God’s wisdom enables you to prosper. ~Marilyn Hickey
On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn shares encouragement from 2 Corinthians 10:3!
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV)
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2 NKJV)
Following the 10 plagues of Egypt, after almost 400 years of slavery, the Israelites were finally released to go to their Promised Land. But they didn’t leave empty-handed! Not only had God protected them and delivered them from slavery, He also put them into prosperity.
The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so, they plundered the Egyptians (Exodus 12:35-36).
God gave them favor with the Egyptians so that the Egyptians gave them everything they asked for. The Bible also says none were sick, or weak, or feeble. Spirit, soul, and body, they left healthy. They left wealthy. They left free. They left whole!
I love this about Jesus. He died for our sins and rose from the dead, but He also wants us whole. He even said to the man at the pool of Bethesda before healing him: “Do you want to be made whole?” (see John 5:6 KJV)
Don’t just get the facts of this, get the faith of this! Christ set you free from the slavery of sin, poverty, and disease. The more you speak that over your life, the more you’ll see that He wants to do the same for you that He did for the Israelites. He wants to free you, heal you, prosper you. He wants to see you whole.
Lord, I declare that You not only came to set me free but You want to see me prosper in every area of my life!
Find three people in your life that are discouraged and do something to encourage them and pray for them.
We must address what is wrong, evil, hurtful, and unproductive—and cast those things from our lives. We do this by an act of our will and faith. ~Marilyn Hickey
#AskMarilyn, Marilyn answers the question: How long should I pray?
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? – (Matthew 6:25 ESV)
Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow in speech and tongue.”– (Exodus 4:10 NIV)
It’s interesting to me that when God called Moses out of the burning bush, Moses said, “I can’t speak well!” But in Deuteronomy we see Moses preaching, preaching, preaching. For 34 verses, over the course of an entire month, all he does is preach!
What made the difference? When Moses said, “I can’t speak,” God didn’t agree. Instead God responded, “Who made your mouth?”
God will enable you to do the things He calls you to do. When you say, “I can’t do it,” He doesn’t say, “That’s right. You don’t have the talent for it.” He says, “Who made you?” God made you and God enables you to do anything He calls you to do. If you don’t believe me, just read Hebrews 11 and you will see that He can do anything!
Next to Jesus, Moses was considered the most humble man that ever lived. How could he stay so humble? I think it’s because he saw the glory of the Lord. If you remember, Moses said to God, “Show me your glory” (see Exodus 33:18). And God said, “If you’ll stand in the cleft of the rock, I’ll put my hand over you and you’ll see my back side as I pass by.” That was all Moses needed. Moses saw enough of Him that he wanted greater glory. He became hungry for the glory of the Lord.
If you saw Jesus like Moses saw Jesus, what would it make you? It would make you humble! When I see His goodness and how much He loves me, it humbles me, too.
Dear heavenly Father, You show us Your glory every time You enable us to do the thing You have called us to do. We are humbled by the fact that there are no “I can’ts” in Your Book!
Be mindful that each day presents new opportunities to discover Jesus.
Forgive and keep forgiving those who have hurt you or influenced you in a negative way. Keep releasing them to God’s care. ~Marilyn Hickey
On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn shares encouragement from Proverbs 3:5!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases. – (Psalm 103:2-3 NKJV)
“But he who glories, let him glory in the LORD. For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.” (II Corinthians 10:17, 18 NKJV)
It is good to glory in the Lord because it keeps you from getting into an area of pride. Pride is always the way down, and glorying in the Lord is always the way up.
One thing that often happen to pastors, on their “way up” in the ministry, is that they begin to exalt themselves. The mistake that each of us makes—at least once—is to look at “our” successes and to believe that these things have happened because of our own abilities. Sometimes we forget that God DID these things and we are only the vehicles for His work. When we begin to walk in pride, we then stumble and fall.
I have found that the Lord really DOES want to exalt us—but He doesn’t want us to exalt ourselves. Sometimes we count all of the wonderful things that WE have done, but they are actually all the wonderful things HE has done. Be a blessing-counter!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Today we count our blessings. We thank You for each of them. Every advantage, every benefit that we have, truly comes from You, and we praise You for it.
In Jesus’s Name,
Identify where you may be leaving God out. Repent and make necessary changes so that other’s can see that God is the “real deal” in your life.
Fill yourself with the Word, and you will be filled with faith. ~Marilyn Hickey
#AskMarilyn, Marilyn answers the question – Why Do Christians Fast?
On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn shares encouragement from Psalms 127:2!
The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. (Psalm 118:14 NASB)