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“Do You Believe That Jesus Is Able To Do It For You?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Do You Believe That Jesus Is Able To Do It For You?”

Are the biblical stories of Jesus Christ and the promises of God just cute fairy tales to read or the true actions and words of The Living Savior?

Are they the words of a lunatic, faker or deceiver?  Or are they the promises from the lips of a loving and living Savior?   Is the Cross real or is the Resurrection just another religious myth?

These are important issues to resolve in your heart because if you don’t believe that God is able to save, deliver, heal or meet your need, then truthfully, you are wasting your time and shouldn’t proceed any further.

But with over 7,000 recorded promises throughout The Bible, there’s a special word of inspiration or revelation for you regarding salvation, deliverance, healing, provision, forgiveness, guidance, grace and assurance of eternal life. 

But the main question or issue at stake is:  Do You Believe That Jesus Is Able To Do It for You?”

In Matthew 9:27-30 NIV we read the amazing account which says, As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied.  Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored.

The Lord had just performed another miraculous healing in the home of Jairus.  After He departed with his disciples, immediately two blind men followed Him crying out aloud “Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.”  After crying out aloud publicly to Him, they still remained blind as Jesus entered into another house.  

But just like our faith can often be tried, as we’re also instructed to always pray and not faint when the answer doesn’t immediately come, they persisted in following Christ into the house, seeking Him.   Whether they were directed or assisted by others or they cautiously and slowly proceeded on their own, they pressed forward to find Christ.

They showed a determination to persevere because they believed without any doubt or hesitation in their minds that Jesus Christ was able.  They had heard some of the wonderful stories about His Power and the marvelous testimonies about many miraculous healings.  So they were driven by their faith to believe and pursue Christ.

Upon entering the house, Jesus asked them one simple question, “Do you believe that I’m able to heal you?”  They replied, “Yes Lord.”   Then Jesus touched their eyes and they were miraculously healed and left seeing.

It’s clearly evident that Christ required an open profession of faith in Him just prior to them receiving their blessing, but there was not an expression of doubt anywhere in this true story.  THEY BELIEVED! 

Don’t allow doubt or unbelief to rob or defeat you.  HAVE FAITH IN GOD!   Faith and love are of The Lord but fear, doubt and unbelief are of the devil.

The Bible presents more than enough evidence for you to trust God, believe in The Lord Jesus Christ and to rely on The Holy Spirit to meet your needs.  Therefore, discover what Christ says about your situation.

Instead of being discouraged by what you naturally see, isn’t it time for you to be moved by what God has said in His Word?

 

“How Can I Develop A Victorious Attitude?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills           

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How Can I Develop A Victorious Attitude?

  

The brief story was told of a husband and wife entering into a small plane which they piloted.  After strapping themselves into their seats and immediately after the take-off, the wife heard the sound of a rattle and found a live and deadly rattlesnake in the cockpit with them, directly by her feet.

 

In a great panic, she told her husband and he shouted, “Don’t worry honey, snakes can’t handle high altitudes, so I’ll take the plane up a little bit higher.” 

So after immediately climbing up a few thousand feet he said, “Honey what’s happening now?”  She nervously replied, “The snake is starting to curl up into a ball or small circle.” 

So he shouted a second time, “I’ll take the plane up a little bit higher” and he pulled back on the throttle and climbed upward a few more thousand feet.

Once again he said, “Honey, what’s happening now?” 

And she replied, “it’s curled up into a tighter ball, its tongue is hanging out of its mouth, it’s having trouble breathing, its eyes have rolled upwards into its head and its body is starting to shake.”

Again he shouted, “Hold on and I’ll take the plane up a little bit higher.”  So, after climbing upwards another few thousand feet to an even higher elevation, he again asked, “Honey, what’s happening now?”

She excitedly responded, “Nothing!  That snake is now DEAD!  It’s no longer a danger or a threat to us.” And she opened a little side window and threw its lifeless body out of the plane.

Are you aware that Satan cannot stand or survive the high altitude of your praise?  Or that an increased elevation of prayer, study of God’s Word and obedience to Christ will heighten or lift your attitude and destroy the works of the enemy in your life?  One of the most important steps in learning how to develop a victorious attitude is discovering the importance of Praising The Lord.

Through praise, you’ll sense a new burst of spiritual energy and receive new insight as your time with God both increases and becomes more intimate.  You’ll begin to sense the presence of The Lord, feel the pulse of His heartbeat and hear His voice speaking to your heart.  It will appear as if you’re walking around on higher ground. 

Acts 16: 25-26 says, “At midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God and the prisoner heard them.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s bands were loosed.”

It has been said, That when praises go up, blessings come down.” Praise to our Lord always results in piercing through the surrounding darkness and see the invisible hand of God mightily moving in your midst.  So whatever you do, don’t give up, JUST CLIMB HIGHERTrue worship is your way of attacking back.

Remember, the next time that fear, temptation, or any type of adversity comes knocking at your door, LET FAITH ANSWER IT AND BREAKTHRU IN PRAISE TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

 

“Are You One Of The Lord’s Heroes Of Faith?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You One Of The Lord’s Heroes Of Faith?”

A hero is a person who, despite a dangerous, distressful or dismal circumstance, chooses to bravely respond or act in the midst of that dark situation. Heroes are not perfect people, but are those who choose to rise above and look beyond the present conditions and are driven to act.

 

Today, you too can be an example of one of God’s heroes, by allowing your life to be characterized not by your falling down, but by your rising up. Many people choose to stay down when they fall, but today’s heroes of faith realize that God has created them for better things, and make decisions to no longer allow their wounded pasts or hurtful present conditions keep them down or defeated.

 

Have you fallen?  We’ve all failed at some point in time and learned that failure was not fatal and refused to let it be final. But the distinction between victory and failure is in the getting back up as you allow God’s promises and The Holy Spirit to seize, resurrect, ignite and strengthen your heart.

 

You first begin by understanding that Proverbs 24:16 NIV says, “For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.” Then secondly, you recognize that Christ daily grants mercy and grace to us. Lamentations 3:22-24 NIV says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

 

So today, who are God’s heroes of faith?  They are the people that struggle to arise each morning to go to work and return home to provide for their families. They are the drug addicts who have broken free, the teenagers who live responsibly in the face of parental alcoholism, the prostitutes who have become morally pure, the single mothers who chose not to abort, the students who chose not to drop out. These everyday heroes are the men who’ve chosen to be responsible role models and take care of their children, the healthy spouses that love and care for their ailing or dying spouse, and the fallen, broken and now resurrected preachers who now gratefully and mightily preach Jesus Christ.

 

We are the forgiven and the redeemed in Christ who are setting an example for many others to follow, knowing that the only thing that lasts forever is His Mercy and Wonderful Loving Grace.

 

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“When Will All The Pieces Come Together?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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When Will All The Pieces Come Together?”

A Sign, vision, revelation or some kind of assurance is what many want during times of uncertainty.  I once was told by a person, “I don’t want just a piece of the puzzle, I want to know and see the whole plan.”  But, if there’s anything the Bible teaches believers, it’s that “The Just Shall Walk And Live By Faith.”

Jacob had just been informed that his son Joseph was alive and in charge of Egypt, sitting on the right hand of the Pharaoh and that he and all of his family were being summoned to go.  But Jacob after hearing all of this news, was very troubled and perplexed.

Genesis 46: 2-4 NIV says, “And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!” “Here I am,” he replied. “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.”

Jacob was troubled about going to Egypt for various reasons:  1) How could his son be alive after all these years and was this real?    2) Jacob remember that going to Egypt only resulted in troubles from Abraham when he ventured there. (Genesis 12: 14-20).  Earlier his own father Isaac was forbidden to go there by God. (Genesis 26:2).  Finally, he remembered the prophesy given by God to Abraham, that Egypt would become a place of great suffering and servitude for his descendants.  (Genesis 15:13).   5) Jacob feared that going to Egypt might be too great of a journey for him in his old age, or that some evil may overtake them on this trip.  6) He also was troubled that Egypt was a land filled with idolatry and once there his people may forget about the promised land of Canaan and forsake the worship of the true and living God.

Jacob was so apprehensive about going down to Egypt, that God spoke words of comfort, giving him direction to go with the assurance not to be afraid because He was with him.

God assured Jacob that He wasn’t a “local deity” just over Canaan, but He was God over all the earth, all knowing and that all the future events are in His hand.

God’s words silenced all of Jacob’s concerns and fears, but the question now is: Does His Words And Promises Have The Same Effect On You?”

When believers are facing adversities, uncertainties, hard times and even painful conditions, we need to remember that God is “Our All Sufficient Protector.”

Over 150 times under various stressful or impossible circumstances, God spoke to His people to Fear Not Because I AM With You.” 

Today, as you trust in the grace of Christ Jesus and the power of God, you are NOT trusting in something brand new that just happened yesterday.  God has a lengthy and faithful history of saving, healing, delivering, protecting and providing for His people.  As you stand in His presence, his mercies are new and exciting each and every day.

As you daily walk and live by trusting Christ, the pieces of your life will begin to appear more clearly.  You will learn to take each mountain, one step at a time.  You will begin to visualize your difficult spots becoming your stepping-stones.

So, cast away the doubts from the enemy that try to persuade you differently.  Look to Christ, obey His Word, follow The Holy Spirit and declare victory over your circumstances through faith in God. 

Believe him for your daily bread, daily strength and insight and wisdom through the difficult situations.  His promises are still more than true towards us today.  He still reveals Himself at the point of your need and knows just how to encourage your heart.

His words are still a “FACT” regardless of what you’re encountering or the skepticism that you’re hearing or the criticism that you’re experiencing.  God’s words and promises are very true and The Holy Spirit of God will lead and direct you as you continually look to Jesus Christ.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Can You See The Light At The End Of The Tunnel?”

Today’s Daily Devotional  from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Can You See The Light At The End Of The Tunnel?”

Why does it is easier to see God in the brightness of a beautiful glorious day than it is to trust Him in the darkness of a cold stormy night?  Is He not the same?  Of course He is!

While many begin questioning God and are busy trying to understand why God allows storms and heartache in their lives, our focus should not be on the “WHY” but on Christ Himself, His love, His word, His power and what He can do in our midst.

Although it may appear that you’re being pushed to the limit, the pain, struggles, heartaches and attacks that you’re presently experiencing are in your life to mature your faith and mold you into greatness. For Christ has not forgotten or forsaken you and soon your weeping will turn to joy.

For one of the most comforting verses in all of scripture is found in Matthew 12:20 NIV which says, “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory.”

What is more weak, delicate or feeble than a cracked reed or a wick barely flickering, about to go out?  Even though these characteristics may be used to describe something as useless, it’s more descriptive of His compassion towards us in our weakest hour, state or condition.

A bruised reed depicts those who have been oppressed, beaten up, beaten down, severely wounded and even left for dead by the effects in this sinful world. They are broken by life, damaged in their hearts and minds, and are experiencing helplessness and hopelessness in their present situation.  They are in need of a fresh revelation, a new beginning, with renewed comfort, strength, guidance, stability and victory in their life.

A smoldering wick refers to the wick of an oil lamp or a candle where the flame is exhausted, barely flickering, dying but not yet completely vanquished or dead.

The compassion of Christ is such that He binds up broken hearts, heals wounds, restores and comforts to them back to fullness of life.  For God has promised that He will not neglect, break, be cruel or destroy you, but will forgive, heal, pardon and give new life to all those that trust Him and call on His name.  He will not allow your hope to become extinguished and your faith to become extinct.

Christ will graciously blow His grace upon the smoldering sparks, re-igniting it into a full fiery blaze and never leave you alone until your journey or work has been completed here on earth.   Under the anointing and influence of His Holy Spirit, He will strengthen you onward, making you more than a conqueror over the enemy, until He takes you home.

Yes, not only is there a light at the end of the tunnel for you, but as you look to Jesus, HE IS THE EVER PRESENT LIGHT that is with you no matter how great the darkness surrounding you. And no darkness can or will ever overcome Him.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Did You Know That You Cannot Run With The Turkeys If You Want To Soar With The Eagles?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Did You Know That You Cannot Run With The Turkeys If You Want To Soar With The Eagles?”

Have you ever heard it said that, “Birds of a feather, flock together?”  That’s just a parabolic way of stating that the people and the things you associate with are either adding to your life or taking away from it because it’s impossible not to imitate those who are influencing you from becoming just like them.

Achieving or winning is a continuing lifestyle that’s filled with good choices and discipline.  So, if you’re unhappy with your lifestyle and you really want to change the direction of where you’re going, one of the first steps is to carefully consider who you’re hanging around with or what you’re allowing into your spirit. 

The people who you’re associating with the most are the ones who are speaking into your life either by what they say or by what they do to influence you.  They are either using you as a dumping site for their negative and pessimistic comments, their critical and discouraging ways, their counteractive and ineffective ideas, and their corrupt and deprave manners……

Or they’re impacting your life, family, finances, and your futurethrough their constructive, spiritual, optimistic, positive, desirable, upbeat, faith-filled, acceptable and edifying ways, ideas, instructions, advice, assistance, guidance, wisdom, and manners.  Good role models are those people who refuse to accept their current conditions when they knew they were created for so much more.

God says in Proverbs 13:20 NIV,He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”  Isn’t it interesting THAT IT’S NOT GOD who will bring down the harm or destruction into your life?  NO, it’s following the advice, instructions, ways, influence, input, and companionship of the foolish and unwise people.  It will bring untold misery, depression, and destruction upon your own head during this lifetime as well as for eternity.

Not only does it apply towards who you’re associated or involved with, but it also pertains to the type of television, radio, or Internet programming that you watch or listen to.  The movies you see, the books, newspapers, magazines, and other literature you read will also have a great impact on your life.

But God is now saying that You Have A Choice Or The Decision Is Yours.”  So, choose carefully whose advice you’ll follow and what you’ll be influenced by.  If a person gets out of prison only to go back to his or her old environment, he has set himself up for re-incarceration.  You must escape the environment in order to have a brand new beginning or fresh start.  You can overcome anything if you’re first willing to be transformed.  Learn to regulate and control your conduct and behavior by rising up, trusting The Lord, and reaching higher.

So select your friends and associates carefully and be led by The Holy Spirit.  Take on the mindset of champions, the attitude of those who’ve achieved in the field that you’re interested in, and learn from their wisdom and commitment to excellence.  Develop the lifestyle of a winner simply by associating with those who are what you want to become. Learn from their character and re-shape your habits in order to become a high achiever and a good role model yourself.

Become a leader.  Make prayerful and wise personal, career, family, and financial decisions.  Remember, IT’S YOUR LIFE, and it’s just too precious to waste.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“What’s Holding You Back From Making Yourself Completely Available To God?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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What’s Holding You Back From Making Yourself Completely Available To God?”

Has God called you to do something but you make excuses and continue to procrastinate?  Why are so many people afraid to step out in faith and do God’s Will?  Fear of the unknown, doubt, and unbelief are the major challenges in the minds of many believers.  We as human beings always like to play it safeand want to know everything in advance and want God to move miraculously first before stepping out in faith.

I too had once struggled in this area as God had called me to full-time ministry.  I had a very good job with lots of responsibility, but was working 6 and often 7 days a week doing 15 -16 hours each day.  Doing God’s will was always in my heart and mind, but I continued to procrastinate, making excuses, until one day I just couldn’t take it any longer.  Then after crying aloud in the building and fully surrendering to The Lord, The Holy Spirit spoke strongly to my heart and said, “Believe my Word and don’t doubt in your heart!” And I left that job and I’ve never looked back. 

I encountered many naysayers along the way, but the blessings and grace of God were greater as I now continue to preach and teach the Word of God.

There are so many believers that have a burning passion to do something for the Lord or have a call to preach the Gospel globally, but they are afraid to step out in faith because of their job, their “benefits,” and they are more worried about how their bills (car note, cell phone, rent/mortgage, insurance, light bill, water bill, etc.) are going to get paid rather than learning how to fully yield themselves to Christ and trust Him to supply all their needs according to His riches in glory.

If you are passionate about winning souls for God’s kingdom, then stop worrying about how your bills will get paid and just start following Christ and pray for God’s will and direction for your life.   Then pray about your finances, since it’s usually the area that most people struggle with.

When you make Christ your priority and make yourself available for God to use, you will be surprised and amazed at what He will do in you, through you, by you, and with you.

In Luke 9: 57-62 we are given the story of 3 different individuals that Jesus dealt with regarding following Him.

Luke 9: 57-58 NIV says, “As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.’”

This particular man was a Scribe, who was a teacher of the Law.  It was clearly evident that Christ saw that his motivation was to acquire worldly gain and build his reputation, so Jesus tested his sincerity by informing him of the hardships that surrounded him, and it appears that he wasn’t heard from again.

Then Luke 9:59-60 NIV says,He said to another man, ‘Follow me.’ But he replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’”

Are you willing to follow The Lord even while going through the most trying circumstances?  This man sought for a delay.  Procrastination!  Jesus wasn’t against burying the dead.  If this man really believed, he would’ve asked Christ to heal or raise his father from the dead.

Jesus knew that if he returned back home, his friends might ridicule, oppose him, or present arguments that would prevent him from following Him. 

Jesus taught that nothing should be allowed to divert the mind and be used as an excuse for not following him.  Not even the death of a father and the sorrows of an afflicted family should be used to keep a person following Christ or to put off the purpose for becoming a Christian.

Our Lord was not speaking disrespectfully of or against burying the dead, but that it would be more advantageous for those who were spiritually dead to handle the last rites and that he should be more concerned about following Him.  Since there were enough of his relatives there to take care of handling that burial, Jesus was revealing to him that there was no need why he should neglect the ministry of the gospel and attend to that affair.

Finally Luke 9: 61-62 NIV says, “Still another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.’ Jesus replied, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’”

Here is another who is willing to follow Christ, but he first must have a little time to talk with his friends about it and take time to set his household in order.

Again, when you make Christ your priority and make yourself available for God to use, you’ll be surprised and amazed at what He will do in you, through you, by you, and with you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Why Does It Seem As If Giving Up Is Easier Than Standing In Faith?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Why Does It Seem As If Giving Up Is Easier Than Standing In Faith?”

The “Spirit of Quit” doesn’t want you to know that “You will win if you don’t give up!”    The second thing that the devil doesn’t want you to understand or realize is that “God’s grace is greater than the trial, hardship, heartache, sorrow or test that you’re going through.”

The Lord Jesus Christ is the only one that can break into your situation and take you from the place of being overwhelmed to the place of being overjoyed.  For His Grace is more than enough and more than sufficient once you determine in your heart than you’re going to trust The Lord through your circumstance, at all costs.

Listen with your heart as you read the words God has declared in Isaiah 43: 1-3 NLT, “But now, O Jacob, listen to the LORD who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.  When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.  For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom; I gave Ethiopia and Seba in your place.”

Though originally the Prophet Isaiah’s prophesy was given directly to the nation Israel, God’s Word still remains and yields it’s strength to believers in the Church world today.  For God is still declaring, “Whatever problem, negative situation, painful condition or hard time you find yourself in today, I  have provided my Grace and if you will only believe and trust me, I WILL SEE YOU THROUGH.”

The Lord has always set apart THE REDEEMED for Himself.   Here, God not only revealed His divine word of commitment to His people but He additionally continues to assure His people not to have fear because HE’S GREATER THAN ANYTHING YOU CAN EVER EXPERIENCE OR THAT WILL COME AGAINST YOU.   

Now the terms, “Fire and water” not only speak of devastation, but “water” denotes an overwhelming destructive force and “fire” represents a consuming danger or attempts of annihilation.

When Our Heavenly Father considers the blood of Jesus Christ, His all-seeing eye is upon every believer and then we are found to be precious in His sight. 

Though we are subject to temptations and attacks from the forces of darkness as well as  pressures and persecutions from wicked people in this world, Jesus Christ is “Our Atonement, Antidote and Anointing” who enables us, through His Word and Holy Spirit, to prevail and persevere through to the very end.  Our victory is completely connected to God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

God had brought His people out from Egyptian bondage, through The Red Sea, through a wilderness journey, through the reign of evil kings and corrupt priests, through a Babylonian captivity and through various attacks from other jealous groups or ill-willed nations as they returned back to the promised land.  His lengthy and faithful history is just too wonderful to ever deny.

So today, the divine promise of being kept as we walk through the water and fire remains a special word of encouragement to the faithfulness of God.

On our way to glory, there are pathways that we must go through but when the enemy tries to rise up like a great flood, believers MUST remember that “GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN US THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD. 

Therefore, be mindful that NOT ONLY is Satan NOT equal with God, for God is the creator of heaven and earth, but that the existence of both the nation of Israel and THE CHURCH are in The Lord’s Almighty Hand.

 

“How Do You Act Or Respond When The Pressure Is On You?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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How Do You Act Or Respond When The Pressure Is On You?”

Though we’ve been saved by His Wonderful grace, all believers are still a work in progress and The Lord isn’t finished with you yet.  While you’ve come this far by faith, what’s more important now is to continue walking in The Spirit as you’ll face what’s still ahead of you.

As the storms of life come, we must remain aware that the world is watching and the forces of darkness are observing us. But more importantly, for our survival we must continue to look to Christ and keep the switch of faith turned on at all times.

In Genesis chapter 20, we begin to read in this entire chapter of scripture where Abraham, who started out in faith, entered into error.   Afraid for his own life, out of fear he began to lie declaring that Sarah, his wife, was his sister.

Your outward actions are always an indication of what’s happening on the inside of you.  Technically, Abraham may not have told a lie, because Sarah indeed was his half-sister, but his excuse did not justify his actions.  He was afraid and acted out of his fear.

Abraham’s best excuse for his conduct was to lie because he thought that the fear of God was not in the place that he had now journeyed.  He lied to simply escape danger from the powerful ruler who was attracted to his wife.

But it’s also out of this dark chapter in Abraham’s life that the question arises, What do you do or how do you act or respond when facing difficult situations?”

“Have you ever acted out of fear and lied?  Instead of admitting that you’ve done wrong, did you try to find an excuse that may have some degree of relevance to your situation and then attempt to stretch that truth?”

Whenever or wherever you might face a difficult situation, that’s when you’ll need Him most.  Call on The Lord, cry out to Him, seek His face, ask for His wisdom, and trust on the leading of His Holy Spirit.   Though the pressures in life may seem very real, GOD AND HIS LOVE FOR YOU ARE EVEN MORE REAL.

Now, to further aid you in your walking in faith and standing on the integrity of God’s Word, here are just a few important spiritual principles that I have learned that will help you at all times:

1)  Never allow yourself to become distant from God. Never come to the place in life where you no longer believe that He’s able to keep you, sustain you, or even bless you.

2)  You should never become so busy that you forget it’s not by your power or might, but by His Holy Spirit.  We must continue to trust in and rely on His Word, Anointing and Transforming power.

3)  You need to remember the revelation that Christ has set you free and not become negative or pessimistic about the lives that God wants to touch through you. 

4)  Your love for The Lord must always remain greater than your love for the world.  You can’t allow secret sins to harbor within your heart.  Nor can you allow disappointments to fill you with anger.

5) You must not allow a season of prayerlessness to creep in where prevailing prayers once were your stronghold in God.

6)  Doubt and unbelief will always attempt to distract you away from walking in faith and in the power of His Holy Spirit.  But resist the devil and he will flee.

Remember, CHRIST IS GREATERthan hard time, adverse circumstance, negative situation, painful condition, or satanic entrapment that you can ever experience or encounter.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Are You Really Trusting In The Lord?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Really Trusting In The Lord?”

 

A story was reported about a group of passengers on an airplane that suddenly entered an area of severe turbulence. The passengers were terrified, some screamed while others were visibly shaken.

Then one of the badly shaken passengers noticed a little girl, sitting very contently as she continued playing with her toys and looking at her books. She clearly showed no sign of fear. When asked why she wasn’t afraid during the terrible turbulence she simply replied, Because my daddy is the pilot and he’s in full control.”

Trusting The Lord always depends upon your personal relationship with Him.  If a trustworthy family member tells you that they will pick you up at the airport at 9pm, you know that they will be there because you trust them because of your personal relationship with them.

If a total stranger approaches you in the market and says if you loan him a $100 and he will pay you back on next week, because you lack relationship, you can’t put your trust in them.

In Isaiah 41:10 NIV God Says, “Fear not, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, and I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

While this promise from our Lord was initially addressed to the exiled Jews during their long and painful captivity in Babylon, it’s also addressed to His people today who are going through any adverse, negative and painful circumstances or conditions.

God made it clear before, and Is once again making it very plain, Fear Not, For I AM With Thee.” HE IS the sole reason that we shouldn’t ever be fearful. Romans 8:31 says, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” What higher consolation can you ever desire or have than the assurance of Him being our Heavenly Father and a protector, counselor, and guide to us during times of great confusion and difficulty.

There is no higher honor in life than to enter into His family and be permitted to call the Creator and The Most High God Father“, and have the Lord of the universe as our Eternal Friend.

“Be not dismayed” means that whenever a state of alarm or danger comes, those that trust and look to Him can be calm because of our peace within and our faith in His Words.

We are then given the reason why we shouldn’t be afraid, For I AM Your God.” Our Heavenly Father has declared that “I am able to preserve, strengthen, keep and bless you.” The God of Heaven is our God and is our source and power, and that power has been pledged for the protection of all that come to Him.

Furthermore God said, “I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.” Our Heavenly Father has also declared that, “I will enable you to bear all your trials with my faithful right hand.” We can rely on Our Lord and the power of His Might.

There is no greater security than believing and knowing that you’re safe in the hands of The Almighty and Living God.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!