Monthly Archives: August 2011

Can you Hear me Now?

 As a man thinks, in his heart so is he. Proverb 23:7
Just like a constant drop of water on a rock eventually leaves a mark on the rock, so will  words when they are heard over and over and over. 

Spoken words are powerful.
The numbers of words filtered through your ears is more powerful than their source. And even if you tried to shut down all the sources that you believe are a menace, you cannot shut down the one with the greatest impact. This would be your own voice. Whether you realize it or not your words are constantly defining your reality
. You are defining your world.
Thoughts – words – actions ->>is how the movie of your life rolls. You think, speak and act accordingly, so be kind to yourself. Speak truth. Negative thoughts distort your selfimage. Did you know you are your first best friend forever? If what you hear yourself saying is not helping you, then you might want to consider changing your thoughts for God’s thoughts. You may say right now… but what I say is my truth! Yes, you are right! You think about it, you say it, and you live it out…

Renew your thoughts.
How about you renew your mind? Even though you may be a new creature in Christ it takes time to renew your thoughts. I am still working on mine. It is on ongoing process. Create new thoughts based on God’s words. Redefine your reality with His words. His words are true. God is for you! He loves you, has thoughts of peace for you, sings over you, is with you and has plans for you. (Jeremiah 29:11) Why would you not agree with His words? They are life.

“As a man thinks, in his heart so is he”
Proverbs 23:7

Every time you put God’s Word into your thought life, you are making an investment… Change your thoughts – Change your words- and Change your Life!


~ Christians and Money ~

Job3:25 ~ For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon
me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.

You are going to operate on the faith belief system or the fear belief system. If you operate in fear where your money is concerned, poverty will come upon you. Poverty is bondage. God gets no glory from it.

God’s desire for you, is to prosper you, you MUST believe this
if you are going to prosper.

3 John 1:2 ~ Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest
prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Prosperity is NOT for your glory but for His. To deny God’s right to prosper you materially through unbelief is to deny God’s right of Lordship in that area of your life. Your focus should not be prosperity, but your love and obedience to the Lord. Being obedient to God in your finances and trusting Him to prosper you is faith and will attract prosperity.

It is God’s nature to give because giving is the chief expression of love. Ask yourself; how much of God’s nature is being expressed through you? You will never have the faith to receive from God unless His nature is being expressed through you by giving to others. Giving is a release of your faith. Giving is an expression of love.

This is the basic principle of the Kingdom; sowing and reaping. Your ability to believe God for prosperity is tied to your love of giving.

There are three reasons that a person won’t give: unbelief, fear or covetousness. Those are the same three reasons that ministers won’t preach on it.

2 Corinthians 8:9 ~ For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that
ye through his poverty might be rich.

RICH!? … REALLY!? That is what it says. God is not opposed to you being rich. He is opposed to you being covetous. The purpose of being rich is giving, not getting. Money is only a means, not an end. When you make money the end of your efforts rather than using it to bless, you corrupt it and it becomes immoral.

“Money is neither moral or immoral, it is a-moral. You give it morality or immorality by how you relate to it.”

The easier it is to give it away, the easier it will be to receive.

Luke 6:38 ~ Give, and it will be given to you: good measure,
pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

~ You Need To See A Mental Hygienist ~

Ok, so maybe you have never heard of this field of endeavor. That does not mean that it is not a legitimate vocation.

While praying one day, I was asking God to “purge me” from an old habit that I could not seem to break free of. He spoke up in my heart and said, “Purge yourself.” I thought: Well, that is kind of cold. But I realized that the Lord was showing me that the power to be free from this thing was, for the most part, in MY control. You see, it is God that does the cleaning and purging. But it is us that must cooperate with Him.

I am not talking about works, I am talking about LOVE.

John 14:15 ~ “If you love Me, keep  My commandments.

John 14:21 ~ He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

John 14:23 ~ Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

If you love Him, you will keep His word. You might say, “but I do love the Lord, I am just struggling with this one thing.” Why struggle? Jesus IS the Word, so put the Word inside you and let Him Love you and clean you up.

1Corinthians 5:7 ~ Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

The old leaven it is talking about here is the old habits and old ways of thinking. These are the things that are opposed to God’s word and His ways, not to mention your new nature. The problem with this “old  leaven” is that it affects the whole lump. You may not realize it, but anything that you allow to stay in your life affects your entire being, wether it be good, or bad.

We have part of the responsibility to purge these thought processes and crisis mechanisms out of our life so that we can mature into what God has intended us to be. God has given us the greatest of tools to do this with. His Word.

Romans12:2 ~ And do not be conformed to this world, but be
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what
is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Ephesians5:25-27 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or
wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

If you REALLY love someone, you will hang on their every word. If you really love Jesus, you will not only hang on every word, but do your best to keep them.

What you feed grows. What you starve dies. This is not just a rule of nature, but a spiritual truth. If you feed your spirit with the life giving words in the bible, your spirit will grow  and displace all that old leaven.

We need to be washed and cleansed from unclean thought processes. It will be impossible for you to live a victorious Christian life without daily exposure to, and intake of, His Word. This is one of the main ways God cleans up your life.

If you struggle with unclean thoughts and bad habits, maybe you should consider seeing a Mental Hygienist  :o)

~ Concerning Your Body ~

Romans 12:1-3 ~  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what isthat good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

SAY THIS ~ I present my body as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is my reasonable service and spiritual worship. I am NOT conformed to this world, but I am transformed by the renewing of my mind to the God’s word. I do not think of myself more highly than I ought to think, but I think soberly according to the measure of faith God has dealt me.

It is not only tough to NOT be conformed to this world if you are not a person of faith and keep God’s word before you, it is impossible. Would you consider your body as holy and acceptable to God? If not, maybe you have yet to present it to Him as a living sacrifice.



I Can Pick My Harvest!

The rainbow of red, yellows and browns, the dancing leaves and the soft change in temperatures truly make autumn a beautiful season.  God’s creation not only showers us with beauty, but it also speaks volumes of truths we should reflect on. Every season has a story and the story of autumn is more than just colors. It is all about harvest.

Harvest is life in motion.

It is the joy of bringing forth and receiving the fruit of the land as it births the product of the seed planted and nurtured weeks before.

Seed-time-harvest, this is the order we see in nature and in our spiritual lives harvest comes in the same way. You sow the seed, you nurture the seed and in due season you bring in the harvest.

Did you know that you do not get to pick and chose at harvest time?

What decides your harvest? Whether you realize it or not you sow first, you plant first. This is when you decide your harvest. What you reap depends on what you planted. You don’t get to pick and choose at harvest time… you pick your harvest when you sow.

If you are not pleased with the harvest in any area of your life don’t be discouraged. You can change it by planting new and good seed with God’s help. He is The Miracle Worker.

Now remember, planting is work and it is possible to have a good harvest even in the midst of hard times so never faint. Protect your seed. God’s word will equip you with all the knowledge you need to birth a GREAT HARVEST in your life and in your family as well!

Heart Food

Galatians 6:7-9  Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

 2 Corinthians 9:6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.


~ Your Place Is Your Grace ~

1 John 2:19 ~  says; They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us…

If people leave, let them go and stop trying to make people stay in your life who are not tied to your destiny. There is an ordained place for you in the Body Of Christ and you ONLY want those body parts around you that BELONG there.

We should all be striving to find our place and fulfill our destiny in God. We should also be helping others find their’s. You will have a lot of people come “through” your life. Enjoy them, learn from them, help them, receive from them, and love them. A very small percentage will be with you for the entire journey.

When people are in their proper place in Christ they experience the fullness of God’s grace and the richest of relationships. If you are NOT in your place you are likely to struggle and have shallow relationships. Here is a little phrase that has helped me remember this:

If you’re out of your place, you’re out of your grace, and you’ll eventually fall on your face!

~ A Pastor’s Greatest Resource ~

Understanding that your job as a pastor is not to personally do every task, solve every problem or meet every goal can be one of the most important revelations you will need to be successful. God has given you a wonderful resource to help fulfill those needs, His people.

The jobs that need doing and the problems that need solving are not the real challenge of pastoring a church. The challenge is in what you use (who you use) to face those difficulties. Will you use those challenges as opportunities to empower your flock with significance? Or will they become the proverbial straws break you and your leadership’s backs?

Don’t be a pastor that tries to do everything, but a pastor that tries to empower everyone. People hunger for a sense of significance, purpose and relevance. There is no greater way to make that happen  than getting them involved in
God’s kingdom in a productive and meaningful way.

As a pastor, part of your job description is to equip and perfect (mature) the saints.

Ephesians 4:11-12 ~ 11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Equip them with what? Does everyone get the same equipment? What does the equipment look like? Do they even know that they have equipment available? Do they know how to use the equipment? Have you ever even thought about these things? These are all valid questions and I believe that the answer is different for each individual.

We are all unique and “Members in particular” according to 1st Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 12:27 ~ . With that knowledge comes the understanding that there is basic equipment that we all must posses but we also must be equipped with tools and experience that match our unique gift mix. A pastor does not need all the equipment that an apostle does. One who is called to be an administrator does not need the same equipment as one called to the helps ministry.

When the members or your church are trained and discipled in their unique gift mixes they become more efficient and effective than if everyone is just trained on the same generic topics. Don’t get me wrong; you need regular teaching to the mass group to establish basic doctrines and understanding. Beyond that, you should be trying to identify the gifts in others and lead them on a path to self-discovery that will empower them with significance and a sense of purpose. This will make your life as a pastor extremely rewarding.

Empowering people must involve one-on-one ministry, there is just no way around it. You may not be able to disciple one-on-one with every sheep, but you can follow Jesus model. You empower your core group of people and  commission them to go empower others.

Here are 3 points that will help you in this thought process:

1)  The best person for the job is not always the most qualified.

Consider delegating tasks to people who have the gifting but lack experience. Pastor them through the process and watch how they deal with it. If you are going to be a church that empowers people, you have to give them a chance to fall on their face in a safe and loving environment. You need to stretch people and get them out of their comfort zone.

2)  The real work of the ministry is not getting the work done, but getting the people done.

Perfected people are far more valuable than perfect programs. Have the mindset of always investing in people. If you sow good seeds in this area, the fruit that you reap will be some of the most rewarding.

3) Leaders are made, not born.

Be a part of the “making process”. This is how you equip people to do the work of the ministry. Make the most of the resources (people) that God has entrusted you with.

~ A Pastors Doubts ~

Psalm 78:72 (NKJV) ~ So he shepherded them according to
the integrity of his heart, And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

If you are a pastor or leader in your church and are committed to following His will and agenda and not your own, you are desperate to know His will. You don’t like being uncertain of His plans because it makes you unsure of yourself. You want to know what He wants you to do. Right?

Uncertainty can come from more than one cause and it is not always a negative condition. If you are a leader whose vision and direction requires constant reinforcement by the Lord, you may feel uncertain because of not hearing God’s constant affirmation.

Take heart, God is a good God and he may be building your stamina and confidence and not necessarily withholding approval. God isn’t neglecting your feelings or your sense of immediate needs, He is taking care of your future needs.

Anything that God does or doesn’t do is for one reason: to get YOU to pursue HIM. God may allow a certain measure of uneasiness or uncertainty to motivate you to search out His new workings and explore His plan.

Sometimes you may feel like God is playing the “Hot or Cold” game with you. He hides a prize in the house and you have to search it out. The only hint you get is a witness in your spirit that you are getting “warmer, warmer, warmer.” Or colder, colder, colder.” Just remember that God is not toying with you. The Giver of every good gift wants the pleasure of helping you find the gifts.

Some of the greatest men in the bible have struggled with this. They have a clear word from the Lord and step out in faith with absolute certainty. Later when things don’t go the way they think they should, they begin searching for  reaffirmation of His word.

Remember John The Baptist? Jesus said there was no greater prophet than he, and yet John went from saying “behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world”, (John 1:29) to sending two of the disciples to ask Jesus if He was the one or do we look for another? (Luke 7:19)

If John had doubts being the greatest prophet don’t think you are exempt from the same trial. Hold on to the word you KNOW you have received and remember that this may be part of God’s plan in perfecting you as a leader.

James 1:2-4 (NKJV) ~ 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

~ The Good Things About Bad Things ~

James 1:2-4 ~ “My brethren, COUNT IT ALL JOY when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

In this verse, the word “knowing” indicates that through past experiences, we know that if we don’t give up, in the end, there will be joy.

Nobody is exempt from trials. Trials test your FAITH and the testing of your FAITH produces PATIENCE.

1) When trials come, “count them as joy” (not to be confused with pleasure or fun).

2) When trials come, your FAITH will be tested. (Do I really believe what I say I believe?)

3) When your FAITH is tested, it will produce (bring out) PATIENCE (steadfastness, staying power perseverance.)

Luke 8:15 ~ “But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and BEAR FRUIT WITH PATIENCE.”

PATIENCE is the key to every good thing God wants to give you and is oftentimes the missing ingredient. FAITH and PATIENCE work together. You do not have any more FAITH than you do PATIENCE. PATIENCE keeps faith on the job, but once PATIENCE is gone … so is FAITH! (Heb. 6:12,)

Romans 5:3-4 (NLT) ~  “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” The
Amplified Bible says, “bring out” endurance, steadfastness and patience.

FAITH “causes” PATIENCE to “come out” (as if secreted by a gland, like adrenaline). But you don’t need PATIENCE (adrenaline) all the time! PATIENCE is in you, so quit saying you don’t have PATIENCE! Instead, train yourself to say: “I HAVE PATIENCE!”

In the Greek, PATIENCE means “the ability to remain under; staying power, perseverance versus whining, complain, lash out, or quit.” If you use these crisis mechanisms and quit trusting in God you will send PATIENCE and FAITH right out the door, fulfilling the enemy’s desire for you! So don’t cooperate with the enemy! Hold onto PATIENCE and it will keep you from getting blown away, and while you’re holding on, God will help you. Through this process, you will become MATURE and COMPLETE — perfect soundness, solid, fully developed, and lacking nothing!

Once you understand how PATIENCE and FAITH work, THEN YOU CAN COUNT IT ALL JOY.

Another ingredient to overcoming any trial is to ask God for wisdom.

James 1:5 ~ “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Bottom line: stay out of old crisis mechanisms and let PATIENCE do its job. That’s where God will meet you, strengthen you, and deliver you. Don’t quit! Hang in there and you WILL see your harvest!

~ Fellowship Brings Joy To Relationship ~

Fellowship is relationship in action.

Fellowship is not just hanging out, although hanging out can be fun and have some value. You must be intentional and deliberate about connecting with people. The goal is not to have a thousand friends. You can be friendly, but maturity moves you from quantity (amount) to quality. You should have some people in your life that you can have quality fellowship with because fellowship adds value and brings joy to relationship. We need one another, and we are called to “community.”

The Bible says it’s not good to be alone. We were made for fellowship to enhance relationships. This is true with your relationship to God, and part of your relationship with Him involves relationship and fellowship with other believers. Your gifts, talents and abilities are not just for you; they are to be shared with others, especially with those in the body of Christ. When we bring all of those gifts and abilities together we experience God on a level that we would never enjoy being isolated. Christianity cannot be practiced in isolation. If you do, it will become irrelevant.

Fellowship cannot just be “programmatic.” It must be “organic,” it occurs naturally. Don’t expect the church to meet all of your needs for fellowship. You must bare some of the responsibility. You must actively pursue Godly interaction with other believers. Fellowship must be intentional and it requires investment on your part. Scripture makes it clear: Mark 12:33, John 13:34-35, Acts 2:42, Romans 12:10, and Hebrews 10:25.

New Testament scriptures teach mostly about how we treat one another and live together. It tells us to: live in harmony, love one another; accept one another; instruct one another; greet one another; serve one another; bear with one another; make allowances for one another; be kind and compassionate to one another; speak to one another; admonish one another; encourage one another; spur one another on; offer hospitality; and edify one another. That’s just a part of the list!

You are going to have varying levels of fellowship. You cannot be on the same level as everybody and that is ok. No matter where you are spiritually, you have the ability as well as the responsibility to contribute to the fellowship.

When you are in fellowship with somebody, you should be adding value to that person. Those people who do not add value to your life do not belong in your life. People will fit into one of four categories. Adders, multipliers, subtractors and dividers. If you are in a group with all subtractors and dividers, you need to find another group!

Above all, fellowship is to be God honoring. Do not mess around with things and borders that could potentially bind you or make you fall.

None of us is a whole body. We are all “parts” and we need one another… or it just doesn’t work. You should have friends that are not believers so that you can be salt and light, but you have to limit what you share together.

We are called to and we need true fellowship. Be deliberate about this! Ask God, who directs traffic, to put “valuable” people in your life to fellowship with.