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“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13 (NIV)

God wants you to be a “radical” Christian. Before you let the word frighten you, distinguish it apart from the word “fanatical.” Look at the dictionary definitions:

Radical – 1) Relating to, or growing from the root or stem of a plant; 2) relating to the origin; fundamental; 3) marked by a considerable departure from the usual or traditional, tending to make extreme changes in existing views, habits, conditions, or institutions.

Fanatical – 1) Relating to fantasy or imagination; 2) marked by excessive enthusiasm without basis in experience or reason.

These definitions reveal that NORMAL Christian behavior should be “radical”; you are rooted in Christ Jesus, relating to your origin, and marked by a life-style of different views, habits, and conditions.

Christians are “radical” but not “fanatical.” Faith is not based on fantasy or imagination, but on the all-powerful Word of God! Get radical…it is NORMAL behavior.

PRAY: “Father, I believe You delight in changing people from worn-out traditions of men back to Your original plan of holy boldness.   Make me ‘radical’ for Jesus. In His Name, amen.”

 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9

Are you waiting for your “ship to come in?” You have worked hard to be kind and loving to all those around you…even your enemies. You have had your share of disappointments. Now you are looking for the rewards that God promises to all those who faithfully do His will.

Well, keep looking. They will surely come. “In due season” means in the “proper” season…in God’s season.

The law of reaping what you sow is as real as the law of gravity. Galatians 6:7 says: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” God is not in a hurry, but He runs a tight ship!

All that goodness and kindness is going to come back to you in the form of answers to your deepest needs. Remember, GOD SEES WHAT YOU ARE SOWING. He is keeping score and has a grand trophy for you.

So don’t give up…don’t give in…don’t get “weary in well doing,” because the harvest is coming!

PRAY: “Heavenly Father, help me to be patient with Your timetable on rewards. I will continue to do Your will from my heart to help others in need. Let Your countenance be upon my face. I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

“When the enemy shall come in…like a flood the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”  Isaiah 59:19b

Have you ever experienced flood conditions in the area where you live? The force of the raging flood tide is almost unimaginable.  Reread this familiar Scripture with the above punctuation and consider the all-encompassing love and power of the Holy Spirit at work in your life.

Like a flood…the Holy Spirit will rise to the occasion of need — flushing out every nook and cranny, under doors, through windows, through cracks in the floor —to discover the dirt or dry, dusty areas and to bring the refreshing water of the Word of God to the heart of the problem.

The New International Version quotes the verse this way; “For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the Lord drives along.”  The standard that is lifted is Jesus Christ, who then drives out the adversary. Your authority is in Him.

So the next time the enemy tries to come in and make your life dry, let the flood tide of the Holy Spirit saturate your mind and soul with God’s Word, appropriate your authority, and FLOOD OUT THE ENEMY!

PRAY: “Omnipotent Father, it is just like Your great love toward Your children to provide a standard against the enemy! Thank You for authority in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

 

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1

Are you interested in miracles and healing? Pursuit or action is a necessary element of FAITH to receive miracles. FAITH is SUBSTANCE and FAITH is EVIDENCE. In other words, even when you cannot SEE with your natural eyes, FAITH is what you see with.

There are three active ingredients to FAITH:

1) Faith SEES – One must have a hope, a vision, an expectation of a desired result.

2) Faith SPEAKS – One must open his mouth and make a confession of belief in the expected result. Speaking about something you cannot yet see with your physical eye is an exercise of faith.

3) Faith ACTS – One must be willing to move, to do something in pursuit of the desired result.

Miracles come through FAITH. FAITH is exercised when you are actively seeking (pursuing) God.

Hebrews 11:6 goes on to say, “But without faith it is impossible to please [God]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

PRAY: “Most Holy Father, my desire is to please You by my seeing, speaking, and acting in FAITH today. Help me to live diligently and expectantly. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”  Mark 16:17-18

SIGNS of a healthy, growing CHURCH are emerging today…salvations, healings, and deliverances. Individuals are finding that in Jesus’ Name they can “cast out devils” of carnality, fear, unbelief, slothfulness, and depression from their very own lives!

It is nice to see a sign on the Road of God’s Perfect Will. A sign does not mean you have arrived; a sign means you are on the way. You may pass a sign on the highway which says: “Orlando, 90 miles.” The sign does not mean you have reached Orlando, but it tells you you are on the right road!

SIGNS are often few and far between. That is why it is necessary to have a road map to direct you to your destination. God’s Word is your road map for your spiritual journey. You need to study it while on this highway of life. Familiarity with the road map brings faith, and God’s abiding presence becomes your guide.

SIGNS are a nice confirmation of being on the right road, but they “follow them that believe.” Belief comes by faith and knowledge of God’s Word.

PRAY: “Heavenly Father, thank You for Your concern that I stay on the right road. Open my understanding as I study Your perfect-will road map. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me…to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…” Isaiah 61:3a

Isaiah speaks of substituting “the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…” Many people today wrestle with a spirit of heaviness or depression. It is not just an attitude, feeling, or influence…it is a spirit — an evil personality that grips the heart and mind of a person bringing discouragement, frustration, and negative thoughts. This spirit robs you of the joy of the Lord, which is your strength! (See Nehemiah 8:10.)

How do you shed this evil spirit? Through PRAISE!  Every morning when you arise, you decide what clothes to wear. You go to the closet and make a distinct decision as to what to “put on.” Likewise, you must decide to “put on” the GARMENT OF PRAISE to combat the spirit of depression.

Praise is an act of your WILL! David said, “I WILL bless the Lord at all times…” (See Psalm 34:1.) (Emphasis supplied.) Sometimes it is difficult and takes sacrifice, but God loves sacrifice because it forces you to choose HIM over yourself. “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” (Hebrews 13:15)

Have you “put on” your GARMENT OF PRAISE?

PRAY: “Father, You are worthy of my continual praise. Help me to decide always to ‘put on’ the garment of praise rather than the spirit of heaviness. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

“…If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body…Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.” James 3:2b,13

Your words can work WONDERS or they can work BLUNDERS! You will never rise above the level of your own words. If you talk defeat, fear, failure, anxiety, sickness, or unbelief…you will live on that level.

The words you speak tell a lot about the spiritual condition of your heart. Matthew quoted Jesus as saying, “0 generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” (See Chapter 12, Verse 34.)

However, when you believe the promises of God to the point of confessing them with your mouth, you exercise FAITH, which allows God to work WONDERS on your behalf!

The Apostle Paul said, “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt he saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (See Romans 10:8-10.)

PRAY: “Father, let Your Spirit guard my confession so that it lines up with what is in my heart. Thus can I expect You to fulfill Your promises to me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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