Thursday, April 30, 2015

Spiritual Fuel!

Behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. (Prov. 1:23)  

What fuel is to a car, the Holy Spirit is to the believer. He energizes us to stay the course. He motivates us in spite of the obstacles. He keeps us going when the road gets rough. It is the Spirit who comforts us in our distress, who calms us in times of calamity, who becomes our companion in loneliness and grief, who spurs our "intuition" into action, who fills our minds with discernment when we are uneasy about a certain decision. In short, He is our spiritual fuel. When we attempt to operate without Him or to use substitute fuel, all systems grind to a halt. 

Flying Closer to the Flame  

Every single resource on this planet, whether it be man-made or natural, needs some type of fuel for sustenance. It is amazing how God has engineered everything that we know of to be in some type of need of fuel. Without fuel, our human civilization will seize to exist. 

What about spiritual fuel? My dear friends, if I remember correctly, we can probably go without food for about 21 days. We could also go without water for no longer than 3 days. For all intents and purposes, God has placed limitations on our earthly fuel intake by design because His longing is that we tap into the everlasting fuel He has already set apart for us. The name of this "fuel" is called Jesus. Jesus is the Living Water. Jesus is the only one Who can quench our thirst.  He is the only one Who provide us with the spiritual fuel necessary to be able to run the race of faith and experience a triumphant victory. 

Are you desperate need of spiritual fuel for your life? Don't just run to anyone or anything to seek spiritual fuel, seek JESUS. Jesus is the only Person Who can satisfy your thirst and longing. Are you thirsty after a long journey in the "spiritual desert"? Are you longing to develop a more intimate relationship with God and with others? I STRONGLY encourage you to not only seek God's face, but to also find a church of like-minded individuals who are passionate about having an intimate relationship with God and other people. It is only from God Himself and from those who are intimately connected to Him where you will be able to find the spiritual fuel you so desperately need and will want to share with the people God has placed around you. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).         

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Do Little Things Well!

For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life. (Prov. 6:23) 

If you want to be a person with a large vision, you must cultivate the habit of doing the little things well. That's when God puts iron in your bones! . . . The test of my calling is not how well I do before the public on Sunday; it's how carefully I cover the bases Monday through Saturday when there's nobody to check up on me, when nobody is looking. . . . 

When God develops character, He works on it throughout a lifetime. He's never in a hurry. 

It is in the schoolroom of solitude and obscurity that we learn to become men and women God. It is from the schoolmasters of monotony and reality that we learn to "king it." That's how we become---like David---men and women after God's own heart. 

David: Man of Passion and Destiny 

God has called me to be an Evangelist many years ago. It has taken me many years to figure out how I should approach the calling God has upon my life. It was confirmed to me by three individuals that God has called me to revolutionize churches. After spending many years in prayer and fasting, God had dawned upon me that I needed to get my message out. 

As a result, God had impressed upon my heart to start Christian Living. September 30 of this year, God willing, will mark three years of getting the message out via the internet to begin the process of revolutionizing churches worldwide. This labor of love is the one "little thing" that I have been as consistent and faithful as possible. This blog site as well as my contribution to Family Altar (which you can visit at www.iglencuentro.org) have become stepping stones in God's preparation of launching me into a global evangelistic outreach in which I will be physically present to be used by the Lord in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform churches in need of any kind. 

Before I can fulfill God's ultimate call upon my life, I have to remain faithful in doing the "little things" well. My dear friends, allow God to help you see the panoramic view of His plan and purpose for your life. I can assure you that He will demand that you do the "little things" well before He promotes you to do the greater tasks He is preparing you for. It is those "little things" that we do in our daily lives that will continue to act as stepping stones toward fulfilling the calling that God has upon our lives. Is it too late to fulfill our callings?  No. But don't delay in continuing to build the forward momentum needed to make an eternal and lasting impact in the lives of the people around you. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).    

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Book Of Books!

He that gets wisdom loves his own soul: he that keeps understanding shall find good. (Prov. 19:8) 

There is something grand about old things that are still in good shape. Old furniture, rich with the patina of age and history, is far more intriguing than the uncomfortable, modern stuff. . . . 
The Bible is old also---ancient, in fact. It's timeless stories have for centuries shouted, "You can make it! Don't quit . . . don't give up!" It's truths, secure and solid as stone, say, "I'm still here, waiting to be claimed and applied." Whether it's a prophet's warning, a patriarch's prayer, a poet's psalm, or a preacher's challenging reminder. The Book of books lives on, offering us new vistas. . . . 

Though ancient, it has never lost its relevance. Though battered, no one has ever improved on its content. Though old, it never fails to offer something pure, something wise, something new. 

The Finishing Touch 

The movie titled Book of Eli happens to be one of my personal favorite movies of all time. The story revolves around Eli, a nomad in a post-apocalyptic world, who is told by a "voice" to deliver his copy of a "mysterious" book to a safe location on the West Coast of the United States. My dear friends, that "voice" happens to be God. The "mysterious" book happens to be the book you read daily. It's called the Bible. 

This amazing book is indeed mysterious in some instances. In other instances, this book is openly candid about numerous subject matter. The Bible is the greatest book ever written. It has survived numerous persecutions. It has survived numerous criticism. Yet, in spite of it all, continues to be the most widely read book in all of human history. 

The Bible is also known as God's Word. The Bible is God's megaphone to our lost and dying world. The Bible provides us the guidelines to living a wholesome life in all areas of our lives. The Bible also warns us about the consequences of sin. The Bible is filled with amazing, life-applying stories from the book of Genesis to Revelation. The Bible reveals to us numerous characters who we can relate to in the different phases of our lives. The Bible is living, breathing manual that provides us with "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth". 

My dear friends, "Eli" is short for bELIeve. In order for the Bible to come alive in our lives, we must believe in the contents of God's Word. We must believe that what the Bible tells us. It is that belief in God's Word that will validate our faith. It is that belief, when lived out in our lives, that will have everyone that is not familiar with God's Word to want to inquire on what kind of a difference the Bible has made in our lives. When it's all said and done, the Bible provides us the opportunity to get to know God more intimately. It helps us to understand the role that Jesus has always played in the lives of a believer from Old Testament times to New Testament times to the times we are living right now. The Bible also helps us in understanding our relationship with the Holy Spirit. The Bible is indeed the Book of books! The Bible is to be believed, taught, and lived out in our lives. All of us need the courage to share the contents of the Bible to everyone that is living in darkness so that the light of God's Word can shed light into the different situations that they are confronted with. Be encouraged! God's Word is never given in vain. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Friday, April 24, 2015

When The Going Gets Rough!

I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice. (Prov. 8:20) 

Vision is the ability to see God's presence, to perceive God's power, to focus on God's plan in spite of the obstacles. 

When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic. Your attitude stays positive rather than negative. Not foolishly positive, as though in fantasy, for you are reading God into your circumstances. So when a situation comes that cuts your feet out from under you, you don't throw up your arms and panic. You don't give up. Instead, you say, "Lord, this is Your moment. This is where You take charge. You're in this." 

This is nothing more than having a strong belief in the power of God; having confidence in other around you who are in similar battles with you; and, yes, having confidence in yourself, by the grace of God. Refusing to give in to temptation, cynicism and doubt. . . . It's hanging tough when the going gets rough. 

Living Above the Level of Mediocrity 

Let's face it. Life gets rough for everyone that is living. The rain falls on the righteous and the unrighteous alike. The sun also rises and falls on the righteous and unrighteous alike as well. The going will get rough for all of us at one point or another. What it boils down to is how we will react to those hard times when they come. 

Hard times will come and will influence the course of our lives. When the going gets rough, it will either break us or make us. As Christians, when the going does get rough, it's a must that we have God helping us and guiding us every step of the way. The Holy Spirit is our Guide, Counselor, Protector, and Enabler. It is the Holy Spirit that we as Christians tap into as He indwells us to show us the way we should go. 

When the going gets rough, we must take the time to ask God for wisdom, grace, patience, and understanding when the rough going winds up taking longer than we had originally hoped. When the rough going takes radically longer that hoped for, we must respond in humility, not in pride. It was pride that made the Israelites travel through the desert for forty years instead of approximately twelve days. When the going gets rough, it is supposed to help us build character. The end result of the rough going is to help us create godly character in us. As a result of the rough going, God will use that experience in your life as a way for you testify of God's faithfulness and goodness. It is through that testimony that others who don't know Jesus will be transformed as well with a fresh, godly perspective when the going gets rough in their lives. Here's the bottom line: 

Be encouraged when the going gets rough! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happily Ever After?!

It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn your statutes. (Ps. 119:71) 

"Happily ever after" belongs at the end of a fairy tale, not in a description of the Christian life. Life in Christ is real. It isn't plastic, it isn't stained-glass, it isn't saccharine, it isn't fantasyland. In all my years of walking with the Lord, I have yet to meet one Christian who has "lived happily ever after." On the other hand, I have met a great many significant saints who endured affliction, loss, disappointment, setbacks, failures, and incredible pain through the years. And I have seen many of those same men, women, and . . . adolescents cling to their joy, radiate hope, and sustain a winsome spirit . . . even through heartache . . . even through tears . . . even at death's door. . . . 

If you're waiting for a seamless, blemish-free week friend, you're going to wait in vain. There is no such thing. And until we learn how to derive lessons from seasons of failure and loss, we'll keep repeating those failures---digging ourselves into an even deeper hole---rather than moving on as we grow up. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

Let me start by saying that there is a happily ever after. Experiencing a happily ever after during our time here on earth may be tedious at best given our human frailty. Yes, the vast majority of us living in this fallen world will have moments when we can experience happiness and joy in our lives. 

This world is composed of imperfect people that are attempting to live out their lives the best way they know how. It is with that reality in mind where the title of this post begins to make alot of sense. It makes alot of sense from the perspective of not being pessimistic, but of the awareness that we have people from different walks of life that are coming into our lives wit hall kinds of baggage. 

We live in a world that is based on having relationships. Relationships of all kinds are established. We have business relationships. We have marital relationships. We have relationships with relatives, friends, and siblings-in-Christ. Relationships at its core is imperfect. The only perfect relationship we can have is with God Himself. Let's admit it. We also have trouble maintaining our relationship with Him too. The point I am making here is that we are imperfect people. Being imperfect people, the question of "Happily ever after?" further validates the reality of the perspective that we suffer and struggle in relationships because of the distinct possibility that we have further distanced ourselves from God or disconnected ourselves from Him entirely. 

My dear friends, instead of questioning "happily ever after". As long as we are in Christ, that question mark has to be replaced with a period, better yet, an exclamation point. Why? Because in Christ there is a "happily ever after". There are no questions. There are no doubts. There are no uncertainties. In Christ, there is a "happily ever after" and it will take place soon upon His Second Coming. What a glorious day that will be my dear friends! A "happily ever after" is on its way for you and for me! Are you excited? I am! As a matter of fact, moments of happiness are available to you right now. All you need to do is to cleave on to Jesus and never let Him go. God bless you my friend and be encouraged in Jesus' mighty name! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in His precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).           

Monday, April 20, 2015

Solitude And Serenity!

So that you incline your ear unto wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding. (Prov. 2:2) 

An inner restlessness grows within us when we refuse to get alone [with God] and examine our own hearts, including our motives. As our lives begin to pick up the debris that accompanies a lot of activities and involvements, we can train ourselves to go right on, to stay active, to be busy in the Lord's work. Unless we discipline ourselves to pull back, to get alone for the hard work of self-examination in times of solitude, serenity will remain only a distant dream. How busy we can become . . . and as result, how empty! We mouth words, but they mean nothing. We find ourselves trafficking in unlived truths. We fake spirituality. . . . 

How easy to fall prey to meaningless talk, cliche-ridden responses, and mindless activities! It was never meant to be that way; but, more often than not, that's the way it is. To break the habit, solitude is required. The hard work of self-examination on a recurring basis is absolutely essential. 

Intimacy with the Almighty 

Solitude and serenity are an absolute must in our lives.

In order for us to be able to find periods of serenity in our lives, we have to be able find periods of solitude. Those moments of solitude provide us with time for fresh perspective. It is within that time of solitude where serenity will be found. Some of the greatest heroes we have ever known needed a period of solitude. David, Jesus, yes, even Superman needed moments of solitude and serenity. Anyone who is a fan of Superman will know that he had a place called the Fortress of Solitude. 

What is the purpose of solitude in OUR lives? The purpose of solitude in our lives is to help us momentarily separate ourselves from the daily grind so we can gather our thoughts about the events that have happened to us. Solitude is great when we use that time to further our relationship with God. Jesus took the time to spend moments alone with His Father. David spent time alone before rounding up his "mighty men". 

What is the purpose of serenity in our lives? The purpose of serenity in our lives is so we can experience the peace and joy of being in communion with God. Serenity provides us with comfort. It relieves us of any turmoil we may have. It relieves us of any anxiety we may have. In a nutshell, moments of serenity provides us ultimately provides us with a period of peace that will not be had if we choose to go about our lives in the daily grind. Think about it. What will happen in your life if you don't make time for solitude and find the serenity that you so desperately need in your life? My opening remarks will act as a constant reminder of the essential need for solitude and serenity. 

Solitude and serenity are an absolute must in our lives. 

My dear friends, make that YOUR aim! Make it your aim to spend times of solitude in the very presence of God so you can find all the serenity you desperately need to rejuvenate and come out of that moment of solitude with a fresh, godly perspective that will one day make an immense, eternal impact in the lives of those you love and care about. Be encouraged! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Difference Makes The Difference!

By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another. (Jn. 13:35) 

If our message is a mirror image of the message of the world, the world yawns and goes on its way, saying, "What else is new? I've heard all that since I was born." But if the Christian lifestyle and motivation and answers are different, the world cannot help but sit up and take notice, thinking: 

How is it that I cannot conquer this habit but he has? 
Why is their love so deep and lasting and ours so shallow and fickle? 
How is it that she can forgive and never hold a grudge, but I can't get over a wrong? Talk about kindness and courtesy! These people exude those things, I wonder why. 
I've never seen such integrity. The guy wouldn't think of taking a dime that isn't his. Do you get the message? It is the difference that makes the difference. 

Simple Faith

What kind of a difference have you made in the lives around you? The answer to that question is largely determined by the way others have made a difference in your life. Right? All of us are influenced by someone. Who we allow to influence our lives will determine what kind of a difference we make in the lives of others. 

As Christians, we are to be influenced by Jesus. His influence upon our lives will determine what kind of a difference we make in the lives of others. The kind of difference I'm pointing at is that of the eternal variety. In our daily interactions, we must have an outlook that has eternal difference in mind. Eternity makes the difference! Eternity will conclude in of two places. Heaven or hell. 

Those who are not in Christ have a decision to make. You, my dear friend, will be the difference-maker. You will be the person that will provide the difference that makes the difference. We have been called to carry out the Gospel (Good News) to the four corners of the world. That Good News is what will make the eternal difference in the lives of those you interact with on a daily basis. I want to encourage you to be an effective witness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and become the difference-maker of the eternal variety. 

Are you willing to be the difference-maker that makes the difference in the lives of those you love and care about? 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Not One Lost Moment!

See then that you walk carefully, not as fools, but as wise. (Eph. 5:15) 

God tells us not to be foolish, but wise, making the most of our time, taking every opportunity that comes our way and using it wisely. 

Before his twentieth birthday, Jonathan Edwards, the brilliant and godly philosopher-theologian who became God's instrument in the Great Awakening revival of the eighteenth century, resolved "Never to lose one moment of time, but to improve it in the most profitable way I possibly can." That is exactly what he did, using well the intellectual gifts God had given him. He entered Yale at thirteen and at seventeen graduated at the head of his class. At twenty-six he was the minister of one of the largest congregations in Massachusetts. . . . 

Following the will of God requires wisdom, clear thinking, and, yes, even good old garden-variety common sense. 

The Mystery of God's Will 

Moments come and go. Some moments are memorable for a number of different reasons. Some good. Some bad. The various moments we experience in life are meant to be taken with a grain of salt. What it boils down to is how we seize the moment. 

How do we respond to the moments we have in our lives? We have moments in our lives ranging from embarrassing to the awe-inspiring. Do we respond to that moment with a godly attitude? My dear friends, let there never be one lost moment in your life. Those moments will build character and ultimately, your legacy. 

Will those moments make you or break you? Will those moments be shared with friends and family or will they be experienced in isolation, away from everyone, but God? Regardless of how the moment is experienced, see to it that there is not one lost moment. Look at it this way. Moments are meant to be pictures of our lives. How many people actually have photo keepsakes of their childhood? I do. Why is that? Because they remind me of moments that have never been lost. Those are moments that have contributed to who I am today. Treasure ALL the moments God has allowed you to experience my friends! Those moments will shape your life forever! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).        

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

An Endless Litany!

A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompense of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him. (Prov. 12:14) 

While we think we may be immune to the endless litany of television commercials, newspaper ads, our friends' gadgets and gizmos, the constant admonition to spend, spend, spend, we Christians need to be alert to how Satan tempts us with the temporal. I'll mention a few ways to avoid the magnetism of the cash register or the credit card. 

Doctrinal danger . . . substituting the temporal for the eternal. 
Personal danger . . . trying to impress instead of imparting the Word. 
Economical danger . . . spending more than you have. 
Psychological danger . . . believing your purchase will make things "all right."  

Make Hebrews 12:3 your aim: "Consider Him . . . so that you may not grow weary and lose heart." 

Day by Day with Charles Swindoll  

What is a litany? A litany is any long and tedious address or recital; "a litany of failures". 

We live in a fallen world. That is the unfortunate reality we live with right now. It is because of this fact that we are constantly being bombarded with one bad news after another. The spiritual and moral decay of our societies are what is leading up to the litany of dangers and problems people from all around the world are confronted with on a daily basis. 

The litany of dangers are all around us. The can be very subtle in nature and can also be outright in nature. Danger can be seen or heard from a mile away. Danger can also come to us suddenly and unexpectedly. Every single time we have of any bad news, we, as Christians have to be constantly reminded of God's sovereignty over our lives. My dear friends, God will never left you nor forsaken you. I'm in total agreement with the Apostle Paul when he says the following: 

"Consider Him . . . so that you may not grow weary and lose heart." 

Those words provide both comfort and strength. Do those words resonate in your heart, mind, and soul? Do those words remind you of God's faithfulness in the face of an endless litany of danger. I find it very encouraging to know that without a shadow of doubt God is in total and complete control over the affairs of man regardless of what it looks like right now. Regardless of what we see and hear, God has promised us, His children, that a day will come when this fallen world we live in will be transformed in such a way that God's righteousness will reign and shine in the lives of those that have accepted His Son, Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior. 

The endless litany of danger that we face right now will come to an end one day. In the meantime, we must "consider Him" so that we will not grow weary and lose heart. I encourage all of us (including myself) to maintain our eyes, hearts, and souls in Christ. Jesus endured the litany of dangers. We can do the same. God has sent us a Helper, the Holy Spirit, to empower us and enables us so that we too can endure the litany of dangers that this fallen world has to bring to us. There is not enough space in this post to share with you the many times God has supernaturally delivered me from the litany of dangers that have come into me and my family's lives. I'm confident in the Lord that you have countless testimonies to share with the world as well. My dear friends, God is indeed Faithful and True. 

Thank you so much for reading this far! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Endurance Finds Favor With God!

Therefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. (1 Pet. 4:19) 

If you had a hard-working, faithful employee, diligent, honest, productive, prompt, caring, working for a boss who is belligerent, stubborn, short-sighted, and ungrateful, and if you patiently endure that situation---that finds favor with God. . . . When you endure, you put grace on display. And when you put grace on display for the glory of God, you could revolutionize your workplace or any other situation. . . . 

The purpose of the believer in society is to bring glory and honor to the name of Christ, not to be treated well or to have life be easy or even to be happy, as wonderful as all those things are. . . . 

Why are those things happening to you? So that you might follow in the steps of our Lord Jesus, who suffered for us.  

Hope Again 

The Christian walk is the most difficult way of life to endure. It encompasses discipline on so many different fronts. The Christian walk requires physical discipline. The Christian walk requires spiritual discipline. The Christian walk requires mental discipline. The Christian walk also requires emotional discipline. Does the Christian walk require perfection? No. But does it encourage it? Yes. Granted, perfection can (and only) will be found in Christ. Jesus was able to endure His time on earth with precise perfection. He is 100% God and 100% Man. 

Will we ever be able to relate to Jesus' divine nature while here on earth? No. But we can definitely relate to His humanity. His humanity is a breath of fresh air for those of us who look up to Him and His leadership. The revelation of Jesus' endurance should (and will) encourage us to seek His example in our lives. It is through Jesus and Jesus alone in which we can endure under the most excruciatingly painful circumstances. My dear friends, Jesus was able to endure the hardships, the persecutions, and eventual crucifixion. The crown of His endurance is His glorified resurrection from the tomb after three days.

My dear friends, you may look at your life right now and think about how you are going to make it to see the following day. You probably have doubts as you read this post about whether you will have the endurance and the strength to be able to make it out of the dark tunnel you find yourself in right now. Guess what. There is hope! Hope can only be found in Jesus Christ and in no other person during this life and in the one to come. Be encouraged! Having endurance will help you find favor with God. Do you have what it takes to make it to the end? Ask God to give you the endurance you need to run this marathon called the Christian walk. He will give above and beyond whatever you can ask or hope for. Get ready to receive in Jesus' mighty name! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Friday, April 10, 2015

God's Great Faithfulness!

It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. (Lam. 3:22) 

The LORD'S mercies never cease.
The LORD'S compassions never fail. 
The LORD'S faithfulness never diminishes. 

That defines God's immutability, which is a four-bit word for "He doesn't change." . . . He never cools off in His commitment to us. He never breaks a promise or loses enthusiasm. He stays near us when we are jealous for the truth, and He stays near us when we reject His counsel and deliberately disobey. . . . His faithfulness is unconditional, unending, and unswerving. Nothing we do can diminish it, and nothing we stop doing can increase it. . . . Mysterious though such incredible constancy may seem, it's true. 

The Mystery of God's Will 

God's faithfulness is indeed great! 

His faithfulness is so great that it is unwavering. There will never be anyone (past, present, and future) who will be as faithful as God. There will be moments in our Christian walk in which it may feel as if God is no longer there with us. It may even feel like He has rejected us and forsook us in spite of God's Word telling us the contrary. 

We must always remind ourselves of God's sovereignty during times of great distress. His sovereignty is always going to serve as a reminder that His faithfulness endures forever. His faithfulness never stops working in the lives of His children. We may not always understand God's faithfulness. We may not always understand the timing of His faithfulness in our lives. All we can do as obedient children of God is to take God's faithfulness at face value and trust in His perfect timing. I say this because that is exactly where I am right now in my Christian walk and I'm confident in the Lord that there are numerous other Christians that are confronted with the same situation. With that said, I want to encourage you to look up the lyrics to the song titled "Great Is Thy Faithfulness". The words of that song speak profound truths of God's faithfulness and will forever change your outlook of His faithfulness as it has changed mine.  

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Salt And Light!

You are the salt of the earth. . . .You are the light of the world. (Matt. 5:13-15)  

God never promised us a rose garden. He came up front with us and admitted that the arena of this world is not a "friend of grace to help us on to God." Nevertheless, strange as it may seem, He went on to tell a handful of Palestinian peasants (and all godly servants in every generation) that their influence would be nothing short of remarkable. They would be "the salt of the earth" and the would be "the light of the world." And so shall we! So far-reaching would be the influence of servants in society, their presence would be as significant as salt on food and as light on darkness. Neither is loud or externally impressive, but both are essential. Without our influence this old world would soon begin to realize our absence. Even though it may not admit it, society needs both salt and light. 

Improving Your Serve

Be the salt. Be the light. 

As Christians, we are not only to provide flavor to our lost and dying world, but we are also to provide light to the darkest recesses of the places and people around us. Do you, my fellow reader, want to make a radical change to the world around you? Start by improving YOUR serve! How do you improve your serve? By getting connected with God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. By staying connected to the Person Who created you in the first place, you are providing yourself and numerous others the opportunity to make a lasting, eternal impact in the lives of those you serve. 

My dear friend, YOU are the salt and light of this world. YOU are the only person who can (and will) influence your family, your workplace, your friends, your community, and your nation. YOU will provide a flavor that is desperately needed in the lives of those around you. YOU will ultimately provide light to those who are still wrapped up in a cloak of darkness. God's Word tells us that we are to be salt and light. Is our obedience in alignment with God's purposes and plan for our lives as salt and light to the deprivation of this world we live in? Can YOU honestly look at yourself in the mirror and say that YOU ARE SALT AND LIGHT? Only YOU can answer those questions, but I strongly encourage you to seek God's face and be watchful of His hand moving on your behalf to enable you to be BOTH salt and light and not just one or the other.Be encourage my dear friend! God has all the tools He needs to make you both salt and light to this world. Are you ready to respond to the call?   

Be the salt AND be the light! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . . :-).

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Race Is On!

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong. (Eccl. 9:11) 

Whenever I scope out the scene here where I live, I observe a large number of people who are pursuing the so-called successful life. They would say the way to make it in the world--- the way to succeed---is to increase speed, get stronger, be competitive, think more cleverly, plan longer, and have a visionary strategy---hire people with the skills that are needed and life will be successful. The race is on. Get up earlier. Go to bed later. Make work a top priority. Don't get sentimental about stuff like children, marriage, home, and the family. All that will have to wait. . . . And religion? Leave that for the over-the-hill gang and preachers. . . . 

The philosophy of our day will attempt to suck us in and convince us that if we we're going to make it, we've got to run faster. . . . We've got to be stronger and more competitive and more clever, even more manipulative. Otherwise, we won't be successful. . . . Don't you believe it! 

Living on the Ragged Edge 

The Christian walk is definitely a race. Just like your traditional running events, the kind of race ran by us as Christians will vary from one person to another. In some instances, a Christian may have to sprint through a certain aspect of their life. There may be other instances when the Christian will have to run a more long-distance, marathon-like race. Regardless of the kind of race you find yourself in at this stage in your life, the race is on and will stay on until the day it is time for us to meet Jesus in the clouds. 

Meeting Jesus in the clouds is our goal as Christians. Just like in traditional running races, there is also a reward waiting for us at the end of the race. What kind of reward awaits us depends on how we run the race. Ask God to help you run this race with strength and vigor. My dear friends, victory is within your grasp. All you have to do is to run this race with your eyes, heart, and spirit fixed on the prize. The ultimate prize is the incorruptible crown of glory waiting for all of God's children. So what are you waiting for? 

The race is on! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

We Need Discipline!

Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuses instruction: but he that regards reproof shall be honored. (Prov. 13:18) 

Discipline is one of the most hated terms of our times . . . right alongside patience and self-control. But have you noticed how often it comes up in testimonies of those who win? . . . 

Here are some key uses of discipline: 

No runner completes the training or a race without it. 
No weight-loss program is maintained without it. 
No human body is kept fit without it.
No mind is sharpened without it.
No temptation is overcome without it. 

If you want to put a stop to mediocrity, to replace excuses with fresh determination and procrastination with tough-minded perseverance, you need discipline. 

Day by Day with Charles Swindoll 

Discipline is one of the most difficult virtues to exercise in our time. If we are going to experience success in any area of our lives, we must learn how to practice discipline. Discipline is very difficult for us to achieve alone. 

Some of the most successful and influential people in our times had someone either coach or mentor them to fine tune certain areas of their lives. As a result of the fine-tuning, discipline has been established. One of my mentors once told me that if I were to focus all my efforts on a particular project or skill for 21 days in a row without letting up, I would eventually master it. There's truth to that advice. 

I wasn't always a very effective writer. When I first started blogging, there was a great deal of uncertainty in regards to my commitment to blogging. My lack of writing skills at the time created the potential for not being able to put together quality content to keep my reading audience interested in what is written. After remaining faithful to this amazing project, God has been (and continues to be) faithful in enabling me the discipline in not only writing the best possible content, but in remaining faithful and consistent in publishing a new post every two days. The fruits of this discipline in my personal life has been a dramatic increase in readers and further disciplining myself so I can continue to be a blessing to other people and ministries in need of my contributions. 

My dear friends, is there a particular area of your life in where you need the most discipline? Don't hesitate to ask God to help you in that particular area. Especially if that particular area in your life will make the difference for eternity in the lives of the people you know and don't know. God has a very special plan and purpose for your life. Ask Him to develop the discipline needed to make the greatest possible impact in not only your own life, but in the lives of those you love and care about. You owe it to yourself and to everyone, especially God Himself. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Place For Prayer!

Every one that is godly pray unto you. (Psalm 32:6) 

Never underestimate the place of prayer. . . . I'm convinced that one of the reasons we are so lax in prayer is that we have never prepared a place to meet with God. When you want to draw near to the heart of God, you have to get away from the din, away from the confusion, away from the noise and distractions. . . . You need a place apart---a place where you can separate yourself from the distractions of daily life and meet, alone, with God. . . . 

Then, be specific in your prayer life. If you need a job, pray for a job. If you're an engineer, ask God to open up an engineering position for you, or something related for which you are qualified. . . . If  you need fifteen hundred dollars for tuition, ask for that amount. If some fear has you in its grasp, name that fear and ask specifically for relief from it. . . . "We need," as one of my mentors used to say, "to guard against the slimy ooze of indefiniteness." . . . 

Make your petitions specific. 

Elijah: A Man of Heroism and Humility 

My place of prayer happens to be my bedroom. Whenever I'm out and about, I love to stop at a park and find a spot for a time of meditation and quality time spent with my Heavenly Father. As an intercessor, I don't place too much value on where I pray in contrast to where my heart is at when it comes to spending time before God in prayer. 

If there is definitely one thing that I must place some stock on as far as my place of prayer is concerned is the conduciveness of God's presence in that place. What would be your place of prayer be like? Would it be conducive to listening to God clearly? With that said, it's going to be very obvious that our place of prayer will be different from one person to another. While some of us will have the beauty of nature surrounding us, others will be surrounded by brick and mortar. What it really boils down to though is not so much the place, but the condition of our hearts and spirits when we approach God in a humble manner. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).