1-2By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that's not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God's grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.
3-5There's more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we're hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we're never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can't round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!
Stress: A specific response by the body to a stimulus, as fear or pain, that disturbs or interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium of an organism.
Physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension: Worry over his job and his wife's health put him under a great stress.
You are human. We all experience stress at one time or another. Stress is a normal reaction to certain situations. We all go into 'Fight or Flight' mode. Your adrenaline starts pumping, it's normal. That is the body's way of dealing with stress. It is normal to experience stress during a major life change.On the other hand, stress becomes a way of life for some. Everything causes them to be stressed out. Some become stressed when they cannot decide what to have for breakfast.
Does God want you to be stressed? No. God allows situations to come into your life to mature you and prepare you for your purpose. The "wait" is stressful for some people. Sometimes situations come at you one after the other. Take heart. God is actually working things out in you and for you.
Here is how you overcome stress:
by Bishop David E. Barnes
S- Surrender James 4:10
T- Trust Prov.3:5-6
E- Endurance 1 Cor.9:24
S- Self Discipline(fast,pray)Mark 9:29
S- Service Matt.28:19-20
New Life Version
45 You are happy because you believed. Everything will happen as the Lord told you it would happen."
The King James Version says,"....there shall be a performance of those things...."(Luke 1:45b). God is about to perform those things that He said. Performance: the manner in which something reacts or fulfills its intended purpose. An action or proceeding of an unusual or spectacular kind. Accomplishment of works, acts, feats, etc. Many have sown in prayer, praise, tears, giving, and serving. now is the time to reap what was sown.
When God gives you something or tells you something, don't doubt but believe it no matter how impossible may seem. If God said it, He will perform it. He cannot lie! God is getting ready to show up and show out for His people. He will do things that are unusual and spectacular. Now is the time, there shall be a performance.
Ephesians 3:20 Amplified Bible
Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]--
New International Version
32 And everyone who calls
on the name of the LORD will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the LORD has said,
among the survivors
whom the LORD calls.
Jesus is everything you need, when you need Him to be it. He is life and breath. He is a healer, deliverer, protector, and provider. He is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. How do you access Him? Call Him! The Bible says that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will saved. That is a guarantee. Call Him and He will deliver you.
If you are unsure about the promise He has made, call Him. If you are having a hard time dealing with the issues of life, call Him. If you just need someone to talk to, call Him. He wants to hear from you. Jesus wants you to come to Him with everything. Call Him, even if it is to ask Him what to wear or where to buy your milk. Jesus is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. There is nothing you cannot take to the Lord. Jesus is saying bring it to me. Take your joys and sorrows to Him. Pour out your heart before Him. Power belongs to the Lord. Stop searching for direction from everyone else.
New American Standard Bible
The Thirsting Soul Satisfied in God.
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
1 O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
3Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips will praise You.
4So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.
6When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches,
7For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
8My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.
9But those who seek my life to destroy it,
Will go into the depths of the earth.
10They will be delivered over to the power of the sword;
They will be a prey for foxes.
11But the king will rejoice in God;
Everyone who swears by Him will glory,
For the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped.
What a mighty God we serve. He is awesome. Who can fathom the depths of His love? He is worthy of all honor, glory, and praise. I long for Him. His loving kindness is better than life. He is better to me than anyone. I just love Him. I worship and adore Him. He upholds me. He is my deliverer. All creation worships Him.
Take time out today to be intimate with God today. Praise Him with your lips. Praise Him with your life. No weapon formed against you shall ever prosper because He said so. Satisfy the longing of your soul. Worship and adore Him. He is better than life.
"Keep MY WORDS in Your Mouth, and Tell Your Mountain Where to Go!"
CAUTION: "Heaven and hell are being activated in this hour by certain words being spoken on the earth...Be Careful What You Think and Say!"
Your Mountain Was Probably Made Out of a Molehill
In a vision, I saw a range of gigantic, rocky mountains looming tall before God's people. Our words of fear and thoughts of doubt caused some of these mountains to seemingly grow out of molehills. Hell was pushing them upward against us--through even our thoughts that had formed into negative words. These mountains towering before us now represented impossible situations and insurmountable circumstances that we, the Body of Christ, had come up against in our walk with the Lord.
These Mountains Stood Immovable in Our Path, as though Defying Us to Go any Further
Many in the Body of Christ were standing on the Word of God, believing and speaking to the mountains to be removed, persevering for a season until their lack of patience convinced them to lose hope and give up.
These mountains seemed to remain steadfast and unchangeable; indifferent to our believing for a miracle and our faith in God's Word. Then, as though through a telescopic vision, I saw in the Spirit a closeup shot of these mountains--I saw hairline cracks coming upon these huge mountains.
I then heard the voice of the Lord speak as these cracks appeared...
"IS NOT MY WORD LIKE A HAMMER THAT BREAKS THE ROCK IN PIECES?" (Jeremiah 23:29).
A remnant of the Body of Christ, standing on the Word of God and speaking to these mountains persevered in their faith with patience, even though they saw nothing change in the natural. But each time they spoke God's Word with authority, I saw a hammer striking each mountain that was spoken to. Following the cracks, I began to see small pieces of rock falling here and there from off of these mountains...perhaps still not visible to the naked eye of the believer below.
Line upon line, the cracks increased...here a little, there a little...while small pieces of broken off rock were falling. Slowly but surely, these mountains weakened as this hammer gained momentum--pounding these mountains of solid rock relentlessly, as though God's own vengeance was in each fatal blow!
God's voice then spoke so LOUD and clear, shaking the very foundation of these mountains:
"IF YOU CAN BREAK A ROCK IN PIECES, YOU CAN MOVE A MOUNTAIN! THESE MOUNTAINS SHALL BE REMOVED BY MY SPIRIT," says the Lord, and "IT IS MY 'WORDS' THAT ARE SPIRIT AND LIFE! KEEP MY WORDS IN YOUR MOUTH, AND TELL YOUR MOUNTAIN WHERE TO GO!"
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Men and women of God we have this treasure in an earthen vessel and vessels are prone to crack. The stress and the issues of life, the constant bombardment of “bad evening news,” issues of domestic violence, marital strife, predators soliciting our children on MySpace and a host of other societal ills are a clarion call for the church to pray without ceasing. Let us pray that the church of Christ continues to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world in spite of what may seem to be glaring inconsistencies (among the saints). As we pray for the church of Christ in all of its issues and all of the issues that are hitting the World Wide Web, know that God is the ultimate judge; but, we are also called to “cry loud and spare not.” It is time for us to be real with one another. My prayer is that we walk in peace and love forgive each other, love each other and yet at the same time try to help each other so that the body of Christ will not be shamed.In times of crisis we must encourage one another to seek wise, spirit-filled counsel and when necessary encourage the right intervention whether it be professional counseling or in the case of domestic violence, utilizing resources like the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233).
I am calling Wednesday August 29, 2007 a day of prayer and consecration for the church of the Lord Jesus. Let us seek the face of the Lord because the bible says, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.As we pray let us remember the suffering all over the world exploited children, victimized women and men, college students, the suffering of those in Peru and their families.
With Love and Concern,
+Donald Hilliard II
21Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another.
22-24Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands.
25-28Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ's love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They're really doing themselves a favor—since they're already "one" in marriage.
There is definitely an attack on Godly marriages. The devil does not like marriage. Marriage is honorable and designed by God. Now is the time for prayer. The Bible says, he that finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. Being unequally yoked is more than being married to an unbeliever. Women, pray for a man that can handle your favor. Men, make sure you can handle her favor before you marry her.
Wives, support your husband and respect him. Allow him to lead the household. Submit to your husband. What does it mean to submit? To give over or yield to the power or authority of another and to defer to another's judgment, opinion, decision. Husbands, love your wife as you love yourself. Do not do anything to your wife that you would not do to yourself. Would a man beat himself? Love your wife as Christ loves the church. Christ loved the church so much that He gave His life for the church.
Pray for marriages. If the enemy destroys marriages, he can destroy families. If families are destroyed, then the neighborhoods are a mess. If the neighborhoods are a mess, the enemy can take the city. Then the enemy wants the state, then the country. Christians are called to be salt and light.
1TO EVERYTHING there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:
2A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted,
3A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build up,
4A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6A time to get and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to cast away,
7A time to rend and a time to sew, a time to keep silence and a time to speak,
8A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Do you know what season you are in? There is a time and season for everything. If you are able to rightly discern your season, it is easier to get through it. Some are in a season of rain. God is showering you with blessings for your obedience. Some are in a season of breaking for the making. Some are in a season of Judah(praise). Some are in a season of loss and sorrow.
Whatever season you find yourself in, God is with you. Keep the garment of praise in whatever season you find yourself in. It may be easy for some to bless the Lord, as they are being blessed. If you are in a season of loss or war, bless the Lord. Pray in this season. Seek the face of God. Seek His face and not His hand.
The seasons of life change without warning. You may be in one season and think you are in another. Ask God for clarity. Ask God to show you what season you are in. Ask God for fresh oil for your season.
New Living Translation
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles.They will run and not grow weary.They will walk and not faint.
Waiting on the Lord is not always easy. We live in a "microwave" society. Everything is quick. You can get fast food at a drive through window. You don't even have to get out of the car. The Internet brings information on any topic to you in a matter of seconds. We have an " I want/need it now Lord" mentality. God doesn't work on our time, by His. For God a day is a thousand years for us. You are strengthened by waiting on the Lord. God makes you and molds you during your waiting period.
My Bishop always says to wait on God ,while you are waiting on Him. In other words, serve God while you wait. Get busy for the Lord while you wait. When the devil tries to make you frustrated, wait. When you feel like God isn't moving, wait. When you don't know what to do, wait.
"AS THE BATTLE INCREASES, WE ARE AWAKENED AND UNITED TO WAR"
God is forcing us to stand up to the enemy and say, "No more!"
Dear friends, the enemy is getting ready to launch even greater attacks against the Church, but it's God's plan to use these attacks to open even greater doors for the spread of the Gospel.
The Acts Church
In Acts 12, the Church was taken by surprise by the increased persecution King Herod launched against it at that time. The apostle James was killed by the sword and Peter was taken captive and imprisoned, placed under heavy guard. Herod intended to place Peter on trial after the passover, but having first been taken by surprise, the Church soon moved into action--they began to pray.
The shock of having lost James, and at the risk of losing Peter, they were resolved to pray until they got results. And they did indeed move Heaven. Peter was miraculously released from prison and led to freedom by an angel. The Church was so overwhelmed by God's response to their prayers, they hardly believed Peter was really released. As he tried to enter the home where they were gathered together in prayer for him, they were so amazed and they thought he was an angel.
Having started their prayer war to save their brother in Christ, its outcome had farther reaching results with the death of their enemy, King Herod, shortly thereafter.
I believe the Lord is doing the same thing today with the Church using similar incidents. At first, the enemy may catch us off guard and we are shocked to discover the sudden increase in the attack against us. Although, we are horrified, we are then awakened, propelled into action and motivated to stop further advances of the enemy.
Our faith is somehow empowered by the enemy's attack. Any disagreements between us vanish, becoming insignificant in the light of the onslaught against us, and we become united together to fight. We are compelled to pray and defend ourselves. But what starts as a fight to defend ourselves, soon increases as a war to advance for the Kingdom of God.
The Church in Acts 12 urgently prayed, hoping to save Peter. Yet, the outcome of their prayer was the death of their enemy. King Herod was killed by an angel of the Lord for accepting the praise of man as they heralded him a god (see Acts 12:22-23). And the Word of God spread with increased fervor and many new converts were added to the Church (see verse 24).
My friends, our battle is increasing, but the Lord is using our enemy to awaken us to fight because He wants to give us a great victory.
Our God-given Authority
Do you remember the horrific events of September 11, 2001? Of course you do. It's not often one incident can move a country, even the world, like 9/11 did; it united and activated our entire nation. Not since the attack on Pearl Harbor had our nation been empowered with such fury as we were in the 1940's by the assault on our nation. In both instances, we were immediately awakened and empowered by our outrage at the strike launched against us. We were linked by an intense feeling that something must be done to stop our enemy and make them pay for the attack against us.
These moments of deplorable destruction shocked us, shook us and enraged us. Literally, our enemy awoke our nation from a pacified slumber; they awoke a sleeping giant. They thought they would torment us to our grave. However, there came a point when we refused to tolerate the atrocities inflicted upon us.
These incidents are what God makes use of to awaken us from our slumber, making us resolute and fearless--our enemy's worst nightmare. Indeed, quite often we are at our best during harrowing situations. It's like siblings who will tease each other when no one's around, but if anyone tries to lay a hand on one of them, they band together and declare war...and Heaven help those who appose them.
The Lord, in His supreme wisdom, is allowing fearful situations to arise--to arise and shake us awake from our passivity and apathy. He's turning us into mother-bears protecting our cubs. He is using the enemy to awaken us from our slumber and fill us with rage, producing a resilient, self-sacrificing love that will pursue victory at all cost. God is forcing us to stand up to the enemy and say, "No more!" He is awakening His sleeping Church urging us to stand and boldly proclaim, "Enough!"
God is saying, "How long will you tolerate the enemy's blatant attack? He's pushed you into a corner until you can barely move. It's time for you to stand up to him for your own sake as well as for the lives of those used by him to harm you. Let them hear you speak the truth and do not fear their reprisal."
Just as a child will continue to push his way until his parents say no in a way that means "no," Satan will continue to harass us until he believes we mean NO. We've tried to appease him, but really, what is necessary is an ironclad stance of our God-given authority. If we don't stand and fight, we will lose all to the enemy, because he will not stop until we make him.
That's it Devil, NO MORE!
Years ago my mother-in-law and I were painting and we kept having continual struggles and accidents while working. Finally, she got upset and, realizing it was the work of the enemy, she boldly declared, "That's it devil, no more!" Peace was restored and we were able to continue our work.
There are times when we see our loved ones struggling and treated badly by others. Although we may feel badly, we remain detached. This is the enemy's scheme to keep us in our apathy, not willing to put ourselves forward for others. We may even find it easier to give advice or tell them what they should have done. But what God really wants us to do is to stand in the gap for them--to stand with them to fight the enemy and say with authority, "NO MORE!" We must band together and fight like the warriors we are! Together we are strong.
As Christians, we were not meant to live for ourselves. It is time we put others ahead of ourselves--to intercede for them using our faith to strengthen theirs. It's this faith-war that keeps our passion alive, or should I say, "Awake." If we let our faith fall into a dormant, lukewarm state, our enemy will surprise us.
Our prayers are powerful and necessary; they do protect us. The devil has been trying to distract us from our prayers and convince us we're ineffective. This is often his first plan in his attack. If he's victorious in getting us to lay down our weapons, he will be able to catch us off guard. Having lulled us into a life of triviality, we will become vulnerable.
We must not grow weary in battle. God knows how important it is for us to be armed and ready and He will do whatever it takes to make us ready and empowered. The enemy is increasing his attacks against the Church, but it's God's plan to use these attacks to bring even greater victory to the Church.
As the attacks ensue, we must not grow fearful, but allow God to make us powerful. We are more powerful than our enemy and it's God's plan that we advance against him. For "...greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4). Our enemy may assail against us, but he will not win the war!
Please declare this with me: God loves me. He leads me to green pastures and restores my soul. He provides for all my needs and keeps me from harm. He enables me to discern the plans of the enemy, and I listen and obey His will. God makes me victorious over the enemy. I hear His voice and follow His leading. I will live and declare the Word of the Lord. In Christ, I am strong and in Him, I am victorious!
Saints, let's stand together and with one mighty voice shout, "That's it devil, NO MORE!"
God bless you! In Him,
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New Living Translation
19 For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
Are you comfortable where you are? If you are or are not, change is coming. You are in the midst of a change. God is doing a new thing in you, with you , and for you. The place where you are no longer suits you. Some are celebrating and are happy about the changes God is making. Others, are unsure and apprehensive. God is calling you higher. Trusting God is crucial during this time. You will have to walk by faith and not by sight.
Tell heaven that you are ready for change. I heard someone say get your loose change and dance on it to show God that you are ready. I'm not saying that it will be easy. It is sometimes difficult to leave behind the things or places that are familiar to you. God is calling some from employees to entrepreneurs. He is calling some from renters to home ownership. He is calling some from pew sitters to active duty in ministry. He is calling some to a more intimate walk with Him. What ever changes God is making in your life, trust God.
God is doing a new thing. It has already begun! Don't you want to see it?
|Hebrews 11:1-3 Amplified Bible|
1NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
2For by [faith--[b]trust and holy fervor born of faith] the men of old had divine testimony borne to them and obtained a good report.
3By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.
Take the Limits Off God !Yesterday ended at midnight, so thank you Lord for bringing us out and helping us right now to redeem the time! Renew our mind and transform our lives physically, mentally, emotionally, and especially spiritually to enable us to live a holy witness all year long! Holy Spirit, help us to walk by faith and not by sight…one-step at a time. We know the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy our destiny…but no weapon that is formed against us shall prosper! We take the limits off our prayers, goals, ministry, spouse, children, loved ones, households, education, health and wealth! We take the limits off of God as we grow through awesome teaching and preaching! We take the limits off of God by coming to Sunday School and all the weekly services offered. We will continue to be faithful stewards by giving our time, talent, tithes and offering! We take the limits off of our worship, because we are anointed to lead people to Christ,
cause healing in their lives, and share the gift of Your Holy Spirit! We take the limits off our outreach because we are anointed to reach people of all ethnic backgrounds from next door to foreign soil. We take the limits off of last year’s blunders and failures…they are history! We won’t murmur or complain anymore…it’s a waste of valuable time! So Lord, help us learn from them and move on with victory in Jesus! For we know, if God be for us than who can be against us!
New Life Version
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God. Every stone of great worth covered you: ruby, topaz, diamond, beryl, onyx, jasper, chrysolite, turquoise, and emerald. And you had beautiful objects of gold. They were made for you when you were made. 14 You were the cherub who kept watch, and I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God. You walked among the stones of fire. 15 You were without blame in your ways from the day you were made until sin was found in you. 16 Through all your trading you were filled with bad ways, and you sinned. So I have sent you away in shame from the mountain of God and I have destroyed you and driven you out from the stones of fire, O cherub who kept watch. 17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty. You made your wisdom sinful because of your beauty. So I threw you to the ground. I laid you in front of kings for them to see you. 18 By all your wrong-doing and sinful trading you made your holy places sinful. So I made a fire come out from you, and it has destroyed you. I have turned you to ashes on the earth in the eyes of all who see you.
In the beginning, Lucifer was downloaded with greatness. He became full of himself and fell from grace. He lost his prominence, his anointing, and his praise. He stopped giving God the praise and started believing that he was worthy of God's praise. Ever since, he was kicked out of Heaven, he has been trying to still your prominence, your anointing, and your praise. If you allow Lucifer to take any of your stuff, do not allow him to take your praise.
Lucifer was the talented and anointed. God used to summoned him to do praise and worship. Now, they enemy can't stand it when you praise God. He lost his inheritance, he lost his favor, he lost his relationship with God. Now his fate is damnation; eternally separation from God. God sent His only Son, Jesus to conquer him. Jesus defeated him at Calvary.
God has downloaded you with greatness. Don't ever think so highly of yourself that you try to take God's glory. Don't let people puff you up. It is never you, but the Christ that lives within. Lucifer lost his, Don't lose yours.
King James Version
25And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
26And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.
Are you using your weapons effectively? There is power in praying and praising. Others need to see and hear you pray and praise God. Prayer and praise have the power to see you free from every situation that occurs in your life. Your prayer and praise also has the power to set others free.
Your prayer and praise will shake the foundations of the prison the enemy is trying to put you in. The enemy would love to steal your prayer life and your praise. He understands your power. Make sure you spend time with God everyday, several times a day. Exercise your power.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
22 But God was incensed that Balaam was going, and the Angel of the LORD took His stand on the path to oppose him. Balaam was riding his donkey, and his two servants were with him. 23 When the donkey saw the Angel of the LORD standing on the path with a drawn sword in His hand, she turned off the path and went into the field. So Balaam hit her to return her to the path. 24 Then the Angel of the LORD stood in a narrow passage between the vineyards, with a stone wall on either side. 25 The donkey saw the Angel of the LORD and pressed herself against the wall, squeezing Balaam's foot against it. So he hit her once again. 26 The Angel of the LORD went ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn to the right or the left.
You are in a narrow place. There is no time for you to get off track. The path to Jesus is a narrow one. There is an angel assigned to keep you on track. That Angel will do whatever it takes to keep you on your path. You live in a time when senseless murders are taking place. Bridges are collapsing as people attempt to make it home. Hurricanes are destroying the land. Same sex marriages have become legal. People are still dying from AIDS. Now is not the time to lose focus.
You are in a place that you think may not suit you. You may be saying, "this is too hard" or " I need some room to breathe". Stay on track. The Word of God says that the righteous will scarcely make it. All that is let is time to live for Jesus. The Broadway is always appealing to the flesh. The narrow place is good for the spirit. Pull someone onto the narrow way today.
New International Version
33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Words to live by:Take care of His business and He will take care of yours. Whatever is going on in your life, do what God says. If you seek after Him and put Him first, He will make the crooked places straight for you. It is easy to be consumed with the daily activities of living. Don't focus on yourself or your situation. Make God your focus and watch what He does. He will pour out blessings and open up doors and windows. If you want to be blessed, get busy for the Lord. The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. There is a lot of work to be done.
Son of Man, Son of God 13When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "What are people saying about who the Son of Man is?" 14They replied, "Some think he is John the Baptizer, some say Elijah, some Jeremiah or one of the other prophets." 15He pressed them, "And how about you? Who do you say I am?" 16Simon Peter said, "You're the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God." 17-18Jesus came back, "God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn't get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am. And now I'm going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.
A great deal has always been said about Jesus. Some people don't believe He is real. Some believe the He existed , but is nothing more than just another prophet. Others, believe that He is just an ordinary man that lived long ago. Recently, The Da Vinci Code made claims about Jesus. It was said that Jesus had a child with Mary Magdalene.
Why are there so many attacks on Jesus, not Muhammad, not Budah? Jesus is the real thing. Jesus is the Son of God; the true and living God. He gave His life to save your life and mine. We live in a world that wants us to stop saying the name, Jesus. Oh but the power in that name. Jesus is the only name that save, delivers, heals, and sets the captives free. At that name every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. His name causes demons to tremble! The gates of hell cannot prevail against Him. He is sweeter than the honey in the honey comb.
If you don't know Him, get to know Him. Ask Him to come into your heart right now. It's simple...just believe that He was born of a virgin, that He died on the cross, and rose again. He did it just for you! I promise your life will never be the same. Tell that Him that you believe, tell Him that you love Him, ask Him to come in and fill the empty places in your heart. If you already know Him, reaffirm your love right now. If you're going through call Him; say His name. Just tell Him how great He is and how much you love Him. Tell Him He is everything to you. take a few minutes and just worship Him.
"Who Do You Say I Am?" saith the Lord
Sow Toward Your Dream
"Remember: A stingy planter gets stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your mind what you will give."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Do you want your dream to come to pass? Get involved in helping someone else’s dream come true. In order to get something you don’t have; you must plant something you do have. If you want an orange tree, what must you do? Plant a seed, an orange seed. Every seed produces its own kind.
What do you believe God for? If you make something happen for others, God will make something happen for you! If you have let go of some of your dreams, God says that you can recover them. If the dream is dead, ask God to resurrect it. If you are unsure of what God has in store for you, walk by faith and not by sight. He knows your beginning and your end. Create an atmosphere for your dreams to come true. Spend time with your Father… be intimate with Him… pursue Him. Give Him back the dreams He gave you and watch Him move.
Pursue, Never Give Up
"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent take by force."
Be a mover and a shaker. Pursue your dream relentlessly. The word of God says, faith without works is dead. When God gives you a dream, it is a call to action. Satan obviously does not want you to fulfill the dreams God has given you. If he can make you think what God has promised you is not going to happen, you won’t pursue it. Understand that a delay is not a denial. God is working in areas you don’t see.
Are you willing to fight for your dreams to come true? God told Daniel that his prayer was heard the first time. The prince of Persia was holding up the blessing. Michael the Archangel had to fight to bring it through. Pursue your dream; pray for it…praise for it…hope against hope for it. Revolutionize your tactics. Never give up.
Focus on the Goal
“I’m not saying I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has wondrously reached out for me. Friends don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward- to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”
Do not allow fear to seize you. God has not given you a spirit of fear. Staying focused on God will help you focus on the goal. Where will your help come from? Your help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber. Indeed, your Protector does not slumber or sleep. The LORD protects you; the LORD is a shelter, He is right by your side. The LORD will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life. Don’t focus on the things you cannot control. God is taking care of that. Focus on your goal.
Let go of the past and focus on God’s dream for your future. Don’t focus on or think about what happened in the past. Use the past to keep you focused on your dream. You cannot change the past. Don’t look to the left or the right. Stay focused on the dream God gave you. God is calling you towards your dream. Get up on your feet. Take off running and don’t turn back.
Replay Previous Victories
“David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.”
-1 Samuel 17:37
Whatever dominates your thoughts will direct your life. Your memory is filled with failures and successes. Which do you look to the most? A wonderful mother in Zion says, “Think about what you’re thinking about”. If you are always focused on your lack, short comings, and inadequacies, nothing good will happen to you.
Look at your successes. You serve an unchanging God. You don’t know how or when, but He will do it again. He will always show Himself strong for you. Thank God for what He has already done. Focus on your abilities, anointing, and resources that you already have. This is a way to stay focused on your dream. Make a list of your successes. Make a list of the provision God has already provided for your dream. Read that list out loud every time Satan tells you that your dream is impossible. After all, he is the father of lies.
Associate With the Right People
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
Proverbs 27: 17
Don’t associate with people who are always saying, “ That’s impossible! It cannot be done. No way!” Love them, pray for them, minister to them, and keep it moving. Don’t allow those people to bring you down to their level. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
Association is important. The people you associate with can either make or break you. It is imperative that you associate with people of faith. Get around people whose vision is greater than yours. Let them pull you up to their level. Find people who believe God for big things! Associate with people who exercise walk on water faith in their own lives.
“ And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.”
-Luke 1: 20
Sometimes you have to shut up to be blessed. Zacharias and Elizabeth were also promised a child. They were old like Abraham and Sarah. God sent an angel to tell Zacharias that the miracle was on the way. He did not believe it. So, God shut his mouth. Why did God shut his mouth during Elizabeth’s pregnancy? So he wouldn’t mess up the blessing. What might have happened? His doubt and negative attitude may have caused Elizabeth to miscarry.
There are times when you just have to shut up! Everyone is not going to be happy for you. So people are going to tell you that it is impossible to realize that dream. Other people’s disbelief can cause you to abort you mission. You cannot share everything God gives you with everybody. Think about this, Zacharias was Elizabeth’s husband. Opposition may very well come from those closest to you.
“ And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”
Get a journal. Write down the vision as God gave it to you. The dream that God gave you; is the dream God gave you. Read it over and over again. When doubt comes, read the vision. When fear comes, read the vision. Reading the vision will help you keep your focus. Reading the vision will motivate you.
Have a plan written down. When you make your divine connection, you will need to be able to present your dream to others. God always has a ram in the bush. Set goals for yourself. Write your goals down. Refer back to them so you can see what God has done.