Are you worried about something? Is there a burden upon your spirit? As long as you are in this world there will be things poking you; there will be things disappointing you.
When we are troubled, we cannot be sensitive to the Spirit of God. You need a free spirit to pray. You need a free spirit to hear from God. You cannot hear from God when your spirit is troubled. If you pray at such times, you are talking to yourself. Therefore, ask God for a free spirit. Meditation reveals the burden in our spirit. Ask the Lord Jesus, “Take more of me; give me more of You”. When you are meditating this, you will find joy. It comes naturally; it comes spontaneously. Meditation in God’s Word is a visit with Him.
John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
“In this world, there will be trouble. Cheer up! I have overcome.” This is why Jesus prayed, “I pray your faith will not fail”. This means there will be trouble that will tempt your faith but as a believer, God is aware of what you are going through. It has been prophesied that you will go through them but as one of His followers, it will not impair you but improve you if you allow it to draw you closer to Him.
“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)
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When people look at your life, what do they take note of? Is it your appearance, your education, your talent or your inner virtue? Is it the colour of your skin or the content of your character? As a believer in Jesus Christ, no matter your situation, the way you react, the way you handle it matters a lot because the world is watching you. Among them are your friends, your relations, and those who do not share the same faith with you. They are watching to see the outcome of your faith.
Remember your life preaches a louder sermon than your mouth. Just like Peter and John who were unschooled, ordinary men, by the way you live your life, let people take note that you have been with the Healer, the Redeemer, the Comforter, the Deliverer – the name above all names – Jesus Christ!
Are you tired of being in the same place, the same town, the same community, the same country? Many think that if they can just change their environment, their life would be better. But did you know that the best place you can ever be is in faith? It was in faith Bartimaeus gained his ability to see. It was in faith Moses’ rod was used to split the Red Sea. It was in faith the sinful woman in Luke 7:36-50 was forgiven and set free.
But the sad thing is that so many people live out their days without ever entering into faith because their lives are centred on how they are doing, how they are feeling and how they are treated. When the Word has not prevailed in our life, we live as common men (1 Cor. 3:3).
The question is: Where do you find faith? Wherever you are, faith is not far from you. We find faith deep within our spirit. When you look beyond your sickness, you will see good health. When you look beyond your hardship, you will see breakthrough. This is a look of faith.
Are you ready to step out of this faithless generation? Then, just like the father of the demon-possessed boy did in Mark 9:23, cry out to Jesus, “I believe, help my unbelief!” and Jesus is ready to help you step into faith.
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Do you ever feel as if you are not getting anywhere – whenever you move forward, you find yourself going backwards again? This is because you keep taking steps back when you face obstacles, hindrances and problems, instead of allowing them to move you forward. Timothy experienced the same temptation but Apostle Paul warned him not to take a step back when he was sick, attacked, persecuted or discouraged.
“Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.” (1 Timothy 18-19)
You take a step back when in the face of your situation, you get discouraged and start complaining, ‘Why me?’ Whereas this is the beauty of our journey to eternal life – our challenges. Apostle Paul himself knew what it was like to feel like giving up while facing challenges but he kept on running the straight race with God.
What situation are you facing that is causing you to take a step back? Don’t forget, your challenges are friends to move you forward if they produce a sense of dependence on God.
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As you trust in Jesus, He will make His home in your heart (Ephesians 3:17). We are made to be like Jesus in our heart. Faith is of man’s heart because only faith pleases Him. The Word is our contact with God; it is His contact with us. It is the Word dwelling in you which is equivalent to Christ personally being in you. This means, Christ and His Word are one. If you know Christ and His Word are one, you bring Christ on the scene by making His Word a part of you.
Therefore, it is the Word that builds Christ’s nature into an individual – kindness, goodness, self-control, obedience, just name it – the fruits of the Spirit. As the Word dominates, rules and sanctifies our spirit nature, Jesus is building Himself into us and making Himself a part of us.
Remember, faith is perfected by our acting on the Word. This is the secret. For faith comes through hearing the Word of God. You cannot obey that Word when the Word has not dominated, ruled and lived in your heart. So today, open your heart to God’s Word, faith and Spirit so that He can make His home in your heart.
Do you compare yourself with others and measure yourself by yourself? Remember, when you are not content and spend much of your time thinking about what you do not have, you may be slipping into unhealthy doubt that can lead you away from God to scepticism, cynicism, then hard-heartedness. These are the walls that stand as barriers between you and the Spirit of the Father.
The wall of Jericho had stopped the Israelites from entering the land whereas Jericho was God’s promise to the Israelites (Joshua 6:4-5). Nevertheless, faith joyfully confesses its victory. As the Israelites joyfully shouted their victory, the wall of Jericho fell. What is the wall in your life that stops you from receiving from God?
Joy is your conquering power (Nehemiah 8:10). “This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). With this joy, break every wall of unhappiness, envy, jealousy, discontentment, offence and pain of the past that stands between you and the Spirit of the Father, in Jesus’ name. As that wall is broken in your life, experience the Bible come alive and the fulfilment of God’s promises.
The age of miracles has not passed; the Miracle Worker is still alive. The bank of miracles is in Heaven. “However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him’ ”(1 Corinthians 2:9). Therefore, let us not limit God in our prayer because He is rich beyond our dreams.
Knowing quite well how undeserving he was, blind Bartimaeus cried out, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Brethren, all of us would not merit His mercy because our righteousness is like filthy rags before God. We are not healed, blessed and delivered because of the works of righteousness we have done (Ephesians 2:8-9) but in mercy God has called us and healed, delivered and saved us. All we need is God’s mercy and favour. Blind Bartimaeus prayed, “Son of David, have mercy on me” and he testified that God restored his sight. In mercy, you are not excluded.
“Son of David, have mercy on me. Let Your mercy and favour speak for me, in Jesus’ name!” If you mean it, this can be a soul-saving and life-changing prayer. As you say this anointed prayer with all your heart without ceasing, begin to feel the presence of God restoring your testimony – healing, blessing and setting you free and you shall share your testimony to the glory of God, in Jesus’ name!
The dwelling place of God is in the heart. This means what goes on in our hearts determines the kind of relationship we enjoy with God. PSALM 66:18 says, “If I regard sin in my heart, the Lord would not have heard me’. To regard iniquity in the heart means there is some degree of sympathy with sin. A wrong attitude towards sin has caused this deadness of heart. That is why today, we can look upon pain, wrong and injustice unaffected. But as Christians, we should feel worried when we see injustice because when we are affected, our spirit will be stirred (Acts 17:16). Remember sin consists not only in doing what you should not but in failing to do what you should.
To get delivered – our spirit needs to be worried inside when we commit wrong by acknowledging them, admitting them and trusting in Christ’s sacrifice to make us clean and whole within.