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Psalm 37:7 Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.

One of the hardest things we have to do is patiently wait on the manifestation of God’s promises. We see God’s promise in the bible or He told us it was coming to pass, but now we have to wait.

Most of us want God to speed it up, but He knows what’s best for us. He knows what we can currently handle, He knows our maturity level, and He knows how responsible we are. He’s not going to give us something too quickly and then we lose it or it destroys us. No, He’s going to make sure we’re ready for the promise and everything associated with the promise.

While we wait, the best thing we can do is to continue to thank God for the promise and position ourselves to be a good steward of the promise. We can read and make ourselves knowledgeable of the promise, we can seek wise counsel on how to maintain that promise, and we can meditate and see ourselves with that promise.

Don’t get discouraged. The promise will manifest. We just need to do our part and position ourselves for the promise.

Psalm 34:10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.

Seeking the Lord has its advantages. As we can see, when we seek the Lord, we’ll have no lack. There’s no lack in our needs, no lack in our finances, no lack in the number of children we desire, no lack in the number of clients we want at our business, etc. If it’s a good thing for us, God promises that we’ll have no lack if we seek the Lord.

So how do we seek the Lord? We go after Him. We submit to Him, we spend time studying His Word, we spend time listening to His Word through a good teacher, we spend time with Him in prayer, we make adjustments in our lives that honor Him.

Once we make the effort to seek Him, lack in our lives will be a thing of the past. It’s never too late. Seek Him today.

The easiest and hardest thing to do is totally submit our lives to God.

Prior to our submission, the thought of surrendering ourselves to God seems difficult. We feel like it’s too difficult to follow God’s commands and it seems like we’ll miss out on a lot of fun. You know who’s behind these thoughts? You guessed it, the devil. He’ll make it seem like total submission is a death sentence to our freedom and joy. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

For those who have submitted themselves to God, we realize it’s one of the easiest things we could do. What makes it so easy? God’s benefits. God makes sure our submission is not in vain. He makes sure we’re well compensated for our efforts. He knows some of things He requires will be difficult to our flesh, but as we consistently submit to Him, His benefits far outweigh the initial discomfort. The more we submit to Him, the easier it becomes.

Don’t listen to the lies of Satan. Submit every aspect of your life to God and reap the benefits of submission.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

1 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

For whatever reason, there are certain people who have a problem with the “prosperity message.” They feel like it focuses too much on materialistic possessions and not enough on holiness and worship.

It’s not just a message. As we see from these two verses, it’s God’s plan and desire for us. He wants us to be prosperous in every area of our lives. He wants us to be prosperous in our minds, in our health, with our families, with our finances, and more. This prosperity is not just for us. It’s so that we can be a blessing to others (Gen. 12:2). How can we help someone if we don’t have it ourselves?

For those who feel like it takes away from holiness or worship, why can’t we do it all? We can live a holy life worshipping God while we prosper. Don’t get mad at preachers or believers who desire to be prosperous. We’re simply aligning ourselves with God’s plan.

There are certain people who have a false sense of humility. They like to tell themselves that they’re nothing, but a worm that’s no good. They think God is pleased with them letting themselves and others know how low they are. Well, God doesn’t think so.

We are God’s creation, therefore, we’re fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). And when we make Jesus our Lord, we become a child of God (Ephesians 1:5). What good father wants to hear their child say how unworthy they are? It doesn’t matter what we’ve done or how far we’ve strayed, God still loves and wants the best for us.

Negative thinking about ourselves ruins our confidence. If our confidence is ruined, it stops us from receiving promises from God (Hebrews 10:35,36). Let’s destroy every negative thought we have about ourselves and replace it with what God says about us.

Luke 15:20 So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still in the distance, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21The son declared, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.

Job 22:22 Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, And lay up His words in your heart.

When we ask God for something, He may miraculously send it to us. However, it’s more likely He’ll give us instructions and a plan to get the thing.

When God gives us instructions, it’s beneficial that we follow them precisely. Following His instructions positions us to receive His promises and our desires. If He tells us on Monday to apply for a certain job on Wednesday at 2:00 PM, then we need to follow those instructions. We may get the job but even if we don’t, we’re displaying our faithfulness to be obedient to His plan.

Don’t allow fear, doubt, uncertainty, and logic to cloud your judgement. Obey His instructions and position yourself to receive God’s blessings.

Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

Working unto the Lord doesn’t automatically mean working long and hard. Working unto the Lord means allowing the Spirit of God to show us how to work.

There will be times He’ll tell us to put our phone down and get off the internet and work. Other times, He may tell us to take a 10-minute mental break after every 2 hours of work. One day He may have us work 2 hours later. The next day, He may tell us to go home on time knowing, we have 2 hours of work that should be done. It’s all about obeying Him as we work.

Let’s not work ourselves to deliriousness thinking we’re working unto the Lord. Allow Him to lead us in when, where, and how we should work.

1 Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

We like knowing we’re God’s property when it comes down to protection and blessings, but God’s property has another side. When we say we’re God’s property, we’re saying we don’t belong to ourselves anymore. We can’t do any and everything we want to do. We have to seek His approval.

Last year, we may have gotten drunk for our birthday, but knowing we’re God’s property, we don’t want to abuse His property with excessive alcohol. We may have been working long hours with little sleep to get an extra paycheck, but we don’t want to deprive His property of sleep. When we worry about something instead of giving it to Him, we’re mentally abusing His property.

Every born-again believer is the property of God. Be sure you’re doing whatever He tells you to do with His property.

Proverbs 19:20 Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days.

One thing that stops us from receiving all that God has for us is obedience. Some of us don’t like being told what to do. God gives us instructions and He’ll use people in the earth to give us instruction, but because of pride and stubbornness, we do what we want to do. Our flesh makes it seem like it’s a badge of honor to succeed without any help. We thought of the idea, we executed the idea, and the idea was successful. By the grace of God that may work sometimes, but in order to have consistent success, we need to obey God’s instructions.

When we make Jesus Lord, we make God the boss of our lives. Our lives don’t belong to us anymore. They belong to Him. We do what He tells us to do. That may seem unappealing and like slavery at first, but it’s beneficial in the end. The beauty of being in Christ is when we surrender ourselves to God and give up our control, we gain freedom.

Be successful and free by obeying God’s instructions.

Romans 6:16 Do you not know that when you offer yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves to the one you obey, whether you are slaves to sin leading to death, or to obedience leading to righteousness?

God cares for us. He cares about every aspect of our lives. He cares about how we feel, He cares about our children, He cares about our finances, and He cares about our health. God cares about everything.

The devil will attempt to make us feel like God doesn’t care, but he’s a liar. God cares. God cares about big things like our company going under during this pandemic to a hangnail on our toe. God cares.

Take any and every care or concern to Him and expect Him to perfect it or expect Him to give us the wisdom and strategy to resolve the issue. No matter how good or not so good life gets and if nobody seems like they care, remember, God cares for you.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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