Like A Ship! Someone said that being a real believer is like being a ship that God wants to send out to sea to sail wherever the wind might carry us! Often times when the strong winds of adversity blow into my life, I don’t like them and I begin to have a “woe is me” complex. The thing that I have to keep reminding myself of is that wind (adversity, hard times, frustrations) is not a bad thing, it is a good thing that is going to blow me into a new and better direction, if I will let it.
Learn This! The important principle to learn here is: Don’t fight against the wind, instead learn to harness the power of the wind and you will discover that it will take you to places that you could never get to on your own. I like to think of the wind as the Holy Spirit, when I pull up my anchor and adjust my sails – He takes me through the tough spots and into amazing places of blessing.
Ask God! Next time you find yourself going through a difficult time because the winds of adversity are blowing into and through your life, just take a moment to pray to God and ask Him to help you to pull up the anchor and set the sails and then get ready to enjoy the ride of a life time!
“Courage is a gift of God that is given to each of us! Our problem is our failure to use what God has given!”
Another Amazing Gift! In my quiet time this morning, the Holy Spirit hit me with this thought! God has given amazing gifts to all of His creation. One of the amazing gifts that He has given to you and me is the gift of courage. The dictionary says that courage is strength in the face of pain or grief. Courage is the thing that allows you to take one more step in the right direction. Courage is the thing that motivates you to go on when everything and everyone else tells you to stop. Courage is the thing that takes you to amazing and incredible places.
Sad Reality vs. Happy Outcomes! Without courage, we would never go anywhere and never accomplish anything of real and true significance, but with courage we attempt to accomplish the impossible and often succeed and learn valuable lessons, even when we fail.
How To Grow Your Courage! How do we activate and live in the power of this great gift that God has given to us? It actually is very simple! Courage is activated by our faith! We need to continually remind ourselves that God is Who He says He is and He is faithful! This simple reminder will allow Him to do great things in and through our lives. Have faith in God, trust in Him, watch your courage grow and begin to go places and experience things that you only dreamed of before!
It has been another great Sunday! I am slap worn out, but worn out in a very good way! Looking forward to getting some good rest tonight!
Thank you so much for all of your prayers over the past couple of days. Your prayers and encouraging notes mean more to me than words can say!
I am very excited about what God is up to in my life. I am learning so much and really feel that I am experiencing some amazing personal growth. Can’t wait to see what God is going to do next! Your prayers and this journey that I am on with God has me standing in a very new, powerful and exciting place!
I want you to be able to enjoy the journey that God has for you. Do not be satisfied with the man or woman that you think you can be! Seek to become the man or woman that God knows you can be! I hope you have a good night and blessed week! G3!
A good friend is a friend that you can and do trust with anything and everything. You do not have to and you do not want to hide anything! You are willing to share it all and the sharing goes both ways!
A good friend is a friend who you are comfortable around and who is comfortable around you! It does not matter how you look, smell or sound. Mistakes are made and forgiven and life goes on regardless!
You may not realize it, but you have a good friend! Don’t take your good friend for granted. Appreciate your good friend by being a good friend back!
Mind Block! I have had so many things on my mind lately, that I have not been able to get a clear focus on what to write about on this blog. I have sat down several times to write and just gotten up without a word written and walked away with a lot of frustration from all of the distractions that are floating around in my head.
What’s My Problem? My goal in writing this blog is to try to encourage people to live in the Power Of The Spirit, which comes from being and growing in a real and right relationship with God! I think that I have a pretty worthy goal for writing, so why am I having this problem?
Could It Be? Could it be that I am concerned about some things that I don’t really need to be concerned about? Could it be that I am thinking and holding onto some things that I can do nothing about? Could it be that I need to ask for the help of some other people? Could it be that I have put some things on my plate that God never intended to be there?
You Got It! Yes it could be and it is! When I stopped and began to ask myself the above questions, I began to let go and lay aside many of the things that were distracting me and the words and thoughts began to flow! It was way past time for me to clean out the closet of my mind! Just like our clothes closets – we have things that don’t need to be there and that we need to get rid of to make room for new, better and more appropriate stuff!
What Can You Do? It may be that you are having a hard time getting focused. You may discover that you are not focusing on the things that really matter and make a difference. Take some time to take a look at everything that you have floating around in your head and heart and do a little “clutter cleaning” that will help you to get rid of the distractions! (You have to take the time and you have to be honest for this to work!) (And the best filter is God’s Word And Will!)
Right Track! Before you know it, things will be on the right track and you will find happiness and fulfillment in the moment by moment daily living of your life! And you will be glad you did!
The Question! Today, I had the staff go out for 15 minutes and think about this question: “What is one thing that God wants you to share with us about yourself that you don’t want to share with us?” I believe that there are a lot of things that we don’t want to share with others, but we need to share and God wants us to share! Our sharing could create opportunity for healing and growth of our relationships and this brings blessing to us and glory to God!
The Enemy’s Plan! One of the greatest tools that the Devil has in his arsenal is the tool of breaking down communication! If he can get us to stop talking, then he can get us to stop forgiving. If he can get us to stop forgiving, then he can keep us from living in the forgiveness that God wants to give to us. When we fail to live in the forgiveness that God has for us, it robs God of glory and the Devil is very happy about that!
Think about it today! Who do you need to share some things with, things that you don’t want to share, but you know God is telling you to share? Make sure you are hearing from God and then move forward for your healing and growth and for God’s glory!
I Hear It All The Time! Being a pastor, this is one of the questions that I seem to get over and over and over again! It seems to me that most people believe in God. Most of the people who believe in God, believe that God has a plan and purpose for their life. But most people have a really hard time figuring out what that plan is, so that they can live their lives accordingly.
What Does God Want Me To Do With My Life? Whenever I have a serious question, one of the first places that I go, is to the Word. God has given us the Scriptures to guide, direct and grow our lives. As we read the scriptures and begin to put into practice what they are teaching through obedient surrender, our lives almost automatically begin to live in the direction that God has mapped out for us.
Let’s Give It A Try: What does God want me to do with my life? “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy of offer your bodies as living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2
Ask And Answer! What do these two verses tell us to do? The first thing it tells us to do is to worship God! “Offer you body as a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship!” It does not say “go to worship”, it says: “Worship by offering your body as a living sacrifice – holy and pleasing to God! Now we’ve got our work cut out for us. Is there any question about what we need to be doing?
What And How? I don’t think there is a question about “What?”, but maybe about “How?” The second part of the verse helps to answer this question: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Stop living according to the direction of the world and start living according to the direction of God’s Word. I know it’s easier said than done, but if God in His Word has told us to do it, then it is possible and the best way to get started is to try! Give it a shot. A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step!
The Promise! This scripture tells us that when we get headed in this right direction: “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will!” If you want to know what God wants you to do with your life, you have to start traveling in that direction. Enjoy the journey!
How’s your life? Are you happy with where you are and where you are going? If you are not happy, then what can you do about it? If you are happy, then what can you do to appreciate your blessings and grow them to share with others?
The key to happiness is fulfillment! If you can figure out what it is that fulfills you and head toward that, then you will experience happiness, regardless of your life circumstances. God is real! God loves you and He has a plan for your life! His plan is to help you to live a fulfilled life!
You cannot live according to this amazing plan by accident. You have to make a decision that you are going to live your life on purpose, according to His purpose! When we figure this out and get this right, our life begins to travel along this amazing path that God has marked out for us. As we learn to listen to Him and as we yield to His ways, we begin to see, hear and experience things in a brand new and amazing way!
What do you need to do today to yield to God and His plan? What can you do? What will you do? Do it!
There are some things that I love to do and there are some things that I hate to do and there are some things that fall some where in between! The things that I love to do are never a problem. I get up, jump in and get it accomplished. The things that I don’t like to do are some times a problem, but most of the time are not, because I just suck it up and get it done, because I know it has to be done. The real challenge for me or those things that fall in between!
I don’t love it and I don’t hate it, I am just indifferent! Indifference is a killer! If I love something, then there is great potential for growth and a future. If I hate something, then at least I know where I need to go to make progress. But when I am indifferent, I just tend to sit there with no motion forward or backward and this is very dangerous.
The truth for many of us is that we have grown indifferent toward a lot of things and the result is that there is much in our lives that needs to be accomplished, but it can’t and it won’t because of our indifference.
Take a little time today to think about what or who you are indifferent about and then decide to do something about it – you will be glad you did!
I am a minister because this is what God has called and gifted me to do with my life! I am a minister because I love God and want in some way to try and express love back to Him through the service of my life lived for Him and His Kingdom! I am a minister because I love people and really do care about their living the incredible and amazing life that God has for them!
There are days that being a minister gets to be more than I can handle, but I get up the next day and can think of nothing else that I can do with my life that would satisfy or fulfill me. God calling me to serve as His minister is not optional for me! Even though there are brief moments where I might think about hanging up the ministerial robes, it is nothing more than a thought of the flesh passing through my life to try and cause me to miss out on the great blessing of a God. Remember: Some of God’s greatest blessing flows through challenge!
Loving God and loving people present me with plenty of challenges as I live my life in this world, but with every challenge comes a greater opportunity to be used by God for His glory and man’s blessing. You love God and you love people – how does God want to use this in your life to help you accomplish glory for Him and blessing for others? Think about it – you’ll be glad you did!