God wants bold children, the bible says in the book of Daniel 11:32, that those that know their God shall be strong and shall do exploits, telling us that it is part of the call of every Christian to be strong and courageous.
God told Joshua that he would be with him, that statement alone, should have gotten Joshua singing for joy, but then God didn’t stop there, he told him that despite the fact that he- God was going to be with him, he needed to be strong and courageous and he showed him how, he told him to meditate and speak the word, so we know that one sure way to be strong and courageous, is to let the word of God (i.e. the ability of God) soak into you by constant meditation, Joshua 1:7-8.
Well, Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:6-7 to stir up the gift of God that was in him, and he also said that God had given him a spirit of power, but Timothy’s responsibility was to stir up the gift, how? By praying in the holy Ghost. The bible says in 1 Corinthians 14:4, that he that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself, another rendering of the word edifieth is embolden, that tells you that God is not going to make you bold, he has shown you how to embolden yourself, he said spend time praying in the holy Ghost.
So we have seen from the word, that the more we meditate and speak the word, and the more we pray in the holy Ghost, the more strong and courageous we get, allowing ourselves to do exploits in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
God’s plan for the believer is to make him so influential that with his influence he would take the gospel to places where the gospel would not have reachee if not for his influence or would not be allowed because of environmental/ societal restrictions.
Technology is one of such blessings, now a minister can get on television, and in the long run into the bedroom of a man that would not welcome any preacher into his house, if he knocked on his door!
A Christian can get so influential that even if they would not want the gospel to be preached in China, they would not be able to refuse the money that the believer would pay for a slot on TV.
When Micheal Jackson died, it was aired all over the world. Jesus, the son of God died for the sins of the world over two thousand years ago and there are some people that haven’t even heard what he did.
Money is important in preaching the gospel, follow the principles given us in the bible to have money, (one of such principles is giving) so that your level of influence would be increased, and you would reach more people by your giving.
The poor useth intreaties;
but the rich answereth roughly.
Every business man ought to be profit minded, the achievement of the business can be deduced from the annual turn over and the profit made. God is an investor and he doesn’t invest in waste, he invests in profitable ventures; he is very business minded and it is revealed in the instructions we receive from him, he tells us to weigh our words before we speak, meaning we shouldn’t just talk any how but we should be profit minded, our words should be edifying all the time.
Well he gave us his word and showed us that his word is profitable, it would have been good enough if he had said his word is nice or can help us change but more than that he tells us that the word of God is profitable, so every second invested in studying and/ or doing the word is a profitable investment.
The word of God says “Resist the devil and he will flee from you!” That is a profitable investment, if you felt a pain caused in your body by the devil or you are experiencing a financial difficulty championed by the devil, it would help you much more and it would be of great profit to you if you simply do what God says, instead of crying or feeling really bad for yourself, resist te devil with your words of faith. The word tells us not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers, maybe you are interested in a lady and she is not quite saved, and you feel you would loose out if you keep away, well… the word of God is profitable, it would pay you much more if you hearken (hear to do) to the word.
Remember God is always looking out for your success, he wants the best for you, thus if he gave you a material to live by, it must definitely be meant for your success.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Feed your love for Jesus. You can do that by spending adequate time meditating on him; his love, his works, his ability and his personality in general.
Love can increase in quality and depth, and knowledge feeds love. Study the bible and learn more about Jesus, about his love for the father, his love for the whole world and his love for you. Pen down the key points of the things you observed that expressed his love for others, maybe his use of words, maybe his actions, whatever you find, pen it down and spend time maybe five minutes thinking about the person and character of Jesus.
Meditating like this, would cause you to alter your way of thinking about different things in life (men, money, etc.) and if you can change the way you think, you definitely would change the way you act and react in life.
It wouldn’t just jump on i.e. the desire to love Jesus and do all he says you should do, you must learn to fan the flames of passion in you for the Master and you would need to commit time to do that; praying, studying and meditating as has been shared above and watch yourself live in love and live out love all the time!
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you:continue ye in my love.
God’s eyes are over you, he sends his angels to guide you. He is with you always. Consider th birds of the air, Jesus said, not one of them is sold without God’s knowledge! Wow! That means from the start of the world till date, God has a record of every single bird that has been sold, been eaten and has died due to harsh weather conditions or human factors.
Interestingly, even though he had so much information about the birds, he didn’t send an angel to die for them! He sent his son to die for human beings, woah… that means that he is so concerned about us, even to the details we consider unimportant and we pay little or no attention to, he knows the number of every hair on the head of every human on the face of the earth. He really does care about you, much more than you permit yourself to believe.
Well, this our all knowing God, knows where the excess money is in the world, he knows where the excess resources are, he knows where the job is and where the right people are situated and since he is looking out for your best, he definitely wants to channel all you require your way. Hear Jesus say “Ask! And you shall receive that your joy may be full, John 16:26-27” in other words, God is saying “boast yourself in me, I can give you anything you want.” Think about the son of the Local Government Chairman or the Mayor, he majors on what his dad can do for him and all that his dad has, God is saying to you also “Ask! Ask!! Ask!!! I really do care about you and while I remain your father, which i always will, nothing in this world can hurt you, absolutely nothing, I am your exceeding great reward!”
Learn to meditate everyday on his love and goodness and rest in his love all the time!
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Instrutions are important in measuring how successful an individual would be, for example if given a task to clean two rooms in a flat, your success in that task would be determined by how well you carried out the instruction you were given. If you end up cleaning just a room, you would not be seen as very successful but if you clean the two rooms the way you were instructed to, then you can be called a successul individual.
The word of God is the instruction manual for believers in the life of righteousness, to measure your success as a believer, you judge yourself by the standards and instructions found in the word. For example the bible says “talk little, listen a lot, do not get angry easily, because you don’t do the right things according to God’s standard when you get angry” James 1:19-20. That’s not a suggestion but an instruction from the Spirit of God, so you measure how successful you are in this life of righteousness on how much you listen, speak and get angry and if you are found wanting, you simply change your course afterall the life of God in you has made you a master over every circumstance, a master over your emotions, feelings and words, so you practise talking less, listening a lot and never getting angry.
This is one reason the study of the word of God is so important, he gives you the guideline for your success as a believer. Follow the instructions you find in the word and watch yourself improve in passion and excellence.
Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go:
keep her; for she is thy life.
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.
It’s worth noting that Jesus said whosoever believes in him should not perish, he didn’t say would not perish, meaning that even if God doesn’t want you to perish, he puts some responsibility on you.
For example, concerning finances, the bible says all things are yours, he says Jesus was made poor so that you would be rich, and the word shows us that we are the sons and daughters of a great God; a King! But Jesus said, whosoever believs on him should not suffer lack, not would not suffer lack, because there are Christians all around the world that are poor, but he said ‘should not’, meaning it is inconsistent with their nature if they do.
Concerning health, the Christian should not fall sick, he didn’t say will not, cause many are sickly and even die, but it is not consistent with God’s plan for their lives, it should not be that way, but sad enough, it is.
When you came into Christ, God gave you his word, to guide you on how to live the life of the word. The word of God is called the instruction manual in the life of righteousness, meaning he will teach you how to follow the rules in this life, how to be a champion and master over the devil and the cohorts of hell, how to be a master in your finances, in your family, in your environment and in your body, but if you ignore the word and do things your own way, you would suffer harm and loss.
Get to God’s word constantly, remember if you are suffering in one way or the other, you ought not to and the solution out of such a problem is in the word, start your journey today, charting your course with your mouth!