God spoke this Word to me, fast doubt. I knew right away He meant instead of going without faith, the Word we need to have faith —go without the World’s opinion.
How often do we head straight for the Word of God rather than someone else’s opinion? How often do we seek God in His opinion instead of doing what everyone else is doing?
So many live on the world’s way of doing and fast God’s Word then wonder why they haven’t any faith, any hope, and they’re feeling down and out. It is clearly because they are following the wrong advice—the wrong instruction.
Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil. 2 And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to Him, If You are God’s Son, command these stones to be made [loaves of] bread. 4 But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. AMPC
Nothing Will Happen — If You Don’t Believe
Matthew 14:28 And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. 29 He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. AMPC
Did you ever think about this? If you don’t believe —nothing is going to happen. If Peter didn’t believe he would not have stepped out of the boat onto the water. If he didn’t believe he would have never walked on the water. As well, he would have never had that experience of walking on water. That experience of walking on water gave him the confidence to know the impossibilities he could conquer in the power of God in his future.
Walking on the water gave him needed experience to tuck under his belt to believe God further in his ministry. The experiences he had with Jesus I believe had everything to do with his confidence in walking in the power of God even after Jesus left.
The same is true for us, if we never put our foot out there and trust Him —we will never have any experiences to have tucked away to look back to, to think upon — and to go forward in doing His work.
My very first adventure in trusting God gave me great confidence in Him to believe —I could through Him conquer more and more.
You’re Not Alone
Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He replied to them by saying, The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display, 21 Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you]. AMPC
Since the Kingdom of God is within us then God is always with us. That means when we believe and call upon Him we know He always there for us, we will know we’re not alone but that He lives within us.
I watched a movie the other night and a guy was calling out to God in desperation. It was a starry night, a beautiful moment as he went to God pouring his heart out to God. He was looking up to the stars looking for God, a gorgeous picture.
I love it when people turn to God because I know God is their answer. He is there and He does care. It was beautiful moment until this other guy showed up. He ruined the atmosphere of faith when he said —hey because you’re not going to hear anything from up there I decided to butt in. What a terrible thing to do I thought, but that is the world some live in.
It was upsetting to me to see that unbeliever not only display his doubt in God but transfer his doubt to the person who just started to trust God.
Everything Can Be Fixed!
2 Corinthians 4:18 Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting. AMPC
What we see is only there until we change it. That’s the plan, that’s it! God’s plan is for us is to change things to good. Just like He did when He said light be and it was, and it was good, God wants us to change things in our lives that are not good, to good. And— He has allowed us His authority, His power to do so (Matthew 16:19).
God has also given us all the same measure of faith (Romans 12:3) and a way to also get more faith (Romans 10:17). God has given us the keys to the Kingdom and His power to make us limitless in our endeavors to do His will.
In the Kingdom of God there are no limits to what you can do, and no limits to what God can do for you, and what God wants to do through you.
No matter what God loves you. No matter how many times you and I mess up God has a plan to fix what we messed up. There are NO limits to His love for us and He yearns to make things good in our lives. He has a plan through your faith to fix whatever you need to be fixed.
The plan starts as we believe. Believe and then anything can happen. Everything is possible when you believe. Jesus said so, there is nothing that is impossible for him who believes, therefore anything can be fixed!
No Pain In Jesus Name!
Yesterday I had a sudden pain, and then I had no pain because I believe that Jesus already bore my pain for me a long time ago. Today I want to tell you what happened so I can brag on Him and how faithful He is, He was, and how faithful He will always be!
—Isaiah 53:4 Surely He has borne our grief’s (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole. AMPC
The pain started suddenly and as it did I went straight into my regular faith routine. I immediately put my faith into motion as I have always done and said out loud, “by His stripes I was healed, He bore my pain, my sorrow, my sickness and disease, no pain in Jesus name!” I cried in pain, as I continued to confess my well practiced phrase, —“No pain in Jesus name!”
When the pain didn’t leave soon enough, I asked God what was happening. I expected it to go because He said what I say will happen if I believe (Mark 11:23-24). It has always worked for me —ever since I started trusting Him. Therefore I fully expected the pain to cease!
God also said if I lack wisdom I can go to Him, and —He gives to all liberally without fault finding (James 1:5).
You Got The Wrong Coffee
I had a dream from God. In the dream I saw myself tell my son he bought the wrong coffee. Then suddenly as I was telling him he bought the wrong coffee, I got confused with which was which. Did he get the wrong coffee? Which one do I usually get now I forgot?
Once I got to the kitchen in real life where the dream took place, I found myself looking for the right answer. I looked at the name of the coffee in the same moment I remembered the dream. I asked God what the dream meant and He said we rarely look at His Word to find out what He said which is why we get so confused and forget.
Then He led me to this context of our reality of how we live.
Isaiah 29:11 And the vision of all this has become for you like the words of a book that is sealed. When men give it to one who can read, saying, Read this, I pray you, he says, I cannot, for it is sealed. 12 And when the book is given to him who is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray you, he says, I cannot read. 13 And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips but remove their hearts and minds far from Me, and their fear and reverence for Me are a commandment of men that is learned by repetition [without any thought as to the meaning], AMPC
Notice the excuses we have for not looking at the Word. I have heard these excuses from individuals I know who don’t know God, and at times I have my own excuses. Yes their lives are a mess only because of laziness, and in some cases the reality of them not wanting God to tell them what to do. The same is true with us who say we believe. We’re no different, sometimes we just want to do things another way.
If Your Son Asks For An Egg
Did you know God is unhappy that we blame Him for our mishaps, for our lack, and misfortune? Even though many truly believe God does bad things to them the Word does not tell us that.
Luke 11:11 What father among you, if his son asks for a loaf of bread, will give him a stone; or if he asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good gifts [gifts [i]that are to their advantage] to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him! AMPC
If we don’t understand God and His way of doing, if we haven’t accepted His love, His Spirit, we are going to think wrong thoughts about God because we don’t know Him.
We may even have walked with God for a while and still at times think wrong thoughts of Him. The reason being is we have to stay in constant fellowship with Him to know Him and for Him to reveal Himself to us. Just like in a natural relationship if we separate for a while we begin to think thoughts of each other that may not be true.
I watch this happen often, a person knew someone, had spent time with that person and they were friends. Then in a time of separation from that person and hearing some gossip, that one quickly changes their mind about that person, and without question. Now that person they were once friends with was no longer their friend just because of what someone else told them.
Faith Is Your Slave
God spoke this Word to me this morning. I was seeking Him for revelation in a situation I was in when He took me to Luke 17.
Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith (that trust and confidence that spring from our belief in God). 6 And the Lord answered, If you had faith (trust and confidence in God) even [so small] like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, Be pulled up by the roots, and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you. 7 Will any man of you who has a servant plowing or tending sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, Come at once and take your place at the table? 8 Will he not instead tell him, Get my supper ready and gird yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; then afterward you yourself shall eat and drink? 9 Is he grateful and does he praise the servant because he did what he was ordered to do? 10 Even so on your part, when you have done everything that was assigned and commanded you, say, We are unworthy servants [possessing no merit, for we have not gone beyond our obligation]; we have [merely] done what was our duty to do. AMPC
I didn’t get it so of course I said, “Lord I don’t get it, what are you saying to me?” He said clearly, “Faith is Your Slave!” What I did I just hear? I was astonished of what I heard and so I rushed to my computer to study this thing out!
Yes just as I heard Him say that faith is my slave, Luke tells us Jesus said faith is your servant.
2 Peter 2:20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through [the full, personal] knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again become entangled in them and are overcome, their last condition is worse [for them] than the first. AMPC
God spoke this phrase to me this morning —entangled in sin. I had been concerned about someone in my life because I have been feeling rejected by that person. As I write I will refer to this person as Zoe.
God was showing me that when things get tough many turn away from Him —the very One they need. He said their condition after knowing Him and then turning from Him would be worse than their former state. The reason is that when we know what, Who we had — and then turn away from Him, we are fully aware of what we are doing. Actually the very words I heard from Zoe. Zoe knew, but Zoe had an opinion which Zoe exalted above God.
Someone like Zoe in the last moments before we stand before Jesus will hear the Words, you disregarded My commands, away from Me I never knew you (Matthew 7:21).
How does this dangerous place happen? God showed me that it happens, starts out when we entertain doubt. We are called to resist doubt but, if we entertain it instead we are resisting Jesus.
Difficult to Teach
Matthew 17:15 Lord, do pity and have mercy on my son, for he has epilepsy (is moonstruck) and he suffers terribly; for frequently he falls into the fire and many times into the water. 16 And I brought him to Your disciples, and they were not able to cure him. 17 And Jesus answered, O you unbelieving (warped, wayward, rebellious) and thoroughly perverse generation! How long am I to remain with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to Me.18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. AMPC
Jesus said to His disciples, and He is saying to us, we are unbelieving. We are warped (twisted), wayward (disobedient) and rebellious (disloyal) and a thoroughly perverse (difficult) generation! Wow Jesus just called us out. What is He saying to us? I think it is clear He is saying we are warped, we are twisted in our thinking and it makes us disobedient, and actually disloyal to Him.
Because we are not really listening to Him and have our minds set already on what we believe, I think we are difficult to teach.
Jesus said in Luke 10, I give you power, and authority to cast out demons, lay hands on the sick, and yet we become the sick.
Imagine Your Life Without Trying To Fix It
Acts 10:38 How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, [in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him.
Jesus went around healing all who were oppressed by the enemy. Yet we still live oppressed, we still live with the enemy constantly harassing us. Even though Jesus already healed us, even though He gave us authority over the enemy, we let the enemy control us with guilt and shame.
Today Jesus wants to set you free from shame, from that oppression the enemy has you imprisoned with, with the truth — with His truth.
How much of our lives have we lived in shame over something we did or something we keep doing? How much of our lives have we lived sinning over and over again with no control? Maybe its food: over eating. Or maybe it is buying more than you have money for? Maybe it’s jealousy? Maybe your temper is out of control? Maybe trying to prove something? Whatever it is, the truth of it stems from how you see yourself. Your sin, what you practice —is the result of the enemy oppressing you and harassing you with his distorted images of you. He plants in your thinking broken images of you that cause you try and fix them.
As Soon As You Hear
Today I want to tell you as soon as you hear your assignment from God the enemy will come and try to steal that direction from you.
Mark 4:15 The ones along the path are 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. AMPC
If he can’t keep you from starting he will try to get you to quit once you start. If he can’t get you to quit right away after you have started he will come up with another strategy, and another one.
He will work to keep the pressure on you to quit, by trying to get you offended or frustrated. He will use offense or distractions whatever will work to try to get you off of your assignment from God.
Mark 4:17 And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away. 18 And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word; 19 Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless. AMPC
Follow The Leader
Did you know it is a greater work to follow Jesus? It is, He is our role model and He said He only imitates His Father. He said He only does and says what the Father tells Him to do and say.
John 5:19 So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn and He told us to do the same.] AMPC
John 12:9 This is because I have never spoken on My own authority or of My own accord or as self-appointed, but the Father Who sent Me has Himself given Me orders [concerning] what to say and what to tell. 50 And I know that His commandment is (means) eternal life. So whatever I speak, I am saying [exactly] what My Father has told Me to say and in accordance with His instructions. AMPC
As doing the greater work, as one who believes we are to imitate God.
Give And It Will Be Given
God has a way to meet our needs above and beyond what we can ask or think. But because we worry about our needs and take on a whole different system of living we don’t receive from Him by His intended plan, His way of doing and being right.
Luke 6:38 Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you. AMPC
So how does that look in real life? We stop worrying just like Jesus said in Matthew 6. Why did He say to stop worry about our lives what we will eat, drink, and wear? Because worry stifles our return.
We can give and give and give but if we worry then our giving (our return) has been taken from us by the enemy. His ploy is to steal, kill, and destroy and he does that with worry, fear of what if it doesn’t work? Subsequently we’re thinking what will I eat, drink, or wear? With that —we’re off doing our own thing again, getting a few jobs, thinking about how we are going to take care of ourselves, with the eventual thoughts of money —and how will I get it. Then of course money is our God because we are always thinking about money (Matthew 6:24). Satan is sly and always has a plan to steal from us. But with the Word (God) as our source we can always win!
God Is A Person
God is a real Person with real feelings. I believe that is what He wants us to have revelation of today. To know that He is not a fairy tale, He is not figment of someone’s imagination, but the very One who created us and is jealous for us.
Exodus 34:14 For you shall worship no other god; for the Lord, Whose name is Jealous, is a jealous (impassioned) God,
If you ever had anyone in your life that was jealous for you, you know you were flattered of that feeling that came from their jealously. Likewise if you sit in God’s presence you feel that jealous love He has for you.
When someone is jealous for you they watch you, and keep an eye on you to protect you. I can feel God doing just that in my life I feel His presence following me and keeping an eye on me. Why? Because I have entered into an intimate relationship with Him where I have given Him permission to fit me for His Kingdom— to be jealous for me.
Did You Leave Jesus?
Have we any idea we have left our first love? I don’t think most of us do. I had no idea I was unfaithful and often leave God for something that seems okay, or even more attractive. There was no way I could have even seen myself unfaithful to Jesus if He hadn’t shown me.
Constantly asking for correction God has been faithful to show me myself. I didn’t realize that I often times betray Him because I didn’t look at Him carefully enough to realized He had feelings. I didn’t realize He had feelings like I do and that I was hurting Him when I left Him. I think most of us consider God as I once heard someone say, “It’s okay, God can handle it, He is God.”
What I have learned in my relationship with God is yes He can handle it, but it still hurts Him when we leave Him for someone or something else.
The Art of Giving Love
Matthew 25:40 And the King will reply to them, Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least [in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me. AMPC
Did you know the art of giving love is a skill we have to develop to do the greater works in the Kingdom of God? It is, it is the greatest thing to love God and others and as we practice that love, we will become skilled at it.
My parents were compassionate and loving but still displayed the character of as the world does, to take care of their own.
My personality alone was never to be a nurse or to take care of an adult, but a child or an animal for me was a whole different thing. Therefore when it came to taking care of someone older I didn’t want to, especially if I thought they were capable themselves
This Life Or That One
Mark 8:34 And Jesus called [to Him] the throng with His disciples and said to them, If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and lose sight of himself and his own interests] and take up his cross, and [joining Me as a disciple and siding with My party] follow with Me [continually, cleaving steadfastly to Me]. AMPC
Do you ever feel like you knew the Word and then suddenly you’re living in it and it has a whole new meaning, the message has changed? I would reference that to God growing us up.
Let’s begin then to grow here a little more than we have before. I have always thought I was carrying my cross until this last year— I must say He has carried my cross for me.
I know many would say that is the way it is suppose to be. Yes to a place where you can’t do anything without Him, but first you have to be in agreement with Him. First you have to say yes Lord. Even when it hurts you have to say yes Lord fix me. Change me to fit into Your Kingdom, into Your likeness.
What Is The Greater Work?
I woke up this morning with God showing me the importance of our faithfulness to Him.
2 Chronicles 16:9 God is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to Him. MSG
Have we any idea what is so vitally important to God? I don’t think we do. We only know what He shows us about Himself and what He shows us I believe is according to how faithful we are to Him.
I feel like I have missed it, and missed it, and… missed it, so I am no way referring to me when I speak, but I am referencing what I believe God is showing me this morning.
Look with me at Matthew 25 go ahead read the whole chapter and then come back here and join me.
God What Do I Do?
My son was having a seizure when I shouted out to God in desperation, “God what do I do?” Instantly He said, “Bind the enemy!” So I was stern and I said, “SATAN I BIND YOU IN JESUS NAME”, BOOM! He was gone and my son was back to normal.
How amazing God is, so faithful, so true to His Word. I am so grateful that I can go to Him in my time of need and He is there for me. I love how fast He answers, and especially that day in what could have been disastrous, He made it easy. What could have been doctor visits, stress, hospitals, tests, drugs with side effects and a label for life, God fixed in a second with a Word!
Who else could have given me a better answer? Who else is all knowing and completely in love with me and wants me to have the fullest best answer? HIM! He is in love with me. He just is! And He is you!
There Was Nothing I Could Do
When my son was born he was born with a birth defect. As soon as the doctor told me what was wrong with him God showed up and comforted me by telling me I would see my son healed. He also said there was nothing He could do.
It seemed strange that God would say there was nothing He could do, but I didn’t question Him at the time because I was more focused on Him telling me I would see my son healed.
When I didn’t see my son healed right away I started seeking God as to why. I lived on James 1:5 and still do. If you lack wisdom you can go to the giving God and Who gives to all liberally without fault finding.
God showed me that there was nothing He could do because of my disobedience. He said to change my circumstances, I would have to learn how to live my life His way. Then, He said I would see my son healed and live blessed in every area of my life. His blessings He said are inside of His Kingdom. When we obey Him, He lives in us and when He lives in us then we are living in His Kingdom and in agreement with Him. When we are in agreement with Him, He lives in us and we in Him and then we can ask anything and He will do it and, we glorify the Father (John 15:1-8).
Don’t Worry About Tomorrow Today
Matthew 6:34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble. AMPC
So when God gave me this Word today in asking Him what He wanted to teach us I felt led to read the Message translation. MSG
Matthew 6:34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Then I heard Him say this is exactly what I am saying. Wow I thought, of course —this is what He has been saying to me the last three years. You are so anxious about your life, if you only knew all those things I have already worked out and even more importantly I am coming —if you should be anxious about anything, be anxious about that.
Whose Side Are You On Anyway?
Matthew 12:30 He who is not with Me [definitely on My side] is against Me, and he who does not [definitely] gather with Me and for My side scatters. AMP
Matthew 12:30 “This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse. MSG
Jesus is very explicit about what He is saying. But at the same time as I sat with Him today there is a much deeper revelation here than what we can see without Him.
As I sat and listened to what He was saying to me today I felt very convicted by His correction. What I heard Him say seemed to be somewhat sarcastic, “Whose side are you on anyway?”
In context, after being accused by the Pharisees to be in cahoots with Satan, Jesus was sarcastic as He told them there is a clear difference between Satan and God and they have absolutely nothing in common.
Ready Or Not Here I Am
Revelation 16:15 Behold, I am going to come like a thief! Blessed (happy, to be envied) is he who stays awake (alert) and who guards his clothes, so that he may not be naked and [have the shame of being] seen exposed!
One of these days it will be ready or not here I Am. It isn’t that we hadn’t had plenty of warning though. Through out Jesus’ ministry while He was here He warned that this day would come and like a thief in the night. Meaning if we are not ready, on guard — then is when we will be exposed. Were we for real, a true follower of His, alert guarding our clothes? Were we clothed in Him —or not?
If we’re not alert, if we are not watching we are going to be exposed on that day of our —without Him state. We are going to be ashamed that we didn’t take heed to His Word, but instead conformed to the world.
Be Doers Of The Word Not Hearers Only
James 1:22 But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. AMPC
Being a doer of the Word of God is vital to being right with God and living with Him for eternity. Because, if we are not a doer of the Word we are not on God’s side but the side of the enemy. If we’re not a doer of the Word we will live contrary to the truth. If we don’t do the Word we will not have the revelation knowledge we need to live in the light here which leads to our eternity there— with Him.
We might not realize it, but this is the truth. Jesus said either you are for Me or against Me (Luke 11:23). That means if we’re a non-doer of the Word then we’re non-Jesus. He said if you love Me you will obey Me (John 14:21), so if we look at the opposed of that statement, if we don’t love Him we will dismiss His Word and if we dismiss His Word we are against Him.