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27
Jan

Prayer

If you knew that the words you spoke today would become your reality tomorrow, what kinds of things would you be sayingWould you keep declaring, “I’m never going to catch a break,” “My kids are always sick,” and “Money is always tight? Or would you be declaring God’s promisesthat His burden is easy and His yolk is light, no plague shall come nye your dwelling, and that God will liberally supply your every need!

 The Bible says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue. So whether or not you realize it, your words are already shaping your life. You see, God has a destiny for you and He has penned your story. In his story you are living a life of more than enough, walking in health, living long, and seeing your dreams become reality.

 The Bible holds THOUSANDS of promises for our lives, but it’s up to us to pray them and claim them. In Matthew 7:7-8 we read, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” The Bible is full of stories of men and women who dared to pray crazy prayers, and because they were bold in what they asked God for, they saw amazing things in their lifetimes.

 One of my favorite examples of this is Elijah. God told him that rain would come; so despite the nation being in the middle of a drought; Elijah believed and prayed for rain because he believed God’s promise. As Elijah prayed he kept sending his servant to check for rain. Six times the servant came back without seeing anything, but the seventh time he reported seeing a cloud as small as a man’s hand. Elijah immediately sent his servant to notify everyone that a great rain was coming. That promise was enough for Elijah to believe, and the small cloud was confirmation enough to know the promise was fulfilled. Elijah knew that the God ordained rain would be more than enough, and it was.

It’s easy to let circumstances and situations shape the way we talk, but next time remember that it’s the way you speak and the way you pray that will ultimately shape your life. I want to challenge you to begin to seek what the Lord wants for your life and begin to pray for those things over yourself, your family, your work, your life! There is nothing God loves more than keeping promises, answering prayers, performing miracles, and fulfilling destines because that is the essence of who He is and what He does!We have the potential to experience miraculous and amazing things; we just need to be bold enough to ask for them!

-Nancy Tsai

Head of Hospitality

07
Jan

How Much Do You Want?

2 Kings 4:1-7
“The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, ‘Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.’
Elisha replied to her, ‘How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?’
‘Your servant has nothing here at all,’ she said, ‘except a little oil.’
Elisha said, ‘Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the doors behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars and as each is filled, put it to one side.’
She left him and afterward shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
But he replied, ‘There is not a jar left.’ Then the oil stopped flowing.
She went and told the man of God and he said, ‘Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left’.”

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
When I read this story, I think of the heartbreak this woman must have been experiencing. To be in such a place of lack that her sons were about to be sold into slavery to pay her debts. As a mother myself, I can’t imagine what that would be like! Here, the prophet Elisha tells her to round up as many jars as possible. I wonder how many she gathered? The Bible doesn’t say the exact number; however, I am sure that whatever she was able to gather, she thought, “There is no way all of these could be filled!” The Bible tells us that the oil didn’t stop until the last jar was filled and there were no more jars. I am sure, after she saw every jar FILLED, she must have thought, “I wish I would have gotten more jars!”
Let me put it this way, God is a supernatural God and He loves to take care of our needs in supernatural ways. Our job is only to believe that He will do what He says He is going to do!

I love how The Message Bible communicates Romans 5:5 in such a clear manner:

“We can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!”
That scripture is letting us know there is no need so big that God can’t fill it. It doesn’t matter how much or how big the need is – God is able!! Often times, we limit our faith because we don’t really believe God is able to fill it all. What would happen if this year you chose to believe that you couldn’t round up enough containers to hold everything God wants to pour into your life? Let’s get our expectations up for this year! Let’s bring God some BIG containers to fill in 2015!

-Crystal Sparks