The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“The Measure of Faith”

Romans 12:3

 

The writer lets us know that God has dealt to everyone of us the measure of faith.

 

Measure – a degree; a quantity or amount

 

So, faith is measureable. This means that there can be a difference in the degree, quantity or amount of faith.

 

Please note that faith is not based on a feeling. Faith is a mindset.

 

Let’s look at some examples of different measures of faith in the word of God.

 

In Matthew 8:5-13, Jesus experienced a Centurion approaching Him asking for his servant to be healed. Jesus said unto him that he would come and heal his servant. However, the Centurion answered him and said that he did not need him to come to his house. He said that he only needed Jesus to speak the word, and his servant would be made whole. His faith was in the power of the spoken word.

 

Listen to how Jesus describes His faith. In verse 10, Jesus said that he had not found such great faith in Israel. This man’s faith was described as great faith. Due to his great faith, his servant was healed in the same hour.

 

Mark 11:23 says, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

 

Great faith believes in the power of the spoken word.

 

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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“Get Wisdom”

Proverbs 1:5

 

The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom nuggets for everyday living. It is important to recognize that we all need wisdom for everyday living.

 

Wisdom gives us the ability to live life skillfully.

 

A person can make a mess of their life if they lack wisdom.

 

If you gain the wisdom that you need, you will live a successful life.

 

In order for you to obtain wisdom, you must know where it comes from.

 

In verses 5-7 the Lord gives wisdom. How many times have we sought out wisdom from the Lord?

 

James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

 

So, take time to ask the Lord for wisdom with your finances, relationships, business, children, etc., because wisdom gives us the ability to live life skillfully.

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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“God Rewards a Good Steward”

Matthew 25:21

 

As good stewards, we are supposed to manage our time wisely.

 

Ephesians 5:16 says, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

 

Redeem – to recover ownership of; to make up for; to set free

 

Steward – one who manages another’s property, finances or other affairs

 

We all are stewards. So, today I want to look at an area that God has entrusted us with. As good stewards, we must manage our time properly.

 

Thought to remember: Time waits on no one. So, you must take full advantage of the time that you are given each day, week, month and year.

 

We must manage our time wisely, and not be a waster of time. If not, time can easily get away from you.

 

Here are some key things about time management:

 

  1. It takes a level of discipline.
  2. It takes some scheduling.
  3. It takes valuing.
  4. It takes balance.

 

Life should consist of worship, work, rest and play in order for your life to be balanced. So, here are some areas that you should have time for weekly.

 

  1. Time for the Lord
    1. Time in God’s house
    2. Prayer
    3. His word
  2. Family time
  3. Work
    1. Job, business, etc.
  4. Sleep
    1. Your physical body needs sleep.
  5. Free time
    1. Time to relax and be refreshed through whatever you like doing (me time).
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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“The Power of Praise”

Psalms 34:1

 

David understood the power of praise. David said, “I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

 

My word to you today is to never allow the enemy to take your praise, because it is a powerful force in your life.

 

Praise – the expression of approval or admiration for someone or something; to exalt or magnify someone.

 

First of all, we must recognize that the Lord is worthy of all our praise. We must also continue to remember that it is a powerful force in our lives.

 

Psalms 22:3 says, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” Israel represented the people of God.

 

So, if you are a child of God, then He inhabits your praise. He dwells in our praise, and we know that when he shows up the enemy is a defeated foe.

 

Jehoshaphat experienced this in the midst of his battle. II Chronicles 20:22 says, “And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.”

 

My word to you today is to praise Him right in the midst of the battle, because the battle is not yours. It belongs to the Lord.

 

He will show up in the midst of your praise. The Power of Praise.

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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“The Love Test”

I Corinthians 13:4-8

 

The strength of who we are as believers or Christians is found in our love. In I Corinthians 13, He is letting us know that it is more important than anything else.

 

So, periodically we must continue to take the love test.

 

Verses 4 – 8

 

  1. Love suffereth long.

Long-suffering – to tolerate or endure evil or wrong doing without being filled with resentment

 

  1. Love is kind.

Kind – of a friendly generous nature; warmhearted

 

  1. Love envieth not.

Envy – a feeling of discontent an resentment aroused by contemplation of another’s desirable possessions or qualities with a strong desire to have them for oneself

 

  1. Love vaunteth not itself.

Vaunt – having extravagant self praise; to describe oneself in boastful terms

 

  1. Love is not puffed up.

Proud – arrogant; conceited; over confident; lifted up in pride

 

  1. Love does not behave unseemly

Unseemly – not in good taste or out of control

 

  1. Love seeketh not her own. It does not seek its own to the hurt of others, and is not selfish.

 

  1. Love is not easily provoked.

Provoke – to stir up

 

  1. Love thinketh no evil. It is not suspicious or always assuming wrong in others.

 

  1. Love rejoiceth not in inquity. It wishes no ill on others.

Iniquity – the wrong doing of others.

 

  1. Love rejoiceth in truth.

Truth – what is right or just

 

  1. Love beareth all things, believeth all things, heareth all things and endureth all things. It is very patient and tolerant with others.

 

The powerful ending to this truth is that love never faileth. In the end, true love will always prevail.

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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“Good Success”

Joshua 1:8

 

Good success is linked to the God kind of success.

 

God has a plan for us to succeed in life. However, how often do we walk away from His way, to do it our way? This causes us to come up short of the good success that he has in store for us.

 

We must be willing to do it His way to obtain the God kind of success in life.

 

This is what He is making known to Joshua. Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that though mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

 

I know that all of us want to experience success in life. We want to be successful in our careers, homes, finances, etc.

 

Success – the accomplishment of goals; to achieve great things

 

We should all desire this.

 

Success always comes with a series of tests. Whether you pass or fail those tests determines how successful you will be. Here are a few examples of tests that you may be faced with.

 

  1. The temptation test

You must resist the enticement to do something that is wrong or unwise. I have witnessed many people destroy or lose everything that they had, because they did not pass the temptation test.

 

  1. The diligence test

Diligence – having a steady, consistent or persistent effort. Being diligent means that you do not start and stop. You must be consistent. Being lazy and slothful does not lead to success.

 

  1. The “giving up” test

Give up – to cease to give effort; to quit. You will never succeed without giving the proper effort. There is a saying that, “Winners never quit.” Even when you feel like giving up, just make up in your mind that you are going to press through it.

 

Remember that you will face these tests on the road to success in life.

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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“Trust in the Lord”

Psalm 40:4

 

Today is about helping you build your trust in the Lord, because it will cause you to reap great benefits.

 

What does it means to trust in Him?

 

Trust – to have a firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing; to have a confidence or belief in.

 

Why is this so important? Because, trust causes you to be at rest.

 

This rest will cause you to be at peace no matter what is going on in your life.

 

Psalms 37:3-7 speaks to the power of trust. When you are at rest, it will cause you to be able to patiently wait on God, because you are confident that He will come through for you.

 

Psalms 31:19 says, “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men.”

 

God’s goodness is released in the lives of those who trust Him. The Lord is saying, “If I can get you to trust me, I can really bless your life.” Trust in the Lord.

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