If You’re Going To Be Dependent

Be dependent on the Lord. 

GM Monday, just posting a short and sweet to encourage you (and me; well, mostly if not all me) to depend on your Heavenly Father.

Truth is, He loves you and is here for you.  Whatever you need, He’ll supply it. You need a friend that understands exactly how you feel, a shoulder to cry on, a safe place to be vulnerable and rest? Seek the Presence of the Lord, put your shield down, and go on in. He is all of those things.

“How do I tap in to that place?”, you may ask. The answer is simple: believe. Believe that He is able to help you when you pray. More importantly, don’t cultivate a cold, complicated relationship with Him. He’s your Best Friend, the One that loves you the most! If there’s anyone that you can be yourself and kick your shoes off around (whether your toes are freshly polished or not), it should be Him. He cares. He cares about you.

Just talk, ask Him questions, He understands exactly what’s going on in your heart and what’s on your mind. Prayers that are simple and sweet delight His heart more than elaborate dissertations. They both have their place, just stay real with the Lord; honesty is refreshing.

He’s not looking for you to showcase your answer to the issue nor is He interested in how independent you are. Just need Him. Call Him; He’d love to hear your voice.

2 Corinthians 12:6-10 NLT

If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, because I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message, even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

~KP

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A Short and Sweet About Communication

GM Thursday, a few weeks ago, I shared an excerpt from the book “Ministering to Your Family” written by Kenneth E. Hagin and Kenneth Hagin, Jr. (see: On the Matter of A Mate fantastic read and great words of godly wisdom) and wanted to share a short and sweet reminder with you regarding communication.

If you are trusting the Lord to be your guide, keep the lines of communication OPEN. Primarily between you and the Lord, second between you and your family, and third between you and your fellow man.

Stay out of strife and unforgiveness. Do not let circumstances yield negative thoughts. Everything starts with a thought, so keep your heart right. You can hear the guidance of the Lord best when you maintain the garden of your heart.

Have a great day today.

~KP

Chin Up

GM Thursday; how is it Thursday already?! Just want to take a quick moment to wish all the students well on their exams as finals week comes to a close.  Good luck :)

Here’s a short and sweet reminder to keep your chin up as you go through the tests and trials of life. You can either doubt and question the process which will lock you into reasoning and ultimately slow you down, or just trust the Lord and “go on through” (as the saints say).

Trust the Lord, He is your protector; He knows exactly what He is doing.

The devil is going to lie to you with doubtful thoughts like: ‘you prayed, but you didn’t pray hard enough’ or ‘you can’t have what you want and ask for because you don’t deserve anything good’.  Or even worse he’ll say: ‘your standards are too high, that’s impossible, you’ll never marry anyone like that’. These lies keep the focus on you. You can’t get too far in life if you are always stuck on “you”.

Whatever it is, if your thoughts incite fear, torment, or unbelief, then I guarantee you have purchased a lie from the devil; (check your receipt).

The Lord is ABLE to do exceedingly above all we can ask or even think! He’s a BIIIIIIIIIGGGGGG God! You can’t contain Him.  He has some goodies, just for you, just because you love Him and He loves you.  You didn’t do anything on your own to earn such goodness, He just gives because that’s part of His character. All good things come from Him. You can have good things.

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”

James 1:2-3 (NLT)

~KP

On the Matter of a Mate

Excellent excerpt from the book, Ministering to Your Family (Chapter 1, © 1986), by Kenneth E. Hagin and Kenneth Hagin Jr. Reprinted by permission of Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc.


On the Matter of a Mate

In what areas can you exercise faith? What can you believe for?

First, you can believe for everything the Word of God promises you or provides for you. But you can’t believe beyond the Word. Why not? Because “…faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17). Faith is based on what God’s Word says, and you cannot believe beyond your knowledge of God’s Word. If people try to do this, they will get in trouble.

For example, years ago I met a denominational pastor who received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, spoke in tongues and was kicked out of his denomination.

With no church to pastor, he had gone into business for himself in a large city, and he started attending the largest Full Gospel church in that city. This man was unmarried and was probably between 35 and 40.

He told me that a beautiful woman sang in the church choir, and because “you can have what you say” and “whatever you desire, just pray and believe you receive,” he was going to pray and believe he was going to get her for a wife.

However, I can’t find where the Bible says, “I promise John that he can have Mary for a wife.” Mary may not want to be his wife—and John may be just as well off without her anyway!

So I asked the man, “Have you ever talked to this woman? Have you ever had a date with her?”

“No,” he replied.

Sitting out there in the congregation while the choir sang on Sunday mornings, this man had seen the woman, was attracted to her, and thought because “you can have what you say,” he could just say they would be married and it would come to pass.

But under what conditions will it come to pass?

“Well, if I believe it strongly enough,” some will argue.

No, faith must be based on God’s Word. As we have seen, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word. And the Word of God says, “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord” (Proverbs 18:22).

“Whoso findeth a wife” implies that you have a part to play, all right, but you must be open to the Lord’s direction, and you must realize that you cannot go against another person’s free will.

The Lord will lead and guide you. You have a right to claim His guidance because He has promised to guide you. But just to pick somebody out and say, “I’m going to believe God and she’s going to be my wife,” won’t work.

Another’s Will Is Involved

The woman you want to marry may not want to be your wife. That would work the other way around for women: The man you want to marry may not want be your husband.

Friends, you’re not going to be able to override another person’s will in the matter, so you may as well settle that once and for all.

God Himself does not exercise authority over human spirits. If He did, He’d make everybody in the world get saved today, and then we could enter into the Millennium.

We only have authority over evil spirits; not over human spirits. God has granted mankind free will to choose for themselves.

In the first meeting I held after leaving my last pastorate, an unmarried woman in her thirties asked me, “Brother Hagin, do I have the right to believe for a husband?”

“I believe you do,” I replied, “because the Bible says, ‘Whoso findeth a WIFE findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord’—and it would be a poor rule that wouldn’t work both ways.”

Will faith work here?

I told the young woman, “You can’t just pick out somebody and say, ‘That one’s mine.’ But you can ask God to lead you. You can claim a mate by faith and let God work out the details because you believe Him.”

Standing in Faith

For many months, it didn’t look like things were going to work for this young woman: No young man came into her life. Every time I saw her, I encouraged her to stand in faith. She would say, “I’m standing in faith. It’s going to work. I know it is!” She had certain ideals in mind. She said, “I’m not a minister myself, but I have been in the work of the Lord for many years, and I want to marry a minister.”

In the process of time, I saw her, and she had married a fine man—a minister. Her faith had worked.

I also remember two beautiful young women who attended a revival meeting I once conducted in Oklahoma. They had just graduated from high school with the highest grades in their class. Both were saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit in my meeting. Some months later, when I returned to that church for another meeting, the Lord led me to minister a word of wisdom to one of the girls.

Afterwards, the pastor said, “Brother Hagin, I’m so glad you did that. You didn’t know this, I’m sure, but that young woman is engaged to be married, and we’re concerned about it. The young man has attended church here, but I’ll just be honest with you—I’m sure he pretended he got saved so he could marry her.”

Something Better

I hadn’t known these details the night the Lord had me minister to the young woman. She was sitting on the front row that night. I asked the congregation to sing because I didn’t want everyone to hear what I told her. I said to her, “The Lord told me to tell you this: ‘I’ve got something better for you. Don’t marry right now. I’ve got something better for you.’”

Two years later I was out in California in a campmeeting when a fine-looking young couple came up to me. The woman said, “Brother Hagin, do you remember me?”

“No,” I said, “but your face looks familiar.”

She told me her name, but I still couldn’t remember who she was.

“Well,” she said, “you’ll remember this: You called me up while the congregation was singing and you told me the Lord said not to marry then because He had something better for me.”

“Oh,” I said. “I remember that.”

“Well,” she said happily, “here he is!”

Then, she told me she and her husband were in Bible college preparing for the ministry. “Oh, I’m so glad the Lord arrested me and ministered to me,” she said. “I would have made a fatal mistake. We’re so happy. And we’re working for God.”

God did have something better for her. God can lead and guide us. We need to be open to the leading of God.

You see, we can believe God and exercise faith for anything that is promised in the Bible. But we must base our faith upon what God’s Word says. If we get into areas beyond the Word, we will get into gray areas—into dark areas. As long as we’re in the Word, we’re in the light. Then we’re on safe ground—sure ground.

Some may say, “I don’t know just what direction to take in life, so what shall I believe for?”

Well, trust God for guidance, because He has promised to guide you. Claim His guidance by faith. Say, “The Lord is guiding me. He is leading me. I may not see it this moment. I may not even know what to do at the moment; but, He is my Guide and I trust Him.”

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14). God will guide you. But remember that He leads you just one step at a time.

Reprinted from the book, Ministering to Your Family (Chapter 1, © 1986), by Kenneth E. Hagin and Kenneth Hagin Jr. Reprinted by permission of Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc.


Don’t Be Fooled

http://bible.com/97/1SA16.7.MSG But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.”

Ladies, ladies, ladies. This post is a short and sweet nugget of wisdom just for you. This is a reminder for you to trust the Lord to manage your relationships. He’s your Father. He’s the Father of all fathers and like any good father, He protects His girls.

He can see further and deeper into the recesses of the hearts of those around you. Welcome His guidance. Silence from Him is not approval. Take that young man that you are interested in before the Lord in prayer. The Lord will give you clear feedback. He will not confuse you or contradict His Word.
Wolves may look fine in church suits; do not be fooled. Ask your Father. Let Him protect you.

Love you ladies!

Anxiety doesn’t fit you

1 Peter 5:5-7 NLT

“In the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

Isaiah 41:10 NLT

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Romans 8:28 NLT

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

GM Monday, today take a moment and realize that your heavenly Father is with you. He always has your back. He gave you that big dream, therefore He is responsible to make it a reality. He can and He will. Trust His word, not yours. Have a great day, sunshine.