Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Be Encouraged Today!

· I set the course of my life today with my words:

· I declare today that I will not be defeated, discouraged, depressed or disappointed.

· I am the head, I have insight, I have wisdom, I have ideas, I have authority.

· I exercise my authority today with my words and I decree a thing and it is so.

· Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4)…the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, lives in me… (Romans 8:11)

· As I speak words today, they come to pass (Job 22:28); they go before me, they bring the things to pass that I desire; and they stop all attacks, assaults, oppression, and fear from coming to my life.

· God is on my side today and, therefore, I cannot be defeated.

· His favor surrounds me today as a shield. (Psalm 5:12). I expect favor today from heaven and from the earth.

· Jesus had favor with God and man (Luke 2:52), and as He is so am I on this earth. (1 John 4:17)

· Therefore, I have favor today with God and man.

· I expect and receive favor in my home, favor in my job, favor in my business, favor in my ministry, favor with my finances, favor in every deal I am involved in.

· I have the wisdom of God today. I will think the right thoughts, say the right words and make the right decisions in every situation I face today.

· My mouth speaks wisdom and my heart is filled with understanding. (Psalm 49:3)

· I ask for, and receive, an abundant supply of wisdom and understanding today from God (James 1:5) …wisdom from above, wisdom that is pure, peaceable, gentle, unwavering, willing to yield, without hypocrisy. (James 3:17)

· Wisdom and understanding are better than silver and gold and nothing I desire can compare with them; therefore, I make it my ambition and desire to have understanding and wisdom; therefore I know I will have all of the other desires of my heart. (Proverbs 8:10-11)

· My words go before me in securing my divine health and healing…

· I will not be sick today; I will not be sad today; I will not be broke today; I will not be confused today.

· I have health today; I have joy today; I have all the money I need in the name of Jesus.

· My steps are ordered by the Lord… (Psalm 37:23)

· I have a covenant with God and by the blood of Jesus I release my divine protection and divine provision.

· I expect to have divine appointments today, to run into the right people, and to be delivered from the wrong people.

· Any adversity, attack, accidents and tragedies that were headed my way are diverted right now in Jesus’ name.

Now I speak to:

· every mountain of fear

· every mountain of discouragement

· every mountain of stress

· every mountain of depression

· every mountain of lack and insufficiency

And I say, “Be removed and cast into the sea in Jesus’ name!” (Mark 11:23) I expect the best day of my life spiritually, emotionally, relationally and financially today in Jesus’ name.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Who's Your Daddy?

A Seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. One morning, they were eating breakfast in a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal. While they were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished looking, white haired man moving from table to table, visiting with the guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to his wife, I hope he doesn't come over here. But sure enough, the man did come over to their table.

"Where are you folks from?" he asked in a friendly voice.

"Oklahoma" they answered.

Great to have you here in Tennessee, the stranger said.

"What do you do for a living?''

I teach at a seminary,' he replied.' Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you?

Well, I've got a really good story for you.

And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple. The professor groaned and thought to himself, Great, just what I need--another preacher story!

The man started, See that mountain over there?' (pointing out a restaurant window).

Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because every place he went, he was always asked the same question.

Hey boy, who's your daddy?

Whether he was at school, in the grocery store or drug store, people would ask the same question.

Who's your daddy?

He would hide at recess and lunchtime from other students. He would avoid going into stores because that question hurt him so much.When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question, 'Who's your daddy?

But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast, he got caught and had to walk out with the crowd. Just about the time he got to the back door, the new preacher, not knowing anything about him put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, 'Son, who's your daddy?' The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church looking at him. Now everyone would finally know the answer to the question, 'Who's your daddy?' The new preacher, though, sensed the situation around him and using discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to the scared little boy. 'Wait a minute!' he said. I know who you are. I see the family resemblance now. You are a child of God.

With that, He patted the boy on his shoulder and said. 'Boy, You've got a great inheritance. Go and claim it.

With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out the door a changed person. He was never the same again. Whenever anybody asked him,' Who's your Daddy?' he'd just tell them, 'I'm a child of God.

The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, 'Isn't that a great story? The professor responded that it really was a great story! As the man turned to leave, he said, 'You know, if that new preacher hadn't told me that I was one of God's children, I probably would never have amounted to anything! And he walked away.

The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress over and asked her, 'Do you know that man who just left that was sitting at our table?' The waitress grinned and said, 'Of course. Everybody here knows him. That's Ben Hooper. He's the former governor of Tennessee!

Someone in your life today needs a reminder that they are one of God's children.

'The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of God stands forever.' Isaiah 40:8
You are one of God's children--I can see the resemblance.

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