Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thank You Lord-Wednesday Word

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." ~ Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)

Praising God is a lifestyle along with the action. We can learn to be truly thankful to God when we truly worship Him. When all we focus is on anything but God; that becomes our drive and motivation. It can even happen without us realizing it. We can’t live however we want all through the week and ‘worship’ Jesus on Sundays. Anyone caught up in this rut with always be grasping for peace, love, and contentment, but will never reach it.
A member of the First Assembly of God Church in Salala

‘Reasonable service’ is sometime interpreted as ‘spiritual act of worship.’ When you live a lifestyle of worship, it will simply flow from your heart. God’s peace will be on your life and His love will be displayed through you. 
I have seen people from the lowest condition in the world give God the highest praise! Why? Because they rest in His goodness. Worship God with your life and be thankful for all He has done for you.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thank You Lord-Tuesday Truth

“Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness." ~ Psalm 150:1-2

God is to be recognized simply for who He is. Too often we take God for granted. He is our friend, but He is also the Lord. And although we can come to him openly, we should also approach Him reverently. The average prayer is a wish list to Jesus. And most times someone praises God it is only because He has done something for them. But aside from all of that God is still God. Before asking Him for this and that we need to remember to recognize His sovereignty.

Pastor Joe V. Kollie of the First Assembly of God Church in Salala

I attended the First Assembly of God Church in Salala, Liberia in 2012. After walking through the villages and seeing the grave poverty, I didn’t know what to expect in the service. What could they possibly praise God for? However the service was amazing! It was simply filled with praise and adoration for the Lord. It put any church in the U.S. I’ve ever been attended to shame. The Christians there aren’t concerned about what they have or don’t have because they are too wrapped up in who God is.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thank You Lord-Monday Motivation

Revisiting my Mission Trip To Liberia In 2012. One of the most reflective times in my life that made truly appreciative for all God has done for me.

“O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever."~ Psalm 107:1

You always have something to thank God for! Too often we get consumed in what we think life is about. When we don’t get what we want it can be easy to blame the Lord or ask why He isn’t doing what we think He should. There are too many Christians today who only praise God under certain conditions. When things are going their way, they can praise all day. When they’re getting all the things they want, God is great. However Jesus is always great and worthy to be praised.

Charles is on the right.

I met a young man named Charles in Ghana. Right now he runs a little store, but He is also an aspiring minister. While conversing with him last week he said something that will stick with me forever, “I may not eat everyday, but God is still good.” WOW. No matter what is going in your life, Christ is still worthy to be praised. He is still God and He is still good. Thank God no matter what because He is worthy! Thank Him simply for being God.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Just Do It!-Friday Freedom

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
    who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong,
    but walk in his ways! Psalm 119:2-3

God has given the commandments in His Word for your success. They are not hard rules to keep you from enjoying life. The precepts in the Bible, followed correctly, will lead you into God’s best. Christ wants you to live the abundant life, life to the full. He wants you to know Him intimately and deeply. Make time to study the Word. Meditate on it. Actively apply what you learn to your daily life! You WILL walk into God’s best!

If you truly love God you will love His Word!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Just Do It-Thursday Thought

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

We live in a dark world. Alone we cannot make it through life successfully. How do you endure life effectively and successfully? By clinging to The Word of God. The psalmist tells us here that God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. In this dark world the light of The Bible gives us direction!

Feeling aimless? Feeling as if you have veered off God’s path. Look to the light of The Word. God has all the truth you need there. Not only does the Bible show us how to get to God, It shows us how to develop a meaningful relationship with Jesus. It gives the path to daily victory. The Bible has all that you are looking for. What else would you turn to?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Just Do It!-Wednesday Word

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6 esv

Setting your mind on the Spirit brings life and peace. This is what God desires for each and every one of His children, life and peace. The Lord wills that all of us would experience life to full and be abundantly blessed. He wants us to know true peace, that inner tranquility that surpasses all understanding.

How do you experience the life and peace that only Christ can bring? By setting your mind on the Word of God. When we hide the Word in our hearts we are connecting with God. We are setting our minds on the Holy Spirit. The Spirit leads us into God’s best which is abundant life and true peace. Set your mind on the Word. Set your mind on the Spirit. Experience life and peace!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Just Do It!-Tuesday Truth

You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Psalm 119:4

Another stringent warning. This time from the writer of Psalm 119. The Lord commands that His Word is to be followed diligently, with the utmost intent and focus. Many of us struggle with that. We don’t like being told what to do. However God is not commanding us to follow Him because He is some sort of dictator. He has rules for us to follow so that we can live our best possible lives!

God gives us rules to live by for our good. Not following them will not affect our salvation, but our daily victory will be ruined. If you’re feeling stifled in life think about the last time that you really spent time basking in the truths of The Bible. The Word has direction for all areas of life; finances, relationships, careers, health, and anything else you can think of. God has given you rules for your good. Follow them and be blessed!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Just Do It!-Monday Motivation

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22 esv

Growing up in the church I always heard the same quote after someone read a scripture, “May the Lord bless the readers, hearers, and most certainly the doers of His holy Word.” The more I grow in Christ the more I see how much of a blessing doing the Word brings. James gives us a strong warning in regards to the Bible. Along with hearing it, we must also apply the principles to our daily lives.

As you continue to draw near to God make sure that you are applying the Word to your life. This means making time to read the word. Then you must meditate on it (asking God to open your understanding of it). After the Spirit reveals principles from the Word to your life then make active steps to live out Biblical principles in your everyday life. Living the Word is sure to bring blessings, life, and peace to your heart. Don’t just hear the Word. Do it and be blessed!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Satisfied-Friday Freedom

But godliness with contentment is great gain.
1 Timothy 6:6

A life that is overtaken by the Holy Spirit is all you need. A bigger house may be nice. A better job wouldn’t be so bad. Your dream vacation be wonderful. But all of those things outside of God and experiencing the love of Jesus Christ are meaningless. When you hunger and thirst for God; you will realize more and more that He is all you truly need. Godliness and contentment. That’s it!

“Jesus, You're the center of my joy,
All that's good and perfect comes from You.
You're the heart of my contentment, hope for all I do;
Jesus, You're the center of my joy.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


But godliness with contentment is great gain.  1 Timothy 6:6

Why do you want more from God? What do you want more of? Contentment is such a hard concept for us to grasp. We want things to the point that we are not satisfied with our current state. But why? We crave things so much we begin to wonder if God still hears our prayers. But why do we want more? Is it for ourselves or for a godly purpose?

Many of us need to stop questioning God and examine the intentions of our own hearts. Maybe Christ would give you more money if you planned on using it for heavenly purposes. Maybe He would give you a new job if you would honor Him on the one you have now. Maybe God would elevate you if you elevated Him in your heart! Godliness and contentment are all you need. When you get that the rest will fall into place. Why would The Lord give you more of anything just to squander it?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Satisfied-Wednesday Word

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 1 Timothy 6:7-8

There is certainly nothing wrong with having material things. Virtually everyone likes having nice stuff. The problem arises when we become engrossed in accumulating things. There is no reward in just getting more things simply for the purpose of having them around. I heard a preacher say once, “at the end of this life the richest person who ever lived and the poorest person who ever lived have the exact same amount of material wealth; nothing.”

The Bible clearly tells us that we can not take anything with us from this life into the next. All we need from God is essentially food and shelter. God always gives us what we need. Be content with what Christ has given you and where He has you. None of your possessions will go with you, but there can be many great eternal treasures waiting when you get to Heaven. Strive to get more of Christ, Walk in godliness and be content.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Satisfied-Tuesday Truth

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 
1 Timothy 6:6 (KJV)

A life of godliness will lead to a life of contentment. Being content with what we have and where we are in life is not easy. Society and our natural tendencies drive us to never be satisfied. Our sinful nature is one of greed. We want, we want, and we want some more. No person can truly be content through their own strength. This can only come from the power of the Holy Spirit.

When you live outside of God’s will; you will never be content. You won’t be experiencing the best for your life. You won’t be where Christ wants you to be. But, when you are walking where the Lord wants you to be contentment is inevitable. God will satisfy you. You will understand that He is working your entire life out in His own perfect timing. A life of godliness will lead to contentment which will lead to a great gain for your spiritual growth. Trust Jesus.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Satisfied-Monday Motivation

But godliness with contentment is great gain.
-1 Timothy 6:6

Not just a little bit, but here Paul says these two things are great gain. We try and try to get more. We want a higher position and a better title. We want more things so people can look at us and be amazed. We want, we want, and we want some more! In our flesh there is a desire to want more; which is not bad in itself. However, that desire becomes distorted when we believe that more material "blessings" validate or make us of greater worth.

Christ wants to remind us that godliness and contentment are all we really need. Seek to know the Lord more than you do now. Keep striving for want you want, but be pleased with what God has given you so far. A real relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is all that you need. Rest in that fact and be satisfied. Plus your blessing is on the way!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Seeking God-Friday Freedom

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) 
Ephesians 2:4-5

God’s grace is truly amazing. We once were lost in spiritual darkness. Just like someone stumbling around a pitch black room, we were just stumbling around in life. Not knowing where to go or what to do; just lost. But God gave us spiritual sight and light! You were dead, but God has given you new life! You were guilty, but God has justified you through the work of The Lord Jesus Christ! I don’t know about you, but just thinking about God’s amazing grace is uplifting, encouraging, and just gives me the strength to run on. Now we can truly sing

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.
When we've been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise...
Than when we've first begun.”

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Seeking God-Thursday Thought

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. - Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

Do you seek God diligently? Many of us love God. We recognize Him as the Lord. We want to live a decent life. But God doesn’t call us to just respect Him sometimes or value His thoughts periodically. Christ want us to seek Him with diligence. We must place the Lord in the forefront of our hearts and minds. All that we are should be for and about Him.

What is your motivation in life? Whom do you seek to please? When you live only for yourself, you can only rely on yourself. But when you seek God diligently, you can walk with Him and grow in your faith. There is a joy and level of success in having faith in Christ that nothing else can match. Whatever He is leading you to do, just do it! Trust Him.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Seeking God-Wednesday Word

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct
your paths.  
Proverbs 3:5-6

A natural part of life is wondering about the future. What’s coming up next? We contemplate all the possible outcomes and consequences. We think about what we can do to make our future more favorable. We think about what we can do to avoid failures. Planning for the future is not bad in itself, but the first thing we should do is trust God. When we put Him first, the Lord gives us a simple recipe for success.

God says that of you just trust Him, He will take care of everything. Christ says that if you seek His wisdom and not your own, then He will show you where to go. As you go through this journey of life seek God’s direction above all else. Don’t stress yourself out trying to handle all of life’s issue. God is with you. If you just recognize Jesus in all that you do, then He will direct your paths. Walk with the Lord. Study His Word!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Seeking God-Tuesday Truth

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

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 handle everything. Stop wondering if you can make it to that next level. You don’t know, but Jesus does. It’s yours!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Seeking God-Monday Motivation

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

When God is the Head of your life, your situation must end victoriously! Everyday so many other people and things fight for our attention. And often times, probably more than we would like to admit, we give in. It may be deliberate or unintentional, but either way we end up chasing what we think we want instead of what God knows that we need. This is a sure recipe for confusion, however a life focused on God’s plans and goals will yield just the opposite.

 Jesus basically tells us that if we put Him first, He will handle everything else. And even though we know what He said is true sometimes our feelings make us want to act otherwise. God has great plans for your life; greater than you or I could imagine. If you want to fulfill those plans you have to lay yours down and seek His totally. It may not always feel right, but trusting God is always the right thing to do.