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!
If everyone truly realized how much Jesus truly loves them, I believe so many hearts and minds would change! .... Salvation is a free gift to us, but it is not cheap. It cost God His only begotten Son, who laid down His life for us. No one took it (John 10:18).
And don't get it twisted, satan does not mind religion. That's why there's plenty of them. The enemy has too many people convinced that they can just do good things and be nice people and that will get them into whatever version of "heaven" or "paradise" they believe in. But what satan gets upset about is one's real relationship with and life-change in Christ Jesus. If your "Christianity" doesn't involve striving to follow after Christ, but instead you're just following a bunch of religious rules, are you really a Christian?
Now I'm not saying you have to be a perfect Christian, for there is no such thing. We all have flaws. But what I am saying is that we need to make sure we have invited Christ in so that He can work on our hearts as we grow more and more in Him after true conversion has taken place. Christ does the perfecting over time as we grow over time.
Let's get this whole thing about making observations vs. judgements straight. Making an observation is simply describing what you see. For example, if I see you steal something, then yes, I could make the observation that you are a thief right now. I'm not judging you. But I'd be judging you if I said, "A thief is all you're ever going to be." Now that would be wrong for me to say. I would be making the wrong assumption that you cannot change. But people can truly change for the better. Look at the Apostle Paul: he went from killing Christians to having a special encounter with Jesus and being converted. Then he went on to write about 2/3 of the New Testament. Yes, God can change hearts and minds. When we judge and are critical of others, we are forfeiting an opportunity to start a relationship, or build on an existing one with them. That forfeited relationship could have been the relationship in which we lead them to the love of Christ. Much love!
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!
"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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
How often do we hear people say, "Money is the root of all evil"? But that is not true. That is not biblical. The Bible lets us know that "the LOVE of money is the root of all evil..." (1 Timothy 6:10). Money itself is neutral. It can be used for good purposes or bad purposes. But it's the love of it that gets us into big trouble. Honor God with your money by tithing (bringing Him a tenth of each financial gain), giving it in offerings, and simply helping others. "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it" (Malachi 3:10). The storehouse was the temple to the Jews and that translates to the local churches for us today. And notice, we are to BRING God the tithe, not give it to Him. You can't give to someone whatever is already theirs. So since the money already belongs to God, we are to simply be good stewards over it, like managers in a sense.
The world "arubbah" in the Hebrew, from which we get "windows" in "windows of heaven" in Malachi 3:10 translates as "floodgates." So God wants to bless us by pouring out blessings from heavenly floodgates! Who wouldn't want that?? (But let's be careful and make sure that we are not trying to leverage our prayers or use God to get more money. Our focus should be on chasing after God and He will then provide Himself to meet our needs.)
And bringing the tithes and offerings to a local church is not about giving money "to the pastor" per se' ... it's about our hearts. Jesus has more parables in the Gospels about money and possessions than about anything else because He knows those things concern us. In Matthew 6:24, Jesus said, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." "God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). Jesus addressed mammon in Matthew 6:24 because mammon is a spirit that causes people to desire money and material possessions instead of God. Tithing and giving cheerfully are acts of worship to God because you are honoring Him and not giving in to mammon. So the question is: Does God have your heart? ... Do you have money or does money have you?
#Affirmation I do not love money and use God. Instead, I love God and use money to honor Him.
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.