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Remember the wondrous works that He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He uttered. -(Psalm 105:5 NKJV)
That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death. (Philippians 3:10 NKJV)
For years I did not understand the part of this verse that speaks of “the fellowship of His sufferings.” What does it mean “to fellowship” in His sufferings? I could better understand the “power of His resurrection” than the “fellowship of His sufferings.”
Then I began to ask, “Why DID Jesus suffer?” I realized that He suffered for the lost. Jesus suffered to the point that He was willing to die. When we enter into the fellowship of His suffering, we will feel the way Jesus felt toward lost souls, and we become willing to die.
Moses was willing to die so that his people might enter the Promised Land. He said to God, “If You’re going to erase their names from the book, then you might as well erase mine too.” Paul felt it, too, when he said, “I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh” (Romans 9:3).
What were these men feeling? The fellowship of the Lord’s suffering. I believe that the Holy Spirit will let us enter into that fellowship of suffering for the lost.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us to remember that Jesus suffered to save the lost. Never let us think that we are too spiritual to have a burden for the lost. Thank You for helping us, by Your Spirit, to enter the fellowship of the Lord’s suffering.
In Jesus’s Name,
Identify where anxiety stems from and move toward hope.
“Pray in faith, never quitting—use your God-given authority to send the devil packing.” ~Marilyn Hickey
Why doesn’t God heal everyone? In this episode of #AskSarah, Sarah Bowling answers that question!
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered. (Psalm 139:17 NKJV)
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which, you will be able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit… (Ephesians 6:12-18 NKJV)
How do we “wrestle” against these powerful spiritual beings? Our “fight” is to stand in the victory that Jesus has already won for us! Paul says that we are to “take” the whole armor of God, which Jesus has provided for our complete victory.
You and I are caught up in the most angelic wrestling match at all times; we need to be ready for whatever the devil tries to throw at us. We need to have our loin girt about with truth, which means we’re not into any false doctrine or flaky teachings. We must surround ourselves with the Word, the Word, the Word! We also need the breastplate of righteousness. We must examine ourselves and be sure we are walking in righteousness. Wherever there is sin or carnality, the devil has a way to get to us with the intent of destroying our testimony and our Christian walk.
Commit to a training program to gain spiritual strength.
Your Words Have Power. You can bless or curse yourself and your family by what you say. By speaking the blessings from God’s Word, you release God’s best into your situation. ~Marilyn Hickey
On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn shares encouragement from 2 Corinthians 4:13!
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. -(James 1:17 NKJV)
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. (John 1:12 NKJV)
Have you ever wanted to become something that you are not? Have you ever said, “If only I could be strong in faith and free from fear. If only I would do certain things.” Jesus has given us all power to do and power to become anything that He is—in all our circumstances.
Once I received some heavy criticism from a pastor in our city. I was so angry that I wanted to tell him off immediately. But the Lord said this: “How should you treat your enemies?” I admitted that the Word days we should pray for them, do good to them, and bless them. And God said, “THAT is the very way I want YOU to treat your enemy.”
I replied, “That may be the way YOU treat Your enemies. But I can’t.” He said, “Yes, you can. You have Jesus. You have the power to become like Me.”
I began to bless that pastor with my mouth. He later invited me to be a guest speaker in his church. When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes one’s enemies to be at peace with him.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We pray that TODAY we will enter into what You have for us. We will walk in the power and anointing of Jesus Christ. We will know that in us is Jesus—doing all the work.
In His Name,
Review the week with gratitude.
“We need to honor God as our Source and in our abundance. Giving to others and furthering the spreading of the Gospel honors God.” ~Marilyn Hickey
Are all sins equal to God? In this episode of #AskMarilyn, Marilyn answers that question!
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exalts, and with my song I give thanks to Him. -(Psalm 28:7 NKJV)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. –(Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV)
When you think about the times a sense of thankfulness fills your mind, it is not usually in times of need or anxiety, but it is in exactly those times that we need to fill our thoughts with God’s presence and recall His blessings.
When we are thankful, we are in the right spiritual place to make our requests known to God and to receive His peace.
What are you most thankful for?
Practice living aware of God’s presence in your daily activities
“You can resist the spirit of fear and invite a spirit of faith into your heart.” ~Marilyn Hickey
On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn shares encouragement from Psalm 5:12.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. -(John 10:10 NKJV)
“Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy 2:19b NKJV)
Sometimes the act of departing from sin seems like an overwhelming mountain, especially if the sin is a habitual thing or exists in a blinded area of our lives.
Some Christians fall into the trap of grading themselves on the curve. This can be very deceiving. We should never compare the sin in our lives to what we see in the lives of people around us.
The Lord, instead, has shown me there are three easy ways to overcome iniquity. First, we look ahead to what would happen if we were to continue committing this sin. When we look at the ultimate results of sin, we often realize that they are very dangerous.
Secondly, we must look around. God has been so good to us. Look at all of the many blessings He has given us. Start counting blessings. We are complete in Christ. We don’t have to be involved in sin. Finally, we need to look within. He Who is in us is greater that he that is in the world. We are vessels to bring glory to God. By looking ahead, looking around, and looking within, we can depart from iniquity.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us today to name sin as sin, help us not to grade ourselves on the curve, but by Your Word. Help us to forsake sin and receive Your mercy.
In Jesus’s Name,
Pray for the person you need to forgive. Reach out to them in love as the Lord leads.
We are not to go from fear to fear; we are to go from faith to faith and from victory to victory. ~Marilyn Hickey