Everywhere you look, you will find patterns. Patterns shape our lives and carry the power to produce something positive or negative depending upon the nature of the pattern. Consider how a consistent pattern of exercise will result in a healthier body; a pattern of eating junk food will lead to health problems.
God Himself works in patterns. There is a biblical pattern for healthy relationships, financial increase, parenting, and the realization of God’s plan for your life. Read More…
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me for I wait on thee. –Psalm 25:21
If you are going to wait gracefully before the Lord and do it in accordance with the Word, you have to maintain your integrity and uprightness.
Integrity can be defined as “firm adherence to a moral standard.” Our moral standard as Christians is the Word of God. If we’re going to wait on the Lord, it needs to be while we live in line with the Word of God and firmly adhere to the Word of God. Read More…
Disappointment is one of the most dangerous forces in this world today. How can you deal with it correctly? Here’s a sixty-second tip from Pastor Mac Hammond.
“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” -Steven Furtick
If you want to become sad and frustrated, compare your life to those around you. Realize that they may be dealing with something difficult you can’t see. It will always be in your best interest to live your life free from comparison.
Addiction in some fashion is something we all get touched by, whether it is seemingly insignificant like eating too much sugar or something much more devastating like alcohol addiction. People can get hooked on anything from tobacco products or drug addiction to medication of some sort or a psychological addiction like pornography.
Addiction is one of the primary ways the enemy endeavors to put us in captivity and reduce our quality of life and our capacity within God’s kingdom. Addictive behavior is a way that the enemy gets a handle on our flesh. Sometimes addictions have immediate devastating results; sometimes they destroy over time. Read More…
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24–25)
Every time you come to church, remember that you aren’t there solely to listen to the message from the pulpit. When we assemble as a church body, every member brings an element that is needed by somebody else.
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. -Luke 1:30-37
Notice Mary’s response to Gabriel when he told her that she would bear the Son of God. She asked the angel, “How?” That’s an understandable question! How would Mary bear a child when she was still a virgin? Wasn’t that an impossibility?
“It will happen by the Holy Ghost,” Gabriel explained.
If we want to define an impossibility, we could say it is anything in life that makes us ask God, “How is this going to come to pass, Lord?” We are speaking of things that absolutely cannot be humanly brought forth. However, the Bible says that nothing is impossible with God!
This Christmas, I encourage you to remember: God knows the “how” of every hopeless situation!
God has entrusted every person with three primary resources—time, money, and relationships. How we manage these resources determines not only our quality of living, but also whether or not we fulfill God’s highest plan for our lives. We’ve recently talked about managing our time, so I’d now like to focus on managing our material resource, which is better known as money. Read More…
Stephen Covey once said, “The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.”
So many people let time slip by them without a purpose or plan behind how they have spent it, yet God tells us in His Word that we are to redeem the time we have been given. In my last magazine article, I shared with you three keys to the first stage in time management. Now I want to show you the second phase: implementation.
Once you have a well-prioritized plan, you must implement it. The first major contributor to successful implementation is to be single-minded in your pursuit of it. You can’t allow yourself to be distracted. You need to be absolutely determined to accomplish that which you have planned to do and allow no interruptions or detours to get you off course. As James 1:8 says, “A double minded man is unstable in all of his ways.”
Double mindedness produces instability. It’s impossible to hold your course and fulfill God’s plan for your life when you are in a condition of instability. You must remain single-minded.
For many of us, staying focused in the midst of the distractions that bombard us every day is a big challenge. You need to recognize distractions for what they are: they are interruptions with the potential to get you off course. Read More…