My Pastor and Bishop, T.D. Jakes, preached a sermon called, “The Pecking Orders” at Woman Thou Art Loosed recently that led to this:

“For the next 52 Days, beginning tomorrow, we’re going to meet in the Spirit via social media. I’m going to be giving you “Pecking Orders” to help unlock FAVOR and POTENTIAL in your life and coach you into your destiny. Some of these orders will be spiritual…others will be natural, concerning issues like credit, debt, and leadership.

I’m challenging you to have 52 days of undistracted devotion with God. Get up early and give God the first fruits of your day. Have private devotion time. Meditate over Luke 2:52 and pray ‘Lord, Make me increase in wisdom and stature and favor…’ Then, read your pecking orders for the day and believe God for a shift in your life. ”   —-Bishop Jakes

Even if you didn’t start when Bishop gave his first set of Pecking Orders on October 7, 2012,  it’s not too late to start now.  There’s no time like the present time.  Like many of you, I’ve allowed my busy schedule to get in the way of following suit, but join me and many others who are determined to fulfill our purpose in the earth.  We long to be where God desires for us to be, and with that heart we know we’ll reach our appointed destiny!  God loves us so much, and He really wants the very best for His children.  Listen to His voice and be fulfilled!!! 

—Love, Chiquita

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WTAL 52 Days Pecking Order Day 1 -Lord, we start this journey and consecrate ourselves over the next 52 days. Lord, I’m asking you to break curses, remove restrictions, tear down barriers, heal discrepancies, work out credit reports, and open up unbelievable favor. Send the kind of FAVOR that will remind them of this defining moment. In the spirit Lord, I see doors flying open like at a grocery store doors opening before they can even touch them. Let doors fly wide open.

Make ways for your people as we align ourselves with your word. Meet us in the spirit, Lord. Change lives, give increase and create new positions. I speak promotion. I speak entrepreneurs. I speak a new generation of evangelists, prophets and bible scholars. Let your gifts flourish right now, in Jesus name…Amen.

WTAL 52 Days Pecking Order Day 2 – The restoration of your credit is the redemption of your name. No matter how long it takes, don’t let the enemy steal your name. The Bible says a good name is better than precious ointment and more desirable than great riches (Eccl 7:1; Prov 22:1).

Most people, once a credit score is diminished, accept it as if it were a terminal disease. This isn’t a sickness unto death!! The truth is actually simple. Bad choices are often the reason we got in trouble. So, good choices will get you out! Take control of your destiny by plotting your way to repairing the damage. Step 1…

Asses the Damage

  1. Go online and get your credit report. Stop running from reality. You can’t ignore the facts. Dispute any known discrepancies listed on the report! The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires the credit bureaus to provide you a free copy of your credit report annually. Get yours at http://www.annualcreditreport.com/

WTAL 52 Days Pecking Order Day 3 -Yesterday we assessed the damage of exactly where our credit really is. Now, let’s work on a plan to improve your credit and eliminate outstanding debt…Step 2

Set Up A Plan

  1. The old adage says: “How do you eat an elephant? …One bite at a time.” No matter how small the bites…lets get started! To clean up your credit, keep a log for each credit bureau to track your disputes, letters written to creditors and any items you pay off or settle. When it comes to eliminating debt, setup a budget to know exactly “where art thou”and track your income and monthly expenses. Attack the highest interest rates first to reduce your outstanding credit balances.

Keep pecking…

WTAL 52 Days Pecking Order Day 4 – So now that you know where you stand and you’re working on your plan…Step 3

 Celebrate your small successes

  1. I don’t mean go on a shopping spree either!! But do congratulate yourself. You are pecking your way out!  You need the rewarded feeling of regaining control of your name. Don’t wait till you’re out to celebrate your progress. Are you still pecking away?

WTAL 52 Days Pecking Order Day 5 – BEFORE you take any great step, or make ANY decision, your focus must not be on just your immediate plans to build or establish. Take time to focus on the far more difficult processes that will follow and the long-term consequences of your decision. In Luke 14:28, Jesus says no man builds a tower without, first, counting up the costs!

God wants you to have KNOWLEDGE! Following this wisdom ensures you are not one of the people who learn this lesson by experiencing pain and regret that could have easily been avoided by simply having the information. Keep Pecking….

WTAL 52 Days Pecking Order Day 6In making important decisions, you must realize that bad choices can cause you to face a setback! You can’t afford this, so make every move count because they affect your POSITION. This requires several things…

• Research—gathering information and collecting data
• Roadwork—removing obstacles and clearing the path
• Rewards—listing choices and imagining their consequences or benefits
• Revelation—narrowing my options and making my selection
• Rearview—looking back and adjusting as necessary to stay on course.

Following these guidelines helps me move confidently into the future with no regrets. What’s your next move? Keep pecking…

WTAL 52 Days Pecking Order Day 7 – As God POSITIONS you for His plans and exposes you to new things, have the COURAGE to listen to your heart and not just your mind. God gave you an inner voice for a reason, and He is not insulted when you listen to it.

Your decisions will require Godly discernment! Much of the anxiety and regret that come from the weight of your decisions can be alleviated or avoided if you assemble all of your information and have the right KNOWLEDGE.

P-E-C-K

WTAL 52 Days Pecking Order Day 8KNOWLEDGE insists and affirms that no question is too stupid to ask. The step you must always remember as you go forward is “Research.” Your choices are no stronger than the facts you have. This requires information! “My people are destroyed from lack of KNOWLEDGE” (Hosea 4:6 NIV).

Chicks, get the information! Never attempt to silence the voice within you that continues to question!

Keep Pecking….

WTAL 52 Days Pecking Order Day 9Always have the COURAGE to force the hard questions! It’s the issues you never thought to ask about that can wreak havoc on your life!

Throughout the Bible, you see people like Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus and Paul not shying away from the difficult questions their situations posed to them. Each of them did one key thing: they sought God!

In James 1:5, God promises wisdom to all who ask Him for it! Take COURAGE in God’s wisdom! Never be afraid of the hard questions.

Keep Pecking…..

WTAL 52 Days Pecking Order Day 10 – During singlehood, before you make a rash and irrational decision, see your loneliness as a gift and solitude as your time of preparation for a good relationship. It’s all about POSITIONING! During her time of preparation, Esther did everything she was taught to do in order to win the eye, admiration and affection of a man she had NEVER met! God positioned her right where she needed to be to win Xerxes’ heart and save her people! Singlehood is not a death sentence. It’s a time of preparation and POSITIONING! Keep Pecking…..

WTAL 52 Days Pecking Order Day 11Blame is a learned behavior that you can unlearn, but it takes COURAGE to move on from the familiarity of past mistakes and methods!

Develop a strategy that focuses on where you’re going and what God is saying will happen. Philippians 3:13-14 describes the outlook we should have: “I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Instead of spending energy on blame, move into the future and begin visualizing what success and victory look like.

Keep pecking…

WTAL 52 Days Pecking Order Day 12Anger is rarely the first emotion. Fear usually strikes first, preying on what we don’t know. Therefore, the solution requires KNOWLEDGE! As you continue forward, decide to work for a solution instead of being angry. You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control how you respond to situations and issues.

“Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires” (James 1:20 NIV). You have a choice to make. You can stand with angry fists raised, or you can assume responsibility for your response and refuse to be a victim of your own anger. Keep Pecking…

WTAL 52 Days Pecking Order Day 13Don’t stop PECKING! Instead of feeling battered, choose to have the faith that you can rebuild your life! Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) gives us a reminder that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

Do not yield power over your life to others in the process of releasing the trauma of your past. “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old” (Isaiah 43:18 KJV).

Tenaciously gather what power is within your reach and rebuild your life, no matter how battered you might feel by circumstances. Get ready for POSITIONING, EXPOSURE, COURAGE and KNOWLEDGE!

WTAL 52 Days Pecking Order Day 14You’ve got to get involved! Make the decision! Before anything will change, you must decide YOU want to change!

You must decide to yield to God’s will and allow Him to POSITION you where you need to be before the next shifting occurs! But, change is not easy. It requires COURAGE!

In the terrifying, soul-tingling feelings of the vertigo of change, we learn the value of faith and the fuel of prayer.

WTAL 52 Days Pecking Order Day 15In this new season, God will EXPOSE you to brand new things and people. However, do not get caught up in looking at the outside of a person, relationship or situation! These things do not always reflect what is on the inside. Jesus said about the Pharisees that “outside” they were clean, but “inside” they were full of dead men’s bones (Matthew 23:27). Ask God for His wisdom and KNOWLEDGE as you navigate new territory and people!

WTAL 52 Days Pecking Order Day 16When faced with significant opportunities, you might become fearful of bringing your past into your present. Take COURAGE in God POSITIONING you; God EXPOSING you; and God granting you His KNOWLEDGE! He would not have prepared you and brought you this far if He planned on destroying you or allowing new opportunities to overwhelm you. He’s given you your PECKING ORDERS because He knows you can handle them and carry them out! Continue pecking your way out!!!

WTAL 52 Days Pecking Order Day 17  – BEFORE you can see the beauty of the surroundings in which God has POSITIONED you, you must remove the clutter! God is a God of order! “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace” (1 Cor. 14:33).

Though confusion does not stop God from working, it does stop YOU! The removal of unneeded items can reveal the beauty, functionality and lovely features of God’s creation, your possessions, and even your spirit. It’s time to clean house…physically, spiritually and mentally!

Stay Tuned…I’ll keep re-posting what my Bishop releases from God!  Let’s agree in prayer that our lives will never be the same ever again!  Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to have His way!  I believe God can do ALL THINGS, but we must apply ourselves daily!  Glory to the One Who Loved Us First!!!

Peace & Blessings,
Chiquita

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