Friday, July 31, 2009
REPENTANCE BRINGS GRACE: 1 John 1:9 "If you confess your sins, God is faithful & just to forgive us of our sins & to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Because of our imperfections, weaknesses & shortcomings - even as believers we will make mistakes. We don't need to remain trapped & imprisoned by our past. The good news is that we can live free from guilt & condemnation because REPENTANCE BRINGS GRACE.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
FRAMING YOUR WORLD: Heb. 11:3 "By faith, the world's were framed by the Word of God. So the things that are seen were built with the things that are unseen." Remember, your words (which are unseen) will develop the framework of your Life (which is seen). Your greatest construction tool is the power of your words. So Speak Words of Life over you and your family because with your very words you are FRAMING YOUR WORLD.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
DISCIPLINE: 1 Cor. 9:27 AMP "Like a boxer I buffet my body handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships and subdue it so I might not be disqualified." A disciple of Christ adheres to daily disciplines that will keep their body, soul & spirit under control. An unattended garden is soon filled with weeds & thorns. Let’s not disqualify ourselves by being lazy & careless. Instead, let's practice & execute DISCIPLINE.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
INFERIORITY: Numbers 13:32-33 "There we saw the giants; and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight." To be inferior means to be lowered in position & status. The giants in our lives will try to dominate & Enslave us. Remember, we rule & reign in Christ. You are the Head & not the Tail. Above only & not beneath. You have Authority. Reinforce your Royal Status & say No more to INFERIORITY.
Monday, July 27, 2009
CONNECTIONS: John 15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit." Being well connected is a key to life. It's not only what you know, but who you know that will bring you great success. True in business. True spiritually. Be good stewards of those you meet. Do you know that entry into heaven is not determine by what you know - but WHO you know? Get Connected!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
YOUR POTENTIAL: Rev. 19:6 “For the Lord God omnipotent reigns.” Omni means “All” & Potent means “Power. God is the “All Powerful One”. God has placed in us His Potency which we call POTENTIAL. Potential is what we can be that we have not yet become; do what we have not yet done & go where we have not yet gone. Potential is what U have, work is what U do & what you do with what you have will determine YOUR POTENTIAL!
COURAGE: Joshua 1:9 "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed." Courage is defined as the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger or pain. Do not allow fear and discouragement hold you down any longer. Instead, Be Courageous with your life. Get out of the Safe Zone & into the Faith Zone - where Dreams are Formed & Achieved.
Friday, July 24, 2009
SEASONS OF LIFE: Ecc 3:1 “To everything there is a season.” Spiritual Seasons are not governed by clock or calendar but by truth and revelation of God’s Word applied to our lives. Getting older doesn’t guarantee us getting wiser. It’s the Biblical truths applied & practiced in our lives that determine whether we live in the coldness of winter, the renewal of spring, the harvest of summer or the highs & lows of Fall.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
THE PEACE OF GOD: Phil. 4:7 “And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” The word peace is defined: freedom of the mind from fear & stress. We face life battles on many different fronts as a spouse, parent, employer, employee. God's Peace gives us the ability to be stable & secure in unstable & insecure times. Let God's peace defend your heart from worry.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
BE JOYFUL IN JOYLESS TIMES: Neh. 8:10 "The Joy of the Lord is my strength." Joy is not just an emotional expression, but a force & power that is generated by knowing God's purpose & plan for your life. The key is to understand the heart of our Heavenly Father. He is always for our success and never our demise. So, let's enjoy our lives daily. Knowing & Understanding this Truth will bring us JOY IN JOYLESS TIMES.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
PROMOTION: Psalm 75:6-7 (Para) "For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But it comes from God." Like David, you maybe on the backside of the desert where no one notices you. But know that God is preparing you for your next level. God rewards those who diligently seek Him & increases those who are faithful with the little things. Private Preparation brings Public PROMOTION.
Monday, July 20, 2009
GOD DOESN'T HATE YOU: Deut. 1:27 "You grumbled to one another: The Lord hates us. He brought us out of Egypt just to hand us over to our enemies." It's hard to trust & have faith in someone who you think hates you. God doesn't hate you. He loves you. He gave His best for you. Understanding God's love, increases Trust which increases Faith. God loves us too much to lie to us, so trust His Word. GOD DOESN'T HATE YOU.
WHEN ALL HOPE IS GONE: Acts 27:20 “the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.” A boat that was transporting the imprisoned apostle Paul to Rome was caught in A Perfect Storm. Everyone feared for their lives. But in the storm, the Lord showed up & spoke to Paul & told him that none of them would die. The Presence of God & the Word of God will rescue you WHEN ALL HOPE IS GONE.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
WE NEED VISION: Proverbs 29:18 NAS "Without a Vision, People are Unrestrained." Unrestrained means to run wild. Why do people run wild? Because they have no vision. A vision is a dream, desire and goal. You can't play basketball with no baskets, you can't play soccer without goals, you can't run a race without a finish line. Ask God to open your eyes to His plans for your life - because in this life WE NEED VISION.
THIS IS NOT THAT: Mt. 10:39 “The person who tries to find his life will lose it, but the person who loses his life for me will find it.” We say we want THIS life, but we’re not willing to let go of THAT life. We say we want THIS result, but we’re not willing to let go of THAT result. We say we want THIS level, but we’re not willing to let go of THAT level. Give your lives to God & Give up THAT TO GET THIS.
Friday, July 17, 2009
REJECT REJECTION: 1 Cor. 13:13 "Now these three remain. Faith, hope & love. The greatest of these three is love." Rejection is synonymous with words like: denial, dismissal & elimination. Don't allow past or recent disappointments steal your anticipation of a great future. Denial, dismissal & elimination are temporal. Faith, hope & love are eternal. God has not abandoned you. He loves you too much. REJECT REJECTION.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
PRESS PAUSE: Ps 77:11 “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.” In our busy lifestyle, we are constantly on a FAST FOWARD pace. Rushing here & there & everywhere. Let's learn to daily slow things down & PRESS PAUSE several times in our day to remember God's goodness in our lives. Joy & Peace will empower our spirit when we stop to Remember His goodness - PRESS PAUSE.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
EXTREME MAKEOVER - SPIRIT EDITION: 2 Cor. 5:17 "If any one be in Christ, he is a new creation." A TV show has captivated audiences by renovating old houses & turning them into expensive dream homes. When we accept Christ, the old things are passed away & behold everything becomes new. A New Heart, A New Dream, A New Attitude, A New Life. A new house is nice, but you can't beat an EXTREME MAKEOVER - SPIRIT EDITION.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
UNFORGIVENESS: Mark 11:26 "But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive you." Unforgiveness is an equal opportunity destoyer. It will kill a marriage. It will sever close friendships. It will split business partnerships. It will poison your spirit and bring sickness to your body. The only person that hurts for being mad & bitter - IS YOU - so choose to forgive & let go UNFORGIVENESS.
Monday, July 13, 2009
PURPOSE: Acts 13:36 "For when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he then died." The word purpose is defined: The original intention of a thing or the reason why something exist. True success is being able to say, "I fulfilled God's purpose in my generation." Do you know why you exist? Do you know God's true intention for your life? Discover your purpose in Him today & become a person of PURPOSE
Sunday, July 12, 2009
POSSESS YOUR DREAM: 12 spies were sent to check out the Promise Land & 10 reported fearfully on their return, “The people who live there are Powerful, and the cities are fortified." 2 brave spies were fearless - they said, "We should go up & possess the land - We Can Do It!" No matter how Big the Opposition & Resistance - Remain Fearless & Trust God. For WITH GOD, Nothing is Impossible. Now Go & POSSESS YOUR DREAM.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
OUR 6TH SENSE: 2 Cor 5:7 “Walk by faith and not by sight.” To function in the natural realm, we use 5 senses – seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting & touching. As Christians, we have a 6TH SENSE – called FAITH. Faith says “GO” when natural senses say “STOP”. Faith says “GO DOWN” in order to “GO UP”. Faith says to “LOSE YOUR LIFE” to “FIND YOUR LIFE”. Let’s Function in the Supernatural by using OUR 6TH SENSE
INFLUENCE(D): 1 Cor. 15:33 “Do not be so misled! Bad associations corrupts good character." After an hour of bodysurfing, I would find myself far removed from my belongings on the otherside of the beach. Why? THE CURRENT. While having fun above the surface, below the surface the current was pulling me away from where I belong. True in Surfing, True in Living. FB FAM don't get INFLUENCED & pulled from where you belong.
PROTECT THE QUARTERBACK: Prov. 4:24 “Guard your heart with all diligence for from it flows the issues of life.” Defensive football coaches do two things to ruin a QB’s performance. 1. Pressure by blitzing. 2. Confuse by movement. OUR HEART is the QB of our lives. The enemy of our soul will try to pressure us & confuse us to ruin our lives. So FB Fam, let's PROTECT THE QB of OUR HEART with God’s promises & God’s Hope.
THE NO FLY ZONE: 2 Cor. 10:4-5 “pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and bringing every thought into captivity.” A NO FLY ZONE is a prohibited area in which aircrafts are not allowed to fly over. If boundaries are violated, aircrafts could be shot down. Let’s enforce the NO FLY ZONE of our mind & not prohibit thoughts of FEAR, WORRY & STRESS violate our brain space anymore - SHOOT IT DOWN & CAPTURE IT!
IDENTITY THEFT: Gen. 25 (Jacob deceived father & brother for birthright). Every 79 seconds, a case of identity theft is reported in America. Thieves attempt to steal our identity to rip us off. Name on YOUR Spiritual Identification Card: Most Blessed, Highly Favored, Faithful One, World Shaker, Difference Maker! SECURE all personal Info. of who you are in Christ. No more IDENTITY THEFT. No more getting RIPPED OFF
STAND STRONG: Matt. 7:24 “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” If you’re going through an economical storm – STAND STRONG. If you’re going through a relational storm – STAND STRONG. If it’s a health storm – STAND STRONG. WHEN THE STORM SUBSIDES, YOU WILL BE STANDING - If you ARE built on Jesus - THE ROCK
A BIG HOLE DISCOVERED: U of Minnesota astronomers, found an enormous hole in the Universe, nearly a billion light-years across the galaxy. Another Discovery: A BIG HOLE in the Heart of Man that leaves Man Unfulfilled and Incomplete. Ecc. 3:11 AMP “He also has Planted Eternity (the big hole) in men's Hearts and Minds, a divinely implanted sense of a purpose, which nothing under the sun, but GOD ALONE, CAN SATISFY."
FRUITFULNESS IN DROUGHT: Our government is trusting to stimulate the drought of our economy and financial markets through what is called – THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE. It may help, it may not. I choose to trust GOD'S STIMULUS WAYS – GOD'S WORD! Jer. 17:7-8 says “BLESSED is the man who TRUSTS in the LORD whose CONFIDENCE is in Him….he has no worries in a year of DROUGHT and NEVER FAILS TO BEAR FRUIT."
LONG JUMP COMPETITION: Rom. 3:23 “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” If we were spiritual Long Jumper’s - the temptation is to say that I’m doing better than others because they are jumping only 25 feet compared to my 35 feet. But if you were jumping from one side of the GRAND CANYON to the other side -10 extra feet would not matter. FB Fam, Its not by our works but by HIS GRACE WE ARE SAVED.
WHOSE THE TRUE OWNER?: A Father wanted a truck. One day, his son blessed his dad with a new F-150. Son says to dad, “This is your truck dad – It is all yours.” Excited, father wanted to test drive his new truck. Son said, “Dad, this is your truck but you cannot use it but for one day of the week and for 1.5 hours on that day.” OFTEN we say Lord I am totally Yours. UNFORTUNATELY, it’s only for 1.5 hours on Sunday.
THE FINISH LINE: Phil. 3:14 “Let us run the race...” While ministering at our church, I asked two boys if they wanted to race. Both stood up to their feet with much exuberance ready to run. Then I said “On your mark, get set, Go!” For 30 seconds the kids were running around the church. Finally, they stopped and asked, “Pastor Joe, where’s THE FINISH LINE?" No finish line. No course. No purpose. Means going no where.
FASHION DESIGNER: Psalm 139:14 ”I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” An airplane is designed to fly through the air. An F-250 truck is designed to haul heavy weight. A Ferrari is designed to go fast. A boat is designed to float on water. You my friend – ARE designed TO WIN in life. As you walk down the CAT WALK of life – show off your talent & abilities to show off the Creativity of OUR FASHION DESIGNER - GOD!
SPECIAL HEADSTONE FOUND: A Headstone in Valley of the Temples in Kaneohe, Hawaii reads: “A Man of Great Sacrifice”. The word sacrifice is defined as 'a surrender of something of value in order to gain something more desirable'. The person buried here surrendered all. The man standing over his grave gained EVERYTHING. The NAME on the Headstone: Tafaomalo Falaniko Onosa'i - Happy Father's Day - Dad!
NO PAIN, NO GAIN: Jam. 1:2-3 "Count it all joy when you encounter trials. For the testing of your faith produces Character." If you want to Avoid Pain in this Life - here’s a few Suggestions: Dream Nothing. Attempt Nothing. Risk Nothing. Do Nothing. Become Nothing. God will take the Painful Disappointments of our lives to produce Champion Character in us. So Let's Not Fear PAIN. Because In God, We Always GAIN!
OUR APPETITE: Matt 4:4 “Man shall not live by bread alone but every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Most people eat 3 square meals a day to satisfy their appetite. What some people don’t realize is that we also have a spiritual appetite. The Lord designed us to be Sustained by HIS WORD. Let's Feast On God's Word Today & SATISFY OUR APPETITE. LET’S EAT!
DREAMS & VICTORIES: Pastor Andy Stanley said, "When Our Memories Exceed Our Dreams - The End Is Near." My Interpretation: When All We Can Talk About Is Our Past Victories & Not Our Current Victories - Our Future Is Over! The Victories Thus far In Our Lives Were Results of living life with PASSION. When We Lose Our Passion, We Begin To Die. Let's Live Life Today With A Renewed Passion & Create Some Now Victories!
THE BIG UPSET: Matt. 19:26 “With God all things are possible.” The 2009 Kentucky Derby Winner - Mine That Bird – was a long shot with a 50 to 1 chance to win the race. Yet with odds stacked against him, he passed up 18 horses to WIN. Some may say that YOU are a long shot to succeed & the odds maybe stacked up against you. Stay the course my friend. You might be behind right now. But God's got an UPSET IN THE MAKING.
A LION’S ROAR: Mark 11:23 “Who ever SPEAKS to this mountain be thou removed..” The Lion has been a symbol of Kingship and Authority. A Lion Roars with such boldness & force that it’s ROAR can be heard 3 miles away. Don’t allow the disappointments of life silence you & steal your Authority. SPEAK with such Force & Boldness that your WORDS echo into the very situations of your life. LION'S C’MON & ROOAARRRRRRR!!!!
A SPECIAL SOMEONE: Ecc. 4:9-10 “Two are better than one…for if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion.” It is truly GOD'S blessing when A MAN finds a woman who truly loves him, helps him, forgives him, laughs with him, cries with him, celebrates him, inspires him & prays for him. I AM THAT BLESSED MAN. 23 years ago on this day, I married THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE & LIFE TIME COMPANION - Ann Marie Onosai.
TRUE BEAUTY: Ps. 27:4 “This will I seek…to gaze upon the BEAUTY of the Lord." Esther captured the king’s heart because of her beauty & became Queen. But her TRUE BEAUTY was her Godly Character. Esther’s willingness and boldness to risk her life & stand up for a righteous cause saved the entire Jewish nation. Let's show GODLY CHARACTER today by standing up for the Cause of Christ & our NATION for that is TRUE BEAUTY.
QUENCH YOUR THIRST: Ps. 42:1 “As the deer long for the water brooks, So my soul long for You, O God.” The summer heat causes our bodies to long for more water. During the heated times of our lives, we need to remain spiritually hydrated by drinking from the fountain of God. Quenching your INNER THIRST cannot be achieved by drinking just any beverage or liquid. Only the LIVING WATER - JESUS - WILL SATISFY YOUR THIRST.
RE-QUALIFIED: 1 Jn 1:9 “When we confess our sins, He is faithful & just to forgive us of our sins....” Many people feel that God is mad at them & as a result have given up God's plan & destiny for their lives. Have you DIS-QUALIFIED yourself because of past mistakes? Why continue to carry the guilt & shame of the past. God is not Mad at You. He Loves You. RE-QUALIFY yourself today by going to the QUALIFIER - God.
TRANSFORMERS: Rom 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The movie Transformers is Imaginative & Creative. It's awesome to see the Autobots & Decepticons transform themselves into other mechanisms. Creative To Me: Seeing Drug Addicts Free. The Sad Be Glad. The Mad be Happy. The Lost get found. The Sick be Healed. A Mind Renewed To God's Word make us - TRANSFORMERS.
FRESH & NEW: Isa. 43:19 “See, I am doing a NEW THING...I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Tired of The SAME, STALE Results In Life? Allow God To Do A New Thing in You! New Life, New Dreams, New Passion, New Direction, New Goals, New Ideas, New Plans, New Strategy, New Approach, New Perspective. If You Are Stuck In Life, Give Your Life 2 HIM & Allow God To Do A FRESH & NEW THING In You.
INTIMACY: Prov 3:32b NAS “He (God) is INTIMATE with the upright.” INTIMACY mean’s a close personal connection or engagement. In a marriage - You can share the same house, TV, Refrigerator, Sofa, bathroom & bed – yet not be intimate with your spouse. We know Church, We know Bible, We know Choir, We know Pastor - But Do We KNOW HIM. Get Connected & Engaged Today With The ONE That Desires To Be INTIMATE With You - GOD!
E RUNNER: Isa. 52:7 “How Lovely on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news…who say to Zion, Our God reigns!" In wartime's of old, there were no high-tech communication capabilities, only MESSENGER'S who were called RUNNERS. Reports of Victory from these MESSENGERS in the midst of Battle were always Encouraging. C'mon RUNNERS - Deliver This Message To Your Friends: "WE WIN & OUR GOD REIGNS!"
PLAYING HURT: Job 6:10 “I would be happy despite my endless pain, because I have not rejected God’s word.” The story of Job’s life: Although he lost his Family & Wealth, Job worshiped God STILL. He worshiped God through his HURT & was rewarded with double blessings. Despite Hurts in our lives, let's worship God STILL. Let's Praise Him STILL. Trust Him STILL. Love Him STILL. Our PLAYING HURT - GOD WILL REWARD - STILL!
ARE YOU CONNECTED?: John 15:5 "If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit but apart from me you can do nothing." LIFE PRINCIPLE: "Whatever is created must stay connected to that which it was created from in order for it to live. Take a star out of the sky - it dies. Take a plant out from the ground - it dies. Take a fish out of the ocean - it dies. Take you away from God - you die. SO GET CONNECTED.
BREAK THE CYCLE: Deut. 2:3 “‘You have skirted around this mountain long enough - turn Northward.” A two week journey to the Promise Land turned into 40 years because of Stubbornness & Disobedience. STOP circling around the same mountain of problems in your life! If we are not experiencing the Promise Land of our Dreams, Perhaps we are being Stubborn & Disobedient. Let's Not Walk In Circles Any More - BREAK THE CYCLE!