God will interupt your iniquity

Y’Shua will literally interrupt your iniquity to expose who He is to you.  You don’t believe me; just ask the Samaritan Woman He spoke to at the well in John 4.

 Today I am coming to encourage all of you who are standing for your love ones who are still out in the world of sin.  This morning in prayer, God began to deal with me regarding the woman at the well.  The Holy Spirit pointed out that she was not seeking an encounter with God when the Messiah showed up and spoke into her life.

Think about the setting, here it is the middle of the day and she has picked this very time to go to the well so as to NOT encounter anyone else as she draws her water.  The respectable women of the area would arise early in the morning to draw water while it is still cool and they can visit with their friends as they together make their way through the streets to the well.

Ah but this woman was not considered to be respectable and to avoid all the whispers and stares and downright mean treatment of the others, she chose to go when she would be alone. Don’t let anyone fool you, they may say they don’t care what others may think about what they are doing, the lifestyle they have chosen or even their blatant disrespect for the things of God, but they care.  They have just walked so long under condemnation that their defense mechanism has kicked in and they have developed this hardness that says “I don’t care”.  Take it from me, I know this first hand!

So here she is minding her own business when this Judean man who shouldn’t be talking to her anyway is making conversation. 9 The Samaritan woman therefore saith unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, who am a Samaritan woman? (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

Then to compound things Christ flips the script and tells her by right, she should be asking Him for something to drink.  Now again, that defense mechanism kicks in and she gets a bit smart with Him like really who do you think you are. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his sons, and his cattle?

Don’t get discouraged when the person you are laboring in prayer for does not respond in a favorable way to your sharing the gospel with them.  Trust me; all is well; just let the Lord take the opportune time to reveal Himself.  When He does, he will tell them all about themselves and will make a lasting impression on them.  19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet…..28 So the woman left her waterpot, and went away into the city, and saith to the people, 29 Come, see a man, who told me all things that ever I did: can this be the Christ?

It is not your job to convert your love one, leave that God.  He knows exactly what it is going to take to get them to take note of their life and to yield ALL to Him.  You just keep praying and believing and He will do the rest.

Your sons and daughters, husband or wife, mother or farther, sister or brother for whom you have been crying out to Elohim for is coming in, don’t be moved by what you hear or see, stand on the promise of God. Acts 16:30-31 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

30 Then, leading them outside, he said, “Men, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They said, “Trust in the Lord Yeshua, and you will be saved — you and your household!”

©Coylette James 2013

Relationship vs Religion

“I pray not only for these, but also for those who will trust in me because of their word,  that they may all be one. Just as you, Father, are united with me and I with you, I pray that they may be united with us, so that the world may believe that you sent me. The glory which you have given to me, I have given to them; so that they may be one, just as we are one —
I united with them and you with me, so that they may be completely one, and the world thus realize that you sent me, and that you have loved them just as you have loved me.” John 17:20-23

Relationship vs Religion

I believe every Christian Ministry has a central theme to it.  For some it is healing, for others salvation, there is faith and the list can go on and on.  The one thing that should always be the focal point is Christ or it is not a “Christian” Ministry.  My theme is encouragement.  Everything I do and teach has a tendency to resonate encouragement to be all you can in and through Christ.

If encouragement jumps out as my main theme, then my subtopic is always relationship.  You see, you cannot be ALL that you can be without your relationship with God being intact.  It is through this relationship that you learn the true meaning of who you are.

As you read in our opening scripture, Yeshua has prayed us into oneness with Him and the Father which denotes a relationship.  You will very often hear me say that Yeshua was born a Jew and died a Jew.  He did not come to earth and suffer all that He did to start a new “religion”.  He never once renounced being a Jew nor did He ever try to convince anyone to depart from following the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  

The purpose of His coming was to reconcile us back to God the Father which He accomplished on the Cross by shedding His blood as atonement for our sins. His job was done when He said “it is finished”; however, our work was just beginning at that point. 

Before your jump up and accuse me of heresy, no, I am not saying we have to work for salvation.  Christ took care of that on the cross, all we have to do is accept His atonement, believe that He is the Messiah and ask Him to take up Lordship in our lives to receive our salvation.  There is no work we can do to earn it, we simply receive it.

Now that we have clarified that, the work that begins at that point is the development of our relationship with God.  As in any relationship, for it to grow, both parties involved has to work at its advancement.  God’s work in this equation has already occurred, He knows us better that we know ourselves.  We on the other hand have much to learn about our Father in Heaven.  Good news is He has availed Himself to us to learn of Him.

He has given us His Holy Spirit to teach us, guide us and reveal to us all that we seek to know about the God we serve who loves us not just as our God, but as our Father. 

My encouragement to you today is to first, recognize that saying you are a Christian is not declaring your allegiance to a religious set, it is saying that you have a relationship with Christ “God’s Anointed One and His Anointing” and with God the Father “Creator of the Heavens and the Earth”; Second, to seek to know Your God and be all that He created you to be. 

Religion will cause you to just repeatedly do something just for the sake of doing; Relationship will cause you to be somebody for the sake of what you were created to be.

God Bless you!

©Coylette James 2013

Biblical Based Business Devotional

Holy Spirit Knowledge

Biblical Based Business Devotional

Back Up And Begin The Beginning

John 1:1-5  “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by Him and with out Him was not anything made that was made.  In Him was life and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.”

If you are contemplating stating your own business, you are in the right place at the right time to receive this word form God.  If you have already started your business and things are not going well or things are good and you want to make them better, Glory to God, you too are in the right place and time.

“In the beginning was the Word and the word was with God and the Word was God” No matter what you are endeavoring to do the beginning of all your thoughts, plans and ideas must be God.

What an awesome time to be alive and a part of the body of Christ.  God has so orchestrated and ordained this time to be the time of Harvest for His children.  I understand times have been ruff and money has been tight, but you have withstood the pressures of life and have overcome the obstacles set before you to reach the place you are right now.  You are in the place of prosperity, the place of divine favor, and the place of endless blessings.  Oh yes, what a glorious time to be alive. Deuteronomy 8:18 (NIV) But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your forefathers, as it is today.

Whatever phase your business is in, the biblical principals being shared with you here will be the foundation of your success from now until eternity.

When beginning a business as with anything else in life that requires making a decision, it is imperative that we consult God every step of the way.  Never loss sight of the fact that you were created by God and your creation was specifically for His pleasure: Revelations 4:11 Thou are worthy O Lord to receive Glory and Honor and Power for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

It has been said many times, to know the purpose of a creation; you must consult the one who created it.  It is in the mind of the creator, who designed it, why it is.  To understand your purpose, you must ask Him who created you.

Your parents, earthly that is, did not create you.  They were just the tools used in the process.  Only God can create life, we simple procreate or reproduce life.  Before you were ever in your mother’s womb, God had already set in motion your purpose for being and your destiny.  Therefore, your purpose in life cannot be solely predicated on who or what your parents are or did.  Whether they are very successful God fearing people or the most abusive, hateful people imaginable, it is up to you to consult God Almighty to fully understand and fulfill your purpose on this earth.

Know this; God had other people in mind when you were predestined.  The fulfillment of your destiny affects the lives of countless others.  This is not just about you!  God uses His children to draw those yet still in darkness to His marvelous light.  Philippians 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”

When the purpose of anything is not fully know or understood, there is a tendency to misuse or abuse it. (To abnormally use it)  Take drugs for example, when used properly, their effects are good.  However, when used incorrectly, abuse occurs.  The average drug addict will tell you they are not hurting anyone but themselves, but it is people, not just the individual that become the victims of the abuse.

The same principle works in our lives when it comes to relationships.  A parent who does not understand their purpose in a child’s life will abuse or molest instead of loving, protecting and nurturing the child.  A person, who does not understand the purpose of marriage, becomes a partner who does not understand their God ordained role in the relationship and tends to abuse their spouse.

Businesses are no different.  In order to start, operate and succeed in business, we must first ask God what He has purposed for our life.  We all have God given talents within us that have been inputted for a reason.  It all works together to bring Glory to God, which in turn brings success for us.  If we don’t take the time to consult God daily for direction, then we misuse the talents He has given us and spend much too much wasted time in search of self-gratification.

Romans 8:28-32 “And we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose.   For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called, and whom He called, them He also justified, and whom He justified, them He also glorified.  What shall we say to these things?  If God be for us, who can be against us?  He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?’

If we carefully look at these scriptures, it is obvious we are in need of guidance from the Holy Spirit to successfully live our lives.  Remember, Revelations 4:11 declares all things were and are created for God’s pleasure.

We often miss the mark of success in life because we try and live for our pleasure.  In order to turn things around, we must submit all to the Lord, including our thoughts, words, actions and deeds.  I know it is a hard concept to digest at first, but as we learn to surrender all, then all is added unto us.

Let me break it down for you in a different manner:  You are no longer in control of your life.  If you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord, “you do not own you”.  A great price has been paid for you.  1 Corinthians 6:19 & 20 “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, which ye have of God and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God’s”.

You may be wondering what all this has to do with your business.  If you are to succeed in business as well as life, you have to lay the proper foundation.  For every action there is a reaction and for every cause there is an effect.  If you are not properly aligned with God’s will and plan for your life, your foundation will be unstable.  If your choice of action is to operate your business without God’s direction and guidance, your reaction will be that of stress and worry about how things will work out.  Thinking you can handle it all by yourself will cause your effect to be failure.  I understand you have all your degrees on the wall and you have done all your research on the demographics of the area and everything is in order and that is good you have done your part, but you don’t know what tomorrow holds so it would definitely behoove you to know who holds tomorrow and take direction from Him.

Submission to God is essential for success.  Understand this, we are all slaves to something or someone whether we admit it or not.  I know some of us have a problem with humility, submission and the idea of being a servant or slave, but it is time to get over it.

To become submissive to someone is to submit yourself to their mission or to come under the mission of another.  Paul describes it this way in his letter to the Romans:  “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey-whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?  But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.  You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.  I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves.  Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.  When you were slaves to sin, you were free for the control of righteousness.  What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of?  Those things result in death!  But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:16-23 NIV

Let’s take this a step further.  Not only do you not belong to your self: you are dead!  Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Isn’t God wonderful!!!  He created us, loves us, has mercy on us, sent His Son to die for us, who rose with all power to give us, reconciled us, justified us, sanctified us, transformed us, gave us His Holy Spirit to teach us and guide us and is seated on the throne watching over us to bless us.

Why are we so reluctant to give all to Him?  There is no doubt He can do much more with and for us than we can do for ourselves.  It simply stands to reason that if God created us to will and do His pleasure, then we need to yield ourselves to His directions.

 Count Up the Cost

 If you stop and think about it, it is going to cost you far less to surrender your business to God than to hold on to it thinking you can do it by yourself.  Consider going out and spending thousands of dollars on an ad campaign with no results, when you could have gone into you prayer closet, consulted the Lord who would have directed you in another direction.

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In allthy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.  Be not wise in thine own eyes, fear the Lord and depart from evil.  It shall be health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones.”

I know I sound like a resounding cymbal, but I really want to drive this point home.  Submit, surrender, give ear to the leading of the Holy Spirit, study the Word of God, walk in obedience to the laws of God and your business will be successful!  Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

Go forth my Brothers and Sisters and make your Father God proud.  It is absolutely His desire that you are successful in all your Kingdom endeavors.

© Coylette James 2005