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The Profile of a Prosperous Christian


If you’ve been struggling to make ends meet or wondering how to live in abundance, it’s time to make the switch over to prosperity! The answer is found in the profile of a prosperous Christian.


Do you know what a prosperous Christian looks like? Maybe you’ve met some but wondered how they seem to advance by leaps and bounds, while you struggle to move a spiritual inch. The answer lies in the unique way prosperous Christians act, think and live. 

Prosperous Christians aren’t the norm. They don’t subscribe to the world’s ways, and they don’t use natural means to get where they’re going. Though they are different people from different backgrounds, they all share the same characteristics, behaviors, values and habits—they have the same profile.


Where Do You Find the Profile of a Prosperous Christian?

There are two passages of Scripture—one in the Old Testament and one in the New Testament—that outline the profile of a prosperous Christian. In them, you will find the secrets, the habits and the lifestyle of the one God has made rich.

Psalm 112:1-9 is one profile of a prosperous Christian. Within the description of how this man lives, it clearly states that he is “blessed” and that “wealth and riches will be in his house.” Most people have the idea that you cannot be wealthy and be righteous at the same time. Here is a man with a house—a nice house—filled with wealth and riches. And his righteousness is intact.

He has a big house full of riches and his righteousness endures forever. That’s the definition of godly wealth—and it is God who gave him the power to get that wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18).

The second profile is found in 2 Corinthians 9:6-15. This describes a prosperous Christian as one who has “all sufficiency in all thingsandan abundance for every good work.” He is prospering in every area of his life. 

The word prosper does not mean money. It includes money. It includes assets. It includes influence. It includes all those things, but it doesn’t mean those things. The word prosper in the Hebrew language comes from the word peace or wholeness—nothing missing, nothing broken.

Now that we know what it means to be a prosperous Christian, we will look at the profile of the man described in Psalm 112 and 2 Corinthians 9 and learn to apply it to our own lives. Know this—the prosperous life isn’t just for some—the sun will shine on anyone who will go outside. God is no respecter of persons. If you live like the man in the profile of a prosperous Christian, you will become prosperous, too!


1. A Prosperous Christian Is Aware of His Inheritance

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” –2 Corinthians 8:9 (NIV)

There was a man who saved for years to buy a boat ticket to America. Once he had purchased passage on the ship, he brought along cheese and crackers to sustain him, as he had spent everything he had on the ticket. Every evening at mealtime, he would look into the dining room at the other passengers enjoying their food, and then return to his cabin and eat his cheese and crackers.

The day the ship docked at the New York Harbor, a steward came to him and said, “Sir, have we offended you in any way? I noticed that you didn’t eat any of your meals in our dining room.” The man answered, “Oh, no! You see, I didn’t have enough money for meals, so I ate in my room.” Then the steward said, “But sir, your meals were included in the ticket!”

So many Christians receive the “ticket” of salvation, but don’t understand that they have an inheritance in Christ. Some even believe God withholds from them. Others simply don’t realize that everything the Father has belongs to them, once they are born again. A prosperous Christians knows this:

You are an heir to a vast fortune.

Galatians 4:7 says, “You are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ” (NKJV).

You were made the righteousness of God in Christ! You were made a joint heir with Him. According to Strong’s Concordance that term joint heir refers to “a personal equality based on an equality of possession.”

Jesus went to the cross to give you what He already possessed. He became as poor as we are, that we might become as rich as He is. A prosperous Christian knows this and has had spiritual revelation of its truth.


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2. A Prosperous Christian Is Generous

“He has dispersed abroad; he has given to the poor.” –Psalm 112:9 (NKJV)

Traditionally, the Church has been led to believe that prosperity is bad or ungodly. However, John writes that we should prosper and be in health (3 John 2). You see, there’s a big difference between having money and loving money. The Bible does not say that money is the root of all evil. It says the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). There are people so poor they don’t have two cents to rub together, but they are so in love with money they’ll literally kill to get it. That is loving money.

One way you know you don’t love money is your willingness to give it away. We aren’t to avoid being rich, but instead, we are called to prosper while keeping our eyes on God. That means we love Him, love people and live to give!

We are called to prosper so we can always be ready to give, not just at church, but everywhere—all the time.  Second Corinthians 9:11 says, “Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.” That’s true prosperity—being able to look a man in the eye in his moment of impossibility and take his needs as your own. A truly prosperous Christian would give everything away in a heartbeat if God told him or her to do so. A prosperous Christian is a very generous man or woman.


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3. A Prosperous Christian Is a Tither and a Sower

“He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” –2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV)

A prosperous Christian knows one very basic, but critical, biblical principle—tithing plus sowing is the cornerstone to real biblical prosperity. He or she knows that a person who fails to tithe disqualifies himself from receiving his inheritance of abundance.

It’s amazing how many Christians waste their energies arguing whether or not tithing is a New Testament doctrine, claiming it is under the Law and we no longer have to keep the Law. People who think this way are self-deceived.

Before the Law even existed, Abraham “gave him tithes of all,” (Genesis 14:19-20, KJV). Additionally, tithing is seen throughout the New Testament because people knew what we know now—tithing activates THE BLESSING of God in our finances.

The Word of God is clear that the act of giving alone is not the path to blessing, but the heart behind your giving. “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

In other words, don’t just put your tithe in because the bucket went by. Jesus is the Lord of the tithe, so go before Him with it, and pray over it. You can say something like this:

Thank You, Father for Your provision. I offer this as a tithe to You with thanksgiving. Bless it, Lord. And now, I expect what You said in the Book of Malachi. You have rebuked the devourer for my sake. And Satan, I remind you, you are rebuked in the Name of Jesus. Keep your dirty hands off my money, my job, my goods and all my affairs. I have the favor of God. Now get out of here!

Tithe and sow wherever the Lord instructs you. And do it cheerfully, remembering that when you sow just a little, that’s what you’ll reap. But if you sow generously, like a prosperous Christian, God will “make all grace abound toward you, that you, always  having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8, NKJV). 

This scripture is not just talking about money.  You can have money, be saved and have a well body, but if there is strife in your family, you’re not prosperous.  You would have a form of poverty in your household.

God is talking about “all sufficiency in all things.” This is the New Testament definition of a born-again, Holy-Ghost baptized, tongue-talking, healing-believing, totally prosperous believer. Amen.


4. A Prosperous Christian Uses Good Judgment

 “He will guide his affairs with discretion.” –Psalm 112:5 (KJV)

A prosperous Christian “guides his affairs with discretion” (Psalm 112:5, KJV). That means every decision he makes is done carefully and with wisdom. 

How does he do this? By delighting greatly in God’s commandments (Psalm 112:1). Good judgment (or wisdom) can only come from the one true source of all wisdom—the Bible.

A prosperous Christian knows the Word of God and obeys it—all of it. He doesn’t see God’s commandments as restrictive or holding him back. And he doesn’t see them as optional. He loves others—fulfilling the second greatest commandment (Matthew 22:39). He isn’t easily offended or angry. He doesn’t hold onto grudges. He loves others the way God instructs (1 Corinthians 13:4-13). He makes the Word of God final authority in his life. 

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When you walk in wisdom— delighting in God’s commandments and using good judgment— the Lord will make you rich, and you won’t experience any sorrow in it (Proverbs 10:22). You’ll see the wicked prosper financially in the world, but the Bible says that type of prosperity has sorrow in it. The righteous prosper in God, and He adds no sorrow. Why?  Because it comes from His grace. Everything you have and all that you could have comes from the grace of God.


5. A Prosperous Christian Is Not Fearful

 “He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.” –Psalm 112:7 (ESV)

With all that we’ve seen working in favor of the prosperous Christian up to this point, it’s no wonder that Psalm 112:7-8 goes on to say, “They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.” Now, that’s prosperous living! 

Fear opens the door to the enemy to rob you of your blessings—financial and otherwise. So, as the prosperous Christian keeps his mind fixed on the Word of God, he keeps himself out of fear—and out of the sights of the devil.

This man is in a secure position, both in heaven and in the earth. Satan is under his feet. What could he possibly fear? His mind and his heart are fixed on the Word of God. Nothing can move him.

How did he get to that place?

It’s by a constant, steady, persistent pursuit into those things in God’s Word that we know belong to us—our healing, our peace of mind, the salvation of our families, our children’s protection and our financial prosperity. Even when it looks like everyone else is prospering but us, when it looks like everyone else is getting healed but us, we must remain fixed on the Word and press on.

If someone throws in the towel and says that this profile of a prosperous believer doesn’t work, what they’re really saying is, “I’m not willing to press.” After we have pressed and stood in faith awhile, even the toughest situation will have to give in. Why? Because our pressure is always greater than the devil’s pressure. All his weapons are from the world.

When you live out the traits that make up the profile of a prosperous believer, you’ll be well on your way to living in prosperity yourself! Keep your mind on God and His promises. Don’t look back for even the slightest moment. Meditate on God’s profile for you. Don’t call yourself anything other than what this profile says you are. “I am blessed. My profile is to prosper, and I fit the profile!”

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How to Use Your Spiritual Authority in Any Situation


Do you need struggle with knowing how to use your spiritual authority for your finances, family or body? Learn how to use your authority in any situation.


There is a story of a farmer who found an eagle’s egg and brought it home to his chicken coop. When the egg hatched, the young eagle only saw chickens around him. Without knowing what he truly was, he simply mimicked what he saw around him. He scratched and pecked and flew short distances. He believed he was a chicken; therefore, he acted like a chicken.

Many believers are living the same way—trapped in a chicken mentality. They have received salvation, but stop short of living life abundantly, as God intended. They want to live in prosperity, health, protection and peace, but they stop short of achieving victory in those areas for one reason—they don’t know how to use their authority.

Luke 10:19 says, “Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy.” Jesus has given you the authority, but you must take it and exercise it.

Are you ready to fly the coop and soar like an eagle? Here is how you can use your spiritual authority in any situation and claim VICTORY once and for all.


1. Use Your Authority for Physical Protection

“No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.” –Psalm 91:10 (NKJV)

Salvation includes more than just the guarantee of going to heaven—that’s just the beginning. Salvation is a big word. In the Greek language, it literally means deliverance, safety, preservation, material and temporal deliverance from danger, pardon, restoration, healing, wholeness and soundness.

Do you know what that means? It means you don’t have to be afraid of anything harming you or your children physically. 

Physical protection for you and your family is a Covenant right. Peace, safety and covering from calamity, disaster or harm of any kind belongs to you.

It is NOT God’s will that people go and shoot up our children’s schools. It is NOT God’s will that we or our children are filled with sickness and disease or suffer injuries. It is NOT God’s will that we suffer under any part of the curse. But the devil has come to kill and destroy—he’s looking for a loophole—a way in to break the circle of protection that encompasses you.

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It is God’s will that we stop the enemy, and rule and reign over him.

We live in a dangerous world, so taking your authority for protection should be done daily. It doesn’t take long—speak a word of protection as you drive, speak Psalm 91 over your family as you head to work or run errands, plead the blood of Jesus first thing in the morning when you wake. As you make it part of your daily routine, it will become second nature to you.

Take authority by saying something similar to Billye Brim’s daily declaration:

You listen to me, kingdom of darkness: It is written that I am seated at the Father’s right hand far above you (Ephesians 1:18-23) and that I overcome you by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11). So here is the word of my testimony, and here is who you can’t go near today. I draw the blood around (name your family members), and I plead the blood over myself, too. You stay away from us! Satan, you stay away from the good works I should walk in. You stay away from my ministry, my church, my neighborhood, my home, and every vehicle and building we go into. I draw a bloodline around them.

When you get into your car or fly on an airplane you can say:

In the Name of Jesus, I plead the blood of Jesus over my car. Bumper to bumper, side to side, top to bottom, every part working and nonworking, no one and nothing will bump this car, and we’ll bump no one or nothing. We’ll get to wherever we’re going without incident. 

You have the Name of Jesus and you have the authority of Jesus, and you overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of your testimony (Revelation 12:11, KJV).

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2. Use Your Authority to Drive Out Sickness

“No evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.” –Psalm 91:10

You have authority over sickness and disease—every cold, flu, backache, cancer, heart disease—all of it. You have the authority through Christ Jesus.

So, why do we sometimes face these challenges? Simple:

God is not going to override your authority. He gave Adam authority, and He didn’t override Adam’s decision to relinquish it to Satan. He has given you the same authority in the earth, and He has given you the way to victory in EVERY situation in His Word.

But He won’t override your authority. He will let you die sick if you choose to do so. You would have to ignore every healing scripture in the Bible and all that Jesus bought for you when He bore your sicknesses and carried your diseases, but you have the authority to go ahead and die. God will not stop you.

So, if you’re talking about your symptoms and sickness, you’re relinquishing your authority to Satan as Adam did in the Garden of Eden. That won’t get results!

Charles Capps used to say, “Don’t call the dog if you want the cat.  If you want the dog, you don’t step out on the front porch and say, ‘Here, cat.’  You say, ‘Here, dog.’ When you do, you’re taking authority over that dog and that old dog just comes running right up, wagging his tail.”

Don’t call the dog if you want the cat, and don’t call for sickness and disease if you want to be healed.  Use your authority and command your body to be healed in the Name of Jesus.

When Kenneth Copeland was first starting out in ministry, he was under the mentorship of Oral Roberts. One night, in the healing room after the service, they came to a woman who had cancer of the stomach. She was just the picture of death. As they approached her to lay hands on her, in a loud, growling, authoritative voice, Oral Roberts said, “You foul, unclean spirit, take your hands off God’s property in the Name of Jesus, whose I am and whom I serve!  Come out of her now!”

She instantly spit out that cancer on the floor. (It was the size of a fist and had nasty-looking tentacles hanging off it.) Then she jumped off her bed and ran around the room shouting, “I’m healed! I’m healed! I’m healed!”

That same authority is on the inside of you right now. You can use it to heal yourself; you can use it to heal others—and you should.

When you take authority over your body, say, “Body, I command you to get in line. I rebuke every symptom in my body right now, in Jesus’ Name. Be healed and made whole from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. I take my healing! I am healed.”


3. Use Your Authority to Cast Out Demons

“They will cast out demons in my name.” –Mark 16:17

Demonic activity isn’t something you’ll hear preached about on many Sunday mornings, but it exists, and there is a simple way to deal with it—by taking your authority. Certain countries see a greater level of demonic activity, but it’s everywhere, and it isn’t to be tolerated—not even for a minute.

In Mark 5:1-20, we see how Jesus handled demons when He drove them out of the demon-possessed man and into a herd of pigs. He used His authority—the same authority that has been given to us—to drive them out.

Billye Brim shared a story in her book The Blood and the Glory, about something that happened to her son Chip and his three friends when they were living in a mobile home while attending college:

“The first day they arrived home from school, they noticed strange things. The doors and windows were open. Hairdryers and a toaster were on. The television and stereos were blasting. They thought it was someone playing a joke, but no one else had a key. One night, Chip was in his bedroom studying. Everyone else was in bed. He heard the front door slam and the whole mobile home shook. He and his friends ran out of there as fast as they could.”

Many other similar incidents took place that day. They ran to a pay phone and called Billye. She instructed them to take scriptures and cast out the demons with their authority. Then, she told them to anoint the doors and windows with oil and apply the blood of Jesus. By using the authority given to them by the blood and the Name of Jesus, they had no further trouble.

All believers can cast out devils in His name. John Osteen used to say that when demons would approach his house, they must have said, “Oh, don’t go over there, those people will beat your brains out.”  That’s the way we ought to be when the devil tries to think about coming to our house.

Use the Name of Jesus. Plead the blood of Jesus. Drive demons and any demonic activity out of your home, your body, your life, your neighborhood, buildings, cars and anything else they try to occupy. Never be afraid of them—YOU have the authority. And they know it.


4. Use Your Authority to Subdue the Weather

“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” –Mark 4:39 (NKJV)

With so many devastating storms and disastrous tornadoes, floods and other happenings, many people have asked, “Is God behind it?” The answer is, ABSOLUTELY NOT!

Jesus said in John 10:10: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (NKJV).

Jesus is our example when it comes to dealing with destructive storms. We know Jesus spoke to the wind and said to the water, “Peace, be still!” and they obeyed Him.  We have the same place of authority through Jesus. It’s not His place to enforce the laws of the Kingdom in the earth. It’s ours.

Watch Chip Brim describe taking authority over a tornado approaching his home:


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So, when the report of bad weather comes, don’t wait and see what’s going to happen. Start speaking to it, NOW! Go outside, if you can. Shout! Don’t just talk to God about it. Speak to the elements. Say, “You don’t come to my house! I declare THE BLESSING WALL up and around me, my family, my property and all that’s mine!”

Forget about what other people think. They already think we’re crazy. Being worried about what others think is a form of fear, and if the devil can get you to back off, he’ll try to destroy what’s yours and blame it on God.

You have authority over the weather. Don’t be afraid of any storm, tornado or earthquake. Rebuke it just as Jesus did.

Watch as Gloria Copeland takes authority over a tornado that was threatening a Convention Center where she was teaching Healing School. (The weather starts at about 1:04:55 in the video below.)


5. Use Your Authority for Finances

“He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.” –Colossians 2:15

If you’ve ever experienced the stress that comes from financial pressure, you know how difficult it is when you’re so strapped you don’t have enough money to pay your bills.

There are things that can block financial blessing such as being in unforgiveness, failing to walk in love, failing to tithe and sow, or operating without integrity. Those areas should be checked first. But if everything is in line with the Word of God, you may be facing an attack of the devil on your finances. He comes to STEAL, kill and destroy. He does not want you blessed.

Here’s the good news: Jesus reduced principalities and powers to nothing—He took away the devil’s power to dominate us in any way—including in the realm of our finances. Our job is to act on this truth. As long as we act like the devil has power over our finances, he will. But if you will believe in your heart and confess with your mouth what God’s Word says about finances, you’ll be taking authority, and you’ll get what you need.

So, when you’re facing an attack of the enemy on your finances, take your place of authority. Speak to the financial mountain. Say, “SATAN, TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF MY MONEY AND OFF MY PROPERTY. Ministering spirits (angels), GO! Cause all that’s mine in the kingdom of God to come into my hands, now! I declare THE BLESSING of the Lord, THE SHIELD OF GRACE up around all that’s mine!”

In conclusion, when you learn how to use your spiritual authority in any situation, nothing will be impossible for you! You’ll be operating in the position of dominion God intended from the beginning. God did not create you to be a victim—you were made to WIN! 

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5 Steps to A Debt-Free Life

5 Steps to A Debt-Free Life


If you’re done living paycheck to paycheck, making never-ending payments and being subject to lenders, it’s time to take these 5 steps to a debt-free life!

“Receive the power.” That was a recent word of the Lord to Kenneth Copeland concerning the debt freedom of His people. He continues: “The power to get wealth is THE BLESSING of Abraham, and it’s in you right now. Don’t look to the outside—it’s in you.”

Glory to God! Living debt free is possible, and it is God’s will that every one of us enjoy a prosperous life. If you’re facing a small debt or a mountain of debt, know this: There is no condemnation. If you are in a debt situation, get rid of all condemnation and go to a place of faith—because you are on your way out!

There is no question that it is God’s will for you to live debt free. His Word says He will make you the head and not the tail…and bless all the work of your hands…and you will lend and NOT borrow (Deuteronomy 28:12-13). That means He will help you get there!

Make an investment in your future and get into a faith momentum. Get on the road to debt freedom, and don’t stop until you get there. Here are the first five steps.


1. Make a Quality Decision

Like any spiritual victory, becoming debt free begins with a decision. Being born again and receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior is a decision. Walking in the light of His truth and following righteousness is a decision. Forgiving and loving others is a decision. Likewise, becoming debt free is also a decision.

It may not seem like it’s in your control to even make that decision. It may seem like money is the one calling the shots. But that’s just a lie of the devil. YOU have dominion—you have control by the authority and grace of God. Now, it’s up to you to make a quality decision to live debt free for the rest of your life.

“You are only one decision away from your debt freedom.” –Gloria Copeland

What is a quality decision?

Well, it isn’t just a nice idea you hope to achieve. It isn’t something you give yourself the option of abandoning. A quality decision is one that settles the issue forever. That means it is no longer an option to go to the bank and borrow money—that’s over. You don’t do that anymore. Once you’ve made a quality decision, there is no retreat and no turning back, no more room for debate or argument—it simply doesn’t come to the table anytime you discuss what you’re believing for.

Let’s face it—you’ll have plenty of opportunities in the future to be tempted to borrow money. It seems quick and easy, “everyone” is doing it, and you might even think you’ll never be able to acquire what you need without going into debt. A quality decision protects you from compromising—it forces you to stand in faith, to live by the Word of God, and to conquer every financial mountain with an overwhelming victory—one that can only be enjoyed without taking on debt.

If you are in debt right now, and you are seeking to pursue and achieve a debt-free life, remember—there is no condemnation. God does not want you to live in guilt or shame over past mistakes. In fact, Kenneth Copeland once said, “The moment you make the quality decision to be debt free, God sees you debt free.”

When God sees you debt free, He will meet you at your quality decision with the supernatural. Things will begin to shift in your financial situation, as you stand firm in your resolve to become and remain debt free.

If you are ready to make this no-turning-back, quality decision, put your hand on your heart and repeat the following out loud:

“Father, in the Name of Jesus, I make the quality decision to live debt free. I’m coming out of debt right now. I’m staying out of debt. By the power of God’s Word, I am living a debt-free, abundant life by faith. I am now debt free because God sees me debt free. In Jesus’ Name, I am done with debt!”


Watch Gloria Copeland share the testimony about when she and Kenneth first made the decision to become debt free.


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2. Get Into a Covenant Agreement

When you sign your name on documents to borrow from a financial institution, you are coming into a covenant agreement— with the bank, and with people you likely don’t know, who have ties or values you’re probably not aware of. Yet, you are tying yourself spiritually to that institution and to their ties and values.

More importantly, as Kenneth Copeland says, “Borrowing is a replacement covenant. It is going to someone else when you should have gone to God.” 

To live debt free, you must come to a place where you see God as your Source—not people. Meditate on continually and say repeatedly—“God is my Source.” Let this become so real in your spirit that you no longer think of your income, your job, your bank account or a loan as your source. God is your Source. His will for you is debt freedom—settle that in your heart today, and let Him be your one and only Source, your Master Financier. He will get money to you.

While you don’t want to be in covenant with the bank, an important step toward debt freedom is coming into covenant agreement with your spouse or someone who will stand with you in faith to remain debt free. Matthew 18:19 says, “If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven” (NKJV).


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When you stand in agreement to live debt free, you are believing and agreeing to fulfill God’s will for you (Romans 13:8).

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3. Allow the Spirit of God to Lead You

As you continue in this new venture toward a debt-free life, a critical part of the journey is to seek God’s wisdom and allow the Spirit of God to lead you. Begin by committing one to three days to pray about God’s wisdom concerning your finances. Pray about your situation in tongues until you know what to do. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding” (NKJV).

Your debt-cancellation plan should not create unnecessary pressure on you—it should be wrapped up in God’s wisdom. When the pressure starts, press toward peace—resist the temptation to become impatient. Stay with it until you are out of debt. God sees the complete picture. So relax by faith and press into the wisdom of God to know HOW to get out of debt. You don’t need to figure out a natural plan—He will tell you what to do.

 “The wisdom of God is your ticket out from under the curse.” –Gloria Copeland

When God’s wisdom is known, the peace that passes understanding takes over. Deadlines won’t mean anything to you, and the situation will begin to look easier and easier.

Begin by speaking the following:

  • God has a Spirit-led debt-cancellation plan for me (Jeremiah 29:11)
  • I receive God’s plan by faith—and I do not doubt (James 1:5-8)
  • God’s plan comes out of the realm of the spirit—not the natural (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)
  • I have the ability to hear God’s plan (Psalm 85:8)
  • I am obedient to God’s plan. Whatever He tells me to do, I will do it (Isaiah 1:19)!

As you listen for the Spirit of God, you will begin to see Him work. Keep an eye out! Keep listening for God, follow what He says, and watch for the supernatural.


4. Stay in a Continual State of Sowing and Reaping

In order to increase your receiving, you have to go to a higher level of giving. This is a spiritual law, and a critical step you need to take if you want to live a debt-free life.

In the natural, spending more money won’t work. But with God, you can give your way out of debt! Many people make the huge mistake of discontinuing their tithing and sowing when trying to get out of debt. It seems like the “logical” thing to do. But debt freedom is dependent upon staying in a continual state of sowing and reaping.

When we honor the Lord with our tithing and giving, we are candidates for overflow (Proverbs 3:9-10).

That’s what happened at Kenneth Copeland Ministries many years ago. The ministry was financially behind—by $1 million! Kenneth had prayed, but it seemed that all the prayers and faith that had brought previous victories didn’t seem to get the job done this time. So, he went before the Lord, and God told him that KCM needed to start tithing 10 percent of its income into other ministries.

When you need money, giving more away doesn’t seem like a good idea! But obeying God is always a good idea. As KCM began to sow the 10 percent, the million-dollar deficit began to disappear. The laws of sowing and reaping were at work and succeeding.

As you set out to become debt free, open your spiritual ears to hear where and how much God wants you to sow for your harvest. As Jerry Savelle notes, “When you talk to the Lord about your need, He will talk to you about sowing seed.”

As money begins to come to you, sometimes the Lord will instruct you to put money toward your debt, while other times He will direct you to sow. His plan is perfect! So, tune in and listen to His instructions—don’t assume what you should do. He wants to bless you beyond your income, your salary and your natural means—beyond anything you’ve ever known.

No matter what: Do not quit giving, do not quit sowing, do not quit tithing. That’s your key to success!


5. Enter Into His Rest

 What does it mean to rest? Some people think it means to do nothing, but spiritual rest is an active decision to cast your cares—all your cares—upon the Lord. The indicator of faith is rest. If you can’t rest, you aren’t in faith. Bill Winston explains it this way: “Religion says believe because it makes sense. Most of the time, faith does not make sense. Human reason is used as a weapon of the devil to rob you of faith.”

So, when a situation comes where the world would tell you to worry, that’s when you need to make a decision to give the situation to the Lord, and leave it with Him. You pray your prayer—and that’s it. But if you keep going back over and over it in prayer and talk about it with all your friends, you aren’t at rest.

Worry is just a down payment on something that might not happen. So, don’t lose sleep by tossing and turning over your debt. Instead, let patience have her perfect work. Maintain your faith under trial—be constant in your stand for debt freedom.

To begin, here is a confession to cast your cares on the Lord so you can enter into His rest:

“Father, in the Name of Jesus, I throw the care, weight, anxiety, worry and concern of that debt load over onto You. I refuse to carry the care any longer. You are well able to able to carry it and well able to provide whatever I need. According to Hebrews 4:3, 9-11, I enter the rest and peace of God concerning my debt freedom. I believe it, receive it and walk in it. I am free! My days of worry and anxiety, pressure and stressing over debt are over forever! I refuse the pressure and stress—I choose instead to enter Your rest.”

When you follow these five steps to a debt-free life, you will be well on your way to prospering, and you’ll be in position to bless others. Pastor George Pearsons has said, “There are streams of income and supernatural manifestations of the glory of God removing debt from our lives.” Receive that today, because when you step into the anointing, the equation changes. You are redeemed from the curse of poverty, lack and debt.  You are debt free, in Jesus’ Name!


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How to Activate Fully Persuaded Faith

How to Activate Fully Persuaded Faith


No matter what your need is today—finances, healing, promotion or a miracle in your family—only one thing is needed to bring it to pass: fully persuaded faith. The good news? You can activate your fully persuaded faith today and start taking what rightfully belongs to you.


What kind of faith does it take to move the mountains in your life? The money you need, the healing you’re seeking, the family restoration you desire so deeply…what kind of faith will deliver it into your hands?

Fully persuaded faith.

What is fully persuaded faith?

It is highly developed faith—the kind that cannot be moved and always takes the victory. It takes possession of everything that grace has made available and doesn’t leave anything on the table.

When you find out what it means to be fully persuaded, and what it takes to stay that way, your whole life will change. When you look past your circumstances, take God at His Word, and obey without hesitancy, you will activate fully persuaded faith and see manifested victory every day. 


1. Look Past Your Circumstances

“And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body.” –Romans 4:19 (KJV) 

Have you ever noticed when you begin to stand on the Word of God, your circumstances seem to cry out all the louder? Symptoms in your body seem stronger than ever, your bank book shouts, “Mayday!” and your family seems to get along even less! Why? If the devil can get you to focus on your circumstances, or what seems real in the natural, he has your eyes right where he wants them—off the Word of God.

He knows if you’re looking at natural circumstances, that is likely what you’ll speak. And whatever comes out of your mouth is what will come to pass. That’s spiritual law. So, whatever has come out of your mouth in the past is what you’re living right now.

You might say, “Well, I don’t believe that.” Not believing it doesn’t make it any less true. A law is a law. At one time, people didn’t know what gravity was. They had all kinds of ideas that you could fall off the earth in one place or another—they really believed that. But just believing it didn’t make it true, because there is a law of gravity. Spiritual law brought that law into existence, and it’s the same spiritual law that gives your words power.

Abraham received the promises of God again and again, because he was fully persuaded and refused to look at his natural circumstances. When God promised to make him the father of many nations, he didn’t consider his own body, his feelings or the medical facts. He only considered what God had said. He was fully persuaded.

Another great example is the time when Smith Wigglesworth went to visit a church member whose family member had recently passed away. Smith and his wife went to pay their respects. When they arrived, there were two glass French doors separating the entry from the parlor. Behind the glass doors was the dead man lying in the coffin. Smith walked in, didn’t say hello to anyone—just opened the glass doors, walked up to the coffin, yanked the lid open, and pulled the man out of the box. He stood him in the corner, pointed his finger at him, and said, “In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!”  The man slid down the wall.  He went over, caught him by the suit, picked him back up and said, “I said, walk!”  He slid down on the floor again.

Finally, Mr. Wigglesworth went over, picked him up, threw him in the corner and said, “I said, walk!”  And the two of them came walking out of the parlor, shouting, praising and glorifying God.

That’s the definition of looking past circumstances and being fully persuaded! 


2. Take God at His Word

“And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” –Romans 4:21 (KJV)


Most of us truly desire to believe—fully believe—God’s promises. We want to receive them, we want to be fully persuaded. Yet, often, the battle is on to defeat unbelief and walk in that perfect faith that doesn’t doubt for a moment. 

Find 3 Ways to Overcome Unbelief here. 

So, how do you get to the place where you are fully persuaded? 

If it came by praying for it, Jesus would have said so. But it doesn’t. You have to reach out and take it. The kind of faith you need comes only one way: by hearing the Word of God. You can’t feel it coming. If you’re trying to recognize it by the way you feel—you’ll miss it.

Being fully persuaded means you know that something is God’s will for you. How do you know if something is God’s will? By whether it happens or not? No. The Word of God is the will of God. All the promises of God are yes and amen. So why would God promise you something that was not His will for you to have?

When you’re fully persuaded, nothing can keep you from taking God at His Word. No “fact” is bigger than the truth in your mind and spirit, and you cannot be moved.

Abraham never moved from God’s promise that he would be the father of many nations, even when natural circumstances continued to challenge the promise after Isaac’s birth. 

By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” –Hebrews 11:17-18 (NIV) 

When you take God at His Word, if you see or feel something that is opposite from the Word, you will not be moved by it because you are moved only by God’s Word. You see, Abraham wasn’t “trying” to believe God—he wasn’t just mentally assenting to it. He had immersed himself in God’s Word until that Word was more real to him than the things he could see.

If you don’t have that kind of faith for healing or finances or anything else right now, then stay in the Word until you get it! After all, “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17, KJV).

Read, study, meditate, listen to good, faith-filled teaching, watch the Believer’s Voice of Victory broadcasts EVERY DAY until God’s Word about your situation is more real to you than the circumstances you can see with your natural eyes.  Keep on keeping on until, like Abraham, you don’t stagger at the promise of God through unbelief, but grow strong in faith as you give praise and glory to God (Romans 4:20, KJV).

Being fully persuaded does not come by experience in the natural—it comes from being rooted and grounded in the Word of God.


3. Obey Without Hesitancy
“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” –Hebrews 11:8 (NIV)

Some people want all the answers before they obey God. They want everything to make sense and feel safe before moving forward. They want to know what they’re getting into. There’s just one problem—that’s not faith!

When God gives an instruction, He rarely gives us the full blueprint of the plan ahead. He expects more. Think of all the people in the faith hall of fame—Hebrews 11—who were given instructions that made no sense in the natural. Noah could have questioned the idea of building a giant ark, using a lot of resources, and risking his reputation, when rain had never before been seen on the earth. Moses could have abandoned the whole exodus plan when Pharaoh said no time and time again. The Israelites could have resisted the order to march around Jericho seven times to get victory, when it didn’t make much sense in the natural.

Yet, each of these faith heroes obeyed God without hesitancy—and they all got the victory. Moving forward without all the answers was the only way they were going to reach their destination—the promises of God.

It may seem safe to sit back and wait to see the full picture, but it can be dangerous both physically and spiritually. That’s where Corrie ten Boom was when she said, “The center of His will is our only safety.”[I]

When the Lord first called Kenneth Copeland into ministry, He instructed him to attend Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. But Kenneth didn’t want to go back to school, and all he could see was the financial distress he and Gloria were facing.

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Common sense told him if they couldn’t make a living working six days a week, they certainly couldn’t survive his going to school. (Common sense will keep you bound to the natural when it’s time to step out in faith.) So, he didn’t obey.

When a pastor friend invited him to lead worship at a church in Houston, he accepted. But as he and Gloria, along with their two small children, headed back to Fort Worth to pack for the move, they were in a terrible car accident.

Kenneth recalled it this way: “You could have named me Jonah.  I fit every symptom of Jonah.  I was going in another direction and we had this terrible, horrible car wreck. Now don’t you ever get the idea that God brought that car wreck on us.  No, no.  I brought that car wreck on us.”

Gloria was sick with the flu, and Kellie, just a toddler, was in shock. John was a 4-month-old baby who suffered a broken arm and four broken ribs. As Kenneth sat in the hospital with his family, he began repenting and asking God to forgive him for being a Jonah—one who delayed obedience.

As he repented for his disobedience, he felt the power of the Lord come upon him. As it did, healing came into the room. Baby John finally fell off to sleep, Gloria went to sleep and Kellie went to sleep—all of them peaceful. Right then, he agreed to obey the Lord and go to Tulsa—not Houston.

There’s safety in obeying God, and stepping out of His will can put you in danger. When you’re fully persuaded, you won’t hesitate to follow orders. God is the Master, and when He gives orders, we are to obey them immediately!

That’s the kind of faith that is pleasing to God—to have faith in the One who gives the orders. That’s why Jesus was so impressed by the faith of the centurion in need of healing for his servant.

Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this, they do it.” (Matthew 8:7-9)
To live fully persuaded, you need to become a person who understands what it means to be under authority—who knows how to obey orders. You are not just a child of God—you’re a soldier in the army of the Lord, and your promotion comes from following orders.

That means we can’t go AWOL (absent without leave), and expect to see a manifestation of THE BLESSING in our lives.

Have you gone AWOL?

Did you go AWOL from a church you were called to be in because they didn’t treat you like you wanted them to? Were you called to be in a certain city, but you didn’t stay or didn’t go? Are you loving others the way you love yourself, and loving fellow believers as God loves them?

If you haven’t been obedient—repent—and get right back where God told you to be, and quickly! The centurion was a man under authority, and who had been given authority. When he said, “Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed,” (Matthew 8:8) his feelings had nothing to do with it! The same goes for you—your feelings don’t have anything to do with your obedience. When God says it—you just obey!

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When you look past your circumstances, take God at His Word, and obey without hesitancy, you will activate fully persuaded faith that brings manifested victory every time! You don’t have to live in the here and now, with only what makes sense to the world. You can live a life that supersedes all reason and expectation. You can live in victory! 

[i]The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom with Elizabeth and John Sherrill, Chosen Books, 1971.


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God’s Table of Blessing

How to Take Your Place at God’s Table of BLESSING

As Thanksgiving approaches, you may be eagerly anticipating the smell of turkey roasting in the oven, generous portions of stuffing, and the perfect slice of pumpkin pie heaped with fresh whipped cream. It is a special time when friends and family will gather for fellowship and a time of reflection on the abundance we enjoy. Even more exciting and bountiful than a Thanksgiving table are those blessings that await at the table of God. Maybe you don’t realize it, but you have a place at God’s table. However, if you don’t even know you’re invited, then you won’t take your seat, and therefore, you won’t feast on the banquet of blessing He has set before you.

So, what’s on the menu at God’s table? You’ll find an answer to every need, the fulfillment of every desire, and a helping of every good thing—in short, you’ll find THE BLESSING of the Lord. When you take your place at the table of God, His menu includes helpings of grace, healing, peace and abundance, and they are all for you to taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8)!


Blessing #1: Grace at the Table

“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy…. Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.” Titus 3:4-5, 7 

At any good, full-course meal, there is always a main dish, which is the primary part of the meal. The appetizers, side dishes and desserts are all intended to complement and add to the enjoyment of the main dish.

At the Thanksgiving table, the main dish is typically turkey, but at God’s table, the main dish is grace. Every part of THE BLESSING is centered around and based upon the grace of God. A simple definition of God’s grace is “God’s unmerited or undeserved favor.” Many people believe they don’t deserve a place at the table, so they don’t even show up. But the very definition of grace gives everyone a right and a place at God’s table.

God has been trying for years to get us to come to His table, but we’ve been crawling underneath it, begging for the crumbs. If you will truly grasp the significance of the covenant of grace, you’ll never be the same again, and you won’t hesitate to come to God’s table.

What exactly is the covenant of grace? It’s a relationship of favor that gives you access to God’s power. If you’re under the blood of Jesus, you’ve been made a covenant child of the most powerful Being in the universe by grace. That’s something to shout about!

Are you tasting God’s grace? If you’ve been leading a life of fear and doubt, you aren’t enjoying the feast! To take your place at the table, you must lay hold of God’s promises and be fully persuaded that what He has promised belongs to you. You have a covenant, so stop talking about how unworthy you are and take a heaping helping of the grace that belongs to you!


Blessing #2: Healing at the Table

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5, NKJV

When you serve your Thanksgiving meal at home, you are expecting and desiring all your invited guests to partake of everything you’ve prepared. In fact, some might even consider it impolite to pass on one or more dishes. You went to a great deal of work to set this feast before your family, and it gives you great pleasure to see them enjoying it.

At the table of God, God has set before you healing as a byproduct of His grace, and it is yours for the taking. He does not serve healing to certain people, while withholding it from others. He is a good God! Many people will accept grace and come to the table, but they pass on taking a helping of healing.

Jesus didn’t just work hard in the kitchen to provide the feast at His table—He died to give it to us. First Peter 2:24 says that Jesus “Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed” (NKJV).

Did you get that? By His stripes you were healed. Healing has already been provided for you, and all you have to do is take it! To leave healing on the table is to disrespect the sacrifice required to put it before us at the table of God.

The Word of God is true, but if you waver and doubt, you won’t receive. The only cure for doubt is to settle on the integrity of the Word of God. He has set THE BLESSING of healing on the table before you. Don’t let it pass you by! Take and eat.

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Blessing #3: Peace at the Table

“My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.” Proverbs 3:1-2, NKJV

The Hebrew word for peace means “nothing missing, nothing broken.” It refers to a life that’s good and satisfying in every way. That’s the kind of peaceful life we all want, and it’s the kind we can have, if we’ll pay attention to and obey God’s Word.

His Word is THE BLESSING book—the Bible! To tap into the wonderful life the Word makes available, you must find out what it says about everything and obey it, and as a result, you will experience the peace of God.

Don’t allow Satan to substitute anxiety and ulcers for the peace and undisturbedness that Jesus bought for you. Be willing and obedient to cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). When you trust in God’s goodness and believe His Word, you will be doing just that.

Take peace from God’s table by making Proverbs 3:1-2 a staple in your life! Length of days and peace will be added to you. You’ll receive God’s best plan for your life, marriage and children. Don’t settle for the ‘norms’ of the world that are filled with anxiety and directly contradict God’s Word. Live above them in a home full of love and harmony—just like God meant it to be.


Blessing #4: Abundance at the Table

“Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”  Psalm 35:27, NKJV

A healthy body. Enough money to pay all your bills and extra to invest in the work of the gospel. A godly marriage and happy, healthy children. Peace of mind. That’s THE BLESSING of abundance!

God has prepared a banquet full of abundant blessings for you at His table. However, those blessings are not just going to fall in your lap. You must be willing—as well as obedient—if you’re going to eat the best from God’s table. So, be willing!

Refuse to live in lack, but be willing, instead, to live in divine prosperity and abundance. Refuse to allow Satan to stop the flow of God’s financial blessings to you.

Refuse to be robbed of the banquet of blessings that has belonged to you since you became a believer. Be willing to eat the good of the land!

Many believers limit God without even realizing it by training their eyes to be fixed on the limited resources of this world rather than the unlimited riches of God’s kingdom. The Bible says God will meet your needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19)! You can live by heaven’s economy, not earth’s economy—and in heaven there is always more than enough.

Wake up to the abundance of heaven that’s been made yours through Jesus. Wake up to the fact that you’ve been translated out of a world of poverty into a Kingdom of abundance. Rejoice. Heaven’s unlimited resources have been made available to you at the table of God!


An Invitation to Come and Dine

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.” Psalm 23:5, NKJV 

Whatever the demand or difficulty you face today, come—feast freely at God’s table—and experience His strength, provision and victory over every circumstance. He is inviting you to come and dine with Him at the table He’s prepared just for you.

In 2009, Kenneth Copeland gave the following prophecy about dining at the table of God:

This is a feast of abundance in the valley of the shadow of death. Fear no evil! Fear not the shadow of death, nor the valley therein. I, your LORD, your Savior—I am The LORD of hosts and I am the biggest thing in the valley. Have no fear for the table is full. Come and dine, come and dine. Pass the healing, pass the debt-free pudding. Yeah! Pass the miracles down here on this end of the table. Come and dine, come and dine.


As you prepare to enjoy the abundance of blessings at your Thanksgiving table with your family, remember that grace, healing, peace and abundance are also being offered to you at God’s table.  He’s inviting you to come and dine with Him today. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, and He is always serving THE BLESSING to anyone who will take their seat at His table and receive from His faithful love. His desire is for you to partake of all that He has set before you. It’s time to take your place at the table of the King. Now, dig in!


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Waiting to Recieve God’s Promises?

Waiting to Receive God’s Promises? How to Cultivate a Heart That Receives


Have you been waiting to receive God’s promises in your life? God’s Word is clear—His will for you is wholeness, abundance, peace and blessing in every area of your life. But maybe today there are areas in your life where His will isn’t being done—pressing needs and desires about which His promises don’t seem to be manifesting.

If this resonates with you, it’s time to go to the garden of your heart and see if it’s in prime condition to reap a harvest of God’s promises. Learn to cultivate the kind of soil that receives all God has for you by checking your heart vitals, evaluating your love walk and avoiding blessing blockers.


  1. Check Your Heart Vitals

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” –2 Chronicles 16:9, NKJV

What kind of heart do you have? The answer reveals your ability to receive from God. When you go to the doctor for a physical, the first thing he or she examines is the condition of your heart because the heart is critical to the total function of your body.

The same is true of your spiritual heart. God always looks at the heart in every matter (1 Samuel 16:7). Outward deeds are not always evidence of the state of one’s heart, but He knows the condition of our hearts—regardless of how we might appear to the world.

Jesus used the parable of the sower in Mark 4:15-20 to illustrate four kinds of heart soil. The seed sown in this parable represents the Word of God (Mark 4:14). While there is only ONE type of heart soil that receives from God, it is important to be willing to take an honest look at each one to determine which one describes you. No matter where you find yourself today—be encouraged—you can choose to move into the one heart category that will make the manifestation you need a reality in your life!


Heart Soil No. 1—The Pavement-Like Heart

The first type of heart is one that Jesus describes as “those who have the Word sown [in their hearts], but when they hear, Satan comes at once and [by force] takes away the message which is sown in them” (Mark 4:15, AMPC).

These are people who hear the Word, but there is no harvest, or result. For example, they hear the message of the gospel, but they don’t get saved. Satan may have told them that they weren’t good enough, or perhaps that it would cost them too much. At other times, pride and selfishness allow the devil to come and steal their seed. The result is always the same: Seed that is stolen means there is no seed to yield a harvest.


Heart Soil No. 2—The Stony-Ground Heart

The second type of heart Jesus describes is the stony-ground heart. When seeds are sown on “stony ground,” they have no real root in themselves, and so while these people endure for a little while; when trouble or persecution arises, they immediately stumble and fall away (Mark 4:16-17).

These are people who have no root of the Word of God. Think of what a root does for a plant. It nourishes it, feeds it and anchors it during a storm. These people stumble and fall away from the Word when adversity comes their way. Instead of holding on to the Word of God to see them through the storms in life, they let it go. The end result is they, like those with pavement-like hearts, do not receive the promises of God, or a harvest.


Heart Soil No. 3—The Thorny-Ground Heart

The third type of heart soil Jesus describes is the thorny-ground heart. These are people who “hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desire for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful (Mark 4:18-19, NKJV).

Most Christians will likely say, “I don’t fit this category. I have good soil.” However, many Christians fall into the thorny-heart category. If you take a look at their lives, they really aren’t bearing much fruit in the areas of healing, prosperity and deliverance. So, what could be happening?

At first, they get excited about the Word of God. They’ll hear a message on prosperity, for instance, and they’ll go home saying, “Hallelujah! I’m going to prosper in the Name of Jesus!”

But, over time, worries, fears and troubles become more real than the truth in God’s Word. This heart puts more stock in what the world says than what God says. In doing so, they forfeit their harvest.


Heart Soil No. 4—The Good-Soil Heart That Receives 

This is where we all want to be! This is where manifestation lives. So, how is this soil different from the other three? In Mark 4:20, Jesus makes it very simple when He says the good-soil hearts are “the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit,” (ESV). That means, not only do you accept the Word, but you cultivate what has been sown.

To cultivate means to feed your heart with the Word of God and let the Word be the final authority in every decision you make. Once your soil is cultivated, it is ripe for God to give the increase. Then, the time will come when you can “put in the sickle” for your kingdom harvest.


How can you call in your harvest? Find out here.


Sure, you’ll get knocked down sometimes. But when you do, get back up and say, “Look here, Devil, I’m not going to let you steal the Word out of my heart. It’s in there and I’m meditating on it. I’m saying it with my mouth, and I’m acting on it until God’s blessings overtake me. If you don’t believe me, just hide and watch!”

If you’ll take that attitude, no matter what that devil does, he’ll never make a “thorny-ground” Christian out of you!

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  1. Evaluate Your Love Walk

“If I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2 

After you’ve checked heart vitals, it’s time to evaluate your love walk. How do you treat people? How do you talk to and about them? Are you bitter? Have you forgiven? These are things every believer needs to consider when seeking a manifestation of the promises of God.

Offense is one of the most crippling things the devil has ever come up with. You can be sure he will give you plenty of opportunities to get offended.

What is the answer? Become so filled with love that offense can’t come near you. We must learn to live in love, walk in love, talk in love and edify one another in love. Then when the pressures come, when the hard times come, when disasters approach us, we won’t have to stop and think. We will immediately react in love.


  1. Avoid Blessing Blockers

“Every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.”

1 John 5: 4

The next step to cultivating a heart that receives is to avoid filling your heart with blessing blockers. Jesus talked about the thorny heart in Mark 4:18-19, and we identified it as a type of heart that many Christians today have. Just like a natural garden needs tending to remove and keep thorns and thistles out, so does your heart.

We must be diligent to not let the thorns, or blessing blockers, in our hearts. What are the types of thorns that can crop up in your heart? Mark 4:18-19 reveals three.


  • The Cares of the World

Most often, these include concerns about health, finances, marriage and children. This can be a daily struggle, but the bottom line is, you can’t be in fear and walk in faith at the same time. If you want to cultivate a heart that produces a hundredfold harvest, you must seek to drive worry, fear and anxiety out of your life by learning to trust God and by putting your faith in His Word concerning every issue in your life.

  • The Deceitfulness of Riches

We know that prospering is a good thing—it is God’s will for us to be blessed financially. What is outside of His will, however, is when money or material possessions become the most important priority in your life. If money or making money becomes more important to you than spending time in the Word, attending church, or spending time with your family, it has become a heart issue—a thorn that is stealing your blessing from you.

  • A Longing for Other Things

Mark 4:19 calls these “the lusts of other things” (KJV). This can also be described as foolishness or folly. So, where are believers finding folly? Well…every television set, movie theater, radio and magazine stand…just to name a few. With hundreds of cable channels and the internet, it’s not difficult to find an unlimited supply of foolishness to feed on! When you spend more time consuming worldly entertainment than the Word of God, your heart will become cluttered and take on thorns that crowd out THE BLESSING.


How to Remove “Thorns” From Your Heart? 

Scripture Confessions for Guarding Your Heart


When you check your vitals, evaluate your love walk and avoid blessing blockers, you will be cultivating a heart that receives every promise from the Word of God. You will have a good-soil heart that opens the door for blessing. You won’t have to wonder why your manifestation hasn’t come—you’ll know it’s on the way. And that is the life of blessing God intends for you to live!




5 Reasons Why Obedience Will Draw You Closer to God


Anyone who wants to know God—to walk closely with Him—must obey Him. Sounds like a strong statement, doesn’t it? But there is no way that we can come into a close relationship with the Lord, walk fully in THE BLESSING and enjoy the communion that our spirits desire without obeying Him.

If we will walk with Him, obey His Word, and follow the direction and leading of the Holy Spirit, then we will enjoy the close relationship that we desire and relish the benefits of that relationship. Here are five reasons why obedience will draw you closer to the Lord:


Reason No. 1: When you are obedient, you can walk with God.

No one can walk with God without being obedient. Just look at these three examples of people in the Old Testament who enjoyed walking closely with the Lord, and note how obedience played an important part in that relationship for each of them.

  1. Enoch

The Word records that “Enoch lived in close fellowship with God” for 300 years (Genesis 5:22)! Imagine spending 300 earthly years in close fellowship with the Lord—obeying His commands, learning His ways, and caring for the things that most concern Him. That was Enoch’s life. And the result? Scripture tells us that Enoch did not experience an earthly death. Instead, “he disappeared, because God took him” (verse 24).

  1. Noah

Noah lived during a dark time. Scripture tells us that evil had grown to such an extent on the earth that “the Lord was sorry he had ever made [humanity]” (Genesis 6:6).

Then He said He would “wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing” (verse 7). It was a desolate time, but then the Lord looked and saw Noah. The Word notes that “Noah found favor with the Lord” (verse 8). Instead of conforming to the wickedness of the civilization around him, Noah upheld morality and goodness. The result of Noah’s obedience was that he and his entire family were saved from the flood that destroyed every other living thing on earth.

  1. Adam

We all know about Adam’s failure, but consider his life before that detrimental mistake. He had walked in communion—daily relationship—with the Lord. God had breathed life into him (Genesis 2:7), set him in the magnificent Garden of Eden where all his needs were met (verse 15) and then gave him the privilege of naming all the animals (verse 19). That was the result of Adam’s obedience. He was set with a blessed life! In fact, his wife, Eve, was too. They only needed to continue to obey the Lord. Sadly, Adam followed the enemy’s voice instead and betrayed the trust that God had placed in him. That disobedience cost Adam big! He and Eve were thrown out of the Garden, forfeited THE BLESSING, and endured hardship the rest of their lives.


Reason No. 2: When you are obedient, you can obey God’s voice.

There are many good and kind people in the world who are without a relationship with the Lord and therefore cannot hear and follow His voice. As believers, we, on the other hand, have the ability to follow God and obey His voice. This is a privilege that belongs to His children. We can know His voice and nature through His Word, His Holy Spirit, and the wisdom He gives to other believers (i.e., pastors, ministers, mentors, prayer partners, godly friends, etc.).

Deuteronomy 4:5-6 says, “Look, I now teach you these decrees and regulations just as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy. Obey them completely, and you will display your wisdom and intelligence among the surrounding nations.”

When we follow God’s voice, we help others see His wisdom and hopefully draw them to Him, too.

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Reason No. 3: When you are obedient, you will be blessed.

God promises that if we will obey Him, blessings will follow. Just look at these verses that show the connection between God’s BLESSING and obedience:

  • Joshua 1:8: “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and
    night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”
  • Isaiah 1:19: “If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat.”
  • John 14:21: “Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

While God loves and shows favor to all of His children, Scripture is clear that there is an inherent blessing that comes as a result of obedience.


Reason No. 4: When you are obedient, you’re choosing God’s best.

God’s love for us is clear from the sacrifice He arranged through Jesus Christ. And by the power of His Holy Spirit, He drew us to Him and adopted us into His family. We can’t lose His love. But God is not a tyrant. He does not force His will on us. He always gives us the choice of whether to follow Him or not. If we follow Him, then we receive the privilege of THE BLESSING (see Reason No. 3). If we choose not to follow Him—to walk in disobedience—then we walk outside of that BLESSING. It’s our choice, one He has given to all His children throughout history.

“‘Come now, let’s settle this,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool. If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat. But if you turn away and refuse to listen, you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies. I, the Lord, have spoken’” (Isaiah 1:18-20)!

We may choose to blatantly disobey the Lord by rebelling against Him and His Word. This is the case when we turn our backs on the Word, follow our own ways and knowingly sin. However, not all obedience is active; some is passive. Passive disobedience is much subtler. It may be allowing old ways of thinking (i.e., worldly carnal thinking or religious mindsets) to seep into our thinking instead of basing our thoughts on God’s Word. Disobedience can even include holding on to misinformation or remaining ignorant of the things of God.

“How can we be held accountable for things we don’t know?” you might ask.

We can be because He has already given us His manual for living—His Word. We have the responsibility to open that Word, read it, meditate on it and allow it to shape our thinking. That is what obedience allows us—and requires us—to do.


Reason No. 5: When you are obedient, you’re trusting God to be God.

Obeying God means moving aside and allowing God—His Word, His Holy Spirit and His way of operating—to move in our lives. It means trusting (having faith) that He will be true to His Word. When we obey, we don’t try to control our lives and the situations around us by our own human strength. Instead, we focus on the Lord by keeping Him and His Word before our eyes and allowing Him to have His way and trusting that He will fulfill His promises.

We cannot claim to love God without obeying Him and His Word. Let’s commit to obey Him with heartfelt love and show an appreciation for all He has done for us. We serve a big, magnificent, awe-inspiring God. Let’s obey Him immediately and wholeheartedly so we can walk with Him closely and enjoy the benefits of our obedience!