Christmas is a Time for Thanks-Giving

Christmas

Thanksgiving comes before you receive anything. When we add to our prayers a heart of thankfulness no matter what takes place, it causes God to release heaven to turn a tragedy into a triumph and a mistake into a miracle. Here are three principles that will help us to develop a heart of thanksgiving this Christmas because thanksgiving really comes before Christmas. A CHOSEN HUMILITY What delights Read More

Building Margins and Resources

Building Margins & Resources

Margins may be defined as “the space between your load and your limit.” The load represents the things that you carry every day. You reach a limit when you crack and go over the edge. Necessary Margins If you lived in a perfect world and had no problems at all, you wouldn’t need margins. But guess where you get the tolerance and patience for problems? It comes from the margins of your life. Every Read More

Words God Loves to Hear

Words God Loves to Hear

We live in a world where words are plenteous and abundant, where words are cheap and words are sometimes excessive to the point that we don’t want to hear any more words. Sometimes, I wonder if God ever gets irritated with our words. Our words, our prayers, are just empty sometimes. Sometimes, I look at my own life and think I shouldn’t even pray. When I reflect on what I have been saying, I Read More

Worship Amidst Uncertainty

worship amidst uncertainty

What do we do in uncertain times? What does God expect of us when things are out of our control? We can’t control everything. But we spend a lot of our life trying to control what we can’t control. In doing so, we lose what we do have and what we should have stewarded — family, relationships, favor with God, our faith, our devotion and relationships with mankind. We lose these things that Read More

Foundations

Foundations

All of us are going to be faced with decisions. Do we have the capacity to make divine decisions, or are we just out of luck? Out of the 300 decisions that we make every day, 10 percent will be future-altering decisions that can alter our finances, futures and even our faith. I am convinced that life is made up of 10 percent of what happens to us and 90 percent of what we choose to do with what Read More

Taking Time to Enjoy Life

Taking Time to Enjoy Life

“You will make known to me the path of life, in thy presence is fullness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures forever” (Ps. 16:11). God is saying to have a life filled with joy is not a distasteful thing. It is something that is pleasurable in a right, godly and spiritual way. It is one of the ingredients to balance out our lives. The Sweet Spot We all know what the sweet spot is. If Read More

Living in His Presence

LIVING

God is always with us, but if we don’t recognize His Presence, then there’s something that goes away, something that ends up in a dead end. How do we get reminded of the fact that we are in His Presence? How do we learn to live in His Presence? Let me give you three measuring sticks as to how you can determine how we’re doing in that. Three Measurements: Genuine and Healthy Relationships “And Read More

Nation Under Friendly Fire

Nation Under Friendly Fire

Today, we are a nation under friendly fire. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Prov. 14:34). The Bible says that righteousness exalts a nation, but sin disgraces it. It’s not the wars waged on the outside that wreck havoc and depress a nation and its families. It’s the sin within. It’s the inside job — like friendly fire in a war. Friendly fire Read More

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come

Miracles happen every day. The Bible says that in heaven, there will be no more tears and no more sorrow. It is normal in heaven to have health, wholeness and deliverance. He gives it to us on this spinning earth as our inheritance, but He packages it in promised form — the promise of healing, the promise of wholeness and the promise of deliverance. During our stay on this spinning globe, where Read More

Worn and New

Worn and New

Have you ever noticed that everything in your life wears out? The jacket you loved so much at the mall is now beaten up, with stains and smudges and frayed ends. The brand new car you drove off the lot doesn’t shine like it used to, and now is just a normal old ride with scratches and squeaks like everyone else. Your smartphone and tablet don’t run as flawlessly as they did the first day you Read More