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SHE READS: A FRESH ANOINTING BY KENNETH HAGIN

SHE READS: A FRESH ANOINTING BY KENNETH HAGIN

 

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Hi beautified ladies, we all made it to the last Friday of 2016, whoop whoop!!

We hope it’s been an amazing year for all of us and the inspiring posts shared on the blog has been of tremendous value for your time.

As we draw the curtains of 2016 to a close, God wants us to know and believe that He is the one that knows the end of a thing from the very beginning. Meaning He knows what the end of 2017 looks like for each of us even before we step into the year. The more reason why we need to lean on Him more than ever for strength and guidance.

That leads us to the book of this month – A FRESH ANOINTING BY KENNETH HAGIN.

There’s nothing as important for Christians today as to be full of God’s word and the Spirit of God for ourselves. The time of following man-made plans and formulas has long passed. We need God’s word in our hearts and the anointing of God upon our lives so we can prosper in every thing we do.

As God anointed the prophets, priests and kings with oil in the Old Testament, He is still anointing all believers with His Holy Spirit to go into all the world, to preach the Gospel, to witness about Him, and to be New Testament kings and priests unto Him.

Believers won’t be able to be full reservoirs for God’s glory without the anointing of God upon their lives. We need to be anointed by the Holy Spirit so that everything we do will prosper as we fulfill God’s plan for our individual lives.

God wants us to continually receive a fresh anointing so we won’t be empty cisterns. To achieve this, we have to be:

  1. Full of God’s word.

The word of God is to dwell and live in us.

“Colossians 3:16- Let the word of God DWELL in you RICHLY in all WISDOM.”

God’s word is to dwell in us not in a small degree but richly. Just like a dry sponge placed in a bowl of water soaks up all the water it can, we are to ‘soak up’ the word of God and get it into our spirits. Then if we are touched by any circumstances of life, the word of God will flow out of us like water out of a sponge.

Soak up the Word until you’re so full that if you get touched on any side by any difficulty, the Word of God flows out. If you get touched by persecution, the Word comes out.

The word of God is to dwell in us richly in all wisdom because we need wisdom to know how to rightly divide the Word of God so we can apply it correctly in our lives. The Word of Christ dwells in some people, all right, but they have no wisdom as to apply it in its proper context. They misuse and abuse the Word by taking it out of context, and use it to say things it doesn’t say. The word of God is to dwell in us richly in ALL WISDOM.

  1. Full of the Spirit.

“Romans 12:11 – Not slothful in business, FERVENT IN SPIRIT, serving the Lord.”

Other translations say “Be glowing in Spirit”, “Have your Spirit glow”, “Be on fire with the Spirit”, “Be aglow with the Spirit”, “Be aglow and burning with the Spirit”, “Maintain the Spiritual glow”.

To be fervent in Spirit or be aglow with the Spirit involves both your spirit and the Holy Spirit; it’s not all up to the Holy Spirit. God wants us to stay filled with the Spirit so we can maintain the Spiritual glow of the Spirit.

  1. Know and stay in God’s will for you.

“Ephesians 5:17 – Wherefore be ye not unwise, but UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE WILL OF THE LORD IS.”

The ultimate will of God for us is to be filled with His Spirit. When that happens, we know exactly what He wants us to do or say at every given time. God does not want to reveal His will to us only in choice of spouse or career or business. He wants us to know and do His will for us in every area and aspect of our lives down to the minutest detail.

I pray for every one of us that we would be filled with God’s word and Spirit to the point that life challenges won’t find it’s way into our hearts but slide through. I pray we’d have a word from God for every circumstance and each day in 2017

SHE READS: A HEART ABLAZE by JOHN BEVERE

SHE READS: A HEART ABLAZE by JOHN BEVERE

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Hi beautified divas. Hope we are wrapping up this year in grand style. The curtains of 2016 are drawing closer by the second, it’s important we finish every aspect of our lives strong, our relationship with God being the most important.

As a form of continuation from our book of last month ‘The God chasers’, our book for this month focuses on drawing our hearts from the distractions of this world and setting it ablaze for God.

Too often we go on hunger strike to hear from God yet continue our busy, distracted lives. A true fast occurs when we abstain for the purpose of seeking God in a more focused manner. Isaiah 58:3-4.

‘Therefore also now, says the Lord, turn and keep on coming to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning (until every hindrance is removed and the broken fellowship is restored). Rend your hearts and not your garments. Joel 2:12-13 AMP’.

The Lord’s desire is not a Visitation only, He seeks a Habitation. ‘I will dwell IN them and walk AMONG them. I will be their God and they shall be my people. 2 Corinthians 6:16 NKJV’. Every promise in the Bible is conditional, if the condition is not met, the promise is made ineffective. Not by God’s unfaithfulness, but by our own. It is impossible for God to lie, but not impossible for man to nullify His words (Mark 7:13) by ignoring or twisting it. This also includes the promise of God to dwell in us and among us.

The condition is that we come out from among them (the world’s system) and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean and I will receive you (2 Corinthians 6:17). The world’s system is darkness, and those who are drawn to darkness cannot abide in the light.

To set ourselves apart (Leveticus 20:7) is to refuse a relationship with the world. Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God (James 4:4 NLT). You can’t eat your cake and have it in this case.

Being holy is not an option. God will not dwell in us and among us if we fail to heed His condition of seperating ourselves from the world’s system.

“So leave the corruption and compromises, leave it for good says the Lord. Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you for MYSELF” 2 Corinthians 6:7 (The Message).

The magnitude of God’s promise to be our Father, dwell in us and among us makes it even more important for us to carefully consider the condition He places on them.

Taking into consideration the seriousness of this condition, Paul the Apostle stated, “therefore having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” 2 Corinthians 7:1 NKJV.

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The aim of Christianity is not ministry but INTIMACY. We can cast out demons, heal the sick and lead people to Salvation yet end up in hell. God is interested in us knowing Him intimately, our ministry should not be for signs and wonders but for intimacy. Out of an intimate relationship with God comes true ministry. There has to be a KNOWING before we can do exploits. “But the people who KNOW their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits” Daniel 11:32 NKJV.

Paul said I count all things as dung (rubbish) that I may KNOW Him (Philippians 3:10 NKJV).

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The glory of God is not a cloud. God must hide Himself in the cloud because He is too magnificent to behold. Mortal flesh cannot stand in the presence of the Holy Lord in His Glory.

“Now we see God’s glory through a glass, darkly; but then we would see Him face to face. 1Corinthians 13:12 KJV”.

“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. 1Corinthians 13:12 NLT”.

The glory of God is everything that makes God, God. All His characteristics, authority, power and wisdom – literally, the immeasurable weight and magnitude of God.

God is calling us to His mountain to know Him intimately. The pass to that mountain is holiness birthed out of a heart that fears God. To fear God is to love Him above all else. It is the willingness to obey God even when it appears more advantageous for you to compromise or not obey His word. Those who love themselves cannot fear God.

There is a difference between being afraid of God and fearing God. If we do not fear God, we will be afraid of Him at the revelation of His glory and like the children of Israel, draw back. Moses feared God, so he drew near to His presence. The children of Israel were afraid of God, so they drew away from His presence.

The passport to abide in God’s Holy Presence is a heart set ablaze with Holy fear and reverence.

“The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him and He will show them His covenant. Psalm 25:14 NKJV”.

SHE READS: THE GOD CHASERS BY TOMMY TENNEY

SHE READS: THE GOD CHASERS BY TOMMY TENNEY

 

 

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It’s another edition of the #SheReads segment and we are super excited to review another amazing book. The God Chasers. We hope that as you read this review you will be encouraged to seek God above every and anything.

Remember to leave your comments when you finish reading!

When we pursue after God, we can’t really catch Him but we can catch His heart. And when we catch His heart, He turns and chase us. That’s the beauty of being a God chaser. You’re chasing the impossible knowing it’s possible.

The word of the Lord to us is to stop seeking His benefits and seek Him. We are not to seek His hands any longer, but His face.

God doesn’t really care about anything you can ‘do’ for Him. He only cares about your answer to this question ‘Do you want Me?’ He won’t pour out His Spirit were He does not find hunger. He looks for the hungry. Hunger means you’re dissatisfied with the way it has been because it forced you to live without Him in His fullness.

We are sometimes scared of waiting on God cause of the fear that He won’t show up. We abruptly end the waiting process so we don’t experience renewal of strength.

Another problem is that we have never been really hungry. We have allowed things of this realm to satisfy our lives and satiate our hunger. We come to God week after week, year after year, just to have Him fill in the little empty spaces. God is tired of being ‘second place’ to everything else in our lives. He’s even tired of being second to the local church program and church life. If we are not careful, we can get so caught up in doing things for Him that we forget about Him.

Too often we live on a lower plan than what God has intended for us, so when He unexpectedly shows up in His power, we are shocked. Most of us are simply not prepared to see “His train fill the temple”

Most times, we experience just a wave of God’s presence and we get satisfied too quickly. We want to hold on to that revelation forever. We are not desperate and willing to get more and more and more.

God wants to continuously pour the ocean of His presence into our souls every single day but we are satisfied with the wave or splash.

God is not coming to people who merely seek His benefits, He’s coming to people who seek His face. It’s not enough just to be blessed, it’s not enough to receive His gifts and walk in His anointing. He wants people who would cry and say ‘I don’t want more blessings, I want the Blesser; I don’t want anymore gifts, I want the Giver’

God’s fire doesn’t fall on an empty altar. There has to be a sacrifice on the altar for the fire to fall. If you want the fire of God, you must become the fuel of God.

Jesus sacrificed Himself to win our salvation, and He has called each and every person who wants to follow Him to lay down their lives, take up their cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23). The Greek word for cross ‘stauros’ means figuratively exposure to death, ie. self denial.

If we are hungry for the fire to fall in our lives and churches then we need to just crawl up on the altar and say “God, whatever it takes, I lay myself on the altar and ask You to consume me with Your fire, Lord”.

Real revival is birthed when people seek God not ‘revival’, seek the Reviver instead of the revival.

God is tired of having long distance relationship with His people. He really wants to have intimate, close encounters with you and me. He wants to invade our homes with His abiding presence in a way that will make every visitor begin to weep with wonder and worship the moment they step into our abode.

There is something in us that makes us afraid of the commitment that comes with real intimacy with God. For one thing, intimacy with God requires purity. Intimacy with God requires a certain level of brokenness because purity comes from brokenness. God is calling people who wants serious revival into a place of transparent purity. Out of intimacy comes revival.

It’s time to lay our ego on the cross, it’s time to crucify our will, it’s time to lay our own agendas aside. God is calling us to a higher level of commitment. Forget the plans you’ve made for yourself and lay on His altar and die to self.

It’s time to lay everything aside and cover yourself in the blood. When the apostle Paul wrote “I die daily” in I Corinthians 15:31b, he was saying ‘I enter into the presence of God everyday’.

Till we get to this stage of hot chase after God, we can’t really experience Him.

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