Sunday, December 30, 2012

What will it cost you to say YES?

Matthew 6:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Will you say Yes? Will your spirit say Yes? Will your heart say Yes? There is more that He requires of us. Will you exchange your will for His? (“Yes” by Shekinah Glory Ministry)
Saying "Yes" is a conditioning of the mind. When you condition something you are required to perform an action. Conditioning is training something or someone to behave in a certain way or to accept certain circumstances.  For example, I began running toward the latter part of 2012.  I began walking because my body was not conditioned to run. It took work but I had to condition my mind and body to do what I wanted it to do. God told me to run but I did not know why at that moment. All I knew was that He told me to run. Initially, my body was in a lot of pain. I ached in places I did not know even existed but I was determined to see what this was. Again, I say to you He did not reveal the purpose at that moment. Sometimes God does not allow you the opportunity to know everything at once. He reveals himself in His timing. Many times this process works patience in you.   Patience is one of the fruit of the Spirit.

 Finally when I got on the track, He began to speak and reveal Himself each time in different ways to me. He revealed that He was preparing me to work out His plans and the purpose for this new season.  I must confess, I have been a licensed minister for a while but I did not want to walk in His perfect will in every area of my life. I tried to pick and choose what and when I would say “Yes”.  He told me it was timeout for my will. A change needed to take place. I am called to minister in the area of deliverance and with that I have an Apostolic anointing. God has called me to build, plant, and uproot. Do you see why I refused to say “Yes”? This is not an easy assignment. It causes one to act and do things differently. I cannot continue to do things the way I used to do them.  I am truly humbled that God chose me but at the same time I questioned whether I was capable of doing all that He has for me to do.

I encourage you to prepare for anything when you are told to say "Yes" to the Christ the King and when you yield to putting His kingdom first.  "Yes" is not easy.  It is a process that requires us to die daily to the things that are not of Christ.

At the beginning of 2012, The Lord told me to prepare for this year because He said it would be a journey. In my mind, I thought "wow" God is taking me places; but He did not do in the way I expected Him to do it. He warned me of some things to better prepare me for this journey. Unfortunately, I did not listen to Him. Again, I thought that things were going to get better in the natural realm; this was not the case.  This year, I was purposed to deal with spiritual things first.
The year began prosperous for us in the area of finances and in the Spiritual area in my life. I thought that this year was going to be easy. I thought maybe there will be a little bump in the road but nothing too serious. In June of 2012, things started to unfold. While working in the shop God spoke to me, concerning my husband’s second job. He told me to prepare for my husband’s exit, meaning that he would no longer have his second job; Say what Lord! Of course I was not ready to hear God say my husband would no longer have a second job. I began to weep because fear came upon me. Worried about how we were going to make it. This was my second year in the business full-time and things were not where they needed to be financially. I thought what am I going to do Jesus? He did not respond at that moment but later that day He said this would be a "Journey to Ayvah". I thought to myself, who is Ayvah, Lord? 

I later learned the significance of this statement.  In God’s timing, more will be revealed.
Things went downhill from there. My husband became ill because he was so stressed from working two jobs.  In addition, he was trying to avoid going to the doctor to address some health issues.  At this moment I totally understood why God would have my husband to leave his second job. I was not ready for all that would come with it. My husband initially decided to work a second job to support my dream. He believes in the business that God has birth out of me. He wanted to support my dreams by doing whatever he had to do in order make my dream come true. We did not live above our means but a family of five takes money to sustain. My income was lowered by fifty percent when I left my job.  We knew it would be lowered, but we had to yield to the plan of God.  At that time His plan was for me to work at La Co’coa full-time and finish college.

Yielding to the plans of God is not always easy; who ever said it was missed the mark. When you begin to yield to the plan of Christ you will experience pain because some burning of the flesh has to take place. Your eyes will be opened, you will lose some friends, and you will have to leave some places and people behind. You give up everything that is not in His will and those things that are out of season for your life. Not that those people or places are bad, it’s just not the place where He has for you to be. This year I has to shed a lot of tears because saying yes was not easy.   It was a constant act of me burning my will in exchange for His perfect will for my life. I knew that He called me to do a work but I did not want to yield to what He had for me. I am not crazy.  I know that God’s work is not easy. There is suffering and laboring involved. I know that people have shown many of us “the easy things” in a sense to God but they refuse to show the whole picture. It is work being a disciple. That’s why the word speaks of in Matthew 14 “for many are called, but few are chosen” because it requires so much of yourself to do God’s will. We have to give of ourselves daily in order for us to do God’s will.  That is our sacrifice to Him. Many of us have lost our way to Him; seeking our own desires. But He reminds us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 of His word that reads “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me”.

At some point in your life you reach a point that what you once knew is not working anymore for the season God has called you to be in. This is when you know that it is time for a change. Change is not easy but in order to grow in Him it has to happen. This year has been a very hard year for my family but we are determined to do the will of God. We are thankful for what God has done this year including placing me and my husband on one accord, perfecting the ministry that God has for me and my husband, and our children growing spiritually.  We had to leave some things and people behind in order to get to this point.  We look forward to the things that are to come including expanding our family and the business moving forward.  

 The growth has caused us pain but it is for His glory.  It is painful when you have a heart for people. It causes you not to move forward because you know that you have to leave them behind and you don’t know how long the season will be; it is so painful. Saying “Yes” is not easy but there is more that He requires of you. Saying “Yes” requires you to trust God in ways you have never trust Him before. Please know that He is the author and finisher of our faith. In Hebrews 12:2 it reads “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”.  This word should serve as encouragement and a reminder to us that is takes work to say “Yes” and our reward is in Heaven. It took great FAITH for Jesus to die for us. He endured pain that we would not have agreed to endure.  But, He did it for us. Saying “Yes” may cost you to lose everything but the gain is greater in Him.  Our desire should be to go higher in Him before we seek the riches of this world. Will He not give it to you? Is He not the author and finisher of all things good? Will your heart and spirit say “Yes” to His perfect will? He is requiring more of you.

Read Philippians 2

Signing off for me to live as Christ, and to die is gain.

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