“Let’s talk blessings.” Sometimes in life things don’t always go as well as we hoped. It is during those times you may be tempted to think that you will never get a break, things will never work out for you, or maybe that you are cursed and not blessed.
If we go back to the beginning when God created heaven and earth, there is a simple phrase about what God did immediately after creating man; “God blessed them.” They didn’t have to ask God to bless them, or manipulate God into blessing them. They didn’t even have to pray desperately hard for a blessing. He simply did so because He is gracious and good.
When we are blessed, our blessings should overflow to others. We are not blessed so that we alone can feel good, or be happy and comfortable, but so that we can bless others. If you know that you are blessed, don’t keep it to yourself. Go out a BE a blessing to someone else. You never know how an act of kindness can change the very direction of someone’s life and give them hope.
“What’s love got to do with it?” Everything! It was God who so loved the world that HE GAVE His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) I guess you can say that real love makes you want to give and it is willing to sacrifice it's own happiness to be a blessing to someone else.
As humans we are all seeking to be loved. However, what we really want is “REAL LOVE”. Sometimes it can be confusing to know for sure if someone loves you for you or if they are saying they love you to get something from you. Real Love is caring about the happiness of another person without wanting anything in return.
How do you know when you truly are loved? 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 say it best:
Let’s begin by first giving a definition for forgiveness. “Forgiveness is a conscious, deliberate decision, to release feelings of resentment, anger or revenge toward a person or group who has hurt you, regardless if they deserve it or not”.
A lot of people find it hard to forgive because they think if they hold on to an offense it will somehow hurt the other person. But the truth is, they are only making themselves miserable by not forgiving and releasing them. It has been said that “unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die”. Think about yourself for a moment and all of the things you have done to hurt yourself and others. God forgave you.
You have been forgiven, so why not forgive others? You only have one life so why not enjoy it fully. Forgive those who have hurt you, receive God’s forgiveness, and forgive yourself. Now go and enjoy your life!
It is difficult for a lot of people to understand what it means to be victorious? Are our victories, events and moments in life? Or do we strive to BE in that state where we are always moving forward towards victory? Is it something we do and then it’s over, or do we wish to become victorious as a natural part of our being? An event, action or an outcome doesn’t make us victorious. Victorious is a constant state of being; it’s the direction we are taking for our life.
For example, a single mother who takes care of her children is victorious. She provides everything they need. Not just clothes, food and shelter,but love, patience and understanding. It is natural for her to do what she does, that makes her victorious.
A husband who goes to work every day to provide for his family is victorious. When it’s freezing cold in the dead of winter or scorching hot in the smoldering heat of summer, he still gets up every day, whether he feels like it or not to ensure his family is taken care of. I...
If you are trying to make life healing changes, you need to realize that everything in life is not always as simple as right or wrong, black or white, or even cut and dried. A fact of life is that there are gray areas, long processes that usher in life healing changes. I have come to appreciate the understanding that making life healing changes is a process that begins with a relationship with Jesus Christ. We simply cannot make life healing changes on our own. For example, if you are struggling with an addiction, whether it be drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling, or shopping, you can’t just stop doing these things on your own by trying harder not to do them. If you could, you would have done it a long time ago. You wouldn’t have allowed it to cost you thousands of dollars, shame and embarrassment, loss of your family and friends or even loss of your freedom by having to go to jail. We need help to make these life healing changes.
In the Bible, it teaches us that “God is our refuge a...
Have you ever wondered why some people’s life seems to be going better than others? Could it be that they have never had any bad things happen to them, perhaps they were born in the perfect family with both parents, or maybe they were extremely smart and made all of the right choices in their life. Well I don’t believe that anyone living has had it that good. Consequently, bad things have happened to all of us at one time or another, that’s just life. There will never be a consistently perfect life without challenges because they are no perfect people. In the bible, Romans 3:23 tells us that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. Therefore, none of us have or will ever make ALL of the right choices all of the time. Subsequently, if we did Jesus would not have a need to shed His blood.
Nevertheless, the question still remains; why do some people seem to have such a great life? The truth behind the question is; we all have a great life. But what makes their life different...
The world we live in today is constantly changing. It seems as if people are always wanting things better, faster, and bigger or smaller, depending on what it is, than what they already have. If you buy something new, wait a little while and it will be out of style. Why? Because that very thing you bought new a few months ago, has been upgraded to be better, faster, and bigger or smaller, depending on what it is. As soon as something new comes out people want it, even if what they already have is working perfectly fine.
We were not created to live in a constant state of super-sonic change. Trying to live your life by doing what everyone else is doing, possessing what everyone else is possessing, or living your life like everyone else is living there’s, can cause you to be unbalanced and extremely sick physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and financially.
Don’t be conformed to this world. You were not put on this earth to live like everyone else. You were put here to enjoy yo...
When God created you He did not do so with the intent that you would crumble and die under the weight and pressures of this life. He already knew that in this life you would have tribulations, that’s no surprise to Him. However, just like it hurts you, it hurts him. God did not send His only son to sacrifice His life so His children can be beat up by mental and emotional pressure. That was not His plan. Although, considering everything you have been through, it may seem that God doesn’t care. There may even be times when you wonder where God is when trauma and tragedy hits your life. Believe me, He was there all of the time.
Everyone who has ever walked the earth has experience something or someone that has caused them pain. Even when Jesus walked the earth people lied on Him, accused Him, and even wanted to kill Him (which they eventually did). But, we know that was not the end of His story and this is not the end of your story. There’s life after this…Don’...
Boundaries are vital to establishing healthy relationships as well as having a healthy life. Boundaries tell where you end and the other person begins. You must know and understand your limits. Basically, know what you are good at and what you are not. Also, know who you will allow in your life and who you will not. Finally, know what you will put up with and what you absolutely will not.
Learning to set healthy boundaries is not necessarily something we were taught growing up. At least our parents didn’t call it that. Here are a few suggestions that will help you get started on setting healthy boundaries for your life.
1. Be Direct
Don’t water-down or muddle your boundary because it sends mixed messages. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Discussing it is just a way to get you to change your mind.
2. Name Your Limits
If you set a limit of how far others can go. Stick to it! No means no and yes means yes.
Have you ever wondered why you seemed to be different than other people? Your struggle in life seem to be harder and things don’t come so easily for you. You try to enjoy the things others enjoy but you can’t find fulfillment. You want to fit in. But the more you try, the more you secretly feel like an outsider. So you force it. Only to be left dissatisfied and unfulfilled. “What’s wrong with me?” you ask. Nothing, you’ve just been chosen.
You are chosen by God for a specific purpose in the earth. You were preselected and intentionally planted in your mother’s womb. Regardless of the situation or circumstance of your conception and how you got here, you have still been chosen. You are not a weed to just grow up and be wild without direction for your life. You have been chosen. You are not an accident nor a mistake. Neither are you a result of happenstance. God meant for you to be here. He has a plan for your life. God has chosen you from the crown of your head to the sole of your feet....