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A one-of-a-kind collection of scriptures, prayers, poetry, messages, and confessions. Use headphones for an enhanced listening experience.




A one-of-a-kind collection of scriptures, prayers, poetry, messages, and confessions. Use headphones for an enhanced listening experience.




Hanaya: God's Special Forces

Hanaya: I have said 'Yes' to the Lord. I have set my face like a flint. I have been recruited into the army of God. I'm not a lightweight. I'm not a victim. I'm a threat. I'm in the 300. I'm in the special forces unit of the Kingdom of God, an army within an army. I'm trained by the Commander-in-Chief, Jesus Christ, the Lord of Hosts, who commands the angel armies of Heaven. I walk in the Spirit. I'm led by the Spirit. I'm sent, not went. I'm not hyped up in my mind. I'm calm, confident, alert, and committed. I'm spiritually awakened, set apart, and consecrated. I'm anointed, radiant, and ignited in my spirit. The Lord is my shield and stronghold. He teaches my hands to war. I fight in the mountains and in the valleys. I execute assignments from the Lord. I do covert operations and unconventional missions. I'm anointed with fresh oil and the fire of God. I'm not in a boat that will sink. I have the authority to calm the storm. I have been moved from the sidelines to the frontlines. I know how to operate in the natural and spiritual realms. I'm an ambassador and messenger of the truth. The Kingdom of God is within me and is advancing through me. I am not waiting for a superhero. I'm a giant slayer. The glory of God makes me unstoppable. By my God, I can run through an army. The enemies are like grasshoppers in my sight. They stumble and fall. I co-rule and reign with the Lord. I pray in the spirit and decree in the secret. I discern and decree the Lord's intent for specific situations. I hit the bull's eye. I'm persistent. I intercede and change things from behind the scenes. I bring God's super into the natural. I deteriorate the powers of the wicked spirits. I get the job done, shift things, and keep it a secret. To the world, I'm nameless and faceless. But to God, I'm not just a face in the crowd. I am royalty. I am perfectly loved and valued by God. I don't covet fame or fortune. I don't seek the world's validation to feel valued and significant. I live for the glory of God. My ambition is to be well-pleasing to Jesus. I'm not stuck in the old and the familiar. I'm ready for an out-of-the-box, pioneering, and trailblazing assignment. I don't look for statistics or excuses, I just obey the promptings of the Spirit. I'm not bullied by what others think. I don't obsess over the past. I believe in the power of my own assignment. I have cast off the works of darkness and have put on the armor of light. I endure hardships. I discipline my body and make it a slave to righteousness. I endure temptations and overcome them. There is no war within me. The devil has nothing in me to hook me with. I die daily. I live a crucified life. Therefore, I'm freest of all. I'm dangerous against hell because I live sin-free. Sin has no dominion over me. I am dead to the world but alive to God. I ascend the hill of the Lord with clean hands and a pure heart. I walk in holiness, purity, and compassion. I walk in the fear of the Lord. His word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I cry out for wisdom and understanding. I seek the Lord diligently and He rewards me. I am the righteousness of God in Jesus. Therefore, I'm bold as a lion. As He is, so I am in this world. I am an overcomer. I arise and shine with courage, conviction, and clarity. I am a child of the Light. I have been called to dispel darkness. I look to the Lord, therefore I'm radiant. He reveals deep and hidden things. He knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him. The Holy Spirit gives me divine intel. He counsels and guides me into all the truth. He shows me what is yet to come. Continue reading the full message at:


Hanaya: Seekers will be Finders

Do you know God or do you know about Him? You were created to experience an intimate relationship with God. He wants you to seek Him. How far are you willing to go? Are you ready to take the road less traveled? Hanaya: Seekers will be Finders Unless we get lost in a beautiful distraction, we’ll always look within or around and get depressed. We were made to look up, to wonder, and behold something far more glorious, hidden, and mysterious that we cannot see with our naked eyes. But herein lies an invitation, a call to divine romance, the ultimate adventure, a quest to encounter the Invisible Creator. But it’s a narrow path. Many camp in the outer fringes of His knowledge, basking in the beauty of His works. Only a few go deeper and further to seek out the painter Himself. And when they find Him, they realize there is more, much more, secrets that the world will never know because they did not believe. They did not pursue the Invisible One. But for these curious explorers, the mystery of God and His ways is not a stumbling block, but the beginning of an endless fascination. And it is this very journey that transforms them forever. ------- The Lord looks down from heaven, to see, if there are any who understand, who seek Him. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances; to seek Him, the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement. — Saint Augustine of Hippo | Theologian and philosopher Hanaya Oki Series: Slice of life of 18-year-old Hanaya Oki living in Kamakura, Japan, as she learns to do life with Jesus.


Hanaya: You Fooled You

Slice of life of 18-year-old Hanaya Oki living in Kamakura, Japan, as she learns to do life with Jesus. Hanaya Oki Series: If you keep crossing the lines, some things will become permanent. You can't reverse it. You need to come to your senses before it's too late. Hanaya: Outside the lines On the other side Changes in time Just this once The story We tell ourselves The world is pulling Brainwashed, blinded Falling deep Hiding in disguise Rolling the dice Trading living waters For fleeting pleasures Gaining all Taking the fall Ever hearing Never understanding Ever seeing Never perceiving Gone astray yet again You fooled you


Hanaya, Fight with a Fiery Spirit

Slice of life of 18-year-old Hanaya Oki living in Kamakura, Japan, as she learns to do life with Jesus. Hanaya Oki Series: Hanaya: Lord, train my hands for war and my fingers for the battle. Let me not be outwitted by the schemes of the devil. I want nothing to be stolen from my life due to ignorance. Open my spiritual eyes and ears to discern correctly the true state of things. Teach me to deal with demonic hindrances and oppression, and how to experience the overcoming life. Jesus: Hanaya, your weapons of war are not natural, they are supernatural and mighty. The sword of the spirit is the Word. It's a double-edged sword. It deals with your flesh and with the lies of the devil. My Kingdom suffers violence and the violent take it by force. You cannot swing the sword just by the knowledge of scriptures. You can only swing the sword effectively if you have a fiery spirit. Many problems continue because my people are passive about resisting the enemy. Because of trauma or longevity of a trial, or some deception, the devil has managed to take the fight out of them. They become spiritually dull, settle for less, and accept things just as they come, without any spiritual investigation and discernment. Not all sufferings are in My will. Some even die prematurely without fulfilling their purpose. The one who is in you, the Holy Spirit, is greater than the one who is in the world. Submit to His counsel, resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Use the shield of faith to quench the fiery darts of the devil. He wants your faith to fail and give up. I submitted to the will of My Father and resisted the devil in the wilderness by speaking the Word and he left. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. And I have given you the authority to trample upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing by any means will hurt you. My people do not understand their authority over the devil and he manages to steal from them. Your spiritual authority is based on your union with Me. You have the authority to bind the devil's power and release My power. There are times when you have to enforce the victory that I won for you into your situations. People who are ignorant of the spiritual battle and the modus operandi of unseen demonic entities, especially in these times, are far more likely to become casualties of the schemes of the devil. You don't need to overly focus on what the devil is doing. But do not be ignorant of his schemes. The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He doesn't appear in obvious ways. If you accept his narrative of lies and facts, you will become prey to his agenda. Demons are afraid of your effectiveness because you're of the light. They will try to hinder you and break your momentum with fear and lies until you fight back with a fiery spirit. Do not just settle for a breakthrough, aim for a permanent overthrow. That's how they will stop pushing your buttons. They will realize they have lost you because you are not reacting anymore as they predicted. My kingdom is your promised land. Though I gave Israel the promised land, they had to rise and fight to possess it. And you too must fight for yours. Base your faith on what My Word says, not on what you can see or feel. When circumstances do not change instantly, some give up and let the devil attack them without resisting him. My truth is the reality that can defy the facts. When I walked the earth, I spoke a different reality into the facts that people were facing. I talked to the trees, the wind, the sea, the sickness, ... Continue reading on:


Hanaya: He Knows My Name

Slice of life of 18-year-old Hanaya Oki living in Kamakura, Japan, as she learns to do life with Jesus. Hanaya Oki Series: Hanaya: Wandering alone on a long winding highway Looking for something more Chasing mirages as before I kept telling myself Hope is just down the road But life was drifting away I didn’t know the way I went about life pretending all is normal But I kept dreaming beyond this familiar door of something more than the crumbs lying on the floor Then He came One who calls every star by name He said He knows my name I am not a random in some garden I came from Heaven's garden He loved me first before anyone ever could In His book My days are covered The hairs on my head numbered And my life story colored The world wonders what’s up I am not afraid to trip up My heart is lit up One who calls every star by name He knows my name Rested in His embrace He leads me to a new place


Hanaya, You Can Choose Joy

Slice of life of 18-year-old Hanaya Oki living in Kamakura, Japan, as she learns to do life with Jesus. Hanaya Oki Series: Hanaya: Lord, you said don't worry about tomorrow. But it seems the earth is becoming a very chaotic world. The future looks bleak and uncertain. It's a hard place to be. Jesus: Hanaya, no matter what the circumstance is, you can choose joy. Worry will steal your today and the possibilities. Let no one and nothing hijack your joy and peace. Being joyful is not the absence of tears, challenges, or denial of suffering or conflicts. It's looking up with hope. For the joy that was set before me, I endured the cross. This life isn't it. If you lose your life, you will find it. Many are depressed because they think this is it. They live for this world. They don't believe in the world to come. I am the future. You have a higher calling. You're running a different race. This life is like an internship. What is the worst thing that can happen to you? If you die, it's gain. You enter into my world filled with wonders and perfection. There are many places in heaven to see. You will have an amazing home. You will have a new supernatural body that doesn't age or get sick. You will see me face to face. I will brief you on your assignment as I come to rule on the earth. There is so much more that I and my Father have prepared for those who love us. So you have nothing to lose. But you have one shot here on earth, to stock up on the eternal rewards for your obedience and faithfulness. And many will thank you because you did not give up. You did your part in my plan and it changed their lives. The world is reaping what it has been sowing. Both the seeds of darkness and the light are coming to full maturity. You are of the light. I will teach you how to live in these times. I will show you the path of life. You will hear my voice, saying, "This is the way, walk in it". In this world, you will have tribulations, but I am training you to be an overcomer. I'm conditioning your mind for endurance when the going gets tough. The times of greatest pressure can become the finest hour to rise and shine. I'm shaking the earth. I own the game and all the chess pieces. And I planned you and others into my chess game. The devil does not hold all the cards, though it looks like he does. Fight the good fight of faith. Faith is of the heart, your spirit, not of the head. Do not overthink. Take one day at a time. My kingdom is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. And that kingdom is within you. If you listen and obey my voice, our Father's and the Holy Spirit's counsel, your peace will be like a river. You can fellowship with all three of us. Hold on to the written and the spoken Word. Believe it and decree it more than the facts. Never give in to fear. Let go of the broken things you cannot fix. Walk by faith, not by sight. Your heavenly Father knows what you need. If He provides for the sparrows and clothes the grass of the field, wouldn't He take care of you? The path may be narrow, filled with joy and at times with sorrow. But He will take care of your tomorrow, as He does for every sparrow. Hanaya, I want you to laugh at the days to come. Your times are in my hands. I am the ocean of joy refreshing your soul. I am your hiding place, your constant, in this uncertain world.


Hanaya, You're Not of This World

Slice of life of 18-year-old Hanaya Oki living in Kamakura, Japan, as she learns to do life with Jesus. Hanaya Oki Series: Hanaya: Lord, teach me to set my mind on things above, and not on earthly things. I don't want to live just to consume. I want to live effectively. I don't want to end up simply having visited this world. I want to make my life count. When I meet you face to face, I want to hear you say well done. There are many distractions and temptations. So I ask for discernment. With this gift of time you have given me, I want to choose wisely until the end. If my life is like a shooting star that appears briefly, I want to burn brightly for you and your purposes before fading away. Jesus: Hanaya, you're in this world, but you're not of this world. I chose you out of this world. I bought you. You're mine. When compromise knocks on your door, remember this, you're better than that, you're royalty. I love you even in your weakness and immaturity. When you mess up, don't hide, speak to me, ask for forgiveness, and I will cleanse you. I also discipline those whom I love. So don't be discouraged if discipline comes your way. It will perfect holiness in you. Always seek understanding. It's not just what you read or hear, it's what you understand and grasp. The devil wants to quickly steal the words of life from people's hearts, lest they understand, and bear fruit. It gets stolen by distractions and their love for other things more than the love of the truth. Many think they don't have an enemy. They think they are in control, until, they get hit. They become casualties of the devil's schemes. He prowls like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. He uses seduction and temptation to draw people away from the absolute truth. To be spiritually minded is life and peace. There are far too many unnecessary noises and visuals that entertain the soul but add no spiritual value. And a lot of it is designed to convince you of a certain narrative, to affect your imagination, and make you ineffective. It comes from the entertainment of this age, the news reports, talk shows, and other outlets. Not everything is bad, but you need to filter out things and discern what you let into your imagination and how it is shaping your perception. Evil spirits are waiting for a response. If you don't give it, they will go to someone else whom they could devour. The deception is to convince you of something about yourself which is not true. They will try to keep you in a victim mindset, in cycles of rejection, to make you ineffective. They try to make you predictable. Let the Holy Spirit make you unpredictable. The natural man cannot discern everything. But you're not of this world, you're born of the Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is in you. He searches the deep things of mine and reveals them to you. He is your helper. Listen to his still small voice. He is already counseling you to design your life so that you could stay effective. People have unrealistic expectations because they don't check in with the Holy Spirit. They become presumptuous. Take time to pause and ponder. You will discern what needs to stay, what to pull back from, and what needs to go out of your life. The Holy Spirit will guide you into all reality. Things are not always what they seem to be. Truth is greater than the facts. My Word is the truth. But you need to be fully convinced of my Word and enforce it over the facts by speaking to the mountains in your way. When deep darkness covers the earth, my glory will rise over you. If you have the correct narrative, you will be an overcomer in these times. Continue reading on:


Hanaya: I'm a Jesus freak

Slice of life of 18-year-old Hanaya Oki living in Kamakura, Japan, as she learns to do life with Jesus. Hanaya Oki Series: Hanaya: They say I am too religious, too spiritual They call me names Is he real? If you can't see How can you be a friend? But I see, and I hear Stuffed with small things No room for great They miss out While I bask in pure love I'm not ashamed I'm a Jesus freak A rebel in the making Everything is, but a shadow You're the substance Jesus, your love keeps me going


Hanaya, There are No Shortcuts in My Path of Life

Slice of life of 18-year-old Hanaya Oki living in Kamakura, Japan, as she learns to do life with Jesus. Hanaya Oki Series: Hanaya: Lord, I know the plans you have for me is to give me hope and a good future. I know you have called me and I want to do your will. But sometimes I find it hard to wait. I don't have all the specifics and I get impatient. Jesus: Hanaya, my path of life for you is a forward journey. And as long as you stay on this path you will never stagnate. You will stay active, fresh, and hopeful. If you allow me to lead you, you will be always moving forward. I know you will be eager to reach your destination quickly. It's exciting but there are no shortcuts in this journey. Engage with me and wait for my counsel. If you do things in haste, driven by your emotions, or other motivations, you may end up going through some unnecessary trials and pain. Do not judge my love by your circumstances. There's no magic ship to sail smoothly in life. At times, things might not go the way you expected because you are living in a broken world. It might not be your fault or some sin you committed but the shortcomings of others. You won't be shielded from challenges and frustrations even if you do my will. Sometimes things will happen fast and at times slow. You will need the twin force of both faith and patience to overcome discouragements. And you need to speak prophetically where you're going rather than speaking the negative or the facts. There are processes I will put you through to prune your life and shape your character. You're also being prepared to rule and reign with me in the age to come. So down here you are not surviving as a victim. You are qualifying for the positions of responsibility. Trust me, it's all worth it. As the seasons change, discern where the wind of My Spirit is blowing. And start moving in that direction for the next assignment I have for you. Be in sync with my timing. Your time of hesitation to act can become your deficit and cause delays. Some people are stuck in the same place in life because they did not move when they should have. They thought they were waiting on me, but I was waiting on them. They did not let go of certain relationships, environments, preferences, and the familiar to move forward. Do not fear the unfamiliar. When you sense my leading do whatever it takes to come into alignment. The adventure is in not knowing all the details. Take that first actionable step of faith even if you cannot figure out how the rest will unfold. I will cause you to be at the right place at the right time if you cooperate with me and do your part. Also, the quicker you get over yourself and your issues the better. Do not keep revisiting your past and get stuck in repeated cycles of rejection and self-pity. These will hold you back. You need to open up your heart to me and believe in my love for you. My love will heal you from the pain of the past. Hanaya, life is a vapor. Refuse to settle for less. I am standing in your future and beckoning you to come. Keep moving forward no matter what the cost. You are a citizen, soldier, messenger, and ambassador of another Kingdom. Your main pursuit is to seek my Father's Kingdom first and His righteousness. If you do this, everything else you need for life will be added to you. You can live the most meaningful, eternally relevant, and exciting life on earth. Well, not always exciting from an earthly perspective. Nevertheless, the glory to be revealed will far outweigh the hardships and the sacrifices you made to do my will in this journey of life.


Hanaya, Quit Seeking Your Value from Others

Slice of life of 18-year-old Hanaya Oki living in Kamakura, Japan, as she learns to do life with Jesus. Hanaya Oki Series: Hanaya: Lord, don't know why I'm feeling down. Hmm... I think I'm not good enough, I want to prove myself and be accepted. But you know, things aren't going the way I thought they would, it's hard to keep up, and I'm getting tired. Jesus: Hanaya, I know you're tempted to seek your value from the world. But listen, you don't need to be validated by anybody. Your value is not known except in heaven. There is no one on this earth that's going to discern who you are and what you're worth. I planned you before the ages began. You were already written about. Don't burden yourself trying to measure up to people's flawed perception of worthiness, beauty, and legacy. Save yourself from the stress to keep up because of the fear of missing out. The world is passing away. Their glory is short-lived, it's already fading away like the withering grass of the fields. You need to discern who you are, and what's going to remain permanent when you breathe your last. Stay connected to me. I am the bread of life and the living waters for your thirsty soul. When you feel down or confused, talk to me. Ask for understanding. What you might be feeling could be a false perception of reality. And by the way, since you're walking the narrow way to follow me, you're already rejected by the world. Many love darkness more than the light. They're blind and deceived. Don't pay attention to empty philosophies, nor desire meaningless validations. It's a big nothing. So Hanaya, quit trying to make the world like you. Free up your soul to run the race I have marked out for you. Commit to the path I have chosen for you, and stay with it. I have called you out of this world to be the light, the voice of truth, to awaken those who have ears to hear.


This World Isn't Enough

Lord, my words aren't eloquent. But it's from my heart. I think of You, I'm in love. This world isn't enough. I miss You. No one tops Your place. You're my greatest celebrity. And I'm your craziest fan. I can’t shake off this hunger. I'm still curious, I love the mystery. I still seek You in wonder. In the nights, I contemplate. I feel the ache. I have questions. I want to meet You face to face. And hear You talk about life. I don't care if the world knows me. I love enjoying You . And being loved by You. Things in life don't matter, if You aren't part of it. I want to do life with You . Thank you for the good things I get to enjoy. But this world isn't enough. I miss You.


Street of Dreams

Living on crumbs of happiness so thin. Fooling the incompleteness within. I bask in short-lived joys, in fleeting sparks of delight. It’s a pretty sight. I wish they could last longer. But it’s alright, I'm a traveler passing by a broken world of short sight. Street of dreams, what’s it all about. Trying to break out, day in, day out. Pursuit of reasons, regrets, and doubts, choices all in a knot. It’s a mystery plot. Wake me up when I reach life’s sweet spot.


It's a New Day

Life then and now. It’s a big contrast. Grateful I am. But I don’t dwell on the past. Some things never come back. That’s okay. I take the plunge into the unknown. It’s a new day.


I saw Resilience

I saw resilience, as she held her dream. And the voices whispered, it’s hard you know, the journey is long and slow, how far will you go? Whatever it takes she said. And the voices whispered, it’s a lonely path, only a few dare to tread, remember how you bled, as your heroes fled. I will take the blows she said. And the voices whispered, the odds are against you. You’re not cut out for the prime. It’s just a matter of time when you break in the climb. She said in pain I may sigh. But when I fall, I rise. I wait not for sunshine, nor for blue skies, for I see the prize, the finishing line, come what may, the race is mine. And I keep running.


As The Evening Silence Fell

I saw you today, as the evening silence fell and soul’s emptiness cast a spell, you wondered who could tell, if there’s more to life and where it’s meaning may dwell. They say life just happens, it’s a circus. But I made you for a purpose. In my book, your days are covered, the hairs on your head numbered and your life story colored. You’re not a mistake, I formed you for love’s sake. You may not know Me, but all your ways I see. If you seek Me with all your heart, you will find Me, I am not far apart. I watch you every day. And I wonder if someday, before the hair turns gray, in the prime of your youth when you run and play, you would care to know, I am the Life, the Truth, and the Way.


Be Brave Alice

Lately, life has taken a rough turn for Alice. She finds a letter from God that she had once read as a child. As years passed, she got lost in the busyness and attractions of the world. She stopped believing and went far away from God. But God never forgot Alice. The letter: They will tell you, Alice, you got to be tough, it’s a big mean world, it talks sweet but plays rough. An apple and shade it will offer you under the purple tree, but in the end, sting you like a bee. Be brave Alice, be strong. Look and you will find. It won’t take long, to know where you belong. When all is blown, you’re not alone, not far gone. I am still around. Come, dream big with me. Never say I’m so little, and this is all I can be, I’m so weak and brittle. Life gets beautiful, it gets ugly. There’s no magic ship to sail smoothly. But I will teach you, to keep moving, to keep your heart tender, when life puts you in a blender. Be brave Alice, be strong. They will tell you, there’s no me, that you got to fight on your own to break free. See the little hummingbird and the fragile butterfly. I send them flowers to choose, they just can’t lose. Come, dream big with me. Never say I’m so little, and this is all I can be, I’m so weak and brittle. A day will come and you will fly, towards an unknown future under the vanilla sky, into a world that’s wild, to chase the dreams you had as a child. When you stumble and life goes wrong, take my hand, follow my lead. I have known you for so long. Be brave Alice, be strong.


Beautiful Distraction

Life is hard, the journey long. Endless stories, sleepless nights. What if I could escape to a magical wonderland, a secret place of endless fascination, where the cares of my soul are lost in a beautiful distraction, and a million stars sing me a lullaby, a magic song all night long.


November Wind

I'm November wind, traveling the streets, slipping through your fingers, blowing over broken dreams, tugging at your heart, stepping into the chaos, breaking into the clutter, into the madness, into the noise. I'm breeze of hope, the flow of life, blowing in the wilderness, drifting in through the window, the voice of truth, the prince of peace, the stillness knocking on the door of your soul.


I Thought, I Was Alone

I thought I was alone. Wondered who cared? He said I’m here, talk to Me like a friend. I’m with you till the end. What’s my worth? Is it looks, performance, or luck? To have must I give? He said it’s finished. You’re accepted, loved. I gave all, just receive.


I Keep Moving

A thousand strokes from Your paintbrush, I feel the rush, of Your endless love and peace from above. Like birds in the sky, my heart roams free, I keep moving, even when dry, I am not a leaf on some tree.