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1 Timothy 6:12

King James Version (KJV)

12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Many people talk about fighting the good fight of faith. Fighting the good fight of faith is not just fighting against satan and his cohorts. Fighting the good fight of faith is speaking faith words that bring forth reproduction. Your words bring forth reproduction. What you speak brings forth blessings or curses.

Jesus spoke and many were healed, delivered…ETC. Do words carry forth power? Yes! Scripture talks about your words and what they bring forth. The scripture in Matthew 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Your words are very powerful. You can bless someone and curse someone. Your words can make a situation good or bad. You need to keep your words clean.

As a believer you need to lay hold of eternal life. This means you need to understand and comprehend your life as being forever in God’s presence. Why do you need to do this? So you can continually keep your words clean. Here is an example… People arrive at a crash and see cars all messed up. These people are not going to speak good things but they will speak about the crash and even potentially bad things. More than likely the people will start talking about death. Maybe no one died but people will talk as if someone died. Why? Because they are moved by the situation. The point is this, if you lay hold of eternal life you won’t speak death. Why? Because your life is moved by eternal life.

You have negative people and positive people in a room. Whoever you hang out with is who you will talk like. The same thing applies with who you’re listening too. If your life is filled up with satanic things and you’re constantly listening to condemnation, who will you talk like? You will talk like the devil. If your life is filled up with godly things and you’re constantly listening to life, love, peace, joy and faith, who will you talk like? God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Your words are the container of your heart. Whatever you place in your container clean or dirty will spill out. Be cautious of what you bring into your life. They will show where you have been. Your profession of life will be seen and heard by many witnesses. Keep your words clean!

Scripture Study: 1 Timothy 6:12-19

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1 Corinthians 4:2

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Moreover, it is [essentially] required of stewards that a man should be found faithful [proving himself worthy of trust].

In this verse we see it is a basic requirement for a person to be found faithful. What is faithful? Faithful is one who is loyal or constant. Christians today need to be loyal and constant. Quite often I find people who want to do something but never follow through. They are constant in their talk but not faithful in their actions. As a minister of the Gospel it is vitally important to read my Bible and pray everyday. It vitally important that I be constant and loyal to God. Why? Because it will help me to be constant and loyal to my family and ministry.

God has entrusted me with a powerful ministry. The first part of the ministry is to God, then my wife, then my children and then the church. If I am to be a blessing to others then I have to read and pray and have fellowship with God. Through the years I have found that the more time I spend with God the better my marriage becomes. The more time I spend with God, my relationship with my sons grows.

When life is not good you can count on God being faithful to help you. When life is going great can God count on you being faithful? Many times things will start to go right for a family and then they stop fellowshipping with God. This is not being faithful. Being faithful is staying constant with God and staying constant with your responsibilities.

The topic of this devotion is staying faithful even if…  Your dog dies, family problems, doesn’t feel like God is talking to you, have an argument with your spouse, children act up, finances are messed up, car problems…ETC. Will you stay faithful through it all? Will you be constant with God?

The proving ground of faithfulness is staying constant regardless of any situation, good or bad. Stay faithful because there is always a reward.

My dad has taught me to be faithful in everything I do. My dad has been an inspiration to me and shown me what it is like to stay faithful in the midst of adversity. He has shown me to stay strong and deliberate in my work. He taught me a core lesson on what it means to hold to your word. He taught me to give more than my best and not to require praise.

I dedicate this devotion to you dad. Thank you for staying constant and faithful. Thank you for not giving up or giving in. Thank you for staying by my side even when I disappointed you. Thank you for showing me the love of God by being a faithful steward. Thank you for showing me how to be a good husband and father, because you’re faithful to mom and to your children. You dad are reaping the fruits of your loins!

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Romans 10:17

King James Version (KJV)

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Faith is not seasonal! Some people think it is seasonal. They think it turns on and then turns off. Let’s see why faith is not seasonal. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. If you have seasonal faith more than likely you have seasonal reading and praying too. Faith can not be built up by just listening to a preacher Wednesday night and Sunday morning. Faith does not come just because you opened your Bible twice a week. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God daily. Hearing the Word of God preached will encourage your faith, but it requires you as the believer to open your Bible and read it out loud for yourself.

Faith increases when you read the Bible out loud and then you pray about it. Faith increases when you meditate on the chapter or verses you read. Joshua 1:8-9 King James Version (KJV) This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Faith comes from your mouth and then it requires action. Your faith can also be built up when someone testifies about God blessing them. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God.

Just like a weight lifter increases weight to get more pumped and get larger muscles… The Believer needs to add (read) more of the Word of God to get stronger faith. Faith is what moves mountains, calms the storms, speaks to the wind and sea and it obeys. Faith believes for the impossible and trusts God for all things. If your reading of the Word of God is weak, so will your faith in God be. Build yourself up because no one else can.

My son and I were at the gym this morning pumping iron. I was teaching my son how to lift weights. Together we stood at the super squat press. I had him take all the weights off. I then had him get into the proper position and I stood behind him and told him to do seven squats. At first he said I can’t do it. I told him he could if he followed instructions. He listened and he did ten squats. It was great for his first time ever lifting weights. So then I packed on the weights and I had him calculate how much weight I was squatting. I squatted 405 Lbs. He just looked amazed at me. I told him he could do it too, but it would take him some time before he could. What was the lesson? I was teaching him that if he applied himself he could do the same thing.

So if you want to have the Jesus like faith, then you need to give the Jesus type time. Jesus prayed often and had frequent time alone with His Father. Jesus’ faith was without measure because He continually listened to the Father. Our instructions are the same… If we will just read out loud and hear the Word of God our faith will increase. If your faith is seasonal more than likely you have not put enough Word in you. If your Word intake is weak then your faith will be weak. Increase your daily reading and praying and watch your faith increase.

Just like weight lifting, it takes time to get big muscles. Same with faith, it takes time to build faith. Faith always increases and never maxes out. Read out loud, put more Bible in you and pray everyday. Start flexing your spiritual muscles of faith and expect great results always.

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Luke 15:20

King James Version (KJV)

20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

Oh what it feels like, when we run to our Father and He embraces us, even when we have messed up. This is something all children desire. As an adult I still look forward to my dad’s embrace. Why? Because he makes me feel valuable. He makes the pain of life seem so small. His embrace is a reminder of how God loves me. I can say that my dad loves me unconditionally. Where did my dad get this from? Who taught him how to love like this? GOD! The Father of fathers! The lover of my soul. The One who made the heavens. The One who shaped the earth. The One who is always watching. The One who gave me Jesus in-spite of my failures.

There are many children who lack the fathers embrace. There are lots of children that do not want the fathers embrace because it meant something evil. The embrace was not an embrace, rather it is or was a restraint meant for evil. Let me speak this as an encouragement… God’s embrace is perfect and lacking nothing. Nothing is required to receive His embrace. God loves the world so much that He gave Jesus. He did this to show His love and to display His arms wide open.

The Fathers embrace is so important. Nurturing takes place in the embrace. Security takes place in the embrace. Love is shown and given in the embrace. The embrace releases the blessing. The embrace supersedes the failure and loss. The embrace is the place! I teach the men and women in our church not to spank their children with their hands because the hands are meant to embrace and love. I recommend the belt because it is something that goes away, but the hands are permanently attached to the disciplinarian. The hands are meant to love, caress, hold up, pick up and lift up. The hands can and do make war but the hands are meant for much more. They are meant as instruments of worship and instruments of tenderness.

Too many children today lack the tenderness of a Father. So men, reach out and embrace a child today! There are many adult men and women that just need a hug and to show the Fathers embrace. Doing so will cause the aches and pains of life to just go away. Have compassion on someone, they know they don’t deserve it, but real love gives all the time. The EMBRACE causes grace to shut down all sin.

Scripture Study: Luke 15:11-24

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John 8:12

King James Version (KJV)

 12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

There are relationships and acquaintances. Relationships are ones that take two or more people to work together. Relationships are meant to get to know one another. Relationships use the word know. Know, at the deepest definition of the word is intimacy. With an acquaintance you will not have true intimacy. True intimacy is one who will walk with you through the hard or good times. True intimacy will always keep you in the light.

What is your relationship with God the Father like? Are you on a one on one knowledge of Him? Do you know Him? I ask this because, I hear people talk about God like they know Him but I don’t see the relationship. I hear them say hallelujah but don’t see them persevering. I hear them quote scripture but I don’t see the results. Why? Because some people only have God as an acquaintance and not as a relationship.

Jesus said in John 8:12 that He is the light and if you follow Him you will not be in the dark. To walk in the light of life you must have a relationship with the one who is the light of life. A real relationship is built on trust and unity. Life is not always easy but that does not mean you have to live in the dark. Spend time with the Lord and get to know Him. He will keep you in the light of life. He will help you to build that trusting relationship with Him. God the Father, Jesus the Son, Holy Spirit our Comforter all work together as one. But all require a relationship of unity. If the Three in One did not work together then they would not be able to show us a relationship that is bound.

Remember it takes two to start a relationship. Relationships are meant to last for eternity. If you want your relationships to last, you should make sure your relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are on point. Develop your relationship with the Lord first and watch your other relationships develop into godly relationships. Remember relationships are built on trust and know. Know the difference between a relationship and an acquaintance. Relationships are ones that are always giving and receiving. Love is the true and solid ground. Acquaintanceship can give but for the most part, it’s about taking. It not all about receiving. Receiving is about giving without regard. Taking is about my needs only and not caring about others.

If you don’t feel like you have a good relationship with God, start today, it’s never too late. He desires for you to have an intimate relationship with Him. Get to know your Father God, you’ll be glad you did!

Scripture Study: John 8:12-19

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