Thursday, May 29, 2014

+ Don't Stop Believing +

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.  Endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of God's grace, salvation and the fact that He will never leave or forsake us."

The way we handle adversities has a huge impact on our success in life. If we shrink back, choose to get bitter and lose our enthusiasm, then we are allowing the difficulties of life to bury us. We are allowing hardship to keep us from our God-given destiny, His best plans for our life, and being our best.

But if we choose to keep pressing forward with a smile on our face, rejoicing even in the hard times, we  are allowing God’s character to be developed inside of us. We are setting ourselves up for promotion, God's promotion, favor and blessings in our lives.  Today, don't stop believing.  God hasn't brought any of us this far in our journey to drop us and He can be trusted to faithfully see us through, no matter what we're facing.  

God, thank You for giving us strength to overcome every obstacle in life. We choose to rejoice no matter what may come our way for we know You are working all things together for our good and you can be trusted to faithfully see us through!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

+ God is Good, Alive, Well and Still On The Job! +

God is good, and He has good plans for your life. If you will maintain your hope, especially in the midst of troubled and uncertain times, He has promised you "double for your trouble".  Choose to learn from hurtful experiences instead of wasting your pain by allowing them to make you bitter. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.  We are as close to Him at any moment as we decide to be.  We can feel Him with us, near us, protecting and strengthening always. 

In spite of every difficulty, every trial, every failure, the presence of God suffices. Just to know that He is near brings strength and peace. Try to live as though God were beside you, in essence He is.  We cannot see Him with Human eyes because we were not made with the ability, else there would be no room for faith. But we can feel His spirit with us.  We can see Him at work around us with our spiritual eyes, in nature, through others and situations in which there is no other explanation but a God intervention.  

So refuse to give up hope. Start expecting God to do something—something good!  God is definitely still alive, well and definitely on the job and working things for good on our behalf! 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

+ Don't Let Anything or Anyone Steal Your Peace! +

"Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense.”

Every day, we have opportunities to get upset, frustrated or offended. Life is full of inconveniences. Even though we can’t always control our circumstances, we can control our reaction. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond.”  

Go out each day with a positive attitude, full of hope and expecting God’s favor.  At the same time,  recognize that most days are not going to go exactly as we planned. Sometimes those can be our best days, when it seems God tosses our calendar in the trash and shows up strong in ways we'd not planned or dreamed.  We are created to live in Peace. If you get stressed because you got off schedule, upset because your child wouldn’t eat his breakfast, or frustrated because somebody offended you, you are giving away your power---your Peace!  

Instead, use good sense! Make the decision to release offenses and disappointments so you live in Peace  and move forward in the power and victory God has for you.  Don't let anything or anyone steal your Peace!  May God's Peace that passes all understanding be with you now and forever!  Blessed are the Peacemakers!

TODAY, I will release every care, concern, offense and disappointment to God. I choose to keep the Peace that He has given me knowing that with Him, by Him, through Him, in Him and because of Him---my best days are ahead!  My God is not dead!