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I’m Not Disappointed, I’m Content by Dr.J.

How do I deal with disappointments? When I focus on my wants and my will and my desires my hearts gets a sickened feeling. I can make myself miserable thinking of all the things I want and by staying in my feelings about not having those things.

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I can pray about those things and make my requests known to God. Then, I have to take my mind completely off those things. Moment by moment because the flesh keeps pushing those thoughts in our heads.

Then I have to pray for the Holy Spirit to help me set my mind on heavenly things. See my focus has to be about getting to heaven and helping others get to heaven at all times. Yes, all times. Even when I take care of my son, work, take classes, and write, my focus has to be on heavenly things.

Then, I have to pray for peace about being in God’s will. What if the promotion, the wealth, the marriage are not in His will? I have to pray for contentment. It doesn’t mean that I don’t have faith in what God can and will do. It means that even if He doesn’t do it, I’m content. The blessings aren’t the focus, the relationship with God is.

About those disappointments…The enemy can’t use disappointments against me now because I am content. To stay here in my spiritual state of contentment I have to stay in the spirit. Moment by moment I say, “Lord give me peace, joy, and contentment in my current circumstances.” We are not disappointed, we are content. Dr.J.

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It’s Fasting Season (Post 8): From Barren to Fruitful

#FastingDay5 Someone is barren or in a barren situation that hasn’t been productive or fruitful in a long time. Fasting and praying have the power to release God’s blessings of fruitfulness in your life and in your situations. As much as you want to give up and give in, keep trusting God. Keep sacrificing what you want and desire for your breakthrough and fast beyond your breakthrough for spiritual renewal and a deeper relationship with God. God does see your efforts. God sees your sacrifice. God will honor you because you’re honoring Him. Keep fasting.

1 Samuel 1:4-8; 19-20 AMP “When the day came that Elkanah sacrificed, he would give to Peninnah his wife and all her sons and daughters portions [of the sacrificial meat]. But to Hannah he gave a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had given her no children. [This embarrassed and grieved Hannah] and her rival provoked her greatly to vex her, because the Lord had left her childless. So it was year after year; whenever Hannah went up to the Lord’s house, Peninnah provoked her, so she wept and did not eat. Then Elkanah her husband said to her, Hannah, why do you cry? And why do you not eat? And why are you grieving? Am I not more to you than ten sons? 19 The family got up early the next morning, worshiped before the Lord, and returned to their home in Ramah. Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her [prayer]. 20 It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; she named him [i]Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.”

Read 1 Samuel Chapters 1 through 3 for more in depth revelation about Hannah and her blessings. My revelation is that Hannah wept and did not eat. She fasted. She prayed. She worshiped before the Lord. She gave. Then the Lord remembered her prayer for a child. She kept her promise to God and dedicated her first born to Him. After worshiping and giving, God gave her more sons and daughters.

When you combine prayer, fasting, worship and giving (later you see Hannah making a sacrifice of bullocks, flour, wine to the Lord), God truly recognizes your honoring Him and blesses you as a result. Keep fasting and make sure you add prayer, worship, and giving and watch God change your barren circumstances to fruitfulness. Dr.J.

It’s Fasting Season (Post 5): Is It Worth Your Birthright? Dr.J.

What blessings are we giving up because of our desire to eat? In order to gratify our flesh, sometimes we are willing to sacrifice a relationship with God. We want to be fulfilled right now. We want satisfaction no matter what the cost. We want to be pleased no matter who it hurts. Our need is more important than God or anyone else’s. We have a burning desire that can’t be quenched. So we sin. We give up on the fast because we crave food more than God. We cheat on our loved one because she isn’t satisfying any more. We are willing to sell our birthright, the promises of God, at a cheap price and for temporary pleasures. God has plans for you to prosper you and give you hope. God has promises to fulfill through you, in you, and for you. Before you take a bite to eat, before you sleep with her, before you satisfy your flesh, think about this…is it worth my birthright? Dr.J.
Genesis 25:29-34 (ESV) Esau Sells His Birthright
“29 Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.[a]) 31 Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” 32 Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” 33 Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.”

Wives, Focus On Your Own Fruit by Dr.Jené Walker

Wives if we walk in the Spirit, then the desires of the flesh won’t prevail in sticky situations with our husbands. The flesh makes us want to check on him, get him back, withdraw, withhold, nag, cheat on him, and ultimately leave him. In the flesh we are jealous, insecure, paranoid, domineering, vengeful, loud, loquacious, and flirtatious.

Walking in the power of the Holy Spirit gives us victory over the flesh. How do we know if we are operating in the Spirit with our husbands? Well if we are in the Spirit, we bear the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. In which spirit are you operating? Your Spirit is known by the fruits you bear. Walk in the Spirit regardless of how he is walking. God is allowing this test and this season for a reason. Crucify your flesh. Die to yourself daily. Focus on God and your fruit, not your husband and his. Jené Elaine Walker 

It’s Fasting Season (Post 4): We Don’t Want Any Flesh Dr.J.

Die to Flesh today. There are several occurrences in scriptures in which we lost out on the promises of God because of our insatiable lustful greedy appetites. If we can’t operate in the fruit of the Spirit self-control in our fast it will also be difficult to control other ungodly desires. Exercise self-control today.

God gave the Israelites manna to eat and they complained and whined about not having meat in their freed state. They reflected on their awesome former enslaved state under Pharaoh during which they ate as they pleased. They murmured so much that God gave them so much meat it made them sick.

Be content this 1-day fast, 3-day fast, 21-day fast, 30-day fast or 40-day fast with what God instructs you to eat. The promises He has for you will be worth the sacrifice. Don’t murmur or complain. Be content with what you eat during this intimate time of sacrifice. Dr.J.

Numbers 11:18-20 KJV “And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the Lord , saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the Lord will give you flesh, and ye shall eat. Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days; But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the Lord which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?”

It’s Fasting Season (Post 3): Crucify Your Flesh Dr.J.

“You see, fasting means crucifying what I refer to as ‘King Stomach…’ He [God] will provide you with the grace to endure and see the breakthroughs you need to come to pass. However, you will have to choose to dethrone that ‘dictator within…’ It has been said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Most women have come to know it, but we need to understand that the devil knows it too!”-Jentzen Franklin

The devil knows what fasting releases in the believer’s life. He knows what it means for your marriage, your relationships, your children, your faith, your spiritual wisdom, your vision, and the breakthroughs from the Master of Breakthroughs. So of course, he tempted you to give up the fast all day. Read how the devil has used food from the beginning to get us to disobey God. Think about this account in the Garden of Eden when you’re tempted to eat during the fast. Dr.J.

Genesis 2:8-9, 16-17 NIV “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.’”

Is It Really Love? 💜 Dr.J.

We can’t feign love. Love either is or it isn’t. If it is love, it’s real and it shows in your actions. “Love hates what is evil.” Love and evil can’t co exist. It’s evil to envy. It’s evil to be selfish. It’s evil to be easily angered. It’s evil to believe the worst about another. It’s evil to lie and deceive. It’s evil to cheat.

“Love clings to what is good” – good from you toward another and good from another. “To cling to” is strong. It means that you hold on tightly to what is good and you let all the wordliness and foolishness go. You find the good in another and you cherish it and value it. You never let go of the good through Christ who strengthens you.

“Be devoted in love” or be loyal in love. “Show firm and constant support through allegiance.” This can only be done through the power of the Holy Spirit and in the authority of the name of Jesus. Flesh can’t be devoted. Flesh can’t commit. But when you’re subject to God first, then you can be loyal to another. Be devoted to God and then you can be devoted in love toward another.

Now this is the true test of love. “Honor another above yourself.” Be quiet when you want to be disagreeable. Be subject when you want to be heard or seen. Show respect whether it is due in the natural or not. Stay when you want to leave. Love when you want to hate. Put his needs before your own. Put her desires before yours. Honor is another strong verb. To honor means to “regard with great respect” but it also means to fulfill or keep an obligation. We are obligated to love as believers in the body of Christ.

It’s time we get to real love, the next level in love and stop feigning love. God is not mocked. He knows when we are faking and when we are truly allowing the Holy Spirit to transform our hearts so we can love better. Dr.J.

Romans 12:9-10 NIV “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”