Monday, October 31, 2011

Monday Motivation 10/31/2011


Your mistakes don’t determine who you are! Whatever happened in the past is just that. It is time to move forward. If we are not careful the enemy can discourage us by making us focus on things we used to do, places we used to go, things we used to say, etc. But you are not your past! Don’t forget that. The first person I think about in this type of situation is King David. The same King David who lusted and became involved in a scandal involving adultery and murder, but is still ultimately known as a man after God’s own heart. Think about that.

God anointed David as the next King when he was just a boy (1 Samuel 16:12). In His omniscience, He knew all the ups and downs His servant would have. Yet, He chose him anyway. Why? Because He had a plan for David’s life. He has a glorious plan for yours as well. He knows everything you have done and everything you will do, but He loves you anyway. The Lord will work with you. He will renew your mind (Romans 12:2). You are not your past. You are God’s beloved. Enjoy your week!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Freedom 10/28/2011


“Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pains we bear. All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” A simple song with a deep message. Whatever is on your heart right now, I mean whatever, you can give it over to God in prayer. So many of us are holding on to needless pains. Don’t we have enough issues already without any needless pains? So many of us are giving up peace because we want to handle our problems ourselves (as if that is even possible). Think about that song, meditate on it. Enjoy your weekend. Give it over to God today!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thursday Thought 10/27/2011


Do you pray God’s will without praying God’s mind? Too often we want to do His will, but our way (if that even makes sense). We come to Him with an attitude like, “OK Lord, let your will be done, but let’s do it like this…” This is a sure recipe for failure. Many Christians can quote that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8), but do we put that into practice in our lives? How about in our prayers?

I have heard people say, “If you want to make God laugh, then tell Him your plans.” There is something to that. Sometimes He may lead us through what may seem like the long way. Sometimes He may have us interacting with people we may not necessarily like. Sometimes He may send us places we would not choose to go. But do you trust Him? The next time there is a conflict between your mind and the Lord’s remember that He is sovereign (and you are not!). Let go of your own will, meditate in His Word, and let your thoughts become more in tune with His.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday Word 10/26/2011


“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV)


This verse has always seemed so profound to me. Part of the intimate relationship God wants with us is communication. Most of us will never have the chance to meet our favorite celebrity/public figure and definitely won’t have the chance to have even one conversation with them. However Almighty God is always willing to listen to you. Perhaps more importantly, He has wisdom to impart to you as well.


In simple terms this scripture is telling us, “Don’t worry about anything, pray specifically about everything and God will give you peace greater than you can even understand.” I like to tell people, “Turn your mind into a prayer factory.” Worries go in, prayers come out. Fears go in, prayers come out. All life’s issues go in, but prayers come out! Not only does He want you to talk to Him, but He actually cares about your problems. Not only does He care about your problems, but He will give you insurmountable peace. Free your mind and talk to God today!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday Truth 10/25/2011


A real relationship with God requires sacrifice! God wants an intimate deep relationship with you. Take some time to really think on that. Like any other person, getting to know Him requires spending time with Him. Too many of us are missing out on an abundant life because we are not taking advantage of our relationship with Almighty God. Why is it that we can spend hours talking to friends (usually about nothing important), but we strain to pray for more than a few minutes?

An intimate relationship with the Lord will cause you to let go of many things. You will start seeing your attitude change in many areas of your life. Don’t ignore that. Drawing closer to God will show you certain people/things that you need to get away from and those that you need to be closer to. It could be spending less time tweeting and more time reading the Bible. It could be less time complaining to your friends about problems and more time telling God about them (who can actually help). Whatever is hindering your spiritual growth is not worth it! If you recognize Him in all that you do, He will direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6). He will take care of everything. Who doesn’t want that?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday Motivation 10/24/2011


If you are saved, then God is on your side. He created this world out of nothing. He’s more powerful than anyone else you know. He knows everything; including the future. But most of all, He actually cares about you! When you really think about it, that is nothing less than amazing.  Almighty God loves us and wants an intimate deep relationship with us. Yesterday at church the youth sang a song that goes, “I am not forgotten, I am not forgotten, God knows my name. He knows my name!” Aren’t you glad God really knows you?

If you are a Christian, then God is your friend and He is the closest friend you will ever have (Proverbs 18:24). You can run to Him whenever you need to. When your problems seem too great to handle, remember who your Friend is. Remember all He has done throughout His Word and even in your life. Remember every time it looked like the end and He stepped in miraculously to save the day. Look at your problems in comparison to God’s power and enjoy the rest of your week!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Priorities


Life is hard. We have work, school, other responsibilities, unwanted circumstances, unexpected tragedies, and the list goes on and on. In the middle of all this what can make a stressful and hectic life even worse? A life with mismanaged or no priorities. Webster defines a priority as a rank, privilege, or rating. So many people cannot enjoy life because of the way they prioritize. Issues that should have a low rank have a high position in their lives. People that should get little or no attention get all or too much of one’s time. Unimportant and unnecessary thoughts ravage our minds and we do not focus on real issues. Obviously if all these meaningless things have precedence in our lives, then what should get our attention is slighted. What is the problem, then? Very simple. People whose lives are in this state usually do not have a good relationship with God. While thinking about all this I have developed a simple, yet thought provoking principle, “The quality of a person’s life is directly related to the quality of their relationship with God.” Living for God should be your highest priority and when it is not, everything else falls apart.

Let’s see what God Himself has to say about this:
Psalm 37:23-24- 23The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
 24Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. 

Colossians 3:1-2- 1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
 2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 

Proverbs 3:5-6- 5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 

God wants our lives focused on Him first. When they are, He will set every other aspect in place for us. He should first in our thoughts, desires, plans, careers, and so forth. Until He is, life will be confusing and meaningless. Your mind will continue to be overrun by worthless junk. You will not be as productive as possible. When God is your primary concern, He will help you organize and manage everything else accordingly. 

So now a greater question arises, “How does one cultivate a deep and productive relationship with God?” Well that will be the focus of the next few posts.

Meditation Scripture: Psalm 37:23-24

Prayer: Dear Lord, I need to make You first in my life.  I am tired of my mind being cluttered. I am sick of trying and not getting anywhere. I want to learn how to trust You totally. You said if I put you first, then You will take care of everything else in my life (Matt. 6:33). I believe You Jesus. Show me how to put you first in every aspect of my life. Give me the continued mindset to give You the respect You deserve. I love You God. In Jesus’ name,
Amen
Accepting Him as Savior is the first (and most important) step. After that, however, it is time for hard work!