LOVE MAKES ALLOWENCES…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

LOVE MAKES ALLOWENCES FOR OTHER PEOPLES WEAKNESSES

In RELATIONSHIPS, we all have disagreements, tension, and stress. When we do, we need to step back and remember that LOVE makes ALLOWENCES for other people’s weaknesses. LOVE COVERS a wrong done to it. You have to rise ABOVE these petty things that are pulling you APART. Give people room to have a bad day. When they’re rude, don’t RESPOND. Be an EAGLE and rise ABOVE it. Life is too short for you to live at odds, being contentious, arguing over things that don’t MATTER. Some people have to have the last word in every argument. Don’t be hardheaded. Let it GO. Quit wasting your ENERGY. You have a DESTINY to fulfill. You have an ASSIGNMENT to accomplish. Those are distractions trying to pull you off COURSE. Zip it UP and let the other person be RIGHT. You may KNOW they’re wrong, but it doesn’t MATTER. Don’t waste your valuable TIME on something that’s not moving you toward your PURPOSE.

Today’s Scripture

1 Peter 4:8, NLT

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

GOD WILL GIVE YOU REST…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

GOD WILL GIVE YOU REST FROM YOUR ENEMIES…..

King Asa of Judah inherited a kingdom that was FILLED with idolatry. His father had passed down compromise, mediocrity, and dysfunction. But Asa UNDERSTOOD that just because something negative is passed down doesn’t mean you have to CONTINUE it and let it limit your LIFE. He smashed the pagan shrines and altars, and BECUASE of it, the Lord gave him REST from his enemies. If you want REST from that bad attitude, that addiction, or that low self-esteem that most likely was passed down to you, you have get RID of it. Be an ASA and say, “I’m NOT going to let this anger rule my LIFE. I’m going to pull that stronghold down and SMASH it. I’m not going to put UP with this anxiety and insecurity. I’m REMOVING these limitations. I’m living in PEACE. I’m going to ENJOY my LIFE.” When you make a DECISION that enough is ENOUGH, God will begin to give REST from your enemies.

Today’s Scripture:

2 Chronicles 14:3, 6, NIV

He removed the foreign altars and the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles… . No one was at war with him during those years, for the LORD gave him rest.

EMPTY OUT THE NEGATIVE…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

IF YOU EMPTY OUT THE NEGATIVE, GOD WILL HAVE ROOM TO FILL YOUR LIFE WITH GOOD THINGS

The reason some people aren’t YOUNG and STRONG in their SPIRIT and VIBRANT and PASSIONATE about LIFE is that there’s no ROOM for God to fill them with GOOD things. All the SPACE is taken up with negatives. Worry will make you WEAK. Living stressed out will make you old and take your PASSION. Being bitter, angry, and resentful will shorten your LIFE. Is God trying to fill YOU with JOY, CONFIDENCE, and CREATIVITY, but there’s no ROOM? If you empty out the negative, God will have ROOM to fill your life with GOOD things. Instead of hanging on to bitterness after someone does you wrong, say, “God, I FORGIVE them. I let it GO.” You didn’t just FORGIVE; you made ROOM for God to give you BEAUTY for ashes. When you empty out worry, you’ll have PEACE in the midst of the storm. Empty out discouragement, and He’ll fill you with JOY. He’ll fill you with GOOD things.

Today’s Scripture

Psalm 103:5, NLT

He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

THE REAL TEST…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

THE REAL TEST OF FAITH…..

God DESTINED Joseph to become a ruler in Egypt so he could help his family and the world in a time of widespread famine. That was the END. It was ESTABLISHED. Joseph started off WELL, but his story took several unusually dark TWISTS–from being sold into slavery to being put in prison for something he hadn’t DONE. He COULD have thought, God gave me a DREAM, but it sure didn’t work out. But Joseph knew HIS end had been SET, so he just kept being his BEST. If Joseph were here TODAY, he would say, “Don’t get discouraged by life’s DETOURS and TWISTS. God knows how to weave it all together, and in the END, you”ll come out fulfilling your PURPOSE, seeing what He PROMISED.” This is the REAL test of FAITH. Will YOU keep a good attitude when you’re doing the RIGHT thing but the WRONG thing is HAPPENING, knowing that YOUR end is ESTABLISHED?

Today’s Scripture

1 Peter 1:7, ESV

…so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

GOD’S POWER…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

GOD’S POWER WILL SET YOU FREE

A YOKE is put around the neck of oxen to help CONTROL the animal. It LIMITS its movement. If the oxen starts to get off course, the yoke is used to pull it back. Even though an oxen is very POWERFUL, this small yoke keeps it from doing what it wants to DO. Perhaps YOU’RE living with a yoke today, and you don’t REALIZE it. You wonder why you can’t get ahead or why everything is a struggle. It’s because of a YOKE that is dragging you down. Poverty, lack, and barely getting by are a YOKE. Negative words that were spoken over you BECOME a yoke when they cause you to shrink BACK. You have to declare what ISAIAH stated, “The ANOINTING on my life is breaking EVERY yoke.” Every time you say, “I am ANOINTED,” chains are broken. Fear has to LEAVE. Depression HAS to go. HEALING comes. STRENGTH comes. FAITH comes. God’s burden-moving, yoke-destroying POWER will set you FREE!

Today’s Scripture

Isaiah 10:27, KJV

And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

STARVE YOUR HISTORY AND FEED YOUR DESTINY….

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

YOU CAN’T FEED YOUR HISTORY AND FEED YOUR DESTINY AT THE SAME TIME…

Today’s Scripture says offenses and betrayals WILL come—loss, bad breaks, things we don’t understand. It’s painful enough when it happens, but if you make the mistake of going around FEEDING the hurt, FEEDING the offense, you’re giving LIFE to bitterness, resentment, and discouragement. Don’t FEED the self-pity or what didn’t work out. Don’t RELIVE the hurts. You can’t FEED your history and FEED your destiny at the same TIME. What’s happened to you is over and DONE. Quit THINKING about how you were raised, what you didn’t get, who hurt you, who you lost—that’s history, that’s BEHIND you. You have to STARVE the doubts, starve the negative comments people have spoken over you, STARVE the guilt and condemnation. You can’t go into a NEW season if you’re always looking back at the OLD. Now do YOUR part and keep FEEDING your FAITH, your HOPES, your DREAMS, and you WILL step up to a NEW level and see those dreams come to PASS.

Today’s Scripture

Matthew 18:7, NIV

“Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come…”

IF GOD ALLOWED IT…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

IF GOD ALLOWED IT, HE KNOWS HOW TO BRING GOOD OUT OF IT

We’d love to NOT have any pain, suffering, bad breaks, betrayals, or loss, but that’s not REALITY. Difficulties WILL come, and pain is a part of LIFE, so keep the right PERSPECTIVE: there is PORPOSE in your pain. If everything were ALWAYS easy, we wouldn’t be prepared for our DESTINY. In the tough, dark times, God is getting you PREPARED. He knows exactly what you NEED and WHEN you need it. Every struggle is making you STRONGER. Every difficulty is growing you UP. You may not like it, but every painful SEASON is developing something in you that can be developed ONLY in the tough times. That difficulty is an OPPORTUNITY to develop CHARACTER, to gain a greater TRUST in God. If God ALLOWED it, He knows how to bring good OUT of it. Don’t just GO through it; GROW through it and keep a good ATTITUDE. Count it all JOY, knowing that this pain is going to LEAD to your GAIN.

Today’s Scripture

James 1:2–3, NKJV

Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

AN UNEXPECTED SHIFT…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

IF YOU’RE READING THIS, IT’S NO ACCIDENT. THERE’S AN UNEXPECTED SHIFT, IN YOUR FUTURE

I know a man who had been out of work for over three years. He’s in construction management. For 25 years, he had a very good position at a successful company. But a few years ago when the economy went down, they had to let him go. He ended up taking a much lower level position in a small city and had to travel a couple of hours every day to work. It was taking a toll on his health, his marriage and his savings.

It looked like things would never change. But about six months ago, his former boss called and said, “Hey, are you ready to go back to work?” That company landed the largest contract in their history. He not only got his job back, but all of his benefits were restored. Plus, they increased his salary significantly. What happened? He came into a SHIFT. Suddenly, things changed in his FAVOR. One phone CALL. One CONTRACT. One good BREAK. He went from barely getting by to having MORE than enough. Now, GET READY because these SHIFTS are in YOUR future!

Today’s Scripture:

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

(Ephesians 3:20-21, NIV)

KEEP MEDITATING ON GOD’S GOODNESS…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

KEEP MEDITATING ON GOD’S GOODNESS AND CONTINUAL JOY WILL KEEP POURING IN…..

Do you ever wonder how much MORE we would ENJOY life, how much longer and HEALTHIER we would LIVE if we chose a lifestyle of being THANKFUL, constantly thinking about what God has DONE, all the GOOD things He has in store for us? Even in difficult times, we’re thanking Him because He’s BIGGER than our problems. Every time you DO that, God is pouring STRENGTH, PEACE, and JOY back into YOU. It’s easy to think about what’s wrong in life and leak out your JOY. You have to develop this PRINCIPLE of always being THANKFUL in ALL circumstances by PURPOSEFULLY finding things to be GRATEFUL for. It’s NOT complicated. When you’re brushing your teeth, say, “Lord, thank You for this DAY.” When you’re getting dressed, say, “Lord, thank You for my HEALTH.” When you’re driving to work, say, “Lord, thank You for my JOB.” In your THOUGHTS, always keep MEDITATING on God’s GOODNESS and continual JOY will keep pouring IN.

Today’s Scripture

1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, NLT

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

PUT GOD BACK ON THE THRONE….

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

TAKE THAT CIRCUMSTANCE OFF THE THRONE AND PUT GOD BACK ON IT

Whatever you constantly THINK about is what you’re putting on the THRONE of your LIFE. The key is to keep God ON your throne. It’s easy to put the medical report, or what somebody said, or the situation at work on the THRONE. Some people put the hurt, the rejection, the disappointment on the THRONE. As long as you’re focused on your CIRCUMSTANCES, you’re going to be worried, upset, and discouraged. You need to put GOD back on the THRONE. Today’s Scripture says that when you have GOD on the throne, HE’LL take care of your enemies and you’re at PEACE. You KNOW He’s in CONTROL. He’s your HEALER, your DELIVERER, your PROVIDER, your WAY maker.

Why don’t you take what somebody SAID, take the DISAPPOINTMENT, take the SICKNESS OFF the throne and put God back up ON the throne? You will see things turn around if you simply take that circumstance OFF the throne and put GOD back ON it.

Today’s Scripture

Psalm 68:1, NKJV

Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered.