Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Believe In Yourself

Proverbs 16:3

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.


In order to have commitment, you must have discipline if you want to succeed. You have to set up a plan from the very beginning that no matter how tired you get, you will not stop. No matter how frustrated you may get, you will not stop. No matter how many people don't believe in you, you will not stop! When you make a commitment to yourself, you are also making one to God. Believe in yourself because He already believes in you. Today, do not stop!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Identity Theft

Proverbs 22:24-25

Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.


As much as we try to maintain our own identity, sometimes, the behavior of other people can influence and alter that identity. Who you choose to let in your circle of influence greatly affects your growth. While building your network of people, choose people who are about growth, success, and achievement. Together, both of you can soar to higher levels.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Fear vs. Faith

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.


Giving up has been labeled as "the easy way out." This isn't true because whatever you gave up on will eat at you mentally, physically, and spiritually. There will always be a constant reminder of how different things could be if you had not given up on something in your past. So, it would behoove us not to keep striving for excellence because your hard will be proven by your victory when you finish. Today, don't give up on anything! Keep pushing and striving! "Your faith must reach a level that fear cannot reach" – Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Hooper

Friday, July 23, 2010

Hanging Out With Peace

Matthew 5:9

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.


There's nothing worse than living in a mindset of confusion and chaos. When it becomes difficult to hear the voice of God, it's usually attributed to the noise level getting louder and louder all around you and peace becomes almost impossible to find. One sure way of getting rid of the noise and finding peace is to simply walk away to a place where "peace minded" people hang out. Once surrounded by people who wish to obtain the same kind of peace you desire, the noise begins to dissipate and you begin to focus on the blessings of God. Today, hang with somebody who gives you peace!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

What Does Love Look Like?

1 John 4:8

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.


What does love look like? It looks like everything God ever created! It is very simple yet hard at the same time to always show love, but it must happen! If God can look at us every day when we're not showing love and still give us 2nd chances over and over, then who are we to not forgive one another also? When you say you know God, then you know love. Today, show more love!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Path Is Lit For You

Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.


God's word is a blueprint of the direction we need to follow if we want to stay in His grace and mercy. It's when we start to follow our own blueprint and think we can do everything without acknowledging God as our sustainer that we find ourselves lost. Since it's easier to see things in the light, stay on a path where God's light is always shining and you'll find yourself turning more and more away from dark paths.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sharpening Each Other

Proverbs 27:17

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.


Personal and professional relationships are important to your growth. It is in these relationships where you receive advice, criticism and support from people who want to see you succeed. Once the dialogue begins, both parties find themselves feeding off of one another and then you find yourselves on common ground where both of you can grow to an even higher level of success. Today, let's sharpen each other to reach higher goals and then watch God blow our minds!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Obstacles Out Of The Way

John 10:4

"When [Jesus] has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice."


Sometimes it seems easier to follow the advice of friends and family about decisions you need to make, but those voices have not gone out ahead of you to make the course easier. Even when we feel lost and far away from God, If you know Him for yourself, then you can walk with confidence knowing that He has already gone out ahead of you to clear some obstacles out of your way. Now, whose voice would you rather follow?

Friday, July 16, 2010

You Can’t Keep It All To Yourself

Luke 12:48

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.


You didn't expect to receive all those blessings and not share it, right? However you reached your goals, it will be up to you to share that story with others so that everyone can receive the blessings of God. This means you may get called on more than ever to lead and direct others. Don't make them beg for the advice; give it freely so that you move forward together to even greater opportunities.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Included With Greatness!

Psalm 24:1

The earth is the LORD's and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.


For as far as God's arms can reach, consider yourself included! Everything we look at, smell, touch or even think about belongs to the Lord. And, since everything the Lord made is great, you should feel good to be part of greatness! Today, know that you are included with greatness!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Change Your Pattern

Romans 12:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will.


Patterns can be dangerous if you cannot figure out when they are no longer good for you. If you find yourself making the same mistakes or not moving ahead towards your goals, chances are, your pattern has become stale. In order to change the pattern, you must change your mind set and then force everything else in you to change towards the direction your new mind is going. You'll notice the immediate difference when you don't feel the same level of stress your "old you" once held. Today, it's ok to change your mind!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Forgiveness Frees the Heart

Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.


A pure heart is a heart free from anger, judgment, jealousy, manipulation and deceit to name a few. Since God represents love and commands us to love one another, we must be willing to forgive one another if we want His grace & mercy. Forgiveness can be a hard pill to swallow, but it frees the heart from all the aforementioned diseases and allows love to flow more freely. Today, forgive!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Holy Boldness

1 Samuel 2:2

"There is no Rock like our God."


One of the definitions for a rock is, "A firm foundation or support." Life's struggles are usually derived from not realizing or remembering that God will not leave you or forsake you. We become afraid to stand up for ourselves and allow the enemy to create evil strongholds in our minds that hinder us from moving forward. Well, today, God wants you to believe in your foundation! Stand with Holy boldness with all your dreams and do not succumb to false prophesies that God that will not see you through. He is a rock like none other!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Dreams Do Come True

Deuteronomy 29:29

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.


What God has planned for your life cannot be revealed all at once because it would be too much to take on and you risk losing your focus on God. Instead, God reveals our victory in increments according to each step of faith we take with Him. What He has already given you, keep is close to your heart so that you can always remember how wonderful it feels when a dream becomes a reality.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Speak To The Mountain!

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?


Fear is a state of the mind. If you think you can't succeed, then you are setting yourself up for failure, but, when you know God is the stronghold in your life, you walk around proud of yourself because you didn't let your fears stump your growth. Whatever you stand in fear of, change how you think about that obstacle, speak to that mountain and walk with God!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Yesterday Is Gone!

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."


Today, you'll make different decisions than you did yesterday. Today, you will stretch yourself further than you did yesterday. Today, know that the path you are walking in, God already went ahead of you to make it easier than yesterday. Fear not, yesterday is gone.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Casting Your Net

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.


Casting your cares onto God is like casting out a net for fishing. Sure, it goes down in water empty, but comes back up full. If your anxiety has made you feel empty, cast it out to God, lay it in God's hands and He will fill you with wisdom, grace and mercy to see you through.