WORD OF THE DAY

To Bear Fruit, Get Connected

Right before Jesus goes to the cross, he gives his last minute instructions to his followers: “Live in me, and I will live in you. A branch cannot produce any fruit by itself. It has to stay attached to the vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit unless you live in me” (John 15:4 GW).

Jesus says that being spiritually connected is like being attached to a vine. You’re not going to have any fruitfulness or productivity in your life if you’re out there on your own. You’ve got to stay connected.

In plants, a disconnected branch can’t bear fruit. Not only do you lack support and start to wither and die, but you also don’t have any productivity in your life if you’re not spiritually connected.

I grow a lot of vegetables and fruit every spring. If I cut off a branch, those branches aren’t going to produce any tomatoes or anything else. They’ve got to be connected in order to produce fruit.

What kind of fruit should you produce when you are connected to the Body of Christ? “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control” (Galatians 5:22-23a NIV).

I don’t know about you, but I’d like to be more loving. I’d like to be more joyful. I’d like to be more at peace, no matter what happens to the economy. I’d like to be more kind to people who are mean to me. I’d like to be a good person. I want to be faithful, not unfaithful. I want to keep my promises. I’d like to be gentle with people who are not very gentle. And I’d like to have more self-control.

That’s called the fruit of the Spirit, and it’s the evidence that you are spiritually connected. If you are not seeing yourself grow in all these things, guess what? It means you’re not spiritually connected.

He’s saying this is so important that not only do you need the support like in a building, and not only do you need the life blood like being in a body—he’s saying you’re not going to have any fruitfulness or any productivity in your life if you’re out there on your own. You’ve got to stay connected. And the Good News is that God wants you to be connected! God is for you!


Word of the Day

HOW TO BEAR FRUIT IN EVERY SEASON

They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper. Psalm 1:3-4 NLT

Whether you are a gardener or not, today’s scripture holds a valuable lesson for you. Well-watered hearts bear fruit in every season, just like well-watered plants.

WHY WATER MATTERS

I’ve enjoyed gardening since I was a teenager. For almost three decades, I’ve experimented with many different plants in various settings.

The more sun a plant receives, the more drought-resistant it must be. Even though I live in the Midwest, I plant tropical-based lantana in my deck pots, because it loves the 12+ hours of sizzling sunlight that shines there.

My lantana plants flower freely all summer, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds with their colorful blooms. Even though these plants can take the heat, I must water them every day so the flowers can grow.

All my plants perform best when I water them every morning before 10:00 a.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest. Their roots need nourishment to face the long, hot day ahead, so their leaves and flowers won’t wither.

When your faith is deeply rooted in God’s Word, you will be steady and secure no matter how hot your trials may be. You will be able to bear fruit even in periods of storms or drought, because your roots draw sustenance from a constant source of strength.

WATERING YOUR HEART WITH BIBLE STUDY

For the past 17 years, I’ve read the Bible every morning. Nothing has transformed my faith more than interacting directly with His Word. In those years, I’ve faced severe marriage trials, extended family conflict, job stresses and financial issues. Yet my faith held firm because meeting with God was at the top of my to-do list.

Just as my lantana plants do best with morning waterings, you and I will bear fruit when we start our days with God. His Word is living and powerful, and the Holy Spirit will use it to speak powerfully into whatever situation you may be facing.

To meet with God each day, you can use several different methods.
1) A printed Bible. I enjoy using the One Year Bible.
2) A Bible app.
3) A devotional app, such as Devotable.
4) A printed devotional.
5) Search for a topic with a concordance (online or printed).

Set aside 10 minutes. Pray that God will open your mind and teach you before you begin. After you read the scripture, ask God to help you apply what you’ve learned.

Choose one verse from the day’s passage for meditation. I focus on it throughout the day for greater peace. You can choose one verse and record it in your planner or write it on a sticky note to keep it fresh in your mind.

HOW TO KEEP THE WATER FLOWING

Adjust your Bible study time depending on your life season. For example, when I was nursing my babies, my Bible study time was held in tandem with their naps. From years of experience, I believe that first thing in the morning is best, but anytime at all will water your heart.

The main goal is to do study God’s Word every day. Trees by a riverbank have a constant supply of water. You need to set yourself up to be constantly supplied. Enhance your personal study time to bear fruit with helps like these throughout the day:
• A scripture-based screensaver
• Faith-focused Facebook groups
• Emails from devotional sites
• Scripture-based plaques for your desk
• A bracelet that displays a verse or encouraging phrase

No matter what season of life you’re in, God’s Word will water your heart and give you the strength to make it through. What storm or drought are you facing now? Whether it’s stress at home, at work, with relationships, with your health, with your church, or with your finances, God wants to help you through it.

BEARING FRUIT IN EVERY SEASON

God will provide strength and sustenance for you in His Word. You will be refreshed and able to bear fruit for His glory.

The Holy Spirit will help you bear the fruits of the Spirit for God’s glory (see Galatians 5:22-23). Whether your life season is positive or negative, you can bear spiritual fruit year-round as you draw close to Him through regular Bible study.

When you bear fruit in every season, you will inspire those around you to grow greater faith. In this way, all you do will prosper, because you are depending on God for your strength and sustenance.
 


Word of the Day

Bearing Fruit Matters

It is not those who hear the law . . . but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. — Romans 2:13

“Merely hearing God’s law is a waste of your time if you don’t do what he commands. Doing, not hearing, is what makes the difference with God”

Trying to be righteous in what I do is not the same as trying to earn salvation by aiming to be righteous. We are saved only by God’s grace. But once we realize we are saved and declared righteous through Christ, we want to live in gratitude by trying to be righteous. Both the Old and New Testaments teach that the way I live says something about who I am and how I really understand the faith journey. Jesus taught that you can tell something about a tree by the fruit it bears (Matthew 7:16-20).

Though I may do good things, that’s not really Paul’s point here. The question is whether or not the good things I do come from a heart that belongs to Jesus. Do all the things I do reflect that my heart belongs to him?

I also do bad things, because I am still a sinner. But God wants me to have integrity; God wants my faith connected with all I think, do, and say. And God’s Spirit helps me to live that way.

God wants to shape me from the inside out. When I belong to him, that’s what I want God to do too.



Word of the day

FRUITOLOGY

 
Jesus chose and appointed you and I so that we might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last.
 
He also says that we shall be know by our fruit.
 
When you have been truly Transformed, Its reflected in your relationships with God, family, friends, church, Work and co-workers .The Transformation also affects how you talk, work, serve, give, spend time, punctuality, react to issues, and what you post, like, repost & foward on social media.

May we experience a complete heavenly transformation.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.Romans 12:2 (KJV)

 


March 2019 Conference



WORD OF THE DAY

Schemes laid to confuse & waste our lives.

Let’s Evaluate how we are spending our time. 
It Matters because time is limited.

23 DAYS A YEAR SPENT ON YOUR PHONE .

A recent study by mobileinsurance.com has revealed that the average person spends 90 mins a day on their phone.

That figue may not sound like a lot but that amounts up to 23 days a year and 3.9 years of the average person’s life is spent staring at their phone screen.

So what do we spend all that time doing?

Considering its called a mobile ‘Phone’, using our mobile device to call people was actually the sixth most used function after other activities such as checking social media and gaming. Web browsing came top of the list with people spending 24% of their mobile usage time browsing the web, closely followed by time spent on apps.

With smart phones now offering alternatives for everyday household products from recipes books to flashlights, they are making other traditional devices obsolete. With 57% of people now saying they have no need for an alarm clock and 50% of people no longer wearing watches as their mobile phone is their first choice for knowing what time it is.

And it’s not only when we are awake that we are increasing our smart phone usage with sleep help apps now available, it is even creeping into our sleeping time. With the amount of things we now we rely on our smartphone to do, our amount of time attached to our phones is only going to increase. How many years of our lives will we spend on mobile phones in 10 years time?

Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

John 9:4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.



Word of the day

Demonstrating Love

In 2019 We are not short of Good News Teachers, Preachers Evangelists. The Gospel has been made available in so many ways. Yet we are short on one thing, demonstrating the gospel. One of the Key things in the Gospels is Love. The greatest commandments is Loving God & Loving Others.

God’s Word must move from the Bibles, Books, Seminars, Bible Studies, Prayer meetings & Pulpits into our hearts and from our hearts into being lived out daily. We must demonstrate what we know not just retelling it but touching other lives with it.

May the Lord help us to move from just knowing & bragging how much we know to demonstrating the Truth to those around us. How can we talk about going for Missions to Asia & Africa yet our coworkers, Church members or neighbors down the street are hurting and yet we do thing.

Matthew 25:31-36 
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
 


Word of the day

 

Jesus said, “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone” (Matthew 18:15). But Proverb 19:11 says it’s to our glory to overlook an offense. How do I know when to speak up and when to just overlook something?

Indeed, Jesus plainly tells us to speak to those who’ve sinned against us, and we should definitely speak up when a Christian sins against us in a way that hurts our relationship. However, here are six offenses we might want to overlook rather than address.

Overlook What the Bible Doesn’t Call Sin

Perhaps you think that mother over there is too strict. Maybe you consider eating red meat, refined wheat, sugar, or GMO vegetables to be wrong. You might believe taking more than 24 hours to return a phone call is disrespectful. But the Bible doesn’t call any of those things sin, so keep quiet and keep the peace. In gray areas—areas on which the Scripture doesn’t speak—Romans 14 tells us to follow our conscience without criticizing those whose beliefs differ.

One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.Romans 14:2-3

Overlook Most Non-believers’ Issues

While we should talk to our unbelieving friends and relatives about things that hurt our relationship, for the most part, telling people to obey a God they don’t believe in isn’t helpful. Likewise, when people become Christians, don’t call them to account for all the things that went on before they considered Jesus to be Lord.

For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 1 Corinthians 5:12

Overlook Previous Occurrences of the Same Sin

Once someone’s apologized for something, never bring it up again: “I know you already apologized, but I’m still bugged.” If you’re still bringing it up, you haven’t forgiven, and Jesus said we must forgive someone even seventy-seven times (Matthew 18:21-34). Likewise, if someone repeats a sin, address the new issue without bringing up the past: “This is the third time you’ve done that” repeats the matter that you said you forgave.

Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9

Overlook What’s Merely Meddling

Maybe your heart is breaking over your sisters who aren’t getting along. Stay out of it. Maybe you know one friend is peeved at another friend, but hasn’t told him and now she wants you to talk to him for her. Refuse and encourage her to talk lovingly to him herself. Triangular communications are often gossip and an attempt to get others to choose sides.

Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears. Proverbs 26:17

Overlook Motives

Address actions, not motives. People who think they’re skilled at “reading between the lines” or discerning hidden motives damage their relationships. “Did you start the carrots?” shouldn’t be heard as, “You think I’m a terrible cook!” Assume motives are innocent until proven otherwise.

Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.1 Corinthians 4:5

Overlook Small Issues that Don’t Matter

If your usually kind friend snaps at you after having a hard day, it’s a good time to just overlook it.

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12-14

When in doubt, remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
 
 
source: www.jeanejones.net


Word of the day

Smooth Ways To Overlook An Insult

Proverbs 12:16 says a wise person overlooks an insult, but a fool immediately gets annoyed. Here are five ways to bring this verse to life in your own life and rise above those who try to belittle you.
 
Don’t Take Offense

When you take offense, it builds “a fence” around your heart and blocks the power of God from freely flowing. Even if someone dishes it to you, the choice is yours whether or not to take it.

Trade Places

Put yourself in their shoes. Maybe they are dealing with family stress or work pressure. Try to consider their unique situation and know that the perception is not always reality.

Benefit Of Doubt

Show mercy by not letting the insult diminish how you feel about the person. Besides, one day we will all need someone to show us the same kindness.

Humor Yourself
Laugh it off and keep it moving. This is a great way to take control of the situation and prevent yourself from harboring bitterness and anger. Don’t sweat the small stuff!
Love Again
Press the reset button in your heart and begin again. Quickly forgive and move on. Don’t let an immature moment ruin the relationship. If the same attitude reoccurs, create some distance and love from far away.
 



Word of the day

Wisdom: Overlooking Offense

Proverbs 19:11 —Good sense makes one slow to angerand it is his glory to overlook an offense.

This Proverb explores two interrelated themes — being slow to anger and overlooking an offense. These two lines of poetry should not be read as synonymous, but rather taken together, they paint a picture of how a wise man responds to wrong, and being wronged.

Preliminary Remarks

In the background of this Proverb, as with the whole book of Proverbs, is the concept of the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord can be described as a reverent-awe with reference to Yahweh, our Covenant Lord. Proverbs 1:7 begins the book by saying that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. So, we should not read anything in the book of Proverbs as being disconnected from the concept of “the fear of the Lord.”

Wisdom and Anger

This proverb is very illuminating because of what it does not say. It does not say that the wise person never gets angry, rather it says it is wise, or makes good sense, to be slow to anger.

Why, you might ask, does it make good sense to be “slow to anger”? Well, we often lack facts, we often are not able to see a situation objectively, and we are often blinded by our own pride. Rather than being quick to anger, we should strive first to listen, ask clarifying questions, and try to understand why someone might be behaving the way they are.

Overlooking an Offense

But wait. How do we really overlook an offense? There’s only one way: We can “overlook” offenses only as long as we know that there is no such thing as an overlooked offense.

Paul tells us, “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord’” (Romans 12:19). Every sin — every offense against God and man — will be judged by the Lord. And we know that the judgment will happen in one of two places: either in hell or on the cross of Jesus. Our “overlooking an offense” is really our entrusting to God the role that belongs to him alone. The life of wisdom is the life of faith that yields to our sovereign and good God.

source: fighterverses.com



Word of the day

Five Happy Reasons to Overlook an Offense

The good news is that the gospel doesn’t make us less human, but more human. As followers of Jesus, we experience the full range of disappointments and emotions common to all image bearers of God. But, by God’s grace, we can learn to steward them rather than live as slaves to them. We can learn to respond as redemptively as possible, as opposed to reacting selfishly and self-righteously. And we can actually find joy when we “overlook an offense. Proberbs 19:11

Five Happy Reasons to Overlook an Offense

 

Joy in overlooking offenses? Yes. Joy from what? Let’s look at five things the Bible says can give us joy if we’re willing to receive them.

But first, let’s be clear: overlooking an offense must not be confused with submitting to abusive people or morally and ethically unacceptable circumstances. Jesus calls us to be foot washers, not doormats.

However, there are at least five reasons that joy is found in overlooking an offense.
 

1. Gospel Sensibilities

 

When we overlook an offense, we can rejoice that we’re growing gospel sensibilities and tasting true glory. The Bible says, “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense” (Proverbs 19:11). The shorter our anger-fuse, the quicker we’ll take offense at anything and anyone. “Good sense” is gospel sense.

The more the truth of the gospel renews our minds and shapes our perspective, the quicker and easier we’ll overlook stuff. We’ll care more about honoring Jesus by our reactions to irritating people and aggravating circumstances and give up on the illusion of having a hassle-free, painless life. There is tremendous joy in caring more about God’s glory than our own reputation, convenience, and rights. God will always be most glorified in us when we are most satisfied, joyful, at peace, and free in him.

2. Owning Our Sin

 

When we overlook an offense, we can rejoice that we’re starting to acknowledge our own sin. We begin to believe that the log in our eye is a bigger issue than the speck in anyone else’s eye (Matthew 5:38–42). The freest, most joyful Christians I know are the quickest repenters. It’s not that they have less to repent of; they’re just faster at owning their sin, humbling themselves, and resting in Jesus.

As the gospel moves us from Satan’s condemnation into the Spirit’s conviction, we become more aware that we need the grace of God as much as anyone who sins against us, and there’s tremendous joy associated with that kind of humility. We take less offense and extend more grace; we are more patient and less petty; we are getting better at waiting than whining. We’re more realistic about life among ordinary sinners who, like us, love poorly — and wiser about what to take seriously, and what to completely ignore.

3. God’s Spirit at Work

 

When we overlook an offense, we can rejoice that God’s grace and Spirit are becoming more operative, transforming powers in our lives. As Christians, we are called to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Growth in grace results in our getting to know Jesus better, who desires that we will have the fullness of his joy in us (John 15:11).

And as we surrender to the work of the Spirit in our lives, he grows a vibrant crop of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, [and] self-control” — the very anti-fruit of an easily offended spirit (Galatians 5:22–23). The Holy Spirit also leads us into a greater experience of our sonship (Romans 8:15–17), which gives us even greater joy in seeing our Father at work in all things for our good — even in the most off-putting, irritating, and offensive scenarios (Romans 8:28). God never promised to do all things easy but all things well.

4. Freedom from Approval Seeking

 

When we overlook an offense, we can rejoice that we’re gaining freedom from living as approval seekers. Christians are a people whose joy need not be connected to what others think and say about us, or how they relate and react to us. As Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.”

To fear people isn’t so much to be afraid of them, but to esteem their approval too much. We look either to God or to people as the fountain and fuel of our joy. People always make poor saviors. We can’t freely or joyfully love anyone whom we’ve given the power to either shame us or exalt us.

5. Forgiving as the Forgiven

 

When we overlook an offense, we can rejoice that we’re getting better at forgiving others as we’ve been forgiven in Christ. There is no greater non sequitur in the entire universe, or the history of mankind, than for those of us who have been forgiven all our sins — every sinful thought, word, and deed — to withhold forgiveness from others (Matthew 18:21–35).

It was our Father’s kindness that led (and still leads) us to repentance (Romans 2:4). So where do we think our rigid, easily offended, keeping-record-of-wrongs attitudes will lead people? As Paul wrote, we are to “be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). Our joy in forgiving others is directly connected to the unspeakable, glorious joy of God’s forgiveness of us and his great delight in us.
 
Source: www.desiringgod.org
 


Scripture of the day

The Love of God.

The Lord appeared to us in the past,[a] saying:“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3
 


Word of the Day

All things are possible with God

When we pray, we see the impossible happen. May the Lord be glorified for His doing amongst His people.

If you have an impossible situation, I submit to you that we serve a Miracle working God.

Luke 18:27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
 


Word of the Day

The Power of Commitment

David’s commitment to serve King Saul in a very harsh environment is just amazing. David’s gifting made a way for him to serve in the Palace. When he got there, it was nothing close to what he signed for. As he played the harp & Lyre, his life was threatened by the very King he was serving. There were eleven attempts to kill him but by God’s grace he survived. No one can thwart God’s plan for your life no matter who they are.
The amazing thing was that David never quit serving, he was committed to his assignment. The question is, why didn’t he quit?

1.He knew the “why”.
He understood his purpose of his assignment. When you know your purpose in the place of your assignment, you don’t stop being committed.

2.He was a man of Prayer.
He spent many hours in the Lords presence. It is in prayer we find comfort, strength, peace, direction, wisdom and counsel. You will stay committed to God’s purpose if you are constantly in prayer.

3.He found a destiny helper.
David service and commitment was made possible because he found a destiny helper in Jonathan, King Saul’s son.
Life can be tough when you are walking alone.
Find someone who is real that you can share your heart and also they are willing to help you.
Jonathan was David’s destiny helper.
We have many destiny killers around us, find a destiny helper.
May the Lord give you the tenacity to stay committed even in harsh environment like David.

Samuel 19:1-3
Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David 2 and warned him, “My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there. 3 I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are. I’ll speak to him about you and will tell you what I find out.”
 


The Power of Commitment

The Power of Commitment

It’s Amazing how we make decisions based on other people decisions. Ruth sister in law Orpha decided to go back to her people but Ruth refused to be influenced by her decision to give up so easily.
Ruth’s decision to stay committed to Naomi ushered her to be the great great grandmother of Jesus Christ.
May the Lord give you strength & grace of Standing tall & sometimes against the tide of the Multitudes because of the Promises, dreams & visions you have in Christ. Please understand it OK to say NO to close friends. Your future may be determined by only ONE NO. It ok to loose a friend than miss your destiny.
You have come a long way to walk away from your purpose. May 2019 be your best year.

Ruth 1:16-17 But Ruth said:“Entreat[a] me not to leave you,
Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.”


DAY 7 PRAYER & FASTING

DAY 7 PRAYER & FASTING

THE POWER OF PRAYER

Scripture
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. — James 5:16 (NLT)

If you had to choose one super power, what would it be? To be invisible? To fly? To have super-human strength? At one point in our lives, most of us have thought about what kind of super power we would like to have. W. Clement Stone said, “Man’s greatest power is prayer.”

The Word of God is full of accounts that show the power of our prayers. It has the power for us to overcome circumstances, conquer death, bring about healing, change hearts, heal wounds and give wisdom.

When we pray, God listens to prayers, answers prayers and moves in response because of the prayers we pray. Elijah prayed that it would not rain, and it didn’t rain on the land for three and a half years. Then he prayed again, and the heavens gave rain. The prayers that we pray are powerful and can move the hand of God in our lives and in the lives of others.

The power of the prayer isn’t a result of the person doing the praying; it’s in the God to whom we are praying. Prayer is an ongoing conversation with God. We know that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us and is moving on our behalf. We can ask God for his help and have confidence in going to him.

Application
Are there any requests that you need to bring before God that you have been holding on to? In which areas of your life do you believe that God is moving on your behalf? It’s important to remember that God is moving even when we don’t see or feel it. Start a conversation with God today and begin to believe that your prayer has the power to overcome circumstances and move the hand of God!

Prayer
Lord, thank you for the gift of prayer that you have given us. Remind me today just how powerful it is and the importance of having it in my everyday life. I pray that I would begin to see the impact it can have in my life and in the lives of others as I pray. Thank you for always listening, hearing and moving on my behalf. Amen.
 


DAY 6 PRAYER & FASTING

Day 6 PRAYER & FASTING

Holy Spirit Empowered

Scripture
“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” — John 16:12-13 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit is the very source that brings the power for us to live a God-called life. Jesus made it clear to the disciples that the mission ahead of them required the power of the Holy Spirit to fill them, lead them and guide them in all of their efforts. Paul’s message to the Galatians encourages them to let the Holy Spirit guide and direct their lives. In doing so, we are shaped more into the likeness of Jesus. We need the Holy Spirit’s power to fill us as we work our jobs, love our family, serve our community and invest in our church. Application
Consider what is causing a spiritual weight in your life. What do you need the Holy Spirit to give you strength to overcome? How can you put into practice asking God to guide you by his Holy Spirit? Take a moment to ask God to continuously fill you with his Spirit every day. Make this Prayer
Lord, fill me with the presence of your Holy Spirit, equip me with your power and guide me into all truth. I trust your presence to lead me today.


DAY 5 PRAYER & FASTING

DAY 5 PRAYER & FASTING

WISDOM FIRST

Scripture: If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who
doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. — James 1:5-6 (NIV)

The Bible says that we should ask God for wisdom whenever we face trials. “Whenever” is the key word here. We are going to face trials in our lives—small, big, life-changing, long, enduring, unfair and difficult.

Why do we need wisdom? Wisdom is more than just information; wisdom is the divine antidote to a self-help, winner-take-all, in-it-for-me, I-deserve-justice culture in which we live. Biblical wisdom transforms our hearts and minds to take on the characteristics of Christ and tackle any situation with truth and love. Wisdom exceeds information and infuses us with faith to see God do impossible things through our impossible situations.

When we receive wisdom, we actively engage our faith so that we can step out in obedience. Worldly answers may seem right, natural and satisfying (in the moment) but often leave a trail of regret. Godly wisdom directs our steps down the less traveled path of faith—trusting a supernatural God for an impossible outcome.

Application
Consider what your life would look like if your first response to a situation was prayer for wisdom rather than Google. What if you ran to God first instead of a friend or social media? When has wisdom directed you to do something contrary to your natural response in a situation? Often the outcome of a wise decision opens more doors and sparks more opportunities than a decision derived from worldly advice.

Prayer
Father, thank you for generously giving good gifts to your children. You are so good and worthy to be trusted! I ask that you would lead me in wisdom today as I face many different situations. I pray for strength to walk in godly wisdom, believing that your way is better—even when it doesn’t make sense.
 


DAY 4 PRAYER & FASTING

DAY 4 PRAYER & FASTING

Removing Clutter, Calling on the Lord

Scripture: I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. — Psalm 18:3 (KJV)

Psalm 18:3 tells us that when we begin to worship, something happens in our minds and hearts. God inhabits the praise of his people, and where the Lord is, there is liberty from all the “clutter” of life.

Calling upon the Lord is necessary for help in our daily lives—not just in times of distress or trouble. This requires a voluntary action on the believer’s part: “I will call.” When you read the phrase “saved from my enemies,” think about the enemies in your life that can hinder a move of the Holy Spirit.

In Jeremiah 33:3, when you read “call to me,” think about your spiritual life. Are you calling to God? God is extending an invitation to everyone to make a collect call to him, and he will pay the charges. But we have to listen! Many times, we don’t wait expectantly for him to answer, or maybe we didn’t even call in the first place.

When we listen, God will reveal great things to us. We have to want it and call out to him. Do you want what he is offering? Make the call.

Application
It is so important for us to call on the Lord. It may be difficult, but waiting expectantly for his answers is how we grow closer to him. We see breakthroughs when we have our minds and hearts ready for a revelation from God. Don’t second-guess the Lord; there are things you don’t know, but he does!

 

Make this Prayer:
Lord, I have allowed my daily life to be filled with useless clutter that is choking my spiritual strength. My heartless determination to silence the noise around me has made me become a “gutless spiritual wonder.” I have not called upon you. I need and call for your help to change and ask for patience to wait on your answer. Give me the revelation that will take me to the next level in my journey of faith. Amen!
 


DAY 3 PRAYER & FASTING

DAY 3 PRAYER & FASTING

BE MORE…FORGIVING

Scripture: “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you;” ~Matthew 6:12, 14 NRSV

How often do we utter the words, “Lord, forgive me” or “God forgive me for …?” Do we really understand what we are saying? When we request forgiveness from God, we are actually positioning ourselves to forgive others, that we ourselves may obtain forgiveness. The forgiveness that we request from God is relational meaning that we get what we give.

In the prayer that Jesus taught His disciples, He says, “Forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors” which translates to “As often as I forgive others, please Lord, forgive me!” If we are honest, how many times would we really gain forgiveness? In verse 14, Jesus simply assures us that forgiveness, no matter what we have done, thought or said, is guaranteed if we allow for weakness in others. Today, remember the golden rule and ‘do unto others as you would have others do unto you’; forgive.

Resolve in yourself to forgive all that have hurt you.
 


DAY 2 PRAYER & FASTING

DAY 2 PRAYER & FASTING

BE MORE…WILLING

Scripture: “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” ~ Isaiah 6:8 KJV

Have you ever found something you enjoy doing? Perhaps, you learned how to cook, sew, or draw. Maybe you delight in baking, writing or reading, or taking pictures. Because you love doing those things, if ever you were asked to bake a cake, or draw a picture, you were willing to do so. No one had to push you or plead with you to do it; you just did it. You even rearranged your schedule to accommodate your interests. That is how God wants us to be with Him. He desires us to be willing to do, go and say anything for Him.

Be willing to spend some time with Him, study His word and sit in His presence. He will never push Himself on us. He is always there for us: willing to hear us, comfort us, protect us, love us, provide for us, guide us and more. In fact, He was willing to die for us. In the scripture, the prophet Isaiah came to a clearer understanding of who God was in his life. He recognized that this Holy God wanted a real relationship with this sinful man. Realizing the magnitude of God’s power, when the Lord needed someone to go to “make the heart of the people fat,” Isaiah said immediately, “…here I am, send me.”

 

Today, listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit


DAY 1 PRAYER & FASTING

DAY 1 PRAYER & FASTING

BE MORE…PRAYERFUL

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” ~ Luke 18:1 KJV

From the time that we were old enough to repeat what we were told, our parents, grandparents, Sunday school teachers and/or daycare providers taught us to communicate with God. When we repeated words like “God is great; God is good” before we ate our meals and “Now I lay me down to sleep” before we went to bed, they were actually teaching us to pray; even if, at the time, we really didn’t understand what we were saying or doing. Many of us thought that prayer was something that could only be done at the side of the bed, while on our knees. However, as we have grown older and matured in the Lord, we now know that prayer can be done anywhere and at any time during the day. In the Bible we have read many accounts of how prayer changed people and/or situations, which was the result of God’s Word being spoken back to Him. Basically, praying Scripture gives you the same authority over Satan as when Christ prayed against him, making this method of prayer helpful in creating an intimate relationship with the Creator. So, in whatever situation you find yourself, whether you need healing, strength, wisdom, a financial blessing or a desire to simply pray for someone else, remember that God admonishes us to come boldly before the throne of grace.
Prayer is the best way to make your requests known unto the LORD. So, remember to Pray Until Something Happens! NO QUITING OF FAINTING.


Prayer & Fasting 2019

7 days of Prayer & Fasting

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Jan 7- Jan 13 2019



Word of the Day

OUR WORDS DETERMINE OUR DESTINY

Notice what Jesus said:  “I tell you that everyone will have to answer for all the careless things they have said. This will happen on the Day of Judgment.  Your words will be used to judge you. What you have said will show whether you are right or whether you are guilty.” Matthew 12:36-37

The words of our mouth have control over our lives, whether we like it or not, or whether we believe it or not. What comes out of our mouth will determine our future. As a rudder controls the direction of a ship, your tongue controls the direction of your life. God made man to be a steward not only over the earth but over his own mouth as well. We are our own prophets. What we say today impacts our tomorrow. Words have the power to change things for good or ill. The success and enduring influence of any systematic construction of truth, depends as much upon an exact vocabulary, as upon close and deep thinking itself. Indeed, unless the results to which the human mind arrives are plainly stated, and firmly fixed in an exact terminology, its thinking is to very little purpose in the end.

Job said “How forcible are right words!” (Job 6:25) Every single one of us can stop and think how good we have felt when someone has spoken words of love, encouragement, and Blessings to us. Words can cut right through you like a knife, and when those words are positive and constructive, they can have an incredible way of building up your own sense of self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence.



Word of the Day

Your spirit is more powerful than your flesh.

1 John 4:4 says, The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. The Holy Spirit, who lives in you if you are born again, is greater than anything in the world, including your flesh. Therefore, you do not have to be controlled by your flesh and worldly lusts.
In Luke 10:19, Jesus says, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” This verse doesn’t mean that things won’t come against us, but it does mean that even when hard things come against us, God has given us the power to remain peaceful and joyful even in the midst of the difficult circumstances.
Remember that God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).
The power God has given us is amazing; however, many Christians never activate that power in their own lives because they don’t really believe that God will personally work in them.
Remember that Jesus said, “it shall be done for you as you have believed” (Matthew 8:13). Therefore, dare to believe that God has given you the power to do awesome things for Him–things that you can only do because your spirit is more powerful than your flesh


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You stand tallest on your knees.

 
Prayer is powerful. In Matthew 7:7-8, Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” When a child asks his or her parents for something, they will usually do almost anything just to answer the child’s request. For example, if a baby starts crying for food, a good parent will drop everything in order to feed the little child. When you ask your parents for something, they will probably be quite eager to help you. The Bible says that God is our heavenly Father—the best possible father. So, how much more do you think God is looking to answer your prayers?
 
Therefore, if you need to hear from God, “ask and it will be given to you.” James 5:16 says that “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Then, James gives an example of the power of prayer: “Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops” (James 5:17-18). That’s amazing power. But what gave Elijah such power? Prayer. It is no wonder that in Matthew 21:21, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.” Prayer is powerful. When you have unwavering faith in God, He will answer your prayers. That’s why you stand tallest on your knees.


Word of the Day

God loves you not because of what you do, but because of who He is.
 
God is love (1 John 4:8). God doesn’t have to pretend to love you; He can’t not love you, because He is love. In fact, the very actions of God exemplify what love is. The apostle John explains that this is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us (1 John 3:16). Only a few verses later, he further defines love: This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:9).
 
Notice that God’s love for you is independent of how you behave, who you are, or how you respond to that love. Romans 5:6-8 reminds us that God loves us regardless of where we are: You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
 
Jesus represents God’s love for us in what we now call the Parable of the Prodigal Son (see Luke 15:11-24). In that allegory, the father openly and lovingly receives his son even though the son had run away, squandered all of his money, and insulted the father. In the same way, God loves us unconditionally.
 
There is nothing you can do to get God to love you — He already does. There is nothing you can do to deserve God’s love, because, by sinning, you have turned your back on God and are fundamentally no different than the prodigal son. That parable is a clear reminder that God loves you not because of what you do, but because of who He is.G


Christmas Dinner & Talent Night 2018

Christmas Dinner & Talent Night 2018


WORD OF THE DAY

Are you giving the love you should give

If you don’t feel like you’re getting the love you should get, then maybe you should ask yourself if you’re giving the love you should give. Too often we look only at what other people are doing for us instead of what we are doing for them.

However, the Bible instructs us to look out for the needs of one another, to look for ways to serve others, and to walk in love with each other. In John 13:34-35, Jesus commands us to love: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love is so important, because every person needs love.

People in the world are hungry for love; they’re looking for a source of real, genuine love. Proverbs 19:22 tells us that What a man desires is unfailing love. We, as Christians, have an opportunity to give that love, which the world desperately desires. So instead of wondering why you’re not getting the love you should get, decide to give the love you should give.

 



WORD OF THE DAY

THREE RULES FOR LIVING

“For the Lord gives wisdom.” Pr 2:6 NKJV To succeed in life you must do these three things:

(1) Decide what’s important. The story’s told of a family who moved to the country to get away from the city. They decided to raise cattle so they bought a ranch. One day a friend visited them and asked what they’d named it. Dad said, “I wanted to call it The Flying-W, but Mom wanted to call it The Suzy-Q. One of our sons liked The Bar-J, but our daughter preferred The Lazy-Y. So we compromised and called it The Flying-W, Suzy-Q, Bar-J, Lazy-Y Ranch.” The friend asked, “How are your cattle doing?” Dad replied, “We don’t have any. They didn’t survive the branding.” Come on—decide what’s important to you!

(2) Prioritize your time. Too many of us are like the store owner who got so busy trying to keep the place clean that he forgot to open the front door. The reason you’re in business is to serve customers and make a profit, not get distracted by secondary things. Base your life’s decisions on your priorities. And if you need help figuring out what they are, ask God: “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

(3) Learn to motivate yourself. Most times, nobody else will. When tragedy struck his life, we read: “David encouraged himself in the Lord” (1Sa 30:6). You need to learn how to do that too. Jude writes: “Building up yourselves…praying in the Holy Ghost” (Jude v. 20). To succeed in life you must learn to encourage yourself, pray and build yourself up.

 



Word of the Day

I am still Standing even when everything around me has crumbled.

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25



WORD OF THE DAY

If you don’t feel like you’re getting the love you should get, then maybe you should ask yourself if you’re giving the love you should give.

Too often we look only at what other people are doing for us instead of what we are doing for them. However, the Bible instructs us to look out for the needs of one another, to look for ways to serve others, and to walk in love with each other.

In John 13:34-35, Jesus commands us to love: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Love is so important, because every person needs love. People in the world are hungry for love; they’re looking for a source of real, genuine love. Proverbs 19:22 tells us that What a man desires is unfailing love.

We, as Christians, have an opportunity to give that love, which the world desperately desires. So instead of wondering why you’re not getting the love you should get, decide to give the love you should give.



Word of the Week

Be a channel for God’s blessings, not a reservoir.

 

Have you ever wondered why God may not be blessing you as much as you think he should? It could be because you’ve become a reservoir for God’s blessings, rather than a channel.

 

If you’re simply accumulating more and more rather than giving what has been given to you, then God probably won’t bless you. However, if you give away the things that God gives you, then you become a channel through which his blessings flow. He blesses you so that you can bless others.

 

That’s exactly what God promised to Abram: “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2). God promised to bless Abram so that he could be a blessing to others.

 

If you use what you have to bless others, then God will probably bless you with more (so that you can bless others even more). The Bible describes that principle using language of sowing and reaping: you reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7-8).

 

Furthermore, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says, Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

 

These verses are a direct promise from God: If you will sow abundantly with a good (cheerful) attitude, then God will bless you. Why? So that you can bless others. Being a channel for God’s blessings means passing them on to others.

 

This principle of sowing and reaping works in all areas of our life–not just money. You can bless others in ways that don’t necessarily require money.

 

Decide to sow seeds of blessing aggressively, and you’ll discover that God will provide a great abundance for you simply because you’re a channel not a reservoir.



Word of the day

Your spirit is more powerful than your flesh.

1 John 4:4 says, The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. The Holy Spirit, who lives in you if you are born again, is greater than anything in the world, including your flesh. Therefore, you do not have to be controlled by your flesh and worldly lusts.

In Luke 10:19, Jesus says, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” This verse doesn’t mean that things won’t come against us, but it does mean that even when hard things come against us, God has given us the power to remain peaceful and joyful even in the midst of the difficult circumstances.

Remember that God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

The power God has given us is amazing; however, many Christians never activate that power in their own lives because they don’t really believe that God will personally work in them.

Remember that Jesus said, “it shall be done for you as you have believed” (Matthew 8:13). Therefore, dare to believe that God has given you the power to do awesome things for Him–things that you can only do because your spirit is more powerful than your flesh.



Word of the day

Joyful living requires giving.

Most people are selfish and self-centered, focusing only on what benefits them. Such thinking claims that the more you have, the more you accumulate, and the more attention you receive, the happier you’ll be.

Yet, most of the time, such selfishness only makes a person more depressed than ever. This is because when all you focus on is yourself, you’ll always want more, and you’ll never be satisfied with what you have. On the other hand, if you live focused on how you can bless others and serve them, then God will give you joy.
 
It is no surprise, therefore, that Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
 
Likewise, in John 13:1-17 Jesus is seen washing his disciples’ feet; he sets an example by humbly giving himself to his disciples.
Then, in John 13:17, Jesus tells them, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
In other words, you will be blessed, which in the Greek has the meaning of being happy, if you give and serve others. The Bible makes it clear that joyful living requires giving.
 
 


Word of the Day

Nathaniel’s Perspective.

You are precious and of great Value despite where you came from or what you have been through. Just because someone’s perspective about you is bad does not mean you are of no value. God’s perspective is what matters. Wipe your tears and shout that you are valuable in the eyes of God. Nathaniel’s perspective about Jesus did not change who Jesus was, He was still the Son of God.

Your skin color, your credit or social status does not define you in the eyes of God.

John 1:46
“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathaniael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.



Word of the Day

Preach the Gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.

“Preach the Gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.” That advice, originally given by St. Francis of Assisi, is applicable today, because how you behave tells the world what you believe. How you treat others, how you spend your money, how you maintain your house, car, and other possessions, and even how you drive all speak loudly about what you believe.

The world is hungry for something real; they’re searching for answers to life. But the world’s not reading the Bible; they’re reading Christians. And they will recognize true Christians by their fruit, not their mouth, not their bumper sticker, not their cross earrings, but their fruit–their actions (Matthew 7:20).

Clearly, how you behave tells the world what you believe. In other words, your life is a sermon.

Therefore, it is very understandable that James instructs: Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like (James 1:22-24).

Faith involves more than hearing and believing; faith demands action. Therefore, the best way to preach the Gospel is to live the Gospel, because how you live boldly declares what you believe.
 


Word of the Day

Are you seeking God’s presence or His presents?

You can learn a lot about what you want simply by examining what you are praying for.

King David said, One thing I ask of the Lord … (Psalm 27:4). He had just one thing that was important to him — just one thing! Are you begging God for many things, or are you asking Him for just that one thing: … that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple” (Psalm 27:4)?

In that psalm, David was praying that he would dwell in God’s presence and seek Him. Notice that his prayer had nothing to do with getting more worldly things from God.

So, instead of begging God to give you more worldly things, pray that you would dwell in the house of the Lord, knowing that when you seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, … all these things will be given to you as well(Matthew 6:33).

When you seek God, He promises to take care of all the things you need! Start seeking God’s presence, and He will give you His presents.

 

 



Word of the day

Are you seeking the gifts or the Giver?

Sometimes we get so caught up in seeking God’s presents that we forget all about His presence! God wants every believer to remain in His presence and have a personal relationship with Him just like you would with any other friend.

King David knew the importance of seeking God’s presence and dwelling with Him. In Psalm 27:4, David writes, One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. David set himself to seek and require one thing–God’s presence.

The next two verses (Psalm 27:5-6) tell us the rewards of seeking God: For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.

The rewards of seeking God are awesome; not only will you develop a closer relationship with God, but you will also find true joy and contentment.

Psalm 16:11 says, You will fill me with joy in your presence. In other words, joy is found in God’s presence–not His presents! Therefore, evaluate your life to make sure that you’re seeking God, not just His gifts.
 


Word of the day

Use your words as building blocks not battering rams.

Every word you say will have an affect on others. Positive words will encourage and strengthen other people, but negative words will tear down and harm them. You must decide whether to speak positively or negatively. Please understand that speaking positively requires a deliberate decision, whereas speaking negatively comes easily—for it is human nature. Therefore, actively strive to speak positive and encouraging words to others.

It is no surprise that the Bible instructs us to say beneficial things about others: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29). Furthermore, Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt …” Speaking positive, uplifting words is extremely important. Indeed, Proverbs 25:11says, “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”

In Psalm 19:14, David prays, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” David clearly knew the importance of words, and so he prayed that he would speak words that were pleasing to God.

We must deliberately choose to speak positive words; otherwise, we will instinctively complain and be negative—for that is human nature. Thus, it is no surprise that Ecclesiastes 5:2 tells us, “Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.” Similarly, Proverbs 10:19 says, “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.”Usually when you “hold” your tongue, you’ll catch yourself before you say nasty things about others and cut them down with your words.

Lastly, it is important to understand that whatever you say is a reflection of your heart attitude. Matthew 12:34says, “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (also see Luke 6:45). In other words, your words are simply an overflow of what’s in your heart. If you think poorly about others, you’ll speak poorly about them. On the other hand, if you think positively about others, as the Bible instructs us to, then you’ll speak positively about them.

Since words carry power, make a decision to use your words as building blocks not battering rams.
 
 


Word of the Day

TOP 10 REASONS WHY CONSTANT COMPLAINING IS SO TOXIC IN THE WORKPLACE

God’s Promised & chosen people complained throughout their Journey from Egypt on their way to the Promised Land. They had the Kings of Kings and Lord of Lords on their Side but they still missed it.

Here’s why constant complaining is so bad:

1: It makes things look worse than they are
When people complain, they focus only on what’s wrong. Things may be mostly fine in the company, but complainers only talk about the problems, annoyances and peeves they perceive.

If things in a company are 80% good and 20% bad and you spend most of your time thinking and talking about the bad 20% – the situation will look a lot worse than it really is.

2: It becomes a habit
The more you complain, the easier it gets. In the end, everything is bad, every situation is a problem, every co-worker is a jerk and nothing is good.

The more you focus on the negative, the harder it gets to switch into a positive mindset.

3: You get what you focus on
According to Wikipedia, Confirmation bias is:

…a tendency to search for or interpret new information in a way that confirms one’s preconceptions and avoid information and interpretations which contradict prior beliefs.

In other words, what you already believe influences your perception of everything around you. That’s why constant complaining makes you see everything in a negative light, because your subconscious mind tries to make new observation fit with what you already know.

4: It leads to onedownmanship
A complaining session might go something like this:

The other day, my boss came in 5 minutes before I was leaving and asked me to finish two huge projects for him. I had to stay two hours and missed my football game.

Yeah, well my boss told me to work this weekend AND the next.

Hah, that’s nothing! My boss…

This type of interaction rewards the person with the worst story who can complain the loudest. Not healthy!

5: It makes people despondent
Not only does constant complaining make you see the workplace as worse than it really is, but because you’re constantly hearing stories of how bad things are and how they’re constantly getting worse it also destroys all hope that things can get better.

This of course makes people less likely to take action to improve their situation, because everybody knows it’s doomed to fail anyway.

6: It kills innovation
Because the situations looks so hopeless, people become less creative and innovative. What’s the point of coming up with ideas and implementing them – it’s never going to work anyway.

Also, chronic complainers are the first to shoot down any new idea.

7: It favors negative people
The way to get status among complainers is to be the most negative. To be the one who sees everything in the most negative light.

Any attempt to be positive or cheerful will be shot down and optimists will be accused of being Pollyanna, naive and unrealistic.

8: It promotes bad relationships
People who complain together unite against the world and can create strong internal relationships based on this. But these relationships are based mostly on negative experiences. That’s not healthy.

It also means that you can only continue to be a part of the group if you can continue to complain, miring you even deeper in a complaint mindset.

9: It creates cliques
Being positive, optimistic and appreciative makes you more open towards other people – no matter who they are. It becomes easy to connect to co-workers in other departments, projects or divisions.

Complaining, on the other hand, makes people gather in cliques with their fellow complainers where they can be critical and suspicious of everybody else.

10: Pessimism is bad for you
Research in positive psychology has shown that people who see the world in a positive light have a long list of advantages, including:

  • They live longer
  • They’re healthier
  • They have more friends and better social lives
  • They enjoy life more
  • They’re more successful at work

We sometimes think that pessimists and complainers have the edge because they see problems sooner but the truth is that optimists not only lead better lives, they’re also more successful because they believe that what they’re doing is going to work.

The upshot

Constant complaining in the workplace is toxic. It can drain the happiness, motivation, creativity and fun from a whole company. Wherever it’s going on it must be addressed and handled properly.

I’m NOT saying that we should never complain at work – quite the contrary. If you see a problem in your workplace, complain to whoever can do something about it.

What we should avoid at all costs, is constant bitching and moaning, where we’re always complaining about the same things, to the same people, in the same way, day in and day out.

So what can we do about it? Well first of all, each of us can learn to complain constructively. This means learning to complain in a way that leads to the problem being fixed – rather than to more complaining. H

Secondly, we can learn to deal with the chronic complainers we meet at work. Unfortunately, our traditional strategies like trying to cheer them up or suggesting solutions for their problems don’t work because complainers aren’t looking for encouragement or solutions.

Finally, you can train your own ability to be positive. Just like complaining can become a habit, so can being appreciative, optimistic and grateful. 
 


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How Complaining Rewires Your Brain for Negativity

 

The Israelites complained throughout their Journey from Egypt on their way to the Promised Land.

In fact the complaining stopped them to ever put their feet in the Land flowing with Milk and Honey. Its amazing how complaining rewires our brains.

I came through this material as I was studying the complain filled trip of Gods people.

Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation. Complaining is tempting because it feels good, but like many other things that are enjoyable—such as smoking or eating a pound of bacon for breakfast—complaining isn’t good for you.

Your brain loves efficiency and doesn’t like to work any harder than it has to. When you repeat a behavior, such as complaining, your neurons branch out to each other to ease the flow of information. This makes it much easier to repeat that behavior in the future—so easy, in fact, that you might not even realize you’re doing it.

You can’t blame your brain. Who’d want to build a temporary bridge every time you need to cross a river? It makes a lot more sense to construct a permanent bridge. So, your neurons grow closer together, and the connections between them become more permanent. Scientists like to describe this process as, “Neurons that fire together, wire together.”

Repeated complaining rewires your brain to make future complaining more likely. Over time, you find it’s easier to be negative than to be positive, regardless of what’s happening around you. Complaining becomes your default behavior, which changes how people perceive you.

And here’s the kicker: complaining damages other areas of your brain as well. Research from Stanford University has shown that complaining shrinks the hippocampus—an area of the brain that’s critical to problem solving and intelligent thought. Damage to the hippocampus is scary, especially when you consider that it’s one of the primary brain areas destroyed by Alzheimer’s.

Complaining Is Also Bad for Your Health

While it’s not an exaggeration to say that complaining leads to brain damage, it doesn’t stop there. When you complain, your body releases the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol shifts you into fight-or-flight mode, directing oxygen, blood, and energy away from everything but the systems that are essential to immediate survival. One effect of cortisol, for example, is to raise your blood pressure and blood sugar so that you’ll be prepared to either escape or defend yourself.

All the extra cortisol released by frequent complaining impairs your immune system and makes you more susceptible to high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. It even makes the brain more vulnerable to strokes.

It’s Not Just You…

Since human beings are inherently social, our brains naturally and unconsciously mimic the moods of those around us, particularly people we spend a great deal of time with. This process is called neuronal mirroring, and it’s the basis for our ability to feel empathy. The flip side, however, is that it makes complaining a lot like smoking—you don’t have to do it yourself to suffer the ill effects. You need to be cautious about spending time with people who complain about everything. Complainers want people to join their pity party so that they can feel better about themselves. Think of it this way: If a person were smoking, would you sit there all afternoon inhaling the second-hand smoke? You’d distance yourself, and you should do the same with complainers.

The Solution to Complaining

There are two things you can do when you feel the need to complain. One is to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. That is, when you feel like complaining, shift your attention to something that you’re grateful for. Taking time to contemplate what you’re grateful for isn’t merely the right thing to do; it reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23%. Research conducted at the University of California, Davis, found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood and energy and substantially less anxiety due to lower cortisol levels. Any time you experience negative or pessimistic thoughts, use this as a cue to shift gears and to think about something positive. In time, a positive attitude will become a way of life.

The second thing you can do—and only when you have something that is truly worth complaining about—is to engage in solution-oriented complaining. Think of it as complaining with a purpose. Solution-oriented complaining should do the following:

Have a clear purpose. Before complaining, know what outcome you’re looking for. If you can’t identify a purpose, there’s a good chance you just want to complain for its own sake, and that’s the kind of complaining you should nip in the bud.

Start with something positive. It may seem counter intuitive to start a complaint with a compliment, but starting with a positive helps keep the other person from getting defensive. For example, before launching into a complaint about poor customer service, you could say something like, “I’ve been a customer for a very long time and have always been thrilled with your service…”

Be specific. When you’re complaining it’s not a good time to dredge up every minor annoyance from the past 20 years. Just address the current situation and be as specific as possible. Instead of saying, “Your employee was rude to me,” describe specifically what the employee did that seemed rude.

End on a positive. If you end your complaint with, “I’m never shopping here again,” the person who’s listening has no motivation to act on your complaint. In that case, you’re just venting, or complaining with no purpose other than to complain. Instead, restate your purpose, as well as your hope that the desired result can be achieved, for example, “I’d like to work this out so that we can keep our business relationship intact.”
Bringing It All Together

Just like smoking, drinking too much, and lying on the couch watching TV all day, complaining is bad for you. by Travis Bradberry, Ph.D.



Word of the Day

The influence of Godly Mothers.

The influence of Godly Mothers.

-What you do as Parent has the power to affect your offspring for generations -either Positive or Negative

-Your Faith will affect your Children
-How you treat others will affect your Children
-How you help others will affect your Children
-Your Integrity will affect your Children
-How you speak and honor others will affect your Children



GOC Fatherhood Project

 


WORD OF THE DAY

A delay is not a denial from God

Habakkuk 2:3  For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it[a] will certainly come and will not delay.

The Bible is filled with examples of how God uses a long process to develop character, especially in leaders. He took eighty years to prepare Moses, including forty in the wilderness. For 14,600 days Moses kept waiting and wondering, “Is it time yet?” But God kept saying, “Not yet.”

Contrary to popular book titles, there are no Easy Steps to Maturity or Secrets of Instant Sainthood. When God wants to make a giant oak, he takes a hundred years, but when he want to make a mushroom, he does it overnight. Great souls are grown through struggles and storms and seasons of suffering. Be patient with the process. James advised, “Don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed.” (James 1:4, Msg)

Don’t get discouraged. When Habakkuk became depressed because he didn’t think God was acting quickly enough, God had this to say: “These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” (Habakkuk 2:3, LB)

Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be. Be Patient , God isn’t finished with you, so keep moving forward. Even the snail reached the ark by persevering!
 


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Bringing Out the Best in People

When conversing with people, we have an opportunity to bring out the best in them. To do so, we must act toward them as if we expect the best.    

The Pygmalion Effect    

When we act toward people as if we expect outstanding behavior from them, we are applying a principle known as the Pygmalion Effect. Widely validated by social science research, this principle says that as we communicate our expectations of people with various cues, they tend to respond to our cues by adjusting their behavior to match  them.    

Example of the principle applied    

A stunning example of this principle at work shows up in the research of Rosenthal and Jacobson (1971) who randomly labeled two groups of elementary students as `potential achievers` and `non-achievers,` then shared that information with their teachers. As a consequence, the teachers acted toward the `achievers` differently, such as spending more time with them, being more encouraging and supportive with a `you can do it` attitude. From these students the teachers expected `dramatic intellectual growth.`    

 

And they got it. When Rosenthal and Jacobson returned a few months later and re-tested the children, they found that the students labeled as having potential improved their IQ scores significantly, whereas the `non-achievers` had not.    

Similar results have been demonstrated in the supervisor-employee relationship. In both civilian and military settings, when supervisors acted toward their subordinates in ways that suggested high expectations of productivity, the higher productivity resulted.    

A Related Principle of Dale Carnegie    

Long before this research was done, human relations guru Dale Carnegie wrote, `Become genuinely interested in other people.` When we are genuinely interested in others, really curious about them, they feel respected and valued. Implied in our interest is the suggestion that they have a lot to offer. As we show our interest, they tend to become more interesting, more creative, and more capable.    

Many of the cues we communicate to others are expressed during conversation but are non-verbal. For example, our facial expressions of interest and our level of enthusiasm as shown by body and voice. Still others are verbal, such as asking questions to draw out a person’s ideas and by offering praise and encouragement.    

Bi-Focal Vision    

Many high achieving people have reported that along the way of their lives, some person has seen potential in them even when it was not obvious to others. That is, a teacher or coach or mentor had a sense of their potential, even if that potential was not readily apparent. For example, a young student from a poor background and education may be seen by a teacher to have a certain giftedness when others have written them off. Thus encouraged and supported, the student begins to excel. (The famous case of deaf and blind Helen Keller  working with her teacher Annie Sullivan is such an example.)    

Bi-focal vision is a term that denotes our ability to see both the actual behavior and a person’s potential within. When we act toward persons as if they are more than theyappear to be on the surface, the potential within tends to emerge.    

Conversational Behavior Flows from Our Attitudes    

The simplest way to bring out the best in people is to hold an attitude of positive expectations. Instead of looking for what’s missing, or what’s wrong with a person, we can re-frame our expectations to look for what’s positive. The management phrase, `Catch employees doing something right` captures the sense of this attitude.    

Try Out The Principle    

If you make a conscious choice to expect the best from others, you will tend to get it, from friends, family members, colleagues, and service people. Your behavior toward them, genuinely expressed, will begin to create the self-fulfilling prophecy that people are often more than they seem.   
 


Word of the day

Four Principles of Biblical Stewardship

1. The principle of ownership. 

The psalmist begins the 24th psalm with,

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.

In the beginning of Genesis, God creates everything and puts Adam in the Garden to work it and to take care of it. It is clear that man was created to work and that work is the stewardship of all of the creation that God has given him.

This is the fundamental principle of biblical stewardship. God owns everything, we are simply managers or administrators acting on his behalf.

Therefore, stewardship expresses our obedience regarding the administration of everything God has placed under our control, which is all encompassing. Stewardship is the commitment of one’s self and possessions to God’s service, recognizing that we do not have the right of control over our property or ourselves.    

Echoing Deuteronomy 8:17, we might say: “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But Deuteronomy 8:18 counsels us to think otherwise:

Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth. 

2. The principle of responsibility. 

In explaining responsibility, Peel writes,

Although God gives us “all things richly to enjoy,” nothing is ours. Nothing really belongs to us. God owns everything; we’re responsible for how we treat it and what we do with it. While we complain about our rights here on earth, the Bible constantly asks, What about your responsibilities? Owners have rights; stewards have responsibilities.

We are called as God’s stewards to manage that which belongs to God. While God has graciously entrusted us with the care, development, and enjoyment of everything he owns as his stewards, we are responsible to manage his holdings well and according to his desires and purposes.

3. The principle of accountability.

A steward is one who manages the possessions of another. We are all stewards of the resources, abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted to our care, and one day each one of us will be called to give an account for how we have managed what the Master has given us.

This is the maxim taught by the Parable of the Talents. God has entrusted authority over the creation to us and we are not allowed to rule over it as we see fit. We are called to exercise our dominion under the watchful eye of the Creator managing his creation in accord with the principles he has established.

Like the servants in the Parable of the Talents, we will be called to give an account of how we have administered everything we have been given, including our time, money, abilities, information, wisdom, relationships, and authority.

We will all give account to the rightful owner as to how well we managed the things he has entrusted to us.

4. The principle of reward. 

In Colossians 3:23-24 Paul writes:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

The Bible shows us in the parables of the Kingdom that faithful stewards who do the master’s will with the master’s resources can expect to be rewarded incompletely in this life, but fully in the next.

We all should long to hear the master say what he exclaims in Matthew 25:21:

Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!

As Christians in the 21st century, we need to embrace this larger biblical view of stewardship, which goes beyond church budgets or building projects, though important; it connects everything we do with what God is doing in the world.

We need to be faithful stewards of all God has given us within the opportunities presented through his providence to glorify him, serve the common good and further his Kingdom. 
 
 
 


Word of the day

How much?

 

Most western worlders don’t like to talk about their finances but it never ceases to amaze me how open Israelis are about them. It’s commonplace to ask someone how much they make or how much they paid for their house or car. People do it all the time, even total strangers! So I’m gonna jump on the band wagon and be bold because the subject has been on my heart lately.

At some point, New York City’s Mayor David N. Dinkins, who served as the 106th Mayor of New York City from 1990 to 1993, when urged by Manhattan officials to buy some property thought to be an “extraordinary opportunity for the city,” said: “If they’re selling elephants two for a quarter, that’s a great bargain. But only if you have a quarter–and only if you need elephants.”

How many of us are guilty of spending unwisely – and not allowing the Lord to reign over our spending habits? While God doesn’t condemn the possession of goods and money, He does speak against hoarding, coveting, selfishness, stealing, dishonesty, and even mismanagement of finances.

I believe the Lord wants to pour out a financial blessing upon us today. But have we shown Him that we are trustworthy to use it in a manner pleasing to Him?

Let’s put our finances and spending before the Lord today and ask Him to be Lord over them all. God has great plans for us ahead if we will only lay ourselves down!
 


Word of the day

Invest in Eternity!

The great pyramids of Egypt have become objects of fascination for many involved in the New Age teching. Some think they were built by aliens from outer space. Others say they are containers of cosmic power. All of them are trying to find the great “secret” of the pyramids. What they are, really, are structures of death, exaggerated tombstones, coffins. The pyramids were made for death. They were built to house a dead body, along with the useless riches of it’s rotting corpse.

The pyramid holds an important lesson for our lives, however. All the works of our flesh and self-glorification end in waste, destruction, futility and death. Our accomplishments in the flesh might be grand, exalted, and elaborate — but they’re really just a monument to ourselves that have no life within them. If we want death, let’s look to the flesh and all the glories of man — look to the pyramids. But if we want life, we’ll only find it by abandoning the flesh, walking in purity and putting our faith in Yeshua (Jesus), the one who gives us abundant life!

Investments in eternity neither rust nor rot, so let’s become wise investors — investing in the Kingdom! There’s so much work to be done!


Word of the day

Stewardship

A Biblical definition of stewardship is
“having dominion over the works of God.” The definition of stewardship can be broken down into four components, the Four Ts of Stewardship: time, talent, temple, and treasure. God has given us our life and our time to manage as part of us being his steward. The definition of stewardship includes caring for all things that God has given us. This includes our bodies. The definition of stewardship also includes the making use of the talents and abilities that God had given us. As God’s chosen representatives, his stewards, God has also given us material things to faithfully administer for his glory. See below for Biblical commentary concerning the definition of the four T’s of stewardship.

The Four T’s of Stewardship:Time, Temple, Talent, and Treasure

  1. Time – Redeeming the Time That God Has Given You.

God has given us our life and our time to manage as part of us being his steward. As good stewards, he expects us to manage our time, our life, according to his will. We are to redeem the time that God has provided us. Ephesians 5:16 advises us to redeem our time for God’s glory.

  1. Temple – Care For Your Body, the Temple of the Holy Ghost.

The definition of stewardship includes caring for all things that God has given us. This includes our bodies. As Christians, our bodies are the temples of the Holy Ghost. If our bodies are to be temples of the Holy Ghost, then it goes without saying that we should not defile our bodies with sin. 1st Corinthians 6:19 advises us that our bodies are the not ours, but the temple of the Holy Ghost.

  1. Talents – Use Our Given Talents For Good Works.

The definition of stewardship also includes the making use of the talents and abilities that God had given us. God has given each us unique talents and he desires us to put our talents to good use. As Christians, we can even say that God has ordained us with our unique talents to do his good works. : Ephesians 2:10 advises us that we are ordained with unique talents and that we should walk in them.

  1. Treasure – Being Accountable For God’s Treasure.
A key definition of stewardship is being accountable for God’s treasures. The Bible tells us that all things are created by God and all things are God’s. As God’s chosen representatives, his stewards, God has given us material things to faithfully administer for his glory.