The True Remedy

We are all praying that we can come up with a cure, a vaccine, a remedy to fight this virus that has put our world in a pandemic. A remedy is a cure, a solution to a disease, injury, or in this case, a virus. We will eventually combat this virus and overcome! Although this is what is going on in the natural, what about our spiritual state?

We see that this virus has entered, spread and has wrecked havoc on our world. It infiltrated and caused schools and businesses to shut down, which in turn will have detrimental and long-term effects on our economy; just from one virus. I have always said everything in the natural speaks of the spiritual. What if there has been a spiritual virus that has weakened our spiritual state; a virus that has weakened the body of Christ, that has spread and has effects we haven’t even recognized. It’s time we wake up and do something!

So, what is the remedy needed for our spiritual state? It’s to put God first! It’s to stop playing around with our relationship with our Father and come back to our first love! Revelations 2:4 says, “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen: repent and do the first works…” Our Father is drawing us back to Himself. Now is the time! God is giving us the opportunity right now! We cannot take advantage in thinking we have more time. If the body as a whole is to be strong, we must individually check ourselves. Have we tested positive for leaving our first love? Have we put other things before God? Have we been sold out for Him or has our relationship been mediocre? Have we walked in unforgiveness? Are we walking in unity? How can we walk in unity with each other if we aren’t in complete union with our God? Father forgive us! Forgive us for not walking in obedience to your Word to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, with all our soul, and with all of our mind!

Remedy

We as Christ followers need to deal with our spiritual state, and the position of our hearts. When Jesus Christ is our first love, our all in all, THEN we can “BE THE CHURCH!” Then we can “BE THE BRIDE!” He is coming back for. It is then we will walk in unity and we know that the gates of hell cannot prevail against God’s church!

Obedience with Conviction

UnknownIt’s with a boldness and conviction that I write this. Who am I to say any of this? I’ll tell you – I am the daughter of the Most High God. I am a joint heir with my Heavenly Father. I may not be a pastor or theologian, but I have a heart after the things of God. My desire is to follow Him and be obedient to His word; unafraid to use my voice and speak; to remember that God uses the least of these, the unlikely….

It saddens me that during these times, I see two groups of people. Both groups have faith, but two different kinds. I’ll do my best to put into words what my heart has been feeling.

We as a church are called to walk by faith. We know that without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Heb. 11:6). However, we are also called to submit the governing authorities. (Romans 13). By obeying God’s commands to do so, we are in turn obeying God Himself!

Right now, we are living in times where our faith is being tested. Will we come out of the fire refined or smelling like smoke? (Daniel 3:27) Will we walk in faith or fear? Will we walk in obedience to God’s Word or in disobedience?

Remember, God will NEVER ask us to do something that is contrary to His will!

We all sit under the authorities of our land. No one is exempt! We know that the Bible tells us “all authority has been placed in position by Him,” (Romans 13:1). He never asked our opinion! So, if we are told that during this time of crisis, we as a church can’t gather for a time being, why is it that some Pastors are going against authority and remaining open? To me, there’s no other way to call that than disobedience. This is where my heart grieves. Those that are going against orders are justifying their actions with scripture. Wow! They are calling it faith. Hmmmm- I questioned in my spirit “faith?” How can we call disobedience faith? Could it be pride – is it that maybe these people are trying to prove something? I see these people justifying their actions with scripture saying, “Look at the people in the Bible that didn’t obey and were arrested or martyred for their faith!”

Paul risked his life for the Gospel and was put in chains to get the gospel to the Nations when it was illegal! Paul wasn’t in disobedience to God here. People in the Word preached when they had NO other option! Their situations and circumstances were different. DON’T TWIST SCRIPTURE TO FIT OR JUSTIFY YOUR ACTIONS!!! We are not being told we cannot preach! We are not being told to bow down and worship other gods. If that were the case – then YES, we know we would only worship and bow down to the one and only true God. But, this is not the case!

We are being protected from a harmful virus and the only thing at stake of concern here is our health, NOT our Ministry! This is NOT a “Church” Agenda! While this is by far spiritual warfare on another level, the command to abstain from gatherings has nothing to do with shutting the Church doors. After all, the Church is the body of Christ, NOT the four walls. Our Ministry is how we lives our lives, NOT where we worship!

Not too long ago, there was another movement where the enemy counterfeited God’s grace and used people to justify their ways – which they deceptively thought they could get away with essentially anything because of “grace.” They still preached the gospel. They still proclaimed the name of Jesus. Now, we see a group of people who are operating in disobedience and calling it faith.

We know that in the evil days, the end times, there would be many that would be deceived. There would be false prophets. What’s scary is those that are in deception, don’t even know that they are in it. They are so deceived and blinded. They are so convinced and even use scripture to support their way of belief.

This group of believers may think they are walking in faith, but the deception is that they are actually walking in fear. Is the fear that if they submit governing authority, they will in turn have to give up even more? What is the motive of their hearts? It’s not for me to judge, only God can. These are just my thoughts.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31)

Truthfully, if we are obeying God, we will be taken care of and should have no fear of anything being taken away! When we submit to authority, whether we agree or disagree, that obedience allows God to come on the scene and work it all out for our good! (Rom. 8:28). Conversely, when we walk in DISobedience, we are walking in OUR authority and tie God’s hands back. We NEED to be certain WHO our God is and trust that what He’s asking us to do, submitting to the governing authorities will bring blessing on us.

Let’s stop mocking Christianity and making ourselves look bad! Let’s be a faith that adheres to the laws of the land and walks with integrity, obedience and sets an example to a lost, confused and dying world!

I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me. Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever. 

(Psalm 41:11-12, NIV)

Adaptibility

Some thoughts that have come to me during this time we find ourselves in. The other night, so many things were running through my mind and the word “adaptability” kept coming, so I got up and decided to dig in to what was God trying to say.

First, I looked up the definition of the word “Adaptability” and it means the quality of being able to adjust to new conditions. The capacity to be modified for a new use or purpose. Wow!!! Does that not resonate with all the changes we are finding our world and our lives in right now?

It got me thinking when change comes, we must not fight against it. We must not rebel, but become adaptable. We may bend, but we will not break. May we adapt to a new way instead of going back to life as normal. May we increase our spiritual capacity for a new and greater purpose! I think we have to understand this isn’t about giving up everything and fearing that if we just adapt to all the authorities are telling us, that we give up our God given rights. That isn’t it! If we abide and follow our leadership, God will bless us. Romans 13:1-  “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the ordinances of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” Paul wrote this when Nero was in power and he was persecuting Christians, yet Paul exhorted the Romans to submit to his authority because authority is ordained by God.

Just maybe in this time, God is wanting us to learn to make some adjustments internally so that He can in return increase our capacity for a new and greater purpose!!!

May we as the body of Christ, adapt to the need of the moment we re in and watch God move!!

Let’s look at how Paul used his freedom to win souls!! Paul is an example of how to adapt so that we can win the more!

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Paul’s Use of His Freedom

19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone,to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews.To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

 

The Pandemic of Fear

Perfect LoveAs we know it, we are living in such uncertain times. People are fearful and full of panic. 

We need to understand that FEAR BREEDS FEAR! Fear is the actual virus that has spread throughout our world. We have done shows before on fear and again, fear is False Evidence Appearing Real! We’re not saying that this virus right now isn’t real, but so many of us have become fearful and are overcome with fear based off of false outcomes. 

People are fearing the unknown – operating in the “what if’s?” Panic is caused by man being infiltrated by the fear of the world around them. Fear has driven people to extreme measures. We see people lining up for hours to get toilet paper, water and hoarding food, but, we should be seeing people lining up to get into church – to get God’s Word that will never run out or run dry! Come on – the only thing we need to be hoarding is the word of God!! 

We are in this world, but we are not of it! We do not walk in the wisdom of the world nor operate like the world does. This is the time to seek God’s wisdom and get understanding to hear God’s direction for us as a church.

Proverbs 4:5 

 “Get wisdom, get understanding do not forget my words or turn away from them.” 

Fear does not come from God, but is of the enemy. 

John 10:10– “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”  

We need to understand that the fear the enemy has released was an attempt to shut down the church. But, we know that the enemy will never succeed! For the gates of hell shall not prevail against God’s church! The church is not a building or only held during service times. We are the church and we will not be silent! 

We know that all things work together for good to those who love God and even though we are living in times this generation has never experienced, God will use it for His glory. The church may not be gathering together in a building, but we are still one in spirit! Let’s realize that sometimes we have to be put in uncomfortable positions to grow, to be strengthened, to rise up, and awaken Gods bride!  The testing of our faith produces perseverance, and boy are we being tested, but we will become a stronger and more resilient church! We may be stripped down right now of the things we have taken for granted as a church, but now we will be an even more humbled and grateful people. 

This is no time to retreat or be in fear. We need to be careful not tobe distracted by the media. It’s not the time to bash our government or President, but be praying for them. They are not our enemy! 

Let’s remember what the word tells!

Ephesians 6:12

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” 

In Ephesians, it also tells us how to take stand against the devils schemes; and it is to take on the whole armor of God! 

Right now we are in a spiritual warfare and we need to DAILY put on the whole armor of God so that we can withstand! 

 

Armor

The Armor of God 

Ephesians 6:10-18– “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” 

Don’t we know we are leaving in evil times! 

As Christians, this is our time! We have spent decades in Church, conferences, Bible Studies, relying on our Pastors to get the Word IN us! BUT NOW – NOW is the time where WE are to be the Church outside of the 4 walls and feed to others the bread of life we have been living on for so long!! This can be a season of true revival – where the Church is more rampant in our world than ever before because now WE ARE ALL WORKING!! 

When everything around is growing dim, when people are in fear – this is the perfect time for us to rise up! As the days grow darker, we need to shine brighter. We live in this world, but we are not of it. We will not be like the rest of the world walking in fear, panic and anxiety. Instead, we will be full of FAITH, HOPE and LOVE! 

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for! We have Hope as an anchor to our soul sure and steadfast; the hope found in Christ that keeps us firm and unwavering in these turbulent waters we are in right now! And we have the Love of Christ, the perfect love that casts out fear!

Philippians 4:6

“…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

How do we keep our minds focused on the things of God? We need to meditate on His Word!!

Philippians 4:8

 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. 

May we be the beacon of hope and light to the world around us. We are the salt of the earth! We are the light of the world! A city on a hill that cannot be hidden!  Let’s find the opportunity to pray with people, to share the good news. These are exciting times for God’s people! More than ever do we have the opportunities to be the light! 

As children of God we know that God knows the plans He has for us plans to prosper and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future! – Jeremiah 29:11 

Instead of fear we call upon Jehovah El Shalom the Lord our peace!

Instead of Sickness we call upon Jehovah Rapha the Lord who heals!

Instead of lack we call upon Jehovah Jireh The Lord my provider! 

Anxious

Prayer

We come before our Heavenly Father in the authority given to us and bind every demonic scheme of the enemy in Jesus name! We bind the sprit of fear that has swept our world and release faith and hope! The only outbreak we will experience is the outbreak of your Holy Spirit upon our nation and world! Your Word says you will release your spirit upon all flesh and we ask you to release and pour out your Holy Spirit like a massive wave. We call in the wells of salvation! As the days grow darker Jesus, YOU will shine brighter! May your people rise up and be the light, a city on a hill that cannot be hidden!

Healing Our Nation

2Chron

We know everyone is experiencing a lot of different emotions right now. Christian or not, saved or not, political or not, we are all under the same circumstances at this time. More than ever, my sister and I do not take this platform lightly and applaud all of our fellow broadcasters and evangelists preaching the gospel right now and having to come up with creative and new ways to get the Word out. The thread of fear highlighting our messages is one I don’t think can be preached enough! Fear is significantly more contagious than any fleshly virus circulating our nation. Fear is what is causing lack. Fear is what is causing discord, division, hoarding, and gluttony!

But, while this definitely looks like a flesh war, the war we are at is not a flesh war – it is most assuredly a spiritual battle, and one we should have been better prepared for as a Church, as a Nation! The warning signs have been coming and as we have pushed aside the things of God, the righteousness of His holiness to prevail in our land, we have in turn traded that for sin, political correctness and the laws of our flesh.

Everyone is now quoting scripture (mostly out of context) and asking for prayers and while this is great that we are all deciding that we suddenly need God right now, how much of Him do we want? Do we really want Him to reveal our hearts and what He sees over this nation? Do we really want the wrath of God unleashed?

We believe right now, God is showing us He’s getting ready for His judgment. What we are experiencing are the birthing pains of His divine plan to come forward! We need to get it right or it will get worse! He’s done letting us get away with sin. This is a spiritual battle and God will start separating those who truly follow Him from those who do not.

If we are really in our Word, and not just for the cute scriptures that we can call on Him for healing and compassion, but the entire truth of His Word, we can see that what is happening right now has been prophesied for ages!

Read 2 Chronicles 7:12-22 

God shut the heavens and there was no rain. Isn’t that what we experienced not too long ago – drought? There were locusts devouring the land! Right this very moment, there are swarms of locusts eating up the crops of Pakistan, causing famine! Pestilence among the people – Corona Virus! How many times does he have to warn us before we get it right? And this time, it won’t be pretty!

Solomon was here asking God to make provision for the people, even though they were in sin and this Chapter chronicles God’s conditions for that!

2 Chron. 7:14– “…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways…”

  1. Humble ourselves
  2. Pray to God, seeking true forgiveness
  3. Continually seek God (that means His ways and wisdom and truth)
  4. REPENT (Turn completely from wickedness)

God isn’t playing with us anymore! The signs are evident! What will we do now? We have taken prayer out of schools, have been trying to change the Constitution to make it more modern and appealing to our ways, NOT God’s ways!

We NEED God’s provision on our Nation, but we are not going to get it by living the way WE want, supporting sin, and let’s be real! Abortion, LGBTQ, bashing Governing authority! We are trying to pass laws and adhere to our societal norms of inclusivity, yet putting Godly discipline and Godly mandates on the back burner. And we wonder why this is all happening! Wake up!!

Jeremiah 10:10– “But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King At His wrath the earth quakes, And the nations cannot endure His indignation.”

Our Spiritual Mama Cheryl Salem has said for years, “If the Church doesn’t begin to act in the supernatural, it will become superficial.”

This isn’t prayers on Sunday and church attendance– this is praying in tongues, speaking the Word, meditating on the Word day and night!! This is studying scripture and being armored for such a time as this!!  He is coming for His people and will we be ready? We all may be able to quote Psalm 91 right about now, but do we walk in His ways in everything else??

Dwells

The FIRST line of Psalm 91 says, HE WHO DWELLS IN THE SHELTER OF THE MOST HIGH…THAT person will reap the benefits of the rest of Psalm 91!! What does dwell mean? To remain, to reside, to LIVE in… Are we doing that??

The enemy can only work through disobedient people, so what does that mean? Let’s find out what the Word says about our Nation right now and how to turn it back to the things of God? Let’s pray like we have never prayed before!! Let’s humble ourselves and ask for forgiveness for changing laws, bashing our governing authority and being selfish!

When we do that, 2 Chronicles 7:14says – “THEN I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.For now I have chosen andsanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.”

IF we do not take this time seriously – if we think this is just a fleshly virus going around and as soon as we get a hold on it, things will go back to normal – we are ignorant!! If we are walking with the Lord in the Spirit, we know this is a wake up call and it’s time to get serious! There are consequences and God doesn’t put them on us – WE put them on ourselves by being disobedient to His Word!

Skip down to 2 Chronicles 7:19

“But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods, and worship them,then I will uproot them from My land which I have given them; and this house which I havesanctified for My name I will cast out of My sight, and will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.

 “And as for this house, whichis exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and this house?’Then they will answer, ‘Because they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and embraced other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this calamity on them.’ ”

God clearly laid out for Solomon what to do! Plain and simple – if the Nation followed God’s commands, the Nation would prosper. If they decided not to, the Nation would be destroyed! How much more clear could it be? Sin is deceptive and attractive.

Concordance: “Solomon eventually turned from God and he and his son lost most of the Kingdom. Following God brings benefits (not always material), while turning away from God brings suffering and punishment, and ultimately destruction.”

Solomon was swayed by the world around him, pleasing the people more than God, going with societal and political norms, even when they went against God! Isn’t that where we are today?? We have exchanged the truth of God’s Word for the lies of the world? We are more concerned about being politically correct and having the votes and acceptance of our peers, than being spiritually correct and having the applause of the heavens.

Concordance: The temple was ransacked after Solomon’s reign. It is difficult to imagine such a great and wise king being corrupted by idols, symbols of power, prosperity and sexuality. But even today these same idols are luring us into their traps.

We are running out of time, but again, Deuteronomy 28:1-14talks about the blessings from God when we are obedient to His word! Deuteronomy 28:15-68tells us the wrath upon us from our disobedience! Sounds like we need to take Him seriously and not wonder why these things are happening around us and be surprised!

We need to start declaring what the heavens are declaring!!

It is definitely time to get in our Word, get on our faces, repent and take this Nation back for God!!

Guard you

Judgment

We are going to continue with what we were talking about in our last blog about Unlikely People, but expand a bit. Sometimes we feel so unqualified, uneducated, not pretty or smart enough to be used, but as we look throughout scripture, God always used the broken and despair, the rejected and outcast to further His Kingdom. Why? Because if God can use the least likely, we can ALL see how His plan can include even us! 

As we talk about how God uses the least likely, we can also see this opens a door for criticism and judgment on so many levels. If we look around us today and the things happening in our own culture and generation, we have greatly become so quick to judge and criticize people, rather than keeping our focus on God. We took a look at scriptures and people in the Bible that God used, as well as people in our generation that God may be using, so please go back and read our last blog titled “Unlikely People.”

The times we are living in are so hostile; so much division and hatred. We point fingers, bash, and have exchanged the love and grace of God for a common enemy. What we see right now is a great divide. There are those who are accepting of ALL things (scriptural or not) and call it love, when ONLY God defines what love is! We have those who condemn the opposition and judge. We just have so many people judging one another based off of their own ideologies, but today we want to talk about what judgment really is and what our responsibility is as Christians with regard to judgment.

There are those that say we are not to judge others, lest we be judged. Then, there are those who say we are to call out righteous judgment. So, who’s right? Both are! Let’s take a look at scripture!

Again, we are not theologians, pastors or Bible scholars, but we do have a desire for Gods Word and by the Holy Spirit’s lead, we will do our best to discuss what God’s Word has to say about the matter, not our opinion. 

First, read  Matthew 7:1 (TPT)

Some like to just quote the very first verse “ Do not judge others, and you will not be judged” and stop there. Some like to use that and take it out of context to support their way of living. We have to be careful that we don’t take part of a verse and use to support our ways. We have to take the Word in its entirety. 

The scripture is not telling us that we are not to judge at all so that we in turn wont be judged.

However, verse 2 goes on to tell us that it’s HOW we judge, the measure that we judge. It’s in that same measure that we will be judged! What God is saying is that it is the attitude that we need to check when judging. We cannot make judgments in a critical and condemning way, pointing out someone else flaws to hide our own. Let us not be like the Pharisees judging with a religious spirit thinking we are better than they.

The verse goes on to say, “ Why do we look at the speck in our brothers eye, but not the speck in our own? Jesus says to those, “You Hypocrite!” Pretty harsh words from Jesus! But I love how He doesn’t leave it there, but goes on to tell us how to help fellow brothers and sisters. The “how” is by FIRST examining ourselves and removing the plank in our own eye, so then we can see clearly to remove the speck in another.

This always gets me because it doesn’t say we then judge with harsh words and criticism. If WE know what it’s like to have a plank in our eye, to be deceived and controlled by sin, then why would we not want to help our fellow brothers and sisters with the plank in their eyes so they, too may see clearly? 

I look at my sister and I. Many times in our friendship has one of us been out of line. Many times have one of one of us been just wrong! Instead of judging, we examine ourselves first, pray and ask God to help us see what the issue is with US first! When we can see that, we can then lovingly go to the other and say, “Hey sis, I just dealt with this and now let me help you get through this.” That’s how Christians are called to judge and operate. Yet we don’t do that! We quickly forget how God had to discipline us and we go to another and judge the sin or deception they are in instead of praying and leading them!

So then how are we to judge? What are we to judge according to scripture?

Reading further in Matthew 7:16, it says “You will know them by their fruits.”

We judge according to the truth of God’s Word. It doesn’t say we judge because they are a different political belief or disagree with the way we do things. It doesn’t say we judge them based off of OUR truths and ideologies. And lastly, it does not say we judge because they first offended us!! We judge them by their fruits! So, what are the fruits? 

Galatians 5:22-23– “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

That doesn’t sound debatable! It doesn’t say anything about judging them by what we believe is right or wrong! 

I remember watching the State of the Union a few weeks ago and as President Trump completed his speech, Pelosi tore up the speech in front of everyone. I saw on social media, so many “Christians” applauding and commending her for that! It broke my heart to see such disrespect! Of course, when I called a few people out on it, they replied that Trump did this and Trump did that. I wonder if when we go to heaven and God calls us out on behavior, we can get away with childish replies like, “Well he did it first!” Nowhere in scripture does it say we have any right to judge because someone did something offensive to us! We are called to walk in the fruits of the Spirit regardless of other’s behaviors and actions! Disrespect was definitely not on the list of fruits of the spirit! 

John 7:24 (NKJV)

“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with RIGHTEOUSjudgment.”

 The first part of that verse tells us how NOT to judge according to appearance. This is the problem with our world and fallen nature. We judge according to appearance or past mistakes. Last show we talked about Kanye West – God evidently spoke to this man and he had a revelation of who God is. Who are we to judge what God has spoke to him? Who cares who he USE to be? Who did you use to be?? We pray for people to change, for God to move in their lives, but the minute He does, we can’t accept and believe it! 

The scripture goes onto say that we are to judge with Righteous judgment – by Gods commandments, the truth of God’s Word. We don’t judge according to popular opinion, or even our own personal opinion. Take YOU out of the equation and line your ways up with scripture! We are to judge ONLY by Gods divine law, what is upright according to the word of God. 

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14(NLT)

Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. 14 God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.”

Again the scripture tells us to Fear God and his commands, His word! His divine Law!

We Christians can miss what God is doing because we look to man and not God. We can be judgmental of the messenger, the man! Look at how we so easily uproot and change churches because we disagree with something the pastor said? We get so offended that we miss out on what God is doing through common man! 

President Donald Trump- he has received so much hate toward him, his wife, his family! And I’m talking about from Christians! And to be fair, there were Christians that also judged and slandered President Obama and his family! It’s not right on either end! 

We think we know them based off what we think is right or wrong. We judge based on our own limited assumptions. You don’t know if they’re in their prayer closet at night. You aren’t perfect! If you don’t agree with our President, stop judging and cutting out what God can do on his and our behalf and pray for him!!!! The Bible says in Romans 13: 

Romans 13:1-3 (TPT)

“Every person must submit to and support the authorities over him. For there can be no authority in the universe except by God’s appointment, which means that every authority that exists has been instituted by God. So to resist authority is to resist the divine order of God, which results in severe consequences. For civil authorities don’t intimidate those who are doing good, but those who are doing evil. So do what is right and you’ll never need to fear those in authority. They will commend you for your good citizenship.”

Did we forget that God puts all leaders in authority?? Who are we to judge Trump? So what if you don’t like the things he does? Just like we are to submit to our husbands, whether we agree or disagree, we are also just as called to submit to all authority placed over us, NOT because they are right, but because in doing so, WE ARE SUBMITTING TO GOD!!! When we defy authority on ANY level, we are essentially tying God’s hands to work on our behalf!!

Every day, we should all be praying for our leaders, our President, those in authority because their jobs aren’t easy and it’s going to take us all working together and putting aside our differences if we want to see the hand of God over this Nation!

1 Peter 2:13-17 (MSG)

“Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are God’s emissaries for keeping order. It is God’s will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you’re a danger to society. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government.”

Unlikely People

Do you ever feel like you aren’t good enough to be used for God’s plans and purposes in this life? Maybe you feel uneducated or more like an outcast. Maybe you don’t feel pretty enough or that you have enough money. One of the most amazing things about God is that He uses the most unlikely people, the broken, despised, rejected and outcast to make a difference in the world for His glory! Think about Moses- we all know how amazing Moses was, BUT God didn’t use Moses when he was the Prince of Egypt! God called Moses when he was just a shepherd! God uses unlikely people to display His ultimate power! It’s about HIS power and glory to be revealed and He can use anybody!

Read 1 Corin. 1:26-30

He is looking for a people who’s hearts are after Him. In and of ourselves, we have nothing to offer, but our willing hearts. We need to be open to who God can and will use. We cannot keep our eyes on man, but on God. If we keep our eyes on man, we will most assuredly miss what God can and wants to do. Too many Christians look at man and walk in disbelief that God can use them. We are very quick to judge man! 

Matthew 13:53  – “Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there. When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Manget this wisdom and thesemighty works? Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Manget all these things?” So they were offended at Him.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” 

The people couldn’t believe that Jesus had so much wisdom and performed mighty works. They didn’t believe because they thought they knew Him. He was from their own hometown. They looked at the man and not God. They failed to see Him for who He was. Because they were filled with unbelief, Jesus could not do many mighty works. This can also be found in the recordings of Mark and in Luke. Some translations say Jesus could do NO mighty works! Imagine that! 

We know that Jesus wasn’t incapable of doing mighty works. Jesus is ALWAYS capable. It wasn’t even that the people didn’t have faith. We know that Jesus still performed miracles in those who had little to no faith. Jesus couldn’t perform mighty works because the people rejected him, HIS OWN people! Their eyes and hearts were closed to who HE was as the Son of the living God! Their eyes saw man. Their hearts refused to see glory! 

How does this relate to us? God works through people today just as He did then! Jesus may not be here walking on the earth amongst us, BUT He uses His sons and daughters here as his vessels. We need to remain open to who God can use, or again – we will miss the bigger picture of His plans! If we walk in disbelief like in Matthew, we limit what God can do! We then blame man for not being sufficient and capable when God never asked us to rely on man in the first place! He asked us to rely on HIS perfection as He works through the imperfect people! Wow, what a thought to chew on! 

In our generation, we are so easily offended, judgmental, full of anger and hatred. Everything has to be so politically correct, that we leave God out of the equation and decide to tweak His Word to fit our misguided world! We call ourselves Christians, but judge the people God is choosing to use! 

Let’s bring this closer to home. Take President Trump and Kanye West for example! Yes, we’re going there!  These are two people that profess to be Christ followers, right? But, all we have seen is judgment, hate, and criticism toward these people! Although we are using them as examples due to their current popularity, there are many more unfairly portrayed in the spotlight! When Kanye came out and professed to be a Christian, people (namely Christians) were slandering him. They were judging him on his past. Instead of praying for him and extending grace and letting his fruit be the basis by which we judge, we chose to walk in disbelief that his conversion is true.  We mock, point fingers, dig up and throw around his past. The sad part is the people that are doing this call themselves Christians! Who are we to judge someone else’s heart and if we are judging them, where is our own spiritual morality and conviction? Don’t forget – you are judging God by judging His people! 

Sound familiar? Reminds me of the verse we just read in Matthew! They rejected Jesus because they were in disbelief.  

Proverbs 21:1

“The kings heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases. People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart.” 

WE HAVE TO REMAIN OPEN TO WHO GOD CAN USE!!! 

If we remain quick to judge and criticize, we can miss what God is wanting to do through someone. What if right now, because we are operating in judgment and division, we are limiting the works Jesus can do here on earth today? Because we are so fixated on trying to change other’s beliefs and opinions and judge their motives, we are literally tying God’s hands to change our Nation because we think we can do a better job. 

Again, if we look at the scripture in Matt. 13:53, Jesus could do very little or no works because of the people’s unbelief and judgment. It was Jesus they rejected because they thought they knew who he was based on what their eyes saw. 

We challenge you with this question – What if WE are the ones limiting what God can and wants to do in our Nation, in or marriages, in our families and churches? We judge what our Pastors are doing. We judge what our President is doing. We don’t like the way things are done, so we judge and ridicule. Are we not those same ones nailing Jesus to the cross ourselves?? We cry out for Gods mercy, miracles, signs and wonders, but could it be that we are not seeing them because of our own unbelief? We need to remove the blinders from our eyes. 

God can and will use whomever He wants to. God can change the heart of man.

Look at Paul who was once Saul. He was a murderer of Christians! God got a hold of him and he ended up being one of the most influential leaders, writing 13 books of the Bible, 2/3 of the New Testament and died a martyr for Christ! What would we think today if a prisoner, murderer was out on the streets preaching the gospel? Heck, we can’t even handle a rapper doing that! 

Read Acts 9:1-21

This is about Paul’s conversion. We know Paul persecuted the church. He put Christians in prison and even to death. What if there was someone like Paul in our generation, who was a murderer of Christians and then converted? I can imagine most would not want to see such a person converted and preaching. Most people would spew disbelief and hatred.   

Even in those times, people had a hard time believing. In Acts 10, God tells Ananias to go to Saul and lay hands on him so that he could receive his sight. In verse 13, Ananias at first tells the Lord how he has heard about him and all the harm he has done. But, God goes on to tell Ananias that Saul is a chosen vessel. Ananias listens and goes. So, even at first, Ananias wasn’t completely willing, but he obeys and lays hands on Saul, who’s vision was restored. Saul immediately begins preaching. 

Read Acts 9:21-27 

Anyone who persecutes believers today persecutes Jesus because believers are the body of Christ here on earth that HE ordained. Despite Ananias’s initial reaction to going to Saul, he obeyed what the Lord asked him to do. 

We cannot limit God, even when he leads us to difficult people and circumstances! We don’t know His will and plans! 

God can and will use anyone or anything He can to get His message across! In Numbers 22, He even spoke through a donkey! 

I mean, did we forget the people in the Bible who God used? 

Noah- a drunkard

Rahab- prostitute

David- adulterer and murderer the list goes on… 

Our God is the God of the impossible. He can and will use the least likely-those with willing hearts to be subjected to the criticisms of man, who will also perform miracles in places no one would expect! Jesus was born in a manger! Our very own Messiah was born unlikely, in a barn!! We need to get out of our boxes and limited understanding of WHO God is! Let us not limit God in who or what he can use to move this nation and generation! 

Isaiah 55:8-9

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Steps to Spiritual Maturity

Do you remember as a child experiencing growing pains? We know that in order to physically grow into maturity there is a growing process that takes place. 

The moment we receive Christ we become born again and have to learn a new way of life, learning Gods word and living it out. Just like as a baby is born and  grows into maturity, we also need to spiritually grow and mature. But that doesn’t come without work and some discomfort.

Philippians 3:12-14 (TPT) I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this;[a] however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.”

Spiritual growth/maturity can look different for everybody! We are all at different stages in our faith walk. The important thing that we need to know is that we are continuing to mature in our faith. We cant remain stagnant and complacent, but going from glory to glory! Just as Paul states we press forward towards the goal.

There are a lot of scriptures that talk about us growing up as Christians. We want to read and take a look at just a few to emphasis the importance of us continuing forward progression in our spiritual growth.

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The first scripture is:

Hebrews 6:1-3 (MSG) So come on, let’s leave the preschool finger painting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ!”

Love how the message translation is in your face, very blunt and straight forward. Just like as children we enter school and we don’t remain at the same level but we graduate and move onto higher learning so we can be productive in life. We must moving in a forward progression growing in the things of God. Just like in school we learn the basic elementary principles and build upon them and grow in knowledge and understanding. This is a comparison to our spiritual growth. We must build upon the foundation that has been laid for us.

Ephesians 4:14-16 (NLT) Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.” 

We can not remain as immature children. Children are vulnerable, naive and easily swayed. God does not want us being gullible falling for anything that sounds good, but to know the word of God.

If you don’t know your word you are more easily deceived!

1 Corinthians 13:11  “When I was a child, I spoke about childish matters, for I saw things like a child and reasoned like a child. But the day came when I matured, and I set aside my childish ways.”

Paul says “But the day came when I matured.” Paul is saying that we only see a glimpse now of our heavenly eternity, but one day we will see it all in heaven. Until then, we are maturing every day to get closer and closer to gaining more wisdom and understanding into the truths of the Word and our faith walk.

We should never stay the same, but see throughout the days, months, years that we have matured and grown in our walk.

1 Peter 2:1-3“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

Just like a baby needs milk to nourish and grow the Bible tells us to feed on spiritual milk, which is the word of God. In order to spiritually grow we must read our word, get it inside our hearts, meditate on it. It’s fuel to our sprit so when pain and discomfort comes we have the word of God as our strength. We have to chew on the word of God that nourishes our spirit.

This was the measure by which my sister and I realized we had grown in our walk. The attributes by which we use to handle certain situations, more in the flesh were no longer present in our solutions to working out our problems. 

Hebrews 5:12-14 “For you should already be professors instructing others by now; but instead, you need to be taught from the beginning the basics of God’s prophetic oracles![a] You’re like children still needing milk and not yet ready to digest solid food. For every spiritual infant who lives on milk is not yet pierced by the revelation of righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, whose spiritual senses perceive heavenly matters. And they have been adequately trained by what they’ve experienced to emerge with understanding of the difference between what is truly excellent and what is evil and harmful.”

We have to take what we learn and put it into practice. We can gain all the knowledge but we have to do something with it so we don’t become fat Christians. Just like in school we were given homework so we can put into practice the principles we have learned. We must do the same with Gods word, put his word to work! We can not just be hearers only but doers of the word.

 There are many different things that help our growth, here are a just a few:

    1. Stay rooted and planted in a church

It is so vital to stay rooted and planted in a church if we want to grow spiritually mature. We can not church hop, find a church and remain committed!!!

When we church hop it has damaging affects to our spiritual growth. Think about it this way, when a child continually moves schools it has an affect on their learning and even emotionally. WE know that! Spiritually if we do not remain committed in a church it can affect our spiritual growth. Also when a child has to switch schools its harder to build friendships, it’s the same for us in church.  When we become rooted and grounded in a church we can build community and friendship that is vital to our spiritual well being.

Psalm 92:13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.”

Hebrews 10:24-25 “Discover creative ways to encourage others[a] and to motivate them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of love. This is not the time to pull away and neglect[b] meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing, because we need each other! In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate that day dawning.”

Ephesians 4:11-13 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”

    2. Prayer – stay in communication with God

Prayer strengthens your faith.

Ephesians 6:18 – “Pray passionately in the Spirit, as you constantly intercede with every form of prayer at all times. Pray the blessings of God upon all his believers. And pray also that God’s revelation would be released through me every time I preach the wonderful mystery of the hope-filled gospel. Yes, pray that I may preach the wonderful news of God’s kingdom with bold freedom at every opportunity. Even though I am chained as a prisoner, I am his ambassador.”

The scripture says to passionately pray in the spirit. We believe in praying in ur heavenly language. The bible tells us that when we pray in tongues it edifies our spirit. We all need to be edified and speaking in tongues will lift our spirits!

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “Pray without ceasing.”

      3. Feed on Gods word

1 Peter 2:2 (NLT) Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment.”

Just like we need food for our physical strength and growth, we need the word of God for our spiritual growth. We eat three meals a day and don’t go without feeding our physical bodies. We wouldn’t go days without food, we know the affect it would have on us physically. We would become lethargic, drained, not able to focus, even sick. So we can not go without feeding on Gods word!!! If we do not feed on Gods word we will become spiritually lethargic.  We need to place and see the value of Feeding on God’s word. 

Job knew the importance….

Job 23:12 (NKJV) “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”

We can not survive spiritually with out God’s word!

4. Trials and testing

Growth doesn’t come with out some pain and discomfort. Like we mentioned earlier, when we are little we experience growing pains, it’s part of the growth process. Our spiritual growth comes with some growing pains as well. 

Romans 8:28  “All things work together for good to them that love God….”

See difficulties, trails as opportunities to learn and grow spiritually. How can you measure your growth without being challenged and tested. Once again paralleling as children in school we are tested to see our growth, to measure or level of knowledge. We will all go through hardships in life. But like the famous saying goes “what doesn’t break you makes you.” Its up to you if in those moneys you let them strengthen you spiritually or not.

In every situation and circumstance we can learn ad grow from them. Even in trials and tribulations look for the lesson!

Like scripture tells us we can rejoice and boast in our weakness, for that is the perfect time for God to shine the most.

2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

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Bearing Fruit Pt.2

The root system of a tree symbolizes our spiritual life. We know that roots provide nourishment to the tree to bear fruit, so how and what is nourishing our spirit? What are we feeding on?

We may have some roots that we need to dig up!

The Word tells us in Jeremiah 4:3 – “Break up your fallow ground, And do not sow among thorns.”

Also in Colossians 2:6-7 it reads – “In the same way you received Jesus our Lord and Messiah by faith, continue your journey of faith, progressing further into your union with him! Your spiritual roots go deeply into his life as you are continually infused with strength, encouraged in every way. For you are established in the faith you have absorbed and enriched by your devotion to him!”

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There are several ways and reasons we may have unhealthy roots, but it isn’t too late to dig them up! Keep in mind, that we have several roots!

Just because we have some unhealthy ones doesn’t mean we don’t have good ones, too!

But to bear good fruit, we must dig up the bad roots to allow the good ones to grow!

 

Matthew 13:6 – “…but when the days grew hot, the sprouts were scorched and withered because they had insufficient roots.”

These are some roots that we have personally struggled with and had to dig up:

Roots of Fear

Fear is one of the biggest struggles we face as a people. Roots of fear can manifest in different ways for different people. Some roots of fear that God wants us to uproot include fear of abandonment, fear of rejection, fear of other peoples opinions, fear of failure – the list goes on.

But we do not have to fear for 2 Timothy 1:7  tells us – “God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” 

Fear is = False Evidence Appearing Real. On the contrary, we know that Faith is = the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Both have the word evidence, and evidence is facts, proof right? But, we see that fear is false proof, false truth and we cannot live our lives off of false truth but in Faith!

Roots of Bitterness

We can become bitter for a number of reasons, mostly due to unhealed wounds. Roots of bitterness can easily be overlooked when we decide to allow these wounds to grow in us without confronting them. 

Ephesians 4:31-32 – “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

 

Hebrews 12:15Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God: lest any root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by this many become defiled…”

There is hope, though! When we choose to uproot bitterness, God promises in:

Ezekiel 36:26“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”

Roots of Unforgiveness

This is huge because we may not even realize sometimes that we are walking in unforgiveness. That’s why 2 Corinthians 13:5 tells us to examine ourselves. We can easily allow things in and not even know deception has taken root. 

We need to uproot unforgiveness because it serves as a hindrance to receive anything God has for us. Remember that forgiveness toward others releases US from God’s judgment. Forgiveness isn’t easy and doesn’t right any wrongs, but it does release YOU to be open to receive God’s blessings. 

Matthew 6:14-15 – “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Now that we know what some of the unhealthy roots are, how do we uproot them? The answer is simple, yet complicated… CHOOSE TOO…unknown

Sissy and I have dealt with most of these and probably more. Dealing with roots becomes a part of your life, nature and honestly comfort. Digging them up literally comes from standing at a crossroads where you are finally fed up of going around the same mountain any longer.

You make the hard choice to go against your flesh and what you are comfortable with and you choose to grab onto God’s hand and run! Psalm 1 now becomes your safety net – surrounding yourself with Godly influencers who will encourage and support your efforts. I’m not talking about those that will stand on the sidelines and pray for you, but the ones/one who will get in those trenches with you no matter how many times or how long it takes.

You will get out what you put in. As my sister poured into me, “HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?” Remember fruit doesn’t grow over night! Give yourself grace as it takes time for fruit to grow!

You literally live a life of worship. You wake up and you pray! You drive to work and you worship!! You pray without ceasing, as the Word says. Worship is in everything you do, how you operate and function on a daily basis. You immerse yourself in His Word that is the living water! The water that nourishes your spirit!

You do these things and THEN – THEN you will be like a tree planted by rivers of flowing water!!! THEN you will bring forth good fruit! THEN your leaf will not wither and THEN – THEN WHATEVER YOU DO WILL PROSPER!!!

Jeremiah 17:7-8 – “Good will come to the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord. He will be like a tree planted by the water, that sends out its roots by the river. It will not be afraid when the heat comes but its leaves will be green. It will not be troubled in a Dry year or stop giving fruit.”

Bearing Fruit Pt.1

Last week, Sissy and I were walking an unknown trail. As we walked, we noticed huge IMG_4887trees on both sides of the trail. There was one particular tree that stood out. From decades of rain it washed the dirt away and half of this trees roots were open and exposed. It was very beautiful to see. We usually don’t get to see the roots of trees because they are hidden underground. This tree was massive and so were its roots. I felt God in that moment. I knew there was something about this tree that God was going to speak to us about and I had to stop and take a picture.

The obvious was the root system, but I felt this pause in my spirit to continue to allow God to speak. I knew there was something spiritual He was trying to convey, but sometimes we have to take a moment to truly hear from God and wait for His voice. 

Later that day, I looked at the picture again and this time, God clearly spoke a verse in Psalm 1:3 to me, which says, “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf shall not wither: and whatever he does shall prosper.” 

How great would it be to yield good fruit and prosper in everything we do? We look at that verse and see the blessings of God being promised, but if we back up a couple verses and read it in its entirety, WE have to do something. WE have to walk in the counsel of the Godly and make wise choices. 

PSALMS 1:1-3 “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”

Let’s take a look at each verse:

Psalm 1:1 “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit n company of mockers…..”

This Psalm basically contrasts the two paths of life we can choose – the way of the righteous and the way of the wicked; the faithful verses the faithless. The first verse talks about the man who is blessed because he chooses NOT to walk in the way of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners. 

We are easily influenced by those around us, especially those who society may deem as “cool” or we have the social media “influencers” these days, which add even more pressure for our generation to flock with just to stay popular. God has called us to be different, to be influencers of HIS Word and walk with others who have also made that choice to follow Him. To disciple and bring others to Christ, we have to set the example and look different than the world and raise a standard against sin and ungodliness. 

The people we allow to influence us will determine if we become like that tree in Psalms 1 

Yes, we are called to minister and witness to unbelievers, but that doesn’t mean we take part in their lifestyle or allow ourselves to be associated with sinful living. People should be able to see Christ in is, in our actions, decisions and behaviors and a lot of that revolves around WHO we hang around with, whom we call friends and allow in our inner circle. Are those closest to you sharpening you in the things of God, edifying and encouraging Godly decisions in your life? Ask yourself these questions…

Proverbs 13:20 – “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”

1 Corinthians 15:33 – “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

Psalm 1:2 “…but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night…”

Once we have Godly friends and people to uplift and encourage our walk with God, WE have to know His Word! When we are at work or out in the world and all hell breaks loose, do you have the Word hidden in your heart? Can you pull scripture out and declare the Word of God over that situation if you don’t have it stored in you?

Psalm 119:11 says I have hidden your Word in my heart…

Joshua 1:8 – “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

I know that when I am not in my Word in the mornings or don’t have my prayer time with the Lord, my day goes much differently. I am not as armored and equipped for what may come, and if you wake up in the morning, know that something will come your way! That’s life!! How you deal with it when you have had your time with God and been strengthened is going to be much different than if you go at it on your own.

We will go further to say that you also need those who will speak truth and life over you and your situations. We need those that will push us to God not away!

Psalm 1:3 “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”

Wow – now here’s the part we like – haha! We’ve got our Godly influencers in our inner circle! We are meditating on His Word day and night! If we are doing those things, the fruit should be evident. As we grow closer to God through His Word, we should be bearing productive fruit that touches those around us, affects others lives, as well. The more we are in His Word and in His presence, the more fruitful we should become.

John 15:5-8 – “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

The more we meditate on scripture and remain close to Jesus (the vine), our fruit grows prosperously because He is prosperity. Conversely, when we are NOT in our Word or in His presence, there is no nourishment feeding our branches, thus leaving us dry and brittle, useless and unproductive, bearing NO fruit.

What is good fruit? God tells us in Galatians 5:22 that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

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The concordance translates this verse stating that, “whatever he does shall prosper,” does not mean immunity from failure or difficulties, but rather when we apply God’s Wisdom, the fruit we bear will be prosperous. As a tree soaks up water and bears luscious fruit, we are to soak up God’s Word and display fruits of love, joy, peace etc., revealing in our very actions and attitudes that we have God inside of us. We hope and pray that God spoke to you!