1 Corinthians 13:8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Whatever situation we’re facing, apply or receive love.

If we’re facing a confrontational boss, an argumentative spouse, or a stubborn child apply God’s love towards them despite their behavior. Proverbs 25:22 and Luke 6:35 lets us know God will reward us for applying love to the situation.

If we’re facing financial struggles, dealing with depression, or struggling with our identity, receive God’s love knowing that He loves us enough to supply all our needs and increase our finances. Receive God’s love knowing that He’ll always be with us and His love can overcome depression, sadness, and solidify our identity.

It’s up to us to apply or receive God’s love. Just know, whenever it’s applied or received, it’s guaranteed in some way, shape, or form to be successful.

Proverbs 16:2 All a man’s ways are pure in his own eyes, but his motives are weighed by the LORD. 3 Commit your works to the LORD, and your plans will be achieved.

There are some who believe every task must be direct orders from God. Some won’t move unless they clearly hear the voice of God. There will be times where God gives us direct orders that we must follow to a “T” however, there are God-inspired plans and ideas that enter our minds. Sometimes, they seem like our own.

There’s nothing wrong with having plans and ideas just as long as we run those plans by God. For instance, we may have an idea to sell our house or invest in a certain stock. Our responsibility is to consult God about those ideas. He’ll tell us yes, no, or not now.

Just because an idea entered our minds doesn’t mean we have to squash it and just because it enters our minds doesn’t mean we have to immediately act on it. Present all plans and ideas to God, and let Him approve or deny them.

Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.

1 Corinthians 11:24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

Communion is not a spooky religious time where we turn off the lights and have a serious attitude. It’s a time to reflect and celebrate the sacrifice that Jesus made.

We not only remember His physical sacrifice. We remember what His sacrifice did for us spiritually. His sacrifice made us righteous. His sacrifice freed us from all our sin. His sacrifice gave us victory over poverty, sickness, and death. His sacrifice released the blessing of Abraham on our lives.

We don’t need to wait on our church leaders to take communion. If we have a piece of bread and some water, in the comfort of our home we can take communion and reflect on what Jesus has done.

So when taking communion, reflect and celebrate the sacrifice of Jesus.

Lamentations 3:22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

When we’ve done something wrong and missed the mark with God, we believe punishment should be attached. We’re willing to accept the punishment. If we did the crime, we should do the time.

That’s not the case with God. God’s not punishing us. God is merciful. Mercy is where we deserve punishment, but don’t receive punishment. God’s not punishing us because all the punishment for every sin imaginable was placed on Jesus. He took our punishment for sin so we wouldn’t have to. There are natural consequences for our actions (i.e. rob a bank and we’ll go to jail), but it’s not God punishing us.

When we truly comprehend that there’s no punishment for our sins, it helps us appreciate Jesus a little bit more. Thank God for Jesus because it was He Who took our punishment for all our sins.

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

God’s Word identifies every believer as the righteousness of God. Through Christ, every believer is righteous. It’s easy to say, we’re righteous or holy when we’ve been honoring God with our lifestyle, behavior, and attitude for a while. But it’s difficult to state our identity when we know we’ve missed the mark or when we know we haven’t been honoring God with our choices.

Regardless of what we’ve done or where we are in life, it’s important to confirm our identity with the truth in God’s Word. If we don’t confirm our identity, the devil will attempt to confirm it with lies. He’ll tell us we’re a terrible person, God doesn’t love us, or we’ve missed our blessing. These are all lies.

Saying we’re righteous may be difficult, especially when we’re fresh off of missing the mark, but it’s who we are. Whatever we’ve done and however far we strayed, God loves us and we are His righteous children.

Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

Deliverance is still available with God. We don’t have to settle with where we are or accept our current situation. We can call on God and He will deliver us.

He may deliver us instantaneously. If we have an addiction, the taste for that addiction can leave immediately. It’s possible.

God may deliver us through a process. During this process, God will give us steps to take. As we obey His instructions, even if they seem illogical, we’ll reach our goal of deliverance. This may take some time so, be patient and trust the process.

God may deliver us using another person. God can call someone to use their power, their ability, and their influence to help us. He may have them speak encouraging words into our lives. He may have them give us wisdom. God may have them use their resources to deliver us. Don’t dismiss or discredit another person. God may be using them to deliver us from our situation.

We’re not stuck. If we want deliverance, deliverance is available with God.

2 Chronicles 20:20 Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in His prophets and you will be successful.”

There’s been an attack against the prophet or preachers of God. Satan has used people to attack their character, their integrity, and their legitimacy. There’s a thought that if we’re listening to preachers, we’re weak-minded or can’t think for ourselves. Some will tell us we’re fools for listening to these “crooked” preachers.

True men or women of God have our best interests at heart. They’re hearing the voice of God, studying the Word of God (in context), and speaking on the behalf of God. By listening and applying their teaching to our lives, we position ourselves to be successful.

Now, preachers are not perfect. They miss the mark and need grace like everyone else. But we don’t trust the preacher. We trust the God in the preacher. If what they’re telling us doesn’t align with the Word of God, we can dismiss that statement. If they continue to make questionable statements, we may need change who we’re listening to. That’s why it’s so important to know the Word for ourselves.

Let’s not hinder our success by lumping every preacher with those who publicly missed the mark. Have faith in the God-inspired word that comes from your man or woman of God.

Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

God has blessed us with a lot of things. He’s blessed some of us with a good job, a house, and children. Some of us experienced spectacular miracles in our lives. He allowed some of us to walk out of a horrific accident or He allowed us to get probation when we were destined for prison time.

With all the good things God has done in our lives, some of us only focus on the negative. We focus on what we don’t have or what could be better. We’ll haphazardly thank God for our house, but magnify the fact that we don’t have another bedroom. We’re happy we have a job, but we’re hyper-focused on wanting a higher salary.

Don’t be ungrateful. There’s nothing wrong with wanting more, but it’s a problem when wanting more consumes us to the point where we can’t recall what God has done or what He’s doing in our lives now. God’s always doing something good for us. We’ve just gotten numb to His goodness and we’re always looking for what’s next.

Let’s renew our minds to be grateful for all that God has done in our lives.

John 9:1 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.

This man had a problem since his birth. The disciples wanted to know who sinned, he or his parents. Jesus responds, neither sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.

We all have some problem we’ve dealt with since birth. Some were born with physical problems such as speech impediments, bone or muscular issues, deafness, etc. Some were born with sin tendencies like, alcohol addiction, depression, a judgmental spirit, etc. Some were born with natural problems such as, poverty, abusive parents, or a lack of support.

Regardless of the problems we were born with, if we submit to God, His works will be evident in our lives. We can see God’s works when a person who had a speech problem becomes a keynote speaker. We can see God’s hand on someone when the doctors told them they wouldn’t walk, but now, they’re running marathons. God’s works can be revealed in a person when the abuse was meant for evil, but God used it for His glory by having them share their overcoming story with others (Joyce Meyer).

Don’t let any problem from birth stop you from being all that God called you to be. Trust Him and watch any problem get turned around for our good.

Romans 8:14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

There are some who are led by their feelings. They’ll say, “I feel like no one loves me, this feels like the right time to get married, or I didn’t buy the house because I felt bad energy.” There are some who are led by logic. They’ll say, “the most logical thing to do is to sell, the most efficient way to complete the task is to start earlier, the smartest thing to do is to wait until the price drops.”

As believers, we shouldn’t be led by either. We should be led by the Spirit of God. Regardless of how we feel or how logical it sounds, every decision we make (big or small) should come from the Holy Spirit. We should ask God what’s best. Whatever He tells us to do may go against how we feel or go against sound logic, but He knows what’s best for us.

Trust the Holy Spirit above feelings and logic. It will work out better for us in the end.

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