Monday, June 30, 2014

Jesus Can!-Monday Motivation

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us
Ephesians 3:20
God is able to do anything. Don’t forget that. When we ask Him for something and it doesn’t turn out our way, then 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, June 27, 2014

Something New-Friday Freedom

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 always more in store  God, but you have to seek God to receive His blessings. There is so much more Christ wants to 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 of Himself to you. Seek the Lord. Move forward in Christ with confidence and faith!



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

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Something New-Thursday Thought

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


 


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, June 25, 2014

Something New-Wednesday Word


 



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, June 24, 2014

Something New-Tuesday Truth

...Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator
Colossians 3:10



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, June 23, 2014

Something New-Monday Motivation

...Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator
 
Colossians 3:10

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, June 20, 2014

Like Jesus-Friday Freedom



Direct my steps by Your word,

And let no iniquity have dominion over me.

Psalm 119:133

God has given you an instruction manual for this life and the next. Everything we need to 

know is in the Word of God. How can a young person stay on the 

path of purity? By living according to your word.” (Psalm 119:9). 

Do you want to live a successful life and one that is pleasing to Jesus Christ? Then hide the 

Word in your heart. Meditate on it. Rest in it. Have confidence in its truth. There is no other 

way to God but Jesus Christ and He loves you! Yearn to be like Him.

I want to walk worthy
According to Your will
Please order my steps, Lord
And I’ll do your blessed will
The world is ever changing
But You are still the same
If you order my steps

I’ll praise your name!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Like Jesus-Thursday Thought

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



Who are you walking with? God has given us the opportunity to be by His side throughout anything that comes our way. If we are not careful, we can get lose our focus and start moving in the wrong direction. We may start moving in the direction of the world. We may start being driven by what we want as opposed to what the Lord wants for us. It can be very easy to get lost in our own desires.

Are you walking with Christ? You may know Him, but living in close relationship is something deeper. A Christian never has to face any situation in life alone. Why? Because we have access to Almighty God. You and I don’t know much, but we can rely on God’s wisdom and power. When God is on your side, He is all you need. Walk with the Lord.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Like Jesus-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 avoid to dodge pitfalls. 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.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Like Jesus-Tuesday Truth




The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. Proverbs 11:3

A simple concept with deep implications. Someone may read a verse such as this and think that it is common sense. But the way many people are living, even many Christians, tells us that it is not. Think about how much smoother most people’s lives would be if they just lived by this principle. When we live right and according to God’s standards, He leads us and takes care of us. When we veer off on our own paths; we are bound for destruction.

There is only one way to have clear direction in life. And that is following the Lord Jesus Christ. Living a life a life that is pleasing to Lord will always yield good things for you. Because God is pleased with your life He will continue to lead you. Why? Because you want to go where Christ wants you to go. Have you ever been in an unfamiliar room and the lights were off? Most likely you stumbled over something. Don’t stumble through life. Walk in the Spirit. Live righteously and enjoy the direction of God Almighty.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Like Jesus-Monday Motivation



Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17

We are called to live holy, Christ-like lives 
(1 Peter 1:16). This may sound impossible, but the good news is that we actually can. If you have been born again, then you are a new creation. You have a new life in Christ (Romans 6:11). When Jesus rose from the grave He vanquished your sin. He annihilated your past and gave you a fresh start. The Lord displayed His absolute dominance over anything that tempts you. In Him you are not a slave to your past. As a child of God you are set free.

God has provided all you need to live a righteous life; His power through the Holy Spirit. If you continue to study His Word and have a heart for Him you will be progressively sanctified (Ephesians 5:26). Keep earnestly walking with Jesus and you will sin less. Some things that used to set you off will not affect you anymore. You will have a more fruitful spiritual life because you will yearn for God's will. None of us become mature over night, but progressively Christ will make lasting changes in your soul. You’re not perfect, but praise God you’re not where you used to be. Continue to have a heart for God and become more like Him!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Faith-Friday Freedom

“Trust in Him who will not leave you,
Whatsoever years may bring,
If by earthly friends forsaken
Still more closely to Him cling.”



The only way to live a life pleasing to God is through faith in Him (Hebrews 11:6). You can trust God no matter what. Everything else will change, but Christ remains the same. Who else has been as faithful to you as God? No one! God will never leave you so don’t leave Him! Have faith and trust in the Lord.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Faith-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

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, June 11, 2014

Faith-Wednesday Word

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



The only way to live a godly life effectively is through faith. We have to learn how to let go of what we think and rely on Christ’s power. Although many of us want to have faith when we feel like it; God calls us to a life of faith. Everything we do should be led and approved by Him; even if it doesn’t make sense to us. Just trust Him.

You can not please God by yourself. Don’t try to go through life relying on yourself when you feel like it and then ‘trusting’ God when you think you need Him. Understand that even when the Lord’s plan doesn't make sense to you; He already knows. Look back on all He has done for you in the past and move forward in faith. Live a life that is pleasing to God!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Faith-Tuesday Truth



Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
Hebrews 11:1-2

Faith in Christ is the key to victory. The writer of Hebrews says the elders obtained a good testimony by faith. Sometimes when we don’t have anything visible or tangible we have to rest in our faith in God. However we can also look to those who have had spiritual successes. Stories from those in the Bible, our friends and family, and even our past triumphs remind us of all that God is able to do.

You may not be able to see what God is about to do, but you can look back on all that He has done. This is how faith is strengthened. Past experiences and the testimonies of others are a boost to your confidence. Do you want to look back on your life and be pleased with your spiritual victory? Then live a life of faith in Jesus Christ. Faith Christ’s power yields success and blessings!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Faith-Monday Motivation




Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  
Hebrews 11:1

You can have faith in Jesus. Whatever you are trusting Him to do He can do it. Sometimes it can be hard to believe in someone because they let us down. But Christ has never let anyone down. He always comes through. He always does exactly what He said He would do. You can trust Him.

You don’t have to worry. You can simply rest in Jesus Christ. That same God who raised His Son from the dead is working out miracles for you everyday. You don’t have to try and figure life out all on your own. You don’t have to wonder if you can endure your situations. God is more than able to help you through. You can trust God. Have faith.

Friday, June 6, 2014

In The Spirit-Friday Freedom


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23


True born again believers have access to the Spirit of God. Through his power you can have all these wonder things in your life. This is true no matter what you have done, who hurt you, or what you have been through. The fruit of the Spirit abound in your life. Your bad attitude can be replaced by longsuffering (patience). Your misery can be defeated by God’s joy. Your bitterness can be driven out through the Lord’s kindness. Your hate can be overtaken by the love of Christ. Walk in the light. Let the love of God dwell richly in your life!



“Walk in the light, beautiful light,
Come where the dewdrops of mercy shine bright.
Oh shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus, the light of the world!”

Thursday, June 5, 2014

In The Spirit-Thursday Thought

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” - Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
This is a good list. What are you doing to let these things be brought forth in your life? James admonishes us not be just hearers of the Word, but also doers (James 1:22). We make plans for everything else. We plan for our finances, taking vacation, making time for your hobbies, and exercise.  We make plans because we want the greatest results. We plan because we care about something. Do you care about your walk as a child of God?

Anyone can say they are going to do better. However words without action are meaningless. If you want the fruit of the Spirit to flourish in your life, you must make the necessary time to make that happen. You may have to miss your show so that you can go to Bible study. You may have to get up a little earlier to make time for prayer; Jesus did. You may have to give up some things that really don’t matter for issue of eternal gain. How important is pleasing the Lord Jesus to you?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

In The Spirit-Wednesday Word

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23


The fruit of the Spirit. When someone says fruit most of us always think of the same things. Apples bananas, oranges, and so on. When we go to the store we want good, fresh fruit. Old, flimsy, withered fruit is disgusting and unappealing. Good fruit is the result of proper care. Good soil and continual watering are key.

Fruit is also defined as the effect or consequence of an action. So the effect of the Spirit operating in your life are the attributes listed above. These are the product of providing yourself the proper spiritual environment which includes everyone you spend time with and every influence you allow into your mind. These are the product of continually spending time in prayer and making time for Bible study. These are the product of yielding your entire life to the direction of the Holy Spirit of God. With God’s power and direction your life can be immeasurably more than what you think it can. Let this fruit abound in your spirit and in your life.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

In The Spirit-Tuesday Truth

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Galatians 5:16



God gives us all the power to live the Christian life correctly, but we still have to do our part. First we must truly want to please Christ. We can't pretend with God. He knows our hearts. Also we must be willing to follow God’s direction, whatever it may be. There is no success in the being a Christian through our own strength or outside of the Lord’s direction.

A successful life is fueled by diligence and submission. You must stay diligent in your effort to live for the Lord. Even when you fall get back up and keep going. You must be willing to say yes to whatever God is telling you, even when you don’t feel like it. Your diligence and submission along with God’s omnipotence will yield great success in life. Just don’t give up. God loves you! Stay strong.

Monday, June 2, 2014

In The Spirit-Monday Motivation

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 
Galatians 5:16


We live in a sick and sinful world. Trying to live in a way that pleases God can sometimes seem impossible. Everywhere we look so many influences are attempting to steal our attention from Christ. From the content of our favorite shows to the billboards and ads we drive by every day; being righteous is a difficult lifestyle to maintain. But thank God that we have a divine Helper to walk this thing out with us.

Paul tells us that if we walk (live) in the Spirit, we won’t give in to our sinful desires. In the Holy Spirit God has given us all we need to live the Christian life effectively. He will direct you when you’re lost. He will tell you when you’re right and wrong. The Spirit will bring scriptures back to your memory, if you study your Bible diligently. Having a Christ centered church home and Christian friends help, but the Holy Spirit is the One who gives all we need to please God and live our best lives possible. The Father knew we could not do it on our own so he gave us a Helper. Wow, God really is love!