Tuesday, January 26, 2010

How to live!

The poor shall live by faith?
The sick shall live by faith?
The lonely shall live by faith?
The discouraged shall live by faith?
The sad shall live by faith?
The guilty shall live by faith?

The just shall live by what they see?
The just shall live by what they hear?
The just shall live by what feel like?

Romans 1:17
Habakkuk 2:4
Hebrews 10:38
Galatians 3:11

I believe that people give up when things are going good. The "quit" just shows when the heat is on! When exercising faith there is no coasting! We are empowered to fight, not coast! If you've come through a major battle and victory and you think that you've done such a good job that you'll take it easy for a bit... then failure is in your future!


Faith brings to pass what you're hoping for, so don't lose hope!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Are you a blessing

Well there's been something on my heart this past week that I would like to share. According to Galatians 3:9 I am blessed. This verse says that "they that be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham." If you look back in the Old testament (Genesis) you can see that Abraham had a lots and lots of stuff... So is that what it means to be blessed? Well, kinda...
To be blessed simply means to be empowered to prosper. Now be careful, because if you look at "your stuff" you may be tempted to consider whether you are truly blessed or not, but the bible says that they which be of faith are blessed! Prosperity goes so much further than money, or stuff, or better yet physical things; in fact, if I gave you a $100 bill, it would be up to you if that money truly empowered you to prosper... It may just empower you to eat at McDonald's for a week!
Now if you notice my title, "Are you a blessing?" I want to touch on whether or not you are a blessing, not are you blessed. If you are of faith, you are blessed! So what would it mean to be a blessing to someone else? It would mean that you empower others to prosper... As I thought about that, I can only think of one thing that I have that would truly empower someone else to prosper, and that is the truths that are found in God's Word. I consider myself to be empowering you to prosper as I write and then you read this blog! Amen! True prosperity comes from within, so the only thing that is going to change us from the inside out is God's Word.
Now I'm not saying that you shouldn't help others with physical needs. But Peter told the man at the gate beautiful, silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I unto thee... Peter realized that he was empowered to prosper and also realized that he was to share what he had! Don't you think the man that could not walk but now is walking felt empowered to prosper??? There is nothing more important than God's Word, as I drove to Church last night I considered the Wednesday night crowd and how it is usually lacking and thought, if those people only knew what they were missing out on, they would walk if they had to! THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN GOD'S WORD! NOTHING!!! People in Africa will walk for days just to sit and listen to the Word being preached, because they realize that putting the Word in your heart produces the greatness of God in your life.
Last thing I want to touch on concerning the Blessing. I've heard it said, to bless God... Can you really empower God to prosper??? To answer that we need to look at Psalms 78:41, here it says that the children of Israel ..."limited" the Holy One... The way they did this was by forgetting the supernatural things that God had done for them in bringing them out of Egypt. By forgetting that God could do the supernatural, they limited him from doing more extraordinary things in their lives...

To empower God to prosper to me means that you allow yourself to be used by God. That is how the Kingdom of God expands, by people allowing themselves to be used of God. To be used by God, you must put his Word in your heart, not just Sunday and Wednesday, although they are important, but you must seek God daily, earnestly, his kingdom must be placed before everything else in your life! Everything!!! This to me is how you become a blessing, not only to God, but to all those around you!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Faith - You've already got it!

I'd like to write to you about faith today. A while back I was blessed to receive some insight concerning faith and I think it will be helpful to you as well. I once believed that I needed more faith in order to see God's blessing flow in my life, but Romans 12:3 says that God has dealt to every man THE measure of faith, not A measure. This tells me that faith is not measured by how much you have, but simply whether you have faith or not. Now I believe that if you have heard God's Word spoken then Faith has come to you and at this point you have the option to believe what you've heard or reject the Lord Jesus. (Romans 10:15-17) So once faith comes and you receive it, that's it, you have it. Let me show you something from the book of Galatians 5:22-23; But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, FAITH.... You see faith is something that is on the inside of you and it is supernatural, without God's grace/favor you could not receive faith. The Word of God is a seed that is planted in your heart, and once watered with more word, the Word of God will begin to produce these fruits in your life. Joy is already in you, Peace is already in you, Love is already in you, PATIENCE is already in you, FAITH is already in you... What we have to do is understand this and then learn through God's word to release these things from within us! That is very powerful!!! Were not trying to get something that we don't have! We need to learn to use what we already have received from God! Hallelujah! Flip back to Galatians 2:20; I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh "I LIVE BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD", who loved me and gave himself for me! We live by the faith of Jesus, this faith has been given to us.
I refereed earlier to Romans 10 and that Faith comes by hearing... When you have never heard the Word of God preached, faith comes "to you" by hearing... but I believe that once you have faith, it comes from you when you hear, from your heart! Picture it coming out of you, rather than to you, because you already have, now the key is learning how to release it!
You have plants, they need to be watered, if you water them once a week they will most likely barely survive... Learn to water the seed that has been sown in your heart! For you to live in the wonderful blessings of God, you must water the seed that has been sown in your heart! It is watered by building a relationship with God. God speaks through the Bible, you speak through prayer.
Begin the New Year determined to press in and see all that God has for you come to pass this year! God Bless You!