YOU CAN LIVE THE GOOD LIFE

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I pray that life is going well for you and that you are prospering and in good health. Lately, I have been concentrating on making sure that I maintain an attitude of gratitude.  No matter what is happening right now, things could always be worse, right?

As a matter of fact, the other day, I ran into an individual who was under spiritual attack and had numerous problems in his life. He felt he had done everything right and wondered why his life was a mess. Although I am sorry he is suffering, that made me thankful for my own life.

Unfortunately, the individual began to indict God’s character because of his dire situation. He was thoroughly disconnected from God, the Power Source, at this point. This saddened me greatly because he needed to know that when things don’t go as we plan, God is never the problem, He is the solution. Therefore, during those chaotic episodes, we must refrain from rejecting God and seek revelation.

Maybe you are going through a similar situation, and you feel like Job.  You feel you’ve done everything right, but all Hell is still breaking loose. However, if you want to live “the good life,” you’ve got to make sure you’re applying certain biblical principles consistently. Therefore, My Friend, living well  requires that you do the following:

  1. Tend to your soul. 3 John 1:2 (NASB) says, “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” If you want to live the good life, you must tend to your soul. Voraciously read the Word. Read good spiritual books. Pray. Fast. Go to counseling. Do whatever you need to do because if you want a prosperous life, your soul must prosper.
  2. Guard your heart. Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” What you do flows out of what is going on in your heart. Therefore, you must be the gatekeeper of your heart. Only allow the good stuff to come in and keep the junk out.
  3. Think good thoughts. Proverbs 23:7 (NASB) says, “As [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he.”  In other words, what you think about, you become.  Furthermore, what you think about most will be drawn to you. Job 3:25 (NIV) says, “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.” We need to think thoughts internally that line up with the Word of God if we’re going live well externally.
  4. Control your tongue. Jesus said in Mark 11:24 that you will have what you say. Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) says, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Sometimes what we are experiencing is a direct result of what we have prophesied out of our own mouth.  Joel Osteen said, “We are to call those things that be not as though they are, not call those things that are as if they always will be.” Therefore, the word to the wise is this: please, watch your mouth.

Living the good life that God has preordained for you is an obtainable goal. However, you must make sure you control the things that you can control and cooperate with the Holy Spirit. If you will practice the four principles cited above, you’ll spend your days in prosperity, and your years in pleasures (Job 36:11).

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HOW TO RESTORE YOUR PEACE WHEN THE ENEMY STRIKES

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I am praying you are having a victorious, peaceful day! Every day we have encounters with people that, if we choose to, we could take offense and lose our peace. In fact, that’s exactly what the devil wants us to do. However, the Bible says we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). Furthermore, 2 Tim 2:26 says the devil takes people captive to do His will. If we are not careful, we will be provoked into acting in ways that don’t honor or represent God well. That’s why we have got to remember that Satan is our real enemy.

When we get offended, sometimes all it takes is a change of perspective to help us to feel at peace again. It’s not what happens to us, but how we view and respond to what happens to us. For example, if we are going to stay free of offense here are a couple of other things we need to remember:

  • Hurting people hurt people. I know you have heard this old adage before, but it’s so true and also a key to helping us to get over our own hurt. If you can empathize and look at “the why” behind “the what” when people engage in hurtful behavior or say hurtful things, a response of compassion will well up within you. More than likely, they have some emotional wounds which cannot be seen that are controlling how they interact with the world.
  • When they hurt you, they end up hurting themselves. Galatians 6:7 says, “Be not deceived, God is not mocked. That which a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” That’s a spiritual law. Therefore, whatever hurt they have caused you will eventually come to them in some form because God is not a liar. We always talk about His lovingkindness being better than life, but He does have another side. He says He loves justice (Isaiah 61:8).

Another thought that we need to embrace is that the enemy’s onslaught can be taken as a huge compliment on several fronts. Remember to keep the following peace-saving perspectives in mind so you can get the victory in the heat of the battle:

  • Satan sees you as a threat to his kingdom. You must be doing something right or he would not be bothered with you. Unfortunately, Beloved, you have a bullseye on your back. You will be targeted. He wants to use wounded people to offend you so that the anointing of God will be shut down on your life and leave you powerless. But you are not at the devil’s mercy by any means. Use the spiritual weapons God gave you, and you will get the victory.
  • When others try to take you down, it’s only because they see you as superior to them in some way. They really look up to you or they would not feel the need to try to jockey for position. Possibly it’s their own sense of inferiority that is driving them. Therefore, you definitely need to pray for them as Jesus said in Matthew 5:44.
  • God believes in you and will use the incident to groom you to impact His Kingdom in the future. He knows what He has planned for you (Jerimiah 29:11), and He is allowing the encounter to prepare you for what’s up ahead. He is in the process of making you immune to this kind of satanic activity in the future so that you can maintain your peace, represent Him well, and do damage to the enemy’s kingdom. There is always a lesson we need to learn in those types of encounters, and we need to search it out so that we can “count it all joy” in the end (James 1:2).

When you keep a proper perspective on the situation while the devil is working through people, you can steer clear of offense. If you do get offended, you can forgive and get over it quickly. Finally, when you keep a grasp on reality, you can hold on to your identity in Christ, and the ultimate positive byproduct will be the ability to maintain your precious sense of peace.

“Anything that costs you your peace is way too expensive.” ~ Author Unknown

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR MIND STAYED ON GOD

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In my last post, I focused on the importance of staying aware of the presence of God. A continuous awareness of the Heavenly Father will help you to maintain your peace of mind, keep the lies of the enemy at bay, and enable you to stay connected to the power of God. We need that connection if we are to accomplish the plan and purpose of God for our lives. We know that maintaining our awareness of Him is so important, and therefore, we need to get good at doing that. How can we become more successful at practicing this powerful spiritual discipline? Today, I want to remind you of some great ways to keep God on your mind and foster that loving connection with Him.

  1. Pray. The Bible tells us in I Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV) “Pray without ceasing.”  We should be praying all throughout our day as we go about our business. Prayer will give you a laser focus on God and foster intimacy with your creator as well.
  2. Praise. This provides an excellent way to maintain our God-focus because God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Notice that God says we are to praise “continually.” When we are praising Him throughout the day for what He is doing and how He is making the way for us, He stays firmly anchored into our consciousness.
  3. Converse. Talking about God and His Word with others is an excellent way to stay aware of our Creator. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” What you talk about automatically has to be on your mind. Find ways to bring God into your conversations.
  4. Decree.  Joshua 1:8, says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth.” When you decree the Word over your difficult situation, you keep God on your mind. You remind yourself that He is faithful, powerful, and bigger than your situation.
  5. Meditate. Joshua 1:8 goes on to tell us to “…meditate in [the Word] day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.” Meditation in the biblical sense means to ponder and mutter to yourself about the word of God. When you do this, you keep God in the center of your thoughts throughout the day.
  6. Be Thankful. In I Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV) Paul writes, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” When you have a continuous attitude of gratitude, you will quickly turn your attention to God no matter what is happening in the moment. God maintains His proper position at the center of your awareness when you thank Him for what He’s done.

I urge you, Child of God, to keep your mind stayed on the Lord. When we practice staying aware of His presence and occupy our mind with thoughts of Him, the devil will have no place in us. Psalm 31:20 says, “In the shelter of your presence…you keep them safe…from accusing tongues.” When you catch yourself having negative thoughts or losing your peace because you have lost your “God-consciousness,” don’t get into condemnation. Gently shift your focus to the Lord, and when you do, peace will again quickly rule and reign in your heart.

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PRACTICE THE PRESENCE OF GOD

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Today I want to talk about the importance of maintaining a constant of awareness of the presence of God. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) reads, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. This is so important for the following reasons:

Maintain Your Peace of Mind

As Isaiah 26:3 states, perfect peace is the byproduct of keeping your mind on the Lord, or being aware of His presence. Since we can’t focus on but one thought at a time, you can’t maintain an awareness of God and entertain peace-stealing thoughts from the enemy at the same time. The moment you lose your awareness of God is the moment you lose your peace.

Keep the Lies of the Enemy at Bay

The enemy is constantly trying to inject lies and negative thoughts into your mind. I notice when I am thinking negative, condemning thoughts, when I come to myself, I realize I have lost my focus and awareness that God is in the room with me. Once I lose this awareness, the enemy comes in like a flood (Isaiah 59:15). The best way to combat condemnation and the loss of your awareness of who you are in Christ is to try to keep the awareness of God in the forefront of your mind as much as possible.

Stay Connected to The Power of God.

When you are unaware that God is with you, you will end up getting overwhelmed with life because God is not factored into the equation of what you are facing.  When you are unaware of His presence, you are virtually in a mode of self-sufficiency. If you are caught up in self-sufficiency, you cannot receive God’s power because you will not ask for His help when you have not acknowledged His presence. If you want the power, you must regularly maintain an awareness of His presence.

None of us will be able to keep our mind on God perfectly. However we can practice the presence of God regularly and the times we don’t have Him on our mind will get fewer and farther between.  When Peter walked on the water, He took his mind off Jesus and lost the awareness of His presence for a moment and He began to sink. The storm got inside of Him. In the same manner, the devil surrounds us with storms of negativity continuously. However, if we will maintain our focus on God’s presence we will be unaffected by that storm of lies. We will continue to be “water-walkers” and live the victorious Christian life.


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PERFECT LOVE CAST OUT THE FEAR OF CONFLICT

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Today, I want to talk to you about the topic of conflict resolution. Unfortunately, conflict is inevitable. Therefore, If we want to have good relationships, we must become proficient at resolving conflicts that arise.

Personally, I use to avoid conflict until I realized that If I do avoid confrontation, there is a greater chance that the relationship will suffer and die or the intimacy in the relationship will be jeopardized. However, if I do confront, there is a better chance the relationship can be improved. Therefore, I now confront when I need to, even if it feels like I am jumping off the high dive into the deep end of the pool.

Many times the reason we don’t confront is because of fear.  Specifically, fear of being hurt again by people’s response or loss of the relationship. But there is a remedy for that: God’s perfect love. He says acknowledgement and acceptance of His perfect love cast out fear (I John 4:18). His perfect love for us should compel us to overcome our fears and confront conflict head-on with hope and faith that a better relationship will be the end result. After all, Matthew 18:15 says, “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you.” With that being said, let’s look at a few verses from I Corinthians 13 (verses 4-8), The Love Chapter, that will empower you to have more confidence when it comes to conflict resolution.

  • Love is not self-seeking – God loves you and His goal is to always look out for your best interests, not His own. He always has YOUR best interest at heart. He wants your relationships to work, and He wants you to grow and mature in your faith. Sometimes that is accomplished through conflict. Know that God has your back when you apply the principles of the Word.
  • Love rejoices with the truth – His goal is to make sure truth prevails in all our interactions with people (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit will take up the cause of helping each person in the relationship to see what needs to be seen. Therefore, when we pray, we can trust that when He unveils the truth and the parties involved submit to it, the conflict can be successfully resolved.
  • Love always protects – God is fiercely protective of you. Psalms 91:4 says, “His truth shall be your shield and buckler.”  If we look to Him as protector and defender and stop trying to protect our own selves, we can confidently confront and engage in conflict resolution necessary to improve our relationships.  However, if we choose to defend and protect ourselves instead of letting the Holy Spirit fight for us, we will probably end up saying things we have no business saying.
  • Love always perseveres – The Lord will help you and make sure He sees you through to the end of your conflict-laden situation. He says in Genesis 25:15 says, “I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” If you will hang in there and refuse to give up, God will hang in there with you and won’t give up. He will help you see the conflict through to resolution.

Beloved, God wants you to have good, healthy relationships. In fact, that’s what Jesus died for. He came to reconcile us to God, and also make the power available so that we can be reconciled to each other here on earth. Reconciliation is not always possible, but there is a greater chance when we invite God into our difficult situations. Therefore, let’s keep God’s love factored into the equation at all times, confront when we need to confront, and trust God to help us to improve our relationships with the people to whom He has strategically and divinely connected us.

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SOME DECISIONS NEED TO BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME

 

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We all have trials we go through in life. Jesus said, “In this world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” If we are going to be overcomers in this world, we have to make some decisions. Not only do we need to make decisions, but we need to make some decisions ahead of time if we are going to see victory:

  1. I won’t let fear paralyze me. It’s not a sin to experience fear. However, it is a sin to allow fear to cause you to disobey God and fail to do what He has instructed you to do. Make up in your mind you will do it afraid if necessary.
  2. Although the situation looks overwhelming, I’m not getting overwhelmed. We get overwhelmed when we fail to factor God into the equation. When the spirit of overwhelm attacks you, Say out loud, “I’m not getting overwhelmed because God is with me.” Then say to God, “Lord, what do you want me to do?”
  3. I will forgive anyone who hurts me immediately. Jesus said offenses will come (Luke 17:1). Therefore, before you even leave your house in the morning, be determined that you will forgive everyone the enemy works through to wound you right on the spot. Then allow God to fight your battles.
  4. I will walk in love no matter what others do. You will encounter rude people on your journey. The devil takes people captive to do his will (2 Timothy 2:26). However. You have to be determined to walk in love and give the response Jesus would in spite of how people treat you.
  5. I will believe the Word of God no matter what I see. As believers, we walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). We have to refuse to let our senses deceive us into thinking that the Word is not true. Make up in your mind that when you encounter a situation that contradicts the Word of God, you will stand on His holy Word and say, “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it.”
  6. I will obey God even when I don’t understand. God’s instructions don’t always make sense to us, but from His perspective, they make perfect sense. The reason is that He sees the big picture, and we only see only a sliver of what He sees. Therefore, since sees the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), we need to trust that He knows what He’s doing and just simply obey.
  7. I will never turn my back on God no matter what happens in my life. I have run into people who get mad at God because things didn’t happen in their life the way they expected. Someone died, or it appears that God didn’t come through for them. They questioned His existence and disconnected from Him. Do not allow the enemy to deceive you. Make up in your mind that you will love God unconditionally all the way into eternity even if things don’t go as you had planned.

As you can see, Saints, the decisions we make ahead of time can make all the difference in the world. They can mean the difference between the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” When you make up in your mind beforehand what you will do, you don’t have to think about it when the time comes. You just do it. So decide now and ask for the Holy Spirit’s help to follow through on your decisions so that you can be the overcomer that God intends for you to be.

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FAITH WORKS BY LOVE

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Since this is the day we express love to those most important to us, I thought this would be a great time to talk about love. Today I want to focus on love and how it’s connected to our faith. The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 5:6 that “faith works by love.” What does that mean? In other words, without love as a motive for all we do, our faith will not work for us. If love is not our “default mode,” our faith is hindered, and we will not operate effectively in the Kingdom. Therefore, to make sure our faith stays strong, we need to allow love to rule in reign in our lives in the following ways:

  1. Receive God’s love. If you believe that God loves you, when you pray, you will have more confidence to believe that your prayers will be answered. Furthermore, the Bible says perfect love casts out fear (I John 4:18). Since faith and fear cannot coexist, when fear is cast out by love, your faith will operate at a higher level so that you can believe God to accomplish His purpose and plan for your life.
  2. Love God. When you love God, you will keep his commandments (John 14:15). When you are keeping the commandments, your confidence that your prayers will be answered skyrockets. When we have not obeyed God, we have a tendency to believe that He won’t help us, and our faith fails. To avoid that feeling, we simply need to trust and obey.
  3. Love your neighbor. When you love those God puts in your path (Matthew 22:39), you want the best for them. You want to help others. Therefore, your burning desire to make a difference in people’s lives will motivate you to believe God for the miraculous and take risks that you need to take. Since faith and risk-taking go hand in hand, love will cause you to focus on the highest good of others and take the risk of forgetting yourself.
  4. Love yourself. Self-love is a byproduct of knowing that God loves you. When you love yourself (Matthew 22:39), the devil will not be able to deceive you with feelings of unworthiness and condemnation. When you know you are worthy only because of what Christ has done, you will trust that God will move on your behalf when you call on Him, and your faith will be enhanced.

As you can see beloved, faith truly does work by love, and I Corinthians 13:8 states that love never fails. We need love to be working in our lives in all four ways at all times if our faith is going to operate effectively. When our faith works at an optimal level, we will experience more peace and be more willing to take risks. And God loves it when we step out in faith and take the risks He wants us to take. Spirit-led risk-taking allows us to do great exploits for God and bring glory to Him. Therefore, let’s make sure that we speak God’s love language of obedience, receive His love, and walk in love so that we can please God with a faith that works (Hebrews 11:6).

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