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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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“The Power of Sowing”

Genesis 26:12-14

 

Sowing is a powerful thing in the life of a believer.

 

When we talk about sowing, we are talking about the power of seed giving or seed planting.

 

In Genesis 26:12-14, Isaac’s life was blessed through sowing in the midst of a famine time. He received a hundred times more than what he sowed in the same year.

 

II Corinthians 9:6-10 gives a clear description on the power of sowing or seed giving. Verse 6 lets us know that sowing causes us to reap or to obtain a return.

 

It also lets us know that if we sow little or very seldom, we reap little or very seldom. However, if we sow plentifully or very often, we shall reap plentifully or very often.

 

Verse 7 lets us know that sowing is what you purpose in your heart to give. God requires 10%, which is our tithes.

 

Sowing is a free will offering, and God wants us to do it cheerfully.

 

Verse 8 lets us know that He will take care of all of your needs through His grace or favor.

 

Verses 9-10 let us know that sowing releases an increase in our lives. We receive an increase in our lives through the power of seed sowing.

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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“Faith is the Source of Your Expectation”

Hebrews 11:1

 

Your faith is the key to your expectancy. Small faith; small expectancy. Great faith; great expectancy.

 

Faith is what builds expectancy in us. Faith is the source of our expectancy. In Matthew 9:18-22, the woman with the issue of blood had faith to be healed when she heard that Jesus was passing by. She said within herself, “If I may but touch the hem of His garment I shall be made whole.” After receiving her healing, Jesus said to her, “Thy faith has made thee whole.”

 

In Psalms 62:5 David said, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.” When you find truth in God’s word that applies to a particular area of your life, release your faith for it, because the degree to which you can believe is the degree you can receive.

 

That is why the word of God says, “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”

 

The more you hear the word of God, the greater your faith will be. The greater your faith is, the greater your expectancy will be.

 

Remember, faith is the source of your expectancy.

 

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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“The Blessing of the Righteous”

Psalm 20:5

 

The Lord will fulfill the petitions of the righteous.

 

Petition – a formal request to a superior authority soliciting some favor; something asked for.

 

There are some key things that we must learn if we want God to fulfill our petitions:

 

  1. Learn to be specific about what you are asking for.

 

Hannah was very specific about what she asked the Lord for. She requested a male child, and God granted her request.

 

  1. Know the will of God before you make a request.

 

I John 5:14-15 says, “If we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us. And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” If you do not know His will, seek it out.

 

  1. When making your petition, ask in faith.

 

James 1:6-7 says, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” Be confident.

 

  1. Make sure that there is no iniquity in your heart.

 

Iniquity – gross injustice; sin or wickedness.

 

Make sure that your heart is clean. Psalms 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.

 

  1. Be persistent.

 

He wants us to be persistent in our prayer life.

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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“Be Thankful”

Luke 17:11-19        Psalm 92:1

 

This time has been set aside to give thanks. So, on this Thanksgiving Day, take the time to give thanks unto the Lord for all that He has done for you.

 

Thankful – to be grateful or appreciative; having a deep expression of gratitude.

 

Every one of us, has something to thank the Lord for. It may be your health, finances, family, job, shelter, clothes on your back or food on your table.

 

Take this time, to count your blessings, and name them one by one. This will help you see how grateful you should be.

 

In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus dealt with ten lepers who needed to be healed. At that time, leprosy was considered an incurable disease. These ten lepers cried out to Jesus for their healing.

 

Jesus told them, to go show themselves to the priest, and while they went they were cleansed.

 

Only one, when he saw that he was healed, turned back to give the Lord thanks. He was very appreciative. Jesus then spoke these words, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine.” The nine did not display an attitude of gratitude. Don’t allow this to be you.

 

So on this Thanksgiving Day, be thankful.

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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“You Are Going To Make It”

Luke 8:22-25

 

In these verses, you will find the story of the disciples experiencing a situation in their lives where it seemed like they were not going to make it.

 

You may be found in a situation right now, where it seems like you are not going to make it, but the word to you today is you are going to make it.

 

It is going to turn out good on your behalf.

 

Remember, all things work together for the good of them that love the Lord.

 

  1. Know this; the appearance of a thing doesn’t always determine the outcome of a thing. It may have appeared like they weren’t going to make it, but it was already set up for them to make it based on Jesus Word. (Luke 8:22-25) He said, “Let’s get in the ship and go over to the other side.” They were out there on His Word, not their own word.

 

He will never allow His Word to fail in your life.

 

  1. The second reason why they were going to make it was because the Lord was with them. He was on the ship with them.

 

Remember, He promised to never leave us nor forsake us.

 

  1. The third reason why they were going to make it was because of purpose. In other words, there was a reason why they had to go over to the other side. There was a man in need of deliverance.

 

Purpose is attached to our lives. Romans 8:28 again says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

 

He still has purpose for your life; this is why it is very important for you to make it.

 

I know that you are going to make it.

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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“I Have Set Before You an Open Door”

Revelation 3:7&8

 

When the Lord opens a door for you, no man can shut it.

 

Revelation 3:7 let us know that He opens doors that no man can shut, and shuts doors no man can open.

 

In verse 8 He says, “behold, I have set before thee an open door.”

 

He opens the door, but it is up to you to walk through the open door.

 

Open – to make accessible or available; to unfasten or unlock; opportunity or to have liberty.

 

The word has come to you to let you know that what was seemingly held up in the past is no longer held up anymore, because God has opened the door. Luke 11:9-10 says, “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

 

He knows that you have been knocking at this particular door for some time now, but now it is open. You just have to walk through it. Why? Because, He has set before you an open door.

 

It is the Lord’s doing. Therefore, it should be marvelous in your eyes.

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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“The Blessing of Faith”

Joshua 3:1-5

 

Why is it impossible to please God without faith? Because, faith causes us to see like God wants us to see.

 

In Hebrews 11:2, the elders won God’s approval, because they saw like God wanted them to see. Because they were able to see like God wanted them to see, they were able to receive what God wanted them to have.

 

When you see like God wants you to see, you will receive what God wants you to have.

 

See – to perceive.

 

Your perception of things can be off when you are not seeing properly.

 

See – to visualize.

 

Faith causes us to visualize what God has for us.

 

See – to look at.

 

You are no longer looking at what God has for you when you lose your faith.

 

See – to discern.

 

Your discernment of things can be off when you lose your faith, which will cause you to get off track.

 

The opposite of faith is fear and doubt. Fear and doubt cause us to see like the devil wants us to see. This is why he attacks our faith.

 

This is the importance of maintaining our faith.

 

It is important to stay plugged in to the source of our faith. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

 

The more we hear the word of God, the more our faith is increased and stabilized. This is what inspired me to start writing the Daily Word. The word of God is the source of our faith.

 

The Blessing of Faith.

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The Daily WORD by Bishop Ronald Hardy, Sr.

“Are you ready for what God is about to do next?”

Joshua 3:1-5

 

Joshua is trying to get them ready for what God was about to do next.

 

In verse 4, He was letting them know that it was something that they hadn’t experienced before. He tells them, “For ye have not passed this way heretofore.”

 

Ready – fit for immediate use; willing or prepared.

 

Many times the Lord is ready to do something for us, with us and through us, but we are not ready when the time comes.

 

We can hinder what the Lord wants to do in our lives, when we are not ready for it.

 

There are some keys to making yourself ready for what He is about to do next.

  1. You must be attentive.

He needs your attention. So, you must eliminate all distractions to be ready to hear what He is saying.

 

  1. You must be willing.

You must be ready, eager and prepared to do what He has said.

Get excited about this opportunity to fulfill His will. Isaiah 1:19-20 says, “If you be willing and obedient, ye shall eat of the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Philippians 2:14 says, “Do all things without murmurings or complaining.” You must be willing.

 

  1. You must be obedient.

 

  1. Position yourself.

You must get in the right place or position. You cannot be out of place and ready simultaneously.

 

  1. You must have faith.

In order for you to be ready for the next thing that God has for you, it requires you to have faith. II Corinthians 5:7 says, “We walk by faith and not by sight.”

 

These are the keys for you being ready for the next thing that God has in store for you.

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