Friday, December 31, 2010
Waiting on God is not like waiting for a package to arrive. He is already here and present in every single moment. Being patient in God is not passivity but an active waiting in which we live every moment to the fullest while keeping our eyes and ears open to what He is doing all around us. In Him we live, move, and have our being while patiently and attentively awaiting God's presence filled moments wherever we are.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
In ultimate fusion with God, we intimately lead obedient and surrendered lives in Him, empowered to do good. Jesus' words and actions emerged from His intimate relationship with the Father. He did not choose His own way, as the Father living within Him brought forth miraculous works through His life. We will emerge strengthened and can expect God to do amazing things through our lives of oneness with Him.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
God uses His Word, creation, and our life experiences to instruct us in His ways. We are being formed into His divine image for His purposes and glory. We will continue to depart selfish ambition and religion as we move further into Kingdomization on earth as it is in heaven. Look for the miraculous flow of His presence in every day life as He fills and transforms hearts in mysterious ways to people all around us.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
The heart of God, the heart of all creation, and our own hearts become one through the agape love of God. The great mystics of God through the ages have witnessed this unifying power of divine love. They did not speak from the knowledge of man, but through revelation and experience that only God gives. In Him we can realize this love that is both created and uncreated, and eternally in God, before Creation's birth.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Better to be judged, misunderstood, and hated for being who you are, than being loved and honored for who you are not. You must be all that God created you to be. You do not need to live in fear of man, or perform for the audience of man. God your Father created you uniquely and amazingly, so you might as well be you. The world longs for authentic lovers of God to lead the way. Real is in, and posers just got to go.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Spirit led well-instructed people can remain a free people empowered by God. They live with unlimited potential because the "Unlimited All Potent God" dwells within them. We must also discern the kind of instruction that is being propagated in the name of Christ. While one kind of instruction produces freedom while releasing potential, erroneous instruction can cripple the power of truth and produce bondage.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Christmas commemorates the greatest event in history, when the Incarnate of God was birthed into the world for the world. As we celebrate this day, the fullness of God's Incarnate gift of life transforms us to live each day for Him and empowers us for eternal good. Christ birthed for the world is forever, not for just one day, for loving, sharing, and giving are to be a way of life. Thank God for the day our Savior was born.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Jesus was not just a humble person who was birthed into humanity, but he was was preoccupied with the humble of the world. He became the divine lifter of humble hearts from sin, suffering, and insignificance. Through Him, all that received Him would receive new life, and become significant on earth and for all eternity. Today as we approach the celebration of His birth, He remains preoccupied with the humble of heart.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Change in one's life is not only desired but often needed in order to survive and thrive. The only lasting way for things to change is for people themselves to change. Godly changes not only promote health, wholeness, and peace, it also ignites an atmosphere for the miraculous to appear. God has given you Himself to transform your life in order to unleash His glory to the world. The best time for changing is now.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The most critical need of the Church at this moment is a people that are free, bold, and immovable from God's purposes. They will make no decisions out of fear, will not engage for self pleasure, and will not be influenced by the love of publicity or reputation. They are free from the compulsions that control others, and are servants who remain authentic to who they are regardless of the context or audience.
The most critical need of the Church at this moment is a people that are free, bold, and immovable from God's purposes. They will make no decisions out of fear, will not engage for self pleasure, and will not be influenced by the love of publicity or reputation. They are free from the compulsions that control others, and are servants who remain authentic to who they are regardless of the context or audience.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Anything of spiritual value is not the result of individual accomplishments but birthed from communal life. All the knowledge and wisdom of God has come to us through the ages through prophets of God, Christ Himself, Saints who went before us, and from all who have played roles in the formation of our hearts. True spiritual knowledge belongs to the communion of God's people and with all glory to God.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Many today are perplexed and confused about the ways of God. Some have had a vision that God has yet to fulfill, and have now lost hope. Many have impatiently turned to their own devices when it is only God who can ignite His flame on His destiny for them. No man lit the burning bush in the days of Moses and no man can ignite the flame of His vision for your life. Be expectant for God to fan His flame over your life.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
The Spirit of Christ embraces all of creation. In him were created all things in heaven and on earth; everything visible and everything invisible, all things created through Him and for Him, and in Him all things hold together. Therefore with His Spirit within us, our hearts embrace not only all people but all of creation. Love removes all fear and prejudice, while welcoming and gathering in all that belongs to God.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Anything of spiritual value is not the result of individual accomplishments but birthed from communal life. All the knowledge and wisdom of God has come to us through the ages through prophets of God, Christ Himself, Saints who went before us, and from all who have played roles in the formation of our hearts. True spiritual knowledge belongs to the communion of God's people and with all glory to God.
Friday, December 17, 2010
We are all part of one family "set apart" by God to bring light into the darkness. As ambassadors of His Unshakable Kingdom we represent a people who like anyone else, live ordinary lives and struggle with ordinary problems. What is extraordinary about us is the Spirit within, who gives us overcoming power, clarity, and an unwavering love for God, in bringing His love and service to others each day in His name.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Many people have died at a young age leaving many to wonder what impact they may have made if they had led a full life, but their impact and legacy goes far beyond the years they were here. Faithful people always gain in their departure, while depositing eternal seeds of heaven into the hearts of others. They are as much witnesses to Christ as those who have accomplished much or have lived a full life.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
We often limit the Church to the organizations of people, and the activity of those organizations. But the Church is a organism, a people alive and empowered in Spirit. We reveal the living Christ far beyond the boundaries of any human institution. The Spirit "blows where it pleases", and touches hearts wherever He wants, with no human constraints. People of destiny who proclaim Christ through words and deeds.
Religious pedestals and kingdoms of self continue to fall and make way for God's ever coming Kingdom. His Kingdom overtakes mans words, ways, and judgments. His presence filled love pours through lives that are obediently harmonized in Him, and synchronized with each other by His Spirit. The synchronized harmony of God's empowered people, bring witness to the Kingdom, the power, and the glory of God on earth.
Monday, December 13, 2010
The world sees a church that lives little of what it preaches, often living in opposition to the gospel it pronounces. We give visibility to Jesus in how we live and not what we say. Wherever we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the lonely or rejected, and bring unity and peace to those who are divided, we proclaim Christ and the love of God, whether we speak about Him or not. Actions speak louder than words!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
God loves His creation beyond the four walls of established religion or congregational meetings. As ambassadors for Christ to the world, we have a larger task beyond the all important fellowship and nurturing of one another. We are a witness of God's love made visible through His presence in our every day lives. Presence does not live in a building, or when the music is playing, for Presence lives in you.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
God’s ways are greater than ours, and He will not let us check out from earth before His time. In an hour of despondency many are waiting for a quick escape to heaven rather than overcoming faith to abide in His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. We must leave ourselves and all of our affairs in God’s gracious hands, trusting Him fully for His will to be accomplished in us through His measures and methods.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
We impart the divine as we become human as God intended. Empowered by His love in doing good in our service to others is God's intention for humanity. Human gestures of hospitality, friendship, and building together, create an atmosphere for the miraculous to take place. God's omnipresence in and through our lives manifests Himself through practical ways. Be ready at all times for God's transformational engagements.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
We have been birthed into one Spirit, one Body in Christ. We are all unique purpose filled parts fused by the One. In our uniqueness we must not expect one member to fulfill someone else's part. God is the only one who is all, in all, and able to do all. Empowered by the fullness of His Spirit, we bring forth His unseen to scene. Be thankful for being a limited yet powerful extension of His heavenly plans on earth.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The Body of Christ has many expressions in a multitude of faces and places. God imparts Himself most often to us through one anothering. However, we must not depend solely on particular faces or places to give us everything we need. Humanity and systems will fail us from time to time, but God never fails us. Pray and fellowship in community while placing your faith in God, and not on what man or systems can provide.
Monday, December 6, 2010
When we have been wounded by the Church, our temptation is to reject all forms of gathering together. If we isolate ourselves from faith communities, we oppose God's very desire and provision for us to grow. It is important to forgive those who hurt us, while building safe and authentic relationships beyond churchianity. We should be seeking a God empowered community who love Him and each other in His divine ways.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
There is such an enormous hunger in people for meaning in life. They are seeking comfort, forgiveness, restoration, and healing. Leaders inside and outside the church should constantly be reminded that the best words to characterize godly authority is love, compassion, and mercy. Let us lead with the heart and ways of Christ, whose authority was expressed in serving others with amazing love, compassion, and mercy.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
People have been wounded deeply even in organizations that are meant to be a safe and restorative place. People in authority can wound others that look up to them by their words, attitudes, and demands. Because spiritual life is so significant in every seeker, the wounds can especially be damaging. Leaders must understand the damages caused by responding to other's, when done outside of God's love and compassion.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Servant Leaders are Spirit motivated to help others find their God given destiny, rather than recruiting others into agenda filled systems or corporate visions. The very place where freedom should reign can often become a place where destiny's are imprisoned by religious systems of man. When people can freely hear God's voice and His intended purpose for their own lives, the community will flourish.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
It is challenging and yet liberating to cease from trying to be perfect. Truth is, there is no one who is perfect but God, so there is no reason to keep trying. Take a deep breath, give up on perfection, and let God perfectly lead you into being your marvelous self. It is time to begin the work with God in being yourself. By being yourself, you are now available to be all that God created you to be.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Do not fear the darkness that looms before the light of a new day approaches. The recipe for peace in the midst of the storm is to seek, pray, and rest in your God. He will provide overflowing peace as you yield your ways and strife to the fullness of His presence. You can live in the fullness and strength of His joy even while storm clouds swirl around you. Obedience, persistence, and prayer birth a soulful harvest.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
It is easy to love the humble and brokenhearted, and sometimes difficult to love the proud, or those who operate in control and manipulation. Move in His love and trust in the power of His presence in your own life. As you operate in His love and wisdom, miraculous changes can take place in others through love, prayer, and the receiving of the grace that only God can give. Love the unlovely, and watch what God does.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Whatever has happened along life's journey has brought you to today. Do not remain stuck in yesterday's experiences, or where you find yourself now. Today is a new day to seek, to find, and to know, that God is with you in building a brighter tomorrow. We cannot go back to our beginning to make a brand new start, but we can start now to make the changes necessary to adjust our course for a victorious future.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Loving people requires the desire to see the living Christ among them. This is true in our love for the poor, the oppressed, and the forgotten ones, as well as leaders, the proud, and the popular. This love doesn't mean agreeing with or liking everyone's ideas or behavior. On occasion, it even means confronting the attitudes and actions of others. The attitudes of our own hearts, and choosing love matters much.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Loving Church as an organization often seems close to impossible. Still, we must remind ourselves of all the people within them that God loves and has called us to love and seek to become one with. They are all part of God's family and He dwells within them regardless of whether they are known, unknown, liberal, or conservative. Drawing people to God's love begins with our love for Him, and then loving each other.
Friday, November 26, 2010
How are we viewing God's creation? Do we relate to it as a place full of people and things we can use to help fulfill our desires, goals, and agendas? Or do we see creation through the heart of God's love, and the beautiful revealing of Himself to the world? When we understand God as Father over all of creation, we can truly worship Him while appreciating and valuing the beauty and uniqueness of all of His handiwork.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
An unthankful heart cannot give or receive love or mercy. A thankful heart can see God and can give selflessly to others in His love, mercy, and goodness. When we thankfully receive all that God has done in our lives, we can powerfully serve others in bringing them towards an awakened and thankful existence. May grateful and joyful hearts in God bring forth heavenly blessings, this day and everyday!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The sky and earth will pass away, but The Words of God will never pass away. God's Word has the power to transform hearts and minds and lead them into His Kingdom. The Words of Spirit and Life flow through our minds and into the depths of our heart. As our hearts open up to the Word, a dwelling place is formed for the Spirit of God to Live, Move, and Have His being. Let us remain in Word, Spirit, and in His life.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The words of Christ gives us the strength and confidence to overcome in the midst of challenges. When darkness surrounds us His Words encourage us and give us life even when everything around us speaks of death. Jesus' words are food for our eternal journey. They are far more powerful than concepts, and inspiration. When we keep close to the Word, we will enter even more deeply into the everlasting love of God.
Monday, November 22, 2010
We are called to pursue a legacy, a deposit of our life into the lives of others we loved and served. Many people accomplish tremendous things later on in life, so we must never quit in allowing God to grow us, and flow through us to others. Many have chosen to change little and remain in what they know. That won't build a great life or legacy. Every living moment should be moments of growing and sowing with God.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
God has a plan for you that is unique and specific. Seek after His Kingdom, live in His nature, and He will reveal His plans for you. Talk to him about the things you may have on your heart before you pursue them on your own. Are they desires He has placed in you, or has authorized for you to go after? Before you prayerfully declare them, ask the Lord if it aligns with the intentions He has designed for your life.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Knowing that we belong to God and are safe with Him in the midst of existential challenges, allows us to have faith and hope that overcomes fear, suffering, and grim worldly thoughts. The Kingdom of here, now, and yet to come, is an ongoing event in the realm of the Spirit, and is not subject to the boundaries of time or happenstance. God gives us eyes to see His potential, and ears to hear the Voice of Truth.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Disillusionment and diminishing hope can come when expectations of life remain unfulfilled. Faithful people do not react to the world around them but remain faithful to God, people, and their divine purpose. In faith they stand and rise up to the challenges that come their way. They pray, love much, and know that the world's problems will not all be solved before the end of time, yet remain faithful at any cost.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
As we seek first the Kingdom God, we will find ourselves looking less and less like us and more like Christ. The Spirit of God will continue to force out of us the things that do not in align with His presence. God has given us family, community and relationships to encourage and train us up in His ways. Servant-leaders who work relationally to equip His people will continue to replace stagnant hierarchical religion.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Religion judges you for what you do rather than who you are. The Kingdom is about who you are in God, and His empowerment to do good. So it is in the being rather than the doing, while the doing flows out of our being. God is shifting and broadening our mindsets to align us with what is possible with Him rather than what self can ever imagine or do. Our true identity flourishes in God and presents God to the world.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Deliverance does not come from being occupied in self or self pity. Desire to change rarely produces change and especially transformational life changes. Our greatest need is to be delivered from ourselves and into Christ. By being occupied in God we share in His glory and find His intentions and activities concerning our lives. It is Christ or God in us that we hope in, and there is no hope or glory anywhere else.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Sometimes we rely on our preparedness rather than the presence of God for success and overcoming obstacles. Train hard in the disciplines of the Lord, be ready for every good work, but most importantly, remain deeply anchored in the love of God and secure about who you are. With our hearts connected to Christ, advance securely in Him, knowing that the victory and glory in both battle and love is the Lords.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
In a world of turmoil in the sovereign freedom that God gives humanity, many will say "Why doesn't this loving God do something about this mess!" Some will declare our faith irrelevant, or consider it an obstacle towards real solutions. We were promised persecution and for God to give us a timely response. Let's not be afraid of cynicism coming our way, but trust that God will give us the strength to hold our ground.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Vulnerability is often seen as a weakness. when it is actually a sign of great strength. Real life begins with the reality of self while rejecting all pretenses. To the level we allow ourselves to be ourselves before God and mankind is the level of healing and wholeness we will receive and live by. Healthy and whole people live authentically and allow others to see them as they really are, imperfections and all.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Losing our souls means to lose touch with our center and true calling in life. We can become so distracted by all that is happening around us that we can become fragmented and confused. Take care not to be deceived as many will come in Christ's or other names promising all sorts of experiences. It is important for us to be of sober mind, and remain faithfully centered on Christ Himself, His Kingdom, and His glory.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Come what may, we are all called to live each moment to the fullest. As ambassadors of God's love, we each share in bringing the light of His love to the world around us. There are countless opportunities each day to testify of His goodness and of His Everlasting Kingdom. The many disasters in our world, and all the tragedies that happen to people each day are opportunities to extend ourselves, Himself to others
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Living in the end-times or last days has been spoken from generation to generation. This does not mean that creation will soon come to its end, but that we continue towards the fullness of all things. Terrible events have surrounded every generation and must be lived as preparation for the fullness of God's unfolding Kingdom. Do not fear end-time theories, but rather live in faith and complete your own end time well.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Words can communicate love while also affirming our actions of love. It is important to verbalize love and encouragement to others. It brings life to them, empowers them, and completes the exchanges of love. It is not always easy to express our love directly in words. But whenever we do, we discover we have offered a blessing that will be long remembered. Words have the power to create life.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Earnest prayers of the righteous produce powerful results. We are righteous in Christ so we can be assured that no matter how bad things may look right now, your prayers carry weight with God. He has your every breath and your blessed assurance is in Him. There are better days ahead, so keep your body, soul, and spirit in alignment with His, and watch what Father will do to bring His glory through your lives.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Words matter long after they are spoken. When we speak hurtfully, we may ruin a relationship for life. Words can continue to do harm for many years. I have met many who are still seeking to be healed from wounds caused by words spoken to them from their past. Be a healer, and not a hurter, and bring life to others while drawing them to God. Choose your words wisely and sometimes it is wisdom to choose to be silent.
Friday, November 5, 2010
When you want to angrily send an email to a friend who has hurt you deeply, don't send it! Let the email sit for a day, read it over a number of times, then ask yourself, "Will this email bring life to me and my friend? Will it bring healing, will it bring a blessing?" You do not have to hide the hurt or offense, but you can respond in a way that makes healing and forgiveness possible and opens the door for new life.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Impulses win sometimes. We get hit, we want to hit back. We want something, and we go after it. Our will, aligned and empowered by God's Spirit can override our natural responses to life. The key to allowing Spirit to direct us is to wait before responding. We must delay until we are able to bring life into our happenings. A prayerful and thoughtful response helps repay evil with good while glorifying our God.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
If you desire to win friends and influence people, it is best to "Seek first to understand, and then to be understood." When we value and validate others first, we gain trust, favor, and the reciprocity of others desiring to understand us. Speak sparingly, wisely, and humbly while having your spiritual ears and eyes wide open. A listening and caring heart goes a long way towards trust filled relationships.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
As pioneers on the journey of God's eternal ways and partakers of His divine nature, all things work together to prepare us for a glorious future. As we live for our future now, our lives are in constant adjustment towards God's intended finish. The view we see now gives way to the view we have yet to see of God's unfolding Kingdom. We must understand that unseen realities are as real as what we presently see.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
If you want to connect with others, you must get over yourself. We must willingly shift from "What's in it for me" to "It's all about them," if we really want to serve others. The focus should be to hear their hearts, tap into their needs, while listening to God for a word fitly spoken, or a loving gesture done for them in His name. God's love can move through us to heal, restore, and bring needed life to others.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
When we have been deeply hurt by another, it is nearly impossible not to have spontaneous hostile thoughts. We find ourselves consumed about what we might say or how we might pay back the person who has hurt us. To bless rather than curse takes great faith and a willingness to go beyond our feelings and choose a life-giving response. In God's Wisdom as we choose to bless we give life and also receive life ourselves.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Death instead of life, curse instead of blessing can fill our minds. Anger, resentment, greed, lust, and hatred can linger and remain unchallenged. God asks us to choose life and blessing. This choice requires discipline and attentiveness to the darkness within us, and a great commitment to allow life to dominate our thoughts and feelings. We cannot do this alone and need the Lord and encouraging loved ones.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
We cannot please God by what we do for Him in our own human effort, we please Him by surrendering and letting Him work in us and through our lives. A great stumbling block appears when we try to work things out independently of God and then ask God to assist us in our own plans. That must not be, as He has the best plans for us and we must surrender to Him to work His plans. He will then work gloriously with us.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
God presents us with these choices, "life or death", "blessing or cursing." God's will for us is to "Choose "life and blessing," and that choice is ever before us. We choose in every dimension of life, in our thoughts, our words, our attitudes and in our actions. This choice for life begins in our hearts. What we nurture in our hearts will eventually be uncovered. Choose life and reveal a life for God's glory.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Sometimes loved ones become more intimate to us after death than when they were with us in life. They can become daily inspiration for us as we remember what we gleaned from them and received in their love for us. The Lord uses Saints through His Word to instruct us through their faithful historic journeys, and we now have living epistles that walked with us and still live on in our hearts showing the ways of God.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Our own Death can happen suddenly, and we can be prepared by taking care of unfinished relational business. Have I forgiven those who have hurt me and asked forgiveness from those I have hurt? When we are at peace with all people, our death may cause great grief, but we will have removed anger, guilt, and unforgiveness. When we are ready to die, we also are ready for living life to its fullest.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
When we make a decision to love, we open ourselves to suffering, because those we love most can bring us great joy as well as great pain. When a loved one leaves we can experience the worst pain. If we try to avoid suffering that comes from loss, we will never experience the joy of real love. Love is stronger than fear, and life is stronger than death. We must trust, hope, and believe in love as a risk worth taking.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
When we lose a loved one, there is a void that impacts us emotionally for a long time. People we love become part of us. Our thoughts, feelings and actions have all been influenced by them. They have intimately become a part of us and when they die a part of us dies too. It takes time to say goodbye, even though they have gone on to a peaceful eternity. As we remember them, they continue to inspire our journey ahead.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Our final passage from this world is preceded by the beginning and end of many seasons. We are birthed out of one season and into the next. There are many chapters from womb to eternity and sometimes it's like death when a season ends. God has prepared you through it for a new beginning. In this time of transition, pray, believe, and watch for what God has in store for you. A new season approaches, are you ready?
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Dying in this dimension of life is inevitable. We have been promised much gain in eternity, and yet we remained focused on current dimension living. Jesus takes the sting of death away and leads us to the place where our hearts deepest desires are satisfied both here and forever. The Living Word removes the fear of life and death. Abide in Him with no worries for tomorrow and the joy that each new day brings.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
No one can change you and you can’t really change anyone else. Acknowledge your need for change and believe in the God who empowers you for change. Negative behavior does not promote life but listening to God's still small voice can direct you towards a refreshed life for you. Issues do not just go away unintentionally. Look at what you must change and walk with God towards His new life for you.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
When we enter alone into the presence God, we discover how dependent we are. When we are not busy with life and needed by others we can sometimes feel anxious and insignificant. So we become busy again to feel valued by self and others. Our significance is not in how people respond to us or how much we can do. Only God's love for us in who we are can bring significance beyond what we do, or what others may think.
Monday, October 18, 2010
The "Agape Road" is often the road less traveled when it should be the road most traveled for God's people. We have been given so much love from God and He has given us the keys to Kingdom life. We have been given much and therefore much is required of us. The good news is that He is with us, and empowers us to do all that He has required for us to do. His love fuels our desire to walk with Him on His narrow road.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Church is the people of God, called out from self and into fusion with God Almighty in bringing His Kingdom glory to earth. We are called from slavery to freedom, despair to hope, darkness to light, manifesting to the world as His children and empowered by His Majestic Spirit. We must envision people of all ages, races, and societies supporting one another while establishing His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Hiddenness is important because it keeps our focus on God. In hiddenness we do not seek to be admired by man, but seek to please the Father, and go to Him in joy or sorrow knowing that He gives us what we need most. In society there is an inclination to avoid hiddenness while seeking to become visible and popular. We can lose touch with God in our dependence on people, and our true identity can only be found in Him.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Hiddenness is essential in our life with God. Solitude, prayer, loving others, ordinary tasks, working, and living in unspectacular ways is the life that Jesus mostly lived and asks of us to live also. It is often in hiddenness that we grow in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man, while finding true intimacy with God and His love for others. We must take time to be still and know He is the God of every moment.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
We live in a generation that wants to see the results of our work. The way of the Kingdom does not always bring forth immediate fruit, but will produce fruit that remains. We must trust that our lives will be fruitful by seeking first the Kingdom and God's nature. The fruit of our lives may be visible only to those who live after us. What is important is how well we love. God makes love fruitful, whether we see that fruitfulness or not.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
It seems easy to want to give up and quit in the struggle of life. God desires you to fight the good fight of faith and finish the race well. He has has empowered you to be an overcomer, and have victory in this world and for all eternity. Breaking through all challenges with God when everyone else might expect or understand it if you fell apart is a sign of strength, and a testimony to the power of God in you.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
We must regard people less in light of what they do, and more in the light of who they are. We must also look at them for what they may become rather than where they currently are in their journey. Look at them the way God looks at them, with tremendous potential in Him to manifest themselves one day as sons and daughters of God. God is omnipotent and we can believe for His potential to radically change their lives.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts matter in how you communicate and relate. Your thoughts also impact your behavior and response to the world around you. Your response to this life determines your success in becoming a change agent for good, and a change agent for God. A disciplined and Spirit directed life fulfill God's plan and destiny that He established for you before the foundation of the earth.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Love those that love you and tap into God's love for those who don't, and for those who have caused you pain. The Lord will not waste one moment or experience in your life, if you will give them to Him. He is faithful, and He will work all things for good while making you stronger because of what you have gone through with Him. Release, refresh, and renew daily in the goodness of your God.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Perception is an observation and interpretation based chiefly on experience and memory. Your reality can become your perception of what is happening all around you. We are called to have faith in things yet unseen, and to believe God to work through all conditions in life. If you challenge yourself to shift your perception of your circumstances, you can activate your faith and align yourself to God's reality.
Friday, October 8, 2010
We can be preoccupied with wondering how we can be a great witness for God. Jesus was so full of God's love, so connected with God's will, so burning with zeal for God's Kingdom, that the glory of God could not be concealed from His life. God's love emanated from Him in power so that all who were touched by Him became healed and made whole. Our main goal should be to be as alive with the love of God as Jesus was.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Jesus was Father's love incarnate, and we are the living epistles in his Name of God's amazing grace, and visible signs to the world of His unconditional love. The world will not see this by what we say, but by how we live. When others can truly say of us: "Look at how they love one another," they will catch a glimpse of the Kingdom of God, and will desire to experience the supernatural love of God for themselves.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Good news becomes bad news when done outside of love. Anyone who proclaims forgiveness and the healing love of Christ with a bitter heart is a false witness. We are called to be His witness, always with our lives, and sometimes with our words. God's ambassadors must be willing to give without getting anything in return. The more we embrace God's unconditional love for us, the more able we are to love unconditionally.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
We must participate with God if we want a changed existence. He empowers us to do good aligned with His will. He does not love us for what we do, but we must engage in what the Father is doing. He will rescue you, but you must do your part in His plans for your freedom. He will direct you in using all that He has given you in time, talent, and resources. Sometimes we wait on God, but most times, He is waiting on us.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Do not hide from the matters of your heart. God knows our hearts better than we do, and there is no hiding from Him. When we uncover ourselves before Him, He reveals the keys to unlock weary souls and bruised hearts. He heals, restores, and re-purposes lives for His glory. Face your pain, face your God, and He will do what your hiding will never do, and bring you fresh perspectives and resurrected hope for today.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Are you living life on the peak or in the valley, or somewhere in between? Life is full of peaks and valleys, and the Lord uses them both for His good. Poor choices on the peak may lead to the valley, and the good choices in the valley allows for God to empower your ascent upwards. The more good choices you make, the less valleys you see, and by looking to God, the view is always the same from peak or valley.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Human or eros love has little room for the truth, for truth can never come between it or the object of its desire. There is fusion and harmony in both the agape love and the truth of God. There is no gap in God's love and truth because it is fulfilled completely in Him for all time. Therefore we must live in His truth filled love within, as this brings forth strength and honor to us, and all glory to the One who gave Himself for us.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Whatever we do in word or deed we must do so with the peace of God abiding in our hearts. There is a great temptation to let people take our peace away. This happens whenever we become angry, bitter, or vengeful when others do not respond favorably to the kindness we bring them. Our God gives us peace in the midst of the storm, and calls us to love even our enemies. Do not let others rob the peace of God within you.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Sincerity is not truth and often sincerely wrong. No one but God can tell you who you are, what to believe, or how to live. When you discover truth for yourself, you will never let anyone snatch it. We are told what we should think and how we should live our lives based on what others may think is correct. But you are an individual; know what you believe, stand within it, and let the truths of God permeate your being.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The fear of God should not be induced by fear of judgment. It is in knowing the depth and kindness of a God who is willing to share His love, nature, and authority with mankind. Happy are those that humble themselves before the majesty, power, and sovereign grace of God. Embracing the revelation of the amazing wonders of our God is the beginning of wisdom, and the beginning of a life in pursuit of His Kingdom glory.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
No matter how long we have had communion and friendship with God, there is a mysterious depth in relationship that has no limit or end. When we come into this sweet relationship, we are beginning to learn breathless adoration of the attributes of our God and His ever increasing presence in our lives. These perceptions and the consciousness of His divine Presence reveal what the Bible calls "the fear of God".
Monday, September 27, 2010
|God's ability to move on people's life is not to the endorsement of the people, place, or thing God may use as an instrument. It is however an endorsement of a great God who desires to touch and transform people's lives, while utilizing various people and conditions to accomplish His will and His work. In this way, no man can take the glory for signs, wonders, or the latest or greatest of human creativity.|
Sunday, September 26, 2010
We must be more concerned with our character than our reputation, because our character is who we really are, all the time. Our reputation is merely what others may think we are. A real testimony of God's grace occurs when our character is lined up with God's nature, and His will for us as His children. May our reputation to others be a reputation of a life lived for the services of God and for the glory of His name.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Adversity can turn those who are weak into victims, even so, adversity can turn those who are strong into over-comers and champions in life. We have been empowered by God to be strong and not weak, and to be strong in our desire to do good. If you have been a victim through weakness, stand up for your redemption is here. Go forward in His victory and His strength, for He is the Champion for your victorious life.
Friday, September 24, 2010
There is always an opportunity to harbor bitterness when we have been wronged. We must not miss God's grace by allowing bitterness to take root as a consequence to pain. We may become imprisoned or spiritually dead inside, and you cannot accept grace and bitterness at the same time. Choose God's grace and He will empower you to forgive and release the snare of bitterness in your life, and the freedom to move forward.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I have found it best not to ask for an easier road but to ask for a strength that allows me to finish the race well. God in His wisdom has chosen to allow difficulty to invade my path, and then work within me to empower me to overcome every obstacle I face. I grow strong in rising above all challenges, I get the victory as I endure with Him and overcome, and God gets the glory because without Him I can do nothing.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
God often allows for pain to forge purpose filled resolve in us. The testing of our faith develops perseverance, and perseverance works in us to make us more mature and complete in Him. We may endure painfully, but we become thankful for the endurance that brings us to greater fullness in Him. Let God reveal to you the secret things He has planned for you as a result of the crisis you are in or have come through.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The miracle of growth that comes from the seeds of your life to the harvest that God desires is not produced through dreams or affirmations. Dreaming, writing, planning, and affirmations are all very important, but until you do the work necessary, the harvest will remain in a dream and seed state. Abundant fruits in the harvest of life comes only from doing the work the Lord has set before you.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Our temperaments are often fixtures of our personalities, but how we handle our temperaments on a daily basis can vary greatly. We gradually learn to put our temperaments towards serving the Lord and others as we submit ourselves more fully to God. God can then lead us to show great zeal for the Kingdom, be at peace during conflict, silent in worship, or creatively sharing His passion with others.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
There are distinctions in our emotional and spiritual lives, and yet they influence one another profoundly. Our feelings often give us an indication of where we are spiritually. If fear has gripped us, we may wonder about our faith, and when we feel peaceful and "centered," we may become more aware of who we are as God's child. And finally, our faithfulness and prayers indicate the presence of His Spirit within us.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Our emotional and spiritual lives have different dynamics. Our emotional life flows up and down based on current or past conditions. We may be happy, sad, angry, or loving based on current or past happenings. Our spiritual lives flow through obedience, and our attentive listening to the Spirit of God within us. Without this listening, our spiritual life can become subject to the windswept waves of our emotions.
Friday, September 17, 2010
When someone hurts, offends, or rejects us, we can feel a deep urge to retaliate or withdraw into self-rejection. These occasions most often happen unexpectedly. We may ponder for days over words and actions we might use in response to what others have said or done. This is where we must seek God's strength more than ever to bring us beyond our need to hurt others or ourselves, and be free to forgive and to love.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
It is very hard to control our emotions, but we can gradually overcome them by living a disciplined spiritual life. This prevents us from reacting to life based on our emotions. We might not "feel" like being nice to a others but as we seek the goodness of God, His love will motivate us to love. As we are led by His Spirit, we will find emotions and moods to have decreasing power over our thoughts and actions.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Our emotional lives are constantly shifting up or down and can sometimes flow from extreme joy to tremendous sorrow. Many things outside of our control can trigger such mood swings. Thus it is important to know that our emotional life is not the same as our spiritual life. As we feel our emotions shift we must connect our spirits with the Spirit of God and remind ourselves that what we feel is not who we are.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
As long as there is distance between people all sorts of false thoughts can arise. We may label people, prejudge, avoid contact, and think of them as enemies. We forget that they love like we do, and care for their children as we do. When we cross the bridge to look into one another's eyes we can see that we are all children of the same God and members of the same family called humanity. God loves all and so must we.
Monday, September 13, 2010
God's Word eternally has the power to transform. To reject or neglect it is a sure fire way of losing what we already have. Do not tread lightly on the revelation and illumination of God's word. They are not just good ideas but Words that bring forth abundant life. When we faithfully hear the truths of God and respond, it brings forth life and continual growth in wisdom, stature and favor before God and man.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Words minus action becomes lifeless knowledge and a spatter of chatter. Many quote the bible that speaks of God's love, but if they do not live in that love, how much do they really know, and how committed are they in submitting to the Author of love? The world does not need more chapter and verses about love, they just need to witness those who will live in the power of God's love towards them and each other.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
It is time for people to begin to walk in the design of the Divine. God created us to walk with Him and respond to Him while walking intentionally in His victorious ways. This will uplift your life, upgrade your favor, and the miraculous will flow from the unseen to the scene of His habitation. Dreams will be realized as God takes you from minimized to authorized in every phase of your life.
Friday, September 10, 2010
God dwells within you, as you. He has created each of us so uniquely, and desires to use us despite our imperfections. Amazing is our God as He chose to live through us as us, while empowering us to live in His Spirit led ways. As we become more like Him, He sets us free to become how He has designed us to be, in order for us to touch one another through a broad spectrum of languages, expressions and talents.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
God is well pleased when we work together in harmony to perform and achieve far beyond what we would accomplish separately. Community is a combined effort that yields a combined harvest. We fill each others gaps in humanity by coming together in His name and meeting life's challenges. We all face things in life that are too big for us to handle alone. Where love and unity flourishes, people are blessed.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
When we gather together in God's love, we are transformed not only individually but also as community. People from different ages and races, with different backgrounds and histories, become one body. Not only as individuals but also as community we become the living Christ to the world. As one body, we become a living witness of God's immense desire to bring all peoples and nations together as the one family of God.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
We are God's chosen and blessed children. We can live in His nature by giving of ourselves to others. When we live our brokenness under His blessings and guidance, our lives will bear fruit from generation to generation. The saints that lived before us brought forth fruit that remained and a continued legacy of God's goodness. May it be so with us, that we live a life that touches eternity for all generations.
Monday, September 6, 2010
If there is one change that would radically impact your future, it would be change in you. You are the most significant figure outside of God for your destiny. We sometimes look at things on the outside to change for us and neglect the inside of ourselves. Allow Father to expose areas in need of His growth and wisdom. Embrace the necessary changes in attitude and faith that will spur you on to new life for tomorrow.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
We become broken in many ways in the fragility of this life. God invites us to embrace our brokenness as Christ embraced the cross and live it as part of our mission. Purification and sanctification can come through the suffering. Thus our brokenness can become a gateway to new life, as Father picks us up and transforms us further into the image of Christ.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
The Blessed and Beloved of the Father resides with you and in you. The Favored Son made the way for you to become a highly favored child of God. Father is now saying, "You are my beloved child, my favor rests on you." When we can hear that voice, trust in it, and always remember it, especially during dark times, we can live our lives as God's blessed children and find the strength to share that blessing with others.
Friday, September 3, 2010
There are charlatans that may tell or sell you on the latest technique to experience heavenly realms. Do not buy into them. There is a way however to experience all that God has for you. The secret to appropriating your heavenly position: Present your mind, body, and will as a living sacrifice to the Lord. This is the most excellent way, and Father will take you where no man or technique can ever lead you.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Being chosen means being loved and singled out as special. In society being chosen implies exclusivity, but this is not true for God's people. God reveals to us our chosenness in Christ. The Kingdom of God is inclusive as each person is precious, unique, and valued. When we enter the realm of His presence, our value is secured and we are empowered to love and value all people, who were created in the image of God.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
We must live in the moment. We can learn, plan, and build for the future, but we must not miss living for the now. Many are the plans of men, but the Lord's plans prevail. His plan is for us to presently abide with Him and others. If we preoccupy our minds with what will happen one day, we may miss real life happening all around us. Pray and plan for the days ahead, but do not miss today, do not miss life in the now.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
In our pursuit of the finer things in life, we often miss the finest things in life. While we work hard to earn enough money to get us the the things we think matter the most, we become too busy to enjoy and sometimes even take notice of the things that really matter the most. Assess your time and pursuits, and do not settle for the good things in life when you could be enjoying the best things in life.
Monday, August 30, 2010
God empowers His people to live a life that is directed by His Spirit. The soul of man can be led by the things of the Spirit or its own mind, will, and emotions. A soul directed by self can lead to many problems for them selves and everyone around them. When one submits their whole life to Spirit and Truth, they transform life around them, reap eternal rewards, and establish a life well pleasing to God.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Jesus became broken and the blessed bread of life for the world. He was chosen, obedient, and lived the sacred journey for the world. He lived His life as a Son, fully pleasing to the Father. As we seek His Kingdom and His righteousness, we now live as ambassadors for Him. We commit to conform to a life in His image. We too want to live as people chosen, blessed, and broken, and thus becoming food for the world.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
We need discernment in giving and in our ability to receive. We give as we should but may miss what we need to receive to keep on giving. Generosity pleases God, but pride may not allow others to bless us in return. When we keep giving without receiving it is not sustainable. There is a time to give and a time to receive, and we need the reciprocity of both to remain healthy and joyful in our giving.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Helping others who are suffering does not mean we need to share with them are own personal suffering because sharing our own pain is seldom useful to the wounded in need of healing. Healers can listen to a person in pain without having to speak about their own wounds. We can empathize with them attentively and lovingly, completely committing ourselves to serving them and their needs. We become more whole in leading others to wholeness.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
We can harness our own experiences of loneliness, depression and fear, and become a gift for others as we embrace God's healing presence. If our wounds remain open and bleeding we cannot help others. But as the love and caring progresses, we can love and care for others. When we experience the healing presence of God from others, we can discover our own gifts of healing, and build strong bonds of unity.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
We all get wounded, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. We do not have to hide the fact that we have been hurt, but we can use our wounds through God's grace to serve others. God can take us from the shame that might come to becoming healers even in our woundedness. Jesus' humiliation, rejection, and suffering brought glory and empowerment to followers who can now bring healing to others.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
What we have learned from history is that we do not learn from history. We continue to do the things that have not worked and yet make excuses for why they still don't work. We are creatures of habit and sometimes are the last ones to get the clue that we must change. We are created for a purpose to become history makers to the glory of God. May the future look back at us one day and smile.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Information is great for the mind, and inspiration is wonderful for your heart, but impartation impacts both the mind and the heart. Impartation from God is transformational to your innermost being and your spirit is changed forever. Seek after wisdom, knowledge, and inspiration, but even more so, desire for the Lord to impart to you more of Himself. The deposits of His divine nature will empower you for eternity.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
The father of the prodigal son was a parent that never quit praying for children who had gone their own way. Both sons went away from the father's heart, one through choosing to leave, and one through envy and bitterness. So the father waits and loves until the children make the choice to return home. We likewise must be like this father, like our Father in heaven.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Trying to build community in the absence of trust is impossible. People become guarded and cautious in everything they say and do. Communication becomes a way to protect oneself, avoiding risk rather than expressing themselves. To build community as God defines it is to create a safe place where people can share in the atmosphere of love, honor, and freedom. Transformation and destinies are realized in such a place.
Friday, August 20, 2010
God is more interested in your character than your comfort; God is more interested in making you more like Him than He is in making your life happy. We can be happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in wisdom, stature, and favor, before God and man. All things, even the toughest of things work together for good towards the goal. The goal is Christ-likeness
Thursday, August 19, 2010
We welcome home those that have lost their way by embracing and loving them. We meet their needs by feeding them, clothing them, and making them our honored guests. We do not demand explanations on why they left, but show our joy that they are with us again. Love and forgiveness from the heart allows for the past to be wiped clean. What counts is the here and now, in the homecoming of our brothers and sisters.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
When we abide and are at "home" with God as His children, what then? As His eternal children we become like Father and become fathers ourselves. Sons have to become fathers; daughters have to become mothers. Growing up and becoming like God is seeking to live His perfect standards of love and compassion, by His Spirit. We must fin and welcome home our lost brothers and sisters in the way our Father welcomed us home.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Going home is a lifelong journey. Home is where the heart is, and it is who we are in eternity now and eternity's future. Along the way there are parts of ourselves that wander off or get stuck from truly "being" home. At times we can truly feel lost or alone. Even when home seems far off, Jesus walks and talks with us on the way. If we listen carefully, we will find that we are already home while on the way.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Jesus asks us to take up our cross and follow Him. We do not need to look for it as it is a part of our life in this world. But are we willing to take it up, to accept it as our cross? Maybe it is a health or family conflict to no choice of our own. Freedom comes through Christ for many burdens, and there will always be challenges in this life, but we can take up these crosses and follow Jesus with them.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Do not share in someone's strength, if you are unwilling to cover their weaknesses. That is not relationship, does not promote goodwill or community, and most of all, does not please God. What pleases God is our love for one another in action, and in promoting life in one another. That we do draw off each others strengths but also cover each others short comings. We do not quit each other, and seek restoration and healing when a brother falls.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Society tells us in so many ways that the road to success is being on top, dominate the competition, and seek fame and fortune. The way of Jesus is radically different. It is the way not of upward mobility but going low in humility that leads to promotion from God. It is serving and preferring others beyond ourselves. Why is the way of Jesus worth choosing? Because it is the way to the Kingdom, and eternal glory.
Friday, August 13, 2010
As children of God we must give words to what we are living. Without words our lives lose vibrancy and creativity. When we see God in all of His glory, our hearts want to speak about Him. When we encounter special people in our lives, we want to share about them. When we are surprised by joy, we want to announce it! Through words we internalize what we are living, and the words speak forth a life worth living.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Love wins! People care very little about your doctrine, but care very much about your love. Doctrine can lead to Love, but Perfect Love defines all truth. Love speaks louder in action than in words. Do not be defined by your doctrine, but transform your lives and the world around you through Love. At the end of the day, and at the end of all days, Love remains. In every battle you face, always remember, Love wins.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
You are a witness for God and a living sign of God's presence in the world. What we live is more important than what we say, and words often reflect how a person is living. When we love from our hearts, our hearts speak words of love. When we are grateful, grateful words proceed. When words do not match our lives, we are viewed as hypocrites. May our lives give us the right words and may our words bring forth life.
Monday, August 9, 2010
To be fed, you must feed, and to be filled, you must fill others. To really be satisfied in life, you must allow God to assimilate Himself in you and through you in satisfying others. Surely, "Give and it shall be given" is true and reciprocity is God's universal principle. God fills the His "Givers" with abundance and satisfies them with His goodness as they pour out His love to meet the needs of others.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Spirit led life gives witness to an overcoming life through the eternal fusion of our spirit and the Spirit of God. This witness as beloved children should involve every aspect of our lives. Whatever we eat or drink, and whatever else we do, we do it all for the glory of God. We are the glory of God when we give visibility to our freedom and communion with God, and the manifestation of Himself through our lives.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Some think of love as a feeling. Feelings of love is life-giving, but real love cannot be based on feelings. We may never learn to love well, if we wait on feelings of love. Genuine love comes from God and empowers us to think, speak, and act in loving ways to make that love known to the world. When we "do" love, even when others do not respond it, we will discover that our feelings catch up with our acts of love.
Friday, August 6, 2010
We can choose love by sharing bits of love whenever there is an opportunity. A smile, an encouragement, an embrace, a helping hand, a visit ... all these are little steps of love. Each step brings light that navigates us and others through dark times. It does not always remove darkness, but can take us through it. As we take many steps of love, we will discover a beautiful and long journey well pleasing to God.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Void of love we die. For many people, love from parents, family, and friends can come in very broken and limited ways. No human love is perfect love, and sometimes human love does not look like love at all. We can be healed from the wounds of human love by trusting in God's unlimited, unconditional, and perfect love, that is not far away from us but is the gift of God's Spirit dwelling within us.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Christ restores our relationship to "Abba, Father", that is to be the foundation in all of our relationships. Abba means "Daddy", and expresses trust, belonging, and most of all intimacy. It does not mean authority, power, and control, that the word Father often evokes. Abba implies an embracing and nurturing love that transcends all the love that comes to us from our fathers, mothers, siblings, spouses, and lovers.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
When we call God "Father" we enter into the same intimate and empowering relationship with God that Jesus had. That relationship is called Spirit, and that Spirit is given to us, and enables us to cry out to Him. It is a cry of the heart, claiming God as the source of who we are. It is the claim that the Spirit makes in communion with us. It is the claim of oneness with Him it is the claim of love.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Count it all joy when afflictions come. Walking uprightly in the sight of God is never easy, but patience, peace, and endurance along the way will increase. Remain pliable to love and the directives of God while developing a resolve that overcomes the assaults and rejections of others. At some level the attacks and insults will not cease, but healing, strength and His abiding love will abound.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Who are we? We are not what we do nor are we what others say about us. The Spirit of God in us reveals our true identities. As God's beloved, freedom has come to us from the bondage of worldly success, fame, or power. Christ restores us from slavery to relationship as a highly favored child of God. All who are guided by the Spirit of God are children of God. Who are we? We are God's beloved sons and daughters!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
The Spirit of God gives us voice when we are nervous or intimidated based on context or audience. By living in the Spirit, we don't have to worry about what to say. God empowers us to deliver a word fitly spoken when the need arises. We can waste much time anxiously preparing and then not relying on Spirit. Declare the truth that God speaks to you, speaks through you, and powerfully transforms the hearers of His word.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Everyone wants the power of God. Humanity's power controls, manipulates, and demands. This is often done in the name of God and yet it is not Him. God's power heals, reconciles, and unites in freedom, all done for His glory and not the glory of a man. It is this power of His Spirit that God wants to give us to become healers. When we are filled with His Spirit, we cannot be anything other than lovers and healers.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
When we put ourselves down, we avoid the fullness of both honor and pain of a Christ-like life. But the Spirit Himself guides us, and joins us to bear witness that we are children of God. We are therefore heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. When we start living according to this truth, our lives will be radically transformed. If we are willing to share in Christ's suffering, we also will share in his glory.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Religion is a challenge for contemporary society. The world is waiting to hear God's voice, yet those who have been called to speak forth the Word have been found wanting, confused, and weak in faith. The voice of the Lord is powerful and full of glory. Religion has diffused this power and concealed His glory. There is an awakening of God's people that will unleash His power and reveal His glory on earth.
Living as Christ means being filled with the same Spirit that filled Jesus. The Holy Spirit that makes Jesus and His Father one, makes us one with the Father, and fuses believers into one Body. You and I are in the Father and the Father is in us. This is the eternal unity that Jesus gives us. We can live in communion with the Father as Jesus did, and become His expressed presence on earth as it is in heaven.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Natural and Spirit life are ever so close. It is in the harmony of both that brings our existence to eternal significance. Even the most basic of acts can have eternal impact, and the Spirit of God empowers us to be moved towards significant acts of love. How we perceive eternity is how we will engage with life and love. How we then live becomes a good measure of the value and love we place on God and His ways.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Being a believer means being clothed by God. The cloak of His presence heals, delivers, and brings total transformation. It gives one the ability to declare death to selfish ways and to say, "I have been crucified with Christ and yet I am alive; yet it is no longer I, but Christ living in me" Christ continues to reveal Himself through us so that the way, the truth, and the life, is becoming Christ.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
We miss our true identity when we see Jesus as historic or inspiring rather than the reality of Christ in us, desiring and empowering us to be like Him. Jesus the Beloved Son of God came to reveal to us that we too are God's beloved children. One of life's greatest challenges is to claim the identity of Jesus for ourselves daily and be able to say: "We are the living Christ that reveal His love to the world today!"
Friday, July 23, 2010
We distance ourselves from God when we think that we cannot know or do the things that Jesus knew and did. But God never puts distance between us, and Christ calls us friend, while teaching us of the Father. Jesus says, "In all truth I tell you, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as me, and even greater works." The power of Christ in us and wants to bring His glory to earth through EACH and ALL of us.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The Beatitudes offer a life that seems other worldly. Who can be truly gentle, merciful, pure in heart, and always concerned about justice? Loving our enemies, persecuted, what kind of life is that? We are in the world but we are of the Kingdom and of God's presence. We will be comforted and will be filled, while mercy overflows. We will be known as God's children and truly see God presently and in the life to come.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Jesus was persecuted, and promised His followers that persecution would also be their portion. Those who choose to live in God's nature of humility, gentleness, compassion, and mercy, will often be opposed by the world. When we want to become like Christ, we cannot expect always to be liked and admired. We will be received by those searching for God's authentic love, but we also must be prepared to face persecution.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
There is a difference between having pity and showing mercy. Mercy comes from a compassionate heart, and a desire to serve others as equals. Pity does not connect hearts and often becomes a looking downward towards a lesser being. Jesus didn't look down on us. He became one of us to feel deeply with us. Jesus lived miraculously through mercy birthed in compassion. May we show mercy that is empowered by His love and compassion.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Christ is a peacemaker. His peace doesn't mean only absence of war. It is not simply harmony and an all-is-calm atmosphere. His peace brings the fullness of well-being, abundantly given by God. Jesus gives us a gift of peace that the world cannot give. Shalom - peace is the well-being of body, soul, and spirit, individually and communally. It can exist in the midst of unresolved problems and increasing human conflicts. This is peace we can receive and peace we can freely give in Him.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Having a pure heart means a focused and willing heart for doing the will of our heavenly Father. Whatever we do or say, we attempt to do it as an obedient child. We know that He who sends us is ever with us, and we desire to do what pleases Him. We become whole and intentional through our complete unity with God. Becoming like Christ is growing into purity of heart that empowers a Kingdom clarity and vision.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
God hungers and thirsts for righteousness. He resists the proud and those who oppress and exploit through wealth and influence. He yearns for people to treat one another as brothers and sisters, sons and daughters of the same God. He declares that the Kingdom way is not offering many sacrifices or prayers, but in doing good to others. He longs for a just world, and wants us to live with the same hunger and thirst.
Friday, July 16, 2010
God will peel in order to reveal His best for us. It is not and easy process as layers of life are peeled back to reveal what may need to healed and released. Peeling and revealing brings forth healing, and a freedom that leads to God glorifying productivity. Welcome the momentary but necessary pain that happens as God uncovers us so that He can cover us more fully in Himself.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
When the righteous rule people rejoice while servant leaders do all in the realm of freedom. God promotes those who will humble themselves in order to be empowered to lift others up. Those who lead in this way will gain the favor of God and of man, while those who do not, will lose favor and influence, and be replaced by a generation of "do gooders" who will lead towards lasting change for the glory of God.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sometimes pain is unavoidable, and we do well in avoiding it when we can. When suffering is inevitable, God walks with us and never leaves us. God allows for pain, but also brings healing and growth as we journey through it with Him. Hardships many times become God's provision for us as He gives us a pathway to greater wisdom and peace, while we continue to trust Him in making all things right.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
There is a magnificent duplicity in mankind. Every person falls short of the glory of God as to error is to be human. At the same time, we are created in the image of God which leaves an expectation of living in His nature and likeness. In the dichotomy of our very being, we can choose to follow God who then empowers us to overcome the darkness within, while forgiving our iniquities.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Unity is not uniformity. People across the world are embracing, sharing, and living in God's love and His unique design for them. How boring it would be if we were the same. Divisions occur when people or systems desire clones of themselves, a people that do what they do, and conform to their pleasure. Unity can come however when we choose to become clones of God's heart and nature while valuing our differences.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
You are the crown of creation, God's masterpiece for the world. When we see a beautiful work of art, it brings glory to the creator of that work. You are created by the Master to reveal His glory, and you do so by being you. As you love and bring His presence to others, you begin to bring life to His most prized creation. We are blessed to be used by Him as the finishing touches for His masterpiece called humanity.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
A small group of love empowered and committed people can change the world. It has happened before, and it is in fact the only way it can happen. Governments and churches do not change the world, but people do, and it begins with us. It is never about the numbers but a God who uses us supernaturally to transform the world one life at a time. You are an ambassador for change. Who are you going to love today?
Friday, July 9, 2010
Christ mourns at injustice, like He mourned over the city of Jerusalem. Jesus mourns over all things that fill the human heart with pain. He grieves with those who grieve and cries with those who cry. Darkness has distorted the face of the earth and the compassion of God overwhelms us. We too will mourn in the experience of seeing as He sees, but rest assured, the light of hope and joy breaks through the mourning.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Jesus, the blessed and the gentle Son! Even though He speaks with great boldness against all forms of hypocrisy, injustice, manipulation, and deception, His heart is a gentle heart. He won't break the crushed reed or snuff the faltering wick. Jesus came to bring "Good News" to the poor of heart, and freedom to all captives. As his followers, we are called to that same gentleness.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Life is a progression of growth and the fulfillment of God's will and purposes. We may not feel ready as the times and seasons unfold, yet learning comes in the motion of life and feelings often have little to do with it. So when God says go, make your move now, and take every step He gives you. If you wait for "ready", "ready" may never come. Listen, anticipate, and above all prepare for ready, set, and go!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The words and actions of Christ were not influenced by human critics or praise but completely dependent on God's will. Jesus' compassion and ability to overcome was possible because his life was guided not by human respect but only by the love of his heavenly Father."God in us" empowers us to a love that is not dependent upon love in return, because His love consumes and compels us.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Try not to rely too much on knowledge. It may distort reality and have little to do with truth essentials and the order of things that only God can reveal. So the one who thinks they know much may be in darkness to true wisdom from God. Factual truth can be deceiving if perceived inappropriately. Depending on knowledge is limited, but dependence on God allows you to tap into unlimited knowledge, wisdom, and truth.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The Spirit of God is arousing us within and birthing destinies. These barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance and the increasing manifestation of sons and daughters of His glory. That is why waiting does not diminish us any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting with joyful expectancy.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Jesus was free in the freedom of knowing Himself to be the beloved Son of God. He knew that He and the Father were one, and that he was sent into the world to proclaim God's love. He was free to speak and act in ways that pleased the Father with no regards to having to please man or the religious leaders around Him. We are also free, and empowered to respond to people's pains with the healing love of God.
Friday, July 2, 2010
When we have found our way home to the Father, it is the beginning of growing up to be like Him. As we mature we become like Him to others, as sons become fathers and daughters become mothers. We are God's eternal children desiring to be perfect as He is perfect; perfect in love, compassion, and grace. We become available and empowered to welcome home brothers and sisters, the way the Father welcomed us home.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Holy Spirit is the breath of God breathing in us. The Spirit of God is like our breath, yet more intimate to us than we are to ourselves. We might not often be aware of it, but without Him we cannot live a "spiritual life." He is the substance for miracles. His Spirit prays in us, and offers us the gifts of love, forgiveness, Kindness, peace, and joy. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us life that death cannot destroy.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The Kingdom of God brings freedom, authority, and influence to both male and female. Religion and society often oppose this and cause limitations and sufferings. Human efforts occasionally rise up against injustice, but removed from God they are neither effective nor sustainable. God honoring and mutually submitted relationships of love and freedom work. Love, freedom, and obedience to God are a winning combination.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Jesus was gentle with sinners, which is all of us, bringing us toward Him through His amazing love. He was however fierce with religious leaders and the self righteous. Many have become closet pharisees that do not approach with love. Have we forgotten our own wounds, and healing needed or received? May we continue to flee from the pharisee within, and become grace filled healers to those in need.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Hope and faith are fulfilled in death, but love remains. Love eternal comes from God and returns to God. We will lose everything that life gave us except love. The love with which we lived our lives is the life of God in us. It is the indestructible core of our being. This love not only remains but bears fruit for generations to come. Let your hearts not be troubled, Love has come to stay, as we embrace Him.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
While seeking humility the Lord may put someone else in our place, and take away all our rights, while telling us, "wait for Me". He will put us through discipline. Letting go of our rights so Father can give us His rights is not an easy road. It can not be done in the flesh but is a mighty fruit of the Spirit within. You can remain in Him and reign for Him in the power of dwelling in humility.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Often times a death of a loved one can leave people devastated and permanently wounded. Words of love left unsaid, forgiveness never received or given, or wisdom never imparted. The power and testimony of God's grace can be far reaching when we can communicate love, forgiveness, and wisdom before we depart from this world. If we live this now, our lives can be a gift that carries power and a legacy for those who remain.
Friday, June 25, 2010
"Eyes that have not seen will see. Ears that have not heard, will hear My sound. My sound will resonate above the noise of confusion, and beyond the bankruptcy of religion. False centers have risen up and missed My center, which is Me. What they have created and called Me has stood in the way of who I am, and cannot contain I Am. My Kingdom ever expands, and My glory will fill every gap upon the earth.”
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Many people are looking for a visitation from God, when God is already here, and within us. What we need is a people who will submit their lives to Him and allow His Kingdom purposes to flow through them. As His people allow for His presence to come forth, atmosphere will change and miraculous encounters will be manifested. The habitation of God in us is more than enough to change the world for His glory.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Jesus said that in His Fathers house there are many rooms, and that He would prepare a place for us. Heaven is not our goal but our destiny. In the mean time we do not need to fear death, but embrace life with faith and the favor of God. Death has no sting, but much gain through Christ for eternity. Regarding the place prepared for us, Jesus says, "If it were not so, I would have told you."
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
In our journey with Christ we find fulfillment in our pursuit of His desires. We become empty of self in order to be filled by His life and purpose. We empty the cups of our lives completely to be able to receive the fullness of life from God. Jesus experienced on the cross, a moment of complete emptiness and complete fullness. May the cups of our lives be fulfilled through Him.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Are we drinking from the cup of Christ's life? His cup is the way and truth, and His river called Life flows into it. Are we lifting the cup to others so they may drink from His life in us? The cup is filled with joy, sorrows, and experiences, all encompassed in the life we are living. Fill your cups with His goodness, His joy, and His love, and watch your cup overflow into every good thing for His glory.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
A good father doesn't have to tell his children how to live. They learn by observing their father live and love them in godly ways. His actions speak much louder than words. A good father is a treasure that is able to impart the wealth of love, character, and freedom. He disciplines in love, shows the way, and faithfully releases his children to God the Father for the fulfillment of their destinies.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
There is a river of Wisdom within you! Often we think that we do not know enough to teach others. We become hesitant to share with others, out of fear that we are limited in what we know. This mind-set creates anxiety and self consciousness. When we have the courage to share generously with others, we soon discover that we know a lot more than we thought. Your well of wisdom and experience is deeper than you think.
Scarcity mentality must be replaced by an abundance mentality. An abundance mentality says: "There is enough for everyone; food, knowledge, love, everything." When we see the hungry, we feed them. We give wisdom to those needing it, and when we encounter people in need of love, we offer them love, friendship, and affection. Father provides abundance in more ways than we realize and He is a never ending supply.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
We see and experience God's love, God's goodness, and God's mercy through family, friends, and teachers. They all in some way were able to reveal God to us. But we also found that each of them could only give us glimpses of God. God's love, goodness, and beauty is greater than theirs. We may have been disappointed that they could not fulfill all we needed, until we found the One who is able to meet our every need.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
How you talk to yourself does matter. When you blow it are you condemning self by whispering, "you are such a loser", or are you saying, "Well that did not work, I must search for what does" Keep in mind that the Divine Coach is in you. He created you for goodness and good results. He will guide you to victory and victorious choices. Listen to Creator and Coach and He will not condemn but encourage the best in you.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Real community is collective beauty of unique God designed individuals. The image of God to the world is magnified as God empowered love is shared "As One" in Him. Looking closely at each stone in a mosaic you can appreciate the brilliant colors and shapes of each one, but stepping back and looking at them as a whole reveals a masterpiece. God's love and glory kiss each other in community.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Every friend is a unique gift to us. When we expect one friend to have all we need, we may never fully appreciate the areas of strength they bring to us. One friend may connect with us in an emotional or nurturing way while another may stimulate our minds. Some may stir up the spiritual gifts in us. Appreciating each others limited but amazing gifts reveal a beautiful tapestry of love and life giving friendships.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
We all need friends. The reality is, you cannot "make" friends, as they are a gift from God. As we trust in the Love of God, He responds by sending friends at times when we need them most. Friends cannot replace God, as they have limitations and their love is never faultless or complete. They are needed on our journey towards the unlimited and unconditional love of God. Let's be thankful for the friends God sends.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
The great mystery of life is that those who lose their lives will gain them. If we cling to relationships, we may lose them, but when we are non-possessive in relationships, friendships abound. Seeking fame does not produce a legacy, but if we give our lives to God and others, we will be remembered long after our death. Giving away our lives for others is the greatest of all pursuits. This will gain us our lives.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Writing can be a spiritual discipline to help us concentrate and be in touch with the deeper stirrings of our hearts. It can bring clarity to our minds, help process life experiences, or draw out artistic expression. These often become recorded steps in our journey. Quite often a painful, or frustrating day can be "redeemed" by writing about it. Writing can bring life to us and to others who might read what we write.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Strong leaders have nothing to hide and nothing to prove, with no care for reputation. They assess themselves often, and are constantly learning and growing. They are vulnerable and can express themselves. They serve the many, yet take time for the few. They live values and not just teach them. The greatest value that they live is love, and it shows in their love for each one, regardless of name, fame, or gain.
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