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Friday, November 4, 2016

DEFINING RELATIONSHIPS

Dear friends,

Life is about choices. Choices have consequences. The right choice leads to the right consequence but sadly making wrong choices will equate to wrong consequences. One of the choices of life is relationships! Choosing the right friend, association, partner and spouse needs to be done by Godly wisdom.

Nobody wants to get disappointed and hurt. Sadly some people come in our lives to use and abuse us. We may have been the 'victim' and we may have been the 'oppressor'. However, we need to learn to make a quality decision to change and to get up and move on again in life.

The Holy Spirit is the agent of change. He is the Spirit of the Kingdom of God. Remember as Born-Again believers, we are children of God and partakers of the Kingdom. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, He repairs our broken-heart and our disappointment. He also changes us from being an 'oppressor' or 'abuser' to become a different person. When we submit to His leadership, we are not stagnant but progressive in all aspects of life.

"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God."
Rom. 8:14

The kingdom of God operates in love. The Holy Spirit pours the love of God in our hearts (Rom. 5:5). Manipulation, intimidation and domination is not part of the Kingdom of God but it is how the devil operates. We need to learn to break the shackles of manipulation, intimidation and domination. We should not allow people to control our emotion and life and we shouldn't be controlling people. God the Holy Spirit must be leading us!
The love of God does not have selfish motives. His love is genuine and sincere. The pure character of God is defined in 1 Corinthians 13:1-8. God's love does not have hidden motives. It is a pure and trustworthy love.

3Ds of relationship

Relationship have the ability to either drain, disillusion and destroy you or deliver, delight and deploy you. Some relationships will bind you whereas others will bless you. I encourage you to be strong and to find the right people and learn to say no to the wrong friendship, those who have the three negative Ds (drain, disillusion and destroy) and bind you. Learn to appreciate people who by God's grace have your best interest at heart and possess the three positive Ds (deliver, delight and deploy your gift). When a friendship deploys you, it believes and brings the best out of you. This type of relationship will bless your life.

The 3Gs of a robbing relationship

There are 3G's that rob us of peace of mind and that torments us:
  • Guilt
  • Grief
  • Grudges
We feel guilty when we hurt others but we feel grudges when others hurt us. God does not want us to live a life of grief! He has given us the gift of salvation through Jesus. The blood of Jesus has the power to cleanse our conscience from every guilt. As we cast our care on God, He takes away our griefs and empower us to forgive instead of holding grudges.

God sent a Saviour and has provided forgiveness by His grace. He saved us from our sin, from the devil and hell and he also saved us from ourselves. We have a tendency to try to do things our way rather than living life God's way.

Certain relationship, friendship and association must be broken. We must always walk in love and forgiveness. We need to be strong and say goodbye to those who use and abuse us. We greet them with peace but we refuse to put ourselves in a position where they will manipulate, intimidate and dominate us. Break every low self-esteem and spirit of inferiority and walk in the fulness and blessing of God.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Dreams, vision and prophecy

"And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy"
Acts 2:17-18

 My dear friends,
 
The bible is clear that in the last days God will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh. The move of God for the end-times is global. That means you and I we qualify to hear God's voice. There will be visitation and communication from heaven through the means of prophesy, dreams and visions. These are vehicles whereby God communicate messages, instructions, preparations, confirmations and warnings to His children.

"We can be a recipient or a carrier of the move of God."

The same Holy Spirit that gives us the prophesy, dreams and visions is the same that can also give us the ability to discern, to rightly interpret and to fully understand! Jesus specifically said that the Holy Spirit will speak and will show us things to come (John 16:13). He will also give us strength to carry out and perform the Word that He gives to us!

I sincerely believe that as God's children we need to learn to know and discern our Father's voice. To do this we always need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. You cannot interpret God from your flesh nor from human understanding.To be Spirit-filled, we need to spend time in worship, prayer and in the Word of God. The voice of God will never contradict the Word of God.  A true prophesy, dream or vision will always be in agreement with the written Word of God and will complement the will of God in a person's life.
 
When Adam and Eve fell, God release the first word of prophesy against the serpent declaring that the seed of the woman will destroy the head and it will bruise his heel. A word of prophesy may take time to fulfill, however we should learn to do warfare with the word given to us. Paul instructed Timothy to remember the prophecies and not allow the enemy to steal his God-given assignment. He told his protégé to wage spiritual warfare with the prophetic words (1 Tim.1: 18).

Israel begun with a dream and a vision. God prophetically spoke to Abraham and caused Jacob to dream of the future and changed his name to Israel. Oftentimes when God speaks, He thinks and plans generationally. A dream from God can lead to a beginning of something that can last forever.
 
"Spiritual callings attracts spiritual attacks."
 
Whenever God reveals the future, the enemy will move swiftly and shrewdly to eclipse the light of the revelation. The opposition will try to distract, disrupt and destroy God's prophetic plan and your God-given destiny. However in order for the plan to come to pass, we need to believe and confess in faith, so that God's light exposes and expels the enemy. Remember If God is for you, who can be against you?
 
"And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass." Gen. 41:32
 
Joseph interpreted Pharaoh's dream from God. Joseph also gave us a key to know and discern when a dream is from God. If the dream is repeated, then it is from God. It serves as a confirmation. This specific dream was a warning that served as an instruction to counter-attack the seven years of famine.

Pay attention to your dreams. I pray that your spiritual eyes and understanding be open. I pray that you walk by faith and not live by sight. God is about to manifest your breakthrough. Stay vigilant in your prayer and depend on the Holy Spirit.

Friday, October 7, 2016

The will of God

My dear friends,

The will of God means the desire and plan(s) of God. The theme of the bible consists of His will. One of God's passion is to reveal His plan to us.


There are two types of will:
1. The standard or universal will as written or documented in His Word. The bible reveals God's will for EVERYBODY.

The Word of God is the will of God.
2. The personalized or specific will of God for our lives. The will of God for each individual.
 

"For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept,
    line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little."
Isa. 28:10

In regards to the specific will of God for our lives:
Firstly understand that the specific will of God for your life will never go against His standard will. A lot of people want to know God's will for them individually but ignore God's universal will. For example, God wants all men (and women) to be saved and be separated from sin. God wants us all to walk in love. God wants all children to obey their parents. The voice of God will never contradict the word of God!
Secondly, God's word is revealed progressively..."here a little, there a little". Our quest to discover the specific will of God for our lives must begin with the word of God through prayer. This will help us navigate through life making the right choices and decisions, going to the right direction and reaching our God-given destination without getting shipwrecked. The Spirit of God leads us through the word and prayer (Rom. 8:14).

This then keeps us connected to God and focused on Him. The closer we are to Him, the more He reveals to us. The more we obey, the further we go. If we walk in the light we have, we are rewarded with more light.
This also keeps God as our priority and keeps us reaching for Him. The apostle Paul declared that his goal is to KNOW God (Phil. 3:10).
Whatever you do in life, it must line up with God's Word, and He will never call you to do something that is contrary to it.

Every revelation from God, whether by His Word, dreams or vision must be documented (Hab. 2:1-3).


Furthermore, God never gives us a picture of obstacles or the challenges we may face. He shows us the grapes not the giants. However, if we remain connected to Him, we can slay and conquer the giants. We can overcome the storms of life through His Word. His Word gives us strength (Dan. 10:19).
Our desires are often contrary to His Will. This is why we need to learn to submit ourselves to God. Submission is the seed for Promotion

We need to bring ourselves into agreement with His will.
We do not DECIDE our assignment, we DISCOVER and DISCERN our assignment - Jer. 1: 4-19

Some important truths about the revealed or specific Will of God for our lives:

  • The Will of God requires discipline and focus - Ex Jesus (Luke 9:51)
  • The Will of God may require education and training - Ex: Daniel (Daniel 1: 1-6)
  • The Will of God may require geographical changes - Ex: Abraham (Gen. 12)
  • The Will of God is costly - Luke 9:56-62
  • The Will of God may involve pain and loneliness - Ex: John the Baptist and Jesus
  • The Will of God cannot be discussed with everybody - Ex: Mary pondered all these things in her heart (Luke 2:19)
  • The Will of God means that you may not be granted access to certain places - Ex: Acts 16:6-7
  • The Will of God means you cannot have anything and everything you want - Ex: Samson (Judges 13)
 
Comfort is NOT a confirmation that you are in God's will
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Success..!



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.
Joshua 1:8

Dear Friends,

I just wanted to encourage you with a few nuggets of wisdom.
Success is part of your inheritance as a child of the Living God.

He wants you to have good success.

Success is not a destination, it is a journey! A journey that you must take WITH God. For without His presence, we all fail! God must be leading you. He must be ordering your footsteps.

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces. Never stop and never quit! To be stagnant is dangerous.

On the road to success, you will face many opposition and criticism, but your voice of faith must be stronger than any persecution.

So never give up! Even if you fall, get up and brush yourself off and then go again. Pursue your dreams. God is with you! He will never leave you and forsake you.

Live and thrive!

YOU CAN MAKE IT WITH GOD!

Blessings,

Dr. James Arekion

Friday, May 20, 2016

Seizing the moment


Mark 10:46-52


Jericho was a place of battle - First battle of children of Israel 
Jericho was a place of stronghold
Jericho was a place of curse
Jericho was a place of immorality

Jesus went in and came out... There was nothing of significant done by Jesus recorded in Jericho

Bartimaeus was sitting on the highway side. 
He was a blind beggar. He had two evident problem.
Blind : No light. No direction. Darkness. Confusion. Frustration. No VISION 
He was born with a problem...this was not by accident or coincidence
The one problem brought another problem
Beggar : Depending on others. On someone's hand. A low-class.

He was in the place of battle, stronghold & curse. He wanted to get out of his circumstances.

He didn't have an identity. He was known as the "son of Timaeus"
They knew him because of his dual problem
They labeled him

He heard of Jesus. Rom. 10:17 "Faith comes by hearing, hearing the Word of God."
He cried out. Faith demands the spoken words. It demands declaration & confession.
Faith : Believe with your heart & speak out of your mouth

He cried out for mercy to the Son of David (Messiah, Son of God)
Mercy: Don't give me what I deserve, give me what I need. Give me what I don't deserve.

They charged him to be quiet...he called out even more 
YOUR VOICE OF FAITH MUST BE STRONGER & LOUDER THAN THE VOICES OF OPPOSITION & PEOPLE'S OPINION.

YOUR VOICE OF FAITH MUST BE STRONGER THAN THE VOICE OF CRITICISM.

I won't let you go until I get your attention and get what I need

And Jesus stood still...
Your voice of faith attracts the attention of Jesus.

Your life goes & grows to the level of your faith in God!

Jesus commanded him to be called...
GOD will cause the very people who are criticizing, your opposition, those who put you down, to pick you up to "ARISE" - To take you to the next level...

He casts off his garment - his old identity 
He believed that if Jesus is calling me, then my life, my identity and my circumstances will change.
No more in the dark, blind, no direction, confusion, beggar...
Cast off by faith your old identity 
Cast off what people are saying about you

FAITH DEMANDS ACTIONS

" You may have done what people said you have done but you are not who people say you are! YOU ARE WHO GOD SAYS YOU ARE."

He knew what he wanted... He was focus. 
He had a desire and nothing would distract him from his destiny. 

He was physically blind but spirituality he had a vision... 

Prov. 29:18 "People perish without vision (revelation)"

FAITH is focus...perseveres...tenacity
FAITH has a vision
FAITH COMMANDS VICTORY

FAITH IS NOW... Now Faith!!! Heb. 11:1
Today is the day of salvation.

MY FAITH MAKES THE DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE 

Jesus said: Your faith has made you whole (complete)

He followed Jesus in the way.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Prayer and Fasting



There are two ways of fasting: A Personal Fast (private fast) and a Joint-Corporate Fast.


When believers and a church joins together for a common purpose, we call it a corporate fast. 

Fasting is a spiritual dynamics that brings supernatural manifestation.

God rewards Fasting. God wants us to fast so that we are disciplined and are not controlled by our soul and flesh.
In the book of 2 Chronicles 7:14-16, we are taught to humble ourselves before God. Fasting is one of the way that we humble ourselves to the Lord. Fasting doesn't work alone. Fasting has "twins" that aids it for better results and supernatural breakthroughs. We cannot just fast (not eating)...that would be a dieting! Spiritual Fasting is accompanied with something. We fast and PRAY. We fast and WORSHIP. We fast and PRAISE. We fast and REPENT. We fast and GIVE. We fast with THANKSGIVING. These are "power twins" to fasting. TOGETHER they produce results!

When we fast, we are seeking God's face for direction and instruction - it is a way of waiting upon the Lord.

Fasting brings discipline and deliverance.

 In 2 Chronicles 20: 3-5, King Jehoshaphat received a threatening message. Strong armies gathered together to battle against him. These armies had a reputation of destroying and wiping off any opponents. Jehoshaphat gathered the people together and proclaimed a time of fasting and seeking God.

Fasting takes your eyes off yourself and your circumstances 
and helps you to focus on God and His Word.
 (Read: 2 Chronicles 20:12)

As the sought the Lord, He gave them specific instruction and direction. Suddenly they knew what to do. They were no longer dependent on their strength and ability but they looked and leaned upon God. Our educational, physical, mental, financial strengths has limitation! But God is all-powerful!
Jehoshaphat and his people heard the voice and instruction of God because of prayer and fasting. They then moved into fasting and praise and the Lord caused a confusion in the enemy's camp and they enjoyed a great victory!

In 2 Chronicles 20:30, we see that Jehoshaphat and his people enjoyed peace and rest. This is because of prayer and fasting. How long will we be threatened with the same oppositions and words? It is time to enjoy peace and rest in security knowing we have overcome an enemy. Prayer and fasting brings complete deliverance from the enemy that constantly pursued us. It can break generational curses and bring freedom from spirits of familiarity.

Fasting and Prayer enables us to be dependent on the spirit and not the soul and flesh.

Fasting is associated with afflicting the soul (Isaiah 58: 5-14). The soul is the mind, emotions and will. Through fasting we can break addictions and bad habits. Whatever is controlling our mind and emotions...whatever is controlling us can be broken through the power of fasting and prayer.

Emotional eyes are blinded with tears
Fearful eyes are blinded with terror
Spiritual eyes are open with fasting and prayer

Natural fasting cleanses the body - Spiritual fasting (fasting according to God's Word and principles) cleanses the soul. Prayer and fasting helps us to make quality spiritual decision. It helps us to see life the way God sees.

In Acts 13, in the church at Antioch, they gathered together in worship and fasting. The Holy Spirit spoke and gave them divine appointment and instruction. Fasting and worship brings corporate growth in leadership. It provides spiritual guidance and assistance.

Personal fasting builds personal spiritual strength and Godly character
Corporate fasting builds corporate spiritual strength and unity 
Fasting produce revival!

Make a commitment to fast for 7days.
Ask God to lead you (Matt. 6: 9-15).
Know the purpose, plan and length of your fast - write it down.
Make a promise to God and keep your fast for the intended time.

At Christian Family Church International, MAURITIUS, we have declared a seven days fast for
·         ·         Divine direction
·         ·         Open heaven
·         ·         Divine favor
·         ·         Spiritual and Financial Breakthroughs
·         ·         Peace and security of God 
As a church, we stand in unity, pray and confess:
·         We repent of our ways and seek God's face.
·         We declare that we depend on God's grace and leadership.
·         We declare that the Holy Spirit is our guide and leads us into our God-given destiny.
·         We declare that our church in united.
·         We declare that we have divine direction.
·         We declare we have the wisdom of God.
·         We declare that the Christian Family Church Int. Mauritius will have land and building in the vicinity of Port Louis.
·         We declare that all our churches will grow and be successful in Jesus' name.
·         We declare that we are a people that are strong in the power of His might.
·         We declare that we are victorious.
·         We declare that we have all finances to do the work of the ministry.
·         We declare that we have the victory in Jesus' name.
·         We declare that no harm will come to our dwelling in Jesus' name.

I will be tweeting about fasting for seven days between Monday 11th to Sunday 17th. Follow and be blessed.