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Are You Shrinking? By Mayada Naami

But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

(Hebrews 10:39, NIV)

When in battle, the army that shrinks back is usually the one defeated. In Hebrews 10:39, the Bible says we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed. The Word of God says we belong to those who have faith and are saved. By faith, as soldiers in Christ, we can stand fearlessly facing our giants. Psalm 3:3 declares, “But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.” What does it mean that God is a shield for us? In Ephesians 6:13, Paul describes the shield of faith as a piece of armor that is used as a form of protection. He tells us to take up the shield of faith to extinguish the flaming, fiery darts of the enemy. Paul uses these words to explain the supernatural empowerment that occurs when a believer lifts the shield of faith high and holds it firmly in front of them. It becomes an impenetrable wall against the enemy’s attacks.

My Lord GOD has opened my ears, and I did not rebel; I did not shrink back.

(Isaiah 50:5, ISV)

Romans 10:17 says that our faith is increased by hearing the Word of God. We do not shrink back when we are tuned in to His Word. Before Roman soldiers went out to battle, they soaked their shields in water until their shields were completely saturated. They did this to ensure that if they were struck by a flaming arrow, their shield would not catch fire. In Ephesians 5:26, the Word of God is likened to water and when we are Word-saturated or Word-soaked, our shield of faith is like the Roman soldier’s water saturated shield. It will be so heavily covered with the water of God’s Word that it will extinguish the flame of the enemy’s attack as soon as he strikes at us. I encourage you today to soak your faith in the Word of God, so that when the enemy tries to attack your health, your finances, your marriage, or your children, you will not shrink back. Instead, the devil and his army will shrink back and be destroyed in Jesus’ mighty name.

 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

(Ephesians 6:10-17, NIV)

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Dreams and Visions by Mayada Naami

For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds, then he opens the ears of men and terrifies them with warnings, that he may turn man aside from his deed and conceal pride from a man; he keeps back his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword.

(Job 33:14-18, NIV)

The Bible says when we enter a deep sleep- REM sleep (where dreams occur) we can hear from God and, where the Holy Spirit can give us a vision or connect with us. In the Bible many times the Spirit would come to someone in a dream. He is not silent when we stay in the Word, when we meditate day and night, He speaks to us through dreams and visions. The pastor at my church just finished a series called “Dream to Destiny” and he says, if you receive a dream from God, until the time that dream comes to pass, the Word is going to test you.  

Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these: “As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen. As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind. (Daniel 2: 27-30, NIV)

In 2011, the year I was reborn in Christ, I woke up one night with a vision of a snake swishing around my bed. I remember feeling as if my tongue was swollen and I could not speak.  After several attempts at speaking, I finally was able to say one Word, Jesus and everything became quiet and still. I knew it was a paranormal experience and now I realize it was the enemy trying to silence me with fear. In Ephesians 6:12, we are told,” For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” I truly believe that was my first experience with the spiritual forces of evil. That was when I began my “Dream to Destiny” journey.

Since then, I have published two books, started blogging, and am blessed to co-host POP Talk, Pearls of Promise Ministries’ talk show that is televised on 12 Television networks. I will be sharing my testimony at the 7th Annual Level Up Conference on Saturday, October 8th at Northview Baptist Church in Dallas, TX. Our Keynote speaker is Dr. Barbie Breathitt. Dr. Barbie is an ordained minister who is an experienced revelatory teacher of the supernatural manifestations of God. She is a published best-selling author, prophetic life coach, master dream analyst and healing minister. Join today on Eventbrite, copy and paste URL below into your browser:

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Trust the Voice by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Every time we plan a Level-Up Women’s Conference it is a walk of faith from start to finish. Every year, about eight weeks, out I say the same thing to my husband, “I’m not going to do this next year!” I try not to be stressed about the event, but there are a number of moving parts, and they swirl in my head so much I find myself dizzy at times.

We rely on God to lead us in all aspects of the event. He shows us the Level-Up initiatives. This year we are leveling-up faith, leveling-up our future, and leveling-down our fears. He points out speakers like Dr. Barbie Breathitt, Kim Crabill, Destiny Yarbrough, Taylor L. Cole, Judith Cruz, Starlet Bell. He shows me worship leaders like Renee Rollins and Katherine Legg and puts together our Pearls of Promise team: Aurora, Rosemary, Mayada and myself. He also provides the venue. Our wonderful friends at Northview Baptist Church are hosting us again on October 8th. We appreciate Women’s Ministry Leader, Andrea Gibson, for believing in Pearls of Promise.

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However there is one area of the planning that I find the most difficult—drawing women to the conference. It’s always a highly anointed, outstanding event. The people who attend are blessed, but while you can express those facts in marketing, you can’t force people to attend.

I always ask God how many attendee folders and giveaways to buy for the event. Last year, he told me 60, even though we did not have anywhere near 60 signed up. I bought 60 folders and exactly 60 ended up coming.

This year, I asked, “How many folders should I buy?” The Holy Spirit said, “eighty.” Eighty? 

At that time we didn’t even have half that amount registered. However, I’ve learned to trust the voice. I bought 100 folders. They came 25 in a pack. I was tempted to purchase 75, but God said 80, so I purchased the extra folders and had 20 left over. I bought 80 giveaways and told speakers to send me 80 marketing cards for the folders. People ask me how many are attending and I say, “I expect 80.” When asked that question weeks ago, it did not look like anywhere near 80.

However, God is blessing this faith walk and my obedience to trust His voice. As of today, we are at about 70 women registered, and there are many who are promising to sign up. I am confident 80 women will attend Level-Up this year, and who knows, maybe God will bring us a few more.

We have to trust the voice.

Mark 4:24 says, “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.” Mark is saying when we feel like we are hearing the voice of God, we need to act on what we heard even if it seems like an impossibility at the time. God has a better vantage point than we do and can see what’s coming. Isn’t it nice to have Him in the lead?

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How would you like to be a part of our 80? It’s not too late to register for the Level-Up Women’s Conference on October 8th at Northview Baptist Church. Just copy and paste the Eventbrite URL below into your browser. We are still offering $10 off our ticket, “LevelUp10″making the cost only $39, which includes lunch! https://levelupdallas2022.eventbrite.com

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What is Freedom? by Mayada Naami

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh]; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

(Galatians 5:13, NIV)

In Galatians 5:13, we are told to use our freedom to love and humbly serve one another, rather than indulge in the flesh. In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit of God called Satan. Eve indulged in the flesh thinking she would get more than what God already provided for her. That is how the enemy deceives us still today. He tells us we are missing out on something that God is withholding from us. That’s a lie Satan wants us to believe and if we believe it, we will never have peace. We will always pursue things to satisfy our flesh, and those who are living in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.  

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

(Romans 8:5-8, NIV)

We were bound by sin and now we are called to freedom. We are freed by Christ. Jesus said the Holy Spirit will not leave you nor forsake you, but He will let us go if we choose to sin (separate ourselves from God) like Adam and Eve chose to do. God allows us to choose. He does not control us. He gave Adam and Eve His own authority over all things when He created the world. I believe that if we are in a deep relationship with Him and go to Him for every conflict and every lie the enemy tries to tell us, we can walk in confidence knowing that the father of lies has no power or authority over our lives. That was God’s will from the beginning, and He never changes. We were created in His image, and He is consistent and does not participate in evil.

Before the fall, Adam and Eve were in perfect relationship with God. They had no fear, no depression, and no anxiety. There were no murders, no sickness, no jealousy, and no envy until Eve doubted God’s Word and she chose to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. She also gave the apple to someone else, in this case, Adam. Adam was influenced by Eve, who was deceived by Satan. Still today, we see this pattern in many of our modern-day relationships. We were created by God for relationship—first to be in relationship with Him—and then to one another. Satan wants to come between us and our Creator. He wants us to turn away from God and turn toward him. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, God delegated back to man his God-given authority that Adam and Eve had yielded to Satan in the Garden of Eden. Jesus authorized His disciples and all believers to go out in the world in His name and use His power—His love—to defeat the enemy. Our authority and dominion have been restored in Jesus. We are free from bondage when we do not indulge the “flesh” and serve one another humbly in love.

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

(Galatians 5: 16-21, NIV)

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The Missing Chocolate Bars by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

My husband and I are coming off a week-long trip to Galveston, Texas but before we made the drive we bought some groceries and packed the items needing to be refrigerated in a cooler. Both of us like chocolate so we picked up two large Hershey’s chocolate bars. My husband,Jeff, likes milk chocolate. I like dark chocolate. We know we bought the chocolate. We know at least one bar was in the car because it had slipped out of the bag and we both saw it. However, after we unpacked the car we realized the chocolate bars were missing. We searched the car. We searched the condo. I checked the empty grocery bags—more than once—and I looked through the trash in case I mindlessly threw them out. No sign of the chocolate.

After an exhaustive search I wondered, Perhaps our guardian angels like chocolate. The rest of the week, if we couldn’t locate something, we’d joke: “Maybe it’s with the chocolate bars.”

There was no explanation for why the chocolate bars were gone and as I reflect back on this, isn’t that what faith is? The Bible defines faith as “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” By faith, we accept the miraculous healing. By faith, we believe God is working behind the scenes even though we don’t see it. By faith, we trust when God closes a door.

We never found the chocolate bars. It’s still a mystery, and some things in life may remain a mystery as well. We have to have faith and accept that we may not receive the answer on this side of Heaven.

“For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

(1 Corinthians 13: 9-12, NIV).

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