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Spiritual Warfare

When I was a kid I always thought spiritual warfare was this thing that was over when the war was won. And while that’s true, I never really considered how many wars and battles could go on at one time. I also never considered that spiritual warfare is a lifestyle. It’s not a fad we pick up for a moment and then toss to the side when the war has been won or (God forbid) we’re tired because we’ve been praying for days on end.

You see there is a constant war between dark and light/good and evil going on around us. And although most of us can’t see it, it’s very real and extremely intense.

So… how do we fight in this war? Well when you believe in Jesus Christ that means you’re filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. His power is actually stronger than the powers of darkness and evil. However, we can’t use His power unless we are willing to speak in the name of Jesus.

Jesus’s name is basically like the sword we fight with in the war.

So next time you feel overwhelmed in your mind… Next time you know you’re up against something a human being alone cannot solve… Then speak to the darkness that surrounds you. Tell the evil it can’t come any further because you have a relationship with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit lives inside of you. And then please be encouraged to make this your lifestyle ⚔️💃🏻 #cultivatelife

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authority & dominion · darkness · higher way · kingdom · power · rule & reign · warfare

Just a Prince

Yesterday I was on the train heading uptown to SoHo… My stop, “Prince Street.”

Right before the train came to a stop, a new thought jumped on board… “If Satan is just a prince of this world, then why are we letting him reign over it?”

Immediately my mind started to ponder the reality.

You see I believe when we accept Jesus Christ we are invited into the Kingdom of God to cultivate life… Funny thing, the life around us (or the world) is ruled by an insecure, yet very crafty prince of darkness. But then God asks us to take on our royalty and to reign over this prince.

Because I believe God’s view of us is higher than the view He has of Satan. It’s kind of like the monarchy in England. Harry and William are both princes. Both respect their grandmother. They do not try to overthrow her. And they also realize William will be given the power and authority to reign over the people after his grandmother and father pass away. And then Harry knows and understands, and hopefully respects his brother’s anointing and given authority too. He would never overstep it or overthrow it.

So then my question is, “Why do we allow Satan (who is just a prince) to overstep our God-given power, anointing and authority? Why do we casually sit back and allow him to reign over our lives and decide what rules and reigns in the world? Why have believers in Christ become insecure, pathetic losers who just sit in a corner and cry, when we could just take back what’s rightfully ours?”

As a body of people who are supposed to represent Christ… I believe we are lame. I believe we are trying too hard to be relevant and hip with the culture of Satan when God says, “UMMM, Hello! I called you to stand out and be different and actually make a freaking impact because you have been given the power and authority.”

You see I believe our power, authority and anointing through Christ should actually set us apart. Not the way we dress or the things we have or the messages we preach… But the glory of God we walk in through the Spirit in every moment.

So if you half-way see what I am saying… Then please, wake up and take back your God-given power and authority back right now.

authority & dominion · kingdom · power · rule & reign · warfare

God Needs An Army

My heart cries for a clear foundation of freedom and wholeness for people. My passion and purpose propel me to move forward as I follow the Holy Spirit’s lead every moment of every day. And while I might not be the best at following through with every detail, I’m learning that the follow is the way of life for us as believers.

You see the battle between good and evil is at an all time high in this world. The war over our minds and souls is being pressed like never before. And I believe it’s time for us to rise up and cut out the bullshit. We don’t have time to be lazy believers in Christ anymore. We don’t have time to be people who are poor in spirit. God needs and army that marches to the beat of one word, and that word is Jesus.

Because I believe as a society we don’t really realize what life will be like if we don’t cut out the crap and pursue Him with our whole hearts.

So please, please hear the cry of my heart and soul that is so pressed towards freedom and wholeness through Jesus Christ. He is the ONLY way to the Father and eternal life. All the other ways are a smoke and mirror show, created by the enemy of our souls. And I say this again, with every pure intention in my heart, do not be deceived… Press into the Holy Spirit… Pursue freedom and wholeness at all cost… And never stop cultivating a healthy lifestyle through the Kingdom of God.

courage · develop · expansion · grow · process · seasons · Spirit · warfare

She Swings a Sword

Have you ever willingly walked into a season of life before unaware of what’s ahead? Knowing deep in your heart it’s the best thing you can choose to do, but then also hating the fact that you have to set aside your own life?

That’s where my life has been for a year and a half… Completely glued to the reality that my family lost more than we could seemingly navigate through on our own.

And yes, I’ve complained for a good portion of this journey at home in Shreveport. I’ve been angry and frustrated with God. I’ve questioned Him up and down for His plan and way with my life.

You see, for almost 8 months now I feel like I’ve been at war with God. An inward struggle has been taking place inside of me. A real wrestling with the Almighty that’s caused me to hold Him to His words about life, truth, grace, restoration and Jesus.

It’s like He’s been standing in front of me on a training field with a sword, pushing me every way possible to learn how to fight back and defend myself with His truth in my hands.

And I’m not entirely sure what the training ground is preparing me for because I haven’t seen the battlefield He’s taking me to yet. But, I do see that the world is the darkest version of itself it’s ever been. And so I know that a great war is eminently approaching.

So, more than anything, I’m grateful that He’s pushed me past my limits. I’m cheerful for the opposition that’s taken place in my soul. And though He’s never harmed me or taken me into a truthfully harmful place, He has positioned me to become a warrior… A warrior who gracefully, yet powerfully swings a sword of life and truth in the face of fear, darkness, death and destruction.

capacity · challenge · deposit · perspective · strength · warfare

High Tide…


Do you ever have moments… Really days… That sometimes feel like they’ve morphed into weeks… And weeks that seem like they’ve evolved into months… I’m talking about the kind that continue to roll in on you… The kind that you can’t seem to turn off… And the force of them all together is about to knock you over?…

In so many ways, well I feel like that’s what life is right now… I feel like I am standing on the shoreline and that there is a storm raging around my feet… And all I can seem to do is stand still because standing still is the only hope I have of keeping my balance in the sand as the tide rolls in…

And, at times, I feel like the tide is rolling in faster than I can keep up with… And it’s taking strength that isn’t even my own to stand sturdy… To be strong…

There’s a quote… Well actually a verse out of Proverbs that I’ve continued to live my life by lately, “she is clothed in strength and dignity; and she can laugh without fear of failure at the days to come”…

Because I feel like every ounce of strength and dignity I posses in this moment… This moment where the high tide of life could knock me down… Well I know it’s all coming from God… That He’s allowing me to stand tall… To be firm and secure and not falter in the midst of what feels so equally strong and oppositional…

And then there’s the reality that, after the storm is over, once we’ve made it through and life itself has become a peaceful place… Well then the tide will recede too… And the amazing thing about the tide receding is the reality that there will be a giant deposit left…

On the beach the deposit is a massive amount of sea treasures, like shells, sand dollars and little critters… But I feel like in life the same is true… Because for so many reasons, well if we can simply remain firm in God… In His peace, love, hope, righteousness, confidence and security… If we can be clothed in strength and dignity and wear them well in the storm… Well then we can laugh without fear of failure at the future ahead because we know deep down that a deposit is being made… And that deposit is something very, very, very good… A deposit that only God can leave behind for us… That only He can wash ashore in the midst of the confusion and chaos we feel…

And I don’t know if you feel like life is swirling in an endless circle of doom right now or not… But I feel like that… But in the midst of it all, I trust and believe with everything in me that, when the storm lets up and the water recedes there will be treasure laying in the sand… And at that point, it’s mine to pick up, claim and use in my life and for my future…

identity · shaken · soul · Spirit · warfare

Lead… From Within…

The soul… Our minds… Our emotions… Our will… It’s a sticky, tricky place to be…

Truly…

Because I believe… When we have a heart change… A true change within our spirit, well then there’s this thing called our soul… And it almost jumps in the way to protect itself from the unknown…

Saying, “Umm, no! This is not how you trained me and tamed me to act and react to life! So… Now I will fight you on this. I will go round and round until I win, because the way you’ve taught me is what is “right.”

And so, this is where I find myself…

Over the last three weeks, God has been changing my heart… He’s been reorganizing so much on the inside of me… Bringing so much of life into perspective and alignment… And it’s been great… My spirit feels confident, strong and at peace…

But then there’s my soul… And it’s pissed… Because I’m changing…

So, a lot of the things I’ve spent so much time thinking on, well they aren’t worth thinking about anymore… And the things I’ve spent my emotions on are pretty worthless too…

So I find myself in this place… A place where my spirit is trying to lead from within… Totally and completely…

Now, the question is…. Will I allow my soul to step down? To step down and just be?…