Thursday, May 28, 2009

When Go Says No

Job 23:10

Some of the greatest challenges to our faith are those moments when we must endure that cold blight of a disappointment. The greater the anticipation, the greater the disappointment when we fail to receive what we have anticipated.

I know firsthand the sinking feeling of dejection that comes into your heart when things fall through. It feels almost as though an earthquake has struck in you heart. The very things you were counting on the standing on have slipped from under you, and something inside you begins to sink. The floor gives way, and everything you have planned seems meaningless. The temptation is to have an all-out pity party-complete with candles , cake, and ice cream!

There is no shield that can keep away the days that come teach our hearts submission to God's will and purpose for us. There are no cards that are so poetic, no roses that are so fragrant that they dismiss the tingling sensations of brokenness that come upon us when we see our expectations cave in. It's a feeling that will bring the most mature person into a fetal position. It comes as if it will not leave, but you can be sure that is not so. It will go, and the sun will come again and rebuke the clouds that have hidden the light of God's purpose from shining through to you.

There is within the human capacity a tenacious survival instinct that kicks in when we are at our lowest. It enables us to succeed through the storms of life. The will come, but they will not overthrow you if you learn to trust God even when you can't trace Him.

He is so wise. He knows the greater truths that can only be realized by eyes that can behold today and tomorrow in one glance. His vision supersedes our nearsighted requests centered around the thirst of the day and not the droughts of the future. He must, as a good Father, deny requests that would insult the greater destiny He has prepared for those who are His. He is a God of tough love. He has the ability to firmly decline a request when you would be endangered by a positive response. In short, He love you enough to say no! You may not know why you have had to face the chilling winds of despair, but trust His love. Thrust God t renew you. And just live on.


Monday, May 25, 2009

1. Stop sitting on your assets, gifts and talents. Procrastination is a thief. Tap into your creativity, purpose, imagination, intuition, network and resources.

2. Stop worrying. Action and faith speak louder than fear. Thou shall let go and let God. (Therefore do not worry and be anxious.- Matthew 6:31)

3. Avoid distractions, impatience and clutter. Keep the main thing...the MAIN THING. Follow your list of things to do to remain focused, organized and productive.

4. Find a balance between encouraging and helping others in need and knowing when to distance yourself from "energy vampires" who drain you with their drama and negativity.

5. Do the math and count your blessings. Praise God in the good and the difficult times.

6. Develop the self-esteem and courage to say "no" or "yes" when it is appropriate and necessary.

7. Be a good listener and observer. Keep your eyes, ears, heart and mind open. Blessings and breakthroughs can show up in unexpected ways.

8. Build strong character. Serve others (family, community, employment) with integrity and best practices.

9. Continue to seek ways to grow in your education, faith, self-esteem, skills and personal growth.

10. Drink plenty of water, eat healthy foods, stretch/exercise and take good care of your body. Remain active. Remember a sense of humor is healthy. A daily "laughsitive" moves out joy-blockages i.e. toxins, stress, anger and fear.
Jewel Diamond Taylor

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Food For Thought

If someone gave you everything you could ever imagine ...wouldn't you call that person just to talk, think of them daily, or even go as far to go by their house?

Whenever your down with your busy day please don't forget to talk Jesus!

Author: T.J. Wilson

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hear My Voice

My Beloved,

Did you know that Jehovah God is always trying to talk with us, always trying to "pull" our ears and touch our Spirit?

During the course of each day and in the stillness of every night, as each minute completes itself, and every hour finishes, God is trying to tell us something we need to know.

There is a message in the power of each storm in our lives, an instruction in every forceful gust of wind in our Spirit, a lesson to be learned from every shock that shakes up our minds. Selah.

Why is it we do not understand, why is it the messages from our Lord rarely if ever get to us?

Is it because we are too busy listening to ourselves or the voices of others like ourselves. Those who have the same fears, the same misunderstandings, the same confusions.

Incline your ears and your Spirit to Christ, stretch to hear the low whisper of the Holy Spirit and move from an acquaintance with Christ to a relationship with Christ.

After all, all you have to lose is the self.

Written through the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit by:
Pastor Rasheed Z. Baaith
Christ Resurrection Community Church

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Why Go To Church?

Did you know Jesus attended church? This is something we do not hear about often, but it is true. If we want to follow and imitate Jesus, then we must follow His example; Jesus made it a custom to attend temple services. Once, when He had wandered away from His parents as a child, He was later found in the temple. When Mary and Joseph finally located Him, His explanation for His disappearance was, "… How is it that you had to look for me? Did you not see and know that it is necessary [as a duty] for Me to be in My Father's house and [occupied] about My Father's business?" (Luke 2:49, AMP) As an adult, if you were looking for Jesus, one place you would definitely find Him was teaching in the synagogue.

In everything God tells us to do, we have a choice whether to obey Him or not. Hebrews 10:25 says, "Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another…" (AMP). He has commanded through His Word that we should gather together with other Believers in a corporate setting.

Notice God said some forsake this practice. This simply means they ignore it and turn away from it. Why does God take this so seriously? Because gathering together with other Believers in church allows us to connect with others to receive strength and encouragement. When we come to church, we learn how to apply the Word of God to our lives to overcome the things we go through. We receive the wisdom we need to live victoriously in our everyday lives.

If you are a Christian, you are part of the Body of Christ. Give honor to God by obeying His Word with a willing and obedient heart. Consider the wonderful things God has done for you! Come into His presence in a corporate setting to give Him thanks and to encourage a brother or sister in Christ. You can help change someone's life forever by inspiring them to make Jesus their Lord and Savior. Allow your enthusiasm for the kingdom of God to overflow into the lives of others.

God wants you to desire His presence and have joy when you are in His house of worship. Follow the example of this ardent psalmist, who with a fervent heart toward God proclaimed, "How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of host! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and flesh crieth out for the living God …O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah" (Psalm 84:1—4).

Just reading that scripture stirs me up inside! You will be amazed at how blessed you will be when you have this much joy about experiencing the presence of Almighty God. To help you get more understanding about the importance of coming to church, be sure you order the message, Faithfulness in Church Attendance, and decide today to be a joyful, zealous, church attendee!
Scripture references:
Luke 2:49 (AMP)
Psalm 27:4
Psalm 84:1-4
Hebrews 10:25
Creflo Dollar

Saturday, May 9, 2009

He Lifts You Up

Today's Scripture
"I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair…He set my feet on solid ground…He has given me a new song to sing…" (Psalm 40:1-3, NLT).

Have you ever felt like you were in a pit of despair? Just like God lifted David out, God is going to lift you out. Where you are right now is not where you’re going to stay. There are brighter days up ahead for you filled with favor, promotion, and increase. As you walk uprightly before Him, no good thing will He withhold from you.

Notice that God gives us a new song. We have to do our part to sing that song. That means you don’t go around talking about your problems, how bad things are, or how you’re never going to make it. No, you have a song of victory! If somebody asks you how you’re doing, your attitude should be, "I’m too blessed to be stressed! I’m moving forward in strength and power." Remember, praise precedes the victory, and the Bible tells us that God is enthroned on our praises. As you magnify and lift Him up, He will lift you up out of your despair. He’ll set your feet on solid ground, and you’ll move forward in joy and victory in every area of your life.

A Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, thank You for lifting me up and setting me feet on solid ground. I will sing the new song You’ve placed in my heart. Keep me close to You always and moving forward in the plan You have for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Joel and Victoria

Monday, May 4, 2009

Do Not Be Afraid

Today's Scripture
“…an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. ‘Joseph, son of David,’ the angel said, ‘do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit’” (Matthew 1:20, NLT).

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

Have you ever felt overwhelmed or even afraid of what God has called you to do? Maybe you were pursuing a dream or goal and things didn’t turn out the way you planned. Joseph had planned to take Mary as his wife, but when he found out she was pregnant, he didn’t know what to think. He was afraid that he was making a mistake because things didn’t turn out the way he thought they should. But God sent a messenger, an angel in a dream, to reassure Joseph and remind him that he was on the right path.Friend, let me reassure you today, God knows right where you are, and He knows how to get you where you need to be. Even when things don’t go the way you planned, He has His hand on you. Do not be afraid, trust that God is working behind the scenes on your behalf and that He will lead you into the life of blessing that He has prepared for you!
A Prayer for Today
Father in heaven, I choose to trust in You. Even when things don’t go the way I planned, I know You are at work in my life. Thank You for Your perfect love which casts out all fear. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.