Having a rough day? Needing a reminder? How about clinging to this powerful Word?
When the enemy tries to tell you otherwise, whisper: “Lord, You are good and you do good…”
When you are reminded of past trauma, whisper: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”
When you receive disappointing news, cry out: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”
When that door closes, write: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”
When the one you thought you were going to spend the rest of your life with, shout: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”
As you start to repeat that simple line, Heaven will respond, Angels will be dispatch, and the Lord will smell your sweet fragrant of praise. As you declare that power over your life, you will see the good that you are declaring. As you shower that scripture, your strength is renewed!
There is power in repeating the truth of God’s Word! It’s not about shouting it on street corners, it’s about whispering it with tear-filled eyes. It’s about speaking it when you aren’t seeing good. It’s about crying out about the Lord’s goodness when you are discouraged and distracted.
Find yourselves declaring: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”
Being persuaded or pressured is frequently associated with negative behaviors. However, let’s adjust our perspective of persuasion. Have you ever been persuaded to do something good?
Think about your physical health: haven’t you been compelled to work out or eat better because you were able to see the benefits for someone else? Think about cooking: haven’t you been persuaded to try out a recipe because you watched someone prepare it on YouTube?
The power of persuasion doesn’t always result in drinking, sex, or drugs. Sometimes, you will be motivated to try out something that will benefit your family, your health, or your wealth.
Persuasion worked for Abraham:
So how does this become our testimony? We cling to the Word of God through Jesus Christ!
Sisters, Abraham believed because God said so! He had not seen the promises of God manifested, all of the natural things pointed to the very opposite of what God said-but he persuaded simply by God’s Words!
This must be true for us! We have to know His Word so that we can cling to His Word and by clinging to His Word, we will become persuaded by His Word.
Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes, and your current pastor are great folks-they are not the Word of God! If you can be persuaded by them, imagine what the pure, unfiltered Word of God can do for our lives. It’s time to go back to Bible Study with your Bible, pen, paper, and the Holy Spirit leading the way. It’s time to go back to memorizing scripture and speaking the Word of God over our situations.
It is time to be persuaded by the pure and beautiful Word of God! Abraham heard the direct voice of the Lord. That beautiful, still, small, yet powerful voice must be our sole motivation.
The Lord knows what we have need of, He knows the desires of our heart. He knows our cares and concerns. Sometimes our best prayers come through our praise. We can praise the Lord, knowing that He can and will do what we’ve asked. We praise resting in the sovereignty of the Lord our God. Let’s look to the beautiful words of Psalm 100!
1) “Lift up a great shout of joy to Yahweh! Go ahead and do it—everyone, everywhere!
2) Worship Yahweh with gladness. Sing your way into his presence with joy!
3) And realize what this really means— we have the privilege of worshiping Yahweh our God. For he is our Creator and we belong to him. We are the people of his pleasure.
4) You can pass through his open gates with the password of praise. Come right into his presence with thanksgiving. Come bring your thank offering to him and affectionately bless his beautiful name!
5) For Yahweh is always good and ready to receive you. He’s so loving that it will amaze you— so kind that it will astound you! And he is famous for his faithfulness toward all. Everyone knows our God can be trusted, for he keeps his promises to every generation!”
We are probably are familiar with the saying: “you can’t pour from an empty cup…”, right? Sometimes the cup isn’t truly empty. Sometimes the cup is full our ourselves: our plans, our desire, and our will. If we are the only contents of our cup, it is truly empty.
Do we leave room for the Lord in our cup? Not only should He be the center, but He must also be the content of our cup:
The love of God through Jesus Christ is what fills our cups. The quote of pouring from an empty cup often charges us to take a nap, get mani/pedi, or get a cup of coffee. None of those things are bad at all-however, it all starts with Christ!
The love that covers a multitude of sins, the love that shed its blood on Calvary, and the love that gave His One and Only Son so that we could be in greater relationship with Him-that is what must first fill our cups.
The filling of Christ’s love for us is what completes us, reconstructs our will to please Him, and molds our desires to satisfy our spirit rather than our flesh-this in our cups will truly change our lives.
Egypt, for the children of Israel, represented a place of comfort, bondage, and complacency. Egypt was dry and full of despair. When enslaved in Egypt, the children of Israel had to endure hard labor, with minimal pay, and survived from the crumbs of the Pharoah’s table.
Does Egypt sound familiar? It should-it’s where we live spiritually until we meet Christ. Without Him we are hopeless, in poverty (spiritually), and in bondage. From a spiritual perspective, Egypt is beautiful on the outside, empty on the inside.
Sisters, we can rejoice because we have a Savior that promises to remove us from our Egypt!
One translation (the Easy To Read version) reminds us that the Lord is the one who saved us! We have transitioned from Egypt to eternity! When we decide to accept the call of the Lord, we crossed over! When the children of Israel decided to heed to the call of the Lord through following Moses, they became etched into the Book of Life!
Like the children of Israel, we made some poor choices on the way that has taken generations to resolve. We have desired to run back to Egypt to be comfortable. We’ve desired go back to the very bondage we were freed from, just like the children of Israel.
Accepting Christ has ushered us until eternity! We can rejoice at the fact that we are no longer fighting for the crumbs of Pharoah’s table. We have a table prepared just for us! We are no longer in a dry land-we now have the promise of a land flowing with milk and honey!
Let’s rejoice-as our soul wonders how we got over, we can proclaim the name of our Father through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior-the One who saved us!
Believing and sowing go hand in hand. To all the folks with a green thumb-you all plant seeds and expect to harvest a bountiful crop, right? To the students-you all study so that you can pass your exam, right? To all the chefs-you spend hours preparing a meal and expect that it will be tasty, correct?
For the gardeners, bakers, and students-all expect to see a harvest that is relevant to their sowing. So children of God, when we sow in our faith-do we expect to see the movement of God? Believers, when we pray-do we expect to hear the voice of God? Daughters of God, when we cry out “Abba, Father”-do we expect to see God our Father?
Saints, we should be expecting a harvest! The Word of God tells us that we should expect to see when we believe! John 7:38 tells us that we will see rivers of living water flowing from us. John 11:40 tells us that we will see His glory. When we believe, we will be made whole. He is Lord of the Harvest!
Sisters, let’s labor before the Lord. We won’t labor in vain. Our reading, our fasting, and our praying will absolutely yield a bountiful crop! And we know it can be hard in the waiting, we know that we are down right tired of closed doors and “no’s” at every turn-but the harvest is coming!
Why can we count on the harvest? Because we belong to Lord of the Harvest! We shall have living water accessible to us at all times, we will see His glory, and we will be healed and made whole.
Our sister, don’t grow weary in well doing. Don’t stop sowing. Don’t stop seeking. The Father sees you! He hears your cry! He sees the budgeting you are doing for your family, He sees your long nights of crafting that book, He sees the negative balance in your bank account-the harvest is right around the corner!
Let’s start by saying: there is NOTHING too hard for God, Amen? Amen!
But sowing is not easy work. It takes concentration, focus, and intentionality. Sowing often yields a beautiful creation-when completed with skill and love. This is how the Father worked when He created us-when He created you! He was intentional, He was careful, and He was focused. It says so in the Word:
You as the finished product is just as important as the time and tenderness the Father provides to you as He created you. When sowing, if one detours, if one uses threads that don’t match-it disrupts the creation, the finished product. One doesn’t sow with their eyes close, they are careful and driven.
You, beautiful sister, deserve attention, care, and focus. The Father deemed it so! This is vital to our identity as children of God. The world wants to tell us that our very creation is a “random assignment”. Oh no sister! The Father knew full on well who we were going to be!
He carefully designed the beautiful shape of our faces, our lovely hair, and our unique skin color. He knew every line of our fingerprint, the curve of our fingers, and the careful placement of the freckles on our skin. His intentional design of our ears and nose was not by chance but on purpose.
Sisters, know that the Father knitting you in your mothers womb, matter just as much as His finished product. There is nothing accidental or random about you-we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Can you imagine the Lord having anything to do with our pain? The lame, the blind, the ongoing issue with blood-all can be used to display the glory of God. Imagine that! Let’s see what the Lord has to say about it:
Let’s start here: suffering is a part of being in this world. Our aches and pains are par for the course. Also, some of our issues are straight consequences of our sin. As children of God, we are absolutely forgiven-hallelujah!-but there are still natural consequences to our sinful actions.
But this does not negate the absolute fact that we can still see the manifestations of God’s amazing work in our lives! The man with the issue of blindness became the very indication that Jesus was here and present. His healing is the Lord’s amazing handiwork! His recovery likely brought someone else to Christ.
Our pains serve as an opportunity to testify about the goodness of God. Listen, we are not oblivious to the fact that pain is tough and troubling, but fret not-the Master has a plan for your pain.
Pain will not win. Pain is not the end. Pain has been defeated, Amen?! Our troubles and trials is an opportunity for Christ to be magnified and glorified. His plan for our life may involve pain-but pain is not our purpose nor it is our final promise!
Our pain is a part of His plan-His plan to show the world that He is Lord, His plan to demonstrate to us that we are more than a conqueror, His plan to show us that we are overcomer, and His plan to prove that we are victorious!