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‘When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.’ – Matthew 8:16 NIV

The same authority and anointing power displayed by Jesus to heal the sick, by His spoken word, is available and accessible to us through the quality quiet time we spend with God in His word and prayer. In the Gospel of John, chapter 1, we see Jesus described as the Word who was in the beginning, with God, and was God. Faith challenges me to believe that same authority and anointing power through the spoken word of Jesus then is operable in my life today. If I believe God is the same today, yesterday, and forever, then this positions me for the miraculous and impossible on the subject of healing and the power of the word of God.

‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.’ – Isaiah 55:8-11 NIV

God explained to the prophet Isaiah to tell His people that His word is like water and snow, having the same impact in the lives of those who receive its authority and power, just as the water and snow has an impact in the earth. God emphasizes that He has a purpose when His word is sent and is trustworthy in its ability to accomplish what He planned for it to. So, in essence, if God is not having impact and influence in the earth, then we have to question whether we are doing our part to share it and apply it.

Father, bless us and help us to allow the authority and anointing power of Your word to affect change in, through, and around us as You desire so we may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.’  – Hebrews 4:12

There is an internal unseen work of God occurring every time I invest quality, quiet time reading His word. The word of God is described as living and active. I would describe the word of God as medicine for the soul. Whenever I sense a stress induced headache about to begin, or some type of physical pain (usually my back) I rely on Advil. My body responds well to Advil and it consistently provides me the relief I need from the physical symptoms of pain. The word of God is described in Hebrews 4 in the same way I have benefitted from taking Advil.

Anyone who has spent any significant time reading the word of God can attest to what happens when we fail to spend that consistent quiet, quality time allowing the word of God to fill our heart, soul, and mind with the transforming agent of God’s word. The word of God has the way of bringing relief, comfort, affirmation, healing, joy, peace, strength, courage, encouragement, confidence, assurance, hope, stability, and closeness to God in the midst of dark, difficult moments.

The word of God is not just food for the soul, but fuel for my spirit to help me draw from the Spirit of God to live for Him and strive to walk by faith. The greater my daily intake of the word of God is what inspires, motivates, and moves me to stand firm against what seeks to overcome and prevail against me. Pains from my past and the present inner turmoil I encounter as my inner man wrestles with the war of good and evil raging within me is managed and mastered by my self-discipline in the consistent time devoted to reading the word of God. The less time I have for the word of God, the less I am able to live victoriously and experience the healing power God supplies by the authority and anointing power of His word. When I am feeling disillusioned, disappointed, discouraged, or even defeated by life’s troubles, the word of God is the remedy!

Father, bless us and help us to demonstrate the necessary self-discipline to devote consistent quiet, quality time with You in Your word to experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have. 

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“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”

– John 4:34 NIV

What motivates you to work hard? What drives you to excel? What pushes you to be the best at what you do? What inspires you to give your all, not settle for less, go for the gold, pull yourself up by the bootstraps, or never say die?

I have always enjoyed reading the verse in the Gospel of John 4:34. The statement Jesus makes to His disciples about the ‘food’ that drives Him to live out the will of his Father continues, to this day, to be a source of inspiration and motivation for me to remain grounded in the simplicity of the ‘purpose’ of life. Jesus is indirectly communicating, by using the topic of food, what inspires and motivates Him to live and experience the fullness of life He came for us to have.

Food, quite simply, satisfies our hunger and provides fuel for the body. Jesus, then, is using the topic of food with the disciples as a teachable moment to address a greater issue of life’s true purpose, as He had just finished using the topic of ‘water’ to lead the woman at the well towards salvation through revelation of Himself as the source in their dialogue about ‘living water.’

In that same vain, in relation to the questions posed at the beginning of this writing, what is your ‘food?’ For the Christian, should not each of us express the same passion for doing the will of God and finishing the work of God as Jesus expressed? A recent conversation on this verse reminded me of the truth that the same Jesus who declared His passion for living, or His ‘food,’ now lives in me. Which means I can learn to allow ‘doing the will of God,’ and ‘finishing the work He prepared in advance for me to do,’ to be my food as it was for Jesus. Much like the scriptures says about letting this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

Father, bless us and help us to allow the mind of Christ to inspire us and motivate us to act in living with the same passion and purpose as Christ lived so we may do Your will and finish the work You prepared in advance for us to do.

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‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’

– Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV

Is determination a character trait I am born with, or is it a learned behavior, or both?

Consider the child that learns to walk. What do we learn from this example on the subject of determination and walking by faith? When you read and reflect upon the verse of scripture provided as the inspiration for this post, what is explained as the remedy for overcoming the hindrances of sin’s entanglement?

‘For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.’ – Proverbs 24:16 NIV

Is it that we learn determination, or the troubles of this life Jesus said we would have begin to affect us and influence within us a desire to quit, give up, give in, or is this capacity within us when we are born too? Consider this, even the Son of God sought to renegotiate His divine purpose of surrendering His life on the cross when He cried out to the Father, ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’ – Luke 22:42 NIV

The baby that learns to walk does so because they are determined to. Instinctually they are internally driven by their desire, and purpose, to achieve the goal of walking because of their desire to and internal drive to fulfill their divine purpose to walk upright. The word of God and the Spirit of God work together in the heart and mind of the child of God to inspire, nurture, and cultivate the same disposition and resolve for the child of God to display ‘determination’ as they walk by faith.

Father, bless us and help us to allow Your word and Your Spirit to continually cultivate within us the necessary resolve and determination to allow us to walk by faith and experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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‘Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.’

– Psalm 51:10, 12 NIV

Ever got sick of succumbing to a sin you’ve struggled and wrestled with in your faith walk with God? Ever wondered why your faith in Christ has not yet brought about deliverance from a particular sin? In the midst of your frustration, remorse, and grief over your sin, have you ever heard the still, small voice of God whisper to you, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, and my power is made perfect in your weakness,’ as He whispered to the Apostle Paul?

Have you discovered the remedy of feeling sick of your sin?

‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’ – Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV

The word ‘determination’ resonated with me during the time I read and reflected upon Psalm 51 today. And from this 4 thoughts along with it:

  • My conscious recognition of my need for God, His grace and mercy, must increase and outlast my capacity and propensity to sin in order to remain sensitive to God’s holiness, sincere in my faith walk towards holiness, and be deliberate and intentional about not succumbing to the darkness within me, or the world around me.
  • How do I learn to be determined?
  • Am I as determined in my pursuit of intimacy with God as I am with others?
  • Do I consistently allow my sin, my past, the darkness, or the troubles of this life to discourage my pursuit of God?

Resolution: God’s arms are always open to me. ‘What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!’ – Romans 7:24-25 NIV 

Father, bless us and help us to be determined to press forward, push past, and persevere beyond our sins that so easily entangle us being deliberate and intentional about experiencing the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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“Two things I ask of you, Lorddo not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” 

– Proverbs 30:7-9 NIV

Since faith in Christ involves an intimate, personal relationship with God, this post is more about what I understand about what’s written in the Scriptures and I invite any who desire to share their thoughts about what’s written in this post, or their perspective of what they understand about faith & money.

Inspired from my recollection of the show hosted by Robin Leach, along with my recent success in publishing my first book and launching my business, this post is a continuation of talks and reflections I have had on the subject of faith and money.

What was seen as entertainment growing up, much like Entertainment Tonight, the television show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and contemporary shows like MTV Cribs help me to see as an adult the danger, deception, and temptations associated with allowing the love of money, pursuit of wealth, and the ambition for excess to permeate my thinking as a follower of Christ.

Today’s post is inspired from reflections from Psalm 1:1, Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers.’

According to Psalm 1 I am blessed if my lifestyle distinguishes me apart from the wicked, sinners, and mockers. When you read Jesus’ sermon on the mount in Matthew 5:1-12, being blessed, according to Christ, involves exemplifying the person of Jesus Christ, or personifying Christ’s actions, attributes, character, and conduct. God blesses both the righteous and unrighteous with material wealth and possessions and the Apostle John admonished the importance of soul prosperity along with external prosperity in 3 John 1:2. Yes I am blessed if I receive financial prosperity from God, but am I not blessed without it?

To be continued

May the LORD bless us and help us to align our hearts and minds consistently and continually with the perspective of the Scripture regarding money so we can live victoriously and unencumbered from the world’s view and inspire others by the light of His counsel!

 

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