Don’t Go Hungry

“Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom) Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to…

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Obedience Produces Fruit

I started thenikaocollection.com out of obedience. But, the more I write, the more I realize this obedience continues to feed my own spirit. Periodically during my quiet time, God will lead me to re-read a recent post or one from years ago. As I read these messages, new revelation flows and my spirit is refreshed.…

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Prepare for Elevation

From uncomfortable situations to joyous occasions, everything we encounter is intentional. As we continue to live out God’s will for our lives, situation after situation will prepare us for continued elevation. However, if we hide our purpose, or become lazy in fulfilling our purpose, God has nothing to elevate. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by…

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When Life Hits Hard

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:7-9 NIV) When life hits hard, I…

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Believe in God

God is our refuge and strength,     an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way     and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam     and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3 NIV) For a few seconds, I…

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Push Yourself

Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:14-30 God has entrusted you with a particular purpose according to your ability. No, it will not be fulfilled perfectly or painlessly. But, with faith and consistency, it will be worth it. The world is waiting earnestly for you to just be you. “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing…

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We’re Victorious

Scripture reading: Daniel 6 Just as the enemy will send people to distract, dismantle and disapprove our purpose, God will lead people to encourage, enhance and enjoy our purpose. For context, let’s look at Daniel’s story. Because Daniel found favor in the eyes of God and men (Proverbs 3:4), the enemy planted envy in those Daniel…

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Stay Woke.

In life, we will interact with, befriend and work alongside a multitude of people. Because humans are vessels used by God and the enemy to carry out their plans, some of these people will be heaven-sent, and some will not. It can be difficult to determine if a seemingly “good” person has God’s will in…

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Pause

Here in Wisconsin, as the snow makes its arrival, I’m alarmed that it is already Fall. With each passing day, I find myself increasingly aware that one day I won’t experience these seasons any longer. My clock will stop ticking, and what I have done up until that point will be all I have to…

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