“Set up the Tabernacle on the first day of the new year for you.”
Exodus 40:2 (NLT; personalized)
In a very special moment. . .God directed my fine wife Bev and I to establish a tabernacle of prayer on New Year’s Day for you and other partners of this ministry.
I firmly believe that Exodus 40:2 is meant to open a door of abundance for you in 2015. That’s why I am sending you this email. Please let us have your specific prayer requests. (See Philippians 4:6).
Even though I may not be with you personally. . .God very clearly and directly told me how I was to build a tabernacle of prayer for you on New Year’s Day.
“Set up the Tabernacle on the first day of the new year for you.”
Below is the text form a special email I sent this morning concerning 24 hours of Prayer on January 24th. I have also included the audio from my RichThoughts for Breakfast call from January 21st: Are You One of the 24? Audio.
It was 1:45 AM when I awakened from a deep sleep ... and “Day Of Prayer” was stirring in my spirit.
My first thought was God was directing me to build another Tabernacle of Prayer as I did on January 1, 2010 ... but He allowed me to drift back off to sleep without fully getting His instructions as to what He wanted me to do.
It just doesn’t make any sense.
Over the years, I’ve heard a number of people say that poverty is holy.
These people have given poverty a spiritual badge of honor. They said that prosperity is evil. . .which, by the way, is an unscriptural statement since God delights in the prosperity of His children.
Psalm 35:27 says:
“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”
Despite this and other scriptures to the contrary. . .there are some who have made poverty an acceptable lifestyle.
Wow! No other word seems appropriate in describing our Financial Deliverance Conference at Revival Center for the Nations in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
The last night of the conference (Sunday, Jun 24th) was the most amazing meeting that I've ever been in. It started at 8 PM and ended after midnight. I believe these photographs tell the story. Thank you for your support of this trip and the ministry.
We have 73 days remaining in 2016. . .it’s time for each of us to prepare for the battles ahead. . .and the victories to come.
Here are seven preparations for your inevitable successes even in the midst of adversity.
# 1 Prepare for battle.
Alexander Graham Bell once said:
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
Ephesians 6:13 in the Message Bible says:
“Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”
The World English Dictionary defines preparation as:
I’m going to say something that is an absolute fact.
There is nothing or nobody that can rob you of your divine destiny or keep you from manifesting the promises of God in your life.
Debt cannot. . .Depression cannot. . .Disappointment cannot. . .Discouragement cannot. Nothing, and I mean nothing, can keep you from having perfect peace and His confidence in every situation unless you choose otherwise.
We choose . . .every day. . . whether we will serve the world with all its tribulation, trials, distress and frustration or whether we will serve the God of perfect peace.
John 16:33 in the King James Version says:
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
I think it’s also important to notice that the scripture says “be of good cheer.” That means not to mope around with an “oh- woe- is- me attitude.”
Try this. . .the next time the enemy attacks you, your family, finances or health, laugh at him or the circumstances. Tell him that you are wise to his tricks and they’re not going to work on you anymore and go back to keeping your eyes on the Lord.
But “Brother Harold, how can I be of good cheer with what I’m going through?”
You choose . . . because you are a creature of free will. . .you can choose to be cheerful (that’s what the Word says we’re to do when we stand on His Word) or you can choose the “nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen” mentality.
Here are two scriptures that confirm the success of God’s way over the world’s way:
“Brother Harold, there’s just no money available. It seems if the windows of heaven have closed over us.”
You would be surprised and saddened by how many times I hear variations of that statement.
According to the FBI there is $1.4 trillion dollars in U.S. notes (paper money) in circulation. If that cash were to be divided equally among the 322,762,018 people living in the United States each person would have an average of $4,337.56 in cash on hand (not counting what’s been stuffed in mattresses or other hiding places no one knows about.
The problem is not a shortage of money. . .we just need it to end up in the right hands.
Most Christians believe there is great insufficiency in the world …that they must live their lives in insufficiency.
Let me assure you God says, “There is more than enough.” In fact, He says, “The good life is your portion!”
Do you see how Satan is waging a battle in your mind, a battle of containment? It is hard for many to grasp just “having enough,” let alone seeing God wants you to have more than enough.
Remember, it is the world’s money managers that teach insufficiency, shortage, and want. They feel that’s the way to keep prices up, through contrived, manipulated shortage!
But we are not of this world, and our God and King declares that the basis of His Kingdom is abundance! John 10:10 in the King James Version plainly says:
A few days ago I read an interesting quote by someone who said:
“I’m gonna make the rest of my life, the best of my life.”
I really like that quote, however, I would make a small, but significant change.
I’m gonna make the rest of my life, the best of my life because the Word of God says I can.
There’s no question God wants us to have the best life we can. In fact, in this teaching you’ll hear over 20 scriptures where we’re told to experience the good life.
So what does it really mean to live the good life?
Does the good life consist of having the latest electronic toys and gadgets. . .traveling to exotic locations for lengthy vacations. . .living in the biggest house in the nicest neighborhood. . .being successful in business and in your investments?
We love reading. That’s no surprise to those who know us.
I particularly enjoy reading quotes. . .as they most often provoke my thinking, stir my creativity while igniting my spirit.
I was reading about Virgil, the Roman poet, when I came across three amazing quotes he made about you.
I realize he’s been dead 2,035 years. . .but I’m absolutely confident he had you in mind when he came out with these three words of wisdom.
First, “They can because they think they can.”
Years ago, I cut the words “quit” “try” “compromise” and “can’t” out of my dictionary. It was a symbolic gesture as I didn’t want these words to be a part of my vocabulary . . . especially the word “can’t.”
The word “can’t” when spoken by Christians in reference to God’s will for their lives is grammatically or spiritually inaccurate. In fact, the word “can’t” is contrary to the Word and will of God.
Philippians 4:13 says:
Would you like to have spiritual boldness?
You don’t need an expensive seminar or weekend conference to gain spiritual boldness.
There have been some good books written on developing boldness and confidence but the best advice on the subject. . .was written thousands of years ago.
Developing spiritual boldness is not an outside job. . .but rather. . .an inside work.
Ephesians 3:12 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).”
Our 24/7 access to our Heavenly Father. . .was made possible by the blood of Jesus on Calvary’s cross.
2 Corinthians 3:12 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
If you watched any of the Olympic competition. . .perhaps you caught the track and field events with the 100M and 400M hurdles.
The runners sprint. . .clearing a number of hurdles. . .before sprinting again to the finish line.
In other words. . .they face a number of hurdles or obstacles on their way to victory.
Everyday. . .you and I have hurdles. . .obstacles we have to overcome if we want to be successful in life and effective for the Kingdom.
Gail Devers, a three-time Olympic champion and member of the National Track and Filed Hall of Fame, said:
“In my race, there are 10 hurdles, but in life, there is always a hurdle. There is always something you gotta get over, and it's what you do, you know.”
Let’s look at seven hurdles you have to clear to gain the victory in life.
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