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Oct 13 2012

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Persistence by T.D. Jakes

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of  faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised.”

Hebrews 10:22-23 KJV

My brothers and sisters, you may be going through hell right now. The fact of the matter is you must accept the reality that God the Father, creator of Heaven and earth, is trying to mold you and transform you. God wants to change you into what He has declared as His purpose for your life, and that which He spoke about in His written Word. That Word says: You are more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ who loves you (see Romans 8:37). You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (see Rom. 3:22). Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (see 1 John 4:4). You have the power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy (see Luke 10:19). No weapon formed against you shall prosper (see Isa. 54:17). You really are the head and not the tail, above and not beneath, the rich and not the poor (see Deut. 28: 12-13).

You, my brothers and sisters, are indeed what God’s Word says you are. You are to appropriate what the Word says you are and what the Word says you have. It involves more than just “believing and receiving!”

You’ve got to be able to persist and move forward in the will of God for your life. Your persistence must continue even when everything seems to be falling apart and when it looks like nothing is turning out right. Stop whining. Learn to stand up under pressure. Set the vision of God before you like a flint and move forward full speed ahead with the plan of God. I don’t care how many times the lights get cut off. I don’t care how many times the water and heat are turned off. I don’t care how many times the rent is overdue. I don’t care if you don’t have a car and have to use the bus to get from point A to point B. I don’t care if you have to eat red beans and rice three days a week just to survive.

(Portion above taken from a devotion by Bishop T.D. Jakes, 2011)

No matter what you are going through, God has a plan for your life. He has provision for your life. And He is beside you in life… as long as you do your part then you’ll receive. You must follow His plan, confess His Word and persevere to appropriate His provision for your life, and make Him Lord every day. He does His part and to receive we must do our part. Open hands are ready to receive. Angry fists or worried hearts have a harder time receiving. Turn to the Lord always and make sure you’re doing what His Word says to do and that your identity is placed in who He says you are. Again, don’t worry about Him, He always does His part and really, it’s already been done and all we must do is persevere.

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