...Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty
(Zechariah 4:6, NIV)
Are you facing a situation that seems impossible? Have you been fighting a battle for a long time? The key is: dont go around talking about how big the problem is. Dont go around confessing that youre never going to make it. No, start declaring, The gracious hand of God is upon my life! When you realize Gods hand of favor is upon you, you will accomplish your dreams faster than you thought!
When those thoughts of doubt come, declare the truth of Gods Word! How are you going to get out of debt? The gracious hand of God is upon my life. How are you going to get well? The gracious hand of God is upon my life. How are you going to break that addiction? The gracious hand of God. How are you going to accomplish your dreams? The gracious hand of God!
The more you brag on Gods favor, the more you declare and believe His promises, the more youll see His favor. As you keep standing in faith, as You keep hoping in Him, youll see His promises manifest in your life. Youll experience His favor and victory and see every dream and desire come to pass!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father God, thank You for placing Your dreams and desires within me and for creating a plan to bring them to pass. Even when I cant see a way, I trust that You are making a way. You are good, and today I declare that Your gracious hand is upon every area of my life in Jesus name! Amen
by Charles R. Swindoll
Read Genesis 22:1--14
In this fascinating story of faith and sacrifice and trust and surrender, I see the characteristics of a God who asked nothing of Abraham that He didn't demand of Himself. Because it is so significant, I cannot resist sharing with you three powerful truths about our God that I see illustrated here.
God the Father showed us how to live when He released His dear Son to us. Nine months before that wondrous night in Bethlehem, the Father sent His Son. Christ willingly left His seat of absolute power in heaven, set aside the voluntary use of His divine authority, and became a helpless infant. As a human, subject to all the pains and sorrows and limitations that affect us all, He would mature, learn, minister, suffer . . . and die. If the Father was willing to release His own Son to us, what could be so much more precious to us that we would withhold it from Him?
God the Son showed us how to die when He released Himself to the Father. Isaac's quiet obedience to his father illustrates this beautifully. He gave himself over to the will of his father and allowed himself to be placed on an altar without a fight. That's exactly what the Son of God did at Calvary. When our faith is mature, we'll not fear death.
God the Spirit will show us how to live and die as we learn how to release whatever has us in its grip. (That last phrase wasn't a mistake.) As long as we're owned by whatever we're clutching, we'll never be given over completely to the Holy Spirit. This would be an excellent moment for you to do some self-analysis. To what, to whom are you clinging? Let it go. Let them go.
The Lord may be in the process of taking it from you. He'll gently tug on it at first, giving you the opportunity to release your grip. If you resist, He'll eventually have to pry your fingers away, and I can assure you that it will hurt. My advice? Voluntarily release it. Trust the Lord to provide. He has another ram in the thicket. You can't see it right now, but He has it waiting. Only after you have placed your sacrifice on the altar will you be ready to receive God's provision.