Sunday, December 23, 2018

Waiting on the Lord or is the Lord Waiting on you?

"Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go throw yourself into the sea', and do not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them" Mark 11:23

Are you waiting on the Lord to move your mountain, or is the Lord waiting on you to speak to your mountain?  This is a message that I keep hearing over and over again.  Just this morning I was listening to Pastor Steven Furtick "Don't Waste Your Angel" and he stated that sometimes "we are waiting on God to show up, while God is waiting on us to grow up".

Surprisingly, I went to my post drafts and saw this one with the title "Waiting on the Lord, or is the Lord Waiting on you?"  I was shocked because I drafted this post back in November. 

I believe that God wants the body of Christ to know that we often pray and pray and pray for God to move mountains, when God is waiting for us to speak to the mountain with His Word.  God has empowered His children, He has equipped us to move mountains through the power of speech.  

Yes, there are situations where God will have to deliver us by "showing up" (near death experiences, accidents, etc.)  However, there are other situations where God has empowered us to speak His Word to the mountain and tell it to be cast into the sea.  

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Overcoming Worry

"Which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? If you cannot do even that little thing, why do you worry about other matters?"  Matthew 6:27

       Jesus implores us in "Matthew 6:27" to not worry.  He goes on further by saying that we can not even add one single hour to our life by worrying, so why do it.  Not only can you not add an hour to your life by worrying, you can reduce your lifespan by entertaining chronic worry.  Chronically worrying will lead to stress, which may lead to heart attacks and strokes.  

     One of the interesting definitions of "worry" that I found was a verb that means "to tear at, gnaw on, or drag around with the teeth" in reference to how wild animals will attack their prey.  That is exactly what worry does to us, it tears at our hearts, gnaws on our emotions, and drag our thoughts around with the teeth.  We have to give worry no place in our life.  

 Overcoming Worry 

     One of the ways to overcome worry is to not dwell on difficulty or troubles.  I used to allow stress to torment me.  One of the things I had to stop doing was recalling negative events of the day over and over and over again in my mind.  Instead of recalling the negative events of the day, I learned to dwell on the positive.  Do not allow the negative to overshadow all the positive that is going on in your life.  Let the positive overshadow the negative.  

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8)

Monday, December 3, 2018

Right Calling, Wrong Timing

'To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven"  Ecclesiastes 3:1

Have you ever pursued something that you felt strongly in your heart you were called to do and things did not work out?  As you ponder on the outcome you are certain that you heard God on the issue.  However, what happened?  Could it have been an issue of "right calling, wrong timing" ?

The Word states that there is a season, and a time to EVERY PURPOSE under the Heaven.  That means that your very life operates by a calendar established by God.  However, we often get frustrated when we compare our selves to other people and feel as if we should be further along than we are, or that we have "missed something".    However, you could have grown up in a house with 5 people and each person my have a VASTLY different timetable for career, love, marriage, ministry, etc.  

Let's look at Issac for example.  He was 40 years old when he married Rebecca (Genesis 25:20).  In today's society when people usually married in their mid to late 20s, that may be considered "late" or "delayed".  So can you imagine the pressure Issac must have felt during Biblical Times when people were marrying in their teenage years!  His friends probably had grandchildren and Issac was still unmarried.  He may have thought that something was wrong with him, and his brother Ishmael probably had a family already.  Issac may have been confused because he was the destined promise child that was suppose to carry on his family's lineage.  However, he was approaching "middle age" without a mate.  It must have been agonizing for year after year, to turn into decade after decade.  Issac may have even felt forsaken by God and wondered when or IF he would ever get married.  However, those times before just was not the right time according to God's schedule.  It was not the right time when he was 16, 22, 30, 37, etc.  His due season was at 40 and God planned the whole thing that way.

In closing, wait on God's timing and do not jump ahead of Him.  Remember what happened to Sarah and Abraham when they jumped ahead of God and ended up having Ishmael, that was out of order.  Timing is everything in the Kingdom of God, and when you do something at the wrong time it will lead to frustration, confusion, and discouragement.  So be encouraged that just as God have a time for the natural cyclical seasons on this Earth, your life has seasons that God oversees.  

Monday, November 26, 2018

Overcoming Guilt

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 KJV

    Guilt is a feeling that many of us experience from time to time.  It is a normal feeling and it is healthy when utilize the right way.  When you do wrong, you are supposed to feel a certain level of remorse.  You are suppose to reflect on your negative action with conviction.

   However, have you ever been plagued with guilt from something you have already repented and asked forgiveness for?  Are you being harassed by thoughts that you are unworthy?  You may have had an abortion years ago and feel guilty every time you see a baby.  Or you may have stood up for yourself and feel guilty for not "going with the flow".   Guilty feelings can have your second guessing yourself, and God led actions.  Guilty feelings can also may you feel unworthy and unloved.  You can also be "guilt tripped" into unhealthy and abusive relationships and circumstances.  

   Know that when you ask for forgiveness you are forgiven once and for all.  You do not have to repeatedly bag over and over for forgiveness or walk around feeling like you beneath others.  Throw away guilt today. Tell yourself you are worthy, loved, and deserving.  Repeat those thoughts to yourself.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8 KJV

Monday, November 19, 2018

Rejecting The Seed of Doubt

I was recently at a training and I was excited about the new things we were learning.  A lady beside me struck up a conversation with me and her "small talk" begin casting a seed of doubt.  I didn't even respond to what she was saying, I just smiled and said I had to go since it was the end of the day.  She had an irritated expression and started talking to another woman. 

I learned a powerful lesson that day "shut negativity down quickly".  

1.  Do not engage in negative discussions:  When a negative discussion come up, either bring out a positive spin if you can, or excuse yourself from the conversation.  Do not worry about appearing rude.

2.  If the negative statement is directed toward you personally, kick it out of your mind quickly.  Do not entertain the negative thought because it will only create more negative thoughts.  

3. Do not repeat it.  Do not repeat the negative words or ask others for their opinion.  I was tempted to discuss what the lady had said, but I knew it would open the door to confusion and frustration.    Reject the negativity from the start and do not give it any of your time and attention.  

Monday, November 5, 2018

How to get rid of negative thoughts

As a man thinks in his heart so is he.  (Proverbs 23:7)

As a Believer, we must be particularly careful concerning our thought life.  Our thoughts control our actions which can in turn control our behavior.   Actually, do you know that you are the person you are today because of the thoughts that you think about yourself, deep down in your subconscious mind?  This can be wonderful if they are positive thoughts. However, what if we are constantly thinking negative thoughts?  

If the main thoughts that you think about yourself is negative, than your life will be negative.  You will have a life full of hardship, trails, and mishaps because thoughts are powerful.  You can even draw negative situations to you because those toxic thoughts controls your behavior

The way you get rid of negative thoughts is to train yourself everyday to meditate on positive things.  The Word of God says to think on things that are lovely, pure, of good report (Philippians 4:8).  Purpose to think positive thoughts about yourself and even write it down in a journal if need be.   

Monday, October 22, 2018

Increase Your Faith Through the Power of Your Imagination

Another way to increase your faith is through the power of your imagination.  You can use your imagination to actually visualize the things you have prayed for coming to pass.  

I even keep a "Faith Journal" where I will write an entry as if the thing I was praying for had actually manifest.  Let's say that you want to take an international backpacking trip to Asia.  You can write in your journal as if you are already there in Asia.  You can talk about the people you met, food you ate, etc.  This method is very effective because it really stirs your faith and cause you to live as if you had already received the manifestation.  

Waiting on the Lord or is the Lord Waiting on you?

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