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Hebrews 11:7 It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.

Some of us are destined to do things that have never been done before. Some of us have business ideas, inventions, financial strategies, and concepts that will positively impact the world. Naturally, we can’t fathom how it’s going to happen, but by faith (belief in God), all things are possible (Mark 9:23).

All these great things God predestined for us to do must be done by faith. Faith is believing God’s written or audible word and acting on His word. He may tell you to get an LLC without having a complete business plan. He may tell us to invest in a particular company. He may have us buy certain products that will help the invention we have in our minds. When we act on what He says (obey), more instructions will be given. Eventually, we’ll have or do something that has never been done before.

It took faith for Noah to build an ark to avoid a flood when it had never rained. It will take faith for us to fulfill the will of God and do something that this world has never seen before. Apply your faith to God’s word.

Psalms 34:6 NLT In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; He saved me from all my troubles.

God desires that we communicate with Him all the time, but the great thing about God is if we only find ourselves communicating with Him during desperate times, He hears and delivers us from our troubles. He’s not turning His back on us or condemning us for only calling Him when we’re in trouble. He’s there to help as if we’ve been communicating with Him for years.

People may wonder why we only call them when we need them, but God doesn’t. He’s satisfied that we’re depending on Him. We may not have spoken to Him in years, but if we call, He’s right there to save us. And He’ll continue to save us every time in the hopes that we’ll depend on Him more.

Don’t feel bad or hypocritical for calling God during desperate times. Know He’s waiting and wanting us to depend on Him.

Romans 14:13 NLT So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.

Believers, we have to stop condemning one another. Satan is real and his agenda is still being pushed forward. If we’re condemning one another, how can we unite to stop his plan? Jesus said, every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation (Matthew 12:25).

Some of us are so busy talking about what this person said or what that person did. We’re so focused on making sure God is represented properly until we forget about the enemy who is stealing, killing, and destroying (John 10:10).

Human trafficking is destroying people’s lives, but believers are talking about what Kirk Franklin or Kanye West said. People are going to hell, but we have believers condemning other believers about how they’re dressed. People are still homeless and hungry, but some of us can only focus on making ourselves feel superior by condemning others. Stop it!

Let’s stop the condemnation and be about the Kingdom of God. Let’s unite and continue the work of Christ and destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).

Isaiah 54:10 For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

A close family member could die, but God’s love remains.
A fire could have destroyed your dream home, but God’s love remains.
A relationship could have ended, but God’s love remains.
Whatever negative situation we experience, God’s love remains.

The enemy’s job is to make us think that negative circumstances are a representation of God’s love. It’s not. If we have everything we want or nothing at all, God’s love remains.

God loves us if we talk to Him five times a day or haven’t spoken to Him in months. God’s love is present when we’re giving Him praise or cursing Him out. Nothing can stop God’s love.

NEVER FORGET ABOUT THE LOVE OF GOD! It will last forever. Receive His everlasting love.

Psalms 23:2 He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams.

When we submit to God and allow Him to lead us, we’ll experience peace. Peace is something we can’t buy. We can have all the money in the world, but still have no peace.

People try to duplicate God’s peace with things like meditation or going on relaxing vacations. That provides temporary peace, but everywhere we go, our minds are with us. If we don’t have peace in our minds, nothing we do provides satisfaction.

When we give God full control, He’ll lead us. He’ll show us areas where we’re holding onto cares, where we’re afraid, or anxious. All of this negatively impacts our peace. God will lead us to our deliverance from those things to experience internal peace. He’ll also show us how to have external peace. We can have peace in our marriages, with our children, and at our jobs.

Let’s allow God to lead us and take Him up on His offer to provide us with complete peace.

But this is what you must do: Tell the truth to each other. Render verdicts in your courts that are just and that lead to peace. Don’t scheme against each other. Stop your love of telling lies that you swear are the truth. I hate all these things, says the Lord.” -Zechariah 8:16‭-‬17 NLT

God desires for us to tell the truth. It doesn’t matter if it makes us look bad or could potentially hurt someone else’s feelings. We should tell the truth.

A lot of times, people lie because they’re afraid. They’re afraid of how they’ll be viewed after telling the truth. When we’re not concerned about the opinions of others and make no reputation of ourselves, we’ll tell the truth because it’s the right thing to do.

When telling the truth, it should be done in love (Eph. 4:15). Our goal is not to hurt people’s feelings or make them feel small, but the truth is necessary. We should love the person to the point where we can be honest with them. Even if we don’t love them, we should love God enough to follow His instructions and tell everyone the truth.

Side Note: When we lie, we take on the nature of Satan who is the father of lies (John 8:44).

#dontlie

Psalms 107:13 NLT “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.

The Lord does not show partiality (Rom. 2:11). What He does for one person, He’ll do for another. On three separate occasions in this chapter of Psalms, they cried for help and He saved them from their distress (v. 13, 19, 28). God made it a point to put this in the same chapter three separate times. He wants to clearly show us if He saved them from their distresses, He can save us too.

A simple “Lord help” is all we need. Once we ask for help, we should expect situations to be turned around or to receive strategies that will deliver us from our current state. If we listen and obey His instructions as they come, we’ll receive relief from our distress.

God doesn’t want anyone to live a life constantly going through trouble. Sure, we’ll experience trouble on occasion, but it was never meant to dominate our lives. Jesus sacrificed His life so that we can have an enjoyable, abundant life (John 10:10). If life is not lining up with God’s plan, call for help and He’ll deliver you from all distress.

When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”
Luke 5:4‭-‬5

Jesus gave Simon instructions. He told Simon to launch out into the deep to catch fish after Simon had attempted to catch fish all night. Simon had a choice. He could have either listened to his logic, which said I’ve already tried this and it didn’t work, or obeyed the Lord. He obeyed the Lord and caught a great number of fish.

What instructions has God given to you? Are you drowning out His instructions with logic? Have you told yourself what God is requesting doesn’t make sense? If so, make the quick adjustment and obey God. As we obey God, abundance takes place in our lives (Isaiah 1:19). It may not be fish, but it could be an increase in peace, finances, health, joy, or deliverance.

Proverbs 14:12 says, there is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Don’t let logic get in the way and destroy what God has for you.

It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. They preach because they love me, for they know I have been appointed to defend the Good News. Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice.
Philippians 1:15‭-‬18 NLT

There are some who minister the gospel of Jesus Christ with pure motives and some with impure motives. When impure motives in ministers are discovered, the devil persuades people to give up Christianity all together. He’ll deceive people into thinking every minister is the same. They’ll leave or not enter the church thinking all ministers are the same.

It’s disappointing when impure motives are discovered, but at the end of the day, does it really matter? Paul says it doesn’t matter. Before their impure motives were discovered, they could have led 1,000 people to Christ. Christ is all that matters. Of course we would want ministers of the gospel to have pure motives, but sin and deception impacts us all.

Instead of throwing Christianity away because of a couple of people, pray for those with impure motives and applaud those with pure motives.

Ministers with impure or pure motives still are preaching and leading people to Christ. Motives don’t matter, Christ does.

God cares for you. This is head knowledge for a lot of us, but I don’t know if everyone believes this in their hearts. If everyone truly understood this, there would be a lot less stress in the world. Stress often leads to disease therefore, there would be a lot less disease too.

If we could truly understand how much He cares about us, we wouldn’t worry about how things are going to happen. We wouldn’t develop cares we were never meant to carry. We wouldn’t fight with others because we would let Him handle it. Receiving His care leads to a peaceful life.

God’s care, along with everything else He does for us, is fueled by His love. As we truly understand and receive His love, we’ll understand His care.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. -I Peter 5:7

Luke 8:11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.

No one, who has a little bit of intelligence, would plant a seed of corn on Monday, get upset because they don’t see corn on Tuesday, and dig up the seed on Wednesday. That would be foolish. It takes time for corn to grow. We understand this naturally, but spiritually, a lot of us are digging up our seed.

The seed is the word of God. We’ll see a promise in God’s word, believe and confess it for a period of time, get upset because we don’t immediately see the manifestation of that promise, and dig it up with our mouths. Some of us dig up our seed when we stop believing by saying things like, “this faith stuff doesn’t work,” or “I guess it wasn’t God’s will for me to have…” Stop digging up the seed!

Don’t dig it up. It may take longer than we anticipated, but don’t dig it up. Continue to visualize yourself with that promise, continue to confess that you received the promise, and continue to believe until it manifests. It may take a year, three years, or ten, but don’t dig up that seed.

Philippians 1:19 NLT For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.

It’s important to pray for unbelievers to become saved, but when we pray for other believers, God hears every word we said about that believer. And because the Spirit of Christ is inside that believer, deliverance can take place in their lives.

We may not know what all they’re dealing with, but as we pray for them, they can receive deliverance. It could be fear, sadness, depression, pornography addiction, or past pains. Whatever they’re dealing with, our prayers can produce deliverance.

James 5:16 confirms this as it says, pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Our prayers for one another cause healing and produce wonderful results.

Don’t think your prayers are falling on deaf ears just because you’re not seeing immediate results. Our prayers cause deliverance and must come to pass.

Romans 2:11 For God does not show favoritism.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a pastor of a church or just got out of prison, a millionaire or only have $20.00 in your account, have a PhD or a 6th grade education, God doesn’t show favoritism.

That means whether you’re in the White House or just left the crack house, God can positively impact your life. The bible says He can increase us more and more (Psalm 115:14). Wherever we are, He can increase us more and more.

This increase is not based on how long we pray or how many times we go to church in a month. This increase is for ANYONE who is willing to believe His word. Choose to believe God’s word to maximize on His benefits.

Understand no one is God’s favorite because we’re all His favorite.

Zechariah 8:6 This may seem impossible for my people who are left, but it isn’t impossible for me, the Lord All-Powerful.

A marriage being restored after infidelity, money for that dream house, being healed of that incurable disease, and getting over previous pains may all seem impossible, but it’s not impossible with God.

If we truly believe that God can do the impossible, nothing is too far gone. The problem with some of us is our belief. We may have head knowledge that God can do anything and can turn situations around, but that belief is not in our hearts. We’ll look at the situation and because we can’t see how it’s going to happen, it’s difficult for us to believe.

To make it easier for us to believe in God turning situations around in our favor, we must first renew our minds with the word of God (Rom. 12:2). Daily, we should read scriptures of God doing miraculous things and His promises.

Secondly, we should hear good bible-based teaching about the thing that’s difficult for us to believe. Faith is what’s needed to turn any situation around to align with God’s word, but faith can only come by hearing the word of God (Rom. 10:17).

Finally, after building confidence in God’s word by reading and listening to God’s word, we must speak God’s word. Mark 11:23 teaches us we shall have whatever we say. Talking about the problem won’t change the problem and speaking about how unlikely it is that the situation changes will keep the situation the same. We must use the power of life in our speech to change the situation for the better. Declare you’re healed, declare you’re delivered from past pains, and declare you have the finances for whatever you desire.

As we follow these steps and let the Holy Spirit lead us, those seemingly impossible situations seem possible to overcome.

Colossians 3:1 NLT Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.

As we move closer and closer to the end, there are so called intellectuals who love to dismiss God, the sacrifice of Jesus, heaven, and angels. They call it a myth and call Christians delusional for believing in this myth. When it’s all over, we’ll see who’s delusional.

Until then, we the believers, are to set our sights on the realities of heaven. As born-again believers, we have a new life in Christ. A benefit of this new life is relationship with God forever. From the point we accept Christ, we have eternal life and we’re seated with Jesus in heavenly places (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:6). So, if we die now or Jesus returns, we’re seated with Christ in heavenly places.

This is something we can look forward to. We can know we’ll spend eternity with the Father and don’t have to experience pain, negativity, and disappointment. This also helps us cope when other believers go on before us. We may miss them, but we know they’re in a better place.

Heaven is real. If we choose to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God Who died for our sins, we too have the privilege to make our home in Him.

What happens when we make Jesus Lord? What happens when we honor God with our lives? What happens when we completely trust Him? What happens when we totally submit our decisions to Him? What happens when we do what His word says? Let’s see…

“Yes,” says the Lord, “I will do mighty miracles for you, like those I did when I rescued you from slavery in Egypt.” All the nations of the world will stand amazed at what the Lord will do for you. They will be embarrassed at their feeble power. They will cover their mouths in silent awe, deaf to everything around them.
Micah 7:15‭-‬16

To sum this up, God will blow our minds. He will do some amazing things in our lives. His miracles will get the attention of others and have them in awe.

How will He do this? It’s for Him to know and for us to be amazed.

The good news for us is, under the new covenant, it’s already done through Jesus Christ. It’s already been prepared and waiting for us to obtain. All we need is a little faith and we can have it all.

Praise God we have a good Father who still desires to perform jaw-dropping miracles in our lives.

Matthew 6:6 NLT But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

This should go unsaid, but prayer is not optional. It’s actually a benefit for a believer. We don’t got to pray, we get to pray. Believers get the luxury to talk to The Creator about what’s going on in their lives, how to fix a problem, or just to say thank you. Prayer is truly amazing.

The enemy deceives people into thinking God’s not listening or makes them think they don’t have anything of value to say. That’s a lie. We don’t have to be religiously deep when we pray. We can casually talk to God as we drive, clean up, or work and He’s listening. Not only is He listening, but He responds too.

Like we have a conversation with our spouse or another family member, talk to God about anything you desire and expect a response. That’s prayer.

“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face.
Matthew 6:16‭-‬17 NLT

Based on these two verses, God expects us to fast. It says when you fast, not if you fast.

Fasting is not meant to test our will power. Fasting focuses our dependence onto God. It deprives our flesh of something and that deprivation is meant to lead us closer to God.

Fasting allows us to hear God a lot more clearly. He may give us instructions on how to grow our business, overcome previous pains, or manage our children, but if we can’t hear Him clearly because our flesh is in the way, we may miss some steps.

Fasting doesn’t release what we’ve been praying for or automatically cause deliverance in our lives. It simply gives us the opportunity to hear God clearly and that clarity may give us the answers we’ve been looking for.

So, whether it’s food, TV, social media, or shopping, fasting is expected and beneficial.

Matthew 6:3‭-‬4 NLT But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

Notice, it says when (not if) we give to someone in need. This let’s us know God desires for us to give to someone in need. It could be the homeless, a friend who needs a few extra dollars, or that unknown woman who is in the grocery line attempting to find whatever she has in her purse to purchase groceries.

We won’t go to hell if we don’t give, but we’ll miss out on an opportunity to be used by God and we’ll miss out on an opportunity for God to bless us. When we give, we become an extention of God’s love. When we give, it will cause people to give to us (Luke 6:38).

Ultimately, it’s good to be a giver because we’re children of our Heavenly Father who is the ultimate giver. Let’s remove selfishness and be givers.

1 Timothy 2:1 NLT I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.

We are called to pray for everyone. It didn’t say only pray for the people you like or know. It said pray for everyone.

It’s easy to pray for the people we know and love, but there are others who are hurting and needing prayer. We should pray for the leaders in our country (mayors, governors, and the president). Pray for law enforcement officers to be safe and to make good decisions. Pray for the homeless. Pray for your boss who keeps taking their anger out on others. Whoever God puts in our spirit, we should pray for them.

James 5:16 says, the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it works. It not only works in our lives, but in the lives of others. So, pray for those close to you and for those you’ll never meet. We, the believers, are called to pray.

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