Wednesday, December 2, 2009
THE CURSE OF SHAME: Genesis 3:7 "At that moment (Adam & Eve) they suddenly felt ashamed." Before Adam & Eve's disobedience, there were no inhibition & shame. Since this event, self-consciousness and shame has been an enemy of our soul. Shame is a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, impropriety, humiliation or disgrace. Shame is a form of fear. Let's be like children & drunkards who have no inhibitions & shame. But instead of being drunk with wine, be filled with the God's spirit. The Holy Spirit will help us to be bold & overcome THE CURSE OF SHAME.
THE KEY TO LIFE: Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NLT "Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life." Keys open doors. The door to our dreams is unlocked and opened for us when we choose God's way of doing things & living life. Our love, obedience & commitment to God is THE KEY TO LIFE.
Monday, November 30, 2009
THE RISK OF LOOKING LIKE A FOOL: 2 Samuel 6:21-22 "I will celebrate before the LORD. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes." When King David defeated the Philistines & returned home with the Arc Of the Covenant. He disrobed himself & began to leap & dance before the Lord. He had no shame in expressing his gratefulness to God for his victory even if it took THE RISK OF LOOKING LIKE A FOOL.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
MOST THANKFUL MAN: Ephesians 5:20 “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Today, I am so thankful for the decision I made many years ago to marry my high school sweet heart. I am also thankful for the 3 beautiful daughters that we have. Through the ups & downs; peaks & valleys of our family life, I am especially grateful to the Lord on this Thanksgiving day for His provision, His protection, His plan & His purposes for my family. It is why I feel that at this very moment, I am the earth's MOST THANKFUL MAN.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
GOD'S GIFT TO US FOR OTHERS: Romans 11:29 AMP "For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]" God placed in us His gifts. It consists of His plan & destiny for our lives. The talent, abilities & personality make up was also added in there in seed form to be developed to help us to fulfill God's plan for our lives. Maybe you didn't know that fact until now. Well, that gift is in you & He will not withdraw it or change His mind about you so start living for God & start using GOD'S GIFT TO US FOR OTHERS.
Monday, November 23, 2009
FAITH & ENDURANCE: Hebrews 6:12 NLT "Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance." God's promises come to us as seeds. Like a farmer, we must remember there is a process for the seed to bear fruit. First the seed (promise) must be planted in our hearts. Then it will take root (growth but all underground). Then it will begin to breakthrough the soil. Then the stem, the leaf and finally the fruit. Remain steadfast & hopeful in God's promises. It will take FAITH & ENDURANCE.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
COMPASSION IN ACTION: Matthew 14:14 "Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick." Many people will feel compassion towards families that go through sorrow but never attempt to help. Jesus models what true compassion is all about - Action! As we enter into what many call the "Holiday Season." Let's not forget to reach out to those who are in need of God's hope & Love. When you practice this Christian fundamental you become like Jesus who loved people and demonstrated COMPASSION IN ACTION.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
TIME OUT: Ps. 34:3 "Come and magnify the Lord with me let us exalt His name together." Athletic teams use timeouts to rest & refocus or to make adjustments. On a daily basis we need to take a time out in our schedule to magnify the Lord. When we magnify God, we change our perspective. We zoom in on God's Majesty, His wonders, His Peace & faithfulness. In that same moment we begin to zoom out of our daily challenges & pursuits. It is then that we can get refreshed , restored & make whatever adjustments in our attitude and perspective for that very moment. Take advantage of using your TIME OUT.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
FOCUS ON THE GO(O)D: Acts 16:25 “Around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.” How we feel isn’t determined by our circumstances. How we feel is determined by our focus. Our internal attitudes are more important than our external circumstances. Although Paul & Silas were severely beaten by wooden rods and held in a dungy cell in stocks, they chose to sing songs to the Lord. I'm not sure what you're going through in life but remember to FOCUS ON THE GO(O)D.
Monday, November 16, 2009
NEW PERSPECTIVE: Psalm 119:18 "Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law." Instead of seeing wonderful things in our current situation, we choose to wonder why things aren't better. Sometimes we need to exchange our narrow perspective with God's broad perspective & begin to see the wonderful opportunities that is before us. In prayer, Let's ask the Lord to help us gain new insights by helping us to gain a fresh & NEW PERSPECTIVE.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
LIFE SAVER: Galatians 1:4 NLT "Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live". The Lord has rescued & saved us from the penalty of our sins. Now let's commit our lives to sharing the good news of Christ to help rescue others. There are many who are drowning in the rough, high seas of life. Let's throw out the life saver to those who are being overwhelmed with life's issues. Jesus is the LIFE SAVER.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
HOW'S YOUR SPIRITUAL APPETITE?: Proverbs 27:7 NLT "Honey seems tasteless to a person who is full, but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry." We need to be careful that we don't get intoxicated by our over-indulgence and over-consumption of our pursuits & pleasure that we lose our appetite for the things of God. Maintaining our priorities & focus is key. Let's keep God first & foremost in all that we do to keep ourselves hungry for His presence. So, HOW'S YOUR SPIRITUAL APPETITE?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
YOUR EXPENSIVE PRICE TAG: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 "You are not your own. You were bought with a price." Our lives are so valuable that God paid a great price for the exchange of our eternal salvation at the expense of His Son. Don't settle for less by reducing your value by giving your life over to the temporary pleasures of this world and vain pursuits. God is eternally in love with you & that's why He paid off YOUR EXPENSIVE PRICE TAG.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
THE VALUE OF YOUR SOUL: What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his soul? What will a man exchange for his soul (Mt 16:26)? If all the riches in the world from the billionaires, corporations, banks, precious metals like gold, gems, diamonds, oil wells, were added up, it still wouldn't have the same value as your soul. THAT'S HOW VALUABLE GOD SEE US. We were purchased with a great price - the Life of His own Son Jesus Christ. No longer accept the lies of the enemy that you are cheap & insignificant - for now you know THE VALUE OF YOUR SOUL.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
THE POWER OF A SEED: Mark 4:30-32 "It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants..." Every seed carry's the potential to give birth to more trees; that will bring forth more fruits; that will bring forth more seeds. Every seed carry's the potential of an orchard of fruits. God has placed in us - seeds of greatness. There is an orchard of blessing in all of us. Time to bring it forth. THE POWER OF THE SEED.
GOD'S FREQUENCY: John 10:27 "Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." Many Radio frequencies are shooting everywhere to get to it's listeners who have their radio's tuned in. With all the voices of distraction that are be dispersed all around us, how do we hear the voice of God? Let's discipline ourselves to tune in to God's voice by being Still & Quiet before Him in prayer. Let's Tune in today to GOD'S FREQUENCY.
Friday, October 2, 2009
THE MIND OF GOD: 1 Cor. 2:16 "I have the mind of Christ; therefore I can know the thoughts of my Lord that He may instruct me." When we begin to understand God's Word & His principles, we begin to understand his values & way of thinking. God is not a God that He shall lie and He watches over His Word to perform it in our lives. God will never go against His Word & Principles. As we commit to learn the Bible, we comprehend the MIND OF GOD.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
DOUBLE MINDED: James 1:8 "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." Remember that God is our father. He loves us unconditionally. He desires to give us wisdom so that we can make appropriate & accurate decisions for our lives. We don't have to doubt, hesitate, waiver about God's love or desire to help us any longer. Be secured in your God, not DOUBLE MINDED.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
ILLUMINATION: Mark 4:22 "For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open." Where ever the Lord is He illuminates and uncovers that which was covered; He'll unveil that which was veiled & bring to light that which is in the dark. Let's continue to be pure in our motives and intentions as we pursue God's best in our lives. The Lord will reveal to us wisdom, plans, strategies, ideas - to better serve His kingdom. Lord, give us ILLUMINATION.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
STRONG SUPPORT: 2 Chron. 16:9 "For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His." The word support means to bear, hold up, withstand, undergird (a load, mass, structure); serve as a foundation. No matter what we are going through, if our life is completely committed to the Lord - He will be our STRONG SUPPORT.
Monday, September 28, 2009
LOSING THE WEIGHT: Hebrews 12:1 "Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." It's hard to run the marathon of life when you're carrying extra baggage of guilt & condemnation. Know this that in Christ there is no guilt and condemnation that can keep us from running free in our spirit and mind. Don't get crushed. We are free! Run like the wind by LOSING THE WEIGHT.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
DRIP: Ps 65:11 “You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance” Drip means to fall in drops, to dribble, to trickle. The constant dripping of water over time can crack a concrete side walk. A little drip & trickle of God's blessing cannot be measured in the economy of the natural world. When we walk in obedience to His Word, we will be saturated & abundantly supplied by a DRIP.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
ENTHUSIASM: Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord..." Enthusiasm is associated with words like eagerness, fervor, zeal, fire, passion, devotion. The word Enthusiasm first appeared in the English language in 1603 with the meaning "Possession by a God" or "God within". The attitude of GOD'S People should be highly Contagious because of our zeal for life & our amazing ENTHUSIASM.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
FULLY PERSUADED: Romans 4:20-21 "Yet (Abraham) did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised." Whatever we are trusting God for in our lives whether it's with our marriage, children, business, job or health - Let's resolve to be rooted in our hopes that God will watch over His Word to perform it in our lives. Be FULLY PERSUADED.
Monday, September 21, 2009
REKINDLE: 2 Timothy 1:6 ""For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you." Rekindle means to relight, revive and renew. Sometimes we need to rekindle the gifts that are within us. Are there abilities that God has given you that has not been used recently because of neglect, discouragement, disappointment or lazyness? My friend, allow the Holy Spirit to breathe on your gift & restore & reignite the fire so that it can be used again - REKINDLE.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
GOD'S GPS TOOL: Proverbs 6:20-23 "My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching. Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you." Wisdom that is shared by Godly parents will help guide their children to their destination. Make sure we follow our parents advice - their advice is GOD'S GPS TOOL.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
SAFE ZONE: Psalm 91:2 "I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." A refuge is a shelter or protection from danger; a safe zone. No matter what we are going through, we can trust that our great God will be a safe haven for the stormy seasons of our lives. If you are experiencing those tough times. Take cover & shelter under His wings for He is our SAFE ZONE.
Friday, September 18, 2009
CONQUEST: Romans 8:37 "In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." Conquest means to takeover & overthrow; the acquisition of territory through force. The enemies of our faith would love to keep us out of the promise land of our lives. We need to be aggressive & forceful in our faith to conquer the enemies of fear, doubt, unbelief, apathy & indifference. Let's go forth & conquer the lands of our dreams & destiny. We have the power of CONQUEST.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
ENDURE: Hebrews 10:36 NLT "Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised." Endurance means the act, quality & power of withstanding hardship, pressure, challenges & stress. Let's continue to do the right thing. Continue to believe. Continue to ask, seek & knock. We will receive our promises & dreams - just ENDURE.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
DEFILED: Hebrews 12:15 "See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled." To be Defiled means to make foul, dirty, or unclean; to pollute; to taint; to make impure; to desecrate. We must fight to keep our hearts pure from the contamination of bitterness. When we hold on to resentment, we desecrate & pollute our spirit which then pollutes our attitude & perspective of life. Let's forgive & choose not to be DEFILED.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
CONDEMNED: Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." The word condemn means to be judged to be unfit for use or service; to be guilty & sentenced to punishment. Don't allow the voices of condemnation & guilt hold you hostage & tell you that you are unfit & incapable to live a great life. Don't remain hancuffed and shackled by his guilt trips. Let's live out our freedom & no longer live intimidated & CONDEMNED.
Monday, September 14, 2009
YOUR CROWN: Proverbs 12:4 NIV "An excellent wife is the crown of her husband." A crown is a headgear worn by a monarch as a symbol of sovereignty, often made of precious metal and ornamented with valuable gems. Often times us men are guilty of amnesia & forget that we are of royal lineage. Let's remember today how precious & valuable the crown that we wear. Be thankful for YOUR CROWN.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
CONFIRMATION: Hebrews 11:1 AMP "NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation) of the things [we] hope for..." Confirmation means the act or process that upholds, substantiates and verifies an agreement. When one orders a book through Amazon.com - the customer receives a confirmation number that seals the contract for delivery. Our faith in God's Word is the confirmation number that seals the deal of our hopes.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
MISS YOU MOM: A year has passed & I still miss you. You were everything to me. I miss everything about you. Your smile. Your touch. Your smell. Your hug. Your kiss. Your laugh. Your cooking. Your scoldings. Your lectures. Your stories. Your instructions. Your support. Your sacrifice. Your humor. Your presence. Your love. 'Till we meet again, just know that I appreciate you & I really MISS YOU MOM.
Friday, September 11, 2009
THANK YOU LORD: 1 Thess. 5:18 "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you." To give thanks in all circumstances does not mean to give thanks for all circumstances. It means that no matter what situation that we find ourselves in - whether it's in harvest time or famine time; whether it's on the mountain top or the valley; good times or bad - there's always a reason to say THANK YOU LORD.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
UPWARD: Psalm 121:1-2 "Lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?" Life has a way of applying so much pressure on our heads that the sheer weight of our daily challenges can cause our head to turn downward. Negative thoughts can feel like a ton of bricks, but when we cast our burdens & concerns upon the Lord - our thoughts & imaginations will soar like eagles & cause our head to face UPWARD.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
GOD'S PEACE: Phil 4:6-7 "With thanksgiving, present your request unto God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Peace means freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession; a state of tranquility & serenity. After giving the Lord our request, let's enter His supernatural rest where there is only tranquility & serenity.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
AUTHORITY: Luke 10:19 "I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you." Authority means to have the power to determine, adjudicate, or otherwise settle issues or disputes; the right to control, command, or determine. Let's use the supernatural power that has been delegated to us to enforce our position of victory by Walking in AUTHORITY.
Monday, September 7, 2009
DON'T CONFORM: Romans 12:2 "Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Conform means to agree, yield and consent to act in accord with the prevailing standards, attitudes or practices. It takes no ounce of courage & strength to conform to the world's culture but it will take every ounce of conviction & faith - to live a transformed Christian life. DON'T CONFORM.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
BOLDNESS: Proverbs 28:1 "The righteous are as bold as a lion." Boldness means: Not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual danger; courageous and daring. With boldness Elijah challenged the culture of his time. Many of his own people were influenced to follow other god's but Elijah stood up against the pressure & forces of wickedness. Let's pray to be bold & courageous like Elijah. Let's walk in might & BOLDNESS.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
SERVICE: Matt. 20:28 "The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many." Service: the performance of duties or the duties performed as or by a waiter or servant. We enjoy going to restaurants and stores that provide good customer service. When their goal is to make our experience pleasant, we enjoy it. Let's make people enjoy being around us because of our joy of SERVICE.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
SANCTUARY: Psalm 20:2 "May He send you help from the sanctuary & grant you support from Zion." Definition of Sanctuary: A sacred place where fugitives were formerly entitled to immunity from arrest. The devil considers you a fugitive & wants to imprison you for your past mistakes. When you serve God & give your talents to expanding His CHURCH, He will send you help & support from the CHURCH - His SANCTUARY.
Monday, August 31, 2009
FORCEFUL FAITH: Matthew 11:12 NIV "The kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it." The application of forceful faith is sometimes needed to lay hold of our life goals. Forceful Faith has always yielded consistent fruit. Casual faith will always yield inconsistent fruit. Aggressive & passionate faith allows us to breakthrough sin, apathy, doubt & unbelief. Apply FORCEFUL FAITH.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
SURRENDER: James 4:7 "Submit now to God." The word surrender means to give up the power, control, or possession of something valuable. If Jesus is truly the Lord of our lives, He will only then be able to transform us through His Word & the Holy Spirit. God desires to lead us to our promise land that is filled with His blessings, but can only do so if we let go and let God. Trust Him with your life & SURRENDER.
Friday, August 28, 2009
PREPARE: Mt. 25:23 "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over much." Before David defeated Goliath, he first defeated a bear & lion. Because David was faithful to prepare his sling skills and abilities in the back side of the desert where no one was looking, he was able to conquer the giant in front of thousands that were gathered. PREPARE
Thursday, August 27, 2009
WORK OUT: Phil. 2:12 "Workout your salvation with fear & trembling." Many Christians believe that they don't have to give any effort to live a good Christian life because God will do everything for them. Wrong!!!! We have a major part to play in the success of our Christian life. God's hope is that we grow up to become responsible and mature adults so that he can trust us with greater things. It's time to WORK OUT.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
STRONG TEAM: Gen. 11:6 "And the LORD said, the people are one and they all have one language...now nothing that they propose to do will be impossible to them." When a team is filled with individuals who understand that their efforts are stronger together than they are apart, they will achieve wonders. Whatever part we play in our organization, business or church, being in one accord will accomplish the impossible.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
CELEBRATE: Phil. 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I said rejoice." Let's learn to rejoice and celebrate the little victories that we experience daily. When we celebrate people, we increase their confidence, increase their value & eventually increase their productivity. Who do we need to appreciate today? Let's empower someone today and turn them into giants by simply practicing this principle to CELEBRATE.
Monday, August 24, 2009
RECAPTURED: Revelation 2:4 "You have forsaken your first love...Repent and do the things you did at first." To recapture something means: To get something back that once captivated the attention and affection of our heart. If you've lost your excitement, passion and focus for your life mission, marriage, job or ministry, let's get it back today by asking God to help you. Let our hearts once again get RECAPTURED.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
DISCOVER: Ps 119:18 "Uncover my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law." The word "discover" mean's: to make known, to find out, to reveal, to disclose. Through His Word, the Lord wants to make known to us His purpose for our lives. He also wants us to find out about His incredible plans. The Lord wants to reveal and disclose to the world his amazing love through us. Let's take notice & DISCOVER.