Sunday, March 31, 2013

Worship Forevermore!

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (Heb. 13:15) 

For most of us, Resurrection Sunday is upon us. While for others, it has already been celebrated. It is because of Jesus that we celebrate this awe-inspiring day as we lift up the name of Jesus Christ and giving Him all the praise, all the glory, and all the honor because of what He has done by offering up Himself as the Lamb that was slain. 

It is because of Jesus that we live, die, and have our being. It is because of His blood atonement that we can have an intimate relationship with God as our Heavenly Father. It is because of Jesus that we have come to learn how to love and serve God and others with the same selfless sacrifice that Jesus displayed on the Cross of Calvary with His arms open wide ready to receive you as His own.

As I'm writing this, I cannot help but get emotional as the inner joy of the Lord continues to shine through me every single day of my life. It is because of Jesus Christ that I call myself a CHRISTIAN in the first place. It is because of Jesus that I can show His love and compassion to everyone that God brings into my life. Just like Christmas, Resurrection Sunday plays such a sensitive and vital role in the lives of believers from all around the world.

It is because of Jesus that I had the honor and privilege of serving autistic patients and serving children with special needs. It is because of Jesus that I was also able to experience my own personal resurrection from someone that was lost to someone that is found. Jesus IS and ALWAYS WILL BE the Lord and Savior of my life.

As tears of joy drip down my face, the thought of Jesus and His victorious returns shines ever so brightly in my heart, mind, and soul. It is because of Jesus that I'm able to write Christian Living in spite of the physical struggles that I confront on a daily basis. It is because of Jesus that I have the mental capacity to be able to put together the best possible content in an effort to glorify Jesus, the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

I can write on forever about my gratitude for what Jesus has done in, through, and around my life. My dear friends, don't ever, and I mean ever, deny Jesus, His humanity, and His divine nature. He's one with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus, as the Son of God is God the Son. Therefore friends, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name (Heb. 13:15).

In celebrating Resurrection Sunday, are YOU ready to worship JESUS forevermore? 

Thanks again for reading and closely following me as we journey together toward Heaven to worship God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit forevermore! Without further delay, I want to bring to all of you Worship Forevermore by Planetshakers. May God continue to bless you and keep you friends in Jesus' mighty name! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-). Here's the lyrics below...ENJOY!

WORSHIP FOREVERMORE BY PLANETSHAKERS 

Oh Lord
You have given to me all I need
And I pray
For your will to be done
And I ask
For your spirit to work in my life
And that I can
Be a blessing to you

Holy one
Your the light in my darkest day
Showing me
The power of your truth
And I ask
For the touch of your spirit in me
Giving me
The faith to believe

And I will stand here
Lost in your love
And I will worship forevermore
I will stand here
Ever amazed
And I will worship forevermore

Oh Lord
You have given to me all I need
And I pray
For your will to be done
And I ask
For your spirit to work in my life
And that I can
Be a blessing to you

And I will stand here
Lost in your love
And I will worship forevermore
I will stand here
Ever amazed
And I will worship forevermore

Friday, March 29, 2013

Strength Of My Life!

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. (Isaiah 40:31)

Jesus is indeed the strength of my life! Where would I be without Him in my life. One things for certain. Without Him, I would be lost and confused even though there are moments when life throws an amazing curveball at me. There are times in life when the storms of life will feel and possibly become overwhelming. Those moments will be so overwhelming that it will feel like God is nowhere to be found and it will seem that our friends and family have also turned their back on us.

I will openly admit it right here...right now. It's been give or take seven months since I started blogging Christian Living. Since God has blessed me so much by reaching to people all around the world, there has also been a struggle to gather my thoughts to put together another creative post.

There have been moments when I would run into a wall on the verge of letting everything go and just drop everything. As you can probably tell, it seems like I'm ranting and probably complaining about this whole ordeal about life and the crazy twists and turns that it has to offer. Have you ever walked into a buffet restaurant and see all that food clamoring for your undivided attention? I have. Numerous times.

In life, we deal with all sorts of people from different walks of life. All those people that we meet in life are like the food in the buffet restaurant. They are sitting there and clamoring for attention. I know. I'm one of them. This is the story of our lives as Christians on so many different levels from leadership to entry-level positions. God has designed all of us with the need for someone's undivided attention.

In a world where someone silence can often speak louder than any words that come out of our mouths, no wonder we become deaf to those around us. The unfortunate part is that this often results in us being deaf to God. The most beautiful part of all of this chaos is that while the world screams for your attention (and for mine), God is waiting there with His arms open wide and ready to receive you in spite of whatever struggles we have right now as we speak.

God IS indeed greater than all of our problems put together my friends! Let us stand together on the wonderful promise of Isaiah 40:31. Those of us who wait upon the LORD shall have their strength renewed. The rest will be history!

Is Jesus the strength of your life?

With all this said, I strongly encourage you to incorporate Jesus into your life so that He can be the One to help you lift off and He will be more than happy to be the wind beneath your wings. Thanks again for reading this my friends! I want to bring to all of you Strength Of My Life by Planetshakers. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name my friends! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-). Here's the lyrics below...ENJOY!!!...;-)

STRENGTH OF MY LIFE BY PLANETSHAKERS

[Verse]
You set my heart ablaze with Your Holy fire
And now I stand amazed by Your love and favour

[Pre Chorus]
I don't know where I will be
I don't know what I would do now
If Your love hadn't saved me
You are the strength of my life
And I'm eternally grateful

[Chorus]
Great are You Lord over all
We will declare Lord You are faithful
Great are You Lord over all
Great are You Lord

[Bridge]
You are the strength of my life Lord
It doesn't matter what may come my way
You are the strength of my life Lord
I'm holding on to You

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Captivated!

Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not. (1 John 3:1)

Captivated. I can easily find the word captive within it. To be held captive to someone or something has this feeling of entrapment. Does it? For starters, it's important to recognize to whom or what we are held captive to. In a nutshell, to be held captive by God is always a great thing. Right? Whereas, if we are held captive by the enemy of our souls, we would look for any way possible to break free from that kind of captivity.

From those two examples, we can easily see how we can be held captive to someone spiritually. There are numerous other examples of what we are held captive to. It can be our work, it can be our families, it can be any number of things. Life can go from being on solid ground to quicksand after an extended period of time. It's amazing to see how long it will take for us to figure what kind of a mess we are in until it's too late. More often than not, we can start the way we are supposed to or expected to while being in alignment with God. Yet, when we step out of God's sovereign Presence and into the hands of the enemy and the world around us, we don't realize that we have fallen into quicksand until it's too late.

As a result of falling into the quicksand of life, it ends up costing us everything we hold dear and precious to us. In spite of all the potential for bad news to develop in our lives, there is great news my friends. God is on our side and He desires to hold us captivated to His love for us. He cares about you and I so much that He will never let us go no matter what we go through in life. Even when we create our own mess, we will not only be captivated by God, but we will also become the clay in His hands as He is the Master Potter. Be encouraged my friends! God is far from done with us. Don't give up on Him because He will never give up on you. Is that understood? Good!...:-) This brings up a fair and honest question.

Are YOU captivated by God? Are you willing to capture other people for the kingdom of God so that they can be captivated by Him as well?

Okay. So it became two questions...;-). That outta tell you how captivated I am to God and abiding in His presence so that not will I be blessed, but I can continue to be a blessing to others. My dear friends, when we are extremely passionate about God as we faithfully serve Him and the people around us, it becomes easy and effortless to be able to express our captivity to God with so much freedom that we can share the enthusiasm and passion for Him.

I'm sure there's plenty more you can add to this and if so, awesome! I strongly encourage you to share your enthusiasm and passion for being captivated by God and His Faithfulness in your life as well as in the lives of others. With that said, I want to share with all of you Captivated by Citipointe Live. Thanks again for faithfully following Christian Living my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-D. Here's the lyrics below...enjoy!

CAPTIVATED BY CITIPOINTE LIVE

Verse:
Your heart is beyond
Any emotion I can hold
Your love is stronger
Than any hurt I can feel

Pre- Chorus:
I see eternity
Surrounded in magnificence
Overwhelmed with Your holiness

Chorus:
I'm captivated by forever with You
All glory to Your majesty
Lord You are holy
I hold You high above

Bridge:
I'm carried by Your grace
I'll worship You always
You are my Emmanuel

Monday, March 25, 2013

Devoted!

And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by him. (Col.3:17)

Devotion. I looked up devotion in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and I was able to find the following definition. There were three definitions total but there was one that really stuck out for me and clearly defines the message of this post today. Here's the definition for DEVOTION:


a : religious fervor : piety

b : an act of prayer or private worship —usually used in plural
c : a religious exercise or practice other than the regular corporate worship of a congregation 


In light of the three definitions given above about devotion, devotion has a very strong spiritual or religious meaning to not only what we hold dear, but Who we hold dear as well. Devotion can be expressed through so many different means ranging from family to our favorite sports team. But for the sake of this post, I want to focus on our devotion to God Himself.

Many people read what's called a daily devotional. The purpose of the daily devotional especially those read by Christians are to provide us the insight need to approach different areas of our lives from a Christian perspective with the purpose and goal to express our devotion to God and be able to share that devotion with others. Expressing devotion to the people and things around us is one thing, even though they all present different challenges to us. Yet, it is another matter altogether to express our devotion to God.

God's way of doing things often conflicts with our human nature, the unfortunate result is that we have more non-believers than believers. To complicate matters even more, we have believers that are probably at best, lukewarm. The positive twist to all of this is the fact that there are many Christians that are totally on fire for God freely expressing their love and devotion to God by the lifting of our hands, hearts, and praise to our Almighty God.

This one of the reasons why I love to post Christian music videos with the posts I make. As much as I have come to really appreciate non-music video posts because of the "originality" to it, Christian music video posts really bring the human element to life as we sit in front of our computers and mobile devices as we watch everyone singing praises to God. This is also part of the reason why praise and worship videos are so popular as well. It's not only about the Hillsongs, the Citipointes, or the Planetshakers, it's all about God and all those wonderful people that collectively come together bringing a small piece of heaven to Earth. This brings up a question.

Who are you MOST devoted to?

Thanks again for reading this post my friends! With that said, and without further delay, I want to bring to all of you Devoted by Citipointe Live. May God continue to bless you and keep you all in Jesus' mighty name! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-). Here's the lyrics below...enjoy!!!

DEVOTED BY CITIPOINTE LIVE

I'm losing my whole life,
In your purpose
And for your heart's desire.
I'm running with blinded eyes
Faith as my guide.
Let your love take flight

Refrain:

For you, all was put aside
All for you and I
Father, it's You I love

Chorus:

I'm devoted to you
Sacred love, my truth
I'm devoted to you
All in all, I worship you,
I worship you, my Lord

Bridge:
Precious God,
Into your arms
Without blame I come
Your blood has saved us all (2x)

Repeat Refrain and Chorus
  

Saturday, March 23, 2013

I'm Forever Yours!

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

This post perfectly compliments the last post I made titled "Beautiful Saviour". With all this talk going on worldwide about the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, putting Jesus in proper perspective is a must given the different view points that are out there. Without getting too deep about Jesus and His role biblical prophecy, my goal with this post is to try to keep things as simple as possible.

With so many things that can be taught and learned from Jesus to us to this day, the MOST IMPORTANT lesson we need to know is that He came to this sin-filled world to love us in such a way that healing and redemption can actually be accomplished in our lives. Jesus is full of grace and truth. As a result, Jesus teaches us to be grace and truth to those around us in the same way He was those things with His disciples and everyone that came into contact with Him.

Even Jesus understood and practiced that ministry starts at home. That explains why Jesus put everything that He taught us at home in His relationship to His mom, Mary. Jesus, full of grace and truth, has enabled us to do what He has done at home, at work, and everywhere else we find ourselves to not only know about grace and truth, but to put it into practice as well.

Little did I know that when I did Christian Living it was going to lift off the way it did. Jesus is the centerpiece of this blog site like so many other Christian sites out there. Everything we do as Christians is supposed to point to Jesus. "Beautiful Saviour" did exactly that. When God put on my heart to do the 10 Principles of Servant Leadership series, the aim and goal is to not only become effective servant-leaders or servants in general, but to point all believers and non-believers to Jesus.

There is absolutely no coincidence that the top 2 posts written are related to servant leadership are "Servant Leadership...Listening" with 84 pageviews and "Servant Leadership...Intro" with 82 pageviews. Those two posts alone totally reveals the heart and spirit of the individuals who have read them. What it reveals to me is that they want to be as much like Jesus as we possibly can. It is also noteworthy to point out that life without Jesus is not life at all. We'll simply be existing. Here's one last verse for you!

Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)

When we put grace and truth into practice in our everyday lives, we are essentially telling Jesus that we are forever His. So friends, let get up on the rooftops are start yelling to the rest of the world that we forever belong to Jesus! Thanks again my awesome friends for reading this post! My hope and prayer is that our love for Jesus will compel us to be the fruitful people this world will ever know with the aim and goal to bring as many people to Jesus as possible while God continues to give us the life we have during the last days.

With that said and without further delay, I want to bring to all of you I'm Forever Yours by Planetshakers.
May God continue to bless you and keep you my friends in the mighty name of Jesus! Here's the music lyrics below...ENJOY!!!...:-)

I'M FOREVER YOURS BY PLANETSHAKERS

I give my all to you
Send me and i will go for you
To the ends of the earth
I'll follow after you
I want the world to know
Your love endures forever

Tell me and i'll obey
This is far greater than sacrifice
Trusting you and not myself
Will always lead to blessing
Lord have your way in me
Not my will, yours be done

Here i stand within your presence
Longing for your touch
A thousand days cannot compare
To one day in your courts

Hold me now
And never ever let me go
My jesus, my precious saviour
I'm forever yours

I will worship you forever
I will worship you

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Beautiful Saviour!

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creation, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 8:38-39)

This post will be by far one of the shortest posts I will ever make, maybe the shortest for a couple of reasons: 1)No major explanation is needed when it comes to describing Jesus and what He means to us. 2)I'm going to leave a prayer of salvation for those of you who have yet to make the decision of accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Jesus is now the Saviour of my life as He is yours as far as other believers are concerned. The aim of this post is to encourage all non-believers and every believer out there to share this post with all of your friends and loved ones to come to the saving knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen?...:-)

Is there someone you know in need of a Saviour?

With that said and without further delay, I want to bring to all of you Beautiful Saviour by Planetshakers. Thanks again for reading this post and sharing this post with everyone you know. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' beautiful name my friends! Here's the lyrics below and I will follow it up with a prayer of salvation. Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...ENJOY!!!...:-)

BEAUTIFUL SAVIOUR BY PLANETSHAKERS

Jesus
Beautiful Saviour
God of all majesty
Risen King
Lamb of God
Holy and righteous
Blessed Redeemer
Bright morning star

All the heavens shout Your praise
All creation bows to worship You

How wonderful
How beautiful
Name above every name
Exalted high
How wonderful
How beautiful
Jesus Your name
Name above every name
Jesus

I will sing forever
Jesus I love You
Jesus I love You

SALVATION PRAYER

Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.

I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.

You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.

Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.

Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself.

Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.

Amen.


If you just said this prayer and you meant it with all your heart and you have repented for your sins, we believe that you just got saved and are born again.  You may ask, "Now that I am saved, what's next?" First of all you need to get into a bible-based church, and study God's Word. Once you have found a church home, you will want to become water-baptized. By accepting Christ you are baptized in the spirit, but it is through water-baptism that you show your obedience to the Lord. Water baptism is a symbol of your salvation from the dead. You were dead but now you live, for the Lord Jesus Christ has redeemed you for a price! The price was His death on the cross. May God Bless You!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Good To Me!

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Rom. 8:28)   

"God is good all the time...all the time God is good."

There's no doubt about it my friends! God is definitely good. He is so good to us that He has provided us the ability to live with the goal to live the abundant life. God is not only good to us when things are going very well, but He is also good to us when things are not going so well. Truth is, there's only one good Person. GOD.

I don't know how many times I have people say that this man is good or that this woman is good. As noble as this sounds, NO ONE, including me, is good. Okay, so it almost seems like I'm coming across a little standoffish. Be of good cheer my friends since God has created with an element of goodness because it shows in the way we serve those around us.

The mere fact that we are capable of love at any capacity constitutes the possibility that we are "good". Because God has, is, and will always be good to us, it is vitally important that we are not only able, but willing to reciprocate the "goodness" back to those that God brings into our lives. More often than not, we may be the only "bible" that any non-believer will see. On occasion, I have heard the term "friendship evangelism". Friendship evangelism is nothing more and nothing less than simply being a friend to a non-believer so that they will notice something different about you and as result have encounter with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

This expression of God's goodness in the lives of everyone around us, is what will gravitate people to Jesus and to us. I encourage all of you to be "good" to one another as we will be unified and be able to make an even greater impact in the kingdom of God during our time on Earth. Plenty of opportunities will be given to us wherever we are to not only express, but also share God's goodness to everyone, believers and non-believers alike.  

Has God been good to you? Are you being "good" to others?

Thanks for reading this post my friends! Not only am I encouraged, but I also hope and pray that you have been encouraged to be "good" to everyone that comes your way. Random acts of kindness will go a long way in your life and in the lives of everyone impacted by your kindness. May God continue to bless you and keep you my friend! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-)

Here's the lyrics below...ENJOY!!!...:-D

GOOD TO ME BY PLANETSHAKERS


[VERSE]
From the rising of the sun to where it sets
I will give you praise
And in every circumstance
You are good
I will give you praise

[PRE-CHORUS]
I know I’ve got nothing to fear in
Your love
Your love is holding me
I’ll give I’ll give
You all of me

[CHORUS]
You are so good to me.
With everything I am
I’ll give You praise
You’re better than life to me
With everything I am
I’ll give You praise

[BRIDGE]
Thank You Jesus
You are faithful
Thank You Jesus
Your love is better than life.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Nothing Is Impossible!

                                    For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Peter 1:37)

In all the years that I have been walking the Christian walk, I have heard the above verse and so many others  like it countless times. There's obviously a HUGE reason for that. That huge reason is because it's true and relevant to our lives today, tomorrow, and for the rest of our lives. Quite frankly, I find incredible comfort in that! Do you? I hope so!...:-)

We are armed with one of the most powerful promises that God gives us in His word. No matter what it looks like in your life right now. You might be stuck between a rock and a hard place. You might have lost everything that is so desperately needed to live your life as "normal" as possible. Today's post will definitely encourage you because when it's all said and done, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD.

The God we serve today is the same God that rescued the Israelites out of the hands of the Pharaoh and the nation of Egypt. God also came down from His heavenly home to become God Incarnate (Jesus) so that ALL humanity will have an opportunity to find salvation. God also comes in the form of the Holy Spirit so that we are given the excellent opportunity to really experience God as the gifts of the spirit are manifested through us thus becoming the hands, feet, and voice of Jesus Christ in the days that are given to us for His glory.

Do you honestly believe in your mind, heart, and spirit that NOTHING is impossible with God? If so, in what ways has God demonstrated to you that He has turned an impossible situation around and made it possible?

Thanks again friends for reading this post! My hope and prayer is that you will not only enjoy the above video, but also be ministered at the same time with the awareness and reminder that with God, nothing shall be impossible. With that said and without further delay, I want to introduce to all of you Nothing Is Impossible from Planetshakers. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name my friends! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-). Here's the lyrics below...ENJOY!!!

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE BY PLANETSHAKERS

[Chorus]
Through You,
I can do anything,
I can do all things,
For it’s You who give me strength,
Nothing is impossible
Through You,
Blind eyes are opened,
Strongholds are broken,
I am living by faith,
Nothing is impossible!

[Verse]
I’m not gonna live by what I see,
I’m not gonna live by what I feel

[Pre-chorus]
Deep down I,
Know that You’re here with me
I know that, You can do anything

[Bridge]
I believe, I believe,
I believe, I believe in You

Friday, March 15, 2013

Jesus Is Just Alright!

  Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

Jesus. There's no greater person that has walked this Earth like Jesus. Even though the title of this post suggests that Jesus is just alright, anyone who really knows Him will know for sure that Jesus is more than just alright. We cannot possibly label Him because He has done what no other friend, family member, or neighbor has ever done. He has given His life to atone for our sins.

What does that mean to you?

There are so many people who we can look up to and quote because of their accomplishments in everything ranging from leadership to personal development to ecclesiastical matters. From a personal perspective, there is one person aside from Jesus Himself that I have yet to meet in person, but has made a HUGE impact on my life from a spiritual, personal, and professional standpoint and chances are he has also made an impact in your life as well. His name is John C. Maxwell.

There are so many others that I can point out to you, but I chose John C. Maxwell for a very special reason. Aside from the fact that John has written numerous books that have turned out to be bestsellers and has made an amazing IMPACT in the lives of so many servant-leaders throughout the world, as well as EQUIP various organisations, there is still one quality that I really look up to and very much admire to this day. As one of the pastors of Christ Fellowship at Palm Beach Gardens,Florida, he happens to be a Teaching Pastor.

When Jesus challenged us to take the gospel to the four corners of the world, I often think about Pastor John and what God has enabled him to do by traveling throughout the world providing leadership-based programs to so many people. The incredible humility that is on display in spite of the amazing success that he has attained is another thing worth admiring and respecting. In spite of everything "Pastor John" has done on my behalf without ever having met me, everything I say and do is ALL ABOUT JESUS.

My hope and prayer is to one day enroll in the John Maxwell Certification Program. My hope and prayer as well is to one day do a Word of the Day video with John himself. In the same way I have the hope and prayer to meet "Pastor John" one day, my ultimate hope and prayer is that I will meet Jesus face to face and reign in eternity with Him as I sing and shout praises with all of my brothers and sisters for all of eternity. Wow, what a beautiful thought!...:-)

So, is Jesus still alright to you my friend?

With that said and without further delay, I want to bring to all of Jesus Is Just Alright by DC Talk. The lyrics were originally done by The Art Reynolds Singers. May God continue to bless you and keep you my awesome friends! Jesus loves you and so do I!!! Here's the lyrics below...enjoy!!!...:-)

JESUS IS JUST ALRIGHT BY DC TALK (ORIGINALLY BY THE ART REYNOLDS SINGERS)

Do do do dupe dupe
Do do do dupe
Do do do dupe dupem dupe dopem do
Check it for me one time
Ohhhh, yeah yeah

Jesus is still alright with me
Jesus is still alright, oh yeah
Jesus is still alright with me
Jesus is still alright (He's alright!)

Toby Mac, and the Mac is back - no slack
On a DC track that's jacked,
Beyond comprehension
I believe that I failed to mention
That there's a lack of recognition
When it comes to His position
Cause if Christ can't be crossed over,
Then I'll keep my beat up Nova

Jesus is still alright with me
Jesus is still alright, oh yeah
Jesus is still alright with me
Jesus is still alright

I don't care what they may say
I don't care what they may do
I don't care what they may say
Jesus is still alright
Alright with me, yeah

Back in place, and I'm all up in your face
With a rhyme that I embrace,
Like a mother to her child
I'm kickin' it Jesus style
To the ones that think they heard
I did use the "J" word
'Cause I ain't too soft to say it
Even if DJ's don't play it

Do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do
Jesus is still alright
Oh, I'm hopin' and I'm praying

Jesus is still alright
Jesus is still alright, oh yeah
Jesus is still alright
Jesus is still alright, oh yeah

Jesus is alright, I know He's alright
Jesus is alright, you know He's alright
Jesus is alright, we know He's alright
Jesus is alright, we know He's alright

Now we come to the pay off

I'm down with the one that is known as the Son
Of the G to the O to the D never done
With the flow, in the know, on the go like a pro
Not for show cause I ain't in the biz for the dough
Or the me, or the ray, all the dough's gotta stay,
Cause I can't, no I can't, take it home anyway
Never trite when I write 'cause the Lord is my light
And His Word is my bond so ya know, (know, know, know, know...) He's alright

Jesus is still alright with me
Jesus is still alright, oh yeah
Jesus is still alright with me
Jesus is still alright

I don't care what they may say
I don't care what they may do
I don't care what they may say
Jesus is still alright
Jesus is alright with me, yeah

Do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do
Jesus is still alright

Think about it...  

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Between You And Me!

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:16)


Hello friends! Now I'm back for another round of music video blogging. My hope and prayer is that you not only like the following video but is ministered through it as well. The lesson behind this video is about confession. After elaborating in great detail about servant leadership, I'm extremely confident in the Lord that communication, more importantly, effective communication is critical in our efforts to become better individuals. So...

What happens when the lines of communication is severed because of a sudden dispute or when communications is blurred because of lies that may or may not be told behind our backs?  

So many things can and will go wrong if we are not able to effectively deal with the conflict between us. For the sake of this post, I want to focus on the word, confession. As Christians, I wholeheartedly believe that confession is the way to go. First, we must go before God in prayer confessing our sins to Him with a heart of repentance. After you have spent quality time with God in prayer and have made you confession known to Him, according to James 5:16, we are now encouraged to confess our faults to one another, and pray for one another.

Confessing to God our faults and asking Him for forgiveness is one thing, but to approach someone that may have fault us is another thing altogether. Pride often plays a role in preventing us from confessing to each other. Once the wall of pride of has come tumbling down and we experience radical growth in humility, confession comes dramatically easier to ourselves and to those around us. As a result, healing begins to take place in our hearts, minds, and spirits. 

My dear friends, prayer is the key to confession and healing.

With that said, and without further delay, I want to bring to all of you Between You and Me by DC Talk. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name my friends! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-). Here's the lyrics below...enjoy!

BETWEEN YOU AND ME BY DC TALK  

Sorrow is a lonely feeling
Unsettled is a painful place
I've lived with both
For far too long now
Since we've parted ways

I've been wrestling
With my conscience
And I found myself to blame
If there's to be any resolution
I've got to peel my pride away

Just between you and me
I've got something to say
Wanna get it straight
Before the sun goes down

Just between you and me
Confession needs to be made
Recompense is my way to freedom now

Just between you and me
I've got something to say

If confession is the road to healing
Forgiveness is the promised land, oh
I'm reaching out in my conviction
I'm longing to make amends, yeah

So I'm sorry for
The words I've spoken
For I've betrayed a friend
We've got a love
That's worth preserving
And a bond I will defend

Just between you and me
I've got something to say
Wanna get it straight
Before the sun goes down

Just between you and me
Confession needs to be made
Recompense is my way to freedom

Just between you and me
I've got something to say

In my pursuit of God
I thirst for holiness
As I approach the Son
I must consider this

Offenses unresolved
Will keep me from the throne
Before I go to Him
My wrong must be atoned

If there's to be any resolution
I've got to peel this pride away
Ooh, whoa, whoa, whoa

Just between you and me
I've got something to say
Wanna get it straight
Before the sun goes down

Just between you and me
Confession needs to be made
Recompense is my way to freedom

It's my way to freedom
It's my way to freedom
It's my way to freedom
I've got something to say
So let me say it today

It's my way to freedom
It's my way to freedom
I've got something to say
Confession needs to be made

It's my way to freedom
It's my way to freedom
I've got something to say
Confession needs to be made

It's my way to freedom
It's my way to freedom
I've got something to say

Monday, March 11, 2013

Servant Leadership...Conclusion!

     I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (2 Tim. 4:7)

Hello friends! I just want open this post by thanking all of you that have been faithfully following the 10 Principles of Servant Leadership. Every single summary that has been posted are comments made by Robert  Greenleaf, the founder of the modern Servant Leadership movement and the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. I also want to thank John C. Maxwell for providing us the resources necessary to become better and more productive leaders. I was able to provide a complete list for the principles of conceptualization and growth because of the following two books from John C. Maxwell: 1) Put Your Dream To The Test and 2) 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.

Aside from those two individuals just mentioned it's also important that ALL OF US give God one big round of applause and praise for creating and instituting the art of Servant Leadership through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Servant Leadership will come to us naturally as our passion and focus is centered in Christ. Jesus paved the way for us to be effective servant-leaders based on His relationship with His disciples and the effort that has been made on their end to carry out the Good News to the four corners of this world in an effort to create more servant-leaders.

2 Timothy 4:7 takes a whole new life of it's own as we practice servant leadership through every single area of our lives. When we least expect it, we would have mastered ALL 10 principles outlined to us for the glory of God and to the benefit of our single individual and family we rub shoulders with. All of us at one time or another will one day be able to say the following words:

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith".

With that said my fellow servant-leaders, let us fight the good fight and live life to the fullest with FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE. Thanks again my awesome friends for following the 10 Principles of Servant Leadership and every single other post that has been made since September of last year. May God continue to bless you and keep you all in Jesus' mighty name! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-)

P.S.: To give all my followers and readers a head's up, I'm going to resume with posting more music videos this Wednesday coming up so that I can mix it up a little bit and then go back to commentaries such as the ones I have been posting these last several weeks. Please feel free to email me with any suggestions at amircarmickydiaz@gmail.com. I PROMISE YOU that your emails will be kept private and used for the exclusive purpose of what we do here at Christian Living. Thanks again my friends!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Servant Leadership...Community!

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching. (Heb.10:24-25)

Hello friends! I want to welcome you all back to our last of the 10 Principles of Servant Leadership. I opened up this series with an intro giving all of us an overview of the 10 principles. I then followed up with a series of posts that broke down principles 1-9 in an effort to become more effective servant-leaders. In our tenth principle, we will talk about community. Here's the summary of the 10th principle, community.

Building Community - Servant-leaders are aware that the shift from local communities to large institutions as the primary shaper of human lives has changed our perceptions and has caused a feeling of loss. Servant-leaders seek to identify a means for building community among those who work within a given institution. 

Building strong and healthy communities is the goal of every servant-leader. The above scripture verse encourages us to consider one another provoking love and to do good works. Building a community is obviously a team sport that requires the willing coordination and effort to make life as simple as possible for everyone around us. When we are able to team up with other people who are not like-minded, but are also passionate about creating strong and healthy communities, the possibilities are virtually endless. 

As Christian servant-leaders, the expectation is not only in helping build strong and healthy communities, it's also imperative that the people who make up the community would be Christ-minded as well. An excellent example of that will be when we interact with others through missions and evangelistic efforts in our own communities and abroad. In today's world, we also have what's called virtual communities. We can different virtual communities in Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, among so many other "social" sites. Facebook is what I consider to be the most "family-oriented" community. Whereas LinkedIn is a community for professionals. Twitter is great for little snapshots of what happens during the day of the people we follow. 

Whether the community we live in is virtual or not, as Christian servant-leaders, it's extremely important that Jesus is brought to the front-lines of our purpose for being in said community. Anyone who follows me on Facebook will learn two different sides to my life. You will have the opportunity to get to know my personal life as well as my ministerial life. This blog site has in effect become a community of sorts with people from all around the world taking a few minutes out of their day to read a post for their own benefit as well as the benefit of others. 

No matter what community we find ourselves in, let's all keep in mind why God has placed us there to begin with. God has placed  you where He has you to make a lasting impact in your community with eternity in mind. As we approach our respective communities with Christ-likeness, we will not only see the lives of others transformed, but our very own lives will be transformed. Back in 2010, I had the wonderful honor and privilege to be able to serve on a missions team during our time in Colombia. As I was blessed to be able to testify, witness, and minister to the lives of the people in this beautiful country, my life was forever changed. The eternal impact we make in the lives of others will create strong and vibrant communities that will foster and further encourage to do the same for their own people. Not only was their lives changed, but mine has changed with them and for them. When I finally left Colombia and got back home, I was able to continue the momentum in my community by doing the same for my next door neighbor as I have done for my friends in a foreign country.

My life since then has never been the same. Only God knows for sure, but maybe God will send me to your community and become a modern-day Paul to the lives of those there. We are living in a generation and era where the internet has bridged all of us into our computer screens and mobile devices. Now the words being typed into this blog has a nice following from people from all around the world. These are very exciting times indeed my friends and God continues to guide and direct me to your computer screen and your mobile devices almost every single day. Every single one of us are essentially a COMMUNITY OF BELIEVERS. My hope and prayer is that this virtual community becomes an opportunity to one day be able to visit all of my followers and readers in person to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to your "doorstep" and share in the wonderful community of supportive and encouraging individuals. 

There you have it my awesome friends! With Jesus as the centerpiece of each and every one of our lives, there is no language barrier or cultural backgrounds that will prevent us from being effective witnesses of Jesus Christ in not only our own communities, but in any community that God chooses to send us to. I want to thank you for reading this far my friends! I hope and pray that all of you have a fantastically blessed weekend. May God continue to bless you and keep you all! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-)   

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Servant Leadership...Growth!

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Cor. 5:17)

In our last post we touched up a little bit on the principle of stewardship and the impact it makes on our lives as servant-leaders. We are now coming upon our ninth principle, growth. Slowly, but surely, I have taken the arduous task of breaking down the 10 Principles of Servant Leadership and this has been a fantastic experience for me as a servant-leader as I not only gained invaluable knowledge, but have also grown in this whole process, especially as a "rookie" blogger...:-). Here's the summary for our next principle, growth.

Commitment to the Growth of People - Servant-leaders believe that people have an intrinsic value beyond their tangible contributions as workers. As such, servant-leaders are deeply committed to a personal, professional, and spiritual growth of each and every individual within the organization. 

Growth is such an essential part of our lives, not only as servant-leaders, but life in general. At the beginning of every year, so many of us make resolutions about the different goals we have in mind. This is great for a number of different reasons. One of those reasons is about making growth our goal. The above summary hits it right on the head when it points to the fact that servant-leaders believe that people have intrinsic value beyond any tangible contributions we make as workers. The next sentence in the summary drives the message on growth home.

"As such, servant-leaders are deeply committed to a personal, professional, and spiritual growth of each and every single individual within the organization."

It should be quite obvious to all of us that growth is an extremely essential part of our lives. Without growth in our personal, professional, and spiritual lives, we would only become stagnant. Growth is ALL 3 AREAS are intertwined. As Christian servant-leaders, our primary growth area should be our spiritual growth. This particular area is extremely critical given the fact that we have to get connected with God through prayer, fasting, the reading of His Word, and fellowship with our brothers and sisters-in-Christ. It is from this growth area where we would experience growth and maturity in the other areas of growth, personally and professionally. As Christians, growth SHOULD happen in the following order: 1)Spiritually; 2)Personally; 3)Professionally.

Growth very rarely happens quickly. Quite frankly, growth usually comes with growing pains. In some instances, there is sometimes more pain than growth. Sometimes the opposite is just as true. What it usually boils down to is how we approach the growth process. If the growth process is approached with a microwave mentality, we won't be well-done, more like medium rare. Now, if the growth process is really drawn out, our overall growth experience would most likely be immature.

Last year, I bought a book written by John C. Maxwell titled The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. I have just started reading this book and quite obviously I'm not going to be able to share every single detail in this book. So, what I can do is give you a complete rundown of all 15 Laws of Growth. I STRONGLY encourage you to buy the book, and if possible, share it with others you know. You regret it! With that said, here we go!...:-)

1)The Law of Intentionality - Growth Doesn't Just Happen.

2)The Law of Awareness - You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself.

3)The Law of the Mirror - You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself.

4) The Law of Reflection - Learning to Pause Allows Growth to Catch Up with You.

5)The Law of Consistency - Motivation Gets You Going----Discipline Keeps You Going.

6)The Law of Environment - Growth Thrives in Conducive Surroundings.

7)The Law of Design - To Maximize Growth, Develop Strategies.

8)The Law of Pain - Good Management of Bad Experiences Leads to Great Growth.

9)The Law of the Ladder - Character Growth Determines the Height of Your Personal Growth.

10)The Law of the Rubber Band - Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You Are and Where You Could Be.

11)The Law of Trade-Offs - You Have to Give Up to Grow Up.

12)The Law of Curiosity - Growth Is Stimulated by Asking Why?.  

13)The Law of Modeling - It's Hard to Improve When You Have No One but Yourself to Follow.

14)The Law of Expansion - Growth Always Increases Your Capacity.

15)The Law of Contribution - Growing Yourself Enables You to Grow Others.

There you have it my awesome friends! I know I left quite a list of "growth laws", but I cannot and will not water down your growth process. As a Christian blogger, I have a responsibility before God and before all of you, the readers, to contribute to your growth as a child of God (spiritually), as a person (personally), and as a professional (professionally). When we can concentrate our focus on growth as men and women-in-Christ, we will ultimately have the capacity to make waves in all three areas of our lives. As long as we stay IN CHRIST, we will grow together and give ourselves the chance to experience God in our lives in so many miraculous ways that we will have no other choice but to give Him all the praise, all the glory, and all the honor. Now that is what I call the TOTAL growth experience!

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! I'm so excited about growing in all three areas with every single one of you! May God continue to bless you and keep you all! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Servant Leadership...Stewardship!

As every man has received a gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10)

Hello again my friends! In our last post I pointed out one of the 10 Principles of Servant Leadership, foresight. Foresight is a very valuable principle because it helps us with following principle, stewardship. Stewardship is one art that very few people can totally master because of a variety of reasons. Here's the summary for our next principle, stewardship.

Stewardship - Robert Greenleaf's view of all institutions was one in which CEO's, staff, directors, and trustees all play significance roles in holding their institutions in trust for the great good of society. 

God has entrusted us with so many resources such as time, talent, and treasure (money). Stewardship of those three areas will define us before God and before man. In a perfect world, we'll be able to totally fulfill every single one of these areas of stewardship. But since we don't live in a perfect world, we all know that would be practically impossible outside of God's hand in our lives. With that said, how do we go about being as masterful of these resources as much as possible for the greater good of society and more importantly. pleasing and glorifying God Himself?

In a nutshell, it pretty much boils down to two areas, discipline and mindset. This also brings up another question. How do we develop and nurture the discipline and mindset to becoming better stewards of the above three areas of stewardship? Here's another scripture verse to further drive home the subject of stewardship and this should pretty much answer the above question as well.

Commit your works unto the LORD, and your thoughts shall be established. (Prov. 16:3)

My friends, the Bible tells us to commit our works (professional, personal, and ministerial) to the Lord. When it comes to ministry, such as missions, evangelism, hospital visits, etc....etc, it is very easy to be able to place our focus on the Lord because the very essence of servant-leadership comes to the surface so easily. When it comes to our professional and personal lives, stewardship becomes a huge gray area. From a professional standpoint, a good example of a huge gray area would be the possibility of overlooking our relationship with God because of the potential promise of success and potential windfall in money and influence.

From a personal standpoint, the subject of self becomes the center of your focus. There's nothing wrong with wanting to take care of ourselves. The issue that I want to point to is when we lose so much of focus of what God is trying to do in our personal lives, the possibility for abuse begins to open a "Pandora's box" of sorts. In other words, we are to commit every single area of our lives to the Lord. As Christians and servant-leaders, we are held responsible to God and to each other to be wise stewards of EVERYTHING He gives us.

He gave us TIME, TALENT, and TREASURE (MONEY), for all intents and purposes of accomplishing His perfect will for our lives with the goal of pleasing Him, blessing ourselves, and benefiting everyone that we come into contact with.

Like I mentioned earlier, we don't live in the perfect world. So with having said that, we will fall short in any one of the three areas of stewardship listed. I'm not in any way, shape, or form encouraging anyone to make excuses. Maybe this particular post will rub you the wrong way. If that happens to be the case, no apologies will be made and let me tell you why. When it's all said and done, it's God we will have to answer to and not just to each other.

Be encouraged my friends, all of us, INCLUDING ME, have alot of ironing out to do when it comes to how me manage everything God has given us. As far as I'm concerned, God has blessed me with an "abundance" of time. Given that fact, it's extremely important that the time given to me is used for His glory, not just to my benefit. As far as talent is concerned, I have been told that I'm a jack-of-all-trades, but master of none. Maybe this explains why I'm currently writing...lol! As far as treasure (money) is concerned, I will openly and candidly admit that this is one area that I have been struggling with as of late.

I'm not going to sit here and make excuses for my financial shortcomings, but one thing is for sure, not only does God have my finances in His hands, He also has the finances of all of His children in His hands as well. Without a shadow of doubt, all of us in some way, shape, or form are struggling in this area as well as the other two areas already mentioned. That is why when it comes to stewardship, God MUST be involved. Many of us, including me, learn what must be done to be the wise stewards God expects of us to become once we have lost everything that we hold and cherish. PLEASE FRIENDS, while YOU still can, don't make the same mistake me and so many others before us have made into trying to create the dream(s) on our own and without God's blessing, approval, and favor.  

So friends, are you honoring God by being the best steward you can be for His glory?

I know I said a "mouthful" on this post and I want to thank you all from the very bottom of my heart for reading this far, but as God already knows and we now know, this principle is one of those principles that will either make us or break us. The choice is obviously ours. This principle will challenge us more than any other principle that has already been mentioned because this principle requires that we have mastered the vast majority of the principles already mentioned from previous posts.

With all that said, I want to thank you all again for reading this post. May God continue to bless you and keep you all friends! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!!...:-)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Servant Leadership...Foresight!

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Tim. 3:16)

In my last post, we had the opportunity to look over the principle of conceptualization. Even though that was one of 10 Principles of Servant Leadership, we ended up focusing on how to take our dream(s) from conceptualization to reality. So friends, have you put your dream(s) to the test? If not then I will introduce you to our next principle, foresight. Here's the summary:

Foresight - Foresight is a characteristic that enables servant-leaders to understand lessons from the past, the realities of the present, and the likely consequence of a decision in the future. It is deeply rooted in the intuitive mind.

In today's post, we are going to talk about foresight. Foresight is one of those words that require focus, the ability to listen well, and awareness. Sometimes the journey to reaching our dream(s) can be a very long one. Many times our dreams can be within reach and before you know it we are redirected in a totally different direction that takes us away from our dream(s) temporarily. Anytime we get redirected, it's extremely important that we are able to find all the signs that will eventually redirect us back to our dream(s). This requires amazing foresight.

So where do we get our foresight from?

Foresight can come from a number of different sources. Instead of counting down the number of resources available to us, I want to focus on the most important resource that has been given to all mankind, but very few read, and much less live it in their lives. The Bible.

God has blessed us with so many ways of providing foresight to be able to guide us and direct us to achieving the dream(s) we have long to accomplish. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God. God has the greatest vantage point from His throne in Heaven. As a result, He provides us the foresight needed to walk through any and all challenges that come our way.

The Bible is the ultimate road map and moral compass for our lives on every single level. The Bible details and outlines everything under the sun from salvation to money. The Bible not only provides us with invaluable insights into God's view on things that really matter to Him and to us, but God provides us foresight through the Bible as well by letting us know "in advance" what would happen if we are not obedient to Him.

The greatest appreciation I get out of His foresight is that is not sugar-coated. The foresight provided is a "what you see...what you get" kind of foresight. There's no "beading around the bush" or trying to figure out what may come around the corner and catch us off-guard.  As long as we focus on God and His Word, listen to Him and those people He brings into our lives closely during this potentially long and drawn out journey, and just as importantly, remain aware of His presence and the signs around us, we will give ourselves an opportunity to avoid a potentially dangerous situation and find ourselves in a compromised position. It's important that we know and are aware of where we get our foresight from. With that said, I have the following question:

What, or more importantly Who, are you getting your foresight from?

Thank you all very much for reading this far my friends! I hope and pray that this post has been as beneficial to you as it has been to me. Even though God has inspired me to write out the posts in this blog since September of last year, I have also learned and gained invaluable insight (and foresight) throughout this entire writing experience. May God continue to bless you and keep you all friends! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Servant Leadership...Conceptualization!

For a dream comes through much business; and a fool's voice is known by a multitude of words.                                            (Ecclesiastes 5:3) 

Conceptualization. This has to be the longest word of the 10 Principles of Servant Leadership. Let us get started on what conceptualization actually means and then I will follow up with the summary of conceptualization.

The definition of conceptualization is as follows: 1) the act of formulating or making a concept of something.
                                                                        2) an elaborated concept.

Now for the summary of conceptualization:

Conceptualization - Servant-leaders seek to nurture their abilities to "dream great dreams." The ability to look at a problem (or an organization) from a conceptualizing perspective means that one must think beyond day-to-day realities. Servant-leaders must seek a delicate balance between conceptualization and day-to-day focus. 

I must admit, the word conceptualization is the type of word that should be reserved for automakers and scientists. That's not the type of word we toss around in a small group setting or among friends and family. Right? I really love the concept of "dream great dreams".  I'm going to take a somewhat different approach to this post because as important as it is to master the art of conceptualization as a servant-leader, I want to apply a word that is far easier to use and to relate to, dreams

The summary above talks about how as servant-leaders, we seek to nurture our abilities to "dream great dreams".  To be able to dream great dreams we must have the following: 1)Focus and 2)Faith. In this day and age of instant gratification, the ability to apply focus and faith is almost a lost art of sorts.  When we think about our futures, it's very important to be able to focus on our dream(s) in such a manner that faith will be readily available to not only assist us in the journey of accomplishing our dreams, but thrive in them too. 

When I think about someone who knew how to "dream great dreams", I think about Joseph. The story of Joseph in the Bible is one that most of us can relate to when it comes to the struggle of achieving the dream(s) of our lifetimes.  All of us have dreams that we would love to see materialized in our lives in some way, shape, or form. Right now those dreams are in the the conceptualization stage. Those dreams come in the form of all those question marks that are circling around our heads.

Those question marks are symbolic of so many things that represent our lives. They can potentially represent the numerous obstacles that may get in the way of us achieving our dreams. Joseph was faced with the same question marks in his own life when he was rejected by his brothers and sold into slavery eventually being taken to a foreign land where only God knows what would  happen to him. Once he arrived in Egypt, he continued to be confronted with even more question marks as he experienced more trials of all sorts. I wouldn't have any doubts if he even questioned the validity of his dream. 

To make a long story short, God validated his dream eventually ushering Joseph to the right hand of Pharaoh. My friends, I'm not in any way, shape, or form implying that the fulfillment of the dream came easily to Joseph. I would imagine the supernatural amount of focus and faith that was required for Joseph to stay on course especially during the most difficult moments of his life. I really admire the story of Joseph because we can all relate to the struggles of achieving our dreams.

I had just finished reading a book recently from John C. Maxwell titled Put Your Dream To The Test. This book is a very thought-provoking book because it helps us to not only see our dream, but seize it too. To encourage all of us to pursue our dream(s), I want to share with all of you 10 very thought-provoking questions that will not only encourage, but also challenge you in regards to being able to take your dream(s) from conceptualization to reality. Here are the following 10 questions:

1) The Ownership Question - Is My Dream Really My Dream?

2) The Clarity Question - Do I Clearly See My Dream?

3) The Reality Question - Am I Depending On Factors within My Control to Achieve My Dream?

4) The Passion Question - Does My Dream Compel Me to Follow It?  

5) The Pathway Question - Do I Have a Strategy to Reach My Dream?

6) The People Question - Have I Included the People I Need to Realize My Dream?

7) The Cost Question - Am I Willing to Pay the Price for My Dream?

8) The Tenacity Question - Am I Moving Closer to My Dream?

9) The Fulfillment Question - Does Working toward My Dream Bring Satisfaction? 

10) The Significance Question - Does My Dream Benefit Others?

There you have it servant-leaders! In the same way God has given Joseph a dream, He has also given all of us a dream to not only carry out His perfect will in our lives, but that He's also glorified in the fulfillment of our dream(s). With that said, I want to ask myself and all of you a simple, yet challenging question.

Are you ready to put your dream(s) to the test? 

Thanks again my friends for reading this far and I am very excited about what God is going to do in, through, and around your life as He makes a way out of no way and helps you to achieve the most awesome dream possible. May God continue to bless you and keep you my friends! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-)