Saturday, November 29, 2014

The True Meaning of Love

Romans 5:8 (KJV) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

*God's love extends far beyond whether or not we are worthy of His care...He loves unconditionally regardless to our circumstance and state of mind. Therefore, why can't we show that same type of love? Why do things have to go our way, be picture perfect, or in accordance to our terms in order to show love to one another? Even more so, why aren't we loving others in order to promote change and provide comfort? There is often a thorough evaluation done before we even show friendliness towards a person...Let alone love them. Now, that's not to say that you should be naive or operate in foolishness. However, if Christ loves us through our mess and suffered in order to provide a better opportunity, then why can't we do the same as we are led by the Father? The standard in which you hold others to is the one you will be held accountable to; therefore, love hard and act to assist in advancing the kingdom by allowing the Holy Spirit to impact your heart.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Limitless in Christ

1 John 9:20-21 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.

*We all have a calling on our lives, but if we choose to do other things outside of God's will, or use our gifts in the world to fuel darkness then we fail. Do not circum to the limitations of what the world places on you, but embrace your calling and be guided by God where the sky is the limit.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rewards of Focusing on God

Psalm 37:4 ESV

Delight yourself in the Lord , and he will give you the desires of your heart.

*Notice that before receiving the things of God, we must focus on Him. Focusing requires the ability to get more in tune with the word, seek God for guidance, being obedient and stop procrastinating, and remove elements of us doing what we feel vs what is right. A feeling alone only lasts for a moment and fulfills only what we desire at that time. However, obeying an unction from the Holy Spirit can impact you long term, and continue to provide balance over the course of your life. There is no desire that is to small or great for God to provide. It's just up to us whether we are ready to incorporate Him in our lives, decisions, and desires that will determine when or even if something or someone will manifest through His perfect will. Seek God first, and all things will be added (Matt. 6:33).

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Keeping the Faith

 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

*Stay encouraged no matter what it feels like, how it looks, or regardless to what you hear. Remember that we walk by faith and not by sight. Therefore, be guided by your faith in order to confidently ask God for help, but humble enough to let Him guide you regardless to how you feel. Be brave enough to take action, but smart enough to be led on how to move forward. Remember that all things work for the good of those that love Christ; therefore, each test is a testimony and every lesson is a blessing that is meant for you to share with others. They say you are what you eat, but the reality is that you are what you defeat...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Royalty Beyond Riches

1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

*When you make a decision to accept God into your life and serve Him, you become a part of a royal lineage and powerful blood line. You are no longer in line with the world, but placed above it because you now have more help, spiritual guidance, unconditional favor, and divine protection. It doesn't matter about your past because God sees you as being brand new, and His view is the only view that matters. Embrace how the Father sees you, the benefits of His royalty, and do not sell yourself short. It's so easy to settle with what you're use to, but it's far better to be open to the many possibilities from His view and ability to help you gain.

Friday, November 7, 2014

What Can Man Do to Me?

Hebrews 13:6 ESV

6 So we can confidently say,

“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”

*Many times we are concerned with the opinion of others whether we want to admit it or not. We often do things we don't want to do, hang around people that do not help us grow, and hide things to avoid the opinions. However, at the end of the day, who is this really hurting? That would be you...You avoid shouting from the mountain tops about a blessing you've inherited; you are the one who ends up wasting your time; or you are the one that inhibits your situation to receive and grow because you are concerned with catering to others, rather then working towards pursuing the next level and being touched by God. Why do we do this? What can man do to you that allows you to stay in this type of bondage? At the end of the day, who cares what others think of you if you have the approval of God? Don't miss out on being a testimony, true friendships, the right mate, your calling, growth, understanding yourself, and the blessings of Abraham for opinions that do not matter and actions that can't hinder you unless you allow them to...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Worship Beyond Your Words

Romans 12:1 ESV

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

*Every time we deny our bodies, hearts, and minds from participating in things that are not of God, we are worshipping Him. When we choose to do this, we are letting God know that He is more important then any momentarily feeling or pleasure that only last for a short time while His love endures forever. This is your way of TRULY showing appreciation towards Him. He loves you, and wants you to avoid unnecessary hurts, failures, and experiences. We will go through enough without adding more to it. Every time you deny the temptation of the enemy, a grace is put on you to move forward in that lifestyle...Pure, holy, and concentrated on excelling in God. This is how we move to the next level, effectively carry out His will, and receive the blessings He has for us. Therefore, next time you have a choice to do the wrong or right thing, ask yourself is it really worth it???

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Is It Really Approved?

Galatians 1:10 ESV

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

*You would be surprised to know how many times in a day we are after approval...We seek approval from our performances at work, from our friends or family when we ask for advice, or even within ourselves when look in the mirror or compare our current state to our past. Regardless of the measures in which you may do this, it is an act of wanting to feel justified by any means that you prefer to make yourself feel better. However, ask yourself why the opinion of others matters to you...Even more so, what effort are you willing to put forth to  receive their approval? Now, is that effort more then the effort you put forth towards God? Does His opinion even matter to us, or is it tossed to the side due to your lack of connecting or desiring Him? Everything we do and say carries a reason behind it, but does that reason line up with God's thoughts of you or plans for you? Today, let's pray we each become more focused on the goal God has set for us (Philippians 3:15-16) and the plans He has for our lives...AND LESS focused on seeking short-term approval from others. If we seek God first, then favor with people will come automatically.