I Asked God For Success…Well.

For most people, when you ask them what they want from life, they’ll say, “I just want to be successful.” At one point in my life, that’s exactly what I told God. As believers, many of us have asked and asked for God to bless us beyond measure, open up doors that could never be opened through our own ability, and to increase our resources and riches. When we make these bold statements to God, are we REALLY taking into account what it takes to get them?

WHAT’S THE COST??????

As God gives, the requirements and responsibilities increases. You can’t ask for riches, receive it and go back to wasting. Now, I personally don’t know what it is that you’re seeking God for, but you do. As well as God, but regardless of what those things are, it takes you doing something you’ve never done before, giving up something that you’d never image and walking away from some people that are just going to make you compromise. For those currently seeking God for something, ask yourself this question, “Am I ready to give up something I love, to receive what I’m asking for?”

 

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Sometimes your circle of friends will need to be elevated or evacuated. When you continue to prosper, some friends aren’t going to understand. Of course you have friends that may not get it at first, but will grow with you. If they elevate with you keep them around. Those are usually the friends that God blessed you with to endure the process it takes to get you to what you’re asking for. Just the fact that they are willing to support you and encourage, is enough to keep them around.

However, if there’s a new demand on your new level, and your friends can’t understand AND choose not to, it may be time to evacuate those relationships. Remember, everybody just isn’t going to get it. Some can’t mentally and spiritually grasp everything God is doing for you, but there’s a difference between encouraging you as they learn, and  not getting it due to jealously or not seeing God’s hand on you.

This ALSO goes for love relationships. If they choose not to value your need for more, then it’s high time you leave. Keep it mind, whatever you lose, God replaces….and it’s EVEN BETTER!

The goal is to NEVER have to compromise God for NO ONE. So, if those friends or significant others are putting you in that position, you need to dismiss yourself from them. Friends since Diaper Days or not, you got places to go in God, and you don’t have time for unnecessary pit stops.

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Once we’ve gotten use to a certain way of thinking, alternating that way can be kind of a challenge. If you’re so use to saying “can’t”, then “can” will feel so hard to get to. When we begin to get what we ask for, it’s important to work that brain and teach it to turn negative thinking into positive thinking. Easier said then done, right? I know. However, it doesn’t mean it can’t be done. With your focus being on God, He’ll cause a fresh renewing of your mind. You’ll begin to correct yourself when you drift off because that refreshing spirit will quicken you and help you make corrections.

“and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,  and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Ephesians 4:23-24

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

Ephesians 4:29

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“Get up, shower, brush your teeth, get dressed…etc.” It’s super easy to fall into a regular routine, and never deviate from it. Occasionally, God will shift things in your life to make room for what you asked for. If there’s no room for it, how can you accept it? Step out of your regular routines, and allow God to have His way so He can be able to place some of the things you’ve asked for into place. Pray, ask Him what He requires of you and follow through.

Now ask yourself again: “Am I ready to give up something I love, to receive what I’m asking for?”

 

 

Satan MIGHT Know the Pattern, but NOT the Plan.

Do you ever feel like the enemy knows everything that God is going to do? Like every time you’re getting the idea of the way God is moving, and you’re thinking “Things are coming together,” Satan has come in and pushed you down! Face to the ground, dirt in your mouth, complete blow. We ask ourselves how is it that he knows God’s plan? Well, he doesn’t. He only knows two things: What WE put into the atmosphere, and God’s pattern. Not PLAN, pattern.

What YOU speak out loud

Satan is unable to read our thoughts, but if allowed, he can influence them. It’s imperative that we gain control over our thoughts. Since he cannot read our them, he figures the next best thing is to alter them. Make us think wrong. Cause us to think things that goes against God. Now, by me saying “goes against God,” don’t think I mean making you hate God. Rather, his tactic is to cause you to mental dwell of the things that GOD is against. Just like God HATES our sin, but LOVES us. God does not hate US, but rather the sin. So, the thoughts that develop, that are orchestrated by the enemy, are planted in your mind to try to create division between you and God.

God and Satan’s “relationship” 

So, how can Satan POSSIBLY have any type of idea the PATTERNS of God? Well, Ezekiel 28:14 makes it clear that Satan was not just a regular angel.

“You were the anointed cherub who covers;
I established you;
You were on the holy mountain of God;
You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.
15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created,
Till iniquity was found in you.”

Satan, or Lucifer, as he was called in Heaven was highly respected and beautiful. God thought a lot of him, and gave him access to things that may not had been accessible to others. That was until iniquity was found in him. Satan wanted to be ABOVE God, but tried his best to imitate Him.

IMITATIONS ISN’T THE REAL THING. Satan was able to convince one-third of the angels in Heaven to rebel against God through imitation, and they ultimately, gave up the real thing.  After being dismissed from Heaven, along with one-third of the angels, Satan has made it prime agenda to take your life. In the meantime, he’s content with making it miserable.

 

4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

 

So, what does this all mean???

You need to know what you’re up against. You’re up against a sneaky, immoral, angry, jealous ENEMY. You need to know why he’s so persistent on attacking every part of your life, the people in it and your destiny. He’s angry that he lost everything. When Jesus was born, He became everything that Satan once was. That’s another reason why he fought Jesus so hard during Him 40 day fast, before the start of His earthly ministry. Satan thought if he could detour Him from this mission, He won’t be able to carry out the plan to rid the world from sin. The same sin that was done through him in the Garden of Eden.

He even tried to tempt Jesus again when it pertained to US! When Jesus was in the garden about to be arrested, Satan tried to persuaded Jesus to not go through with His crucifixion. Satan is also jealous of the fact that he was replaced by God’s son and us. He’s also very prideful. He lost everything that was given to him because he tried to exalt himself over God. We are dealing with a ruthless enemy.

THE PLAN

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you, and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

I believe that is one of my all time favorite scriptures because it let me know no matter how I felt in tough moments or when I wasn’t sure of what God was doing,  I could always trust that His PLAN was all for my good, and He had everything under control. As long as I stayed focus on Him, i could count on the fact that my future was already established.

Satan can’t mess with an already established PLAN, no matter how of God’s PATTERN he may know. So, remain hopeful in God who’s able to cover us and not only knows the PLAN, but has control of it.

-W.A.V.E ❤

STAY WOKE!….TIME IS CREEPING.

 

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You’re driving headed to work. This morning you’re late, but other than that it’s a typical day: coffee, kids crossing the street for school, other cars, stoplights, and time. You approach the stoplight and wait for your chance to beat the other car beside you to the next light. You look in the window of the car next to you…only to see there’s nobody in it. You sense the strangeness of it, but don’t worry much. The light turns green and you tear off going 60 mph. You’re picking up speed, when all of a sudden you immediately swerve pass a school bus that has lost control and flipped over twice. Barely escaping with your life, you park your car and dart to the school bus. Between the screams and cries of bystanders, you look in the bus for survivors…not a soul in the entire bus. “What have I done, what I have I done?!” you reach for your phone and proceed to call 911 when you begin to make out the screams and cries. You learn that it’s not just about the bus. “My husband is gone!”…”My wife just vanished!!”…..”WHERE ARE MY KIDS?!” As the terror grows more and more intense you look up to the sky, only to see groups and groups of people ascending up to the sky. With that last sight, you’re left standing in the middle of the busy highway with other cries of confusion and terror, and stunned bystanders.

I remember my grandma use to say all the time that she NEVER wanted to be here when the rapture took place. For me though, I just had a rough time fathoming that I could be playing out on the trampoline and could be “taken up” into the sky. I learned more in my walk with Christ, that it was more than just being in the sky with Jesus, but it was about the fact that I would be taken away from the horrible catastrophe that would take place had I stayed here.

Time has a real bad tendency of creeping up on us before we know it. If we were more alert to the things that are soon to come, we’d find out that we waste so much time on unless things and people. If we really weigh the circumstances, we’d make better choices. Jesus is coming back. Now, we all have heard that “Jesus is coming back! be ready!” I’ve heard it from my grandma, she heard it from her mom, and honey the list goes on and on. However, the thing is is that they weren’t wrong, but because NO MAN knows the time or date of Jesus’ return, they only knew to be ready.

jesus-light-2141937_1920If Jesus came back right this moment, could you say that you’d be ready? Some people fear death, not because of the fact they’re about to die, but rather because the first thing that comes out of their mouth is what?….”I’m not ready”. Scripture tell us to WATCH as well as pray. (Luke 21:36)

I recall a time when I went to a women’s convenience and was not living right, only going to church as a walking zombie, spiritually sleep. I was there, but I was not, until I briefly tuned into the sermon. She positioned herself at the podium, put her hand of the top of it and said, “Honey, don’t let death catch you out of the will of God.” Chills fled my body as she repeated it again, “Honey, don’t let death catch you out of the will of God.” It struck a cord with me because what if on my way home I would have collided with another vehicle, instantly ending my life, while I was in broken relationship with Christ.

We make the mistake of taking these days for granted. Constantly strolling through the day, performing our daily routines, and not even giving it thought that some of us haven’t consulted our life line, Jesus all day.

The Psalmist in Psalms 90:12 asked to be taught to number our days so we can get a heart of wisdom. Although we thought when we were younger that we’d live forever, the days of people are vert few, and we must be wise with that time. Stop giving your precious time to things that don’t matter.

It was asked once, “Why doesn’t anybody know when Christ is coming back?” No, exact answer is given in the Bible, but if we knew Jesus was coming back January 12th 2025 at 6:00 p.m, most people would cut up, act crazy and reckless up until that very point, and then repent. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “You mean Jesus would actually take them back after all that?” Hebrews 8:12 says that “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”

This is the same mercy that God had on us when He decided to send His son to rid the world of those transgressions. It is not God’s desire that any of us perish, but that we have life, and it more abundantly. That’s why we must be woke to the tricks and plans of the enemy to distract us from the fact the Jesus IS returning. When we’re so consumed with the things of this world, we overlook God and the enemy knows that’s our life line, and if he can get away from the glue that puts us together, the one who knows us, inside and out, he can dominate us. It’s then that we could miss the moment. Press forward, stay woke, time is creeping. You will never know. Don’t let death or TIME catch you out of the will of God.god-2012104_1920

-W.A.V.E

35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. 36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.

Matthew 24:35-42

4 Ways To Submit To God, and Resist the Devil.

It was hard for me to believe that someone could hate me. I mean not to say that I was perfect in the least, but I always carried myself in a way that was very sensitive to the feelings of others. Although I learned early that people will still treat you bad anyway, I still had no idea that someone could hate me BEFORE I WAS EVEN BORN….

Before YOUR parents even conceived you, you were loved…AND HATED.

You were a mess up in a plot of your enemy, Satan. The strength and power that God gave you long before you were thought about, became Doom’s Day for him. You weren’t a issue for him when you were a lover of your own desires. Slowly dying in the cares of this world, but the moment you became a mouth piece for God (Yes, the way you live your life can be a mouthpiece to others for God), you automatically became a problem for Satan. He doesn’t want you to reach your full potential in Christ because once that happens, then comes your anointing, your faith increase, blessing, joy and most of all being able to resist him, because he knows then that he has to flee.

Submit to God, resist the Devil and he will flee from you.

James 4:7

It was that scripture that helped me realize that my submission to God was what was necessary for me to withstand the plans of Satan for life. Here are four ways to submit to God, and resist the Devil.

1. PRAYER

Prayer has, for some reason or another, been the secondary answer when it comes togirl-15599_1920 finding out the will of God, handling situations that we’re ALREADY deep into or just for basic things. Once you’ve unsuccessfully tried everything else, prayer then becomes this amazing, unheard of solution in the mist of core battle with the enemy. It’s in your praying that God reveals Satan plan OR His answer to whatever you’re inquiring about or headed into. Developing a CONSISTENT prayer life with God, will build your lifeline when it comes to silencing Satan. When you look at different people in the Bible, they used prayer to make their requests known to God. Hannah, in the book of 1 Samuel 1:9-11, prayed desperately for a son. In return not ONLY did God bless her with a son, but Samuel grew up to be an amazing prophet. One who’s prophetic record was spotless. Prayer has also been used to intercede on someone or a group’s behalf. Christians in Acts 4:29-30 prayed FERVENTLY for Peter while he was in prison. Even Jesus Himself prayed! When He was on the cross, Romans soldiers were taunting Him, saying “If you’re the real Messiah, get yourself down!”, Jesus prayed…to His Father for mercy.” Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) If you’re new at developing a prayer life, begin writing out specific things to target in prayer, so you’re not just saying things all over the place. Start with just 5 minutes. If you can do longer, GO FOR IT because as you get more and more into your prayer mode, you’re see that 5 minutes just won’t be enough time to be in the Lord’s presence.

 

2. FASTING

dishes-938747_1920Our flesh tends to get a little out of control, or sometimes we just want a little more closeness with God, & denying ourselves & seeking things spiritual will help. So what constitutes as “fasting”? I heard my pastor say, “Fasting is giving up anything that you’ve made your God.” Anything that takes our attention away from God, can be considered something to fast from. For me, social media. I sometimes come home from work, shower, eat and then I’m on my phone for the night….did you hear ANYTHING about God??? Nope, was not reading a Bible plan! Some fasts do require no eating. Whether it’s missing one meal, or all three. Others require just re framing from TV or social media. Once you start getting more connected with God, allow Him to deal with you spiritually to determine what parts in your life need the most flesh killing. Then go on your fast. In your fasting time pray, read, listen to gospel music, focus on nothing but God. Keep in mind that fasting is considered a private thing and does not need to be broadcast. Take a look at Matthew 6:16-18. Also, married ladies take a look a 1 Corinthians 7:5 

*Tip for your fast*: No matter what fast you are led to go on, you will  be tempted. What do you do? KEEP GOING! Don’t let the enemy make you quit your fast because you slip up and at a chip or saw something on Facebook! KEEP GOING! God will honor your commitment if it’s sincere.

3. OBEDIENCE

John 14:15 says, “If you love me, you’ll keep my commandments.”  The third way to maintaining your strength with God, and resistance to the Devil is that you MUST BE OBEDIENT TO GOD. When Samuel finally realized that it was God who had been  calling him, he instantly was obedient and ready to answer the request of the Lord, “Here I am, Lord. Your servant, ready to listen.” (1 Samuel 3:10) When Ruth was faithful to her mother-in-law, Naomi, by not returning home to her homeland of other gods, God blessed her ( Ruth 1:16). Because she was obedient and worshiped the same God Naomi did, the true God, He blessed her to run into Boaz, who would later redeem Naomi’s family. It was also because of this faithfulness and obedience that she bore a son, who would start the bloodline for King David…and then later on Jesus Christ. Because Mary was obedient to God’s plan for her to bore a son, she gave birth to the same Jesus that would later go to the cross for the sins of the world. Obeying God may lead you on journeys that you will probably be afraid of, and sometimes will require you have to step out on faith. However, know that when you trust and obey God, he’ll prepare the way for you, making every cricket road straight. “Be still, and know I am God.” ( Psalm 46:10)

4. CONSISTENCE

If you half do this walk with Christ, you will NEVER reach the full potential that He has for you, and you will ALWAYS be exposed to Satan . If you dibble and dabble with God loosely, don’t ever expect anything from Him. “A unstable man should not expect anything from God ( James 1:6-8). As a believer, we will walk through some difficult moment, however, if we remain faithful to the call, God will exalt us in due season. Your enemy’s plan is to distract you. Throw things in your way to get you side tracked, soon you’ll feel like God is so far from you. Keep pressing. Focus on the matter at hand. This is a fixed battle. We as the people of God have already won this battle, and Satan knows that. He knows that his time is limited, so he needs to take as many people with him as he can. Remain faithful, and consistent with God; pray, fast, seek His face, read, worship, praise in those hard times and OBEY the things that God instructs you to do, keeping in mind that “All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, and are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

– W.A.V.E ❤

WHY CAN’T I FIT IN?!

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:9

It’s amazing how you’re reminded of God’s favor on you when you’re a kid, and how he uses the most simple things to give you an insight. My mind goes back to P.E in elementary school. There use to be this group of girls, ran by my own cousin, who use to walk their laps instead of running them. No big deal, right? WRONG! Apparently, it was this thing that if you didn’t walk with them you couldn’t be apart of the crew anymore. With my many insecurities, I needed to be among other people to detract the attention off of me.

Well, this one particular day I just really wanted to finish laps and make a dash for the basketball court, so I suggested that we go quick and get out laps out of the way. As time progressed and I got uneasy, my cousin stop everybody and said, “Ashley, if you want to go and get all sweaty that’s your business, but if you leave us you can’t come back to this group anymore.” (That was a big threat in elementary). After weighting my options I figured playing ball was much more worth it so I shrugged, said “Bye!” and I left them in the dust as I ran off like an Olympic track star. What was so amazing was after I ran off, I didn’t even think about the fact that I needed them to make me feel like something. I just wanted to do something different. From that day on, I never had a fear to stand out again.

I really didn’t don on this again until 2 years ago when I was trying to figure out who I was in Christ and whether or not I was even important. When this came back to my remembrance, I heard God speak and say, “I have called you to be different, and that’s okay.” I believe that if we truly trust God and just stand out from the crowd, we’ll be able to fully see Him manifest in our lives. Because everybody is not meant to go where we’re called to go, neither do some want to. Some people are content with where they are. (Walking their laps.) Blending in with the crowd only makes people over look that group.

Believe it or not, sometimes we look for something different. Who wants to go to same restaurant ALL THE TIME? who wants to do the same thing ALL THE TIME? I love how my jobs always requires flexibility and different things. The kids I work with don’t always want to do the crafts or sports. Sometimes they like when a new game introduced. God wants more of us, He wants us to stand out to be a light for someone else. You can’t find light covered up and hidden. Light doesn’t blend it, it shines for everyone to see. Let yourself shine! Go run those laps!

-W.A.V.E

I Am Nothing Without You …

So tonight I was really not prepared MENTALLY to go to church. I was tired from working two jobs that both involved kids, and I was just ready to go to bed. However, when you said that you’ll do something, ESPECIALLY for God, you should most definitely  follow through.

So I get to church, sit down for a second, stand up, walk out to the lobby, COME BACK IN, sit down, then get back up and go outside. By now you can tell that I can’t get settled. As I’m headed outside I see something that completely grabs my attention. The pastor of the church is helping a lady into the service who is obviously MENTALLY battling with The Enemy (Satan). She backs up nervously, reaches into her pocket, pulls out a small Dasani bottle  bursts into tears and says, ” I can’t go in there, I have liquor!” For which the pastor then takes it and tosses it to the ground and escorts her in the church.

My heart was so heavy because although I didn’t WANT to be there just because of my own reasons, this lady wanted to be there, but felt that she was not good enough to even enter into the doors! Service starts and my church is in charge of doing  the praise and worship,  and as praise team leaders we always try to make sure that we are pleasing to God. After all the formalities of the service are over, we are called to sing another song. Our pianist, who’s a great friend of ours says, “Sing Where Would I Be Without You, I’m telling you, Ashley this is THE SONG for tonight.”

On good faith I trusted his judgement, and before I could get the mic in my hand good, the spirit of God just came all through me. I began to ask for the spirit of God to come in before the Word comes and for everybody to think back to where they were before God found them…long story short, the song took the whole church into a worship experience that was amazing.

I believe with all the traditional things of Christianity and religion, we kind of get spoiled. We think that just because it’s there, we can do it whenever. Different countries are dying for this, they are dying in the name of the Lord and we sometimes don’t want to get out of bed to come to church because it’s raining. As believers let’s soak up as much opportunity to dwell in God’s presence as we can. Because while I just did not want to go, that service could have saved that one’s life.

The link to the song, “Without You”

-W.A.V.E