As believers, we are called to minister to one another, bringing comfort and edification. It is important to remember that we are only vessels. God is the one who gives the increase to whatever we plant or water. Sometimes people we minister to may look at us like we are powerful. We must resist any word that tells us we are great or mighty. God alone gets the glory!
An anointed word will always point to the Lord. He is the one doing the work. We can do nothing for God without the Holy Spirit. When He manifests, there is a drawing to Jesus, to His love and grace. Satan uses pride and self-glorification to lead people to deception. Protection from deception comes through submission to God.
It is as we submit ourselves to God that we can resist the enemy. The very act of submitting to God is what resists the enemy. We submit by surrendering our will and our way to the Lord. We walk in the spirit, knowing and trusting that it’s all about Him, His will, and His way. We yield ourselves to Him, and let Him be, from glory to glory!
James 4:6-7 “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Integrity and prosperity work hand-in-hand. If there are any areas where we are not walking in integrity, our prosperity is hindered. Success in appearance only, not birthed from integrity of heart, will fall to nothing. As we pursue our goal to remain faithful in all we do, the Lord honors our hunger for righteousness.
God leads us in our pursuit of walking in truth. It might require confronting ourselves and others; but the result is freedom, peace and joy. It is a personal walk as each of us is taught what is needed to take us further. The truth we come to know sets us free. It is an experiential knowledge, not a head knowledge. The integrity He shows us leads us to greater prosperity. To prosper means to succeed. We reach the wholeness Christ has set us to attain in spirit, soul, and body.
As we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, all things are added unto us. We enjoy our wealth in Him and trust He will meet all of our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus! Walking in truth, we are free from the lies of our adversary. Material prosperity means nothing without spiritual and emotional prosperity. We progress in truth, from glory to glory!
3 John 1:2-4 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly, when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Do we ever feel like we shouldn’t have done this, or said that? The offense least confronted is the offense we have with self. We often judge, convict, and declare ourselves guilty when the Lord has already declared us innocent. We are free from self-condemnation in Christ Jesus. This freedom helps us walk free from addiction, low self-esteem, and many other issues.
When the Holy Spirit convicts us of something that needs to change in our ways, He comes with healing and comfort. God frees those He forgives. Satan accuses us and wants us to agree with his lies. In Christ, we are free from the accusations, insecurities and lies that caused us to become stuck. We are no longer bound to anything that tries to hold us down.
We can trust what Christ has done. We don’t have to deal with what Jesus has already dealt with on the cross. God sees us clothed with the righteousness we have in Christ, not with filthy rags. Let’s not accuse ourselves; God has declared us not guilty! We seek and set our minds on the things of the Spirit, not on flesh, from glory to glory!
Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
Have we ever had a boss, principal, teacher, or pastor call us into their office? When they did, we thought, “This can’t be good. What have I done wrong?” These thoughts came from the lies satan speaks to make us expect the worst instead of the best. We learn to rebuke fear, trust and expect the best, because of God’s call upon our lives!
God calls us in when we spend more and more time in worship; when we are so intimate in our prayer time with Him that all else becomes invisible; when He has specific instructions to give us for what He wants us to do. The Spirit of God gently tugs on our hearts until we stop long enough to pay attention to His calling. His guiding light never turns off. Hallelujah!
Even in situations where others might call us in to give us bad news, God will somehow turn it around. The next time someone calls us in, let’s ask, Lord I wonder what you are working on in my life! We can expect the outcome to be glorious. In all situations, we can depend on God’s calling to supersede all others as He takes us, from glory to glory!
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
As a child of God, we have a giving heart. God will give us seeds to plant when it is our desire. He provides us with the means to sow repeatedly when we plant in obedience to His leading. God so blesses the seed cast into the ground that it brings forth sufficiency for our current and future needs.
We do not keep a seed where we can see it, but plant it trusting that God gives the increase. We can rest assured the harvest is coming. Between sowing and reaping, we do not grow weary in well-doing. We co-labor with God in caring for the field with joy and expectation of great increase. This pertains to the seeds we sow, and to us. We are seeds God has planted in the world.
The Holy Spirit is being poured out for a great harvest. The enemy has been battling the seeds planted for God’s glory, but he cannot stop what our God is bringing to pass. The incorruptible seed of the Word of God planted in us brings forth fruits of righteousness in every area of our lives. It surely will not return to God void, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 9:10-11 “Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.”