Power to Make It Happen

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

 Joshua 1:8 KJV

fist sunCan you imagine what it would be like if you had no way of doing anything at all?  What would that be like?  I am reminded of the young girl who had a sincere desire to paint but she was born without any limbs.  So she would use the muscles in her hips to maneuver her way around and use her mouth to hold the paint brush.  She is recognized as one of the more passionate artists today.  I am also thinking of the young man who lost his legs in the war and was able to enter into the Olympics after returning to the U.S.  He was given alloys in place of legs and was able to participate in the Paralympics with great success.

Well, in the supernatural, there are things that may seem like they are handicaps and will hold you to not having success.  But, when you are totally engulfed in the Word of God, this is not the case.  Today’s scripture explains that it is when the Word of God is spoken, meditated on, and adhered to, prosperity and success ensue.  Friend, trust God at His Word and just follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance and direction.  You will always find that no matter what situation has arisen in your life, it will not stop what God has ordained just for you.   He has already provided the power that you need to make your way successful daily.

Prayer:
Heavenly and Gracious and Almighty God, glory to Your name.  Glory to Your Son Jesus, the Absolute Truth!  Glory to You, O Holy Spirit.  Thank You God, for giving me everything I need to make my way prosperous and successful each and every day of my life.  Even when things present themselves in my path, you have given me power to believe and speak victory over it.  In Jesus’ name, it is so.  Amen.

About the Author:  Juliet Bramlett, Co-Overseer of Queen JB Ministries in Chicago, IL, is a Christian teacher, psalmist, and writer.  She is married with 2 children.  Follow her Facebook page – Queen JB Ministries

We Need to Praise God…He Wants Our Worship!

worshiparleneLet me begin this study by stating God does not need our praise….we need to praise Him. Yes, God has commanded that we praise Him. Praise is so important to us that God gives us instructions in the book of Psalms on the acceptable ways to do it.

We are instructed to praise God with the clapping of our hands. Psalm 100 says to make a joyful noise with our praise. Psalms 81:1 tells us to shout loudly in some cases. Yes, praise is the time in your morning service to GET LOUD FOR GOD.

When we praise God the way scriptures say to do, others will see our praise and perhaps praise God along with us making this a glorious time in the Lord.

This loud-sounding, foot stomping, hand clapping, dancing and tongues of thanksgiving are only a warm up for worship. Praise is the time where we think of God’s goodness. It’s the time that we shake off apprehensions and thoughts of what others will say or think about us.

Worship on the other hand is different. Worship brings us closer to the heart of God. There are only two requirements for worship. Our first requirement is “relationship.”  I say this because worship is a two-way street. Worship involves us giving and God receiving: God honoring our worship and us receiving what we need from Him. We must give to get in this relationship.

Our second requirement is being lead into acceptable worship. According to John 4:24, God is spirit and His worshippers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.

This kind of worship means having a pure heart open to repentance and a mind centered on God, letting the Holy Spirit be the center of our thoughts and actions. How do we get there? I’m glad you asked.

In order for us to be able to get to this point, consider our 3 R’s checklist.

1. Revelation – Knowing who God is and what He has done.

2. Recognition – Knowing the fact that God is the only one who could have done it. This knowing comes from the Holy Spirit.

3. Reaction– Falling down; the bowing of our bodies in the act of worship.

About the Author:  Arlene Bell, Minister, Author, Teacher, Psalmist, Speaker, and Co-Owner of Heart Thoughts Publishing.  Follow her Facebook page – “And the Bible Says”

Monetize Your Blog

There are a number of ways to make money with your blog including ads and affiliate programs.  Listed are some of the most popular ways to earn money with your blog. 

Google Adsense

Google Adsense allows you to include relevant text and image ads on your blog.  They are the most popular and profitable source of income.  You can establish an Adsense account with your current Google account.  https://www.google.com/adsense/

Amazon Associates

You can earn up to 10% on sales from links on your site.  You can add materials that are relevant to your topic including your own materials if they are available on Amazon.com.    You can include banners, links and/or widgets.  https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/

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Top Internet Sites for Couponing

There are so many great sites online for couponers.  Below are just a few that I use.

Beginning Couponers

Are you new to the whole couponing idea and don’t know where to start?  Start here.

http://truecouponing.com/

http://www.couponing101.com/

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Print Coupons Online

Find coupons that you print at home here.

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http://www.shopathome.com/

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Facebook Coupon Pages

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Surviving The Stores

Not So Extreme Couponing

I did not buy $1,500 worth of stuff for $2.15, but what I saved was incredible.

couponsI began my couponing journey about a year and half ago and it has been fantastic. I cannot believe the money I have saved in terms of the value added to my shopping trips. Before I began couponing, I spent an average of $175 per week for groceries for my family of 5. We never really seemed to be stocked up on anything. My initial goal was to cut down my grocery bill by $50 per week and try to maintain the same amount groceries. I quickly learned that a better strategy for me would be to use the $175 that I was already spending and try to get stocked up on some things before cutting my budget. I have far exceeded my goal. Not only are our cabinets filled to the rim, I have donated over $700 worth of stuff to shelters, family and friends.

Although I swore not to do it, I began a “small” stockpile. I could not help it. Free premium toothpaste and extremely discounted brand name shampoo, body wash, deodorant and laundry products are hard to pass up, particularly when they are within your desired budget. This allows me to give to others without any additional cost on my part. What a blessing.

So…for the final numbers, I spent $4,179.26 in groceries over the last 25 weeks, which comes to about $167 per week. I was able to purchase about $9,987.29 worth of stuff, which come to about $5,808.03 in free stuff. Through couponing I am getting way more than I paid for.

The verdict…we will definitely continue to coupon. While it does take some time, it is well worth it. I spend on average 6 hours a week reading couponing blogs and clipping/organizing my coupons. However, I am saving about $232 per week which comes to just over $38 per hour. I didn’t make that much when I worked full time as a chemical engineer. This couponing thing is a definite keeper.

Understanding the Mind

brainBefore we can renew our minds, we must understand how the mind works. Don’t allow this to scare you. You don’t have to have the knowledge of a doctor, psychologist or a neurologist; however, you do need a basic working knowledge of how things work. It is similar to operating a car. You don’t have to be an automotive designer or even a mechanic to operate a car. However, you must know where to place the gasoline and oil in your car. If you put the gasoline where the oil goes or vice versa, your car will not operate.

The Difference Between the Brain and the Mind

We must first begin with an understanding that there is a difference between the brain and the mind. If you were to compare the brain and mind to a computer, the brain would be the actual, physical computer hardware, while the mind could be seen as the software.

The Brain

The brain is a part of the central nervous system situated within the skull. It includes two cerebral hemispheres, the brainstem and cerebellum. Its functions include muscle control and coordination, sensory reception and integration, speech production, memory storage, and the elaboration of thought and emotion.

The Mind

The mind is the term most commonly used to describe the higher functions of the human brain. It includes personality, thought, reason, memory, intelligence, emotion and all unconscious cognitive processes. Although the mind has been the subject of much research over the years, it is still a great mystery. There is still much to learn about this important facet of our psyche. As the scripture states, we are wonderfully made.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 139:13-14 (New International Version)

You can hear a person speak to you because of your brain. You understand what they are saying because of your mind. Your brain handles the raw information as energy waves. The sound of a person’s voice is produced by the vibrations of their vocal cords. These waves of energy vibrate at a certain frequency that is picked up by parts of your ears. Those waves are then processed by the portion of your brain that deals with sound and audible waves. However, it is your mind that interprets what those waves mean to you.

Faculties of the Mind

Depending on the literature that you review, you will find that there are several faculties or inherent powers or abilities of the mind. We will briefly look at six, the will, memory, perception, reason, intuition, and imagination.

Will

Will is the mental faculty by which one deliberately chooses or decides upon a course of action. It is our ability to choose, to focus, to concentrate, to commit to something or someone.  Characteristics of courage, loyalty, discipline and perseverance are all a part of the will.

Memory

Memory is the mental faculty of retaining and recalling past experience. Research is discovering that everything that has ever happened to us, around us or by us is permanently fixed in our memories. However, we don’t always know how to recall it.

Perception

Perception is the recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli based chiefly on memory. How you perceive things will determine how you feel about things. This feeling can bring about mental and physical changes. Two people can be in a room, experiencing the same sensory inputs and describe completely different perceptions of what is going on.

Reason

Reason is the capacity for logical, rational, and analytic thought.  We sometimes refer to this as intelligence. This is where we “connect the dots” and figure things out. There are basically two types of reasoning, inductive reasoning which is an educated guess and deductive reasoning which is based on facts.

Intuition

Intuition is the act or faculty of knowing or sensing without the use of rational processes. They are the thoughts and preferences that come to our minds quickly and without much reflection. In church, we sometimes associate this ability with the Holy Spirit; however, every person has this faculty.

Imagination

Imagination is the formation of a mental image of something that is neither perceived as real or present to the senses. It is sometimes referred to as the highest function of our minds. Napolean Hill called imagination “the most marvelous, miraculous, inconceivably powerful force that the world has ever known. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

State of Mind

In addition to the faculties of our minds, we must understand the state of mind that we are in. You may remember from your high school psychology class that the state of mind has several levels, including the conscious, subconscious and unconscious.

The Conscious Mind

The conscious mind is the part of the mind from which we operate out of conscious awareness. It is responsible for our day to day cognitive activity. It is believed that not more than 5 to 10% percent of the total operation in our mind occurs at the conscious level.

The Subconscious Mind

Subconscious mind stores all learned ideas, beliefs, attitudes and habits, prejudices, basic needs and drives. It is programmable but once the program is in it is very resistant to change. It is believed that 90% of our subconscious mind is programmed by the time we are 7 or 8 years old.

It is estimated that your mind is processing over 400 million bits of information per second. However, we are only aware of about 2000 of those bits. Those 2000 bits are being handled by our conscious mind. The rest is being stored and dealt with by our subconscious mind.

Many of the activities that are going on in your body right now are happening at a subconscious level. You are not consciously instructing your stomach to digest your last meal; it is automatically getting signals from your brain to do that. Many activities that you do outside your body are also being handled by your subconscious. If you have never driven to a particular place before, you would probably drive there very consciously. You would pay attention to the street signs and may have even counted the traffic lights if that were part of the directions that were given to you. However, if you are driving to a place that you drive often to, you probably drive there using more of your subconscious mind.

Unconscious mind 

The unconscious mind contains context that is harder to access and is usually repressed and hidden by sophisticated defense mechanisms. It results in behavior but it is well camouflaged. Our deepest fears, shame, painful wounds, strongly held resentments, unresolved grief and profound self-hatred are held buried and unresolved in this part of our mind. This is where most of our self-sabotage arises from.

The Bottom Line

When we “renew our minds” only at the conscious level, we are only dealing with a small fraction of our minds. We must reprogram and renew our minds at the subconscious level also. That includes the will, memory, perception, reason, intuition and imagination on both the conscious and subconscious levels. During the course of this study, we will look at tools and technology today to help us achieve this goal.

Commanded to Trust

Coco CayWe are commanded to trust God.  It is not a suggestion. It is not a request. It is a command. Not to do it is sin. Not to do it indicates character flaws in our Christian personality. Therefore, if we are having trouble trusting God, He is obligated to give us situations in our lives that force us to trust Him. He wants us to mature. He loves us that much.

Let us look at a few of the scriptures that command us to trust God. First, we find Psalm 4:5. In this Psalm, David instructs those that are observing him to offer sacrifices of righteousness and to put their trust in the Lord.

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
Psalm 4:5

We are often challenged to trust God in the area of integrity. We may cheat a little on our taxes, or even fudge the expense report a little. It is often hard to walk in integrity with God when everyone else seems to do the opposite. We are admonished here in Psalm 4:5 to offer sacrifices of righteousness and put our trust in the Lord. We must strive not to be as the world. Just because “everybody is doing it” does not mean that it is acceptable to practice unrighteousness. We must make up in our minds and show by our actions that we want to live upright before God. Only when we do this will we see His awesome power at work in our lives.

Look at Psalm 62. In this Psalm, David proclaims his trust in God for deliverance. In verses 1-7, David realizes that his only salvation and defense is in God. Therefore, he promises to wait on God. Then, in verse 8, those that are listening to this song are told likewise to trust God.

Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.

We are to trust in God at all times. It tends to be easier to trust God when things are going well. When there is money in the bank and our loved ones are well or when we are in good physical and mental health, it is not hard to trust in the delivering power of God. But when the money runs out, when our children are cutting up or when we are in excruciating pain, our trust in God begins to waver. In this verse we are commanded to trust God at all times, during the good and the trying times.

How do we bring ourselves to trust God in trying times? We may have a desire to trust God but just cannot bring ourselves to do it. How do we get past this barrier?

One way is given to us in the verse, “pour out your heart before Him.” We must seek true relationship with God. In true relationship, we have trust. Think about some of your most trusted friends. If that relationship has grown over the years, many times there were a lot of “heart pouring” sessions that took place. They would cry on your shoulder and you would cry on theirs. Over the years, you have built a relationship with that person and, for the most part, you have a sense of trust in them.

We must pour out our hearts to God. God wants us to. Although He knows our situation, we are still commanded in scripture to keep lines of communication open with Him. Why? It is through communication that we build relationship. When we pour out our hearts to God, we let our defenses down. Therefore He can be a defense for us. When we go to Him seeking deliverance, He will deliver us.

Do you want to be mature in God and trust Him for deliverance? Good.  However, there is only one way to develop that kind of trust. He must deliver you and in order for Him to deliver you, you must be a situation that requires deliverance. How can we trust God to deliver us if we never have problems that require deliverance AND we never seek His help? One thing is for certain; life will continue to give us problems that require deliverance. The question is will we continue to seek our deliverance from God.

For your edification, answer the following questions.
In Psalm 4:5, what sacrifices are we instructed to offer to God?
According to Psalm 62:8, who are we to pour out our hearts to?

Answer the following questions in your own words.
Why is it easier to trust God when things appear to be going well?
How do you think one can offer “sacrifices of righteousness”?

We want to not just hear the word, but put it into action in our lives.  Answer the questions below to help you apply this lesson to your life.
Take a few moments to do a little personal inventory.  Are there areas in your life that the Holy Spirit has brought to your attention where you are not exercising righteousness?  List them here.
Ask God for guidance as to how He would have you handle these areas.  Most of the time God has already told us what to do, but we are afraid.  Describe the actions you should take in order to resolve the issues you have listed above.

Lesson Summary
Trust in the Lord! The command is clear. We are to put our trust in God. We have already tried trusting other things to no avail. Therefore, we have no one else to trust but God. God is all-powerful.  He is able to handle our situation. We may not understand why we are where we are right now but we must believe that God is on our side. We can trust Him. He wants us to trust Him. He requires us to do so.

It Shall Be Done – The Law of Agreement

Scripture Lesson

 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 18:19

shallbedoneMeditation
Agreement on earth is a powerful thing.  Nations have risen and fallen just on the power of agreement.  The word “agree” means to concur or to consent to as a course of action.  We have often misunderstood the word “touching” as used here to mean physical touch.  The word translated here is “peri” which means about, concerning, on account of, because of, around, near.  So we are told by Jesus in this scripture that if two people shall agree on earth concerning anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them.  What a powerful promise!  Is God really prepared to back this up?  We can come up with some pretty wild stuff.  Does Jesus really know what He is saying?

Well, God has found himself in some very interesting positions because of this law of agreement.  Now this law did not just come into effect when Jesus spoke about it.  It has been in effect since God gave man freewill.  And it as made for some very interesting times.

One of the most memorable is the Tower of Babel mentioned in Genesis 11.  Although you may have heard differently, the Bible does not tell us that these people were wicked or that their motives were bad.  We do know that their desire to build a city and a tower got God’s attention and that He “came down” to see what they were doing.  Since the word “heaven”, used here, also means sky, God was not concerned that they would build a tower that would reach to where He abode. We have many skyscrapers today, so I do not think God has a problem with tall buildings.  God seems to be concerned with the fact that these people, being on one accord, would be unlimited in what they could do.

So did God take their power away?  Did He cancel the Law of Agreement?  No.  He scattered them by changing their language.  Did He tell them that they were wrong? No.  He did not send a prophetic message to them.  He just caused them to move.  Guess what? They got with people of their own language, and they moved to other areas and did exactly what they were going to do there.  They built cities and towers all over the world.  Perhaps it wasn’t what they were agreeing to do that was the problem.  It was who they were agreeing with.

Maybe you find yourself in the same place.  God may be stirring things up not because of what you are believing Him for, but maybe it is who you are agreeing with.  If the language people around you are using is becoming confusing, perhaps it is time to move on.  Since we have been on this journey of renewing our minds, I am sure that our language has become confusing to many.  We are not talking about lack and sickness and the works of the enemy.  We are proclaiming the power of God in our lives.

Affirmations
I agree with the Word of God.  I am who it says I am.  I have what it says I have.  I will seek God’s wisdom when I agree with someone concerning their prayers.  I rejoice and I am grateful for the promise that when we agree concerning anything, it will be done for us.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I Will Heal Their Land

Scripture Lesson

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

healthelandMeditation
King Solomon had completed the biggest project of his reign.  He built the temple of God.  What an honor!  Although this was a dream of his father, David, God chose to give this project to Solomon.  It was magnificent and would become one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  This day, the day for the dedication of the temple, was for God.  Solomon made sure to try to show God his love and admiration.  He sacrificed thousands of burnt offerings in an attempt to show God how much he cared.  He prayed earnestly that God would be pleased with his efforts and that God would honor this place as His dwelling place.

Solomon also prayed about the sins of the people.  Not their current sins, but their future sins.  Being wise, Solomon knew how hard it was to walk according to the law.  He struggled with it and knew his people did also.  But He loved God and he wanted to be assured that their sins would not separate them too far from God.  God responded to Solomon’s prayer in an awesome way.  First, He sent fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice.  He then filled the temple with His glory so strongly that the priest could not enter in.  Finally, He verbally responded to Solomon’s prayer in a dream about a week later.  It is from this response that we get our promise for today.

God explains the power that the people have concerning judgments that would come as a result of sin.  He tells Solomon that if He decides to judge the people by drought, locust or sickness, that there is a way out.  If His people, which are called by His name, would humble themselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will He hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.  Again, we see Jehovah Rapha, The Lord that Heals, at work.  Even in the face of sin, God is ready to heal.  Healing is truly in God’s nature.

Although this seems like a pretty easy formula to follow, the children of Israel were not able to do it on a consistent basis.  As a result, they lost the land that God had promised to heal and are still, to this very day fighting for the promised land that God gave them.

For the New Testament Christian, this verse can be summed up in one word, JESUS.  It is through Jesus that we humble ourselves before God.  It is in the name of Jesus that we now pray.  It is through Jesus that we seek the face of God since Jesus said if we see Him, we see the Father.  It is through Jesus that we have access to the Holy Spirit, whereby we can trade our wicked ways, or works of the flesh, for the fruit of the Spirit.  And finally, it is through Jesus that we realize the promise.  God hears us from heaven, He forgives our sins and He heals our land.

Affirmations
God is my Jehovah Rapha, The Lord that Heals.  I thank God for my salvation through Jesus Christ.  I thank God for the abiding Holy Spirit.  I rejoice and am grateful for the fact that God hears us from heaven, forgives our sins and heals our land.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

This article is from the book, “The Promises of God”  by Vanessa Collins.  It is available on Amazon.