Never Give Up

The Bible tells us that in this life we are going to face troubles and all of us have found that to be true.  The goal is stay calm and maintain our confidence when we are encountering storms in our life no matter how fierce they may be.  The longer a storm drags on in our lives our hopes begin to sink but we must make the decision to keep moving forward because giving up is not an option.

The challenges we face in life are to drive us closer to God and the safest place to be in this world is right in the middle of God’s will for your life.  It’s the safest place but it does not mean that it is the easiest, but God has promised never to leave or forsake us and we have the promises in His Word to stand upon.  Storms are not meant to scare us but to save us, perhaps even save us from ourselves.  It’s been said that when you don’t see God’s plan, just trust His hand!  The key is you must go through your storm and learn from it and not look for a way to get around it.  Only in the storm will we see the power of God.  Isaiah 43:2 says “when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

You are going to make it through the difficulties you face; it’s just a matter of time and it’s a matter of trust.  There is much God wants to do through you, so it’s important that you trust God, stand on HIs Word and never give up.

 

 

The Favor of God

Not many people realize that the favor of God is awarded to someone to be a shield for them. Psalm 5:12 says “For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.” Walking in divine favor opens up the windows of heaven in your life and its effect is so amazing that the recipient knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that only by the grace of God are they able to receive such blessings.

What is it like to be blessed with God’s divine favor?  It’s easy to recognize God’s favor upon you when you are the one selected for a position when many other people also wanted that position.  The same is true when you are chosen for a position that you are not naturally qualified for but someone believes in you and gives you an opportunity that would have taken you years to get on your own.  God’s favor is also evident when help comes to you at a time and from a place you would never have expected.  Divine favour will do certain things for you. For example, people will always want to bless you and do kind things for you.

If you want to keep the favor of God in your life you must refrain from being disobedient to God’s word.  You must also be humble and avoid becoming prideful because God will not tolerate pride.  In fact, pride has such an adverse affect on God that He will deal with it appropriately.  Giving back to God what is rightfully His, and helping others in need will cause God to continue to bless you.  God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son so that we might have eternal life.  It’s only right that God expect those who are blessed with much to give to those who have less.

The favor of God is a gift like no other.  Every one desires to have this favor but only a few will live the life that causes God to honor them in this way.  It’s not wisdom to go through life unprepared.  Do all you can do to become successful, but if you want to be more than just prepared, become righteous and God will do the rest.

How Patient Are You?

One of the most important character traits we all need to have, yet it’s so hard to achieve is the art of being patient.  A patient person has the ability to suffer for a long time.  Patient people are hard to provoke. Their temper can withstand a lot before they “lose it.” Patience gives you time to think so that you don’t become angry and do something that can cause other major problems.  Patience is the ability to accept delay or disappointment graciously.  Patient people possess a calmness about them because they have a firm belief that God is in control.

It is not easy to develop patience because patience goes against human nature. We aren’t born patient.  Also, patience is difficult to develop because it’s contrary to our culture. We don’t live in a relaxed culture.  We are always in a hurry, whereas in some countries they are laid back and seem to understand something that Americans don’t and that is life is so precious and passes so quickly and we must enjoy the moment.  How many of us take walks just to enjoy nature and listen to the sound of birds?  Life would be more meaningful if we stopped to smell the roses once in a while.

Another positive aspect of patience is that it makes you grateful.  Patient people take time to think about their blessings and they love to appreciate the little things.  Patient people have a healthy perspective on the issues in their life.  They don’t get upset or angry at everything that does not go the way they thought it would.  Someone once said that we “should not sweat the small stuff.” You have bigger concerns in your life than to become upset when a driver cuts you off on the freeway. Patient people have the wisdom to take the things they can’t handle to God.  They realize that they are limited but know that their God can do anything.  So they  wait on the Lord when it comes to the big stuff.  We can choose to wait for God right where we are now or become impatient and try to make something happen without God.  Which one do you choose?

The fruit of patience helps us  when dealing with other people. Remember that God is patient with you so be patient with others.   Instead of putting others in their place, try putting yourself in their place. If you lack patience, attach yourself to people who are patient. Anger is contagious.  If we can learn how to be angry by hanging out with angry people, then we can learn patience by spending time with those who are long-suffering.

God wants us to become patient because patience shows God that we trust Him completely, and that we have learned that He is all we have and He is all we need.

 

Pray Until Something Happens (P.U.S.H.)

We all have goals, dreams, and visions in life. We pray about them all of the time and we try to hold onto them, because with faith in Jesus we know they will come to pass.  When it does happen, when our dream becomes a reality or when our prayer is answered, our faith in God grows stronger and we experience the most wonderful feeling.

But there are times the enemy will cloud the vision that God gives us. Satan may not be able to read your mind, but he can hear your words. He sees your actions and knows just what buttons to push, and when to push them to get your mind off the vision. He wants nothing more than to steal our dreams. But he can’t steal our dreams unless we let him. This is why it’s so important for us to hold fast to our confession of faith and believe in God’s Word.

If you’re praying for something and it just hasn’t arrived yet, keep praying! PUSH! Pray until something happens.  There are times when we pray to God for an answer, and it seems that all hope is gone.  We then begin to worry instead of praying but don’t do both.  Praying tells God that you still believe; worrying tells God that you have stopped believing.   If you believe God is working all things out for your good, you also have to believe that His timing is part of that.  It all comes down to how much you trust your heavenly Father.

I want to encourage you not to be discouraged at what appears to be a lack of results in your prayer life. You have no idea what the Lord is doing right now on your behalf to answer your prayers.  You cannot see it, but rest assured God is working it out. What He requires from you is faith to believe that His Word is true.  Keep your eyes focused on the Lord, and keep praying in faith, remembering to thank Him and praise Him for all He has already done.

You Are More Than A Conqueror

God’s destiny for you isn’t based on how you feel, or what you are going through or what you can’t see ahead of you.  You might think that you are stuck in a situation and that nothing good lies in your future, but nothing is further from the truth! You must grow in your faith and realize that you are just as anointed today to do what God has called you to do as you were 20 years ago!  Destiny is the predetermined, inevitable or irresistible, course of events that will happen to a particular person in the future, and it is important to remember that God’s destiny for you will not change.  Your actions might cause you to wander in the wilderness for a period of time, but ultimately you will realize that God is in control and you must yield to His will for your life.

We are more than conquerors.  You have more than enough within you to walk into the destiny that God has already ordained for your life.  Get beyond the hindrances in yourl ife; conquer them, rise above them. Too often people allow adversity to become the final verdict over their lives because they faithfully poured themselves into something that was close to their heart only to one day see that it did not turn out to be what they had envisioned.  There is a feeling of defeat that can penetrate your soul that could cause you to question your self-worth, let alone think that you have a bright future.  This would be true if you allow the enemy to have his way, but God’s word says that you can do all things through Christ who will give you the strength.

Somewhere on the road to greatness, you find yourself in a fight – you must fight the battle going on in your own mind. Talk to any great person and they will tell you that their journey was not an easy one but they had to fight to get to the top.  You don’t know the end of your story. Even if the worst has happened to you, it is not over yet.  Expect a miracle that will take you from where you are now to where you are going.  Stand on the promise made in Psalm 23:6 which says “surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

It’s Your Destiny

The Word of God tells us that while you were being formed within your mother’s womb, God knew you.  It further says that you were fearfully and wonderfully made by God and that there is nothing about you that God does not know.  God knows your past and your  present and He wants nothing more for you to live your life so that you reach the destiny that is His will for your life.

Your past is just that, it has passed and has no bearing on God’s plan for your future.  If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior all things have become new – even you.  Just because you were raised in a negative environment, you don’t have to stay there, that is not who you are.  Reprogram your thinking; when God puts the blessing on you, it doesn’t matter what people say or how they treat you.  All that matters is that you are a child of God and He has blessed you, and nothing else should affect you.

People are powerless to stop the blessing on your life.  Satan doesn’t fight you for where you are; he fights you for where you’re going.  You may be facing difficulty right now but Satan is hoping that it distracts you enough to keep you from praying, praising and spending quiet time with the Lord.  God has promised to keep you in perfect peace if your mind is upon Him.  Storms are inevitable, but learn to appreciate the process and let it have it’s way because on the other side you will see that you have learned something that will take you to the next level.  You will be stronger and made to realize that God has brought you out yet again.

God has a thousand ways to get you to your destiny.  When one door closes another one will open.  Just at the right time, you will meet the right person or the right opportunity will come along that will push you forward.  So, don’t become discouraged when you don’t see how you are going to make it.  When it looks like it’s over, God has the final say.  If you’re going to live in victory encourage yourself by declaring “I’m a person of destiny;  God’s favor surrounds me like a shield; no weapon formed against me will prosper; what God started in my life, He will finish.”  You will become everything God has created you to be if you only believe.  Why?  Because it’s your destiny!

 

God Has a Plan For You

Many people are not yet sure of God’s plan and purpose for their life.  In fact, they are not convinced that there is something beyond their present circumstances or that they have a destiny at all.  They are merely living from day to day hoping just to make it to tomorrow.  The truth is sometimes we need a little push; we need someone to help push us to our destiny.  God will use different people and the most difficult circumstances in our lives to move us to the next level.  We must first be stretched because we can’t get to where we are going thinking the way we currently think.  Isaiah 55:8 tells us that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are our ways His ways, so stretching us will prepare us to handle a destiny that we never would have imagined.

God sees something in us that we do not see.  We place limits on ourselves whereas in the heavenly realm, nothing is impossible!  Sometimes we allow our emotions to prevent us from seeing our destiny, and we allow our present moment of frustration to impact our future in a negative way.  We think that if we haven’t already done it – we can’t do it.  We think that nothing good will ever happen to us because of where we are right now.  We think that tomorrow will be just like today, but that is not true.  In one moment, everything about your life could change, and you will do yourself a lot of good if you trust God more than you do yourself.  You might be burdened down right now and don’t understand why you have to go through what you are going through, but God will get us to our destiny! Every situation will connect if we hold on to our faith.

Don’t let your present situation define you; rather you define your situation and the outcome by your level of faith.  God can take your biggest problem and use it to push you to your destiny  because Romans 8:28 tells us “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  Don’t lose hope when you are being stretched beyond your comfort zone; walk by faith and not by sight.  God’s destiny for your life will come to pass; remember that God is in control.  Isaiah 14:24 says “The Lord of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand. ” Verse 27  says “For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?”  In other words God is saying no one can stop His plan and no one is more powerful than He.

Trust God to lead you to His ultimate plan for your life by totally surrendering all to Him.  What do you have to lose for nothing you can imagine can compare to what God has predestined for you.

 

What Are You Thinking?

In the beginning God had a thought about creating something out of  nothing because Genesis 1:2 says that “the earth was without form.”  The world as we know it today is the result of someone’s thoughts.  Every invention was first a thought in someone’s mind, and that is the key to success.  A thought must be carried out; action must follow before it can become a reality.  We are what our thoughts have made us; so be careful about what you think about. Thoughts live; they travel far.

Henry Ford said that “whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you are right!” Your thoughts become a reality.  They are powerful because they are either dragging you down or lifting you up and you act based on what you are thinking.  And, don’t try to change someone else’s mind about what they think about you.  That person’s thoughts have no bearing on who you are.  Stay focused on the thoughts in your head and not the thoughts in someone else’s head.   Don’t spend time with negative people; it can rub off on you even if you don’t think it will.  A negative word has life just like a positive word, and if a negative word has the power to make you feel and think bad of yourself doesn’t that mean that a positive word will lift you up and empower you? Use your time and energy to be with positive people and let them encourage and support you.

You are creative whether you realize it or not because God is creative and you were made in His image! Genesis 1:26 says  “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”  If man was created in the image of God,then everyone is capable of creating something and it begins with a thought.  God has given you everything you need to be successful; it’s up to you to ‘think’ how to use what you have and then go do it!  You are one thought away from fulfilling the prophecy you have already been given but you are waiting on God to do the next thing when, in fact, God is waiting on you to think it through and act on it.

John 10:10 says “The enemy comes only to steal, kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”  Success is taking captive a negative thought and putting on the mind of           Christ. What you think has everything to do with where you go from here.   You are today where your thoughts have brought you.  You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.

Question; What are you thinking?

“Not My Will, But Thy Will Be Done”

The Lord’s Prayer contains the following words “thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”   The only way God’s will will be done on earth is for Believers to yield to God and make themselves available to carry out God’s plan and purposes every day of their lives.  Many people have yet to learn God’s purpose for their lives.  They aimlessly go about their day doing what they want to do without recognizing that each day is a gift from God and He has a specific plan for their lives.  Or, they know that there is something more that they can do but are unable to act upon it because they are not in a position for the spirit of God to move in their lives.

It’s easy to hang onto the hurts, failures and disappointments of the past; some even get stuck there, but God wants those who are called by His name to move forward, to move on to bigger and better things.  In 2015, move forward – for your sake you must move forward.  God wants to give you beauty for the ashes in your life; but He can’t give you beauty if you are holding onto the ashes. Let it go! Let go of the things that are behind you and reach for the things that lie before you.  Want the beauty God has for you more than you want the pain of the past.  You are a part of God’s plan for this earth and no one can do what you are here to do better than you can.

It’s good to set goals for yourself, but include the purposes of God in your goal setting.  Give Him priority and then ask Him to help you achieve the desires of your heart.  As Job said God “can do everything.”  God loves you more than you can comprehend, and all He wants is for you to put Him first.  God wants you to know that you are here for a purpose, and if you get involved in His purposes, He will get involved in your plans.  God can do exceedingly more that you can ask or think but are you willing in 2015 to echo the words of Jesus Christ “nevertheless, not my will but thy will be done?”

 

Is He or Isn’t He?

What if Jesus was who He claimed to be?  What if He truy was the Son of God who came to this earth to redeem man from his sins?  Would that make a difference to you at this moment?  Would you act a different way?  Would you live differently?  Would you do things differently?  Many people have settled that question in their minds but many have not.  Some are on the fence going in between the natural and the supernatural.  Some believe that Jesus was an important person in history but certainly not the Son of God.  While others don’t even entertain the thought that the claims made by Jesus could be remotely true.

Every person must make a personal decision whether to believe or not that Jesus, the Son of God, became flesh and dwelt on this earth, died and rose again for the remission of their sins.   What we decide  not only determines our eternal destiny, it also determines our earthly direction as well.  We cannot accept His claims without also recognizing that He has staked His claim on our lives.  If He is who He says He is, then all of His promises are true.  He really can wipe away a painful past and take away our burden of guilt and regret.  He can give us a whole new reason to live and fill us with the fullness of His love, His life, His grace. It means it’s all true.

The Bible tells us that for those who do believe, Jesus gave them the right to be called the children of God.  Being a child of the most High God is precious and holds a great deal of responsibility for you are no longer in control.  Your submission to God’s authority in your life will change you.  You have been equipped to do the impossible.  You don’t act like others act.  You live a life of loving your neighbor as yourself.  You forgive and show mercy and kindness to all.  You bring a little bit of Heaven down to this earth and allow God’s will to be done.

A Believer has answered ‘yes.’  Jesus is who He said He is.  How about you?  Do others see something different in you that they are not use to seeing?  Do you stand out in a crowd because you are not controlled by earthly desires?  Do you stand on the Word of God when going through trouble knowing that Jesus has promised never to leave nor forsake you?  If you have not yet made a decision, today is a day of salvation for God wants to come into your heart and give you His plan and purpose for your life.  You matter to God.  God loves you and He said that anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.  Answer the question ‘is He or Isn’t He’ right now and you will never be the same.