Reset Your Thermostat

Gilson LacerdaJanuary 2024 WOF, WOF Current IssueLeave a Comment

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DO YOU BELIEVE God is willing and able to meet your needs? Do you believe He is willing and able to give you what you ask for? Do you believe He wants to do much more for you than you can ask or think?

Our answers to these questions reveal how much we believe God. Many people answer yes to the first question. But for the other two, they’re not sure what He will do.

Our thoughts control what we believe, similar to the way a thermostat controls the temperature in a home. The furnace or air conditioner delivers warmth or coolness only to the level set on the thermostat.

What we believe sets the level of what God can do for us. Some people think too small, and God can only work with them at their level. He can’t go beyond what they believe.

My dad used to say people want to be blessed, but they never develop their faith to receive that blessing. In other words, they’ve never set their thermostat.

How do you set your spiritual thermostat to a higher level? By knowing what God’s Word says.

When Dad left the church in Van, Texas, to go on the road, his healing thermostat was set high. We had no trouble getting healed, but we nearly starved to death! He traveled all over the country, and whatever churches paid him was what we lived on. Sometimes it wasn’t enough to buy fuel for his car.

One day Dad got to praying, and the Lord told him to use the same faith for finances that He did for healing. Things changed for us after that.

MUCH MORE

The Book of Second Chronicles records the story of King Amaziah of Judah. In organizing his army, he paid 7,500 pounds of silver to hire experienced fighting men from Israel. A man of God came to the king and warned him not to hire troops from Israel. He told King Amaziah that he would be defeated in battle if he used men from Israel’s army, for God was not with them.

The king asked him, “ ‘But what about all that silver I paid to hire the army of Israel?’ The man of God replied, ‘The Lord is able to give you much more than this!’ ” (2 Chron. 25:9 NLT).

The Easy-to-Read Version says, “The Lord has plenty. He can give you much more than that.” The Voice says, “Don’t worry about the money. It is nothing compared to what the Eternal has to give you.”

Sometimes we get so concerned about things from a natural standpoint. When the devil steals from us, we forget God can give us so much more than what we had in the first place. Look at Job’s life. What happened to him that’s recorded in the Book of Job lasted only about nine months. In the end, everything turned around for him. Job 42:10 (NKJV) says, “The Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

"WHAT WE BELIEVE SETS THE LEVEL OF WHAT GOD CAN DO FOR US."

Kenneth W. Hagin

EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY

God thinks differently than we do. He thinks according to His riches and resources and according to His power and might. He thinks in line with what He is capable of producing.

Unconsciously, we think and act according to what we believe we can do. We make decisions based on our resources. God does the same, but His resources are unlimited. And when He finds people who believe in line with His Word, He’s ready to shovel “much more” on them. Ephesians 3:20 (NASB20) says that God can do “far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.”

How can we tap into the “much more” that God wants us to have?

First: Find promises in God’s Word that cover whatever it is you need.

Second: Believe what God’s Word says.

Third: Speak the Word

The minute we start taking these three steps, the devil will find out if we really believe what we say we do. He’ll throw everything he can at us to discourage us. That’s when we have to dig in our heels and keep speaking the Word. We have to be fully persuaded that God will do for us what He said He would do. We have to reset our thermostat based on His Word, and then keep believing and saying what He said in spite of our circumstances. As we do, we will see our situation turn around as the God of the “much more” moves on our behalf.

Kenneth W. Hagin

God Can Do ‘Much More’

Below are scriptures to build you faith in a “much more” God.

“If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”
—Matthew 7:11 (NLT)

“For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”
—Romans 5:10 (NIV)

“If one man’s sin brought a reign of death—that’s Adam’s legacy—how much more will those who receive grace in abundance and the free gift of redeeming justice reign in life by means of one other man—Jesus the Anointed.”
—Romans 5:17 (VOICE)

“Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life? If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever!”
—2 Corinthians 3:8–11 (NLT)


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