YOUR VALUABLE TIME…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

DON’T SPEND YOUR VALUABLE TIME WITH PEOPLE WHO BRING OUT THE WORST IN YOU…..

In Psalm 1, David reminds us that if we won’t SEPARATE ourselves from negative RELATIONSHIPS, from people who gossip, compromise, and drag us DOWN, we won’t PROSPER and be BLESSED. The truth is that what you’re unwilling to walk AWAY from is where you stop GROWING. God will never ask you to let GO of something without giving you something BETTER in return. When you do what you know you’re SUPPOSED to, even when it’s difficult, a BLESSING will always follow your OBEDIENCE.

Too many people are stuck because they’re still hanging around people whom they’ve known for YEARS and they’re supposed to get AWAY from. If that’s YOU, the sooner you make these CHANGES, the better OFF you’re going to be. Don’t spend your VALUABLE time with people who bring out the WORST in you. If you let them GO, God has ALREADY lined up people who will bring out the BEST in you and INSPIRE you rise to NEW heights.

Today’s Scripture:

Psalm 1:1, NLT

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.

STAY AT PEACE…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

STAY AT PEACE AND GOD WILL VINDICATE YOU AND TAKE CARE OF WHAT’S AGAINST YOU

The apostle Paul faced all KINDS of opposition. SOME religious leaders didn’t accept him, others tried to KILL him, and government officials were AFRAID that he had too much INFLUENCE. People LIED about him, and he was put in PRISON. He had MANY opportunities to live bitter and try to pay people back. But he didn’t FIGHT battles that didn’t matter, such as with Alexander. He was saying, “THIS battle is not BETWEEN me and my destiny. I’m NOT going to take the bait. I’m going to let GOD fight my battles.”

Are YOU fighting where you should be RESTING, trying to straighten people out and prove to them who you ARE? Let it GO. That’s not your BATTLE; that battle is the LORD’S. You don’t HAVE to pay people back or get even. GOD is your VINDICATOR. HE will make up for the wrongs done to you. If you stay in PEACE, God will VINDICATE you and take care of what’s AGAINST you.

Today’s Scripture:

2 Timothy 4:14, AMPC

Alexander the coppersmith did me great wrongs. The Lord will pay him back for his actions.

YOU HAVE EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

YOU HAVE EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED TO DO WHAT GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO DO, DON’T HOLD BACK

When God told Moses to go tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go, Moses was INSECURE and didn’t feel QUALIFIED. However, God showed Moses miraculous signs so that he would go into the courts of Pharaoh with CONFIDENCE, knowing that God WAS with him. But Moses had ANOTHER concern. He said, “God, I can’t stand before Pharaoh because I have a SPEECH problem.” You would have thought, since God just did all those miracles, He would simply TOUCH Moses’ speech and take AWAY the stuttering. But God DIDN’T remove that problem. God was saying to Moses, “You have EXACTLY what you need to do what I’ve CALLED you to do. If I needed to remove it for you to fulfill your DESTINY, I WOULD have removed it.”

Are YOU waiting for God to remove a weakness before you can be HAPPY, pursue a DREAM, finish SCHOOL or be GOOD to somebody? DON’T hold back. You HAVE what you NEED.

Today’s Scripture:

Exodus 4:10, MSG

Master, please, I don’t talk well. I’ve never been good with words, neither before nor after you spoke to me. I stutter and stammer.

GOD CANNOT FAIL…

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

GOD CANNOT FAIL IN WHAT HE HAS PROMISED YOU

The Scripture talks about how we need to have CHILDLIKE faith. Children don’t TRY to figure everything out. When you tell your child that you’re going to buy them something or take them someplace, they don’t WORRY about any of the details. They don’t wonder if you have the finances to AFFORD it. They don’t lose sleep over WHETHER it’s going to happen or HOW it’s going to happen. To them, it’s just a matter of time to when you come THROUGH on it. WHY? Because they TRUST you to take CARE of it. Even though we’re human and could break our promises, they have this incredible TRUST in us, BELIEVING that we wouldn’t promise it if we could not make it HAPPEN.

What would happen if we had that same kind of TRUST in our HEAVENLY Father, knowing that He CANNOT fail in what HE has promised us, that He CANNOT go back on His WORD?

Today’s Scripture:

Matthew 18:3, NIV

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

ASK GOD FOR HELP…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

WHEN WE ASK GOD FOR HELP, SUPERNATURAL THINGS HAPPEN

What do YOU do when the odds are against you and nothing is WORKING right? Sometimes we call on our friends or our SPOUSE, but THEY can only do so MUCH. When you call on the SOURCE, the Creator of the UNIVERSE, THAT’S when things happen that you couldn’t MAKE happen. God wants us to depend on HIM. We have to recognize that WE are LIMITTED, that WE have RESTRICTIONS.

By OURSELVES, we’ll get STUCK, but when we ask GOD to help us, when we turn to our CREATOR, supernatural THINGS happen. HE is UNLIMITED and has unlimited RESOURCES. HE controls the UNIVERSE, and the GOOD news is that He WANTS to help you. He wants to HEAL you, to FREE you, to INCREASE you, to take you places that you’ve never DREAMED. He’s LONGING to be good to you. Now it’s time to go to the SOURCE. What you couldn’t do in your OWN strength, God is going to make HAPPEN.

Today’s Scripture:

Psalm 3:4, NIV

I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain.

AN ‘ABUNDANT’ MENTALITY…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

GOD WANTS YOU TO START HAVING AN ‘ABUNDANT’ MENTALITY

Some RELIGIOUS people will try to convince you that SPIRITUAL people should be poor and not have much of ANYTHING. They seem to PREFER that you be constantly STRUGGLING, in debt, not able to pay your bills. That is NOT God’s BEST. Jesus didn’t come and give His life so we could barely get BY and live off others’ LEFTOVERS. He came that we might live an ABUNDANT life (John 10:10). “Abundance” means to have PLENTY–plenty of JOY, plenty of PEACE, plenty of good HEALTH, plenty of RESOURCES. Money shouldn’t be your FOCUS, but the reality is that it takes MONEY to fulfill DREAMS.

When David says his cup overflowed with BLESSINGS, he means you have so much that you can’t CONTAIN it all. Can I tell you that we serve a God who is able to do exceedingly abundantly ABOVE all that we ask or THINK? He wants you to start having an ABUNDANT mentality. Enlarge your VISION. Take the LIMITS off yourself AND off God.

Today’s Scripture:

Psalm 23:5, NLT

My cup overflows with blessings.

GOD IS ALL YOU NEED…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

THE MOST HIGH GOD IS FOR YOU AND HE IS ALL YOU NEED…..

There were other sick people in the big crowd that day, but a blind beggar named Bartimaeus was the only person who was HEALED. Why? He WANTED it more than THEY did. He wanted it SO badly that he didn’t let PEOPLE talk him out of his MIRACLE. When they said to be quiet, he shouted even MORE. If he would have listened to THEM, he would have MISSED his miracle.

The DREAMS God put in your heart and the PROMISES He’s spoken to you are not going to come to pass without OPPOSITION, without delays, without people trying to talk you OUT of it. There will be MANY opportunities to get discouraged and think it’s not meant to be. If you give up the first time or the THIRTIETH time, you don’t WANT it badly enough. You can’t be MOVED by what’s not working out, by how LONG it’s taking, by who’s not FOR you. You know the Most High God IS for you, and that HE is all you NEED.

Today’s Scripture:

Mark 10:48, AMP

Many sternly rebuked him, telling him to keep still and be quiet; but he kept on shouting out all the more, “Son of David (Messiah), have mercy on me!”

PAWNS IN THE HAND OF GOD…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

PEOPLE AND CIRCUMSTANCES ARE PAWNS IN THE HAND OF GOD

Today’s Scripture doesn’t say God SUGGESTED our steps. No, God is STRATEGIC. Before you were formed in your mother’s womb, He laid out a specific PLAN for you. Nothing happens RANDOMLY. The good breaks and the times you see FAVOR as WELL as the closed doors and disappointments are a part of God’s plan. If you don’t UNDERSTAND that, you’ll be FRUSTRATED when things don’t go your way, UPSET because somebody does you wrong. In reality, these were ORDAINED by God as setups to move you up to a new level of your DESTINY.

You are NOT at the mercy of FATE, or LUCK, OR other people. GOD has ordered your steps. Do you think a jealous coworker, a bad break, or a closed door can stop or change what God has ORDERED for you? Those negative CIRCUMSTANCES and people are pawns in the hand of GOD. The enemy thinks HE’S using them to hold you back; the TRUTH is that GOD is using them to push you FORWARD.

Today’s Scripture:

Psalm 37:23, NKJV

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.

UNEXPECTED BLESSINGS…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

UNEXPECTED BLESSINGS ARE COMING YOUR WAY

In the Scripture, a man named Zerubbabel was in charge of rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem that had been destroyed years earlier. Everything was going fine until they laid the foundation, then the OPPOSITION came to the point where the king of Persia shut down the WORK. For several years, it looked as though the enemy had WON. But when the king learned of the original decree to REBUILD the temple, he not only approved the RESTART, but he ordered funds from the royal TREASURY to pay the full construction costs. What the enemy meant for HARM, God turned for GOOD.

You may have people and circumstances coming against YOU, but God knows how to cause it to BACKFIRE. Right now, FAVOR is keeping your enemies from defeating you. As with Zerubbabel, you’re going to see what God does BEHIND the scenes. People who were AGAINST you are suddenly going to be FOR you; problems are about to turn around. Unexpected BLESSINGS are coming your way,: INCREASE, PROMOTION, BREAKTHROUGHS, and VINDICATION.

Today’s Scripture:

Ezra 6:8, NIV

I hereby decree what you are to do for these elders of the Jews in the construction of this house of God: Their expenses are to be fully paid out of the royal treasury…so that the work will not stop.

DESTINED TO SHINE BRIGHTER

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

YOUR DAYS ARE DESTINED TO SHINE BRIGHTER BECAUSE GOD IS FAITHFUL

In the Old Testament when this scripture was written, God’s people were going through a VERY dark time. They were being held captive against their will and mistreated by other nations. God sent this word to ENCOURAGE them and give them HOPE for their FUTURE. When the time came, God was FAITHFUL to His Word!

Are YOU going through a difficult time today? Let this word bring you encouragement, TOO. God wants to give you DOUBLE for your trouble. He is the God of RESTORATION—that means He’s not going to just repay you for every wrong done, He’s going to go above and BEYOND and make things even BETTER than they were before.

If you are facing challenges today or going through a time of adversity, remember, it’s ALWAYS darkest just before the dawn appears. Your days are DESTINED to shine brighter because God is FAITHFUL. As you stay in faith and are obedient to His Word, you’ll receive DOUBLE for your trouble and the BLESSINGS He has in store for YOU!

Today’s Scripture:

“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.”

Isaiah 61:7, NIV