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Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues,

A lot of us understand the importance of prayer. We pray, but it’s often done in a language we understand. For believers, we have another language we can use when praying to God. That language is the Holy Spirit or tongues.

Praying in the Holy Spirit has gotten a bad reputation based on what people have seen on TV or at certain churches. It may sound funny or seem illogical, but praying in the Spirit is one of the best things we can do in our prayer time.

The Bible tells us we pray a perfect prayer that aligns with the will of God when we pray in the Spirit (Romans 8:26-27). Not only that, but it builds us up, keeps us in the love of God, and we speak the hidden wisdom of God which is hidden in mystery that God ordained about our future. (Jude 1:20-21; 1 Cor. 2:1-12).

It will seem strange to pray in the Spirit at first but do it anyway. Start, by making random sounds with your mouth while focusing your attention on God. Do it for a minute at first. As you get more comfortable with praying in the Spirit, your sounds will become more fluent and you won’t keep up with the time.

Whether you’re at home, in your car, or waiting in line, start praying in the Spirit so that your life can be immensely impacted.

Ezekiel 37:26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever.

God gave us a covenant of peace. A covenant is greater than a promise. It’s an agreement which brings about a relationship of commitment between God and his people.

God gave us an everlasting agreement to give us peace. The only person that can nullify that agreement is us. If we choose to worry, live in fear, or be anxious about a thing, we reject God’s covenant with us.

Circumstances will tempt us to worry or be anxious, but at the time of temptation, partake of this covenant and receive the peace God provided. He’s not going to force His peace on us. It’s up to us to receive His peace by faith.

So, if the situation is good or bad, receive the peace God provided.

Psalm 66:16 Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.

In the body of Christ, we hear a lot of thrilling testimonies. We’ll hear about people overcoming abuse, people being delivered from poverty, people becoming successful without their parent(s) around, or people almost losing their lives. These are great testimonies to rejoice about, but everyone doesn’t have these thrilling testimonies. Some of us have the testimony of not going through major situations.

We all haven’t gone through abuse, abandonment, or great heartache and that’s okay. Some of us had decent lives. The enemy will use this to make us feel less than. He’ll make us feel like if we haven’t gone through major events, how can we be used in the body of Christ or how can people relate to us.

Don’t let the enemy make you feel down. Being covered, protected, and having provision all our lives is a testimony within itself. The lack of difficulty in our lives displays the goodness of God.

We all may not have thrilling testimonies that could be in a movie, but whatever testimony we have will glorify God and be relatable to someone else. Share your testimony today.

Luke 17:14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

Faith requires actions (James 2:20). Jesus told these lepers to show their unclean selves to the priest. As they went, they were healed.

God is going to require us to take action. Some call this a leap of faith.

He may tell us to start a business, knowing we don’t have all the details in place.
He may tell us to confess we’re healed even though the symptoms of the sickness are present.
He may tell us to go to the car dealership and talk with a salesperson even though we know we don’t have the money to buy the car.

As we go and do what God tells us to do, even though it may not make sense, we set a scene where God can do the miraculous.

As we start that business, God may place people in our lives that can help develop our business.
As we confess we’re healed, the symptoms may leave our bodies faster than anticipated.
As we go to the car dealership, He may compel another person to buy the car for us.

Listen to what God is saying to you. Whatever action He’s telling you to do, do it with an expectation of experiencing the miraculous. If it doesn’t happen after obeying that first action, don’t get discouraged. Keep listening to His instructions. Obeying those series of instructions can be the catapult for breakthrough.

Psalm 119:89 Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.

Whatever God’s Word says about us, it’s settled in heaven. It’s not changing or going away. It’s settled.

Since God’s Word says we’re healed, it’s settled that we’re healed.
Since God’s Word says we’re rich, it’s settled that we’re rich.
Since God’s Word says we’re victorious, it’s settled we have the victory.
Since God’s Word says we’re righteous through Christ, it’s settled we’re righteous.
Since God’s Word says we’re delivered, it’s settled we’re delivered.

Our current circumstance doesn’t change what God’s Word says about us, however our belief in God’s Word can change our current circumstance.

Believe God’s Word above everything else and remember His Word is settled.

Inspired by Bill Winston

There’s a song by William McDowell that says, “I give myself away, so You can use me.” A lot of us sing this song, but do we know what giving ourselves away entails?

We’re saying, it’s not about us. It’s not about our desires. It’s not about when we get blessed. It’s about Kingdom assignments which may include, waking up early or staying up late, doing a job that’s seemingly beneath us, giving our resources away, or doing something out of our comfort zone.

These things are appalling to our flesh. Our flesh only wants to think about us. If we do something noble, our flesh wants immediate gratitude from the person and a blessing the next day from God. We must move beyond our flesh.

One thing we must remember is our labor is not in vain. Being used by God has benefits that include, advancing the Kingdom of God, uplifting our community, and being a blessing to someone else. Our assignment may be someone else’s answered prayer. God is not asking us to do all this stuff for free. Ephesians 6:8 says, the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do.

There’s fulfillment in being used by God. Our assignment will glorify God and make the world a better place.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.  

Acts 28: 3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand.4 So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” 5 But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. 6 However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god

THE WORRY
After the snake bit Paul and with everyone commenting on the bite, I’m sure Paul was tempted to worry about being poisoned. But notice, Paul never said a word.

When surprisingly hurtful situations occur in our lives, we’ll be tempted to worry. We may even have people giving their opinions about how we should respond or our possible outcomes. Instead of worrying, replace worry with meditation. We can meditate on our identity, our authority, and our position in the Kingdom. We must realize nothing shall harm us to death (Luke 10:19), we’re healed (Isaiah 53:5), we are protected (2 Thess. 3:3), etc. As we meditate on the truth in God’s Word and not speak on what could happen, we position ourselves for complete wholeness from the hurt we experienced.

It may be painful and there will be times of discomfort, but by trusting in the finished works of Jesus, we’ll make it through.

Acts 28:3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. 4 So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” 5 But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.

THE BITE
There are going to be some things in our lives that surprisingly hurt us. We may get in a car accident, we may experience infidelity in our marriage, we may experience a sudden sickness, or we may lose a loved one. Those things hurt. But like Paul’s snake bite, the situation may hurt us, but it won’t destroy us.

When we understand the Blessing that is at work in our lives and when we understand the covering that we have through Jesus Christ, we’ll realize nothing can destroy us.

Certain things may hurt us for a moment, but as we trust in God to deal with the pain we’re experiencing, He’ll remove the pain and cause any negative situation to work out for our good (Rom. 8:28).

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

A faith fight is a spiritual fight we have from the time we pray for something to the manifestation of that thing. We have weapons we can use to guarantee our victory. Those weapons are faith, patience, meditation, vision, and praise.

PRAISE
When we’re focused on staying in faith, continuing to confess God’s Word over our promise, and remaining patient, we may forget to use our weapon of praise. Praise precedes our promise.

We praise God that He has that promise for us. We praise God for His faithfulness to have that promise come to pass. We praise God, by faith, we have that promise through Christ. It doesn’t have to be a long religious experience. We can simply put on our favorite praise song and think about God manifesting our promise.

Praise keeps us positive. It gives us the right attitude when it doesn’t seem like its coming fast enough. Praise lets the enemy know we know where our help comes from. Praise let’s God know how appreciative we are for His goodness.

While everything is going on around you, don’t forget to praise God.

Psalm 42:5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.  

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

A faith fight is a spiritual fight we have from the time we pray for something to the manifestation of that thing. We have weapons we can use to guarantee our victory. Those weapons are faith, patience, meditation, vision, and praise.

VISION
While we continue to believe and patiently wait on God’s promise to manifest in our lives, it’s beneficial to envision ourselves with that promise. We should see ourselves healed, see our marriage restored, or see ourselves at that new job. Have some fun with it. Make up a scenario of how God opens that door to that new job or how He uses this person to bless you with that new car.

These visions keep us in faith and keep us from getting discouraged during times of delay.

Whatever we desire from God, see yourselves with it before you get it.

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.

-Stay tuned to learn about the other weapons we use to win every faith fight.

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