If you “only” operate by sight, you will never truly see what God can do…
If you “only” operate by sight, you will never truly see what God can do…
Life can get difficult sometimes, and it is hard to put a finger on why? You do the best you can, but nothing seems to work out.
You regret some decisions you have made. You feel guilty about past mistakes, and doubt sets in about your future. These thoughts can change to feelings that your life is out of your control. As negativity fills your mind, you can become stressed, and depressed; which eventually can lead to ill health.
If you could step back for just a moment, you would quickly realise, by placing your attention on your problems, you have stopped God’s healing energy from flowing into your life.
No matter how strong your faith negativity can take its toll, draining your spirit, making you doubt yourself. Your character can change and before long you’re not the person you once were.
Even the best of us can lose our way from time to time.
Faith is like a muscle, it needs to be worked regularly or it loses its power. Simply taking the time to connect to spirit can work wonders. A few words are all it takes to relight the flame of faith.
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Wishing you health and happiness. Enjoy your weekend.
2 Timothy 2:3 NKJV
Endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
There are two types of criticism: constructive criticism and destructive criticism. One builds you up the other tears you down. Be wise in how you respond to unfounded criticism and gossip.
When your critic wants to remain anonymous, they’re not worthy of your response.
The story told of a pastor who received a letter that contained one word — FOOL! Next Sunday he held it up and said to the congregation, I received the strangest letter this past week. He read the one-word text and said, ‘Somebody wrote it and forgot to sign it!
You say, but they are attempting to hurt my reputation. D.L. Moody said, if I take care of my character, God will take care of my reputation’ (see Isaiah 54:17) Any time you’re involved in a worthy cause, people will not only try to beat you down, but keep you down.
In training Timothy for ministry, Paul told him ‘endure hardship like a good soldier of Jesus Christ’.
Difficult people are placed in our path not to defeat us, but to develop us. Leaders know this, so they stay and finish the job regardless of the cost. Just like the captain goes down with the ship, the true leader stays until the work is done.
You say, ‘Then how should I respond? By praying for them! Jesus said, ‘Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you…and you will be sons of the Most-High’ (Luke 6:28, 35 NKJV).
Enjoy your week.
James 1:8 KJV
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
If you’re afraid to make a decision in case its wrong, read this Scripture: ‘If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all liberally.. and it will be given to him. But let him have faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like the wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
For let, not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord: he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways’ (James 1:5-8 NKJV).
President Reagan enjoyed telling the story of how he learned to make a firm decision. When he was a boy, his aunt sent him to a cobbler to have a new pair of shoes made for him. When the shoemaker asked, “Do you want a square toe or a round one? He hemmed and hawed, so the cobbler said, “Come back in a day or two and tell me what you want.
Later the cobbler saw Reagan on the street and asked what he had decided about the shoes. “I haven’t made up my mind yet, he answered. “Very well,” the cobbler said, “your shoes will be ready tomorrow.
When Reagan got the shoes, one had a round toe; the other had a square toe! Reagan said, “ Looking at those shoes every day taught me a lesson. “If you don’t make your own decisions, somebody else will make them for you.” Worst case: if you get it wrong, you’ll learn what not to do next time.
Bottom line: to succeed in life, you must pray for wisdom, and then make a decision.
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 NLT
Underlying your deepest fears — are thoughts. They may be expressed publicly or entertained privately. Either way, you must be aware of them and change them. If you don’t, they will capture and control you.
One of the most powerful weapons God has given you for conquering fear and worry is the ability to personalise His promises.
Here are just a few: don’t be afraid… you are mine. When you go through the deep waters and deep trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression… the flames will not consume you, for I am the Lord your God’ (Isaiah 43:1-3 TLB).
And what should your response to Gods promise be? “I will be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. I will not be afraid, neither will I be dismayed, for the Lord my God is with me where ever I go’ (see Joshua 1:9 AMPC).
‘The Lords’s eye is upon me because I fear Him [revere and worship Him with awe] and because I trust in his mercy and loving-kindness’ (see Psalm 33:18 AMPC).
‘When I am tempted to have a fearful and hasty heart, I will say to myself, be strong, fear not! My God will come… and save me’ (see Isaiah 35:4 AMPC).
‘The Lord is my light and my salvation… whom shall I fear?… when troubles come. He will hide me. He will set me on a high rock out of reach of all my enemies. Then I will… sing his praise with much joy’ (Psalm 27:1, 5-6 TLB).
Do you want to overcome your fears and worries? Personalise God’s Promises!
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice!” Philippians NKJV
Cheryl continually complained that she didn’t make enough money, couldn’t afford the things that she wanted, and therefore wasn’t going to amount to anything.
Her counsellor said, you’re wasting your energy complaining, instead of using it to get ahead. Cheryl countered, “You don’t understand. the job is the problem, not me.”
The counsellor said, “Your low-paying job may be a problem and your boss may demand to much, but when you’re continually upset, you’re causing yourself more harm than either your boss or your job.
Cheryl asked, “what can I do?” the counsellor said, you can’t control your boss or job, but you can control how you feel about them. Change your attitude. Cheryl took his advice.
When she stopped whining about her life, people noticed. She got a promotion, and with her new job statue she was more marketable.
Within a few months she was transferred to a position with higher pay and a more supportive boss. Good things happen for people with a good attitude. And your attitude is something that you can choose regardless of circumstances.
Paul wrote, rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice. Where was Paul? In prison! Who was he writing to? People outside the prison! Why did he repeat himself and say? Again, I will say, rejoice? Because we forget and lapse back into negativity so quickly.
True joy is an inside job that’s not subject to people or outside situations. Jesus said, “These things have I spoken onto you, that you might be full.” (John 15:11 KJV)
Enjoy your weekend.
Sometimes the best thing to do is turn the situation over to God. Yes but what about those go-getters who ride with the Sun, skip breakfast, and break records well I’m just giving it to God?
Look at Jesus; He didn’t get started until he was 30. What about all those wasted years?
He left them to God. And how did he react to those who heard his message, shrugged and walked away. Left them to God and what about those nitpicking Pharisees who give him so much grief? He left them to God as well.
An old minister once said that he felt driven and drained by never-ending demands, saying,
“If people weren’t changing, I felt responsible. If someone drifted, somehow it was my fault. If there wasn’t continual growth, I acted as if I needed to make it happen. If a sermon failed to ring with clarity and power, I struggled all of Monday and half of Tuesday.
Talk about wasted energy!
Time has helped; so has age. Virtually all of the things that one stole my joy and assaulted my motivation – I just leave to God.
Don’t I care? Of course, I care. But those cares are now placed in the hands of one who can handle them. What once bothered me, I’ve learnt to give over to him who doesn’t mind being disturbed.
Whereas criticism used to cripple me for days, now I do my best to shift until I learn what I can and turn the rest over to God.”
Wise words, and words we all should follow.
If people hurt you or criticise you don’t waste your time or energy thinking about them, hand them over to God. He will deal with them. Don’t get caught up in there web of megativity. Don’t let them win.
Keep your head high and know that you did know wrong, and your actions will not go unnoticed. Love and peace will fill your soul.
Until Roger bannister came on the scene in 1954, some experts said it was physically impossible to break the four minute mile.
The thinking was, if it hasnt been done before then it cant be done.
But bannister not only did it, he started a new trend. History continues to prove that records are made to be broken. And with God on your side, your chances for success go through the roof!
Paul said, I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ. (Philippians 4:13 TLB)
Have you ever seen trained fleas in a jar? You dont need a lid to keep them in. Thats because when the trainer first places them in the jar, he puts the lid on it, and the fleas jump up and down frantically hitting there heads against it.
finally after alot of headaches, they stop jumping and settle in to enjoy their newfound comfort.
Now when the lid is removed the fleas are held captive by the mindset that says, ‘So high and no higher.’
What a picture! Jesus said that he came to ‘set at liberty them that are bruised’ (Luke 4:18 KJV) Bruised by what? By past mistakes,, by harsh criticism, by crippling fears, by wrong teaching, by physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual handicaps.
In other words, Jesus came to take the lid off your thinking! No matter how bad your past is, the future He has in mind is better — and it is worth pursuing and fighting for.
When you squander or lose your money, there’s a chance you get it back. But not when you squander or lose your time.
One of the saddest stories in scripture is found in these words. Another said, “i will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” But nowhere is it recorded that he followed Jesus.
And procrastination and perfectionism go hand in hand. We say, “If i cant do it right, I won’t do it at all.” No, before you get it right you’ll probably get it wrong. In every story of success there are chapters of struggle, but they are the chapters of learning and growth.
A study was done at Yale University. Graduating seniors were told of the dangers of tetanus and given the opportunity to get a free inoculation at the health centre. While a majority of the students were convinced they needed the shot, guess how many followed through and got the vaccine? Three per cent!
Another group was given the same lecture, but also given a copy of the campus map with the location of the health centre circled on it. They were then asked to look at their weekly schedules and figure out when they could find the time to get the shot.
Nine times as many studentss got inoculated. Good intentions arent enough. You need to make the call, or make the move. You need to set the deadline, or set the appointment.
Today is the tomorrow you were talking about yesterday. So stop procrastinating, write a list, and just do it.
“Why, my soul, are you downcast?”
According to studies, one in 10 people are affected by depression at some point in their lives, with up to 10 times more people suffering from depression now than in 1945.
The most worrying thing is most of them won’t reach for assistance because they believe that depression is a personal weakness.
Now, let’s make an important distinction here. If you are clinically depressed it could be due to a chemical imbalance in your body, and a doctor can help you.
But the bible can help if you are feeling sad or hopeless, as it provides wisdom on how to recover. Your situation won’t be solved with a few clichés or a good pick me up from a friend. What you need is wisdom that is from above. (James 3:17 KJV)
After calling down fire from heaven, Elijah sat down….and prayed that he might die’ (1 Kings 19:4 NKJV). Fortunately, he turned to the right source. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up” (1 Kings 19:5 NIV 2011 Edition).
Now, God may not send you an angel, but he will answer you, lift and restore you. The psalmist said; why my soul, are you so downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my saviour and my God.’
Who is David talking to? Himself! First, he talked to God about his problem; that’s what you do in prayer.
Next, he listened to God about his problem; that’s what you do when you read scriptures and speak them over your life. That strategy works. It worked for David — and it will work for you too.