If you’ve ever heard the term “the living dead,” then you can imagine that’s probably what it’s like to be living on death row in prison. You’re alive, but because a sentence has been pronounced on you and a timeline assigned to your life—you’re basically a dead man walking. That’s exactly the way the enemy sees you. He knows you’re a Christian, but that doesn’t stop him from trying to get you over into his dominion of darkness. In fact, for him it’s an incentive. He looks at your life, determines the level of your faith, and then attacks at your weakest point. His purpose is to make sure you never live in the abundance, fullness, and prosperity Jesus spoke of when He said in John 10:10, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Romans 8:36 says we’re like sheep that are kept, but being readied for the slaughter. The Message says “They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.” Don’t live life under a death sentence handed down by the devil. Receive the abundant life Jesus came to give, and walk in the bold power and authority God has given you!
Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear or see something in the news that suggests our nation is moving closer and closer to an all-out recession. No doubt, those reports have had the same effect on you as they have so many others—so much so in fact that you fear that the plans you have for the future, for you and your family, will never materialize. Don’t think that way. And don’t give up. While things may look bad in the natural, God is always working on your behalf in the spirit realm. His Word is relevant to every season of your life—the good times and the not-so-good times. No matter how dismal things seem, they won’t always be that way. Jesus said in John 10:10, The Message, “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” That “more and better life” Jesus promised is part of your inheritance if you are a Christian. And He will see that you get it. Trust Him, and continue to hold on to your dreams.
It’s easy to get distracted. I’ve experienced it on several occasions, as I’m sure many of you have. Your day was well planned—beginning with spending time with the Lord. Then, the unexpected happened. The phone rang, there was a knock at the door, or perhaps someone on your job had a problem and needed your help. Your intentions were good when you started your day, but nevertheless you’ve accomplished nothing. Most importantly, you’ve allowed distractions to keep you from the one thing that is most important—time alone with your heavenly Father. God understands you have responsibilities to your family, your job or business that require your attention. He doesn’t look to you to spend every waking hour in prayer and studying His Word. But what He does expect is that we, as His sons and daughters, keep all distractions at bay—that we not become so preoccupied with other things that we don’t make time for Him. God’s Word is your lifeline. It’s your pathway to success and victory here, as well as eternal life with your Heavenly Father. Don’t neglect it by allowing yourself to become distracted.
How many times have you heard someone say something like, “I’ve been waiting on God to move for years now, and my situation hasn’t changed at all.” Maybe you’ve been guilty of speaking those words yourself. If so, here’s a question for you: What have you been doing while you were waiting? James 2:17, New Living Translation, says that “faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.” You may say you’ve had faith that God will move on your behalf—that He’ll give you that new job or home, or that spouse you’ve been believing for. But what have you done to help make it happen. Have you put in job applications anywhere? Have you started to save towards a down payment for a house? Do you have any kind of social life that would put you in the presence of others? What have you done besides wait? When God created you, He didn’t plan for you to live in lack. He intended for you to succeed and prosper in every area of your life. But He expects you to contribute to that process. Obtaining what God has for you will require some effort on your part. Whatever it is you desire, you won’t get it just sitting around waiting for something to happen. Put some action with your faith and you’ll start to see some real results.
Hosea 4:6, New Living Translation, says: “My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me.” That’s a strong indictment against the Church, but nevertheless it’s God’s Word, and it’s true. The truth is, many Christians today don’t really know God. Why do I say that? Because when you really know God, when you are truly connected to Him and spending time in His Word, you will know and recognize His voice and you will follow Him (John 10:27). You won’t get tripped up because you wonder or question if you really heard from God. You won’t become worried and fearful—afraid to step out and do something you know He told you to do just because it seems strange, unusual or just plain foolish. You’ll be quick to move because you know God is on your side and that there is no chance that you might fail. God desires the best for you. He wants to see you walk in the fullness of His blessings. But the bottom line is that you have got to desire it just as much as He does.
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