​​"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:"

  Ephesians 4:11-12

"HE WILL REVIVE US!"  HOSEA 6:2 

​21 Days of Dying 
The Crucified Life
Copyright 2016 © Misty Holmes Dorsey

Put Fear Behind You and Embrace The New
DAY 21

”For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4 (KJV)

Well today begin by saying I have the victory, and yes you do. These past 21 days we have worked at crucifying our flesh so we may live a life of abundance that God has promised. We have been pronouncing a benediction over our fears, emotions, rejections, abandonments, and those things that so easily beset us.

Are we now ready to run the race that has been set before you to obtain the prize? It’s time for us to buckle down and move forward. It’s time for the pressing towards the mark of the high calling. We must know this race is not given to the swift nor to the strong. 

“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” Ecclesiastes 9:11(KJV)

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13(KJV)

Let us begin by letting this mind which was in Christ Jesus be in us. Take on an attitude that we will not live in fear or be in bondage to the vices of the enemy. Change our posture and allow his love to become perfected in us. Remember perfect love cast out all fear, because fear has torment.

"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." 1 John 4:17-18

At this stage of our walk we refuse to allow the spirit of fear to paralyze us from becoming all that God has purposed in your life. It will not keep us from obtaining those things our Heavenly Father has given to us, and our Lord Jesus Christ has purchased for us through His blood.

Remember when we do not crucify our flesh we give it authority and power not only to speak in our lives but authority to control us. However, we will not be controlled by our flesh or emotions. We have come to this point now that we have made a conscious decision to walk in the newness of life that Christ has promised. 

Yes, old things have passed away and behold all things have become new. Wow, I am excited about where God is taking us and ready to walk in great power and great victory knowing that we will have good success.

Remember, God told Joshua:

“Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.” Joshua 1:3 (KJV)

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8 (KJV). Remember that we are not only heirs of the promise we are joint heirs with Christ Jesus.

It’s time to stop running and start obeying and walking in the statues that God has ordained for our lives. “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:” Isaiah 1:19 (KJV). We can do this and we can do this together, reflect on the Word of God that informs us that we are part of the body. The whole body is designed to operate and function as God has place each member in the body. For us to operate, outside of the body is to go against our creator and His original design and purpose that was intended for each of us. Recall we are a new creature and we have the greater one living inside.

Crucifying our flesh is a good thing. It becomes a sweet savor in the nostrils of our God! We no longer walk to the dictates of the flesh, but we walk in the realm of the spirit.

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)” Ephesians 2:1-5 (KJV)

Reflections:
Continue to crucify your flesh and remember we die daily. Say to yourself today: I (_Put your name here_) will not allow my flesh to disqualify me from receiving the blessings of the Lord. I decree that my flesh when I see it or feel it rising I will put the Word of God on it. My flesh, will, desires nor my emotions will no longer keep me from walking out my purpose, destiny and the promises that have been spoken over my life. Which has been spoken over me before the foundations of the earth. Today I render my flesh, mind, will and emotions, intellect, and etc. POWERLESS and DEFENSELESS. I am now ready and capable of revenging all disobedience when my obedience is fulfilled.
“And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2 Corinthians 10:6 (KJV)

I deliver unto you an eviction notice over my mind, will, emotions, intellect, and everything else that will easily beset me. I belong to God and make Jesus Christ lord of my life.​

















21 Days of Dying
The Crucified Life
Copyright 2016 © Misty Holmes Dorsey

Practice Love
DAY 19


“As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:9-13 KJV


We must allow the love of a God to become mature in us. Our desire is not just to get delivered but to be free. Know that when Jesus comes and truth is released one becomes free. The truth shall make you free. (John 8:32). One can get delivered but still have old path ways that can take them back to the place of bondage. Freedom destroys those ways and propels you to keep moving forward; focused on the prize which is in Christ Jesus.
People get delivered, but never come into newness. Freedom brings you into the newness.
To walk in great victory is to know that we are more than a conqueror, and greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world. We must allow the love of God to be shed abroad in our hearts so we can achieve the freedom God has promised. However, if love is absent or void from our lives we haven’t overcome and the joy that we are experiencing at that moment will only be temporal.


Satan looks for areas in your life where love is not mature. When he can see and identify those areas in our life he becomes a leech. A leech cannot survive unless it has something to feed on. If it has no host it cannot survive. When a leech finds a host they use their anterior suckers to feed on you.


When we have unresolved issues, we open ourselves up to leeches (demons and devices of the enemy). Once attached, leeches secrete certain enzymes into your blood stream. As a result, they will begin to bite.
Interesting, once they start biting, they will numb the area so you will not become of aware of the pain. Leeches have morphine-like substances in them that will neutralize the tissues. We cannot allow those with leech like characteristics to access us. We must close the door. Do not become a victim to the enemy’s devices. You do not want that area to become unresponsive and get stronger because it has been numbed. We must allow the power of the Holy Ghost to destroy it and all its forces that want it to stay.


Love is the key to grow and mature in God and wax strong is His glory! When you gave your life to Christ you were born again into love. Remember God is love.


John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son.


We must take on the mind of Christ and allow our mouths to speak what is in the Father’s heart. Hatred did not get Jesus anywhere, it was love. After all that has been done to our Lord, He still looked out to see all those that surrounded the cross at His crucifixion and utter:


Luke 23:34 (KJV)
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.


This opens our eyes to the compassion of Christ. Many people are motivated in the Body of a Christ by many things, but true compassion comes when the Father's heart becomes your heart.
We must become one with the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


Philippians 2:5 KJV
[5] Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:


Compassion is work. If we want victory over the enemy, we must put our lives in God’s hand. Not only our lives but also everything that has ever wounded, hurt, disappointed, rejected, abandoned, molested, lied, and etc. put into our Father’s hands. He is waiting and has been waiting on you. If you draw nigh, He will draw nigh unto you.


Tell you flesh that it will not hold on to these emotions, pains, regrets, disappointments, losses, and tantrums any more. Tell your flesh that today:


Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.


Know one thing, leeches hang around murky places. Don’t take yourself somewhere that you are open for an attack from the enemy. Submit to God, resist the devil, and all appearances of evil.


Whatever wants to or tries to attach to you it will have no room to do so. Allow the love and the blood of Jesus to flow through your mortal body.


Reflections:
Today practice love.
Luke 6:27-29 (KJV)
27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. 29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.

21 Days of Dying
The Crucified Life
Copyright 2016 © Misty Holmes Dorsey



















21 Days of Dying
The Crucified Life
Copyright 2016 © Misty Holmes Dorsey

Love That Will Set You Free 
DAY 18

Many have been wounded in the name of love and are carrying the hurt and the pain from that experience. When we love the way, God tells us to love it is different than the way the world tells us to love.

The world loves someone because....., but God loves because He is love. There are no conditions and strings attached. Some will love you because of your looks but what happens when the looks begin to change, is love still present or was your love based on some condition.

Matthew 5:44 (KJV) - But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

One might ask, how can this even be possible, love my enemies? What kind of language is that? Why must I love those who hate me?

John 13:35 (KJV) - By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

We must remember that we too where enemies of God and in great need of a savior. Jesus came to give us life and more abundantly. He still desires to heal, deliver, and set us free from the chains of bondage. 

Romans 5:10 (KJV) - For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Colossians 1:21 (KJV) - And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled;

Know that before we were Christ He loved us and Christ had already paid a price for you and I. All that we have ever done and will do, it will not stop His love for us. He loved first and that love did not stop because of our faults.

When love is void in our hearts, forgiveness cannot come in. Forgiveness may appear to be present. However, when someone does you wrong, do we remember the old and allow the old hurt to flood our heart?

1 Peter 4:8 (KJV) - And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity (love) shall cover the multitude of sins.

Know this love is the strongest weapon, and it will defeat the enemy in our lives and in the lives of others. Realize that it was love that led Christ to the cross, kept Christ on the cross, and rose Him from the dead. Love is so strong and powerful that it will cause demons, devils and witches to withdraw. When they see love the power in torment is cast out. Love’s assignment is to cover a multitude of sin and bring us into righteousness. Love will cause you to look past someone’s fault and see their need. 

Right now, you may be questioning what is (Misty) saying to me – look past their fault and your fault, What? Doing this will cause you to see someone the way God sees them and still love them with agape love. God’s love is still doing it for us. Learning to let go is hard. Despite the difficulty there is a great reward that comes along with letting go and loving, even when it hurts. Above all, we must remember that Jesus did not let us go. He forgave us and continues to forgive us repeatedly. 

Holding on to grudges and pain will cause your flesh to get stronger and cause you to miss out on God’s purpose for your life. Let it go and allow the love of God to cover you.

The enemy is always trying to tell us that no one loves you or cares for us. When tragedy arises, the enemy tells us that if God loves us this would have never happened. The devil hates love and all that God stands for after all the Bible tells us that God is love. (I John 4:8)

It is okay to open yourself up to God and love again the way God loves. When you love with conditions a door will open that will eventually cause you some pain. 

Reflections:
Today reflect on where your love falls short or simply not present. Begin to journal and ask God to help you to love through His heart and His eyes. Allow Him to take your heart out of it and give you His heart.















21 Days of Dying
The Crucified Life
Copyright 2016 © Misty Holmes Dorsey

Overcoming Your Belly/Appetite (continued) DAY 17

“For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Romans 6:18 (KJV)

When overcoming the belly, it is important to hang around those who are likeminded, such as, believers who want the things of God for themselves and others.

When we serve our bellies, there is a spiritual indictment against us because we are walking in offence and division because we put our bellies before God. Our bellies do not have a brain or senses, and we must learn not to listen to our bellies when they begin to speak.
We are to pursue the things of God and not our appetite. However, our bellies want us to chase after things that will cause us to be spiritually broken and in bondage. We are to hear what the Holy Spirit tells us and turn down our plates.

We are to separate the flesh (world) from the spirit. The way we sustain the flesh is that we must give it food. Food will keep the flesh world strong. When our flesh is disciplined then our spirit man becomes strong.

After your flesh bites down on what it wants, it will begin to bite down on you. When crucifying our flesh, we must learn how to dismantle our mouth. Let not your mouth have a recourse. Your mouth and eyes can deceive you as well as others.

Genesis 3:1-24 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be openand ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. 20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. 21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. 22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. When we begin to overcome our bellies, we obtain a place with God.

The belly loves to satisfy our appetite. Your belly and your tongue have an affection for one another. Do not allow what you put in your mouth to bite down on you and deceive you. Thus, causing your spirit man to die. Your tongue loves to deal and relate to an un-regenerated mind. It will intimidate you and manipulate you.
The belly has a ministry on its own. It will pull on your tongue to speak and taste what it desires. Our bellies can be deceptive as it causes us to connect to what we see, hear, and desire without processing or counting the cost. We will begin to taste before we even see what we are eating.

The belly is evil. It is the seat of carnal affections. Therefore, we must overcome our bellies if we want to live a crucified life.
We must not worship or entertain our bellies. We want the deep things of God but they do not come without discipline. Our bellies can begin to speak to us and we won’t even recognize it. The belly must be brought under subjection. If not, one will sin and cause problems.

Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

We must learn how to turn off the stove, the sink, the dishwasher, and the television. We must learn how to live in the aroma of prayer.

Genesis 25:29-34 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: 30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. 31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. 32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? 33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

If we do not control our bellies, it will cause us to sell our birthrights and forfeit our inheritance.

Reflections:
Make a decision that crucifying your flesh is worth it. Allow God to talk to you about your appetite and why your belly wants to control your actions. Find Scriptures to shut that path down. Then rehearse those Scriptures and allow the Word to of God to renew your appetite, mind, and will.