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Posted 10/2/15 at 11:55 AM | Yvonne Perkins
Once again we watch in horror at yet another story of murder unfold before our eyes. True intercessors will recognize this for what it is; manifestation of demonic activity. During the month of October we must be vigilant about using our authority of binding up evil and losing the power of God in the name of Jesus. We must be deliberate in lifting up the name of Jesus, the glory of God to counter attack satanic power and influence. We must shift the atmosphere and invoke the presence and glory of God to rest upon the earth.
It is not enough to bind up the strongman of murder and all attached demons but we must lose something in its place. We must lose the power of God’s glory to cover the earth. Ask God for a season of peace and love. Ask God to send the warring angels to assist us in this fight and dethrone every unclean ruling spirit over the region. There is a great need for intercessors throughout the land to begin to pray from the positon of heaven according to the word of God that we are seated in heavenly places with Christ (Eph 2:5-6). From this position we are above the problem, not on the same level of the problem. Intercessors across the land must declare the Blood of Jesus over every gate entrance to the city, in the air space, land and water. God stands ready to move on our behalf but is waiting on us to act on his word and ask him to stretch out his hands. FULL POST
Posted 9/7/15 at 1:10 PM | Yvonne Perkins
Have you ever in your lifetime been in a place where you felt so alone, deserted, unwanted, unappreciated, unloved,lost, cut off,unaccepted,rejected or just plain lonely? Most people can relate to this experience or will one day experience it. Isolation defined by an act or instance of isolating. the state of being isolated. the complete separation from others of a person suffering from contagious or infectious disease. Let's break it down again. Isolate cause (a person or place) to be or remain alone or apart from others.
Incubate. I found this definition on vocalubary.com incubate when a chicken sits on an egg, it incubates it. To incubate means to keep something safe and warm so that it can grow. Wikipedia looking at this word from psychology states: Incubation is one of the 4 proposed stages of creativity: preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification. Wikipedia religion defined it this way: Incubation is the religious practice of sleeping in a sacred area with the intention of experiencing a divinely inspired dream or cure. Then there is this definition: Salaat-ul-lstikhaarah an Islamic prayer with the intention of searching for guidance for a decision or issue. FULL POST
Posted 7/22/15 at 7:56 AM | Yvonne Perkins
God’s Word Trump Man’s Law. John 1:1 in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. PSALM 119:89 -- “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” Before man was, God was, is and will forever be. Man cannot outthink, plan, or plot God. Man if finite he has a beginning and end. God is infinite without beginning or ending. God is God.
God’s Word Trump Man’s Law. On 6-26-15 Supreme Court Justice in a 5-4 vote ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide in all 50 states. In doing so they took away the rights of individual states to make that decision or have individual voice on the matter. Salute these four judges who dared to vote against this rule: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
God’s Word Trump Man’s Law. Legal is not the same thing as being right. Man has legalized many things over the years that was morally wrong i.e. slavery, Jim Crow laws, prostitution in some countries, to name just a few. In some instances, over time man has come to realize that certain laws were unjust and immoral. These laws were overturned, withdrawn, rejected and changed. In these swiftly changing times we must hold on to God's unchanging hand knowing with certainty that God does not change. As he has been he will always be. God is faithful to his word and watches over it to perform it and the word he sends out can not returned until it has accomplished that it was sent to do. FULL POST
Posted 6/10/15 at 8:21 AM | Yvonne Perkins
Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. Jesus tells us to pray. If we pray we will not faint. Yet many believers find it difficult to understand the concept of “ought always to pray. Many use prayer as a last resort or pray only when there is a crisis in their life.
Why believers don’t pray? They don’t understand how to pray. The disciples asked Jesus “teach us to pray”. Jesus gave them the pattern of prayer. Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. The pattern starts with acknowledgment of who God is and praise for who he is. Then submission to his will. Then petition is presented. Lastly, return to praise. As you meditate on the Lord’s Prayer the pattern will become clearer. (I will cover this subject in another blog)
Why believers don’t pray? They don’t understand what prayer is nor the purpose of prayer. Prayer has many purposes but the most important one is that it allows us to be in communion with our heavenly father. When you are in love with a person you want to talk to them often, to be with them in their presence because it builds intimacy. Daily communion with God increase our ability to know the mind of God, his character, his desires and plans for our lives. FULL POST
Posted 4/22/15 at 11:02 PM | Yvonne Perkins
Well, if you have been following this segment of the Blog “Weather the Storm” this is the final part of this series. I really encourage you to take the time to reread those sections but I will do a quick review.
Weather the Storm tackles a prevalent but seldom acknowledge problem in the body of Christ. The problem is the high number of divorce among our Pastors and leaders. There was a time when the body of Christ and society frowned upon divorce. Now it seems to be too quickly accepted. Nevertheless, the blog was not about pointing fingers or condemning but rather examine the aspects that lead to the breakdown of marriage.
A reoccurring theme was misplaced priorities, ineffective communication and failure to attend to each other’s need. Sometimes there was a lack of accountability that contributed to the problem. Resources were listed to provide encouragement, information and support.
Weather the Storm part two examines the breakdown from the eyes of the “First Lady”. It tells her story, her pain, struggles, self esteem, feeling of loneliest, feeling unloved, unwanted, unfulfilled, disrespected, rejected, insignificant and misunderstood. The saddest part being that most times “Pastor” had not a clue of what was happening with his mate. FULL POST
Posted 4/7/15 at 4:01 PM | Yvonne Perkins
What’s The Problem? The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is nothing new. It was originally passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1993 with OVERWHELMING BIPARTISM SUPPORT. Overwhelming Bipartism support means nearly everyone on both sides (democratic and republicans) supported it. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_Freedom_Restoration_Act RELIGIOUS FREEDOM VOTE
This bill passed the house with a voice vote and the Senate voted 97 for it and 3 against it. You can see the list of senators who voted for it at the above reference website. reportedly
What’s The Problem? The purpose of the bill was stated:
A bill to protect the free exercise of religion. In fact when you Google Bill of Rights you will find this statement “The first amendment Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. There were no protests and no one threatening to pull business out of the states etc.
What’ The Problem? In fact, since 1993, 20 states have enacted state RFRA according to http://www.ncsl.org/research/civil-and-criminal-justice/state-rfra-statutes.aspx. Oh, that includes ILLINOIS WHO SIGNED ITS OWN VERSION IN 1998. That is right; the State of Illinois approved and enacted Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1998. President Obama who was in 1998 Senator Obama voted for it.http://spectator.org/blog/62228/president-obama-voted-rfra-he-didnt Who knew? FULL POST
Posted 2/19/15 at 6:41 AM | Yvonne Perkins
I encourage you to read the two previous blogs to gain understanding of this particular subject. In Weather The Storm, I approached the very difficult and seldom discussed subject of divorce particularly among Pastors and those in ministry. My purpose was not to be judgmental for no one but God can judge matters of the heart. My purpose was to examine different aspects of the breakdown of a relationship in order to better understand it and gain insight on how to pray for the marriages of those in ministry.
It is sad and disheartening to hear about divorce especially among Christians couple and even more so when it is leaders in ministry. One of the problems addressed was Pastors with misplaced or improper placed priorities. Pastors was encouraged to put God first, family and then ministry.
In Weather The Storm part two I shared information on why Pastor’s wives leave. There were several articles including the one from The Marriage Mission blog indicates the following reasons:
• Feeling lonely and abandoned
• Feeling unwanted & undesirable
• Feels husband is indifferent to her
• Feels she does not matter to him
• Left out of major decisions
• Hurt my feeling and never apologize
• Consistently says mean and spiteful things
• Feels he demean her in front of others FULL POST
Posted 2/3/15 at 4:41 PM | Yvonne Perkins
WEATHER THE STORM PART TWO
Previously I approached the difficult and very sensitive subject of divorce among our Pastors, religious leaders and those in ministry. As I stated then and restate here: Matters of the heart are sensitive and no one can judge what another person is experiencing so this is not about judging rather about examining different aspects of the breakdown of a relationship. I want to encourage those who are considering divorce to consider again. SELAH, pause, mediate, and think again. I encourage you to weather the storm which is to say hang in there, wait it out, and hold on until the storm is over.
For those that have not read the original blog on “WEATHER THE STORM” I will first cover some of the key points in that blog:
Divorce a. The legal dissolution of a marriage.b. A court order or other document establishing such dissolution. A separation between things that were once connected or associated.
No one should stay in a situation where domestic violence exist and put them in harm’s way. And yes, domestic violence does exist in the pulpit and among them that confess Christ. No, it is not God’s will for you to be a punching bag for anyone. No, I’m not telling anyone to get a divorce but you need to take steps to ensure your safety. FULL POST
Posted 12/19/14 at 8:02 AM | Yvonne Perkins
For weeks the world headlines has been focused on the social injustice against Blacks as the Grand Jury failed again to indict a White police officer for the death of an unarmed Black man.
Protestors have been taking to the streets almost daily and in growing numbers. The world is watching and Blacks, White, Hispanic etc are willing to come together for a common cause. Various groups are coming together to form these protests.
This is the opportunity for the churches to step up and take the lead. Just marching is not enough. Prayer must take place. The people are hungry for direction. They need a true leader to emerge. This is the church opportunity to open up the doors of the church and point the people to the only one that can comfort and change.
I know someone is saying “pray, you need to do more than pray”. Yes, you need to pray and fast, receive instruction and then act. 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJVIfmypeople, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Proverbs 3:6 KJVIn all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Those with an ear to hear God must seek God to receive divine direction to change the course of history. The people are hungry for direction. FULL POST
Posted 11/24/14 at 6:02 PM | Yvonne Perkins
I want to share my thoughts with you on a very touchy subject, DIVORCE particularly among Pastors. My heart is burdened whenever I hear that pastors are getting divorced. It is difficult to understand when two people confessing Christ as their savior and head of their lives come to the conclusion that they can no longer remain married. Matters of the heart are sensitive and no one can judge what another person is experiencing so this is not about judging rather about examining different aspects of the breakdown of a relationship. I want to encourage those who are considering divorce to consider again. SELAH, pause, mediate, and think again. I encourage you to weather the storm which is to say hang in there, wait it out, and hold on until the storm is over.
God honors marriage. Genesis 2:18 KJV And the LORD God said , It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. He created female to be a helpmate to the man. Genesis 2:24 KJV Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Marriage biblically is the union between a man and a woman.
Divorce a. The legal dissolution of a marriage.b. A court order or other document establishing such a dissolution. A separation between things that were once connected or associated. FULL POST