Jesus said that He came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Sometimes that can be hard to understand and we go through the battles of life. No matter how fierce the fight is you can take time to enjoy this life. This world is great, it is beautiful, and it has so many hidden wonders within it. Would you be surprise that the Bible says "I recommend having fun because there is nothing better for the people in this world than to eat, drink and enjoy life"? It is in there, despite the war between this world and God, God wants you to enjoy the gift of life!
This life is hard! You may be going through something right now, you're going to bed with tears and you are waking up with tears. The pain seems almost unbearable. This is a time in your life that you will not forget anytime soon. Nevertheless, because of the faithfulness of God, you are still standing, Because of God's Faithfulness you are still standing tall and you do not look like what you are going through! God's Faithfulness know no end!
God's wealth is not about money or other materialistic items that this world offers. God's wealth is different. Enjoy your family and your work for those are gifts from God. Enjoy the sunrise and the sunset for these too are gifts from God. Enjoy the antics of your children and the company of your spouse these are gifts from God. Receive and accept the wealth from God!
For many years of my young adult life, I have only seen God as this all knowing and all loving unseen force. I thought of Him as a Spirit, so when asked have I seen God my initial reaction would be no that would be silly. As I have become a little older and just a little wiser, I come to see God every day. I not only see Him fulfilling the needs of my life, but I see Him in the people who are in need and I am in the position to help. Too many times we miss God in the homeless person that we pass as we go to work. We miss in the form of the sick person who just needs someone to pray with them. We miss Him in the person who is rejected by the community because that person has spent some time in prison or jail. It is easy to see God when he is taking care of our needs but can you see Him in the needs of others?
We all know and like the scripture that tells us that we can do all things through Christ Jesus, and this is true so why is it that we still struggle to accomplish our goals? Is it a lack of faith? Or maybe we do not believe the word that we have read? I do not believe that either of those statements is true. The struggles you have in obtaining your goals stem from your own insecurities. Superman is one of the strongest heroes in the comic book world. This hero can stop bullets, fly, see-through and go through walls, he can carry a locomotive and more, Superman is an unstoppable force in this world until a small sliver of kryptonite is introduced, then this powerful man becomes as weak as a baby. You can accomplish all that you set out to do because you can do all thing through Christ! Do not allow your insecurities to hold you back anymore.
We as people are easily impressed by big acts of kindness, as we should be especially in this time that we are living in. However, I often wonder if God is as impressed as we are? The fact of the matter God is more impressed with small acts of kindness that come from a pure heart and pure motives. Our small acts that come from a pure heart will receive big rewards from God!
We all want to hear these word from the Lord "Well Done My Faithful Servant" every Christian around the world live in such a way that when their time here is complete they can enter into eternal peace with God. So some work overtime in giving to the poor, other work and dedicate themselves to working in the church, yet while others go on missions in various parts of the world. We do this all in order to please God! There is nothing wrong in doing any of that but those things do not please God. Simply put all you need to do is have faith in God, be merciful, try your best to do what is right and be humble. It is the simple things that please God!
It is hard to take ownership of the wrong action, it is hard to take responsibility for something that is not right. In fact, we want to shift blame, or just try to hide it altogether. We may want to act as if it never happen in the first place. I believe this is just human nature. However, we must make a confession before God, taking ownership of our sins. This is very hard to do, we do not want God to be angry at us, we want God to bless us and not punish! The promise is the God's love will outlast His anger, but we must first confess! The other promise fund in the word of God is if we open our mouth and confess our sin He is Just enough to forgive us and remember our sin no more. Stand on the promises of God!
In this life, we have a number of choices to make. Every day we make a decision on what to wear and what to eat, who to sit with and who to speak to. We decide on who to date and who to marry. When we think about it this life is a series of choices. However, all these choices come from the choice we make on to whom we are going to serve. If we choose to serve this world are decisions are vastly different from the decision to serve God. So our first priority in this life is to first choose to whom we are going to serve!
Things with God are rarely stagnant, with God there is always a steady flow of movement. This means that there is always change! Change is the unknown factor in this life. That is why change is scary because we are not sure if it will be better than where we are now. Change is also volatile, so at first, it never looks better. We have to trust God! He is moving us into a better position through change. For the Word of God says He knows the plans He has for us, plans to prosper us and do us no harm. Trust God!
We are living in a time where truth is now irrelevant. These are what the Bible will call evil times. The truth has been perverted lies are now elevated to "alternative facts" these are the times when we have to be diligent on who we serve. Our reality as children of God is the facts do not change to fit one narrative over another. Facts are facts we stand on the truth as we know it. The one constant truth that we know is the word of God!
We all have a past that we are not happy with, we would rather keep these actions locked away and not have to reveal them to anyone. However, these past shames are a part of our testimonies and they are also apart of our light. We do not look like what we have been through, nor do we look like what we deserve to have for a punishment. This is because of God's grace and mercy in our lives. It is a struggle to let a light shine for God but we must do it so that God can get the glory!
This question is simple on its face but becomes complicated in its answer. Are you giving up something that is hard for you or are you giving something easy just because it is lent season? Never forget what Christ went through for us! Let check ourselves, to make sure we are giving up something that God will notice.
Without direction from God, there is no way we can obtain our dreams, or answered prayers. If we do not heed the direction from God then we run wild getting nowhere. However, when we follow the direction of, God, keeping our eyes on the blessing we obtain all that we have dreamed of and even more!
In this life, we will face some storms whether you are a new believer or a battle-worn saint we all face storms in this life. These storms have one purpose, to keeps us from seeing the promises of God. These storms are often large and scary and it will be hard to stand against them. However, our strength comes from the Lord! If we stand confidently on our faith in God we can get all that we need to face the storm down.
This seems to be a simple question right? Are you ready to receive what you asked for? The answer should be yes! why ask if you are not ready? right. You may be ready for the yes! but are you willing to do what it takes to get to the yes? That is the real question. We all want the blessing but all of us may not be willing to take the journey to get to the blessing. So is the question still so simple?
When we pray we ask God for the thing and the dream that we want. Our expectation is that God will say yes, and a lot of the time God does say yes however that yes causes a change in our life and we are not prepared for the shift and the resulting transition that our request has made. Furthermore, we are not prepared to walk through a desolate land to get to our blessing. It is in the desolate lane where our trust is God grows. We must trust God in the desolate land in order to get to our blessings!
We all would like to think of ourselves as a change agent or least as someone who embraces change. I cannot speak for you but I recently found out that I am not either one. I always thought of myself as a change agent but the reality is I am slow to change. God is the master change agent! He is always moving and preparing ways for us the problem is we get stuck in His last known location. We are just happy to make it this far! But God has so much more for us. We have to be prepared for the changes in our life that God has in store for us. Because the reality is ready or not change is coming!
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If you are like me when you set your goals you relish in the difficulty of the task that you are about to start. If you are like me you soon find out the easy part of the task took the longest time and gave you to most headaches. All too often we overlook the simple task and focus on the more difficult ones, only to find out the God has done his part and worked out the hard part we have not done our part and worked out the easy part. This is why the simplest task are the hardest to complete!
The other day I was watching the news, there was a report that was repeating the story of the day and was trying to get the reaction of the person to whom he was speaking to0. He gave the facts of the story and ask for the person what they thought. The person's replied puzzled the reporter so he repeated the facts of the story one more time to get his point across. Unmoved the person stated their same reply with this added on statement "I hear what you are saying and I believe in what you are saying but I do not accept it." There are many people who read the Bible, they have faith in God they believe in God, however, they do not accept the word God spoke into their life. To unleash the full power of God in your life you must believe in God, have faith in God but you must also accept the Word of God in your life!
One of the hardest things to do in this world is to forgive yourself. It is easy to forgive those who have hurt you in some way. However, when we come to the realization of the pain and the hurt that was caused by our own words or actions it is a burden that we tend to carry around with us. This burden is heavy and it hinders us from moving and doing those things that God has called us to do. Remember! You are forgiven by God! You are redeemed by God! and, You are Love by God! So it is okay for you to forgive yourself!
How would you feel if you knew that God told you, yes but the world denied you? How would you feel is God say go and get your dream house your dream car or even your dream job and yet the bank said no and the hiring manager told you no? The feeling of rejection and defeat is not good whatsoever! We want to give up, our emotions wrong strong and deep. What would you do if you cried out to God and the reply was get up and go back? Go back to the same people that told you no! Go back to the same people who laugh at you, to the same people that told you that you did not qualify or that you are not qualify for what you want. Do you go? Our faith and our belief is rooted in a living God, who can not and will not be denied! even in a world that chooses to war against God. Trust God!
Okay let be real for one moment, disappointment in God is real. You may have been expecting something big to happen you been praying for it and it looks like it is going to happen only for everything to fall through at the last minute. Leaving to wonder why? Your asking God but you hear nothing. Then you look to yourself, what did you do wrong ? why were you denied? The Pain and the hurt from this let down is a lot. Then the whispers begin "you did not deserve it." "It was all a lie." Do not listen to the whispers! The enemy is as real as your disappointment! Give your pain and your hurt to God, He cares and for you, it may not feel like it now, however, God's love for you knows no limits. Trust in Him continue to hold your faith in a living God and not a defeated enemy. It hurts now but this pain is only for a little while the Joy and the peace of the Lord is forever. When the time is right all of the promises of God will manifest themselves unto you. Fight through your disappointment! Hold onto God!
I am sorry that this post was late. I actually was preaching to myself this word has blessed me! I got some expected bad news last night and I was processing it. When we do not get what we expect or what we ask God for it always leaves us a little disappointed. Asking questions why? leaving us wondering, what is it that we did wrong? It came especially hard when we were anticipating it even more. When we get to no or the let down we find it hard to see God. However, God's no does not mean He does not love us, God's no does not mean that He abandon us! God's no means that there is something better awaiting us! Hold on to your faith in God, hold on to your trust in God! It is hard to see Him now but He will show up and show out!
What is your five-year plan? How are you going to make it happen? How are you going to get there? Can you do it on your own? A lot of questions, but the only question that counts is Who is in Control? If you are in control of your life can you accomplish all that you set out to do? I can testify to this, if God is in control of your life you will far exceed your five-year plan!
Every single person on the planet has this war raging within them. To do what is right! all too often we only think of the recovering addict or the recovering alcoholic to have these wars of consciousness. This is not true we all have these wars every day we fight to do what is right in the sight of God. Some days are better than others nevertheless the war continues. We have help on our side because of our choice to believe and have faith in God. We have the gift of the Holy Spirit that is within us! This does not mean that the war goes away, not at all! It does mean that we win more battles than we lose.
It is hard to respond in love when someone is yelling at you calling you everything but the child of God. It is hard to respond in love when you know someone is lying on you to try to get ahead or even worse trying to get you fired. It is hard to love someone who has or is cheating on you. However, we must remember that we fight not against flesh and blood but against the dark force of this world. Put on the armor of God and stand boldly in your faith, To resist the strategies and the attacks on the enemy.
We have a power within us that we hardly ever use. We speak of it often, we know that it is there, we claim it often but we hardly ever use it. The funny thing is that this power that we never use, is described in the Bible as one of the most powerful forces in the universe. This power I speak of is our faith in God! Yes, we all claim it but most of us (including me) hardly ever use it! Through this power, our dream can become reality, through this power our enemies will flee, through this power the gates of heaven are open to us! The power of faith that is within us!
We have some goals or some things that we strive to achieve but for whatever reason, it has alluded us. What is the goal that alludes you? What is the dream that you have that you have not accomplished yet? You have the key to open the door to your goals! You are the key to open the door to your dream! you have the key to your success! Faith! Faith in the one and only living God is the key to your goals, your dream, your success in this life!
When the enemy shows up it is our instinct to fight. When trouble knocks it is our instinct to worry about how are we going to make it through? What's next, what are we going to do? How are we going to make it? These are the questions in our minds when the troubles and the worries of life show up at our doorstep! Be Still know that God has your back. Be still have faith in God. Be still trust God. This is easier said than done! However, be still and know that you a blessed by God!
We like to workout, we want to be healthy and strong. So when we hear the word strength we think about the physical aspects of the word. How strong are you? How much can you bench? how much can you lift? these are the thing that goes through our mind. This is not so with God! God knows how much you can bench, He knows how much you can lift! God wants to know how much you can love? How much grace can you give?s How much mercy can you show? In other words, He wants to know how much inner strength do you have?
The phrase "I Love You" does not carry as much meaning as it once did. However, when God says "I Love You" It is very intentional and it carries a lot of meaning. For when God says "I Love You" Your sins are forgiven! For when God says "I Love You" life's situations cannot affect you as they once did. For when God says "I Love You" The gates of heaven are open to you! God's Love is intentional.
We have one purpose in this life. God's purpose is our driving force our dreams bring Him glory. However, there are those whose sole purpose is to keep us from moving and operating in our dreams. We must identify them and stand guard against them. Do not worry about them for the Lord will deal with them all we have to do is to identify them and stand guard against them. God will handle the rest!
We all heard and know that we must plan for our success. Well, I am telling you to tell for your greatness! What does that look like? When you move beyond your success! See what God has for us is far greater than the things that we see for ourselves. However, to obtain this greatness we must first have faith in God, trust in God, and obey His directions.
We have a lot going on! As we try to navigate this life it is all too often that we forget that Jesus gave us a new commandment to follow. It is to love each other! this is easier said than done. We all have that person at work that will annoy us, we all have that person who challenges us and we all those people who just does not like us. In any case, we are to love all of them. Because this is our mandate from Christ! To love them just as He has Loved us!
All of us have to face the storms of life, some storms are small and we do just fine in them. Other storms are bigger and we struggle to make it through them. When the much larger and stronger storms show up we try our best to navigate our way through them with not much success. Finally, we call on God to help us out. We are beaten up by the storm we have storm damage by the time we call on God. Why? Call on God when we first see the storm! He will show up and show out on our behalf!
In my youth, I would drive my dad crazy. I would get so many spankings and each and every time my dad would say that this is going to hurt me more than it is going to hurt you. Although my dad was angry with me I knew that he still loved me. My dad was my hero! Today as an adult I still look up to my dad, however, he is no longer my hero. I replaced him with God! As an adult, I know I frustrate God, yet and still, He still loves me. God still loves you as well!
Sometimes we can become so complacent in our walk with God. We take for granted certain things, and because we are not paying attention to these small things they begin to separate us from God. As we are separated from God we find ourselves struggling in our walk with God. We are redeemed! With redemption, we have the ability to go before the Throne of Grace and make things right with God again.
Our dreams can encourage us, the mission and the vision that God gives us can empower us! God smiles when we endure the trails and the tribulations of the vision in which He has given us. God smiles when our faith and our trust in Him is display when the storms on the mission that He gave us do not deter us. Do not give up on your dreams! Do not give up on the vision in which God shared with you! Do not give up!
I wanted to step back for a moment and recognized that there are some out there that are new to the family of Christ. There Are some out there who may have questions in what we believe and why we believe what we believe. It only takes 15 seconds to make a decision that will change your life forever!
Life is hard! If it was easy then everyone would be nice, kind and loving. The reality is that everyone is trying to make it the best way they know how. The difference between you and them is that you have a mission and a vision for your life. You have a guide for your life. God is with you as He has promised, He guides you along the best pathway for your life. Because you have God on your side you have victory!
We are often quick to ask for forgiveness, yet we are also slow to forgive those who have hurt us in some way shape or form. We want our pain and our hurt to be felt by the ones who have hurt us. Forgiveness is not about saying it is okay, no! it is the acknowledgment of our hurt and pain. When we acknowledge out hurt and our pain then and only then we can give it to God and let God deal with it. When we begin to forgive other then doors of opportunities begin to open for us!
It is easy to focus on the things of the world, we can even trick ourselves that we are doing it for a greater cause, or for a greater purpose in this life. The reality is when we focus on the things of the world we are only doing to satisfy a deep inner desire. However, when we focus on God and God alone then God gives us the desires of our heart and then some more! Let us focus on Gods stay.
It is hard to stand on the truth, for when we do the world come to attack. The enemy deploys all kinds of strategies against us. It is hard to stand on the truth. This is a dark world and we are in evil time but Lord is with us!
God does not say no a lot, however, when He does say no it is hard for us to accept it. God's no reveals in us an inner truth that we do not want to face. God's no sometimes reveals that we are not as good as we thought. God's no reveals a rebellious nature that we often try to hide. God's no reveals the things that we put before Him. However, God's no also reveal His love for us!
The Proud have a lot that they can boast in, they will boast in the money, cars, and homes. The Proud will boast in the careers, businesses, and family. In some cases, the proud will boast in things that they have no control over yet they speak as if they had a hand in it. However the humble do not usually find things that they can boast in. The humble normally gives credit away. However, the humble have a lot that they can boast in! They can boast in the unfailing love of God in their lives! The humble can boast of God's protection in their lives. The humble can boast in the saving grace of God. And one day the humble can boast in being with God for eternity. The proud cannot say the same.
Because the humble can do things that the proud cannot and will not do, the humble is always being sought out by the Lord. The Humble can see God and work whereas the proud is blinded to the works of God. Humble yourself before the Lord so that you can see God at work!
It is hard sometimes to decern what is true and what is fake. There was a time when we watch the news we believed what was being reported. We never doubted whether it was true or not. Now over the last couple of years, we wonder if what is being reported is real or fake. Our lives is governed by a truth in which we have come to believe over the years. Is this truth that we believe is it from God? Or is it given to us from this dark deceptive world? Our faith in God will reveal the truth!
To Live a connected life is hard! For we have to love just like Christ has loved us. Meaning We must extend grace when we do not want to. Means that we must forgive when we do not want to. It means that we have to be there for other believers when we do not want to. To live a connected life is a life of love and sacrifice.
God wants more from us than Sunday morning worship. God wants more from us than Tuesday night Bible Study. God wants us to be connected to Him in an intimate way. Before we can do that we must first recognize that we are disconnected from God.
The Lord does have a sense of humor. After all The Bible tells us that the Lord laughs at the wicked, He laughs at the sinners, He Laughs at the plot and men and women alike. However, He does not laugh at the believer, He does not laugh at the ones who freely give their faith to Him, He does not laugh at the one who places their hope in Him! One which side of the line do you stand? Is God laughing at you along with them? Or is He standing with you against them?
When we run into walls it can be so frustrating! We think that the enemy is attacking us or that God may be punishing us for something. These walls will make us angry, sad and depressed. In reality, these walls are not attacks from the enemy nor punishment from God. They are there because we have a lapse of faith.
Where is your Faith? In what do you place your faith in? Do you place your faith in the fact that you have a Good education? Or do you place your faith in the fact that you have a good job? Do you place your faith in your bank account to the fact that you have your own successful company? If you place your faith in any of these things it is no wonder you have not heard from God. Do you want to hear from God? Then give God your faith and He will respond to you!
We either choose to believe in God or we choose to believe in something else. There are many times in our lives that we try to explain what is happening and we cannot. It is at this point we must believe that God is working on our behalf or we believe in something else. Either way, the choice is our, and I urge you to choose God!
This is not a rhetorical question! This question is being asked so that we can reflect on our actions, our beliefs, and just who we are in Christ. I ask myself this question often. This world has so many distractions so many things that will draw our focus and attention away from God. This question will help you to focus on what is important to you.
It is not nice to know that we serve a God who is slow to anger and quick to forgive? God has spoken some great things into your life and even though we have rebelled against God, Even though we have sinned against God, even though we have rejected God at times. God remains faith towards us! It is a love that we cannot comprehend.
Today we have several ways in which we can communicate with each other. We can email, or send a text we can snap chat or just make a phone call. Today we can do that all on one device. However, we can not text God, We cannot send God a Snap Chat! In order to communicate with God we must pray and if you want to hear from God we must pray!
There is a big difference to be in service with God and to be in service for God. Most of the time when we are in service for God, that is when we are trying to fit our will into the things that God is calling us to do. This does not work out to good for us. For the Bible says that we cannot serve two masters. However, when we are in service with God we lay our own will aside and follow the will of God. This always works out better for our good!
God wants greatness for us, God expects great things from us! Even when we mess up God can still do great things through us. We do not look like what been through, really we do not look like what we are going through! Yet and still our worship of God does not come from our heart but it comes from our traditions that were learned from our parents or grandparents, God wants more! He wants the worship that comes for our heart, He wants worship that comes from a relationship that we have with Him. It is time to move beyond religious traditions to an authentic relationship with God!
Yes! We are living in trying times. However, take heart for the Word of God tells us that we have peace in Him because He has already overcome the world. Lean on God's Love it will not let you down place your hope in God's love for it is a hope that will not disappoint! God's Love will over leave us nor will it ever abandon us. Lean on the love of God to make it through a time such as this!
You were not always called by God, you were always walking the path in which God called you to follow. You had a past life that was mired in some shameful stuff. Thanks be to God that you heeded His calling and left the life behind you. However, that life is not going without a fight. It is calling you back it wants you lost in the world of darkness. DO not heed the call of this world continue to Walk with God!
In order to win a battle, you must first show up. I know the saints like to quote the battle is not theirs it is the Lord's however for that to be true the saint he or she must first show up for the fight. You must have enough faith to show up to the fight. For when you show up in faith that is when God will show out on your behalf! But first, you must show up!
You can stand strong against those who speak against you. Understand that a critics job is to keep you from moving and operating in the promises of God. So they speak of your past, the person who you use to be. However, today as you stand before them you are not that person anymore! You are a new creature redesigned in the image of our Savior Jesus Christ. Your critics do not know this person, you can introduce them to the new you by standing strong against their foolish accusations!
Who are you? Is a fundamental question for every believer. For there are only 2 answers, one are you a person who knows of God? Or, Are you are a person of God? there is a very big difference between the 2. To be able to answer this question will help us as believers!
What does your greatness look like? How would you know, if you never took the time to plan it out? What will it cost to be great? How would you know if you never took the time to plan it out? If you want to obtain the greatness in which God has for you, you must first take the time to plan it out.
Sometimes the storms in our lives are not from the enemy trying to destroy us, nor are the storms in our lives from God who is punishing us for our sins. Sometimes the storm in our lives is God trying to redirect us back to the path for which he has called for. When we run for our calling or our mission the storms that come up not only affect us but the people around us are affected as well. Who are you? what is your occupation? To Whom do you serve? We must be able to answer these questions to walk in the purpose in which God Called us for.
We were never meant to tackle the Vision that God had given us alone, the task is too great for us by ourselves. God has place helper in lives to help us complete the vision in which He has called us for. If you want to accomplish great things you must first build a team!
Life is full of victories! However, to get those victories we must first face the trials of life. Life's trails are not east for if they were there would be no need for encouraging or motivational words. However, it is not so easy the trails that we face are hard. They are something that we cannot do alone, nor should we try. God is with us and He will face life's trails with us because He loves us that much. The victories that we have is because God is with us.
One of the biggest things that will keep us from reaching our full potential, is the mistakes of the past. To be more specific the mistakes, that led to our regrets and our shame. God's anger is real and it is always justified. However, it is nice to know that God's love will always outlast is anger. Even the mistakes of the past will not keep God's Love away from us!
What are your dreams? Are you living your dreams today? or are you just surviving? Jesus said that He came so that we can have life and have it more abundantly. How are you living the life that Jesus came to give you if you are not living in your dream? We all have made mistakes that would make our dreams hard if not impossible. However, there is a promise of God in our life that we can and need to activate so that we can obtain our dreams. I challenge you to dream again but not only dream but dream big!
Has your new year started off on the wrong foot? Maybe you stumble is the first few days of this new year. This might not be the start that you have envisioned for yourself. Be of good cheer! God is only preparing you for something great in this new year!
Many time the calling that God has for us are things that we have already attempted and did not have great success with it. SO now we have some reluctance in moving in this calling. Do not be afraid the difference now is that God is with you! God is now empowering you for the call He has on your life. Move with purpose, move in faith, move with God!
What are the goals that you want to accomplish in the new year? Is it to open your own business? maybe it is to get married? or even have a baby? What is it that you would like to accomplish in the new year? We can have 10,000 reasons on why not to do something. The timing is not right, I do not have enough money, I need a better job and the excuses can go on and on. However, there is only one reason to do it! God called for you to do it! Step out on faith. Believe that you are called to accomplish your dreams and our goals. Step out on faith knowing that if you take that first step God will be with you the rest of the way!
Change is hard, and most of us do not like change. Most of us who made a new year resolution will find it hard to maintain after while. In order to make a change that will last beyond this lifetime, we must ask for help from God. To obtain the goals and the greatness that we expect for 2019 we must make some hard changes to our life. If it was easy then everyone would and could do it. However, it is hard and we will need some help. God is ready and willing help us all we need to do is ask.
We need to take stock on the impact that we are having in the lives around us. Whether it is a family, work or friends we need to make sure that we are having a positive impact on the lives in which we touch every day. For some, the only interaction that a person has with Jesus is through you! However, if you are negative, or counterproductive then they did not have an interaction with Jesus and that was a missed opportunity. We must ask ourselves are we producing good fruit?
Real Change starts in the mind! Ture change starts in the heart! No matter how sanctified, Holy Ghost filled we maybe we all started in the same place, a world of sin. We were all called from a dark place to God's undeniable truth. That Change started in the mind.
Well, 2019 is here! We have made some new year resolutions. The resolutions come from us reflecting on the year that has just past. These are the changes that we want in moving forward into the new year. So what has really changed? Beside the date on the calendar. A lot of time we just go through the motions of making a new year resolution. this is why they do not last much beyond the new year. However, this year needs to be different! God is expecting great things from you this year. In order to move in the greatness that call is calling for you, you need to make the changes in your life. God is willing to help you make these changes all we need to do is ask Him!
It may be hard to believe, and we may not understand it but we are chosen by God! He called us out of the darkness into the glorious light for no other reason other than the fact that He Loves us! Yes, we have not been perfect and we have a lot of critics out there who say a lot of things about us. But it is nice to know that it is the will of God to silence those people who speak foolishly about us.
2018 is only a few days away from coming to a close, and as you reflect on the past year you may come into the realization that you have not accomplished all that you set out to do in 2018. This can be very discouraging. Hold your head up! Press On! forgetting the failures of the past press towards the goals that you set out to do. You can still do them in 2019, in fact, know that you will accomplish them in 2019! You have been called for this, it is your divine mission for your life. God will advise you and watch over you. Keep on pressing on!
As we look back onto 2018 we may see that we have not accomplished all that we set out to do. This can be a little disappointing, and if not careful we can carry this into 2019. Let us not make this mistake! We must understand greater is He that is in us then he that is in the world. We belong to God and we know that God can do all things! So let us not go into 2019 with the limits of 2018 but understand that we have no limits.
Let us not take the baggage of 2018 into 2019! It is hard to admit when we are wrong, even hard to admit when we made a mistake. So when are wrong and no one calls us out on it we try to hide it away. Likewise when we make a mistake and no one notices we pretend like it never happened. However, God is watching and He knows every mistake and every wrong that we have done. Confessing them before Him is good for our soul, as He will forgive us of all that we have done wrong. That is a promise from God!
We are here at the end of another year! Praise God we have made it! Thank God that we have seen another birthday, another anniversary, another Easter and another Christmas. Some of us 2018 was a great year for the rest of us we are just glad to make it through another year. However, you view 2018 let's reflect on it with humility knowing that God is always in control. Let look forward to 2019 with great expectations knowing the only limits we have are the one we put on ourselves!
What is it that you can give God? After all, God has everything! God owns the world and all that is in it, so what is it that we as created being give God? God has given to us so much, through His Son we have hope! Through His Son, we have the Holy Spirit. Through His Son we have salvation! We Have so much because of Christ Jesus. What is it that we can give back to God? We can give God our faith!
God freely loves us! He loves us despite our many faults, He loves despite the fact we try to run from Him. He loves us even when we did not know who He was. God Loves us so much the He sent his only begotten Son to die on the cross for our sins. My favorite Christmas song is sung by Kirk Franklin states this simple fact "Born into sin that I may live again" the reality is the Jesus was born into sin that WE may live again. All who believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. It is the reason for the season!
The birth of Jesus Christ activates one of the worlds most powerful forces, The Holy Spirit! The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ engage The Holy Spirit in our lives. We need both to happen in order to receive this gift from God. With the Holy Spirit, we have an advocate who intercedes on our behalf. With the Holy Spirit, we receive God's guidance! The Holy Spirit also teaches us the ways of God. It is the force that gives of the peace that surpasses all understand and so much more. It is the presence of God the reside with and in us!
We have a divine purpose in this life, a divine reason to live. This purpose and reason come because of the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God Calls us to Him through His Son Jesus Christ. It is through His Son that the power of sin over our lives is broken. It is through His Son that we are reconciled back to God so that we can live as God had planned for us the lived.
We cannot be reconciled back to God in our current state! we must first be cleaned, healed from the sin that has infected us. Thanks be to God that His Son, Jesus Christ is the antidote for sin. By His stripes, we are healed.
Because of the birth of Christ, we have the opportunity to return back to God the Father! I have made some mistake we have sinned against God and His instructions. We have rebelled and tried to live life on our own terms. However, we have come to the understanding that we cannot do it on our own and we want to return back to God. We can return back to Him we can be reconciled back to God because of the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. Let us celebrate the importance of this Birth!
One of the greatest forces in the universe is given to us freely, and that is hope! God Loves us so much the He sent His son to die on the cross so that we can have hope. Hope to be reconciled back to God, Hope for everlasting life, hope for the presence of God in our life. God has given us the gift of hope!
We are currently living in a world that is in chaos, what should be right is being overtaken by what is wrong. It seems as if evil is winning and good people are losing. As we celebrate the birth Christ, let us remember the gifts that He brings with Him. One of the gifts is Justice!
God has given us so much! One of the things that God has given us is wisdom and when receiving and accepting Godly wisdom we receive and accept years being added unto our lives. We receive and accept common sense, discernment, and good judgment. This gift that God gives to us so freely is worth more than all the precious metals in the world. Yet and still God gives us His wisdom freely! ygphcsy5
As I looked back 2018 was kind of crazy, I am so happy that I do not look like what I have been through. As I look forward to 2019 knowing that there will be some battle I still look forward to see what 2019 has in store for. Reflect of 2018 victories of 2018 and be battles of 2018 knowing that you do not look like what you have been through. We may not be where we want to be however we know that we are on the way! Let's celebrate the coming of Our Lord and Savior like we have never celebrated Him before because we know that the victories of 2019 are because of Him!
We are told to watch out for the enemy, so we stand guard and watch for the attacks from outside forces. However, never guarding against the attacks from within. Be on alert from the attack from within!
The journey through this life is not easy and at times we wonder what are we doing, is it worth it, or just why? There is a promise from God in your life. Be strong as that promise manifest itself in your life. Do not get discouraged, do not be afraid but stand strong on the promise of God!
Sometime, the things that God will have us go through will make us look foolish or silly, and for those reasons, we try to find every excuse not to do what God has called us to do. However, I was reminded that God uses the foolish things of this world to make the wise people of this world look foolish.
This time of year can be hard to deal with when we do not have all that we want, and we barely have what we need. This time of year can be hard when it seems as if the promised victory is so far away from us. Hold on yourLord and savior is coming to destroy your enemies! Hold on your Lord and Savior Is coming to save you!
We do not know when and where we will fall on hard times, and all too often even though we try our best to prepare for them it seems like we are always caught by surprise. Do not be discourage trust and know that God is in control and there is a plan for your life.
We have not been perfect this year, we have disobeyed the Lord in one way or another. However, as we reflect on these acts of disobedience let them now make us sad or dejected. This is a time for celebration! We are not celebrating our disobedience, no! We are celebrating the fact that we are forgiven through Christ Jesus! We are celebrating that we are redeemed through Christ Jesus, We are celebrating that we are Loved by Jesus Christ!
No Matter how much money we spend this year on gifts for our friends and family God still has given us the greatest gift of all! His Holy Son and this gift continue to keep on giving. Because of His son we are reconciled back to God the Father! It is the reason for the season!
In this time of the year, we see the crime rate take a spike. As it gets closer to Christmas people begin to abandon their faith and trust in God and begin to trust in their own plots and schemes. DO not fall for this smoke and mirrors! Hold tight to your faith in God! He will provide not only your need bu the desires of your heart!
This has been a crazy time in our life, it seems as if we went from one battle to another to another. If we had to sit back and think about it this year has been kind of chaotic. Yet and still we are still here, we are still standing strong! a little battle worn but you do not look like what you have been through. God has a Word for you who have remained faithful throughout your battle. God has a Word for those who remained prayerful throughout your trail. God has a Word for those who were patient throughout their time of tribulation. God says these times have come to an end and they will become a season of Joy!
Our Faith is God is the most precious thing that we own on this earth! It is no wonder that the enemy and the world spend so much time attacking our faith in God. There are so many scientific reasons why the Bible is not real, so many books and experts to back them up. However, there is only one reason that makes it real! Our Faith! We will be tested, and we will go through trials and tribulations but there is Joy when it is all said and done!
It was hard to be patient when we were children, however, it is no easier when we become adults. We know what God has promised us. We believe in the promises of God so we anticipate the thing that God has for us.
God's promises are not myths or fairy tales! They are real and when we get to know and understand who God is in our lives then we begin to realize the power in the promises of God. When We stand on the promises of God we have a hope that anchors our soul in the Word Of God.
Sometime it may say that we are just going through this life like a boat without a sail. Just surviving from one situation to another situation. Life is not meant to be directionaless, We have free will to do what we want when we want. However, when we place our hope and our faith in God. God directs our path becuase there is a plan for us!
It seems as if we have entered into the twilight zone. Where wrong is right and right is wrong. Do not be fooled by what you see on t.v. for it is a trick. God's law still rules this world and we need to keep our eyes on God. We need to keep seeking Him out in all circumstances. It is hard to do so but it is doable! You were made for a time such as this!
It is hard to walk in the vision and the purpose that God has given us. Every time we do it seems as if we come under attack, Problem, trail, and tribulations seem to mount against us. These problems and trails are there to help develop our skill that we will need to operate in God Vision for our lives.
As we walk in the vision that God has given us, we will find that we have way more enemies today than when we have begun. This can be exhausting, to say the least. Keep Your integrity and true to who you are. Place your hope in God and boldly and fearlessly move forward in God's purpose for your life!
Let us not put our faith in these worldly leaders! Let us not put our faith in these experts! For if we do our hopes and our dreams will not manifest themselves in our lifetime. Let us not look and see what wicked people are doing and get envious of their schemes. For their success is only for a moment. However, let us place our hope and our dream in Christ Jesus because only through Him can we reach or obtain our dream!
This world is a very scary place. However, our faith in God is the reason that this world does not and cannot scare us. God promised that He will shake the heavens and the earth, removing all that are shaken and allowing only the unshakable to remain. Do not be shaken by what you see, or by what you read, do not be shaken by what you hear. Remain strong, in your faith in the Lord, remain unshaken in who you cannot see!
The life of a Christian is hard, to say the least. However, we receive our strength from the Lord. We get this strength because we not only humble ourselves before the Lord we also humble ourselves before other believers. By doing this we access an unlimited source of power and strength in the Lord!
Happy Thanksgiving! Let us give God thanks for all that he has done up to this point for us. Let us give God thanks for the family members that we get to spend time with and for those who went home to be with the Lord, for we know that they have entered into their enteral peace with the Lord. Let us give thanks that the enemy did not win and destroyed our dreams or stole our blessings. Most Importantly of all let us give thank to God for His faithful love that endures forever!
There are too many times that we go to bed weary. Sometimes, it is from the battles that we face from external forces, such as someone wanting our job. Other times it might be from within a sickness that zaps our strength and energy. For those who trust is in the Lord and their faith is in the Lord, There is Joy coming!
In this day and age, we find ourselves moving so quickly. It seems like we're always fighting for our lives trying stay above water. Unfortunately, this is a requirement for the time in which we live. Let us force ourselves to slow down an acknowledge God, and what He has done in our lives. After all, we do not look like what we have been through, this is because of God!
We were found my God why we were still in darkness, isn't it nice to know that even yet while we were sitting god's love outlasted is anger. Because we cried out to Him yet while we were still sinning God came and found us. It is nice to know that God’s love outlasts His anger towards us.
You have victory because you are once in darkness and because of God you now are living in the light. You have victory because you were once lost, and God came and found you. You have victory because at one point you did not know where you were going but God came and gave you direction. You have been crown with victory because you decided to humble yourself before God!
God was bold when He spoke promises into your life. Things Like He would never leave you nor forsake you. Or like "I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and do you no harm” these are just to name a few. God was bold when speaking over your life, so be bold as you walk in the vision that God has for you.
You are chosen to know who God is in your life, you were chosen to understand and to believe in God. This was done so that you can operate in the knowledge of who Jesus Christ is in your life. Let your testimony be true, use the knowledge that God has given you of Himself and the knowledge of who you once were when you are in darkness and who you are in the light be true. This Will help someone else come into the knowledge of who God is in their life. You are useful to God!
Here's a simple fact you are chosen for a reason in one of those reasons were to be a witness for God. Your journey from the darkness to the light is also your testimony on who God is today. He is the God that is still saving people and calling people to Himself just as He did for you. Isn't it nice to know that you were chosen to have a relationship with God? Isn't it nice to know you were chosen to believe in God? Today, stand up and testify to who God is in your life!
You do not look like what you have been through, and the reality of it is that you have been through a lot. As you were going through you do not know who was watching you. Some of the same people who are watching you were also some of the same people who were trying to be a stumbling block as you were going through. Some of the people who were watching you are the same people who were laughing at you as you were going through. There was a time when you were down, and it did not look like you were going to get up, everyone was counting you out. However, when the dust settles, and the smoke clears you are standing strong. This makes everyone who was watching you ask the question “How did you make it through?” because everyone is looking at you in awe, you need to let them know you are redeemed through Jesus Christ. You need to let them know that victory came through the cross