Now that Christmas day has passed, and we no longer are preoccupied with Christmas decorations, shopping, and gift giving, what are some of the things that you”re reflecting on? What has God called you to do on your path to purpose and destiny? What issues or circumstances are you facing that were there during the Christmas season, but took a back seat due to the hustle and bustle that Christmas time can bring? Whatever the issues, Jesus is the reason for the season. As believers, we celebrate Christmas to honor the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It reads in Isaiah 9:6:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Look at all of the awesome things Jesus is to us and not only on Christmas day, but everyday of our lives. He is our Counselor. When we are faced with having to make difficult decisions, we can go to God for wisdom and instructions We do not have to feel pressure and anxiety over making the right choices. Instead, we can be at peace knowing that God will always guide us into His truth through prayer. It reads in Philippians 4:6-7:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Jesus is our Prince of peace! He’s the Everlasting Father. What does a good father do in the natural? He provides for his family physically, mentally, and pours into them spiritually. Whatever need that presents itself, a good father strives to meet it. A good father pays the household bills, buys food and clothing for his family, and provides emotional stability and leadership in his home. Our Everlasting Father is all of this to us but on a supernatural and inexhaustible level. Whatever you need today, whether it’s healing, provision, guidance, 0or peace, your Everlasting Father is able to meet your needs. It reads in Philippians 4:19 and Matthew 7:11:
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Let’s not limit the Love and greatness of God to just one day a year. Let us have hope and confidence in God’s ability to heal us, deliver us, and provide for us any second of the day. We can trust Him in every aspect of our lives. Let’s celebrate Christmas each and every day and appreciate the gift of Jesus Christ!
It’s something that we do everyday. We do it while at work, at the grocery store, at the mall, and at home. Some of us do it while we sleep! It’s as normal as breathing, and yet we sometimes minimize its importance. What is this “something” that I’m hinting around to? The answer is talking. We speak and communicate using words that come out of our mouths. What some may not realize, is the significance of the words that we speak. We know how important words are by reading what the scriptures have to say about it. It reads in Genesis 1:1-3:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
In this passage, I want to place the emphasis on”God said.” God created the universe by speaking it into existence, and we as His children have the same creative power within us. The words that we speak have the power to create blessings or produce curses in our lives. What we say can make the difference between victory or defeat. God wants us to use our words to change circumstances that are not in line with the Truth of His word. We are able to accomplish this by saying what God has already declared about us and our circumstances. The law of confession is so powerful. It effects change, not only in our lives, but in the lives of those God has connected to us. We can use our words to edify, heal, and build others up. It reads in Ephesians 4:29:
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Since we are created in the image and likeness of God, we are able to function like Him in the earth. How many times have you been faced with a challenging situation and released words that agreed with the circumstance? I’ve done it many times in my life, and that’s exactly what the enemy wants us to do. He wants us to speak words of fear, doubt, and unbelief. The enemy is powerless against us, as long as we do not speak words that agree with his agenda. He needs our words in order to gain authority in our lives. The enemy tempts us at our most vulnerable moments, in hopes that in our weakness, we will speak things that are contrary to the word of God. He tried the same thing with Jesus. It reads in Matthew 4:1-4:
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
Jesus knew the importance of speaking the right words, and He did not cave in under pressure. We need to self-reflect and ask ourselves, what are we saying when the enemy turns up the heat in our circumstances. What are we saying when we have more bills than money? What are we saying when symptoms of sickness are in our bodies? Is it line with the Truth or the circumstances? Speaking the right words will produce victory in our situations. If there is a shortage of God’s word coming out of our mouths, this means there is a shortage of His word in our hearts. It reads in Luke 6:45 and Psalm 119:11:
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
When we have more of God’s word on the inside of us, we have more creative power. God’s word will produce miracles and greater manifestation of His promises in our lives. We cannot give what we don’t have on the inside of us. For example, you cannot withdraw money from an empty bank account. Speaking God’s word is a powerful weapon in our arsenal against the enemy. Not having enough of God’s word in our hearts, limits what He can do through us and for us. Let’s be intentional on meditating His word daily, so that when we speak, we are creating heaven on earth in our lives!
I’m sure that we can all relate to times in our lives when we felt hopeless and our outlook on life and our situations was very bleak. In those moments, we felt helpless and maybe even defeated. We viewed life through a lens of doom and gloom. We must realize what causes these types of feelings to creep in. We know that we have an enemy who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10). All he needs is an open door to gain access to our lives. Many times we focus on what can go wrong, instead of what can go right, when we’re faced with difficulties. We lose faith because we begin to magnify our problems and challenges, as opposed to magnifying our God. We must remember that we have victory through Jesus Christ, because He has already won the victory for us. It reads in 2 Corinthians 2:14:
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
Victory belongs to us, because victory belongs to Jesus! Armed with this revelation, will cause a boldness and courage to operate in us like never before. We can face challenges knowing what the end will be. It’s like being in a fixed fight, knowing that at the end of ten rounds, you will be declared the winner. It can also be compared to taking a test in school in which you already have the answers to. The enemy uses distractions to tempt us to lose focus and ultimately sabotage our destiny. It reads in 2 Corinthians 2:10-11:
When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive whatever needs to be forgiven, I do so with Christ’s authority for your benefit, so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.
God has given us wisdom and power over the enemy’s devices and weapons that he uses against us. God always provides a way of escape when the enemy attacks us with discouragement. One of the things that has been helpful in my life is to sing songs of praise and worship to God in those moments of discouragement. Sometimes all it takes is a shift of perspective, in order to fight against the spirit of hopelessness. Being able to see God in every situation and trial that we face, will always usher in peace and strength. We do not have to respond to what our situations “look” like. Our response to every circumstance that we face should be based on faith in God’s word and what He has said concerning us. Our faith in God causes our perspective to change, which ultimately causes our circumstances to change. It reads in 2 Corinthians 4:18:
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
We view our hardships through the lens of victory. We experience new dimensions in God and we are exposed to the many different facets of God’s personality. He reveals Himself as a vindicator, peace giver, counselor, healer, and so much more. Our patience is perfected and we become steadfast through trials, because of our trust in God. It reads in James 1:2-3:
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
If God allowed certain situations to enter our lives, He will definitely use those situations for our good and for His glory. God is not wasteful. He does not waste time, experiences, or situations. He uses these things to perfect us, mature us, and to align us with our destiny. The next time the enemy tries to deliver a package of discouragement to you, mark that package undeliverable. Return to sender! As you make a conscious decision not to yield to the spirit of discouragement, meditate Isaiah 61:3:
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
God is the lifter of our heads and hearts!
Whether you realize it or not or even believe it, the way we think has been conditioned and programmed by external factors. The information that we use that determines how we treat others and the type of decisions we make, is directly related to how our minds are “wired” or programmed. Our perceptions, mindsets, and ideologies have been shaped and formed by a number of different elements. How we feel about situations and circumstances, and our response to them, has a lot to do with who and what formed our thinking. We are conditioned to think a certain way based on the influence in the homes we were raised in and how our parents thought about and handled things. Our formidable years is a period of time when we are most impressionable. We tend to take on the mindsets and behaviors of what we’ve heard and seen demonstrated in our homes. For example, if Mama used bleach in the dish water, then more than likely as adults we will use bleach in our dishwater. Our culture also has an influence on why we think what we think. Different norms and what is acceptable and unacceptable, is derived from certain demographics, language, and values consistent with that particular culture. Lastly, our own personal life experiences influence our mindsets. When we come into the family of God, through accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we soon discover that how God thinks and how we think are quite the opposite. In order for us to benefit from our relationship with God, there has to be a paradigm shift. We have to learn to develop a new way of thinking that will require us to abandon some of the mentalities that we identify with. It reads in Romans 12:2:
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
We sometimes struggle with obedience to God due to an unrenewed mind. Our thoughts will produce actions in our lives. Our bodies will respond to the thoughts that are most predominant in us. This is why it’s so important to think the right things based on the truth of God’s word. We must get rid of “stinking” thinking. The enemy will always try to influence what we think. This is his method of operation. It reads in 2 Corinthians 10:5:
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
You’ll know if what you’re thinking about is in line with faith and God’s truth, based on how it affects your attitude. If you find yourself feeling discouraged, defeated, and hopeless, check out what you’re thinking about. Meditating on God’s word produces faith, hope, and peace and will cause you to act on what His word says. It ushers in a spirit of encouragement and causes you to see life through a lens of victory and blessings. It reads in Philippians 4:6-9:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
How do we develop a new way of thinking based on God’s truth? We have to get to know God through His word and discover how He feels and thinks. We do this by reading and meditating His word until an exchange takes place. We surrender our negative, toxic thinking and receive His life-giving, victorious thinking. Meditating God’s word causes us to reprogram our minds and align our thoughts with the frequency of heaven. On this frequency is where all of our blessings, breakthroughs, and victories flow. We can hear the voice of God clearly, because we take the time to develop intimacy and relationship with Our Father by spending time with Him. God and His word are one. When we get to know the word of God, it’s the same as us getting to know God Himself. Let’s all practice developing the mind of Christ, so that we will experience the fullness of God and His will for our lives.
What is God speaking to your heart to do today? Is He telling you to start a business, start a ministry, write a book, spend more time in the Word and prayer, forgive someone? No matter what God is telling you to do, you must be willing to obey. It states in Isaiah 1:19:
If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;
Obedience to God always leads to blessings, deliverance, and promotion. A lot of times it’s hard for some of us to obey God, due to the presence of fear. God did not give us the spirit of fear. He gave us power, love, and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7). Fear paralyzes us and magnifies the “what if’s” in life. What if it doesn’t work out? What if I don’t know what to do or say? What if people don’t like me or receive me? What if I don’t have what it takes to be successful? We must rid ourselves of the “what if’s” and remind ourselves of what God has already established concerning us in His Word. God has already laid out the blueprint for our lives. He has provided everything that’s needed for us to build successful lives and complete our assignments in the earth. If we follow the blueprint, we will complete our assignments and function at our greatest potential. Another hinderance to obedience is procrastination. Some of us like to put off for tomorrow what we can do today. In the infamous words of Scarlett O’Hara, in Gone With the Wind, “After all… tomorrow is another day”. This type of thinking leads to stagnation and slothfulness. We cannot take for granted each day that God blesses us with. God does not like to waste time. He makes the most of the time that He gives to us. I love the way Proverbs 13:4 reads in the amplified version:
The soul (appetite) of the lazy person craves and gets nothing [for lethargy overcomes ambition], But the soul (appetite) of the diligent [who works willingly] is rich and abundantly supplied.
God is One of divine order and due season. If we desire to reap the harvest of blessings that God has for each and every one of us, we must move and act according to God’s timetable. We cannot drag our feet when God instructs us to do something. Instead, we must be quick to obey. We must be determined to take full advantage of the time God is giving to us to accomplish our God-ordained assignments. God is a now God. Some opportunities that we are presented with may never come our way again. For this reason, we must be proactive in our obedience to God.
Another hindrance to obedience is found in the misconceptions some have concerning obeying the directions of God. Some people think that obedience is a form of punishment. They feel that they will miss out on living a happy, fun-filled life, because God’s Word is grievous. I totally disagree. It reads in 1 John 5:3:
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
God wants us to live abundantly, lavishly, and joyfully. Obedience to God establishes boundaries in our lives, that protect us from the snares and traps of the enemy. This can be compared to how we as parents establish boundaries and rules for our children, because we love them. We know that these boundaries will keep our children protected and it will eliminate unnecessary pain, setbacks, and detours in their lives. We must look at God’s boundaries in this same light. God Loves us so much more than we love our own children. An example of the consequences of disobedience can be found in John 5:6:
The Israelites had moved about in the wilderness forty years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt had died, since they had not obeyed the LORD. For the LORD had sworn to them that they would not see the land he had solemnly promised their ancestors to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.
This passage of scripture really resonates with me. It clearly shows that disobedience will cause you to miss out on the promises of God. We must remember that God is the Alpha and the Omega. He knows our beginning from our end. He knows what’s best for our lives. He created us. He has established a clear plan and path that each of us need to follow, in order to perfect our gifts and align us with our purpose and destiny. We must cooperate with His process and His way of doing things. It reads in Jeremiah 29:11:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Let’s all pray that God creates in us clean hearts, renews the right spirit within us, and gives us a strong desire to obey Him in every area of our lives!