When you focus your heart, soul, mind, and strength on God and His Word, you will experience God’s kind of success. Through His Word, God reveals His will to you and gives you the power you need to accomplish the jobs He has for you.
How can you move forward in your desire to be more courageous? How can you march through whatever river is impeding your progress, attack whatever hindrances appear, and fight your enemies?
Make sure you place the truths in God’s Word first and foremost in your mind and heart.They need to be the ruler of your every thought, word, and deed. After all, the Bible is for YOU—to edify you. It’s not here to prepare you for ministry and service (although it definitely does!). And it’s not here to earn you any kind of award, certificate, or recognition for the number of verses you memorize (although that can’t hurt, and it certainly can help). No. It’s here to build youup, to change you, to teach youGod’s ways, to show youGod’s will, and to empower youto move forward with courage.
Make sure you take care that your focus is in the right place… and on the right Person. Fix your focus on God… not on your problems. On His commands… not your confusion. On His presence… not your fears. Serve Him, trust Him, and count on Him. After the psalmist wondered, “Where does my help come from?” he answered, “My help comes from the Lord” (Psalm 121:1-2 NIV). You have God’s commands (His will) and God’s presence. What more do you need?
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Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:
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I know from personal experience that living a life of prayer is not easy. Our lives are filled with a multitude of activities that tend to crowd out time for prayer. How many times have you been guilty of telling someone that you would pray for them? Your heart genuinely yearned to be a part of bringing their need before the throne of God. And then what happened? I’m sure that, if you’re like me, more times than you would like to admit, you forgot about the promise to pray before you rounded the corner of the church building! Why? Because you didn’t write the request down.
by Elizabeth George January 24, 2023 1 Comment
Paul knew the importance of strategic prayer in his own life and the lives of others. And he knew what to pray for. His prayers focused on spiritual issues. He knew that if those he was praying for were spiritually mature, they could handle anything.