How to run the race before you


All of us at one point in our lives find ourselves running a race, whether we recognize it or not.

Races are different for each and every one of us.  For some it may be just getting through the week, month or year.  Other races could involve finishing a course, obtaining a  promotion, a work contract, or crossing something off your bucket list.

As a young child I never had any dreams.  They were not spoken of in the home, neither were goals, travels or college.  I don´t blame my parents, they only taught us what they knew.

As I began dreaming of doing something different with my life, I found myself in a continual race.  I put myself there, on purpose.   This race is different because it involves Christ in me.  In order for me to run this race, I had to allow God to mold and shape me, so that I can run my race more effectively.

My goals, dreams and aspiration of learning, growing, reading and writing will never stop.  I had to learn to rid myself of things that get in the way. Not just sin, but distractions and deception.  I run my race with determination, because it lies before me.

It was up to me to allow Him to do that.  I had to leave the old behind to receive the new.  Mindsets are difficult to leave behind.    I had to learn to trust and obey.  The result was maturity, healing, growth and a desire to learn and do more.

The fear of running my race no longer exist, I won´t allow it to get the best of me.

Hebrews 12:1  As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses around us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us.

What is your race?  What is your goal, what is your passion, and what is your why? Do you dare to allow God to work in and through you to make your dreams a reality?  It´s ok to trust and let go.  It works!

Once you are able to answer those questions, your race will be a joy to run.

Are you in love?


In Reading John Bevere’s book, Good or God, there is a section where he talks about his love for Jesus.  He compares it with dating, where all you do is think about the person you love, all day, every day.

I am sure we have seen couples where all they do is hold hands and look into each other’s eyes.   You can’t pry them apart. They  spend all day with each other, and if that was not enough, they spend the evening talking on the phone.

That is the love John Bevere talks about that we should have with Jesus, continually, every day, ALL. THE. TIME.

So I had to ask myself:  Do I have that type of love for Jesus?  Do I think about what it was like for Him to be hanging on the cross while I was still a sinner, the pain and humiliation He endured for me?  Do I imagine what it must have been like for Him to carry the entire weight of sin on the cross, because of His love for mankind?

Somewhere along the way, the honeymoon turned into a routine.  I pray, read the Bible, pray for others,  go to church,  thank the Lord and start all over again.

Col 3:1-2 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.   Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth

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So where is my mind?

Is my mind on the doing the work of the ministry, or the One that gave me the ministry?

What do we seek?

Do I seek recognition, acknowledgement, or an intimate relationship with Jesus?

I don’t want my love for Jesus to be a routine, where it can get bored and I lose interest.  I want that spice back, to fall in love with Jesus all over again.    I want to set my mind on things above, Jesus, and His love and goodness for me.

As I started to purposely think about Jesus, especially before going to sleep, I noticed a change taking place.  Jesus began to fill my thoughts, not my to do list and worries.

This is certain:   The more I meditate on Jesus and His goodness, the more I fall in love with Him all over again.

Try to purposely think about Jesus and His love for you, and He will invade your heart all over again.

Are you Unprofitable?

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Have you ever felt or were told that you were unprofitable, or in other words, just not good enough?  Maybe you have heard these words from others, or worse yet, you repeat these words to yourself.

Perhaps you have tried different things throughout your life and  you have found failure.  Maybe you wanted to start a business, a writing career, ministry, a different career path and life got in the way.

Philemon 1:10-11 says: I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains, who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me.

There was man named Onesimus, and at one time the scripture called him unprofitable. In other words, he was of no use. He was of no use to Paul and to the ministry. But something happened.  The scripture says that Onesimus left, but when he came back, he was profitable to work alongside Paul.  He became so valuable, that Paul says that he is his beloved brother and asked Philemon to receive Onesimus as he would receive Paul.

Imagine that, Onesimus at one time unprofitable, left, and upon his return was profitable to the ministry, to the Apostle Paul and to the Body of Christ.

Onesimus means useful.

I am a firm believer that we need to take some time to  dig deep within ourselves to reflect, find out what our desires are and pursue our passion.   To do that, you have to be brutally honest with yourself and find the answers to what is hindering you.  The worst deception is when you lie to yourself.


I do not want to say when I am older,  “I wish I would have tried…… in my life”   Now is the time to act.   As long as I have breath in me, I still have time to do something profitable, and that goes for you as well.

Whatever Oneseimus did, it worked.  He came back focused, recharged and useful.

Don’t let fear, insecurity, unbelief, doubt, lies or others place a shadow on your dreams. Dig deep within yourself to find out what is hindering your passion, and come back profitable.

God can turn your failures into triumph.  Every time you fail, it is something valuable to you, a life lesson learned which cannot be taken away.

Now is the time to be profitable, all you have to do is start.

Decree vs. Declare

In Christian circles, we hear the phrase I decree and declare while praying.   I would do this, but did you ever consider that this is incorrect?


I found out  there is a difference between the two words, and I would like to share it with you.

First,  what is a declaration?

If you have ever traveled out of the country, the airline gives you these funny little forms you need to fill out to declare what you are bringing into the country that you are visiting.  How much money do you have on hand, how many pieces of luggage, any fruit, and so forth.

Merriam-Webster defines declaration this way:

  • The act of making an official statement about something : the act of declaring something
  • Something that is stated or made known in an official or public way

Declare means to make known

When we declare something in prayer, we are making an official statement about something that already exist.  For example, I declare that I am saved by grace through Christ.  I declare  I am seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.


We see in the book of Esther the king told Esther to issue a decree after Haman’s plan was foiled.

Est 8:7- 8   Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, “Indeed, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows because he tried to lay his hand on the Jews.   You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.”

Later this decree was executed.

Merriam-Webster defines decree as an official order given by a person with power or by a government

A biblical definition is one of the eternal purposes of God, by which events are foreordained.

My friends know  when they call and ask how I am doing, I  answer I am blessed.  I am decreeing  I am blessed, even though I may be having a horrible day.

Decrees are a tool by which we cause the truths of the heavenly realm to be manifested into the natural realm. For example, we decree healing when we are sick, we decree provision and abundance when we are lacking and so forth.

When I pray for people, I decree  they will walk out their new found freedom in faith, and will be strong to come against the attack of the enemy.

I went to prayer asked the Lord about decrees, and this is what He said.

There is nothing magical about a decree.  It is what is placed in your heart, and will be released with your mouth and the decree will go forth throughout the earth and accomplish its’ purpose.  It is your job to speak it forth, a decree comes from your spirit.

When I learned  there was a difference, I changed my prayers.   I now know when to declare and when to decree.  Having my prayers align with the truth is what I aim for.


Can a Christian have demons?

Luke 4:33 -38  Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice,   saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”   But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.

If you were to ask the questions, can a Christian have a demon, I am sure you would receive a variety of answers.  Some would say yes, others a definite no, and some may say they are not sure.

Almost 1/3 of Jesus’ prayers/commands for divine intervention involved the casting out of demons.  Many people today do not practice that, and many believers go on suffering, not understanding why they cannot progress in certain areas of their lives.     In the verse quoted above, Jesus cast out an unclean spirit out of a man.

But did you read where Jesus was?  He was in the synagogue, or in today’s term, he was in churchJesus cast out demons while in church!

Yet the main argument I hear that a Christian cannot have a demon is that demons cannot reside within a spirit filled believer. That is true, yet we are made up of three parts:  Spirit, soul and body.

Demons reside in the flesh.

In the Bible, Jesus calls us to cast devils out, Matthew 10:8.   For something to be cast out, it (demons) must first be in.

Many well-known preachers  are now  convinced not only that a Christian can have demons but also that there are demons that operate in the realm of theology, encouraging us to argue and debate endlessly over doctrine rather than meeting the needs of people who are hurting.

Demons actually help promote the teaching that a Christian cannot have a demon because they gain strength by staying hidden. They can operate in their destructive ways without even being recognized or challenged!

How do demons enter a person?
The majority come from generational sin, curses, ancestral vows and the like through conception.  Even when you do accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, many of the generational sins do not depart since we don´t know what our ancestors were involved in.

In addition to generational sin, if the person has committed personal sin such as: sex, drugs, and variety of other things,  by the time you come to the Lord you will need deliverance on some level.   There is just too much sin, contamination and defilement in the earth today to escape it.

We are called to do what Jesus did.    1 Peter 2:21- For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:

Jesus is our example, he cast out demons, and gave that authority over to us.  It´s time for believers  to be truly set free once and for all.


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