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GOD THAT CARES

FAITH CAPSULE: God is mindful of all.

Psalm 8

God is mindful of us to care more than we understand or know. God cares with His deliverance and preservation for all. Do you understand how much He cares for you as His child? David’s curiosity questioned in Psalm 8:4-6, “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet…” The curiosity of David revealed the truthfulness of God’s care for all His creation.
God’s mindful of man is the evidence that God is near to all. God is near to us but are we near to God? 
Testimony of Deuteronomy 4:7 is the evidence that God is near, “For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?” Jeremiah 23:23 confirms that God is near, “Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off?”
When God is near the presence of God is evident. However, sin will always keep a man from God that is near. Sin, not obeying God for correction to trust God will keep the sinner from God’s presence. Zephaniah 3:2 buttressed that sin will keep sinning man from His presence. It is written, “She has not obeyed His voice, she has not received correction; She has not trusted in the Lord, She has not drawn near to her God.”
God is mindful of all. God is near to us and cares for all that care to live life by His word. 
God does have a position of deliverance for all with acknowledgment of His care and living life in the consciousness of His presence obediently in His word.
God was near to Elisha was the evidence of His care for his deliverance. 
However, Elisha’s servant was not aware of the presence of God for their deliverance because he was not near to God with understanding to know God as Elisha do. Elisha was aware of God’s near which cares over his life. The reason for Elisha to see and commanded (with prayer) for the forces of God on his behalf was his knowledge of his near to God. The bible recorded, “So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, and said, “Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.” And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:18) Living in the consciousness of God’s care is the evidence of faith; the expression of expectation for God’s divine protection at all times.

Prayer for today: Ask God with a desire to live life in the consciousness of His care for your life.

DESPERATE HEART

FAITH CAPSULE: Desire for a desperate heart for God.

Daniel 1

Ephesians 3:20 records, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”
What one thinks is what one asks.
Do you want a heart for God?
One with a desperate heart to live life for the glory of God shall experience the backing of the good hand of God.
No heart activity is hidden from God. Psalm 44:21 buttresses, “…God knows the secret of the heart.” The Bible records about heart, “The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart.” (Proverbs 20:27)
How is your heart desperate for the glory of God? 
Daniel’s heart was desperate to live life for the glory of God and God’s hand backed him to do great exploits for the glory of God. Daniel 1:8 states, “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore, he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” 
Daniel purposed in his heart for God’s glory and he lived life to do great exploit (Daniel 11:32) 
How is it with your heart that is not hidden from God? 
It is important to know that, “As in water face reflects face, so a man’s heart reveals the man.” (Proverbs 27:19)
How is your heart desperate for the glory of God? 
Imagine Nehemiah a cup-bearer’s heart activity.
The heart of Nehemiah was with genuine concern for Jerusalem’s welfare but not for self-interest. Nehemiah was a cupbearer with a desperate heart for a better life for his brethren.
It is clear in the heart of Nehemiah for God to see his desperate desire, touching lives for the glory of God. 
God invested in Nehemiah as a vessel for reconstructing the broken wall of Jerusalem. 
The report of what was going on in Jerusalem caused a burden in Nehemiah’s heart and he began to intercede on behalf of the land and his people. The bible records in Nehemiah 1:3-4, “And they said to me, ‘The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.’ So it was, when I heard these words that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” Nehemiah poured out his heart in prayer on behalf of his people and his homeland. He asked for nothing that had to do with self-interest, but rather petitioned for things that had to do with a better life for his people. 
A believer should need a heart for God.

Prayer for today: Ask to have a desperate heart for God.

RECEIVE GOD’S GIFT

FAITH CAPSULE: One that receives and unwrapped the gift of God set for eternal life.

John 4:1-45

The gift of God for man is not seasonal but for all seasons. 
The gift of God is a permanent gift that is irrevocable. Jesus’ introduced Himself to the woman of Samaria that does not know Him, “…If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” (John 4:10) Jesus is the GIFT of God for all. Romans 6:23 buttresses, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Jesus our Lord is the gift of God. He is to be received and unwrapped by all, living life for God, seeking God diligently. 
One that receives and unwrapped the gift of God set for eternal life.
How are you living life for God? 
Are you well rooted in God, standing for God like a well-rooted tree with fruit that is ready to produce for God in all seasons? 
God’s gift to all is with God’s expectation for all to receive and be in the position of giving back to God. Jesus the creator of the fig tree expected fruit, but the fig tree was with no fruit for its creator in all seasons. 
Bible records, “Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response, Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again…” (Mark 11:12-14)
The fig tree was decorated with leaves but could not declare fruit for its creator. 
Are you a decorated believer like a fig tree with no fruits for God?
Seasonally available fruit before God like a fig tree is not acceptable for all man before God. Word of God warned against the seasonal believer as stated, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2) Before God, a seasonal believer is not complete living life for God. A seasonal believer is a lack of knowledge, does not know God.
Are you a seasonal believer that is decorated with the world but not decorated by God’s word? Do not deceive yourself but give self to God. Live life for God, seek Him diligently and fear God to obey Him according to His word.
Come out of seasonal religion that is not of Christ, embrace God’s gift that is all seasons.

Prayer for today: Ask God to enable you, living life for Him at all seasons.

FOCUS TO WAIT ON GOD

FAITH CAPSULE: Truly wait on God to locate God.

Isaiah 64

Focusing on God will wait on God and not waste time but believe in the word of God. Word of God might sound foolish but never fail to deliver those who believe in His word. It is the word of God to ask, seek and knock. To be Asking, Seeking, Knocking for God’s answer is evidence of having faith in God, looking up to Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 records, “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus the author of our faith has given to all the way to receive by stating, “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.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
Truly, waiting on God demands to trust and hoping by asking, seeking and knocking before the manifestation of expectation. When there is no waiting on God is rushing away from God’s answer and turn to waste. 
King Saul could not wait as instructed for him to receive his expectations. 
To obey and wait is to trust and hope on God but Saul could not wait on God.
Waiting for God is giving attention to a jealous God. 
Psalmist admonishes, “Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed…” (Psalm 25:3) 
A believer in God must understand to wait and endure period. 
Waiting can be a delay but never a waste of time. 
God testifies about David when Saul failed to wait on God. God spoke to Saul’s disobedience through Samuel, “But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” (1 Samuel 13:14) 
David knows the heart of God with understanding what it means as he consistently obeys God by waiting on God before making his moves. 
The bible records about the prodigal son that could not wait for God’s timing, “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.” (Luke 15:11-13) 
Younger son could not wait for God’s appointed time to receive a portion of good that falls to him. 
Indirectly, the prodigal son made move outside of God’s timing for his life because he could not wait. One that believes will ask, seek and knock persistently for God’s appointed time.

Prayer for today: Ask God for His power upon you to be waiting on Him.

UNDERSTANDING

FAITH CAPSULE: The expectation for manifestation is the identity of one with an understanding of God. 

Psalm 14, 47

The evidence of living life to the glory of God is your spiritual empowerment, which is the place of watching and praying.
What is the place of watching and praying to rule your world?
The place of watching and praying is to:
Pray with understanding.
Pray continually.
Pray with understanding:
Praying with understanding is seeking God to find Him.
The word of God specifically admonishes for understanding when seeking God. Psalm 47:7 records, “For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with understanding.”
Just as praising God demands to understand, praying or thanking also demands to understand.
Jesus at the time of His parables, He wanted to know if there is understanding saying, “…Are you also still without understanding?” (Matthew 15:16)
The importance of having an understanding is the reason that “The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.” (Psalm 14:2)
Are you praying with understanding to know that your prayer is not wasting your time but it is your time of waiting on God that waits to act for those who wait on Him?
Pray continually:
One with the exception that prays to God continually.
Psalm 72:15 records, “…Prayer also will be made for Him continually, and daily He shall be praised.” The word of God that speaks to one, speaks to all and God should be praised continually.
Praying to God continually is a sacrifice that demands giving self to God without excuse for not praying continually. Acts 6:4 records, “but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
Are you engaging in prayer continually with mindful of God, to find God?
Are you watching and praying with expectation for manifestation?
Having expectations for manifestation is the evidence of having faith.
In your watching and praying, let your faith for expectation and manifestation be activated, to provoke the move of God for your favor.
Expect for manifestation: 
Jesus, in His word, did not command all to pray but repeatedly command all to watch and pray. The Bible records, “Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)
“Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.” (Mark 13:33)
Watch, therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:36) 
Disciples of Jesus request from all to watch and pray in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” 
“But the end of all things is at hand; therefore, be serious and watchful in your prayers.” (1 Peters 4:7)
The expectation for manifestation is the evidence of those who watch and pray, as commanded in the word of God, for all man.

Prayer for today: Ask for the grace of seeking God with understanding.