Mark 5:19-20 But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.” So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them.

Revelation 12:11 says, we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

When God blesses us with that new job, healing in our bodies, that new husband or wife, or that raise, it’s our responsibility to tell our testimony.

Some people have been deceived into thinking we need to keep it to ourselves to “remain humble” or not “flaunt” our blessing in the face of someone who’s experiencing a difficult time. That’s a lie. We’re not boasting in how great we are. We’re giving all the credit to God for blessing us with our desires. Psalm 34:2 encourages us to boast in the Lord.

When people hear us giving glory to God through our testimony, it shouldn’t make them feel bad. If it does, they have some maturing to do. Our testimony will hopefully encourage them to place and keep their faith and trust in God for all their needs and desires.

Fear is not okay. It robs us of the abundant life God made available to us through the sacrifice of Jesus.

The fear of getting hurt stops some of us from getting into a relationship with another person. Fear stops some of us from enjoying vacations because of a fear of flying or getting on a cruise. Fear of being turned down stops some of us from putting in for a promotion. Fear of failing stops some of us from starting a business.

We can allow fear to hinder our lives or trust God for a favorable outcome when we face our fears. Either way, it’s up to us. God’s not going to make us deal with our fears or love us any less if we have fear in our lives. Fear reveals an area where we don’t trust God completely.

Be free from the bondage of fear and enjoy the life God wants you to have.

But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”
Mark 5:36 NLT

I wish I had that job.
I wish I had that house.
I wish I didn’t have to go through this treatment.
I wish things would be easier.
I wish I had that much.

A lot of times we wish for things when God has given us the ability to ask and decree for what we desire. Wishing we had something will never get us what we want. It’s only by following the instructions in God’s word we are guaranteed to receive what we desire.

God’s word tells us whatever we desire when we pray, believe that we’ve received it and we shall have it (Mark 11:24). It also says we’ll receive whatever we ask in the name of Jesus (John 16:23). Matthew 18:18 says whatever we permit or forbid on earth shall be permitted or forbidden in heaven.

As we can see through the scriptures, it’s totally up to us. When we use our faith and get God involved with our desires, they will come to pass. If not, we’ll be wishing forever.

John 16:23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

Titus 1:2 This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began.

God’s ultimate plan, before the world began, was for every person to have eternal life with Him. Sin derailed that plan. Because of sin, some people perished and no longer have the choice to be with God forever. God never intended for this to happen. 2 Peter 3:9 says He didn’t want anyone to perish.

God set a new plan in motion through Jesus. Everyone who believes and receives Jesus as their Lord and Savior, will have eternal life. Eternal life doesn’t start when we die. Eternal life starts the moment we believe.

God has always wanted us to be with Him. That’s His desire. Through Jesus, we can be with Him forever. Since God is always giving us our desires, let’s return the favor and give Him His desire. Let’s give Him people. Encourage someone else to receive eternal life through Jesus Christ so they won’t perish.

Proverbs 4:22 for they (God’s words) are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.

The bible is not just a book. It’s the printed word of God.
God’s word is not something we read to check a box. The word of God provides revelation of who He is, what He’s done, and what’s to come.

As we can see, the word of God is health to our entire body. The pain in our knee, the sickness floating in our body, and the pain from that divorce can all be healed by reading God’s word.

Don’t neglect the word of God. Even if we’ve read it from cover to cover, it continues to provide benefits to our lives.

James 3:2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

Some of our mistakes start with our tongue. We speak it first and because our tongue has the power to create, what we speak comes to pass.

Mistakes with our tongues, that impact our lives include, constantly telling our spouse we’re leaving when a disagreement arises, saying we’re never going to get promoted or married, or saying you’re always getting sick.

Stop speaking this into existence. Think before you speak and minimize the mistakes.

Revelation 5:12 In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

Hopefully, we can agree Jesus is the Lamb who was slain. He was slain to receive power, wealth, strength, honor, glory, and praise.

In Romans 8:17 it says, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. We are joint heirs with Christ. This means, whatever Jesus has, we have it too.

Since Jesus received power, wealth, strength, honor, glory, and praise, we too have power, wealth, strength, honor, glory, and praise. Jesus wasn’t slain so that He could hoard all of these attributes to Himself. He was slain so we too can also have access to these things.

When we truly understand what we have in Christ, regardless of how it looks in the natural, we should never feel powerless, poor, or weak. Why? Because Jesus died so that we can be powerful, wealthy, and strong.

Praise God for Jesus and making us joint heirs in Christ so that we can live an abundant victorious life.

Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants. 2 Timothy 2:25‭-‬26

There are some bible beaters out here. Bible beaters are Christians who are beating people up with scripture after scripture attempting to get them saved or turn from their unholy ways. What a lot of them are missing is gentleness.

If we gently instruct those who oppose the truth, God can potentially work on their hearts to escape the deception of Satan. The key word is gently.

Like anything else, if we come too heavy-handed or harsh, that can be off-putting. No one likes anything to be shoved down their throats. In Ephesians 4:15, it tells us to teach the truth in love.

Based on everything we see, it’s important to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and teach the truth, but let’s do it in a gentle way.

Proverbs 29:25 NLT Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.

There’s a fear that’s not mentioned much. That’s the fear of people. Fearing people because they think differently than us, fearing people because they look different from us, and fearing people’s opinions.

All this fear is detrimental because we’ll have to deal with people for the rest of our lives. The answer to this fear is putting our trust in God.

When we focus on God, we won’t get distracted by what other people are doing or saying. We’ll be so focused on what He tells us to do until we won’t have time to consider what people are doing and saying.

Don’t let fear rob you of your peace, joy, and freedom. Trust in the Lord and don’t look elsewhere.

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Every believer comes equipped with two stalkers. Those stalkers are grace and mercy.

Their only mission is to follow us everywhere we go. If we start a new job, goodness and mercy are present with us. If we open a business, goodness and mercy are present. If we’ve done something terrible, goodness and mercy are present. If we feel like we’re not going to make it, goodness and mercy are present.

When we understand that they’re present, we can release our faith to receive what they have to offer. If we’re feeling low, we can say, “I release my faith for goodness to improve my life.” If we’re feeling unworthy of God’s love, we can receive the mercy of God that’s presently there with us.

Embrace these stalkers because these stalkers will never leave us alone.

There are some who are more logically minded. They typically make their decisions based on facts, evidence, and logic they can understand. There’s another group of people who are more emotional. They make their decisions based on how they feel.

Since the logical person uses facts and evidence, if the facts and evidence change, they can change. It can be a little more difficult for an emotional person because it’s dealing with their feelings. If an experience makes them feel a certain way, they feel justified in responding in certain way.

Sometimes, the more emotional person’s responses don’t make sense to the outsider and appears very knee jerk-ish. Since they’re acting out of their emotions, they’re not trying to appeal to logic. Their decisions and responses typically have negative consequences. They’ll say something they’ll later regret; they’ll do something that will have them in jail, fired from a job, or divorced.

It can be difficult to convince a more emotional person to understand how their feelings are affecting their decisions which is ultimately affecting their lives. But that’s why we have God.

Both the logical and emotional person need to silence their logic and feelings and submit their decisions to God. That’s the only way we can ensure our decisions are sound and will work out in our favor. Trust God, not logic or emotions.

Colossians 3:15 Each one of you is part of the body of Christ, and you were chosen to live together in peace. So let the peace that comes from Christ control your thoughts. And be grateful.

Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.

A lot of us use this scripture when we’re dealing with sickness, disease, or physical pain in our bodies. That’s great, but this scripture can also be applied to emotional wounds that haven’t healed.

This scripture can be applied to the pain a person experiences during a divorce, death of a loved one, abandonment from our parents, rejection, or abuse.

This scripture works the same for emotional pain as it does physical pain. When that emotional pain comes in our minds, we must literally open our mouths and say, “by His wounds, I’m healed of (whatever emotional pain)” We’ll also have to say, “I receive the peace and joy of God in exchange for this pain, in Jesus name.” We’ll say this multiple times until the pain is removed.

Praise God for the sacrifice of Jesus that heals us from physical and emotional pain.

1 John 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

Some of us sit in a room and wait to feel or experience God’s love. He may give us a good feeling when we’re by ourselves, but a lot of times, God’s love is shown through people.

God’s love can be experienced through our parents, our spouses, and our children. That good emotional feeling we get when laughing and playing with them is an expression of God’s love.

For those who may not have had the best parents and you don’t have a spouse or children, God’s love is being expressed to you in some way. It may be through a close friend or an extended family member who is actively present, offers money, or words of encouragement in our situation.

God’s going to make sure His love is being expressed in some way. It’s up to us to recognize it so we’re not going through life thinking nobody loves us and nobody cares. God loves and cares. Recognize it and receive it.

Proverbs 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
Our emotions can deceive us.

Fear is going to knock on all of our doors. Just because fear is present doesn’t mean we have to let it in. Some of us think because fear is present, that means it’s natural and we’re justified to be afraid. In order to gain victory and be in control of our lives, we must fight off fear.

We fight fear with faith. And faith is activated by the words of our mouth. When fear knocks, we must open our mouths and say, “God has not given me the spirit of fear. Fear, I cancel you now and I trust God to handle this situation.”

When we cancel fear and focus on God’s promises over the fear that’s present, we’ll experience victory every time. But be on guard, because fear will return.

James 1:13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

We all are tempted by something. Most of us know what we’re tempted by. The key is not to put ourselves in situations where we tempt ourselves.

For instance, if we know we’re tempted with pornography, we don’t need to watch movies where there’s a lot of nudity. If we know we’re tempted to gossip, we don’t need to stand around listening to others gossip about someone else. That will tempt us to gossip about that same individual. If we’re tempted to drink in excess, we don’t need to go to events where they’re serving alcohol.

We may think we can handle being in those situations, but why chance it? Know yourself and be responsible and strong enough to remove yourself from that temptation.

As we close out 2021, start a detailed list of all the things God has done. Don’t limit it to 2021. Make a list of all the significant things God has done in times past.

This list does a few things. It helps us appreciate God even more. As we look on this list, we’ll thank, praise, and worship God for all He has done.

Secondly, it gives us a grateful attitude. A lot of times we’re complaining about what we don’t have now when we haven’t truly thanked God for what He just did. This list keeps us grateful and free from complaints.

Finally, this list stirs our faith. We may have current desires that haven’t yet manifested. Periodically reading this list will reignite our faith and let us know if He did it before, He can do it again.

Keep this list going throughout 2022. If we keep our faith in God, we’ll be amazed from all the Lord has done.

Psalm 143:5 I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done.

Galatians 3:14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

When we hear the word blessed, some of us think of stuff (house, cars, money, etc.). Someone else may think of having good health, happiness, and having everything we need. Both are correct and one is not better than the other.

For those in Christ (those who made Jesus Lord) we’re blessed. We’re not blessed because we have stuff or all that we need. We’re blessed because of the blessing. Notice, it’s not plural. This blessing was spoken by God to Abraham and his seed.

Galatians 3:16 the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. It does not say “and to seeds” as of many but “and to your seed” as of One, who is Christ.

If we’re in Christ, we’re blessed. Not because of the stuff that we have, but because of Jesus and the fact that God said it. The blessings (plural) we have come from the blessing.

Since God spoke it, it has to come to happen for everyone who believes. It’s not going to happen automatically. We must believe in the blessing He spoke over Abraham and His children. We must believe we’re children of Abraham and the blessing is for us.

Don’t get down because your life is not matching up with this blessing. Once we believe, watch all these blessings start pouring in our lives.

Mark 6:3 Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.

If they rejected Jesus, they could possibly reject us too.

The people looked at His outward appearance and remembered His past and they rejected Jesus. They may do the same with us. They may say, didn’t she have five husbands, didn’t she get an abortion, or didn’t he go to prison. We may have an entirely new nature and truly living Christ like, but because of our past, they may only see us as we were. We’re trying to tell them about God and how He changed our lives, but because they can only see our past, some may not be willing to receive what we have to say.

Don’t get frustrated or flustered. It can happen. It doesn’t mean you’re any less of a person and we shouldn’t feel guilty about our past. Once again, if they rejected Jesus, they may reject us too. Use your message/testimony as a seed. They may not be willing to give God a shot based on what we said, but hopefully, what we said can be a seed for them to repent in the future.

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Some of us feel like you need to be reading the bible 3 hours a day, have perfect church attendance, and be relatively flawless to do something for God. This is a deception. God can and wants to use us where we are.

If we feel like we have to “get ourselves together” in order to be used by God, we’ll always have an excuse because there’s always something to work on.

Sit with God and ask what you can do for Him. It may be as simple as volunteering at a homeless shelter. It may be inviting your friend to church or sending them a link of a good sermon. We may not be at the point of preaching on the corners, but there’s always something we can do.

Don’t always look to the pastors and ministers to do all the work. Let’s do our part assisting in the expansion of the Kingdom of God.

Psalm 103:10 He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. 11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.

It doesn’t matter if we’ve been saved for a day or 20 years, we’re going to miss the mark. It may be as simple as complaining or being critical. Regardless, the mark has been missed.

Instead of feeling bad because we think God is upset with us or thinking we’ve missed our blessings, tap into God’s grace. God’s grace let’s us know no matter what we do and how long we’ve done it, God’s not mad at us and He still desires to shower us with blessings.

We may feel undeserving or feel like we wouldn’t bless a person who has disobeyed us, but that’s not God’s nature. The punishment for all sins was placed on Jesus. And because He took our punishment, we can experience a life where God will never be upset with us. He only wants to prosper us. Receive this amazing gift of grace.

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Scriptures of the Day

January 2022
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