The Spirit of Pride by Dr.J.

Be careful. Put away foolish pride. Pride will have you going from 0 to 100 because you are offended. Pride will have you paranoid thinking that people are secretly out to get you. Pride will have you focused on self and being self-righteous. Pride will have you rush to get in a position for which you aren’t ready. Pride will have you mad because you’re not in position yet. Pride causes relationships to fail. It keeps you from saying, “I’m sorry.”

Pride will have you overtalking people and afraid to be silent for fear that you may be perceived as dull witted. Pride will have you claiming to have come up with all the ideas just so you can have all the credit. Pride will have you wavering back and forth, afraid to take a stand because you want everyone to accept you. Pride will have you thinking you can fix or change people and situations. 

Pride makes you forget the mistakes you’ve made (just today) as you turn up your nose in judgment at others. Pride makes you feel entitled. It makes you mistreat and hurt people. Pride will make you read this meditation and think “the Holy Spirit couldn’t possibly be speaking to me” or cause you to turn up your nose because you know that He is.

Pride looks just like ego, smells similar to arrogance,
and comes right before the fall.

The spirit of pride will creep on you and you won’t even know it’s there. Then, it will become so deeply rooted on the inside of you that you won’t acknowledge it, won’t accept correction about it, and won’t care that it’s there. Be careful about pride. Humble yourself and God will elevate you. Holy Spirit, we struggle in this area. Help us. Holy Spirit, continue to reveal to me and my brothers and sisters the spirit of pride in us. Then please Holy Spirit, get it out. Dr.J.

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Prayer for Real Love by Dr.Jené Walker

Lord, we come to You as humbly as we know how, asking for forgiveness for our sins and giving You thanks and praise for who You are and all You’ve already done.

Lord, someone is on the verge of breaking down from the emptiness and lack of love he or she feels. Lord, someone is on the verge of going back to adultery or abusive relationships or inappropriate relationships just to feel loved, if only for one night. Lord, someone is on the verge of going back to sexual sin because he or she cannot hold out for love any longer. Lord, someone has confused sex with love. Lord, someone is in a loveless marriage, longing for companionship and passion, and has contemplated seeking love elsewhere. Lord, help us to know that all of this is deception from Satan himself.

Going back to sin and stepping out of the boundaries of love are fleshly decisions. Help us to operate in the spirit of self-control. Help us to have faith and not doubt that when You see fit, You will give us the desires of our hearts. Help us to fill the void in our hearts with the only true filler, which is You and Your Holy Spirit, God. Lord, we know that You love us and that You created us in love and with the desire for the love of a mate. We know that what You said in Your Word is true, so we believe You for unconditional love this season.

But meanwhile, we need touches of love from You each day, God. Every time we start to feel low, just a touch of love from You will penetrate our hearts and give us hope. Dispel all loneliness, hopelessness, and emptiness right now in the name of Jesus. Make us whole right now in the name of Jesus. Give us patience and peace while you transform us and our mates and prepare us and our mates for the love to come this season. In the mighty name of Jesus, we pray. Amen. Jené Elaine Walker

Think Three Times About Touching God’s Anointed by Dr.J.

Joshua 5:1 NIV “Now when all the Amorite kings west of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the coast heard how the Lord had dried up the Jordan before the Israelites until they had crossed over, their hearts melted in fear and they no longer had the courage to face the Israelites.”

There are people the enemy wants to use to come against you. He knew he could use them because of the open doors of jealousy, envy, hate, or resentment they have toward you. The enemy schemed against you and plotted your demise. Then Satan planted the seed of the death plan in his chosen people.

But wait, the people never came for you.

When those people started reflecting on the power of God in your life, when they thought about every miracle God has done to bless you supernaturally, and when they recalled how God annihilated the previous group of people who tried to come against you, they no longer had the courage to be used in the enemy’s attack on you.

God doesn’t play when it comes to you. He is your protector and your vindicator. People can see the hedge of protection around you. So they should think twice or maybe even three times about touching God’s anointed. Dr.J.

Coffee in a War Room by Dr.J.

Me and one of my sisters who is an accountability partner for me and also a fellow minister, had coffee in her War Room the other night. The space felt safe and warm and more importantly anointed. It is so important that along this journey you have someone who knows the Word of God, who provides a safe place for you to lay your head, and who isn’t afraid to tell you the truth (what God’s Word says only- not truth adulterated with her opinions).

It is crucial that as we battle in the spirit against our own fleshly desires that we have someone who has been there or who has these same struggles but who knows how to fight in the spirit. What a heavy burden to walk around pretending that you have everything together, that you don’t struggle, and that your life is perfect.

As God’s anointed (like Sampson), we can’t lay our heads just anywhere. God has orchestrated and ordained “laps” for us for such a time as this. He gives us discernment about what to share and with whom. He puts people in our lives who will be vessels for Him to help us along this journey. Every now and then, you just need a cup of coffee in a war room to help you make it through, to help you fight those demons assigned to you, and to unashamedly bear your soul. I thank God for my sister and coffee in a war room. Dr.J. #coffeeinawarroom #spiritualwarfare #laptime #aplacetobearmysoul

Is It the Pride In Me? by Dr.J.

God has a way of revealing pride in us so that we will allow Him to purge us before pride destroys us.

What is that uncomfortable feeling when see someone doing what I do but I think I can do it better? Is it the pride in me?

It is difficult to complete the assignments God has for you when you have residue of pride. Does it get under your skin if someone in authority doesn’t call your name in recognition? Does it bother you if you do all the work but someone else gets the credit? Does it agitate you that you have a gift but God hasn’t released you to operate in it yet? Does it make you feel “some kind of way” that someone in your same position is doing better than you and getting more attention? Does it irk you if someone calls on others to do something that you feel you’re better qualified to do? Pride. Pride. Pride. Pride. Pride.

We can’t pretend we don’t have these feelings. We can’t be delivered from pride if we allow pride to prevent us from admitting that pride is a stronghold. One important step to our healing is confessing the sin of pride. If you’re wondering what’s holding you back from your next assignment, ask God to show you the motives of your heart. Then let the Holy Spirit purge you from the spirit of pride. We have too much kingdom work to do to be held back by sin. Dr.J.

If God Says, “Leave That Tree Alone,” Leave It by Dr.Jené Walker

If he or she doesn’t portray the fruit of the Spirit now, he won’t portray it after “I do” either. Fruit isn’t produced by marriage, fruit is produced by the Holy Spirit. If he isn’t in deep fruit changing relationship with God now, it won’t happen just because you say “I do.” The devil is after too many marriages for us to choose trees with no fruit in hopes that the tree will change from the fertilizer of our love, commitment, nurturing, buying, loyalty, sex, and catering. None of that produces fruit.

If they get jealous, angry, unkind, selfish now (opposite of love), you can’t change it. If they’re moody, down, depressed, and angry all the time now (opposite of joy), marriage won’t change it. If they always worry and stress about what family, friends, exes, and the children think about your relationship now (opposite of peace), you can’t change it.

If they run from commitment and keep leaving you now or show signs of instability (opposite of longsuffering), marriage won’t stabilize them. If when you feel weak or are going through a tribulation and they are short, rude, and impatient now (opposite of gentleness), marriage won’t change it.

If he has too much pride to call back and say, “I’m sorry. I was wrong. This is all my fault,” you can’t change him. If he soaks up all the love and benefits and doesn’t put you (and your children) first now; if his heart isn’t in a good place toward you, not others (opposite of goodness) and his words and actions don’t align with the Word now, you or time can’t change it.

If she is in the Word because of you but never studies regularly on her own (opposite of faith), you can’t make her faith stronger. If he thinks more highly of himself than he ought to now (opposite of meekness), he will be haughty when you marry him. If he’s had a long day and is exhausted or things didn’t go his way and he is short and rude and abusive emotionally or physically toward you now (opposite of temperance), your love won’t change it.

A tree is known by its fruit. Fruit can be good or bad. Only a deeply rooted connection with the Vine will produce the fruit of the Spirit – good fruit. You cannot change a person. You can’t force something that doesn’t fit. Relationships are under attack and will require a team effort in spiritual warfare. Only God transforms but God also warns. Take heed to the signs. If God says this tree is not for you, leave it alone. Jené Elaine Walker

 

I’m Coming Out by Dr.J.

Walk in the boldness and power of the Holy Spirit. Someone has been oppressed for a long time. God says it is time to come out. The thing about being spiritually oppressed is that the enemy deceives you into thinking that you have to stay in a low place. He assigns as many spirits to you and others against you to keep you oppressed. The devil is lying. Believers have so much power. You don’t have to receive Satan’s lies. Stop giving the devil power in your life and with your words.

Walk in boldness now. Stop grieving the power of the Holy Spirit in you. It’s time to come out of oppression. Come out of oppression now in Jesus’s name. Come out of SIN. Come out of the bondage of Satan. Renounce the spirit of adultery. Renounce the spirit of seduction and fornication. Renounce lying and cheating and manipulating spirits in Jesus’s name.

Cast off suicidal and self-harming spirits. Cast off “o, woe is me” spirits. Cast off hate and bitterness from people who’ve hurt you and put on the spirit of love and all fruit of the Spirit. Cast off the spirit of fear every time it gets on you. Close all open doors of sin, low self-esteem, addictions, sex, stealing, high thoughts, condemnation, misappropriation of funds, and deceitfulness.

You’ve got to come out so you can go up higher in Christ. There is work to do and the enemy wants to hinder you from doing it. He’s trying to kill you. It’s time to fight now in Jesus’s name. Walk boldly today. Shout, “I’m coming out!” Dr.J.

Titus 2:7-8 "In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us."

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