Are We Good Fruit?

After nearly three and a half years of preaching, teaching, healing, delivering and raising, the Lord Jesus had to sow a seed on His own works that God would give the increase. The seed the Lord Jesus sowed was His own life. He had to plant Himself in the tomb of death that others may live. Before the Lord Jesus planted Himself, He placed a demand on the seed called, Greater Works. In other words,¬†when the seed springs forth to bud after ITS KIND (the Jesus Kind), the fruit of that seed will be called Greater Works. You and I are fruit of the seed of Jesus’ life that He sowed to the grave. Jesus is good seed and we are expected to be quality fruit.

As followers of Christ, we are to emulate His character and imitate His life. Therefore, it is imperative that we also plant our lives in the grave that others may live. Husbands and wives must plant their own agenda in the grave that their marriage will live. Mothers and fathers have to plant selfishness in the grave that their children can live. Employees have to plant laziness in the grave that their households can function properly and so on.

The Father said that as long as the earth remains, seedtime and harvest will never end (Gen. 8:22). That means that if you aren’t willing sow a seed in the areas of your life needing multiplication or greatness, don’t expect anything in your life to bud, blossom, or spring forth. In fact, your life may be full of weeds.

Jesus wanted the whole world to pattern themselves after His life, therefore He paid the ultimate price and made the ultimate sacrifice. He sowed Himself. Jesus loved us that much to not consider His own life but give it as a ransom for us. Are you the fruit He was hoping for?

Use Your Authority

Have you ever noticed that the enemy hits you the strongest when you are already going through? Some of you carry so much weight in the spirit that the enemy can only approach you in your times of weakness. If you would remember that satan could only hold conversation with Jesus while He was in his wilderness of testing. When Jesus emerged, full of manifested power, satan didn’t stand a chance and¬†neither did Jesus entertain him.

The Lord begin to show me something about this. He said, Daughter, My people are carrying My power and My authority so much so that the only time the enemy can dare approach them is when they fall weak in certain areas. He said, that is when the enemy pounces like the liar that he is to make matters seem worse than they really are. He capitalizes on their moment of weakness and if My sons and daughters have taken their eye off of Me, they enemy takes advantage of their temporary blindness.

Some of you have been wondering why you have been encountering situations seemingly back to back. I need you to realize that on a good day when you are strong and in your right mind, the enemy is rendered powerless but the moment something happens, because he is a thief, he steals those moments, enters in and causes havoc. It should please you to know that satan can’t trip you up but if you falter in your faith, he will take advantage.

It’s vitally important that you maintain your position because as you stand, unmovable, the enemy has no grounds to touch you. He is defeated in your life as long as you realize it. The very sound of your voice reminds him of the Voice he heard over 2000 years ago that said, ‘GIVE ME BACK THOSE KEYS ……RIGHT NOW’. The same power that made him bow all those years ago, now burns inside of you.

I Prophesy Your Strength

Psalm 84:7 NIV, “They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.”

God is going to strengthen you, and strengthen you, and strengthen you until you have the strength you need to successfully pass through every trial that ever comes your way. God is perfecting you and with the process of perfection comes a fresh dose of His strength.

His strength is newly applied for each test and a fresh supply of grace comes that you won’t lose your mind in the midst of it all. Tap in today, because just the like the manna He provided each morning, there is a fresh supply of strength and grace made available to sustain you.

Who Me? Yes You! You have Purpose!

The men who gathered to David were down and out, distressed, in debt, and were on their last leg of life. They didn’t have much to offer and didn’t even bring much with them, but one thing they had was an ear to hear what the Spirit of the Lord was saying. They positioned themselves, regardless of their poverty, to reign with the king even if it meant residing in a cave for a season of training and equipping.

There are some of you right now who have been asking the Lord why does He keep sending men to your cave? You are already going through. You are already broken from the vicissitudes of life? Why Lord, would you send more people for me to help when I need help myself? The Lord is saying that you posses the stamina to endure and because you can hold on, my son/daughter, I can trust you to bear the infirmities of the weak. With your little strength, you can make multitudes strong, therefore I sent them to your cave. They will enter one way and you will pray for them and you will undergird them. You will be My strength to them and then you all will exit the cave as another man. Yes, even while you go through in your cave but deny yourself to strengthen others, YOU ALL WILL BE RELEASED FROM THE CAVE AS A MIGHTY ARMY; FEARLESS AND INVINCIBLE. I sent them to you because you can identify and relate to what they have gone through. If not you, then who else?

Prophetic Purpose of a Father and Your Promises

Joseph displayed characteristics of those whom played significant roles in rearing him. He was faithful like Abraham, his great grandfather. He was a man who lived quietly like Issac, his grandfather. He was a man who dwelled in the tents like Jacob, his father. And he was handsome, sharp, and witty like his mother Rachel. Joseph was well rounded and lived a balanced life because he knew who he was. It wasn’t difficult to hear the Father’s voice because he hailed from a background of men who heard the Father’s voice.

Your posterity says a lot about you. It says a lot about who you are and where you’re going. It says a lot about what you will do when you encounter difficulties in life. It says a lot about the determination you will have to reach your goal. Joseph had multi-generational blessings upon his head, therefore when circumstances in life conflicted with his destiny, he toiled on the more realizing the capacity for greatness lied within him not in his circumstances.

One of the things I am very grateful for is consistency in my life in terms of spiritual fathers (non-gendered). I recognize the multi-generational blessings of honoring those whom God has assigned to cover me, rear me, and tutor me in the faith. Have there been tough times, yes! Have there been times when I wanted to bail out, yes!! Have there been times when I disagreed with what I was instructed to do, yes. But did I run from my fathers, no.

I know that we are among a generation of people who think they can manage well on their own, but I find that contrary to scripture. Hebrews 13:17 NLT, “Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.”

Having spiritual leadership or being spiritually parented carries more weight than many realize. Eccl. 10:8 RSV, “He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh through a fence, a serpent shall bite him.” Abraham, Issac, and Jacob became a fence, hedge, and a wall in Joseph’s life. The enemy was limited in what he could do to Joseph because he was protected by his fathers’ prayers, blessings, prophecy, and instructions. But if Joseph would have breached the wall, broken the hedge or torn down the fence his fathers built for him, the enemy would have free reign to attack his life. It is to your advantage to seek the Lord for spiritual leadership, if you don’t have one. I am only speaking of those with authentic spiritual authority, you will know them by their fruit. Do not entertain this life walking around naked because of what your last pastor did. You have an obligation to seek the Lord as to whom he has assigned for your life to lead you to your destiny. You need the blessings of that father (authority figure) and their fathers beyond them. The Lord is a multi-generational God who prefers to work in threes. Make sure your father has a father who had a father. You are to be a son or daughter of covenant, not a latch key kid.

I Prophesy Your Survival of Betrayal

No doubt the disciples were disillusioned after finding out that Judas, their fellow brother and apostle, betrayed the Lord, but they moved past that. They chose a replacement for Judas and keep the momentum in advancing the Kingdom.

You will survive being betrayed. You will survive every act of sabotage. You will survive being hurt by the ones you love. Dear friend, you will heal from every emotional wound and scar left by trusting in folk who were untrustworthy.

Just as the disciples managed to move on, so will you. You will repair the breach, you will patch the hole, and you will love and trust again. Don’t let your yesterdays darken your tomorrows. If those in your life couldn’t appreciate the gift of God that you are in their life, that’s their loss and someone else’s gain.

The Need for Prophet Nathan

Everybody needs a Nathan in their life to help them through their moments of mistakes. Nathan was a prophet to David and though his life could have been in danger for mishandling the king, his integrity AND the manner in which he approached David not only saved his life but spared David’s as well. He called David to the carpet on his scandalous rendezvous with Bathsheba, but he did not condemn David. He used the word to bring awareness to David’s sins and the Word convicted David drawing him to repentance. I personally believe God had mercy on David because of the way he responded to Nathan’s correction.

There is a way to deal with a person bound in sin that is not condescending. Making a person feel bad about what they have done is not helpful at all. If anything, condemnation will drive a person away. What is effective in restoring a person is showing them through the Word in the spirit of meekness a person’s error and leave them to face the Word with their situation. The Lord Himself will draw that person to Him through His Word and guide that person through the necessary steps of restoration.

One of my golden rules, is treat a person you want to be treated. If it were you caught in the devil’s trap, how would you want to be entreated? Would you want someone dragging you through the mud of your sins, telling you how awful and wicked you are or would you rather someone sit you down and talk to you like a human being? Anybody can dish it, but can you take it? Jesus looked at the crowd of spectators with stones in their hands ready to cave a woman’s skull in because of her sins, but when Jesus asked them about their sins, there was a space of silence and then the crowd thinned.

If your brother is overtaken in a fault, you, WHICH ARE SPIRITUAL, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness. Consider yourself, because you can also be tempted. Gal. 6:1

Ministry is not Fantasy

Philippians 4:12 NIV, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

Contrary to popular opinion, not every minister is living the life of the rich and famous. In fact, some are juggling financial obligations right now trying to stretch Kingdom finance as far as it can go. There are some whom the Lord has blessed and has opened great and effectual doors and there are others whom the enemy has deceived into thinking they are truly blessed and are operating off of some counterfeit stuff, but that is another story. The season of leanness is not foreign to many in ministry. Even Jacob who fathered the nation of God’s beloved people, experienced famine. So when we encounter those lean seasons where like Elijah, our brooks, or streams of income dries up, we have to learn to trust and depend on the provisional capabilities of our Father.

Some ministers are too ashamed to admit when their ministries are struggling financially and for others, it’s reasons of pride. But the Bible says we have not because we ask not. Sometimes just to break the spirit of pride, the Lord will allow a lean season to provoke you into asking for help. But that’s another story too!

There were plenty of times when Jesus was hungry and thirsty but He did not allow His circumstances to dictate His purpose. He fasted 40 days but still whipped the devil. He was looking for figs and cursed its tree because it could not provide for Him. David was so hungry, he entered the House of God and ate the consecrated bread. Jesus was homeless, He said the foxes have holes and the birds have nests but I have no place to lay my head. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 4:11 that they were hungry and thirsty, beaten, and dressed in ragged clothing. He also said in 1 Corinthians 11:27 that he had sleepless nights, was hungry and thirsty, and was cold and naked but he says in Romans 8:35 that none of these things shall separate him from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.

Suffering is an integral part of ministry. Suffering identifies you with Christ. Ministry is a suffering way. Our lean seasons are a part of our suffering. It’s God’s way to humble us and teach us to keep depending on Him. Further, our lean season may not be financial, it may be a lean season of fellowship or companionship, etc. Leanness manifests in a variety of ways. Know the differences between your God appointed lean season, a demon of lack or your own laziness. And understand that even when your season changes from leanness to abundance, that you need to stay rooted in what you learned about God in those lean years. Wealth is a mindset. Therefore, you must act and think like you have it even when you don’t or you won’t know what to do with it when it finally arrives. This is where you find people doing stupid stuff with their money because they still have a poverty mindset so they buy everything they’ve always wanted and are back in poverty again. But THAT’S another story too! Bottom line, study to be content with the Lord no matter what state you are in.

Gifted People

Romans 11:29 GWT, “God never changes his mind when he gives gifts or when he calls someone.”

As a former property manager, I would perform what is called a move out inspection. This inspection required me to enter the property after the tenant has vacated the premises and complete a report on the condition of the unit using a particular checklist. What I would discover many times, among lots of o
ther things, is that certain units although vacant, still had electrical power. In other words, the lights were on but the property had been abandoned. When I was thinking on the above verse, this scenario came to mind.

The Lord said that when He gives gifts, He does not call for them back even after the person has abandoned Him. He said, “Daughter, the lights are on but nobody’s home.” What we are experiencing across the corporate Church is gifts in operation without the Gift Giver’s presence. The gift will still work because God does all things well, but the operation of that gift is in no way an indication that the Lord’s hand is upon that person’s life.

How you can tell whether a person’s gift is still intact with the Gift Giver or not is the evidence of their fruit. A person can be just as gifted as possible but if there is no presence of spiritual fruit, tread carefully. Galatians 5:22 NLT, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If you don’t see the evidence of these fruit in the life of that ‘gifted person’, RUN!!”