Friday, May 28, 2010
THE OMNIPOTENT FORCE BE WITH YOU: Apostle Paul encouraged the Thessalonians to "Be joyful always & pray continually." E.M. Bounds added, "The possibilities of prayer are found in its allying itself with the purposes of God, for God's purposes and man's praying are the combination of all potent and omnipotent forces." Let's not forget to connect & communicate with the creator of the heavens & the earth for his divine intervention. Pray continually so that THE OMNIPOTENT FORCE BE WITH YOU.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
THIS DAILY WAR: The Apostle Peter said, "Dear friends, I urge you....to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul." Dr. Edwin Louis Cole adds, “All sin promises to serve and please but only desires to enslave and dominate.” It's by the grace of God that we are able to walk in the spirit & not the flesh. Victory was already attained on the cross at Calvary, so let's walk in the Lord's resurrection power & discipline to reinforce the victory in THIS DAILY WAR.
SOLID TO THE CORE: The Psalmist said, "For God's Word is solid to the CORE; everything he makes is sound inside and out (Ps. 33:4 MSG)." Dr. A.R. Bernard added,"Your Core Values protect your thinking; your Core Purposes guide your actions!" When God's Word is final authority & at the very Core of our being, our thinking & our actions will always produce an amazing harvest for the glory of God. His Word is SOLID TO THE CORE.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I LOVE MY EXCELLENT CROWN: Proverbs 12:4 "An excellent wife is the crown of her husband." A crown is a headgear worn by a monarch as a symbol of sovereignty & is often made of precious metal & decorated with valuable gems. Let's remember today how precious & valuable the crown that us husbands wear. I don't know about you but this husband is blessed & I LOVE MY EXCELLENT CROWN.
I'M ALIVE: Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live." Leonard Ravenhill added, "Jesus did not come into the world to make bad men good. He came into the world to make dead men live!" Only by God's grace that - I'M ALIVE.
PURSUING GOD: Mark 4:19 says "The worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things will enter in and choke the (seed) word." Ravi Zacharias added, "You cannot really have the world and hold on to it. It is all too temporary and the more you try to hold on to it, the more it actually holds you." No worldly possession, drugs, money, fame, fortune & sex - can fill the gaping, spiritual hole in our hearts - only God can. Let's not allow the thorns & weeds of worldly pleasure & pursuits choke the life out of our lives. Let's satisfy our thirsty soul by PURSUING GOD.
Monday, May 24, 2010
WHERE'S YOUR FINISH LINE(S): Phil. 3:14 “Let us run with perseverance the race that has been marked out for us...” While ministering at our youth church service, 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?" LOL. A finish line is a vision or goal that the Lord gives to us - to give us a sense of purpose & meaning. It stimulates our whole being to pursue God's plan & destiny for our personal lives. So, WHERE'S YOUR FINISH LINE(S)?
THE AMAZING BRIDGE: 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. Its not by our works but by His grace that we are saved. Our sins separate us from a Holy God but when we receive Jesus as our Lord & Savior - He becomes our bridge that allows us to crossover the Grand Canyon of our sins. Do you know - THE AMAZING BRIDGE?
Saturday, May 22, 2010
DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY: 1 Corinthians 16:9 "For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries." Apostle Paul saw a great opportunity to spread the gospel to a certain region but knew it was going to be difficult. Some of the doors that God will open for us will be met with challenges & difficulties; obstacles & opposition. Nothing worth achieving comes without a cost. The promise land was not handed over to God's people voluntarily - It had to be possessed & conquered. Let's be encouraged. Keep advancing. Knowing that in Christ we will conquer our DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY.
Friday, May 21, 2010
A HEART BEAT AWAY FROM ETERNITY: 1 Corinthians 15:55 "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" One of my favorite places to share God's gospel is at funerals. Family & friends who come to pay their respect to the deceased will commonly find themselves in a place of reflection. No one wants to think of death until we are sitting in a funeral parlor staring at a casket. We begin to realize how fragile life is & that one day - we too, will die. The good news is that death has no sting or power over those who have forsaken their sinful ways & asked Jesus to be the Lord & Savior of their lives. If you died tonight, do you have an assurance that you would spend eternity with God? Let me help you. Remember you're A HEART BEAT AWAY FROM ETERNITY.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
PEACE IS THE UMPIRE OF OUR SOUL: Colossians 3:15 (AMP) "And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds..." An umpire is a judge that upholds & maintain the standards & rules of the game. The spirit of Peace in us will judge with finality - any questions or arguments that arise in us to create disharmony or confusion. Simple rule: No peace, no God. PEACE IS THE UMPIRE OF OUR SOUL.
HOW DO I MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS? Dr. Ed Cole said, “Everything in life is under our power of choice, but once we make the choice, we become servants to that choice.” When you become a principled-centered Christian, you begin to live your life based on Biblical principles. Let's lean on God's Word & the Holy Spirit to make the right decisions in our lives. For our decisions will determine our destiny. Right decisions get us to our right destination. HOW DO I MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS?
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
DON'T BECOME A PRISONER OF BITTERNESS: Hebrews 12:15 "See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many." If thinking of the one that offended you still brings butterflies to your stomach; your heart rate increases; your blood pressure rises when you think of what they said or did - bitterness has gripped your heart. Bitterness will eventually destroy & contaminate you spiritually & physically. Get rid of bitterness by forgiving those who offended you. Release yourself by releasing others. DON'T BECOME A PRISONER OF BITTERNESS
IT'S ABOUT HIM: The late Billy Sunday said, "Conversion is a complete surrender to Jesus. It's a willingness to do what he wants you to do." Apostle Paul added in Galatians 2:20 "I am crucified with Christ & it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me." When we surrender our lives to God, it is no longer about us but it's about Him. His will, His dreams, His desires to be lived through our lives. So, have you surrendered? Remember, It's not about us - IT'S ABOUT HIM.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
POSSESSING AN EXCELLENT SPIRIT: Daniel 6:3 says "Daniel distinguished himself...because an excellent spirit was in him." Daniel was said to be 10 times more productive & effective than anyone else in his nation. As Christians, let's be distinguished in our families, schools, jobs, businesses & ministries by the quality of our work & the quality of our character. In Christ name & to His glory, let's be excellent in all that we do. Help us Lord. POSSESSING AN EXCELLENT SPIRIT
GOING THROUGH THE FIRE: Malachi 3:3 NLT “He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross. He will purify [them], refining them like gold and silver....” Are you going through some heat? These heated moments of our lives have a way of revealing unhealthy mindsets, attitudes & beliefs that are deeply embedded in our souls. Purification & burning away of the dross is a difficult season. Let's trust & allow God to bring deliverance, healing & change in these areas of our soul so we can better serve our Holy & Awesome God. You're not going to burn up, you're just GOING THROUGH THE FIRE.
DON'T STRIKE BACK: Matthew 5:39 NLT "If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also." The most natural way to respond when you are slapped with false accusation or gossip is to retaliate & payback wrong for wrong & bad for bad. The natural reaction, however, will always produce negative results. Let's choose instead, to respond supernaturally, by turning away & avoiding strife. Easier said than done. But responding God's way will always produce God results. DON'T STRIKE BACK
Sunday, May 16, 2010
GODLY MEN ARE NEEDED: Dr. Ed Cole said, “The man is more than the message. You believe in the message because you believe in the man.” EM Bounds added, "Men are looking for better methods, but God is looking for better men. The Lord is raising up mighty men in these end times to be Godly husbands, Awesome Fathers & God's Voice to his family & sphere of influence. Heed the call of the Lord - for GODLY MEN ARE NEEDED.
AVOID THE PITFALLS: Dr. Ed Cole said, “A man’s talent can take him where his character cannot sustain him.” Whether it's in business, marriage, ministry, government, education - we've seen many people get promoted to lofty positions only to fall into shameful & unethical practices. Lord help us to mature & grow in our conviction and character so we can avoid the pitfalls & temptations of life. Help us & guide us Lord. We lean on your grace to AVOID THE PITFALLS.
HE MAKES ALL THINGS POSSIBLE: Matthew 19:26 "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Don't forget that even when we exhaust all of our human potential and effort - even as amazing as that is - there are still - limitations. But with God, there are no limitations. So let's keep our God-given hopes & dreams alive by keeping God at the center of our lives. Remember, HE MAKES ALL THING POSSIBLE.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
JESUS IS THE LIGHT: Greek Philosopher Plato said, “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” It takes tremendous boldness & courage to live your life for God. In fact, the day you tell your family & friends that you've committed your life to Jesus, you may encounter some rolling of the eyes or some jeers. But know this that the righteous are as bold as lions. Continue to represent Christ in your family, church, community, job, business, school & teams. Live in the Light for JESUS IS THE LIGHT.
LET'S SEAL THE DEAL: Dr. Ed Cole said, “As God’s Word is to us, our word is to be to others.” Today, when two business people enter into a business deal, it's a wise practice to have a written contract that states what is agreed upon. In the old days, contracts were not needed because a handshake & a person's word sealed the deal. By the grace of God let's be people who, like God (according to Jeremiah 1:12) - watches over His word to perform it. Let your word be your bond. Go ahead, with a handshake & our word - LET'S SEAL THE DEAL.
SOAP FOR THE SOUL: Dr. Ed Cole said, “Truth is like soap, it’s no good unless it’s applied.” Wisdom is knowledge applied; not knowledge acquired. It's great to learn, but if we never take the time to apply that which we've learned, then we haven't gained anything. Let's practice God's Word & truth in our lives. Let it transform us from the inside out. Go ahead, let's wash up by applying God's SOAP FOR THE SOUL.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
LET'S NOT GET INFLUENCED: 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 & rip tide were pulling me away from where I started. True in Surfing, True in Living. Don't drift & get pulled away by those who don't share the same values & beliefs as you do. Setup boundaries & standards in your life so you'll always know where you're at. LET'S NOT GET INFLUENCED.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
ARE WE GROWING UP? 1 Cor. 13:11 "When I was a child; I spoke like a child. I thought like a child. I reason like a child. But when I became a man (adult), I put away childish things." Unfortunately, I know adults who are in their 40's & 50's and they are still acting like they are in high school. Let's not only go up in life but let's grow up in life. Let's take care of our responsibilities and start becoming dependable for our families & our jobs. So I ask the question - ARE WE GROWING UP?
LET'S NOT GET CRUSHED: Ephesians 5:18 "Do not be drunk with wine but be filled with the spirit." An empty soda can is easily crushed because it has no ability to resist outside pressure. A filled soda can, however, is very difficult to crush because it has the ability to resist & push outward on the pressure that is trying to push inward. When we are filled with God's spirit, power, love, joy, peace, hope, purpose - we are not easily crushed & we are able to resist the pressures of depression, frustration, fear & worry. Be filled with God's Spirit & LET'S NOT GET CRUSHED.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
SELF 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 SELF DISCIPLINE.
Monday, May 10, 2010
SO YOU FELL? GET BACK UP & GO FORWARD: Micah 7:8 "Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise..." In the process of running our course, we may stumble, trip up & fall. One of the oldest weapon the enemy uses against us; to defeat us in our lives is - condemnation. When something is condemned, it is deemed to be unfit for use or incurable. Don't buy into this lie. When we repent & confess our wrong doing, God forgives us. SO YOU FELL? GET BACK UP & GO FORWARD.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
ARE YOU BEING PRUNED?: John 15:2 "Every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit." Pruning removes anything that competes with the growth of the plant. Pruning helps the plant to get better air circulation, water and sunlight. For us to experience God's best, He needs to prune away & remove habits, mindsets, relationships, hobbies, attitudes that compete with His awesome plan in our lives. It may hurt but it will help. Be encouraged & allow the Great Gardener to prune away. ARE YOU BEING PRUNED?
Friday, May 7, 2010
LET YOUR ROOTS GROW DEEP: Colossians 2:6-7 "As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith..." As we grow up in the faith, let's make sure that our faith is deeply rooted in God's Word. When our roots are deep we will be able to sustain our growth & withstand the storms of life. Let's not be impatient & shallow. Instead, be diligent to study God's Word & LET YOUR ROOTS GROW DEEP.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
GOD'S TIMING IS EVERYTHING: Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, & a season for every activity under heaven." A pregnant woman goes through a season of about 9 months before she gives birth to her child. In those 9 months the dream child is formed. bones structure, muscle tissues, ligaments, internal organs, blood cells, etc. To give birth prematurely or past due date could cause complications. Let's discern wether it's time to be developed or time to push the dream out. Remember, GOD'S TIMING IS EVERYTHING.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
OVERCOME WORRY: Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything but in everything - by prayer and petition - with thanksgiving, present your requests to God & the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts & your minds in Christ Jesus." Let's bring our issues before the Lord & trust him wholeheartedly with the outcome. Just remember God always has our best interest in mind. C'mon let's OVERCOME WORRY.
Monday, May 3, 2010
JUST SURRENDER; 1 Peter 5:6 AMP "Therefore humble yourselves, demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you," When we surrender our life, marriage, children, dreams, career, business, ministry to Him - only then can God's power manifest itself. Let go & Let God takeover. Let Him rule. Let Him Reign. JUST SURRENDER