And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath…
One of our church members saw his sales performance hit rock bottom by the middle of the year. As a result, he was ranked 320 out of the 420 financial advisers in his company.
Devastated and on the verge of giving up, he started listening to my messages and claiming God’s promises such as “the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath” and “many who are first will be last, and the last first”. (Matthew 19:30)
He committed everything to God because he believed that only God could turn things around for him. And God did just that.
By the end of that year, he was ranked second in his branch and 10th in the whole company! He qualified for a trip for two to Barcelona, Spain, worth about S$20,000. That was not all. For the first time in his 12 years as a financial adviser, he qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table Award. Only the top six per cent of advisers in the entire industry qualify for this international award.
We will never enjoy life unless we make a quality decision to do so. Satan is an expert at stealing and our joy is one of his favorite targets. Nehemiah 8:10 tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength. In John 10:10 we are told that “the thief ” comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but that Jesus came that we might have and enjoy life. Satan is the thief, and one of the things he seeks to steal is our joy. If he can steal our joy from us, we will be weak; and when we are weak, the enemy takes advantage of us.
Weak believers are no threat to him and his work of destruction. In order to live as God intends for us to live, the first thing we must do is truly believe that it is God’s will for us to experience continual joy. Then we must decide to enter into that joy.
Experiencing enjoyment in our souls is vitally important to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Proverbs 17:22 (AMPC) says, A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.It is God’s will for us to enjoy life! Now it is time to decide to enter into the full and abundant life that God wills for us.
“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
Some people think that Jesus and the devil are always confronting and fighting each other. But when I read my Bible, I don’t see fights between the two. What I see is the devil having to flee whenever he encounters Jesus!
Consider the demoniac from the country of the Gadarenes in Luke 8:26–39. The demons in the man begged Jesus not to torment them or send them into the abyss, but to permit them to enter a herd of swine nearby.
You see, neither the devil nor his demons can stand before Jesus. They may be able to torment people for a while, but when Jesus comes on the scene, they know that that is the end of their stay. They will have to flee! All it took was just one word from Jesus, and the entire legion of demons had to come out of the man and flee into the swine.
TEXT: 2 CORINTHIANS 4:13
_”And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak”
Faith is a spirit but will remain dormant if it is not activated. Every child of God has a measure of faith in him/her at the point of salvation. We are born again with faith. Romans 12:3 says “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” This means any believer who says he does not have faith, is talking out of ignorance because everyone has been given a measure of faith, all we need to do, is activate it and make it grow.
So, you have faith for everything you need, you just have to bring it alive. Now, if you really want your faith to come alive, one of the things to be doing is to consistently speak the word of faith. Faith is activated when the word of faith is constantly and consistently spoken. Our text says “And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak”. This means the spirit of faith will come on you at the proportion of which you speak the word of faith. Words release spirit, therefore the word of faith will release the spirit of faith on you.
In Mark 11, when Peter saw that the fig tree Jesus cursed had withered, he was asking how? Jesus said in verses 22 &23 “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” This implies that our words can fuel our faith. The bigger and bolder we talk, the better results we get. Psalm 81:10 says “I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it”.
Your mouth can turn your faith on when you constantly declare what the word of God says about you. If it seems you do not have faith for anything, just try this, say what the word says concerning you and the situation with all your heart and you will see changes within and around you. The word of God says ” You are the head and not the tail, you are above only and not beneath, you are more than a conqueror through Christ who strengthens you. You are blessed and not cursed, by His stripes you have been healed, all things are working together for your good, the lines are fallen unto you in pleasant places and you have godly heritage. Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world. You are fruitful and not barren, you are far above principalities and power” Hallelujah.
Father, I thank you. I activate the spirit of faith by speaking the word of faith. I declare, lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places and I have a goodly heritage in Jesus’name.
” Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”_
In 2 kings 7, when there was famine in Samaria to the extent that they were eating their children to survive, Elisha, the man of God gave a word of prophecy. Verse 1 says “Then Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord, Thus says the Lord: ‘Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.’ ” This is what is called “the declaration of faith” The declaration of what you believe God can do, contrary to what the devil is doing. “By this time tomorrow, what is not enough will be more than enough ”
This is the word God gave me for o someone reading this today, what is not enough will soon be more than enough. Can you believe this? Then can you say it aloud with me. Is it money, cars, children or what have you been struggling with now? If you can believe God like the four lepers of Samaria, very soon, there will be plenty money, cars, houses, children, contracts etc for you in the name of Jesus. What is not enough has now become more than enough for you. Our text says “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”_
One of the things faith does is that it speaks. Faith does not keep quiet, faith announces what it believes. Mathew 17: 20 says “Jesus said to them, “….., if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” Faith speaks, it speaks to the mountain, it does not speak about the mountain. It speaks solution, it does not speak the problem. 2 Corinthians 4:13 says “And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,” Every faith person is a speaking person.
This tells us that anyone who wants to come out of any negative situation by faith must be ready to speak himself out of it. In the beginning when there was darkness, God spoke out light. 2 CORINTHIANS 4:6 says “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness,..” When Lazarus died, Jesus spoke life into his body, and after 4 days in the grave, Lazarus came out alive. This is the word of God of for you today, what is not enough now, will soon be more than enough for you now in the name of Jesus. Can you see what I am announcing to you today? Do you have faith? Then say it aloud over and over again.
Father, thank you. I declare that ” What is not enough has become be more than enough for me now in the name of Jesus.”
Do you know that the first compound name that the Lord revealed to the Israelites after they came out of Egypt was Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals you? It was as if He was telling them, as they began their new life with Him, that He had already healed them of all the diseases and pains they suffered when they were in bondage in Egypt. Indeed, when He brought them out of Egypt, “there was none feeble among His tribes”. (Psalm 105:37)
Today, just as the Israelites were delivered from their bondage in Egypt and from slavery to Pharaoh, you have also been delivered from the bondage of sin and sickness, and from slavery to the devil, by the blood of the Lamb. And the Lord, who is the same yesterday, today and forever, still says to you, “I am the Lord who heals you.”
A church member, who was experiencing pain in her womb for several months, looked to Jesus as her healer even as she went to see a doctor, who performed an ultrasound scan on her womb. When told that she had two big tumors and several blood cysts in her womb, she continued to look to Jesus as her healer. The doctor then had her blood tested to see if the tumors were cancerous.
Three days later, she saw the doctor again and was told that the tumors were not cancerous. Not only that, but a second ultrasound scan also showed that all the cysts and one of the tumors had completely disappeared! The other tumor had also shrunk. Although she had taken medication, the doctor told her that based on the original size of the tumor, it should have taken months to shrink that much. He commented that this was the quickest healing he had ever seen!
If you are in pain of any kind, Jesus knows how you feel! Always remember that all healing comes from Jesus. He is our compassionate Healer. He may work through some type of medical care, but He and He alone is the Source of healing!
Even though we seek professional help when we are sick or in pain, we should keep our eyes on Jesus to make us whole, and when we are well again, be sure to give Him the praise. Thank God in the midst of trouble, and trust and thank Him that His healing power is working in you. God’s Word says to thank Him at all times, in all things (see 1 Thessalonians 5:18). You may not be thankful for your pain and discomfort, but you can be thankful that God is with you and that He will cause all things to work together for your good as you continue loving Him and doing His will (see Romans 8:28).
When you are sick, it is an especially good time to pray for others you may know who are sick. During our own pain, we tend to have greater compassion for others who are also hurting. Prayer is sowing seed into the lives of others, and seed always produces a harvest. So, keep on trusting God and expect to get better and better every day!
Prayer Starter: Father, I ask You to heal me from all sickness, pain, and disease. I trust You to be my healer and I give You praise for my restoration. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
One of the many reasons I love God’s Word is that it is full of little things we can do to bless, encourage, and strengthen one another—things that don’t take much time or cost much money. Here are some of the acts of kindness the Bible says we can and should do for one another:
Watch over one another
Pray for one another
Look for kindnesses we can express to others
Be friendly and hospitable
Be patient with one another
Bear with others’ faults and weaknesses
Give others the benefit of the doubt
Encourage one another
Be loyal to one another
Be happy for people when they are blessed
Keep people’s secrets and don’t tell their faults
Believe the best of one another
The ideas listed here are relatively simple things we all can do if we are willing. We don’t have to make special plans for most of them, but can do them throughout the day as we have opportunities.
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
When you are faced with a big challenge, do you automatically look for the most powerful means to solve the problem? Well, my friend, that is not thinking the way God thinks. The Bible tells us that it pleases God to use what the world considers weak, foolish, base and despised to bring to nothing things which are mighty.
“What is that in your hand?” God asked.
“A rod,” Moses said. And with that rod, he performed miracles and confounded the might of Pharaoh.
“Five loaves and two fish,” a little boy said. And with that little boy’s lunch, Jesus fed 5,000 men, and his disciples gathered 12 baskets full of leftovers.
Most of us are happy when we get what we want. That’s human nature. But when we walk with God as we should, other things become more important than seeing our desires fulfilled—things like seeking God’s desires for our lives, hearing His voice as we make decisions, and being obedient to His leading in every situation.
Dave and I once saw a picture in a store in the mall and I wanted to buy it. Dave didn’t think we needed it, so I threw one of my silent temper tantrums; I simply became quiet because I was angry.
“You okay?” Dave asked.
“Fine. I’m fine, fine, just fine.” I responded with my mouth while my mind was thinking, You always try to tell me what to do. What can’t you just leave me alone and let me do what I want to do?