Friday, October 31, 2014

Like Jesus-Friday Freedom


“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!!!”

God orders the steps of the righteous (Psalm 37:23). If you have a heart for God, then there is nothing to fear in life. Trials come. Haters will continue to hate. Problems won’t go away. But the steps of a good man are ordered! Keep praising Jesus knowing that he is ultimately in control of everything. Walk with integrity and righteousness. Walk into God’s best.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Like Jesus-Thursday Thought




What are you known for?


“He who walks with integrity walks securely,

But he who perverts his ways will become known.” 
~Proverbs 10:9


Everyone chooses the path they will take for their life. We all make excellent decisions at some point. We all make bad decisions too. Nobody is perfect, but the presence of Jesus will make a noticeable change in a person’s life. Walking in His will can give you a life of security, peace, and joy. This will flow through you to all that you come into contact with.


Do people see you as a person of integrity or a disgrace? The Lord promises that living according to His will brings security and confidence in life. Why? Because God’s will is the only way to real success and worthwhile life. Anything else is meaningless. Every person will be known for something. We all have a past, but will you ultimately be known for?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Like Jesus-Wednesday Word

“He who walks with integrity walks securely,
But he who perverts his ways will become known” 

~ Proverbs 10:9 (NKJV)

Living in a God-fearing manner will always yield security. Walking in the Lord’s path will surely lead to confidence in your life. Paul says that if we keep our minds on the right things then God will give us peace (Philippians 4:8-9). 

Psalm 37:23-24 (NKJV) says:

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.



For the righteous person, even when you slip God is there the whole time. Don’t you want Christ to hold your hand?
A life of integrity will bring God’s blessings and security. You will have no choice, but to be confident and successful because the Lord is pleased with your life. This is why so many people are insecure, unfulfilled, and always worrying because they are out of God’s will and out of His security. Walk with integrity. Walk with security. Be confident and walk boldly into God’s best for your life!

Tuesday, October 28, 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, October 27, 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 (NKJV)

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 proved His absolute dominance over anything that weighs you down. In Him you are not a slave to your past or to your sins. As a child of God you are set free.

God has provided all you need to live a righteous life; His power. 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 life because you will desire what God desires for your life. None of us become mature over night, but over time Christ does make noticeable changes in our hearts and minds. 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, October 24, 2014

Devoted-Friday Freedom




“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) 

The more we continue to live life half in and half out the enemy will continue to wear us down. When we seek Christ totally, He will give us life to the fullest! After spending some time thinking you may realize that there are some major changes that need to occur in your life. MAKE THEM! Give your whole life over to God and experience the greatness He has for you! Yield your whole self over to God and pray for His strength as you let go of sinful influences. Let it all go and live your best life!

“My heart, my mind
My soul belongs to You
You paid the price for me
Way back on Calvary
And yes I praise You
I lift You up
I magnify Your name!

That’s why my heart is filled with praise…”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Devoted-Thursday Thought



“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)
Christians can get caught up in the world’s view of success. We can end up chasing and living for money, which really is living for evil (1 Timothy 6:10). In other cases we can have plans for our lives that are not necessarily wrong. We may have a certain profession, location, etc. that we want for ourselves. However it may conflict with the plans that God has for us. Then if we choose to do one thing knowing that God has something else for us, then that becomes sin as well. At the end of everything it comes down to one simple question; who do you think has better plans for you; you or God?

God has great plans for every one of you (Jeremiah 29:11). After we receive Jesus Christ as our personal savior, we must then continually yield ourselves over to the will of God. Through prayer and bible study we can continually know Jesus and let Him take more and more control of our lives. Therefore if we let God truly be our Lord (Master and Ruler of our ENTIRE lives), we can walk into the great plans that He has for us and be blessed immeasurably. In order to make this a reality there are two key factors that must be in play here; devotion and discipline. Are you a disciplined child of God? 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Devoted-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) 

God wants the total person, including our time. Am I saying that we should spend every waking moment praying and in church? No. However, we should make time to spend with God every day. Reading His word, meditating on it, and praying to Him. We should pray all throughout the day. The Bible tells us to never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Even with other activities you should make sure that your time is going towards things that God approves of. Being idle, bored, having nothing to do gives way for the devil to attack your mind which leads to wrong. Make sure your time is spent engaged in productive activities that are productive and please God. More importantly, make sure you spend time with God especially early in the morning and before going to sleep.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Devoted-Tuesday Truth

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

All of our actions start in the mind. We think about doing something, then do it. Sin is conceived in the mind before it becomes action (James 1:15). So often as Christians we end up doing things we know are wrong repeatedly and then wonder why. This can come from us putting ourselves in situations and around people that breed an environment to do what is wrong. Even if we love Christ, if we are constantly listening to, watching, and reading things that glorify and uphold actions and mindsets contrary to God’s will, we will have these thoughts in our minds.

Obviously, these thoughts will sometimes become actions. Often times these things may not be as blatant as you would expect. For example, many sitcoms/movies show unmarried couples living together and having sex as ways to reach “new levels” in their relationship. While this is not necessarily “bad” (illegal) by worldly standards, we know this is wrong in God’s sight and is therefore sin. Another major theme presented all over is reaching Heaven or true happiness through one’s good actions or good works; which is blatantly contrary to true salvation which can only be attained through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Maybe you get confused and swayed in your relationship with God because too many things going into your mind are pulling you away… 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Devoted-Monday Motivation



“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)

God is truly an awesome God. As we all know He has performed great wonders throughout time and still is today. From the creation of this world to parting the Red Sea to Jesus’ resurrection and even us just having life at this very moment; the list goes on and on. This is the God that we all want to know and have a relationship with. He is the blessing God, the merciful God, and the forgiving God. However this is just part of God’s nature toward us. God also wants to be our Lord; our Master, King, and Ruler.

God wants your entire life to be a sacrifice to Him. He wants your all to be an offering to Him and His will. As a Christians life can be much more tranquil if you would just give your all over to the Lord. And by all I mean EVERYTHING. This includes our thoughts, actions, desires, motives, attitudes, talents, resources, habits, problems, your body, and the list goes on. God wants all of you. Give yourself to Him TODAY!

Friday, October 17, 2014

New You-Friday Freedom

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






Everything good comes from Jesus Christ. He gives peace, joy, and direction when everything seems so distorted. Christ is faithful. When He is the center of all that you do there is no other option besides success and peace. All that is good and perfect comes from the Lord. Take advantage of His many blessings! No matter what situation you are in, Jesus is ALL that you need.

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.


When I've lost my direction, You're the compass for my way,
You're the fire and light when nights are long and cold.
In sadness, You are the laughter, that shatters all my fears,
when I'm all alone, Your hand is there to hold.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

New You-Thursday Thought

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




What is your treasure? Treasure is defined as something valued or precious. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 that wherever our treasure is, that is where our heart will be. So think about that. Most Christians are thankful for their relationship with God, but do you truly value it? Do you value your relationship with Jesus Christ above anything, anyone and everything else?

Intentionally or not whatever/whoever we are close to is where our hearts will be; our affection, love, time, money, and attention. If we give our hearts to temporary worldly things we can surely expect temporary satisfaction in return; some recognition, a little money, feeling “good” for a while, and the like. But when we give our hearts (our whole selves) to Jesus we can certainly expect REAL eternal results; inner peace, joy no matter what, and being complete and confident in Christ. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:21). Is there anything more precious to you than your relationship with Christ? In Christ your perspective on life should be radically changed forever.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New You-Wednesday Word

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



Jesus was speaking in this message and reminding his listeners that they have no need to worry about earthly affairs or worldly things. People who do not have a relationship with the almighty God may spend time trying to take care of everything. However Christians serve the Master of the universe. He is God!

In the verses leading up to verse 33 Jesus tells His followers not to worry about anything; what they will eat, what they will wear, tomorrow, and so forth. He reminds them that God even takes care of little birds. Aren't you far greater in God’s sight than a sparrow? If God will take care of it, then certainly He will take care of you. God says essentially, “I have all the power, just follow Me child, and I will handle the rest!” In Christ there is no reason to worry or be afraid.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New You-Tuesday Truth

So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11 esv



The wisdom of God will give you true success in all areas of your life! We search all over for ways to improve ourselves and get ahead. We look to books, other people, and the like. Ultimately all the direction we really need comes from God. He gives us all the instruction we need in His Holy Word. There is no real or substantial knowledge apart from Him.

Christians have access to something greater than any earthly treasure; the mind of God. Through reading and meditating on His word we can know God more and understand His ways more as well.  The more we understand how He operates, then the less worried we will be in our lives. We can constantly remind ourselves that He always knows what He is doing and that we can give all our situations over to the Lord. He is the ultimate mentor. He has all the experience you need. There is no real or substantial wisdom apart from Him.

Monday, October 13, 2014

New You-Monday Motivation

So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11 esv



No matter what you have done, if you are in Christ then you are a new person! I believe many Christians get stuck in bondage because they have not fully realized who they are in Christ. Obviously His ultimate sacrifice is what restores our relationship with the Father. However when we accept Christ as our Savior we are made alive spiritually. We can live in a way that we never could before.

Just as Christ physically died and rose from the dead; we have died to our old ways and have truly been born again. Paul tells us that as Christians we can count ourselves dead to sin, but alive in Christ (Rom. 6:11) and that we should be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom 12:2). How? Colossians 3 opens up telling us to seek things that are above (God’s Word, how He wants us to live, etc.) and not to set our affection on worldly things (sin, your worries, meaningless issues). You have the power to overcome ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that may be stifling you. Actively and persistently control where your mind is focused. Walk in this newness of life and get ready for a blessing.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Winner-Friday Freedom

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

Becoming a Christian doesn’t make life easy, but Jesus helps us deal with the issues. How? Simply because He cares about you and me. Not only does He already know what the issues are; He cares about how you feel and wants to bring you through. Nobody, NOBODY…. I MEAN NO BODY can bring you through a situation like Jesus Christ can. He is a Counselor. He is a Brother. He is a Great High Priest. He is a true Friend and so much more. He loves us and His love is incredible beyond description. Nobody can do us like the Lord, because nobody loves us like the Lord.

Can't nobody do me like Jesus.
Can't nobody do me like the Lord.
Can't nobody do me like Jesus.
He's my friend.

He picked me up and turned me around…

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Winner-Thursday Thought

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1



Where does your confidence lie? Confidence itself is not always a good thing. Sometimes we think we should let God handle the big things and we take care of what we can. WRONG. The only way to reach true success is to put all of your confidence in the Lord. You must trust Him for absolutely everything.

Does all your confidence lie the Almighty God?  He alone has to be the only One you run to for the “big stuff” and the “small stuff.” Really though, what can be considered big to God? Trust that you can do all things through Him like Paul said. Put God first and let everything else in life fade into the background.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Winner-Wednesday Word

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1


Don’t think too hard; these are obviously rhetorical questions. David starts out this well known Psalm proclaiming who God is; his light, salvation, and strength. The apparent answers to His questions are no one at all. When the Almighty God is your source of power there is no reason to fear or be afraid. In fact, when God is your source of power your attitude in life should be just the contrary.

David was confident in the Lord’s protection and provision and rightfully so. If the Lord is center of your life; you have no choice but to be walking in complete confidence. He is the light that guides you in darkness. He provides salvation that has made you brand new. He alone is the strength of your life. Remember that there is nothing you can do on your own, but God’s sovereignty is all that you need. Move forward in confidence remembering there is nothing to fear!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Winner-Tuesday Truth


Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 esv




Sometimes we have to trust God, even when we don’t feel like it. I heard a preacher tell this story about his son and eating vegetables. At dinner he told his son to eat his spinach, but the boy ate everything on his plate except that. When the father saw this he asked his son why he did not eat his vegetables. The son said, “I don’t feel like it.” The father said, “I told you to eat your spinach, I didn’t say you had to feel like doing it. Son, you can still do it even if you don’t feel like it.”

Don’t avoid your “spiritual vegetables.” God calls us to trust Him totally, to study His Word, to love our enemies, to do what is right when everyone else is wrong, and to represent Christ in this sinful world. These are the things we must do no matter how we feel. Why? Because they will make us stronger. Ask God today for strength to move past your feelings and to do what He is calling you to do!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Winner-Monday Motivation

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:32 esv




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.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus basically told us that if we put Him first, He will handle everything else (Matthew 6:33). 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.

Friday, October 3, 2014

His Grace-Friday Freedom

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 
2 Corinthians 12:9 esv


By yourself you are so weak, but God’s strength is perfect. Don’t get worn down trying to figure life out alone. Don’t over-stress yourself trying to do everything for yourself. God wants to lead you and He has the power and strength to do so. Let Him lead you. Let Him guide you. Let the Lord use you for His purposes. Walk in the light with no fear, like David, and victory is inevitable!

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on,
Let me stand
I'm tired, I am weak I am worn
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home
When my way grows drear precious Lord linger near
When my life is almost gone
Hear my cry,
Hear my call
Hold my hand lest I fall

Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

Thursday, October 2, 2014

His Grace-Thursday Thought

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 
2 Corinthians 12:9 esv



When God is on your side what is there to fear? It is so easy for many of us to praise God in worship service, talking to other people and so forth. We recognize His majesty, glory, dominion and all that. But then when we go through the trial we act like all those facts about our Lord just go out the window. Fear can make us forget who God really is and what He can do! David recognized God’s power therefore he was able to stand firm and defeat Goliath.

Don’t you know that if you are a Christian then the Spirit of God lives inside you? David knew the power of that God; the one true God. That same God who created everything from nothing. The same God who parted the sea. The same God who raised His Son from the dead. If you are in Christ and walking in the Spirit, then that same power is yours as well. Live like it with no fear. With that kind of power on your side is there anything you can not do?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

His Grace-Wednesday Word

And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 
1 Samuel 17:44-36


David had no fear. He had no doubt that his God would protect him. Notice here where his deep faith comes from. David simply cited times in the past when the odds seemed to be stacked against, but he came out victorious. He saw the Lord come through before and knew that He would come through again.

Future situations can see, scary at first. We get nervous sometimes because of a fear of the unknown. “How will this turn out?” "Where will I end up?" And so on. When you feel like this do like David. Think back on every time the situation looked bleak and God provided. David believed that fighting Goliath would be just like his past battles, and it was. Why? Because God was on his side. Stop worrying and start remembering. God showed up before and He will do it again.