God has a Purpose

 

10. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not onto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.” 1 Corinthians 15:10

Never Give up God is with you.

Stand firm and be strong the struggle will make you stronger.

Be the example our kids need.

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Our children are like sponges soaking up the environment around them.  It is vital that we realize the impact we have on our children.  The children around us also are impacted by our behaviors.

Children are like mirror images of ourselves.  I have seen over the course of my life so many families who complain about kids.  When I got a chance to see the parents and their interactions with their children I began to see a pattern. They really pick up the little things we do not even realize we do.

Habits and the little things that we do not even notice that can be seen good or bad. Create habit in our kids. I understand this is not 100 percent true all the time but as a general rule, this is correct.

What example are we to children we impact or come into contact with?

What can we do to help our kids see the right examples?

Our world is full of influence, the greatest, the loudest they have will impact them the most.

So what is it?

Video games, TV Shows, Friends, Family, or what?

Just some food for thought and please give your opinion.

 

New Years, Easter and Resolutions

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We make resolutions for the New Year but many people also make them at Easter.

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The New Year we see the most people deciding to change their lives.  The many things that they know they need to do like lose weight, eat healthier, treat others kinder, save money, and so on are all on the table.

So many times we see these commitments fall by the wayside, the question is why? Was the commitment just emotional? What keeps some people from following through?

 Please give me some feedback here…..

Easter is another time many people are making commitments.  people will often go to church and here a message. Many of these people only attend every once in a while and the message moves them to want to make changes they know they should make.  Just like New Years we see at Easter people seeing a need to change and making commitments.

We see the same problems happening from New Years and Easter commitments, too many people only last a very short time on the commitment.

Is it a lack of character?

Is the commitment something they make to feel better about themselves for a while?

Is it just emotional and when the feeling fade they have not made the true level of commitment? What is the reason?

I have some ideas but would love to hear yours.  We need to understand why people commit to things only to not follow through within a short time.

I will say that there are those also who actually seem to follow through, but we see these people are the minority.  It is like 90 percent do not and 10 percent do, is that close?

So why is it some have a real change take place and many do not?

What is the underline difference between the two of these?

This is an important discussion in our society so let us get as many people talking about it as possible if you would, thank you.

 

 

The Power of the Resurrection

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Easter is a time of rebirth.  The power of the resurrection is beyond what anyone could truly comprehend.  Today I want to talk about the power it affords us in our lives to be created new.

 

Imagine that we can start over and change the entire course of our lives.  We can do a complete turnaround.

 

If you could become the person you truly felt you were meant to be, would you, do it?

 

Imagine that the dream seeds planted inside of you.  The things that make you jump inside and truly give you purpose could come to pass?

 

How is it possible that we can become new and completely change our future and live?

 

We are created as Spirit, body, and soul.  The body is dying every day as we grow older.  When we are born we are the newest we can be, then our bodies as they grow start to age.  These are documented facts in our lives.  The Spirit and soul however according to scripture, speaks to them as eternal.  The Spirit and Soul are what is created new and being transformed. 

 

The body will be changed when we die.  We receive an eternal one but the Spirit and soul good or bad will live forever.  The fact that these both are alive and able to change by the power of God. Allows us to see how we can turn our lives around.  It is not our own power that does it but our surrender to allow God to make these changes in our lives.

 

I understand this is a very deep subject and there are many scriptures that back it up.  There is a lot of science even to back up what I am saying.  Okay so let’s stop a moment start from this foundation.

 

When we surrender our lives to God and allow Jesus to create in us a clean heart, we are born again.  Salvation is us surrendering to the work of the cross and the resurrection.  When we make this commitment to surrender our lives to God, to accept the gift of salvation we then can begin to grow in grace.  Instead of us getting older we are getting wiser, changing, growing up spiritually.

 

The purpose God created us to accomplish can come alive within us and the Holy Spirit will empower us to allow that purpose to come forth.  We, of course, have our part to do but we must understand that God is with us and we will accomplish what we are created for if we continue to do our part.

 

God created us in His image, so we should not be shocked.  God is all-powerful, the creator, a Spirit, we are like Him, but of course not Him.  We have some of the same characteristics God created us to have but of course, we are not god’s.  We are special, created to do great things, nothing in the world is created like us.  God made us to be the rulers of the world and to be the example of Christ-like behavior.

 

When we just start to understand these facts, we should never doubt God’s plans for our individual lives.  What stops us is our own doubts, fears, and our own limiting beliefs.

 

If we but grasp a true glimpse of the power of the resurrection we will be changed forever. The cross, Jesus, God, or the bible is not meant to be all received without a level of faith.  Logic is there but cannot complete the picture it is faith that is the final ingredient to change lives.

 

I would love to have you post scriptures to back up. I can do it but it is nice to hear others and the scriptures they will choose.  So post some please.

Born to do this, let your Spirit rain down on me.

I am reminded today I was created in God’s image created for a purpose. God knew me in my mother’s womb and called me for a unique purpose. I am priceless. Worth more than any treasure this earth has to offer. I have been given the gift of salvation through the work of the cross, Jesus paid a price I could not pay.

I am truly blessed with more than I can ever comprehend. We have incredible children, friends, mentors, and people in our lives. Today I am reminded as I grow another year older to celebrate Gods goodness and love.

We all have the opportunity to know Christ, to know God. We are born priceless and worth more than anything this world can offer. Born for eternity, yes we will live forever, created for a purpose.

I am reminded today of that purpose God has for my life. I pray you never forget your purpose and the God how not only created you but lives you for eternity.

May all who read this be blessed and know Gods love, forgiveness, and the power of the Cross. Blessings my friends

Breakthrough Principle: Forgiveness

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Breakthrough Principle: Forgiveness

 

What is forgiveness?

 

Are we required to forgive?

 

Why should we forgive others?

 

Forgiveness is one of those words and issues that impact everyone in the world.  No one is left without the impact of forgiveness or unforgiveness.

 

What happens when someone does us wrong? 

 

How do we react when others have wronged us, or we have hurt others?

 

Most people want to forgiveness when they make mistakes. A friend I knew that when they did something wrong they would ask and expect to have mercy.  They would complain when others did not forgive them right away. When people hurt them, they would hold a grudge for a while and stay mad.  Everyone knew they had a temper and that they did not like to forgive others.

 

Studies show that unforgiveness, bitterness, and anger can lead to health issues.  There are those who even link bitterness to cancer and other illnesses.  We all realize that too many of us harbor unforgiveness. 

 

When we go through horrible things should we forgive?

 

There was a woman who was permanently disabled and hurt by some young boys throwing pumpkins off an overpass.  The boys who threw the pumpkins caused so much pain, damage, and suffering to the woman.  The woman forgave them and asked to speak with them.  She believed in forgiveness. 

 

Studies show if we do not forgive we are hurt the most.  Some people have wronged others not even realizing it.  They go about life not ever knowing they offended anyone. The Peron who was hurt allows it to fester and grow affecting their whole life. It seems that too many times we are trying to judge people instead of forgiving them.

 

There is power in forgiving others. It is like a release of pressure when we let go of the bitterness and unforgiveness.  People can allow the pressure to build until exploding.  The other option is we can release it with true forgiveness.

 

Forgiveness is not shallow. It requires more than just saying forgive me.  It needs a change in our actions.  We must stop those actions that are wrong when we ask others to forgive us. 

When we forgive we must cast offenses as far as the east is from the west.  If we see that person and cannot help but bring it up or see it in our minds, we are not at forgiveness yet.  The process can take a while, but it is a process. 

 

Whatever we decide we need to forgive and become once again a nation and world who learns to forgive genuinely.  Joy reigns in forgiveness and death reign in unforgiveness. 

 

The article is short on the topic of forgiveness, but I hope it starts the conversation in our hearts.

Breakthrough Principle: Listening

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Breakthrough Principle: Listening 

 

Attentive

We must learn to give our full attention.  The better we listen and communicate our desire that we care about what others say. the more powerful the connection.  We must develop the ability to focus. When our attention wanders we must redirect our attention back to the person.  The skill of attentive behavior is a master key to success.

Ask yourself how well this is working for you now. 

 

Do you interrupt people when talking?

 

Do you think about your response while they are still talking?

 

If we answer yes then there is work to do.  I know I still have work to do.

Eye contact

It is very easy to not look into a person’s eyes.  In our society today, people have a hard time with this one.  We must learn to consider the eyes of the person we are talking to.  The connection we make by considering their eyes and paying close attention to what they say will speak volumes.

 

When speaking to someone do you look past them?

 

Do you look down or away often?  

Vulnerability

Connect with people by allowing them to see you do not have all the answers.  Allow yourself to be real and transparent.  People want to know others who are knowledgeable but also who are real.  Always speak to others on their level and connect in common ways.  This is a skill set that must be learned in many cases.

 

Do you always answer a question or do you ask them?

 

Do you look for the input of others without adding your own to further make the point?

 

Do you make people feel like smarter after being around you?

 

The truth is we may be more knowledgeable about issues than them.  Always make them feel important and their answers must be valuable.  If we always must elaborate past their answer than we lose the power of connection. 

We become self-absorbed not others absorbed. Never lie or bend the truth.  If something is wrong with their answers questions are great steering wheels to truth. They are still contributing the answers and they leave lifted, they build enthusiasm.

Faking it

     There are many studies out there that believe it’s okay to fake your way through things.  I know we need to do this at times but one things we should never fake is our pure intentions.  People will feel our energy quickly so we must be genuine and not fake with our intentions.  

Be sure the reason we are doing something is not selfish.  If we only talk to someone for our own needs we are being self-centered.

 

Do you only have conversations about what you want to talk about?

 

Do you always bring a conversation back to your accomplishments, what is happening in your life? Do you ask them about their lives and remember past details?

 

These are skills that will empower us to grow our relationships and move us in the right direction.  We serve others and in the process, help ourselves by focusing on them.