Faith That Gives Glory to God

Faith That Gives Glory to God

 

Do you have faith that gives glory to God or does it question His power and goodness? Find out how to develop fully persuaded faith and take God at His Word.

Faith. You can’t get saved without it. You can’t walk the Christian walk without it. You can’t win the victory without it. You can’t please God without it. Faith is a spiritual force that, when fully developed, subdues kingdoms, works righteousness, obtains promises, stops the mouths of lions, and quenches the violence of fire (Hebrews 11:33-34, NKJV). And faith doesn’t just deliver the victory into your hands—faith gives glory to God.

Not just any faith, but the kind of faith that honors God as trustworthy, faithful, powerful and loving. It means acknowledging His glory—His manifested presence, power and goodness. And it is also connected to love (Galatians 5:6). So, faith in God is expressing love to God. Imagine saying to your spouse or good friend, “I love you, but I don’t believe you.” That doesn’t sound much like love! “Love…always trusts” (1 Corinthians 13:7, EXB). If you aren’t trusting God—taking Him at His Word—are you really loving Him?

Faith works for the people who will put it to work. And it gives God glory in front of a cloud of witnesses. As Jerry Savelle says, “God wants to work wonders for you because it arrests the attention of others—especially nonbelievers.”

Faith that gives glory to God is faith that is fully persuaded, doesn’t consider the circumstances, acts on the Word and stays out of strife. Find out if you fit the bill, and if not, how to get there.

1. Faith That Is Fully Persuaded Gives Glory to God

“Being fully persuaded that what God had promised, He was able to perform.” –Romans 4:21 (MEV)


Society is rife with skepticism these days. Negative sayings abound: “Don’t believe it unless you see it,” and “If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.” Couple that with endless statistics about the low likelihood of success in any given area, and it’s easy to see why people struggle to have faith! So if you’re going to church and hearing encouragement one day each week, but you fill up on cynicism the rest of the week—your faith is in trouble!

You’ll want to believe, and you’ll even feel like you have faith—but you won’t be fully persuaded. If you’re fully persuaded, you don’t have one foot in faith and the other in fear. Fully persuaded faith is all in—there’s no middle ground. When you’re fully persuaded, you aren’t wishing or hoping—instead, you know that you know that you know that what God said is true and for YOU.

As Jesse Duplantis says, “When you expect nothing, don’t be surprised when you receive nothing.”

 

Find out How to Activate Fully Persuaded Faith here.

That seems like a high level of faith, so how do we get there? By renewing our minds. To renew means to “rebuild and re-energize.” It’s a continual process of rebuilding the truth of the Word of God into a mind that is constantly exposed to things of the world. One way you can help is by limiting that exposure!

Fully persuaded faith gives glory to God because it honors Him as trustworthy, faithful, just and final authority. That’s what Abraham did when God told him that he and Sarah would conceive a child in their old age. He could have come up with a lot of “logic” and “common sense” and medical data, family history, what happened to the neighbors, and so much more to counter this promise and let doubt creep in. But he didn’t. Instead, “he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God” (Romans 4:20-21, KJV).

Being strong in faith is giving glory to God by being fully persuaded that He’s able to do what He promised (verse 21). It’s putting more trust in God and His Word than in anything else on this planet. God said, “I have made you the father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5, AMPC). For Abraham, what God said was enough.

 

2. Faith That Doesn’t Consider the Circumstances Gives Glory to God

“He considered not his own body….”—Romans 4:19 (KJV)

Abraham “considered” not the circumstances. Consider means “to use the mind.” That’s using reason, natural facts, scientific studies, what happened last time or anything else you can think of. Instead, he chose to tune in to his heart. That’s where belief comes—in the spirit man.

You are a spirit, you have a soul (mind, will and emotions), and you live in a body (flesh). Your spirit is the born-again, re-created part of you with the Holy Spirit dwelling within. Your soul is the intellectual side of your being, and your body is the flesh, or carnal side.

So, when symptoms of sickness, for example, show up in your body, your flesh is very in tune with those symptoms. The spirit knows the truth about the matter, so that leaves your mind. Whichever way your mind goes—it’s two against one. So, if your mind sides with your flesh, you’re going to give more weight to your circumstances than anything else. But if you have a renewed mind—one that has been trained to come into agreement with God’s Word—you have two against one on the other side because your soul is now agreeing with your spirit. That is how you become fully persuaded.

Kenneth Copeland tells a story that illustrates this point:

We were in this prayer line, and I was going along laying hands on different ones. I started to lay hands on this man, and The LORD stopped me. He said, Ask him if he’s healed. Well, you know that’s kind of a funny thing to ask a guy who’s in the prayer line. He’s in the healing line, and you ask him if he’s healed. I said, “Are you healed?”

“No.” He said, “I’ve got this thing right here.” And he started describing whatever it was he had there on his side. And I heard The LORD say just as plain as before, Ask him again, ‘Are you healed?’ He said, “No.”

I said, “The WORD of God says, By His stripes you were healed.”

“Yeah, I know it says that.”

“Well, are you healed?”

“No, I tell you I’ve got this thing right here.”

Well, now I’m into it, you know, and I really don’t know what to do next. But I heard The LORD. The LORD just kept telling me, Ask him again. I said, “The Bible says, By His stripes you were healed.”

“Yeah. I know it says that.”

I said, “Are you healed?”

He said, “No!”

I said, “Well, then you never will be.”

This man’s natural mind was siding with his flesh instead of his spirit. His unrenewed mind was preventing him from having a revelation of his healing, and without the revelation, he couldn’t receive the manifestation.

So, when symptoms show up declaring sickness, lack, decrease, family failure or anything else against the Word of God, faith that gives glory to God won’t consider them. It won’t ignore them, but it won’t give them first place. When you say, “Yeah, but the doctor said…” or “Well, just look at my bank account,” you’ve already fallen off the faith line.

Is Your Faith Real? Find out here.

Kenneth Copeland continues his story.

I said, “If I agree with you, you’re going to keep that thing you’ve got on your side. If you will agree with the Bible, then you have God’s WORD that you’re healed.” Man, you could see the light come on.

“Yeah,” he said. “Praise God! Put your hand on me. I’ll be healed.”

I laid hands on him, and the power of God just knocked him sideways, brother, and he came up healed.

Does your faith honor and praise Him? Or does it question His goodness and His grace? Does it magnify Him, or does it believe symptoms, bank accounts and trouble in this world over what He has to say?

Faith that gives glory to God says to God: “You said it, and that’s enough for me.” Don’t glorify your circumstances—give glory to God!

 

Join Kenneth Copeland as he shares more about faith that gives glory to God.

 

3. Faith That Acts On the Word Gives Glory to God

“They went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus.” –Luke 5:19 (NKJV)

Faith without action isn’t really faith at all. Some people might think they have faith, but they’re really just wishing or hoping. Real Bible faith will step out and act like what God says is true. That’s important because if we don’t give authority to His written Word, then even when we need Him to be on the scene right away, there are situations where we have blocked Him from helping us.

That happened in Jesus’ own hometown. He was just as anointed in Nazareth as He was anywhere else, yet “He could do no mighty work” (Mark 6:5, NKJV). Why? “Because of their unbelief” (verse 6, NKJV). Unbelief ran Him out of town. A refusal to believe what He said prevented the miraculous from taking place. They refused to believe Him. They gave His words zero place—none. And He left town and went to Capernaum, where they gave place to His Word and His life.

So, whatever you’re believing for, ask yourself, “Am I acting on that belief?” If you believe you’re healed, do you still tell people what you can’t do because of your condition? If you believe God is your Provider, are you staying up at night worrying about paying your bills? Whatever you’re wanting to receive by faith, find out if you’re really acting on it. If not, start today!

Kenneth Hagin Sr. once said, “Stop trying to make God’s Word work and start acting on the Word.”

When we act on God’s Word, we give Him honor and glory. Faith in the absolute authority of the Word of God requires no other evidence.

What God has already said and what God has already done, believe it in your heart, say it with your mouth, then act like it’s true. That’s faith that gives glory to God.

 

4. Faith That Stays Out of Strife Gives Glory to God

“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.” –Proverbs 10:12 (ESV)

What does strife have to do with faith that gives glory to God? Faith won’t work without love (1 Corinthians 13:2), and as long as you’re in strife—any kind of strife—you’re stepping out of love. Is it possible to go through life without strife? Yes! That doesn’t mean you won’t feel frustrated with someone now and then or disagree with others, but it does mean that you will work to keep out of strife. There’s an effort involved.

Why is this so critical to your faith? Strife is a blessing blocker. That’s why if the devil can’t get you any other way, he will work to get you in strife or unforgiveness. It’s how he brings confusion to your life and situation. It distracts you, gets you off that love line and out of position to receive what you’re believing for. “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work” (James 3:16, KJV). That doesn’t sound like miracle-working ground!

That’s why the devil pushes strife so hard. Don’t tolerate even a little bit of strife. You don’t want even a tiny bit of dirt in your fuel tank because over time, it will blow your engine. Strife is the same way. One grain of sand, one bit of strife every day or two, will cost you.

Kenneth Copeland says, “Unrepented sins of strife, little grains of it at a time seem so insignificant that you may not even stop and deal with it until your spirit is so clogged up, God’s glory can’t flow through it.”

That’s the reason you have to be on guard—be watching for it all the time. Don’t even get in strife with the news commentator on TV. Don’t sit there and fuss back at the news. If you can’t be trusted with the news, cut it off. As far as it depends on you, stay out strife, stay in peace, stay in God’s rest.

Don’t let other people get under your skin and cause you to lose your love walk. Say, “No. I’m not getting off my love walk.” Then, pray for them right there. It’s worth the effort, and it produces the kind of faith that gives glory to God.

Watch Kenneth and Gloria talk about how faith in the love of God drives out fear.

Now you can develop your faith to the place where you are fully persuaded, don’t consider natural circumstances, act on the Word, and stay out of strife, to achieve the kind of faith that gives glory to God! Living by faith will achieve wondrous and miraculous things in your life. It will bring victory! More importantly, it will give glory to God. Isn’t that worth pursuing?

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Delay or Divine Interruption?

 

4 Notes to Self When the Unexpected Collides With Your Busy

Life’s moving along quite nicely for you…

You made it to work, the store or maybe the airport ahead of the crowd. You’re not rushed, and you just might have a little me-time before the big push of your day.

Or, maybe you finally got the kids off to school, to the grandparents or to bed, and now there’s definitely some me-time in sight.

But what do you do when the dog gets loose, you can’t find your keys, the babysitter cancels, you miss your flight or a Zoom call gets added to your already full schedule?

What goes off in your head when the unexpected collides with your busy, and suddenly, your day is thrown into slow motion, and all that momentum you had gets hijacked? Is it a delay or a divine interruption?

Imagine, for a moment, living a lifestyle where you actually went looking for—even anticipating—those kinds of unscheduled interruptions, with the idea that something extraordinary could come of them.

Take a closer look at the fine print of Jesus’ job description while He was on this earth, and you’re likely to find a disclaimer stating something to the effect: “All plans subject to change!”

In fact, if you randomly pulled a page out of Jesus’ Day Diary, it might look something like Luke 8:

  • Impromptu teaching to large crowd that gathered spontaneously (verses 4-8)
  • Follow-up meeting with disciples to explain teaching they didn’t get (verses 9-18)
  • Mother and brothers showed up unexpectedly; got a little awkward (verses 19-21)
  • Crossed lake with disciples; storm suddenly blew in and they lost it (verses 22-25)
  • Demon-possessed man (naked, violent) immediately approached us (verses 26-30)
  • Demons entered herd of pigs; pigs unexpectedly drowned in lake (verses 31-33)
  • Town’s people spontaneously gathered; afraid, asked us to leave (verses 34-37)
  • Crossed lake; man met our boat, begged for help, daughter dying (verses 37-42)
  • Followed him (Jairus) home; on way, woman healed from bleeding (verses 42-48)
  • Almost to house when messenger met us; Jairus’ daughter had died (verses 49-50)
  • Arrived at house; full of mourners (had them leave); raised girl up (verses 51-56).

To Jesus, it was just another day in the life—a series of interruptions, unplanned events to which He willingly (even readily) submitted and subjected Himself.

To us it would have been a train wreck, a total loss of a day—chaos, even!

But if you study it out, on the backside of each of those interruptions Jesus encountered was significant impact by the Spirit of God, and all because Jesus made Himself available—to His Father, to the Holy Spirit and to the people around Him.

If you’re looking for more of God’s power to manifest in and through your life—to where you’re experiencing and effecting significant impact in the lives of people around you—consider making these 4 Notes to Self for the next time your day is interrupted.

Note to Self No. 1: Welcome Interruptions

“As Jesus went with [Jairus], he was surrounded by the crowds. A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and she could find no cure. Coming upbehind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. ‘Who touched me?’ Jesus asked.

“When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard herexplain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. ‘Daughter,’ he said to her, ‘your faith has made you well. Go in peace.’

“While he was still speaking to her, a messenger arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. He told him, ‘Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.’” –(Luke 8:42-45, 47-49)

Ticktock, lady!

Who would blame a desperate dad like Jairus for thinking something like that (if he did)?

Timing was everything—it was life or death, after all—and Jairus probably felt like he and Jesus were making good time, considering all the crowds.

Then, this happened! And no one saw it coming. Apparently, not even Jesus.

But notice how Jesus handled the interruption:

As soon as the messenger delivered the news about the girl, Jesus told Jairus, “Don’t yield to fear…keep on believing” (Mark 5:36, TPT).

Fear of what?

We’re too late! If it hadn’t been for this interruption! It’s no use now!

How many times has your head exploded with those kinds of thoughts in the middle of an unexpected change of plans?

Jairus could have blamed the woman for his daughter’s death because she interrupted them and slowed things down. But he didn’t. He stayed in faith—and it’s obvious he did, based on Jesus’ instructions to him. Otherwise, his daughter wouldn’t have lived. He wouldn’t have received his miracle.

Understand, breakthrough can happen in the interruptions of life. So, don’t curse your interruptions. Welcome them!

That’s how Jesus lived His life. That’s how He perceived and responded to interruptions at any given moment on any given day—and it resulted in Holy Spirit power.

Note to Self No. 2: Do a Reality Check

“When the truth-giving Spirit comes, he will unveil every truth [reality] within you. He won’t speak on his own, but only what he hears from the Father, and he will reveal prophetically to you what is to come.” –(John 16:13, TPT)

Brother Copeland read this passage for years, and it never really meant much to him, until one day the reality of it exploded on the inside of him:

You mean the Holy Spirit gives me access to everything God knows—and He’s willing to reveal it to me?

That changed everything!

When we get caught up in the busyness of life—and under its pressures—it can be a challenge to think straight and really see matters for what they truly are…what’s fact or fiction, reality or deception.

That’s when we need insight: What’s happening, here? What’s really going on?

The very first semester Brother Copeland started attending Oral Roberts University, he was hired as a pilot for the ministry to fly Oral Roberts and assist in meetings.

One day after a flight back to campus, he was riding in an elevator with Oral Roberts and Billy Graham, who were to be speakers at ORU’s graduation ceremony. On the ride up to the administrative offices, Brother Copeland smiled a big smile and thought to himself…

This is it—I’m going to graduate in four years, continue to work for Brother Roberts and be part of this ministry in Tulsa!

It wasn’t long afterward that God interrupted Brother Copeland’s plans and said, No, I’m ready for you now.

Again, that changed everything!

God’s Spirit is charged with getting over to us the truth of every matter, as well as any information we need to know of what lies ahead. Our responsibility—like Jesus’ and Jairus’—is to flex and go with the interruption, which will get us to where we really need to be so we can release faith and His power.

Note to Self No. 3: Be on the Lookout for God

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…. How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me…. But now it is too late…. Before long your enemies will…. crush you into the ground…. because you did not recognize it when God visited you [the time of your visitation].” –(Matthew 23:37-39; Luke 19:42-44)

As Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time (before going to the cross), He began to weep and cry out. He was grieved because the “chosen people of God” missed their visitation from God. The Son of God had been among them for more than 30 years, most never knew it, and few embraced it.

For nearly 2,000 years, Jews had been waiting, watching, praying for Messiah. Yet, in all their looking and longing, they missed Him.

People are still missing Jesus today.

Jesus says, “Behold, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If your heart is open to hear my voice and you open the door, I will come in to you and feast with you, and you will feast with me” (Revelation 3:20, TPT).

How is it possible to hear Jesus’ voice?

“The one whose heart is open,” He goes on to explain, “let him listen carefully to what the Spirit is saying…” (verse 22, TPT).

Kenneth Copeland and Pastor Greg Stephens, professor at Kenneth Copeland Bible College®, agree that “the day of your visitation” Jesus referred to in Luke 19 refers to the Holy Spirit—or, as Brother Kenneth Hagin used to say, “God in the now!”

When you learn to listen to and flow with God’s Spirit, He will lead and direct you into ALL truth. And the truth is—every day can be “your day of visitation” if you’re on the lookout for God, willing to allow Him into your day—and even interrupt it if necessary.

Note to Self No. 4: Get in Jesus’ Head—and Stay There

“When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan…. I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God…. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.” –(1 Corinthians 2:1, 4-5, 10)

The power of the Holy Spirit—not the wisdom of man—is what reveals the mysteries of God to us. Those mysteries are knowledge and information that only God’s Spirit knows and only He can reveal.

Again, as we become more experienced in listening to the Holy Spirit and going through life with Him as Jesus did, we get to the place where, as the Apostle Paul describes…

“Those who live in the Spirit are able to carefully evaluate all things…. and we possess Christ’s perceptions [we have the mind of Christ]” (1 Corinthians 2:15-16, TPT).

That’s why—even after having flown aircraft for more than half a century—every time Brother Copeland gets in the cockpit of a plane, he prays…

“In the Name of Jesus, I exercise the mind of Christ to fly because You gave it to me, and called me to do it. So, I will not forget anything. I will not do anything unsafe. YOU trained me. YOU taught me. Now, I plead the blood of Jesus over this aircraft. I bind every evil spirit away from this aircraft, and declare every evil plan of the enemy is thwarted. Ministering angels, lift us up in your hands according to Psalm 91.”

To that, Brother Copeland would also say:

“As I diligently study, train and prepare for whatever it is God would have me do to fly, His power comes on me, and I get into the place of listening to God and responding to His every directive.”

Certainly, there are interruptions we can, and should, avoid in life. But there are those times when you look and look and look…and you just can’t seem to find your car keys!

“The Holy One has anointed you and you know all things” (1 John 2:20, NKJV).

This is why it’s important to pray over everything and seek, search out the mind of Christ in every situation. It’s yours. You have 24/7 access. Use it to get into that place of “listening to God and responding.”

While you’re at it, do what the Apostle John goes on to say…

“The wonderful anointing you have received from God…. remain in [it]” (1 John 2:27, TPT).

These simple 4 Notes to Self are what helped keep Jesus on track and in step with His Father—allowing the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to flow freely—throughout His day. Day after day, they helped Him navigate ALL those interruptions. They turned the potential for aggravation into the possibility of a miracle.

They will do the same for you!

4 Ways To Activate the Spirit of Power

4 Ways To Activate the Spirit of Power

 

Thank God for voice activation! You know, Seri, Alexa, Cortana, Bixby—those all-familiar voices we’ve come to rely on. They are our virtual friends who so amazingly and dutifully help us run the universe—and all hands-free. As long as there’s a smart device nearby, they’re always there for us—waiting for us to speak!

As a believer, you have far more than virtual assistants to get you through your day. You have the Spirit of Power with you 24/7! That’s why, just before He left this earth, Jesus assured His disciples (and us)…

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever” (John 14:16, AMPC).

You have all the creative force of heaven and earth available to you. It’s simply a matter of learning how to activate and effectively use all that power—just like Siri and Alexa. If you’re ready for the power of God to manifest in your life, you’re in the right place.

Below are 4 Ways To Activate the Spirit of Power on your behalf, ensuring that you reach your fullest potential and live your best life, every day.

Activator No. 1: Words Cause Action

“In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.” –(Genesis 1:1-3, AMPC)

The Holy Spirit is always watching, always listening, always ready to move into action (2 Chronicles 16:9). But, notice, God’s Spirit never does anything except but what He hears.

At Creation, the Holy Spirit was busy moving, hovering and brooding; yet nothing happened until God spoke. But the moment He did, the Holy Spirit cut loose, and the universe started expanding at a rate of 186,000 miles per second, the speed of light. (Do the math!)

Within the first 24 hours, the creative force of God’s words traveled nearly 17 billion miles—and science tells us that it still hasn’t stopped!

That’s power. That’s God’s Spirit of Power. And that’s the power of words.

  • Words are powerful; they kill or give life (Proverbs 18:21)
  • God’s words do everything He wants them to (Isaiah 55:11)
  • God’s words bring into being things that did not exist (Romans 4:17)
  • God sustains and expands the universe by the power of His words (Hebrews 1:3).

All power is delegated by God, and all power comes in the container of words. Even Jesus admitted:

“I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it. And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say (John 12:49-50).

If the Holy Spirit and Jesus are bound by God’s Word (John 16:13-15), it makes sense that we are, too.

And so Jesus encourages us, as He did His disciples:

“Whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him” (Mark 11:23, AMPC).

What happens next is up to you. So, pick your words wisely!

If you choose to speak God’s Word—in faith—you will activate the Spirit of Power you need to produce the abundance of life you want.

Activator No. 2: Saying Is Believing

“These words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” –(Deuteronomy 6:6-7, NKJV)

Seeing is not believing—Jesus made that clear (John 20:24-29).

Rather, the words we continually speak prove what we really believe (Mark 11:23).

Since what we believe is what we say, it’s vitally important we program our hearts and minds with the right words, with life-producing words…with God’s Word:

  • God’s Word on our lips and in our hearts produces life and prosperity (Deuteronomy 30:14-15)
  • God’s Word in our hearts produces a long, prosperous, peaceful life (Proverbs 3:1-2)
  • God’s Word in our hearts produces life, healing and health (Proverbs 3:1-2)
  • Confessing with our mouths and believing in our hearts produces salvation (Romans 10:9).

The process God taught His people thousands of years ago—how to develop faith by using words to program our minds and hearts—still works for us today. It’s a process Kenneth Copeland calls becoming God-inside minded. It’s when we read, meditate and speak God’s Word until it becomes the final authority in our lives—the final word or final say about any situation we might face.

So think about it: When the pressure’s on, when the emotional temperature in the room is high, when things aren’t going your way at all…

What will be the next words out of your mouth?

What will you say that—in the end—proves what you believe?

Activator No. 3: Believing the Love

“By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit…. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” –(1 John 4:13, 16, NKJV)

As promised, once Jesus returned to Heaven, God sent His Spirit to be our Standby (Acts 1:4-5, 8; 2:4). He sent “the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7, TPT).

God loves us, and He sent His Holy Spirit to empower us. He offers us 24/7 access to His Spirit of Power and His Spirit of Love. Our response and responsibility is simply to believe the love God has for us and receive His power. Sounds easy enough, but for many believers it’s not.

The day after Jesus miraculously fed about 20,000 hungry people, He had crossed to the other side of the Sea of Galilee and a large crowd tracked Him down. They had experienced firsthand this Spirit of Power in action through what Jesus had done the night before, so they asked Him…

“We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” (John 6:28).

“Jesus told them, ‘This is the only work God wants from you: Believe…’” (verse 29).

Activating the power of God always comes down to faith. And sadly, Jesus had to call all those people out that day because they really didn’t believe (verse 36).

When it comes to believing the love of God, know that…

  • The faithful love of the Lord never ends (Lamentations 3:22)
  • God loves us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3)
  • God loved us even while we were sinners (Romans 5:8)
  • God lavishes great love on us (1 John 3:1).

When it comes to receiving the power of God, know that…

  • The same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead lives in us (Romans 8:11)
  • We are to be filled constantly with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)
  • The unlimited greatness of God’s power to us who believe (Ephesians 1:19)
  • Believe in Jesus and you will do greater works (John 14:12).

When we’re convinced of God’s love and filled with His Spirit, there’s nothing we (He) can’t do!

It’s like Jesus told the crowd, if we’ll just focus on the believing (and receiving) part, God’s Spirit of Power will handle the rest (Mark 11:24).

Activator No. 4: Dressing for Battle

“The Lord looked and was displeased to find there was no justice. He was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm…. He put on righteousness as his body armor and placed the helmet of salvation on his head. He clothed himself with a robe of vengeance and wrapped himself in a cloak of divine passion.” –(Isaiah 59:15-17)

Jesus secured the final victory over our enemies—the demons of hell, hell itself and death (Revelation 1:18). But the battle isn’t over and we, as believers, have the responsibility of maintaining that victory while we’re in this world (Romans 8:12-14, 37; Revelation 12:10-11).

Certainly, we can be confident God still has our backs:

  • The Lord Himself fights for us (Exodus 14:14)
  • God redeems His people with His mighty arm (Psalm 77:14-15)
  • God uses His people to display His power in the earth (Isaiah 55:4)
  • The glory of the Lord is our rear guard (Isaiah 58:8).

At the same time, however, Almighty God has full confidence that we’ve got this!

You see, as beloved children of God, we get the final word, the final say in this battle against our enemy, and here’s what the Apostle Paul would advise us to say:

We are strong in the Lord and in His mighty power (Ephesians 6:10)!

To do that, and be that, we have to dress for battle—the same as the Lord did in Isaiah 59.

“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies…. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil” (Ephesians 6:11-13).

What’s even better, we, as next generation believers, now have personal access to the ultimate weapon of choice—the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Power Himself.

Though the people of Israel did not have God’s Spirit living inside them, they had the hope of having Him alongside

“He will come in like a narrow, rushing stream which the [Spirit] of the Lord drives [overwhelming the enemy]” (Isaiah 59:19, AMP).

Thank God for the blood of Jesus shed for us, because it affords us what the Apostle Paul calls the better covenant, with better promises (Hebrews 8:6). And one of those “better promises” is the Spirit of Power.

If you could use some hands-free assistance today—remember these 4 Ways To Activate the Spirit of Power. The Greater One (1 John 4:4) is ready to respond to YOU just as quickly, just as powerfully as He did to the Creator on the first day of the world. All you have to do is activate Him…using your words, expressing your faith, believing His love and dressing for battle. On the other side of that, you will find your help!

 

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…so They’re ALWAYS Getting Results

Have you ever felt your prayers for help were like shooting a flare in the sky over a deserted island?

It looked impressive going up—even hopeful—but gravity eventually kicked in, and it was back on the ground in no time…with no noticeable impact.

God once warned the Israelites that disobedience to His Word would result in the sky over their heads becoming like bronze (Deuteronomy 28:23)—keeping rain from falling down and prayers from going up.

Thankfully, the blood of Jesus not only redeems us from that curse (a closed heaven), but it also guarantees us an unobstructed flow of heaven’s BLESSINGS (Galatians 3:13-14). And part of those BLESSINGS include the promise that God will always hear us (1 John 5:14).

The Lord once told Brother Copeland, Kenneth, I’m not trying to keep anything from you. I’m doing everything I can to get things to you!

That’s God’s attitude and approach to all of us who are in hot pursuit of Him, especially when it comes to prayer and keeping the lines of communication open.

Brother Copeland describes the Bible as a Prayer Book, loaded with all kinds of prayers for us to use in all kinds of situations. That’s why the Apostle Paul tells us to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18, NIV).

But maybe you’re not so convinced God’s all that interested in hearing from you.

Well, give these words—from the heart and lips of Jesus—a moment to sink in:

  • Ask, seek, knock (Matthew 7:7-8)
  • Always pray, never give up (Luke 18:1-8)
  • Keep on asking and you will receive (John 16:24)
  • God gives us what we ask for (1 John 5:15)
  • God goes over and above what we ask for (Ephesians 3:20)
  • You don’t have because you don’t ask (James 4:2).

Picking up on a theme?

Ask! God wants you to, and even expects you to.

Your heavenly Father is fully committed to receiving and responding to any S.O.S. you send His way. There’s NO hesitancy on His part. But maybe you could use a confidence boost before you start launching your next round of prayers and requests heavenward.

Again, there’s no one, set way to pray—except always in faith, always believing God. So, study and consider how to apply the following six different aspects of prayer that can connect you with God on new levels and bring the changes you so want in your world.

Prayer Boost No. 1: Heavenly Grants

“Whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted to him. Therefore, I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted to you.” –(Mark 11:23-24, NASB)

To grant something is to allow it, permit it or give it (as with a gift). It’s where the lesser person in a situation is blessed by the greater one (Hebrews 7:7). But even if a grant is offered as a gift, it usually comes with conditions.

As we’ve already seen—when it comes to our prayers—there’s no doubt that God stands ready to grant whatever we ask. Yet, Jesus couldn’t seem to emphasize it enough…

“I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name(John 16:23).

Here, what boosts our prayers to the Father is using the Name of Jesus—the Name above every name, the Greater One (Philippians 2:9-11; 1 John 4:4). The Greater One (God) grants our request when we use the authority we have in Jesus’ Name. His Name allows us access to the Father (John 14:6).

Just before He went to the cross, Jesus challenged His disciples: “You believe in God; believe also in me” (John 14:1, NIV).

That’s the same challenge we face today as praying believers. Jesus made some BIG promises while He was on this earth—but God will back every one of those promises by granting our requests when we use the Name of Jesus in faith.

Prayer Boost No. 2: Earthly Agreements

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. –(Matthew 18:19-20, NIV)

Notice, Jesus started off by saying, “Again, I tell you….”

In other words, “I’m going to tell you this over and over until you get it!”

The principle and power of agreement was a done deal in Jesus’ mind and the Father’s. We’re the ones who need to wrap our minds—and faith—around it.

For the past 55 years, Brother Copeland has told us that the most powerful force on the face of this earth is a covenant agreement between two or more of God’s people, particularly a husband and wife. It’s on the same level of impact as God’s covenant with Abraham, or even His covenant with Jesus (mind-boggling, but true.)

A verse earlier (Matthew 18:18), Jesus told His disciples, “I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

This is heaven and earth coming into agreement. So, we’re not talking about global impact. Jesus was thinking way beyond that. We’re talking all creation—that’s the level of influence your prayers can have!

Still, the challenge is the “agreement” part (right?).

Later, we will see another prayer boost that’s a big help in finding—and staying in—that place of agreement. For now, just allow Jesus’ (and the Father’s) level of commitment to sink in as you are willing to link hands, faith and prayers with another believer in the power of agreement. God will see those prayers through to fulfillment!

Prayer Boost No. 3: Faith

“Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” –(Ephesians 3:12)

Faith is a booster simply in the fact that it gives us the boldness and confidence to enter into God’s presence.

And when we get there, well, what do we do then?

Certainly, we behold our God and Father. We praise and worship and honor Him.

But while we’re there, the apostles remind us…

  • “Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:16)
  •  “In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6, RSV)
  • “Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well” (James 5:14-15).

Those are some friendly reminders that prayer changes things—and FAITH is what makes it happen. Faith is that boost our prayers need.

Prayer Boost No. 4: Forgiveness

“Prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.” –(James 5:15)

There’s a critical link between faith and forgiveness.

Forgiveness can boost your prayers toward heaven, accomplishing what you’re believing God for; whereas unforgiveness—leaving an issue of sin unresolved (either by not confessing yours or not forgiving someone else’s)—will send your requests tumbling back to the earth, with no hope of ever really getting off the ground.

One day, the room got really awkward when Jesus pushed back on some religious scholars over this very issue. He put them to the test by asking…

“Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or, ‘Stand up and walk!’?” (Matthew 9:5, TPT).

They were speechless, especially when He went ahead and healed the man He was referring to. His point: It takes as much faith (and authority) to forgive someone as it does for them to be healed.

The Apostle James took that revelation to the next level by telling us to…

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results” (James 5:16).

So, we have to be in right relationship with God—and each other—to keep sin from obstructing our prayers and get the answers we’re looking for.

Prayer Boost No. 5: Praise and Worship

“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!… Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” –(Philippians 4:4, 6)

Praising and worshipping God is prayer. It’s the highest form of prayer.

King David wrote more songs about God than any other person who ever lived. He was a God-worshipper who became a young warrior and wrote songs about his victories. His songs were his prayers. The book of Psalms—the largest book in the Bible—is full of David’s songs.

Psalms also contains two songs written by Moses, Psalms 90 and 91.

In Psalm 90, Moses intercedes on behalf of the Israelites who were dying prematurely before reaching their Promised Land. Their sin against God while crossing the desert was cutting their lives short.

In Psalm 91, however, Moses turns his prayer of intercession into a prayer of praise and worship…

“This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him” (Psalm 91:16).

As Moses finishes his song, God joins in and says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer…” (verses 14-15).

So, essentially, Moses sang the problem, then he sang the answer.

Brother Copeland quotes Kenneth E. Hagin as saying, “If you praise God long enough, the Spirit of glory will come. And when the Spirit of glory comes, the miracles, signs and wonders will follow.”

Brother Hagin called this the “praise cure” because, more than once in his life, he was healed while praising God. Brother Copeland has experienced those same kinds of healings—and you can too, when you add praise and worship to your prayer life.

Prayer Boost No. 6: Weapons

“We do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” –(2 Corinthians 10:3-5, NIV)

We have weapons—loaded with divine power—that guarantee results specifically in prayer. These weapons include:

  • The Name of Jesus (John 14:13-14)
  • The Word of God (John 15:7)
  • Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession (Hebrews 3:1)
  • Jesus, our Advocate (1 John 2:1)
  • The Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26)
  • The armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17)
  • Praying in tongues (Ephesians 6:18).

We are in a war, and your prayers can be divinely empowered to demolish enemy strongholds, arguments, deceptions and any attempt to get into your head.

But first, when it comes to spiritual warfare—you need to know, really know…

“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” (Numbers 23:19).

Again, Jesus made some serious prayer promises, yet God has been faithful to back each one and make them good.

You also need to understand that once God has released His blessing, there’s nothing the enemy can do to reverse it, except to try and convince you otherwise (Numbers 23:20).

God has given you an arsenal, a cache of spiritual weapons at your disposal to reinforce the victory Jesus has already secured for you. Consider them a boost, a leg up, even an unfair advantage over your enemy, the devil.

So, when you go to your heavenly Father in prayer—go confidently. Then, do what Brother Copeland recommends: Take time to get still and listen.

What’s the next step the Holy Spirit is nudging you to take?

Should you write your request out as a grant, making it a declaration of faith and including some scriptures?

Do you need someone to agree with you? Or is there someone you need to forgive?

Maybe you sense you should spend time with God…and worship Him.

The point is: Listen. Then you’ll know what to do. As you take that next step, you’ll find that extra prayer boost you need—and the answers you seek.

 

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3 Things To Expect When You Become Friends With God

 

In our social media world of friending, following, emojis and gifs, how do we guard against relationships becoming too virtual, with not enough real to them?

For example, God sent the ultimate “friend request” in the form of His Son, Jesus:

“I am the Way,” Jesus said. “I am the True Reality, and I am the Life. No one comes next to the Father except through union with me” (John 14:6, TPT).

An offer to get “next” to God? Awesome opportunity, but how is that even possible?

Jesus went on to explain, “To know me is to know my Father too. And from now on you will realize that you have seen him and experienced him” (John 14:6-7, TPT).

So, the “friend” offer is real, but how does God expect us to “experience” Him?

Proverbs 18:24 tells us that “there are ‘friends’ who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”

This “real friend” is what the Bible would classify as a covenant relationship, like the friendship David and Jonathan had (1 Samuel 18). It’s also the kind of relationship God had with Noah (Genesis 6), Moses (Exodus 19), David (2 Samuel 7) and Solomon (1 Kings 9).

But probably the most amazing covenant relationship we see in Scripture is the one God and Abraham had:

  • “The Lord said, ‘Shall I hide from Abraham [My friend and servant] what I am going to do…. For I have known (chosen, acknowledged) him [as My own]’ (Genesis 18:17, 19, AMPC).
  • “O our God…did you not give this land forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham?” (2 Chronicles 20:7).
  • “But you, Israel…whom I [God] have chosen, the offspring of Abraham My friend” (Isaiah 41:8, AMPC).
  • “The scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘Abraham believed God’…and he was called God’s friend” (James 2:23, NIV).

“Friend of God” was not an honorable mention given to Abraham by family and friends after he died. It was an endearment God used for him personally.

When it comes to taking Jesus up on His offer to get next to God, maybe you’re thinking that level of relationship is WAY out of your range. It’s not that you wouldn’t want something like that—it’s just you can’t imagine getting THAT close to Him (you know, full transparency and all that).

Oftentimes, we’re encouraged not to look back to the past for danger of getting stuck there and not being able to move forward in our faith and life to what lies ahead for us as new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

But this is one of those times you need to at least look over your shoulder and catch a glimpse—or, better yet, a full-on gaze—of what God was up to back in the day. Once you do, you’ll probably want to course-correct (do whatever it takes), so you land yourself in the middle of a friendship with God like you never thought possible.

If you dare to look back, here are 3 Things To Expect When You Become Friends With God:

1. You Belong Next to God

“God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” –(Ephesians 2:4-6, NKJV)

Notice how the Apostle Paul speaks to us from the past—“When we were dead….” God “made us alive….” God “raised us up….” God “made us sit….”

This is all past tense. It’s all in our rearview. It all happened long before we said Yes! to Jesus’ offer to come “next to the Father.” God sealed the deal long before you showed up, which is all part of a covenant relationship. It’s when one party (the Greater One), does for the other party (the lesser one) what they couldn’t possibly do for himself.

Paul drives the point home in Philippians 2:5-7, NASB:

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and being born in the likeness of men.”

Why did Jesus forfeit His “equality with God”?

He did it so He could restore us to our original level of equality with God, to the level of relationship Adam and Eve had with Him before their “fall” (from equality with God) in the Garden of Eden. Jesus lowered Himself so He elevate us back to our children-of-God status (Romans 8:29).

So, just to be clear—God “made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

That doesn’t sound optional, does it?

There’s no debate. No discussion. No confusion as to the seating arrangements. (If there is, see Matthew 22:44; Acts 2:33; Ephesians 1:18-23; Revelation 3:21.)

Long, long ago, God made and reserved a place for you next to Himself. That’s where He saw you then. That’s where you need to see yourself now—in a place of power, authority, honor and glory.

That’s what only a covenant relationship—friendship—can do for you.

2. You’re in Good Company

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” –(Colossians 3:1-3)

As followers of Jesus, there’s an assignment we will ALL be working on for the rest of our lives on this earth—“setting our sights on” and “thinking about” the realities and things of heaven; and that’s to be expected. It’s something that even Jesus had to do while He was living down here (John 15:19, 17:14-16).

We’ve made the commitment to follow Jesus, and He has led us all the way into the throne room of heaven by having raised us to a “new life” with Him. Now it’s time to settle into our new home and new way life—our new way of relating to God, our new way of relating to people.

All that to say, each one of us is in transition. Our spirits were transformed, or reborn, the moment when we took Jesus’ offer. Our souls (mind, will, emotions) and bodies, however, are another matter. Those will take more time to transition, and that’s where we have to maintain our commitment by staying in process (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:22-24).

Again, Paul explains it like this:

“You were…[alienated] from the people of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God…. But now in Christ Jesus you who previously were far away [were made] near by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:12-13, NASB).

One moment we were far from God: the next, we’re up-close and personal. Now, it’s just a matter of taking some time for the rest of our being—our consciousness, awareness and thinking—to reprogram and catch up. It’s about focusing on and getting accustomed to the idea of being close to our heavenly Father.

Sadly, too many believers (though born again) still live as “aliens” and “strangers” to their covenant promises. They’re simply unaware of the potential their covenant relationship with God affords them, which is what prompted the Apostle Peter to write this:

“[God] has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness. As a result of this, he has given you magnificent [covenant] promises that are beyond all price, so that through the power of these tremendous [covenant] promises we can experience partnership with [His] divine nature” (2 Peter 1:3-4, TPT).

That’s why you’ll hear Kenneth Copeland say that we need to be covenant-minded ALL the time—that is, if we’re going to experience the same closer-than-a-brother kind of friendship Abraham enjoyed with God.

3. It’s All on God

“The Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, ‘I am [El Shaddai]; walk before Me, [having integrity]. I will make My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly…. And you will be the father of a multitude of nations. For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.” –(Genesis 17:1-2, 4-5 NASB)

Abraham was 99 years old when God appeared to him and established this covenant. A year later, Sarah gave birth to their son, Isaac—and the covenant unfolded from there.

When God introduced Himself to Abraham as El Shaddai (“Almighty God”), it’s no coincidence that the phrase refers to a nursing mother. A nursing mother is everything to her child. She’s that baby’s origin of life, source of nourishment and guide to all the world that baby is about to experience.

God was telling His friend Abram, “I’m your Everything—I’m All you’ll ever need!”

“Not only that, Abram [which means’exalted father’], but I’m changing your name to Abraham [father of a multitude] because I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.”

See how God was speaking to Abraham (like Paul spoke to us) from the past?

God had already determined Abraham’s destiny. He had established it—and now—He was declaring it already fulfilled!

Again, this was the result of their covenant relationship. It was the Greater One acting on behalf of the lesser one.

Brother Copeland tells the story of how Napoleon Bonaparte was reported to have been reviewing his troops on horseback one time, when the massive stallion he was riding suddenly bolted. Immediately, a young private stepped out from formation and gained control of the horse, calming it and potentially saving his commander from harm.

“What’s your name, Captain?” Napoleon asked the young soldier.

“Sir, I’m a private,” the soldier replied.

“What’s your name, Captain?” Napoleon asked, but this time with emphasis.

Napoleon knew he was speaking to a private. But with one word, he promoted him on the spot. As commander, Napoleon had the power and authority to make this soldier—someone he obviously could count on—what he wanted and needed him to be.

In the same way, God—with one word, Abra-ham—made an old, heirless sojourner what He wanted and needed him to be. And He will do the same for you if you will let Him.

In 2 Chronicles 20:21, AMPC, we find a common phrase used throughout the Old Testament to describe God’s covenant love for His friends…

“Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!”

The Hebrew word used in that phrase, chesed, describes God’s love as an obligatory love, something He has to do. Because you are in covenant with Him, God is obliged to love you, no matter what. What’s more, He goes around looking for reasons to love you.

So, you have God’s “friend request” and maybe you’ve already clicked “accept.” But if the relationship seems at all distant, or maybe a little too virtual, take Paul’s advice:

“Set your sights” and “think about” where you really belong, whose company you’re in, and what all God has done—and continues to do—to keep the friendship up close, personal…and real.

5 Principles of Prayer

5 Principles of Prayer

 

Over the years I have learned some truths about prayer. I don’t know all there is to know about it, but I have learned key principles from the Word that have helped me walk in victory. These principles will work the same for you.

Before I go further, understand that I’m not saying you will never have any problems or challenges. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Challenges will come. But the problem is never with God. Nor is it with people. The problem is in the area of receiving. We also must wrestle with the forces of darkness—the devil.

By the grace and mercy of God and the power of your faith, you can overcome those obstacles and receive prayers answered. Thank God you have the Name of Jesus, God’s Word and the power of His Spirit—“the weapons of our warfare”—that guarantee results when you pray (2 Corinthians 10:4).

In the many situations my family and I have had to pray our way through, we have learned that believers can live victoriously in Christ Jesus, overcoming the problems. If Jesus is your Savior and Lord, you have victory in Him.

#1 – God’s Will Is Heaven on Earth

But first, you must establish your thinking in the truth that when you were saved, you were set free from the curse and all its effects listed in Deuteronomy 28. Galatians 3:13-14 says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ.”

You may wonder why the effects of the curse are still on you if that’s true. They are on you because you haven’t cast them off. You haven’t believed and received what is yours.

The effects of the curse are here on the earth, but they don’t have any right to dominate you or have any power over you unless you yield to them and don’t take advantage of what is yours in Christ Jesus. James 4:2 says, “Ye have not, because ye ask not.” Verse 3 goes on to say, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss.” Just like a bank has set procedures for withdrawing money, God has given us a proper way to pray so that we will see results.

When you begin to see that, you will realize the world’s idea of prayer is not prayer at all. Prayer is not trying to get God’s attention. Prayer is not trying to get God to do something. He has already done it. He sent Jesus to the cross.

Prayer is communication with God, believing and receiving what He has already given you in Christ Jesus. Everything you will ever need is in Jesus, and when you made Him Lord of your life, it was given to you. All that remains is for it to be received. It has to be brought from the spiritual realm to this natural, physical realm. Philippians 4:19 declares, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

God’s plan for answered prayer is what Jesus was telling us when He prayed, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). God created the earth for man as a copy of heaven, a place to live like God lives. But because of the curse that came on the earth, not everything here is in line with God’s plan. God didn’t create man to be burdened with the effects of the curse like sin, sickness, fear, unbelief or evil spirits. His will is that heaven and earth run parallel to one another.

#2 – Live a Life of Prayer

So prayer—real Bible prayer—must be a lifestyle, not just a backup plan. In Luke 18:1, Jesus taught in a parable that “men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” He wasn’t talking about using prayer and faith as an escape hatch after everything has come apart. He was saying that your entire life should be built around prayer.

The Apostle Paul agreed. He said, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Don’t leave it up to your pastor to do your praying for you. Don’t wait until things become bad to pray. Build a communication with God every day. Listen to Him. Learn how He talks, what He does, how His prayer system works.

Prayer is always available to everyone. There is no situation that disqualifies anyone from prayer, because God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). Acts 2:21 declares that “whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

According to Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” God is an equal opportunity blesser. He doesn’t just hear “good” people. The deepest of sinners in the deepest sin can pray the prayer of repentance and receive Jesus as Lord. From that point on, he is qualified to continue in the other fields of prayer.

The only situation from which there is no deliverance is the rebellious refusal to pray at all. “Ye have not, because ye ask not” (James 4:2).

Don’t let that be you. Instead live a life of prayer, receiving what God has for you.

#3 – Come Boldly…Through Jesus

When you pray, you don’t have to get God’s attention. You already have it. According to Hebrews 7:25, Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us. Hebrews 4:13 says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

God knows all about you and your situation. That is vitally important to your prayer life. Verses 14-16 go on to say:

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

When you make Jesus the Lord of your life, then your prayer life, your approach to God, is through Him. You pray to the Father, in Jesus’ Name. It’s in His righteousness, in His Name.

You pray in His “new and living way” as Hebrews 10:19-20 says: “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh.”

Why can you come so boldly to the throne of grace? Because Jesus is your High Priest. You don’t come based on how good you are. Jesus’ blood has put you in right-standing with God. You’ve been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). First Peter 3:12 says, “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers.”

You have a right to pray and expect results. Jesus made this promise: “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you” (John 16:23).

#4 – You Have a Right to Believe and Receive

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done, you have a right to believe.

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus died for the whole world. If you are a human being, you have a right to believe that Jesus is Lord.

Once you step over into the realm of declaring Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have every right before God that Jesus has when it comes to praying, believing and walking with God. You share with Him in every privilege of having God lead, teach and develop you, keep you well and keep your family.

Galatians 3:29 says, “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” If you have made Jesus Lord, you are the seed of Abraham, and you have a right to believe and receive the promises of God.

Romans 4:16 says, “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all.” If you are the seed of Abraham, God’s promises are sure in your life. A sure promise is one that comes to pass when you stand on it.

The Word of God is a concrete foundation you can stand on. It undergirds all effective prayer. So make it final authority in your life. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).

#5 – Always Start at the End

Base your prayer life on what God has already said and done. God’s Word—the sword of the Spirit—is His part of your prayer life, and it’s available to “whosoever will.” The Word is a copy of your covenant with God, signed in Jesus’ blood between God the Father and Jesus His Son. There is no failure in either of them.

It’s easy to believe God if you know what He said. Faith comes when you know what is His will for you to have. And His will is His Word. Find promises in the Word that cover your area of need, and pray based on those promises. When you do that, you are starting with the answer. You are starting with the truth.

Always go to God based on the answers you find in the Word. When you have faith in God and what He has said, faith will begin to grow up on the inside of you. Once you know what God said about something, believe you receive it. Believing is an action word, so praise and thank God for the answer.

Praying in the Name of Jesus, based on what God has said, puts you in position to receive from Him. It licenses Him to function in your life. It isn’t based on feeling. It’s based on believing what God said—believing is the key.

Remember, you have a right to pray and you have a right to believe. Jesus died for the whole world so whosoever believes can receive the victory He has paid for. God is no respecter of persons, but He does respect faith.

Learn to pray and stand on His promises for your every need. When you take God at His Word, He will answer.

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7 Facts About Your Authority as a Believer

7 Facts About Your Authority as a Believer

 

by Kenneth Copeland

As new creations we have been put in a position of power and authority– a position delegated to us by God through Jesus Christ. Along with that authority come certain responsibilities. I want us to examine God’s Word concerning that position and the authority we have in Him.

When you made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, Colossians 1:13 says you were delivered from the power of darkness. The word power is literally translated authority. You have been delivered from the power, or authority, of darkness and placed into God’s kingdom. Jesus said, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore…(Matt. 28:18,19). That power was given to you as part of your inheritance in Christ Jesus. You have entered into this position of authority because you are in Him.

The Word says that righteousness has come upon all men (Rom. 5:18). You may ask, “Then why don’t all become righteous?” Because in order to receive it, you have to act on righteousness from the point of authority.

On November 2, 1962, I used my authority as a human being and made a choice. I made the decision to receive Jesus as Lord of my life. At that moment, the righteousness that had been upon me came inside me. I was made the righteousness of God in Christ. Second Corinthians 5:21 says, He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

#1 – JESUS SECURED OUR POWER AND AUTHORITY

Jesus succeeded in securing all power by going to the cross, dying a horrible death, suffering the penalty for sin, and defeating Satan in the pit of hell. He came to earth as a man for one reason: to re-capture the authority that Satan had stolen through Adam’s disobedience in the garden. Jesus was called the last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45). After securing that power and authority, He freely gave it over into the hands of those who would believe on Him–you and me.

It is not enough for us to simply accept Jesus’ work at Calvary. We are held responsible for much more. Jesus’ words in the 16th chapter of Mark were not intended for the early church alone. His words are just as vital and real today as when they were first spoken.

Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection from the dead. His words to them form the basic foundation for the work of the New Testament church. It was at that time that He delegated the authority to carry out that work. Beginning in verse 15, Jesus said:

Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

#2 – WE HAVE AUTHORITY TO PREACH THE GOSPEL

Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Every born-again believer has the authority and responsibility to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this earth. If you can’t go, then you can send someone in your place.

And these signs shall follow them that believe….I want you to notice who is to do all these things: them that believe. The signs will follow the believers who act in faith and boldly speak in Jesus’ name. THEY shall cast out devils; THEY shall speak with new tongues; THEY shall lay hands on the sick, etc. The believer is the one with the power and authority to do these things.

Verse 20 says, They went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. God will confirm His Word, but first it has to be put forth. That is where you and I come in. God does not preach; He has given us the authority to do the preaching. God will not lay hands on the sick. He will bring the healing, but you and I as believers must lay hands on the sick by faith, believing that God will perform His Word.

#3 – WE HAVE AUTHORITY TO STAND AGAINST SATAN

One of the most vital areas of the believer’s authority is his power to successfully stand against Satan. Ephesians 4:27 says, Neither give place to the devil. In the sixth chapter of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul describes the armor that we as believers are to wear in combat against Satan. He explains each piece of that armor. It is the armor of God. But not once does he say that God will put the armor on you or that God will fight the devil for you. YOU is the understood subject of these verses. He says, “YOU be strong in the Lord. YOU put on the whole armor of God that YOU will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. YOU take the whole armor of God that YOU may be able to withstand in the evil day; and having done all, YOU stand.” God has given you the power and the authority to stand against Satan and his destructive works. He has provided the armor, but it is your responsibility as a believer to put on that armor and stand against the devil. James 4:7 says, YOU resist the devil, and he will flee from YOU. The armor and the weapons are at your disposal. God is there with you to back His Word; but all is worthless unless you take your position of authority and assume the responsibility to use what He has provided. You have the power and the authority to take the Word of God, the name of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit and run Satan out of your affairs. Don’t pray and ask God to fight Satan for you. You are the one in authority. Take your responsibility and speak directly to Satan yourself and stand your ground firmly. He will flee!

#4 – WE ARE SEATED WITH HIM IN HIGH AUTHORITY

In the first chapter of Ephesians, Paul prayed a prayer for the body of believers in Ephesus. One part of that prayer was that they know the exceeding greatness of his power to those who believe (Eph. 1:19). That exceeding great power is the same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenlies. Ephesians 1:21 tells us that Jesus is seated far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named.

The work God did in Jesus was supreme. He raised Jesus from the dead and set Him far above all other authority–not only in this world, but also in the heavenly world. Then verse 22 says that God has put ALL things under His feet and made Him head over the church which is His body. Where are the feet? They are in the body. As believers, we are part of His body and we are seated with Him in that highly exalted place of authority. Praise God! Look at Ephesians, chapter two:

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins…Even when we were dead in sins, (God) hath quickened us together with Christ…And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:1,5,6).

We are seated together with Him. Where? Far above all principality and power and might and dominion. As a believer, you have accepted the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary. Therefore, you are a part of His body and are seated with Him in that heavenly place, equipped with the same power, the same authority that He has.

The great power that God worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead is the same creative power of God that worked in you to make you alive when you were dead in your trespasses and sins. The moment you made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, that same power was exercised on your dead, unregenerate spirit, causing it to be reborn in the likeness of God Himself. Any man who is in Christ Jesus is a new creation: old things have passed away, all things are new, and all things are of God (2 Cor. 5:17).

“As believers, we are part of His body and we are seated with Him in that highly exalted place of authority.”

#5 – WE HAVE THE POWER OF GOD’S WORD TO EXERCISE OUR AUTHORITY

And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.

And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awoke him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

And he said unto them, Why are you so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? (Mark 4:35-40).

Jesus spoke the words, Let us pass over unto the other side, and there was enough power and authority in those words to accomplish the job. One thing I want you to notice is that Jesus did not take command of the ship to see that His words were carried out. He walked to the back of the boat and went to sleep. Jesus delegated the authority to His disciples and they accepted it. But when the storm came, they were filled with fear that the boat would sink. Jesus had to carry out the responsibility of authority that he had delegated to them by rebuking the wind and the sea.

“You have the power and the authority to take the Word of God, the name of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit and run Satan out of your affairs.”

I want you to see the parallel here. You are the captain of your ship. You have control over your own life–your spirit, your soul, and your body. Jesus has delegated power, or authority over Satan to you as a believer. You are to give him no place in your life. You are born of the Spirit of God. You are filled with the Spirit of God. You have been given the Word of God. Those three elements are enough for you to carry out your spiritual authority here in the earth. You don’t need any more power. You have all the power necessary. You simply have to exercise your authority. Jesus has already done everything necessary to secure the authority and power over sin, sickness, demons, and fear. You have to employ the faith action to receive that authority and join forces with Him in this earth. You are the one to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

#6 – WE HAVE AUTHORITY TO ACT AS NEW CREATIONS

Hebrews 2:14 says, Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same. Jesus partook of flesh and blood, so that you could partake of spirit and life. For you to partake of that spirit and life, you must take the responsibility of standing in the place of authority as the new creation in Christ Jesus that you are. You are born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God (1 Pet. 1:23). It was the Word of Almighty God that was injected into your spirit man to bring about the new birth in your life. When the church was first beginning, Acts 12:24 described it as the Word growing and multiplying. The Word is in you, but you are the one who must be willing to allow it to work in you.

Ephesians 4:21-24 says, If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

You are the one in authority. It is your responsibility to put off the old man–the unregenerate man that you were before you accepted Jesus. The Holy Spirit does the actual work in you, but you must make the decision to allow Him to do it. God has never forced His will on any person. YOU put off the old man. YOU use the Word of God to renew your mind. YOU put on the new man, which is created in righteousness and true holiness.

#7 – WE CAN MINISTER AND WALK FROM A POINT OF AUTHORITY

God’s power is in His Word. He is upholding all things by the word of His power (Heb. 1:3). You need to learn to minister and walk from a point of authority. In His earthly ministry, Jesus said such things as “Be thou made whole.” “Take up your bed and walk.” Then to a lame man Peter said in Acts 3:6, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” He too ministered and spoke from a point of authority.

“He came to earth as a man for one reason: to re-capture the authority that Satan had stolen through Adam’s disobedience in the garden.”

It’s time for you as a believer to begin to act that way. You have obtained an inheritance, and in that inheritance you have been given all authority. The God of the universe lives inside you! He lives and walks in you. Become God-inside-minded and you will begin to walk in this point of authority.

Keep right on building yourself up in your inheritance. You live in a world that is full of evil influences. Satan wants to see to it that you forget the reality of being born again. He wants to see to it that you never realize your place of authority in Christ Jesus, because if you do, that power you walk in makes you absolutely dangerous to him. He has no defense against you when you walk in the power of God’s Word.

When you see in the Word that you are in Christ Jesus, that you are in Him, then confess it with all of your heart. Then you will be strong, standing in a point of authority and operating in your inheritance in Him. As you do this, the power of God will always be available to work in your behalf. Praise God!

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How To Get the Direction You Need From God

 

Do you need direction from the Lord concerning a specific situation but don’t know how to receive it? Do you desire to hear the Lord answer you whenever you pray? The good news is that you can have the answers you need and the rewarding prayer life you desire. When you pray, you can be confident that you will be able to identify the Holy Spirit’s voice and that you will receive the answers to your prayers.
by Kenneth Copeland

 

Colossians 1:9-10 reminds us that a rich prayer life is possible: “So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.”
The Apostle Paul wrote this passage to the church at Colossae to tell them exactly how he was praying for them. He wanted them to experience the same depth and richness that he and other believers experienced. He asked that they would have:

 

  • Complete knowledge of God’s will
  • Spiritual wisdom
  • Understanding

Prayer is one of the best ways to receive these spiritual treasures. In Jeremiah 33:3, God promised, “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” Those “remarkable secrets” are “complete knowledge of His will, and spiritual wisdom and understanding.”
Gaining these spiritual treasures requires tenacity. It takes more than simply bowing your head before your meals or sending up a quick prayer when things get tough. It requires seeking the Lord continually. Below are three habits to help you receive the direction you need every day.

 

  1. Set Aside a Designated Prayer Time

This means keeping regular prayer times and studying the Word habitually. Setting aside daily prayer times allows you to focus on the Lord and your relationship with Him. Instead of simply coming to Him with a list of demands, you develop a relationship, and studying the Word helps strengthen that relationship. Through His Word, you begin to understand God’s will and His ways better as you strengthen your faith. You also allow Him to speak to you through His Word.
So often, people want to hear from the Holy Spirit without spending time developing that relationship. They want to treat God like a spiritual ATM. They’d like to drive up, punch in what they want, grab it and be on their way. But relationships take time. As you begin to commune with the Lord regularly, you begin to recognize the Holy Spirit’s voice more easily and hear Him more clearly.

 

If you want to develop your prayer life, begin by setting aside a designated prayer time. If you keep a calendar, then make an appointment with yourself. In addition to thanking and praising God for allowing you to come boldly before Him in prayer (Hebrews 4:16), begin praying Colossians 1:9-10 over yourself. Ask the Lord to “give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding” so that you “will always honor and please [Him]” and that your life “will produce every kind of good fruit…”as you learn to know [Him] better and better.”

 

  1. Spend Time Reading God’s Word

During your appointed time, spend time in God’s Word. Read a chapter or two and stand in faith, believing that God will give you the revelation you need. Slow down, listen and tune in to what the Holy Spirit may be saying to you. This isn’t a time to rush. This is a time to focus on the Lord and listen to the Holy Spirit.

 

  1. Pray in Faith

After you read the Word, pray for a while in the Spirit and with your understanding (1 Corinthians 14:15). Pray in other tongues, and ask God to give you the interpretation. He’ll do it if you ask Him in faith. You might not always get the interpretation immediately, but if you will pray with expectation, it will come eventually. It might come as you’re driving to work or while you are at work. Or it might come gradually to your spirit over a matter of weeks, but one day you will have the answer to the situation you’ve been praying about.

Mark 11:24 promises, “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” As you begin praying in faith for the direction you need, it will come. Trust God that His Word is true!

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How To Develop a Powerful Prayer Life

How To Develop a Powerful Prayer Life

 

“My prayer life is weak.” — If you’ve ever said those words, you’re not alone. Many Christians desire, more than anything, to overcome spiritual weakness and have a prayer life that changes their life. If that’s you, keep reading and discover how to develop a powerful prayer life today!

Have you experienced effective prayer? The kind that changes lives? Have you encountered a dire situation—a crumbling marriage, poor health, fractured relationships, lack of funds, crippling unemployment or emotional hurt—and come through it with an even stronger faith, knowing without any doubt that your God is far greater and stronger than any adversity? If that’s what you would like, then it’s time to begin practicing life-changing prayer. It’s time to direct your attention—your spirit and your mind—to the One who is able to “cause everything to work together for the good of those who love God” (Romans 8:28). It’s only through Him that you’ll experience the life change you so desperately desire.

Boldly Approaching the Throne of Grace

Of course, even if you know just how important prayer is, you may still need to know how to pray effectively. Hebrews 4:16 gives you a clue: “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”

Consider the word boldly. It’s more than merely scooping up limited courage and peering into the Lord’s throne room. When you come boldly into a place, it means you know you belong. When you come in faith, it means you know you have God’s Word to strengthen and guide you. When you come humbly, it means you know you have His Spirit and recognize who He is. When you come expectantly, it means you acknowledge Him as your faithful High Priest. All of this leads to a confidence that has the power to transform you.

Praying Effectively

Prayer is an important part of Christians’ lives, yet some question whether their prayers are as effective as they could be. If that is you, then here are four steps to take to ensure that your prayers are effective:

Step 1: Pray an Effective Prayer by Knowing What the Bible Says

How can you pray in a way that pleases God if you don’t know His nature? You won’t know what He has promised. You won’t know how He handles situations. You won’t know what pleases or displeases Him. To pray more effectively, take time to get to know the One to whom you are praying—through His Word. Make Bible study part of your day…every day.

Step 2: Pray an Effective Prayer by First Asking for Wisdom

Before you ask God to solve a problem in your life, first ask Him for wisdom and for His perspective on it. Proverbs 4:7, KJV, calls wisdom “the principal thing,” and James 1:5, KJV, says God will give you His wisdom liberally. No matter what prayer you want answered, first ask for God’s wisdom to lead you.

Step 3: Pray an Effective Prayer by Remaining in Faith

Once you know what the Word says about your situation and you have God’s perspective on it, then settle within yourself what He has said. Trust Him to keep His Word. Thank Him for leading you, guiding you and answering you. Don’t let anything dissuade you from what the Lord has shown you. Stay faithful to the truth you have received.

Step 4: Pray an Effective Prayer by Forgiving

If you want the Lord to respond to your prayers, forgiveness is vital. In Mark 11, Jesus taught His disciples about the prayer of faith. At the end, He gave them the final step when He said, “…believe that ye receive…and ye shall have,” but in the very same breath, He said, “And when ye stand praying, forgive…” (verses 24-25, KJV). Effective prayers require faith, faith requires love, and love requires forgiveness. Don’t wait another second to forgive someone who has hurt you. Commit to live the life of love and faith and enjoy the benefit of effective prayer times.

You can rest knowing that your heavenly Father hears and answers your prayers when you put these steps into practice. Find out what the Bible has to say, ask for wisdom, remain in faith, and live a life of forgiveness. You’ll experience the joy of walking more closely with the Father and knowing that your prayers are effective!

Practical prayer tips

Practical Prayer Tips

Thankfully, in addition to understanding how to approach God’s throne room and praying effectively, there are also practical ways you can strengthen your prayer life—practices you can implement to remind yourself of God’s faithfulness, to keep your focus on His promises, to help you mature in your prayer life, and to help promote a lifestyle of prayer.

  1. Start a Prayer Journal

One of the easiest ways to remain strong in the face of challenges is to remind yourself of all God has done in the past. By recording your prayers as well as the answers you’ve received, you’re able to go back and see all God has already done for you. Then you can be like David and proclaim: “I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy” (Psalm 116:1). As you go before God with your current needs, be assured that His faithfulness will never ebb and flow. He will remain constant. Nothing will stir up your faith more today than looking back on what weighed on your heart weeks, months and years ago, and seeing God’s faithfulness.

  1. Find a Meaningful Reminder

As you stand in faith for significant changes in your life, it can be helpful to have a visual reminder of what or for whom you are praying. Maybe it’s a family picture, a lab report or some other meaningful token. Remember, you aren’t praying to this item, but you are using it as a point of contact to focus and clarify the object of your prayers.

  1. Set Reminders on Your Phone

Lives are busy; schedules are hectic. Sometimes it can feel as if there’s no time to pray like you know you should. The truth is, there is time. You simply have to start small and build from there. If you were to begin training for a run—whether a 5K or a marathon—you would need to start small. You would start by learning to run a mile before you ran three, and three before you ran six and so on. The same is true of your prayer life. You can start small by setting a reminder to pray every day for five minutes—perhaps first thing in the morning, during lunch or after dinner. As you make this habit, you will build your endurance—your prayer stamina—until it becomes ingrained.

  1. Surround Yourself With Bible-believing Christians

If you want to learn how to pray life-changing prayers, then it will be helpful to surround yourself with those who have vibrant prayer lives themselves. You can also surround yourself with intercessors who will stand in faith with you as you pray for broken relationships, shaky finances or failing health. These people can serve as vital resources for you as you take notes and ask questions. They will help you as you “devote yourself to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart” (Colossians 4:2). Other helpful ministry resources include books, teaching like you’ll find on kcm.org, and, of course, the Bible.

  1. Revise Your Self-Talk

You may be full of faith as you pray for or discuss your needs with friends or mentors, but how do you talk to yourself about these needs? Do you speak life and faith over your situation, or do you complain and worry more than you pray? You should make sure that your self-talk is as full of faith as it would be if you were talking with friends.

“My prayer life is weak,” is a phrase you never have to say again! Your prayer life will improve as you boldly approach the throne of grace, pray effectively, and put these tips into practice. You’ll enjoy a more rewarding prayer life, and you’ll start to see answers. You’ve learned how to develop a powerful and effective prayer life and overcome spiritual weakness…and everything is about to change!

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5 Reasons You Are Exempt From Supply-Chain Disruptions

5 Reasons You Are Exempt From Supply-Chain Disruptions

 

We’ve all heard the reports.

Supply-chain bottlenecks around the world have caused record shortages of many products that American consumers are used to having readily available, including household goods, electronics and automobiles, to name a few. Experts have warned that problems will likely get worse before they get better.

But here’s where the line is drawn.

We are not subject to failing economic times. In fact, we don’t just survive during times of famine—we thrive. Consider Job 5:20-22, which says, “He will save you from death in time of famine…. You will laugh at destruction and famine.”

The world will always tell you that you have the same limits they have. But we are separated from this world’s system. You have to shake off those things that try to rise up and put limits on you. Take the limits off because God has more that He wants you to walk in. He wants you to have your bills paid in full, living in a debt-free home with debt-free cars because He does not want you to be indebted or to be the servant of other people.

Pastor George Pearsons recently shared from the Word of God why we, as believers, never need to fear the state of the economy. Here are 5 Reasons You Are Exempt from Supply-Chain Disruptions and why you can shout for joy—no matter what is going on in the world around you.

1. You Are a Tither

“I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes.” – Malachi 3:11 (NKJV)

If you are a faithful tither, you are exempt from “supply-chain disruptions,” inflation and any other economic downturn. That’s because tithing is the open door to THE BLESSING that is going to meet your needs, bless you and keep you prosperous.

There are promises in God’s Word to tithers.

1. The devourer is rebuked for your sake (Malachi 3:11). That means he can’t touch your money, your possessions or your family.

2. The windows of heaven are open over you (Malachi 3:10). God is talking specifically to tithers in this verse. The windows of heaven are open over tithers. And God says He will pour out such a blessing, you won’t have room for it! And there’s no tag like “unless your economy is bad” or “only if the world is doing well.” Praise God, we are not subject to the times; the times are subject to us!

Tithers’ rights cover every economic situation—they put you above and not beneath the economy. No recession is going to shut the tithers’ windows of heaven—not even something as severe as the Great Depression.

The world is subject to the economy and the world’s system, but the tither has privileges.

When the devourer comes to steal your money, your seed, your job and your possessions, you have the authority to put a stop to it. So, when lack tries to come in your life, you say, “No, you don’t, lack!” If you get laid off, you say, “Lord, where’s my better job? Show me where to find a better job. I never go without. I am prosperous. I am blessed. I am a tither. The windows of heaven are open to me.”

The blessing of the tither is what puts us over financially.

2. You Are a Sower

“Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.” –Genesis 26:12 (KJV)

Isaac reaped a hundredfold in the middle of a famine.

What is a famine?

Famine is defined as a severe shortage, extreme scarcity or serious economic downturn (sound familiar?). Many would say the United States is there now. But here is our exceedingly great and precious promise: “They will not be disgraced in hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough” (Psalm 37: 19).

That’s a promise. Even in famine, you will have more than enough. That’s why being a sower is so important. When you are a sower, supply-chain issues will not affect you. That’s because you are in a spiritual state of sowing and reaping that cannot be hindered by any world economy.

Have you ever noticed that generous sowers are never without money to give? It’s spiritual law! With whatever measure you sow, you will also reap.

David Green, founder and CEO of retail giant Hobby Lobby, tells a story in his book Giving It All Away…And Getting It Back Again, about the power of living generously.

There’s a phrase common in some Christian circles that goes, “You can’t out-give God.” I tossed that phrase around myself more than once. Then…God seemed to say to me, “Well, you haven’t really tried, have you?” 

David Green decided to increase his giving dramatically. His company significantly increased right after that. That pattern continued over and over until he reached a point at which he was giving far beyond anything he could ever imagine. The more the company has grown, the more they’ve given, and then they keep increasing. “We truly cannot seem to get ahead of Him,” David says.

Sowing is spiritual protection from economic downturns and supply-chain disruptions. It keeps money flowing to you, no matter what is going on around you. It’s why you are exempt from the current circumstances in our country.

3. You Have a Covenant of Prosperity

“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you.” –Deuteronomy 28:2 (NKJV)

You are exempt from supply-chain shortages, inflation, economic downturns, layoffs and any other attack against your whole-life prosperity because you already have a covenant of prosperity with God.

Here’s a refresher on your covenant with God:

God made a covenant with Abraham, empowering him and his descendants with THE BLESSING—the ability to prosper and excel in everything. Finally, “through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham” (see Galatians 3:14) because “if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29, NKJV).

When you became a Christian, you became an heir to the greatest inheritance ever known.

THE BLESSING of the Lord was established by God to enforce all your covenant rights and to advance you along in life. He put THE BLESSING in place so we don’t have to toil, struggle or rely on man in any area of our lives. The world is unpredictable, at best, but THE BLESSING will provide for you even when natural circumstances are against you.It will take you from a dry place to a place of abundant rain—from shaky ground to a solid foundation. But you have to let THE BLESSING do the work.

Learn 5 Ways to Let THE BLESSING Do the Work HERE.

God wants you blessed! There’s no question about it—God’s will is for His people to prosper and enjoy a life of “always having all sufficiency in all things” (2 Corinthians 9:8, KJV).

Find 60 Scriptures About Prosperity and Success here.

If you’re operating in Kingdom principles, no matter how high the waters rise, you will rise to the top because you have a covenant of prosperity.

4. God Is the Source of Your Supply

“Yet for us there is [only] one God, the Father, Who is the Source of all things.” –1 Corinthians 8:6 (AMPC)

When it comes to world events, you need to come into a place of a new revelation of God being your supply. He is your Source of all things.

The government is not your source. If the government is your source, you have to serve those people. God doesn’t want you dependent on the government. He wants you to be dependent only on Him. He likes to supersede natural events in getting supplies to His people.

Whatever you need, He will get it to you. He supplies all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). That is a word for today. He will supply—not according to whenever the ship makes port. The Rick Renner translation says, “But, my God will SUPPLY your needs so completely that He will eliminate all your deficiencies. He will meet all your physical and tangible needs until you are so full, you have no more capacity to hold anything else. He will SUPPLY all your needs until you are totally filled, packed full and overflowing to the point of bursting at the seams and spilling over.”

We do not live under the dominion, rule, control or influence of the world system. Our times are subject to the authority of God’s Word, the blood of Jesus, the Name of Jesus, the power of the tithe and the harvest of our seed.

Creflo Dollar says, “El Shaddai will demonstrate provisional miracles that are contrary to natural events.”

When people say, “You know, you can’t get that right now,” whatever it is, just say to yourself, “I’ll get it.”

Jesus is our Source, and the Word is our supply.

Why is this truth so important? Because as long as we rely on natural sources, our faith in God is not in operation, which blocks Him from showering us with abundant blessings. Today and every day, God wants to meet all your needs.

5. The Camels Are Coming

“And Isaac…lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.” –Genesis 24:63 (KJV)

As long as you are in the will of God, He will bring provision to you one way or another. You will never be without. You might be looking at bare shelves in the store, but that isn’t God’s only way of getting things to you!

Maybe you’re used to only one or two streams of supply, like a job or another source of income, but God is not limited to those sources. In fact, He is known for bringing things to His people in unexpected ways and through unlikely streams.

That’s what happened with Isaac when his future wife arrived. He was sitting in a field and then, Genesis 24:63 (KJV) says he “lifted up his eyes…and behold the camels were coming” with Rebekah riding toward him.

And in Isaiah 60:6, the provision that came to Jesus’ parents after His birth was foretold: “Vast caravans of camels will converge on you…bringing gold and frankincense…”

Don’t have what you need right now? That’s OK. The camels are coming! And they’re loaded down with goods.

These are just a few of the reasons you are exempt from supply-chain disruptions or any other economic setback. Now, say, “The camels are coming! The camels are coming! Look as far as the eye can see. They are loaded down with unlimited supplies! I believe it. I take it. I receive it in Jesus’ Name!”

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