Archive for March 2014

“Hurdles, How Should They Be Viewed?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Hurdles, How Should They Be Viewed?

  

Hurdles, we all shall face them, but regardless whether they appear as small bumps in the road or large gaping obstacles, BELIEVERS MUST LEARN TO VIEW THEM as barriers that must be crossed.  Then once leaped over, we should forever remember them as an added testimony or a trophy in our life’s experience.

 

In retrospect, some of the faced hurdles that I originally thought would definitely kill me only increased my faith and stretched or expanded me as I trusted God and continued to press forward.

 

In Isaiah 40:31 NIV God says “but those who trust in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

 

Though The Holy Spirit of God may remain invisible or appear to be silent, He renews, re-invigorates, strengthens and sustains us at times when we feel we’re too tired to run, walk, crawl or even carry on. This verse reveals that God created us to be resilient, but only if we rely on Him as we run forward.

 

Just as a good long distance runner must steady his pace as he moves his body with speed, he must control his breathing by remaining calm and focused as he continues on his journey. Then, just like this athlete, you must keep your head lifted up, back straight, get rid of fear, not worry about the road ahead, feel the wind beneath your wings and soar beyond your expectations.

 

This passage reveals that you are to wait for his help and expect your deliverance through Christ. Now, waiting doesn’t imply inactivity or lack of personal exertion.  No it only implies to trust in our salvation, through Him.

 

The Hebrew word means to change, to alter, to revive, to renew, to cause to flourish again, to increase, and to be restored. It means that the people of God who trust in him shall become strong in faith, able to contend with their spiritual foes, to gain the victory over their sins, and to perform their Christian duties despite the trials in life, all without complaining, fainting or surrendering.

 

Like fresh feathers on a molting eagle, you shall be renewed as if experiencing youthfulness again,and you will rise and ascend to new heights or elevations, throughout your communion with God.

  

Remember, if you go forward in your own strength you shall faint and utterly fall. But as you seek His face and walk in His Grace, you shall OVERCOME, RISE ABOVE AND GO BEYOND all the difficulties you shall face, as you place your confidence in The Lord Jesus Christ.

 

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“What Effect Does Your Life Have On Others Around You?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills     

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What Effect Does Your Life Have On Others Around You?”

In a trial, a Southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, an elderly grandmother to the stand.  He then approached her and asked, “Mrs. Jones, do you know me?”  She responded, “Why, yes I know you.  I’ve known you since you were a boy and frankly you’ve been a big disappointment to me.  You lie, cheat on your wife, manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you’re a big shot when you haven’t the brains to realize you’ll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.”

The lawyer was completely stunned as the room filled with laughter. Then not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, “Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney sitting over across the room over there?”

She again replied, “Yes I do. I’ve known him since he was a youngster too.  He’s lazy, bigoted and he has a drinking problem. He can’t build a normal relationship with anyone and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was even your wife. Yes, I know him.”  The defense attorney nearly died with embarrassment as the court room once again totally filled with laughter.

Suddenly the judge quickly asked both counselors to approach the bench and, in a very quiet voice, said, “If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I’ll send you both to the electric chair.”

Well, What Effect Does Your Life Have On Others Around You?  Is the life that you’re living worth the price that He paid?  Can others see Christ in your daily walk or lifestyle?  Or you walking the walk or just talking the talk?

In Matthew 5:13 NIV Jesus said to his disciples,“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”

Since ancient times, salt has been an important and integral part in the daily lives of many different races and cultures of people. While the history of salt is broad ranging and often unique, no one could ever deny it power or influence in our world.

Salt in the form of a tiny white grain may disappear when boiled in hot water, but its power or influence does not cease to exist.  Once you taste the water, you’ll be reminded of its presence, influence and authority.

The Lord, in making this analogy, is saying that the only hope, remedy or cure for mankind is the genuine active Christian character and godly principles of born-again spirit-filled believers in fellowship with God.  The outward living of the indwelling Holy Spirit is meant to have a definite impact and effect upon the rest of the world.  

But then our Lord told his disciples that if it becomes tasteless and loses its ability to preserve, it then becomes useless, ineffective and unprofitable and should be tossed into the streets.

True Living Christianity is the only “salt of the earth,” which alone can withstand, resist and yet have power over all the corruption today.  But the salt must remain powerful in order to be influential and effective.  For what else can take its place?   So, let your light shine that others may see Christ in you and glorify God.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“What’s The Key For Overcoming Past Regrets?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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What’s The Key For Overcoming Past Regrets?”

“If I had the sense back then that I have now, then things would be totally different today” is a universal expression that is uttered somewhere every day.  The world is full of people who live their lives wondering what might have been, what could have been, or what should have been had they only made different choices in their past. 

Some people have lived with regrets so long that they have become sour as it has become their constant companion and part of their lives.  They’re haunted by their overwhelming past memories, bad decisions and temptation experiences which have now become a heavy weight keeping them from going forward.

Then as they gets older, they can cover their facial scars with make-up and dye their gray hairs away, but their hearts still remain affected by years of discouragement, brokenness, fear, depression and guilt.  And they begin to allow the pain to multiply even as the years continue to go by.

But The Word of God tells us that we should stay focused on what lies ahead and keep our eyes on the finish line.  Athletes are trained to not look back because it will cause them to stumble, slow down, lose their event and miss out on what’s ahead for their careers.

So, what’s the key for overcoming past regrets?  While there is no magic pill to swallow or formula to take, the answer may appear to be quite simple because it actually comes from strength beyond your own.  This strength is only derived from the power contained in The Word of God and The Grace of God. 

Hebrews 12: 1-2 NLT says,Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”

You must seek the face of Jesus Christ and be filled with His Holy Spirit.  Learning to place Him first in every decision or choice you make will have dramatic changes in your life and circumstances as you yield yourself to The Word of God.

In doing so, you’re making the clear decision to arise, run your race with His help, to cast down weights that lead to sinful activities, to win the crown of glory and not to have everlasting misery in your life.

You know the areas that you have been the most vulnerable, prone or exposed either from habits, temptations or circumstances.  Your ability to subdue, conquer and keep these areas defeated only lies in the strength of The Holy Spirit and your determination to walk in victory as you focus on Christ.  Or sin and Satan will hinder and defeat you from winning in your race.

Constantly studying the scriptures and looking to Jesus will give you the endurance and strength from being overcome by the devil, the world and fleshly carnal desires and future agonies.  But, it’s a daily, consistent, and constant walk in His fellowship.

Jesus Christ is The Leader of the Whole Army of Faith.  Do you want to follow Him and His Standard?

 

“Are You Experiencing the Opposite Of What You’re Believing God For?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Experiencing the Opposite Of What You’re Believing God For?”

In a world filled with unthankful bosses, unsympathetic relatives, screaming kids, unkind drivers, unfriendly church members, demanding bill collectors, and many other endless problems, what’s the secret to standing in faith and believing The Lord?

In life, you will encounter times when you’ll feel like giving up and throwing in the towel because your present situation may appear as if all hope has eluded you.  Just learn and remember the importance of seeing things the ways God sees them, then arise and take authority over those conditions.

For Faith always has been and will forever be the mark of God’s childrenfrom the beginning of the world through eternity.

In the 17th chapter of 1st Samuel, we read the wonderful story of young David, who after going out to take provisions to the soldiers on the battlefield, he saw them mightily trembling before a massive giant in the opposing army that stood cursing Israel and God.

1st Samuel 17:26 NIV says,David asked the men standing near him, ‘What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?’”

When King Saul and the Israelite soldiers saw Goliath, they believed he was too big to fight, but when young David saw Goliath, he believed he was too big to miss.

There were two things which provoked David, one was the character of that uncircumcised and profane Philistine, and the other was the fearful king and frightened soldiers who represented the armies of the living God.  So David rose up in faith and believed that God would take authority of those conditions.

So challenges, problems, pressures, and troubles, “How Do You See Them When They’re In Front Of You?”

Hebrews 11:1 NIV saysNow faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

There is scarcely any verse in the New Testament more important than this, for it reveals the true nature of faith, and it’s the only definition or description given in the Scriptures that Faith gives reality or substance to the things hoped for.

Regardless of any opposing or contrary being seen or heard, under the influence of faith, a believer allows God’s promises to impact our thinking and control our mind throughout all various situations.  Then, that faith enables us to act in ways to exert authority in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.   Faith gives us ability or force to continue to believe, stand, and move forward despite what we physically see or are experiencing.  Eternal life depends on the existence and the exercise of faith.

Are you aware that God always does great and mighty things through believers that others consider insignificant or unimportant? One person yielded to God’s Word and Holy Spirit through faith can accomplish more than 100 people without God.

Believers today have never seen God, never seen heaven, never seen Jesus physically and never seen a body raised from the grave after being dead 3 days.  But all the evidence is more than satisfactory to his or her mind and heart through God’s spoken word on these subjects, and along with the indwelling Holy Spirit, are more than enough proof that our SAVIOR LIVES and has the power to enable us through all the circumstances we face in our lives.

Continue to trust in His name, rise up and look beyond your mountains, stand on His Word, and step out in faith and know thatHis Grace will always meet you there.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Does Asking God For A Sign Imply A Lack Of Faith?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Does Asking God For A Sign Imply A Lack Of Faith?”

Is it asking for a sign or confirmation evidence of doubt or unbelief in a person’s heart?  It appears that Gideon’s requests, in Judges Chapters 6 & 7, for signs weren’t because God responded to them and according to Hebrews 11:6, God never responses to unbelief. 

The Lord looked down on Israel and once again they had fallen into sin and turned away from The Lord.   With a new generation now on the scene, “the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord.”  So by refusing to follow God, God allowed an enemy to rise up against them. 

God allowed the Midianites to afflict, oppose and enslave Israel.  They were unmerciful nomads that invaded the land to ravage it.  They plundered the land, caused great destruction and made life unbearable for the nation of Israel.  In order for the Israelites to survive, they fled and hid in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds and there they began to call on the name of The Lord and God began to go to work on a man who would become Israel’s answer to prayer.

The Angel of The Lord came and personally appeared to Gideon, who was actually hiding and trying to cover up what he was doing in a winepress.  Then The Lord greeted him by saying, “The Lord is with you, mighty man of valor.”  

Now from every natural standpoint, Gideon did not appear to be a deliverer, a judge, a strong man of any quality to lead Israel into victory.  It was quite the contrary.  Gideon was a weak man, full of doubt and fear, living in a pagan home, which had ceased looking to God and was now filled with idolatry. 

But God came into his situation and began to move in his life, calling him by name and then referring to him as  “a man of great valor.”  God saw in him what he couldn’t see in himself.

While Gideon’s response began to imply reasons why he felt that he wasn’t suited for this leadership role, The Angel of The Lord told him that he was because, “I will be with you.”  God’s presence is more than enough and makes all the difference in any task, position, or work than we are called to do. 

Gideon was full of doubt, skepticism, he was weak, he was afraid.   He didn’t understand the direction from the Lord on how God was leading him.  So out of uncertainty, Gideon then asked for a sign as proof to substantiate this calling and The Lord condescended to his request.

Finally, it appears that after the all the supernatural signs and evidence from God that Gideon finally realized the supremacy of the one that had been speaking to him and it strengthened his heart.

While the Bible has many different historical accounts of miraculous signs, when a person’s heart revealed that they were earnest, God chose to use them to reveal Himself and His Will in different ways.  When a person’s heart was wrong, demanding a sign was always refused by our Lord because of their wickedness.

Now while signs are not essential, God requires us to trust Him without any outward or physical evidence other than placing faith in His Word.  But whenever The Lord deems it necessary to use signs as a means of confirmation or encouragement, He will do what’s necessary to make an impact upon the heart and mind of that individual.

Now it’s important to also know that not all signs are from The Lord.  Just as Pharaoh’s magicians were able to duplicate some of the miracles of Moses in Exodus 7: 20-22, some workers of iniquity are able to produce counterfeit signs today.  Many have been known to try and produce and manipulate signs to prove their anointing or suit their own selfish wishes. 

So believers must study God’s Word, learn to depend upon The Holy Spirit of God for the gift of discerning of spirits, see if it glorifies The Lord Jesus Christ and remain steadfast in the faith.

We must learn and remember that signs are only used to confirm God’s Word and His Will in our lives.  We are only to be led or guided by The Holy Spirit, who uses  God’s Word as the light to direct our pathway and footsteps.

Signs are only a gift of God’s grace as He deems necessary but they lack the power to transform the human heart.  Only God’s Word, being used by our Lord can do that.

So instead of pursing signs, seek Christ Jesus.  Whatever dream, vision or supernatural confirmation that He thinks you might need to assist you, will come only as The Holy Spirit wills.

So devote yourself to The Word of God, get in God’s presence, listen to The Holy Spirit and in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Do You Hate The ‘F’ Word As Much As I Do?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

The F word 

Do You Hate The ‘F’ Word As Much As I Do?”

I cringe every time I hear the “F” word.  The obvious reason is that my physical body and Satan doesn’t want me to do it.  But FASTING is one of the most profitable, beneficial and spiritual ways that helps render the flesh as being dead so that the inner or spirit man may grow in Christ, be delivered from the various demonic attacks, receive inspirational or revelation from God and experience His Resurrection Power in your surroundings.

Fasting is a personal, or an agreed upon time with other believers, expression of sincere devotion when seeking God and walking by faith within Christianity.  It is the abstaining from foods, and other pleasures like watching television shows, talking with friends over the telephone or reading newspapers, that you may experience the divine intervention of God.  It is and always must be an act of worship where hearts are set on seeking The Lord first.

The true focus of fasting MUST NOT BE on the abstaining from food and longing for what you’re lacking, instead it MUST BE to take your eyes off the tings of this world to concentrate completely on The Lord.  So denying our flesh is one of the ways to show God that we are serious about seeking His Face.  But fasting before The Lord should not every be considered a just a “method for dieting or losing weight.”  Again, it is temporarily giving up something in order to draw closer to God and have Him move mightily in your life.

While it should never be done from your heart to be seen just to convince others of “your spirituality,” it’s a very special time, that you specifically schedule or set apart to seek The Lord, study and meditate in His Word, pray without ceasing and listen to The Holy Spirit of God.  And what you seek in private, He’s promised to reward you openly.

Fasting with prayer usually results with The Holy Spirit moving in some of the most usual and dynamic ways in the midst of God’s people.  Closed doors have been opened, prayers answered, direction given, enemies overcame, bodies healed, revivals born, weather conditions changed and lives dramatically delivered by the awesome power of The Living Christ as a result of fasting and prayer.

When Jesus was talking with His disciples He taught them about fasting and made it known that it was be expected that His disciples would fast (Matthew 6:16-18).  

Then Jesus told his disciples, after they had failed to cast the demonic spirit out a man’s son that had been brought to Him, “that this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:21)

While the Bible has various examples of one-day, three-day, seven-day and even forty-day fasts (Judges 20:26, Esther 4:16, 1 Samuel 31:13 and Matthew 4 respectively), your fast MUST ALWAYS be accompanied or surrounded with prayer.

Again, fasting always helps you take your eyes off the things in this world so you can be more successful in turning your focus to Jesus Christ and be victoriously led by The Holy Spirit of God.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!



“Are You Allowing Christ To Have His Way In Your Life?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Allowing Christ To Have His Way In Your Life?”

It’s totally unbiblical and impractical to think that after receiving Christ in your life you’ll live happily ever after down here on earth.  After conversion, your life should be about learning, growing and maturing, especially as you experience falling down, getting back up, forgiving others, walking in His Spirit, piercing through the darkness and overcoming different obstacles and hurts.

But from day to day, you’ll discover that God’s at work in your life shaping you into the image of His Son, Christ Jesus our Lord.

During the days of The Prophet Jeremiah, Judah was a nation which had forgotten God.  Chaos spread throughout the land, corruption was in the government, morality declined to an all time low, evil had infected the peopleand they had rejected God.

 

So, in Jeremiah 18: 2-6 God said to the prophet, “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.”  So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel.  But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.  Then the word of the LORD came to me He said, “Can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand.”

 

God uses many different things, some of which are visual aids, to mold, shape, instruct and teach His people.  So God sent him to the potter’s house and told him there he would hear His words and direct him on what he should say to the people.

While Jeremiah observed the potter working, God brought two great truths to his mind.  First, that God has the authority and power to form and fashion people, nations and kingdoms as He pleases.  He may choose to mold or even dispose of the clay as He sees fit or form it into another vessel than would better serve His purpose. 

Second, that there is no power in the clay to resist or hinder him.  It’s absurd for us to believe that the clay can quarrel against the potter and make demands on what it should be made into.  Can we as the clay complain to the potter that we don’t like what He’s making us into?  Does the clay have the rights to withstand His mighty force?  Does the clay have the right to demand what it wants to be made into?  Can the clay complain because of how it’s being formed and what it’s being made into?

The true expressions of the clay should be:  “Have thine own way Lord, have thine own way. For thou art the potter, I am the clay.  Mold me and make me, after thy will, while I am waiting, yielding and still.”

When we are in the Potter’s hands, feeling the correction of His once bloodied and nail pierced hands, know that you can trust him.   For our Potter has suffered with us and knows how we feel, but is determined to make us into a vessel fit for the master’s use.

For the inner workings of The Holy Spirit in our lives will become visibly and tangibly seen through our faith, prayers being answered and our obedience which are the outward demonstration from our inner spiritual state.

Such is the way of our lives.  When pressure comes into our lives, often it’s the hand of the great potter just turning us in the right direction.  When repentance and a yielding to His will is achieved, the pressure is relieved and the clay is formed into it’s beautiful image.  But when something in the clay resist or a lump is discovered, the great potter will begin to crush it and begin to reshape it into the vessel He desires.

As clay in the hands of the great potter, don’t spoil the work by murmuring, grumbling, complaining, resisting or feeling resentful and becoming bitter.  Realize and accept the fact that God is taking you from imperfection to something greater that He has in mind that’s in store for you.

Receive what you don’t comprehend, surrender to His will, submit to what you don’t understand, believe over what may appear to be impossible, yield to the moving of His Holy Spirit, walk in faith even if you can’t see what He’s doing , be faithful unto God and watch Him mightily move in your life and affairs.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Are You As Close To The Lord As You Should Be?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You As Close To The Lord As You Should Be?”

 

What is it that’s keeping you distant from Him or from drawing closer and doing His will?  Past disappointments?  Unanswered prayers?  Things not turning out the way you’d hoped or planned?   Confusion, hurt, anger, or grief?  Sin?

What you don’t realize is that Christ knows more about you and your circumstance than even you do.  And your cure, inner healing, answers, comfort, forgiveness, deliverance and strength will all come as you draw closer to Him?

Luke 15:20 NIV says, “So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

In this familiar illustration, the son had “messed-up” just like so many of us have time and time again.  No doubt, just like so many of us, rather than drawing closer to God and allowing Him to make “sense out of our non-sense” we struggle to “save face” by continuing to handle matters ourselves.  But, the pit grows deeper and our misery escalates even more out of control.

Then like the prodigal son, suffering, sadness and despair have brought many to the place of realization that this is not the father’s will for their lives.  

So even though he was ashamed and was being driven by his needs, he arose, shook off the effects from being with the swine and started his journey home.

Now, it doesn’t matter if you’re a great distance away and it’s been years since you’ve thought about God or if you’re just not as close to Him as you need to be as you’re struggling to press onward.

The beauty in the parable, which Jesus Himself told, of the prodigal son was of the father’s wonderful reaction and exciting love as he saw his son coming to him.   The father had been hoping and watching for his son’s return and once he caught a brief glimpse of him, he ran towards him to love on him. 

The father didn’t concern himself with what had happened in his son’s life or the misery that had overtaken him, HE LOVED HIM and only showed His compassion towards his returning son. Then the father unexpectedly but wonderfully threw a large reception to celebrate the occasion.

Though wretched, improvised, beat-down, emaciated and hungry when the father saw his son, he ran towards him and met him in love. 

Now, the hunger that’s in your heart for God and the need for His divine intervention in your life are enough to bring you to Him. 

Be like the prodigal son and set you eyes towards Your Father.  Don’t confer with flesh and blood, don’t listen to discouragement from others.  COME HOME!!!   

Know that you’re out of place not being with Him, close to Him, filled with His Spirit or being led by Him.

Forget about your circumstances or what you’ve gotten yourself into,  TURN TO CHRIST!!!  You will not have a cold reception, because He’s looking and awaiting and even has made provisions for your return.

He’s ready to shower you with His love, forgiveness and amazing grace.  And that’s just the very beginning.

 

“How Can God Turn A Bad Situation Around?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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“How Can God Turn A Bad Situation Around?”

Left for dead by his brothers, then sold into slavery, then falsely accused of rape by his boss’s wife, imprisoned for something that he didn’t do, Joseph still never gave up on God and his dream.

Why did he refuse to succumb to his circumstances? How was he able to keep clinging on to the promises of God throughout his various ordeals? What kept him from becoming possessed with rage, anger and blame?

During our times of corporate down-sizing, foreclosure, bankruptcy, divorce, chemical dependency, growing criminal activity, destruction from unforeseen tragedies, and emotional mental anguish, many are asking “Why does life seem more difficult for some while others seem to escape unaffected?”

Many times throughout my earlier personal life and parade of suffering, I remembered the story of Joseph as recorded in Genesis chapters 37-50, and his piercing and inspiring words from Genesis 50:20, “But as for you, you meant evil against me. But God meant it for good in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”

As I remembered his ascent from a prisoner to prime minister or his elevation from the pit to the palace, I finally came to the realization that God is NO respecter of persons. And that The Lord would always move in the life of any individual no matter of his surrounding enemies, persecutors, painful conditions or negative situations, as that person would continually look to Christ in faith.

With relentless tenacity, Joseph chose to believe God under the most horrific circumstances and on a continual or constant basis. Somehow we too must believe that when things seem hopeless, THERE’S ALWAYS GRACE. And just like Joseph, I choose to believe God’s Word and stand against the odds of surrender and defeat.

Now, just going to church on Sundays, is not the answer. You’re going to need a daily dosage of God’s Word, intimate time in prayer in fellowship with Him, listening to some inspiration gospel music and good bible teaching lessons, and then STAND and persevere through your wilderness conditions.

As I look back, I never saw any angelic being appear to me and I never heard any special heavenly musical sound. Many years ago, as I stood homeless and broke on the street corner, I suddenly looked up into the face of God and asked Him, “Can you still take a man from the pit to the palace just like you did Joseph?” “If you can, then prove it to me because I’m not going to let go of your word.”

After I cried out to The Lord and expressed my situation, I then set down and wrote out my prayer or confession. These are the words that I wrote and daily confessed that I believed: “Heavenly Father, I come to you today in the name of Jesus Christ. And I fully believe that I am saved, delivered from, healed, protected from and provided for by you throughout every adverse circumstance, negative situation, painful condition, satanic entrapment and demonic activity. As I stand on your Holy Word, guide me by your Holy Spirit and I thank you for moving mightily in and through my life, in the wonderful precious name of Jesus Christ.”

Over a period of time, God miraculously took me from being homeless and unemployed into being an employee, then a supervisor of a major corporation, then the second manager in charge of another major larger company. Through trusting God, just like Joseph, The Lord Jesus Christ took me from “the pit to the palace to the right hand of the pharaoh in charge.” And now, God has even given me a greater calling and wonderful opportunity to preach Christ, teach His Word and encourage people all over the world to look to Jesus.

So, it doesn’t matter how old you are, what you’re going through, how many battles you feel like you’ve lost or even where you are today. You too can change the outcome of your life if you will refuse to give up and every day keep His Word and promises before your face.

His Word must become more real that the physical hardships or dire circumstances that you see. There’s no magic pill to swallow or no magic wand to wave. It’s going to take you giving yourself fully over to the life-changing, invisible yet almighty, powerful, loving and compassionate hand of God. And He Will Be the difference in your life….

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“What Does It Take To Have The Favor Of God In Your Life?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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“What Does It Take To Have The Favor Of God In Your Life?”

Did you know that God can do more in one moment of favor than you could ever accomplish in a whole life time of hard labor without Him?

While we don’t see an exact definition of it in scripture, there are 200 times where the word “Favor” is used throughout the Bible and many great examples are given of people who had “the favor of God” in their lives.

In each account, you’ll discover that favor had NOTHING to do with good luck or wishful thinking. Favor is not some magic formula you must learn or recite or some secret ingredient pill you have to take. You’ll also discover that it cannot be earned, purchased or achieved; it can only be “RECEIVED.”

Next, it’s important for people to understand and realize that God’s Favor can find you wherever you are and in whatever situation or circumstance you may find yourself in. Unemployed, dealing with family problems, in financial ruin, sick, in a dead end job, lonely, out-numbered, living in an obscure environment, facing eviction or foreclosure, or even incarcerated. There’s NO SITUATION so dark or impossible that The Holy Spirit cannot enter into.

Well, what does “Favor” look like? How do we get it? Once we get it can we ever lose it? Is it only for a select or chosen few?

Favor is God “showing up and showing out” in the life of any believer. You cannot force it, manipulate it or pretend that you have God’s favor. Many false pretenders have come and gone, but Christ will always have the final say-so and render judgment.

God’s favor is God divinely, supernaturally and graciously doing something that only He can do in your life for your good and His glory. It’s God’s Almighty hand at work in your life where only He can get the credit. It’s God doing for you what you cannot do for yourself or others in seemingly impossible or unfavorable situations. Favor is His presence, grace and power wonderfully at work in your life to draw attention to Himself that He’s mightily at work, orchestrating through you.

Now, obtaining the favor of God DOES NOT require a college education, a high credit score, any political connections or that you hold a certain religious position within your church community.

It is only received from God or bestowed upon anyone who has already dedicated, surrendered, committed, submitted, yielded, purposed in their heart or made a clear choice to take God at His Word and stand in faith against all the odds surrounding them that dictate otherwise.

It’s Christ Jesus wanting to touch and bless your life to show the world who He is and what He can do for no other reason than to declare that HE ALONE IS LORD AND THAT HIS WORD NEVER FAILS.

God’s Favor in your life does not mean that you’re now on “easy street” and that you’ll have everything you want when you want it. Neither is God’s Favor in your life just for your earthly convenience or to fulfill your fleshly desires. God’s “No genie in a bottle” that if you rub you’ll get 3 wishes that will make you happy.

God’s Favor comes upon or dwells in the life of any believer that makes a clear decision to stand for God and believe His Word regardless of any contrary outward evidence, negative remarks, demonic activity, physical hardship, dark circumstances or impossible situations surrounding you.

The Favor of God will be seen in any believer’s life who demonstrates that obeying God is more precious to them than obtaining fame or fortune without Him. It comes from denying your flesh because your love for Christ is greater than your love for the world.

The favor of God was so upon the life of Noah because Noah believed in him when the rest of the world didn’t. God then saved him, spared his family and delivered many of the animals from the worldwide destruction of the flood. (Read Genesis chapters 6-8)

The favor of God was so upon the life of Joseph that after proving that he believed God no matter what situation he found himself in, in one day God took him from the pit in the prison and set him at the right hand of the pharaoh of Egypt. (Read Genesis chapter 41)

Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself while in Babylonian captivity and God’s Favor mightily moved upon his life in many amazing ways. (Read Daniel chapter 1)

Manasseh was the worst king in the history of Jerusalem. Murder, political corruption, bribery, human sacrifices, adultery, idolatry and greed had ravaged Judah, so God rose up the Assyrian enemy. They captured Manasseh, put a hook through his nose, led him like a common slave through the streets with brass chains on and then threw him in the Babylonian prison. But, in 2nd Chronicles chapter 33, Manasseh repented, humbled himself, greatly sought the Lord and God heard his prayers. God so mightily moved in his life that he was set free and then even brought back to the throne in Jerusalem as king of Judah. He then spent the remainder of his years undoing all the things he had previously done to bring honor to God.

Time here would not permit me to speak about the lives of others like Job, Enoch, Abraham, Moses, Gideon, Ruth, Samuel, David, Nehemiah, Esther, Mary the mother of Jesus, the Apostle Paul and so many others throughout biblical history that believed God despite the surrounding circumstances or impossible situations.

But, the Favor of God didn’t end in Biblical times; it still wonderfully continues today. Will you let Christ reign in your heart? Will you permit God to place His hand upon your life? Will you choose to stand up in a fallen down world for Jesus Christ? Will you keep your mind renewed in The Word of God? Will you allow The Holy Spirit of God to direct your path?

Secular history has revealed that God has mightily moved in the lives of farmers, factory workers, shoe salesmen, mothers and housewives, students, soldiers, truck drivers and the list goes on.
God is looking for anyone who will make this life-style commitment to Him. Male or female, young or old, educated or unlearned, cultural background or denominational persuasion doesn’t even matter to God. He’s searching for those that He can spiritually, supernaturally and mightily operate in their lives and reveal Himself to the world through them. Will you say “YES” to the Lord?