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Go Get What Is Yours

Is there something you know that is supposed to happen for you but it hasn’t happened yet? However you know it will happen “one day.” It may be a promotion on your job, a new car, a business idea, healing in your body, or a spouse. I mention all these tangible things because these are things we can see.

The good news is that God has already provided all these things. They come built into the promises of God when we accept him into our lives. Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek the Kingdom of God first and “these things” (promises) will be added to us. He wants to give us what we desire. Jesus died so we can have abundant life.

I have heard people say and I have said myself, “God won’t bless me unless I do this or that.” However we want to make sure we are not limiting God with our words. God has given us power and authority to speak His promises on ourselves. The promises of God are Yes and Amen.

God is a God of order and he tells us in Proverbs that we must plan so we can be successful. He also says that while we may make plans He has the last word. I believe we should plan and prepare. It is “part of” our act of faith. Then there comes a time where we have done enough planning and preparation and studying and practice and we must “Go Get” what He said was ours. Things may never line up perfectly until you launch. Don’t allow obstacles or even your own short comings stop you.

I encourage you to GO GET what is yours. Don’t limit God. Everything is about time. But don’t miss your appointed time. Could it be that God has been trying to bless you right now but you have not accepted it? Has someone offered you help or assistance? Maybe someone gave you a coupon to the Spa and you are walking around with back pain. Use the coupon!

I remember a time I was spending money regularly for car repairs. My car was paid for. My son kept advising me to get a new one. But I did not want a car note and he helped me realize that I was paying a car note and then some with all the repairs I was paying for. At the time I could not “see” being able to afford a new car… In short, I heeded his advice. Not only was I able to afford the car, but I paid it off in 18 months instead of 5 years.

Review your plans and assess your progress. You may find You are more ready than you thought. Maybe He wants you to move into that house today despite your credit. Maybe your promotion happens today instead of after you get the degree. Go get your customers now and perfect the business model as you go! Many times the preparation and planning is so “we” can feel comfortable when God is saying I have given you everything you need for success.

 

PRAY THIS PRAYER:

“Father, I remove any obstacles or hindrance preventing me from receiving “what you have promised me” (fill in the blank). I forgive those who have hurt or offended me and ask forgiveness for myself of any offense.

I ask you to open my eyes so I can see what I have not been seeing before. Show me what to do next…  who to talk to and where to go. Let my words be the right words. I open my heart now to receive what you have promised me, in Jesus name. Amen”

BE Who You Are

Life is good when life is true to the thing that God has called me to.”

How many times do we find ourselves conforming to roles that don’t fit us? It does not matter what background, status or race we have all found ourselves having to portray a “role” or behave in a certain way to satisfy a particular social setting.

We may need to, in some instances, change the person we are in order to BECOME the person we are supposed to BE. I know I have growing up I was in honors classes which separated me from my own culture. I was ashamed to be considered “smart” so I would conform so people would not tease me. I wanted something more than I had seen growing up. My mother’s would always steer me back to being who I was supposed to be.

The question is are you being the person you were created to be. Is the role you are playing getting you closer to where you want to go. While you may be good at “playing a role” you will never be happy being someone else.

We play a role as spouses to please each other only to find out later that one of you does not like taking the yearly Ski trip… In fact you don’t even like to ski! You tolerate being in environments you are uncomfortable in… Hanging with groups that don’t value your core beliefs… Or maybe you work a job for years that is neither fulfilling or profitable, but you stay because it is all you know. Maybe you make great money but are afraid of the security you have built on “a job with benefits.”

If we rely on God to direct us, we will “live from within” that is, follow our hearts. If our hearts are full of God then our hearts will never steer us wrong. God teaches us to hear Him by confirming the thoughts He placed in us. You may get an idea to give someone $100 and not pay attention to the idea. A week later you hear about that person needing $100. That is confirmation.

Follow your heart. Never let anyone influence you to be who you are not. This is the beginning to you being who you are supposed to be. It is the beginning to fulfillment in life.

purpose in life

Find Your Purpose In Life

Knowing God’s Purpose For Your Life

Many people when asked what they believe God’s purpose in life for them is they either don’t know and/or are no where close to living in the purpose and calling God has for them. It may take some time but you can find out what your purpose in life is so you can begin living a more abundant life. Read more

Life in the Spirit
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Life In The Spirit

How To Live Life In The Spirit

Life in the SpiritIn order for us to live a life in the spirit, we have to have God’s spirit live within us.  There is a process to living life in the spirit.  Though it requires diligence, it is not difficult.  The foundation scriptures below, though not all inclusive, will give you some background on the subject of living by God’s Holy Spirit and help increase your ability to live in the spirit.

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Keys to Understanding the Bible

Understanding The Bible

Keys To Understanding The Bible. It Is Simple…

Keys to Understanding the BibleUnderstanding the Bible is simple once you know how.  It first starts with a sincere desire to know and understand God’s word.  This is the first step.

As you begin to read, some of the words and terms may may seem foreign in the beginning, but you will be surprised at how you begin to actually understand what the bible is really saying. Read more

Like a Child

Like A Child

Present Yourself Like A Child To God

Like a ChildWhen it comes to our relationship with God, He wants us to present ourselves to Him like a child.  Like a child, we should be innocent about what is bad.  Children don’t know what evil is until they are taught.  Everything is “good” to a child unless they are told otherwise.  You ever notice how even when in unfavorable situations, children still find a way to make fun out of it?  They hold true to God’s word of “counting it all joy” when you find yourself in various situations. Read more

Can We Be Super Human
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Can We Be Super Human?

What It Means To Be A Super Human Being

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Science and Technology make it possible to do what was once impossible but that does not make us super human. I read an article once where they were using technology to recreate stronger limbs when a soldier got injured. Years ago this was only possible in the movies. Read more

How Faith Works

How Faith Works

How Faith WorksGod demonstrated how faith works when he created the world.  Faith, like love is an action word.  He spoke everything into existence.  That was the “action” He took to produce all of creation.

Hebrews 11:6 Without faith it is impossible to please God.

Faith is the basis of our relationship with God.  Faith is doing.  Faith is creating.  Faith is vision.  God had a vision prior to creating the earth and then He spoke it into existence.  It is the same with us.  We get an idea, a vision and then we speak our plans out loud or we “say” that we will do “this” or “that.”  Then we begin taking action to produce the end result.  Faith without actions does not produce results.  This is how faith works – in a nutshell.  Nothing complicated.

So what causes us to not have faith?  What causes our faith not to work?  Sometimes we think we are acting in faith, and we may be doing all we know, but there are things that can actually hinder your faith.  Sin is one of them.  Strife is another.  Strife is ill feelings in your heart, bitterness or anger toward another person. Heart issues stop faith from producing.

When you ask God for something, Jesus says believe when you pray and don’t doubt and you will have it.  Jesus also said: “If you abide in me and my word abides in you, you shall ask whatever you will and it will be done for you.”  If Jesus really lives in you, there is no room for doubt.  And if He lives in you, His word is in you.  That means you operate by His word and His power.

Hebrews 10:36 Ye have need of patience that after you have done the will of God, ye shall receive the promise.”

Whatever it is you want from God after you have prayed for it.  Find out what He requires you to do regarding the thing you asked for.  Listen for His answer.  Do what He said.  Then have patience.   Sometimes what He requires you to do takes you through a certain process and after you complete it, you will have what you asked for.

If you want God to bless you with a profitable business, He may require you to educate yourself first, then do certain steps and finally implement your marketing plan.  You won’t see profit until after you have done all that is required.

Finally, our faith doesn’t work if our conscious condemns us.  If our conscious condemns us or lets just say if we have a guilty conscious, we don’t think we deserve the best.  What causes your conscious condemn you?  Things you did in the past can cause you to feel unworthy.  Sin can cause you to feel unworthy.  People intimidating you can cause you to feel unworthy.

For sin, the bible says God is faithful and just to forgive us.  Once we are forgiven, we have to be bold about what we want and believe we deserve it.  Every other negative feeling that would cause us to feel unworthy are lies.  You have to know that you deserve the best. That is important.  Otherwise feelings of doubt will creep in and you won’t believe it will happen for you.  If you remain in God’s word, you can have so much confidence and know that if He grants anyone what they want, it will be you.

Many times we have been misled to think we are only human and that it is not possible to live fully and perfectly for God.  But we can abide – live totally by – live totally for – live totally in God, and obey His will.  Then we can be confident in our requests of God.  This then, is how faith works:  it works by our confidence in God.  Our confidence in God comes when we are obedient to His word.

How to Confess Your Sins

How To Confess Your Sins

How to Confess Your SinsJames 5:16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (KJV)

If you want to know how to confess your sins, it is as easy as confessing your faults.  I will give you examples of how this works.

But first, I would like to present a different way of looking at what we consider sin is.  We all have faults.  However, we don’t really look at faults as sin.  We look at them as things we need to improve on. This is true, but it doesn’t make us realize that our faults are sin and so we won’t recognize the need to confess them.

The bible talks about sins of “omission” and sins of “commission.”  Omission being sin we commit without trying to or even without knowing it.  I am not talking about addictions.  These are not sins of omission.  Sins of commission we know it is wrong to do, but consciously make  choice that this is what we plan to do.  Sins of commission have to do with what you know.

The bible tells us if we truly know God, we won’t live a life of sin.  Sure, we will still have faults.  But this is why we pray daily to be forgiven.  And we have to practice forgiving others if we want to be forgiven.

In addition to confessing our sins to God, the bible also instructs us to confess our faults to each other so that we can be healed.  What do you recognize in your life as a fault today?  Then, you can go to God and confess that to him.

Did you also know that you can be in an ordinary conversation talking to someone about what you would like to improve about you?  This is confession your fault.  But it is good to share your faults only with someone who can provide you with proper guidance or encouragement for getting better.

I wanted to start eating right everyday to improve my health.  I also wanted to start a routine exercise.  I told my daughter about it.  Now she makes sure I am staying on track by challenging me and regularly asking questions about what I have eaten for the day.

Confessing your faults to others, gets things out in the open and opens up the opportunity for others to help you.  You then have a support system.

If you have financial problems because of your spending habits, you can talk to someone who is good at managing money and let them know that you would like to be better.  They can help you by putting a plan in place for you to follow and you have to cooperate.

If you have emotional issues or personality conflicts with people, you can confess that issue to someone close to you and the can help you get over those things.

The key to confessing your faults is confessing to the right person or people.  You want to talk to someone who genuinely cares about your well being and has the right knowledge to help you get better.  Sometimes people who love us don’t have the answers and so the answers we get are inaccurate and don’t benefit us.  This is why I stress this.

Lastly, even if you don’t know who to talk to and your desire is to get better, you can Pray to God and ask Him to lead you to the right person or information that will help you.

If you are willing to know the things that are wrong and that are hindering you in your life, God will show you if you allow him.

 

Dealing With Peer Pressure

Deal With Peer Pressure

Dealing With Peer Pressure Effectively

Dealing With Peer PressureWe are all dealing with peer pressure every day.  We usually think about peer pressure as teenage peer pressure or pressure from a particular group of people to get a person to act a certain way or do a certain thing.  Our society is built on a foundation of peer pressure that is causing people to have mental and medical conditions.  In the words of one man, People “spend money they don’t have to impress people they don’t like.”  It’s not an exact quote.  Peer Pressure is a real force that drives real action but did you know that we don’t have to give in to its influences?

The media says we should live our lives “this way” or “that way” or that we have to have “this” be “this” or wear “that.”  At one point the media said we all have to be skinny, have long straight hair as a woman to be beautiful, then they said it’s okay to be big.  If I write a book and a lot of people know about it, then I must be an expert.  What is sad is that we believe and buy nearly everything the media says whether we admit it or not.

We are told what holidays to celebrate and how to celebrate them . . . even to the point of what type of education is best or acceptable. We determine what is good or bad, valuable or invaluable by our attitudes and esteem toward a given thing.

At one point, being African American, I would never have worn my hair any other way than “straight” and long.  When short straight hair cuts came in style, I cut my hair and wore a nice, straight style and received many compliments.  We even let society tell us what kind of man or woman to date.  This is how we came up with socio-economic status.  And it does have its place within proper perspectives, but I say most of us are mentally controlled by “status quos” and don’t think for ourselves.  We don’t even read for ourselves.

We are told today that if we are not on Facebook or Twitter, our businesses will not be successful.  So everyone has bought in. It used to be MySpace.  There will be new technology coming out and we will all move to it as soon as they tell us to.  You have to ask yourself, “How did businesses become successful before Facebook and Twitter?”  We as a society determine what is valid as a whole using the media as our guide and we agree upon it to make it a norm.  Allow your opinions to be those you formulate on your own and not because  everyone else is doing it.

Tips for dealing with peer pressure:

Let’s just take some time and think for a moment . . . who created books before there ever were any?  Men. How did they know to create the books?  Who told them to?  They were inspired with an idea.  They shared it with those around them and it caught on.  Just because an idea you have has never been done before doesn’t mean it won’t work.  Computers and most major technology, especially the Internet had to have buy-in from the people.

Peer pressure is all about influence. Who is doing the influencing?  Why are they able to influence people?  We all have equal opportunity to influence.  You can influence people by not being influenced.  It is said that people with the most money have the most influence. You know why?  It is because people give them and their money that power.  That is not real influence.  Once you run out of money, you run out of influence if that is the case.  My family lived at one point in a really bad neighborhood influenced by heavy drugs and alcohol, yet we chose not to be involved as pre-teens and teenagers.

Peer pressure is all about how you think about what other people think, have thought or will think about you. You have to not care.  Not in a bad way.  It is truly freedom to be able to live by your own values and not be concerned about what people will say about you.  When we get to this point, we are free.  This takes a great deal of stress off of us.

Lastly, you have to value yourself so much that it doesn’t matter who it is, if it is wrong, it’s wrong and you don’t have to go along with it. Dealing with peer pressure involves the ability to think properly about situations and put them in the right perspective.