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Smack Em’ Down

Every day we are bombarded with thoughts. They can be either positive or negative. When we find ourselves drained of energy or circling the same issues over and over again, we are focusing on the wrong side of the equation and leaving God out of it.

We live in a fallen world tainted by sin, lust, evil, sickness, disease, anger and greed. The world wants what others have. They want their cake and eat it too. And many are willing to do whatever it takes to acquire success or fame.

Those of us in Christ need to focus on Him and Him alone. He is always with us whether we see Him or not. He is always fighting our battles even when we don’t see the circumstances change. When we get anxious or fearful it’s usually because our focus is on our wants and needs; on future things. But today is a gift. A gift from our Heavenly Father. It’s a day where we get to worship Him while unwrapping the day He’s giving us. Each day we get to see it unfold into something new.

See Him in every situation and every moment. It might be a bird, a song, a smile, a person or an unexpected present. Whatever God places into your life today, see the little things in a new light. His light!

Be focused today. Smack down the negative thoughts and keep your focus on Him. He has an amazing future for you and each day that unfolds will become more amazing when you see the little gifts along the way. He has you covered and you’re never alone. He will fulfill all your needs and desires. Keep believing and you will become all God wishes you to become, in His perfect way and His perfect timing!

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Be Bold

be-braveDid you know as soon as you start standing on God’s Word and believing God for big things to happen in your life, the first thing the enemy will do is bring opposition in your life. The enemy wants to do everything he can to make you go into another direction. He doesn’t want to see God working in your life, he wants you to stay broke, busted and disgusted. The enemy will do everything he can to make you give up.

I can tell you from experience that the enemy will come against you extremely hard when you are paying your tithes, your offerings or doing something good towards others. The enemy will attempt to make you sicker or he’ll make sure you get a terrible diagnosis from the doctor when you are standing on God’s Word for healing your body. He’ll attack your finances when you are paying your tithes and First Fruit offerings; making you doubt if you should continue. All of a sudden you’ll find yourself having extra expenses because your car, your air conditioner, your roof or something else will breakdown. Maybe you’ve prayed that God opens doors that no man can close only to find yourself suddenly unemployed with no direction. There are many, many ways that the devil may attempt to get you to go in another direction and the negative voices that sabotage you the most will be within yourself or those closest to you.

But I’m here today to tell you “THE DEVIL IS A LIAR!”

Mark 5:35-36, 39: 35 While He was still speaking, some people came from the synagogue official’s house, saying [to Jairus], “Your daughter has died; why bother the Teacher any longer?” 36 Overhearing what was being said, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; only keep on believing [in Me and my power].” 39And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.”

In Mark 5:35, Jairus had gone to Jesus asking Him to heal His daughter. Jesus was on His way to help but those closest to Jairus came with bad news. Jairus’ daughter died before Jesus got there, so they were telling him not to bother Jesus anymore. They were telling him that it was no longer needed, that it was too late and that it was impossible now. However, Jesus saw the situation completely different. Mark 5:36 shows us that Jesus told Jairus “Do not be afraid and keep believing.”

What was Jesus saying? When everyone else is telling you that your situation, your finances, your health is impossible to turnaround, you have an Almighty God that says IGNORE WHAT THEY SAY BECAUSE NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE TO THOSE WHO WILL KEEP BELIEVING!

Yes your pain and suffering is real. Your circumstances are real. BUT…don’t look at your circumstances. Don’t look at your checkbook. Don’t look at your unemployment. Don’t look at your diagnosis. Don’t listen to those negative voices and doubt surrounding you. Don’t look at anything but OUR HEAVENLY FATHER who wants to help you. He is anticipating and knows what you need. You don’t need to concern yourself with the “how”…God is filled with resurrecting power no matter what is happening in your life.

God says to believe in Him and Him alone! He can do the impossible! God is more than enough in every situation. He can and will do more than you can ever imagine. Don’t get stuck when the enemy attacks you. Don’t listen to the negative voices surrounding you. Don’t doubt when you are so close to seeing your promised land. Believe in your Heavenly Father who is capable to do exceedingly and more abundantly than you can ever dream! Be Bold in the midst of your adversity and fight the good fight of faith. For just like the Bible says in Mark 5:39, your situation is not dead but is sleeping. He will raise you up far greater than before. Keep believing and you too will see your circumstances come alive, birthed to newer heights. God will make a way when there isn’t any. He will make you the head and not the tail, above and not below! He will cause your frown to turn upside down with His power, His love, His provision and His healing power!

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For further studies, I encourage you to watch this amazing teaching from Pastor Steven Furtick called “Why Bother”. It will help you feed your faith and stand strong in the midst of your battle. God bless!

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Are You Skimming?

jugglingTake a moment to think about your typical day. What do you spend your time on? Are you running all day long? Are you stressed out just trying to make through the day?

Today’s society is running every which way, just trying to make ends meet. Yet, it seems like we all have time to watch television, play on the computer, be glued to video games or watch our cell phones, twitter accounts, snapchat or facebook for 24 hours a day to make sure we don’t miss something that someone is doing.

These days it seems like there’s an app for everything. People like to take selfies or tweet about every moment of every day; feeling like they are a part of something big. But what does it really accomplish? Do you truly feel satisfied or are you just going around in circles until the next app hits the market?

We all have experienced times in our lives where you question your life’s worth? You question what does our lives really stand for? You question if you are truly making a difference. You question what your true destiny is. You question if this is all there is. You question the trials of life. You question the “what ifs”.

Every single one of us has a true purpose in life. Yet in the Bible, God makes it very clear that very few find their true destiny. But why is that? We all want to grow and succeed, so why is it that so many come up short and not live in their true calling?

“My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)

“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4)

skimmingOne of the biggest reasons…we tend to skim the surface of the Bible but don’t really dig deep to have a true and real experience with God. Now, don’t go shaking your head at me. Sure, there are alot of us who can quote scripture or explain who Jesus is. But head knowledge is not the same as heart knowledge. Heart knowledge is the very thing we all need in order to walk in God’s destiny for our lives. Heart knowledge is when you are spending real time with God, allowing Him to bring to life the very purpose He has for you. It’s allowing Him to speak through His word into your Holy Spirit. It’s allowing Him to guide your steps without all the distractions or concerns of this world. It’s allowing Him to birth the very, real purpose He has for you that you have prayed and hoped for.

God is searching for real relationships. He doesn’t want you to be filled with head knowledge just to quote scripture. No, He wants you filled with heart knowledge to walk out your destiny. The only true way of finding out what He really wants for your life is by spending time with Him. Don’t just skim the surface. Start today to dive into the word, allowing God to wake up the passion for your true calling. He will make it very clear if you’ll stop the distractions and get to know Him in a real way. God doesn’t want us running to and fro; “trying” to make a difference. NO…He wants us to spend real time in a real way with Him.

If you are willing to get rid of life’s distractions and truly spend time with Him…He will guide your footsteps, help you accomplish much more than ever expected and you will find yourself having more time to complete your daily tasks. He is the creator of time. So there is absolutely no reason not to give Him your time. The more you dig into a deeper relationship, the more He can put all the pieces together to help you fulfill your destiny. It will be your ultimate purpose coming to life. And with that, you will find that you are filled with much more happiness, joy, peace, financial prosperity, and knowing beyond a shadow of any doubt, that you are exactly where you are meant to be!

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So…stop skimming today and ditch the distractions.

As you do, you’re life will become clearer than ever before. God bless!

 

 

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Running Your Race

Nothing seems to happen.  Distractions from every angle.  Technology overwhelming you in emails, text messages, Facebook and Twitter postings.  Television taking over the airwaves.  People constantly pulling you into their dilemmas.  Distractions quickly becoming hindrances.Pulling

See, when you begin stepping out in faith; things quickly start piling up against you.  Every step you take, three more things pull you away.  People want your attention.  Everything seems like an emergency and all of a sudden, you’re the only person that can take care of the situation.  You get pulled in all directions; becoming overwhelmed and distracted from running your own race.

When runners prepare, they must diligently prep from every angle.  They focus their attention on eating right and practicing continuously.  They don’t worry about the people in the stands or the runners around them, they focus on the their ultimate goal…The Finish Line!

In Hebrews 12:1-2, we are told to“…strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (burdens) and sin which so readily clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us.  Looking away to Jesus [and from all that will distract], Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith and is also its Finisher.”

FinishSo, what is holding you back?  The devil loves to come up with a thousand ways to keep you full of distractions; keeping you from fulfilling your God-given destiny.  He doesn’t want you to succeed.

There is no question we all need supernatural help in running our race.  The best thing we can do is focus on Jesus.  Ask Him to start plucking out the weeds that are choking you.  Ask Him to help you see what is holding you back AND be willing to let go of anything that is hindering you from your race.

For when you become diligent and persistent in keeping Him first, all things will begin to stabilize.  You’ll start making incredible progress.  Things will happen quicker with much less effort on your part.  You’ll get much more accomplished in a shorter period of time.  HE IS THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER!  SUCCESS IS YOURS and YOUR BEST DAYS ARE JUST AHEAD!  KEEP RUNNING YOUR RACE…the FINISH LINE IS IN YOUR SIGHT!