Well, it’s that time of the year when we come together as a family to reflect on the blessings of God. But I suppose that there are some who believe that in our society today, there is very little to be thankful for but they are wrong. Every person who knows Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior has a lot to be thankful for. God is good and His mercies endure forever, and it is because of His mercy that we have been delivered and set free from the enemy of our soul. The blood of Jesus has redeemed those who are called by His name, and just in case you neglect to tell Jesus on your own how grateful you are, a day has been designated for that very thing.
Recognize how truly blessed you are. Reflect on how God has provided what you needed when you needed it. You might not have everything you want but your basic needs are being met. Focus on the positive in your life. Everyone faces challenges but Jesus has promised to never leave us alone, and we are never alone when we have to face trials and tribulations. God is bigger than our problems and there is nothing too hard for Him. If God doesn’t calm your storm, His grace is sufficient to give you peace in the midst of the storm and remember that His eye is always upon the sparrow.
God is faithful and this is a wonderful time to stop and give thanks. Give thanks for your family and friends; for your job and for the home that keeps you and your family safe. Give thanks for your health. Give thanks that what the enemy meant for evil God has turned it around for your good and above all, give thanks for your salvation. You didn’t choose God but God chose you. He called you by name and saved you and gave you eternal life. Give thanks that you can trust God and that He is faithful.
Live with a thankful spirit and daily give thanks for the goodness of God in your life. You can do nothing without Him, but with Him all things are possible. What shall you render unto God for all of His benefits toward you? Thankfulness is a good start!
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus for you.”
Do you realize that God has given every believer the keys to unlock or remove every hinderance they encounter on this earth? The keys are there to heal you, to promote you and to give you the power to overcome life’s challenges. Unfortunately, many Christians are not taught that they have the power and the authority to speak to the mountain standing in their way and it will move. At the name of Jesus every knee will bow and there is nothing you will every face that is stronger than the power of God.
When you are weak God will show himself strong in your life if you submit to his will and his way. The grace of God is more than sufficient for you and it will work in your life in such a way that you will see yourself changing and becoming more and more like the Lord. But being an overcomer takes consecration; it takes humility and it will involve brokenness. When you are broken you totally submit yourself to God and you trust him completely. His will becomes your will and you press on and you press through the trials in your life. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus came to give you life and life more abundantly.
If you want to go further than you could ever dream, put your hand into the hands of the Lord and walk with him every day of your life. Use your keys of faith and speak with authority to every hinderance standing in your way. Renew your mind so that you have the mind of Christ and nothing will be able to stop you. God loves you and he wants only the best for you. Trust him at all times and never give up. The keys you possess will unlock every door. Don’t perish due to a lack of knowledge. Take the word of God and guard it in your heart and you will possess all that God has for you.
Obedience to God is unconditional; obedience to man is conditional. God expects us to obey Him in all things and at all times. The Bible tells us that obedience is better than sacrifice. What some people do not realize is that when we disobey God we are in rebellion and it is a spirit of witchcraft. This is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly. Our love for God should cause us to deny ourselves ,and when you deny yourself you’re denying your mind, your emotions, and your will to obey the inner spirit man in every area of life.
Obedience to God includes doing what God has told you to do even if it looks impossible. When God spoke to Noah and told him to build an ark, it took an enormous amount of faith for Noah to obey but if your heart is set on doing the will of God, God will give you the grace to perform. There is an anointing that comes upon you to avoid trying to logically make sense out of what God said, but rather focus on the task at hand. Your mind will play games with you and try to make you think that you didn’t really hear from God, but do not be deceived. Rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you in the path you should take.
An unconditional surrender to God is the mark of a mature Believer. Jesus Christ surrendered to the will of God even though it cost him his life. Believers must follow that example and take up their cross if they are to be a disciple of Jesus. You might have to let go of something, but anything that you give up will be given back to you in greater measure. Therefore, set your mind and heart to obey God. Your total submission to God will not go unnoticed but will be rewarded in this life and in the life to come.
“Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing.” (Psalm 92:13-14).
God wants you to be planted in a local church; He does not want you to be transient and move from place to place. God intends to grow you and the local church is where are hearts are challenged to rise up to new levels in Christ. Statistics from Barna Research Group state that 11% of people who claim to attend church at least once a month plan to change their place of worship in the coming year. That represents 15 million people changing their church homes in the next 12 months. Evidently, many people are not devoted to their current church and feel it is okay to move from place to place but what will this accomplish? God’s desire is that every Believer get plugged into a local church body, support it in every way they can and grow in their faith and in their relationship to the Lord.
God’s blessings will be upon those who are planted, who don’t move from place to place. The spirit of God is there to guide you and help you to recognize your place in the body of Christ and use your gifts and talents to minister to others around you. They need you and you need them. The church is made up of many members but all belong to one body with Jesus Christ as the head with all authority. If you are still searching for the place God has for you, ask Him to lead you to the one place where you belong. Once there, allow your roots to go down deep and your walk with the Lord will be amazing.
God has given the church a powerful gift, a supernatual gift to fulfill His will upon the earth. It was first received on the day of Pentacost and because of it the early church was able to convert thousands to Christ and perform miraculous signs and wonders.
God’s gift of the Holy Spirit enabled the church to overcome the resistance against them and the evil of that day. Believers were persecuted and killed because of their faith but the Holy Spirit caused them to keep moving forward and do the will of God. That same gift and that same power enables Believers today to rise above the many problems of this world and live in victory and peace. Ebola is causing fear among many people but Christians have something within them that makes them different from the rest of the world. People are looking for an answer that the government does not have. God is the answer and if you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you have this free gift from God available to you. The spirit of God will enable you to hear the voice of God who will lead you, protect you, provide for you and take away all fear. God is bigger than any problem this world has and without God, people will live in fear and do all kinds of evil things while the children of God will respond to the challenges of life with boldness.
God wants Believers to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit immediately after salvation and all you need is a repentant heart. Once received, the Holy Spirit or fire of God, will allow you to be used by God to further His kingdom on this earth. You will act differently. You will think at a higher level than before and you will accomplish much more than you could ever do on your own. Don’t live without this gift. If you do not already possess it, ask God for it for this is His will for your life.
“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” (Romans 13:1-2)
God is the author of creation, including man, and all things are to function the way He designed them because He is the ultimate authority. To man He gave the authority to subdue the animals and birds of the air and Believers are to submit to the authority of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Every one has to submit to authority but some people in authority allow their pride to take over and they abuse their position of authority. Pride was the original sin. Lucifer became self-centered and wanted to exalt himself above God and was therefore cast out of heaven. On the other hand, some people have a problem submitting to authority. They consider themselves better than the person above them so they rebel which leads to their own demise. Miriam got leprosy after Aaran and she began to think that they were just as important and just as holy as Moses. You must remember that when you rebel against authority, you are rebelling against the author of authority – God.
Authority was established for our benefit and it is not to be taken lightly. The Bible commands us to submit to the authority of man or suffer the consequences. It works the same way in the kingdom of God. There are consequences to disobedience because obedience in the kingdom of God is not optional – it is mandatory. God demands uncompromised allegiance to Him. Believers are to be humble, open and teachable like small children if we want to become great in the kingdom of heaven.
The kingdom of God is the realm in which Jesus Christ rules and reigns in your heart. He is your Lord and how well you submit to the authority of Christ will determine how well you learn and grow within the kingdom of God. If you want God’s best in your life, do His will and submit to the authority in your life and this will honor God and He will open the windows of heaven over you and pour out a blessing on you such that you will not be able to contain.
Will a man rob God? Yes. How is this possible? Anyone not giving back to God one-tenth of what God has blessed him with is robbing God of what rightfully belongs to Him. It isn’t a matter of God needing your money, rather it’s a matter of where your heart is. The Bible instructs us to bring our tithes into God’s house for tithing is the means by which our local churches are to be supported so that they may carry out the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore, it is for your personal benefit that you honor God in this way to show Him that you are submitted to Him and that you are obedient to His Word.
Just as important as it is to tithe, it is important that you do so with a cheerful heart because God loves a cheerful giver. No one is to give grudgingly but giving should be done in the spirit of love and gratitude. When you take into consideration the fact that Jesus Christ willingly laid down his life for the forgiveness of your sins, tithing is the least you can do to show that you are grateful for His sacrifice. Do not give to be saved, but give because you are saved.
God has told us to test Him in tithing because we will see that a life that is lived in total obedience to giving back to God, will be a life that is tremendously blessed. God has promised to rebuke the devourer for your sake and He will bless the work of your hands and bless your family all because you give back to Him that portion that is His. God can make the remaining 90% of your finances go much further than if you kept 100% all for yourself. What’s more, offerings are to be given only after the tithe has been given. Offerings do not take the place of tithes but is received as a gift by God.
Do you trust God? Do you trust Him enough to supply all of your needs? Trust God no matter what your financial condition may be. Whether your 10% amounts to a lot or very little, it is all equal in God’s eyes. Obedience makes us equal with one another. Make tithing one test you will pass and allow the windows of heaven to be opened over you. Remember, when you give to God, He will give back to you exceedingly more than you gave to Him. This is a promise that you can always depend on. Do not rob God but give God your tithes and offerings willingly and cheerfully.
God is a problem solver. He desires to help you solve the problems in your personal life, your marriage and your business. There is no more important activity than prayer. Talking with God and knowing that He is listening is an awesome experience and is available to you so that your joy may be full.
Jesus Christ made communicating with His heavenly Father a major part of his life and his disciples witnessed first hand the impact it had on his ministry that they asked the Lord to teach them how to pray. The pattern for prayer is found in the 6th chapter of Matthew and many people are able to recite the Lord’s prayer by memory. Prayer causes your heart to be sensitive and tender to God and it should never become a ritual. God wants His children to spend time with Him, praising Him, thanking Him and petitioning Him for their needs. What’s more, prayer is a time when God speaks to those whose hearts are open to hear Him. There is no time limit on how much time you should spend in God’s presence, but whether you spend five minutes or five hours, you will be forever changed.
Everyone needs the Lord and when you discover that you can do nothing without Him, you will recognize that your dependence is not a sign of weakness but it draws you to the one whose strength is made perfect in times when you commune heart to heart with God. The Bible says that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. Approach God in total honesty and humility and you will find the help you need. Unlike man, God will not condemn those who come to Him seeking to fellowship with Him. You do not have to hide your feelings. Share with God your happiness and your sorrow and allow Him to supernaturally solve your problems.
The Lord’s prayer starts off by addressing God as “Our Father in heaven.” Lift up your head, your eyes and your heart to your Father who is higher than any problem or heart ache in your life and He will direct your steps, and you will experience Jehovan-Shalom!(peace).
Many people like to read because not only is it educational but it is also a form of relaxation. Just as the body needs exercise to stay in shape, reading exercises the mind which benefits the human body in many ways. No matter what your field of interest, there are a variety of choices of books to read relative to science, history, biographies, fictional or non-fictional, but there is one book that few people actually make a point to read and that is the Bible.
The Christian religion is based on the Bible and is the infallible word of God. Society has many different opinions about the authenticity of the authorship of the Bible but to the Believer it is the inspired word of God. The Bible was given to us to to teach us the ways of God; to inform, correct and give us hope. More importantly, the Word of God sets man free – free from sin and free from being controlled by the enemy of our soul Satan. If you want to live a life that is pleasing to God, you must know what the Bible says and be obedient to His Word.
Many people have at least one Bible in their home, yet fail to read it consistently, but that is not God’s will. God want us to be equipped to handle the storms that come into our lives so He has given us example after example of what to do and what not to do in His Word. The Christian is to be forever changing becoming more Christ-like in his walk with the Lord and the only way to be successful in that area is to know what the Bible will have you to do in your life, marriage, and your relationships.
Purpose in your heart that beginning today, you are going to read at least a verse every day and I promise you that the more you do this, the more you will want to do it. You will find that you are moving closer to God because you will get to know Him on a personal level and you will discover the love God has for you. Think of the Bible as God’s love letter to you. Hide His word in your heart and watch how your life will change for the better and this will bring glory and honor to God in a profound way.
Baptism is the public demonstration of a sinner’s act of repentance and declaration that he/she has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. After being submerged in water, a person is signifying that they are emerging as a new creation and that they no longer will be controlled by their sinful nature but has now embraced justification that is available to them. Water baptism identifies a person as a child of God and is just the beginning of a life where old things have passed away and everything has become new.
There is another gift available to everyone who belongs to the body of Christ, but unfortunately not everyone has taken advantage of. This gift is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was called the comforter by Jesus who told His disciples that it would come after His ascension and it did. The Holy Spirit is the source of power that makes one different than anyone else. It is super-natural and it strengthens our relationship with God; guides, teaches and counsels believers and is accompanied by the gift of tongues. This is God’s gift and will for every person. In order for God’s will to be done on earth, believers must allow the Holy Spirit to manifest Himself so that the world will see that God is alive and miracles are ever present in our world today.
In our human nature we are limited but what sets a believer apart from the rest is the ability to hear the voice of God and carry out His commandments. Whether healing is needed in the body, marriages, families or finances, nothing is impossible because God’s power cannot and will not fail. The Holy Spirit is a promise from God for us and all future generations to those who believe. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and that is why God wants believers to walk in the spirit and to honor Him in everything we do and everywhere we go.
If you have a relationship with Jesus Christ and are not yet walking in the Spirit of God, ask Him and He will not withhold what He has already promised. Salvation is the only requirement and you will be empowered to live your new life at its fullness which will bring glory and honor to your heavenly Father.