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“Jesus’s love for us knows no boundaries, and neither does His healing power.” ~Marilyn Hickey
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. -(Colossians 3:14 NKJV)
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11 NKJV)
The best way to love one another is to love God and experience His love in our hearts. When we try to love people with our own supply of love, it runs out quickly. Sometimes people are hard to love. Sometimes we are hard to love. But if we go back to His love, we find an endless supply.
I’ve learned that when we begin to act in love—just because God has asked it—our emotions will get in line, and soon we will feel it.
Sometimes it is very difficult to extend love to others—particularly when they have been offended or hurt us. We know in our hearts that we should radiate that AGAPE kind of love. But deep in our souls and bodies lies a strong resistance. That’s when it’s so important to lean on God and borrow some of His love.
Say something good about a person who has said evil things about you. Begin to speak God’s Word about that person, and your feelings and emotions will change into the love of God.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Today we see that it’s very important to love our enemies. We should do good to our enemies and pray for them. In doing so, You can change our enemies and make them to be at peace with us.
In Jesus’s Name,
Consider the gifts God has for you. Ask the Lord for a fresh dose in your life.
“Be specific when you pray, and you will get specific results. The more specific you are when you ask for healing in faith, the more specific the results will be.” ~Marilyn Hickey
On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn shares encouragement from Psalm 138:8.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. -(Matthew 6:33 NKJV)
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. (Joshua 1:7-8 NLT)
At a critical moment in your Joshua’s life, God spoke to him some of the most positive, inspiring, and courage-building words in the entire Bible.
Hearing God’s Word is a lifelong process. We learn as we go, and we never fully arrive. There are always enriching new insights to be gained and intimate moments with God yet to be experienced. This is the “little by little” Isaiah talked about (Isaiah 28:9-10).
For true learning to take place, information must be encountered repeatedly. The same is true of learning God’s way; we benefit from “soaking” in His Word, from “chewing” on it as we ask Him to reveal what a particular passage means and how it relates to our lives.
Identify an area where you have just “given up.” Put on the armor of God today.
Speak the Word into your situation—boldly! ~Marilyn Hickey
“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim. (Romans 10:8 NKJV)
In this episode of #AskMarilyn, Marilyn answers the question: How can I overcome sin in my life?
He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. -(Psalm 91:15 NKJV)
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11 NKJV)
How can we stand against the wiles of the devil if we haven’t put on the whole armor of God? In Ephesians 6 we read about seven pieces of armor. We need each one of them.
Each piece of armor is offensive, not defensive. There is nothing to cover our backs because we can never turn our backs on the devil. We’re always to move forward in God!
Our orders are to “occupy” until Jesus comes (Luke 19:13b). OCCUPY is not a passive verb, nor does it denote a defensive position. Rather, it denotes action—an active stance—an offensive maneuver.
Then Ephesians 6:13 says, “having done all, to stand.” When I looked up the word STAND, I found that it means “to stand as a conqueror.” We stand as conquerors—soldiers who have already won the battle.
What are our orders from the Lord? First, put on the whole armor of God—be prepared! Second, take the offensive—move forward with God as your Captain! Third, occupy the land—until Jesus comes! Fourth, stand as a conqueror—the battle is won!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You that we are victorious and that we always triumph in Christ. We are not defeated. We are victorious through Your Word and the power of Your Holy Spirit.
In Jesus’s Name,
Identify where I’m more self-reliant than God-dependent and ask Jesus to help me change.
“Faith is the one element that God gives us to bring substance into our lives. We must “substantiate” our hope with faith. Your faith will reach up into heaven and say, ‘There is substance in heaven for me’.” ~ Marilyn Hickey
On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn shares encouragement from John 15.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. -(Proverbs 16:9 NJKV)
How can you know when you are hearing the voice of the Lord?
First, His voice has a simultaneous right of authority and love that will comfort you.
Second, what He says will be in total agreement with His written Word; it will be directly applicable to your life and family.
It will produce benefit if it is obeyed, and it will guide you toward a life of blessing.
What is the Lord speaking into your life
Choose to believe that you am greatly loved by Jesus Christ.
“Forgiveness is a divine attribute. But we have the nature of God in us, and that makes us partakes of all His divine attributes, including genuine forgiveness.” ~ Marilyn Hickey
In this episode of #AskMarilyn, Marilyn answers the question: Did God create EVIL?
The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life. -(Psalm 42:8 NKJV)
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV)
It is so important for us to live forgiving lifestyles. Forgiveness is not something we use now and then, or when we are in a difficult situation. Forgiveness is a way of life. It is a part of the new nature we receive when we are born again.
At times we may grow impatient with people, but we must remember that we sin daily, and we need forgiveness daily. Others sin daily, and they, too, need forgiveness daily. When we expect to receive God’s grace for OUR sins, we must also extend it to others.
What is living in grace? It is receiving God’s grace and giving it to others. I make it a habit, every morning, to forgive anyone who might offend me during the day. Before anyone can offend me, they are forgiven. Today let’s choose to be tenderhearted and to forgive in the name of Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We forgive anyone who may offend us today—even before they do it! In Jesus’s name, we extend the same grace to others that we have so freely received.