|"So Jesus answered and said to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt...if you say to this mountain, "Be removed and be cast into the sea," it will be done.'"|
(Matthew 21:21, NKJV)
|Speak to Your Mountains|
We've all had seasons when the challenges of life feel overwhelming.
During those times, it's easy to be tempted to talk about how bad things are.
Maybe you received a bad medical report, or maybe you're facing a financial obstacle.
The more you talk about something, the bigger it becomes in your mind. Instead, you've got to dig your heels in and say, "No, I am not going to give life to that defeat.
I am not going to speak sickness over myself.
I'm not going to speak lack.
I'm not going to speak fear.
I'm choosing a different report.
I believe the report of the Lord which says that I am blessed.
I am favored.
I am prosperous.
I am healthy.
I am whole.
I'm a victor, not a victim."
Remember, even if you don't see how things could ever work out, God does.
You've got to speak to those mountains in your life and declare favor over those situations.
Instead of talking to God about how big your problems are, talk to your problems about how big your God is!
As you speak to your mountains, they will be moved, and you will move forward into the victory God has prepared for you!
|A Prayer for Today|
|"Father, thank You for Your Word which is life to my spirit. I receive Your strength today and choose to speak to the mountains so I can move forward in the victory You have in store for me in Jesus' name. |
From Today's Word by Joel O
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Monday, January 30, 2017
|...Run in such a way as to get the prize."|
(1 Corinthians 9:24, NIV)
Oftentimes, when we have a dream in our heart, we start off strong.
We head down the path toward our goal, and we're so excited!
But along the way, we hit some roadblocks and encounter some adversity.
Many times, people will just give up and take the easy way out.
But we have to remember, it's not how we start that counts; it's how we finish.
Anybody can be fired up at the beginning, but I'm encouraging you to stick with it until the end!
Have the determination to go all the way through.
Don't stop at the halfway mark just because times are tough.
Don't quit because you don't see anything happening.
The scripture tells us not to walk by sight, but walk by faith.
Today, if there's a dream in your heart, something you're believing for—a relationship to turn around, a business opportunity or to overcome an addiction—keep pursuing it!
Run your race to win the prize!
Don't settle until you see the fullness of what God has placed in your heart.
As you stand strong in your faith, I believe God will pour out His favor and blessing upon you, and you will see the victory He has in store for you!
|A Prayer for Today|
|"Father, today I choose to stand strong in You. I set my focus on Your promises and choose to run my race with conviction. I let go of the past by faith today and press forward into the destiny You have in store for me in Jesus' name. |
Friday, January 27, 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
In short, for God's glory yield to his will completely, and never suppose that you could be serving him better in any other way; the best way to serve him is to fall in with his will for us.
He wants you to serve him without joy, without feeling, with repugnance and revulsion of spirit.
Such service gives you no satisfaction, but it pleases him; it is not according to your liking, but according to his.
Imagine that you are never going to be delivered of your anguish: what would you do?
You would say to God: I am yours; if my miseries are agreeable to you, give me more and let them last longer.
I have confidence in our Lord that this is what you would say; then you would stop thinking about the matter, at least you would stop struggling.
Well, do this now, and make friends with your trial, as though the two of you were always to live together.
You will see that when you have stopped taking thought for your deliverance, God will think of it, and when you stop worrying, God will come swiftly to your help.
|"...with God all things are possible."|
(Matthew 19:26, NIV)
|Consider Your God!|
I had a gentleman tell me one time that his business was very, very slow. It looked like he would go under. He owned a small manufacturing company with one main competitor in town, a national company that was bigger with more resources.
With the economy down, it made it harder and harder for him to stay open. This man was flexible about what he should do next, but he really believed he was in the business God wanted him to be in.
So, he kept praying, believing and hoping; and instead of considering his circumstances, he considered his God. And just when he thought he was going to have to close down, his main competitor had a change in leadership and direction and decided to pull out of this market. Now he's breaking all kinds of records.
Today I want to encourage you. If there's something coming against you, consider your God.
He has a way to meet EVERY ONE of your needs.
You may not be able to beat the competition in the natural, but God can simply remove the competition. He wants to give you His favor.
He wants to give you the advantage for success. Trust Him and believe because with God, all things are possible!
|A Prayer for Today|
|"Father, today I put my trust in You. I know that You are faithful and have good things in store for my future. Thank You for giving me patience to stand and see Your promises come to pass in every area of my life in Jesus' name! Amen."|
Monday, January 23, 2017
"I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.
For when I am weak, then I am strong."
- 2 Corinthians 12: 7– 10
How many times in our lives have we felt weak, hopeless, lost and adrift at sea?
How often have we been at the helm of the ship and the crashing waves will not relent and the darkness will not seem to dissipate?
How many times have we been thrown into a storm that seems to never end and the thunder and lightning only seem to get louder as we move forward?
Well, this is life.
These storms are inevitable and every day will not be calm and sunny.
We were never promised smooth sailing or perpetually sunny days in our short time on this earth.
No one escapes the trials and challenges of life in this physical world of ours.
However!!! No matter the storm you find yourself in today, not matter how long the darkness has been hanging over you, regardless of the damage your vessel has sustained in the storm or how vulnerable and weak you feel in your battles - know this and this alone - the storm will NOT last forever!
Although it seems impossible to you in the midst of your challenges that the sun will break through the storm clouds, they surely will and the seas will calm and all will be safe and well again!
Remember that even in the darkest nights you are never alone!!
You are never abandoned and you will survive this strife and hardship - stronger and wiser as a result.
Ask for help. Ask for strength. Ask for guidance.
The promise is that if you ask with a faithful heart, it will be granted to you!
Do not quit.
Do not give up.
Do not despair!!
Help is at your fingertips and all you need to do is ask for it!
This too shall pass!
Sunday, January 22, 2017
"Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? " (Psalm 10: 1)
God is . . . an ever-present help in trouble" (Ps. 46: 1).
But He allows trouble to pursue us, as though He were indifferent to its overwhelming pressure, so we may be brought to the end of ourselves.
Through the trial, we are led to discover the treasure of darkness and the immeasurable wealth of tribulation.
We may be sure that He who allows the suffering is with us throughout it.
It may be that we will only see Him once the ordeal is nearly passed, but we must dare to believe that He NEVER leaves our trial.
Our eyes are blinded so we cannot see the One our soul loves.
The darkness and our bandages blind us so that we cannot see the form of our High Priest.
Yet He is there and is deeply touched.
Let us not rely on our feelings but trust in His "unswerving faithfulness."
And though we cannot see Him, let us talk to Him.
Although His presence is veiled, once we begin to speak to Jesus as if He were literally present, an answering voice comes to show us He is in the shadow, keeping watch over His own.
Your Father is as close to you when you journey through the darkest tunnel as He is when you are under the open heaven!"
No matter the dark tunnel you find yourself in today, do not lose hope and know that with Faith this too shall pass!
You are never alone!!
Monday, January 16, 2017
"It is the same with genuine Faith.
It hands its circumstance over to God, allowing Him to work.
Psalm 37: 5 is a great confirmation of this:
"Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this."
He will never work UNTIL we commit.
Faith is receiving—or even more, actually appropriating—the gifts God offers us.
We may believe in Him, come to Him, commit to Him, and rest in Him, but we will never fully realize all our blessings UNTIL we begin to receive from Him and come to Him having the spirit of abiding and appropriating.
- From "Days of Heaven upon Earth"
Dr. Payson, while still a young man, once wrote to an elderly mother who was extremely worried and burdened over the condition of her son.
"You are worrying too much about him. Once you have prayed for him, as you have done, and committed him to God, you should not continue to be anxious."
God's command, "Do not be anxious about anything"(Phil. 4: 6), is unlimited, and so is the verse:
"Cast all your anxiety on him"(1 Peter 5: 7).
If we truly have cast our burdens upon another, can they continue to pressure us?
If we carry them with us from the throne of grace, it is obvious we have not left them there.
In my own life I test my prayers in this way: after committing something to God, if I can come away, like Hannah did, with no more sadness, pain, or anxiety in my heart, I see it as proof that I have prayed the prayer of faith.
But if I pray and then still carry my burden, I conclude my faith was not exercised."
Enjoy the long weekend...Stay Strong!!
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Monday, January 9, 2017
Happy Monday, All!
Mondays seem to present the biggest challenge to our overall positivity and outlook for many reasons.
However, we cannot allow a single day to overwhelm our optimism and distract us from all the amazing blessings we have been given!!
It's just a day afterall and we must remain focused on all the good that this single day can bring us - IF we stay focused and put everything in perspective!
So throw the "Monday Blues" out the window and smile and go take on the day with Faith and Trust and Joy!!
Even in the depth of a storm we must RELAX, take stock of all our blessings and know that despite the challenges- the storm COULD BE WORSE and know that the sun will shine again and all will be ok! :)
IT ALWAYS DOES!
'God wins His greatest victories through our apparent defeats.
Very often the enemy seems to triumph for a season, and God allows it.
But then He comes in and upsets the work of the enemy, overthrows the apparent victory, and as the Bible says, "frustrates the ways of the wicked" (Ps. 146: 9).
Consequently, He gives us a much greater victory than we would have known had He not allowed the enemy seemingly to triumph in the first place.
The story of the three Hebrew young men who were thrown into the fiery furnace is a familiar one.
There was an apparent victory for the enemy. It looked as if the servants of the living God were going to suffer a terrible defeat.
We have all been in situations where it seemed as though we were defeated, and the enemy rejoiced.
We can only imagine what a complete defeat this appeared to be for Daniel's friends. They were thrown into the terrible flames while their enemies watched to see them burn.
Yet the enemy was greatly astonished to see them walking around in the fire, enjoying themselves.
Then King Nebuchadnezzar told them to come out of the fire.
The enemy "crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them . . . for no other god can save in this way" (Dan. 3: 27, 29).
This apparent defeat resulted in a miraculous victory.
Suppose these three men had lost their faith and courage and had complained, saying, "Why didn't God keep us out of the furnace!"
They would have been burned, and God would not have been glorified.
If there is a great trial in your life today, do not acknowledge it as a defeat.
Instead, continue by faith to claim the victory through Him who is able to make you "more than conquerors" (Rom. 8: 37), and a glorious victory will soon be apparent.
May we learn that in all the difficult places God takes us, He is giving us opportunities to exercise our faith in Him that will bring about blessed results and greatly glorify His name."
From "Life of Praise"
Photo Credit P. B.- Thank you!!
Friday, January 6, 2017
Passages like these, the ones that comfort me by putting me in touch with the person of God include:
"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
Psalm 34: 18
"I will fear no evil, for you are with me."
Psalm 23: 4
"And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age".
Matthew 28: 20
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
Hebrews 13: 5
I also encounter the person of Jesus in Mark's telling of Jesus' disciples banding together against the gales of a storm.
Jesus has pulled away from the crowds to be with his Father, sending his disciples across the lake in a boat.
When he sees them struggling, he walks out onto the water.
Thinking Jesus is a ghost, they cry out in terror. Jesus' words of comfort to his disciples?
"Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid."
And I love the verse right after that:
"Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind stopped; and they were utterly astonished"
(Mark 6: 51 NASB).
I love that Jesus went out onto the sea, in the dark of night, in the midst of the storm.
It wasn't the disciples looking for Jesus, but Jesus looking for the disciples.
He didn't call to them from the safety of the shore; he put himself in their storm.
And came to their boat.
Which to me is the message of the incarnation (see Matthew 1: 23, "And they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means, 'God with us'" NASB).
As you turn to the Scriptures for hope and comfort, Immanuel is the one you seek.