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Shake Off Heaviness

Oftentimes, heaviness starts out as a little care or concern. What begins as a small burden grows and grows. Then, you start taking on responsibilities that aren't yours. You start thinking that you have to keep everyone around you happy, or you start worrying about things in the future. All of this piled on becomes very heavy on your heart and mind. 

The Bible says that heaviness is actually a spirit. The goal of heaviness is to distract you and get you off track. Heaviness tries to keep your head down so that you can't even look up to the heavens—the place from where your help comes. Heaviness tries to wear you out and take the place of God's spirit, but do you know what chases that spirit of heaviness away? Praise and thanksgiving. Scripture says that God inhabits the praises of His people. He literally comes into our praise and works! When you start praising, God shows up in your midst and every negative spirit has to flee!

If you have heaviness on you today, if you feel trapped, overwhelmed, discouraged, frustrated or anxious, there is only one thing you need to do, and that is to open your mouth and praise Almighty God! Even if it's difficult, even if you don't feel like it, just open your mouth and begin to declare His goodness. Sometimes we have to stir ourselves up in the things of God. Sometimes we have to get our flesh to obey the Word of God so we can see the breakthrough in the supernatural realm. 

Today, put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3). Set your heart and mind on the Father. Instead of focusing on your problems, focus on your God. Don't let worry get you stuck, but let praise get you through! Enter His gates with thanksgiving, shake off heaviness and embrace the peace, joy and victory God has prepared for you!

 

You’ll Have What You Say

In the book of Numbers, Moses sent twelve men to spy out the Promised Land and see who inhabited it. After 40 days, ten of them came back and said, "Moses, we don't have a chance. The people are huge. Compared to them, we look like grasshoppers." Notice their "I am" — "I am weak. I am inferior. I am intimidated. I am afraid." What happened? Fear, intimidation and inferiority came knocking at the door.

But two spies, Joshua and Caleb, came back with a different report. They said, "Moses, the people are big, but we know our God is much bigger. We are well able. Let us go in and take the land at once!"  Notice their "I am" was just the opposite. "I am strong. I am equipped. I am confident. I am more than a conqueror."

What's interesting is that the negative report from the ten spies spread like wildfire throughout the rest of the camp. Before long, some 2,000,000 people were intimidated and afraid. Nobody even paid attention to Joshua and Caleb, who had the report of faith. Here's what I've learned: a negative report always spreads faster than a positive report. When people are murmuring, complaining and talking defeat, be on guard. Make sure you don't let the wrong "I am" take root.

These ten spies went on to say, "Moses, why did you even bring us out here? We're going to die in the wilderness. Our children, our wives, they're going to be taken as plunder." God answered back something very powerful. He said in Numbers 14:28, "I will do for you exactly what you have said. You said you're going to die in the wilderness, so you will die in the wilderness." God is saying the same thing to us. "I am going to do exactly what you've been saying." Don't ever say, "I am weak. I'm intimidated. I'm inferior." Friends, the wrong "I am" can keep you from your destiny.

In the scripture, have you ever heard of a man named Sethur, a man named Gaddi, or a man named Shaphat? Never heard of them. You know why? They were some of the ten spies. They were some of the ones that never made it into the Promised Land. The fact is that they were called to be history makers. They had seeds of greatness on the inside, but the wrong "I am" kept them from really making their mark. Don't let that be you. You may be facing some major obstacles. My challenge is be a Joshua. Be a Caleb. "I am strong. I am confident. I am equipped. I am more than a conqueror. I am well able." Make sure you have the right "I am" coming out of your mouth, and just like Joshua and Caleb, you'll have what you say and make it into your promised land!

"As surely as I live," declares the LORD, "I will do to you the very thing I heard you say." (Numbers 14:28, NIV)

 

A Promise for Every Problem

For every problem you face in life, God's Word has a promise! In Second Peter, it says that He has given us His great and precious promises so we can live the life He's called us to. In fact, did you know there are over 7,000 promises? That's more promises than all the problems I could ever think of! But, it's up to us to attach those promises to our problems.

The other day, I was reading this email that had an attachment. So I opened up the attachment, and that file became bigger than the original message. It covered my whole computer screen! I thought to myself, how many times does the enemy send us messages to try to discourage us? That's when we have to attach God's promise to that message—we have to open up His Word and allow it to become bigger than that message. We have to let His Word become the biggest thing in our lives. 

The question is: What are you attaching to your problem? Are you attaching God's Word, or are you attaching complaining, murmuring and doubt? Proverbs 4:22 says that God's Word is life and healing to those who find it. That means that God's Word will bring life into your situation. It brings hope and strength. It renews you and empowers you for victory! 

Sometimes it's easy to allow our problems to overwhelm us and conquer us. When we focus on our problems, our lives feel shipwrecked and lost. But God's Word is the anchor that grounds us and settles us, keeping us steady. There is a discipline in all of this. The discipline is that we have to open the attachment and meditate on His Word. We have to be willing to put more energy into the promise than in the problem. You can always tell when you have more energy in the problem because you go around talking doubt and defeat. But when you focus on the promise, you celebrate victory! You feel better physically. You have more joy, peace and a swing in your step! Declare today, "I am not going to be controlled by this problem; I'm going to be controlled by God's promise!"

"And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world's corruption caused by human desires." (2 Peter 1:4, NLT)

 
 

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