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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!

 

 

Obedience

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.

There is Life in the Pages

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!

 

 

Continue Praying For The Lost

If there was ever a situation where it seemed impossible for someone to be saved, it would be Saul of Tarsus – but one encounter with Christ changed everything in a split second.

Don’t stop praying for your family members, your friends, your fellow workers, your community, or your nation. Nothing is impossible with God

Stopping the Division Among Us: How to Take a Stand Against the Deadly Enemy of Strife

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There is no place for strife in the Body of Christ. None.

 

This world is in a precarious place. People in the world can’t seem to agree on anything. Democrats and Republicans create gridlock as they disagree on every issue. Fringe groups have risen up standing for inequality based on income or the color of one’s skin. But that’s nothing but outspoken bigotry and racism. It creates strife of the greatest degree—and according to James 3:16, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work” (KJV). It’s no wonder the world seems hopeless anytime you hear the latest news. Strife is a deadly enemy as it opens the door for murder, theft, lying, rebellion, hatred, violence…and the list goes on and on.

If you’re like many in the world, you have probably found more opportunities to be offended, and to be in strife, than any other time in recent history. But the Body of Christ shouldn’t operate like the world. As believers, we should be standing together. Income inequality, racism, disagreements over denominational differences and other blatant works of the enemy that cause strife and division have no place among us. Taking a stand against the deadly enemy of strife should be one of our top priorities as followers of Jesus Christ who endeavor to lead a life worthy of our calling (Ephesians 4:1).Stopping division and strife in our countries, communities, workplaces and churches must start with us, in our own personal lives.

 

Why Is Strife So Dangerous?

In Mark 3:24-25, Jesus tells us why unity is so important. He declared, “If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (KJV).

Jesus knew the toll that strife, which leads to division, takes on believers and the Body of Christ. Ultimately, the spirit of division takes men and women who are strong in the Lord—spiritual powerhouses—and returns them back to the same helpless place they were before they knew Jesus. Strife stifles the power of the Holy Spirit working, whether in an individual’s life or corporately.

The Apostle Paul encountered this issue when he visited the Corinthians…

Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in Christ. I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world? (1 Corinthians 3:1-3)

In this passage, Paul is scolding the Corinthians because they had allowed strife—jealousy and quarreling—to enter their midst. And what had it done? It had turned them into “infants” again. The sinful nature does that to you. If you yield control to it, you have forfeited the power of the Holy Spirit and are living like people of the world, who are separated from Christ…without hope and without God (Ephesians 2:12).

A house Not Divided

How to Identify Strife in Your Life

Strife is easy to identify. It’s division, harsh words, complaining. It’s jealousy and envy. It represents a struggle—one person’s will against another person’s will. Arguments come out of strife. Complaining, demanding your way, divisions, harsh words, disagreements and emphasizing differences all bring about a lack of harmony. Strife is caused by insecurity and pride. Where there is strife, or lack of peace, you know the human will is in charge, not the Holy Spirit. And, from strife comes confusion and every evil work!

In Matthew 5:21-22, Jesus says, “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.”

Evil and sin begin in the heart. If you see that strife has taken root in your heart, the first thing you want to do is repent. Ask God to forgive you for any words or actions you’ve taken that are against His will. Replace your words with the Word of God. Ephesians 5:4 says, “Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes–these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.” 

You can’t speak harshly and thank God at the same time. You can’t criticize those around you, if you have a thankful attitude about them.

This approach will bring peace to any situation where there’s a temptation to tear into someone with cruel and unkind words. When someone crosses you on the job, at school, on social media or wherever, instead of verbal abuse, let your mouth be filled with praise to God. He is worthy of your praise! If you are thinking about how good God is, you can’t be talking about how bad others are.

Then, after you’ve repented, there’s a better way.

 

There’s a Better (and More Mature!) Way

If we keep ourselves busy with God’s ways, we will be so full of God’s love that there won’t be any room for strife. That’s the key to having the power of God show up in our lives, just like it was evident in Jesus’ life.

The way of Christ is love: 

“So now I am giving you a new commandment,” Jesus said to His disciples. “Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:34-35).

Our love for one another proves to the world that we are different and serves as a powerful testimony to unbelievers. If we’re a part of division and strife in our country, at home or work, or even on social media, we are not walking in God’s ways, and we are not demonstrating the love of God to others. God’s love must be overflowing in your heart for it to come out of your mouth. And, the best way to be filled with the love of God is to continually think about Him.

The way Brother Copeland renews his mind to the love of God is to study and meditate 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. He reads it in the first person like this: “I am patient and kind. I am not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. I do not demand my own way. I am not irritable, and I keep no record of being wronged. I do not rejoice about injustice but rejoice whenever the truth wins out. I never give up, never lose faith, am always hopeful and endure through every circumstance.” This is a valid confession because God is Love, and you are born of God. Therefore, you are born of Love.

The love of God in your heart and the praise of God on your lips are an unbeatable team. When an unlovely person tries to provoke you into strife, you will remember, I am not irritable. Instead of retaliating, let the praise of God come out of your mouth.

 

Stop Strife With Faith and Love

Additionally, walking in love is not just refraining from saying hateful things. It’s proactively speaking what is life and health to others. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue,” says Proverbs 18:21 (KJV). It’s putting faith and love into action when you encounter an opportunity to be personally offended, or when you see racism or division around you.

“Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead,” wrote James. “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:17-18, NKJV).

Whenever we’re offended or see inequality, racism or division, it’s our responsibility to take a stand against strife for our household, and for our “Faith House” as the Body of Christ. This includes strife in the Body of Christ caused by denominational differences. We must stop tearing each other down with our words and do good to one another. “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10, NKJV).

Do whatever it takes to stay out of strife. Let your words be full of encouragement, and let God’s love shine from you everywhere you go.

As you avoid strife, here are some things you can do:

  • Identify an area of your life that moves you into feelings of strife
  • When you are tempted to respond to strife, determine exactly what you will say to replace your words with God’s words of love
  • Ask God to cleanse you completely from past areas of strife, and to protect you from situations that bring strife.

In conclusion, there is no place for strife in the Body of Christ, and we should individually and corporately refuse to be people who take part in it. As people called by His Name, we should take a stand against strife by living differently from people in the world. Our houses should be places of faith, without strife. Our churches should be places of faith without strife. And we should be agents bringing the light and love of God to a dark and lost world.

 

 

The Glory of God

4 Ways to Tap Into the Glory of God

 

The glory of God isn’t just a feeling, an event or an Old Testament experience—it’s a spiritual tsunami of everything contained in the character of God. The word glory is literally translated “heavy weight,” meaning the heaviest, biggest, grandest thing about someone.

It has been called the manifested presence of God, but more than just a presence, it’s power. The kind of power that resurrects, delivers, overcomes and transforms. It is greater and stronger than any other power in existence. And it belongs to us.

Yet, maybe you feel like the glory of God is untouchable, unreachable. Maybe you think of the manifestation of the glory of God as something reserved for special church services or an extraordinary circumstance. All the while, though, you long to see the power of God manifest in your life, your church and your country.

But did you know that the glory of God is available to you 24/7? It’s built-in. That’s how God designed it—it’s how He designed you. Because you were born of God (John 1:13), that glory is inside you right now! All things that the Father has—including His glory—belong to you. This means His glory isn’t too far out of reach. It’s right within your grasp!

Below are four ways you can tap into the glory of God by faith.

 

  1. Look for the Glory

“But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God.” –Acts 7:55, NKJV

If we aren’t expecting to see the glory of God, we probably won’t. Just like anything in the kingdom of God, it takes faith to see a manifestation. The glory of God is a visible power. In the Old Testament, the glory appeared as a cloud, smoke or fire. This visible power is also known as Shekinah glory, which is the Hebrew name given to the presence of God dwelling on the earth.
The nation of Israel saw the glory when God came down to meet them on Mount Sinai. Exodus 24:17 (KJV) says, “The sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount.”

The prophet Habakkuk got a glimpse of that fiery glory, too. He described it as like the sun, blazing in the sky: “His brightness was as the light; he had horns [or shafts] coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power” (Habakkuk 3:4, KJV).

The same glory that raised Jesus from the dead was manifested as fire by night and a cloud by day in the wilderness (Exodus 13:21). This same glory separated Israel and the land of Goshen from the rest of Egypt when there was light in the land of Goshen, but not in Egypt (Exodus 10:23). What was that light? The glory. The glory of God’s presence.

Can we see those same physical manifestations of God’s glory today? Yes!

There are countless testimonies of individuals and groups of believers having seen visible evidence of God’s glory. During his preaching days, Brother Kenneth E. Hagin compiled a list of every scripture in the Bible about the glory. When he would read them aloud in a service, the glory would appear like a cloud or a wave, and people would fall on the floor under that power, or rush to the altar to get saved. It is tangible and it is powerful! So, start expecting to see the glory of the Lord!

 

Get a list of scriptures about the glory of God here.

 

  1. Pray for the Glory

“For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” –Romans 8:18, NKJV

How do you pray for the glory of God? First, pray that the glory will be revealed to you and in you. You can see and experience the glory of God, but you must diligently ask and seek for it to be revealed. When we pray the glory into the earth, miracles, signs and wonders will occur in the Church and in our own personal lives.

When Moses saw the glory of God, he asked, saying, “Please, show me Your glory” (Exodus 33:18, NKJV). When believers gathered together in a spirit of unity, seeking the Lord, the glory appeared in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost, and sat on the head of each person there (Acts 2:1-4).

Each born-again believer has the ability to manifest God’s glory here on earth, but we must believe when we pray. That’s why Jesus told Martha that if she would believe, she would see the glory of God (John 11:40).

Finally, pray Ephesians 1:17-18—that you would know the hope of His calling, which is the hope of His glory. Pray that you will understand the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. When we inherited Him, glory was deposited in us, but we have to receive revelation of what it means to walk in that glory.

 

Signs of the Last Days

  1. Prepare for the Glory

“…the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” –Romans 5:5, NKJV

Did you know there are degrees of the glory? If you want to experience the fullness of God’s glory, you must prepare your spirit.

How? By walking in love. It takes faith to receive and operate in the glory—and faith works by love (Galatians 5:6). That means the glory of God will increase in you in direct proportion to how you walk in love.

So, to increase the amount of the glory in your life, you must walk in love. Put simply—more love, more glory. The spirit of strife and division is always there, lurking and looking for an opening and a way into your life. Never, ever let your love guard down! Then you are on your way to being filled with the glory!

 

  1. Walk in the Glory

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” –2 Corinthians 3:18, NKJV

The glory of God looks for a dwelling place. The original house for the glory of God was the tabernacle. But under the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit builds a temple in every believer. First Corinthians 3:16 says, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (NKJV).  We are God’s house—His temple. Only, this temple is no longer in a fixed location. This house can walk and talk and preach the gospel!

Now, it’s one thing to have the glory, but it’s another to know how to walk in it. The good news? You have everything you need inside you to do so.

When the believers experienced the glory of God at Pentecost, they didn’t just go back to living normal lives. They emerged from that place as separate from the rest of the world and as light in the midst of darkness. They went out and started turning the world upside down for Jesus. They preached the gospel; and worked miracles, signs and wonders; and the Lord added to the Church daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:47). That’s the glory we need to be operating in!

The early Christians were no different than Christians today. But here’s the key: Those first believers received the same Spirit you did when you got saved and baptized with the Holy Ghost. Christians today are carriers of God’s glory just as surely as they were!

 

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When you walk in the glory of God, you have a fire in you that the devil cannot withstand. We are told to put on the armor of God, which includes the shoes of the glorious gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15). There’s glory in your feet! That’s what gives you the power to walk on Satan. That’s why the only thing the devil is to the Church is a footstool.

Start practicing these four ways to tap into God’s glory by looking, praying, preparing and walking, and watch the glory of God be revealed in you! Don’t live without understanding God’s glory and what it means to your life. Start saying by faith right now: “The glory is in me! I receive it! I’m walking in it!” Get more God-inside minded, and start acting like a temple of the Lord of glory today!

 

8 Steps to Overcome Spiritual Drought

Everyone has experienced a time of spiritual drought, a time when we don’t feel like our prayers are reaching heaven and our passion for the things of God has become lackluster. That’s when it’s time to follow the Apostle Paul’s advice and stir ourselves up for God and for His Word. The Apostle Paul gives us key ways to do this. Let’s explore eight ways to stir up your faith and overcome spiritual drought.

 

  1. Overcome Spiritual Drought With Faith

Ephesians 2:8, NKJV, says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”

God gave you faith when you were saved. That faith gives you the assurance that God’s Word is always true, and you can trust it— despite your circumstances. When spiritual drought comes, it’s time to follow Jesus’ command to “have faith in God” (Mark 11:22) and to stir up that faith by opening His Word, lining your words up with Scripture, and praising Him for all He’s done in your life. The same God who saved you and gave you His Spirit is still working in your life. That’s something to celebrate!

 

  1. Overcome Spiritual Drought With God’s Power

Second Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power.…”

You need power to defeat the enemy and to live an abundant life in God. Thankfully, as a child of God, you have it on the inside of you because you have the Holy Spirit inside of you.

Take healing. No, you don’t have the power to heal in and of yourself, but God does. You don’t have the power to make a way where there is no way, but God does. You can’t multiply food or stop storms, but Jesus can! God gave you His Holy Spirit, so you can use His power to heal, to help and to encourage yourself and others.

Right now, begin thanking God for His Holy Spirit in your life. If necessary, spend some time studying the Holy Spirit and His work.

 

  1. Overcome Spiritual Drought With God’s Love

The Bible tells us, “God is love” (1 John 4:8), but what does that really mean? In modern times, the word love is often conditional, shallow and thrown around haphazardly. Without a deeper understanding, we can mistakenly equate this modern interpretation with our heavenly Father, but His love isn’t shallow, conditional or haphazard.

First Corinthians 13:4-7 explains the God kind of love this way: “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

That’s the kind of love God has for you. Take a minute and relish in that. That’s how He loves you, and it’s the kind of love He allows you to have for others. You develop it by stirring it up as an act of faith instead of reacting to feelings or emotions. Choose, by faith, to give and receive the love of God.

  1. Overcome Spiritual Drought With Mental Clarity

Mental clarity, or as the Word calls it, a sound mind, is stirred up by feeding—thinking about, watching, listening to and reading—the right things. As you do this in light of the Word of God, your thinking will become clearer.

Philippians 4:8 says, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

God, through His Holy Spirit, will give you increased mental clarity and focus as you think about Him and His Word. Choose to receive God’s wisdom. Then, do what you believe God wants you to do. Stir up mental clarity that is in you by keeping your mind on the Word of God.

 

  1. Overcome Spiritual Drought With Your Testimony

You need to stir up that life you felt when you first accepted Jesus as your Savior. Put your eyes and thoughts on what God has done, is doing, and will continue to do for you and through you!

Second Timothy 1:8 says, “So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord….”

The Lord wants you to share the gospel with others. This includes sharing your testimony and how having a relationship with the Lord positively affects your life on a daily basis. It doesn’t have to be a long, well-rehearsed speech. Simply live your faith openly so that others can see the difference Jesus makes. Even if someone doesn’t receive what you have to say, at least you will have given them something to think about, so keep sharing!

 

  1. Overcome Spiritual Drought With God’s Calling

Times of spiritual dryness can result from losing sight of the calling of God on your life. Paul reminded Timothy that the same God who “saved us” has also “called us to live a holy life…. because that was His plan from before the beginning of time—to show us His grace through Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:9).

God hasn’t changed His call on your life. Romans 11:29 says, “For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.”

In addition to sharing Jesus with others (something every believer is called to do), He has given you specific assignments—ministries, outreaches, jobs, businesses, volunteer opportunities, even positions like that of a spouse, parent, mentor, intercessor, neighbor, etc. Whatever your calling, stir up the purpose of God inside your spirit. It’s holy, special and just for you.

 

  1. Overcome Spiritual Drought With God’s Care

Consider the good things in your life—your family, your friends, your church body—or the gifts that you’ve experienced today—being allowed to merge into heavy traffic by a kind driver, the extra time and kindness showed to you by the barista, the beautiful sunrise or sunset that met you, the favorable response you received from the IRS. All of these small and not-so-small gifts are an expression of God’s care for you.

James 1:17 says, “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.”

Your heavenly Father enjoys blessing you with good gifts. Sometimes those gifts are big and sometimes they are small. That’s why it’s a good practice to notice and be thankful for each one. Instead of focusing on the negative things in life—wounds, pains, sicknesses, diseases, irritations, loneliness, burnout, weariness and persecutions—focus on and watch for the gifts God continually sends your way.

 

  1. Overcome Spiritual Drought With Joy

Joy is not simply a feeling of euphoria; it’s an active part of your life in Christ. Nehemiah 8:10 says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength!”

The joy from the Lord brings strength to your body, mind, will and emotions. It comes from knowing whose you are (God’s) and reminding yourself of His love and His care for you.

Romans 15:13 says, “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

As you stir up your faith, focus on the Word, and remain watchful and thankful for all God has given you, joy will come.

 

If you want to study overcoming spiritual drought in more detail, then open the book of 2 Timothy.  In it, the Apostle Paul shares these same keys to stirring yourself up. Of course, overcoming spiritual drought requires one undeniable component—you! Only you can make the decision to put these keys into practice and reap the rewards of doing so. God has already given you the tools. Now, it’s up to you to use them!

 

 

If you would like to learn more about overcoming spiritual drought, check out Kenneth Copeland’s book Stir Yourself Up: 8 Steps Out of Spiritual Drought.