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Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Our harvest (God’s promises to us) depends on our sustainability. It’s not in the hands of someone else and it’s not situational. Every promise from God depends on our endurance.

Time can seem like an enemy to our faith. Some of us have been waiting on God to manifest our prayers for a long time. Some of us have been waiting for so long until we wonder if God heard us or if the thing we prayed for was God’s will for our lives. If it’s in the Word and it aligns with life and godliness, it’s for us.

Here’s some good advice…Don’t Quit! Never give up! Believe that you have received that promise. Envision yourself with that promise. Just know, every delay works in our favor. If God made us a promise and we continue to believe Him for that promise, His Word guarantees we’ll have that promise.
Only believe.

John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

The devil has done it again. He’s perverted a positive biblical term and put a negative spin on it.

Jesus refers to believers as His sheep. In today’s world, the thought of being a sheep is insulting. For the world, a sheep is nothing more than a follower who can’t think for themselves. The devil has used this negative spin to influence people’s minds not to follow Jesus. He’s made them feel like they’re more empowered if they think and do for themselves.

Believers being sheep is a good thing since Jesus is our Shepherd. A shepherd guides their sheep along the right path. A shepherd protects his flock. A shepherd provides everything for their sheep. Read Psalm 23. Who wouldn’t want this type of service from Jesus?

Don’t be influenced by the thoughts and ideas of Satan. Following Jesus is the way to go. Let Jesus be your Shepherd and be proud to be His sheep.

Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, and the consuming locust, and the cutting locust, my great army which I sent among you.

When it comes to God, nothing’s destroyed. It may appear destroyed or look hopeless, but nothing’s actually destroyed. By placing our faith in God, any situation can turn around for our good.

Our marriage, our relationship with our children, our finances, etc. can all be turned around.

Some situations will be turned around instantaneously, but other situations may take time. Regardless of how long it takes, if we put our faith in God and keep it there, any situation can be positively restored.

Jonah 2:2 And he said: “I cried out to the LORD because of my affliction, And He answered me. “Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And You heard my voice.

In our worst predicament that we may have put ourselves in, if we call on God, He will hear and answer our cry.

We may have seemingly destroyed our marriage by committing adultery. We may have scarred our children with our words. We may have blown our finances on a bad investment. We may have been foolish and gotten ourselves incarcerated. We may have even rejected God for a period of time. Regardless of the situation that we’re in, we can call on God, and He will respond.

God hasn’t disowned or rejected us. He will comfort us, give us the wisdom we need for that situation, and give us the strength to go through that situation.

If you’re going through or just got out of a terrible situation, call on God and let Him help.

Matthew 7:12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

This is a simple scripture to understand, but the practice is often overlooked.

Some of us treat people poorly. On social media, some of us feel bold enough to negatively comment on a person’s picture, video, or a person’s actions in the video. Through text messages, some of us gossip about others. In relationships, men and women abuse and misuse one another. There are parents who mistreat their children. With all this negativity that’s being sowed, no wonder some of us don’t have good relationships with our friends, spouses, or children.

There are some who react to others. If someone treats us poorly, we feel justified to treat them poorly. This is a trap! We open the door to be mistreated in the future if we react and mistreat the person who mistreated us. Some people call it karma.

If we want a better life and a positive atmosphere for ourselves, for our family, and for this world, it starts with us. We must do our part to treat people like we want to be treated.

Hebrews 13:20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Some of us view doing the will of God as only doing some big noticeable thing. We may think it only consists of going on a missions trip, starting a homeless shelter, or starting a non-profit for underprivileged youth. This is the will of God, however, the will of God doesn’t have to be a big event.

The will of God is doing anything God instructs us to do. The will of God may seem small and insignificant, but nevertheless, it’s the will of God. It may be turning right instead of turning left, going for a walk after work, or going to bed earlier than normal.

If we’re always thinking the will of God is some big event, we may get frustrated or think we’re not fulfilling our calling because these big events may be so few and far between.

Recognize and be excited that when we obey God’s instructions (big or small), we’re doing the will of God.

Ezra 10:10 (AMP) And Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, You have acted wickedly and broken faith [with God] and have married foreign (heathen) women, increasing the guilt of Israel. 11 So now make confession and give thanks to the Lord, the God of your fathers [for not consuming you], and do His will. Separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and from [your] foreign (heathen) wives.

When we’ve missed the mark, the first thing a lot of us want to do is feel guilty. We tend to feel bad about the decisions we’ve made, which ultimately leads to condemnation.

Here’s a tip from the Word. After we’ve missed the mark, begin to praise and thank the Lord. Thank the Lord for His never-ending forgiveness we have through His Son Jesus. Thank God for His mercy. Thank God that we are not consumed or punished when we miss it.

Everything in us will tell us to feel guilty about what we’ve done. Others will even tell us to take a moment to feel bad about our decisions. Giving into guilt doesn’t give God glory. What glorifies God is acknowledging all the things (love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, Jesus) He’s made available to remove the guilt of sin.

From now on, whenever the mark is missed, give God praise and glory.

John 8:10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

Some Christians feel justified to condemn others for their behavior based on how long they’ve been saved or how “good” they’ve been. If Jesus, our example and the Only perfect person ever didn’t condemn others, what makes some of us think we can condemn others?

Condemnation is an act that leaves a person feeling guilty or ashamed. Jesus had a justifiable right to condemn this woman caught in adultery. Instead of condemning her, He displayed grace and mercy towards her. At the same time, He didn’t condone her sin, but He redirected her by saying “sin no more.”

Mixing grace, mercy, and redirection lovingly corrects unrighteous behavior. These are the tools a person needs when they know they’ve done wrong.

The next time someone has missed the mark, don’t condemn them. Show love, grace, mercy, and redirection towards them.

Romans 8:38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

There’s no limit to God’s love. God’s love goes beyond our fears, our behavior, and beyond our thoughts. God made Himself to be love just for us. Everything He does is based on His love for us.

God sent His Son, Jesus, to be sacrificed in our place because He loves us all. God loved us enough to have His Son’s flesh to be torn from His back so that we can be healed. God loves us enough to supply every one of our needs. God loves us enough to give us any desire that pertains to life and godliness. God loves us to be our Father, our Comforter, our Protector, and our Help. God’s love for us made Him a one-stop shop. Everything we need or want was made possible through His love.

There’s not one thing we can do to stop God’s love. We could have hated Him for a period of time and He still loves us. We could have committed the worst crimes in history and He still loves us. Even if we never receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He still loves us.

Know that God loves you with an everlasting unmerited love. Receive His love today.

Matthew 9:29 Then He touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you.”

Matthew 12:37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

What we believe and what we say will shape our identity, our world, and will dictate our future.

Let’s look at an example regarding our emotions. If someone believes they’re just an emotional person, according to their faith about themselves, they’ll be an emotional person. If someone says, they can’t control how they feel, the law of confession is released and they’ll have what they say.

Faith and confession shapes all aspects of our lives. If we say we’re broke, we’ll be broke. If we believe we can’t be married because we don’t believe we’ll be faithful, we’ll never experience the beauty of marriage. Even something simple like saying we’re not good at math means we’ll never excel in math. On the contrary, if we believe and/or say we’re prosperous, faithful, and intelligent, we’ll become what we believe and say.

Let’s evaluate our lives. If what we’ve been saying and believing is contrary to the Word of God, that’s the main reason why we haven’t yet experienced freedom from certain bondages.

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September 2019
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