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Small and Ordinary Faith

My small and ordinary faith. Keys to Victorious Faith Inspirational BlogIf you know me you are shocked by the title of this post. I am always teaching you how to have faith that is uncommon; not small and ordinary. But before you get upset let me explain.

Many times we want to find what God has for us; what big thing we are called to. Yet we look at our lives and we do not see extra ordinary things. We see ordinary us.

My son preached a message where Saul needed someone to take down Goliath-the giant and David felt he could do it. David was telling Saul about how he had taken down bears and removed sheep from their mouths. David explained how he had already done some overcoming in his normal day to day life as a Shepard. David was trying to convince Saul that he was prepared already for the task of taking down a giant. The normal day to day steps of this Shepard taking down bears and removing sheep from the mouths of bears had prepared David to take down a giant – he was ready!

You my friend have been preparing as well. In the darkest moments, you were being prepared. In the ordinary moments you were being prepared. David tended sheep; that was his ordinary life. Every day the same, every day about those sheep. Even taking out bears and lions had become part of his ordinary every day life. It was part of what was needed to be done in order to keep his sheep alive.

Then David stepped on the scene of a giant who all the armies of Israel were afraid of; all except David! But what gave this small Shepard boy the confidence to step in and want to take him out? What Goliath and the others did not realize was there was a sling and a stone; these two ordinary parts of David’s daily life were the very things Goliath should have been afraid of. David day after day had learned how to use that sling. He knew how to choose just the right size stone to take out whatever was standing in the way of his flock’s lives. So that day on the battlefield David knew just how to use what was in his hand and to trust God has prepared him.

What about our faith, aren’t we to make it grow? Of course we are, but sometimes we are so focused on the life we think we are to have that we forget we are living exactly what God wants us to live. Even in our ordinary day we are in preparation for the greater. But our focus is always on the greater and what we don’t have, that we forget God calls us to do the greatest thing we can be doing AT THE MOMENT!

Every part of our ordinary life is a preparation for what God has coming up, we just need to shift our focus to using our faith on the small and ordinary things of our day to day life. Day in and day out David protected those sheep, day in and day out he fed and watered them, day in and day out he used his ordinary sling and small stones to perfect his aim. David never thought he was perfecting his aim to take out a giant; this was just normal every day activity. I am sure there were times David thought; who needs this silly old sling anyway, my life is so boring having to constantly follow these sheep. I want to do bigger and better things.

So you see, we are to grow our faith every day, and we are to grow our faith in the small and ordinary parts of our lives through daily preparation. If God says teach the nursery this week; we are preparing. If God says take out the trash at our place of work; we are preparing. If God says bake cookies for our child’s class; we are preparing. In our small and ordinary day to day life we are building our faith and preparing ourselves for what God has coming in the future.

We must stop looking at our life and asking when God is going to do something great with it. We are to start looking at the small and ordinary going on in our day to day lives and realize that what we are doing each day is what God needs us to do that day to change the world for that day, and it is preparing us for what “Goliath” is coming in our future.

{Want more devotions? I’m A Sword Wielding Devil Slayer; Declaring the Word of God and Taking Back What the Devil Stole from Me!}

Becoming A Person Of Unwavering Faith

How to Become A Person Of Unwavering FaithAs Christians we must be a people of unwavering faith – faith that is not compromised by what we see in this world, but a faith that trusts completely and totally what God says in His Word! The mother of Moses was such a person.

We are not told much about this woman; but her story is important because it shows how God respects and honors people of unwavering faith!

Hebrews 11:23, “By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.”

To protect Moses from Pharaoh’s command that every male Hebrew child be killed, Moses mother, Jochebed placed Moses in an ark of safety and sent him down the Nile river. After Pharaoh’s daughter discovered the baby Jochebed became his nurse. The writer of Hebrews places Jochebed in the Lord’s “Hall of Fame” gallery as a “Hero of the Faith!”

We see the quiet strength that comes from unwavering faith unfold in her life! We see her faith unfold as a mother: defying Pharaoh’s command, unafraid of the king’s power, trusting God to protect her baby, placing the child in a basket on the Nile River – knowing that He that is in her, is greater than he that is in the world! Jochebed loved God; and that love gave her strength to walk by faith in what seemed like an impossible situation!

Charles Spurgeon once said, “Faith and obedience are bound up in the same bundle. He that obeys God trusts God; and he that trusts God obeys God. He that is without faith is without works: and, he that is without works is without faith.”

It is hard to trust what you cannot see, but that my friend is what trust is all about. The definition of trust is “a person on whom or thing on which one relies.” When we cannot see what is ahead we must come to rely on God, and by relying on Him we can give our situation to Him and allow Him to work it out! Trust is not going back over and over again worrying and fretting over the situation. If you are missing peace then you are not trusting God! Trust is a calm in the midst of a raging storm; knowing He is faithful to take care of what we give to Him. God wants you to live by the knowledge that He loves you and will help you, not living by head knowledge. Head knowledge is walking by sight, and anytime we are walking by sight we are out of faith.

One of my favorite scriptures is James 1:4, “But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing!”

I do not want any defects in my faith and I for one do not want to be lacking in anything, so as James says as you let the work be done first, then you will be lacking nothing!

The more you trust Jesus and keep your eyes focused on Him, the more your faith will grow! Then you will be at a place just as Moses’ mom was, a mother trusting God as she placed her newborn baby into a basket to float him down a river! Now that is trust for sure! When we trust, it brings life to our faith and rest to our situation!

{Need more help? Help! I’m Alone with My Mind; A Guide To Gaining Victory Over Your Thoughts}

Developing Daniel Like Character

How to have character like Daniel. keys to victorious faith.

As I read the Bible I constantly remind myself – this is a true life story of a real person; not a person of fiction or “Bible character” as they are so often called. I love to read books and watch movies about real life events. I enjoy watching the day to day struggles and victories they have in their life and I wait in anticipation to see how the events play out. Daniel is one of those people. He was a young man when he was taken by force from his home in Judah by King Nebuchadnezzar’s army because of the personal traits he had which qualified him for the “job.” However in the midst of being kidnapped, exiled, forced to be in the King’s Court, and facing the threat of being killed on more than one occasion he remained true to his convictions of who God was and what He would do in Daniel’s life.

Our society always seems to want a 5 point lesson and 3 part series. So I am going to give you my points on how to develop a character like Daniel’s.

Stand on your convictions – Daniel refused to give up on his convictions when the King’s commander instructed him to eat the rich foods of the King. Think about a young teenage boy who has been kidnapped from his homeland and now instead of being in slavery with the others he is one of those chosen by the King to get “special treatment.” Most young boys of this age may have thought “wow I am in exile but this is a very plush way to go! Thank you God!” But Daniel did not; to him eating the rich food was defiling his body and dishonoring his God. He stood on his convictions! You and I must come to the point where no matter what the world says or does; we too are going to stand on what the Word of God instructs us to do. When we are wronged – we forgive and walk in love. When we are given a bad report – we stand on what the Bible says. The world will try and sway us, but we must stand on our convictions, and the proper convictions to have are what the Word of God says, not what the world says.

He indulged in prayer – While he was not indulging in the luxuries of the King he was indulging in his time of prayer with God. He was preparing himself daily for what God had in store. I think of those who are called into the military. They must first go to boot camp to strip away the process of the world they know and learn to prepare themselves for the battle ahead. That is exactly what this young boy was doing; preparing before the crisis. He may not have known exactly what lie ahead but he was going to honor his God and spend the time with Him so he would be ready when the battle alarm was sounded. I dare say as he was taken away he did not keep asking “why God, what is happening, why me!” Instead he went about his day to day fellowship with God – why? Because he had ALREADY developed this commune with God which helped him to endure when the times were tough. Instead of “why me God” he was saying “you’re with me God.” He knew who God was and what God would do, all because he ate carefully and lived prayerfully. Now fast forward from being a young man of 18 years to a seasoned man of 80, again he is facing another “fire,” instead of a fiery furnace he is thrown into a den of lions. Listen to what others said about him “we’re unable to find any such damaging evidence, because he was trustworthy and guilty of no negligence or corruption.” Praise God! THOSE are words I want to have others say about me! What about You?

He was consistent– His days were spent over and over being consistent about his daily walk with God. As a young boy he was trained on how to eat properly and he honored it even when he was offered what could be seen as the “good stuff.” He was consistent in his prayer life. This is how he spent his days according to Daniel 6:10 “Three times daily he was kneeling and offering prayers and thanks to his God just as he had been accustomed to do previously.” He indulged his life in prayer! Consistency is the key. The word “consistency” is defined as “Reliability or uniformity of successive results or events.” As we remain consistent evidence proves reliability comes. Daniel was consistent in his prayer life his whole life and God proved his reliability to Daniel no matter what Daniel was facing.

You may be facing a fiery furnace with the trial you are in or maybe feel as if you are about to be thrown to the lions. My encouragement to you today is to look at your life. Examine it and see if you are standing on your convictions of the Word of God, indulging in prayer, and being consistent. As you walk in these examples of Daniel you will begin to see God move; you will come out not smelling of smoke. And when your enemy shouts out “Was your God whom you serve so faithfully able to rescue you from the lions?” You will be able to answer “My God shut the mouth of the lions so they would not hurt me!” And out you will walk with not a scratch on you! Trust in the Lord, He will do it for you too!

{Know someone who is facing hard times? The Drying Pot; And The Refining Fires Necessary To Become A Vessel Used By God}

Facing Our Doubts

How to face doubts. Keys to victorious faith inspirational blog

Have you ever thought about what we would do if Jesus walked as a man on the earth today and He performed the miracles that we read about in the Bible?

Many of Jesus’ followers were eye witnesses to the amazing miracles Jesus worked in His life while he was here on the earth.  They watched firsthand as Jesus turned water into wine, restored sight to the blind, healed infirmities, and brought the dead back to life. I believe that most of us today would probably doubt just as most of them did.

Today Twitter would be full of tweets, blogs would be over run with accusations, and the TV news shows would continue to sow seeds of doubt and discord and tell of the lies and tricks of this man named Jesus.  However, in the face of our doubts, no matter how strong or cynical, Jesus is still the miracle worker today as He was then. He is still the one who today heals, frees, and even raises those from the dead!

The question is:
Do we trust that He can do anything in our lives today?
Do we trust that He can and will provide our every need?
Do we trust He can open blinded eyes in the spirit realm and in the natural?
Do we trust He can and will do the miraculous?
In John chapter 11 we read the story of Martha and Lazarus. Martha had spent a lot of time with Jesus; He had been at her home on many occasions and yet she doubted that He could bring back her brother Lazarus once he was dead and in the grave. She had no confidence in this man Jesus whom she knew well. She had doubt that she would see Lazarus rise up from the dead and walk out of the tomb he had been in for 4 days. In verse 24 Martha says to Jesus “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  She first believed if Jesus was there her brother would not have died, but now he had, and even though she believed Jesus was the son of God, it never occurs to her that he can raise Lazarus from the dead. Or if it did occur to her she did not believe it could happen. It had been 4 whole days that he was lying dead in the tomb. How could Jesus bring him back now?  She allowed her grief and her five sense realm to dictate to her what her belief should be.

What is your situation and your five senses telling you or leading you to believe about a situation you are in?  Martha knew in the natural that Lazarus had been dead too long; too long she thought for even Jesus to do anything about it. A little side note to notice; even though Jesus knew she had doubts, Jesus still called to Lazarus to come forth, and right before Martha’s doubting eyes she watched Lazarus walked out of the tomb alive and well!  I love that- He had compassion on them all – He has compassion on us too. Martha, Mary, and all those who were there mourning with them all saw the power of Jesus. Many of them had heard or seen his power before, yet they did not believe He could do the impossible.

We are like this; we see God do many miraculous things in our lives, yet when we face our hardest trial we do not think He can come through. Martha and Mary both told Jesus if He had been there Lazarus would not have died – they had faith for that, however, they did not ever once believe He could just return life back to Lazarus dead body. And we do the same thing, we can believe God can do one thing but not another.

Doubt according to the dictionary means: “To be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe. To distrust, to fear; be apprehensive about.” Jesus instructed us over an over in His Word to believe, only believe. Mark 11:24, “What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”  Mark 11:23, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

All throughout the Old and New Testament we hear story after story of those who believed God gave them what they trusted Him for. Jesus asked us to only believe He could. When we believe He can, He honors that belief; and that is a key element to victory over your situation! When we choose to believe and not doubt we will see a breakthrough! We cannot let our doubts keep us from experiencing Jesus’ life changing power. We must trust Him and stand back and watch Him work in our lives and in the lives of those around us. We are to only trust Him. That’s what He wants to know – do we trust Him?

Do we believe He is the same Jesus who walked the earth and raised Lazarus from the dead? Is He the same?  Yes! Hebrews 13:8 says “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.” What He did then, He can and will do now, but we have a part to play – we must trust Him by believing He can and will!

{Know someone facing a trial? The Drying Pot; And The Refining Fires Necessary To Become a Vessel Used By God}

You Have Authority So Use It!

How to use your authority of God. Keys to victorious faith. Inspirational blogAs a believer you have been given the authority to speak and cause things to happen. However we must know the authority we have been given as Children of God and know how to walk in that authority.

So how do we know we have been given power and authority?
If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior then you are His representative in the earth. Do you get that – YOU ARE Jesus’ representative on this earth right now if you are a born again believer!

Colossians 1:13 says this “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” The word power is translated “authority.” So this is saying you and I have been delivered from the authority of darkness and placed into God’s kingdom. So this world and the enemy have no authority over us, we have been delivered from it! But we must know we have!

Jesus said in Matthew 28:18-19 “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore…”. That power was given to you and I as part of our inheritance in Christ Jesus. We have entered into this position of authority because we are in Him.

Jesus succeeded in securing all power by going to the cross, dying, rising again and defeating Satan in the pit of hell

He came to this earth as a man for one reason: to recapture the authority Satan had stolen through Adam’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden.

After Jesus secured that power and authority, Jesus freely gave it over into the hands of those who would believe on Him—you and I.

We must know and understand this power we have been given. Our words are to be words of faith and God expects us to know our authority, speak with our authority, and walk in our authority. It is not enough for us to simply accept the wonderful work Jesus did at Calvary. We are held responsible for much more.

In Mark 16:15-18 tells when Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection from the dead. It was at that time that He delegated the authority to carry out this work. Jesus said: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover”
This is a description of the authority Jesus has given to us!

My question is how do you see yourself?

God sees you in Christ, in His image.
Romans 8:29 tells us God predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son. God sees you and I through the blood of the covenant. On the inside, we are the image of Jesus. As born-again believers, we have authority and we are in His image.

I want you to spend the next week meditating on the fact that when God looks at you, He sees Jesus! This will give you an inner image so you can begin to see yourself as God sees you!

You must know AND accept the authority you have been given so you will be able to go to the throne of grace boldly as Hebrews 4:16 says you can. You have permission and authority to go to God’s throne BOLDLY and ask!

If you do not know what you have -how do you take it? Remember God is looking at you through the blood covenant. He looks at the inside of a man – upon the heart. This is not the blood pumping heart; this is the spirit of a man. And when our spirit has been recreated by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior God sees you in Christ, in His image. We must begin seeing ourselves as God sees us – in Christ, having authority – and we need to start walking in that authority!

Let’s say your father was a multi millionaire and you are homeless. You father dies and leaves you all of his fortune but you live out your life on the streets struggling because you never knew what was rightly yours!

That is where the devil wants us. We have a Heavenly Father and a Savior who gave us power and authority and He wants us to use this power and authority now in this earth to take back from the devil what He has stolen from us.

What has been stolen from you? Health, finances, relationships, peace, joy? Everything the devil has stolen from you, you have a right to, but it is YOUR responsibility to take authority over the enemy and not allow him to steal from you!

Ephesians 1:21-23 tells us All things are under Jesus’ feet. As part of the body of Christ, all things are under your feet, too. But you have to know that and say it and stand on it for it to happen! The same spiritual qualities and the same authority inside Jesus are inside you.

Ephesians 1:3 says you have already been blessed with all spiritual blessings because you are seated with Him in heavenly places. The word blessed is not just a weak, religious statement we say – “oh I am blessed.” To be God-blessed means you are empowered by Almighty God Himself to prosper and succeed. It means you are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be exceedingly happy with life and joy in spite of any circumstances.

Ephesians 2:6 says In Christ you have been raised to the same high place of authority where Jesus sits. He is sitting at the right hand of God!

1 John 4:17 tells you, you are His image expressed to this world. Listen to what it says “In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.” You and I as children of God are like Jesus!!!

Jesus is not sick, he is not in poverty, he does not have fear, and he is not under pressure, His relationships are not falling apart. His authority, His Name, His position with God- all that has already been given to you and I.

Prayer becomes so uncomplicated when you know who you are in Christ and the authority you have been given because you see yourself as God sees you.

You will know your power and authority, you will know what the Word of God says is yours -now on this earth! Not later, why would we need it later? In Heaven everything is perfect so we don’t need it then; we need it now on this earth!

We have been given Authority in the Name of Jesus
Philippians 2:9-10 says the power behind the Name of Jesus is the power of Almighty God. When you speak the Name of Jesus the power that comes out of your mouth is the power of Almighty God Himself!

John 16:23 what we ask in His Name it is given to us!
The Name of Jesus is still as powerful today as it was when Peter spoke it to the crippled man in Acts 3:1-8!

This Name; the Name of Jesus is a weapon to use to enforce Satan’s defeat. Satan was already defeated by Jesus, Satan knows that. But he is hoping to keep you so confused, fearful, sick, broke, hurt emotionally so that YOU won’t know the power and authority you have! He wants you to look at your circumstance and not trust the Word of God!

He wants to keep you from reading the Bible for yourself because when you do- you are going to learn that there are things promised to you that you were unaware you can have here on this earth!

We must know and understand:

1. Jesus’ Name can do anything He can do. And He is totally unlimited.

2. Revelation 19:13 All the authority of God’s Word is in that Name, the Name of Jesus, and it is yours to use as a new creation in Him!

3. You and I represent Jesus! We can walk in authority in His Name because we are His representatives.

4. You must see yourself in Christ, as part of His Body, with everything under your feet. Instead of ignoring problems, YOU must rise up in your authority and conquer them with the authority He has given you.

5. We are to stand in His victory, use the Word of God to fight the good fight of faith. When you speak the Word in faith, it is the same power as if Almighty God Himself said it, and circumstances will have to come in line.

Do you see that? The power that is in the word of God, and the power and authority you have been given to speak it, is as if God Himself was speaking it, so use the Word of God with faith and authority over your situation. Use the Name of Jesus you have been given to take back what the devil has stolen from you!

Whatever the situation is right now you are in -there is a scripture that covers it. Find it, study the Word and see what has already been promised to you.

Do not wait for your pastor or someone else to read it and tell you what your promises are, read for yourself. If you are just relying on others to tell you what you are promised in the Word – I can tell you, that you are missing out on a lot you have been entitled to, just like the homeless person who did not know they were a multi-millionaire – you have promises in the Word that are yours for the taking, you can have them as you walk in the authority given to you by Jesus himself!

{Want to know how to declare God’s Word over your life and get results? I’m A Sword Wielding Devil Slayer; Declaring the Word of God and Taking Back What the Devil Stole From Me!}