Words Bring Success

JOSHUA 1:8 NKJ
8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

God’s Word never changes. What God promised would work for Joshua will work for you, also. The problem with most of us is that we are just too busy to put God’s Word first like we should. But we are not too busy to work trying to get ahead. Explain that.

God never lies. Follow His instructions given above and you WILL have prosperity and good success. Maybe not in 10 minutes. Maybe not even for 10 years. But you will. God promises it.

Notice that Joshua 1:8 does not just say to think about God’s Word. No — the Word must continually be in your mouth! Words!

1 PETER 3:10 NKJ
10 For “He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking guile;

Speaking and thinking in line with God’s Word will cause you to prosper and succeed. If you would like to see good days, the Bible admonishes you to watch your words!

Never confess defeat. Confessing Jesus as Lord of every situation brings glory to God.

SAY THIS: I will keep God’s Word in my thoughts and in my mouth. Then I will have good success in life.

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Right Standing With God Is A Gift

ROMANS 3:24 NLT
24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

Righteousness is right standing, or good standing with God. It does not mean human “perfection.” You are righteous because God says you are.

You may wonder about Romans 3:10 which says no one is righteous. Yes, it does say that, but it is quoting an Old Testament passage to prove that both Jews and Gentiles were guilty before God and needed salvation. It immediately goes on to say in the next few verses (see verses 22 and 24) that now we can be righteous through faith in Jesus Christ.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:19a,21 NLT
19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them.
21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

TITUS 3:5 NLT
5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.

Righteousness is a gift from God — not something you can earn or achieve. God simply declares you are innocent, as far as He is concerned, because of your faith in Jesus.

ROMANS 3:22 NLT
22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

ROMANS 10:10 NLT
10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

GALATIANS 2:16 NLT
16 Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.”

The only way to have good standing with God is by accepting His gift — Jesus Christ.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:30 NLT
30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.

ROMANS 5:17 NLT
17 For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

SAY THIS: No one can be right with God based on their own performance. It is available only as a gift.

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You Are Righteous In Christ

ROMANS 5:1,9 YLT
1 Having been declared righteous, then, by faith, we have peace toward God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
9 much more, then, having been declared righteous now in his blood, we shall be saved through him from the wrath;

Not much preaching has been done telling believers they are righteous. But the Bible clearly teaches it. It becomes even clearer when you realize that often the same word that is translated “righteous or made righteous” is instead translated “just or justified.”

(The Bible is full of rich truths, but they are not always on the surface. It can take a little digging and study to realize the riches available to you.)

“But I thought the Bible said there is no one righteous,” someone may say.

Yes, it does say that in Romans 3:10, but it is quoting an Old Testament passage to prove that both Jews and Gentiles were guilty before God and needed salvation. It immediately goes on to say in the next few verses (see below) that now we can be righteous through faith in Jesus Christ.

ROMANS 3:21-22 NKJ
21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,
22 even the righteousness of God which is through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;

ROMANS 3:24 YLT
24 being declared righteous freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

SAY THIS: Because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, I am righteous before God.

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How Do I Get Faith?

Faith in God and His Word operates on the same principles as
faith in anything else. Faith comes from the information you
receive. Information can come to you through any of your five
senses, or from your spirit.  When you decide to accept any
information as worthy of being acted upon, it becomes part of
your belief system. That is how you get faith.

(Remember that, in the New Testament, faith is the noun form
and believe is the verb form of the same word.)

Each one of us chooses whether we will believe something, based
on our evaluation of the evidence presented to us.

No one was born with beliefs. Every belief you now have was
acquired as a decision you made at some point in your life. You
decided to believe what you now believe.

Since every belief you have came as a result of a decision you
made, every belief can also be changed by another decision.

But because faith is always based on some evidence, we must
have evidence that convinces us before we can change any
belief.

Life constantly presents us with evidence which forces us to
make decisions, based on this question, “Is this evidence
sufficient to accept as truth?”

The primary evidence God has given us so we may have faith in
Him is His Word. God is not a liar; He can be trusted. Whatever
God says, always comes to pass.

ROMANS 10:17 HCSB
17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes
through the message about Christ.

A literal translation of Romans 10:17 tells us that faith
results from accepting the God message.

How does someone get faith in God? By being presented with
truth about God, and accepting it as the truth. Faith in God
comes by choosing to accept the message of God.

We must not restrict our understanding of how faith comes to
our physical sense of hearing. Every way we can receive
information about God is an avenue that can bring us faith.

Bible faith can result from what is seen according to John 20:8
and 20:29. Faith in God can also come through the sense of
touch. Otherwise no deaf and blind person could ever be saved,
for they receive the message of God through reading braille
with their fingers.

You can go to the Bible and decide to believe it. Then you will
have faith in God, for the Bible is God’s written Word. We get
faith in God by making a decision to accept God’s written Word,
the Bible, as truth worthy of being acted upon.

So if someone says they don’t have much faith, the solution for
them is to see the evidence from God’s Word on that subject,
then choose to accept what God said as true.

SAY THIS: I get faith by making a decision to accept God’s Word
as truth worthy of acting upon.

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Words Will Judge You

MATTHEW 12:36-37 NKJ
36 “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
37 “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

ROMANS 10:9-10 NKJ
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.

The reason we are taking time to look at the importance of words is because most believers have neglected this area of studying what the Bible teaches. So we need to spend extra time on this subject.

Looking at Matthew 12:36-37 we see that according to Jesus our words will play a big part in judging us. You may wonder why that is the case, instead of just being judged by our actions. Because words precede actions. What you say indicates what you are thinking — what is in your heart — and all action is dictated by what is inside us.

Also, notice in Romans 10:9 the important part given to confessing the Lord Jesus in salvation. It is not enough to just believe in our heart — we must also confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord. (Confess means to speak in agreement with. In this case we are agreeing with what God has said, that Jesus is Lord.) This is the way faith works in every area. You must combine believing in your heart and speaking with your mouth.

This is not restricted to some future time of judgment. It is working right now. Today “with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (which means deliverance).” If you are in bondage today, you can change it by the words you speak.

I did not say, “Just speak a word and you will be free.” This involves a change in what you believe in your heart. It involves changing what is coming out of your mouth all day — not just for a few minutes when you decide to “speak the Word.” But you have to start and now is the best time to get started.

SAY THIS: Lord, please help me to get started, and keep on, speaking in agreement with Your Word.

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Keep Your Word

PROVERBS 11:3 NLT
3 Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people.

God keeps His Word (Titus 1:2), and as His children we are to be like Him (Ephesians 5:1). God is dependable so His people should be dependable. Christians should be known as people of honesty.

PROVERBS 12:22 NLT
22 The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.

Keeping our word should be a priority. Our reputation should be more important to us than our feelings, our finances, or our comfort.

We should be like those mentioned in Psalm 15:4 who “keep their promises even when it hurts.” People should be able to depend on us.

Will we do what we said we would do, even if it costs us? Or will we only do what benefits us? It is really a question of whether we will be selfish or whether we will walk in love.

But there is also another important reason to keep our word — so our faith will work as it should.

MARK 11:23 NKJ
23 “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.

Jesus taught that for faith to work effectively we must believe those things we say.

If you don’t keep your word, it will affect your faith. If you want to walk in faith, and thus enjoy all the blessings God has provided for you, then you must believe what you say. Lying won’t work!

Yet as humans, we all may sometimes find ourselves in situations beyond our control where it is impossible to keep a promise we have made. In such cases, we should apologize and go forward in life, asking God to help us do better next time.

SAY THIS: With God’s help, I determine to tell the truth and keep my word.


 

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I Don’t Agree With Other Preachers

1 CORINTHIANS 13:9 NLT 
9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!

I don’t know one single person on earth I agree with completely on every single thing they believe.

That does not make me right, or make them wrong.

It just means that we are all in a process of learning, so of necessity we are not all at the same place in our thinking.

There are some who know more than I do about a subject, and there are some who know less than I do about that subject.

I should not fight or argue with those who know less about a subject than I do. Neither should I be proud because of my knowledge. For everything I have learned, I have been taught. I was not born with superior knowledge.

And you may find, as I have from time to time, that I thought I had knowledge of a subject, only to find out later that I was wrong.

In order to keep learning, I need to stay open to what others have to say. I need to truly listen to others.

However, if I once believed what someone is teaching, but the Lord corrected me, then it would be foolish to waste my time continuing to listen to them on that subject. I don’t need to criticize or condemn them. But I don’t need to keep listening to them speak on that subject, either. Yet, there may be other subjects that I could still learn from them.

SAY THIS: Everyone is still learning, and I can learn something from everyone.

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What Does God Desire?

Does God desire a company of people who will obey the ten
commandments, give ten percent of all their income to Him, and
faithfully attend worship services each week?

NO!

That was the Old Covenant. If God was happy with what was
happening then, He would have never instituted a New Covenant.

If that was all God desired, He could have stayed with the Old
Covenant. Why bother with Jesus dying to bring in a New
Covenant?

God said the New Covenant is NOT like the Old Covenant.

JEREMIAH 31:32 NET
32 It will not be like the old covenant that I made with their
ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt. For they violated
that covenant, even though I was like a faithful husband to
them,” says the LORD.

The Old Covenant was primarily dependent on human effort. The
New Covenant is primarily dependent on what God has done
through Jesus Christ. That is why the Old Covenant was weak.
Humans are fallible, but God is not.

God does not change, but His covenants do change.

God wants to live in you, and be able to express Himself
through you (2 Corinthians 6:16, Colossians 1:27). God wants
you to give yourself to Him unreservedly, just like He has
given Himself to you.

Would you be satisfied if your spouse visited you once or twice
a week and gave you ten percent of their income? What kind of
relationship would that be? Would you want a part-time spouse
that you shared with several others? Maybe one that just
visited you on Sundays? God gave you His all, His best. God
made a total commitment to you and His desire is for you to
reciprocate His love and commitment.

Jesus did not die for you so you would give Him ten percent of
your money or your time. Jesus expressed His love for you by
giving His all. Nothing less than giving your all to Him is a
decent response to what He did for you.

Does this mean you must give everything you own to a church, or
to the poor? No. But it does mean you should be ready and
willing to trust Jesus and obey whatever He guides you to do.

SAY THIS: God desires for me to love Him just like He loves me.

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Be Content With Food and Clothing?

1 TIMOTHY 6:8 NKJ 
8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

The word translated “content” here does not mean to accept and be satisfied with lack, and give up on any effort to improve our situation. It means “to be strong enough and have enough to help others.”

If all we have is food and clothing we should not see ourselves as poor, for God is our Father and source of supply. We have His promise to take care of us. That gives us the sufficiency to look outward and help others.

We should be thankful if all we have is food and clothing. But we should not be lazy and accept lack as being God’s ideal either.

We cannot be satisfied when others still have unmet needs. Yet to truly help others as we should, we must have more than we need. So accepting poverty is a selfish act, not a loving act.

It is wrong to love money. But it is not wrong to have money. The more money we have, the more people we can help.

If being wealthy is evil, then God would be the most evil one of all.

SAY THIS: Because of my union with Christ, I always have enough to help others.

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The Holy Spirit Is Your Helper 2

JOHN 15:26 NKJ
26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

Never forget that the Holy Spirit’s desire and purpose is to help you — not to hinder you.

Also, remember that the Holy Spirit is a person, and should be treated with the utmost respect.

Here are some ways the Holy Spirit desires to help you, and will help you when you allow Him to.

Teaches Us All Things

JOHN 14:26 NKJ
26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things . . . .

Tells Us Things To Come

JOHN 16:13 NKJ
13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, . . . He will tell you things to come.

Abides With Us

We are not facing life all alone — as an orphan would. The Holy Spirit is with us continually — living with us. When we need help He is never far away, but always right with us, waiting for us to call on Him for His help.

Empowers Us To Be Witnesses

ACTS 1:8 NKJ
8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Brings Life And Healing To Us

ROMANS 8:11 NKJ
11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Encourages Us

ROMANS 8:16 NKJ
16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 NKJ
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

SAY THIS: Thank You Holy Spirit that You are my Helper! Thank You for helping me!

 

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