Health/Sickness, Miracles

He’s Still A Miracle Worker!

A few weeks ago, my uncle was scheduled to have surgery that would allow him to have dialysis. He was in the operating room and when they intubated him he aspirated (vomiting in which substance goes into the lungs) and then his heart rate slowed down into twenties (normal heart rate is 60-100). Immediately, surgery was aborted before it even started and what was supposed to be a routine and uneventful outpatient surgery had become an emergent situation.  The vascular surgeon (surgeon who performs such procedures as grafts and fistulas for patients requiring dialysis) came out to inform my aunt about what all had transpired and how they were working diligently to get him stabilized. A cardiologist (heart doctor) and a pulmonologist (lung doctor) were consulted right away.

Upon receiving all the details of what was going on with her husband she turns to me and says, “Call the prayer warriors.” I proceeded to do as I was told by calling people who fit that description as well as other family and friends. Meanwhile, the healthcare professionals were working expediently to transfer him to the cardiac area so the cardiologist can more closely examine the heart and possibly even put in a pacemaker. But then something miraculous happened. His heart returned to normal function by itself during the procedure without any intervention! The cardiologist found no blockage of the arteries and also said that he had not had a heart attack. He said he wasn’t sure what had happened but that it could have been a vagal response. He explained that my uncle had third degree heart block but had turned around! He was somewhat amazed. He did not require a pacemaker after all!

Once my uncle returned to his room in the surgical intensive care unit something else happened. To the nurses dismay, he extubated himself (pulled out his breathing tube) despite sedatives. Thankfully, he did not have to be re-intubated and was able to breath on his own right away. Interestingly enough, the pulmonologist had already said that he didn’t see much in his lungs and didn’t anticipate having to do a bronchoscopy (a procedure in which a scope is placed into the lungs). He admitted he was kind of surprised at the findings based on what had happened in the operating room. My uncle went on to make a speedy recovery much to the surprise of many. He doesn’t really remember much of what happened. He’s just thankful to God that he is still here to tell his story and so are we!

The moral of this story is prayer changes things! Only God can cause a change like that! He worked it out for his good! And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 NKJV)

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:1-3 ESV)

Let this be a testament to you that God is still in the miracle-working business! May it remind you that if He did it before, He can do it again! To God be the glory!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for steadfast faith! Thank You for supernatural healings! Help us to always trust in You and to never doubt You. Thanks for showing us there is nothing too hard for You. We worship and adore You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to look to God first when all around you is sinking sand! I EMPOWER you to trust Him to have your back and to not panic! I EMPOWER you to work your faith and stand on His promises when challenges arise!

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Mrs. Coretta Collins is a wife and mother who enjoys reading, writing, movies and spending time with family and friends. She is avid about health, healing and helping which serves her well as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a hematology and oncology practice. Striving to be led by the Lord throughout life and having overcome significant challenges, her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Coretta is a member of St. John A.M.E. Church in Birmingham, Alabama. She resides in Calera, Alabama with her awesome husband and two wonderful sons.

Faith Fridays, Healing

See Your Self Standing

Faith Fridays are all about providing a visual to strengthen your faith. Some times we just need to witness the awesome moves of God in someone else’s life to remind us that He is real and can still perform miracles in our own lives! If we just believe, anything is possible with God!

Delia found herself confined to a wheelchair after a drunk driver crashed into the vehicle she and a couple of family members were riding in.  Paralyzed from the waist down, this woman of God continued to press in her faith and her everyday life.  She believed that God would heal her but after years went by she began to lose hope and doubt that God would.  Along her journey of being confined to the wheelchair, she met a man of God who would become her husband.  He would encourage her to keep her faith in being healed.  He would pick her up and hold her while dancing with her.  She said her legs would dangle as he danced with her. But it was these words, that he said to her that stuck out to me:

See yourself standing!

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb 11:1 KJV)  Faith is believing and knowing it IS, no matter what it looks like or how it feels like.  After years of being confined to a wheelchair or whatever you feel confined to, it is easy to lose hope or doubt God can or will answer your prayer.  But women of God, I EMPOWER you to see yourself standing and hold onto your faith.  Don’t lose sight of that vision, don’t let doubt extinguish your hope!

Please watch this video of a woman of God sharing her journey towards healing.

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Healing, Miracles

I Am a Living Testimony

testimonyApproximately a year ago, my father was in a horrible car accident that left his neck broke in numerous places. When my family heard the news we were terrified because when you hear about, people usually don’t recover from neck injuries like the one he had.

I remember receiving the phone call that he was transferred to a trauma unit and placed in ICU because of the severity of the injury. At first fear tried to overtake me but I remembered For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT). On my way to the hospital, I began to pray and tell God that His Son’s blood still works. I began to trust that by His stripes my father would be healed.

When I walked in the hospital and saw my daddy lying there unable to move, I began to pray. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4: 6-7, NLT) I believed and so did he.

A year later, my daddy is walking/jogging 3.6 miles at least five times per week, he’s driving, and he’s living life to the fullest. Most of all he does not take for granted that nobody but God saved his life as well as gave him movement in his neck. Every time my dad gets up and tell his testimony, I get shivers because I know that He is a living testimony. Every time he talks about the accident and how God delivered him, it reminds me of when God healed the demon-possessed man: “But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.” So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them.” (Mark 5:19-20, NLT)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for Your healing powers. Thank You for being a miracle worker. God, I am so grateful that Your word is the same yesterday, today and forever. God I pray that the testimonies that I give are to glorify You. I pray that You touch someone right now that has been stricken with an incurable illness and heal right now God so that You get the glory. I pray that Your virtue works through his/her body. Restore them and make them whole that they too will be a living testimony. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to trust and believe that God still works miracles. I dare you to give your illness, your depression, your family, your finances, your job and your whole being over to God and watch Him work. Ladies, live your life so that you are a living testimony. Live your life so that someone is helped and set free because of your testimony.

Take a moment and tell us your testimony………

Please help us bless and EMPOWER homeless women and their children as the beginning of a new school year nears! For more information on how you can donate and help make a difference, please click here http://www.gofundme.com/cfeux8

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Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Black Music Month Series, Health/Sickness

Come On In The Room

June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!

Two days of no relief from swelling, excruciating pain and a lack of mobility with my right hand led me to the ER.  I was in so much pain and discomfort that going to the hospital was a no-brainer, but on the other hand (no pun intended) I felt disappointed that I, who believe that Jesus is my healer, could not tap into my healing.  After all of my praying, whining and retreating to my bed to get rest and relief, I decided to go see a doctor.  However, I prayed that God would give him/her wisdom concerning my issue because I also had no clue as to why I was ailing.

As I waited in the little room for the doctor to come in, a song came to mind.  It was a song I first heard when I was much younger.  It is one of those old gospel songs sung with an uncanny vocal.  When I first heard the song, I couldn’t understand some of the words yet the song became one of my favorites.

 

Chorus

Come on in the room,

come on in the room;

Jesus is my doctor

and He writes out all of my prescriptions,

He gives me all of my medicine in the room.

 

Chorus 2

There is joy, joy in the room,

joy in the room;

Jesus is my doctor

and He writes out all of my prescriptions,

He gives me all of my medicine in the room.

–Georgia Mass Choir – Come On In The Room

 

As the elderly woman sings the chorus, you can imagine Jesus walking into the room with the sick lying there.  But she is unmoved by the illness and the current circumstances because JESUS IS HER DOCTOR.  The Lord holds her and her loved one’s healing, medicine, joy, and everything they need, and He is coming to administer it all to them.

Even though I sat in that room waiting on the doctor, I knew his skills or education was not going to suffice without the Lord’s help and wisdom.  When we are going through, we sometimes forget all that Jesus is and can do.  God is Yahweh, the Great I Am and He said that He would supply all of our needs according to His riches and glory.  Those needs are not just financial, but sometimes are emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, or career or health-related.  Whatever you need, God is and has!

You need love; God is and has it, the real and unfailing love!  You need strength; God is God Almighty and has strength for you to endure!  You need healing; God’s Word is a healer and He will revive you!

Notice the lines in the chorus that says “And He writes out all my prescriptions, He gives me all of my medicine in my room.”  Exchange the words prescriptions and medicine for His Word/The Word of God.  Whatever we need is in God’s Word.  It is our medicine, our help and His written prescription to make it through life and live according to His standards.

Meditate upon these scriptures that reminds us of God’s medicine and promises:

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105 KJV)

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63 KJV)

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Mat 4:4 KJV)

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11 KJV)

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. (Prov 30:5 KJV)

For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. (Prov 4:22 KJV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for the Holy Spirit who reminds me that You are the Great I Am!  Thank You for being all that I need.  Thank You for being my doctor and writing Your Word for me not just to know, but to live and use as my defense through any storm, battle or lack.  Thank You for being omnipresent and God Almighty!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to allow Jesus to come on in the room and be all that you need.  Welcome Him in to every area of your lives.  Believe and trust in His Word to perform what it says it will do!  Then take your medicine the way He prescribes and daily, remembering that He is and He has it all for you!

Enjoy this song by the Georgia Mass Choir titled, Come On In The Room:

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Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She helps assist Chicago Public School students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a compassionate person and encourager so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. In April, Ms. Tannika’s poetry book, Setting The Captive Free, was published. It is her first book. For more details and how to purchase your copy, visit stcfpoetrybook.com. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Faith Fridays, Healing, Prayer

Faith Friday: I Believe, Therefore I Receive

Faith Fridays are all about providing a visual to strengthen your faith. Some times we just need to witness the awesome moves of God in someone else’s life to remind us that He is real and can still perform miracles in our own lives! If we just believe, anything is possible with God!

Repeat after me:  I believe, therefore I receive.

Speak it from the heart:  I believe, therefore I receive.

Now repeat it again and fill in the blank:  I believe, therefore I receive  _____________________.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24 NIV)  There are two key words in this scripture.  You guessed right; they are believe and received.  Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that it is so, done, here, already, in effect, now, etc.  As long as it is according to His word, your belief in God’s Word and trust in Him should accompany your prayer and not doubt.  And believe you received it!  Received is past tense.  It already came to be.  So the next time you are claiming your healing, stop and recite the scripture again.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5 KJV)  By His stripes we ARE healed!  Not going to be, coulda, shoulda, woulda, but are healed.  Now I know it is hard to sometimes see something that we can’t see naturally, especially when there is no evidence of what you are trying to believe.  You begin to focus more on the situations and the tribulations, and not God.  You let dangerous doubt hinder you from receiving what is already yours.

As you watch this video, notice how this woman began to take her eyes off of her health issues to focus on what the Lord had already given her. She BELIEVED and RECEIVED her healing.

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combating the attacks of the enemy, Faith, Freedom, Healing, Praise/Worship, Prayer

3 P’s

These past couple of weeks have been trying but typical displays of the enemy’s tactics.  On Mother’s Day, I caught a bug and throughout the weeks I was sick off and on.  Then I started experiencing anxiety symptoms and they lasted for days.  I have never experienced the anxiety lasting for days like this and the symptoms were a resounding gong vibrating through my body.  My chest hurt, my body ached, and my throat had a scratchy, lumpy feeling.  My stomach had a pit feeling that wouldn’t leave also.  I had some stress and some worries but sometimes the symptoms would appear when I thought my mind was clear.  I was back at this point again when I had already claimed my healing before.

I couldn’t figure out why I was ailing physically and mentally, when on the flip side I had also been informed that I am to receive an award from my job.  I had been getting the word out about my newly published book and feeling good about accomplishing one of my goals.  I was starting to physically plan and prepare for my business too, and I was nervous, but excited.

However, being sick and anxious were beginning to make moving forward or just the simplest tasks difficult these past two weeks.  I felt sluggish and began to focus on my issues more than God and all my blessings. The Sunday before this past Sunday, I remember feeling heavy, my legs feeling heavy and the pit feeling in my stomach.  It was hard to even stand during praise and worship.  My pastor basically said to the congregation when Praise & Worship was ending that we were going to praise God and stay right there in that moment until something breaks because he felt the heaviness or something holding us back.

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (Heb. 13:15 KJV)

I felt like at that moment God was speaking to me personally and when we praised God, I felt so much better.  I felt that thing lift off of me.  But then the sickness and anxiety continued the next week.  I admit I felt hopeless. This past Sunday, between Praise & Worship and the sermon, the themes I kept hearing were freedom, freedom from fear/anxiety and bringing forth praise.  No matter the circumstance or how you feel, praise God through it all.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb. 11:1 KJV)

This Memorial’s Day, as I read some of Kenneth E. Hagin’s workbook about Faith, I began to understand what I, like many of us, had not been doing or fail to do in some areas of our lives.  I had not been exercising my faith.  I had not been receiving or continually walking in my healing.  I was instead doing more hoping than believing; I was focusing more on my circumstances than God.  I had not realized that faith is not “I will” or “I hope.”  Faith is “It is now.”  I have to exercise my faith and trust in God’s promises: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5 KJV); For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV).

In order to exercise my faith and continue to trust in God’s promises, I have to follow the three P’s:

    • PRAY! Pray for relationship and intimacy with God and not just His Promises and Provisions. Believe when you pray that you have received too.  Pray without ceasing also.
    • PRESS!  Faith without works is dead so put some action with your faith.  Fight the good fight of faith.  Persevere and trust God.  Someone told me that if God sends you, to go even when you are afraid.
    • PRAISE!  Praise is a weapon.  Praise allows you to focus on God and not your circumstances.  Moreover, as you renew your mind with the Word of God, you can’t help but to respond to God with praise.  Praise and the Word also changes your perspective and focus.

Dear Daddy,

Help me to believe when I pray and not hope that I am healed, but believe and receive it, even when there is no evidence of my healing.  Help me to press and praise my way through, trusting in You and relying upon Your grace to do so.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to PRAY, PRESS and PRAISE your way through.  If it God’s will, whatever you desire, believe you received it.  Faith is knowing you have already received God’s promise.

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 Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She helps assist Chicago Public School students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a compassionate person and encourager so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. In April, Ms. Tannika’s poetry book, Setting The Captive Free, was published. It is her first book. For more details and how to purchase your copy, visit stcfpoetrybook.com. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Faith Fridays, Health/Sickness

Faith Friday: Hope in the Lord

Faith Fridays are all about providing a visual to strengthen your faith. Some times we just need to witness the awesome moves of God in someone else’s life to remind us that He is real and can still perform miracles in our own lives! If we just believe, anything is possible with God!

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NIV)

Watch this woman and her husband share their awesome testimony of trusting God through uncertainties and unexpected life changes.  Her testimony is a reminder that God still performs miracles, still delivers and still strengthens those who hope in the Lord even during the most difficult times.

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Hope Heals

 

 

 

Faith Fridays, Healing, Health/Sickness, Miracles, Miscellaneous, Videos

Faith Friday: If I Can Just Get to Jesus!

Faith Fridays are all about providing a visual to strengthen your faith. Some times we just need to witness the awesome moves of God in someone else’s life to remind us that He is real and can still perform miracles in our own lives! If we just believe, anything is possible with God!

Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment. (Matthew 9:20-22 NIV)

Watch as a young baby who had been in a coma for quite sometime is healed. Her mother’s FAITH was key! She believed if she could just get her baby to Jesus, then she would be made whole!

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Family, Fasting, Health/Sickness, Mental Illness, Mother/Daughter, Prayer, Testimony Series

My Testimony: Standing in the Gap

Happy New Year EmpowerMoments family! We have surely missed you! As we kick off the new year, we are beginning with a series entitled “Testimonies & Lessons”. We believe Revelation 12:11 when it says that we overcome by the word of our testimonies. We pray that our testimony and lessons from last year will EMPOWER you to triumph this year! May God bless you and make 2014 the greatest year of your life thus far!

As I was listening to the conversation on the other end of the phone, I could barely take in what the social worker was telling me. She wasn’t walking. She wasn’t talking and needed assistance using the restroom. Many times, she would not make it. A few days later, the news came that she was in the hospital undergoing a battery of tests but the doctors were coming up with nothing. What happened to cause such a rapid decline in my mother’s health? The doctors chalked it up to severe depression. Nearly a thousand miles away, I felt hopeless and helpless. I prayed about it but it seemed as if things weren’t changing.

Although I wanted to get home, I didn’t have the finances for an emergency trip. I wanted someone I could trust to tell me that my mom was going to be okay. Thank God for the angels He placed in my life in the form of friends. One of my friends went to visit my mom in the hospital and gave me a good report. Before I knew it a few of my close friends pooled together the resources to make the trip home possible. My mom was released from the hospital because they couldn’t find a diagnosis but she reverted to being mute and didn’t have activity in any of her limbs. The thought of seeing my mom like that was heartbreaking. I wanted to do something.

Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.  So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. (Matthew 17: 15-16, 21 KJV) I knew exactly what I needed to do. My mother needed someone to stand in the gap for her.

I studied Esther. When Haman sought to destroy the Jews, Esther’s uncle Mordecai told her that she had to do something to save her people or that she might perish along with them. Her answer was for her and all of the Jews to fast and pray. She too had to stand in the gap. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.  (Esther 4:14-16 KJV)

Like Esther, I needed God to change the situation around. I fasted for three days and nights without eating or drinking. I continued my daily routine of going to work but came home and prayed feverishly for God to heal my mother of whatever was ailing her. I found myself laying in the middle of the floor crying out to God on her behalf. I flew home later that week not knowing what to expect.

At first, my mom would only say one or two words and was confined to a wheel chair. By the second day, not only was she walking but she also got out of the wheelchair using only a walker as her guide. By the time the week was over, mom was back to her normal self. She had pushed the walker to the side and was walking completely on her own, taking herself to the restroom and functioning, as she should. I know that it was God who answered my prayers. Since that episode last spring, she has not depended on a wheelchair or a walker. Without God’s grace, this story could have ended completely different. I am thankful that He gave me the willpower to stand in the gap for her.

Dear Daddy,

Your word is true and fails us not. Thank You for healing my mother and providing me with the will to intercede on her behalf. Lord, I am grateful for the friends that You have blessed me with that don’t mind praying and giving out of the abundance of their hearts. Lord, I ask for a special blessing over their lives. With You nothing is impossible. I am forever grateful for Your love and the miracles that You perform. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to stand in the gap for someone else. Are you believing in God for someone’s deliverance or healing? To get something different, you may have to do something different.  Remember, there are some things that come only by prayer AND fasting.  Consult the Lord and do His will. Remember, you don’t have to do anything in your own strength, for His grace is sufficient and powerful enough to help you stand in the gap. 

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Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.

Courage, Death, Gifts/Talents, Health/Sickness, Obedience, Purpose

My Testimony: She Shifted

Happy New Year EmpowerMoments family! We have surely missed you! As we kick off the new year, we are beginning with a series entitled “Testimonies & Lessons”. We believe Revelation 12:11 when it says that we overcome by the word of our testimonies. We pray that our testimony and lessons from last year will EMPOWER you to triumph this year! May God bless you and make 2014 the greatest year of your life thus far!

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV

When I found out about our Testimony Series, I started thinking to myself, I don’t really have one. God has me in the season of planting and rebuilding, so breakthroughs and the fruits of this season have yet to sprout. But God kept dealing with me to write about the one thing I don’t want to write about — my Aunt’s death and how it became a testimony in my life. I don’t want to talk about it because it is still too fresh, I am still in denial, and I feel guilty for grieving so hard when I know my cousins are grieving harder. But “to obey is better than sacrifice”. (I Samuel 15:22 NKJV) I am a witness that God can use your gift to bless you.

Around the fourth of December I received a call from my Dad that my Aunt had a stroke, was unconscious, and on a ventilator at the hospital. I was so distraught, yet strangely peaceful at the same time. I was almost mad at myself for having that type of peace. My Auntie was a firecracker. She loved hard, fought hard, talked hard, worked hard, everything she did was 1000%, from her love to her anger. She was so authentic. She understood my “not so saint-like” moments. I told her secrets that I was embarrassed to tell others and she would talk me through them telling me what I was going to do!

About two or three years ago I noticed my Auntie started acting different. She started talking about the Lord more. I noticed a Shift. She shifted into a woman who became verbally expressive of God’s goodness. As the year progressed her Shift became more evident.

As God would have it, I had to travel to Atlanta for work the week she was in the hospital. As soon as my plane hit the ground I rushed to the hospital to see her. I wanted to keep ignoring the voices in my head that she wasn’t going to make it. But I knew what God sounded like; I was in denial. On the drive there I was in a fog. God kept talking to me about my Auntie’s life and how she Shifted. She became the woman He wanted her to be and her time to celebrate with Him had come. At first I was angry because I felt He took her before she could enjoy more of the prosperity that comes with submitting to God’s will here on Earth. I wanted her to experience more of that, but God continued to confirm to me that she had Shifted, and now it was her time.

He also said to me in the car that it was time that I Shift. It was time for me to Shift into the boldness of the call of ministry He placed on my life. I didn’t want it. My words to Him were, “God I don’t read my Bible enough. I don’t pray enough. I’m not obedient enough. I’m not good enough. I don’t know enough.” Seeming as though He totally ignored me, He began to give me orders about how He was going to confirm the power He had placed in me, through her. He said these exact words, “When you touch her, she is going to Shift, and then you will know.” I’m thinking to myself, yeah right God.

See, for the past few years I have doubted my gift. I was never sure if I was acting out of emotion or if it truly was God. He said, “Today is the day I will confirm it for you.”

I arrived at the hospital and saw my Aunt on life support. My first thought was, “Lord, I’m definitely NOT going to touch her, I might break something or hurt her. You are going to have to literally move my hand; I don’t even know where to place it!” My Dad was in there with me and he started rubbing her arm as he and I were casually talking. I heard God say, “Your turn.” I responded, “You gotta do it; I might break something. You will have to take over; I just can’t.” We waited and chatted some more and lo’ and behold I found myself caressing her arm, relishing in her warm soft skin that I always remembered. I began to think that I was hallucinating because her machines started acting weird. My Dad screamed, “What happened, did you see that?” I froze and stood there and watched her vital signs rise and her eyes flutter and open. I almost fell on the floor but my legs were stuck. God spoke and said, “See, just as she Shifted in her life, it is now time for you to Shift and operate in the gift; I put it in you.”

My Aunt died that next morning and I would be lying if I said that I was ok with that. I really wish that her movements weren’t reflexes and that she was in recovery right now, but God already confirmed that the “strange thing” that was going to happen wasn’t to bring her back to us. Rather, it was to use her to confirm His power, that I really do know His voice and should now walk in boldness operating in my gift.

Dear Daddy,

Over and over again You show Your power, Your majesty, Your glory, and Your omniscience. I am grateful that my Aunt received Your gift of salvation before she died and that I was able to experience her Shift into the Woman of God You were molding all along. God, it is my prayer that just as You held my hand and guided me to the brink of my Shift, that You do the same for my Sister in Christ reading this EmpowerMoment. Lord, it is my desire that You confirm in her Spirit the direction You will have for her to go and the confidence she needs to get there. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to Shift. It is time to put old things away and Shift into a life of obedience with God. Is it time for you to Shift into a new dimension or to Shift some things around? I’ve Shifted to walking boldly in my gift from God. I’m a tad scared at times, but I’m dedicated to learning, refining, growing, and understanding more and more about this gift He has trusted me with. I EMPOWER you to seek your heart and your ways and Shift where God says so.

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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a university administrator. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV) Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Her passion is mentoring young women and marriage empowerment. She resides in Orange Beach, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They are members of New Beginnings Christian Center in Foley, AL.