Monday, December 29, 2014

Endurance = Patience

Colossians 1:11-12

11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 

*This is the time of year when many become antsy about goals they set for the new year, or perhaps you are thinking about what wasn't accomplished. Did you ever think about the possibility that you still may need to grow? Perhaps you may need more preparation for what you desire, or God is working things out and it takes time to bring things all together. Having patience and endurance to finish what you start, wait to receive instructions from the Lord, and properly carrying out those instructions may cause some situations to be uncomfortable. However, you are qualified to carry out a purpose or task if you are willing to run the race of faith and act when prompted.  Therefore, as the year ends and the new one begins, don't look around and compare yourself to others. Stay focused on the possibilities and instructions God gives you, and remember that faith is what carries you while acting is what sees you through...Are you up for the endurance challenge in order to obtain what you desire?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Fill Up

John 6:35  (ESV)

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.,"

*Every time we yearn for something, develop a desire, or so much as slightly yearn for something, it is always obtainable if it lines up with God's word. We do not have to starve or wait around for God to fill us or fulfill His promises. He is waiting on us to ask for guidance, and be filled with knowledge on how to move forward. Become filled with God, and get full off of His word in order to never want for anything because of His promises. Don't let the ability to savor in His goodness go by the wayside, leaving you empty. Be filled and full...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Where the Heart is...

Ephesians 4:32 (KJV)- And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

*People often wonder why they have a hard time in life, why are they unable to move forward, why do they have so many haters, or what is the issue with others...Perhaps it could be due to the vibes you give off, the salty attitude you portray, the judgment you may unknowingly casting, the words you speak that cause others to act negatively towards you, or your lack of forgiveness. There are so many individuals who feel they have a point to prove, that they need to "get them before they get me," or perhaps you are speaking on something you know nothing about while casting negativity while holding to unforgiveness that is dwelling in your heart. Many of these behaviors derive from a know-it-all spirit, rather then using knowledge and trying to understand the other person. You may feel as though what has normally occurred based upon your past or other situations is how it will be always; therefore, you act accordingly. Don't allow negativity, rudeness, hurt, or your lack of knowledge of an attire situation impair you from being kind, loving, forgiving, and compassionate. Instead of hardening your heart, try showing tenderness. You never know the extent of any situation; therefore, don't make it about you...Make it about God, and allow His words and actions to flow through you. This is not to say you will never take authority of something, but being smart, rude, or showing disdain all the time isn't walking in love...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fainting is Failure

Galatians 6:9-10 (NIV)

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

*One thing about belivers is we have faith, but often give in if the blessijg doesn't come right away, or if it takes more work on our part. God is in the blessing business, but sometimes things do not just fall out of the sky. We have to put forth effort to obtain the desires of our heart, learn people, and be open to God's guidance in order to utilize the correct amount of effort towards performing good works. We can't just pick and choose who we will treat well, what we will put positive energy into, or what's worth it to us. We have to place spiritual energy and efforts in EVERY aspect of our lives. Let's pray that we all grow in this area, and are able to push forward in kindness without giving up...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Let Go & Let God

Proverbs 4:25 ESV

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.

*A lot of times we like to look back, while comparing our past with present or future situations. However, history only repeats itself if you let it. It's important that we ask God to help our minds be open to new things and experiences, and that we stop being caught in a time warp through consistently basing things on the past. You have the ability to truly forgive and forget the way God does in order to move forward by being baggage free. Yet, if you keep looking back, how will you ever realize or even recognize something new. I'm sure you have heard of the phrase, "let go and let God." Therefore, let go of feelings and apprehension of the bad things you've experienced in order to make room for Him to make all things new...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Evolution of Love

Romans 12:9-16 (MSG) Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don't quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality. Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they're happy; share tears when they're down. Get along with each other; don't be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don't be the great somebody.

*Today, God laid the lesson of love on my heart. Many of us say we love God, but are constantly being rude or looking down on each other. Even saying you are going to do something for or with someone with no intention of ever accomplishing that task shows lack of love....To say one thing to a person, but treat them with the opposite behavior is not love, and to manipulate a situation or act in selfishness is a falsified love as well. Today, let's truly think on how we love and treat others, and ask yourself are you really loving the way God tells us to do so?...OR, have you modified the meaning of the word for your own selfishness? The meaning of love never changes, but the actions behind it should always be evolving. How is your love walk going?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Accepting Grace

Hebrews 4:16

16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence,so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

*Every time you continue to sow, give praise, seek the Father, be obedient, and act in accordance to His will you are being bold in your pursuit of grace...God wants us to have confidence in His ability to cover us and move things in our lives. However, we must willingly act on approaching Him, and be bold enough to remind Him of His promises. If you are seeking alternatives outside the perfect will of God, you do not operate in enough boldness to believe in His capabilities. Stretch your faith, listen for guidance, and establish a more solid relationship with the Father to understand and be able to accept His grace and mercy.