Progress and Profit By the Word

Dear Partners and Friends,

It is so important to have the same definitions that the Lord uses so that it is no problem for Him to communicate with us. For example, the word peace means something different in God’s vocabulary than it does in our society. God uses the word peace to mean “nothing missing, nothing broke, the peace that comes from being made whole.” Society generally equates it to mean an absence of chaos or sense of calmness.

The same holds true where the word prosper is concerned. Most consider it to have a financial meaning such as “to increase financially.” The Lord has a much more substantial concept of the word. According to the Old Testament, the word prosper means “to advance, make progress, succeed, be profitable, to push forward, break out, come mightily, and go over.” This ability to prosper could be used to help you meet financial goals or needs, but it is clearly not limited to money. The Lord has provided the power in His Word to help us succeed and advance in every area of life. His desire is progress. He has provided us the power to succeed in life.

Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do. Deuteronomy 29:9

Notice the provision of God will cover all that you do. He wants us to be profitable in every endeavor. Can you see yourself advancing in your marriage? Can you see yourself making progress in your relationships with your family? How about your physical health? The Lord wants you to advance in your strength, healing, and health.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalm 1:3

This verse describes a person who is meditating on God’s Word. The Word provides a supernatural supply like the deep water flowing in the river. The tree can extend its roots into the supply of the river and will always have water. Harvest season is never delayed to a well-watered tree! The heat will not cause it to wither and dry up. This tree prospers and thrives. The Word is our supply of supernatural water. The end result of giving our attention to the Word of God is “whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

This verse also confirms that it is the Word of God which is the key component of this power to prosper. The Lord is explaining the action of His Word. His Word will accomplish His will. God’s Word will prosper in the thing He sends it to work on. The Lord has sent His Word to advance His will in our lives. The Word contains the power to make progress and be profitable in every area where it is applied.

When you take the Word and hold it up against lack, it will come mightily against the lack and bring the power to prosper on the scene. The Word can be applied to any obstacle and it will break forth against the hindrance. You can apply the Word to any sickness that attacks your body. You can hold the Word against worry or fear and it will prosper your resistance. The Lord wants you to prosper and He has sent His Word to do His will!

In the New Testament, we have a slightly different aspect of God’s use of the word prosper. The definition of the New Testament word prosper means “to grant a prosperous and expeditious journey, to lead by a direct and easy way, to be successful, to help on the road, (literally) to succeed in reaching.”

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. III John 2

The Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle John to record these words. The desire of the Spirit of God is that we each succeed in reaching the destiny the Lord has appointed for us. The supply of the Spirit will grant us a prosperous journey. His guidance will take us by a direct and easy way. The Lord will help us on the road! The Lord does not want you to come to the finish line broken, empty, and barely able to make it across. He wants you to reach your destination fully equipped! He wants you to arrive fully supplied and right on time!

The Lord wants us to prosper. But it is not automatically going to happen in our lives. It is available to every believer. Every believer has a responsibility to sink their roots down into the deep, flowing river of God’s Word and connect to the supernatural supply. When we do, we can prosper, advance, make progress, be profitable, and succeed in reaching the things we are endeavoring to accomplish.

Partner, God is on our side. He is for us! He wants us to win. I have been specifically praying for you that revelation knowledge would flow in a greater measure in your life. As you renew your mind to God’s definition of what it means for you to prosper, I want you to consider how this affects every area of your life. Let the Lord reveal to you His plan to prosper you financially, relationally, physically, etc.

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The Foundation of Hearing and Doing

Dear Partners and Friends,

I recently heard a minister talking about his early years as a pastor. He spoke of the different meetings they had to help people get victory. Although people came up for prayer, cried, shouted, and danced, they came back to church the next week with the same problems. He began to pray and ask the Lord for answers. “Why aren’t the people experiencing any change in their lives?”

The answer the Lord gave him was this: “Prayer cannot do what the Word was designed to accomplish.” This minister began to teach and deposit the Word of God into their lives. The change, the victory, and the breakthroughs they needed came as the Word became established in their heart.

In this fast-paced society we live in, you can drive through and get your food in moments. You can order something online that is located hundreds of miles away and have delivered overnight. You can make instant pudding and pour ready-made cheesecake batter out of a plastic tub. Hot pizza can be delivered to your door. Most everything you may want is readily accessible.

In the process of faith, we can’t bypass the process of God’s Word sown as a seed into the heart and the patience required as the seed grows to produce in our lives. We can’t overlook the hearing and doing of the Word of God. We can’t obtain a full measure of faith in one hearing. There is no drive-thru where you can order a heart abundantly supplied with the Word. There is no delivery service that can establish your heart or provide you with a marriage made in heaven.

Jesus taught us that the only way to build a steady, stable, overcoming life is to become a hearer and doer of His Word. He described is as “digging deep” and “laying the foundation on a rock.”

For everyone who comes to Me and listens to My words [in order to heed their teaching] and does them, I will show you what he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood arose, the torrent broke against that house and could not shake or move it, because it had been securely built or [a]founded on a rock. But he who merely hears and does not practice doing My words is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation, against which the torrent burst, and immediately it collapsed and fell, and the breaking and ruin of that house was great.

Luke 6:47-49 AMP

Take note of this! The storm could no shake or move the house founded on the rock. It tried and failed. Because this house was securely built on a rock, the storm could not shake it. The investment of time given to God’s Word is never a loss of time. Taking our families to church because the Word instructs us to assemble ourselves together is doing the Word. It securely builds my marriage and family on the Word. Walking in love with others and forgiving people who treat me badly are actions initiated by the Words of Jesus. There is no substitute for faith. There is no substitute for following the inward witness. These are important parts of building our lives on His Word.

The Lord gave instructions to Joshua as he was accepting the leadership role being vacated by Moses. The Word was the foundation for his success. The way to make your way prosperous is to do the Word.

This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good [a]success.

Joshua 1:8 AMP

The instruction is the same for the New Testament believer. The doing of the Word is emphasized!

But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror; For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like. But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience).

James 1:22-25 AMP

There are some actions brought out in this verse that I want you to add to your life of faith.

  1. Look carefully into the Word.
  2. Be faithful to the Word. (A faithful copy looks exactly like the original. Make your life reflect the Word.
  3. Persevere in looking into the Word. Don’t get bored, tired, or faint where the Word is concerned. It is working even when you don’t see it working.
  4. Be an active doer. Commit to act on every truth you find in the Word. I promise you the Holy Spirit will bring to your attention the things you need to apply so your life can be the stable, established, founded-on-the-rock life that Jesus described. When the storms of life rage, you won’t be shaken or moved!

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Sensitive to the Holy Spirit

Dear Partners and Friends,

One of my greatest desires this year is to increase my sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit. It is a desire that I include in my prayers for all of my partners and those members connected to the local churches where I pastor.

Think about it! We could avoid the delays or do-overs of our mistakes if we could just follow the leading of the One who knows specifically the steps we need to take. He wants to guide us! He wants to speak to us! He will show us things!

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13

Notice that these actions are directional, instructional actions. The Holy Spirit wants to provide us with the spiritual guidance we need on a daily basis. He can help us in our relationships. He can help us walk in optimum health. He will even guide us in our finances. What would your finances look like if God managed your money? Well, the Holy Spirit can help you govern your finances with the wisdom of God!

Our Lord and Saviour followed the leading of the Holy Spirit during His earthly ministry.

And Jesus, in the control of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was continually being led by the Spirit in the uninhabited region Luke 4;1 (Wuest)

To follow the leading of the Holy Spirit is to follow the pattern of Jesus Christ. If our Master submitted to the leadership and guidance of the Spirit of God, how much more should we rely, depend, and trust in the Holy Spirit to show us the way to live victoriously. Jesus was “continually being led by the Spirit…” This is our standard.

But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God). Galatians 5;16 (AMP)

The Holy Spirit is going to lead us into good things. He will lead us away from the cravings of the flesh that lead to destruction. He will lead you to forgive instead of holding a grudge. He will lead us to be merciful instead of critical. He will lead us into prayer, worship, and a daily time in the Word. The Holy Spirit will lead us to right decisions and right responses. These leadings will protect and prosper us! These leadings will position us for promotion. He will always guide us into profit.

We must learn how to receive this vital, spiritual information. It is not the type of controlling force that sin, fear, or addiction uses. So how does He lead us? The Word of God describes His leading as bearing witness with our spirit. Look at these other versions to form an idea of how He communicates this instruction.

The Spirit himself is constantly bearing joint- testimony with our [human] spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:16 (Wuest)

 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. Romans 8:16 NLT

For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we really are God’s children. Romans 8:16 (TLB)

Imagine that a reporter is interviewing a person who witnessed an event. Picture in your mind that another person steps up and bears witness to the testimony. The testimony or account of the first person is strengthened or validated. This is an example of how the Holy Spirit can bear witness with your spirit. As you seek your heart to know the direction to take in a certain area, the Holy Spirit can bear witness with your spirit that you should or should not move in that direction.

How do we develop in this sensitivity to His leading? First of all, begin to declare this: “I immediately respond in faith to the guidance of the Holy Spirit within me.” The Words of Jesus confirm that as His sheep we know His voice and follow His voice. Another voice we will not follow. We want to speak in line with this truth.

Next, acknowledge Him. When you are in need of His guidance, ask Him, “What should I do?” Then, listen or wait for His response. Pray in the Spirit or worship softly while clearing your mind of any clutter.

Finally, as He begins to instruct you, respond to Him. Act on His leading. Just like any other kingdom principle, faith is involved in following the direction of the Holy Spirit. Thankfully, I have discovered that the Holy Spirit will teach you to follow Him in the smaller, more insignificant things first. Then, when you are in a serious situation, you can be confident in the way He leads and step out in confident faith. Start now! Don’t wait until you are in that situation before you develop the sensitivity to His leading.

Partner, I am going to continue praying that you increase in your ability to hear and follow the direction of the Spirit of God!

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2016-The Year of Release

This year has been a landmark year of expansion, multiplication, and increase. I am so honored to see what the Lord has done in this ministry in 2015. Thank you for joining your strength and ability with Faith Builders through your financial support and prayers. Together, we are shining a light in the darkness as well as building faith in Body of Christ.

Partnership provides a spiritual connection. The Lord ordained partnership as means of sharing and distributing the anointing. He ordained the principle of partnership to supply the spiritual power for the assignment or mission. The men who found David in the cave Adullam and joined their efforts to help the assignment of God on his life became partakers of the anointing given to David. They became mighty men because they partook of the anointing of might that God had given David to accomplish his task. The connection was made as these men helped David fulfill his God-given assignment.

These also are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, and with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel.                                                                                                            I Chronicles 11:10

The Shunammite woman recognized that Elisha was a man doing God’s work. She joined to his assignment by providing food and a nice place for the man of God to sleep when he was in town.  She shared supply and provision of a natural source and received supply and provision of a supernatural source. God supernaturally supplied her the ability to conceive a child after years of barrenness. But it didn’t stop there! When destruction came knocking at her door, she placed a faith  demand on the anointing with which she was connected. The Lord God raised her son! (II Kings 4)

The disciples became partakers of Jesus’ anointing as they supported his ministry with their abilities. Once again we see the principle in motion. They brought a natural supply of help and received a spiritual supply of the anointing. In Luke 10, Jesus sent out seventy disciples with His anointing operating in their lives. They laid hands on the sick and preached the kingdom. They remarked to Jesus upon their return, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name!” His anointing was working in them and for them.

That same principle is at work in our partnership. As believers, we are connected to Jesus Christ through the new birth. We have His anointing in our lives. When we connect to His purposes and His assignments, we position ourselves for the measure of the anointing in operation for that task. Jesus declared, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” The anointing was for His purpose. There is an anointing on Pastor Philip and me to build people’s faith. It is a burden removing, yoke destroying power to set at liberty those bound with addiction, fear, or disease. This anointing is expanding, multiplying and increasing because our reach is expanding, multiplying, and increasing!

The anointing and spiritual supply to build faith and frame people’s world by the Word of God is available for my partners to access by faith. The power of God has increased on us in 2015 because our reach is expanding. We are reaching more people. We are building faith in two languages. We are framing people’s world in prisons and drug rehabs. Lay hold on that increase in your own life. Make your declaration of faith, “Lord, as a partner with Michelle Steele, I receive an increase of faith and power to build my marriage, my finances, and my health.”

The Lord recently revealed some things to my husband, Pastor Philip Steele, about what we can look forward to and lay hold on for the year to come. As my partner, I want you to see clearly and lay hold of this next year with a strong grip of faith. It is time for clarity! It is time for recompense! It is time for release!

“2016 will in part be known as the year the picture became clear. There are many things that up until now you have seen only in fragments. There have been flashes of the whole but, never a full panoramic view. 2016 will in part be known as the year you began to see it all and understand more completely your role and call. 2016 will be a year of ingathering– ingathering into churches and ministries, but also ingathering into families. Families are going to be restored as never before.

2016 will be a year of confusion for the world. They will be confused over what to do, who to elect, and what steps to take.  But for the church, 2016 will be a year of clarity and calm; a year of certainty and joy; a year of fulfillment and peace even in the midst of turmoil and confusion. 2016 will be the year of the payoff; the year when recompense will flow; recompense for all the times you stood and it appeared the result was loss; recompense for that which was stolen by the enemy or even taken or lost through ignorance.

2016 will be a year of building, a time for ministries to press forward as never before. It is not a year to draw back. It will be a year to ask the Lord for more assignments and more responsibilities. For the time is short, shorter than ever before. So there can be no idle hands, no dragging of the feet. Step up to the mark and toe the line. Ask for the hard jobs, the big ones too. Barriers will fall and obstacles cease.



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Joy: Your Spiritual Strength

Dear Partners and Friends,

You can stand against any adversity! Whether it is the course of this world, the force of the curse that is operating in this world, or the attack of our adversary, you can stand and maintain the victory that is yours through Jesus Christ.

Standing is the key. I am not talking about having a struggle mentality where we play victim songs, pray victim prayers, and cry victim tears. I am talking about standing in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. (Galatians 5:1) I am referring to a stand where you are “strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man. (Ephesians 3:16) We are designed to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. You and I are to put on the “whole armour of God, that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:10-11)

This is a stand where the winds of adversity do not move us. We are Word-dependent people motivated by the Word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit! We must sink our roots into the spiritual water supply like the Psalms 1 believer: We shall be like the tree planted by the rivers of living water, that brings forth our fruit in our season; our leaf does not wither; and whatsoever we do shall prosper! We have to plant ourselves in Jeremiah 17:8 and be as the tree planted by the waters that spreads out our roots by the river. We shall not see when heat comes! Instead, our leaf shall be green and we shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall we cease from yielding fruit. The Amplified Bible says, “we shall not see and fear when heat comes…and we shall not be anxious or full of care in the year of drought.”

The emphasis of these two verses is to be like a planted tree or a well-rooted, established tree. This is God’s description of standing. It is a stable and secure life where the Word of God and trust in Him provides our fruitfulness and longevity. The Apostle Paul made the statement, “None of these things move me.” Things in his life were trying to move him away from the plan of God! There were situation that were designed to alter his course or cause him to back off.

Every believer has access to the force of joy. Joy is produced in the re-born human spirit by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 records this as the fruit of the spirit. Joy is a spiritual supply that operates completely different than happiness. If you are looking for happiness, you are aiming at the wrong target. Joy operates independent of circumstances. Happiness depends on what happens. If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you have joy. But, there are times you have to rejoice or open the faucet of joy in your life.

Joy provides supernatural strength. Nehemiah 8:10 says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Spiritual standing requires the spiritual force of joy. Sadness is subtle. Heaviness tries to creep into your life and weigh you down. The instruction for us is: “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.” You have to employ the force of joy against that heavy feeling or sorrow. Celebrate! Be exceedingly glad! Rejoice in Jesus Christ and His covenant with you!

In Isaiah 12:3 we see this truth: “Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation.” Water that comes from the wells of salvation is a spiritual substance and supply. This shows me that there is a spiritual supply for your life that only joy can access and transport into your life. Joy is a spiritual bucket. Dip it into the well of your rescue, the well of your preservation, and access the healing your need. Access the power you need to heal your marriage. Access the provision you need to get out of debt. There is a supply for the stand and you can draw it out with the force of joy! Philip and I are praying for you!

Build Your Faith” Conference

At Family Church Pine Bluff – 2500 Hwy 104, Pine Bluff, AR 71602

Friday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 21st from 10:00 a.m. until noon

Admission is free and open to the public. Doors will open an hour prior to event. Seating is on a first-come basis.

The Steadfast Stand of Faith

Dear Partners and Friends,

Many times I have heard the verse in Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” In the past, I thought this meant, “guard it or keep it from danger or evil content.” While the instruction does have that idea connected to it, the main thrust of this instruction is: “Maintain your heart in orderly condition, continue having or holding (in full, well-stocked condition, to watch over or defend.” In other words, keep it full of spiritual power! Maintain your joy level! Top off the tank of peace! Organize the heart and throw out all grudges and bad attitudes!

In order to stand in faith, maintaining your heart or spirit is the first thing of importance. The spiritual forces of God’s life flow from the heart to manifest in the natural arenas. Your marriage, your finances, the relationship with your children, your interaction with your co-workers, and every other aspect of your life are influenced by the strength of your spirit. If you are weak spiritually, you are vulnerable to the situation.

A healthy spirit conquers adversity, but what can you do when the spirit is crushed?

Proverbs 18:14 MSG

The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble, but a weak and broken spirit who can raise up or bear?

Proverbs 18:14 AMP

Maintaining the supply of our born-again spirit gives us the ability to walk through challenges victoriously. Keeping your spirit strong is God’s design for you to stand against all adversity. The Lord doesn’t want us struggling and hanging on until the going on comes on. He wants to strengthen us to overcome. The psalmist declared, “For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.”(Ps 18:29) The Apostle Paul had this revelation as he prayed in Ephesians 3:16 (AMP) May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].

We are instructed to be steadfast and immovable. (I Corinthians 15:58) We are commanded to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might and stand. (Ephesians 6:10;14) In Galatians, the mandate is “Stand fast therefore…” This steadfast stand of faith is a victorious flow from the heart or spirit of the believer. The steadfast stand requires a steadfast flow into the heart.

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes;

keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:20-22

The process of maintaining the heart employs the eyes and ears of the believer. What are you hearing? What has your focus? In order to maintain the fullness of your heart, you have to give your attention to the Word of God. You have to read it, hear it preached,

and declare it out loud to yourself and to your situation. Your life has to be filled with the vibrations and reflections of God’s Word.

The eyes and the ears are the gates into the heart. The heart is the storage container of your spiritual strength. Keep your heart full of the Word. Jesus declared, “My words are spirit and they are life.” (John 6:63) As you encounter challenges in this life, you can confront them and stand against them with the force of faith freely flowing! My partner, I am praying for you!

Join Pastor Michelle at the following events:

Russellville Christian Center-“Ladies Agape” Conference at

305 Lake Front Dr, Russellville, AR 72802

Friday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m.

Please call to register: (479) 968-7965 or email


“Today’s Ladies”

At Faith Builders International Church – 8390 Peoria St, De Soto, KS 66018

Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m. No registration required.

“Build Your Faith” Conference

At Family Church Pine Bluff – 2500 Hwy 104, Pine Bluff, AR 71602

Friday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 21st from 10:00 a.m. until noon

Admission is free and open to the public. Doors will open an hour prior to event. Seating is on a first-come basis.

Agreeing with God!

Dear Partners and Friends,

Renewing your mind to the Word of God is the main element of being able to move forward in His plan. In order to receive His instruction, you must be able to perceive the things He is saying. Walking in a full measure of God’s will requires a mind that can receive spiritual information without tilting or locking up every time God instructs.

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” – Amos 3:3

Every specialized arena in life has it’s own specific vocabulary. In law enforcement, there are abbreviations they have developed to help them communicate rapidly and effectively. For instance the abbreviation “PR” means “party or person reporting”. When a call comes across the radio that, “the PR has reported BIP. Please report QOA”, the officer knows a person has called to report a burglary in progress and they should respond with lights and sirens off. But, if you are standing in a group of marathon runners after their race, you may hear them say, “I made my PR.” In this instance, it means “personal record”.

We have to learn how to receive and communicate with God. The more familiar we are with the way He talks and thinks, the easier it will be for Him to lead us. God has help for you. He has a plan for you. It is a good plan with an end worth looking forward to. The Lord has answers for every thing you are facing in your life. His help, His plans, and His answers are spiritual. They will dominate and effect change in the natural circumstances you are facing. But, they begin in the realm of the spirit. You receive them in your spirit and then apply these spiritual truths to the mind.

If your mind is still governed by the thinking you used before you received Jesus as Lord, you will have a difficult time applying the spiritually revealed truths to your life. Instead, you will pull the truth up from your spirit and it will hit a wall of reason. You will analyze the truth of God in the light of previous experience or compared to the situation and discard the truth. What a frustrated life it is to be a believer with an unrenewed mind!

I know because I was one. The first time I heard about tithing (this was my problem), I was a young believer and struggling to pay my bills. Every time the church received the tithe, I thought to myself, “I need this money more than God needs it.” I wanted God to help me. I wanted the blessings I saw in the Word of God. I prayed for God to increase me. In answer to my prayers, the Lord kept leading me back to the tithe. I began to take the Word of God and re-establish my thought processes. I began to renew my mind so that my thoughts could agree with His thoughts. As I did, I began to see the tithe in a whole new light. I could see that the tithe was for my benefit. The Lord wasn’t taking from me in the tithe. He was opening His financial resources to flow into my life. Tithing is a privilege! It is a divine opportunity!

Forgiveness is another example. The divine instruction is, “Forgive, if you aught against any” (Mark 11:25). If you pull that truth up into the unrenewed mind, it gets immediately rejected. There are so many reasons and excuses as to why you should hold on to it. Your emotions begin screaming. Your mind is inundated with memories of what that person did to you.

But if the mind has been placed under the control of God’s Word, the reaction is different. You immediately take the thought captive. It doesn’t have the liberty to wreck havoc in your emotions or cause you to choose a destructive response. The renewed mind dominates every memory and makes it submit to the Word of God.

Bringing your mind under the governance of the Word of God is a daily venture. Just like your hair doesn’t stay combed, your mind doesn’t stay renewed. In this world, we are confronted with wrong thoughts and ideas. We can do what II Corinthians 10:5 says, “bringing every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

Partner, we can enter into the full measure of our Lord’s plan. I believe we will expand into more of it before this year is out. I’m praying for you!