Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My Name is Pride

My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
I cheat you of your God-given destiny...because you demand your own way.
I cheat you of contentment...because you "deserve better than this."
I cheat you of knowledge...because you already know it all.
I cheat you of healing...because you're too full of me to forgive.
I cheat you of holiness...because you refuse to admit when you're wrong.
I cheat you of vision...because you'd rather look in the mirror than out a window.
I cheat you of genuine friendship...because nobody's going to know the real you.
I cheat you of love...because real romance demands sacrifice.
I cheat you of greatness in heaven...because you refuse to wash another's feet on earth.
I cheat you of God's glory...because I convince you to seek your own.
My name is Pride. …..I am a cheater.
You like me because you think I'm always looking out for you……UNTRUE.
God has so much for you, I admit.
But don't worry...If you stick with me, you'll never know.
~ Author Unknown

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. {Proverbs 16:18} 
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.{Proverbs 11:2 

Yes, I Am My Sisters Keeper

Whether we want to realize it or not, we are our sister's keeper. Especially as women of God. It is our responsibility to cover each other in prayer, inspire and encourage one another, and help one another along this journey through life. None of us can make it alone. I'm sure there have been times in your life where if it had not been for a sister in corner, you would not have made it through a rough time in your life. So why not be that same support for another sister. We should have such Godly love for our sisters that we feel compelled to continuously cover one another in prayer. Ladies, we are our sister's keeper. Let's lift, support, encourage, and love one another. We all need one another.

Let us Pray.....
Heavenly Father, We thank You so much for giving us love in a variety of forms from family relationships to friendships. We pray right now that our hearts will be open to Your Will for our lives. We ask that those who are seeking Godly friendships will learn how to cultivate those relationships so You will be glorified. We ask that You give each woman a spirit of discernment so we know when the enemy tries to play on our emotions and insecurities. We pray for wholeness and completeness in You, for in that we have no need to compare. Let us be our sister’s keeper and protect her and pray for her and stand in the gap and lift her up in times of need, Rejoice with her, cry with her and celebrate each others gifts and talents. We thank You in advance. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Sisters in the Lord

The Hidden Spirits within Vashti

The Hidden Spirits within Vashti
 The Book of Esther

A few months ago, and now during the 13 days of fasting, as I was reading the book of Esther, the Holy Spirit ministered to me about the life of Vashti. I pondered as to what possessed her to behave the way she did that caused her to loose her royalty and the abundance that came with it. As I continued to read the whole chapter 1, not once, not twice but several times my spirit was moved and I knew God was trying to show me what Vashti was hiding from everyone but that ONLY God saw.  God has a way to reveal many things that we also hide from the world, but not to harm or cause us shame, but to release us from bondage that keeps us from being the Esther he intended for us to be.  The more I went back to read chapter 1, the more revelation I received by the Holy Spirit. As I pictured her life, I imaged that she also had to go through a process of beautification, the bible speaks that she was beautiful, pleasant to the eyes of men and even women. She was given power and authority to rule over the maidservants and over all who served in the palace, she played an important role – she was The Queen, the First Lady. I imagined she was envied by many women who had wished to be in her position. I imagined her constantly being praised and honored, commented about her outer beauty, her clothes, her jewelry, her royal crown.  {Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, Proverbs 31:30} Everyone was in a her beg and call, what ever Queen Vashti wanted, Queen Vashti received.   

I want to add in my own opinion; Vashti was not only beautiful but was also very good in hiding her past. I could imagine that she wanted to start a new life and leave her past behind and maybe her intentions were pure and wanted to bring hope to other women who must have been where she was in her past before becoming a Queen, but she lost herself in all this attention and being in the spotlight and that was what cost her, her downfall.  

My point of view as I understand it, Queen Vashti became conceited, arrogant, self-seeker, self-centered {adds up to}  The Spirit of PRIDE – {Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace} following along the spirit of pride was The Spirit of DISOBEDIENT-  {See how each of you is following the stubbornness of his evil heart instead of obeying me. Jeremiah 16:12} she was rebellious and refused to respect and obey the kings orders and refuse to submit to authority and also added The Spirit of DIVISION, { Proverbs 6:19 A false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. }she caused strife and gossip among the women she associated with.  It seems to me that Vashti was a very bitter woman, she must of carried a lot of anger from her past that eventually exposed itself and rejected the role that was expected from her, unfortunately for her the outcome of her decisions caused her to be replaced and banned from every coming in front of the king. 

Reflecting on the decisions that caused the lost of Vashti role as a queen, I saw that very reflection in my life, the things that were hidden within Vashti was also hidden within me and God was exposing  those very things that kept me in bondage.  He needed me to understand that he could not use me until I was set free from the very bondage that made Vashti loose her royal place in the kingdom. Not everyone would admit to this because of shame and being judge, but in order to be fully set free, the lies and hidden ugliness has to be exposed, for then true freedom will manifest the beauty within.  

Each of us as woman has had and will have to face the consequences of our decisions and those actions that come with hidden intentions.  To me, all these hidden agendas almost cost me my marriage, my family and friends, I was removed from ministry, lost the trust of my spiritual parents, but I thank God that I had to go through this painful journey in order for God to bring me to a place of submission to Him and to those under authority and with true obedience and most of all become a GOD pleaser, not a people pleaser. {We must obey God rather than men! Acts 5:29} This wakeup call taught me to surrender, accept, repent and live with transparency with everyone.{ Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. (Revelation 3:3 } Preparing and keeping myself always under the full armor of GOD, praying and interceding at all time, equipping myself with the Word of God to discern what is and what is not of GOD.  Feeding my spirit, protecting and guarding what has been deposited in me by God and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide me into the front lines of this spiritual warfare that is going on right now in the spiritual realms, knowing that at any given time, the enemy will come and vomit his unpleasant lies and will distort the Word of God and use it against the purpose of God in my life, my marriage, my children and to the ministry I will soon serve in.  I thank God for his Grace, his Love, and his Mercy. I now can say I am walking in true Freedom, and in order for me to continue to walk in true freedom, I have to keep myself under the mantle of humility and continue to keep God the Center of my Life.  {Proverbs 22:4 Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life.}

Heavenly Father, I thank you for Your Good News, which has freed me from the bondage of sin and ignorance. Let Your constant Word be the sword and armor in my life. Amen.

Written on 1/16/2013
by Maribel Castillo

Bless Every Woman

Dear Heavenly Father, in the precious name of Jesus, I come before You humbled yet boldly, asking, that you bless each and every woman who is reading this right now. I thank you Lord for your Grace and Mercy and your Kindness, I thank you Heavenly Father for placing this in my heart because I see the need to pray for each of us today. I ask in your name Jesus that you keep your hedge of protection surrounding every woman who read my blog page and her family, and I ask that you continue to use ME as your vessel for the mighty works you have in store for ME and your kingdom.

I ask that whatever strongholds are upon any of us today be released in the NAME of Jesus, I ask that Yokes be broken and hearts be healed. Father, You know every situation and circumstance we face today in our lives and I declare that Your women of God will put their faith into action, by putting Your Word on each and every trial and test they face. You are the author and finisher of our faith Lord. I speak now into the atmosphere that every woman is victorious, delivered, and set free from all hindrances sent from the pit of hell to keep us distracted from the call You placed on our lives, in the name of Jesus! I ask Father that you bless each and every woman on here today from the crowns of their heads to the soles of their feet.

I ask you heavenly Father that you continue to guide us in whatever needs that we ask of you today, I ask Father that you give us strength in the areas of our lives that we feel we can press no longer in. I ask that you show FAVOR upon each and everyone of us today and from this point on in our lives. Father, I pray for increase in the areas of intimacy with you, impartation of your word to us, implantation of your word in us, and Incarnation of your word in us forming into your promise. I pray that every sister encourages those behind them, with them, and in front of them.

I thank you Lord for placing these words on my heart to say today and give you reference. I pray that this touches the heart of someone today that may not know you; I pray that this may touch someone’s heart that does know you but are going through some trials. I know Father you take us through trials and tribulations only to bring us out and make us stronger and elevate us to our next level in you! Father, continue to reveal the way of the virtuous woman that you have called us to be in Jesus’ name I pray and say it is done and I thank You Lord for the manifestation of it! Amen