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Sunday Selah

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Are you seeing signs of the times and season we are in? If you are, pay attention to the signs, if they are small, don’t despise small beginnings…instead pay attention to them, thank God for them and declare that you daily see manifestations of God’s generous giving in your life. And if God compels you to be the one to do the generous giving, know that He is doing it so that you will continue to reap harvest from the seeds you have already sown.

Weekend Reflection

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Many want to hear about blessing and financial increase but not as many want to hear about sacrificial giving or even giving out of obedience as God leads – you can’t have one without the other. It is the way of the kingdom – as we give it is given unto us – we reap what we sow – whatever measure we measure out it will be measured to us again.
If you want to be blessed, giving and often giving when you don’t think you have anything left to give will become a part of your daily life – it is a part of mine, and my friends and many others I know – as I said, it is the way of the kingdom…the Kingdom of God

Sunday Selah

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Lately I have received many emails, especially about giving, where I hear disappointment speaking. Many people tell me how much seed they have given yet have seen nothing happen, this is disappointment and if allowed to remain will produce unbelief if it hasn’t already.

Disappointment will come to all of us but we have to be careful to get rid of it right away and to not allow it to breed unbelief. God works in an atmosphere of faith – not unbelief. Jesus said in Matthew 13 that He could do no MIGHTY works because of their unbelief.

If you have faced disappointments and challenges, I urge you to pray today and ask God to show you any areas where you are harboring disappointment or unbelief – if you have unbelief it is vital that you get rid of it – it is deadly to your faith in God and His word. Resolve all disappointment, ask God to heal you from all times of disappointment – unresolved disappointment or conflict hinders and often stop God from working in your life.

Weekend Reflection

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I want to honor God with something that symbolizes me giving to God; something that shows Him that He brings completeness to my life every single day. And I want that offering to be a fat one…I am starting to like the word ‘fat’ and I did not always like that word. A fat offering reminds me of a letter I once received with a donation from a partner; she said ‘Lord, I would never give you something that cost me nothing.’ I often think of that letter.
If this Holiday season compels you to give, seek Him about what He would have you give. For you a fat offering may be $1 or it may be $1,000. For you an abundant offering may be filling up someone’s car with gas or it may be giving a car. It is different for all of us – but if God speaks to you – and only then – let’s present Him with a sweet-smelling sacrifice.

Sunday Selah

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Don’t allow fear or worry to dictate to you – allow His word, His direction, His guidance to dictate to you. I heard a friend say ‘create an environment more powerful than the bonds you are trying to break.’ In your finances, you create an atmosphere two ways; one by speaking what the word says about your finances and two by doing what the word says about your finances, giving, sowing wherever God leads you to – these two things will create an atmosphere that will empower you to break free from the bondage of debt and lack…if you refuse to quit.
I don’t know about you – but I am going to continue to create an atmosphere of abundance all around me – why? Because I am fully persuaded that God is not a man that He should lie and He said my harvest will come – therefore it will – as long as I don’t give up.

Weekend Reflection

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If you stood in a boxing match and let the opponent hit you over and over and you just stood there and took it, you would be defeated, right? But, if every time he hit you, you hit him back, with God on your side, you would win the match. Just as you will win the match you are in today. You must hit back every time the enemy throws something at you. Don’t just stand there, hit back. Don’t just listen to him and meditate on his lies, hit back. How do you do that? With the Word of God, with scriptures, with prayer, with fasting, with walking in love, with tithing and giving. Hit him back – and hit him where it hurts. Ask the Lord how you can hit him where it hurts and begin to hit back. Don’t sit in the corner and whine and complain that the devil is beating up on you – he’s too small to accomplish that – and he doesn’t have that power. Stand up! Fight back and refuse to back off what you know is yours – with God on your side, you can’t fail.

We Give Thanks!

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A heart of thanksgiving is the will of God for the believer. In the Amplified Bible, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 declares, “In every situation, no matter what the circumstances, be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”

As with all of God’s principles there are benefits, great benefits, for the one who chooses to have a heart of thanksgiving. One of my favorites is found in Philippians 4:5-7, “Let your gentle spirit, your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience, be known to all people. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything, every circumstance and situation, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your specific requests known to God. And the peace of God, that peace which reassures the heart, that peace, which transcends all understanding, that peace which stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus, is yours.”

It is this heart, one of thanksgiving, that I have learned to cultivate. The word cultivate means to improve by labor and to refine. This means thanksgiving doesn’t always happen naturally or easily, sometimes we must work at it. We have to practice being thankful.

When we choose to cultivate thanksgiving in our heart and in our life, we have a promise. The Word of God promises us that the peace of God, that peace that reassures the heart, that peace which transcends all understanding, will stand guard over our hearts and minds.

The true test of thankfulness is measured as we continue to give thanks from the deepest part of our heart despite the wounds and struggles of yesterday’s battles. We are not a people of weak faith. Mark 11:22 tells us to have faith in God; this Scripture is also translated as follows, “Have the faith of God or have the God kind of faith.” Our faith is not only strong when things are going well. As sons and daughters of the Most High God we have a resilient and continual God-kind-of-faith in a faithful, loving and living God, even and especially in the hard times.

Hebrews 13:15 in the Amplified Bible says, “Through Him, therefore, let us at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.”

We are to constantly offer thanksgiving and praise to God. In this Scripture it is called “a sacrifice of praise.” Why? Because there are times that it is not easy to do, there are times that it is indeed a sacrifice, yet the Word of God is plain. Easy or not, a thankful heart is God’s will for us. God knows that it is a thankful heart and a mind stayed on Him that will bring us out of every challenge, therefore we give thanks… continually.

In Bible days, the people of God offered up animals as a sacrifice. Today, our offerings usually come in the form of money or things, yet in this Scripture we find there is something that pleases God even more than an offering… and that is one who will praise and lift His name with thanksgiving!

As we remember this past Thanksgiving Day, let’s also remember the words found in Colossians 2:6-7, “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in, union with, Him, reflecting His character in the things you do and say—living lives that lead others away from sin, having been deeply rooted, in Him and now being continually built up in Him and becoming increasingly more, established in your faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing in it with gratitude.”

Overflowing with gratitude – now that’s a heart that pleases the Father. It is our prayer for you today that you will begin to cultivate a heart that is indeed overflowing with gratitude.

As you do, you will find just as the Word of God says, “All the days of the afflicted are bad, but a glad heart has a continual feast, regardless of the circumstances.” (Proverbs 15:15).

May your feast continue long after Thanksgiving Day! May you have a continual feast in Christ, which is the fruit of a thankful heart.

Sunday Selah

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From the Archives….
When Jesus went to the cross and died in my place, He opened the way for me to walk in many blessings, like health & healing, prosperity, peace, long-life, restored relationships and much more. Those are things I have a right to, things that belong to me if I choose to receive them.

However, they don’t always come easily – the Bible says there are some things we must take by force. Why, you may ask? If Jesus paid for them, why can’t I just have them?

There is an enemy in this world, one who wants you to think he has power – he doesn’t want you to realize that power was stripped at the cross, so he will bring little things and big things into your life to try to make you think that things are not the way the word of God says they are, at least not for you. He will try to change your perspective and cause you to look at things in a whole different light, if you ever come into agreement with him, you open the door to him. You know that old saying ‘if you give the devil a ride, he will want to drive’ or ‘give him an inch and he will take a mile.’ Both these are true.

The enemy knows that unless you open the door to him, he can’t come in. But…if you will just crack the door, he will come in and bring all his friends with him.

We open the door in many ways, walking in sin, disobedience, lying, strife…just to name a few. But the one I want to talk with you about today is strife. This is an ugly thing in the life of a believer and it opens up more to the enemy than you want opened, trust me on that.

In James 3:16 the Bible teaches us that where strife is there is every evil work. Imagine that for a moment, when you allow strife into your life or when you get into strife with someone – you have just opened the door to EVERY EVIL WORK. I can assure you that this is something you don’t want to open the door to. Once that door is opened you will feel like one thing after the other is going wrong in your life and you will try to find out why – but you may not realize that you have opened the door to every evil work through strife…and when you opened the door, it came in – every evil work was invited into your life.

In the Amplified Bible it says that what comes in where strife is will be; unrest, confusion, disharmony, rebellion and all sorts of evil and vile practices. These are things I do not want in my life.

Strife is defined as contention in anger or enmity, to struggle with for victory, to quarrel or war with, to oppose and agitate because of a difference of opinions.

My question to you is this; if you are in strife, struggling in anger for victory, opposing and agitated because of a difference of opinion – is it worth it to you to open the door to every evil work?

Friends, we are more mature than this, aren’t we? Let’s keep every door to the enemy slammed shut – let’s allow him NO place in our life – let’s not allow strife to enter our life. Whatever is causing you agitation, whatever you are struggling with, give it to God and allow Him to take care of it for you – He will and the only door opened in your life will be the door of blessings.

Weekend Reflection

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I know many people think that some devils are only cast out through fasting and prayer. But scripture teaches us that Jesus always cast out devils with the word. Why was His word so powerful? Because did not possess unbelief. In this scripture I believe Jesus was teaching us how to get rid of unbelief. Frankly, I don’t understand how going without food can get rid of unbelief, I only know it is what Jesus said and that is enough for me. How about you? Have you ever prayed and stood in faith for something and then your mind and thoughts begin to talk to you and say things like ‘how will this ever happen?’ or ‘Do you really think God can do this?’

That is unbelief and needs to be dealt with. You see, the devil is not our biggest problem anymore – actually he is very seldom our problem. Our problem is in our mind – that is where unbelief is revealed and increased. We must tell our carnal mind to shut up and declare that we believe God and regardless of how impossible it looks, we know that God is well able to do this thing. Unbelief is an enemy to you. It is an enemy to your promise.

Don’t allow it in your life. Remember…unbelief is simply being skeptical, questioning, being not fully convinced that God will do what He said He would do. That is unbelief. God help our unbelief today. How do we get rid of it? Three ways I know. As Jesus said ‘through fasting and prayer.’ By renewing our mind to the word of God. Then by confessing and declaring until our mind begins to fully believe, to become fully persuaded that it will happen. Not that it could or maybe…no! You must get to the place where you know, without a shadow of a doubt, that is will come to pass. When you get there – you can rest assured that unbelief has been dealt with. At that point, you will walk in the fullness of your measure of faith – just as God intended for you to. And you will enter into the promises of God – just as Joshua and Caleb did.

Insights…

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I encourage you today, speak a word in kindness to him who is weary. Isaiah 50:4 says that God has given us the tongue of the learned that we make speak a word in season to him that is weary, you have the ability, just do it. Today, make it your goal to spread samples of his love everywhere you go simply by speaking words to the weary, words of encouragement, words of love, words of hope…words of God.

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