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Matthew 8:14 When Jesus arrived at Peter’s house, He saw Peter’s mother-in-law sick in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve them. 

God has done some spectacular things in our lives. He saved us, He delivered us from that horrible habit, He blessed us with newer and nicer things, He prospered us. The list goes on and on.

Like this woman, who was instantly healed by Jesus, our first response after all of the good things He’s done for us should be to serve Him. We don’t serve out of obligation. We serve out of gratitude and appreciation for all that He’s done. This service is not limited to the four walls in a church. We serve Him by intentionally living a holy lifestyle. We serve Him by sharing the good things He’s done for us with others. We serve Him gladly by walking in love.

Let’s reflect on the good things God has done for us and elevate our service towards Him.

Matthew 7:3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

It’s a lot more appealing to tell someone else about themselves and not deal with what going on in our own lives. It’s easy to say, “she has low self-esteem” or “he has pride issues” meanwhile, we may be dealing with both and don’t know it. And if someone tries to tell us self-improvement methods, we get defensive.

As the Holy Spirit lead us, it can be very beneficial to help someone else with his or her issues but let’s not be so concerned with others until we neglect our own growth and development.

Realize we’re all continuously maturing and we all need grace extended towards us.

2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)

As much as we’d like it if things changed automatically, they don’t. For things to change for the better in our lives requires the correct response to God’s Word. God’s Word says we’re blessed, healed, and prosperous, but everyday the enemy attacks and attempts to steal every promise from God.

A stronghold is an attack from the enemy on the things that rightfully belong to us. The pulling down of strongholds is our responsibility to retain what God’s Word says we already have. So, the responsibility we have when the enemy attacks our bodies with sickness is an unwavering belief that we’re healed and a confession saying the same (James 1:6-7; 2 Cor. 4:13). A correct response to a stronghold in our marriage is the belief that our marriage is prosperous (in spite of what we see) and a confession saying the same.

Don’t believe or speak what you’re seeing if there’s a stronghold in your life. Pull down that stronghold by continuously believing and confessing God’s Word over everything else.

Psalm 54:4 Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.

If the answer is unknown and the problem is big, let God be your help.

If no one is there and no one seems to care, let God be your help.
If you’ve done all you can but your best in not good enough, let God be your help.

Initially, we’ll turn to God whenever we’ve run out of resources and connections. Those are some of the times we make our “God promises.” God if you get me out of this situation, I promise to__________. The good thing about God is He’ll help us even though we didn’t put Him first. God’s help will make our other resources and connections look like a waste of time.

Eventually, we should get to a place where we initially go to God and wait on His response. We’ll wait because we know His help is far better than anything we’ll get from someone else or anything we could come up with ourselves.

Get a certainty about God’s help and make Him your only Source.

God is a tripartite being. Between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, God can literally be our everything.

God is our Father (Galatians 4:6). God is our Comforter (John 14:16). God is our Counselor (Isa. 9:6). God is our Friend (John 15:15). God is our Healer (Ex. 15:26). God prospers us (Jer. 29:11). God is our Deliverer (Ps. 18:2). God is our Protector (Ps. 91:1). God is our help (Ps. 54:4).

Anything we could ever want or need in this life can be found in God. God is our everything. The reason why some people are not experiencing the full manifestation of God in their lives is because they choose to look to other places for fulfillment and assistance.

God longs to be our everything. Allow Him to be just that in your life. Trust His ways, His plans, and His methods and He promised our lives will be far more abundant than they are now.

Meditate on these scriptures above and allow God to be all that you need and more.

Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

God’s Word says, by His stripes, we are healed. We’re not going to be healed. We’re healed right now. Sickness, disease, and pain attempt to invade our bodies to remove that healing. During those attacks, there’s a temptation to give in. If we’re in pain, there’s a temptation to sit down and feel sorry for ourselves. If we experiencing the symptoms of sickness and disease, there’s a temptation to be unconcerned with our appearance and tell people how bad it is.

When those attacks come, this is our opportunity to rebel. It’s an opportunity to go against how we feel. Every time we feel that pain, smile and declare to ourselves we are healed. After coughing the night before, put on some nice clothes and praise God that Jesus healed us. Once again, we won’t feel like rebelling against the symptoms, but our rebellion puts our faith on display.

*Disclaimer: In all things, we should be led by the Holy Spirit. If God tells us to rest or take medication, that’s what we should do. This is not the time to foolishly show God how much faith we have by overriding His Spirit with carnal rebellion.

Rebel against the symptoms of sickness and pain and proclaim the truth…We Are Healed!

When we first attempt to hear God’s voice, it’s kind of confusing. We hear or we think we hear God in certain situations, we’ll hear the desires of our flesh, and we’ll hear the voice of Satan. There’s an elimination process we can do to truly know we’re hearing God.

If it’s Satan’s voice, it will totally oppose God’s Word. For instance, if we hear a voice telling us to rob a bank, that’s not God because His Word tells us not to steal (Exod. 20:15). The desires of our flesh oppose God’s Word too, but it’s a little more subtle (Rom. 8:7). The flesh will tell us have that second helping of dessert even though we know we’re full. The flesh will tell us to “get high” because there’s no scripture that says we can’t. The flesh tag teams with Satan to provide logical reasons as to why we should do something a particular way.

When we hear God’s voice, there’s an inner peace (Col 3:15). We may be tempted to worry about the process or the outcome, but that’s something we know we should be doing. Our flesh and Satan will scream reasons as to why God’s way is stupid or illogical, but the more we resist Satan and follow-through with hearing God’s voice, the better we’ll become. Eventually, we’ll easily hear God’s voice for every decision we’ll make in life.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

There are wars in the world. There are multiple mass shootings within a year. Husbands and wives are killing each other. Parents are killing their own children. Racism still exists. People are conceited and only concerned with themselves.

Let’s face it. We’re literally seeing the end time signs.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 says, there will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power.

As we see all of this unfold, what is a believer to do? The same thing Jesus told us to do over 2000 years ago.
1. Preach the gospel (Mark 16:15).
2. Use our authority over the enemy (Luke 10:19).
3. Love one another (John 13:34).

We may not be able to stop these signs from happening, but if we can love people to the point to pray for them during these trying times, share the gospel with them so that they can receive salvation prior to Jesus’ return, and stop Satan’s power from running rampant, we can truly operate in our role as God’s vessels. Let’s do our parts and be willing participants for the Kingdom of God during these last days.

Throughout our day, we should obtain status checks from God. We should stop everything we’re doing to ask God how we’re doing so far. Is there anything He wants us to work on? Is there anything He wants us to do next?

When get status checks from God, we’re intentionally keeping open lines of communication with God, we’re allowing His Spirit to lead us, and we’re allowing Him to direct our steps (Psalm 37:23). The benefit of status checks with God is we’re displaying our trust to God in allowing Him to lead our lives and we know wherever He leads us is designed to prosper us (Jer. 29:11).

Let’s begin and/or continue checking in with God throughout our day to gain guidance in our lives.

Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.  

Mark 11:23 “Truly I tell you that if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and has no doubt in his heart but believes that it will happen, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Situations, conversations, and previous experiences have the ability to make us doubt God’s Word. A lot of us have settled for a less than life. Some of us have accepted sickness, poverty, and problems. We experience these negative things and say…“that’s life.”

With the power God has given us, we should be dominating every negative circumstance that gets in our way. Whatever mountain that’s in our way, we’ve been given the ability to speak over it, tell it to move and it will obey.

A problem we tend to have is we don’t believe we have the ability to cause our mountain to move with the power of our words alone. If we do take that step of faith, we have the ability to doubt or quit if we don’t see something happening immediately.

Through Jesus Christ, we have power and ability over any obstacles that come across our paths. Get back to the basics and exercise your faith.

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Scriptures of the Day

May 2018
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