YOU ARE BLESSED

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Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee. (Deuteronomy 7:14-15 KJV)

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In the word of God there are what we call promises and there is what we call ‘present hour realities.’ The above scripture gives us a present hour reality. Now are we the sons of God, not yesterday and not in the sweet by and by! It is important to understand this as the revelation carries amazing power!

God’s promises are yes and amen in Christ Jesus. He is the same yesterday, today and forever! The above scripture is one of my favourite and it accrues to all of the children of Abraham!

As a child of God, you shall be blessed above all the people. You carry a special blessing which can’t simply be erased by any curse or anyone. The scripture breaks this blessing down:
☑️There shall be no male or female barren among you or among your cattle. This is a promise of fruitfulness and prosperity. Cattle are a symbol wealth.
☑️Sickness is not your portion, any form of sickness including the types the doctors do not understand. The Lord shall take it all away! Disease is evil, it comes from the devil and the promise here is that the Lord will ensure none of the diseases in the world will come on you.

God loves you dearly as His child and it is important to understand and embrace this truth. You might be going through a situation, raise your faith up high and declare what the word says concerning you.

Philippians 4:8 (Message Bible)
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.

There are things to meditate on and that is the promises of God, the King James Version says “Think on these things.” It is the word that is true, noble, reputable and authentic! As a child of God, make your mind pregnant with God’s Word. Speak it and declare it all the time! Let your thoughts be centered on the Word of God.

There is a saying that goes, “water will never sink a boat unless it gets inside.” This is the same with you, all the negativity around you will not sink you if you are already full of the Word inside you. There will not be any space for things to curse but only to praise.

Declare this,

I thank you Lord for I carry the blessing. I am blessed going in and going out. Barrenness and lack is not my portion! Any form of sickness is not my portion and my loved ones. I am fruitful in every aspect of my life.

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NOW ARE WE

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Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2 KJV)

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In the word of God there are what we call promises and there is what we call ‘present hour realities.’ The above scripture gives us a present hour reality. Now are we the sons of God, not yesterday and not in the sweet by and by! It is important to understand this as the revelation carries amazing power!

We don’t become sons of God in heaven but “now” here on earth by the virtue we have received Him as Lord and savior. As sons of God, we hold a dual citizenship! This allows us to approach the throne of grace and fellowship with the Father and also walk here on earth!

There are many things we don’t know yet about the future but when He returns in the second coming, we shall be like Him as we shall see Him as He is!

As a son of God, He looks at you as He looks at His dear son Jesus Christ. This was all made possible by the sacrifice on the cross. The devil has lied to man for a long time, he does not want us to know the things that accrue to us. Our blood line was transferred from that of our ancestors to that of God the Father! Sickness and sin should therefore not be our portion. We should walk in the total understanding of this otherwise the enemy will make us carry what Christ already carried on the cross on our behalf!

Never look down upon yourself, the word addresses you as ‘Beloved.’ God the Father loves you dearly! Embrace His love and move in His grace, love and peace.

Declare this,

NOW am I a son of God! There is no plan of the enemy that can hold dominion over me. I receive the grace to function on this earth free from sin and disease.

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ANOTHER COMFORTER

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Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14 KJV)

The Greek word translated Comforter here is paraklētos; an intercessor, consoler: — advocate! When Jesus left earth to go and take His place at the right hand of the Father in Heaven, He did not leave us helpless. Jesus Himself was a great Comforter, healing and delivering those that were in pain even raising the dead. When His work was done, He to the Father to give us the Holy Spirit, He addresses Him as another Comforter!

The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity and when one receives Him, He comes and dwells inside you! To give you direction and protection, help you pray and advocating for you in various situations.

I write today on this Easter remembering our families that experienced the deepest of pain in Southern Africa owing to cyclone Idai. I pray the Holy Spirit the Comforter touches each and everyone of us and bring comfort in the midst of the pain. Our God restores that which was lost. I also pray for those on the ground leading by example to help restore hope to those who had given up.

Though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He is with us to bring comfort and assurance. May this be your experience today no matter what you are going through. Things might be very hard but take a moment and kneel down and say, “Holy Spirit fill me. Comfort me in this situation.” When you open the door for Him with your words, He is delighted to come into your situation.

Southern Africa will be great again because God is with us. Never fear nor be dismayed. Comfort is ours because we have the Comforter with us.

Declare this,

Father thank you for giving us another Comforter. We are able to endure every situation because we do not stand alone, we have heaven’s representation in us in the form of the Holy Spirit.

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YOU ARE REDEEMED

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Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14 KJV)

The word redeemed means to ransom; buying back! Adam in the garden of Eden committed treason and gave over power to the devil opening up demonic portals that brought all sorts of suffering to humanity. You might have heard that we were all born in sin, this being from the Adamic era. We all became slaves to the devil, to command as he pleased. Jesus came not carrying the blood of Adam but that of God this is explained by the virgin birth.

Being king, he humbled Himself and became the son of Man. When the time came, He went about doing good, healing all those that were sick and oppressed by the devil. He brought redemption to human kind and presented us with a choice. To receive Him as Lord or remain under the shackles of the enemy. Being driven by love, He wants all of us to experience salvation.

He took the curse for us when he was crucified fulfilling the prophesy that says ‘cursed is he that hangs on a tree.’ The Blessing Of Abraham had to be released to everyone including Gentiles and this was accomplished on the cross through Jesus Christ. I want you to understand today that He brought all good things and the enemy, the devil of course is the author of everything bad!

It is important that you receive Him as your saviour and believe the work He did on the cross as yours. He loves you so much that if you were the only person on earth He would still have come to redeem you from the hands of the enemy. I want you to know today that the moment you receive Him, you go above all oppression and command of the enemy! You become a new creature under the bloodline of Jesus Christ, this is where the enemy can’t tread.

I pray for you today that you may understand the work that was done at Calvary. That you understand that the redemption He brought you is more powerful than any disease, poverty, oppression or circumstance.

Declare this,

Lord Jesus come into my life. Be the Lord and saviour of my life. I renounce a life of sin and take on the life that Christ brought. Every curse that pursued me is broken and I believe from now on I am a new creature in Christ Jesus!

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LABOURING IN PRAYER

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Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. (Colossians 4:12 KJV)

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Prayer is one of the key aspects that distinguishes believers from non believers. Apostle Paul in the above scripture sheds light on how any one of us as a servant of Christ can be effective in this prayer.

There are three things that stand out from this scripture. Prayer is labour, prayer must be fervent and it must consistent. Let’s look at labour; the word itself means hard physical work. We have to deploy our bodies like laborers in the work of prayer. Slothfulness will not yield the final result.

The word fervent means passionate, intense or whole hearted. There is no room for vacillation for it to be effective. You can push a mile further with passion than the one who lacks it! Your heart has to be in it, which is why it cannot be just vain repetitions. When the heart is in, the connection to the Holy Spirit is sure and you will pray with precision led by the Spirit, this will ensure the desired result.

The word consistent means done in same way over time. Jesus is the pure example of this. Even after a big event where miracles happened, He didn’t go to celebrate but went up the mountain to pray to the Father. He was consistent and hence results were evident in His ministry. We must pray when things are good, bad, worse, terrible or in any state. Jesus gave us an example of importunity in prayer when He told us about the woman who went to the judge day in a day out, her message was “avenge me of my enemies.” He was known to be careless and selfish but at some point the widow broke him and he said “ though I fear not God or man but this woman because of her persistence will destroy me.”

Your prayers will be effective from today if you deploy these three mysteries: labouring, fervent and consistent.

Declare this,

Lord help me move from slothfulness to labouring in prayer! Cause the fire of the Holy Spirit to ignite my prayer life into fervency and consistency.

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DESOLATION SHALL NOT DEFINE YOU

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For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. (Galatians 4:27 KJV)

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Joy remains key to a life of victory! It doesn’t matter what you are going through, allow joy to flow out of you. The Word clearly tells us that Jesus endured the death of the cross as He focused on the joy that was set ahead. Remain joyful in that situation, refuse to slide into fear and depression!

Those that are not in a difficult time of sorts, I encourage you today to pray, break forth and cry for those who lack and are going through hardships! Do not judge them, most are under attack from the enemy and need those around them to fight for them spiritually. When last did you pray for your Pastor and his family? They probably need your prayers more than anyone? Why? Because they are in the front line of the battle and the enemy will target them for being your pillar!

The book of Job sheds a clear light of the destruction the enemy can cause. There was no blemish in Job but he faced the worst of attacks from the evil one. Look at Paul, Satan had to assign a messenger to try and disrupt all the work he was doing in expanding the kingdom; shipwrecks, beatings, hunger etc.

The barren are encouraged to rejoice, as joy will unlock the door of their adversity. Look at the scripture again, “the desolate has more children than the one with a husband.” This I attribute to your connection to God through joy. Find ways to be joyful in your situation. I know it is hard but that hard ground will be broken by joy.

Complainers usually don’t achieve much. They lose important moments to be recipients of the blessing. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. Lift your head, you will soon testify!

Declare this,

Today I choose joy over sorrow. No matter the situation I am in, I cast my burdens upon the Lord for He cares. He is changing my situation and soon I will testify in Jesus’ name!

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IT SHALL BE WELL WITH THE RIGHTEOUS

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Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. (Isaiah 3:10 KJV)

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Every action has a reaction and the above scripture clearly shows us that. When you choose to live a righteous life, guided by the word and the Holy Spirit, there is fruit of your actions and you will eat the fruit of your doings. The opposite is true, if you choose an unrighteous path without repentance there is fruit for that too. It might seem exciting at first but as you go along, it will catch up with you.

There are times when one looks at the unrighteous and they seem to be progressing and doing well. They seem to be above the law but the truth is no matter how long, there is fruit. Any fruit bearing tree will bear fruit. It might take time depending on the type of tree but surely there will be fruit!

It is important that you daily examine your life. Are you living by His word to qualify to be called ‘righteous.’ If so, the word today is it shall be well with you. You might make a mistake here and there but teach your heart to be inclined towards repentance. Do not let yourself develop a heart of stone which the Holy Spirit cannot speak to and which God cannot rebuke. Your fruit will be sure.

Don’t cheat others, don’t steal from them! Don’t do things that the Word tells you not to. Align yourself with God’s Word and He will align with you! Then the word ‘It shall be well’ with you will apply. Desist from sin and your fruit will be sure. You might be saying, man of God I have nothing but remember as said above, there will be fruit of your doings and your tree will get to that point of bearing fruit!

I pray for you that your faith be mixed with patience. Whenever the enemy tries to turn you from the way of righteousness the Lord is giving you strength to overcome today.

Declare this
Lord help me to walk in righteousness that you have given as a gift. I choose not to turn to any other way.

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GLORY LEAKS DECLARATIONS

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For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)

GLORY- LEAKS: I heard a rumour in the heavens this day. You were reported poor, broken, tired and a failure by the devil BUT heaven said NO! You belong to a higher level of glory. I then said, loose that one and let them go. Declare it, “I AM FREE!

GLORY- LEAKS: Today I declare peace that passes understanding. May you find favor in high places. Promotion is your portion in Jesus’ name. Say I RECEIVE!

GLORY- LEAKS: Heaven just announced the greatest ARMS-DEAL ever. You were a servant in the land of Egypt, the LORD thy God brought you out through a mighty HAND and by a stretched out ARM. You are now a MASTER in your own land. Shout ‘THAT’S ME!

GLORY-LEAKS: There is an outbreak of glory, you will no more be poor, sick, broken, tired or a failure. March forward, chest up, hands in the pocket because there is no turning back today. The grave clothes are taken off you. GO GO GO, greater heights, greater glory and greater power!

GLORY-LEAKS: May all your sorrows be forgotten today as the LORD ignites your life with his excitement. I declare that all the weeping is ending as JOY is coming to you. Say I RECEIVE!

A man of faith is a spiritual landscaper! He moves mountains and positions them where he pleases. He speaks words pregnant with power. You are that man, reposition that sickness from your body to somewhere else. Reposition that poverty, that fear, that failure & confusion. Reposition that money back into your pocket. Colour your world with your words. Declare AMEN!

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DECLARATIONS

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Your words are are important and today I am sending declarations to make and words to meditate on.

The Lord is strengthening the bars of your gates. He is blessing your children. There will be no lack of good things for them. They will not lack for food, education, love, peace and protection. Say Amen.

You are powered by the Spirit of God, you capable of the extra ordinary. You approach where others avoid, win where others lose, you are courageous when those with the strength of the world cower. Shout THAT’S ME!

When the runway ends, the pilot does not cry. Instead he lifts the plane to another level where different set of principles apply. The runway will now continue in the air. The wheels are retired and the wings take over. You will not despair nor be discouraged. The runway of that job might have ended, that relationship, that season! There must be an escalation to greater glory. Your next leg needs you to stretch those wings. Say Amen!

“Went out looking for lost donkeys, came back with a leadership mantle…uh! What an awesome week this was.” Say I receive!

Be healed now in Jesus’ name. I speak to every condition in your body, spirit and soul. May the healing virtue of God make you whole today. Say I RECEIVE

This week may you recover everything that was lost or stolen. I pray that the grace of God causes you to see a positive turnaround of everything in your life. Say AMEN

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WHY SIT HERE UNTIL WE DIE?

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And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? (2 Kings 7:3)

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Life comes with twists and turns, happiness and disappointments, marriages and sometimes divorces. All these are moments and it is important as a child of God to know how you handle them. You might be in a place of sorrow and disappointment but I do encourage you to look to God the author and the finisher of our faith.

The four leprous men at the gate of Samaria were condemned to a life of pain and hopelessness. In the eyes of people there was no way out for them because even those who were well in the city were suffering from depression brought upon them owing to the siege of the Syrians. One of the things I want you to note here is that their liberty began with conversation. They said to one another, “Why sit we here until we die?” They explored the options they had, enter the city? Sit in the same place? Or go to the Syrians? The answer to all these “We die!”

They made their choice, going where the food was! It was better to die there than taking the other options. When they got there, they were in for a surprise. God had performed a miracle? The word that Prophet Elisha had spoken was being fulfilled. The Syrians had fled and they ate and were full, collected as much gold and silver and possibly became the richest people in the city before they alerted others to come.

Why are you sitting there complaining? Why are you sitting there until you die? Get into a conversation with those with you or yourself and explore the options. The one you choose might seem dangerous but under the guidance of the Holy Spirit we do not fail. There might be delay but don’t view it as denial.

I pray for you today that you move from depression to hope. God is on your side and so victory should be yours.

Declare this,

I thank you Father for you have an option for me. My way is not into the pit but victory. What the enemy deemed as my end is the beginning of my miracle.

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