The Lord is my shepherd and I lack nothing. – Psalm 23:1 NIV
As I sat in church and listened to a sermon about true joy vs. happiness paired with a song “You are my portion, you are all O need” by Kari Jobe”
I was refreshed and overwhelmed with an inner knowing that Jesus really is enough for me. The things we look to from happiness that external as perishing, temporary and fading. Oh but the joy that comes from Jesus, who is on the inside of ever believer is every spiritual blessing. And things are created in the spirit then, manifest in the natural earthly realm.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. – Ephesians 1:3 NIV
Psalm 23:1 is not saying hopefully one day you won’t lack anything. I know it’s a verse I’ve looked at , read ,a confessed in the pass opening that me reading it would change a physical circumstances.
But a new fresh breathe of revelation that, YOU ACTUALLY LACK NOTHING IN CHRIST. I ACTUALLY LACK NOTHING IN CHRIST.
Chris is everything. So if we have everything, we lack NOTHING.
For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. Psalm 84:11 NLT
and those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. – Isaiah 35:10
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” – John 4:14 MSG
We HAVE JOY.
We HAVE PEACE.
WE HAVE what we need to get through the day.
WE HAVE what we need to walk out our destinies, because Christ is enough.
We HAVE enough to demonstrate the kingdom of Heaven on earth.
Believing this has been the missing key. We have to believe that there is really no lack in Christ. We have access to THE spring of LIVIING water, where there is no end to the goodness.
What would have happened if the woman with the issue of blood pretended she didn’t have a problem, that all was well and in perfect health. She would not have gotten her healing. She was not whole, but she admitted that, which left room for God to bring out the healing she needed.
She pressed pass the crowd (doubt, unbelief, depression,lack, people gossiping) to touch Jesus. His strength is made perfect in our weakness, therefore I boast in weakness instead of ignoring the weakness.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
The church can get so “spiritual” that they deny the real legitimate issues of their heart. And your heart determines the course of your life and the words you speak.
Pride will keep you from getting close to God, therefore not getting what you really what you need ,that only God can provide. Intimacy requires transparency. Yet, pride says I already have it together, I am strong already. You don’t have to put on a facade , who cares what other people think or say, they don’t your answers but JESUS DOES.
“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble “(James 4:6)
Facing constant disappointments can plain hurt. The woman with the issue of blood tried everything to remedy her issue. She had been hemorrhaging for YEARS , spent all her life savings going from doctor to doctor and nothing. Her efforts and people she placed her trust in let her down. There was nothing else left for her to do. She still had the issue of blood, until the day she touched Jesus….
Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.
– Songs of Solomon 2:15 NIV
Today the Lord tarries his coming but there will be a day when the Lord tarries no more. We want to make sure that we are on guard. Guard our lives, our spirit, and our souls from destruction. The enemy can be so subtle when he tries to creep into your life. He’s a wretched snake with cunning ways. Oftentimes the devil knows you’re not stupid enough to do blatantly sin, so he uses small “foxes”. These small things can be thoughts that birth habits or relationships that lead to sprinkles of perversity to look for a door to your heart.
Sinful thoughts lead to sinful actions, sin gives birth to death. This is a gradual process. For example, rat poison is used to capture an unwanted rodent in a building. When the rat approaches the poison tablet it first sees it and probably thinks something like, “Yes, that looks great it’s exactly what I like, let me get a piece of this”. Then it bites into the tablet and it taste great , but there is something called anti-coagulant mixed in that depleted the vitamin k stored in the rodent’s system , other chemicals are also released to cause internal bleeding and the vitamin k causes the rodent blood not to clot, then it dies after one or two days.
This happens to humans when little foxes are allowed in the garden. Solomon insists on catching the little foxes before they spoil the sweet fruit that is blossoming. Let’s say we’ve given our life to Christ , we’ve decided that we want to live God’s way, we surrender the big things ,but we’re okay with just a “white lie”, just a little drink, just a little fornication, a little bad attitude . A little of this and that opens the door to that internal bleeding from the damage it does. An inner destruction can start with just a little. A cake batter’s substance is changed from just a little egg.
Today ask God to show you where there may be any small foxes in your life. Don’t allow the good fruit that is being developed in you to be spoiled by some wrong thinking and habits. We grow spiritually when we are rooted in good ground. We want to flourish and grow that become like a tree that constant bears good fruit. Renew your mind and choose to think what the Word of God says. What your mind thinks is what you will follow.
Today’s Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, open my eyes to see any small foxes in my life. I repent and turn away from anything that will hinder my spiritual growth. I place your Word as my first and finally authority. In Jesus name, Amen.
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“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” – Mark 1:5 NASB
I talk about dreams a lot because I consider myself a big dreamer. I think having a vision and dream is important, however there something more important than my personal dreams and that is God’s vision for his Kingdom. A kingdom mindset is a mindset that places the agenda of the kingdom he/she belongs to over personal agendas.
“You need a vision that is more important than your own life preservation.” – Dr. Myles Munroe
The kingdom of God is in Heaven. God is the ruler of the kingdom, God gave Jesus the keys and set him. When are born-again we are born into God’s Kingdom. We become part of the family of God. In every family has more than one person created to fulfill their role in the family so that things go smoothly and so that family with advance (become fruitful and multiply).
The real dream is expanding the Kingdom of God. When that is our hearts intent the supply is unlimited, because it all is for God and belongs to him anyway.
God’s Kingdom will stand forever:
“And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever” – Daniel 2:44 ESV
I want to pose some important questions to you today,
- Are you kingdom minded?
- What happens if what you want for yourself is not best for the kingdom?
- Do you choose your own self-centered plans over God’s kingdom plan? Don’t you know it is written that whoever loses their life will find life and whoever tries to keep their life will lose it (Matthew 16:25).
- Are you willing to lay down your life to follow Christ, or do you just want the title? Or do you want what you think God can give you (the car, the house, the mate, riches)
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. – Proverbs 19:21 NIV
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” – Luke 19:10
Oh how I love saving grace of God. The love that pursues, the grace that forgives, the Word that transforms. A sign of true Love is the pursuit. Don’t get it twisted, God loves you and he’s chosen you to be his own. God is a head over heels lover. He loves hard. He knew in order to win your heart he would have to make a move and pursue you with his Love.
Love will seek the lost at any cost. Even when you reject him he’s still there, ready and available to hear your prayer. He’s ready to save you. Jesus Christ is waiting for your heart to be available, your arms to be open to embrace his Love and hands ready to receive his leading and guidance.
You no longer have to be lost and confused the Holy Spirit is here to guide you. Start this with a fresh breathe of grace. Be happy about the simple fact that you are alive in Christ because he came to save you.
God’s will is that all men come to the knowledge of Christ. He does not want a single soul to be lost, but it’s up to us to choose him. We can know about God, we can hear about Jesus, we can hear about Love, but until we say yes to our pursuer (God) we continue to be lost like a sheep without a Shepard. It’s kind of like going to the mall to catch a sale at Macy’s. We can hear about the sale on the radio, see coupons in the sale paper, even show up to the mall, but if we just wonder around the mall being distracted or enamored with other things we miss the sale. We lose out. We are lost…until we are actually inside of Macys partaking of the sale. Today choose if you’re going to abide in Jesus and straight forward decide to accept the salvation truly …FULLY. Don’t just hang around Jesus (or Macy’s in this case) but never make it in to partake of his goodness.
Today’s Prayer: Lord, I pray that you will remove every distraction that would cause me to resist your Love for me. I thank you for sending Jesus Christ to bridge the gap between you and I. Today I want to focus on you like never before. I pray that your Love overtake me so that my life can never be the same again, In Jesus name, Amen.
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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
– Galatians 5:22
In Washington, DC every year the Washingtonians look forward to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival celebrates the arrival of the spring season. Flowering cherries grow rapidly and when they bloom it is pretty fascinating to watch. All they need is sun and well-drained soil to mature. The yoshino cherry blossom can grow a whole three feet in just one year.
When we have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ we are bound to produce fruit, because he is constantly working in us to cultivate growth. Intimacy with Jesus is like being placed in that well drained soil that nourishes the cherry blossom. The sun is like his presence that radiates through every fiber of the being. A healthy cherry blossom grows. A person with healthy relationship with Jesus also grows when they are rooted in his word.
Are you in the same place spiritually that you were 6 months ago? Or have you noticed sprouts of growth. We never arrive on the vine. We continue to grow and be pruned. When spring season comes it is joyous, because even those around you can tell there is something different about you. You’ve matured in an unimaginable way.
It’s God’s will for you to be fruitful. Putting the kingdom of God as first priority in your life will cause you grow in the fruits of the spirit. Your Love for God, his word, yourself and others will grow and multiply. Your joy will grow and be contagious. Your peace will grow because your trust deepens. Your kindness will grow because you are grateful and more considerate as you see God’s hand of mercy in your life. Your goodness will grow as you imitate your father. Your faithfulness will grow as you see that he is faithful.
John 15:16 lets us know that “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” Part of being on the vine, in intimate relationship with Christ, is answered prayer. When he knows that his word is in you and you truly have a heart like his, he says he will give you what you are asking for according to his will. His will is his word. Praying the word of God is key to answered prayer. Another key is having the word flood your heart. King Solomon was man after God’s own heart. God allowed him to ask for anything he wanted and he asked for wisdom, when God saw that he didn’t ask for wealth in honor he gave him beyond what had asked or imagined because he was not carnally minded.
His grace is what allows your fruit to grow and multiply just like it says in 2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen”.
Today’s Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that you will grow me up in the things of God. Cause me bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Cultivate my heart and my mind that I may be a fruitful vine and multiply as you have promised. In Jesus name, Amen.
I want to encourage every single person who is reading this to push forward. Don’t be afraid to do THAT THING God is nudging you to do. There is a profound reason he designed YOU to do it. Don’t look at your past and think you are disqualified because you are not. Write the Book. Record the Song. Start the Business. Push forward with tenacity and boldness.
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,” – Philippians 3:13 NIV
When you step out in faith (not really know all the steps, not really knowing what the journey will be like, not having evidence of success, not having all the resources in sight) God will meet you where you are. When GOD gives you a vision in alignment with his will, purposes, and intentions he provides what you will need. Jesus needs your cooperation. Give him something to work with. In the bible he took the loaves of bread they had and made it multiply. He used what they already and were willing to give.
Use your FAITH. Faith is a strong force. Faith is stronger and more powerful than an airplane that lifts people from the ground and flies them to another country. Faith is stronger than 1,000 men lifting 1,000 pounds. Faith is a spiritual/divine force that grabs things from the unseen eternal realm and brings them here on earth (Hebrews 11:1). When you pray and you believe you have received what you pray for you have it (it’s in alignment with God’s word and doesn’t violate his principles or commands) (Mark 11:24). So, do it. Take the step of FAITH.
When you begin to walk by faith, you get more faith. Faith is like a muscle that grows when it’s worked out. Build. Elevate. Grow. Don’t be intimidated by what you see, and don’t compare your gift to the gifts of others. You may think that God only uses a special select few, but this is not true. He wants to use you, are you will to be his vessel? You are unique. Your assignment in the earth is unique and there are people waiting to hear from you. Someone’s deliverance is dependent on your faith. Launch out into the deep for a great catch that you could have never imaged existed (Luke 5:4). God has the ability to ACCELERATE the things you put your hands to.
1.Take Action. Do what you already know to do. Do you need a website? Do you need a camera? Do what is in your natural ability to do. Miracles are for seemingly impossible things that only God can do. What are the first 3 things you need to do to get started? Write them now and plan to do one each day over the next 3 days.
James 2:17 NIV – In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
2. Pray for divine strategy and direction. Ask God to show you where to let down your net. Psalm 16:11 – You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever
Luke 5:4 – When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”
3. Get a mentor or advice from someone who has been where you are going.
Proverbs 11:14 ERV- Where no wise guidance is, the people falleth: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.