Create your great…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

bINpowered,

D.K. Kearney.

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Forgive, Forget, and be Free!

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

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

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

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

bINpowered,

D.K. Kearney

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2ND WIND 2

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

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

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

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

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

bINpowered,

D.K. Kearney

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2nd Wind: Part 1

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

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

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

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Focus

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

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

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

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

bINpowered,
D.K. Kearney

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