Think on that today.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I read this proverb this morning.
Proverbs 24:16 NLT The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.
You've probably heard it before. The People of God are marked by their resilience...a refusing to give up and quit when we fail. Just like in Joseph's life, we was sold into slavery by his brothers...he was falsely accused of attempted rape...he was thrown into Pharaoh's prison...
Yet the Bible says, the LORD WAS WITH JOSEPH AND HE SUCCEEDED IN EVERYTHING HE DID.
Joseph kept getting back up.
The next scriptures in this proverb I feel are very significant when it comes to our observation of the wicked...
Proverbs 24:16 NLT Don't rejoice when your enemies fall; DON'T BE HAPPY WHEN THEY STUMBLE. 18 For the Lord will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them.
Wow. Enough said.
Think on that today.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
With every move of God, the enemy lies waiting to kill, steal and destroy. Whether it be your joy, your peace, the revelation you received...Satan wants to snuff out the flame before it begins to really burn in you.
As you grow in your walk with the Lord, and gain experience, you will develop a peace in the midst of Satan's very predictable behavior. You will also develop an attitude that refuses to accept his "push-back" to the Goodness of God in your life.
Matthew 18:18 NLT "I tell you the Truth, whatever you FORBID on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you PERMIT on earth with be permitted in heaven."
Jesus has given the Keys of the Kingdom (Authority) to us, His Church. We must exercise that authority so the Gates of Hell do not prevail.
Exercise your authority today. Speak His Word, the Promises of God over your situation and refuse to accept (forbid) the adversity in your life to prevail.
It is your right as a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven!
Thursday, April 04, 2013
The last few years of my life God has been teaching me about different types of Faith...or perhaps better put, different aspects to our Faith.
I often preach about using our Faith to move the mountains, to overcome adversity, and to gain the victory over the enemy.
There is however, another facet of our Faith that we must develop or we may come to the conclusion that our Faith has failed.
I'm talking about Enduring Faith.
Enduring Faith is needed when we are standing on a Promise of God's Word that has not yet been fulfilled. Enduring Faith is also needed in the face of loss and disappointment.
James 1:2-4 NASB - Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your FAITH produces ENDURANCE. 4 And let ENDURANCE have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Faith would be easy if we always quickly received the answers to our prayers. Time and unexpected circumstances can cause one to lose hope, give up and even become angry with God. In some cases, people have rejected Him altogether.
Consider the life of Joseph. He had the Promise of God to be a great leader one day. Yet, he was hated by his brothers, thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, falsely accused of rape, thrown into prison...and in all that, he ENDURED. He chose to trust God and keep his Faith in the Promise of God.
If we are to be successful in our Christian walk we must develop mountain-moving-trial-enduring-Faith!