Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Reclaim Your Peace in the Midst of your Waiting!

"Be not weary in well doing for in due season, you will reap if you faint not" (Galatians 6:9)!!  That scripture has resonated in my mind and heart for some time now.  Every time I find myself getting weary, impatient or even annoyed by my personal situation; I have to quickly recall this scripture and repeat it over and over and over again.  I then have to travel over to Philippians and recite the Apostle Paul in Chapter 4 vs 12 when he said “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”  I can’t speak for any of you but I have been waiting with great expectation for God to do some radical things in my personal life for quite a while now.  At times, I am able to go with God’s flow but other times, I do become a bit weary.  I become discouraged, discontent and annoyed that what God has promised me hasn’t come to past yet.  And if that isn’t enough, the enemy uses this opportunity to TRY and strip me of my peace and joy.  I am like ok God, really, you are going to make me wait another 6 months, 1 year or 3 years before you do what you have promised. I am just being completely honest with you.  I have those conversations with him when my flesh starts getting a little impatient with the process.  See, I understand the process and I know it’s necessary but honestly, I don’t always want to go through the process.  I know it doesn’t take God long to move on the behalf of his children so when it seems that I am waiting a bit too long, I have a flesh fit of my own.  I get all pouty and teary eyed before God hoping he will feel sorry for me.  When that doesn’t work (which is never), I then analyze my situation, my process and then my faith.  Oftentimes, I over analyze my situation and process even though I have no control over it, my only responsibility is to stand in faith and wait on God as long as it takes.

I wanted to share this with you because there are many of you at this place right now.  It seems like you have been waiting on God for what seems like forever to change your situation, move a roadblock, create a stepping stone, open a door, close a door, increase your finances, give you that business or ministry, give you a husband or whatever the case may be.  I certainly know that I am not alone in feeling this way.  Regardless of how saved we are, how strong our relationship with God is, at times we still go through periods of doubt.  Trust me, it is perfectly normal and it doesn’t make you any less saved or less desirable to God.  He knows that our human/flesh nature has a hard time being submissive to our spirit man and to Him.  He also knows that despite that, it is our due diligence to trust him in the waiting process.  He doesn’t want us to dwell on or in our situation because he knows that it will only discourage us from what he already promised.  Personally, I am constantly reminded of this and earlier today while lying in my bed I begin to say “I have learned to be content in whatever season I am in”…through my frustration, annoyance and impatience, I still recited repeatedly “ I have learned to be content in whatever season I am in”.  I can tell you that after a while, I actually fell asleep because the peace of God covered me and assured me to not be weary in well doing, but in due season, I will reap if I faint not.  Because I feel that so many others are constantly struggling with not being content and perhaps your inner peace and joy has been comprised for a moment, I want to share with you 5 Secrets to Claiming Your Peace in the Midst of you Waiting.  

1.      Don’t dwell on your current situation.  Trust that God is working it out right now.

2.      Know that God’s timing is impeccable. While you may feel he is taking forever, he is right on time.

3.      Go through the Process.  You won’t always be in the best mood or have the best mindset about your situation, but go through it and trust God in it.

4.      Exercise your faith muscle.  Find scriptures that speak to your situation, read/meditate on them daily and pray often.

5.      Affirm the promises God has made to you concerning your situation and speak them daily.  Refuse to allow the enemy to cause you to doubt God.

I promise you that if you are intentional about implementing these 5 things during your waiting season, you will be able to reclaim your peace and joy.  You will learn how to wait on God and not become agitated or antsy that He is taking too long. Say this affirmation with me: Today, I affirm that I will not be moved by my situation but only by the word of God.  Nothing that I am facing or going through will strip me of my peace, joy or faith in God.  I know that the promises of God are yes and Amen and they belong to me.

Treal Ravenel,

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Power of Prayer | How Praying Will Changed Your Life!

Have you ever felt like what could go wrong, was going wrong and no matter how hard you tried things did not seem to work out?  It seems like when you take one step forward, you had to take two steps back. Each day you give it 110% percent but you just are not seeing the fruit of your labor?  If that is you, the next thing you need to do is pray because each day you will experience some level of spiritual warfare and prayer is what allow you to turn the battle over to the Lord..  

It is so easy to get caught up with our problem and situation, because of the stress, discomfort or frustration of the situation, you just want it to be resolve. Which causes you to take the bull by the horn and tackle the issue head on.

Lord knows if anyone is known to jump head in to tackle a problem, it would be me.  But over the years, I have learned that my works is only half the battle and saying half is an overstated.  My works is just a small piece of the puzzle.  Praying to your Creator is a more powerful force that has to be at the forefront of your issues and circumstance. If you are ready for a shift in your life, remember these three things:

1.) You Can Do Nothing Without Him

The Words tells us in John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches, He who abide in me and I in Him bears much fruit, but apart from me, you can do NOTHING. 

This scripture is so powerful.  It says with God, you can do much but without HIM you can do NOTHING, ZIP, ZERO.

There have been many times in my life where I tried to resolve problems in my own strength.  Often times it left me exalted and frustrated but when I lead things with prayer, things are much easier.  When you lead with prayer, God gives you the guidance and direction you need, when you listen to His instructions, then the problem seems to shrink and resolving the issue becomes so much easier.

As a daughter of the King, your Father wants to please you but you must seek Him for guidance. 

       2.)    Your Father Wants to Give You the Desires of Your Heart

John 15:7 If you abide in Me and my Word abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you.

So the first order of business is abiding in Him, then He will abide in you, then you make your desire known to Him and He will do it.

Do not make the mistake of taking prayer as a simple exercise or regiment of a ‘quick' two minute chat or obligation as you lay in your bed at night or before you eat a meal; prayer is a life changing experience that helps you get in tune with God's plan and purpose for your life.

2.)God Has Given You Dominion Over Things

In addition God has given you power to take control of the things in your life.  You exercise His power through prayer. 

Known that you have dominion over the earth. In Genesis 1:26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

While you were never meant to have dominion over other people, you do have dominion over things such as your thoughts, actions, attitude, your time, your goals and your aspirations.  Which means you have dominion over your schedule, so you have to take the time out to sort out your day and following God's will, using prayer to command your day and your week. Each morning when you wake up, I challenge you to spend the first 15 minutes in quiet time with God.  During this time, enter in prayer and command what is needed in your life. Right now you can join a community of like-minded Christian Women to join the 21 Day Fabulous Life Change.

           3.)    Command Your Morning with Prayer

Each morning when you prayer, be sure to command your morning. Commanding your morning is calling things as if they are already done in your life just as God instructs you to do in Romans 4:17 and believing in faith even though you do not see the results with your eyes.  This is just not saying words out of your mouth.  See the word “command” means to direct with authority, to give orders, to have control or authority over to rule.  So when you go to command your morning, be sure to open your mouth, and speak from your diaphragm, do not be timid or shy but speak with boldness and confidence as if it is already done.  

As you pray and command your morning, you can use this model for prayer 

MODEL for Prayer |ACTS model;

A=Acknowledgement: A stands for ‘acknowledge’ who God is! He is our mighty God who cares for you.  He  died on the cross for our sins, and was raised again to glory! He is Jehovah-Rapah our Healer, Jehovah our provider, & El Shaddai - The Mighty One.  Praise the Lord for these blessings.

C=Confession: Understand during your confession time with God, there is nothing wrong with admitting to God your shortcomings and sin, both the known and unknown wrongs you have done, and the things you have failed to do.

T=Thanksgiving: After receiving the forgiveness of Jesus, proceed to ‘thanksgiving’. Thank Him for everything He has done for you. Your very life is in His Hands; there is nothing that you do that He has not enabled you to perform.

When you start off your prayer basking in the glory of His presence, that same glory will rub off on you. You will begin to see God’s heart as our own; it will not be difficult for us. 

S=supplication: Then, to approach our Heavenly Father with supplications. You make your requests known to God; you ask for healing for your mind or family member, you ask for help for your thought life, or you ask for a deeper walk with Him.

Prayer does not change God; and it does not necessarily change your circumstance.  Prayer changes you by equipping you with everything you need to get through your current situation.  Realize you have to depend on Him for the fabulous life He wants you to have.

Always remember to pray like it all depends on God and work like it all depends on you!

Make no mistake about it; God wants you to live abundantly above what you could ask or think. Do you believe His promises? Will you pray to Him starting today?

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Are you Spiritually Burnt-out?

Have you ever been in a place where you felt spiritually burnt-out? You go to church week after week; committed to reading, meditating and studying the word; worship, prayer, praise and pray some more. From what you can see; you are doing a really great job at serving God and His people but for some reason you still feel frustrated, unfulfilled, empty and sometimes even unhappy? If this is you; put one hand up; two hands up and stand up like my girl, Lisa Nichols will say because breakthrough is available for you right here, right now!

Trust me, I can relate to you on so many levels because I too have been there and in that moment, I questioned God as to how I can be doing everything right but still feel like something is missing. How can I do what is required of me as a believer and make all the necessary commitments but still have struggles? Is this you on today? Come on; don’t leave me out here by myself feeling like I am the only one.  What I have found to be true when I get to this place of feeling spiritually burnt out is to reevaluate my Why!  All too often, we do what we do out of obligation or a commitment that we made.  Our lives become so repetitious; what we do, what we eat, where we go, who we hang out with…it becomes so systematic to the point; we simply forget to have fun and enjoy the journey.  Other times, we simply fail to change things up a bit to experience something new.  I have found that it is absolutely necessary to be intentional about being intentional on our journey.

It is not enough for us to live life out of routine or even to serve Christ out of routine.  God doesn’t want your prayer, praise and worship if you are doing it out of obligation. He wants it out of obedience to His word and love for Him and His people.  He wants you to be honest with Him when you are feeling down, low or not at 100%; trust me it is ok to let Him know how you feel even if you think you aren’t supposed to feel that way.  In addition, it is pivotal that you to stay connected with your spiritual sister(s) or mentor to let them know where you are or what type of day/week you are having.  Trust me if they are Staying Plugged to the Power Source as my girl, Micah would say; they are able to stay engaged with you and help you push through those moments.  If I told you that every day of my life, I felt absolutely Amazing; I would be lying to you. Lord knows I have my days, but I am at a point in my walk when I know what is about to hit before it hits. And because I know that; I am able to immediately reevaluate my why. 

(some of my sisters that keep me grounded)
So here are 5 Things I want you to do if any or all of this resonates with you.

1.       Reevaluate your Why? Why am I doing what I am doing and who am I committed to?
2.       Remember to Enjoy the Journey! Serving God is supposed to be fun, exciting and refreshing NOT depressing, lonely or frustrating!
3.       Recall how Great God is and how fulfill you are as a Believer and Servant to God. Don’t allow happenings in your life and relationships depict your attitude toward God and your Purpose!
4.       Don’t serve God out of Routine but serve Him out of love and obedience!
5.       Don’t mistake Religion for Relationship.  God’s wants us to have a relationship with Him and it is ok if we have normal, humane moments!

When you get to the place of “I am over it”; “I don’t want to do this anymore”; It’s not worth it”…..and begin disconnecting yourself from life and purpose; incorporate these 5 Things mentioned above.  I can’t guarantee that you will never feel like giving up or that you will never ever again feel burnt out but what I can guarantee is that you will be able to counteract those thoughts and feelings head on in staying committed to Christ and your Purpose in Him. 

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Signing off; your sister in Christ,
Treal Ravenel

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

6 Undeniable Things You Must Have to Win in Spiritual Warfare!

It is no secret that the battle is not amongst flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). It is no secret, that the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy but the Word of God says that Jesus came so you can have life and have life more abundantly.

So how exactly do you have life more abundantly in the midst of a storm, in the midst of a situation or circumstances where all the odds are stacked up against you?

When your children are acting like they don't have sense or any home training, when your husband seems to not be cooperating or even available to help out, or when you feel like you can only wish for a man to be a son to your Father and to love, honor and respect you because you have been on the singleness journey for so long that you have become discouraged about ever getting married. Or when family members are dying unexpectedly left and right; and when the test results are coming back unfavorably and the folks at work are putting unrealistic expectations on you, demanding this and demanding that and you feel like you are one demand away from a breakdown.  How exactly do you live life more abundantly then?   

The key to living life abundantly and living life above and beyond what you could ever think or imagine is by getting full coverage!

Just as you should not drive a car that does not have the proper coverage and you should ensure you have the proper homeowners insurance so when that accident happens, the hurricane or flood comes, you are covered.

Now a car is made of all types of medal/steel, rubber and durable parts and it still needs full coverage; how much more do you need to ensure you have the full coverage each and every day? 

If a house made of steel beams, concrete and bricks needs this type of protection, how much more do you, made from flesh and blood, need to ensure you have full coverage?  

The coverage I am talking about is the full armor of God. The armor will give you the protection you need to guard your heart and mind during a spiritual battle. The armor will give you the confidence that anything you ask in the name of Jesus, will be done for you. The armor will give you the confidence to know although the enemy encamps all around you, no harm will be done to you because you have full coverage!  

There are 6 Essential Parts You Must Have in Your Coverage Plan to Win a Spiritual Battle!

1.) The Truth (God's Word)

Make sure you strap up your waist with truth by reading God's Word (which is the foundation of your relationship with Christ).  Just as the foundation of a home is the most important part of the house, standing on God's word is the most important part of your coverage plan. This is what keeps you grounded and what reveals to you the truth.  John: 8:31-32 when you abide in the Word of God and God abide in you, you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.  

2.) Your Breastplate (Your Identity in Christ)

Then you must put on the breastplate of righteousness which covers you in Christ identity.  You will be Christ-like bearing much fruit from kindness, to gentleness, patience, and meekness.  You will extend grace to others just as the Heavenly Father extends grace to you.  This includes forgiving those who wronged you. You do not have time for unforgiveness as it will hinder your prayers.

3.) Your Steel Toes (Peace in Christ)

You will have trials and tribulations so be sure to strap your feet with the gospel of peace. Sometimes everything will be all good and other times it will seem like everything is all bad; so you won't find peace in your circumstances but through Christ Jesus and Christ Jesus alone you will find peace.

4.) Your Shield  (Unwavering Faith)

Take the shield of faith with you every where you go.  This will guard you from all the darts of Satan.  People will say things that hurt you or that offends you but they will not be able to harm you, people will do things to attack you in the natural and in the spirit but they will not be able to harm you because you have full coverage.  The shield of faith gives you the confidences that although the enemy will come near you, that nothing will be able to harm you.

5.) Your Helmet (Your Salvation)

Then you take the helmet of salvation. The helmet protects your mind.   Don't allow your mind to become the devils playground. Take captive every negative thought the enemy tries to penetrate in your mind (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).  When the ugly head of self-doubt and fears enters your mind or when the thought that your past sins are too big for God to forgive; don't entertain it, don't dwell on it, release it and think of things that are good and lovely.

6.) Your Sword (Your Weapon)

Use the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, to press your way through the storm and setbacks. With the sword, you can defend the enemy at the front door before he ever has a chance to enter your dwelling.

Having the whole armor of God will not protect you from experiences trials and tribulations.  Just as having insurance will not protect the car or house from all harm or damage but the coverage will provide you with the resources to make the necessary restoration to bring your car or house back to its original condition. Let the true be told, often times the restoration will leave the car or house in even better condition than it was before the accident or storm.

Trials and tribulations will come to test your faith but with your coverage plan, you will walk away with a testimony that can bless someone else and make you even stronger and better than you were before. 

The Word of God tells us that in our weakness, He is made strong.  Meaning when you fall back, stand-down, God is able to do mighty works in your life.  

I charge you today to never leave your house without full cover; put on the full armor of God.  

Strapping yourself with the Word, will encourage your spirit; with the breastplate you will never have to wonder who you are or look for the approval of others, you will be confident of who you are in Christ Jesus; with your steel toes, you will be able to rest in the peace of God knowing that He has ALL power in His hand, with the shield you will starve your fears and feed your faith knowing that the Father will do exceeding above and beyond what you could ever think or image; with the helmet of salvation, your mind will be protected from any negative, perverse, or self-seeking thought that enters your mind; and with your sword when the devil start to act a fool, you can cut Him with the Word of God. After you are all strapped up, you can go out boldly knowing that any situation or circumstance that comes your way, you have the coverage to conquer it.

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