My thought today is simple, put in the work. Yes, it will take more time and effort and you will get tired, but if God called you to it, He will most definitely see you through until the end.
Giving up is an option, but you won’t see your hard work pay off. The work God has called you to will take more, it’s going to take “elbow grease”. I know it seems like the residue of your last loss or disappointment won’t wipe clean, but try again!
Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to get to a spotless finish:…
It’s Time to Use Our Words to Declare Good Things
I once read an article about doctors who incorporated “talk therapy” to treat patients suffering with depression. Instead of medicating the problem, the doctors instructed the patients to start making positive declarations over their lives, saying such things as: “I have a bright future. People like to be around me. Good things are in store.”
Martin Luther King Jr. observed that 11 a.m. Sunday is our most segregated hour. This was true in the 1960s, and we still see the reality today—86 percent of American congregations remain overwhelmingly mono-ethnic. Derwin Gray, founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church in North Carolina and former NFL safety, has written Building a Multiethnic Church: A Gospel Vision of Love, Grace, and Reconciliation in a Divided World to encourage multiethnic ministries…
Imagine God in his royal study behind the desk that runs the cosmos. If he were like you and me, he would be intensely focused. He probably wouldn’t even notice us enter the room. From somewhere deep within, we muster up the courage to say something. Maybe we don’t even know what we’re saying, but we want his attention. So we stumble over our words. Eventually, something resembling a sentence comes out and he looks up. What now?…
The Best Things in Life are Worth Waiting For
We live in a world where we want what we want when we want it. Some people refer to this as a “microwave society”. Yes, I know it’s hard.
You’ve prayed to God to heal you, to open up an opportunity, to bless your finances, to bring true love your way. You may have even asked the Lord, “Why hasn’t it happened for me yet? Because frankly…
Are you worrying about something today? Life always presents cares, concerns, and things that trouble us. No one is exempt. But when we worry about them, Jesus asks, “Will all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Matthew 6:27). I’ve heard it said that worry is like sitting in a rocking chair. You’re doing something but getting nowhere. You just rock back and forth. But worry does change one thing–it changes who we are. Worry changes our personality and makes us frustrated, suspicious, cranky, and miserable. It causes us to miss the beauty of the moment and to be fruitful in our lives. It literally chokes us spiritually.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Prov. 3:5-6
Heavenly Father, some decisions we make are 100% personal preference, others merely require “sanctified common sense.” But then there are the life-choices in front of us that tie us in knots, rob us of sleep, and fuel our fears.
Should a church require that a pastor be gifted? Yes. Paul indicates that if a man desires to serve as a pastor, he must be “able to teach” (1 Tim. 3:2; Tit. 1.9). A man is not required to produce theological tomes for the ages or to pack out auditoriums with his great oratorical skills, but he must be able to faithfully and clearly communicate the truth of Scripture so that others are able to understand the Bible and act upon it.
We can often misjudge our own seasons by comparing our journey to others. As a quick review, there are one of three seasons that you may find yourself in as you journey through life with Christ: the Waiting Season, the Writing Season, and the Working Season.
This article will focus on the Waiting Season.
Given the pace of life today, you need to take a pause and ask yourself if you’re just rushing through life and running on empty. Too often, we all do it. If we were a car with a gas tank hovering near empty, we’d get to the gas station and fill it up. But what do we do instead? We dash around and forget to stop and breathe in those beautiful moments when our child kisses our cheek or when our husband tells us he loves us. We get a promotion at work…and it’s right back to work. We need to learn to take a minute and breathe it all in and say, “Thank You, Lord!” We need to take the time to stop and be grateful. We need to go outside and gaze at the trees and the big blue sky that God made for us to enjoy. Put life on pause, collect your thoughts, and realize that God created you to enjoy the good things in your life.