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Genesis 25:21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.

When issues arise in our marriage, the first thing we should do is pray. It’s unprofitable to complain or blame the other person. To resolve any issue in any situation, pray.

If our spouse is having health complications, like Isaac, we can pray and ask God to turn that negative situation around. He may lead us to a certain specialist that can resolve that complication. If there’s turmoil within our marriage, we can pray for peace. God may give us a plan of action that will eliminate the turmoil. Finally, we can ask God to show us any areas where we can improve in order for our marriage to improve.

Whatever complications that exist in a marriage, let prayer be the first option.

“You can’t have a sick soul and a healthy body.”-Joyce Meyer

There’s a connection between our soul and our body. One component of our soul is our mind. If we’re mentally unhealthy, our bodies suffer negative consequences. It’s been proven that stress, worry, anxiety, and depression lead to physical unhealth such as, high blood pressure, muscle pain, and heart disease.

That’s why it’s so important to take control over our thoughts. We may not be able to control what enters our minds, but we can control how long it stays there. When thoughts that lead to stress, depression, or worry enter our minds, take control over those thoughts, realize where they’re taking us, and as believers, reverse those thoughts with the Word of God.

Thoughts may come that we’re alone and not loved. Instead of being depressed, silence that thought and declare (with your mouth) God loves me and He promised to never leave me. Thoughts of not being successful may come. Instead of being anxious or stressed, declare your life is blessed.

It’s a serious battle, but well worth it to our mental and physical health. Understand this connection so that we can prosper and be in good health mentally and physically.

3 John 1:2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

Psalm 103:2-5 (ESV) Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

We, as humans, are an interesting bunch. For the most part, we’ll remember, become upset about, and maybe depressed about all the bad things that happened in our lives. Even if it’s something that happened 20 years ago, we’ll remember the details of the negative experience. But for whatever reason, the good things that happened, we’ll forget. From a miraculous healing to the birth of our child, we tend to forget or minimize the good things that we’ve experienced.

Obviously, the good things are from God and the bad things are an attack from Satan.

The same mind that can recall the details of a negative experience has the capability to remember the details of a positive experience. Let’s place our focus and energy on the good things God has done instead of dwelling on the negative experiences. Write it down if you have to, but don’t forget all the good things God has done.

When praising God, do you ever run out of words to say? Do you find yourself repeating the same thing over and over because you don’t know what else to say? Or, maybe you’re a new believer and you don’t know how to praise God. Well, there’s good news for all.

In the book of Psalms, King David gives us hundreds of praises to God. For every season in life, David provides us with the verbiage to praise and honor our God. From being ecstatic about what God is doing in our lives to overcoming frustration, David provides us with countless praise phrases that will glorify God.

No need to reinvent the wheel. Look through Psalms and read a praise out loud. We’re not only getting God’s Word inside our hearts but, we’re giving God praise, glory, and honor.

Psalm 71:14 As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. 15 My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long—though I know not how to relate them all. 16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.  

Jeremiah 32:27 “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?

God is the Creator of all things. He knows all. He knows the end from the beginning. He knows what we’re going through and He knows how we feel. He knows we face trials and circumstances that shake us to the core. Although He didn’t create these trials, He knew that we would face them and provided a solution (1 Cor. 10:13).

With all this known about God, we can conclude that everything’s easy for God. The biggest problem to us is light work for God. We often trip out because the problems we face seem large, frequent, and plentiful and we can’t see our way out. To God, our problems are no more difficult than brushing crumbs off a table.

We don’t have to know how it’s going to work out. If we give it to God and keep it there, we can walk away from anything knowing it’s handled. We may not know when or how, but we know it’s handled. The key is giving it to God and keeping it there. If we try it on our own, we’ll drive ourselves crazy.

Give all your problems, cares, and concerns to God and allow Him to easily handle these situations for your good.

Faith is what we use to possess the desires God placed in us. Faith is used to obtain our healing, our house, or a happy marriage. The first step to faith is seeing ourselves with those desires. To better see ourselves with these desires, it’s beneficial to go dream.

When we go dream, we’re intentionally taking our minds to a place of seeing ourselves with that desire. For a house, we go dream by driving by desirable neighborhoods and seeing ourselves owning one of those houses. If we want to work at a certain company, we should go by that company and walk around if allowable and see ourselves employed at that company. For a happy marriage, we should go to our living room and see ourselves having a great time with our spouse. If we want to walk again, we should go by a park and see ourselves walking through the park. Nothing is off limits with God.

As we dream, it’s even more beneficial to confess what we envision.

Don’t allow anything or anyone to stop your desires from manifesting. Go dream.

Genesis 15:5 And the LORD took him outside and said, “Now look to the heavens and count the stars, if you are able.” Then He declared, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 Abram believed the LORD, and it was credited to him as righteousness.

Exodus 3:11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” 13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

Hesitation can be a good thing and a bad thing. When we hesitate to confirm God’s instructions, that’s a good thing. We’re simply making sure that it’s God telling us to do a certain thing and not our flesh.

The majority of our hesitation is negative. Hesitation is a bad thing when it’s laced with fear. When we hesitate because we feel like the God-given assignment is too difficult or too big, that’s when it becomes a bad thing. It’s a bad thing due to a lack of belief. We don’t believe in the ability God has given to us. We don’t believe it’s going to work out the way He said. We don’t believe in ourselves.

Hesitation also disrupts the timing of God. When we hesitate, we delay God’s ability to operate in someone else’s life and we delay the blessings in our own lives.

Whether the task be small or great, obey the instructions of God and don’t hesitate.

1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,

What does it mean to humble ourselves? When we humble ourselves before God, we’re giving Him our will, our plans, our ideas, and our desires for His glory. It’s not about us anymore. It’s about His will.

We may think our lives should go in one direction but if God calls us to another direction, even if it’s uncertain, we successfully humble ourselves when we submit to His will. We may think we’re reaching our goal of success when we see a certain amount of money in our bank account, but if God instructs us to give half of it away, we successfully humble ourselves when we obey.

Humbling ourselves seems illogical or like we’re taking a step backwards however, the great thing about humbling ourselves is God’s guarantee of exaltation. God promises to lift us up. No matter how foolish God’s request may seem, when we humble and obey, we’ll eventually (in due time) be in a better position than we thought we would be. Our life will be better, we’ll impact more people, and we’ll advance the Kingdom of God.

Don’t despise the humbling experience because humbling ourselves causes elevation.

Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Have you ever been truly exhausted? Maybe you’re trying to manage two or more children and work a full-time job. Maybe you work a full-time job and you also go to school at night. Maybe you have two or more jobs.

Regardless of our exhaustion, God promises us strength and power. He didn’t promise us these things because we’ve been perfect or because we kept all the commandments. He promised it to us because He loves us and desires to see our strength renewed. Like any good father, He wants the best for His children. That includes strength and power during weary times.

Praise God He’s a promise keeper! When exhausted, tired, or weary, look to God and by faith, receive your strength and power to endure and expect rejuvenation.

There will be times where God will have us doing some seemingly silly things. We see this all throughout the Bible.

Jesus had Simon (an experienced fisherman) launch his nets to catch fish at the hottest part of the day (Luke 5:4). God had King Naaman dip in dirty water seven times to be cleansed of leprosy (2 Kings 5:10). God had his disciples roll away a grave stone of a man that had been dead for four days (John 11:39).

Although it may seem silly or illogical, the miracle occurred because of their obedience to the instruction.

If God is leading you to give money to someone else knowing you have financial troubles yourself, do it. If He’s telling you to stretch your legs to be healed of a toothache, do it. No matter how silly it is, do it, and watch a miracle manifest in your life. It may not be tomorrow or next month, but our obedience plants seeds of miracle manifestations.

2 Kings 5:10 Then Elisha sent him a messenger, who said, “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored, and you will be clean.” 11 But Naaman went away angry, saying, “I thought that he would surely come out, stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the spot to cure my leprosy. 12 Are not Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not have washed in them and been cleansed?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 Naaman’s servants, however, approached him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’?” 14 So Naaman went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored and became like that of a little child, and he was clean.

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