Your Gift, Your Destiny !

Often times God will speak an “Off-Season” word to you for an unexpected blessing. I believe that is post is just what you need to know, hear and read. Let it bless you!

Matthew records in Chapter 2, the “Visitors from the East” who sought out Jesus, “King of the Jews” so that they could worship him. It is important that you know that by the time they started seeking Jesus, scripture records that he was a child. The only personal invite from Heaven came to some lowly shepherds while they were watching their sheep by night. God sent a personal invite to them to go and see the Messiah. When the Wise Men, sought after Jesus it was because they saw a star. And they had to follow the star in order to arrive at the house where Jesus was. Eugene Peterson says in The Message, “They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!”(Matthew 2:10). When they arrived in the house and saw Jesus, they immediately fell down and begin to worship. A part of their worship experience was the opening of gifts. They gave 3 significant gifts to the child; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

So you may say, “Ok, Daryl, I know the story. What is the point? What are you trying to say? It is not Christmas, as a matter of fact we just came out of Lent and now in the season of Pentacost.” Well, if you are asking those questions now, I want to let you know that you are at the right web site, at the right time!

For the past 6 months at Campbell (the church where I serve as pastor), we have been studying gifts of Spirit, operations of the Spirit, and manifestations of the Spirit. It has been so rewarding for the body of Christ. Many have discovered their God-given purpose and how they fit into the advancement of the Kingdom of God. Why do I feel this important to the body of Christ and have become very passionate about it. Because once people within the body of Christ discover, open up, stir-up their gift. The church will experience explosive growth. You would have reduced burn-out, lessened frustration, and freed the church of the “take my ball and go home mentally.” Why? Because when you help people discover their God-given purpose you put them on a collision course with destiny. Now, beloved, that is exciting. Imagine the energy that persons will have when they are working in their calling. I get excited when I think about it.

Well, I pray that as I share with you insights that I received from Matthew Chapter 2, it will put you on the right road so that you will have a collision with your destiny.

First, we must observe how they found the house where Jesus was. Simple right, they followed the star. Beloved, too many times, we follow co-stars and not the Star. There is only one star in this Christian journey, it is not you and I, it is JESUS. He is the main attraction. I stress the importance of making sure when persons come to the House of Worship they see, feel, and experience THE STAR. We sometimes make the mistake of making people, who are actually co-stars, the star. The purpose of any co-star in a movie and/or television show is to make the STAR look good. Worship is not about you “getting” but it is about you “giving.” We gather to bless the One who blesses. We are on the receiving end Monday-Saturday. When Sunday comes you ought to be a giver and not a getter. The Wise Men did not seek Jesus out to see what they could get, but they wanted to give.

 

Let’s take a look at the 3 gifts they bought to Jesus: Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.

Beloved, the text reveals that they open their treasures and presented these gifts to the child. When you examine closely the gifts that were given, all three were very valuable and costly; someone could have raised the question, “why would you give a child such expensive gifts?” Gold, I think it is important for us to look at how gold is viewed. Gold is an indication of abundance; gold is extraordinary, priceless, special, uncontaminated, refined, beautiful, indestructible, and does not decay. We surely cannot deny the use of gold in the bible. Gold was used in the building of the Temple, the furnishings in the Temple, and the Ark of the Covenant, to name a few. More so, gold was given to kings. Gold represented royalty. Beloved, they gave gold to a child. Secondly, they gave frankincense. What is the significance of frankincense? Frankincense is a white balm like substances. It is taken from a tree. One would cut through the bark and allow the sap to flow out. Frankincense is highly aromatic when set on fire. It was used in the worship experiences in the temple to set the atmosphere and also represents the spiritual sacrifices going up into the throne room of God. The smoke from frankincense is symbolic of prayers, praise, adoration, and thanksgiving going up to the throne room of God. Then the last and final gift they presented to the child Jesus was myrrh. Myrrh is an expensive spice, and like frankincense, it is used for making perfume, incense, and medicine, but another purpose of myrrh is to anoint the dead. Why gold? Why frankincense? Why myrhh? Why give a child such valuable gifts?

The purpose of this post is to encourage someone in the fact that your gift(s) has more to do with where God is taking you than where you are right now. When you examine the gifts, as we did in the previous paragraph, the gifts that the child Jesus received, had more to do with his PURPOSE, than celebrating his birthday. Let’s begin celebrating our PURPOSE-DAY. The day when we discover why we are here. Living a purposeful life is living a powerful life. I am sure you have heard a lot about purpose. When can talk about purpose, but the question is how do we help each other discover their purpose. I would offer this advice to you. Your purpose is tide into your God-given gift. People are wandering purposelessly in life because they do not know their God-given gift. They have gone to school and have learned an array of skills, but have not yet sat at the feet of Jesus to learn their gift. The gifts that the Wise Men gave to the child Jesus were a sign to what Jesus was going to do in the future. Gold was given, because he was going to be King of kings. Frankincense was given because he was going to be our High Priest. Myrhh was given because he would die on the cross for the sins of the whole world.

Can I tell you again, your gift(s) is connected with your destiny.

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A man’s (women’s) gift makes room for him, And brings him (her) before great men (women) (Proverbs 19:16)

In order to have a room or rooms, a door must exist and on doors are locks, and to unlock the doors you must have the key; God has set before you doors, and when you come across a door or doors that are locked, God has given you the keys to open them up, and no person will be able to close them. That “room” and/or “rooms” is where God has destined you to be. It has been said many times, your condition is not your conclusion. Don’t get stuck! Don’t throw in the towel! Be obedient! Stir up the gift that is within you, and God will bring you to  “Your Room(s)”

bINpowered,

D.K.Kearney

©2014

 

I’VE FALLEN AND I DON’T FEEL LIKE GETTING BACK UP!

Beloved, I have had to fight with bouts of depression, wanting to give up and throw in the towel. It seemed the more I pray, the more I preach, the more I teach – the more difficult walking in my calling got. Some, if not most of all my bad decisions were made because I was under pressure and ready to give up; church-pressure, peer-pressure, society-pressure, and sometimes even family-pressure. Everyone has this certain expectation as to how you are supposed to be, how you are supposed to act, talk, look, dress, etc. And when you don’t meet their expectations, then you are talked about, humiliated, and cast to the side. Being a pastor is one of the most rewarding but yet challenging professions there is. To me, it is the most important job in the world. Why? It’s because you are equipping people with the necessary, life-giving, life-changing tools that make this life worth living and preparing them for the life to come. It is important because in the final analysis, only the things you do for and in the name of Christ are going to count. Pastors, have coached people into their God-given purpose. More often than not, the people don’t like fulfilling their purpose, because it makes demands of them that they are not comfortable doing. Leaders, Pastors, who are sincere and passionate about the calling upon their life, don’t look at their “job” as a means of just collecting a “check.” But it is a divine mandate that they go and tell the “Pharaohs” in the lives of people, “Let God’s child go!” “I give up!” are not words that the anointed man/woman of God is supposed to say. Giving up only happens to “other” people, but not the one who teaches, preaches, and lives out God’s word.

Where do you go when you are besieged, stressed and under a boundless deal of pressure? What do you do, when you, yourself are struggling with your own faith but yet you have been called to preach faith? William Ward said, “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.”

Pastor, Leader, I want to encourage you! 1st Thessalonians 5:11-14 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…”
Almost everyone in life at some point has experienced burnout. If I was to attempt to define the term burnout in a very simple way, I would say, exasperated, a strain in coping with the gravities of life, anxiety, and sometimes having panic attacks. I wish that I could wave a wand and make all trouble go away, but that is impossible. Even Jesus said, “In the world you will have trials and tribulation…” (John 16:33). We cannot ignore them, but we can find ways to better cope with them. By no means am I saying this blog will solve burnout and/or depression. I am not speaking as a psychiatrist, but I am speaking as a fellow leader, pastor who like you, am trying to make a difference in someone’s life, and who has had to fight with the spirit of discouragement for most of my ministry. It is real. The one who you thought would serve as your encourager turned out to be the one to discourage you. I have wanted to end my life and not go any further.
There are so many within the body of Christ that experience giving up and burnout daily. There are many in the Bible that God used, which experienced discouragement while trying to do what God called them to do. I would like for you to look at the story of one of the world’s greatest prophets, leaders who had to deal with burnout, discouragement. I believe this story gives you, me, and many some coping mechanisms when wanting to throw in the towel.

In 1st King Chapter 19, Queen Jezebel put out a decree that Elijah was good as dead, she was going to get revenge for what he did on Mt. Carmel. You recall the story; it was a contest against the prophets of Baal to see who the true living god was; of course the true God won. Elijah spoke and fire came down from heaven and burned up the water and the wood that was on the altar. This was a serious battle, and Elijah won. He defeated the enemy. He showed the enemy that “greater is he that is within {him} than he that is within the world” (1 John 4:4). But right after this great victory, his mind hears the threat of the enemy and he begins to run for his life. Look at what Elijah said in verses 3-5 in chapter 19:

When Elijah saw how things were, he ran for dear life to Beersheba, far in the south of Judah. He left his young servant there and then went on into the desert another day’s journey. He came to a lone broom bush and collapsed in its shade, wanting in the worst way to be done with it all—to just die: “Enough of this, God! Take my life—I’m ready to join my ancestors in the grave!” (The Message)

Right after a great victory, Elijah was ready to give up. Elijah was discouraged, and experienced burnout. He actually desires God to take him out of this world, but look at what happened with Elijah that I feel will help you, for it surely helps me.

The very first thing happened was REST. I used to pride myself of being a workaholic, however I was doing more harm than good. I never took a vacation for the first 7 years of my pastoral experience. Beloved, you must REST. If God rested after he created the world, what makes you think resting is not a part of the process? There are so many who pride themselves of ALWAYS doing. As if their “busyness” is going to get them an extra star in their crown. I have learned sometimes, when people call to ask, “What are you doing?” I proudly say, “Nothing!” Any professional physical trainer will tell you that your muscles don’t grow in the gym; they grow during your rest periods. Elijah was growing while sleeping under the broom bush. Stop trying to impress others by staying busy. Learn how to rest and never be ashamed of it.

The second thing that happened to our brother in this ministry during his moment of burnout was he ATE. My brother, and my sister, you have to eat! Eat right! Feeding your temple with the right kinds of food is crucial in dealing with burnout and discouragement. Yeah, I have heard my fellow colleagues say, “I have not eaten all day…” That is not good. How are you to be used by God to do this work, when you have not fed your body appropriately?

Aim for balance. Most days, eat from each food group-grains, protein foods, vegetable and fruit, and dairy. Listen to your body. Eat when you’re hungry. Stop when you feel satisfied.

Look for variety. Be adventurous. Choose different foods in each food group. For example, don’t reach for an apple every time you choose a fruit. Eating a variety of foods each day will help you get all the nutrients you need.

Practice moderation. Don’t have too much or too little of one thing. All foods, if eaten in moderation, can be part of healthy eating. (http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/tc/healthy-eating-overview)

I practice eating healthier and clean meals than I do processed food. In a normal day, for breakfast, I have steel cut oatmeal, wheat toast with coconut oil (instead of butter), two boiled brown eggs with homemade fresh juice (fruit and veggies in my juicer), or a healthy smoothie. For lunch I eat a heavy meal, still nothing processed. Then for dinner I have a salad or something light but yet filling.

When you look at the story, the angel told Elijah at least 3 times to EAT AND THEN REST. That is what I want to encourage you to do, it doesn’t matter if you are a pastor, church leader or not. It is important that while trying to “make a living” don’t forget to LIVE!

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The last and final instruction that was given to Elijah while he struggled with his bout of depression was to go to “The Mountain of God”, because he was going to experience the presence and voice of God. The question that God asked Elijah was a soul searching question, “What are you doing here?” I believe God was not talking about his physical location as much as his mental location. Why have you stopped and parked your mind, your spirit on “Unbelief Boulevard.”, “Hopeless Court”, “Doubt Street”, and “Give-up Avenue?” God asked that question to get Elijah back on the right road, going in the right direction mentally. Once Elijah answered the question, and Elijah was totally honest with God, “God I don’t feel like I can make it.” God told him to get up; I am about to pass by. Pastor, Leader, GET UP, God is about to pass by. God knows where you are. God knows what you are dealing with. God wants to refresh you; God wants to restore the joy of being called by Him. God wants to revive you, but you have muster up the strength and the faith to GET UP! Don’t stay down, GET UP! Yes, you, you can GET UP!

bINpowered,
Daryl k. Kearney
©2014

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO FIGHT?

I have had a few major challenges in my life, one of which took place while I was a Junior at Morris Brown College. This crisis was major. One that I will never forget, because it taught me so much; it awarded me three valuable lessons about God, me and people. Yes, Beloved, every crisis that arises in your life should teach you three lessons: 1. God, 2. Yourself and 3. People. It seemed as if someone pulled the ground I was walking on right from under my feet. What made this crisis deadly was the fact that though it manifested externally, it was killing me internally. I was dying from the inside out. I felt alone, I felt abandoned, I felt like giving up, I felt like not living. Those who I thought were my “do or die” friends acted as if they did not even know me anymore. I was in the fight of my life and at that time, I was losing.

I remember one night while in the midst a heavy depression. I could hear my grandmother, who was over 8 hours away at the time; say in my ear, “Son have you prayed?” So at that very moment, in my dorm room, I fell not on my knees, but on my stomach, I laid myself prostrate before God. And I just began to cry uncontrollably. I was crying so hard, that I could not even speak, I was trying to catch my breath, but to no avail. I felt that I needed to say something. Because I remembered what the Bible said, “You have not because you ask not.” So I just figured, I needed to ask, to “make my petition known unto the Lord.” There were still no words, just wailing, and crying, and more crying. Then, I felt a hand on my shoulder, and I heard a voice say, “You don’t know how to fight.”

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Beloved, that is it. We, who are a part of the Body of Christ, must learn how to fight, and after you have learned how to fight, you must FIGHT. This war is more serious than any other war that has taken place. This war affects your peace of mind, your joy, your attitude. It is an internal battle. The enemy is not fighting you externally, but the enemy is trying to kill you from the inside out. Look at what Paul said;

The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity (2nd Corinthians 10:3-6, The Message).

This war, we are in, is not a war of flesh and blood. It is a spiritual war. That is what so many of us miss, is that before things happen in the natural, it first takes place in the spiritual. You find yourself, like I was at one point in my life, waddling in defeat when you try to fight a spiritual battle with natural weapons. You will lose every time when you use your own knowledge, your own logic, and your own strategy when fighting with principalities and powers in high places. I hope I am not the first to tell you, but the Devil is stronger than you, BUT he is not stronger than the one that is within you, nor is he stronger than the weapons that you have to fight with. God did not intend for his children to get beat up constantly, continually, day after day. God has equipped us with the tools and resources to fight back. The problem is we do not use them. When we are in the midst of our struggle, and/or conflict, all we think, focus and talk about is the pain and not the praise. You are not fighting to obtain the victory; you are fighting to hold on to your victory, because the fight for victory has already been won by Jesus. Don’t you ever let go of your hope, your victory, your love, your joy, your salvation, your praise; because when you let go of all those things, you put Jesus right back on the cross again.

So, you may ask “what weapons do I have to fight with?” Good question. I want to conclude this blog by answering that question.

Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels went forth to battle with the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought. But they were defeated, and there was no room found for them in heaven any longer. And the huge dragon was cast down and out—that age-old serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, he who is the seducer (deceiver) of all humanity the world over; he was forced out and down to the earth, and his angels were flung out along with him. Then I heard a strong (loud) voice in heaven, saying, Now it has come—the salvation and the power and the kingdom (the dominion, the reign) of our God, and the power (the sovereignty, the authority) of His Christ (the Messiah); for the accuser of our brethren, he who keeps bringing before our God charges against them day and night, has been cast out! And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony… (Revelation 12:7-11)

Here is a proven strategy on how to overcome the enemy. Two weapons were used. First, THE BLOOD, and Secondly, TESTIMONY. There is power in the Blood of Jesus. USE IT! Here are a few scriptures you can read that deals with the power that is in the blood of Jesus:
The Blood will PROTECT YOU: Exodus 12:13
The Blood will HEAL YOU: Isaiah 53:5
The Blood will DELIVER YOU: Hebrews 2:14

The last and final weapon that John shared with us from Revelation is our TESTIMONY. When we think about testimony we think about our lives; the way we lead our lives and how God has helped us live successful Christian lives. But as I was meditating a little more about it, the Lord led me to Isaiah 64:6: “all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.” That means we will never be able to live totally holy for Christ without God’s mercy. All of what we do, or try to do is filthy rags, good for nothing. Therefore the testimony to fight the devil is not our lives. But what Jesus has done for our lives.

Exodus 31:18: “When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the Testimony, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.”
In other words the stones in which the 10 commandments were written by the hand of God; in God’s own hand writing. God is the Author of your life, he has already inscribed with his own hands, your life of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and victory. Don’t allow the enemy to take your weapons from you. This is the fight of your life. We sometimes determine victory but what’s going on around us or not going on around us, but God determines victory by what’s going on inside of us. Victory is an attitude; you must believe in yourself. The Children of Israel did not obtain the promise of God because they saw themselves as grasshoppers. The enemy did not say a negative word to them; it was in their own minds where they felt they were already defeated. You are NOT defeated; the enemy is a defeated foe. Use your weapons of the BLOOD (your salvation), and the TESTIMONY (what Christ has said and done for you) of Jesus Christ, apply it to the schemes of the devil and stand still and watch your deliverance, healing and breakthrough come. FIGHT!

bINpowered,
D.K.Kearney
©2013

The Power of the Second Touch

One of the biggest tricks of the enemy is distractions. The enemy has already seen your potential and your future, he/she cannot do anything about it; the enemy can’t change it, nor can he/she move it. However, if the enemy can get us distracted in such a way that we cannot see it, we will not go after it. The message that God wanted me to share with you through this post is to STAY FOCUSED!

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The Word teaches us that, “without vision my people perish.” So true, but I would like to say that without FOCUS your vision will never come to pass to save the people. While having vision could be a “life or death situation”, being focused can be a “do or die” situation. If you are not focused, you will die with a vision that will never be actualized. Norman Cousins who lived from June 24, 1915 to November 30, 1990, was an American political journalist, author, professor and world peace advocate. He is quoted as saying, “The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside of us while we live.” God has birthed in you greatness, potential, opportunities that far succeeds any human expectation. The Spirit is a supernatural conduit for birthing. Whenever God’s spirit is involved, expect something greater to be birthed.

I have been wearing corrective lenses since I was in middle school. I could always see, I had vision, but what I was looking at was blurred. I knew something was before me, but I could not make out what it was. Thus, I had to visit an optometrist to have my eyes checked for corrective lenses. The optometrist had to bring my vision into focus. Many today wear glasses, contacts, or have had Laser Eye Surgery to correct impaired vision. Now they can see BETTER! People are spending millions and millions of dollars to improve their physical vision. They are spending money on technologically-advanced eye exams, better frames, lenses, contacts, and now, Laser Eye Surgery. But yet they don’t see their life any BETTER. They still see defeat, doom and destruction. God wants you to see BETTER, but you must allow the Spirit to bring your eyes into focus. God wants you to see what he sees. But the only way that is done is when and if you allow him to touch your eyes, not once but twice; for the first touch is for vision, but the second touch is for FOCUS.

When the children of Israel were led out of captivity towards the Promised Land, Moses sent spies into the land. They saw the promises with their own eyes; it was within their sight—their vision. Yet, when we read Numbers, chapter 13 their focus was tainted. Instead of focusing on what God promised, they focused on the foe. In verse 27 they reported, “The land flows with milk and honey…”; however, in verse 28, there is this conjunction, “BUT”. The spies began to focus more on the enemy than on the promise. And here lies the growing edge of some within the Kingdom of God, we have a vision, but we are focused on the enemy rather than the promises. We focus too much on our haters, and not enough on the Lover of our soul. If you want to shift your atmosphere, you must shift your focus. You cannot see things of the kingdom, the things that God has in store for you with earthly glasses. You must look through the lenses of God. I want to see what God sees in me and for me.

Recall when Jesus had to touch the blind man twice in Mark 8:22-26. Jesus had to touch him twice because the first time Jesus touched him, the man saw men walking as trees. The man had vision but not focus; therefore, Jesus touched the man again to bring his vision into focus. Sometimes we, like the blind man, need a second touch by Jesus in order to see from God’s perspective. When Christ is the focal point of your focus, the vision that he has given to you will come into proper perspective. Recall also the situation that Jesus encountered as recorded in Matthew 20:29-33: “As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him. And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.”

How are your eyes? How is your focus? Is it dim, hazy, far-sighted or near-sighted? Do you have color blindness or tunnel vision? Do you want your eyes to be opened? The first touch from Jesus will give you vision, but sometimes we need a second touch to give us FOCUS. I pray that God will open our eyes and give us focus.

Your focus determines your reality. You are what you SEE. See yourself better. See yourself living better, eating better, loving better, enjoying life better, singing better, and working better.

When you focus on the negative you will begin to sink. We must keep our focus on our life’s author, and not the circumstances and the storms. Because the Author wrote your ending before he started with your beginning. You are going to win! So Beloved, don’t allow the cares, people and situations of this life to make you lose your focus. Stay focused on that what God has called you to do and who God has called you to be. Paul gives us great advice in Philippians 4:8. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.”

bINpowered,™
D.K.Kearney
©2013

Who is holding Your Pruning Shears?

In my last blog, I spoke about the need to understand the different seasons of life that you will ultimately find yourself experiencing. Biblically speaking, there are two seasons—“seed time” and “harvest time”. In this INpowering™ blog, I want to impart in you a challenging but necessary process that growing individuals must experience—the pruning process.



According to E. P. Christopher, author of The Pruning Manual (1954), R. L. Hudson, author of The Pruning Handbook (1973), and C. Brickell, author of Pruning (1979), the process of pruning is described as follows: “Pruning is a horticultural practice of cutting away an unwanted, unnecessary, or undesirable plant part, used most often on trees, shrubs, hedges, and woody vines. We use pruning to remove diseased or injured parts of the plant, to influence vertical or lateral growth for various reasons, and to increase flowering or fruit yield. Another way to define it is cutting away superfluous or undesirable branches.” The practice of pruning requires targeted removal of damaged, dead, or non-productive tissue from the plant. It must be properly pruned and nurtured in order for it to produce high-quality fruit. The pruning process is essential for keeping the plant healthy and in a condition to produce a crop of ample proportions.

Throughout the ministry and teachings of Jesus, it is not surprising that he used farming terminology in describing the Kingdom of God. In other words, He gave earthly examples that the people of that time could understand, yet it had a divine, life-shifting implication. When we read the fifteenth chapter of the Gospel of John, we see this practice. In verses one through three, the text is as follows: “I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing, He prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.”



In the first seventeen verses of the fifteenth chapter of the gospel of John, Jesus teaches us how to be fruitful. In the Kingdom of God, success is not judged by your bank account, the home you live in or by the automobile that you drive. Success in the kingdom is based on being fruitful. In order to grow fruit you must plant the seeds during the appropriate time so that when the season for harvesting comes, you will have fruit on the tree. You cannot have fruit if you don’t plant and you cannot be MORE fruitful if you don’t endure the pruning process. It’s nice that you have fruit on your tree, celebrate that; however, Beloved, let me INpower™ you with the knowledge that God has MORE for you! That’s right, my brother and my sister, “MORE” is looking for you! Stop settling; stop being pacified by what is “good” and begin setting your mind on achieving EXCELLENCE! Remember when Paul said, “I will show you the most excellent way” (I Corinthians 12:31)? Beloved, we often times find ourselves severely challenged when we have to make a choice between what is good and what is better. We have no problems choosing between good and bad; however, when we are faced with the obstacle of having to select something that is better, we tend to settle for what is easiest to attain.

We must allow God to prune the unproductive and fruitless areas of our lives, in an effort to prepare us for greater. Take inventory of your life. Are you bogged down by lifeless friends, negative thoughts and unnecessary possessions? Or perhaps you are traveling on a dead-end path, lending your efforts to an ineffective lifestyle, or maybe even feel trapped by a hopeless future. By allowing God’s pruning process to take place, we open ourselves up for the possibility to flourish and bear more fruit for the Kingdom of God. And that, Beloved, is success! We will not only add to the Kingdom in capacity but also in excellence! Sometimes blessings are masqueraded as painful experiences. God uses those phases as a season of pruning. Isaiah noted that it was in the midst of death that he saw the Lord high and lifted (Isaiah 6). I understand that he was merely noting the time of his calling; however, I think it is quite significant that it took place during the same time that he was grieving the loss of a beloved king. Yes, one king died but he saw a GREATER King that was high and lifted.

God has a purpose for us, and ultimately, His purpose is designed to produce the best possible fruit from His vineyard. Not only does God want the best from you; God wants to give you the best, as well! Have a blessed assurance, Beloved, that when the pruning knife from our Heavenly Father comes upon your life it comes with a purpose. You and I may not always understand what that reason is but since it is God who is the Farmer, God asks that we trust Him. The important aspect about pruning is not the knife itself, but the One who holds it. What am I saying? Make sure it’s God who is doing the pruning and not anyone else. Don’t allow other people or things to cut into your God-ordained purpose. Know who you are and whose you are, and don’t settle for anything less than God’s best! Nothing happens without God’s authorization. God is working to make us more like Christ. He is working to remove from us those things that do not help us fulfill our purpose in life.



“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)



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God is removing from us what we do not need. He is removing from us what hinders our growth and development.



Allow me to share with you the absolute most important aspect of the gospel of John 15:1-8. It is found in verses four through seven and it is repeated in each verse. It conveys to us how we can handle the pruning seasons of our lives like champions! “Remain in me….” That’s it! Did you really get it? (Read it again). Jesus says we must remain connected to Him. Not only is having a relationship with Jesus important, however, having constant fellowship with Jesus is vital. It is critical for us to spend quality time with Jesus in order to produce because apart from him, we can do nothing. We achieve our closeness with God through daily worship, which includes prayer, and studying the Word. I admonish you to learn to seek God’s face, and not just God’s hands in your efforts to receive from God. The greatest joy comes from knowing that every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before. Your connection with God continues to get better and stronger with each passing day.



I pray that whatever The Lord is doing in this season, that He doesn’t do it without you! In Jesus name, Amen.

bINpowered™

D.K.Kearney

©2013

It’s Your Time!

God is Moving you into a New Level, a New Dimension, and a New Season.

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” –
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Every aspect of our lives is as to a season and there is a purpose for those seasons. The events of your life are not accidental. There are seasons you didn’t want to go through but through those seasons you’ve learned valuable lessons.

There are seasons you’ve gone through that you don’t know why you had to endure, however, in the midst of that season, you’ve asked yourself, will I ever get out of this? Beloved, I, as your brother in Christ can testify, I have gone through some of these seasons where I have asked all of the above and then some. I have cried. I have screamed. I have hit rock bottom not knowing if I was going to make it, and if I made it if I would still have my right mind.

Just because you are going through or have gone through a rough season doesn’t mean God is finished with you because “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

In nature, seeds are planted, seeds grow, seeds fulfill their purpose and seeds die. Winter and spring are seasons of preparation. Plants that have died during the previous season decay and help replenish nourishment for the soil. Even death has a purpose in nature. Even in seasons of death, growth and development takes place. There are some things in our lives that must die in order for you to reach that level of growth that God has predestined you to obtain. Remember, when Isaiah was called into the ministry (Isaiah 6)? I think it is significant that the death of King Uzziah took place and immediately afterwards, Isaiah “saw the Lord high and lifted up” (Isaiah 6:1). The point that I want to make is that, Isaiah saw greatness during a season of death. Think about it, in order to have life in Christ we must put to death the flesh. Then as the late winter and early spring comes the soil is plowed and made ready. Seeds are planted, cultivated and flourished. In summer and fall, crops mature and are gathered. Beloved, get your buckets ready, prepare your barns, because God is getting ready to open the windows of Heaven and pour into your cup blessings that will overflow to the point you will have to drink from the saucer.

In Genesis 8:22. The scripture reads…”While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest (seasons) and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” This scripture also gives us a basic description of seasons. We can surmise from this scripture that seasons, biblically, are divided into two categories… seasons of seedtime (preparation) and seasons of harvest (reaping from what has been sewn during the season of seedtime). One of the challenges on this walk is discovering which season you are in. Often we are trying to reap when it is time to plant. Then we try to plant when it’s time to reap. During seedtime it is challenging to plant seeds when the ground is dry and when the ground is hard. The work becomes difficult– your hands sometimes will bleed, your backs gets sore, your arms and shoulders may ache and to top it all off you become thirsty. Furthermore, you can’t expect to reap if you have not planted. But you know what is so great about the season of labor, what is so awesome to experience? THE RAIN! Rain will break up tough ground. There are some tough situations you have been in– maybe you’re in one right now or getting ready to walk in one. Guess what? Even during that time God has a way that is mighty sweet. He will send RAIN. Whether you are in your season of preparation or your season of harvest– IT’S YOUR TIME! Each of those seasons is an opportunity for great blessings. It is important that you have the same amount of joy during your season of planting as you do your season of reaping. Knowing that God is preparing you for something prodigious is just as exciting as receiving the abundance.

Don’t you give up now Beloved! Don’t relent. IT’S YOUR TIME. “So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good things. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up or quit” (Galatians 6:9). I know from experience it will feel like you’re so dry and empty and your mind is saying “this is ridiculous” and the devil is telling you it’s not worth it.

The devil is telling you it’s over, it’s dead, and it’s never going to happen.
Those dreams, visions and prophecies are never going to come to pass.

You’re never going to start that ministry.
You’re never going to write that book.
You’re never going to see your children saved.
You’re never going to birth that business idea.
You’re never going to get out of debt.

I want to speak to your spirit like Elijah said to Ahab: “Up on your feet! Eat and drink- celebrate! Rain is on the way, I hear it coming” (I Kings 18:41). That’s right, God is getting ready to shift your season. You’re getting ready to tap into a renewed anointing and a brand new source of the glory and the power of God and you’re going to be elevated with a new boldness and a new faith and determination. You’re going to go into the enemy’s camp and you’re going to take back everything he robbed from you. I pray and speak into your life a drought-breaking anointing.

bINpowered,™

D.K. Kearney

©2013

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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”!

bINpowered,
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”.

bINpowered,
D.K.Kearney
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