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Why God Wants You Wealthy

build_wealthBeing rich is not selfish. Wanting to be rich is not selfish either. God’s Word defines “prosperity” by the following verse:

May you have enough to abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

It is very simple. Under scripture, prosperity is defined as having enough not only to tithe, but to support a ministry, sponsor a child, give to Godly charities, and so on. “Every good work,” is anything that has to do with the expansion of the Kingdom.

When your priority with finances is to expand the Kingdom of God, get ready to handle a lot of money. God is seeking stewards He can trust. How do you suppose God channels money to His servants? By His people. Did you assume God created the US currency out of thin air? Can He? Of course He can but God is bound by his own Word. He is not a liar, therefore  He will not counterfeit the US currency. Furthermore, He is limited to man’s obedience. He needs us to fulfill His purposes! If you cannot agree with this, then why are you still alive? Do you live merely for your own pleasure? We were made for His pleasure. In Him, we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). We are called His servants, because we have been given a purpose to spread His kingdom! (Matthew 28:16)

God wants you wealthy because He wants to use you as a channel of finances towards His work. We are His stewards. God will use other people and open doors for you to receive money. The more money you receive, the more will be used for Kingdom work. The underlying question is, “Do you care for the Kingdom of God?”

The Bible speaks heavily on being a “giver” and to be “generous” in all our ways. “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” One of the reasons is because the “giver” always has more than the “receiver” (Acts 20:35). Once you learn to give, you will never be concerned about “receiving.” He desires us to imitate Him and Oh how rich He is! He lavishes His gifts upon us! We will never surpass His generosity, but we are to pursue His nature! He is a giver who always has enough. He wants His children to learn how, “Daddy does it!”

Many claim it is selfish to be rich. Is it selfish to feed the poor and clothe the needy? Is it selfish to help those in need?

Think about it, if you had wealth, how much more people can you bless! The question again is, “Can He trust you with the wealth?” Only you know the answer to that. He is your just Judge; He knows the intents and motives of your heart.

If your heart is set on God’s Kingdom and on the priority to give to His work, you will always have enough for yourself. God will use you as a channel and there will be more than enough to meet your needs and desires. He doesn’t demand your lack, but His priority is His Kingdom! You are a part of that Kingdom! He commissions you to extend the grace and love that was so freely given you.

Learn to give and you will learn to be rich. But as soon as you turn your hand back from giving, you are going against God’s principles. His love and mercy is not contingent upon your generosity, but your generosity is contingent upon your heart. What you do in your life is a direct result of what lives inside of you. If generous, love reigns.

Think of yourself as a channel and steward. You are the middle man between God and His work on earth. Those who stay away from money and are content with what they have, are right in being content, but you should seek more wealth for the primary reason of giving to the work of God.

Do you see “selfishness” in that?

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The Standard Christian Epidemic

01In my new book, “The Standard Christian Epidemic,” I expose the hypocritical Christian way of life that is so widespread today. The basis of the book is the Word of God itself. Behind every experience and revelation, I point to what the Word of God says. The book challenges every Christian to go back and re-evaluate their lives in light of His Word and the Holy Spirit. The Standard Christian Epidemic is simply a concept that states Christians will not have successful Christian lives if they live their lives basing their experiences and expectations on what other Christians have experienced. My call to Christians is to look upon Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. He alone is deemed worthy and qualified to represent Christianity. In all our ways, we need to acknowledge and believe upon Him, because He can do exceedingly more than you can ever think or ask (Ephesians 3:20)

A look inside the book: 

Chapter 5 The Standard Christian Epidemic 

            The error lies in this: we claim Jesus as God, but we accept other Christians’ experiences as “the way it is.” Who has deceived you into such thinking? There is no greater crime against Christianity than to label it by any other name than the name of Jesus Christ. He said, I am the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). The Standard Christian Epidemic is Christians relating to one another through their victories and defeats. For example, you can look at me today, teaching the Word of God, and be affirmed in the truth of the Gospel but if the following year, my life goes downhill, and you are discouraged in your own faith, then you are misled. You cannot build your altar on anyone else but Jesus. He is your sacrifice and He is the one found worthy to be your ransom. It is His life that was qualified to die for you, not mine or anyone else’s. Jesus never expected us to walk the Christian life relying on other Christians. Jesus Christ is Christianity. There is nothing in the Word of God written about trusting other Christians and their experiences. Nowhere does God tell us to get through life by holding onto one another. The answer is simple; Jesus is the only one who conquered the world and lives today making intercession on our behalf (Romans 8:34). If you don’t make Jesus the focal point of your life, your Christianity will suffer. There is no Christianity without Christ. He has to stay the main point. It is only when you begin to look to the right and left that you begin to stumble in your walk with God but if you keep your eyes steadfast upon Him, you will walk on water. 

               If not for Jesus Christ, I would have left Christianity a long time ago. There are many Christians that live hypocritical lives and the world mocks Christianity because of it. But to the world I say, let every man fall, but the One who I believe in represents His own name. His name is Jesus Christ. He alone represents Christianity; He shares His glory with no man (Isaiah 42:8). He is the one who saves, preserves and delivers. If someone has wronged you, don’t mistake that for Jesus. Your father, mother, brother, sister or anyone else for that matter does not represent Jesus Christ. Jesus represents Himself; no one else can be Jesus in your life, but Jesus Himself. Therefore don’t allow Satan to deceive you into religion. He will trick you into believing evil acts are of God. He has convinced many that it is God who brings evil to our world. Satan indeed is the father of all lies (John 8:44). Religion says God punishes us by sending natural disasters or other woes. Religion teaches that God makes us sick to teach us a lesson. Can a kingdom divided against itself stand? Would God use Satan’s devices and the very thing that He hates, sin, to discipline the children He loves? Does your natural father call his enemies to discipline you when you step out of line? Your natural parents would never do such a thing. They would discipline you themselves, because it is their right, responsibility and love that will change you. It is so with God; He changes us through His Word. He teaches and matures us through His Word. If we place God somewhere in the middle of using evil, we are denying both truths that Satan is evil and God is good. Our God is an absolute God. His Word makes many such absolute statements. His Word declares He is a good and loving Father. Study the many names of God to get a better picture of who He really is. If God truly did use evil to teach us then Jesus would have made everyone ill rather than heal all who came to Him.

Great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. Matthew 12:15

            Apart from healing, there are natural disasters that people claim are acts of God. Yet natural disasters weren’t even brought up in the Bible. The storm at sea that Jesus rebuked was not necessarily God trying to kill people at sea rather it was the natural cycle of the earth. If we assume storms, droughts, hurricanes, etc. are of God, then we are saying that Jesus was trying to kill Himself at sea. One can claim that maybe God caused the storm, so that Jesus could bring glory to Himself by exercising His authority over it, but even this doesn’t really illustrate like that in the story. Jesus was sound asleep and didn’t wake up until the disciples woke Him up. This was one of those things that just came up and when it did, Jesus did exercise His authority. Instead of thanking God for the storm, He turned to His disciples and rebuked their lack of faith. Jesus made no mention of this being a part of God’s plan. I am making no claim that it was or wasn’t, but I am observing how Jesus looked at it. To Him, it appeared to be a normal every-day thing that He didn’t even flinch at. This can lead us to make the assumption that Jesus understood storms came and went and had no agenda from God to kill people rather when sin entered the world, the earth itself was cursed, no longer being the earth God created it to be. Sin became a natural cycle of the earth. Sin brought corruption and death everywhere. Before Adam’s sin, creation was lively and vibrant but when sin came into the world it tainted everything. The point I am making is that it is not God who brings chaos to the world. God’s Kingdom brings order. He commanded us to bring His kingdom to earth. It is our job to represent God as Jesus represented God by healing the sick, delivering the captive, and preaching the Kingdom… Continued in book

Chapter 6 Seasons

            In every season of our life, God is at work. Every season has a purpose before God. You will be greatly blessed if you recognize and accept this reality. It will put your life into perspective; you will begin to realize how to live in every season. The Bible speaks often about it. 

To everything, there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven… He has made everything beautiful in its time. Eccl. 3:1; 11

             What I have seen in my life are the many seasons people pass by without discerning and living that season’s purpose. Many people do not choose to accept the responsibility and calling that God has placed on their lives. They believe if they ignore the calling, then they waive any personal responsibility placed on them but the truth is that if you ignore your calling, you make a conscious decision to do so while others make a conscious decision to accept their calling. Those that understand what God is doing are those that will flourish in every season. They will live content, eager, and expectant of God. It is not a matter of waiting for a season, for God has said in His Word that He daily adds to us. 

Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Psalm 68:19

                Each and every day is a day in your season that can be lived out in perfection and favor. We have heard it said, “God is more interested in the destination.” That being true does not take away from the fact He is just as much interested in the details of our lives. Every day has meaning and purpose. It is to your benefit to live each day’s agenda as God desires. He makes all things good in their time. Don’t buy into the fact that your good thing is coming, so in the meantime you simply wait for it to come. He has an ever-increasing abundance for your life. This is in regards to spiritual and physical blessings. There is specific timing for certain gifts from God, but He is not at all interested in your complacency for those gifts. He wants you to grow in the knowledge of Him and all the while reaping His benefits. If He has made a promise to your life, don’t make it the focal point of your life. Don’t let it tie you down from everything else God wants to bless you with. When you do obsess over gifts, you are serving not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but the god of self. I personally believe God will withhold further or certain blessings if you don’t steward properly the ones He already gave you. If He blesses you with a dream job and it takes over your life, what good has come of it? God was trying to satisfy you and give you your heart’s desire, but you turned it for evil. Not only will this hinder God’s work any further in your life, but you will be dissatisfied with what you already have. We will be set free when we realize God makes everything perfect in its time. We will enjoy what we currently have, knowing He makes each day new…  Continued in book 

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The Missing Generation

There is a generation that is missing today. This is the generation of Godly saints, young men and women that never reached their mark. This is the generation that the Lord wept over. A generation that lost its place in history.

A lost generation leaves the next generation barren and without hope. As a family is strengthened through its generations, so are the children of God, the priestly bride. Rather than giving hope and exemplifying a life in Christ, the missing generation has nothing to show for the Kingdom of God. It leaves the next generation with a dilemma.

What does a righteous generation look like? Is it really possible to live a powerful, influential life as a Christian? There is no hope in blaming the previous generation, but rather challenges the current generation to come back to the Word of God. The Word of God says of a righteous man:

He shall be like a tree
    
Planted by the rivers of water,
   
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
(Psalm 1:3 (See also Jeremiah 17:8))

This scripture challenges the current generation of what it should look like. I am not writing off the previous generation as having done nothing for the Kingdom. The Lord did what He could with those that lived for Him. But I will not grant them the glory of Christ as having fulfilled His Will for their generation. What I see around me are youth that feel God is distant. They feel God does not speak today and is not near to them, because the “Christians” around them, have not been good examples.

God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.  (Acts 17:27)

And in a collection, they are a generation of Christians that showed a poor example of what a life in God really looks like.

It arouses my passion for Christians, especially youth, that believe life is better lived chasing after the lusts of this world. And how little they realize. It angers and saddens me to see youth that have not had the proper upbringing from the previous generation to know the reality of a living God. The greatest phenomenon in this world is the ignorance of the reality of God. But I want greater for my generation. I want my generation to prove the acceptable, pleasing and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).

Not every one will answer the call, but it is not an excuse to believe for a greater response to the call in this generation. People have simply lost their faith in God. But when they begin to see a generation that reflects the VERY IMAGE OF GOD, they will run to the cross. God is not the problem. Christians’ poor reflection of God is. God is real and more alive than any living thing on the face of the earth. When we begin to walk in His Glory, nations will bow down.  No great thing happens, but that which the Lord does.

With all that said, reflect upon these things. In five, ten, years, where will you be? Do you believe your God is indeed GOD! What do you actually believe in? Being a regular, “I go to church,” Christian, will die off. There will come a time in your life, where the Lord Jesus Christ will come to the door of your heart and ask you once again, “Have you rejected yourself, and chosen Me?” There will come a point in your life where you will no longer be able to lie to yourself about what truly lives inside of you. If Christ doesn’t have the throne of your life, you will assuredly see your own reign come to an end. At that point, you will either continue to deny the Truth in ignorance and pride, or you will fall down to the feet of the One who so loves you, the One that broke His flesh for you. His name is Jesus Christ.

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6)

                                                           – Jesus Christ 

                                          

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Breaking the Threshold

Radical changes require radical voices. A church body that has been in a traditional routine, will not change on its own, nor will it change quickly.

#1 change requires change
#2 a collection of ‘voices’  brings radical change

 “Voices” refers to the individuals doing what God told them to do, in any part of society. Corporate change requires a collection of “voices.”

How does God fulfill His Purposes today? He does it through “voices.” He directs you to say a word. He directs you to sing. He directs you to do that which He told you to do. Every word from God is prophetic. It breaks the threshold of routine and tradition.

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
                                    –Isaiah 55:11

When you release what God has spoken to you, you will always have results. God knows the need and He sends a Word to satisfy that need. Was Jesus ever denied when He released God’s Word?

How does God fulfill His Purpose, if only one “voice” responds? One “voice” is greater than a hundred “mute” voices. You will break the threshold regardless.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Matt. 5:14

A “voice” will be a light in the darkness. Even if you alone are doing God’s work, you will still have a great impact. When a lamp is lit in a dark room, it is seen by ALL! Complacent Christians and unbelievers, alike!

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35

 Loving people is a command and principle of the kingdom. It is God’s work to love people. So when you do God’s work, people will know and see something is different.

 To further illustrate this point, look at Jesus. The one Man responsible for the redemption of the world.

One man.
2000 years later.
1/3 of the 7bil. Population acknowledge to be Christians

 He proved God’s work through His “voice.” Now, someone may completely overlook this and say Jesus was God and so on. However, that being true, Jesus makes a statement that challenges every Christian to this day.

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. John 14:12

If we make the argument that Jesus was also God and thus the reason His one “voice” was such an impact, then what Jesus stated above is irrelevant to us. Because Jesus is saying, what I did, YOU WILL DO AND EVEN GREATER! Jesus is challenging us and saying, “No more excuses! I’ve given you My Word, now go and do something with it! Because My Word shall not return to Me void.” You cannot look past the responsibility God has place upon your life, as if you cannot do it, because you’re a nobody. But Jesus was speaking to you, 2000 years ago, breaking through the time zones to this very day. Because His Word lives forever, eternal and true.

My point in saying all this is that you need to move forward in what God has spoken to you and you can no longer ignore it. You have no one to blame and no excuse to make. You will answer to Jesus and no one else. Jesus will point to His Word and say to you, “I told you, you shall do greater works than I did.”

Children of God, let’s begin to enter our glorious inheritance and be done with this world.

Another point to be made here is the following. When Jesus said you shall do greater works than Me, He was pointing to His body. Jesus, on earth, was one Man. We as the body of Christ, and local church, are a corporate level. We can do greater works, because we are many in Christ. Yes, Jesus was God, but He was also a Man. He was unable to do everything. He established His body for this purpose, to full His purposes. Why didn’t Jesus stay on earth? Because He was one Man. Why did He send the Holy Spirit? Because the Holy Spirit was Jesus present in all believers. Some may find this very challenging to accept but let’s look further in scripture.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if depart, I will send Him to you. John 16:7

Jesus was, in fact, saying, “I must go so that the church can do its work, united in Me, through the Holy Spirit.” Jesus was in fact saying, “I alone am not able to do this without My body.” The purpose of Jesus dying for us, was redemption, and for a purpose. He gave His church, a purpose, to carry His name to all nations. And He needed to go to the Father to send the Holy Spirit forward for this purpose to be fulfilled. So, in fact, we see that we as a church are meant for greater works than Jesus.

It begins at the individual level first. Your one “voice” will be appealing and contagious to the rest of the church. You will change your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. They, in turn, will unite with your one “voice,” becoming many “voices.” Now, radical change can come. (#2 a collection of ‘voices’ brings radical change).

 Now I am challenging you. In your local body, ask yourself, do you want change. Do you want the healing and manifest presence of God to come. This requires a corporate level change. “Voices” are much louder than the whole body of “mute” voices.

In a corporation, the CEO and board of directors direct the whole company in a strategic vision. #1 change only happens when they make that decision.

For a church to begin moving in a new direction, “voices” need to rise up. People of God doing His Will. People wait for revivals, but revival is simply God having His place in our local bodies. And this isn’t up to God, but up to us, as individual Christians and then as local bodies to respond to God.

Eternity is right around the corner. There is no more time to delay what God has spoken to you. Begin to move in what He speaks to you. I feared this change in my life as well. In my relationship with Jesus, I climbed heights I always feared, but as I climbed them, I became more comfortable with the One I was with. I still fear the heights, but I don’t fear the One I am with. His Name is love. He is the most wonderful person “in the world.” In my short journey with Jesus, I have learned to just do what He says to do and rest in His presence. The Spirit will bring you to a place of comfort and rest in Him, where the world does not phase you. God can and will place eternity in your heart, as you continue to get to know Him. Your perspective changes and you begin to move forward with great passion and zeal for the house of God. Don’t worry, this will not be your work, but the work of your Father, who is in heaven.

The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works (John 14:10).

As I journeyed with God, I began to realize that fearing risk and fearing change, wasn’t even worth it. It is an illusion, a lie of the devil. Fear is a lie. You have nothing to fear. You will realize this. Continue in your walk with Jesus, obey and love Him. He will prioritize your value on people and Him. He will give you awareness of the truth. And the truth shall set you free (John 8:32).  You will overcome.

 

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If it is of Faith, it will Succeed. If it is of Man, it will Fail.

Many things we attempt in life are not in the Will of God and that is why very often we find ourselves discouraged in the failures we encounter. The first thing you must understand is that, God is not a failure. When God does something, He is ALWAYS successful. And He desires your life to prosper even as your soul prospers (3 John 1:2).

I am not preaching “success” here. I am preaching the success of God in your life. God never fails, but you do. You fail when you don’t walk in faith. You fail when you chose your own way over God’s.

There are factors and exceptions, for every situation, but the Word of God is the final Word of God. And here’s where the Holy Spirit revealed this truth to me. In this passage, a pharisee stood up against the council, who were trying to kill the apostles.

Acts 5: 38 And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; 39 but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.”

Without going into too much detail, I want every Christian to understand this basic truth. If it is of faith, it will prosper. If it is of your own self, it will run dry. This should give you not only hope but encouragement in your walk with God. If what you plan to do, is not of God, it will run its course into the ground. It will fail. This is in regards to Christians who, “live according to the Will of God,” and so having been saved by grace through faith, they are now in the plan of God. However, what tends to happen is they continue to live their own lives as if they were never saved. Yes, they may not sin and live in a sinful lifestyle, because they are now of “born-again” spirit, but they don’t renew their minds with the Word of God and experience God’s presence through prayer and worship. What happens to a person like this? Think about it, they chose the Will of God, through salvation, but they continue to live by their own will. It’s a very contradictory lifestyle. One cannot tear down physical walls, unless he puts up spiritual walls. My point in saying all that is a Christian’s actions and words are now contingent upon their faith. It is completely opposite with unbelievers. They are not in the Will of God, therefore the things they do, doesn’t necessarily coincide with faith. Though something may work for them, it is irrelevant to their faith, because they are not on God’s course. A Christian is on God’s course, and what they do with their lives matters a lot more now, because they are bestowed with an inheritance, co-heirs with Christ, seated in heavenly places. They cannot do the will of satan and God. (Matthew 6:24). What does light and darkness have in common. (2 corinthians 6:14). Very few Christians realize the significance and importance of their “born-again” lives.

Now in this context, when I say, “faith succeeds”, I am talking about “truth”. If you operate in faith, you operate in truth. This is not merely, “I believe, I believe, so let it be.” No, I am talking about your faith being a word from God from within your spirit. Faith is not faith, unless it has substance behind it. You cannot have faith, unless the Lord reveals a thing to you. Therefore, understand what I mean by, “If you operate in faith, it will succeed.” If you operate in His Word and His Voice in your spirit, you will succeed. Having that substance, you can have faith.

Having said all that, the point I’m coming to is this truth. If you operate in faith, you will see God’s hand provide for you, because you are doing the Will of God. However, when you “are enticed of your own lust” to do something, it will rarely give you any joy or success, because it is not of God. Now, I don’t want this to seem like I am over-spiritualizing mundane things of life, however, every physical thing has a spiritual foundation. (“Spirit controls physical” post, coming soon).=

One of my closest friends desired to move out-of-state to Florida. I would dearly miss him if he had chosen to move away, but I desire the Will of God for every man and woman. I blessed him in my heart for this decision. I blessed him for any decision he would make in his life. But what I want to make clear to the reader is what God showed me through his situation. When I heard him talk about Florida and moving out-of-state, immediately the Holy Spirit said to me, “If it is of man, it will fail. If it is of faith, it will succeed.” I want to make a few things clear. What I mean by failure here is this: it is not in God’s Will. However, to better illustrate my point, understand this. (God works all things together for good to those who love Him). We may have missteps and make wrong decisions, but God will direct us from there or re-direct us, doesn’t make a difference. However, it is much better to walk in faith so that we can see more of God in our lives.

I am not preaching “success” here, I am preaching the perfect Will of God. I am preaching the success of God in your life. God never fails, but you do. You fail when you don’t walk in faith. You fail when you chose your own way over God’s. Remember, God has the best pathway for your life. Don’t idolize that statement either. Christianity is not an easy path in life. We will face trials and tribulations. But it is the best pathway for your life and this does also mean a good life. For some reason, Christians think bad is good. Truly, only those who love Him, see how good He is and who He really is. Do you really know God? Can you honestly say you know God? Do you know him as your Father? Many do not, but they love to make arguments against fellow Christians, who believe God does bless His children. It is only because they are proud and selfish. They attribute success to self-gain, but to a genuine Christian, personal success means Kingdom success. To pinpoint one area of life where many stumble is money. Many don’t believe God wants you to be rich, for one very ignorant reason, because they think it is selfish. Now wait a minute, what if you’re not selfish? Is money still a blessing or curse. Many would continue to say, money is a root of evil. I have one question for them, are you rooted in Christ or this world? If you are rooted in Christ, money is no evil for you. If you are rooted in this world, money is the least of your problems. Everything will be a curse to you. For without God, you have no life. Therefore, the fundamental truth here is where is your heart. More money in my life simply means more money for the Kingdom. To a regular carnal person, more money means more luxuries. God does not mind if you have luxuries, but He minds where your heart lies. If He has your heart, He has everything.

Back to my point, if you operate in faith for something, you will experience joy and peace in it. It will benefit you, because it is from God. When you chase after your own lust, it will just run to the ground. Sin brings death. Chasing your own pleasures or your own ideas (not always bad) brings little to you and or nothing at all. This goes to all decisions life. Never make a decision without basing it on your faith. If you are in faith, God will lead you to move out of state. Why pursue the carnal will of your “self.” (Don’t you realize, you have died to yourself and been made alive in Christ). Many of us have experienced and re-experienced failures of all sorts. Go back and re-examine your life, how many of those things did you sincerely do because you were led by God. Through my own experience and many others, I can answer that for you. I believe practically, zero, were led by God. My friends, whatever your experience or philosophy is, you must remember God never fails. If God told you to do something, whether it worked out or not, God did not fail. If anything, you failed. You failed at completely trusting Him in it. You failed at continuing to walk and adhere to His voice and hand. That is simply to encourage you that “out of faith, no one can fight against it.” Because God will not fail. The question is your own discernment of whether you were and or are walking in faith. It is also a continual process of refinement. Your faith needs nourishment through a personal relationship with God.

The Spirit would continually repeat this notion to me as I heard the plans my friends had or people around me. He would continually open this up to me so that I would understand why men’s plans fail them. To go back, I am not sure what God’s desire was for my friend, whether to move out or not, but the Spirit was simply shedding light for my own understand and to share with him as well, to seek out God’s Will for his life. I believe there is a very important truth here in listening and obeying God. IF you truly love God, you will obey Him. (scripture). You will desire His Will and not simply your own. A mature Christian, however, can say that his desire to move somewhere, is already God’s desire, because God changes our desires to His, as we fellowship with Him. That’s a statement that I almost go without saying, because a mature Christian will already understand that. But I appeal more so to Standard Christians, who don’t seek the Will of God, but their own ways. You may experience success, you may not. But what I see in all this, is the peace and confidence we can live in if we live according to God’s Will. If you follow God, you will be content and at peace with yourself. So it is not merely about having success, but it is about having peace and joy and confidence in your walk of life. As one Carroll Sanders prophesied to me, “Through simple obedience, He delivers us from anxiety.” And you can be rest assured, you will experience success when you walk in faith. After all, He is God.

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The Will of God is Your Greatest Happiness

There is no greater joy than knowing you are in the Will of God and doing the Will of God. When you recognize what you are doing is in God’s Perfect Will, you will be completely content with life. You will know this is where He wants you. You will bask in the blessings of joy and peace. You will experience an ultimate joy and peace, as never before. Many fear the Will of God, thinking it will make them do things they don’t want to. They are gravely mistaken. That “mentality” says everything about your understanding of God’s nature. But if you realized that God is good and His desire is for you to prosper, His desire is for you to have a good future and an expected end; that His Will is the best pathway for your life, you would not hesitate a moment to seek His Will for your life. The problem with many of us, “believers,” is that we have not taken the Word of God at its word. Rather, we continue to see God through our own philosophies.

My personal experience with the Will of God is rather very small, but it has changed my life completely. My philosophy on God’s Will was rocked upside down. For a good while, I sought God’s Will, but not wholeheartily. (You will only find so much of God with that heart attitude). I would tell God, “Give me this desire and I will do anything for you.” I thought I sounded pretty convincing to God, “God, you know that if I get this desire, I will completely serve you, with nothing holding me back.” In my mind, I was convinced that I was right. But God was working on the inside of me when one night in prayer, the Spirit convincingly stirred my being regarding this philosophy. He broke through my foolishness and shed light upon my mind. It didn’t take long for me to realize how wrong I was.

It never takes long for us to realize something, that is, when God appears. (This truth will be discussed later in my blog). Within a moment of His Spirit touching me, I knew how wrong I was in the way I positioned my heart against God. I had not realized how ignorant and naive I had been. I was, in essence, telling God that I would serve Him only if He gave me this desire, otherwise I would not serve Him completely. But God does not take half-hearted people alongside Him. This truth also revealed my philosophy on God’s nature. By needing something or thinking I needed something to actually serve Him completely, I was, again, in essence, saying that God’s Will is not perfect. I was saying that God’s Will doesn’t suffice for all my needs and desires. How wrong I was! The Holy Spirit quickly, in a moment, showed me that the Will of God for my life is beyond perfection, it is beyond good, and it will only bless me all the more. When I grasped this truth, I let go, almost too quickly, of this “desire,” and I traded it for God’s Will, whatever it may be. It was definitely hard coming to this decision, but I believe through the power of the Holy Spirit, it was completely possible. However, the difficulty laid in this: the fact that I did not trust God. I did not trust God to have a great life for me, one that I would completely desire once I knew what it was, as He revealed it. I did not trust God to provide me with everything I needed, but when I decided to truly trust Him, I would not hold on to anything. Rather, I would embrace His Will head-on, and by faith live my life.

That is the secret my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, of why it is so difficult to change. It is impossible for a rich man to enter heaven. Because the rich man does not trust God, but he trusts his money. Therefore, he does not do the Will of God. Foremost, the WIll of God, is to be a living sacrifice, which means surrendering all to Him. And Jesus said, “Only those who do the Will of my Father will inherit the Kingdom.” You must surrender your life into His care.

And as Jesus said to the rich young man, “With God all things are possible,” I thought it was impossible to let go of this desire I was holding on to. But the Holy Spirit clearly brought me to this decision point of realization, which allowed me to let go of it, which so held me back. There is nothing too hard for God. When you align your mind with God, there will be nothing hard for you as well.

You must come to the point where you say, “It doesn’t matter what my life will look like, but I do know it will look good.” We only hold on to certain things, because we don’t actually believe God has it all stored up and ready for us, in due time. Each season has its blessings. Each day has its blessings. Psalm 68:19 Each and every day, He loads us with benefits. When we worry about our future or current situations, we are not trusting God. Come to the point where you just give up and accept His Will. Then you shall prove the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 

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