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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.

There’s been a wave of superhero movies recently such as, Black Panther, The Avengers, and Justice League. These superheroes have superpowers such as, incredible strength and speed, the ability to fly, and a forceful energy coming from their fingertips. It’s exciting to see these powers on the screen, but these superpowers are not as fictional as one may think.

Through Jesus Christ, God has given us superpowers. Let’s look at some of our powers.
1. Power Over The Earth- 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…(Gen. 1:26).
2. Power To Get Wealth- But you shall remember the LORD your God: for it is he that gives you power to get wealth…(Deut. 8:18)
3. Power Over Evil & Protection- I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you (Luke 10:19).
4. Power to Speak Over Our Circumstances- “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them (Mark 11:23).
5. Power to Receive- In that day you will no longer ask Me anything. Truly, truly, I tell you, whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete (John 16:23-24).

As we can see, with these superpowers, God has given us the tools to prosper in every area in our lives. We just have to believe these powers have been given to us and use them daily.

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

Believers: I no longer drink alcohol or curse.
God: So what?
Believers: I go to church, read my Bible, and am a faithful tither.
God: So what?
Believers: I feed the homeless and preach the Gospel to the unsaved.
God: So what?

These are the things we say within ourselves to make us feel better about ourselves. It makes us feel better because we’re able to boast unto God by comparing our numerous works to the minimal to no works of someone else. But God is saying, so what?

God is pleased when we look beyond ourselves and look to the embodiment of grace Who is Jesus. Our works mean nothing without Jesus. It’s because of Jesus we’re saved, blessed, delivered, and even able to come into the presence of God.

From the consistent church goer who is faithful and committed to God to the homosexual who can’t seem to get it together, we all need Jesus. And all boasting is evil (James 4:16).

Inspired by Pastor Michael Todd

2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

Grace is an unearned gift of God. Whenever we receive something we haven’t earned and don’t deserve, we can call it grace.

As we can see, grace can be multiplied. It’s not just limited to salvation where we receive the free gift of Jesus to be saved. There’s grace for healing, grace for victory, grace for deliverance, etc. These multiple areas of grace can’t be fully used without knowledge of what Jesus accomplished for us in His Word. How else would we know Jesus gifted us sweat-less victory or authority over every evil force if we don’t read His Word? This grace was freely given to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

It’s like a great uncle leaving us $1 million dollars, however we don’t know we have this gift because we never read his will. The Bible is God’s will for our lives. If He told us we’re victorious, prosperous, and healed, that’s what we are and only our unbelief can change that.

Let’s grow in the knowledge of God’s Word and experience all grace to prosper in every area of our lives for the glory of God.

You suddenly had to pay for a big purchase. Now, you’re $10,000 in debt. The most logical way is to work extra hours which will cause us to miss family functions and stay in a constant state of exhaustion. There’s another way. You receive a diagnosis from the doctor. The treatment is to take numerous amounts of medication that has horrible side effects. What if I were to tell you there’s another option?

That other option requires our reliance on God. We tend to look at life logically. We see a problem and we tend to look at the most logical solution. That solution may not be our best option.

Instead, our best option is to look spiritually to God for guidance on what we should do. He may tell us to work extra hours but, only for two weeks instead of two months. And although the medication says take twice a day, God may tell us to take it once a day.

Our responsibility is to trust God’s process instead of our own or the one recommended to us. Don’t suffer through the issues of life. Dominate every issue in life by faith and reliance on God.

Psalm 62:5 I depend on God alone; I put my hope in him.  

 

 

Hebrews 4:15 Jesus understands every weakness of ours, because he was tempted in every way that we are. But he did not sin! 16 So whenever we are in need, we should come bravely before the throne of our merciful God. There we will be treated with undeserved kindness, and we will find help.

God understands everything we face. Through His Son Jesus, He understands the problems we have, the temptations we face, and the uncertainty we feel in life. Since God understands our life’s experiences, He desires that we rely on His compassion. That’s why He tells us to give our concerns to Him (1 Pet. 5:7) and He tells us not to worry or fear (Phil. 4:6-7). In so many ways, He lets us know that He understands and He has a remedy for the issues of life.

That remedy requires our belief in what Jesus has done. If we can believe that Jesus has overcome every issue in the world according to John 16:33 and He’s given us authority over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19), we’ll have a whole new perspective going through life. We’ll see that every trial we face is an opportunity to believe. We’ll see God adding another win to His resume. We may get to the point where we question if “problems” are real or are they hallucinations based on our perspective since the end result works out in our favor.

Wherever we are in life, realize God understands and through our belief, He’s already created a solution.

There’s a deliverance we attempt to obtain ourselves. Without the assistance of God, we attempt to free ourselves from things such as, overeating, pornography, procrastination, moodiness, and more. Through self-effort, that deliverance is taxing and temporary. After a few weeks, we slowly begin to go back to our old ways.

God’s deliverance is everlasting. God’s deliverance still requires our participation, but it’s His plan. Through His Spirit, He’ll give us step by step instructions on what we should do to be totally delivered. He may have us confess our deliverance over that thing daily, have us meditate on deliverance scriptures, or substitute our urges with praise.

It may be difficult in the beginning, but remain consistent. We may feel like we have it under control after doing what God says for a few weeks, but remain consistent. If we remain consistent, we’ll experience complete freedom.

For those bound by anything that doesn’t honor God who want deliverance, let go of all your ways and the ways you’ve heard about and be led by the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

A lot of us have a mindset that we want to make a difference in this world. In fact, God deposited that mindset into us because His ultimate goal is to bless us so that we can be a blessing (Gen. 12:2-3). However, that goal cannot be reached without developing relationships with others.

Developing relationships with others requires us to be selfless. It’s going to require some time, sacrifices, and energy. We may have to go out of our way to help someone else. We may have to stay up late encouraging a person. We may have to spend a little extra money to be a blessing.

What we’re doing is depositing relational seeds in the earth. Our relational seeds may be the spark to help that person develop their dreams or have the mindset of a healthy marriage. We could be the reason why they’ve become closer to God or disciplined in their finances. We could be the only genuine Christ-like love they experience in the earth.

Let’s not be so inwardly focused. Let’s pour out our knowledge, wisdom, and love into someone else to truly impact others who can make a difference in the world.

Proverbs 11:25 (MSG) The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.  

Colossians 2:16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.

Romans 7:6 says, we’ve been freed from the Old Covenant Law. Although it’s perfectly clear we’ve been released from the Law, there are some who continue to live by the Law. They truly believe having a beard, wearing no make-up, not eating certain foods, or not having tattoos honors God. Not only that but, they try to make others feel bad for not upholding the Law.

As we can see from the verse above, those religious practices were a shadow of Christ to come. Those ways were perfectly fine under the Law in the Old Covenant. Now that Christ has come and fulfilled the Law according to Romans 8:3-4, we no longer have to continue in Old Covenant ways to honor God.

We honor God by believing Jesus has fulfilled the Law and has made us righteous. We Honor Him by allowing His Spirit to lead us on what to wear and what to eat. We honor God by walking in the freedom and living the abundant life Jesus provided.

Don’t allow condemnation to fill your hearts because you’re not adhering to Old Covenant practices. Grace has freed us from the Law so that we can truly enjoy life.

As believers, we’ll always continue to grow in God. Because God is perfect and infinite and as long as we live here in our flesh on earth, we’ll always have areas of improvement.

During this growth process, we should be mindful not to be hard on ourselves. We may have thought we had it all together, but we will discover another layer that we can perfect. We may we have thought we heard God, but we really only responded to our emotions. This revelation of improvement is not there to condemn us or make us feel bad, but to better us.

We will never have it all together and we will never “arrive.” From our attitude, to the management of our finances, to how we treat people, we will always have an opportunity to grow.

Don’t beat yourself up about the problematic areas God reveals in your life. Just look at them as an opportunity to be more like Christ.

Ephesians 4:15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray continually,

How many of us remember initially entering a romantic relationship? We couldn’t wait to come home from school or work and talk to our boyfriend or girlfriend. There’s just something different about having a personal intimate conversation.

If they stopped calling daily and we only spoke to them once a week, we would think something’s wrong. We would think someone’s taking our place. Our level of intimacy diminishes.

God is a relational God. He desires close intimate relationship with us. He doesn’t want to settle for hearing from us only once a week. He knows something else is taking His place. He desires to hear from us all of the time. He wants to know our problems. He wants to hear how He positively impacts our lives. He wants us to acknowledge Him when we’re around our friends.

If we understand the importance of one on one time in earthly relationships, how much more should we have one on one time with God? Let’s build on our relationship with God with more One on one time.

Ephesians 6:18 Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.

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