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Keep The First Thing First

When we teach children how to go from crawling to walking their first steps, we expect them to stumble. We expect them to take time to learn how to walk on their own. It takes patience, kindness and love as the children learn and grow. God is like that too. He is a loving and kind Father.

As we begin to walk with God, it takes time to read HIS WORD, learn HIS WAYS and obtain HIS KNOWLEDGE. He isn’t angry with us. He understands that our spiritual growth takes time to cultivate and grow. He bandages us up and continues working in our lives, all the while He is patient and stays with us until we reach our destination.

As we read in Proverbs 4:1-9, we are told to pay attention in order to gain and to know intelligent discernment, comprehension and interpretation for God gives us good doctrine. While we grow in our abilities to rightly divide and understand God’s word, we are not to forsake His teachings or corrections. It is written that we are to hold fast to His word, keep His commandments and we shall live.

The first and most important thing is get skilled, godly wisdom and understanding. By walking with God and reading His word, WISDOM will be added. But why is wisdom so important?

Wisdom leads to understanding, discernment, comprehension and interpretation. She keeps, defends and protects you. Proverbs 4:8, says to prize Wisdom highly and exalt her, and she will exalt and promote you; she will bring you to honor when you embrace her. She shall give to your head a wreath of gracefulness; a crown of beauty and glory will she deliver to you. Proverbs 4:13 says take hold of instruction and do not let go. Guard her for she is your life.

So in other words, Wisdom will always lead you to God’s best. Wisdom will guide you in all things. You will know how to rightly handle money, friends, family, commitments. She will lead you to make right choices.

Wisdom is life. Seek first the Kingdom and everything else shall be added. Read the Word, hear the Wisdom, get knowledge and discernment for they will fill your life with wonderful outcomes.

Life can get so busy that we forego reading the Bible and instead start watching teachings online or on the television. However there are many false prophets in the world today. They may be giving you only a small fraction of the truth that keeps you in a defeated pattern. The only true way of knowing God and having Him fill your life with sustainable truth is by reading HIS WORD yourself.

God’s Word is the truth and is worth reading every single day. It brings life, revelation, breakthroughs, miracles, healing, Wisdom, discernment and understanding. Isn’t that worth turning off the television, the internet or the video games to spend time with the Creator of the Universe who knows you better than you know yourself?

Don’t miss your moment. Keep First Things First! Get into the Word today and allow HIM to cultivate you. Be filled with Wisdom and all she offers. You will not be disappointed and your life will be filled with much greater things than you ever believed possible.

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Be You

Everyone of us has a purpose in the Kingdom of God. Whether you are called to be a teacher, writer, preacher, a bible study host, singer, scientist, doctor, janitor, a stay-at-home parent, an encourager, someone who smiles, or anything in between, we are all called according to His purpose. We may not know exactly what our calling is but we can rest assured that when God calls upon us, He will have already equipped us to become that special person for the Kingdom.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Each one of us is uniquely made. We are to be special and not like each other. Every single one of us are to become the person God wants us to be. Then together, we all uniquely fit into God’s bigger picture.

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus
to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Just because we see someone excelling doesn’t mean we need to try to be like them. We were never to be like someone else. God has given you a special calling and a creative talent that no one else has. When we try to be like someone else, we are actually attempting to be something we are not called to be which only leads to failure and frustration.

Our purpose is the very meaning of our existence and a distinct impact on the world around us. It’s very easy to look at others and think they have what you want, they are making a difference when you feel you don’t, they have a life you would like, they look how you wish you looked, and the list goes on. Never feel like your life doesn’t matter because it does. Say it with me, “MY LIFE MATTERS!”

Whether you realize it or not, your life is making an impact. People are always comparing themselves and watching from a distance. How you react to situations, what you say, how you say it, what you do…all these things impact those around you. Each one of us have a meaningful mission in life. Be yourself and let God’s mighty hand work within you. Be your unique you. There is no other person like you. There is no other person who can do the special mission God has just for you. Reach out and know your maker. He will guide you, help you and lead you on the path only you can take.

Be strong and press on. God’s plans and ways are higher than we can ever imagine. Everything you have gone through will not go to waste. Your testimony of God’s goodness, favor, restoration and healing power just might be the very thing that touches someone’s life and lead them to the one and only true God. As it is written in Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Don’t give up now, you are closer to your breakthrough than you think. The smallest acts of kindness can make a huge impact. YOU ARE SPECIAL AND YOUR LIFE MATTERS!

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When It Just Doesn’t Make Sense

“On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, ‘Shout! For the LORD has given you the city!'” (Joshua 6:15-16)

As Joshua rounded the walls for the seventh time on the seventh day, it’s hard to imagine the nervousness he felt — and perhaps even the confusion. He had spent seven days walking around a city wall leading an entire nation of people. And if that wasn’t enough, the final instructions for obtaining victory was for his people to blow trumpets and give a loud shout.

Why did they have to walk around a city wall? Why seven laps? Why seven days? And how was shouting supposed to cause a structurally sound wall to collapse?

A lot of it didn’t make sense, but when it comes to faith — that isn’t that unusual. In fact, rarely are the instructions of faith perfectly logical and comfortable.

Faith will tell you to have patience when everything else is telling you to panic.
Faith will tell you to hold on when everything else is telling you to let go.
Faith will tell you to push forward when everything else is telling you to pull back.

You may not be facing a monstrous wall like Joshua was, but you are facing something. And even if the way forward doesn’t make sense, the good news is it doesn’t have to. Having faith isn’t about making sense; it’s about moving forward, no matter what.

God will break every curse, every sickness, every lack, and everything that is coming against you. Shout for joy and keep moving forward no matter what. God will provide you the victory!

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Excerpt by Steven Furtick

 

Unity & Love

divided-kingdom_ropeWith so many denominations, so many do’s and don’ts, and so many that believe you must wear this or that…it is important to understand the Bible and forego man-made legalism.

Now I know this is a touchy topic, however legalism has become rampant in today’s churches and is turning away those who need Jesus the most. We are to love our brothers and sisters in Christ, not argue and fight with one another because you do this or I do that.

Mark 3:24 “If a kingdom is divided against itself, it cannot stand.”

For all of us who love Christ, believe that the Bible is the final Word, and that Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly; than it is of the utmost importance for each of us to be the salt and light of this world. It’s not about what you wear, what you eat, when you pray, what you pray…it is about a deep-loving relationship with our Heavenly Father and accepting Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice to give us the opportunity of being grafted into His amazing love.

We may agree to disagree on some things, but the fundamental root of all Christianity is what’s most important…JESUS! Don’t let the pettiness of man-made legalism hinder people the chance of coming to Christ. God is able to modify anything about a person that HE deems necessary. Let those around you see love and not gossip, truth and not legalism, a helping hand and not a beating down. God is love and for all of us who want to make a difference in these last days, let that LOVE shine through all that you do and welcome those that look different or do different things than you.

This week I’m sharing a funny and remarkable teaching from New Beginnings Church in Texas. Pastor Larry does a fantastic job discussing this very topic and it gives me great pleasure to share it with you. Let Pastor Larry’s sermon enlighten, bolden, and give you the tools you need in order to shine brightly this season. Don’t let church legalism stand in your way any longer. Become who you need to be and become God’s great warrior, loving all those whom you come in contact with. The sermon can be found at https://larryhuchministries.com/archive. It is the Sunday First Service March 5, 2017 Service

Make a difference today and let your love shine!

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Love and Compassion Prevailed

Horrific tragedies rocked our world this week.  Pictures touched the hearts of millions.  The innocent victims and all those that witnessed the horror of these events were shocked to the very core.  People from around the the world enjoying a beautiful, sunny day in Boston and Texans living out their every day lives; when explosions, instantly, changed their world.  These horrific events tend to remind us of just how precious and fragile life is.

Love and CompassionYet, in the midst of the chaos and horror; the glimmers of hope, love and compassion grew beyond measure.  Not just the first responders, but, the masses of average, everyday people who immediately reacted to those in need, without a thought for themselves nor the danger surrounding them. In a split second decision, TRUE HEROES took action filled with love, hope, compassion, and encouragement to lift up the spirits of those hurt and in despair.

During these dark hours, we all go through a massive chain of emotions.  Shock, disbelief, frustration, anger, fear, and sadness soar through our minds, body, and soul.  It is imperative that we see the love and compassion of all individuals who rushed to help.  To see their heroic efforts to help their fellow-man.  We may not understand why these things happen.  However, in the midst of these tragedies, there are many who showed that love, compassion, and hope prevails above all else. In a blink of an eye, strangers can come together for the greater good.

In the coming days, I ask that we all take a few more moments to hold our families a little bit tighter.  Let those around us know how much we love them.  And, pray for God’s healing to rush upon those touched by these horrific events.  It is times like these that we need to remember “He who lives within us is greater than he who is in this world” (1 John 4:4) and there is nothing more precious than love for our fellow-man.

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