21 Habits For Uncommon Success in 2023: Part 9

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Act Like You Already Have What You Want

1 Samuel 1:18-19 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.19 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her.

Turn your situation around by acting as if you already have what you want. Hannah used this principle, and everything changed for her. She desperately needed a change, after being barren for a while and being persistently mocked by Peninnah, the other wife of Elkanah. In her sadness, she went to the house of the Lord to pray. Recounting the situation 1 Samuel 1:10 said “she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore”. At the end of her prayer the Bible said that “her countenance was no more sad”. Her countenance changing was Hannah acting like she already had what she wanted. Remember she went to God being bitter and sad, but walked away being joyful. It was not that she had already conceived at that point. The situation had not changed but she operated as if it had changed. What happened here was that her response got the attention of God, and He did for her that which she desperately wanted for years. The scripture said that “Elkanah knew Hannah, his wife, and the Lord remembered her”. What is it that you have been wanting? Acting like you already have what you want is an act of faith that will bring it to pass. 

Most of the notable miracles that Jesus did was based on the principle of acting as if it’s already done. In John 2 when the water was turned into wine, remember that it was water that was in the pitcher, but the servant acted as if it was wine by serving it to the governor of the feast, and it became wine. It is also seen in Matthew 14:19-21 when Jesus fed the 5,000 men plus women and children. They only had five (5) loaves and two (2) fishes, but they acted as if they had enough to feed the multitude and the little that they had multiplied. Recall also the man at the pool of Bethesda, before he was healed Jesus said to him rise and take up your bed and walk. That seems like an odd instruction, but Jesus was teaching him to act as if he already had what he wanted. He attempted it and immediately he was made whole. In the same way that acting as if they already had it brought miracles to these Bible characters, it will do the same for you.

Life Application: Act as if you already have what you want by feeling the joy that you would feel when what you want manifests. Additionally, even though you do not know how it will work out, take steps towards what you want to see.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the manifestation of what I have been praying for. Thank you for the overflow in my finances. Thank you for healing my body and mind. Thank you for a deeper and closer walk with you. Thank you for your joy and peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.

21 Habits For Uncommon Success in 2023: Part 8

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Practice Victory Talk

1 Samuel 17:46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

Start talking about victory even before it becomes your reality. David never waited until he defeated Goliath to speak victoriously. Even before the encounter, he told Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:46 that God would deliver him into his hand and that he would smite him and cut off his head. Needless to say that it went down exactly how David said it would happen. Proverbs 18:21 says “death and life are in the power of the tongue”. David spoke of victory and he got the victory. What you use your mouth to speak will determine what manifests in your life.

The Shunammite woman followed David’s example and got a similar result. Even though her son was dead, when she was asked about his well being by Elijah’s servant in 2 Kings 4:26, she responded by saying “it is well”. The death of her son was staring her straight in the face, but never once did death came out of her mouth. Instead, she spoke of victory by saying what she wanted to see, not what obtained. 

Another thing that should be noted about the response of the Shunammite woman was that she spoke in the present tense as if it was already done, even though at that point her son was dead.  She said, “it is well” and not “it is going to be well”. She had great expectations that her son would live and so she spoke those things that were not as though they were. How the woman spoke is consistent to how Joel 3:10 says we should practice victory talk. It says, “let the weak say that I am strong”. One takeaway from the scripture is not to allow your current circumstances to dictate how you speak. Even though you might be weak, sick or poor right now, talk as if you are strong, healed or wealthy.

By practicing victory talk and taking the commensurate action, the victory that you want to see in 2023 will come.  The reason it works is that what you repeatedly speak is what you will believe and what you believe is what you will do and what you do is what will manifest in your life.

Life Application: Practice victory talk by repeatedly speaking what you want to see as if it is already done at least twice each day.

Prayer: Lord, I declare that all is well in every aspect of my life. I have an overflow of abundance in my finances. I am healed. I have favor with man and God. Whatever I speak will come to pass. In Jesus’ name, amen.

21 Habits For Uncommon Success in 2023: Part 8

Daily Devotional

Practice Victory Talk

1 Samuel 17:46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

Start talking about victory even before it becomes your reality. David never waited until he defeated Goliath to speak victoriously. Even before the encounter, he told Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:46 that God would deliver him into his hand and that he would smite him and cut off his head. Needless to say that it went down exactly how David said it would happen. Proverbs 18:21 says “death and life are in the power of the tongue”. David spoke of victory and he got the victory. What you use your mouth to speak will determine what manifests in your life.

The Shunammite woman followed David’s example and got a similar result. Even though her son was dead, when she was asked about his well being by Elijah’s servant in 2 Kings 4:26, she responded by saying “it is well”. The death of her son was staring her straight in the face, but never once did death come out of her mouth. Instead, she spoke of victory by saying what she wanted to see, not what obtained. 

Another thing that should be noted about the response of the Shunammite woman was that she spoke in the present tense as if it was already done, even though at that point her son was dead.  She said, “it is well” and not “it is going to be well”. She had great expectations that her son would live and so she spoke those things that were not as though they were. How the woman spoke is consistent to how Joel 3:10 says we should practice victory talk. It says, “let the weak say that I am strong”. One takeaway from the scripture is not to allow your current circumstances to dictate how you speak. Even though you might be weak, sick or poor right now, talk as if you are strong, healed or wealthy.

By practicing victory talk and taking the commensurate action, the victory that you want to see in 2023 will come.  The reason it works is that what you repeatedly speak is what you will believe and what you believe is what you will do and what you do is what will manifest in your life.

Life Application: Practice victory talk by repeatedly speaking what you want to see as if it is already done at least twice each day.

Prayer: Lord, I declare that all is well in every aspect of my life. I have an overflow of abundance in my finances. I am healed. I have favor with man and God. Whatever I speak will come to pass. In Jesus’ name, amen.

21 Habits For Uncommon Success in 2023: Part 7

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See Yourself Being Where You Want to Be

Genesis 13:14-15 And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.

In the words of Dr. Mike Murdock, “you cannot operate beyond the level that you see yourself”. What that means is that if you see yourself based on your current reality, you will be stuck with your current reality. On the other hand, if you consistently see yourself operating at the level where you want to be, it will become your new reality after a while. The lesson to be learnt here is that our thoughts or how we see ourselves must be aligned to where we want to go.  This is consistent with Proverbs 23:7 that says “for as he thinketh in his heart so is he”. It means that what you consistently think or see in your mind’s eye is what you will become.  God taught Abraham this principle in Genesis 13:15 when he said to him “for all the land which thou seest I will give it to thee”.  The essence of what God was saying to him was that what he saw was what he would receive.

For most of us our approach to life is like that of Peter when He was walking on the water in Matthew 29:28-31. He was walking on the water quite fine until he started paying attention to the boisterous wind blowing. Bear in mind that the wind was blowing all along when he started walking on the water, what changed was that he allowed it to occupy his thoughts.  When he did, doubt crept in, and he began to sink.  What Peter’s experience shows is that if we choose to see the current reality, symbolized by the wind, things will get worse rather than get better. There are two (2) steps to seeing and receiving the future you want to create. God also revealed this to Abraham in Genesis 13:14-15. The first step is to stop seeing your current reality. To that effect God told Abraham “To lift his eyes”, which means stop seeing what is happening around you or your current reality. If that is all you can see, you will create more of the same. 

The second step is to redirect your mind to see the future that you want to create. It is for this reason that God told Abraham to look northward, southward, eastward and westward and all the land that he saw he would give it to him and his seed. The message to Abraham was that his future and that of his seed depended on what he chose to see.  Choose to consistently see yourself being where you want to be, and it is only a matter of time before it happens. Some of the ways in which you can practice this principle is to put up pictures in your environment that represent the future you are seeking to create. In addition, visualize the future as if you are already there with the same emotions that you would feel when it actually happens.

Life Application: See yourself as being where you want to be by not allowing your current reality to occupy your thoughts and instead, intentionally flood your mind with thoughts of the future you intend to create.

Prayer: Lord, help me to walk in faith as I see all that you have established for me. May I never waver in my faith even when the “waves” of doubt try to overpower me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

21 Habits For Uncommon Success in 2023: Part 6

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Do More than is Asked or Expected of You

Matthew 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

While most of us are content with doing the bare minimum, a principle used by the most successful is to do more than is expected of them. Jesus taught this principle in Matthew 5:41 where he said, “and whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain”. Why is this a principle that you should adopt? Walking a mile is not something that most of us would want to do, yet Jesus said if you are asked to go a mile, do more than that. What Jesus is encouraging us to do is to make the sacrifice to do more than is asked or expected of us. Why should we do this?  It will generate favor for you and set you up for a promotion.

Doing more than is expected was partially responsible for the success of Joseph and Ruth. Joseph was asked to interpret the dream of Pharaoh in Genesis 41, but he went further and offered him wise counsel, telling Pharaoh to respond by identifying a wise man to task with the responsibility of gathering one-fifth of all that was produced in the land. By doing more than was expected it was deemed by Pharaoh that none was as wise as Joseph, so he was given the position as governor of Egypt. Ruth also used this principle to good effect. After her husband died, she was well within her rights to leave the company of Naomi, her mother-in-law, and go on her own to find a new husband.  However, she never followed that path. Instead, she left her mother and father and her native land of Moab to go with Naomi to Bethlehem. By doing more than was expected, Ruth generated great favor and became the wife of Boaz, who was one of the wealthiest men in the land. Ruth came out of poverty as a result, and the primary driving force was not her beauty or nice personality, but because she did more than was expected of her.

You too can use this principle to change your world. If you are in business or ministry, do more than is expected by offering more value or benefits to those you serve than is customary in your field. If you are employed, utilize the principle by making more sales calls than is required, working extra hours and going beyond the call of duty to help your employer achieve their objective.

Life Application: Do more than is expected or asked of you by thinking of ways that you can deliver greater value or benefits than is anticipated. 

Prayer: Lord, help me to go above and beyond what is expected of me. Give me the strength so that I can excel in all aspects of my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

21 Habits for Uncommon Success in 2023: Part 5

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Take Your Excellence to the Highest Level

Daniel 6:3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

The mediocre mindset will not get us to where we want to go; to get there we must operate at the highest level of excellence. Proverbs 21:5 tells us that the thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness. What the scripture is simply telling us is that thinking and acting with excellence will result in success and increase.  One evidence that this is true is reflected in the fact that the people  or companies that have risen to the top of their field are those that operate at the highest level of excellence. Examples include Amazon, Apple, and Usain Bolt. Since this is no coincidence, what this tells us is that the key to attaining great success in any field is to take your excellence to the highest level.  

While being a captive in Babylon, Daniel took his excellence to the highest level and as a result he was given a position of authority to be one of the three (3) presidents who reported to King Darius in Daniel 6:3. The hidden message in the scripture is that operating with high levels of excellence will yield a positive payoff in any environment where it is applied.  The reason for Daniel’s rise was because he had a spirit of excellence; Daniel made it a practice to do everything with high levels of excellence. Because he operated in this way two things happened. First, he attracted greater favor than others in his environment. The scripture said that “Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes”. Operating at the highest level of excellence will pull favor in your direction. 

Second, Daniel was marked for promotion: “the king thought to set him over the whole realm”. Daniel already held a high position, yet he was the target for additional promotion. What this proves is that there is no limit to how far we can go when we take our excellence to the highest level.

There are three (3) ways in which we can take our excellence to the highest level. Start by identifying the habits and practices of the best in your field. The purpose is to decipher what excellence looks like and what is required to get there. The next stage is to commit to excellence. It took a commitment to excellence for Daniel to consistently operate at that level. The third step is to focus on continuous improvement. What was excellence in 2022 may not be excellence in 2023. When 2 Peter 1:5 said add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; it was a challenge to keep getting better. Do all it takes to operate at the highest level of excellence.

Life Application: Take your excellence to the highest level by observing how the best in your field operate then commit to do whatever it takes to operate at their level and continually get better.

Prayer: Lord, everything you do is excellent and you have created me in your image and likeness. Help me to operate in excellence at all times. And surround me with those who do so as well. In Jesus’ name, amen.

21 Habits of Uncommon Success:Part 5

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Follow Your God-Given Passion

Proverbs 28:19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough

Your greatest success will come by following your God-given passion. Solomon followed his passion for wisdom by searching out all knowledge and understanding and he became the wisest man to ever live. Moses had a passion for the people of Israel and is today regarded by many as their greatest leader ever. Paul followed his God-given passion to preach the gospel and he planted many churches and was the author of most of the books in the New Testament. Greatness is not unique to these Bible characters mentioned, great things happen when we follow our God-given passion.

Right now you might not be giving your God-given passion the required level of attention; it may be because others have told you that it would not work or based on your current situation you have talked yourself out of your passion. Look at what Proverbs 28:19 says. He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread. To till your land is to follow your God-given passion. He that doeth that according to the scripture shall experience abundance or great success. The opposite will be the outcome if we follow what vain people say and walk away from what you are most passionate about. What will you choose to do?

Two reasons you should never forsake your passion. First, it is the field in which God has anointed you to succeed. 

Second,  the field that you are most passionate about is the area of your greatest strength. The implication is that your chances of success there will be far greater than any other field. Follow your God-given passion.

Life Application: Follow your God- given passion by identifying what you love to do the most. It might be an area in which God has used you in the past. In addition, ask God to show you how He wants you to use your passion to serve others and increasingly use your time to do that.

Prayer: Lord, lead me daily into that which you have laid on my heart to do. Help me to pursue my passion even when it is difficult to do so. In Jesus’ name, amen.

21 Habits For Uncommon Success: Part 3

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Move in the Direction of the Holy Spirit

2 Samuel 5:23 And when David enquired of the Lord, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the Lord go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.

Sometimes we act based on what we think or on the expectation of others, but that will prove to be a mistake.  We often do what we feel like doing, when we feel like doing it, but using that approach is how we make a lot of mistakes. One of the principles that the Israelites learnt immediately after they came out of Egypt was to only move when the cloud of His spirit moved. If the cloud stood still, everyone was required to stand their ground, but the moment that the cloud moved, all Israel moved in the direction that the cloud was moving. There were two interrelated principles that this section of scripture teaches. The first is to only move when God moves. Moving without God is attempting to do things in your own strength, by now you should know that this will lead to failure. Victory comes when we do it in God’s strength. God’s message to Zerubbabel in Zechariah 4:6 was “not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. What God was telling him to do was to depend on His strength.

The second principle that the scripture teaches is to allow God to show us what to do. By going in the direction that the cloud went, the Israelites were allowing God to show them what they should do. Let God direct your every step.

2 Samuel 5:18- 26 shows why it is necessary to let God direct your every step. After David became king of Israel, the Philistines came against him, he sought the Lord about the matter and God told him to go up against them because He would deliver them into his hand. David did what the Lord said, and he came away victorious. To avenge their loss the Philistines came against David a second time and as was his custom, David paused to enquire of the Lord what he should do.  This time around God gave him a different strategy. Instead of attacking from the front as they did the last time, God told him to attack from behind. However, he was told to wait until he heard the sound in the top of the mulberry trees before attacking because it was then that God would go before them and smite the Philistines. What if David had not gone back to God for fresh direction? He would have used the strategy that he used the first time and found himself defeated. In addition, because he sought God’s direction, he never had to do it in his strength.  God went ahead of them and smote their enemies, which left them far less to do than if they attempted to do it on their own.

Don’t make the mistake of acting based on what you think or in accordance with the expectation of others, so much more will be accomplished by allowing God to direct your every step.  

Life Application: Let God direct your step by continually asking God to show you what to do throughout your days and diligently seek God’s direction prior to making important decisions.

Prayer: Lord, May I never move unless you tell me to. I do not want to do anything without your leading. I trust completely in you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

21 Habits For Uncommon Success in 2023: Part 2

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Get the Fundamentals Right

Exodus 40:16 Thus did Moses: according to all that the Lord commanded him, so did he.

Hard work is good, but that alone will not give you the results you want to see in 2023. It will come by getting the fundamentals right. Getting the fundamentals right involves adhering to biblical laws and principles and quickly carrying out divine instructions. The great success that Abraham was able to attain was because he got the fundamentals right. He learnt quickly that the key to a successful life is to live by the word of God.  Therefore, his life was characterized by promptly following every instruction that was given by God and acting in accordance with his laws and principles. Abraham was not the only one who this approach worked for, there are also other notable examples. After spending 40 years in the wilderness, Moses saw a dramatic turnaround in his life to the extent that he is still esteemed today as the greatest leader that Israel had ever seen. What accounted for his change in fortunes? Exodus 40:16 gave us insight into that. In the aftermath of the burning bush experience, he consistently did all that the Lord commanded him to do. When we sow the laws and principles of God into our lives, we will reap his promises.

There are two (2) things that we must do in order to get the fundamentals right. The first is to become familiar with the laws and principles of God. Hosea 4:6 says, “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. According to Judges 2, a generation of the Israelites grew up not knowing God and His words and they soon found themselves oppressed by the enemy. They failed to get the fundamentals right because they were not familiar with the word of God. 

The second thing that is required to get the fundamentals right is that we must elevate the laws and principles of God above everything else in our world. Job 23:12 says “I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food”. To consistently execute the word of God we must make it our priority.   In Genesis 22 when God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, he arose and did it first.  That is one way that we prioritize the word of God. Leaving the word of God for last could result in it not getting done. Get the fundamentals right by doing the word of God first.

Life Application: Get the Fundamentals right by studying the word of God for at least 10 minutes daily and with the help of the Holy Spirit write down ways in which you can apply what you have learnt to your life.  In addition, make time to quickly carry out every divine instruction. 

Prayer: Lord, as we navigate the different areas of our lives this year, teach us your laws and principles that we may carry them out as you have designed. Help us to honor your word in all our ways. In Jesus’ name, amen.

21 Habits for Uncommon Success in 2023

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Changing your life outcomes begins with changing your habits.

# 1 Carry God with You in Every Situation

Genesis 39:2 And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

The approach that will guarantee you victory and success is to carry God with you in every situation that you face. It is an understanding of the importance of this principle why it was typical for the Israelites to carry the Ark of The Covenant or the presence of God into battle and other situations that they faced. Joseph carried God with him into his slavery situation in Egypt and he came out triumphant. The scripture mentioned three (3) times in Genesis 39 that the Lord was with Joseph, because that was the case, although his resume never qualified him for the position of governor, he got the job nonetheless. Attempting to do anything without God being with you is setting up yourself for failure.

Several benefits accrue to those who carry God with them in every situation. One such is victory over your enemies. Psalms 91:7 declares “a thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee”. For as long as God was with Samson, his enemies were never a match for him. 

A second benefit is that of angelic protection. Psalms 91:11 says, “for he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways”. 

Thirdly, God will promote you when you make it a practice to carry Him with you. When speaking concerning those who abide in the secret place or the presence of God Psalms 91:14 said “I will set him on high, because he hath known my name”. Joseph was promoted because God was with Him. 

Finally, when God is with you, expect Him to answer your prayers. Moses spent much time in God’s presence and when he called to God he responded. Treasure the presence of God; there is so much that comes with carrying God with you in every situation

Life Application: Carry God with you in every situation by consistently living in God’s presence through scheduled times of prayer and maintaining an atmosphere of worship.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for taking me in the new year. As I embark on another year, I will carry you with me in every situation. May your purpose be fulfilled in and through me. May I live intentionally everyday as I accomplish your will and purpose for my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Position Yourself to Receive More

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1 Samuel 2:21 And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord.

When we give to God, He does not merely give back to us what we give to Him; He will always give us more. Consistent with that in Matthew 19:29 Jesus said, “and everyone that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life”. What the scripture was communicating was that whatever we give to God we can expect to receive more.

Hannah was an example of giving to God and receiving a multiple of what she gave. After being barren for years and desperately wanting a child, God opened her womb, and she gave birth to Samuel. While asking for a son, she had promised God that if He gave her a son, she would give him back to Him for his service. When the child was weaned, Hannah brought him to the temple and gave him to the Lord.   After she gave him back to God, 1 Samuels 2:21 tells that God honored her gift by not just giving her one more. God visited her situation and gave her three (3) sons and two (2) daughters. She gave to God one child and God gave her five (5) more.  One of the things that could prevent us from giving to God is the view that when we do, we are losing something. However, the experience of Hannah shows that when we give to God, we are not losing anything, we are positioning ourselves to receive more. No longer allow the fear of loss to hinder you from giving to God, see it as an opportunity to get more.

Life Application: Position yourself to receive more by willingly giving to God what He requires.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you that you are God who multiplies and gives exceedingly more than we can ask or imagine. Help me to give to you Sacrificially knowing you will multiply what I have given. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Receive Beauty for Ashes

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Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

God will give you beauty for ashes, only trust him.  Among the things that Jesus was anointed to do in Isaiah 61 was to attend unto those who are sorrowful and turn their situations by giving them beauty for their ashes. What that means is that God will turn your messy situation into something beautiful. Did he not do it for Naomi? Her situation was bad. While she was living in the land of Moab, she not only lost her husband, her two sons also died. All her dreams dashed, there was only hopelessness and despair. But God turned it around for her. Her beauty for ashes came when Ruth, her daughter-in-law, married Boaz who was one of the wealthy men in Bethlehem.  As a result, she had access to wealth that she never had before. Although your situation may look messy, expect God to make it into something beautiful.

Not only did God give Naomi beauty for ashes, two other things happened. The first is that she received the oil of joy for her mourning. The name Naomi means beautiful. However, when she returned to Bethlehem she refused to be called by that name, she told them to call her “Mara”, which means bitterness. The sadness that she had about her situation caused her to refuse the name Naomi, because there was nothing beautiful about her situation. But when God turned it around, she got her joy back. Her mourning was replaced with joy. In addition, she got the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Rather than talk about her sorrowful situation, she could talk about God’s goodness in turning her situation around. Trust God to give you beauty for ashes, but when he gets through with you, He would have accomplished much more.

Life Application: Receive beauty for ashes by trusting God with all your heart to do what He said He will do.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for making preparations to improve my unfavorable circumstances. Thank you for turning my mourning into joy. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Desist From Doing Things the Same Way

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Jeremiah 7:3 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.

We cannot keep doing things the same way and expect them to change. Doing it the same way will only create the same result.  The people of Judah were on a path to be removed from their land and taken into captivity by the Babylonians. They had two options before them, they could either keep doing things the same way, or they could follow God’s prescription in Jeremiah 7:3 which was to “amend their ways and doings”. The “ways” refer to bad habits that they had and subconsciously did without thinking about it.  Their doings or practices were things that they consciously did that broke the laws of God.  To create change they needed to alter their habits and practices. Given how deep rooted the problem was, the only real solution was to reprogram their mind with the word of God. However, they chose to do otherwise, and nothing changed.

Believing a lie is the number one reason we keep doing things the wrong way. The people of Judah were guilty of that. God told them In Jeremiah 7:8 “behold ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit”.  What God was doing was bringing to their attention that the major factor that was holding them back from changing was them believing lying words. To fix the problem the people of Judah needed to discontinue their false beliefs by choosing instead to believe the truth, which is the word of God. How we operate is primarily based on our beliefs, so unless we change our beliefs, we cannot see any lasting change. Because they failed to change their beliefs, they missed out on the blessing that would have come with that change and that was that God would have allowed them to stay in the land. Whatever area you need to create change, start by changing your beliefs by using the word of God.

Life Application: Change your habits and practices by altering your beliefs by memorizing, mediating upon, and practicing the word of God for a protracted period. 

Prayer: Lord, erase every negative thought I have that is not in alignment with your word. May my beliefs reflect yours at all times. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Identify Opportunities in Your Crisis Situations

Daily Devotional

1 Samuel 17:26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?

How you see your situation determines whether it is perceived as a crisis or an opportunity. When Goliath taunted Israel in 1 Samuel 17, all of Israel saw it as a crisis except David. Because they saw the situation as a crisis, they were overcome with fear and for 40 days did nothing. In addition, they paid little or no attention to the reward that Saul promised to the man who killed Goliath. The problem was that they were unable to see the opportunity that existed in the crisis. David on the other hand, recognized that there was a crisis, but also gave attention to the opportunity. He asked the question in 1 Samuel 17:26 what shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine and taketh away the reproach from Israel? Even after he was told that the man would be made rich and given the daughter of the King to marry, he went again and asked the same question in 1 Samuel 17:30. While everybody else was talking about the problem, the focus of David’s conversation was on the opportunity and the reason that was the case was because he saw the situation as an opportunity.

There is always an opportunity in every crisis; those who come out on top are those who see and seize the opportunities that come before them. The reason David could seize the opportunity was because he was most prepared. He had previously killed a lion and a bear with his bare hands and those encounters with those ferocious animals prepared him mentally and physically to conquer the giant. What is the crisis that you are facing? Recognize that there are also opportunities in the same situation. The opportunities may include learning and growth or promotion. David changed the trajectory of his life by seizing the opportunity and you can do the same.

Life Application: Amid the difficulties that you might face, see and seize the opportunities that are before you by being prepared. In addition, change your language from talking about the problem to talking about opportunities for growth and development.

Prayer: Lord, help me to identify the opportunities that are present in every difficult situation that I face instead of allowing them to consume me with negativity. In Jesus’ name, amen.

It Is Not Over Until God Says It Is Over

Daily Devotional

John 11:23 & 34 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again…. 34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see

Regardless of how far gone your situation may be, it is not over if God has spoken concerning your situation.

Your situation cannot get any worse than the one that Lazarus was in. When Jesus arrived on the aseen he was 4 days in the grave and by then he would have started to stink. What made the difference was that Jesus spoke a word concerning the situation. He said to Martha in St. John 11:23, “your brother shall rise again”. Martha thought he was speaking futuristically, but because Jesus is the resurrection, dead things cannot stay dead when He is present. Accordingly, He later told Mary, who is Martha’s sister, to show Him where they have laid Him. Since Jesus is the resurrection,  the principle that He was teaching by the request is to take Him into your dead situations. When Martha did, Lazarus came back to life after Jesus said “Lazarus come forth”.

Although all those who were present at the home of Lazarus would have concluded that it was over for him, he lived again. It should be a reminder to you that your situation is not beyond God’s capability.

Life Application: Restore life to your situation by taking the presence of Jesus into your dead situation.

Prayer: Lord, I invite your presence in situations that I have given over as dead or impossible to fix. Take control Jesus and make a way where there seems to be no way. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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