“What Should You Do When Someone You Trusted Turns Against You?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Bishop Andrew Bills

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What Should You Do When Someone You Trusted Turns Against You?”

In this world filled with human depravity, no one is exempt from an attack rising from jealousy or envy.  While it may begin with a silent whisper in a corner, then move to a closed door meeting and result in a full blown confrontation, those that walk upright with God are marked for an attack against them.

Such was the case in the life of Moses in Numbers Chapter 12, but more importantly we are given a key principle on how we should handle these situations regardless if they occur in our home, place of business or even in our church.

Numbers 12: 1-2 NIV says, “Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. ‘Has the LORD spoken only through Moses?’ they asked. ‘Hasn’t he also spoken through us?’ And the LORD heard this.”

Miriam, as the sister of Moses, was a prophetess and held high rank among the women of Israel.  As a young girl, she was the one who pushed baby Moses, in his sealed basket, down the Nile River until it was found by Pharaoh’s daughter.  She was the one who spoke up and recommended that Pharaoh’s daughter get a Nanny for the infant Moses and ran and got their very own mother.  Later, upon  the destruction of all the enemy at the Red Sea, she was the one that started singing and a great revival service broke out as Israel stood on the banks after God’s miraculous deliverance.

But on this occasion, jealousy began to flood her heart as envy began to stir her soul.  While all of the exact details are unrecorded in scripture, it’s clearly evident that Miriam began to resent the wife of Moses, who was a descendant of Ham.

Perhaps Miriam believed Moses was indulging her too much, allowing himself to be swayed by her relationship, persuaded by her suggestions, and be led by her foreign feminine ways.  All of which she believed were effecting both her and Aaron’s positions of authority and could diminish their reputations.

So, Miriam became the moving force or chief instigator in this attack against Moses, with Aaron allowing himself to be drawn into the opposition.

While they didn’t deny Moses’ prophetic leadership, they claimed equality with him as they began to dispute his judgment.   Miriam reminded Israel that she was a prophetess and that Aaron also received divine revelations from God, being the high priest.  In doing so, they glorified themselves as they tried to convince the people that Moses had no monopoly on God’s communication and leadership towards Israel.

But our Lord, who reigns on high is a discerner of human hearts and will always have the final say-so in every matter.  For as your read on throughout Chapter 12, it was solely recorded to let all readers know that “a person will always reap what they have sown.”   Even a God of grace is a God of judgment in the cases before Him.

Miriam was struck with leprosy and became “as white as snow.”  And the one she so vehemently spoke out against (Moses) had to intercede for her to be healed, cleansed, forgiven and restored.

How many pastors have returned from vacations only to discover that a once trusted minister on their staff has lured some members away?   How many diligent employees have been affected by another back-stabbing, butt-kissing, and position stealing employee?  How many people have faithfully performed in their role or assignment only to suffer loss because of another person’s underhanded,  manipulative, shady, corrupt and deceptive ways?

No matter how painful or hurtful these attacks may seem to be when they come, even if you suffer a loss, there’s no room for your personal retaliation or revenge.  Realize that your trusting Christ will always result in new doors or greater opportunities appearing. 

And even if you never personally witness God’s judgments on your attackers, they will answer to God and they will also reap what they’ve sown and may have to come back before you to repent  and ask for your prayers.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Is There Anything In The Word Of God That You Really Wish Was Not There?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Bishop Andrew Bills

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“Is There Anything In The Word Of God That You Really Wish Was Not There?”

In 1804, at the end of his busy day, Thomas Jefferson sat down and opened a Bible and began to cut out various portions of The Word of God with a knife that he did not believe or accept.

In his cut out rendition, while he kept the words of Jesus and some of his deeds, he carefully eliminated all the miracles of Jesus, all the references to His virgin birth, all mentions of Christ’s Resurrection, and any suggestions that Jesus is God. Jefferson’s version ends with Jesus’ burial on Good Friday and he called his account, “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth” but is today more commonly known as “The Jefferson Bible.”

Years later Jefferson wrote that he had edited the Bible in order to separate the sublime from the ridiculous. He said, “I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence; and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism, and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being.”

Maybe your actions are not quite as dramatic as those as Thomas Jefferson, but is there anything in the Bible you really wish was not there because it clashes with you intellect, interferes with your natural desires, does not fit into your agenda, is unacceptable to your plans or that you believe is culturally outdated?

In Luke 21:33, Jesus personally said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
While His disciples were observing or admiring the beauty of the buildings in Jerusalem, Jesus spoke those prevailing words as He foretold of Jerusalem’s impending destruction in 60 AD. But, the depth and truth of His statement is forever applicable to all of His Words, statements and promises which are given unto us.

Jesus was saying that “No word of mine will ever pass away unfulfilled.” The words and promises of Jesus Christ still remain for our direction, purification, comfort, redemption and assurance. But, they shall never pass away, for His words are ETERNAL.

Fashions may change, technology advance, possessions disappear, and prices fluctuate, but His Word is a sure foundation that will see you through any tough situation.

So take heed that you don’t be overcome by any temptation, led astray by any attack of atheism, sinful rebellion against God, or defeated by any negative circumstances that may surround you.

As He kept His promise that He would arise from the dead, know that He can be trusted to keep all of His promises towards you.

“I Though You Said You Were Going To Serve Me?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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I Though You Said You Were Going To Serve Me?”

These were the loving words that The Holy Spirit spoke to a dear lady that I was ministering to a few days ago.  The Lord was reminding her of His love towards her as she was wrestling with her commitment and full surrender.

Have you made a vow or commitment to The Lord and you’re failing to keep it?  So often people “flirt” around with different aspects of sin or the world until their  passion for Christ begins to diminish and grow cold.

While we all struggle in dealing with the cares of the world, the love of the flesh is often the cause of many turning back from Biblical truths and the fellowship of Jesus Christ.

In II Timothy 4:10, The Apostle Paul referring to one of his co-workers said, “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica…”

Demas, who was a Gentile convert and became a close laborer with the apostle, could no longer bear the suffering that was going on with preaching the gospel with Paul.  This once faithful companion of Paul, who had been with him during the first imprisonment of the Apostle at Rome, now began to allow his heart to turn away.

The Holy Spirit of God will always commune with your heart as a believer begins to gradually move in the wrong direction.  Nevertheless, Demas still allowed his heart to turn away and deserted from the ministry he had been called to do. 

He lacked the courage to stand, then permitted himself to succumb to the enticement or temptation of the things that he missed and chose to abdicate his faith and abandon the work.

This was not a decision he made at the spur of a moment.  Despite the grace of God and the communion of The Holy Spirit, a person gradually allows the devil to speak to their mind, challenge their thinking, entertain their conscious and then shipwreck their faith in God.

Demas was not some sort of monster, but like so many, he failed to resist the constant attractions or seductions and returned to the sins of the past.  Whether it was lust of the flesh, a desired wealth, or the comfort away from the persecutions of ministry, he turned his back His Savior and the friendship, honor and duty of serving God with the Apostle Paul.

Don’t become a “Demas” and run away.  When we are weak, know that He is strong and we can be led and made to stand in the power of His might.  Know that there’s nothing that you cannot overcome in this world through Christ Jesus.

Once you’ve accepted Christ and have become a “partaker of His Divine nature by being filled with His Spirit,” YOU ARE NEVER ALONE!

Run to Him, not away from Him.  Draw closer to Him and listen to His voice.  Allow The Holy Spirit to direct your path and experience the wonderful joy of walking with Jesus Christ.

 

“Are You Aware That You Just May Have Too Many Clothes On?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Bishop Andrew Bills

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“Are You Aware That You Just May Have Too Many Clothes On?”
When I was a little boy, my brother and I loved to play a special game. We would get into our closets and race to see who could put on the most layers of clothes first and still be found standing. After putting on layers of different pants, shirts, sweaters and coats, we soon both discovered how uncomfortable, bulky, awkward, restrictive and hot things became.
Suddenly, we found ourselves racing to take off, disrobe, or pull off all of these clothes because it wasn’t a proper fit for us to carry on our usual activities.
As I reflected on this contest, The Holy Spirit quickly reminded me of the words given by the Apostle Paul in the book of Ephesians.

Ephesian 6:11 ESV says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

Are you aware that before a person can put on the armor of God, there first must be a complete disrobing, taking off or getting rid of the old man in order to put on the new man? But, it is even more important to realize that once you’ve put on the armor of God, not to try and put back on the old clothes again.

Just as God clothed Adam and Eve in the Garden, because after The Fall when they realized that they were naked and adorned themselves with leaves, God disrobed them and then made them fit to stand before His presence with a special garment prepared by Him. Once a person comes to Christ, God dresses you in Christ, which is the new wardrobe for every believer to wear.

The problem is that too many people are refusing to disrobe, take off or put away their old clothes and are still trying to wear them underneath while attempting to wear these new clothes.

Their old clothes reflect their refusal to die to self and keep their old nature alive while conducting activities that God’s Word warns against and condemns. While at the very same time, they attempt to represent themselves as “spiritual,” people of faith and ambassadors of Christ Jesus.

This activity is referred to as carnal or deceptive and is an open scandal before the face of God.
God has given Christ to every believer, and He is to be worn at all times, until we have finished our course on earth. For our combat is against the devil and all the forces of darkness, which attempts in many ways to deface the image of Christ and remove faith from within our hearts of all believers.

As you put on Christ, read the Word of God and are led by The Holy Spirit, you have been enabled with the heavy armor of God, which can sustain you against the fiercest assault and every violent temptation from the enemy.

As you put on the whole armor of God, Christ becomes your protection in every conflict and your defense against every act of aggression. Dressed in the whole armor of God, no part of us should be given over to the enemy at any time.

As a believer in Christ, you can rejoice that you have not be left unguarded at any time by God and that He will never forsake you.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“What Steps Should You Take To Keep The Fire Burning?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Bishop Andrew Bills

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What Steps Should You Take To Keep The Fire Burning?”

While an out of control wildfire can have devastating effects in our environment, fire controlled and properly used has great advantages.  Fire cooks food, sterilizes medical instruments, boils water, heats homes, welds metal, refines gold and purifies against bacteria. Fire is one of the most forceful and needed natural elements in our world which, if properly used, can manufacture or produce change.

So, in 2 Timothy 1:6, The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to “Stir up the gift of God that is within you,” because he knew that the word “stir” means to “fan the flames of the fire.”

Evidently Timothy was struggling with discouragement from imprisonment or from facing other imminent dangers, so Paul wrote to encourage and strengthen him.  Therefore, that which Christ has placed inside of you, that which you’ve been called to do, “STIR IT UP!”

Paul exhorts Timothy to stand fast on God’s Holy Scriptures and to stir up the gift of God within him through the laying on of The Apostle’s hand, under the anointing of The Holy Spirit, when he was ordained by God.

The gift which Timothy had received was The Holy Spirit, and through Him, he received the anointing and the power to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

While Timothy, like so many believers today, didn’t possess the tenacious or relentless zeal of The Apostle, Paul urged him to unleash the invincible power of God’s Spirit against all the various storms that will come to rise up against us.

Like Timothy, we are to rekindle the fire, blow on the coals, cause the flames to burn more brightly, be more zealous about what Christ has set you apart to do and keep adding more fuel to the fire.

You do these things by keeping you mind renewed through The Word of God, fellowshipping with Christ, remaining prayerful, keep piercing through the darkness, not quenching The Holy Spirit, listening to some inspirational gospel music and good Bible messages, recalling what God has done in your past and reading some inspiring articles and testimonies about what God is doing through the lives of others around the world.

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of faith, love, courage and power to face and handle all the difficulties, dangers and adversities that will come our way.

When your flesh or the devil attempts to extinguish the fire within your heart, do all that you can to keep it ignited and burning.

If there is no fire, then there will be no excitement, no joy, no enthusiasm, no hope and no anointing.  You can’t touch the lives of others around you with a discouraged, broken-hearted, depressed and defeated soul.

But underneath those gray dusty ashes, there’s still a spark that God’s able to set ablaze again, if you’re willing to start “fanning the flames within you.”

In Jeremiah chapter 20, the prophet grew weary and became so discouraged regarding the insults and the injuries that he was experiencing until he privately declared that he wouldn’t preach or prophesy anymore.  In His heart he even said, “I will not make mention of Him nor speak His name anymore.”

Jeremiah’s flesh, along with the devil’s attacks to his mind, convinced him that every time he spoke, his conditions worsen.  So as he attempted to take off his prophet’s robe, lay aside the Old Testament scrolls, cease, refrain, stop preaching  and quench The Spirit of God, the Word of God burned so hot and deep within his soul until he screamed, “It’s like a fire, shut up in my bones! And I cannot hold it in”  (Read Jeremiah 20:9)

It doesn’t matter what happened to diminish or put the fire out in your life.  Persecution, criticism, depression, burnout, sickness, divorce, abusiveness, financial hardships, an unforeseen event or accident or even the death of a loved one.

You will never recover, rise up or reach your potential unless you “fan the flames of the gift of God that’s within you.”

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Tuned In To The Voice Of The Holy Spirit?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Tuned In To The Voice Of The Holy Spirit?”

 

The true story happened back when the telegraph was the fastest method of long distance communication, as a young man applied for a job as a Morse code operator.

 

Answering an ad in the newspaper, he went to the office address that was listed. When he arrived, he entered a large, busy office filled with noise and clatter, including the sound of the telegraph in the background. A sign on the receptionist’s counter instructed job applicants to fill out a form and wait until they were summoned to enter the inner office.

 

The young man filled out his form and sat down with the seven other applicants in the waiting area. After a few minutes, the young man stood up, crossed the room to the door of the inner office, and walked right in.

 

Naturally the other applicants perked up, wondering what was going on. They muttered among themselves that they hadn’t heard any summons yet. They assumed that the young man who went into the office made a mistake and would be disqualified.

 

Within a few minutes, however, the employer escorted the young man out of the office and said to the other applicants, “Gentlemen, thank you very much for coming, but the job has just been filled.”

 

The other applicants began grumbling to each other, and one spoke up saying, “Wait a minute, I don’t understand. He was the last to come in, and we never even got a chance to be interviewed. Yet he got the job. That’s not fair!”

 

The employer said, “I’m sorry, but all the time you’ve been sitting here, the telegraph has been ticking out the following message in Morse code: If you understand this message, then come right in. The job is yours.’ None of you heard it or understood it. This young man did. The job is his.

 

Are your ears tuned in to The Voice Of The Holy Spirit? The Lord speaks through the Bible, The Holy Spirit and even to us through our circumstances, but are you listening to what He’s saying?

 

Many today have pre-determined in their minds what they want to hear, follow or ignore through the process of “selective hearing” when it comes to listening and obeying The Lord.

 

While recognizing His Voice is just the beginning, walking in obedience is what’s difficult and hinders many people.  In John 10:27 Jesus saidMy sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

 

Those willing to follow Christ  must yield themselves to his guidance, seek to be led and directed by Him as you tune in to The Voice of The Holy Spirit of God.

 

Is there anything that’s hindering you from hearing and obeying the voice of The Holy Spirit of God?  If so, then ask yourself, Is anything really worth missing God?”

 

 

“What Should You Do When You Feel Like Quitting?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Bishop Andrew Bills

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What Should You Do When You Feel Like Quitting?”

Have you ever realized that the “Spirit of Quit” always attacks your mind when things didn’t go the way you’d  planned or hoped for?   

Well, I’ve personally discovered the way for “quitters” to turn things around and begin to start again and even prosper, where you’ve once came up empty handed, felt exhausted, discouraged, depressed or even a failure.

Often our greatest learning opportunities will emerge out of our mistakes, short-comings, defeats and failures.  But only if you are willing to take control of your emotions and  realize that where you are is not your final disappointment or your fatal breath of air.  

One of the greatest passages of scripture that can be used to help you regain motivation, change your focus, readjust your energy and reposition yourself is found in Luke 5: 4-7 NASB: 

“When He (Jesus) had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”  Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.”  When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break;  so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.”

This biblical illustration is one of the most encouraging to me for many reasons.  Can you hear, feel or identify with Simon Peter’s absolute frustration?   Are you doing something and you’re not feeling appreciated, only to go to bed frustrated because of your empty net?   Do you feel overwhelmed with your challenges of trying to make a living, working overtime or 2  or 3 jobs to make it or struggling through your school or online classes?  Are you in a relationship that seems as if it’s not going anywhere?

As a man, I’ve often returned to this story because it’s here that I once again can hear The Holy Spirit speak and give me the guidance, direction and the encouragement that I need to get past any type of disappointment, discouragement or sense of failure.  It’s through listening to the directions from Christ, that the “Spirit of Quit” can be dealt with and overcome.  It’s here that you too will realize that “quitting is not your best option.”

It’s here that you too will learn that The Holy Spirit will often reveal and direct you to do something that either you’ve never done before or something that may even seem foolish to natural minds.  But obedience is your single key towards overcoming a nervous breakdown and receiving your spiritual breakthrough or blessings from God. 

Satan’s temptation is to always keep you defeated by looking at your empty nets and listening to thoughts of discouragement, defeat, failure and impossibilities.

But just like in Simon Peter’s situation, The Lord wants to speak to you in your situation and wants you to hear and follow His direction.  And no matter how negative, painful, or impossible circumstances may appear, He know the way out for you and faith comes by hearing and obeying His direction.

Isn’t that what Peter finally did?  And his experience can become yours also!  Why not try following the advice from The Lord?   It time to get rid of the “spirit of quit” by asking The Holy Spirit to help you arise.  Stand up and begin to worship God and stand on His Word.  For in doing so, you’re attacking back and admitting that you’re not the loser the devil or others want you to think that you are.

Hearing God always brings a fresh perspective that will inspire you no matter how many times you’ve struggled, been worn out or failed.  And just like in Simon Peter’s story, the final results will astound you and leave you transformed beyond measure.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Not Saved if You Struggle with Sin?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Not Saved if You Struggle with Sin?”

If a genuine believer continues to struggle with any sin after confessing it to God and asking for forgiveness, does that mean he was never saved?   The answer is no.

When you open your heart and accept Jesus Christ as your savior you are saved from the power of sin.  You are born-again, you’ve become a new creature in Christ, your name is written in the Book of Life, you become a child of The King and are washed in the blood of Christ.

You are now A Redeemed Spirit Living In An Unredeemed Body.”  You now have a dual nature, in which your new spiritual man will seek to commune with God, serve Christ, read the Word and be led by The Holy Spirit.  But your old fleshly man or fallen sinful nature will, throughout the rest of your life, be at war against your spirit.

Galatians 5:17 tells us thatThe sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.

Romans 7:23 NLT says, “But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.  This clearly speaks of a “war” going on inside the believer.   

Christians traditionally have spoken of three great enemies they face: the world, the flesh, and the devil. The world is “out there” and all around us. The “flesh” is inside and loves to answer the call of the world. And it seems like the devil is everywhere, like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).

This ongoing inner battle, is a continual siege with repeated attacks against our minds, with harassing, battering, oppressive and never ending tenacious assaults against our new spiritual man.

Learning to resist temptation, overcome sin, and live a victorious Christian life are all part of the constant common experience of all believers everywhere.

While the Spirit of God would lead us one way, our carnal or fleshly nature would lead us another, thereby producing an ongoing struggle which exists in our minds.  They are opposite in their nature and will never harmonize.  But, which are you yielding to?

Then Romans 8:13 NLT commands us,  “to put to death” the deeds of the flesh. We as believers are not to go around “practicing sin” and premeditatedly or purposefully taking advantage of God’s grace.

Therefore, fight the good fight of faith and walk in the Spirit, but if you fall, repent and by God’s grace get back up, put on the armor of God and keep on fighting in Jesus’ name.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“How Can A Loving God Send People To Hell?”

Today’s Daily Devotion from Pastor Andrew Bills

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“How Can A Loving God Send People To Hell?”
Unbelief is against God’s only divine cure or remedy for sin. For everyone born is automatically on the road to hell because we are all under the sentence of death, passed on from Adam, and thereby were born in sin and already condemned.
Yet Christ’s warning against this condemnation and the impending danger of hell was given and still remains in one of His greatest messages of love. It was never meant to be used as a scare tactic, but rather as God’s divine invitation to come unto Him through His Son. (Read John 3: 16-19)
But John 3:18 NIV records these words directly spoken from the lips of Jesus, “Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
God does not send anyone to hell, a person’s rejection of Jesus Christ does!  Even though it’s not God’s will that any should be lost, the Lord reveals that there is a certain condemnation that will result in the wrath of God being experienced, but it come from the result of one’s own heart that this condemnation will come.
How great will be the misery of the unbelievers!!! If a lost sinner does not believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God, whom God sent to be the Savior to deliver him from wrath to come; and there is no other name but His whereby he can be saved; how awful will be that damnation!
Jesus Christ suffered excruciating shame and brutality as they nailed Him to the cross. He so loves us that He alone paid the ultimate price and experienced hell that we might not go there ourselves.
Yet many take a whimsical attitude or have a twisted view or opinion about this when it should be taken extremely serious. Down throughout the history of man, God has always demonstrated His goodness, mercy and compassion. But time and time again, the heart of our Creator and Lord has been broken as man turned away from walking in His fellowship, which always resulted in disaster or destruction.
While lost sinners still remain under the sentence of this condemnation passed placed upon Adam from The Lord, he is guilty before God and this curse is still upon his head. The only way his immediate life and eternal destiny can be changed and made secure is through surrendering, submitting and committing oneself to Jesus Christ.

“What Should You Do When Your Prayers Seem Unanswered?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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“What Should You Do When Your Prayers Seem Unanswered?”
When I was a young boy, I would always hear the older saints singing a song that was seemed to contradict itself. In their worship, they sang the words: “He may not come when you want Him, but He’s right on time.”

Over the many years, I’ve received divine inspiration regarding the mystery of prayer, God’s promises to His people and His wonderful assurances as we stand in faith.

For example, Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

In the Apostle Paul’s preceding prayer, he had asked for more and was even more confident that he would receive much more from The Lord because of God’s boundless and gracious mercies. Knowing what God had already done in raising Christ from the dead, Paul now knew that God’s power was beyond the infinite and His desire to impact, touch and bless our lives is even more real and abundant.

It is always a wonderful gesture to end every prayer with a doxology or gracious words of praise and thanksgiving for all God’s past, present and future blessings. Therefore, Paul began to celebrate the extensive, unmerited, and absolute power of God.

God knows what we want before we ask, He can do more than we ask, He has already made the provisions for His people before we ask, and He can even do more than we dare think, imagine, or can conceive in our minds to ask of Him.

But as believers in Christ Jesus, we have the responsibility of STANDING IN FAITH ON HIS WORD until we receive the manifestation of our prayer requests.

Despite any period of time, Standing shows patience and endurance. It is your statement of faith that you have made up your mind to continue trusting The Lord, even if the pressures still exists or even increases.

Standing means that you have set yourself to hold fast to the Word and promises of God and believe Him more than the dictates of what you are physically seeing or emotionally experiencing.

Standing reveals that you have heard the voice of The Holy spirit, received a revelation, and have the faith regardless of any adverse circumstance or negative report. Standing reveals that you know that God’s on your case, orchestrating things out for His glory, your maturity and your ultimate benefit.

It is vital to realize that because God is Spirit, it is not His nature to tip-toe around or go under things. He always breaks in, goes through or overcomes the barriers, conditions and impossibilities that you face. So, don’t allow your natural mind or earthly circumstances to contradict your faith from standing on God’s Word.

The Apostle Paul wants to encourage your heart today to not be moved by what you see or are experiencing, but be more moved by God’s love, grace and power through Jesus Christ.

For impossible situations are not impossible with God. They are challenges, which become stepping stones towards new opportunities.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD.