“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.
Sometime back. . .God dropped the phrase "21 Steps" in my spirit. I felt like He was directing me to write a 21-step program to turning our lives around as we manifest the future He desires for us.
I wrote twelve of the steps and felt Him telling me to stop. I kept looking at the title in my Possibilities folder. . .day after day. . .but I didn't get a release to finish the teaching until a few weeks later while I was flying home from a meeting.
At roughly 34,000 feet. . .I was studying the Word when I saw a sign.
If you've ever flown on a plane. . .you've seen the "Fasten Your Seat Belt" signs flash on.
Well, that's what happened to me. . .it was like the Lord flashed NOW.
Immediately, He released me to teach on 21 Steps To The Future God Wants For You.
1. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Pray the Sinner’s Prayer.
John 3:16 says:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Most everyone drawing breath on Planet Earth wants to be successful. But success comes in varying degrees.
Make no mistake about this. . .God is looking for people who are obedient to His instructions, pursuing His promises. . .and passionate about the possibilities for success found in His Word.
Here are two scriptures which confirm what I’ve just said.
First, Job 36:11 in the New Living Translation says:
“If they listen and obey God, they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant.”
Second, Proverbs 3:4-6 in The Living Bible says:
“If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don't ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”
Now let’s look a God’s pattern for you to be prosperous and successful.
First, you must know the will of God for your life.
Change is a word frequently discussed but rarely acted on. . .especially, by politicians.
Real change. . .lasting change. . .is a change of heart followed by decisive action to do things differently.
The word change is in the King James Bible a total of 23 times while it appears in the Amplified Bible 46 times since it amplifies the meaning of the words in scripture. Let’s look at several key scriptures.
Matthew 3:2 in the King James Version says:
“And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
As we’ve taught before, the Greek word for repent is G3340 and it means:
“to change one’s mind, to repent”
This is further clarified in Matthew 3:2 in the Amplified Bible which says:
Have you ever been around someone who says that God is always telling them. . .this or that?
Let me quickly say that I’m not in any way necessarily criticizing or condemning those who say such. Because I know from personal experience that God not only does but desires to speak to us.
Does the enemy use those to whom He speaks or hears His voice make you feel like you somehow don’t measure up spiritually?
I can tell you without equivocation. . . God would never do that.
Galatians 6:4 in the Classic Amplified Bible says::
“But let every person carefully scrutinize and examine and test his own conduct and his own work. He can then have the personal satisfaction and joy of doing something commendable [in itself alone] without [resorting to] boastful comparison with his neighbor.”
Don’t worry about what others say. . .God said to them. Just be concerned about yourself and the ways God can use to direct you in the path He would have you follow.
Here are seven ways to get God’s personal direction for your life.
First, God will lead you through His Word.
I enjoying watching Shark Tank….where five billionaires compete to help aspiring entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams. The interplay among the billionaires is fascinating but at times. . .you have to wonder if their thought process isn’t more selfish and self-serving than beneficial to the folks who’ve entered the shark tank.
Some of the ideas and the people presenting them are a bit goofy. . .but I’m more taken by those who have a dream they’re pursuing.
The success of your dream is limited to whether or not you get an offer from a shark.
The majority of people with a dream. . .got it from their great God Jehovah instead of some billionaire with an inflated ego.
Surprisingly the real key to your dream coming true is not someone in the tank but whether or not you obey the Word of God which will keep you from the sharks.
Let me ask. . .do you have a dream? Have you written it down. . .are you willing to take a risk of stepping outside your comfort zone? Have you talked with God about your dream or is it a dream He birthed in you.
Have you thought about how to turn your dreams into reality?
Here are seven keys to winning with or without the Shark Tank.
# 1 Spend time with him before you have to deal with them.
Genesis 50:21 in the Amplified Bible says:
Early. . . Sunday morning. . .I was pondering a question that demands an answer.
Do we want to succeed enough to plan our action and then act on the plan?
It’s one thing to think about what we want to do. . .and that’s good. . .just not good enough.
It’s another thing to talk/speak/confess what we want to do. . .that’s good. . .just not good enough.
It’s something else to plan what we’re thinking about. . .and that’s good. . .just not good enough.
However, what we’re thinking, speaking and planning will never become a reality until we actually act on what we’ve been thinking, speaking and planning.
Here are seven keys to guarantee your plans will succeed.
Action # 1 Think about something. . .good.
Proverbs 23:7 says:
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. . .”
Sickness is evil. . .it is not of God.
We never see God introduce it in the Bible. We only see it show up after Satan comes into the picture.
There are still some well-meaning Christians who feel healing was only around when Jesus was on earth but the scripture does not support this claim. We will be backing this up in just a moment but first…
The only things we see come from God are good gifts. . .advantageous gifts.
James 1:17 says:
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for good is G18 and it means:
“of good constitution or nature; useful, salutary; good, pleasant, agreeable, joyful, happy, excellent, distinguished”
Also, according to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for gift is G1394 and it means:
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