As adults, no one is obligated to care for us, give to us, meet our needs, be our best friend, no one but God. People don't have to support you, buy from you, connect with you, love you, shelter you, clothe you, be with you for life and beyond...
Stop getting mad at people and talking about people when they don't support you, aren't there for you, turn away from you, talk about you, won't give to you. As a follower of Jesus Christ, stop it! people are not our source.
They are resources that like you and me, and we all come from the source. God will see to it that we have the resources when we need them. He moves people and changes circumstances.
God is the source of all wealth and well-being, open doors and opportunities. Stop looking to people. I so had to learn this. But when I finally, finally believed Jesus when He told us not to worry about anything, what we would wear or what we would eat and if we being evil know how to give good gifts to our own children how much more would our Father in heaven give to us... my life began changing, so did I.
He knows our needs. He sees our struggles. Jesus was sitting way up on a hill but yet with an eye sharper than a hawk saw his disciples way down below at a far distance on the sea struggling against the stormy wind and high tide to make it across. So what did he do? He went down and walked on the sea to get to them.
There are no barriers with God. He is not bound by time, space, who likes us or who doesn't. Struggling to make it? He sees you. Cease striving and struggling and hustling people and KNOW that he is God.
Don't sweat people. Trust God.
Published on Friday, September 6, 2019 @ 11:04 AM CDT
One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. – Romans 14:5
We have all heard the cliche - "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink."
Have you ever wondered why the horse refuses to take a sip? I believe it is because he has made up his mind not to.
Our mind determines our thoughts and our thoughts dictate our actions. Nothing will happen in your life or mine unless we first make it happen in our mind.
The reason many of us are not seeing the breakthroughs we’ve been praying about for years is partly because we haven’t made up our mind that we will. We vacillate between belief and unbelief.
James told us that a double-minded person is unstable in their ways. (James 1:8) Instability leads to doubt, frustration, and inertia.
Unbelief, like fear, stops us cold.
Even though we pray about something and get confirmation from God that it is His will for us, it will never happen until we can actually believe it and wrap our mind around it.
God blesses what we do, but will not do it for us.
Remember this - leaders who think they can, might. Leaders who decide they can, will. It's all in our mind!
I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. – Rosa Parks
Published on Friday, August 23, 2019 @ 1:04 PM CDT
Not every bull can stay in the arena and not every bull is fit for the fight.
We serve in the arena of public service and we daily find ourselves having to fight off lions, tigers and bears. Translated - co-workers, colleagues and citizens.
But may I encourage you? If you had not passed the test, you would not be in the arena! Don't quit now. You were made for this and you have the wounds, known only to you, to prove it.
In the bullfighting arena are two actors - the bull and the bullfighter. However, long before the bull enters the arena, it has passed a test that only he and the bullfighter standing in front of him knows he has passed - The Picador Test.
All bulls, before entering the bullfighting ring, must first pass the Picador Test.
In the Picador Test, a bull is brought into the arena, typically no fans, no fanfare - just him and the bullfighter in front of him, the Picador. The Picador sits on a horse draped in pads, with a lance in his hand. The Picador's job is to test the bull for durability and courage.
Each time the bull charges, the Picador pricks the bull with the lance. The bull retreats, but charges again. Then again. With each new charge comes another prick of the lance.
The bull's bravery is measured by how many times it charges, knowing that with each charge it will feel another sting from the lance.
Bulls that quit are taken to slaughterhouses and destroyed. But the ones who keep charging ahead, despite the sting and wounds from the many pricks, get to trot out onto the big stage, into the packed arena of cheering fans.
The same analogy applies to us. We serve and work in the arena of public service. We charge ahead each day. Some days we are stung by the prick of unfair criticism, other days by the prick of lies and insults. Still other days we are stung by the prick of rejection, the prick of getting fired, the prick of ridicule, or by the prick of betrayal.
But you have endured them. It is why you are where you are today! No one but you and God knows intimately every scar. God saw every prick from the Enemy. He saw every time you kept charging ahead by faith. He saw your tenacity to win. He saw every time when you kept a stiff upper lip, cried in private but performed in public. God saw your tears. He bound up your wounds.
You kept charging ahead. Wounded but charging. You didn't quit. They couldn't make you quit. They couldn't stop you. You didn't die where they tried to bury you.
So here you are. Perhaps wounded again and thinking of quitting. This message is to remind you of all the way God has brought you.
No leader is without wounds. Not one. Don't quit now. You have endured worse and will endure even more before your storied career is done.
Don't be hard on yourself. Don't doubt yourself. Temporary setbacks are just that, temporary.
Don't give up on yourself. You never would be in the arena had you not passed your Picador Test!
Keep charging ahead. Each prick is proof that you have what it takes to lead in an arena so desperately in need today of your tenacity, bravery, and leadership.
We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord's dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. - James 5:11
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Published on Monday, August 19, 2019 @ 11:39 AM CDT
God will renew your strength and your courage will increase as you trust Him through the hard places. There will always be that last battle before your breakthrough.
There will be many battles but there will be that one, that one that will either make you or break you. That one where you just want to flat-out give up.
As one now not far from being on the other side, but nonetheless on the other side, I say to you, don't let this break you. When people walk away, no matter how much you love them, let them go. Their part in your story is over. Hold on to God and your vision, not people and their provision.
When you're down to nothing, trust God for the next something. When you don't know what to do next, just do the next thing. Do what you know to do and wait on God. Don't whine, don't complain.
Get up every day, wash your face, thank God for a new day and it could be day after day after day of nothingness. Just keep doing the next thing. Don't rush ahead of God and tell Him what He already knows - that if He doesn't do something, you can do nothing. Day in and day out. The same nothingness.
But then one day... one day, you get an email out of nowhere, or a phone call, attend another meaningless meeting -- or so you think. The rest will be history.
Life is better for me than it has been in a long, long time. Cleaner. Simpler. More profitable. More fun. No pressure. Every need now met with blessings on the horizon.
I didn't have to do a thing but keep trusting, believing and waiting on God through barren days, boring days, non-profitable days; and, many lonely days.
When you're down to nothing, trust God for the next something. It will be incredible.
I am more courageous than I've ever been. But in a different way; shedding the mask, no longer trying to fit in or please people or trying hard not to upset the wrong people - letting go of fake people and living as simply and as minimally as possible.
I do not do drama, and I'm not trying to be anywhere I don't want to be. Whether it's hello or good-bye, my level of joy and peace are the same. I am now exactly where I want to be, prayed to be, and I am thankful.
It will always be that one last battle. You will recognize it because it will try you like none other. It will cause you to want to quit, give up on your dream and cause you to think you have missed your best life and opportunities.
You haven't. Don't let this break you. Your blessing and breakthrough are on the other side of the battle. You will win if you don't quit.
Published on Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 5:52 AM CDT
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God hid the most precious and profitable things on the inside. He hid oil in the ground and underneath oceans. He hid diamonds and gold beneath the earth. He did the same with us. He hid so much wealth inside of us - and yet we spend a lifetime chasing it the world's way.
It took me 50 years to discover this one most important truth about humanity. Yes, we all have the Holy Spirit once we accept Jesus Christ as Lord - but with that should come the discovery of our purpose (the gold, diamonds and oil) God hid deep within.
The Prophet, Elisha, said to the widow who was so broke and about to lose everything she owned, even her sons to be sold into slavery. He asked her one question... "tell me, what do you have in your house?" She said, "all I have is one jar of oil." He told her to go get some pots and don't get a few. He knew how God works. God just doesn't give, he gives the Bible says abundantly (translated - He gives "extravagantly"). In other words, what do you have inside of you?
Who knows the mind of God except the Spirit of God? If the Spirit of God knows the mind of God, He knows then what God had in mind when He created you! --- Discover it. It's there, you just have to unearth it. Or in our case, unmask it. Take off the mask the world has given you -- I finally did. And what I have discovered has made me rich -- and will make me wealthy because God didn't create anything to be broke and broke down...
Ask Creator God to show you the treasures He hid inside of you.
It's all on the inside!
Published on Friday, August 9, 2019 @ 9:25 AM CDT
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The three God-fearing government officials had a choice: Bow down and worship the golden idol as commanded by the king; or, be thrown into the furnace and be burned alive. They refused, opting instead to tell the king that God would deliver them - and even if he didn't, they would rather be burned alive than serve false gods and bow to the golden image the king had set up.
The king was Nebuchadnezzar. The three government officials were Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego.
We know the story. And we know that God was with them from the time they were thrown into the furnace, until the time they walked out of the furnace with not even a hint of smoke on them.
Nebuchadnezzar was so in awe that not only did he decree that others throughout the kingdom not dare speak against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, but he promoted all three to even higher positions.
What can we learn from this?
- Like those who threw the three into the furnace, those who try to ruin you, God will cause the same or worse ruin to come upon them. Neither fret over what people are doing to you nor fear them!
- Trust God for the outcome. Don't bow to political pressure or threats of losing your job if you don't go against your faith. Know that God is in the fire with you and you will come out without scorch. The flames will rage around you, but God will protect you.
- Give God glory before, during and after your trial and He not only will rescue you but in the end, cause the very ones who tried to destroy you, to promote you!
- Challenges will come. Threats are real. Those in authority over you may even fire you or demote you. Ridicule and despise you. Plot against and lie on you. But know that they can't defeat you. You will, in the end, come out on top. The fix is already in, in your favor. You may be on the ropes, but they can never deliver the knock out blow.
- Place everything you have in God's hands. Be confident in Him. You don't need to "get back" at anybody because God has your back. Do all you can and leave the rest to God. The battle is His, not yours. Represent God and He will rescue you. Stand on His principles and He will stand up for you. Be confident in this one thing. They may form a weapon against you, but it won't do the devastation to you they thought and schemed. They may try and ruin you, but they themselves will come to ruin. Have confidence in God and surely He will not only bring you out; but in the end, promote you.
The story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego is found in Daniel 3
Published on Monday, July 29, 2019 @ 11:53 AM CDT