Friday, February 27, 2009

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.

Consider your problems as a prescription to your potential. Problems get too large, let God's word shrink it. Problems become too difficult, let God's word fix. Remember, there is a scripture for everything you think you cannot handle…it's in God's word!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Matthew 22:37Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."

The two organs that control us are the mind and the heart. If your heart is conditioned to love unconditionally, then your mind will follow through in actions. Today, be sure your heart and your mind are fixed on love first.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Joel 2:1 Blow the trumpet in Zion;sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near.

As we enter into the season of Lent, know that we are preparing for the greatest sacrifice offered to people. Whatever your sacrifice will be during this season, enter into it as if you already that by the time Good Friday arrives, the Lord would have revealed avenues and exit plans for you to make it through. He is near; make sure He can hear you!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

How many of us can truly say that our friends will give up their life for us? The sacrifice Christ makes for you and I everyday is the greatest example of love and no friend on Earth can duplicate that gift; that's why I'm so glad to say, that I am a friend of God!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Deuteronomy 15:7-8 If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs.

You're probably thinking, who can spare a dollar these days? Well just remember, there is always someone in an even worse situation than you. Instead of holding onto a dollar for a rainy day, offer it to someone you see who needs to eat or fulfill a need. Never forget, a lot of families became homeless this past year. Thank God you weren't one of them.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Matthew 6:34 [Jesus says,] "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

The reason why you can't put off what you need to do today until tomorrow is because tomorrow is already full with other tasks. Each day has its own assignments, its own goals, and its own exit plan; you just have to be willing to complete them. Today, finish what you started.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Proverbs 13:10Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

Don't get to the point where you are so far advanced that you can't take advice from others. If someone is trying to advise you, don't receive it as criticism, but rather as a message from God to try it another way. Surprise yourself today and take the advice from someone and see if it made a difference in your day.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

James 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Circumstances in life only get worse when you give up.  It is easier to just give up, but it takes more energy to fail than to succeed.  Keep striving for a better you.  Keep pressing for growth.  Allow God to take you to the next level and you'll be so grateful for not giving up.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Romans 5:6 You see, at just the right time, when we are still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

I'm thankful that God's timing is nothing like ours. Think about how we sometimes run late for work, appointments, meetings, and even church.  If God were as careless as we are about timing we would remain weak and lost; but God in His infinite wisdom assures you and I that right at our breaking point, He steps right in and empowers us to soar beyond our own expectations.  You may have woke up weak this morning, but God's plan for your day is not for you to stay that way. In His time, you will be restored.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Isaiah 29:13-14 The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men. Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."

God is displeased when we claim to believe in His word and then don't allow Him to work things out for us. If you trust and believe that your current position is only a step for your next level, then worship God from the deepest part of your heart and let him bring you out.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Philippians 4:12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

The decline of our economy has certainly been teaching us one thing, "learning to be content with what you have!" You may not get to take the weeklong vacation this year, but God still provided everything you needed to afford gas, utilities and food. Today, know that being content is not just settling; it's realizing that you already have what you need to survive.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Romans 14:13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.

Stores everywhere are installing "Self-Check" out lanes to help us get our merchandise quicker. Well, God requires a different type of "Self-Check" to help us achieve our goals. It's very simple and only has one requirement; Don't block anyone else's path. Today, when you see or if you're in the presence of "hater-ade," Self-Check yourself out of that lane and lift someone's spirit.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Matthew 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men."

If you ever see people on top and then fall really fast, it's usually because something in them was revealed and it was the complete opposite of who they were portraying to be. When you've lost your flavor to inspire or lead people, you've probably lost your focus and need to tap back into what made you great before. Today, taste and see how good God is to you in your life, and keep your flavor to lead others. Remember, somebody is depending on you to be their leader.

Monday, February 9, 2009

John 7:38" Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."

Yes, vitamins and herbs can keep you healthy, but the living water within you keeps you sustained.  Because He lives, you can face tomorrow.  Because He lives, all doubt is gone.  The stream of living water in you is Jesus because you believe in His word; and when you believe in His word, you can achieve anything.

Friday, February 6, 2009

2 Corinthians 5:17 If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Spring cleaning is right around the corner! Throw away the old, make room for the new. Whenever you let change happen, you finally have said, ENOUGH! When we come to know who Christ is, it is because we no longer want to do things the old way, but try a new way. Today, clean your heart & thoughts from old relationships, hurts, and disappointments and allow room for the Spirit to change you.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Psalm 51:1-2 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

Once you've tried fixing situations on your own, try God! Allow His mercy to encourage you mentally, physically, and spiritually to a new way of thinking. Today, throw out your old way of thinking and allow God's mercy to catapult you into your blessing.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.

Every breathing moment afforded to you by God is a moment to give Him thanks. The ability to take air in and breathe back out is another opportunity to give him praise. Right now, take a deep breath. Now, breathe out and say, "Thank you Lord!"

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

James 4:14 You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

When God exposes himself in your life, He shows you just enough to get your attention to follow Him. Today, know that He didn't vanish away forever; but that He wants you to always look for Him even when you feel He isn't there.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Proverbs 27:2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth— a stranger, and not your own lips.

Nobody likes a show-off or a big mouth.  If your heart is genuine, and your work is truthful, people will see and hear you without your help.