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Surrender your plan to receive God’s big plan.
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.- (Lamentations 3:22 NKJV)
Look for opportunities to express God’s love.
“Faith is the “assurance of things hoped for.” Now that you’ve made your request, trust the Lord to answer in His time and His way.” ~Marilyn Hickey
On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn shares encouragement from Job 32:8.
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?- (Matthew 6:25 NKJV)
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.- (Mark 11:23 NKJV)
Sometimes when things are going great, Christians get lazy about the Word and sloppy in their living. Others give up on the Word when things go particularly bad. These people are heading for some nasty bumps along the way.
Please don’t think I’m saying that if you live by the Word you’ll never encounter difficulty, but I am saying that you will overcome the difficulty when you confidently and consistently make the Word your rule.
Never say the Word isn’t working! Always judge your circumstances by God’s infallible Word; do not judge the Word by your circumstances. There are those who reject God’s promises when they don’t see their situations change. If your difficult situation looms bigger in your eyes than the Word, you will fail; but if you keep speaking the Word with faith and patience and act as though you believe it, that mountain standing in your path will eventually move.
Let’s praise God that His Word is true and lasting!
What can you bring to God that is broken?
We must believe God’s Word, regardless of circumstance and what is discernible with our five physical senses. ~Marilyn Hickey
I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.- (Mark 11:24 NKJV)
In this episode of #AskMarilyn, Marilyn answers the question: Why is there evil and suffering?
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him.- (Psalm 24:1 NKJV)
“They soon forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel” (Psalm 106:13 NKJV)
Sometimes it takes time to receive the counsel we need. When we make hasty decisions, we can miss God’s counsel for us. Then we may do something very carnal that blows our opportunity for a God-given miracle.
I’m reminded of King Saul. In the early part of his kingship, he had to fight the Philistines. Saul became impatient as he waited for Samuel to arrive and pray for the battle. The people began to pressure Saul, so he took the place of the priest and offered the sacrifice himself. That sin led to other weaknesses in Saul. Finally, he lost his entire kingdom. If Saul had only waited a few more hours, Samuel would have arrived and the requirements of the Lord would have been met. And Saul, instead of being a defeated man, could have been a victoriously king.
There are times of my life when I have run ahead of the Lord—often because people pressured me—and I did not wait for God’s counsel. Sometimes we think that God is so slow; but really, He is always on time—His time! Let’s time our timing with His and wait until we get a word from Him before we move. Then we will have the results that we desire.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us to know how to wait on Your counsel. Give us hearing ears and seeing eyes today for what You have for us.
In Jesus’s Name,
Take inventory of your prayer life.
“We cannot cope without hope!” ~Marilyn Hickey
I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on Him. I have put my hope in His word. (Psalm 130:5 NKJV)
On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn shares encouragement from Psalms 90:12.
Every word of God proves trust. He is a shield to all who come to Him for protection. -(Proverbs 30:5 NKJV)
How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? (Psalm 13:1 NKJV)
Depression can sometimes sneak up on us over a long period of time. The devil would like to wear us down through a prolonged sickness or an extended time of debt or unemployment. After standing in faith for a particular situation month after month (or year after year), we may eventually feel like David and sigh, “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?”
David started feeling that way in Psalm 13, but in two short verses (5 and 6), he had the perfect antidote for depression: trust in God’s mercy, rejoice in your salvation, sing to the Lord, and remember all the things God has done for you in the past.
Try it the next time depression hits!
What can you sing about today?
Pray about the areas in your life where you are most impatient.
“God will use miracles to promote faith in His Word so that people will believe and be saved, be healed, and experience abundant life in Him.” ~Marilyn Hickey
In this episode of #AskMarilyn, Marilyn answers the question: How do I overcome anxiety and fear?
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights… (James 1:17 NKJV)
“He sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” (Psalm 107:20 NKJV)
I think I have used this scripture more than anyone else in the world. I have prayed it for literally thousands of people who did not live in my area or could not come to a meeting where I was speaking. It is the fastest means of transportation and will do the best job.
Years ago, a staff member told me about her husband’s horrendous back problem. I was unable to go lay hands on him, and he was unable to come to church. So, I prayed Psalm 107:20 and sent the Word to his back.
Early the next morning I had to call his wife concerning another situation, and he answered the phone. He said, “the most unusual thing happened to me yesterday. Something clicked in my back while I was working. It totally went into place; I was healed. And I slept like a baby all night.” I asked him at what time he was healed, and it was at the same time I had sent Psalm 107:20 to him. God’s Word will go where you cannot.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We send Your Word into our circumstances and those of others. We claim triumph in our lives today.
In Jesus’s Name,
Laughter gives strength.
You can experience the unfolding of God’s purposes if, you will read and meditate on the Word, speak the Word in faith, obey the Word. ~Marilyn Hickey
On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn shares encouragement from Psalms 139:5!