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Beauty in the Struggle

Ok, in learning the ways of God, sometimes His methods and techniques just don’t make sense!  No seriously, the natural mind does not receive the things of God.  This is why we must keep our spirit man focused and open to how and what God is saying.

I am taking note of an awesome thought that was planted in my mind by the Spirit of God this morning as I was having a conversation with my husband.  The thought comes from Psalms 119:71:  “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn Your statues”

The natural mind would ask:  how is it a good thing to be afflicted?  David answered by saying that when we suffer affliction, we learn something in the struggle. We learn to pay attention to the decrees, statutes, and will of God.  I remember this past August, I went through a terrible 6 weeks of awful pain due to discs in my back.  It was by far one of the worst times in my life.  The nerve pain I experienced not just in the back area, but the hip, thigh, leg and foot was just awful.  Worse than giving birth!!!!  I will never forget  it.  There was a certain artist that had a new album, and as I listened to the listing of songs on the ITunes website, I remember being ministered to by almost every song on the album.  As I listened to the songs more and more, the Spirit of the Lord began to show me the theme and which songs from the album to use in my youth group’s annual praise dance celebration which we typically have in February each year.  Even though I could not dance at that time, I was shown a vision of it all!  My team ministered these pieces on last Sunday and it was phenominal!  So you see, even though I was suffering, I learned to listen to the Spirit and receive revelation.  Not only did I receive my theme, some of the choreography, and song selections for the annual event, I also received other revelation from some of the songs that dealt with my response to affliction.  I learned to trust God on a totally different level.  God is requiring our trust.  Sometimes we have to go through affliction to learn or re-learn this concept.

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Pity Party Over With….Now What?

The word says that we are to confess our faults to one another and to pray for one another that we may be healed.  The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avails much! 

(JAMES 5:16—16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much).

So many times we remember the latter part of this verse without regarding the first part.  I would like to confess that today, I had my very own pity party!  I got angry and quite distracted.  It affected my concentration and worship time.  I vented to my husband, bless his heart, and he had words for me but I can tell, he really did not want to hear it.  He was on his very own cloud 9 so to speak after delivering a powerful message today. So there I was, all alone with no one to pet me and listen to my whining.  No one except for Daddy God Himself!  He spoke gently to me at the end of the day so now I can pass the word on to someone else:  “After you have thrown your pity party, there is nothing else left to do now but WORSHIP!”  This worship is what will bring about a shift in my atmosphere!  This is what my awesome, loving Father said to me in a very quiet and practical way. 

You see, I had a huge thorn in my flesh.  As a matter of fact, this thorn has been in my side for quite some while. So, since Abba is not going to move it (cause I have asked and asked), then I know that He will provide the strength and grace that I need to just make it through.  I pray that your week is blessed and filled with the peace and grace of God.  Remember, your worship is what will shift your atmosphere.

Maybe you have been in a place similar to the one I was in today, or perhaps you know someone that can use this encouragement.  If so, pass it on!

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Stop, Look, Listen!

So many times I find myself sorry for something I said or how I reacted to an issue.  Have you ever been there?  I believe we all have.  Thanks be unto our Lord who always speaks comfortably to us in those wilderness places!  James 1:19-20 teaches us to be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath because the wrath (anger) of man does not work and produce the righteous kind of living that each Christian is required to produce.  What makes us fail at this from time to time?  I believe life’s pressures and tight squeezes and sometimes just not deciding to stop, look, and listen.  When we stop, look and listen in the spirit realm, we will not only be able to hear and see what is going on around us in the natural, but we can go further and hear and see what God wants us to hear and see.  The Word of God is quick, sharp, and active.  It is alive!  It will come and visit us at the right time. Holy Spirit also brings the Word to our remembrance so that we can respond to life’s issues and say the right things.

I needed this word.  I have so many things going on right now; however, I will take this chastening word from the Lord and make it active in my life.  We are breathing, so we have another opportunity to bear the good fruit of the Spirit!

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A Broken Hallelujah?

Ever been there?  Where you praise through the pain, shame, emptiness, frustration, aggravation, etc. and etc.????? This is what I am referring to by a “broken hallelujah!”  It’s when you are experiencing feelings of desperation and pain and give Him the praise anyhow.  But does He accept it?  Is the savor of the incense from that broken praise sweet to Him?  What about the bowing, the running, twirling, and dancing?  Is it a pleasant and pleasing sight in His eyes?  YES! When we give Him a sacrifice of praise from our hearts when we are down and don’t feel like it, yes, our Father still accepts it!  As a matter of fact, this is that place where we begin to praise our way out of the pain and aggravation that we are experiencing, even if the problems still exist!

There has been many times when I ministered with a broken heart.  There is something about focusing our eyes on someone else’s needs before our own that causes so much spiritual maturity.  So go ahead and praise Him anyhow, in spite of whatever.  You will be glad that you did.  I promise!  Let me know your thoughts on the matter.  I would love to hear from you.

Be blessed!

Minister Denise Cook-Godfrey

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Just When I thought I Died!

Just when I thought I died on the altar yesterday or last week………oooops, there she goes again! She thinks she will overrule, she thinks she is the leader.  She sometimes even gets her way but I declare she must die!  Who is the “she” that I am referring to?  She is my flesh!  She rises up and wants to rule.  That is all she knows, but I declare as the Apostle Paul declared, “I DIE DAILY!”  ( I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. –I Corinthians 15:31)

Dying to self is something that we must do each day.  We must present ourselves to our Lord as living sacrifices, so therefore the flesh must die, our own self will must die in order that His will be done in every area of our lives.  So you see we are living dead men/women!  The sacrifices of the Old Testament required death of the animals.  The sacrifice required of us requires death of our flesh.  We offer spiritual sacrifices unto our God with our praise and also our lifestyle.

Let’s encourage one another to live the Holy lifestyle that God is requiring.  It is a fight!  We must prepare to die daily.  Yes, a slow painful death it is at times but it is well worth it!  Lets keep putting a smile on our Lord’s Face!  So God, if you provide the fire……..I will be the sacrifice.

Blessings to you!

Minister Denise Godfrey

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Lets Get Deep!

“Come, let me tell you something.  I want you to get into a deeper circle with Jesus as you pray for me.”  This is the request that I received from my 91 year old Mother-in-Law some two or three months ago.  You see, I was leading the altar worship prayer from the pulpit one Sunday morning and I prayed for my Pastor, my Asst. Pastor and my First Lady, along with other issues and areas that I felt compelled to pray for during my time of intercession.  At the end of the service, this 91 year old Holy Ghost filled-Seer/Prophetess, called me to the side, took me by the hand, and made this request of me.  It was something about the way our eyes connected with one another as she poured out.

Since then, I have been doing exactly what she requested.  Just this past weekend, God overwhelmed me and left me speechless as He blessed me to minister in dance at a program.  See, for the last 6 weeks, I have been suffering with an illness that not too many may have known about.  The illness affected my ability to dance.  The enemy wanted me to think that I was over and washed up!  In my deeper circle that I have started to form with the Lord, I was able to press past the doctor’s reports and people’s reports (you know folks that don’t have doctor degrees will also try to give you a diagnosis about your condition if you listen), and I was able to dance under an open heaven!  The reports and manifestations from the ministry were phenominal!  All I could say was “God, You done did it again!  You have completely blown me away and swept me off my feet yet again!”

Let me encourage you to stay in the race but go deeper!  Go deeper in your passion for God!  Spend extra sacrificial time with Him alone.  Pray for your needs and other needs last or at another time, but spend intimacy time with Him first and be CONSISTENT!!!  I capitalize this because I need to remember to do this!  Just wanted to encourage you with this testimony.

*P.S.-  My husband and I will be celebrating His Asst Pastor Appreciation Day on September 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm at our church location (212 East 5th Street, Sylacauga, AL 35150).  If you are unable to attend, please send up prayers asking the Spirit to do something unusual on a totally deeper dimension!  If you would like to donate to this ministry, you can do so at our website at www.worshipfulministries.com via the “donate” button on the side of screen.

Love ya!  Blessings to you!

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Get up and Get It!

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life”.

Wow!  The best time to get a nugget from the Lord is first thing in the morning.  That first thing, those first-fruits I have found to be so inspiring and refreshing!  Yes, even before the first cup of coffee, that morning walk, or even before engaging in conversation with my spouse, I love to have intimacy with the Lord!  The realities of life in general and human limitations may prohibit this sometimes, but the times I am able to “get up and get it in”, have always shown to be rewarding and life changing!  The passage above shows us that the morning has a way of bringing us something awesome.  We have the opportunity to get our instructions for the day!  Are you trusting God with every area of your life?  This is my prayer today that I constantly hunger for the Manna (BREAD FROM HEAVEN) each day of my life!

Blessings to you!

Minister Denise Cook-Godfrey

***If you are a praise dancer, don’t forget about the “Deeper Choreography E-Course starting in September!  Email or FaceBook me for more detail.flyer

I’m In It to Win!

When you have spent days, weeks, even months fighting the enemy because he has attacked your very identity, self worth, and even the peace in your very soul, scriptures like Philippians 1:6 becomes very alive and precious to you!  Oh yes, the Holy Spirit quickened this word in me just now because I have been fighting a battle for the last several weeks and it has not been easy, but……..”I am confident of this very thing,,,,,,He who has begun a good work in me shall perform it until the day of Christ!”  (Philippians 1:6).  God will do also the same for you!  No weapon formed against you shall prosper.  So the next time you find yourself struggling and battling, know that you are in it to win it!  Commit your works, desires, dreams, your everything to Him and I declare that He is able to keep it and you!

Just a nugget to help boost your long holiday weekend.  Hope you have a very relaxing and safe Memorial Day weekend.  Remember, I love you with the love of Jesus and am praying for you, but know that God loves you even more.

Have you heard about the upcoming gospel stage play that we are ministering on July 12th at our ministry location in Sylacauga, Alabama?  Will you please remember us in your prayers?  We want this ministry event to be life changing.  It deals with family issues and emotional baggage that hinders our purpose and destiny.

She Chose the Hotdogs!

Our Lord wants to speak to us and through us in the ordinary course of a day! The title of this blog message may sound bizarre; however, being the creative writer that God gave me the ability to be, I could not help it! (SMILE!!!)

It started out on a lazy Saturday afternoon after taking advantage of the time to take a simple nap! My body was extremely tired after getting up at 5:30 a.m. to go out and assist with a yard sale for my granddaughter’s community dance team. All I wanted was rest. I did not want to do anything else. After waking up, I asked my husband what he wanted for dinner. He stated that my granddaughter and I should just choose because he would eat whatever. Relieved, I asked my granddaughter to choose between KFC Chicken or hot dogs. She chose the hot dogs (which I was a little disappointed because this meant running to the grocery store to buy them along with other items needed! Had she chosen KFC, all I would need to do is go to the drive through.)

Anyway, I decided to run to the near by Piggly Wiggly so that I could run in and out and get back home in hope to be able to prepare the hot dogs and baked beans quickly and get back to relaxation. But you know how it is on a Saturday afternoon in the grocery store. In the small town where I live, you run into everyone and their “Mama” so to speak. So I did my “hello, how are you?” greeting with a big smile to everyone I came into contact with, very quickly moving from isle to isle. Just when I finally gather all items and is making my way to the check out counter, I spot a woman who I had not seen in many years. This was a woman that I had met when I was in my twenties at a former bank that I worked for. She was a very kind woman who always took time to chat with me as I waited on her as a bank teller. She encouraged me and always showed interest in me and expressed how she was proud of me! Now, there she was in the store, but I did not go to her to speak to her. You see, I saw her, but she did not see me so, being in a hurry but also being in the mood of simply being “tired and not wanting to be bothered”, I hurriedly whipped my shopping cart in the shortest line I could get in. Now to my surprise, the woman that I just “dodged”, is right behind me in line. As I turned to place my items on the counter for scanning, she recognized me and we greeted each other. I asked how she was doing and she began to complain about a health condition. We did small talk for a brief moment and she had mentioned that it had been so long since we saw each other but she stated that she had saw me from time to time in the newspaper due to ministry engagements. She then went on to ask me to keep her in my prayers. Now I knew she meant for me to remember her in my prayers but the Spirit of God led me to stretch forth my hand and let her know that I surely would pray for her right here and right now! Now when she saw my outstretched arm, as I stood behind my cart and she stood behind her cart, our finger tips barely touched but I began to pray out loud asking God to touch her in her body and in her soul and to make her every bit whole! Well, this woman was desperate as she stretched her hand out to my hand and since the carts were in our way and the isle was narrow, it caused us both to press and reach with force. As I began to sense virtue and an anointing at the very moment, we both began to praise and thank God right there on the spot! The glory of he Lord was upon us both. I am not sure what the people around us thought nor did I even allow it to distract the moment!

Now, what did I learn from this experience as I walked out of the local Piggly Wiggly with tears in my eyes? I was reminded that I have a river inside of me that flows out of me to reach others. (John 7:38—He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water). I was reminded that Jesus, in His humanity as He walked this earth, was often tired when crowds of people reached out to Him for healing and deliverance, yet He still gave them what they needed. I was reminded that God is in control and when my granddaughter chose the hotdogs, there was a spiritual purpose even for that! Had she not chose the hot dogs, I would not have been in Piggly Wiggly at that time. Had I not been in Piggly Wiggly, I would not have had the opportunity to minister to this dear sweet woman. Now, God used me in spite of my weaknesses! See I was too tired to even acknowledge this woman at the first so I “dodged” her but God saw fit to look beyond that and allow us to communicate anyway. I am humbled by this experience. I thank God that rather than just telling this woman that I would remember her in my prayers in the future, that I went ahead and obeyed His prompting and prayed right there at that moment in a grocery store, unashamed, with my hot dogs in my shopping cart! God is amazing!

I pray that this article has inspired you to continue to get closer and closer to our Lord through intimate worship and obedience to His promptings!

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