Hello dear friends – I pray you are all doing really well no matter where you are! So lately, I have been hearing from different people especially those in the midst of consecration/fasting or targeted prayer(s) that attacks against them and their loved ones are taking place and in some cases these attacks appear to be on the rise.  Listen to me – no matter what the attack, trial or hard place is as a believer you have a pre-determined outcome.  The focus question for you is this: “What’s really in your Vault? Did you know the Enemy never ever shows up to an empty Vault?  Likewise robbers never execute plans to rob an empty bank vault.. If you personally know of a band of robbers who intentionally showed up to an empty vault, please let me know as I would like to know where their hearts and minds were when they executed their plan. I mean it seriously.  As children of the Most High God, we must consider ourselves to be “Loaded Vaults” who are full of gifts packed & placed on the inside of us for God’s glory in the earth!  Oh yes – Satan is most certainly intimidated by the full throttle release of your gifts which will enhance the body of Christ.  As such when you set aside a specific time dedicated to fasting and prayers for breakthrough in various areas of your life and your loved ones, the enemy is not happy at all! Consider this scripture Mark 9:29 KJV “And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing but by prayer and fasting.” Jesus said this to his disciples when they asked why they were unable to cast the evil spirit from the demon possessed boy.  When you are fasting and praying and it seems like all hell is breaking loose, please know that unseen breakthroughs are still taking place in the spiritual realm on your behalf!  This is also a good time to say out loud “Not today Devil, Yep Not Today Ever!”

         Speaking of unwarranted attacks, remember after Jesus had fasted for 40 days and 40 nights and he was hungry – guess who showed up to disturb and tempt him not 1 but “3” times.  None other than the one and only Satan. Go and re-read Matthew 4:1-11.  Satan was fully aware Jesus was the Messiah and carried more than a “Supernatural Vault full of Redemption for the lost”, yet this did not stop him from tempting Jesus.  Now if Satan did this to Jesus – you already know he will do his best to come for your Vault and its treasures.  Let us also consider the wisdom shared by Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 5:8-9a (NLT) which says we must “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.”  Be sure to guard your heart, mind and spirit by renewing yourself daily with the word of God!  Do not do life alone, get accountability partners who are believers that can speak into your life when you feel overwhelmed but most importantly recognize the blood of Jesus still has overcoming power.  Your vault carries treasured gifts for you, your loved ones and future generations as such you simply cannot afford to let your guard down.  Remember Ephesians 6:11-12 (NLT) and keep it close by “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”  

        Now that we know our Vaults contain precious prized gifts for God’s glory, the next focus question is: “Who’s keeping watch of your Vault?” Consider your response to this question really carefully.  Do you depend on others to protect the Vault God has blessed you with or are you actively carrying the Shield of Faith, Belt of Truth, Breastplate of Righteousness, Helmet of Salvation, and Sword of the Spirit which is the word of God daily?  This is our protective armor much like a soldier puts on tactical gear and weaponry prior to engaging threats – we too must dress accordingly to fully protect our vaults! (Meditate on Ephesians 6:13-14 NLT)  By the way, do you have the Bible app on your smart phone?  If not, I would highly recommend you add this one as an essential app on your phone so you can keep the sword of the Spirit close by at all times especially when you do not have quick access to a physical copy of your bible.  Please do not wait until you find yourself amidst a battle to get dressed in your protective armor because let me tell you Satan is always armed, charged up and ready to launch intentional attacks.  Recently, I was exactly 2 days away from concluding a 21 day fast fast along with our church when the starter on my vehicle completely expired without any warning.  This occurred about 40 minutes prior to the time my daughters needed to be picked up from school.  I was certain Satan wanted me to get rattled and upset but I calmly called upon my comforter the Holy Spirit while declaring the blood of Jesus as my protection.  I proceeded to call a dear friend who picked up the girls, made sure they were fed and waited for my vehicle to be towed to the auto shop before quickly coming to get me, so we could get ready to head over to our church to volunteer at our quarterly Women’s gathering event.  You see, I was intentionally dressed in my protective gear and prepared to fully stand against anything that would attempt to leave my Vault and its precious contents unprotected!!  There is so much power in fasting and praying because we are reminded of our direct line of connection to our Heavenly Father.  Remember – you are a loaded "Vault" filled with gifts which are absolutely needed to accomplish God’s purpose for your life here in the earth.  Protect your Vault and make sure you intentionally keep watch spiritually over its contents!  Do not forget you are fearfully and wonderfully made for such a time as this



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