October 17 / Proverbs 17 / Matthew 17


Proverbs 17:19

Whoever loves to argue, loves to sin.

As Jesus followers, we are not to be ones to argue our theology, to argue what you are suppose to believe.

When did that ever change someone’s life for the better?

Loving someone, modeling the unconditional love of our Creator, now that has changed lives!  And it has done so thru the Ruach Elohim flowing thru us.  Don’t think for two seconds that you can be the unconditional love machine you were made to be on your own power alone.  You must be filling yourself with Christ via time with Him in conversation, adoration, and thinking of Him often, as well as the all-important practice of listening to Him.  Then you will be empowered with the supernatural capacity to love others without expectation.  You will be able to delight in others with no thought of return. That is agape love.*

And that is the love of Christ that transforms lives.

Everyone needs to be delighted in for who they are.

Jesus does. Jesus delights in people simply for who they are, simply because they were created in God’s image for God’s glory.

How are you helping others realize this?

*We all do have this in us already, but it must be tapped into if it is to truly flow out onto those around us and heal the nations. You have everything in you that you need to be pure awesomeness today. Will you pray it into the reality of your actual lived experience? The choice is yours alone. No one can decide for or against how you will live this day.

Matthew 17:20-21

If you have faith, nothing will be impossible for you.

If you have just a grain of sincere faith in you, things will move.

I have experienced this.

Are we living way under our potential?  We have access to the power that raised Jesus from the dead.

Do we believe this???

Truly believing this moves people, ways of thought, obstacles.

Following Jesus is not merely about a better way of life, tho it includes that.  He has granted us power from on high.  Living into that truth, in real faith that God will do things is key and non-negotiable for this enactment of power to move things.

God’s love is unconditional, yes, but for Him to move in this way does seem to require our devotion and diligence in following Him. (Tho we never want to take away for a second His omnipotence and sovereignty!) Again, do we really believe this?  That He will move things, help us, actually, tangibly?  Surely the Christian life is not to be one of constant struggle with little to no power.


We believe it is to be a life of peace, release, victory, and freedom.

God has given us the ultimate power of free will and thought.  We can determine our own perception as well as much of our life, thanks to Him.  It’s as simple as a choice, followed up with diligent action following Him.

Try this.  Craft a simple “I am” statement and then pray it everyday in all sincerity and see what happens.  For example, “I am a joy-building father/friend/husband” or “I am totally free from ‘X'” or even “I am loved unconditionally at all times.”

This is real.

God wants our good and is ready and willing to grant us good things.

Now remember, this is not health and wealth stuff.  This is God’s will stuff–things we know He wants already, and we know better as we follow Him more closely( We believe, for example, that He wants all to follow Him and experience His peace).  Also, He will most likely not grant us things He has empowered us to do already, or He may answer with showing us the path to what we ask for.  For instance, I did not just pray for God to grant me a super huge butt.  I used my God-given potential to workout for many years to achieve that!

Thank you, Lord.

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