God is so committed to His will for your life that He will not release you to your next step of destiny until He knows you are ready and until you have proven your readiness to yourself.  That only happens in the wilderness.

You know your personal wilderness! It’s a lonely, frustrating place and in the midst of it, the voices of doubt and the devil are easier to hear than the voice of God.  Makes you confused and wondering HOW to get out.

The destiny to which you are appointed demands you know who you are!

This wilderness may look desolate but BE ENCOURAGED, it’s designed to help you grow.

Van Moody
The i-Factor
How Building a Great Relationship with Yourself is the Key to a Happy, Successful LIfe

I kept this book near to me and finally got to reading this. I am just halfway through and it is already soul-transforming! This is what we need most.  As weapons of warfare rise up against the mind and heart –the emotions–we need to stand firm and know who we are, what we are and whose we are! We belong to God! To His kingdom!

We must be doing something right, else the enemy wouldn’t be fighting us so hard. My dear friend and sister Cynthia Murray [Divine Women of Destiny] said to me today, “What fight isn’t painful? What boxer thinks he is going in the ring and not going to get hit or bruised?”  I mean even if you win–you still getting hit, attacked and bruised up.  You don’t go in the ring as a darling diva and come out even more glamorous. In fact you come out looking WORSE!  Bruised, battered and beaten!!!


You have a purpose as an individual.  Your own destiny that God designed just specific and tailored to your life only.  You will be a blessing to the body of Christ and to those you encounter.  There is a virtue that comes out of you–and it comes out of a place of brokenness. A place where you were bruised, battered and beaten up! This was the place that caused you to grow the most.

God has plans for us! Perfect plans. A great destiny. It will happen –good things.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11

Then He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers. And the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day.
Deuteronomy 6:23-24 

Thank you for your words CM.  I appreciate them, value them and will hide them in my heart! ❤

With Love,

About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

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