Monday, March 1, 2021

You are chosen by Nina Keegan

When Jesus says in Matthew 22:14 that “many are called, but few are chosen,” He is not laying out the doctrine of Unconditional Selection but is declaring that when God invites ALL to participate with Him in His rule and reign on earth, He does so without partiality or favoritism.

Jesus CALLED His 12 disciples. He didn't draft them, force them, beg them to volunteer. Jesus chose those men to serve Him and the world in an extremely special and extraordinary way.

Christ calls each of us today, 

We were all created with a special purpose, and plan, and calling on our lives…He doesn't need to twist our arms and make us do something that we do not want to do. We can choose to join Him or we can choose to remain behind. 

When Christ calls you to follow Him, how will you respond? Do not shrink back in fear... or question your qualifications or effectiveness… Any thoughts of inadequacy do not come from the Lord but from the enemy who does not want you to answer the call on your life… Remember this... God never makes mistakes!… His plans and purposes for you are  far better than you could ever imagine… What could be better than totally and completely living your best life serving Jesus?

You are here for such a time as this… God knew the exact moment you would be born and the exact time you would live on this earth! He knows the plans that He has for you… Jeremiah 29:11

Take the whole world and give me Jesus! … At the end of the day what else matters?

 If you notice in the Bible there's no outline or resume of impressive details on display about the 12 disciples that Jesus picked. But, what we do know is that He called people from all walks of life, there were fishermen, tax collectors, political activists… He called common people, and uncommon leaders. He called the wealthy and poor… He called the educated and the uneducated.

Today many people think they're not good enough and that only certain people are fit to follow Christ and to serve Him. This could not be further from the truth. There are many, many examples in the Bible of people who were sinners, broken, and in need of a savior and once they got in the presence of Jesus were restored and used powerfully and mightily… We are all sinners in need of a Savior… many think they've done done too much wrong for God to love them or use them for His purposes.

This is not the attitude of Jesus. God can and will use anyone.. He just wants us to have a willing heart that wants to serve Him. We must never judge how God can use someone…No matter how insignificant he or she appears, or feels, always remember… That God uses ordinary people to do His extraordinary work!

 It is never about us… If that were the case, none of us would be worthy of the call. It is all about Jesus… Apart from Him we can do nothing!

"What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?"

Mark 8:36

When Jesus called his 12 disciples together he gave them complete authority to cast out every kind of evil spirit and to heal every kind of disease and illness… These were amazing signs wonders and miracles that none of these men would have believed they would be enabled to perform before they answered the call on their lives....

Jesus told His disciples to go and announce to God's lost sheep that the kingdom of heaven is near. He told them to heal the sick, to raise the dead, to cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons, and he told them to give as freely as they have received… He told them not to take any money, gold, silver or even copper coins… When they were doing God's work with their whole hearts… He was taking care of everything else they needed.

We must remember that when God puts you in the path of somebody that is lost and prompts you to witness to them, that He has gone before you and has prepared the way for them to hear and to receive what you will be saying to them… Let's not miss an opportunity to allow someone to choose Christ… let's not miss an opportunity to be a blessing to someone in need..These opportunities may not present themselves again… I believe that we should be receptive to the teachings of God and not ignore the Holy Spirit prompting's...

We are God's  army… 

We are here for such a time as this… Esther14:4 

There are no accidents, or coincidences when it comes to God… Let's receive our mission to be on these divine appointments daily.. the appointments that God has pre-ordained… Let's get about answering the call and doing the business of God…

You are called! You are chosen!

John 6:28

Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?”

Ephesians 2:10

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

Ecclesiastes 3:10

I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Once again and never again by Nina Keegan


 We have all heard that saying from time to time "new level, new devil"... 
But I don't believe the devil is all that creative… I think it's always the same devil… he just knows what buttons to push and he knows what works… doesn't it always seem like it's the same old trip around the mountain for most of us…? Warfare usually lands in the very space of where God wants to use you the most!

We all know that David killed Goliath when he was just a teenager… He took care of that enormous Philistine that was terrorizing Israel ..It only took David one rock ... and tons of determination! He bravely ran towards that giant and killed that enemy and then cut off his head with the very sword that was meant to kill him. David had such confidence in who God created him to be and in his abilities to do all that God had called him to do… Think about it… It only took one rock! ..He even had four more to spare! 

So fast forward approximately two decades and then we read in...

2nd Samuel 21:15
ONCE AGAIN, There was a battle between the Philistines and Israel. David (being much older and wiser) went down with his men to fight against the Philistines and he became exhausted...

The enemy is always trying to wear out the Saints… This is his game plan... he tries to get us weary and distracted so we lose our focus on all that God is calling us to do…

Again, (the Philistines)… The same old enemy… Just "once again" David was having to be bothered by the same old ploy... there is nothing new under the sun… The enemy is not omnipresent… He's not creative… He always tries to terrorize us with the same old lies, the same old accusations!… We must recognize this at the onset…

 Let's read what happens just two verses later!

2nd Samuel 21:17
But Abidjan, son of Zeruaih, came to David's rescue, he struck the Philistine down and killed him then David's men swore to him, saying,
"NEVER AGAIN" Will you go out with us to battle so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished!

God sent a powerful warrior to fight on David's behalf… He sent help to come to his rescue so that "never again" will he have to be bothered by the same old enemy…

 God does not want our lamps to be extinguished… God has given us all a light… We are to go into all the world and do what God has called us to do… It's time that we take our authority over all of the enemy has been trying to steal…We have an army available to help us,  to fight on our behalf just like David did… We have a spiritual army… We have angels available at our command… It's time to go and do that which God has been calling you to do! 
We must not let our lights be extinguished! 

We cannot keep carrying around the same old bricks and dragging them around the same old mountain... when we do that, we are just going to wind up building the same old house over and over again… It's time to be set free from all of the past… the past hurts, pains, lies, distractions, trials, mistakes, and all of the things that we have been used as an excuse to not move forward! God is saying "never again"… it's over!… Times up!… "Never again" are we to believe these tormenting lies that the enemy is continually spewing at us… We are not going to let the Philistines bother us for two more decades…!
Make up your mind today!

 It is time for us to seek God's wisdom and to take every thought captive… Ask God where your thinking cycles are being infected by the enemies lies!

Our battles are fought and won in praise… When the enemy starts to lie to you, pick up your sword of the spirit!… The word of God!… Let the praises of the Lord be forever on your lips… We are ready, we are battle ready with a plan that comes from the throne room of God… It's time… It's time for our "never again" season!! Receive it! 

The enemy’s lies

We have between 50-70,000 thoughts each day. Yet God commands us to take EVERY thought captive. This means we have to pay attention to what we are thinking about  and determine if those thoughts line up with what God tells us in His word, or if they are lies from the pit of hell. That’s a lot of work!

God bless you all!
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Exodus 14:14
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be 1. "Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7

2. "You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world." 1 John 4:4

3. "For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." 2 Cor. 10:3-5

4. "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith." 1 Pet. 5:8-9

5. "No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me," declares the Lord." Is. 54:17

6. "Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." Eph. 6:11-17still

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Just take a step in the right direction and watch God bless you! By Nina Keegan

I wanted to share the following powerful statement and my thoughts about it…

"Rain only matters to those who have seed in the ground. If you don't have seed in the ground, the rain is a nuisance.  But if you've been praying & planting some things, when the rain comes you can expect a harvest. This is for everyone who has been sewing seeds in a dry season and wondering where the harvest is.  The harvest is connected to the rain. God's about to send rain to this land and your seed will be harvested. "
-William McDowell

In reading Haggai 2:18-20 I came across this scripture..
Concerning the rebuilding of the Lords Temple... 

"Think carefully I am giving you a promise now while the seed is still in the barn. You have not yet harvested your grain, and your grape vines, fig trees, pomegranates, and olive trees have not yet produced their crops. But from this day on word I will bless you!"

After the people had started to relay the foundation of the temple God blessed them immediately. He did not wait for the project to be completed...  the very minute we take a few steps of obedience in the right direction to do what God wants us to do,  He sends his encouragement and his approval.. God is so eager to bless us!... Even while our seed is still in the barn!

So much of our abilities to be blessed depends on our obedience to what the Lord is calling us to do. We can't keep asking God to order our steps and put us in his plan if were too lazy to move or if we're being too disobedient to change the things God is asking us to change.
If we want to be blessed we need to lay down the sins that beset us, where are we continually being disobedient?

 What is blocking your blessing? Where are you continually having to travel around the mountain time and again? Is it through grumbling, faultfinding, complaining, perhaps it's a bad attitude, gossip, or it's perpetual negativity and never believing anything good will happen to you. Is it your" this is just my lot in life"attitude that keeps you cemented to the floor and not being able to move on God's precious path for your life…?

God has made a promise to us..the Bible says we are to be blessed beyond measure while our seed is still in the barn,  but we are the one that has to open the barn doors and walk out into the sunshine and let the seed be planted. Gods asking us to amen Him and obey Him! 

God wants you to be encouraged, He wants to prosper you, bless you and restore you.  Repentance  and obedience can help you clean up any areas in your life that God is calling on you to change.  Be decisive and determined in taking these steps to
getting yourself right with God.  

God will surely open the doors of blessing for us but if we insist on harboring wrong attitudes and sins and are willfully disobeying God, we will not see any personal growth..  

Holy living will come only when we are empowered by God's Holy Spirit, we will see change when we acknowledge to God that we have sinned and are in need of change. We cannot change what we will not willfully lay down! Only God can wipe away our sins and make us shiny, empty, new, vessels to be filled and overflowing with the blessings of the Lord. Seek His help, ask Him to help you rid your self of sin and disobedience.

God wants our priorities to be right. He wants to motivate us to obey Him. Let's remember to give God a higher place of honor than our own personal comfort.  Through true repentance, praise and worship we can give him all glory! 
He does promise to strengthen us and to guide us when we give Him first place in our life!

God bless you all!

He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good. (Ecclesiastes 11:4-6)

God’s Desire for You to Prosper
God wants to use you to build His kingdom, His house! In Exodus 12:13, it was no accident that God gave the wealth of the Egyptians to the children of Israel. He wanted them to build His tabernacle in the wilderness.

God’s Abundance for Those Who Build His Kingdom
Prosperity is the result of a decision we make to build God’s kingdom, His work. Only as we make that decision will God prosper us. In fact, greed will destroy prosperity: “So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof” (Proverbs 1:19). Greed destroys prosperity!

Psalm 35:27 says:
“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”

Psalm 84:11
“For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

Psalm 115:14
“May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children.”

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

What's Next By Nina Keegan

We were never meant to be ordinary!
God's love and God's mercy and God's unending favor and blessings are never swayed, deterred, or thwarted by a certain set of circumstances…
He is God!… He is the God of all things possible!… Is there anything that He cannot do? God can change things in a nanosecond if He wanted to… We have to think about what He knows, what He sees, the big picture in all of it… his plans for us are so much greater than anything we could ever fathom for ourselves.. What does God care about above all else? The hearts and souls of His people!… God is concerned about the inside of us first… Our hearts!…
What are our hearts saying at this moment? 
God understands frustration, God understands anger… But the Word says in our anger we are to sin not!… We are called to be salt and light… No matter what persecution, no matter what lies, evil, or hateful words come against us ... since the beginning of time there has been a battle between good and evil… God has already fought this evil and won! His name is JESUS! We have the ability and the power through Jesus our Lord and Savior to quench every fiery dart the enemy throws our way… we have the power to cancel every assignment of the devil ..We are overcomers through the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony… The world doesn't happen to us, God's people… We happen to the world!… When we as Christians walk into a room, darkness trembles… We need to remember who's we are and the power that we have in Christ Jesus…

When Jesus died on the cross, His blood shed forgave all of our sins and washed us completely clean.. This selfless act of pure unconditional love insured us that our past, present, and even future sins were forgiven… The unimaginable and unfathomable painstaking death He embraced so selflessly on that cross was so all of us could be redeemed.. so that we could choose Him and live for eternity with Him,  we deserve none of this!... Oh the wisdom and the power of His grace! So often we forget that it wasn't just about the blood of Jesus on the cross… But,  it was also about the resurrection! … It was about the power that would be bestowed upon us through a relationship with the risen Christ who walked out of that tomb three days later... it is the power we now all possess through the resurrection! Many of us are living in that dark Friday of the crucifixion and we have not fully understood and recognized that we also have available to us what comes on Sunday… It's time to let the stone be rolled away from our self appointed tombs of despair, condemnation and unanswered prayers… It's breakthrough time!

So what does that mean for us? That means that we take up our cross and we follow Him ... I for one want to follow HIM so closely that I don't want one inch of space to be between us… Grab the hem of His garment...Hold on!  We must go light up this world with the word of God, we shall be a witness..  we shall testify, we will bring God's anointed glory with us wherever we go! 
It is God's will that we purposefully and intentionally pay attention to all that He has in store for us and yes, Go!! Go into all the earth!!… And all the earth for you and me is also our neighborhoods, communities and the people we interact with each and every day… 

Are we being the best representation of Christ? 

Let's ask the Lord to show us any places in our hearts that we need to let the Holy Spirit move in a way that will gently convict and bring to the surface these very things that are holding us back and causing us to look more like the world than looking like the image of Jesus… let's ask for revelation for what's holding us back from having all the victories that the Word promises us we can have … Oh the power that we will walk in when we have finally surrendered it all and let God take it all over…  We have to give God something to work with...  When we direct our attention to Him and let Him direct and order our every step in beautiful blind faith ... A brilliant trust emerges ... Then we will have given way for miracles to happen!… This is the precipice we have reached… It's time to get out of our own way... it's time to let our hearts be cleansed with the powerful love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ… It's time to walk in complete  victory.. it's time to forget our grievances and cast all of our cares… We are in the world but not of the world! We have a mandate, we have a mission!… Take up your cross and follow Him!
God's glory, signs and wonders will be with us like never before… We are all here for such a time as this… There is a greater Esther anointing for those who will not shrink back in fear… God's unchanging and definitive Word stands… The reply of the tongue shall come from Him… We are His vessels… Empty, willing, and ready to be filled up and overflowing with Him and the power and the deliberate purpose we have through seeking Him first in all things!
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty who was, who is, and who is to come!… He has not changed, He has not left His powerful throne, His word will never change, God will never change His mind… His plan was perfect the first time… That is only what we seek, that's what we want… Nothing but the love of Jesus… Let's set about loving others, let's set about doing what God has called us to do… Let's not be distracted… Let's set our face like flint! Go!… You are an ambassador for Christ! I pray a fresh anointing ..I pray you will feel the presence of God like you've never felt before.. I Pray for God's wisdom and favor to surround you like a shield… And I pray that we will all live, sleep, and breathe the Word of God.. and I pray for a complete submission to the Holy Spirit as we navigate the times ahead!
And that we step out in faith in obedience to accomplish all that God's heart desires of us! 

Wherever you walk, I pray God's glory goes before you and that you will shine bright like the firmament… Get ready… Everything until now has been in preparation for what God wants to do in your life… Overwhelming victory is ours in Christ Jesus…!
Glory hallelujah our redemption draws near… Rise and shine oh sleeper… God is on the move!!

Love and blessings to you all!

1. The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children. ~ Psalm 115:14 KJV

2. The lions may grow weak and hungry but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. ~ Psalm 34:10 NIV

3. But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today. ~ Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV

4. Praise the Lord, who carries our burdens day after day, he is the God who saves us. ~ Psalm 68:19 GNT

5. The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; ~ Psalm 24:1

6. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prosper. ~ 3 John 1:2 KJV

7. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. ~ Deuteronomy 28:6 NIV

8. The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it. ~ Proverbs 10:22 NIV

9. Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life. ~ Proverbs 22:4 NIV

10 To the person who please him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. ~ Ecclesiastes 2:26 NIV

11 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:19 ESV

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