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

 

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

Live, Laugh, Love, Lead

“Live, Laugh, Love & Lead” became my mantra for life almost 3 years ago, after going through a very tough season. I found myself in a battle–one that was more internal than external. Beloved, I tell you, you truly have not fought a real battle until you war with those that are within the confines of your own mind and spirit. Those battles are hardest to fight because most of the time, you are warring within yourself. During that season of my life I felt like giving up on everything and everyone, including God and the ministry that God placed inside of me. It seemed that everywhere I turned, there were issues, problems and pain. I did not feel like going to church; I did not feel like praying; I did not feel like being around myself, much less people. It felt like everyone was against me and I felt like I wasn’t going to make it. At any given moment, I was ready to call it quits. To make matters worse, God spoke to me only once, and never said anything else during that timeframe. That season lasted 1,051,920 minutes, 17,532 hours, 730 days, yet God spoke only once!!! Through all of that, it wasn’t until 2010, after hanging out in my own “pigpen”, that I came to myself, and said, GET UP! God has not only promised life, but He promised an abundant life. It was at that very moment that I began to reevaluate my life.

I’ve discovered two ways I could live in abundance, knowing every day is a non-refundable, precious gift from God. The first way to live in abundance is to seize the day. One of the great patriarchs of the Old Testament, King David, sets an awesome example of how to seize the day. In Psalm 142:1- 4, we find King David held up in a cave, hiding from Saul, running for his life. He was frightened, battered, exasperated and defeated. But in verses 5 – 6 David starts to praise God. What happened? Saul didn’t concede. The cave didn’t turn into a luminous palace. The only thing that transformed was David’s attitude! If you’re waiting for all of your bills to be paid, everything in your life to be perfect, everyone who doesn’t like you to favor you, or a better job, YOU WON’T EVER BE HAPPY!!! David’s prayers didn’t modify his situation for him, his prayers revolutionized him for his situation. When you allow people and problems to determine your happiness, you are giving too much power to external forces that impact your internal peace.

The final way that I learned to live everyday in abundance is to serve the Lord. If Jesus is not your Lord, then who is? And how long are we supposed to serve Him? Every day until the last day! When are we supposed to start? NOW! It is never too late.

Beloved, today is the day that the Lord has made! I admonish you on this day to LIVE in abundance every second of this day! LAUGH all day long! LOVE every hour that you have left! This day will never come again, so let us not waste it. Beloved, LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE, and LEAD!

A soda bottle reads: “No Deposit, No Return.” If you don’t go to the trouble of bringing it back, you don’t get anything back. That’s life!!! The only way you get something out of life is when you bring your life back to where you got it from–to God! God is the giver of life, but not just life, ABUNDANT LIFE! Take what you have been given and give it back to the One who gave it. No deposit, no return! Put your life in God’s hands and “LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE & LEAD”!

bINpowered,
D.K.Kearney.
©2013

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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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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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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…

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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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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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