One of the steps to God’s success formula involves action. We must act as though the Word we’ve been talking and meditating is true, even when circumstances seem to say otherwise. If that puzzles you, read what Jesus said in Mark 11.
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. (Mark 11:22-24 NKJV)
Jesus didn’t say we should believe we’ve received what we ask for when we see it. He said, ” to believe you receive when you pray”. Now if you follow His instructions, how do you think you’re going to act? Are you going to walk around all depressed and joyless? Are you going to stand around wringing your hands worrying? No! You’re going to, rejoice and praise God for the answer to your prayer. You’re going to act like you’ve already received it.
Right here is where many people miss it. They know God’s Word works, but they fail to act on it. You may have been studying the Word for 20 years. You may know how to live by faith better than anyone around, but it’s not what you know that will bring you through in victory, it’s what you do.
You can walk in faith consistently through ten trials that come your way and experience great success. Yet on the eleven one, if you neglect to act on the Word, you’ll fail. Although the string of victories in your past is a wonderful thing, it’s what you do today that will get you through today trial. Enjoy what the Lord has already done.
Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! (Psalms 27:14 NKJV)
I know that some days you feel as if you are being hit from every side. The demands of work and home can be overwhelming. You can stand strong, because He is your Rock and your foundation when all else around you crumbles and shakes.
He is quick to rescue you and lift you up. Numerous times in His word you read of men who called upon His name and He rescued them. In the face of all your daily stresses, keep in mind that He has overcome this world. You have nothing to fear.
And raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (E
phesians 2:6 NKJV)
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NKJV)
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37 NKJV)
“Your shadow releases whatever overshadows you” says Bill Johnson
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: (2 Corinthians 5:14 KJV)
The word constrain means “to grip tightly.” Paul was motivated by Christ’s love flowing through him. God’s love was the driving force that led him. It is the very power of living in godliness. I encourage people to focus on God more, not trying harder to overcome sin.
Many people are driven by fear instead of by affection for God. When fear comes, we need to respond with love. The freedom, power and pleasure of this is within the reach of every Christian, because it is the work of the Holy Spirit in the human Spirit. The Holy Spirit pours out God’s very affection into the human heart regardless of where we’ve been wounded or broken. It’s a supernatural activity that transcends the human heart.
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:5 KJV)
As we position our hearts to make love the first thing, we will be lovers before we are workers. We will be worshipers before we are warriors. Through Christ’s loving embrace, He will show us that we are to be a bride before we are an army. Make it a point to be driven by love.