Archive for January, 2014


Has Your Joy Been Stolen?

Stolen Joy

In John 10:10 you are warned that the thief comes to steal, kill, and to destroy; but Jesus came that you might have life more abundantly. In this scripture, Satan is being referred to as the thief who steals your joy, in order for you to live a life of misery and defeat.

If you have been through a tough year in 2013 and have been robbed of things that caused you to lose your joy, then 2014 is the year to reclaim what the devil has stolen from you.

Now is not the time to throw in the towel and play a pity party.  It’s time to refocus your faith and trust in the Lord, so that He can restore you with unspeakable joy. You are encouraged in Psalms 30:5 that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. So dry your tears, arise and shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you! (Isaiah 60:1)

In a Moment Life Changes!

Life is so precious, yet so uncertain. It’s very hard to imagine how your life can change in a moment. It might be a major catastrophe that you have no idea would have affected your life, or it could be a joyous moment that you will never forget.

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In this post, I will focus on the latter, which is the positive life changing moments. It could be that you’re going to be a parent for the first time, or you are going to say, “I Do,” or you have to move away to a new location, and the thought of changes scares you, yet excites you. You might have just started a new relationship, and the thought of being in love again, makes you happy.

In life, no matter what bad experiences you have encountered, your life can suddenly change for the better.  It’s always a great thing to be positive. Therefore, if you are experiencing a bad life changing moment right now, just know that your good life changing moment is yet to come. Your pain is never permanent, and your trials and tribulations are temporary.

Attitude

Reflecting on the above quote, I am drawn to the distinction between a person’s personality and their attitude. A person’s personality is who they are, and their attitude depends on who others are.

Now, what type of personality do you have? Do you have a pleasant personality, or do you have an unpleasant personality?

When people do not treat you the way you think they should, or say things that hurt your feelings, what type of attitude do you display?

I ask these questions, because a lot of people walk around with an unpleasant personality and display a grumpy attitude. A person’s personality and attitude can turn others away from them. They might not know it, but if they are always grumpy, unappreciative, mean, and demanding, they will not even entertain the Angels of God around them.

A great personality and attitude draws even the Spirit of God closer to you. The Scripture states, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33).

While you are being confused and walking around with an unpleasant personality and a bad attitude, which turns the Spirit of God away from you, the devil is plotting to destroy you. Therefore, having a pleasant personality and displaying a great attitude will enable you to feel a sense of peace and the presence of God around you.

My prayer for you today: Lord, some people will always be who they are, so please help me to maintain a pleasant personality and a great attitude, despite who others are and how they might treat me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

 

It’s kind of hard when you have prayed, and is waiting on the Lord for an answer to your prayer. You might get a little weary and tired of waiting, and so you begin to lose strength. However, God’s time is not always your time. He sits high and looks low. He holds your future in His hands, and therefore knows what will happen in your life; and so, He works out all things for your good (Romans 8:28).

The Scripture advises you, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint ” (Isaiah 40:31).

One of my favorite songs, which I use as a ringtone on my cell phone is, “I don’t mind waiting on the Lord.” Whenever my cell phone rings, and I hear this song, it reminds me to wait with patience and a good attitude, so that God can do a complete and thorough work in my life. Here’s the song:

If you are waiting on the Lord, and have gotten weary, ask Him for renewal of strength, so that you can see your prayer(s) answered and God’s purpose manifest in your life. Patience and perseverance is essential in waiting, in order for you to accomplish your dreams and desires.

My prayer for you today: May the God of peace teach you how to wait with patience and keep a good attitude while waiting, in order to see His full purpose(s) accomplished in your life. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

What if you see a sign which reads, “I’m Homeless and Hungry; Please Help Me!” What would you do?

Homeless and Hungry

This week a story caught my attention of a man who posed as a homeless and hungry person, in order to give away money to people who stopped to help him. See video below:

As I reflected on this week’s story, I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 13:2, “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.”

See the break-down of the criteria from the Scripture below:

  1. Gift of prophecy
  2. Understand all mysteries
  3. Knowledge
  4. Faith
  5. Charity

Needless to say, I am blown away by the last criterion on the list. If one has such a wonderful gift of prophecy, in order to foresee and foretell things that will happen in the future, and can also interpret and relay the mysteries of God, which some people are oblivious of, and knowledge, which spans beyond comprehension, as well as faith so strong that it moves mountains, but have not charity, you have nothing. Charity means the voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need.

I am almost sure that this man who pretended to be homeless and hungry must have met so many rejections on the street, as opposed to the few who stopped to help. However, Paul instructed us to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

Many resolutions this New Year will no doubt include financial blessings. Although this may be true, this New Year’s resolution list should also include how you can help someone who’s really in dire needs. In so doing, your blessings will be abundant and overflowing.

God bless you all!

7 x 2 = 14, which means double portion of spiritual perfection. In the Gospel of Matthew 1:1-17, the genealogy of Jesus is divided into three sets of 14 generations.

In looking ahead towards the year 2014, it means you will encounter double portion of spiritual blessings. This is a divine year, especially for those of you who have encountered a spiritual warfare last year.

God has equipped you this year to receive even more than you have bargain for. Does this means your dreams and aspirations will be gained easily? NO! The enemy is at work to ensure that your spiritual and divine blessings are thwarted. Having this knowledge, you have to be vigilant in your warfare, in order to seize, that which the Lord lays before you.

In so doing, you have to be faithful in your spiritual journey with God. Through it all, He will help you to gain the double portion of spiritual perfection and blessings that He has in store for you in 2014. What are you waiting for? Come on! Seize the moment, it begins right now!

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