Financial Breakthrough

When your financial blessings are on lockdown

Definition

Definition of breakthrough–  warfare: an offensive military assault that penetrates and carries beyond a defensive line, an act or instance of moving through or beyond an obstacle, a sudden advance especially in knowledge or technique.

Definition of blessing – special favor, mercy, or benefit; a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness.

The Frustration

If you are like me you have been unsuccessfully praying for financial blessing for years.  We get spurts of increase in the money we normally have. However within a month or even that week we are having to ask for another blessing.   That seemed to be the cycle of our life.   Why can we not receive a blessing that would take us into a life of abundance? I desire a life of not having to pinch pennies.

As we look at the above definition of a blessing it refers to a gift bestowed by GOD thereby bringing happiness.  Why can we not have happiness in our finances? After all there were many people in the bible who obtained godly wealth: Joseph, Moses, Abraham, Solomon, the woman with the oil, the proverbs 31 woman, just to name a few.  I’m sure you know people who have received blessings that change their life or their position in life?  What makes them different from us. 

My Current state

To let you know my current situation.  A believer without a place to call my own I had to live with someone,  I had to give up my transportation, and I was unemployed, and no form of income.  Countless times I had declared 2 Corinthians 9:8, in Psalm 23:5.  The Word talks about GOD preparing a table before us in the presence of our enemies. I believed those scriptures but I didn’t understand why it was not manifesting for me.

It was mid -May of this year, after crying out to the LORD once again, when I finally listened and heard His response. GOD response to me was,  the blessings are already available.   I sought GOD for clarification. He informed me what I first needed was a financial breakthrough.    Financial Breakthrough and Financial blessing, I thought were the same.  I had to look up the definition of a breakthrough.  The definition of breakthrough states it is an act or instance of moving through or beyond an obstacle.  The Father explained there were obstacles that I needed to address in order for the blessings to manifest.

I learned these obstacles permitted the enemy to win a temporary stay in a case against me.  Surprisingly enough it was not the enemy sole doing but it was the unintentional permission I had granted to the enemy.  This allowed my financial blessings placed on lockdown.  

 

The Change

At this point, I had changed focus,  I had to be aligned with what GOD was showing me about the obstacles.  I had to be willing to go through  His process to receive His promises.   We can’t operate in GOD based on traditions but we must be willing and patient to hear from Him.  I inquired what obstacles He was referring to.

His response to me was your actions, words, and thoughts are the evidence that the enemy has brought before the courts.  He has won a temporary withholding on your financial blessings. This is the part where we stop praying for what we want. Its time to pray for understanding in the things  GOD is trying to improve, move, or change us. 

What Started it All

Let me back up a bit, I was upset and angry that my current financial situation had not changed for close to two years now.  So I decided to recorded playlist videos.  Videos called Waiting on GOD for a Financial Breakthrough, I wasn’t wanting a breakthrough I was wanting a blessing. To be honest I did these videos to test GOD, to force Him to change my financial situation. 

After the first video of the group, I heard GOD say, Shame, Bola you walk in shame.  It puzzled me.  GOD explained walking in shame in not walking in who He has called us to be, this makes me off alignment.   I began to understand that was one piece of evidence used against me.  It was time for me to allow GOD to deliver me and heal me from shame. By the way, shame is found in  Genesis in the garden when Adam & Eve hid and covered up. 

As we were working out shame in me, it was revealed about poverty mindset, pride & insecurity were some of the other obstacles that I needed deliverance and healing.  My prayers changed. From prayers asking for blessings to asking GOD to reveal the areas in my life that needed to be broken and changed.

Understanding Breakthrough

Breakthrough strives to reject things designed to keep from walking in the fullness of who you are in GOD.  GOD desire that we maintain, and prosper in His gifts/blessings.  He has called us blessed to be a blessing.  How can we be true blessings to others when we walk in doubt, fear, and lack?

Now I realize what the enemy was using to make me experience disappointment and pain.  GOD is using this time to strengthen me, to empower me, and speak with boldness.  What GOD gives us He doesn’t want the enemy to easily snatch away.  

The breakthrough must come first so that His blessing can flow abundantly.   Someone who continuously gets a flow of blessings, normally there was a season of breakthrough they underwent.    I am willing, are you willing to go through the financial breakthrough process. Do want to get a flow of blessings or to have sporadic blessings!

The Outcome!

In this process, GOD downloaded a product called  Financial Breakthrough Prayer Cards He had me created. These cards address some of the behaviors that keep us from financial blessings.  GOD is in the blessing business but are we ready to receive and stand for Him. Is what you are desiring aligned with His will to advance His Kingdom and give Him glory.

Shame a Silent Killer

Exposing & Evicting Shame

Exposing & Evicting Shame is necessary for peace, clarity, and joy.  Shame is an unpleasant self-conscious emotion typically associated with a negative evaluation of the self, withdrawal motivations and feeling of distress, exposures, mistrust, powerless, and worthlessness.  Shame as defined by Wikipedia.   An article in Psychology Today, defines shame: A concealed, contagious, and dangerous emotion. The article further goes on to say it is an internal state of inadequacy, dishonor, or regret.  Shame can be brought on by what others or circumstances say about or do to us.  Circumstance and what others say is one part, the other culprit is coping internally with failure.  Guilt is not the same as Shame.  Guilt is an emotional experience that results from a wrongdoing or action taken.   Shame is attached to a person’s identity and guilt is attached to a person’s actions.

Most of us are no strangers to shame in one form or another.  This emotion of shame is very destructive and demeaning to the esteem.  Shame is a hidden emotion, that desperately camouflages itself.  Shame affects individuals on several levels.  Christian are not immune to shame.   An individual can be publicly or privately shamed.  It can be done by people dear to us or complete strangers. The essence of shame has historically been with mankind from the beginning.  We can trace shame back to Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve realized they were both naked.

Exposing & Evicting Shame: Shame has a purpose

Many don’t address the presence of shame. Shame leaves an open access point for the enemy to do sneak attacks.  Remember it is Satan purpose is to keep us from walking in our Divine destiny.  Satan job is to rob, steal and destroy.  If able to convince individuals to wrongly characterize themselves, he has done his job. He robs us of our identity by allowing the perceptions of shame to be more relevant than who GOD created us to be.   He steals our authority, constantly searching a false inadequate self-worth persona. A persona refusing to allow the forgiveness of past hurts.  Past hurts are embraced by shame. Shame hinders growth.  Hinders growth, permits destruction of our divine destiny. A destiny people spend countless years trying to undo, fix, or justify past error.  A misaligned destiny causes us to miss out on what beautiful, empowering things are waiting ahead.

Exposing & Evicting Shame: grounds of walking in Shame

  1. Poor financial condition – poverty, financial instability
  2. Sexual Past – rape, molestation, excessive sexual activity
  3. Addictions – anything we do in excess
  4. Past Relationship – abusive – verbal, emotional, physical. Intimate, siblings, parents,
  5. Body type, scars, disabilities – unhappy with appearance
  6. Word attachments by others – people speaking and perceiving falsely
  7. Childhood – environment and memories

Exposing & Evicting Shame: Identifying Shame

Shame is a hidden internal emotion that masquerades itself in external outcomes. It surfaces in the form of negative behaviors and/or feelings.  Shame is a negative emotion causing stagnation, backwardness and the blame game.  Shame is a feeder.  It causes the unconscious mind to link every event where there was shame. It like a snowball it continues to grow until heat is applied and is melted away.

Shame_designed to destroy

Below are some of behaviors that indicate shame may be present

  1. Procrastination – habitual never wanting to complete a task
  2. Depression – constant state of sadness, loneliness, isolation, & moody
  3. Addictions – over excessive behavior
  4. Low self-esteem – don’t see self- worth or value
  5. Lack motivation – detached
  6. Negative self-talk – very little good to say about self
  7. Constant frustration – easily frustrated and impatient
  8. Fright & fear – fear of being discovered & exposed
  9. Mentally beaten down – mentally worn out and discouraged
  10. Weighted down – feelings of can’t do or make things right
  11. Mistrust & doubt – feel people have ulterior motives
  12. Inability to have orgasms – ouch!!

Exposing & Evicting Shame: Effects of Shame

Shame can lead to long term social, professional and sexual difficulty.  The duty of Shame is to demoralize.  It has no cultural, environmental, or geographic boundaries.  It has the capacity to affects the influencers, the affluent, the poor, the kind-heart, the bad personality.  taking all and anyone hostage.

  1. Focuses on what we don’t have – very ungrateful
  2. Create a false identity – pretend to be something we are not to protect our self
  3. Self-pity – blame everyone
  4. Pride – over compensate for the lack of
  5. Overly judgmental – critical of self and others
  6. Rejections – sense of not belonging
  7. Abandonment – outcast
  8. Instability – life is like a roller-coaster
  9. Lack confidence in decision -making – constant mind changing behavior
  10. Lack of sensitivity – hide or inappropriate emotional behavior
  11. Unable to forgiveness – need to constantly pound the nail in self or others- reminder

Listed below are qualities that may develop due to shame

Shame - Healing through GOD

Healing Shame

As we read the lists from above, it is easy to see how shame hides itself.  Shame comes with clusters of other entities/spirits.  Shame is like an identical twin to those things listed above.  Many times, only one area is addressed, and shame is left intact.  There is no magic pill or wand that will it away in an instant.  Overcoming shame is a process which can take years.  However, as we begin the journey of evicting shame, we will have small victories and wins.  Shame is an entity/spirit that must not be ignored, it is damaging to our success.  Healing from shame requires honesty, looking at our nakedness, desiring change, and willingness to be challenged.  Shames desire that we never find our truth, our identity, our purpose.  Don’t be ashamed to deal with shame. We have the authority to confront shame and be set free.

Exposing & Evicting Shame: Evicting Shame

Evicting shame means letting the past be the past.  Shame focuses on what we did wrong, we serve a forgiving GOD.   It is a voice that we have the power to silence.  Shame works in the dark bring it to the light and deal with it.

  1. Forgive – our self and others- we make mistakes
  2. Mind Renewal – people change over the years, even our self
  3. Let go of the hostages – our self and others. The past is the past it cannot change
  4. Publicly confess our shame
  5. Revisit our past/childhood
  6. Have a funeral for those things that caused shame
  7. Be conscious and stop negative self -talk and thoughts
  8. Deal with issues as they arise don’t let them compile
  9. Talk to someone

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Waiting on GOD for Financial Breakthrough – Dealing with Shame

As Christians, GOD desires to cleanse us from shame.  Hebrew 10:22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

The scriptures tell us to be ashamed of the bad things we do, however GOD does not want us to live a life of shame but to confess our wrongdoings, sins, change our ways, and turn to Him.   GOD has a plan for us it is for good and not to harm us, Jerm. 29:11.   He has called us I am fearfully and wonderfully made, Psalm 139:14.  It is GOD desire that we attain our divine destiny and that we see ourselves as a light that represents Him.

The Word of GOD is as Sweet as PIE (Part 3)

Taste and See

Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Mental Health Benefits

When it comes to reading, comprehending, applying the scripture, it never occurred to me the impact it would have on my mental stability.   Many read the bible because we feel it pleases GOD or puts us in good standings with the LORD.  The truth is GOD gave us His book so we can have a journey that allows us to have peace of mind, confidence and trust in Him and receive the love He has for us.   The bible is meant to transform our life for the better, removing guilt, shame and fear.  Guilt, shame, and fear are the root foundation that causes some of us to have unstable minds, plagued with depression and worry.

A recent study, Barna revealed that 6 out of 10 adults who read the Bible said that it has transformed their life.

Bible Transformation

Barna Group defines a “Bible User” as an “individual who reads, listens to or prays with the Bible on their own at least 3-4 times a year, outside of a church service or church event. 61% of the “Bible users” said that each time they read scripture they realize their need for God. 50% of these people said that reading the Bible increases their desire to know God.

Mental Health Research

According to Mayo Clinical Proceedings, a majority of the nearly 350 studies of physical health and 850 studies of mental health that have used religious and spiritual variables have found that religious involvement and spirituality are associated with better health outcomes.

Our religion and spirituality can greatly impact our mental and physical health. As believers in Christ, the word of GOD aligns us with the Will of GOD for our lives.   It is documented that the words associated with the bible give the rooted Christian connectedness, hope, optimism, trust and purpose which boost our mental health.  Other powerful words and value systems of the bible such as compassion, forgiveness and gratefulness help empower us mentally.   These words help greatly decreased stress and increased resiliency.

Mental Health Stability

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When we as Christians truly see GOD as a higher power in control of our destiny it will drive us to seek, read and hear  His Word daily,  this is when revelations become natural and daily additives in us.   Faith does not come by going to church on Sundays but by daily working and walking the word of GOD.    Research shows that most who use their religion as a daily tool has a strong internal sense of control. According to Dr. Harold Koenig of Duke University contends that as people pray, and ask God for guidance, they feel a sense of control over their situation and emotions, helping them cope with depression and anxiety. As Christian we must put great emphasis on reading the bible for understanding and direction.

  1.  The Word of God Creates and Sustains Life –  (John 10:10) – Our roadmap to a better life.  A life in which we do not live in anxiety. Knowing we are not alone.
  2. The Word of GOD leads us to freedom –  (John 8:32) – Gives us the assurance that GOD is rooting for us.  He desires the best for us.  Removing confusion and fret. Living GOD Will for us that takes us from glory to glory.
  3. The Word helps shape a positive attitude – (Romans 12:2) – Though obstacles may be all around us, knowing that GOD has given victory to those that trust in Him.
  4. The Word helps us take control of our Feelings and Emotions. – (Proverbs 16:32) – Removing an emotional rollercoaster.  The Word of the LORD is no respecter of person, He delights in giving His sons and daughters good gifts.
  5. The Word permits us to take time out –  (Psalm 91:1-2) –  The LORD expects us to slow down and smell the roses, after all He made those things for us to enjoy.
  6. The Word helps us confront our fears – (Isaiah 41:13) –The bible gives many examples of people who overcame their fears and gained abundantly in life.
  7. The Word helps us avoid dangerous addictions – (Hebrews 4:12) – His word cautions us to the false and temporary things of this earth that eventually will cause us harm.
  8. The Word of GOD is a support system that has you in mind –  (Exodus 15:2) – His word reminds us that He will never leave or forsake those that have a heart for Him. He made everything for His good pleasure
  9. The Word nourishes and grows your character – (Romans 5:4-6) – Instructs us how to manifest the word in our life. Going from pieces to Peace.  Building endurance to victory
  10. The word encourages you to see the big picture – (1 Peter 5:10) – Change our perspective to be more Christ-like.

Conclusion

We can now see that the bible is so much more than a good read, but leads us into positive character, peace of mind and a freed identity.   See the bible as a book of process, progress, and prosperity.   Begin to understand and apply the scriptures to daily living experience elevation.  This definitely worked for me taking me from a place of insecurity to a place of not fearing to dream big.

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The Word of GOD is as Sweet as PIE (Part 2)

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Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Purpose of Reading Scripture

GOD did not give us His word for just entertainment purpose or as a good read. He gave us His word as a means in which we can achieve an expected result.  Many of us have a misconception that GOD will for our lives will be boring and not beneficial.  We must change our thinking to understand that walking in His Word truly takes us “from pieces to Peace”.  Think about when you made decision from a place of peace versus making a decision out of anxiety, what was the overcome?   I have regrets when I made decisions from a place of peace, regardless how others felt about my decision.  When foundation are weak, anxiety rises.  A Spiritual foundation can give feelings of empowerment.

The purpose of this post is not to beat anyone up but to assist Christian women align with the word of GOD and apply it daily.  It is time to dispel all lies of the world that healthy spiritual living is boring and we must give up all our desire.  It is time to renew our minds, so that we can move into our next level of Christian living and spiritual growth.

When we put aside the hustle of today’s living and seeks those things that GOD desires for us through His Word, we uncover that there is a pathway to peace.  A peace that surpasses temporary gratification.  The next section we will explore are steps to how to understand what the scripture are saying to us.

Keys to Scripture Reading

There are keys to understanding scripture.  These keys create a renewing of the mind, aligning us with the word and will of GOD. We will look at one such keys.  Breaking down the scriptures is vital to spiritual growth.  As stated in the part 1 of this series, I received the phrase “the Word of GOD is as Sweet as Pie” download from Holy Spirit, because I asked after hearing someone with their own catch phrase.   The following will explain how to understand and apply scripture.

The word of GOD is as Sweet as PIE, is about breaking down the scriptures to get clarity to GOD’s desires for a better outcome in our daily living. This process assists us in better decision making capacity, lessen anxiety and live purpose filled lives. This process also aids in growth of our faith and trust in the GOD.     PIE is an acronym, it stand for His (GOD)

Principle

Instructions

Empowerment

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GOD’s Principle

Titus 2:11–14

The Principle of GOD ensure that every Christian live a lifestyle in active pursuit to purity before GOD, and avoiding any distractions that keep us from a relationship with Him. Christ’s death allowed us to have a relationship with our heavenly Father.  GOD did not intend us to live separate of Him, but to be our guide.  His principles reveals the very purpose of human life, to know God, to learn to love and to serve Him faithfully. It also helps us have a peaceful relationship with others.  GOD’s principle bring about

  1. Unity
  2. Protection
  3. Cautions  us to guard our tongue, actions and thoughts from traps of the enemy

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

The principle in Jeremiah 29:11 is GOD has a plan for each of us.

GOD’s Instructions

The purpose of GOD’s instruction is to guide us in every aspect of our lives.  His instructions give us value and moral compass. It teaches what is right.  In His word there are warnings  against things that may seems fun and exciting currently but the end result will bring harm, shame and guilt. The word gives strategies to face challenges.  The bible gives us examples of others who had similar encounters/experiences. There are benefits when we follow GOD’s instruction.

  1. Deepens our Faith
  2. Create a platform for miracles, signs and wanders
  3. Releases Authority and Dominion

Using scripture Jeremiah 29:11 the instructions are that GOD plans to prosper and not harm us.   When we follow the things of Him and obey and do His instructions it is for our good and it is not to punish or test for pass or fail grade. 

GOD’s Empowerment

Being empowered by GOD scriptures take us from level to level.

Since GOD is the creator of heaven and earth and below, we must see GOD has power that nothing else can trump.   As Christians, we know there are no other gods can do such wanders. As heirs, sons and daughter of the Most High GOD it is only natural to recognize that GOD desire that His children be empowered by His word.  Scripture also references about the power given to us from above as stated in LUKE 24:49. Many people are inspired and empowered when there is an understanding of GOD’s Principle and followed His Instructions, this is something GOD download daily if we allow Him.   

Using scripture Jeremiah 29:11 empowers to know GOD plans to give you hope and a future. GOD wants to fill us with power and authority.

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Summary

Reading and getting understanding and applying scriptures puts us in a better place of authority, alignment and servitude with our Heavenly Omnipotence GOD.  It enables us to receive the flow of Grace, Favor, and Blessing from GOD Almighty.