ENCOURAGEMENT FROM PSALM 91 IN THE FACE OF THE THREAT OF A CORONAVIRUS 2019 (COVID-19) PANDEMIC

ENCOURAGEMENT FROM PSALM 91 IN THE FACE OF THE THREAT OF A CORONAVIRUS 2019 (COVID-19) PANDEMIC

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Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

As coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic continues to spread throughout the world, threatening a pandemic status, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to-date there is still no vaccine, specific antiviral treatment, or cure.

On their website, the CDC states that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus and advises that people with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms and for severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

What is worth noting and sharing is that on the website is a reminder that the CDC always recommends the following everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of any respiratory disease:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings, i.e., at home or in a health care facility.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

According to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) these are simple measures you can take to help keep yourself and others healthy.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

God Is Our Ultimate Protection

As Believers, when it comes to dealing with coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), it is important for us to use wisdom and follow advised precautions and preventative measures prescribed by governing authorities as best as possible.

However, as we physically do all we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones from coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), it is even more important for us to know, recognize and understand that our ultimate protection is from God, and as such it is crucial that we fundamentally trust Him and stand on His Word above all.

Psalm 91 is a scripture that celebrates the protection of the Lord; it is a song of confidence and trust meant to build up the faith of those who trust in the Lord for His divine protection.

The Hebrew text has no title or inscription ascribing the Psalm to any particular author or specific event, making it timeless and applicable to every Believer who chooses to so position themselves in God.

Psalm 91 – NKJV

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God

91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the [a]fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

A Personal Prayer/Declaration of Psalm 91

Believing in our heart, and confessing and declaring God’s Word and promises with our mouth over our life and circumstances in a personal way is a powerful scriptural and spiritual weapon.

When we do this, we are not denying the facts of our situation, but recognizing them and confronting them with the Truth and Power of the Word of God and declaring our faith and trust in Him and what He says more than in them and what they say.

In view of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-2019), the following are personalized prayer points based on Psalm 91 that you can pray and declare by faith..

  • Because I dwell in the secret place of the Most High, I abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
  • I say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in Him I trust.”
  • Surely he shall deliver me from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.
  • He covers me with his feathers, and under his wings I take refuge; his truth is my shield and buckler.
  • I am not afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day,
  • Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
  • A thousand may fall at my side, and ten thousand at my right hand, but it will not come near me.
  • Only with my eyes will I look and see the reward of the wicked.
  • Because I have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most high my dwelling place;
  • No evil shall befall me nor shall any plague come near my dwelling.
  • For He gives His angels charge over me to keep me in all my ways.
  • They bear me up in their hands lest I dash my foot against a stone.
  • I will tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent I shall trample underfoot.
  • Because I set my love upon Him, therefore He will deliver me; He will set me on high because I have known His Name.
  • I will call upon the Lord and He will answer me; He will be with me in trouble and deliver me and honor me.
  • With long life He will satisfy me and show me His salvation.

Amen!

When we decree and declare the Word in this manner, we must not interpret this to mean that God will protect us from all problems, for God has not promised to spare us from all difficulty; in fact in John 16:33, Jesus himself said that in this world we will have tribulation, but to be of good cheer for He has overcome the world.

Instead, by decreeing and declaring the Word in this manner from a place of faith, we activate its authority and can be confident that the Lord God Almighty is with us, has the power to cover, preserve and protect us and will be right by our side to help us through whatever danger we may encounter. 

A Song Of Faith, Protection And Comfort

“HE THAT DWELLETH IN THE SECRET PLACE” – BY DAVID W. MORRIS & HOSANNA MUSIC

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
 Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.”

Proverbs 3:5,6 – NLT

A Final Word

If under the Old Covenant, the blood of lambs was able to cover and protect the lives of the Children of Israel from the destructive plague that passed through Egypt, under the New Covenant, HOW MUCH MORE IS THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB ABLE TO COVER AND PROTECT OUR LIVES AS CHILDREN OF GOD in this threatening pandemic of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-2019),

SELAH!

So in addition to all other measures, be sure to cover yourself and your household in the healing, cleansing, delivering, protecting, powerful Blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

The world may be blindsided, reeling and perturbed by the ominous presence of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-2019), but God isn’t.

Trust in, rest in, hope in, and be guided by Him.

Be safe! Be strengthened! Be encouraged! Be blessed!

Kim

Copyright © 2020 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

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Video “He That Dwelleth In The Secret Place” by David W. Morris & Hosanna Music courtesy of jmigueba

Fear Not!

Fear Not!

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Fear Threatens

2020 has rolled in with an amplified bang!

Globally, there’s heightened unrest, turmoil, and instability in almost every sphere of our human existence.

Natural disasters, wars, terrorism, violence, crime, persecution, social unrest, unemployment, economic uncertainty, political instability, climate change, famine, sickness, disease and on top of all of that, now there’s the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) taking its toll, especially in China…no more needs to be said.

In the midst of the swirling chaos and threatening angst, the Lord has a message for us, His people.

It’s the same message He has always given throughout the ages when life’s challenges came crashing in upon us like a flood and coldly stare us in the face up close and personal without blinking.

That message is, “Fear not!”.

Fear Not

You may be thinking, “Be for real!…How in the world can I not fear?…Don’t you see what’s going on in my country and around the globe?…I mean, just look at the reality and the dark looming threat of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)…How can I not fear?…How?

Listen, fear is not just an emotion resulting from a belief that someone or something poses a threat to us.

The scripture tells us that it is a spirit, and it is not from God.

II Timothy 1:7 states, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (NKJV)

The Amplified Bible puts it this way…

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].” (AMP)

Fear Is A Spirit

Fear is a spirit.

It’s a spirit that seeks to cause us to take our eyes off of God and the truth of His Word and keep them on the complexity of our circumstances.

It’s a spirit that seeks to throw us into a panic mode, casting off sound judgment, discipline, self-control and the ability to hear the Holy Spirit and thus be equipped to make wise decisions.

It’s a spirit that seeks to weaken our resolve and make us cower and shrink back from challenges, situations and assignments thereby preventing us from being and doing what God has called us to be and do.

It’s a spirit that seeks to sell us the lie that God is not enoughHe’s not big enough, powerful enough, knowledgeable enough, wise enough, loving enough or concerned enough to see us through...therefore we can not trust Him and we are on our ownTHAT IS A LIE!

It’s a spirit that seeks to place us in bondage and torment, to grip us in its tentacles, paralyze us, and to try to squeeze the very life out of us.

Fear is a spirit and it is not of God.

We Are Empowered Not To Fear

Just considering the above, it’s easy to see why throughout the scriptures, God instructs, admonishes, and even commands us not to fear.

God will never ask or tell us to do anything that He has not already given us the capacity or made a way for us to do, so the fact that He tells us not to fear means that by His Grace and Holy Spirit, we have been given the ability to resist, bind and cast out fear...we are empowered not to fear.

No matter the situation or circumstance, by God’s grace and the empowerment of His Holy Spirit, we do not have to fear.

God wants us to trust Him and not fear.

He wants us to stand on the Truth of His Word and not fear.

He wants us to cast our cares upon Him and not fear.

He wants us to not worry about anything but to pray about everything and not fear.

He wants us to rest in His everlasting, immeasurable unconditional love and not fear.

He wants us to keep our eyes, hearts and minds stayed and fixed upon Him and not fear.

He wants us to dwell in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty and not fear.

God has not given us a spirit of fear and by His grace and the empowerment of His Holy Spirit, we can conquer fear.

“Fear not!”.

How To Combat Fear

Prayer, meditation on the Word and declarations in alignment with the Word are powerful ways to combat fear.

The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries overseen by Dr. D. K. Olukoya has some very powerful prayers and prayer points relative to fear on their website.

For copyright reasons, I can not replicate them in this post, but you can access them by clicking the link below.

https://www.dkolukoya.com/prayer-points/item/38-prayers-against-fear

10 Bible Verses That Remind Us We Do Not Have To Fear

in addition to prayer, meditating on God’s Word is very important to combat fear.

Below are some scriptures that we can meditate on that will help us not to fear.

Be encouraged to read them and say them over and over until they become engrained in your mind and spirit, overpowering and uprooting every contrary thought and force.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

(II Timothy 1:7 – NKJV)

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”

(Psalms 27:1 – NKJV)

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”

(Isaiah 41:10 – NKJV)

“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah””

(Psalms 46:1-3 – NKJV)

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

(Psalms 91:1-16 NKJV)

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

(Psalm 23:4 – NKJV)

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.”

(Psalms 34:4 – NKJV)

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”

(1 John 4:18 – NKJV)

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

(John 14:27 – NKJV)

Whenever I am afraid,
I will trust in You.
In God (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust;
I will not fear.
What can flesh do to me?”

(Psalms 56:3-4 – NKJV)

Fear Not

2020 has rolled in with an amplified bang!

In the midst of the swirling chaos and the threatening angst, the Lord’s message to us is ‘Fear not!”.

Shalom,

Kim

Copyright © 2020 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

HAPPY NEW DECADE!

HAPPY NEW DECADE!

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HAPPY NEW DECADE!

Happy New Decade!

2020 is not just a new year, it’s the beginning of a new decade.

That means that the old 10-year period of 2010 – 2019 has ended and the new 10-year period of 2020 – 2029 has begun.

It’s like a clean slate…what is God guiding you to write on it?

It’s like a fresh wind…in which direction is His Spirit blowing you?

It’s like standing at an enormous buffet…what is He telling you to put on your plate, and what is He telling you to pass by?

If you’re not certain, be encouraged to spend some time in prayer, in the Word and in God’s presence and inquire of Him until you sense what He’s saying to and requiring of you.

James 1:5-8 states…

“If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind. For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides].” – (AMP)

Selah!

May the remaining 10 days in January be a time of fruitful contemplation, consecration, repositioning and grounding for the year and decade ahead…that is my prayer for you.

Peace & Blessings,

Kim

Copyright © 2020 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

Unwalled Wisdom – Part 1

Unwalled Wisdom – Part 1

Wisdom Nuggets

Below are sone wisdom nuggets that I thought I’d share with you today…be strengthened and encouraged.

Comparison

Never compare yourself to other women. There will always be someone more attractive, competent, fluent, poised, articulate, intelligent, qualified, fit, influential, funny, talented, anointed, popular or shapely than you are. That’s okay. The attributes God gave you are tied into His purpose for you, so maximize what you have and shine in your own unique way for His glory.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Psalm 139:13-14 – NIV

Focus

Take care not to allow the pressure of expectations, the lack of understanding, the looks of disapproval, the negative vibes, the critical spirit, the absence of support, the wary facial expressions, the scorn, the gossip, or the threats from those around you, or even closest to you, cause you to divert from or abandon the path, the process and ultimately the fulfillment of what you know to be God’s will, plan and purpose for your life. Focus and stay focused.

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.”

Proverbs 4:25, 26 – NIV

Company

Watch the company you keep…the people, books, magazines, music, movies, T.V. shows, videos, websites and social media you hang around and regularly expose yourself to. Whether you’re aware of it or not, they influence your thoughts, desires, emotions, speech, behavior, decisions, and very posture in life either for better or worse. Watch the company you keep.

“Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

I Corinthians 15:33 – NIV

Tears

Though others may despise them, never despise your tears. Cry when you need to cry. Cry when you don’t even know why you’re crying. The pouring out of tears is God’s masterful way of washing stuff out of the depths of your soul and giving you a sense of relief, refreshment and renewal.

“Jesus wept.”

John 11:35 – NIV

Be encouraged,

Kim

Copyright © 2019 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

Picture courtesy of Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay 

Keep At It

Keep At It

Keep At It

To those of you who are dealing with a difficult, trying situation, and who have been praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping and waiting in faith to see a breakthrough…

And praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping and waiting in faith to see a breakthrough…

And praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping and waiting in faith to see a breakthrough…for weeks, months, and in some instances even years….

The word for you today is keep at it.

Keep at it.

Keep at it!…Keep at it!…Keep at it!

Listen Up

Don’t get discouraged.

Keep at it.

Don’t give up.

Keep at it.

Don’t listen to the voices telling you your stance in God is a waste of time.

Keep at it.

Don’t be moved by the apparent lack of progress in the natural for there’s far more progress than you can ever imagine in the spirit…where it really matters.

Keep at it.

Don’t believe the age-old lie that “God doesn’t love you and He doesn’t care about you or you won’t be going through this”.

Keep at it.

Don’t be held hostage and frustrated by your pre-conceived notion that it’s taking too long for indeed God’s timing is perfect.

Keep at it!

Don’t give up!

Keep at it.

Keep at it!…Keep at it!…Keep at it!

Keep At It

For those of you who are dealing with a situation, some for weeks months and years, and who’ve been praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping in faith to see a breakthrough…

And praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping in faith to see a breakthrough…

And praying and trusting and decreeing and declaring and fasting and praising and worshipping and believing and hoping in faith to see a breakthrough…for weeks, months, and some instances even years…

The word for you today is keep at it.

Keep at it.

This Test Is Your Storm

My Prayer For You

Father I lift up all my sisters who are suffering from battle fatigue today. Father strengthen them by the power of Your Holy Spirit in their inner man. Fill them with Your fresh oil. Restore, re-focus, replenish, rejuvenate, revitalize them. Impart a second wind of your anointing to them. Help them to keep their eyes fixed and focused on You and Your Truth and not on their situation. Even now, let them experience Your love, presence and power like never before and begin to trust Your character, sovereignty and authority like never before. Father give them the grace to not faint, knowing that the battle is only for a season and a change will surely come. Father empower them to keep at it in Jesus’ Name…Amen.

Encouraging Scriptures

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.”

Matthew 11:28-30 – AMPC

“Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.”

Isaiah 41:10 – AMPC

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace andconfidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]”

John 16:33 – AMPC

“For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!],mSince we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.”

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 – AMPC

“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]— To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).”

Ephesians 3:20-21 – AMPC

Keep at it!

Be strengthened and encouraged!

Kim

Copyright © 2019 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

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Video “This Test Is Your Storm” off of the 1999 album “Women of Faith Gospel”courtesy of gospelmusicchannel8

Bang!…And Miraculously, Randomly…There It Is!

Bang!…And Miraculously, Randomly…There It Is!

Take a look at the books in the photo above.

Supposed I told you that in a simplified nutshell, this is how each book in the photo came into existence.

A Viable Theory?

In the beginning there was a bang!

Then out of nowhere, letters miraculously randomly appeared.

Then out of nowhere, paper miraculously randomly appeared.

Then the letters that appeared miraculously randomly placed themselves on the paper that miraculously, randomly appeared and formed correctly spelt words….

Then these miraculously randomly formed correctly spelt words miraculously randomly formed complete sentences…

Then these miraculously randomly formed complete sentences miraculously randomly formed comprehensive paragraphs…

Then these miraculously randomly formed comprehensive paragraphs miraculously randomly formed cohesive chapters…

Then these miraculously randomly formed cohesive chapters miraculously randomly came into perfect order.

Then a book cover miraculously randomly appeared out of nowhere..and designs and more letters that became words began to miraculously randomly form on it…

Then the book cover miraculously randomly opened and the paper with the words and sentences and paragraphs and chapters miraculously randomly jumped into the center of the open cover and became miraculously bound….

And poof!…there was the book!

That’s it!

There was no inspired author…just a bang and all of this miraculously, randomly happened and a book was the end result.

Would you believe me?

Of course not.

If it can’t happen for a simple book, do you think it can happen for an entire universe and every living and non-living thing in it?

Selah!

Women of God, let’s be wary of all the theories and philosophies out there that conflict with or seek to undermine or invalidate, as opposed to complement and further enlighten what God has told us in His Word about creation.

The Real Deal

Genesis 1:1 states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The rest of that chapter and chapter 2 expands on the process and Psalm 104 and Job 38-42 gives further insight.

“SO WILL I (100 BILLION X) – HILLSONG UNITED

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

John 1:1-3 – NIV

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”

Colossians 1:16 – NKJV

Be encouraged today to hold fast to God’s account of how the universe and all creation came into existence, to teach it to your children, and to share it with others.

Peace and blessings,

Kim

Copyright © 2019 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

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Guard Your Anointing

Guard Your Anointing

I received the following prophetic word, “Guard Your Anointing” by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info

I believe is a timely word and as such, am re-blogging it with her permission.

GUARD YOUR ANOINTING

By Elaine Tavolacci

The Lord gave me a profound word this week. It may be lengthy but I’d like to share the story from the book of Judges Chapters thirteen to sixteen before I share the word. There was a man in the bible named Samson. Samson’s mother was barren but an angel appeared to her and told her that she was going to have a son. He said that she was not to drink any wine and no razor shall come upon his head because he was called to be a Nazarite dedicated to God from the womb. A Nazarite was an Israelite who followed a rigorous regimen of purity and was consecrated and separated unto God. The angel also told her that her son was going to begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. 

The angel reappeared to her and her husband Manoah after he prayed. They didn’t recognize that it was an angel as they spoke to him because he appeared as a man although his countenance was as an angel. He repeated to her husband what he had told her. He told them to prepare a burnt offering on an alter before the Lord. As they sacrificed a goat to the Lord, the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, and the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame. When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell with their faces to the ground realizing that it was an angel sent by God.

Samson was the last judge of Israel. Every time the Spirit of the Lord came upon him he had supernatural strength. He married a Philistine woman against Gods will and she left him. He killed a lion with his bare hands, he tied up 300 foxes and set their tails on fire to burn down all the vineyards, another time when the Philistines captured him, he broke out of shackles and killed 3,000 men with a jawbone of a dead donkey. One time the Lord brought water out of the ground to strengthen him. 

Samson met with a harlot which opened the door for destruction in his life. He then fell in love with a woman named Delilah. We all know the story but there is a lot of metaphors and revelation in the story. Delilah was sent to pervert Samson’s destiny. The rulers of the Philistines went to Delilah and said, “We want to know what makes Samson so strong. Try to trick him into telling you his secret”. Then we will know how to capture him and tie him up. They then offered her a large amount of silver in return. 

Delilah insisted that Samson tell her how he obtained his strength. ” Samson lied to Delilah three times before telling her the truth of his strength. He then told her that his strength was from his hair and that he never had it cut. This was part of the Nazarite vow. He fell asleep with his head on her lap and the Philistines came in and cut his hair off. When he awoke he didn’t even realize that he lost his strength. They then gouged his eyes out, put him in prison and made him a grinder. His hair began to grow back in the prison but he still didn’t have eyes. 

They brought him outside the prison to perform for them. There were 3,000 men and women laughing at him and mocking him. He asked to lean against the pillars and cried out to the Lord to let him destroy the Philistines for taking out his eyes. Then Samson took hold of the two columns of the temple crying out to the Lord to take his own life also along with the Philistines lives. He then pulled the whole temple down killing the rulers and everyone there. Samson killed more Philistines when he died than when he was alive.

This is what the Lord is showing me. We have heard it said that Delilah represented a spirit of sexual seduction, but Delilah actually represents every seducing spirit. The devil wants to steal your strength. There are seducing spirits today just as Delilah who are trying to destroy your spiritual authority and your destiny. They are controlling, manipulating and sneaky. They will work through people, and they will try to seduce you back to addictions. These seducing spirits will try make believers backslide to drugs, alcohol or pornography. They are spirits of betrayal and dishonor.  

Samson’s hair represented his anointing. When he lost his hair, he lost his strength. He lost his focus and tried operating in his own strength. Be careful who speaks into your life. Don’t be swayed by foolish men or women who try to derail you from your destiny. Don’t let others manipulate you. Samson’s eyes represented his spiritual sight and vision.The enemy wants to blind the spiritual eyes of every believer especially the prophets and the seers (Of God). Guard your eye gates. Don’t be deceived by the lusts of the flesh. 

Although Samson began to gain his strength back while in prison, he died without receiving his sight. It is imperative to protect your vision. You don’t have to die in your sin as Samson did. Jesus made a Blood Covenant with us and through repentance we are able to turn any situation around before it is too late. Do not allow any seducing spirit to steal your spiritual strength. Your anointing and your calling are more precious than anything in the natural. Jesus is calling you to turn it around now while there is still time. 

Judges Chapter 13 to Chapter 16 – Story of Samson

Ephesians 4:27 (TPT) – “Don’t give the slanderous accuser, the Devil, an opportunity to manipulate you!”

1 Peter 5: 8-9 (NKJV) – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour: Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

By Elaine Tavolacci

There’s much to meditate on and prayerfully consider.

Be encouraged!

Kim

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