Have you ever wanted to do something big for God? Do you sense Him tugging at your heart? Have you ever wanted to serve your local church, or your community? If you’ve ever found yourself longing to do something that has eternal significance, you’re not alone.
The Bible says: “He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 AMPC) In other words, we were created with a desire to do something of eternal significance.
Many of us fail to start because God is not the only one speaking to us. The enemy and our own conscience are talking as well. And unfortunately, what they have to say is not as positive and motivational. We often hear things like “God can’t use YOU”. Too often our own sins weigh us down so much that we never feel capable of being used by God.
Scripture teaches “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14 NLT). If many are called to do eternal things, and if we all have that divine sense of purpose in our hearts, why are only a few chosen? It’s because a vast majority of us allow the weight of sin to stop us from ever starting. That’s why it’s so important for us to learn from the examples of the great heroes of faith found in the Bible.
Take Joseph for example. What can we learn from him? Why was God able to use him to minister to his family, and save Egypt from a great famine, among other things? Joseph was chosen because he understood the importance of forgiveness.
Guard your heart. Walk in forgiveness. Position yourself to be chosen and walk out whatever God is calling you to do.
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#chosen #forgive #Joseph #tbt #follow #repost
Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” The Bible says it this way: “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV)
Failure doesn’t kill your dream. Failure can be a great teacher. In fact, most dreams that are reached are done so on a road paved in mistakes and setbacks.
Doubt kills more dreams than failure because doubt can freeze you from ever starting.
This is one reason you have to feed on the right things. Guard your ears. Guard your eyes.
Don’t feed on doubt, fear, worry, concern, and regret.
Feed your faith. Know who you are and who’s you are. The greater one lives on the inside of you. The enemy is defeated.
Remember, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
Start. Take the first step. Act.
#dreams #goals #failure #doubt #tuesdaythoughts #follow #repost
Traveling on a holiday has it’s ups and downs. I DO get the whole place to myself this morning. Quiet time for getting a lot of work done. 😴😴😴 #admiralsclub
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One of our mentors in faith says this: “I cannot be defeated and I will not quit!” - Kenneth W. Hagin
The Bible puts it this way: “The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.” (Proverbs 24:16 NLT) Don’t quit. Never give up. Whatever you are fighting for is worth it.
You may only be five seconds away from victory. “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9 NLT) #persistence #quitting #neverquit #follow #repost #tuesdaythoughts
Rainy day in The Big D. #delta #dtw #detroit
Another day on the road, and in the sky. (Headed to Houston) Grateful for an oasis like this. #delta #skyclub #dtw
I remember playing around train tracks as a kid. I would lay my ear down on the track to see if I could feel the vibration of an oncoming train. I never did. Fortunately, I was never close enough to a train to feel it barreling towards me.
The idea was that it was safe to play around the tracks as long as I couldn’t hear, see, or feel any sign of danger of an oncoming train. The good news is that trains are very loud, so I would have had plenty of notice.
Life has dangers too. Life also has warning signs.
We don’t have to physically lay our ear down on a train track to see the warning signs in life. As a Christian, God has planted his spirit inside of us to lead and guide us. When danger is thundering down the train track of life, God speaks to us.
In Proverbs it says, “The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord. It shows all the inside parts of his heart.” (Proverbs 20:27)
God uses His spirit to speak to our spirit. And many times, He warns us of oncoming dangers.
Man calls it a gut feeling or intuition. The Believer calls it the inward witness. “He will lead you into all truth. He will not speak His Own words. He will speak what He hears. He will tell you of things to come.” (John 16:13)
Are you pushing too hard? Are you stretching yourself too thin? Are you playing with fire? Are you in the middle of danger?
Listen to your heart. Follow your gut. Let the spirit of God speak to your spirit. Pay attention to the warning signs. Don’t play around where you could get hurt.
#tbt #love #instagood #follow #repost #tracks #collision #warningsigns
An opportunity is a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something. The exact and precise set of combined circumstances will never happen again. Think about that.
The next time the opportunity comes around, if it does, will not be exactly like it was before. Therefore, DON’T WAIT! If you let an opportunity come and go, it most likely will never come again.
The Bible has a lot to say about taking advantage of opportunities. Often though, scripture masks this concept with the idea of work or labor. So, sometimes we glance over it.
For example, Proverbs is rich with instruction on how to take advantage of opportunities. “The lazy man does not plow before winter. So, he begs during gathering time and has nothing.”
(Proverbs 20:4) “Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!”
What opportunity do you have in front of you?
#tuesdaythoughts #love #instagood #follow #repost #opportunity #opportunities
You might remember a song from Bible church about a man who built his house on a rock. “The wise man built his house upon the rock, and the rain came tumbling down.” Jesus said: “Whoever hears these words of Mine and does them, will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain came down. The water came up. The wind blew and hit the house. The house did not fall because it was built on rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25)
We all face storms in our lives. We all encounter difficulty. None of us is exempt from trials and tribulations. We must have a firm foundation when those “storms” or “rains” come upon us. If we don’t, we’ll be like the unwise man who built his house on sand.
THE VERY FOUNDATION WE HAVE BUILT UPON WILL CAVE IN BENEATH US.
When we build our lives on The Word of God, we have a firm foundation. When those pressures come to us, they don’t push against us anymore, they push against The Word.
The word we are standing on, the word that is sustaining all of the pressure, won’t give in.
It won’t fail. It won’t falter. It won’t yield. It won’t relent. It won’t cave in. “The grass dries up. The flower loses its color. But the Word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
#tbt #love #instagood #follow #repost #therock #storms
There are so many voices out there. Everybody has an opinion; everyone wants to give their input. Today’s social media culture allows each person to have a public platform.
Facts vs. opinions, truth vs. viewpoint.
Is reality TV really real? Is fake news really fake…or news?
Our relatives, co-workers, counselors, teachers, and mentors all want to lend their advice.
One politician presents an outlook that is contrary to another. We are quickly divided by self-interests.
It’s important to embrace the words of the Apostle Paul in times like these. “There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.” (1 Corinthians 14:10)
Just because it’s been said, doesn’t mean we need to entertain it. Just because it’s been expressed doesn’t mean we have to accept it. The existence of a platform doesn’t determine value in our lives. “keep your minds thinking about whatever is true, whatever is respected, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever can be loved, and whatever is well thought of. If there is anything good and worth giving thanks for, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
#tuesdaythoughts #love #instagood #follow #repost #words #meditation
Our busiest ministry season continues into the Fall!
We’ll be ministering at the following places over the next few months:
Sept 21-22 Lifepointe Church
Oct 26-27 Ignition Conference
Nov 8-10 Uprising Fall Retreat
In Luke 8:50, Jesus put it this way: “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.”
What are you carrying with you today? •
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7 NIV
#anxiety #worry #baggage #weight
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
(John 8:32 NLT)
It’s the little things in life. Just like a nice cold ice cream bar on a hot, July day. “Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.” 1 Timothy 6:17 NLT #mondaymotivation #follow #repost
In the fifth chapter of The Gospel of Matthew, Jesus meets a Roman officer. Notice how the officer doesn’t deny the circumstances he is facing:
“Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.” (Matthew 8:6 NLT)
The Roman officer faced the fact that his servant was paralyzed. But in meeting with Jesus, the officer didn’t stop there. He went on to say:
“Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.” (Matthew 8:8 NLT)
This statement caused Jesus to say something profound. He responded by saying:
“I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” (Matthew 8:10 NLT)
True faith doesn’t deny facts. It’s not about covering your ears or sticking your head in the sand. True faith acknowledges the facts, it sees the circumstances, yet it decides to turn it’s attention to God’s promises anyway.
What are you facing? What news have you received? What facts have brought fear or sadness into your heart?
Look to God’s Word. Find the promises He has made about the situation you face. Have faith in God, and watch Him move.