Tuesday, June 11, 2019

BE ENCOURAGED.. by Nina Keegan

ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN THE LORD!
It’s  time to get a new “self sermon” it’s time to preach to ourselves like David did…” oh my soul, why  are you downcast?”

If there’s one thing I know about David , it is that he would have the smallest of pity parties but then he would turn things around right away and encourage himself in the Lord… This is what the Bible means when it tells us to renew our mind and to resist the enemy at the onset.

Psalm 10:1

Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?

“A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:13)

What sermon are you preaching to yourself? This sermon will deem the course of your life!

As the mind thinks the man follows! It’s time we stop living according to our situations and start living by revelation…

 We must have a revelation of who is in the fire with us… You plus Jesus is the majority.. it’s time  l to start finishing the Devil‘s sermons with God sermons of grace… Grace is always greater than any failure, Grace is always greater than anything you need… Breakthrough, healing, restoration, provision? Let’s start preaching the revelation that Jesus already died for all that we will ever need…
And it is already ours because we are the righteousness of God in Christ!!!

The Bible tells us to let what we think on and what we say be pleasing and acceptable to the Lord… Can you imagine if God heard some of the sermons that we preach to ourselves? The sermons of not being good enough, it’s too late, we’ve done too much wrong, I will never amount to anything, nothing ever goes right for me, and the list goes on and on!!!

Many of us sound like a broken record… That is our continuous  loop and what we feed ourselves daily through our own negative self declarations!
It’s time to break that record and to sing a new song… It’s time to get a new sermon it’s time to encourage yourself and be the coach of your own soul!

 How would you handle someone else that spoke to you the way you speak to yourself? Sometimes we can be our own worst enemies and our  own bullies!

Let’s start changing our silent sermons, let’s focus on almighty God, let’s focus on what he has already done for us through the blood of his son Jesus.. let’s start our sermons with the SOURCE and not with self…

God is our source of all things… Begin to praise him and thank him .. a thankful heart is the key to overflowing joy, it’s time to start praying God‘s will be done today on earth as it is in heaven… If your situation doesn’t look like
Heaven,  then change what you are speaking over your life… God wants us to be healthy, happy and fruitful.. full of peace, and overflowing with joy.

Stop getting so complacent and so used to things being the way they are.. you are not stuck there!!

God has a better plan for your life and it starts right now!!!!!

But David encouraged himself in the Lord. I Samuel 30:6

For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures. Romans 15:4 

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18




You Can Have What You Say.. by Nina Keegan

YOU CAN HAVE WHAT YOU SAY! 
Did you know that you can have what you say?

We all know the story of the woman with the issue of the blood… This infirmity crippled her life for many, many years but when she touched the garment of Jesus; she received exactly what she said.

For she said, “If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be made whole.” Mark 25:8


Mark 11:23-24
For verily I say into you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he said shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he says...
24) therefore I say unto you, what things so ever you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them and you shall have them.
“HE SHALL HAVE WHATSOEVER HE SAITH!”

I believe that this is true either way… We shall have what we say whether it’s good or whether it’s bad… We must speak life.

In Numbers 13 concerning the children of Israel, they sent 12 spies into Canaan.
Ten of the spies brought back an evil report from the promised land and two of them brought back a good report.

What is an evil report? It is a report steeped in doubt and fear, negativity and  lack.

What is a good report? It is a report filled with faith, confidence, hope and reassurance.

The 10 of them agreed that the land was definitely flowing with milk and honey and it was definitely a promise land and they even brought back with them giant clusters of grapes and pomegranates to help establish their report.
 “BUT”
Here comes the but, they also brought back a warning that there were giants in the land; that they felt too small and insignificant to be able to fight them… In their own site, they were as grasshoppers in comparison to the giants in the land....
God sent them there already knowing about the Giants..
God was not afraid of the Giants and God was not surprised by them… But God wanted them to look through their eyes of faith and look to the source… The one who brought them there would bring them through... the one who promised them would fulfill his promise… How many of us stop short of the promised land because of a “but”?

They had already talked themselves out of it by saying, “we cannot do it, we cannot take this land”… The problem is that all of Israel also excepted this report… How many of us believe the report of man instead of trusting that the reply of the tongue shall always come from the Lord and that he has the final say in all things… He’s the one who gives us the desires of our hearts… So when we trust him, he will make a way to see us through to victory. We have to stop walking in unbelief knowing that God will never leave us or for sake us...then, what do we have to lose?… We are never alone, He is always with us!

Doubt is just believing  in the wrong thing, it’s having faith in the wrong thing... it’s feeding your fear and not your faith. You always get and have in your life what you believe for and what you say!
If you say something repeatedly and for long enough.. those words will eventually register and become your anthem… They will end up controlling your life… 
A lie only becomes truth when you believe it long enough..

Those 10 spies got exactly what they declared... not one of them were able to enter the promised land and they remained in the wilderness until they died… What they said came to pass! Things were very different for Joshua and Caleb.

They said,” let us go up at once and possess it for we are well able to overcome it!” Num 13:30

Joshua said, “fear not because the Lord is with us…” Once again if the Lord will never leave us or for sake us...what should we ever fear?… We can put our GOD against any giant in the Land and watch the enemy get trampled!

Never once did Joshua and Caleb ever deny that there were giants in the land but they confessed, our God is well able to deliver them into our hands. Stop saying you can’t!  Stop declaring negativity and lack  over everything you need..

Remember you can have what you say..we must have a quick confession of faith and not doubt… It wasn’t the giants in the land of Canaan who defeated the 10 spies…
They were the ones that defeated themselves!
 It was the wrong thinking, wrong believing, and wrong speaking that defeated them!

If you’re feeling defeated right now, it’s not always the devil.. many times it is what you have declared, thought and believed about yourself and your situation… We need to speak  victory over our situations as Joshua and Caleb did and declare that our God is well able!

Stop preparing for failure
And get a vision of the Almighty God fighting your battles for you… Open your mouth and speak victory.. declare the outcome that you desire and that it is already finished by the power of the blood of Christ!

God already knows the end from the beginning.. he just wants you to agree with him and his word and that he is the God of all things possible and he never lets the righteous fall!… 

God bless you all!

Psalm 19:14


Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 17:3


You have tried my heart; You have visited me by night; You have tested me and You find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
Psalm 34:1


I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalm 35:28


And my tongue shall declare Your righteousness And Your praise all day long.
Psalm 51:15


O Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare Your praise.
1 Peter 2:9


But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Colossians 3:17


Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
Deuteronomy 8:10


"When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you.
1 Chronicles 16:4


He appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the LORD, even to celebrate and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel:
Psalm 100:4


Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise Give thanks to Him, bless His name.



Saturday, June 8, 2019

MAGNIFY GOD by Nina Keegan

WE PRAISE YOU LORD!
It’s time to magnify God above all… It’s time to get a new vision!! 

Romans 1:21
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile (imagining the worst) vain imaginations... and their foolish hearts were darkened.

Reading today in Romans and understanding this gave me pause...

Even though the Israelites knew God and literally saw miracles happening around them all the time; this verse says that they did not glorify him, they never thanked him… They became vain in their imaginations whereby they always thought the worst and imagined the worst, they complained and grumbled and because of all these things they became foolish and their hearts were darkened… 

  By doing these things they diminished the hand of God and stopped his impartation of blessings to flow in their lives…

 So I began to think... if we want God to fully operate in our lives and if we want to walk in the ultimate impartation  of the blessings that he has for us, then we better do the opposite of what this verse says!!!

We better give God glory and exalt Him above all things… We need to give God continuous, heartfelt, loving, praise and believe His word over the word of man… We must be grateful and thankful and rehearse all of the victories and all of the things that God has done for us over and over again... let’s give him praise and glorify him in all ABOVE ALL ELSE!

We must use our imaginations in a positive way, seeing ourselves victorious in Christ..  we must see ourselves walking in a divine purpose that God has for us ...see the victory coming to pass ...see our families thriving, see our marriages restored.. see our businesses and finances abundantly flourishing.. see that the answers are yes and amen concerning all things pertaining to God‘s will in our lives! We must first see our loved ones saved… we must first see our bodies totally healed...

God already knows the end from the beginning and he already perceives the good plan he has for us… Let’s get our thinking in line with his; let’s not incessantly think the worst and envision the negative… Let’s do the extreme  opposite and get a vision for divine victory concerning every and all the “yet unfinished” in our lives... let’s praise God in all things... let’s give him glory and magnify him.. he deserves to be exalted above every negative report, he deserves to be exalted above every word of man… Let God be truth and every man a liar… It doesn’t matter what man says… The reply of the tongue shall come from God… He will have the final say… We just need to get in agreement with what the Bible says we can have… It’s time to start speaking victory, it’s time to start visualizing the best outcome not the worst, it’s time to start understanding and knowing that God is not bound by anything on earth… His ways are so much higher than our ways and there’s nothing impossible for him! NOTHING!

Psalm 84:11 
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

No more vain, negative imaginations..
The Hebrew translation for imagination is conception… It’s time to start imagining the beginning of big things… Seeing the victory… Meditating on a plan that comes straight from the throne room of God… When we think on the things of God, then we will begin to see those things come to pass!!
When we give him praise and glory; his blessings will continue flowing through us unhindered!
It’s time to get your hopes up again, stop limiting God and stop grieving him with your complaints! God is eager to bless you!!!! See it!!! Then go get it!!!

Romans 12 :2… And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may prove what is the good, acceptable and the perfect will of God.

I encourage you to start where you are, start changing your thinking and find your new identity in the Lord.. see yourself breaking free from your negative mindset... get a positive imagination and conceive good things… Glorify God..give him praise and thanks for what is already unfolding and watch your victory come to pass!!!

Philippians 4:8 
Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."

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Monday, May 6, 2019

WHAT DOES IT MATTER? by Nina Keegan

Philippians 1:18 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.


I know I’ve said this many times before…  I LOVE when  all of a sudden you are reading the word and it’s like a lightbulb of revelation goes off… I don’t know why that continually surprises me, because the word of God is alive and God always shows us exactly what we need to know all the time! His timing and his word are perfect and never return void!
I love how the Lord continually surprises us and amazes us through his Word and his overwhelming love for us all!

In the scripture above…, “What does it matter?” Are the words that are being penned by the apostle Paul while he is in prison!

Paul continually states that the most important thing is that Christ is preached… That the word of God go into all the world… That when the final person, the very last person has heard the good news… That Jesus will return!
Aside from that... what else matters?… We all get so entangled in in snares and the cares of this world… When in reality, it is always just like chasing the wind!
We all know how the story ends… If you are a blood bought believer and born again… We will be with our Heavenly Father in paradise for eternity.

The cares of this life are but a vapor... We are to have and enjoy every day life no matter what is going on around us because again , what does it matter..? 

The enemy loves to dangle the distractions and cares of this world in front of us and he loves to turn hills into huge mountains..
When we focus on our problems instead of focusing on Jesus… Our problems seem so much more monumental, but when we give them over to the Lord… These mountains will become level planes!

It’s all small to God… And when we look at things through the lens of Jesus… From his perspective… Then why should we even worry? Ever?...

Over and over again  Paul talks about rejoicing and be filled  to the overflow with joy...
And all of these statements were being penned while he was in chains and imprisoned!

In fact he was telling others to stop praying for him to be released because people were getting saved in prison, even the guards…

You see there are no accidents with God!
Whatever the enemy means for harm, God will use for good… And God used Paul’s imprisonment for good!!!
So again I ask you what does it matter…?

It’s all small to God… Trust him cast your cares and move on!!!

The only thing that really matters is that the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is preached throughout the world and that lives are changed and saved because of him!!!❤️

Love and blessings to you all!!!!!

Ecc1:14
I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity, a futile grasping and chasing after the wind.

Mark 4:19
and the cares of life, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things, entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Zec 4:7
What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain. Then he will bring forth the capstone accompanied by shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’”
(This is a stand out scripture to me as it is the reason for the name of our program Grace Grace with Nina and Michelle)

Paul’s Imprisonment, His Prayers, and His Praise (Ephesians 3:1-21)

1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—2 if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you; 3 that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. 4 And by referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; 6 to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, 7 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power. 8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things; 10 in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. 13 Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory. 
14 For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God. 
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen

Saturday, February 9, 2019

What Does Jesus Think? By Nina Keegan

  WHAT DOES JESUS THINK..? Are you following religious rules and laws, or are you following Christ ? Do you have a religious spirit ? If at all possible, we must get rid of our religion! LEGALISTIC RULES, So called ‘holy indignation’ we get so puffed  up and think we know it all ... we have no right to act in any manner that is in total contrast to the obedience of God’s word!
It’s age old in its destruction.. It has been religion, at all times that has led to war and destroyed that which was good. All of the wars in all of history were started over in one way or another over 
religion… 

Jesus was the church without walls. When satan  entered into Judas the only people who the devil could speak to through Judas where the priests of that time, sad as it was ..but they all conspired to get him to betray Jesus and it was the devil that took money from these priests to put Jesus to death. We must check ourselves we must clearly understand whether we are of the right spirit or not, for even the devil knows the word .. we must not be deceived ... we must stand guarding our hearts and stand for  God’s truth… God’s word is alive and it is true and it is every bit as relevant today as it was when it was penned ! 
 
For no man could be of the spirit of Christ and persecute another believer, no man can have a true spirit of Jesus and have enmity in his heart towards others. You simply cannot have Jesus and have bitterness and hatred in your hearts and persecute other believers. We are to walk in love and be as Jesus is in the world! 

If we’re not careful.. it is possible for us to fall victim to the evil spirit of unbelief, and even in our best state; it is possible for us to have a hardness of heart. We must be perfectly dead to our flesh and let the life of the Lord lead us and guide us with a spirit of truth.  The Bible says in the end times many Christians will fall away… Be on guard !! It is pride that causes all of the destruction… The Temptation of evil.. pride always comes before a fall.. 

In the Bible, Jesus wanted to pass through a certain place as he was on his way to Jerusalem. Because he would not stop and preach to those dwelling there concerning the kingdom, so they refused to allow him to go through their section of the country. The disciples who were with Jesus said to him, “shall we call down fire from heaven upon them as Elijah did?”
(Luke 9:54)

But Jesus turned and said, “you know not what manner of spirit you are of “(verse 55)

Even the disciples who were following Jesus and with him all the time had to be warned about this..  even though they were constantly in his presence, seeing his love and seeing his example of goodness and kindness, fell victim  to bitterness and hardness of heart. Jesus rebuked that spirit! I pray that we would all get this message and ask God to rid us of any bitter root and any religious, legalistic, and  malicious spirit!

 I see such a divide in this country.. There is such hatred… I see people twisting the truth to fit their own agendas...

We must come together and pray and seek God‘s will and ask for God‘s protection and guidance over this nation… we must repent of outrageous evil and hatred .We are AND WILL REMAIN one nation under GOD… 

 Our nation must be an example to other nations… We must go back to our first place of disobedience and check our hearts… perhaps we have gotten off of GOD’s  plan and off track when we decided to exclude God from the fundamental precepts of this country and this country‘s foundational truths and liberties. 

Jesus is the very definition of pure love and for us to be like Jesus in this world, means death to our flesh on all fronts; body mind, soul, and spirit.  I believe if we are to be in the will of God, then we can ask the Holy Spirit to perfectly direct us at all times… The Bible says a man can make his plans but God will order his steps… We must surrender each and every day to his will and pray through all levels of persecution…
 There  is an age old question that asks  “What would Jesus do?”

 I for one think that this is a good question to ask ourselves every day especially when we’re tempted to get into strife, anger and malice towards those who don’t agree with us… The only one that can change other’s hearts is Jesus… We must pray for our enemies and trust God.

If we are in the will of God then we will have to follow what Jesus has said because whatever Jesus said always came to pass…
We must remember if God speaks, it will be as he says!
We need to know the word of God which leads us to know the mind and heart of God… With that knowledge we can be so free… It is pure faith so strong and so strengthening…It is knowing God’s character and his faithfulness to love us right where we are… He has the ability to help us forgive and to love others… We must pray for that heart… The heart to love others… It’s very easy to love the ones that are agreeable and kind..… But we are called to love our enemies! We can have joy no matter what we are going through, the more we know and the more revelation we have of the will of God and his Love for us, all the more fearless we will become. To fully know God is to be in the perfect place of trust… To know God is to be in a complete place of rest.
To know God is to be in a constant place of victory!

 When the perplexities of life arise in our minds, overcome them with the obedience of God’s word and declaring that word over the situation! God has the final say… The reply of the tongue shall come from the Lord and through his word we will have a new and victorious effect in taking new ground for Jesus! 

God has already defined his spirit and ultimate love for us, his victory for us came through his beloved son… Through his death and resurrection on the cross… Our pathway has been carved out… It is been washed in the blood of Jesus… Let’s remember who we are in Christ… Let’s not be tempted to throw stones and accuse… But let’s trust the word of God and pray through the chaos on all levels!!
We have full authority… And there is nothing we cannot do in Christ!!!!
God bless you… You are God‘s beloved… You are stronger than you think… You have more power than you realize… You were born for a purpose in Christ… Let’s live that purpose and be an example of Jesus in this world… Praise God we give him all the glory!!!!

1 John 4:17
And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

2 Timothy 2:23-25 

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,

Proverbs 10:12 

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Proverbs 16:28 

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

Proverbs 20:3 

It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.

James 3:14-16 

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

Proverbs 29:22 

A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.

Proverbs 26:20 

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.

4. Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

How does Jesus feel about legalism?
5. Luke 11:37-54 After Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee asked Jesus to eat with him. So Jesus went in and sat at the table. But the Pharisee was surprised when he saw that Jesus did not wash his hands before the meal. The Lord said to him, “You Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are full of greed and evil. You foolish people! 
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