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March 2nd

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 61‘Don't Be Over Crowded’ By Pastor JoelWe have overcoming weapons! 2 Corinthians 10 v 4 (AMP): “For the weapons of our Warfare, they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds’ v5: ‘...refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the true knowledge of God…”.The weapons we have are power filled weapons, they are able to destroy every fortress, pull down all the strong places of the devil, and cast down all lies. If you are going to believe everything that the devil tells you, he will steal from you everything God has ever blessed you with. The problems isn’t that the devil is attacking you, the problem is: you are believing what he says, and you are allowing your heart to be over crowded.In Mark 4 v 14, Jesus taught on the ‘sower sows the Word’. In Mark 4 v 18, Jesus said: “ Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word’, verse 19: “and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful”‘Thorny ground’ is ground that is crowded with weeds. Three different weeds are mentioned in this ground, and all of them choke the good seed: 
1. Cares of the world! Philippians 4 v 6: “....be anxious for nothing, but in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving…”.2. Deceitfulness of Riches. The deceit of money is: people believe money is the only thing that can make them happy and bring them peace and joy. 3. Lust (desire) for other things. Luke 12 v 15: "...”Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses””.Watch what you hear and how you hear what you hear (Mark 4 v 24). When God says something, His Word spoken by you will not only pull down the lies of the enemy, His Word will pull all things that are needed in your direction, in order for His Word to happen. Hold on to what God said, and everything must come inline and serve what He said. 
Your finances will serve what God said. Your strength must serve what God said. Your health must serve what God said. If God says something, you have to tell everything else to get in line with that Word.#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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March 1st

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 60‘Resist religious spirits’ By Pastor JoelJames 4 v 7 (AMP): “So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you”.Satan fights the anointing, he typically works through religious people to fight, belittle, make fun and mock anything that has to do with the genuine work of God. Well, we refute every belittling religious spirit and all dwarfed opinions of self, in Jesus Name. Religious people honour prophets of yesterday, but criticise prophets of today and wish to be prophets of tomorrow. People love prophets when they are dead, but kill with their words the prophets that are alive today. When people today talk about Smith Wigglesworth, a British evangelist who was influential in the early history of Pentecostalism, they talk about a man of power and great mighty faith! However, Smith Wigglesworth was rejected by most charismatic churches because he was different. He brought dead bodies on to the stage and told them to walk! Parents and children ran saying “this is non-sense”.Don’t get sidetracked into religious debates! Do the work of the ministry! If someone needs to be delivered physically; 1. Submit to God, 2. Resist the devil and 3. Use the authority of God, and the sickness, infirmity, fear, etc will flee. Don’t get hung up on theological questions about what caused the sickness, where the spirit of infirmity came from! No, use the Name of Jesus standing firm and release the Word and set the captives free. When ministry becomes a religious performance, then the sanctuary becomes a theatre, the congregation becomes an audience, worship becomes entertainment and man’s applause and approval become the measure of success! “But when ministry is for the Glory of God, His presence moves into the sanctuary. Even the unsaved visitor will fall down on his face, worship God and confess that God is among us”. 1 Corinthians 14 v 25, ‘Warren and David Wiersbe’.Satan is afraid of the anointing! I declare: “Cancer doesn’t pick when you die! No sickness can pick when you die, for the Bible declares “with long life, He will satisfy you””.“Well you never know, we could die at any time”, people who speak like that are trapped in false religion, deceived by the lies of the enemy. “You never know you might not wake up tomorrow morning…” that is a religious spirit speaking! We should say the opposite; “I will live and not die so that I may declare the goodness of God whilst in the land of the living”.I declare: “Every religious mould be removed in Jesus Name. Let every thing that has falsely formed your mind in anyway be dealt with. Any stronghold of the mind, that is resistant to change, let it come down right now. In Jesus Name”.#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 28th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 59‘Beyond What You Can Ask or Think’ By Pastor JoelJohn Wesley understood something about prayer, which few people understand today. He said: “It seems without God man can not, and without man God will not”.There are two things we must do when coming to God in prayer, outlined in Hebrews 11 v 6: “.... for he who comes to God must: 1. Believe that He is and 2. Must believe that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”.We must believe that He is! Paul told the Ephesians “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” Ephesians 3 v 20.We must believe God is able to do, not just above, but exceedingly abundantly above everything that we have asked or thought possible! The key is, believing He is able and ensuring His power is at work within us. In order for us to see God do the exceedingly abundantly BEYOND all that we have asked, we must access His power. Fasting and prayer is the key! When Jesus came off His fast, Luke 4 v 14 shows us, He returned in the power of the Holy Spirit. Fasting is pulling back from what is desirable to give yourself to what is powerful! What is powerful? Worship is powerful. God’s Word is powerful. Praying in the spirit is powerful. The reason the devil tries to pull us away from praying in the spirit is; he knows how powerful it is. He knows how powerful you are when you pull away from social media, TV, food and give yourself to prayer (Psalm 109 v 4: “....I give myself to prayer”). Prayer is earthly licence for heavenly interference. Through prayer we move the hand of God. Through prayer we mess with the tactics of the devil. Through prayer we stay in the arena of the anointing. Through prayer we take the devil’s plans and lies into a zone he is uncomfortable in, that causes the devil to have no stamina to resist us. The devil knows you are not dangerous after 3 hours watching your favourite television show, but the devil knows you are dangerous after 3 hours in the Word and praying in the Spirit. The devil knows if he can take you away from going to God in prayer, he can take away the power of God that God wants working richly within you.Ephesians 3 v 20: “Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energises you”.#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 27th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 58‘Harden Not Your Heart’ By Pastor JoelIn Mark 4 v 13 - 20, Jesus identified four different types of ground; the wayside, the stony, the thorny ground and the good ground. Each representing different heart conditions. In this devotion, we will focus on the ‘stony ground’. This is ground with a very thin layer of top soil and directly underneath the soil is stony rock, hard ground. This ground represents the people who receive the Word with gladness, with a lot of emotion and joy. It is the ‘amen-ers’ in church, the ones that shout "preacher preach”.But because their soil is so shallow, the planted seed can not take root and only lasts in the ground for a short time. Mark 4 v 16 - 17: “And these are they likewise which are sown in stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended”.Notice, Jesus didn’t say: “IF affliction arises..." No, He said: “WHEN affliction or persecution arises for the word’s sake”. There is no such thing as uncontested faith! My wife and I didn’t have much opposition until we started to do something significant! But when you decide to walk by faith, you don’t get rid of trials, you learn to overcome them. The biggest enemy to faith is un-forgiveness! Everything must pass through love in order for it to be a success, that is why satan tries to get us to abandon the love arena! Mark 4 v 17 (AMP) continues: “....when affliction or persecution arises for the Word’s sake, immediately they (are offended and displeased at being associated with Me and) stumble and fall away”. How many Christians do you know who are offended right now? As a result of their offence, they have disassociated themselves with a church God planted them in, and have stumbled and fallen away. When you get down to it, it is all non-sense! “…he said, she said, he thought,…. they this and they that….”. There are people who live their life from one offence to another! But God can inoculate you from every offence of the enemy, you can be immune from other people’s offence. Fight for people not with people! God will always inspire your heart to fight for people! The enemy on the other hand is trying to attack your mind to get you fighting with people. Only In Christ is victory found in surrender! Surrender trying to win, let them win, our fight isn’t people. It is better to have peace then to be right! It is better to have peace in your home than to have proved your point. Mark 4 v 17: “..they have no root in themselves…”. The Word must take root, and when it does, it grows. No matter how many people attack healing, prosperity, the gifts of the Spirit, it doesn’t matter! Don’t get offended at other people’s offence, and prosper and produce lasting fruit. #Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 24th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 55‘Planted’ By Pastor JoelI appreciate that our minds are becoming more renewed toward the local church. When someone devalues the local church, that is an un-renewed mind speaking.Psalm 92 v 13 says: “Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God”. The promise to flourish is for those that are planted in their local church.When my wife and I were selling our home last year, we put several potted plants in the front of the property in readiness for the viewings. The potted plants were there for show not to grow. We might as well have put fake plants.A lot of people ‘go to church’ for the views, for show but have no intention of growing or helping to grow the local body of believers. You are designed for much bigger things than a pot. Potted people’s roots can’t get outside the environment they have isolated themselves in. Get out of your pot and plant yourself into the garden, the church God has called you to be.Being planted in the house of God is much different than just attending church on a Sunday. A lot of people just go to church, but they are not planted. I have walked through garden centres, but being present at a garden centre didn’t make me a plant in that centre. People walk through churches, they visit, check and rate churches, they show up and are present at live services, but they are not planted. Planted plants add to the soil they are planted and receive from the garden they are planted. There is a place for everyone to be planted. Until you are planted you can’t produce roots and until you have roots, you cannot produce fruit. The longer you wait to be planted in the church God has called you to be, the longer you are prolonging your dormancy. Until you are planted you will stay in a stage of dormancy. When planted, stay rooted. There are certain things that only come from longevity! Galatians 6 v 9: “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”.#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 26th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 57‘Guard and Honour’ By Pastor JoelThe Word of God is key for your faith, the Word of God changes a man until he becomes an epistle of God! The Word transforms the mind and changes the character of a person taking us from grace to grace!Proverbs 4 v 23 says: “Guard (protect) your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life”.The number one way to protect your heart’s faith is to constantly be injecting yourself with The Word! That is difficult to do if you are constantly reading the papers or watching TV. Give no access to the devil to mess with your faith. There are many people who get excited about the Word of God when they hear it and so they should! However, when things don’t work out like they thought they should, they get disappointed and frustrated, and before they know it their faith has diminished and so has their joy.In Mark 4, Jesus taught a parable about a sower sowing seed in four different kinds of ground. In the parable, the ‘seed’ represents the Word and the ‘ground’ represents the hearts of people that hear the Word. The first ground Jesus mentioned was the ‘wayside ground’, which is the hard ground around the field. This ground represents those with hard hearts, those who hear the Word but do not understand it. This isn’t so much dealing with ‘mental knowledge and understanding’, but rather not understanding how much the Word is worth and as a result satan takes advantage and immediately steals the Word from them. (Matthew 13 - 18-19).When you understand the Word’s value, you don’t trade the ‘Word’ for a TV show. If you understand the value of the Word, you protect and guard the planted Word. This is why ‘honour’ is so key, because honour is the opposite of treating somebody ordinary or common.Understanding ‘honour’ of the Word will propel you into acting on the Word! You can respect with words, but you have to honour with action. Dishonour isn’t so much what you do, but what you do not do. You don’t have to dishonour, you just have to refuse to honour and that is dishonour.Guard and honour His Word by keeping it in your heart and acting on it promptly.#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 23rd

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 54‘Healed’ By Pastor JoelJesus gave Himself in death so that you could be well in all areas of life! Settle it once and for all, and declare: “Jesus has secured my freedom from pain, I am healed from all manner of sickness and disease, I am strong in The Lord and in the power of His might”.Ephesians 6 v 10: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might”. We are living in a world where many are entertaining the spirit of infirmity, many are full of fear concerning sickness and disease. Fear is a spirit, that will try and get on you. It is vitality important to allow God’s Word (faith’s food) abide richly in your heart!Don’t be like the guy who had a hole in his roof, but it was raining so he couldn’t fix it, and when it was not raining he made up in his mind he didn’t need to fix it. Many wait until it starts raining before they realise they got to do something about it.Fortify your roof now! Fortify your spirit and soul with God’s Word now, so when the rain comes it will never get in, sickness and weakness will not be able to come in!The storms of life come to all of us, whether you feel like you are the most righteous person around or if you feel like the most unworthy person around. The storms of life come to all, but it is the Word of God that prepares us to be able to stand even when there is a storm at the door.One storm that tries to come in is ‘sickness’, which is an attack on your body to make you sick, it’s aim is to rob you of your joy and peace.Not only does God want you to enjoy life, He needs you well. He needs you living in victory and healing so that you can teach others how to do it too. We are in a time where the revelation knowledge about healing is an absolute necessity. There really isn’t more time for the Body of Christ to limp along, uninformed and unprepared, there are nations to be reached!I hear the Lord say as I write this devotional “watch the little foxes, you cannot be impatient all the time and expect faith to work, you cannot walk out of love all the time and expect faith to work, watch the little foxes”.Settle it once and for all “It is God’s will for me to be well”. If it wasn’t the will of God to heal you, He shouldn’t have! Be fortified by God’s Spirit and remain filled with the Word of God and know you are more than a match to the devil! #Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 25th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 56‘Bold Ruling Faith’ By Pastor JoelF.F Bosworth said: "Faith begins where the will of God is known! It is impossible to boldly claim by faith a blessing you are not sure God is offering”. In other words, faith must have an element of boldness! Quit being wishy washy, wavering here and there saying things like "well maybe it is God’s will... I guess I will see if it is…”.No! According to the scriptures, we know it is the Lord’s will to heal! In Matthew 8 v 1 - 3, a leper came to Jesus worshipping Him saying "Lord if You are willing, You can make me clean”. Notice Jesus’ response in Matthew 8 v 3: “..Jesus put out His hand and touched him saying “I am willing, be cleansed”. Immediately his leprosy was cleansed”.Jesus didn’t scatter and shout at this disciples: “….keep your distance! If you don’t you are going to catch something from this approaching leper…”. NO! Jesus walked in dominion, He reached out to touch the leper and He settled the question surrounding the will of God to heal, He announced “I am willing”.God never intended for you just to be made well, He gave you dominion to dominate. As the disciples walked with Jesus they enjoyed His Divine Health and on purpose they laid hands on lepers, they handled sickness and disease and drove it out of bodies. As you walk with Him and as your life is aligned to His Word, you too will enjoy His divine health and rule over sickness and disease as He has intended you to. Far too many are afraid they will catch some kind of sickness from some body else, but with Christ the Healer living on the inside of you, why doubt what comes out of your hands can’t heal the sick! People believe more in catching sickness from others, then others catching your health and spirit of victory! Fear is a spirit, and it will try its best to get on you, but so is faith! The bible declares we have the ‘spirit of faith’ (2 Corinthians 4 v 13) and the faith we have is contagious.Philemon v 6 says: “That the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgement of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus”.One Translation puts it this way: “I pray that everyone that meets you will catch your faith and learn from you how wonderful it is to live in Christ”.Have faith in the power of God! Your surroundings do not effect you, you effect your surroundings. I declare sickness and disease will never be able to make you it’s slave! You make sickness and disease your slave!! Declare it: “Sickness can not overwhelm Christ within me! It is not possible”.Rejoice! Thank you Jesus! #Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 22nd

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 53‘New Creation’ By Pastor JoelThe problem with your past is, it tries to hang out in your head! Paul in Philippians 3 v 13 said: “I forget the past”, he also said: “I put off the old man and put on the new man daily” (Ephesians 4 v 22 - 24). You cannot live out of the new man using the old mind! Jesus is the ‘Master Copy’ the ‘Prototype’ of the new creature. He is everything God wanted you to be and He put everything you needed into Jesus and then made you one with Him the ‘Federal Head’ of the new breed (1 Corinthians 6 v 17).First man Adam was the first ‘master copy’, he had many defects, and we were made as ‘copies’ after the original master copy. Thus resulting in, whatever was in Adam got into us.But through Jesus, God did some genetic engineering and made a new ‘Master Copy’. When you got born again He erased all your defects and rewrote you after the new Master.2 Corinthians 5 v 17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new”.The ‘new man In Christ’ is new in kind and new in quality, unlike anything ever seen before! When you became a new creation, little you moved out and big Christ moved in! You do not attain this state of spiritual quality and condition after decades of faithful diligent study of the Bible and serving in church. This is your spiritual reality the moment you got saved! Declare your identification in Christ: “Weak I, moved out and strong Christ moved in”“Defeated I, moved out and victorious Christ moved in”“Sick I, moved out and Healed Christ moved in”“Poor I, moved out and rich Christ moved in”“Cursed I, moved out and blessed Christ moved in”“Bound I, moved out and liberated Christ moved in”Anyone who is in bondage, is in bondage to a un-renewed mind not to the devil, satan has been defeated. Problems come when the mind is not renewed to that truth. So many times people are trying to deal with the devil, when they need to be dealing with their mind.If you will give yourself to meditating on who you are in Christ, you will receive revelation of this powerful spiritual reality and eventually your whole life will change, and you will never identify with defeat ever again.1 John 4 v 4 “you are of God little children and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”. Greater is He that is in you, then all the pressure that is against you.#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 21st

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 52‘Act. Don’t Argue!’ By Pastor JoelEphesians 2 v 2: “you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience”The prince of the air comes to steal, kill and to utterly destroy lives! Yet God has called the church to rule and reign, however, too many are in church sitting on pews playing church playing religion, not knowing who they are, not understanding their responsibility to use the Name of Jesus and see lives liberated from the death grip of satan, by the power of God.John Alexander Dowie said “Sickness is the foul offspring of its father satan and it’s mother son”. Sickness is foul and throughout Jesus’ ministry on earth He did something about it, He consistently healed people everywhere He went! In Mark 2 v 5, we see Jesus heals a paralysed man “...Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralysed man “son your sins are forgiven”’. This provoked the religious in the room: “Why does this man speak blasphemies like this…?” (Mark 2 v 7). But Jesus knew what they were thinking and addressed it, Mark 2 v 9: “Which is easier to say to this paralysed man ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or to say ‘Get up, take your mat and walk?”.You have just as much right to be healed as you do to be forgiven; it is based on the same work of Jesus. But a religious spirit will try to convince you otherwise. Religion would rather debate about healing than see somebody healed! In Luke 13, a women was bent over for 18 years, she couldn’t straighten herself up. Jesus spoke to her that she would be loosed and she straightened up and glorified God. Nothing is said about her glorifying God during her 18 years of pain, but as soon as she was healed it says she glorified God.In Luke 13 v 14, the religious rulers of the synagogue answered with indignation, because she was healed on the sabbath. They said “....there are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed and not on the sabbath day...”. Hypocrites! They never had a healing day. They never had a day when they were going to lay hands on her to get her healed, they had 18 years to do something and they did nothing! You would have thought they would have been happy to see the women liberated, but no! They were angry because Jesus healed on the wrong day, how religious can you get!The difference between religion and the love of God is, religion argues but love acts!#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 20th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 51‘Christ In You’ By Pastor JoelPaul the Apostle prayed in Colossians 1 v 27 “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”.In Paul’s teachings in his epistles, they show us what God saw when Jesus was crucified, buried and was raised from the dead. On the other hand, the four gospels show us what man saw.In the ‘synoptic gospels’: Matthew, Mark and Luke, they focused on the Kingdom of God. In John’s Gospel, he focused on the Eternal Life of God. In Paul’s letters on the other hand, he focused on where the Life of God is found: ‘In Christ’.The right way to look at Paul’s letters is to regard them as the continuation of Christ’s own teachings, they contain the thoughts that Christ carried away from the world unuttered. Romans 8 v 2: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death”. Paul was saying “I have Spirit Life on the inside of me, it has broken the chains of the law of sin and death”.Declare: "I am no longer in the vicious cycle of sin and death, disaster and failure, I am in a new dimension called the life of Christ in me”.Romans 5 v 15: “.... for if by the one man’s offence many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ abounded to many”.Adam’s sin resulted in condemnation and judgment, but the free gift given by Jesus resulted in justification of life. Adam’s sin made all sinners, but Jesus’ obedience made many righteous. Paul in Galatians 2 v 20 (The Laubach Translation) said: “Christ took me to the cross with Him and I died there with Him”. Paul was saying, “I have died, and now I am simply enjoying my second existence which is Jesus using my body.Christ lives in you! The Author of your prayers, the Author of your faith, Jesus Christ has taken residency inside of you. #Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 19th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 50‘You Hold The Keys’ By Pastor JoelMatthew 16 v 18: ‘..... I will build My church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it’. The Church of Jesus Christ, is not here to survive until the coming of the Lord! The Church has the anointing of Jesus Christ to rule and reign in the land now! Jesus didn’t say: “I will give My Church power to survive”. NO! Jesus said: “I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail”.God hasn't anointed us to survive the onslaught of wickedness, God has anointed us with the Holy Ghost and fire to destroy the onslaught of wickedness and see the greatest harvest of souls! Jesus continue in Matthew 16 v 19 with saying: “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven”.God has promised those in Christ, whatever you declare locked on earth, is locked in heaven and whatever you declare unlocked on earth is unlocked in the heaven-lies. No government, no economic climate, no person, no devil can control the windows and doors of heaven that are open over you, through your obedience and faith you do. Jesus took the keys of death, hell and the grave and He gave those keys to us. We have kingdom keys to dominate whilst we are on this earth! We have been given the power of attorney that enables us to use the mighty Name of Jesus and enforce victory in all places.If you have been worried about what the devil is doing, it is a total waste of time and energy. It is time you turn your care into prayer and remind the devil, Jesus put him under your feet! Release God’s Word in the earth today and enforce God’s promises with the Name of Jesus. God opens His windows over those that honour Him. Declare: “The door of healing, the door of empowerment, the door of prosperity is open over my family and ministry, in Jesus Name”#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 18th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 49‘Personal Prayer’ By Pastor JoelMatthew 6 v 6: “when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place,….”. 
God desires to have personal time with you, and when you experience God’s presence in prayer, you will pray more not less! Not because you are in love with prayer, but because you are in love with the One you are praying to.However, without a close personal relationship with the Holy Spirit, you will become a people pleaser. Without a close relationship with God, you will live your life for people’s approval and will die from their rejection. Proverbs 29 v 25: “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe”. You are called to serve people, not please people. When you seek to please people, you are using others to fix your own insecurities. Don’t use people’s opinions to fix your own brokenness, put your trust in the Lord and you shall be safe. Jesus said: “…when you have shut your door, pray to your Father….” (Matthew 6 v 6). Shut the door to all distractions, because distractions will split your focus and will give birth to defeat. A distracted Christian is a defeated Christian.During personal time spent with God you will find your passion and locate your purpose. Prayer gives previews of your future and prayer positions you. The reason this is so key, is if you do not discover your purpose, you will run around trying to fulfil trends, trying to fulfil other person’s expectations and other people’s agenda.In Matthew 6 v 6, Jesus went on to say: “...pray to your Father who is in the secret place, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly”.The reason God wants the door closed is, He desires intimacy with you. Closed doors in prayer, results in wide open doors of opportunities, wide open windows of blessing and wide open rewards publicly.#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 16th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 47‘Hit Him With The Rock’ By Pastor JoelPsalm 23 v 1: “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want”. Yet people walk around saying: “the Lord is my Shepherd and I’m full of wants”. This Psalm is one of the most popular, people have it on t-shirts, on their favourite tea mug, but it has got to come off your mug and fridge and needs to get in your heart and become revelation. It is needful to have hearts filled with God’s prevailing Word, so when giants rise up against us, God’s Word we have taken time to invest into our hearts, will bubbles up so strong, the devil can’t beat it out or get out of the way! In 1 Samuel 17, David stood up to Goliath, the same giant who scared off everyone soldier in God’s army. Goliath couldn’t shake David, because David carried the Word in his heart.Deep in David’s heart he knew: “...though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for my God is with me”. These words were so real to David, that he boldly said to Goliath: “I come against you in the Name of the Lord of Hosts”.David selected five well worked smooth stones from the river, he put them into his pouch, which could be likened to God’s Words taken from the ‘river of God’ and put into our heart. David then took the stone out of his pouch and into his sling and sent it flying into Goliath’s skull. We too need to take the Word of God (stone) out of our heart (pouch) and into our mouth (sling) and release the power and overcome all hinderances! The opposition can’t stop you, provided you utilise God’s power and release your faith by speaking to your giants and commanding mountains to be removed. Jesus said: “Father You have sent Me to the earth as Your Messenger, I will USE the power You have given Me” John 1 v 42 (TPT).David not only knew he had a covenant, David was covenant minded! Is there a giant out to destroy you? Follow David’s example: meditate on God’s faithfulness and Word, sing praises to Him until you are fully tanked with an awareness of God! Then out of your inner most being (your spirit) you will declare: “Giant you are going down, the Lord is my Shepherd”.Fearlessly hit the opposition with the Rock of Revelation from the Word and nothing shall stop your progress!#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 17th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 48‘Your Voice Unlocks’ By Pastor JoelOne of the things that Jesus accomplished in our redemption, in breaking the power of death and being raised again is: He took the keys of David to open doors and windows for His church! Matthew 16 v 19: “And I give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven”.Too often we have focused more on the binding of wicked spirits and binding the works of the devil, then we have with loosing angelic forces and loosing the works of God. How do we set in motion and loose the works of God? By speaking them out boldly. Isaiah 48 v 3: “I have declared from the beginning the former things... they went forth from My mouth and I have made them known; then suddenly I did them and they came to pass”.God’s trademark is: saying things before they happen. (Isaiah 46 v 9-10). God’s mode of operation is always to say something before He does it. His Word always preceded His hand. According to the Word of God, the primary outworking of our faith is our words. When we confess God’s Word out of our heart in faith, it activates His grace and His will into our home, family, ministries, body and finances. God leads us not carries us, we are not mindless puppets in the hand of a Sovereign God. Too many leave too many things up to God, when He has already given us authority to deal with those things with our mouth. People pray: “God can you deal with the devil, get rid of him in my life”.But God won’t do it, He can’t do it, because He has done it! Now we must enforce it with our words of faith. #Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 15th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 46‘Do Your Own Praying’ By Pastor JoelDon’t be some one that is always looking for a quick fix, always reliant upon others to go before the Father God on your behalf. You will never get your life to a place of permanent victory until you begin to pray yourself and develop your own personal relationship with God. James 5 v 13: “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray, is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms”. In other words: if you are troubled, you need to pray, not your friends, not your parents, not your pastor, YOU, you pray. If you are happy you smile, you sing, you rejoice. It would be strange to ask someone to express your cheer and do your singing for you, because your were happy. No! You rejoice.God loves your presence so much, that He has scares on His hands and side to prove that your presence was worth dying for, so that His presence may be worth living for! Dr. David Cho leads one of the biggest churches in the world, in Seoul, South Korea. When one of their church members are in trouble, dealing with marital problems, personal issues, before any counselling is given, the church members are told to go and fast and pray for twenty four hours before a leader or pastor ministers and prays for them. For so many, the first thing they do when a problem arises is, they run around asking others to pray instead of doing their own praying. Permanent answers and victory are accessed by persistent personal prayer to God. Praying for others is powerful, the prayer of faith and agreement are vitality important, but what makes it powerful is when all have gone to God for guidance and counsel first, before getting together in agreement.Matthew 6 v 6: “but YOU, when YOU pray, go into YOUR room, and when YOU have shut YOUR door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place,…."It is time you stop depending on others to do your praying for you, it is time you start going boldly into the throne room of God today. #Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 14th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 45‘Who not How’ By Pastor JoelHappy Valentines Day! During our engagement, my wife and I wrote to each other a lot. At the time, my wife spent the year in a wilderness ranch in Canada, while I studied in the UK. We communicated by letter and we still have stacks of letters we wrote each other. Do you know why we have stacks and stacks of letters and why we wrote each other daily? It wasn’t because I discovered the joy of letter writing or because I love to write.I didn’t write because I love to write, I wrote because I love Evie, my wife. Prayer is like letter writing, God doesn’t want us to fall in love with prayer, God wants us in love with the One we are writing, praying to! When prayer is not enjoyable, the problem isn’t prayer, the problem is your love for God. When you dread to pray, prayer isn’t the issue, it is your love relationship with Him.You don’t have to love letter writing, but you should love the Person you are writing to. You don’t have to love prayer, but prayer becomes very enjoyable when the Person you are talking to loves you and you love them. Prayer becomes enjoyable when you focus on Him, instead of it (prayer).Just like writing isn’t just for professional writers or authors, prayer isn’t just for those in ministry or the so called ‘super spiritual elect’ NO! Prayer is for those in love with God! In Luke 11 v 1 - 2, Jesus’ disciples came to Him asking; “Teach us HOW to pray”. Notice Jesus’ response, He said: “When you pray, pray like this: “Our Father Who is in heaven”. The disciples were asking Jesus to teach them HOW to pray, but Jesus turns their focus from ‘HOW’ to pray, to ‘WHO’ they are praying to.All other religions focus on principles, they focus on the rules of prayer; how to address deity, how long to pray, what to wear when you pray, what direction to pray in, instead of the one they are praying to. The disciples were asking “How do we address God?” and Jesus changed their focus from the rules and principles of prayer to the Person of prayer. Christianity isn’t about prayer, it is about a Person!When Evie’s letters arrived in the post, they weren’t read like a bill, Evie’s letters were the first thing I opened when the post came. When you face something, His Word needs to be the first thing you open. Why? Because His Word is a letter from our Father to you. I didn’t read Evie’s letters once or twice, I read them multiple times. The letters you got, especially the ones that told you how wonderful you were, how good looking you were, you read them again and again. You would show to others “Look, look what she said about me”You would read them at night too! Why? Because that letter is the only part of them present with you at that time. Those letters represented their presence with you in your life. Well His Word is that to us. His Word is the Voice of God present in His presence.#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 9th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 40‘Maturity’ By Pastor Joel1 Peter 2 v 2 (AMP) “Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto (completed) salvation”.There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a baby, unless you are still a baby after 30 years, that isn’t ok!God never intends for us to stay on the same level, He intends for us to grow up. He intends for us to desire His Word, to move from the milk of the Word to the meat of the Word and mature into all He has for us.Children like to think they are older than they really are! My youngest girl, when she was in year one in ‘big school’, she would talk about the kids in nursery as ‘the little kids’, because of course she was so much older than them, a whole year older!! Over exaggeration of our own maturity is a common characteristic of immaturity. Be conservative about where you think you are, stay teachable and humble, quick to listen and learn.Paul spoke to the church in Ephesus, explaining the function of the five fold ministry gifts given, (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) that they were given for the equipping (developing and maturing) of the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4 v 11-12).Our development and maturity will effect the level and the scope of the work of the ministry we engage in. We can only reach as far as we have down deep, or else our outward reach will exceed our inward stability. The Word sown into the soil of your heart stabilises us and produces fruit, but no root no fruit.#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 13th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 44‘How To Grow Up’ By Pastor JoelEphesians 4 v 15: (Phillips) “….we are meant to hold firmly to the Truth in love, and to GROW UP in every way into Christ, the Head”. In this daily devotion, I want to share ‘Four Steps To Growing Up’1. Put The Word First Place Feed yourself the Word of God, if you don’t feed yourself with positive things you’ll only be able to feed others with negative things. If you don’t fill up on the honey of God’s Word that He provides, your appetite will find an other way to be satisfied. Psalm 119 v 103: “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth”.You can gage your love for God by your love for the Word of God. 2. Mediate In The Word As you read the Word and give God first place in your life, the Holy Spirit will highlight to you specific words to mediate on. The passages The Holy Spirit highlights to your spirit, He is wanting you to mediate on and think on throughout your day. The reality is, we all mediate all the time. The only question is ‘what are we mediating on?’Some mediate on their bills that need paying all day or a recent film they watched. But when you mediate on the Word of God, you are thinking about God’s Words and thoughts all day. Quit looking at the world, and look into the Word! 3. Do It! Do what you know and hearFaith that is all talk and no do, faith that has perfect confessions without doing what you confess is ‘phoney faith’.What grows you from a baby to a child is: Hearing the Word.What grows you from a child to an adult is: Doing the Word that you hear.4. Instantly Obey The Voice of The SpiritBe prompt with the prompts of the Spirit. Be quick to obey. The initial act of obedience to the Word of God is to speak it. Ephesians 4 v 15: (King James) says: “speaking the Truth in Love, may GROW UP…"If you are growing strong spiritually, you will be speaking the Word in love. Your mouth will reveal what you truly believe, especially under pressure. Begin today finding your nourishment in His Word, fill your heart with God’s Word and enjoy the rewards of growing up in Him.#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 12th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 43‘Act of Grace and Faith: Reel It In’ By Pastor JoelYour faith can always tell when it has hooked onto God’s Word! It is a bit like when you go fishing, you know when you have hooked a fish! In the same way, even though your faith hasn’t seen anything yet, you can tell whether or not you have hooked God’s promises with your faith hook!Jesus did all the work, it was an act of grace, all you need to do is reach out and take it, that is your act of faith. Your faith is your EMPTY hand reaching out to God, but God’s grace is His FULL hand reaching out to you. Faith simply reaches out and receives from God’s full hand.1. Your faith must reach out and cast it’s line, cast it’s words of faith from the heart. 
2. Your faith then hooks on to what God has already made available. 3. Your faith must reel in it’s catch! Even though you have hooked the fish you are not enjoying it yet because it isn’t in the boat yet, you have got to reel it in. Worship reels in what you hooked with your faith! After you have laid your ‘hand of faith’ on your healing, your worship is what will reel it back to your life. Continuing with the fishing example, as you are reeling in the fish, other things will try to nip at the fish on your hook. This is exactly what Jesus said in Mark 4 v 15: “…satan comes immediately to take away the Word that was sown in their hearts”.In other words, the moment your faith has hooked on to the promises of God, satan comes to nip at it. He wants to get it off the hook of faith! But as long as you keep on worshipping, the manifestation of the promise keeps on being reeled in.The one who is worshipped gets to manifest! This is why God wants your worship, because He wants to manifest in your life.How does satan nip at what your faith has hooked on to?
1. Mind Attacks. Satan sows thoughts of doubt “you don’t see anything do you…”
2. Fear. If you meditate on the doubts, fear is produce. 
3. Offence. Satan will send an opportunity to be offended at somebody.
4. Satan tries to get you in un-forgiveness, so that your faith is shut down (Mark 11 v 25).What is he doing? He is trying to eat away at those things you have hooked your faith to. He is trying to steal it off the hook of faith. If you get tired of reeling and you lay your rod down, you will not only lose your catch, you will lose your rod too! This is why Paul said: “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised)” Hebrews 10 v 23. Hold fast to your confession and do not quit worshipping and thanking God, it is all coming in, In Jesus Name! #Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 10th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 41‘Reverence His Presence’ By Pastor JoelHebrews 5 v 7 (AMP) "His prayers were heard not because of His deity, but because of His reverence towards God”.We have been sent into the world, just like the Father sent Jesus into the world (John 17 v 18). Our calling is to live as He lived! Some may say:
“well, Jesus’ prayer life was on an other level because of Who He was, He had a greater connection to The Father because of His greater advantage”No! Jesus voluntarily gave up His advantage when He came to earth, living His life on earth as a man, anointed by God and reverent to God! The same Holy Spirit and power that Jesus was anointed with, we are too, and the way we connect and utilise the Holy Spirit and Power we are anointed with is with Reverence of His Presence.Ephesians 1 v 23 (MSG) ‘The church is Christ’s body, in which He speaks and acts, by which He FILLS everything with His presence’He fills everything with His presence, how? He does that through you and me. Wherever we go living like Jesus, God rules. When you walk into your place of work, God walks into your place of work.When you walk into the planning office, God walks into the planning office.Wherever you you go, God fills that place with Himself.My focus as a pastor isn’t that people come to meetings to get a blessing, but our focus is to get people built up, because In Christ you are already blessed! If the people get built they can join Jesus to co-labour with Him to build up the body.Through the new birth, God has enabled you to exchange the sinful nature of Adam for the sinless nature of God. God did more in Christ than what satan did in Adam! What satan did in Adam, God reversed In Christ. According Romans 5 v 15, what God has done for us in Christ far exceeds any damage done to us by Adam’s fall. Take time to reverence God in His presence and He will build you up to build up the body of Christ.#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 11th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 42‘Tossed and Tricked’ By Pastor JoelWho is the perfect example of someone fully mature and fully developed? Jesus. Can we grow up in our yielding to Christ and operate fully from our full stature in Him? Sure! That is our call. Ephesians 4 v 13: “till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man (mature man) to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”.The Apostle Paul went on to say: “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro…” (Ephesians 4 v 14).There is no such thing as someone being a ‘spiritual giant’ and an ‘emotional basket case’. If you are up and down emotionally, you are not strong spiritually. Notice what children are like: “.... tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting”.As you grow up spiritually, you are no longer tossed about! You are stable. Your feelings, your mouth and actions are stable. Hebrews 6 v 19 (TPT) “We have this certain hope like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding our souls to God himself. Our anchor of hope is fastened to the mercy seat which sits in the heavenly realm beyond the sacred threshold”.Jesus wasn’t tossed to and fro, He was never carried about with every wind of doctrine. Sadly, when a ‘new doctrine’ blows in, immature believers are gone with the wind! Many have backed off from healing, many have back off from the gifts of the spirit, from prosperity and many have backed off from faith. 
But to back off from faith, is to back off from pleasing God! To back off from faith is to back off from living victoriously. To back off from faith is to back off from overcoming this world! 1 John 5 v 4: “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world— our faith”.Without Faith it is impossible (Hebrews 11 v 6), not only is it impossible, but without faith God isn’t pleased! Why isn’t God pleased unless we are in faith? Because, if we are not moving by faith, God is robbed of His delight, and His delight is to help you! STAY anchored on His Word, keep the switch of faith turned on and you will not be tossed and tricked! Glory! #Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 8th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 39‘As He Is So Are We’ By Pastor Joel1 John 4 v 17: ‘....as He is, so are we in this world’ Notice it didn’t say: ‘as He was’. It says "as He is (NOW) so are we in this world”.During Jesus’ 33 years on earth, He wasn’t showing us what God can do on earth, He was demonstrating what man with God, anointed with the Holy Spirit and Power, can do on earth. Acts 10 v 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”.Jesus came as a man, walked as a man and was anointed by the Holy Spirit! He worked wonders, not by His own power but by the power of the Father, saying “The Father that dwells in Me, He does the works” (John 14 v 10).Many mistakenly think, Jesus was able to work wonders, heal the sick, live above sin because He was the Son of God who had divine powers, that we don’t have.Those that think that way, separate themselves from God’s power and anointing and don’t ever aspire to live like He lived! Let God separate your issues from your identity, and begin to acknowledge who you are and Who’s you are. As victorious Jesus is, so are we right now in Christ.Philemon v 6 (NLT): “And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ”.#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 7th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 38‘Ask For The New’ By Pastor JoelJob 8 v 5-7 (AMPC) says: ‘If you will seek God diligently and make your supplication to the Almighty’ verse 6 ‘Then if you are pure and upright, surely He will bestir Himself for you and make your righteous dwelling prosperous again’ verse 7: ‘And though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would greatly increase’.I declare; your former state will seem to you as nothing beside your new prosperity.It is time for you to forget the former things, good or bad (Isaiah 43 v 18)! Oral Roberts said: “Don’t park next to your successes and certainly don’t park next to your failures”.Why? Because God is about to do some things that we have no grid for!In this morning’s service we heard in our heart the Spirit of God say: “It is time to Ask, ask and you shall receive that your joy may be full” according to John 16 v 24.The Lord said: “before you start asking for things, take time to get into the spirit”. We are to Praise Him until a ‘spirit of worship’ comes. When you get into a spirit of worship prophecy will flow, the gifts of the Spirit will flow. When we worship we replicate what is going on in heaven! When we worship we can set heaven’s atmosphere in our lives. Notice what happens when praise and worship proceed out of our hearts to the Lord:Jeremiah 30 v 19: “Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the Voice of those who make merry; I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish: I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small”.Declare it: “Today, I receive fresh anointing for exploits in the Name of Jesus Christ”.Anything that anyone has put in your soul (mind, will and emotions) that glorifies being small, allow the Holy Spirit of God to challenge you regarding that and purge yourself of it.Every barrier, every word and every prophecy of limitation and hardship spoken over you, we nullify them today, by the authority we have in the Name of Jesus. #Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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February 4th

‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 35‘Turn Around’ By Pastor JoelConsider Jesus’ first miracle when He turned water into wine, Mary the Mother of Jesus told the servants ‘"Whatever He says to you, do it”’ (John 2 v 5).When the servants did exactly what Jesus told them to do, they experienced the miracle of water turning into wine! See, when you take heed to what you hear (Mark 4 v 24) and do exactly what He says, He will turn your situation, just like He turned water into wine.God is still filling water pots to the brim and Jesus is still in the business of turning water into wine. Water is the Word and the wine represents ‘revelation of His Word’, His Word contains the power of God that produces miraculous turn around in any situation! Allow the Spirit of God to fill you to the brim, and out of the abundance of your heart your mouth will speak (Luke 6 v 45). Change your course today by changing your words, there is a miracle in your mouth. Stop using your mouth to make messes, start using it to provoke miracles! First: Submit your mouth to God’s Word. The Bible says, no one can tame the tongue, it takes the Holy Spirit and God’s wisdom to tame the mouth. (James 3 v 7 - 8 )Second: Submit to God and resist the devil and he will flee (James 4 v 7). If he isn’t fleeing you are not resisting. Repent to God if you have allowed your tongue to be used by anyone except the Holy Spirit, then submit your tongue to Jesus (The Word). Make a decision of quality today to speak The Word of God only, speak His Words of love, faith, joy, peace and grace. Third: Do whatever He tells you to do and you will experience the miraculous power of God. Settle it once and for all, you are not on earth to survive until the coming of the Lord, you have the anointing of Jesus Christ to dominate and rule. I challenge you: don’t think survival, think increase! You have been created to give life, not survive in life. Sing It: ‘I am not under the curse, I am not under the curse: Jesus has set me free’‘For sickness I have health, for poverty I have wealth, I am not under the curse’#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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