Let God’s Purpose Prevail

It says in Proverbs 19:21 (NIV),  Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

As we go into the new year and we begin to make plans, keep Prov 19:21 in mind.  We can make all kinds of plans and resolutions, but full blessing comes from allowing God to lead in those plans.  There’s been plenty of times in my walk with the Lord that I’ve made plans and God blessed them to a certain level, but if I had actually looked to Him first, the blessings would have been complete and overflowing.

The definition of PURPOSE is “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.”  So to have an understanding of the purpose of God in your life and your plans makes the making of a plan a whole different process.  To look to Him in making plans is to give some time to seek His will in your life.  Since we live in a time of microwave lifestyle, we have a hard time waiting for anything.  Waiting to hear from Him while making plans make us nervous.  I find that when I wait till the last minute to make a plan, I’ve put myself in a bind and don’t have the time to wait to hear from Him.

That’s why right now is a good time to contemplate what it is you need to plan.  Then you take the time to pray and meditate on the Word of God.  Give Him time to communicate to you whether it is through the Word of God, which is our manual of life, or through that still, small voice.  He can also speak to us by giving us a peace within us when asking Him about something.  Let the Holy Spirit that is inside you to lead you and guide you to the next thing.  When you have procrastinated and are rushed, then you have done a disservice to Him because you are not giving Him the time it takes to communicate to us.

His purpose should and will prevail.  You can make plans without Him, but in the long run, plans made with His guidance and His purpose in mind will be the road to prosperity and peace.  He wants to be a part of our lives as much as we will let Him.  And to let Him contribute to the plan of our lives is the way to walking in His peace, His purpose, and His prosperity.  As you are coming into the new year, give Him an open door to guiding and leading you into the rest of your life, in every area of your life.

H.O.P.E.

Ephesians 1:18 says, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”

This is my prayer for all who read this.  That the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.  Why?  So that you may know the HOPE to which He has called you.  For what?  The riches of His glorious inheritance and His incomparably great power for us who believe.

Learning about who He is and gaining knowledge of our Lord’s character, integrity, and compassion is the best way for us to open the eyes of our hearts and to be enlightened.  Our hope then comes from knowing Him and  understanding who He is.  We can trust Him because we know Him to be trustworthy and honest.  We can put our hope in Him when we are confident in His love for us and His ability to protect and provide for us.

H.O.P.E. could stand for Honoring Our Prince Every day.  When we know Him, we can then honor Him.  To honor is to regard with great respect.  So when we determine that He is the One True God, the Holy One, the Creator of Heaven and Earth and that He loved us first, we regard Him with great respect; we honor Him and in that honoring hope springs up in our spirit.  We hope for “the riches of his glorious inheritance” and “his incomparably great power for us who believe.”

As you learn more about your Heavenly Father and the Christ who came to Earth to live among us and to take our place on the cross, I pray that hope springs up in your spirit and you can walk in the life that God has envisioned for you.  H.O.P.E. is Honoring Our Prince Every day so make a point to honor Him in your speech, your character, your actions, and your relationships.  And He will honor you with riches of His glorious inheritance.

An Attitude of Gratitude

My God is Elohim.  He is my creator.  He is the Creator.  He is your creator.  A creator is proud of his creation and that is the same way with our Lord.  Because He creates us, He loves us, and He is proud of us.  When He created you, He had a plan for your life.  If we can get that concept deep within our soul (which is our mind, will, and emotions), we would see ourselves differently.  Our self-image is in our mind, how we feel about ourselves.  If we can understand that God loves us, wants what is best for us, and that He is proud of us, we would walk in a room with our shoulders back and our head held high because we know that He believes in us.

Psalm 139:14 says, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”  

Notice it says, “And that my soul knows very well.”  My soul is the mind, will, and emotion of the person.  As we spend time in His Word and in His presence, we learn more of the character of our Creator.  Our mind will be renewed by the Word of God and our faith will grow.  Our faith in who He is, His nature, His character.  When we know a person and learn the character of that person, we will come to trust that person.  If circumstances in someone’s life has made that person not trust people, then this is not an easy thing.  Learning to trust can be easy for some and more difficult for others.  That is why reading about who He is and putting our trust in Him is a growing process.

When we know in our soul (our mind, will, and emotions) about who God is, we can then trust Him in our spirit.  We can then put our trust in Him in our spirit and put our faith in Him.  Once we can do that, then we can be thankful for what He has done in our lives.  Being thankful and having an attitude of gratitude toward our Heavenly Father is one way to be close to Him and to honor the One who has created us and given us a purpose on this earth.

Wake up each day with an attitude of gratitude.

A Ray of Hope

Isaiah 40:29-31

He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint

There are times in our lives in which we find ourselves tired and weary. It could be from working in our job or in the ministry. Raising our family along with job and ministry. Sometimes it comes from the affairs of life. Maybe there’s been a death or an illness, and we become weary in life. And in those times some can lose hope. We sometimes lose hope in not seeing our dreams come to pass. Or maybe we haven’t been able to complete what we believe we are to do in life. We can lose hope when we don’t see things accomplished or finished. But there is a RAY OF HOPE. There is something that draws us back to hope. There is something that gives us our time of refreshing, a time of being reminded of what we know about our God and that He is with us and He never forsakes us.

Isaiah 40:29 says “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Notice it says HE gives us strength. And HE increases the power of the weak. He doesn’t actually strengthen us but He gives us the strength to do it. He doesn’t increase us but He increases the power for us to do it.

Now let’s look at how He does this:

Ps 119:81 says, My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.”

First of all, we need to understand where weariness is.  It says “MY SOUL FAINTS.”

Your soul is your mind, will, and emotions. It is what you think in your head. But God doesn’t speak to us or deal with us through our minds. We are a spirit being just as He is so He speaks to us in our spirit.

When we become tired and weary for whatever reason, it is through our mind and our body. We can become physically tired. That is our flesh. We must take care of our body by eating properly and resting.

The same goes for our mind. We must feed it properly and allow it to rest as well. When we become tired and weary, it is through our mind and body. So to feed our mind properly, we must feed it the Word of God.

Romans 8:5-6 tells us that “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”

And in John 4:24 it says that “God is spirit,” He speaks to us through the spirit. It is our spirit that must grow strong so that the mind and the body will be strengthened. When we build our spirit up, we can then control our mind and the thoughts that come into it. We must make our minds agree with the Word of God and His promises.

It goes on to say in verses 30 and 31, “Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

There’s no shame in growing tired and weary for even the young do that. They stumble and fall as well, but we, as born again believers, don’t stay on the ground when we stumble and fall. But the Word of God says,

31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.”

So what do we do when we stumble and fall?

We get right back up and how do we do that? WITH HOPE. With the Word of God.  It’s like there is a rope that we can grab to pull us back up out of the ditch of tiredness and hopelessness, and we pull ourselves up with the Word of God.

And where does HOPE reside? Ps 62:5 says that “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.”

Hope resides in the mind. When things don’t go our way or we are down, that’s when we reach into the spirit that is hooked up with the Spirit of God, and He gives us everything we need to build our hope back up. Remember I said earlier that God is spirit and we are a spirit so God communicates to us through our spirit. We are to build our spirit up through the Word of God and then our mind will be reminded of the hope that we have. Our HOPE IS IN THE LORD!

For those whose HOPE in the Lord. What do we Hope for? I’m glad you asked.

WE HOPE:

  • that we will never be put to shame – Ps 25:3
  • that He richly provides for us – I Tim 6:17
  • that we will have sufficient courage to exalt Christ in our body – Phil 1:20
  • that He will guide us – Ps 25:5
  • for the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ – Titus 2:13
  • that integrity and uprightness protect us – Ps 25:21
  • that He is our help and shield – Ps 33:20
  • that we will inherit the land – Ps 37:9
    • for His precious promises so that we can escape the corruption in the world – 2 Pet 1:4
    • Ps 85:8 – for the promise of peace to his people
    • that our soul will find rest in Him – Ps 62:5
    • for His unfailing love and full redemption – Ps 130:7
    • for our strength to be renewed – Isaiah 40:31
    • for the resurrection of the dead – Acts 24:15
    • for the power of the Holy Ghost to overflow – Rom 15:13
    • for eternal life which He promised before the beginning of time – Titus 1:2
    • for His promises to be fulfilled in our lives Joshua 23:14that we will not be disgraced – Ps 69:6

 

Heb 6:19 – We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

As we look to the rayof hope offered by our God through His Word, this says that it is the anchor for our soul. When the storms of life want to blow us around, knock us off our feet, it says here that we have this hope as an anchor for the soul.

This is when we dig deep into our spirit where God is living and pull out what we know of God’s promises to us. And bring our SOUL, which is mind, will, and emotions back into the will of God, which says that we have the hope of glory.

Get into the Word of God and build up your faith and hope in your Lord.  The scriptures listed above are all scriptures on HOPE.  Take a few of these and write them down on post it notes or index cards and post them all over your house.  Read them out loud every time you see one and let them get into your mind where hope resides.  Your hope will ignite and your faith will grow because it says in Romans that faith comes by hearing the Word of God.  So as your faith grows in  your spirit, and your hope grows in your mind, you will be able to put your flesh down and walk in the way the Lord has designed you to walk.

 

Activate Your Faith

SOME FAITH BASICS

What is faith?

Heb 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (NKJV)

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (NIV)

“Now faith is the reality[a] of what is hoped for, the proof[b] of what is not seen.” (Holman Christian Standard Version)

NKJV says in Heb 4:14, “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”

Heb 4:14 and Heb 10:23 both say to “Hold fast our confession.”

This is what you hold in place in that confidence as you stand firm for what you do not see. You put it in the place of as you are believing for the outcome.

How does faith come?

Rom 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. “(NKJV)

That’s a continuous verb in the Greek, so it means “hearing and hearing and hearing.” We don’t just hear once. We continue to hear. And how do we hear?  By reading the Word of God, by hearing preaching and teachers, but also by speaking it ourselves. There is no better way to grow our faith than by speaking it out loud and we hear ourselves speaking it. When we are speaking the Word of God, our “head faith” turns into “heart faith”.

The spirit of man is what grows, so it is in the heart that the Word has to get into for the faith to grow in a person.  It is like flowers.  If you water all around on the outside of the root system of the flowers, you are not helping it get its water.  You must make sure the water is getting to the plant’s roots for the water to do any good.

Romans 10:10, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (NKJV)

  1. with the heart we believe
  2. with the mouth we confess – speak

This works for not only salvation, but for anything that you are believing God for.

Then, of course, we have to look at Mark 11:23-24,

“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

  1. Say   2. Believe   3. Have it

If you will notice that the word “says” comes up more often than the believing.

We’ve all been given a or the measure of faith as it says in Rom 12:3, the Wycliff’s translation, the measure of faith. It is our responsibility to grow that faith that has been dropped into us.  That faith stays dormant inside of you until you choose to increase it and activate it.

ACTIVATE YOUR FAITH 

  1. One way to activate your faith is by speaking the Word of God.  Saying, or speaking, is an important part of activating your faith. Brother Hagin said “Faith is proving God’s Word by acting on it.”

Our words are extremely important in our fight of faith, as we fight the good fight of faith as in I Tim 6:12, “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

Our words need to line up with the Word of God. And how do we do that? By speaking the Word of God. Find out what God says about it and only speak words that agree with that. For the Word of God is truth and everything else has to line up with that.

For healing, for bringing your prodigals back, for financial blessings, for marital blessings, etc. Find the will of God concerning this and speak the Word out loud.

Scriptures on healing, scriptures on blessings, scriptures on having favor with God and man, scriptures concerning your family, scriptures asking for wisdom, etc…, all these will grow in your spirit as you speak these words and grow your spirit man.

If you are not in the habit of speaking the Word out loud, write some scriptures on index cards and tape them around your house. Every time you see one of these, you read it, speak it out loud. Eventually, you will be doing it as a way of life.

  1. Another aspect of activating your faith is corresponding actions.

Have you noticed how ministers that pray for people will ask people to do something that they couldn’t do before? They are asking that person to do a corresponding action – to take a step of faith.

Here are some EXAMPLES in the Bible of people activating their faith by corresponding actions:

  1. The wedding in Cana. Jesus’ first miracle.

John 2, “Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”

That was their corresponding action. To fill them up with water, and then to draw some out to let the master taste it.

2. The cripple man from birth.

Acts 14:8-10, “And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, 10 said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.” 

His corresponding action was to stand. Some have said, “No, I can’t.” And they don’t.  But this man chose to stand when told to.  And it was his corresponding action.

Several years ago, my husband and I had our house for sale and it had been on the market for awhile.  As I was praying one day, I believe the Lord told me to walk the property and speak the property sold, in Jesus’ name.  Well, I told my husband that we needed to walk tHE property and speak it sold, but he said that He did not hear that from the Lord.  A few times I brought it up to him, and he would always say that the Lord hadn’t told him to do that.  Finally, one day, he told me that maybe that was something that I was supposed to do since the Lord said it to me.  So finally, I got out there one day and walked the property line.  I was speaking the property sold.  I was waving my hands and speaking loudly.  I am sure that my neighbors thought that I had lost my mind.  But within a few days, we got an offer on our house and it was sold very soon after that.  That was my corresponding action.  When I activated my faith with that corresponding action, the answer came.

These are just 2 ways to activate your faith. 1) By speaking the Word and/or faith-filled words. And 2) By stepping out in corresponding actions.

Faith is active. And you must put it into action. It sits dormant until you put it into play. In any kind of ballgame,  there is no sense in studying the playbook, if you never put the plays into action.

We should come to God with our expectors on and put faith into action by speaking the Word and speaking faith-filled words and to act upon the Word of God.

 

Our Confidence is in Him

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV) says, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

The definition of confidence is “the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.”  Having that feeling or belief that you can rely on our Lord, to have that firm trust, comes from knowing Him.  The only way to KNOW HIM like anyone else it so to spend time with Him.

When cultivating a relationship, whether it is a romantic relationship or a friendship, you spend time with that person.  You get to know that person by being with them, asking questions, talking about stuff.  The more time you spend with someone, the more you know that person.  Your trust or confidence in that person then comes from how he or she reacts to circumstances that arise while with that person.  You should not just take that person’s word for whether they are trustworthy or not.  You watch how he or she handle situations, whether they are trustworthy in their dealings with you and with others.

It is the same with the Lord.  The more time you spend time with Him and in His Word, the more you become acquainted with Him and His character.  As you cultivate your relationship with Him, you spend time with Him, talk to Him, and expect Him to communicate back to you.  You start off by giving Him small situations to entrust to Him and watch Him be trustworthy.  You let Him show you who He is and let Him build your confidence in Him.

How do we do that?  But spending time reading His Word.  Then by putting His Word into action.  Take a scripture that stands out to you, and meditate on it all day.  Maybe it is a scripture that gives you peace.  Let that peace come over you as you think on it.  Say it in your mind and say it our loud.

The Word is the only thing that is life-changing.  Hebrews 4:14 says in the NLT, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest twoedged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”

Let the Word teach you who our Lord is.  Have confidence in Him that He will be there for you in whatever circumstances you find yourself in.  Trust Him that He will see you through anything that comes your way.  Spend time with Him and find Him trustworthy so that you may have the confidence in Him.

In the 8th verse in Jeremiah 17 above, it says, “They (the people who have confidence in the Lord) will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

The more you spend time with Him the more your roots are soaked with the nourishment they need to see you through a drought.  There will be no fear that you will dry out or that you won’t bear fruit.  You will have water to spare because you have been preparing and soaking your roots for the day of the drought.  These are the people who seem to be able to walk through a fire because they have prepared their root system in advance.  Soak up the Word of God so that you will be prepared for whatever fire comes your way, whatever drought or life-change may try to attack you.  You will have confidence in your Lord because you have developed that relationship so that you can count on Him to see you through.

 

 

The Lord is Trustworthy

It says in Psalm 145:13b, “The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises, and faithful in all He does.”  When we are not trustworthy, He is.  When we are not faithful, He is.  I love the fact that when I have not been faithful to Him, in spending time with Him or in His Word, He is still faithful to me.  He is waiting on me to show up for our next appointment.  He is always on the ready for our next adventure together.  I may be the one not showing up on time or on a regular basis, but He is and He is always waiting for my attention.

I’ve heard people say “I don’t feel close to God right now.”  Or “I don’t believe God is doing anything for me now.”  I’ve heard others say, “I don’t feel like God is hearing me.”  All these are common thoughts or phrases.  But keep in mind, He is the one that is faithful and trustworthy.  If we are not feeling close to God, it is because we have put others or other things in front of Him and have not spent enough time with Him.

Saints, in I John 5:15, it says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”  We only have to go back to the Word to remind us that when we ask, He hears!  Now it is up to us to fine tune our relationship with HIm to hear Him when He answers.  We can’t blame God for our unfaithfulness if we are not spending quality time with Him.  

The next verse, it says, “15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”  But we must be confident that He hears us.  His Word says He does.  If we believe the inerrant Word of God, then we must believe that when we ask, He hears. And if we know that He hears us, then we know that He will answer.

One of the things that we Christians are commanded to do, is to become more like Christ.  So strive toward faithfulness and trustworthiness in the things of God.  Be faithful to spending time with your Father.  Be trustworthy to show up for your appointments with Him.  He is faithful and trustworthy, waiting patiently for your next appointment together.

That Which Concerns Me

I was going through some personal issues and wondering how I can get peace through these times.  In the past I have walked in John 14:27 in which Jesus says that I can walk in His peace, the peace that He walked in.  But that did not seem to bring the peace of mind that I was needing.

Then I was reading in Psalms 138 and came across verse 8 where it says “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.”  I realized that I had to leave it in His hands to perfect.  I needed to give up the plans I had to fix the problem and trust Him that He will perfect the situation.  It says “that which concerns me.”  He has my back.  He knows what issues I am dealing with and He says that He will perfect it.  Who am I to come in and try to fix something that He is trying to do?  What a revelation and comforting thought that someone bigger than me, smarter than me, more capable than me will come in and take care of the situation.

I release these things into His hand and I trust that He will perfect them.  He knows what concerns me.  He knows the anguished that I have struggled with.  He knows the failures, the mistakes, and the disappointments, and He says, “let me take this off your hands and perfect it in my own way.”

I Cor 2:5 says, “that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”  I do not have any wisdom than can trump God’s power.  I need to get my wisdom out of the way, and let God’s power handle the situation.  Man’s wisdom is inferior to God’s power in any situation, and I have to remember to get myself out of the way and let Him work “in that which concerns me.”

God cares about what concerns me just as He cares about what concerns you.  Let Him work in your life and in the situations that concern you and your loved ones.

Love Myth Busters

During my prayer time on one of the Monday Night Prayer Services, I felt like the Lord was impressing on me that this church, not just the Church Universal, but this specific church needs to get ready for what lies ahead.  As times get tougher concerning the economy, the election, the shift in society’s morals, we at Trinityalgood need to get ready for the people who will be hurting and hungry during these coming times.

We are known in the community as the church who helps people, and we will continue to do this.  In the past, we have been financially blessed and able to meet the needs of many people in different areas that we have chosen to work in along with situations that arise.  As times get tougher on all of us, God will always provide for his people, and He will continue to bless us as we use our blessings by helping people.

As I was reading through Joseph’s story again the other day, something stood out to me that I had not thought of in the context of this story.

Let’s turn to GENESIS 41:1-40

As you read this instead of thinking about grain think of love in place of grain:

I believe God has told me that we as a church must prepare ourselves for the coming times.  But we are to do this through love, not grain.  We may be coming into a spiritual famine.  We may be seeing the beginnings of it now.

So what do you mean, God?  Build up our storehouses with love?  How is that done?

First thing we must do is look up the Love Chapter.

I CORINTHIANS 13 (NIV)  If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
 Now the Message Bible:
If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.
If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.
3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
That’s not my opinion; that is the Word of God.  We can do all these wonderful things, put food in the bellies of the poor, put backpacks in the hands of the children, put clothes and shoes on lonely, hurting people, but without love, we are nothing.  These are the actions of love and we will talk tonight about the fact that action is one of the languages of love.  But we must make sure that our love is sincere as the Word says in Romans 12:9 (NIV) 

Loving people who are difficult to love, sharing an encouraging word to someone who we may not know, going out of my way to help someone in need – these are the things that we must learn store in our storehouses for the times to come.

I believe the Lord is telling us to fill our storehouses with LOVE so that when times get tougher, we have a storehouse full of love for the hurting and hungry people who are trying to navigate the world around them, maybe a world that is falling apart.

Let’s  BUST SOME MYTHS ABOUT LOVE.

LOVE MYTH BUSTERS

#1 MYTH BUSTER: From the movie “Love Story”,

LOVE MEANS NEVER HAVING TO SAY YOU’RE SORRY.”

I read an article about Alli MacGraw.  She said that she was so young and not a trained actress that she just said the lines without any question.  If she had stopped and thought about it, she would not have agreed.

This goes against everything that the Word teaches about love and forgiveness.  We are who we are in Christ because God loved us so much.  He had His one and only Son take our place to be forgiven for our sins, even though Jesus was sinless.  He had nothing to be forgiven for, yet the blood-bought forgiveness was that important.

Matthew 6:15 (MSG)“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.

That busts that myth wide open.  We must forgive to be forgiven.  My husband is quick to ask for forgiveness.  That is something that I had to work at when I came into the kingdom.  That goes against what the world teaches or what logic dictates.  You must make the first move, whether you think you’ve done wrong or not.  That’s a hard one for a lot of us.

Hebrews 9:22 (NIV)22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

It needs to hurt.  You haven’t really done anything if it’s easy.  No Pain, No Gain.  We must cut away the things that keep us from doing His will and, in this case, forgiving when we don’t think we should have to, forgiving when you are still hurting from the situation, forgiving when it is hard.

Colossians 3:13 (NIV) 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

“Bear” here means to carry, to help carry a burden.

Remember:  We are busting myths about love so that we can fill our storehouses with love, building our knowledge about love and practicing love during these times so that we will be ready when the tougher times come.

#2 MYTH BUSTER:

“YOU CAN’T HELP WHO YOU LOVE.  YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO.”

I know that this is a romantic love quote, but think about what it says about love in general.

What the Bible says in John 13:34 (NIV) 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

So there, plain and simple, we are commanded to love.  It is a decision, not a thing we can’t control.  We are commanded to love our enemies.  That is a decision that we control.  We either choose to or not.

Romans 13:9 (NIV)  The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”[a] and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b]

It did not say “your favorite neighbor” or “your friend the neighbor.”  We decide who we love and the Bible tells us everyone.  This seems like a simplistic ideal, but the Word is based on it.  Our salvation is based on it.  We can give the shirt off our back but if your motive is anything but love, then we gained nothing.

Developing our knowledge of what love is and how to act in love brings us to a place of giving love easily when, in any other situation, it would have been difficult.

#3 MYTH BUSTER:

“LOVE IS LIKE THE WIND, YOU CAN’T SEE IT BUT YOU CAN FEEL IT.”

Well, this sounds like a beautiful sentiment, but actually we do see love – through the actions of love.

God was the first to show us love that we can actually see.

1 John 4:9 (NIV) This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

Then the Word tells us to show our love in actions and in truth.  We have many examples in the Bible that we don’t have time to read, but consider Dorcas who made clothes for the poor out of her love for others.  There is Jonathan’s love for David and vice versa even though it went against Jonathan’s father Saul.  The disciples’ love for Jesus and then for others was shown by their travelling and ministering to spread the Gospel regardless of their safety.

1 John 3:18 (NIV)  18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

And then the Word commands us to walk in love. 
2 John 6 (NIV) And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

Now let’s go back to the Pharaoh’s Dream in Genesis 41.

Joseph interpreted that Pharaoh needed to prepare during the 7 years of plenty for the 7 years of famine.  I believe this is relevant to our situation now for we must prepare and fill our storehouses with love so that we are ready for the influx of people who will be asking questions and needing support.

It seems to be saying to me that if we are not careful, if our storehouses are not full of love, the practice and actions of love, then when the hard times come, we may fall out of the practice of love.  People get weird and stingy when times get hard, when jobs are scarce, when finances start drying up.  We want to make sure that we are acting out of love no matter what the situation is.

Our Words Create Our World

In the beginning…

Gen 1:

Created our world with His Word.

HIS WORD:

John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”

The Word was with God from the beginning of time.  The Word was part of the creative process that made the world and everything in it.

John 1:14 then says, And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

 Who is the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us?

Jesus

Charles Capps, preacher, teacher, author, one of the founders of the Word of Faith movement in which Kenneth Hagin was a part:

“Words are the most powerful thing in the universe… Words are containers. They contain faith, or fear, and they produce after their kind.”  Charles Capps

Emily Dickenson said,

A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.

I say it just
Begins to live
That day.

Heb 4:12, For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

 Prov 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

 Words are living and breathing things and they can affect us in our walk with the Lord.   OUR WORDS CREATE OUR WORLD.

Luke 9:1-2 says, Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 

Because we have the Word in us, which is Jesus Christ, and He has transferred authority to do His work on this earth, our words have the same creative power.

When we are talking about faith, it is important for us to understand that our words must line up with the Word of God.

But it is even more than that.  We should be watching our words in every situation of our lives.

Ever heard the old rhyme – “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words may never hurt me.  This is so untrue.  As words are spoken to us, we internalize them whether we mean to or not.  This is where so much of our self-image comes from before we come to the knowledge and understanding of our place and position with God as believers.

Even after becoming a child of God, if people don’t understand the true meaning of being a child of God, then they walk around defeated and unfulfilled.

OUR WORDS CREATE OUR WORLD.

These are some of the that people may say or we believe about ourselves:

UNWORTHY

DEPRESSED

BETRAYED

DIRTY

UGLY

REJECTED

LONELY

NOBODY

BROKENHEARTED

I Sam 3:19, “So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.”

Samuel understood the importance of every Word of God.  They have the power to create.  Just like negative words can create negative affects.  We should never let the Word of God fall to the ground but the bad words, words that are not pure, words that are not edifying, those we let fall to the ground, or better yet, we take captive and throw to the ground.

II Cor 10:4-5, says it clearly, For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 

 We must learn to take captive the thoughts that are not God’s thoughts of us.  We must take them captive and throw them out.  We replace the thoughts of the enemy that are trying to keep us from fulfilling our destiny with the thoughts that God has of us because:  REMEMBER, YOUR WORDS CREATE YOUR WORLD.

II Sam 7:28, “And now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant.

And what does the Word of God say about His children of God?  BECAUSE REMEMBER OUR WORDS CREATE OUR WORLD.

Instead of believing the words of man, let’s believe the Words of God and what HE believes about us:

UNWORTHY…………………RIGHTEOUS

DEPRESSED…………………JOYFUL

BETRAYED…………………..RESTORED

DIRTY…………………………CLEAN

UGLY………………………….BEAUTIFUL

REJECTED……………………ACCEPTED

LONELY……………………….CHILD OF GOD, PART OF A FAMILY

NOBODY………………………KING’S KID

BROKENHEARTED…………..WHOLE

Words are living and breathing things.  They can be negative and keep us down and they can be positive and help us to walk in the righteousness of God in Christ.  The words that we speak over ourselves will determine what type of walk with God we will have.  If we believe we are unworthy, we won’t feel that we have to right to ask God for anything.  The Word says that God’s Words are true – which means that words that do not line up with the Word of God are untrue.

OUR WORDS CREATE OUR WORLD.  They determine if we are walking in defeat or in victory, in depression or in joy, in failure or success. It’s about the mind lining up with the promises of God and how God thinks about us, His children.

Challenge:  Take this week to very specifically think about your words, think about what you think about yourself.

In education, it is big concept right now about thinking about your thinking.  We can do that as well. Brother Hagin used to call not thinking in line with the Word as STINKING THINKING.  Let’s get rid of this sticking thinking and replace it with how God thinks of us.