Believe To Receive!

BElieveLuke 1:45 “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

Mary had been told that she would give birth to the Christ Child and that she had become pregnant by the Holy Spirit. As a young girl you can imagine what an impossibility that would have seemed to be to her young heart’s understanding. And yet when the angel of the Lord, Gabriel, had spoken those things to her heart she fully embraced them as the “word” from the Lord for her life; her destiny was set into motion. She immediately arose and went to visit her relative, Elizabeth, who also was pregnant with a miracle child. It was as Mary walked into the room that the child within Elizabeth recognized the babe in Mary’s womb as being the Christ child, the Son of the Living God. Elizabeth then spoke these words “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

In the early stages of a pregnancy there is no feeling of movement, no outward “showing” of a baby growing within the mother’s womb. The mother simply trusts that even though there are no visible signs to evidence the pregnancy, nevertheless, there is a baby growing within her. Mary had to “believe” before she could “receive”. When the angel of the Lord spoke those words to Mary she had to believe that they were words directly from God to her that applied to her life at that very moment. In God’s economy, believing always comes before receiving. We receive by God’s grace and through our faith. Our faith is the believing part; the part that we play in seeing the manifestation of God’s word come to pass in our lives. Mary knew that this was God’s word to her. She opened her heart to believe and receive and it became a reality!

What has God spoken to your heart today that you need to place your trust in. Are you believing for it to happen or are you questioning whether it really could become a reality? Questions come from doubt and doubt indicates a lack of trust. To fully believe you must push the doubts aside and embrace God’s word at all costs. Mary realized the questions that would arise, the reputation that would be marred through unbelieving people around her, and yet she still fully embraced God’s will for her life. She pushed the naysayers that could speak doubt into her mind away and went to spend time with someone who was experienced in seeing the miraculous power of God at work in her life.

Sometimes you have to pull away from the doubters; the unbelievers around you and secure yourself close to those that you know will support you in believing that what God has promised will come to pass. Peter refers to people of “like precious faith” joining together in 2 Peter 1:1. It is the ones who are willing to believe to receive that will see the manifest presence of God in their lives.

Will you be a believer today or a doubter?

Father, I thank You for the good promises You have given us from Your word. And I thank You that it is by Your Spirit that You bring into manifestation those promises. Father, as we work with You and cooperate with Your Spirit, it is done through our believing; that is our part to play in seeing Your promises fulfilled in our lives. Just as Mary, we must say “Let it be to me me according to Your word”, Father. I pray this morning for those who may be struggling in their ability to believe. Father, I pray that You will strengthen them in their faith walk and speak encouraging words of assurance that they can believe in You; they can trust You to fulfill the plan that You have for their lives. Father, may be be fully persuaded that You are able to do all that You have said You will do in our lives. May our faith be strong and dependent upon Your Spirit to see the power of God manifest in and through us today! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Pulling Up To The Pump

Gas Pump

This morning as I was praying the Lord reminded me that no one can give out without being refilled. Just as a car pulls up to the gas pump for refueling so we must draw near to Him to be filled with His strength, His power, His anointing to do the things that He has called us to do. Whether you have been called to minster His love to the world or to just your own personal friends and family you will be depleted emotionally if you do not pull up to the spout where the glory comes out and be refilled!

Matthew 11:28, 29 NLT Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.

Rest — means to make to cease; a cessation from toil, a refreshment, an intermission.

Do you need an intermission from life’s cares and burdens? Come to Jesus; pull up to the pump and be refilled. Here’s a word from the Lord for you this morning:

“Draw near to Me and I will draw near to fill you up just as a car gets refilled by pulling close to the pump and accessing the pump’s supply. So I will fill you with the fuel necessary to keep you full of My Spirit so you will not be running on empty. Do not fail to come to Me for that infilling or you will become emotionally drained because of those who are drawing from you. Fill up to full every day so you will have a supply not just for you but for those around you. I love you, Child, and do not want to see you depleted of your strength. Come to Me and I will fill you to overflowing.”

The Israelites, as said in Hebrews 4:2, could not enter into God’s rest because they didn’t mix the Word that they heard with faith. When God speaks His word to you it must be mixed with faith or it will not profit you. Without faith it’s impossible to please God because you must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Are you mixing faith with the Word of God that you hear this morning?

Today I entered into the Secret Place with My heavenly Father and I drew from His reserves to fill what was depleted from my supply yesterday. Will you draw from His Spirit today to meet the needs of this day? I challenge you to spend some time in the presence of the Lord, just being quiet before Him, and listen for that sweet voice of love as He fills you with His supply of strength for today.

Father, I thank you today that you never run short and your supply is always full and ready for us to come and draw from your well.  Thank You for the love that you give so freely to those who come to draw near to You.  You are an oasis in the desert for the weary and heavy-laden.  Father, I thank You for the word that You supply to meet every need in our lives.  I thank You for the warmth of Your presence, the love that You shower upon us.  May You be blessed today, Father, by Your children who come to just rest in You and enjoy spending time with You.  Thank You, Lord, for Your unending supply that fills me to overflowing today that You might spill out of me to touch those around me.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Babies, At Times, Have Dirty Diapers

Baby in diapers

Romans 14:1-5 NKJV Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has receive him. Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.

 

Little babies are so cute; they laugh and coo and make all kinds of funny faces. There’s not a person that I know that doesn’t get caught up in the mesmerizing smiles of a little baby. But, have you ever noticed that a little baby gets a certain intense look on it’s face when he/she is busy taking care of business? You know….that look of concentration and then it’s sealed by a certain smell?! Well, babies all have dirty diapers at one time or another. And when that happens usually the only person that wants to be around the cute little fella is Mommy!

 

Likewise, as Christians at different levels of faith, sometimes we get dirty in life and aren’t too pleasant to be around. And some people seem to have no tolerance for those who need a little special attention so they can get cleaned up to start over again. Paul says here in Romans 14 that we are to receive one who is weak in the faith. What does that mean? Well, it means that we all start out as baby Christians and grow into maturity, but along the way we slip and fall and sometimes we aren’t too pleasant to be around, but those who are more mature are to receive the weaker ones and help them grow up. They aren’t to condemn them because they may have a few funny beliefs along the way. Everyone goes through the growth process and some are further along than others. But we are to receive them and help them along.

 

The New Living Translation says it this way: Accept Christians who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right and wrong. Verse 4: Who are you to condemn God’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him tell them whether they are right or wrong. The Lord’s power will help them do as they should.

 

Sometimes it’s hard not to play Holy Ghost Jr. in someone else’s life, but really, God can take care of His own. That doesn’t mean we aren’t to encourage and even offer scriptural advice or counsel as they need and want help. But the condemning and judging of brothers and sisters in Christ is not to be a part of our lives.

 

Paul says it this way in the book of Galatians:

 

Galatians 6:1-5 NLT Dear brothers and sisters, if another Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody. Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.

 

Are you struggling with a troublesome sin? Let another brother or sister in Christ come alongside to help. Reach out to others to share in your pain and let them encourage you and lift you up so you can walk the walk of faith again.

 

Do you know someone who is struggling through a difficult time? Reach out to them and help them get back up again. You never know when you might be in need of a helping hand. We are all responsible to God for our own lives. Maybe there is someone around you who needs a word of encouragement. Be the one who shares a smile, a good word, a hug and a shoulder to cry on. Be the friend that you would like for someone else to be to you.

 

Romans 15:5-7 NLT May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you to live in complete harmony with each other—each with an attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. So accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified.

Give Yourself Away

Father, I thank You for placing Your love in the believer’s heart. You loved us so that we could love others. May each one of us seek You and receive Your love and then give it to the next person we meet. Father, I pray for those who don’t know Your love today. I pray that they will open their hearts to You to receive Your love, Your grace and your salvation. Please tear down the blinders that Satan has hung over their minds that is blinding them to the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ so they might be saved. Convict their hearts, Holy Spirit, of their need for Jesus as Savior and Lord. Touch them and awaken their spirit to new life in You, Father. And for those who may be struggling in their walk with You, Father, send a strong Christian alongside of them to help them walk their walk of faith. Cause us to receive each other just as You have received us, without condemnation, but in love. In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen

Your Focus Either Feeds Your Faith Or Fuels Your Fears!

Faith In God

Ephesians 2:11-13 NLT Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders by birth. You were called “the uncircumcised ones” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from God’s people. Israel, and you did not know the promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. But now you belong to Christ Jesus. Though you once were far away from God, now you have been brought near to him because of the blood of Christ.

 

Before I came to know Jesus as my own personal Lord and Savior, the word says that I was “without God and without hope”. But now I have been brought near to God because of the blood of Christ. I now belong to Him. That means that I now have hope; my future is positive because I have His promises that speak of life instead of death, hope instead of hopelessness; peace instead of turmoil; order instead of chaos; I have life in Him that is abundant life!

 

I’m so glad that I am now a child of hope because my God is the God of hope! His promises are “yes and Amen” in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 1:20) And those promises are to the glory of God when worked through me! How can I not win when God is on my side?!

 

I had a lady that I was mentoring one time who, when I was trying to encourage her through proclaiming that God had a good plan for her life, simply said to me “is that true or is it just a ‘faith’ statement that you are making?”. One of the problems in people’s lives today is that they can’t see past their circumstances to see into the promises of God. Life with all of it’s challenges has become bigger than their God. Yes, I make “faith statements” based on God’s promises. I would much rather proclaim the promises of God than the negative circumstances that may be taking place in my life right now. God is a positive, faith-filled God. He has set down in His word promises for us by which we are to live our lives.

Feed your faith

What you focus on will either feed your faith or it will fuel your fears. I don’t like fear and don’t want any part of it in my life. A few days ago I killed a brown recluse spider in my house. I made the mistake of posting that on Facebook and, from it, had the most comments of any posting I have ever made. By the time I drew that post to an end I had comments from “yuck and ewwww” to “if you have one, you have an infestation”. Out of about 21 comments only a couple offered me any encouragement based on the Word of God. By the time I got the last comment about having an infestation of brown recluse spiders in my home, fear was beginning to take root in my thoughts. I realized that I had allowed others, supposedly “faith-filled people”, who should have been filling my heart with faith, to speak just the opposite into my life. I had to stop, take authority over fear, and bring that post to a close.

 

What you allow into your eye-gate and ear-gate will eventually take root in your heart. Do you want that to be the truth of God’s word or the negative thoughts of fear, doubt and unbelief? I choose to believe and put my hope and trust in God, who is the author and finisher of my faith. His word is my standard for living and I choose to speak His word over my life instead of the negative, fearful things that I might see going on around me.

 

Are you without hope today? I pray that you will get into God’s word and see all the promises that He has for your life.

 

Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

I pray that the “God of hope” will fill you with “all joy and peace” as you believe, that you may “abound in hope” by the “power of the Holy Spirit”.

 

Do you lack hope, joy and peace? Start believing in the promises of God, proclaim them over your life and then take note of what is rising up within you, faith and hope or fear and doubt? I can say without a doubt that when I focus on God, His goodness and the plan He has for my life that it causes faith to well up within me. Fear is dispelled when subjected to the light of God’s word!

 

Father, I thank You for the hope that I have in Christ Jesus. I thank You for showing me that when I focus on You and Your greatness all negativity must go and is replaced by faith. I proclaim to You that I will always trust in You, place my faith in You and speak forth Your promises over my life. Thank You for establishing me in the faith, for filling me with Your Spirit and for giving me hope for tomorrow. May You be glorified in my life. I pray for those who have no hope today, that You will reveal to them that You are the God of hope and in You they can experience hope for their lives, a brighter future and faith for a better tomorrow. May those who are separated from You come to salvation through the blood of Jesus and proclaim that He is their own personal Savior and Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

What Is In Your Heart?

Proverbs 4 23

Proverbs 4:23 NKJV Keep your heart with all diligence, For out if it spring the issues of life.

Have you ever heard someone say, “oh, she’s just got issues”? One of the writers of Proverbs, the book in the Bible that we consider as “the book of wisdom”, states in this verse that it is out of the heart, man’s inner being, that “issues” arise. And that all of us have them!

Issues – Hebrew word towtsaah or totsaah – means (only in plural collective) exit, i.e. (geographical) boundary, or (figuratively) deliverance, (actively) source — border(-s), going(-s) forth (out), issues, outgoings.

The word actually comes from the root word yatsa which means to go or come out. So the issues in the heart of man are things that go or come out such as emotions, beliefs, knowledge acquired through education or other knowledge-producing forums, upbringing, circumstances in life, relationships, spiritual or religious growth, and Biblical revelation. Many things through life can be stored in a person’s heart. Those “issues” flow out and reveal where a person is at any given point in time. You can listen to the emotions of your heart and understand where you are on any given subject as it is arising within.

Young’s Literal translation gives this rendering of Proverbs 4:23: Above every charge keep thy heart, For out of it are the outgoings of life.

The heart holds the “outgoings” of life. Mr. Young says that above every charge, or above all else that you do, “guard” or “keep” your heart.

Diligence – Hebrew word mishmar which means a place of confinement, jail, prison, guard, watch, observance. It gives the picture of keeping or guarding your heart as a prison guard would keep watch over the inmates under his charge; not allowing anything to come and go from that prison or place of confinement that is not legally allowed.

So from the Hebrew understanding of this verse of scripture we can ascertain that there are things, “issues” in our heart that come and go sometimes without legal permission but have often simply been allowed to be there because we have not monitored what should be there, but have allowed outside influences to “plant” their beliefs, emotions, etc., into our hearts.

Jesus said in Matthew 12:33-35 that it is from what is stored up in a person’s heart that the mouth speaks. He referred to the good man as speaking out of the treasures of his heart good things and the evil person out of the evil treasure in his heart brings forth evil things.

Matthew 12:35 NKJV “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

So we see that what we keep or allow in our hearts can reflect the emotional outgoings produced in the heart and spoken out of the mouth. As believers in Christ Jesus, we can very simply ask “Holy Spirit, what is in my heart” and be able to identify an area of strength or weakness from what is revealed as the primary emotion erupting from our inner being. It is as we identify those “issues” that we can be set free and begin to replace the hurt with the healing truth of God’s word that brings freedom from the wounds of our hearts.

A healed heart will revealed emotions such as faith, hope, love, or the emotions known as the “fruit of the Spirit”. A hurting heart will often have as a primary emotion sadness, pain, discouragement, despair, hopelessness, and negativity. There are situations in life that we encounter that naturally produce these emotions. We are spirit beings who live in a body and have a soul that is subject to the happenings or challenges of life. It is not bad to have the emotions that reveal a hurting heart; it simply locates us as to what underlying hurts or feelings we may be experiencing in our hearts. It is a barometer, so to speak, of what is going on in our inner most being. And when those emotions are identified and presented to the Lord they can be healed and replaced with the emotions of a healed heart. We live in the world around us and often that world presents us with situations and circumstances that affect our hearts. As we ask God to heal our hearts and we release those hurts to Him a new peace comes to replace the pain of whatever has affected our hearts. We are set free from the wounds that may have been inflicted by another person’s actions or words, beliefs that have arisen from false teaching or losses of life or material possessions. God, in His healing power, can deliver and set a person free from all the pain that arises from a wounded heart.

Bind up the brokenhearted

Luke 4:18, 19 NKJV “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”

Jesus stated in the above verse that He is the One who came to heal the brokenhearted and to proclaim freedom to the captives. He is the One who died to set you free from the pain of a broken heart, the bondage of sickness, disease, poverty and lack. He came to bring freedom to those who are oppressed, beaten down, heart sick and mentally distraught. He came to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord or as the New International Version says “the year of the Lord’s favor”.

The “acceptable year of the Lord” and “the year of the Lord’s favor” in the Old Testament referred to the year of Jubilee. Every 50 years there would be a year of Jubilee where debts were forgiven, slaves were released to return to their families and oppression was removed from people’s lives. They were set free from from the bondage of all that had enslaved them through the previous 49 years.

Leviticus 25:10 NKJV ‘And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family.’

Jesus forever proclaimed the year of Jubilee in His death, burial and resurrection to set us from from the bondage of sin, sickness, disease, heartache, poverty and lack. He came to free you from the wounds of your past; to heal your hearts, minds, souls, and bodies.

Once a person is set free he/she can begin the process of filling the heart with the emotions of a healed heart. That comes as you focus on the truth of God’s word thinking on things that are pure, lovely and of good report as stated in Philippians 4:8:

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—mediate on these things.

2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 tells us that we are to arrest the thoughts that are not praiseworthy. We take control of what comes into our hearts through our mental processes and bring them into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 NKJV For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

This is spoken of as doing warfare not through a carnal or fleshly set of weapons, but by using the weapons that God has given us in Him, in our spiritual walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to be on the guard for those thoughts that are not of Him, arrest them through the power of His Spirit and replace them with the truth of God’s word.

Paul instructed the Ephesian believers to wield the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God when fighting a spiritual battle.

Ephesians 6:17 NKJV And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

The word of God within the heart of the believer brings healing and prepares you to be successful in fighting the battles of life. Once the word of God has been planted in your heart it becomes the dividing factor between the soul and spirit and it discerns the thoughts and intents of the heart. A word-filled heart spews out of it the word of God needed to win the battles. Healing comes as God is called upon to set a person free and then the wounded areas that have been removed are filled with the truth of God’s word that counteracts the fiery darts of the enemy. It is then that the word of God becomes the good treasure that fills a person’s heart and expresses a healed heart. This healing is a progression and often transpires like the layers of an onion as it is peeled. One layer at a time is removed until the core issue is revealed and healed.

What is the primary emotion that is springing forth from your heart today? Does it indicate a wound that needs to be healed? If so, call on the Lord to bring His healing and delivering power into your heart to release you from the bondage of pain and sorrow. He is waiting to set you free!

Father, I thank You for the year of the Lord’s favor that Jesus came to give us. I thank You that in Him we can be set free from the wounds of our hearts, from the bondage of sin, sickness, disease, heartache, poverty and lack. I thank You that when we call on the Lord Your word says that He will save us. Father, I pray for those who may be hurting today that You would minister Your healing power to the wounds of their hearts. I pray that they will release the pain and sorrow that has their hearts imprisoned today. Father, I speak life to their hearts and freedom from oppression in the name of Jesus Christ! I thank You for setting the people free! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Hope Whispers….

Hope Says

Psalm 42:5-8 NIV Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon–from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me–a prayer to the God of my life.

The Psalmist in the above verses questions his soul; his mind, will and emotions as to why he is so disturbed. What is causing his depression? The soul is driven by what a person thinks, feels and the exercise of his free will. When the soul is not at peace it becomes evident that we have moved our focus from God onto what is taking place in our lives; the turmoil of a challenge that has become bigger than our picture of God. The Psalmist says the key is to praise the Lord, putting our hope in Him and trusting Him through remembering that He directs us through His love and gives us a song in the night hours. When we praise the Lord we magnify Him over the problems that we are experiencing. Anything that you magnify grows bigger as you view it and think about it. So when we magnify the Lord we are exalting Him as being the supreme One who reigns over our problems.

The things that rage in our souls may try to make us feel that God’s love has departed from us, but that is a lie from the enemy. God’s word says that there is nothing that can separate us from God’s love for us. (Romans 8:38, 39) The psalmist says, “therefore I will remember you”. Remembering the Lord and how He has helped you in times past becomes a faith-builder for the future. It is always good to go back and rehearse again the miracles that God has brought into your life. Remember the times He has watched over you and protected you; how He has provided for your every need and how He has comforted you in sorrowful times. Maybe there is a particular miracle that comes to your mind as you reflect on the goodness of the Lord that you can think about that will help you to re-focus on how great He is.

As a born again believer my spirit has been re-born; I am a new creation in Christ Jesus, but my soul is being changed day by day as I renew my mind to the word of God and say “no” to the flesh when it wants to rule over my spirit. My soul wants to control me based on what I feel, think and desire, but my spirit, which belongs to God and is filled with His Spirit, wants to lead me to walk in the ways of the Lord, the higher way.

Flesh verses Spirit

Most of the problems that we experience in our earthly life arise from our souls, which the apostle Paul calls the “flesh”, which he says “lusts against the Spirit“. (Galatians 5:16) He admonishes us to “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:14) That means a conscious turning to the Holy Spirit who lives within us when the desire comes from the soul to take control of whatever situation you are facing. It becomes a re-training of the soul and is done through yielding to the Lord and presenting our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice and then renewing the mind to think like God thinks and not like man.

Romans 12:1, 2 NIV Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

This takes a conscious effort to watch for those times that we might be tempted to step out of “walking in the Spirit” to “walking in the flesh”. Sometimes it slips up on us because we are so used to living by how we think and feel. Those decisions that are made from the “flesh” are sensual and earthly, governed by what we want to do that is based on how we feel rather than walking by faith, which is depending on God and following His Spirit in walking according to His word. Two different modes of conduct, both wanting to rule over man’s body which always follows through with action. Where the mind goes, the man follows.

Father, I thank You for giving me the ability to choose which way I will walk, according to my soul, my mind, will and emotions, or according to Your Spirit, the walk of faith. Father, today I make a conscious choice to walk according to Your Spirit. I will say to my soul, “be still, my soul”, and I will listen for the still, small voice within, the voice of Your Spirit, to lead me in the right way, the way of faith. I pray for those who may be struggling with issues that arise from their emotions, or their way of thinking, Father, or who may be having difficulty choosing to walk in the way that You are directing. I pray that they, too, will be able to still that inner desire to control their own destiny instead of relying on Your Spirit within to lead them down the path that You have chosen for them. Your ways are perfect and right, Father, and in order for us to experience the abundant life that Your Son, Jesus, died to give us, we must yield to Your Spirit to lead us and guide us in the way that we should walk. Thank You, for giving us the freedom to choose. I pray that those who haven’t begun their walk with You will choose You and will ask You into their hearts today to be their own personal Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Proclaiming The Light

Let there be light

Genesis 1:2, 3 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

The phrase “let there be” comes from the Hebrew word “hayah” that means “to exist, be, become, come to pass, be done, happen.” God literally proclaimed light in the midst of the darkness. He spoke and it happened! He brought order in the chaos of the darkness. God didn’t look out at the darkness and talk about how dark it was; He didn’t speak out of the fear that if He called forth for light it might not happen. He commanded the light to come forth to dispel the darkness. As children of the Most High God, made in His image and likeness, we were created to proclaim light in the midst of our darkness as well. How do I know that we as God’s children are supposed to speak to our situations as He did?

Well, we find Jesus, after cursing the fig tree that didn’t produce figs when it should have, instructing His disciples in Mark 11:22-24 to operate in just that same manner. Jesus had spoken to His situation; the fig tree should have had figs but it was a pretender, a deceiver and Jesus proclaimed the it would never bear fruit again. He spoke to it and it obeyed.

Mark 11:22-24 NKJV So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. “Therefore I say to you, whatever you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Jesus said that when we place our faith, our trust, in God, that He will honor the requests that we make of Him. When we speak to the mountains of difficulties in faith that they have to obey because we are basing our faith on God and He honors those who place their trust in Him.

In Luke 17:5, 6 we see Jesus addressing this subject of faith speaking into their situations again.

Luke 17:5, 6 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

Our words are containers of power. When spoken in faith they reach out into the spiritual realm to obtain what is needed. Proverbs 18:21 says that “death and life are in the power of the tongue.” James said that if we would not stumble in our words that we would be a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body. (James 3:2) Once again, Jesus addressed the power of our words in Matthew 12:33-37 where He said that what is in a man’s heart is what comes out of his mouth and that we will eventually be either justified or condemned by what we say.

Words are a powerful form of communication. We speak not only to each other to nourish either life or death, but we also carry the power of life and death in what we say about our lives, about what we are going through. Will our words bring life into dead situations, or will we condemn our lives and hinder the good that God has planned for us by speaking negatively about what we are experiencing?

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

God framed our world with His words. How are our words framing our worlds today? Faith believes that in the face of disaster God will bring good. In fact, it takes that belief one step further. Faith speaks good in the face of bad. Faith trusts that God will honor the words of the righteous and so the righteous ones speak, they command their morning, they take the promises of God and use them to frame their world.

This morning as I awakened this scripture was running through my mind:

Psalm 37:25 NIV I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

Who are the righteous and how can I frame my world with this scripture? The righteous are those who have made the Lord Jesus their own personal Savior and Lord. The word tells us in 11 Corinthians 5:21 that God made Jesus, who knew no sin, to become sin for us so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. So I know that because I have made Jesus my Savior and Lord that I am the righteousness of God in Him. I am in the position of righteousness because of Jesus. That makes me a beneficiary of the promises of God that because I am righteous I will never be forsaken by God and my children will never have to beg for bread.

Now I have no clue as to whether or not the scripture that was running through my head this morning is for my children or yours. I am not aware of any problem in the lives of my children. God knows exactly what is taking place in the lives of my children and yours. He knows where you are struggling in your life that needs the light of His word proclaimed into it. God often speaks to me the scriptures that pertain to situations in my life and for those that pertain to someone that might be reading what I write. So this morning I am proclaiming the light of God’s word to my life. I declare that God will never leave me nor forsake me and my children will have all their needs met. They will not have to beg for provision because God is their provider; He takes care of my family. And if this scripture speaks to a situation in your life, then it is for you as well. Take it and speak life in the midst of the darkness that is in your life or the lives of your children.

Psalm 111:13-16 NIV Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

Father, I declare this morning that You are faithful to all Your promises. And when You give us a scripture that applies to a situation in our lives we can use that scripture to speak life into the dead places that have need of the light of Your word to revive and fill them with new life. Thank You for the power that is in Your word as we speak it out into the heavenlies to bring into existence the life of God in our lives. Father, I declare that there is no darkness in You and light, or understanding comes to us as we rely on You and live out of our relationship with You. You are the Light of the world. May Your light shine brightly into our hearts to reveal what we need to proclaim from Your word to meet the challenges of our lives. Father, give us understanding of how important it is to proclaim Your word in the midst of our mountains of difficulties. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayers. I proclaim Jesus as Lord over every obstacle, situation and mountain in my life. You are LORD! And every mountain must bow to the name of Jesus and His word as proclaimed in my life. I command my morning today and fill it with the power of God’s spoken word! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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