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On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn shares encouragement from Psalm 5:12.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. -(John 10:10 NKJV)
“Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy 2:19b NKJV)
Sometimes the act of departing from sin seems like an overwhelming mountain, especially if the sin is a habitual thing or exists in a blinded area of our lives.
Some Christians fall into the trap of grading themselves on the curve. This can be very deceiving. We should never compare the sin in our lives to what we see in the lives of people around us.
The Lord, instead, has shown me there are three easy ways to overcome iniquity. First, we look ahead to what would happen if we were to continue committing this sin. When we look at the ultimate results of sin, we often realize that they are very dangerous.
Secondly, we must look around. God has been so good to us. Look at all of the many blessings He has given us. Start counting blessings. We are complete in Christ. We don’t have to be involved in sin. Finally, we need to look within. He Who is in us is greater that he that is in the world. We are vessels to bring glory to God. By looking ahead, looking around, and looking within, we can depart from iniquity.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us today to name sin as sin, help us not to grade ourselves on the curve, but by Your Word. Help us to forsake sin and receive Your mercy.
In Jesus’s Name,
Pray for the person you need to forgive. Reach out to them in love as the Lord leads.
We are not to go from fear to fear; we are to go from faith to faith and from victory to victory. ~Marilyn Hickey
He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. -(Psalm 91:4 NKJV)
Who is responsible for acting against iniquity?
The Bible message is a very clear one: if we do not deal with the iniquity in our lives, God eventually will. If we do not clean up our unclean nature, our unclean nature will keep us in a miry pit.
In most cases, God does not act in a supernatural way to eradicate iniquity from a family or a nation. He has given us free will; He allows evil people to wage evil deeds. God removes His hand of blessing when the evil heart of man functions according to its unclean nature.
Don’t wait for generational iniquity to run its course in your family tree.
Take action now—in your own life and in your family’s.
Identify where your faith may be unstable and pray for steadfastness and strength.
“If you sincerely desire to establish a life of blessing for yourself and your family, you need truth.” ~Marilyn Hickey
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn shares encouragement from Psalm 119!
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. -(James 1:5 NKJV)
Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. (2 Corinthians 2:10-11 NKJV)
No one wants to play a game and have disadvantages against himself. Every one of us want to get every advantage possible in both spiritual and natural things. Unforgiveness is a DISADVANTAGE. It gives SATAN an advantage over you. The scriptures tell us to FORGET what others have done to us and to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” This is an ADVANTAGE. In the past I have occasionally felt that I had a right to be unforgiving. But one day the Lord said to me, “Unforgiveness is a luxury you can’t afford. It is too expensive; it costs you your spiritual advantages.”
You will have already formed your victory for the day if you pray this prayer in the early morning, before your day begins: “Father, I forgive all people their trespasses before they EVEN trespass against me.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
With an act of our wills, we forgive those who trespass against us. We forgive with the forgiveness of Jesus. We forgive in the person of Jesus. We do not walk by feelings of forgiveness. We walk by faith and obedience to Your Word.
In Jesus’s Name,
Be generous to more people.
“The miracles that we pray for in Jesus’s name come because EVERYTHING IN HEAVEN AND EARTH HAS TO BOW TO HIS NAME.” ~Marilyn Hickey
And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. -(Philippians 4:19 NKJV)
In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by not means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover (Mark 16:17-18 NKJV)
The name of Jesus is higher than any name.
Devils quiver at His name.
Angels are launched into flight in His name.
The sick are healed and the oppressed are delivered by His name.
No evil thing can stand against the name of Jesus.
When you speak in the name of Jesus, you are speaking from the identity of Christ Jesus. You are standing firm on the conviction that Christ is in you and you are in Christ. You are completely covered by the blood of Jesus, so nothing of your old nature is evident. Christ is your all in all. This attitude positions you for victory!
Reflect on the miracles of God in your life. Thank Him.
“God’s word is like medicine. When you take His word, you are taking in health.” ~Marilyn Hickey
On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn shares encouragement from Joshua 1:8.
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. -(Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV)
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit. -(Jeremiah 17:7-8 NKJV)
When I read these scriptures, I find that they closely parallel the words in Psalm 1. Truly when we put our trust in the Lord and meditate on His Word, then we are fruitful and productive, even when the circumstances around us are falling apart.
Jeremiah lived in a day when the people worshiped idols. Even when Jeremiah knew that an enemy kingdom was soon to overwhelm Israel, he kept fresh and alive in God. There may have been drought AROUND him, but there was no drought IN him.
When at one time I found my circumstances very overwhelming, I said to the Lord, “What’s wrong with my life? I just want to run away and change my name.” The Lord answered, “This is not the time for ‘isolation;’ this is the time for ‘insulation’ with the Word. A right heart can overcome bad circumstances.” I insulated my thought-life with His Word, and soon my circumstances became fruitful.
Don’t let us put our trust in natural things, but let us put our trust in You, our Supernatural God. Turn our times of drought into times of fruitfulness.
Let God give you a new purpose and direction for your life.
“I have found that God responds to faith, not need. Faith is the currency of the kingdom of heaven. Keep praying. Keep believing. Miracles provide a witness to unbelievers.” ~Marilyn Hickey