Released From Being The Scapegoat

Released From Being The Scapegoat

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A scapegoat is a person, group, or entity who is targeted for blame for something he or she is not responsible for. Scapegoating can occur in every environment, but mostly scapegoating occurs in families. In a family, scapegoating often begins in childhood and continues throughout adulthood.

Why would someone choose to project their guilt, blame, and shame on someone else? The answer has a lot to do with the concept of a scapegoat and the purpose it served. In the Bible, the scapegoat was part of the Yom Kippur sacrifice. The scapegoat was literally a goat that carried away the guilt and sins of the children of Israel into the wilderness. (Leviticus Chapter 16).

The Bible tells us that Yeshua became the sacrifice for humanity as the Lamb of God who took away our guilt and shame (John 1:29). As believers in Yeshua we can bring all our burdens to Him. We no longer have to carry the burden of guilt.

In a social setting scapegoating is a “projection defense” that allows scapegoaters to keep up appearances by shifting their shame and burdens on the scapegoat. In other words, laying the blame on someone else will take the attention off the real issues.

How Can We Break Free, Heal, & Recover From Being The Scapegoat?

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Scapegoating is a form of abuse. Usually, narcissistic personalities result to scapegoating to ensure that the more vulnerable person bares the reproach while the narcissist basks in acceptance, applause, and approval. Both the narcissist and the scapegoat create an environment for unhealthy behavior patterns and toxic relationships to perpetuate. The narcissist is the hero, while the scapegoat bares the shame, and the myth of normalcy continues without anyone having to look inward or take responsibility for their own actions.

If you have been playing the role of the scapegoat, I am here to tell you that there is FREEDOM in Yeshua. You don’t have to be burdened with shame. Today, we are going to look at ways we can be released from being the scapegoat.

 

You Are Not A Victim: The Scapegoat is a role that we do not have to assume. Yeshua has come to set us FREE. He carried every burden, all guilt, shame, and blame to Calvary. We don’t have to carry the burden any more. Opinions are like noses, everyone has one. We do not have to own the hurtful opinions and projections of others. We must stop trying to win the favor and approval of uncaring people. You are accepted and beloved in God. Let’s allow Yeshua to open up new doors and new opportunities of love and friendship. BE FREE! (Isaiah 61:1-4)

See Yourself The Way God Sees You: God loves you fiercely and fervently. He loves you short. He loves you tall. He loves you skinny. He loves you chunky. He loves you with curly hair. He loves you with short hair. He loves you with long hair. He loves you with no hair at all. God loves you. Accept and receive God’s unconditional love for you. (Genesis 16:13-14)

You Are Not Condemned: When we fall short, the Holy Spirit will convict us in the spirit of love and restoration in order to bring us into right standing with Messiah Yeshua. However, condemnation often brings on reproach which leaves us feeling isolated and alone. Do not own the reproach of others. However, allow the Holy Spirit to take you by the hand and lead you into truth, love, restoration, and righteousness. (Romans 8:1-2)

Forgive and Live: We must forgive. Turning our hurts over to God does not dismiss the hurt. Turning our hurts over to God frees us from the responsibility of bearing the pain. Vengeance belongs to God (Romans 12:19). We miss God when we seek revenge. God will make up the difference in our lives. We can not be the judge, the jury, and the executioner. We must forgive. The Bible tells us that we do not have a right to harbor our pain. We don’t have a right to walk in unforgiveness (Matthew 18:21-22). If we remain in God’s presence, He will heal our pain and bring us to a place of lasting peace (Isaiah 53:5).

Love Yourself: Encourage yourself in the Lord. Be good to yourself. See yourself the way God sees you. Write down your good traits. Read God’s word and remind yourself daily of who you are in Yeshua. Be good to yourself. Say something good about yourself. Stand in the mirror and tell yourself “you are looking good today girlfriend.” Celebrate the fabulous way God created you. (Psalms 139:14)

Prayer:

“Father, please forgive me and my generational line for placing our sins, burdens and blame on others and chasing others away making them scapegoats and sacrifices.

I repent for myself and my family line for willingly or unwilling receiving the sins and blame of others or allowing myself to be the sacrifice or the scapegoat and bearing burdens that You did not instruct me to carry.

Father, forgive me and cleanse me for taking on burdens, sins, and responsibilities that Yeshua took upon Himself. Please forgive me also for placing burdens and responsibilities on others that Yeshua took to Calvary (John 1:29).

Father, I declare that I am not a scapegoat. I am not a sacrifice. Father, I ask that all reproach and blame of others which have been placed upon me be removed.

Father, please remove the consequences of blame and shame from me and from my generational line. I ask that the reaping of the consequences of shame, guilt, and being a scapegoat/sacrafice and all related curses be broken off of me and my family line from this time forward.

Father, I ask that these heavy burdens be removed from me and all future generations based on Your righteousness which You have imputed to me through the Blood of Yeshua.

Lord, please replace these vacated areas in my life with Your Holy Spirit and with Your blessings. Thank You for pouring Your Spirit into me. In Yeshua’s name Amen.”

Worship Experience:

Deliverance: Bitter Root Judgments – Audio

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What Is A Bitter-Root Judgment? How Can We Be Free From It?

Bitter root judgments are judgments that we make concerning hurts that we have experienced that we have not surrendered to the Cross.

Hebrews 12:15:
“See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled . . .

A root of bitterness comes from unforgiveness and can lead to resentment that corrupts our relationships and our ability to love like Yeshua loves. Bitter-roots grow when we fail to secure God’s grace to forgive. Bitterness and unforgiveness are the driving forces behind re-occurring problems, patterns, and destruction in our lives.

We must forgive. As soon as we experience a hurt we must immediately turn that hurt over to the Lord so that we do not take on a wound. Two of the most important people whom we must forgive is our mother and father (Exodus 20:12).

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Bitter-root judgments can be judgments that we made towards our parents because of hurts that we incurred during our upbringing. From the womb certain patterns are formed that opened the door for us to form unhealthy judgments and strong opinions of ourselves and others. Whenever we make a judgement as a result of the hurts that we incurred that we do not bring to the Yeshua we set into motion forces that will cause us to reap in kind the very same thing that we judge (Galatians 6:7-9).

Bitter roots bring about bitter fruit. When we condemn others. We condemn ourselves. We Must Forgive! Some of us haven’t had the best parental experience. Some experienced abuse. Some experienced abandonment and neglect. However, to honor our parents is to forgive them and to accept their humanity.

We all have our stories… Hurt is real. Pain is real. Yeshua does not dismiss the wrong done to us. However, we miss God when we demand justice…. “Well, you say someone has to pay”… Yeshua already paid. Yeshua covers the offense, the offender, and the offended with His precious BLOOD – and if we stay in His presence He will bring us to a place of lasting peace.
Romans 2:1-3:
“Therefore you are without excuse, O man—every one of you who is judging. For by whatever you judge another, you condemn yourself. For you who judge practice the same things. We know that God’s judgment on those who practice such things is based on truth. But you, O man—judging those practicing such things yet doing the same—do you suppose that you will escape the judgment of God?”

Identifying Bitter Roots

Bitter roots can affect your relationships and destroy your future. Often our wounds go down deep. Often it takes the Lord to reveal, heal, and uproot bitter roots. Pray and ask God to reveal the judgments that you have made against your parents and against others. It may take some time. God will reveal what you need to know when you need to know it.

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Look for patterns of fear, doubt, rejection, heartache, jealousy, or anger. These patterns may be from judgments that you have made against others. Notice situations where you repeat the same behavior over and over.

Some examples of bitter-roots that can indicate judgment toward your parents include: perfectionism, addictions, critical spirit, emotionally unavailable, hostility, manipulation, working continually, rejection, uncontrolled anger or rage, bitterness, rejection or performance orientation.

I have been a believer for 30-years. I had a very abusive childhood. Over the years, God has taken me through layers of forgiveness. God has walked the winding path of wholeness with me. Every time I recall a painful memory, I release the hurt to God. It has been two years since my mother died. Although, my mother is not here to physically reconcile, I speak out forgiveness in my prayers. I forgive you. I love you. I release you in love and redemption.” I have reconciled every hurt, pain, disappointment, fear, rejection, to the Cross.

“Through heartache, I have learned that my strong opinions and my two-cents are best left on the threshing floor. Whenever I am presented with a situation in which I could pass judgement on someone, I choose to withhold my opinion and pray for the person instead. In life we can either take on the role as an enforcer or an intercessor, I choose the latter.”

Luke 6:37:
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Pardon, and you will be pardoned.”

Let’s Deal With The Root – How Do You Cancel A Bitter Root Judgment?

How Do You Cancel a Bitter-Root Judgment?

There is an old saying: “what goes around comes around” but God calls it the law of sowing and reaping” (Galatians 6:7-9). We must REPENT, FORGIVE, & RELEASE We are not to let the sun go down on our wrath. When we harbor resentment, we open the door to the enemy to reap a bitter reward. Yeshua has come to free us from bitterness and re-set our default.

1. Confess your bitter-root judgment. Name whom you judged and what you judged them for.
2. Pray for forgiveness, forgive yourself, and repent and renounce your sin, which means to fall out of agreement with it.
3. Ask God to nail your sin of judgment to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14)
4. Allow yourself to grieve any feelings of pain or loss and release them to God.
5. Ask God to remove any unforgiveness or other sins from your heart and replace them with the opposite of those sins.
6. Ask God to give you a new heart by faith. (Ezekiel 36:26)
7. Ask God to meet the needs that were not met in you as a child. Some of the basic needs for adults and children are unconditional love, acceptance, worth and value, security, recognition, nurture, emotional nourishment, and comfort.
8. Ask God to show you how this bitter root has affected your relationships with others. Pray for God to heal those relationships.
9. Thank Him for your answered prayers. (Philippians 4:6)

Worship Experience:

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El Roi – The God Who Sees Me

El – Roi: The God Who Sees Me

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Today, we will glean from the life of a woman named Hagar.  From this story we will learn that no matter the circumstances, God will not leave us without hope. God will make something beautiful out of our lives when we put our trust in El Roi, the God who sees us.

In (Genesis Chapter 16) Hagar is introduced as Sarah’s Egyptian slave-girl. There are no details about the path that led to Hagar’s bondage in Egypt.  However, (Genesis 12:16) gives us a clue of how Abraham and Sarah acquired Hagar as a servant in their household.

In this story, Sarah solicited Hagar in her plan to conceive an heir for Abraham.   In the ancient world it was not uncommon for an infertile wife to arrange for a slave girl to sleep with her husband so that the family could have an heir.  Abraham and Sarah had many servants. Any slave-girl could have done the job well.  However, God’s divine providence was at work.  Hagar would give birth to a nation.

For a while, all was going well for Hagar.  Hagar had a prominent position as Sarah’s personal attendant.  However, once Hagar conceived, she was not content with her lot as a slave.  Hagar rebelled and conflict arose between Hagar and Sarah.  With Abram’s blessing, Sarah re-asserted her position of power over Hagar.

Hagar reached her breaking point.  She fled into the wilderness.  Discontent, discouraged, distressed, and despondent, Hagar wept bitterly near an unnamed well.  God saw Hagar and offered hope to her and her unborn child. God heard Hagar’s cry.  There, beside the well, Hagar called on the name of God, “…El Roi:  You are the God who sees me… I have now seen the One who sees me.” (Genesis 16:13-14)

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As a woman of color, I can relate to Hagar’s experiences.  I have often been marginalized. When I have put my best foot forward, I have felt the sting of rejection by being relegated to stereotypical roles that fit others hurtful opinions of me.

Like Hagar, when my heart is overwhelmed, I run to  El RoiThe God who sees me.  I scream out to God in tears until He caresses my soul and takes away the sting.  I cry out to God until I can sing again, laugh again, and love again.  I remain in God’s presence until my perception of the situation changes and once again I see myself as El Roi sees me: Strong, confident, beautiful, and capable.  

Beloveds, if your present circumstance is full of pain and your future is full of uncertainty, I urge you run into the presence of El Roi (the God who sees you) and remain there until He makes you whole again.

Where Have You Come From?

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In (Genesis 16:8), God asked Hagar, “Where have you come from and where are you going?”  God’s question to Hagar had little to do about the logistics of her journey from Abraham’s household to this well in the wilderness.

There is always a story behind pain.  God was concerned about what troubled Hagar.  God is concerned about what troubles you.  God sees our tears and He wants us to bring our troubles to Him.

God gives beauty for ashes.  God transforms lives. In the midst of hopelessness and desperation, God saw Hagar. God sees you.  God sees me.  God promises to never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and to work all things out for our good (Roman’s 8:28).

Where Are You Going?

Genesis 16:8b:

“I’m running away from my mistress, Sarai,” she replied.”

God knew that Hagar’s destiny was to be more than a lowly slave-girl.  Hagar would become the mother of the Arab people.  God gave Hagar instructions to return to Abraham and Sarah.  Running away from our problems is not the answer.   God wants to bring us through difficult circumstances.  God did not abandon Hagar into the fate of captivity. God profoundly valued Hagar and her child. God had a plan for their lives  (Gen. 16:9).

“Beloved, likewise God has a plan for your life.   It doesn’t matter what the doctors say, lawyer say, boss’ say, he say, she say, or they say, God will always have the final say.

We can submit ourselves to the will of God, knowing that God is in control.  God has our best interest at heart. God will always protect His investment in us.  As Hagar submitted herself to human authority, she ultimately submitted herself in the hands of ALMIGHTY GOD.”

Gen. 16:11–12:

“You shall name him Ishmael [meaning “God hears”], for the Lord has heard of your misery. He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.” 

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There, in the wilderness, Hagar called upon the name of God.  God reshaped her identity and the perspective of her circumstance.  Hagar was no longer just a slave, but an heir to God’s promise.

When Hagar’s hope was lost, God visited her and revealed her destiny. Hope is the confident expectation that what God promises will come to pass.

“Without hope we have no purpose.  Without purpose we have no hope.”

Every person has a destiny to fulfill.  Every life is significant.   God ordained the purpose for our lives before we were even born (Psalms 139:19).  Hagar’s purpose was to bring forth a powerful nation.  Every nation has a divine purpose to fulfill.  In (Gen. 16:11–12) God describes Ishmael’s role among the nations. Ishmael and his descendants would become a force to reckon with.  Ishmael would become the patriarch of the Arab people.

God blessed the birth of Ishmael and promised Hagar that her descendants would have a prosperous future.  God kept his promise to Hagar.  Today, the Arab nations are among the wealthiest nations in the world.

“God loves the Arab people.  God loves the nations. Ethnicity is God’s creativity. Increasingly, Yeshua Messiah, (better known as Isa in the Arab world) is revealing Himself in dreams and visions to the Arab people. The population of Arab Christians is growing throughout the world.  God desires to bring redemption to the entire world.”

For fourteen years the household of Sarah and Abraham offered peace and provisions for Hagar and Ishmael to thrive.  Abraham, circumcised Ishmael, ensuring that the boy bore the sign of Yahweh’s covenant.  Growing up under Abraham’s supervision, Ishmael knew Yahweh.  However, the birth of Isaac complicated matters for Hagar and Ishmael.

“This polygamous family drama finally reached its breaking point (Gen. 21:10).  Abraham expels Hagar and Ishmael from the household.  Thus, the conflict that plagues the Middle-East begins….”  

Image result for rejection el roiCast-out into the wilderness, Hagar and Ishmael are abandoned.  This time there is no well; only dry sand.  The sun burns hot, and the water runs out.  Hagar leaves her son by a bush. Hagar couldn’t bear to watch Ishmael die, so she walked a short distance away to mourn. But once again, God sees Hagar and comforts her. 

Gen. 21:17–18:

“Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying… Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” 

God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well of water.  Both mother and child survived.  In an act of splendid redemption, God reiterated His promise to bless Hagar’s descendants.

Genesis 17:20:

“As for Ishmael, I have heard you. See, I have blessed him and I will make him fruitful, and I will multiply him very very much. He will father twelve princes and I will make him a great nation.”

In the midst of profound despair, when all hope was lost, God saw Hagar and kept His promise.  God loved Hagar and Ishmael.  To man, Hagar was insignificant – a slave.  To God, Hagar would fulfill a unique purpose as the QUEEN MOTHER of the Arab world.

Acts: 10:34-35:

Then Peter opened his mouth and said, “I truly understand that God is not one to show favoritism, but in every nation the one who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him.”

God Sees You

The revelation in this story is not merely that God sees.  The revelation is, God wants you to see that He sees you.  Ultimately, Hagar’s story is more than the story of a slave and her son. This is a story of the divine providence of God.  Not only does God see us – God guides us into our destiny. God guides us like a shepherd guides His flock (Jeremiah 29:11) and (Isaiah 40:11).

Beloveds, God sees you.  God calls you by name.  God walks the winding path of recovery with you.  Your struggles are not in vain.  God never ends a story without bringing back His glory.  The same God who saw Hagar in her distress also sees you.

Today, there remains a bitter-root between the descendants of Isaac and Ishmael (Jews and Muslims).  This is a bitter root that only God can heal.  The conflict between the two brothers have resulted in violent hatred that has lasted for centuries.

“Perhaps in God’s divine plan, He will use this scenario to bring about divine redemption to the descendants of Ishmael, Isaac, and to the world.  One day Ishmael and Isaac will love one another as brothers.”

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In this fallen world, many fall prey to offense, and rather than following after peace, we ruminate over offenses.  Bitterness begins as a seed, takes root over time, and eventually springs forth into full-blown defilement that affects every aspect of our lives, families, and communities.

Turning Bitter Waters Sweet

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I am so blessed to have many Arab subscribers.  Thank you for reading my blog. I love you. God loves you. You are valuable to God.  God sees you.  God sees your pain.  Turning our hurts over to God does not dismiss the hurt. Turning our hurts over to God frees us from the responsibility of bearing the pain.  Vengeance belongs to God (Romans 12:19). We miss God when we seek revenge. God will make up the difference in our lives.

We can not be the judge, the jury, and the executioner.  We must leave things to God.  The Bible tells us that we do not have a right to harbor our pain.  We don’t have a right to walk in unforgiveness (Matthew 18:21-22).  If we remain in God’s presence, He will bring us to a place of lasting peace (Isaiah 53:5).   

May God bless you as He blessed Hagar.  May the eyes of God always be upon you.  

By God’s grace we can live a life without bitterness.   We cannot change the way others behave.   But we can change the way we respond.  Here are some helpful tips in how to root-out bitterness in our lives…”

Walk In Gods Grace

Hebrews 12:15:
“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.” 

Choose to Forgive 

Colossians 3:13:

“Bearing with one another and forgiving each other, if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord pardoned you, so also you must pardon others.”

Respond In With Love

1 Peter 4:8:

 Above all, keep your love for one another constant, for “love covers a multitude of sins.”

Do NOT React

James 1:20:

“…For human anger doesn’t produce the righteousness of God.”

Worship Experience:

Documentary – Better Friends Than Mountains (Part 1 and Part 2)

 

Dealing With Bitter Roots – Helpful Resources

Please click below to read these helpful resources:

Dealing With Bitter Roots

Surrendering Your Anger to God

Letting Go

Confessions of a Life-Worn Woman

Redeeming Your Pain

Release from Resentment

Overcoming the Grumbles

Learning to Forgive

Church Wounds

When it Hurts to Go to Church

Letting Go of Regrets

Wrestling with a Broken Heart

Confessions of a Quarrelsome Woman

Bitter No More

Rooting out Bitterness

The Freedom of Forgiveness

The National Day of Prayer

Counting The Days To Pentecost

Counting The Days To Pentecost

What Is Pentecost?

We are embracing a significant time of year. The next Jewish holiday is Shavuot (pronounced Sha-Va-Ot). Shavuot is 50-days from the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Yom HaBikkurim). The Christian community refers to Shavuot as Pentecost. According to tradition Shavuot also marks the day that God gave Israel the law at Mount Sinai.

In Acts 2:4, the promise of the Holy Spirit occurred on Shavuot, fulfilling Jeremiah’s prophecy that one day God’s law would be written on our hearts.

Jeremiah 31:33:
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

Why Do We Count The Days To Pentecost?

From the second night of Passover until the day before Pentecost, the Jewish people engage in a unique mitzvah called Sefirat HaOmer (counting of the omer). The Torah commands us that during this time each year we count seven complete weeks, for a total of 50 days. At the end of the seven-week period, we celebrate Shavuot (Pentecost), which means “weeks.”

Why do we count these days? We learn several reasons. The foremost is that the count demonstrates our thrill for the impending occasion of receiving God’s Word and the Holy Spirit celebrated on Pentecost. Just as a child often counts the days until the end of school or an upcoming family vacation, we count the days to show our excitement at again receiving the God’s Word and the Holy Spirit in a renewed sense every year.

A Time of Refreshing

We also learn that this period is meant to spiritually prepare and refine us. The commandments of the Torah are not meant merely as our history, but instead represent ongoing life lessons for every Believer. We view the Word of God and the Holy Spirit as freshly received every day of our lives, and approach it with appropriate vigor.

So too must we digest the lesson of the counting of the days to Pentecost. It is specifically during this time that we strive to grow and mature in our spiritual state. The Torah does not allow us to become satisfied with our current level of spirituality. Instead, it tells us to set high goals for ourselves, and then methodically strive to reach that goal.

The growth that occurs during this time is akin to a marathon. We pace ourselves and seek to improve day by day until we reach the day that we again receive a refreshing of the Holy Spirit. In this process, we look deep within ourselves and work on all of our negative attributes. If we are challenged in the realm of acts of kindness, we go out of our way to do more charitable works.

As we count the weeks to Shavuot, let us seek the Lord in becoming the best expression of who God created us to be. May this Shavuot bring an outpouring of new wine and new wine skins. Amen.

Acts 3:19:
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

NEXT: Shavuot (Pentecost): An Open Heaven

Worship Experience:

The Passover & The Resurrection

The Passover & The Resurrection

In this weeks scripture reading, Moses instructed the elders of Israel to prepare the Passover lamb.

Exodus 12:21:

“Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go, select lambs for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb.”

In Exodus Chapter 12, God rescued the children of Israel from centuries of Egyptian bondage.  God would send one final plague (the death of the first born) to scourge the land of Egypt.  However, God prepared a way so that the first-born of children of Israel would be saved from death.   A lamb must be sacrificed! The lamb was to be perfect, without spot or blemish.  There was no other way to escape death.

The first Passover sacrifice foreshadowed Messiah Yeshua’s sacrifice for all humanity.   Yeshua came to earth for one reason. He came to sacrifice His life to save ours.  There was no other way.  Yeshua is our Passover Lamb.  He was perfect and without sin.  Through Yeshua’s sacrifice, we are delivered from the power of sin.

Luke 22:15-16:

“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the Kingdom of God.”

In this season, as we prepare ourselves to celebrate the Passover and our Lord’s Resurrection, we cannot fully understand Messiah’s Resurrection until we understand the Passover.

The picture above famously depicts what many call the “Last Supper.”  Yeshua and His disciples were in Jerusalem at Passover.  Yeshua shared His last Passover meal with His disciples, remembering the deliverance that Father God gave the children of Israel when He brought them out of Egypt.

This was significant for our Messiah, because within a few hours, He would also bring deliverance to the entire world – as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29).

At Passover, the Father-heart of God was displayed when He rescued His children out of Egypt from final judgment.  It was the blood of a lamb that marked the door posts that caused God to pass over those whose homes were marked by the lamb’s blood.

In the same way, Father God so loved the world, that He sent His Son, to voluntarily become the sacrifice, the Passover lamb for all humanity (John 3:16).

We cannot separate Messiah’s Resurrection from the power that God demonstrated in delivering His people at Passover. The foundation of our faith stands on two things: (1) Yeshua Messiah is the son of God; and (2) The POWER of His Resurrection, without which, there is no hope for us.

Today is the day of deliverance!  The Passover and the Resurrection are forever intertwined.  Today is the day of salvation!  Let us press in to know the power of Yeshua’s resurrection during this Passover season.

Philippians 3:10:

“My aim is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the sharing of His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.”

Worship Experience:

Passover & Resurrection Scripture Readings:

Exodus 12:21-51Numbers 28:16-25

Joshua 3:5-7Joshua 5:2 – 6:1; Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12

Matthew 26-28Mark 14-16Luke 22-24John 1:29-31

 

Spiritual Housekeeping

Spiritual Housekeeping

I enjoy reading the stories of the wandering of the children of Israel through the wilderness.   Their struggles are common to all of us. The children of Israel endured many trials along the way to the Promised Land.   Numbers 4:21, explains that the children of Israel’s journey through the wilderness was filled with many painful circumstances and traumatic events that left the soul of the people discouraged.

Numbers 4:21:

“And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.”

In fact, Israel became so embittered and disillusioned in their journey that they began to complain against God and against Moses.  The people even complained about the supernatural provision {the manna} that God sent to their front door.  Numbers Chapter 21, declares that the complaint of the people became so bitter that the Lord sent serpents to punish them.

Beloveds, has your difficult life journey marred your soul with discouragement and weariness?  If so, you are not alone.  We are all tempted to become discouraged, weary, and impatient when we are faced with times of famine, drought, set-backs, illnesses, and attacks from the enemy. 

In this week’s scripture reading the children of Israel were ordered to inspect their homes to see if there were signs of contamination that would spread as a disease in the household.  Beloveds, we are going to do some spiritual housekeeping today! 

Today, let us take an introspective look at our spiritual house {our souls} so that we can be free from contamination, i.e. discouragement, oppression, depression, disillusionment, impatience, rejection, bitterness, and weariness. This contamination keeps us from being the healthy individuals that God desires us to be. 

Yeshua said in Mark 3:27, if anyone wants to enter a strongman’s house he must first bind the strongman.  Yeshua, has come to bind the strongman so that we can experience freedom in our souls!  Just as Moses, lifted up the bronze serpent in Numbers 21:9, so that Israel would find relief, likewise Yeshua was lifted up so that all who look to Him can find relief. 

Dwelling Among The Tombs

In Luke 8:26-38, there was a man who lived among the tombs.  The Bible is silent about this man’s history.  However, we can surmise that something occurred in this man’s life journey that left him wounded, oppressed, possessed, and dwelling among the tombs. 

Like this man, some of us have experienced horrible situations that left us wounded.  We are dwelling among the “tombs” of past hurts, pains, broken hearts, disillusionment, disappointments, tragedies, and failures. 

However, we can choose to use what happened in our live for the glory of the Lord.  We do not have to become bitter.  It’s a choice.  We can choose to rejoice in all things.  We have a choice to bear fruit in all things.    We can choose to wait until our change comes (Job 14:14b).

The Bible declares that Yeshua not only set the man at the tombs free, He restored this man’s IDENTITY and his PURPOSE.  The Bible declares that Yeshua commissioned this man to preach the gospel.  Beloveds, when you have been set-free, you can’t resist proclaiming God’s goodness. 

Luke 8:38-39:

“….Yeshua sent him away, saying,“Return to your home, and describe all that God has done for you. So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town all that Yeshua had done for him.”

Seasons of Redemption

Beloveds, we are entering a very POWERFUL season of redemption.  As we celebrate Passover and Yeshua’s Resurrection, let us be reminded that the POWER of Yeshua’s resurrection is at work in our lives today. 

Beloveds, if you have been battered by life’s hard journey I encourage you to soak in God’s presence during this season of Pesach.   In my spiritual walk, I have learned to not allow my soul to become discouraged in hard times.   In the name of Yeshua, I command my soul to be encouraged at all times.  Beloveds the strength we need for life’s hard journey does not come from within ourselves, but from God!    

When we have been wounded we need God’s intensive care.  Many of you know my testimony.  I am going to tell you my secret for thriving in the midst of life’s hard journey.  Following Yeshua’s example, I take regular intervals of consecration.  Every January, I begin the secular New Year with a season of consecration where I strategically pray into the New Year. 

In the spring, from Purim to Passover, I enter another season of prayer and consecration where I focus on restoration and redemption

From Passover to Shavuot (Pentecost), I’m in the presence of the Lord asking for new wine and new wine skins

From Shavuot to Yom Teruah, I enjoy the splendor of summer. 

From Yom Teruah to Sukkot I bask in an open heaven

Beloveds, I encourage you to spend time soaking in the presence of God during this season of Passover and Resurrection.  May God’s people everywhere experience healing and redemption from the pain of life’s hard journey so that we need not or no longer dwell among the tombs.   In Yeshua’s name – Amen. 

Psalms 107:2

Let the redeemed of Adonai say so—whom He redeemed from the hand of the foe.”

“I have been redeemed…..”

Healing Your Soul With Katie Souza – Episodes 1-50

She Bears Seed

She Bears Seed

Women of God, do you feel like you are about to GIVE BIRTH to something GREAT!  All you need is someone to believe in you.  Is there a promise inside of you just waiting for fruition?  Ladies, all you need is someone to get behind you and say PUSH! 

What does it mean to live our BEST LIFE?  To live your BEST LIFE is to walk in your God given PURPOSE.  God created each of us uniquely.  God placed within us a GIFT to serve humanity.  How you express that GIFT is your CALLING.  For some it is to TEACH.  For some it is to HEAL.  For some it is to show HOSPITALITY.  For some it is to show MERCY.  For some it is to administer JUSTICE.  For some it is to MOTIVATE.  For some it is to ADMINISTRATE.

PUSH:   Ladies, if you have a GIFT locked inside of you, get ready to BIRTH IT!  Don’t downgrade your dreams just to fit your reality.  UPGRADE your conviction to match your DESTINY!   Create your own opportunities!  Walk in your PURPOSE with CONFIDENCE as the REVOLUTIONARY woman that God has created you to be. 

The purpose of today’s teaching is to help you DEFINE your CALLING and your SPHERE of INFLUENCE.  Yeshua tells us in Matthew 10:14 that our sphere of influence may not be the people we think.  We must be open to the fact that God has destined us to reach the people that He wants us to reach. 

The biggest lesson I have learned in ministry is to accept my sphere of influence.  The worst feeling I have ever had is to have INSPIRATION and CREATIVITY locked on the inside of me and not be able to express it. 

So, I DISCOVERED WAYS to express my gift of INSPIRATION.  I host several bible studies. I volunteer with the homeless.  I mentor youth.   I motivate others to be the BEST EXPRESSION of themselves in God. 

I also blog and publish devotionals that have a GLOBAL IMPACT in spreading the gospel of Yeshua Messiah.  These devotionals reach people in Australia, the UK, Russia, Pakistan, China, Malaysia, Zimbabwe… all over the world. 

“Beloveds, CREATE OPPORTUNITIES to inspire others to walk in DEEP DEVOTION towards God!  That is your MINISTRY.  That’s your CALLING.  That’s your PURPOSE.” 

Beloveds, transformation matters!  As we move from one phase in our lives to the next, we should first draw close to God. God invites each one of us to spend time alone with Him in order to PURIFY our hearts, DEEPEN our relationship with Him, and to DISCOVER our PURPOSE. 

Beloveds, a woman who is with child has to GIVE BIRTH at some point.  Likewise, beloveds, we cannot remain full of potential forever!   At some point we have to BIRTH that PROMISE, RELEASE OUR POTENTIAL, and WALK IN OUR PURPOSE. 

PUSH: Today, I am your midwife to help you BIRTH your POTENTIAL! 

PUSH:  Go on with your FABULOUS self!  Start your business!  Make that career move!  Walk in your ministry!  Express your GIFT!  PUBLISH that book!  Live your BEST life!  Playing small doesn’t serve the kingdom of God.     

PUSH:  Go on with your BEAUTIFUL self…   Your TALENTED self….  Your INTELLIGENT self…  Give BIRTH to what God has put on the inside of you.   You don’t know the global impact that you will have in reaching the world for Yeshua by just walking in your PURPOSE.   Women of God, it is time to BIRTH your DESTINY! 

Psalms 139:16:

“Your eyes saw me when I was unformed, and in Your book were written the days that were formed—when not one of them had come to be.”

Jeremiah 29:11:

“For I know the plans that I have in mind for you,” declares Adonai, “plans for shalom and not calamity—to give you a future and a hope.”

“May Abba fulfill all the dreams that He dreamed when He created you!”

Worship Experience:

Martha Munizzi – I know The Plana

The Tragedy of Ahithophel: A Saga of Betrayal, Bitterness, & Revenge

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I love reading the stories of the Old Testament.  I can relate to the stories, because the people are flawed… much like we are.  They find themselves in impossible situations… much like we do.  The stories of the Old-Testament are better than any box-office thriller.  One of my favorite people in the bible is King David.  I glean so much wisdom from his victories and his failures. 

THE DEEP ROOTS OF BITTERNESS

Mathew 5:21-25a:

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.  Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you; leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.  Settle matters quickly with your adversary….” 

Today, let’s take a look at one of the saddest stories in the Bible. The story is about a man named Ahithophel.  Throughout history Ahithophel has been compared to Judas Iscariot and has been labeled “the man who betrayed King David” … but there is so much more to his story.  Ahithophel was really a good man… a man who was betrayed by a friend…. a man who became bitter… and that bitterness led him to a tragic end.

From our expose’ on the tragedy of Ahithophel, we will see that bitterness left unchecked often will produce a murderous spirit.  We are no different when we look for opportunities to gossip, slander, and make back-handed compliments about those who we are angry with.  Jesus tells us that we are in danger when we reach this place.

WE HAD THINGS IN COMMON

2 Samuel 16:23:

“And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had inquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.” 

I Chronicles 27:33:

“And Ahithophel was the king’s counselor: and Hushai the Archite was the king’s companion.”

1 Chronicles 27:33 tells us Ahithophel’s rank in David’s court.  Ahithophel was one of David’s most cherished and trusted advisers.  It seems difficult to understand how this highly beloved and esteemed friend could become a traitor.  Let’s keep reading, the answer is in the scriptures. 

Our first clue:

2 Samuel 11:2-3:

“And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.  And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”

Now we know that Bathsheba is the daughter of Eliam.  Now, let’s find out who was Eliam.  Our final clue is found in the list of David’s Mighty Men in 2 Samuel 23:34(b), “…Eliam son of Ahithophel the Gilonite.”  

Eliam is one of King David’s Mighty-Men.  These men were radically loyal to King David.  These men loved King David. They would give their life for King David.  They were David’s skilled assassins.     Now, we see a clear picture, Bathsheba was Eliam’s daughter and Ahithophel’s grand-daughter. 

BETRAYED

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This is where the tragedy begins.  You know the story.  David defiles Bathsheba; the daughter of Eliam, who had risked his life in the service of the King; the grand-daughter of Ahithophel, the one in whom he had taken sweet counsel.

The etymological root of Bathsheba’s name Bathshua “daughter of my prosperity” gives us a clue of how much this beautiful young woman was adored by her fathers.  I am sure that careful attention had been given to the planning of her future.  Her marriage to the young military officer, Uriah, no doubt arranged by her father, would have provided Bathsheba with a secure and honorable life.  Ahithophel’s grand-daughter had been defiled and disgraced by his best friend, King David.

Had this been any other adulterous couple, both would have been stoned to death. Instead, careful planning went into covering up their sin. Including, David having Uriah killed.

So, we now understand Ahithophel’s fury towards David. David crossed the line. From this tragedy we learn that in friendships it is good to have “defined boundaries” so that we walk carefully with one another in the utmost respect, love, and wisdom.

I have seen men tolerate a lot of differences, but when a man’s family is threatened, it is a man’s instinctive behavior to protect and defend his family. Ahithophel knew the king very well. Ahithophel knew that King David’s initial intentions towards Bathsheba were not honorable and were motivated by passion and lust. 

Isn’t it ironic, that the enemy often uses the people closest to us to break our hearts?  The person you let your guard down for…  The person you trusted with your secrets….  The person you laughed with… the person you cried with… your prayer partner… your confidant… your friend.

At times, no amount of vetting could prepare us for the sting of betrayal.  The crippling pain that comes from betrayal is indescribable.  How to get over is no easy task.  My prescription has always been to scream out to God in tears and stay in His presence until He takes away the sting, mends my broken heart, dries my tears, caresses my soul, and restores my joy. 

Psalms 55:12-14:

“For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; Then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him.  But it was you, a man my equal, My companion and my acquaintance.  We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in the throng.” 

Unfortunately, people do not come with warning labels.  We cannot control the actions of others.  We will suffer some hurt in this life. Yet, I am a witness, that God does take away the sting… and you will find your way to sing again, to laugh, and to love again. 

HOLDING A GRUDGE

“Betrayed by his friend the king… Ahithophel saddled his donkey and returned to his home in Giloh….”

2 Samuel 13:12:

“Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he was offering the sacrifices. The conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.”

We hear from Ahithophel again about ten years later, shortly before Absalom’s rebellion.   For ten years, Ahithophel nursed his offenses, stoked the fire of his pain, and fanned the flames of the injustice done to him.  The hurt became hate and grew into a big, hairy, gnarling monster of a grudge with teeth.

It is a myth that times heal all wounds.  Time just causes wounds to fester.  The sting of betrayal is like serpents bite leaving a deadly venom that if left uncheck could eventually destroy you – as it did Ahithophel. 

We all have our stories…  Hurt is real.  Pain is real.  Jesus does not dismiss the wrong done to us.  However, we miss God when we demand justice…. “Well, you say someone has to pay”… Jesus already paid.  Jesus covers the offense, the offender, and the offended with His precious BLOOD – and if we stay in His presence He will bring us to a place of lasting peace. 

For ten years, Ahithophel, sat in his house, and waited for the opportune time to strike at David.  Yet, little did Ahithophel know that during those ten years, David was dealing with the consequences of sin.  We cannot be the victim, the judge, the jury, and the executioner.  GOD IS IN CONTROL – and He handles these hard situations for better than we can. 

A TRAGIC END

“Be very careful when your enemies and your friends… become friends…. You just may become the casualty that they both have in common.” 

You know the rest of the story…

2 Samuel 17:14:

“…For the LORD had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might bring disaster upon Absalom.”

Absalom and Ahithophel plotted against King David, to take the scepter of Israel… and end King David’s life.  The Bible indicates that God had to intervene in Ahithophel’s counsel, or David would have been killed.

“The purposes of God are always far greater than the men whom He uses to bring about His purpose.  “

King David was not a perfect man.  But he was the man God had chosen to lead Israel.  The house of David would also be the house in which the Messiah would come.  God would defend His interest in Israel and in David no matter what. 

Seeing that Absalom’s fate was doomed….  Ahithophel knew that he was a dead man walking…. it was just a matter of time that King David would return to Jerusalem and to the throne.  So Ahithophel, this powerful man, who once upon a time, walked closely with God, and with the king, returned to his home, put his affairs in order, and took his own life.  

2 Samuel 17:14:

“When Ahithophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. He put his house in order and then hanged himself.” 

Nothing good ever comes out of bitterness….

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More Prayer Points:

“Father I release {person’s name} from the offense they have caused me.  Jesus, I bring us both to the foot of the cross where your Blood covers their sins and my sins.  I forgive {person’s name}. 

Father, please help {person’s name} to forgive me.  Please help me to forgive
{person’s name}.

Father, please remove every form of bitterness from our hearts.

Father, please take away the sting and erase the memory from the offense from the recesses our souls 

Lord, fill us with Your joy, Your love, and Your peace until we can love one another like You love us. 

In Jesus name – AMEN.”

Worship Experience:

The Sacrafice of Praise

Greetings Beloveds,

In Leviticus Chapter 9, Moses and Aaron gather specific offerings to bring before the Lord. The entire community of Israel came forward and stood before the Lord as Moses requested.

Leviticus 9:6:

Moses said, “This is what Adonai commanded that you shall do, so that the glory of Adonai may appear to you.”

Moses and Aaron blessed the people and offered a sacrifice. Then, FIRE fell from heaven and consumed the sacrifice! God revealed His glory to all the people, they shouted for joy, and fell on their faces before the Lord!

It would have been nice if we could just end the story there. However, the rest of this Torah portion serves as a warning, that humanity often has the tendency to take matters into our own hands instead of following God’s instructions.

In last week’s message (Fire on the Altar: Burning With Passion for God) God gave the Kohanim [Priests] specific instructions on how to oversee the altar and burnt-offerings. God also gave the Kohanim specific instructions on how to keep the perpetual flame burning continuously. However, this week, God warns the Kohanim of offering “strange fire.”

Leviticus 10:1-2:

Now Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu each took his own censer, put fire in it, laid incense over it, and offered unauthorized fire before Adonai—which He had not commanded them. So fire came out from the presence of Adonai and consumed them. So they died before Adonai.”

The Sacrifice of Praise

Beloveds, I can tell you a lot about fire. I have been a Spirit-filled believer for nearly 30-years. I received Yeshua in a fiery Pentecostal church where God gave me a strong foundation. When it comes to fire, passion, and zeal, I am as fiery as they come.

Over the years, I have seen the PRESENCE of God move in ways that left worshipers wrecked under the POWER of God. Likewise, I have also seen spiritual leaders disrupt God’s move and bring disorder, chaos, and even destruction because they offered strange fire instead of pure worship.

In our scripture reading, God revealed His GLORY to the entire community! The FIRE of God fell from heaven and consumed the sacrifice! The people REJOICED and they all fell on their faces before the Lord!

Now, I have experienced some fiery revival services, but I doubt if any of us can say that we have ever experienced God’s presence in a manner that is described in Leviticus Chapter 9.

In our scripture reading, God’s intentions to visit His people were very straight forward. Even God’s instructions to Aaron and the Kohanim were very simple. Basically, God said, to the Kohanim, if you bring the sacrifice, I will bring the FIRE to consume the sacrifice!

I wonder what Nadab and Abihu were thinking when they chose to bring their own incense and their own fire to attempt to consume the sacrifice themselves. BIG MISTAKE!

Beloveds, we also make this mistake when we forsake God’s instructions and follow strange practices with an attempt to engage spiritually outside of God’s limits.

Nadab and Abihu perished because they didn’t adhere to the Lord’s precepts in bringing the proper sacrifice before the presence of our holy God.

Likewise, today Yeshua, is the ultimate sacrifice. Yeshua is the Lamb of God who redeems us from sin and eternal destruction. Yeshua is the ONLY WAY to salvation. Today, there are many like Nadab and Abihu who attempt to find their own spiritual path outside of God’s protection. The Bible clearly tells us that this line of thought only leads to destruction.

Hebrews 4:12:

There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved!”

In this week’s scripture reading, God delighted in revealing His GLORY to His people. Likewise, today, God delights in revealing His GLORY to us.

Beloveds, the instructions for entering God’s presence is simple; embrace Yeshua our ultimate sacrifice!

Hebrews 13:15:

Through Yeshua then, let us continually offer up to God a SACRIFICE OF PRAISE —the fruit of lips giving thanks to His name.”

Worship Experience:

The Atomic Power of Prayer: Rules of Engagement

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Dr. Cindy Trimm
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Praying Your Way To Breakthrough

There is a spiritual battle going on and God has given us Rules of Engagement through His Word to help us walk in God’s power and authority.

Strategic Prayer Warrior and Intercessor, Dr. Cindy Trimm is a sought-after transformational leader. She has earned a distinguished reputation as a catalyst of change and voice of hope to the nations.

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Pray With Me – Intercession

The Atomic Power of Prayer
Healing Prayer

Teaching

Commanding Your Morning
Impartation
The Prophetic Dimension of Prayer
Reaching Full Maturity
A Life of Fulfillment
A Pace Called There
A Seven Fold Blessing
The DNA of Destiny
Developing Standout Character
The Grace For Accelerated Growth
What’s Your Assignment
Stand and Let God Fight Your Battle
Moving In God’s Divine Timing
Identity
Think Like A Visionary
Pushed Into Our Place of Power
A Place Called Tomorrow
Discover Where You Truly Belong
Your Spiritual Covering
The Role of Your Spiritual Father & Mother
Divine Mentorship
The Protocol of Submission
Walking In Your Dreams
Set Your Vision Higher

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Advanced Spiritual Warfare: Possessing The Gates of Victory

Advanced Spiritual Warfare: Possessing The Gates of Victory

The Jewish celebration of Purim begins at sundown tonight (3/20/2019). Purim is the celebration of the victory the Jewish people experienced from the plot of Haman to annihilate the Jews while in captivity in the Medo-Persian Empire found in the book of Esther.  In this biblical account, God demonstrated His unique and sovereign protection and preservation of His chosen people – through whom it had been prophesied that our Savior would come.

Why is Purim Important to Believers?

The Bible tells us that the stories and events recorded therein serve as examples to us of how we should live at the end of time.

1 Corinthians 10:11:

“Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come.”

The story of Purim is filled with lessons about God’s sovereign providence, as well as principles of ultimate justice and vindication against our enemies.  God will never leave us in the hands of our enemies. His assistance will overcome all advantages of number and strength of those that defy those who put their trust in Him. 

In this season of redemption and breakthrough, may every assignment of the enemy that has fought against your peace, fought against your breakthrough, and fought against your purpose FALL after the order of HAMAN!

I declare over you this day that you shall have PEACE. You shall have JOY. You shall walk upon God’s HIGH PLACES!

If you have been contending for a breakthrough in any area in your life, there is an open heaven during this season of redemption. 

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Possessing Gates of Victory – (A Must)

Released Into Destiny

Released Into My Birthright

Defeating Haman

Defeating Jealous Spirits

Silencing The Accuser

Dismantling Satanic Agendas

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