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9August

Psalm 37:4

August 9th, 2022|

Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4 ESV)

8August

The Anointing Makes the Difference

August 8th, 2022|

Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance?” – (I Samuel 10:1 NKJV)

I remember a missionary from Singapore who had four children.  One of her sons became addicted to drugs and alcohol.  She and her husband prayed for him for years and years.  Finally, she got him to come to one of our revivals.  I remember that he was way at the back of the meeting when the Spirit of God hit him.  And he got out in the aisle and literally did backflips all the way up to the front.  I tell you, I will never forget that!  Today, he is a missionary in Tanzania.  God had an anointing on his life that even the drugs and alcohol couldn’t cover; and the anointing makes the difference.

The anointing in your life has a purpose.  God has a purpose for you being a Christian.  You’re not just here to be a decoration.  You’re here to be a declaration!

Write down the places where God has anointed you—the places that yield success when you put your hands to them.  Maybe He’s anointed you to sing.  Maybe He’s anointed you to exhort backsliders.  Maybe He’s anointed you to reach the lost.  Maybe He’s anointed you to use your hands to heal the sick.  Write down those things where you see anointing.  Don’t write down your failures!  Write down where God has anointed you.

Put your hand on your heart and say, “I cannot forget the anointing on my life makes the difference!”

2August

Ephesians 1:3

August 2nd, 2022|

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3 ESV)

1August

Learn to Hear God’s Voice

August 1st, 2022|

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel!  Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak for your servant is listening.” – (1 Samuel 3:10).

The first time God spoke to him, Samuel was young and he didn’t yet know the voice of the Lord.  So, when he hears a voice one night that says, “Samuel, Samuel,” he thinks it must be the priest Eli calling him.  He runs to Eli and says, “Did you call me?” Eli said he didn’t.  So, Samuel goes back to his resting place beside the ark of the covenant in the house of the Lord, and the voice speaks again, “Samuel, Samuel.” Are you getting this?  God is calling Samuel by name!  But Samuel still thinks it is Eli, so he goes to him and says, “Did you call me?” And this time, it dawns on Eli that God must be speaking to the boy.

The key to learning the voice of God is an understanding that God wants to talk to us, to lead and guide and direct us.  It’s a challenge to be sensitive to the voice of God, but we can learn to hear it.  I admit and I don’t always recognize that “still small voice” within (see 1 Kings 19:12 KJV) as God’s voice, but I so love to hear it!

So, Eli says, “When you hear it again say, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.” Samuel goes back, lies down in the presence of God, and suddenly the voice comes again: “Samuel, Samuel.” And Samuel responds as God desires when he says, “Speak, for Your servant hears” (1 Samuel 3:10 NKJV).  In order to learn the voice of God, we must be willing to hear!

Dear Heavenly Father, I know that You want to talk to me because You sent Your Son Jesus so that we could talk to You in the flesh, and You sent Your Holy Spirit to be the still, small voice that speaks to us within.  Help me have ears to hear.

29July

Weekend Action Plan

July 29th, 2022|

Identify what is your greatest need from God.  Allow it to become your greatest blessing as you spend more time with the Lord.

28July

Moments with Marilyn

July 28th, 2022|

If you want the miraculous, you must pray the promises of God that correspond with the problems you are dealing with. ~Marilyn Hickey

26July

Psalm 23:2

July 26th, 2022|

He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams. (Psalm 23:2 TLB)

25July

A Miracle Waiting to Happen

July 25th, 2022|

And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters.  Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.  (I Samuel 2:21)

Over and over, we see stories of barren women in the Bible.  One of those women was Hannah.  Hannah longs to have a child, but she can’t have any.  And to make matters worse, her husband’s other wife, Peninnah was constantly provoking her.  Isn’t that just like humanity?

Peninnah treated Hannah poorly because she knew their husband loved Hannah more, even though she was the one blessed with children!  We can just imagine the ugly words she said to Hannah.  The Bible says it was so bad that Hannah “wept and would not eat” (see I Samuel 1:7).

On one such occasion, Hannah prayed to God to remember her in her misery.  Through tears, she vowed to dedicate her son to the Lord if only He would open her womb.  She was moving her mouth, but praying in her heart when Eli the priest saw her and accused her of being drunk.

In the midst of crisis, we may be falsely accused of things, but if we can keep our faith in God through that fire, we will come away even stronger.  God can use that crisis to bring us a miracle!  He did it for Hannah, and He will do it for us.

Hannah assures Eli she is not drunk, merely distraught over being childless.  So, Eli sends her home with a blessing and soon she becomes pregnant with Samuel, which means “I asked the Lord for him” (see v. 20).

If I had waited for a long time to have a baby of my own in my arms, I might have been tempted to regret my promise to give God my son.  But Hannah follows through with per promise and the Lord blesses her with five more children.  When we give to God, He blesses us back in multiple ways!

Jesus, I declare that what I give to You, You return to me in multiples.  Help me to stay strong in crisis so that I can see the miracles waiting for me on the other side!

21July

Moments with Marilyn

July 21st, 2022|

Faith is heavenly hope.  Hope only sets a goal.  Faith provides the substance for meeting the goal. ~Marilyn Hickey

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 NLT)

19July

Proverbs 16:24

July 19th, 2022|

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. (Proverbs 16:24 ESV)

18July

Expected, Exceptional, Extraordinary

July 18th, 2022|

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you.  Where you go, I will go, and where you stay I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my God.” (Ruth 1:16 NIV)

After moving to Moab to avoid the famine in Bethlehem, Naomi lost her husband and both sons and was left with two Moabites daughters-in-law.  Sometime later, Naomi heard that the famine in Bethlehem was over and decided to return home.  She told Orpah and Ruth, her daughters-in-law, that they should stay in Moab with their mothers because she had no sons for them to marry in Bethlehem.  Orpah agreed to stay, but nothing could make Ruth leave Naomi’s side.  Ruth said she would even give up her gods for Naomi’s God.

We can do what is expected, like Orpah, or we can do the exceptional, like Ruth.  The expected is our natural way of thinking, but the exceptional is to walk in faith.  When we do the expected, we don’t get much as a result.  But when we do the exceptional, God has the extraordinary waiting for us!

What extraordinary things did God have waiting for Ruth’s exceptional act?  First of all, imagine God naming a book of the Bible after a woman!  That’s extraordinary!  There is only one other woman—Esther—whose name is a book.

What else did God do?  Well, He made Naomi a grandmother, which she’d all but given up on when her husband and only two sons had died.  And He gave Ruth a husband, Boaz, and a little boy, Obed; all three of whose names are included in the genealogy of Jesus (see Matthew 1:5).

God will do the extraordinary in our lives when we take a step beyond the expected and do the exceptional!

Jesus, I declare that I want to be a faith-filled person who does the exceptional so that God can come upon the scene and say, “Now I give you the extraordinary!”

15July

Weekend Action Plan

July 15th, 2022|

The beauty of our lives is displayed in our obedience more than God’s provision – indeed, we cannot obey without His help & grace.

14July

Moments with Marilyn

July 14th, 2022|

Faith is almost like a sixth sense—a special spiritual sense, totally outside the realm of our known five senses.  We must believe God’s Word, regardless of our circumstances and what is discernible with our five physical senses. ~Marilyn Hickey

Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24 ESV)

12July

James 1:17

July 12th, 2022|

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights… (James 1:17 ESV)

11July

The Strength of the Lord in Us

July 11th, 2022|

I will go in the strength of the Lord God… (Psalm 71:16a NKJV)

Have you ever experienced the anointing of the Lord as a source of physical strength?  I have!  I have experienced tremendous anointing when I confess the Lord’s strength.

Many times, I have felt weak before speaking at a crusade or convention, especially those times that I’ve traveled long distances, to places like Ethiopia and Sudan, when jet lag sets in.  I’ve had times when I’ve thought, “I’m so tired!  I don’t have the strength of a sleeping cat!” But when I say those things, God has always said back, “Well, I’m not tired!” God tells us that when we are weak, we should confess His strength.  We can go in the strength of the Lord.

Samson received the same anointing of strength that we experience (see Judges 13-16).  God’s anointing would break in upon Samson, and he would experience strength beyond that of any man!  He could then perform supernatural feats of might.  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.” It works; we will receive our supply of supernatural strength…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.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

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