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Did you know that we who are followers of Christ have total access to God’s favor?  It is our birthright. God has been speaking to me on this very subject for almost a week and I want to share with you what He has revealed to me. One way that I am confident that God is giving me revelation is when He confirms something for me multiple times, usually 3 but sometimes more. I will back this up with scripture and pray that this gives you the desire to want to go deeper into God’s ways. It is vitally important for you to understand what Jesus means when He said, I am the way, the truth and the life. There is only one way that brings forth the life you desire and that is to seek him with your whole being so He can mend the broken areas of your life. We cannot fool or manipulate God, ever. He is our creator and knows us better than we know ourselves. It all begins with an real authentic relationship; time spent and relationship nurtured.

The first thing I want you to consider is what it means to surrender your life over to God. Many of us will be baptized but fewer will actually walk with Christ. Walking with Christ is a surrendering of one’s life and allowing God to take it from there. It is total dependence on the only one who has the power to make real change possible. Heaven’s resources are unlimited but it all starts from the inside.

What do you believe? Faith pleases God but how do we get faith when everything looks and feels so out of control in our lives and in world around us? God says focus not on the seen but the unseen. The seen is temporal but the unseen is eternal and much more real than the natural. So many of us put all of our eggs into this life and what the world says we should do but why would we do that when God is the creator? Why would be worship creation ( people, power, money, jobs, houses, oceans, clothes, hobbies, etc) and not the creator?

They exchange the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the creator who is worthy of praise.- Romans 1:25

But remember the Lord you God for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today- Deuteronomy 8:18

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, with whom there is no change of shifting shadow- James 1:17

God does not just prosper us so that we can look good; the prosperity that we have been given is to accomplish His specific assignment for our lives. God wants us to take care of our families and then take care of others. See, money isn’t evil, it is what you do with money, the enticement of money that can create a snare. If you are using money for the sole purpose of making your life better only, then you have missed why you are here.

In order to have God’s favor on your life, there are some things we must do to gain access. This isn’t a one time or occasional thing, this is lifestyle.

  1. Meditate on the word of God and then actually obey. Sin does destroy and we all fall short so don’t get caught up in that so much but turn your heart to God. When you surrender, you invite God to come in. He will show you along the way what He wants you to do or not do. He is able to transform, we must be willing and then obey. It’s a process but stick to His plan. Get into a time spent relationship with Him. He is good and trustworthy.
  2. Pray, pray, pray. Learn to pray consistently. This draws you closer to your Father. Prayer creates intimacy and total access. Prayer is powerful but you must believe which leads me to my third point.
  3. Faith!!! Nothing pleases God more than you having faith in Him. God will stretch us to increase our faith. You may be in a serious bind and everything around you in the natural is getting worse. You lost your job, you can’t pay your mortgage, your kids have strayed, you wife is about to file for divorce, you have just been diagnosed with a serious illness/disease. Get on your knees and pray and have faith that God will do only what He can do. If doubt starts to creep in and it will, ask for more faith.
  4. Praise! Look above at the verse again from Romans 1:25. We are to only worship one and that is God. Start asking God to remove the idols in your life. Stop reading your horoscope, self help books, or looking to the universe for answers. Stop getting advice from  your “worldly” friends who only have human wisdom and no real relationship with God. True wisdom comes again from one source.  God is your qualifier! Give him the praise that he so deserves.
  5. Sow seeds. Ask God each morning, show me where you want me to sow a seed. Blessing others not out of obligation but from a pure heart opens the way to God’s favor.

Secular favor is very different than supernatural favor. There are no strings attached to God’s favor. It is a free gift given out of love. Put into practice the above and watch what happens. God does not renege on His promises.

And my God will supply every need of yours, according to His riches in glory in Jesus Christ- Phil 4:19

Let it Be!

 

From the book of Amos.

Why does God put so much emphasis on the way we treat the poor and needy? How we treat the rich, or those of equal standing, often reflects what we hope to get from them. But because the poor can give us nothing, how we treat them reflects our true character. Do, we like Christ, give without a thought of gain? We should treat the poor as we would like God to treat us. If every good and perfect gift comes from above including our abilities to gain wealth, then it seems like it would make perfect sense for us to consider who God is and where He wants us to place our trust.

The book of Amos give 8 common excuses for not helping the poor.

  1. They don’t deserve help
  2. They got themselves into poverty; let them get themselves out
  3. God’s call to help the poor applies to another time
  4. We don’t know any people like this
  5. Any money I give will be wasted, stolen or spent. The poor will never see it
  6. I may become a victim, being taken advantage of
  7. I don’t know where to start and I don’t have time
  8. My little bit won’t make a difference

God wants sincere hearts. Great wealth and comfortable lifestyles may make people think they are secure, but God is not pleased if we isolate ourselves from others’ needs. God wants us to care for others as he cares for us. His kingdom has no place for selfishness or indifference. We must learn to put the needs of others before our wants. Using our wealth to help others is one way to guard against pride and complacency. Great cities to the east, north and west had been destroyed because of their pride.

Ivory was an imported luxury, rare and extremely expensive. Even a small amount of ivory symbolized wealth. Something as extravagant as a bed inlaid with ivory shows the gross waste of resources that should have been used to help the poor.

The people had built luxurious homes to flaunt their achievements. While it is not wrong to live in comfortable houses, we must not let them become sources of inflated pride and self- glorification. God gave our homes to us, and they are to be used for service, not just for show.

No matter how God warned the people, through famine, drought, blight, locusts, plagues, or war- they still ignored him. Because the Israelites didn’t get the message, they would have to meet God face to face in judgment. No longer could they ignore God, the one they had rejected, the one they refused to obey when he commanded them to care for the poor. Are we prepared to meet him? The law courts should have been a place of justice where the poor and oppressed could find relief. Instead, they have become places of greed and injustice.

God wants people to be right with him; he wants the sin that makes us crooked removed immediately. God’s word is the plumb line that helps us be aware of what to do and what not to do. How do you measure up to God’s plumb line? Are you obeying God’s call to you?

Scripture can speak to us and reassure us for every situation we are in. When God says He is with us, that means more than most of us even realize. Let’s break this down a bit more.

God not only knows all of our individual days and what will unfold throughout each of our lives but He also knows all of our thoughts and what’s really inside our hearts. When God says, I will give you a new heart what He means is as you draw closer to Him through time with Him, He begins to change your heart and mind in such a powerful way that the Bible calls it a transformation. Many things that once had such a hold on you, lose power and you feel lighter and more free. This in turn helps you to make better decisions. God truly has everything we need and He is very clear about that in His word.

We sometimes will lose hope when we feel like God is not moving fast enough or the way we desire but He sees and knows things we just don’t. His plan is not to harm us but to help us so trust is key. God also stretches us to increase our faith and strength so we do not waiver when trials come. He does not want us tossed to and fro from emotions and circumstances but to keep looking to Him as He builds us up with all that we lack. It is very much a parent child relationship where He leads because He is the parent.

Read God’s promises often so you don’t grow weary and lose heart. If you keep pressing in, you will be rewarded.

I have come into the world as light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness- John 12:46

In my distress I called to the Lord;I cried to my God for help. From his temple  he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delights  in me- Psalm 18:6, 17, 19

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak- Isaiah 40:29

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. – John 10:27,28

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, I will counsel you and watch over you- Psalm 32:8

I love those who love me, and those who seek me will find me- Proverbs 8:17

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him- 1Cor. 2:9

Moreover, when God gives any man/woman wealth and possessions, and enables him/her to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy with his work- this is a gift from God- Ecc 5:19

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight- Proverbs 3:5,6

Man/Woman: It’s Impossible

God: All thing are possible

God says a relationship with Him will be so worth it. We just need to surrender and release. Anytime, you feel confused or lost or hurt, go to God and give Him permission to work on your behalf. Stay consistent and know that you are loved by the King. Show Him honor and praise Him often.

Have you ever felt that God doesn’t care about you or what happens to you? I think we have all felt that way many times throughout our lives. “Come on God, get on board with my plan.” Or other people may say, “God will work it out.” Here is what I have come to understand through building my relationship with God…

First, there is a season for everything. God is the master and the master knows many things that we do not. Why would we be so arrogant to think that our ways are better than His best? Scriptures says, There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens ( even birth and death).

Second, God wants ALL of us. Since our creator knows us much better than we know ourselves, we cannot deceive him, period. Not good works, not impure motives or gain. He knows our hearts are sick without Him. He wants us to have a heart for Him so we are pliable to change for the better according to His will. I promise you, God promises you if you go after Him with everything you have, then you will be rewarded in ways you cannot even Fathom. Something profound happens when you seek God with your whole heart. Key word being “whole.”

Third, there are things that we are not meant to understand. We have to let go and trust the most trustworthy one. If you can start doing this simple exercise, it will help you. Open your hands and allow God to place and take away what He wants. God’s is pure without sin so He will not hurt you, ever.

God said this to Moses….So, you think I can’t take care of you? You’ll see soon enough whether what I say happens for you or not.” Numbers 11:23

Wow, doesn’t get more powerful than God so if He said it, you can bank on it! God is not a liar. Get that truth into your being that your Father cares for you. God cares about what we care about. He wants to hear from you. Get that junk off of your chest and lay it down. He is not surprised by what is going on in your life.  He is fully familiar with ALL in your life.

The broken heart

The broken marriage

The broken job

The broken home

The broken dreams

The broken body

The broken mind

The broken ways

Let Go!! Go home tonight and get on your knees and talk to your Father. Make it the serious business of your life to get to know your Father. He is faithful

Commit your way to ( depend on)  the Lord; trust ( have confidence) him, and he will take care of you- Psalm 37:5