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
www.melindamichelle21.com

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 

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

Sincerely,
Melinda Michelle
www.melindamichelle21.com

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
www.melindamichelle21.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Armed and Dangerous

This one popped up in my Facebook memories from three years ago. I thought it very appropriate to re-post as we take on the challenge of ending the year STRONG through spiritual warfare strategies!

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These words have been ringing in my head ever since our pastor said them a few weeks back.  Placing them side by side with the conjunction “and” seemed to make them more powerful.  When you think about a civilian that might carry a concealed firearm, these words may come to mind.  The weapon makes them armed.  The fact that they know how to use it makes them dangerous.
            With that picture painted let’s see this in the spirit.  We are supposed to be soldiers in God’s army.  Soldiers are armed and they are certainly dangerous as their training makes them such.  If you’re a Christian that the enemy doesn’t consider armed and dangerous then it’s time for a spiritual check-up.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.



            As Christians we are armed with spiritual weapons, our faith, prayers, praise, fasting, the Word and obedience to name a few.  If we know that we possess these weapons then we would consider ourselves armed.  If we understood just how powerful these weapons were and we had the right relationship with God then we’d know just how dangerous we are.  We’d understand the attacks against our lives and purpose.  We’d understand the necessity to keep our relationship with Christ solid and we’d understand why we couldn’t just tuck tale and run hiding our weapons behind our fears.  That civilian that carries that concealed weapon is no longer fearful about what the day may bring because they know they possess the capabilities of defending their life should the need arise.  So it is in the spirit if we know and are secure in our spiritual weapons.
            Not only do we have these weapons that can break chains, tear down walls, open doors and shut them, we have the Creator of all we know backing them.  Just like a firearm comes with a manufacturer’s warranty so does our spiritual weapons.  The eternal warranty we have is backed by the Great I AM, the God who is whatever we need.  The Lord God strong and mighty, the Lord God mighty in battle.  The alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, the author and the finisher of our faith, the God who knew us before we were formed in the womb, need I go on?
            One thing we must be careful of.  A person who is armed and dangerous can also be a danger to others if they are not trained.  If someone walks around with a firearm that they’ve never shot or trained with they are not only a danger to others but themselves.  So as it is with a soldier in God’s army who never trains with their spiritual weapons or communicates with God.  Those who are Christians are those who try daily to be like Christ.  Without that one very important caveat one is simply a person that believes in God.  That person cannot be armed and dangerous in the spirit or a threat to the kingdom of darkness.  That person is simply marking time waiting for their appointment with eternity. 
            I don’t know about you but when I chose salvation I know I enlisted in God’s army and I want to be an effective Christian that’s armed and dangerous that the enemy knows and fears.  I didn’t sign up for this journey to be scared and live in fear.  I signed up for this to know my Creator and to walk in dominion.  To do what He called me to do and to win souls for the kingdom of God.  I encourage you Christians out there to spend time daily with the one true living God and to exercise the weapons at your disposal because we wrestle not against flesh and blood.  We can win this spiritual battle in the spirit.  We are more than conquerors, we are equipped therefore we are armed and dangerous!  Now let’s drop the fear and pick up the fight!

Melinda Michelle
Author. Speaker. Life Coach

            

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Warfare Strategies to End the Year Strong - Week 1

As some of you may know, the next step for me since I finished my 7-Book Series, The Chronicles of Warfare, has been to create personalized warfare strategies for people to deal with things they are facing. It has been an amazing journey so far and it's only just beginning. With that being said, I am currently working on a strategy to finish the year strong. 



There are seven more weeks (49 days) left in the year. That is the number of completion and perfection. There are many promises God has given His people. We can't just sit back and wait on them, we have work to do. I will be posting the strategies on my blog every Sunday for the next 7 weeks. I encourage you to check them out and implement them in your life. God is up to something and if you haven't yet discerned, there's a war going on all around us. It's time to suit up and fight. So put your armor on and join me in finishing the year STRONG! 

Overview of Warfare Plan

Going by the Word of the Lord that’s been over the house of worship I attend, I know that God is moving mightily in the earth.  As a writer of spiritual warfare, I tend to look at everything spiritually. I try to see what’s beyond the surface and the bigger picture.  The last book I wrote in the Chronicles of Warfare series, “Saturday Showdown,” was about divine strategy.  He took me to the book of Joshua to study.  One of the reasons why Joshua was so successful in taking the Promised Land was because at the time, the people of Canaan were in a time of chaos.  This excerpt is taken from my Nelson King James Study Bible (emphasis added):

“In the Armana Period, Canaan itself became politically divided into several small states that were often at war with one another and which at times reported to the Egyptian Pharaoh that, because of the hostilities, they faced possible extermination at the hands of a strong enemy.  God had arranged the details of history in such a way that human conditions would be just right for the Israelites’ conquest of Canaan!”

Now we know today we don’t fight like they did in the Old Testament.  We fight with spiritual weapons, but you can see how the unrest and the division in the world is the perfect storm for the Body of Christ to stand up and be the light we were called to be.  My church, Family Worship & Praise Center in Tallahassee, FL recently had a prayer rally and I was one my pastor called on to pray.  

As one of the warring women was tearing up the carpet calling down fire from heaven I felt something hit me in the belly.  I looked up and my pastor made eye contact with me.  He mouthed, “You ready?” I nodded my head and knew that the burn in my belly was the Holy Ghost kicking in.  I can’t tell you everything that came out of my mouth but I KNOW that it was very strategic and that the main thing I asked for was release.  Everything I asked God to release was divine.  Each week we will focus on one of the divine things I asked God to release to the Body of Christ.  One thing I remember saying was, “Satan the blood of Jesus is against you! We are coming for you and ALL of heaven is behind us.  WE DECLARE WAR!”  

So you see, it’s time for us as the Body of Christ to take the fight to the enemy and stop waiting for him to come and mess with our stuff. It’s also time for us to TAKE BACK our territories and everything that’s been stolen.  Sun Tzu said, “All warfare is based on deception.” I agree.  But I also believe you don’t just jump on the battlefield without a plan or strategy. You need to know your enemy and what you’re up against.  You also need to know the God you serve that has your back.  That’s what these next seven weeks will be about.  It’s a strategy to finish this year strong because one of the decrees God set forth in our house of worship is that we need to finish stronger that we began.  Are you ready for this fight?  Let’s get it!

Recommendations: I recommend that you fast at LEAST one day a week.  My suggestion is the day you attend a midweek service or prayer.  I also recommend as an added way to kill your flesh on the day your church has its main service, fast with water only until AFTER the service is over.  If you want to fast more days that's up to you. Please make sure you get approval from your doctor to attempt this type of consecration. I highly recommend that on days you fast you also give up to vices. You can find more info about fasting here.



For Week 1 Strategic Plan click here.
Divine Protection
(11.13.16-11.19.16) 


Melinda Michelle
www.melindamichelle21.com

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Day After...

#ShiftYourThinking

*Best time for up and coming comedians to take the world by storm, we're going to need laughter more than ever. People will gladly pay for your gift.

*Best time to learn about investing and INVEST.  Take advantage of the uncertainty, change and emotional panics.

*Best time to know the truth about those who are among you. His win came at the hands of SILENT supporters. DO NOT UNFRIEND! Who blinds themselves to their opposition? Watch the moves they make and use that knowledge to your advantage. Remember division is what got us here. You don't fight the tide, you swim with it. Use the momentum to work FOR YOU. Pray for your enemies.

*Best time to be a witness for Christ. People will be looking for solace in this time of despair and uncertainty. It's time to show His love and who He REALLY is not this false effeminate picture He's been reduced to here in the the good ole US of A.

*Best time to get on your grind with the gifts and talents God placed on the inside of you so you can become independently wealthy and not have to be depending on the government to sustain you. Maybe even create jobs! Your gift will make room for you and bring you before great men.

*Best time to REALLY do something about racism. It can NO LONGER BE DENIED because it's the prevailing reason why this man got elected. PERIOD! It's here now, let's deal with it!


Just like no one could know/believe this would happen NO ONE but God knows what the next 4 years will bring. Don't speak defeat and regression into existence. Speak life and prosperity over your life, family and this country. You see that nut spoke his candidacy into existence. 😂 You better catch that and learn something. Seriously though, I get it y'all. THIS SUCKS! I did my part, but I'm really shocked bcuz I HOPED we were better, but since we're not it's time to look for the opportunities in this disturbing turn of events. He's everyone's president JUST LIKE Obama supporters let his opposers know he was their president too. There are people who are genuinely afraid and scared out there. They need your prayers, strength and faith. It's never about ourselves. God loves people. We have to love people.  ALL PEOPLE! If there was ever a time to pray for a leader... MY GOD! It's NOW! Happy Hump Day y'all. Take your emotional MOMENT but don't stay there. We gon be alright. 😘