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Archive for February, 2015

Two Conditions of the Heart

Scripture Reading: Exodus 16

The Israelites were supernaturally set free from the bondage of Egyptian slavery, but in less than three months following the historic miracle of freedom, they were complaining. As a result, God put them on restrictions, and they did not enjoy the abundance nor the Promised Land that He created for them. We can experience the supernatural power of God, but if we are not linked to the Holy Spirit, then we too can be like the Israelites and forget our thankfulness. When we grumble and complain, God gets an attitude. Make a conscious effort to stay thankful in order to keep Heaven’s windows open in your life.

 Causes for Un-thankfulness

  1. Challenges can cause us to forget to be thankful.
  2. Familiarity with the blessings of the Lord—we put more emphasis on the blessings rather than the One who blesses.
  3. Comparing your blessings of others—the Father knows exactly what we need.

Always reflect on the blessings from the Lord, and be thankful because God can do something supernaturally with what you have despite how small or insignificant you think it is (2 Kings 4:1).

Dr. Cedric Oliver

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Dr. Cedric Oliver

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Participating in the Divine Nature

As we have entered the new year, we should make a conscious effort to operate in God’s divine nature. For example, behaviors and habits of our parents rub off on us; it’s no different with God. He wants us to be like Him. He wants us to escape the corruption of evil desires. Christianity is about overcoming the old nature and participating in the divine nature. Whatever we need, we create by faith!

 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Romans 4:16 (NIV)

Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.

The promises of God come by faith. God has given you everything you need. That means, you have something to help someone with!

A Description of Your Kingdom Personality

People are depressed when they feel they have no control. But that is not your story because you belong to God (Revelation 13:8)! Christians have a divine nature, so we have to rid ourselves of the carnal, petty temperament of humanity. We have power over the devil; therefore, we should expect the best to happen to us. We’re not mere humans. Don’t be afraid of the word, “No”. Money is not required for your success. Remember that you are the eagle, and not the chicken. There’s no lack in Heaven, so you were not born to be broke. You have access to millions of dollars in Heaven.

In the Scriptures, Jesus walked in provision, and He did so to be an example for us.

Mark 11:2 (NIV)

…Saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.

Mark 14:14 (NIV)

Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’

Matthew 17:27 (NIV)

“But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

1 Peter 2:20 (NIV)

But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.

The way people treat you doesn’t reflect who God made you to be. Finally, stop judging God’s people and begin to participate in His divine nature.

Love,

Dr. Joyce Oliver

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