To Cope, Return To Hope

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Naturally, dealing with challenging things only helps us temporarily. We have to deal with it in the spirit realm by reading God’s word and obeying what God says.

Circumstances come to put you to shame. You can be on the mountaintop and something happens to you to make mockery of your victory. However, when your trust is in God you can hold your head high. God is a God of multiplication. Whatever attacks the enemy throws your way, God blesses you double and more. Not only does God gives it back to you, but He gives it back double.

Zechariah 9:12 New King James Version: Return to the stronghold,
You prisoners of hope.Even today I declare
That I will restore double to you.

Romans 5 tells us how to cope with challenges.

Romans 5:1-5 Living Translation: So now, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith in his promises, we can have real peace with him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. For because of our faith, he has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be.We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Glory to God! We can hold our heads up and not be ashamed because our hope is in God and the King James version of Romans 5 says  hope maketh not ashamed. Romans 10:11 NIV Version says 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.

As long as your  trust is in God,  you can deal with any challenges that comes.

To Cope, Return To Hope!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Receive Your Release, When Your Praise Increase

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It is time to increase our praise and take it to another level.

We don’t praise just to get something. We praise God because of who He is.

When a person or child receives  genuine appreciation and praise for what he/she has done, it makes them want to do more. We can discern rather or not the praise is genuine or if it is another motive behind it.

John 4:23 NIV says Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

We worship God in the spirit, not just out of feeling and emotion. Sometimes it may be sacrificial. That is when you operate by faith, reminding God of who he is. It is okay to cry, shout, dance, and sing, as long as it is from a genuine place.

Our praise and trust in God should speak louder than the situation we are facing. It shows great love, faith, and trust in God when we can praise/worship God in the midst of evil and the challenges life throws our way.

A great example of true worship and praise is Psalm 103.

Psalm 103:1-5 English Standard says Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s

David praised God with all of his heart and remembered all that God had already done.

Sometimes it takes everything in you to praise God, especially  when everything negative is going on around you.

Hebrews 13:15-16 says Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Most of us as believers know about Paul and Silas (Acts 16:16-40) praising God in the midst of being in prison, chained. While they were praising God, the chains broke and they were set free.

The true test is thanking and praising God while you are waiting for your release and when things are challenging. Every chance we get, we should give God praise, thank Him for past victories, and for what He has already done. Praise should be a lifestyle.

One of my favorite scriptures I Thessalonians 5:16-18 New King James Version says: Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

You Receive Your Release, When Your Praise Increase!

 

 

 

In the Midst of Mess, You’re Still Blessed

 

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It is so easy to complain or focus on the chaos that is going on around us that we tend to forget how blessed we truly are.

Growing up, I was taught the Beatitudes (derived from the word beati, which translates to “happy”, “rich”, or “blessed”) from  from Matthew 5. When we meditate this scripture, we will realize how blessed we are.

I love the Message version of Matthew 5: Jesus’  Sermon on the Mount.

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

11-12 “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.

As believers, we are blessed because we have Jesus who went through it all for us and that is enough to give God thanks.

In the midst of mess, we are blessed!

 

You Want It Gone? Face It Head On

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God lead me to I Samuel 17 “David and Goliath” on Friday.

Goliath was a Philistine giant that was over 9 feet tall and big. Goliath kept terrorizing David’s people for 40 days. It caused everyone to run in fear.

David heard what was happening, realized the reward he would get if Goliath was destroyed,  and that motivated him to face Goliath.

David kept  exalting the name of God, spoke on his past victories, and he declared “this day will the Lord deliver you into my hands.”

David used what he had, operated in the power of God and not his own strength. He ran towards Goliath and not only killed Goliath, but cut his head off. David’s victory caused others to join with him to kill the Philistines.

God revealed to me my giant and I am facing it head on. Once you get to the root of your situation, face it, cut the head off, and then the other things will fall into place.

Ask God to reveal to you the giant’s head that needs to be cut off. Once God reveal it to you act on it immediately, and watch God work. It will not only change your life, but the lives of others around you.

You Want It Gone? Face It Head On!

 

How Long Are You Slack? Take It All Back

 

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Are you tired of being in the situation you are in? Have you been in the situation so long that it doesn’t seem like you can get out? Have you been pushing certain things back for later because of your situation?

It’s time to move.

Friday morning I heard a voice say “How long are you slack to receive your inheritance?” which is found in Joshua 18. There were 7 Israelite tribes who hadn’t received their inheritance. The question was asked “How long are you slack to take possession of the land?”

It dawned on me that there are 7 of us in our immediate family. He also gave me the scriptures to meditate on and I jumped right into them. I said to myself “God I am not going to be slack anymore. He gave me the instructions and I obeyed. I am expecting suddenly; at any moment my situation is turned around! When God speaks you have to move. Delayed obedience is disobedience.

Proverbs 27:1 – Don’t boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

Meditating the word of God day and night according to Joshua 1 is being diligent. Every morning and every night before going to bed, read the word of God. Consistency is the  key to receiving the promises of God.

Obeying God immediately puts you in position to receive from God.

Deuteronomy 28 28 “Now it shall be, if you diligently listen to and obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all of His commandments which I am commanding you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you pay attention to the voice of the Lord your God.

Hallelujah! If you immediately obey God, the blessings will come and overtake you. You receive revelation by meditating on the word of God day and night. Then God speaks and when God speaks, you obey immediately.

If you are tired, my dad taught me this and I have grabbed ahold of it. I download the app on my phone Tecarta, put in the scripture or chapter I want to meditate on, highlight the verses, and play it on repeat on my earbuds while I am asleep. It is going into my spirit while I am  asleep. God will wake me up at the right time to spend time with him in the morning.

There are no excuses. Take time out in the morning. Even if you have to do it while you are cooking, driving, or you can listen to it on your ears at night while you are asleep to get the word inside you. The word of God says now is the time. Now is the day of salvation.

Hebrews 11:1 King James Version  says now faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen

Faith is always now!

How Long Are You Slack? Take It All Back!

 

Your Capacity To Receive, Is What You .Believe

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Capacity: The potential of storing or holding. The maximum amount or number that can be contained. 

Everyone has the potential to obtain everything that is good according to the word of God. However, everyone will not  receive the same amount beyond what they truly believe.

Matthew 19:26  26 Jesus beheld, and said to them, With men this thing is impossible; but with God all things be possible.

Some things that are possible for you may not be possible for the other person. It is only possible if you believe.

Matthew 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

How much you receive is according to your faith.

I want to go all the way and receive the hundred fold blessing so I can be a blessing to as many people as possible.

How do you know you truly believe something?  Your actions will follow it according to Mark 16:17: actions follow those that believe.

A good example of believing is Romans 10:9-10 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Matthew 12:34 says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

That’s why we should fill our hearts with the word of God and listen to the word of God daily to build our capacity to receive.

Romans 10:17 says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

Mark 4:24 says pay attention to what you hear.

You can’t listen to or be around negative things and get the capacity to receive good things.

Whatever you need and desire according to the word of God, you can obtain if you fill your heart with the word of God. Remember all things are possible to them that believe.

Your capacity to receive, is what you believe!

 

 

Awake! It’s Time to Take!

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Webster’s meaning: Awake: To become aroused or active again. To become conscious or aware of something.

Take: 1.  To get into one’s hands or into one’s possession, power, or control.  ato seize or capture physically.  dto acquire by eminent domain. 2.: Grasp or Grip 3. a: to catch or attack through the effect of a sudden force or influence. To receive or accept whether willingly or reluctantly

We awake by becoming active in the word of God so we can become spiritually aware and  receive instructions to take what God has already provided.

Psalm 119:130  King James Version says The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

Joshua 1:8 New King James Version says This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but youshall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

The word of God is like natural food: the more you feed on it, the more spiritually aware we are of the spiritual realm.

In Matthew 11:12 it says the kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force.

We have been accepting and putting up with evil long enough. It is time as people of God to take what is rightfully ours.

Most believers are familiar with Mark 11:24. However, there is another a translation that says take,which  is the meaning of the word receive.

Mark 11:24 Wycliffe Bible Version 24 Therefore I say to you, all things whatever things ye praying shall ask, believe ye that ye shall take, and they shall come to you.

Whatever you pray about at that moment according to the word of God, rather it is healing, finances, or  wisdom, take it and it is yours. Begin thanking him each time it comes to your mind until it manifests in the natural.

Awake! It’s Time To Take!