Counted In 

Life can sometimes seem harsh. Many feel forgotten, forsaken and abused. A weight of rejection and uncertainty can leave some making choices to either run away from process or take the matters of process in their own hands and under their own control. 

Hagar from biblical times was a slave servant who was brought in the midst of a foreign culture and people. She was forced into circumstances beyond her control. 

Sarai her mistress was in waiting for a promise from God to be fulfilled in her and her husband’s life. What do you do when you have a promise from God and waiting becomes difficult? How do you handle life when waiting starts to feel like God has forgotten you and what if you wait any longer and it doesn’t happen? 

Anxious Sarai takes the matters into her own hands and encourages her husband to go with her maid. In a moment of fear and insecurity we can make foolish choices that afterwards turns into a mess. Why would we take what God has given to us and put it with another and expect them to birth our promise? 

Grace is patient enough to allow the mess to happen, but not to throw away the promise. 

Hagar the maid began to receive harsh treatment and decided to run. What do you do when you experience harsh treatment or harsh circumstances for things that weren’t your doings, idea or plan? Runing to escape pain and suffering sometimes seems like the only way out of our condition when we feel like we are counted out. 

There is a God who sees when we are deeply hurt from harsh treatment. He shows up that we may encounter Him as ‘The God who sees’.  What do you do when the God who sees sends you back to a place of pain, harsh treatment and rejection and tells you to submit? That is often is where many will feel counted out and forsaken and say,  ‘God if you are really got me in this why would you allow me to suffer like this?’ 

Why would you allow me to eventually be casted out when I do go back to submit and left no choice but to endure the wilderness? In the wilderness lack seems to hit you in the face. Lack of resources, support and intimate meangingful relationships. Many begin to see and hear death and think that nothing will get better. I believe it’s in those places where we may be casted out that God has a special golden invitation for us to experience Him as the God who will always make a way even for those who are most rejected in society and those who appear to always struggle to suceed. 

There are many who feel counted out through circumstances and situations. Feeling counted out in waiting or/and feeling counted out in experiencing rejection or being overlooked. 



There are times when others both unitentionally and intentionally will count you out, but there is new life after every waiting process and there is provision for those casted out to be counted in. 


You’re really counted in!  You will never be left out of God’s purpose and destiny for you when we allow all that He desires to be give us the warm embrace and minister to our hearts and souls and heal our lives. 

5 Lessons Through 2 Samuel 

In life we experience both public victories and personal failures. 2 Samuel tells of stories of David becoming king over Israel, when he commits adultery and the eventualities from his choices. 
The book doesn’t end there. David humbled himself, repented of his sins, allowed God to rebuild him and continued his assignment. Below are some lessons to consider on the book of 2Samuel. 
1) Some of the closest people to you that are sent to care and comfort you will unintentionally hurt you. In the midst of being crippled God will send an abundance of kindness your way. 

Mephibosheth was dropped by his nurse while she was in a hurry to flee. King David restored all that was lost materially to Mephibosheth and gave him a place at his royal table. 
2) Doesn’t matter how much we try to cover up our sins they will be exposed when we don’t surrender. 

 3) God will send someone to rebuke you in love and to wake you up! A real prophetic voice gives warnings. 

 4) Generational sins and curses can greatly affect a family. 


 5) God will send mercy even after a death from the consequences of sin. 

 

5 Lessons From 1 Samuel

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Samuel is the writer of the majority of 1 Samuel. Gifted as a prophet, Samuel gives a warning to the Israelites about their desire for him to choose an earthly king to lead them and the disaster it will bring. The Israelites didn’t pay attention to the warning and experienced much mourning because of their desire.

Below are some highlighted lessons to consider from 1 Samuel.

 

1) A persistent petition from a mother births a powerful legacy of seeking the Lord. Hannah who continued in prayer during barrenness eventually gives birth to a son(Samuel) who develops a lifestyle of prayer and worship unto the Lord during his leadership.

 

2) Outside of God’s presence is death and grief. When the glory of the Lord departs from a people, there is no victory during the battle – which brings much loss. After Eli’s sons(Hophni & Phinehas) were killed in battle and Eli died when he heard all that happened, Phinehas’ wife gave birth to a boy and named him Inchabod which means “The glory is departed from Israel”.

 

3) Human leadership has the ability to mislead and rely on self, but the Holy Spirit will never lead you outside of God’s covering. Saul walked in disobedience to God and thought he could do things all on his own and still reign.

 

4) Never give place to the devil in avenging yourself. God will take care of the mockery and deprivation in His timing.

 

5) Surround yourself with those who operate in wisdom. In our times of haste, their words can save us from taking foolish action. Abigail encouraged David in who he was in God and in leaving the situation(when her husband at the time mocked David and David’s request for payment of his men’s service was rejected) for God to handle.

5 Lessons From Ruth

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The book of Ruth is an amazing story of redemption and love. In the bible, Kinsman – Redeemer was a protection law that was in place for the welfare of the poor from being taken advantage of and from the wealthy taking away property that came from a people(community). The Kinsman – Redeemer is a reflection that God will redeem Israel from their suffering and the injustices and that Jesus is a Savior for humankind and will come back to conquer every evil deed . Below are some highlighted lessons on the book of Ruth to consider.

 

1) It’s better to be in a famine and under God’s protection, then to have a feast and step outside of God’s direction. When Elimelech and his wife Naomi(along with two sons) left Judah to stay in Moab,  they stepped outside of God’s direction. Moab was a land in the bible where people worshipped false gods and idols.

 

2) Running from trouble brings added trouble when we are outside the will of God. In Ruth 1, it mentions that Elimelech(Naomi’s husband) died and later on  Mahlon and Chilion(Naomi’s sons) died. There are always negative consequences from making a choice to be outside the will of God.

 

3) Faithfulness always ignites breakthrough. Ruth went into the field to gather from the harvest. God used Boaz to protect, provide and be generous to Ruth. Ruth stayed with her mother – in – law Naomi and went in the field and miraculous things erupted from that.

 

4) When you look out for someone else and allow God to work through you for their blessing, bitterness will dissipate. Naomi who was bitter decided to let go of the bitterness and  she guided Ruth in how to go to Boaz.

 

5) To travel from grief to restoration it requires trust, faith and obedience. Ruth had to trust that after the death of her husband that this was not the end of her story. In addition, she had to believe that God would turn her situation around and she had to follow the instructions she was given from her mother – in – law and take action from her trust and faith.

 

 

 

 

Prayer Points: Petition

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As we continue in our lifestyle of prayer, another focus we can put into practice is to petition for ourselves and for others. Simply meaning making requests and asking God to move on our behalf concerning personal and public matters to do with yourself, family, friends, body of Christ , government and the world. Below is our prayer point and highlighted points to consider.

 

Prayer Point: Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

What is God’s Kingdom?: According to Romans 14:17, the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.

How is God’s will done in earth?: Through willing people. Whoever is available to be used by Him.

Meditation: Abba Father, I pray that your righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost be manifested in my life,  family, friends, body of Christ and in this entire world. Father I pray that we will be yielding vessels that are available for your will to be done through us and in us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

I want to encourage everyone to continue to petition as the Holy Spirit leads them. Sometimes God will place specific people and situations on our hearts to intercede on. We must always keep ourselves covered in the  powerful blood of Jesus. Those attacks and schemes of the enemy that come after servants of God, prayer warriors and intercessors petition can sometimes be dangerous to the mind, spirit and body. War in Jesus against evil forces and remember the blood of Jesus will never fail you!

Lessons From Genesis

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All through the bible there are lessons, warnings, encouragement and instructions for every person. Genesis the beginning of the Word of God sets a foundation for the rest of the chapters and bible life to unfold. Below are some lessons from Genesis to consider.

 

1) God our Creator has unlimited power in everything. He spoke and it was so. Nothing compares to His art and mastery.

2) What God says goes! Just like that, whether we like it or not. 

3) It’s often in the little things deception creeps in. What we deny ourselves of, can be something of gain not lack. 

4) What we believe and accept will have consequences and results. 

5) God keeps His promises and loves us so much to be loyal even when we fall short.

6) Obedience shouldn’t be based on our feelings or limited human knowledge. A surrendered life doesn’t always know, but learns to follow the One who’s in control. 

7) When you have a God given dream and God has a complete plan for your life; you’ll go through the pit, prison and opposing forces of some sort. It’s really bringing you to destiny. 

8) Forgiveness even when you were attacked or completely wronged is the fountain of love for greater things to follow.

9) God will work in and through you wherever you are, even in the unpleasant places and circumstances. 

 

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