Do not take joy away from people by making them feel bad. The devil is the thief of joy. Don’t work with him.
The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live. (Psalms 119:144 KJV)
The quality of your understanding will determine the quality of your life. How well you understand your role and the industry you’re in will determine how much value you’re able to give and how much is given to you. People are not poor because they have nothing. Ignorance is the primary cause of lack. Ignorance of who you are and what is expected of you will rob you of mastery and dominion. Ignorance is a thief.
People who are trying to find themselves should study the Bible to find out who they are or they will keep looking for answers from others who haven’t figured it out themselves.
July 21, 2014
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 1 John 3:21-22
The Key to Confidence by Gloria Copeland
You can never get away with disobeying God.
Some people think they can. They think that if nobody finds out about it, it won’t hurt anything. After all, God is merciful. He’s not going to hold it against them, right? And if no one else knows…what’s the difference?
What they don’t realize is that their own hearts will start giving them problems. Their own hearts will start to condemn them. Everyone else may think they’re great. They may be spouting faith talk all over the place, but when they come before God in prayer, they’ll be filled with doubts and fears that keep their prayers from being answered.
That’s one of the reasons why it’s so important to live in obedience to the Lord. A life of obedience will give you a spiritual boldness you’ve never had before. It will give you a boldness in prayer, a boldness in faith. It will give you a confidence toward God, as the Apostle John says, that those who are trying to get away with sin don’t have.
I’m not saying that you have to be perfect. That you must never make a mistake. But you should walk in obedience to the light you have. Take the time to listen and be responsive to the Spirit of God. When He tells you to do something, do it.
As you do, that confidence will rise up within you. It won’t be something you mentally drummed up or talked yourself into. It will just be there. Instead of being consumed with doubts and feelings that the Word of God isn’t going to work for you, you’ll find yourself filled with faith that it will. You’ll begin to trust God and to flow with Him. You’ll come to a place the Bible calls “rest in the Lord.”
Remember this: Even though the eternal price for your sins has been paid, a life of disobedience will still cost you dearly. It will cost you the boldness that is rightfully yours in Jesus. It will rob you of faith and rock you with fear.
Don’t let the condemnation of your heart cut your confidence short. Do the things that are pleasing in God’s sight and walk tall in the kingdom of God
If you’ve come up short in any area of life—whether it be healing or finances or anything else—determine to develop your Word skills where that area is concerned. Get out your Bible. Read through all the healing scriptures. Read through all the miracle scriptures. Read through all the promises of God. Read through all the blessings of Abraham.
Meditate on them. Ask God to speak to you through them and to enlighten you about the situation you’re facing. Don’t just sling the Word around. Dig into it. Fellowship with your Father over it. Let Him show you how to apply it skillfully, and eventually, you’ll lack no good thing-. Kenneth Copeland
Suppose Henry Ford walked up, handed you a book, and said, “This book contains every secret that I have learned in the automobile industry, in the manufacturing business, and in the stock market. It has been tried and proven over a period of years to produce absolutely if you will read it one hour each day and meditate in it.” Would you trade an hour’s sleep for the success Henry Ford enjoyed? This and so much more is available to you by reading and meditating in the Word of God. Commit yourself to it. Make up your mind and heart before God.
It is the responsibility of every member of the Body of Christ to believe God for the abundance He provides. When one of us falls short in this responsibility, the whole Body of Christ suffers because of that one cell. (You may not use your little finger very much, but if it is sore, your whole hand suf fers.) As believers, we have a responsibility to provide for the needs of our brothers and sisters around the world. If we lack, they will suffer for it.”—Kenneth Copeland; The Laws Of Prosperity
Tithing and giving have made me debt free and abundantly blessed. God is not a liar. The stingy cannot prosper.
He gave Isaac to Abraham before He asked for the sacrifice. God won’t ask you for what He hasn’t given you.
July 20, 2014
There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that with holdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. Proverbs 11:24
Give More—Not Less by Kenneth Copeland
When money gets tight, it’s always a temptation to cut down on your giving. After all, it seems like the logical thing to do. Don’t do it! You’ll end up cutting off the flow of God’s financial blessings just when you need them most.
I faced that kind of situation just a few years ago. This ministry had fallen behind financially—one million dollars to be exact. Gloria and I had been living by faith for 20 years at that time. We knew firsthand that God would meet our needs—“according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). We’d seen God prove that over and over again, not only in our personal lives but in the life of our ministry as well.
Yet this particular time, all the prayers and the faith that had brought us victory before just didn’t seem to get the job done. In fact, as time went on, the situation grew worse instead of better.
By the end of the year our deficit had grown to be a million dollars.
Frustrated and weary, I finally went to God one day and laid the situation out before Him. “Lord,” I said, “You see the condition of this ministry. I need a million dollars just to break even.”
"Oh no, you don’t!" the Lord replied.
I could hardly believe it. How could He possibly be telling me that I didn’t need a million dollars? Hadn’t He looked at the books? Hadn’t He talked to my accountant? I was stumped. All I could figure was that I’d misunderstood something. So I went through it all again.
Again He said, “Oh no, you don’t.”
Despite my initial confusion, as I kept asking and listening, I began to understand what the Lord was telling me. He was saying that the red ink on the books wasn’t the only thing wrong. There was a bigger problem behind it.
Then He showed me what I needed to do was to start giving ten percent of the ministry’s income into ministering to the poor.
To the natural mind that looked like no solution at all. How do you solve a deficit by giving away what money you’ve got? But when I applied that solution, the million dollar deficit began to disappear.
Remember that next time the devil tries to put the squeeze on you. Break his hold on your finances by giving more instead of less. It won’t be long until the prosperity of God is poured out on you
Stephen Curry — Golden State Warriors
July 19, 2014
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 2 Chronicles 16:9
No Hard Hearts by Kenneth Copeland
The Pharisees had a heart condition that grieved Jesus. Their hearts were hard and insensitive. If you’ll look in Mark 3, you’ll see what I’m talking about.
God was right there in their midst and they, of all people, should have realized it. They knew the Scriptures backward and forward, and Jesus fit every messianic prophecy written there. But the insensitivity of their hearts literally blinded them to who He was.
The hearts of the Pharisees were also hardened to the needs of the people around them.
That very same thing is still happening today.
Just think again about what those Pharisees were doing. They were:
Criticizing the minister of God.
Protecting their religious traditions instead of obeying the Word of God.
Worrying about their own welfare rather than that of those around them.
Have you ever known any believers who fit that description? Sure you have! In fact, every one of us has done those things at some time in our lives.
Every one of us, to one degree or another, has fallen prey to the same mistake the Pharisees did. We’ve gotten so caught up in doing and saying all the “right” things that we’ve let the tender warmth of God’s love inside us grow cold.
I know that’s true because if it weren’t, we’d be seeing tremendous moves of God among us. We’d be seeing revival on every corner.
That’s what God longs to do. God longs to pour out His Spirit in supernatural power and abundance through His Church. But we’ve developed a heart condition that’s holding Him back.
Today if you are desiring an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in your life and the manifestation of His power in your church, check the condition of your heart. If you find any hardness there, repent and ask God to change you. Ask Him to give you the kind of heart that will allow Him to show Himself strong on your behalf