Isn’t it amazing what a kind word can do for your day? Think about the last time someone genuinely complimented you-how did it make you feel? What did it do for your day? Research shows the power of gratitude, the wonder of appreciation, and the art of thankfulness-it has health benefits, affects your productivity, and alleviates sadness.
While science made have just discovered the benefits of a positive word, believers of God through Jesus Christ should know the power of words. The Word of God is life!
Words are living, breathing, and active. Need to feel better? Speak God’s Word over you! Need to be encouraged? Go to the Word! Need to comfort someone? Use the Word of God! Facing a tough situation? Declare and decree the promises of God over your situation.
We must remember the power that is in God’s Word. Maybe the social sciences are just getting the program but we cannot afford to forget that our salvation story starts with the Word of God! We spoke and believed that God did it. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony! The Word of God is life.
It’s not just an positive affirmation. It is not just a positive statement or quote. It is living, breathing, and active.
This has nothing to do with who you present yourself to be, your status, or your educational attainment. Being chosen in Christ is not like being in the world. The world selection process is all about tangible and temporary things. Thank God that He does not function in the same capacity!
We are chosen in Christ when we say yes! We are chosen when we agree with what the Father says about us. We are chosen when we choose to believe in the promises of the Lord! Your degree and your childhood experiences do not automatically enter you into the Father’s kingdom. We are chosen by admitting that we cannot survive with God through Jesus Christ.
Rejoice and be glad! The Father is waiting to accept us with open arms. He is willing to choose us if we are willing to be accepted. He receives us as we receive Him. We should be glad to know that He loves us unconditionally!
Maybe you grew up in multiple foster homes, perhaps you were rejected by a parent. Maybe you were passed over for the promotion, or rejected by a friend. Maybe your dream school denied you or you were denied for that loan. No matter the circumstances, we promise that you have been handpicked and chosen by the Father!
He sees you as chosen, holy, royalty, and a special possession. All you have to say is “yes Lord, I am available, choose me!”
When someone attempts to contact us between the hours of 9am to 5pm, most of us would say that we are at work-and for the over nighters, they are usually preparing for work.
Whether you are self-employed or work for an organization, work requires so much of our time. Work is exhausting. Work is time consuming. Work is demanding. But work is what we must do.
We can view it from the natural perspective, right? Work provides for our families. Work helps us operate in our purpose. And although it is demanding, work is fulfilling. Work is also required in the supernatural. Let’s look to the Word:
Jesus’s command is for us to work until He comes. While one can interpret this from a natural perspective, we must know that the Savior means that we are to do His business until He returns. Work is demanding, but necessary. Work is time consuming, but it’s our appropriate position. People are dying without knowing Christ because the people of God are not doing their job by planting and watering. It’s time to get to work!
As a blood washed, born again believer-the charge has been given: Occupy until Jesus returns. We cannot afford to retire from ministry, it’s our service! Preaching the Word of God through Jesus Christ is our lifelong service.
We preach when we give of ourselves. We preach when we encourage someone with the Word of God. We minister by caring for our families. We work as we testify about the goodness of Christ. We preach by living out the Word of God. We work by exuding joy, choosing patience, and loving our enemies. We are working when we are fasting and praying. We are working when we are declaring and decreeing the promises of God.
We should always be at work, not at our secular place of employment but doing our Father’s business. Whether it’s 5pm or 5am, when someone is looking for us, we must be at work.
Tenaciousness can carry an negative connotation at times. Someone being considered tenacious can be linked to being rude, aggressive, and without care and concern for others. Isn’t it amazing how the Lord can turn whatever He desires from negative to positive for His glory? Let’s consider this verse:
“Inasmuch then as we [believers] have a great High Priest who has [already ascended and] passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith and cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in Him as Savior].” Hebrews 4:14 AMP
The amplified version of Hebrews 4:14 exhorts believers to cling tenaciously! Let us cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in the Father! Let’s be firm, aggressive, and without care or concern for the things of the world when it comes to trusting in our Father! Let’s be unwilling to yield or compromise when it comes to holding to our confession and our faith in the Lord our God.
The world will want to define you as foolish, naive, and silly for clinging to Someone who you cannot see, touch, or feel. This world will want us to loosen our grip and grab on to the tangible and the destructible. The Word gives us that warning:
Be tenacious for our Father! Cling to our Creator! This concept of clinging requires focus, strength, patience and love. Your firm grasp is power! Your faith will move the mountains of your life, if only we can remember to cling tenaciously.
Be unwavering in articulating about the power of the Lord our God. Be passionate about demonstrating the love of God through Jesus Christ. Be immovable about declaring the goodness of God.
Sisters, let’s cling tenaciously to the very One who saved us from the brink of death. Let’s cling to our Savior.
In order to experience life, you must know about death. In order to experience healing, you must know about pain. In order to experience abundance, you must know about not having enough. In order to experience victory, you must know about being defeated.
The more we live, the more we realize that there is power in the name of Jesus. We know He is the life giver. We know He is the healer. We know He is the provider. We know He is victorious. We know that there is a Name that is above all names.
His Name is Peace. His Name is Lord. He is the Provider. He is Victorious. The Lord, our Banner. Jehovah Jireh. Jehovah Nissi. Jehovah Shalom. Jesus. Messiah. Lord. Savior. More than A Conqueror.
There is a name that saves:
There is a name that will bring us to our knees, the name of the Lord our God! How blessed are we as we cry out to our Father, He comes to our rescue? What name on Earth or Heaven has the power to move mountains? The name of the Lord, our God!
“Help me, Jesus“ can be the start to our breakthrough! Let’s call on the name of the Lord instead calling on the issues that weigh us down. Instead of calling on the name of diseases and diagnoses, let’s call on the Name of our Healer. Instead of calling ourselves “a hot mess”, let’s proclaim that we are blessed!
Sister, you lack absolutely NOTHING! Are you hearing the voice of the Lord? In Him, you have all that you need! Now, we are not ignorant to the fact that there are things that you may not have and there may be things that you desire-but lack is not your portion. In Christ, we shall not want.
The world can make us feel like we are lacking all that we need, all that we want, and all that we desire. Remove that concept of lack from the seat of your heart. It has no place, it’s sitting in the Father’s seat. As His child, how can we subscribe to the lies of the enemy?
Sisters, we have all we need! We don’t have to covet the things our family and friends have, your Heavenly Father is the very Creator of the Universe. He gave us the most precious gift we could ever receive, His One and Only Son. Salvation is priceless, joy cannot be priced, and peace is freely given to all who profess Christ. We do not have to want for anything.
Tell that ugly voice of lack to have a seat! It has no place with us. Tell Satan that he is a liar. The King of our heart will grant us the desires of our heart as we delight in Him. The only One we need is Christ.
Every time the perceived notion of lack tries to speak: whisper this truth over you: “And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
There are nooks and crannies of our past that we do not want anyone to see. The enemy desires to magnify those dark areas of our past to keep us from pursuing our desires and goals. Essentially, whether we realize it or not, we place those dark things of our past on the throne seat of our hearts.
At the root of it all is shame. We are ashamed of the choices we made, the connections we created, and the consequences of our decisions. Shame cannot sit in the place that was created for our Father. Sister, shame cannot be magnified. Shame cannot take the place of the Lord and Savior of our life.
Sister, did you see the declaration of the Lord your God?! He says you will forget the shame of your youth! So it has to be removed from the nooks and crannies of your life! Shine the Father’s light on those dark and hidden places. Make Satan and his minions bow to the truth of the King! Shame has been dethroned! You are no longer bounded by the foolishness of your past.
We have been redeemed, sister. We have been set free as we declare Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Let’s dethrone that ugly face of shame. We must live unashamed! We must live set free. We must remember that we have been forgiven by our Good, Good Father.
For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:11
Understanding whose you are is an important facet of identity formation. You, our dear sister, have been adopted as you accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior. Let’s look to the Word:
Understanding that we are adopted, grafted into the love and promises of God through Jesus Christ is important to our identity as daughters of God! No longer do we have to search to belong-we belong to the Father! No longer do we have to pursue the love of people-we are loved by God Almighty!
This aspect of our identity provides us with a greater knowledge of our worth. Knowing that the Lord sent His only Son to die on the cross for our sins helps us operate in this world that defines worth by income and outer beauty.
Sister, you don’t have to wonder about your worth anymore. No longer do you have to fight for attention. You have the Creator of the Universe as your Father-the only one who knows you in and out.
Abandoned by your father? Trust in the Ultimate Father! Left by your mother? The Lord is here to mend that brokenness. Betrayed by your friend? You are now apart of the family of the One who sticks closer than a brother!
You have been adopted-permanently, for all of eternity, never to be left again. Hallelujah!
Trouble, trials, and turbulence are our portion while here on Earth. Between the violence, the economic woes, and moral issues-troubles have no problem finding us. No matter how much we pray and plead, sorrow is inevitable. That is not the end result, however, as children of the Lord, we have a promise that awaits us at the end of the turbulent road. Christ tells us so, let’s look to the Lord:
The end is that you will overcome because Christ overcame it all! Trouble may be the portion but victory is the promise! Friends, this world is just full of sorrowful stories. Turn on the news, open up the internet-you will find all the troubles and ills of the world there.
But open up your Bible! There you will find the happy ending you dream of-Jesus Christ overcame the world’s ills. The end is that you will overcome too! There is a home in Heaven awaiting those who profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Our Savior achievements is our promise! Our happy ending isn’t found in retiring from a job in 30 years, it isn’t found in marrying the love of our life or becoming debt-free, our joy is in Christ alone. Christ is more than our happy ending-He is our joy-filled ending!
Sisters, we cannot let Disney or the latest romantic comedy shape our desired happy endings. There are cute and entertaining but they are not endgame. Victory is better than any movie that Disney can make! The approval of the Father is better than any story we will read! Sisters, we will cry and we will grieve in the world but because of Christ-we will win! Victorious living is our promise!
Accept Christ, and you too, can live happily ever after…
The silence can sometimes be deafening. It’s challenging to simply sit in quiet. The whistling of the wind, the creaks of the room, and the noises of nature can be too much to bear at times.
And we humans find ourselves enjoying the distractions and chaos on some level. Think about it: who has music playing while they are working? Who has the television going while you are preparing a meal? Who has the radio or a podcast on while attending to daily tasks?
And these are not bad things at their core, many people have had lightbulbs appear as they listen to a great podcast. Others have specific worship songs that have ministered to their souls. A good show can produce that hearty laugh that’s needed after a long day.
But the quiet place can be transformative, the quiet place can be the very place where you get the energy you need to power through to the next step. Let’s look to the Lord:
In Luke 5, just cleansed a leper. He just finished ministering-so withdrew to pray. He went to that quiet place to refuel. He went to the quiet place to receive their power He needed to move forward. The quiet place is needed and necessary for the people of God.
The quiet place can be scary. The quiet place can be loud. Oh but it is in the quiet place where you develop the mind of Christ. This place is where you get the Holy Spirit power to be an ambassador for Christ. The whistling, the creaks, and the chirps are symphonies used by the Lord to soothe our weary souls. Being with the Father in the quiet place is the sound we need to hear His gentle and wonderful voice.