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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tell God What You WANT!

Scripture says,

"The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall NOT WANT." Psalms 23:1

"The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall NOT WANT any good thing." Psalms 34:10

"Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?' For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." Matthew 6:31-33

"And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

God says that He's already supplied ALL of our NEED! So it makes no sense to pray and ask Him for what we already have been supplied. All we must do is believe it by faith.

God desires for us to ask Him for the things that we WANT!

Scripture says,

"Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalms 37:4

"Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you." Mark 11:24

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." Matthew 7:7-8

"Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven." Matthew 18:18

"Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son." John 14:3

Who are you going to believe? The lies of the world or the truth of God's Holy Word?!

God is not a man that can lie. His Word says it, so I believe it. It doesn't matter what the wicked or the religious world thinks. Choose to believe what God says or forfeit your blessings. God says, choose life! Be humble to His Word. Trust and rely on Him and not be a people pleaser. God created people so don't ever think too highly of them. Think on God and believe like God.

Jesus came to give us life MORE ABUNDANTLY! His body was not whipped and His blood was not shed for us to live a basic life. We're supernatural beings created in the image of God. We don't have to wait until we get to heaven to live like kings and queens. The Bible says, As Jesus is, so are we in THIS world! We're the righteousness of God in Christ. We're blessed with every spiritual blessing IN Christ. God created us to reign and rule on this earth. Take the land! It's promised to the children of God not the people of this world. We've been given the keys of heaven. We're the head and NOT the tail. We're the lenders and NOT the borrowers.

Don't be deceived by the enemy anymore. Get to know the truth in God's Word and freely receive all that's been given to you by grace through your faith! It's okay to ask God for what you want. It's not greed, it's growth! God wants us to have child-like faith. Parents will feel discouraged if their children always asked them for what they need…(what are you going to eat? wear? etc. It's an honor for our children to trust that we will also provide for their wants. It's okay to want! Everyone wants something, because God created us to stretch and enjoy life (John 10:10/1 Timothy 6:17). Besides, Jesus already died for it so ask for it and receive it!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Do You Know God's Plans for Your Life?

I wrote my first book Bible Journey to share with the world what the Lord has done for me through His Word. The Bible is truth and it can only change our lives if we believe it. I renewed my mind by gaining knowledge of the Bible by actually making an effort to read it. I started to believe it more and more by reading it more and more. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Hearing means to hear continually. I saturated myself in my Bible and soon began watching sermons that the Holy Spirit led me to hear. I called it a Bible Journey because I began this new path and it challenged everything that I had grown accustomed to. I believed what the Bible said because I had a personal revelation. I read this stuff for myself and it wasn't second-hand information. Everything was lining up. I received confirmation after confirmation. After a short while, I no longer cared about the opinions and beliefs of others because it didn't match with what God said. I place no man before God. I don't care how much wisdom they may think they have through life experiences, degrees, prestige and old age. I became solely convicted that God's Word was truth and pretty much everything else was a lie.

I published Bible Journey in hopes to encourage people to get to know the truth for themselves. Christianity is more than religion. It's a relationship with God The Father through Jesus Christ His Son. It's something personal. Personal knowledge of Jesus Christ will change your life! Yes, going to church will help. But taking God home will transform you! The scripture that resonated in my heart while writing my first book came from 2 Peter 3:18 NiRV: "Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Get to know Him better." How do you get to know God or anyone better? By spending alone time with them.

I have no greater desire than to see lives transformed through the Bible. I really want people to know who they really are. Our true identity is found in Jesus Christ. You were not created to live a mediocre life. You were not created to be average. God has created us in His image. You're fearfully and wonderfully made. You're the head and not the tail, above and not beneath, a lender and not a borrower. You're a seed of Abraham and a joint heir with Jesus Christ. You're royalty! You're in this world but not of this world. As Jesus is so are YOU in this world. Greater is He that in you than he that is in this world. You're a supernatural being with the blood of Jesus running through your veins. The same power that raised Him from the dead is living on the inside of YOU!

But how can one truly believe this? By reading and believing the Word. You have to first know and learn about the truth in the Bible. Then choose to believe it. If you want to know God's plans for your life, you're going to have to read about it in His Word and receive it by believing that those promises belong to you. You can't just be a hearer of the Word. You must also be a doer if you want to see God's promises come to pass in your life. Bible Journey is all about your willingness to apply what you learn from God personally through Bible study, prayer, visions, prophecies and so on. God is all powerful. Yet, He gave us power to be like Jesus Christ! He's done everything but forced Himself on us. He's given us choices in life. He's a gentlemen. He's waiting for us to act. He's already moved. Jesus' finished work on the cross is finished forever. He's at rest on His glorious throne in heaven.

God has revealed these truths to me. Like I said earlier, He confirms His Word repeatedly. Recently, I began rereading the gospels according to the direction of the Holy Spirit. I've been hearing sermon after sermon from different anointed pastors that all mention the same thing. Most importantly, I keep seeing the same scriptures in my Bible. That's no coincidence. That's God's power at work in my life!


Take a look at today's sermon from my Pastor, Dr. Creflo Dollar of WCCI. The sermon is titled, The Balance of Grace and Faith Pt6


"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ," Ephesians 1:3 NASB


Daily, I confess that I'm blessed with every spiritual blessing and that I'm seated with Christ in heavenly places. Christ lives in me because I'm a born-again believer. Right now, I'm on earth and not yet in heaven. But I believe that I can have a slice of heaven on earth because the Word says that Jesus came to give me life more abundantly (John 10:10). I don't have to wait until I get to heaven to receive all of God's blessings. Jesus didn't just die for my salvation. His body was broken for my life to be made whole in every area while I dwell here on this earth. Jesus is in heaven now seated on His throne. However, He sent the Holy Spirit to come live in me. So as Jesus is, so am I in this world! 


"And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ." Philemon 1:6 NLT

Key words: PUT INTO ACTION

God's promises don't just automatically come into our lives. Otherwise, we wouldn't need faith. But we have to receive them by faith because that's our duty as believers. That means that we don't doubt or just sit around and do nothing. Grace says, I believe what God has done and I take it even though I don't deserve it. We take it by believing that promise by knowing what that promise means and where it's located at in the Bible. We confess that scripture and stand on it. We don't just expect God to respond to us when we're not even obeying His Word. God is good and He performs miracles. But He Sent Jesus to give abundant life so that we don't have to ever lack any good thing. All in all, you have to understand what God has for you in order to believe it. 

I've prayed and have written Bible Journey for you to truly know His purpose for your life. You're His child and He wants to take care of you. He created you for His pleasure. He wants to get to know you and for you be a child that's full of faith—that works. Adam walked with God and knew God. Yet, He had a part to play: dominate the earth and not eat from the forbidden tree. Today, we are to walk with God and freely take what He has given. Take His Word for what it is! Believe it. Don't expect for God to bless you in every way if you don't even know what blessings He has for you. Do you know that He loves you so very much?! He has NO plans to harm you. He can't ever tempt you because His nature is to love. Satan is the temper. God doesn't want you in lack, sick, sad or defeated. The Bible says, He wants you to prosper above all things (3 John 1:2). But you wouldn't know that and truly stand on it if you didn't hear it from God for yourself.


Are you aware of what God has made available? 

"Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring--not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all." Romans 4:16 NIV

"that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's grace that you have been saved!)" Ephesians 2:5 NLT

"God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God." Ephesians 2:8 NLT

Grace (God's part) makes. Faith (our part) takes!

Whatever that God has made available (in His Word) is available to whatever Christian that believes. Everything that God has made, we must respond positively in faith. If you want to see the manifestation of God's promises you must respond in faith. 

Your response is either making you or breaking you!


Examples

Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52 NLT)


46 Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. 
47 When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him.
But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”
So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!”
50 Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.
“My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”
52 And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.
Because this man had faith for healing in Jesus Christ, he became healed. He responded with cheer and not fear and doubt.


Jesus Walks on Water (Mark 6:45-52 NLT)


45 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and head across the lake to Bethsaida, while he sent the people home. 
46 After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray.
47 Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. 
48 He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them,
49 but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking he was a ghost. 
50 They were all terrified when they saw him.
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here!” 
51 Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed, 
52 for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in.
Jesus told His disciples not to fear even in the midst of chaos. The disciples feared for their lives and didn't put their faith to action. They didn't realize that they were with the same Jesus who had recently fed the 5,000 with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish! Moral of the two examples, we have no reason to fear or doubt God's plans for our lives. We've seen God show up before so we can expect to see Him continually bless us by recalling what He's done for us in the past. 
But we have to gain knowledge of the good things in His Word and continually hear them so that we can have faith to stand until we receive them.
Renew your mind. As a man thinks, so is he (Proverbs 23:7). Choose to think what God thinks about you! Then you'll receive everything that you believe Him for according to His Word. Praise Jesus!


Matthew 20 Bible Study: Compassion

Jesus Tells the Parable of the Vineyard Workers
“Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?’ “So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.”” Matthew‬ ‭20:15-16‬
Jesus is Lord of ALL lord’s and King of all kings! It’s ALL about His finished work on the cross and not about us. Because of His grace, we may have eternal life. It’s not about what we do but what we believe about Him. Thank You Jesus for Your precious blood!


Jesus Predicts His Death for the 3rd Time
“As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside privately and told them what was going to happen to him. “Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die. Then they will hand him over to the Romans to be mocked, flogged with a whip, and crucified. But on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”” Matthew‬ ‭20:17-19‬
Jesus had to die so that we can be redeemed from the bondage of sin and death. It was God’s will to sacrifice Him. God loves us so much that He sacrificed His only begotten Son so that He can adopt us as children and have a bigger family! It’s heartbreaking yet beautiful at the same time when I think about my Savior’s blood being shed for me. I’m encouraged because I know that my Savior lives! He’s not dead. He’s risen and He’s my KING!


Jesus Teaches About Serving Others 
“But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”” Matthew‬ ‭20:25-28‬
Jesus is our greatest example. He’s not like the leaders of this world. He didn’t boast about His authority and treat others poorly. He came to serve and therefore, showed forth true leadership. We too, have been given authority from God to use in this earth to lead people as we serve Him and others. As Jesus is, so are we in this world!


I hear God speaking about ‘Compassion!’ Check out my revelation...
Jesus healed two blind beggars because He had compassion on them. Others were angry about the guys begging Jesus for help but He healed them because they saw who He was spiritually even though they were physically blind (faith). Whereas, the physically whole people didn’t recognize Jesus for who He was spiritually. (Matthew 20:29-33)
Now watch this! When Jesus was hanging on the cross about to die for the sins of the whole world, He asked our Heavenly Father to forgive them (sinners) for they didn’t know what they were doing (Luke 23:32-34). Talk about compassion!

God said that we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood. We fight against spiritual powers (Ephesians 6:10-18). It’s not people, it’s spirits that are raging war against Jesus and His followers (Body of Christ). Therefore, born-again believers filled with the Holy Spirit are more than able to show compassion to this world because we’re no longer spiritually blinded (if we are being led by the Holy Spirit). We know that the battle isn’t ours. It’s the Lord’s. We are to stand firm in His Word and act in love. Love wins! 

Don’t be deceived. Saturate yourself in the Word of God. Meditate on His Word day and night. Pray always and be doers of the Word not just hearers only. This world needs Jesus! It’s not about you. Let’s stop be so easily offended and prideful. Instead, let us be like Jesus Christ. When Jesus shed His blood and died on the cross, He demonstrated compassion in the greatest way. He died for everyone. So we can be compassionate to others because He loves everyone. We’re all created in the image of God. He’s not a respecter of persons. Showing compassion is simple. But we must put our focus on the Lord and not ourselves in order to be successful at it. Jesus did whatever He saw God doing and said only what He heard God saying (John 5:19/John 12:49-50). As Jesus is, so are we in this world. We have the same power! Glory be to God forever and ever. Amen

Author Jennifer Quetant
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