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John 14:13 Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Philippians 2:10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

Here we see two scriptures regarding the name of Jesus. In one scripture, we can receive our desires by using His name, and in the other we see everything bowing at the name of Jesus.

God’s Word has given believers authority to use the name of Jesus whenever we desire. The name of Jesus is not limited to church or when things are at their worse. It’s there for everyday use.

We can use the name of Jesus to lower gas prices, to get to our destination safely, to heal “incurable” diseases, or to make impossible things possible. Nothing is off-limits.

We can’t hope and wish things might change when we call on the name of Jesus. We have to be convinced everything must change when we call the name of Jesus.

Once we have this confidence in using Jesus’ name and see the benefits of using His name, we’ll be like super heroes changing everything around us for God’s glory.

Proverbs 15:23 A person finds joy in giving an apt reply– and how good is a timely word!

There’s enough negativity in the world. We, as believers, don’t need to spread anymore negativity. In fact, we should be the positive light for people in every situation.

When someone tells us about their problems, we should respond with an optimistic outcome. When someone tells us about their goals, we should encourage them and provide additional wisdom when prompted by the Holy Spirit. When people are complaining about performing certain tasks, we can point out the benefits. We can compliment a person just because.

Being an optimist requires us to push past our own personal feelings and it forces us to trust God in spite of how things appear.

Although some may not recognize or thank us for our optimistic energy, our light can change the atmosphere, change a person’s perspective, and ultimately change the person entirely.

Be kind everyone. We’re spreading joy in the world.

James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

As believers, we see something we want such as a new car, a new job, the manifestation of healing, or an increase in finances. The practical application to receive that thing is to release our faith. So we believe. A month goes by and it hadn’t materialized. Another month and still nothing. After a year or so, some of us give up and say something “spiritual” like, “it wasn’t God’s will for me to have that.” Others say, their faith wasn’t strong enough.

In reality, we weren’t patient enough. Faith requires patience. Abraham and Joseph waited years before receiving what God had promised and we may have to wait too. Regardless of the time it takes and what we experience, don’t stop believing God.

If He (not our emotions) said it, He will bring it to pass.

Deuteronomy 31:8 “The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

When you didn’t get that promotion, God was there.
When you lost your child, God was there.
When you were diagnosed with that disease, God was there.
When you got a divorce, God was there.
When you became addicted to drugs, alcohol, or pornography, God was there.

God doesn’t cause problems, but He’s with us during problems. He’s there to comfort us during times of tribulation. He’s there to provide us with joy in spite of the situation. He’s there to show us how to navigate through these situations. He’s there to show us how to use our authority to overcome these situations.

We’re never alone. God is there. Right now, God is there. Rely on His presence during times of trouble and allow Him to turn your troubles into triumphs.

Deuteronomy 32.35 Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things to come hasten upon them.’

The people we know as enemies not only talk behind our backs, but they post negative things about us on social media and speak failure over our lives. But, praise God no weapon formed against us shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17).

Our first response may be to return fire with fire. We may want to air their problems to the world or give them a piece of our minds, but that’s not our role. As long as we resist the urge to retaliate and continue to honor God with our lives, our enemies will live long enough to see us blessed. David told us God will prepare a table in the presence of our enemies (Psalm 23:5).

We’re not hoping that they die or experience failure in their lives. They’ll reap what they sow. But, we have an assurance that the blessing over our lives will override any negative thing they throw our way.

Let’s hold our peace and let God fight our battles.

1 Corinthians 2:5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

You need to come up with $20,000 in a week. It seems like you need a miracle. Human wisdom says, get a loan, ask family members, or work as much overtime as you can. However, the Word of God tells us to depend on the power of God.

Now, depending on God doesn’t mean we sit at home and wait on someone to knock on our door with a $20,000 check. That means we believe that miracle has already been made available through Jesus Christ, seek God, and wait on His solution for that miracle. He may have us talk to a specific person about our situation. That person may be prompted by the Holy Spirit to write us a check. He may have us go to a specific bank that will lend us the money. A relative, who recently passed, could have left us some money in their will. The point is, it’s God’s solution and not our own. He will guide us to the location of our answer. To hear His voice, we need to quiet ourselves and quiet our surroundings.

In every situation and for every solution, great or small, depend on the power of God.

Psalm 119:98 You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me.

As we meditate in God’s Word, the scriptures should come alive to us. Situations we’re dealing with should get resolved and peace should enter our lives. Because it’s God’s Word, and He is wiser than us all, we should also receive wisdom to handle every situation.

This wisdom is not for us to gloat and rub the victory in the face of our enemies. This wisdom from the Word allows us to outsmart those who maliciously try to hurt us and has us perform certain tasks to make our enemies be at peace with us, all while staying in the love of God. This wisdom has the power to make our enemies our friends.

Whether you’re at work or at home, begin getting in God’s Word to receive this supernatural wisdom that will provide additional peace in your life.

Psalm 37: 7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Have you ever seen movies that glorified the financial success of drug lords such as Pablo Escobar? Or, have you seen rappers (who talk about everything else except the name of Jesus) living lavishly, and wonder how we, the righteousness of God, seem to live an average life?

Don’t be envious by the “success” of those individuals. Those people are prospering, but they’re prospering in their own way. If we read Psalm 37, we see their “success” is temporary. However, if we wait patiently and activate the principles of faith for our desires, we too can live a prosperous life. But unlike those who chose to dishonor God, our riches last forever and we get to glorify God (Psalm 112:3).

When God prospers us, there is no one that can stop our success, but us. Don’t try to prosper in your own way. Prosper God’s way.

Genesis 3:12 The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Since the beginning, accountability has been a problem for mankind. Adam blamed Eve for sinning against God and Eve blamed the serpent. They never owned up to their shortcoming because it was easier to blame someone else.

Still today, there are some who blame others for why they act a certain way, what they have or don’t have, or where they are in life. Blaming others won’t fix anything. It’s a cop-out. It temporarily takes the spotlight off of us and puts in on someone else.

The good news about applying our faith to God is He puts all of us on a level playing field. We may not have had a father growing up but with God, we can still be a success and a great parent to our children. We may not have had higher education but with God, we can be a CEO of our own company. We may not have a family yet but with God, we can still have joy and a purpose in life.

It’s time to stop blaming others for our shortcomings. Wherever you are today, begin to look to God for assistance, and He will bring you to prosperous places.

1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

It’s great to know the Bible covers all the issues we could ever face in life.

One of the biggest things some people like to say is, “all pastors are crooks” and “the bigger the church the bigger the scam”. They let us know these pastors are using the Word of God to get money out of people.

Unfortunately, some pastors do try to scam their members out of their money. But, that’s why 1 John 1:4 was implemented. It was to deal with these false prophets.

God’s Word lets us know to test every spirit to determine if they’re from God. We test the spirit through the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). That way, if a man of God is asking for us to give half of our paycheck to receive a miracle, we can allow the Holy Spirit to tell us whether or not to participate. No need to label every man/woman of God a crook because of some false prophets.

That’s why it’s sooo important to be led by the Holy Spirit. Praise God for the Holy Spirit Who leads us and guides us and protects us from false prophets.

Philippians 4:9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

How bold is this statement? Paul is telling the church in Philippi to do the things they’ve learned and seen in him. First of all, Paul is not the Christ and he’s not a prophet speaking on God’s behalf. Secondly, he’s not speaking to a bunch of children. He’s just a regular person, who chose to honor God with his life, speaking to adults.

Let’s evaluate ourselves. Are we living in a manner where we can tell someone else to do as we do? Do we have enough revelation in the Word of God to teach someone else? Can people see Christ in us? If not, then we need to begin making adjustments to reflect the image of Christ in today’s world. That will include loving others unconditionally, forgiving people, being a blessing to others, and more.

We don’t have to be perfect, but we should be constantly growing in Christ to the point that we are an example to others.

Joel 3:10 Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’”

Obviously, there’s a correlation between our speech and our lives or else, God wouldn’t tell us to say the opposite of how things appear.

We may feel weak, but we are to declare we’re strong. It may seem like we’re having financial difficulties, but we should say we’re rich (2 Cor. 8:9). The symptoms make us appear sick, but we’re healed (Isaiah 53:5). Situations in our lives may appear problematic, but we’re free from all our troubles (Psalm 34:9).

Some may say we’re lying or not being “real”, but if God’s Word says we’re strong, rich, healed, and whole, we’re calling God a liar if we say anything different.

Let’s monitor our speech and be sure we’re saying what God says about our lives and nothing else.

Isaiah 54:15 (AMP) “If anyone fiercely attacks you it will not be from Me. Whoever attacks you will fall because of you.

When bad things happen such as, a car accident, a hurricane, or a premature death, there’s been this ongoing debate whether God caused it, God allowed, the devil did it, or if we (mankind) caused it.

One thing’s for sure, we know it’s not God. This is one of the clearest statements made by God in the Bible. We don’t have to know Hebrew or check to see if it’s a parable. It’s clear. God is not responsible for the negative things that happen in our lives.

If it’s not God, then who is it? There are multiple answers. If we had bad eating habits and then a doctor tells us we have diabetes, it’s us. It’s a consequence to our actions. If we’re having continuous thoughts of sadness, we can blame it on the devil with his influential lies. If it’s an “unnatural disaster” (hurricane, tornado, etc.), then it’s a product of the curse being in the earth (Rom. 8:20). If it’s an early death, there are a number of factors. We have to know the true desire of the person who died. Did the person truly want to continue fighting for their healing or did they simply want to be with the Lord? Does the person truly believe God has healed them or are they uncertain? Did the people operate in their full God-given authority over sickness or harm?

Regardless of the negative situation, we can stop blaming God because it’s not Him. But in every negative situation, He will help us get through it (Psalm 34:19).

At some point, we’ve placed our expectations, hope, and trust in people to keep their promises. It could have been a parent, a boyfriend/girlfriend, a sibling, or someone else. Somewhere in our lives, a lot of us were let down by those people for not keeping their promises. As we get older, we learn not to trust people.

The unfortunate part about this thought process is we sometimes take our distrust and low to no expectations of people and bring it to God. The disappointments of our past dealing with people may have corrupted our expectations of God.

God is a promise keeper. Whatever He says He will do in His Word, that’s what’s going to be done. It may seem like it’s taking too long, but hold on, keep your faith in Him and He’ll bring it to pass.

Let’s get our eyes and expectations off of people, government systems, and the economy and let’s give it all to God.

Joshua 21:45 “Not a word failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.”

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Romans 10:9 That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.

Salvation requires a belief that Jesus is Lord in our hearts and a confession with our mouths. If we look closely, Romans 10:9 establishes a pattern to receive the additional promises of God. The other promises require the same steps: a belief in our hearts and a confession with our mouths.

You want a new car? Believe that God has made it available to you and confess that it’s yours.
You want financial stability? Believe that God has made it available to you and confess that it’s yours.
You want peace? Believe that God has made it available to you and confess that it’s yours.

Whatever we need or want from God can be obtained with the belief that God has made it available to us and a confession from our mouths. Receive all the promises of God using the pattern.

2 Corinthians 4:13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak,

Psalm 4:8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

This is David speaking to God. How is David so confident in God’s protection? What makes him so sure his enemies won’t attack him in the middle of the night? It was His experiences with God in the past. David’s faith alone assures Him of God’s protection.

God protected David from a lion, a bear, and Goliath when He was younger; therefore, God had a proven track record of His protection. What has God done in your life? He’s provided for us. He’s protected us. He came through when we couldn’t see our way. Based on God’s track record in our lives, we too can have the same confidence as David.

We can confidently say God protects us from all hurt, harm, and danger. We can confidently say God is our Provider. We can say, whatever we desire will come to pass.

Have faith in God. If He’s done it before, He can do it again.

 

Deuteronomy 30:4 If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you.

To those who feel unworthy to step into a church, to those who feel they’ve sinned too much, and to those who feel they’ve strayed too far to experience the blessings of God, here is good news…

God Loves You.

Satan plays tricks on our minds to make us think that God doesn’t loves us based on some of the things we’ve done. Religious believers in the church can make us feel the same way. That’s a lie. He loves us and He always will. Wherever we are, God desires a relationship with us. From the prostitute, to the drug dealer, to the gang member, God desires to find us in that place, and restore right relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. However, we have to take that initial step and surrender to Him.

No one’s perfect. Take it one step at a time in releasing those things that hinder a full relationship with God, and run to a loving God Who is waiting to receive us with open arms.

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