I'm so thankful that God's love, mercy, grace, and faithfulness endure to all generations.... they endure forever! No matter what your situations, circumstances, issues, etc. look like, know that God is for you. He is not against you. He wants the best for you not sometimes, not most times, but all the time. As for hard times, His Word does not promise the absence of them. But He promises to be with us every step of the way. Be encouraged today. No matter what you have had to face, are facing now, and will face in the future, remember that the God who created the universe by speaking everything in it into existence wants to speak to you. Won't you listen as the Holy Spirit woos you unto Himself? He loves you with an everlasting love. Nothing can touch that. God bless!
Everyone, I sincerely pray that you guys have a truly happy, safe, and blessed New Year's. Please, please, please be safe out there as you travel to and fro in the midst of your festivities. Please be careful about your various associations with people and about how you deal with different situations that might arise tonite.
Moreover, let's be thankful and grateful for how God has brought us through 2014. I pray 2015 is a fantastic year. Don't let anything negative that happened in 2014 hold you back from experiencing what God wants to do in you and through you. He wants to bring about positive change in your life and in the lives of those with whom He'd have you to interact. Don't get stuck, but get moving! We all have much work to do if we are to take our lives to the next levels.
Make 2015 epic! Stay encouraged! Much love guys!
Jesus came to live the life we could not live, to die the kind of death we should have died, to pay the debt we could not pay so we could have true life in and through Him.
God turned on the light so we don't have to live in darkness. Sometimes we think that by having more money, or by being with the right person, or by having the right job or position in life, that we can have our own light. But the flames of those things can go out and worse, they can burn us if things go awry. Only Jesus, the true Light, never goes out and He does not burn us. Everytime we try to create our own light, we put God-sized pressure on a man-made issue. God is not obligated to do anything for us. It is us who owes God the honor, the glory, and praise for what He has done, is doing now, and will do.
I'm so thankful for my wife Kaneika Grant Alston! She is a total God-send. It's been a great six months so far and I feel like I've learned so much from her and about her as we have been moving along in our journey. We laugh a lot, have fun, make sure we find effective ways to communicate, serve each other, and hold each other accountable in love. We want the best for each other and we push each other towards good works to please Christ, for it is He Who is at the center. I look forward to another set of six months and another set of six months and another, and well... you all get the point lol. Please pray for us that we will continue to remain stedfast and focused on who and what the Lord has called us to be. Thank you! I love you babe! 😉😍
"If you only move based on data, you will only regurgitate old ideas." -- Bishop T. D. Jakes
Research and data have their place, but most new great discoveries and inventions can be traced back to someone tapping into their God-given instincts. Research and data bring out ideas that were good for a time, but they don't always necessarily bring up new, fresh ideas. There is something to be said for those with fresh ideas and good instinctive courses of actions that help change certain spheres of influence for the better. When you have a good, instinctive idea, surround yourself with a team of people with diverse perspectives and levels of influence. Surround yourself with those who are willing and able to contribute to what you are trying to accomplish. It has often been my experience that when my creative instincts have emerged, the resources to help me bring my ideas to life have eventually caught up.
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 just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.