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A Promised Prophecy

Jesus rode through the praises of people; on His way to the pain of the cross. Every promise from God must go through a process, before it is fulfilled.

The Potential of a Promised Prophecy

Luke 19:29-40 (Zech. 9:9 / Matt. 21)

Every prophecy has its promise and every promise has its potential…

A prophecy has to be given, received, confirmed and fulfilled.

400 years had come and gone since God had spoken through His prophets then Jesus was born through a virgin named Mary and approximately 33 1/2 years after that Jesus the promised king rode on the donkey colt… Just as the prophet Zechariah had prophesied! A horse was a sign of war, a donkey was a sign of work or peace. The finished work of Christ is what produces peace in the life of those who believe.

1. The time will come- when the time has come. 

*Jesus said, “Tell him the time has come, I need the donkey.”

⁃ There is a time and purpose for everything.

⁃ Jesus said my time has not come over and over again.

⁃ He said the time has come when I need the colt.

⁃ In the garden He said it is I you seek, I am He.

If it hasn’t happened yet- maybe you’re not ready yet? (Or they are not ready?)

If it hasn’t happened yet- maybe you haven’t fully surrendered or been obedient yet? (Or they haven’t?)

If it hasn’t happened yet- maybe you haven’t had the courage to act upon what you know you need to act upon? (or they haven’t?) *[faith & courage]

If it hasn’t happened yet- maybe it’s not supposed to have happened yet?

It will happen when it is supposed to happen if everyone is in tune with God and will be obedient- and respond in faith and stand with courage.

2. The provision to fulfill the promise is always, already there.

⁃ the donkey was already there and tied to a hitching post.

⁃ The colt fulfilled the purpose of the promised prophecy.

⁃ The wood for Noah to build the ark with, the Red Sea for Pharaoh’s army to drown in, the tree for Zacchaeus to climb up in (Jesus needed to go to Zacchaeus house so there was a tree), the colt for Jesus to ride on the, the tree for Him to be nailed to, the tomb for Him to be buried in…

⁃ The provision will always be there to fulfill the promises prophecy.

⁃ All of Gods promises are yes and amen in Christ Jesus so the provision is already there to fulfill the promises God has for you and they are, so be it! 

3. Just like the donkey sometimes things have to be untied and loosed so they can be used for their intended purpose.

*At least 5 times the word tied or untie is mentioned in Luke 19 concerning the donkey…

The donkey’s promised potential wasn’t to stay tied up to a hitching post or plow the man’s field. It was to carry the Messiah! What are you tied to that may be keeping you from your full potential in Christ?

⁃ Addictions 

⁃ Bondages

⁃ Fears

⁃ Unworthiness 

⁃ Familiarity 

⁃ Security

⁃ Lack

⁃ Limitation

⁃ Mindsets *(an elephant can start out being bound to a rope it can’t break, but by the time it is full grown- it now can break the rope but doesn’t realize it).

*we are like grasshoppers in our sight…  (they saw themselves as grasshoppers)

*perceptions are what we perceive, not reality. 

⁃ You are more than a conqueror.

⁃ You are the victor, not the victim.

⁃ You are an overcomer because He has overcame.

– All of God’s promises are yes and amen in Christ Jesus!

Cultivate

For the entire month of March I am going to be sharing the motivating thoughts of my youngest daughter, Madison Grace. She has started a page on Instagram @motivate_with madi2. So, if you are on Instagram, check her out! I know that these will bless you, challenge you and encourage you! Here’s week 5:

I want to talk to you about the word “Cultivate.” I believe as Christians we are called to cultivate. The definition for the word cultivate is: to work on, to seek, to devote and to train! I love the definition of this word because it works in steps. It’s a process. Maybe you are at the seeking part, new to being a Christian and just trying to get your feet wet and learn. Maybe you’ve already done that part and you are now ready to devote yourself to being a true part of the body of Christ!  I believe that one of the true ways to know that you are truly “cultivating” is when the people you are around notice a true difference in your life and that true difference that they see is Jesus. So, whatever phase you are in, I hope and pray that you know that He has called each and every one of you to “Cultivate”!!!

Be Anxious for Nothing!

For the entire month of March I am going to be sharing the motivating thoughts of my youngest daughter, Madison Grace. She has started a page on Instagram @motivate_with madi2. So, if you are on Instagram, check her out! I know that these will bless you, challenge you and encourage you! Here’s week 4:

The Greek word for anxious is “distracted”- which refers to uncertainty, and that is what anxiety produces in us! Maybe for you it’s a job, maybe your marriage, school or your kids that are producing anxiety in your life. But let me encourage you, do not let those things overtake you, speak life and use the power that God has given you! God has created you for a purpose and a plan!  I love what Steven Furtick says, “Just because you are in a uncertain place, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a certain purpose.” So, in  all the uncertainty that may surround you,  know that you have a purpose and that you are here on purpose. And most of all, I want you to know that I love you and that God loves you!!  

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬

GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD

For the entire month of March I am going to be sharing the motivating thoughts of my youngest daughter, Madison Grace. She has started a page on Instagram @motivate_with madi2. So, if you are on Instagram, check her out! I know that these will bless you, challenge you and encourage you! Here’s week 3:

Don’t get in your head and let your inner thoughts tell you who you are or what you can do, let Jesus be your inner voice! When David faced Goliath, he could have listened to king Saul, his brothers or the people around him, but, he wouldn’t have completed one of the greatest moments in history. Instead he listened to the inner voice, Jesus!!Could you imagine if you were just one battle away from your destiny and instead of listening to who God says you are, you listen to the people around you or the inner voice in your head? As humans, we can only see in the physical realm, but God sees everything and He sees what we are capable of and because he created us, He knows what’s best. So don’t allow your doubts and fears that are in your head or the voice of others that are around determine what you do. Trust the inner voice of the Holy Spirit and walk in the reality of who you are in Christ. You are more than enough and you are more than a conqueror.

What is the Purpose of My Purpose?

For the entire month of March I am going to be sharing the motivating thoughts of my youngest daughter, Madison Grace. She has started a page on Instagram @motivate_with madi2. So, if you are on Instagram, check her out! I know that these will bless you, challenge you and encourage you! Here’s week 2:

What is the purpose of your purpose? 
God has created you with a purpose on purpose, but how do find that purpose? I honestly think that when some of you are asking what is my purpose— you are actually asking to be loved, or maybe you are even asking for recognition. There may even be some of you, that like me right now, your just starting out in life and really have no idea what your purpose in life may be. You are just taking one step of faith at a time! You’re striving to step in faith until you achieve your purpose. The definition of purpose is, “The reason for which something is done or created.” I want you to know that your purpose started before you were ever created in your mothers womb. Your purpose started in the heart of God! So let me encourage you that even when you don’t see it, God is working on your behalf— He sees you, He knows you and He loves you!

Mondays Don’t Have to Be Mundane

For the entire month of March I am going to be sharing the motivating thoughts of my youngest daughter, Madison Grace. She has started a page on Instagram @motivate_with madi2. So, if you are on Instagram, check her out! I know that these will bless you, challenge you and encourage you!

Monday does not have to be mundane!!  Why do we as a culture label Monday as the worst day of the week? I think it’s deeper than just something we say, but it’s something that we declare… the Bible says that we have the power of life and death in our tongue. I believe that as a culture knowingly or unknowingly we are the ones that have made Monday mundane! So I challenge you to break the cycles of culture, not only just with Monday, but with everyday of your life! Chose to speak life! We are called to stand up and stand out!! So if you want a positive environment and culture, than maybe it needs to start with you.

Speak with Love

Suppose I speak in the languages of human beings or of angels. If I don’t have love, I am only a loud gong or a noisy cymbal. -I Corinthians 13:1

When it comes to communication there are so many attributes that impact what is being said and what is being heard. However, when you speak to others you should intentionally practice being kind, respectful and considerate. You should speak in love! Someone might say, “The truth hurts.” Yes, sometimes it does, but even though, the truth should still be spoken in love. Sometimes the way you talk reveals how you truly feel. You must remember that God is love and you must also remember that we will be known by our love for one another. God loves you with a faithful and steadfast love! Let’s love one another and let’s speak the truth, but let’s speak it in love.

Here Are 10 Ways to Know If You Are Speaking the Truth Out of A Heart of Love:

1. When you want to resolve the issue of conflict more than you want to prove your point.

2. When you want to hear what’s being said more than you want to be heard.

3. When you are more concerned with bringing a resolution to the conflict than you are with being right.

4. When the other person’s need is greater than your ego.

5. When you listen and truly hear what the other person is saying.

6. When you’re wrong and you recognize it. 

7. When you’re in the wrong and you admit it.

8. When you stop saying the wrong thing, at the wrong time, in the wrong way, for the wrong reason.

9. When you don’t talk until you have something that is worth hearing.

10. When you consider how the other person feels above how you may be feeling.

“NOW THEN”

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

–Phil 3:13-14

Now Then” is a statement that is used for getting someone’s attention when you are starting to talk about something new. It’s a phrase used to interrupt or redirect what’s being discussed so that you can discuss or consider what is more appropriate or important. “Now Then” is also a statement that can connect the present with the future. Therefore, what you do today will impact tomorrow. What you do now, will determine what happens then. Yesterday is behind you. Today is surrounding you. Your future is in front of you. Ask God for insight, wisdom and clarity and then take a moment now, and reflect upon these scriptures below.

My Lord, you have been our home forever and ever. You were God before the mountains were born, before the earth and the world were made. You have always been and will always be God! You bring people into this world, and you change them into dust again. To you, a thousand years is like yesterday, like a few hours in the night. Our life is like a dream that ends when morning comes. We are like grass that grows and looks so fresh in the morning, but in the evening it is dry and dying. Teach us how short our lives are so that we can become wise. -Psalm 90:1-6, 12

“I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead.” -‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:12-13‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Now is this instance. Then refers to a specific time. It can refer to the past, or it can be referring to the future. The moment you have now, is all about building a brighter future. A future that glorifies God and benefits those with whom you come in to contact with. Learn from the past, but live in the present moment while believing for a brighter future. 

There are really only two realms of reality that we live in, or live out of: 

  • Our Past…
  • Our Future…

The present is never a realized reality, because the moment you realize that it existed, it’s gone! In a split second, it no longer exists. And now is gone the second you say it! However, you must remember, it’s not about minutes; it’s about moments. When you seize the moments that matter, those special moments that are contained in each day, you will help create a better tomorrow, while securing a brighter future. Philippians chapter three and verse thirteen shines some light on how to do this.

3 Things to Consider From This Passage in Philippians 3:13:

(1). Realize. (2). Remember. (3). Reach.

1. Realize You will Never Have it All Figured Out. (The starting place of realization is admission [an act of admitting or the fact or state of being admitted. *Admitting your need, your weakness, your sin, your addiction, or your shortcoming, is the gateway to victory and the doorway to freedom.

7 Things to Admit and to Realize:

  • I’ve not arrived.
  • There are things I don’t know.
  • There are things I could be better with, and better at.
  • I don’t know the answer to every question.
  • I don’t know the solution to very problem.
  • I can’t understand everything that happens.
  • I don’t always know the right thing to do or the right thing to say. 

*Phil.3:13 (*But this one thing I do) You may not have it all figured out, but you may have one thing that you do know or that you can do.

  • Learn from the past, but forget the bad times, the sorrow and the regrets of yesterday. 
  • Learn from the past, but break the cycles and patterns of the past that created what you didn’t  desire, so they don’t reappear in your future.
  • Learn from the past, but don’t carry the burdens, sorrows or regrets of the past into the present, or into your future.

2. Remember the Past is the Past. Forget the things that hinder your future progress, or that keep you bound to the past in a negative way; especially the things that bring disappointment and discouragement in regards to your future.

Don’t Allow These Things to Hinder You:

  • Regrets (what you did or said)
    • What you did.
    • What you didn’t do.
  • You can’t change the past. But, if it has been forgiven, than forget it and trust God for your future.
  • Don’t allow what you can’t control; to control you!
  • Unforgiveness(what other people have done or said)

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.”  -Martin Luther King Jr.

  • It takes faith to give and receive forgiveness.
    • Not forgiving doesn’t cause harm to the other person, it causes harm to you.
    • Forgiveness doesn’t minimize the offense, it releases you from the burden of carrying the hurt.
    • Forgiveness doesn’t minimize the fault of the offender; it brings freedom to the offended.
    • Jesus said, “Father forgive them, into your hands I commit my spirit.”
    • Not forgiving will keep you tied to the past you’re desiring to forget.
  • YOU MUST LEARN TO BE:
    • Thankful
    • Grateful 
    • Content 

Comparing and complaining will keep you from being content!

  • Live in the present and make the most of every moment.
  • Don’t take life or yourself too serious.
  • Always be a work in progress that is always growing and ever learning.

3. Reach for What’s Next and What’s Best. 

(But don’t miss what’s right beside you) – I think that Paul is saying that he’s trying to move ahead by reaching for what matters and forgetting what doesn’t.

The last always looks better than it really is, the farther you move away from it. (*The good old days)

  • When don’t feel like you have anything to look forward to; it’s easy to look back.

             When it Comes to Your Future You Have to:

  • See it! (you have to see it first)
  • Say it! (say what you see)
  • Seize it! (take hold of it)
  • To reach means to: strain, stretch, risk and change. 
    • Stretching will help you reach higher, and go further.
    • The greater the risk the greater the reward.
    • Nothing ever changes without change
    • Stretch yourself and reach higher!
  • Don’t get distracted with things that don’t matter!
  • Celebrate small victories along the way. *(God created things “in time”, not in one day, and every time He did He said, “it is good.”)
  • Enjoy life, glorify God, and love people.
  • Good intentions won’t get you there. 
    • Intentions are what you intend to do. 
    • Strategy is a clear plan on how to accomplish what you desire.
    • Your strategy, not your intention, determines your success. 

Many people intend to spend more time with their family, to be less scattered at work, to manage their time better, to ensure their top priories get accomplished, but they haven’t found a strategy to get them to that place.

  • Set goals and  prioritize what truly matters. 
  • Stretch yourself and dream big.
  • Be open minded, but, stay focused on what truly matters. 
  1. “Now Then” You Must- Learn from the past – but forget the bad times, sorrow and regrets – You can’t change what has happened up to now, but you can determine what happens from now on. *Admit
  2. “Now Then” You Must- Live in the present – Make the most of every moment, don’t take life or yourself too serious- make as many memories as you can. Always be a work in progress- always growing and ever learning. *Forget
  3. “Now Then You Must- Believe for the Future – Reach for what’s ahead. Set goals and prioritize what truly matters. Stretch yourself, dream big, be open minded, and stay focused on what truly matters. *Reach