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Happy New Year

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. -Isaiah 43:19

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THIS YEAR GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Two of our biggest fears are failure and criticism. And they never completely go away. You can overcome them, but they’ll show up when you face your next challenge. It’s in accepting fear as part of life’s journey instead of running from it, that you learn to conquer it. Indeed, as you look back at what you’ve already overcome, you realize that most times failure doesn’t do permanent damage you actually grow stronger through it. If you’re anxious today, God is saying to you, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.” So trust Him, and get out of your comfort zone! An unknown poet wrote: “I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I couldn’t fail; the same four walls of busywork were really more like jail. I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before, but stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor. I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much; I said I didn’t care for things like dreams and goals and such. I claimed to be so busy with the things inside my zone, but deep inside I longed for something special of my own. I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win; I held my breath and stepped outside and let the change begin. I took a step, and with new strength I’d never felt before, I kissed my comfort zone goodbye, then closed and locked the door. If you are in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out, remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.” The word for you today is: This year, get out of your comfort zone.

Incredible though it may seem, when Israel encountered difficulties in the wilderness, they wanted to return to their old life of slavery in Egypt. The security of the known was less threatening to them than the challenges of the unknown. So the Lord said to them, not once, but twice, “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid…[of] them…the Lord your God will…go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor [forsake] you.” Why did He say that? Because it’s in taking action that you overcome your fear! When you challenge your fears, you master them. When you wrestle with your problems, they lose their grip on you. When you dare to confront the things that scare you, you open the door to the future. A wise man once said, “Take the bull by the horns until you have him screaming for mercy.” Almost without exception every man and woman in the Bible whom God called to do great things felt inadequate, and told Him so. And how did God respond to them? “I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” (Isa 41:10 NLT). Author John Mason writes: “The desire for safety stands against every great and virtuous dream. Security, many times, is the first step toward stagnation. Boldness in vision is the first, second, and third most important thing. If you dare nothing, you should expect nothing.” So whatever opportunity or obstacle you’re facing today, factor God in. With Him on your side, what you have is always greater than whatever you lack.

Devotional//Word For You Today// Have a blessed day 🙂

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Posted by on January 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Heart Of Praise

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. -1 Thessalonians 5:18

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. -Psalm 126:3

How has this year been for you? As I sat down to reflect, a lot of questions flooded my mind. Below are the questions. If you can, take the time to reflect alone or with a friend/loved one. I don’t know what this year has looked like for you but I’m here to remind you that no matter what storms came your way, God is still with you. It may not have been easy but by the grace of God, you are alive. Many times, the trials we face are connected to our calling. Some seasons are much tougher than other but this all a part of the preparation.

Reflection 2017 (2)

18 “Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.

-Isaiah 43:18-19

Song of the day: God I Look To You (Kalley Heiligenthal)

God I look to You, I won’t be overwhelmed
Give me vision to see things like You do
God I look to You, You’re where my help comes from
Give me wisdom; You know just what to do

I will love You Lord my strength
I will love You Lord my shield
I will love You Lord my rock forever
All my days I will love You God

Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns
Forever all my days Hallelujah

 

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Present In Every Situation

“I was not aware of it.”
Ge 28:16 NIV

BE “AWARE” OF GOD IN YOUR SITUATION

One night Jacob had a dream. He saw a ladder with angels on it extending all the way up to heaven, and God said to him, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go” (v. 15 NIV). The next morning Jacob said, “The Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” When it comes to recognizing God at work in your life, you can be spiritually tuned in, or be like Jacob and not be “aware” of Him. It was business as usual for Moses the day he noticed the burning bush—not an uncommon sight in a hot desert climate. Except this time the bush kept burning, and “when…he turned aside to look, God called to him” (Ex 3:4 NKJV). You’ll have some of your greatest encounters with God in the everyday experiences of life. But you have to be open and receptive, otherwise you’ll miss Him. Author William Barry says: “Whether we’re aware of it or not, at every moment of our existence we’re encountering God…who is trying to catch our attention…to draw us into a reciprocal conscious relationship.” And you never know where He’ll appear, or through whom He’ll speak. After the resurrection, Mary Magdalene thought Jesus was just the gardener. Paul writes, “Wake up…sleeper” (Eph 5:14 NIV). You can be awakened by a miraculous healing, a restored relationship, or even a great trial. Don’t just look for God in your triumphs; look for Him in your troubles too. Theologian Frederick Buechner said, “There is no event so commonplace but that God is present, leaving you room to recognize or not to recognize Him.”

Devotional// Word For You Today

Takeaways: Sometimes, God will cause things to happen in our lives that will cause us to position our eyes on him.

Familiarity of who God is and what he does can hinder us from truly experiencing him.

Jesus loves you. Have a blessed day 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Strong Finish

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Happy New Month of December. We thank God for allowing us to see another day/last month of the year. What a faithful God we serve. Many people didn’t get the opportunity to see this day but God he woke us up. Many times, we take for granted the gift of waking up. Someone is taking their last breath but God he blessed us with another day to see. We are reminded in Psalm 30:9, “Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?”. It’s only the living that can praise God. So as long as we are blessed with yet another day to be alive, we ought to praise the Lord. God has kept us for eleven months and by his grace we have made it to see the last month of the year. God inhabits the praises of his people. Though this year may have not started off well for you or it seems like it won’t end well, may this be the month you draw closer to God. Despite the fact that you might have went astray, always remember that as long as God has breathed life into your lungs, you have another opportunity each day to make a decision to draw closer to him and have a better relationship. It can start today. The decision will always be yours. God is waiting for you.

In 1 Corinthians 9:24, we are reminded about the importance of self-discipline. And it reads, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

There is so much to take away from this scripture. Our walk with Christ is a journey. You can’t compare yourself with everyone around you. You must do your part to seek God in everything you do. God will always send people your way to be a destiny helper for the journey but we must never forget to fix our eyes on him. Sometimes, in the midst of our trials, we shift our focus on God. In the same way when running in a race, if we shift our focus on who is next or behind us, we will miss the finish the line. There is nothing wrong with helping our brothers and sisters in Christ but we must always stay connected with God.

Even as we have entered a new month, I would like for us to take the time to think about priorities. What are your priorities? Are you the one that says God 1st but your life is not a reflection of who God is in the decisions you make? Before the year ends, many of us desire to spend time with the Lord but we tend to say it with our lips but our actions don’t match up. Today as I read the “Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl” which is found in Matthew 13: 44-46, I took away a few points I would to like to share with you all.

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Key Points I Took Away:

  1. Treasure hidden in a field: What have you been hiding and if found, would you be proud of it?
  2. What have you been holding on to? What is causing you not to release this thing?
  3. The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. As we know, pearls are really expensive. They aren’t cheap at all. When this merchant found what he was looking for, he went and sold everything that he owned in order for him to purchase these fine pearls. As I read this parable, it reminded me of God and how he sent Jesus, his only son to die on the cross for us. Christ died a sacrificial death. For many of us, we are holding on to many things that are hindering us from God. We are so afraid of releasing because we don’t know what will replace that in which we released. Sometimes, we have to release, make room for God to do what he needs to do. This is not the month where you want to test and see if you can do anything by your power and strength. This is the month where you need to draw closer to the Lord and his strength. In Psalm 105:4, it states “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.”
  4. “When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” We can look at this from the viewpoint of when we give our lives to Christ, we are filled with joy. Though we don’t know the full cost of following Jesus, daily he reveals himself to us as we continue to seek him. This is the cost of discipleship. As Jesus said to the great crowds that accompanied him in Luke 14:25-33. We must never allow anything to hinder us from following Jesus. In Matthew 6:21, we are told that “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” It is very important to check our motives and the condition of our hearts. 

It is a new month and I believe that God is ready to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond our expectations. May we finish strong. May we not lose sight of who God is even in this last month. The devil will bring forth many distractions but you must learn to remain in the word of God and stay in contact with your heavenly Father. What you couldn’t finish today, you can continue by the grace of God. Don’t allow the enemy to discourage you in this month. You are not a failure but rather a conqueror. You are trying. This year may have been rough for you and you are just waiting for it to be over but God still wants to do many things in and through you. God isn’t finished. He can do a new thing in you before a new year begins. He’s a God of new beginnings and many blessings. What God has started in you, may it prosper for his kingdom and his glory. May you be a light in someone’s life in this month. May your eyes be opened and your hearts/minds be transformed daily in this month. May your heart be filled with gratitude more than ever before. By the grace of God, it will be a great month. Peace, love, joy, divine protection and supernatural blessings in this last month to you and your loved ones. Until next time, stay rooted in the Lord. Praise Him. Live, Love & Keep Pressing Forward 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Glory Be To God

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“You are worthy, o lord, to receive glory.”
Rev 4:11 NKJV

PRAISE GOD EVERY DAY

A Christian farmer taught his horse to start and stop, using words from the Bible. When he wanted the horse to go, he would shout, “Praise the Lord.” When he wanted the horse to stop, he would shout, “Hallelujah.” All went well until one day a thunderbolt caused the horse to take off galloping at full speed. Realizing he had lost control, the farmer panicked and forgot the words he had trained the horse to respond to. Up ahead was a cliff, and they were headed toward it at full speed. Desperately he tried to recall every religious word he’d ever heard of. He shouted, “Amen! Jesus saves! Worthy! Holy!” Nothing worked. Just as the horse approached the precipice, he shouted, “Hallelujah!” The horse stopped right there on the edge. Relieved, he wiped the sweat off his brow and said, “Whew, praise the Lord!” Seriously, praising the Lord is not a religious activity that belongs only in church on Sunday morning. “From the rising of the sun to its going down the Lord’s name is to be praised” (Ps 113:3 NKJV). That means let your first words in the morning and your last words at night, be praise to God. “Why should I praise God every day?” you ask. Because He is worthy of your praise. “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power.” And one more thought. Spoken words of love and appreciation draw people together and create intimacy. Do you want to get closer to God? Start praising Him more.

Reflection: As I read my devotional, there were so many things running through my mind. Thoughts of how important it is for us to praise God. Sometimes, when we are going through things in life, we tend to focus on our circumstances. We wonder where God is when the storms of life comes our way. There is so many things we need to be thankful for in our lives. God has brought us through 11 months and by his grace, we will enter into a new month. Take time to make a list of all the things your thankful for. Pray over it. I pray that the month of December will bring about many of God’s blessings to you and your family. All that you’ve been trusting God for, may it come to pass according to his will for your life. God bless you 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Learn To Listen

“The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” Pr 12:15 NIV

“LORD, WHAT SHOULD I DO?” Part #3

Another way God will lead you is: Through godly advice. Moses experienced this. Instead of getting help, he tried to do it all himself. At that point his father-in-law, Jethro, said to him, “What you are doing is not good” (Ex 18:17 NIV). Then he told Moses to delegate responsibility to capable leaders who could share the load with him. “Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said” (Ex 18:24 NIV). As a result, Moses’ problem was solved, and Israel made it successfully to the Promised Land. Some of the time God will speak to you directly and reveal what you should do, but much of the time He will speak to you through relationships. He will bring wise and seasoned people alongside you. At that point you need to be humble enough to heed their advice. You may be good; indeed, you may be better than most. But you’ll never be as good as you could be, without the help of others. But you must be careful who you listen to—trustworthy counselors and persons who want only what God wants. Such persons will stay objective, listen carefully, and answer slowly. Often they won’t give you an answer at the time you ask for it. They want to sleep on it; they want to pray about it; they want to think about it. Such a person is like having an extra set of eyes and ears. Why would you want to live without them? So today be open to those God sends into your life to help guide you. 

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Posted by on October 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Unfailing Love

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Ps 119:105 NIV

“LORD, WHAT SHOULD I DO?” (1)

When you pray, “Lord, what should I do?” He can respond to you in several ways. Let’s look at some over the next few days. He will answer you through His written Word. Instead of turning to “Tom, Dick, and Harry” for guidance, go to God. Make His Word your first option rather than your last resort. The Psalmist wrote, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Without a regular daily intake of God’s Word, you’ll be “in the dark” as to what’s best for you and the direction your life should go. “I the Lord will speak what I will, and it shall be fulfilled” (Eze 12:25 NIV). If God says it in His Word, you can count on it. There are precepts in Scripture, but mainly God has given us principles to follow. These principles require wisdom and discernment. The Psalmist said, “I believe in your commands; now teach me good judgment and knowledge” (Ps 119:66 NLT). This doesn’t mean you must have a particular verse for every decision or move you make. That’s not how it works. Most times when you ask God for guidance, He will give you “good judgment and knowledge,” and that’s enough to get you moving in the right direction. Will you sometimes experience fear? Yes, but that’s when you must use your faith! Your greatest clarity as to God’s will often comes from hindsight, not foresight. It’s in looking back on how God has led you that you say, “Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave” (1Ki 8:56 NIV).

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Posted by on October 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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