“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.
If a quarterback's timing is off. . .he's going to have a bad day with more interceptions than touchdowns. That's clearly evident in some of the National Football League games you may watch each week.
If a basketball player whether high school, college or professional has his timing off. . .he won't be able to make a free throw. . .no matter how big the rim is.
In life. . .if your timing is off. . .you can miss possibilities. . .and opportunities for success.
Timing is critically important in life.
Something can be a good idea. . .it can be a great idea. . .it can be a God idea but for it to be successful it must be in God's timing.
Here are seven keys to right timing for success.
1. The Holy Spirit gives you the timing.
Have you ever wondered if it was the right time to make a career change. . .to ask someone to marry you. . .to present your ideas to your supervisors?
Knowing when to speak. . .is equally important to what you’re going to say.
Acts 1:7-8 in the Message Bible says:
“He told them, `You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.’”
Make no mistake about it. . .if God promises us something. . .makes a covenant with us. . .it’s going to happen . . . unless we ignore His instructions or give up or give in first.
Our circumstances don’t matter. . .the problems that we’re currently facing don’t matter. . . but our obedience to His Word definitely matters..
Having said that. . .let me tell you there are going to be times when you wonder what’s going on. . .simply because you may not be able to perceive that God is working in and through your life to manifest His precious promises.
During these times. . .it’s critical to understand there is definitely an enemy waiting in the shadows hoping to knock you off course. . .frustrate you. . .so you NEVER manifest God’s promises.
God miraculously delivered the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage. His promises were confirmed through signs and wonders and finally the persistence paid off and the children of Israel were marching out of tyranny into freedom. . .destined for the Promised Land as His promises were manifested.
The children of Israel encountered some adversity in their journey to freedom and abundance. They may have felt dismayed but nothing they did altered the promises of God. His goal was the same as in the beginning.
Hebrews 12:12-13 in the Message Bible says:
“So don't sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it!”
I started wondering why people sit on their hands and drag their feet….and realized it happens when people make excuses.
Believe me, I’ve heard all of the excuses … and some that would make you laugh if you didn’t know the person speaking the words was serious.
I believe if I set my mind to it…I could come up with some of the greatest excuses in the world.
But the real question is what does the greatest book ever written have to say about excuses.
Proverbs 24:11in the Message Bible says:
“Rescue the perishing; don't hesitate to step in and help. If you say, "Hey, that's none of my business," will that get you off the hook? Someone is watching you closely, you know— Someone not impressed with weak excuses.”
2 Thessalonians 3:10-13 says:
There are some Christian children’s songs that I really love.
In fact, these songs contain powerful scriptural truths which we want to get ingrained in our children.
Here’s one of my favorites.
I may never march in the infantry
Ride in the cavalry
Shoot the artillery
I may never fly o'er the enemy
But I'm in the Lord's army!
Great song. . .with a scriptural truth for all our lives.
And by the way, you’re not just a foot soldier. . .you are a commander in the Lord’s Army.
According to dictionary.com a commander is:
My goal is to learn something from everything I read.
As I take notes on what I’ve read...I ask God how to take the thoughts I've written down and make them applicable to my life.
Your mindset is simply a collection of the dominant thoughts in your life.
Proverbs 4:23 in the New Century Version says:
"Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life."
If you want to be a winner . . .spiritual or otherwise. . .you need to learn how to collect, assimilate, activate and utilize the dominant thoughts in your life.
Here are seven ways to develop a winning mindset. They’re not the only ways but they are the seven God directed for this teaching.
1. Divine Direction
You can listen to all the financial gurus . . . infomercial kings or spiritual swamis . . .but if you want your success to be lasting. . .you’d best seek divine direction about your ideas, your plan and the ultimate journey to the winner’s circle.
Proverbs 3:5-6 in the Message Bible says:
If you're drawing breath on planet earth...there will come moments & times during adversity when you wonder what to do next.
In these moments...your solace will not be found at the local watering hole commiserating with someone as lost as a goose in a blizzard.
Your answer will not be found in extended conversations with friends about why it's unfair you have to deal with these situations.
Here are seven things to do when trouble strikes.
1. When you’re disappointed
Here’s the great news. . .regardless of the intensity of the enemy’s attack. . .you will never be put to shame or disappointed.
I realize that’s a bold statement. . . but there are eight verses in the Classic Amplified Bible translation which say exactly that. Here are three of them.
Psalm 25:3 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“Yes, let none who trust and wait hopefully and look for You be put to shame or be disappointed; let them be ashamed who forsake the right or deal treacherously without cause.”
Psalm 25:20 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
If you watch television or keep up with entertainment news then you’re not doubt familiar with the website Netflix.
I saw an article about there being 19 different shows on Netflix about zombies or as they’re often called “the walking dead.”
Unfortunately, there are commercials for many of the TV series which I’m sometimes helpless to avoid watching.
These ads and programs do not create alarm in me but rather a deep concern for the walking dead.
I’m not talking about zombies. Well, at least the kind you see on television or in the movies.
Our dear friend, the late Bob Harrington, Chaplain of Bourbon Street used to say he had two fears.
One is to be buried but not dead and the other is to be dead but not buried.
My concern about zombies. . .or the walking dead. . . is not those physical beings but those who are mentally and spiritually comatose when it comes to the Word of God.
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