VANITY OR VICTORY

You know when you’re just about to come out on the other side of GOD’s promise and then bam, another stinking thing to block the way? Have you been there? Are you there? Well, it doesn’t get easier just because you’re at the tail end of a purging (which is another word all together), because evil never sleeps; it has more energy and time than you do, and it’s on assignment 24/7.

Many of you are just about to cross over into the ‘promised’ land and if ever there was a time to stand, it’s now! To be the leader that GOD is calling you to be, your faith must not wane in any circumstance. Remember, warriors, the accuser of the brethren purposes and plans day & night, your destruction. His job is to cast shadows of doubt so that your eyes see what he wants you to see and not what GOD sees for you. Evil will always be present and it will either sharpen your iron or keep you from the fruit of your land as you continually press forward towards your high calling.

Here’s a great example: There was a season in our church of many  years ago that when we would walk out to minister music the pastoral staff would clearly get jittery and squirmy in their chairs. We later found out that tremendous sin was going on in their lives and when we would minster, the conviction was not welcome. I didn’t know all this at the time which would have made it so much easier to deal with but The LORD would just tell us to press on and so that’s what we would do, and great moves of the spirit always transpired. The moral of this story is to stand where you’re placed and keep your eyes on The LORD.

Remember, lovelies, shadows will always be swallowed up in the  Light of Truth as long as you let the Light of Jesus shine for you.

VANITY OR VICTORY
The word of GOD tells us that childhood & youth are vanity and yet we are told to have ‘childlike’ faith. So, why is one vanity, and the other victory? Perhaps a simple thing called, “Perspective” Eccl 11:10, Matt 18:3
Pertaining to faith, perspective is the way that one looks at
something.

When you look to GOD do you see HIM as HE is or is your
view muddled up in the shadows of doubt that satan casts?

When you look to GOD do you see HIS magnitude, or the magnitude of
the thing that you are seeking deliverance from?

When you look to GOD do you see the strength of HIS kingdom or do
you feel the defeat of your enemies?

Admittedly, I’ve complained to The LORD more times than I can count about how much HE asks us to endure, and each time HE reminds me that effectual leaders must have a keen perspective to lead and anything less is destructive and unacceptable. And while it would be nice if one could go buy as much as is needed, it cannot be found on a shelf or in any book. Perspective comes from overcoming, so let me boast just a little that Rev & I are the king & queen of that!

CAREFUL HOW YOU SEE
Remember when the LORD spoke to Moses and told him to send spies  into the land of Canaan? GOD specifically told Moses to send a leader from every tribe. Why is it that only two out of the twelve came back with a good report?

13 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Send men to spy out the  land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”

3 So Moses sent them from the Wilderness of Paran according to the command of the Lord, all of them men who were heads of the children of Israel. 4 Now these were their names: from the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur; 5 from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori; 6 from the tribe of Judah (my tribe :), Caleb the son of Jephunneh; 7 from the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph; 8 from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun; 9 from the tribe of  Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu; 10 from the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi; 11 from the tribe of Joseph, that is, from the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi; 12 from the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli; 13 from the tribe of Asher, Sethur  the son of Michael; 14 from the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of  Vophsi; 15 from the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.

16 These are the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the  land. And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun, Joshua. 

17 Then Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to  them, “Go up this way into the South, and go up to the mountains,  18 and see what the land is like: whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, few or many; 19 whether the land they dwell
in is good or bad; whether the cities they inhabit are like camps or strongholds; 20 whether the land is rich or poor; and whether there are forests there or not. Be of good courage. And bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the season of the first  ripe grapes.

21 So they went up and spied out the land from the Wilderness of  Zin as far as Rehob, near the entrance of Hamath. 22 And they went  up through the South and came to Hebron; Ahiman, Sheshai, and  Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23 Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole. They also brought  some of the pomegranates and figs. 24 The place was called the Valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster which the men of Israel cut down there. 25 And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.

26 Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” 30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”

31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” 32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. 33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

14 So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. 2 And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” 4 So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”

5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.

6 But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; 7 and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. 8 If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” Nu 13,14 

Lovelies, it’s all in the way you perceive something. If you see yourself as tiny, then tiny you are! If you see yourself as a giant  slayer, then…

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and
scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall
by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19

You are the author of your success or failure but if you take on a leadership role you better be prepared because the battle is continuous and brutal, and only those whose faith is in the present by battles & skirmishes will be able to lead the TRUE victory march.

You may not like or agree with the man, Donald Trump, and I’m certainly not directing you in any way, but you better have a Trump-like resolve when the real attacks begin because while faith is a good fight, it is a very real fight. Come along with us, Rev & I are unapologetically battle ready and victory bound…

Until next time,
Rise above.
Love, Destiny / C Y U

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