Sunday, December 25, 2016
BELIEF and BLESSING
Dare to ASK God for a deeper understanding of His will, for a deeper passion for His presence, for a deeper dip into His power. TRUTH: God rewards those who seek Him and God responds to our resolute FAITH in His promise to bless those who seek Him. "Finally, ALL of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble." 1 Peter 3:8 ~ Our voluntary choice to GO AFTER GOD, that is our first functional, relational submission to God's request that we seek Him with ALL of our heart. NOT because we must, but because we WANT GOD, because we realize we NEED GOD as much as we need air! When we decide to value the LOVE HE first gave us, is when we co-operate in a reciprocal relationship. When we ADMIT our sins, when we TURN from our ways and seek GOD, then when we ASK God, when we speak to God with FAITH in Who He is, when we talk to God about what seems impossible, when we SPEAK that GOD is able, when we TRUST that JESUS is perfect in all His ways, when we ACCEPT His Word as sufficient, when we BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is our ever present helper, when we SEEK God's deeper purpose in that which appears to be impossible, when we ASK GOD to make a way where the doors are closed, as we delight in our fellowship with GOD, He is busy bringing His best into our experience. He delights to feeds us, satisfy and nourish our hungry souls with the truth. Jesus provides a deeper appreciation of His love for us, and a better life as we thank Him for His faithfulness. When we PRAY without ceasing, we overcome the obstacle. When we eat His word as choice food, when we listen for His voice, God responds to our faith in Him. We are called to KEEP KNOCKING, to KEEP ASKING, to KEEP SEEKING GOD in the midst of the storms UNTIL He overwhelms us with more than we asked for! For God blesses those who BELIEVE in His son Jesus Christ ~ He is knocking on your heart, He is at the door, just let Jesus in and trust Him in all your ways! His answer, His way, His word, His light, His truth slays the liar every time! "For with God NOTHING will be impossible." Luke 1:37 ~ So DARE to SEEK GOD with ALL your heart. "Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:12 God is faithful and we are challenged to ASK GOD for understanding, for increased faith in His plans for us, and for HELP in our present circumstances. "So Jesus answered and said to them, 'Have FAITH in GOD.' Mark 11:22 ~ God is the Vine and we are His choice branches. He calls us to be fruitful and multiply in His fruit of the Spirit. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, gentleness, and Self-Control. When relationships crumble, when the world economy fails us, when we loose homes, jobs, and family members, we are to remember Who to call that can change hearts, deliver us from evil, open doors, and bless us beyond our comprehension. REMEMBER: "For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were (purchased) redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the PRECIOUS BLOOD of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through Him you believe God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so your FAITH and HOPE are in GOD." Peter 1: 18-22 ~ "Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your HOPE fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy.' 1 Peter 1:13-17 When our speech is motivated by God and His wisdom ~ our tongue tells the world what God has stored in our hearts. Our words are full of praise, mercy, passion, good intention, peace, love for others, humility, compassing, righteousness and submission. "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands ---admit your sins, grieve, mourn and wail ~ humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up." James 4 is all about SUBMISSION to GOD - With 72 legions of angels available to Jesus, He did not call for their protection from those who chained, scouraged, mocked and hung Him. When asked if He was a King, Jesus responded yes, but not of this world. His Kingdom is the unseen space of your soul. Imagine Jesus sitting on the throne as the King of Kings, the Ruler of your heart and soul. See yourself bowing down before His throne, fully submitted to His superior ways and plan for your life. Be still and know He loves you and takes great pleasure in satisfying all your needs with His best. Eager to hear what He has to say to you personally, we quiet our minds to listen to what the Spirit is saying. Walk this way and follow Christ in His deeper purpose. "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea, and DOES NOT DOUBT in his heart, but BELIEVES that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, BELIEVE that you receive them, and you will have them." Mark 11:23-24 EXPECT unsurpassed Favor. Hold a VISION of your future. Cast a VISION, pray and believe that God is working all the time to expand your vision of what is possible. Look to the stars and be inspired by God's vast supply. Like Abraham, be renewed in His promise by thanking Him in advance for what He has already accomplished. Turn the TV off, and put yourself in the atmosphere of success. SEE yourself healthy, free from doubt and filled with greater faith. Crowd your mind with words of truth. Hang with people who support you in your vision ~ Living debt free, without limits, in a place where God multiplies His blessing through you, married to the one God selected as your helpmate. "Where there is no vision, the people perish." So choose to hang around other people with vision! Let God's favor pour into how you envision your best life. See yourself indwelt by the Holy Spirit, with Jesus sitting on the throne of you heart. "It is finished" Death has been defeated and we are ALIVE in CHRIST and equipped as His anointed ambassadors of GOOD. Laugh and greet each day with great expectation as "This is the day that the Lord has made and I am glad to rejoice in it." Glorify God for His faithfulness. Because you have BELIEVED in His righteousness and in His ability to deliver any lack into PLENTY! Think, see and know God is ABLE to surpass the vision you HOLD. Associations DO matter! Thank God for bringing bright, successful people into your view. He is working to help you BELIEVE in His plan for you! Elisha hung around Elijah and he got a double portion. Joshua hung around Moses and he was taken into the promised land. Samson hung around deceitful people and he was blinded and missed his destiny. Lord Jesus I believe you are working to enlarge my vision by my association with people of faith.