Hope for the Hopeless

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Life has many trials. Jesus never candy coated the truth when teaching His disciples about encountering problems in this world.

John 16:33  (NIV) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Today the Lord prompted me to recollect specific trials in my past that appeared to be uncertain, hopeless, and depressing, only to remind me that He never abandoned me, always remained close to me, delivered me and restored me!

We can think about the Israelites all day every day and never comprehend how they felt standing on the beach of the Red Sea while the Egyptian soldiers were closing in on them to destroy all of them.

There was no place to go, but yet God created a way for them to escape! According to Exodus 14:1-4, the Lord knew in advance this was going to take place and He was going to use this as an opportunity to show His glory to everyone. God wants to show us a way out when we do not recognize a neon EXIT sign leading us out of our problems.

God will never deliver you half way!

He will always finish what He begins! 

God loves to prove us wrong when we believe a difficult situation is hopeless! 

Allow me to share a couple of my personal testimonies with you to build your faith…

I believed my difficult situation was hopeless when I was diagnosed with a disease attacking my immune system. This disease is without a known or proven cause and there is no cure for it. It becomes extremely painful to where people are placed on permanent disability and would eventually be admitted to hospitals fighting pain on morphine! I was not allowed to eat or drink anything acidic, which is most of the food everyone eats and could not drive down the street for the length of one block without falling asleep at the wheel with chronic fatigue. God proved me wrong and instantly healed me at a Benny Hinn Conference! This was 20+ years ago!

I believed my difficult situation was hopeless when I was being tormented by mental and verbal abuse to the point of almost losing my mind. I remember kneeling on the altar steps of a church telling God repeatedly that I had I no idea how He was going to fix my living situation, but I knew He could do it. Over and over again I kept telling him these words, while I was repenting and promising Him that I would never put anyone or anything above Him ever again. I promised Him the rightful place in my heart as my first love and meant it with everything within me. One week later, God proved me wrong by exposing the truth into my situation in such a way that every tiny bit of deception was revealed. He delivered me into a better living situation and restored my mind with clarity and gave me new hope for my future.

Whenever I believed my difficult situation was hopeless is when God always proved me wrong! Your situation might be difficult right now! You may feel there is no way out of your mess and defeat is at your doorstep to overtake you, but God is going to prove you wrong!

Luke 18:27 (TPT) Jesus responded, “What appears humanly impossible is more than possible with God. For God can do what man cannot.”

Wholeheartedly,

Simone Ascoli

Spirit of Excellence

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I felt the Holy Spirit whisper in my ear this afternoon, “Spirit of Excellence”. All of a sudden He took me to a place spiritually where he was showing me believers in the marketplace. I felt like he wanted me to uncover the deception behind the world’s perspective regarding the subject of excellence in business and wanted me to touch on every aspect of life associated with it.

It is easy for us to get caught up in popular trends, culture, and to put too much of our attention toward the world’s point of view concerning the topic of excellence, without ever seeking the Word of God for its true meaning.

First of all, anyone the Spirit of God lives and dwells within has the Spirit of Excellence within them. In the Kingdom, your amount of excellence isn’t recognized by how you dress, how you talk, what you eat, or what you may or may not have. You are also not recognized by how perfect you are, because it is impossible for man to be perfected without God.

The world calls out and identifies a measure of excellence on someone based by shallow and perfectionist characteristics, not by God’s truth. We need to be careful not to allow ourselves to get wiped out by the tidal wave of approval addiction and temptation that this world creates and engulfs us in.

Our culture can paint an enticing picture of excellence to look like some sort of perfectionist platform that will only create an atmosphere of comparison, jealousy, greed, fear, and self-centeredness.

Don’t get me wrong. I would never try to convince you not to take proper care of yourself or to not dress appropriately by no means.  I am simply letting you know that God’s excellence is the only way to reach true prosperity and success. The kind of fullness that makes you feel good about yourself at the end of the day when your home with your families.

The Spirit of Excellence is the Spirit of God. It is a part of us who know God and partner with him in everyday living and reflect his character in everyday decisions.  Daniel carried an excellent spirit within him as noted in Daniel 6:3 (KJV) and it is known that Daniel respected and was loyal to God. He also walked in sincere integrity. He chose not to blend in with a progressive culture that was against God during his time and day. He stood out and the Spirit of Excellence radiated off him everywhere he went.

Moses stuttered, but he was chosen by God anyways and the Spirit of God who is excellent was with him.

David was chosen at a young age and anointed to be King. The Spirit of God was with him during the entire process that took him from shepherd boy to King! The Spirit of God was with Joseph and Esther throughout their processes and developmental stages before placing them in the palace. It was not by popular demand or acceptance that fixed both of them firmly into a seat of royalty and kingdom leadership. It was by the Spirit of God who is the Spirit of Excellence.

This passage below is describing our precious Jesus who is excellent in every form and manner:

Isaiah 53:2-3 NIV He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Jesus was God in the flesh and he was excellent. As you can see in these patterns, the world’s vision of excellence is not like God’s.

Jesus mentioned John the Baptist as the greatest man ever born from a woman, but his lifestyle in our day and time would have marked him as weird and unpopular, correct?

Matthew 3:4 TPT Now, John wore clothing made from camel’s hair, tied at his waist with a leather strap, and his food consisted of dried locusts and wild honey.

Excellence is not someone who is driven by performance and perfectionism in the world’s eyes, but it is someone who functions under Him who is perfect and performs with integrity. True excellence is God inspired and breathed into your life.

The fruit of excellence is demonstrated by your actions of obedience in front of others.

God will reward a person who carries an upright posture and who remains in him. He develops and promotes the humble-hearted and brings down the prideful among us.

Ladies & Gentlemen: God loves you! He is the Spirit of Excellence. Let your actions bring him glory in the marketplace and in your personal life.

God prompted me to write this in my blog tonight and to discuss this subject with you for a reason. I believe it is because he desires to prosper you in every area of life. I believe promotion is coming to the people this word is speaking to!

Wholeheartedly,

Simone Ascoli

Psalm 34:8 (TPT) 

Drink deeply of the pleasures of this God. Experience for yourself the joyous mercies he gives to all who turn to hide themselves in him.

Promises Fulfilled

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I have learned to trust God when my situations completely contradict His promises for me. I always believed I had strong faith, but when the winds started to blow and certain storms invaded my life, doubt came knocking on my door.

When it became difficult to remain hopeful, trust didn’t happen instantly with amazing fire, faith, and strength. This process happened slowly and right smack dab in the middle of my trials. Our relationship with God is like a relationship with no other, but He still requires our faith to grow as we mature in Him spiritually. When our faith is stretched it becomes stronger. Like a person who exercises a muscle.

Here is a scripture that I simply adore and keep close to my heart:

Psalm 103:2 The Passion Translation (TPT) Yahweh, you are my soul’s celebration. How could I ever forget the miracles of kindness you’ve done for me?

When you are faced with situations that seem impossible, hopeless or discouraging in the midst of trying to grasp onto His promises as if they were straws, call upon the Lord to help you recollect memories of every promise fulfilled by Him and begin to ponder on everything He has done for you because He is faithful.

Here are a few of my promises fulfilled:

  • He promised me healing from a rare disease without a cure and kept His promise.
  • He promised to deliver, provide, and protect me and my children during a divorce when I was a single parent. He kept His promise.
  • He opened doors for me to qualify for cars and apartments when obstacles should have prevented me. He kept His promise.
  • He gave me the ending of the Book of Esther concerning specifically the part about Haman’s evil plot that backfired on himself, right before an evil conspiracy entered my life for a season. He kept His promise as in the book of Esther.
  • He promised me a believing husband that would love me, love my children, and support me in ministry. He kept His promise.
  • He promised to help me grow spiritually, give me a whole heart and a renewed mind. He continues to hold my hand through every inner healing process and moment of clarity. He is still keeping His promise.
  • He promised to protect me in grammar school and junior high from bullies while they threatened and tormented me for months, but they never beat me up or jumped me. He kept His promise.
  • He promised to give me a bunch of spiritual children to raise up, people to mentor and to coach. He kept His promise.
  • He promised to protect my children. He has kept His promise.
  • He promised to provide for me financially. He has kept His promise.

When you find yourself in the middle of a wilderness filled with reason and doubt begins to knock on your door, answer it with a history of truth and God’s word.

I carried you with me through some of my previous testimonials to stir up your faith enough to focus on EVERYTHING THE LORD HAS DONE FOR YOU! The Lord wants you to shut down the lies of the enemy today. You are His child and He doesn’t want you to become troubled and worried about your promises from Him. He is not a man or woman who falls short and cannot keep every promise. He is supernatural, not human. He is the same God who created our universe, stars, and the world you live in with everything natural in it! Anything is possible with God. There is no limit to His resources, abundance, wealth, protection, love, forgiveness or happiness.

2 Corinthians 1:20 The Passion Translation (TPT) For all of God’s promises find their “yes” of fulfillment in him. And as his “yes” and our “amen” ascend to God, we bring him glory!

Footnotes:

The Aramaic can be translated “All of the kingdoms of God are in him.” The Hebrew word for “amen” means “That’s right!” This elliptical sentence could imply the following: (1) It is through Christ that we hear and believe God’s promises and say the declaration of our faith, “Amen,” or (2) it is Christ who speaks through us the “Amen” (of faith).

Take a moment today to grab a notebook and write down everything God has done for you and read your testimonials to the enemy out loud! Build yourself up in this truth and tell your adversary that you have an outrageously good Father that has a history keeping His promises with you!

All of your promises from God are “Yes and Amen!”

 

Exponential Growth!

The Lord Said, “Grab a hold of my cloak and do not let go! Hold on this season! For I am about to move swiftly! Pay attention children, I have important instructions for you to keep within the next coming months. My anointing will be moving fast this season. Healing and restoration are coming as a spiritual downpour into the lives of many. I have a proper sequence of things that will opening up in front of you one by one and I do not want you to stop moving because you are shocked when they happen. I need you to listen to my voice and obey me in this. Do not stall when I speak this season. There is a divine purpose for every door that opens up for you and for every gift that I give you. Please remember that everything that I give you is not just for you, but for many. Do not become selfish with my guidance and blessings. Do not store them up without sharing my goodness to ears that long to receive hope. For I the Lord am with you! Do not turn to the left or to the right as if I am not standing with you. I go before you my precious child and when you speak my voice stands behind it with boldness, accuracy, and sharpness that will split mountains. I am coming quickly this season with exponential growth in your life.”

I see a steady line of gifts, doors to be opened, and divine appointments in the Spirit that are already standing in a proper position right now waiting for God to start the domino effect in the lives of many. I literally see them in perfect order and sequence, but be prepared because they will open quickly this season. Don’t be caught off guard when the Lord is warning you now. Walk into them, because God is with you! Some of you will be healed of 4-5 different physical and emotional situations, one at a time moving quickly. Some of you will have doors open quickly and receive funds to move through them. Do not stall. Some of you will be invited to places and asked to do things that you thought weren’t coming till later on.  The Lord said it is now time for many of you to receive a series of kingdom tools, gifts, blessings, opportunities, wholeness, and move in the areas that He has prepared for you in advance to do. Some of you haven’t even asked for certain things, but the Lord is still bringing them to you.

Even though chaos has been hitting the world and catastrophic events are happening in the media that seem worrisome, your heavenly Father wants you to know that He has not forgotten about what He has prepared for you. Be sure to move quickly as these things happen and do not get caught up in the shock and awe effect. You will have plenty of time to be in shock and awe after the series of sequences have been completed this season.

After these things happen remember not to forget His benefits says the Lord!

Do not forget my benefits says the Lord!

Do not forget my benefits says the Lord!

 

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The Thomas In You…

When you believe your dream is dead or it seems too impossible to picture it actually coming to pass, its okay to ask Jesus to prove the promise to you! Wow! Did I just say its okay to doubt? No! I meant its normal to struggle with something you have been believing in, while you are in transition of it coming to pass. Basically, this can happen when you are approaching the borderline to your breakthrough or destination! Even more so after enduring through great disappointment. Why do I say this? First of all, everyone and everything that is written in the Word of God is placed in it for nothing other than a GOOD reason and a GREATER purpose. I previously judged Thomas before receiving this revelation and until Holy Spirit spoke something to my spirit about Thomas today.

Thomas was on the road of transition to his calling, purpose, and destiny! He ministered with Jesus before he watched Him die on a cross! In the eyes of Thomas: The promises and dreams that Jesus gave him, actually felt like they had died on a cross with Him.

This makes sense to me! He couldn’t picture all of His promises coming to pass anymore! That’s why after he heard about the appearance of Jesus rising from the dead, clearly it would have seemed too good to be true and too hard to believe in! After all, he watched Him hang on a cross and breathe his last breath.

So many of us are quick to judge Thomas, but we don’t ever take the time to examine what he physically witnessed after Jesus had promised him (and the other disciples)  the world! Jesus didn’t hesitate to give Thomas exactly what he needed to keep on keeping on and He didn’t withhold himself from His friend and disciple. I believe there is a little bit of Thomas in each one of us when times seem impossible to keep hoping for our promises. Even more so when our promises have seemed dead! It doesn’t even matter if you are currently IN transition because Thomas was in transition too and you are still human!

Jesus wants to strengthen and perfect your faith and desires to help you come into a place where you believe without being given a play by play, BUT some of us struggle and need it confirmed! Remember that God wants you to get there, but He also knows that you might need help occasionally on your journey. Certain people in the word that needed extra confirmations along the way are not bad or weak people. They were human people!

Today if you are struggling with believing in God for a specific promise, briefly ask Him to provide the proof as Thomas did! He will give you exactly what you need to keep going. He wants to help you believe and He wants to walk you into your calling and destination! He allowed Thomas to stick his hand in his palms and side to prove it! Why would He do less for you?

Thomas was trained personally by Jesus for a couple of years and in the middle of his transition and during his process he doubted after he saw his dream die! He was called to travel and minister to the world shortly after the death and resurrection of Jesus! Who would have seen this coming? When he said what he needed, Jesus gave it to him! Not just for Thomas, but for the people that Thomas would reach in his future! Jesus knew what Thomas needed to answer the call on his life! What is God calling you to do? I pray He gives you what you need today to keep standing on your promises! Amen! [ based on John 20:24-29 ]

REVERSAL IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM

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We are rapidly entering into a season where the world will not be in control any longer. The world has a boastful courage and its days of consuming the front stage in the centre of communication and entertainment is coming to a screeching halt for a period of time. I’m not sure how long this supernatural freeze will be, but it will provide enough time to gather everyone that needs to enter through its doors for a greater purpose. You will witness well-known leaders in the entertainment industry come out of their hiding place during this time and make God’s presence in their life KNOWN. Some movie stars will become bold and courageous and God will bless their courage with overwhelming kindness and unmerited favour. Flocks upon flocks of people will be led on the road of righteousness and walk through this door of salvation!

During this freeze, God will allow open doors to His sons and daughters who will take their positions to bring about change in our world. He is answering prayers from multitudes of believers all over the world. He is about to save a large portion of our young adult and youth in this powerful wave that is about to hit in the music, sports, news, television, radio, and social media industries. Expect multitudes to enter into their God-given purpose in this movement. Get ready parents, mentors, role models, spiritual parents, teachers, and pastors. Preparation is at hand. God knows the urgency of saving our youth because they will shape future cities, nations, and governments.

I see a quick reversal that will take place before a huge revival and harvest! Make up your mind to be on the winning side of this movement! There is no more time to remain sitting on the fence or standing on the sidelines. This is an event you won’t want to miss out on. Refuse to serve the demands of popularity within the world by abiding by its preferences or you will miss out on the beginning of the GREATEST movement in history!

Make a decision to seriously invest yourself into God’s plan for your life, because your heart’s desire is hidden within His agenda. He’s been patient in dealing with you for years and the time has come to step forward into everything that He wants to bless you with. Stop depriving yourself of his goodness.

You were not aware of this truth until this moment, but by planning your own course all these years, you’ve been actually running away from all His promises for you instead of running toward all of them.

His plan is to chase you down with His blessings and everyone that is connected and networked with you will be impacted by your overflow. God will bless your talents and gifts and they will be used on a grander scale. It’s impossible for the world to bless anything with the same magnitude and greatness as God can. Anything is possible with God. He is the creator of this world and has established all of its limits. No more working on the wrong side and moving in the wrong direction. He is saving you from future heartbreak today.

This is a call to every believer. The prompting is now. The timing is perfect. It’s time for us to claim our spiritual purpose without fear. He is calling us to surrender our own mindsets and complacent behaviours and step into everything that we have been praying for. Permit His love to saturate your entire being from head to toe. Our kingdom goal is to demonstrate His perfect love everywhere we go to the point of being unrecognizable to human nature. We are getting ready to walk in His peace that surpasses all understanding. We are about to dress in His supernatural attire during this season and put off our old ways of thinking! We are getting ready for the biggest race and revival we have ever known to man. Don’t worry, you won’t be alone on this ride.

Encourage your sisters and brothers in Christ the same way you want to be encouraged. We are not in competition with one another but on the same team. When one person wins everyone wins. Refuse to believe that someone else is surpassing you or you are being overlooked. It’s a lie! You are important and a vital part of the body of Christ. We are individually called to be moving in perfect sequence wherever we are at spiritually together in this. We might have different positions, callings, seats, gifts, talents, careers, businesses, missions, or offices, but we are ALL powerful and headed in the same direction, upward! No one is less important and everyone is needed. Every task that is completed by YOU will bring the entire operation into perfect glory. God’s glory!

Don’t be deceived. Those who invest themselves in hidden places will excel in greater places. God is about to reverse everything and switch the script when it comes to those that will walk in greater favour, wisdom, spiritual gifts, abundance, and prosperity. The world will no longer appear to have it all together. The church will. People will flock to church for greater understanding, wisdom, guidance, healing, restoration, and LOVE. The world won’t be able to satisfy this parched land any longer. The Kingdom is going to manifest in a greater way naturally this season. The earth will take notice. The world’s way of thinking will go into hiding and believers will stand out and shine.

There is a shifting taking place in our country and in the world where God is going to make His children known to all of creation. There will be no in-between ground of lukewarmness, but the light will become brighter and darkness will become darker. We will walk in unity carrying our Father’s glory, grace, courage, peace, love, and power. Get ready! I can see and feel this in the spirit today. I literally see the world going through a shock and awe of God’s presence that is getting ready to be poured out everywhere. Everyone is a leader in this season. Take your positions and understand that you are not in this alone. The harvest is ready! This is a word from the Lord.

Good Good Father

Do you find yourself struggling and sensing a wall between you and God? When you speak to Him in your quiet place, do you feel the freedom to be yourself with Him? Do you sense a separation from Him even though outwardly others perceive you to be close to Him? Do you feel unworthy to ask him for awesome things? Do you have any doubt that He has your best interest in mind always? If this is you, let’s take a moment to digest this post right now. I would like to bring an unbroken perspective into your heart, mind, and soul today.

There are so many of us that fall into this category. People who are afraid to pray or request what they really want. People who believe they have created their own distance from God by walking in their own foolishness or weakness. Could this be possible? God is omnipresent, knowing of everything, and loves us unconditionally at the same time. Why do we find ourselves fighting against patterns of guilt, unworthiness, or condemnation? Why do we eventually shut down and begin to stop counting on or expecting anything great from God?  Why do we replay the same tragic let downs over and over again in our minds, until all hope is gone?

When you fall into this rut you can easily convince yourself that God doesn’t want to give you good things. You could tell yourself that you aren’t one of His favorites, because natural parents can play favorites, right? You can begin to believe that He has forsaken and abandoned you because maybe one (or both) of your natural parents have.

Isaiah 49:15-16 (NIV) 15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! 16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

Why would a perfect God with perfect love deliberately refuse good things to His children? Please stop. Be still. Meditate on the scriptures and the words that you’re about to read next.

Romans 8:38-39 (NLT) 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Visualize God as your good and perfect Father. It is impossible for any natural father to size up or begin to compare himself with this kind of greatness. Even if your Dad won Dad of the year, every year!

If your childhood was filled with several bad examples of a natural father, God intends to replace every bad memory with a good memory from Him. This is His goal.

He is the best and He wants the best for His children. Picture the greatest father figure that you could ever imagine, well He’s even better than that! There isn’t a doubt in His mind that His love toward you runs so deep that nothing in heaven above or on earth below could ever push you away from it.

The goodness of your heavenly Father runs consistently through eternity and will last forever. It will never fade or run out. He will never leave you, nor forsake you, or abandon you. You are the apple of His eye. You are not common royalty, but Kingdom royalty. You are exquisite in nature and in heaven.

I understand that you have experienced setbacks and disappointments in this life, but it’s only because we currently live in a flawed world. The connection between you and your heavenly Father needs to stay vibrant and alive. He wants to hear from you. Your prayers are like sweet incense to Him. Your heart is everything to Him. He’s listening to you and is actively planning out His remarkable entrance to bring forth beauty for your ashes, manifest His promises to you, shower you with blessings, surprise you with breakthroughs, and sustain you with His perfect provision.

You might seem imperfect in your own eyes, but you are a masterpiece in His. Nothing is wrong with you at all.

Psalm 139:14 (AMP) I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.

So ask yourself, are you being honest in describing your heart and the real struggles that you are facing today? He wants your intimacy, truth, and communication. Its value is precious. Talk to Him, cry on His shoulder, allow Him to comfort you and reassure you.

What is your desire? Is it connection, the understanding of knowing His love for you, wholeness, freedom, deliverance, to be a wife, mom, or a best friend? Could it be that you desire favor, a promotion, a home, need direction, want restoration in a friendship or relationship, or need healing?

The term, “the sky is the limit” doesn’t exist with YOUR Daddy! Nothing is impossible for Him. He loves to demonstrate His glory through difficult situations.

Child of God, stand securely blessed and covered with the Almighty’s love and favor today. You are surrounded by His goodness. You are deeply and profoundly cherished. May your cup overflow and may your soul be filled with confidence that cannot escape you. Take your requests to the throne room, sit back in expectation, and refuse to believe that you will be let down.

James 1:17 (AMP) Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes].