YouTube Video (Click Here): Song, “Hills and Valleys” by Tauren Wells
My God! Listen believers, we will have hills and valleys until our Savior Yeshua comes back and fights with us and for us to defeat Satan and send him to the pits of hell forever. But, how do we respond to the valleys? Are we pouting? Are we angry with God? Are we rebelling? Are we refusing to serve Him because we think our valleys are lower than the entire body of believers who is suffering all over the world just like we are?
I challenge you (and me) to respond to the valleys in the same way we respond to the hills. We give God glory when He increases, promotes, blesses us with favor, and rewards us. Our valleys are real; I can’t deny it. Our valleys are job loss, home loss, money loss, friend loss, diseases gained, cheating spouses gained, hurt gained, and loneliness gained. I couldn’t and wouldn’t dare downplay the valleys. But the valleys are inevitable. The devil wants to take us out but the valleys or attacks don’t have to affect us the way we’ve allowed them to. They don’t have to take us out. They don’t have to kill us. We have power over the valleys. We can speak to them. We can make them move. We can overcome them. God is sovereign. Do you think that He doesn’t see you? He does see you and He is with you in every one of your valley moments. Remember, sin and evil came by Satan’s temptation of Adam and Eve. Sin didn’t come from God. God’s Word has to stand. We have to stop blaming God and start trusting Him in the valleys too. He has us. Please believe it. He loves us and cares for us in the ups and the downs. Jené Elaine Walker
Jehovah will cause your gifts to make room for you. Jehovah will bring you before great men. Jehovah will make your name great. You don’t know enough and you don’t know enough people in high enough places to do in your own power what Jehovah is going to do through you. I remember trying to justify Jehovah’s vision for my life with a bunch of “I’s!” God said, “I?” Jené, you are insignificant in the God scheme of things. Jené, turn those “I’s” into “God’s.” That’s why our faith gets shaky sometimes because “we” know good and well “we” can’t make the vision manifest in our own power. It’s far too huge for human ideas, human power, human knowledge, human philosophies, and human effort. It’s far too huge for human connections. Until we humble ourselves [because we aren’t great without the power of Holy Spirit on the inside making us great], we will continue to stammer, stutter, and squirm when trying to explain how we’re going to “make it happen.” When people ask, “How?” Say, “I don’t know how, but God knows how.” Don’t try to justify the vision, just go along with God for the ride. Just continue to humble yourself to be a vessel. Just keep the faith in what He showed you and be ok with saying, “I don’t know. But God knows.”
God’s timing is perfect. His will for your life is perfect. His ways are not ours but they’re perfect. His thoughts are not ours but they’re perfect. We’re not special; we’re vessels. Be willing to die as God uses you. Be willing to decrease as God uses you. Be willing to look like you’re losing [and look like you’re losing with grace] as God uses you. It’s not about us. It’s about the kingdom. Always. Always. Always. Jené Elaine Walker
Although I have the best parents in the world, they didn’t explicitly teach me about the significance of purchasing a home. They “told” me to buy one and that it was a goal but they didn’t give me instructions. I was living in pretty expensive apartments on a starting teacher’s salary. I got joy out of moving from fancy apartment to fancy apartment because I was uninformed and “appearance” was important to me.
God sent my girlfriend Betsy to plant a seed and water it. She said, “Why don’t you buy a condo? I’m going to buy one and we can be neighbors.” I didn’t think I could afford a condo or a down payment. She said, “What are you paying in rent?” When I told her, she gasped. She walked me through the homeowner process. God sent more angels to help me through an “easy process” of purchasing my first home. This was a turning point in my life. My mortgage for my condo was $250.00 less than my rent for my apartment with the same exact utility bills and fees.
The enemy told me all kinds of lies to keep me as a borrower and not a lender. “You should wait until you’re married again to buy.” “You don’t even know if you will live here forever and you can’t get out of that condo.” The devil is a liar. God got me in the condo. Eight years later when I sold my condo, the angel who is my realtor sold it for close to $30k more than I paid for it… The math? Increase. Don’t believe the lies of the enemy. It isn’t too late for us (no matter how old we are). With God, all things are possible.
And parents, we can’t assume that our children understand “life” just because they see us living it. We have to strategically “teach” them about the financial principles in the Word of God in this season. A shift must take place. I thank God for the Betsy’s in the world who are obedient to God and who help propel us to the next level. I’m praying my breaker anointing all over this blog. Mindsets are shifting right now in Jesus’s name. We are lenders and not borrowers. Our wealth will be used to bless and prosper the kingdom. Everything we do is about the kingdom. Jené Elaine Walker
It is a constant fight. Cast down every thought that comes from hell. Do not let your mind linger on thoughts from the devil. For a long time, I obviously believed that I didn’t have control over my mind. I would say, “I can’t help it. I can’t stop thinking about it. I’m going to lose my mind.” Have you ever thought that or said that? That’s a lie from hell. God says to “cast down imaginations” and that means that we have the power to throw out thoughts, arguments, philosophies and all lies that contradict the truth. God’s Word is the truth. That’s what I have to think about. It’s a moment by moment process. Don’t just accept crazy, perverse, corrupt, or disobedient thoughts. Question how the thought was able to get in there? What are you watching and hearing and doing? It impacts your thoughts. Guard your heart and your mind; they work together for the good or the devil. Dr.J.
Revelation 14:10-12 “A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: ‘If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.’ This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.”
Don’t give in people of God. I remember telling my son Jaylen that if we have to DIE in order NOT to receive the mark of the beast, we have to be prepared to DIE. I said, “Son, if it’s a matter of my life or getting the mark of the beast, tell me, ‘Mama I will see you in heaven.'” Have you had the conversation with your children and spouse so they will know just how serious this is? Some of you may be willing to choose “eating now” over living eternally with God because you’re caught up in the things of THIS life and THIS world.
We have to stand strong and NOT be deceived. If it (whatever IT IS) doesn’t line up with the Word, DO NOT believe it; DO NOT receive it. But we have to KNOW what the Word says in order NOT to be deceived by the beast. Some of us KNOW the Word but we have blinders on. Are you being deceived in any way now? I know I have been deceived; I’ve had blinders on; but because of the deep RELATIONSHIP with God, God clears it up for me and dispels the deception that the beast keeps bringing. We want to be able to sense the deception in our spirit when Satan sends it. That takes revelation and relationship. This isn’t a game. Get in the Word and in relationship with God NOW. Dr.J.
God helps us to keep things in perspective doesn’t He? Jesus says since we can’t do the “very little thing” of adding an hour to our lives, what are we worrying about the rest for?
Wow! To Jesus, adding an hour to a life is a simple thing! Now if that doesn’t help us to understand how powerless we are and powerful He is, I don’t know what will. Stop worrying right now. What good is it doing? Can we alone change our situations? Pray. Pray without ceasing. Pray continually. God is sovereign. He knows everything about us. He isn’t some distant, uncaring mystical being. He is God “with us.” He knows our problems. He knows what we need. He wants us to trust Him. Put your trust where your worry is. Do it now in Jesus’s name. You’ve been up all weekend worrying about “the rest” – bills, lack of money, your child, your next steps, your career, some trouble you got into, the disease, your boss, your past, your past, your past… Stop it now. The One who numbers the hairs on your head has your life in His hands. He can extend time for you or wipe time out for this entire world. Trust God. Dr.J.
If we find ourselves carrying the weight of our problems again today, we must surrender it to Jesus again.
You can’t be self-sufficient and totally reliant on God at the same time. Surrender your self-sufficiency again.
We can’t have faith and worry at the same time. Surrender your worries and anxieties again.
We can’t declare our independence and pray at the same time. Surrender your pride and ego and independence again.
We can’t pretend to be in control and let God take control at the same time. (Newsflash: We aren’t in control of anything in the absence of Holy Spirit.). Surrender your control and manipulation again.
We can’t fake it until we make it. Surrender your pretension again.
We can’t get out of all our debt; build our earthly empires; make a man love us; map out our lives and goals for the next ten years; make the current circumstances go away; or make people stop hating us – Surrender all that to Jesus – again. Jesus wants all of you and all your junk too. We have to surrender it all – again. Dr.J.