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OPEN DOORS

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♧The Lord open doors and gates for us. But the responsibility of going through and entering is on us.

I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
Revelation 3:8 NIV

♧Staying in the proximity of open doors and gates is not enough.
There is a call to trust wholeheartedly and push in obedience to His command to experience what’s beyond the open doors.

♧ Acknowledging our little strength or limitations is good, but what are you going to do about it? Excuses and complacency will get us nowhere.

Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.
Acts 3:2 NIV

♧Like the man at the gate called beautiful, many are ok with the assistance we get to the gate, but it’s time to stir up a desire to go through the gates.

♧We got a promise, we are not alone, the one who opens doors is holding our hand. ARISE! GO THROUGH! HIS HAND IS HOLDING YOU!

“This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
Isaiah 45:1 NIV


©Pastor Lucy Paynter

Keys of the Kingdom

Happy New Month of December.

We have received the keys of the Kingdom which signify Power and Authority.

♧This month we will use the keys to unlock what needs to be unlocked.

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.”
Matthew 16:19 NKJV

♧Let us continue to align with the Holy Spirit so that we receive directions on how to effectively use the Keys in binding and loosing*
Matthew 18:18
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will beloosed in heaven.

♧Let us continue to align with the Holy Spirit so that we receive directions on how to effectively use the Keys That we may not receive the revelations and knowledge and use it the wrong way.

“Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.”
Luke 11:52 NKJV

The Splendor of His Holiness

Our God, in His very nature, is infinite. He is an eternal, self-existing God and by nature, beyond our imagination and comprehension.

His thoughts transcend our own. His power transcends our power, his ways eclipse our ways and His wisdom by far outmatches our wisdom. The fullness of His essence surpasses any human experience.

This is the nature of our God that makes Him deserving of all adoration and the glory in our praises. Our association with this greatness places upon us a special responsibility to proclaim His name, to praise Him, to edify the world and to lead the people to adore Him.


His love and grace, His justice and majesty are nothing short of beautiful. It is, without doubt, a terror to the wicked, but to the righteous it is a treasure. An irresistible drawing power that calls us from the darkest of valleys into an endless admiration. A constant delight for the heart that has tasted of the beauty of the Lord’s holiness.

Our consciousness to the sublimeness and the splendor of His beauty becomes an invariable, a constant quality in our songs, in our lives, in what we say, and in the design of our worship.


It is this awareness that we see in David’s words in 1 Chronicles 16:27-30, when he says: Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place. Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.


As we begin the series we’re calling “The Splendor of His Holiness”, we are going to dwell pretty much on this aspect of the Lord’s essence or nature and we will seek to understand what the Bible means by this phrase. You know, how does our own experience of this beauty influence our worship? How are we supposed to experience this beauty and how should this experience help us render to the Lord worship that is genuine and relevant, and transformative in our lives? How can we as believers transcend the mundane, fleshly realm of worship into the realm of the Lords splendor?


You see, we must rise above the realm of earthly blessings and realities. Above the visual and musical aspects of worship. Above the sounds and motions around us and into the realm of stillness where we can focus and behold the one on the seat of mercy in the fullness of His glory and strength. It’s only when we dive that deep in our worship, deep enough that we feel light enough to let go of everything that tethers us to the world, only then do we experience the splendor of His holiness in full.

It is only when we reach into this realm that our reservations are broken and the conflicts within us resolved and only then can we say with the conviction that David had, that splendor and majesty are before our God. That strength and joy are indeed in His dwelling place. Because it is no longer a rumor. It is no longer something we have heard someone say. It is no longer something we read in the Bible; it is something we have beheld, an intimacy we have experienced.


You know, sometimes we read the Bible and imagine that such intense intimacy and experiences with God are mysteries of the servants and prophets of old and apostles like John the revelator. But the fact is, a way into this realm was opened for us when the Lord Jesus became flesh. A way that is lit by a worship rendered in spirit and in truth and we really are capable of experiencing this holiness the way they did. And when we embrace and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of it, how could we not be prompted to cry out with the heavenly beings that Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty?


We are not called to mere outward actions but to explore an even greater depth of worship. To reorganize our attitudes and submit to a higher standard of holiness and worship that makes it possible to walk in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus and eligible to stand in the presence of a holy God. To comprehend His transcendent sovereignty and to appreciate His irreproachable purity.


For how else are we to experience His potent, overwhelming presence other than by dwelling in it? How else are we to experience the all-powerful God than by dwelling where He is exalted upon His throne? How could we understand the eternal consistence and infinite holiness of our God if we do not ourselves walk in holiness?


There is an old Irish saying, that “You do not know someone until you have lived with them.” And I dare say that this goes for our relationship with God too. We cannot fully appreciate what we have not experienced. We cannot understand God’s nature and the splendor of His holiness if we keep Him at arm’s length or avoid intimacy and contact with Him. We can never appreciate how deserving of our adoration and praise our God is until we let go of ourselves and immerse ourselves without reservations into His worship. Until we rid ourselves of all what holds us back. Until we’re light enough to be readily drawn into His presence by the beauty of it.

©️Pastor Lucy Paynter

Daily Insights Podcast

Test of Abundance pt 1

Today I want to start by stating something that may sound like a cliché, especially for us believers.

That everything our God does is for a reason. Everything in His design has its own end. His commands, His deeds… everything that has its origin in God has an object, and a reason for being how and where it is. It’s supposed to exhibit something; to tend to something with a higher purpose. His deeds are ordained to answer to His original design for them. But our capacity for freewill often makes us miss out on this design.


And so for the next ten days, we’re going to look into this purpose, and more so with regards to the abundance that we’re launching into the deep for, this year. We need to know how we’re supposed to behave when we get to that level. Because God isn’t going to bless us for the mere sake of it or simply because we asked for it? There’s a purpose beyond our own interests. God expects something of us at that level?


And so to start off on our series this month which we’re calling the Test of Abundance, we’re going to look at a text we read last month on DAY 3 of Launching in to the Deep: Luke 5:4-7. And Luke says, towards the end of the text, that after they had launched into the deep as the Lord had commanded, they caught a great multitude of fish and called out to those in other ships. They beckoned unto them to join in and load the fish into their own boats. And this is where I want us to put our focus on because therein lies the perfect domino effect of a believers life. They needed a catch, and the Lord gave them a condition, a command to launch into the deep. And they obeyed and got their hearts desires.

But does it end there? No! Verse 7 carries a test. The Test of Abundance whose results are hinged on how they do in that test.


And Simon knows better than to keep everyone else from the limelight. He knows better than to hoard the blessings all to himself. He beckons the other ships to join in!

And this is where we fail most as believers. We pray for blessings, we pray for abundance, and the Lord is gracious enough to invite us into His secret places of abundance. He opens the seasons of abundance to us. But what do we do with it? We fail the test! We get excited. We become selfish. We forget how we were in the previous season and those who’re where we were back then. We want the limelight all to ourselves.


We want everybody to see how different things are for us that we forget there is a higher purpose for what God bestows upon us. We forget that everything that has its origin in God has a purpose. An original design to which we must subscribe.

And I want us to reflect and ask ourselves today; Are we failing the test? Are we missing out on the end goal of our blessings? 

What is the purpose of what God is doing for us? May we learn to look beyond the edges of our own needs this year. To notice and beckon unto the next man or woman to join in on what the Lord is going to do for us this year.

Seek His face or save your face

I attended a worship experience recently. What a great place to be since it was the last Sunday of the year. I was filled with gratitude and adoration for making it through. One thing was certain as I drove to the event, I needed a safe space to just let my father know that I am grateful for His faithfulness. As we worshipped, I felt the unmistakable, tangible, overwhelming presence of God fill the place. I don’t know whether the others felt it or not, but with tears streaming down my face, I whispered to Him my gratitude. I did not care about who else can feel him or what will people think about me. Needless to say, I had spent a chunk of my preparation time applying makeup that day. My daughter Patience, whose opinion I value on my makeup, was astonished at how good it looked. “Mum, today it’s professional; you look amazing!” She had commented. As with all praises and compliments, that approval had put a spring on my step for the day. (I know you understand that good feeling that adds to your confidence. )
But when His presence came down, I didn’t care for the makeup or the new outfit I had adorned. I had to choose between saving face or seeking His face. I chose the latter.
As we progress in pursuit of God this year, let us chose to seek His face. When Mary worshiped at the feet of Jesus. She did not worry about what the people in the room thought about her or even said concerning her. She wiped His feet with her tears. Broke an expensive alabaster box of perfume. She did not care about the cost. I am sure the box had a way to open and sparingly use the perfume in bits. But she broke it, meaning gave it all. That Worship touched the heart of Jesus.
Purpose with me this year to touch His heart. Imagine what an experience we would have if we gathered in one accord and with the unity of purpose. The purpose is to touch His heart, to seek His face. Where we break our ego, dignity, and titles. Where our seat of emotions is freely released to express hunger, a thirst, and a desire for Him alone. Where our prayers are not aimed at receiving financial, material, or social breakthroughs, but it is all about His will, ways, and purpose.
Like Moses, my heart cries show me your glory. I am amazed at His goodness and glory, but I want to know Him. Yes, it is about the Kingdom, but can we focus on the King?
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Psalm 8:2American Standard Version (ASV)

 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings, hast thou established strength,
Because of thine adversaries,
That thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Understanding the power of praise will advance our levels and discipline of Praise.
Join us as we Praise through for our breakthroughs. Join us for the perfected praise summit as we learn about the power of praise and levels of praise.

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