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1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we already possess what we have asked of Him.

If we truly believe these verses, the next thing we can do is get things ready. Whatever you’re believing God for, prepare yourself to receive it.

If you’re believing God for a new car, clean out and make space for the car in the garage. If you’re believing God for a new house, start packing non-essential items. If you’re believing God for a spouse, start preparing yourself to share your time, space, and resources. If you’re believing God for a child, start shopping for baby things. We don’t need to wait until we’re in the process to get things ready. If God said we’ll have our request, it’s time to get things ready.

It may be another year or so before the manifestation of our request, but we’re responding to what we’re in faith for. Allow the Spirit of God to lead you on how to get things ready. We want to be in faith, not acting foolishly.

Mark 4:35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.

Jesus instructs His disciples to go to the other side. One would think since Jesus proclaims to be the Son of God, that things would be smooth. That’s not the case. As they obeyed, they experienced hurricane-like conditions and thought they were about to die.

There may be times where God leads us to uncertain situations. For instance, we hear God telling us to move to a different city. As we obey, we may think we’ll experience instantaneous breakthrough in some part of our lives however, we go into a situation worse off than where we left. Or, God told us to start a business. We hope to get profits within a year, but we go into serious debt.

Initially, everything may not work as smoothly as we thought. But as we put our pride, logic, and ego aside and remain consistent with obeying God, He can turn any situation around for our good. Just remain in faith that something good will come because of your obedience. Looking back at the disciples, although they were hit by the storm hard, it didn’t kill them. They went to Jesus, He stopped the storm, and they gained a better appreciation for Him (Mark 4:38-41). As we go to God with our concerns about what He’s called us to do, He’ll eventually turn our situation around, and we too will have a better appreciation for Him.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 21:23 He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from distress.

Certain stressors don’t just happen by chance. They were created and designed by our mouths.

Everything from drama in our marriage, to sickness in our bodies, to trials at work, to financial issues can all be created with our words.  We can’t keep saying, “I’m broke” and expect to have wealth and we can’t keep saying, “work is stressing me out” and expect to have a peaceful work place. God forbid we double up on our issues by saying, “my husband/wife is making me sick.” That’s marital and health problems being confessed in one sentence.

If you like stress in your life, then keep talking foolishly. But, if you want to have a more peaceful life, then be slow to speak and control what you say.

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.”

Joshua 6:14 So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days. 15 Then on the seventh day, they got up at dawn and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. That was the only day they circled the city seven times. 16 After the seventh time around, the priests blew the horns, and Joshua commanded the people, “Shout! For the LORD has given you the city!

Throughout scripture, God tells His people to do some strange things. In one case, God tells a leper, through Elisha, to get clean by washing himself in dirty water. In another case, God gave Joshua the war plan of walking around a city once a day for seven days.

Some of the things God instructs us to do go against our logic, our education, and understanding. But, to experience the best results in our lives, we must be obedient to God’s requests.

After obeying God’s instructions, we may not see immediate results from our obedience. Just know, the success is not in the outcome, but in the obedience. Whether it be the next day or the next month, believe God will reward us for our obedience.

Let’s not go on thinking our logic is smarter than God’s plan. Even if God’s instructions are strange, let’s push past our logic and believe His way is more beneficial than anything we could ever come up with.

When we first get saved and/or receive the filling of the Holy Spirit, we may have an inexplicable feeling. We get goose bumps, we’re super excited, and we can hardly contain ourselves. That feeling makes us cry when we worship and experience God in an intense way.

Over time, that feeling may go away. Some say, “they don’t feel God like they used to.” With that feeling gone, some question if God left us or if we did something wrong. The answer to both questions is no.

Just because we don’t “feel” God doesn’t change the truth in God’s Word that He’s ever-present and listening. Just because we don’t cry when we worship doesn’t mean our worship is not sincere.

The bible says, we are to live by faith (Rom. 1:17). Appropriate applied faith is believing God despite our senses and how we feel. (Heb. 11:1). It’s the devil’s job to make us feel like God left us. If he makes us feel like God’s not there, we’ll eventually stop praying, worshiping, and seeking Him.

Feelings are fickle, but God’s Word is unchanging. If it’s in His Word, it’s true no matter how we feel.

And God’s Word says…
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we already possess what we have asked of Him.

Exodus 4:10 But Moses pleaded with the LORD, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”

I don’t have enough money.
I’m too shy.
I don’t have a degree.
I’m too old.
I have too much going on in my life right now.

Like Moses, some of us have excuses as to why we can’t do what God called us to do. At the end of the day, any excuse is a form of fear by way of pride. Pride comes based on the thought of being embarrassed or looking foolish.

God knows our physical limitations and He knows our previous experiences. But, God is not asking us to do anything independently from Him. He plans to be with us every step of the way.

Knowing God is with us and will help us should ignite confidence and courage. With God by our sides, we can’t fail. Even the appearance of failure is not failure with God. We have all that we need and if there are any concerns along the way, we know He’ll perfect them (Ps. 138:8).

It’s God doing the work in us (Phil. 2:13). He simply needs a vessel to work through. Be bold as a lion, eliminate all excuses, and do what God called you to do.

Proverbs 28:1(b) …but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

Matthew 18:18 “I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.

Mark 11:24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.

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

The common theme in these verses is our control. Whatever happens in our lives is not left up to someone else, the devil, or even God. It’s left up to us.

Whatever we forbid or permit on earth, will be forbidden or permitted in heaven. Whatever we pray for, in faith, will come to pass. If we don’t pray, we can’t expect to receive anything from God. Whatever we say (positive or negative), will manifest itself in our lives. This puts us in total control of our own destiny.

God created this world and put mankind in control (Gen. 1:26-28). Of course, God wants to be involved in our lives, but He’s not going to force us to do or receive anything. It’s on us if we let Him get involved in our lives or not.

So, evaluate your life. Are you satisfied with where you currently are in life? If not, don’t just accept it. Take control by getting God involved and using your God-given authority to declare what you want and don’t want in your life.

Exodus 32:11 Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God, and said: “Lord, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, ‘He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people. 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’ ” 14 So the Lord relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people.

Knowing that God was angry with the Israelites and was about to destroy them, Moses reminded God of His covenant He had with Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. Moses’ reminder of God’s promise caused God to stop His plan of destroying the Israelites. It wasn’t like God forgot His covenant. The covenant just needed someone to activate it.

It’s the same way with God’s promises. If no one activates God’s promises in His Word, those promises will never manifest in the earth. It’s like an ATM card. We can have $1,000,000 in the bank, but if we never activate the card, we can never access the money.

Remind God of what He said. When lack shows up say, “You said, You’re my Shepherd and I shall not want.” When sickness attempts to creep in say, “You said, by His stripes I’m healed.” When chaos is all around us say, “You said, You’re my Protector.” We’re putting pressure on that Word. After reminding God and ourselves of what He said, we can immediately thank Him. We thank Him because we know it’s already done.

John 6:8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “Here is a boy with five barley loaves and two small fish. But what difference will these make among so many?”

Jesus tells His disciples to feed over 5000 people. Naturally, they looked at the situation and saw they didn’t have enough food. Now, here’s Andrew bringing a boy’s lunch knowing it wasn’t going to feed 5000 people. Logically, one would question why Andrew would bring something so insignificant to Jesus.

Q: What can we learn from this?
A: Even though things seem insignificant, when God’s involved, He can make them magnificent.

God may instruct us to do things that appear insignificant. As we obey His instructions, He can turn those seemingly insignificant things into something beneficial.

Reading a daily verse seems insignificant, but those daily verses can provide us with the faith we need to overcome an upcoming temptation or trial. God may have us research how to better do our jobs. It seems insignificant since our jobs are not in jeopardy, but our research may have us stand out to the point where we’re first on our supervisor’s list for a promotion. Giving an additional $1.00 in church seems insignificant, but that $1.00 we consistently give can turn into an unexpected $500 bonus at the end of the year.

Don’t miss out on the magnificent by not doing something that seems insignificant.

Zechariah 7:8 Then the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying, 9 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother.

Compassion requires us to look outside of ourselves and focus on others. It forces us to look past our hopes, dreams, and desires and see the needs and desires of others.

As we focus our attention on others, God will instruct us to do compassionate things. He may tell us to pray for their well-being, befriend them, encourage them, or give to them.

Even if they look like they have it altogether, it’s important that we’re compassionate. We never know what a person is going through, and we may never know how our compassion benefits someone else.

Since God has been so compassionate towards us, it’s only right to be compassionate towards others.

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Scriptures of the Day

March 2020
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