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21 Question Test of Spiritual Maturity
What’s Your Status?
Examine Your (Relationship) Status with the Lord
 
Fact: Your faith comes out of your relationship with the Lord.
When you have faith in God, it is easier confess what His Word says.  Take action in your life and live like you believe the Bible (Mark 11:22).
Relationships are built as people spend time with one another.  It is no different with the Lord.  Your faith is growing all of the time.   People that have not spent time with the Lord are not sure if they can trust Him.  The more you engage with the Father, the more real His power becomes to you.  As you spend time in the Word, you will be able to feel the presence of the Lord.
Some people are so selfish that they become negative in the midst of a miracle (Numbers 14:11).  It’s critical to spend enough quality time with the Lord daily.  As we fellowship with Him, we will see His acts and recognize Him as our Source. Nurturing a relationship with the Lord should be deliberate and intentional.   As we connect with the Father, we are putting our trust in Him, and will see Him work our issues out!
 
Worry About Tomorrow
The more we trust in the Lord, the less we have to worry about (Zachariah 4:6).
 
Matthew 6:30-33 (The Message Bible)                                                                                                                                                                         “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
Build Your Relationship Faith
Connecting with the Lord should be a part of the Christian lifestyle.  Faith is the material used to build what you believe God for.  Doubt is the thief that tries to steal the tool. We can always trust in God because His love is a sure thing. Believe your prayer request is done before you see it manifest!
Christians can hurt demons with the Word!  When you are in a relationship with God, you are fearless!  Your relationship status can be located by what you say.  When you are linked to the Lord, your confession lines up with the Bible because there is an overflow of His presence in your life.  When people speak negatively, they don’t show the heart of God (Jeremiah 29:11-14).  The negative conversation could be a result of the lie that they believed from the enemy.  The devil is an imposter, so he will try to present a lie to you in order to shake your faith.  Godly confession should come out of an overflow of belief.
 
Proverbs 18:20 (Amplified Bible)                                                                                                                                                                                           A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].
The abundance of the Lord’s blessings should prompt us not to forget Him!
Deuteronomy 8:10 (Amplified Bible)
When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for all the good land which He has given you.
Love,
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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