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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)
One thing that cannot be passed down from one generation to the next is the most important thing of all—a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. God doesn’t have any grandchildren. Every person is required to accept Jesus as Savior, as an act of his or her own will and faith. Every person must choose to follow Jesus as Lord, again as an act of his or her own will and faith.
Certainly, all Christian parents want to see their children choose Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Even more than we desire this, God desires this. He wants our children and grandchildren to be in intimate relationship with Him and to serve Him all the days of their lives.
The enemy of our souls, however (Jesus called him the thief and robber, the father of all lies, and the devil), desires to stop God’s truth from operating beyond our own lives and generation.
Thankfully, our God is victorious in all things!
Be generous without expectations to someone this week.
“If the Word is living in our spirits, God is able to turn that Word into wisdom.” – Marilyn Hickey
In this episode of Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn answers the question can we give preference to one another?
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. – (Psalm 127:1 NKJV)
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord (Psalm 33:12a NKJV)
Did you know that the United States began its life as a Christian nation? Our forefathers fled to this country so that they could worship God in the manner they wished. Our constitution, our Declaration of Independence, and our Bill of Rights all mention God. We were birthed as a nation of God, and we are blessed for it.
God has used America to bless the world. Our confidence is in God—it is even printed on our money! There are certainly tremendous needs in our nation today, but there are also tremendous Christians who are taking God’s Word to intercede for this country. We are the salt that preserves this nation—let’s not lose our saltiness. We are the light that overcomes the darkness of this nation—let’s not hide our lights under a bushel.
Let’s stand boldly in God, speak against evil, pray, and believe God for the miraculous outpouring of His Spirit upon all flesh in the United States.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You today that our nation is blessed because of the Christians who are praying and believing You. Thank You for doing great and mighty things in our midst and raising up laborers and intercessors.
In Jesus’s Name,
Identify where you are living for temporal or short-term goals and refocus on the long-term goals of Christ in your life.
“’Don’t give up’ is an extremely important principle in receiving your miracle.” ~Marilyn Hickey
And my God will supply every need of yours according of His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. -(Philippians 4:19 NKJV)
God never blesses sin, but He does forgive and then bless those who seek His forgiveness and cling to Him. He gives the sinner a new identity—a new name, new character, new future. If God could change Jacob (see Genesis 32), He certainly can change you, me, and our children into His likeness.
God’s desire is to bless you, to bless your children, and to create a line of generations who know His blessing and are determined to pass it on.
This legacy of blessing is an integral part of the covenant God made with Abraham and his descendants (see Genesis 12).
What about you?
Consider your family tree.
Is there a point where change was made?
Is there something you see that needs changing?
Might this change begin with you?
Use a Bible Concordance to study Scripture that relates to what you are going through now. Write down what God says to you about it.
“Your pathway to miracles will open before you as your faith grows as your experience in God increases.” ~Marilyn Hickey
On today’s Wednesdays in the Word, Marilyn shares encouragement from 1 John 2:20!!
Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. -(Ephesians 4:3 NKJV)
And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God…” (Mark 4:11a NKJV)
I have found that God does not want His Word to be mystery to us; He wants it to be revealed truth. When I find passages that I don’t understand in the Bible, I write a question mark beside them. When I read through those passages again, I ask the Father to reveal them to me. If I’m patient, eventually God will give me a beautiful revelation.
Once I didn’t understand why God had not allowed Moses to enter the Promised Land. I knew Moses had hit the rock twice, instead of once. If I had been forced to listen to murmurers for 40 years, I would probably have hit the people, instead of the rock. I put a question mark by that verse.
One day as I was reading the same verse, the Lord said that Moses DID get to enter the Promised Land. God said, “Moses was on the Mount of Transfiguration with Elijah and Jesus. With whom would you rather enter the Promised Land—murmuring Jews or Jesus?”
We know the mysteries of God through revelation knowledge.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Open our eyes to behold wonders from Your Word today. Give us hearing ears and seeing eyes to receive the revelations that You have for us.
In Jesus’s Name,
Pray for God’s help in making a biblical decision and not rest on your own understanding or power
“If you esteem Jesus as your Wealth, He will pour blessings and riches on you. You will prosper more than you ever dreamed possible.” ~Marilyn Hickey
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. -(2 Corinthians 9:8)
No matter who you are or where you are, Jesus wants to heal you. Whether it’s a common cold or terminal cancer, Jesus wants to heal you. Our Lord is no respecter of persons, and He is no respecter of disease. You don’t have to be a preacher or Sunday school teacher, and you don’t have to give half your income to the church before you can receive healing. You just must believe He has enough love, enough compassion, and enough power to do it for you. In Jesus’s day the people accepted healing, but the “religious” didn’t believe He could forgive sin. Today people believe He can forgive sin, but they question His healing power.
Why not accept both? It’s not only scriptural; it’s being proven in the lives of men, women, boys and girls every day.
One day, on the outskirts of Jericho, a blind man came to Jesus for the restoration of his sight.
However, before he came, he overcame several obstacles. The man was just one in a multitude of people—would Jesus see Him? When the man called to Jesus, those around the blind man told him to shut up. Would he listen to them? Would Jesus hear him? The man would have worn a brightly colored robe, which identified him as a blind person and gave him the right to beg for a living. Would he throw away his “security blanket” and reach out to Jesus for a new life of faith and wholeness? The answer to all those questions is yes, and Bartimaeus received his healing that day. Today, I want you to lay aside all the obstacles and circumstances that hinder you and simply believe Jesus. He will heal you if you need healing, and He will use you in healing others.
You can have His compassion, and you can have His anointing.
Memorize Isaiah 40:29
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength.
“We can experience miracles of various kinds throughout our lives.” ~Marilyn Hickey