Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Step By Step.... By Nina Keegan

LET GOD TAKE YOU THERE... 
ONE STEP AT A TIME...

When God does things, He does it in a very orderly and specific way, nothing is haphazard or thought about last-minute ..our God is very organized.  A creative genius, no stone has been left unturned but each thing in its own right has been brilliantly planned out with every detail spilling into existence in the perfect order..  Deliberate Exactness !

God used order in organizing, creating and maintaining life. 

Our world and our universe were created so purposefully as each step was birthed through the authoritative Word and spoken by God so deliberately and with assured direction. ..life pulsed into existence, all at the perfect time... All in the perfect order.

There was an order in the manner in which God created the universe it was a step-by-step process. Then as we see in Exodus 13:18 it says that The children of Israel were led out of Egypt in orderly ranks ...and that most assuredly was no easy feat since there were approximately 3 million people..  but God had an order about it, The Israelites steps were ordered of the Lord and he brought them out each step of the way...

 Had they known ahead of time all the hardships and trials and stories that would unfold on their journey it would've been way too much for them to handle ...God allows us to only see things step-by-step so that we must trust him, we must fully rely on Him. Stay close to God knowing and understanding that He is in our tomorrows, He's already there..and we can face those ordered steps with him.

Doing things step-by-step and God's way through steadfast obedience brings success because it's about  a relationship with our creator and trusting that God doesn't take us to far to fast or give us things we are not yet ready for.

Many times we want
 "Insta-God" we want Him to just show up and supernaturally change our circumstances and fix all of our problems. We want instant gratification ...we don't like being uncomfortable we don't like leaving our comfort zone, we want what we want and we want it now!

But there is a method to what God is doing in our lives, there is always a definitive order about it..our steps are ordered of the Lord the Scripture says..
In order to be in complete obedience to God we must be orderly and we must accept things the way God has ordained them...

We want to go from A- straight to Z with no stops, detours or pauses in between, but there's so many lessons to be learned in the valleys that cause us to grow, stretch in our faith and to become prepared for the blessings to come... 

In Deuteronomy chapter 7 verse 22 it says the Lord your God will drive out those nations ahead of you little by little He will not clear them away all at once...

It goes on to say that if they were to clear the way to quickly it would not be good for them...

God knows what he's doing "He's God"!

Yes Moses told the Israelites that God would destroy Israel's enemy but not all at once ..God had the power to destroy those nations instantly but He chose to do it in stages "little by little"  and in the same way and with the same power God can miraculously and instantly change our lives..

However, God often chooses to help us gradually...wisely teaching us one lesson at a time. Rather than expecting instant spiritual maturity, we grow through pain, it has a purpose..   we can't expect instant solutions to all of our problems ..God wants us to look to him ...step out in faith and work out things through faith and obedience.

Many times we must wrestle with ourselves in order to get to the place of complete surrender.

We need to slow down and work things out one step at a time trusting God so that we can stay exactly on the step we were meant to be on. ..

 We must trust that God's timing is perfect and that he's taking us through each stage as we are ready to receive it and when we're ready to grow through it ..

We will someday look back at a miraculous transformation that has occurred in our lives with gratitude knowing that we would certainly never change a thing.. That the character God has built up in us has strengthened us and readied us for the future! 

We will be so much stronger, wiser and blessed as a result of having done things orderly and in God's perfect timing!






Monday, June 29, 2015

A Spirit Without Limits.. By Nina Keegan

John the Baptist spoke of Jesus saying, "For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without limits! John 3:34).  

Do you have any idea what it means, that through salvation we are promised the gift of the Holy Spirit...and it is without limits? 
 Jesus says "I will come to you I will not abandon you as orphans, soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me since I live..you will also live. When I am raised to life again you will know that I am in my Father and you are in Me and I am in you.."
John 14:15-21

This means we have available to us, the most important gift the world has ever known,  it's greater than all riches, we have the Holy Spirit (the very presence of God) He is within us and available to all believers..helping us live, move and have our being as God as promised and intended.

We have divine authority and a spirit without limits... we come in Jesus name and all that that represents, we can enter with boldness the throne room of God Himself and make our requests known to Him...

We have V.I.P access as a child of the King ..there's nothing He won't do for his children.. He wants us to live with expectations and to have audacious prayers for the miraculous to manifest and for us to believe in revival again for us personally and for our families, our nation, our world. and we can believe for it now..

Does this not astonish you in every way? We must realize what we have available to us... we must try to grasp the magnitude of the amazing strength and fortitude we have as children of the most high God .. We have a title.. We are Royalty, we are heirs to the throne and we are the King's Children... We will not shrink back in fear!
 God wants us to live strong and fearless on this earth as Christ's ordained army! He wants us to GO GET what is ours.. He wants us to fight for it....!
 
 By faith we can appropriate the Holy Spirit's  power every day in our lives and simultaneously we through Christ can positively affect the lives around us!
We are Christ's ambassadors on a mission from Heaven to be the very image of Jesus on this planet! 
...And since Jesus is in us through the power of the Holy Spirit, we have all the help, access, blessings, abilities, qualifications, and provision we need! 
When we call on the name of Jesus, all of the heavens armies come to our rescue to help us, defend us, and protect us! The Holy Spirit gives us a whole new way to look at life.. What could we possibly ever fear?

We need not fear anything or anyone.. we have supernatural strength, we have divine direction, we have a birthright that is blood bought, sealed and etched into the scarred palms of the Creator of the entire Universe!

We must get into agreement with God about what the ending looks like... agree with God for what His glorious and manifested presence and His salvation promises say and how they line up with our situations...

The Scripture says that those who accept God's Commandments and OBEY them are the ones who love Him..and because we love Him, Our Father in Heaven will love us back and He will reveal himself to each of us..John 14:21

Through our obedience, God will give us revelation of what we need to do and what He wants to use us for and what our purpose is in him( to bring Him Glory) 
We have such supernatural strength available to us through the Holy Spirit... satan has NO power over us! If we obey Jesus and align ourselves closely with God's purposes we are more than conquerors in every way!

Jesus Christ is the only one true way to salvation and spending eternity with our creator, it's the one way to living a truly good, blessed, favored and anointed life..

  In order to receive these blessings , we must stay so close to Him like a branch attached to the vine because apart from Christ we can do nothing!
 Our efforts will be fruitless and only temporary. We need to receive the nourishment and life offered by Christ, the vine..receive your gift of the Holy Spirit do not miss out on what He has for you! Lasting Fruit! 

God wants to bless you to be a blessing.. you are the child of the King, the Most High God ..remain in Him, be fruitful and prosperous... this brings great glory to the Father in Heaven
Who loves you deeply and infinitely! 

Have you received the Spirit of God without limit? If not, then seek the baptism with the Holy Spirit. If you are a born again child of God through faith in Jesus Christ, then this gift can be yours .

Jesus said, "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?" (Luke11:13) 

If you are a Spirit filled believer then it's time to ask for more..a fresh outpouring and a fresh anointing on your life ...

God bless!!







Friday, June 26, 2015

Faith Starts Where Logic Fails.. By Nina Keegan

FAITH STARTS WHERE LOGIC FAILS..

FAITH DEFINED....
noun
complete trust or confidence ...

FAITH.. it is the opposite of logic ..
all the great stories in the Bible where there was great faith, logic was disproved..

 There is no room for Logic where there is a need for great Faith.. Faith that can move mountains.....it takes over where logic can no longer tread..


There was no logic that caused a little boy's  lunch of five loaves of bread and two fish to feed thousands and thousands, it was the faith that would bring the basket to be bottomless.. It was faith that let everyone eat until they were full and it was faith that collected 12 baskets of leftovers... A tangible visual of having what they ended with be more than what they started with.. 

Food unlimited.. Food multiplied... the food would not run out... It overflowed into possibility..( faith trusted Gods glorious power)...Not the logic of impossibility that there was no where near enough food in a boys basket to feed such a vast crowd.

Faith was in the obedience that  dared to believe and step out to feed the multitudes and in that simple act of saying "Yes" to what made no sense, God was able to work through them and do the miraculous..

God first needed the believer,  he needed the faith.. God needed to be "amened" He just needed that simple act of someone getting into agreement with God Almighty that He can do all things, He alone is sovereign and with Him nothing is impossible!

Through our obedience and faith in what we cannot see God will do more.. So much more..than just enough! He wants to do Exceedingly abundantly more..God will meet our needs and then give us leftovers, overflow, dry land in the middle of oceans, leveled mountains and torn down walls that are locking our victories out.. 

God can succeed where logic fails!

He will take that which seemed impossible and make it exceed our need.. Make it surpass understanding.. Believe..!! 

Get your faith out of your faith and be audacious for God.. you have not because you ask not! 
 Ask big, think huge, don't put God in a box, don't set limits on our omnipotent, omnipresent supernatural God....!

What's in your basket? 

John 6:5-13
New Living Translation (NLT)
5 Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, "Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?" 6 He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.
7 Philip replied, "Even if we worked for months, we wouldn't have enough money to feed them!"
8 Then Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up. 9 "There's a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?"
10 "Tell everyone to sit down," Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. 12 After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, "Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted." 13 So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.












Wednesday, May 20, 2015

We Will Not Lose A Thing..By Nina Keegan

Jesus said in John 18 :9-10

" I did not lose a single one of those you have given me."

Then the scripture goes on to say that Simon Peter drew a sword and slashed off the right ear of Malchus the high priest but Jesus said to Peter..

"Put your sword back into it's sheath  ..shall I not drink from the cup of the suffering the Father has given me?"

I love the part of the scripture where Jesus says, "I did not lose a single one of those you have given me.."

As Jesus is in the world so are we ...1John 5:14-15

So as Jesus ...we do not have to lose a single one that was given to us either..

We do not have to lose a single one of our children to the secular world , we do not have to lose loved ones to the plans of the enemy.  We do not have to lose peace, health,joy, finances..  or anything else The Lord had given us.
 
The enemy comes to steal kill and destroy...
But Jesus came that we might have abundance and have blessings favor and live life to the fullest in complete wholeness in every way.

We need to understand what we have available to us through the Word of God...



so we can claim that scripture  ( as Jesus is, so are we) along with how Jesus did not lose a single one of what was given to  Him.... Imagine this revelation..


Together this is an amazing combination of favor, of wisdom and the brilliant knowledge that we have available for us to speak over our lives and the lives of those we love...

The next thing that happens in this scripture is Peter leaping forward to (take matters into his own hands) by trying to defend Jesus.. 
How many times do we do that?
 How many times do we step out and try to do it ourselves and force the issue?

Many times that leads us straight into sin... We must get out of our own way and trust that God's plans for us are always the best plans no matter what it looks like no matter how bleak the circumstance...

 We may have good intentions but sometimes we act so abruptly, we get into the flesh we lose our peace and our self-control and then it is "score one for the enemy..."

If Peter had had his way, Jesus would not have gone to the cross..God's plan for us of complete redemption would've been thwarted...
 I ask you, where would we all be if Peter's plan was successful..?  there would be 

 NO SALVATION 

no hopes of ever
of living eternity with God..

But Jesus took the cup ..that cup of suffering that is so hard for us to ever even fathom, the magnitude of what He went through for us is incomprehensible

It was ultimately God's plan that prevailed! 

So Father we thank you that your plan will prevail.. we thank you for the finished work your Son did on the cross and because of that,
We know what power and blessings we have available to us...

And we, being like Jesus in the world
 Will not ever lose a single one of what you have given to us because we are as Jesus is ...

we will not take matters into our own hands, 

But we will trust you with every second of our lives ..thank you Father!  we praise you..we worship you ...and we glorify your name! hallelujah! hallelujah! in Jesus name we pray
Amen!







Tuesday, May 19, 2015

DO NOT MAKE GOD WAIT ON YOU...BE OBEDIENT by Nina Keegan


Doesn't it always seem like we're continually waiting on God for something ..we have prayed and prayed some more and it seems we're just endlessly waiting for God to move...

But I feel God saying that many times, He is having to wait on us! 

He is having to be patient with us ... Often times He's having to remove something from us, shape us, bend us, move us, prepare us and change us to be able... well able ...to handle our purpose in Him... 

To whom much is given much is expected ...

It's a give-and-take ...

He is waiting for our obedience.... Our complete reliance.. Our determined trust..

God is standing there with open arms ready to unleash the blessings of His brilliant favor to us, ready to open the doors of opportunity ,but ...we are too fleshly and we get caught up in the things of this world.. the aimless sidetracks, and the snare of the enemies detours.. We bind the very hands of God through our sheer disobedience...

We think we have to do everything on our own .. We become self appointed "know-it-alls" 
We get so busy running around the mountain again and again and jumping over the same old hurdles ... 

We are afraid to fail and afraid to succeed at the same time... So we do nothing.. We get so busy being busy

So, there begins the vicious cycle and the very definition of One more trip around the mountain...

We lose our trust, we lose our patience and we fail to surrender our circumstances to God

Friends I ask you to search your heart and ask God to reveal where it is that you need to start being obedient what things do you need to lay down on His alter? What do you need to fully surrender to the Lord?

We need to surrender daily ..we need to constantly be in complete submission to the will of God for our lives..
Move, step out in faith! Be boldly determined! Do it afraid...give it to God.. Wave the white flag and surrender to Him!

Do not make God wait on you one more second..!

He is so determined to bless you! 

No more trips around the mountain ..don't let it take 40 years for you to get to the promised land ...don't take an 11 day trip and turn it into your lifetime ...
Obey now and enter the land God has promised to give you ... Enter now!

Deuteronomy 4:1 “And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. 

Galatians 5:13-14 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

STOP Battling the Enemy.. By Nina Keegan

Spiritual warfare is not continually Engaging in the constant combat of the enemy who has already been defeated.. 

but...it is living in the victory of the ONE who has already defeated him!

Our emphasis has been wrong.. Our thinking has been skewed..

We don't have to live in a constant battle zone.. We can Declare ourselves victorious through the Word of God and the blood of Jesus and His finished work on the cross... IT IS FINISHED!
WE WIN!
Know who you are in Christ and understand the power and the authority that comes with being a child of the King!

Just before Jesus was being tempted in the desert by satan, His Father spoke to Him in Matthew 3 and said, "This is my child with whom I am well pleased.."

Jesus did not have an identity crisis..He knew who his Father was and we need to fully comprehend that too..
We are in covenant with Jesus, we are heirs to the throne and we share the same heavenly Father ..understand that identity...

Jesus did not put up with the enemies temptations.. and we don't have to either
Jesus said "IT IS WRITTEN!"

He used the power of the Spoken Word of God to win the battle and to silence the enemy and we can do the same thing..

 The Spoken Word of God is the Truth! The enemy is the father of lies and satan is powerless when the truth of the Father is present..

The enemy cannot answer back to the Spoken Word of God so he had to flee, and when he fled from Jesus..
the Angels came and took care of Him.

  The Bible says in 1 John 4:17
As Jesus is in the world so are we ...
we have that same authority over the enemy ..we have the exact Biblical principles and the same unprecedented Spoken Word of God and all the power that comes in that package to do just as Jesus did..

Declare victory..speak with the sword of truth!
Take the nails from the crucifixion and the blood of Jesus on the cross and let them puncture the enemies lies, deflate them and bind him and he will fall...at the utterance of the name of Jesus the enemy has to flee...declare the truth before the lie ever becomes a reality in your life..

Hold every thought captive to the obedience of Gods Word! Know the Word... Know the Truth!!
 We are fully authorized by the Lord Jesus Christ and empowered by the power of Holy Spirit to be, speak and act in His name, we can exercise the kind of dominion He exercised, and be agents of His kingdom here on earth.

Your VICTORY is blood bought 

JESUS is our Battle cry!

This dominion is about continually doing the Father’s will and manifesting the Father’s perfect love in this world. That unequivocally is what Jesus came to do, and what He has brilliantly authorized, equipped, qualified and empowered us to do as well. 

If we want to know what that looks like, all we have to do is look at Jesus, because as He is, so are we in this world.


All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20)

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8)


Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion … over all the earth.” (Genesis 1:26)







Monday, May 11, 2015

The Green Lifesaver by Nina Keegan

The Green lifesaver...

When I was a kid my grandmother always had a roll of multicolored life savers in her purse.. I remember asking her why they were called lifesavers?

 She thought carefully and then answered, "Well, they are perfect for children because if you happen to choke on a lifesaver there's a hole in the middle designed to help you breathe so your life will be saved."

This of course made perfect sense to me and I thought about how brilliant the candy makers were that designed the special candy for grandmothers to give their grandkids without worry.

However, as great as I thought these Lifesavers were there was still a huge problem with them...
When my grandmother would offer us one we had to take the next one in line in the roll. 

I remember closing my eyes and secretly praying against the dreaded green one.

"God please don't let me get a green one.. Let my brother get that one!"

My brother equally despised the green ones and we each took turns wishing them on each other..  A nice game for 6 and 7 year olds.

The green one seemed as though it was always a consolation prize or gasp a punishment... had I done something wrong? Was God mad at me? Why do I always have to get the green one and worse yet why does my brother always seem to NEVER get the green one?
After all.. I was so much better behaved than him? I continued my rationalization speech to God..

I instead would hope and pray for orange or...wait for it... Ahhh yes the bright, shiny, brilliant, red, cherry one..the absolute jackpot of the lifesaver world! The bonafide "God loves Me!"
Today's a great day Cherry one!" Joy! 

I laugh looking back at this ... Such would be so seemingly important to a child ..I remember thinking how funny this all was ...but life is still kind of like that... Has much changed?

 We often times do feel like we have the consolation prize in life.. We let our Joy be based on how well our lives are going at the moment, and we set limits and place constraints on God..We often feel as though God is not there.. He's left us because so much is not going as planned.. We let our Joy be conditional.. 

Sometimes we look around and all we see are green Lifesavers ...worse yet.. it appears that everyone else is overflowing in the red ones! 


We ask ourselves if we have been forgotten about or if God really cares about our problems our issues our needs or wants.
We sometimes ask why...? Especially when we have self proclaimed that those seemingly blessed people don't half live right.....but who are we to judge? We do not know the reasons for everything nor would we want to..
 We must look at life through the eyes of faith and proclaim the Word and victory over our lives .. We can Have Joy.. Everyday Joy.. No matter what!

I am reminded that life is truly like this roll of Lifesavers, there are many different colors and flavors in our lives and we must take the good with the bad.. But our attitudes in the tough times can determine how quickly we are to get through it..we must stay in peace and keep our Joy in the tough times.. The Joy of The Lord is our strength. 

 God reminds us that no matter how many green Lifesavers you have to choke down, the bright, red, cherry, ones are coming ..we will always get to those good moments, those happy times...peel the paper back and let God reveal the blessings..

The good is coming.. We live in this world and in this world we will have trouble but God has not left us.. He's preparing the way.. He's still on the throne and His arm has not been shortened.. He's saying "hold on"...  "Trust me"....."The red lifesaver is next!"

If we never experience disappointment, how would we fully appreciate our blessings..?

Have a blessed day! May it be filled with Cherry lifesavers!!

God Will Perfect That Which Concerns Me
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your love, O LORD, endures forever—
do not abandon the works of your hands.
(Psalm 138:8)