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From Dream to Manifestation

Now God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can ask or think. Ephesians 3:20

Phase 1: Dream
What is the dream God has given you? If you don’t have a dream you’re working toward, you just exist. You need to start praying, “God, give me your dream.” You’re here on Earth for a purpose. When you discover that purpose, you’ll discover the dream God wants you to go after.

“God … is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes” (Ephesians 3:20b TLB).

Phase 2: Decision
Maybe you have a dream from God, but you’ve not yet made a decision to go after it. God’s word for you in phase 2 is, “Go for it!” You may need to make the decision to give your life to Christ or be baptized or join a church or get involved in ministry.

“If you are like that, unable to make up your mind and undecided in all you do, you must not think that you will receive anything from the Lord” (James 1:7-8 GNT).

Phase 3: Delay
When things don’t happen on our timetable, we tend to run ahead of God and create detours to make it happen. Do not detour! You may end up making the wrong decision. You’re in God’s waiting room. Wait for God to work his hand.

God says in Habakkuk 2:3, “But these things I plan won’t happen right away.  Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled” (TLB).

Phase 4: Difficulty
What difficulties have you faced waiting for your dream to be fulfilled? You’ll go through many tests in life, but God knows what you’re going through. He’s watching, and he hasn’t forgotten you.

“Even though you are temporarily harassed by all kinds of trials and temptations. This is no accident — it happens to prove your faith, which is infinitely more valuable than gold” (1 Peter 1:6-7 Phillips).

Phase 5: Dead End
Some of you are at your dead end, and you’re ready to give up. But you’re right where God wants you! He is preparing you for deliverance. God’s word for you is, “Hang on! Don’t give up!”

“At that time we were completely overwhelmed, the burden was more than we could bear, in fact we told ourselves that this was the end. Yet we now believe that we had this experience of coming to the end of our tether that we might learn to trust, not in ourselves, but in God who can raise the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:8-9).

Phase 6: Deliverance
Do you expect and trust God to deliver you? He will. But it doesn’t happen overnight. You have to go through all six stages before God brings you to deliverance.

“I know that I will live to see the LORD’s goodness in this present life” (Psalm 27:13 GNT).

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Posted by on April 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

How to face your fears and indecision

Trust the Lord with ALL your heart and do not depend on your own thinking. Remember the Lord in all you do and he will give you success. Prov. 3

The root of indecision is fear. All of us struggle with different types of fears. Some fears are irrational based on a wound and other fears are rooted in traumatic situations. Why are we afraid? Perhaps we will embarrass ourselves, maybe we are afraid we are not good enough, afraid of failing. Fear of disapproval is a big reason we get into indecision…….Fear of man is a dangerous trap, but trusting God means safety. I have struggled with that before and I have learned that the fear of man is far greater than the fear of disapproval. I have just learned that I cannot control what others think about me and at the end of the day, why should it even bother me?

I have come to realize that for a long time I had struggled with a fear of commitment. That fear is rooted in several lies that I have believed based on my past. Because I would allow the voice of those lies to become louder than the voice of God, I would personally destroy those relationships before those lies could come true – so I thought. See that was the problem, I was leaning on my own thinking…..however, the antidote of these lies is found in our scripture above – that is to Trust God with ALL our heart, not just some it. Because of that fear, it really kept me in a place of indecision. I was always afraid of making a mistake. I believe that there were a handful of men in my life that were very good choices for me, but my fear won.

I found myself in a very serious relationship recently. My fears would surface from time to time, however, I made a commitment to trust God and not be afraid and I never did anything that would personally destroy our relationship. I soon learned that we were unequally yoked which began to cause some issues as it relates to spiritual decisions. God let me know after a certain time that he had rejected him for me. I asked God, why he allowed him in my life and why things initially seemed to line up perfectly. I believe what God spoke back to me was…… He was a type of test for me. God knows me and what makes me tick, however, it was just an unveiling of myself to me. I passed the test and I saw some things that still need tweaking so to speak. God is preparing me for his best.

So HOW do we get rid of our fears?? Only one way — just like me, you have to face it and move forward. The bible says that David RAN to the battle line. He faced his opposition with determination to defeat it. And we must be the same way. I heard a interesting saying……. eventually you have to stop aiming and pull the trigger.
You just have to step out in faith and trust God. Remember courage is not the absence of fear, courage is moving ahead in spite of your fear.

Where do you need to trust God? I do not know what decision you need to make, but you need to prepare for it and then step out in faith. Why? Because your choices determine your character and your destiny. Commit to the Lord and he will give you wisdom and the courage to make the decision that will bring you closer to who he made you to be. You will find that your worst fears will NOT come true. When God is involved in our decisions, his word says above that he will cause us to succeed !! That is great news !!

How have your fears kept you from moving forward in life?
Is there a decision that you need to make that requires you to trust God?
What step of faith do you believe he is telling you to take?

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

The pain of discipline or the pain of regret

You will always experience one of two pains, the pain of Discipline or the pain of Regret. Which of the two do you wish to experience?

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 
 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 
 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? 
When will you get up from your sleep? 
 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.

Ever looked back and said, “If I just had a second chance to …” or maybe “Why is it that I can’t seem to just get started?” This is the pain of Regret. It always comes in the past tense. The missed opportunity or open door. As a matter of fact the pain can be so great that it even affects your family, your finances and your life style.
So often as leaders we have to face the fact that we have to do things we don’t like to get the results of what we do like. Working out in the morning, taking your lunch to work, it’s that delayed pleasure that allows us to be the better us. The pain of delaying that pleasure is the pain of Discipline. As the scripture says above, we shouldn’t have to have others order us or threaten us to make wise moves.

Stephen Covey said it best when “We have to keep the end in mind.” Paining ourselves to plan and work now allows us to live in the future”. Do not just correlate this to your work. Think about it in the context of your family. Being unfaithful for instance…….paining yourself or disciplining yourself by resisting or allowing yourself to get into situations where you are tempted……… plan it out and put up boundaries, so that your family will live and not be torn apart. The same is for your body….. you need to pain yourself by eating healthy, working out, eliminating sugar so that your body can live. Perhaps you need to pain yourself by admitting your part in a particular situation…..so you can have forgiveness and emotional rest. The regret of holding onto unforgiveness causes you to be physically ill and also keeps you from being Christ like…..you are operating more in an anti-christ spirit which is Satan and no one would ever want to admit to acting like Satan or even being like him, but it’s a reality and we put that in perspective, we would treat people better. Perhaps you need to surrender an addiction or even rebellious behavior.

What could be pains of regret? Loss of loved one or family, constantly visiting a doctor, broken relationships, bad decisions, financial loss, irreversible damage to your body and your mind, loss of job, people not trusting you, unforgiveness.

What areas in your life do you need to exercise more discipline? Are you struggling today with the pain of regret?

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Jesus, our foundation

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7

Forgiveness is not resuming a relationship without change. In fact, forgiveness and resuming a relationship are two different things. One of them is what you do as the offended person. Resuming the relationship is what the other person does in order to get back into your good graces. Saying “I’m sorry” is not enough. In fact, the Bible teaches three things that are essential to resume a relationship that’s been broken. These are all what the offender has to do.

Restoring a relationship requires repentance. In other words, you’re truly saddened about what you did. That’s not just saying, “I’m sorry.” It means saying, “I was wrong. Please forgive me.” You can be sorry that the weather was bad or something like that, but repentance is admitting wrong and being truly sorry.
Restoring a relationship requires restitution. Sometimes you have to do some kind of physical or material restitution. Even when you’re forgiven, it doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. You still have to pay a debt to society or to someone for what was damaged or destroyed by your actions.
Restoring a relationship requires rebuilding trust. That, friends, takes a long, long time. When somebody hurts you, you have to forgive him or her immediately. But you don’t have to trust that person immediately. Forgiveness is built on grace and is unconditional. Trust has to be rebuilt over a period of time.
Most people in our culture don’t get the difference between forgiveness and rebuilding trust in a relationship. Whenever a political or religious leader gets caught in a scandal, there will always be people who say, “We’re all imperfect. We’re all human. We need to just forgive him and keep on going.”

No! You must forgive him immediately, but you don’t have to trust him. The Bible says trust is built with time. Credibility is what a leader leads with. All leaders must have trust; it’s the currency they live in. If you lose trust, you have lost your right to lead at that moment. You may have the title, but you’re not the leader until you rebuild trust. And that isn’t going to happen instantly.

As I have mentioned before, Jesus was a carpenter in the natural for a reason. He is in the business of rebuilding and new construction. If we are going to have true authentic and lasting restoration, we must involve Jesus. Without him, the construction project will crumble because the foundation is missing. Would you want to ever build something that was not solid?

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2015 in Uncategorized