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Time to Thrive!

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Birds-in-Winter-Season-RainI know I wrote on thriving yesterday, but bear with me, I am still on thriving today. I KNOW God is saying ‘this is our year to thrive.’

He confirmed it to me again this morning as I was running an errand. I turned on the radio and the announcer said ‘I know we are all thanking God for what He helped us survive in 2016, but now is the time to thrive in 2017.’

I thought ‘YES! Praise GOD!’

You were not meant to ‘just survive’ you were meant to thrive. I read a statement this morning that said; Surviving is for those who have no hope. That’s not you — not if you’re God’s child. You were meant to thrive.

I know this to be true. I see it throughout the Bible.

We all know the story of Joseph. He was betrayed by his brothers, thrown in a pit, sold into slavery, falsely accused, thrown in prison and left there for a long time. Yet through it all, the word of God tells us, he thrived. Every time the enemy threw something new at him, he was promoted and in the end, he ruled and reigned, just as God said he would. He didn’t just survive, he thrived. God’s favor was upon him and nothing could stop him from thriving.

Then we see the life of Isaac. Isaac belonged to God, Gods favor and blessing rested upon Isaac. However, that didn’t stop famine from coming to the very place he called home.


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The bible says in Genesis 26 that there was a great famine in the land, so great that Isaac thought about leaving and moving somewhere else, but God told him to stay. Isaac obeyed God and remained in the land. And he sowed in the land. Now…who sows in famine? It makes no sense, but God said sow and sow he did. Genesis 26:12 says; “Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.”

Once again, we see God’s people didn’t just survive the famine. Isaac belonged to God and he thrived in the famine.

This is our destiny friends. Thriving is our destiny. Jesus came that we might have life and life more abundantly. Jesus didn’t come so that we could survive what the enemy threw our way, He came that we would remain in peace and thrive through it all.

Many people spend their days trying to survive. They say ‘just three more hours and I will be off work’ or ‘I can’t wait until Friday comes’ or ‘if I can just get through this month.’ Friends, that is survival mentality and it is high time we break that off us. Some of us have had it drilled into our minds and our thinking for way too long, it is going to take GOD to free us from it. The good news is that He can, He will and He desires to even this moment.

As for me, I will thrive this year. Just because I say so. The Bible say I have whatever I say…as long as it lines up with God’s word and this certainly lines up with God’s word. He wants me to thrive, I come into agreement with Him and make a firm decision that I am thriving…from this day forth. How about you?

 

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A TURNAROUND FOR YOU..

A Word by Dana Jarvis

I decree you are making the spiritual journey from the bondage of Egypt into your promised land of destiny. I know you have grown weary. Do not let the murmurings and complaining attitudes rule you. It causes the faith to waiver! Your focus is upon the cup of bitter waters that you are currently drinking from.

Rest assured that your God is making these bitter waters sweet!

You shall taste and see that the Lord is good! You are going to see such extravagance in your daily life. He is delivering much into your hands so reach up and take hold. Just as he was with you before, he is with you now. You are going to drink deep of the Living Waters. The bitter waters of life have tried to steal all joy.

However I hear the Lord say, “It is done, I am the Lord who heals you. I am the Lord who will restore you. I am the Lord who will provide your every need. I am the One that is making the bitter waters sweet!”

I feel so strongly that God is removing your cup of bitter waters you have had to drink for so long. He is causing a turnaround for you in a situation that you desperately need him to move. I am speaking to several and know this word is for you. Even as the Lord led Moses and the children of Israel from their bondage at the Red Sea, it still took one step of faith. One step of faith is all it takes to cause a release from all of this. Take a moment and sow into good ground by giving into Spirit Fuel. For just a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 or more given into Spirit Fuel is an active step and good ground on which to sow. It is a powerful ministry reaching the world for Christ. As you sow that offering, it is that act of faith that will cause the Red Sea where you are standing to part in your life. The bitter cup will be removed and the sweetness of the Lord shall begin to flow!

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