We know friends and family who have desires and have asked God for certain things. They may want healing in their bodies, increase in their finances, a new car, their marriage to be made whole, etc. Since we know what they desire, we should seek God to see if He wants us to be the answer to their prayers.

We may be full of faith and God prompts us to pray for the manifestation of healing in their bodies. We may have some extra money that God compels us to give to them. We may know a good marital counselor and God encourages us to send that information to improve their marriage.

Take the time to see if God wants you to be the answer to someone else’s prayer. It will bless the person and bring glory to God.

It doesn’t mean we won’t experience challenges, but we’ll easily overcome our challenges without being stressed out.

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

These are instructional scriptures given to us by God. God doesn’t give us these scriptures to test us to see if we’ll follow them. He gives us these scriptures for a good reason.

When we obey these scriptures, we position ourselves to experience an amazing abundant life. God is our Creator and He knows how we should best function. He knows walking in unforgiveness, hate, and worry won’t do our bodies any good. It’s been scientifically proven these things lead to an early grave.

Certain instructional scriptures may seem weird, unnecessary, or foolish, but trust God has a good reason for us to follow them. We don’t debate with the car company who tells us how to maintain our cars, so don’t debate with our Creator Who knows the best way to maintain our lives.

The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!”
John 12:12‭-‬13 NLT

When Jesus came, these people positioned themselves to praise. They got palm branches, walked to meet Jesus, and they shouted.

With us, God is ever-present. That means, throughout the day, we should always be praising God. We may not be led to get palm branches, but our praise should be continuous.

This also means, when we have a situation and we pray about it, we’re giving God permission to handle that situation. Since we know God is figuratively coming down our road to handle our situation, before saying “amen” we can praise God.

Praise God in the morning, praise God for His blessings, praise God for life. Make a conscious decision to keep yourselves postured for praise.

So the Israelites examined their food, but they did not consult the Lord. -Joshua 9:14 NLT

Because Joshua and his leaders didn’t consult the Lord, they were tricked.

Consulting God on every move we make and everything we do is highly important. We only have a limited picture, but God sees it all. And because God sees it all, He can prepare us for things to come and traps to avoid.

We may think a business deal will be our ticket to success, but God sees that it will end miserably. We may think we should study a certain section, but God may tell you to study another section.

We should never get to a place where we’re too smart to consult God. He has our best interests at heart. Let Him lead you.

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.
Matthew 7:1 NLT

Some of us think a person representing God or Jesus needs to be spotless. Some people feel like it’s hypocritical to have a person who may smoke, drink, or curse giving God glory when they do well. I used to think the same way. But if God waited for everyone to be spotless or wrinkle-free before using them for His glory, He would be waiting forever.

It’s funny how we don’t have anything to say when an unsaved person does well and they thank everyone else, but God. But when a saved person praises God after doing well, we want to mention that person’s behavior and character. We want to say “If God was really the head of their lives, they wouldn’t be…” Who are we to judge and say who can give God glory or not? We’re not perfect. At least they’re glorifying God.

Everyone needs grace. God can use whomever He desires regardless of our opinion of their behavior. Let God be glorified by all.

1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.
Psalms 94:19 NLT

Whatever we’re believing God for, the devil is on the other side throwing darts of doubt in our minds.

Satan will tell us it’s not going to happen, it’s not going to work out the way we think, or it’s not going to get better. When throwing these doubts, he’ll have us consider our age, our financial status, our health, our experience, and statistics. His goal is for us to throw away our faith and give up.

During these times we must rely on God’s comfort. Where is God’s comfort? In His word. When we look in His word and see our victory, that victory brings us comfort. So, receive by His stripes you’re healed, believe God always causes you to triumph, and know you can do all things through Christ to combat the thoughts of doubt.

A lot of us have made Jesus our Savior, but we also need to make Him our Lord too. Making Jesus our Lord means we do what His word says. It means His will becomes our will. Despite how we feel, what our logic says, and what society says, we follow His word.

This means making Him Lord over everything. It only partially benefits us when we make Jesus Lord over our family, but not our finances. Why make Him Lord over your marriage, but you’re going to try to manage raising children in your own strength?

Let’s do what His word says in every area of our lives. If a particular issue is not specifically mentioned in His word, contact the Holy Spirit and let Him direct you on what you should do in that area.

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. -Romans 10:9 NLT

Gideon then crossed the Jordan River with his 300 men, and though exhausted, they continued to chase the enemy.
Judges 8:4 NLT

When fulfilling our God-given assignment, there may be times where we’re physically and/or mentally exhausted. We’re exhausted from working long hours getting our business off the ground. We’re mentally exhausted from having to maintain our faith and confessions despite what we see.

Although we’re exhausted, we have to keep going. We can’t give up and quit. God won’t put us in a position if He hasn’t graced us to accomplish the task.

Receive the physical and mental energy God has provided through Jesus Christ and push past exhaustion to manifest victory.

John 2:11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

John 2:23 Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him.

We can tell someone about Jesus and preach to them until we’re blue in the face, but some people won’t believe until they see a demonstration. They need to see that it was nobody, but God who did some of the things in our lives.

When they see our drama free life, our continuous increases, and hear our miraculous stories, they’ll have no choice, but to believe and give God glory.

Allow some people to get close to you so that they can get a front row seat of God performing the miraculous in our lives so that they can trust Him for theirs.

Society tells us to work hard, don’t stop, don’t sleep, and grind until we get what’s ours. Our logical mind tells us the more we work, the more we’ll have.

God’s word, on the other hand, tells us to rest in Him, trust in Him, and rely on the blessing. We’re to work, but only as the Lord directs us (Col. 3:23).

Doing it society’s way may get us what we want, but we’re also tired, some relationships may have been strained trying to achieve our goals, and our lifespan could be shortened because of exhaustion.

Under the blessing, we have sweat-less victories. Opportunities easily open up for people that trust in God. When we rest in Him, what took someone 10 years to complete may only take 2 years for believers.

Now, what are we going to choose? Logic or the Lord? I suggest the Lord.

Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it.

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