John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

There’s a big push in the church, based on the great commission, to bring people to church for salvation. Salvation is the greatest experience a person can have, but we must remember we can’t make people accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We shouldn’t guilt or condemn someone into accepting Jesus as Lord and we definitely shouldn’t scare them into salvation using the “you’re going to hell” card.

The only way people will genuinely accept Jesus as Lord is if God draws them. We’re instructed to preach the Gospel and show them the way, but only God can draw them. This drawing doesn’t have to be in a church. God can draw them in a hotel, in the middle of a work day, while they’re in prison, or a minute before they’re about to commit suicide.

Just know it’s our responsibility to get people excited about salvation, but it’s God Who draws.

John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

Throughout our lives, there’s always going to be a struggle between our will and the will of the Father. We may want to stay, but God may be prompting us to move. We may want to get divorced, but God is telling us to stay.

If Jesus, our example, didn’t come to do His own will, but the will of the Father, we should discover God’s will for our own lives.

Knowing God’s will doesn’t come automatically. It takes continuous communication with God. Once knowing God’s will, the fight is on. We must resist the urge to do our own will or get sidetracked from doing God’s will.

Let’s find out what God’s will is for our lives and do just that.

John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

God initially gets our attention by blowing our minds and we have no choice to admit that it was God. He’ll supernaturally drop some charges we may be facing, reduce our debt, deliver us from a terrible situation, or open doors of opportunity.

Those mind-blowing events will have us going to more church events and wearing our “Blessed” t-shirts. Although this is great, those types of blessings may not come as frequently or be as spectacular as they once were. They may slow down. If we’re not mindful, we’ll become spiritual junkies itching for our next blessing.

This deceleration requires us to deepen our relationship with God. God wants more from us than our hands out. He wants a relationship. He wants us to tell Him about our problems, He want us to take His advice, and He wants us to get to know Him better.

Let’s not only associate ourselves with God because of what He can do for us. Let’s associate ourselves with God because we truly desire an intimate relationship with Him.

Numbers 13:33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

How we see ourselves, is how we’ll appear to others.

If we see ourselves as small, insignificant, or unequipped, that’s how we’ll appear to others. If we see ourselves as unattractive, unintelligent, or unable, that’s how others will view us. On the other hand, if we see ourselves as kings/queens, prosperous, and capable, we’ll be just that. If we see ourselves as confident, complete, and courageous, we will be that in the sight of others.

How we want people to see us is how we need to see ourselves.

Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Some of us want to make prayer a big long event in the morning or at night. That’s fine if that’s what you desire, but it doesn’t have to be. Prayer is simply communicating with God. We can do this throughout the day.

We can pray while driving to work, we can pray during our lunch break, and we can pray while working out at the gym. We can pray over our bosses, we can pray God’s protection over our children, and we can pray for peace in a certain situation. Whatever comes to mind or whatever we see that doesn’t line up with the will of God, we can talk to God and apply our God-given authority over that situation.

Don’t wait to pray or feel like it needs to be an event. Talk to our heavenly Father throughout the day.

James 5:16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

When we truly understand that every prayer we pray that aligns with the Word of God will come to pass regardless of how long it takes, we become unstoppable. It’s literally a super power.

We can just go around praying over anything. We can pray that our finances increase, our hair grows longer, and our strength is revived. This is a good time to intercede on the behalf of others. We can pray for their unborn baby to be blessed, we can pray that they get a revelation of who they are in Christ, and we can pray they’re disciplined in their finances. Don’t just limit this power to people. Nothing’s off limits. We can pray that a dying tree comes back to life, we can rebuke insects from entering our house, and we can declare no issues with the car.

Use this power throughout the day and expect to see positive results in your environment.

Ezra 8:21 Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river Ahava, so that we might humble ourselves before our God to seek from Him a safe journey for us, our children, and all our possessions.

Have you ever been in that confused place and you don’t know what to do next? When clarity is needed, start a fast. A fast is not the most popular solution for clarity, but if done correctly, it can be the most impactful.

As we see in this scripture, a fast requires humility before God and a seeking of God. During a fast, we must approach God with a “You’re my only option” mindset. We strip away things that appeal to our flesh (food, TV, social media, etc.) and actively pursue the voice of God. A fast benefits our lives, our children’s lives, and it accomplishes God’s will in the earth.

We don’t have to wait to be prompted by our church to fast. We can fast whenever we need clarity.

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

These scriptures go hand in hand. The common theme in these verses is “good.”

Everything God does or doesn’t do is for our good. When we immediately get what we prayed for, it’s for our good. When there’s a delay in the manifestation of our desires, it’s for our good. When we didn’t get what we wanted, it’s for our good. Everything God does is for our good.

When we understand the wisdom behind God’s timing, we’ll go through those times where it seems like nothing’s happening with joy. We’ll realize God’s not being unkind or punishing us. He’s simply waiting for the most opportune time to display His goodness in our lives.

He wants good for us and don’t you forget it.

Psalm 1:3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

We get excited about prosperity, however there are seasons to prosperity. Every season is not the season of prosperity. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

There are seasons of reaping a harvest (prosperity), but there’s also a season of sowing which includes: learning, investing our time without immediate results, and simply being patient and waiting. We celebrate the season of prosperity, but we discredit the season of sowing. There’s real benefit in the season of sowing.

The things we obtain during the season of sowing are everlasting. The things we learn can last for a lifetime. The time we invest in being a blessing to others can have an everlasting impact. The time we spend waiting on our harvest is a time we can deepen our relationship with God.

Let’s not discredit the season of sowing. It can greatly impact our lives.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

One fruit of the Spirit is self-control. Self-control is needed in a lot of areas.

For a healthy body, we need to have self-control regarding our eating. For a productive work day, we must control ourselves with the amount of TV we watch at night. To have a healthy relationship with our children, we need to control ourselves with how often we discipline our children.

Luke 16:10-11 says, “Whoever is faithful with very little will also be faithful with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. If, then, you have not been faithful with worldly wealth, who will entrust you with true riches?”

When we pair self-control with faithfulness, we can see how it impacts our future. If we don’t have self-control regarding our spending habits now, how can God entrust us with that great financial increase we’ve been praying for? If we overwork ourselves because we don’t know when to stop, how can we be faithful to that spouse we’ve been believing God for? A lack of self-control can hinder the manifestation of our prayers.

Receive everything God has promised by being led by the Spirit and practicing self-control.

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