Sunday, December 25, 2016

Warfare Strategies to End the Year Strong - Week 7

Well, look at God! WE MADE IT!!!! This is the last week of the year. I hope and pray that over the past six weeks you feel not only accomplished, but closer to our Heavenly Father.  I know for me, these last weeks have been nothing short of an adventure. So much has been revealed, so many divine appointments and so many unexpected adventures have come into my life.  I know God has a purpose and plan that I need to trust no matter what it looks like and I hope you do too.  Even with one week left, I can honestly say I am finishing the year stronger! My life is DEFINITELY different than in was six weeks ago. Stay tuned, He can STILL show out in these last 7 days!!! 

Today we celebrate our Savior's birth. Wishing everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a BLESSED NEW YEAR!

This final week's strategy is Divine Revelation. It's going to be a little different, but still powerful.  If you are just joining us, no worries, I'll provide links to previous strategies. Enjoy this time of family, fun, faith and fellowship with those you love the most!

Week 3 - Divine Ideas
Week 4 - Divine Wisdom
Week 5 - Divine Strategy

Peace and Blessings
Melinda Michelle

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Warfare Strategies to End the Year Strong - Week 6

Time is winding down and waiting for NO ONE!  Man, what a week this was.  The devil really tried it.  I am just going to share my Facebook post from Saturday with you because I'm just not going to re-type all of that. LOL

Man! This week started out real crazy. I don't know what kinda germs got me on Sunday, but they took me out for three days. I was like, um... okay, I don't have time to be sick. I'm over here trying to conquer the world and then this. I was like lawd, I'm trying to #EndTheYearStrong. I had a writing project to finish, a book to finalize for publishing and a 40 day warfare strategy to complete THIS WEEK! Didn't see how it was going to work. Thank God for this week's #WarfareStrategy.  #DivineStrategy to the rescue. I really didn't start actually functioning until Thursday which was after my doctor's appointment where I was told I have laryngitis and pharyngitis, but my germs were gone. I managed to get my client's book on it's way to the final steps but this 40 Day warfare strategy and writing project was a beast. Especially since God dropped three more chapters into the mix. I'm like... bruh... really? Then the idea came to me yesterday when I got home from work to work on them simultaneously. I'm like, but they don't even go together. Oh well, I'll try it. Write a chapter, do a strategy. It took me until two am this morning, but the writing project was complete. I got up at 8:30 this morning to finish up the last 24 days of the warfare strategy just in time to go out and act up with my girls for a few hours. Now I'm back on the sofa ready to put some finishing touches on and then dive into this upcoming week's blog/strategy #DivineIntervention. Then I'm going to rest up so I can enjoy my road trip tomorrow to see one of my dear friends say, "I do!" God is good and faithful. These strategies work if you let them even when the enemy tries to throw salt on your game. He thought I wasn't gonna be great. Epic fail on his part. But God!!! #iLuhGod

As always, I'm excited about this week's strategy because anytime we get to see the hand of God we should be excited.  As we work to end the year strong there may be some obstacles in the way, therefore we need Divine Intervention.  That's what we'll focus on this week.  Keep your eyes and expectation on the God we serve. He's up to something!

If you missed the previous weeks, no worries. I'll share below.

Week 3 - Divine Ideas
Week 4 - Divine Wisdom
Week 5 - Divine Strategy

Until Next Time,
Melinda Michelle

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Warfare Strategies to End the Year Strong - Week 5

Man, we are in week 5 which means there are ONLY three weeks left in this year.  How is that possible? But guess what? That is MORE than enough time for God to show up and show out! Any day, any minute, any second your blessing can show up!  As a matter of fact, this past week I have had such beautiful encounters with the presence of the Lord. The Word of the Lord that came forth from my house of worship - whew!!! Listen, that thang was real. He continues to tell us to STOP trying to figure Him out but reminding us that He is about to show out.  Not only did I receive my DIVINE IDEA last week, I told y'all on Facebook He answers my stuff a week behind (#LeSigh), but everything my Pastor was saying was reaffirming things He's been speaking to me through people since the beginning of the summer when I finished the last book in my warfare series, "Saturday Showdown."  It gave me new confidence in knowing not only were those people hearing correctly but that we are now in the season of those words coming to pass.  I am so excited and also trying to get my mind ready because it is going to be EPIC, do you hear me?! EPIC I tell you.  God is moving and He's got work for us to do.  I'm excited about 2017, but before we get there, I KNOW God is going to show up and show out in ways we cannot even fathom BEFORE the year ends.  

This week's warfare is on DIVINE STRATEGY! I'm super excited about this week. Y'all should have seen me getting all the scriptures to stand on, I'm on my couch shouting as I read them understanding just how our God fights for us.  I am such a Bible nerd!  I know when we read the Old Testament and try to translate that in today's society it's a bit difficult. Okay, I'll say it - the OT was brutal. I'm talking about straight #ThugLife. They were indeed "bout that life." We don't war like that because Jesus is now Spirit so that's how we fight - in the Spirit! But please understand, your angels... oh, it's REAL in these spiritual streets! They are fighting for you and it ain't child's play! There is a war going on and they got your back. I know society will have you thinking angels are these sweet little chubby faced children with halos and wings... but let me tell you! They are fierce! They are huge! They are armed! They are ready for battle!  They are an army!  Just like the U.S. soldiers fight for every American citizen, God's angelic alliance fights for EVERY citizen of the Kingdom!  Remember that as we head into this week.  When God releases to you Divine Strategy it's for you to WIN!  I'm excited and I pray you are. Get your mind set in battle mode.  Decide that you are here to win and you will accept nothing less than victory! 

We are going to take a strategic approach this week as we comb through some battles in the Old Testament, so get ready to spend some time in the Word. We are going to look at the mistakes made and seek God to make sure we are free from the things that hindered complete victory BEFORE we seek Him for our individual Divine Strategy.

If you want to know more about how God's angelic army wars for you, I highly recommend my book "Temptation Tuesday." All seven books will give you a glimpse into the spiritual realm, but this one features them in a very unique way.  "Temptation Tuesday" can really be read as a stand alone. This book is the third in the series, but it is literally a "how to" manual for fighting spiritual warfare.  Now, if you decide to read this book, know the enemy is going to distract you because he does NOT want you armed with this knowledge. This book gets DEEP and heavy into spiritual things even though it's fiction. Say a prayer every time you pick it up to preempt any shenanigans from the enemy.

If you are just joining us, no worries, you can catch up.  Remember the requirement is fast one day a week as well as pray 15 minutes a day and read the given scriptures for that day!

Week 3 - Divine Ideas
Week 4 - Divine Wisdom

Until next time,
Melinda Michelle, Author

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Warfare Strategies to End the Year Strong - Week 4

Good day folks! We are halfway through this process of ending the year strong?  Are y'all still excited? I was at our church's Women's Christmas Party this weekend and one of our sisters, who is doing the strategies, had a brilliant idea.  We jumped on it and was like girl!!! If you don't do something with that.  You better run with that vision. So yes, our God is indeed moving as we intentionally seek Him.  Even if you don't see it manifesting for you, open your eyes for others.  Celebrate with them and watch Him bless you.  Keep listening for your divine idea if you haven't heard it yet.  But, can I be honest, this week was a little rough for me.  I was in my feelings a little bit about some things, which is quite rare for me, as my friends will attest.  It threw me off my game, which is why I'm doing this at two in the morning, LOL.  Let me tell you what I know. Our emotions are ALL FLESH!!!  While they are necessary to our human existence, nothing about them are SPIRIT.  So those little pesky feelings need to be put in place with the Word of God so that they are not drowning out the voice of the Lord and He can communicate with our spirits to give us the words we need to keep on pushing.

My tantrum this week was on my process and the WAITING!!!  Every now and then the process gets to be a bit much.  I had to find something to keep me grounded and anchored in the Lord, as the old folks would say. This song has been my SAVING grace. It has kept me sane these past couple of months.  Sometimes I play it on repeat.  Most times I'm not actively listening to it, but I know my spirit is.  Earlier this year, our pastor, Quincy Griffin, Sr. preached on "We are on the Brinks of Canaan." Since that time, we have seen God move miraculously in the lives of members - #TrueStory! Can I tell y'all what I know about Canaan?  There are GIANTS in Canaan. There are DISAPPOINTMENTS in Canaan. There is still a PROCESS in Canaan. One of elders taught Bible Study this week. Her message was "Be Content." Man, as soon as I saw it, I was like NOPE, don't want to hear it. We're supposed to be entering Canaan, you mean, I STILL got to be in chill mode - nah bruh!  She said, "Be content with what you have, as you wait for what you want.  Godliness with contentment is great gain! (1 Timothy 6:6)" 

Look here, I didn't want to hear it, but can I tell you something else?  One thing I do know that nothing and I mean NOTHING is going to trump God's timing.  The point of the process is to prepare us for the promise on our lives. Make no mistake about it, play with it if you want to, but your process is NOT happenstance or just sent to annoy you. There is a REASON.  It is to prepare you to handle the promise and blessings He has for you. Don't get it twisted, that promise is coming at the APPOINTED time and no devil in hell can delay or deny what God decreed (You can with your disobedience, but that's ANOTHER post).  If your promise gets here and your're not ready because you didn't submit to the process, that's on YOU, not God. He's taking you this way to equip you to handle everything you are going to face in your Promised Land (Canaan).  Now, if you miss the lessons in your process because you STAYED in your feelings, because you will have your MOMENTS, but you can't stay there, rest assured you will not be fully equipped to handle your blessing/promise and you could lose it OR it could bring you adversity and anxiety instead of peace and prosperity because you don't have the anointing to carry the weight of the blessing. It wasn't birthed in you because you did not SUBMIT to the process.  Your spiritual baby will be born at full term but under developed and need to be on (spiritual) life support as well as require special and additional attention for the rest of its life IF it doesn't die because it wasn't strong enough to last outside the womb on its own.  (Whew - now that's a shout right there!) There is a REASON why James tells us to let patience have her PERFECT work. That my dear sisters and brothers is our process!  I know, I know that process can work a nerve, but it's also working a divine purpose. Trust God's process, His promise, but MOST OF ALL - His timing!

This week we are seeking God for Divine Wisdom.  Each day we are going to seek Him in one specific area and YES, waiting on God is one of them, hence this week's blog topic.  Now I know why the enenmy fought me this week so hard.  The way this one is set up, remember not to put God in a box. Know that each day you are putting a different petition in the atmosphere. He may answer on that day. He may answer the next day or even next week or sometime before the end of the year. We must remember that when we actively seek Him, He will speak, but when He's ready and not a mintue before! One thing we know, we are not asking amiss, because we are seeking Him for His will for our lives, so rest assured He will speak.  Our job is to actively listen in earnest expectation.  I'm excited about this week. Remember, the requirement is to fast one day a week and pray at least 15 minutes a day. Even if you got knocked down or out this week like I did, dust yourself off, get back up and get back on your #KingdomGrind! We are in the home stretch, let's make every single day count!

If you missed the previous week's strategies and resources. Check them out below.

Remember I told y'all that strategic playlist is a warfare strategy!  I think I'll put together a "Process Playlist."  Here are some songs to minister to you in your process.  LISTEN to the lyrics.

Steady Me by Hollyn
Send the Rain by William McDowell

Standing with you in Faith,
Melinda Michelle

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Prince of the Power of the Air: The Real Culprit

“The Strongman and all the demons that dwelled in the mansion began to screech and scream, thrown off by the unexpected presence of God’s most powerful emissary.  They didn’t want any parts of it.  The fact that his sword was out and his eyes were aflame told them this isn’t where they wanted to be.  At the moment, Michael didn’t engage them, but let them flee.  They didn’t get far because one sixth of a legion of naval angels sprang up out of the Pacific like golden flames.  They emerged in rank and file.  As one rank of 100 would come up out of the water, another would follow right behind them until there were 10 rows of 100 angels each. The water rolling off their wings sparkled like diamonds.  There were countless skin tones.  Their armor was golden and their luminous two sets of white wings had a 15-foot wingspan.  Their wings were tipped with gold.  They stood 13-feet tall.  They waited for their entire squadron to join them before they made their move.  In one mighty united snap of their wings, they began to fly towards the house where they formed a circle of brilliant golden fire around the house.” ~ Excerpt from “Saturday Showdown” Book 7 – A Chronicles of Warfare Novel

There’s a war going on people plain and simple.  So many wonder where God is in the chaos all around us.  My response… He’s everywhere.  He’s not on vacation and He’s not MIA.  He’s also in a place He’s always been, but often ignored – His Word!  The Bible tells us the following:

2 Corinthians 4:4: “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” (NLT)

Ephesians 2:1-2: “And you were dead in your trespasses and sin, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.” (NASB)

Proverbs 18:21: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love its use will eat its fruit.” (NET Bible)

Let’s take the state of America today.  Any person with a modicum of common sense can see that there is something very wrong in America 2016.  The worst of human nature has reared its ugly head while causing division and strife among those who are supposed to be the citizens of the UNITED States of America.  I submit to you that like the Bible says, Satan is the prince of the power of the air and death and life is in the power of our tongues.  So let’s look at the air all around us.  What is saturating our airwaves?  What words have been spoken or are being spoken over America?  The 24-hour news cycle and music that is more attainable than ever before. We walk around with personal computers as our communication devices.  The whole world is in the palm of our hands.  On those devices, we are in constant communication with the world around us, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.  Let’s start with the words that are written in the history books of America.  What do those books glorify?  What do those books leave out?  What lies have those books told?  It doesn’t matter, we’ve all been indoctrinated to believe it’s the truth.  Those centuries old lies have birthed the reality we live in today.  Those words were spoken and created our atmosphere.  Let’s talk about the mainstream media – and this is right, left or in between.  Pay close attention at the words they use to describe one set of people versus another for the same exact crimes and offenses.  Discern the photographs they use to sway public opinion of one group of people over another.  It wasn’t by accident, it was by design.  Satan knows what he’s doing and people have fallen for his lies and manipulations over and over again. His version is so loud that the truth gets tossed aside as paranoia and conspiracies.  Either his lies are so convincing or the hearts of those that want to believe his lies are so deceived they dismiss the truth that’s right in their face.

Is God actually missing or is it perhaps that our world has been shaped by the words we have used for centuries.  From the lies in the history books to the strategic manipulation of the mainstream media to the fruitless lyrics of today’s music disguised in a clever beat to the negative words we speak to and over ourselves and our fellow man.  Meanwhile, Satan and his minions continue to stir the atmosphere because our hearts go unchecked.  If we want to see change then we need to check our hearts. What nasty little emotions and thoughts are there that Satan can use to further his agenda?  Maybe it’s time to stop blaming God for all of problems and realize we bring it on ourselves.  It’s greed, hatred, fear and superiority complexes that have led us down this path.  The truth is out there, thanks to the internet but who’s going to be bold enough to tell it?  

For the saints who are praying, my suggested strategy is for God to expose the prince of the power of the air for what he is – a liar, a thief, and a killer.  Let’s ask God to let the truth resound in the hearts of men, women and children.  Let’s pray for the spirit of greed to be exposed and dealt with. Let’s pray for the spirit of hatred to be extinguished.  Let’s pray for the spirit of fear to be annihilated.  Let’s pray for the belief that one is better or superior to others be vanquished from the hearts of men, women and children.  And last, but certainly, not least, let’s pray against the spirit of division.  There is so much division in these United States of America it’s hard to call this country by name without feeling like a liar.  

So many times in life we are waiting on God or asking His whereabouts when He’s waiting on us, asking where have we been.  In Matthew 22, the Bible states: 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. I think before we ask where God is, we need to ask ourselves, His body of Christ, where have we been.  These two commands are a prerequisite to the other laws.  The main ingredient for the two greatest commandments in the Bible is love.  I think we can all agree that is the ONE thing missing from this country.  I believe if we start with love – true, unconditional love, then the rest will fall in place. 

Those who are in the Body of Christ, I challenge you for SEVEN days to cut off the prince of the power of the air from your life.  Turn off the news, turn off the radio, avoid social media if it fuels anything ugly in your heart. Fall on your face and ask God to show YOU everything in your heart that’s not like Him. Ask Him to show you every area your heart is not pleasing to Him and harmful to others. Then pray and ask Him for the courage and strength to go through the process required to change it, as well as the humility to seek forgiveness from those your misguided heart has injured.  

Now, let’s wrap this up.  Verse 8 of Psalm 139 says, “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.”  This verse tells me there is nowhere I can be that He is not.  So, while Satan may be the prince of the power of the air, he’s still restricted and under the sovereign rule and authority of the Great I AM.  Maybe it’s time we snatched back the atmosphere around us and filled it with love, life and truth.  Maybe we can stop asking God where He is and show God where we are.  It starts in the heart. It begins with love. It ends in victory.  

Until Next Time,
Melinda Michelle

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Warfare Strategies to End the Year Strong - Week 3

Hey y'all! I hope you all are still excited about what God is doing?  I would love to hear how the strategies are working for you. They are definitely working in my life!  And remember to fast one day a week.  I'm very excited about this week's strategy: Divine Ideas!!! 

We always hear about work that needs to be done for the Kingdom, but in order to do that we need resources.  We can pray and have faith, but the Bible says that money answers all things. Now that ain't me. That's the word!  We are also taught that God is our source.  In this day and age, we see things, people, products and ideas trend by the millions and people rally behind it until it fades or the next thing comes along.  We are not trying to be trend setters.  We are trying to become legacy builders.  What we build should last from generation to generation so that we can leave an inheritance for our children's children!

With that being said, it's time to get to work!  This week we are seeking God for ideas that are God breathed right into our spirit along with the faith and mindset to bring it to fruition. Now this one is going to require some work on your part.  Once you get the idea, it's up to you to be diligent in seeing it come to pass.  If this is your first week joining us, no worries, just jump right in, but I'll add the links to previous weeks for you to take a look at as well.

This week: November 27th - December 3rd: Divine Ideas 

I recommend that you fast one day a week. For more information on fasting, click here.

Melinda Michelle

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Warfare Strategies to End the Year Strong - Week 2

Hey there! We made it through week one and are ready for week two - Divine Instruction! I hope you guys had an experience with God this past week, I know I did.  On Monday, I got divine revelation and confirmation as well as the answer to some questions I had been seeking Him about.  On Thursday I received an unexpected $100, which was the day we prayed for God to meet our needs.  On Friday I had an amazing encounter to help a stranger in need that God sent right to my front door, at five in the morning, nonetheless, but still.  If you follow me on FB you can check out the story there.  Please feel free to share you successes and testimonies in the comments or shoot me an email. I'd LOVE to hear how God is moving in the lives of others.

This week I want to focus on us being intentional about our relationship with God.  As the song says God is intentional towards us.  We should take our queue from Him and do the same.  What do I mean by that?  I mean being deliberate in your relationship.  Don't just do it all willy-nilly, but with intention not only to grow as a Christian and to be more like Christ, but to learn about Him and to really tap into the glory that is the God we serve.  According to Ephesians 3:20 there's so much more God can do, so how do we tap into that?

I believe we tap into it by being intentional and doing more than "just enough" to get by. Doing more than "just enough" to make it into Heaven.  We can live out extraordinary lives here on earth long before we take our final rest in Heaven.  Don't wait for your rewards, tap into them NOW!  

I encourage you to be strategic in your relationship with God beyond just the daily warfare strategies. For instance, I have many playlists, but the one I've been listening to for a while now is called "War."  If my goal is to take the fight to the enemy and take the territories God promised me, then I have to have a warrior's mindset.  When I get up at 5 am to seek God, I start with this play list.  The first song gets my mind focused on God and away from life's distractions.  The next one gets my mind on God as my source.  The next song takes me to a place of spiritual warfare, then I move to a place that unleashes the power of God into the atmosphere. Finally, I end with a song that takes me to a place of surrendering, not only to His will, but to His timing which is so crucial in our walk with God. Not only are the songs I chose strategic, but the order in which I play them is as well.  Now I can move into my daily time with God in the right mindset with the right heart.  I encourage you to find songs that take you to where you need to be in order to prepare your heart and mind for an encounter with God.  Remember, be intentional with God because He's intentional with you!

For more information on how and why we started this seven week journey, as well as the first week's warfare plan, click here.  The battle plan for week 2 (Divine Instruction) can be found here.  Tips for fasting can be found here. I love you all and remember - Go. Fight. Win!

Melinda Michelle