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Edify Yourself


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Greetings Ministers,


I want to thank each of you for your continued support. It certainly means a lot to me. Each time you reach out to me and tell me what God has done in your life, through my writings or podcasts, it encourages me to keep pushing.


It is an interesting time that we are in. I felt the need to write to you all because there may be times where we sense a thing but don’t want to seem awkward, so we hold it in. But I am one of the people in the world to say the things that people are thinking and lay it out on the table. So, let’s do that. You are not crazy. There's certainly something going on in the realm of the spirit. I am unsure as to what that may be, but I will prepare. I prepare by seeking the face of God and allowing the Holy Ghost to work in me because He is the preparer (John 14:26). God has truly been pulling on my spirit to spend a greater amount of time in His face. As you can tell, I have not been as active on social media and such, and that is because I am preparing.


As believers and even more as those called to a greater level of service, we must stay in a place of continual preparation and self-edification. While we spend time pouring into others it is a must that we take the time out to allow God to pour into us.


According to dictionary.com, edification is defined as, “the instruction or improvement of a person morally or intellectually.” As it relates to us as believers, we are to improve ourselves in the Lord. Improvement can take many forms; correction, increase, decrease, elevation, purging, etc. If you are truly seeking God, He will reveal by His Spirit the path each individual needs to take.


How I Prepare


1 Cor 14:4 says, “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.”


Very early in my walk, I was eager to grow in God, and I searched the scriptures daily. When I found the scripture above, I asked God for this gift and He gave it to me. No one laid hands on me. One day in the middle of a church service I began to pray for someone in my private prayer and suddenly tongues came from my mouth. I was astonished. That day my faith went to another level and so did my prayer time. If you have this gift utilize it. One of its benefits is spiritual self-edification. If you don’t have it, ask God; but in the meantime, pray in your native tongue because we serve the God that understands all languages.


During preparation, I ask God to increase my faith. I pray that prayer because of the disciples asking Jesus to do this for them in Luke 17:5. This request followed Jesus giving them a hard commandment of forgiving the offenses men. What they heard seemed so impossible to follow that they asked the Lord for help. So, the area that I find hard in my life I ask the Father to increase my faith.


Additionally, I always seek God for a greater level of purity and righteousness. Righteousness is the key to your prayers getting through. The Bible says in James 5:16, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” That means that living in obedience to the word of God will affect the reach of your prayer.


During preparation I try not to make any assumptions. When you have no idea what you are preparing for, sometimes fear can set in. Pray against it, because God has not given us the spirit of fear. I love to read about Job at this time. He said some of the greatest things like, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust Him,” or “What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” What that means is sometimes we may be preparing for a test or something that requires us to trust and hold on to God. But, when you stand firm on God and His love for His people, you can handle the large waves of life.


Another thing that I do during preparation is take the time to thank, worship, and praise God. I value my time with the Lord and I take the opportunity to return some love back to Him. He is a good Father and God, and like any relationship it takes time to understand that.

Jesus Did The Same


Matthew 14:23 King James Version (KJV)

23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.


In all that I do, I always look to the Word of God for an example. What better example than the Lord himself. Jesus was someone who always took time alone to be with God. Even in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed to the Father for Himself. People may think that praying for yourself is selfish, but it is not when done in the right spirit. Balance is the key. We should not spend our entire prayer life on ourselves, but there is a time when self-edification is necessary. Although we are ministers, we are still in the race for our own soul.


Why I Wrote This Post


Elisha’s Eyes is a blog for the servants of God to be built up. I write whatever the Spirit is leading me to. Some of you needed this confirmation to push you. You know what it is that you have been feeling. Do not dismiss it. The Lord is preparing us all for something. What is coming? I don’t know. That’s not to say that the Lord will not reveal something during my time of seeking. But, one thing that I have learned over the years is this: God is all knowing and who better to prepare you than the Spirit of God who sees and knows all. My confidence is in Him. I appreciate times like this because I get closer to God than I was before. He reveals a little more of Himself to me, and this further solidifies my faith and stance in Him. It

makes my faith sure.


I pray that this post has done something for you.


Whatever the Lord is leading you to do whether that is pray, fast, seek, do it.

It will not be in vain.


Until next time.




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