SEEK … LISTEN … OBEY
Matthew 6:33 says:
“But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Job 36:11 in the New Living Translation says:
“If they listen and obey God, then they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant.”
2 Chronicles 26:5 says:
“…as long as he sought the Lord, god made him to prosper.”
Seeking means to be bold and go after it.
As a seeker don’t be deterred by delays or detours along the way.
To accomplish our goals for 2020. . .an average effort is not enough.
An average commitment is not enough.
Average desire is not enough.
A.W. Tozier, the noted theologian wrote:
“Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will.”
Being average is a settled for. . .kind of life.
The average person settles for whatever comes their way. . .by resigning themselves to exist as they are…by refusing to make the effort to move beyond. . .and out of their comfort zone. . .into the kind of life God desires for them.
It’s interesting and important to note that the word average is not in the King James Version, New King James, New International, New American Standard, Amplified or New Living Translation of the Bible.
I believe average isn’t in any of those translations because God created, empowered and destined each of us to rise above average. . .to move into excellence in all that our hands find to do.
In fact, as I went on a scripture search on why we shouldn’t be average. . .I found seven amazing passages of scripture and the last one. . .demonstrates why being average will make you a spitball Christian. But more about that later.
Now let’s talk about seven reasons God doesn’t do average.
Child of God…
The decisions you make in the remainder of 2019 will determine your destiny in 2020.
The New Year is fast approaching … are you ready to live it to the fullest?
I was directed by our Heavenly Father to be very bold with you in this letter.
“Tell my children that just hoping things will get better will not make 2020 a better year...but I can make it so.”
Then the Lord told me He wants you to develop a 20/20 vision for success, prosperity and healing. He gave me very specific instructions on what He wants us to speak as we greet the New Year.
Change is not a function of a calendar, but it is a personal decision for us to change what we’re saying and doing.
The Lord gave me five instructions for each of us and then He led me in writing seven confessions for each of the first seven days in the New Year.
Here are the instructions.
#1 Start the year differently than you ever have before.
Don’t do what you’ve always done.
If you’ve always made New Year’s resolutions on losing weight, exercising more, getting your personal finances in order...only to have your good intentions fade with the passing of each new day...
Get ready for something that will not fade but grow stronger...every day.
Revelation 21:5 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“And He Who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new. Also He said, Record this, for these sayings are faithful (accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy) and true (genuine).”
Please focus as you read this...it’s critical to your future success.
#2 Set a specific time to boldly proclaim your confessions each day.
Set an alarm...write it on your calendar...put a reminder on your refrigerator but COMMIT to make your seven daily confessions at a specific time.
It’s important that you come into line with the Word of God every day. Do not let the tyranny of the urgent or anything else stand in your way. Psalm 90:12 Classic Amplified Bible says:
“So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom.” Make every effort to get Ecclesiastes 3:1 (MSG) down in your spirit.“
There’s a Right Time for Everything.
“There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth.”
STOP RIGHT NOW!! Ask God what would be the best time for you to speak your confessions each day.
Write down the first time that came to your mind.
Next, ask God to help you honor the time that He brought to your mind.
#3 Make your daily confession with a holy boldness that will shake the hordes of hell.
Acts 14:3 in the New Living Translation says:
“But the apostles stayed there a long time, preaching boldly about the grace of the Lord. And the Lord proved their message was true by giving them power to do miraculous signs and wonders.”
When you speak the Word boldly and confidently...these things will begin manifesting in your life.
That’s why, my fine wife, Bev and I are speaking Acts 4:29 (MSG) over you...
Say this out loud over yourself:
“. . . give me fearless confidence in preaching your Message, as you stretch out your hand to us in healings and miracles and wonders done in the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
Making these daily confessions for the first seven days of 2020 will give you “fearless confidence” and “healings and miracles and wonders” are manifested in and through your life.
#4 Forget the past...focus on the future.
As I was praying about what the Lord would have me say in this letter...He led me to 2 Corinthians 5:17.
He directed me to tell His children that this verse applies to more than being born-again. He wants you to know it’s a formula for living the God kind of life 20/20.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
I love how that verse says that “old things are passed away.” The Contemporary English version says, “The past is forgotten.” The New Living Translation says, “The old life is gone, a new life has begun.”
What will make this new life begin? It’s not the passage of time...but a conscious decision to put God first in every decision we make...to give Him glory and honor for the mighty things He has done and is doing in our lives.
And, yes, to speak into existence the God-given confessions He wants me to send to you.
#5 Two steps to make 2020 your best year ever.
First, I was directed by the Lord not to send the confessions with this email...He told me that if you responded...you would be serious about wanting to receive the confessions.
Second, let me know you if you want me to email them to you ASAP. You will have a chance to request the Confessions below.
As the old saying goes, if you want something you’ve never had...you must do something you’ve never done.
Finally, Bev and I are going to spend New Year’s Day praying these seven confessions over you.
Waiting to hear from you.
Blessings and favor,
President of the Debt Free Army
Early. . .very early one 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 reasons success can be yours if you take action now.
Action # 1Think about something. . .good.
Proverbs 23:7 says:
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. . .”
Breakthrough is a word we hear quite a bit in Christian circles.
I checked twelve different translations and found breakthrough only appears in the Message Bible and not in the context of contemporary usage.
According to dictionary.com breakthrough is defined as:
“a military movement or advance all the way through and beyond an enemy's front-line defense; an act or instance of removing or surpassing an obstruction or restriction; the overcoming of a stalemate.”
The dictionary definition is more in line with how we use the word breakthrough.
Now let me share with you the Herring Life Experiences definition of breakthrough. It is a:
“Sudden burst of revelation that enthusiastically moves you beyond all previous points of past resistance bringing you to a new level of success.”
In other words, you. . .nobody else but you . . . will make a decision to move beyond the boundaries that societal inertia or attacks of the enemy have taken you.
If you’ve ever prayed for a breakthrough and it hasn’t happened yet . . . get ready for the revelation in this teaching tonight.
Have you ever wondered why it seems that you’ve been under constant attack by the enemy of your destiny?
Have you thought about why it seems nothing goes right. . .almost as if the enemy is playing games on you?
The answer is simple.
Satan fights what hurts him most. . .and that’s you.
He recognizes your potential for the Kingdom.
He knows God created a path through the Word for you to be successful and prosperous.
He understands God positioned you to operate in the end-time Office of the Giver.
He’s frightened that you’ll tap into previously unknown potential.
He’s petrified you will realize that he’s a defeated foe.
Are you facing any giants today?
We must defeat the giants in our lives before we can ever enter the Promised Land.
How do your giant(s) compare with Goliath?
1 Samuel 17:4 says:
“And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.”
Based on the King James Version of the Bible six cubits and a span would make Goliath over nine feet tall.
When you consider the average height of a man in Biblical times was five feet three inches. . Goliath was truly a giant.
1 Samuel 17:5 says:
“And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.”
Have you ever met someone who was educated beyond their intelligence?
People who think they know more than they do. . .or that they always have the right answers, no matter what.
I’ve met my share of Christians who feel they’re more spiritual mature. . .advanced beyond ordinary Christians. I suspect that somewhere in the Bible there is a verse or verses concerning self-gratification or spiritual pride.
Recently, I had a brief conversation with someone who said. . .I heard you talking about focus, but you need to know that word is not in the King James Bible.
I immediately shared that the word, focus, is in the Amplified (1); God’s Word Translation (28); Message Bible (28) and the New Living Translation (4).
He quickly said that may be true but it’s not in the King James Bible.
In our pressurized society. . .too many believers are seeking an easy-way-out lifestyle by buying into the world system.
In short, they’re doing what everybody else is doing. . .or at least. . . almost everybody else. . .because now an ever-increasing number of believers are tapping into the wisdom of the ages found in God’s Word.
Unfortunately, so many believers follow the “wisdom” of the world when it comes to their personal finances as opposed to following the instructions found in the Word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
People. . .even born-again, Holy Spirit filled, church-going believers. . .tend to value the advice of their banker and financial planner more than they do their man or woman of God.
The Bible is not a book of exceptions, exemptions and excused behavior. It is a book of absolutes.
The Bible says what it means and it means for you to obey without hesitation.
The Bible is not a book of convenience . . . obeying its instructions when you feel like it.
Here are seven reasons to avoid the influence of the world system.
1. Your Interests Are Costing You His Interest
Some years ago, there was a movie entitled The Dirty Dozen. As I was remembering this World War II movie. . .I started thinking about all the dirty tricks of the devil.
I probably could have thought of a dozen dirty D’s. . .tricks of the devil. . .but I stopped after thinking of seven.
Who deceives you?
Genesis 3:13 says:
“Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
2 Corinthians 4:4 in the Amplified Bible says:
“For the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers' minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (the Messiah), Who is the Image and Likeness of God.”
The real tragedy is that most folks who’re being deceived don’t realize they’re being deceived.
Jeremiah 9:6 in the New International Version says:
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