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Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

As we can see, God promised to never leave us nor forsake us. Understanding this promise, a believer should never say they’re alone or lonely. We may not have anyone physically present with us but, God is always with us.

There will be times where we’re tempted to feel lonely. We may feel alone when we’re going through a difficult time or we may feel lonely during the holidays but, our feelings can be deceptive and unreliable. Regardless of how we feel, the truth of the matter is we’re never alone. We’ll also be tempted to think God’s presence is not enough. If we truly understood all the Lord has done for us, we’ll realize God is more than enough.

Let’s renew our minds to the truth that we’re never alone because God is always with us. This truth will keep us confident, fearless, and free from depression. Praise God we are never alone.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

In today’s world where we have mass shootings, bombings, and an increase in crime, peace is a luxury. For the believer, we have an opportunity to access this luxury on a daily basis; however, it requires our minds to be focused on God.

When we keep our minds focused on God, we can live in a constant state of peace, but if we get like Peter, and look at all the circumstances around us, we’ll panic and sink into fear. When we focus on God being our Protector, we’ll never have to worry about the dangers in this world. When we focus on God being our Provider, we’ll never have to worry about lack. When we realize God hears us when we pray, we’ll never have to worry about our prayers not being answered.

Focusing on God is how we stay in perfect peace. It doesn’t mean our peace won’t be tested, but if we discipline ourselves to focus on God during that test, we’ll always have the luxury of peace.

Isaiah 40:17 All the nations are as nothing before Him, They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless. 18 To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him?

No matter how much success we experience in the world and no matter how much notoriety we have, we are less than nothing without God. Never get it misunderstood. It’s not because of our work ethic, our education, or our connections that we’re successful. It’s because of God.

Through His grace and mercy, God allows us to experience this success. He allows us to be alive to enjoy this abundant life. God allows our bodies to function properly. God’s angels keep death and destruction from our lives. God… God… God.

As soon as we become “I minded” where we believe that I did this or I did that and not give credit to God, we become living fools. With every success in life, realize it’s all because of God.

As we get older and our immediate family begins to grow, we have a tendency to focus inward. We become content with the fact that our family is saved, blessed, and prosperous, but meanwhile, our extended family and friends are lost and hurting.

Our immediate family is saved and going to church every week, but our cousins are being deceived into the delusion that there is no God. Our spouse brings the biggest smile on our faces, but our friend’s family is slowly being torn apart. We’re excited about our promotion, but our uncle just lost his job.

Periodically, it’s important to continue to reach out to our extended family and friends. We could speak a word of encouragement that may save someone’s life. We can see if they have any prayer requests. We can see if they need or desire something. We can be personal ministers of the Gospel to them.

Let’s not forget about our brother or sister. We are the blessing that God can work through.

Hebrews 10:25 Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

There are some whose identity is built around the mistakes of their past. They were promiscuous in their past and now they see themselves as a whore. Some committed criminal acts and now society calls them and they see themselves as a “thug.”

There are some whose identity is built around their present. There are some who are and always have been an athlete. There are some who have elite status in society. If sports and status are taken away from those people, they’re lost.

Finally, there are some whose identity is based on what they will be. They’re attempting to gain wealth and status. Once they acquire the wealth and status, then they’ll see themselves as successful, but for now, they see themselves as nothing.

Our past, our present, and our future doesn’t define who we are. Our identity is found in Christ. If we’ve made Jesus Lord over our lives, we are everything God said we are regardless of our past, present, or future. We are righteous (Rom 3:22). We are holy (Heb. 10:10). We are rich (2 Cor. 8:9). We are blessed (Gal 3:14). We are victorious (1 Cor. 15:57). It’s not because of what we do or what we have. It’s because of Jesus.

Let’s look outside ourselves and our performance and look to Jesus Who did it all for us. Our identity is found in Christ.

Exodus 31:3 And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4 to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, 5 in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.

God has filled everyone with a gift, talent, and skills for His glory. Some of us know what our gift is and some of us don’t. To those that don’t, it’s important that we seek God for our gifting.

Our gifts may not seem financially lucrative on the surface, but it’s still our gift to the world. When we use our gift for the glory of God, God won’t let us go broke.

A misconception of our gift is we need to be operating in our gift full-time. That’s not necessarily the case for everyone. We can be called to work at one place full-time, but be operating in our gift during our time off.

Let’s discover and operate in our gift and when someone compliments us in our gift, give credit to God.

Psalm 88:13 But I cry to you for help, LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you.

It’s important to commune with God at the beginning of each day. When we begin each day with God, we operate from the “First Principle”. All throughout the Bible, we see God blessing those who put Him first (Deut. 26:10; Prov. 3:9-10; Matthew 6:33).

During our morning prayer, we give glory to God Who woke us up. We thank Him for allowing us to see another day. We ask Him to lead and guide us so that we honor Him in every way. We receive His protection and covering over our household. And if we have any cares or concerns for that day, we give it to Him.

It doesn’t have to be long or theatrical. We’ll simply reap the benefits of acknowledging God at the beginning of each day.

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

In order for our faith to grow and be strengthened, we must feed our faith with the Word of God. Faith is a tool we use to obtain all the promises of God.

Through Jesus Christ, we have the freedom to do and listen to anything, but what will be the most beneficial to our faith is the Word of God. It wouldn’t do us any good if we have a desperate need, but all we can think of is what happened on our favorite TV show. It would be difficult to fight sickness in our bodies if we don’t know any scriptures about how we’re healed.

Our faith is only as strong as we feed it. We can feed our faith through reading the Word of God, listening to scripture-based teachings, and hearing scripture-based songs. Daily, we need to set up some time in our busy schedules to feed our faith by hearing the Word of God.

 

 

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

In today’s world, there are many things that try to get our attention and claim to be the truth. We have science, knowledge of self, other religions, and consciousness. We have to have it settled in our hearts that God’s Word (The Bible) is the truth.

If God’s Word is not the absolute truth in our hearts, there will always be a place for doubt and unbelief regarding God’s Word. We’ll attempt to take care of ourselves because we doubt God’s ability to take care of us according to Isaiah 46:4. We’ll question the Bible’s validity because someone shares so-called contradictions. We’ll question life itself because some new documentary shows us convincing theories of how we’re created.

Satan wouldn’t be a good adversary if he didn’t attack the truth which is God’s Word so, let’s guard our hearts and settle it in our minds from this day forward that God’s Word is the truth.

Numbers 13:33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, who come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Overwhelming circumstances and situations we can’t control can give us the wrong reflection. Look at the Israelites. The Israelites saw themselves as grasshoppers. Where did they get this distorted view from? God never told them they were grasshoppers in the sight of the giants and none of the giants called them grasshoppers. They obtained this view of themselves because they couldn’t naturally see how they would overcome this large obstacle.

Wrong reflections of ourselves are still present today. If we don’t have a spouse, we may see ourselves as lonely. If we don’t have a lot of money in the bank, we may view ourselves as poor. If things didn’t turn out the way we’d hoped, we may see ourselves as failures. We’re looking at ourselves through the wrong mirror.

The mirror we need to view ourselves through is the Word of God. We may not have a spouse, but God said He’ll never leave us nor forsake us, therefore, we’ll never be lonely (Deut. 31:8). We may not have a lot of money at this time but, the Word of God never calls us poor, but rich (2 Cor. 8:9). Even though things didn’t turn out the way we wanted, we’re still victorious (2 Cor. 2:14).

There are two mirrors that we can view our lives through. The Word of God and what we can naturally see. In order to overcome, be positive, and maintain our hope in this life, we must view our lives through the Word of God.

A trumpet is an instrument. It sits on a stand or in a case waiting on someone to use it. It doesn’t play on its own. It just sits there waiting on our breath to make a sound.

We’re instruments for God. We have free will to do whatever we desire, but ideally, God desires for us to be led by Him through His Spirit. Like the trumpet, we shouldn’t speak unless the Spirit breathes through us and tells us what to say. We shouldn’t move unless the Spirit tells us where to go.

When we’re led by the Spirit, doing all that He’s commanded us to do, the Kingdom of God benefits greatly and we’re doing exactly what we were created to do.

Let’s stop everything we’re doing and be an instrument for God.

Ezekiel 37:7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.

Luke 7:12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

Jesus shows us how to make the dead rise. The same faith Jesus used to raise this man from the dead resides within us (John 14:12).

We not only have the ability to raise people from the dead, but we can raise situations and circumstances from the dead. We may have a dream that’s been sitting on the shelves of our minds for the past 10 years. Reignite that dream and tell it to get up. It may seem like we have a life-less marriage. Let’s use our faith and declare life, love, and joy within our marriage. We may have become complacent in where we are and we’re not accomplishing our goals. We may need to tell ourselves to get up and do what God has called us to do.

With faith in God, all things are possible including bringing things from death to life (Mark 9:23). Let’s use that faith and tell every dead situation in our lives to get up!

Romans 3:22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

Our righteousness is not based on our behavior, the amount of times we go to church, or the amount of good deeds we do for others. Our righteousness is solely based on our belief in Jesus Christ.

When we believe that Jesus is the Son of God Who exchanged our sins for His righteousness, we are saved and in right standing with God. Nothing else matters. We may not have our behavior in order, but we’re righteous. We may not be living a perfect holy life, but we’re righteous. We may indulge in sinful acts from time to time, but we’re righteous. It’s because of Jesus we’re righteous.

Should we take advantage of Jesus’ sacrifice and continue to intentionally sin knowing that no matter what we do we’re still righteous? Of course not. But, if we recognize His sacrifice compelled by His love for us, we wouldn’t want to sin. We wouldn’t want to intentionally go against Someone Who has done so much for us.

Let’s believe and be righteous and don’t allow anyone else to tell us something different.

There are situations we face that are severely tragic to us. It may seem minor to someone else, but it’s tragic to us. We may experience a sudden death of a loved one, we may have a debilitating disease, or we may continuously have financial struggles we can’t seem to overcome.

The devil replays our situation(s) over and over in our minds until it seems hopeless and life is not worth living. It’s a lie. Whatever we’re going through, it’s not that bad. If we’re still alive, there’s hope.

Our hope is rested in God through Jesus Christ. When we trust and totally rely on God instead of trying to figure out how we, alone, will overcome this situation, things begin to look a little brighter. We begin to have hope. The pain of a loved one’s death becomes manageable (Hebrews 9:14). We begin to realize Jesus was whipped so that we can be healed of that debilitating disease (Isaiah 53:5). We receive revelation that God is our Provider and we will always have enough (Philippians 4:19).

Whatever the situations is, realize, it’s not that bad. Let’s place our hope, trust, and confidence in God.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.

No one thinks it’s strange to see a young high schooler practicing basketball in the gym for 2 hours every day because they have aspirations of becoming a professional basketball player. It’s not uncommon to see a football player running routes during offseason. Most people don’t think it’s weird if they hear a musician working on new music because they want to be successful.

People don’t see anything wrong with people perfecting their craft in the natural, but how often do we get criticized if we practice to obtain spiritual perfection? People, including Christians, think it’s “too deep” to ask God if we should wash our hair in the shower and people think it’s strange to consult God on what to purchase at the grocery store. Consulting God on seemingly minor tasks may seem foolish to unbelievers, but to believers, it should be the norm.

What we’re doing is practicing hearing the voice of God. If we’re disciplined enough to consult God on the minor issues, we’ll apply the same principles to major issues. How can we know to accept that business deal or marry that person if we haven’t been listening to Him any other time?

Consult God in all areas of life. Learn to recognize His voice because practice makes perfect.

John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

Philippians 4:11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

In everything Paul went through, Paul obtained a positive perspective. This positive perspective wasn’t made possible through positive thinking. This positive perspective was filtered through Jesus Christ.

Whenever we view our lives through Christ and all He’s made available to us, we’ll always find a positive outlook in whatever we’re going through.

*We have to work later than anticipated.
Praise God we have a job, we’re receiving overtime, and/or we’re being a blessing to the company (Gen. 12:2).

*We just got into a car wreck.
Praise God He protects us, we’ll have a testimony on how God kept us, and since God is a Provider and He supplies all our needs, He’ll provide another car (Phil. 4:19).

*Don’t have enough money for a certain thing?
Praise God that if we ask Him for anything, He hears and answers our prayers (1 John 5:15).

If we can’t think of anything to be positive about regarding the situation we’re in, we can always be reminded that God works out everything for our good (Rom. 8:28).

Having a positive perspective allows us to enjoy more of life that Jesus died for and it keeps us with a positive attitude in every situation we face. Be Positive.

Deuteronomy 30:9 Then the LORD your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The LORD will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your ancestors,

Being prosperous in all we set out to do is the product of the blessing. Initially, under the Old Covenant, this promise was for every person who obeyed every command of God. Now, under the New Covenant, this promise of prosperity is for all who believe Jesus is Lord.

A vast majority of our confidence lies within this promise. How confident would we be if we truly believed we would prosper in everything we do? We would approach life differently. We would approach projects we had no education or training in with boldness. We would walk into that promotion with a confident smile.

Let’s get this in our soul. Through Jesus Christ, we are destined to prosper in everything we do.

2 Kings 6:16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

The king of Aram wanted to capture the prophet Elisha therefore; he surrounded the city where Elisha and his servant were residing. Elisha’s servant saw the army and went back to Elisha afraid asking him, “What shall we do?” A calm Elisha told his servant, there are more with us than with them.

Looking through natural eyes, there were only two of them versus a surrounded city of soldiers. When Elisha asked God to open his servant’s spiritual eyes, the servant was able to see a host of the Lord’s horses and chariots of fire surrounding them.

There are going to be times in our lives where our natural eyes will give us a limited perspective. It will seem like there’s not enough money, it will seem as if there’s no cure for a disease, it will seem as if the situation will never get better. During those times, we have to view life through our spiritual eyes. Our spiritual eyes view life through the lens of faith and our faith is rooted in the Word of God.

When our natural eyes tell us there’s not enough, looking through our spiritual eyes will tell us God will supply all our needs (Phil. 4:19). When our natural eyes tell us our marriage is terrible, our spiritual eyes will tell us it’s blessed because we have what we say (Mark 11:24). When our natural eyes tell us we don’t deserve something because of our past, our spiritual eyes will tell us we’re righteous through Christ as we’re an heir to the promises of God (Rom. 3:22; Eph. 1:3).

Let’s start and continue viewing every part of our lives through our spiritual eyes.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”‭

Have you ever noticed when a major problem comes into our lives that’s out of our control, we tend to go to God? The world looks at going to God during troubling times as a sign of weakness because we can’t handle the situation on our own, but the Word of God lets us know that’s when we’re at our strongest.

When we face negative situations, sicknesses, and persecution, that’s when we’re at our strongest because we’re totally relying on God. A lot of us heard the lie that “God helps those who help themselves.” God was helping us when we couldn’t help ourselves.

God didn’t create us to go through life using our limited wisdom, resources, and skills. The pattern God established since the beginning of time was for mankind to totally depend on Him. When we’re totally dependent on Him and not ourselves, we’re at our strongest because we’re using His unlimited power and infinite wisdom during times of turmoil.

Stop trying to handle life’s situations on your own. Maximize your strength by totally relying on God.

Proverbs 21:23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles.

Have you ever seen a baby being somewhat destructive? Every time you pick something up, they want to drop it. When you clean up their toys in an area, they want to come behind us and mess up the area. We try to tell and show them how to clean up behind themselves, but they continue to do this because they don’t know any better or they refuse to change their ways.

The same way a baby can be destructive with their toys or in an area, is the same way some of us are destructive with our words. The bible clearly says, death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:23), but some of us continue to be destructive with our words. Some of us just have to tell people how bad it is or how hard we have it. The bible and ministers have tried to tell us to be constructive with our words, but like a baby, some of us don’t know any better or some of us refuse to change.

Here’s another warning. We construct or destruct our world with our speech. We may not see it immediately, but every time we speak negatively over our lives, our finances, our children, and our jobs, we’re destined to have what we say.

So, begin constructing the life you desire to see by changing your speech.

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