Psalm 8:3-6 "When I view and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained and established, What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him? Yet You have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands…"
God did not create man for death! Death, sin, sickness, hatred, revenge, and all such tragedies reflect conditions on earth that had no place in the original plan of the Creator. Man was created instead for joy, happiness, and peace!
Man was designed for eternal fellowship with God. He was created in God's very image and likeness. He was created for joy, happiness, and peace. And he was created to give God pleasure.
God gave man a place in His creation second only to Himself, with dominion as far-reaching as the universe itself. Adam was the master of himself, of creation, and of Satan. Adam did not have to yield to sin--he had a choice.
Confession: I will do what I was designed to do; I will fellowship with God. I will give Him pleasure. The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). So I will walk in faith. I will not be dominated by sin, sickness, fear, and doubt, or anything else that is of the devil. I choose to walk with God.
John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
We talked about this yesterday during service (12/7/14). We need to see the manifestations of God. We need the world to see the manifestations of God. But it starts with you and I. We need to be obedient to the Father.
Show him that we love Him by our actions, praying in the spirit, reading and teaching the Word, in our giving etc., just being a doer of the word and not a hearer only. Praying for the gifts of the Holy Spirit. As we start seeing the gifts manifested in our life, we will be the witness that the Father is looking for. AMEN
Confession: I covet the gifts of the spirit and I am like Paul: I pray in tongues more than them all. And the gifts are manifested in my life as the Lord wills.
Proverbs 17:22: "A Merry heart doeth good like a medicine."
Proverbs 6:2 "Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth."
Let's take some medicine and get happy. Don't worry about what you can't change; be excited about what your can change.
I think we are way too serious about things that God will take care of for us in Faith. Faith does bring results. Stress is a lack of faith. The lack of joy can mean the lack of faith.
Let's not get snared by our words or our thoughts. Don't set a trap for yourself. Get around people that laugh and love life. Don't worry, be Happy! It will bring health to your body and soundness to your mind.
Psalm 91:14-15 "Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore.... He shall call upon me, and I will answer him."
"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not" (Jeremiah 33:3).
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive" (Matt. 21:22).
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them" (Mark 11:24).
And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you...ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full" (John 16:23-24).
These are by no means all of the scriptures on the subject of prayer. But these scriptures alone are enough to set our hearts on fire. They're enough to start us praying. Why? Because El Shaddai said to us, "I will answer." The Almighty God--the One who is more than enough--has promised to answer those who set their love on Him!
Confession: I have set my love upon Almighty God; therefore, He answers me. I call upon Him, and He answers me. I ask, and He gives me. I seek, and He causes me to find. I knock, and He opens it to me. What things soever I desire, when I pray, I believe that I receive them, and God causes me to have them. Whatever I ask in Jesus' Name, Almighty God gives me. My joy is full!
Psalm 91:14 "He hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him."
"I will," or "I shall" is the strongest assertion that can be made in the English language. And in the last part of Psalm 91, there are seven things this God who is more than enough says He will do for the person who has set his love upon Him. (Thank God, I've set my love upon Him--have you?)
Notice that God didn't say, "I may do it," or "If I don't run out of energy, I'll do it. If My power doesn't wane, I'll do it." No! He is the All-Sufficient One, and He said, "I will do it."
First, God said, "I will deliver them...." This God who is more than enough is a delivering God. He kept His Word with Abraham, and delivered Israel--and He's still the Deliverer today. God is not the oppressor; He is the Deliverer! Acts 10:38 makes that clear. Satan is the oppressor of mankind--but Jesus is our Deliverer!
Confession: I have set my love upon God; therefore, He delivers me. He is a delivering God. And God is more than enough. He will never run out of energy. He will never run out of power. God will do all that He has said He will do. He's the All-Sufficient One, and He WILL do it!
Genesis 17:1 "And when Abram was 90 years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect."
The original Hebrew of this Old Testament verse reads that God said, "I am El Shaddai."
God was revealed to Israel by seven covenant names, one of which was El Shaddai, which literally means "the God who is more than enough," or "the All-Sufficient One."
It will help your faith to think of God as "the One who is more than enough!"
Throughout the Old Testament, God revealed Himself as El Shaddai--the God who is more than enough. For example, as God was bringing the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage, Pharaoh's soldiers went after them to recapture them and make them slaves again.
On one side of the children of Israel was the wilderness; on the other side, mountains. The Red Sea lay before them. They seemingly were boxed in, but they looked to God-- the God who is more than enough--and He divided the sea!
He congealed the depths in the heart of the sea! (Exodus 15:8) He froze the waters! The waters stood up on each side like a wall, and Israel walked across to the other side. Our God is more than enough!
Confession: My Father is El Shaddai, the God who is more than enough. He's more than any mountain to my right. He's more than any enemy behind me. He's more than any obstacle before me. He is my very own Father. And He is El Shaddai - the God who is more than enough! He is the God of Miracles.
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.