Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Freedom-Never Alone

Never alone, never alone
Never alone, never alone
He promised, He promised
He promised, He promised
Never to leave me
Never alone, OHHHH!!!
This one speaks for itself. Jesus never promised that Christians would not have problems. Actually He promised the just the opposite. But God did promise that He would never leave us or forsake us. When you focus on Christ in the midst of your issue it will seem to vanish. Stop worrying and meditate on the fact that if you are saved then the Lord is with you right now!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thursday Thought-Never Alone

Who is your best friend? Many of us have people who we grew up with, went to school together, or maybe close family members that we refer to as our best friends. However we know that the Christian’s best friend should be Jesus. Everyone else has to take time to handle their own issues, but Christ always has time for us. There are times when other people just cannot meet our needs, but God is all powerful.

Is Christ your best friend? Everyone, no matter how tough you are, has an innate desire to be loved. God made us that way. We are all born with a need for God’s love, but we slip up and try to satisfy that need with everything else. Sometimes we just feel like no one understands us. But God knew all about us before the earth was even created.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wednesday Word-Never Alone

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” ~John14:16-18
Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would indwell all true believers. He knew that we could not make it through this life alone. Through our own strength we cannot live the Christian life effectively. It is simply impossible. But The Lord gives us exactly what we need.

No matter how alone you may feel, a born again believer is never alone. The Holy Spirit is Jesus’ promise to us. He is referred to as a Helper, an Advocate, and a Comforter. He helps us understand scripture and brings scripture back to our memory (John 14:26). He is God’s seal of salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14). Simply stated; He is the Best Friend we could ever have. Thank God for and take advantage of this immaculate friendship.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuesday Truth-Never Alone

Not only does God simply have time for us, He is longing to strengthen His relationship with you. If we are not observant we will miss out on opportunities in life. A lack of focus or drive can cause us to miss out on the right person, better job, investment, and so forth. What better opportunity is there in this world than to spend time with The Lord Jesus Christ? His loves us to death, literally, and He wants us to know experience Him intimately and completely.

There are few things that make us feel worse than missing out on a great opportunity. The greater it was, the worse we will feel. Right now the Almighty God wants you to talk to Him more. He has SO MANY things to tell you if you are willing to listen. Jesus is watching you stumble and He is yearning to lead you the right way. Don’t miss out on the greatest investment you can ever make; reaching your full potential in life through giving your life to Christ. Not just accepting Him as Savior; but truly giving your entire life over to Him and making Him your Lord and Master. God wants to restore you, make you stronger, and complete you (only God can complete you). Let Him. 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Motivation-Never Alone

You are not alone! God is with you right now and He will never leave you. No other friend can be as good as a friend as Jesus. Everyone has to take care of their own issues; going to work, taking care of their families, finding time to rest, and so forth. Even our best friends on this Earth cannot always be there for us. We all need time for ourselves.

Christ, however, always has time for us. He is always with us. He is always ready to listen. Even when we feel alone, He is right there with us. Even when we try to do wrong and we want Him to leave; He’s there. If you are a Christian then you truly are never alone. God is right there during every single thing that comes across your path. Walk confidently knowing He is there!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Freedom-Fear

“When I've lost my direction
You're the compass for my way
You're the fire
When nights are long and cold
In sadness, You are my laughter
That shatters all my fears
When I'm all alone
Your hand is there to hold
Jesus, You're the center of my joy…”

If you are a Christian, then God is all that you need. Just think about it. Everyone’s relationship with Him is different because God relates to us in a specific an intimate manner. He knows exactly what we need and He meets our needs precisely. God’s grace is all that you need. Jesus’ strength is made PERFECT in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). When you meditate on that there is no time for fear; only time to be a living sacrifice.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thursday Thought-Fear

Why do we let outside circumstances affect what we know about the Lord? Trial after trial leads to testimony after testimony. God always makes a way. The more we come to know Him, the more we realize just how powerful He is. When we feel Jesus leading us in a certain direction we should go. Looking back on everything He’s done before should give us the motivation to go even farther in Him. But it’s not always that simple…

Christians often let what they see affect what they believe about God. This is backwards. Knowing that we serve an omnipotent God; this should change how we view the world around us. God’s truth supersedes everything. Whatever God has told you to do is possible no matter what the situation looks like. Why would you let anything change that belief?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wednesday Word-Fear

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.” ~Psalm 37:23-24
If you walk where God leads you then your steps are ordered. When you follow His direction you cannot be lost. There is no need to fear when being led by Almighty God. Even when we slip God will hold us up. (How awesome is that?) Therefore walking in God’s will must yield the utmost confidence.

Someone reading this is trying to figure out why they are afraid. Instead ask yourself, ‘Am I listening to the Spirit’s direction for my life?’ (Now is the time to be real with yourself and with Jesus) A Christian should only be fearful when they are outside of God’s will. When you are right with God, then everything else is taken care of. Don’t worry about what is going to happen next. Simply make sure that you are going in the right direction. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesday Truth-Fear

Jesus loves you too much to lead you astray. Common sense tells us that we cannot trust everybody. We build trust in people through knowing them. The more they come through for us, the more we realize we can trust them. God has come through for us more than anything and anyone else through the salvation work of Jesus Christ. Trust means to put confidence in. The Lord has shown us that we can and should out all of our confidence in Him.

Someone reading this has been asking God for something for quite some time. Have you been asking God with confidence? We can get caught up in asking God with our mouths, but not believing with our hearts. In addition to the magnificent work of Christ, reflect back on all that He has done for you. You can trust God. You should trust Him. Get lost in His love and He will lead you to where you are supposed to be. There is no need to fear.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday Motivation-Fear

God has made it possible for you to live without fear! Someone is reading this and you wished that you were confused. You want to be confused about a decision God is leading you to make. You are not confused. In all actuality you are fearful of taking a leap of faith you have never taken before. Why do we, children of the Most High, ever fear anything? Especially if it is something that the Lord has told us to do.

Look back through your Bible. God ALWAYS provides for His people. Materially, yes, but more importantly He provides spiritually. The God we serve is intelligent. He will not lead you to go somewhere without having the proper provisions in place. If you are a true Christian, then the Spirit of the same God who raised Christ from the dead is the same Spirit who lives in you. He will not lead you to error. Walk with no fear. Once you take the first step, then the second step will be made clear.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Freedom-Worrying

"My Heart, My Mind 
My Soul Belongs To You
You Paid The Price For Me
Way Back On Calvary
That's Why I Praise You
I Lift You Up
 I Magnify Your Name
That's Why My Heart Is Filled With Praise”

Does your heart, mind, and soul belong to the Lord? How much time do you spend just thinking about the way He loves you? When we really meditate on how much Jesus loves us there is no room for worry. There is only time for worship. Really focus on what He did on Calvary; the love that was displayed just for you. God loves us in such a special way. Let your heart be so filled with praise that nothing else even matters.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thursday Thought-Worrying

Why do we waste time worrying? When faced with a tough decision or issue we can easily let it take our minds over. We think about every possible outcome. “What of this does not work out right? How will I make it if I go this way? What will people say?” The list goes on and on. We think and think about our situations. Before we know it so much time has elapsed and worrying gets us nowhere. Why do we waste so much time on a useless act?

How much time do you spend praying to Jesus? When we have concerns we should simply take them to Him. “Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pains we bear. All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” I love that song. We can give everything to Him! Don’t worry…PRAY ABOUT IT! Watch the Lord do something beyond your wildest dreams.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wednesday Word-Worrying

‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.’ ~Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV
As Paul ends this third chapter of Ephesians he recognizes who God really is. Paul tells us that God can do immeasurably more than anything we can ask or imagine. The KJV says exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think. Whatever it is, the most magnificent thing your mind can fathom, God can do MUCH more than that!

Not only can He do way more, that power is also in us. If you are a Christian, then God’s Spirit lives inside of you. That same God who spoke and animals came into being. The Lord who parted the Red Sea and His people walked across on dry land. Jesus Christ who died but rose again to new life to defeat death and sin. That God lives in you. And when He is in you, then nothing can take you out! What are you worrying for?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuesday Truth- Worrying

God has to put an obstacle in your way to show you who He is. Most of us are too stubborn to simply recognize God as the Almighty. Therefore God has to make us realize it the hard way. Whether it is to get our attention back on Christ or to strengthen the focus we already have, trials can work out for our good. The key is to stop worrying about the trial and discern what Jesus is trying to do in your life.

Sometimes when we reach our goals the ‘easy way,’ we then attribute it to our own effort. God hates that. He wants all the glory for the successes in our lives and He deserves it! A barrier you are facing right now is just another way for God to show you that He cannot fail. When you get to the other side look back and give God praise. Actually…go ahead and start right now!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday Motivation - Worrying

God is a faithful God. When we take our attention off of Him we get confused. We start to worry. We wonder if our situation will really work out for our good. We question the Lord’s purpose and plan for our lives; if not with our words, then certainly with our actions. We love Jesus, but we wonder if He really is going to come through this time.

Look back at God’s track record. Every time you were worried about what was going to happen He worked it out. Christ specializes in the impossible. What looks insurmountable to us is just The Lord setting the stage for Him to step in and turn it around in a way that only He can. Then He will get the glory and praise, and you will lean on Him more. Everybody wins!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Freedom 3/9/2012 - Success

Let Jesus Lead You
Let Jesus lead you
All the way
All the way from
Earth to Heaven
Let Jesus lead you, all the way
He's a mighty good leader…
There is no leader better than Jesus. He wants to show you exactly where to go in life. He wants to walk you through every trial. He alone wants to be the source of your strength. He is a mighty good leader. Has He ever led you the wrong way before? Even when we go our own way and get lost, Christ makes a way for us to get back on track. Sit back, relax, and trust Jesus Christ. Just let Him lead and you follow.