Habakkuk 3:17 Though the fig tree does not bud and no fruit is on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though the sheep are cut off from the fold and no cattle are in the stalls, 18 yet I will exult in the LORD; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!

As we know, it takes patience when it comes to receiving the promises of God which means, we won’t get our way all the time.

We may want healing in our bodies in two days, but those two days have come and gone and we’re still in pain. Or, we may want to receive that job offer but instead, we receive an email saying they’re going with another candidate.

After not getting our way, what will we do? We can pout, get mad at God, and choose to doubt God’s ability or we can rejoice, praise God anyway, and continue to believe in God’s promises for our lives.

When we doubt and get frustrated with God, the devil is in control and we forfeit God’s promises. This mindset can lead us away from praying, attending church, and ultimately away from God.

However, if we rejoice and continue to praise God despite having a bit of frustration from not getting our way, we set ourselves up for victory. God’s promises will still be in place, we’ll grow in patience, and maturity (James 1:2-4).

It may be difficult, but continue to believe and praise God when things don’t go our way. It will greatly impact our future.

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or set foot on the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the Law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, yielding its fruit in season, whose leaf does not wither, and who prospers in all he does.

When we make the effort to submit ourselves to God, He guarantees that we will prosper in everything we do. Who wouldn’t want that deal? The problem is there are a lot of vices, thoughts, and suggestions that will tempt our flesh to do things outside the will of God. We can either temporarily satisfy our flesh and give in to those temptations or honor God by resisting the urge to sin.

It’s not only sin we’re resisting, but anything that will hinder our relationship with God. It takes effort to study God’s Word instead of watching TV. It takes effort to wake up earlier to spend time with God. It can be a struggle to tame our flesh, but the more we resist, the easier it becomes in the future and the more it will benefit our lives.

So, resist the urge to sin, do what God tells you to do, and expect prosperity to overtake every area of your life.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

With the exception of miracles, God’s promises will manifest through finances or favor. God will give us the money to get the thing (finances) or He’ll put it on someone’s heart to give us the thing (favor).

It doesn’t matter if it’s clothes, health related, job promotion, or a spouse. Finances or favor from God will play a part in the manifestation of God’s promises.

So, apply your faith to whatever you need or desire (big or small) and expect God to manifest it through finances or favor.

Psalm 13:1 How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? 2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me? 3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God; Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death;

The old folks used to say, “don’t question God.” Here we have David, a man after God’s own heart, questioning God about his difficulties. If David can ask questions, so can we.

It’s okay to ask God questions. God’s not going to strike us down and it’s not a form of doubt. It’s okay to ask God why certain things did or did not happen or how long we have to wait. We can even ask Him to elaborate on a specific situation. As we spend time with Him, He’ll let us know the answer. We may not always like the answer, but He’ll give us an answer.

God is kind and He knows we have questions. He’s always available and willing to answer every question we have. For clarity and understanding about situations going on in our lives, spend time with God and He’ll provide answers for all our questions.

Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues,

A lot of us understand the importance of prayer. We pray, but it’s often done in a language we understand. For believers, we have another language we can use when praying to God. That language is the Holy Spirit or tongues.

Praying in the Holy Spirit has gotten a bad reputation based on what people have seen on TV or at certain churches. It may sound funny or seem illogical, but praying in the Spirit is one of the best things we can do in our prayer time.

The Bible tells us we pray a perfect prayer that aligns with the will of God when we pray in the Spirit (Romans 8:26-27). Not only that, but it builds us up, keeps us in the love of God, and we speak the hidden wisdom of God which is hidden in mystery that God ordained about our future. (Jude 1:20-21; 1 Cor. 2:1-12).

It will seem strange to pray in the Spirit at first but do it anyway. Start, by making random sounds with your mouth while focusing your attention on God. Do it for a minute at first. As you get more comfortable with praying in the Spirit, your sounds will become more fluent and you won’t keep up with the time.

Whether you’re at home, in your car, or waiting in line, start praying in the Spirit so that your life can be immensely impacted.

Ezekiel 37:26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever.

God gave us a covenant of peace. A covenant is greater than a promise. It’s an agreement which brings about a relationship of commitment between God and his people.

God gave us an everlasting agreement to give us peace. The only person that can nullify that agreement is us. If we choose to worry, live in fear, or be anxious about a thing, we reject God’s covenant with us.

Circumstances will tempt us to worry or be anxious, but at the time of temptation, partake of this covenant and receive the peace God provided. He’s not going to force His peace on us. It’s up to us to receive His peace by faith.

So, if the situation is good or bad, receive the peace God provided.

Psalm 66:16 Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.

In the body of Christ, we hear a lot of thrilling testimonies. We’ll hear about people overcoming abuse, people being delivered from poverty, people becoming successful without their parent(s) around, or people almost losing their lives. These are great testimonies to rejoice about, but everyone doesn’t have these thrilling testimonies. Some of us have the testimony of not going through major situations.

We all haven’t gone through abuse, abandonment, or great heartache and that’s okay. Some of us had decent lives. The enemy will use this to make us feel less than. He’ll make us feel like if we haven’t gone through major events, how can we be used in the body of Christ or how can people relate to us.

Don’t let the enemy make you feel down. Being covered, protected, and having provision all our lives is a testimony within itself. The lack of difficulty in our lives displays the goodness of God.

We all may not have thrilling testimonies that could be in a movie, but whatever testimony we have will glorify God and be relatable to someone else. Share your testimony today.

Luke 17:14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

Faith requires actions (James 2:20). Jesus told these lepers to show their unclean selves to the priest. As they went, they were healed.

God is going to require us to take action. Some call this a leap of faith.

He may tell us to start a business, knowing we don’t have all the details in place.
He may tell us to confess we’re healed even though the symptoms of the sickness are present.
He may tell us to go to the car dealership and talk with a salesperson even though we know we don’t have the money to buy the car.

As we go and do what God tells us to do, even though it may not make sense, we set a scene where God can do the miraculous.

As we start that business, God may place people in our lives that can help develop our business.
As we confess we’re healed, the symptoms may leave our bodies faster than anticipated.
As we go to the car dealership, He may compel another person to buy the car for us.

Listen to what God is saying to you. Whatever action He’s telling you to do, do it with an expectation of experiencing the miraculous. If it doesn’t happen after obeying that first action, don’t get discouraged. Keep listening to His instructions. Obeying those series of instructions can be the catapult for breakthrough.

Psalm 119:89 Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.

Whatever God’s Word says about us, it’s settled in heaven. It’s not changing or going away. It’s settled.

Since God’s Word says we’re healed, it’s settled that we’re healed.
Since God’s Word says we’re rich, it’s settled that we’re rich.
Since God’s Word says we’re victorious, it’s settled we have the victory.
Since God’s Word says we’re righteous through Christ, it’s settled we’re righteous.
Since God’s Word says we’re delivered, it’s settled we’re delivered.

Our current circumstance doesn’t change what God’s Word says about us, however our belief in God’s Word can change our current circumstance.

Believe God’s Word above everything else and remember His Word is settled.

Inspired by Bill Winston

There’s a song by William McDowell that says, “I give myself away, so You can use me.” A lot of us sing this song, but do we know what giving ourselves away entails?

We’re saying, it’s not about us. It’s not about our desires. It’s not about when we get blessed. It’s about Kingdom assignments which may include, waking up early or staying up late, doing a job that’s seemingly beneath us, giving our resources away, or doing something out of our comfort zone.

These things are appalling to our flesh. Our flesh only wants to think about us. If we do something noble, our flesh wants immediate gratitude from the person and a blessing the next day from God. We must move beyond our flesh.

One thing we must remember is our labor is not in vain. Being used by God has benefits that include, advancing the Kingdom of God, uplifting our community, and being a blessing to someone else. Our assignment may be someone else’s answered prayer. God is not asking us to do all this stuff for free. Ephesians 6:8 says, the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do.

There’s fulfillment in being used by God. Our assignment will glorify God and make the world a better place.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.  

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