“I will go in the strength of the Lord God” -(Psalm 71:16a (NKJV)
This scripture has been the spiritual theme of my life. Many times, I have felt weak before speaking at a crusade or convention. But God tells us that when we are weak, we should confess His strength.
I have experienced tremendous anointings when I confess the Lord’s strength. Samson received the same anointing of strength. God’s anointing would break in upon Samson, and he would experience strength beyond that of any man! He then could perform supernatural feats of might.
God not only can strengthen our inner man, but He can impart strength to our physical being.
The Bible shows us many instances of supernatural strength and endurance being given to a mortal man when he was at work for God’s Kingdom. Even Jesus had a man’s body—but God’s supernatural strength. Let’s claim our physical heritage in Jesus.
When we are weak, let’s say, “I am strong.” We will receive our supply of supernatural strength. It works…I know it!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Today we grasp the physical strength that You have for our day. As our day is mighty in You, so is our strength.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.– (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV)
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.-(Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV)
There was a time when the apostle Paul murdered some Christians and threw others in prison. There were many things in his past that he regretted, but Paul learned the secret to freeing himself from past sin and present guilt: forget it and move on. If you don’t, you can become a prisoner.
Hatred and bitterness can be very real prisons. Have you ever known someone who was so obsessed with ill feelings toward an individual that they put themselves in bondage? So many people are enduring the equivalent of a life-sentence because they are holding fast to the past.
Thanks be to God, we have a Savior who sets us free from sin and death, who makes it possible to forget our mistakes and live a life of praise.
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“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”– (John 10:27 – 28 NKJV)
God does not “hide and seek” with us. He wants us to know His voice. Some people make understanding God’s Word sound so difficult. They think that it takes years of fasting and prayer to make the smallest Word-directed decision. But Jesus promises us that, as His sheep, we will hear His voice and not follow the voice of a stranger. When we see Jesus calling men by name before they know Him, we realize how well the Good Shepherd knows each one of His sheep. He calls them by name, and they follow.
How can we hear Christ’s call? Many of us often hear Him through an inner voice. God’s inner voice came to Elijah when he got in trouble and ran from Jezebel. God took Elijah to a cave and let him hear the thunder and the shaking of the earth. Then Elijah heard and heeded—not the outward, tremendous manifestations—but a small, quiet inner voice.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us to listen to Your voice, and to learn and know You so intimately and so well that we can recognize Your divine intentions. Help us to live not in the reasoning of our head, but in the perception of our spirit.
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“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says…the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.”- (James 1:22, 25 NIV)
Approach every day as though it were the only day you have to achieve your goals and be a winner. In reality, that is true. Yesterday is gone forever, and tomorrow isn’t here yet. Nevertheless, yesterday is the foundation you’re building today on, and today is the foundation for tomorrow. Too soon, today will be gone and you will be faced with tomorrow. What you do right now sets the stage for your future, for achievement or failure. Choose to be a winner.
We hear a great deal today about stress and how to handle it. Our society seems to be plagued with stress, which manifests in confusion, frustration, anxiety, fear, etc. Let me give you valuable keys to stress management. Put God first, plan each day wisely, schedule your time, write things down, stick to your goals, and avoid delay. This will enable you to eliminate a great amount of stress.
God wants His saints to reflect joy and walk in victory. He doesn’t want them stressed out under their circumstances. Remember, others are watching you. The world needs to see a different kind of person—an optimist instead of a pessimist, a winner not a loser, an overcomer rather than an underachiever. That kind of person just might have the opportunity to lead others to Christ. Will you be that person?
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“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”– (James 3:17 NKJV)
James 3 shows the difference between godly wisdom and natural, earthly wisdom. I have used this distinction to determine whether I am hearing from the Lord or from my own personal soul. Is it a decision full of mercy? Will it bring forth good fruit, or will it bring confusion to the body? If it will bring confusion or if it’s not merciful, then it must not be God’s wisdom. If it’s not gentle or open to reason, it must not be God’s wisdom.
My number-one daily prayer is that I would be saturated with the wisdom of God because of the man decisions our ministry faces. Years ago, God dealt with me about doing a Bible reading plan. At that time the ministry was very small, and we didn’t have the money for startup costs. Yet I felt a gentle “tugging” of the Holy Spirit. Getting people involved in the Word was certainly God’s mercy. Certainly, it would bring forth good fruit. I made the decision, and God paid the bills. Cry out for wisdom. He will give it to you.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We ask to be full of Your wisdom for this day. Let us recognize that which is pure, peaceable, and gentle—that which is full of mercy and good fruits.