Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Notice what this scripture DOES NOT say. It doesn’t say, without God, nothing is possible. This means, some things are possible without God.

This is where some of us get in trouble. We may experience some victories and successes and we think we got it because of our hard work or connections. That’s just God’s grace (unmerited favor) operating in our lives. The next time we go after something or take a risk, it may not be as successful as it was before. We’ll end up going through life experiencing some failures and some successes.

Why go through life taking a 50/50 chance on success when we can simply include God for a 100% guarantee?

With God ALL things are possible. Include Him to make it possible for your life today.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:

There is only one adversary or enemy. That’s the devil.

It’s not white people or black people. It’s not Muslims. It’s not the police and it’s not the government. It’s the devil.

He’s the one influencing people with thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. He’s the one telling certain people how to treat people of another race or gender. He’s the one telling people do harm to someone else. He’s the one telling people to abuse their spouse. He’s the one.

So, stop getting mad at people. Take all your frustrations out on the devil by using your God-given authority to rebuke his power over people, situations, and governments.

It’s our responsibility to validate every statement we hear to ensure it lines up with the Word of God.

The reason why we want to validate statements in the Word of God for confirmation is to know where our faith should lie. If we hear a statement that sounds good, but not biblically accurate, we’ll believe something that’s untrue.

For instance, if we believe sickness is the will of God, we’ll suffer in life not knowing it’s God’s will that we be and remain healed and whole (Isaiah 53:5; Luke 17:19). God doesn’t want us to suffer, but to have an abundant life (John 10:10).

If we believe God took our loved one, that may bring some of us comfort, but for others, that same statement can make someone else upset with God. God doesn’t take or kill His children. By being led by the Spirit, we’re meant to have a long satisfying life (Psalm 91:16). Just FYI… a long life is 120 years (Genesis 6:3).

Don’t waste time and energy believing something that’s not true. Look in the Word of God for yourself to ensure statements made by any believer or minister is true.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.

“God Helps Those who Help Themselves.”
“When You Die, God Gains Another Angel.”
“Cleanliness is Next to Godliness.”
“It was God’s will for that negative thing to happen.”
“God is In Control.”

We hear ministers and believers make statements like this. Some statements sound good and encouraging, but we need to validate them with the Word of God. If it’s not literally or contextually in the Bible, it’s not true.

Look at the statement of “God helps those who help themselves.” This can’t be true because God helped us before we could help ourselves by sending His Son Jesus.

Negative things happening to us can’t be God’s will based on the fact He gave us promises to believe and confess to counter these negative things.

The biggest statement we hear is “God is in control.” If God is in control, He’s doing a poor job in the earth. There’s violence, sickness, and abrupt death daily. So, obviously God is not in control. God gave mankind dominion in the earth and He put us in control (Gen. 1:26). What we see is a result of mankind’s decisions operating with a free will.

It’s our responsibility to validate every statement we hear to ensure it lines up with the Word of God. If it doesn’t, we don’t have to accept or receive it.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where bad news is constantly on display. The news tells us about deaths, crimes, and diseases, social media repeats the news, and we have conversations with friends and family members telling us about personal problems.

Fortunately, as believers, we can do something with this bad news. We can use our God-given authority to counter bad news.

If we found out our company is suffering financially because of coronavirus, we can declare the demonic influences over our company’s finances be removed and command a great financial increase for the company. If we hear about someone abusing a spouse, we can declare demonic influences be removed from that person’s mind and declare peace in that home. Every issue has a spiritual root. We’ve been given authority, through Jesus Christ, over spiritual matters in the earth. Therefore, we can declare the will of God in any negative situation.

Instead of spreading gossip or inciting fear in the next individual, use your authority to change bad situations for the better.

Matthew 16:19 And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

Luke 10:19 Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.

1 John 4:3 (AMP) What we have seen and ourselves heard, we are also telling you, so that you too may realize and enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with us. And this fellowship that we have, which is a distinguishing mark of Christians, is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ the Messiah. 4 And we are now writing these things to you so that our joy in seeing you included may be full and your joy may be complete.

There are people who are multimillionaires who could buy anything they desire, but they feel like they’re missing something. There are people who appear to be living out their dreams, but still feel incomplete. Some of us may feel this way.

That missing piece or incomplete part is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Not just knowing about God or going to church, but an every day relationship with Him. That means, communicating with Him (through the Holy Spirit) daily, knowing His nature, getting His advice on major and minor decisions, and allowing Him to comfort and lead us.

By establishing this relationship with Him, our joy is complete. We can have all the money in the world and/or have gone to church for years, but without that relationship, our joy is incomplete. Establish and build a relationship with God to maximize complete joy in this life.

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.

Strength to overcome the temptations and influences of the devil does not come through our will power. It comes by relying on the strength of God.

Satan will use anything to tempt us to disobey God. He’ll use situations that happen in our family to tempt us to gossip. He’ll use the negative attitude of our spouse to tempt us to start an argument. He’ll even tempt us with that delicious cookie knowing we’re full.

Being strong in the Lord means relying on the power in His Word. If God said it, we can overcome. We can resist, renew our minds, and rely on God to give us a plan to overcome. Don’t try to do it yourself. Be strong in the Lord.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.

Seeing or experiencing hatred, bitterness, poverty, sickness, and death continuously can have some of us become anxious for the Lord’s return. Because we’re saved and those closest to us are saved, we’re ready for the return of Jesus to deliver us from all this madness. That’s selfish.

God has more than current Christians on His mind. He sent His Son to save the world (John 3:16). God desires that everyone repent and be saved. While we wait on Jesus’ return, we can do our part to fulfill God’s desire.

As Christians, our responsibility is to lead others to Christ. We can talk to random people about Christ, write bible-based blogs, or share the Gospel of Jesus Christ on all social media platforms.

Don’t selfishly wait in your comfortable Christian status for Jesus’ return. Let others know about establishing a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

When negative events occur, ordinarily they get our attention. We tend to focus on it, tell people about it, and possibly lose sleep over it. What this verse is telling us to do is to ignore the negative events. We’re not in fantasy land pretending problems don’t exist. We’re consciously choosing to ignore the problems and focus on our desired solution.

Who do we depend on for our desired solution?
God, through the finished works of Jesus Christ.

  • When pain is in our bodies, instead of saying how bad it is, we ignore it and continuously declare we’re healed (Isaiah 53:5).
  • When our marriage is problematic, we confess our marriage to be prosperous and envision a drama-free marriage.
  • When our children are acting out, we declare their deliverance over bad behavior (Prov. 11:21).
  • This can be difficult because the problems are constantly trying to get our attention, but if we focus on God’s Word, see ourselves free from those problems, and thank God in advance for the solution, we’ll experience deliverance.

    2 Peter 2:21 For never to have obtained a full, personal knowledge of the way of righteousness would have been better for them than, having obtained such knowledge, to turn back from the holy commandment which was verbally delivered to them. 22 There has befallen them the thing spoken of in the true proverb, The dog turns back to his own vomit, and, The sow is washed only to wallow again in the mire.

    Once we’ve obtained knowledge of what’s right, we’re now held accountable to do what’s right.

    For instance, in Ephesians 4:32 it tells us to forgive one another. Now that we know to forgive, it’s our responsibility to forgive everyone who wronged us. If we don’t forgive, we’ll reap the consequences of unforgiveness.

    In Ephesians 5:25, it tells husbands to love their wives the way Christ loves the church. We are now held accountable to unconditionally love our wives. This goes for anything we learn in God’s Word and for anything that is taught to us by the Holy Spirit.

    These instructions are not meant to condemn us, but to make us better people, make us better representations of Christianity, and improve the quality of our lives. Let’s make it easy on ourselves by doing what’s right.

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    Scriptures of the Day

    May 2020
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