Childlike Faith Receives From God

“For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.” (Romans 10:10)

My friend let me ask you a question. Have you been listening to your self speaking lately? What are you confessing most of the times? I have said this before, you can always tell what a person believes by hearing them talk. Just hang around a person for a while and you can tell what their believe system is like from their conversations. If our confession is wrong it is because our believe is wrong, and if our believe is wrong, it is because our mind is not renewed to the TRUTH – the Word of God.

The bible contains God’s will for us. Those promises in the bible is what God wants you to have. God wants you to have healing in your body, food on your table, peace in your home, He wants your marriage healed, He wants your children well and thriving in very area of life. God’s thought towards you is constant and He is constantly think of how to demonstrate His extra ordinary goodness in your life. (Psalm 8:4 )

You see, we may not always understand everything the Bible says with the natural mind but the Word of God works! Faith in the Word of God is not blind, but creates what cannot be perceived by the natural mind!

For example, take a look at Abraham in the bible. Abraham and Sarah’s case was hopeless, they were both too old and far past childbearing age. But the bible says that Abraham, “ who against all hope believed that he will become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken” (Romans 4:18). That which was spoken, meaning, what God promised him. And sure enough Abraham and Sarah eventually gave birth to Isaac. They did see the promise come to pass and today Abraham is indeed the father of many nations as promised by God. Not only to the Jewish nation but to all who believe in Jesus Christ as the Savior.(Romans 4:12)

The bible calls Abraham “the father of faith” and he serves has a great example of faith to us today because of the demonstration of his faith in God!  How did Abraham demonstrate his faith before God to qualify for the promise. The Bible tells us that:

  1. Abraham BELIEVED
  2. Abraham expressed his believe through his CONFESSION.

When God Changed Abraham’s name from “Abram” to “Abraham”, which means “father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5). Abraham believed God, and stated to call himself by that name, even though it looked physically impossible, Abraham held on to his confession of faith. And because of that God granted him the promise. Abraham did not receive the promise because it looked possible in the natural, and neither did he received  the promise because he worked for it (Romans 4:4-5)

Abraham, the father of our faith in Jesus Christ received the promise because he believed the WORD of God.  And that, God gives life to the dead and CALLS things that do not exist as though they did. Meaning, God CALLS things that do not exist into EXISTENCE!

  “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken.” (Romans 4:16-18)

Let Abraham’s faith encourage you too today. Believe God’s promises for you,  confess those promises instead of speaking negative words and give God the privilege of bringing His promises  to pass in your life in due season.  As a seed of Abraham, the Lord wants His name to be glorified in the earth through your life like Abraham’s life!

“So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.” (Hebrews 11:23)

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Believe Well, Speak Well

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Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. (Romans 12:2)

We live in a very negative world. Evil reports spread and sell faster than good news. It is very easy to go along with the flow, thinking and speaking like “Joe Bloggs” around us at the work place, living down the road from us, and even attending the same Church with us. Just trying to fit into the mould and conform to this world standard.

But, God tells us that we are not of this world, the Bible says we have been redeemed from the old nature which is under the curse. We are now in Christ and belonging to the higher realm (Gal 3).  So, to continue to think like the world thinks any more is bringing ourselves under the bondage of sin and the curse again!

The fact of the matter is that,  God does not see us in the flesh anymore once we have accepted Jesus Christ as saviour. God sees us in the Spirit through the perfect blood of Jesus Christ. So when God speaks to us,  He speaks to the New Creation in us. (2 Corinthians 5:17).  And now, we must renew our mind to that fact. Not thinking poverty and lack, sickness, anxiety, fear and evil report but thinking the abundant life, health, provision, peace and grace of God in very area of our life!

Do you know that the re-created you, who is in Christ is so big that it can house God Almighty – El Shaddai , the God that is more than Enough? Just think about that for a moment!

It’s time we wake up to who we are and give God the opportunity to manifest His abundant life through us by  believing well and speaking well in every area of life. If you continue to see yourself in the flesh, or reason with the mindset of this world you will continue to see your past mistakes and failures, weaknesses, limitations and impossibilities. But confidence will come when the mind is renewed to who you are in Christ, it will flow over into how you speak and as you confess the Word of God your faith will begin to rise!

The bible says that we are imitators of God, calling things that be not as though they are, meaning God’s ability to create what is not in existence is also in us! God is in us isn’t He ? So why focus on the negative things and evil reports?  Because  if we are always focusing on our feelings or peoples’ opinion of us we will never walk in that realm of grace!

As this year is already coming to a close, make a quality decision to make it your goal for 2014 that, no matter what, you will believe well and speak well in every area of your life!

Praying God’s blessings upon you in this special season.

Expectation The Power of Hope

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Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place. (Psalm 23:6)

I sometimes hear people use phrases like “You better don’t get your hopes high.” or “Don’t expect anything in case you get disappointed” I mean let’s be frank,  if you really think about it, when people think like this, they are more or less saying “I don’t know what to expect.” put in another word, ” I’m expecting either something good or something bad.” Well, let me be frank about this mindset, it’s a ‘good recipe’ for disaster. And it’s not God’s will.

God is bold and clear about what His plans are for His children in the Scriptures. And His plans are good not evil. God’s is not wishing or planning any harm for anybody, that’s the devil’s job! The devil is the one who goes about looking for the opportunity to steal, kill and destroy people. (John 10:10).  Jesus Christ is a good shepherd whose desire is to guide you with His goodness and mercy every day of your life as you walk in obedience to His Word! (stop and reflect on that for a moment) Every morning when you wake up God says,  He will show you new mercy, meaning,  He is ready to wipe away your mistakes and failure of yesterday, and give you a brand new beginning everyday as you turn to God in humility and repentance.  And has you believe His word and takes steps of faith in the Word He promises that, He will go before you and remove everything obstructing your path to progress. (Isaiah 45:2).

If you are having difficulty believing the promises of God for any area of your life, I encourage you to get your Bible out and get your “Hopes very high”. God wants you to get your hopes high in His Word. The word of God is not a wishful hope like that of the world, the kind of hope unbelievers know is wishful hope, it is not guaranteed. But Bible hope has a Guarantor – The God who created the universe out of nothing! The Holy spirit who lives in the heart of every believer in Jesus Christ!

If Christ is your Lord, God is with you today! No matter how daunting the evil report, God cannot not fail. I encourage you to renew your thinking with the word of God. Meditate on it and declare what God says about you only.

I encourage you to make time to study and meditate on Psalm 23 and on these Scriptures

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  (Jeremiah 29:11)
For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the expectation and hope of the meek and the poor shall not perish forever. (Psalm 9:18)
Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! (John 14:14)
[He has also appropriated and acknowledged us as His by] putting His seal upon us and giving us His [Holy] Spirit in our hearts as the security depositand guarantee [of the fulfillment of His promise]. (2 Corinthians 1:22) Amp
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philppians 4:8)

Much love ~ Praying for you! God bless!

Shade

UNSTOPPABLE JOY!!!

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“You will laugh at destruction and famine; wild animals will not terrify you.” (Job 5:22)

Welcome to that special month again, December the special season of the year when we celebrate the best Gift of God to the World,  the Birth of Jesus Christ. The countdown to celebration of Christmas, has started in many places around the world. It’s an exciting time of celebration and joyfulness, and many of us around the globe are already looking forward to celebrating it with family, friends and loved ones, feasting and rejoicing with a bang! Although the true meaning of Christmas is not just a one day thing, rather, Christmas is meant to be lived everyday, because Jesus Christ now lives in our heart 24/7  as born again believers. However, having said that, there is nothing wrong with having a joyful feast at any time one desires, infact, joy is a good recommendation for healthy living.

A Joyful heart induces laughter which is a good medicine for the soul. Medical science has now proven that, laughter helps to deal with stress level, pain and conflict. Scientists say that laughter releases peace to the mind, immune system and helps to build relationships. Well, the bible already told us that. science is only just catching up with what the Bible has known all along.  The Book of Nehemiah says,  “ the Joy of the Lord is our strength” (Nehemiah 8:10)

God truly knows what we need when he created us. He knows that being joyful is essential for our spiritual, physical and emotional well-being. It blesses God’s heart when we are joyful. God created us to enjoy everything He has made with Him, and just like any good earthly parent will be glad to see their kids happy and enjoy laughing with them, so also is God. If we think about of it like that, every time the devil tries a sneaky move on us to steal our joy, we will be so quick to put Satan where he truly belongs – under our feet! (Luke 10:19)

God says in His Word that, we can laugh at famine and destruction, and for sure we can do that because everything we need to laugh in the face of trouble is already provided for us in the Bible.

If you need physical healing you go to the Word of God and receive. The Bible declares in Isaiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24 that by the stripes of Jesus you WERE healed. Jesus already paid for your healing. Praise God! Hebrews 4:12 says, the word of God is full of power, sharp and able to penetrate your physical body, minister healing  and raise your body to life! The Word, in Jeremiah 17:14 says, “heal me oh Lord and I shall be healed”, that tells me, you don’t even have to wait for somebody to pray for you or lay hands on you to receive healing, you can go to God directly yourself and ask Him to heal you.

Is there trouble in your home? Has the devil got your kids hooked and dragging them to hell with him? Get your Bible out and tell the devil what the Word of God says about you and your family,  Isaiah 54:13-14 boldly declares that great will be your peace, and you and your heritage shall be established in righteousness. Psalm 91:6 says because the Lord is your dwelling place no destruction will come near your dwelling. So you can boldly tell divorce, rebellion, command every ungodly spirit of strive and division to back their bags and go in the name of Jesus Christ!

Are you facing unemployment? Has your bank statement taken a down turn? Have you got piles of unpaid bills? Psalm 23:1 says the Lord is your Shepherd you shall not want, You can depend on God to supply all your needs, (Philippians 4:19) and for His favor to promote you in due season. Psalm 75:6, says promotion does not originate  from mankind but it is the Lord’s doing.

Maybe your need is wisdom and direction for your life, you can  go to the true source of wisdom, God’s wisdom is available to all, you don’t have to fail  (James 1:5) and in Psalm 119:98, God says He will make you wiser than your enemies.

No matter the size of your problem God has already given you His Word to stand on and laugh at the enemy. As we stay connected to God by faith in His word, we can laugh at trouble and adversity with confident assurance that, God is working behind the scene for us and in good time the word of the Lord will come to pass in that situation.

Let us keep our eyes focused on the Lord, for with God nothing is impossible!

Praying for you! God bless you!

Shade

THANKFUL HEART

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“For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”  (Zephaniah 3:17)

The Greatest Faith!

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“Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:4)  Amp

FAITH IS NOW!

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“Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He replied to them by saying, The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display. 21 Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you].”  (Luke 17:20-21)

Many believers are unconsciously trapped by the mindset that the kingdom of Heaven is a distant place where we will all go someday. And yes, it is, but even though it is a true statement, it’s a limited thinking of what Jesus has done for us. Take a look at the book of Colossians:

“Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God’s holy people) in the Light. 13 [The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,..” (Colossians 1:12-13)

This bible text reveals that we have already been, forgiven, qualified and translated out of the control and the dominion of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God.

In the post last week, I shared that, we are called to live in the presence of God, and that, this is done by obedience and walking in love.((John 15:10-11). This is important, because the original purpose for which we were created is be intimate with God, to fellowship and live in His presence.  When God created man He poured himself into man – His breath; creative life and power was poured into man. (Genesis 2:7). We were created to be one with Him, and from His presence to exercise dominion over all of God’s creation. We were created to live in harmony and union with God until Adam’s rebellion brought separation between man and God. And then, God devised a new plan for restoring His fellowship with man, He gave His Son Jesus Christ, to die and bridge the gap. And now through Jesus we are restored to an everlasting fellowship and communion with God. (Romans 5:17-19)

Since Christ has restored us into fellowship with God as New Creation, therefore, we are already living in the kingdom of God now. And so, if we are already living in the presence of God, and we know that in the presence of God there is peace, joy, salvation, healing, provision, restoration, in short, abundant Life (John 10:10). Doesn’t it then make sense that everything we need is already available to us now? The healing, peace, joy, salvation of loved ones, deliverance and provision for every thing we need in this very present moment is already existing in God, and we, in Christ, are living in the very presence of God!

This is the reason why faith must operate with the mindset of Now! Faith receives the blessings of God now! (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is present tense not future tense, our faith is not in the future because we are already living in the kingdom of Heaven right now by faith! Therefore, our faith also must match up with that understanding of where we are Spiritually. Our mind has to be renewed to this Spiritual fact.

Faith is now, the Kingdom of Heaven is now. Don’t allow the devil to trap you with the mindset that the Kingdom is a distance away and in the future. The word of God says in Luke 17, the kingdom is already in us, and we are already in the Kingdom now. We have been translated from the kingdom of darkness, from the control and dominion of Satan, the law of sin and death can not rule over us anymore, we are now in the the Kingdom of Heaven, in the presence of God. So therefore, we have access to everything we need from God by faith now!

Believe and release your faith today, ask God for that particular need in your life, ask Him to help you today where you feel weak or overwhelmed with the situation you are facing. Maybe your need is for healing or whatever you need deliverance for, receive it now by faith in the name of Jesus, and begin to thank God by faith for the answer to your prayer now. Faith is present, faith is now! Thank God for the salvation of your loved ones now! Thank Him for healing and restoring every area that is broken in your life now! Thank God for every thing you need now! And keep growing in your daily walk with God, keep confessing His word over your life. As you continue in the Lord, at the right season or “due season” (Galatians 6:7-9), you will see the answer to your prayer in physical form. (John 1:1). For with God all things are possible! (Amen)

Please make this declaration with me:

Lord I I believe that Jesus died for me to be freed from every curse of the law. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Saviou. I believe your word is true and I receive your provision and healing in my life now by faith! I walk by faith and not by sight, I thank you Father that I will see the physical manifestation in due season. I ask in Jesus name. Amen!

I’m praying in agreement with you from this end! God bless you!