Matthew 6:31-34 "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof ."
Added to you! Not taken away! That proves that the Father cares for His own.
"Be not therefore anxious for the morrow." You see, God doesn't want His children to be anxious, or to worry. In today's passage, God is saying, "Have no worry, no fret, no anxiety. Because I am your Heavenly Father, I know you have need of these things. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."
That's what God our Father is saying! If God is your Father, you may be assured that He will take a father's place and perform a father's part. You may be certain that if God is your Father, He loves you, and He will care for you. Praise God, I'm glad He's my Father! Is He yours?
Confession: I do not worry about what I shall eat or drink, or what I shall wear. My Heavenly Father knows I have need of all these things. I have sought first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things are added unto me.
James 1:18,21 "Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.... Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls."
What about our souls? Aren't our souls saved when we're born again? No. There are many Christians who have been saved and filled with the Holy Spirit for years whose souls are not saved yet! Some have lived and died without their souls being saved. Did they go to Heaven? Certainly. They were children of God, and their spirits were born of God.
The soul, you see, is not born again. The saving of the soul is a process.
The Epistle of James was written not to sinners, but to Christians. And James was telling us that our souls are not saved yet. James 1:21 bothered me for some time, until I found out the difference between the spirit and the soul.
A man's spirit—the innermost man—receives eternal life and is born again. But his intellect and his emotions—which constitute his soul—still have to be dealt with. They must be renewed. That is why we see so many immature Christians; they remain babies in the faith, they don't pray, they don't read their Bibles or Christian books that will grow them up.
Confession: I am a spirit. I have a soul. I live in a body. I am begotten of God by the Word of Truth. I am born again. Now I receive with meekness the engrafted Word which contains the power to save the soul which I possess. My intellect is being renewed with the Word of God.
Heb. 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
Some people have a belief that healing is not for us today. They believe that healing is a miracle, and that miracles do not belong to us today. I think this attitude can easily be shown to be erroneous by the simple definition of a miracle.
According to the dictionary, a miracle is "an act or happening in the material or physical sphere that apparently departs from the laws of nature or goes beyond what is concerning these laws." A miracle is an intervention of God into the realm of natural laws or human activity. In other words, it's God coming on the scene. And whenever God comes into immediate contact with man, a miracle is performed.
Every answer to prayer, regardless of how small or how big, is a miracle. Every New Birth is a miracle. In fact, you can ask God for no greater miracle than the New Birth.
Think about it. In the New Birth, man becomes a new person. He is not just revamped or worked over. He is born again and becomes a new man, a new creature in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17). Therefore, an act of healing whereby God comes into immediate contact with man's physical body is no more a miracle than the New Birth in which God comes into contact with the spirit of man. It takes a miracle to change the nature of an individual.
So to say that miracles belong only to the first apostles would be to say that the New Birth is not for us today and that God is only a mere specter in the world that He created. It's easy to see the fallacy of this teaching. If miracles have passed away, then the New Birth has passed away, and no one can be saved in this day. We know this is not true.
I know that the New Birth has not passed away, because I am saved. I am a new creature in Christ Jesus. Therefore, miracles have not passed away. I receive my miracle - my answer to prayer -now
Mark 11:22-24 "And Jesus answering saith unto them, 'Have faith in God. (or the same kind of Faith as God --PL) 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. Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.'"
Did you notice that Jesus talked only one time in here about praying, and He talked about "saying" three times more than "praying." So our confessions need to be a least three times more than our praying. After praying I just start confessing. Praying is important. But saying and not doubting is more important. So start writing down what you want or need from God and 3 or 4 times a day say,
"I am healed" or "God is prospering me," for example. Find the scriptures that say what you need and start to confess them. Don't stop Praying or Praising. But say, say, say what you want from God.
Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding."
"Your own understanding" is your own reasoning, your own thinking, or your own head or mind. In other words, you could rephrase that proverb to say, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own head!" I think most Christians try to practice that in reverse. They trust in the Lord with all their head and lean not to their own heart. That's not what God said to do.
Hebrews 4:3 says, "For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, 'As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest': although the works were finished from the foundation of the world."
How can you tell if people are believing in their heart or just saying it from their head? The Scripture says that those who have believed "do enter into rest." Remember, I said that the laying on of hands is a point of contact. That's the point where you start believing that you receive your healing. That's the point where you enter into rest about the situation. You're no longer frustrated. You're no longer fretting. You're not trying to get something. You believe that you have received it, and there is a rest on the inside of you. There is a rest in your spirit. Then you just sort of laugh to yourself, smile, and say, "I've got it; it's mine."
Confession: I am not TRYING to get something. I believe that I have received. There is a rest on the inside of me. There is a rest in my spirit. I have healing; it's mine!
"And Jesus answering saith unto them, 'Have faith in God. 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. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.'" (Mark 11:22-24)
Find scriptures for healing, find scriptures for money, find scriptures for a sound mind, etc., and start saying them over and over every hour. Find scriptures for what you need. Say them, write them down. put them over your desk, and put them on a card.
Confession: I am healthy, I am strong. God is prospering me, I have a good marriage, I have plenty, I have all I need. I am blessed and highly favored. Goodness and mercy are following me all the days of my life.
Genesis 1:26-27 "And God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.' So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him."
Psalm 149:4 "For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people."
If man is made in the likeness of God, and God is a Spirit, then man, of necessity, must be a spirit.
God made man for His own pleasure. He made man to fellowship with Him. Man is not an animal; Man is in the same class with God, otherwise, he couldn't fellowship with God.
Did you ever try to fellowship with a cow? Cows are in a different kingdom than you are in. They are in a different class. You can't fellowship with them. But we can fellowship with one another. And we can fellowship with God, because we are in the same class of being as God. God is a Spirit. And man, created in the image and likeness of God, is also a spirit being.
Confession: God is a Spirit, and I am a spirit. I am created in God's image and in His likeness. I am in the same class of being as God. I can give God pleasure. I can fellowship with Him.
The Daily Bread
A devotional to equip, exhort, motivate and feed your spirit.
Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.