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Seek God Finished

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So many of us run around on eggshells, wondering if God is watching every move we make, judging us, criticizing us, and making us disappointed and angry. But if you read the Word in Genesis 1, God’s first act after creating man was to bless them. He didn’t bring the law, the rules, and the hammer. He blessed them. His original objective for man was to pour out His blessings and to love us. It wasn’t to hurt us or criticize us.

What’s truly awesome is that you will see why Jesus died on the cross when you study Galatians. It says Jesus came so the blessing God gave to Abraham could be restored unto us. That is the first reason He came. He came to restore the blessing.

But many of us are still living under the old covenant. We are still living in the Old Testament times, under the law. Galatians says, “Who has bewitched you and put you under the law? Weren’t you saved by grace?” Why do we continue to live by the law when we are a new creation, created to live by grace through Christ, who gives us strength, who is our righteousness? We are the righteousness of Christ. We are no longer jars of clay. We are a new creation, and John 5 says we have crossed from death unto life. Heaven on earth is knowing God. John 17:3 says eternal life is knowing God. It is to know God. That is what eternal life is. It starts today. It starts now.

What is different between the old and new covenants, before Christ and after Christ? It is that Christ sent His Holy Spirit—the all-powerful, all-mighty God who created heaven and earth—to live inside His people. That didn’t happen before. We couldn’t be a house of the Holy Spirit. We couldn’t be a house of God. We couldn’t be His temple because Christ had not come and made us clean to house the Holy Spirit. We weren’t worthy of it. He made us worthy. We never go back. We can’t say, “Without Him, I am weak,” because we are never without Him. If you say that, then you don’t understand you are truly never without Him once you’re in Him. It’s impossible ever to be without Him again. You are with Him.

It takes a while to renew your mind and truly understand what transpired that made you who you are. You are no longer that old person barely saved. You are the righteousness of Christ, seated at the right hand of the Father with Jesus. You have a constant defender, an intercessor, who is Jesus. You constantly have God on your side whenever you are weak in your tent or your flesh. You are strong in Him because He is in you. It is up to you to renew your mind and have faith in who He says you are in order for His power to work in you.He says, “I can do more than you can even imagine according to my power at work in you.”

What kind of vessel are you? Are you one in whom His power is working?

Victim or Victor?

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A victim has the mentality that everything that happens to them is someone else’s fault. They are easily offended and emotional. They generally either cry or react in anger. They feel like the world is stacked against them, no one is for them, and they are all on their own. They look into every situation, searching for the point where they have been attacked, rejected, or left out. Their eyes are always looking at how someone wants to hurt them. They can’t climb their way out of the valley because that’s where they live and stay.

They find their identity as victims. Their identity is caught up in never being wrong but always being wronged. They aren’t leaders. They are not successful. Half of the time, they shoot themselves in the foot. They will never say, “Here is what I did wrong…” But you will always hear them say, “Here is what so-and-so did wrong…” They complain. They are atmosphere-changers. They can take a joyful, loving atmosphere and make it negative. They can turn the tide of momentum into a crash. These people weigh things down because the glass is always half empty. Their eyes can’t see through new perspectives. Thankfulness is not on their lips. Everything they do, someone else is to blame.

How do I know? I used to be a victim.

On the other hand, a victor is someone who has possibly been wronged but has climbed their way out. They have taken their thoughts captive.
“Maybe this isn’t just someone else’s fault. Maybe it was mine. If it was my fault, I can’t change anyone else, but I can change myself. I can change my thoughts; I can change my perspectives. All things are possible. This pit is not where I belong. It is not my calling. It is not my purpose. I belong in a victory position on a mountaintop. I will believe that not everyone is out to get me; instead, people are out to love me and help me.

“I assume the best about people through what they say feels twisted like it’s supposed to be hurtful. I know their hearts. I have seen their fruit. I’ve seen the actions of their love. This one thing is not going to make me change my mind. I believe the best about them. I am not rejected or left out. I am accepted, loved, and safe. If they are angry, maybe I need to reach out to them and try to shepherd their heart back into life, out of an offended or victim mentality, and into victory.”

Victors want other people to be victorious with them. They want to pull people out of the valley and help them see their gifts. They truly put themselves last and others first—or they try. They know the truth. They are bold. When they are emotional, it’s because they see other people who aren’t walking in victory. They know there is a better way, a better side. They are not easily offended. They are loving, kind, and strong. They will probably intimidate you because their confidence is sure and is not in themselves. They have been on the losing end before, and they long to populate the winning side.

One Key to Happiness: Family

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Everyone’s searching to belong. We search to belong to a family, a friend circle, or some other sort of group.

When people become Christians, they start searching for where they fit within the community of believers. They wonder, “Where do I fit in? Where is the place of community for me? Where am I going to be encouraged and loved? Who will hold up my arms when I’m about to fall into temptation?” 

May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers
until you become a community of peoples.
Genesis 28:3 NIV

We can find what we’re searching for within our own families. The problem today is that families are dysfunctional. Parents don’t stick together. They get a divorce. Strife steps in and tears down the bonds in marriage and families. It tears mother from daughter, father from son, sibling from a sibling, and families splinter.

Even in school, what do we do? We promote segregation within the family. You go into your grade, and your siblings go into their grades. You don’t see each other every day. When you do, the older one probably looks down on the younger ones because they are not the same age. The school categorizes everyone by age.

The ultimate community we are all searching for is provided through the family. A family doesn’t need to be perfect; it just needs to be united. I think God set it right there in front of us: “May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples” (Genesis 28:3 NIV). Ask people from big families. They have built-in friendships and bonds that small families may not experience.

Pray with me:
I pray today, Father, that the walls we have built up in our families and close friendships would be torn down and we would choose unity over having our own way. I pray that we will be like-minded and one, as Christ is one with God. I pray that we would choose to lay down our lives over taking up our platform or grievances against each other. I pray that we will no longer be easily offended by one another and that we will encourage each other every single day. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Medicines versus Miracles

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When you have a headache, running to a bottle of Advil is easy. When you have a sore throat, it’s easy to take a throat lozenge. When you are sick, it’s easy to run to a doctor.

But you know what? If you start practicing using the name of Jesus when you have a headache, it’s easy to get rid of it by speaking to your head and saying, “Headache, I command you to leave in the name of Jesus.” It becomes easier to speak to your body until your sore throat goes in the name of Jesus. It becomes easier to tell your body, “Hey, cramps—I know you may have come when you have come, but I am under a new covenant, and I command you to leave in the name of Jesus.” I don’t have to live any longer at the beck and call of my body as it cries out and tells me how it feels and what medicine it needs. I command my body, speak to it, and tell it what to do because it is my slave. I am no longer a slave to it, but it is my slave.

In medicine, who gets the glory? In miracles, it’s clear who gets the glory. It’s not you. It’s not your power. It’s the power of the name of Jesus Christ, which is above every name and has been delegated to you.

It doesn’t cost anything. You don’t keep it on the shelf in stock and then breathe easy because you are covered. You don’t have to risk someone opening it and getting into it and getting poisoned. You don’t have to run and see a doctor to get a prescription for it. You don’t have to risk becoming addicted to it. You get to take it everywhere. The name of Jesus doesn’t take up any space on your trips. The name of Jesus can be called upon anywhere you go, with anyone.

You can use His name, but it is like a muscle. It has to be practiced and used in the little situations so you can use it in the big situations. These big things seem scarier, but the name of Jesus works alike on the small and the big.

For some reason, in the mind, sickness becomes a huge mountain rather than a molehill. The name of Jesus, the blood shed 2,000 years ago, paid for sicknesses and diseases that weren’t even discovered yet. His blood cleanses everything from the beginning to the end, from the past to the future.

When you know that you know Him, when you are 100 percent sure of who He is and that He left you His name and delegated it for you to use to bring glory to Himself so people would know Him, then you will use it. You will catch yourself before you reach for a bottle of medicine. You will say, “Wait a second, there is something else I can look for first: a miracle. I can speak to this ache or sickness in the name of Jesus so that God gets the glory—not man and not medicine, with no bottle, no money, no brand name—only Jesus.”

I encourage you to pray and ask God about the difference between medicine and miracles. I pray that He will flood the eyes of your heart, so you will know for yourself what you have in Him. I pray that you know you are a co-heir. An heir doesn’t receive based on performance but based on relationship. You have received an inheritance of the name of Jesus, which is above every name (Ephesians 1:17–21). That is the full measure; it lives in you, and you can access it anytime.

His name is stronger than any medicine, heart shocker, or chemotherapy. It is above every name. Nothing on this earth is above the name and the power of Jesus Christ.

Father, open our eyes and show us who You are more deeply and intimately. Help us get rid of lies we believe, facts we have heard, naysayers who surround us, and the chains of our understanding so that we can step into Your power, and You will receive the glory in Jesus’ name.

God’s Promises Are Yes and Amen

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The Bible says God’s promises are always yes and amen.

There is no expiration date on the finished work of Jesus Christ. There is no expiration date on His hope. There is no expiration today of the work He did yesterday. It’s not a gallon of milk that will expire and curdle in a few days. It is always there. It’s always fresh, always available, and always quenching.

You can trust God and His Word. You can truly put your hope in it. There is nothing else worth putting your hope in. You can’t put your hope in doctors, medicine, your boss, your employer, or your ability to work hard. All that stuff will pass away. But God’s promises are good and will endure forever.

Are You in a Battle?

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Are you in a battle for your health, your life, your encouragement, or your positivity today? Don’t sit around and wait until you have no doubts. You have to choose to believe God’s word. It’s a daily choice. You are never going to live this life without any doubts at all until you are in heaven.

We battle. We battle our minds. We battle our flesh. That is why the Lord tells us to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Him. That’s why we are supposed to be a living sacrifice. Sacrifice that is living continually wants to walk, get up, and move up to the altar and take up its own agenda.

We have a battle. There is a raging battle between the flesh and the spirit all the time. To assume you are not going to have any doubts is just deceiving yourself. It’s okay. Just choose to believe God’s word. Put the doubts down. Take the thought captive. Refuse to dwell on them; think about them, but focus more on God’s promises than on your doubts.

You are not being a hypocrite when you choose to believe God’s word when you are in the middle of a struggle. You are actually deciding who you really are. “Am I really this person in the flesh who is in the middle of a battle between my doubts and my faith, or am I who God says I am?” Do you think the real you is your natural mind—your carnal mind? Or do you believe your spirit man is your true self? You must decide who your true self is and begin to live it.

I know the flesh is powerful. It feels like the real you. The doubts are the real you. But the Bible says you become a new creation. You are born again. You’re now a child of God, an alien in this world. You have crossed over out of death and into life. Who is the real you? You have to decide: “This is the real me.”

“The new you on the inside is perfect and has the mind of Christ,” says 1 Corinthians 2:16. Colossians 3:10 says we have been renewed in the knowledge and the image that created us. 1 John 2:1 says we know all things. It’s not talking about what’s in our mind. It’s talking about what’s in your spirit. We are just too carnal. Instead of tapping into God’s power and unlimited knowledge, we believe we are limited by what we know and our knowledge.We limit God’s ability to work in our lives and our ability to agree with Him when we agree with our thoughts, our own understanding.

The new you on the inside is righteous, holy, and pure. If you believe the real you has been truly born again, is a new creation, and you are who God says you are, then you are a hypocrite for agreeing with your fleshly doubts. If you consider being a hypocrite as speaking the word of God and believing you are the righteousness of Christ, then you think the real you is the emotional, physical you and not the spiritual one that has been born again.

It’s time to find out who you are in Christ and change your identity—to have that identity of who you are in Him. Be more true than what you look like, what you feel like, what your emotions say, what has happened to you, and the circumstances around you, so you would truly know who God says you are and agree with that more than anything else. It would be greater and larger than anything that comes against you. You would not be faithless in challenges if you would simply believe God.

Is God in Control?

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I hear Christians say, “God is in control,” all the time. Generally, when I hear people say that, it is when they are freaking out. “God is in control. God is in control. I trust Him. He is in control.” I wonder if they truly believe this or if they are just saying it, trying to convince themselves of it.

I have been thinking about this line, “God is in control.” If God is in complete control, then how can we limit Him? Matthew Henry’s commentary regarding Psalm 78:41, about how God’s people limited God, explains, “They limited him by their ways and their timing.” They limited God because they had forgotten how powerful, miraculous, kind, and awesome He is. Have you forgotten? Do you focus on the negativity and the things you lack rather than on the God who provides plentifully? Maybe you are limiting God. If you are limiting Him, He is not in control of you.

If God is in control, why is He working things out for your good? If He is in control, why does He have to work everything that happens out for good? Working it out means He is fixing something you messed up or that went the wrong way or got redirected or delayed. Maybe something was delayed because you were limiting God, and He was working it out for your good. Is God in control of that? Or is He in charge of that? If God is in control, why does His power only work in accordance “with his power at work in me,” as Ephesians 3:20 says?

Have you met people in whom the power of God is more powerful than in someone else? It may be because of their faith or because of the Word in them. Maybe they have experienced God so far that His power operates more fully in them than in others. Have you seen this before? It’s not because they have more faith. It’s because they lean in, so their faith is more effective. They trust God. They have kept the Word before their eyes.

Faith is made more effective by hearing the Word of God. If I hear the Word of God more than you do, then I have the opportunity to make a difference in how much God’s power works in me. My decision to spend time in His Word—is God in control of that? Or am I in control of that? Is God in charge of me? If God is in control, why must I choose life? Why does Deuteronomy 30:19 say, “Today you have before you life and death, blessings and curses. Today choose life.”? If God is in control, why is God not choosing life for me? Why do I have a choice?

I want to pose that question to you. Is God in control, or is God in charge? Maybe our terminology, somewhere along the way, became a little bit skewed based on something someone taught us or something they heard that didn’t actually come from the Word of God.

God is in control when we surrender and pray every moment of the day. Are you in constant communion with God? I know I’m not. If God is in control, are we puppets tied to a string, doing what He says to do at every move because He is our master? Or is He in control only when we surrender our ways, our timing, our thinking, and our plans to His? Have you ever fully surrendered all of that to Him, or do you hold on to your own understanding and lean in on what you know and understand? Are we mere robots in this world, or do we have free will? Is God forceful, or does He allow us to make the decision to surrender to Him or not?

Why doesn’t God force His love on us? Why doesn’t He force us to accept Him? Have you ever had someone reject the gift you gave them or return it to the store? You’d think, “I worked hard to pick it out, and they don’t even like it.” Imagine how God feels. He has given you the greatest gift! Have you fully accepted it? Do you have a choice? Does He force you to? If God were in complete control, then every man would come to repentance because such is His heart. But does every man come to repentance? God is the giver of every good and perfect gift, so if He is in control, then why is there so much evil in this world?

I propose to you that God is in charge. He is in control when we surrender, give it up, and stay in communion with Him—when He is the one guiding us and we allow Him to direct every move of every day. I don’t know a single person like that. Maybe you are. I am not. I have my agenda. I have my plan. I stay in communion with God, but I definitely lean on my own understanding and my own way sometimes.

I know many of you are struggling right now, and you desperately want to cling to the Father and trust Him. You want to cling to His promises, and you are saying, “God is in control. He has got this. God is in control.” You are trying so hard to believe and trust Him. I want you to know it’s easier than you think. It is not hard work because the answer to all of God’s promises is yes and amen. His yes does not mean maybe. His yes does not mean no. His yes does not mean later. His yes means yes. Amen means “the end.” The final answer is yes.

Yes is the answer to His promises. You can cling to the truth of this. You don’t have to say, “God is in control.” You can say, “God is faithful to keep His promise, and I am standing on the Word of God, and this will come to pass.” I can say this with full assurance because God’s Word never changes. He never changes His mind. What He does for one man, He will do for another, because He is no respecter of persons.

I speak this over your life today in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.

Receive your Healing

Hey there, friends! Today, I want to talk about something that’s near and dear to my heart – healing. Whether you’re dealing with physical, emotional, or mental pain, we all need healing at some point in our lives. And know what? The good news is that we have access to the ultimate Healer… God!

So, how do we receive healing from God? The first step is to have faith. Believe that God is able and willing to heal you. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

The next step is to pray. Talk to God about your pain, and ask Him to heal you. It’s important to remember that healing may not come in the way we expect. Sometimes, it may be a process, and sometimes it may come in unexpected ways. But regardless of how it comes, as I talked about in the last post, know that God’s timing is always perfect.

Another important step is to forgive. Forgiveness is a powerful tool essential to our healing. When we hold on to bitterness and resentment, it can block our healing. So, let go of any grudges, and forgive those who have hurt you.

Finally, it’s important to be open to the healing process. This means being willing to let go of our old ways and being open to new ways of thinking. It also means being willing to take action in obedience to God and to follow his guidance in the healing process.

Healing from God is possible and it’s available to all who believe and trust in him. Remember that God is the ultimate Healer and He is able to heal you in ways you can’t even imagine. Don’t give up hope, and keep seeking Him in your healing journey. And always remember that you are not alone, and there are people who care and are willing to support and pray for and with you.

Waiting on the Perfect Time

Waiting can be tough, there’s no doubt about that. Whether we’re waiting for a job, a spouse, a child, a breakthrough, or an answered prayer, it can feel like time is dragging on and on. We may start to question why things are taking so long or wonder what the outcome will be. But, the truth is, God’s timing is perfect and He always knows what’s best for us.

Waiting on God’s perfect timing is so important because it builds our trust in Him. When we wait on His timing, it allows us to trust in His plan for our lives, even when we don’t understand it. It reminds us that He is lord and that He knows what is best for us. We can take comfort in knowing that He is always in control and that He will come through for us in His own time.

Waiting can be difficult, but it helps us to learn to lean on God and to trust in His promise. It can also be a time of growth, both spiritually and emotionally. It can be a time to learn and to become stronger in our faith, as we rely on Him for strength and wisdom. It reminds us that we are not in charge, but that He is and that ultimately He will make things happen in the way He wants.

Additionally, waiting on God’s perfect timing helps us to become more like Christ. The bible said that Jesus, himself, waited on God’s timing. He waited for 30 years before beginning his public ministry and during his public ministry, he taught the virtues of patience and trust in God’s plan. In waiting, we can learn to imitate Jesus’ example of surrendering our own plans and trusting in God’s timing.

It’s important to know that waiting doesn’t mean being passive or inactive. It’s about actively seeking God and His will for our lives, and trusting that He is working everything out for our good. Even in the waiting period, He is at work, shaping our hearts, and preparing us for what is to come.

So, let’s remember that while we may not understand why things are taking so long or what the outcome will be, we can trust that God’s timing is perfect. Let’s lean on God, trust in His plan, and wait on His perfect timing, knowing that He will come through for us in His own time.

I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Psalm 27:13-14

Pray for your husbands

As wives, we all want the best for our husbands, and that includes their health. But, sometimes our husbands can be stubborn when it comes to taking care of themselves, and we can feel helpless in the face of their illnesses. That’s why I want to share with you the power of prayer when it comes to your husband’s health.

Prayer is an incredibly powerful tool, and when we pray for our husband’s health, we are not only asking God to heal them, but we are also aligning our hearts and minds with His will for their life.

Here are a few tips on how to pray for your husband’s health:

  • Pray specifically: Instead of just asking God to bless your husband’s health, pray specifically for the areas where you know they need healing or improvement.
  • Pray daily: Make it a habit to pray for your husband’s health every day. It doesn’t have to be a long prayer, just a simple, heartfelt one.
  • Pray with gratitude: Give thanks for the blessings and progress you see, even small ones. It will help you to see the bigger picture and be more positive.
  • Pray with faith: Believe that God can and will heal your husband, even if the situation seems hopeless. Have faith that God is at work, even if we can’t see it.
  • Pray with your husband: Encourage your husband to join you in prayer for his health. Praying together is a powerful way to strengthen your relationship and to align your hearts and minds with God’s will.
  • Pray in community: Seek out other Christian women who can join you in prayer for your husband’s health. The power of prayer is multiplied when it’s done in community.
  • Pray in obedience: Sometimes God might ask us to do things that we may not understand or agree with, but it’s important to trust in His plan and obey. Pray for the strength to follow God’s guidance and to trust in His timing.

Remember, prayer is not just asking God for something, but it’s a conversation and a relationship with Him. It’s about surrendering our worries and our fears to God and trusting in His plan for our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

Keep in mind that healing and recovery can take different forms. It’s not always just about physical healing. Healing can also happen in the form of emotional and mental healing. It can also be spiritual growth. So let’s pray for complete healing for our husbands, in all aspects of their lives.

“And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.” James 5:15

So let’s continue to pray for our husband’s health, with faith, gratitude, and obedience, and trust in God’s plan for their lives.

God bless, and happy praying!