“My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest” – Isaiah 32:18.

As we can see, peace is God’s will for us. Anything less than peace shouldn’t be accepted. There should be peace in our minds, our marriages, with our children, and other relationships.

Like all of God’s promises, our peace has to be received by faith. It’s not going to happen automatically because we’re saved. We apply our faith to receive and maintain this peace.

So, anything that doesn’t look like peace in our lives, our homes, or our marriages can be changed by placing a demand on God’s word for peace.

Confession: According to Isaiah 32:18, there should be peace in every area of my life. So, I declare peace right now, in the name of Jesus.

-Continue to confess until your life looks like God’s word.

There are two ways of living, naturally and spiritually. The natural way of living requires hard work, logic, networking, and luck. The spiritual way of living requires resting in the finished works of Jesus and relying on the word of God.

If we’re living naturally and want something, we have to work hard, save money, and hope we can get it without going into debt or missing any other bill payments. If we’re living spiritually and want something, we ask God, confirm the desire is in God’s word and believe we’ve received it until it manifests. There’s no debt or missing payments. It’s God materializing our desires without toil (Prov. 10:22).

If we’re living naturally and get diagnosed with something, we’ll possibly stress over the situation, take the prescribed medication and hope it cures the disease. If we’re living spiritually and get diagnosed, we can rejoice because Jesus has healed us from that disease and look to the Holy Spirit to lead us in our next steps. No stress necessary.

Some of us combine the two by living spiritually in some areas, but natural in other areas. God will let us live however we want to live, but He prefers if we totally rely on Him.

Stop looking at your bank account every day and stop stressing over things. Make the effort to live spiritually and totally rely on God.

Romans 8:6 (Weymouth Translation) Because for the mind to be given up to earthly things means death; but for it to be given up to spiritual things means Life and peace.

When we’re believing God for something, we usually believe God for something big or a pressing desire. We tend to forget we can release our faith for minor things.

We can release our faith for our water pipes to stop making that annoying sound. We can release our faith for a certain gas price. We can release our faith for that pain in our back to go away. We can release our faith for new shoes we may not need. We can release our faith to find our keys.

These things may not be life threatening or super serious, but we can either put up with it or use our faith to change it.

Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

James 1:6 (NLT) But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

Faith is what we use to obtain the promises of God. We see a promise, we believe God has already made that promise available through Jesus, we receive it the moment we pray, and we obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit to position us to physically receive that promise.

As we’re patiently waiting, we’re living in expectation. We’re expecting that promise to come. We may not know how or when, but we’re expecting. It may take a week, a month, a year, or more, but we’re expecting. The downfall of our faith is when it takes too long and we stop expecting. That’s called doubt. And doubt will withhold God’s promises every single time.

Get those desires back out, dust them off, and expect to receive them. Don’t be anxious about them, but expect to receive them by faith.

Imagine yourself as a king or queen 2000 years ago. You have an amazing kingdom of 10,000 people. There’s an abundance of food and water. The people in your kingdom are strong and happy. The walls around your kingdom are heavily fortified and heavily guarded with 3000 of the most strongest warriors. Now, imagine seeing a small army of 100 soldiers attempt to take over your kingdom. Would you freak out? Would you begin to complain or worry? Probably not.
Why? You realize this army won’t stand a chance against your kingdom.

That’s what trouble is. Trouble is a small army attacking our large heavily protected kingdom. We don’t just have any old protection. We have the best defense and weapons ever assembled. We have God Himself backing up His word (Isa. 55:11). We have angels protecting us and waiting to obey the voice of God’s word (Ps. 91:11-12; Ps. 103:20). We have the blood of Jesus keeping us free from guilt and shame (Rom. 8:1). We have faith attached to our mouths to release anything we desire or don’t desire in our world (Matt. 18:18).

So, we don’t need to worry when we experience sickness. We don’t need to freak out if we lose our jobs. We can keep our cool when negative situations occur. They’re minor in comparison to what we have at our disposal. As kings and queens of God, we can totally rely on Him.

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

If you’re truly wanting to do the will of God and experience all that He has promised, there will be some assignments from God that may feel foolish.

For instance, God may have us look at a house we desire, knowing we can’t afford it (yet). God may have us telling people about Jesus in a Walmart parking lot. He may have us look at some property for a business, knowing you don’t have a business plan in place.

That feeling of foolishness comes directly from Satan in order to dissuade us from obeying God. Satan knows if we obey God, God’s will is being accomplished through us, God gets the glory, lives around us are changed, and we reap a harvest of blessings. It’s a win for everyone, but him.

Let’s overcome that feeling of foolishness and do what God says. It may feel foolish at first, but if we obey in faith, we’ll experience a fantastic outcome.

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

II Samuel 2:5‭-‬6 NKJV So David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh Gilead, and said to them, “You are blessed of the Lord , for you have shown this kindness to your Lord, to Saul, and have buried him. And now may the Lord show kindness and truth to you. I also will repay you this kindness, because you have done this thing.

The men of Jabesh Gilead were blessed by God because they showed kindness to Saul.

Showing kindness is something we can always control. At any point in our lives, we can show kindness. We can send a text to check up on someone. We can open the door for someone else. We can compliment someone’s clothes or shoes. We can pay for someone’s meal or groceries.

Our kindness activates a principle of God. When we’re kind to others, God is kind to us (Ephesians 6:8).

Acts 19:11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.

The same miraculous power that flowed through Paul, flows through every born-again believer. If Paul was anointed enough to touch materials that were used to heal the sick, we can touch materials that will heal the sick or prevent sickness from occurring.

A material that everyone seems to have nowadays is a mask. If we’re dealing with or know someone who is dealing with symptoms of COVID, cancer, or any other disease, we can use God’s power residing in us to anoint that mask. Once that mask is anointed, we can stand back and expect an extraordinary miracle. An anointed mask will be a great gift for anyone.

Some may have doubts based on the antics of some televangelists, but this is scriptural. Because of Jesus, we have God’s power inside of us and that power can heal the sick (Rom. 8:11; Mark 16:18).

If God is leading you to anoint a mask or material for yourself or for another, do it. He will get the glory for extraordinary miracles.

We value teaching our children the importance of getting their education in school. We also value teaching our children the importance of exercising and eating healthy. That same enthusiasm we have for education and exercising also needs to be applied to the things of God.

It’s important to teach our children about the stories in the bible, but don’t stop there. Teach them about the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus. Teach them about prayer and applying their faith to get the things they desire. Teach them about the importance of giving and being a blessing. Teach them about the importance of communion.

Our children are a blank slate. By constantly teaching them the things of God, they’ll value it and consistently apply it to their lives.

Proverbs 22:6 (NLT) Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

Mathew 6:16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may be seen of men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward.

Around this time of year, a lot of us are fasting. We usually dedicate the first part of the year to God by putting away enjoyable foods and seeking Him.

Just a reminder…

  1. Fasting doesn’t move God. God has already moved with all of our blessings through Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 1:20).
  2. Fasting increases the volume of God. Although our flesh may be craving sweets, our spirits are sensitive to hear God’s voice.
  3. Be ready. As we dedicate our time, body, and energy to seeking God during our fast, it’s important that we stay ready. God may give us an idea, tell us to do a certain task, or tell us to give. Whatever He’s telling us to do, be ready to do it.

These are just some quick reminders to think about during a fast. Enjoy being more intimate with God.

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Scriptures of the Day

January 2021
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