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Value Others

Do nothing out of  selfish ambition  or vain conceit. Rather, in humility  value others  above yourselves, (Philippians 2:3)  It took many years for me to realize one of the most amazing principles in the Word of God. It seems to me that we are programmed within to be successful and that this desire to win often takes us in the wrong direction. For many years I wanted to get ahead of others, take care of myself and be certain that in this dog eat dog world, I would be the top dog. (when you're not the lead dog, the scenery never changes) But one day, I had an encounter with Christ and He became the Savior of my life. He showed me another way I could succeed.  The simple principle was that if I would  value others first, He would value me and lift me up me in the process. Humility always brought me right to where I needed to be! When I humbled myself, God would raise me up. Selfish ambition will wear you out. It will bring you nothing but anger, frustration, bitterness

Stand

One of my favorite scriptures, actually favorite chapters is Ephesians 6 where it talks about the armor of God. I need armor because there are some crazy things that are thrown at me every day. Here's what it says... Ephesians 6:13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and  after you have done everything, to stand . There is armor and then there is the FULL armor. The full armor covers everything. God's got us covered. When we have this on we are protected in such a way that we can stand in the midst of any battle and make it. I have been in the middle of many situations in my life that have felt like battles. I have fought and fought and just when it seems like I get out in front of the battle there is a new twist. I'm at the place now that our scripture talks about... having done all you can do...STAND . I have said, alright, enough is enough! It's that place where you are sick and t

The Tide Will Turn

Just Sing!

Isaiah 54 contains an awesome word of encouragement for people that are ready for change. If you have ever experienced a season of spiritual dryness or non-productivity, you will love it. How do you shake the drought? You  SING ! Right there in the pit of discouragement and with your lacking non-productive life… SING ! And what is the initial reaction to that type of counsel? People say, "what have I got to sing about?" Seems we need a reason – need to see some progress – an increase in our check at work – straight A’s on our children’s progress report – then we’ll sing! Give me a winning lottery ticket and just watch me burst into song!  But Isaiah also provides us with a reason. To put it plain and simple he says you may never have experienced “labor pains” but you’re ending up with far more children than all of those childbearing women! In other words, YOUR blessing is on the way! That's good news! It’s coming! It’s just around the corner! Just a little furt

Beautiful Roses Have Thorns

In scripture Paul was often irritated by things that were not godly and people who did not believe the things he was teaching. He was in a position to receive an abundance of divine revelation. God was speaking to him and ministering to others through him. In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 we find him being attacked by this intense, wearying difficulty which he referred to as a " thorn in the flesh ". As most of us would do, he prayed that God would remove it. It lingered. He prayed again. Nothing. A third time he specifically prayed for the removal of this hindrance and still nothing happened to the hindrance. God was silent. Nothing happened to the thorn. But something happened in Paul. Paul learned about grace. He learned the definition and magnitude of grace. For the Lord told him through this adversity that His grace was sufficient and that His strength would rise to the top when Paul's strength diminished. It changed the way Paul thought and the way he spoke. Now he w

What Type of People Matter to God?

Ever wondered what type of people matter to God ? Psalm 10 has some clues:) 12  Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.     Do not forget the helpless. 13  Why does the wicked man revile God?     Why does he say to himself,     “He won’t call me to account”? 14  But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;     you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you;     you are the helper of the fatherless. 15  Break the arm of the wicked man;     call the evildoer to account for his wickedness     that would not otherwise be found out. 16  The Lord is King for ever and ever;     the nations will perish from his land. 17  You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;     you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, 18  defending the fatherless and the oppressed,     so that mere earthly mortals     will never again strike terror.  So, what type of people matter to God ?      ▪         H

Reveal Who You Are

Father, Reveal who you are. Set the world right. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.” I love the Message version of these verses in Luke 11.   It’s my hearts desire that the Lord would truly  reveal  Himself. Each day I pray that He could intervene and set things right in this world, bringing all of us back on to His path. I ask Him to provide for all MY needs according to  His  riches. I hope that He will allow forgiveness to be given and received within all of my relationships. And lastly, I ask Him to protect me from myself and those forces and people that desire to harm me in any way. We call this the Lords Prayer but every morning, this is MY prayer. And I’m grateful He gave me this outline so that I could follow it and allow the power of these words to shape my life. How do you start your day? Could you use a new revelation of Christ in your life? How about some of

10 Things God Can't Do

Not sure where I got this from, I believe it was in a devotional some time ago. I thank whomever passed it on to me to share with you. It really spoke to me today. Did you realize that there are some things that God can't do? 

Relying on God

We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed  beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it .  In fact, we expected to die. But as a result,  we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God , who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety . 2 Cor 1:8-11 Each one of us can probably relate to having faced something that absolutely overwhelmed us beyond our ability to endure. When your spirit is crushed and hope is lost, despair rises. Paul is describing some pretty dark times when hope was gone and so was the belief that they could survive. He says, "we expected to die.&q

Too Soon to Quit

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."  Thomas Edison  I often wonder about "timing" and why most of the things I pray for don't show up until that final hour. Have your ever experienced that? Let me keep it real simple today... it's always too soon to quit.  If you are thinking about giving up on a dream or idea take a moment today to ask yourself this question: if the blessing you were waiting on was coming later today, would you still stop moving forward? If you are like most folks, you would say absolutely not!  Don't give up! Trust in the Lord and don't lean on what you know. Hold up your head and hold out your hope! You could be so close! Don't give up! 

No Better Place to Be

Are you happy where you are?" 1 Timothy 1:12 says," I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service ." When we are fully invested in the Lord and living for Him, we can believe that our steps are being divinely ordered by Him. We give, we pray, we fast and then we can expect that God will help guide us to the places we should be and to meet the people we should meet. Being in the right place at the right time and for the right reasons will always produce the right results. When we live our lives for the Lord, we can be happy with where we are because that is where we are supposed to be! I've met so many people recently that seem unhappy. I've had seasons of sadness as well. Times like that can take all of us back to the place we ask that question, "am I happy where I am?" To be truly happy with where you are you must know where you are going. If you will decide that you are goi

Show-Teach-Lead

" Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me,  For You are the God of my salvation. On You I wait all the day. " I have always loved reading this part of Psalm 25:4-5 because it shows us the dynamic nature of God’s guidance. It's fluid and ever-changing. These verses also confirm the idea that God will be with us as we walk through the everyday challenges and struggles of this life. He will show us, teach us and lead us. It's a journey that takes each of us a lifetime and even then, we never fully understand all of it.  Show me your ways …reminds us that as we seek Him we find Him. When we ask, we receive and He is glad to reveal a glimpse of His desire for us. The struggle most times for us in seeking God’s guidance is that we have already decided our own way before we ask. Teach me your paths …implies that there will be lessons along the way. Not only can God provide a look at the road, He also walks beside you as

What Do YOU Want?

There was a blind man that heard Jesus was coming to town. Jesus had a reputation for making things work that didn't work.  Legs, arms and even eyes! This man could not see but he could speak, in fact he could yell. And that's just what he did! When Jesus was coming by he yelled "Jesus, have mercy on me!" His voice was so loud that it could not be ignored. His voice stopped Jesus. Jesus had him brought closer. When the blind man was standing before him, I would imagine you could feel the emotion in the air. Jesus didn't touch him. He didn't pray for him and he did not anoint this man with oil. He simply asked him a question. What do you want me to do for you ? What a landmark moment! It's what we would call a   divine appointment. When our pursuit places us in the presence and the power of Jesus. And what does He ask? What do  YOU  want? What if the blind man had said "I want to win the lottery and I need some winning numbers?" Or "I&