#5798 – Fail Forward

Good morning people who step towards God in moments of failure.

I hear the loving voice of the Father say, “Fail forward.”

The truth is that we will all fail at times. Therefore, the question is not about if we will fail, but rather, what will we do when we fail.

It is all too easy to feel like giving up when we have missed the mark. I’m sure we have all had moments when we wonder if we can get up and go again. Sometimes moments of failure can be bigger than the failure itself. This is especially true if it is in an area of ongoing struggle.

Again, I hear the Lord say, “Fail forward.”

In other words, when you do have moments of sin, don’t stop, and most definitely don’t step back. These times are when we need to intentionally step forward towards our heavenly Father.

God is for you in times of challenge, and He still sees you as His beloved child. You don’t cease being loved because you feel lost. He doesn’t turn His head away or withdraw His hand. There is tenderness in His eyes towards His sons and daughters.

It is true that missing the mark requires repentance and it may even require working through some things. Restoration may be a process that needs to take place. But all of this does not change Father’s love for you. Like the Father of the prodigal son, our heavenly Father is ready to run towards us even if we have turned away in rebellion.

So, if you find yourself in a place of failure today, fail forward into the loving arms of your heavenly Father. He loves you dearly.

 

#5797 – Significantly Loved

Good morning people who are alive because of the immeasurable love of God.

I heard the Lord say, “You’re important in the context of My love.”

What a beautiful statement by our Father in heaven.

I’m not important because I’m always good, but because God is always good, and therefore, He always loves me.

I’m not important because of my abilities, gifts and talents, especially considering God gave me what I have.

I’m not important because I carry my natural family’s name, but because my name is written in God’s eternal book.

I’m not important because I can preach or prophesy or move in supernatural power, after all, all of this comes from God and is for the glory of God.

I’m not even important because I love God, because outside of receiving a revelation of God’s love for me, it is impossible for me to love God.

I’m important in the context of God’s love.

You are important in the context of God’s love.

John 3:16 NIV For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 4:7-10 NIV Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Thank You Father for Your love for us.

 

#5796 – Multi-Dimensional

Good morning people who explore the depths of prayer that is available to us all.

I heard the Lord say, “Prayer is not one-dimensional.”

Philippians 4:6-7 NIV Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 6:18 NIV And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

In every situation and on all occasions…pray.

Prayer, petition, thanksgiving, requests…pray with all kinds of prayers and requests.

There is too much comparison between people on how we pray. The key is that we pray.

The disciples did not ask Jesus to teach them how to pray. They asked Him to teach them to pray (Luke 11:1). The most important part of prayer is that we pray. Oh, for us to get this simple and life-changing truth today.

The right prayer is the prayer that comes from the heart. Intimacy with God is the right soil for prayer to be birthed and expressed back to God. A desire and a focus on God’s will above our own is great fuel for prayers that please the Father.

Pour out your heart, lift up your voice, declare with passion and authority, quietly contemplate the goodness of God and give thanks to Him, rebuke the devil, prophesy life that comes from hearing the Word of God…pray with all kinds of prayers and requests.

Pray in the Spirit and with your understanding…pray both ways (1 Corinthians 14:15).

Here’s the key: just pray, and then pray some more, and then keep on praying continually.

Worship, praise, declare, confess, profess, request, petition…pray with all kinds of prayers and requests.

 

#5795 – Every Act

Good morning people who see every moment as an opportunity to pray.

I heard the Lord say, “Every act is an opportunity to pray.”

Now, let’s remember that prayer is the privileged opportunity to talk to and listen to God. Prayer is an act of intimacy between lovers. Yes, that is intimate language, but we need the reality of prayer to be restored in our lives. It is not just a one-way rote monologue for the purpose of us getting what we want. Prayer is much more than that.

Prayer is engaging with the Divine. Prayer is hearing the heart and the voice of God through active and engaged listening. Prayer is offering to the Lord our requests from the foundation of equal friendship and dependence. Prayer is the highest privilege of the believer; the children of God.

So, let’s return to today’s statement.

I heard the Lord say, “Every act is an opportunity to pray.”

When you wake up in the morning, it’s an opportunity to pray.

When you sit to eat and drink, it’s an opportunity to pray.

When you get ready for your business meeting, it’s an opportunity to pray.

When you receive that distressing phone call, it’s an opportunity to pray.

When you sin and you stumble and fall, it’s an opportunity to pray.

When you feel close to God in pure peace and joy, it’s an opportunity to pray.

When you lay your head down at night, it’s an opportunity to pray.

Right now, it’s an opportunity to pray.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV Pray continually,

 

#5794 – God’s Power

Good morning people who step beyond your fear into a place of reliant power.

1 Corinthians 2:3-5 NIV I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

Such a rich scripture, and it is applicable for every one of us – not just for the preachers among us.

Paul says that he came in weakness with great fear and trembling. Honestly, that’s not the picture I have of Paul. I think of him as very bold and without any fear. But that’s not what he said. That makes me think that many of us are in pretty good company.

But Paul also made the next statement, and we must see the vital truth in it today for us all.

Paul preached the gospel despite his fear and trembling. You and I are also called to preach the gospel despite our fear and trembling. It might not be from a stage or from a pulpit for you, but you most definitely are called to be a minister of reconciliation as if God was making His appeal through you (2 Corinthians 5:18-20).

Paul then clarified that his words were not what was most important, but rather, that the power of God was seen. And he gave us the reason why: so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

These are days when people need an encounter with the power of God. You need an encounter with the power of God, and so do I. Lost people need an encounter with the power of God too. Yes, the love of God is essential and it is central, but an undeniable encounter with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power can mark people for life!

Let’s not settle for just some nice words. Together, let’s believe that our supernatural and miraculous God will be clearly seen for who He is. May it be done in us and through us for the glory of God. Amen.