More Golden Nuggets to Think About – Part V

1 – God’s wisdom is hidden for us, not from us. Jesus is our wisdom and we have the mind of Christ. That really covers it all.

1 Corinthians 2:7 (KJV) 7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV) 30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

2 – God hears the prayers of the righteous. What a blessing to know that Almighty God really hears our prayers! That should give you confidence to pray and expect answers, when you pray in faith according to His Word. Praise the Lord of glory!

1 Peter 3:12a (KJV) 12  For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers:
2 Chronicles 16:9a (KJV) 9  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 

1 John 5:14-15 (KJV) 14  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

3 – Strong desire to have something from God is NOT faith.  Faith is believing what God’s Word says and then acting on it. As we respond to what He has already given us by His grace, that’s when we’re walking by faith and not by sight. Your five physical senses want to “see it first” and then believe. But God says that we are to “believe first” and then we’ll see our desired results. This is totally opposite of the world’s way of thinking. That’s why it’s utterly important that we renew our minds to what God has to say in His Word if we want to walk in the blessings that He has for us.

Ephesians 4:23 (KJV) 23  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Romans 12:2 (KJV) 2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV) 7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

4 – If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

This is so true in the natural realm but even more important in the spiritual realm. God’s truth in your heart should be the priority in all you do and you should never, never, never back down from your position, no matter what others say. If you only believe God’s Word when it’s convenient, you don’t really believe it. And that, dear brothers and sisters, it why many Christians don’t get answers to their prayers.

Wavering is unbelief and unbelief doesn’t get prayers answered.

James 1:6-8 (KJV) 6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Hebrews 3:12 (KJV) 12  Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Hebrews 3:19 (KJV) 19  So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Hebrews 4:11 (KJV) 11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

The Israelites couldn’t enter into the Promised because of their unbelief. And so it is with us. We can’t enter into the promises of god by way of unbelief. We must get rid of the unbelief and stand whole-heartedly on God’s Word.

5 – Here’s the antidote to Murphy’s Law: Whatever can go right will go right at the most opportune time. Pray this daily and watch the results. As it gets into your heart, your spirit will look for ways to get you to the right place at the right time for things to work in your favor.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14 (KJV) Read this and rejoice!

Pamela

How to Be Successful in Every Area of Your Life – Part II

In Part I we discussed the fact that God’s Kingdom operates by laws – His laws. Therefore, since laws by nature work every time according to the rules, we can know that God’s laws work every time we operate them according to faith.

Let’s discuss some of the laws:

1 – The Royal Law of Love  

James 2:8 (KJV) 8  If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

Romans 13:10 (KJV) 10  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

John 3:16 (KJV) 16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 8:37 (KJV) 37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

1 John 4:16 (KJV) 16  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

From these scriptures, we see that God is love. He doesn’t just have love, He actually is love. His DNA is love! That’s awesome! His love is everlasting, forever and ever. We can’t do anything to make God love us more because God’s love for us isn’t performance based. And our disobedience doesn’t make Him love us less. Disobedience diminishes our love for Him. Bad idea!

Check out I Corinthians 13:4-8 in the Amplified translation. It shows us how to operate in the love of God that’s in us as born-again believers.

Romans 5:5 (KJV) 5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

The love of God flowing out from you will make your life so much simpler and you won’t be aggravated with stress, anxiety, torture, and torment. It seems that God’s love softens everything around us and people will like you better and you’ll like yourself better!

2 – The Law of Faith

Romans 3:27 (KJV) 27  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

Wow—this is great one because it’s so comforting that faith is a law and it works every time. Too many times before our minds were renewed by God’s Word, it seemed to be a question about whether or not “faith” would work. But once you see that it’s a law, you can have confidence that it will do exactly what the Lord said it would do.

Every promise of God and everything from God to us is received by faith because He’s a faith God and therefore, as sons of God, we are to walk by faith and not by sight. We are to be led by His Spirit and not by our five physical senses. It’s not that we ignore our senses but they are not to lead us. The Holy Spirit is the One Who is to lead us  but we’ve been so inundated by the world’s way of thinking that we have to on purpose stop and ask, “What does God’s Word say about our situation?”  Then we have to actually do what the Word says.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV) 7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
Hebrews 11:1 (AMP) 1  NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

Faith is the key to unlocking the promises of God; it’s the access code! And very simply, the definition of faith is believing what God said in His Word and then acting on it! Or, as Andrew Wommack says: faith is our positive response to what God has already freely given by His grace.  

Romans 12:3b (KJV) 3  … according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

That means that you have to get into God’s Word and get God’s Word into you!

Let’s be more than conquerors and walk by faith and not by sight!

Pamela

How to Be Successful in Every Area of Your Life – Part I

Really – who doesn’t want to be successful and victorious in every area of life? Every normal person wants to succeed. It’s in our DNA. So, let’s delve into this topic and see what God has to say.

Let me start by asking a simple question: why does gravity work? I’m not talking about the science behind it just simply why it works. It works because gravity is a law and laws work every time. If you drop a rock out of the second story of your house, it will fall to the ground, not rise upward to the roof. Why? Because gravity is a law and it works every time, whether or not you believe it.

It’s the same with electricity. It’s a law and it works every time whether or not you believe it. I think I’ve made my point about gravity and electricity but the main thing I want you to see is that these natural laws work every time, regardless of what you believe or don’t believe about them. That’s how God ordained them to work. In fact, electricity was here on earth at the time of Adam and Eve but of no use to them because they didn’t know how to harness it, nor did they know the laws that governed it.

And, so it is with spiritual laws. They’re just as real as physical, natural laws, but not as obvious because you can’t see them in the natural realm. What you see are the results they produce.

Having said all that, let’s discuss God’s spiritual laws for victory and success. Laws, scientifically and spiritually speaking, work every time. That’s why they’re called laws. You can depend on them to work exactly as they should. This is an important concept to grasp because if it weren’t so, then you would never know if gravity or electricity would always work for you.

Having established that, let’s move on to spiritual laws. All of God’s Word and promises are spiritual and therefore, fall under the topic of spiritual law. We can also conclude that if they, the promises of God, are laws, then we can depend on them to work every time. Wow, that’s huge, but true nonetheless! Praise the Lord of Glory for His unspeakable Word to us!

Let’s look at some of the laws that God has established in the earth. I’ll just give an introduction and then take it up in another blog, otherwise, this blog will go on and on and on, not finding a good place to end.

Here are some laws in God’s Word:

1 – The Law of Love – called the Royal Law

James 2:8 (KJV) 8  If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

2 – The Law of Faith

Romans 3:27 (KJV) 27  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

3 – The Law of Seed, Time, and Harvest

Genesis 8:22 (KJV) 22  While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

4 – The Law of Sowing and Reaping – similar to #3 but slightly different

Galatians 6:7 (KJV) 7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

5 – The Law of Spiritual Authority

Matthew 28:18-19 (KJV) 18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

The Word power here is exousia which means authority.

6 – The Law of Dominion

Genesis 1:26 (KJV) 26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

These are a few of the laws God has given us. They all work together and overlap at times. We’ll discuss them in more depth in subsequent blogs.

Pamela

Some [More] Golden Nuggets to Think About – Part IV

1 – God is always right; He’s never wrong. Just as God’s Word has to be the final authority, the bottom line, the benchmark for all you do, so is the fact that God is always right. Therefore, no matter what the circumstances are telling you, it’s never God Who is at fault. He’s already provided, in His Word, the answer and solution for everything you’ll ever encounter in this life on planet earth. This has to be your mind set or else you’ll be heavily tempted to blame God when things don’t go the way you think they should.

Much too often, in fact most of the time, Christians are so ready to blame God when they don’t get the results they’re seeking. And it amazes me that they don’t even consider that they could be the problem or that the devil is somehow involved. Wrong thinking will keep you in a state of frustration, unbelief, and always wondering why God didn’t’ answer your prayers.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV) 20  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Numbers 23:19 (KJV) 19  God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

2 – Another nugget that goes along with #1 is that when we pray in faith according to God’s Word, He always does His part. Now it’s time for us to do our part. Remember, there’s a God-part and a man-part. Too many Christians ignore this and expect God to do their part. It doesn’t work that way. Most of God’s promises are conditional upon us doing our part. Even in salvation, we have our part to do by actually reaching out and accepting what God has already freely provided through the Lord Jesus. We can’t do God’s part and He won’t do our part!

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

3 – If you wait until you’re faced with a crisis to use your faith, it won’t be strong enough to get your desired results. You must start with little things first and proceed from there.

For example, you won’t be able to believe for healing from cancer if you’ve never believed God for healing of a headache, a cold, or minor aches and pains. Yes, it’s always God’s will to heal but you have to access that healing with your faith. And some would rather “pop” a pill than to study God’s Word on healing.

Faith has to be developed by putting the Word in your heart and acting on it. Mountain-moving faith is available to everyone who will put forth the effort of getting God’s Word in their heart.

Many Christians only have a cursory knowledge of God’s Word and when they have a problem, they shoot a pray and hope it sticks. Then when they don’t get the results they want, they lose heart and blame God. Actually, I think many don’t even expect to get their desired results because they’re living a defeated life of unanswered prayer.

Romans 12:3b (KJV) 3  … but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Mark 11:22-24 (KJV) 22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

4 – You can’t microwave maturity nor can you leap frog over the steps to maturity. There are steps to spiritual maturity just like there are steps to physical maturity. Babies don’t start out walking on day one. They have to develop: crawling, walking, running. So it is with spiritual development – first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear. You have to be able to jump two feet before you can jump ten feet!

Mark 4:28 (KJV) 28  For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

5 – If you don’t start somewhere, you’ll never get anywhere! This is a good one because many Christians think they’re faith giants when they’ve never learned the basics. Just start where you are. There’s no shame in that. In fact, it’s humility to acknowledge that you don’t know everything! And here’s a news flash: you’re never going to know everything! Learning God’s Word is a life-long adventure. Enjoy the journey!

Desire the sincere milk of the Word of God (the basics) so that you can grow and get to a place where you can eat meat, and eventually strong meat!

1 Peter 2:2 (KJV) 2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Hebrews 5:13-14 (KJV) 13  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Pamela

Some [More] Golden Nuggets to Think About – Part III

1 – God doesn’t have any grandchildren! Everyone is responsible for their own salvation. They have to believe in their heart and confess with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and Savior in their lives in order to be born again. We can’t do it for them, It’s their free will choice to make that decision, but we can bind and rebuke the blinders off of them, pray for their hearts to hear and understand God’s Word, and pray laborers across their path to tell them about Jesus.  

John 6:44 (KJV)
44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

2 – Either God’s Word is true and works or it’s not and doesn’t. If it’s not true and doesn‘t work, we of all people are to be pitied. But, praise the Lord of Glory – His Word is true and works every time we speak it in faith believing! Oh, how comforting it is to have the Word of God to depend on; our very lives depend on it! God’s Word is incorruptible seed. Plant it in the soil of your heart and it will produce!

Numbers 23:19 (KJV) 19  God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

1 Peter 1:23 (KJV) 23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

3 – The amount of faith you have is directly proportional to the amount of Word that’s in your heart. You can’t have faith for the things of God outside of His Word. Faith begins where the will of God is known. Before you pray, find God’s will – His promise – in the Bible and stand on that. God always honors His Word that’s prayed in faith.

2 Chronicles 16:9a (KJV) 9  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

Isaiah 55:10-11 (KJV) 10  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

4 – God knows the end from the beginning. Nothing surprises Him. If you want to know something, ask Him. He’ll either tell you or say it’s none of your business. Sometimes we’re too nosey about other people’s business.

Isaiah 46:10 (KJV) 10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Isaiah 46:10 (KJV) 10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Romans 4:17b (KJV) 17  …  and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

5 – Our words determine our future. Our lives today are a product of the words we’ve been speaking over the years. Most people don’t like to hear that because it puts the responsibility back on them. They are without excuse and can’t lay the blame for the mess in their lives on someone else. But the point is that we can actually determine what we want by our words. The ball is in our court. Keep a guard on your mouth ‘til you can trust what comes out! What comes out of your mouth, goes into your heart. Speak what you want, not what you have or other negative words.

Proverbs 18:21 (KJV) 21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Matthew 12:37 (KJV) 37  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Proverbs 4:20-24 (KJV) 20  My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21  Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22  For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24  Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

We serve an awesome God Who loves us beyond measure and has designed the best life ever for us – a life of success and victory. Our part is to line up with His Plan and see it come to fruition. Praise the Lord of Glory – our Lord Jesus!

Pamela

Rightly Dividing the Word of God

It seems that when a person gets born-again, the enemy sends people across their path to distract them with the “letter of the law” or with some man-made doctrine to confuse them. These are babies! But the devil doesn’t care. If he can get them distracted and off the truth of God’s Word, then they won’t grow. This ought not so to be!

That’s why it’s incumbent upon the seasoned Christians to guide and watch out for these new Christians.

Notice the following scripture:

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) 15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

We are instructed to study the Word of God so that we can rightly divide it. What that means is that we are to dig into God’s Word and find out the truths in it. This is not a cursory look at it or a simple grabbing of a card out of the scripture box on the way out the door. No, we are to actually take time and put forth effort to study and learn God’s Word so that when a situation comes up, we can draw from the reservoir of Word that’s in us.

And so it is with discerning false teaching and doctrines and false interpretations of the Word. God’s Word actually confirms itself if you study it out. Let me give you a classic example.

Ephesians 5:22 (KJV) 22  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

This scripture has long been used against women telling them to submit to the iron rule of their husbands! This is not what this verse means. Let’s look at another scripture:

Ephesians 5:21 (KJV) 21  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Here we see that we, as born-again children of God, are to submit one to another! How ’bout that! Let’s continue.

Submit means to give in, be agreeable, and get along with one another. It means not having to have your own way all the time but preferring the other person. Wow – if we all did this, there wouldn’t be any room for strife and contention!

This is about getting along with each other, not lording it over each other, especially husbands and wives. And then if that’s not explanatory enough, look at these scriptures:

Ephesians 5:25 (KJV) 25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Ephesians 5:21 (KJV) 21  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
John 13:34 (KJV) 34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

And of course, there’s I Cor. 13:4-8, in case you want a bible definition of what the God-kind of love is.

You see, if we’re told to rightly divide the Word of God, then it’s possible to wrongly divide the Word of God, and make a mess of our lives. God’s Word is meant to deliver you from bondage, not bind you up. Jesus came to set the captives free. Praise His Holy Name!

Brothers and sisters, it’s imperative that we study God’s Word so that we can discern the truth and not be duped by the lies and false doctrines of the devil. God has all the solutions to everything that confronts us. But without studying His Word, how would you know where to find those answers?

Praise the Lord for His Unspeakable Gift to us!

John 15:12 (KJV) 12  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
John 15:13 (KJV) 13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 13:35 (KJV) 35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
John 15:17 (KJV) 17  These things I command you, that ye love one another.
Romans 12:10 (KJV) 10  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Galatians 5:13 (KJV) 13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

2 Timothy 2:26 (KJV) 26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Pamela

Some [More] Golden Nuggets to Think About – Part II

In continuing along the line of “cliff” note tips for life, here are some more golden nuggets to ponder and meditate on.

1 – You’ll only progress as far as the amount of God’s Word that’s in you. It goes along with the idea of a computer that the only information you get out is what you put in. Word in, Word out. Junk in, junk out!

Stop and listen to yourself. Do you really want those words you’re speaking, to come to pass – ie. that blows my mind, that tickles me to death, that blows me away, that breaks my heart, I love him to death! Now that’s a really bad one! Change your words and change your life!

2 – Every scripture has layers and layers of revelation in it. You won’t get it the first time you read a scripture. God will continue to reveal His Word to you throughout your whole life as you study the Word. Emphasis: study the Word– that’s your part!

3 – Walking with God is 24/7, not just a nibble a couple of times a week.

4 – No one is born a full-grown adult – nobody! It’s the same with spiritual things. No one is born-again as a full-grown adult. It’s line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little. And soon little by little becomes bigger and bigger and you’ll notice that you’re actually growing!

Isaiah 28:10 (KJV) 10  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) 15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
James 1:21b (KJV) 21  … receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
Romans 12:2 (KJV) 2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Ephesians 4:23 (KJV) 23  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

5 – The Old Testament is types and shadows of the New Testament. Spend most of your time studying the New Testament because that’s where we live. If you want to walk in the victory that God has for you, you must study the New Testament!

6 – God loves you in spite of yourself! He can’t love you anymore than He does and He won’t love you any less no matter how many dumb things you do! It’s His nature to love you. He doesn’t just have love; He is love! His love for you isn’t based on your actions. It’s based on Who He is.

1 John 4:8b (KJV) 8  … for God is love.

John 3:16 (KJV) 16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
7 – God’s grace is magnificent! It’s what He has freely done for you independent of you. It’s His divine favor and enablement. Grace is God’s willingness to use His power and ability on your behalf.

Ephesians 2:8 (KJV) 8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
2 Corinthians 9:8 (KJV) 8  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
Hebrews 4:16 (KJV) 16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

8 – Many Christians get born-again and then get stuck and never experience the life worth living that our Father has for us. And then they declare that living the Christian life is so hard! This is not how God intended it to be. That’s why He so graciously gave us His will in the Bible – His Word to us. That way we can know the life He has for us. Doing it His way works. You’ll never grow spiritually beyond your knowledge of God’s Word. Every problem is actually a knowledge of the Word problem because it’s His Word that has the solutions to your problems.

James 1:22 (KJV) 22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
James 1:25 (KJV) 25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Pamela

Why God Doesn’t Answer Prayers of Unbelief

What is a prayer of unbelief? This is important because unless you can identify what a prayer of unbelief is, you’ll keep praying the wrong way and getting no results. This is very frustrating for Christians who sincerely love God and want to partake of all that He has given us.

Let’s begin by identifying what unbelief is. There are several kinds of unbelief:

1 – Unbelief that comes from ignorance. You don’t believe because you don’t know enough of God’s Word to believe. This is a lack of knowledge and can be overcome by simply teaching what God’s Word says.

2 – Another kind of unbelief comes from wrong teaching. If you’re taught wrong, you’ll believe wrong. This kind is overcome by countering the wrong teaching and then teaching the truth of God’s Word.

3 –Then there’s the natural kind of unbelief that comes from what your five physical senses are telling you. For example, when you pray for healing and still see the symptoms, this can cause unbelief to rear its ugly head. This too is overcome by teaching the truth of God’s Word.

So what do we do? As you know, God is a faith God and He deals with us on a faith level. Everything we get from God must be received by faith because faith is how we access the spirit realm where all the blessings are.

When you pray, you must pray according to God’s Word, if you want God’s results. You can’t just pray any ol’ thing and expect results. Too many times this is the case. People want to do it their way instead of God’s way. When this happens and people don’t get their desired results, they begin to make up reasons why God didn’t answer their prayer. This is not good because it perpetrates lies about God. And that’s why God can’t answer prayers of unbelief because He only answers prayers prayed in faith according to His Word.

And another thing – if you don’t know the Word, how can you pray according to the Word of God? Really! That can be changed by getting into God’s Word and studying it. Christians should have a love of God’s Word because He and His Word are One. And if you don’t have a love of God’s Word, you need to ask yourself why!

Brothers and sisters, God has so graciously given us His Word in written form so that we can be all that He has called us to be and show forth His goodness to the sick and dying world around us. His Word is the Manufacturer’s Handbook and shows us everything we need to know on planet earth to be victorious.

Praise the Lord of glory!

Psalm 103:2 (KJV) 2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

1 Peter 3:12 (KJV) 12  For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
1 John 5:14-15 (KJV) 14  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Matthew 17:20-21 (KJV) 20  And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21  Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Romans 14:23b (KJV) 23  …  for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

James 1:6-8 (KJV) 6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Mark 9:23-24 (KJV) 23   Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

Mark 11:23-24 (KJV) 23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Pamela

Some Golden Nuggets to Think About

This blog is going to be different than my usual teaching blogs. I’m simply going to give you some words of wisdom to think about that will edify and encourage you.

1 – God’s Word must be the benchmark, the basis, the foundational truth from which you measure everything in this life. [Remember, I have said this over and over.]

2 – No matter what happens – unanswered prayer, trials and tribulations, sickness, disease, defeat, depression, etc., it’s never God’s fault! This is a big one because Christians are notorious for blaming God when things go wrong, never even considering that they could be at fault or even the devil! We need to take responsibility for our own actions and that will put us way ahead of most people and on our way to the truth.

3 – Don’t get mad at God because you don’t like His way of doing things. It seems that when some people pray, they expect God to answer their way and if He does it His way, they get mad at Him! This isn’t good because it cuts you off from God’s help. [Read my blog on 3/15/21 – “What are They Thinking?”] Remember, you can’t play football with baseball rules and then wonder why things aren’t working!

4 – Electricity is God’s power in the natural realm and the Anointing is God’s power in the spirit realm! If you get this, it will help you understand the spirit realm and how the anointing works.

5 – Many people, including Christians, want God’s blessings but don’t want Him. They want what God has to offer but don’t want to do it His way to get it! Think about this one.

6 – The wisdom of God is hidden for His people, not from them.

Luke 10:21 (KJV) 21  In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
1 Corinthians 2:7 (KJV) 7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Colossians 2:3 (KJV) 3  In whom [Jesus]are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

James 1:5 (KJV) 5   If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV) 30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

7 – God is not obligated to answer the prayers of those who are not in fellowship with Him, except for salvation.

1 Peter 3:12a (KJV) 12  For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. [Righteous means those in right standing with Him.]

8 – Shooting up a prayer and hoping it sticks is no better than the unsaved do. God answers prayers prayed in faith. So it is with whining, crying, and prayers of unbelief.

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

9 – You can’t remember what you never learned! The Holy Spirit will bring things to your remembrance but you have to first put them in your heart.

John 14:26 (KJV) 26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

10 – As Andrew Wommack says often, if you’re not supernatural, you’re superficial! We are supernatural beings in a flesh body and we ought to walk in God’s supernatural ways and show forth God’s goodness!

Romans 2:4b (KJV) 4  … that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Pamela

What are They Thinking?

Have you ever wondered what your unsaved and back-slidden friends are thinking regarding Jesus and God’s ways? Surely they must be thinking the wrong thoughts to stay in their unsaved/back-slidden condition. Well, here are some things to think about that might help when dealing with these people.

First of all, God is a good God! That comes as a surprise to many people who think He is mean and angry, sitting in Heaven ready to pounce on people when they mess up. Not so! God’s not angry and He’s not even in a bad mood! He is LOVE. He doesn’t just have love, He is love. His DNA is love! He’s out for our good!

Secondly, whatever happens that’s not good or right, it is never God’s fault. He’s not the One Who didn’t answer the pray or send the blessing! [I’ll explain later.] But that’s what most people think when they don’t get their desired results. It doesn’t even occur to them that maybe it’s their fault. Maybe they missed it somehow. Or – maybe the devil got in there and obstructed the answer. No, they automatically – like a knee-jerk response – blame God for not answering their prayers. Again, they take no responsibility for the lack of results.

Thirdly, these same people are the very ones who don’t like the way God has set up things to work on earth. They want to do it their way and still blame God when they don’t get their answer even though they didn’t do what He told them to do to make it work. This won’t wash. You can’t play football with baseball rules and be successful!

These same people get mad at God for how He operates! Imagine that! They fail to see that Almighty God, Creator of the heavens and earth and the whole universe – stars, planets, galaxies, etc. – Whose wisdom makes our puny wisdom pale in His sight, has so lovingly set up everything to work for our benefit, for our success, and well-being. But – we must follow the rules. We have to play by the same rules that He has set up in order for things to work in our favor.

As I said earlier, it’s never God’s fault that you didn’t get your answer because He has already sent the answer. Now it’s up to  us to receive the answer that’s already been given.

Brothers and sisters we are so blessed above all the people on the face of the earth. We need to start walking in that blessing so that the goodness of God that’s seen on us will draw the unsaved/back-slidden back to God! How awesome!

Here are some of the things that God, by His grace, has already given us through His Word:

Romans 2:4b (KJV) 4  …. not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

2 Peter 1:3-4 (KJV) 3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Mark 11:23-24 (KJV) 23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) 24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Romans 10:9-10 (KJV) 9  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.

James 4:7 (KJV) 7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV) 8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

Luke 10:19 (KJV) 19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Psalm 91:1-16 (KJV) All

Pamela