Some religions hold philosophical views of goodness and what it means to be good—on some level, for some cause, for personal or group benefit, or for the whole global community. Theirs is the human principle of goodness—basically being good for goodness sake—and includes universal virtues like pity for the less fortunate or personal self-denial.
Christianity teaches another perspective. For Christians, all goodness is from God—He is good and extends His goodness to all, and those who know Him as Lord demonstrate His goodness. For Christians, goodness is part of God’s unconditional love. His love is kind and good. His goodness produces spiritual fruits of goodness in our lives, practically and spiritually.
The Lord’s redemption did not come because men are good but rather because He is good. He doesn’t dictate that we be good for anyone’s sake. Goodness for the believer means the Lord is at work in our lives, and good works that result are not for goodness alone but are natural expressions of lives responding to His lead.
Today the Lord leads you with heaven’s wisdom—perfectly pure, perfectly true, perfectly just. There is no mixture in what He speaks; His wisdom is pure—not confusing, not mixed up, not a little of this and a little of that. He has a word for you, and His word is clear when He speaks it.
In the same way that the Lord is present to heal your body, He is present to meet every need of yours; He sets the record straight with daily downloads of truth, unraveling Satan’s distortion of truth. Our part is to conform thoughts and actions to His wisdom—by wisdom, we receive wisdom!
Allow the Lord’s Spirit to judge the matter. Refuse to continue except that with every step, wisdom produces its full reward of truth—in you. Meditate in God’s Word. It is pure and, therefore, free of mixture. You may not think you have a pure word and perfect perspective but stay in His Presence, pondering His Word and drinking from His Spirit. You will move higher in what you hear.
God’s wisdom unveils answers hidden in the generations—twisted ways that dominated our “bloodline” since before we were born. His mercy comes to rescue us and strike judgment against the enemy if we will only accept the truth He unveils. Truth delivers our bloodline… for a thousand generations!
God is in the house. Your time has come.
Confidence is transferrable. Your confidence in success affects others. Even those normally weak in confidence become strong when they participate with you.
The reverse is also true. Hesitation combined with double-speak spoils the atmosphere and counters confidence, making faith’s operation iffy, at best. Indecision and lacking confidence are not leadership qualities.
Leadership today must advance on shoulders strengthened by high confidence in God’s Word, supported by a condition of heart that believes.
Mark 11:24 inspires confidence for the impossible. The petition you have before God today may seem impossible but ignore impossibility. Instead, step out. Release your most developed faith and speak to the mountain in front of you. It will obey you.
Confidence. You have it. You know you do. The mountain knows it too. (Smile.)
This year lives will change for the better… from glory to glory… by the Spirit of the Lord. Changes today can uproot long embedded habits, uncover flawed behavior, bring to expression the thing we thought we’d never do, and generally disturb the peace in an otherwise normal routine. Hallelujah! Thank God!
Change helps to rock the boat, just enough to uncover mistakes and reveal ignoble attitudes that have taken root. Without change, we do not grow, and without growth, we cannot mature. Check yourself—an element of truth is missing at the site of every point of weakness, lack, or negative preference.
Truth results in honesty, and honesty is achieved when we see the person in the mirror and respond according to the Spirit of Truth…this year!
In every situation, remember a path is already opened for you, a solution already arranged. Ignore any advice that isn’t aligned with this hope. Ignore anything that falls below the standard of Christ in you… your hope!
It may take minutes or hours, possibly months or years, but do not step back or lose heart concerning the foundation laid and the down payment made on your behalf, ahead of time. Both will hold!
Stay focused. Don’t waiver. Draw courage from within. Extend your hand in every way you can and don’t withhold anything. Give your best. Sow and reap at the same time! Head up, shoulders back.
Remember what He told you on the mountain, and even if all is not perfect along the way, don’t stop… no matter what!
Be fully convinced of God’s will in your situation. Stay focused—don’t allow thoughts to skip from one thing to the next. Be sure that decisions, and the logic supporting those decisions, come from revelatory understanding, gleaned from meditation in God’s Word. Focus on the one thing you must decide—the major area that must be accomplished in the coming year.
Concerning the single most critical situation you face, have you spent time insisting on God’s will? Make sure enemy strongholds are broken using declarations of God’s Word. As the Lord’s covenant partner and representative, every stronghold is yours to command: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly!”
Fine-tune your decision-making. Insist you have final authority, based in His Word—for every day, every detail, every word, every emotion, every thought, and every step forward. Settle once and for all that God’s Word is your stronghold.
Abraham was not weak in faith. Responding to God’s promise of a child, an heir, Abraham did not consider two obvious facts—the deadness of his own aged body and his wife Sarah’s dead womb.
As was the case with Abraham, the Lord’s presence comes dramatically—supernaturally! Time may obscure hope, but God’s promises override every impossibility, every physical limitation, and the deadness of unbelief.
Make a list of things that, if not for faith, you might have deemed lifeless—dead. Hold that list before the Lord and pray: Lord, what will you do with this?… Will you restore?… Will you breathe life into this deadness?
Romans 4:19 | John 15:5-6 | Verses@Once
The start of a new year gives parents an opportune time to establish a family altar—a place in the home to gather on purpose, to celebrate God’s goodness and seek His wisdom.
The family altar is a training place—a special, established place—where parents and children grow their capacity to worship; it’s the place the family can come to receive wisdom for decisions and planning, and gain insight into God’s will for family matters.
- For generational issues
- For specific health challenges—those that “run in our family.”
- For specific petition prayers, teaching the younger ones the principle of asking AND receiving.
A family altar is the center—the heart of the home. It’s where we exchange inherited natural strengths for a blessed, spiritual inheritance. It’s where faith develops, heartache is pre-empted, and families grow spiritually—together.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 | Deuteronomy 11:19-21 | Jeremiah 31:17 | Lamentations 2:19 | Hosea 4:6 | Luke 11:13 | Ephesians 6:4 | Verses@Once
“The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly. The right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!” (Psalm 118:15-16)
At the beginning of this New Year, start with what you have, and stand firm in what God has spoken to you. Write everything He speaks to you—everything He has said and is saying—then use the written as an outline to guide you.
The Lord has called for an end to the former season, an end to anything less than His best for you and to many situations that have worked against you. The believed-for end of that long ordeal, including the sting of it, is near. The Lord’s hand is extended on your behalf.
Press with your faith, pray with confidence and make His Word final authority in all you do. Start with what you have—you surely cannot start with what you do not have. Clarify your goal. Steady your thoughts. Make necessary decisions. Make necessary changes.
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