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Zodiac signs and horoscopes have been common in society for a long time. Some people swear by them. People go around telling people what their horoscope says, they establish or don’t establish relationships based on zodiac compatibility, and they take it to be the gospel truth.

As believers, we can’t fall into this trap. Just because the sign and our personality have a few things in common doesn’t mean we view it as law. Pharaoh’s magicians had commonality with Moses’ signs but, God’s sign prevailed. The truth about ourselves comes from the Word of God. God’s Word says we’re blessed, we’re victorious, and we prosper. We’re to be led by the Holy Spirit and not make decisions based on a zodiac sign. God should be our One and only.

What will you believe? A simple opinion of another person that could involve demonic forces or the Word of God?

Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other gods before Me.

1 Peter 2:1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

As we celebrate the greatest Gift that was ever given (Jesus), let’s honor that Gift by giving Him the gift of spiritual maturity.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could stop being hypocritical towards those who may not have it all together knowing, how we used to be? Wouldn’t it be great if we could be honest with ourselves and let go of that envious mindset we have towards our “friend”? How awesome would it be if we stop speaking evil (harsh, negative, or critical) altogether?

These are the gifts we can give to God and the gifts we can give to the world. Celebrate the Christmas season by giving your gift of spiritual maturity.

Luke 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

We as a society, celebrate a lot of things. We celebrate when our child graduates school, we celebrate when our team wins a big game, and we celebrate marriage engagements.

With all these things to celebrate, a lot of us overlook the most important thing. That celebration has to do with salvation. When a person commits their lives to God, through Jesus Christ, all the angels in heaven are overjoyed. Meanwhile, on earth, we give them a 15 second hand-clap and go about our day.

The same enthusiasm we have over a team winning a game is the same enthusiasm we should have regarding salvation. Salvation is THE most important thing a person can do with their lives and it deserves more than a simple hand-clap.

Although it may not directly impact our lives, it impacts the family of God. So, pray for the lost, shake their hands when they make a commitment to God, and continue to pray for them as they journey through life. While we’re celebrating Christmas, don’t forget to celebrate salvation.

Luke 14:28 Which of you, wishing to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost to see if he has the resources to complete it? 29 Otherwise, if he lays the foundation and is unable to finish the work, everyone who sees it will ridicule him,

Although Jesus was speaking about the sacrifice of discipleship, He makes a practical point about budgeting.

In life, especially around birthdays and holidays, it’s important to have and keep a budget. If it doesn’t fit the budget, it doesn’t need to be purchased.

God desires that His children prosper in every way, including our finances, but if we’re so determined to overspend our money on “stuff,” He can’t get us to a true place of wealth. Wealth is where money works for us. Wealth is where we can give money away and we won’t miss it. Wealth is where we can truly be a financial blessing to others.

If we continue to spend, spend, spend, how can God entrust us with wealth? We’ll be enslaved to “stuff.”

Let’s continue to be led by the Holy Spirit to stay within a budget.

Look at our great Orchestrator. God caused a woman (Mary), to get pregnant by the Holy Spirit. The woman just so happened to be engaged to a man (Joseph) who is originally from Bethlehem. At the same time, she was pregnant, the Caesar just so happens to decree that everyone return to their own city for registration purposes. Seeing that Joseph was the soon to be head of his family, he and his very pregnant fiancé went back to Bethlehem. While at Bethlehem, Jesus was born. Coincidence? I think not.

Since the Pharisees didn’t do their research on where Jesus was born, they didn’t believe He was the Christ, which ultimately led to His death for the sacrifice for all our sin.

As we see how God orchestrated the life of Jesus, let’s look at our lives. If He orchestrated the life of Jesus to fulfill a prophecy spoken hundreds of years before, He can do the same for us.

God will cause what happened to us (good or bad), where we’re from, and what we experienced to work out for our good (Rom. 8:28). Don’t be concerned with where you are now. It’s just a temporary holding place in a great song. Our song is not over. If we can believe, God can cause this song, which He’s orchestrating, to become a masterpiece.

John 7:41 Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?”

A lot of us think when it comes to spiritual matters, we’re “doing it for God.” That’s not the case. When we pray, read the Word, worship God, fast, etc., we’re not doing it for God. We’re doing it for ourselves. God implemented these things to better our situation. God will still be God regardless if we pray or fast.

If God prompts us to serve for Sunday service, that’s for us. God knows there’s a promise attached that says, whatever good anyone does, the same shall they receive from the Lord (Eph. 6:8). If God tells us to pray for an hour, that’s for us because God has wisdom He wants to download to us through the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:10). If God desires that we wake up earlier to spend time in His presence, that’s an opportunity for Him to deposit joy and pleasure in our lives (Psalm 16:11).

So, when we’re prompted to do something by God, don’t look at it like we’re sacrificing time and effort for God. View it as an opportunity for God to get something to us.

Matthew 6:3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

6 But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

John 15:11 I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid.

Joy and peace is something God desires for all of His children. He doesn’t want us walking around in defeat, worried, carrying cares, and in fear. He personally had Jesus give us these things through His Word.

God healed our bodies (Isaiah 53:5) so that we can enjoy this life.
God provides all our needs (Phil. 4:19) so that we won’t lose our peace trying to figure out how we’re going to make it.
All of God’s promises are “Yes and Amen” (2 Cor. 1:20) so that we can have joy and peace knowing, in this lifetime, with faith, everything God said will come to pass.

Everything God did was so that we can have joy and peace. Shake off the spirit of depression, sadness, and heaviness and receive and maintain God’s joy and peace.

Romans 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

The believer’s life is all about patience. The promises of God are there (healing, needs, desires) and we want them now but, we often end up waiting on God and His perfect timing.

God often forces us to exercise patience and self-control. We often make our lives harder when we try to force a blessing into existence.

We know God told us to wait another month before buying that car but, we have the money and we must have it now therefore; we buy it now. What we didn’t realize is in another month, that same car may be $5,000 less. We know God to us to wait another year before marring that person however, the invitations have been sent and the timing seems perfect therefore; we marry that person. The year God told us to wait may have exposed something in our potential spouse that we need to consider before marrying them.

Just know when we’re waiting on the manifestation of God’s promises, He’s not withholding it from us but, He has perfect timing and He knows what’s for our good.

Galatians 3:14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

As a believer in Jesus the Christ, we are blessed. We’re not blessed because of what we have, what we can do, or how talented we are. That’s just fruit of the blessing. We’re blessed because of what Jesus has done.

Long before the sacrifice of Jesus, God made a covenant with Abraham and Jesus (Gal. 3:16). That covenant can be summed by saying, we’re empowered to prosper in everything we do (Gen 12:2-3; 17:6-8). If we’re not Jewish, we’re considered Gentiles. Prior to the sacrifice of Jesus, Gentiles had no right to God’s covenant. However, with our belief in Jesus Christ and all that He’s done for us, we have a covenant right to be blessed.

So, regardless of how it looks, regardless of what our bank account says, and regardless of how our family situation may be, we’re blessed. And our belief in that blessing in our lives can turn any situation into a prosperous situation. Believe, know, and confess that you’re blessed.

Genesis 6:14 Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark and coat it with pitch inside and out.

God told Noah to build an ark to withstand a flood when rain didn’t even exist. Some scholars say he was building the ark for over 100 years. Can you imagine the years of satanic thoughts that entered his mind?
-You look dumb right now.
-What are you doing?
-This is a waste of time.

Not only did he have to resist satanic attacks in his mind, but he had to close his ears to naysayers around him.
-How’s that ark coming Noah? (sarcastically speaking)
-He’s lost his mind.
-How can you feed your family by doing this?

Year after year, Noah had to resist the urge to quit, and continue to do what God told him to do. At the end of the day, Noah had the last laugh by saving himself, his family, and all the animals on the earth.

What “out of the box” thing has God told you to do? Have satanic thoughts or the negative words of people prevented you from following through with His instructions? If so, take a lesson from Noah and push all that aside and do what God said.

Regardless how long it takes and no matter how ridiculous it makes us look, God will ensure that He gets the glory and He will allow the naysayers the privilege of seeing the promise manifesting in our lives.

1 John 4:4 You, little children, are from God and have overcome them, because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

Our victory is based on who we belong to. When we make Jesus Christ the Lord of our lives, we belong to God. By belonging to God, we should experience victory every time over every situation. This guaranteed victory is not automatic.

If we’re walking around speaking doom and gloom over our situation, victory won’t be given because our mouth is canceling the victory. If we’re worried or fearful about our situation, victory won’t be given because our doubt is canceling the victory. But if we confidently know we belong to God and we know Christ, Who conquered all, lives inside of us, we’ll obtain victory no matter how bleak the situation looks.

Know Who you belong to and receive victory every time.

Psalm 41:1 Blessed is he who considers the poor; The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. 2 The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, And he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. 3 The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sickbed.

During this holiday season, a lot of us think about enjoying time with our families, eating great food, and giving gifts to loved ones. One thing we may not consider is the poor. A lot of poor individuals are alone. They have no family or they’ve lost contact with their families. It’s important for us to consider the poor.

Considering the poor doesn’t always mean volunteering at a shelter. There are several ways to consider the poor. We can provide a meal to that one homeless person we see every day on our way to work. We can go online and give to an organization that’s helping the poor. We can give canned goods to pantries. If time and money are limited, a sincere prayer for the poor will do.

It wouldn’t be God-like if benefits weren’t attached. God provided benefits based on our consideration of the poor. As we can see, there are benefits ranging from an empowerment to prosper to strength through illnesses.

Consider the poor to be a blessing to others.

God’s Word says, all things work out for the good. It doesn’t necessarily say for our good, but for the good. These things include, our mistakes, our unbelief, and our sin. God can work all of it out for the good. Let’s look at some examples.

What if Sarah and Abraham did the right thing and simply believed God for a child instead of trying to manufacture a child themselves in Genesis 15-16? We, as believers, wouldn’t know the genuine faithfulness of God. We would think once we messed up, God’s promise is canceled.

What if David never took the wife of another man then, had the man killed by putting him on the front line in a war? We wouldn’t know God will not only forgive us, but continue to prosper us (2 Samuel 12).

Even in our own lives, we’ve done some things that we can learn from. We’ve made some mistakes and learning from our mistakes is knowledge that can benefit someone else.

Let’s not use our shortcomings to wallow in guilt or take on condemnation. Let’s change our perspective and believe God can use our mistakes, unbelief, and anything else for the good.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Psalm 121:2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

All our help comes from God. Our help doesn’t come from the government, it doesn’t come from our jobs, and it doesn’t come from our closest friends and family members. It comes from God.

If we should ever face a troubling experience, we should look to no one else, but God. Let’s allow Him to direct us to our answer, our comfort, and our relief.

It is God alone Who provides our help. He may work through people to provide us the help we need, but it will always begin with Him.

John 9:15 Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”

Jesus did something so miraculous in this blind man’s life until the Pharisees were in disbelief. They asked him multiple times how he regained his sight. The man continued to declare it was Jesus.

By putting your faith in God, through the finished works of Jesus Christ, we’ll experience unbelievable manifestations as well. People will be in disbelief after hearing our testimony. People will wonder how we got out of debt in 2 years. People will be amazed at the fact that we’re getting paid less than we once did, but we’re still able to buy the house of our dreams. People will be in awe as we’re enjoying our lives when they know we were dealing with depression. And like the man in the scriptures, we’ll give all glory to God through Jesus.

God can do some miraculous things in our lives if we let Him. Open your heart, put your trust in Him, and believe that all things are possible with God.

John 7:1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him.

There are some believers who think because God is with them, they can go anywhere and do anything without consequences. Unfortunately, believers have died thinking they can go through a pride of lions, hold poisonous animals, and intrude on tribal lands. As we can see, Jesus Himself, used caution before walking into a potential dangerous situation. John 8:28 tells us Jesus did nothing of His own initiative. He was led by the Spirit of God.

So, just because we hear stories of people witnessing in dangerous neighborhoods, ministering to prostitutes, or sharing the gospel in foreign countries doesn’t mean that’s what we need to do every time the situation presents itself. There’s nothing wrong with any of this. In some cases, we’re commanded to do these things, but be sure it’s God telling us when and where to go. Otherwise, we may end up in an unfortunate situation. It’s not living by fear. It’s applying the wisdom of God in our lives.

-Ooooo…that’s a nice car. I believe I’ve receive that car for my life, amen.
-That job makes a lot of money. I receive that job, in Jesus name.
-That’s a one of a kind outfit. I thank you Lord in advance for that outfit.

When something appeals to us, some of us immediately want to throw faith at it. We want to believe God for it, thank God for it, and declare it in our lives. That’s the correct process, but we may have missed one important thing. That’s knowing if it’s God’s will for us to have that particular thing. God’s ultimate will for our lives is in His Word. However, specific decisions we need to make such as accepting a job or not, will only be revealed through His Spirit (1 Cor. 2:10).

We may want the thing, but have we asked God if He wants this in our lives right now? He may have something better for us. He may have something that aligns more with our current budget. He may expose the faultiness of the product. He may know it will be more problematic for our lives.

Whatever we desire, simply present it to God. He’ll make it clear to us if the thing we desire aligns with His will or if it’s just an impulse feeling that won’t benefit our lives.

Proverbs 16:3 (AMPC) Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

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December 2018
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