Be Ready To Receive

 

1 John 5:14-15 NLT
[14] And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. [15] And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

God is very faithful! But be aware, this scripture is not a “name it and claim it” scripture.

The key word in this scripture is “pleases”. Our desires must line up with His desire for us. He will not honor a request if it does not line up with His word. He cannot contradict himself. We must read the word and know what promises are there for us and pray those over ourselves. We need to be submitted in every way to Him, being obedient and following His instruction in order to have the scripture work wholly in our lives. If we are doing things that are contrary to the will of God our desires will not line up.

How do we know that our desires line up with His desires for our lives?

John 15:4-5 NLT says
[4] Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. [5] “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:6-8 NLT
[6] Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. [7] But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! [8] When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

 

What type of fruit are we bearing? Ask yourself that question, is God pleased?

A man is known by His fruit.

(Matthew 7:16 NLT
[16] You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. (Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?).

When we are fully functioning in the will of God we can take full advantage of all of His promises. This scripture gives us authority to call things out, through our faith, out of the heavenly realm into the earthly realm. If we understand this principle of authority that was given to us, we will live victorious lives. The same resurrecting power that Christ displayed on earth lives within us when we accept Him into our lives as our personal savior. That same Faith he displayed we have access to. He wants us to thrive and be fully functional in our godly authority through Him and to be fully functional we must follow His precepts.

Other scriptures that parallel this one are:

Matthew 21:21-22 NLT
[21] Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. [22] You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”

 

Mark 11:22-26 NLT
[22] Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. [23] I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. [24] I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. [25-26] But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”

This scripture shows us that we need to line up with His precepts to have what He is showing us in scripture.

 

His desire is for us to come boldly and ask him for the things we need, be bold. As His children we should be strong in the knowledge of our identity in Him and come to Him EXPECTING Him to intervene.

Ephesians 3:12 NLT
[12] Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

God wants the very best for all of us. Ask God for His will to override yours and that your prayers align with His word and your desires please Him.

If we do this, he will do that. If we draw close, he will draw close. Be blessed.

Death of a Dream

Building more onto last week’s post……

 

Hebrews 11:13-14 (NLT) “All of these people died still believing what God had promised them.  They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it.  They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth.  Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own.”

Some of the those in the Bible who had a word from God and trusted Him to complete the promise they were given were not able to see the promise come to manifest in their lifetime.  Moses was not able to go into the promised land but God gave him a glimpse of it.  Do you think that you would be okay with knowing that you may not see the completion of the promise or dream that you have worked so hard to seeing, but others after you would see it manifest?  The flesh might not be okay with that but God is calling us to be focused on His eternal rewards and seeing the promises He has stored up for us in the heavenly realm.  Our work here is for a greater purpose.  The hopes and dreams He has given you are not only for you, but for others.  Bottom line, He wants to use you to draw people to Him.  As believers that is the ultimate goal, to see lives saved and people made whole in Christ.

Some of the Bible figures waited almost a lifetime and held on and saw their promise come about.  Are you willing to wait for years and years?  Are you content in the process and preparing season on the way to your dream?  These are serious questions to ask yourself because I don’t believe that many are really ready honestly to go through what is necessary to get to the place God has prepared for them.  It is so important to stay close to the Lord during that time and follow His guidance closely through His word and Holy Spirit.  During the waiting period many get discouraged and fall away.  It is very easy to, especially if you have been waiting for years for a promotion of some sort, a marriage to be fixed, etc.  People begin to lose faith.  If you have big dreams, allow your faith to match it.  If your dream is worth it and you have given it to God, He is able to carry you through it!  He is faithful to do it!  You have to understand anything worth having usually has a fight attached to it and we fight not against flesh and blood, but against principalities in high places.  These demonic spirits would love to use your own mind or others to plant seeds of doubt so that they can draw you away from your God given dream.  DON’T ALLOW THAT!  SHAKE IT OFF!  No matter how long you have been waiting stand strong on what God has spoken in His word and push through.

I titled this blog post “Death of Dream”  because people allow their dreams to die if they do not see them happen as they had planned or in their time frame.  God is not like us and our will should align with His (Isaiah 55).  Make sure that your head is in the right place following your dreams and the pursuit of them.  What are your motives?  God wants to use the dreams and promises He gives not only to bless you but so that others will be blessed, keep that in mind.  Ask Him for His guidance on these matters.

God showed me something a few days ago about the word “Inspire”.  The word “Inspire”  means to fill.  When you breathe in, inspire, you are filling your lungs with oxygen.  Just like God Inspires us with His word to seek Him and follow Him.  He Inspires us with dreams and His awesome promises.  He breathes the best into us if we submit to Him.    Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) says,  “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”  Lack of oxygen = death, Lack of God’s Vision/Dreams/Promises/Focus/Presence = death

I have added scriptures at the end to encourage you, please read below….

 

  •  James 1:2-8 NLT
    [2] Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. [3] For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. [4] So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. [5] If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. [6] But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. [7] Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. [8] Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
  •  “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 King James Version (KJV)
  •  For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” Jeremiah 29:11 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
  • Ezekiel 37:10 NLT
    [10] So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet-a great army.

Inspiration: God breathed, filled you with a dream

God can breathe life into into your dead, broken dreams.  Be encouraged, don’t give up, keep pressing forward no matter how things look, things will get better, give God a chance.

Faith Driven Dreams

Hebrews 11:1  Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. (New Living Translation)

If you go to Hebrews chapter 11 there are great examples of the heroes of faith who stuck with God’s promises and saw them through.  Even if they did not see the end to all that God had in store they still stood on God’s promises and they found great favor with God.

Examples:

  • Noah and the building of the ark even though everyone thought he was crazy.
  • Abraham going into a land that was unfamiliar to him.
  • Sarah giving birth to a child, well after her child bearing years.

I could go on and on with this subject but I will try to keep it brief because this is a blog not a book.  God is wanting us to live by faith.  To have faith in what we can’t necessarily see, faith in what at times seems like the impossible.  In Genesis God simply spoke the universe and everything into existence, just think of that same power working in your life.  When God gives you a promise, no matter how ridiculous it may sound to others he expects you to hold onto it and move forward towards it.  It pleases God when we have faith (Hebrews 11:6).

In case you are feeling that you are behind in life and your God given dreams are delayed read this scripture, “Then the Lord said to me, Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.  This vision is for a future time.  It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.  If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place.  It will not be delayed” (Habakkuk 2:2-3 NLT).  Remember that God has a plan and He will absolutely see it through to completion.   He never does things half way, you will be ready to receive what He has for you when it comes in His timing.  Make sure that you are praying to be prepared and ready for what you are asking for, there is still plenty of work that needs to be done in the waiting period.  Also make sure the you are praying that His will be done, not your own.  Your desires must line up with the word of God, God cannot work against what is written in His word.  Jesus said, “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins.  For the wine would bust the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost.  New wine calls for new wineskins” (Mark 2:22 NLT).  In other words, adding to what I wrote before, make sure you are prepared and you have made room for the NEW blessings and NEW levels God has in store for your life.  Be blessed.

 

New Living Translation=NLT