Are You Enjoying It?

Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. – 1 Timothy 6:17, NLT

I don’t hear too many preachers teaching that God wants us to enjoy our lives, to enjoy our work, to enjoy what He gives us.

It sounds like following God is supposed to be this somber, solemn experience, but God clearly says in this Scripture that He gives us all things we need to enjoy.

We are supposed to enjoy our lives, our work, our families, our kids, our spouses. We are supposed to be having a good time.

So the question is: if we are to enjoy our lives, why aren’t we?

What Is The Plan?

I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him. – Ecclesiastes 3:14

Everything God does will endure forever. We try to add our two cents to improve God’s plans. We say "God, hurry up!," "God, do it this way., "God, I want this."

We try to get God to bless whatever it is that we want to do, the plan that we have come up with.

Only God will not bless a plan that is not part of His Will, that will somehow harm us down the road.

So instead of saying "God, please bless my plans," why not ask, "God, what is Your plan?" πŸ™‚

Looking Behind?

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, – Philippians 3:13

Most of the time we are concerned with what affects us right now.

We are concerned with our present challenges–with the rebellious kid, the health issues, the crackling marriage.

But as long as we dwell on what is presently happening in our lives, even after doing all we can do and handing it over to God, we will become depressed. Life will become mundane.

If, though, we focus on the plan God has for our lives, we know that He is going to work everything out for our good.

Dead, broke and sick people are no use to further God’s Kingdom.

God needs live, healthy and abundant people. That’s His will for you (John 10:10, 3 John 2). πŸ™‚

Are You Like Zacchaeus?

What is the difference between Zacchaeus (Luke 19) and the man who came to Jesus asking how to have eternal life (Matthew 19)?

The rich man was works-oriented. What must I do to be saved? When Jesus saw this, He presented this man with the law. But according to this man, he kept them all. He couldn’t see his own sin.

He believed that right living leads to right standing.

Zacchaeus, however, saw his sin and believed only that Jesus could save him.

He believed right, and an interesting thing happened. He decided to make amends for what he stole from people. Jesus didn’t ask him to.

His right believing led to right living. He automatically did the right thing.

Believing right will take you further than your own self-efforts. Depend on Jesus to help you in every area of your life. πŸ™‚

The Death Of Your Dream?

The story on the Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4:8-37 ) is of personal importance to me these days.

I am going to show you what God showed me concerning this passage.

The woman convinced her husband to make a chamber for the prophet Elisha to sleep in while Elisha was in town.

Elisha told her that within one year, she would have the baby that she desired with her husband, who was old.

Many of us have been given a promise from God. A dream within our spirits from God that He put on the inside of us when we accept Christ.

Within a year, she had her baby, her promise.

Just like those of us who have been working toward that goal.

Many years later, the son worked in the field with his father. The boy became sick. The father took the son to the mother, where he laid upon his mother’s knee and later died.

How many of us have had the dreams that God gave us die? How many of us have had our dreams look like they could never come to pass?

The Shunammite woman wasn’t phased by this. She took her son and put him in the chamber in which Elisha slept.

She mounted her animal and went in search of the man of God. She brought Elisha back to the boy. He raised the son from the dead.

When we focus our attention on Jesus and what He has done for us, when we believe God, He will resurrect the dream that He has given that has died.

Hallelujah! God is not phased by the death of our dreams, of the things in our lives, because if they are of Him, He can raise the dead, just like He did Jesus and Lazarus.
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Really Believing?

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And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." – Matthew 21:22

Are you really believing the Word?

This Scripture says that if you believe when you pray, you will receive your answer.

1 John 5 tells us if we know that God hears us, we can have the confidence that He has answered us.

When Jesus cried, "It is finished (John 19:30)," healing, prosperity, peace, relationship restoration, forgiveness, everything you could ever need was credited to your account.

If you believe that, then when you pray, have confidence that God’s has already given you what you need…and thank Him for it in advance.

If you have confidence that you have the answer, then have the confidence to thank Him before you see it.

After all, faith is the substance of things hoped for. The evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). πŸ™‚

Rescued From Abuse?

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So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. – Romans 7:4

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Before you accepted Christ, you were in an abusive relationship. A relationship with Mr. Law. He demanded that you be perfect and live according to his standards, and when you couldn’t, he punished you for your shortcomings.

One day, though, you realized that Jesus took all those shortcomings on the Cross. He took the wrath and punishment for your sins once and for all. Jesus came to rescue from Mr. Law’s abuse. Now you are in relationship with Jesus.

It is as we rely on Jesus, as we acknowledge His constant presence in our lives, that we bear fruit. Not because of our works but because of Him working through us to will and to do His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). πŸ™‚

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Attacked?

If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you. – Isaiah 54:15

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God does not bring people to attack us. God does not sit up in Heaven, saying, "You know what? We are going to send an attack on Melissa today. Her boss will accuse her of stcaling today."

No, God is a good God. Everything good comes from Him, according to James 1:17. God only brings good things into your life.

When satan does attack you, God says whoever attacks you will surrender to you. What the devil means for evil in your life, God will turn around for your good.

Believe and praise God for it and you will see the attacks turn around in your life. πŸ™‚

Forgiven?

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When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, – Colossians 2:13

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God forgave us our sins before we committed them, before we were ever born.

This Scripture says He forgave us of how many sins? All. Without exception.

Does this mean that we aren’t forgiven until we confess our sins? No. At the time Jesus died on the Cross, He took everyone’s sins–past, present and future. For everyone who would ever live.

When we confess our sins, which is for our benefit and not His, we come in agreement that we are already forgiven.

We just receive the forgiveness that is already ours.

One of the best ways to receive is to thank Him for what He has already done…before we ever see it in the natural. Thanksgiving is the key to manifestation. πŸ™‚

Showing Off?

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. – Psalm 37:7 (NIV)

We have to wait on God’s timing.

Your co-worker may get promoted before you even though he cheats and relies on his own works to get him to the next level.

You might see people who are ungodly appearing to succeed, but they will only make it so far. Human effort will only take you so far.

But when you wait on God, when you wait for Him to promote you, He will take you places you never dreamed possible.

He will do the extraordinary in your life. So let Him have the reigns in your life and watch Him show off. πŸ™‚

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