Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Freedom-New Things

“I will press towards the mark For the prize, and I won't faint 
There's one thing I desire and that's what I'm going for 
I can't continue life, day by day, growing dry
I need to be with you, Jesus, 
I'll seek where you are

And I will go from faith to faith
From glory to glory
I'll forever be chasing after you”
~Tye Tribbett

There is always more in store for you from God. But you have to seek God to receive His blessings. There is so much more Christ wants do in and through, but you have to be willing to seek His plans and His desires. God loves you. If you seek Him diligently, then He will always reveal more and more and more of Himself to you. Seek the Lord. Move forward in Christ with confidence and faith!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thursday Thought-New Things

Do you seek the Lord? Anybody can claim that they want more from God. Anybody can go on about how they want to blessed, but receiving God’s best takes work! God rewards those that diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). Not just seek Him, but persistently go after God with a fervent passion.

Do you want new things from the Lord? Are you ready to know Him more? Then you have to seek Jesus diligently! Make time everyday to be alone with Him and get direction. Study His Word to get closer to Christ and grow spiritually. Surround yourself with serious Christian family and friends who will help you walk in the Spirit. Move forward in Christ and never look back!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday Word-New Things

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 3:13-14

There is something new in store, but you must let go of the past. Too many people can’t truly move forward in life because they spend too much time looking backward. If you are a true believer, then God has freed you from your past. Let it go.
The past is just that. What’s done is done. If you want something new, something greater from Christ, then you must leave the past alone. It is time for new ways of thinking. It is time for a new attitude. There is a high calling from God. Move forward in Christ and never look back!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday Truth-New Things

If you want something new from God, then you must do something new. No one reaches new levels in life simply by doing the same old things. When children want more responsibility they must prove they are ready for it. A promotion usually comes after a positive performance evaluation. And so it is with God. Only a fool would expect more from Him without putting forth any more effort.

Are you ready to experience Christ more than you ever have before? Then it’s time to study like you never have before. It is time to worship like you never have before. It is time to seek Him more diligently and more fervently. Our lives are to be living sacrifices to the Lord Jesus Christ. The more we yield ourselves to Him, the more we can experience ALL He has in store for us!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday Motivation-New Things

God always has something new in store for you! Everything else in life can seem so mundane. We wake up, go to work or class, then meetings, go home, sleep, and repeat. It is easy to feel like you are just drifting through life; especially when life seems so repetitive. But Christ always has something new for you!

There is more in store. A relationship with Jesus is unlike anything else in this world. If you ever feel like you are reaching a plateau in your walk with Him that just means it is time to go deeper. There are new assignments to fulfill. New levels to reach. A deeper and more intimate relationship with the Creator is to be had. God is so vast. He is beyond human comprehension. He always has more for you! There NEVER has to be a dull moment in Jesus Christ!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Freedom-Sanctified

“Everybody don’t know
Everybody don’t know
Oh Oh Oh Oh
Who Jesus is, who Jesus Is
Everybody don’t know who Jesus is!
I’m so glad I know…”

Do you know who Jesus is? Do live like it? There are at least two reasons why you should. Living a sactified life leads to receiving all the blessings that God has set just for you. That is a reward greater than anything the world can give. Also Jesus calls us to be His body and spread the Gospel to the unsaved. We do that with our mouths AND our lifestyles. By living a sanctified life we walk into God’s best and tell others about Him! Be separate. Be holy!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thursday Thought-Sanctified

Can people tell you are set apart for God? As Christians we are called to be holy. Something should be different about us. We are the body of Christ. We are to represent Him to the world. What is your presentation of Christ to the world?

Don’t be afraid to be different. Being in the world, but not of it is an interesting position. Yes, sometimes people will stop doing certain things when you come around. You may not always get invited everywhere. People will not view you like they used to. They are not supposed to. Living a sanctified life is a major responsibility, but it also yields major blessings; to yourself and those around you. What are you telling the world about Christ?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wednesday Word-Sanctified

‘But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;’ ~1 Peter 2:9

Christians, God has called you to be different. He has called you for His specific purposes. God has chosen you to represent Christ in the world. You are supposed to be showing the world the beauty of coming out of darkness into light.

Nothing in this world can compare to working for Christ. Fitting in with the crowd. Acquiring more and more material things. Nothing. Living for Christ is the only thing that will benefit you now and forever. Be separate. Be holy.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tuesday Truth-Sanctified

If you are a true believer, then God has called you to be different. God has called you to stand apart from the crowd. As Christians we are not meant to fit in. We are to represent Christ to the world. Jesus Christ stood out from the world and therefore so should we. How else can we show people the benefits of being a follower of Christ?

Our mission in this world is to be witnesses for Christ and lead others to knowing Him. If we act just like everyone else, then the world will see no reason to be saved. Living set apart is difficult sometimes, but the benefits outweigh the pain. Let your life be a testimony to the goodness of Jesus Christ. Why? So that others will want to know Him simply from watching you. Be separate. Be holy.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Motivation-Sanctified

There are benefits in standing up for Christ. God has called His children to be holy; to stand out from the rest of the world. This will cause dissension between you and some close relatives and friends. People who used to be close will not be so close anymore. But as those called by God to stand up for righteousness, we can not let how other treat us affect our responsibility to the Lord.

Don’t focus on other people. Focus on the Lord. What seems so difficult now will reap a great gain in the future. Don’t let your focus on other people block you from receiving all that God has for you. The world treated Jesus bad and you are His follower (if you are a born again believer). Expect the road to be tough sometimes. But also expect Jesus to bless you and give you what you need! Be holy.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday Freedom-God is Able

“He's able

He’s able
I know that he can do it 
He said he'd help me through it

Hold on my brother your change is gonna come 
Be strong my sister for your work is not done no 
Just keep on believing and hold on tight
He's able to give you joy in the morning light

He’s able!!!”

Just keep holding on. You may not know when He is going to come through but you know that He is. You may not know what your blessing is just yet, but know that Christ has one with your name on it. You may not know how the Lord is going to work it out, but He does. Be strong. Keep the faith. God is able!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thursday Thought-God is Able

Besides Jesus, who else can you trust? Most of us are guilty of trying everything else first, then running to the Lord. But no one or no thing is as reliable as Him.  Our friends and family can only do so much. Our own intelligence can only take us so far. Money can only do so much. Time after time these things continue to disappoint us. Yet, Christ always supplies what we need. Many of us need to get our priorities in proper order.

Do you trust the Lord? Do you trust Him will all of your being? If so it will be shown in your actions. Not only will you tell other people to trust God with your words, but also with your actions. You will learn to pray when others are worrying. You will live righteously when others are still in the world. You will continually learn to follow the Lord no matter what happens! Do you believe that God is Able? He is! Keep the faith.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wednesday Word-God is Able

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” ~Ephesians 3:20

Exceeding abundantly. The NIV says ‘immeasurably more.’ God’s power is just that great. It is greater than anything we can imagine. Whatever your prayer request is; Christ can do much more than what you ask for. From overcoming your greatest fear, to finally dying to sin, to pursuing a goal that you believe is too lofty. God can fulfill your heart’s desire and much much more.

If you are a born again believer then that power is in you. Whatever task seems so complicated to you is less than easy for the Lord. Whatever you feel led to do; have confidence knowing God is able to do way more than what your mind can even comprehend. The extent of His power is not even able to be measured. And that power resides in you. You can do it. Keep the faith. Why? Because God is able.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tuesday Truth-God is Able

Whatever you can’t do; God can. We serve a God that specializes in the supernatural. Our Lord is a Master of the unthinkable. Jesus Christ truly does have all power. We miss out on our blessings because we spend way too much time dwelling on where we fall short. The God we serve, however, has no weaknesses.

God is supernatural. If you take care of the natural, then Christ will handle the super. When God lays something on your heart He knows what you can handle. Just do what you can and the Lord Jesus will handle the rest. Don’t dwell on who you are, but think about who God is. God is Able. Keep the Faith.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday Motivation-God is Able

God is able to do anything. Don’t forget that. When we ask Him for something and it doesn’t turn out our way we get discouraged. We wonder “is God still God?” “Is He still there for me?” Let me assure that Christ is still just as powerful now as He has always been. He has not forgotten about you.

A delay from Jesus is not a denial. When it seems like you are not getting through there could be for several reasons why. You may not be ready to handle what you're asking for. You may be asking for the wrong thing. God might just have something better in store for you. He may be testing you. Don’t give up in the Lord. Remember He works in a way that your mind just can’t understand. Keep the faith. God is able.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Freedom- It’s Already Yours

“What God has for me; it is for me

I know without a doubt
That He will bring me out
What God has for me; it is for me
It is for me…”

At a college graduation I heard a speaker say, “There are millions of paths to get you from birth to death. And they all work.” There are so many ways to spend your life. You could try to earn the most money, have the most successful business, be the most well-known person, or pursue whatever your passion is. However, there is something that God has just for you. When you try to pursue something else your results may be alright. But when you walk into what God has set in place for you; success is inevitable. Don’t try to just be the best or stand out from the crowd. Just seek Christ’s plan for your life. It’s already yours. Go get it!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thursday Thought-It’s Already Yours

Do you believe God? If you are a child of God, then He is calling you to do something. It may be something that you feel is beyond your abilities. It is probably something outside of your comfort zone. Many of us will stand in church and sing ‘Standing on the Promises of God’, but when you really trust God it will be seen in your ACTIONS.

Do you really trust God? Your answer is not in what you say, but how you live. If you feel Christ calling you to a certain task don’t run. You may feel that it is too much for you. You may wonder if you can handle it. You can’t, but the Lord can. Do you REALLY believe Jesus? Then have faith in what He tells you and walk into something greater than you ever imagined!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wednesday Word-It’s Already Yours

“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.~Joshua 1:7

This is part of the affirmation God gave to Joshua as Joshua prepared to lead Israel to the Promised Land. God knew what He had for Joshua. He chose Joshua to be His servant. He has specific goals for Joshua to reach. All Joshua had to do was follow the Lord’s instructions.

Be strong, friend. There was nothing special about Joshua. God was with him and He will be with you. Have courage knowing Christ is on your side. Stay immersed in the Word of God. Keep walking on the straight and narrow path. You may not know exactly where you are going, but Jesus does. What he has for you is already yours. Just stay strong until you reach your own Promised Land!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tuesday Truth-It’s Already Yours

God already knows what’s ahead for you. The God we serve exists outside of time. He knows the ending of everything before the beginning. Some of us are able to make good inferences about the future based on our intelligence and past experience. But God knows your future!

If you feel the Lord leading you in a certain direction, then go. Don’t worry about if you’re smart enough. Don’t waste time trying to figure out how to finance everything. Stop wondering if you can make it to that next level. You don’t know, but Jesus does. It’s yours!!!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Motivation-It’s Already Yours

There are goals, achievements, and accomplishments in this life that the Lord has set specifically for you. No one can take them away. No one can do this task quite like you. Why? Because Christ has a specific plan for YOUR life.

When God ordains something to be; it is done. What the Lord sets in place it set. Plain and simple. Don’t waste time looking around at what someone else is doing. Just know that every born again believer is given gifts to be used for God’s glory. You are unique. You are special. Jesus has something just for you!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Friday Freedom-Unity

“I Love You, I Love You
I Love You, I Love You
Because You Cared For Me
In Such A Special Way
That's Why I Praise You
I Life You Up
 I Magnify Your Name
That's Why My Heart Is Filled With Praise

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
And I Magnify Your Name
That's Why My Heart Is Filled With Praise”

There is only one way to have unity, real unity, with others and be at peace in your own life. And that is be led by the Lord. Before we try to love others we need to let God’s love transform us. Does your heart belong to the Lord? Does He have your soul? Does Christ have your heart? Let your life be an act of praise and worship to the Lord and watch everything else fall into place!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday Freedom-Unity

“I Love You, I Love You
I Love You, I Love You
Because You Cared For Me
In Such A Special Way
That's Why I Praise You
I Life You Up
 I Magnify Your Name
That's Why My Heart Is Filled With Praise
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
And I Magnify Your Name
That's Why My Heart Is Filled With Praise”

There is only one way to have unity, real unity, with others and be at peace in your own life. And that is be led by the Lord. Before we try to love others we need to let God’s love transform us. Does your heart remind to the Lord? Does He have your soul? Does Christ have your heart? Let your life be an act of praise and worship to the Lord and watch everything else fall into place!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

8/2/12 Thursday Thought-Unity

How is your relationship with the God? It is a blessing to know that we can never lose our salvation. However many of us are not taking full advantage of this awesome relationship. Think about any two family members. No matter what happens between them, they are still family. However, if they have been estranged for years their relationship will be withered and have no meaning.

Are you estranged from Jesus? When was the last time you talked to the Lord? Not just a family dinner prayer, but really talked to Him about your life. When was the last time you had some alone time in the Word? Just you meditating on the Bible and contemplating how it applies to your life. When was the last time you just spent time with God? 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wednesday Word-Unity

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!~Psalm 133:1

Spending quality time with friends and family is always a good thing. The psalmist says here that unity is good and pleasant. Unity between our fellow man does not always come easy, however. Sometimes we have to look past certain things and make real sacrifices in order to achieve that togetherness with our friends and family.

The following is what I like to call the three C’s unity; Commitment, Communication, and Confession. We must be dedicated to reaching out and doing our part to keep right relationships with other people. We must open our mouths and say what is on our minds. Think about how many relationships have been broken simply because someone didn’t express their feelings and a misunderstanding arose. We also need to confess and admit when we have done someone wrong. An apology goes a LONG way and so does forgiveness.