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God has obligated Himself to take care of us. Every day and through everything, God will take care of us. There’s no need to worry, be fearful, or be anxious because God has got us covered.

In a financial shortage? Don’t worry. God takes care of us and meets every need.
Have a reoccurring sickness, disease, or pain in your body? God will manifest healing in our bodies.
Fearful about being in a particular neighborhood? Don’t be. God is our Protector.
Don’t know how something is going to work out? That’s okay. God does, and it will work out for our good.

We may not know what to do or how to do it, but God does, and He will handle the situation. Let God take care of you.

Isaiah 46:4 (Good News Translation) 4 I am your God and will take care of you until you are old and your hair is gray. I made you and will care for you; I will give you help and rescue you.

Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Those who’ve committed suicide or have contemplated committing suicide have one thing in common. They all were deceived into thinking there’s no hope. This is the biggest lie from the enemy. With God on our side, there is always hope. The problem comes when we feel unloved by God, condemned about something we’ve done wrong, and/or feel like God has turned His back on us. By entertaining those lies too often, we’ll contemplate suicide.

God is love and He will ALWAYS love us. Nothing can stop that (Rom. 8:38-39).
God has forgiven us through Jesus Christ, therefore, He’s not angry with us (Col. 2:13).
God is and will always be willing to bless us. So regardless of where we are now, it will get better (Psalm 35:27).

By believing these three things, we can look in the face of adversity, shortage, and a seemingly unwinnable situation and still believe God is able.

Romans 4:18 For Abraham, human reason for hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, So numberless shall your descendants be.

Job 22:28 You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established for you: and the light shall shine upon your ways.

We’ve been given authority to decree or declare whatever we desire that aligns itself with life and godliness. We can decree a nice house, a better job, or peace in our marriage and it shall come to pass. If we don’t say something, we won’t see something. So, whatever desire that’s in you, confidently declare it.

Now, before some get disappointed because they don’t see what they declare. Our declaration has boundaries. If we’re declaring to have $1 million so that we can shop, buy jewelry, and live extravagantly, we won’t get it. There’s nothing wrong with these things, but if that’s our only reason for an increase in wealth, we have the wrong motives (James 4:3).

Whatever you decide to decree, be sure it’s a God-given desire to ensure that you receive it.

John 9:1 Now as Jesus was passing by, He saw a man blind from birth, 2 and His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the works of God would be displayed in him.

When we experience difficulties, one of the first things we seem to do is question whether we’ve done something wrong. The difficulties we face can be a consequence of sin but other times, it’s so that the works of God can be displayed.

We live in a fallen world and believers are not exempt from problems, however, our problems won’t be the end of us. If we handle life’s problems properly, the works of God can be displayed.

People will see our situation, see our good attitude despite the situation, and inquire how we can remain so calm. People will see the sickness attempting to invade our bodies, but they will also see expedited healing in our bodies.

These are the times where we can share our faith in God. Our experiences can compel others to deepen their relationship with God.

Everything is not about what we did wrong. Certain things happen so that the glory of God can be revealed in and through us.

Proverbs 4:20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.

When people have ailments, doctors prescribe certain medications. A lot of those medications include side effects such as drowsiness, nausea, ulcers, and more. It’s handling the ailment, but it’s detrimental to other areas of the body.

There’s only one medication that has no side effects. That’s the Word of God. Unlike other medications that are limited to helping a few areas, the Word of God provides health to our entire bodies. It helps prevent things from happening and it heals ailments that we may be experiencing.

Consistently study the Word of God and enjoy God’s medication with no side effects.

Inspired by Joseph Prince

Mark 6:34 Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

37 But Jesus told them, “You give them something to eat.” They asked Him, “Should we go out and spend two hundred denarii to give all of them bread to eat?”

Giving:
Jesus’ compassion not only compelled Him to teach people many things, but it compelled him to give. Jesus understood that we can teach these people all day but at some point, they’ll stop listening because they’re hungry.

Many believers desire to go and preach the Gospel on the streets, but they fail to recognize these same people need something to eat as well. We can help their spiritual needs, but what are we giving that can help their physical needs?

It’s the same way with natural concepts. We can teach others about finances, budgeting, and investments, but it’s hard to listen when they’re worried about how they’re going to pay their rent in a few days. As the Spirit leads, we can give them some money that can help them pay the rent.

As a compassionate person, along with teaching, let’s be generous givers so that others literally experience our compassion.

Mark 6:34 Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

More than ever in this world, people need to experience compassion. When compassion is present, there are two things that follow: teaching and giving.

Teaching:
People are trying to figure it out. They think they’re making progress in their lives, but they’re really going nowhere. They think they’re making wise choices, but they’re digging a deeper hole for themselves. These people need to be taught natural and spiritual things from a compassionate person. We can teach them about Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, but they also need to know about budgeting their finances and staying out of debt. Likewise, we can teach them about practical principles, but they also need to know Who to rely on and trust.

Instead of seeing our brother or sister drowning in their troubles, lend a compassionate hand and teach them some things.

When it comes to God, nothing negative that happened in our lives is permanent. From damaged relationships, to financial loss, to disfigurements in our bodies, nothing is permanent. Not even death is permanent.

Jesus healed a man who was blind from birth (John 9:1-12).
Faith in Jesus healed a woman with an incurable blood disease (Luke 8:43-48).
Job gained double in finances after losing everything he had (Job 42:10).
Joseph became the second in command after going to prison (Genesis 41:41-46).
Jesus restored value into a promiscuous woman (John 4:1-29).
Jesus raised Lazarus from the grave (John 11:38-44).

As we can see, nothing negative is permanent. By thinking something is permanent, we limit God’s ability. In a way, we’re telling God, we don’t believe He can change the situation(s).

Cancel any thought that says this situation can’t change for the better and believe God is able.

Isaiah 43:18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Daniel 10:7 And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision; but a great terror fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.

When an angel came to Daniel, Daniel alone was the only person who saw the vision.

When God gives us a vision, everyone may not be able to see it at first. They can’t see how you’re going to start a church. They can’t comprehend how you’re going to get out of debt in two years. They can’t see how you’re going to totally submit to God in all areas of life. They can’t understand how you’re going to have children after 50.

Others might not be able to see it but, that’s okay. It wasn’t meant for them. It was meant for our eyes only. Realize this, when God gives us a vision, everyone may not be able to see where God is taking us, but if we believe and have the vision anchored in our hearts, we’ll fulfill our assignment.

2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

There’s a reason why we don’t viciously respond to someone who’s being rude or inconsiderate. There’s a reason why we’ll spontaneously pay for a stranger’s meal. There’s a reason why we won’t gossip about someone else’s misfortune when everyone else is doing so. The love of Christ is that reason.

The love of Christ should constrain, control, and compel us.

Every now and then, we need to reflect on what Jesus’ love for us. We need to think about how He freely sacrificed His life to deliver us from sin, make us right with God, and give us access to all the promises us God. When we think about His love for us, despite our behavior, this love will give us the constraints we need to live a positive holy life spreading love to others.

Be controlled by love.

Some people have a big misconception between freedom and bondage. People think freedom means they can do whatever their heart desires. It’s their life, they can go and do whatever they please, and they don’t have to follow any rules in a book. In contrast, they see submitting to God as a form of bondage. We can’t do this, and we can’t do that, and we must do this to please God.

It’s just the opposite. When we engage in sinful behavior with no constraints, we’re in bondage. We may think we’re living freely, but we’re slaves to sin. Think about it. It can be very difficult to stop a certain lifestyle such as drugs, premarital sex, or even breaking up with someone in a relationship, because of the thrill that it brings to our flesh keeps us bound.

Jesus came to deliver us from the bondage of sin and to offer us freedom. We’re free from sin, death, and poverty. Through Him, we can overcome anything that tries to hold us down. These rules that people try to see as bondage are actually limits of love. God, our Creator, loves us and knows what’s best for us to live our best lives.

John 8:34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

Romans 6:16 Do you not know that when you offer yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves to the one you obey, whether you are slaves to sin leading to death, or to obedience leading to righteousness?

John 11: 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”

Let’s see if we can see ourselves in Martha’s response.

GOD: Lay your hands on yourself to be healed.
US: What’s that going to do? They already said I have cancer.

GOD: Start looking for a house.
US: I’m not ready. My credit is too bad.

GOD: Share an inspirational message with others.
US: I don’t want people thinking I’m a hypocrite.

GOD: Submit your life to Me.
US: What about my boyfriend/girlfriend and all the fun things I’m going to miss out on?

Like Martha, some of us find every excuse or reason not to obey God. We’ll think of this and that, but all He wants us to do is obey Him. There’s a blessing in our obedience. It may not instantly happen, but our obedience is seed for our harvest.

Stop giving so many excuses and asking so many questions trying to figure out every single detail of the process and DO WHAT GOD SAID.

John 11:40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”

Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Today, the world and life’s situations may not give us a lot of reasons to rejoice. There are wildfires destroying people’s houses, people are divided, and so much more. Watching the news can be depressing.

If we’re in a funk and looking for reason to rejoice, think about our salvation through Jesus Christ. Think about our righteousness we have through faith. Think about the fact that Jesus sacrificed Himself on our behalf. Think about the fact that regardless of our behavior, God loves us and desires to bless us.

Don’t allow life to mentally beat you down. Rejoice in the Lord for all that He’s done in our lives.

Matthew 24:10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.

People being offended is one of the signs of the Last Days. It’s right up there with rumors of wars and earthquakes in various places.

If we look at what’s going on in the world, we can easily see the offense that people are taking on. People are getting into physical altercations based on another person’s protest. Friendships are being destroyed based on government policies. Marriages are ending because of one difference of opinion.

The culprit behind offense is Satan. Anytime we hear that voice telling us to be offended about something another person said or did, we need to stop and recognize the devil’s presence in our lives. Next, lets reevaluate the situation, communicate with that person to confirm what they’re actually trying to say, hear them out fully, and look at the situation from another perspective.

If we still disagree with their opinion or beliefs, it’s okay. We can agree to disagree and still be friends. There’s no need to lose our minds or friendships over the opinion of another. Let’s all learn to control offense.

1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
*Another version says, God is not a God of disorder (NIV).

When we think of confusion or disorder, some of the things that come to mind are strife, layoffs, inclement weather, premature death, etc. Some of us tend to ignorantly or angrily blame God for these things but as we can see, God is not responsible for confusion or disorder. We think because God created the world, He’s in control over everything that happens in the world. That’s not true.

In Genesis 1:28, God gave mankind dominion and authority over the earth. Mankind sinned and through that sin, we gave our dominion and authority over to Satan (Luke 4:6). Jesus came and sacrificed Himself for our sin and got our authority back from Satan (Col. 2:15; Luke 10:18-19).

Unfortunately, people tend to forget Satan is still the prince of this world and his goals are to steal, kill, and destroy (John 12:31; John 10:10). Our authority, through Jesus Christ, gives us the ability to overrule Satan’s power, but a lot of us don’t use that authority; therefore, confusion and disorder invade our lives.

Let’s not blame or give God the credit for the negative things we experience. Let’s use our authority to destroy Satan’s grip over any part of our lives and over everything negative thing we see in the world.

Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, 16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,

When Paul got a revelation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Paul was given the assignment to preach among the Gentiles. After he was given his assignment, he didn’t consult with others to determine if this was the right thing to do. He just acted.

When God gives us revelation of our assignment, our responsibility is to act. Asking others their opinion regarding a known God-given assignment is unwise. People may feel like they’re trying to “protect” us by giving us all the reasons why we shouldn’t fulfill our assignment, they may give us advice that deviates from God’s instructions, or they may mock our assignment because it seems impossible.

Whatever God has revealed to you regarding your assignment (preaching, opening a business, promotion at your job, etc.), the wisest option may be to not consider the opinion of others.

Joshua 1:5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.

When we’re operating in the will of God, no one can stop us. If God tells us to put in for that promotion, no matter how much experience we have, no one can stop us. If God told us to get a loan for a house, no matter what our credit situation looks like, no one can stop us. If God told us to go back to school, no matter what our schedule or financial situation looks like, no one can stop us.

You know who can stop us? Us. We can stop ourselves. When we’re outside the will of God or we doubt God’s ability to fulfill His Word in our lives, we can stop ourselves. We may look at the facts and not even put in for that promotion or delay going to school waiting for a “better time.”

God is with us and if He told us to do something, He will confirm His Word with signs following (Mark 16:20).

Matthew 9:29… “According to your faith let it be to you.”

When we come to God in prayer, we may have a basic list of needs and a couple of doable desires. We have to give God a chance to do big miraculous things in our lives. God is only limited to the degree of our belief. If we believe for small, God can only do small; however, if we believe for great and mighty things, He’ll manifest that and then some.

Most of us limited God because we can’t logically comprehend how those big desires will come to pass. To overcome logic, we have to hear and receive the Word of God. If all we hear is the news and stories of how it’s medically, historically, or financially impossible to do a thing, we’ll tend to believe that. However, if we meditate on the truth of, all things are possible with God and believe and you will receive, our belief will override logic.

So, yes we can still get a career in our desired field even though we’re a convicted felon. Yes, we can walk again if the doctor told us we’ll be in a wheelchair for the rest of our lives. Yes, we can get out of debt within a year. Our future is not governed by anyone else. It’s according to our faith and our faith alone on how much we’ll prosper.

In basketball, there’s a play called an alley-oop. It’s where one player throws the ball in the vicinity of the basket. The player who throws the ball is relying on the skill and athleticism of their teammate to jump, catch the ball, and dunk the ball before touching the ground. In the NBA, some of those players can throw an alley-oop almost anywhere on the court because they trust their teammate to score.

Prayer is similar to an alley-oop. Prayer is throwing our petitions to our Teammate, also known as, God. We’re relying on God’s strength, skill, and ability to rise above our circumstances and score. Like the professionals in the NBA, we can throw a petition to God that may seem too difficult for some but, if we have faith in our Teammate, He’ll score every time.

So, no matter how big or small your request may be, throw it to God because with Him, all things are possible.

 

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Genesis 3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the breeze of the day, and they hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

When we sin or miss the mark, the first thing our flesh wants to do is hide from God. We stop attending church, we stop praying, and we stop talking about the goodness of God. We do this because the enemy makes us feel guilty or ashamed about what we’ve done. He condemns and lies to us making us feel like God is mad at and wants nothing to do with us.

If we sin, we need to recognize this attack on our souls. We need to remember Jesus died for our past, present, and future sins (Romans 6:10). We need to remind ourselves that if we confess our sin to God, He is faithful and just to forgive us of all our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:19). We need to understand that there’s no condemnation in Christ (Romans 8:1).

When we know about the love, grace, and mercy of God towards us, we can receive our forgiveness and continue on with our lives. Don’t run and hide from God. He’s a loving and forgiving God waiting to receive us back into His arms.

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