December 2016 Words of Life (Week 1)

Be Proactive with God 1!

          When you read Isaiah 45:11 by itself, it may seem as though God is submitting to us.  This is not the case.  When you compare scripture with scripture you begin to see the whole picture.  Luke 10:19, Matthew 16:19, Genesis 1:26-28, 1 John 5:14-15 all show how God has given us authority.  Psalm 115:16 says, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men.”  The earth is God’s, but He has given us authority to run it.  The authority that we should be exercising, is the supernatural power of God that has already defeated the enemy.  Jesus tells us in John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  God has already done His part.  We can choose to walk in His power and overcome the enemy, or we can deny God’s power and be defeated.

          Seeing that God’s part is already done, think of it like the electric company.  The electric company is the one who controls the power running to your home.  The electrical wires are already set up.  The electric company’s job is done.  You now have the authority to control the electricity in your home.  When you flip a switch to turn the light on, you are commanding the electric company to power your light.  However, you can choose not to exercise that authority and live in darkness.  The same is true with God.  Jesus has already overcome the world.  The power is there.  We must use the authority He gave us.  1 Peter 2:24 says, “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”  You WERE healed.  This is past tense.  It is already done.  You just have to walk in it.  You can agree with Satan or agree with God (Amos 3:3).  In Jesus’ name I bind up all sickness, disease, and infirmity and command that it must flee my body.  I loose health and healing and thank you that by Jesus’ stripes I am healed. 

Be Proactive with God 2!

          We are to walk in what God has already done for us.  We do this with our words and our actions.  This should include our prayer life.  So how should we pray to be proactive with God?  There are 3 keys to follow when praying.  Number 1, make sure your prayer is according to God’s will.  1 John 5:14-15 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”  If a promise is in God’s Word, you can be assured it is God’s will.  Healing (1 Peter 2:24), all needs met (Philippians 4:19), protection (Psalm 91), etc. are all promises that are in God’s Word and are His will.  Number 2 is pray in Jesus’ name.  John 14:13-14 says, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”  Be sure to open or close your prayer with in Jesus’ name.  Number 3 is to always pray with thanksgiving.  Philippians 4:6 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”  So if you are not experiencing full healing yet,  pray “Thank you Lord for healing my body in Jesus’ name I pray Amen. 

          When we pray like this, we are also fulfilling Isaiah 43:26a which tells us to remind God.  Do we really need to remind God?  No.  Jeremiah 1:12b in the Amplified says, “for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.”  God is just waiting for us to Be obedient to the Word, so He can fulfill His part of the promise (Hebrews 10:36).  So why does the scripture say that we need to remind God?  When you pray and remind God of His Word, you are also reminding yourself of God’s Word.  When you remind yourself, you are building your faith to stand on God’s Word.  Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  So pray according to His will, in Jesus’ name with thanksgiving and watch your faith grow!

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