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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.

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