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Psalms 119:130 NLT The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand.

Light, clarity and understanding is given when God’s word is taught. We don’t have to make up meanings for the scriptures. We should let God’s word define itself. When healing, prosperity, righteousness, or deliverance is taught in context, understanding to receive in those areas is given.

As we listen to God’s word, we’ll receive understanding in areas of our lives that is irrelevant of what’s being taught. We may be listening to someone teach about healing, but the Holy Spirit may give us strategies on how to operate our business.

Listen to the word being taught on a daily basis and we’ll have more insight on who God is and what He’s done for us.

Psalms 119:165 NLT Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble.

If you want peace in your life, follow God’s instructions. When we follow God’s instructions, we have peace in knowing we did what He said. We won’t have guilt and shame over our heads.

When we follow God’s instructions, we’ll have peace in knowing we won’t stumble. That means things will work out in our favor. Everyone else will have a fifty-fifty chance of stumbling or succeeding. For those who follow God’s instructions, we have a promise of not stumbling.

When we follow God’s instructions, we have peace in knowing we’re doing the will of God. We’re doing what He wants us to do for His Kingdom, for people, and for our own life.

Obtain and maintain peace by doing what He says.

Psalms 119:98‭-‬100 NLT
Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide. Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of your laws. I am even wiser than my elders, for I have kept your commandments.

When we follow God’s commands and do what He says, we exercise wisdom. We become wiser than the people in the world and we become wiser than believers who don’t do what He says.

The wisdom we obtain by doing what He commands elevates us. It brings ideas, concepts, and inventions. This wisdom tells us when and where to invest. This wisdom provides solutions to the world’s problems. And this wisdom will show us how to maintain our bodies.

This wisdom is not from keeping the law of Moses, but from doing what the Father tells us to do. For us, the Father instructs us through His written word (in context) and through His Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16-17; John 14:26).

If we choose to obey His word and/or His Spirit, we’ll gain the wisdom needed to handle any situation AND stand out from the crowd. But, it’s up to us if we should obey God’s commands.

Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 5:7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

In the natural, we take so much pride in being independent and doing things ourselves until it feels foreign to be taken care of. But that’s exactly what God, our Father, wants to do for us. He wants to take care of everything for us. Not just in one or two areas, but in every area of our lives.

God wants to do and be everything for us. He wants to be our only provider, our only protector, and the only source of our peace. He doesn’t want us looking to anyone or anything else. He only wants us looking to Him.

When we totally depend on God for everything, we’ll become privileged children. Anything we want and need, we can go to Him. That’s what God desires.

Stop trying to do things yourselves and let’s totally depend on God.

1 John 5:4 NLT For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.

Faith has two sides. On one side, faith is believing God will do what He said in His word. On the other side, faith is acting on His word. We increase or strengthen our faith by hearing the word of God (Rom. 10:17). The more word we hear and receive, the stronger our faith becomes.

1 John 5:4 tells us faith is what’s needed to defeat this evil world. It’s not our education, the amount of money we have, or our connections. Faith is what gives us the victory.

Faith is needed to experience divine health over sicknesses. Faith is what’s needed to get out of poverty. Faith is required to experience peace in our homes and countries. Faith is what’s needed to raise successful children. Whatever we need or want can be found in the word of God. When we believe what is said in God’s word and act on that belief, we’ll have victory in every area of our lives.

I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word.
Psalms 119:28 NLT

When people want to be encouraged, they look for others to compliment or motivate them. But what if it’s the middle of the night and you’re feeling down and there’s no one around? Who do you call? Believers can call on the word.

The word is with us all the time. We don’t have to depend on people. We can depend on the word of God that’s available whenever we need it. It’s on our phones, in our computers, and still on paper.

The word tells us how we’ve already overcome through Christ (Rom. 8:37). The word informs us that God has a good plan for our lives (Jer. 29:11). The word tells us we’re already healed of that sickness (1 Pet. 2:24). The word tells us we’ll have a spouse, children, and a house, if that’s what we desire (Mark 11:24).

If we believe His word and don’t allow doubt to creep in, we’ll experience everything God says. If God’s word can’t encourage us, nothing else will.

Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey His laws and search for Him with all their hearts. -Psalms 119:1‭-‬2 NLT

When we obey the word of God and seek the Lord, we’ll have joy. To the natural mind, this seems foolish. How is obeying God’s word and seeking Him going to bring joy when problems, depression, and/or chaos are still present? It may not make sense to get joy this way, but that’s when we must trust the word.

It’s something supernatural that happens when we prioritize and obey God. It changes us, it changes our situation, and it changes our perspective.

If we find ourselves sad, depressed, or feeling low, we must ask ourselves how much word are we receiving and following? How diligently have we been searching the Lord? When we read about what God has done and talk to Him about His plans for our future, we’ll have joy. Don’t let the devil steal your joy. Get in that word to obtain and maintain joy.

Matthew 19:16‭-‬22 NLT Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” “Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. But to answer your question—if you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments.” “Which ones?” the man asked. And Jesus replied: “‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “I’ve obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else must I do?” Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

He didn’t have great possessions. Great possessions had him.

If God gave you 4 million dollars, could you give it all away the same day? If He gave you a new car, debt-free, could you give it away within a week to the Kingdom of God? That new purse or outfit you just received on your birthday, could you give it to your friend as God leads?

These are the hard questions we must ask ourselves to determine if God means more to us than possessions. If we can’t follow God’s instructions and give something away, that possession has become our idol.

Some of us are believing God for certain things, but why would God give us something that would have us in bondage? Why would He give us something that means more to us than Him? We must spiritually mature in Him and make Him the priority over possessions.

When (not if) God instructs us to give something meaningful away, we have a promise. Whatever God instructs us to give will not only be given back to us, but it will be multiplied (read Luke 6:38).

Psalms 119:169 NLT O Lord, listen to my cry; give me the discerning mind You promised.

God promises us a discerning mind. Discernment means the ability to judge well.

Discernment helps us figure out if our children are lying, if the person we’re about give to is actually homeless, or if the business deal is legitimate. We may not have proof in front of us, but our discerning mind will inform us of the truth.

So, if you’re ever in a situation where you’re questioning the validity of something, by faith, receive the promise of discernment and God will reveal what needs to be revealed.

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

We should all have a desire that we want from God. It could be healing in our bodies, increased wealth, new employment, a business, a better relationship with our family, or a dog. Whatever we’re believing God for will require patience and confidence until it comes.

Being patient means we’re not only waiting, but we’re waiting with a good attitude. We may be waiting on a new job to manifest, but at our current job, we should have a good attitude.

Patience also means we’re at rest (Heb. 4:11). We’re not anxious about when or how our desires are going to come. We’re patiently waiting on God’s perfect timing.

Simultaneously, while we wait, we should have confidence. Our confidence is knowing that God heard us the first time we prayed and since He heard us, we know we have whatever we asked for (1 John 5:15). There should be no doubt, skepticism, or unbelief while we wait. There should be a calm confidence knowing God is faithful and His word will not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11).

Let’s be patient and confident knowing God will fulfill His word.

I remember the days of old. I ponder all Your great works and think about what You have done.
Psalms 143:5 NLT

It’s important to think back on all that God has done. Remembering the days of old does two things. It allows God to be honored for His wonderful works and it motivates us to trust Him again.

Once the miracle happens, we may praise Him for a week or so, but our praise starts to wane. Remembering what God has done reignites our appreciation for God.

Satan loves to discourage us and sometimes we fall for the bait. In so many words, he’ll let us know God can’t handle what we’re currently facing. Remembering the days of old reminds us of Satan’s tactics. He said God couldn’t handle the last problem, but He did. He said God wouldn’t provide, deliver, heal, or promote, but He did. So, remembering what God has done let’s us know how wrong Satan is and how awesome God is.

Take a moment to remember all that God has done and give Him praise. Praise Him for what He’s done and praise Him for what He’s about to do.

Colossians 3:13 NLT Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Forgiveness is a big part of being a Christian. It separates the mature believers from the immature believers. Offenses will come. How we handle ourselves after the offense will determine where we are in our walk. Will we respond by doing the exact same thing that was done to us or will we forgive them and let it go?

We’ve offended God as a human race. He chose to forgive us through the sacrifice of His Son. We’ve offended others. If we’re honest with ourselves, we hope they forgave us. It’s only right that we should forgive others after they’ve wronged us.

As we forgive others, we grow in our maturity, we become better witnesses of Jesus Christ, and we bring a positive light into the world. Let offenses go and forgive.

Matthew 9:29 AMPC Then He touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith and trust and reliance [on the power invested in Me] be it done to you;

According to YOUR faith, whatever YOU’RE believing God for, it will be done unto YOU. It doesn’t matter if no one else can fathom what you’re believing God for, if YOU can believe God for it, it will be done unto YOU.

Some of the things that are hard for people to believe are, being healed of something they’ve had all their lives, buying a house with bad credit, getting a new car when they only have $1000 in the bank, or getting a particular career with little to no experience in that field. It’s not up to someone else’s faith to bring it to pass. Remember, if YOU can believe God for it, it will be done unto YOU.

Don’t let people or statistics talk you out of what you’re in faith for. According to YOUR faith, it will be done unto YOU.

Romans 5:17 NIV For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

We’ve been given the ability to reign or rule in this life through Christ. Although this is a promise available to every believer, a lot of us don’t know how to reign.

We reign by exercising our faith in what Christ has done. God’s word says we’re healed by the stripes of Jesus Christ, so we believe that in the face of sickness. God’s word says we’ve been given peace by Jesus, so we remain in peace despite the calamity surrounding us.

Anything negative that’s in our way, Christ has taken care of it. When we believe in all that He’s accomplished for us, we’ll reign supreme over everything.

Romans 5:17 NIV For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

To reign means to possess or exercise sovereign power or to rule. Here’s a promise from God where He’s given us the ability to rule in life through Jesus Christ. That means we have power over anything that comes across our path.

If it’s sickness, lack, unhappiness, learning disabilities, division, or confusion, through Christ, we have the ability to rule over it.

Don’t be a victim any longer to circumstances. Understand that through Christ, we can reign as kings over everything.

If we feed our natural bodies food every day, we should be feeding our spirits food every day. Our born-again spirits feed on the word of God. When we hear ourselves reading the word of God or listen to a minister we like, our spirits are being fed. We know this because it says in Romans 10:17, faith comes by hearing the word of God.

There are no excuses to not feeding our spirits. There are countless bible teaching ministers available to listen to for free on YouTube. There are numerous bible apps available on our phones. We can listen at home, at work, and in our cars. We don’t have to listen to the entire sermon every day, but we can listen to around 30 minutes of the message every day.

Feeding our spirits empowers us with God’s word to overcome any obstacle we may face. The more word we feed our spirits, the more our faith grows (Rom. 10:17). And according to 1 John 5:4 CEV it says, every child of God can defeat the world, and our faith is what gives us this victory.

Whether it’s poverty, sickness, lack, hurt, discontentment, or depression, if we consistently feed our spirits on a daily basis, we’ll have the faith to defeat anything. Don’t deny your spirit the word of God.

I will meditate on Your precepts, And contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. -Psalms 119:15‭-‬16 NKJV

Colossians 2:6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him.

Once we accept Christ as Lord, it doesn’t stop there. We must continue to follow Him. Before each of us come up with how we must follow Him, let’s allow the scriptures to tell us what it means to follow Him. Look at verse 7.

7 Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Letting our roots grow down into Him is getting a deeper understanding of who Christ is and what He’s done. Christ is our wisdom, our sanctification, our righteousness, and more. Having an understanding of Christ allows our roots to grow down into Him.

Secondly, our lives must be built on Christ. It’s no longer what we can accomplish through our works or self-effort. Our lives are built on what Christ accomplished for us. We can try to be righteous by keeping the law or we can believe we’re made righteous through Christ (Rom. 3:22). We can attempt to gain wealth through toil or believe we’re made rich through Christ (2 Cor. 8:9).

Salvation is just the beginning. For the rest of our lives, we must grow in our understanding of who Christ is and continously build our lives on Him.

1 Thessalonians 5:8 NLT But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.

There are believers who are hoping, praying, and wishing they’re saved and they’ll go to heaven when they die. They’re unsure about their salvation based on various things they’ve heard or read out of context.

Some feel like they have to behave close to flawlessly to be saved. Others feel like a certain amount of good works will provide them with a ticket to heaven.

Here’s the truth: if we openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved (Romans 10:9). There’s nothing else to add. Ephesians 2:8 and 9 says, For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Salvation is a gift from God. We can’t work for it or earn it. It’s a gift given by God through the sacrifice of Jesus.

Our confidence should be in our belief in what Jesus accomplished on the cross. If we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and He died for the sins of the world, we are saved. Be confident in your salvation, knowing you or any other believer will be in the presence of the Lord when we transition (2 Cor. 5:8).

When we’re in the waiting period between our prayer and the manifestation of our desires, it’s beneficial to meditate and confess God’s word.

When we meditate, we’re not humming to ourselves. Biblical meditation is seeing ourselves with the promise (Gen. 15:5). If it’s a house, see yourself driving up to it, walking through it, and going to sleep in it. If it’s overcoming pain in our bodies, imagine yourself doing the things you couldn’t do before the pain. We’re building an image in our minds to maintain and strengthen our faith.

Faith comes when we hear the word of God (Rom. 10:17). In that same waiting period, when we confess God’s word, we hear ourselves. When we hear ourselves speak God’s word, faith comes. We’re also imitating our Father by calling those things that are not yet manifested as though they were (Eph. 5:1; Rom. 4:17).

Confessions and meditation keep doubt and unbelief from contaminating our faith.

Genesis 15:5 NKJV Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”

Mark 11:23 NKJV For assuredly, I say to you, whoever SAYS to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he SAYS will be done, he will have whatever he SAYS.

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May 2023
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