For someone searching today for answers:

“Trying to change everything around you but not putting an effort into changing you will result in dysfunction and disappointment.” ~ Michael Johnston

Consider the seed. It goes in the ground and gets covered up by soil. Rain, wind, sunshine, and fertilizer influence the seed into what it becomes. The seed doesn’t change anything but itself, only after being influenced by these elements. You are that seed. 

In the event of a transplant, whatever grew from seed to plant form continues to be influenced by the elements that surround it. 

When you manipulate your surroundings to better serve you, growth is hindered. 
In the end, the seed, which becomes a tree, plant, flower, or food, only stands to influence those that benefit from it. Your plan and purpose as a tiny seed – is to help others. 

Questions to consider:

  • Am I willing to change so I can grow? 
  • What influences are in my life that are good? Which are bad?
  • Looking through the lens of the Holy Spirit, what purpose and plan did God put inside me so others could benefit?

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

Romans 10:17 | NASB

Faith has always intrigued me.
It’s both a gift of the Spirit and a fruit of the Spirit.
Without it, we cannot please God. With it, we can move mountains.
It comes from hearing the good news of the gospel, and the testimony of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior. 

        Faith is in direct proportion with the                  heart of God.

The most interesting aspect of faith to me is that, in most ways, it’s immeasurable. We’re each given a measure, but that measure is limitless. 

        Within every believer, there’s a limited .             amount of limitless faith. 

In other words, we cannot ascertain or wrap our minds around what faith can do through us. There’s great and mighty things waiting for us in that place of faith. All we have to do is hear. But hear what? The direct voice of the Holy Spirit. 

Ask yourself this: 

  • What do I have faith for? 
  • What will faith do through me today? 
  • How limitless will my faith be this week? Next week? Next month? A year from now? 

Please God by moving the mountain.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 | NASB

The writer compares God’s word with one of the deadliest weapons of their time. But still, the sword pales in comparison. For what can separate our soul from the Spirit? 
If the word is living and active, why then are so many today alive yet inactive? Our thoughts and intentions have caused division with the Lord. 

Allow the Holy Spirit to penetrate your soul with the word of God. Let there not be found any division between you and others or with God. Draw near to God with confidence, as He costs in on you. 

But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?

Job 28:12 | NASB
Wisdom, by nature, is supernatural. 

It’s birthplace is heaven. 

It’s packaged and delivered by God to the just as well as the unjust. 

It’s usually acquired with much struggle and pain, called experiences. 

Wisdom comes at the end of the life lesson, guiding you in truth on what not to do.

If you pray for wisdom, receive it with an open heart under an open heaven, because it’s not found where you seek it the most. 

​When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.

Matthew 8:16 | NASB

“And He cast out the spirits with a word”.
This phrase leaped at my spirit this morning. What word? Matthew didn’t say words, or prayer, but simply used “word” as the catalyst for healing and delivering those afflicted with demons. 
This is Jesus modeling for us how to use the power gifts of healing and deliverance to break the yoke of spiritual and physical bondage that seeks to destroy. It takes a certain anointing to operate in this area. 

Some will say, “That’s not for today”.

I say it never ceased to exist. The key is in the “word”. The modern comfortable church has watered down and in some cases, changed the word to entertain the same people that need healing and deliverance. It’s too messy, right leader? It may cost you something, right pastor? Vanity and pride hold the key to the prison cell door.

I would rather heal and deliver millions of people that flow through the doors of a church they do not attend regularly, than have twenty thousand in attendance every Sunday that are suppressed and bound and kept at bay by a twisted and perverted gospel. 

People need help. The Lord is ready to work through you if you are gifted with a healing and deliverance ministry. You will need to fast, pray, and seek God’s face. He will give you the word. Don’t compromise the gift of the word. 

​So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.

Luke 11:9-10 | NASB

I’ve read this verse hundreds of times. It’s used by preachers and teachers quite often. To fully understand what Jesus is saying, you have to read the parable that is connected to it in the verses before. The parable is the friend asking for bread at midnight.  The doors were already locked, he was in bed, he didn’t want his family disturbed. But, it was the persistence of his friend…asking for three loaves. Not one, or two, but three. Ask. Seek. Knock. 
The importance of all this is in the persistence. I believe God is calling the persistent to action in the days ahead. The word persistent in the Greek is made up of two words, ‘alpha’, and ‘aidos’, which translates to mean shameless. 
As I write this, I’m hearing the Holy Spirit ask: 

  • “What are you shamelessly seeking My attention for?”
  • “What are you being persistent about?”
  • “What do you so desperately need that you’ll stand at the door in the midnight hour to ask for in My name?”

He is that friend with the bread. He’ll gladly give to you. He wants your persistence. Ask, seek, and knock…the door will be opened. 

Receive it in Jesus’ name.

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!

Romans 11:33 | NASB

This particular verse is interesting to find in the New Testament.  It’s almost as if Paul just finished with his daily devotional, perhaps reading a Psalm of David.  But for someone to go through and experience the level of persecution that Paul did, he had a reason to bless the Lord.

Have you gone through a thing or two that is worthy of giving God glory?

In his praise to the church in Rome, Paul is setting an example for them to follow. There’s no end to the resources God has for us. We just have to ask. He’s the righteous Judge and we can’t begin to understand all His ways because in every circumstance we find ourselves in, whether good or bad, He’s on our side!

It’s a sobering thought when humanity seeks to find the answers to life’s problems in things that are temporal. It won’t last, but the Everlasting Father will. God is the answer.
Praise him, even in the midst of the storm.