The other day I was watching Joel Osteen on television and he was talking about deleting negative things people may say about us. A lot of times we accept negative criticism that people say to us like, “you are never going to amount to anything in life; you’re never going to be the person you think you are going to be when you grow up (doctor, lawyer, etc.)”. Read More Here
I’m sure you’ve noticed how different human beings are! We’re all unique. Like the sun, the moon, and the stars mentioned in today’s scripture, God created each of us to be different from one another, and He did this on purpose. Each of us meets a need, and we are all part of God’s overall plan. Read More Here
Friday, June 19, 2015
Now to Him Who, by (inconsequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work, within us is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest, hopes, or dreams].
Thursday, June 18, 2015
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [ confidently] trust!
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom and skill [the preceding and the first essential, the prerequisite and the alphabet]; a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning have all those who do [the will of the Lord]. Their praise of Him endures forever.
For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He hides away sound and godly Wisdom and stores it for the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him); He is a shield to those who walk uprightly and in integrity.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
By Joyce Meyer
ARE YOU ONE OF THE THE MILLIONS who feel constantly busy? Do wake up thinking: I might as well stay in bed. There's no way I can get everything done! Obviously that's not a good way to live. God would much rather see you relaxed and confident in Him, peaceful and fulfilling your purpose in life. So if you're in a habit of feeling anxious and overwhelmed, I want to help you fix that.
You may think time is the problem-that there just isn't enough of it. But God gives everyone the same amount. We all have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I guess that's God's way of saying that's all the time we need to live a well-balanced life with plenty of time for work, rest and play.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, To everything there is a season and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven.
Instead of dreading that you don't have enough time, you can make the decision to have more wisdom with the way you spend your time.
You know, we spend time just like we spend money. When we spend it, it's gone. We can't get it back. So we need to think about what we are spending it on and decide whether or not we are making the right choices.
No matter what's on your to-do list today, I want to encourage you that God hasn't called you to be busy. He wants you to live purposefully and be fruitful.
AND THE SECRET TO BEING FRUITFUL is to have a close, personal relationship with God.
John 15:5 says, I am the Vines; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
No matter what you have to do to make time with God your top priority, you are never going to regret doing it. There is absolutely no better way to spend your time than to pray and study God's Word. It will bring you peace, joy, confidence, wisdom and understanding. You'll be encouraged. You can be healed. There's just no end to the good things that can happen in your life when you put God first.
You may have to wake up extra early or stay up later at night, but I encourage you to set aside time daily to spend with God. And when you do, listen for His voice. One reason people feel pressured and under so much stress is that they're listening to every voice around them except the voice of God.
Matthew 11:28-29 says, Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ( relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.
Even Jesus spent time alone with God before He went out into the world to do ministry, and He only did what God put before Him to do. He didn't let other people decide His schedule. If we will do the same, then our lives can be peaceful and purposeful as well as fruitful.
ARE YOU LIVING PURPOSEFULLY OR JUST BEING BUSY? Have you ever had a day when you were busy all day long but couldn't tell what you accomplished at the end of it? We don't have to live that way.
God wants to encourage us through His Word to live as people of purpose, making the most of the time we're given.
John 15:8 says, When you bear (produce) much fruit. My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.
Following God can sometimes sound like a huge, impossible task. But really, you can be a great witness for God just by being productive, and resting in His presence as you go about your daily life.
When you feel like you've lost your balance again and things are getting busy, don't just drag yourself through the day. Make time with God your priority. He will give you the strength you need to live each day with peace and purpose as you accomplish everything He's calling you to do.