubbed a mysterious lamp he found and in that lamp was a powerful genie. Aladdin had three wishes and while contemplating what they would be he asked the Genie what would he wish for. The Genie said that no one had ever asked him that before, it was always “poof” what do you need but oh to be free! I imagined God to be like the genie of the lamp and how it must sound to Him to hear, “Lord give me this!”, “Lord I want this!”, or “Lord do this!” when all the Lord wants to do is be free to have His way in our lives.

Free to bless us abundantly (John 10:10). Free to supply us with all of our needs (Philippians 4:19). Free to open up the windows of Heaven and pour out a blessing upon us that cannot be contained (Malachi 3:10). Free to bless us with the desires of our heart. The bible says to “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) In other words free our Heavenly Father to have his perfect will and way in every area of our life. When Aladdin finally freed the Genie he gained a true friend for life.

Father God we release You to have your way in our life. We pray that Your Kingdom come and that Your will be done in our  lives today and every day. God we desire Your will and an everlasting friendship with You. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Written by Afiya Duncanson

Healing, Comfort, & Salvation

AN AGREEMENT PRAYER

“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:2)

Father God your word says that if two or more agree in your name you will grant our request (Matthew 18:19-20) so today we pray for our brothers and sisters around the world.

Father God your people are in need of divine healing and we ask that you heal minds, heal emotions, restore sight, restore speech, repair hearts, heal organs, heal cells, heal bones, heal and restore limbs, remove impurities, remove tumors, restore balance, and remove from our bodies anything that is not of your kingdom and your will. Do this for your Namesake in Jesus name.

Father God today we pray for our brothers and sisters in Japan. To those who are hurting may you pour out your love and comfort upon them. Continue to keep them, strengthen them, and draw them closer to you so that you may bless them with your peace and salvation. Heal your people Lord in every area of their lives and thank you for hearing our plea in Jesus name. Amen.

Written by Afiya Duncanson