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What Prevails in Your Life?

Many a saint and hero win the race by prevailing through dark times. Dark storm clouds gather yet they persevere and push on. Our history books ar full of this struggle! Good versus evil, right versus wrong. But what will the historian say about us? Will they write epitaphs of our courage? Will chapters be written about how we faced our fears and succeeded no matter the circumstances?

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I think that all depends on one little word with a great big meaning. I believe it’s in the word “prevail”.

It appears in Acts 19 in this context.

“So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed” Acts 19:20

What a usage! What a statement of fact! We have it on our wall by our door in our home. Every time I see that verse it encourages me.  It exhorts me! It pumps me up! What prevailed? The Word of God!

But first, it had to grow. It had to grow inside each individual person from the inside out. Our lot in life is not to simply suck air and hope things turn out great. We are destined for bigger things. Great things! But first we must work on us. IF the Word of God is going to prevail out in our schools, our work and our churches, it must first prevail in us.

Let’s take this a step further. What does prevail mean?

It is, as used here, the Greek word, “ischyo” and  it has several meanings.

  1. to be strong

    1. to be strong in body, to be robust, to be in sound health

  2. to have power

    1. to have power as shown by extraordinary deeds

      1. to exert, wield power, to have strength to overcome

    2. to be a force, avail

    3. to be serviceable

    4. to be able, can

Wow, right. that is one loaded word!  It has all the potential of massive amounts of creative and unyielding energy and power. It is agape love, earth triumphant forces of nature and God in manifestation doing the impossible all wrapped in one! I mean, WOWZAH! We don’t really see the emphasis until we see the rest of the usage. Let’s talk about that.

Where else is Ischyo used?

“But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole G2480need not a physician, but they that are sick.” Matthew 9:12

They that are powerful, prevailing and healthy need not a physician! Ha! They don’t need to be fixed, they are already living the abundant life, they are already seeing God work in powerful ways. They don’t need to be patched up and put together.

How about this one.

“And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.” John 21:6

“Not able” is the usage. There was so much fish, they could not prevail over them, they could not pull them into the boat.

“And they were G2480 not able G2480 to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.” Acts 6:10

Stephen spoke with so much wisdom that the words he spoke prevailed, they were not able to resist the wisdom. Wow! Just speak the Word, let it do the prevailing.

“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth G2480 any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” Galatians 5:6

Love prevails, not circumstances.

“I can do  all (G2480) things through Christ which strengtheneth me” Philippians 4:13

Now we’re getting somewhere! I can prevail over all things through Christ which strengthens me! WOW! What a usage! Are you stuck? Are you feeling less than prevalent? Let this word sink into and heal your soul!

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth G2480much.” James 5:16

I just love the Word of God! This is how it prevails! When we look at all the ways God used this word in His Word to heal us and take care of our hearts. Do we really need to wonder? Do we need to worry?

Take heart and be of a good courage my friend. Keep praying, keep going and know that God loves you and it’s Him and His power that will prevail, you have only to believe it and walk in it!

God bless you today!

All The Goodies You Could want in Just One Chapter

Do you need a pick-me-up? I was astonished today as I read through Romans 8 again. In my Bible, it’s highlighted, underlined and notes scattered throughout. It’s really beautiful, but then today as I simply and without notions of study read the words my mind came alive. This is HOW God wants us to live, it’s how He thinks about us. It’s so remarkable. It was true the verse in Jeremiah.

 

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Here for your enjoyment, Romans 8, take what you need for a great day today.

(Oh and I added some context and literal translations in parenthesis for better clarity.)

Rom 8:1-39 KJV

  1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God

6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.

Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify (blow to smithereens) the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature (all creation, heaven and earth) waiteth for the manifestation (the bringing out)  of the sons of God. 20 For the creature (all creation, heaven and earth) was made subject (put under the authority) to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected [the same] in hope, 21 Because the creature (all creation, heaven and earth) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption (the devil’s dominion) into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body.

24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it].

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth. 34 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God bless you today!

All We Have to Do is Believe

All we have to do is believe the promises of God, not make them come to pass. That sounds like a comment from the wide-eyed fervor of a zealot, a true believer.

frustrated-001 It doesn’t sound like it comes from a hard workin’, stressed-out business owner and mom who needs a break. So how do we do that? How do we believe?

“4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 2:4-6

“Quickened”, is the old English word for “made alive”.  God made us, who were dead spiritually, alive together in Christ, by grace then He raised us up together to sit in heavenly places.

Am I in heavenly places now? No, not at all, in fact, some days I feel like I’m going’ through hell. So how do we explain that? Well, this is like Grandma calling us in for a homemade dinner, and she has our seats marked at the table. They are reserved just for us. We have a place in heaven already waiting for us. Let’s read on.

” 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. ” vs. 7-9

It is not our job to save ourselves. We couldn’t, we don’t have any way to do it. We can’t work ourselves into that salvation. We don’t even deserve it! But then again, God doesn’t ask us to.

It’s His kindness not our effort. It’s His grace not our good deeds. It’s His gift to give and He can’t wait to give it. The same goes for miracles and healing and for all spiritual things, like understanding, peace, and hope. All these things are fruit of the spirit. God gave us the gift of spirit. Mankind didn’t manufacture it with our hands or minds. So why, would God save this stubborn, hard-headed, prideful lot?

“10 For we are his workmanship (masterpiece), created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 11 Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us];” vs. 10-14

Why did He do it? He knew we needed it. He loves and pities us. He gave us Jesus Christ to break down that barrier between us. Okay, so now what? I accept it, I am thankful. How do I see God’s promises come to pass?

We partake.

“6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.” Ephesians 3:6-7

We have been given great power, now we just need to learn how to partake in it through our believing. We just believe.

Belief, is just coming to a conclusion about a matter.

So let’s say we’re faced with financial battles. Circumstances have us believing or concluding that we can’t overcome the financial burden. We can’t make it over the obstacles. So instead we look at God’s Word for the conclusion. What should we believe?

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Psalms 37:25

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

We can conclude, or believe, that God will supply all our need. And we conclude that He would never let His seed (us) beg bread.

We conclude that the Word of God is True and applicable today. We believe that God will, and can, do no less than His written Word. Is God the Creator of the universe able?  OH YES! And is He willing? Now we must learn how to receive anything from God.

God Bless You Today!

Clearing Your Spiritual Desktop

 

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I once heard of a corporate CEO who had a table for a desk at his office, an outbox and a notebook with a pen. He had a computer but it was tucked out of sight and he delegated everything that would potentially waste his time, like signing checks, filing, sorting or stapling. He just didn’t do any of that because he knew what the goal was, to grow his company. He couldn’t do that if he was running all the little errands and keeping track of all the zillion details.

Here are a few keys to managing a spiritual desktop.

Sort your time from big priorities to small.

What are the most important things on your spiritual desk this year? Growth is always a huge one for me. But how?

It starts with the 5 basics for spiritual growth. There five keys laid out in the Bible to HUGE growth. Commit to doing them everyday and making them a habit. I wrote a book on this very subject. If you Google “5 Basics for Growth” or click on this link, you can down load it off Amazon to your kindle, or iphone for $2.99. It can tell you in a quick read where to begin and what the five amazing habits are. This book is loaded with insights on how to grow your walk through the
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“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Clear off the Harmful Clutter Don’t just Hide It From ViewClean_desk

We very seldom look at clutter and think it could hurt us. That’s where we are wrong. Especially, when it comes to spiritual. What is spiritual clutter? Spiritual clutter is a grudge, or bitterness, or hate, strife or envy.

“For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” James 3:16

Spiritual clutter kinks the hose of God’s blessing in our life. We want Him to bless us and we want that hose to be wide open, but spiritual clutter really shuts it down. How do we know if we have spiritual clutter? It’s really not that hard, just think about someone you don’t like, or someone who has hurt you in the past. If you are still upset, that’s clutter. Those kind of hurts can cause spiritual wounds and weakness, even loss of connection with God. I don’t know about you but being out of fellowship with God sucks the joy out of my life faster than anything. How do you get back in fellowship over these issues?

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, (broken fellowship) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 

Just own it. God doesn’t want you to go on and on about it, just admit that you were thinking wrong and let Him help you get past all the hurt about it. This simple verse can be very hard to practice. Especially when they are big things you’re still mad about. Hey, I don’t care if you agree, it’s your hose of blessing.  And by the way, I have to do the Word too ya know, I don’t get out of this either. Ha! And this one is a bugger.

Someone told me once that they like to clear the clutter everyday. They make it a habit to go to God immediately when things come up and get them taken care of. That habit pattern saved him from years of heart ache and bitterness. A big claim, but wow! Imagine having a new year and a fresh clean slate like that and then keeping it everyday.

Victory is only a thought away.

Now that we have the clutter off, and we have an idea of where to start our growth with the 5 basics, where do we go from here?

It’s time to start building a More than Abundant Life!

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

What does a more than abundant life look like? Well, let’s put this in perspective from God’s point of view. God is light and in Him is no darkness at all, He is love, love never fails. God embodies the 15 characteristics of love listed in 1 Cor. 13, so He believes in us, He never calculates or concludes evil against us, He never envy’s, He rejoices in the truth. He Loves US. He, the maker of all things in the universe, and knows all things. He looks over our life to find where He can be kind by tenderly reaching out to bless us whether we deserve it or not. He pumps blessing into every nook and cranny of our life, imagine being so full of blessing in every area that we practically pop at the seams! Every time we talk, a little love and blessing spills out. Every time we do something it is laced with God’s wisdom and mercy. Every decision we’ve made has been carefully and prayerfully filled with righteousness, (right believing) wow! Can you imagine that?

Then, when we win, we won because of Him. We are protected from the adversary on all fronts and prospering from within. That is what a more than abundant life looks like. There are no worries or fears living there. Only faith and hope and love. We walk tall and proud knowing God walks with us and is for us in every situation.

Then, at the end, when we stand waiting for the awards in heaven they pull up with a cart full of crowns and medals for a life of good living and right believing. You beam with joy and pride of ownership because you are a good and faithful one.

From that perspective, is it worth the discomfort of clearing the clutter? Mama Mia! Yes! Is it worth forming healthy habits? YES!

In the physical there is no lasting rewards, but in the spiritual, your rewards last for eternity!

God bless you today!

3 Kinds of Hard Times and 1 Way to Prosper

At some point in your life you hear this phrase. “Tough times build your character.”

Then you think, “Okay, I have enough character!”

God promised us the more abundant life. Should that be enough to set us on the right track? After twenty some years studying the Word and bumbling through mistake after mistake myself, I’ve narrowed it down to three possible ways a person can fall on hard times, and but there’s only one way to prosper.

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We Get Hit With Temptations or Pressures by the Devil and Fall into Hard Times.

Our bodies and minds are very frail sometimes. We get tricked into thinking something is a good way to react to a pressure, or temptation and YAMMOAHH we are down for the count. Diseases, sickness, pleasures and temptations come crashing in and we are tossed around like a rag doll.

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” Ephesians 4:14

I had a time in my life in my late teens, early twenties when I’d go party with my friends. After a few beers you forget which one is the designated driver and things went down hill fast. This lifestyle can be a habit. Habits are hard to break. We can make a habit out of having hard times, but it really bites.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

In the end, the wages of sin is death. This is a principle. Death as in “corrosion”. It corrodes our heart, our mind, our life, our finances and our motivation. Life on this rock without abundance, blessings upon blessings and the wealth of understanding or growth that comes from getting God’s wisdom and input.  The next way is…

We’ve heard the Word, but not enough to Believe on It

God has done a really huge thing for us. He gave us salvation but then he also asks us to renew our mind. God never does anything for us that He asked us to do for ourselves. It is on us to search out His wisdom. It is on us to learn His ways, His Word and His Will. He never forces it on us. It’s a personal choice to seek God and His truth.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16

What I’ve seen people do is this. God exposes them to a better way to live their life, a smoother way to operate or a “correction”. Some of you who are sensitive to these little corrections catch on quicker, but some of us slow ones need a few reminders.  Let’s take these quick verses as an example.

“Be  ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;” Ephesians 5:1

The word followers is the Greek word “mimētēs” which means to mimick. So we are supposed to love like God loves, act like God acts. How do we find that out?

We go over to 1 Corinthians 13. This probably the most memorized and read section of scripture in the whole world. Keep in mind that God is LOVE.

“Charity (Love or Agape) suffereth long, and is kind; charity (love) envieth not; charity (Love) vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh (calculates and records) no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

This is a list of 15 characteristics of the love of God. God who is love is always longsuffering and kind. It or rather, God, is not easily provoked, nor does He calculate and record all our evil against us. If this is how He acts and we are supposed to be imitators of Him, it stands to reason that we should learn everything we can about these characteristics and try to incorporate them into our life.

When we know how we are supposed to act, but don’t do it. That’s on us. So we have to keep working on us. And really what would it hurt to work hard and do it? It’s not like we have to bleed and die on a cross or anything. Jesus Christ already did the hard part. We have the easy part! Lol…

Those kind of hard times make our prayer life a hit miss target practice. Our results are patchy and there are looming problems on the horizon.

The third way and the most dangerous way to mess up is…

We’ve heard enough of the Truth to believe, but choose not.

“But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” Matthew 10:33

God is no respecter of persons. He doesn’t judge based on what our status is at church or how long we’ve been a deacon. He sees if we have fulfilled the conditions of the promises in His Word. Of course there is mercy and grace by the tons. But when our actions are deliberate, conscious and against truth, we have tied His hands of blessing.

Reproof is the correction of error that has become a habit pattern or a doctrine in our lives.

Here’s the facts, we can’t possibly know everything about God. Either He is all-knowing and all-wise, or He isn’t and He fits in our man-made boxes of religion. I was told once that it takes a huge amount of spiritual maturity just to believe that God is good always. Ha! Imagine that one for starters. God is ALWAYS good. If that is true, we can’t blame Him for all the sickness and death in the world, we have to blame someone else.

There is only one right way to prosper, to seek Him.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

Seek and keep seeking. I know now that I have a long way to go before I get there. I’m always adjusting. In fact, just this morning I asked God who I need to apologize to and change my attitude towards. THERE was a LIST! Ha!

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” Romans 3:10

I think that’s why humility is such a big deal to God.

On that note, God bless you today!

Create Your Own Sunshine

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We each have the ability to create our own sunshine. We can do that for others too if they accept it. How exciting is it to pour love and hope and blessing into another’s life and see the sunshine spread? It is so contagious!

 

Yesterday, I took a long beautiful drive. I turned off all the noise and reduced the sounds to my tires rolling over the asphalt. The sun had not come up when I started out, so by the time I reached mountains, it was peaking over the hills behind me. It lit the path in front of me with a golden swath and took my breath away at the beauty. It turned purple mountains pink, blue skies to deep yellow, and warmed the low hanging fog banks still clinging to the river’s edge.

I smiled when I thought of how certain people add that same effect to my life. It’s like they radiate God’s love.

A friend of mine, Tami Bonnell, CEO of EXIT Realty International, says, We should always look for ways to add value to others.

My husband, Bill Porta, Owner of EXIT Realty Yellowstone, says “Give when the pressure is on.”

These two statements are ways to create our own sunshine.

They get us out of our own head-space and into a place where God can truly bless us. It’s so easy to get lost in the condemnation game or the feel like we aren’t good enough. But all those thoughts dwindle when you give. Try it sometime.

“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12 :19-21

Give out a little sunshine. God is watching and blessed every time you do.

God bless you today!

What Does God Respect?

Test Your Respect

You are standing outside a fancy restaurant and a young man (total stranger) in his late twenties,  who is very good-looking, pulls up in a red Maserati. His leggy, female passengers step out in pumps and lip gloss laughing loudly. The attendant grabs his keys for the valet and the three of them, one girl under each arm, walk past you into the restaurant. The smell of expensive cologne and alcohol hit you like a tidal wave.

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What can you conclude about this young man? In this day of hasty impressions and false pretenses, that we can draw a quick conclusion and under 30 seconds, make a judgment. We take in the information based on our five senses, what we heard, saw, smelled, touched or tasted of their life.

Now, wait a second Terri.

God gives us these senses as tools so we can make snap judgments. Its’ one of the ways we human beings can protect ourselves. Even in the early days of humanity we had nothing to rely on outside these instinctual protocol tools. For the safety of our clan, our family, our herds or our crops we had to be quick. Do we need to still use them? Yes, definitely! But we must also know how God applies favor or respect, shouldn’t we?

How does God Decide Who Deserves Respect?

What does God look at when making a move to bless or protect? Does he look at how many times we “said” we loved Him, or how many times we promised to read our Bible? Does He look at what He can deduce based on seeing us?

“For there is no respect of persons (status, looks, condition, color, race, prestige, position, promises, power, or pedigree) with God.” Romans 2:11

“But God, I’m a really great believer. I go to church all the time, I know you are merciful and love me. I am a good person.”

When you think about our five senses we are actually outrageously handicap in our ability to see the motivation, intent and thought life of a man or woman. There is no way for us to know that the young man in his twenties with the leggy ladies, was battling cancer and received, as a prize, an extravagant one night on the town with anyone he wanted. He chose his girlfriend and his little sister and he plans to live it up because he’s been diagnosed as a terminal patient.

That’s why God never places any deference, extra blessing, protection or respect upon a person because of who they are. You just can’t be a super star and get God’s attention.  Darn it, I guess that counts me out. Lol…

You see it’s actually brilliant the way He does give deference. He knows how limited five-senses judgements are. So how does He, God, the maker of all humanity judge a person? How does He decide who to give out His benevolence? He

Conditions

We have to meet the conditions. First one is, Romans 10:9-10.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10

There are two steps or conditions here for the human to meet before the incredible gift of salvation can come to pass. They must confess, believe in their heart. That is the condition each of us has to meet. Whoa… So that means anyone of a sound mind who hears these verses and believes on them can be saved, no matter their position in life. The condition in question becomes one of the heart and mind. It’s an inside job folks.

 

What about God’s money, blessing or protection? There’s a process or condition to meet there as well.

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10

Do you see the condition? Tithing. What a simple one! Ha! Anyone can do this! Even a small child! We make things so complicated in this world but do you see how brilliant and yet how simple and easy this is? When someone does not meet these simple conditions, they simply do not receive the promised blessing. It’s like any procedure we have in this world. We go to the store, we give them our money, we walk away with the items in our cart. It’s simple procedure!

What is does God respect?

Conditions. God is a respecter of conditions because they reveal by “action” what is inside a person’s heart and mind. It’s like being around someone who is all talk and no action. Don’t you know immediately what that person is like? So does God. We can’t just say, God hand over the blessings, I’m your kid and I want it now. We must fulfill the condition.

Think about it from His standpoint.

God has billions of people to work with. How could we comprehend the difficulty of that process? God has a very efficient and effective way of getting blessings and protection to His people. He just watches for whoever fulfills His commands. That tells Him everything. What would He know if you followed this next one?

 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” Proverbs 3:5-7

This truth should relieve you. It should bring you great comfort and joy! How easy is it to just trust in Him, just ask Him? The process itself is really very simple.

God bless you today!