Listen!

Listen when it’s busy,

Listen when it’s still.

Listen when you’re healthy,

Listen when you’re ill.

Listen when it’s dark and dim,

Listen when light shines through.

Listen even in your sadness because I want to speak to you.

Listen my children because your life depends on it,

I had to shut things down just to get you to sit.

Now, that I have your attention,

I need you to repent and pray.

Because the time is getting closer and shorter is the day.

Prepare my bride, your wedding day is coming soon,

There will be signs and wonders,

And even blood colored moons.

Don’t be distracted. Please lean in. I’m calling out to thee.

For the day is coming when you shall stand before me.

Instead of storing up your earthly treasures,

Be found building things that are heavenly.

For all this will soon pass away,

And will be no good to thee.

But if you are wise Beloved,

You will one day wear a crown.

So, don’t get caught with your work undone before the sun goes down.

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Release My Seed!

There are certain times of the year when I don’t sleep well. Several months throughout the year, I am awoken out of my sleep with an urgency to pray for both people I know and those I don’t know. I am also woken out of dreams and taken to my knees to go directly into prayer.

Last week, the Lord told me to wake up and walk through my house. He told me to go into each of my children’s rooms and pray for them. He showed me that the enemy was trying to use old strongholds, things that He had delivered us from, on our children. For that reason, I also prayed for my husband. I don’t know about you but something rises up in me when any type of threat is posed against my loved ones. I feel the spirit of the Lord stand up in a way that I cannot explain. I feel the power and authority of God overtake me. I feel as if I am clothed in full battle attire about to engage in mighty spiritual warfare.

Years ago, I arose from my sleep and started to walk through my home praying in the middle of the night. As I was praying, it felt as if something was running from me as I walked in the power of the Lord and prayed in the spirit. Whatever it was had to leave my home! I had no choice! This has happened several times over the years.

Friends, we are at war every day. We see turmoil around us but there is an entirely different level of warfare that is raging against us that we can’t see. Because we cannot see it, we seem to discount the reality that it even exists. However, it is very real. Ephesians 6:12 states, “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. ” Our adversaries are very real and they are coming full force against us as well as our seed. We have to be vigilant in protecting our children because the enemy is vigilant in his pursuit of them. He will try whatever tricks he can. In fact, he is desperate because he knows the plan God has for them and wants them to forfeit the promises of God in their lives.

Therefore, God has called us to be attentive and active in our role as their spiritual stewards and covering. The truth is although we gave our lives to God, there were still some things that tried to hold on to us and refused to release us. Therefore, more has to be done to set us free in those areas. In Mark 9, we read about Jesus healing the boy of impure spirits. In verse 28, the disciples asked Jesus, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” Jesus replies in verse 29, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” In other words, there are kinds of spiritual strongholds that require a greater level of prayer and faith for us to be delivered from them.

Are there any past or present areas of sin in your life that may make your children more susceptible to the attacks of the enemy? Generational curses? Addictions? Bitterness? Unforgiveness? Secrets?

Call it Out! Expose it! Repent! Do whatever you need to do. Then, God has your permission to fight on your behalf. Press in. Pray over for yourself as well as for your children. Speak to those things. They cannot have power over you or your children.

Let us pray:

Father, we thank you for your love. We thank you for these precious children that you have given to us. God, we come to you right now asking that you reveal any sin in our lives or pasts that may try to attach itself to our children. Lord, reveal the plans of the enemy. Lord, raise the standard of your word. Raise it’s power in us as well as over our children when the enemy tries to come against them. We declare to the enemy under the authority and power of the Holy Spirit, “Release my seed!” They shall walk in the purpose you have planned for their lives. They are whole and holy. They are vessels of your glory and will be a light to this generation. They are covered and sealed by the power of the blood of Jesus. You shall be glorified in their lives.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Can These Bones Live? When Dead Situations Come to Life

“The Lord put his strong hand on me. His Spirit brought me away from my home. He put me down in the middle of a valley. It was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them. I saw a huge number of bones in the valley. The bones were very dry. The Lord asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Lord and King, you are the only one who knows.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones. Tell them, ‘Dry bones, listen to the Lord’s message. The Lord and King speaks to you. He says, “I will put breath in you. Then you will come to life again. I will attach tendons to you. I will put flesh on you. I will cover you with skin. So I will put breath in you. And you will come to life again. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” ‘ ” So I prophesied just as the Lord commanded me to. As I was prophesying, I heard a noise. It was a rattling sound. The bones came together. One bone connected itself to another. I saw tendons and flesh appear on them. Skin covered them. But there was no breath in them. Then the Lord said to me, “Prophesy to the breath. Prophesy, son of man. Tell it, ‘The Lord and King says, “Breath, come from all four directions. Go into these dead bodies. Then they can live.” So I prophesied just as he commanded me to. And the breath entered them. Then they came to life again. They stood up on their feet. They were like a huge army.” – Ezekiel‬ 37:1-10‬ NIRV‬‬

Recently, I’ve been reading through the book of Ezekiel. I came across one of the most interesting pieces of prophecy and vision in the Bible, The Valley of Bones. Ezekiel was a prophet that lived during Israel’s deportation to Babylon. He saw the Spirit of God leave the temple. He prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem and Israel. He pronounced the judgment of the Lord on His people and many more things. Ezekiel even knew the day and time of his wife’s death but was not allowed to grieve her. He also gave several prophecies about the coming of Christ as shepherd and Lord of all. There are many things that can be written and explored about Ezekiel, yet it is the valley of bones that has given me pause.

In the valley, we see Ezekiel’s spirit has been taken on another journey that reveals the supernatural to the natural. The Spirit of the Lord takes Ezekiel to a barren and dry place full of bones, dead things with no viable life or substance to them. Yet it was here that the Spirit asked a question, “Can these bones live?”. That question alone would confound a normal person. However, Ezekiel wasn’t a “normal” person. He was a person that had seen things of the heavens and spoken to the Spirit of the Lord. He had received instructions from God and followed those instructions. So when asked the question, instead of going with the obvious answer based on his observation and what he knew about dead things…bones…he replied, “Lord and King, you are the only one that knows.”

From that statement, we witness something Jesus also would reveal each time He resurrected the dead. We witness the collision of the Word of God with the Spirit of God. The Word of God can raise up dead things but it is the Spirit of God that brings those things to life. The Lord had Ezekiel speak life to dead things, but He also commanded Ezekiel to speak that the breath of life would fill these dead things. When he did, the dead things became an army.

Although this vision spoke to the restoration of Israel after the exile, it also tells us that even things and situations we see as dead can be restored by the Word and by the Spirit. There is death and life in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21), so what we speak to a situation matters. But when we speak the Word of God and pray for the Spirit of God to move, anything is possible. Even the resurrection of the dead.

Is there something in your life, right now, that is presenting itself as a dead situation that God wants to speak to you about? A dream of yours or even a relationship that needs to gain life after being dead.

If so, know that it matters how you speak to and about it. Ezekiel didn’t just speak anything that came to mind when addressing the bones. He spoke what He was instructed to speak, the Word of God, to the bones. Specific words. Life creating words. Next, he spoke so that the Breath and Spirit of the Lord, The Ruah, would move to give life. He spoke for God to move and breathe life into that which had been formed by the Word of God.

This week, may you speak the Word of God to every decaying and dead thing that God desires to restore. Then, may you pray and believe for God to restore it. Then, you too can testify that “dead things” can live again just as Ezekiel did.

Walk with Him,
Shaniqua & the Great Is Team

Fear vs. Faith

Fear is crippling,
Fear gives rise to doubt,
Fear will cause you to retreat when the Lord has called you out.

Fear is an illusion,
Fear is a tactic of our unseen enemy,
Fear hid Adam and Eve after eating from the tree.

Fear has no real power,
Yet fear can overtake you,
Fear breeds second guessing while knowing what is true.

Fear is a bully,
Fear is a lie,
Fear has to bow when our hope starts to arise.

Hands up fear! You are under arrest.
You have no power here,
For I am of sound mind, full of perfect love, and in faith I’ll persevere.

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Eat Well!

Let’s be honest …this whole COVID-19 epidemic is making us slow down! It’s a good time to focus and #RESET. I read a book in like 2 days which I never have time to do. I made a connection for a future project. 

I’m cooking more AND I’ll be able to do some spring cleaning on a Tuesday! It’s important to take necessary precautions but DO NOT FEAR

If you haven’t read my blog about RESET……. Read, Eat Well, Sleep, Exercise and To thine own self be true. Check it out here. https://imfree.life/2020/01/10/reset/

Let me ask you a question…What are you eating during this time?  I want to focus on Eating Well.

I know we may be in the house eating “quarantine snacks” but most importantly how you feed your spirit is important at this point. 

Eat well= Eat the right amount of spiritual food. The Bible says FEAR NOT 365 times, one for every day of the year. Your response to all this can be worse than the “quarantine snacks” you’re eating. Research shows that fear-based stress and anxiety can cause your immune system to weaken. Your immune system needs to be strong. 

Here’s a list of scriptures you can read and meditate on so you can Eat Well:

John 14:27
Philippians 4:6-7
John 16:33
2 Corinthians 5:7
Romans 15:13
Psalm 71:5
Mark 9:23
Psalm 91

What you eat will eventually come out…now I’m not trying to be gross BUT have you to see a point here. If you’re not eating well, then fearful thoughts, negative thoughts, and negative conversations will come out of your mouth. So, EAT WELL and be careful of what comes out!

This is also a great time to inquire about knowledge about a skill. Write that book you always wanted to write. Read a book about an interest you have.  

If social media is overwhelming take a break… you won’t miss anything. 

During this time of RESET, eat well my friend. RESET what you’re eating. Fruit, veggies, and the Word will certainly keep you! 

God’s got YOU!

Are We Listening? Are We Ready?

The past few days have been a whirlwind. We have been bombarded with news about the deadly Coronavirus. Schools have closed and made preparations to take instruction online. There is a shortage of toilet paper, disinfecting wipes, and bottled water. People are wearing masks and gloves. It reminds me of some of the scary movies I’ve seen where a mysterious virus has plagued the earth and wiped out its inhabitants. There is a state of urgency and hysteria. People are in a frenzy to prepare. I can remember the same thing happening when the year 2000 came. People were preparing like it was the end of the world. As I was praying for God’s peace, grace, and protection, the Lord dropped something in my spirit. He asked, “What if people prepared for my coming like they are preparing for the Coronavirus?” Today, I want us to ponder this question for a few minutes.

What if we stockpiled the word of God in our hearts? What if we went through a spiritual quarantine and shut-in to hear from the Lord? What if we protected our hearts and our lives from the virus of sin? If we did all of these things, we would not have to get ready for His coming, we would be prepared.

Let’s go back to the first question. What if we stockpiled the word of God in our hearts like we are stocking up of staples and necessities? In Psalms 119:11, David says, “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I may not sin against thee.” If we went about days trying to get as much of God’s word embedded deeply into our hearts as we are gathering things now, we would have a strong foundation. We would be so anchored in His truth that we would not be moved by everything that comes our way. I can only imagine the extent of the preparations people are making.

Matthew 6:19-21

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

If we are focused on storing up temporal things, we are heading in the wrong direction. Instead, we should be storing up the things that are eternal like our love, grace, compassion, joy, and focused on the things of God. We should also be examining our hearts because what we “treasure” is an indication of the state of our hearts and our souls. There is no amount of anything on this earth that we can hoard that supersedes the eternal. There isn’t any amount of physical preparation that could prepare us for eternity.

What if we went through a spiritual quarantine? What if we protected our hearts and our lives from the spread of the virus of sin? If we used this time of isolation to tune in the voice of the Lord, we would receive the wisdom and direction we so desperately need. If we set ourselves aside and consecrated ourselves, we could prevent the spread of sin in our lives by going before the Lord in repentance and allow Him to renew our minds as well as our hearts.

I don’t know about you but I often wish I could press the pause button on my life so I could reassess and refocus. Lately, I have been very busy with work and my daily responsibilities. I needed some time to slow my life down, hear from the Lord, and reset. Although the circumstances may not be ideal, we should be grateful that we serve a God who wants to speak to His children and redirect them. I believe that is what the Lord is saying to us. We need to repent and realign our lives with His plan as individuals and as a nation.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

I don’t see this scripture as a rebuke. I see it as an opportunity to shift our lives. I see it as an extension of His love and grace towards us. He wants to forgive and heal us. He wants us to have life more abundantly. He doesn’t want us to live in fear. He wants us to live in the peace that comes with a life rooted and grounded in who He is. 

Our Father is speaking. Are we listening? Are we ready?

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Elevate

In a world full of imposters,
In a world full of fake.
In a world that hates to love,
And loves to hate.

In a world that is thirsty,
In a world overtly ridden with sin.
In a world that approves an eye for an eye,
And feels it’s ok to betray our next of kin.

In a world that shuns the righteous,
Yet exalts the thief.
In a world that ignores the obvious,
And serves up contaminated beef.

It’s tough to be authentic when emerged in the false,
And your soul can be sold for only a fraction of its cost.

Yet, every day is a test to live out our God-given identity,
And strive to walk like the Father and ward off emnity.

We have been empowered to victor over an enemy unseen,
We must know we are sons and daughters of the Almighty risen king.

See we must be willing to be the least of them if we want Him to be great.
However to lift Him, we have got to humble ourselves and elevate.

Elevate our thinking,
Elevate our lives,
Elevate our worth,
Based on His sacrifice.

Elevate our love,
Elevate our sight,
Elevate in the darkness,
So others can see His light.

Elevate our holiness,
Elevate our grace,
Elevate our warfare,
And continually seek His face.

To be the least of these, we must be willing to make Him great.
The only way to do so is to lay down our lives and elevate.

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Don’t Let Your Hurt Speak For You

“In the same way, the Holy Spirit helps us when we are weak. We don’t know what we should pray for. But the Spirit himself prays for us. He prays with groans too deep for words.” – Romans‬ 8:26‬ NIRV

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“Your tongue has the power of life and death.” – Proverbs‬ 18:21‬ NIRV

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“In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body. But it brags a lot. Think about how a small spark can set a big forest on fire. The tongue also is a fire. The tongue is the evilest part of the body. It pollutes the whole person. It sets a person’s whole way of life on fire. And the tongue is set on fire by hell…With our tongues, we praise our Lord and Father. With our tongues, we call down curses on people. We do it even though they have been created to be like God.” – James‬ 3:5-6, 9‬ NIRV

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“Don’t let any evil talk come out of your mouths. Say only what will help to build others up and meet their needs. Then what you say will help those who listen.” – Ephesians‬ 4:29‬ NIRV

Recently, I was watching TV with my cousin and I heard this guy tell a woman who was speaking negatively about men to “not let the hurt speak for you.” When I heard it, it struck a chord in my own psyche and has resonated ever since. Because honestly, I have been guilty of similar in the past. Not the speaking negatively of men (I’ve never really done that as I know too many wonderful men), but allowing any type of hurt and disappointment to form the words that I speak to myself and to others. However, not only has it formed my words, hurt and disappointment have also influenced my prayers. Have they influenced your thoughts, words, and prayers too? If so, just as the man said, “Don’t let the hurt speak for you!”

Instead, learn to speak to your hurt. Speak to your disappointment. Speak to your failures. Speak to whatever feelings and emotions that set themselves in your mind as a stronghold. How can we do this? The Bible gives us numerous tools to do just that.

1. Recognize that in the moments of hurt, devastation, grief, or disappointment that it is ok to not be able to form words to pray.

Instead, understand that the Holy Spirit is perfectly capable and willing to intercede and speak on your behalf (Romans 8:26). Sometimes, it IS HARD to talk to the Father because of life experiences. Anyone that tells you otherwise has not encountered life. Yet, in spite of that, God desires our presence even when we cannot formulate our words. Over time, you will find that as you seek His presence, even as you are not able to pray for yourself, that healing will start to take place. The soothing, balm of being in His presence is more powerful than we realize. 

2. Recognize the power in your words to shape your future. 

 We are reminded throughout the Bible that our words, the tongue, have power. They have the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21) and they can shape/pollute our persona (James 3:5-6). Not only can our words and our tongue speak life into a situation they can also bring about death. Our words set the stage for our hopes and dreams. By allowing hurt and other negative emotions to constantly be spoken, we are speaking those things into our very lives and creating self-fulfilling prophecies.

3. Recognize how hurtful talk not only impacts you, but others (Ephesians 4:29). 

When hurt speaks for us, it becomes a representative of us. Hurting people, hurt people is a true statement. When you are operating in hurt, anger, bitterness, or even disappointment, it colors your interactions with others. You are no longer are you able to encourage or speak life into others. 

Recognizing just how hurt can take root and be manifested in our tongue and words is the first step to not allowing it to do so. In other words, do not give hurt a platform in your mind nor on your tongue. Instead, take the time to heal from whatever you may be feeling by acknowledging the feelings and then moving from them.

May the words you speak be of hope, faith, and love – not only to others but to yourself as well.


Walk with Him,


Shaniqua

Pedestals

Pedestals were meant to bring objects up higher,

Not for us to place men upon so we can admire.

Nor to exalt ourselves above others and say look at me,

Or put our lives on display for all the world to see.

Who are we except filthy rags washed clean by lamb’s blood?

Or wretches merely saved my grace and perfect love.

Do we really have anything worthy of envy?

When we’re all an inch short of falling and our hearts being empty.

When we are all striving with hopes to one day see His face,

While we grow weary of the toils that come with this race.

If we opened our closets, what would our skeletons say?

If our prayers of deliverance could be heard, would our admirers turn away?

Because we are all in need of His grace with every step we take,

How dare we boast in our flesh and His goodness we forsake?

If humility were our breath, we would surely die.

Because we have a tendency to puff up our flesh too high.

If there’s any lifting up, it should only be of the Father.

Man-made pedestals don’t last forever so why do we even bother.

He said, “If I be lifted up, I’ll draw all men unto me”.

But that’s hard to do when WE are all others can see.

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The God Who Stays

We have all felt the pain of broken relationships. Such moments have been some of the least enjoyable times of my life but they have been some of the most powerful. It has been during these times that I have been reminded of the ever-present love and comfort of God. I have experienced His faithfulness. I have learned that His love for me is not predicated on my performance or an extensive list of expectations. I already have His approval and it is unconditional. He knows every good and horrible thing about me. Yet, He still loves me. He knows my weaknesses and the areas in my life which I am in need of deliverance. He knows every failure, disappointment, and victory. I can confess my sins to Him and He listens from a place of unfathomable love with every intention of restoring me. He knows how much I weigh and what I look like without makeup. He is aware of every blemish and scar, both internal and external. He even knows the story behind every single one of them. He is not ashamed or burdened by my story but see’s it in the light of His glory.

I spent a great deal of my life trying to follow every rule and earn people’s love. One day, I realized that regardless of all I had done right, it would never be enough. The truth was that no one would ever be completely satisfied with me because they weren’t enough for themselves and I couldn’t fill that void. Just like I had to find my true identity in God and a sense of value in myself, they had to do the same.

I am grateful that my Father deals with me with patience and waits for me. He handles me with great care and wisdom. I find solitude in knowing that He will not walk out on me in my time of need or when I fall short of expectations. He doesn’t view me with the present in mind but through the eyes of eternity. He has great faith in me and what I shall become. He is rooting for me and wants to see me win. He has even sent His Spirit to walk with me every step of the way so I can fulfill my destiny. Even when I walk away, He pursues me and calls out to my heart.

Friends, He loves you the same. All of this is a reality in your life as well and He wants you to know. In fact, He wanted me to share this good news with you.

Scriptural Reminders:

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Matthew 28:20 “Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'”

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I am so glad we are loved with an everlasting love (Jer. 31:3). He is the God who stays! Glory to His name!

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