Shake It Off and Move On ( by Fenny West)

Shake it off and Move on

And let nothing stop you

For the high calling press on

The Greater One is in You.

My friend, refuse to be stalled

When you come to Bacca Valley.

Jericho may be fortified with walls

Yet awaiting you is great victory.

You may have been bitten in Malta 

On your way to greater glory-Rome

But the coming glory surely is better

God’s power and glory has now come.

Shake it off and move on, Son

Go from strength to strength

For the Kingdom, shine and burn

Because the Lord is your light  and strength.

Shake off every disappointment 

Make it a divine appointment 

Receive the Spirit’s empowerment 

Use fully His all- surpassing endowment.

Saint of God, Shake it off and move on

Know beyond doubt, Moses, is dead

No need to continue to mourn

Arise and shine, leave the land of the dead.

 

Shake It Off and Step On It

 

 A story is told of a donkey that was considered in its “last leg of life”. It was old seemed of little use. Whilst grazing however, it fell into a disused well. 

Someone came up with a cruel idea that there was no point rescuing the donkey so they decide to bury it alive. They took shovels and started throwing down debris on the donkey. The donkey that was in distress after falling into the well suddenly felt earth landing obits back. It was horrified that it was being buried alive. It got a revelation from the blue: Shake it off! It simply kept shaking off the debris and stepping on it. Those trying to bury it alive were awestruck as the donkey kept shaking the debris off and stepping up and up until it was set free to live again. Alleluia!

Who is trying to bury you alive?

Who is throwing debris on you and saying it is over for ? Shake it off and move on.

Who says your dream is dead. Remember Jesus is the resurrection and the life.

 

Joshua Moved on after the death of Moses

 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying:

2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel.

3 “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. Joshua1:1-3

 David Moved on after his son died

David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.

17 So the elders of his house arose and went to him, to raise him up from the ground. But he would not, nor did he eat food with them.

18 Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead. For they said, “Indeed, while the child was alive, we spoke to him, and he would not heed our voice. How can we tell him that the child is dead? He may do some harm!”

19 ¶ When David saw that his servants were whispering, David perceived that the child was dead. Therefore David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” And they said, “He is dead.”

20 ¶ So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate.

21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.”

22 ¶ And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’

23 “But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

24 ¶ Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her and lay with her. So she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. Now the LORD loved him,

 

Paul Moved On 

He was a murderer of many believers but had to put the past behind him.

For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.

14 And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.

15 ¶ But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace,

Gal1:13-15

 

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,

14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Phil3:12-14

 

On his mission to Rome, Paul was shipwrecked and after surviving that with others they landed on the island of Malta. There he and others warmed themselves in a fire they had made from branches of wood they had gathered. Suddenly, as they warmed themselves a deadly snake rose out of the fire and fastened itself on Paul’s hand. It remained clinging on after biting him. People were flabbergasted and looked on. Some began to wonder how evil he must be to have survived a shipwreck and then be attacked by deadly snake. 

Paul simply shook it off. They were expecting him to fall down and die. However when nothing happened to him they changed their tune and began to say, he must be a god.

Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta.

2 And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold.

3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand.

4 So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.”

5 But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.

6 However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.

You and I on the road to our vision and mission- doing what we are called to do will be challenged by seeming setbacks and attacks but we must not allow them to stop us from moving forward. You and I have the Greater on living on the inside of us. If God be for us, who can be against us. Thanks be to God who always gives us the victory. Shake that snake off and move on. Shake that disappointment off and move on. Shake that disdain off and march on. Shake that past Waterloo off and press on. Even if sin that you committed, confess it and forsake it by the power of the spirit and forgive yourself and move on.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1John1:9

14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2Chro7:14

 

Naomi Moved on

She had lost her husband and two sons in a foreign land they had migrated to, thinking it was a greener pasture. But news came that God was blessing her people back home. She had to decide to go back home even though she had had a great loss.

She went back home with Ruth, her daughter-in-law. They started from a humble beginnings till God turned their table around into a place of abundance. Through Ruth, marrying Boaz, Naomi not only had a consolation and restoration but a grand son who had a direct lineage to  the Saviour of the World. What a blessing from moving on!

Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.

6 ¶ Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the LORD had visited His people by giving them bread.

7 Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.Ruth1:5-7

¶ So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son.

14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel!

15 “And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.”

16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him.

17 Also the neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “There is a son born to Naomi.” And they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.Ruth4:13-17

 

Peter Moved On

He was a disciple who thought he was a champion disciple that would be the last man standing even when all others quit in disloyalty when the crunch comes. Jesus saw through him and predicted that he would deny Him. It happened as Jesus said and Peter was devastated. He relied on His own strength and failed woefully.

 

 ¶ Peter said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be.”

30 ¶ Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.”

31 ¶ But he spoke more vehemently, “If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And they all said likewise.

Mark14:29-31

Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came.

67 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth.”

68 ¶ But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are saying.” And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed.

69 ¶ And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, “This is one of them.”

70 But he denied it again. And a little later those who stood by said to Peter again, “Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.

71 ¶ Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this Man of whom you speak!”

72 ¶ A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept. Mark 14:66-72

 

After the crucifixion of Christ, Peter thought it was all over for him with regards to ministry. But Jesus came back to him after the resurrection and restored him three times even as he disappointed Christ three times. 

 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

16 ¶ He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

17 ¶ He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know a

John21:15-17

Peter accepted forgiveness and the trust Jesus placed in him and on the Day of Pentecost we witness a bold, fiery, spirit-fuelled, dynamic and passionate preacher who stirred the hearts of about three thousand sinners, leading them to salvation. Glory to God.

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

38 ¶ Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

39 “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

40 ¶ And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.”

41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.Acts2:37-41

 

John Mark Moved On

This was a man who decamped from an evangelistic assignment because of other demands. Paul was not impressed and marked him as a quitter. When he came back to join them in a later mission, Paul was vehemently opposed to giving Mark another chance. Barnabas on the other hand wanted to give Mark the benefit of the doubt. This caused a big rift between Paul and Barnabas, so much so that they parted company.

Then after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing.”

37 Now Barnabas was determined to take with them John called Mark.

38 But Paul insisted that they should not take with them the one who had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work.

39 Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus;

Acts15:36-39

John Mark did not wallow in self-pity having been rejected by the great apostle Paul. He continued to minister with Barnabas and made his mark to the point that even Paul acknowledged:

Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.2Tim4:11

This same John Mark went on to write the book of Mark- a dynamic presentation of one of the synoptic gospels. 

Use any stumbling blocks on the road to your mission as a stepping stone to a higher ground. Let nothing and no one stop you. Shake every barrier. Tell every mountain to move in the name of Jesus. You are more than a conqueror. Whoever is born of God overcomes this world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world – even your faith. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world. You have overcome because of the Greater One in You. The Holy Spirit in you has come to give you the advantage, the upper hand, the cutting-edge. You are not a mere man. You are a superman. You are extra-ordinary because God has added His ‘extra’ to your “ordinary”. Take authority in Jesus’ Name.

Is it business failure? Shake it off and move on.

Is it marital failure or disappointment? Shake it off and move on.

Is it career derailment?  Shake it off and move on. Some people lost their job and they discovered their purpose and mission and vision. You can be an employer. Create your own job. There is greatness buried inside of you. It’s time to resurrect it.

Is it sickness and disease?  Shake it off and move on.

The glory of the Lord is upon you.

Arise and walk. Arise and live. Arise and move. No more fears. No more tears.  Arise on eagles wings. Soar on the wind of the Holy Spirit.

0              Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.Eph3:20-21

Fight the Good Fight of Faith ( by Fenny West)

Fight the Good Fight of Faith

Fight the Good Fight of Faith
Whether In the day or at night.
Put on the whole armour.
Fight in line with the law.

Fight, maintain your focus
And remember Jesus.
He paid the price for you;
Emptied Himself for you;
Bridged the gap for you;
Won the victory for you.

Now fight, knowing you’ve won.2Cor2:14,1Cor15:57
Know that you are a winner.
Fight with a winner’s mentality.
That makes you more than a conqueror.
Ro8:28,31,37-39

In an assembly the question was asked: Who is a conqueror?
Back came the answer: one who fights a war and wins.
Another question was then posed: Who then is more than a conqueror?
There was silence.

Then an old man answered: “One who wins the war even before fighting.”

That is you and I. We are more than conquerors because of what Christ did. Our fight is to enforce the victory He won. He won the war but we have battles to fight. And We fight from a standpoint of victory.

 

…Be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.John16:33
…you have overcome them…
It is finished.John19:39
“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…”Rev12:11
…the Kingdom of God suffers violence but the violent take it by force.”Matt11:12
“Wage a good warfare…”1Tim.1:18
“The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds…”
“Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the whole armour of God that you may stand in the evil day. Eph6:10-18
Heb12:2,Isa43:1-3,Isa41:10
2Chr20:15

God is Goodness Personified (by Fenny West)

 

God is Goodness Personified

God is Goodness Personified;
Perfect in all His ways;
Gave His best-Jesus-to us all.
His love knows no bounds.
His grace is sufficient for us.
He is able to do exceeding abundantly-far above our wildest dreams.
He can be trusted to keep against that day that committed into His loving and powerful Arms.
He is the Lord-the Lord God; merciful and gracious, extra-ordinarily patient and abundant in goodness and in truth.
When Moses was burdened by the enormity of the vision of taking the children into the Promised Land, he pleaded for the presence of God to go with him, praying, “Show me your glory!”

18 And He said , “Please , show me Your glory.”

19 Then He said , “I will make all My goodness pass before you , and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” Ex.33:18-19

 

Later God declared Who He was:
6 And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed , “The Lord , the Lord God , merciful and gracious , longsuffering , and abounding in goodness and truth , …”
So if you are in dire straits or burdened by a vision that God has given you, meditate on Who has called you-“The Lord, the Lord God.” His grace is sufficient for you. In your weakness, His strength will be made perfect.  
If you have failed Him in any way, remember He is merciful and gracious, extra-ordinarily patient and abundant in goodness and in truth.

Jesus was God personified. Little wonder why He went about doing good, healing all those oppressed by the devil.

38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.Act10:38

It is God who gives good gifts.

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Jam1:17

 

 He made us in His own image. He has given us good gifts. So let us explore and discover the good gifts of God in us and begin to imitate Him and also go about doing good like our Father in heaven.

 

You are Marching Forward ( by Fenny West)

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You are Marching Forward

 

You are marching forward

And making progress.

Keep standing on the Word.

Refuse to digress.

 

Every place that the soles

of your feet shall tread

God has given to you.

Entertain no fear.

Your pathway is shining

 brighter and brighter

until in full light of day.

Set your sail and soar like an eagle.

Occupy until He comes.

 

Keep on advancing.

Keep taking territories.

Keep making inroads.

Keep making progress.

 

Stand regardless of storms.

Stand regardless of stones.

Stand regardless of flaming arrows.

Stand regardless of read seas.

 

 

Build on the Foundation of the Word ( by Fenny West)

Build on the Foundation of the Word

Unless the Lord builds your house

It is like a tottering fence;

Like a house built by a mouse,

Like a city without defence.

Unless you’re standing on the Word,

You’re building castles in the air

And vanity will be your reward

The truth in this matter is crystal clear.

As for me and my household

We will let the Lord build our house

So that we can stand, strong and bold;

When the storm and wind blow on every house.

We choose to build on the foundation of the Word,

Regardless of what the  world says.

We choose to be guided by the counsel of the God

And hold fast to what God commands and says.

 

 

 

Psalm 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. Amen

 

 

From Maniac to Minister ( by Fenny West)

From Maniac to Minister

 

From Maniac to Minister

Mary of Magdala.

From believer

to avid helper.

Demons: seven, left her

She was no longer

their harbinger.

Jesus was her Deliverer

He was her restorer.

 

From incarceration

Came liberation.

From serfdom

 to freedom.

 

From being afar

She came so near.

At the foot of the cross,

She was there

At the sepulchre

She was there.

Before He ascended

She was there

So He made her

His messenger.

 

“He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” Mark 16:9

Let Him grow More ( by Fenny West)

Let Him

grow more

As you grow less

When you confess.

Let Him increase

Fill to the brim

As you decrease

Brimming with Him.

Bow down to Him

In all your dreams

Yield for a yield

Vast in the field.

 

Proverbs 15

33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.

roverbs 18

12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility.

Proverbs 22

4 By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life.

2/1/12  ©Fenny West

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