Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice.
Proverbs 20:18 NLT

There’s been a push in society where people are being applauded for making decisions independently of anyone else. Major decisions such as, marriage/divorce, moving for a job, and major investments should be linked to good counsel. If God says good counsel is important, who are we to say otherwise?

Good counsel should begin with God. He’s the best Counselor we’ll ever have. Go to Him with any and all plans and decisions. Allow Him to tell you what’s best and obey.

Although God is the beginning of good counsel, He may not be the only counsel. As we seek God, He may tell us to talk to this person, read a certain book, or listen to a podcast for further education in an area. As we follow God’s instructions, all our plans will succeed.

Romans 2:4 (NLT) Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?

God’s not using car accidents, sicknesses, premature deaths, or a loss of a job to get us to repent. He’s using His goodness.

God wants us to repent by overwhelming us with His goodness. When we avoid accidents, get the job, and recover from that sickness in spite of our behavior and our unholy living, that’s God trying to get our attention to let us know He still loves us and cares.

God’s ultimate goal is for us to look back over our lives and realize how good He’s been to us and choose to honor Him. Think about where God has brought you. If you need to repent, do it and keep it moving.

Mark 4:18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

It’s easy for us to place our faith in God. We get inspired and we place our faith in God for a new house, a new job, divine healing, or help in a situation. As time goes on, it gets a lot more difficult for us to keep our faith in God. It becomes more difficult when it’s taking too long, we’re not seeing any changes, or the situation gets worse. That’s when a lot of us quit and we try to reason in our own mind how we (by ourselves) can make it happen and/or why our faith didn’t bring our desires to pass.

When our minds start to go down this negative path, that’s when we need to realize the devil is at work. He’s trying to get us away from trusting and believing God and His word. Would the devil be any kind of devil if he sat back and watched us trust in God wholeheartedly?

No matter how long it takes or what the situation looks like, keep your faith in God. Consistent faith in God will change your life.

That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I Am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.”
John 8:24 NLT

Proverbs 16:18 says, pride goes before destruction. The biggest form of pride we can have is unbelief.

Some of us are too prideful to believe in a resurrected Savior. It’s illogical. It doesn’t make sense. Why would anyone believe that? If we’re not mindful, that pride will have us die in our sins.

The world says we’re uneducated if we believe in this “Jesus”. The world says we have a sense of morality to do right and wrong. The world says there’s no heaven or hell.

Don’t die in your sins by holding onto pride through unbelief. I, you, we need a Savior. His name is Jesus. He is the Son of God and He died for our sins. Our belief in what He accomplished allows us to have everlasting life. Don’t die in your sins. Believe in Jesus.

As a result, you have become an example to all the believers in Greece—throughout both Macedonia and Achaia. And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don’t need to tell them about it,
1 Thessalonians 1:7‭-‬8 NLT

We never know who’s watching us. It may be a younger sibling or it may be an older coworker. That’s why it’s important to be a good example of being a Christian.

Being a Christian doesn’t mean we’re perfect. It means we rely on the grace and mercy of God that came through Jesus. It means we rely on Him when we don’t know what to do. It means we operate in our authority to overcome demonic forces in the world.

When people see the results of our lives by relying on God, they’ll hopefully want to follow us as we follow Christ (1 Cor. 11:1).

We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people.
1 Thessalonians 1:4 NLT

Sometimes people need to hear, “God loves you”. Situations in life can be so difficult until they question God’s love for them. Especially when it comes to death or a series of negative events. People need to know that God loves them.

That’s why we must be sensitive to the Spirit of God to determine who needs to be uplifted. God may put our family members or co-workers on our minds. Say whatever God tells you to say. This will break the demonic hold on their minds.

Let’s continue to be vessels for God and let others know God loves them, He cares, and He wants to better their future.

We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly.
1 Thessalonians 1:2 NLT

When we pray, we should be thinking about others besides ourselves. We can pray for people extremely close to us and we can pray for people who we’ve never spoken to. Prayer is that powerful.

Constant prayer for others keeps demonic forces from being successful. Could you imagine if everyone sincerely prayed for at least 3 people? That alone would stop a lot of the chaos and drama we see.

They don’t have to know we’re praying for them. We just have to have a selfless heart and take a couple of minutes to pray for others.

It makes no sense for a farmer to go into his field and expect to have vegetables without planting seeds. If he wants tomatoes, he’ll have to plant tomatoes seeds. If he wants cabbage, he has to plant cabbage seeds. If it makes no sense for a farmer, why do some of us still expect to have financial increase without planting financial seed into the Kingdom?

When we give, we’re giving to God and telling Him thank you. When we give, we’re also investing in our future. God promised that He’ll give it back to us in an overflowing manner (Luke 6:38). He promised all our needs are met (Philippians 4:18-19). He promised protection when we give (Malachi 3:10-12).

So, don’t get deceived into thinking that giving is for the foolish. We know what we’re doing. We’re setting up ourselves for a prosperous future.

2 Corinthians 9:7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

A life without compromise, truly devoted to God, is the best way to go. Whatever we compromise to becomes our master.

If we compromise holy speech and conduct to impress others, their approval becomes our master. If we compromise by eating that 3rd cookie, knowing we’re full, we display a lack of self-control and food is our master. If we cheat and steal to get ahead in life, that mindset and way of life becomes our master.

However, when we’re devoted to the Lord and do things His way, we’re letting everyone know He is our Lord and He not only guarantees success, but success without limits. When we do things God’s way, we can get good friends, self-control, uncompromised abundance, and so much more. Trust God’s way, let Him lead you, and you’ll never have to compromise again.

Daniel 3:15 Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?” 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour.
Matthew 8:13 NLT

Everyone else around us could be skeptics, but if we believe, it will come to pass.

We have to be mindful to not allow the world to negatively influence our beliefs. They base their beliefs on statistics, logic, or how they feel. We should base our beliefs on the word of God. If God’s word says it, it’s possible.

Magnify God’s word and His ability above everything else and expect change to manifest in your life.

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