41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it ran in the dry places like a river.
41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it ran in the dry places like a river.
5 Now therefore, if you will obey My voice in truth and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own peculiar possession and treasure from among and above all peoples; for all the earth is Mine.
6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation [consecrated, set apart to the worship of God]. These are the words you shall speak to the Israelites. (Exodus 19:5-6) Amp
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…. (Proverbs 23:7)
What we conceive in our imagination is what we will become eventually. What you are thinking or what is predominant in your mind will dictate how your life will go. In the same way, if you allow thoughts of fear to creep into your heart, it will cause you to give up fighting for the best! Napoleon Hill who is best known worldwide for his book “Think and Grow Rich” which has sold millions of copies and contributed to the success of countless readers. Has this to say about imagination,
“You will never have a definite purpose in life; you will never have self-confidence; you will never have initiative and leadership unless you first create these qualities in your imagination and see yourself in possession of them…. imagination is the most marvelous, miraculous, inconceivably powerful force the world has ever known.”
The Dictionary describes imagination as “a conception or mental creation, of what is not actually present to the senses.” So, this is something that is not tangible to our five physical senses. It is something out of this realm, it’s beyond and above us.
The ability for human beings to be creative is a gift from God. We are created in His image and likeness of God. (Genesis 1:26-27). Take a look at the Bible in the first chapter of Genesis and see God display the majesty of creativity in creating the universe. God created every thing which is visible out of something invisible or intangible! God is a creative God and our creative ability is an endowment from God which we will be accountable for, one day before God!
God has given us the gift of imagination for good use, this gift is to be used to fashion our lives in alignment with God’s prescription for living a successful life. (Joshua 1:8). If we don’t fashion our thought pattern in alignment with God by renewing our mind with the Word of God the devil will hijack it for evil and use it to harm us. That is exactly what happened in Genesis chapter 6, take a look:
“5 The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. 6 So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.” (Genesis 6:5-6) If you continue reading that passage to the end you will discover that, wrong thinking was the primary gate way that allowed evil and wickedness to prevail on the earth, and this was the reason why God brought the flood. God literally started again and repopulated the earth through Noah.
For our own good, we should not accommodate wrong thinking, such as fear, worries, anxiety, ungodly images and things that will pollute our imagination and pervert us. By perversion I mean, imagination that will be counter productive to God’s plans and purposes for us. The Bible makes it clear that we are already blessed in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3) God is not just going to bless us, He has ALREADY blessed us. But you and I have got to know how to move our stuff from the heavenly realm to the earth realm by renewing our mind to what God has already done for us in spite of the opposition and resistance against us.
Philippians 4:6-9 is a good prescription for conducting our thinking in all circumstances.
“6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. ……8 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. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:6-9)
Verse 6 is telling us not to give room to fear and anxiety, but to ask for what we need. And Verse 8 -9 and is telling us how to stay focused after we have prayed so that we can see the manifestation of our heavenly blessings in the earth realm. And that is by THINKING GOOD THOUGHTS. Thinking right after we have made our request to God in prayer is very important to receiving the answer to our prayer!
The ability to think and be creativity is a powerful tool God has given us to make our way successful in life. Lets us use it for good, let’s take charge of our thinking, the voices and images we accommodate in our space.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
God bless you!
Praying for you. Love, Shade
“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” (John 3:16)
It needs not be said again, we know this is that special season of giving gifts and merrymaking. The atmosphere of Christmas is exciting to many! Shimmering lights dazzling our streets, sparkling decorations of all kinds hanging on our doors, ceilings and walls, specially crafted cards and the best gift possible for our loved ones. There is no telling the extent many of us do go in capturing and celebrating the joy of Christmas.
And there is nothing wrong with celebrating Christmas, I’m all for it as long as the motive is in tune with the reason for the season – Jesus Christ. In my personal opinion, there is every reason to rejoice and celebrate the precious gift and favour of God to us, Emmanuel – God, dwelling with us!
Now then, what about us? What is the best gift you can give the Lord?What is the best impression we can give that Heaven will take notice of? Remember, Heaven is full of Glories and inexpressible Beauty. The most spectacular shimmering lights and Christmas decorations, the best Christmas turkey and presents cannot compare in the least possible sense to the riches and majesty of the Heavens why God resides.
Yet, there is one thing you can do that will cause Heaven to give a standing ovation – A Soul Saved. Ah, yes,you will get Heaven’s full attention when you go out of your way to reach out to a Soul without Jesus Christ this Christmas.
“Thus, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one [especially] wicked person who repents (changes his mind, abhorring his errors and misdeeds, and determines to enter upon a better course of life) than over ninety-nine righteous persons who have no need of repentance.” (Luke 15:7)
Every time a soul gets saved, Heaven throws a party, the prize of a Soul has no equal in the eyes of the Lord. The joy in Heaven has no limit, when a lost Soul turns to the Lord, the rejoicing is unending – It is for Eternity. (Take a moment and reflect on that!)
There is no gift as priceless, costly, and extravagant as the gift of God’s Son – Jesus, from the Father to us and there is no gift as priceless, costly and extravagant as the gift of a lost Soul turning to the Lord! The greatest gift we can all give to the Lord this Christmas is to go out of our ways, as inconveniencing as it might be, and reach out with the love of God to a lost Soul.
And perhaps, you are reading this and you do not know Jesus Christ. I’m glad to let you know that, you are the reason God gave His Son as gift to the world so that, you might receive God’s forgiveness and be reconcile to Him here on earth and in heaven after death. If you want to receive the gift of God’s Son – Jesus Christ, please say this prayer:
“Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus Christ to die for my sins so that I can be saved. Forgive me of all my sins, I turn from sin and I accept Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I welcome your Holy Spirit into my life to teach and guide me everyday how to live for Jesus Christ. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.”
If you prayed this prayer, please feel free to let me know. You can contact me by using the contact info on this blog or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will be happy to support you in your spiritual growth as much as possible. Thank you.
Well, in closing, just to let you know, this will be my last post for this year. And on that note, I will like to say a really big thanks to yah all!! 🙂 I’m every so grateful and appreciative of you, my dear and precious friends on Word Press and afar. I pray you have a very, very, wonderfully Blessed Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!!! Merry Christmas!!!!
Looking forward with you, to the great year of 2014 🙂
Much love sent ~ Shade. 🙂
“Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.” (James 1:3-4)
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” (1 Timothy 1:7)
Fear of any kind is not good for us. God stresses this fact enough for us by providing so many Scriptural verses for us as a promise and weapon against fear. There is at least 365 promises in the Bible specifically dealing with fear. And so, every single day of our life we don’t have fear to anything!
God hates fear. Why? Because, Fear paralysis us! It stops your Faith. As an example, just take a look at the screen, in this story, about one giant’s intimidation of a whole Nation of Israel in 1 Samuel 17:1-52. (Please read this in your bible)
In this story Satan nearly won the victory, just based on fear and intimidation alone! Look at a whole nation, including their king Saul, a Nation of people, in covenant with the creator of the Heavens and the Earth. These are God’s children, and here they are melting with fear before one uncircumcised Philistine, because of his Size! “…..And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, terrified.” (1 Samuel 17:24)
But then, take a look at just ONE small Boy, with another Focus. A small boy with no reputation, a mere shepherd boy and the least in his family, David. As soon as David came on the scene, he immediately refused to DOUBT God, despite the attempts by his brothers and even Saul. And also, he refused to allow Goliath’s insults and intimidation to discourage him. His focus was on a Covenant keeping God, you can see from his confession; “Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied.” (1 Samuel 17:45)
This mere shepherd boy because of his courage in God , he ushered in another atmosphere into the scene. A boy who had no reputation with man, immediately brought God on the scene, and from there the rest is history. God turned the table around and gave the nation of Israel the victory, because of one small boy who had his focus on a Miracle working God. And God was glorified!
When you are facing a serious sickness, financial crisis or an unexpected problem the spirit of fear will immediately try to gain a STONGHOLD in your mind. If you don’t take authority over it in Jesus Name, it will take over and dominate your heart and mind until you are no longer trusting and believing God. Fear is not just a dictionary translation, Fear is a spirit! It is a spirit sent and used by Satan to oppress, torment, control and dominate. Fear takes our focus off God and places it on our circumstances.
Brothers and Sisters, where is our focus? Where is your focus consigning that issue or problem before you. Jesus says he will never leave nor forsake us. David won his battle because of his relationship with God. If you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you too can rest your faith in God’s word and confront your sickness, financial trouble or any giant before you like David.
I encourage you to make this Confess of faith with me: I recognize fear is not from God. It is not for me and I refuse fear to take control of my life! Fear you are not my lord, Jesus Christ is my saviour and Lord. In the name of Jesus I reject you and cast you out of my mind and my life. I plead the Blood of Jesus over my life and I embrace the Holy Spirit in my life. God has not given me the spirit of fear but the Spirit of power, love and a sound mind. From today, my trust and focus is in Jesus Christ and all His promises for my life. Amen!
Know that, you are in prayer everyday! God bless you!
The bible says we are justified by the word we speak, either good or bad, words are seeds and it’s only a matter of time for the seed to bear fruit after it’s kind.
When Jesus spoke to the tree in Mark 11:14, “…And He said to it, No one ever again shall eat fruit from you. And His disciples were listening [to what He said].” He turned and walked away. Right there, and then, there was no visible sign to Jesus or those with Him, that the Word Jesus spoke had any effect on that tree. But of course, now we know, that when Jesus walked away from that tree even though, it looked as if nothing changed, actually in the Spirit the Word Jesus spoke was working.
The next day, between 12- 24 hours later, when Jesus and His disciples walked back, passing that same path where the tree was, Peter noticed the change in the Tree, “In the morning, when they were passing along, they noticed that the fig tree was withered [completely] away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to Him, Master, look! The fig tree which You doomed has withered away! “(Mark 12:20-21)
Therefore, it’s obvious that, in-between the time the Word was spoken, and the time it took to see a physical manifestation, the Word of Faith spoken by Jesus went to work at the root of that tree, and kept working until it became visible to the naked eyes. You see, even though not seen by the physical eyes, the WORD was working to produce the Fruit of the SEED sown.
Now then, the bible says we are justified by the words we speak, (either negative or positive), so could it also be that, if Jesus had spoken a negative word, it could have hindered the WORD or stop the operation of the WORD of faith?
Just trying to get us to stop, and think for a moment….., What we speak, whether positive or negative has POWER to produce.
My friend, I hope you are encouraged today to hold onto your confession of faith and keeping on walking by faith and not by sight. It is only a matter of time, in the name of Jesus,this too shall pass. Amen!
I am praying for you! God bless you!