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This Week's Memory Verse is Ezekiel 34:26c KJV: "There shall be showers of blessing."
Eagles see everything from the proper vantage point, from above, not from below.
God intends to bless you beyond your fondest imaginations.
Ephesians 3:20 NIV - Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
God is out to bless you, not to curse you.
God is out to shower you with blessings today!
Today God is showering me with blessings!
John 1:16 NIV - From the fulness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.
Satan is a Terrorist. His thought is to intimidate you out of your divine inheritance.
God gave Adam and Eve their inheritance of the garden of Eden. Satan talked them out of their inheritance through thought suggestions.
Satan will try to incite people to either ATTACK you or to ABANDON you. Either strategy is effective. Either one gets about the same results.
Satan will try to bully you. His thought is to intimidate you off your stand on God's Word. For he knows if you continue to stand on God's Word, it will be to his undoing.
We must not be ignorant of Satan's M.O.'s. Satan is a criminal angel with predictable Modes of Operation (Modus Operandi).
2 Corinthians 2:11 KJV - Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
I have the gift of goodbye! I am not insecure. If a person wants to abandon me and no longer values me, I don't beg them to stay. I just say goodbye! (Dr. Paul Crites, www.DrPaulCrites.Com)
Your destiny is never dependent on someone that has left your life. Learn to say goodbye! I've got the tenth spiritual gift: I believe in goodbye! It's not that I'm HATEFUL; it's that I'm FAITHFUL to whatever God has called me. (T.D. Jakes)
Disconnect from Disrespect!
Jesus never begged anyone to believe in Him. (Mike Murdock)
Do you grovel to get someone to believe in you? Do you believe in yourself?
When someone walks out of your life, does it mean that God has walked out of your life?
Good people can act like bad people when the devil gets hold of their thoughts. The devil is clever at sowing a seed of discord and divisiveness in people's minds. It usually only takes one rumor or juicy nugget of slander. It has been my experience as a pastor for almost 30 years that many Christians have moments or seasons of "Temporary Insanity" where they do things and make bad choices completely out of character. Thank God for MERCY!
Satan uses more Christians to tear up churches than he does sinners. It's usually not pressure from the outside that makes a church implode. More often than not it is pressure from the inside that makes a church explode.
When believers start running their mouths about their pastor, the devil has already gotten a foothold and has plans to "divide and conquer." When people BLAB, the devil GRABS.
More churches have been destroyed by a loose tongue than can be numbered.
James 3:6-12 KJV - And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
All dishonoring of a spiritual father is penalized. Blessings are fewer and spiritual growth is stunted until the air is cleared. If you know you have wounded a spiritual father, quick, go ask his forgiveness! You will be circling the same immoveable mountains in your life over and over again until you make things right with the man of God you have mistreated, attacked, or abandoned. If God was as critical of you as you have been with His leader, you would be in a heap of trouble. You are stuck! God will not let you go further until you repair this relationship. You must graduate from "Respect 101" before you can move on to "My Ministry 202."
Find a person today in need of encouragement, and praise them! You won't have to look far.
Send up a prayer for someone today!
PEOPLE: (excerpted from various authors)
People are DOWN ON anything they are not UP ON.
People support what they help create.
People have a sin problem.
People need the Lord.
People have potential in God.
People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
People are different.
People perform best in an atmosphere of praise.
People only learn by repetition, but people don't like repetition.
People are created in the image and likeness of God.
People need respect and deserve respect.
People are fickle: sometimes up and sometimes down.
People need to be listened to.
People have different thresholds for pressure and/or conflict.
People aren't supposed to be just like me.
People aren't born good listeners.
People aren't born good leaders.
People, like a string, cannot be pushed, but must be pulled.
People love fun.
People need change.
But People don't change easily or quickly.
People have untapped potential.
People can surprise you with their creativity.
People can disappoint you with their negativity.
Other People have dreams and disappointments just like me.
People are hurting somewhere.
People often hear things through the filter of their different cultures and backgrounds.
People can be critical and cynical.
People need forgiveness and another chance.
People need mercy!
People need to be "believed in."
People are loads of fun!
A necessary burden of the leader is doing what is right for the organization even if some people disagree or misunderstand.
Do NOT be a leader if you cannot take the heat! Especially in today's cynical and critical culture, every leader will be criticized and attacked, sometimes mercilessly. Satan will stir up enemies to try to UNSEAT you from your position of spiritual influence. Satan is terrified by the anointing, so he must incite people against the anointed leader in order to thwart God's plans. He figures he can wear out the leader by getting him to quit because of repeated character assassination. Many of these attacks can be stopped before they ever begin by prayer-cover, but some will happen nonetheless, just because of the nature of the anointing. The same anointing on the leader's life that invigorates some, infuriates others.
BREAKING OUT of your depression comes by BREAKING FORTH into SINGING! (Six times in the book of Isaiah, God commands us to "Break forth into singing!")
While hanging on the cross, the "Tree of Life" Himself became the "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil," thereby reversing the curse. The serpent hung from that evil tree as he caused sin to enter the human race. So the Father completely forsook Jesus while hanging on the cross (the tree) as Jesus took upon Himself everything evil and ugly. That Double-Negative on the tree, became a Positive for you and I. Galatians 3:13,14 KJV - "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." John 3:14 KJV - "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up." Mark 15:34 KJV - "And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
Those people who cannot take you up will inevitably bring you down.
Any relationship in your life that is not helping you get closer to God is unnecessary, not being worthy your time and attention.
Determine which people in your life are God-Connections!
Always be learning something new.
Never stop challenging yourself.
Develop talents and skills that make you unique and valuable to others.
A towering Oak Tree is nothing more than a reflection of the innate power resident in the tiny Acorn.
The Power is in the Seed, not the Harvest.
Treasure your Time. Trash Time-Wasting Activities.
If you are a man and sometimes tempted to gaze too long at a beautiful woman, or think too long about her, consider developing the following habit. Instantly, when you catch yourself in this common weakness of most men, train yourself to briefly pray for that woman. Briefly and silently pray for her relationship with the Lord, her present or future marriage, her children, and her parents. This will prevent your mind from focusing on her beauty or anatomy, and turn this potential for lust into an opportunity to pray. Feelings of temptation themselves are NOT sin. Temptation does, however, make you FEEL sinful, but unless you spend time embellishing your feelings and thoughts internally, or follow-through with them externally, you have NOT sinned.
There is a time to stand hard over against a rebel. The Apostle Paul in his first letter concerning a believer who persisted in a sinful lifestyle, 1 Corinthians 5:5 KJV, said - "To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus."
There is another time to reach out in forgiveness to the rebel. The Apostle Paul in his second letter concerning the same believer who evidently repented, 2 Corinthians 2:7 KJV, said - "So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow."
The moment you become smarter than God, you're in over your head.
The moment you become wiser than scriptural guidelines, you're already in deep trouble.
OUT OF BOUNDS! If I rewrite my own rulebook concerning my situation instead of following Biblical counsel concerning my dilemma, I set myself up for a big fall!
Betrayal can't kill you, but bitterness can. That's because bitterness is "self-betrayal" of one's own character.
Keep a Sweet Spirit at all costs.
Fight in prayer to maintain your sweet spirit despite the temptation to become hardened by the things someone has done to you.
To succeed as a leader you must develop "thick skin" but keep a "tender heart." You need to develop an internal ruggedness that makes it easier to overcome painful things people may sometimes say or do to you. But you cannot become callous and hardened in your heart, shrinking away from building genuine relationships with people. People may sometimes be the source of your pain, but they are also the source of your pleasure and success. One cannot eliminate this risk factor altogether. Love and trust involves an element of risk, so there is no other alternative.
One of Satan's favorite strategies is to blindside you! "Where in the world did this problem come from? I never saw this coming! Everything was going so well." The element of surprise can often be unnerving, because it makes one feel so STRANGE. Thus we must learn NOT be shocked and surprised by anything the devil conjures up against us. 1 Peter 4:12 - "Beloved, think it NOT STRANGE concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some STRANGE THING happened unto you: 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified."
Satan's Predominant Thought: "I am so afraid of God's Word, so I must keep this believer out of The Word, or else I must steal The Word out of him. I am after The Word because The Word is after me, and will become my ultimate demise!" (See the Parable of the Sower in Mark Chapter 4)
Once you discover that Failure can't kill you, then you will be more willing to take the risks necessary to obtain success.
Are you living the Regulation Life or the Resurrection Life? The Legal Way or the Living Way? By keeping the Rules or walking in Relationship? Romans 7:4 MSG - When Christ died he took that entire rule-dominated way of life down with him and left it in the tomb, leaving you free to "marry" a resurrection life and bear "offspring" of faith for God.
Don't let your Worth become wrapped up in your Work!
The Holy Spirit is always MOVING. The question is, Am I moving and flowing with Him?
Any noble dream to which you aspire will demand more out of you than you first envisioned.
God's Dream for your life will stretch you beyond your comfort zone.
God's Dream for your life will keep you on the cutting edge of utter dependence on Him.
If you keep pursuing your call, over time your call will radically alter your whole personality... for the good!
Quote from AbstinenceEducation.Com: In the beginning, we make our choices. In the end, our choices make us!
If God dreamed it, God will do it.
What God births, God burgeons.
Whatever or whoever is born of God overcomes all odds, all opposition, all controversy, all criticism & skepticism, all demons, all lies, and all the odds.
Wear the BLESSING OF THE LORD proudly. As a believer, you are blessed and highly favored as was Joseph by his father Isaac. The invisible COAT OF MANY COLORS that represents your Father's favor on your life, will draw compliments from some and criticism from others. But since your Father paid such an awesome price in giving His Son, just so you and I could wear His coat of favor, we must WEAR IT PROUDLY! We should boldly declare, "The coat my Father gave me means that I am blessed of God. And this coat also makes me a blessing to humanity!" Genesis 37:3 - Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
I love this Designer Coat my Father has given me!
I am draped with The Blessing! Galatians 3:13 - Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
I am Sooooooo Blessed! Ephesians 1:3 - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
I am literally dripping with the Blessing of God on my life. Ezekiel 34:26 - And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.
Wow! Divine Favor means that my Heavenly Father not only LOVES ME, but that He LIKES ME too!
I am pulsating with the Blessing of the Lord. His blessing resting on me shines, glows, and radiates His glorious presence onto everyone around me. Isaiah 11:2 - And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
Whatever or whoever is born of God overcomes all odds, all opposition, all controversy, all criticism & skepticism, all demons, all lies, and all the odds. When the dust has settled, the believer is still standing!
Think about it a moment: From one perspective, the odds are stacked against you. From another, the odds are overwhelmingly in your favor. You must choose your own perspective.
God is the God who moves you from "Not Enough" to "More Than Enough."
The Promise overpowers the Problem. The Scripture Supersedes the Situation.
The Doctrine of Predestination: Don't try to analyze and understand it perfectly; just enjoy it!
"Many are called, few are chosen," Jesus said. All are called. Only those who say, "Yes," are chosen.
Kindness Will Crack A Crusty Case of Hardness in another's heart!
If you have to politic to obtain it, you'll have to politic to maintain it.
If you have to compromise to get it, you'll have to compromise to keep it.
Always exalt Integrity even above Ministry!
Occasionally take inventory of any promises or commitments you have made to others. If you realize that you have failed to keep your word to anyone, ask God's forgiveness first and then the other persons forgiveness. Inadvertently we sometimes don't keep our words to others. Since our word is our bond, we must make it right with anyone we have failed. Integrity is keeping our word. Integrity is also taking responsibility when we have failed to keep it.
Take a transfusion of God's strength and energy today! Isaiah 40:31 says, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." The Hebrew words "renew their strength" means to "change" strengths. Thus when we spend quality time waiting and lingering in His presence, He promises that I will exchange strengths with Him! He'll take my natural strength (which is really my weakness) and give me His supernatural strength in its place. As I wait on Him, I change strengths, switching from my own limited energy to His infinite energy and strength!
Five Kinds Of Christians: Counterfeit Christian, Chameleon Christian, Casual Christian, Candy Christian, and Consecrated Christian.
Three Kinds Of Church Members: Tithers, Tippers, and Tightwads.
The Only Cap God Places On Your Income Is An Honesty Cap! I can find no scripture anywhere in the Bible that limits you to a man-capped income for the rest of your life. I recommend that all believers test the waters by launching out into the deep, creating their own business doing something they love. Quitting one's 9 to 5 job, however, is not wise in most cases, until one discovers their niche in the business world and first begins to prosper in it. A business can first be started on the side as a second source of income. One can become two-tracked like Paul, Abraham, Joseph, Daniel, Aquilla and Priscilla, and the Virtuous Woman of Proverbs 31. The Bible promises to "bless the work of your hands" and to reward the tithing believer with "a blessing that there is not enough room to contain." But as long as some man or organization above you sets and caps your income, there is little avenue for the fulfillment of these Bible promises. Say This Aloud! "The Only Cap God places on my income is an Honesty Cap!"
False Religion is Doing to Become.
True Christianity is Becoming to Do.
False Religion is Trying To Impress God.
True Christianity is Letting God Impress You.
False Religion is Trying To Measure Up For God. True Christianity is Christ Having Already Measured Up In My Stead.
False Religion is Trying To Get It All Together. True Christianity is Letting Christ Be Your "Got-It-All-Together."
Today I choose to have FUN IN THE SON! Today I'm going to have a blast in my God! Today will be an adventure. God wants it so, and I decide it so! Hallelujah!