Here’s a devo from Gloria Copeland that I wanted to share:
Take a Crash Course—And Then Expect More
Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. – Romans 12:2
“If you’re just getting started in the things of God, you may be wondering exactly how you “jump into faith.” It’s simple. Romans 10:17 says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
When Ken and I first learned about the life of faith, we were so hungry for it that we took a crash course in the Word of God. Day and night, we listened to tapes of the preached Word. In fact, for the biggest part of that first year, we hardly did anything but read and study and listen to the Word of God. We were so tired of being failures that we weren’t interested in anything else. Ken was traveling at the time and I was staying home with the children. But I was having revival all by myself!
I was in my own little world of God’s Word and faith. I spent all my extra time in the Word and listening to tapes. One day I was hanging clothes on the line to dry, thinking about what I’d been learning, when the telephone rang. I ran inside to answer it but I was so caught up in my excitement about the Word, that instead of saying “Hello,” I accidentally said, “Hallelujah!” My well was overflowing.
You may think that’s extreme—but I recommend being extreme. I recommend you so saturate yourself with the Word of God that there’s not room in your thinking for unbelief, doubt and fear. Saturate your heart until the Word naturally begins to flow out of your mouth. Let it completely take over and renew your mind.
Then, when Satan lies to you and tells you that God is not listening to your prayers, that you won’t receive your healing or get that new job, don’t listen to him. Instead, begin to tell him about God’s promises. Tell him, “The Lord is good to all. He’s full of compassion. His tender mercy is over all His works—and that includes me! I’m one of God’s favorites!”
(And tell him our confession/verse for the week 🙂 – He’s faithful to all of His promises and loving toward all He has made).
If you’ve been afraid to come to God with your needs…afraid to expect His blessings to come your way, start meditating on His mercy today. Spend some time thinking about the ocean of goodness He’s longing to pour into your life. Then open the door of faith and let it in!
Take a crash course in His Word and let the blessings flow until you’ve reached the limit of your expectations. Then expect more. Experience the good life God has prepared for you!