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What does the Bible say about Women in the ministry? In this episode of #AskMarilyn, Marilyn answers that question!
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. -(Proverbs 3:7-8 NKJV)
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:7-9 NKJV).
The devil didn’t make you do it. Your forefathers didn’t make you do it. What you have done, you have done.
Own up to your own faults, errors, and sins. The Bible tells us that people who cover over their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and forsake them, they will receive mercy (Proverbs 28:13).
God’s promise is sure.
Set a faith goal.
“God is unlimited in His authority, in His power and might, and in His mercy, compassion, and love for you. Always Trust Him for the Best.” ~Marilyn Hickey
On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn shares encouragement from Psalm 119:130!
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. -(John 14:27 NKJV)
Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well. (Mark 10:52a NKJV)
Faith makes us whole. Physically, spiritually, and emotionally. We may think that the Bible is not useful for today’s situations, but it really will work in whatever area we need. Sometimes we look to the natural world for wisdom, when God’s supernatural wisdom, instead, will absolutely answer our dilemma.
Once I had horrendous battles with my thought life. A person had wronged me in a certain circumstance. I had great bitterness in my heart.
I said, “God, help me. Give me an answer. Certainly, my mind is sick in this area.”
And God gave me a beautiful scripture, “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established” (Proverbs 16:3). So, I began to pray that scripture. I said, “God, I commit my ways to You this day.” My thoughts began to get in line. It was so wonderful. My thought-life did a turnaround, and wholeness came into that area of my thinking again. Faith makes you whole, wherever you are.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You that we have Your promises that will bring provisions and answers to all problems. Give to each of us a special promise that will bring forth a needed provision.
In Jesus’s Name,
Make the joy decision and express it to the world around you.
“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
Does God want you to prosper? In this episode of #AskSarah, Sarah answers that question!
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. -(Philippians 4:13 NKJV)
Have you ever heard someone say, “Well, that problem runs in my family.” The person may be talking about a particular weakness or disease or, perhaps, a certain vulnerability of some kind.
More and more, we are learning that certain physical ailments certainly do run in families—arthritis, asthma, cancer, obesity, alcoholism, heart conditions, diabetes, digestive tract, kidney problems, and chronic pain.
Emotional and psychological behaviors can also be inherited. Some families seem to be riddled with depression, lust, and anger.
Iniquity is likely at the root of a host of many other negative things in a family lineage—sterility, divorce, adultery, rebellion, debt—the list can go on and on.
The good news is that God gives you the ability to outrun anything that runs in your family.
Stretch beyond your comfort zone.
“When we decide to be led by a joyful heart, strive to joyfully express our love for God, and commit to maintain our joy by seeking God daily, great and mighty things will happen.” ~Marilyn Hickey
On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn talks about Proverbs 6:22! Where is God? The Word!
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. -(1 Corinthians 1:9 NJKV)
My foot stands in an even place (Psalm 26:12a NKJV).
Did you ever feel like your foot was slipping? That you were slipping in your faith and commitment? The devil would like for all of us to slip and slide. But God says, “Your feet stand in an even place.” When we stand on His Word, we are in an even place.
Once when our ministry went through a financial trial, the devil told me just to close the doors and hang it up. He said that I had never been capable of making good financial decisions—that I had blown it. But God didn’t say that to me; in fact, God gave me a promise that if I would trust Him, He would bring me through. While the staff was crying the blues, I stood on an even place. I said, “God will deliver us, God is delivering us,” and in one month we had a total turnaround.
When it looks uneven, put your confidence in the Word, and it will keep you even—until the circumstances come in line with the evenness of God’s Word. Let me pray for you.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We pray that if we slip and slide, we will know in our hearts that there is no temptation You cannot lead us through victoriously. We have Your deliverance because we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Thank You for our deliverance and our strong place of standing on Your Word.
In Jesus’s Name,
Be patient, always persevere, be consistent, and show compassion.
“Don’t trust in money or material things. Put your trust in the Lord Jesus.” ~Marilyn Hickey
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the body. -(Proverbs 16:24 NKJV)
If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. (Matthew 6:14 NLT)
Never harbor a victim mindset against your family members. They may have passed on to you a propensity or bent toward sin, but no family member, alive or in your distant past, can truly make you sin. Each of us has the freedom to choose how we will behave.
A family member may have passed on a genetic predisposition to a disease, but be encouraged. Scientists tell us that the majority of disease we experience is strongly related to our personal choices. You may have inherited a weakness toward cancer, for example, but you have a choice as to whether you will smoke, what you will eat and drink, how you will exercise, and the amount of stress you will internalize. These behavioral choices are just as potent, or more so, than your genetic predisposition.
Forgive your family members for the role they played in continuing a pattern of generational sin. Move forward toward generational blessing by taking responsibility for your own life.
Forgiveness is vital. It is not a suggestion to Christians—it is a commandment
Identify where you have been avoiding conflict.
“The miracle of expectancy says that God can do all things.” – Marilyn Hickey