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!


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.”


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)


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.




2nd Wind: Part 1

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

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

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



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!

D.K. Kearney

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