Blessed Assurance

Things feel a bit crazy right now, in these escalating uncertain and unprecedented times it is comforting to know that stability can be found, we can hold onto hope and find blessed assurance because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV)

Earlier this week (17/3/2030) I awoke with “Isaiah 49” running through my head. Now I have to admit it wasn’t a section of my Bible that I was familiar with, so I did a bit of digging and found such treasures:

  • Spiritual awakening
  • Spiritual sustenance
  • Unfailing faithfulness
  • Countless reasons to praise

Spiritual awakening

In Isaiah 49:9a (NKJV) a challenge is issued: “…say to the prisoners, ‘Go forth,’ to those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’” I asked God to awaken me and for those who are in spiritual darkness to come into the light of the Saviour1. Let us awaken, awaken to God’s call. Let us rise and rally, shining His light to the world around us. Let us show calmness in the chaos, peace within the panic and walk with a blessed assurance (see Hebrews 10:22).

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of his spirit, washed in his blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.2

Spiritual sustenance

The second part of Isaiah 49:9 promises us sustenance. Blessed assurance that we shall find, in the dusty paths of common life and in all the smallnesses and distractions of daily duty, nourishment for our spirits. Let us grasp the fullness of spiritual sustenance which lies in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and then go to work on the basis of that life-changing Gospel, then we ‘shall feed in the ways’3.   I found such comfort to know that in the dryness and the distractions Jesus IS the abundant Life giver, the One who releases spiritual sustenance. I prayed that He would feed me my daily bread (Matthew 6:11) and water me, revive and refresh me, each and every moment of the day (John 6:35).

Unfailing faithfulness

As I read Isaiah 49:15-16 I found a promise that even if others forget me God never does, He promises that He will NEVER ever forget us for He has inscribed us upon His palms. A praise bubbled up and I thanked Him for His great faithfulness! God’s nurturing love is tender and gentle, He is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness, grace and truth (Psalms 86:15).

Faithful God
You hold my life secure
All my days are Yours
4

 Countless reasons to praise

Isaiah 49:13 (NKJV) is a call to worship:

“Sing, O heavens!

Be joyful, O earth!

And break out in singing, O mountains!

For the Lord has comforted His people,

And will have mercy on His afflicted.”

Let us (all the earth) shout for joy, joining the heavens.

Let us break forth into singing, with the mountains!

For the LORD has comforted His people

and He will have compassion on His afflicted.

(Isaiah 49:13  Amplified paraphrased).

In response to the call to worship I created a playlist:

  1. Shout to the Lord – Hillsong
  2. Let there be Light – Hillsong
  3. Shine on us – Ultimate Tracks
  4. God my Deliverer – Awakening Music
  5. We will not be shaken – Bethel Music & Brian Johnson
  6. Under the shadow of Your wings – Chris Bowater
  7. Shadow of Your wings – Jeff Nelson
  8. Hope is alive – Kristene DiMarco
  9. Jesus, we love You – Bethel Music & Paul McClure
  10. Faithful – Elevation Worship
  11. Faithfulness (feat. Steffany Gretzinger) – Matt Maher
  12. Great is Thy faithfulness – Selah
  13. Spirit Medley – Steve Green
  14. Do it again – Elevation Worship
  15. Healer – Bethel Music feat. Leah Valenzuela
  16. Won’t stop now – Elevation Worship
  17. He Reigns – African Music Experience
  18. See a victory – Elevation Worship
  19. Yes and Amen – Housefires

Which you can listen to/ watch via YouTube:

Come on! Let’s get our praise on!

Would you like some blessed assurance?

Here is a prayer I’ve compiled from Psalm 91:

Almighty God, my family and I run to the shelter of You. We hide in the secret place of the Most High. There in Your shadow we remain secure; You’re our refuge and fortress; our God in Whom we trust with great confidence; and the One Whom we completely rely upon! Lord rescue my family and I from every hidden trap of the enemy and from the perilous pestilence. Completely cover and protect us with Your pinions, for under Your wings we find refuge. Your faithfulness is a shield and a wall around us. We never need to be afraid of the terror of night, when a spirit of darkness comes against us. Nor do we need to fear the arrows that fly at us during the day, the destruction that lays waste at noon. For in a time of disaster, with thousands and thousands being killed beside us, we will remain unscathed and unharmed for danger will not come near. We will be spectators witnessing the divine judgement as the wicked fall, watching safely from the shelter of the Most High. Evil cannot prevail against us; nor disease infect us; nor shall any plague come near our dwelling because God sends His angels with special orders to protect us wherever we go, defending us from ALL harm. Even if we do walk into a trap, God’s angels will be there for us, catching us as we stumble. We can walk unharmed among the fiercest powers of darkness, trampling every enemy beneath our feet! Because we have set our love upon the Lord God Almighty, He will deliver us and set us in a high place where we are safe and secure. When we call upon the name of our Lord Jesus He will hear and answer us. He will be with us in our time of pressure and in all troubles, rescuing and honouring us. God will release to us a full life: we will enjoy the fullness of His salvation! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.5

I pray You’re encouraged and that blessed assurance floods your heart.

Many blessings, Keona

Notes

  1. Isaiah 49:9 Amplified paraphrased.
  2. The lyrics of the wonderful hymn “Blessed Assurance”, read more about it at The United Methodist Church Discipleship Ministries.
  3. Extract from McClaren’s Expositions slightly paraphrased.
  4. Part lyrics of “Faithful God” by Gateway, full lyrics at Genius.com & 21 more scriptures based on God’s faithfulness.
  5. To compile the Psalm 91 prayer I studied the Amplified, The Passion Translation and the New King James Version.

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Awaken Warrior

I love the movie “War Room” and there is a scene where one of the characters declares: “I see in you a warrior that needs to be awakened.” I’ve found it easy to slumber, to become so worn down and weary by disappointment as I latch onto the lie that God doesn’t respond. I’ve journeyed into a dangerous place where I was trapped in spiritual slumber, a place where I forgot the most powerful ability I have is prayer. I’ve lived out the words from the wonderful hymn “What a Friend we have in Jesus”:

O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Peace is forfeited and needless pain I bear when I forget that I can pour out my heart to God in prayer, I can plead for His help AND I can stand and fight in prayer! I desperately want to be awakened more and as I reflect on Father’s Day I pray that men and women are awakened. Father’s Day is an opportunity to bestow honour upon the men in our lives and one way that we can do that is to pray for them, to lift them and their needs to God knowing that He hears and responds.

Courageous Warriors

Let’s pray for the men around us to arise as courageous warriors, to have the insight and courage that Caleb and Joshua had. When these 2 men saw the insurmountable task ahead of them, they displayed an amazing amount of courage and faith. Instead of giving into fear they boldly declared: “let’s surge ahead for we will certainly conquer! If the Lord is pleased with us, He will bring us through the battle safely. Come on let’s go because what’s ahead is truly wonderful! Do not rebel against the Lord, don’t be afraid, for the Lord is with us!” (See Numbers‬ ‭13:30, 14:6-9‬). They urged those around them to grasp hold of the promises of God, to stand upon them AND act on those sure steadfast promises. It takes courage to lead and men are called to lead families. I pray they realize that the Lord is with them, guiding and directing them forward.

Helpful Warriors

Another way that we women can honour the men in our lives is to be who God created us to be – helpmates. In Genesis 2:18 God recognised that it wasn’t good for man to be alone and made a helper fit for him. Does that mean that women don’t have equal value or the opportunity to lead? StudyLight.org suggest that women have the ability to declare, teach, expound and reveal, and to be a pioneering leader out in front because as the new creation (woman) was created being neither inferior nor superior, but equal. Then going onto refer to 1 Peter 3:7 which explains that we are fellow heirs: men are to treat their wives with great gentleness, tenderness and tact. Husbands are to show their wives honour and respect for they are a fellow heir of the grace of life. With a warning that if they don’t do this then their prayers will be hindered or ineffective.
As wives we can make our husband’s leadership of us easy by living out 1 Peter 3: we are to be devoted to our husband, encourage him and enjoy him because he is a blessing from God. Our kind and godly conduct will win over our husband without us saying a word; we’re to let our true beauty come from the inside (a gentle and peaceful spirit) because that is much more precious in God’s sight than the most beautiful piece of jewellery or adornment we own; we’re to be submissive to our husband by entrusting ourselves to him knowing that he is accountable to God.
I pray that women rise up as helpful Warriors because God created women to be helpmates.

Warrior Families

It is my hope and prayer that men and women embrace the reflection of God that they were created to be, that they become more and more like Jesus, and live their lives flowing with the fruits of the Spirit. That husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, would raise up a mighty generation that truly knows and serves the Lord. That they would lift their voices in unity to declare: “as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua ‭24:15‬b (AMP‬‬)

Let’s pray:

Father God, help us to embrace the reflection of God that we were created to be. Change and mould us to become more and more like Jesus. Holy Spirit impact our lives so that we flow with the fruits of the Spirit: an unselfish concern for others (love); inner peace (joy); the ability to wait well (patience); a sincere desire for the happiness of others and to outwork that by helping others (kindness); integrity, honesty and morality (goodness); that we be known for being devoted, loyal and stable (faithfulness); that we are tender-hearted and mildly mannered (gentleness); and we reveal the ability to control ourselves, our emotions and desires, especially in difficult situations (self-control). (Galatians 5: 22-23)
We pray a blessing upon the men around us, Lord help them to arise as courageous warriors, men who instil courage and confidence into those around them. Release to men their God-given voices, help them to grasp hold of the promises of God, to stand upon them AND act on those sure steadfast promises. Holy Spirit help husbands to treat their wives with great gentleness, tenderness and tact. To show their wives honour and respect so that their prayers will not be hindered or ineffective. (1 Peter 3:7)
We pray that women rise up as helpful warriors because God created women to be helpmates. Holy Spirit help wives to be devoted to their husbands. Let them encourage their husband and enjoy him knowing he is a blessing from God. Let wives display godly conduct in order to win over their husbands without the need of words. Let women embrace their true inner beauty by developing a gentle and peaceful spirit; let them no longer be overanxious but serene and spiritually mature. Help wives to be submissive to their husband by entrusting themselves to him knowing that he is accountable to God.
We lift our voices up in unity to declare: “as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” We pray Your will be done in our lives Lord, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

Many blessings,

Keona

Marriage: leaving and cleaving.

This week hubby and I celebrate 23 years of marriage, which is terribly exciting! I cannot begin to say how grateful I am for Trav’s love, his support and care for me over the past 23+ years (we’ve been together for 28 years) has been amazing and in particular the past intense 5 years. The challenges we’ve faced have been difficult and confronting but looking back I realise that God’s grace has been at work helping us each step of the way. This reminds me of the promise in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that God’s grace is all we need in our time of trial, for His great power works best in weakness. I see that now but I did not see it at the beginning because when I laid in bed, barely able to get out, I could not see how God was at work.

My dear friend Elisa sent me a link to the song ‘Gracefully Broken’ and the following lyrics really helped me to process the season I’m in:

“Your power at work in me

I’m broken gracefully

I’m strong when I am weak

I will be free”

My weakness has forced me to rely COMPLETELY upon the only One who is always strong – God. As I’ve allowed Him to break away all the bits of my life that have needed to be destroyed, I’ve discovered a new level of freedom.  I asked God to show me something in regards to my marriage and I was surprised when He asked me to look more into leaving and cleaving. Here is the journey God took me on:

I was talking to a friend about being homesick and I shared with her that when my kids were little I was DESPERATE to move back to the NW coast to be with family. But with Trav being the main earner the right job just wasn’t there. For at least a decade every visit home would leave me feeling depressed, I’d feel a heaviness hit my heart the moment I got into the car and it would grow with the distance. For days after I’d be so annoyed, sad and mad that we lived so far away. I asked God many times for a door to open. Early into my deep inner healing journey I discovered a truth that helped me so much, I realized that closed doors can be God’s sovereign protection. I love how Lysa TerKeurst explains it:

“When God says no, we are sometimes tempted to wonder if He loves us. In reality, it’s because He loves us, He sometimes says no. Instead of feeling like it’s the end of the world, we can remember His no may simply mean not now, not yet, not necessarily, or not in your best interest. Let’s stand on His Promise of love so we don’t get deceived with doubt in this process. And let’s trust His best for us is on the way!”

I see now that we are called to be here, that God has a plan and a purpose in this. So what is this leaving and cleaving all about? In Genesis 2:23-24 Adam proclaims: “Finally! At last, this one is one of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She will be called ‘woman’ because she is taken from ‘man’.” The verse finishes with this statement: this explains why a man leaves his father and mother to be joined with his wife, the two are united into one.

Ted Cunningham explains that we are to leave home physically, relationally, emotionally, financially, spiritually and sometimes geographically.

  • Physically (and sometimes geographically) – you move out of your family’s home and that can sometimes be some distance away.
  • Relationally – Your preferred person in life is now your spouse.
  • Emotionally – process a decision through with your spouse taking into account their feelings. Don’t allow your parent’s emotions or opinions cloud your decision making.
  • Financially – blaze your own financial trail.
  • Spiritually – It is a personal faith in Jesus saves you, not just your family’s faith.

These are points I’ve found so helpful. I am extremely grateful that God is so patient with me and as I look towards the future I’m grateful that I can learn, grow and encourage others.

Here is my prayer:

Lord Jesus, You dealt with the root of all issue – sin. You defeated it and I no longer need to be a slave to sin. Lord, please help me to leave behind my old ways and cleave to You – to be set apart for You. I ask You to unite me deeper with my husband, I’m so grateful for him because he is such a blessing to me. Thank You for Your truly amazing grace that sustains us and works in our moments of weakness. Thank You for being our strength and refuge in life’s storms and trials. Lord smile upon us and be gracious towards us (Number 6:25). May the grace of our Lord Jesus and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit continually teach us (2 Corinthians 13:14). In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

Blessings, Keona

Notes:

‘Gracefully Broken’ by Matt Redman YouTube link

““At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’” This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” Genesis 2:23-24 NLT

“Then Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” GENESIS 2:23-24 AMP

“The Man said, “Finally! Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh! Name her Woman for she was made from Man.” Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and embraces his wife. They become one flesh. The two of them, the Man and his Wife, were naked, but they felt no shame.” Genesis 2:23-25 MSG

Praying for Tasmania

With my beautiful state being devoured by bush fires the situation feels overwhelming. I wonder how can I possibly help?

I believe in the power of prayer and I feel that’s what I’m called to do.

I believe that prayer is not passive but powerful. 🙏🏻

Here is my prayer:

Lord we find ourselves in a desperate situation for the ground is cracked from the lack of rain on the land; the farmers are distressed, they have covered their heads in shame.

Our parched land is now being devoured by fire, people and animals are being displaced.

Grief abounds.

O Lord God, our numerous sins testify against us but we ask Lord for You to act now for us and for Your name’s sake.

Let the faithless witness Your faithfulness!

Almighty God our backslidings are countless; we acknowledge that we have sinned against You. We know and acknowledge, O LORD, Our wickedness and the iniquity of our fathers; for we have sinned against You.

Lord there are NO idols of the nations who can send rain! We know the heavens cannot give rain of their own will. For it is You ALONE, O LORD our God who causes the heavens to pour forth Your life-giving rains! Therefore we will wait and hope confidently in You, for You are the one who has made all these things the heavens and the rain.

(JEREMIAH 14:4, 7, 20, 22 AMP paraphrased)

Lord God Almighty, our creator, we ask You to once again declare:

“Open up, O heavens, and pour out your righteousness. Rain it down! Let the earth open wide so salvation and righteousness can sprout up together. I, the Lord, created them.”

(Isaiah 45:8 NLT)

Let repentance, righteousness and renewal be seen in our land.

Holy Spirit comfort those affected and let them taste and see that God is so very good!

I pray that what comes next will be a mighty testimony to the grace and goodness of God.

In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

“So God we pray to You

Humble ourselves again

Lord would You hear our cry?

Lord will You heal our land?

That every eye will see

That every heart will know

The One who took our sin

The One who died and rose

Spirit of God

Breathe on Your church

Pour out Your presence

Speak through Your word

We pray in every nation, Christ be known

Our hope and salvation, Christ alone”

Part lyrics of “Heal Our Land” songwriters: Cody Carnes / Scott Ligertwood / Kari Jobe / Brook Ligertwood

Heal Our Land’ – Kari Jobe – YouTube video link

“Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down

Oh, Comforter and Friend

How we need Your touch again

Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down

Let Your power fall

Let Your voice be heard

Come and change our hearts

As we stand on Your word

Holy Spirit, rain down

No eye has seen, no ear has heard

No mind can know what God has in store

So open up Heaven, open it wide

Over Your church and over our lives”

Lyrics of “Holy Spirit Rain Down” written by Russell Fragar

Holy Spirit Rain Down’ – Heritage Singers – YouTube video link

Let us draw near to God.

“We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 TPT

“Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.” Hosea 6:3 NLT

“So let us know and become personally acquainted with Him; let us press on to know and understand fully the [greatness of the] LORD [to honor, heed, and deeply cherish Him]. His appearing is prepared and is as certain as the dawn, And He will come to us [in salvation] like the [heavy] rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.” HOSEA 6:3 AMP

Tas SES posted the following information on Facebook:

Tasmania Fire Service are continuing operations on a number of Bushfires throughout the state – please keep up to date with all relevant information.

❎ Road Closures – on the Tasmania Police website Community Alerts

🔥 Bushfire incidents – on the Tasmania Fire Service website

➕ Official Whole of Government emergency information – on the TasAlert wesbite

🎧 Emergency radio broadcasts – on ABC

Tonight (Wednesday) we had some rain fall on the North West Coast, thank You Lord. More, much more please.

Keep safe.

I’ll continue ‘The Greatest Story’ next week.

Many blessings, Keona

2019 = JOY. My Emotional Healing Testimony

Today I’d love to share with you my emotional healing journey, please note that this is the very brief overview because there is just SO much that God has done that I’m compiling it all to eventually release in a couple of books!

In February 2017 God invited me upon a deep inner healing journey and a huge part of that was dealing with the emotions that I had struggled with my whole life. Over the next few months God gradually unpacked grief, rage, hurt, pain, despair, fear, doubts, disappointments and so much more. Many times it felt like my heart would explode with the pain. I thought my mind would melt from the memories of despair combined with the emotion of hopelessness. I felt like my spirit was completely crushed beneath the weight of all I had endured and it was weak and failing me fast.

But praise God for He sustained me!

My heart full of pain was replaced with a heart full of grace and love.

My mind overwhelmed with despair has been renewed with hope and blessed assurance.

My ocean of tears filled with bitterness and great grief were replaced with tears of redemption!

My weak spirit is now steadfast and strong!

It was a journey where I needed to continuously cry out: “not my will but Yours my Lord!”.

God has taken me on a journey of embracing the fact that I‘m emotional and a couple of things that really helped were:

Firstly studying the life of Jesus and recognising the many INTENSE emotions He dealt with whilst here on earth and coming to the revelation that His emotions were centred in God.

Secondly studying James Goll who is a prophetically gifted man, he explains that prophetic people are extra-sensitive so that they can be receptive to the gentle nudging of the Holy Spirit. Sensitivity enables us to quickly perceive things in the spirit realm. I gained a great comfort from knowing that God wants people with sensitive soft hearts.

I’ve noticed that when we prophecy we feel the pain of others so that we can convey the heart of God. We can feel God’s pain or love or compassion for those we are speaking to so that we can engage appropriately. As emotional people we can be highly sensitive to the Holy Spirit which is a wonderful thing!

As God has patiently and gently taken me upon this journey I’ve seen a shift where I can now fully embrace my sensitive and emotional nature and allow God to use it for His great glory.

I wanted to share my story because I believe that God can heal every area of people’s lives – spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. God can make us WHOLE!

Larry Sparks, in his book “Ask For The Rain: Receiving Your Inheritance Of Revival & Outpouring”, explains it like this: “It’s not about who we are; it’s about Who He is in us and through us. If God is really inside of us, then everywhere we walk, we carry the rule, reign and administration of the Kingdom of Heaven.”

For God to do a work through us He needs to remove the rubbish and fill us to overflow with Him and His glorious presence, it is then that we will see as it is in Heaven unfold. It is a painful process but one that produces such freedom!

I felt prompted to declare over 2019 the following which has been inspired from Isaiah 61:

Jesus comforts and heals the wounds of the brokenhearted, He grants joy to ALL those who mourn.

He proclaims release from confinement and condemnation.

Jesus’s great sacrifice has freed us from every sin that would entangle and entrap us.

For those who are disheartened, Jesus grants the garment of praise.

Grasp hold of Jesus’ righteousness that makes you magnificently strong and full of integrity.

Jesus can rebuild that which seems destroyed and restore that which seems lost.

No longer will shame shadow you or humiliation be your name for a double portion will be restored to you and an everlasting joy bestowed upon you.

For our Lord God loves justice and hates robbery.

When others see our prosperity, they will know and acknowledge that we are God’s dearly loved and highly prized children.

Let us REJOICE greatly in the Lord, let our souls exult Him and His wonderful ways.

He clothes us in garments of salvation; covers us with the robe of righteousness; places a crown upon each of our heads; and adorns us with His goodness.

Just as the earth springs forth that which is sown into it, let us spring forth with righteousness and praise because we have the Word of God sown into our hearts producing a great harvest!

Praying 2019 unfolds with much joy. Many blessings, Keona

Forgiveness Series – Part 7: Staying Free

Wow this has been an epic journey. I pray that as you’ve studied and pressed into God, freedom and healing has been released to you. Galatians 5:1 declares that Christ has completely liberated us, we are not partially but completely and wonderfully free! We must always cherish this truth, stand firm and stubbornly refuse to go back into the bondage of our past. So let’s look at ways that we can stay free:

Our hearts

One way that we can stay free is to guard our hearts because it determines the course of our lives, we need to pay attention to the welfare of our innermost being for from there flows the wellspring of life (see Proverbs 4:23).

We need clean hearts because they can store up evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, lying and slander and these things defile us (see Matthew 15:18-19).

It’s vital that we store up good things in our hearts because:

  • whatever is in our heart will determine what we say (Matthew 12:34 & Luke 6:45)
  • we produce good things from the treasury of a good heart (Luke 6:45)

Jesus urges us (in Matthew 22:37) to love the Lord God with all of our heart, all of our soul and all of our minds.  Meaning that every passion and desire we have needs to bring honour and glory to God; we are to extend every ounce of energy towards serving God; and every thought needs to be worthy of praise.

Our minds:

Romans 12 encourages us to surrender our lives to God, to become His sacred living sacrifices. We’re urged to live in holiness so that we experience all that delights God’s heart. We need to allow the Holy Spirit to inwardly transform us through a complete and total reformation of how we think. This will empower us to discern God’s will as we live a beautiful satisfying and perfect life (Romans 12:1-2 TPT paraphrased).

Sound great doesn’t it? I think that we all desire to live a beautiful satisfying and perfect life.

Let’s live lives with our hearts and thoughts continually filled and fixed on all that is:

  • authentic and real
  • true and confirmed by God’s Word
  • honourable, admirable and worthy of respect
  • beautiful and respectful
  • pure, wholesome and holy
  • merciful and kind
  • things that bring peace

Let’s fasten our thoughts on God’s glorious works and praise Him always (Philippians 4:8)

Another way that we can stay free is by building our relationship with Jesus:

I love Paul’s letter in Ephesians 1 and it is my prayer for you: I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation to know Him through your deepening intimacy with Him. I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of His calling—that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that He finds in us, His holy ones! I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your life will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted Him to the place of highest honour and supreme authority in the heavenly realm! (Ephesians 1:17-20 TPT paraphrased)

Perseverance 

You may find yourself still struggling and I want to remind you that it’s a journey. Keep pressing into God because Matthew 7:7-8 urges us to ask and KEEP on asking because it will be given to us (if we ask for things that line up with God’s will and plan for us); seek and keep on seeking and we will find those things that we’re looking for. Because

  1. those who keep on asking will receive
  2. those who keep on seeking will find
  3. and the ones that keep on knocking will find that the door opens to them

Here is a prayer that you can pray to stay free:

Thank You Jesus for completely liberating me, I’m not partially but completely and wonderfully free! Help me to always cherish this truth, to stand firm and stubbornly refuse to go back into the bondage of my past (Galatians 5:1).

Holy Spirit help me to guard my heart because it determines the course of my life, I know that I need to pay attention to the welfare of my innermost being because from there flows the wellspring of life (Proverbs 4:23).

I ask You to cleanse my heart from all evil thoughts such as murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, lying, slander and any other things that defile me (Matthew 16:18-19). Wash my heart in the blood of Jesus and return it to me whiter than snow with no spot or stain of sin.

I desire to produce good things from the treasury of a good heart (Luke 6:45).

I desire to love God with all of my heart, all of my soul and all of my mind.  I want every passion and desire to bring honour and glory to God; I will extend every ounce of energy towards serving God; and I’ll fix every thought on Him so that it will be worthy of praise (Matthew 22:37).

I surrender my life to God, I desire to become His sacred living sacrifice. I want to live in holiness so that I can experience all that delights God’s heart. Holy Spirit I invite You to inwardly transform me through a complete and total reformation of how I think. Please empower me to discern God’s will and live a beautiful satisfying and perfect life (Romans 12:1-2).

I endeavour to live my life with my heart and thoughts continually filled and fixed on all that is:

  • authentic and real
  • true and confirmed by God’s Word
  • honourable, admirable and worthy of respect
  • beautiful and respectful
  • pure, wholesome and holy
  • merciful and kind
  • things that bring peace

I fasten my thoughts on God’s glorious works and I will praise Him always (Philippians 4:8)

I pray that the Father of glory, the God of my Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to me the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation to know Him through my deepening intimacy with Him. I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of my imagination, flooding me with light, until I experience the full revelation of the hope of His calling—that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that He finds in me, one of His holy ones! I pray that I will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power which is made available to me through faith. Let my life be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through me! That is the mighty power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted Him to the place of highest honour and supreme authority in the heavenly realm! (Ephesians 1:17-20).

Lord I ask for perseverance to keep pressing into God and I hold fast to the promises in Matthew 7:7-8, that those who keep on asking will receive; those who keep on seeking will find; and the ones that keep on knocking will find that the door opens to them.

Thank You Lord for doing a great work in my life. Let me move forward today with deep gratitude and thankfulness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I think it’s important to finish this series with the words from Jesus:

Heavenly Father dwelling in the heavenly realms

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give me this day my daily bread.

Please forgive my sins, as I forgive those who have sinned against me.

Lead me not into temptation but deliver me from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen!

(Paraphrased NKJV, TPT & NLT Matthew 6:9-13)

Thank you so much for taking this journey with me. Many blessings, Keona

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Forgiveness Series – Part 6: Generations

The choices that we make affect the generations and this is evident in Deuteronomy 30:19 (NLT): “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!”

This verse explains that choosing life affects us BUT also our descendants. Heavy stuff I know but we can pass onto the generations spiritual blessings or curses. That’s why it’s VITAL for us to get our lives right before God because then we can pass on wonderful blessings!

The call to choose between life and death firstly comes in accepting the precious gift of salvation which is extended to us through Jesus Christ and then daily making choices that bring life. The thing I’ve found is that choosing daily the life options can be really hard. My sister lives next to a gorgeous river and on the surface it looks calm and peaceful but there are many dangers lurking beneath. It regularly floods which brings trees floating down the river, most times these large logs float on the surface but some can linger just beneath, and it is not until you jump in and find yourself straddling a log that you discover it. I’ve found that some choices are like that. On the surface they look like a good choice but suddenly I find myself hitting sin and wondering where I went wrong. The thing about sin is that we can inadvertently find ourselves in a situation that we never intended to fall into because sin can easily and quickly entrap us. The wonderful news is that when we repent and ask for forgiveness Jesus sets us free from the sin.

When it comes to looking at our family line it is not a name and shame exercise but rather an acknowledgement that something has gone wrong and we want God to intervene and rectify it. It’s a deliberate choice to make a stand and ask God to break the oppression. For example I have suffered heredity issues (endometriosis) which indicates that there is something in my family line that has occurred. I have studied and prayed into generational blessings and curses and found that it is important to do a couple of things:

  • Identify the issue
  • Decide that the issue will stop with you
  • Pray for forgiveness for the generations before and for yourself.

Let’s look at each of those in more detail:

Identify the issue

There is a great book that can help you here ‘Strongman’s His Name..What’s His Game?’ by Drs. Jerry & Carol Robeson which unpacks the various issue we face and helps us to identify the root issue. For example during my adrenal fatigue battle I felt SO hopeless, I suffered from insomnia and depression. Drs. Jerry & Carol Robeson identify the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3) and suggest Matthew 18:18: to bind the spirit of heaviness; and loose the Comforter, garment of praise and oil of joy (John 15:26, Isaiah 61:3).

There are also many free online options such as: The Upper Room Fellowship – spiritual issues behind sickness & disease

Another area that can cause hindrance is unhealthy soul ties, these are formed through a very close relationship or when a commitment is made to another person through a vow or agreement. Great Bible Study.com explains that soul ties are formed through sexual relations; close relationships; and vows, commitments or agreements. Soul ties can be a healthy (godly) thing such as sexual relations when married but can be formed through an unhealthy relationship or premarital sex. This is again a choice between life (healthy relationships) or death (unhealthy relationships) and it’s vital that we focus on relationships that strengthen our walk with God and not draw us away from Him.

For further details check out “Seductions Exposed – The spiritual dynamics of relationships” book by Dr. Gary L. Greenwald.

Prayer will also help you to discover issues, as you spend time pressing into God and listening to Him, He will reveal and help you to pray.

Decide that the issue will stop with you.

You have to make a very conscious decision that you want the problem to end. Remember James 4:7 that when we submit to the authority of God and resist the devil by standing firm against him, that he will flee. We see here that we are to submit to God and take a stand against the devil’s schemes and destructive plans for us and our family members.

Pray for forgiveness for the generations before and for yourself.

As I just mentioned we can find ourselves trapped in sin either of 2 ways:

  1. We make a conscious decision or
  2. We inadvertently get trapped.

Again it’s important to not get into the name and blame game here but rather just acknowledge very briefly that somewhere along your family’s line the issue has entered in. This is not an opportunity to judge family members but rather lift them up to God. You can pray a very simple prayer such as:

Lord God, I choose to forgive myself and those in my family who have partnered with and passed on the spirit of infirmity. Lord I ask that where sickness, disease, pain, depression, anxiety and depression currently reign that You would take complete sovereignty. Holy Spirit I invite You into my life, into my family and into the lives of those I love to do a mighty work. Jesus You came so that we could experience complete salvation and I believe that is physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wholeness. Enable us to walk in the great freedom that You alone offer. In Jesus’ name I invite the Holy Spirit to walk back through my family line and my husband’s family line to break curses and collaboration with the enemy. Jesus cleanse my family line and my husband’s family line with your precious blood. Holy Spirit I invite You to minister to our family members and ask You to set them free.  In the name of Jesus I break the limiting spirit and declare that Jesus promises us Life and Life in abundance (John 10:10)!!!

Holy Spirit I ask You to remove the lies of the enemy from our minds and our spirits. Break the chain of communication between evil spirits and ourselves, let us hear Your sweet voice of truth Lord God. Release us from the residue of the spirits of infirmity and restore to us the joy of salvation and great strength in Jesus’ name.

If there is anyone that we (my family and I) need to forgive I ask You Lord to bring their face or name to our minds. Lord help us to choose to forgive and I ask for Your help to let go of bitterness; wrath; anger; animosity; slander; malice; spitefulness; and enable us to deny our fault-finding nature.

I hand to you any unholy soul ties that we may have and we break free through the blood of Jesus. We send back to the other person or persons any part of them that we have retained, we send it back washed clean in the blood of Jesus. We call back any parts retained by other people, we receive it back washed clean in the blood of Jesus. I declare that this is done (clap).

Loving Heavenly Father I ask You to reveal to each of us just how much You love and cherish us. Help us to fully know how treasured and special we are. By Your great love we are set free, by Your transforming grace we are made new, and by Your mercy we are changed forevermore.

In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, Amen.

Many Blessings, Keona

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‘Starts With Me’ -TobyMac – YouTube Lyrics Video

‘Free Indeed’ – Timothy Reddick – YouTube lyrics video

‘Free indeed (You said I am)’ – Houghton Israel – YouTube lyrics video

‘Horizon (A New Day)’ – TobyMac -YouTube lyrics video

Further resources for you:

https://www.bible-knowledge.com/battle-verses-against-demonic-attacks/

https://www.bible-knowledge.com/deliverance-from-spirits-of-infirmity/