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SEEK HIS FACE OR SAVE YOUR FACE.

I attended a worship experience recently. What a great place to be since it was the last Sunday of the year. I was filled with gratitude and adoration for making it through. One thing was certain as I drove to the event, I needed a safe space to just let my father know that I am grateful for His faithfulness. As we worshipped, I felt the unmistakable, tangible, overwhelming presence of God fill the place. I don’t know whether the others felt it or not, but with tears streaming down my face, I whispered to Him my gratitude. I did not care about who else can feel him or what will people think about me. Needless to say, I had spent a chunk of my preparation time applying makeup that day. My daughter Patience, whose opinion I value on my makeup, was astonished at how good it looked. “Mum, today it’s professional; you look amazing!” She had commented. As with all praises and compliments, that approval had put a spring on my step for the day. (I know you understand that good feeling that adds to your confidence. )

But when His presence came down, I didn’t care for the makeup or the new outfit I had adorned. I had to choose between saving face or seeking His face. I chose the latter.

As we progress in pursuit of God this year, let us chose to seek His face. When Mary worshiped at the feet of Jesus. She did not worry about what the people in the room thought about her or even said concerning her. She wiped His feet with her tears. Broke an expensive alabaster box of perfume. She did not care about the cost. I am sure the box had a way to open and sparingly use the perfume in bits. But she broke it, meaning gave it all. That Worship touched the heart of Jesus.

Purpose with me this year to touch His heart. Imagine what an experience we would have if we gathered in one accord and with the unity of purpose. The purpose is to touch His heart, to seek His face. Where we break our ego, dignity, and titles. Where our seat of emotions is freely released to express hunger, a thirst, and a desire for Him alone. Where our prayers are not aimed at receiving financial, material, or social breakthroughs, but it is all about His will, ways, and purpose.

Like Moses, my heart cries show me your glory. I am amazed at His goodness and glory, but I want to know Him. Yes, it is about the Kingdom, but can we focus on the King?

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PERFECTED PRAISE SUMMIT

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Psalm 8:2American Standard Version (ASV)

 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings, hast thou established strength,
Because of thine adversaries,
That thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Understanding the power of praise will advance our levels and discipline of Praise.
Join us as we Praise through for our breakthroughs. Join us for the perfected praise summit as we learn about the power of praise and levels of praise.

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Reflections

 

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I imagined how Jesus lived everyday during his ministry with Judas.Jesus knew that his purpose will be fulfilled through Judas.
When calling the apostles Jesus didn’t postpone Judas appointment.Yet Jesus Knew

When assigning responsibility
Judas was an office bearer in Jesus ministry, The treasurer of His ministry was Judas.Yet Jesus Knew.
Judas motives and love of money was in display when a woman with expensive perfume worshipped at Jesus feet.He complained of the act and monetarized the worship to be worthy two hundred denari.Judas hid behind the mask of helping the poor.Yet Jesus Knew.
Judas was ensnared by what he loved most…Money.Thirty pieces of silver would increase the treasury, his ministry would increase.Simply by a kiss and the increase would happen.Yet Jesus Knew.
What do you do with the Judas of your life?
How did Jesus live with Judas in his life?

©Pastor Lucy Paynter

Fathers and Children

I wrote part of this post four years ago.

Today, I had a long talk with my dad over the phone. Distance between us does not allow us to meet for coffee and chat as often as we used to. Our sharing brought back memories of the faith I had in my Dad as a little girl. My Nursery school was in town and so we took a(matatu) bus every Morning to school. He was my hero, and nothing scared me as he held my tiny hand in his strong hand, crossing the roads, walking down the roadside pavements all the way to the classroom every morning. The routine would be repeated in the afternoon when it was time to go home. I believed my dad had a lot of money and he never lacked. The act that prompted this belief was that on our way home my curious eyes would see something I want from the street vendors, my pleas to get it would be met by a yes. One may wonder what I got from the street vendors, sometimes it would be roasted corn, a packet of groundnuts, packaged in cone shaped newspapers. Other times it would be ice cream or the African sausage famously known as (mútùra).The point is, I knew that all I had to do was ask and I will get it.

That simple truth applies to our heavenly father. All we need to do is ask in prayers.

Luke 11:13
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

January 14th, 2016

It was only recently that I realized what a profound effect fathers have on their daughter’s lives. That is why I want to thank my dad for the godly example of love that he has been to me throughout my life.
Thanks dad for believing in me.

To all my friends….Whether our own fathers were a good portrait of our Heavenly Father or not, our Heavenly Father’s love for us never changes. We should be looking to Him to find our identities and our self-worth.

Scripture tells us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” and that God knit us together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-16).

He cares about us so much that he knows even the number of hairs on our head (Luke 12:7).

We each have value because He created us and He loves us. He is our pattern of what love should look like. We should study Him, imitate Him, spend time with Him, learn from Him, and only date godly men who are doing the same.Perhaps your earthly father let you down, but your Heavenly Father never will. Run into His arms today and find the best Dad you could ever ask for!

GLORIOUS POWER

There are several verses in the bible that mention glorious power. I will highlight a few in this post today. The Lord gave me the name of my ministry over twenty years ago but the establishment happened three years ago. (GLORIOUS POWER). The Lord desires to reveal his power to his children and to do so gloriously for He is full of glory.It pleased the Lord for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and #glorious.Isaiah 42:21 NIVHis work is honourable and #glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
Psalms 111:3 KJVThy right hand, O Lord , is become #glorious in #power: thy right hand, O Lord , hath dashed in pieces the enemy.
Exodus 15:6 KJVStrengthened with all might, according to his #glorious #power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
Colossians 1:11 KJVMay we experience the manifestation of His GLORIOUS POWER this year.The dimension of His glorious power leaves us in awe and admiration. This can only be experienced in the secret place.Moses knew that and thus he pursued. “Show me your glory” was his cry and God honored him by revealing his back to him.But for Moses to see that glory he had to fit in a cleft of the rock. Exodus 33.The Lord followed up this encounter on the mount of transfiguration where Moses was present to witness the glory of God.Jehovah is ready to reveal His glorious power in our generation but are we willing to abide in the secret place?https://youtu.be/TYMwf7FjFxo

A Psalm a Day 2020

Welcome to a Psalm a day 2020 and today we start from Psalms one. Blessed, happy, fortunate, prosperous and enviable is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly, not following their advice, their plans and their purposes. Nor stands submissive and inactive in the path where sinners walk. Nor sits down to relax and rest where the scornful and the mockers gather.

But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord. And on his law, the presence, the instructions, the teachings of God, he habitually meditates, ponders and studies by day and by night. And he shall be like a tree firmly planted and tended by the streams of the water, ready to bring forth it’s fruit in it’s season. It’s leaf also shall not fade or wither and everything he does shall prosper and come to maturity. Not so that wicked, those disobedient and living without God are not so, but they are like the chaff.

Waterless, dead without substance, which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked, those disobedient and living without God shall not stand justified in the judgment. Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous, those who are upright and in right standing with God. For the Lord knows and is fully acquainted with the way of the righteous. But the way of the ungodly, those living outside God’s will shall perish and [inaudible 00:01:53] and come to nothing.

My listener today may the Lord God help us to walk in his ways and do his will for his glory. Amen. Father in Jesus name, thank you for your word today. We declare in the name of Jesus that we are blessed. We will not walk in step with the wicked. We will not stand in the ways that sinners stand. We will not sit in the company of mockers.

We declare today that our delight is in the law of the Lord. We declare today that we shall meditate on your law day and night. And we declare in the name of Jesus that we shall be like the tree that is planted by the streams of the waters. We shall yield foods in and out of season. We declare that we shall ever be green. We shall not wither.

And whatever we do, we will prosper. We declare in the name of Jesus for you have sanctified us and cleansed us Lord. And our steps are ordered by you. Now, we are not going to be like the wicked. We shall not be like the chaff that the wind blows away. We shall not be like the weak and stand in in judgment. We shall not be like the sinner standing in the assembly of the righteous.

For we declare, Lord, you are watching over our ways in the name of Jesus. And for that destruction shall not come near us in the name of Jesus Christ for the glory, honor and praise of your name. In Jesus’ name, amen, amen. May the Lord God bless you today as you start your day. May you walk blessed and highly favored because you are the righteous of the Lord. You are the blessing of the Lord. This is Pastor Lucy Paynter from Glorious Power Church with a Psalm a day, 2020. Amen.

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Christmas Traditions

A Merry Christmas to you all my

friends is what I wish you. I am grateful for the gift of love and family. Christmas season has always been a special day to me from my childhood. My parents traditionally bought us a new outfit every Christmas for as long as I can remember. On the Christmas eve we would all try on our new clothes to ensure they fit. On Christmas Morning, dressed up and jubilant we would attend the Christmas Service. After church we would head home prepared to eat all kinds of delicacies and food prepared by our mum.
I remember one Christmas that my mum invited the street kids to our house. This time they had bought clothes of different sizes and the street kids showered in our house got a change of clothes and joined us for the Christmas party. We had so much fun playing in the compound with these kids. I remember pausing,looking around and noting that the street kids are just like us. Before that I always feared them and made sure that I avoid being close to them when we went to the market.
Unfortunately after Christmas they had to go back to the streets but my parents assured them that they can always come over on Saturdays to shower and have meals with us.It became our new tradition.
That Christmas changed my perspective.
What is your Christmas tradition? Do you have memories you can share?
#MerryChristmass

“I am Doing Something”

The Lord replied, “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.
Habakkuk 1:5 NLT

In the midsts of trouble and confusion it is easy to think that God has forgotten you. When surrounded by pain and sorrow the hope of things turning around for good seems so far fetched. One awaits for the waves to carry you to your end.

When God spoke to Habbakkuk the above verse, he was at the his end. His complaint carries the sound of desperation. The Lord listened and replied. It is amazing to know that our Father understands our humanity and its limitations. He knew that what He was about to do if told to Habbakkuk He would not believe.

Yes! they are times when the Lord just gives us instructions to look around and be amazed. The amazement comes from the surprise of His Manifestation.

So when the going gets tough resignation is not the only option. You can choose to Look around with expectations. We may not have the clear picture of what we are looking for but, our eyes should not rest or let go.

As long as we are breathing things can turn around for good at any moment. This assurance comes from our faith in an everlasting Loving Father.

A decade ago, I was living through the motions of life. Life had become tough and rough. Crying and wailing became the norm in my prayer time. I would lie down at the altar and weep, my prayers lacked coherence. I concluded that since I have no words to explain to God what I need then He can decipher my tears and groaning.

Then one day the Lord sent someone to tell me that He will wipe away my tears and cause me to rejoice. I looked around and for sure I didn’t believe it. I remember asking HOW?

That question there is what causes many of us to not believe. But through the years I have come to learn that the How is not ours to figure out.

He said he will turn your life around!

He said you will forget the shame of your youth!

He said he is doing a new thing!

You can add on the list what He has said to you.

Stop trying to figure out how he will do it. Just believe, wait and watch eagerly.

Today I rejoice

I testify

I am amazed.

He did it for me.

He will surely do it for you.

“I got your Back:”

As we celebrate the Veterans today I am thinking about the bond of soldiers.
1. They never leave their wounded behind.
2. They got each other’s back.
3. They fight the enemy not one another.
4. They celebrate victory in humility as a team work effort.
5. Ranks and all protocols are honored and maintained.


Soldiers in the army of the Lord we can learn from the above list.
♤When one of us is wounded let us carry and care for them instead of destroying their remaining strength and dignity.
♤We need to assure our fellow Brethren that we got their backs in honesty and deeds.
♤Let us refocus our energy to fight our common enemy and stop fighting one another.
♤My victory is your victory let us all stand in our position and serve our purpose knowing that we are one body.
♤Respect to our leaders in every area of ministry is paramount. Remember we are all servants and the greatness in the kingdom is measured by servant hood.


©Pastor Lucy Paynter

Victory Verses

For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”

Deuteronomy 20:4 NIV

https://bible.com/bible/111/deu.20.4.NIV

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV

https://bible.com/bible/111/1co.10.13.NIV

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 NIV

https://bible.com/bible/111/jhn.16.33.NIV

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

1 Peter 3:18 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/1pe.3.18.KJV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/1jn.1.9.KJV

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/2pe.3.9.KJV

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Ephesians 6:10 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/eph.6.10.KJV

Salvation belongeth unto the Lord : thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

Psalms 3:8 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.3.8.KJV

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:57 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/1co.15.57.KJV

The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord .

Proverbs 21:31 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/pro.21.31.KJV

The Lord of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.

Zechariah 9:15 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/zec.9.15.KJV

And the Lord said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee.

Joshua 10:8 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/jos.10.8.KJV

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Romans 8:31‭-‬32 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/rom.8.31-32.KJV

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

1 John 5:4 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/1jn.5.4.KJV

@Lucy Paynter