The Narrow Path

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“Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it. But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it.

Matthew 7:13-14 GNT

 

Following Jesus requires total attention, surrender, humility, dedication, and perseverance. Anything that is worth having is worth fighting for. Once you make the decision to follow Christ, there will be a lot of changes that will happen in your life. It’s something about when God gets ahold of you, things start to happen. Everything that you used to give to your flesh to satisfy it that isn’t Godly will have to be surrendered. It is true that if you are a Christian there are certain things that you cannot do, but you need to understand that whatever God says to do or not to do is for your own good. He knows the beginning from the end, a concept that you cannot grasp in the natural, so He knows what’s best for you in every single situation that you will ever face. It may seem like you are giving up a lot and your life may seem “boring,” but it is better to be “boring” than to be on your way to hell.  Continue reading The Narrow Path

Music to God’s Ears

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We say so many things that are displeasing to God (complaining, grumbling, gossiping, etc.), that it’s time we change our lip service to align it with God’s Word. When we sing words of praise, show our gratitude, and worship God, it makes Him smile. Voicing how thankful we are is music to God’s ears. Usually when we pray, our prayers include a long laundry list of things we want and need, and sometimes we forget to acknowledge God for who He is, instead of what He can do for us.  Let’s switch up how we pray and enter into God’s presence. Instead of “I need” and “I want,” let’s strip off our selfish nature and invite God into our lives for who He is. This allows you to lose sight of yourself and let God indwell your inner most being. This lets God know you actually want and need Him in your life. Changing your confessions will help you to spiritually grow in God. Make God smile by sending music to His ears. This confession list is not all-inclusive, but it’s a great starting point. As you grow, mature, and fall in love with God, your list will grow and become more personal and intimate.  Continue reading Music to God’s Ears

God Will Let You Test Drive Your Own Life

choicesSince they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose:

Romans 1:28 MSG (emphasis added)

 

Whether we want to believe it or not, we think we know how to handle our problems and run our lives better than God. We try to fix our own problems, make things happen in our own strength, and ultimately, we worry and stress because we’re too impatient to wait on God—our way is so much quicker. If God was really in control of our lives, we would live a life of peace and rest the way that God originally intended it. Instead, we operate outside of God and wonder why we’re so stressed, confused, frustrated, and exhausted. Then that’s when we want to blame God for our mess. If you pinpoint all the messes that you’ve had, I’m sure the key thing in each one is the absence of God’s involvement.  Continue reading God Will Let You Test Drive Your Own Life

Sing a New Song

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He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise for our God. Many people will learn of this and be amazed; they will trust the Lord.

Psalms 40:3 CEB

 

Singing songs to God is a great way to boost your spirits and to worship the Lord. There are angels in Heaven whose sole job is to sing and praise God all day long (see Revelation 4:8). If the angels who are in God’s presence daily are singing to Him day and night, what more of an honor do we have to do the same with the Holy Spirit residing in us. God is constantly blessing us so there is always something to sing about. Singing doesn’t necessarily mean having to sing a particular song—you can sing with prayer, with thanksgiving, and even with your testimony. The purpose is to lift a thankful voice to your Lord and Savior for being good; but most importantly, being good all the time in every circumstanceContinue reading Sing a New Song

Be Stable

conceptual_tree_with_root_and_grassHe is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.

Psalms 112:7 ESV

We need to come to the point in our lives that when negative situations come our way, we just laugh, pray, shout, and dance it off.  This is stability at its finest—when you are not moved one bit by the cares of this world.  This is by no means an easy task to do, but before we were born again, we lived according to our flesh.  Our flesh wants to yell, kick, scream, cry, and cuss when negativity or unpleasant situations come our way.  Once we realize that being a Christian does not stop bad things from happening and we live according to our spirit, we will be better able to handle the issues of life because we now have God on our side, and He can handle anything.   Continue reading Be Stable

The Dangers of Busyness

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We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing…

Psalms 39:6 NLT

This life isn’t about us. Every day we wake up with plans for the day and strive endlessly to achieve them. We can get so busy that we can forget to acknowledge and converse with God throughout the day. Usually when you ask somebody how he or she is doing, the responses are often “I’m busy.” To be truthfully honest, how much of our busyness is actually fruitful?  The word fruitful means “beneficial” or “profitable.” How much of what we do is actually helping the Kingdom of God and expanding His family? Yes, there are things that need to be done on a daily basis to sustain a manageable life, but besides that, why are we so busy? Being busy has become a new addiction that is destroying lives.   Continue reading The Dangers of Busyness

Getting Dressed Spiritually

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We all spend time getting dressed in the morning. Some people take an astronomical amount of time making sure everything is in order, and making sure they look and smell good. The hair has to be just right, clothes are properly in place, makeup is flawless…they’re ready. All this is natural, and I’m not trying to take away from the experience of looking nice, but how much time do you spend getting spiritually dressed each day? Have you given God any time? Have you prayed? Have you sought His instructions for what he wants you to do today? If you walk out of the house without having an encounter with God, you’re setting yourself up for a bad day no matter how good you may look.   Continue reading Getting Dressed Spiritually

Starting Your Day Right

wakeup-easyI love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me.

Proverbs 8:17 AMP (emphasis added)

 

It is absolutely imperative that you start your day off with God. He is your lifeline and your support. You cannot do anything successfully without Him (see John 15:5). As soon as your eyes open in the morning and before your feet hit the floor, you need to acknowledge God. The scripture says those who seek Him early will find Him, so before your day even starts, get before God and let Him know how much you need Him, love Him, appreciate Him, and adore Him. Let Him know that you cannot face the day without His presence. It is only by His grace that you were even able to wake up in the first place, so the least you can say is, “God, I just want to thank you for giving me another day.” No matter how bad you “think” things are in your life, God is still worthy of recognition, adoration, and praise.   Continue reading Starting Your Day Right

The Beauty of Hope

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I pray that God, who gives hope, will bless you with complete happiness and peace because of your faith. And may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope.

Romans 15:13 CEV

Hope is defined as “a favorable and confident expectation. It describes the happy anticipation of good.” You can’t go wrong with hope because you have absolutely nothing to lose. Here’s how hope works…envision yourself at a bus stop waiting on the bus. You are constantly looking for that bus, so you look to the left, and you look to the right, in an expectation that that bus will show up at any moment. That’s how hope works. You wake up each morning confident that God is going to move in your life, so as the day goes on, you’re looking to the left, and looking to the right, hoping that blessings will run you down. Your eyes are on the promises of God all day long. Having hope makes life so much more exciting instead of meditating on your issues. When you expect something, you wait patiently until it comes, and it’s no different with hope. If you wake up one day expecting God to move, and if you feel nothing happened, you just wake up the next day, keeping hope alive, still expecting. You don’t give up on hope. The worse thing that could happen is that you have more peace and better days because you kept your eyes on God. When your hope is in Him, He will not disappoint you. Even in times of trouble, God is still faithful to His Word, and you can still have hope as it says in Lamentations 3:20-21 (NLT), “I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this.” Hope isn’t just for the “happy” person, it’s even more so for those who are dealing with tough times. Hope is for anyone who dares to trust in God regardless of the situation or how they feel.   Continue reading The Beauty of Hope

Smoke Screen

A smoke screen is defined as “a ruse designed to disguise someone’s real intentions or activities.” Claiming Christianity is now the smoke screen of many people’s lives. They want to seem religious and spiritual, but in the background of their lives, they aren’t truly living for God. Being a Christian has now become the thing to “say” if you’re asked about your religious background. People will say they are a Christian and in the same breath cuss you out if you say or do something they don’t like. They will sleep around, get drunk, get high, gamble, gossip, be judgmental, hypocritical, harbor bitterness, resentment, anger, unforgiveness… and the list goes on and on. Christianity is NOT just a label…it’s a lifestyle. It’s a whole new way of living and thinking from the way the world operates. The sad part is, people who claim “I’m a Christian” instead of actually living like one are doing more damage to the Kingdom of God than they realize. If you’re going to live like the unbeliever, that’s not being a Christian. Jesus said we live “in” the world, but we’re not “of” the world. Christians are a chosen people, set apart as holy, and because of that, there must be a significant difference in the lifestyles of a Christian and the unbeliever.   Continue reading Smoke Screen