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To receive salvation, you must believe Jesus is the Son of God and He died for your sins along with, be baptized, filled with the Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues, in church, a part of a life group, and serving in a ministry. This is fake news.

The Gospel is good news about grace. Jesus, sacrificed Himself, took on our sin, gave us His righteousness, so that we can be in right relationship with God. Unfortunately, people have added all sorts of things making it difficult to receive salvation. From how we dress to what we listen to. Don’t allow anyone to lead you down a path of works to receive the free gift of salvation.

To receive salvation, we only have to believe Jesus is the Son of God and He died for our sins. Any other additional thing is fake news.

Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.

Husband and Wife. Parent and Child. Supervisors and Subordinates. Friendships.

We spend so much time cultivating earthly relationships until sometimes, we neglect the most important relationship we could ever have. That relationship is with God.

Some tend to think God is there and He’ll always be there so, we’ll always have time down the road to develop a relationship with Him. In some cases, we focus on developing earthly relationships more so because we know we’re here temporarily.

God shouldn’t be on our back burner because His nature is to be ever-present. The fact that He’s ever-present, always loving us, protecting us, providing for us, and keeping us should be the reason we put Him first.

It can be a challenge to develop a relationship with God over people due to the fact we see each other everyday, but if we can reflect on what He’s done, read about Who He is, and receive the promises He has for us, it won’t be a problem to put Him first.

While working on developing earthly relationships with people, don’t forget to develop and maintain a great relationship with our heavenly Father.

Matthew 10:26 Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.

One of the biggest fears the devil tempts us with is the fear of the unknown. We don’t know what will happen if we open ourselves to the other person in a relationship making ourselves vulnerable. What will happen if we quit our jobs and go into business for ourselves? How will we make it if we go into full-time ministry?

By taking that bold initial step into the unknown and staying the course with God’s guidance will leave us in a better predicament. Taking that step may not make sense, it may seem illogical at first, and it may be a little scary.

Whatever area that’s unknown to us God will reveal it to us in due time. We’ll see the true colors of that person in that relationship, we’ll experience God excelling our business, we’ll testify to the fact that God provides.

Whatever God told you to do, do it. Whatever God said to you, believe Him and break free from the fear of the unknown.

Galatians 3:9 (NLT) So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.

Yesterday, we discovered everyone who’s made Jesus Christ as Lord, shares the same blessing as Abraham. Some of the blessing includes a great name, offspring, and wealth (Gen 12:2-3; Gen 13:2).

The next thought some may have says, “I’ve believed in Jesus as Lord, but I haven’t experienced half of the blessing. Where is it?”

There are a few reasons why some of us aren’t experiencing the blessing. The first reason is doubt. Genesis 15:6 says, Abraham believed God. If we doubt God’s Word, we can’t expect to receive anything from Him (James 1:6-7).
Another is condemnation. If we feel unworthy to receive God’s blessing because of our recent behavior, we’ll lack confidence to approach God (1 John 3:20-22). We must know God has forgiven us and boldly approach Him with our petitions.
The last reason we’ll mention is identity. Through Christ, we are children of God, we are righteous, loved, forgiven and have all authority on this earth. If we don’t know our identity, we’ll look at ourselves as insignificant and be willing to receive anything life throws our way.

Know who you in are in Christ and believe God’s Word and receive the promises of the blessing.

Galatians 3:9 (NLT) So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.

Everyone who has made Jesus Christ the Lord of their lives, share the same blessing as Abraham. Now, let’s see what type of blessing Abraham received.

Genesis 12:2 says, “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” It doesn’t stop there. Abraham desires offspring. God granted him offspring. And according to Proverbs 10:22, the blessing of the Lord makes one rich, therefore, Abraham became very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold (Gen. 13:2).

As we can see, through our belief in Jesus Christ, everything we could ever need or want and more can be found in this blessing. Praise God for Jesus Christ. It’s because of Him we can have a blessed life.

Isaiah 65:16 (AMP) So [it shall be] that he who invokes a blessing on himself in the land shall do so by saying, May the God of truth and fidelity [the Amen] bless me; and he who takes an oath in the land shall swear by the God of truth and faithfulness to His promises [the Amen], because the former troubles are forgotten and because they are hidden from My eyes.

I am blessed. I am protected by all mighty God. The favor of God is on my life. All my needs are met. My children are mighty in the land. I am debt free. I am forgiven, and my past will not hinder my future.

All of these are confessions we can use to bless ourselves, bless our situations, and bless those attached to us. Confession can’t only be thought in our minds and confession can’t only be written down. Confession must align itself with the Word of God and it must be spoken. Confessions can be yelled, or whispered. Regardless of how it comes out, we just need to have faith that what we’re saying will come to pass.

Whatever you’re doing, stop, and take a moment to bless yourself.

Inspired by Bill Winston

It’s not common to fast unless it’s for weight-loss reasons. Why? Because it’s not fun and a lot of people don’t see the point, but there are real benefits in fasting.

First, for the believer, it’s not optional. In Matthew 6:16 Jesus begins a statement by saying “When you fast” which means it’s not optional. Will you make it to heaven if you don’t fast? Yes but, there’s a deeper relationship with God if we fast.

One of the key benefits of fasting is clarity. Look at it this way, when we turn off the TV, put down the phone, and eliminate all other distractions, we can be more in tune with our spouses. Fasting does the same thing with God. Fasting limits and could possibly eliminate all flesh-like distractions which allows our spirit to hear and be more in tune with God. Clarity allows God to guide us, give us instruction, and makes room for His Word to encourage our soul.

Other benefits include: bonds of wickedness removed from our lives, removing burdens from our lives, and driving out demons (Isaiah 58; Mark 9:14-29).

So, make up in your mind and discipline your flesh to fast. Fasting positions us to better hear from God.

Isaiah 58:6 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?

Psalm 106:7 Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders; They did not remember the multitude of Your mercies, But rebelled by the sea—the Red Sea. 8 Nevertheless He saved them for His name’s sake, That He might make His mighty power known.

We’ve all rebelled against God at one point in time and we know people who continue to rebel against God. We did whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted, and however we wanted.

Regardless of how far we’ve strayed and how far others have strayed, God purposed in His heart to save us. God’s salvation is two-fold. He desires to save us because of His love for us, but He also saves us to display His power.

After we’ve rededicated our lives to God, others will take note of our change. They’ll see us genuinely worshipping God, they’ll experience our new positive disposition, and they’ll see the prosperity in our lives and have no other choice but to conclude the power of God has been working in our lives. They’ll remember all the rebellious things we used to do and realize God’s hand is now on our lives which may compel them to have a closer relationship with God.

If you’re tired of going down the wrong path, give your life to God and if you know some who are living the rebellious life, pray for their salvation so that God’s power can be displayed.

Matthew 9:38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

There are people who have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are people who heard the Gospel but don’t quite understand what it means. There are people who heard and understand the Gospel, but they got off track and don’t know how to get back on track.

All of these people require laborers. The enemy is working tirelessly to blind, distract, and discredit the Gospel to these people. As believers, we should desire to see others saved, set free, and come into the knowledge of God. With that desire, we need to pray for loving compassionate people to come across these lost individuals’ paths to preach, teach, and advertise the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

There was someone there to help guide us to Jesus and we should want the same for someone else. So, as you’re praying for your needs and desires to be met, pray that people from all across the world come out and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. 8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

God had Noah and Abraham act on the unknown. For Noah, God made him build an ark, to withstand a flood, prior to the existence of rain. For Abraham, God had him leave all that he knew and establish his home in a “to be determined” location.

Both individuals were dealing with the unknown, but they trusted God with their lives and their family’s lives. What is God saying to you? Where is He telling you to go? What is He telling you to do? How is He telling you to do it? If it’s unfamiliar territory or something that’s never been done, that’s okay. Like He led Noah and Abraham to prosper after they acted on His Word, He can do the same for you.

Trust Him. Don’t doubt. He will never allow the righteous to be forsaken (Psalm 37:25).

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