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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 7): Fasting, Weeping, and Mourning by Dr.J.

Joel 2:12 (KJV) 12 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

“That is why the Lord says, ‘Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning’” (Joel 2:12, NLT). When we look at Joel 2:12, the Lord says for Judah to turn to Him with all their hearts, with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning. In this verse, God spoke to Judah through the prophet Joel. The verse signifies that Judah needs to turn to God. This verse also shows that Judah somehow must have turned away from Him God. I don’t know why the Holy Spirit prompted you to fast this season and I don’t know why you obeyed His promptings to fast. Could it be that you are fasting because you too, like Judah, have turned away from God in disobedience? You wanted to do what you wanted to do.

  • You had imaginations and high thoughts that were exalted above the knowledge of God.
  • You wanted to make your relationship work using worldly tactics.
  • You weren’t led by the Holy Spirit in your actions but solely acted in flesh.
  • You ran from your relationship or you withdrew out of fear.
  • You tried to force your spouse to change. You gave ultimatums.
  • You abandoned your loved one during a moment of weakness.
  • You were yoked with an unbeliever even after God showed you he wasn’t the one.
  • You had idols that you worshiped instead of the one and true living God. You put people (i.e., your spouse, lover, children, family, or friends) before God.
  • You worshiped your job and money and considered those things to be your livelihood.
  • You spent more time watching television or on social media than you did studying God’s Word and in prayer and meditation.
  • You craved sexual gratification and continuously satisfied your desires. Then you became immune to satisfaction from natural sexual activities and left open doors for stronger sexual demonic spirits to trespass in your body. You engaged in sex with multiple partners at one time, and you engaged in unnatural sexual acts such as homosexuality, pansexuality, transgender, sexually fluid, and beastiality.

In Joel, an ominous black cloud plagued southern Judah without warning. Then locusts ate everything and stripped Judah bare. Whatever sin you were in, maybe you suffered some plagues that caused you to finally pay attention to God’s call for you to turn back to Him. If you’re reading this, no matter what plagued you, you are still alive and you still have a chance to turn, fast, weep, and mourn. But what God warned Judah about, and us through the prophet Joel is that there will be a time in which it will be too late to turn. The good news is we’re fasting. We’re weeping for the horrible, disgusting, sinful things we used to do. We’re mourning the results of our sinful flesh. We’re turning back to God now.

Consider what Joel says in chapter 2, verse 13. “Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead. Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish” (NLT). God says, it isn’t enough to go through the motions of tearing our garments, wearing sackcloth, and fasting. These are all external acts which should be symbolic of a repentant heart. God knows whether or not our fasting, weeping, and mourning are superficial, showy, and fake. We have to rend our hearts for Him. We have to turn from our wicked ways and not go back. Because of our fast and more importantly because of our changed hearts and transformed lives, God will restore all that the locust stole from us. Our trees will bear fruit again, but our transformation must be real. Dr.J.

 

It’s Fasting Season (Post 6): Be Sensitive to the Holy Spirit by Dr.J.

“Fasting keeps you sensitive to His Spirit, enabling You to live Holy.” -Jentzen Franklin

The Holy Spirit has something to say to you during this fast, things you haven’t been able to hear Him say because of all the noise of the world, the chatter of sin, and the commotion of self-gratification. But now as you suppress your physical desires, God can unleash His spiritual desires for you through His Spirit. You’ve had questions about what to do about a situation. You’ve been struggling with people being used against you. You’ve dealt with the emotional impact of being abandoned. Your finances are not enough to make ends meet. The enemy is trying to destroy your relationship or he has already. God says continue to sacrifice for intimacy with Him and read His Word and listen. Listen.

In addition, in order to truly hear the Holy Spirit, you must live holy. Holy means “set apart.” You can’t do any and everything during your fast and live a life that is different from the world at the same time. When you fast, you are so in tune with the Holy Spirit that the Spirit can whisper and you can hear Him and turn from the evil you were about to commit. But when you sin, the Holy Spirit can’t communicate with you because sin distorts your hearing and severs your relationship. Sin separates and deafens you too. Not living Holy while fasting is just, well, a diet. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit so that you can make the most out of your sacrifice for God. Dr.J.

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 1) by Dr.J.

Confirmation! When God tells me to do something, I obey. One of my sisters texted me and asked, “Can you lead the fasts like you used to do” corporately through social media? I received another inbox from a sister, “It’s time for a fast.” I woke up this morning and my devotional scripture was on Esther declaring a 3-day fast.

So, it’s fasting season. We fast November, December, and January to get clarity about God’s perfect will for us, spiritual wisdom, for vision, healing, and for intimacy with God. But as a result of our obedience, we get those things plus favor, miraculous provision, breakthroughs, spiritual stamina, and open doors.

Please be in prayer as we begin. We will consider a few types of Biblical fasts according to Jentzen Franklin:

1. Esther fast-3 day fast for favor in the time of crisis (no food or drink) (Esther 4:16)
2. Daniel fast 21 – day fast (vegetables, fruits, water) for understanding of God’s vision for you (Daniel 10:2-3)
3. Self examination fast (one day fast) check up on yourself spiritually things in me not like you (Leviticus 23:27)
4. Fast before battle (from day til evening) (Judges 20)
5. Fasting to lift God’s judgment from another’s life (1 Kings 21:27-29)
6. Fasting for healing (Isaiah 58)
7. Dominion fast (40 day fast) for dominion and authority and power of the Spirit (Matthew 4)

November (December and January) Fasting Plan
-1 day (weekly for 5 weeks) on Wednesday no food or drink
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-3 days (weekly for 5 weeks or once in November) on Monday through Wednesday no food or drink
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-21 days (November 1 @ 6pm through November 21 @ 6pm) fruits, vegetables, water only
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-30 days (November 1 @ 6pm through November 30 @ 6pm) fruits, vegetables, water only
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-40 days (November 1 @ 6pm through December 10 @ 6pm)

We will follow the same fasting pattern for November through January. If God tells you to go five days or seven days, be obedient to the Holy Spirit. You can’t just “diet” but you must study God’s Word daily and pray throughout the day. You must flee from sin and evil. You must meditate and listen to God when He speaks. You must obey.

Check in with me every day you’re fasting. Check my Facebook page daily for scriptures, devotions, and encouragement. Be in prayer for us. God loves us so much and He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we could ask or think. Hundreds of you have joined me before and I’m looking forward to what God is going to do in us through us, and for us during these series of fasts. Dr.J.