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God’s Wisdom for Daily Living
94 Posts
April 1, 2008 - 5:31 pm

The Connection Between Saying and Believing
By : Mark Brazee

'We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak" (2 Cor. 4:13).

I heard a minister say, "Anytime you see a therefore in the Bible, stop and see what it's there for." In this verse, Paul uses the word therefore to combine the two parts of faith: "I believed and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak."

If we're going to believe something, we also have to speak it. Believing alone doesn't make it come to pass. It has to be combined with saying what God's Word says.

Jesus said, "If you believe in your heart that what you say will come to pass, you'll have whatever you say" (Mark 11:23). The truth is, we can spend a lot of time feeding on God's Word, but what we continually say is what we'll ultimately believe.

When I was growing up, I had a friend who was a chronic liar. He started out lying just to get himself out of trouble, but it eventually became a habit. He'd make up a whopper of a lie about some situation; then six months later, no one could convince him it hadn't happened that way. He'd said the lie so much that he actually believed it.

If that can be done with a lie, we should be able to do the same thing with the truth of God's Word. When we first start saying, "By Jesus' stripes I was healed," it can sound hollow. It's easy to think, I know the Bible says that by His stripes I was healed, but I feel sick from head to toe. But as we keep saying it and saying it, soon we'll believe it no matter what we feel like.

How do you come to that place of faith? By feeding on God's Word and speaking it with your mouth. Once you believe in your heart what God says, you can declare it with the added push of faith behind your words. Then get ready, for your answer will come to pass!

God's Word is truth. As I continually speak His Word and believe it with my heart, His Word becomes truth in me. I believe God's truth, I declare God's truth and I receive His very best!

Source: Prescription for a Miracle by Mark Brazee
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

94 Posts
March 23, 2008 - 3:37 pm

Take Correction
By : Gloria Copeland

"Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser; teach a righteous man...and he will increase in learning" (Prov. 9:8-9 AMP).

There is one thing you can do that will accelerate your spiritual growth more than almost any other thing: Learn to take correction - from the Spirit of God and from His people.

So few believers seem to be able to do that. When their preacher gets in the pulpit and preaches about something they already know, about some aspect of life they've already submitted to the Lord, they think he's great. They like him because he makes them feel good. But the moment he stands up and begins to preach about something they're doing wrong, they take offense.

God says that's foolish. He says in Proverbs 1:7 that only fools strike out at, or despise, correction.

So don't be like that. When your pastor or anyone else in the Body of Christ has a word of correction for you, receive it gratefully. Appreciate those who share the wisdom of God with you. When someone points out somewhere that you've missed it, instead of reacting against them, examine yourself and say, "Is that right? Does that agree with the Word? Do I need to make a change there?"

If the answer to those questions is yes, then make the changes you need to make to get your life in line.

I know that's not easy. None of us likes to be corrected. But if you'll make up your mind you're going to receive that correction anyway, that you're going to remain teachable, you'll be able to go on and grow in spiritual things much more quickly.

One man said, "If you think you've already arrived, you aren't going anywhere." Remember that next time someone corrects you. Love that person and thank him for speeding along your spiritual progress. If you'll do that, you'll come out ahead every time.

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 3:11-24

Source: From Faith to Faith Devotional by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

94 Posts
March 21, 2008 - 3:35 pm

The Tenth Plague
By : Larry Ollison, Ph.D.

God gave Moses specific instructions on what to do to be set free from the tenth plague. God proclaimed that there would be judgment because of disobedience and God said that the firstborn of every household would die. But, then He detailed a procedure that would stop the death angel from coming into their homes and wreaking havoc in their lives.

Let's look at these instructions in Exodus chapter 12.

"Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: On the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.

And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man's need you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight.

And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire; its head with its legs and its entrails. You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire.

And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance." - (Ex. 12:1-14)

The Hebrews followed these directions to the letter. Because they followed the directions and put the blood of the lamb on the doorposts and the lintel, when the death angel came to their house, the death angel did not enter. The death angel passed over and went on to the next house. If there was blood on the doorposts of that house, then it passed over that house also.

When the death angel would get to a house where there was no blood on the doorpost, then he entered in and took the firstborn of the household and the firstborn of the animals. The next morning, according to the Word of God and according to history, there was a great cry throughout the land of Egypt. There was great mourning. It was horrible. From the house of Pharaoh on down to the house of the servants, God's judgment struck the land of Egypt.

And so, the Hebrews were released. Exodus 12:14 says, "So this day shall be to you a memorial...." It was set aside as a day to remember the deliverance of the Hebrews out of Egypt. It was called the Passover.

Source: Life is in The Blood by Larry Ollison
Excerpt permission granted by Larry Ollison Ministries

94 Posts
March 17, 2008 - 6:54 pm

Under Pressure? Plant!

By : Kenneth Copeland

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" (Gal. 6:7).

If you feel like you're under pressure these days, you're not alone. Satan is putting more pressure on more people right now than ever before.

He's pressuring us mentally, financially, emotionally and every other way he can. The pressure has gotten so great everywhere that governments don't know what to do. Businesses don't know what to do. Families don't know. Churches don't know.

But praise God, Jesus does! He says we can give our way right out from under any pressure the devil brings to bear.

Giving is always Jesus' way out. Whenever there's a need, He plants seed! In fact, in Mark 4, He compares the entire kingdom of God to a seed. Just think about the importance of seeds for a moment.

Every living thing on this earth came from a seed. You came from a seed. Then you were born again from the seed of God's Word. Jesus Himself was The Seed planted by God. God sowed Him in sacrifice. He came forth and grew up into many brethren.

So when Satan puts you under pressure, go to Jesus and let Him tell you how and where to plant. If you'll do it, that seed will grow up until it breaks the powers of darkness and lack. It will release you from the pressure the devil's been putting on you.

I've seen it happen. When Jerry Savelle first began to work for my ministry, he only had one suit of clothes and one shirt with a pair of slacks to his name. He wore one, then the other, night after night to every service we held. He didn't have the money to even think about buying another suit. I'm telling you, he was under pressure where clothes were concerned!

Then he found out about the principle of seed-faith and harvest. So he went downtown in the city where we were in a meeting and found a fellow on the street who needed clothes and gave him some.

Immediately people started giving Jerry clothes. It started in that meeting and they've been doing it ever since. Today there are many preachers in Africa wearing Jerry Savelle suits! (Even if the sleeves and pant legs are way too short!) He's still sowing and reaping the greatest clothes harvest I've ever seen.

If the devil's pressuring you, don't panic...plant! Plant your time. Plant your money. Plant the clothes off your back. When your harvest comes in, you can laugh and say, "Hey, devil, who's feeling the pressure now?"

Scripture Reading: Mark 4:1-20

Source: From Faith to Faith Devotional by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

94 Posts
March 17, 2008 - 6:51 pm

The Beginning Of The End

By : Keith Butler

Palm Sunday is the recognition of the day one week before what we call Easter Sunday—the day we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Palm Sunday commemorates when Jesus entered Jerusalem triumphantly.

He knew He was going to ride into Jerusalem in triumph. He also knew what was going to happen a few days from then. Those very same people who would shout, "Hosanna" and lay their palm branches and garments on the ground as He came in would stand before Pilot and say, "We don't know the Man. Crucify Him!" (Mark 15:13-14).

Jesus knew He would be stretched on that Cross between Heaven and earth. He knew He was about to be crucified. But before that would happen, He would make a triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

Jesus told the disciples that there was a colt that no man had ever sat upon. He told them to go get that colt. Why did He do that? Why did He tell them to get this colt that had never been used?

Today, of course, we wouldn't use a colt to enter a city; we wouldn't use that mode of transportation. We would say, "Go get me a brand-new car, not a used one."

You see, God always has the best, and He doesn't settle for anything less! That was His will for Jesus, and that's what God wants for His people today.

God's perfect will for His people is that they come to the place where they have everything new. God wants you to have new clothes, a new house, and a new car that nobody else has had before!

When Jesus gave the disciples their instructions, they said to Him, "Well, when we get this colt and untie it to bring it to You, they are going to stop us. What are we to say?" Jesus answered, "Tell them that the Lord has need of it" (Mark 11:3).

The Lord doesn't want your leftovers. No, He wants your best. He wants your best years. He doesn't want you to wait until you get old before you decide to serve Him. Serve Him while you are the age you are now.

God wants your best in everything you have. He has need of what you have to finish His work.

The disciples of Jesus put their own clothes on that new colt for Jesus to ride on (Mark 11:7). They took off what they had on and prepared the colt for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem triumphantly.

The disciples understood that they should take what they had and give it to the Lord for His final service. May we go and do the same....

Copyright © 2005 Keith Butler Ministries
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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