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