“Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and
rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former
rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the
rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall
overflow with wine and oil" (Joel 2:23-24).
The anointing of God is the rain that will
fall on you this year. This year you will experience a double
portion because the earlier anointing and the latter anointing
will fall at the same time. That’s good news, because with the
anointing comes power and the manifestation of God’s goodness.
The blessings of God are about to rain down on you like never
before. Thank God for the overflow!
“O send out thy light and thy truth: let them
lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy
tabernacles” (Psalm 43:3).
When the Spirit of God speaks to you, His Word
is like a lantern that lights your path and a compass that
directs your footsteps. Follow the Holy Spirit as He leads you
into the presence of God!
“Both riches and honor come of thee, and thou
reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in
thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all"
(1 Chronicles 29:12).
God is the Creator of everything on earth, and
He decides how He will distribute His riches to His servants. No
matter how rich and powerful you are, don’t make the mistake of
thinking that you achieved your success on your own. You have
everything you have because God has given it to you. Make sure
you thank Him.
“For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine
shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase,
and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the
remnant of this people to possess all these things" (Zechariah
There is a time for sowing and a time for
reaping. If you’ve already sown your seed, get ready for the
harvest. God is preparing to prosper His servants; expect an
overflow of God’s goodness in your life!
“He loveth righteousness and judgment: the
earth is full of the goodness of the Lord” (Psalm 33:5).
God loves everything that is good, just and
fair. In spite of all the bad things that you hear about in the
news, God is still manifesting His goodness in the earth. If you
want to see it in your own life, show God your goodness, and He
will show you His.
“Bear (endure, carry) one another’s burdens
and troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and
observe perfectly the law of Christ (the Messiah) and complete
what is lacking [in your obedience to it]" (Galatians 6:2, AMP).
It is your responsibility as a Christian to
love your brothers and sisters in Christ. The best way to
express your love is by overlooking their faults and by helping
them carry their burdens. When you do this, you honor God and
prove that you are truly His child.
“Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto
you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you" (John
Just as Jesus was sent by God to preach the
Gospel, you have been sent by Jesus to carry out the same
mission. Use every available opportunity to tell someone about
God’s goodness in your life.
“There is none holy as the Lord: for there is
none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God" (1
There is nothing and no one as holy as God.
Experimenting with other religions or adopting religious
practices that are not in line with God’s Word may seem
harmless, but don’t be deceived. There is only one God, and He
is the Rock upon which you must build the foundation of your
life. If you set yourself up on anything else, you’ll eventually
“Speak thou also unto the children of Israel,
saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign
between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know
that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you" (Exodus 31:13).
God established the sanctity of the Sabbath at
the beginning of time. No matter how busy you are, be sure to
take the time to slow down and honor God’s holy day. Each
Sunday, make it a point to reflect on this eternal reminder of
His love for you.
“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a
wise man keeps himself under control" (Proverbs 29:11, NIV).
When you’re angry and in the middle of a
confrontation, it’s very tempting to give whomever you’re
arguing with “a piece of your mind.” But that’s also foolish.
Instead, it is much wiser to exercise temperance, which is
self-control. Keep your mouth closed and your spiritual ears
will open. Then you can hear God when He tells you how to
resolve the situation.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew
their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they
shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint"
Don’t be in a hurry to do things your own way.
If you wait on God to direct you, your victory in every
situation is assured. God will continually renew your strength
throughout your journey—you’ll walk without ever falling behind,
run without getting tired and soar like an eagle until you reach
“If thy people go out to battle against their
enemy, whithersoever thou shalt send them, and shall pray unto
the Lord toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the
house that I have built for thy name: Then hear thou in heaven
their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause"
(1 Kings 8:44-45).
As long as you live in the world, you’re sure
to face some sort of battle. But don’t let that discourage you.
Your victory has already been assured. To claim it, go to God in
prayer and ask for His guidance. Then do what He says, and watch
as He defends you.
“Have we not all one father? hath not one God
created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his
brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?" (Malachi
God is the Creator and Father of everyone.
When you look at your brothers and sisters in Christ, you
shouldn’t see race, nationality or ethnicity—you should see the
spirit of God that is inside of them. The covenant of our
ancestors binds us all together; when you mistreat any child of
God, you betray that covenant. Honor your Father by treating all
of His children with the love and respect they deserve.
“Bring forth fruit that is consistent with
repentance [let your lives prove your change of heart]" (Matthew
When you sin and step outside the will of God,
if you confess and repent immediately, God will forgive you.
However, repentance means more than just saying you’re sorry.
When you repent, you must have a change of heart and a change of
behavior. Turn completely away from the sin for which God has
forgiven you, and let your life show that you’ve truly repented.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the
counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor
sitteth in the seat of the scornful" (Psalm 1:1).
Choose your friends and acquaintances
carefully. If you align yourself with the wrong people, you
could stop the flow of God’s blessings in your life. Stay away
from ungodly people—don’t ask for or take their advice and don’t
spend time in their presence. Instead, seek godly alliances. God
cares about the company you keep.
“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of
trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him" (Nahum 1:7).
Whenever you’re in trouble, God is there to
help you. Run to Him and take refuge in His arms. He knows you
and He welcomes the opportunity to protect those who trust in
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the
Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17).
The Spirit of God lives inside every
born-again Believer. Whenever the Spirit is present, He brings
liberty. If you have been in bondage to anyone or anything,
declare your independence today. The Spirit of God has released
you from everything that has held you captive. Rejoice! You’re
free at last!
“But to as many as did receive and welcome
Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become
the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere
to, trust in, and rely on) His name—Who owe their birth neither
to bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical
impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but
to God. [They are born of God!]" (John 1:12-13, AMP).
What do you have to do to be called a child of
God? Just believe that Jesus is Who He says He is and that He
can do everything He says He can do. The pious things you do,
the amount of knowledge you have and where you come from aren’t
important. The only thing that matters is that you welcome Jesus
into your heart. When you do, you are officially God’s child.
“Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of
the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him"
When you obey God’s commands and walk in His
ways, you show your faithfulness. Your faithfulness, in turn,
pleases God, and He will reward you for it.
“To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also:
for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes
forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an
advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices" (2
Satan is looking for any open door that he can
find to gain access into your life. When you operate in
unforgiveness, you leave the door wide open for him to come in
and wreak havoc. Forgive immediately anyone who offends you,
just as God forgives you. As long as you know what Satan is
trying to do, you can confuse his plans. By walking in love and
forgiveness, you can slam the door in Satan’s face and lock him
out of your life!
“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I
fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a
light unto me" (Micah 7:8).
Don’t get discouraged when your enemies
rejoice over your misfortune. It may look as though you are
down, but you’re never out. When you fall, you will get back up
again. And when you are at your lowest and you don’t know where
to go or what to do, God will be your light and will lead you
out of the darkness.
“And they came, every one whose heart stirred
him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they
brought the Lord’s offering..." (Exodus 35:21).
Your offerings to God should be made with a
willing heart. You should never give because you feel you have
to; rather, give because you want to. God did not require these
special offerings, but he appealed to people with generous
hearts. Only those who were willing to give were invited to
participate. Our giving should be from love and generosity, not
from a guilty conscience.
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all
thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and
with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the
second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these
Throughout the Bible, all of God’s commands
are rooted in one thing: love. This includes love for God and
love for your fellow man. When you walk in love toward God and
toward your neighbors, you obey the two greatest commandments
God has given. Master these two commandments, and you’ll find
that it will be easier to obey all of God’s other commands.
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I
might not sin against thee" (Psalm 119:11).
Read your Bible daily and meditate on God’s
Word. Plant the Word in your heart, and it will grow and produce
a bountiful harvest. Then, when you are tempted to sin, the Word
that you’ve hidden in your heart will rise up and show you the
way to resist temptation and defeat Satan.
“For where two or three are gathered together
in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20).
Jesus is in the midst of those who gather in
His name. It doesn’t take a multitude of Believers; all it takes
is two or three people. You don’t have to wait until you get to
church on Sunday to feel His presence. Just find one or two
fellow Christians and begin praising and worshipping the Lord.
You can be sure that Jesus will be there with you.
“Let everything you do be done in love (true
love to God and man as inspired by God’s love for us)" (1
Corinthians 16:14, AMP).
From the smallest, most insignificant things
you do each day to the largest and most important ones, your
love—for God and for your neighbors—should be evident in all you
do. Remember, God loves you as much as He loves Jesus, and He
wants you to be a living example of His love here in the earth.
“You shall not take revenge or bear any grudge
against the sons of your people, but you shall love your
neighbor as yourself..." (Leviticus 19:18, AMP).
If you’ve been wronged in some way, don’t hold
a grudge against the one who has wronged you, and don’t seek
your own revenge. Just love the person as you love yourself, and
let God handle everything else.
“If you love sleep, you will end in poverty.
Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!" (Proverbs
God is your Source and He will supply all your
needs. But your needs won’t be met if you’re lying in bed all
the time! God has many ways of distributing His resources to
you; however, you have to prove that you are willing to do what
is required of you in order to receive them. That means you’ll
have to work. Get up and get to work, and then watch as God
removes lack from your life!
“For thou hast girded me with strength unto
the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up
against me" (Psalm 18:39).
You are a mighty conqueror. God has given you
everything you need to win every battle you face. Your enemy has
been subdued; step out in faith and claim your victory!
“The Lord shall judge the people: judge me, O
Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine
integrity that is in me" (Psalm 7:8).
Stand in your righteousness and maintain your
integrity, because God will judge you in these areas. Follow His
commands and God will declare your innocence and confirm your
“Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor
be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes
with you; He will not fail you or forsake you" (Deuteronomy
Wherever you go, God goes with you. You have
no reason to fear anyone or anything. With God as your constant
companion, there is nothing that can harm you. In everything be
strong, courageous and fearless. Never forget that God is with
you always, and He will never leave you, let you down or forsake