Sunday, August 31, 2014

Safe In God's Hands!

Yet will I not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you upon the palms of my hands. (Isa. 49:15-16) 

"The Lord has forsaken me . . . He has walked away . . . He has totally forgotten me." Ever said that? Of course you have! How about on Monday morning? You've just come off a glorious weekend retreat. Time in the Word. Great worship. . . . Lots of laughter. Meaningful prayer. . . . Then comes eight o'clock Monday morning back home, and your whole world caves in. "The Lord's forgotten me. He's completely left the scene." 

But God says, "You are written on the palms of My hands. You are continually  before Me." . . . 

Stop and glance at the palms of your hand. Now, imagine they are God's hands and that you are right there. . . . Our ways remain continually before Him. Not one fleeting moment of life goes by without His knowing exactly where we are, what we're doing, and how we're feeling. 

Elijah: A Man of Heroism & Humility 

In today's chaotic world, there is not a greater place to be than to be in God's hands. I cannot even begin to recount the number of times that God has delivered me from certain death and numerous of precarious situations of my own doing or those beyond my control. I often say that God is indeed Faithful and True. Those words have come true in my life in so many different ways. 

I'm confident in the Lord that many of you can relate to God's hand being upon your life to shield you from harm as well. God's hand is not only there to shield us from harm, it is also there to guide us and direct in the way we should go. God's hand often manifests itself in the form of the people that God surrounds us with. God's hand can often be seen in the advice that our friends and family gives us. 

With that said, anytime we don't heed the advice given to us and choose to go about our own way instead of the way God wants us to go, we unknowingly "smack" the safety of God's hand. My dear friends, is it a wise decision to knowingly or unknowingly release yourself from the safety of God's hand? No. But God's grace and mercy is sufficient and that is where we still find comfort in knowing that God's hand will always keep us safe. 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Friday, August 29, 2014

Time Well Spent!

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so does the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel. (Prov. 27:9) 

How valuable to you are relationships? If you  have trouble answering that, I'll help you decide. Stop and think back over the past month or two. How much of your leisure time have you spent developing and enjoying relationships? 

Jesus, God's Son, certainly considered the relationship He had with His disciples worth His time. They spent literally hours together. They ate together and wept together, and I'm sure they must have laughed together as well. Being God, He really didn't "need" those men. He certainly did not need the hassle they created on occasion. But He loved those twelve men. He believed in them. . . . 

Whatever leisure time we are able to invest in relationships is time well spent. And when we do, let's keep in mind we are "imitating God," for His Son certainly did. 

Strengthening Your Grip 

Ultimately, time spent in God's presence is time well spent. God's presence can also be experienced with certain family and friends that are firmly grounded in Jesus Christ. Is it also possible to experience a good time with non-believing family and friends until anything is encouraged that will compromise who we are in Christ. 

With that said, anytime spent around people can be time well spent under spent under the right conditions and circumstances. Time well spent can also be spent in solitude. To be very honest, this is one of my most favorite times. Times of solitude provides me the opportunity to spend some major quiet time with God and start my day off on the right note and in tune with whatever it is the Holy Spirit is preparing me for throughout the day. 

Many examples can be made out of how we spend our time well. In general, anything and anyone that will challenge us, motivate us, and inspire us will be time well spent. Something as simple and basic as the posts you read from this blog can potentially become time well spent. My dear friends, I encourage all of you to make the best of the day that God has given you to the maximum so that you can know without a shadow of a doubt that the time spent on the day was time well spent. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Affection And Affirmation!

The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begets a wise child shall have joy in him. (Prov. 23:24) 

To you who bear the name "Dad," I cannot impress upon you enough how imperative it is that we show our affection. We can do that in two ways. First, we affirm who our child is; and second, we appreciate what our child does. This twofold assurance, however, must be given in more than words. Affection---the nonverbal communication of closeness---is among the most important experiences we share with our children. . . . 

Unaffectionate dads, without ever wishing to do so, can trigger a daughter's promiscuity. All this leads me to write with a great deal of passion, dads. . . don't hold back your affection! Demonstrate your feelings of love and acceptance to both sons and daughters. . . . They will love for you for it. And, more importantly, they will emulate your example when God gives them a family of their own. 

Growing Wise in Family Life 

I could not help but think long and hard about the importance to having a father at home. As I thought about this and understood the role of the father in the home when it comes expressing affection and affirmation, it became imperative to me to understand how the affirmation and affection is expressed to the kids in the way the father treats the wife and mother of the kids. 

My grandfather has instilled in me that the best way to instill affection and affirmation in the lives of those around me, especially any future children I'm blessed with, is to express them through the woman God has placed in my life. The affection and affirmation I provide the woman in my life has to be expressed publicly in a manner that can be easily understood by the kids.

Most countries around the world are governed by men. God has given man the capacity to influence anyone within their sphere of influence. Within the home as husbands and fathers, men have the capacity to provide affection and affirmation to his wife and children. As a result, God will have provided us (men) the opportunity to influence our homes for Christ. Affection and affirmation, when centered in Christ, is not only a powerful tool and force in the lives of the ones we love in the life, but also paves the way for all of our loved ones for the next life when all of us will have an opportunity to experience those same sentiments from our Heavenly Father. When it's all said and done, that is the chief aim of all of us as Christians, This not only applies to the dads out there, but too the moms as well.

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! My hope and prayer is that all the dads who read this will be motivated in the Spirit to express godly affection and affirmation to our children regardless of what the living situation looks like. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Heart For The Task!

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. (2 Chron. 16:9) 

God's choices often seem so illogical from our point of view. We tell ourselves it can't be what He really means. . . . 

Would you have singled out a sun-withered, eighty-year-old shepherd to face down one of the mightiest kings in the world? Moses had been out to pasture for forty years. He had completely lost touch with his people. He'd been raising a little family, living with and working for his father-in-law. In four decades the man couldn't scrape together enough shekels to build a little place of his own. Admit it, doesn't he seem like a highly unlikely prospect for the job of delivering an entire people group from the clutches of a mighty nation?. . . 

God's eyes roam across the planet to find specific individuals whose hearts are just right for a particular task He has in mind. And when He finds them, watch out! He plunges them into the stream of action, upholding them with His mighty hand. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

Last year, I wrote a series on Servant Leadership. This series continues to be one of the most popular series that I have written to date. I will post the links to all the posts on this subject a little later on. In the meantime,  it's important to state the importance of being a servant of Christ regardless of the position involved. God is constantly looking around for those whose hearts will have been prepared to serve Him and those around us. 

When it comes to servant leadership, you don't need an official title such as those in the military to be considered a leader. All of us have the God-given ability to influence others as we serve them and in return encourage others to do the same. Serving is such an essential part of who we are. Serving others allows us to grow and mature in our relationship with God and allow others to experience Jesus through us. 

God is indeed on the lookout! Will you be willing to make yourself available to Him and to as many people around you as possible? With that said, I want to introduce to you all the links to the Servant Leadership series. This series will really break it down for you to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for what being a servant leader is all about in a nutshell. Here they are:

  1. Servant Leadership. . .Intro!
  2. Servant Leadership. . .Listening!
  3. Servant Leadership. . .Empathy!
  4. Servant Leadership. . .Healing!
  5. Servant Leadership. . .Awareness!
  6. Servant Leadership. . .Persuasion!
  7. Servant Leadership. . .Conceptualization!
  8. Servant Leadership. . .Foresight!
  9. Servant Leadership. . .Stewardship!
  10. Servant Leadership. . .Growth!
  11. Servant Leadership. . .Community!
  12. Servant Leadership. . .Conclusion!

My dear friends, there you have it. Being a servant of Christ is the most rewarding thing you can ever be involved in. You not only have a chance to get to know more about God and the people you serve. You also have an extraordinary chance to really get to know yourself in the whole process of servanthood. 

Is YOUR heart ready for the task? 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Get Eternity Securely In Place!

He has made every thing beautiful in its time: also he has put eternity in men’s hearts, so that no man can find out the work that God does from the beginning to the end. (Ecc. 3:11) 

God has put eternity in our hearts. What in the world does that mean? Well, let me help you with the key word---eternity. Let's expand it to mean, "curiosity about our future."  

God has put within every human being's heart a curiosity about tomorrow . . . an eternal capacity that prompts me to probe, to be intrigued, to search. That explains why your child---just about the time that little fella or gal starts to run around the house and talk---begins to ask questions about tomorrow, about life, and about life beyond. . . . It's the way God made human beings. God has not put eternity  in the heart of animals, only into the hearts of men and women. And since that is true, since we will not find out about tomorrow without God, our pursuit must be of Him. 

Living on the Ragged Edge 

Eternity is firmly in place and there are two locations to choose from. Heaven and hell. Where you spend eternity is entirely up to you and is largely determined w you choose to serve and the way you live out your life in contrast to God's Word, both written and spoken. 

Very few people ever give serious thought about eternity and where they could spend eternity. In light of all the global events that is happening around the world today and the crisis that is surrounding the Christian church today, eternity is creeping ever closer now more than ever. 

With all the "madness" around us, have you given some serious thought to your place in eternity? As I write this post, I think about my Christian brothers and sister in the Ukraine with the looming possibility of civil war and a potential invasion of Russia. On top of that, we have NATO making preparations for a possible war with Russia. 

Is it any coincidence that the Day of the Lord is quickly approaching? No, not at all. All the events that we hear and read about online and offline is quickly leading up to the day when everyone (that includes me) will have to make a decision about where they will end up spending eternity. I often ask myself, if something tragic were to happen to me, where would I spend eternity? Only I can answer that question. Can I make an early determination about where I spend eternity? Yes. That kind of determination can be made in light of the way I choose to live out my life and what type of legacy I leave behind for my family and friends. If my aim and purpose is to point people to Christ by becoming an example of Christ before He comes, then I have in effect determined where I will spend eternity. In essence, my eternity is securely set in place. It will not be exclusively because of anything that I do. That's only part of it. It has a whole lot more to do with what Jesus did for me and Who He is. 

My dear friends, do you know of anyone that has yet to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? If not, I strongly encourage you to do so because eternity will be securely in place regardless. As Christians, our goal is to secure heaven not only for ourselves, but for those that we love and care about. We don't want to secure the eternal place called hell. No way! As sobering as this post can be, there's no doubt in my mind, heart, and Spirit that this post will encourage you and spur you on to become an evangelist of the Gospel to the four corners of YOUR world. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Whirlpool Of Wickedness!

His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be held with the cords of his sins. (Prov. 5:22) 

What a word picture! We usually think of this situation as applicable only to an unbeliever. But it could just as easily be applied to a Christian who deliberately chooses to disobey his Lord. And instead of seeing the error of his way, he stays in a state of carnality, which grieves the Spirit of God living within him. Carnality occurs when a believer deliberately operates in the strength of his or her own will . . . stubbornly refusing to acknowledge wrong and choosing to walk contrary to the teaching of Scripture. The promptings of God's Spirit are ignored as disobedience becomes a lifestyle. Choosing to live like that is like getting caught in a whirlpool. The wickedness intensifies. It gets more treacherous as he goes deeper into it. . . . Like the prodigal son, he winds up in misery and filth. 

The Grace Awakening 

Let's be honest. Wickedness is all around us. It can be seen everywhere from our TV screens to our local newspapers. Why is the whirlpool of wickedness so big? What is the actual source of all the wickedness that we see and hear of today? 

The root of wickedness is mostly unseen and unheard of. Ephesians 6:12 really drives home that notion. The war against wickedness has to be fought from our knees. It has to be fought in prayer and supplication. It has to be fought as we read God's Word and claim the promises written therein. It is also very imperative that we pray certain portions of Scripture so that the Word of God can become alive in our lives. The Word of God (Bible) is the sword we wield when confronting the spirits of wickedness in high places. 

My dear friends,  we are living in times when wickedness will continue to increase and amplify between now and the day Jesus returns to take us home in heaven. In the meantime, I strongly encourage all of you to get before God and ask Him to enable to increase and amplify in kindness, acceptance, and affirmation. Regardless of how wickedness continues to envelope your community, God will empower you in the Spirit to shine the light of Jesus Christ through you to destroy the darkness around you. Be encouraged my friends! God is on YOUR side! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Accept And Affirm Each Other!

The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increases learning. (Prov. 16:21) 

God commands that we reach out, accept, and affirm one another. This means that we consciously resist the strong current of the stream we are in . . . the one that dictates all those excuses: 
  • "I'm just too busy."
  • "It's not worth the risk."
  • "I don't really need anyone."
  • "If I reach out, I'll look foolish."
The devil's strategy for our times is working. He has deluded us into believing that we really shouldn't concern ourselves with being our brother's keeper. After all, we have time pressures and work demands (that relentless, fierce determination to be number one), not to mention, anxieties prompted by economic uncertainty. And who really needs our help anyway? I'll tell you who---just about every person we meet, that's who. 

Strengthening Your Grip 

Acceptance and affirmation are two very critical ingredients in a person's life. Unfortunately, we live in a fallen world and the reality of us living in the fallen world will obligate us to come to terms of not always being accepted and receive affirmation from those around us. 

There was a time in my life when I definitely needed a great deal of acceptance and affirmation and that remains to be true to this day. It was the acceptance and affirmation of those that God has placed around me that has enabled me to grow in my relationship with God. In all honesty, the acceptance and affirmation from those who call themselves Christians haven't always been apparent. Yes friends, it's also possible to not be openly accepted and affirmed within the Christian community. That's part of the reality of the fallen world we live in. 

With that said, the primary source of acceptance and affirmation should rest in God Himself. It is God Himself that created us to begin with. It was God that has given us His seal of approval when He made us. He accepted us with ALL of our flaws and shortcomings. He also affirms us through His Word as we not only read the promises written, but stand on the same promises. Jesus has set the precedent and became the example of acceptance and affirmation among the people of His time when He chose the 12 disciples. He also set the example when He accepted and affirmed Mary Magdalene when the people in her community were ready to stone her for her sins. 

My dear friends, I strongly encourage you to become a Christian in deed and not just in title alone. If we are to be true representatives of Jesus Christ (with emphasis on CHRIST), then we need to do what Jesus did during His ministry on earth in His time. What did He do? He simply accepted and affirmed those around Him regardless of what those in society would say about Him. God will indeed be pleased when we accept and affirm those who are in Christ.

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bless The Day Of Rest!

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. (Gen. 2:2) 

Following the sixth day of creation, the Lord God deliberately stopped working. . . . 

He rested. Taking special note of that. It wasn't that there was nothing else He could have done. It certainly wasn't because He was exhausted---omnipotence never gets tired! He hadn't run out of ideas, for omniscience knows no mental limitations. He could easily have made many more worlds, created an infinite number of other forms of life, and provided multiple millions of galaxies beyond what He did. 

But He didn't. He stopped. 

He spent an entire day resting. In fact, He "blessed the seventh day and sanctified it," something He did not do on the other six days. He marked this one day off as extremely special. It was like no other. Sounds to me like He made the day on which He rested a "priority" period of time. 

Strengthening Your Grip

I used to work in the casino industry specializing in security and investigations. I also used to work in private and executive security details as well. In my experience in the security industry, there was no such thing as a Sabbath rest. Security involved working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It was non-stop, exciting work that had plenty of rewards attached to it depending on the volume of work you had been able to put in. 

As rewarding as my line of work has been throughout the time I worked in it was, I was being denied the most essential part of my daily living. As for me, Sunday was my Sabbath day of rest. I was essentially denied of actual fellowship with my other brothers and sisters in Christ. God has strategically provided us the one day for rest to us a number of different reasons. A couple that sticks out from the top of my head is to fellowship with the saints and stand before God in worship. The other reason is simply to give us the physical rest we need after working those other six days. 

My dear friends, I encourage all of you to find an employer or start a place of employment or business that would serve the employees and as an employer serve your employees to support the biblical value and principal of the day of rest. Not only will you benefit from the observance of resting on the Sabbath, but your place of employment or your business will also thrive because you will be a spiritually and physically healthy employee, but as an employer, you will have the blessing of having employees with very high moral. With that said, ALWAYS bless the day of rest!

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Friday, August 15, 2014

Everybody "Act Medium"!

We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

The children worked long and hard on their little cardboard shack. It was to be a special spot---a clubhouse, where they could meet together, play, and have fun. Since a clubhouse has to have rules, they came up with three:

  • Nobody act big.
  • Nobody act small.
  • Everybody act medium. 
Not bad theology!

In different words, God says the very same thing: "Let each of you regard one another as more important than himself" (Phil. 2:3). 

Just "act medium." Believable. Honest, human, thoughtful, and down-to-earth. 

Day by Day with Charles Swindoll 

"Act medium."

This has to be by far the "newest" phrase I have ever heard and one that also makes sense (sort of). 

In light of what Charles Swindoll wrote about "act medium", "act medium" implies that we act in a fair and balanced manner. "Act medium" encourages us to be as transparent and honest with the people in our lives regardless of the way we meet them. In this day and age of social media, it is very difficult to find anyone who will "act medium". 

My dear friends, the above devotional from Bro. Charles Swindoll is straight and to the point when it encourages us to follow the three "clubhouse" rules. Our "clubhouse" will take on many different forms. Our "clubhouse" will be our homes, our workplace, our churches, the communities we live in, even the world at large. Regardless of how you interact with people, whether it be online or offline, always keep in mind to "act medium". Let this short phrase become your life motto from this day forward. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

God Shows Himself Strong!

But let your heart keep my commandments. For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to you. (Prov. 3:1-2) 

If you focus on the past, it won't be long before complaints start oozing from your lips. You will remember a long-ago time, bathed in a hazy, rosy glow of memory, when something was easier and more comfortable than it is today. And as you compare then and now, I guarantee it, you will grumble. 

I do this; so do you. But it's so foolish! We look back nostalgically on what was once a pleasant situation, at which time (even then!) we were looking back longingly on a more pleasant earlier time. That's dumb, isn't? You may be grumbling right now about your current situation. But chances are good that two years from now you'll be looking back on this moment and saying, "Oh for the good old days! Boy, it was great back then, wasn't it?" . . . 

Stop! We live in the light of some dreamy past leisure or pleasure, when in actuality God continues to show Himself strong all the way. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

Have you ever felt at the end of your wits with the chaos that we constantly hear and see on tv, in the internet, in our newspapers, and any other means of media? There is no doubt that there will be moments when we become too preoccupied with the grind of our daily living. The struggles of life can become an overwhelming force when we choose to go about our lives in our own strength with very little to no dependence on God Himself.

Only God can show Himself strong in our lives. Only God can restore things back to the way He originally planned it. Only God can heal marriages, restore our health, provide us with the basic necessities to be able to live forward. Only God can give us the strength, grace, and humility to stay on the straight and narrow regardless of how impossible life becomes to us. 

I often say that God is indeed Faithful and True. I say this very often because I have seen and experienced God's strength and power in, through, and around my life and in the lives of my family and friends. My dear friends, God will show Himself strong in YOUR life. All you need to do is to remain patient and trust Him that He will fulfill the promises that He has for you and your loved ones in His Word. 

Be encouraged friends! God will always be on your side and He will never leave you nor forsake you. No matter how your life looks like right now, God is steadfastly working on your behalf in the midst of your weaknesses so that you can stand confidently and strong in Him and confront anything that the world, the enemy, and even those around you throw your way. 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Let Go, Relax!

Through wisdom is a house built; and by understanding it is established. (Prov. 24:3) 

The older I get the more I appreciate the benefits of taking time. Woodwork done slowly and meticulously by a craftsman is beautiful and able to endure the test of the elements. Art---whether musical compositions, needlework, sculpture, or painting---requires time and attention to detail. Even the cultivation of our walk in God . . . requires a great deal of time to develop. 

The psalmist realized this when he wrote, "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10 NKJV). The Hebrew does not suggest standing around and letting your mind wander---not that kind of being still. Rather, it means "Let go, relax." . . . 

If all this is true of other realms and responsibilities, it is certainly applicable to the home and family. Children were not created to be "jerked up" (as my mother used to put it), but to be cared for with gentleness and attention to detail. They require time . . . lots of it. 

Growing Wise in Family Life 

"Let go, relax."

The idea of relaxing has become something that I have not only grown accustomed to, but also have an immense appreciation for as I get older (and wiser). Relaxation is an excellent time to be able to stop and reflect on our day, week, month, year, or life in general. Relaxation helps us clear our minds and helps our bodies to recuperate if we happen to be tired after a long day at work. 

The irony of relaxation is that it doesn't always have to involve inactivity. Sometimes, relaxation can be accomplished when we keep ourselves busy doing what we love to do the most. For some of us, a great game of chess can be a source of relaxations as we focus on our mental capacities. For others, gardening can be a great source of relaxation. I can imagine a roomful of women nodding their heads in agreement right now. . . :-). 

Regardless of how we choose to relax, as Christians, we must take the moment to be thankful to God for blessing us with the opportunities to stop, let go, and surrender all our cares to Him. Our God-given ability to relax is God's way of letting us know that we can trust Him with our affairs, lives, and concerns in general. It is during that time that we relax when we have the opportunity to trust God with all of our cares! The phrase "Let go, let God." really comes to life. 

My dear friends, do we have it in ourselves to "let go, relax, and let God"? 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Rare Commodity!

A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit. (Prov. 29:23) 

Humility isn't a show we put on; in fact, if we think we're humble, we're probably not. And in our day of self-promotion, self-assertion, spotlighting "celebrities of the faith," and magnifying the flesh, this quality---so greatly valued by the Lord Jesus---is a rare commodity indeed. . . . 

A truly humble person looks for opportunities to give himself freely to others rather than holding back, to release rather than hoarding, to build up rather than tearing down, to serve rather than being served, to learn from others rather than clamoring for the teaching stand. How blessed are those who learn this early in life. 

Hope Again 

Humility is definitely a rare commodity! 

With so much emphasis on self-improvement and anything else involving self, I can only imagine how difficult it is to be rooted in humility. When pride is at the root of our lives and not humility, it is only a matter of time before we fall flat on our faces. Pride, when left unchecked, will destroy our lives. Pride, at it's root, is more about you than about others. It has more to do with what you get out of it than how others will be blessed or benefit from your influence. 

Humility, on the other hand, is about others and how we are able to be a blessing to them. Humility acknowledges our need for God in our lives and without Him in our lives, there's very little that we can accomplish on our own and the scope of the impact in the lives of others will be limited at best. Humility enables us to be as transparent as we possibly can in all matters of life. Humility also opens up opportunities for people to gravitate to us when are able to humble ourselves and deal with life and people with a spirit of humility. My dear friends, always keep in mind that humility is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of strength. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Your Work Is Not In Vain!

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Gal. 6:9) 

Someone once counted all the promises in the Bible and came up with an amazing figure of almost 7500. Among that large number are some specific promises God's servants can claim today. Believe me, there are times when the only thing that will keep you going is a promise from God that your work is not in vain. 

When we have done what was needed, but were ignored, misunderstood, or forgotten . . . we can be sure it was not in vain. 

When we did what was right, with the right motive, but received no credit, no acknowledgement, nor even a "thank you" . . . we have God's promise that "we will reap." 

The Finishing Touch

Between my mom and grandparents, I have been blessed with their efforts to teach me how to be a hard worker and give God my 100% in everything I do regardless of what God enables me to do. Developing a hard work ethic hasn't always come easy to me on my end. Lots of times, I needed some hand-holding to get me through those times when I had lacked confidence in myself or in God helping me get through the process. 

As I made it through the growing pains, God continued to surround me with other people who were more mature in life and faith than I was. As a result of having those people in my life, I would consistently received the encouragement and reminder that the work I did will never be done in vain. Even when I experienced failure in my life, God has always been there for me and always reminded me that He has a plan in it all. 

The failures we experience in life should never dictate who we are in Christ. We must always be reminded and encouraged that the work we do unto God will never be done in vain regardless of whether we receive human recognition or not. As nice as it it to be recognized by our peers in the ministry or at work, we must always keep in mind that it is God that we ultimately want to please and receive recognition from. My hope and pray for all of my readers and the people you share the contents of my blog with is that we will seek God and surround ourselves with godly friends and family so we can always be reminded of God's sovereign plan for our lives as well as always be reminded that the work we do will never, never be in vain. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Triumphant Hope!

The hope of the righteous shall be gladness. (Prov. 10:28) 

One of the greatest themes of Christianity is triumphant hope. Not just hope as in a distant, vague dream, but triumphant hope, the kind of hope where all things end right. In the midst of the struggles and the storms and the sufferings of life, we can advance our thoughts beyond today and see relief . . . triumph . . . victory. Because, in the end, God does indeed win. 

Think that through. All earthly woes, all financial pressures, all emotional trauma, all physical disabilities and handicaps, all domestic conflicts . . . all that ends. And we will be with Him who wins!And that means nothing but harmony and unity and victory and joy and praise and delight. 

We'll be changed down inside. We'll have new natures. We'll have new minds. We'll have new bodies. We'll have the joy of living forever and ever in praise and adoration of our God. 

Esther: A Woman of Strength and Dignity 

As Christians, we can be glad for our hope is in the Lord. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gives us the confidence to live with the hopeful expectation that He will be the One to guide us and direct us in the way we should go before He returns. In the meantime, all we can do is simply ask God to continuously endow us with strength to further reinforce our faith to one day be able to experience triumphant hope.

There will one day come an occasion when everything will be exactly as we hoped they would be during our earthly lives. For those of us who are currently faced with amazing hardships and trials, our triumphant hope will be achieved in the most miraculous way we could possibly imagine. Quite frankly, our imaginations are simply too limited to even begin to fathom the scope of hope on the day of Jesus' triumphant return and victory over sin and death. 

Does it mean that we cannot hold out hope for great things to happen in our lives now? Absolutely not! Having hope that we will experience God's amazing grace in our lives right now is what propels us to live each day of our lives with expectant determination grounded in spirit of humility. Always remember friends, the trials and hardships we face in this life are meant to make us stronger in Christ, not break us. The miraculous can indeed happen in our lives, but the ultimate triumph is when we experience the miraculous triumph over sin and death. Hallelujah!

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

God Takes Care Of You!

Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be you dismayed: for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9) 

Did you know that worry erases the promises of God from your mind? Jesus implies this when He says, "O men of little faith. Do not be anxious then, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'With what shall we clothe ourselves?'" (Matthew 6:31) The promise of God is that He will not allow His children to beg bread. He will care for our needs and that's the promise you can claim. Since He took care of our greatest need at Calvary by giving us Christ, then you can be sure He will take care of everything else He considers important for us. 

Perfect Trust

God will indeed take very good care of us. All we need to do is trust Him. To be very honest with all of you, it wasn't always that way for me. After having been brought into this world without an earthly father to be by my side since day one of my birth, trusting God to take care of me hasn't come easily. That struggle was even evident long after I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. 

My personal trust in God has had some major growing pains, but has gotten better and matured with every single passing trial and after various hardships. Regardless of whatever it is we go through in those difficult times in our lives, God will take care of us. The timing of His care may not be when we want it to happen, but He is always faithful and knows exactly when we need His care. 

Keep in mind friends, that when we speak, we speak in good faith and confident that God will do as He has promised us in His Word. Standing on the promises of God will make riding out the storms of life so much easier. Just gotta have faith. . . faith. . .faith!

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Light And Truth!

O send out your light and your truth: let them lead me. (Psalm 43:3) 

In this psalm David asks for two specific things: light and truth. He wanted God to give him His Word (truth) and an understanding of it (light). . . . 

Every believer in Jesus Christ must ultimately come to the place where he is going to trust God's Word completely before he can experience consistent victory. It is our single source of tangible truth. We try every other---we lean on self . . .  on others . . . on feelings . . . on bank accounts . . . on good works . . . on logic and reason . . . on human perspective---and we continually end up with the short straw and churning. God has given His written Word and the promise of His light to all His children. When will we ever learn to believe it and live in it and use it and claim it?  I often wonder how many of His personal promises to His people exist in His Book unclaimed and ignored. 

Living Beyond the Daily Grind 

The understanding (light) of God's Word (truth) must intrude in our lives in such a manner that the way we live out our lives will be influenced by the Holy Spirit to stay within the parameters of His Word. In order for us to stay within the parameters of His Word, the light of His truth must illuminate those areas of our lives that could potentially hinder our relationship with God and those around us. 

In the same way that God's Word will reprimand us. His Word will also comfort us. His Word is full of promises that we often overlook or may even take for granted. Given the current state of affairs on the global front, we must make every effort with God's grace and help to instill the light of truth in the lives of those that God directs us to minister to. 

My dear friends, when it's all said and done, it will be all about Jesus. Everything in God's Word from the book of Genesis to Revelation points to Jesus. Jesus can even be found in the amazing stories we read in the Old Testament. The vast majority of the stories in the O.T. are actual foreshadows of what we would expect to happen to Jesus. Given the fact that Jesus will be the only Person Who will ever be willing to be crucified for us, we have an obligation before God Himself and everyone we love and care about to share the LIGHT and TRUTH of Jesus Christ because He is the only way to get to heaven, Amen?

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).