GOD WANTS TO BE GOOD TO YOU!

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When I met with God in my quiet time the other day, I heard Him say to me, “I want to lavish my love on my people. I want to pour out my goodness upon them, but I must prepare them for it.” I believe that is what God is saying to you today. He longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18). That means  He wants to send good people into your life. He wants to shower you with possessions that will bring you joy and give you the desires of your heart. He wants you to be blessed to be a blessing. Let’s take a look at several verses in God’s Word to support this thought:

  • “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
  • “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).
  • “Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant” (Psalm 35:27).
  • “If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures” (Job 36:11).
  •  “I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations” (Exodus 34:7 NLT).

God is like any good earthly parent in that he wants to shower His kids with blessings. However, while He is all about pouring out His goodness on you, His child, as Bishop T.D. Jakes would say, the caveat is this: He wants you to have things, but He doesn’t want things to have YOU.

Therefore, if we are to receive the goodness of God we have to be prepared for it. If we are not prepared and our hearts are not right, God’s goodness will become a curse and destroy us. That means the Lord has to increase our capacity for increase through a customized preparation process.  He cannot pour “new wine into old wineskins.” Therefore, I challenge you to take inventory. Have you expanded your thinking to include the following trains of thought?

  1. Expect God to be good to you and perceive Him as a loving Father.
  2. Hold on to people and possessions loosely and be ready to release them when God directs.
  3. Tithe and put God first in your finances to show that you trust Him and honor Him.
  4. Have a generous spirit and sow seeds of generosity so that you can reap a harvest.
  5. Make positive confessions, knowing that you will never become rich with a poor mouth.
  6. Let your motive for wanting to receive His goodness be to love and bless others.
  7. Recognize that whatever you have in your possession is a gift from Him and belongs to Him.

Beloved, let’s keep expecting God to be good to us. He longs to lavish His love upon us, but we must have the right mindset that will be sustained even long after He has blessed us. Our God has unlimited resources, and when we are mentally and spiritually ready (and He knows precisely when the shift in us has taken place), we will be well able to receive the manifold blessings He has waiting for us at the next level.

What are your thoughts about God’s blessings and prosperity for His children? Which train of thought above resonates with you the most?

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YOU’LL FULFILL YOUR GOALS AND DREAMS WHEN YOU REARRANGE YOUR PRIORITIES

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I’m back! I had some glorious downtime during the month of July, and now I am ready to get back in the swing of things. I feel like I have made some progress in my spiritual and emotional life over the past month, and what I want to share with you today is a revelation that God gave me during my time off.

Do you have goals and dreams in your heart that God has given you to accomplish? Have you ever felt frustrated because you can’t seem to make progress toward those God-given goals and dreams? I know I have. And if you don’t find out why that is, then you will never fulfill the purpose for which God put you on the planet.

WHY OUR GOALS AND DREAMS GO UNFULFILLED

How do you make things happen? I once read, “If it’s really important to you, you will find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.” Have you been finding excuses? I had to get in my prayer closet recently and really process this situation that was happening in my own life. I asked, “Lord, why am I not moving toward my goals? Why can’t I seem to get anything done that pertains to my dreams?” I do get things done, mind you. I have a “to-do list” that I make every day. I’m a list person. It seemed like the things on the list were urgent and necessary to keep my life going. They were important. However, my goals and dreams are important, but in my mind, apparently not as urgent as the things on my daily to-do list. The reason those things having nothing to do with my purpose were getting done and marked off my to-do list is that I made them a PRIORITY.

THE NEED TO REARRANGE PRIORITIES

If we are going to get our goals and dreams accomplished, then somehow, we have to make them a PRIORITY. When I talked to God about this and scoured the internet trying to find different perspectives, at the end of my quest, God said these words to me: “You are going to have to make your purpose as urgent as those daily tasks that you are giving the utmost priority on your to-do list.” He went on to say that I have to treat my purpose as sacred and let my life revolve around Him. That purpose He gave me had to become a part of my decision to put Him first in ALL things, especially this area. After all, He put the dreams and goals in me in the first place. As Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

The same way I give priority with spending time with God each day, going to church each Sunday and Bible Study each Tuesday, I have to elevate my dreams and goals to that level. After all, God gave me those dreams. They ARE sacred. The purpose of those dreams is to glorify God and expand the Kingdom. They SHOULD  be given first place above the mundane things of life that were stealing from my ability to do what needs to complete my God-given assignment here on earth.

PUT IN “THE BIG ROCKS” FIRST

Have you ever seen that demonstration where there are big rocks put in a jar and then sand is poured in to fill in the small spaces? That is what God was telling me. I have to put in the big rocks of quiet time, church, Bible study, and my purpose FIRST, then fill in the other spaces with the other “urgent” matters that constitute daily living. Therefore, now as an extension of my quiet time, I am making the decision to give two hours a day to work on things that pertain to my purpose at least three days a week. I figure if I put my word out there, I’d be more apt to follow through. My purpose has now become “a big rock.”

If you have been having trouble doing what God has called you to do, I encourage you to put in “the big rocks first.” Elevate your purpose to a sacred status. If you don’t, you will get to the end of your life and be filled with regret. If you do, you’ll get to heaven and be able to hear God tell you, “Well done, my good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.”

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Summertime is Vacation Time!

I hope you are having a great summer so far. I just wanted to share with you that I will be on vacation for the month of July and will return to blogging in August. Thanks for your faithfulness in reading my blog content. I certainly do not take that for granted. However, I really must take a much-needed break.  Please click here to watch my informational video regarding my whereabouts for the summer. I pray you’ll have a fantastic fourth of July holiday, and may God bless you real good! I love you, and I’ll see you soon!

LOVING CONFLICT RESOLUTION

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In a previous post, I had discussed why God’s perfect love is important in helping us to overcome any reservations about confrontation when it comes to resolving conflict. Today I want to discuss how love can help us to actually become better at resolving conflict. You probably know these things, but we all need a reminder about what we should be doing from time to time.

The goal of conflict resolution is not to win an argument. It should be to improve the relationship and promote unity. Therefore, let’s look at I Corinthians 13:4-5 to make sure we are walking in love as we engage in conflict resolution. If we apply the tenets of love during the conflict, we have a better chance of having a positive outcome which leads to a better relationship. Loving conflict resolution has the following characteristics:

Patience – Sometimes we will confront a person with the truth, and they don’t seem to be getting it. When you confront and it seems the person is not receiving or understanding what you are saying, be patient and allow the Holy Spirit to minister and help them to get it in God’s timing.

Kindness – When in the heat of the battle, we need to remember to be kind because the other person has feelings. Kindness will go a long way when it comes to getting people to hear what you have to say. The delivery is everything.

Free of Envy – Envy often rears its ugly head when two people who are supposed to be on the same team compare their accomplishments and one of them feels like they are less than the other. Remember you are on the same team and refuse to compare yourselves to one another. You are not to compete with one another but complement one another.

Free of Rudeness – Many times when a person brings an issue to the table, the other person will attack them and talk about their faults. This is an effort to throw light off of their shortcomings and onto the person who is doing the confronting. They may resort to putdowns. There is no place for rudeness in conflict resolution. Once you say words that hurt, you can’t take them back. Therefore, be courteous as you conduct your discussion.

Not Self-seeking – We should not seek to boost our self-esteem or win in a conflict. We should seek to build the other person’s self-esteem and promote a deeper connection and understanding that will lead to a better relationship. The ultimate goal of conflict resolution is for each person to win in the form of a better, more fruitful relationship, not to get what you want.

Not easily angered – In the heat of the battle we can get angry, but we need to make sure that we don’t let anger get the best of us. Remember the enemy will try to get you to say hurtful things in anger that you will certainly regret later. Therefore, keep a tight reign on your tongue in the middle of “intense fellowship.”

Conflict is inevitable, but we don’t have to let it tear us apart. Effective conflict resolution can be the glue that holds us together. But it does require that each party be willing to walk in love for it to work. Therefore, let’s seek to have discussions laced with love so that we can have better relationships and keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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YOU CAN LIVE THE GOOD LIFE

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I pray that life is going well for you and that you are prospering and in good health. Lately, I have been concentrating on making sure that I maintain an attitude of gratitude.  No matter what is happening right now, things could always be worse, right?

As a matter of fact, the other day, I ran into an individual who was under spiritual attack and had numerous problems in his life. He felt he had done everything right and wondered why his life was a mess. Although I am sorry he is suffering, that made me thankful for my own life.

Unfortunately, the individual began to indict God’s character because of his dire situation. He was thoroughly disconnected from God, the Power Source, at this point. This saddened me greatly because he needed to know that when things don’t go as we plan, God is never the problem, He is the solution. Therefore, during those chaotic episodes, we must refrain from rejecting God and seek revelation.

Maybe you are going through a similar situation, and you feel like Job.  You feel you’ve done everything right, but all Hell is still breaking loose. However, if you want to live “the good life,” you’ve got to make sure you’re applying certain biblical principles consistently. Therefore, My Friend, living well  requires that you do the following:

  1. Tend to your soul. 3 John 1:2 (NASB) says, “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” If you want to live the good life, you must tend to your soul. Voraciously read the Word. Read good spiritual books. Pray. Fast. Go to counseling. Do whatever you need to do because if you want a prosperous life, your soul must prosper.
  2. Guard your heart. Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” What you do flows out of what is going on in your heart. Therefore, you must be the gatekeeper of your heart. Only allow the good stuff to come in and keep the junk out.
  3. Think good thoughts. Proverbs 23:7 (NASB) says, “As [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he.”  In other words, what you think about, you become.  Furthermore, what you think about most will be drawn to you. Job 3:25 (NIV) says, “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.” We need to think thoughts internally that line up with the Word of God if we’re going live well externally.
  4. Control your tongue. Jesus said in Mark 11:24 that you will have what you say. Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) says, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Sometimes what we are experiencing is a direct result of what we have prophesied out of our own mouth.  Joel Osteen said, “We are to call those things that be not as though they are, not call those things that are as if they always will be.” Therefore, the word to the wise is this: please, watch your mouth.

Living the good life that God has preordained for you is an obtainable goal. However, you must make sure you control the things that you can control and cooperate with the Holy Spirit. If you will practice the four principles cited above, you’ll spend your days in prosperity, and your years in pleasures (Job 36:11).

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HOW TO RESTORE YOUR PEACE WHEN THE ENEMY STRIKES

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I am praying you are having a victorious, peaceful day! Every day we have encounters with people that, if we choose to, we could take offense and lose our peace. In fact, that’s exactly what the devil wants us to do. However, the Bible says we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). Furthermore, 2 Tim 2:26 says the devil takes people captive to do His will. If we are not careful, we will be provoked into acting in ways that don’t honor or represent God well. That’s why we have got to remember that Satan is our real enemy.

When we get offended, sometimes all it takes is a change of perspective to help us to feel at peace again. It’s not what happens to us, but how we view and respond to what happens to us. For example, if we are going to stay free of offense here are a couple of other things we need to remember:

  • Hurting people hurt people. I know you have heard this old adage before, but it’s so true and also a key to helping us to get over our own hurt. If you can empathize and look at “the why” behind “the what” when people engage in hurtful behavior or say hurtful things, a response of compassion will well up within you. More than likely, they have some emotional wounds which cannot be seen that are controlling how they interact with the world.
  • When they hurt you, they end up hurting themselves. Galatians 6:7 says, “Be not deceived, God is not mocked. That which a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” That’s a spiritual law. Therefore, whatever hurt they have caused you will eventually come to them in some form because God is not a liar. We always talk about His lovingkindness being better than life, but He does have another side. He says He loves justice (Isaiah 61:8).

Another thought that we need to embrace is that the enemy’s onslaught can be taken as a huge compliment on several fronts. Remember to keep the following peace-saving perspectives in mind so you can get the victory in the heat of the battle:

  • Satan sees you as a threat to his kingdom. You must be doing something right or he would not be bothered with you. Unfortunately, Beloved, you have a bullseye on your back. You will be targeted. He wants to use wounded people to offend you so that the anointing of God will be shut down on your life and leave you powerless. But you are not at the devil’s mercy by any means. Use the spiritual weapons God gave you, and you will get the victory.
  • When others try to take you down, it’s only because they see you as superior to them in some way. They really look up to you or they would not feel the need to try to jockey for position. Possibly it’s their own sense of inferiority that is driving them. Therefore, you definitely need to pray for them as Jesus said in Matthew 5:44.
  • God believes in you and will use the incident to groom you to impact His Kingdom in the future. He knows what He has planned for you (Jerimiah 29:11), and He is allowing the encounter to prepare you for what’s up ahead. He is in the process of making you immune to this kind of satanic activity in the future so that you can maintain your peace, represent Him well, and do damage to the enemy’s kingdom. There is always a lesson we need to learn in those types of encounters, and we need to search it out so that we can “count it all joy” in the end (James 1:2).

When you keep a proper perspective on the situation while the devil is working through people, you can steer clear of offense. If you do get offended, you can forgive and get over it quickly. Finally, when you keep a grasp on reality, you can hold on to your identity in Christ, and the ultimate positive byproduct will be the ability to maintain your precious sense of peace.

“Anything that costs you your peace is way too expensive.” ~ Author Unknown

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR MIND STAYED ON GOD

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In my last post, I focused on the importance of staying aware of the presence of God. A continuous awareness of the Heavenly Father will help you to maintain your peace of mind, keep the lies of the enemy at bay, and enable you to stay connected to the power of God. We need that connection if we are to accomplish the plan and purpose of God for our lives. We know that maintaining our awareness of Him is so important, and therefore, we need to get good at doing that. How can we become more successful at practicing this powerful spiritual discipline? Today, I want to remind you of some great ways to keep God on your mind and foster that loving connection with Him.

  1. Pray. The Bible tells us in I Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV) “Pray without ceasing.”  We should be praying all throughout our day as we go about our business. Prayer will give you a laser focus on God and foster intimacy with your creator as well.
  2. Praise. This provides an excellent way to maintain our God-focus because God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Notice that God says we are to praise “continually.” When we are praising Him throughout the day for what He is doing and how He is making the way for us, He stays firmly anchored into our consciousness.
  3. Converse. Talking about God and His Word with others is an excellent way to stay aware of our Creator. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” What you talk about automatically has to be on your mind. Find ways to bring God into your conversations.
  4. Decree.  Joshua 1:8, says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth.” When you decree the Word over your difficult situation, you keep God on your mind. You remind yourself that He is faithful, powerful, and bigger than your situation.
  5. Meditate. Joshua 1:8 goes on to tell us to “…meditate in [the Word] day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.” Meditation in the biblical sense means to ponder and mutter to yourself about the word of God. When you do this, you keep God in the center of your thoughts throughout the day.
  6. Be Thankful. In I Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV) Paul writes, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” When you have a continuous attitude of gratitude, you will quickly turn your attention to God no matter what is happening in the moment. God maintains His proper position at the center of your awareness when you thank Him for what He’s done.

I urge you, Child of God, to keep your mind stayed on the Lord. When we practice staying aware of His presence and occupy our mind with thoughts of Him, the devil will have no place in us. Psalm 31:20 says, “In the shelter of your presence…you keep them safe…from accusing tongues.” When you catch yourself having negative thoughts or losing your peace because you have lost your “God-consciousness,” don’t get into condemnation. Gently shift your focus to the Lord, and when you do, peace will again quickly rule and reign in your heart.

When it comes to keeping your mind stayed on God, which tactic have you  used lately and what was the circumstance? Please leave a comment below.

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