From the onset, when Jesus “…had called His twelve disciples to [Him,] He gave them power [over] unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.” (Matthew 10:1)
However, they fail to apply this word and in Matthew 17, the disciples were puzzled when they failed to drive out a demon from a boy.
The status changes from Acts when the disciples start walking in the word that God had given them prior.
They are able to perform so many miracles and lead many to Christ, because they were now acting on God’s word.
This same concept remains true for us as believers. God is a God of action. He requires us to be doers of the word, not just hearers.
God has a word concerning every single thing under the sun.
When we choose to only read or hear it without applying it in our lives, we are only kidding our selves.
We ought to speak His word into our lives and situations, we need to walk in it and have faith that He who said it, will fulfill it.
We are not blessed by the word of God we hear but by the word we apply.
“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night, On an instrument of ten strings, On the lute, And on the harp, With harmonious sound. For You, LORD, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands. O LORD, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep.”(Psalm 92: 1-5)
In all things, find reason to give thanks to God. The portion of scripture above says it is good that you do so.
Romans 8:28 tells us that God works out everything for our good.
Sometimes we fail to see His goodness but when we look closer, we can see His lovingkindness in all things.
God is consistently looking out to make our lives better.
What are you thankful to God for this morning?
At the end of a particularly not so good day for me yesterday, God practically reminded me that He knows me personally, and that with every breathe I take, He is right there with me.
Allow me encourage you today. Whether you know Him or not, whether you love Him or not, whether you feel it or not, God knows you.
He knows when you sit and when you rise; He perceives your thoughts from afar.
He discerns your going out and your lying down; He is familiar with all your ways and never surprised by you.
Before a word is on your tongue , the LORD knows it completely.
God is your maker, He calls you His own. He will never leave you no matter where you go.
He knows your name, He knows your every thought; He sees each tear that falls, and hears you when you call.
If you are a computer user, you might have experienced this.
When too many windows are open, less work is actually done, or more time is spent because of the many windows one has to go through to get to what is needed for the task at hand.
This same principle applies to prayer. In 2 Kings 13, King Jehoash runs to Elisha who is on his death bed, in great fear concerning the “armies and chariots of Israel,” because without the man of God, the King was afraid of what might happen to Israel.
One of the key highlights in this portion of scripture is the fact that Elisha asked the king to open only the East window. Perhaps there were other windows in the room, but Elisha asked him to focus in on the East Window.
For that particular season, God was giving Jehoash grace to fight Israel’s enemy from the East who were the Arameans from Syria.
Sometimes we get overwhelmed by so many battles, and we tend to fight all at the same time.
The result is usually tired and frustrated Christians, with limited victory.
We need to learn to take it one battle at a time. Focus on a particular issue, look up scripture concerning that and engage in prayer over it.
Just like a nail being hammered into a wall, the persistent pressure you exert in the spirit will eventually result in victory.
Action without aim gives limited results.
And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift [you] as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to [Me,] strengthen your brethren.” But he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.” Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.” (Luke 22:31-34)
This is one of the events leading to Christ’s crucifixion. Peter is expressing his allegiance to God and is convinced that he can never deny the faith.
Jesus’ response to him is a reminder to us as believers that we cannot sustain our walk with God, apart from Him.
It is God’s grace through the Holy Spirit that leads us to Him, and the same grace sustains our walk upto the very end.
Have you ever wanted to buy a particular car? Ever wondered why the moment your mind settles for it, you suddenly notice more of it on the road, yet before that it was almost non existant?
This interesting principle applies to all areas of life, because the human mind is that powerful.
It could be school, spiritual growth, career, business, marriage, or your health.
Anything you put your mind to and give it the focus required will eventually grow.
If we desire to become better in any area of life, focus is all we need.
The opposite is true that if we are not growing in any area of our life, more often than not, there little or no effort at all in that direction.
Proverbs 23:7 says as a man thinketh so is he. This is so because the mind controls action.
Always remember that what you focus on grows.
Pride in all its forms and meanings ultimately focuses on self. Pride says that this is my problem, I need my own solution for it, and that is when anxiety and worry set in.
God knows that your human insufficiency cannot manage the cares that come your way, that is why He asks you to humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)
Pride instead casts all care on self, and yet self was never created to manage self. We have to learn to burden God with our cares and leave them with Him.
Therefore when anxiety sets in, do a self check because more often than not, you are heavy laddened with a burden that is not yours to carry.