Can You Hear Me Now?

If you are a cell phone user I’m pretty sure you’ve experienced a time when you were on a call and all of a sudden the call dropped or after hearing a few seconds of complete silence, you look at your phone and it says, “Call failure”.

Don’t you just hate that? It seems like it usually happens right at the time when something important is being communicated. You notice the bars and there is very little reception or none at all. It is likely that you have entered into a DEAD ZONE.

Wikipedia defines DEAD ZONES as “areas where cell phones cannot transmit to a nearby cell site, base station, or repeater. In these areas, the cell phone is said to be in a state of outage. Dead zones are usually areas where cell phone service is unavailable because the signal between the handset and cell site antennas is blocked, usually because of hilly terrain, excessive foliage, or physical distance.”

I want to take this time to encourage you to get out of your DEAD ZONE. Most of us, if not all of us, have bumped into at least one or more agonizing experiences. Perhaps you’ve encountered something that brought tears to your eyes, defeat to your mind, angst to your spirit and soreness to your soul. Maybe that ‘something’ made your life miserable! I call these examples spiritual dead zones.

A SPIRITUAL DEAD ZONE is an obstruction in a path or course which prevents contact with Jesus. It is something that is standing in the way of you achieving your God-given goals, plans, and purpose. Beloved, understand and know that you are going to experience times when it seems as if you can’t hear anything from God. You can become so distracted by the silence that you forget to keep going. How do I know? I’ve been there. There were times when I couldn’t hear anything from God. Beloved, let the truth be told, God is not silent. Could it be that maybe you are standing in a place that is blocking your signal?

Reflecting on Wikipedia’s definition, DEAD ZONES occur as a result of “hilly terrain, excessive foliage, or physical location”. Sometimes you can’t hear anything from God because you remain in the valley too long (hilly terrain). Yes, God will hear you in the valley but sometimes we are so focused on the hills that we don’t hear what God is saying. You have to come out of your valley.

David never said, “While I’m in the valley…” but he said, “…I walk through the valley… (Psalm 23:4)” It is not God’s plan for you to stay in the valley but to go through it. Get on the other side of through! I rebuke the prayer, “Lord, give me the strength to climb my mountain.” Stop asking for that. God did not say that He will give you strength to climb mountains! God said if you have the faith, you can speak to the mountain to be removed and it will be done. (Mark 11:23) Save your strength for something else but don’t use it to climb mountains. That’s wasted energy!

What do you do when you are in the DEAD ZONES? What do you do when the hurt continues to get deeper and deeper? What do you do when everybody offers you advice that never worked for them? In those DEAD ZONES when you don’t know which way to turn for fear of encountering another dead zone, you have two options: stay there or keep moving forward. The first one ought not to be an option. That defeats the purpose, don’t stay there. Move to a different place for better reception. God has a way out of every DEAD ZONE! I want you to know that there is a way to escape every hindrance, every interference and every obstacle. You must keep moving forward! Your dream does not have to die because you are in a DEAD ZONE.

The main purpose for Jesus coming into the world is so that you can have not only life but abundant life! Get yourself out of dead relationships, dead ideas, dead thoughts, dead visions, and dead situations. When God called Lazarus out of the grave, He not only called him out of a dead location but he told him to take off his dead clothes (John 11:44). What has you so bound that it’s choking the life out of you? Why are you not receptive to God’s voice? TAKE THEM OFF! Take off those dead things. Get out of your DEAD ZONE and watch your signal (your connection to God) improve!

bINpowered,™
D.K.Kearney ©2013

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If She doesn’t FIT, You must Quit


Every good woman wants a Psalm 1:1 kind of man and every good man wants a Proverbs 31:10-31 kind of woman. In the last few blog postings I have discussed with you about the perfect FIT and how to understand and fulfill your created purpose in a relationship. The Perfect FIT is out there and it is for you! This blog is dedicated to “God’s Man.” I want to restore, revive, and regenerate who God says that you are. A few years ago, the anthem for some women across the nation was, “a good man is hard to find.” I will admit that when I heard sisters say that, I got offended. But now I pose a question. Where are you looking for this good man? Sisters, you can’t expect to find your FIT sitting in your girlfriend’s living room night after night talking about how bad men are. I would go so far to say you can’t find a “good man” at church when all you are looking for is a man that goes to church and not a man that is saved by God’s amazing grace. Everyone that is at church is not in church. Sisters, there are still some “good men” out there and the best place to find him is on your knees. Brothers, your rib is out there but you must seek her out on your knees. She is so hidden in God that you are going to have to go seek God to find her. Check this out, if you look intently at the creation of Eve, notice that Adam did not have to “find her” but God brought Eve to Adam. That just blows the saying, “I’m waiting on my husband to find me.” Find you where? I hope in God. It was through God that Adam saw his “Eve”. Allow God to bring you “your Eve” and once this happens “your Eve” will allow, respect, and love who God purposed you to be- a LEADER. As long as you walk, stand, and sit (Psalm 1:1) in your divine purpose “your Eve” will respect you and look to you with anticipation for your leadership.

In the previous post, I shared specifically with the sisters about submitting to the right FIT. Well, I want to talk to the brothers about loving the right FIT. Paul first says, “For the husband is head of the wife…” “Husbands love your wife as Christ loved the church” (Ephesians 5:23-25). Let’s first deal with this headship. Brothers, it’s real simple. Your leadership is your worship. You are a naturally-born, God-ordained WORSHIP LEADER. It goes back to the creation. God gave you His SPIRIT. He did not blow into the nostrils of Eve; He blew his spirit into you. Let me be clear, I am NOT saying that as a woman you can’t possess the spirit of God. You can and you do; however, in keeping in line with this series, I am discussing the importance of man being entirely all that God has created him to be for YOU. The first act of leadership that God wants you to demonstrate is to lead your partner/wife into the presence of God. Why? Because those who worship God must worship him in SPIRIT and in truth (John 4:24). Guess what? From the beginning, my brother, you possessed the SPIRIT of God. Some brothers feel that it is not manly to lift up your hands to the Lord, to say hallelujah, to kneel, to bow and to worship the Lord. There is not one sissified thing about a man worshiping the Lord, as a matter of fact, it is intriguing to women. You can’t expect your partner/wife to “submit” to you when you are not being led by God. You have the spiritual authority. You have the power to come up against every single attack on your partner/wife and/or family. That power is within you. Remember, after Adam and Eve ate off of the Tree of Knowledge, who did God call first? It wasn’t Eve. It wasn’t even the serpent. God said, “Adam, where are you?” Now, rest assured God knew where Adam was because God is omnipresent; however, God was asking Adam, where is the man that I created you to be? What happened? You did not use the power I blew into you!

Now let’s deal with part two of what Paul says in Ephesians 5:25. “Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church.” In order for you to do that, it is essential that you know personally about the love of Christ. Her submission and your love work hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other. There are conditions for both the wife and the husband. You can’t do one and omit the other. Here is the tough question. Sisters, why are you submitting to someone who knows nothing about the love of Christ? Brothers, why are you loving someone who doesn’t respect who God created you to be?

In the Greek language, there are four words that explain love:
1. Eros love: It is sensual and sexual love… Makes your palms sweat; affectionate love. It’s the kind of love that makes your heart go pitter-pat. It’s that romantic kind of love. But that’s not the kind of love Paul is talking about, because that kind of love is a fickle love… Why? Sometimes you do and she doesn’t. Sometimes the hustle and bustle of life will cause you not to feel romantic.

2. Phileos love: It is a friendship kind of love, but that’s not the kind of love Paul was talking about either. There are times when friends will fall out of love! You’ve had some friends (or so you thought) that you fell out with or they fell out with you! They’ve moved, left no forwarding address and even changed their number.

3. Surgase love: This is family love. Those with a biological relationship to you. Paul’s not talking about this kind of love either because truth-be-told, you’ve got some kinfolk that if it were up to you, you wouldn’t claim them… You’ve got some cousins that when they show up, you go the other way. But because they’re biologically tied to you, you put up with them. Since we’re being honest, there are some couples still married because they have been going so long they are singing “It’s cheaper to keep her/him.” They’re living in the same house, but sleeping in separate bedrooms; just plain ole miserable. But that’s not what Paul was talking about. Paul is trying to show us that when a man loves a woman, it ought to be an Agape type of love.

4. Agape Love: A love that looks beyond faults and sees needs; a love that gives itself. Why, because Paul articulates, “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…” God showed His love for us by dying… by sacrifice. I Corinthians 13 gives a true definition of love. LOVE IS REAL. LOVE IS ACTION. The lifeblood of love is SACRIFICE: surrendering your priorities and goals to the service and sacrifice toward your “rib”. Love is spiritual. Did you hear me? LOVE IS SPIRITUAL. Don’t forget, God is love. You must look at and follow the example of God through his son Jesus Christ.

Beloved brothers, you are to give unyieldingly to your “rib”, sacrifice all for your “rib” AND THEN, wash her with the water of God’s word. That is what Jesus did for us. When a man loves a woman, he ought to love her not with an Eros Love, not with Phileos Love, not with Surgase Love because these types of love can fade away. He must love her with Agape Love because this kind of love never fails. When faith is weak, when hope has dashed, LOVE! LOVE YOUR “PERFECT FIT”!

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D.K. Kearney
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IF HE DOESN’T FIT, YOU MUST QUIT

Wow! What a positive response from my latest blog “Does He or She FIT?” Because of the great amount of responses that I received via email etc., I’ve given a great deal of thought about what this week’s message should be about. It seems that people everywhere are searching for the right “FIT”. What do I mean when I say the right “FIT”? Having the right “FIT” means being connected with the man that God put under spiritual anesthesia and removed one of his ribs to create you. When God brings the two of you together something within your soul ought to “leap”. Yes, it’s possible! Having that spiritual connection is the most important thing. Why? Because the physical will fade away!

Well, I want to take it a step further and take a look at what Paul said in the book of Ephesians. As he states in the fifth chapter and twenty-second verse, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.” One of the most controversial terms to women everywhere is the word, SUBMIT! I’m willing to bet that some of you who may be reading this right now are making a face. My prayer is that after reading this blog, whenever you hear or read that passage of scripture again, it will no longer vex your spirit and you will begin to see that submitting is not a bad thing if you are submitting to the one who “FITS.”

Let me first begin by giving you the definition of the word submit in its original Greek text. The word, submit, means to “identify with, to support, to get under, to lift up.” It does NOT mean to elevate one person over another. We shared in the last post “Does He or She FIT” that it was not God’s intention in the beginning, because He chose to make woman from a bone that He removed from man’s side. The husband and wife are supposed to be a partnership; they are supposed to work together. God gave Adam a partner not a slave or servant but someone who would share the responsibility. Here is the reason why I know that God did not intend for man to rule over woman. If you take a close look at the judgments that were pronounced after Adam and Eve sinned, God said to the woman, “your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you”(Genesis 3:16). Beloved, that was a punishment for the sin; it was not and is not God’s original intention. The good news is that because Jesus died on the cross for our sins, it nullifies what the first Adam did, and thusly, we are no longer bound by those judgments.

Sisters, I want you to recall from my previous post that you were created from the bone. One of the primary functions of the bones is to support, to uphold. Ephesians 5 makes it very clear that men have a need for respect and women have a need for love! According to the amplified Bible it says “Let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband, that she notices him, honors him, prefers him, and esteems him exceedingly” If she respects him as she should, she shows her love for him. Woman of God, it is okay to tell your man/husband, “I believe in you!” Remember you came from his rib; you are to provide for him inner security and protection. The words that you speak to him are powerful and they affect him greatly. Your words will either bring to him life or death. Calling him names, belittling him, and criticizing him, etc. are not ways to show that you are supportive of your partner/husband. You cannot expect him to love you as Christ loved the church if you don’t support him! I would contend that one of the biggest issues with relationships is not the surface stuff that you argue about, but when two people in a relationship start fulfilling roles that God did not create them to fill. God divinely placed attributes in a husband that He did not place in a wife, and vice versa. You can’t be “the man” while having a man at the same time. If you are in a relationship now and find that things are “out of order” you still have time to get them in order. Sisters, you must stop praying that God will help you to be a good partner/wife and begin to pray that God will make you the partner/wife He needs you to be for your partner/husband. There is a difference! In the first prayer you are just praying to be a good wife, in the second prayer you are asking to be “God’s wife” for your husband.

Lastly, one of the biggest clues we miss when we read this passage in Ephesians, is the fact that Paul was not speaking to the general public. Paul was speaking to those who were a part of the body of Christ. Here is my point: Why are you submitting to someone who knows nothing about the love that Christ has for the church? Understand that your submission is directly connected to his love for you like Christ’s love for the church. He can’t love you like Christ loved the church if he doesn’t personally know about the love of Christ. Thusly, you can’t submit to him. Can I just keep it real for a few more seconds? You’ve read or heard, “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.” Here is the question: DID GOD JOIN THE TWO OF YOU TOGETHER? You can’t expect God to bless something that He was not a part of, or was not invited to be a part of, in the first place!

Join me next week, as I will continue this discussion on God’s plan for the perfect FIT. I am going to reflect on “IF SHE DOESN’T FIT, YOU MUST QUIT”.

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DOES HE OR SHE “FIT”?

Adam&EveThe first definition of the word relationship is CONNECTION. When you connect with someone you are attached, linked, fixed, you heard the expression “joined at the hip”. I will contend that one of the major issues with relationships is the connection. Even when we look at our relationship with Christ, Jesus described it in John 15:1-8. Jesus said that He is The Vine and we are the branches. If you remain in Me and I remain in you, you can ask whatever you want and it will be yours. The key to getting what you want is in the connection. Everyone that comes into your life is for a reason; the challenge sometimes is finding or even discovering what that reason is. Thusly, begins the challenge of relationships. This blog is devoted specifically to our personal relationships that we either have or long to have with “the one.” I learned about true God-given relationships by going through the pain of a broken one. Sometimes it amazes me that often through our pain, we LEARN, we GROW! The greatest pain produces the greatest growth. Someone even said it takes dirt to make a flower grow. Trust me I wished it was another way, however, it is not. Therefore, knowing that it is going to rain on the just and unjust, you have to learn how to dance in the rain and become rain-proof. Hence, what is happening outside of you is not damaging what you have on the inside of you.

We search and go everywhere to find the best advice for relationships. Well, I want to just lift up a story that I believe has the key in helping you in your relationships and it has surely helped me.

In the 2nd chapter of Genesis we find the leading place where the idea of marriage is revealed in all of God’s Word and we must grasp what is said in Genesis before we can understand what Paul and others said in the other passages that follow. In Chapter 2 of Genesis, it reveals God’s intention of a “perfect” relationship. After God created everything and Adam went around naming all the animals; Adam had plenty of work to do. Remember God placed him in charge of all that he created. Nevertheless, in spite of all the work, Adam was lonely. That goes to show you that staying “busy” never satisfies that void of companionship/ partnership. Look, when God saw that Adam was lonely, God said, “It is not good.” Everything that God created prior, God said, “it was good” but when he saw that Adam was alone, God said that is not good. Loneliness is a pain you can feel, a knot deep inside your stomach that keeps eating away at you. I’m not talking about just being alone. I’m talking about loneliness and it hurts. You can be in the midst of hundreds of people and be very lonely. Thusly, God decided that he was going to fix this issue of loneliness; so He placed Adam into a deep sleep and withdrew from his side a rib and made woman. God’s medicine for loneliness is companionship. You were not created to be by yourself. You may be saying to yourself that you don’t need anyone; you are lying! Understand that companionship encompasses diverse means of relationships- from family, friends, associates and personal. STOP saying, “I don’t need a man. “I don’t need a woman.” Yes you do! There are things that God designed specifically for man to do, likewise, specifically for women to do.

God did not say, I am going to make a “lover for him, nor a mother of his children for him.” God said, I am going to make a “helper” for him. Because prior too, no “suitable helper” was found; the animals are able to help, but just didn’t fit. Nothing worse than having on a beautiful dress or suit but it just doesn’t “fit”; It can be the best looking dress/suit in the store, but if it doesn’t fit, it will not look right on you. Stop looking at outward appearances, you need that one that God has fashioned for you, tailor-made, so that he/she will “fit”. When God presents Eve unto Adam, Adam looks at Eve and says, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh…” In other words Adam was saying, “Wo! Man! I didn’t know you could create someone so perfect for me!” A perfect “fit”; and in that moment Adam’s loneliness is gone.

People have so many qualifications for a relationship. Many of those qualifications are superficial. It is ok to have your list but can I ask the brothers, on that list you ask God to bring to you to one he made from your rib; ladies can I ask that on your list you ask God to bring you to the man whom he took the rib out of and formed you? It’s not all about the color of the eyes, the height, the weight, the car, the house, the bank account, but it is about “The Fit.” God did not use man’s foot bone, because he did not intend for man to walk on woman. God did not use the backbone because he did not intend for man to walk in front of woman. God did not even use the head bone because God did not intend for woman to walk in front of man. God used man’s rib, which God took from his side. Do you get it? God intends for man and woman to walk side by side. It’s a partnership.

To understand your role, look at the type of substances that man was created from and woman was created from. Brothers, you were created from the dust, an external substance. You are to provide external protection and security. When you hug her, your arms should be outside of her arms. Sisters, you were created from a bone, an internal substance. You are to provide internal protection and security. When you hug him, your arms should be inside of his arms. As a matter of fact, when you look at the primary function of the ribs, it protects the lungs and the heart. Brothers, you need to understand that you can’t move, you can’t walk unless you have good bones. Sisters, you are the minister to the true essence of your man, his inner person, his heart. Brothers, God gave you his breath, his spirit. You are the priest. You have divine authority- not society authority, not masculine authority but God-ordained authority. As priests you have the authority to come up against every evil force that is attacking your home, your family, your loved ones! Remember, GREATER is HE that is within YOU, than he that is in the world.

bINpowered,

D.K. Kearney

Create your great…

Stop! Stop trying to “make” it a great day, and begin to “create” your great day. The reasoning is because you were created by a creative God; He specializes in CREATING and not making. Beloved, you can make a cake because you have all of the ingredients. You have the flour, eggs, milk, etc. If you have all the ingredients you can make it. God wanted me to tell you that there are going to be days in your life when you will not have all the “ingredients” to make a great day; so stop “making” and begin CREATING.

There is a difference in “making” vs. “creating.” As we read in Genesis Chapter 1 notice that God did not make the heavens and earth, God created heaven and earth. God had to create it because He did not have anything to start from. If you look even more closely, the only thing God had was chaos. The first 5 verses of the Bible inform us that God brought order out of chaos. Did you get it? That word right there was just for you! Chaos always precedes order. Look at how the earth was described: void, darkness, and empty. Sometimes these adjectives describe may describe the various seasons in our lives. At some time or another we have found something about our lives that can be described with words such as “formless”, “empty”, and “dark.” You feel as if there is no hope – that everything is formless and empty, and that darkness covers everything- darkness in the mind, darkness on the job, darkness in the schools, darkness in the neighborhood and yes even sometimes darkness in the midst of the church. In darkness, you cannot see. In darkness you stumble and fall. That is what the devil will do to us. He will make it so we are unable to see. In darkness we cannot see our God-given vision. It is crucial that we understand that darkness can’t steal the vision but makes it so that you cannot see the vision. If any of the above describes you, I am so glad that you stopped by to read this blog because in Genesis 1 there is a life-changing word for you after reading and digesting these next few steps. I guarantee that you will internally take another great leap into your destiny and no longer “make it a great day” but CREATE your great day- your great life.

Your creative power is found in the first few verses of Genesis. You have that power because God said,through Jesus, you will not only be able to do what I have done, but you will do greater!

There are 3 powerful elements that were involved in the creation. To bring order out of chaos, you have already been endowed with 3 prevailing elements:

First, God used his MIND. God had a vision of how he wanted heaven and earth to look. God did not use the present state of heaven and earth to dictate the future of heaven and earth. The vision was beyond the present reality. Beloved, you must see yourself beyond your present state. God has more. You may being saying, “Where I am is great, all is well.” Guess what, God has even more! As a matter of fact, if your vision is not larger than your present reality you need to re-envision because God can do more than you can ever think or imagine. Nevertheless, it is important that our mind is focused. If the enemy can keep your mind off of God and the promises that He has spoken over your life then the enemy has you right where he wants you. When we focus our minds on the pain, the trouble, the dilemma, the fault, and the hassle it is difficult to envision healing, breakthrough, forgiveness, joy or that open door. Use your MIND!

Secondly, God used his MOUTH. The vision that was in his mind he spoke it with his mouth. In the midst of chaos, God begin to speak order. Don’t allow the enemy to muzzle your tongue as it relates to the goodness of the Lord or what the Lord has promised you. You must begin to speak those things that are not as though they are. A closed mouth never gets fed. My brother, my sister, open up your mouth and begin to speak the word of God over that situation. Begin speaking to God with a spirit of expectation. Don’t limit God by your personal limitations. Use your MOUTH!

Finally, we see the Spirit hovering over. You may have experienced flying and sometimes once you have reached your destination, Air Traffic Control has not cleared the plane for landing so the plane hovers over the airport. That is what the Spirit was doing- waiting for something to land on, waiting for God to speak so that it can give LIFE. Beloved, don’t be satisfied with the Spirit just hovering over you. Give the Spirit permission to land. Allow the Spirit to land on your God-given vision. Clear the way for the Spirit to land on your goals. The Spirit is hovering over your life- ready to bring LIFE to those dead situation but you have to SPEAK. You have to open your mouth. I promise that if you do that, watch chaos transform into order in your life. Use the SPIRIT!

One more thing. God dropped into my spirit for you that it took Him 6 days to create heaven and earth. Each time we brought order out of a chaotic situation, God celebrated. Beloved, make sure you celebrate each step you make. Celebrate each milestone, each objective; it doesn’t matter how big or small. CELEBRATE! God did, God said, “IT’S GOOD!” Create a great…

bINpowered,

D.K. Kearney.

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Forgive, Forget, and be Free!

Have you ever noticed how negative our minds are programmed? We will believe the negative report before we believe the positive one. For example, on any given day, you may receive 10 opinions about your outfit and out of the 10, you receive one opinion not so positive. What begins to happen? Your mind will focus in on that one negative comment and forget about the 9 positive comments. Nothing is more imprinted in our memory bank any stronger than when someone offends us. When someone has wronged us, we tend to hold on to it tightly. One of the greatest challenges in the Christian virtue of forgiveness is not asking God to forgive us because that’s easy. We can do that. The challenge is forgiving others – especially when they haven’t even asked for forgiveness and in addition forgiving ourselves for allowing what was said or done to have an affect on us in such a detrimental way. Those who can’t forgive themselves are filled with guilt and despair and those who won’t forgive others are filled with anger and bitterness. The most miserable people are the people who never let go of their animosity. They can’t enjoy life to the fullest. Bitterness builds a barrier that keeps you enslaved and keeps the rest of the world blocked out. The bitter person will cling to the hurt from the past and will never let go of it even though they know it is annihilating them. We all at some point in life have dealt with or will deal with the struggle of bitterness. You threw a pity party with only you in attendance. You become isolated and lonely. Our fleshly nature always seeks what will destroy us but God’s commandments always restore what the flesh erodes. I have always said that the hardest commandant that Jesus left for us to follow are not in the 10 but the one where he says, “love {forgive} your enemies.” Let’s be real, it is HARD to forgive sometimes when one has said or done wrong to you and it hurts to the core. As a matter of fact, we may say with our mouth “I forgive you” but yet the memory of that pain still lingers in our mind. So what is true forgiveness? Is it accepting or offering forgiveness for the offense or is it forgetting the offense? Well, let us look at what the Word of God says.

And compassion is on its way to us. You’ll stamp out our wrongdoing. You’ll sink our sins to the bottom of the ocean. (Micah7:19)

We sometimes create an everlasting memorial marker of hurts in our lives, however, as we see in the above text, God takes our sins and drowns them. In other words he takes the life out of the sin. It is no longer able to breathe; and because it has no more life, it will never raise its ugly head again in our memory. Here is where the challenge is for both you and I. OUR MEMORY! Beloved, forgiveness is connected to forgetting, God desires for us to forget the pain, but remember the lesson. If you continue to have memory of the hurt, bitterness, and pain, you are a slave to that thought and to that moment. But God says, BE FREE. Jesus came “to set at liberty those who are oppressed!” Your past and what others have said or done to you can be very oppressive ; but lay hold to the liberation of Jesus Christ. Liberate your mind! FORGIVE, FORGET, and be FREE! How? Well, as I conclude this blog, I want to share with you, what happened to David in the 23rd Psalm.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil…”
Look at what is going on with David in this verse. The Lord has invited David into his dining room. God has invited David to sit at the table. God has invited you to sit at his table, because at God’s table there is nourishment. At God’s table there is opportunity for growth. At God’s table there is a sense of security. At Gods’ table is life in abundance. At God’s table is a place for you to belong, but look, there are some invited dinner guests- the enemies of David. Those whom have done David wrong, those whom have said hurtful things to David, those whom have caused David pain, those whom have irritated the life of David; God is saying come and eat before them. In reality when you begin thinking about the wrong that people have done to you, it will make you lose your appetite for the goodness that God has set before you. You cannot focus on the good stuff that is right before you because you are focusing on negative things that are around you. Yet, here is the blessing, God ANOINTS your head. In other words, God takes the memory and thoughts of bitterness, anger, depression, doubt, fear, guilt, low self-esteem and jealousy and He cleans it all up! You have no memory of it. He covers it with his joy, love, peace, grace, goodness, acceptance, and security; therefore you will be able to enjoy the goodness that God has set before you. To forgive is to forget, and to forget is to be FREE.

bINpowered,

D.K. Kearney

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2ND WIND 2

Earlier in the week I shared with you about a dream that I had about Elder Christyne Williams, one of my greatest inspirations in ministry, really in life. Today, I want to share the FOCAL point of the dream with the hopes that you will be INPOWERED to keep on keeping on no matter what challenges you face.

In the dream I shared that I had to go into the kitchen to see her. She walked right by me and walked into the kitchen. I asked God, later that day, “Why the kitchen? Why did I have to go into the kitchen and embrace and engage in a conversation with her?” Here is what the Lord said to me, and I want to say to you: THE KITCHEN IS THE PLACE OF PREPARATION! The kitchen is the room set aside for food PREPARATION. It is usually equipped with a sink, dishwasher, cabinets, countertops, refrigerator and stove. Every piece of equipment that is found in the kitchen is to aide in the process of PREPARATION. That thought alone has me ready to shout right now!

Never loathe over your “kitchen time,” – your season of preparation. I used to wrestle with discouragement. Often times I was ready to give up too soon, too fast because of the various challenges that I faced. One such time I prayed to God, asking, seeking his help and guidance. God spoke to me. He said, “Daryl, trust the confidence that I put in you at first!” Beloved, sometimes life will challenge your level of confidence, not only in yourself, but in God. You are running the race that is set before you, doing the very best that you can, making sure that you do all that God has asked of you, you look up and there is a hill that you have to run up. You get tired, weary, really out of breath and your mind begins to tell you, “You can’t go any further!” My brother, my sister, tell your mind to hush, because what is blowing into your mind, into your body, and yes your spirit is a 2ND WIND. There is a mantra in the fitness world called 2ND WIND! It speaks about when getting to the point of exhaustion, catch your 2ND WIND! To catch a second wind is to renew energy or strength and/ or return of relatively easy breathing.
Look at what happened in the life of David, in 1 Samuel 30: 6David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him because the souls of them all were bitterly grieved, each man for his sons and daughters. But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God. 7David said to Abiathar (uh-BI-uh-thahr) the priest, Ahimelech’s (uh-HIM-uh-lek) son, I pray you, bring me the ephod. And Abiathar (uh-BI-uh-thahr) brought him the ephod.

What a horrendous day in the life of this anointed man of God. Think of what must have gone on throughout David’s mind as he stood over the burning remains of his home, not knowing whether his family was dead or alive. He must have asked the question that we often ask God in the midst of our storms, “Why?” “Why, if God is with me, did Saul try to kill me? Why was he so insanely jealous over me? Why, if I have been anointed, did I have to escape to Gath acting like an insane fool? Why, if God’s Spirit is upon me, guiding me, did I have to hide out in caves? Why, if I’m a man {woman} after God’s heart, did I have to live in the wilderness, hunted down like a wild animal?”
You may feel or have felt like David. Beloved, God has you in the “kitchen.” Look at what David asked for, he asked for his worship garb. While in the midst of worship, God gave David his 2ND WIND; because he put WORSHIP before warfare. The text tells us that David “recovered ALL!”

I want to encourage you today, catch your 2ND WIND! It is not over yet, catch your 2nd WIND, don’t give up now, catch your 2nd WIND. Keep pressing, keep trusting, keep praising, keep worshiping, and watch God breathe his Ruach on you, your 2ND WIND! And you will recover ALL!

bINpowered,

D.K. Kearney

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2nd Wind: Part 1

Yesterday I took a sabbath day. Just my God and I. I purposely did nothing. For those who think you have to work, work and work, you are fooling yourself. Even God rested! Well this morning I had one of the most encouraging dreams. Yes, even the Leader needs encouraging. It was a dream about one of my greatest spiritual encouragers whom The Lord took while I was a student at Payne Seminary. I got saved at an early age under her preaching.

From 1979 until her homegoing, she took me in as one of her own. I would travel with her and she would always allow me to spend time with her when I was at my grandmother’s house. Well, in the dream, she drove up in an old-school Cadillac. It was as clean as a whistle. She came into the place where I was and walked straight into the kitchen. So I had to walk into the kitchen to see her. We embraced and told each other how good it was to see each other. I then asked, “Are you ok? I miss you so much.” She said, “I’m fine.” (spoken really fast). She went on to say “And you are fine. Daryl, you are going to be ok.” She then began calling on the name of Jesus over me as we hugged each other. She told me again, “You are going to be A-ok!” Then she left.

What is the message in all of this? I invite you to please tune in this coming Thursday for part two of “2nd Wind!”

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Focus

I’m convinced that we are the creators of many of our own problems in this life. You see, the problem comes when we do not focus on the right things. My experience has taught me that the enemy cannot take the vision that God has for our lives. I’ve found that what the enemy does is attempt to place many of distractions in our view. If the enemy can keep our eyes and our focus off of the vision then he has us right where he wants us.

There are two types of distractions. One I feel is more powerful than the other.
The first kind of distraction is external distractions. These distractions can be found in our environment – phone ringing, the noise from the television, the dust on the table, the paper in the corner, the doorbell ringing, or that text message. The aforementioned serve as distractions while you are working on the vision, however, we can control these distractions by turning the phone off, not answering the door, and getting into a space that is free from clutter and reality television. I would like to suggest that you dedicate and create a space or environment that is free of debris and clutter, a place where you are able to bask in your God-given creativity; a space where you can hear from God and God can hear from you.

The second distraction is internal. These distractions are more powerful than the external ones. Why, because the internal distractions deal with YOU, your thoughts, your attitude; they are hard to conquer but they must be conquered. We will never be all that God has ordained us to be until we rid ourselves of those distractions. I admonish you to RE-FOCUS, stay FOCUSED, and FOCUS! We are inclined to look at things through our own glasses than with glasses equipped with faith. “The Just shall live by faith!” Paul instructs that “We live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Beloved, decondition your mind in the thought “seeing is believing,” however on the contrary, BELIEVING IS SEEING! Re-FOCUS, stay FOCUSED, and FOCUS! Look at what happened to Asaph, the author of the 73rd Psalm, “No doubt about it! God is good—good to good people, good to the good-hearted. But I nearly missed it, missed seeing his goodness. I was looking the other way, looking up to the people at the top, envying the wicked who have it made, who have nothing to worry about, not a care in the whole wide world.” Asaph was focusing on the wrong things. He was focused on his haters and because his focus was off he got discouraged. That happens to me, that happens to all of us, however today, I want to declare over your life – FOCUS! I want to take it a step further. I not only want you to FOCUS but MAGNIFY your FOCUS.

Have you ever noticed what happens when you MAGNIFY an object? The actual physical size of that object doesn’t change, however, through magnifying the object it is brought closer to you. When we magnify the Lord it has less to do with the clapping of your hands and more to do with your FOCUS. Magnifying the Lord is drawing the Lord closer to you, it doesn’t change the size of God but it changes our FOCUS of God. Beloved, the vision that God has given to you is so much bigger than your current conditions and situations. Don’t allow the distractions of life or your haters to take your FOCUS! Keep your eyes on the GOAL!

bINpowered,
D.K. Kearney

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The Weapon of THE MIND.

The Weapon of THE MIND!
The other day I was reflecting over the past few years of my life. While thinking about the ups, downs, joys, and pains, beloved, you must know that life is like a series of tests. You learn the lessons, you move on, you refuse to learn the lessons you will keep “going around the same mountain.” One of the greatest lessons that I have learned is the fact that battles are fought twice and also everything you possess and experience was created twice. Here is the encouragement from God to you for this day: before you can successfully deal with any challenges and/or battles of life, you must first conquer them in your mind. Your mind is one of the most powerful weapons that God has given to you to be more than a conqueror. I stand on the conviction that what we need in life is not a revival of our spirits nor a transformation of our bodies; but what we need is a renewal of our minds. Great women of God, YOU ARE not only WHO GOD SAYS YOU ARE, but WHO YOU SAY YOU ARE! Stop listening to television, commercials, public opinions, people, and I would dare to say, some of you need to stop listening to your “so-called” friends. You are wonderfully and fearfully made, created by the HANDS OF GOD! Did you know that when God decided to create woman (you), he put man to sleep! Did you get it? God did not need the opinion of man to create you! You may deal with those challenges and battles in life and you feel like you are about to lose your mind; let me share with you the blessing in losing your mind. God wants his thoughts of you, his plan for you in your mind, but God cannot put it in your mind because your mind is so full of “trash”. Beloved, the Word says to you today; “Whoever knows what you’re thinking and planning except you, yourself? The same with God-except that he not only know what he’s thinking, but he lets us (you) in on it. God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us (to you). We (You) don’t have to rely on the world’s guesses and opinions…” (1 Corinthians 2:10-13 The Message)

bINpowered,
D. K. Kearney

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