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1 Chronicles 14:9-10
Then the Philistines went and made a raid on the Valley of Rephaim. And David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” The Lord said to him, “Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand.”

1 Chronicles 14:13-6
Then the Philistines once again made a raid on the valley. Therefore David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.” So David did as God commanded him, and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon as far as Gezer.

On two different instances, the philistines raided the valley. The first time they raided the valley, David ask God what to do. God told him to go and fight. David did as he was instructed and they won the battle. Logic would tell David and most of us to do the same thing we did that got us the victory in the first battle. But, David didn’t listen to logic. He consulted God again to see if he should fight. God gave him a different set of instructions. Because David consulted and obeyed God’s new set of instructions, he won the battle.

Just because we’re doing the same thing doesn’t mean we don’t need to consult God. We may have gotten initial instructions from Him on the fastest route home from work. That doesn’t mean we don’t need to consult Him because it works. He may tell us to go a different way. That way may avoid a lot of traffic that day. Instead of cooking something the same way every time, consult Him. He may give us ingredients that will make that dish taste a lot better.

Regardless of how often we do something and no matter the success we have, it’s always beneficial to consult God in everything we do.

****If we forget or don’t consult God about a particular plan, don’t beat yourself up about it. There’s grace that steps in when we miss the mark.****

Psalm 84:11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

There are a few reasons why there’s a delay in our prayers being answered. Some of those reasons include, demonic setbacks or self-maturity. Another reason we experience delay is because the overall good in answering our request has not been fulfilled.

God desires to maximize our good. We can request something from God, but if it’s not an overall good thing, God may not give it to us now. It has to be good timing, good for our family, good for our future, and good for our health.

For instance, we may request a new car. How excited would we be if He answered our prayer, but the next week there’s a hailstorm we couldn’t avoid because we live in an apartment? Not very excited. That would be bad timing on God’s part. He’s going to make sure we’re not stressing about paying for hail damage. Or, we may request a spouse. It wouldn’t be the smartest move on God’s part to grant our request if He and we knew we have a temper problem we’re still working on. That’s a marital disaster waiting to happen.

If we remain in faith and experience a delay, just know our delay is working for our good.

1 Thessalonians 5:25 Brothers, pray for us.

In community policing, there’s a saying that says, “when you see something, say something.” It’s an encouragement to the public to call the police when we see criminal activity or something suspicious.

As believers, we have another option. When we see something, pray something. It’s not just referring to criminal activity, but anything that’s not lining up with God’s best. If we see a homeless person, pray for restoration. If we see a dysfunctional family, pray for peace. If we see a co-worker get sick often, pray for healing. Anything that doesn’t align with the Word of God should be prayed to its proper place.

This requires us to look outside of ourselves and our desires, but it’s extremely beneficial to our world.

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

God knows our hearts and our ultimate desires. He’s not going to give us anything that undermines our ultimate desires.

For instance, we may want a job at a specific company. That job may require a lot of travel. We may think we’re okay with the travel, but traveling often may not allow us to establish or maintain a successful marriage or family, which is our ultimate desire. The job is nice, but the marriage and family are something we’ve always dreamed of.

God is so awesome until He won’t let current or temporary desires undermine our ultimate desires. So, if there’s a delay or it seems like a denial with a certain desire, ask God to show you if an ultimate desire is being undermined.

Mark 5:39 When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” 40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying.

Jesus was ridiculed because He spoke what He believed. If we walk by faith and are bold enough to declare what God said to us openly, prepare for ridicule.

God may have told us to believe for debt freedom within 3 months. If we confidently say that openly, we may get a lot of questions. They’ll want to know how it’s going to happen and if we’re sure we heard God’s voice. Others may think we have lost our minds or have gone too far in this faith stuff. Regardless of their questions and ridicule, we must hold tightly to our confession of faith (Hebrews 10:23).

No matter how far-fetched it sounds, as the Spirit leads, declare it openly. Just be prepared for possible ridicule.

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

Jesus was insulted, abused, and faced the most traumatic experience in His life and yet, He remained silent. He’s not talking about how bad it is or telling the soldiers, “Do you know who I am?” In the midst of His problems, He remained silent. He could do this because He knew Who He was. He knew nothing could stop Him from accomplishing His goal. Although the pain and separation from God was serious, the promise set before Him was His motivation.

When facing difficult situations, one of the best things we can do is remain silent. We don’t need to call our friends and tell them how bad it is, and we don’t need to post about our problems. Like Jesus, we know who we are. We are the righteousness of God, we are children of the King, and this problem won’t last forever. The thing that will help us overcome is holding onto God’s promise of victory (1 Cor. 15:57).

We may be going through a lot, but don’t talk about how bad the problem is. If we’re going to say anything, declare the victory over the problem.

Luke 10:39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Sometimes, we can get so busy with life until we miss the most important thing we can ever have; an intimate relationship with God. It’s understandable. We work, manage children, cook, clean, attend our children’s activities, etc.

At some point, we need to prioritize our relationship with God instead of attempting to manage everything in the natural. We need to set aside time in our day to spend time with God. It could be in the morning before our day gets started, at lunch, or at night when everyone’s asleep. Those dishes may be screaming at you to wash them, but know, time with God is more important.

So, who will we imitate? We can be like Martha who was busying herself to get things done in the natural but forsook intimacy with Jesus, or we can be like Mary who valued the presence of Jesus and delayed managing things in the natural.

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

God knows our hearts and our ultimate desires. He’s not going to give us anything that undermines our ultimate desires.

For instance, we may want a job at a specific company. That job may require us to travel a lot. We may think we’re okay with the travel, but by traveling often, we may not be able to obtain or maintain a successful marriage or family which is our ultimate desire. We like the job, but the marriage and family are something we’ve always dreamed of.

God is so awesome until He won’t let current desires undermine our ultimate desires. So, if there’s a delay or it seems like there’s a denial in a certain desire, ask God to reveal if it’s undermining an ultimate desire.

Ephesians 1:13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.

When we get born-again (make Jesus our Lord and Savior) we are sealed with the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit lives in us. We don’t have to work for it, fast for 40 days to get it, and we don’t have to speak in tongues to know we have it. It says it plain and clear, God’s Spirit is given to us when we believe in Christ.

What does this mean for us?

1. We are led by God Himself (Rom. 8:14). Even if every version of a Bible is destroyed, God will still lead us to a prosperous, peaceful, protected life.

2. We have power (Acts 1:8). God gives us the power to do whatever He calls us to do. We don’t have to worry about doing it in our own strength because it’s He who supplies the power.

3. We have a helper (John 15:26). The Holy Spirit will help us do whatever task needs to be done. He’ll help us figure out a problem at work, help us raise our children, and help us to do the will of God.

4. We have an intercessor (Rom 8:26). The Holy Spirit will pray on our behalf when we don’t know what or how to pray.

5. We have gifts (1 Cor. 12:4-11; Gal. 5:22-23). The gifts that are given through the Spirit will benefit the Kingdom of God and make us better people.

The Holy Spirit is in every born-again believer. Let’s live our lives through Him.

Isaiah 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;

Everyone wants to eat the good of the land. What’s the good of the land? Walking in divine health, having peace of mind, and prospering in our finances to the point where we can easily be a blessing to others.

To eat the good of the land, we must be willing and obedient. Our obedience is not to the law, but to the Spirit of God (Ezekiel 36:27). People under the old covenant could only honor God by being obedient to the Law of Moses. We’re no longer under the law, but under grace (Rom. 6:14). Through grace, the gift of the Holy Spirit is sealed inside every born-again believer (Ephesians 1:13). Our obedience to His Spirit positions us to eat the good of the land.

He may tell us to remove certain things from our diet, apply to that job, or stop spending our money on certain things. All these instructions are rooted in love. God loves us to the point where He’ll give us detailed instructions so that we’ll eat the good of the land, but we must be willing and obedient.

Romans 6: 12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

It’s easy to sin. The cravings of sin are so satisfying to our flesh and we all have our temptations. There’s everything from cursing out that person who took our parking spot, to lusting after that man or woman, to excessive eating. It’s difficult to fight the urges of our flesh, but the fight is well worth it.

Fighting temptation keeps us free from bondage. We may think we’re free by doing whatever our flesh desires, but we’re actually putting ourselves into bondage (John 8:31-36). Secondly, the more we exercise resistance to sin, the stronger we’ll become and the more we’re able to endure (Heb. 12:1-3). At first it may be extremely difficult to keep calm when our spouse is being annoying, but the more we maintain our cool, the easier it becomes. Finally, obedience to the will of God positions us to receive the promises of God (Isaiah 1:19).

Does this mean we won’t ever sin? No. But, we shouldn’t practice sin. We should no longer give in and accept sin as part of our identity.
Fight!!! And don’t let sin rule your life.

Psalm 31:20 You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the schemes of men. You conceal them in Your shelter from accusing tongues.

Have you ever seen your child, or someone else’s child be scared or uncomfortable in a setting? The child is quiet, nervous, and doesn’t want to be bothered. However, when the parent enters the room, all their fears seem to go away. The presence of their parent made them comfortable.

God is our Father. When we get a revelation that God is always with us and He’s never going to leave us, there should be a sense of peace everywhere we go. It doesn’t matter if we’re the new employee starting a job, at home by ourselves, or in a war zone, God is with us and He’s vowed to protect and take care of us.

God loves us and He’s not going to leave us. There’s no reason to be uncomfortable or fearful. Allow the presence of God to bring peace, comfort, and confidence in every circumstance.

Genesis 39:20 So Joseph’s master took him and had him thrown into the prison where the king’s prisoners were confined.

Genesis 41:39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be in charge of my house, and all my people are to obey your commands. Only with regard to the throne will I be greater than you.”

Some have made mistakes that gave us a criminal record. Society has made it difficult for people with criminal records to become successful. It may be difficult to be successful if we’re depending of man, but it’s not difficult when God’s involved.

Regardless of what we’ve done, there’s good news. First, there’s unlimited forgiveness for whatever we’ve done (egregious or minor). People may not have forgiven us, but God has. Receive it.

Secondly, when God is with us and we rely on Him, we’re destined to prosper. Joseph went from prison to second in command because God was with him. Since God prospered Joseph from prison, He can prosper us too, regardless of what we’ve done.

No one has to settle for the bare minimum. Receive God’s forgiveness, know He’s with you, and expect to prosper through Him.

Habakkuk 3:17 Though the fig tree does not bud and no fruit is on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though the sheep are cut off from the fold and no cattle are in the stalls, 18 yet I will exult in the LORD; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!

As we know, it takes patience when it comes to receiving the promises of God which means, we won’t get our way all the time.

We may want healing in our bodies in two days, but those two days have come and gone and we’re still in pain. Or, we may want to receive that job offer but instead, we receive an email saying they’re going with another candidate.

After not getting our way, what will we do? We can pout, get mad at God, and choose to doubt God’s ability or we can rejoice, praise God anyway, and continue to believe in God’s promises for our lives.

When we doubt and get frustrated with God, the devil is in control and we forfeit God’s promises. This mindset can lead us away from praying, attending church, and ultimately away from God.

However, if we rejoice and continue to praise God despite having a bit of frustration from not getting our way, we set ourselves up for victory. God’s promises will still be in place, we’ll grow in patience, and maturity (James 1:2-4).

It may be difficult, but continue to believe and praise God when things don’t go our way. It will greatly impact our future.

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or set foot on the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the Law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, yielding its fruit in season, whose leaf does not wither, and who prospers in all he does.

When we make the effort to submit ourselves to God, He guarantees that we will prosper in everything we do. Who wouldn’t want that deal? The problem is there are a lot of vices, thoughts, and suggestions that will tempt our flesh to do things outside the will of God. We can either temporarily satisfy our flesh and give in to those temptations or honor God by resisting the urge to sin.

It’s not only sin we’re resisting, but anything that will hinder our relationship with God. It takes effort to study God’s Word instead of watching TV. It takes effort to wake up earlier to spend time with God. It can be a struggle to tame our flesh, but the more we resist, the easier it becomes in the future and the more it will benefit our lives.

So, resist the urge to sin, do what God tells you to do, and expect prosperity to overtake every area of your life.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

With the exception of miracles, God’s promises will manifest through finances or favor. God will give us the money to get the thing (finances) or He’ll put it on someone’s heart to give us the thing (favor).

It doesn’t matter if it’s clothes, health related, job promotion, or a spouse. Finances or favor from God will play a part in the manifestation of God’s promises.

So, apply your faith to whatever you need or desire (big or small) and expect God to manifest it through finances or favor.

Psalm 13:1 How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? 2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me? 3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God; Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death;

The old folks used to say, “don’t question God.” Here we have David, a man after God’s own heart, questioning God about his difficulties. If David can ask questions, so can we.

It’s okay to ask God questions. God’s not going to strike us down and it’s not a form of doubt. It’s okay to ask God why certain things did or did not happen or how long we have to wait. We can even ask Him to elaborate on a specific situation. As we spend time with Him, He’ll let us know the answer. We may not always like the answer, but He’ll give us an answer.

God is kind and He knows we have questions. He’s always available and willing to answer every question we have. For clarity and understanding about situations going on in our lives, spend time with God and He’ll provide answers for all our questions.

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