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

We don’t listen to the word of God so that God is pleased with us and we don’t listen to the word to check some religious box. We listen to the word to build and strengthen our faith.

The more word we hear, the stronger our faith. If we listen to the word on healing, we’ll have strong faith to know we are healed. If we hear the word of God on prosperity, we’ll have faith for prosperity.

We need our faith to be strong because we have an enemy who wants to destroy us. He doesn’t want to see us saved, healthy, blessed, or at peace. Our faith can counterattack his thoughts,  ideas, and suggestions. Also, negative situations in life will come and having faith in the word of God helps us look beyond those situations and focus on God’s promises. 

If you want to live a defeated life, don’t listen to the word. However, if you want to live a victorious life, get a daily dose of word. Remember, it’s not for God. It’s for you to be equipped with the neccessary tools to win.

Jonah 2:1 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish.

Jonah 2:10 Then the Lord ordered the fish to spit Jonah out onto the beach.

Whatever predicament we’ve placed ourselves in, God can hear us and help.

We may be in the bed with someone else’s spouse and God will hear us. We may have gotten ourselves deep in debt through disobedience and God will help when we cry out. We may have turned our backs on God, but He’s still available when we turn towards Him.

No matter what we’ve done or how far we’ve strayed, when we call out to God, He’ll hear us and help us.

If you were unsaved, what would draw you into Christianity? Would it be the message of the cross? Would it be eternal life? Or, would it be abundant life?

All of these are awesome reasons to give your life to the Lord, but one of these can be currently displayed. The message of the cross is awesome, but we reap the benefits of Jesus’s sacrifice after we transition. Eternal life is good, but how can that benefit us now? What can be displayed now is abundant life.

Abundant life can be displayed in multiple ways. It can be displayed in our attitude. It can be displayed in our giving. It can be displayed in our marriages. It can be displayed with luxury living. When unsaved people see this kind of living, they’ll want Jesus now. It’s hard for some to believe that Jesus saved them from hell and we’ll live forever, but they can easily see Jesus providing an abundant life.

Why would anyone want to be in God’s family full of broke grouchy people with toxic marriages? They wouldn’t. We don’t have to be perfect, but let’s understand, access, and believe for the abundant life Jesus provided so that we can display it for the unsaved world.

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

God has some difficult commands in His word. Let’s look at a few.

Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Psalm 37:1 Don’t be angry because of those who do evil, do not be jealous because of those who commit iniquity.

Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Depending on the circumstance, these are some difficult things to do on a consistent basis. It’s pretty hard to truly love someone who’s hurt us to the core or not be envious of someone’s success, knowing how they treated others.

We were never meant to fulfill these commands in our own strength. We were always meant to rely on the help of the Holy Spirit.

When a crooked boss looks over all our hard work and promotes someone else, we need to look to God and ask for help to love that person. When an ex-spouse is attempting to defame our character in front of our children, we need to ask God for help on being kind to them.

Nothing will successfully be done for an extended period of time without the help of the Holy Spirit. Look to God for help in difficult situations.

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Romans 8:25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.

You may not have the big paying career yet but be patient my friend.
You may not have a painless body but be patient.
You may not be married with children yet but be patient.

Every promise of God requires some type of patience. There are several things we can learn while being patient. We learn to wait with a positive attitude. If we’re waiting on a house or car, we can learn all the details on how to best manage and maintain that house or car. If we’re waiting on better employment, we can learn what we need to learn to be an outstanding employee. If we’re waiting on a spouse and children, we can learn how to better ourselves to be the best spouse and parent.

On the other side of our patience is our breakthrough. Don’t stop believing because it’s taking too long. Know that it’s available and it will manifest in our lives.

Imagine God blessing you with your greatest desire. It’s something you wanted for a long time. Imagine holding that desire in your hands or seeing it with your eyes. Imagine yourself praising God for that desire. Imagine yourself crying, raising your hands, and worshipping
God because somehow some way He made it happen. Imagine yourself telling God how good He is and how you love Him and thank Him. Just imagine.

Now… that praise and worship you just imagined yourself doing… do it now. Praise Him now. We can praise Him now with the same intensity we imagined because of 1 John 5:14-15 which says, this is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him. We can and should sincerely praise Him now because we know we have whatever we asked for. It may not have materialized yet, but we have it. It’s only a matter of time and a constant belief in God’s word before what we imagine will come to pass.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14‭-‬15 NIV

Acts 17:11 (NLT) And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.

There are some of us who listen to ministers speak on a regular. It’s important to listen to them and search the scriptures to confirm what they’re saying is true and in context.

For instance, a minister may read Matthew 6:15 which says, if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. That minister may tell us we won’t be forgiven if we don’t forgive others. Well, that’s not true. In Matthew 6, Jesus was speaking to disciples living under the law. A minister saying something like that can bring fear and condemnation. Under the new covenant, Ephesians 4:32 says, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. It’s important to forgive, but our forgiveness from God is not dependent upon our forgiveness to others. Through Christ, we’ve been forgiven. It’s already done.

Don’t take anyone’s word for truth. Validate what they’re saying with the Word of God.

2 Corinthians 9:6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

Sowing and reaping is a law that God established in the earth. Whatever we give (small or large), will be given back to us (Luke 6:38). It’s no different than Newton’s third law of motion that states; “what goes up must come down.” It has to happen.

That’s why it’s so important to give as God instructs us to give. He’s encouraging us to activate this law. A benefit to giving as God leads us to give is He obligates Himself on our return. God’s return is always greater than what we’ve given. In Luke 6:38 it tells us when we give, it shall be given back in an overflowing manner.

So, whether God’s prompting us to give a few dollars to a homeless person, give to a friend, or give to the church, do it and expect God to return what we’ve given in abundance.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT) Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

A lot of us spend a lot of time playing the “If I” game with ourselves. We make statements such as, if I had more money, I can buy nicer things for my family. If I had a better house, I wouldn’t hear the neighbors next door. If I had a better job, I could have more opportunities for promotion. These statements may be factual, but this game leads to ingratitude.

We may not have all the money we want, but at least we can pay our bills and have the necessities. We may not have the house we want, but praise God, we have a roof over our heads. We may not be working where we ultimately desire, but we’re employed.

There’s nothing wrong with having desires, but don’t let those desires minimize or belittle what God has currently provided. Be grateful.

In order to truly follow the plan of God, we have to keep an open mind. We can’t bind ourselves with specific rules from the day before. We must be fluid and flexible with what He instructs us to do today.

What God tells us to do today may be different from what He told us to do yesterday. Yesterday, He may have told us to take medicine for a cold. Today, He may tell us to only drink orange juice. It seems illogical, but do it. On interviews in the past, He may have told us to tell our life’s story and we got the job. Just because it worked last time doesn’t mean we need to do the same thing again. On our upcoming interview, He may tell us to keep our answers short and brief.

Following the plan of God may be different from one day to the next. Keep an open mind and be flexible to make the appropriate adjustments.

Genesis 22:2 “Take your son,” God said, “your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. Offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”

Instruction Change:
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy or do anything to him,” said the angel, “for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your only son from me.”

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April 2021
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