The Open Secret
For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). 1 Corinthians 3:11 AMPC
In spite of the best efforts of the great economists and finance experts of the world today, world economies are still in shambles. All their economic theories and postulations are failing because they were founded on man’s wisdom.
Thankfully, God has given us a way out that cannot fail.
In Joshua 1:8, He unveils His guaranteed recipe for unending success when He said: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (NIV)
The Best Measure of Success
You see, God’s Word is the surest foundation for everlasting success.
But sadly, many, including Christians, spend a great deal of money and time on books and teachings on success written by men without any spiritual insight or scriptural foundation.
They fail to realize that human knowledge or wisdom can’t guarantee permanent success in life; only God’s Word and make you a true success.
The Best Guide
You need the Holy Spirit--the Author of life--to teach you through His Word, how to be successful in life.
God has given you everything you’d ever need for a successful life; but they’re all wrapped up in the Word.
So, get the Word into your spirit; it’s the only sure foundation for a successful, victorious and prosperous life.
My life is built on the Word of God, the sure foundation for success. When the storms of life billow against me, I’ll not be moved because I stand secure in the Word, conscious that the greater One indwells me! Of my success and progress, there shall be no end, because I’ve made the Word my stay and my meditation.
Follow Up References
2 Peters 1:3, 1 Timothy 4:15
You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for by Christ]; then do not yield yourselves up to become [in your own estimation] slaves to men [but consider yourselves slaves to Christ]. 1 Corinthians 7:23 AMPC
“I hate the way my ears look”, “My nose is too flat”, “There’s nothing good in me”. That’s not the way God wants you looking at yourself; people who think or talk this way don’t know how much they’re worth.
When you walk into a supermarket, you’d observe the items displayed have price tags on them. With the price tag, you can tell how much cash to exchange for the item you want to purchase.
Now, to know how much your value is, you’ll have to look at the price tag God Placed on you--the precious blood of His Son Jesus Christ!
How Does God See You?
When God wanted to get you for Himself, He didn’t send and angel. Instead, He send His only Son Jesus Christ to die for you. He didn’t think it too much for Jesus to take your place.
In fact, if you had been the only person who needed salvation in the whole world, He would still have paid the same price for you.
You’re as valuable to God as Jesus is! Now, you’re His precious son or daughter, so don’t devalue or think low of yourself.
If anyone asks you why you think you’re worth anything, tell them it’s because your life was paid for with the precious blood of Jesus!
Dear Father, I thank you for the price you paid for me. I’m honored to be as valuable to you as Jesus is. I walk in the consciousness of this truth every day of my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
Follow Up References
John 3:16, Romans 5:10
Give The Lord Your Prime Time
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them” before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain; Ecclesiastes 12:1-2 NIV
Your Youth is the time of your peak powers, and you should commit it to serve the Lord. Now, you have the energy and vigor to go the extra mile, that’s why this is the best time to dedicate yourself to the Lord’s service!
As a young person, there are things that would clamor for your attention--the quest for success, fame, and money, etc--and if you’re not careful, you can be hired by their glitz and glamour.
But always remember God gave His very best for you in the person of His Son Jesus. And now that you’ve come into His Kingdom, you ought to give Him the very best of your time, talent, energy, and resources.
The scriptures admonish that you serve the Lord in “the days of your youth”, when you’re still young and full of energy! (Ecclesiastes 12:1).
So get serious with the things of God today. Don’t be enticed by the world’s concept and symbols of success and wealth. Recognize that true success and riches are in God. make up your mind to serve Him in the prime of your life.
Remember, He deserves the best because He gave you His best.
Dear Father, I’m determined more than ever to live all my years for you and give you the very best. I pledge today to serve you with wholehearted devotion and apply myself to doing only those things that are consistent with your will and purpose for my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Follow Up References
Ecclesiastes 11:9, 1 Timothy 4:12
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.In that day you will say: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Isaiah 12:2-4 NIV
Some Christians, in spite of their new nature in Christ, still live far below their calling. Some complain while others cringe when faced with pressures of life.
They haven’t learned how to make “joyful confessions” in the face of such situations.
Making a joyful confession doesn’t mean you’re boastful or braggadocios; rather you’re just making an open and bold declaration of what God has said about you: you’re rejoicing over who you are, what you have, and what you can do in Christ.
For you to really enjoy the divine provisions of the Gospel made available to you, you must acknowledge and declare all that God has done for and in you.
In 2 Corinthians 8:9, the Word declares you rich through His grace. In 1 Corinthians 3:21, the Word says “...All things are yours”. 1 Peter 2:24 also declares you righteous and healed, because Jesus bore upon Himself your sins and healed you by His stripes.
So, it’s important that you constantly and openly declare: “I’m rich”; “I’m righteous”, “I’m healthy”.
You Will Have What You Say
In Mark 11 23, Jesus said you shall have what you say. therefore, keep talking joyfully! Learn to use your mouth to take possession of what’s already yours in Christ Jesus.
Keep declaring who you are in Him. testify to what the Lord has done for you, in you, and through you! Let your confessions rule you.
Keep making those joyful confessions of God’s Word that reveal your identity, ability, and inheritance in Christ Jesus.
I’m what God says I am; His ability, grace, and power are working in me and through me mightily today! I have what God says I have, and I can do what He says I can do. His Word to me is reality, and that’s the reason I know I’ll never be poor, sick, broke, or defeated!
Follow Up References
Proverbs 18:21, Mark 11:23
Be Filled With The Spirit
Be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Ephesians 5:18-19 KJV
“Lord Jesus, I want you to fill me with your Spirit today”, Shirley prayed.
Her dad overheard her praying, and when she was done, he called her aside and said “Shirley dear, there’s a better way to be filled with the Spirit; it’s by speaking God’s Word to yourself all the time. Study Ephesians 5:18-19; that’s the way to do it.” “Thanks Dad. I’ll talk the Word to myself from now on, just as you’ve said” Shirley responded gladly.
You Should Make It Happen
As a child of God, you should always enjoy His presence with you everyday. The Lord instructs us in Ephesians 5:18 to “...be filled with the Spirit…”, indicating we’re the ones to make this happen, and in the 19th verse, He lets us know the way to do it is by “...speaking to yourselves…” In other words, I talk to “me” and you talk to “you”!
This shows how important your words are.
God wants you to always speak to yourself in psalms, hymn, and spiritual songs; it’s another way of telling you to always speak His Word. as you do this, you’re constantly filled with the Spirit.
It becomes impossible for you to be frustrated or despondent when you’re filled with the Spirit.
Don’t talk your problems or challenges; you’re the King’s kid. Don’t say things like, “Life is so hard”, “Things are so bad”, “I’m so confused and frustrated”, “Nobody wants to help me…” No!
Rather than talk yourself down, say something good to yourself! Begin by speaking to yourself in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Say things like “I’m helped by the Lord”, “I can do all things”, “I’m intelligent and I’ve got a sound mind”.
You can also sing and make melody in your heart to the Lord with these words.
Celebrate and talk the Word, and you’ll always be full of the Spirit!
The Lord is my Shepherd, therefore, I can never be in lack. I’ve got abundant joy, success, peace, and prosperity, because I’m a joint-heir with Christ Jesus, and I’m marvelously helped by the Lord.
All things are working together for my good and the line are fallen for me in pleasant places. I have a goodly heritage. Hallelujah!
Follow Up References
1 Samuel 30:6, 1 Chronicles 16:9-10, Acts 4:31
Choices And Decisions
Where is the man who fears the Lord? God will teach him how to choose the best. Psalm 25:12 TLB
"What should I wear?” Which books should I buy?” “What course should I study?” These are questions you ask yourself before making choices o decisions. The friends you keep, the clothes you wear, the way you talk--these are all products of your choices and decisions.
In fact, everything you do is linked to your decisions, and you’re where you are today because of the choices and decisions you made yesterday.
Like many people, you might find it challenging to make the right decisions at certain times. But the question is: what guides your decisions? Could it be your friends, the books you’ve read, or the movies you’ve seen?
The best 'influencer' of your decisions is God’s Word; it gives you the ability to make the right choices at all times, and sets you on the path of greatness and success.
The world’s system may try to dictate the choices and decisions you should make, but refuse to be controlled by it. Remember that you’re not of this world (John 15:19).
Getting It Right
Stick by the principles of God’s Word and the guidance of His Spirit. This way, you’ll get to make the right decisions and be guided in God’s perfect will for your life.
The Bible says, “...do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).
Whenever you have a choice or decision to make, don’t look to the world; get it right through God’s Word and by allowing the Holy Spirit lead you!
Heavenly Father, I yield daily to the leading of your Spirit and your Word. As I do so, my choices and decisions are in sync with your will, purpose and plan for my life in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Follow Up Reference
You Need An Evidence
I will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come. Psalm 102:13 NIV
You Can Have A Miracle Now
You may have been praying about and desiring a particular change or miracle in your life for some time now.
Did you know that you can decide you want that change or miracle TODAY, and it will happen?
Many suffer for long because they don’t know it’s their responsibility, not God’s, to effect the change they desire in their lives.
If your present situation must change, you must get tired of it; you must make up your mind for a miracle (1 Samuel 1:10-20).
Present Your Evidence
The Lord said in Isaiah 41:21 CEV, “I am the Lord, the King of Israel! Come argue your case with me. Present your evidence.”
So, what evidence do you have to present? If it’s concerning your health, I can show you one: “Who himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
You have all the evidence you need in the Word of God. Search them out and present them before God; stand your ground and then take a hold of your miracle...today!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for letting me know that through your Word I can set the time for my own miracle! By faith, I’ve taken a hold of all the wonderful blessings you’ve made available to me in Christ, and I walk in the full manifestation of these blessings, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Follow Up References
Matthew 11:12 NIV, Mark 11:24 AMPC
Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never, never fail you nor forsake you.” That is why we can say without any doubt or fear, “The Lord is my Helper, and I am not afraid of anything that mere man can do to me.”” Hebrews 13:5-6 TLB
Everything Is Perfect in Heaven
Psalm 119:89 NIV says “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens,” which means that in heaven, everything about God’s Word is firm and settled.
All the angels and demons know it!
However, Satan would have you believe it doesn’t work here on earth; that’s why you’ve got to enforce it for you!
If you dare to take God at His Word and do what He says, you’ll cause the Word of God to be done in your life, as it’s been done in heaven.
It’s Not God’s Job
As far as the Lord is concerned, He’s given you everything- health, riches, abundant grace, wisdom and strength.
However, you’ve got to believe and confess these blessings to enjoy them! Refuse to accept anything else than what the Word says.
The Law Of Enforcement
If symptoms of sickness, poverty or defeat show up in your life, don’t consider them. Rather, say, “It is written of me: I’m the healed and not the sick! I’m rich and not poor! I’m a success and a victor in Christ!”
That’s the way to make sure God’s Word is settled in your life - through your confessions of faith- speaking in agreement with the Lord what He’s already said about you.
Dear Father, I’m what your Word says I am. It’s working and producing the fruit of what it talks about me! I live in your divine health; I live in your supernatural abundance and continuous victory for me everyday. Your Word is settled in my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Follow Up References
Job 22:28, Ecclesiastes 8:4, Psalm 119:89
What You Need
“Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” Acts 20:32 NIV
At a construction site, you’re likely to find materials like mortar, steel, wood, glass, sand but in building our faith as Christians, the Word of God is the only material given to us by God to do so (Romans 10:17).
This means the more of God’s Word you receive into your spirit, meditate on, and put to work, the greater your faith.
Just as builders lay block upon block and hold them firm with cement, that’s the same way you build your faith and hold it firm with the Word of God in your spirit.
How The Word Works
As you continually give yourself to studying and meditating on God’s Word, faith is stirred in your heart and you discover that absolutely anything is possible to you!
The Word has the inherent ability to produce all that it says. So, as you listen to the Word and fill your heart with it, faith will rise in you like a giant.
What does God want?
This is the reason God seeks to impart His Word to your spirit. It’s the only material you require to build and bolster your faith in order to live a successful life.
So today, just like Paul did with the saints at Ephesus, I commend you to God and to the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and give you an inheritance among the sanctified.
I rule, reign and dominate my world by the faith of God in my spirit! My faith is alive and produces results today because the Word of God is in my heart and in my mouth. As i speak it forth, circumstances align with God’s perfect will for my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Follow Up References
Romans 10:17, Colossians 3:16
Say Exactly What You Want
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. Philippians 4:6 AMPC
The Blind Beggar
In Mark 10:46-52, we find the story of blind Bartimaeus who sat by the roadside in Jericho and begged alms.
As Jesus made His way out of the city, a mammoth crowd thronged Him, and Bartimaeus, since he couldn’t see, asked people around him what the tumult was all about.
He was told that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. Immediately, he began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.”
But Jesus didn’t respond to that request. Instead, He asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”Strange, isn’t it? Even though it was obvious Bartimaeus needed a miracle, Jesus still wanted him to express his desire in specific terms.
When Bartimaeus responded, “I want to receive my sight”, the Lord’s ensuing statement was, “Receive your sight!” and Bartimaeus was miraculously healed.
Complaining or Asking?
Do you know how to express your desires to God in your times of need or do you just complain to Him?
Understand that if you’re going to get His attention and take advantage of His extraordinary power to receive your desire, you must learn to be definite in prayer.
Be specific, and tell Him exactly what you want.
God doesn’t want you crying about your situation when you pray; He wants you to express your faith.
Faith makes you a possessor!
And when you’ve made your definite request of the Lord, give Him glory and keep your faith-switch turned on. It won’t be long before your miracle turns up.
My faith is built strong by the Word today, and I’m producing greater results as I make my specific requests known to God. I’m guided and inspired by His wisdom to make the right requests in prayer, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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