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Reign in Life

“For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!” Romans‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/rom.5.17.niv

It says here in Romans 5:17, “We are to reign in life as kings.” When God looks at us, He doesn’t see us in weak, defeated, leftover positions. Not at all. God sees you and me as rulers, as royalty. We have His royal blood flowing through our veins.

You and I are supposed to reign. Do you know what that word “reign” means? It means “your time in power.” God said we’re to reign “in life.” That means as long as you’re alive, that is your time in power. You don’t have a two-year term like the Mayor or a four-year term like the President. Your term is to rule and reign every single day, to be victorious, to rise to new levels, to accomplish great things.

Everyone has days when they don’t feel like royalty, they don’t feel powerful. On those days, if you can just remember to reach down and check your pulse, and as long as you feel something beating, you can say,”It’s still my time to reign!” Let that be a reminder to put on a new attitude. Sometimes you have to do this by faith. By faith you need to walk like a king, talk like a king, think like a king, dress like a king, smile like a king. Don’t go by what you see. Go by what you know. There is royalty in your DNA. You have the blood of a champion, and you were created to reign in life!

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I choose right now to set my mind and focus on You. I choose to look for what You want to do in and through me. I let go of any wrong thinking, attitudes, or actions that would hold me back. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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The Power of Integrity

“Let the Lord judge the peoples. Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High.” Psalm‬ ‭7:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/psa.7.8.niv

Integrity is a powerful attribute in the life of the believer. Integrity means that you are dependable. You are a person of your word. You’re consistent and honest.

You might say, “Oh, I’m a pretty good person. I do the right thing most of the time.” But understand, it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine. You can veer off course just a little bit, and before you know it, you’re miles away from your destination. Don’t allow the little things to keep you from your destiny; choose integrity—even when no one is looking. For instance, you might need some paper at home, but you shouldn’t take supplies from the office. Or, you might be running into a store for just a minute, but don’t park in the handicap parking spot unless you’re supposed to. If the checkout clerk makes a mistake and gives you too much money back, that’s not God’s provision, that’s a test of integrity!

Remember, if you’ll be faithful and choose integrity in the little things, God will make you ruler over much. Be a person of integrity and open the door for God’s blessing and honor all the days of your life!

Prayer:

“Father, today I commit to live a life of integrity. I choose a life of excellence and ask for Your hand of favor. Show me any area that is not pleasing to You so that I can continue to grow and increase in You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Help Others Win

“When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.” ‭‭Acts‬ ‭9:26-27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/act.9.26-27.niv

In scripture, the apostle Paul would have never had the impact he did without a man named Barnabas. Barnabas was one of the disciples. He was in Jesus’ inner circle. But Paul, at the time, hated believers and was having them thrown in jail. God touched his life, and he wanted to go to Jerusalem and join the other disciples, but they were afraid of him because of his reputation. Barnabas stood up for Paul and used his influence to open a door with the other disciples. Paul went on to write over half of the New Testament.

We don’t hear a lot about Barnabas. Paul greatly overshadowed him. But if you were to ask Paul, he would say, “I won because Barnabas helped me win. I succeeded because Barnabas took a risk and opened a door that I could not open on my own. Barnabas believed in me when nobody else did.”

Friend, there is no greater legacy than to help someone else win. Today, look for ways to use your influence. Help others rise up higher. Sow good seeds because they will come back to you. When you help others win, God will make sure you are surrounded by people who will help you win in return.

Prayer:

“Father, thank You for Your truth which sets me free. It is my delight to do Your will and help others succeed. Show me ways to be a blessing and help others. Let everything I do bring glory to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Are You In?

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/2co.5.17.niv

The very moment we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we instantly become a new creation! Your spirit is made alive in Him and the old passes away. His peace fills your heart. Of course, everything in your life doesn’t change instantly. Some things do, but God will do some things in your life over time as you grow in your relationship with Him. The key is to keep moving forward in your spiritual journey one step at a time. As you abide in Him by spending time with Him in prayer and worship, as you study His Word and connect with other believers in a Bible-based church, He will continue to transform you and renew you from the inside out!

Today, remember, God is at work in your life. You may not be where you want to be. You may have made some mistakes or had some setbacks. Know that in Him, you are the righteousness of God. In Him, you are new. In Him is everything you need. Stay on the road to victory by staying in Him!

Prayer:

“Father, thank You for making me new. Thank You for ordering and directing my steps. I trust that You are at work in my life transforming me into Your image. Keep me close to You as I put You first in everything I do in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

He Makes Crooked Places Straight

Have you been struggling in an area of your life for quite some time? God has promised He will go before you and prepare a path for you; He’ll make your crooked places straight. He wants to smooth things out for you. I believe that as you continue to commit your ways to Him, He will bring you into a season where things are going to start falling into place. You’re going to get breaks that you didn’t deserve. The promises that you’ve been standing on, you’re going to see them begin to come to pass. It’s time for you to get ready and get your fire back!

Start expecting that you are coming into a new season. Maybe it’s in your finances. Maybe you’ve struggled for a long time. Begin to declare that you’re going to see supernatural increase, supernatural opportunities, supernatural promotion. Remember, the economy is not your source—God is. He’s the One who opens doors that no person can shut. Keep standing, keep believing because God is going to make your crooked places straight and lead you down the path of blessing and victory in every area of your life!

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You for preparing a path for me. I know You are working behind the scenes to make the crooked places straight and the rough places smooth. Give me Your strength to keep moving forward on the good path that you have for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

By His Divine Power

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/2pe.1.3.niv

Whether you realize it or not, God has already given you everything you need to live the life He’s called you to. You don’t need to feel stressed out, worried or afraid. You don’t have to wonder if you’re “good enough” to receive from God because God’s blessing has nothing to do with your performance. He has already blessed you and given you everything you need by His divine power!

The world’s system tells us to strive, toil and scrape to get what we want. Our culture puts limits on people because of their natural abilities, resources, background or circumstances. But with God, there are no limits! By His divine power, you are equipped, well able and strong. You are covered by His grace and mercy, and you are empowered to do all He has called you to do!

The next time you start thinking “I can’t…” or “I don’t have what it takes…,” attack those negative thoughts with the truth by declaring, “I have what it takes; I am well able; and I am equipped by His divine power at work in me!”

Prayer:

“Father, thank You for Your power which is at work in me. Thank You for equipping me and calling me according to Your good purpose. Give me Your strength and peace today. I keep my mind stayed on You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Ask What You Desire

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John‬ ‭15:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/jhn.15.7.niv

It pleases God to give you the desires of your heart! He wants to see you happy, whole, strong and enjoying His blessing. When you make the Word of God your number one priority, when you stay connected to Him through prayer and worship, God promises that He will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4 tells us again that if we delight ourselves in Him, He will give us the desires of our hearts. One of the root definitions of the word “delight” means “soft.” This gives the picture of us being soft and mold-able, like clay, in the Potter’s hands. As we allow Him to shape and mold our character, as we yield ourselves to Him, our thoughts become His thoughts, our words become His Words, and our desires become His desires.

Today, don’t allow the distractions of everyday life keep you from spending time with Him. Abide in Him and let His Words abide in you because He will give you the desires of your heart!

Prayer:

“Father, today I submit every area of life to You. I invite You to have Your way in my heart. Mold me and make me as I surrender every area of my life to You. I praise You and give You all the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

You Have What It Takes

“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/2co.9.10.niv

When Jesus sent His disciples out to heal the sick, meet their needs, and share the Gospel, He told them, “Give as freely as you have received” (Matthew 10:8). In other’s words, God has given you everything you need to do what He’s called you to do in this life. He has equipped you to be successful and has empowered you to overcome in this life. He’s given you seed to sow in order to have an abundant harvest in your future. You have what it takes!

God has placed seed in your hand today, but in order for that seed to produce, it has to be planted. It has to be watered. It has to be fertilized. Today, ask God to show you where to plant your seed. Make sure you are sowing in the right ground and tending to the seed He has given you. Remember, God has a good plan for your future. He has plans to bless you and increase you. Today, you have what it takes to move forward and receive the blessing He has prepared for you!

Prayer:

“Father, thank You for equipping me for every good work. Thank You for giving me good seed to sow! I invite You to guide my every step by Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for choosing me to be a part of Your plan in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Accelerate

“My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.” Psalm‬ ‭31:15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/psa.31.15.niv

One thing I’ve learned is that God doesn’t always work on our timetable. In fact, He rarely does. But in a single moment, God can change your life! All throughout scripture, we see examples of how God was working behind the scenes and instantly turned things around for His people. Scripture tells us He is the same yesterday, today and forever which means He can instantly turn things around for you, too!

You may be going through some difficulty today, but be encouraged because your times are in God’s hands. He wants to accelerate things in your favor. He wants to take you further than you dreamed possible and work in your life in ways beyond what you have ever imagined.

Let this truth sink down into your heart today. Resist discouragement by speaking His Word over your future. Keep standing. Keep hoping; keep believing because He is working behind the scenes. He’s going to accelerate your times and lead you into the life of victory He has for you!

Prayer:

“Father, today I humbly come before You giving You all that I am. I trust that my times are in Your hands. I trust that You are working things out in my favor. I set my focus on You knowing that You are working things out for my good in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

The Supernatural in You!

“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” Romans‬ ‭8:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/rom.8.11.niv

We serve a supernatural God! He is not limited by anything or anyone. He’s ready to do the impossible in you, for you and through you!

Think about this for a moment: when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Spirit of God actually makes His home in you—the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead! That means that you have unlimited power, unlimited wisdom, unlimited ability, unlimited joy and unlimited peace living inside of you by the power of the Holy Spirit. As a believer, you have the unlimited, supernatural, living God inside of you!

Let that sink down deep into your heart. Let it restore confidence and strength to your being. Let it energize your thoughts and attitude today. As you meditate on Him and the vastness of His power inside of you, you will tap into that power more and more. Every day, you’ll experience His supernatural increase as you put Him first—the Supernatural One living in you!

Prayer:

“Father, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, so that I can have eternal, abundant life in You. Thank You for choosing to make Your home in me and empowering me by Your Spirit. Father, give me Your wisdom and revelation so that I can rise higher and embrace everything You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Life-Giving Water

“The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.” Proverbs‬ ‭18:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/pro.18.4.niv

All over the world, there are people who are lonely and hurting. They’ve been through disappointments; they’ve suffered heartache and pain. As believers, God has given us something to offer them. We have life-giving, refreshing water in us. With our words, we can bring healing. With our words, we can lift them out of depression. With our words, we can tell them, “You’re beautiful. You’re amazing. You’re talented. God has a bright future in front of you.” Those life-giving words will break the chains of depression. They will break the chains of low self-esteem. You can help set people free from the strongholds that are keeping them back. You may not know all that is happening, but God can take one compliment, one encouraging word, and use that to begin the healing process and set that person on a brand new course. And when you help break the chains off of others, any chains that you might have will be broken off, too!

Today, choose to speak encouragement. Choose to speak life. Tell others what they can become, give compliments, and live life as a healer. Pour out that life-giving water with your words and watch it come back to you in abundance!

Prayer:

“Father, thank You for allowing Your healing waters to flow through me. I choose to pour out life onto others and refresh them with life-giving words. Direct my words, order my steps, and let everything I do glorify You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Make Your Way Prosperous

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/jos.1.8.niv

God is a good God, and He has good things in store for you! He has given you the power and the plan to experience life, health, peace and blessing in every area of your life. When we live in obedience to His Word, when we put Him first in every area, scripture promises that our way will be prosperous, and we will experience success.

Notice how the promise in today’s verse starts. It says do not let His Word depart from your mouth. When we declare His Word, it empowers us to obey His Word, and then we will see the success He promises.

Today, make declaring His Word a priority. Set aside time each day to speak His promises over your life. As you do, you are setting His blessing into motion, and you will find success in all you do.

Prayer:

Father God, thank You for Your Word which is truth that sets me free. I honor You and hold Your Words close to my heart. Thank You for giving me the plan to live in blessing in every area of my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

You’ve Got the Power

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs‬ ‭18:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/pro.18.21.niv

Every word we speak is a seed. We are constantly planting those seeds that will, in turn, produce a harvest in the future. When we speak words of life and blessing, we will see life and blessing in the future. When we speak words of defeat and failure, those seeds produce defeat and failure. It’s that simple. The life you are living today is the harvest from the seeds you planted in your past; and today, you are planting seeds for your future.

The good news is that no matter where you are today, God has given you the power to change your future! You can begin, right now, to plant seeds of blessing, strength, victory and joy for your future. If you’ll be proactive and consistently declare the Word of God, even if it’s just five minutes a day, you are setting yourself up for victory, freedom and blessing.

Today, choose life for your future by choosing God’s Word. Put Him first place because through Him, you have the power to embrace the life of blessing He has prepared for you!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for empowering me to live in victory and freedom. Today, I choose life by choosing to declare Your Word. Help me, by Your Spirit, to always plant seeds of life and blessing into my future in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Keep Your Hopes Up

“You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.” Job‬ ‭11:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/job.11.18.niv

In the world today, it seems there are so many things trying to pull us down. Every time you turn around, you’re being bombarded with bad news. Life can be difficult, but there is a peace that God can give you in the midst of the challenge. If you’ll keep your hopes up and keep your mind focused in the right direction, you’ll get to the place where you’ll say, “I should be upset. I should be losing sleep at night, but I’m not the least bit worried. I know God is still on the throne. I know He’s working this out for my good.”

When you keep your hopes up, you eventually step into the anointing of ease. You don’t drag around discouraged or despondent. You’re in faith, hoping, believing and expecting. That’s when God will move on your behalf. That’s when you’ll look up and say, “You know what? I don’t struggle in this area anymore. God took the pressure off. Things are starting to fall into place.” You may not be there just yet, but there is hope! God who promised to deliver you is faithful, and He will lead you in victory all the days of your life!

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I declare that I put my trust and hope in You. I know that You are faithful, and I believe that You are making a way where there seems to be no way. Fill me with Your peace and joy and give me the strength to serve You all the days of my life. In Jesus’ Name.

He Holds You in His Hand

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/isa.41.10.niv

We all face situations in life that feel out of control. During times like these, it’s easy to get discouraged and allow fear to creep in; but instead, why don’t you focus on the fact that God is holding you in the palm of His hand! There is nothing too difficult for Him; nothing’s impossible; nothing is beyond His ability. When God holds you in His hand, you are safe; you are cared for. In His hand, there is victory. In His hand, there is strength. In His hand, there is provision. In His hand is everything you need.

No matter what you may be going through today, you can trust that God is for you. Instead of getting down and depressed over your circumstances, look up and get a vision of God turning that situation around. Let faith rise in your heart and focus on His favor, promotion and blessing. As you keep your heart and mind focused on Him and choose to obey His Word, you’ll see those supernatural breaks that will launch you further ahead than you ever thought possible because He holds you with His victorious right hand!

Prayer:

“Father, thank You for helping me and holding me in Your victorious right hand. I choose to trust You even when things don’t make sense, even when things seem beyond my control. I release my cares to You knowing that You work all things together for my good in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Destined for a Blessing

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/eph.2.10.niv

Everything you need to live as an overcomer is inside of you by the power of the Holy Spirit. As a believer, there are seeds of success on the inside of you. There are blessings in store for you. If you’ll get into agreement with God in your thoughts, attitudes, words and actions, then you will be positioned to receive all of His spiritual blessings.

Choose to start your day by declaring what God says about you. Declare, “I am blessed. I am prosperous. I am healthy and strong. I have favor. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. I am the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath.” Friend, when you start speaking like that, all of heaven takes notice. Your faith activates His plan for your life. Angels are dispatched on your behalf. Blessings are set in motion. Before you know it, you are living the good life He promised and moving forward into the destiny of blessing He has in store for you!

Prayer:

Father in heaven, thank You for loving me and for setting me up for blessing. I choose to speak Your truth over my life so that I can be all that You’ve called me to be. I honor You today and always. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

The Best Is Yet To Come

“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him—” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/1co.2.9.niv

No matter where you are in life right now, God has much more in store for you. God wants to increase you. He wants to give you more wisdom so you can make better decisions. He wants to give you a stronger anointing so you can have greater influence. He wants you to prosper financially so you can be a blessing to others. Don’t get stuck in that old rut where you just get up and go to work, come home, go to bed, and then do it all again. That’s not all there is to life. God has new frontiers for you to explore and higher mountains to climb! We can tell you, with great confidence, that your best days are right out in front of you.

Proverbs says, “The path of the righteous gets brighter and brighter.” If you’re going to start experiencing these new victories, you must do your part and start thinking the way God thinks. Think big! Think expansive! Think increase! Start expecting the unexpected!

Prayer:

God, sometimes the busyness of life consumes me and I forget the important things. Increase me and give me higher mountains to climb! I want to be a champion for You and am ready to experience the wonderful things you have in store for me!

In Jesus’ name – Amen.

Increase More

“One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.” Proverbs‬ ‭11:24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/pro.11.24.niv

In the book of Genesis, God set up a system of seedtime and harvest. Everything God does starts with a seed. The Bible also tells us that He gives seed to the sower. In other words, if you are a person who has a desire to bless others and sow seed, God will make sure you have plenty to give. Notice what happens when you generously sow seed—you increase more! Just like planting a seed in the natural brings an abundant harvest, planting a spiritual seed brings an abundant harvest as well. You can’t outgive God. He will pour out blessings on you that you cannot even contain.

God’s blessings go way beyond just the financial realm. He wants you to have blessed relationships, good health and a happy career. Take a step of faith today and look for ways to start sowing. What do you have in your hand? Can you start by giving a smile and sowing joy?Can you help someone else at the gas pump? Choose to be a blessing because God promises to bless and increase you in every area of your life.

Prayer:

“Father, today I choose to be a sower and giver. Help me to see the people around me the way You see them so that I can bless them the way You want to bless them in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

He Delights in Your Prosperity

“May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, “The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.”” Psalm‬ ‭35:27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/psa.35.27.niv

In the same way that a parent loves to see their child doing well and excelling, God wants you to do well and excel in every area. He takes pleasure in prospering you. He doesn’t want you to just barely have enough to meet your own needs. God wants you to be so blessed that when other people get around you, it overflows onto them. He wants you to be so blessed in your finances that you can pay your own bills, accomplish your own dreams and also be a blessing to other people.

The key is that you have to make room for it in your thinking. You have to expect that He wants to bless you. Take a step of faith today by thanking Him for His abundance in every area of your life. Declare that because you follow His ways, His blessings are going to chase you down! Don’t just settle for a “good enough” mentality, develop an overflow mentality because God delights in the prosperity of His people!

Prayer:

“Father, today I surrender every area of my life to You. Help me to understand Your goodness and grace. Develop in me an overflow mentality and show me how to be a blessing to others in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Don’t Be Just Good Enough

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians‬ ‭3:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/php.3.14.niv

God has planted His seed of hope, power and victory inside of you!All you have to do is allow God to bring the best out of your life and decide you won’t settle for “good enough.” It may not always be easy to do this, but it’s very possible! Perhaps you have made a hurtful mistake in your past, and that is still haunting you. If you let the enemy tell you that you’re not good enough for God’s forgiveness, then you’re settling for less than God’s victory. Setbacks are part of life, but Jesus said He came to give you an abundant life! If you decide to strive for excellence, there is no limit to what the Lord can do through you and with you.

Prayer:

God, I know that You have given me forgiveness and desire that I live in victory. I choose to live in Your victory today and not settle for “good enough.” In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

My journey with Christ

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