One more battle


by DP

“So give me the hill country that the Lord promised me. You will remember that as scouts we found the descendants of Anak living there in great, walled towns. But if the Lord is with me, I will drive them out of the land, just as the Lord said.” So Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave Hebron to him as his portion of land. Joshua 14:12-13

It took 45 years for him to receive his promised land, and God made good on his promise. It is so amazing to see that a man at his eighty-five years, when the time seemed to be a time of rest and a time of slowing down, he chose to fight a last battle; he chose to conquer and drive the descendents of Anak out of their own land. And these where not usual people.

Can you imagine, this man at his eighty-five years of age, entering the land and ordering them to leave. What went through their minds? They might have said, “Who is this little old man? Who does he think he is? Let’s just crush him and show him who we are.” The peculiar characteristic of these inhabitants of Hebron, was their might and their height; they were giants. But this was not new to Caleb, because forty-five years earlier his report back to Moses and the people of Israel was, “they are bread for us, do not fear.” That spirit was still in Caleb, the spirit of a conqueror, a dreamer and a giant defeater. That day he had seen what he wanted.

It may take years of work and preparation but the promise God has made to you, will come to pass. Probably you thought of a different timeframe, but it will come at the precise moment that it will be needed. Caleb, waited for many years and in order to live his dream he fought another battle. And the story says that the land rested from war, because what God gives, brings peace. So time had passed and the reward season was up. He walked in the land of giants, and when you walk among giants, your life will never be the same.

Stand up, another battle might still be ahead. But be of good cheer, because if God promised it, it will come to pass, and there will be no might, height, wall or threat that will keep you from your promise. So when the fight is over and the dust settles your name will be known to have lived in the land of the giants. And it will only take, one more battle.

“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”

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If he said it, He will do it!


by DP

I will call a swift bird of prey from the east—a leader from a distant land to come and do my bidding. I have said what I would do, and I will do it. Isaiah 46:11

God through the prophet Isaiah was preparing the children of Israel for their deliverance from captivity. He was telling them not to be afraid from the idols that were in Babylon, and even warned them not to make any of their own, he didn’t need any help. These idols would not obstruct or impede in any way their deliverance. He brought to their memory and called upon the promises that God had given and already done on their behalf. He called them to trust in the power of the Lord, for his power was unquestioned. He will deliver on his promises and in spite of the unbelief of man, He would do what he said he would.

What an amazing declaration! It says that a bird of prey will be called by Him. It states that He will even use those situations we believe are bad to accomplish what he has promised. He will awaken someone half away around the world to perform his assignment, on our behalf. He will use you, yes you, to accomplish his will in ways that will amaze everyone. So it doesn’t matter where in the world you are right now. If he said it, he will do it. It doesn’t matter that your name is not recognized by the masses, or even acknowledge by those close to you. If he said it, he will do it. It doesn’t matter if you serve in high places or your present assignment is meager in the eyes of people. If he said it, he will do it. It doesn’t matter if you are the underdog, if he said it, he will do it. It doesn’t matter if you are oppressed and shunned by all. If he said it, he will do it. It doesn’t matter if this is the eleventh hour and all of the circumstances are against you and everything hangs on this moment, if he said it, he will do it.

Is this the end of your resources? Do you think that the promise that has been hanging in your heart will not come to pass? Let me tell you that what he said he will do, he will do it. It is not a promise made by a man, by an institution. It is made by Almighty God himself, and on verse 5, he asks the question; “To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?, and on verse 9 He states “for I alone am God! I am God and there is none like me” He will perform, period. If he said it, he will do it. We don’t have to second guess him or analyze everything, we just need to trust Him.

You might not see things aligned the way you thought they would this very moment but don’t be discouraged, be certain of this today; If he said it, he will do it!

“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”

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Who can ever be against us?


by DP

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31

Paul was writing to the Romans, and in this chapter he punctuates how to live in the spirit. He made contrasts of his own life, stating that the afflictions of the present time are not comparable to glory to come, which will manifest in due time. A contrast filled chapter. A sobering recount of the true situations of this life and our human condition. But in spite of that, and in spite of recognizing our flaws and afflictions, Paul makes a statement: Who can ever be against us?

This to me is an expression with an attitude. If God is for us who or what can stand against us? There is nothing that could stop us moving forward. There is no circumstance that will slow us down. Neither sickness nor lack, neither tribulation nor anguish, neither the present time nor the times to come, neither the high nor the profound nor any other created thing will separate us from God. Nothing will stop us from fulfilling our destiny.

Are you being stalled? Are you in a crossroad? Is your purpose being questioned and attacked? Is your dream being ridiculed by your resources? Be certain today, that nothing will ever stop you if our God is for you. He turned water into wine, he stood up to the scribes and pharisees, resurrected Lazarus from the dead, he conquered sickness and opened the eyes of the blind. He conquered death, sin and fear, so who could ever in it’s right mind even think to stop us? Shout it out loud, WHO?

In the book of Psalms 8:5, there is a declaration that says that we were created a little lower than Elohim. In essence a little lower than himself. Elohim means “the uncalculated power of God”. So why have we chosen to live a lesser life? If he has created us to his image, why would we be afraid to dream Big, to dare to do what He has birthed in our hearts to do? To go to places no one else has gone before, to do what has not been done before. If he said it, if he birthed it in your heart, who can ever be against? Even when you feel that your life is over, that the possibilities for you are slim to nil, don’t count yourself out, if God is for you, who can stand against you?

“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”

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…for there is the sound of abundance of rain.


by DP

Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” 1 Kings 18:41 NKJV

How is it that Elijah heard the sound of abundant rain? Clear skies, no clouds, no signs, no rain. Was he out of his mind? No, but Elijah had foresight of the rain to come.

Elijah knew the season he was in. When you are connected with God, you seek His presence and stay obedient, you will have the revelation of the seasons. Not the natural seasons, but the spiritual ones. You will know when to go out and when to stay in, when to talk and when to stay quiet, when to walk and when to stand still. Regardless of what everybody else sees, does and tells you, you will have a revelation of the season for your life and what to do. You will hear the voice that says, I hear the sound of rain!

Rain? We ask, in middle of this trial? Rain? When my spouse has left. Rain? When my finances are a mess. Rain? When I have come to the end of my resources? Rain? When I have no direction in life? Yes, the sound of abundance of rain. It will come without notice, and when it comes it will pour to overflow. There are seasons in our life that are characterized by the drought. The lack of meaning, the want of better and brighter days. We don’t see nothing happening. Our flesh starts to take over our spirit and begins to convince it that as dry as it seems, it will definitely get worse. It is a battle between what we can see and what we can’t. It is confusing, when our emotions take over and try to control our mindset.

But God will pour rain over your health, over your children, over your trial, over your relationships, over your work, over your finances, and when it happens it will be like a flood. You will have to run, so be prepared for His rain.

Therefore, go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain!

“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”

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God will open your eyes


by DP

Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the lad to drink. Genesis 21:19

The story unfolds as an uncertain time for a mother and her son. Hagar bore Abraham’s first son Ishmael when Sarah could not, as suggested by Sarah herself to Abraham. Once Isaac was born things changed. Sarah saw Ishmael scoffing Isaac, and she didn’t like at all. Sarah told Abraham to cast them out.

So Hagar went to the desert of Beersheba and wandered, with only bread, a skin of water and her son (v.14). Soon the skin of water was used up and she placed the boy under some shrubs to let him die. From a short distance she stood to watch. She was certain that this was the end, but she could not possibly see when the her son died.

But then, something unexpected happened. The scripture says that God heard the voice of the child and the angel of God spoke to her and asked, “What ails you, Hagar?, Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.” (v17)” The angel of god told to pick up her son because the Lord would make him a great nation. Then an amazing thing changed in her. Her eyes were opened.

Have you ever been in a situation were you have used up all of your “available” resources? Have you thought it is the end? Is your current situation telling you, there is no hope, no way out? Have you felt that your creativity and your sense of direction is gone. Do you feel that you have wandering around and around just waiting for that moment to come. Yes, you might be surrounded by real conflict, you might be lacking creativity, you may be in a financial burden and on top of that you wander around eating up your resources pushing you more and more into a state of mind where you cannot see God’s hand in your life. If you give in, you let our situation define who you are and what your destiny and those that depend on you will be. You only see what is in front of you and that dictates your moves.

God is telling you today, I will open your eyes, so you can see that there is a well of water around you that will satisfy your thirst. It has always been there. I am present, I am here; just cry out to me from where you are, and your vision will return, your creativity will rise and I will make you a great nation, says the Lord to you today. Everyone will be amazed of what will become of you. Right there where you are, in the midst of your situation, even when others have cast you out and have left you to die in the wilderness, God will open your eyes.

“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”

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Now you shall see!


by DP

And the Lord Said to Moses, “Has the LORD’s arm been shortened? Now you shall see whether what I say will happen to you or not.” Numbers 11:23

Moses had people complaining, lot’s of people. God had provided day after day for the children of Israel while in the desert, but know they wanted meat. They craved for the delicacies that they had in Egypt. They said: “but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!” (v 6). They did not appreciate the provision God gave them which they had before them, right in their eyes! The complaining spread among the people like powder. Scripture says that Moses heard the people weeping at the door of their tents.(v 10) The situation was so intense that even Moses questioned God. The response: you will eat meat for a whole month!

How intense is your day? Is it so intense that you get frustrated and even question God’s purpose in your life and His might? If you are going through a desert in your life, it is easy to get discouraged, I know, I’ve been there. We might even question or doubt the very thing we affirmed the day before.

God is providing every day all of our needs and sometimes we don’t realize it. We neglect the miracle He is doing right now in our lives, even when we see it before our eyes! Trust His word, seek Him. His arm has not shortened, his might is strong. He is God Our Provider, The God that is more than enough, The Beginning and the End, the I AM.

The sun he created still shines down on us at 186,000 (thousand) miles per second, since the day He said, “let there be light”. So don’t get discouraged, press on, look up and you will see that what He said, will happen. Quails came flying towards them and they were fed and satisfied. Your blessing, your deliverance, will come to you. Your God, my God, has not become weak. His arm has not shortened! So today, open your eyes because now you shall see!

“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”

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No more sour grapes!


by DP

THE WORD of the Lord came to me again, saying, What do you mean by using this proverb concerning the land of Israel, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge? As I live, says the Lord God, you shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. Ezekiel 18:1-3

God spoke to the prophet, about a constant proverb that had been circulating among the people. It was so ingrained into their hearts that it has spread all throughout the land. In essence, it meant that because their ancestors, their parents had sinned, they were doomed and cursed. The proverb made their hearts to simply give up on life and to settle for what had been laid up for them as “fate”.

The proverb was not a fallacy, or an urban legend. It was indeed a recount of the past and a reminder of what had happened. The problem with this proverb is that instead of a reminder of what not to do, it was setting the stage for the israelites of what to do. It was marking their future. It was grappling their hopes and setting them to a dull and stoke future.

How many times we have’d put down ourselves saying, “I was not born in the right home, I don’t live in the right place, my parents did this or that to me, I am here because of what they or someone else did”? How many times have you let the past dictate where, why, when or what your future has is store for you? How many times you have said, that because of the choices someone else, or even yourself have made, you have no hope and you have to settle for was is laid before you?

God certainly heard the proverb and had a answer for his children “As I live, says the Lord God, you shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel” (v.3). So, it doesn’t matter where you are, it doesn’t matter where you’ve been, it doesn’t matter who you are, He has said, no more. No more disillusion, no more watered down dreams, no more grappling or being controlled by the past. He has made a new day. He has plans for your future, “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” (Jeremiah 29:11), and as long as He lives, there will be no more sour grapes.

“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”

The coat of many colors


by DP

But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him. Genesis 37:18

Joseph was on his way to see his brothers. It turned out to be the last day he would see them for many more years to come. They sold him to the Ishmaelites and in turn he was sold to the egyptians. He was sold because he had been favored by their father, and they became jealous of him. His father had made him a coat of many colors; he had been favored by the father and it showed.

When you are favored by God, it will be shown. When you wear the coat of many colors, God’s favor, you will stand out from the crowd. When you dream big dreams, you stand out from everybody else. Dreamers are ultimately defined by what they stand for and are known more by what they dream than from who they are. Dreamers can be seen from a distance. Dreamers are feared. Safe people are intimidated by dreamers. Joseph’s brothers saw him from a distance and plotted against him. Be certain that because of what you stand for, by what you represent, you might be plotted against, shunned and attacked. But dreamers don’t back down and certainly dreamers don’t quit.

Dreamers are a special kind of people. They see opportunities where everybody else sees facts. They see cities when everybody else sees empty land. They see what can be, instead of what currently is. They are dangerous, because limitations are not a threat to them. Limitations become not an obstacle or a stumbling block to their progress, but a fuel that makes the winning even sweeter.

When God favors you, you will stand out and probably will not fit in. Congratulations you have the coat of many colors. When God favors you, you will make people around you uncomfortable because they cannot understand why you and not them. When God favors you, their mind cannot fathom the ideas that come out from your mouth. When they hear them they just benchmark them to their own experiences, and mock them. They size them up against to what, in their mindset, is possible to accomplish. When you are a dreamer, you are not afraid to try. Because even if you try and fail, you learn a new way that will not achieve the dream, a path that will not be used again, so you still come closer to your destiny. Dreamers are the head and not the tail.

The world we live in, is formulated by dreams of men and women that dared to think different. To think possible what to them was new and probably impossible in the eyes of other people. When you dream God’s dream for your life and walk in it, you will wear God’s favor; and it will be apparent. People might plot to kill your dream, but it won’t be possible, you have been favored.

It might not be absent of difficulties, but always remember that you are wearing the coat of many colors.

“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”