Monthly Archives: January 2014
January 31, 2014
We all face challenges, difficulties and times when things don’t go our way.
God doesn’t send these storms, but He will allow us to go through certain things in order to shape our character and prove our faith. Really, it’s in our times of difficulty that we grow and develop. God wants to use the tough times in our lives to do a work in us. He wants to strengthen and develop us. Our attitude in times of adversity is the evidence of our maturity. Are we going to treat people right even when we’re being mistreated? Are we going to stay full of joy even when the bottom falls out? Are we going to be faithful even in the dry seasons of our lives when we don’t see anything good happening? It may take more effort. You may have to work harder to keep a good attitude, but remember, attitude and faith in God is the key to your promotion. As you keep that positive attitude of faith and expectancy, even in times of adversity, God will deliver you and move you forward into the destiny He has prepared for you. How has your adversity attitude been?
January 30, 2014
What are the dreams and desires that you have for your future?
Maybe you had some big dreams in the past, but things didn’t go the way you planned. So you put them aside and settled for status quo. We’ve all had disappointments and setbacks, but today is a new day, and we serve a God who makes all things new. Let me challenge you to dig deep and dare to have a big dream for your life. When one dream dies, dream another dream. Don’t just settle for mediocrity, we serve a God who is above and beyond anything we can think of, and He wants to show His greatness through you. Remember, there’s nothing you can dream that God can’t do. Why don’t you ask Him to bring you the right people, the right opportunities, and the right resources? Trust that He is working behind the scenes on your behalf. Dare to believe and dare to dream another dream because He desires to do big things in and through you in this New Year. Are you dreaming big dreams?
January 29, 2014
The most powerful, liberating things we can do is to break from the fear-based thinking that dominates the world.
So many people today are living with less than their best because they’ve allowed fear to come in and take root in their lives. Fear is the greatest weapon used to try to hold us back. Fear is not from God. We know that fear brings torment. It’s designed to paralyze us and keep us from our destiny. The good news is that God is greater than fear. His power in you is greater than any power that comes against you. You have to close the door on fear. See, fear can’t have access to your life unless you open a door and give it access. That’s why we have to be careful about what we watch, what we listen to, what we read, and what we say. When we open ourselves to fear, we give it opportunity. If you’ve allowed fear to steal from you in any area of life, today you can be free — you can be finished with fear. Conquering fear starts by making the choice to close the door on fear by receiving God’s love. Receive His truth and speak His truth. Let Him set you free and lead you into victory as you close the door on fear. Are you ready to get fear out of your life today?
January 28, 2014
Great people are not those who have never fallen. Great people are those who, when that have fallen, dig deep and find strength to get back up.
Have you ever wanted to do something really great? Maybe you had a big dream; maybe you believed you could start a business. Maybe you wanted to lose some weight or go back to school. Now, it’s been so long. You tried and it didn’t work out. The loan didn’t go through. The medical report wasn’t good. Now, the “never” lies are playing in your mind… “I’ll never get well.” “I’ll never get married.” “I’ll never accomplish my dreams.” Today is the day to get your fire back. Today is the day to get a new perspective. Just because it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean that it’s not going to happen. God has already lined up the right people, the right breaks, the right answers. Everything you need is already in your future. Now you’ve got to shake off the doubt; shake off the discouragement. Whether it’s been a year, five years or fifty years, what God promised you He still has every intention of bringing it to pass. Keep standing, keep believing, keep hoping and keep moving forward. Get your fire back and let Him fulfill every dream He has placed in your heart. Are you getting your fire back today?
January 27, 2014
Any situation that teaches us humility, responsibility, and forgiveness teaches us what’s truly important–is not a failure.
You may be going through or have gone through situations that you considered a failure. There is a big difference between failing at something and being a failure. When you take from what happened and apply the lesson being taught to your life you’re not a failure. The three main lessons to be learned from failing are humility, responsibility and forgiveness. When you can apply those three to any situation; then that situation should not be considered a failure. So many times when we fail at something our insecurities prevent us from learning these valuable lessons. Pride will try to protect us; when it is only hurting us. By allowing the truth of the matter be our guide we can learn and grow from all situations. Understand today that you are not a failure. Just because you may have failed at something doesn’t make you a failure. While in that place, learn the life lessons being taught. Then you get back up and keep moving in your destiny. Are you learning from failed attempts today?
January 26, 2014
You should not live worried and anxious about anything, but stay in peace.
You know that worry is counterproductive. It steals your peace and joy and affects every area of your life — your sleep, your health, your peace. Worry steals precious moments of time that you can never get back. Decide today to put an end to worry in your life. Don’t feed worry by focusing on bad news all the time. Sure, we should be informed, but we should be more informed of the truth; not facts. Go after peace in every situation today. Don’t allow situations and conditions to cause you to worry and stress. Move toward the truth of the situation and stay in peace. Do you have peace in your life today?
January 25, 2014
Shame is savage, and it never lets you off the hook. It leads to obsessions, self-hatred, self-punishment, and a shattered sense of self.
Many people get shame and guilt confused or think they are the same thing. Guilt is not bad for us, it tells us that our behavior was bad. Shame, on the other hand, tells us that we are bad. Shame will convince you that you are not good and that you are a bad person. There is nothing healthy about shame. Are you dealing with shame over things you have done? We all have done something that we are guilty of, but never let shame take control of your mind. It will poison your heart. You are not what you a bad person because you behavior was bad. Remove the condemning thoughts of shame today. Don’t allow them to steal your joy, peace and love. Be free from shame and see yourself as you really are; an awesome person with a purpose. Receive the love that comes from knowing you are not a shameful person. Are you ready to free from shame today?
January 24, 2014
Isn’t it good to know that no matter what happened yesterday, no matter what you said, no matter what you did, God’s mercy is new for you today?
Mercy is empowering. It frees us to make the right choices and live the life that we were created for. We have to always remember that God is not condemning us. God wants to love us and equip us to overcome in this life. Do you need new mercy today? You don’t have to beg God to forgive you. He forgives you the first time you ask, but it’s up to you to receive that forgiveness. Open your heart today and receive His mercy. You will begin to experience peace and joy. Then choose to extend that mercy to others. As you show His love and character to others, He’ll pour out His blessing upon you and use you in ways you never dreamed. Are you receiving new mercies every day?
January 23, 2014
Things might have gone roughly in the past, but the past is over and can’t touch you unless you hold on to it.
Are you ready for a new chapter in your life? In order to move forward into the new, you have to be willing to let go of the old. The things that are behind you are not nearly as important as what is out in front of you. It’s time to get ready for the “new”! You may have had some unfair things happen, things that you don’t understand. I am here to tell you, you have come too far to stop now. Instead of allowing those things to hold you back, why don’t you let go and take that step into the new? It’s time to get a new, bigger vision; it’s time to get a new, fresher outlook; it’s time to rise up with a new attitude! Instead of settling where you are, pick up and move forward. Have the attitude that says, “I may not understand it; it may not have been fair, but I am not getting stuck on this page. I know God has a new chapter for me — a chapter filled with love, forgiveness, grace and mercy! Are you ready to step into the new today?
January 22, 2014
Your past, your mistakes, other people’s opinions of you, even your failures do not in any way limit who you are or what is possible for your life.
So many people today live in guilt and condemnation over their past mistakes and wrongdoings. They have this attitude that they are too far gone or they’ve made too many mistakes. They think that if they walk into church, the roof will cave in. If that’s you, nothing could be further from the truth! It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, it doesn’t matter where you’ve been; God’s grace is enough. Today, don’t live another minute in regret, condemnation, heaviness or despair. Your past can only limit you; it you allow it to. Get back up and be who you were created to be today. There is nothing you have done that can take away your purpose in life. You are needed and have a reason for being alive right now. Be encouraged! Be fully alive today! Are you ready to live your life to the fullest?