James 2:17 "Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." INSPIRATION: There is no point in just saying you have faith. Your true faith becomes reality when you put your beliefs into action and not walk around worried if you made the right decision or not. Today, don't just believe it can happen, make it happen!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Deuteronomy 31:8 "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." INSPIRATION: The decision you are about to make has already been in God's eye for you. Know that the next step you take will be a step God took for you first to make sure you would be safe. He will then guide you and stay with you to the very end. Now, don't get distracted, stay on the path that has been designed for you.
Monday, November 23, 2009
John 15:2 "[Jesus says,] "He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful." INSPIRATION: Every now and then, you have to look at your to do list and figure out if something on that list is preventing the rest of the list from getting accomplished. It's a great possibility that the one thing you give a lot of focus to is hindering you from paying attention to the other goals on your list. Today, create a realistic list of goals and be sure whatever you put on there, leads to you to becoming even closer to fulfilling your dreams.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Psalm 27:1 "The LORD is my light and my salvation -- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life -- of whom shall I be afraid?" INSPIRATION: Fear is a powerful weapon against your future and will make you believe that this is as far as you can go in life. Well, the good news is, there is an antidote for fear called favor! If you must be afraid of anything, be afraid of not knowing the favor God has on your life then you'll really be stuck and that's something worth being afraid of!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Job 2:9 [Job's] wife said to him, "Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!" INSPIRATION: Sometimes, even the closest people in your life can't understand why you still hold on to your faith when everything in your life is saying give up. Instead of responding with anger, simply say, "God is bigger than any predicament I'm in and He will see me through!" Even if you don't change their faith, you'll change their opinion about your faith.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Ephesians 4:29 "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." INSPIRATION: People really don't want to hear sarcasm, ridicule or negativity. The language you use when conversing with people deeply affects their opinion of you so why not leave a lasting impression by using kind words. Take it even further; smile while you're doing it.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." INSPIRATION: An anxious heart cannot take its time to filter out the difference between the things you need for peace and the things that bring you drama. To slow its rate down and fully understand what you're going through; stop, close your eyes, breathe deep and pray. When you open your eyes again, notice your surroundings. If something does not resemble peace, stop going after it. Today, force yourself to go after things that resemble God and you will find peace.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Genesis 50:20 "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." INSPIRATION: When people intentionally try to bring you down, it's usually because they don't think much of themselves in the first place and will try to keep you from growing also. Well unfortunately for them, you know a God who has your back! Simply ignore the things that may hinder you from keeping a smile on your face or may cause you to pause from seeing your goals. Today, finish what you've started…it is intended for you good!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Jeremiah 31:16 "This is what the LORD says: "Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded," declares the LORD. "They will return from the land of the enemy." INSPIRATION: Yes, a good cry is good for the soul. It cleanses and it removes the immediate pain you are feeling; but, at some point, the crying and the worrying must stop in order for you to move on. Once you begin to move on, your focus is clearer and you can get back to the important things in life; like your goals! Today, push yourself through any pain to reach your reward!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Isaiah 50:4 "He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught." INSPIRATION: The moment you open your eyes in the morning, you automatically begin to think about the 1st thing you need to do. Is it to turn on the coffee pot? Is it to wake up the family? Is it to start breakfast? Before crowding your head with your agenda, just lay still and talk to God first. From now on, if you truly wish to be taught by Him, listen for God in the morning and you will find that your day will have order.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Ephesians 2:10 "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." INSPIRATION: The reason why all of us do not have the same job is because we were not born with the same skill set. Each of us has a specific purpose and destiny to fulfill according to God's plan for His Kingdom. If you have been feeling out of place in your current walk of life, perhaps maybe it is time to self evaluate and find your true purpose. Remember, you were created in advance to do well.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Romans 12:21 "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." INSPIRATION: Attacking evil with evil never solves the problem. In fact, it intensifies the drama and the relationship suffers. If you just use softer language to get your point across, you won't appear as evil, sarcastic or cynical. Today, put the rage away and use the grace within you to resolve situations.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Joshua 24:15 "But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." INSPIRATION: When you lay the law down in your house, make sure it sticks! No matter what others all around you are trying to persuade you to believe in, continue to tap into the choice which has always brought you through...Jesus and Jesus alone!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Psalm 71:8 "My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long." INSPIRATION: When Friday usually arrives, a lot of us can't help yelling out, "TGIF!" Well, start thinking about just how good God has been to you all week. Through all of the ups and downs, the tears, the laughs, the good, the bad, and the ugly, YOU STILL MADE IT! All day today, let us TGHG….Thank God He's God!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
1 Corinthians 10:13 "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." INSPIRATION: When problems and challenges consume all your thoughts, it becomes harder for you to see your way out because you've allowed these obstacles to seize your dreams of success. Whatever challenges you face, know that an exit plan has already been designed for you to make a different decision. Today, don't just face your challenge, knock it over and claim your success!
Joshua 1:9 [God says,] "Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." INSPIRATION: You have to know within the depths of your heart that when you made the decision to start your own business, to buy your first home, or to go back to school that God was with you. God planted His spirit in you to complete these goals and to complete them with courage. Right now, even if you can't determine where the finishing line is, stay encouraged, God's got your back!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Jonah 2:8 "Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs." INSPIRATION: Anything that holds you from obtaining excellence is not worth holding onto. God's grace is not just for us to read about or just to experience; but rather, it is for us to grab hold of and keep holding onto while we work and strive for excellence. Today, take good inventory. The late Johnny Cochran said it best, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit!" In other words, get rid of the dead weight!
Isaiah 40:8 "The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever." INSPIRATION: If you're feeling unsure of what is dependable, reliable, or even consistent, try God! Cell phones, cars, and other gadgets that we love so much can let us down, break us apart and attempt to defeat our souls; but standing on God's word affirms in you that wherever you stand or go, the ground you land on will always be solid. Today, stand firm on His word and remain confident in all that you do.