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Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love.

As a believer, we all want to be used by God and receive our desires from God. God’s Word tells us we can heal the sick, raise the dead, and perform miracles like Jesus (Matt. 10:8; John 14:12). God’s Word also tells us we can receive the desires of our hearts (Mark 11:24). At the end of the day, we want to experience supernatural results.

To obtain supernatural results, we must have faith (Rom. 4:16). But as we can see, faith works by love. Some of us believe God for the supernatural to take place in our lives, but we have bitterness, anger, and hatred in our hearts. That’s why some of us aren’t experiencing the supernatural. How can we say we believe God for our marriage to be made whole, but we have hatred towards a parent? How can we say we believe God for a new job, but we’re envious of a friend who appears to be enjoying his career?

We can’t have faith in God meanwhile, harbor emotions contrary to God. Experience supernatural results by walking in love and removing negative emotions today.

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

Jesus was so impactful in the earth due to His love for God and His love towards us. ~Smith Wigglesworth

Jesus loves the Father and He loves us so very much. This love compelled Him to push His agenda aside and honor the Father with His life and sacrifice Himself on our behalf. Jesus’ love for the Father stopped Him from dishonoring God by falling into temptation. Jesus’ love for people compelled Him to stop and heal the sick wherever He went. Jesus’ love kept Him on the cross when He could have called angels to smite everyone doubting, mocking, and beating Him. Jesus’ love was a difference maker.

Jesus commands us to love the Father and love people. If we can develop the love that Jesus had towards the Father and towards others, we can accomplish similar goals of Jesus and more (John 14:12). Our love for the Father will keep us from engaging in activities that go against His nature. Our love for people will see a hurting person, and with compassion, declare healing in their bodies. This is how we make an impact in the world.

Love is how we make a difference in the world. Faith works by love (Galatians 5:6). No love, no faith. No faith, no manifestation of miracles. No miracles, no hope. Love is all we need.

Psalm 91:1 Whoever goes to the Lord for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty, 2 can say to him, “You are my defender and protector. You are my God; in you I trust.”

Psalm 91:11 For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn.

As human beings, one of the biggest needs we have is security. Wherever we go, we want to know that we’re safe and our families will be safe.

In so many ways, God has vowed to keep us safe from all hurt, harm, and danger. God protects us, His angels protect us, and He told us no weapon formed against us shall prosper. The question is do you believe Him?

To maximize on God’s protection plan, we must believe that God can and will protect us. This protection plan won’t work if we doubt God’s ability to protect us. This protection plan won’t work if we feel like we need to help Him out by over-doing it with natural security (alarms, weapons, etc.).

We must believe God loves us. By knowing that God loves us, we can be convinced that He will protect us. Leave the fear of being vulnerable behind and receive God’s love accompanied with His protection.

Whether we believe it or not, everyone has faith. There’s a lesson of faith all around us.

A good example is when we’re at a red light. When we’re at a red light, we have to have faith that people won’t disregard their red light and cause us to have an accident. A lot of  us do this mindlessly. When our light turns green, we’re not worried or fearful that people will run the red light. We truly believe that people will stop at a red light.

If we have faith to believe that people will stop at a red light, how much more faith should we have in God fulfilling His promises in our lives? It’s the same process.

The reason we have so much faith in people stopping at red lights is because we’ve seen them stop time and time again, therefore, we have boldness to begin driving when our light turns green. God has fulfilled His promises to us countless times in our past, therefore, there should be a boldness to place our faith, hope, and trust in God. Don’t be afraid or worried. What God said He will do, will come to pass.

Exercise this red light faith with God.

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Before the problem presented itself, the solution was already provided.

Before some of us knew we would be unemployed now, provision was already provided. Before some of us realized we would have trouble in our marriage, peace within our marriage was made available to us. Before some of us knew we would have a disease in our bodies, healing was made available for us.

Some of us were really surprised by some of the problems we’re facing. It really took us back. Our problems may be new to us, but they weren’t new to God. God made a solution to our problems before the world was created.

Our solution was made available to us by Jesus Christ. Through His sacrifice, everything wrong was made right. Satan was defeated and all power was given to Jesus. That’s why Paul can boldly say, “Thanks be to God Who always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus.”

Understand this, we may not know when or how our situation is going to get better, but we have hope in God’s Word, that a solution is available to us.

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. 4 For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love

Have you ever wondered why the things we crave are usually against the will of God?

For instance, God wants us to do everything without grumbling or complaining, but it feels so good to complain. God wants us to love our enemies, but it just seems right to hate them. God wants us to abstain from gossip, but it seems so fun to talk about other people’s lives, especially, if it’s negative.

These cravings are a product of our flesh. Due to the fall of Adam, our flesh became an enemy to God. It opposes the will of God in all areas. The world calls these cravings “natural” and ‘we shouldn’t have to fight natural feelings.’ That’s why it’s acceptable to have sex before marriage, be homosexual, have entire magazines and TV shows dedicated to gossip, and destroy our perceived enemies.

To honor God with our lives, daily, we have to fight these cravings. This may include not staying at his/her house overnight, not going to that bar, or not watching that video or TV show. We’re telling our flesh “No.” It’s not impossible. God’s grace is sufficient enough to overcome any desires of our flesh (2 Cor. 12:19). Rely on His grace and honor God with your life.

Galatians 5:17 For the flesh craves what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are opposed to one another, so that you do not do what you want.

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, says he to you; but his heart is not with you.

What we think about ourselves is what we become. If we think we’re less than, unequipped, unqualified, ignorant, or insecure then that’s what we become. Not only how we think about ourselves is what we become, but how we think about a situation is how it becomes. If we think the situation will never change, get worse, won’t work in our favor, or won’t benefit us, we’ll get tragic results. Toxic thinking produces a toxic life.

There is thinking that lines up with the Word of God and there is thinking that lines up with how we feel. How we think determines how we act. If our thoughts line up with the Word of God, we are guaranteed a successful life and we’ll walk with the mindset of victory. If our thoughts line up with how we feel, our lives will be on a roller coaster and we can expect disappointment.

If we want a prosperous peaceful life, our thoughts can’t contradict our desires. If we want our desires to manifest, our thinking must change to constantly agree with the Word of God.

Psalm 34:12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, 13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.

A prosperous life or a turbulent life hinges on our speech. We can have faith, pray continuously, and read our Bibles often, but if our everyday speech is negative, we’ll cancel everything our faith is attempting to obtain.

We believe to be healed from a sickness, but as soon as someone asks how we’re doing we say, “It’s been rough. I feel weak. I don’t know when I’m going to get better.” That kind of speech contradicts what we believe. Our flesh wants to vent about things that are happening in the natural and receive sympathy, however, venting and sympathy never healed anyone.

During challenging times or in times of confusion or uncertainty, it’s best to confess the Word of God over the situation. The Word of God, coming from our mouths, has enough power to change any situation.

If someone is competing in an event or has a performance, we’ve heard the phrase “practice makes perfect.” The more we practice, the more we’ll perfect our performance.

Practice is beneficial when it comes to spiritual matters as well. When we practice and develop a routine of consulting and being led by God in seemingly minor things, the better we’ll be at discerning His voice when major decisions need to be made.

We can start anywhere at any time. We can ask God what He wants us to wear for the day or ask God what we should eat for lunch. Consulting God in minor things also gets us into a habit of going to Him first in all our decisions. It may seem too deep to do all of that, but practice makes perfect. When we need to decide if we should quit our job to start another or whether to get surgery or take medication, we’ll have better clarity from God on what to do.

Practice consulting and being led by the Spirit of God in every area of life.

Romans 8:14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

Isaiah 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;

Obedience alone will not birth a blessing, but obedience positions us to receive the promises of God.

There is a belief in the body of Christ that if we obeyed God and did everything right, at some point in our lives, our prayers will be answered. This kind of thinking eliminates grace and faith. There’s no need for grace and faith if our obedience alone will get us what we want. What happened was we saw how people conducted their lives with God in the Old Covenant and applied that same way of living in the New Covenant. In the Old Covenant, it was all about what we had to do for God. In the New Covenant, it’s all about what God has done (past tense) for us.

In the New Covenant, grace, faith, and obedience work together. Grace allows us to undeservingly receive all the promises of God. Faith is the currency we use to obtain those promises, and obedience to the Holy Spirit positions us to receive the manifestation of those promises.

For every promise, believe that grace has made it available and obey the voice of God.

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