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Farewell to 2016

After the explosive expansion of 2015, 2016 was, as I got multiple signs for early in the year, a year of COMFORT. Consolidation. Calm increase. Marvelous progress in my walk with the Lord. Enjoyment of my new life. And; massive progress towards my goals. It was the 2nd best year of my life; only the surreal growth of the previous year kept it from #1.

This post won’t be complete unless I toss out the year-end stats, so here they are:

Hits:

2010: 76

2011: 525

2012: 7083

2013: 61,189

2014: 108,274

2015: 171,187

2016: 219,011

At the end of 2012, I had a single-digit # of followers. At the end of 2013, I had 75, and asked God for something extravagant, *100* new followers for 2014… and He came through, because I ended up with 177 followers. For 2015, I ended up with 318 followers. 2016 ended with me having 491 followers. Thanks to all of you for joining me!!

I had my biggest-ever # of hits in a day this year: 1,083 on 5-24.

I surpassed 500,000 hits this year… half a MILLION!!

I still haven’t done anything to promote the blog, so only God could have caused these increases. For 2017, I’m asking for 300 new followers and 300,000 hits.

I appear to finally be on the brink of restoration: 2017 will be the year that my absent loved ones will all return, that my innermost circle will be fully rebuilt, far better and stronger than ever before. After SIX years of pivotal areas of my life dangling in endless limbo, everything will be rectified and settled to my best advantage, and earlier in 2017 than anyone could imagine, I’m going to have one of the most precious things that God promises us: REST.

If you’d like to pray for me, please pray that these things will be included in God’s blessings for me for the year. 🙂

And what about YOU? What are you hoping that God will do for you in 2017? Ask BIG; God owns it all, controls it all, and He can give you the desires of your heart. Thank Him and praise Him all day long. Tell Him about your love, trust, and faith. His love for you is the size of the entire universe; keep on waiting with expectancy, because explosive blessings, unprecedented favor, a life-changing, jet-propelled upwards surge, are just around the corner!! Happy New Year!!

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(No new sermon this week.)

What movies you see? What books you read? What music you listen to?

Yes, yes, yes, YES!!

Granted that the Bible tells us to focus on positive things:

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

I find that excellent advice, and I certainly find that it benefits me to listen to praise music, to read stories about people who overcame adversity, or to look at photos of beautiful things, for example; it puts me in a much better state, intellectually, emotionally, and possibly spiritually as well. You’re probably already doing a reasonable amount of that sort of stuff, because we naturally gravitate towards what feels good.

The problem is that there are things that can feel good, at least in the sense of being stimulating or exciting, that are NOT positive or uplifting things… and this is where the problem lies. I discovered, when the hideous losses and betrayals started in my life a few years ago, that watching movies and TV shows that were violent or scary, which had just seemed like exciting entertainment before, were strongly increasing my levels of tension and anxiety… so, I eliminated those things from my viewing, and felt much better. When I started being taught in church that things of this nature can disrupt our interface and connection with the Holy Spirit, because he withdraws when we have ugliness and violence and such in our minds, I began cutting back even more, and felt even better. As I became more and more deeply involved in my prayer life, particularly with my prayer closet, I continued to cut back, and also started feeling as if the Holy Spirit himself was guiding me away from those sorts of programs.… and it keeps on making me feel better and better. Just a few days ago, I read from a totally secular source, Dilbert comic creator and deep thinker Scott Adams, that he is basically doing something like this, absorbing good stuff rather than bad stuff, in order to make himself feel better; it’s just a logical thing to do, and works even for a nonbeliever.

There’s more to this than just feeling calmer, better, and more at peace, although those things are really sufficient unto themselves; there’s also the issue of how our minds, emotions, and I think even our spirits, become desensitized when we’re exposed to too much violence, scary stuff, even just stuff that is too stimulating where the subject matter is evil, supernatural, etc. You’ve probably heard many times that becoming desensitized to violence or evil is bad because it makes us more tolerant of violence and evil in our lives, and that’s totally true, and a valid cause for concern. Even more important than that though, for a Christian, is that when our minds, emotions and spirits become desensitized, that interferes with the most important thing in our lives, which should also be the greatest joy of our lives; our connection with God. People stumble through life wondering what God wants them to do, is God telling them anything, is He giving them signs, trying to guide them… and the reason that they don’t know for sure is because they have become so desensitized that they can’t hear Him or see His signs clearly anymore.

Is that how YOU want to live?

If you said no, and I’m pretty sure that you did, you need to take a really good look at what you are absorbing through your eyes and ears all day every day. I’m not even talking about stuff that’s trashy or trivial, that’s the source of another post, I’m talking about: are you listening to songs about killing cops or mistreating women, watching shows full of violence and blood and criminal behavior, or watching movies the entire purpose of which is to bombard you with gore and/or to scare you over and over? If so, you are creating a barrier between yourself and God’s attempts to reach out to you; you need to make your New Year’s resolution be to start cutting this stuff back, and hopefully to eventually cut it out… or at least to come close. I think if you eliminate 100% of violent content from your life, first of all you couldn’t read large sections of the Bible, but also I think you could become so sensitive that you couldn’t handle hearing about things going on in the world that we need to know about; you need to learn about the tragedies going on in the world so that you know where to send your charitable donations, who to pray for, and how to cast your votes on how much $ your city or state spends on police protection, battered women’s shelter’s, etc. Don’t become fanatical, don’t make avoidance into an idol, but really, try to cut this kind of content almost entirely out of your life.

And what about reading? This is another area where God has made it very clear what He wants me to do. I have been a fan of horror writer Stephen King since I was a teenager… back when dinosaurs walked the earth, LOL. I used to read through every one of his books every single year. Eventually, my life got busy enough that all I was doing was reading the new books, and then I was only reading the new books ONCE, and then finally I got so busy that several books piled up that I have not even cracked the spines of yet. I was still buying the books on the assumption that I would eventually have more available time, which I still believe that I will, figuring that I would catch up on my reading then. The thing is, though, that although I have had his most recent couple of books in my cart for a long time, usually in the saved section, but sometimes in the active cart, every time I have come close to purchasing one of them, I have felt a strong urge not to. I have listened to this guidance, and because I have, God has gradually made it clear to me that I need to not purchase any more of these books, and probably not even read the ones I have already purchased. There are some of his books and short stories that are real psychological thrillers without the gore, although these are in a minority, and I can see reading these every so often, and frankly getting far more out of them because I won’t be desensitized… But other than that, that may be it for Stephen King.

I’ve got a ton of his books, every single book he had ever written up until very recently, all brand-new first edition hardcover books… I am definitely putting my $ where my mouth is on this topic. The cool thing is, though, that I don’t actually miss his books the way I thought I would; that’s amazing, since I used to be very passionate about them. If you give God a chance, He will change your tastes to be more in line with His preferences; you don’t have to do it on your own. You have to start moving towards the desired goal, though, before you get this help; at the very least, pray hard about it, although I don’t know if that will be enough for something like this (it’s great for addiction issues, so I’m told).

I get a lot of comments on this blog from people wanting to know how to hear from God, get more guidance, see signs, etc; other than the obvious steps of praying, reading the Bible, and being a good person, this is about the best advice I can offer. If you try it, and I hope you do, let me know how it goes.

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Merry Christmas!!

The best Chrismas gift ever was given to you over 2000 years ago;  the Creator of the universe gave you His only son, to die for you so that you would have salvation. Praise Him!!!!!!!!

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Prayer closet update

(No new sermon this week)

It’s been over a year since War Room was a #1 movie. I’m still making my prayer closet the center of my prayer life, and reaping the benefits; how many of YOU are still thinking about prayer closets, much less using one? You all SHOULD be. Why?

The Bible only talks about the prayer closet in ONE verse, which is where Jesus says:

Matthew 6:6 (MEV)
6 But you, when you pray, enter your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

So, Jesus said that we should use a prayer closet, which of course is the best reason for doing ANYTHING, doubly so, I think, when his instruction is in the area of prayer, which is crucial to receiving all of the blessings God wants to give us… and there is no doubt in my mind, using a prayer closet DOES intensify and elevate the prayer experience, and lead to greater blessings.

I have personally experienced many miraculous things as a result of using a prayer closet, from supernatural healing to seeing angels to being blessed with a divine act of creation; you really don’t want to miss out on this stuff, trust me.

And the final, gargantuan, reason to do a prayer closet goes back to that Bible verse I gave at the beginning:

Matthew 6:6 (NIV)
6 … your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Jesus tells us straight out that we will be REWARDED for praying in a prayer closet!! I don’t know about you, but I would like to have as many rewards from God as I can get, and getting rewarded for doing something so easy, for just doing something in a slightly different and better way than we had previously been doing it, seems like a pretty good deal to me. What do you think?

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Peace With Yourself

from JO’s sermon tonight:

too many people go around feeling wrong on the inside. they don’t really like who they are. they focus on their faults, weaknesses, they’re constantly critical towards themselves. that recording of everything they’ve done wrong is always playing in their minds: “you’re impatient, you blew your diet yesterday, you lost your temper, you’re still struggling with that addiction. you should be ashamed of yourself.” they wonder why they’re not happy; it’s because they have this war going on on the inside. but you’re not supposed to go through life feeling wrong about yourself. quit focusing on your faults, over-analyzing your weaknesses, beating yourself up because you’re not where you thought you would be. here’s the key; you’re not a finished product, God is still working on you.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV)
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory

you have to learn to enjoy the glory that you’re in right now. you may have some weaknesses, we all do, there may be some areas where you know you need to improve, but being down on yourself is not going to help you do better. having that nagging feeling, telling yourself that you don’t measure up, God’s not pleased with you, you’ll never get it right, it’s not going to help you move forward. you have to accept yourself right where you are, faults and all.

God is the potter; we are the clay. He’s the one making and molding you. it may not be happening as fast as you would like, but you don’t control the timetable. will you trust Him in the process, accept yourself in the glory that you’re in right now? the problem with not liking yourself is that you’re the only person that you can never get way from; you can get away from your boss, neighbor, crazy uncle, but you can never get away from you. you wake up with you, take a shower with you, go to work with you, go on vacations with you. if you don’t like you, life is going to be very miserable. don’t go around being against yourself. you may have some things wrong with you, but you have a lot more right with you. you may have a long way to go, but if you’ll look back, you’ll see how far you’ve already come.

keep your flaws in perspective. every person has something that they’re dealing with. you may see someone that looks further along, like they’ve got it all together, they’re happy, enjoying their life, but they’re on the potter’s wheel. the reason that they’re not upset, down on themselves, is they’ve learned this principle, to enjoy where you are while God is in the process of changing you. we think, “I’m going to feel good about myself as soon as I lose these 10 lbs, break this addiction, control my mouth. then, I’ll get rid of the guilt, heaviness.” I’m asking you to feel good about yourself right where you are.

if you don’t understand this, you will go through life not liking yourself, because as soon as you overcome this weakness, cross this off of your list, God will show us something else that we need to improve in; it will be a never-ending cycle. God gives us grace in different areas. as long as you’re down on yourself, feeling like you don’t measure up, you can’t get it right, that’s not only going to keep you from enjoying your life, it’s going to keep you from improving. you have to give yourself a break; you’re on the potter’s wheel. you can’t change yourself; God has to give you the grace to change.

it takes a mature person to accept who you are, be at peace on the inside, even though you have some areas that you need to improve in. it’s easy to stay negative towards yourself, down, you can’t get it right, but when you make this decision to accept yourself, faults and all, instead of beating yourself up, you have the attitude, “no, I’m not perfect, I have some areas that I need to improve in, but God, I want to thank You for the glory that I’m in right now. I know that You’re the potter; I’m going to stay on this wheel, being my best, knowing that on Your timetable You will change me,” this is what allows God to work, not always beating yourself up.

Hebrews 12:1 (GW)
1 … we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially sin that distracts us

Hebrews 12:2 (JUB)
2 with our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith

you have to look away from your faults, shortcomings. focusing on your weaknesses will distract you from your purpose. always thinking about how you don’t measure up will distract you from the good things God has in store. this doesn’t mean that we don’t try to improve, it means that you don’t let that heaviness weigh you down to where you think that there’s something wrong with you. one of the worst mistakes you could make is to go through life being against yourself. some people live with this nagging feeling that’s always telling them, “you’re not attractive or disciplined enough, you still have that addiction, you’ll never get it right.” they’ve heard that playing in their mind for so long that it’s become normal. why don’t you turn off that negative recording, quit thinking about everything wrong with you and start thinking about what’s right?

you may have some areas that you still struggle in; join the crowd, we all do, there isn’t one perfect person. it’s ok to feel good about who you are while you’re in the process of changing. it’s very powerful when you can say, “I like who I am. I feel good about myself. I’m proud of who God made me to be.” most people can’t do this. they say, “I would feel good about myself if I didn’t have these weaknesses, was a better parent, more patient, not so jealous, hadn’t made these mistakes, blown that relationship.” there will always be some reason why you shouldn’t feel good about who you are; the accuser will make sure to remind you of something that you’re not doing right, some area that you’re not up to par, some way that you failed.

if you’re going to live in victory, you have to put your foot down, and say, “that’s it; I’m done being against myself, feeling wrong on the inside, focusing on my weaknesses. I know that I’m a child of the most high God: redeemed, restored, forgiven. God is taking me from glory to glory, so I’m going to look away from all that distracts, and enjoy the glory that I’m in right now.” when you do this, don’t be surprised if every voice tells you, “you’re a hypocrite. you can’t feel good about yourself; you still struggle, have that weakness.” this is when you have to have the boldness to say, “yes, that’s true, but I’m on the potter’s wheel. I’m growing, changing; in the meantime, I feel good about me.”

your destiny is too important to let that heaviness weigh you down. your time is too valuable to sit around thinking about everything that’s wrong with you; that’s taking your joy, energy, creativity, anointing. start looking away from all of that. you’re on the potter’s wheel; you’re not going to change overnight, it’s going to happen little by little. but if you’re always down on yourself because you’re not far enough along, not growing as fast as you would like, you’ll live frustrated. it’s very freeing when you can be happy with who you are, even though you have some areas that you still need to improve in.

think about the apostle Paul; he said:

Romans 7:15 (NIV)
15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

he wasn’t perfect; he still struggled in some areas. if he would’ve been down on himself, thinking, “why can’t I get it right?” he wouldn’t have written almost half of the New Testament, become one of the heroes of faith. you don’t have to have it all together in order to do something great. if you’re waiting until you’ve overcome all your weaknesses, perform perfectly, then you’re going to feel good about yourself, you’ll be waiting your whole life. there are some weaknesses that God leaves on purpose so that we have to depend on Him; otherwise, we would think that we could do it all in our own strength.

why don’t you start feeling good about yourself right where you are? if Paul can write almost half of the New Testament, with flaws and weaknesses, then you can accomplish your dreams with what you’re dealing with. when you’re on the potter’s wheel, you’re the most pliable, the easiest to work with, when you’re at peace with yourself; not upset, angry on the inside, disappointed because you’re not where you think you should be, all that’s doing is slowing down the process. the right attitude is, “I may have some things wrong with me, but I’m at peace. I know I’m on the way, in the process, and what God started in my life, He’s going to finish.”

Jeremiah 1:5 (AMP)
1 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you

it doesn’t say, “He approves you as long as you don’t make any mistakes, perform perfectly, don’t have any weaknesses.” He approved you before you got here, in your mother’s womb. this means, He approves you with those weaknesses, in spite of those shortcomings; you’re not a surprise to God. He knows the end from the beginning. He knew every area that you would ever struggle with; that’s why He has you on the potter’s wheel, changing you from glory to glory. you’re not defective, a mistake; when God created you, He called you a masterpiece. He stepped back and said, “that was good.”

but you may have some flaws and weaknesses; those voices will try to convince you to live down on yourself. “God’s not going to bless me, you don’t know what I struggle with, I’ll never get it right.” don’t believe those lies; before you showed up on planet Earth, God already approved you. my challenge is; since God approves you, why don’t you start approving yourself, feeling good about who you are?

a lot of times, we think that we can’t feel good about ourselves until we do everything right; if we resist the temptation, bite our tongue, are more patient, then we believe that God will approve us, be pleased. but the truth is, there’s nothing you can do to make God love you any more. His approval is not based on your performance, it’s based on your relationship. He hand-picked you. He chose you before you could choose Him. 

when you understand that the Creator of the universe approves you, you won’t go around down on yourself because you’re not where you thought you should be, trying to gain God’s approval by performing perfectly, never making a mistake; you know that you already have His approval. this takes the pressure off; you can relax, knowing that you’re on the potter’s wheel, that He’s making and molding you. when those thoughts come, and try to push you down, tell you that you’re not far enough along, and you should feel bad about yourself, you can say, “no thanks. I know that God approves me, so I’m going to approve myself, feel good about who I am.”

Ephesians 6:14 (TLB)
14 … you will need the strong belt of truth and the breastplate of God’s approval.

every morning when you get up, you should say, “Father, thank You that You approve me, are pleased with me.” you have to put it on; it’s not going to automatically happen. thoughts will try to convince you that you don’t deserve God’s blessing; “you made that mistake last week, you still struggle with your temper, you failed yesterday.” if you’re not putting this on, you’ll start living guilty, feeling unworthy, like you don’t deserve God’s blessings. this is the reason that many people live with the heaviness, that feeling that there’s something wrong with them; they’re not putting on the breastplate of God’s approval. it’s the breastplate, meaning that it covers your heart, your most important area, where you live out of.

you may have plenty of areas that you still struggle in, but being against yourself is not going to help you do better. living condemned, feeling like you’re unworthy, you don’t deserve God’s blessings, that’s going to cause you to get stuck. you have to put on this approval; I’m talking about in your thoughts, all through the day, “God is pleased with me. He’s at work in my life. I’m not perfect, but I’m forgiven. I have these weaknesses, but I’m on the potter’s wheel. He’s making, molding me. I’m coming up higher.” thoughts will say, “you can’t feel good about yourself, you still struggle in that area”; just answer back, “yes, that’s true, but this approval is not based on how good I am, but on how good God is. He approved me before I showed up, accepted me in spite of my shortcomings, so I’m going to start putting on this approval.”

Matthew 3:13-17 (NIV)
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John… 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

what’s interesting is, up to that point Jesus had not performed one miracle: he hadn’t opened any blind eyes, turned any water into wine, raised Lazarus from the dead. yet, his Father said, “I am well pleased with him.” it’s the same principle; God was pleased with him because of who he was, not because of anything that he had done.

we think, “if I can get rid of this bad habit, bite my tongue and not argue so much, be more disciplined with what I watch, then God will be pleased with me”; the fact is, God is well pleased with you right now. He may not be pleased with all your behavior, but He is pleased with you, has already approved you, called you a masterpiece. but if you listen to these condemning voices, you don’t think you measure up, you’ll never get it right, then you’ll start living guilty, condemned, feeling wrong on the inside. why don’t you start putting on this approval, knowing that God is well pleased with you?

a lot of people think just the opposite; that God is out to get them, waiting for them to make the next mistake, so He can push them down even further. that’s not how our God is. when you go through the day saying, “Father, thank You that You are pleased with me, have approved me, accepted me,” thoughts will tell you, “who do you think you are?”; just answer back, “a child of the most high God: redeemed, restored, accepted and approved.” are you putting on your breastplate of approval, or are you wearing rags of condemnation, unworthiness, guilt? do you believe that God is well pleased with you, or are you trying to gain His approval by performing perfectly?

as parents, our children make mistakes, they have weaknesses, but we know that they’re growing, learning, making progress. if you were to ask me if I was pleased with my children, the first thing that I would do would not be to make a list of all their mistakes, tell you everything they’ve done wrong for the last 3 months. I wouldn’t have to think twice; I would say, “yes, I’m very pleased, they’re great children.” I would make a list of everything I like about them; that’s the way God thinks of you. He’s not focusing on your faults, looking at everything that you’ve done wrong, making a list of your shortcomings; He’s focusing on what you’re doing right, looking at how you’re growing, making progress, not where you used to be.

“what about this weakness; I’ve had it for many years”; you’re not a surprise to God. He’s not thinking, “oh boy, they’re wearing Me out. I’m done with them”; He’s saying, “that’s my beloved son/daughter, in whom I am well pleased.” why don’t you shake off the guilt, quit feeling wrong on the inside? the right attitude is, “I’m going to accept myself while God is in the process of changing me. I’m going to be happy with who I am, even though I still have some areas that I need to improve in.”

the enemy does not want you to feel good about who you are; there’s nothing he would love more than for you to go through life feeling wrong on the inside. don’t fall into that trap; take off the rags of unworthiness, and start putting on your breastplate of God’s approval.

the most important relationship you have is your relationship with yourself; if you don’t get along with you, you won’t be able to get along with anybody else. it will affect every relationship, including the one with God. if you’re living guilty, condemned, feeling unworthy; you won’t go to God with boldness, ask for your dreams or the supersized life that belongs to you. this is the reason that many people can’t get along; they don’t like themselves. they’re insecure, bitter, defensive; it spills over into every other relationship. Jesus said:

Matthew 22:39 (GNT)
39 … ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’

you can’t love your neighbor if you don’t first love yourself; you can’t give away something that you don’t have. if you don’t have a healthy respect for yourself, if you’re not putting on this approval each day, knowing that you’re a masterpiece, made in the image of God, then you’ll start focusing on your faults, shortcomings; you’ll end up feeling insecure, inferior, which will cause you to struggle in relationships.

Philemon 1:6 (MEV)
6 that the sharing of your faith may be most effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you from Christ Jesus.

if you’re acknowledging everything that you don’t like about you, flaws, shortcomings, failures, your faith is not going to be effective; that’s going to cause you to get stuck. you have enough to overcome in your life as it is; don’t go around against yourself. quit taking inventory of everything that you don’t like. sometimes, we spend more time looking at what’s wrong with us than we do what’s right with us. it should be just the opposite; start acknowledging the good. you came to church, were patient in traffic, kind to a stranger, overlooked an insult; that was good. there’s a lot right about you. even physically, we tend to focus on what we don’t like, “I’m so old, wrinkled, I wish I was taller, where did my hair go?” turn it around; instead of being critical, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made, one of a kind, a masterpiece.” 

something powerful happens when you say, “I like who I am. I’m not perfect, I have some shortcomings, but I’m growing, changing, and God, since You approve me, I’m going to approve myself.” when you do this, in the unseen realm, chains are broken: chains of guilt, low self-esteem, inferiority. when you are for yourself, you are in agreement with God. some people have never once said, “I like myself: I like my gifts, personality, looks. I’m happy with who God made me to be.” “I’m not going to say I like myself, that’s weird”; if you don’t like yourself in a healthy way, other people are not going to like you. you project what you believe on the inside; if you feel wrong about yourself, you project inferiority, unfriendliness, discontentment.

I’m asking you to feel good about who you are. you may not be where you want to be, but you’re on the way. God is changing you from glory to glory; start enjoying the glory that you’re in right now. you may have some weaknesses, we all do, but don’t go through life against yourself. God is saying today, “you are My beloved son/daughter in whom I am well pleased.” now do your part; start putting on the breastplate of God’s approval every morning. if you’ll do this, every chain that’s holding you back is being broken. God is going to keep making and molding you. you’re going to come up higher, overcome those obstacles, and become everything He’s created you to be.

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Supersized

From JO’s sermon this week:

God’s dream for your life is much bigger than your own. He’s going to take you further than you’re expecting, open doors that you could’ve never opened, give you more influence than you thought possible. Paul said:

Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think

he’s saying in today’s language that God is going to supersize your life. whatever you’re dreaming about, believing for, God’s going to take that and make it bigger, better, more rewarding than you’ve ever imagined. maybe your dream is to get out of debt, be able to pay your house off; that’s good, but God is going to supersize it. He’s going to bless you in such a way that you can not only pay off your own house, but you can help other people pay off their house. you won’t just have enough for yourself, but you’ll have an abundance so you can be a blessing to somebody else; that’s what happens when God supersizes. 

your prayer may be for your son to get back on course; he’s running with the wrong crowd, making decisions that are not good. you’d be happy if he just got back to where he was, but when God supersizes it, He’s not only going to bring him back to the right course, He’s going to use him to help other people in that same situation. you’re going to be amazed at the difference that your son will make.

or maybe you’re single; your dream is to meet the right person. you have this specific criteria that you’re looking for, qualifications that you would be happy with; but when God supersizes it, He’s going to bring you somebody better than you’ve imagined.

your dream may be to work your way up to management, to one day lead that department; but when God supersizes it, you’re not going to be working for that company, you’re going to own your own company. you’re going to look up and say, “this is exceedingly, abundantly above anything that I could ask or imagine.”

what you’re dreaming about may seem big to you. you don’t see how it could happen, how you could get out of debt, break the addiction, accomplish that goal; you have to stretch your faith to just believe that it will happen. but what you’re believing for is just the starting point; God is going to exceed your expectations. He has a supersized life in front of you. God is in the supersizing business; what He has for you is bigger than you’ve imagined. if you’ll keep honoring him, being the best where you are, then get ready for a supersized life, for doors to open that you couldn’t open, to go places that you’ve never dreamed. one day, you’re going to say, “I can’t even fathom that I’m here. I never dreamed that I’d be running my own business, living in this big house, that my children would be so successful, but I’d be this healthy again.”

in Acts 3:

Acts 3:2 (NIV)

2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.

it looked like this was his lot in life. he didn’t complain about it; he was doing his best with what he had.

Acts 3:3-8 (NIV)

3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.  6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

when Peter said, “I have something for you,” the man expected the ordinary, what he had always seen. it had happened again and again the same way; he would ask, people would give him a few donations. but this day, God came along and did something out of the ordinary; the man was expecting a few coins, but God said, in effect, “I’m going to exceed your expectations, do above and beyond what you’re asking for.” that one moment of favor thrust him to the next level.

like this man, you may be expecting the ordinary. you’re going through the routine of life, being your best with what you have. where you are, it looks like that’s the way to always going to be; there’s no sign of anything changing. you’re expecting more of the same, but God is saying, “I’m about to exceed your expectations. yes, it’s been routine, but you passed the test; now, you’re coming into a new day, where I’m about to thrust you to a new level, increase you beyond your normal income.” blessings are about to chase you down, good breaks are going to come and find you; God is going to supersize what you’re believing for. you didn’t ask for it, you weren’t expecting it, you didn’t see it coming; it’s just the goodness of God. the scripture talks about:

Luke 6:38 (NCV)

38 … You will be given much. Pressed down, shaken together, and running over, it will spill into your lap.

you’re going to come into those running-over blessings: running over with influence, creativity, resources, good health. God is a running-over God. He is not a get-by God; He’s a more than enough God. you may not see how this could happen, but God has ways to bless you that you never thought of.

in the scripture, when Peter needed money to pay his taxes:

Matthew 17:26-27 (NIV)

26 … Jesus said to him. 27 “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

when the Israelites wanted meat out in the wilderness:

Numbers 11:31 (HCSB)

31 A wind sent by the Lord came up and blew quail in from the sea; it dropped them at the camp all around, three feet off the ground, about a day’s journey in every direction.

these 2 million people had a great dinner in the middle of the desert. experts tell us that quail don’t normally travel that far away from water; that goes against their natural instinct. that was God making something happen that should have never happened. God controls the whole universe; you don’t have to figure it out, just dare to believe.

all through the day, “Lord, thank you for supersizing my life, exceeding my expectations, for those running-over blessings.” God’s ways are not our ways; there are set times where God is going to exceed your expectations, supersize your life. God can make things happen that you could never make happen; one touch of His favor will put you at another level. you may be thinking ordinary; God’s thinking overflow. you’re thinking about the way it’s always been; God is about to exceed your expectations, do a new thing. you’re going to come into these running-over blessings; you didn’t have anything to do with it, it’s just the favor of God.

Deuteronomy 6:10-11 (NIV)

10 When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant

this is what happened in the scripture to a young lady named Ruth. her husband was killed in a battle, and she moved back to her mother-in-law’s hometown to help take care of her.

Ruth 2:2-3 (NIV)

2 And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.”

Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” 3 So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters.

Ruth 2:15-16 (NIV)

15 … Boaz gave orders to his men, “Let her gather among the sheaves and don’t reprimand her. 16 Even pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up

now, she didn’t have to work nearly as hard; she could gather up the wheat they needed in a fraction of the time. when Ruth went out each morning, she was expecting more of the same; she was grateful, God was meeting their needs. but God is full of surprises. just when you think you’ve reached your limits, God’s been good to you, you’re satisfied; God has something bigger in mind. the owner of that field, Boaz, was one of the wealthiest men in that area. he fell in love with Ruth, they ended up getting married; now, instead of working in the field, Ruth owned the field. what happened? God supersized her life.

this is especially important because Ruth had gone through a lot of heartache and pain. losing her husband at an early age, I’m sure she thought, “wow, life’s not fair. God, why did this happen to me?” it looked like she had seen her best days. if she would’ve heard this message, she could’ve said, “this sounds good, but God’s not going to supersize my life; I’ve been through too much, things haven’t turned out the way I had planned. I’m content to just survive.” you may feel that way, but like Ruth, God hasn’t forgotten about you. He’s seen the heartache that you’ve endured, the lonely nights, unfair situations. you may have accepted it, but God has not. He not only has some handfuls on purpose for you, He has some Boaz’s, explosive blessings, that are going to make up for the difficulties you’ve been through.

God knows how to balance the books. you may have taken a big hit over here, a big loss; get ready for some big blessings. God is a just God; when He supersizes your life, you’re going to be so amazed at where you are, you don’t even think about where you’ve been. many of you can say that you’re living a supersized life. God’s been good to you, you never dreamed that you’d be where you are. but can I tell you; you haven’t seen anything yet. you’re on the runway about to take off; you’re just getting your engines revved up, your rockets haven’t kicked in. God never performs his greatest victories in your past; they’re always in your future.

why don’t you get your hopes up? you may not see how it can happen; you can’t see what God sees, you don’t know what God knows. Ruth could’ve said, “it’s not going to happen to me, I’m a widow taking care of another widow; we don’t have a job, retirement, income, we’re done.” but what you don’t have doesn’t stop God. He is not limited by what you think you’re lacking. “I don’t have the resources, talent, education, experience”; you may not, but God does. He has everything you need to get you to where you’re supposed to be. all of the odds were against Ruth; it looked like she was done, but she came into those running-over blessings. she went from having barely enough to having more than enough. here’s how amazing God is; Ruth married Boaz, they had a son:

Ruth 4:21-22 (NIV)

21 … Boaz the father of Obed, 22 Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David.

that means that this young lady, that it looked like her life was over, a widow, barely making it, God not only blessed her with abundance, but she ended up in the family line of Jesus Christ. God knows how to make more out of your life than you’ve ever imagined. quit making excuses, thinking that you’ve reached your limits; God has something big coming your way. what He’s going to do in your future is like nothing you’ve seen in your past; it’s going to exceed your expectations, be above and beyond what you’re thinking. the real question is; will you let this seed take root?

Matthew 13:57-58 (NLT)

57 … Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” 58 And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.

it’s not that he wouldn’t do it; he couldn’t do it. I wonder how many times we’re stopping God from supersizing our lives because we don’t believe it will happen. we let our circumstances, what we can see, what’s happened in the past, talk us out of it. your mind may tell you that you’ve reached your limits, gone as far as you can go, but if you’ll listen down in here, you’ll hear another voice saying, “increase, favor, healing, promotion is coming.” that’s why, when you hear a message like this, something comes alive on the inside; it’s the seed that God put in your spirit. when you live with this expectancy, you go through the day saying, “God, I believe You can take me where I’ve never dreamed, do what medicine cannot do, supersize my life,” that’s when you’ll see the surpassing greatness of God’s favor.

Luke 1:26-31 (NIV)

26 … God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said… 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus

Mary was kind of taken aback. this seemed far out, unusual; it had never happened before.

Luke 1:34-35 (NIV)

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you

Mary accepted it, she believed, but I’m sure that there were times that she started to doubt, thinking, “is this really going to happen? this seems too good to be true.” Mary didn’t come from an influential family; she wasn’t wealthy, didn’t have an impressive resume, she was a poor girl, living in a low-income neighborhood.

Luke 1:30 (TLB)

30 “Don’t be frightened, Mary,” the angel told her, “for God has decided to wonderfully bless you!

when you hear this promise, that God is going to do exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond, supersize your life, in a way, it’s like what Mary heard; it seems far-out, unusual, it’s easy to think of all the reasons why it’s not going to happen. but if that angel were to show up today, he would say the same thing to you that he said to Mary; “God has decided to bless you.” you may not see how it can happen, you may not think that you deserve it, you’ve made too many mistakes, you’re too young, too old, you come from the wrong family; instead of dwelling on all that, why don’t you say by faith, “God, I want to thank You that You’ve decided to bless me, be good to me.”

it’s one thing when we decide we’re going to take hold of God’s promises, live a blessed, abundant life, that’s good, important, but when you realize that the Creator of the universe, the God Who spoke worlds into existence, flung stars into space, has decided to bless, forgive, favor you, here’s the key; God’s idea of blessing you is very different from what you think being blessed is. we think natural; God thinks supernatural. we think, “handfuls on purpose are a great blessing,“ and they are, but God thinks, “how about I give you the whole field, so you own all the wheat to begin with?” that’s the running-over God, the more than enough God, the exceed your expectations God.

a few days after the angel appeared, Mary went to see her cousin Elizabeth:

Luke 1:39-45 (NLT)

39 A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town 40 where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth… 42 Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary…45 You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”

God decided to bless Mary, but what activated the blessing, allowed it to happen, was that she believed that she would be blessed; if she would’ve gone around thinking, “this is impossible, it’s never going to happen, I never get any good breaks, I’m not even qualified,” she could’ve talked herself out of what God had already decided. when God says that He’s going to do exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond, as for you and your house, you will serve the Lord, He’s going to restore health back unto you, that means that God has already decided it. my challenge is; don’t talk yourself out of what God has already decided for you.

you say, “this sounds good, but I’m 75 years old, and I still haven’t been supersized”; there’s still time for you. Moses was 80 when he started to deliver the Israelites; he didn’t see the Red Sea part, those supernatural signs that God showed the Pharaoh, until much later in life. you wouldn’t be alive unless God had something amazing up in front of you. “I don’t want to get my hopes up, that way if it doesn’t happen, I won’t be disappointed”; the problem with that approach is, if you don’t get your hopes up, you will be disappointed, and miss the exceeding greatness of God’s favor that belongs to you.

choose to get in agreement with God, to believe in what He has already decided for you; that’s when God will supersize your life, take you places that you’ve never dreamed. God has already made His decision. He’s already decided to bless you, forgive you, take you further than you can imagine. now, it’s up to you; what you decide will determine whether or not it happens. I’m asking you to take the limits off of God; quit making excuses. if you’ll do this, you’re about to come into those running-over blessings. God is going to supersize what you’re believing for; you may be expecting the ordinary, but God’s going to do something out of the ordinary. He’s going to exceed your expectations.

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