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Isaiah 6:3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.”

Have you ever wondered why part of the earth experiences daylight while the other half of the earth experiences the night instead of everyone experiencing day and night at the same time?

The late great Dr. Myles Munroe believes the reason why God fashioned the earth this way is so that God is being glorified by an alert someone somewhere 24 hours a day. It’s unknown if Dr. Munroe’s theory is true, but this theory could contribute to the earth being filled with God’s glory.

God doesn’t need our glory to be God, but He provides us the opportunity to give Him glory. We glorify God through our actions. When we admire His creation, express love to others, or honor God with our lifestyle, we’re continuously filling the earth with His glory.

So, while we’re at work, at the house, at church, or driving from one place to another, let’s take the opportunity to admire His glory and give God glory for Who He is and for the things He’s done.

Psalm 121:4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep.

Some of us wait until Sunday to have an experience with God, not realizing we can have an experience with God any time we desire.

God never sleeps nor slumbers. At any point in the day or night, we can directly access God. It doesn’t matter if we’re in the car, at our jobs, or in the gym, He’ll be there to listen and provide solutions to every problem we face.

We don’t need a minister, music, or oil to usher in the presence of God. If we’re a born-again believer, He’s always with us and accessible to us.

Contact God any time to not only help in the time of need but, so that we can continuously have open lines of communication with the Father.

Suppose you received some news that your grandmother has or had left you $1,000,000. Most of us would be ecstatic. We would praise God and appreciate our grandmother. It would be foolish to receive that news and decline the $1,000,000.

Unfortunately, like the foolish people who would decline $1,000,000, there are some who see the offer of salvation on the table and reject it. Most reject salvation, through Jesus Christ, because people find it too difficult to keep the Law and the traditions of men. They may have heard they would have to stop doing this, they can’t go there, or they have to do this in order for God to accept them.

First of all, all the laws that we supposedly have to keep have been fulfilled by Jesus and our belief that He’s fulfilled those laws has removed the mandatory requirement for us to keep the law. Secondly, the traditions of men such as, you must go to church weekly, pray daily, and fast monthly are not requirements for us to be accepted by God. They’re beneficial, but not mandatory.

The only requirement we have is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and His sacrifice has made us righteous enough to be accepted by God. If we died today believing that, we would wake up in the presence of the Lord. Don’t reject this beautiful offer. Receive Jesus.

Acts 16:31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household.”

We’re busy. We have jobs, a family, social gatherings, and tasks we have to perform. Our busy schedule often leaves little time to spend with God. For some, it may just be 5 minutes out of a 24 hour day. And when we do come to God, we ask Him for our desires, guidance, and protection.

When we make time to come into the presence of God, let’s recognize Who He is. Don’t just give Him your wish list. He is God and besides Him there is no other. He stands outside the universe and at the same time, within the universe. He’s the Creator of all. He’s everything we need and more. With that understanding, worship Him.

Literally get down on your knees (if you can) and worship Him. Let Him know what He means to you. Let Him know how grateful you are for His presence. Pray in the Holy Spirit. Play your favorite worship song. Do whatever that needs to be done that will inspire you to worship. This is not a suggestion it’s a command.

So, in the car, at the house, or in the shower, worship the Lord.

Psalm 99:5 Exalt the LORD our God and worship at His footstool; He is holy.

Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

Do you see a common theme in these three verses? The theme is God does the work. He makes us lie down in a prosperous place, He restores us, and He leads us. If we continue on, we’ll see this same theme all throughout this chapter.

Some of us are so stressed out trying to figure it out all on our own. We try to make our own provision. We’re emotionally exhausted trying to get over past pains and failures using will power. We try to be righteous only to be disappointed when we fall short. That’s not God’s plan for our lives.

God wants to do everything in us and for us. He doesn’t want us to figure life out on our own. His ultimate desire is for us to humble ourselves, realize we can’t make it without Him, and submit every area of our lives to Him. He wants to be our God. It’s God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13).

Stop doing life without Him. Let Him be God over every area of your life.

Satan has done a good job to distract people into thinking that this other idea or religion, outside of Christianity, is the “real” way to believe. He’s also diluted Christianity to be based on a book of fairy tales.

Let’s be honest. History tells us a man named Jesus existed, however, there’s no physical evidence He was born from a virgin, He died for our sins, and He rose from the dead to intercede on our behalf. That lack of evidence is where Satan works. That’s why we’re instructed to walk by faith (belief alone) and not by sight (physical senses) (2 Cor. 5:7). If we take the time to truly study the Bible, in context, and understand the magnitude of God’s love for us, we’ll have an experience that won’t sway us from one belief to another.

If we’re not convinced that the Word of God is the final authority, we’ll always be inquisitive about some new idea, doctrine, or religion that’s discovered and we’ll never be fully rooted in the Word of God. If we’re not convinced that all of God’s Word is beneficial, we won’t be able to maximize the benefits in God’s Word. If we’re not convinced, none of this will work.

Make God’s Word the final authority in your life and reap the benefits of His love.

2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT) All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.

In today’s society, it’s so easy to get caught up in having the designer clothes, driving luxury vehicles, and living in the best area. There’s nothing wrong with having the best but, if the best is going to cause us financial frustration in the future, is it really worth it?

God desires that we be financially wise with our resources (Prov. 21:20). If we always feel the need to buy the latest things and not store up for our future or for our family’s future, we’re not exercising wisdom.

Be mindful of what and how you spend. Before every purchase, ask God if or when to buy that item. When we allow God to be our ultimate financial advisor, He guarantees that we’ll have all we need, including our desires and more than enough to financially bless our grandchildren (Phil. 4:19; Psalm 37:4; Prov. 13:22).

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

When problems arise, society will tell us to “get dirty” and handle the situation ourselves. Religious people will tell us to help ourselves because, “God helps those who help themselves.” Neither solution will be successful. The first person we should contact is God.

We should expect God to do it all. We should expect God to give us a solution to our problems, a plan of action for that solution, people to help us along the pathway to that solution, AND comfort/peace as we wait on the manifestation of our solution. It’s not one or the other. If we can’t rely on God to be our everything, how can we truly call Him our Father, our Comforter, and The Way?

In whatever situation we face, look to God, believe, and expect ALL the help we need to come from Him.

 

1 Corinthians 10:14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.

We’re instructed to flee from idolatry. In order to flee from idolatry, we have to have an understanding of idolatry. Idolatry is not always bowing down to some big statue and worshipping objects. Idolatry is anything that takes God out of first place in our lives.

Idolatry can be that TV show we can’t seem to turn off when God prompts us to pray. It can be our family when God wants one on one time with us. It can be working extra hours when God wants us to study His scriptures. Anything that takes God’s place is idolatry.

From now on, let’s be certain that nothing takes God’s place in our lives. He has and should always be #1 in our lives.

Mark 5:6 When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. 7 And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”

When Jesus arrived and saw the deranged man, who was filled with thousands of demons, the first thing the demons within the man did was bow down and begged Jesus not to torment them.

Unfortunately, horror movies have created an image of fear behind demons that totally contradict the Word of God. If some of us were in this same situation as Jesus, we would run or pray that they wouldn’t hurt us when instead, we should operate in our authority and understand they need to be afraid of us.

Believe it or not, we’ve seen demonically influenced people in our lives. They may not have been cutting themselves, but they’re demonically influenced. The abusive husband, the jealous wife, that killer on the news who said the devil made me do it are all demonically influenced. Instead of being afraid of what they’ll do to us or someone else, we should understand nothing can hurt us without our permission and we have power over all demonic forces (Luke 10:19).

Because we’ve been so inundated with fear regarding demons, the confidence to overcome demonic forces may not happen overnight. We may have to spend time meditating on the Word of God and allowing God to show us how to overcome these forces.

So, don’t be afraid of devils, demons, or witches. Let them be afraid of us.

1 Corinthians 13:4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

If we have problematic experiences in our relationships with our spouses, children, and others we claim to love, we have to ask ourselves are we operating in the biblical definition of love.

If we’re rude, inconsiderate, manipulative, and self-seeking towards someone, but we say we love them, we’re lying to ourselves. We may like what they can do for us from time to time, but we don’t meet the real qualifications of love.

The action associated with love is giving. Love is always giving and it never expects anything in return. Biblical love doesn’t wait on someone to do something for us before showing love. In spite of the other person’s actions and in spite of how we feel, make the mature choice to love.

Relational problems can’t exist when true love is represented.

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

How many of us would be bold enough to call God ugly, fat, or skinny? How many of us would tell God that His nose was too big or His hair was terrible? Not a lot of us. If we wouldn’t tell God these things, and we’re made in His image, why would we say negative things about our appearance or the appearance of someone else? Every time we call ourselves these names, we’re essentially calling God these names because we look like Him.

Not only that, but we’re judging His creation. God created us. He allowed our head to be a certain size, our eyes to be a certain color, and our hair to be a certain texture. Just because society deems a certain thing better doesn’t make it true. What God says is true. Every intricate detail about our appearance, He created and called it good and that’s all that matters.

Just know you are beautiful/handsome and we should like and love the creation God created.

Psalm 139:13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

Psalm 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me: your mercy, O LORD, endures forever: forsake not the works of your own hands.

God said He’ll perfect everything that concerns us. It would’ve been nice if He said that He’ll make our concerns a little better or He’ll work our concerns out in due time. No, He said that He’ll perfect (make perfect) everything that concerns us.

So, our children’s low grades in school, He’ll perfect. Concerns in our marriage, He’ll perfect. Feeling uncomfortable about our finances? He’ll perfect those too. If we give our cares and concerns to God, He’ll perfect them all.

Now, if we really want to apply our faith to the situation, we can look at our concerns and declare they’re perfected now. We don’t have to wait until we see change to declare they’re perfected.

Praise God for His perfection in everything that concerns us.

Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

This scripture tells us God has (past tense) blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. This means, everything we’ll ever need or want in this lifetime has already been prepared. Everything from children, to a car, to deliverance from an addiction, to a boat has already been prepared through Christ.

With that understanding, it’s not God will make a way, it’s God has made a way. It’s not God will heal me, it’s God has healed me. It’s not God will provide, it’s God already provided. Our belief in what God has already done through Jesus Christ allows us to receive the manifestation of whatever we need or desire.

Let’s restructure our speech to align with God’s Word. If He’s already done it, let’s believe, speak, and act like it’s so.

Matthew 7:1 Do not judge, or you will be judged.

When most of us read this scripture, we have an understanding not to judge others, which is true. But, there’s one thing. This scripture doesn’t specify who not to judge. It simply says, don’t judge. The one thing most of us tend to overlook is we shouldn’t judge ourselves.

When we say we’re ugly, we have a bad temper, or we’re broke we’re actually judging ourselves. Not only are we judging ourselves, we’re speaking what we say into existence over our lives. Mark 11:23 says, we shall have whatever we say.

No wonder it’s so difficult for some of us to have confidence in our image, change our attitude, or increase our finances. It’s because we’re judging ourselves and speaking negatively into our lives.

Let’s stop judging ourselves. It will make our lives easier and it will make it easier not to judge others.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

When people are not submitted to God, it creates problems in their lives. Submission to God ultimately leads to the devil fleeing our lives. Likewise, the lack of submitting to God keeps the devil and his influences in our lives.

Here’s how it works. When we don’t submit ourselves to God, we go in a direction and make decisions that seem right to us. Well according to Proverbs 14:12, there’s a way that seems right to us, but it eventually leads to death. We have to undo mindsets and dig ourselves out of holes we could have avoided if we initially submitted ourselves to God.

Also, the lack of submission keeps the influences of Satan around and increases our chances of being deceived. We’ll have thoughts, ideas, and suggestions in our minds thinking they’re wisdom, but ultimately, they’re demonic. These demonic thoughts acted out ultimately lead to fulfilling the devil’s role in John 10:10. We could miss out on a blessing (steal), put our lives in jeopardy (kill), and the destruction of a relationship (destroy).

Let’s keep ourselves from these problems by submitting to God and only doing what He tells us to do.

Galatians 3:26 So, in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,

Isaiah 54:5 For your Maker is your husband, The Lord of hosts is His name; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.

John 15:15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

It’s apparent, God desires relationship with us and not religion. God made us His children, His bride, and His friend all at the same time. These three things encompass all the forms of an intimate relationship.

God doesn’t want a bunch of people following rules in an attempt to please God. That’s religion and religion means bondage. He wants intimate relationship with us. He wants to spend time with us, He wants to know how we feel about certain things, He wants to be involved in our decisions, He wants us to know Him more. Based on a good relationship with God and understanding the magnitude of what He’s done for us, it should be our pleasure to follow His commandments.

Religion hinders our relationship with God. Get to know God and let Him get to know you. Let’s grow in our relationship with God.

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