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June 18, 2019

Medical science tells us that people with a determined, feisty spirit usually get well quicker than people who are prone to being negative and discouraged. We were not created to live in depression and defeat. A negative spirit dries up your energy; it weakens your immune system. No matter what has come against you or what is causing you to slip and fall, no matter who or what is trying to push you down, you need to keep getting up on the inside. 

Acts 16:25, Psalm 51:10, and Jeremiah 33:3. 

June 10, 2019

In Colossians, chapter 3, Paul prayed that the people would have the strength to endure whatever came their way. Think about that. The Apostle Paul didn’t pray that God would remove every difficulty. He didn’t pray that God would deliver them instantly. He prayed that they’d have the strength to go through the trials that they were facing and going to face.

Sometimes we pray, “God, you’ve got to get me out of this situation today. I can’t stand it any longer. If it goes on another week, I’m not going to make it.” But a better way to pray is, “Father, please give me the strength to go through this with a good attitude. Help me to keep my joy. Help me to keep my peace.” Our circumstances are not going to change until we change. Remember, you are more than a conqueror, a victor and not a victim.

June 3, 2019

God is saying to you today, “Who told you that you don’t have what it takes to succeed? Who told you that the best grades you could make in school would be C’s rather than A’s? Who told you that you are not attractive enough to succeed in your personal relationships or talented enough to flourish in your career? Who told you that your marriage is never going to last? Who told you that something was wrong with you?

 Those are lies from the enemy. You need to reject those ideas and discover what God says about you. God says, “You can do all things through Christ.” The potential is inside you. It doesn’t change just because you don’t believe it or just because you’ve been through some negative experiences in the past. It’s up to you to decide whether you tap into the potential inside of you and use it or not.  John chapter 4.

 Remember: Other people do not determine your potential. 

May 28, 2019

When times get tough, as they often do, or things don’t go your way, as they sometimes don’t, when people tell you that your dreams are never going to come to pass, you’re never going to be happy, boldly remind yourself who is at work in your life. God is opening doors of opportunity for you. He is restoring relationships. You may not see anything happening with your natural eyes, but you must know that God is at work on your behalf.

God wants you to have a good life, a life filled with joy, peace, and fulfillment. That doesn’t mean it will be easy, but it does mean it will always be good. Don’t allow discouragements or other setbacks to keep you from believing what God says about you. Some people say, “It’s too late. My life is in too big of a mess; you can’t unscramble eggs,” and that is true. But God can take scrambled eggs and make an amazing omelet.  Romans 8:28 and Philippians 1:6.

May 14, 2019

It is crucial that we see ourselves as God sees us, since we will never rise above the image we have of ourselves. If we see ourselves always having problems, and never happy, we will subconsciously move toward that sort of life. To move forward in life, we must change our focus. God will help you, but you cast the deciding vote. If you stay focused on what you can’t do and what you don’t have, then by your choice you are agreeing to be defeated and conspiring with the enemy.

 You are opening the door and allowing destructive thoughts, words, actions, and attitudes to dominate your life. Nobody can have faith for you. You must exercise faith for yourself. Take charge of your life and decide to have a positive outlook on your life. Remember: What you believe has a much greater impact on your life than what anyone else believes.  Matthew 9:29 and Genesis 12:2.    

May 6, 2019

We live in a society that loves to make excuses, and one of our favorite phrases is “It’s not my fault.” But the truth is, if we are bitter and resentful, it’s because we are allowing ourselves to remain that way. We’ve all had negative things happen to us. If you look hard enough, you can easily find reasons to have a chip on your shoulder.

 Quit comparing your life to someone else’s, and quit dwelling on what could have been, should have been, or might have been. You can’t do anything about what’s happened to you, but you can choose how you will face what’s in front of you. We all know how to change the channels on the TV, we need to learn how to mentally change channels when negative images of the past pop up in our minds unexpectedly.  John 5:6 and Matthew 11:28.

April 29, 2019

Many people miss pivotal opportunities in their lives because they’ve grown accustomed to the status quo. They expect nothing better. They refuse to make room in their own thinking for the new things God wants to do in their lives. You may be tempted to use your upbringing as an excuse to live the same way. Today, venture a bit further than you’ve gone before. Dream bigger. God has oceans He wants you to enjoy. But you’ve got to do your part and get outside your little box. Let’s stop limiting God.    Philippians 3:7-14 and 4:13.  

April 22, 2019

Negative words can destroy a person. Whether we realize it or not, our words affect the future of others either for good or evil. We need to speak loving words of approval and acceptance, words the encourage, inspire, and motivate others to new heights. The scripture reminds us that with our words we can bless people or we can curse them, (James 3:10). We need to speak words that open doors of opportunity rather than shutting them.  Genesis 27:1-41 and Deuteronomy 30:14.

April 15, 2019

Many social, physical, and emotional problems stem from the fact that people don’t like themselves. They are uncomfortable with how they look, how they talk, or how they act. They are always comparing themselves with other people, wishing they were something different. Be an original, not a copycat. Accept the person God made you to be and then go out and be the best you that you can be. God has given us all different gifts, talents, and personalities on purpose. Live each day with the attitudeI am enjoying the person God made me to be  

April 8, 2019

“What’s in it for me?”  Everyone wants to know nowadays. Many people are blatantly and unashamedly living for themselves. They’re not interested in other people. They won’t take time to help others in need. This selfish attitude condemns them to live shallow, unrewarding lives. God, however, is a giver, and if you want Him to pour out His blessings and favor in your life, then you must learn to be a giver and not a taker. Quit trying to figure out what everybody can do for you, and start trying to figure out what you can do for somebody else. 

God created us to be givers. You will never be truly fulfilled as a human being until you learn the simple secret of how to give your life away. Matthew 10:24-42 and John 3:16. 

April 1, 2019

“What’s in it for me?”  Everyone wants to know nowadays. Many people are blatantly and unashamedly living for themselves. They’re not interested in other people. They won’t take time to help others in need. This selfish attitude condemns them to live shallow, unrewarding lives. God, however, is a giver, and if you want Him to pour out His blessings and favor in your life, then you must learn to be a giver and not a taker. Quit trying to figure out what everybody can do for you, and start trying to figure out what you can do for somebody else.

God created us to be givers. You will never be truly fulfilled as a human being until you learn the simple secret of how to give your life away. Matthew 10:24-42 and John 3:16. 

March 25, 2019

It’s important that you think positive thought of hope, faith, and victory. Perhaps somebody has spoken negative words into your life. Maybe some so-called experts have told you that you’re never going to be successful; you just don’t have what it takes to make it. Reject those lies whenever you find them. After all, if God is for you, who dares to be against you? Break through those limitations and let your mind dwell on fresh, positive attitudes of faith.  Breaking those barriers will change your life and the life and lives of your children.  On the other hand, if you fail to break through those barriers, you run the risk of spinning your wheels, going around in circles.

Remember, the barrier is in your mind. Numbers 14:5-24 and 2 Corinthians 5:17.

March 18, 2019

When God reveals spiritual toxins that need to be cleaned, I pray you will have the courage to act swiftly and decisively. When we know the Word and don’t obey what it says, we are in direct disobedience to God---living a toxic life that God cannot bless. If you are consumed with worry, call it what it is: a sin. You are distrusting the promises and power of God.

When you clearly identify what is slowly killing you (which is far more difficult than it sounds), you can take the toxic influences to Jesus for cleaning, purifying, and healing. Stop lying to yourself, swallowing the poisonous self-deceptions that keep you from experiencing healthy spiritual growth.  Please read James 1:22 and John 8:32. 

 

March 11, 2019

In 2 Timothy 1:6, the apostle Paul encouraged his young coworker Timothy. Paul was reminding his understudy to live with enthusiasm. Give it your all. Don’t settle for mediocrity. Stir yourself up; rekindle that fire. You may have to live with or work around people who are prone to being negative, who tend to drag you down. But don’t let them throw water on your fire. Don’t let their lack of enthusiasm squelch your passion.

Your attitude should be: It doesn’t matter what anybody else does or doesn’t do, I’m going to live my life with enthusiasm! I’m going to stay on fire. I’m going to be aglow. I’m going to be passionate about seeing my dreams come to pass.

March 4, 2019

Our circumstances in life may occasionally knock us down or force us to sit down for a while, but we must not stay down. Even when we are down on the outside, we must see ourselves as getting up on the inside. You may have received a bad report from the doctor. Maybe you lost your largest client at work. Perhaps you just found out that your child is in trouble. You feel as though life has caved in on top of you, knocking you off your feet.

 But the good news is, you don’t have to stay down. Even if you can’t get up on the outside, get up on the inside! Don’t allow yourself to lapse into negative thinking, complaining, or blaming God. Don’t give up! Keep standing. Keep praying; Keep believing; and Keep hoping in faith. Psalm 145:14, Ephesians 6:13, Hebrews 10:35. 

 

February 26, 2019

Living your best life now is not always easy; sometimes it is downright difficult. For instance, you may be experiencing some sort of adversity in your life today; you may not be exactly where you want to be physically, emotionally, intellectually, or spiritually. Someone close to you may be hard to get alone with. Or maybe you have other obstacles in your path. Regardless of what’s going on in your life, don’t use that as an excuse to live in discouragement and despair.

 Understand, the tough times of life cause us to grow; that’s when our faith is stretched. It may be uncomfortable. We may not like it, but if we can keep the right attitude, God has promised to use that difficulty for our good. He’ll use it for our advantage.   Psalm 37:23 and Romans 8:28. 

February 18, 2019

When adversity comes knocking on the door or calamities occur, some people immediately think they have done something wrong, that God surely must be punishing them. They don’t understand that God has a divine purpose for every challenge that comes into our lives. In 1st Peter 4:12, notice the trial is intended to test your character and faith.

 I’ve discovered that God is more interested in changing me than He is in changing my circumstances. God deliberately uses some situations as a mirror, so we can recognize the problem in ourselves and learn to deal with those problems.  1st Peter 4:12-5:10. 

February 11, 2019

Perhaps you live or work with somebody who is always putting you down and criticizing you. Let that misinformation go in one ear and out the other. Constantly remind yourself that you are made in the image of Almighty God. Remind yourself that He has crowned you with glory and honor, that you are God’s own masterpiece. Don’t let other people play games with your mind, deceiving you into thinking that your value is diminished.

Psalm 40:1-5 and Psalm 27:10.

February 4, 2019

It’s vital that you accept yourself and learn to be happy with who God made you to be. If you want to truly enjoy life, you must be at peace with yourself. Many people constantly feel badly about themselves. They are overly critical of themselves, living with all sorts of self-imposed guilt and condemnation. They have a war going on inside. And if you can’t get along with yourself, you will never get along with other people. The place to start is by being happy with who God made you to be. You have something to offer this world that nobody else has.

January 28, 2019

No matter what you are going through or how difficult it may seem, you can remain standing on the inside. It may take courage; it will definitely take determination, but you can do it if you decide to do so. You may be sitting around waiting for God to change your circumstances, but God is waiting on you to get up on the inside. When you do your part, He’ll work in your life, if you allow Him to do so.

 Please read Ephesians 6:13, 2 Chronicles 15:7 and 1 Samuel 30:6

January 21, 2019

Whatever we do, we should give it our best efforts and do it as if we were doing it for God. If we’ll work with that standard in mind, God promises to reward us. Start making the more excellent choices in every area of life, even in the mundane matters. In everything you do, attempt to represent God well. (Colossians 3:23-24). 

January 14, 2019

Each day is full of surprises and inconveniences, so you must accept the fact that not everything is going to always go your way. Your plans are not always going to work out just as you scheduled them. When that happens, make a willful decision that you are not going to let the circumstances upset you. Don’t allow stress to steal your joy. Instead, be adaptable and adjustable and seek to make the best of a bad situation.

You don’t have to have your way to be happy. Make up your mind that you are going to enjoy each day whether your plans work out or whether they don’t. Remember, happiness does not depend on your circumstances, it’s a choice that you make.

January 7, 2019

To stop living in the past, to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit, you must get up and move toward your future. Consider these short motivational thoughts.

· The secret of getting ahead is getting started

· You can't have a better tomorrow if you're still thinking about yesterday.

· A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.

· Never give up on a dream just because of the time it may take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

· Someday is not a day of the week. 

Luke 6:37 and James 5:16