Acts 1:8"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:"
My question to you today is: Do you have any power? Do you just go along with anything that the devil sends your way? Have you given in to his suggestions, inclinations, fear, emotional triggers that take your focus and eyes off of God? There is a very popular gospel song out right now called: ":If Jesus say Yes, nobody can No." But do we really believe that? Do the saints of God really believe that Father God, sent His Son into to save us from sin, Yes, but to give us power and authority over and against all the wiles, trickery, strategies of the enemy. That is what the resurrection of Jesus Christ was all about. He spoiled powers and principalities and make a public show of them, when he was resurrected from the dead.( Colossians 2:15). Why are we afraid to use the same power that Jesus shed His precious blood to give His own brothers and sisters. Either you are a believer, or you are not!
My ministry, Lydia Ford Ministries LLC, celebrated its annual BFF Valentine's Celebration on Saturday February 21, 2015. the event was held at the Town and County Club in Hartford, CT. I have a wonderful dedicated team of women that I have been privileged to work with for seven years. This year we celebrated our 7th BFF. Seven is God's number for perfection and completion! It was going to be a big year for our ministry. We always cover the BFF with much prayer. And this year was no different. In fact my church, Don't Forget to say Your Prayers, began the year fasting. We went on the Daniel Fast for 21 days. It was during this fast that we would see miracles happen. things that were held up were released. We had prayed for one of our members to come back to church and she did. We had been praying for another member who has been without full time employment for four years or more to get a permanent job, and she called last week to say that she was given a permanent position at the place where she has been temporary for the last three months.
However, the enemy is not going to just let you skate into the new year without trying to upset your applecart. One of my prayer partners had a heart attack a few weeks ago. But what ever the enemy thought he was going to do, "God Blocked It!" She had the blockages repaired and she was sitting up at the BFF this past Friday with four of my other prayer partners.
Sometimes you have to tell the Devil, "NO!" it won't work, No weapon that is formed against me shall prosper."
He didn't say it wouldn't be formed, He said it wouldn't prosper. Listen ladies and gentleman, prayer still works! You have to use your power and authority and speak to the atmosphere where the demons and principalities dwell and tell them, I shall live and not die, I am the head and not the tail, I am more than a conqueror, Jesus promised never to leave me or forsake me, You have to speak God's Word back to Him.
A few days before the BFF,I started having flu like symptom. I knew the enemy was up to something. I began to gargle, drink lots of green tea with lemon and honey etc. I tried to head it off as best possible. I went to the Bible and wrote down some scriptures pertaining to healing in my journal. I spent time praying in my prayer language. I was decreeing and declaring that nothing was going to stop me from gettint to this year's BFF. I sought the help from The Apostle's House Intercessory Prayer Line, I called in and had a lovely prayer warrior pray for some people I was holding up and prayer and then I asked for prayer for myself. I went on my Face Book page and asked the Prayer and Praise Intercessory Group to cover me in prayer as well. Sometimes prayer warriors need to be under girded with prayer from outside of their ministry. I utilized the resoufces that God gave me to saturate my environment, my spiritual location with prayer.
I was feeling so bad Friday night, but I just kept on saying, I am going to be there Saturday because there is a divine assighment that has to be released. And Praise the Lord, God did it. He made it happen. I wasn't feeling 100%, but I was well enough to set foot in the place and set the atmosphere for what was going to take place on that day. And the anointing was released! A soul got saved, people got delivered, the Word went forth, and the fellowship was sweet! Sometime you have to tell satan, :"Get thee behind me!" You are not in control! Jesus gave us power and authority to decree and declare a thing; He gave us power over the demons, and principalities, He gave us power over lying tongues, gossip, naysayers and haters, he gave us authority over sickness, and illnesses. He is the Lord God that healeth thee; He is the God or all comfort and peace.
We are powerful when we use the weapons that God has given us. Our weapons are powerful sharper than any two edge- sword. We have to learn to speak what we want, and not what we have. The Bible says, we shall have whatsoever we say, when it is spoken by faith, that is all I was doing. I was saying and agreeing with what God said about the BFF. I already knew it was His will to bless us this year. He has taken the ministry from glory to glory. We started out fellowshipping at the Old Town Buffet in Manchester, CT. with only 15 people present. Last Saturday over 100 people filled the Town and County Club. God is Good All the Time!
All you have to do is wrap the Word of God and your expectation around your prayers and heart's desires, and God will do the rest. Make sure that you give Him all the glory when he brings the vision to pass. On Saturday, I was feeling sick, couldn't, talk, but I Made it through the day gracefully. At the end after giving my reflections and remarks, I let my feet tell the rest of the story; I gave Him a real good two minute shouting dance, without music! Lol. I heard some people praising and clapping, guess, praise is infectious because they join in to help me celebrate. To God Be The Glory!
Remember when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. That's what the Spirit did for me. I went home Saturday without a voice, and I am still recovering. In fact, I went straight to the walk in clinic on Saturday after the BFF. It was snowing already. I told the Lord, " Lord, please let no one be there because I want to get in and out of this weather before it gets really bad. And please let it be opened and not closed. When I got there, I was the only one there, no waiting. I was out with my prescription in only 20 minutes. Here I go again, "Speak what you want, not what you feel." God will answer while you are yet speaking. Even in an inaudible voice, your spirit can speak to God. He is an awesome God and I just Love Him.
Prayer Still Works, keep praying, and "Don't forget to say your prayers."