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FAITH? OR MONEY?
Text : Galatians 2:20
“My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him.
And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me— we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine!” TPT
The day your mother gave birth to you, you were born into the natural realm…the world where men live.
The day you got born again, you were born into the spirit realm…the world were God lives….Read John 3:3-6; John 1:12-13, 1 Peter 1:23.
In the natural realm, here on earth, money gives a man power…That is, it is the purchasing power…
Money is the purchasing power here on earth!
So, you can tell a man who has money and is using it wisely, by his wealthy and comfortable lifestyle! That’s why it’s easy to tell a poor man from a rich man.
Even so, in the spirit realm…the world where the the new man in Christ lives, faith gives a man power…That is, it is the purchasing power…
Faith is the purchasing power in the spirit realm, where the new creation lives in union with God. Read Ephesians 1:3.
Of Abraham (the father of faith), Romans 4:20 says,”…his faith gave him power…” – GNB.
So, you can tell a man who has faith, and is using it wisely, by the all-round prosperous, healthy and divinely protected lifestyle he lives here on earth! Read 3 John 1:2; Proverbs 10:22.
Of Abraham, again, Genesis 24:1 says, “And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.” KJV
The natural man makes his money by his own wisdom, strength, connections, or hard work…
But the spiritual man in Christ…was empowered with Faith in his spirit at new birth…the same kind of faith God has and works with…the same faith he used to create everything…
Hebrews 11:2 says, “By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.” MSG
Just like the natural man frames the world he and his family live in by his financial power!
So…the difference between Christians who are enjoying a life of spiritual, material, financial and physical comfort here on earth…is what they’re doing with their faith…Period!
The bottom line is this…
If you’re not using your faith…or if you don’t know how to use your own faith…If you don’t know how faith works…You will live a very poor, oppressed and miserable Christian life…with God watching like this…I tell you!
Child of God…it’s time to understand FAITH…in the light of the New Testament! Study! Read! Search the scriptures! 2Timothy 2:15; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Philemon 1:6.
God bless you!
NOW, STEP ASIDE!
Text : Jeremiah 32:27
“I am the Lord, the God of all people. Nothing is too difficult for me.” GNT
Did you see that?
It is the Almighty God himself that made this tall claim…And Numbers 23:19 says,
“God is not like people, who lie; He is not a human who changes his mind. Whatever he promises, he does; He speaks, and it is done.” GNT
Then James 1:17 says,
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” NKJV
So you see…if anything is difficult for you…or you’re in hardship, struggling, toiling and always trying to make things work…especially in your marriage and finances…It’s time to step aside and bring God in. Yes!
Anything you’re doing (especially as a believer who has been made one with God)…without involving him, will cause you so much frustration!
That’s what Ecclesiastes 10:15 calls “the labour of the foolish”…it will so weary you and burn you out, I tell you!
Satan wants you to believe you’re a failure…that it’s not working…that it can’t work! He’s a liar!
Turn your back on him and face God! Close your ears to him and open them to God! Take your eyes off the things he’s showing you and focus them on what God is showing you! Yes! It’s either the devil or God!
God is so interested in whatever you’re doing that he wants to help you (always)…He is interested in partnering with you for effortless and stress-free success…because it gives him great joy and pleasure!
That’s why he assured you in Hebrews 13:5
“…I will never leave you nor forsake you.” NKJV
Look at Psalm 35:27
“Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” NKJV
Jesus reiterated this spiritual fact in John 15:5,
“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood…”. MSG
Beloved…are you tired of trying to make your marriage, family, business, finances, etc work by yourself?
Would you like to step aside and let the one who said nothing is too difficult for him” take over?
Okay then…I’ll tell you…
Meanwhile…meditate, think and pray with these things I’ve told you today…and get your heart ready for…HOW TO GET GOD INVOLVED…Okay?
Peace! Enjoy a week of divine interventions…in Jesus name!
Text: 2 Timothy 2:15
“ Work hard so God can approve you. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” TLB
Friends…Shall we take a look at some scriptural definitions today?
1. WHAT IS VISION? -Jeremiah 1:11
Vision is not apparition, it is not guess work, it is not imagination, or building castles in the air…No!
-Vision is when you see what God has planned for you.
-Vision is locating the future of your future – from the scriptures.
-Vision is when you can see the same thing that God is seeing concerning that matter.
2.WHAT IS DIVINE DIRECTION? – John 16:13-14
-Divine direction is when God shows you where to go…and how to get there.
-Divine direction is when God tells you what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.
Note that this is why God put his Holy Spirit in you at new birth…
So, only a man who is born again…and always full of the Holy Spirit…can enjoy divine direction – Read Ephesians 5:14-20.
3.WHAT IS UNDERSTANDING? – Job 22:21-22
-Understanding is seeing as God sees concerning that issue…seeing that issue from God’s perspective.
-Understanding is when you and God are on the same page concerning any issue.
Understanding is when God’s opinion concerning an issue becomes your opinion too.
4.WHAT IS KNOWLEDGE? – 1 Corinthians 2:9-16
-Knowledge is knowing what God knows.
-Knowledge is knowing as God knows…That is, when the Holy Spirit takes what is in God’s heart…and downloads it into your heart.
5.WHAT IS WISDOM? John 6:6
-Wisdom is using what God has said to operate…to make choices and decisions…to take steps concerning everything in your life…your marriage, family, business, health, relationships, career, etc.
-Wisdom is using what God has said to think, talk and act.
-Wisdom is operating with supernatural intelligence…that is, such a spiritual intelligence that is beyond natural IQ…Read Daniel 5:11-12, Genesis 41.
-Wisdom is operating from the standpoint of a revelation and accurate knowledge of who you are in Christ, what you have in Christ, and what you can do in Christ.
Have you been blessed? 😁
Do have an awesome weekend!
I have good news for somebody…
What you’re supposed to crush will not crush you…in Jesus mighty name!
Didn’t Jesus say in Luke 10:19…”Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”?
And in Deuteronomy 33:25 God said…”Thy shoes shall be iron and brass…”
Alleluia…Somebody shout for joy!
WORD FOR TODAY
WHEN YOU ARE BLESSED
Text : Genesis 1:27-28
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them…”
Listen…God will not have you anyway else but blessed -Yes!
God doesn’t want you struggling and toiling for everything you get…That’s a curse that came with Adam’s disobedience…
But thank God…By the obedience of the 2nd (and last Adam)…you are back in the blessing (that is, if you are in Christ).
Friend, there is something you must be…You must be blessed! I tell you.
If God must work in your life, you must be blessed!
God works with his blessing in our lives to make us rich in everything…to the point that we are lacking nothing – Read Genesis 24:1 and Proverbs 10:22.
Until you are blessed, you’re not reflecting the image and likeness of God…Because it is the blessing that empowers and authorizes you to operate in the image and likeness of God.
The blessing of the Lord authenticates your divine status…otherwise you’re just an ordinary man, living an ordinary life!
When you see a man who is blessed you will know…It was God’s blessing upon Job that empowered him to produce great wealth and great influence…He commanded great respect among his people…Read Job 1:1-10 and Job 29.
God’s blessing puts you in the class of God…and empowers you for greatness and fame – Read Luke 1:32; Luke 4:14 & 18.
Hell can’t mess with a man that is blessed!
The world can’t mess with a man that is blessed!
Heaven stands at attention for a man that is blessed!
Do you know why? Because God’s blessing empowers that man to have dominion in three worlds!
Supernatural power and authority flows cheaply for a man that is blessed…So, don’t you dare a man who is blessed! Read Genesis 12:3.
If you are in Christ, God’s blessing is the seal of your sonship and Christlikeness…Read Ephesians 1:13.
So, if you must not suffer what ordinary men suffer…you must begin now to live and operate in a daily consciousness of the blessing…more than the consciousness of your certificates, your connections or how much money you have or can make…Yes!
And the proof of walking in the blessing is increase, multiplication and absolute dominion in three worlds…
That is, you’re a force to be reckoned with…commanding respect in heaven, here on earth, and in the kingdom of darkness. Alleluia!
Now…what is the blessing?
Actually, he is a person…😁Yes!
Find out for yourself in : Malachi 3:10; John 14:17-26Acts 1:8; Zechariah 4:6…
Can I tell you something?
First, look at what God said in Jeremiah 29:11,
“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” MSG
You see…God will never spring a negative, unexpected anything on you…Never!
The devil is the author of the unexpected – like this corona v…
As for God…He’s a god of plans and purposes!
God always works with a plan…an agenda…a blueprint.
What God will always give you is what you desire…He will never impose anything on you…No matter how much even he wants it for you…
He will always wait for you to come to him in prayer with your desire…Yes! Read Mark 11:24; Jeremiah 29:12-13.
It is that which you expect that God brings to pass…so that your joy will be full!
God is happy when you’re happy…just like any loving Father!
Tell me then…why would he spring something on you (or allow to happen) anything that will rob you of your joy or happiness?
What I’m trying to bring to your attention here is that…If it is not good, if it doesn’t add to your joy and peace…it is not God!
So, from now on, never look at what is not good…never look at whatever brings sorrow or distress…and say, “God allowed it to happen for a purpose…” Okay?
Whatever God allows to happen in your life…will be what he has planned or purpose for you…And of course…it will be with your permission!
Read Jeremiah 29:11-3; Mark 11:24; Matthew 7:7; Matthew 18:18-19.
God bless your beautiful wise heart, dear!
QUENCH THAT FIRE!
Text: James 3:16
“For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”
Marital conflicts are real in many homes…Yes!
But, please, let it be minus your home, okay?
Know also that…No marriage that continues in conflicts, can ever enjoy rest, prosperity, progress or abundance…No matter how much you work for…or pray for it…No matter how much you desire or wish for it!
Because Jesus already made us understand that…
“…Any kingdom that fights against itself will end up in ruins. And any family or community splintered by strife will fall apart.” – Matthew 12:25 TPT
Please, quench that fire of conflicts, suspicion, finding faults with each other, unfaithfulness, lies, inconsistencies, in-law rivalries…
I mean…you yourself know what always lights that evil fire of strife, fighting, nagging, malice…in your home…
Just stop it, okay? Enough is enough!
It’s time to let peace, joy and laughter reign in your home…
It’s not up to God…It’s up to you! Yes, you!
JUST A COUNSEL FOR YOU, DEAR…
Text: John 1:16
“For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.” AMPC
It’s important that you always stay full ( full of love, full of power, full of grace, full of the Spirit, full of strength, full of peace, full of joy, full of faith, full of wisdom, full of money, etc)…
Because it’s only out of your fullness that others can receive anything from you…
And also because as much as God wants you to be a blessing to others, he wouldn’t want you bankrupt…or burning out! Read Genesis 12:2.
This therefore requires that you take heed to yourself…according to Deuteronomy 4:9,
“Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently…” Read also 1 Timothy 4:16.
Never do anything to impress anybody – not even to impress God…it’s not necessary!
In Christ God is impressed with you already…because he rates you with Jesus! Read 1 John 4:17.
Always labour to be approved of God, more than you care about what people think or say about you….Because at the end of the day, it’s God that rewards.
If God leaves your reward to men, trust me, they may never qualify you for it…Or they will always short-change you…and call it, “Just a token from us.”…I tell you! 😁
Let whatever you do be a natural outflow of who you are on the inside…
Ecclesiastes 11:3 says,
“If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth…”
God will always check out your heart for your motive for doing whatever it is you are doing, or want to do. Yes!
He said so in 1 Samuel 16:7,
“…The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” NLT
Please, for the sake of others, don’t be comfortable with emptiness, half-full, mediocrity or poverty of any kind!
Anytime you’re thinking, “I can manage with this.”, remember this message.
God doesn’t want you managing through life, he wants you having things in abundance…”to the full, till it overflows”! (John 10:10 – AMP).
In conclusion, let’s look at 2 Corinthians 9:7-8,
“Let giving flow from your heart, not from a sense of religious duty. Let it spring up freely from the joy of giving—all because God loves hilarious generosity!
Yes, God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything—every moment and in every way.
He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do.” TPT
What a joy! I see you living full and so wealthy…in Jesus name!