5/22/17

You can’t go around thinking thoughts of defeat and failure and expect God to fill you with joy, power, and victory. You can’t go around thinking thoughts of poverty and lack, and expect God to fill you with abundance. 

Have some determination. Begin speaking in terms of victory rather than defeat. Your words have amazing power, so quit talking about what you can’t do, and start talking about what God can do. Keep your mind focused on God’s goodness. Isaiah 54:2-3 and 1st John 4:4.

5/15/2017

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5.   When are you most likely to nudge God over and take the wheel like a NASCAR driver? The old children’s song “Jesus Loves Me” includes the lyrics “I am weak, but he is strong.” Are you living your life like “he is weak, but I am strong”? That’s called the human delusion. What are you going to do to change? Trust isn’t a one-shot deal. It’s an ongoing relationship.

 

5/8/2017

Contentment starts in your attitude. It’s all in how you choose to see things. You can complain about your boss, or you can thank God that you have a job. You can complain about mowing the lawn, or you can think God that you have a yard. You can complain about the price of gas, or you can thank God that you have an automobile. It’s all in how you choose to see it.

Choose to have a grateful attitude. Don’t take every day, “normal” life for granted. Take time for the people you love. Quit working all the time. Nobody ever says on their deathbed, “If I had to do it again, I’d spent more time at the office.”  Philippians 4:10-13.

4/24/2017

Many individuals spend their lives looking in their rearview mirrors thinking about what could have been, what should have been, always dwelling on the pains of yesterday. You must make a decision today that you’re going to let all that go. If you carry it around with you, soon you will develop a victim mentality.

God wants to give us beauty for our ashes, joy for our mourning, rejoicing for our heaviness. But here’s the key: You must let go of the ashes before God can give you the beauty. Don’t ever let setbacks become your identity  Isaiah 61:1-11.

4/17/2017

When you retain a sin, you hold on to that sin. God says, in John 20:23, that when you hold on to the wrongs people have done to you, then the poison contaminates you. When you don’t forgive, it’s easy to become what you hate. That’s why it’s so important to forgive and let things go. The bitterness, the sin you retain, can produce the same results that hurt you. You can be the one to make a difference. Are you holding on to anger and unforgiveness and passing poison down to the next generation? Or are you willing to let it go so your family can rise to a new level?

I realize it can be very hard to forgive sometimes, but God will never ask you to do something without giving you the ability to do it. Forgiveness is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight. But if you’ll continue to have the desire to forgive and ask God to help you, then little by little those negative feelings will fade.

4/10/2017

Everything we do, every accomplishment we have, every milestone we pass has come in part because of the efforts of others. There is no self-made men or women. If we can remember that, we can be grateful. And if we are grateful, we are more likely to develop good character that if we aren’t. We need to be very conscious of the fact that we have been blessed. We are indebted to God and others, and because of that, we must try to maintain an attitude of gratitude. That isn’t always easy. The biblical phrase ‘sacrifice of thanksgiving’ means that gratitude is acknowledging that someone did something for you that you could not do for myself. 

Remember: Those who drink the water must remember those who dug the well. 

4/3/2017

We need to be very conscious of the fact that we have been blessed. We are indebted to God and others, and because of that, we must try to maintain an attitude of gratitude. That isn’t always easy. The biblical phrase ‘sacrifice of thanksgiving’ means that gratitude is acknowledging that someone did something for you that you could not do for myself.

Everything we do, every accomplishment we have, every milestone we pass has come in part because of the efforts of others. There is no self-made men or women. If we can remember that, we can be grateful. And if we are grateful, we are more likely to develop good character that if we aren’t.

Remember: Those who drink the water must remember those who dug the well.  

3/27/2017

How you see yourself and how you feel about yourself will have a tremendous impact on how far you go in life and whether or not you fulfill your destiny. The reason your self-concept is so important is that you will probably speak, act, and react as the person you think you are.

Every person has an image of himself or herself. The question is, does your image of who you are line up correctly with who God says you are? Understand that you have been created in God’s image and He has crowned you with tremendous honor (see Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8:4-5). God wants you to see yourself as a priceless treasure. He created you in His image, and He is continually shaping you, conforming you to His character. God sees you as a champion.

 Judges 6:12

3/20/2017

If you struggle with staying encouraged and staying grateful, make a list of everything God has blessed you with. If you have your health, write it down as an asset. If your vision is good, write it down, too. The same with your job, your family, your friends, your children, and all your other blessings. Make that list and then go over it throughout the day. That should get you thinking in the right direction.

You must realize that every day is a gift from God. What a shame to live this day or any other day defeated, depressed, negative, complaining, and with no enthusiasm. Remember: Seeds of discouragement cannot take root in a grateful heart. 

3/13/2017

You may not realize it, but we are living in the good old days. Make sure you’re enjoying your family and special people in your life. They may not always be there. Learn to appreciate the blessings God has given you. Don’t go around complaining about what’s wrong. Change your attitude and thank God for what you do have. You may be facing some formidable obstacles in your path, but if you look hard enough you can find some reason to be grateful. 1st Thessalonians 5:18 NASV says,” In everything give thanks.” You always look for the good in every situation.

3/6/2017

Much of life is routine, and we can become stagnant if we’re not careful. We need fresh enthusiasm each day. We should be excited and so full of joy that other people will want what we have. Ask yourself, “Is the way I’m living attractive and contagious? Will my attitudes, the words I speak, my expressions, the way I handle challenges and setbacks, cause anybody to want what I have?” God’s people should be the happiest people on earth!

Romans 12:11. 1 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

2 Timothy 1:6. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

2/27/2017

Our time here on this earth is so short. What a shame it would be to allow something that happened in the past---whether it was twenty years ago, or twenty minutes ago---to ruin the rest of this day. Make up your mind to do your best to enjoy every single day. You may make mistakes; things may not always go your way. You may be disappointed at times, but make a decision that you are going to live your life happy anyway.

Please don’t allow what does or doesn’t happen to you to steal your joy and keep you from God’s abundant life. Get up in the morning and say, “Father, I thank You that this is going to be a great day. I think You that I have discipline, self-control; and that I make good decisions. I may not have done what I could have done yesterday, but that day’s gone. I’m going to get up and do better today.”   

Psalm 5:1-12

Listen to my words, Lord,

consider my lament.

2 Hear my cry for help,
    my King and my God,
    for to you I pray.

3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before you
    and wait expectantly.
4 For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
    with you, evil people are not welcome.
5 The arrogant cannot stand
    in your presence.
You hate all who do wrong;
6     you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
    you, Lord, detest.
7 But I, by your great love,
    can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down
    toward your holy temple.

8 Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness
    because of my enemies—
    make your way straight before me.
9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
    their heart is filled with malice.
Their throat is an open grave;
    with their tongues they tell lies.
10 Declare them guilty, O God!
    Let their intrigues be their downfall.
Banish them for their many sins,

    for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
    let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
    you surround them with your favor as with a shield

 

2/20/2017

Isn’t it interesting that we believe God is guiding us as long as we are getting what we want and we’re “living on the mountaintop.” But we need to understand that the Lord is directing our steps even when it seems things are not going our way. You may be living with a spouse or a child who is difficult to get along with. Or perhaps you are not being treated fairly at the office, or possibly you are having to work two jobs in order to make ends meet. You are thinking, This doesn’t seem right. God, I don’t understand.

 You are never going to understand everything you are going through in life or why certain things come against you. You simply must learn to trust God anyway. You must learn to keep a good attitude in the midst of the chaos and confusion, knowing that God is still in control. God knows what He’s doing.

Psalm 37:1-34, Isaiah 58:11, and Proverbs 20:24 

2/13/2017

I believe that we create much of our unhappiness and frustration by constantly resisting and fighting against situations and circumstances occurring in our lives. We often wonder why things aren’t changing sooner. “Why has this happened to me?” We need to learn to relax and accept the place where we are. Admittedly, it may not be a great place right now. We all have things we want to see changed, things we want to happen sooner. If we really believe that God is in control and is directing our steps, then we must believe that we are exactly where we are supposed to be. We needn’t be wrestling with life and resisting our circumstances all the time.

Psalm 46:10 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

  2/6/2017

We draw to our lives that which we constantly think about. If we dwell on the negative, we will attract negative people, experiences, and attitudes. If we dwell on our fears, we will draw in more fear. You set the direction of your life with your thoughts. The choice is up to you. You don’t have to entertain every thought that comes to mind. The first thing you need to do is ascertain where that thought is coming from. Is that thought from God, is it your own thought, or is it a destructive thought from the enemy?

 How can you discover God’s thoughts? Easy, just start reading and meditating on His Word, allowing its truths to become the operating system for your life.     

Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength,  

Isaiah 55:6-11

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,

but will accomplish what I desire

   and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.,

and 2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

1/23/2017

Get up in the morning with the attitude, “Who can I be a blessing to today?” “Who can I encourage”? “Where is there a need that I can meet?” I don’t believe that we see enough good works today. We hear a lot about success and about the good things that God wants to do for us, but let’s not forget we are blessed, so we can be a blessing. We are blessed so we can share God’s goodness wherever we go. If you want to make an impact on somebody’s life, you don’t necessarily have to preach a sermon to that person; just be good to them.

Your actions will speak louder that your words. We demonstrate true love by what we do. Don’t miss an opportunity to do something good for someone. Prefer them over you. Be good to them. 

1/16/2017

You may not realize it, but it is extremely selfish to go around always dwelling on your problems, always thinking about what you want or need, but hardly noticing the many needs of others all around you. One of the best things you can do if you’re having a problem is to help solve somebody else’s problem. We need to look for opportunities to share God’s love, His goodness and His Gospel with others.

 Hebrews 3:13 and Isaiah 58:7-8.   

1/9/2017

You may not realize it, but it is extremely selfish to go around always dwelling on your problems, always thinking about what you want or need, but hardly noticing the many needs of others all around you. One of the best things you can do if you’re having a problem is to help solve somebody else’s problem. We need to look for opportunities to share God’s love, His goodness and His Gospel with others. 

1/2/2017

Start each day afresh and anew, especially in your family relationships. Don’t let little things build up. Don’t harbor unforgiveness and resentment.  Such an attitude as this may seem insignificant to you, but over time if you’re not careful, that bitter attitude will build, and it’ll end up causing you major problems. You’ve got to do your best to keep your heart free and clean, because if you’re poisoned with unforgiveness, bitterness, or resentment on the inside, eventually it will show up on the outside. You cannot keep it buried.

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[a]

23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[b] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[c] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” , and Ephesians 4:32  32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Matthew 18:21-35