I betcha one thing when we make it to heaven we will not see anyone holding a panhandler’s sign that reads, “I will work for food.” The problem many of us Christian face is truly understanding where the power and authority of God is found. It is where the peace of Jesus is located. It is where God’s joy abounds. It is where contentment flourishes. It is where the treasurers of heaven are stored. It is where your blessing flow from. It is where truth reigns. It is where the heart of salvation begins. It is where God’s victories are provided. It where God’s anointing flows. It is where God’s grace abounds. It is where healing and deliverance lives. It is where God’s promises are fulfilled. It is where the gifts of the Holy Spirit are distributed. It is where wisdom and reverential fear of the Lord begins. It is where God’s mercy is renewed every morning. It is where rituals, religions and traditions of men don’t exist. It is where relationship with the Father starts and intimacy thrives. It is where oneness, alignment and agreement meet. It is where the kingdom of heaven is located. It is where the oil of gladness pours from. It is where the flood gates of heaven open and blessings flow. The treasures of heaven is found in you through faith in Jesus Christ and keys to unlock these treasures is found in God’s word. The keys are your faith and belief in your God. Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Jesus said time and time again”your faith has healed you.” And one of my favorites is John 11:40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” With God there is no lack! God is your Jehovah Jireh, He who supplies ALL of your needs. God knows ALL of your needs before you even pray about them. He is your Jehovah Rapha, the Great Physician and your healer. God heals your body, mind and spirit and delivers you from all worldly issues. He is your Jehovah Shammah, your God who is always with you and who will never leave you. He is your Jehovah Nissi, He who is your banner of victory and fulfillment.
Submit in the Greek derived from two words Hupo (hoop-o) and Tassó (tas’-so) and by definition hupo means “under authority” and tassó “to set in place”. So when James encouraged us to ‘submit ourselves before God’ in chapter 4 verse 7, he was strategically and militantly instructing us to first set or place ourselves under God’s authority. You see, once we are in the right position (prayer), then we become capable of resisting the devil and ultimately he will flee. The Message Bible paraphrased it this way, “So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.” Numbers 13:19 reminds us that God’s voice will never contradict or nullify God’s word!
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anxiety is a combination of looming fear, unwanted stress, and abnormal uncertainty. When combined, this mixture can become a very dangerous addictive concoction and I believe that’s why Paul addressed this addiction to the church at Philippi. In Philippians 4:6-7. He said, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Speaking of Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6 he too warned us about sipping on this poisonous ☠️ and often deadly concoction. He explained the necessities like food and clothing are nothing to worry about. Using examples from God’s creation, Jesus teaches that our Heavenly Father knows our needs and cares about them. If God takes care of simple things like grass, flowers, and birds, won’t He also care for people who are created in His image? Rather than worry over things we cannot control, we should “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things [the necessities of life] will be added to you” (verse 33). The bottom line is putting God first is the only cure for anxiety. So if I am speaking to you give God back his rightful place and remember fear, stress, and uncertainty should never be placed in the center of your life because that place belongs to God!
Your future is far greater than your now and your past. It may not feel like it right now but don’t ever count God out!! He is intimately familiar with your former and your now but He is more acutely focused on your latter! One thing I’ve learned about God–He always delivers on His promises. 2 Cor 1:20 confirms, “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.” The Lord got your back no matter the circumstance. Jesus told us that in this world we will experience problems but to take heart because he has overcome every problem we could ever face (John 16:33)! So, today when life presents itself with ever-changing variables And nuisances, remember that we serve a God who is unmoved and stationary in His Godness. For I heard Him tell Jehoshaphat in 2 Chron. 20:17 “You shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD….” In other words, the Lord was saying, “I Got Your Back…!”
We didn’t choose God, rather God chose us before He poured the earth’s ‘slab’ (Eph 1:4, John 15:16). This ‘architectural’ truth was ‘cemented’ in Deut 7:9 and Moses said, “GOD wasn’t attracted to you and didn’t choose you because you were big and important—the fact is, there was almost nothing to you. He did it out of sheer love, keeping the promise he made to your ancestors. GOD stepped in and mightily bought you back out of that world of slavery, freed you from the iron grip of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know this: GOD, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon. He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations. But he also pays back those who hate him, pays them the wages of death; he isn’t slow to pay them off—those who hate him, he pays right on time (MSG ).” Point being, God chose us so that we could join His work in the world. Ephesians 2:10 says God has prepared good works in advance for us to do! Deut 7:9 simply reminds us that God’s love is not based on the merit of a particular person or nation, but solely on His love and faithfulness. He chose you and me to demonstrate His character. He chose you and me so that we may know Him and love Him. He chose you and me because He is love (1 John 4:8), He is gracious, He is merciful, and He has a glorious plan for you.
We all need to be delivered from something(s) in our lives and we become disillusioned if we think for a second that we’re not in need of deliverance. The real question is, what do you need to be delivered from? You see, deliverance is the action of being rescued or set free. Psalms 34:17 reminds us, “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” Crying out to God is an act of humility, desperation, and total concentration. It is a fervent expression of faith in God and trust in His goodness and power to act on your behalf. Crying out to God expresses our need to be healed, delivered, and restored. The good news is God’s promise, purpose, and provision for every Christian is a life of victory in Christ Jesus. Therefore, deliverance from sin, being rescued from trials, and escaping the influence of a world in control of the evil one derives only through Christ, the Son of God who has come and “has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true—even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life” (1 John 5:19-20).
God has given each believer a spiritual gift(s) that He wants us to use for His glory, but we often don’t use them. We often deny that we actually have a spiritual gift or if we do acknowledge it, we may doubt its usefulness to glorify God, and then just bury them. Do you remember reading, the “Parable of the Talents”, in Matthew 25:14–30? In short, it tells of a Master [God] who left his house to travel, and, before leaving, He entrusted his property to his servants. … Upon returning home, after a long absence, the Master asks his three servants for an account of the talents he entrusted to them. 2 of the three servant profited while the one who received one talent buried his portion. Listen, I don’t care what people tell you and this includes clergy…you have a spiritual gift. No gift, is more important than the other and all gifts were dispensed by God to bring people to the knowledge of God! If you don’t know what your spiritual gift(s) are pray and ask…I guarantee you that God will reveal it to you. If you know what your gifts are and refuse to use them….STOP IT! There people waiting on you specifically! Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Pet. 4:10) It has been said, “He who buries his talent is making a grave mistake.”
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