Single & Unwilling to Settle by Minister Joshua Parker

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The News Vs. The Good News

As I sit back in my regular seat heading to work on the train, I begin to notice my fellow business cohorts open up their large, folded, black and white prints called, The Newspaper. They open the paper to determine what the stocks are going to be, what the weather will be for the week, and what has happened in ‘yesterday’s news’.

Personally, I love reading the WSJ and Advertising Age, as that is my field of interest. However, my routine had to be changed. I began to pick up the word of God, before I picked up the newspaper. Why? I believe that the world’s newspapers are a form of prophecy. It tells you what to expect in the economy, what fields to go into, what stocks to invest in, and the weather for the winter….yet, it is still fall. That becomes an issue when our images becomes the world’s predictions. Yes, be informed, but be informed from God’s will first. He tells us that we can change the weather, he tells us that we can change our financial situation, he tells us what to invest in. Therefore, we speak OVER the news, and not take the news as the guide for our lives.

Pray for the nations & communities that we read about, including our own. But let God be the headliner in the news. His image will change our image of poverty that the media paints into our spirits. How many times have I received  messages via email, FB, Twitter, 20/20, 60 Minutes, regarding the devastation and the dwindling numbers of the Black family? Well, if I make that my faith and reality, guess what….I’ll be single until I die! I didn’t believe that I would be apart of the economic recession and I’m in marketing! Usually the first thing that people cut in business is advertising and marketing! However, I had personal clients AND a career during the worst time in America’s economy. I’ve not been without a job since I was 16! So, why should I believe the news about my marriage, my finances, and the weather for the day! I can say to the storm…’Peace be still’, I can confess ‘Let the weak say that I am strong’, I will declare “I am a lender and not the borrower”.

Again, be informed, but make sure that the foundation is the word of the Kingdom and we will begin to change the headlines in the news as opposed to letting the headlines change us! Amen??? Amen! 🙂

God bless!

Remind God What He Said-Joel Osteen

One of my favorite messages from Joel! So simple, yet powerful!

The Voice of God is the Stronghold of Faith! Bishop Oyedepo

I have been meditating on ONE word from Bishop Oyedepo entitled, “Unveiling the Stronghold of Faith.” Bishop states that every great story in the WORD preceded with, “God said”. With Abraham, the prophet known for his great faith, the bedrock of that faith was the voice of God! We may be hearing the WORD of God, but not directly from God regarding our situations. (Romans 10:17)

God still speaks today. He said, I AM the Lord your God, I change not!  Why is faith so important to us? Faith is the most potent force in the entire universe. According to Revelations 5:12, it provides all things that are needed for an abundant life and godliness, “Power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory, and blessing”. Faith confers divinity into humanity… Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)  Lastly, every time faith comes alive, virtue flows from God; as when the woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of Jesus’ garment to be made whole. He felt the virtue flow from Him, as her faith was used to heal her infirmity.

How does God speak to us? He speaks directly to us, as he did with Isaac in Genesis 26:1-3; The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt, live in the land…” 

God also speaks through His word according to Isaiah 34:16, “Look in the scroll of the Lord and read:….”

Lastly, God speaks through His Spirit. John 16:12-15 (15-All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.”In summary, God speaks to us directly, through His word, and by His Spirit. Now that we know how He speaks to us, how do we hear Him?

We must be spiritual in order to hear from the Lord. If a dog barks, he is barking to us, but he is speaking to another dog according to Oyedepo. When a cat meows, he is speaking to another cat, but meowing to a human. The same is for the spirit realm. A carnal man cannot understand the spiritual voice of God. 1 Cor 2:14, “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

Next, we must engage in a quality walk in the spirit. Galations 5:25, “If we live in the spirit let us also WALK in the spirit.” Being spiritual is not an act that only occurs on Sunday mornings, or when we engage in prayer, it is a daily walk that is 24/7. We must meditate on His word day and night! Oyedepo stated that the vision for the 50,000 member church he built debt free came while he was DRIVING…NOT PRAYING! So, while we are driving, eating, working, we must be sensitive to the spirit so that we may hear our next steps from God.

Also, we must engage in a lifestyle of praise to enable the voice of the Lord. Isaiah 30:29-31 “And you will sing as on the night you celebrate a holy festival; your hearts will rejoice  as when people playing pipes go up to the mountain of the LORD,  to the Rock of Israel. The LORD will cause people to hear his majestic voice and will make them see his arm coming down with raging anger and consuming fire, with cloudburst, thunderstorm and hail. The voice of the LORD will shatter Assyria; with his rod he will strike them down.” When we are depressed, we cannot hear the voice of the Lord. Depression precedes oppression! He will give us the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness! Praise is key to hearing the voice of the Lord as it produces joy in our hearts.  

We must also engage in a LIFESTYLE of prayer and fasting. Matthew 6:6, 16 “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” He didn’t give these as suggestions, but as commands. When we hunger and thirst for the Lord, He fills us! (Matthew 25)

Lastly, we must engage in the search for the truth for every subject matter in our life through the word of the Lord. We must search for a word from the bible, and select texts from current/recent prophets of the hour on the subject matter in which we seek answers. Hosea 12:10, “I spoke to the prophets, gave them many visions and told parables through them.”

These revelations seem so ‘simple’, but broken down they have already assisted in my growth and hearing from the Lord. For instance, my fasting has increased from once a quarter, to AT LEAST once a week! I have been able to hear God like no other time in my life.   I’ve heard from God regarding threats on my family, and prayed against them, in addition to a prophetic word for complete strangers! A direct word of the Lord has removed the doubt in my life and I strive to press towards a closer relationship every day. All is not perfect, BUT GOD!  Oyedepo states that every mountain in a man’s life, is simply ignornance. “My people perish for a lack of knowledge.” Where I am weak, there is His opportunity to shine and show me the keys to the kingdom to master my life through the word of God. I pray that this breakdown of this sermon was helpful and that you are enabled to hear the voice of the Lord! Amen!

The Spirit of Fear is a Gangsta’!

Dear Body of Christ,

There is a spirit of Fear that inhabited my life for sometime now. I didn’t know what was going on in my life for 2011, but I felt like something had come into my world that I hadn’t recognized before. If anyone knows me, they know me as the bubbly, joking, OVERLY active young woman. However this spirit of fear had come into my life, and placed a halt on some areas.  Fear comes in many different forms; my pastor likes to call the characteristics of fear, ” Fear’s cousins”: doubt, anxiety, & worry.

The spirit of fear appeared to me in a vision as a ‘Gangster’. He was in all black, with a baseball cap, pants sagging…. you know how we would ‘stereotype’ a modern-day gangster. I saw this spirit in my home! This means that it not only inhabited my physical four walled home, but also my physical body….my temple! I woke up the next morning, and I was led by the Lord to begin praying in the area in which the vision appeared that night. I prayed in tongues for about 10 minutes and began to praise God for showing me this spirit and casting it out of my home. That day, I felt a release over my life. I felt overly joyful! I felt like a burden had been lifted off of my life. I must say that I had been fasting this week, in addition, I had intended on having a ‘personal’ revival of my own. I attended three bible studies in three days. I intended on going to places that I could give God a full-blown PRAISE & worship with other believers. This praise that was sent up, gave me a higher level of anointing to see clearer in the spirit. How do I know this? I had a vision of oil on my neck that same night that I saw the spirit of fear. The vision was of myself, sitting in worship service that night, and the oil was just dripping onto my neck. I thought about David, and the scripture that referred to his head being anointed with oil.

Psalm 89: 19

Once you spoke in a vision, to your faithful people you said: “I have bestowed strength on a warrior; I have exalted a young man from among the people.  I have found David my servant; with my sacred oil I have anointed him.  My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him.  No enemy will subject him to tribute; no wicked man will oppress him.  I will crush his foes before him and strike down his adversaries.”

My Father granted me the power of His anointing that day to break this spirit over my life through much prayer, fasting, and PRAISE. I give ALL credit to God for strengthening me to accomplish this in the spirit realm.

 How many times does it state in the word to, “Fear NOT”? There have been sermons that state 365 times, some say closer to 170 times. However many times is irrelevant in my opinion. God only has to say it ONCE! On the other hand, it is vital to know that fear blocks faith in our lives. It’s similar to a clogged artery in a heart. How else can the love of God flow through us, unless we are free of fear?

1st John 4:18

“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.”

So, if we have the spirit of fear in our lives, we have not experienced the perfect love of our father? Trust is an important factor when dealing with fear. If we don’t trust God with every area in our lives, we allow fear to sneak in. WE take on the responsibility of God, when he states…”The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof.” Therefore, if it’s not our earth, it’s not our responsibility to take on the worries and trials of it! We have a say so, only by the will of God, but we can’t look to solve any issue without the Father and His sweet Holy Spirit.

FEAR NOT! This gangster image is a revelation in itself. What do gangsters do in a neighborhood? They overtake the LAW! They kill, steal, and destroy. They take territory and ground that is not LEGALLY theirs! Fear is designed to take territory to abort your destiny in Christ. The fearful person is considered unclean before the Lord, just like adultery and slander.

Revelation 21:7-8

“All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. But cowards (FEARFUL), unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars–their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

So, the church may not be tempted with sexual immorality at this point, lying, or idol worshipping, however we are tempted with being unbelieving and fearful, which go hand in hand. It is impossible to please God without faith, and when we fear, we allow our flesh to intervene with the strategic process of the Father. I have to constantly speak against the spirit of fear. I am diligent in fighting this so it will not inhabit my life again. I choose to trust Him, I choose to praise Him, I choose to seek His face everyday.

Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

This day, it is imperative that we stay close to the bosom of God. Stay close to Him, as it will continue to get dark in the world. Do you notice the earthquakes, the hurricanes in strange places? The enemy resides in the seas and in the world, and he is upset that the time is coming near to Jesus Christ returning. It is a time where molesters, murderers, the self loving, the corporations of greed, the political corruption are at an all time high. Fear will begin to attack believers, but if we are in the will of God, He will anoint you to create a hedge of protection around you to see us to our destinies despite the tribulations that surround us. These tribulations are stated by John in Revelation 12:11-12:

“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”

To end this with a testimony, the next night after I prayed, I heard a loud boom downstairs in my neighbor’s apartment. It wasn’t a sound I’ve ever heard, and I was startled. I went back to sleep, and when I was rushing out my apartment to get to work the next morning, I noticed a large picture broken to be taken out to the trash. This picture was of Al Capone, the most infamous GANGSTER in Chicago, broken and shattered leaning over. The spirit said, that was the boom that you heard at 3AM last night. My spirit rejoiced as I thought, the spirit that I cast out the night before affected the picture of a Gangster in my neighbor’s house???!!!! I called her as soon as I entered the train. I tried not to sound excited as she admired this picture. I asked, “Was the boom that I heard last night, the picture of Al Capone?”. She stated, “Yes! I had that picture on the wall for over 3 years, and I did not have a window open in my home, but all of a sudden it came down with a crash…it must have been a ghost in my house!” I thought to myself, “The Holy Ghost!” You may not believe in signs and wonders of the Lord, but Jesus overthrew tables in the temple as he was upset with bootleggers selling in the house of worship. I have made my home, which is a two flat, a house of prayer and worship! Therefore,  the Holy Spirit is removing ALL ungodliness that surrounds me, even pictures that have a spirit of fear in my neighbor’s house! My friends and family stated that this incident was so scary, but what is scary is being controlled by a spirit and being unaware that a spirit is actually controlling your environment. My people perish for a lack of knowledge and vision!

Proverbs 29:18

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Hosea 4:6

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”

I pray that God renews your mind and spirit this day to seek Him, and remove the spirit of fear from your life!

Praise God who sits on high and answers all of our prayers!

Psalm 91:1-2, 14-16

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will saya to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

AMEN!

BREAKTHROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUGH!!!!!

Seeing in the Spirit

Hi Everyone!

I’m on a mission to see higher in the spirit on this day! When Adam was birthed into this earth, he was able to see the eternal and the temporal. However, when he fell from God he fell into the natural and could not see with his spiritual eyes. This is why they call Jesus the last Adam. Christ came to restore our vision, to get us back to the place of Eden, with no more toil, clear vision, and direct relationship with the Father through our Savior Jesus Christ.

I have been a dreamer since a child of about 14 years old. I have visions from God that show me about the things to come as well as people who are around me. I know there is an eternal & our path to life has been laid out for us, because He said it in His word & He confirms it in my visions. How else could He provide a vision that will come to pass if it hasn’t already done in the spirit?

Ephesians 2:20-For we are God’s own handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, born anew that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us (taking paths which He prepared ahead of time), which He prearranged and made ready for us to live.

There is a plan of the enemy as well. This is how the power of prophecy can interject on the believer’s behalf. We speak the word of the Lord into our future and make a declaration against what the enemy has for us. I had a dream almost two weeks ago, that my Mother was in a storm and had a car accident. I began to pray against this in the spirit. A week later my Mother text me and told me that she was in a storm driving through the south on vacation. I sent Psalm 91 to her via text and confessed this again with another believer. She stated about 15 minutes later that the storm had let up. We have two roads to take! The road of seeing and believing or the road of unbelief and letting the enemy has his way.

Seeing in the Spirit has been on my heart as God directed me to a book “The School of Seers” by Jonathan Welton. In addition this same word was preached tonight at bible study. Therefore, I had to share as I’m bubbling over with excitement and revelation! I’m sharing this book with you as scripture states that, “We are healed by the words of our testimonies”. (Rev 12:11). I know I’m not the only one who has had the spirit of doubt when reading the miracles in the bible. However, with the words of our testimonies we understand that God is in the same business of healing, angels, supplying in th desert, etc.

I wanted further insight into this gift of prophecy that God has given me. However, this book gave me far more insight than I had hoped. Jonathan has a gift of being a ‘seer’. Seers are throughout scripture and are interchanged with the word prophet at times, but they can be completely separate callings. Jonathan can see demons, angels, wounds, etc all in the spirit. The following passages from his book transformed my mind into what God was really doing in another realm. If we were BORN spiritually blind we don’t have comprehension without the Holy Spirit on what God is doing in the eternal/spiritual realm.

Jonathan  gave account of angels visiting the worship services only when the praise got high. He stated that there were two 15 ft angels standing at the pulpit shooting out fire as the crowd began to dance for joy. As the service got more intense with the spirit, more angels began to drop into the service, but something happened to interrupt the service. The praise leader was NOT in the spirit, as he cut the service short, the angels went away with a sad face knowing the people had missed out on something. How many times has that happened in a service you attended? Didn’t your spirit feel saddened?

We see the power of praise and angelic interaction with Paul and Silas!

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose.

The Bible says that God inhabits in the praises of His people (Psalms 22:3)

Jonathan also saw angels that were called “Equipping Angels”.  He said that they carried brands that read: prophet to the nations, evangelist, preacher, teacher, etc. As they began to worship the angels began to brand individuals in the service.

Welton also stated on one occurence he began to see the doors of heaven. In each door he had access to, it was something amazing. One room is where he saw spare body parts for miracles. Another room, he saw diamonds which had the faces of different people in each one of them. God sees us a gems! In another room he saw different forms of money for our provision! Lastly, he was in a moist & pink area of heaven, which he stated was the middle of the heart of God! How amazing is this vision?! It brings faith to the believers knowing that He is ready to provide for His children!

He also spoke on the demonic realm, and how he could see things in the spirit that were evil, including sickness. He stated that one lady had about 5 different illnesses at one time.  In this service he could spiritually discern/ see about 5 spears that were coming out of her. 5 spears in the spirit? Her condition was so painful that when he touched the areas of the spears it LITERALLY pained her. The sickness that she was struggling with had come from lies, hateful words, fear, anxiety, forgiveness issues, and other unrighteousness in the spirit. As he began to pray for her, he told her to let go of the unforgiveness and fear. As she did this, she was healed from her ‘physical’ symptoms.

“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” (Eph 6:16). The evil one is shooting spiritual darts at us. This is why God calls the word of the Lord a sword of the spirit! “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise bring healing” (Prov 12:18).

There is so much more that I have to learn about seeing in the spirit, and this book & the scriptures I referred to are only the tip of the iceberg. If we want to see more in the spirit, to receive the revelation knowledge that Adam once functioned in before the fall, we must remove hindrances. Welton stated that the following had blocked his discernment at times: Scary Movies, Past Emotional Wounds, Internal Stress, The Fear of Man, Disobedience, Evil Motives, Superstition, & Lust Issues.

LOVE is also very key, if not the most significant of them all next to faith. If we do not walk in the love of God we can not discern anything! He said, you will know they are Christians by their….LOVE! That’s discernment in action right there! We don’t know what their name may be, but we can discern if they are loving or not!

As soon as we can begin living in the eternal, we can override the natural happenings in our lives which keep us in bondage all to often. How else can we say that we are strong when we are really weak? How else can we say that we are more than conquerors, when we feel like we don’t matter? How else do we know that we are healed, when the doctor has diagnosed us with a disease. It is through the spirit! We must worship him in spirit and in truth.

We often state this scripture in the body, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” without stating the entire context, we CAN’T know the truth. The ENTIRE scripture says, “If you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed; AND you shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” NOT SET YOU FREE…MAKE YOU FREE! Follow His word, and that is where we will find FREEDOM!

Heb 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things unseen”. This unseen is NATURAL! There are so many instances when God sent an angel or a demonstration for people to see in the spirit. Blind faith in the spirit is SCARY & not of him. We must have a vision of what God wants to do in our lives. In Habakuk he told us to write the vision and make it plain! Someone had to SEE something….in the spirit. Without revelation all we have is INFORMATION! This is why there is such war, debt, and destruction, because we don’t understand the supernatural of God.

Let’s go higher on this day so that we can know the will for our lives and receive the goodness that God has for us, while blocking the evil spirits and plans for our lives. God is a strategic God…let’s get to know His blueprint which is the WORD! I pray that we willl begin to have x-ray vision, night goggles in the darkness of our temporal situations, and that we have 20/20 vision of what He has to say about our lives!

Praise god & meditate to receive a word for your life today!

Psalm 107:15-16

King James Version (KJV)

 15Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

 16For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

One more:

2 Cor 2:9-12
 However, as it is written:

   “What no eye has seen,
   what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[b]
   the things God has prepared for those who love him—

 10these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

   The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.

 AMEN & LOVE YOU ALL!

Storm Watcher

I pray that we all find understanding behind the recent events of storms in the U.S. and overseas. The scripture warns us to take heed to such warnings regarding natural disasters. This warfare is not of flesh and blood, but it is spiritual.

“It’s going to rain, and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say. “It’s going to be hot”, and it is…You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?” (Luke 12:54-56)

“He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants. Pslm 104:4

“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows”. (Matthew 24:6-8)

Find peace and know that Jesus Christ is our savior and that we are more than conquerors in Him.

AMEN.