[A]sk [S]eek [K]nock

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

Will our God give us everything we ask for? Many of us can testify of a time we had asked and did not receive. The Bible speaks to some not receiving after asking because of certain reasons such as:

1. We ask according to our own selfish interests.
James 4:3
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

2. The presence of sin prevents the hand of God from intervening.
Isaiah 59:1-2
Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

3. They waver in their faith.
James 1:6-7
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

4. Impatience
Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

By knowing these 4 limitations, we now are able to ask and receive with 100% accuracy. All we need to do is this:

~Ask Selflessly
~Ask Righteously
~Ask Knowingly
~Ask Patiently

We must ask according to God’s will for our lives, knowing we are living holy and righteous lives with all faith, believing and being patient knowing He will answer in His timing.

Lack of knowledge of these factors may have led you to a point in believing that God doesn’t love you enough or care, but I am a living testimony of the truth that His love is limitless and ever-abounding and increasing toward us.

Thus:

Ask
Seek
Knock

 

I’m Full!!!

The only way to fill a vessel is to first empty it of its contents. The more empty the vessel, the more substance will be required to fill it.

To be filled with God presence assumes that you are not full of yourself, spiritually and practically.

To be filled with His joy unspeakable and peace that surpasses all understanding requires us to empty ourselves – of our anxieties, fear and unbelief.

To be filled with His Holy Spirit means that we have rid ourselves of the sinful spirit of this world by accepting Jesus as our Lord & Savior.

We are all filled with something; my question is, What are we filled with?
Are we filled with His power, peace and presence? Or are we full of ourselves, our motifs, inclinations, proclivities and all?

The easiest thing about being filled is this, God will only enter once we have emptied ourselves. All we have to do is to confess all our sinfulness, unrighteousness, weaknesses, addictions and all to Him. He will then fill us with the grace and power to live holy, righteously and free from the power of sin and death.

I encourage us all to be empty of the world and filled with God’s power and love. At life’s end, God’s gauge of a successful life will begin with what we all did with Jesus Christ.

He MUST INCREASE, I must decrease – John 3:30. Amen!!!

 

Jesus Wept.

The shortest verse in the Bible, but every time when I run into it or think about it, the length is not what speaks to me. Two words, Jesus & Wept. One is the Son of God, born in holiness, borne to take on the sins of the world, supernatural in power, yet still human to feel pressure, pain, panic and empathy. To ‘weep’ is the expressing of grief, sorrow or any overpowering emotion through the shedding of tears. One is beyond comprehension, full of glory, abounding in love whilst the other is heavy in its origin, overbearing in its presence and weakening in its absence.

My Jesus. Our Jesus, wept. In the presence of Mary who began weeping over the death of their friend Lazarus, He began weeping as well. He was strong enough to still show emotion. So many people feel like the presence of emotions that lead to tears and weeping makes one weak. Yet, the humanity Jesus showed in John 11:35 tells us that we are not serving an inanimate, emotionless being, but a Savior, slow to anger and abounding in love.

I encourage us all to give our most compassionate God the opportunity to reveal His loving-kindness toward us.

Father Forgive them…

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. Luke 23:34

The Lord Jesus, told His Father to forgive the very people who were crucifying Him.

Jesus’ crucifixion took 6 hours. That is, six hours of mockery, public rejection, whipping, torture, being marred beyond recognition, culminating in His being nailed to a cross, pierced, spat on and left to die.

Seems like they knew exactly what they were doing.

But, do we really know that each time we reject Jesus’ salvation we are basically committing the same crime?

Do we know what we are doing?

Do we know that each time we say to God, “No, I am not ready yet” or “I just don’t know” we are a part of the great numbers that say, “Your suffering, death and resurrection was wasted on me😤. It was in vain✋.”

Do we know what we are doing?

For even those that turned away; are we not committing the crime of Peter of denying Him, or the betrayal of Judas? The Bible describes it as a dog returning to His vomit🙊.

Do we know what we are doing?

I am one of the most greatest backsliders. I’ve gone from preaching on buses to promoting parties. I’ve gone from being used to heal cancer to being at 400 parties in one year. I’ve gone from bringing hundreds of people to the Lord scattering maybe thousands through my social media pages.

So I am as guilty or even more guilty than any of you.

LET US ALL REPENT AND ASK GOD TO REVEAL HIMSELF AND HIS LOVE FOR US THAT WE WILL BE ETERNALLY & ENTIRELY CHANGED!!!

9 Months of Suffering from Unknown Condition

[My testimony of being sick with an unknown condition for 9 months and how I was miraculously healed. Please share with anyone you know that is sick or suffering from any terminal conditions. Longest and most personal devotional to date: 9 Months told in 9 Paragraphs]

9 Months was all it took and my life would have been utterly destroyed. I remember vividly seeing the line to cross-over to insanity but somehow, God took a hold of me in my darkest hour. It all started overseas while on a football and academic scholarship in Chicago. I was at our international student dinner when something came upon me. It felt like needles were piercing through my back from under my skin through every pore. It felt like my blood was bubbling and wanted to escape. I instantly ran out of the dinner into the restroom and ripped off my shirt and soaked it in water and put it on my back.

The surge finally stopped. I felt devastated and went to my dorm room to sleep it off, wishing that this was all a dream. However, it never stopped. I came later to find out that the sun would trigger it instantaneously. Additionally, if my body temperature ever became warm the surge would begin again. I had to constantly be soaking my shirt at least 4 times a day. Being on scholarship from Jamaica, a Caribbean country; made this condition mind-boggling for my coach. No one knew what I had and so I turned to the only one that I could depend on, Jesus Christ.

At the time, I was doing my major in Youth Ministry as I am called to full-time ministry; and so, I began seeking the Lord for healing. I would pray, declare, bind, loose, rebuke, worship, praise, stay up all night, ball, beg, plead, intercede, everything that I knew which God enabled me to use to heal myself and others; but this time it was to no avail. As the sun would rise, so would the surge. When I refused to apply water to my back, and used faith to rebuke it, it would worsen to the point where tiny bumps would come up all across my upper body and arms.

For three months I sought the Lord and after that, I gave in and gave up. I accepted the condition as my own. I grew angry and bitter with the Lord. I ended up losing the football scholarship and had to come back to Jamaica after two years of college. This was the worse point in my life. My body wouldn’t allow me to sweat, exercise or do any hectic activity. I couldn’t even hug anybody because my shirt was always soaked. My self-esteem which was always high took the biggest hit of all.

For the next six months I struggled in my newly accepted lifestyle. I moved from an air-conditioned car to my dad’s air-conditioned office where I worked. I travelled with a bottle of cold water to spray myself like a plant any time that my shirt would become less damp. I went from doctors, doing blood tests to my family physician who after several efforts with prescriptions said the words no one ever wants to hear “I have tried everything that I know, there is nothing further that I can do for you.”

In my father’s last resort, he took me to see a psychiatrist who he really said was a psychologist. Based on the location, Ward 21, and the range of questions I easily deduced she was a psychiatrist. The first meeting didn’t really hit me, but; the second meeting in which I had to enter from within Ward 21 is when the gravity of the situation came upon me. I remembered reaching ground zero and as the door closed behind us, I ushered a prayer up to the Lord saying “God, I know I haven’t spoken to you for about 6 months. I NEED A WORD FROM YOU!”

My mom’s friend gave her a word from the Lord to give me that very same day. She said “This is a demonic spirit and you have to do a 3-day water fast and God will heal you.” So I started the fast the following day where the Lord showed me 3 sins (that is, 1 sin each day), that I repented from. On the third after repenting from the 3rd sin I was instantly healed. PRAISE BE TO GOD!!!

Not only was I healed, but I had also promised the Lord that if He ever healed me I would return to U.W.I. Hospital and share my testimony and the Lord also healed a lady who had stage 4 leukemia who had just a few days to live. The Lord said these words to me thereafter: “Philip, don’t you ever doubt me again. It is my desire to heal ALL sick; not some, but ALL!”

If you are sick and have prayed and you still have not been healed, it doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love you. It means that something is blocking you from being healed. Ask the Lord through fasting and prayer to show you what it is and when He does, REPENT; and you will be totally and instantaneously healed in Jesus’ Mighty Name! Amen!!!

When the Finish Line Fades

The events of yesterday’s 4×100 meter will forever be etched in my memory. Our champion Bolt, in his final race of his illustrious career pulled-up on the anchor leg and was unable to finish the race. His pain-stricken face as he looked towards the finish line made me look into my life and future.

Bolt-beaten.jpg

What happens when the finish line becomes blurred?
What happens when we have every intention to finish but our body restricts you?
What can we do when the tenacity we once had becomes a depleted propensity that seeks to delete our intensity?

When the finish line fades and lines become blurred…
Will I still be able to take God at His Word?
When the pain strikes my body with no medical cure…
Will I trust in His Blood when all say it’s absurd?

When calamity strikes and I am bent out of shape…
Can I be unshakeable forever abiding within my faith?
When the lights go out and my friends fade…
Even then, I will trust in the Ancient of Days!

Bolt’s legendary status has been borne through dedication, passion and pain,
Success has a price that most won’t be paying.

I do want to speak of another Legend though, one who eclipses the sum total of all great men.
He is the Alpha, the Omega, the Beginning and End.

I do know of a Legend, a best friend to all men, acquainted with our sorrows, the Lifter of our Heads.
He is Jesus, the true, ever-living, faithful; Our Daily Bread.

I celebrate the Legend that I’ve found in Christ.
He who became nothing so that we who were nothing could rise.

When the finish line fades and all the world’s a mess,
Trust in Jesus he will make a message of life’s tests.

 

Stronger Than Nuclear

Scripture Reading
Isaiah 58:9
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

Want to see the impossible, the unexplainable, the supernatural?
Then one must be willing to fast. In situations where nations experienced powerful demonstrations of revival and breakthroughs, fasting was a major key.
There are varied kinds of fasting but the one that I am referring to today is the abstaining from food whilst seeking God for a desperate need. There are many life-changing experiences that can be made manifest from fasting, such as:

¤ Unlocking deeper levels of intimacy with God.
¤ Getting healing from life-altering diseases and conditions.
¤ For deliverance and breakthroughs for one’s self or others.
¤ Seeking God for wisdom and direction for important situations.
¤ To see revival and transformation in a nation, community, church, family etc.
¤ Breaking down strongholds of addictions, curses and oppression.
¤ Gaining grace over lusts and pride.
¤ Increasing one’s capacity for the power of God, that is, the anointing.
¤ Getting answers to anything deemed impossible or incurable.

Fasting and Prayer is the strongest of all weapons given to man. There is no other weapon that is as powerful – for he who fasts, moves the Hand and Heart of Almighty God.

Isaiah 58 is a good place for each person to start reading should they have a desire to fast, learn how to fast or to find out the benefits of fasting. One thing I know is this, the body primarily needs food to survive. When you say to God that I am willing to suffer my core need of the flesh for a need in the spirit; He becomes all the more attentive and focused to our every plea.

When Purpose Calls

Where would the world of technology be without a Bill Gates?
Where would the sport of Basketball be without a Michael Jordan?
Where would Track & Field be without a Usain Bolt?
Where would Reggae music be without a Bob Marley?
Where would Jamaica be without Our National Heroes?
Where would we be without our Mom’s and Dad’s?
Where would we be without the spouse we chose to give our life to?
But most important of all – Where would we be without Jesus Christ?

Purpose had to be claimed and fulfilled through each of these persons listed above. Imagine if each never accepted their chosen path and decided to live without true purpose; how would things be different Today?

What is your true God-given divine purpose? For what circumstance and situation were you made to impact and better? Purpose like breath has been given to each and every one of us. Pray to the Lover of Your Soul and ask Him, “Lord, what is my purpose here on this earth?”

If you already know your purpose, I encourage you towards the journey of running the race and reaching the prize. I also encourage you to help someone along the way to find their purpose as well. God wants to use each and every one of us in a manner that will bring glory to His name. I challenge you to seek Him in this regard. Amen!!!

Live Hungry

Hunger is one of the most desperate and potent feelings one my ever experience. It changes our emotions as we become laser-focused and only one thing is on our mind; food. Other than food though, we all hunger for different things in life. Some of us hunger for a qualification, promotion, possession, social status among other things, but the number one thing to be hungry for is for Jesus and His righteousness.

Why some may ask?

When you focus on God’s business He will focus on yours. The natural, carnal tendency is to be individualistic whilst God is asking us to rid ourselves of ‘self’ and ‘selfishness’ and focus on being a vehicle of love to others. When we let go of the all that we have and give it to God, He will let go of the best that He has and give it to us.

Things to Remember:
¤ He made you with the desire to want and need the things you need.
¤ He knows the best way to contentment and fulfillment whilst achieving all these things comes through Him.

Achievements in the absence of Christ is but a loss, but even loss in the presence of Jesus is great gain.

Be forever Hungry for more of Jesus and His love in your life!!!

The Unspeakable Now

Speak of the unspeakable subject now to avoid the place un-redeemable then.

Many Christian leaders nowadays have softened the way they preach and teach from the Bible. Many have resorted to find sound, ear-candy kind of messages; preaching what itching ears want to hear rather than what people need to hear.

The Lord revealed to me years ago that the state of a lost soul can be likened to one drowning in a pool; one moment they may be there and another they’re gone. This aligns with the scripture of God describing human life as but a mist that appears for a while and quickly disappears.

The person that is drowning, in trouble, on their way to destruction and damnation does need to know of God being the God of love and grace but that has to be balanced with knowing He is also the God of truth and justice. On one hand He promises eternal life to all those who will snatch the rope from drowning in sin and on the other He promises a place of eternal suffering, where death and destruction momentary status evolve into eternity.

An insurer asks us to be insured against risk. A doctor may say ‘prevention is better than cure.’ I say REPENT, for the end is near!!! That end maybe life as we know it but it could jolly we be us that are called next.