RELEASING SUPERNATURAL CONTENTMENT

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Are you in a difficult situation that has been going on a long time? Have you been praying fervently, and you still have not received your breakthrough? Are you frustrated because your agenda has not yet been fulfilled? Know that restless frustration is not God’s will for you. He wants you to enter into His rest, no matter what is going on around you. He wants you to have patience and wait upon His will and timing. He wants you to stay internally peaceful and not be moved by what you experience externally. What is the answer? CONTENTMENT.

What is contentment? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, contentment is “freedom from worry or restlessness:  peaceful satisfaction.” Paul said in Philippians 4:11-13, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. …I can do all this through [Christ] who gives me strength.” Therefore, he was free from worry and restlessness. He was peacefully satisfied because he readily received supernatural empowerment imparted through His relationship with the Lord. Contentment can only be obtained by supernatural means THROUGH Christ. Therefore, you must stay connected to the Savior in a meaningful way, if you want contentment. Discontent is a signal that you, the branch, have in some way disconnected yourself from the vine, Jesus Christ. We read in John 5:1-8:

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. …If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. …If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

When we are connected to Christ, we are empowered to bear fruit. What kind of fruit? The fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 relays, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” However, as we take inventory of the fruit of the Spirit, it’s evident that contentment is a combined expression of these spiritual characteristics:

  1. Love:  Contentment comes as a by-product of your love for God and willingness to accept His will for your life.
  2. Joy:  Contentment is undergirded by the joy you feel because you are aware of God’s presence and His divine orchestration of your circumstances.
  3. Peace:  Contentment is hallmarked by massive peace within your heart as you wait on the Lord for His best.
  4. Forbearance: Contentment exemplifies the ability to be patient, forbearing, and willing wait as long as it takes to ultimately get your breakthrough from God.
  5. Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, and Gentleness:  Contentment (which is characterized by a belief that God is working behind the scenes on your behalf) requires that you walk in love and forgiveness toward others so that you can have confidence that God hears your prayers.
  6. Self-control: Contentment requires that you exercise self-control so that you override the devil’s temptation to buck God’s authority and go out and get what you want (whether it’s His will or timing for you or not).

Therefore, the question is this: What do you need to do so that contentment, an expression of spiritual fruit, shows up supernaturally? Like any other fruit, the fruit of the Spirit has to be cultivated. Therefore, if you want contentment to be effortlessly borne within you, you must do the following:

  1. Realize that as a disciple of Jesus Christ, you are expected to bear the fruit of contentment.
  2. Refuse to engage in works of the flesh that lead to frustration, and be determined to only take action as led by the Holy Spirit.
  3. Stay connected to the vine of Jesus Christ through daily prayer (especially for contentment), fellowship, obedience, and repentance. 
  4. Receive “pruning” with the right perspective and attitude, counting it all joy when you go through trials and tests (James 1:1-2), and believing all things will work together for your good (Romans 8:28).
  5. Make sure that you continually feed and meditate on the Word daily to renew your mind, keep a fresh perspective, and keep yourself spiritually strong.
  6. Be grateful for what you have and express thankfulness to God in all things, realizing the fruit of peace and thankfulness go hand in hand (Colossians 3:15).

As you continue to do these things consistently, in due time, you will be astounded by how content you become. You will feel more peaceful and joyful than ever in spite of what is going on around you and how long you have been waiting for change. Remember, however, contentment is not void of a desire for change or action. It is simply a peaceful state of satisfaction while you are waiting for your change to come as you take Spirit-led action. And the best part is that you don’t have to “conjure” it up. When you make the right choices and trust the Lord, that’s when you will experience the supernatural growth of the fruit of the Spirit, and that’s how you will learn to be content in whatever state you find yourself.

How have you dealt with discontent in your life? Please leave a comment below.

 

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DON’T LET THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT TURN INTO A SPIRIT OF GLUTTONY

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Everyone wants good health, right? But what are you willing to do to get it? As we go into the holidays, we have to be careful not to let the “holiday spirit” turn into a “spirit of gluttony” which will end up making us feel miserable and condemned. Even at Thanksgiving and Christmas, our bodies are still the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we need to let Him guide us in our eating during the holidays. He will tell you when enough is enough. A lot of times when the Spirit speaks, we will ignore Him, and then we feel bad, get results we don’t want, or get on the scale after the holidays and ask, “Why did I do that?” How do I know? Because I have been there and done that. This time, I want to do something different. How about you?

For example, I know that I have wheat gluten issues, therefore, as much as those buttered rolls and that macaroni and cheese will be calling my name, I must purpose in my heart on Christmas Day that I will not heavily indulge in eating those things. In times past, I have not resisted and ended up suffering the consequences. In order to feel my best, I really need to eat meat, vegetables, and fruit. Therefore, I need to think about what can I actually eat, and I must say “no” ahead of time to those things I know will be problems for me (again, after asking for the help of the Holy Spirit). You see, the reason that I am writing this is to put my word out there so that I will be more likely to eat like I am supposed to eat during the coming holiday season. We’ll see how it goes.

The truth of the matter is, we don’t have to overeat or eat things that we know will hurt us and use the holiday as an excuse to overindulge. Here are some things we can do to put safeguards on ourselves during the holidays:

  • Plan ahead. Before you get to the holiday dinner site, plan ahead and determine what you will eat and how much you will eat. Think it through in your mind. Most of the time, the holiday meal is pretty much the same from year to year, right? If you know the ham is too salty, and you have high blood pressure, then maybe you need to plan ahead to eat only a small piece or none at all. If you have diabetes, maybe you should only eat a sliver of the carrot cake or ask your host for a piece of fruit. I know it sounds crazy, but what is the Spirit saying to you? When it comes to holiday eating, if you want to feel good at the end of the day, moderation is a necessity.
  • Pray. Pray and bless the food before you eat, but also make a point to pray fervently before the big day for God to help you to eat in a way that will honor His temple during the holidays. The Word says the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16). As the old saying goes, “Much prayer, much power; no prayer, no power.”
  • Stay accountable. Ask a friend or family member who will be present to keep you in check. Ask them to call you on the carpet about eating things you shouldn’t eat or putting too much on your plate. Sometimes you have to call for backup and use any means necessary to accomplish a goal. Also, when you put your word out there for others to hear, then you become more conscious of the choices you are making when you eat.
  • Make a decree. Make a positive confession and say, “I will eat in moderation this holiday season and feel great when I get up from the table.” Job 22:28 says, “You shall decree a thing and it shall be established unto you.” Romans 4:17 says, “Calleth those things that be not as though they were.” Even if you have never been able to eat moderately in the past during the holidays, who’s to say this year can’t be different? Speak what you want into existence.

These are some things that may help you to keep a covenant with yourself and allow you to be able to tell your family and friends, “I had a really good holiday. I am so thankful to God, and really proud of myself that I ate well.” But regardless of what happens, on Christmas Day and every day, we need to remember that Jesus was born to die for us so that we can walk free of condemnation regardless of whether our behavior is perfect or not. So if you “slip up,” know that you are still covered by the blood. But we should never use that grace as a license to go crazy just because it’s holiday time.

Do I have anybody out there who is willing to take my challenge? Leave a comment below about how you plan to honor God in your eating during the holidays. 

 

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CAN GOD BE GLORIFIED THROUGH THE ELECTION OF DONALD J. TRUMP?

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I am so grieved about what is happening in our nation.  People have come out in droves to protest the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.  It really wouldn’t matter who won the election because, right now, we are so divided as a country, I believe there would have been protests either way. Yes, things are really bad. But God sometimes lets situations deteriorate to a point where it looks like there is no hope so that when He comes in and fixes the problem, He can get more glory through a massive display of His power.

But regardless of how we voted or what our personal opinions are about the President Elect, Donald Trump won, the electoral college system worked in Trump’s favor, and “it is what it is.” The people have spoken, and more importantly, God has spoken. Psalm 75:6-7 says, “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”  The only reason Donald Trump won that race is because God allowed him to win. The pressing question in this historic moment is where do we go from here?

People of God, peace in our souls regarding this election outcome will come only when we look at this situation through spiritual lenses. We need to ask ourselves, “How might God be looking at this? What is His perspective?”  You can choose to view the circumstances through natural eyes, or you can choose to reject “sight walking” and use your eyes of faith to look into the spiritual realm. God is continuously making maneuvers  in the realm of the unseen that eventually manifest as the accomplishment of His divine will. That being said, let’s look at some ways God may use Donald Trump to bring Himself glory.

1. God can be glorified through a spiritual transformation in Donald Trump’s life facilitated by the Holy Spirit. At the end of the four-year term, once the Holy Spirit goes to work via the prayers of the saints, we could see him acting totally different than the person he was when he ran for president of the United States. Sure, his craziness, cyber bullying, the Access video, cursing, racist comments, lack of integrity, lack of respect for women, (and the list goes on and on) is offensive. But what if the Holy Spirit really got a hold of his heart and transformed him right before our very eyes in front of billions of people around the world as he serves in the White House?  God would get the glory because only He could make that happen.

Dr. James Dobson made the announcement that Trump has been led to Christ.  So what we are looking at is a baby Christian. All of the garbage of his past we have seen is under The Blood if He has truly given his life to Christ. As much as we don’t want to admit it, if He did have a true conversion experience (and only God knows his heart), His past sin has been wiped away.  The same thing God did for us in applying the Blood of Jesus to cleanse us of sin, has been done for Trump. Like it or not, He is the righteousness of God in Christ. The same way we had to grow up in God through a sanctification process, so does Donald Trump. If Johnny Lee Clary, former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, can become a Christian, God can save anyone. If God can convert the Apostle Paul, He can change anyone.

2. God can be glorified through the door being left open for Him to continue to make a positive difference in our nation. Through the outcome of this election, God gets the message, “We still want You in our society.” Taking prayer out of the schools told God, “We don’t want You.”  The Roe v. Wade decision said to God, “We don’t want You.”  The vote about same-sex marriage screamed to our God, “We don’t want You!”   As it stands now, at least the door is open for God to work because He is still included.

Keep in mind that the next sitting president will be responsible for filling that vacant Supreme Court justice seat left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. That is a critical choice, and if the wrong justice is placed, that would completely shut God out of our society once and for all. Once God is shut out, we are in trouble. Apparently, the people have communicated that we still need and want the Lord to be involved in the affairs of the United States. You see, when He is not involved, everything falls apart.  Colossians 1:17 says, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Therefore, if this country is to avoid a societal and spiritual collapse, God must be included in our affairs.

3. God can be glorified is by taking a person with no political experience and making him politically successful. It’s been said that Hillary Clinton was the most qualified candidate, and she definitely was. But I’ve heard it said that God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called. Stephen Furtick said, “Unqualified is one of God’s favorite qualifications.” So even though Trump has no political experience, the Holy Spirit is well able to use him to get His agenda accomplished.  President Barak Obama had minimal political experience, but he had some great accomplishments in office, although many of his opponents refuse to admit it. Therefore, if you have God’s anointing, political experience doesn’t matter.  After all, God says He will use the foolish things to confound the wise (I Corinthians 1:27).  God Himself can choose to anoint Mr. Trump and cause him to make a positive difference in the end.

We can all praise the Lord that the election is over and that God is still in the equation of our future as a country. We can finally exhale, but now the work begins. If we would see Donald Trump’s transformation via the Holy Spirit and the unification of this country, it will only happen if we as believers pray, and pray HARD.  II Chronicles 7:14 says, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” We’ve got to pray, Saints! The Bible says the effective fervent prayer of the righteous avails much (James 5:16). Prayer is key. If we are going to see God be glorified, we as a people have got to obey our heavenly Father, pray earnestly for our nation and Mr. Trump, who will be our president, and flow with God’s plan as He unveils it.

In conclusion, there are many who are skeptical about whether our country can flourish under the leadership of Donald J. Trump. However, we must pray earnestly that He will be under the leadership and control of the Holy Spirit. In spite of all the negative press, I choose to view the future with optimism because my Father in Heaven is the biggest Optimist of all. He has an agenda, and He will execute that agenda through the President Elect. But again, the only reason Donald Trump is in office is because God has put him there. God has made His decision, and He can still get the glory out of all of this.

What are your thoughts about the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States? Leave a comment below.

 

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