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Mark 4:24 Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more.

God’s word is singlehandedly the most important thing ever. When we’re at church or listening online, it’s important to pay attention to what’s being said and minimize distractions.

Some distractions include, our phones, people watching, and sleeping. These distractions appeal to our flesh and they’re sent to distract us from hearing God’s word and any revelation we get through the Holy Spirit.

The message could be about love, but the Holy Spirit could be speaking to us about another subject. He could be giving us strategies to solve a problem at work or what we need to do to get rid of that pain in our back. If we’re distracted with other things, we won’t hear what’s important.

Let’s do our best to pay attention to God’s word and limit outside distractions.

Zechariah 4:10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (The seven lamps represent the eyes of the Lord that search all around the world.)

You may be in a one bedroom apartment, but you desire to be in a five bedroom house. Don’t despise or belittle that one bedroom apartment. You treat that apartment as if it’s that five bedroom house.

Don’t be ashamed of that job just because it’s not as fancy as some of your friends’ jobs. You work at that job as if you’re making a million dollars a day. The same thing goes with our cars, clothes, or finances.

Luke 16:10 says, whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much. Job 8:7 says, though your beginning was small, yet your latter end will increase abundantly.

As we can see, when show our gratitude and faithfulness with what we have while simultaneously trusting God for more, God’s word declares we’ll experience increase.

Be grateful with what you have, but be in expectation for more.

In Proverbs 3:6 it says, in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. This means in major and minor things. He wants to direct our path to accomplish His will in the earth through us.

The reason we may not have acknowledged God is because of a lack of trust in Him. We may think our way is better, but Proverbs 3:5 tells us we’re leaning towards our own understanding.

When we don’t acknowledge Him and do our own thing, we end up doing things that leave us devastated. We end up marrying the wrong person, taking a job we thought was great, or taking the wrong turn that lead us into a traffic jam. Proverbs 14:12 tells us, there is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. All of this could have been avoided if we acknowledged the Lord.

The instruction in God’s word is not trying to constrict us. It’s there so that we can minimize our mistakes. But, if we do miss the mark He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

“Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” God’s Decree. “Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I’ll make everything right again for my people Israel: “They’ll rebuild their ruined cities. They’ll plant vineyards and drink good wine. They’ll work their gardens and eat fresh vegetables. And I’ll plant them, plant them on their own land. They’ll never again be uprooted from the land I’ve given them.” God, your God, says so. -Amos 9:13‭-‬15 MSG

God has promises all throughout the scriptures. There’s healing, deliverance, needs being met, and desires granted. To obtain these promises, we must use faith.

As we stand in faith for these promises, if we’re being radical and totally depending on God, we can believe God for accelerated manifestation.

Instead of it taking 6 months to completely heal, believe God that it will take 6 weeks to heal. If the job requirements said we need 2 years of experience, believe you can get the job with only 1 year. If the experts say it will take 2 years to repair our credit, believe God it will take 6 months. We’re backed by the God of acceleration. Believe He can and He will.

Having a desire for accelerated manifestation is not a requirement of faith. It doesn’t make us better than someone who’s willing to believe and wait indefinitely. But, if God said He can do the impossible, hold Him to His word and believe for accelerated manifestation.

James 2:8 NLT Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

We have a lot of sermons about what we can get from the Lord, self-help books, and things that benefit ourselves. There’s nothing wrong with these things, but it’s incomplete. It’s all about us. We want to be in a good position spiritually, mentally, and naturally in order to love and be a blessing to someone else.

Loving our neighbor as ourselves means we want something for them as strong as we want something for ourselves. If we see someone going through a rough marriage, limited finances, or mentally struggling with what’s going on in society, we should strongly desire for them to have a peaceful marriage, increase in finances, and mental toughness. We should want that as much as we would want it for ourselves. It should be more than an “I’m praying for you text.” We should let the Holy Spirit lead us on what we can naturally or spiritually do to help that person overcome.

The last day signs of the times say, people will be lovers of themselves (2 Timothy 3:2). As believers, let’s not become a sign and obey God by loving our neighbor and being a blessing (Genesis 12:2).

They even spoke against God himself, saying, “God can’t give us food in the wilderness. Yes, he can strike a rock so water gushes out, but he can’t give his people bread and meat.” Psalms 78:19‭-‬20 NLT

Have you ever seen God perform the miraculous in one area of your life, but you can’t fathom how He’s going to do it in another area? The same God who performed a miracle in one area is the same God who can do it again.

Just because the circumstances are different doesn’t change the ability of God. Just because it seems a little more difficult to pull off doesn’t mean it’s too difficult for God. God can provide a good parking spot for us and provide the finances for a million dollar home. One’s not more difficult than the other. It’s all the same to Him.

When we believe and have the mindset of it has to come to pass, whatever we desire will manifest.

Place your complete trust in Him and don’t be moved by the circumstances. He’s our same Father who specializes in making the impossible possible.

We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders. -Psalms 78:4 NLT

As adults, we have a responsibility to tell the next generation about all the wonderful things God has done for us. Even if you’re not a parent, you still can tell the next generation about our loving Father.

How will they know to put their faith, trust, and hope in Him if we don’t tell them what He’s done for us? How will they know how to totally depend on God if we don’t tell our testimony? We must let them know about how He delivered us from that bad habit or toxic relationship. We must tell them how God gave us the free gift of grace through Jesus Christ. We must let them know there is nothing we can do that will stop God from loving us.

Explaining what God has done for us requires transparency and vulnerability. We can’t act like we have it all together or have been saved all our lives to be impactful to the next generation. Let’s be open and honest and tell the next generation ALL the things God has done and continues to do in our lives.

As social media expands, we’ll see more and more people who dishonor God get a lot of the things we desire. They’ll get married, get a new car, get a new house, and have the excess money for vacations. Meanwhile, we’re honoring God and it seems like our blessings are on backorder.

This is a defining moment. Will we continue to honor God or say, “forget it” and give in to our flesh? Galatians 6:9 says, let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

If everyone around us is living worldly and it seems like they are living their best lives, we have to be okay with looking at them, but still trusting God with fulfilling our desires in due time. If the majority of people are going right, we must be okay with going left. It may seem unfair at times and it may seem lonely, but what God has for us will last forever. Be okay with doing things God’s way.

Psalms 37:1‭-‬3‭ Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither. Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.

There are people who don’t trust the bible because it was written by man. They feel like it could be hidden agendas in the bible that cause its followers to behave, act, and think a certain way. They think it makes mankind to be like sheep.

They think they’re outsmarting the system by not obeying what the bible says (in context), but in actuality, they’re being deceived by Satan. If they don’t follow the bible, they’re leaving themselves susceptible to other misleading doctrines or to their own truth which varies from person to person and is tainted.

2 Timothy 3:16 says, all Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

It doesn’t say all scripture was written by God. It says all scripture was inspired by God. So, of course it was written by man, but it was man under the inspiration of God. These other doctrines, books, and thoughts are inspired by something else. If it’s not God, it’s Satan.

As much as people may hate to hear it, we were created to have a lord. We don’t have an original thought. Our thoughts are going to be influenced by God or Satan. If the thought doesn’t align with the word of God (bible), it’s from Satan.

The bible should be our final authority. Those who don’t trust it, don’t trust that God’s power can influence its writers. Please don’t be the person who thinks they’re too intelligent to follow the bible. It’s God’s word and it teaches us how to live correctly and have an amazing life. How do I know? Obey it and see.

Grace, through Jesus Christ, has made everything we’ll ever need and want available for us. It’s already prepared, but it’s in heavenly places. Ephesians 1:3 says, all praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.

To get these blessings from the spirit realm into the natural realm, we must use faith.

Hebrews 6:12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Faith is acting on what we believe. Most of our actions will involve our words. 2 Corinthians 4:13 says, “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” If we believe we’re healed by the stripes of Jesus, we act and say we’re healed. The symptoms still may be present, but faith can change the symptoms. If we desire a house, spouse, car, etc., we must speak it with the belief that it will come to pass. Regardless of what you see or delays or the “impossibilities” unbelievers like to speak over us, we must ignore all of that and believe and speak what we desire.

His word says in Mark 11:24, I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. If we’re willing to believe forever, we won’t have to believe for long. Take what God has promised by faith.

Ephesians 1:3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.

God has blessed us with every blessing we desire on this earth. These blessings have been made available through Christ. Christ Jesus is the embodiment of grace (John 1:14). We didn’t earn or deserve these blessings. These blessings were freely given to us through Christ.

Whatever we need or desire has already been made available in Christ. It’s not being prepared when we make our request. It’s already available.

So when a situation arises, we don’t have to freak out or worry. We should know the answer has already been made available in Christ. As we believe this truth, our expectation to receive increases, our peace increases, and our joy increases. Because we know it already has been handled by God, through Christ, for free, for us. Thank you Jesus.

Where we are now is not the end. We’ve been promised by our Father better.

If we have poor health now, our health will improve. If our finances are limited, our finances will increase. If our marriage is unstable now, our marriage will get better.

The will of God can’t come to pass without faith. As we believe for the improvements in every area of our lives, those improvements must come to pass. If we doubt or we’re uncertain if the situation can change, we’ll never have our desires.

Trust and believe things will get better.

The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.” -Haggai 2:9 NKJV

Psalm 37:1-3 Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither. Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.

This world has some exciting stuff for our flesh. There’s premarital sex, drugs, alcohol, excessive eating, and so much more. It may seem like people on social media or our closest friends are able to live a life that satisfies their flesh and they appear to be “successful.”

Don’t envy those people. They may seem like they’re having fun, but according to scripture, something is dying. Romans 6:23 says, for the wages of sin is death. They may not know it yet, but something is dying in their lives. It could be their health, their relationships, their intelligence, or their ability to manage their finances.

If we do things God’s way, He’ll give us our desires without sacrificing a part of our lives. Don’t get envious. Trust God’s plan.

But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.
Psalm 56:3 NLT

Wars, mass shootings, gas prices, viruses, and inflation can tempt us to fear. What do we do when fear knocks on our door? We put our trust in God.

What about God are we trusting? We’re trusting in His promises. Look at verse 4, I praise God for what He has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?

He promised to provide for us (Philippians 4:19). He promised to protect us (2 Thessalonians 3:3). He promised that we’re healed (1 Peter 2:24). He promised us an abundant life (John 10:10). If we don’t continously read His word, we can’t know or have faith for what He promised (Romans 10:17).

So, if we give into fear, that’s because we’re looking more at our circumstances than what God promised. Dismiss fear and focus on God.

It’s a choice to stress. We know this because two people could be going through the same situation and have two different responses.

Stress is a response we have when our focus shifts from God to the circumstances. As long as we look at what may happen or how it’s going to get fixed, we’ll stress, worry, and allow fear to enter our hearts. But, if we focus on God before, during, and after the circumstance, we’ll have peace. We’ll realize nothing can outdo God’s ability. We’ll know that nothing is too hard for God.

So, no matter the circumstance, focus on God and what He’s promised.

So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city. When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. -2 Kings 6:14‭-‬17 NLT

Faith Can Be Seen

Mark 2:5 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”

Faith is acting on what you believe. In the right circumstances, faith can be seen.

For instance, people who are releasing their faith for employment, their faith can be seen as they vocalize their belief saying, “I believe I received my job” and completing applications. If you desire a house, your faith can be seen by declaring you believe you’ve received your house and going to tour houses. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the money yet. If a person desires health in their bodies, they can act on what they believe by saying, “by His stripes I’m healed.”

In all circumstances, the simplest way of displaying our faith is speaking what we desire. The Holy Spirit will direct us on other ways of displaying our faith. Eventually, what we believe and act on will come to pass.

John 3:30 He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.

Our thoughts, our ideas, and our plans must decrease. His thoughts, His ideas, and His plans must increase. How do we do this? By renewing our minds to God’s word (Romans 12:2).

When we understand that our lives should be governed by the word of God, He becomes greater in our lives. As long as we’re skeptical of His word, the more room we make for deception. Satan uses our skepticism to decieve us into thinking our way is right. When we have a few successes doing it our way, we’ll be even more deceived into thinking our way is best. In actuality, our way leads to destruction (Proverbs 14:12).

Let’s reflect. Have you been doing things your way instead of God’s way? If so, let’s reposition God to be the head of our lives instead of ourselves.

Satan understands the benefits of spending time with God. He knows when we spend time with God, we strengthen our relationship with the Father, we become more impactful to the Kingdom, and we position ourselves to be prosperous.

That’s why Satan makes it seem like spending time with God is a chore. He likes to appeal to our flesh and dangle other things like, Netflix shows, sports, and even time with our spouse in front of us. His hope is to get us distracted or value those things over God.

God’s not going to force Himself on us. We must come to the conclusion that spending time with Him is more important than anything else. It’s not wrong to do other things, but when those things separate us from our time with God, we have a problem.

Don’t be seduced by distractions. Spend time with God.

Mark 1:35 Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.

I have much to say about you and much to condemn, but I won’t. For I say only what I have heard from the one who sent me, and he is completely truthful.”-John 8:26 NLT

We may know someone is lying, we may know someone is being fake, and we may know when someone is being religious. Just because we know something about someone else doesn’t mean we need to call them out.

How is God glorified when we call out their faults? How close do we think they’re going to get to God when a “Christian” criticizes them?

It’s beneficial to keep our mouths shut about someone else’s faults, unless we’ve been permitted by God to speak on them. When God permits us to speak on another person’s faults, He knows that’s the best time for them to receive what we’re saying. Any other time may bring animosity and hostility.

Let’s do better at only saying what God wants us to say and not saying what our flesh wants to say or saying something WE think they need to hear.

Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but he sent me. Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me!
John 8:42‭-‬43 NLT

We may have good intentions of witnessing the gospel of Jesus Christ and teaching people how to love and forgive. We may talk/minister to them for a long time, but some of the people we talk to can’t receive anything we’re saying. Don’t get frustrated with them. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says, Satan, the god of this world, has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

While we’re speaking, they can’t comprehend what we’re saying because their minds have been blinded.

We may want them to do better, have better, and be stronger, but until their minds are renewed with the word of God (Rom. 12:2), they’ll never fully take advantage of what Jesus made available to us. For now, we can use our authority to remove the demonic strongholds from their minds (Luke 10:19) and pray they receive a correct revelation of what we’re trying to convey. Secondly and simultaneously, cast their situation to God. We shouldn’t be carrying their cares on our shoulders. That’s what causes frustration. Give it to God and move on.

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