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Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus knew He was going to be beat, whipped, separated from the Father, and die and yet, He still maintained His joy. What gave Jesus joy was knowledge and faith. Jesus knew and believed His sacrifice would save mankind whom He dearly loves. Jesus also knew and believed His sacrifice would honor the Father, therefore, rewarding Him with the name higher than any other name, a seat at the right hand of the Father, and The only Way to God. For these reasons, Jesus maintained His joy and endured the cross. 

If Jesus can have joy in that situation, we too can have joy. If we follow the same pattern of Jesus, in any situation, we can maintain our joy. When facing negative situations that impact our joy, we must know and believe there’s a promise of victory over that situation. After a breakup, we must know and believe the blood of Jesus can remove the hurt from our consciousness and God has a spouse available for us (Hebrews 9:14; Mark 11:24). After a layoff, our joy is held together by believing God will supply all our needs and we will receive our desired career (Philippians 4:19; Mark 11:24).  

Whatever the situation is, maintain joy by knowing and believing in the promises of God coming to pass in your life. 

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Although it appears like death can strike at any moment, death no longer has dominion over those who believe. Jesus redeemed us from the curse of death. Like any promise found in the word of God, our faith must be applied to receive this redemption. If we doubt or don’t believe that Jesus defeated death for us, we can’t expect to reap the harvest of long life (James 1:6-7).

God, Himself, promised us 120 years (Genesis 6:3). Now that we’re redeemed from the curse of death, we don’t have to be worried about what may happen to us. We can calmly go into the worst neighborhood at night because we know we’re covered. We can maximize our abundant life by trying new things and traveling to exotic places because we’re protected. We can live a fear-free life because death is defeated.

Apply faith to this promise and receive a high quality abundant life.

There are a lot of us who chase after our dreams with a Pit-bull like intensity. We’ll move to a different city, work long hours, and are willing to live below our means just to see that dream come to pass. Some may applaud us for going after our dream while others question if it’s worth it. Regardless of what other people think or say, we’ll vigorously go after that dream.

The same tenacity and intensity a lot of us have when going after our dreams is the same tenacity and intensity we should have when going after God. We should make time for God, be willing to live below our means to give to God, and die to our flesh to please God.

Let’s be real. God is the One who gave us our dream. It would make more sense for us to go after God to receive instructions on how to make our dreams come to pass. Make God the prize and our dreams will follow.

Psalm 42:1 For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah. As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.

Proverbs 13:22 A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.

Just because God promises the believer wealth doesn’t mean wealth is going to automatically fall into our laps. The scripture says, “Wealth is stored up for the righteous.” To access this wealth, it requires faith. Like our money is stored up in a bank and we need a debit card and a PIN to access this money, likewise, to access the promise of wealth, we need faith (Heb. 6:12).

Faith is not magical and it’s not some cheap trick. Faith simply believes what God has promised us through Jesus Christ in spite of our surrounding conditions. We may not have a dime to our name naturally, but if we continue to believe for the promise of wealth, obey God to position ourselves to receive wealth, and have patience, we’ll eventually receive this promise.

Does this mean that everyone will be a millionaire before they die? No, but, everyone has the potential to receive millions if they work the process.

Enhance the quality of life by standing in faith for wealth.

Romans 13:9-10 “For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

God is love, therefore, it’s safe to say, He created us to love. Love is so potent until it fulfills all the commandments of God. If we love a person, we wouldn’t steal from them. If we love a person, we wouldn’t murder them. Love is all God requires.  

Not only will love fulfill the commandments of God, but since we were created by Love with love, love will bring fulfillment in every area of our lives. It’s something about love. It feels good to love. If feels good to help out that person who is less fortunate than ourselves. It’s exhilarating to give and receive genuine love from our family. It feels good to know that love made a difference in someone’s life. 

Finally, love provided salvation. God so loved the world that He sent Jesus. Love kept Jesus fulfilling the will of the Father. Love kept Jesus on the cross instead of sending a host of angels to destroy everyone abusing Him. Love, through Jesus, provides us eternal life with the Father. 

Magnify love. Love the Father, love yourself, and love everyone else. 

Luke 5:4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

When Jesus instructed Simon to go out into the deep and let down his nets to fish, it was at the inappropriate time. It was at the hottest part of the day and Simon, a fisherman, already attempted to catch fish at the appropriate time, night. But because of his obedience and his belief in Jesus, Simon caught more fish than he could ever imagine (v. 6).

In Matthew 9:20-22, we see God healing the woman with the issue of blood at the inappropriate time. According to the Law, the woman was not supposed to be outside her house or touching a Rabbi while bleeding nevertheless, when she touched the garment of Jesus, at the inappropriate time, she was healed.

What can we learn from this? God can bless us at the inappropriate time. When people and statistics say it’s the inappropriate time to believe for this or that, we have contextual proof that the time is irrelevant to God. If we’re 45 years old and we desire a child, we can receive that child if we’re willing to undoubtingly believe God’s Word. If our credit is bad, statistics say it’s the wrong time to desire a house, however, if we’re willing to believe God, we can receive that house even with bad credit. People say it takes 2 years of experience before it’s best to put in for a promotion, but with God, we can receive that promotion within a few months.

Even if the time is inappropriate, we can we receive the promises of God if we’re willing to believe.

Everyone gets angry at some point in their lives. People get angry while driving, angry with their spouse or children, angry with their co-workers, or angry with situations.

If we break down anger, we’ll discover the root of anger is fear. If we’re angry with our spouse, we’re really afraid that we’re being taken advantage of in some way. If we’re angry in traffic, we’re fearful that the other person doesn’t respect our positioning. If we’re angry with a boss, we’re fearful that we’re being disrespected.

Anger is a normal emotion but, God doesn’t want us harboring anger for more than a day (Ephesians 4:26). Anger is a gateway emotion to all other ungodly emotions (hate, bitterness, etc.). We manage and dismiss our anger by magnifying God and His Word within the situation. If we’re angry with our spouse, do what the Word says in spite of our anger. Continue to love, honor, and respect them and trust that God will help us not become so sensitive or trust that God will deal with our spouse. If we’re angry with that rude person in line, we must remind ourselves who we are in Christ, and continue to love that person in spite of their actions.

Let go of the anger by rebuking the fear in our lives.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

There’s a reason why the Word of God tells us to seek God and His righteousness first. The main reason we seek God first is because it makes God a priority in our lives and we don’t allow anything or anyone else above Him. 

A second reason why “first” is in this scripture is because there will be something else we’ll have to do secondly, thirdly, etc. After seeking God first, there will be instructions God gives to us pertaining to our situation. 

For instance, if someone desires a job, the first thing they should do is seek God on how to obtain that job. After seeking Him, God may secondly tell us to network with people we know in that field. Thirdly, He may tell us to search for jobs online. Finally, He may tell us to apply. The problem occurs when we go out of order. If we desire a job and immediately begin searching online, applying online, and after getting the job, we seek God for help in the job, we’re working out of order. 

God wants to be first, then He’ll tell you what to do secondly, thirdly, etc. Prioritize Him and trust His plan for your life. 

Many believers claim they want to go “deeper” in God, however, a lot of people don’t actually know what that means. Some may say it’s reading our Bibles more or spending more time in prayer. In actuality, the Bible defines this “deepness” a lot of us are trying to obtain.

1 Corinthians 2:10 But God has revealed it to us by the Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

This deepness comes as a result of our relationship with the Holy Spirit. When we pray in the Spirit and are being led by the Holy Spirit in all our decisions, we make ourselves available to receive “deep” revelation from God.

In 1 Corinthians 2:1-10, it tells us by praying in the Spirit, we speak the hidden wisdom of God. We speak the things that “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” God can tell us what to prepare for in our future, when to act, and how to act.

This deepness is not privileged to those who appear to have it all together. It’s for anyone who is willing to receive it. Look at Noah. Noah was sensitive to the voice of God. Noah received and acted on detailed instructions from God about building a boat to escape a flood before rain ever existed.

Let’s strengthen our relationship with the Holy Spirit and gain this deepness with God.

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