It says in Proverbs 16:7, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
The ones that were always giving you a hard time for no apparent reason but to spite you, will have to admit that because you have made up in your mind that you are going to live right for God because He truly is a “rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6), that this God we serve is worth serving. He is worth chasing after. He is worth the suffering for a Kingom cause because our treasure is in the things of God. Oh, He is worth it! In fact, after a while, if your enemies come to their right senses, they will want to be like you. They will begin to realize that you, as a child of the living God, are so blessed because you have chosen to do the Lord’s will; no matter how messed up things have gotten in your life. You have chosen to stay with the Lord because you know that the God that you serve is able and is willing to bring you up to where you ought to be. Your enemies will not want to be your enemies anymore because they will want to be as blessed as you are! Be encouraged!
If you are a leader of a team of people, empower the members, don't make them feel like they are lower or less than you. Help them see how they can make smart decisions on their own. You get more out of a team if they see how you empower and encourage them than if they feel forced to do certain things if you're micromanaging.
I'm seeing more and more how the management of people is really about the management of various kinds of potential and ideas and concepts and resources. It goes deeper than just telling people what to do. Anyone can do that. But can your team understand WHY you are asking them to do what you've asked them to do?
Moreover, does your team feel like they can come to you with their concerns, or do they feel afraid of being bashed and attacked and micromanaged by you? Also, does your team follow your direction because "they have to" or do they follow you because they truly respect where you are trying to lead them because you actually know where you want to take them, which I hope is towards greatness and success?
Matthew 6:33 says, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
You cannot really seek God's kingdom--that is, God's way of doing things--the way God would have you to until you are born again. Jesus let Nicodemus know in John 3:3 that we cannot even "see" the kingdom unless we have been born again. When someone is born on earth, they are born into a certain natural citizenship. If you're born in America for example, then you are considered an American. You have American citizenship. So what does it really mean to be born again? It means you are born again spiritually, and you're citizenship is of the Kingdom of God. He is your King and you are one His subjects. He is a loving King and always has your best interests at heart. He rules from within our hearts to work His Kingdom business in the earth. When we seek God's kingdom, what is so great is that we don't have to worry about the things we need. God supplies all our needs. The Gentiles eagerly seek after things, but when we seek God, we get all that God wants us to have. So we don't even have to stress! So not only do we gain new citizenship when we are born again, but we also gain a new nature that helps us to be Christ-like as the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth (John 16:13).
Don't identify yourself by your problems, issues, and past sins/mistakes. Identify yourself by what God calls you. If you are in Christ, He calls you the head and not the tail and you are above, not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13). God says you are part of that chosen generation, you are part of a royal priesthood, you are part of a holy nation, you are a peculiar person, so that you should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). You are blessed and not cursed! Know that you can approach God directly with freedom and confidence through faith in Jesus (Ephesians 3:12). Because you are in Christ, your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life! These are just some of the many things about which believers in Christ should remain excited. How awesome is that!
Worrying about things you cannot control is a waste of time.
Feeling guilty and beating yourself down for messing up is a waste of time.
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" (Romans 8:1).
Trying to change what only God can change is a waste of time.
Complaining is a waste of time.
Being fearful is a waste of time.
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7).
Playing the blame game is a waste of time.
Comparing yourself to others and wishing you could have whatever they have is a waste of time. You probably could not handle having some of the things other people have anyway.
Don't waste time. Use it wisely.
You don't achieve salvation, you simply receive it. You receive it when you believe in Christ and trust Him to be your Savior and Lord. (Eph. 2:8,9). No amount of our own "good works" alone can make us good enough to get to enjoy spending eternity with our Creator, for we are sinful. But when we are born again in Christ, God does not see our sin, but He sees His Son [our lives are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)]. Good deeds have their place, but they do not impress God. Our own righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). We need to have the righteousness of Christ imputed unto us (Romans 4). When we have the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, we are then pleasing to God.
We might mess up at times and sin as we deal with our flesh, but we should not condemn ourselves nor beat ourselves down. Moreover, we should not condemn others if we witness them falling short of the glory of God. If we truly have been made into new creations by God, then we are Christ's and He is ours. Nothing can change that and nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:31-39).
No matter what you might be facing or dealing with right now, just hang on and trust in Jesus. You will get through this, in Jesus' name. The trouble did not come to stay. It came to pass. The trouble did not come to make you weaker. It came to make you stronger. Realize that you are an overcomer in Christ Jesus! He overcame sin, death, hell, and the grave by rising in three days after dying on the cross. When we make Him our Lord and Savior we become victorious as well! We just have to abide in Him. We can make it so long as we keep our eyes focused on Him.
Why is connection so important to your spiritual life? Because you can’t grow spiritually unless you’re connected relationally. God designed you that way. He wants to use other people to grow you, and he wants to use you to grow other people. Growth, accountability, belonging, and care happen in circles, not rows. Discover how building deep relationships with the people in your group and serving the larger community around you will grow your faith.
While we develop relationships with people, we have to make sure we are taking on the posture of a servant daily. Adopt the "it's not about me" mindset. It's a good feeling you get when you know you've done what you can to really help someone else. Let Christ work through you to make positive changes in your community, knowing that God has us at the right place at the right time.Jesus served all the way up to His death on the cross. In a sense, He served us into salvation. All this for what? "What does God want from me?" you might ask. God does not need anything from us, for He is God and is infinite. But God wants something great FOR you: a great love-based relationship with Him and others. No man is an island. We were not made to live all alone. We were made to live in community. We are to show people what it means to be God's Kingdom citizens.
I took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! It was super cold! But it's for a great cause!
To learn more about ALS and how to donate to the ALS Association, go tohttp://www.alsa.org/donate/.
I nominate the National Pan-Hellenic Council, The Illustrious Beta Chapter of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc., and Rho Chapter of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi, Sorority, Inc. to do the challenge. (You have 24 hours to do the challenge or you donate $100.00 to the ALS Association.)
I thought this post might encourage many people ... so here goes!
"... the [Master] Potter has never been intimidated by the lump of clay. He is completing you and will not relent until He finishes His masterpiece in the exact manner in which He saw it before He ever began. He cannot leave off from you until you are precisely as He determined you would be. His name is forever attached to you and His glory is tethered to you for eternity – He deemed it so. Therefore He cannot quit you, He cannot cease early, He cannot forget, He cannot grow weary of you, He cannot end in frustration, He cannot toss you aside…He loves what He is doing in you and for you and through you. Yes, God will complete you.
But not until the day of Jesus Christ. Believe this: want it as you may, strive toward it as you do, hunger for it as you will… you will not be completed until the return of God’s Son. So you must choose between two things: despair or rest. I have sadly mastered the first at times and must work diligently at the second. We are to rest in the lavish grace of God afforded to us in Jesus Christ, the very One who will bring our completion to pass when our eyes behold Him (1 John 3:2)."
(An excerpt from http://transformingtruth.org/god-done/)
Be encouraged in Christ and God bless!
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.