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Psalm 115:13-14 He will bless those who fear the Lord, Both small and great. May the Lord give you increase more and more, You and your children.

God’s desire for our lives are blessings and increase. Whatever prosperous thing we can think of, He wants to give it to us. He not only wants to bless and increase us, but our children too.

Don’t let anyone tell you that God wants you poor or He wants you to have just enough to make it through life. Don’t let anyone tell you that increase is worldly and not the true heart of God.

From these scriptures, we can clearly see God desires for us to have blessings and increase. Receive it today.

Psalm 27:13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven to experience God’s goodness. We can experience God’s goodness now.

There are so many of us who are looking forward to heaven because we’ll experience a blissful stress-free life with no pain and more than we could ever ask or think. Jesus made this life available to us now. How? By faith.

As we confidently believe (without doubt) that the promises of God were made available to us through Jesus, we can have abundant life now (John 10:10). Because we live in a fallen world, things will happen that will attack the abundant life Jesus provided for us. But, as we remain in faith and use our God-given authority to cancel the attacks, we’ll experience the goodness of the Lord.

Don’t wait until you die. Release your faith to experience a good enjoyable life today.  

Psalm 27:3 (CEV) Armies may surround me, but I won’t be afraid; war may break out, but I will trust you.

It may seem like hell is breaking loose everywhere in your life. It’s during these times, we must learn from David. David’s trust was not in what He naturally saw around him. His trust was in the Lord. By spending time with the Lord and developing intimacy with Him, David was confident in knowing God was NOT going to let the enemy take him out.

When sickness attempts to invade our bodies, when divorce is on the horizon, or when stress infiltrates multiple areas of our lives, that’s when we need to look to the Lord and His word. His word says we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). We’re privileged to have prosperity in every area of our lives, including our marriage (3 John 1:2). We get the honor to give our cares to God so that He can perfect them for our good (1 Pet. 5:7; Ps. 138:8; Rom. 8:28).

Knowing and being confident in His word allows us to not be moved when circumstances don’t look the best. Trust God and His word.

John 8:2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.

It may not have been the most convenient time for Jesus to teach the people early in the morning, but He taught them anyway.

There may be opportunities in our lives when doing something for others may be inconvenient. It’s during those times we need to think of Jesus. If He was willing to put on flesh to help us, we should help someone else as the Spirit leads.

Access the love of God in your hearts and do something for others even if it’s inconvenient.

Proverbs 13:15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

Due to Adam’s sin, life is more complicated than God originally intended. Let’s not compound the complications of life corrupted by sin by intentionally and knowingly adding transgressions to it.

We internally know certain things are wrong based on God’s word. Like theft, committing adultery, or just being mean to people. When we knowingly engage in activities that dishonor God and don’t care, we make life harder on ourselves.

A hard life causes us to age quickly, have health issues, or remain in poverty. God is not making our lives hard. Our decisions are causing more complications in our lives.

It’s one thing to miss the mark every now and then (thank God for grace). But when we’re consistently dishonoring God with our disrespectful decisions, difficulties are ahead. Live a honorable life unto God.

Our faith is placed somewhere. It’s either placed in the word of God or in what we see in the world.

If we want a baby, we can either place our faith in God’s word that says, none will miscarry or be barren (Ex. 23:26) or place our faith in the word of the doctor who says because of your medical issues, having a baby is slim. If we want an enjoyable job, we can believe Isaiah 65:22 that says, we will long enjoy the work of our hands or we can look at our education and conclude we’ll be stuck at a job we hate. It’s up to us.

Any situation we face has a word option or a world option. Let’s place our faith in God’s word and in His word alone.

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm. Daniel 1:19‭-‬20 NKJV

There was a great distinction between Daniel Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Daniel and his friends were not only better than everyone else. Because they honored God and put Him first, they were 10 times better.

There should be some distinction between believers and the rest of the world. In our field, we should be 10 times better than everyone else. Ideas should easily flow, our problem solving skills should be impeccable, and our efficiency should be excellent. Why? We serve a God who can fill us with this wisdom at our request (read James 1:5).

Let’s communicate with God and make ourselves distinctive by being 10 times better than the rest.

Daniel 3:18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

The Hebrew boys were faced with a consequence if they didn’t bow down to the statue. As we can see, they didn’t compromise on their beliefs. In the face of death, they chose to remain faithful to God.

There are people in the world whose lives are being threatened because they’re a Christian. They’re forced to make a decision to denounce Christianity or die. I say you, don’t bow. Trust God to deliver you.

For the rest of us, our consequences may not be as severe, but certain situations will require us to make a decision. We may be working in a company where it’s the norm to fudge the numbers a little bit. Don’t bow. Stay honest and do what’s right even if it may cost you a promotion. There may be an attractive person asking you to sleep with him/her. Don’t bow. Honor God in your body.

Let’s not compromise our beliefs or go against the word of God to stay alive, get ahead, or please our flesh. Do what’s right in the sight of God and rely on Him to guard, defend, and protect you.

Jude 1:2 Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

Through Jesus Christ, we’ve been given authority to bind and loose things in the earth (Matt. 16:19). We also see throughout scripture how our words have power.

With this understanding, we can invoke a blessing on ourselves and others. We can speak this over our children, our parents, and our friends.

Follow the example of Jude and invoke a multiplied blessing today.

2 Corinthians 9:6 Remember this saying, “A few seeds make a small harvest, but a lot of seeds make a big harvest.”

Sowing and reaping is a principle. When we sow a lot, we’ll reap a lot. Although it’s a principle, it’s important to be led by the Spirit when giving.

He’ll tell us what to give and when to give it. If we’re not led by the Spirit, we can end up being unwise with our finances and giving money away that we actually need or could’ve been used somewhere else.

Accompany the principle of sowing and reaping with being led by the Holy Spirit. He’ll position us to reap the maximum harvest on the seeds we’ve sown while being wise with our resources.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Sometimes, things seem so rough until it’s difficult to find gladness. It’s during these times we have to be glad by faith.

Just like anything else we don’t have, gladness is something we can obtain by faith. We literally have to open our mouths and declare, “God, I thank you for and I believe that I received gladness.” We may have to say this several times throughout the day. Eventually, God will replace negative thoughts about situations we’re experiencing with thoughts of gladness. The situation has not changed, but our perspective has changed.

Don’t go through the day feeling sorry for yourselves or with a negative attitude. Choose to be glad in the day the Lord has made.

Psalm 115:14 The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

“Wherever we are in life, God desires to give us more.”-I.V. Hilliard

If we have $1,000,000 in the bank, God desires to give us more. If we have $2.00 in the bank, God desires to give us more. It makes no difference.

He not only wants to give us more, but He wants to provide increase to our children. Who wouldn’t serve a God that wants to be good to our children?

Don’t limit this scripture to money. He wants to provide us with more peace, more confidence, more help, more resources, etc.

This more is not for us to flash on social media. This more is to be a blessing to others and advance the Kingdom of God (Genesis 12:2).

Believe, receive, and expect more in your household.

Luke 1:45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

When Mary was informed she would have God’s son, she believed it. She didn’t doubt. She believed. Because she believed, she was blessed and was promised fulfillment or manifestation of the things that were told to her.

This principle is still true today. The things that were told to us by God, are in God’s word. When we choose to believe God’s word (without doubting), we are blessed and we’re guaranteed to experience the manifestation of the things that were told to us.

Manifestation from God is directly tied to our belief. Choose to believe and experience God’s best.

Jeremiah 17:7 But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him. 8 He is like a tree planted by the waters that sends out its roots toward the stream. It does not fear when the heat comes, and its leaves are always green. It does not worry in a year of drought, nor does it cease to produce fruit.

When we place all of our trust and confidence in the Lord, we become like a tree whose roots are in the stream. No matter what happens in our lives or around us, we’ll always prosper.

This is how us trees should be…
The doctor gives us a negative health report. We’re not moved because our confidence is in His word that we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). We have to go to the hospital. Okay, we’re still healed. The doctors say our lives will never be the same. They’re correct. It won’t be the same because we’ll have a testimony to tell how we were healed.

We desire a spouse. God’s word says He’ll give us our heart’s desire as we delight in Him (Psalm 37:4). Even people who don’t like us and dishonoring God are getting married. Makes no difference to us because no good thing will God withhold from us (Psalm 84:11). It’s taking a long time. No matter how long it takes, we believe the truth in God’s word (Mark 11:24).

Although delay, pain, and unfortunate events may occur, as we keep our focus on God and the truth in His word, we can’t be uprooted and we’ll receive whatever we desire.

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.

When a desire enters our minds, the first thing we need to do is confirm if it’s a God-inspired desire. Once we consult the Holy Spirit to confirm it’s a God-inspired desire, we ask God for it. While we’re asking for it, we believe that we’ve received it from God (Mark 11:24). Once we asked for it, God heard us. And since He heard us, we know we have what we’ve asked for.

Whatever we desire HAS TO COME TO PASS. It’s not maybe or possibly. God put His word on the line. It has to come to pass. The only way it won’t come to pass is if doubt or unbelief is involved. James 1:6-7 says we shouldn’t expect to receive anything from God if we doubt.

No matter how long it takes, how impossible it seems, or how much things have changed, if we believe for a God-inspired need or desire, it has to happen.

Genesis 13:8 So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”

The reason why Abram didn’t care where he went was because the blessing was on his life. In Genesis 12, the Lord commanded the blessing on his life. By chapter 13, he not only was rich, but very rich in materialistic wealth (v. 2). So, Abram knew he was going to thrive wherever he went.

The same blessing that was on Abram, is on us too. Galatians 3:14 says, He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. Having faith in this blessing guarantees us wealth and prosperity wherever we go. As we follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit, while having faith in this blessing we’ve received through Jesus Christ, we can literally be led to the uninhabited north pole and prosper.

It’s not about where we are in life or what company we work for that causes us to prosper. It’s about the blessing. Have faith in the blessing, be led by the Holy Spirit, and prosper everywhere you go.

Just FYI… this prosperity is not only for ourselves, but to be a blessing to others (Genesis 12:2).

Genesis 22:2 God said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I will show you.” 3 Early the next morning Abraham saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut the wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place that God had told him about.

Abraham’s faithfulness was tested. Abraham was willing to be obedient and sacrifice his son if it meant pleasing God.

At times, we too have obedience exercises. For instance, God may have us apply to a position. We’re obedient and apply. A week later, we get an email telling us we weren’t selected for the position. In our heads, we’re thinking, what was the point? The point was to exercise obedience. Or, God will instruct us to call someone we haven’t spoken to in a long time. We call, and they’re disinterested and not really appreciative of our call. Instead of vowing to not call anyone again, let’s pat ourselves on the back for being obedient.

As we exercise obedience whether we get favorable results or not, God is pleased. Eventually, we’ll obey God and the results will greatly exceed our expectations. Choose to always obey God and watch God’s will be accomplished in the earth and expect Him to positively impact our lives.

Numbers 11:22 Even if we butchered all our flocks and herds, would that satisfy them? Even if we caught all the fish in the sea, would that be enough?” 23 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Has my arm lost its power? Now you will see whether or not my word comes true!”

Limited thoughts are thoughts that enter our minds that handcuff God. We may not handcuff Him on purpose, but since our logical minds can’t comprehend how He’s going to manifest the desire we have, we limit God.

For instance, we may want another car. Our limited thinking can’t foresee how God can get a new car so, we stand in faith for a used car. Or, we have a health issue that the doctors said couldn’t be cured. Limited thinking accepts this statement instead of believing for divine health.

Spend time in God’s word and see what He’s done for others. Once you’ve discovered how much He’s done for them, take the limits off of your mind and expect Him to do the same for you.

John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.

The daily struggle we often have is between our will and God’s will.

Our will wants to sleep around, but God’s will wants us to wait until we get married. Our will wants to hoard all our money, while God’s will wants us to be givers. Our will wants to complain, while God’s will wants us to count it all joy.

As soon as we realize that God’s will for our lives is better than our will, we’ll no longer have to struggle. We’ll see the benefits of God’s will and side with Him over our own flesh. Choose God over self.

You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God’s. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.’
Deuteronomy 1:17 ESV

Intimidation can potentially come from supervisors, parents, or spouses. Depending on their track record, these people can intimidate others just by stepping into a room.

We’ve been instructed to NOT be intimidated by anyone. Intimidation is another form of fear. As believers, we should fear no man.

At the end of the day, they’re just people. They may think they can hurt or stop us from being successful, but they’re deceived. If we’re really trusting in God and relying on His word, we’ll realize no one can hurt us or stop God’s promises from coming to pass in our lives.

So, don’t allow yourself to be intimidated by anyone. Remain confident by relying on Him.

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