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Mark 5:39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him.

Our dreams and desires are not dead. They’re only asleep. It’s going to take the consistent exercising of our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ to wake these things up. Sure, people may laugh at us and call us crazy but, these are our dreams on the line. What others think does not matter. The only thing that matters is the placement of our faith.

For couples who are 40+ and want a child but don’t have children yet, wake up that dream by exercising your faith to receive that child. For people who have a desire to own their own business but only have $1000 or less in the bank, wake up that dream by exercising your faith to receive that business.

Whatever dream or desire you have, don’t allow fear, uncertainty, past failures, or anything else stop you from accomplishing that dream.

“Don’t let negative thoughts of fear rob you of what the blood of Jesus has already paid for.” ~Pastor Creflo Dollar

Mark 11:23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.

The Bible says we can have what we say. Many of us don’t have anything because we’re not saying anything. We are hoping and wishing things would happen but, we’re not declaring exactly what we want. We’re quicker to say something negative over something positive. Declare the desires of your heart. Declare the favor of the Lord over your children. Declare the protection of God everywhere you go.

Say something!

2 Corinthians 3:7-9 (NIV) 7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!

When the law was given to Moses, a glory or glow came upon his face. The glory was so powerful until people could not stand to look at Moses. Eventually the glory faded away. The glory of the law faded because no one was successful in keeping the law.

Jesus fulfilled the law and paid the price for our sins, so we are now under the New Covenant. In the New Covenant, we’re no longer living under the law but, under grace. Under grace, we’re made righteous through the belief in the finished works of Jesus Christ. Jesus saved us, redeemed us, healed us, and empowered us. And this glory that we received will not fade away. This glory will last forever.

Jude 1:25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Through Jesus Christ, God has made us both spiritually and naturally rich. Spiritually speaking, we know we have an endless amount of grace, mercy, forgiveness, etc. Naturally, we are operating under the blessing and under the blessing God has made us rich beyond our wildest dreams.

It’s going to take faith to access either one of these riches. On a spiritual level, it’s going to take faith to know that we have access to forgiveness and mercy after we have missed the mark. On a natural level, it’s going to take faith to know we are wealthy when we’re behind on our bills or we have a substantial amount of debt. We are going to have to say we’re rich in spite of what our bank accounts show.

Activate the faith for the riches that God has freely given to us through Christ.

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

Many Christians debate the meaning of the word “rich” in this scripture. Some think that rich is referring to a spiritual sense (being rich is grace, mercy, always having access to God). While others believe rich is used literally (money, gold, abundance, etc.).

Has anyone ever considered that rich could be both tangible and spiritual?

By having access to God, through Christ, we have all we need and desire. In Matthew 11:24 Jesus gives us a blank check by saying, Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. The word “whatever” has no limits. God is a big enough God to encompass and make us rich spiritually and literally.

Receive the riches from God, through Christ, and declare yourself rich.

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

God is able to supply ALL so that we can have more than enough to further the kingdom. There is no fear in giving to advance the kingdom here on earth because our giving opens the door for abundant increase in our lives. We are then put in a position of always having an overflow to bless others.

2 Corinthians 9:6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Ephesians 1:20 Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21To him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

The only means to receiving the abundantly more that God promised us is through the power that works within us. This presents a need for us to operate within the fullness of God. We are spirit beings who have a soul (mind, will, emotions) and live in flesh. Yes, we are filled with God within our spirits once we accept Jesus as Savior. But, it is a choice to ask Him to be Lord of our souls, and then an ongoing renewal of the mind to allow His Spirit to reign over our souls (Romans 12:2). Through that sensitivity to His direction, we position ourselves to consistently manifest the abundantly more.

Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

There are two essential ways that fear enters our lives.

The first way fear enters our lives is through a lack of trust in God. When God says something to us through His word or through His Spirit, we can rest assured that His word will come to pass. However a lack of trust on our part, usually due to being shaken by what we see or experience, causes fear or panic to enter our hearts.

The second way fear enters our lives is through our speech. God has told us multiple times in multiple ways that we have authority with our speech. We have the ability to create or remove things with our speech. If we live our lives making statements such as “that scares me,” “I’m afraid that…” or “that’s what I was afraid of,” we give fear a license to enter our lives and do whatever it pleases. God has not given us the spirit of fear but, we can accept it through our speech.

Our responsibility is to remove fear from our hearts by totally trusting in God in spite of what we see and training our tongue to speak a fear free life into existence.

In the beginning, the Bible says the earth was formless, empty, and dark. Then it says, God spoke and declared the earth have light and take form. The earth being dark and formless was a natural fact. It could be seen, touched, felt, etc. God spoke, and there was enough power through His faith to change the facts.

The great thing about this is God has given us the same ability He used to create the earth (Matt 18:18). All we need to do is exercise the power through our faith. Power through our faith is having unmovable faith in the power of God to do what He said in His word.

That’s why it’s so important not to be shaken/moved by what we see or experience in life because we know our faith has the power to change any natural fact.

Exercise that faith and change facts.

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Our life’s goal is continuous quest towards God, constantly going to another place in Him. In this place our maturity is increasing, our faith is rock solid, our witnessing of the Gospel is high, and our love is constant. In this place we’re not moved by what we see or experience, we’re moved by the word of God. In this place we’re not intentionally sinning just to receive His grace. We’re making an effort to do God’s will. And in this place when we do fall short, we’re not haunted by guilt or frustration, we openly receive His grace, forgiveness, and love.

Strive to reach this place. The deeper we go, the more that’s revealed.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

Inspired by Micah Stampley

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