Blurred Vision

 

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Blurred View

Only the Father can give you clear vision to see things clearly, opposed to that which is blurry and deceptive.

And this clear vision only comes as a gift from the Father as He sees, that we’re choosing to seek Him with our whole heart.

Yes, when seeking Him has become our true heart’s aim opposed to having a mate or anything else for that matter, it’ll be then, that the veil begins to come off and our appetite is changed. Changed from, no longer craving after stuff that can cause harm just because it’s convenient, but to then desire only that which is healthy for us throughout the duration.

Until, there is a surrendering that pleases the Father in the way He considers pure, then truth is, we are in the DANGER ZONE and wide open to almost just about any and everything, that deceptively comes our way from the enemy. Living life with skewed vision.

Out of this view, being the one, where we’ve allowed our fleshly desires to rule us, we can ONLY hear eloquent lies and see just the surface presented, which in most cases, is only the devil dressed to kill, steal, and destroy.

With this blurred, distorted, and unclear view we then choose things based off of only our current needs and things that can cater to our feelings and senses i.e. flesh.

But with a clear vision given by the Father, you’re able to receive that which ministers to the Spirit of Him, living inside of you, which will just so happen to affect every other part of your being for the blessed good.

Therefore, I’d like to encourage you to refuse to operate in deception and instead, choose to either begin, or continue to seek the Father whole heartily, such that, the scales can be ye removed and you can receive light, truth, peace and blessings of God.

Truth to Ponder

Mark 12:30

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.

1 Samuel 16:7

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 2:6-7

For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly.

Proverbs 2:10-12

When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things.

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If We Only Knew…

 

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If We Only Knew…

Many of times, because of our limited view and at times only focusing on what we see quite often, as a result of our wait and what we consider at times to be delay, we end up responding in disbelief, frustration, anger, complaints etc. but IF WE ONLY KNEW…

If only we could see things from His perspective, which would allow us to see the whole picture, opposed to only the part we often see due to seeing things with only our sight verses His.
Yet, if only we knew…what the Father was up to, and how His hand is and has always been at work orchestrating and aligning things to manifest, in His divine order and way then, I prophetically tell you how many of us would repent and literally weep as a result, to our guilt of simply, not trusting.

Not trusting, that He was in control, and actively working upon our behalf all along. Yes, we’d have a GREAT sorrow almost, to the extent of the remorse of what Peter had as a result, to denying that he knew Jesus.

Yes, if only we knew, opposed to having a pity party in our heart, we’d instead, have a foolish to the eye, extreme, praise fest toward our Father out of complete gratitude because of knowing, not only is He faithful, but He is also, always RIGHT on time.

Please know beloved, you are NOT forgotten and on those days where either the enemy of your soul, and or simply yourself, tries to cause you to believe the lies, it’s my prayer, you’ll choose to believe, and that the lie would have NO weight or value.

This way, the Father will have no lost time and/or should I say, no more lost time of receiving that in which, He’s so worthy to receive from you, being adoration, love, worship, intimacy etc. And also, such, that you’d have NO regrets, while in that in between place from either, not receiving the promise due to lack of faith, and or only receiving it because of His grace and mercy.

In truth, some of us, have unknowingly, become like the spies located in Numbers 13, who came back and complained saying how, they were not able to take the land that the Lord had clearly told them was already theirs, but yet, this spoke based upon what they SAW, opposed to what the Father said, was so. Now, many of us think at times, we’re like Joshua and Caleb, who were granted the blessedness to go into the promise land because of their faith, but when it really comes down to it, and the Father looks into the inner depths of our hearts quite frankly, for some, He only sees disbelief opposed to faith.

Yet, to have disbelief is a very serious thing, since it can cause the Father to say, as He did with the Israelites, that because they did not trust Him, choosing to believe the impossible then they’d not enter the Promise Land, and only their seed would.

And since I know, this is something, none of us would like to see happen to us, we just want to make certain our heart posture before the Lord, is not one of disbelief and that we no longer say to the Lord, “Don’t you see how old I am, don’t you see how there are many men caught up in this and that, don’t you see the lack of men out here in the world, don’t you see how I’m not in a convenient place to meet a man like the world and some of the church tells me I ought to be, don’t you see how I’m not ready” and I could go on and on with Lord don’t you see…

We have to realize, we MUST constantly guard not only, our mouth and what we allow to come out of it, since the word says, we have death and life in the power of our tongue and those who love it will eat of its fruit but, most importantly, we as well, have to guard our thoughts.

For if we don’t begin to become militant with our thoughts, by bringing every thought into captivity, to the obedience of Christ and pulling down strongholds and everything high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of Christ, then that could be disastrous for us

Therefore let’s choose to put in the work that’s required, in order, for our faith to grow such that, ultimately, we believe and receive ALL Father would have for us, opposed to not. And where we are weak in our faith that we sincerely cry out unto the Lord, for Him to DO help our unbelief.

Please read Numbers chapters 13 and 14 in its entirety because there is so much revelation to be discovered there about what I shared here.

Scribed By Sepia Gladden

Founder of Set Apart International Ministries

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Waiting on The Promise

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This was a post i posted during the time I was awaiting a promise of the Lord and when i reflected upon it the Lord quickened my Spirit to share it on this site, so I pray its the intended blessing.

Waiting on the Promise- Part 2

While waiting on the promise one thing I can definitely attest to is that, while we wait, the flesh, whether ours, or the flesh of others, which ultimately equals war within the Spirit realm, will always be right there awaiting to assist us. And normally, this temptation comes right when we have begun to get tired of waiting.

Thus the reason why Matthew 26:41tells us: Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Now when I say, “Flesh is always awaiting to assist us” to be more precise, what I’m saying is that, flesh is always present, to try to present a more convenient and easier way in order for us to get the promise quicker. Opposed, to us staying our course and being patient in order for God, to deliver the promise the way and timing He wills. However, we have to remember there is a DUE SEASON for everything in the Kingdom of God.

Hence, the reason why we have to constantly come against the spirit of anxiousness, because if we don’t and are caught off guard due to being weak, we may be quick to take the more easy, convenient, and readily accessible way out.  Yet, if we choose this route though, it may be convenient, easy, and at the time give us quick relief, truth is, it’ll in the end give us a headache later. Why? Glad you asked. All due to us moving ahead of God, it’s true, in other words, what was intended to be a blessing, if it’s not received in the divine way and manner it was meant to be given by God, it can later turn into a burden, a headache, and an outright troublesome curse.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) tells us:  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Let me give a few clear examples of this, you may be waiting for God to send that God sent man and or woman of God to you and so, you’ve been standing in His assurance for quite some time, but then, after a while here comes the tempter to say, “Hey, why don’t you just go to this singles website and set up your profile, I mean after all, it is a Christian site.”  Or maybe, you been told, to be still in this season with God, but yet, due to your financial situation facing you daily, the tempter is saying, “Hey just go and get a job, it doesn’t matter, what kind, the Lord knows, you need some money to survive.” And I can go on and on…

But in closing, the scripture I’d like to reference as a warning to us all is, when the word tells us about Abraham and how we was promised by God to have a heir, but yet, the tempter used His wife to give her blessing to Abraham to go into her mistress, being her servant, take her as a wife, have a child by her, and he listened. But, as you may or may not know, due to that, there’s never been total peace for Abraham’s promised seed as a result. For ever since that time there has been constant drama, between the two seeds. Why? Because he was not the promised heir, that God was referring to when He told Abraham he would have a child, for the seed that was produced with Sarah’s mistress was done so with man’s flesh involved. Please refer to Genesis chapters 15 and 16.

Now, I can only speak from experience thus the reason, I’m sharing this. For as I stated in “Waiting on the Promise-Part 1” I’ve been awaiting the birth of my third child, and being that I’m in the last stages, you don’t know how many times I’ve heard the doctors say, “You know, if you want, we can just go ahead and schedule to have you induced so this way, you can have complete peace of mind, as to know, when he’s coming and you can have everything lined up as far as, making it to the hospital in a calm manner while knowing where your other kids will be etc.” And though, yes, that all sounds SO picture perfect, I am well aware of the fact that, because I have absolutely no peace to do it that way, if I were to take what appears to be the easy way out, it can turn out to be a disastrous situation. And so, I’ve had to tell the many different doctors that’ve suggested this same thing to me “NO THANKS.”

For I have chosen to trust God to do it in His timing and in His way, I have chosen the unknown, knowing that with God, all is known. I have chosen to believe and receive, that I shall still have a peaceful trip to the hospital and things shall be in order, because the God I serve is a God of order. And so, though no, my decision may not be the most comforting at this time due to feeling like I am so ready to deliverer and though I look silly to the doctors still, I know that in the long run it’ll be more than well WORTH it. Because Lord knows, I want my blessing in the exact way, it was intended to be given and I do not want any unnecessary drama, as a result to me allowing man, or my flesh to do what they or I thought would help God out.

James 1:2-4 reads: My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

And James 2:12 tells us: Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

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The Definition of a Virtuous Woman

The Definition of A Virtuous Woman

Puts God on display

Modest

Graceful

Has a gentle Spirit

Not about me, my, and I but others

Desires inner beauty more than outer

Has great Spiritual Wealth

Bears Her Cross

Understands without God they are NOTHING!

This is my definition of a Proverbs 31 Woman

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My Testimonal

InterW.O.V.E.N Letter
“Delight in Waiting” ~ Singles

I shared my testimony at an WOVEN event I attended not long ago and wanted to share it as well with you, in hopes of it blessing you as it did others.

Dear Women Of Virtue Empowered NOW,

I remember the time when I was a “single lady”. I would put The Father on my calendar on a consistent basis. Yes, this was a special time in my life where we would spend Friday nights together, during which time I would SOLEY focus on the Lord. I would pray, worship, listen to the Lord, read His Word, and write as I reflected upon the HIS goodness. This was a time, out of many, where I purposefully invested into my relationship with The Lover of My Soul, in a private ONE on ONE way.

At that time, I lived with my parents and I’d place a sign on my door that would let everybody know I was in prayer and to request that I not be interrupted. I also fasted, setting aside eating food so that the fullness of my being could be attentive to HIM. Despite the sweet aroma of the southern cuisine cooking in the house, and the onlookers comments, “Are you sure you don’t want to eat. You are going to get sick and surely it does not take all that”, I found satisfaction in stealing away on my One of kind Divine dating experience with The Father. I recall turning down e-vitas and calls from friends to singles events, and getting my fair share of other offers to join the crowds, I put a premium on my time with The Lord. I determined to be “set-apart”.

I share this with such emphasis because the devil deploys distraction, delusion and derailing tactics regularly to lead us into temptation. Admittedly, the temptations were strong; BUT, Yah! HE gave me the strength to resist the many forms of temptation. Sacrifice and self-denial is an understatement when you’re single, waiting for what seems to be an eternity for Mr. Right, but staying in Our Father’s Presence, loving on Him and allowing HIM to love on you is the safest and most rewarding place you can find yourself.

Waiting is not sufficient. Waiting WELL is the higher call from Our Father’s Heart to yours! Waiting WELL means “seeking ye first the kingdom of YHWH and HIS righteousness and “ALL things”shall be added unto you.’ (Matthew 6:33) Waiting well means not hustling, contriving, online searching or finagling to find a mate. I can attest that HIS Word is true. In my waiting well, I was being delivered (set free) from so much bondage in my life. All the while, HE was preparing the “ALL things” to be given unto me. My “ALL things” came in his appointed time, – The Father’s chosen mate for my life. And now over a decade later, I’m still enjoying dating – Divinely with My Heavenly Father and devoutly with my husband.

Another pay off of waiting well is that when you are given your “ALL Things”, that man won’t become an idol. This, in fact, is a very easy thing to do when our priorities are not in proper order. There is no tolerance for idols, for YHWH is truly a jealous Elohim, and HE desires and deserves to have first place in our lives.

We serve A REAL Elohim – ONE who loves REAL AUTHENTIC attention from us; and love given to HIM “with ALL our heart, mind, soul, and strength (Mark 12:30). Yes! You CAN WAIT Well!

InterW.O.V.E.N with Love,

Sepia Gladden
Founder of Set Apart International Ministries

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They may be….. But

They may be cute, they may be nice, they may be respectful, they may make you laugh and put smiles on your face. You may have many things in common and yes, they may even be God fearing but, if they are not the predestined mate by God that He has for you then still, that relationship is out of order.  And, if we do not yield to the dying of our flesh (meaning to let go of that which is comfortable) then truth is, we will settle for less than that in which, God originally had planned. And thus, will be the cause of the future drama, unnecessary frustration, headaches, etc.  Though no, this drama, frustration, and headache may currently not be present due to the hype of just the fact of you being in a relationship and/or the awe about your similarities I guarantee, if that person is not the appointed one by God for you then mark my words that drama, frustration etc. it will come forth.  Again no, right now there may be absolutely no signs that you currently may see though normally when it is not God’s will there is in one way or the other. But many of times due to our own excitement we choose and notice I said, we choose to try to ignore or snuff out the uneasiness but again, even if right now you may claim all is good, as a prophet I a m warning you to take heed.

Many of times if we are saved it’s oblivious to us when someone is not that they are not the one for us even if we do try to have them in our space for a while in order to bring about temporary ease to our loneliness. However, I speak from experience to say that when you love on God and then another appears that loves on God as well, it can become a little challenging to know whether it’s God’s will for that relationship or not. Mainly, because again we are so focused on all the positive or Godly things they do, But as a way to help protect you from even this dangerous trap I’d like to share a prayer with you to be prayed by you. This prayer is for those of you who really desire to do God’s will opposed to yours and it is this:

          Lord God, I pray right now that you will frustrate the plans of man in the name of Jesus, being mine and others. I pray now Lord, for you to bring about a shaking so that only your perfected will shall prevail. Father, I pray that only the one that you have predestined to be in my space would be. And that everything else would be removed. Father, I publically acknowledge that I do not know what’s best for me, but you do. I acknowledge that I don’t know what I need in totality But you do and the person you have for me can walk with me, not only in my now but also accept my past and minister to my past and thrive with me in my future. Therefore, Lord I am yielding my will right now to you in a greater way even if it means tearing down to build up. I do pray for your continued grace to assist me throughout my faith journey with you. Help me to focus on your truth Matthew 6:33 being to Seek ye first your Kingdom and your righteousness and then stand in the knowing of the rest of your word being that everything else will be added unto me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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Valentines from the Father!

Though on this day, you may be around many people who are receiving boxes of chocolate, roses, cards, teddy bears, hearts etc. Please know that you are dearly loved by your Heavenly Father and please do not allow any negative seeds to linger or grow in your spirit during this time all because of what you may not see yourself receiving in the natural realm. But do keep your eyes stayed fixed on Jesus and mediate on the things that are  true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things (Philippians 4:8).

Yes, do mediate upon God and His everlasting love in which, He has loved, is loving and will continue to love you with. Do mediate on His promises and His daily benefits that He loads you with again daily (Psalm 68:19). And do know that God the Father has already given you the greatest gift you will ever have being His Son Jesus and His Holy Spirit to comfort you.  And so, it’s my prayer for you on this day and during this time that again your eyes will be stayed fixed upon the one who truly knows what true love is, and not just knows what love is, but has demonstrated, is demonstrating and will continue to demonstrate His vast Agape love that He has for you.  A love that no man will while on this earth will be ever able to fully comprehend.
God Bless, Love you and Happy Valentine’s Day to you from our Heavenly Father.
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