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

 

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

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