God Is Your Source

PHILIPPIANS 4:19 NIV
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his
glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

God can use any avenue or any means to provide for you, but He
is the ultimate Source behind every blessing.

Your job or occupation is one avenue God can use to bless you.
But, your job is not your source.

God’s plan for mankind is that we labor. So God will usually
provide for us by giving us a good job, good health, and the
ability to do that job.

However, God is not limited to providing for you through a job.
Even if you lose the job — God is still your Source, and He
will still provide for you.

Even if you lose your health, God can and will still provide
for you. (And He will also heal you, if you let Him.)

God can bless you through friends and relatives, but they are
not your source. Even if they fail you or forsake you, God will
not.

PSALM 27:10 NKJ
10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will
take care of me.

HEBREWS 13:5 NKJ
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with
such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never
leave you nor forsake you.”

God deserves credit and thanks for everything good that has
ever happened to you. He was behind it. God was the source of
it. Was it a mother’s love? God put that love in her for you.
Was it the love of a spouse? God created that love.

Every good thing in life owes its existence to God. We should
thank God for every good thing, no matter how it seems to come
to us.

God moves on people and influences them to bless you. God
causes situations to work out for your benefit. God is behind
every blessing.

So keep your eyes on God. Thank Him for every blessing, no
matter how it comes to you, because it is from Him.

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God Communicates

ACTS 2:28 KJV
28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make
me full of joy with thy countenance.

Of course, God can communicate in any way He chooses, but it is
very rare for Him to speak so that our ears hear a voice.
However, God communicates all the time.

God normally communicates by thoughts which are whole ideas,
not just individual words.

Sometimes God may communicate through individual words
(especially if they are a quote from the Bible). But usually it
is much faster than that and comes as a complete thought, not
just one word at a time.

God lives inside the believer in Jesus Christ. As a believer,
you are joined with Jesus in your spirit.

1 CORINTHIANS 6:17 NKJ
17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

So when you are having a conversation with God, it will usually
seem like you are having an inward conversation with yourself.
Don’t expect it to be coming from “outside of you.”

So talking with God can sometimes seem like just talking with
yourself, because God lives inside you. 1 Cor 6:19, 2 Cor 6:16

A thought from God may also come through another person. God
lives in other believers, not just in you. Or it may have been
recorded previously, either in written, spoken, or pictorial
form.

It is not unusual for God to communicate with someone through
another person without them even realizing they have been
involved in a message from God.

God can communicate through a sermon. But that does not mean
every sermon, or every idea it may contain, is from God — no
matter who preaches it.

Of course, every thought you have is NOT from God. Some
thoughts originate with the devil. Some thoughts are just your
flesh trying to control you. Some thoughts are the ideas of
other people you have picked up.

So you have to learn to discern which thoughts are from God and
which ones are not.

There are two criteria by which we can determine whether a
thought is from God. The first is a knowledge of the written
Word of God, the Bible.

God never changes. What He has said in the past is still what
He would say today. Truth must be consistent. So when God
communicates, those thoughts will line up with the written Word
of God. They will never contradict the Bible.

The more familiar we are with the Bible, not just the letter of
it, but the spirit of it also, the easier it will be for us to
“know God’s voice” and determine when a thought is from God.

Every verse of the Bible is inspired by God and can therefore
be trusted. That does not mean it is a direct statement from
God, but that even if it is telling history or a genealogy, God
meant for it to be recorded. Thus, in that way, every verse is
a thought of God, and therefore carries a message. This does
not mean everything said in the Bible is the truth, for
the Bible even records some lies of men. But everything in the
Bible is truly recorded, and in that sense is the truth, and
therefore a message from God.

The second criteria is the inner witness. We will say more
about the inner witness on another day.

Sometimes it is said that God communicates through nature. In
the sense that God’s creation gives the message of His great
power, wisdom, and brilliance it is true. We can look at all
God has created and know He is a genius.

However, God actually communicates directly with us through
thoughts. Those thoughts can be about nature, but they are
still thoughts.

God desires for you to communicate with Him, also. You should
“talk” to Him about everything. Ask Him all the questions you
want. (You won’t always get an instant answer. But God doesn’t
mind you being curious. And when you are ready and capable of
understanding the answer, God will get it to you.)

You can “talk” to God by actually talking out loud, or by an
inward conversation, just in your thinking. God will hear you
either way. And He will respond. Again, it may not always be an
instant response. There could be many reasons for this. But if
you will stay alert, you will realize when God responds and you
will know He did.

The more you cultivate a relationship with God, the more you
will understand this and enjoy it. Remember that all
relationships are nurtured and deepened by communication.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:9 NKJ
9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship
of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Help, Mate!

GENESIS 2:18 LB
18 And the Lord God said, “It isn’t good for man to be alone; I
will make a companion for him, a helper suited to his needs.”

An important part of God’s purpose for marriage is to have
someone to help you in life.

(God did not intend for this to be one-sided. A husband also
should help his wife. Otherwise, a husband would not love his
wife as Christ loves the church. See Ephesians 5:25.)

We all need help and encouragement. Sadly, for most people,
that is often not at all what they receive from their spouse.

Your spouse, whether you know it or not, desperately wants and
needs your help, your encouragement, and your support.

Are all spouses perfect and deserving of encouragement and
support? None are! No one is perfect. We all make mistakes. But
especially in those times, it is important that we have someone
to encourage us and help us to believe we can go on and do
better. God meant for you to be that someone to help your
spouse.

Don’t fall into the trap of waiting until your spouse starts
being nice to you. God’s law works in this area, too: whatever
you give, you will receive. So the best way to get your spouse
to treat you better is to treat them better.

God does not expect you to love and help your spouse solely
with your own love, but to allow God to pour His love through
you. God loves your spouse — enough to die for them — and
desires to express that love through you.

If your spouse would not describe you as their encourager,
friend, and a great help to them — you are missing God’s plan.
You need to be your mate’s biggest booster.

Yes, this can be hard. Yes, you have no doubt suffered because
of them. Yes, they have hurt you and you probably don’t feel
like being a blessing to them after what they have done to you.
But none of this changes the Word of God and His plan.

Whenever you find direction in God’s Word that seems difficult
or impossible, your approach should always be to ask God to
help you. “Lord, I see in your Word that you want me to do
this, but I need your help. Help me to love them. Cause your
love for them to flow through me.”

SAY THIS: With God’s help, I will encourage and help those
around me, especially and always, my spouse.

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Harvest is Coming

GALATIANS 6:9 NLT
9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

When a farmer has planted seed in the ground, it does not produce a harvest the next day. There is a period of waiting. A time to stand in faith, knowing that the seed will grow and produce as it was created to do.

It takes faith for a farmer to bury expensive seed in the ground. But the farmer knows how God’s system works. (Even if the farmer does not believe in God, it is still God’s system he is using.) You plant the seed, you wait, and then comes a harvest that multiplies what you planted.

2 CORINTHIANS 9:10-11 NLT
10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.
11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.

Harvest is coming in your life! All the seeds of love you have sown into the lives of others, and into the Kingdom of God, have been growing and the time for a harvest of blessing is coming.

Harvest is also coming to the Body of Christ on the earth. Multitudes of people will turn to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We must be ready to welcome them and have the resources ready to assist them and disciple them.

So believe for a harvest of blessing and prosperity in your life. Then you will be ready to be a blessing to others.

SAY THIS: I believe harvest is coming.

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A Member of the Body

1 CORINTHIANS 12:12 NKJ
12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
Each individual believer IS also part of the Body of Christ, which is composed of all believers.

(This is the work of God. Not something we “join.”)

Think how insane it would be for you to allow your hand to attack some other member of your body. It’s just as crazy for us, as members of the Body of Christ, to attack other members.

ROMANS 12:4-5 NKJ
4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,
5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

Other members have different callings — different functions. But your job is not to oppose them — even though you may not understand them, or why they do what they do. Just leave that to the Head of the Body — and do what He tells YOU to do.

You are not the Head of the Body of Christ — Jesus is. He is responsible for, and capable of, coordinating all we do so our actions will accomplish His plan. Members of a body have different functions, but all are necessary for the body to function properly.

When you don’t obey Jesus, the Head of the Body, you are a drag on the rest of the members.

Think what a difficult time you would have accomplishing anything if each member of your body did whatever it felt like — instead of obeying orders from your brain.

SAY THIS: I am a member of the Body of Christ.

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You Are Now A Giver

EPHESIANS 5:1 NLT
1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are
his dear children.

You are now a giver. God your Father is a giver and you should
act like your Father.

Giving is an act of love, and an act of faith. As a child of
God you are no longer a taker, but a giver, because God’s love
has been put into your heart (Romans 5:5).

The devil’s kingdom is a kingdom of selfishness so it operates
by taking. God’s kingdom is a kingdom of love so it operates by
giving.

Real followers of Jesus are known for their great love (which
is expressed by giving) to others (John 13:35).

The Bible not only tells us to give, but also promises us
blessing when we do give.

LUKE 6:38 NLT
38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in
full — pressed down, shaken together to make room for more,
running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give
will determine the amount you get back.”

Money is not the only thing you can give. Mercy, compassion,
encouragement — anything that will bless someone is a valuable
gift.

Your best gift is sharing the message of God’s love and
deliverance with others — a gift more valuable than money.

2 CORINTHIANS 9:6,8 NLT
6 Remember this — a farmer who plants only a few seeds will
get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a
generous crop.
8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will
always have everything you need and plenty left over to share
with others.

The Bible teaches that giving is planting seed, which brings a
larger harvest of provision back into your life. As you give,
God will see that it is given to you, so you will have
“everything you need and plenty left over to share with
others.”

So whatever needs you have, plant good seeds for your future by
giving today!

Rich people can give freely, without worrying how their own
needs will be met, because they have abundance. When you
realize you are rich in Christ (2 Corinthians 8:9), and Heaven
backs you, then you will also be able to enjoy giving freely.

So, with the backing of God’s Word, you can use what you have
been given to help those around you.

SAY THIS: As a child of God, I have His love in my heart, and
that makes me a giver.

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Is Money Your God?

Whatever controls you, or determines your decisions, is your
god.

What is god in your life? Do you have a price? Can you be
bought?

Will enough money get you to do something you know is wrong?
Then you are serving money — you will do what it tells you.

No one can serve two masters, according to Jesus.

MATTHEW 6:24 NKJ
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the
one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and
despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

You must choose who your god will be. If you choose Jesus
Christ — you cannot make every decision based on the financial
bottom line, and still claim He is your Lord.

If you claim to be a Christian but do not worship God by giving
from your income to Him — it is clear that money is your god.

If you say you do not give to God so that you can feed your
children — maybe your children are your god.

If your reason for not worshiping God with your money is so you
can pay your house or car note — you obviously have put them
ahead of God.

Most Christians think it’s awful that someone would commit
adultery, or fornication, if someone paid them. But, a
Christian who moves simply to get a higher-paying job, without
regard to God’s guidance, is guilty of the same sin: serving
money.

Will you only do God’s will if it benefits you? Are you like a
prostitute — only willing to perform if you get paid enough?

Are you a hired lover — or a genuine lover of God? This is a
very serious question we all need to consider. The good news is
that God still loves us — no matter how undeserving we are of
His love. But understanding God’s love should cause us to
desire change. God does not deserve to be treated the way most
of us have been treating Him.

SAY THIS: I will serve God. I refuse to serve money. Instead,
money will serve me.

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Trust in God

2 CHRONICLES 16:7-9 NLT
7 At that time Hanani the seer came to King Asa and told him, “Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in the LORD your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram.
8 Don’t you remember what happened to the Ethiopians and Libyans and their vast army, with all of their chariots and horsemen? At that time you relied on the LORD, and he handed them all over to you.
9 The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on, you will be at war.”
When you look to other sources for help — instead of turning to God when you face trouble, it displeases God.

How would you feel if your spouse completely ignored you and went to someone else when they had a problem, instead of turning to you for advice or help?

Looking to others instead of God for help can also open the door for trouble in your life. That is why God wants you to look to Him, instead of other sources, because unlike others, He will never harm you or mislead you.

God is not only able to help you, but He is very willing to help you with everything, for He loves you! Therefore you can trust God to always be willing to help you.

So why would you want to look to an inferior source for help?

Fortunately, God is forgiving, so even if you have looked to others for help instead of God, just turn to God whole- heartedly and He will surely help you.

God can, and often does, provide help, encouragement, and advice through other Christians. But we should never look to them first as our source of help.

Always look to God first and keep your focus on Him.

SAY THIS: I will trust in Almighty God, who loves me, and always look to Him as my source of help.

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Don’t Judge By Apperance.

JOHN 7:24 NKJ
24 “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with
righteous judgment.”

Making a snap judgment based on appearance often works — but
not always. And the exceptions can really cost you.

The world teaches us to judge people by their appearance. But
God doesn’t judge people by how they look — and neither should
we.

1 SAMUEL 16:7 NLT
7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance
or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t make
decisions the way you do! People judge by outward appearance,
but the LORD looks at a person’s thoughts and intentions.”

One main reason we’re not qualified to judge others is because
we don’t know their thoughts and intentions. Only God does.

As they say, “You can’t always judge a book by its cover.”

LUKE 16:15 CEV
15 But Jesus told them: You are always making yourselves look
good, but God sees what is in your heart. The things that most
people think are important are worthless as far as God is
concerned.

It is important that we treat all people with respect — since
they are created and loved by God — no matter how they look.

SAY THIS: Lord, help me to not judge people by their

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On Earth As It Is In Heaven

MATTHEW 6:10 KJV
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

People often wonder what God’s will is in many situations. “How should we pray? Is it God’s will for this person to be helped, or not?”

In Matthew 6:10 Jesus told us how to pray in line with God’s will — what is done in heaven is also God’s will for earth.

This verse reveals the will of God and answers how we are to pray. So anything opposing this cannot ever be God’s will.

What should we learn from this verse?

First, the will of God is not automatically done, otherwise there would be no need to instruct us to pray for God’s will to be done on earth.

Second, if God’s will is not automatically being done, it means the will of our enemy (the devil) may be done unless God’s people do what we are supposed to do.

Third, the will of God is always good for all people, for it is certainly good for everyone who is in heaven. (See also James
1:17, Psalm 145:9, Matthew 5:44-45)

Many have made the mistake of thinking everything that happens must be God’s will. No! We must pray that God’s will be done on earth. It is not automatic. Every theft, rape, and murder is not God’s will!

When it is not like heaven on earth, it is because the reign of God’s kingdom is not being fully manifest in that situation. The reign, or kingdom of God, is where King Jesus has dominion.

As we allow Jesus complete dominion in our lives, we can expect the blessing and provision of God to begin manifesting on earth as it does in heaven.

SAY THIS: As it is in heaven, so it is God’s will for it to be on earth.

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