Archive for December, 2009
So it’s a new year my friend, the year 2010 has come! As we boldly go forth into another year, another decade, new beginnings, it is my prayer that the Lord grants you the strength and the ability to conquer those challenges that perhaps have been a struggle to you in the pass.
My friend, it is also my prayer that the Lord Read More→
Developing a different approach to how you view your situations will bring about a different outlook on life overall. If you view everything from a place of negativity and doubt, then you’ll have trouble experiencing the true victory that God has for you.
Viewing everything in a negative mindset is a bad habit that will take away your joy and peace. It’s like wearing a pair of eyeglasses that are filtered to make everything appear as though the glass is half empty. Read More→Share
I usually don’t condone the selfish mind-set of giving just to receive. However, it’s important for us to be reminded that we can go to God and ask in His name and He will provide.
The scripture tells us that if we ask anything in the name of the Lord, He will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. It’s also important to know that God looks at our actions and He notices when we have a heart to give. Read More→Share
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13 KJV)
So you’re ready for new beginnings, huh? There’s no better way to kick off a new start except with a new attitude.
Do you find yourself frequenting the words “I can’t” in your daily thoughts?
Sometimes we say “I can’t” to ourselves even when we’re not aware that we’re saying it. If you have a problem rising to the next level, could it be because you’ve told yourself “you can’t” so many times that it’s become a habit?
The bible tells us that we are over-comers. If you continue to limit your abilities and tell yourself that you can’t do something, then you are speaking against what the word of God tells us.
Friend, I challenge you to eliminate that terrible phrase, “I can’t” from your vocabulary. In order to rise to the new level that God has in store for you, declare that you can do the impossible. With God by your side you can conquer anything. Read More→Share
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, (James 1:19)
How often do you find yourself in a conversation when you discover that you’re doing most of the talking? In essence, a true conversation is when both entities equally share the same amount of ideas and concepts but it doesn’t always end up being that way.
Many times misunderstandings stem from not knowing the other person’s point of view or where they are truly coming from.
Misunderstandings can lead to a loss of friendship, hurt feelings, or they can even lead to someone doing something that they will later regret.
As the scripture says, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” This is the spirit in which God wants us to operate in. Read More→Share
[Besides this evidence] it was also established and plainly endorsed by God, Who showed His approval of it by signs and wonders and various miraculous manifestations of [His] power and by imparting the gifts of the Holy Spirit [to the believers] according to His own will. (Hebrews 2: 4)
We are in a season filled with hope and love. Many times during the holidays everyone is kinder and nicer and the holiday cheer is in the air.
During the Christmas season it’s more common that everyone is in a cheerful spirit. We believe, love and give more at Christmas than we do throughout the year because it’s the time when we celebrate the birth of Christ.
What are you looking forward to throughout the rest of the year? What are you celebrating during the month of June and July? During Christmas we’re cheerful but throughout the rest of the year we tend to forget the unseen promises that God has in store for us. He has promised us abundance.
Friend, I don’t know what it looks like for you. There may be times throughout the year when it seems like there’s no breakthrough for your situation. I’m here to remind you that God is going to make a way of provision for you. Read More→Share
A wise man once said, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
Do you make excuses for not being able to do great things in life? Sometimes we want the end results but we don’t necessarily want to do the hard work that it takes to get there.
Discipline is a powerful trait to have because it keeps us on top of our toes in terms of growth and overcoming challenges. Discipline provides a rebuttal for every excuse that we make and gives us the motivation to work hard regardless of those excuses.
I looked up the definition of discipline on the web and it is defined as: “a : control gained by enforcing obedience or order b : orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior c : self-control.” (Merriam-webster.com)
Let’s say you want to start a work out routine. Many times we make excuses for ourselves on why we shouldn’t work out or why we should quit after not seeing results. Those excuses are a direct result of our negative self talk.
It takes self-discipline to not only start a work out routine but to be committed to it. It’s almost like we have to take a personal oath when we set a new goal in our life. Whether it be working out, starting a business, learning an instrument or even learning a sport. Read More→Share
(Ephesians 4:21) If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus:
(22) that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, (23) and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, (24) and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Accepting change can be a difficult thing when it puts us out of our comfort zone. Sometimes we become so stagnant in where we are that it’s hard to accept when God is moving in our lives.
Sometimes what seems like a curse is really a blessing in disguise. When it seems like the enemy is gaining ground, sometimes, is Gods way of preparing the way for a blessing in our lives.
Henceforth we become closed minded to change and we get discouraged and assume the enemy is plotting an attack.
Friends I encourage you to have an open mind when God is moving in your lives. In order for God to take us to the next level sometime He has to break down some of the damage that has been done in order to make way for improvement. Read More→Share
Most of the struggles we face in life can be eliminated by changing our thoughts. When something gets the best of you it’s because you allow it to take control over your life.
Our thoughts are directly tied to our emotions so when we’re upset, sad, tired or discouraged, we don’t think as clearly as we do when our emotions are in a neutral state.
If you get discouraged about something, it’s often harder than normal to come to your senses because the weight of the discouragement is over powering your ability to rationalize.
Therefore, often times our worst mistakes are made when we’re weighing our decisions based on our emotions and not our logic. It’s very easy to give up on our dreams because we get discouraged due to lack of progress and growth.
Many times the discouragement stems from us getting impatient and not putting our faith in God.
You may find yourself looking at the progress of your goals and you might find that you’re not where you want to be. Don’t let that discourage you. Don’t operate based on that emotion of discouragement.
Continue to put your faith in God. The night is always the darkest before dawn. When you’re in your darkest state and it seems like you’ve lost all hope and despair, remember to yet hold on to the promise of God. Read More→Share
The holidays are one of the most joyous times of the year. Unfortunately, for some it can be a rather difficult time of year. As we grow older, we find that it’s not as easy to get into the Christmas spirit as it was when we were younger.
We put so much pressure on ourselves during the holidays that we forget what it’s like to have fun during the holidays. Here is a list of things to do during the holidays to help relieve stress and develop the Christmas spirit.
1) Decorate Around The House.
For me one of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit is putting up the Christmas decorations around the house. Some people might say it’s a chore, but instead, look at it as an opportunity to put all your cares aside and focus on having fun during the Christmas season.
2) Spend Time With Family and Friends.
Throughout the year, it’s can be hard to commit time to family because of our hectic schedules. However, one of the best ways to relax during the Christmas season is to commit time to family and friends. Especially those who you don’t get to see throughout the year. Read More→Share