Showing posts with label Devotional. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Devotional. Show all posts

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Life Among the Believers

"The Christian needs another Christian who speaks God's Word to him. He needs him again and again when he becomes uncertain and discouraged, for by himself he cannot help himself without belying the truth. He needs his brother man as bearer and proclaimer of the divine word of salvation. He needs his brother solely because of Jesus Christ. The Christ in his own heart is uncertain, his brother's is sure. And that also clarifies the goal of all Christian communities: they meet one another as bringers of the message of salvation."

~Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

Sunday, May 1, 2011

What do you Stand for?

When you stand for something you don't just talk, you act. You don't just have whimsical thoughts or weak beliefs about it, you have conviction. You don't just go through the motions; you get engaged with purpose and passion.

Take a moment and ask your self these questions:

What Do I Stand For? Make a list of what you truly believe you stand for.

Do My Actions Reflect What I Stand For? For example if you say you stand for your family but you don't make time together as a family then you will want to address this. Evaluate your actions.

Make a Stand for Your Brand. Take action on the things you stand for. Right now, write down 3 actions that you can take that will reinforce what you stand for. Then take action.

Re-evaluate Every Month. This will help you be aware of whether your actions are in alignment with your beliefs. There will always be discrepancies. No one is perfect. The key is to be aware and have a desire to improve.

Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today Exodus 14:13

If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain; Exodus 18:23

No man will be able to stand against you. The LORD your God, as he promised you, will put the terror and fear of you on the whole land, wherever you go. Deuteronomy 11:25

No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Joshua 1:5

Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes! 1 Samuel 12:16

He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. 2 Samuel 22:34

If you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear Job11:14-15

There are nearly 483 references to the word stand in the bible (NIV).

Take yours today!

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Moving Beyond the Moment

Moving Beyond the Moment
by Rev. James C. Matthews

"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13-14)

Sometimes the things that hinder us from moving forward in our journey aren't always bad things. It is possible to become hostage to our past by trying to relive something that has come and gone. This can take the form of trying to relive past achievements, relationships, or defining moments in our lives. We've all met people like this. In their wallet or purse they carry pictures or newspaper clippings of a past relationship or climactic moment in their lives. They speak of the past in the present tense, as if these events happened yesterday. It is healthy to celebrate our past moments in life, but it is unhealthy to become stuck in a moment and miss the rest of life. Life is a motion picture not a snapshot. It is always moving and stands still for no one.

Those who have a snapshot perspective of life can be easily identified by their conversation. They always talk about the past and how things used to be, or they dwell on what someone did to them years ago. It's almost as if they stopped living once that moment transpired. Although they can easily recall in detail a particular moment in time that occurred years ago, they cannot clearly articulate their plans for the future.

Often, people who develop a snapshot perspective of life lose their identity in the event or situation. They define who they are by that moment in time instead of who they are as a person. I can remember meeting a man who was in his late 40s. When introducing me to this person, my friend first let me know that this man once played for a well-known professional sports team. It was only after this introduction that his name was communicated to me. In the eyes of his associates, this man was defined by a moment that had come and gone. When I asked the gentlemen what he was doing now, he appeared ashamed of his station in life. He had a respectable job, but in his eyes and those he associated with, it was not comparable to his former moment of glory.

In another instance, my wife and I met a young woman at a ministry event who was a survivor of Hurricane Katrina and had settled down in Dallas. When she introduced herself, she told me her name but had preceded this by commenting, "I'm from Katrina." When my wife and I were driving home from the engagement, she commented that every time this woman introduced herself to someone, she commented that she was "from Katrina." I've seen the same thing happen to people who have physical handicaps, been abused, divorced, incarcerated, or homeless. They've allowed their circumstances or an event to define and prescribe what their expectations in life can or should be.

You are more than a moment! You are a motion picture that is not defined by a snapshot or one frame of the picture. If you refuse to allow your past to define your future, you will discover that life has much more to offer you than a memory.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Kept Woman

I Am a ' Kept ' Woman
You see, there were a few times when I thought I would lose my mind,
but GOD kept me sane. (Isa. 26:3)

There were times when I thought I could go no longer,
but the LORD kept me moving. (Gen 28:15)

At times, I've wanted to lash out at those whom I felt had done me wrong,
but the LORD kept my mouth shut. (Psa. 13)

Sometimes, I think the money just isn't enough,
but GOD has helped me to keep the lights on, the water on, the car paid, the house paid, etc. (Matt. 6:25 -34)

When I thought I would fall, HE kept me up.
When I thought I was weak, HE kept me strong! (I Pet. 5:7, Matt. 11:28-30)

I could go on and on and on, but I'm sure you hear me!

I'm blessed to be ' kept '

I'm "Kept" by the Love and Grace of God

God doesn't give you the people you want, He gives you the people you NEED,

To help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you and to make you into the
Person you were meant to be.

Peace Be With You Throughout Your Day!


~Author Unknown

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Let It Go


When you felt like giving up, God told you to hold your head up. He sent some one to let you know, It's time for you to let go,

Of The

The hurt from the father that never bothered,

Let It Go

The friends that promised to be there through thick and thin, that walked out on you,

Let It Go

The words that was said, "you would never amount to anything,"

Let It Go

The man that promised you a ring, instead you became another one of his flings,

Let It Go

When you shared your deepest secrets with a friend and they put it in the wind,

Let It Go

The people that spread rumors about you that wasn't true,

Let It Go

The abuse from your childhood, that has a stronghold on your mind,

Let It Go

The bad choices you made during your teenage years,

Let It Go

The names that people called you that brought you to tears,

Let It Go

Ladies let it go. Holding on to all these things, will cause you to become bitter, and remember being bitter blocks blessings

Friday, November 19, 2010




The spider may have eight eyes, yet many spiders can barely see. What makes it an avid hunter is that the hair follicles on its legs are full of sensitivity and it can discern everything that's going on around it. What's the message of the spider? Use your God-given sense of discernment! You can discern more with your spirit than you can see with your eyes. 'Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things' (1 John 2:20). God will let you know things you can neither prove nor explain. Jesus said that he would show us 'things to come' (See John 16:13). But He won't do it so that we can ego trip or run around acting flakey. No, 'He shall glorify me: he shall receive of mine, and shall [show] it unto you' (John 16:14). God gives 'inside information' to those who seek to glorify Him. So stop living beneath your spiritual privilege. The old country church folks used to sing, 'The Holy Ghost done told me, everything's gonna be all right.' That may not be good grammar but it's sound Bible truth. Can't you remember a time when your eyes told you, 'You're not gonna make it,' but your spirit kept telling you, 'Everything's gonna be all right?' A time when you met somebody who looked good, too good, and your spirit warned you that something was wrong with them. 'His anointing teaches you about all things...that anointing is real, not counterfeit - just as it has taught you, remain in him' (1 John 2:27 NIV). The way to walk in discernment is to stay close to God.

(borrowed - not an original!)

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