Wednesday, June 30, 2010
PLEASING GOD BRINGS FAVOR: Bishop Dale Bonner says, "If you please God, it matters not whom you displease. If you displease God, it matters not whom you please!" 1 Thessalonians 2:4 says, "We are not trying to please men but God." Let's live our lives in such a way that it would honor & please God. When we find favor with the Lord, we will have favor in our lives. PLEASING GOD BRINGS FAVOR.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
IN CHRIST YOU CAN: Rev. John Wesley said, "Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can,In all the places you can,At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can!" Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Whatever God leads us to do, the devil will always say no can - but just remember - IN CHRIST YOU CAN.
Monday, June 28, 2010
TAKING BABY STEPS: Mother Theresa said, "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." Luke 16:10 says, "When you are faithful with very little, you will also be faithful with much." The first several steps are never easy. You may waiver, falter & fail. Just dust yourself off; get back on your feet & keep stepping. Your diligence will eventually turn into strength & much confidence; just keep stepping & TAKING BABY STEPS.
A HEART OF GOLD: Gold is one of earth's most prized possessions. It is expensive & valuable because it is rare. Something that is rare is unusual, unique and uncommon. Careena Mae Onosai, you are one of a kind. Your parents, sisters & friends adore you for the loving, funny & caring person that you are. In the Olympics of life, mom & dad must've done well because God rewarded us with a gold medal 22 years ago. Happy Birthday my champion! You have A HEART OF GOLD.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
YOUR WILL NOT MINE: Brian Houston says, "When God gives you a sense of PURPOSE, you are ruined for anything else!" Proverbs 19:21 says, "You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail." The crucified life has chosen to give their time, talent & treasure to be used for His purposes alone. YOUR WILL NOT MINE.
Friday, June 25, 2010
BE PATIENT WITH DELAYS & DETOURS: John Piper said, "The strength of patience hangs on our capacity to believe that God is up to something good for us in all our delays and detours." The Apostle James added, "Count it all joy when you encounter various trials for the testing of your faith produces patience." Hebrews 6:12 adds, "We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised." Let's exercise patience & know that God is up to something good. BE PATIENT WITH DELAYS & DETOURS.
BY CHRIST GRACE: 1 Corinthians 15:10 says, "But by the grace of God I am what I am." 2 Corinthians 3:5 say, "Not that we are sufficient (qualified) in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency (qualification) is from God." Colossians 2:10 "And in Him (Christ) you have been made complete." Let's remember today that it's only through our union with CHRIST that we will find grace & favor. It's only BY CHRIST GRACE.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
ARE YOU CRUCIFIED? 1 John 2:15 says, "Do not love the world (system) or anything in the world (system). If anyone loves the world (system), the love of the Father is not in him." Some may say, "Christians are so heavenly-minded that they are no earthly good." The truth is worldly-mindedness is what causes us to be no earthly good. Let's be like the Apostle Paul who said in Galatians 6:14, "Because of the cross - the world has been crucified to me and I to the world." So I ask you, ARE YOU CRUCIFIED?
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
ACQUIRE SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE: Hosea 4:4 says, "My people perish because of the lack of knowledge." 2 Peter 1:3 says, "His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him." The knowledge of His promises; the knowledge of His character; the knowledge of His purposes; make me endure anything because HIS knowledge is solid truth that gives my life meaning & hope. Let's make it a priority to read our Bible to ACQUIRE SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE.
BE FILLED WITH HIS KNOWLEDGE: Apostle Paul said to the people in Colossae, "I do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding that you might walk worthy of the Lord..." John MacArthur said, "Knowledge precedes the proper behavior." When we are filled (saturated, dominated & controlled) with the knowledge of God's will (God's truth & God's Word) it causes us to walk worthy of the Lord. BE FILLED WITH HIS KNOWLEDGE.
Monday, June 21, 2010
IN GOD WE TRUST: Corrie Ten Boom said, "When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer." Proverbs 3:5 says, "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, lean not unto your understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him & He will direct your paths." We cannot always trace God's hand in our lives but we can always trust His heart. He has our best interest in mind. IN GOD WE TRUST.
SHAME & GUILT ARE SILENT KILLERS: John MacArthur said, "The highest court in the universe is God, and if God has forgiven me the only thing that would justify my holding myself guilty for sin is if I am a higher authority than God. If I am not, then I might as well forgive myself." 1 John 1:9 says, "if we confess our sins to God, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. The weight of guilt & sin will simply drain us of our vitality & destroy our lives from the inside out. If God has forgiven you, it's time you forgive yourself of your past mistakes & sins because SHAME & GUILT ARE SILENT KILLERS.
HIDDEN IN CHRIST: Colossians 2:2-3 NLT - Apostle Paul says, "I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Let's be confident today in God's plan. What plan? That in our union with Christ, we will find all the Godly wisdom we need to carry out our journey & destiny successfully. Not in other philosophy's; not in other people; not in another organization. It's hidden in Christ. Let's connect with Him today because wisdom is HIDDEN IN CHRIST.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
LET'S BE CHRIST CENTERED: Colossian 2:6-7 says, "Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted & now being built up in Him & established in your faith..." Joanie Yoder adds, "Mountaintop experiences can be beneficial, but nothing is more profitable than an ongoing, Christ-centered life of faith." Let's be Christians who are consistent in our character because we are firmly rooted, built up & established in our faith in Christ. LET'S BE CHRIST CENTERED.
Friday, June 18, 2010
PAIN & TROUBLE BRINGS OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW: The Apostle James said, "When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow." C.S. Lewis said, "God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain." Let's choose to be joyful in joyless times understanding that PAIN & TROUBLE BRINGS OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
THANKFUL FOR THE BREATH OF LIFE: Psalm 100:4 says, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name." Andrew Murray said, "Thanksgiving will draw our hearts out to God and keep us engaged with Him; it will take our attention from ourselves and give the Spirit room in our hearts." We are blessed beyond measure. Life is not found in material things but it's found in God's love & God's peace. Let's be THANKFUL FOR THE BREATH OF LIFE.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
MORAL PERSUASION: Proverbs 16:23 NLT says, "From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive." The Greek philosopher Aristotle said, "Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion." Have we lost our persuasion? When it comes to sharing our faith, let our words & our actions be convincing & persuasive to those we meet today. It's the power of MORAL PERSUASION.
BE A LIGHTHOUSE TO THE WORLD: Leonard Ravenhill said, "The darker it gets, the brighter your light will shine." Jesus said in John 8:12, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." Matthew 5:16 says, "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." In these difficult times, let our attitude reflect the light of Jesus so that it will guide others to the shores of strength, security & peace. C'mon let's BE A LIGHTHOUSE TO THE WORLD
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
THE POWER OF BROKENNESS: Psalm. 51 says, "The sacrifice God desire is a broken spirit. He will not reject a broken and contrite (repentant) heart." Chuck Swindoll said, "God has a beautiful way of bringing good vibrations out of broken chords." Let's continue to keep our hearts humble & contrite before the Lord so that His loving Vibrations to the world can be felt & heard through our attitude & lifestyle. THE POWER OF BROKENNESS.
LOVING GOD & LOVING PEOPLE: D.L. Moody said, "The world does not understand theology or dogma, but it understands love and sympathy." John 13:34-35 says, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." Let's keep LOVING GOD & LOVING PEOPLE.
THE LOVE OF MY LIFE: Proverbs 31:10 says, "Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." Proverbs 12:4 adds, "A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband." Winston Churchhill expresses my feeling best when he said, "My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me." 24 Years ago today, this Samoan boy married his beautiful, sexy high school sweet heart & best friend. I love you Ann Marie Onosai. Thanks for all that you do for me & our family. You are an amazing woman & THE LOVE OF MY LIFE.
Monday, June 14, 2010
THERE'S A HERO IN YOU: 1 John 4:4 says, "Greater is He who is in me than He that is in the world." Ephesians 3:20 says, "Now unto Him who is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we can ask or think according the power that works in us." Romans 8:11 says, "The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you." Proverbs 4:23 "For out of our heart flows the forces of life." The great creator, healer, deliverer, restorer, life giver, promoter, lover, transformer - lives in us. Remember, THERE'S A HERO IN YOU.
LOVE GIVES AT THE EXPENSE OF SELF: Dr. Ed Cole said, "Lust takes at the expense of others to benefit self because lust takes. Love gives at the expense of self to benefit others because love gives." John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that who ever would believe in Him would have eternal life." God is not only love personified - but He is also a great example of love because LOVE GIVES AT THE EXPENSE OF SELF.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
DREAMS THAT STIR OUR HEART: Hellen Keller who did not allow her blindness to limit her life said, "It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision." Andy Stanley says, "Dream no small dream, for they stir not the heart of men." King Solomon said, "Without a vision people perish." Let's cast off the limitations & boundaries & allow God to birth dreams in us to motivate us so that we can bring glory to Him. Let's dream DREAMS THAT STIR OUR HEART
TRUSTWORTHY STEWARDS: 1 Peter 4:10 says, "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." Rick Warren said, “Life is all about stewardship. It all belongs to God - he just loans it to us for a short period of time." Let's seriously consider the many blessings that he has given us (faith, family, job/business, health, friends, earth, etc.) & let's steward these areas in our lives well. Let's be TRUSTWORTHY STEWARDS.
Friday, June 11, 2010
KEEP ON GOING: Isaiah 43:2 reads, "When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." The psalmist said, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord will deliver him out of them all." John Bunyan adds, "In times of affliction we commonly meet with the sweetest experiences of the love of God." If we are going through difficult times, don't quit. Cling onto God & Trust Him. Most importantly, KEEP ON GOING.
FEAR NOT: Job 3:25 says, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.” Dr. Edwin Louis Cole said, “Both faith and fear attract. Faith attracts the positive, and fear attracts the negative.” Let's give over our concerns to the Lord & allow Him to resolve it. Let the peace of God rest your mind & spirit. If we continue to carry fear, we will compel it to happen in our lives. No fear! Let's trust God. Let's do this & FEAR NOT.
A SURRENDERED LIFE IS A POWERFUL LIFE: Jesus said,"If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up (surrender) your life for me, you will find it." William Booth continues, “The greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender.” Dr. Ed Cole adds that your “Ability to resist temptation is directly proportionate to your submission to God.” Let's give up, surrender & submit our lives to possess God's resurrection power to live life victoriously. A SURRENDERED LIFE IS A POWERFUL LIFE.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
IT IS POSSIBLE: Jesus said, "With God all things are possible." Chuck Swindoll adds, “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” No matter what we are going through, remember that we serve a God that can make the impossible - possible. IT IS POSSIBLE
AVOID DESTRUCTION: Dr. Edwin Louis Cole said, "The path to destruction is denial – deception – distraction – dislocation – disruption – destruction.” The Apostle Paul said, "The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life." If the Lord convicts us of wrong doing in our hearts, let's be quick to repent & move on. Denial is a form of pride & it always leads us to destruction. Let's just AVOID DESTRUCTION.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
FAITH IN ACTION: James 1:17 says, "But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves." Dr. Edwin Louis Cole said, “Apply God's principles, keep your heart pure, and you will succeed.” Let's have a successful day by putting our FAITH IN ACTION.
DO YOU KNOW YOUR PURPOSE? Job 33:4 says, "The Spirit of God has made me what I am; the breath of the Almighty gives me life." Rick Warren adds, "You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense." God created everyone with unique gifts, talents & abilities to fulfill His purposes here on earth. DO YOU KNOW YOUR PURPOSE?
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
SERVING HIS KINGDOM: Jesus said, "...Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant....just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." John Henry Newman said, "God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another." Rick Warren said, "The only really happy people are those who have learned how to serve." Let's experience the greatest fulfillment in our lives by using our gifts & talents to advance God's kingdom by SERVING HIS KINGDOM.
CHANGE IS GOOD: The prophet Jeremiah said, "Change the way you're living, change your behavior. Listen obediently to the Message of your God...(Jer 26:12 MSG)" Dr. A.R. Bernard said, "When change is necessary, not to change becomes destructive ." John Wooden comments, “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” If we're open, the Lord will reveal areas in our lives that need to be adjusted & changed for our good. Whether it's our mindset, attitude, habits, words, temper, let's heed & obey because CHANGE IS GOOD.
DEMONSTRATE GOD'S LOVE: Jesus said, "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." Leonard Ravenhill said, "The world is waiting for a practical demonstration of the Gospel of the grace of God." Instead of tearing each other down, let's choose to build each other up. Let's do this purposefully and intentionally today. Be a dispenser of God's love. Pray for someone; encourage someone; forgive someone; share a scripture with someone; hug someone. Let's DEMONSTRATE GOD'S LOVE.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
TAKE CARE YOUR FIELDS: Galatians 6:7 states, "God is not mocked. A man will reap what he sows." Kevin Gerald says"Our thinking, speaking & doing are seeds that will determine the harvest we possess in our lives." The question is: Are we receiving a good harvest or bad harvest in our lives? The answer gives us a clue of what type (quality) of seeds we have been planting. Let's determine to take care the different fields of our lives (faith, family, finances, health, job, business) by planting good seeds so we can reap a good harvest. TAKE CARE YOUR FIELDS.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
ARE YOU CONNECTED? John 15:5 "I am the vine you are the branches. If you abide (connected) in me & I abide (connect) in you - you will bear much fruit (fulfill your purpose)." Eli Dorman adds "God wants nothing more than to connect relationally with you." Spiritual purpose can only be fulfilled through spiritual power, which is only attained by our spiritual connection - with GOD! Let's make that spiritual connection today so that you can experience His power to fulfill your purpose. So, ARE YOU CONNECTED?
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
DIVINE ORDER IN LIFE: Psalm 119:105 MSG says, "By your words I can see where I'm going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path. I've committed myself and I'll never turn back from living by your righteous order." Dr. Ed Cole said, “You pay the highest price for the lowest way of living.” Let's make sure that we are living by God's Word - His DIVINE ORDER IN LIFE.