Declaring into the Year!!!

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Lord, You are ALREADY ahead of us! You have already gone before us and You are ALREADY far into this year. You have already declared how the year is going to go, so we partner with Your Word and with Your declaration over 2019 and the years to come!

We declare not only that this is the day that the Lord has made and we rejoice in it, but this is the year that the Lord has made and we commit to rejoice in it. We are rooted and grounded in the love of God and the eyes of our understanding are opened to truly see Him. We have a sound mind, we are stable in our emotions, and we abide in Him. Every area in us that is not surrendered to the Lord, submits and surrenders to Him, NOW, so that we hear His voice clearly and we are continually filled with His plans, His intentions, and His promises for our lives. We see the goodness of the Lord and we are surrounded with His favor like a shield. We are surrounded about with an army of angels that protect, guard, and defend us. No harm comes to us or to our families.

Our marriages are rejuvenated, refreshed, whole and bear good fruit. Our husbands seek God continually and stand strong as the spiritual leaders of our homes. We, who are wives, surrender to God and submit to our anointing as helpers, nurturers, and spiritual deliverers of our husband’s dreams, purposes, and Godly plans. We, who are single, experience the depths of God’s love and intimacy while we are in waiting. As singles, desiring marriage, our husbands hearts are knit to our hearts, even NOW, and they hear the voice of God to be drawn to find us…as wives.  As singles, content in singleness, we experience peace that passes all understanding in our relationship solely with HIM!

All of our children are taught of the Lord and GREAT will be their peace. Our families that are broken and lost will be repaired, rescued, and saved. Our broken hearts will be mended and our souls will be filled with joy. We are blessed with trusting relationships and partnerships that help us advance the Kingdom of God! We have spiritual and natural seeds to plant into this year, because He gives seeds to the sower. We will see good ground that we are to spiritually plant and naturally plant into this year, and these seeds will spring up and bear good fruit. We will experience increase spiritually that will manifest naturally. We will walk continually in the plans and intentions of God. We will experience new encounters with God and depths of intimacy with Him that we have never known. His reach in us will expand our reach to others. 2019 is a year that is ALREADY set and ALREADY blessed by God. We expect it, we receive it, we declare it, and we establish it in Jesus Name!

Happy New Year!

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Unwrap it!

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Some of us have it to give and some of us are in need and can’t give. Some of us are surrounded by family and loved ones and some of us are lonely, with family and loved ones living in other spaces or we have loved ones that are no longer living. Some of our families are unified, celebrating together and some of our families are broken right now, celebrating separately. Some of us are surrounded by happy smiling children, excitedly expecting today and some of us are surrounded by emptiness and wish we could be filled enough to hear the squeals of a child’s excitement. Whatever state you are in, unwrap it!!! Unwrap His presence that has been given to multiply your joy, exceed your abundance, overcome your lack, supply your need, increase your gratitude, overtake your loneliness, overwhelm your brokenness, relieve your pain, bear your grief, fill your emptiness, overflow your peace, and explode His love. This gift He has given levels all of our grounds…levels all of our states…levels all our spaces. This gift levels ALL of us. Whatever state you are in, this is the one gift we ALL need in common. Unwrap It! Unwrap Him! Unwrap Presence….The Greatest Gift! May you all be filled with the Presence of Jesus Christ today that truly makes this a Merry Christmas!
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#thegiftweallneed
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#MerryChristmas

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah‬ ‭9‬:‭6‬ NKJV)

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The Pursuit

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Don’t you know I will go to the ends of this world for you…even when you don’t want to be found. I still whisper my rhythm to you, even when you put earbuds in your ears to stop my sound.

I pursue after you when you go from relationship to relationship, trying to get that “feel”.  I move mountains that are impossible, just so I can get to you, your brokenness to heal!

Mine is one that you cannot compare…try it and prove me wrong…only if you dare.

Trust me! My reach is so wide, so long, so high, and so deep…so much you can’t deny.  I made it so you can never escape my pursuit, no matter how hard you try.

My pursuit is never ending…long after you leave this earth. This dance of mine with you lasts for eternity…forever and ever I’ll prove your worth!

You can believe in me, trust in me, hope in me…forget me NOT.
I’m yours. Do you hear me? YOURS!
Without end….
Signed forever and always,
The Love of God

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#RESETretreat #livingempowered

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭18-19‬ NLT)

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Thought for the week

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I have a simple question to ask you…

Can God trust you?

Can He trust you with His heart…to accept His perfect love in full, as He gives you all He is! Can He trust you with His promises…to be your navigator, your sidekick, your best friend, and your partner to travel this eternal life journey! Can He trust you with His secret whispers…to listen to Him, to hear Him, to yield to Him, to cherish Him! Can He trust you with His intimacy…to be transparently open with Him, unfiltered, uncovered, and excitedly awaiting His deposits! Can He trust you with His seeds…to incubate them, nurture them, grow them, and spread them without end, with zeal and passion! Can He trust you with His protection…to protect you, defend you, and fight for you when life comes to knock you down! Can He trust you with His provisions…to give you inheritances that you have never imagined! Can He trust you with His fire…to do in this earth what He does in heaven…to be the power couple that this world could never duplicate…even if they tried! Can He trust you with His very being…to give you all that He is, so that you become all that you are!

Can God trust you? 

“….Of all my house, he is the one I trust. The one I talk to face to face.” (Numbers 12:7 NLT)

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Thought for the week

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One of the greatest truths that I have discovered is simple yet weighty. God pursues relationship with us! He pursues relationship with us with such passion that he can’t leave us alone until He has real relationship with us. And even when we have real relationship with Him, He pursues more and more of us…wanting deeper and deeper…greater and greater. But what happens when your heart becomes hard because of life’s disappointments, discouragement, or when God doesn’t meet your expectations? Can you believe that God STILL continues to pursue relationship with you even when your heart becomes hard, even when you refuse to go “there” with Him, EVEN when you turn and go away from Him? He’s not put off by your anger, by your hurt, by your disappointment in Him, by your offense, by your hardened heart. Our God still speaks, and He STILL wants a personal relationship with you! He STILL pursues you and is STILL pursuing you now, even as you read this . He won’t stop pursuing you. His pursuit of you is everlasting, it will not end. He stands at the door of your heart, continually knocking and eager to enter once again. And He will continue to knock, until you let Him in!!!
#eternalpursuit #Godpursuesyou #everlastinglove #realrelationship #livingempowered

“Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalms‬ ‭23‬:‭6‬ NLT)

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Thought for the week

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Close your eyes and picture an open space outside filled with beauty and the sounds of life! Feel the fresh wind blowing, see the beautiful picturesque sky, hear the birds chirping and the oceans waving, sense the freedom to do whatever in this open space, to just “be” in this open space without hindrance or limitation. This open space has no clutter, no time restriction, no pending responsibility, no program, no agenda. It is freedom. It holds opportunity. It speaks boundless purpose without boundary. This open space is what I want for you, My love. In this open space, I can come in without restriction to meet with you and be whatever, do whatever, encounter…whatever. Can you clear the clutter? Can you make for space for Me? Can you? Trust Me, I’m worth the space!!! #awaywithHim #innerretreat #intimacywithHim #livingempowered

“Behold, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If your heart is open to hear My voice and you open the door within, I will come in to you and feast with you, and you will feast with Me”. (Revelation 3:20 TPT)

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Thought for the week

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There’s nothing we have to do or could ever do to earn the love of God. Likewise, there’s nothing we have ever done, or could ever do to stop God from loving us. He just loves us. He just does. His love for us is unconditional, it’s unlimited, it’s unending, it’s boundless. It just is!!! He just is….When we truly discover and accept the depths of God’s unending love for us, we stop trying to earn love from others, we stop basing our identity on the approval of others. We become rooted, secure, unshakable in the love of God. This week, take a moment to bask in God’s love for you. Let Him surround you in His love. Be still in His love and let His love overwhelm and overtake every area of you. Will you open your heart, your entire self, and just let Him love on you today?

“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” (Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭18-19‬ )

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I Want the Authentic You!!

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Words from the heart of God to me:

I desire you to yield and submit immediately when I require you. I require ALL of you, NOT leftover pieces of you. I desire you to be bold in the authority I have given you in ALL the areas and people I am commanding you TO and ALL the people and areas I am Commanding TO YOU. I desire you to be the Original Creation I designed. Do not imitate anyone who you feel looks “better”, sounds “better”, or operates “better” than you. There is no “better” in Me. There is only obedience, willingness, and submission in Me. When you downplay yourself to take on the characteristics of another, you insult Me and displease Me. Do you know how careful I was in creating you and knitting you? I knit you by My Holy hand to be creative, to be bold, to be courageous, to be given to detail, to carry order, to be dynamic, to be powerful, to move and operate in multiple arenas that you have yet to tap into! Let me unveil you!

I am accelerating the time for you. What would have taken you 3 years to accomplish will now ALL be accomplished THIS year. I will fulfill it as you walk, move, minister AUTHENTICALLY in Me. Ask ME daily who you are and I will tell you and you will walk in it. No more hiding. I have placed you on a hill and the light called “Hawa” WILL shine. Because of your light, thousands upon thousands will be drawn to me to be saved and transformed. Let me unveil you, daughter….PLEASE….Let me unveil you!

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Overcome Hate With Love

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“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”. (Romans 12:21)

 

I’m TIRED! Tired of the hatred. Tired of the mass violence. Tired of the senseless killings. Tired of the injustices. Tired of the social media back and forth. Tired of the taking of sides. Tired of the “us”  vs. “them”. Tired of the black vs. white. Tired of the fear. Tired of the anger. I’m just TIRED!

Our nation, in fact our world, is extremely divided, spilling over with violent and deadly conflicts on a daily basis. Daily news reports are filled with murders, racial divide, rampant hatred, and total disregard for humanity. My current social media news feed is flooded with the account of the San Franciso 49ers football quarterback, Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the playing of the United States’ national anthem at the start of a preseason game, in protest of the racial injustices present in this nation. As I stream through the timeline, posts filled with anger, hatred, divisiveness, and frustration from both non-Christians and Christians, regarding his “patriotism” now flood my news feed. The line has truly been drawn.

Our nation and world has now been forced to choose a side, creating a hopeless division. We have entered a place of irreconcilable brokenness, non-Christians and Christians alike. This divide is so overwhelming, that I am tempted to withdraw from everything, all news accounts, all social media feeds and hide my head in the sand until all of this just blows over. Where is God in all of this? Where is our God?

Just like today’s times, Jesus entered a world that was divided. Many hoped the coming Messiah would bring order to this divided, broken world, by FINALLY choosing a side (Jews vs. Gentiles). After all, didn’t He see the centuries of injustice waged against the Jews? Didn’t He hear their cries? Didn’t He come from the lineage of Jews? Wouldn’t He be obligated to fight for and save JUST the Jews, based on His lineage? Wouldn’t He FINALLY choose a side?

Our saving Messiah came to a divided world with power, strength and love to FINALLY choose His side….the cross! Contrary to the side all hoped he would choose, His love drove Him to the cross. For God so loved the WORLD, (black lives, blue lives, white lives, Jews AND Gentiles) that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. Through the cross, the dividing line had been erased.

The love of Jesus broke every divide and tore down every wall! His love reigned true then and His love reigns true now! His eternal love overcame the divide. To be honest, I am still so frustrated, at times even angry, with this world’s prevalent injustice and great divide. I have to make a choice! I just have to choose a side in this! My prayer is that I would choose the side of the cross; that the message of the cross would invade my heart and overcome my thoughts. For God so loved the WORLD! What side do you choose?

Reflection:
1. Is your greatest sense of identity found in your color, gender, privilege, political party, etc. or is it found in Christ? Where has your line been drawn?

©2016 Hawa Johnson. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions in your e-mail at http://www.livingempoweredblog.wordpress.com.