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B i s h o p Kevin J. Foreman

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With our nation predicting a recession, now is the time for

When God gives us a vision, we must write it down and be diligent to see it fulfilled. Nothing just happens. God has chosen you to do something special on the earth. The question is, have you spent intimate time with Him to find out what His vision is? Habakkuk Chapter 2 says “that he would stand his watch so that the Lord could bring correction to him through the form of the vision.” Many times, we cannot hear from God because we spend too much time on things that don’t matter. You have several things going on around you, but the question is, if He is not included in everything that you do, what have you really accomplished? We have mastered the art of being busy but we have not mastered the art of being effective. Doing a lot of good does not mean that we get caught up in asking others their opinions about what God wants us to do, and talking to friends that don’t even know anything and are opposed to listening to God.

Many people would not serve God unless they endured trouble. God wants to get us to a place where we trust Him so much that we realize any trouble we face is really for our good. The giants that we face in the Promised Land, many times, are misunderstood. Those giants are only giants if we perceive them to be giants; It is all about perspective. Like the old adage, do you look at a half glass of tea as half empty or half full? The English word “giant” comes from the Hebrew word naphal. It has several definitions, but most of them have to do, not with the giant, but with ourselves. One type of giant is when we try to be accepted by people. Whenever we try to compromise the vision God has given us in order to be accepted by people, it will become a giant to us. We will never be able to walk in what God has for us; because we’re always trying to make sure everyone approves of it. I’m here to tell you that everyone is not going to be excited about you being whole. Unfortunately, during this time of your life, you will find out who your real friends and family are. Just because you are related to someone, doesn’t mean you’re in a covenant connection with them.

Have you ever been in a room with a lot of people, and someone is calling your name but you don’t hear them because of the noise around you? That’s sometimes how a relationship is with God; He is speaking to you, but because there’s too much going on around you, you cannot hear Him. You must begin to see things the way that God sees things. In God’s eyes you are a completed work. He has laid out the blueprint and made the plans for your life very clear, but we are under construction.

Another giant is being judged. This is being disqualified by people or being disqualified by ourselves. Have you ever counted yourself out before you even tried? If you listen to the negative things people have to say, you will never be able to see the vision that God has given you come to pass.

This is the day that the Lord has made for you. When we truly understand God’s sovereignty, we understand that our steps have been ordered by Him. Nothing we encounter is designed to kill us, yet it is designed to empower us to fulfill the vision He’s given to us. When you wake up in the morning, you must start that day by saying, “God has made this day for me; this is a custom fit. Since He has made this day for me, I must rejoice and be glad in it because anything that comes my way, He has already approved. Hallelujah!!” Anything that comes your way should not stop you. Everyday is your day.

“People are people and God is God. What do you fear doing and, as a result of fear, don’t do anything at all? Maybe it’s looking at your credit report or maybe it’s applying for a home loan. Maybe, it’s reaching out to an estranged child or applying for the job that you appear under-qualified for. Don’t allow anyone, including yourself, to disqualify you.“ What God has for you is just for you. Another definition in Hebrew for giant is “to lie down or rot.“ Strawberries start out as one of the most enjoyable, delicious and beautiful fruits, but if they are never eaten or used, they will begin to mold. Water is the source of life. Nothing can exist on earth without it, but when water is left in a stagnant position, it stinks.

Affliction makes us grow. The Children of Israel went This is an excerpt from the book, into Egypt as about seventy-five people, but over Getting Your Finances in Order time they grew into millions. While they were afflicted, Order your copy today they grew and they learned. When Joseph invited his www.finalharvestcc.org 877-55BISHOP brothers (Children of Israel) into Egypt, it was because there was a great famine in the land, and they were unable to provide for What gifts and talents do you have that you are allowing to sit and rot? The gifts of God themselves. So, God allowed them to go into the land of Egypt where there was food. are without repentance; in other words, that means He will never take them from you. Because God knows everything, He knew that eventually they would become enslaved; However, when God gives you resources, He expects you to use them and but, He also knew that, through slavery they would learn business, how to construct return them to Him in a greater condition than when He gave them to you. buildings, how to build an infrastructure and how to self-sufficient What appeared to be This principle can be found in the parable of the talents. The man that did nothing their downfall was really for their good. Going through hell makes us spiritual. with what his master gave him lost even what he had.

Chapter One: Understanding Poverty Chapter Two: The Slave Mentality Chapter Three: A Check-Up from the Neck Up Chapter Four: Overcoming Fear

Chapter Five: Trouble is a Bridge Chapter Six: Understanding Our Covenant Chapter Seven: 20/20 Vision Chapter Eight: Be Fruitful & Multiply Chapter Nine: Getting the House in Order

Chapter Ten: Investing in the Kingdom Chapter Eleven: 9 Principles for a Successful Business Chapter Twelve: 9 Principles for Personal Success Chapter Thirteen: The Power of Your Mouth

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FOCUSED

By Bishop Kevin J. Foreman

If we refuse to take the Promised Land (which is the

Your anointing (favor) is developed from places of

place in your life where you operate in your assignment ),

sacrifice. Your anointing is placed in you by the

God allows you to become your own source. When we

sovereignty of God and it’s released through the

operate in lawlessness, which means that we’re doing

troubles we face in everyday life.

what’s right in our own eyes, we may exist but we never experience life. If you are never able to focus to achieve anything great, you are operating under the curse that Christ has given you the power to conquer. People that have never achieved anything great are always looking to take a break – they’ve been working hard and haven’t done anything. God rested because He was finished; not because He was tired. When you are on your journey of faith and you get tired, remember that your strength is renewed when you serve God. Your Promised Land is the place where you have enough to do what you’ve been assigned to do.

2 Corinthians 4:7-11 (KJV) says: But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we

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are perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

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bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

Many people want to be blessed and walk in the

You and your family have been set apart by

God

Promise but what have they sacrificed for it?

and chose to have life and life more abundantly!

What price have you paid in prayer, in worship and in

The anointing marks you and it attracts favor. With

your service to God? It’s not that we can ever earn right

favor comes haters! Haters are people that will talk

standing with God but at the same time, how focused

you out of focusing and in turn they steal, kill and

are you? Sacrifice and focus are synonymous with

destroy. They are people that would probably never do

spiritual things. Our tears don’t move God but when we

what you are doing and because they can’t, they don’t

choose to change and focus, it moves all of heaven.

want you doing it either. Sadly, haters can even be the people that are closest to you.

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Faith In 1st Samuel 16:13, David’s brothers didn’t want him

Examine your ways so that you can find out what’s

to try to kill Goliath. Everybody doubted him, but

keeping you from focusing your faith.

his faith was focused and he realized that he had an anointing from God. As you choose to focus your faith, the anointing will come upon you.

Self diagnosis can be difficult because people can think they’re

right about

everything! I

the mouth of your critics and help you to increase

to write down things for a week and tape record what you speak and it’ll be no mystery you are the way you are.

your faith (See 1st Samuel 17:50-58). The fight that

Nothing

Once you’ve been marked, you’ll have a giant to slay in your life. As you slay that giant, God will shut

we’re in is the “good fight of faith” and the only good fight is a fight that we win.

challenge you

just happens! To focus your faith, your prayers must be specific and your worship intentional.

For most of us, the question is not about whether or not we have faith in God, but what habits and traditions have kept us from focusing our faith? In Mark 7:5-9, Jesus told the “religious” people of the day that their traditions, which are really patterns and habits,

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made the word of God to no effect in their lives. Most people think that they have an idea of what their Promised Land looks like but they don’t know how to get there. You don’t control time or circumstances. You control your habits and your habits decide your future. So the question is, what habits are counter-productive to your faith? 2 Corinthians 13:5 (AMP) says: Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves

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I also prayed for a new employment opportunity and now I have an interview in Atlanta on July 14th! God truly moved my spirit during this fast and again I wanted to thank you for sharing this fast with the church. I look forward to visiting Final Harvest the next time I’m in the Denver area! Atlanta, GA We have to open our mouths and speak the truth, the gospel. I grew up in church because a lot of my family members were pastors. That was back in the day. And just to be experiencing other churches, I can look back and say WOW, that was the wrong way. Now that we are standing on a firm and solid foundation and seeking souls for the Kingdom, this is no joke. Now that I am learning the right way, with no disrespect to family. I have a battle to win, so as I suit up with my war gear on, I am not going down for nobody. I meant to also mention that even my daughter who is only 21 months old, when we pull up to church in the car, she gets to clapping her hands and gets excited because she knows where we are going. And she is excited about it. I can truly say that I am glad that I stepped out in faith and quit hanging with the traditional folks and got upgraded to the new and exciting word of JESUS CHRIST! Aurora, CO

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salvation At some point, we all come to a place in life where

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we say “There’s got to be more than this!” The Bible teaches that we were all born into sin and in need of a Savior. Jesus Christ has come to give you life and life more abundantly. You’ve been existing far too long. It’s time to have life. No matter what you’ve done, God can and will forgive you if confess your sins, receive Him into your life and be serious about CHANGE! Maybe you served God, but you fell away from Him; He’s standing with open arms ready to take you back. Romans 10:8-11 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. To give your life to Christ and become a Christian, simply pray this prayer and be sincere from your

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heart. “Father, In the Name of Jesus, I repent and turn from my sinful ways and choose to follow you. You

came

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lived

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life,

were

buried,

died and resurrected so that I might have life and have it more abundantly. I receive you as my Savior and My Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” Now that you’ve prayed this prayer, the Bible teaches us that you are saved. Welcome into the family of God. In order for you to walk out your new relationship with Christ, we encourage you to contact us today to obtain your copy of What’s Next? In this incredible CD, Bishop Foreman will walk you through how to live out your new relationship with Christ. In the meantime, here are some steps to help you in your new walk with Christ: 1. Obtain a Bible and commit to reading at least one chapter each day. 2.

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pposition creates

pportunity By Bishop Kevin J. Foreman

What is it about you that keeps the enemy opposing you? What’s so special about you that you’ve been abused, you’ve been lied to, you’ve been messed with and your trust violated? Do you really think that the enemy is just going to let you walk in destiny without trying to stop you? If it seems like all hell has come against you, that must mean that you’re headed in the RIGHT direction! It’s not that you’re doing something wrong, but sometimes we’re not doing enough of what’s right. When you have problems, as opposed to getting angry and mad, I challenge you to fast and pray; that’s how we have spiritual warfare. The key to overcoming your opposition and recognizing the opportunity that’s there is through fasting and prayer. When you fast, your spiritual ears open, your eyes open and it positions you to hear from God. Jeremiah, whose name means “whom God has appointed”, was called by God to be a prophet to his nation. Before God could release Jeremiah to walk in what He’d ordained for Him, He tested Jeremiah’s vision. That’s where you might be today. Before God can release you to do your assignment in the earth, you must be able to see opposition as opportunity and then God will be ready to perform His word in your life. Have you ever wondered what God does all day? The Bible says that God is watching over His word to perform it. In other words, heaven is busy getting you in position to get your manifestation. Jeremiah 1:12 (AMP) says: Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it. What God has said about you from the beginning of time hasn’t ceased from being since He spoke it. Just look at Genesis – has the moon or the sun stopped giving light? Has the earth stopped spinning? It doesn’t matter how you’ve messed up in the past or even what mistakes you’ve made. Remember, trouble doesn’t always mean that you’ve done something wrong. It means that you are being positioned for promotion. God, not the enemy, is in complete control of your life. Isaiah 45:5-7 AMP I am the Lord, and there is no one else; there is no God besides Me. I will gird and arm you, though you have not known Me, That men may know from the east and the rising of the sun and from the west and the setting of the sun that there is no God besides Me. I am the Lord, and no one else [is He]. I form the light and create darkness, I make peace [national well-being] and I create [physical] evil (calamity); I am the Lord, Who does all these things. If you encounter opposition, that means God allowed it to be there in order to create an opportunity for you. You must change the way you look at it. Perspective is everything! You were created to be a problem solver for people and in doing so, you get into position for manifestation. When Daniel future – that Hebrew slave your gifts are The value you

was fasting in Chapter 10, he needed to understand the vision he’d seen about the was his assignment. When he operated in his assignment, it took him out of just being a into a high ranking leader. Your assignment is hidden in your opposition. Your talent and tools that God has given you to solve problems. When you solve problems, you create value. create is your treasure.

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2nd Peter 1:10-11 (AMP) says: Because of this, brethren, be all the more solicitous and eager to make sure (to ratify, to strengthen, to make steadfast) your calling and election; for if you do this, you will never stumble or fall. Thus there will be richly and abundantly provided for you entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When you walk in your election (assignment), there is nothing missing, nothing broken and nothing lacking in your life. That means that every need is met, that you are creating wealth AND enjoying the journey. The problem for most is that they run from problems in the name of peace. God gives you peace about what you go through, but what you go through may not be peaceful. Remember that your assignment is hidden in your opposition. You’ve got to run to problems, not away from them; the Kingdom is taken by force. Romans 8:28 teaches us that, “all things work together for our good.” It doesn’t say that all things work good. God will take the good, the bad and the ugly and mix it up for your good. In fact, many times God answers prayers through opposition so that you can be strong enough at the next level. God speaks to us through the process of thinking and the silence of our circumstances (See

1st

Kings

19).

You

cannot

be

moved

by

what

you

see,

but

you

are

informed

by

it.

If we’re too full of depression, disappointment, failed dreams and anger, it will take up the place that God wishes to inhabit with His blessing. It’s not that the wheels aren’t turning; it’s just that we’re not going anywhere because we allow ourselves to get stuck in the mud. Some people aren’t going anywhere because they’re so busy looking in their rear view mirror instead of the windshield in front of them. “Well Bishop, I should have done this, would have done this, could have done this.” But guess what, you didn’t - so what?? What’s going on in your life right now isn’t working against you, it’s working for you!

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