Biblical Laws for a Successful 2020

As you reflect on this past year, or previous years even….are you satisfied with your life? Will 2020 be better than previous years; or the same old thing? What will make 2020 better than previous years? Are you living your purpose; if not, why? These are all questions I’ve asked myself and I encourage you to do the same. I’ve learned over the years that many of our life circumstances are a result of our innermost thoughts, the words that we speak; as well as our daily actions or in-actions. In other words, our habits. When I was twelve years old, I told my mom that she wouldn’t have to pay for my college education; because I was going to get either an academic or athletic scholarship. Five years later, that is exactly what happened.

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Why did this happen? Was it luck? Definitely not! It was biblical laws.

Job  22:28 states: “You will also decide and decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and the light [of God’s favor] will shine upon your ways. 

Proverbs 4:23 (GNT) says: Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. 

Luke 6:43 – 45 (MSG) states: “You don’t get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree. The health of the apple tells the health of the tree. You must begin with your own life-giving lives. It’s who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds.

In my above mentioned story, I  utilized all of these laws. My innermost thoughts were that, I was a great student-athlete; which caused me to speak it out of my mouth. My actions also aligned with who I was and what I spoke. I practiced basketball every day; even after basketball practice with my team, on weekends; as well as when season was out. As a student, I did very my well in my classes. This process would not have worked out in my favor, had I thought and said one thing; but did another.

This process has happened time and time again throughout my life. Another example is when I was pregnant with my second child. I wanted a home-birth; but my husband wasn’t in agreement with the idea.  I didn’t try to persuade him. I felt in my heart that God would grant me the desire in my heart. All of my check ups were at the Midwife’s office; except for the last one. It was two weeks before my due date; and I was going to have my first appointment with my midwife at the hospital; to see the birth room. Low and behold, about 2 hours before my appointment, my baby boy came right on out at my sister’s house.  God is good and His principle’s work all the time!

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  (Moments before birthing my 2nd baby)       (My 2nd baby about 30 min. post-birth)

As you prepare to cross over into 2020, it is my prayer that your vision for your life will be made perfect! May your minds be transformed by renewal through the Word; and your speech and habits line up with the vision that is within you. As always, have an EXCELLENT week and I’ll see you around the blogosphere! Happy New Year!!

 

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Apostolic Decree For Blessings — Pure Glory

I am so grateful for so many of the blogs that I subscribe to. I love reading the encouraging and truth-filled messages.  The posts by Pure Glory always bless me; so I’m sharing this one today. Have an excellent Friday and wonderful weekend everyone; and thank you for sharing the heart of God in your posts. I TRULY appreciate it!

 

by Apostle Gabriel Cross I cut and negate with the sword of the Spirit, of the living God, every witchcraft directed at your mind, health, life, family, business, and ministry. I declare the supernatural manifold governmental judicial wisdom of Yahweh, upon you now. I release miracles, against every impossible circumstance. I loose the pure authority […]

via Apostolic Decree For Blessings — Pure Glory

Declaration & Exercise of the Week

Hello All!

This week’s declaration is based on Hebrews 10:23: God is faithful. Meditate and speak this word to yourself to get it from your head into your heart. God is the most trustworthy being. He’s always there and His word never fails. I remember back in college when I lost my confidence in shooting the basketball for a period of three or four games. I don’t remember what caused it; but I do remember how I got out of it. For those three of four games, I did not take one shot. My coaches were frustrated; but very patient and encouraging with me. In the shoot around practice prior to my coming out of this drought; one of the assistant coaches worked with me for the entire practice. He told me that I had the green light and I was to shoot the ball every time it touched my hands. He didn’t care if I missed every shot.  After that shoot around, I went back to my room and read Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I spent the entire day thinking on this verse. I wrote it on the inside of my hands as a reminder. Needless to say, the shooting drought ended at that evening’s game. It was God’s promise that helped me overcome a fear that I had developed. What is one thing that God’s promise has helped you overcome?

This week actually includes three combinations of exercise for both upper and lowerbody: Alternating Squat with upright row, Alternating Lunge with Overhead Press, and Alternating Curtsey Lunge with Bicep Curls. It’s less than four minutes and fun (well at least to me)! Have an EXCELLENT rest of your week and I’ll see you in the blogosphere!!

Speak the Word

God’s word is the MOST important thing. The verses below show the significance of saying what God says. In John 14:10, Jesus said: Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does His work through me.

Proverbs 138:2 (amp): I will bow down [in worship] toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word together with Your name. 

John 1:1 (KJV) says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 Isaiah 55:10 & 11 (NIV): As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,  so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Proverbs 18:21 (GNT) –What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.

I was thinking about this night before last; and then decided yesterday that I would do a Speak the Word challenge for this month. It’s easy to get caught up in circumstances; especially if they are unfavorable. We must remind ourselves that God’s word is the Most important thing. It is the absolute truth; and of a spiritual nature. The circumstances that we deal with might be a fact; BUT it is not the truth. Only God’s word is truth. Job 22:28 (ESV) states: You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways. We MUST make a quality decision to believe the word of God over everything else, if we’re going to possess His promises.

I remember talking with an older woman who lead the Women’s Bible Study at our church years ago. We were having a conversation one day; when she told me that she was diagnosed with cancer in her 50s (she was then in her 80s); and had overcome it. She had been cancer-free for over 30 years. I asked her how she overcame it. She took me to Psalm 103:2 &3 (KJV):  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases. She said that whenever she felt scared or sick from the treatments, she would read these verses aloud over and over again. They brought her peace. As I think back on that conversation; I could see that she was renewing her mind with the word of God.  She made a decision to believe the word OVER her circumstance. As a result, her circumstance came into alignment with what she was saying.

In James 1:2-8 (NIV) states:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lack wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Being indecisive (which is equivalent to double-mindedness) will not bring good results. Had the Women’s Bible Study leader gone back and forth between her diagnosis and the word of God, I’m pretty sure that her situation would’ve turned out quite differently. She overcame that circumstance because she believed and spoke the word of God. When I was in college, I played basketball; and tore two minisci. After surgery, the doctor declared to me that I would have arthritis in that knee by the time I was 40. I BOLDLY declared: No I won’t! Forty has come and gone and my knee is excellent. I declare daily that I am healthy, whole and strong from the crown of my head to soles of my feet; and by His stripes I am healed (Isaiah 53:5).

Make a decision today that you will believe and declare God’s word over your life; and if you feel inclined, join me in my Speak the Word Challenge this month. Whether you’re dealing with an unfavorable circumstance or not, make the quality decision that God’s word is the final authority in your life. Have an excellent rest of the week!

Do You Trust God?

God is good! I was in the shower yesterday after my workout, just praising and thanking God for how He always provides for me …both my needs and wants. I thought about the many ways that He takes care of me daily. My husband went out of town earlier this week; but he left a stash of cash,just in case the kids and I needed anything. Every week, a friend of mine brings home-baked goods and snacks for my children. My children give me the sweetest compliments daily. My husband makes me laugh like nobody’s business. People give me brand new and very gently used clothes and shoes all the time. I always get close parking spaces everywhere I go. Random people have given me money. A man showed up at my door one morning and handed my an envelope filled with money; as well as five bible verses written on it.

God gave me a brand new car debt-free; and the very next day, gave my husband a brand new debt-free car as well. The beauty of this blessing is that I wanted an escalade. I test drove it and liked it; but I had three kids under the age of four at that time. The thought of having to lift all of them in and out of the car; along with my big stroller, was a bit much. So my wise husband suggested that we go over to the toyota dealership and give the sienna minivan a try. I NEVER EVER thought I would EVER drive a minivan. I was too cool for that!  BUT, I drove it and LOVED it; and my little kids could get in and out themselves. So that’s how I ended up with my minivan. God knew best! The other part of the blessing was that God instructed my husband to go and get the escalade the next day. He had no intention of buying a new car; but He obeyed and God provided (as He always does). God gave me a beautiful situation, because my husband is always there when i’m in the escalade and I never have to load and unload the kids. As much as I like the escalade; I really do appreciate and enjoy the sienna…..and I’m still cool. Thank you Father!

Yesterday, while at the balloon festival, an older gentleman walked up to me and handed me 4 tickets for the bouncy house. It is the one thing that my kids wanted to do. My kids said: “Thank you God! He always gives us favor!” Yes indeed He does. I thought about that. There was a huge crowd of people at the festival; and of all those people, a random man comes up to me with enough tickets for all of my children? God is real people and He’s pretty big on taking care of our wants and needs. God is my shepherd and my Jireh. He is the sole supplier of all of my wants and needs. I am 100 percent convinced that God wants us to live our lives in TOTAL reliance on Him alone. I know beyond all shadows of doubts that He will not and can not fail me. If the birds can trust Him; how much more can we? (Matthew 6:26-33) Do you really trust God? Do you trust Him to meet your desires and needs? Do you trust Him to take care of you regardless of your income? Do you trust Him in the face of an evil report? Do you trust Him with your marriage? Do you trust Him with your children? Do you trust Him with you? Do. You. Trust. God?

Declaration & Exercise of the Week

Greetings Everyone!!!

This week’s declaration comes from 2 Corinthians 5:21 – I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Be sure to think on this and say it often. If you have an image of yourself that is not from God, it must be replaced with what He says about you. I absolutely love this confession and verse; because it always reminds me of God’s absolute goodness! There is nothing that we can do that will change the way that He sees us or His love for us. I thank God that His covenant with us is not based on our  actions; but on His love for us. A great example of this is in Genesis chapter 20; when Abraham lied and said that Sarah was his sister, because he was scared and displayed cowardice behavior. In spite of Abraham’s behavior, God showed up to Abimelech in a dream; which resulted in Abraham not only getting his wife back; but also wealth. His prayer also wasn’t hindered; because he prayed for Abimelech & his nation so that the women wouldn’t be barren. God saw Abraham as righteous; and this was not determined by his behavior. Praise God!

Abraham might have had these character flaws in the beginning; but through God’s love and God seeing Him as righteous, Abraham’s behavior did eventually line up with how God saw him; because He began to see himself as God saw him. (This is a great place to shout Glory Hallelujah)!

Ok, I had not even planned to write that; but I’m sure someone will benefit from it. Now on to the exercise of the week. The plank exercise builds the core muscles (which includes the front & sides of your abs, back and butt muscles). It also strengthens your arm and chest muscles. It’s a great exercise! In the video, I show five variations of the plank, so select that one that works best for your body right now. I just thought about the wall plank. I should’ve added that. It’s great for anyone who has trouble getting down on the floor. If you fall into this category, just put your elbows on the wall, in front of your shoulders. Then walk your feet behind you and lean into your elbows. Be sure to pull your belly button into your spine and hold the exercise as long as you can.

Thank you for reading this post and watching the video! If you find it beneficial, please feel free to share. Have an excellent rest of your week and I’ll see you on the blog again soon!

Spiritual Nutrition

Hi Everyone!!!

I hope you all have had as great of a week as I have! I’ve been being spiritually fed by some great teachers. I’ve been in the Health & Wellness Industry for nearly 20 years; and many of us know that nutrition is an integral part of overall wellness. Eating healthy and organic foods strengthen our muscles, organs, brains, and various systems of the body. On the contrary, eating processed, gmo, chemical and pesticide laden food-like substances depletes our bodies of nutrients, wears down our immune systems and causes disease, among so many other things. It’s the exact same with spiritual food. My first question is: Are you eating? I’m sure you may have heard the adage: Seven days without the word makes one weak. Not communing with God or reading your scriptures is equivalent to spiritual anorexia. You’re starving your spiritual self to death. Matthew 6:11 says: Give us this day our DAILY bread. Notice the verse didn’t say give us our couple times a week; or monthly bread. Ephesians 6:10 states: Finally, be STRONG in the Lord and in His mighty power. Poor spiritual nutrition, does not produce strength.

My second question is: What are you eating? In the natural diet, the average American consumes about 17 grams of sugar a day; adding up to 57 lbs a year. The American Heart Association (AHA) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommend a maximum of 6 tsp of sugar a day for women and 9 for men. The problem with sugar and junkfood is that there is NOTHING nourishing in it. All you get are added calories, an addiction (more-than-likely) and disease. Let’s pause and think about this for a second. I’m consuming a counterfeit food-like substance that TASTES good and gives me an emotional high; while simultaneously adding ABSOLUTELY zero value to my body, and producing (preventable) diseases. Now let’s move this to the spiritual counterpart. What and who are you listening to and reading? Is it nourishing your inner(wo)man by building & strengthening you with spiritual nutrients; or is it just tasting/feeling good; but depleting you of health and adding disease to your inner(wo)man? In the grocery store, non-organic fruits are usually very shiney due to wax and other chemicals. Organic fruit, on the contrary, looks dull; but is more nutritionally dense than the waxy fruit. I heard a pastor say that this is how it is with our spiritual diets. The stuff without substance often looks good; but causes problems; while the stuff that looks dull, actually nourishes you. I couldn’t agree more.

If you’re looking at your life and you’re confused about who you are,  your relationships and environment is messy, you’re in debt up to your eyeballs and never seem to have enough money; or if you don’t know what your God-given purpose is, then this is a pretty good indicator that you’re spiritually malnourished. How do I get nourishment? I’m glad you asked! John 4:34 reads: My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. As you begin to pursue God and  spend time with Him daily, He’ll begin to show you things that you didn’t even know, you didn’t know. The Holy Spirit will guide you to the right church, relationships, etc. As you consistently spend time in His loving and wonderful presence, it will transform you and your life circumstances. Romans 12:2 says: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

In a nutshell, listen and talk to God daily (preferably throughout the day). Read the bible daily. Listen to faith building messages from leaders whose lives produce fruit. God bless you. Thank you for reading and have an excellent week!

Excellence – Identifying With What God Says About You.

A couple weeks ago, my family and I had dinner with some friends; who were in town visiting. Their youngest daughter was preparing to enter her freshman year in college. We had a conversation about receiving awards for participation. The issue that I have with that is that it teaches children that minimal effort will bring rewards; when that is the furthest thing from the truth. If you think about marriage, parenting, finances, entrepreneurship/employment, etc., average or minimal behavior does not render rewards. If two people get married and neither spouse put any effort into the marriage, guess what’s likely to happen to that marriage? If a person shows up to work every day; and does the minimum, do you think that (s)he will be looked upon favorably for a promotion? If a person has credit card debt and pays the minimum each month, do you think that they will ever get out of debt? Even if they did eventually pay the card off, how much money will they have wasted paying compounding interest?

God’s word is the standard for my life. Psalm 138:2 says: I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. From what I can see in the scriptures, God is a person of excellence (2 Peter 1:3; 1 Peter 2:9). There is no mediocrity or averageness with Him whatsoever. He finishes what He starts (Philippians 1:6). He is trustworthy (Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 100:5). He’s always on time (Ecclesiates 3:1; 2 Peter 3:8 & 9). He is wealthy (Psalm 50:10-12; John 14:2; Revelation 5:12). In today’s culture, it appears that mediocrity is the norm. This should not be the case those of us in Christ (Messiah). Romans 12:2 says: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

As a believer, or follower of the Most High (I’m talking to those who are in covenant relationship and are communing with God daily…even on a moment-by-moment basis) it’s important that we stick with the certainty of God’s word, OVER the ever-changing thoughts and opinions of worldly systems…..government, school, industries (medical and otherwise), family, entertainment, etc. For EVERY aspect of life, God has provided a way to be excellent in it. Daniel 5:12 says: because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.” God is no respecter of persons. If Daniel had an excellent spirit, guess who else has one? There is never an excuse for mediocrity. That behavior is based in an image of insignificance and victim mentality. In an environment where I am faced with a choice of mediocrity and excellence every day, I choose the latter, because Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4). What about you?

If you’ve read any of my previous posts or vlogs, you might conclude that I’m not in the very least given to victimhood mentality. If you know who you are in Christ (Messiah) and are bold about your faith, I encourage you to stop by my Identitee Wear store and pick up a couple of t-shirts.  Order one for  yourself; and bless someone else with another one. Thank you in advance for your patronage and have a great weekend!

Daily Declarations

Greetings everyone!! I hope you all are enjoying your week. I wanted to share some of my daily declarations with you. Please feel free to adopt them as your own. The following statements are bible verses that I’ve personalized; and speak to myself daily. Our words are our seeds. Galatians 6:7 says that a person reaps what (s)he sows; so start sowing good seeds for your life.

 

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This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24)

I am the righteousness (in right standing) of God in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

I have the mind of Christ.(Philippians 2:5)

I have an anointing from the Holy One and I know all things.(1 John 2:20)

I am the lender and not the borrower, the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath. (Deuteronomy 28:12-13)

I am blessed in the city. I am blessed in the field. I am blessed in my coming & going. (Deuteronomy 28:3 & 6)

I am healthy, whole and strong from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet. (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24)

I am God’s sheep and I hear, know and obey His voice. (John 10:27; 2 John 1:6)

Every good and perfect gift comes from God. Today is my gift; therefore, it will end perfect; and it will end good. (John 1:17)

Therefore, because God has seen my sowing, His mind is continually on me. I’m expecting more and more financial blessings, and more and more financial increase to come into my life. (Psalm 115:12, 14)

I am a god.  (Psalm 82:6; John 10:34)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

My soul is prospering. (3 John 1:2)

God satisfies my desires with good things, so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:5)

I am successful in everything I do. (Deuteronomy 15:10 cev)

I am as bold as a lion. (Proverbs 28:1)

Wealth and riches are in my house. (Psalm 112:3)

All of my debts are canceled; God says so. (Deuteronomy 15:1 & 2)

 

How do you identify?

Hello All!!!

I started this blog a while ago; but set it aside to focus on my online coaching groups. However, I’m now returning with a renewed focus and message, in this new season of my life. I think that how we see ourselves; and what we believe as our image of ourselves, either prompt us or prevent us from entering into our promised lands….as believers in the Most High God. The biblical story of the Children of Israel prior to entering the promised land is a great lesson about how we see God (Elohim)and how we see ourselves. The twelve spies returned from spying out the promised land. Ten of them brought back an EVIL report; while the other two chose to BELIEVE and SAY what God said ( we are well able). They saw themselves as grasshoppers; and therefore, unable to take possession of their promised land. They wept ALL NIGHT in the wilderness because of how thy saw themselves and God. Wow!!

This tells me that not only did the image that they had of themselves were small; but also of God…..even though He had done some pretty miraculous things for them.  Think about that! They were in the wilderness for 40 years, and their clothes and shoes didn’t wear out. He kept them shaded from the sun by a cloud during the day, so that they wouldn’t get sunburned or have a heat stroke. He quenched their thirst with water from a rock; fed them with manna every day; parted the sea and got rid of their enemies. They witnessed all of this; but still were not able to enter their promised land, because of an evil report and how they saw themselves.

How many times have you believed an evil report OVER what God said in His word? The doctor says: You have such and such.  Instead of saying: With His stripes I am healed, you instead say what the doctor says. If you find yourself in ANY predicament, you MUST renew your mind with what the word of God says about you. There are quite a few scriptures regarding our identity in Christ. Psalm 82:6 says that we are gods (also John 1:34); and children of The Most High. We’re referred to as God’s treasured possession and the apple of God’s eye, multiple times in the scriptures; as well kings, lords, and so much more.

In the days of Adam and Eve, God gave them dominion over the earth. Jesus came so that we could have that same dominion back. In order to function in this dominion, we have to renew our minds (Romans 12:2) to what God says about us. As we saw earlier with the Children of Israel, two reports came…..an evil one and a good one. Which one will you believe? Are you willing to do the work of renewing your mind?