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Mark 9:17-18 “Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” 21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.”‭‭

A man came up to Jesus, asking Jesus to cure his son of this mute spirit. Before Jesus cured the man’s son, He asked the man how long has his son been this way. The man stated his son has been this way since he was a child. After no the time, Jesus cured the boy of the mute spirit. 

What is God saying to us? No matter how long we’ve been in a negative situation, there’s enough power in the Word of God to free us from that negative circumstance. 

You’ve been in debt for ten years? There’s enough power in the Word of God to free us from debt.
You’ve had that sickness for six months? There’s enough power in the Word of God to cure us from any sickness.

You’ve been single for a long time and you desire to get married? There’s enough power in the Word of God to bring us a spouse. 

Anything we need or desire can be obtained through the Word of God. All we have to do is believe. 

23 “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

Have you ever woke up and you felt sad, angry, or depressed for no apparent reason? It’s like anything or anyone can set you off at any given time. Well, those negative emotions are spirits and we have a choice to make. We can either accept those emotions and use the excuse of “I can’t help how I feel,” or intentionally resist those emotions. It’s up to us.

Those negative emotions are designed to remove the quality of life God desires for His people. How can we say we have an abundant life if we’re sad, angry, or depressed? Those negative emotions also have the ability to taint the life of someone else. How can we have a joyful relationship with someone if one minor thing sets us off? We can’t.

We must be intentional in resisting those negative emotions. Using our God-given authority through our speech and our understanding of the fruit of the spirit, we must declare what types of emotions we desire to have.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit the result of His presence within us is love unselfish concern for others, joy, inner peace, patience not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

When we’re feeling down, we will tell ourselves to receive joy. When we’re angry, we’ll confess we have peace. It’s easy to give in to our flesh and display negative emotions, but like everything else with God, we must resist the flesh and walk in the Spirit.

1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, guard and keep the deposit entrusted to you! Turn away from the irreverent babble and godless chatter, with the vain and empty and worldly phrases, and the subtleties and the contradictions in what is falsely called knowledge and spiritual illumination.

We’re living in a society where people are constantly searching for the latest greatest newest thing or idea. Cell phones, cars, and electronics are looked down upon because they were released last year. This quest to discover something new has impacted some of our beliefs. In return, some of us are leaving our “old” Bibles behind.

When so called “new” revelation is discovered in books or historical texts, it can be enticing. For some, it’s like discovering buried treasure. If one is not grounded in the Word, that person will be tempted to study more from those historical texts than the Word of God. And if one is not grounded in the Word of God, it can negatively impact our beliefs. People will go around thinking they know the “truth” and they’re more enlightened than others when in fact, they’re simply deceived.

The Word of God tells us to turn away from godless chatter, worldly phrases, and so called spiritual illumination. That doesn’t mean we can’t gain knowledge by reading historical texts, but if those texts contradict or attempts to nullify the Word of God, it would be in our best interest to turn away from such things.

Be mindful to know that everything that’s supposed to be spiritually enlightening is not heaven sent. Some things are created to distract us, get us off our course, and ultimately uproot our belief in the Word of God. Be grounded in the Word of God.

 

There are times where we as believers don’t want to get our hands dirty. We’ll pray, confess, and believe that God will do something in someone else’s life that we can do ourselves.

For example, we may know that our friend has a financial need. Instead of coming out our pocket to meet that need, we’ll pray that our friend’s need is met through another means. Another is example is with salvation. We may know someone who needs to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We’ll pray and intercede for that person but, have we done anything ourselves? Have we taken the time to speak to that person about Jesus Christ or are we waiting on someone else to do it? 

In some cases, we are our answered prayer for someone else. 

Stop waiting on God to use another person when He has equipped us to handle it ourselves. God blessed us to be a blessing. Now go…and be a blessing. 

Romans 12:13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Inspired by Joyce Meyer

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places.

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the fragrance of his knowledge by us in every place.

The Word of God tells us, in this life, we have a fight on our hands. There’s no way around it and no amount of good we can do to avoid it. We’re going to have to fight. Our wrestling opponent is not with an actual person, but with demonic forces in the spirit.

In this wrestling match, there may be times our opponent seems to have the upper hand. Our finances may be low, our health may be negatively affected, or our marriage may be rocky. Regardless of how the upper hand appears, we’re guaranteed to win.

What causes us to triumph is our faith. When we have faith to believe that everything the Word of God says regarding our situation will come to pass, we’re guaranteed the victory.

No matter how sick we are, if we’ll believe and confess we’re healed, the Word of God will give us the victory over sickness. No matter how confused we are, if we believe in the guidance and direction of the Lord, we’ll have victory over confusion. No matter how bad it appears, if we believe all things work out for our good, we’ll have victory over negative circumstances.

Believe the Word of God and wrestle to win.

Matthew 18:18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Jesus gave us the authority to bind or stop, and loose or release anything we desire in this earth.

A lot of people have the tendency to bind a certain thing. They may bind the spirit of pride or they may bind every cancerous cell in a person’s body, but they don’t loose anything in its place.

For instance, a person may bind the spirit of anger in his/her spouse, but in addition, that person also needs to replace that anger with what he/she desires to see. Most people would replace anger with joy or peace. To complete the circuit, that person should bind the spirit of anger and loose the spirit of joy in its place. The same rule applies with our health. If we’re going to bind the spirit of cancer, we should loose divine health that Jesus provided according to 1 Peter 2:24.

Binding and loosing comes in package form. If we don’t replace what we bound with something we desire to see, we’re only partially using our authority. Benefit from everything Jesus provided by binding things contrary to the Word of God and loosing what aligns with life and godliness.

Genesis 15:1 After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”

When was the last time you had a conversation with a person you didn’t know and during that conversation, you shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ? A majority of us probably haven’t shared the Gospel and due to the climate in today’s world, most of us don’t make it a habit to have a conversation with a person we don’t know. All of this is because of fear.

We’re afraid of how people will view us if we share the Gospel. We’re afraid of being criticized because of our beliefs. We’re afraid of offending another. We’re afraid to speak to them because they’re a stranger and we don’t know what they’re capable of.

Regardless of the reason, fear is playing a role in the perishing of people. Fear is planted by Satan to hinder us from doing what God has called us to do. While we’re operating in fear, Satan is adding souls to join him in the Lake of Fire.

Our responsibility is to be bold enough to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and share how good God’s been with others. The Gospel we share has enough power to change the hearts and minds of the listener.

Let’s come out of our comfort zone of fear and be willing to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our reward is on the other side of fear.

Inspired by Pastor D @ amazingchurch.com

 

Genesis 6:13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.

When rain was a foreign concept in the world, God instructed Noah to build an ark before the rain. As we know, it was designed to save his family and a pair of all the animals on the earth. It took Noah around 100 years to build that ark.

Notice something. The Bible never mentions how Noah received provision. It didn’t say he farmed part-time for food, crafted items for trade, or did anything for income. From what we know, Noah, being the man of the house and having a wife and three children, worked on the ark day in and day out for 100 years.

Based on these 100 years of Noah, what can we say about God? What it says is, when we fulfill the purpose God has for us, provision is automatic. Matthew 6:33 says it this way, Seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto us.

When it comes to God’s purpose for our lives, it doesn’t matter how out of the box it seems to others; when we fulfill His will for our lives, God guarantees all our provision will be met.

Matthew 6:31-32 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

Matthew 24:48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

It’s been over 2000 years since Jesus walked the earth and the apparent miracles we read about in the Word of God are few and far between. The longer Jesus stays away and the fewer miracles we see, the bolder people become to do things contrary to the Word of God.

Unless there is a major catastrophe, for some, there is no motivation to do the will of the Father. Like a teenager who has the house to themselves over the weekend, some people tend to act unruly in the world. The climate has changed. We’ve become numb to violence. We work around injustices. We’ve accepted ideals contrary to the Word of God.

Some of us figure we’re still successful and happy, so there’s no need to deny ourselves of something our flesh desires and live a holy life acceptable unto God. Some say, what’s the point?

First of all, living a holy life positions us to reap the maximum benefits of God. Secondly, we don’t know when Jesus will return. Would it be in our best interest if Jesus saw us getting high when He returned or having sex with our boy/girlfriend? I don’t think so.

Begin and/or continue to honor God with your life. It will be worth it in the end.

Mark 11:20 The next morning as they passed by the fig tree he had cursed, the disciples noticed it had withered from the roots up.

Everything we see has a spiritual root. The troubles we experience, from cancer, racism, poverty, a troubled marriage, and fear, are all based in the unseen realm. The unseen or the spiritual realm is more real than the natural realm.

So anytime we’re facing a problem or situation we can see in the natural, we need to attack it from its spiritual root. For instance, if someone is having a troubled marriage, most people want to “fix” their spouse. That person is attacking the problem from the leaves (the things we can see). Eventually, the problem will rise again. Let’s discover the unseen culprit behind a troubled marriage. John 10:10 says, the thief (Satan) comes to steal, kill, and destroy. The root of a decaying or troubled marriage is Satan. Using our authority over him, we bind and rebuke his presence from our marriage.

We have the same authority over other unseen troubles. We can speak to poverty, cancer, or fear and they must obey our faith. Begin attacking the troubles in your lives from the root and all the developments from that root will eventually disappear.

 

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