DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 61

Luke 18:1 – “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”

Since He has given humanity authority over the earth, He requires the permission or authorization of mankind in order to act on the earth. This is why, when we stop praying, we allow God’s purposes for the world to be hindered.

Matthew 16:19 – “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven ; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

AFFIRMATIONS:

bind and cast out those things that are unfruitful and I loose the blessings of God in my life through the confession of His word. (Matthew 16:19)

Since I live vitally united to Jesus and his words continue to live in my heart, I ask whatever I will, and it shall be done for me. (John 15:7)

I continually ask, seek, and knock concerning the things God has prepared for me because Jesus says I will receive, find, and it will be opened for me. (Matthew 7:7,8)

 

 

“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14
The breath of God, in its infinite capacity, is breathing and moving through every grave that holds dead dreams; through the graves of hope deferred; through everything that has tangled your faith and paralyzed your movement. He who was and is, and is to come is speaking life into the make-up of who you are, confounding the frequency of the sound of every voice that speaks against your destiny and calling in Christ.
God will heal your vision in the midst of the impossibility that He turns into possibility. The loss and wilderness you have walked through these past years will turn into a gateway of hope. He will make your vision whole in His love, and your heart will overflow with life and with a testimony that will resound all around you. Your Redeemer lives!

 

 

2 Peter 3:14 – “With this to look forward to, do your utmost to be found at peace with Him, unblemished and above reproach in his sight.”

Observation:

WE WANT A PEACE THAT TEMPORARILY COMFORTS AND CODDLES BECAUSE WE DO NOT LIKE TO BE CHALLENGED OR CHANGED. THE PEACE THAT FLOWS INTO US FROM THE LORD SATISFIES THE SOUL WITH FULL ASSURANCE THAT HE IS STILL FOR US, EVEN AS WE ARE BEING TAKEN THROUGH FIRE – IN WHICH WE CAN BE CHANGED INTO HIS LIKENESS.

2 Corinthians 3:18 – “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 even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

 

ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 60

Joshua 1:6 – “Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.”

True soldiers of Christ resolve to die every day to this world so that they live for the sake of the Gospel.

It is time for courage to enable us to lift a sword that never leaves our hands again — it never gets put on the mantle. Every day is a day of conquest — every day is a day for King Jesus to be glorified — it is called courage.
Affirmation:

COURAGE MAKES ME DO EXTRAORDINARY THINGS FOR GOD EVEN IN THE MIDDLE OF IMPOSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES.

Proverbs 28:1 – “The wicked flee when no man pursues them, but the righteous are bold as a lion.”

 

 
Genesis 1:3 – “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”
The first thing God did was speak with His voice. This is a clue for us to see just how powerful the voice is – how powerful OUR voice is. We are created in the image and likeness of God. When we speak through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, there is power to shift atmospheres from darkness to light.

 
Connect with God in the cloud of His glory. Be inspired by His Spirit. Stir the river of His Spirit inside of you and welcome the cloud of His glory upon you. Then speak and shift atmospheres, even your own situations, by proclaiming His divine utterances under the unction and anointing of His Spirit. Don’t seek as much to be relevant to men, but rather seek to be relevant to God, pleasing Him. Speak as one sent by Him to shift things on earth so they come under the transforming influence of Heaven.

 
Matthew 17:5 – “While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!'”

 

 

1 Corinthians 2:11 – “As for a man, it is his own spirit within him that knows all about him; in the same way only God’s Spirit knows all about God.”

Observation:

GOD COMMUNICATES WITH ME THROUGH MY SPIRIT. IT IS GOD’S SPIRIT THAT BEARS WITNESS WITH MY SPIRIT THAT I AM A SON OF GOD.

Romans 8:14 – “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

 
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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 59

Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable thing you do not know.”

PRAYER IS MEANT TO BE ANSWERED – OR GOD WOULD NOT ASK US TO PRAY. JESUS DIDN’T PRAY WITHOUT EXPECTING TO BE HEARD.

 

 
Hebrews 3:13 – “But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
Develop a “discipleship consciousness” and a “love-consciousness” for the lost as well as for the brethren. We do this through love by discipling new believers into a consciousness of their inheritance in Christ (Galatians 5:6 – “For in Jesus Christ …. faith which worketh by love.”
Affirmations:

I STIR UP MY FAITH AND EXPERIENCE MORE DEEPLY THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD IN MY LIFE THROUGH THE EXHORTATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT OF OTHER BELIEVERS.

I INTEND TO FIND A WAY TO ENCOURAGE SOMEONE WHO NEEDS STRENGTH AND UNDERSTANDING TODAY!

 

 
Psalm 141:3 – “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”

Observation:

THE WORLD IS LIKE A RUSHING RIVER, PULLING AT ME, TRYING TO GET ME TO FLOW WITH IT.

Affirmation:

I MAKE THE DECISION TODAY TO PADDLE UPSTREAM AGAINST THE CURRENT BY SPEAKING GOD’S WORD INTO MY LIFE.

Proverbs 4:20 – “My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings.”

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 58

 

2 Timothy 2:22 – “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

IT IS BETTER TO DEVELOP GODLY VIRTUES THAN TO SPEND MY DAY PRAYING AGAINST THE DEVIL. VICTORY BEGINS WITH THE NAME OF JESUS ON MY LIPS. IT IS CONSUMMATED BY THE NATURE OF JESUS IN MY HEART.

 

 
Matthew 6:9-11 – “This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed by Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Observation:

HEAVEN NEEDS ME TO GIVE IT LICENSE TO IMPACT EARTH.  I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY IF I WILL JUST UNDERSTAND THE PURPOSE AND POWER OF PRAYER.

 

 
Romans 8:14 – “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

God’s Higher Ground is where you stop arguing with yourself and others, cease struggling with your flesh and move into His perfect will for you.
It’s the place where you have made the decision to live a holy life in a temporal unholy world, and although you are quite aware that you will never (in this life) avoid occasional stumbling, you must get up and go to HIGHER GROUND.

Higher Ground is the only place where ‘Super-grow’ soil exists for your spirit to grow (Mark 4: 20). It is the place where you are determined to fulfill the PURPOSE God placed you here for. Blessings abound in that place……are you willing to go to Higher Ground?

Affirmations:

I CONFESS THAT I AM LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD!

THE HOLY SPIRIT TUGS AND PULLS ON MY HEART, AND I COOPERATE BY FOLLOWING HIM AS HE GENTLY LEADS ME WHERE HE WANTS ME TO GO. HE SEES AND KNOWS WHAT I CANNOT SEE.

HE IS LEADING ME EXACTLY WHERE I NEED TO BE IN ORDER TO REACH GOD’S PURPOSE FOR MY LIFE.

 
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PAYING THE COST

“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more the me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds His life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” – Matthew 10:37-39

Many believe for Jesus’ salvation, but never walk in the total freedom of the cross.

In the New Testament, “kairos” means ‘ the appointed time in the purpose of God”, the time when God acts; for example in Mark 1:15: “And saying, “The time (kairos) is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the gospel.'”

DIVINE IMPARTATION FOR STRENGTH

In Luke 22:43 after Jesus had resolved within His own heart for the Father’s will to be done in His life, we see that “An angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.”
It is possible for us to be granted a divine impartation of strength to embrace the cross today.
If we are to achieve anything in our lives that bears eternal fruit, we must first deny ourselves and embrace the cross (God’s PURPOSE for our lives) just as Christ Jesus modeled for us.

The anointing to embrace the cross (God’s CALLING on our life) involves prayer, sanctification, and intimacy with God. There is no alternative way to embrace the cross.

In Matthew 27:32 Simon the Cyrenian was “compelled to bear His cross.”

Is Jesus calling us to do the same today?

COMPELLED TO BEAR OUR CROSS

Matthew 27:32 – “Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: Him they compelled to bear His cross.”

“Compelled (Greek: Aggareuo, Strongs 29) literally translated — to be pressed into public service or compelled to “go”.
The word for “bear” (Greek; Airo, Strong’s 142), literal translation — to take up or to take away.

The call is still true for us today just as it was for Simon the Cyrenian. To “take up our cross” we must come to the place of death. We must die to ourselves and to our worldly dreams and fully embrace the plans and blueprints that God has written for us in heaven.

When Simon and Jesus took the cross to Calvary, “they were come (together) unto a place called Golgotha” (Matthew 27:33).

Prophetically, Simon the Cyrenian represents each of us:

We must all come to the place of the cross and die to our agendas and carnal thoughts for our lives and ministries.
We must allow the Father’s will to be done in our lives.
We must all come to our own personal Golgothas.
Just as Jesus was with the Cyrenian, He will be with each of us at the time and place of our personal death to self.

Jesus then said to his disciples, ‘If anyone wishes to be a follower of mine, he must leave self behind; he must take up his cross and come with me. Whoever cares for his own safety is lost; but if a man will let himself be lost for my sake, he will find his true self.'” – Mattthew 16:24-25 NEB

COMING UNDER ATTACK

The enemy of our soul does not want us to embrace the Cross of Christ. The warfare can be tremendous for us as we embrace the cross (death to self).

When we approach the place of surrender and death to self we will also come under attack from the evil one. Fortunately, Jesus has already fought this battle for each of us.
The enemy will bellow and scream at us every time we fall short. When we fail to fully embrace the cross, he will illuminate our shortcomings.

Picking up our cross is a process. If we fall down — get up just as Jesus did. Emulate Christ — dying to yourself and worldly dreams is a process. Even the Son of God walked through this process.
It takes time and intimacy with the Lord — laying down our life is a process.

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:27

Taking up your cross is not a popular message. When Jesus shared this message, many left Him, and later reviled and cursed Him. The message of the cross was one reason why Jesus was beaten, afflicted, smote, reviled spit on, crucified, and killed.

When we die to manmade methods, ideas, and formulas, and begin to truly minister in the pattern of heaven, only then can God truly begin to release the Kingdom into our life.

 

ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 57

Psalm 59:9 – “O my Strength, I will watch and give heed to You and sing praises; for God is my Defense.”

The soul that is not recollected in one appetite alone (the desire for God) loses heat and strength in the practice of virtue.

Affirmation:

I WILL CONCENTRATE THE STRENGTH OF MY APPETITES ON GOD ALONE.

 

 
“I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars.” – Isaiah 45:2

 
As we are yielded to the Lord, He makes the path straight before us. Once we understand ourCALLING in Christ He equips us for the journey. At times we have limited vision of the path ahead and what we are going through, but the Lord has the big picture and He calls us to trust in Him. He takes even our failures and disappointments and reconfigures them to work together for good.

 
God invites us to hold onto the promises He has given us in scripture of our inheritance in Christ, our right standing with God, and to believe He is able to do the impossible for us.Hold onto faith as small as a mustard seed, because that alone is enough faith to see mountains move and giants fall. We need to deal with any area of unbelief in our lives. Faith and unbelief both come by what we are hearing or giving attention to. We choose to have faith come into our heart by “hearing and hearing” the Word of God. The power of God is unleashed in the lives of those with true faith.

 
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
“Truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move and nothing will be impossible to you.” – Matthew 17:20 NASB

 

 

James 3:8 – “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”

Affirmations:

I BOLDLY DECLARE THAT MY TONGUE IS UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

MY WORDS ARE SEASONED WITH GRACE, AND MY LIPS ARE CONSTANTLY GIVING THANKS TO GOD!

THIS IS WHAT MY TONGUE SPEAKS BECAUSE IT IS SUBMITTED TO THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST.

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 56

2 Timothy 2:20 – “In a large house there are dishes and bowls of all kinds: some are made of silver and gold, others of wood and clay: some are for special occasions, others for ordinary use.”
CERTAINLY THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME GOLDEN VESSELS IN THE KINGDOM AND THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME CLAY POTS, BUT WE ARE THE ONES – NOT GOD – WHO DETERMINES WHICH KIND WE WILL BE.

2 Timothy 2:21 – ‘If anyone makes himself clean from all these evil things, he will be used for special purposes, because he is dedicated and useful to his Master, ready to be used for every good work.”

 

 

2 Kings 6:17 – “And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”
In spiritual warfare, the battle is never limited to an “us against them” human affair. It always includes “those with us” against “those with them.”

Do you want to cultivate your spiritual mind? Then immerse yourself in God’s Word (Psalm 119:9). Pray for revelation and ask the Spirit of God to open your eyes to behold awesome things from heavenly realms. There is nothing wrong with intellectual knowledge and pursuit. God gave us our mind and expects us to use it. However, we should never depend upon mere human intellectual wisdom to advance us in the realm of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13).

 

 

Mark 11:23 – “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

Because great power is released when my heart and mouth start working together, it’s extremely important that I put the right things into my heart.

OBSERVATION:
Once I find the will of God in a situation I will know how to pray. If I need a mountain moved out of my life, I believe God with my heart and speak it out with my mouth.

AFFIRMATIONS:
Jesus came that I might have life and that I might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
I shall have whatsoever things that I desire when I pray, since I believe that I receive them.(Mark 11:24)
Seeing that I have a great high priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, I hold fast to my confession. (Hebrews 4:14)

 

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