RESPOND TO LIFE!

phone-callHow do you respond to life? Are you excited about life? Do you celebrate every day like the most precious gift or do you frown at every opportunity as though it were a problem?
To some, the news of a new born baby is exciting (because of the joy it brings) and to others worrying (because of the responsibilities ahead).
How do you respond to gifts or to an act of kindness? How do you receive love? Do you feel like people owe you? Do compliments bring you encouragement or feelings of pride?
Think about your response..

How do you respond to God’s Word?
In Genesis 15 God gave his Word to Abram, made a promise to him and even confirmed it with signs. How wonderful! We know the end of the story, but note his response before the fulfillment of the promise.

And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness (Genesis 15:6). And he was called the friend of God, James adds (2:23).

Hezekiah, king of Judah, received word about his health through Isaiah the prophet, was afraid, but got restored and his life was extended and he was wealthy. Later on he received yet another message from God by the prophet which in the sense was bad news of losing everything, but this time he was not shaken. His response in the Message Bible is amazing..

Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “If God says it, it must be good.” But he was thinking to himself, “It won’t happen during my lifetime—I’ll enjoy peace and security as long as I live.” (2Kings 20:19).

King David on the other side expresses his delight, excitement, hunger and thirst for the Word in various ways through out the Psalms. He says, in Psalms 119:162 that, “I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure.” With a nature like ourselves, he had both good and bad days. On one such occasion he says, “When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of You,” Psalm 42:6 (The Message).

Time would fail us to talk about Noah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Esther, Solomon, Jeremiah, Daniel and several other old testament folks who received God’s Word by faith, with meekness and obedience. The blessing upon their lives still speaks to this day.
There are more examples in the new testament. Mary, the mother of Jesus received of the Word spoken to her. Simon Peter and friends laid down their nets in obedience for a great catch. Many experienced miracles of healing, salvation, provisions, etc as a result of their response to the Word in faith. One guy’s response to His Word in the New Testament got Jesus to marvel.
The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. (Matthew 8:8).
When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! (Matthew 8:10).
Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour. (Matthew 8:13).

On the other side, the writer in Hebrews gives an account of a people who did not benefit from the Word spoken to them owing to their response. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard   not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. (Hebrews 4:2).

Faith is the language of the Spirit and it’s what pleases God.

How do you respond to God’s Word?
Jesus said, “the words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” God’s Word is life. It’s the very Word that formed us- the life that makes us who we are. He has magnified His Word above all His name (Psalm 138:2) because He knows He cannot fail. His Word will not return to Him void. He will accomplish whatever He has purposed.

Where do you turn when things go bad? Do hard times cause you to doubt God and His Word? Has God’s Word lost His power because you lost a job? What do you meditate on? What’s the confession of your mouth? How do you respond when you receive God’s Word? Does God’s Word offend you too much to even say “Amen”?

Stuff happens. Circumstances change. Heaven and earth will pass away, but God’s Word remains and will never lose it’s power to perform. I encourage you… Receive God’s Word with meekness and gladness, shout for joy, declare it out loud, speak it over your situation. Do it. Your life will never be the same again.

The way you respond to the Word is the way the Word responds to you.

 

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REFUSE!

Refuse to live a life less than what God has destined for you- an abundant and purposeful life!

Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Friends of God, God and His Word are one. And that’s the TRUTH. (See also John 1:1). Anything contrary is false…regardless of who says it! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar (Romans 3:4).

Satan, the devil, on the other hand, is a liar,  and he is the thief. Whatever he does is to get you to doubt God and His Word. He’s been at it from the time of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-5). He wants you to believe in and be kept under a lie that God’s Word is false and powerless.

In another place Jesus says, “the Words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63

Child of God, everything you need and ever will is in His Word. Know the Word for yourself for therein is your life. God’s Word will promote and prosper you; He will quicken you; He will empower and enable you; He will defend and protect you; He will guard your heart and mind with peace; He will establish and sustain you; He will build you up and give you an inheritance among those who are sanctified. So much!

Now the devil is aware of all this, and that’s what he wants to steal, kill and destroy so that you don’t get to live a full life.

Don’t fret! You are born of God and are therefore an overcomer. And the victory that overcomes  is your faith (1 John 5:4)- FAITH in His Word. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, Revelation 12:11.

Beloved, Christ won the victory for us by His blood. Your faith in His work grants you the same victory. That’s your testimony as a child of God, for the just shall live by faith. 

Regardless of the circumstances around you (what your natural senses can witness), choose to believe and trust that God will perform His Word. With your mouth speak life- speak the Word. Meditate therein day and night so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written, then you will make your way prosperous and have good success.

Refuse to participate with the rest of the world speaking lies and pronouncing death over everything… poor economy, slow business, bad governance, season of sickness, etc… Refuse the popular! REFUSE because your case is different. The path of the just is like the shinning sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day (Proverbs 4:18). This is your story.

You are loved!

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Your case is different!

COUNTER WORRY WITH MEDITATION

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I have worried about failing an examination. I have worried about school fees, loss and lack of money. I have worried about losing a job…even finding one! I have worried about falling sick and seeing a loved one in pain. I have even worried about friends visiting my room and finding it boring- no food, no movies.. haha!

I have worried about many things but guess what, there’s nothing I feared that came to pass. If anything happened, it didn’t stop me from moving forward. I’m alive today, and so are you- reading this.

Worry troubles the peace of the mind (our place of thoughts and imagination) bringing one distress. Worry takes from today’s strength, blinds us of tomorrow’s brightness and keeps us close to the past. Sickness may not kill, but worry will. Lack will not destroy you, worry will.

Jesus in Matthew 6:25-34 commands us not to worry, gives us reasons why and tells us what to do. We can’t change a thing about the state of things by worrying. In fact it gets worse.
But how can I keep from worrying when things move from bad to worse? Jesus said, “But seek first the Kingdom of God…” That’s His will. By doing this you recognize that the Greater one is in control.
Paul in Philippians 4:6-7 exhorts us to pray with thanksgiving and the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds.
You may ask, “how do I pray with thanks when I’m worried? How do I and/or why should I give thanks for what I don’t have or see?” That’s faith, and that too is God’s will- His good, pleasing and perfect will for you.
How then? Through meditation.

Another word for meditation is imagination– to form a mental image of something. Imagination is believed to be one of the greatest forces in the universe that brings thoughts into visible realities. One human brain generates more energy (electrical impulses) in one day than all the cell phones combined on the planet. You see science agrees with what Proverbs 23:7 says. For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

“When we meditate on good things and not on toxic, poisonous things, we increase the gamma waves in our brains, which means we increase our attention, memory and learning capacities. Research has shown that with healthy thinking we build up portions of our brain that produces happiness. So by simply changing the way I think or imagine I can be happy?” -Dr. Caroline Leaf.

See how God responds when He saw men building the Tower of Babel..

And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them. (Genesis 11:6, Amplified)

Imagination gives you power to envision and create something in the mind. Remember worry takes place in the mind. So create positive images of a healthy mind and body, a happy life, a generous person, a wise decision maker, the best student/employee, see the celebrations already, and soon worry will be displaced.
Meditate on God’s Word and His promises to you- Believe it! Declare out loud with your mouth. Get your praise on!

Joshua 1:8
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

SOWING SEED

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Luke 8:11
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Before I can tell you about my ministry and how you can partner with a seed of $……. (haha!), let us examine something together. You were probably told that your health and/or financial situation will not change until you have sowed a seed of….. (you know how much). Perhaps you have given much already, if not all, and still nothing has changed. Did God lie about His Word? Certainly not! He’s not man. Were you coerced into paying for what Jesus’ blood purchased for you? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
Friends of God, the seed is the Word of God. This Word was with God from the beginning and by the same were we made, with all that was created by Him. (See Genesis 1; John 1:1-4). The seed has life in it and that’s why it’s able to produce after its own kind. Science agrees with this too.
Any wonder that Jesus would use it for an illustration and explanation of the Kingdom of God and its principles?
Of increase and multiplication
He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. (Mark 4:26-27)
Of the Blessing
In Genesis 22:18 God said to Abraham, “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” Remember that the seed referred to here is Christ (see Galatians 3:16)- who also is the Word (John 1:14).
Of diligence
In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that, Or whether both alike will be good (Ecclesiastes11:6).
Of practical living
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap (Galatians 6:7).
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him (Genesis 26:12).
Of generosity
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
This is where I believe the topic on giving money, being referred to as “sowing seed”, has been misinterpreted. God is honored in our giving and He deserves our best. The tithe belongs to Him and He commands a blessing on that (See Malachi 3:10-12). This is not say “give more and get more”. We give because we have. We give because we love God, who loved us first.
I believe also that as the Church, the body of Christ, we can do better to encourage our members to give generously to the work of the ministry than to coerce them or at worst threaten them with failure and poverty. People will cheerfully give from an understanding that they are already blessed, that they have an abundance for every good work, and that they can be a blessing.
May we encourage each other to sow the right seeds, to sow to the Spirit, to receive God’s Word (Seed) with meekness and diligence to do according to all that’s written in it, and to be generous on all occasions. We shall reap if we do not lose heart.

YOU MUST KNOW

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2 Peter 1:2-3
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.

A friend shared how embarrassing her experience flying for the first time was, when she turned down an offer to be served food and drinks on the plane. She was afraid she would have to pay for it like we do during bus stops on long journeys.

Child of God, everything you need and ever will (in this life and the one to come) has already been provided. God has not left us to wander about in the dark nor has He hidden anything from us. He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)

His perfect will, promises, plans and purpose for our lives are all revealed in His written Word. Knowledge of this will save us the trouble we go through worrying, guessing, trying and failing. Does this mean we will not suffer from anything negative? Certainly not! We know that all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28).
The sad reality however, is that some people may never get to know what belongs to them, owing to their ignorance of the Word. God in Hosea 4:6 says, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Now those times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30).

Keeping a Bible closer to your head when you sleep may not guard you from the attack of the enemy, but reading and understanding it will surely keep you from his lies.
Remember it is not just the truth but rather knowledge of the truth that will set you free, as you give yourself to the study of God’s word and continue in it. (See John 8:31-32).

This experiential and revelational knowledge is available for us all. The Holy Spirit in you will guide you into all truth. You won’t need to say, “so and so said”. You will quote and speak from an abundance stored up in you.
God’s Word will renew your mind and transform you from the inside-out. You will be empowered to believe, to do, to live and to speak right. With this you can command your destiny. (See Joshua 1:8).
Beloved, this is your story.

FORGET THE PAST, SEE JESUS DO A NEW THING!

…but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:13–14

Despite having repented and getting saved, Apostle Paul could have dwelled on his serious past mistake of persecuting the early church. He could have chosen to live a life of regret and thus fail to fulfill God’s call on his life. But he didn’t. Instead, he chose to forget the past, “reaching forward to those things which are ahead.”

My friend, don’t live in the past.
Whether it’s a failed marriage, a huge mistake you made, or a hurtful remark from someone, leave them all in the past and move forward. By all means, learn from your mistake. But look to Christ as your success, wisdom, comfort and strength, and see Him do a new thing in your life by His unmerited favor.

See Him giving you stronger and blessed relationships through His wisdom and grace. See Him giving you a better job with better benefits. See Him restoring your health sevenfold. Consider not “the things of old,” but consider or meditate on His better promises (Hebrews 8:6). That’s how you move forward into His good success!