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1 Timothy 4:7 (NLT) Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly.

How do we train ourselves to be godly?
By developing ourselves in the word of God.

The word of God has everything we need to be good, successful, godly people. It tells us how to treat other people, how to treat ourselves, and it gives us understanding of our spiritual authority. It tells us how to apply our faith, forgive, and position ourselves to fulfill our purpose.

As we appropriately apply what the word says to our lives, we’re guaranteed victory. Godliness has nothing to do with how we wear our hair, wearing makeup, or listening to secular music. It’s applying the word of God to our lives.
Be godly.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

There are some figurative weights we need to put down. These weights slow us down from completing the purposes God has for us. A big weight we must all lay aside consistently is the weight of failure.

We’ve all experienced a version of failure. We’ve had failed relationships, failed marriages, failed businesses, failed in school, etc. If we allow them, those failures can shape the way we think. We’ll refuse to ever trust again because we had a failed relationship or marriage. We’ll refuse to step out on faith because we failed in our last business. God may be attempting to bless us with something, but if we’re still holding on to the weight of past failures, we’ll never be in the mindset to receive what He has.

Let’s take away the weight of failures by focusing on Jesus and all that He’s accomplished for us including, turning our shame of failures into glory.

Romans 12:9 NKJV Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.

We’re living in a time where evil and good are merging. What was previously evil is considered good or acceptable.

So, what are we to do? Stick with the Word. If the Word of God says it’s evil, no matter what society says, it’s evil. The devil has done a good job with influencing people’s minds and blurring the lines. If we stick with the Word, we’ll always know what’s acceptable or not.

Don’t allow the norms of society to take you off track. Stick with the Word to know what’s evil and good.

Joshua 10:12‭-13 Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.

How nuts do you have to be to speak to the sun and moon in the middle of a battle? That’s crazy.
Obviously, after speaking to the Lord, Joshua was operating in the supernatural. We can see Joshua understood his verbal authority over all of God’s works (Ps. 8:6). He also had such an intimate relationship with God until he believed nothing is impossible with Him (Luke 1:37).

When we spend time with God and understand our purpose and embrace our authority, we’ll get a chance to operate supernaturally as well. We’ll start talking to bills and weather with an expectation for them to obey. We’ll command more customers and profit in our business. We’ll look at a picture of a wayward child and command them come to their right mind. And we won’t care how we look because we know we’re fulfilling the call of God by operating in the supernatural.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

The promise of salvation and all the other promises of God are received through our belief and confession. Maintaining our belief and confession is necessary in getting the desires of our hearts. Consistency in that area is often the Achilles heel of believers obtaining their desires. They’ll start off strong and inspired, but as time continues on, their consistency starts to wane.

During the time of delay is when consistency is most important. The devil loves to let us know how our belief and confessions are not working and it’s a waste of time, but if we can shut him up, move past how we feel and how it looks, and continue on, breakthrough is inevitable.

Get a desire, believe that you received it, confess that you received it and it will be in your possession.

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
Titus 2:11‭-‬12 NIV

We all know someone or have heard stories about someone who could have done better for themselves. They may have dropped out of high school, abruptly quit their jobs because they got mad, left their spouse, or got into serious debt. I’m sure God didn’t tell them to do that. They probably just made a decision based on an emotional response.

We’re not to be led by our emotions. We’re to be led by the Spirit of God. It may be difficult at times because our emotions are screaming to do something that’s going to make us temporarily feel better. But that’s when we need to exercise self-control. That’s when we need to focus our attention and see how He wants us to respond.

Avoid having regrets by exercising self-control and seeking God with our response. When we respond how God wants us to respond, we make the best decision for our lives now and for the future.

John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

As the father of a 2-year-old, I’m constantly telling her to follow instructions. If she doesn’t follow instructions, she’ll experience consequences, but if she follows instructions, good things will happen. These are simple instructions, but a lot of us need to heed the same advice.

The word of God is a book of instructions. When we follow these instructions in context, we’ll experience good things. However, when we choose to disregard His instructions, we can expect consequences. God’s word instructs us to love, forgive, give, be a blessing, and more. As we follow His commands, our lives will be prosperous and full of joy. If we don’t, there are several consequences we’ll experience such as, long-term emotional hurt, a distrusting spirit; we’ll miss out on financial prosperity and favor, and more.

We are to follow God’s instructions, but praise God for grace and mercy. If we miss the mark or have a stubborn moment, praise God for blessing us when we don’t deserve it (grace) and stopping us from being punished (mercy). Let’s simply follow His instructions and experience God’s best.

Christianity is about establishing a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It’s about making Jesus Lord over our lives. It’s about getting to know all forms of God and developing intimacy with Him.

Some believers focus on the wrong things. They focus on how a person dresses, their speech, or if they still smoke or drink. Before a person can say yes to Jesus, there are some who can’t wait to get on new believers and tell them what they need to change. This is a deterrent.

We should be highlighting Jesus and all He’s done for us. Let them have an understanding of the Holy Spirit and His role in our lives. Inform them about the true nature of God. Once they have an understanding and revelation of Jesus, His love will compell them to change without assistance from image conscience believers. Let God be magnified and not our appearances.

2 Corinthians 10:7 You judge by appearances. If any of you think you are the only ones who belong to Christ, then think again. We belong to Christ as much as you do.

with this message: People of Israel, I am the holy Lord God, the one who rescues you. For your own good, I teach you, and I lead you along the right path. How I wish that you had obeyed my commands! Your success and good fortune would then have overflowed like a flooding river. -Isaiah 48:17‭-‬18 CEV

During the days of the Law of Moses, obedience was the only thing that brought blessings on people’s lives. Although we’re no longer under the law, obedience still plays an important role in the believer’s life.

Grace, through Jesus Christ, has made all of God’s promises available to us. Our faith claims what grace has made available. Our obedience to the commands under grace and the Spirit of God position us to receive what grace has made available.

Sometimes, our disobedience is the thing that’s stopping God from manifesting overflowing blessings and wonders in our lives. He may tell us to forgive, read His word more, or stop behaving in a certain way. As we remain in faith and obey, we’re actively submitting our will to His. That’s what’s going to open the door for us to tangibly receive His promises in our lives.

Don’t let disobedience block you from getting what God has promised you.

So Abraham left the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran until his father died. Then God brought him here to the land where you now live. “But God gave him no inheritance here, not even one square foot of land. God did promise, however, that eventually the whole land would belong to Abraham and his descendants—even though he had no children yet.
Acts 7:4‭-‬5

When we obey God, a lot of us want immediate blessings. We obeyed God yesterday so, we want our blessings today.

As we can see with Abraham, there will be times where we’ll obey God but we’ll have to wait on the promise. Abraham obeyed God, but he didn’t receive what God promised until later.

Just because there’s a delay after we obey doesn’t mean the promise isn’t coming. It will come to pass. While we wait, let’s renew our mind to the truth in God’s word instead of looking at the circumstances. Let’s consistently confess what we desire to see instead of talking about what’s not happening. And let’s praise and worship God as an act of faith to remind ourselves where all our blessings come from.

The promise may not come immediately. Be patient, it’s on its way.

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