Life brings different experiences, some painful, some joyful. And being a Christian does not automatically exempt you from afflictions. But the good news is, God has provided the power we need to overcome, no matter the situation.
Listen to James:
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:13-16 NKJV)
The Amplified Bible Classic Edition puts verse 16b, this way:
“The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” (James 5:16 AMPC)
God’s grace supplies us with tremendous power that can both sustain us in trouble and deliver us from trouble. This power is unmerited and undeserved. And it’s always present and available to His children. Always!
But it will remain dormant, inactive, or exist only as “potential power” until it is activated. This is what the believer’s prayer does. When a righteous man (someone who by faith has received the gift of righteousness) prays, his prayers trigger the release of God’s power to cause amazing things to happen in the life of the believer and those he prays for.
James cites Elijah as an example of the kind of power that is released when an ordinary, but righteous person, dares to stand on God’s promises and to pray on the basis of God’s Word.
“Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.” (James 5:17-18 NKJV)
The point being made is if Elijah’s prayers could generate this kind of power, then yours can too! And no matter your current circumstances, there is far more power available and accessible to you by prayer than you would ever need to meet your needs.
Child of God, what grace potentializes, prayer actualizes. Therefore, do no lose heart. Pray!
In Genesis 15:1, we read:
“After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”” (Genesis 15:1 NKJV)
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Is there anything you can do to repay God for His goodness to you? The short answer is no. God is too good and what you can give him is too small to come anywhere close to being sufficient. But the good news is, God does not want you to even try to repay Him.
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“Be ye doers of the Word, not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
Grace is not a license to sin. Just like children are to obey their parents, just like Jesus obeyed God, we are to obey our Heavenly Father. Not to become His children, or righteous in His sight–faith in Jesus does that for us, but because we are already His children and the righteousness of God in Him. As His holy, redeemed and righteous children, obedience is how we bring forth the fruit, or harvest, of our righteousness. That’s how we walk in and manifest the holiness we have received from Jesus! That’s how we glorify Him and fulfill His wonderful plan for our lives. (Is. 32:17; Heb. 12;11; Eph. 2:10)
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“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man can come to the Father but through Me.” Who would dare make such an outrageous claim! Indeed, anyone who would believe and say such things about himself has to be a lunatic. Unless, and here is another possibility, He is, in fact, God in human form. He has to be one or the other. No other rational explanation exists.
Jesus uttered those words in John 14:6. And if there is one person, whose ethics, morality, wisdom and life-giving influence can never be associated with, or emanate from, lunacy, it is He. That leaves us with only one other possibility. His words are true. And He is God with us.
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Are you familiar with The Parable of the Talents Jesus told in Matthew 25:14-29? In it, Jesus talks about three servants who were each given talents by their master and the opportunity to build on what they had received. Contrary to what many believe, the purpose of the parable is not to show how hard we must work for God, but how servants can become “rulers over many things” through the application of God’s grace. And how those who resist grace, as in the case of the servant in the parable who buried the talent given him, end up as losers.
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Who do you believe is the happiest person in the world? Is it the person with the greatest amount of money? Or the one wielding the greatest amount of worldly power? Not so. The happiest person is not a human being. The happiest person in the universe is actually God!
Most people don’t associate happiness with God. Instead, they think of Him as a somber, serious, sin-conscious being, who is almost always at least a little angry and disappointed with these fallen creatures He brought into being thousands of years ago. They portray a God who is perpetually in a bad mood. How untrue!
The truth is just the opposite. God is, in fact, “infinitely happy because He is infinitely perfect.” That’s right, infinitely happy because infinitely holy! His happiness flows from His perfections; the result of being completely holy. God is not sad and God is not mad.
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We hear much today about generational curses. Some scrupulous and some well-meaning ministers are telling believers they are the victims of curses being passed down to them due to the sins of their ancestors. And in order to ever experience freedom from the curse, they need to receive special prayers of “deliverance,” often requiring repentance for the sins of their fathers, renunciation, fasting, binding and casting out of demons. But is this biblical and is this necessary for the believer?
In John 9, Jesus ministered to a man who had been blind from birth and his disciples brought up the subject of generational curses.
“As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” (John 9:1-2).
The disciples believed the man was possibly suffering for the sins of his parents due to a generational curse. But Jesus rejected the notion altogether and gave a completely different reason for the man’s blindness.
“Jesus answered, ‘It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.’” (John 9:1-3 NASB)
When given the opportunity to talk about generational curses, Jesus did not. Why? I suspect it was because either He did not believe in them at all, or He did not believe in the same way the disciples did at that time and many do today.
The truth is God is not pronouncing curses upon families that are passed down from one generation to the next as punishment for sin. And if, in fact, there is such a thing as a “generational curse” being passed down from one generation to the next, then it is the curse of Adam, which is passed down to every member of the Adam race. That curse, produced by Adam’s sin, is called spiritual death–being separated from God and existing without God’s life inside. Spiritual death, and all its negative consequences, is the source of all forms of defeat in those whose origins are in Adam.
Thankfully, Jesus came to bring the Adam race to an end and to begin a new race of people. To Nicodemus, a member of the Adam race, He said, “You must be born again.” To the Corinthians, Paul wrote, “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things are passed away. Behold, all things have become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17).
The believer, therefore, is no longer “in Adam.” He is now “in Christ.” His “deliverance” from the “generational curse” received from Adam is accomplished already. It took place when Jesus died and rose again for him. So, the believer in Christ can now give “thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” (Colossians 1:12-13 NKJV)
“Delivered from the power of darkness” and qualified “to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints?” What is this? Nothing less than a generational blessing! Just like the curse upon Adam flowed unto all those born to Adam, so the blessing upon Jesus flows to all of us born to Jesus. The curse in Adam has been replaced with the blessing in Jesus.
Child of God, stop believing you are cursed. The day of your salvation was the day of your deliverance. The only deliverance you may still need is from the blindness and unbelief that prevents you from resting in the sufficiency of Jesus and His finished work. Ask God to help you see all you have in Christ. And instead of believing that a generational curse is operating against your progress, start claiming and enjoying the “generational blessing” that flows to you from Jesus. Amen.
“Have the faith of God,” Jesus says, literally, in Mark 11:22. Not your own faith, God’s faith. The God kind.
Now, if I say to you, “Have some water,” I am saying to you that water is present, available and accessible to you right now. Is that not so? So, when Jesus says to me, “Have the faith of God,” He is telling me, its available and accessible to me right now and I can have it and use it if I choose, to conquer a problem, obtain a breakthrough, or win a victory. Jesus is saying, if you have a mountain that needs to be removed, you can exercise the faith God gives you, the God-kind of faith, to make the mountain move.
The mountain can be anything that is standing in the way of God’s best for you, that is preventing you from experiencing God’s best. It can be sickness, poverty, marriage difficulties, anything in the way of God’s will. Nothing is impossble to you. Nothing, because you have the faith of God in you.
Now, how do you release your God-given faith to receive miracles and answers to prayer? How do you unleash the power of God for miracles? The same way God unleashed His power to accomplish His purposes for creation and the same way Jesus released God’s power to work miracles on earth. It involves words.
God believes in the power of His words. He declares: “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11 NKJV)
And in Job we find: “You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.” (Job 22:28 NKJV)
Then Paul writes: “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 Corinthians 4:13 KJV)
And Jesus Himself declares:
“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:22-24 NKJV)
Take all these passages together and it should become clear that God wants you to operate like He does. First, perceive His Will; second, believe His Word; third, speak to your “mountain,” believing that the very thing you are decreeing will be done for you.
You say, “I can’t do that, believe that I will have what I say. I am not God.” You certainly are not, but you don’t have to be God. You just need to be a child of God, to have His Spirit in you, to have God backing you to be able to do this.
Start believing because you are partaking of God’s nature in Christ, and are righteous in His sight, your words have great weight. That because we are a kingdom of priests, your words are highly anointed. That because those who have received abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign as kings in life, your words command great authority. (See Rom. 5:17, 1 Peter 2:9)
Child of God, if your world is without form and void and darkness is hovering over you, you can do something about it. But you have to open your mouth and start decreeing what you know to be God’s will for your life. Start commanding light and life to manifest and darkness to depart. Start decreeing the Word of God. That is what God did. That is what Jesus told us to do. Nothing happened until God spoke. And nothing will happen until you speak.
“Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” (Zechariah 4:7 NKJV)
So, what are you waiting for? Believe and speak. And keep believing, and keep speaking. This mountain shall be removed, “not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” (Zech. 4:6)
Remember, it is not enough to just have faith in your heart. You need to speak in order to unleash the faith of God in you to make miracles happen.
Here is one such passage:
“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (I Peter 5:5-11 NKJV)
Notice several reasons Peter gives us for choosing to humble ourselves:
1. God resists the proud, but “gives grace to the humble.” God offers unmerited favor, undeserved blessings, well-timed help, and moment-by-moment assistance to the humble. Not to the proud. Can you use more grace on a daily basis?
2. God will “exalt you” in due season, if you humble yourself. He does not tell you just how God will exalt you, but he guarantees you God will. Wow!
3. God will “care” for you. God will literally take personal interest in everything regarding the humble, and actively attend to you and watch over you with “deepest affection.” Knowing this, you can cast “all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him.” (AMP). What a promise!
4. God will protect you from the devil who is looking for someone to “devour.” The proud are an easy prey for the enemy. But God defends the humble, as He cares for you and gives you grace in every situation and under all circumstances. Thank God!
5. The God of all grace will be with the humble during times of suffering and “after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” How comforting, how reassuring, how empowering!
Why does God make such magnificent promises to the humble? According to Peter, it is so that through these “exceedingly great and precious promises…you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:4) These Scriptural rewards provide the Holy Spirit with what He needs to motivate and empower us to obey.
Child of God, do you want to partake of the divine nature? Then, make the decision to clothe yourself and walk in the humility God provides for you in Christ. Ask Him to break the power of pride in your life and to change your attitude. Start to pore over and pray over these precious promises daily. By so doing, you will be cooperating with the Holy Spirit and He, who is faithful, will give more grace as He produces His humility in you.
Be blessed, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.