Our attitudes and behaviors set the table for either a demonic presence or the Holy Spirit’s presence.
In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that He did not hide his lack of intelligence when he doesn’t comprehend.
I have learned, it is what you read when you don’t have to—that determines what you will be when you have to be.
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.
We can easily understand a child who is afraid to walk in the dark—the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid to walk in the LIGHT.
When a man loves his wife, his life can never be the same again. As I watched my wife comb her hair, put her make-up on, give me a kiss and walk out the door—I noticed that being with her, makes me smile more often, anger a little less quickly, the sun shines a little brighter, and life is so much sweeter. For being with her takes me to a different place—a place called love.
When Christians compromise with the world, they may continue to attend church, even pray, tithe and read their bibles. The problem is that these things occupy only a section of their lives, while the main thrust of their affections is devoted to the world-system. Jesus’ warning that “no one can serve two masters” is illustrated on every side by so many confessing Christians today.
One of Satan’s most pernicious powers stems from the fact that he controls some humans, at least part of the time. Such people need not be possessed by a demon; they may just be particularly susceptible to satanic suggestion.
Too many Christians are too lazy to learn God’s Word, instead opting for the easier—but treacherous—view that God is talking to them when they hear thoughts in their minds. Yes, God does speak to us this way—but so can Satan. Ignorant Christians with no external basis for judging inner thoughts are at risk for deception.
Life has taught me it is better to walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light. As I walk with Him peace on the outside comes from allowing Him on the inside. All that I see now—teaches me to trust God for all I have not seen. Kneeling before God this morning—gave me the assurance I can stand before anyone today. Strapped in full armor, prepare for battle, footsteps tracked by GPS—“God’s Positioning System”.
I learned the only bad thing about burning your bridges behind you is that the world is round—those who come to that conclusion is simply at a place in life where they got tired of thinking!
The occultisation of Christendom is a full blown phenomenon now as Christian clairvoyants, Christian Diviners, false prophets, false teachers and false apostles prostitute the undiscerning with spiritual harlotry. Christianity has been hijacked by a counterfeit anointing in the form of religious leaders—dummying down the elect. As kryptonite cripples Superman—ear enticing teaching has crippled the Body of Christ.
Peace is sought after by many—some spend a live time in search of it, spending thousands of dollars—in and out of tons of relationships only to find there is no peace. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.
What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other? The life I touch will touch another life and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt. Discipleship is traveling the dark journey as light to the lost—be swift to love, make haste to be kind.
I have been up for hours praying, studying and writing, now its 6:11 AM. I wondered what would make a man get up in the middle of the night and just to listen for a voice? At that moment I heard the footsteps of my wife and knew it was love. The same love that keeps me at home with my wife—the same love that keeps me up at night with God. Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. Love still stands when all else has fallen.
Vanity is a motive of immense potency. Principle and motive alone—gives character to the actions of men. In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil. Only the fear of God sustains men from the wails of this world.
There are Christians who are interested in changing—they do it only when circumstance permit. There are Christians who are committed to changing—they accept no excuses, only results. In the same way there are Angels who are only interested in God’s position, so are some Christians. Those committed make no excuses—God’s way or no way; lust, lies, selfishness, unforgiving, etc—not an option. Repent! The end is near!
He who studies the world will know how things ought to be, and he who studies men will know how they are—it is he who studies and applies the Word of God that will show them both whose in control.
Noah’s faith and faithfulness are powerful reminders to God’s people to look for the glorious appearing of the Lord Jesus. Noah still has something to say to God’s people when they are tempted to settle into lives just like the unbelievers! As children of God we must remain diligent in our daily walk of faithfulness. Don’t allow people to cloud your faith as you prepare to an ark of holiness.
When we begin to exercise our faith, it will be a blessing to even those who don’t believe. Sharing the Word is a blessing to the lost—even those who reject it are blessed with a choice. Walk in the faith of God and watch the release of blessing poured out upon the love ones who walk along side you. Faith is like a water fall—it’s hard for people to around you and not get wet.
As you exercise our faith in Christ, don’t be surprised if you find some who will oppose you. Your faith in God exposes and rebukes the unfaithful. Never allow anyone to keep you under the dirt when you faith is root in the Word and reaching for the Son. It is our God given responsibility to grow and offer salvation to the lost—those who accept find The Light—those who reject delight in unfaithfulness.
Our faith in God brings us into a unique relationship with Him. We are wired to trust only what we can see or reason in our minds—even then we feed people with a long handle spoon. However our relationship with God is base on trust of the unseen and unknown. A relationship of trust in God is to be as Noah—the willingness to be shut in your situation and let God work.
Like Noah, the world we live in and the people around us have drifted toward a life of self-destruction. As society tries to convince us more and more that Christians need to drift to the center—with so many following suite. It is only our faith in God that will give us the power to resist—the power to stand up, stand alone and walk away. Faith gives us the power to step into the unknown.
Our ability to be ready to obey God is a major part of our faith. If we are not willing to do the things required for obedience, we have stalled out in our faith. Much like a person who buys a new car—yet refused to make the payments. Like Noah, faith requires us to work in seemingly overwhelming responsibilities—yet your faith in God gives you the ability to do the unthinkable.
When we continually hear the Word of God as Noah did, we must be willing to response to the revelation (information revealed) by God in our lives. When we allow God’s Word to begin to develop into a raging stream of faith—difficult steps out of the familiar is now required for your divine density. Each step of faith opens a door for God glorious manifestation.
When it comes to the Word of God—we should have an attitude of learning, releasing faith in the Word, being willing to obey and adjust our lives according to the Word of God and spreading the Word to others. Search the scriptures daily yourself—don’t accept the clichés of others.
The American Dream has become a stumble block to the core principles of discipleship according to the teaching of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. A life not worth dying for is a life not worth living.
Even though we are taught not to let the world squeeze us into its mold—we find it difficult not to succumb. This pressure affects not only our ministries but also our families. The key to overcoming the pressures of this world lies in overcoming the pressure of—selfishness. I have learned there are many things in life I would have thrown away—if I were not afraid that others might pick them up.
Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more like the Giver. The more like the Giver we become—the more precious the gift. The more precious the gift becomes to you—the more you become a giver of gifts.
Do not stand on a high pedestal and take 5 cents in your hand and say, “here, my poor man”, but be grateful that the poor man is there, so by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself. It is not the receiver that is blessed, but it is the giver. Be thankful that you are allowed to exercise your power of benevolence and mercy in the world, and thus become pure and perfect.
It seems the Body of Christ was surrendered to the status quote—just flowing alone. However, any dead fish can float downstream—it takes a live one to swim against it. Consider Noah through his faith had resources of strength to be a live one! Are you exercising your ability to do greater works for Christ or have you become comfortable going with the flow—just like any dead fish?
When I feel pressured by competing responsibilities, I have a choice. I can stress out, or I can pray. Today, I choose to pray—praying through the activities and agendas of the past week, I began to see the ways in which God is active and present. I felt my spirit lift as God met me, shaped me and challenged me to new growth.
I thank God for the new found ability to think before I react—attitudes truly are contagious. So ask yourself one question… Is mine worth catching?
I am learning that letting go is one of the hardest lessons in life. In life—there’s many things that we have to learn to let go. We have to let go of situations, things, memories, people and even ourselves. It’s easy to form an attachment to people and things. It can be a very painful experience and feeling when you realized that it’s time to let go.
I have learned however, there are times where you or that person has changed to the extent that it’s necessary to let go of the relationship or friendship, so that each of you can fulfill your life path. Don’t take it personally—yet to be the person—let it go so you can grow.
I am only saying to get over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. True love doesn’t have a happy ending, because true love never ends. Letting go is one way of saying I love you. So, too the ones I have to let go—I love you!
God honors a positive attitude –one that defies the normal expectations and proceeds through the customary human stop signs. When God asks us to do something, he does not expect us to stop doing it when we run into difficulties. What God says should override our propensity to become negative. We should have an aggressive, unembarrassable, unapologetic, childlike faith. How aggressive are you in your quest for God?
Selling Jesus as an investment strategy is a sin, and anyone claiming Christianity who does not practice truth, is engaged in self-deception. The Body can no longer afford preachers who fail to take a stand on truth—facilitating evil whether it’s a war of lies, cruelty, fear or a distortion of the wisdom of Jesus as fantastic as the prosperity gospel. To save ourselves—we first have to save Jesus form the church.
Cain, Balaam and Korah were unable to maintain their relationships with God because their goal—was to serve themselves. It was not the service of God or the people they sought. ~KP They are clouds without water
Matthew 7:20-21—Allow me to use my modern vernacular: it is hard to tell who is or isn’t a Christian by what they say—yet by their obedience to the Word of God. Not everyone who shout, speak in tongue, sing in the choir, teach, preach or serve you chicken, will be walking the golden streets in heaven—but only those who obey the will of the Father.
Matthew 7:22:23—Allow me to use my modern vernacular: there are many who confess Him as Lord and pray a sinner’s prayer. Many who consider themselves charismatic, Pentecostal or whatever—yes, even those working miracles and cast out demons in Jesus name will be shocked at the realization of their true condition on that—will rush to the gate only to hear—depart me you who lived a life of disobedience.
Listening to all the preached prosperity messages on television, it would lead you to believe that if you’re in hardship—you are out of the will of God. Yet in obedience to God—Joseph suffered.
Standing up for what is right quite often leaves you standing alone. I am learning standing alone puts you in a philosophical position with God—which gives you a unique position on life. A position that; allows you to hold on to the substance and release the shadow. This is for His elite—only that in you which is me can hear what I’m saying. I learned that even a clock which does not work is right twice a day.
The children of Israel took the gold God gave them from the Egyptian women and built a golden calf with it. Interesting isn’t it? They took the blessings of God and made it into an idol. Have we as the church turned God’s blessings into idols? Hmmm—as God’s presence was not tangible—it was the lack of “the fear of God” that produced their disobedience.
The church now faces the fundamental challenge of recovering the view of God and empowering the way of life that Jesus taught and for which He died—while abandoning the creedal claims of the institutional church. The former brings life—the later brought division and misplaced priories within the Body of Christ.
Lukewarm people become whoever is around them. If around those obedient to the Lord—they blend in. When around those of the world—they blend again. They obey God when it is pleasant to or when it is in their best interests. However, they are really motivated by their own desires. They have heard of the scriptures and they know the world—yet refuse to choose one. The saved refuses salvation.
The lack of truth has infiltrated our thinking so completely we feel the liberty to disobey God whenever it is inconvenient for us. We assure ourselves that grace covers our disobedience. After all, God knows our heart and wants us to be happy at any cost. Right? We pursue the lifestyle and possessions of the world—while calling them the blessings of the Lord.
Is it not unlike a child who is unaccustomed to a balanced diet because he only eats what he likes? The child is robbed not only of the taste of some foods but also the nutrition his body needs from them. We will never develop an appetite for what we have never tasted. Many immature Christians are receiving from the pulpits a warped and bent understanding of God. Never tasting the truth—they settle for sweetness of the candy.
Some of our modern Church has developed a deceptive thought process, one that has been conceived and brought forth by an unbalanced teaching of grace. To put it quite bluntly, it is used as a justification for self-seeking, fleshly lifestyles. Many circles have overemphasized the goodness of God to the neglect of His holiness and justice.
Christians are so busy serving God with intercessory prayer, generous offerings, orderly services, outreaches, ministry administration, fasting, bible studies, conferences and conventions that we are missing what He is saying. Caught up in it all, have lost the simplicity of hearing His voice and trembling at His word.
It is very easy to build a ministry machine—yet lost the focus of its purpose.
Spiritual growth is a combination of God’s initiative and our response. However, most choose to ignore the voice of the Spirit. God is banished to the edges of our busy lives, to the borders of consciousness. We limit our practice to the occasional church service, thinking of God now and then; rattling off prayers in a haphazard way. The results are shallow spiritual lives—having a form of godliness; nevertheless denying His power.
So often people look for happiness in others, no person can make you happy. However, you can get a moment of counterfeit happiness, but it will leave quickly. Jesus is the only One Who can give you happiness and satisfy the longing that’s in your soul.
Most people base their lives on what lies behind them—their past and what lies before them—their future. As children of God we should base our lives on neither our past nor future; knowing that God has forgiven our past and destined our future. God purposes us to base our lives on what lies within us—the power of the Holy Spirit. Living a life of destiny—leaving behind a trail of disciples for Christ. Catch the vision—fill the void.
God the divine essence of who I am; makes me behave in the ordinary occasions of life, and is the farthest point I can stretch. God is not a blessing to me—He is a blessing in me. We have minimized God’s power to a blessing; new house, car or check in the mail. The blessing in me break, teardown and put to fight strongholds, restore relationships, heals and give sight to the blind—don’t minimize the greater works to your little space.
We need to find a new center of gravity for our lives in God. Are you willing to walk with God to the point that there is a total separation between you and the world? To the point you seem foolish to the world because of your faith, laughed at because you dared to be different, talked about because of the boldness to speak the unthinkable. Noah was willing to stand alone, for 100± years without fear of what people thought—are you?
I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday—I will be more like I AM tomorrow, because today I chose to be like Jesus.
Many people disobey the will of God because they are enticed by good and pleasant. Perhaps it is prosperity or success outside the counsel of God’s Word. They pursue their own desires and find fun, happiness, or excitement for a season. They find good in what God said no to—however in due season……
Obviously, a true Christian would never practice witchcraft knowingly. Yet today, many are under its influence through the deception of rebellion. Witchcraft in any form has the same result—it directly opens one up to the demonic realm. Its goal is to control circumstances, situations, or people. The more one rebel, the more you give legal right for demonic powers to influence and control you. The spiritual realm is our domain—fighting the enemy in his bed makes you his partner.
A deceived person believes he has done what is right or best—when actually he is in rebellion. This is especially true of those who repeatedly disobey the Word of God. Their hearts continue to be darkened by reasoning and their deception grows greater. Disobedience is accompanied by deception, and both grow worse if they are not confronted.
Consider Jesus; He was in the desert for forty days and nights. He had gone without water, food and comfort. Hunger returned because His body was close to starvation. If He didn’t have food or water soon He’d die. But which came first—the provision or the temptation? Satan tempted—Jesus denied! We must learn to deny temptation in our time of want and wait on God’s provision in time of need. Satan’s temptations promise premature pleasure— which denies permanent provisions.
God warns us through his chosen vessels, yet our own reasoning soon drown out these voices because the person or people we desire seem good for companionship, pleasant to our eyes, and appeared to be wise in helping us make decisions. Ultimately we chose our will over God’s—later we suffer greatly for our misjudgment.
No matter how good it looks, tastes, or feels … no matter how rich, abundant, wise or successful it will make you … if it is not of God—a biblical truth based on the foundation of the un-compromised Word. It will eventually lead to intense sorrow and end in death. Embrace the truth and settle it in your heart—let not looks deceive you.
Eve was beguiled into disobedience, but Adam knew exactly what he was doing. So many Christians transgress God’s commands with their eyes wide open, fully aware of what they are doing—these people are hard to reach. However, the majority of the disobedient, like Eve, are deceived through ignorance—through the knowledge of the truth we can shut off the enemy.
No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, I thank God for both. My mother nourished me as a child, my wife cherishes as a man. It was the little boy in me that cried out in need of a mother’s love; however it is the man in me that chooses to embrace the love of my wife. It’s sad that men have to take them through hell before we realize how heavenly they are. I can think of no greater gift to give you both—except being a godly man of integrity.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. You never know whose life you will influence today, the moment you turn up your nose—you limit your ability to be a light in a dark world.
Tithes and offerings are sacrificed, time and services are offered—yet obedience is an afterthought. Many are so deceived that they think that through disobedience they can offer sacrifices or services to God that would be acceptable. This is a most deceptive form of rebellion.
We must battle for our faith because certain individuals have slipped into the church misrepresenting the grace of God as a covering or license for sin. Leaving the subtle impression that living excessive, fleshly lifestyles is permitted in their salvation by grace —doing whatever they like without fear of God’s punishment. They don’t deny the faith by what they say —but by their actions.
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same; some are good and some are bad—but they all are to make you into the person God destined you to be.Take every relationship for what it is without regrets.
Only a fool is unwilling to give-up what he cannot keep; and unwilling to gain what he cannot lose. I have purposed in my mind —when it comes time to die, I am making sure all I have to do is die. No regrets, no apologies—perfectly fit to enter the kingdom according to righteousness of my Lord and Savior. At the end it’s not the years I lived that counts —it’s the life I lived in my years.
Rebuking the Jezebel spirit —nothing has any power over me other than that which I give it through my conscious thoughts. Keeping a cool head —staying alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch me napping. I am guarding my post —for God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of bold and loving and sensible mind.
I have learned the treasure of life is within you; it holds all you will ever need to live a successful life in Christ Jesus.
One who knows much about others may be learned, yet the one who understands self is more intelligent. One who controls others may be powerful; however the one who has mastered self is mightier still.
Little things affect little minds, one who allows the little things in life to occupy their time—never allow their minds the opportunity to grow.
I am learning to embrace every problem or obstacle as an opportunity to grow; today I went through the valley—tomorrow I will stand on the mountain.
A man’s errors are his portals of discovery. Sometimes we’re confused by what we think is really obvious. But what we think is really obvious obviously isn’t obvious. The book (bible) is a gift we can open again and again. Information is not knowledge —knowing is not enough. We must apply what is in our portals; test the true accuracy of our discoveries. Believing is not enough; knowledge is the transformation of its power in your life.
Worry does not take the pain out of tomorrow; it merely takes the joy out of today.
The human wisdom and understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it. Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individuals by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry. A better world shall emerge based on faith, wisdom and understanding.
Now I understand why I had to go through what I went through—the pain I had to endure, the hate, the lies, the loneliness—the betrayal. No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
Some of the greater things in life are unseen that’s why you close your eyes when you kiss, cry, or dream. FAITH
We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge—we live in a veritable explosion of information about our psyches, our societies, our bodies, and our environments, yet we are certainly not living in a parallel explosion of knowledge about God. A person starts to live when they acknowledges a life outside themselves.
Happy 10th Anniversary!!! Damon (Butch) & Melanie Johnson—a wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year. The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom, church or synagogue. It’s a choice you make / not just on your wedding day, but over and over again / and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife. You don’t marry someone you can live with; you marry the person who you cannot live without.
Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future. I know that forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future; as well as our future doesn’t change our past, but forgiveness frees us of it.
Friendship is a treasured gift, however; truly great friends are hard to find. Once you find them they are difficult to leave, once you leave them they are impossible to forget. A friend is a hand that is always holding yours, no matter how close or far apart you may be. A friend is someone who is always there and will always, always care. A friend is a feeling of forever in the heart.
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New. The law was established in the Old Testament; fulfilled in the New. We must learn to be moderate in prosperity, and prudent in adversity; understanding the law is a treasure to the fulfillment of it. Genuine morality is preserved only in the school of adversity; a state of continuous prosperity may easily prove to be quick sand to virtue. Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.
It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity and not what we think but what we live that gives us eternal life.
Thank you, it was meant to be! You hurt me; but you couldn’t break me. You talk about me; but you couldn’t change the truth. You lied on me; but you couldn’t steal my integrity. Your efforts made me a stronger and better man; but it wasn’t your intensions. I forgave you; but can you admit and forgive yourself?
Most of my struggles were exactly what I needed. I now understand if I went through life without any obstacles, I would be crippled. I would not be as strong as what I could have been. I have learned to give every opportunity a chance —leaving no room for regrets.
I have failed a few times, however failure has never overtaken me. My determination to succeed is strong enough to overcome my temporary setbacks. I look at failure as a strong wind; it rips away my shortcoming to make room for more of who I really am. A person who hides or surrender to his failure will never overcome them; never knowing what lies within and his power to succeed.
Most men wait for extraordinary opportunities. I learned to seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them. Weak men will use you to get what he want; strong men will use what he has to get what he need.
I learned the hard way that religious camaraderie camouflaged in false amity destroys true friends. Friendship is like a glass ornament; once it is broken it can rarely be put back together exactly the same way. I have never had a problem with my enemies; I could always take care of them in a fight. It was the devout friends that kept me walking the floor at night!
Some people think it’s holding on that makes one strong —sometimes it’s letting go. Anyone can stay in the same situations and make excuses; it takes courage to stand, change and walk away. Standing gives one the ability to change; changing gives one the strength to walk away and walking away gives one the ability to put the past behind him.
I can cope with changes in my daily routines and peoples attitudes, because I am determined and convinced in my heart that meeting with God is important. Meeting with God prepares me emotionally and mentally to step out of my personal connections with others, not because they aren’t important, but because I want to come back to them strengthened and refreshed and as —His Light; from my time alone with God.
There is something deep within us that longs for God. It is the inner work of God’s Spirit that all God’s children have. But that inner hunger can grow weak throughout the day unless it is nourished. Preoccupation with day-to-day living can choke it out. Have you taken lunch today? Did you take time to feed your spiritual hunger as well?
We are busy people who live in a busy world; however we must create space in our lives for God. This isn’t easy. There is always something, phone calls, family issues, errands to run, etc… The list of demands is endless. Even church has become such a rush hour, which bypasses God. But if we are going to meet God, we have to get past these demands to sit worshipfully in his presence.
Disregard the study of God’s Word and you sentence yourself to stumble through life blindfolded; with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you. However, I have learned that most Christians are ignorant to the study of the God’s Word; lost in a maze of walls —settling to follow pride instead of the truth, the way and the light.
I am learning that nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. I am so —loving life right now! The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing; next to a husband and wife returning to the image of God.
I have come to the conclusion the moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us; from motives of the religious status of men are silent on the WHOLE WORD OF GOD when we should speak —the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. Wisdom is a virtue that the foolishness of man cannot comprehend.
The motives of men can be witched standing in a pulpit holding a bible. Prayerfulness and watchfulness is the only guard against these subtle, hypocritical and cunning men. Be intent on his intentions. Many pastors succeed in making others do their own ungodly affairs, and unless you possess the key to their motives you may be lead to take their chestnuts out of the fire to the damage of your own fingers.
Most Christians are irresponsible to the very core principles of discipleship according to the teaching of Jesus. Responsibility is the thing people dread most of all. Yet it is the one thing God uses to develop us. It is easy to dodge what should be God fearing responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities—the world is reaping the consequences of irresponsible Christians.
As I sit looking out of the shattered window of life; counting the stones that lie on the ground and watching my friends, family and acquaintances walk away. I can hear Jesus, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Because they couldn’t face their own sin they begin to hurler stones at one who had the courage to expose his own sin and stand on truth. Center your life on Christ and expect people on the left and right to hurl stones at you.
A man who does not think for himself does not think at all. I think of life now as a good book. The more you read, the more it begins to make sense. I was always a thinker until I fell in love with church; then I became a thoughtless follower, believing whatever told. But one day as I sit intensity amazed at the pulpit, I begin to think again; why does one escalate himself to tell someone about the one de-escalated?
I have learned the truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it. Some don’t seek truth, because to deal with truth —one would have to face self. When a person is not ready to face self his first reaction to truth is hatred. When one refuses to walk in truth; lies and deception becomes his vice. Those who are willing to face the truth; knows the greatest homage to pay to it is—use it!
If the sleeping church would wake up, repent, be filled with the Holy Spirit, and give to God His rightful share, then the world would see the compassion and caring of fire-filled Christians and the lost would give their hearts to the Lord. Obedience is the golden key that will unlock the door to revival. We have become complacent with the transfer of membership as a sign of kingdom growth.
The road of life twists and turns in so many ways and no two directions are ever the same. Yet, we are so rushed to reach our destination that once we arrive we forget the purpose of going. However, our lessons come from the journey, take the time on the way to be prepared for your destiny once you reach your destination. There is no need in making the trip without fulfilling the purpose for going. Matthew 28:19
The strength of a man is not in his ability to lift weight or carry a load, but his ability to channel his strength in life. It takes more strength to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to your wife than to dominate her, more strength to abide by godly thought-out principles rather than worldly reflex. The strength of a man is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and immaturity.
You will never learn to stand for God unless you are willing to be knocked down for Him. It was not until I fell for God that I was granted the indelible power to stand. The longer you stand for God, the more alone you become, the more alone you become, the more of His omnipresent surrounds you. At afar your enemy perceive you to be alone, but unable to draw near—for angels are encamped around you.
Many don’t recognize the truth of their condition. Instead of facing facts, they make excuses. Instead of turning to God, they turn to substitutes. Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing. Real men are those who always find excuses for others, but never excuses for himself.
I’ve been hurt but I’ll continue to love, for that gives me courage to forgive. Remember you are bound to people you have not forgiven. Un-forgiveness gives people access to the interior of your life, where they can steal your peace. Don’t hold to anger, hurt or pain; they will steal the access code; which unlocks your freedom to live, love and receive love.
I once wondered why people would turn on you or treat you as an enemy when you have not said anything or done anything to them. Yet, now I understand to have enemies is good. That means you won’t settle for anything, but willing to stand up for something. Once a person stands on the Word of God some of your friends will become your enemies; not to harm you but to push you closer to God.
I have learned that a lot of Christians fashion their god after their own understanding. So many Christians make their pastor a god before that have the opportunity to know God. It is well to respect the leader. Learn from him. Observe him. Study him. But don’t worship him.
The more we allow Christianity to take on the face of religion, hypocrisy becomes good taste. The better the taste the more hypocrisy and distortion becomes passing currents under the name of that religion and Christianity becomes only a shadow on the hearts of who we should be.
Love is when one person knows all of your secrets… your deepest, darkest, most dreadful secrets of which no one else in the world knows… and yet in the end, that one person does not think any less of you; even if the rest of the church does. That’s a child of God! Church folk know even less and will think the worst. What have Christianity taught you?
I have learned to use temptation like a knife, I can use it either cut my meat or my throat; it may be my food or my poison, my exercise or my destruction. I have learned to use temptations to carve out the Word of God, for my strength to overcome; and exercise my strength in my daily walk. I don’t have the ability to avoid temptation, but I thank God for the ability to overcome it.
Life is short, don’t waste time worrying about what people think of you Hold on to the ones that care, in the end they will be the only ones there. To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world. Cherish your true friendships, every man is a friend to him that gives gifts but, there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
A person who prides themselves on their religious position or title is like the potato plant, the best part of which is underground. Prideful people gets no pleasure out of being God’s chosen vessel, they’re to business trying to drive the ship.
I am just loving it and giving God praise at this moment. God allows us to experience the frustration of—dealing with argumentive, negative, arrogant and prideful people, in order to teach us great lessons. Knowing it ALL is not what count; it’s how you use what you know.
I asked God for strength to achieve. I was made weak to learn humbly to obey. I asked for health to do greater things. I was given infirmity to do better things. I asked for riches to be happy. I was given poverty to be wise. I asked for power for the praise of men. I was given weakness to feel the need of God. I asked for all things to enjoy life. I was given life to enjoy all things.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God; in school you’re taught a lesson and then given a test; however, in life you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. Through life’s tests which are absolute, always ask God not to allow you to go through without understanding. Life’s tests are too hard to have to repeat.
Jesus loved Peter enough to die for him, Peter loved Jesus enough not to let him. There is a love that can hinder you from your purpose, however true love is willing to release the very thing it loves to receive the love of it. It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what is the most painful is a love that keeps you from your purpose.
My prayer is a confession of my own unworthiness and weakness; my courage is only my fear that has said its prayers; I have learned to pray, and let God worry as if He could. My prayers are my key to Heaven, my prayer is my voice of faith; it is my faith that unlocks the door; it is God who gives me the ability to walk through it.
We blindly adopt religion and confuse it with Christianity; religion is the human response to being alive and having to die. However, Christianity is the Godly response to being dead and having to live.
I have learned a man can lose everything; however no one can take away his choice —to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances. Anger, arrogance, disrespect, sadness, unbelief, and rudeness, etc… are training wheels on the bicycle of life —for weak people who cannot keep their balance without them. Learn to balance bible reading, prayer and love and you will be able to balance life.
There’s nothing more demoralizing than a leader who can’t clearly articulate why we’re doing what we’re doing; except a leader who don’t have the courage admit it was his doing. Courageous leaders don’t use the sheep as a bulletproof vest.
I no longer dodge bricks people throw at me, however; I catch them and build a firm foundation to stand on. I have learned ultimately my strength was not when I stood in moments of comfort, convenience and applause, but where I stand in times of challenge, controversy and adversity. Psalms 110:1
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain; but it takes God’s wisdom, the character of a new creature in Christ and self control maintained by the Holy Spirit to be understanding, loving and forgiving.
Standing with tears; understanding that as Christians, we pray for peace for others, yet so often suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars from the battle. I have learned with our freedom in Christ comes great responsibility, and I can think of no responsibility greater than putting on the whole armor of God and standing in the gap between the wolves and the sheep.
We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We grow relative. We grow mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. True GROWTH is found only when man returns to his Creator.
I learned it’s not what’s happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it’s your decisions about Christ, and what He means to you, and what you’re going to do with Him that will determine your ultimate destiny.
I also remember the moment my life changed, the moment I finally said, ”I’ve had it! I know I’m much more than I’m demonstrating spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically in my life’.’ I made a decision in that moment which was to alter my life forever. I decided to change virtually every aspect of my life. I decided I would never again settle for less than I can be in Christ Jesus.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.
I am understanding and appreciating the gift of a quiet spirit the ability to shut out the world and people around you. So often I sit for hours in silence with great anticipation of just one word from God. He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. ~Holy Spirit
One of the problems with the church today is that it is split on so many common sense issues concerning our lives as Christians. Once again Satan is being successful in deceiving so many with the very word of God. He gets us so focused in on a few scriptures which are true, because it is written; that we don’t apply those scriptures to the rest of the bible. At that point we will split the body of Christ to the point of hatred and isolation from one another. This is the place Satan desires us to be—warring with one another, using the sacred scriptures we have inquired as weapons to launch at each other. Solomon often reminds us that wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.
Christianity is quite simple and free; however we complicate it by our own disobedience and try to cover it up with twisted scripture. Similar to the original creation of man in the garden, life was simple until God’s only command was twisted.
Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real; pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Religious pride as subtle as it is, can affect anyone at any time, and it is one of the chief weapons Satan uses against the church. Guard your heart!
When you propose to do good deeds don’t expect people to roll stones out of our way, but you must accept your lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon you.
When a leader focuses on staying close to God to guide him and consumes himself with God’s will he is less likely to stumble. God gives leaders the ability to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. Great gifts mean great responsibilities; Luke 12:48
Spiritual Leaders are quite different than worldly leaders; God has higher expectations for their moral, spiritual, and ethical lives. They must show themselves to be examples and must stay close to the Lord so he can guide them. Their responsibilities involve the eternal destinies of others—a job description that should cause them to be ever vigilant and watchful of God’s will.
I learned the purpose of my problems and problem people in my life were only to push me toward obedience to God, which are exact and cannot be changed. I have the free will to obey him or disobey him. Obedience will bring harmony; disobedience will bring you more problems. Live in harmony with one another. Romans 12:16
I love my wife not only for who she is, but for what I am when I am with her. When I’m sad she comforts me, when I’m sick she cares for me, when I’m anger she prays for me, when I cry she holds me, when I’m weak she gives me strength, and when I need to be the man you lets me. He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD. Proverbs 18:22
We live in a society of victimization, where people are much more comfortable being victimized than actually standing up for themselves. We are much more comfortable claiming victory than actually walking in the victory. Our victory in Christ is not measured by what we accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
I have learned you don’t need to go very far in any given day to find a need, hear a request, face an enemy, or encounter a situation that calls for a righteous application of our God-given power. I am pushing through the pain I feel and the conflict of today as life’s battle continue, my experiences have given me the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism. Thank you Father!
Don’t let life discourage you; challenges are what make life interesting —overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. The best way to predict the outcome of your life is to know that ALL things (good or bad) work together for the good of those who love the Lord.
Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him (Job 13:15). I learned you’re never more vulnerable than when you trust someone. When they were allowed to betray my trust; I pleaded my case directly to God and proved my integrity. Trust is like a vase… once it’s broken, though you can fix it the vase will never be same again —but ironically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.
Obedience is better than sacrifice! Then Samuel said to Saul, “Be quiet! The leader of the people Saul, became disobedient in what the Lord had told him to destroy, however allowed the people to bring the best to sacrifice to God. Not much different that today, if we want to live we must allow the flesh to die and live in the spirit, but our leaders teach us to just sacrifice and you will be blessed! $$$ I Samuel 15
God gives us golden moments every day—but, in the stream of life we allow them to rush past us; worrying about yesterday and wondering about tomorrow we miss the beauty of today. Each day is a gift from God; catch the golden moments of the day. Be watchful, in that same golden moment God’s angel will grace your presentence, so often we only know them when they are gone.
God has given you an ability to dream dreams and the possibilities to carryout visions in a world were all things are possible through Him. However, you block your dreams and visions when you allow your FEAR to grow bigger than your faith. God have not given you the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Allow your FAITH to put your fear to flight!
Thank God for the people, as bitter sweet as it is who were only placed in my life to teach me wisdom. Today I am so grateful and I realize when we are grateful for the good we already have, we attract more good into our life. On the other hand, when we are ungrateful, we tend to shut ourselves off from the good we might otherwise experience.
When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others. Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And something you give away.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. John 14:27
It was my sinful flattery that made them my friends and my repentance and the truth that made them my enemies. He that gloats in flattery; he himself has been deceived. He that’s unwilling to hear the truth wishes to deceive you.
I learned to continue to have hope even though I’ve been disappointed, to still believe even though I’ve been betrayed, to still love even though I’ve been hurt. The love of God gives me that peace in the eye of my storms.
Prayer is the key to Heaven, but faith unlocks the door. I prayed for an easier life. Faith made me a stronger man! I prayed for tasks equal to my powers. Faith gave me powers that exceeded my tasks! I prayed for comfort in my sorrow. Faith gave me strength for the journey ahead! I pray for God to order my footsteps each day. Faith gives me the ability to step in them!
Men talk as if victory were something fortunate, however; there are many victories worse than a defeat. But I think my God there are victories of the soul and spirit even if you lose, you win. As Christ displayed on the cross the harder the conflict; the more glorious the triumph. Thanking God for ones who once call me friend with a kiss!
I have learned to call your troubles experiences and my troublers promoters, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within me, and the promoters give me a platform for it to shine. I am growing vigorous and happy, no matter however adverse my circumstances may seem to be.
How can I believe those who don’t have the guts to stand up for truth and declare hypocrisy and lies? I think it’s a lie – people claim they want the truth – everybody insists that honesty is what they want the most, the most sacred and precious thing a man can possess. But that’s bull! People are terrified to hear the truth – they hold on to their traditions. They fight anyone who tries to break those chains. It’s their security…How can we expect anything change when truth is only spoken in silence?
How precious it is to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.
It was only through God’s grace and mercy that I realized the fool in me the one who felt too much, talked too much, took too many chances, won sometimes and lost often, lacked self-control, loved when it pleased me and hated when it didn’t, hurt others and hide my hurts, make promises and broke promises, laughed when I should have cried.
I’m at a point in life where I can thank God for allowing me to experience the low points of life in order to teach me lessons I could not learn in any other way. The way I learn those lessons is not to deny the feelings but to find the meanings underlying them. Thank you Lord! What people intended would break me—You predestined to make me.
Thank God for His wisdom in exercising gifts allotted to me. I found myself as so many do, using the gift and not allowing the gift to use us. The gifts that God gives us should only be used through the directing of the Holy Spirit and not your own. God’s gifts are much like fertilizers; if you don’t use enough the grass appears weak and is overtaken by weeds, if you use to much you kill the very thing you where trying to save.
Thank God for a clear conscience. This is a prime benefit, because if you have a clear conscience you will be able to stand firmly in the storms that swirl around you. If your heart does not condemn you, but affirms you, you can be a tower of strength. “The man of integrity walks securely” (Proverbs 10:9).
No man, for any considerable period of time, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the truth. Remember, you who profess to be followers of the Lord Jesus, that to you indifference is impossible! You must bless the Body of Christ and the world by your holiness, or you will curse them both by your hypocrisy and inconsistency.
There are two sorts of hypocrites: one that are deceived with their outward morality and external religion; many of whom are professed Christians, in the doctrine of justification: and the other, are those that are deceived with false recognition of potential for success and elevations; in men’s own righteousness, and talk much of free grace; but at the same time make a righteousness of their perceived success and of their humiliation, and exalt themselves to heaven with them.
Most people try to avoid making choices by doing nothing, but even that is a choice; making the choice is not what’s hard; it’s the consequences one has to live with after the choice. I would rather deal with consequences that I choose, than consequences that choose me.
Christians often compromise their ability to be soldiers for Christ when they limit their choices, only to what seems possible or reasonable; which causes an disconnect between self and the impossible through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Don’t back down just to keep the peace. Standing up for God’s truth and your beliefs builds self-confidence, character, integrity and self-esteem. Giving you the ability to remain faithful when nobody’s looking; endure pain when the room is empty; and stand alone when you’re misunderstood.
Gifts and Talents are God given. Be humble and God lead. Fame and Fortune is man-given. Be grateful and not greedy. Conceit is self-given. Be careful and know the He is Lord.
There is no greater reply to the ignorant like keeping silence! However, if you must reply, reply in the wisdom of God to expose the ignorance of men.
Truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it. However, it you desire it and find it —you will be surprised; the first reaction to truth is hatred. Those who swear by truth seldom want to live by truth.
I been successful according to the world’s standards, but discovered Christian character does not get strong by a life of success. It was when I begin to surrender my success to God’s simplicity that my muscles of character begin to budge. What most people would call crazy, God through the willingness, experience of trials and suffering, inspired ambition —Called Blessed! It was hard taking off the shoes of prosperity, however the shoes of eternity fits much better! I thank God, I was willing to walk out of what most men dream to walk into.
Understanding love at first sight is easy; it’s when two stick for what seems a lifetime, that it becomes a miracle. So many try to rekindle the love in their marriage, it’s not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. There is nothing more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends. Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.
It is impossible for a man to be freed from the habit of sin before he hates it, just as people who shut their eyes to reality simply darken their path to righteousness. Anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence, it is impossible to receive forgiveness. He’s like one who removes the headlights from his vehicle, but insists on driving at night, so is the fool who shuts his eyes to reality. Darkness has become his guide!
“I would have never become the person God wanted me to be, if afflictions, trials, and disciplines were taken out of my life. If was in through the pain of my afflictions, that God broke me. It was through the struggles of my trials that God implanted His wisdom. It was through the obedience of God disciplines that gives the boldness to stand today.” Never abort the process no matter how painful, allow God to complete his good work in you.
A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success. If Christians would spend as much time encouraging those whom struggle; as they do praising those who give reports, their nets would soon …break! You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but the value you have placed on it. It is an estimate of pain that you made into reality; however, you have the power to revoke it at any moment. Luke 10:19 Jesus s…aid, you have the power to overcome the enemy; nothing will harm you.
People who are serious about something always make room for it in their schedules. Hmmm! Wonder why so many Christians fail to make room for reading and studying their bible, nevertheless, will easily spend two hours plus per day watching television? Could it be? No, they have to be serious! Don’t they?
My grace is sufficient for thee (2 Corinthians 12): “God’s grace gives us both the courage to admit we’re failing and the strength to succeed. If you can’t admit your failures/mistakes maybe you are soft on God’s grace! Only God’s grace gives us the ability to stand and admit before we are caught. Godly sorrow leads a man to repentance, worldly sorrow leads a man to admit he’s wrong after the evidence is presented.”
“I have always asked God to allow me to learn from life’s experiences. It’s not until you are hurt by people you thought would love you, that you can see and realize the people who really loved you. It’s not always the people you cared for that will love you; however, the ones that cared for you did and still do. Similar to while you love your sin, the Father stilled loves you.
Things don’t always get better when you change; however, I learned that things must change to get better.
When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken, giving views without the proper deliberation on biblical understanding; which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities.
“We all love self-recognition; we hate accusation. However, to have spiritual success, walking in the footsteps ordered by God; we have to learn to lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at us.”
Lying is not only done with words, but also with silence. When people know the true and decide to keep silent, they have just advanced the lie. Wise men keep silent to gain understanding, fools keep silent to delay their failure.
No matter how hard you push a bus, its only goes in the direction the wheels are turned.
The right way is not always the popular and easy way. However, standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character. Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it, piece by piece — by thought, choice, courage, and determination.
“We end up thinking Satan’s thoughts, because we have believed so many of his lies that we lose track of reality.”
When staying at a place to make a different; make sure there is standard of measure. If there is no standard in which the different can be measured, it is like drawing a continuous straight line without a ruler.
Facing our failure is a voluntary act of sacrificial suffering. Only those willing to suffer the pains caused by honestly assessing their own ineffectiveness will have the necessary drive and creativity to discover successful paths.
I thank God for my strength and ability to stand without fear and with boldness on His word. God has given me a mission and I will not deviate from it. It is time soldiers stand for truth without fear. We have sat in silence for too long and watch spirituality be stripped from God people.
“Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. A life without courage, wisdom bears no fruit. Today my courage is the ladder on which all my other virtues mount. Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.”
Pride is the art of being well deceived; Satan knows if he convinces Christians that their ineffective and misdirected efforts are successful, he knows we’ll continue in those ways. We have allowed the world to give us a value system that produces a magical enchantment; enticed by wise men, sorcerers and magicians. To overthrow his deception, we must be willing to withstand the pain of looking honestly at our failures.
Men, remember you will teach your family more about God by what you do at home than by all the other activities you are involved in—no matter how religious/holy/good (whatever you want to call it) they are. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19) Before you spend your time preaching to others before, you take the time and reach/preach/teach to yours.
Proverbs 4:20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. It was not my integrity, morality or my character that almost made me lose my family; it was my zeal for the church and the church… Read More’s zeal to be something it was not. It was my lack of wisdom and my need of a caring father. 1 Corinthians 4:15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; Don’t allow yourself to be pushed to fix church problems when your home is a problem. Like me, you may not think there is, but you better ask somebody. Oh, and I don’t mean man!
My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. God is now the force beneath my sail; he gives me the ability to take the controls or give them to Him. I can clear any obstacle before me with Him at the controls or I can be lost in the maze trying to operate the controls myself. God gives us a CHOICE! My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.
We also need more trained Christians and Leaders in the Word of God to understand WAR with the enemy. To many soldiers of Christ today are ill prepared; tactics in warfare error beside the Word, unloading their arsenals in friendly fire, performing spiritual abortion on infants in Christ, etc… Speaking as a leader, it’s too easy for us to blame others for our incompetents.
Conversion for me was not a Damascus Road experience; it was a Damaging Church experience. However, in spite of; and even if accusation where true; and no one willing to (Galatians 6:1-2). I slowly moved into an intellectual acceptance of Christ without hypocrisy. I boldly grew through love, forgiveness and God’s grace to stand with TRUTH! (John 8:31-32) Still Standing!!!
I remembered it was not when I was looking at my wife that God changed us, it was when I begin to look with her. Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.
Love is a choice you make from moment to moment.
If you have love (1 John 4:8) in your life it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you don’t have it, no matter what else there is, it’s not enough.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Just listening and came to the conclusion one of the basic causes people’s troubles in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act impulsively without thinking. They allow people to control their mood without realizing (thinking) who they are in Christ. Thank God! I have learned to think on my own before I act or talk.
Is it possible the church has failed to follow her appointed pathway of separation, holiness, heavenliness and testimony to an absent but coming Christ? So, institutionalized the church has turned aside from that purpose to the work of civilizing the world, building magnificent temples, and acquiring earthly power and wealth, and, in this way, has ceased to follow in the footsteps of Him who had no where to lay His head.
I am not afraid of the storms ahead, and is waiting with great expectancy, for I have learned how to sail my ship.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we never taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. God allows tough times, for us to appreciate the good times. God allows Satan, for us to allow HIM!
As I listen to all the expected blessings on the way; it dawned on me??? Why would one be expecting new blessing, when the ones they have are not being utilized? (1 Corinthians 13:13) Why would one not use the greatest, instead expect a lesser one?
I learned that any man can stand in adversity, but if you want to test a man’s true character, give him power. A great man is always willing to be little. “unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3-4
I remember there is perhaps nothing worse than reaching the top of the ladder and discovering that you’re on the wrong wall. Except, maybe looking down and discovering that steps you use to reach the top are no longer there. A bit of advice; the people you shun today, maybe the very one you need tomorrow.
I learned no matter how close your walk is with the Lord you will stumble, you will fall, and you will make a fool of yourself. The difference between the lost in church and the true church is simple: The lost consistently fall from grace and don’t repent; the true fall less often and when they do, they seek God’s and each other’s forgiveness.
Sitting in my office thinking about my wife; realizing love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful and I love being my wife’s husband. Thanks God! It isn’t what we have, or who we are, or where we are, or what we are doing that makes us happy. It’s YOU!
I learned no matter how close your walk is with the Lord you will stumble, you will fall, and you will make a fool of yourself. The difference between the lost in church and the true church is simple: The lost consistently fall from grace and don’t repent; the true fall less often and when they do, they seek God’s and each other’s forgiveness.
So often we are victims of deception. However, I’m learning that we are never really deceived; we deceive ourselves. Deception is only based on one’s inability to know truth and to believe a lie. Deception’s foundation is rooted in one’s desires to be or to have. Do you spend more time entertaining a lie or learning the truth? Who’s your daddy? John 8:44
You and I will meet again, When we’re least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face(book), I won’t say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again” May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
Your life is what your thoughts make it. Your thoughts are what make you. Change your thinking, your thoughts of life will change. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts” declares the LORD. Allow God to direct your thoughts and you will not;???????????????????????????.
It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what is the most painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let the person know how you feel. The greatest joy of my marriage came when I learn to share my heart and true feelings with my wife. A man who can’t express his true feelings is under extreme pressure and will soon explode.
My wife and I are building an altar unto the Lord. Strengthening our marriage, family and friends as a witness; a testimony for God!
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it.
I understood courage when I discovered that I may not win, but was still willing to stay in the battle. I knew I had courage; when I knew I would lose before the battle even started, but was willing to lose to keep my integrity.
It was not until I beginning to calculate the approximate depth of my ignorance; that God begin to show me the approximate height of His wisdom for me. Bragging on God! :~) A life worth dying for; Satan thought he had me, the world thought I was impressed; people thought they were using me; BUT GOD HAD A PLAN!
I am becoming a positive thinker who sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.
More often in life, we end up regretting the chances in life that we had, but didn’t take them, than those chances that we took and wished we hadn’t.
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at changes.
I am dancing as though no one is watching. Loving as though I have never been hurt. Singing as though no one can hear me. Living as though heaven is on earth.
I knew the strength of my character when I had the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings and forgive quickly.
Once people get use to something being one way; they have trouble imaging it being any other way.
Reflecting on life realizing happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.
Realizing that when the world walks out, real friends are the ones who walk in. When the lights fade on your stage, it is real friends who open the curtains and gave you applause. When life falls apart, it is a real friend that sticks closer than a brother. Find a friend in Jesus and you will find yourself being a friend.
I was just thinking, “life is hard” then I thought “compared to what”. Is life really hard or is it our choices that put a drag on life?
Day by day preparing to meet my Maker!
If we look for the good in others; could it be we just might discover the best within ourselves?
Before you try to change others, remember how hard it is to change yourself
You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.
Before we can have a successful relationship with anyone, we first need a personal relationship with God.
If you want to see the true character of people, look at their home life. It is unlikely that you will get an accurate assessment just by observing someone at church, work, or in a social setting. True charcter is revealed when the makeup and masks come off.
Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God Col. 3:3 It is neither talent, nor power, nor gifts that do the work of God, but it is that which lies within the power of the humblest; it is the simple, earnest life hid with Christ in God. We are so impressed by talent, power and gifts we forget what impresses God.