Grow in Love with Jesus – Word of the Week

Edition #54

Week 54

Romans 8:35
“So who can separate us? What can come between us and the love of God’s Anointed? Can troubles hardships, persecutions, hunger, poverty, danger or ever death?”

What makes you fall in love with someone? Is it their smile? Is it how attractive they are or how eloquent they speak? While you may admire those things about someone, they don’t lead to a truly deep love. That kind of love develops over time, as you see someone put your needs above their own and you do the same for them—as you demonstrate just how much you love each other through action.

The same is true when it comes to growing in love with Jesus. The more we realise how much He loves us, the more we grow to love Him.

It’s incredible when you think about what He’s done for us. He sacrificed His life for us, just for the chance of bringing us into His family. The thing is, He didn’t make this sacrifice begrudgingly: “I freely lay down my life…. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will” (John 10:14-18, MSG).

Today’s verse questions what could ever separate us from Christ’s love, and the answer, of course, is nothing! Verses 38 and 39 say, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Jesus loves you, and nothing could ever stop that love. Keep letting it sink in, and grow more in love with Him every day.

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More Than a Conqueror – Word of the Week

Edition #53

Week 53

Romans 8:37 (NKJV)
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

What does it mean to be “more than a conqueror” in Christ?

When we think of a conqueror, we think of someone who fights and wins, but this verse says we are more than conquerors. Yes, we fight to lay hold of what is ours in Christ; we fight the fight of faith to believe. But we’re more than fighters.

As believers, we are wise builders! We build the lives we want. We build God’s promises into our belief systems. We build great marriages, great relationships and great businesses.

We don’t walk around fighting all the time. There is peace and joy in us and in our homes and families. We know that Jesus already fought our battle and conquered everything that comes against us, so we believe God for the best because Jesus won our victory.

This doesn’t mean that we don’t need to learn and grow, develop skills and work hard. It just means that we are citizens of heaven; we serve the King of kings, and He is above all!

God is looking after us. His angels protect and keep us. They are the warring hosts of God’s army, and they are encamped around us. The blessing of God is upon us when we go into business, and if one deal goes south, a better opportunity will replace it. His blessing is on our relationships. His blessing is on our finances. We are more than conquerors when it comes to every promise in the Bible!

Believe the promises of God, trust in His love and in what Jesus accomplished on the cross, and always remember that you are more than a conqueror!

Never allow negative, fear-based thinking to take over your life or steal your peace. You can learn to harness your thought life, and not only experience more peace and joy, but also access God’s strength and courage, as well as His promises and provision for every area of your life!

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As It Is In Heaven – Word of the Week

Edition #52

Week 52

Matthew 6:9-10 (AMP)
“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Have you ever heard the saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too”?

Without God, this may be true. We may only have the strength and resources to be successful in one or two areas of life, gaining that success at the expense of other areas. The thing is, you can have your cake and eat it too—with God.

We as believers have the blessing of God, which is so different from gaining success all on our own strength. We can put God’s promises to work. When it comes to believing for the future and speaking it over our lives, Jesus taught us to pray, “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Is there poverty in heaven? Lack? Hurt and heartache? What about sickness and disease? None of these are God’s will, and they don’t exist in heaven, so we can believe that God’s will—prosperity, peace, joy and health—will exist on earth in our lives. 

Does this mean that everything will be perfect? No, we live on a fallen planet, and things are going to come against us. We still need to work hard. There will be times when it seems like everything is going wrong, but those are the times when it’s most important to speak God’s promises and remember that His will for your life is all good.

That’s when you pray, “Father, your kingdom come, your will be done here in my situation,” and trust above all that God will never fail you!

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God Will Never Leave You – Word of the Week

Edition #51

Week 51

Psalm 23:1-3 (AMP)
“The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want. He lets me lie downs in green pastures; He leads me beside the still and quiet waters. He refreshes and restores my soul (life).”

God will never fail you. Even when everything seems to be going wrong, He can guide you to something new or resurrect what seems to have failed. He is always there to guide and lead you.

When you follow Jesus, you “lack nothing.” He makes you “lie down in green pastures,” and leads you “beside quiet waters.” He refreshes your soul. (See Psalm 23:1-3.) He leads you into His blessings, guiding you “along the right paths for his name’s sake” (v. 3).

Even when you’re walking through a dark time, you don’t need to fear anything, because He is with you. His rod (that corrects your course when you get off track) and staff (that guides you in the ways to go) comfort you (v. 4).

As a believer, you have His Holy Spirit not just upon you, as they did in Old Testament times, but He is IN you. Your life overflows with His blessings (v. 5)! His goodness and love aren’t something you have to chase down. They will follow you all the days of your life, and you will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (v. 6).

Everything won’t be perfect on this planet, but no matter what happens, God will never leave you. He wants to help you live an incredible life. He wants you to dream the dreams you’ve been afraid to dream, and begin to expect the best in life. He loves you more than you’ll ever know!

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The Supernatural – Word of the Week

Edition #50

Week 50

Luke 17:20-21 (NKJV)
“The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

The Bible doesn’t teach us to go after the goal of getting a miracle. It teaches us to live in the state of the supernatural.

We are not taught to go after financial goals; we’re taught to live in financial prosperity. We’re taught to walk in a state of healthy relationships, still dealing with problems and misunderstandings, but not continually in fight mode. Instead of always seeking a miracle for a new problem, we can live in a state of health and peace. Even when we’re dealing with problems, we can have peace like a river and joy like a fountain. We can walk in dominion, as the original mandate from the Garden of Eden says.

The word of God is teaching us to walk in the state of accessing the supernatural daily.

It might not look spectacular, but you can walk in the supernatural. The kingdom within—the beliefs on the inside of you—connect you to it. From inside, you can create and attract what you need to build your business and have great health. This internal state can connect you to great friends, and it can cause your kids to listen to you and want to spend time with you.

As we go through this series of devotionals, think about living from the inside out. Instead of going after miracles as though they are something you bring in from the outside, think of changing your heart beliefs so you come to expect the miraculous. Because the more you expect to live in a state of love, peace, health, prosperity, and joy—the abundant life—the more you will experience the miraculous!

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You Have Peace – Word of the Week

Edition #49

Week 49

Romans 5:1
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about how to change from the inside out. Many times, Christians try to experience more of the miraculous as though it’s something we have to seek out or pray down from above. But experiencing God’s supernatural power in our lives starts on the inside.

I like to call it living in a state of the miraculous because it’s not something we have to search for outside ourselves. Take a look at today’s verse, for example. If we want more peace in our lives, we need to realise that peace isn’t something we pray down from heaven. Today’s verse says we already have peace.

Now, if you’re stressed out and anxious, you might be thinking, “I don’t have peace!” But you do. You may not be feeling it at the moment, but it’s inside you.

If you keep saying, “I’m so confused and anxious and stressed,” you are in disagreement with God’s Word. It’s okay to admit how you’re feeling, but then get up and declare what you have inside you. You have peace!

The Bible says your tongue is like the bit in a horse’s mouth or the rudder of a ship that steers it through the storm (James 3:3-5). So, speak what the Word says, and you’ll steer your life toward God’s promises.

You have peace. It’s yours. You don’t have to search to find it. You don’t have to work it up. You can put it on and choose to let it rule in your heart. Acknowledge when you’re feeling anxious or worried, but then choose to put off the old and put on the new. You are born again; you’re a brand new creation and you have peace! 

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Your Spiritual Closet – Word of the Week

Edition #48

Week 48

Romans 14:13
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, 
that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Holy Spirit is in you, as a believer. He’s not there to beat you up about your mistakes or remind you of your shortcomings. He’s there to help you realise what you have in Christ, including peace, love and joy.

The problem is that when we’re in a depressed, angry or anxious state, all the evidence around us points to the fact that we are justified in feeling that way. Even if people around us try to get us out of that state, we think they just don’t understand.

Meanwhile, we have Holy Spirit inside us! We are spiritually alive! We are filled with joy, peace and love! 

If I were at home complaining that I was cold, you could say, “Go put on a sweater.” It would be as simple as going to my closet and putting on a sweater, right? I wouldn’t have to go to my neighbour’s house or the store to find one. I own a sweater. I just need to put it on.

Well, when the Bible talks about the armour of God, it says to put on peace. It doesn’t say you have to go look for it. You already have peace, so you can choose to put it on. Holy Spirit is in you, so peace is yours.

It sounds too simple, but it really is. You have the power to choose peace. Every morning, you can decide, “I’m going to be at peace. I’m going to love people. And I’m going to spread joy!”

Peace, love and joy are in your spiritual closet. Wear them every day!

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