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Jul 12, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 4 Day 2- Repentance

 

 Week 7 day 1- Repentance

This is the 3rd “R” after Recognize, take Responsibility, is now Repent

Repentance- the action or process of repenting especially for misdeeds or moral shortcomings

Acts 3:19 (Amplified Bible)
19So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord;


Do you want times of refreshing to come from the Lord in you life? Are you tired of the blistering heat of disease? Are you ready for the oasis? Where you are saying “Is this as good as it gets” You wont get there unless you repent first.

There are so many situations in the Bible where repentance is spoken. And if God commands it then why aren’t we doing it? Well, Pride sets in and there desire be hard in front of man is greater then there desire to be pure in front of the Lord.

 

I believe that people look at the word repentance as this big, dreadful action they have to do. Let me encourage you, this is the thing that makes you “whole” if this is overwhelming because you feel like you have a lot to repent for, don’t worry, start with the thing you know you do now for sure.
 
 Some examples I have heard women or (myself) deal with is manipulation (towards spouse or kids), financial infidelity (hiding or spending money without spouse’s knowledge), emotional affairs (chatting, texting, or facebooking) with other men that is inappropriate, any behavior you wouldn’t want your spouse doing. I could even go as far as saying watching tv shows like Desperate Housewives and wishing you had an exciting life like they are living. 
If you are a single lady with children. Talking or doing something in front of your children that is inappropriate such as bad mouthing their father where they can hear, or having relationships that confuse the children. Remember they are watching and they will follow, so are your actions lining up with how you want your children to be?
If you are married, quit worrying about what your husband isn’t doing right and start with yourself, because no matter where you go, you are still with you. So change the common denominator first….YOU!!

1 John 1:9 (Amplified Bible)
9If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

Jul 11, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

 
 Week 4 Day 1 – Responsibility

Responsibility- moral, legal, or mental accountability : reliability, trustworthiness

The 2nd “R” is Responsibility, where you have recognized what you have been operating out of (bitterness, anger, addictive personality,manipulative/controlling, ect..) Not everyone wants to do this, Some people have said ” Well God Bless, that’s just the way I am.” What about the scripture that says ” From Glory to Glory we are changed”? 2 Corinthians 3:18,

If you are saying “that’s just the way I am” then you are making excuses for yourself and you are wrong. Or when people say “This is how God created me, if he wants me to change he would have do it.” But the reality is, (if you are saying this) God couldn’t change you, because you wont let him and that is not right either.

People who deal with Pride issues, have a hard for time taking responsibility for their actions, these are the same people that cant say they are sorry first, say sorry at all, or say sorry real quick to be done with it, but really don’t mean it.

The first 2 years I was married, I never said Sorry to Kris,  when I was in the wrong. The Lord convicted me, and told me for an entire year I had to say I was sorry first, regardless if I was at fault….whhhoooo. but now I don’t have the issue.

 

Inventory self check- respond to the blog if you have questions. Dont be the one in the dark wishing you would have asked, be set free!

 

 

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Jul 11, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 4 Day 1- Responsibility

 

Week 4 Day 1 – Responsibility

Responsibility- moral, legal, or mental accountability : reliability, trustworthiness

The 2nd “R” is Responsibility, where you have recognized what you have been operating out of (bitterness, anger, addictive personality,manipulative/controlling, ect..) Not everyone wants to do this, Some people have said ” Well God Bless, that’s just the way I am.” What about the scripture that says ” From Glory to Glory we are changed”? 2 Corinthians 3:18.

If you are saying “that’s just the way I am” then you are making excuses for yourself and you are wrong. Or when people say “This is how God created me, if he wants me to change he would have do it.” But the reality is, (if you are saying this) God couldn’t change you, because you wont let him and that is not right either.

People who deal with Pride issues, have a hard for time taking responsibility for their actions, these are the same people that cant say they are sorry first, say sorry at all, or say sorry real quick to be done with it, but really don’t mean it.

The first 2 years I was married, I never said Sorry to Kris,  when I was in the wrong. The Lord convicted me, and told me for an entire year I had to say I was sorry first, regardless if I was at fault….whhhoooo. but now I don’t have the issue.

Inventory self check- respond to the blog if you have questions. Don’t be the one in the dark wishing you would have asked, be set free!

 

Jul 8, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week3 Day 4- Reconize

 Week 3 Day 4- Recognize is the 1st of the 8 R’s you will learn to your Pathway to Wholeness and Freedom



 
1.Recognize: to acknowledge formally: as

You must recognize what IT is? What is your it, take aother look at the 7 Main spirits people battle with, what is your it?

Recognize the problem-( have discernment ). In Isaiah 5:13, God said, My people have gone into captivity because they have no knowledge. They had no discernment. In Hosea 4:6, God said, My people parish for lack of Knowledge. They had no discernment. Hebrews 5:14 tells us that strong meat belongs to those of full aged, even those that by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good an evil. Not just good—you must be able to discern evil also. (Henry Wright “A More Excellent Way)


There are 2 gifts from the Holy Spirit taught in the 1 Corinthians 12. One is the gift of wisdom and the other is the gift of knowledge. What I am giving you now? I am operating in the gift of Knowledge and the gift of wisdom is in your life right now. I am also operating in the gift of faith. (Henry Wright “A More Excellent Way)

Knowledge ties the past to the present, but
wisdom takes the present and moves it into the future

We are taking your past and bringing it to the present so you can see what in the world is going on in your present state. Then God , through wisdom, can take you into your future to change your circumstances. It’s going to take faith and the work of the Holy Spirit to do the rest of it, but we have to be able to teach first because the faith comes from hearing the Word of God


 (Romans 10:17)
17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.


So as you begin your journey, be encouraged and FEAR NOT your Lord God is with you wherever you go, and this class was a vehicle created to come alongside you and help you with this journey. Some of the most incredible friends I have , God brought them to this class. I have trained of 90+ women through this class over the last 4 years and I keep in contact with almost all of them on some level. All of You will be no different

 

 

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Jul 7, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Testimony fro Ericka

 









Greetings Beloved Ones,

 

Wow, we are in the 7th month, 4th day of 2011. Happy Independence Day!!! We wanted to send blessings, light, and love to you and your beautiful families today. I know that today is a day of celebration with family and friends over some good ole barbecue, cold iced tea, sweet potato pie, and the such but I wanted to encourage you today to take a moment  of silence in gratitude and thank God for all the freedoms that we have as a people. And then, take a moment and pray for those that might not have the same freedoms that we have.

 

So many times in our busy lives we forget to be thankful for all that God has blessed us with, first and foremost the ability to have woke up this morning with all the activities working in our limbs, the ability to see, sense, smell, walk, and talk. I am on a 12 week personal self transformation journey and this program has already pushed me beyond my limits and definitely out of my comfort zone. Thus far, I have realized that I have become complacent and unthankful in some areas in my life. When I started this journey I thought it was about fitness and right eating, but no God is revealing so much more, He is revealing me to me and breaking up the fallow ground and exposing my illusions about my pride and possessions, in which none of it belongs to me; it all belongs to Him, and He has given it to me as a gift to enjoy and not covet. Today is one of those days like many others where I am humbled by His chastisement and love for me and my family. I truly understand that it is His good pleasure to give us the keys of the kingdom and wisdom has to be the principal thing everyday.

 

This scripture came to mind and I want to share it with you – And I say to you, Make requests, and they will be answered; what you are searching for, you will get; when you give the sign, the door will be open to you (Luke 11:9) Bible in Basic English

 

What you are seeking? Ask in faith, love, gratitude, sincerity of heart, and mind. Ask in the place of another, and it will be given unto you according to His perfect will for your life.  

 

We pray that you open wide the gates of your heart, and let nothing resist the inflowing of God’s love.  It is wonderful indeed for you to slowly grow into the surety of God’s unconditional love.

 

We love you dearly!!!


 


Being & Living My Prayer,

Ericka Y Harris

Restored to Reign International Ministries, Inc.


Copyright © 2011 Restored to Reign International Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

 

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Jul 6, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 3 Day 3- Strong Man Spirits

 Week 3 Day 3- The Strong Man Spirits

 
Last week and yesterday I went through the 7 Strong Man spirits.
 
1.) Bitterness
2.) Rejection
3.) Accusation
4.) Occultism
5.) Jealousy and Envy
6.) Unloving
7.) Fear
 
Some of might be thinking “well I thought there were more then that.” There are, but they are the underlings to the Main one. For instance, unforgiveness, resentment, murder (murder of the mouth), retaliation all are underlings to Bitterness. I will discuss others but if you focus on the Main Strong Man then you may knock out many. For the rest of the week I will be sharing with you what to do, how to discern (recognize) them not only with you but with others around you.

 

Being able to understand why a person who is fine one minute and then all of a sudden get triggered and become fearful, or in rage/anger, or depressed. Well the bible tells us



Ephesians 6:12

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
 
This scripture broken down for we do not struggle with flesh and blood (people), but people are fighting with each other all the time. The second half of the scripture describes spirits we become  one with and begin to fight against each other. This took me a long time to grasp so if you don’t get it fully yet it’s ok.


 

I know this can be very deep for some people but WE must be able to separate the sin from the person. I am not saying you condone the sin, but recognize that that sin isn’t that person, this includes ourselves. When I know I am becoming bitter and resentful I must quickly learn to check myself….because it gets you know where. Over the next week I will be taking you through Henry Wrights 8 “R’s” to freedom. So you can know how to set yourself and others free.

 

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Jul 5, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 3 Day 2- Occultism

 Week 3 Day 2- Occultism
 
Occultism- theory or practice : belief in or study of the action or influence of supernatural or super-normal powers 

 
The last out of the 7 Strongman spirits is Occultism


 
We don’t understand Occultism.  We think Occultism is like going to a fortune-teller, horoscopes, doing tea readings, playing with Ouija boards or having séances but Occultism is anything that offers itself as truth- in place of God- and it is not.  Occultism is a form of knowledge that offers itself as if it were the real thing.  Occultism is also a form of power and a form of identity.  Occultism is Fear and is based on the opposite of who God is and who you are in Him in truth, knowledge, position and identity.  If you are fearful and afraid of everything, you have a spirit of Fear and Cultic thinking becomes your identity.  Cultic thinking offers something that seems to be so real, yet it is counterfeit of the living God.
 
  
When you have Self-Hatred and you do not love yourself, even though you are commanded to love yourself, you have rejected the gospel of Christ and created another gospel.  If you reject the knowledge that you are commanded to love God, yourself and others, and choose to participate with Self-Hatred, then God cannot bless you while you are living and thinking a gospel that is heresy to Him.  Many diseases are the result of these character deficiencies and spiritual roots when you allow them to become part of your life.
 
When there is Occultism in a person, there is no rest.  There is no mental peace.  There is no spiritual peace with themselves, or with God or with others.  Where there is a leavened thought process, there is only torment and fear.  That is a tremendous proof of the power of occult influence.  We become a god unto ourselves, even in our own health.  It is just another form of disease management.  I consider most disease management to be occult in nature.  Even though it seems to give relief, it does not give the solution.  Everyone needs relief.   
Occultism can become a religious artifact to create a form of godliness and to manage you spiritually.  Occultism has to be broken in a person’s life in order for them to be totally healed.  One of the Blocks to Healing is continued involvement in occult practices and mentality.
 
John 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  
 
The truth that becomes a way of life for you always brings a place of rest; it always produces a fruit called rest.  Jesus is called the Prince of Peace and said, “My peace I give unto you…..”  Hold out for that rest from heaven-that peace from heaven, not the peace that men can give. 
 
Isaiah 28:12  To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. 
 
Occultism always takes away and divides.  The Kingdom of God always adds or multiplies things that are good for you (Pastor Henry Wright, “A More Excellent Way”)

 

 

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Jul 4, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 3 day 1- Unloving spirit

Week 3 Day 1- Unloving spirit 

 

Unloving- The opposite of loving

 



Matthew 22:37-39

 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself

 
The Unloving spirit rejects everything God has said about you in His word. (you are fearfully and wonderfully made, etc) and replaces God’s word with the enemies lies. These deceptions will prevent you from loving God, yourself, and others. It blocks you from receiving this love as well as giving it. (Henry Wright “A More Excellent Way”)
 
Do you or have you ever know someone who wasn’t affectionate? Didn’t hug, hold hands, or the opposite was overly affectionate, couldn’t receive compliments and tend to be very sensitive. This is an unloving spirit they might be dealing with.  People who end up getting any addictions in their life stem from the root in the need to be loved. They go and try and find love in all the wrong areas which most of the time leads to addictions.
 
 
Galatians 5:19

 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;

 
  Remember, one can be addicted to almost anything: drugs, alcohol, sex, food, shopping,exercise, or anything to distract us from the feelings of being loved. They are trying to fill a void that only God can truly fill. Addictions are sins because you are saying through your actions God isn’t able to meet your needs. Your heart says: God, I need a fix that you cannot supply. I will get it myself.” Our comfort MUST be in God not in people , places, and things.
 
 For more in depth information on Unloving spirits www.beinhealth.com


 

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Jul 1, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 2 Day 5- Jealousy and Envy

 Week 2 Day 5- Jealousy and Envy

Jealousy- a jealous disposition, attitude, or feeling

Envy- painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage


Like all the other spirits here are other ones we we all can say we have encountered. Anytime we said ” I wish I had __ __________________________?” fill in the blank. Someones thick hair, someones flawless skin, someones money ect….. Jealousy is the
attitude and Envy is the painful awareness/desire .

Proverbs 14:30 (Amplified Bible)
30A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.

Rottenness to the bones, did you know the spiritual root for Osteoporosis is envy and jealousy. . But if you have any jealousy and envy this might hinder healing.

Be careful when you say you wished you had a life like____________________?. Because if there was a circle of 10 women and all their problems were in a bag and you started passing the bags around like hot potatoes. You would want your own bag of problems back, no matter how grand you thought another woman’s life is. Nothing is ever what it seems.

When it comes to weight loss I had many people look at me and think I made it after my transformation. Well, I am here to tell you just because I got my weight down doesn’t mean I am finished with my issues. Once again this is why I stress so deeply on making sure the issues are dealt with. Don’t be overwhelmed, but be happy about yourself and this process.


We all know the story of the butterfly. It can’t become a butterfly until it goes into it’s cocoon for a period of time. The PROCESS is what make the butterfly strong and beautiful. Stay the course

Start being thankful for where you are at and one day you will look up and you will have become more then you could have imagine.


Romans 13:11-14
11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

 

 

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Jun 30, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 2 Day 4- Accusation

Week 2 Day 4- Accusation

Accusation- a charge of wrong doing

Revelation 12:10

10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

We have all experienced the destructive work of accusation. It accuses us to ourselves, to others and to God. Accusing spirits are subtle in their charges. Remember, even 90 percent truth mixed with 10 percent lie still equals error. This mixture is deadly because it can subject believers to condemnation instead of conviction.

It is important to distinguish between conviction and condemnation. Conviction is specific and endures our value in God. Condemnation, on the other hand, tends to be vague and brings feelings of worthlessness. Conviction brings us to a point of wanting to get closer to God and in line with his Word, while condemnation drives us away from God’s word and brings feelings of wanting t give up.

Some (actions) or Fruits of accusation , how you know you or someone is operating out of accusation:

Holding a record of wrongs, murder of the tongue (gossip or cursing), mind control, scrambling thoughts, chaotic thinking, jumbled thought patterns, misunderstandings, projected fear, accusing another for your own sin,
burden bearing, and trying to be someone else’s Holy Spirit(wives are notorious for this one) 


(Pastor Henry Wright, “A More Excellent Way”)


I have fallen into this category with my friends and my husband many of times, and it is just terrible! I have acted out on some of the above bad fruit of accusation. I would take on resentment and then when a conversation arises, I speak truth, but the way I said it can cuts to the bone.

 

 Kris and I ‘s Marriage counselors have taught us that your tone, tact, and timing needs to be right right (Cedric and Michelle White, Healing thy Hearts Ministry). I am walking this out by not responding immediately, and re-evaluating my motives.

Why is Accusation a sin?
By accusing someone, you are telling God he is not needed in a particular situation. You have placed yourself in His shoes by deciding what would be right or wrong for someone else. Your heart says, “God, I will decide good and evil here.” Then you take great joy in sharing your “valuable” opinion with all.

I have to realize sometimes even if I am right, I don’t have to be, AND I don’t have to share my ‘vaulable” opinion. The struggle I have is when I am asked for my opinion. I have to discern Time, Tact, and watch my Tone and speak the truth in Love. This is the biggest thing I believe the Lord is working on me at this point in my life. He wants me to speak the truth, I got that down, it’s my presentation that can be disappointing.

1Corinthians 8:1b
Yet mere] knowledge causes people to be puffed up (to bear themselves loftily and be proud), but love (affection and goodwill and benevolence) edifies and builds up and encourages one to grow [to his full stature].

 

 

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