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It’s a love thing

I have a personal and practical word for us ladies in Christ. Lately God has been talking to me about  male/female relationships. Like most other things it is the world that wants to offer us advise on how to get a man, love a man, treat a man and KEEP a man. Excuse me while I pass on taking advise from a magazine on how to land a husband that also boost from the same cover – sexual tips from the other woman.  Thanks but no thanks.  The Holy Spirit is saying to us women today we are putting the buggy before the horse. We should know that God is a God of order.  It is in the word of God where we should be getting our wisdom and understanding about relationships, romance and marriage.  I am not going to cover all that but I did want to just minister on one thing the Lord dropped in my spirit.  
 We want someone to love us the way that Christ loved the church. My question is  do you know how Christ loved the church? Are you fully walking in and receiving the love of Christ for yourself?
 Christ has set the standard of love. Giving is the highest expression of love.  John 3:16 For God so loved the world the He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.   As He walked the earth Jesus showed his love for people by healing, teaching and preaching.  Then it was His ultimate gesture of love through giving and it was – His life.  It is written in John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 
We women  mimic that same giving but its in carnality with our bodies, our money, our time eventually giving ALL and getting back NONE.
I learned a long time ago and let me share with you now to my personal embarrassment and revelation that IT doesn’t work.  In my disobedience God allowed me go to through the fire and back a couple of more times with that lie. It was for my (and now your) good though to able to be here and minister this word from a place of healing and wholeness. The truth is that it is IN HIS LOVE {only} that we discover our worth and real love.
Stop giving into and settling for being tolerated and trust God that He wants you with a man with whom you will celebrated.
It is time realize your spiritual pedigree.
Romans 8:17a Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.
2 Corinthians 6:18 I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.
In our uniqueness and specialness it takes a certain connoissseur to realize our value. It takes a man who is acquainted with the way and will of God to see our worth.
It is written in Psalm 139:14 (MSG) Body and soul, I am marvelously made! So when you are with someone that does not see the value, the beauty and the anointing IN YOU it is not time to get mad, force him or the issue just keep it moving know that the best is yet to come.
The price Jesus paid shouldn’t be by you or allowed by others to be taken lightly. Learn to value the treasure that is you. It is God who deems us to be HEAD and not the TAIL.  Before you can expect anyone else to get that you must OWN that truth for yourself.
There are some men out there not willing to follow the example of Jesus Christ in their love and adoration for us. We are not asking for them to die just to come all the way correct.
Matthew 7:6 Do not give what is holy to dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Some are not willing to  wait until marriage for sexual intimacy. Many don’t want to miss watching sports on Sunday to go to church. There is a new episode of NCIS on Wednesdays so bible study is out as well.  Our encouragement of them to apply for a better position or to go back to school is nagging.
As it relates to my own self-worth I have prayed and labored to hard for my freedom to let someone else’s rejection take away the truth of God’s word and His love for me.
It was a struggle cancelling all the word curses spoken over me and to me that I wasn’t good enough.
 It took fasting to demolish all the strongholds and it was only in the name of Jesus I took authority over and cast down all the vain imaginations and held  captive all those faulty thoughts and made them obedient to knowledge of Christ.
So yes I feel you that it hurts when this man you love may not or does not love you back and value you the way you want. It bothers you the inconsideration and neglect he shows but that is HIS problem not YOURS. So you are in love in Jesus and he wants you all to himself. You can either pray and stay OR pray and leave.
Just know that ALL the love you will ever need has been made available TO and FOR you already.
Romans 8:38-39 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. In Jesus Name Be Blessed. Manie

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Are weary in waiting?

Romans 8:22-25 (MSG) All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But its not only around us; its within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.
I don’t know about you but if you ARE like me waiting on the glory of the Lord to bring about a manifestation then TODAY this scripture brings some good news. It seems that as financial times are looking more and more dire we wonder as believers if God is really aware of how bad things are in the world.  I am not talking about HIM knowing about how it is on wall street but on our streets.  Yes, children of God, He is knows and He cares and best of all is ABLE.
Today we must recognize and have faith in HIM as our Alpha and Omega. What may come as a surprise to the world is not a surprise to the Lord. So as His children we can take rest and take comfort in the fact that He knows the end from the beginning.
One thing is for sure in these tough times and it is that everyone seems to reaching out for that anchor of unmovable support and comfort. People need an assurance that is steady and sure as it seems to be that most other things are not as steadfast as we once thought them to be. So then it becomes of a question of who and where do we FIND that much need assurance and rock-steady support.
More and more it seems that people want to believe that within our natural selves there is the POWER to do it all by ourselves. Of course that may seem like an attractive enough theory. It may appear easiest and safest to believe that we in and of ourselves have the ability and control to do it all by ourselves. We can make our own rules, live the way we want,  and have nothing and no one to answer to but ourselves.  The truth is though until you make Jesus the Lord of your life it is NOT safe to trust yourself. The bible records in Jeremiah 17: 9-10 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. It is the Lord that searches the heart and examines the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”
Of course it is no secret that there are some very successful people in all types of industries that may have seemed to have done it without the help of God. They deny the deity of Jesus Christ. They believe in the power of other idols. Including THEMSELVES.  The truth is that GAIN is not always from God. 
That may be well and good for them but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. It is written: ” ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’ “
I trust only in the success that is granted from the Lord and not from man. Including myself. We should wait on the Lord and let Him lead us  and guide  us in what we should be doing right now. It is written but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Finally I decree and declare to you today according to Galatians 6:9 (AMP) And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. 
2 Corinthians 6:2b It is written I tell you, NOW is time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.   In Jesus Name Be Blessed, Manie

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The Word is our secret place

John 19:11(NIV) Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin. Things are really difficult for most of the world right now. Those in the body of Christ are no different in the fact that we are getting attacked. The Lord is saying to us that He knows we need some rest and that we can come to Him for refreshing. It is imperative as for wait for the glory of God to manifest in your life that you live by faith and not by sight. The just live by faith. Faith comes to us by hearing the word of God. We must get full of the Word inside of us because the Word is our hiding place. It is our secret place that the rest of the world doesn’t know about. Right now in my spirit I sense an attack of oppression and excessive control coming from those around us and close to us. We have the authority to overcome all the power of enemy and NOTHING shall harm us. Resist that false sense of power that these people think they have over us. Just like He has before the Lord  will show himself mighty on OUR behalf. We need only to stand still and see the deliverance the Lord will bring about for us today. Don’t succumb to the need to vindicate or defend yourself. Psalm 135:14 For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants. The Lord is saying to YOU today just go forward being about your kingdom work and resist your foes and this attack from the enemy. This warfare is only as severe as we perceive it to be. After this comes promotion. You can make it through this. You have seen and been through this before. You are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. You are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Some of you have been going through this particular attack over and over again. It is time to graduate from it and GET the truth. Ask the Holy Ghost for truth and for help. Let the enemy know we see him in this warfare and today we decree according to the word of God to LET NOTHING MOVE US. When you do that then what the enemy meant to harm you God will use it for your good. The Holy Spirit is saying to us that we know the truth so STOP giving into how you feel and what you see. God is for you. Let those that think you need them think what they wish. You know the truth so continue in that truth and it shall make you free.
Psalm 91:2 (NLT) This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust Him. In Jesus Name Be Blessed, Manie

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Need a soul tune-up?

Ok so this is sad to admit but I was hoping that in my writing I come across as someone that has it all together. Sad but true. Also I would appreciate it if God would let my personal struggles stay between Him and I but in His sovereignty He has made it known that they won’t. So with that being said let me expose myself for a moment. Earlier tonight I was upset. I mean chewing nails kind of upset. Yes I prayed about it. I forgave the other person. I apologized for my part in the matter. They didn’t. Still I really wanted to let it go. I tried to talk myself out of the feelings of being so violated and frustrated. It was difficult because I kept thinking of WRONG they were and how RIGHT I was. It was one of those moments of just wanting to be out of the FIRE. All I could say to the Lord was I want out of this trial. I am tired of trying to be amicable and loving with this person. Why Lord are you forcing me to walk and talk in love to someone who seems so bent on making me miserable. Like King David I mimicked the words of Psalm 6:3 My soul is in anguish. How long, O LORD, how long?
I sang praise songs. I prayed. Listen to some more worship songs. I tried to write through my feelings. Ate a Kit Kat bar. Nothing was helping me. It was still some time later and for sure I knew at that point that I was overreacting but still I was fuming. So finally I turned my laptop off and went to take a bubble bath. There in comforts of hot water and very berry liquid soap I started to relax. I ask the Holy Ghost flat out What is the deal with me? It was in the bathroom I got the revelations about several things. I was letting frustration, irritation and judgement run uncontrolled in my soul. They were have a tantrum in my mind, my will, and my emotions. It was time to demolish those strongholds. I felt too horrible just for the sake of being right.
2 Cor. 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. Matthew 7:1 Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
I wanted to let go of the matter while still holding on to fact that I was wrong and this person was wrong. I started instead to bless this person and truly forgive them and let it go. Let me tell you it wasn’t something that my mind easily gave into.
I had to tell the devil I wasn’t going to let him draw me into offense and misery over something as small and petty as what had just happened to me.
Then the Holy Spirit started to talk to me about the fruits of His spirit.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness and faith. The conviction came especially with long suffering and gentleness. Jesus said in Matthew 7 throughout verses 15-22 that we will be recognized by our fruit.
 It is written in Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses. I write you to tonight that walking in judgement is a slippery slope used by the devil. I am so glad that God didn’t get me OUT of the situation but instead gave me understanding. Psalm 31:7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for You saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. As Paul writes Do everything in love.  In Jesus name Be blessed, Manie

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Our faith Father Abraham

Romans 4:18a,19-21 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping-believing that he would become the father of many nations. And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead-and so was Sarah’s womb. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.
What a man. But most of all what a God!!!! It is necessary  to see that as Abraham’s body grew older , his faith grew stronger. It was his position of faith that said I know this God and He has never forgotten or failed me since He ask me to leave my father’s house and go to a unknowm place. It is easy sometimes to say that we live by faith and not by sight when you don’t see any opposition.  But there will come a circumstance or situation guided by satan that comes to take away the (word) seed of faith that has been sown in our heart.  That is when our faith like Abraham’s should grow stronger. Our faith grows stronger when we meditate on the word of God and get acquainted with God’s character, his goodness and especially his faithfulness. There are some things going on in your life that YOU have absolutely no control in the matter. You have done every natural thing you could think to do and still it is accomplishing nothing. God has sent me to tell you What is impossible with men is possible with God. He is in control and He has already moved on your behalf. The favor of God surrounds you.
Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie, nor the son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? The promises of God made available to us through his written word and  are yea and amen in Christ Jesus.
You right now thinking that you have been waiting for so long and you wonder if your promise will ever manifest. Yes it will because yes it has. Like with Daniel the Lord heard you the first day you prayed and He moved for you on that day. Like the servant of Elijah looking for the sign of rain go back  another time into the presence of the Lord. Repent for any doubt and unbelief and praise God that He has already moved for you. Take the seed of the Word of God and put a demand on it to bring forth a harvest. In other words put pressure on your situation with the spoken word of God. What God says is your ONLY reality and every other reality has to submit to that one. For example maybe your reality is that you have cancer and the doctor’s says there is no cure. The Word of God promises us that By His stripes we are healed. That should be YOUR only reality and so you can’t let it go. Meditate on it day and night. Speak it in faith that you are healed in the car, in your house, in the grocery store. You must get IT so deep in your heart that you even speak it in your sleep. That is the way our faith should be concerning any problem that we have that is COVERED by a promise from the Lord.
There is someone out there that I am talking too. Like Abraham you have been waiting and waiting while things seems to be growing more hopeless every day. I come with a decree of good news for you today. It is written in Deut. 32:4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He. Your prayers are answered and the requests of your petitions have been granted in the name of Jesus.
Romans 4:16 Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends [entirely] on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace (unmerited favor), to make it stable and valid and guaranteed to all his descendants–not only to the devotees and adherents of the Law, but also to those who share the faith of Abraham who is [thus] the father of us all.  In Jesus Name Be Blessed, Manie

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In Proverbs 23:7 (AMP)it is written For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. A lot of times we attract into our lives the kinds of people we think we deserve to interact with on all levels . We only apply for what we think we are qualified for. In the past with me I lived such a defeated life that I would always meet people that (I felt) would take advantage of me or try and use me. It seemed like everyone was always out to get me. Also I sowed a lot of lying and manipulating as well and that was what I reaped back into my life from others. Sometimes 100 fold. Believe me saints that is NOT the kind of 100 fold blessing Jesus had in mind in Matthew 13:8. I have heard that you teach people how to treat you and that was definitely the case for me in the past. It was the case though because of my own faulty perception of myself. I want to change how others saw me without knowing that first I had to change how I saw myself.
It was not just in getting saved but after being in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through my prayers, meditating on the word of God day and night, being a doer of the word that I was able to see myself through the person of Jesus Christ. I mean I saw how much I was loved through His sacrifice on the Cross and the fact that God loved me so much by first sending Jesus to pay the price for me. There is freedom from the things that plague me like inferiority, low self-esteem and low self-worth to know in Christ I am accepted. (Romans 15:7).
When I was able to walk in love, talk in love and be in love with God  then I was able to open and honestly love others and that was what I got back in return. I don’t care how damaged the relationship, or how cruel the person is that you are dealing with right now. The change starts with you. God promised us that Love never fails. It may seem like you are doing all the giving and none of the getting but trust me Love never fails. I believe every word of God is real and reliable. So again decree in your life that Love never fails. Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. When you are able to love those who seem to be unlovable then it is because you are FILLED to overflow with God’s love. Realize that in the love of Christ there is nothing that anyone can DO to you that can COMPARE in the slightest with what HE has done for you. Stop being the victim. It is NEVER a good look.
You are a victor. You are a overcomer. Self pity is never beautiful in anyone’s eyesight. Let others be drawn to your confidence in the light of God. In Jesus Name Be Blessed, Manie

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You can do this

I think the reason the Lord has assigned to be a voice of encouragement and comfort to others is because I am so often in need of the same for myself.
I have been trying to get my writing internet ministry off and running and it seems so overwhelming at times. I am doing it alone and there is so much about web design and site building that I don’t understand. Network and marketing. (eyes rolling here) I can hear the voice and taunts of the enemy to give up. And even sadder is the sound of my own  voice telling me to give in. Why is that we are so fearful of failing that we don’t even want to try. I am also writing a book titled Falling is never failing. And like I have to tell myself all the time it is only failure when we give up. I have said it before but our problem is not a lack of faith it is just a misdirection of our faith. If your faith has been MORE in being giving up than ENDURING every time you encounter opportunity it may look like opposition. If your faith is MORE in being defeated than successful than quitting seems safer than trying. Right now I am living out my lifelong God- given dreams and desires and it has never been a more trying time for me. I have to admit that it has not been as exciting as I thought but I realize today it is because of all the pressure I have put on myself. Along with what I am telling myself about this process. I have put pressure on myself to get it all perfect NOW. I have put pressure on myself to have 10, 000 site visitors daily and I have only had this blog for a couple of months.  There is a misbelief that I will be happy as soon as I get to the destination and that makes the  journey ever harder and longer. My 3 year old likes to ask the famous car trip question Are we there yet? I made the mistake of telling her when the car stops  we are there. So in her brightness every time I got to a traffic light or a stop sign she would say you stopped so are we there yet? That is how some of us look at our life  journey as we keep racing to make it to destination HAPPYVILLE with no more problems and no more worries and every time there is a stop on the trip we ask Are we there yet? Like the Apostle Paul advises I have learned whatever the circumstances to be content. My vision is taking a little longer than I thought and its more work than I could have ever imagined but I am content. The Holy Ghost said to me early this year that I can’t mess this up. It is a rhema word that I need to remind myself of over and over. You can as well take it for yourself. Whatever your plans, goals and vision for life,your job, your relationships and your ministry Just know that with God you can’t mess it up. Take the pressure off and be easy. Sit back or and go outside and take about 10 deep belly breaths and meditate on Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. We are not in this alone. God is for you. I decree again God is for you. Don’t give up. Don’t give in. You got this. I promise on the authority of God’s word  Romans 10:11 As the scripture says, ” Anyone who trusts in the him will never be put to shame. I know that its an uphill battle but remember the bible says the Lord will bless all the work of your hands. God promises to us to in Psalm 20:4 May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. In the book of Mark  chapter 5 you see a demon-possessed man, a dead girl and a sick woman all with needs and with Jesus all of their needs were met. If you read the text closely you will see that they all had a position of faith and that was they knew what they wanted and what they expected Jesus to do. It is OUR faith that decides what will be done NEXT in our lives. It is important that that we have a position of faith that says Father God, in Jesus name I come to you full of praise and thanksgiving that my times are in your hands. Thank You Lord that your word promises that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. Lord I believing and expecting you that in this new chapter of my life and with my new endeavors I have all of the support of heaven backing me. It is written that I am blessed as come in and blessed as I go out.  I am more than a conqueror  through him who loved me. I do not let this book of the law depart from my mouth I meditate on it day and night so that I may be careful to do everything written in it. Then I will be prosperous and successful. Remember you got this!!! In Jesus Name Be Blessed, Manie

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