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Cultivate Your Praise!

This phrase came to mind the other day. It got me thinking. Cultivate means nurture, develop, or work on. Praise isn’t something that comes naturally to most of us. Our minds are geared to think on the negative things. It is easy to get bogged down by people and situations. Without even realizing it, you will fall into a pit of negativity.

That is why it takes effort to develop our praise. In hard times, we have to plow through those negative feelings, reach down deep on the inside of us, and praise Him!

You will develop an attitude of gratitude if you shift your perspective. Look for the best in a bad situation. Like a song at our church says, “No matter what comes my way, I’ll lift my voice and say, Hallelujah anyhow!”

The more you choose joy; you will bear much good fruit in your life. The more you look for the good in things, the more you will find it.

My prayer today is, “Lord, help me to see all the many blessings in my life. I have so much to thank You for. Thank You for being patient with me. Thank You for Your mercy when I mess up. Thank You for loving me in the middle of my bad attitude. Thank You for reminding me to focus on Your goodness. Thank You for all You have brought me out of. Thank You for what You are bringing me into.

Praise shouldn’t be determined by what kind of day we’ve had. We shouldn’t just praise God on Sundays in church. God is good all the time. It’s time for us to stop letting the cares of this life rob us of a victorious life!
~ Madison Sanders

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Leadership

With some of the things going on in the world today, there’s a trending thing I’ve noticed as of late. I’m talking about the belittling of leadership. The interesting thing is that this action is coming primarily from the leaders themselves belittling the gift of leadership that is placed in them. What I mean by this is a leader saying we’re going to the right, but someone else wants to go to the left. So the leader decides to go to the left because Susie wants to go left. The leader has now put down his leadership role and became a follower. Now let me say there is a difference between taking advice and processing an opinion versus just giving into the wants of those who are supposed to be following you.

God has set you as a leader to lead, which means He trusts you in the decisions you make over those he has placed under you. (Not saying you will always make the right decisions).

The flip side to this is the lack of appreciation followers have towards their leaders. As a follower, the ground you gain is directly associated with the ground your leader has gained. There are things you will never have to face because your leader has already broken through them or broken through that level of warfare as some would phrase it.

It is for this reason leaders MUST recognize the importance of their role. It’s just like the “V-formation” a flock of birds use. The leader goes first bearing a lot of the responsibility, but he doesn’t create a situation in which the rest of the flock will have to do nothing. Rather, the rest of the flock must also endure to make it to the destination, but because of the lead bird, they had to bear much less weight.

To not appreciate a leader is to say you’d rather go through what they went through than the little that you went through. For a leader to let someone or something else (outside of those who are over you) lead you and decide which direction you go is to try to make them the leader. To lay down your leadership role and let someone else take over is to deny God and His power because if He wanted you to be the follower someone else the leader, that’s what He would have done. Leaders, don’t be afraid to step out in faith. Trust God to direct your steps. Followers, appreciate your leaders! An encouraging word is a blessing those who hear it.

~ Jevallye’ Beverly

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Mistaken Identity

Old things have passed away. When you become born again you have a new nature on the inside of you. As you confess, meditate, and renew your mind with the Word of God, it transforms you.

I was thinking back to the time before I was born again and how broken I was. Words had been released about me, and I did not know how bad those words affected me.

I was told over and over how sorry I was. Someone said that I could not do this or that. Guess what? Over time I could not do it. Those words that someone spoke attached to my mind and became a reality in my life.

After I was born again and filled with Holy Spirit, I became a new creature in Christ. I was no longer what someone else said I was. Year after year change occurred in my thinking and emotions. I began believing who the Bible said I was. I began to realize that God loved me unconditionally. Imagine that!

I had a mistaken identity crisis. Every one of us at one time or another has had to deal with a mistaken identity. The good news is that we don’t have to stay that way. We have the Word of God and the power of the Holy Ghost to help break those chains in our lives.

Every day I wake up is a new day attained. All things are new. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He came that you and I may have life abundantly. I strive to be more like Him every day. How about you? He stands at the door of your heart knocking, waiting on you to let Him in.

You don’t have to be perfect. If you were perfect, Jesus would have had no need to die on the cross. Will you take the leap of faith and let Him transform your life like He did mine?

~Tammy Sanders

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Where is the Excitement and Love?

How many remember the excitement you felt as a child on Christmas morning? You ran downstairs, that is if you had any, to the living room where your Christmas tree was located. With every step closer to the prize, thoughts of what Santa left you under the tree flooded your mind. Then FINALLY, you were standing in front of the tree! Underneath the tree that was once bare, sat packages wrapped in shiny, festive paper topped with beautiful bows of a variety of sizes and colors. If you were like my house, you had to wait until dad took his position. You know the position. The one where he is the one who hands out each precious package to you so slowly that you could almost burst open yourself! Being a military child, not a brat, you KNEW to NEVER open anything ahead of dad. As you grow up, the excitement doesn’t go away but it does change.

Recently I have walked in such an excitement that what I felt as a child on Christmas morning was diminished greatly. You see we had our second Bible Study in Canon a few months ago. As I was traveling from work to go pick up the key that would open the door to the Canon Community Center I was getting so excited about the Bible Study that I was teary-eyed. I was EXCITED beyond measure. When I went into the city hall to collect the key, it was if I had received the key to the city of Canon along with gold. I treasured that wonderful little key. God was going to do a great things in Canon that night, and I was going to be a part of it! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss an opportunity to be a part of something that God is doing. It is not enough for me to come to church, worship, listen to a sermon of truth, and then go home. Something has changed inside of me and I like it! I was tired of just barely getting through the day to collapse on the couch and go to sleep just to repeat everything the next day. My life has purpose and I realize that each time I go out visiting people to let them know that God loves them. It’s not about me!

If you find yourself not being excited about coming to church to hear what God has to say, I challenge you to do something about it. Go out on a visitation one Saturday, come to Oasis on Friday night, or come to one of the Bible Studies during the week. There are three. One in Canon, Hartwell, and Royston. God wants us to tell the world about Him and His love, but He can’t do it without us! We can’t do it until we get our priorities lined up and get off our bottoms and do something! I guarantee you that it WILL change your life, if you let it. There is just something SPECTACULAR about sharing the love of God with someone.

 

~Ronda Sullivan

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Life In A Box

Life is an adventure. Enjoy the journey. Each day is an amazing opportunity. These are things I say to myself and others. However, I stopped repeating it for a time. Major challenges came into my life. It seemed I couldn’t get over one before another came. I have faith. I am a fighter, I know who I am in Christ. I have been blessed with miracles in the past. But my mind became weak.

The stress overtook me. I began to retreat. I withdrew from everyone. I didn’t  have the strength for day-to-day talks. I put myself in an emotional box. At first it was a welcome escape. I didn’t have to explain anything. Strength wasn’t necessary. I would remain in my hiding place until the problems went away. The more you remove yourself from others, the more normal it becomes.

There is no light inside of a box. Fellow believers won’t know how to pray for you. They don’t have the knowledge of what you are facing. The enemy will begin to tell you that they don’t care. Thoughts that others are more able to do what you are called to do are rehearsed in your mind. I began to think about Joseph. He found himself in a pit.He too was isolated. I am sure he saw himself out of the pit spiritually before he experienced it in the natural. That is what I did, I started thanking God for the victories before they were reality.

Praise to Him. He made me desire to tear down the walls that I had built. My church family and others had never stopped lifting me up in prayer. Joseph had to have others lift him out of the place he found himself in. God places other believers into our lives. You will find that they are eager to help you. I can not promise that there will never be sorrow. I can say that you won’t be left to face it alone. God is always a prayer away. He also has people who are ready to pray with you.  Life truly is an adventure. We can enjoy the journey. Each day is an amazing opportunity. Tear down the walls. Let the light shine into your life.

~Connie Robinson

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He Was Raised

 

That fateful day came

When the weight of  humanity fell on His shoulders

They all trembled at the sight

He said don’t worry, my child, for you are mine

I can carry this pain, it is mine

 

Go on don’t weep for Me

This has to be done for humanity

I will be raised in a few days

 

I will be raised for the hurting

I will be raised for the unlovable

I will be raised to bring peace

I will be raised for you

 

It will be worth it, My child

Leave all your burdens at My feet

My blood will erase the pain

Cause it’s a covering

 

I was raised for the hurting

I was raised for the unlovable

I was raised to bring peace

I was raised for you

 

So, go on to the Father,

He’s waiting with open arms

He died on that Cross for all of us

He died to deliver you

So what are you waiting for?

 

~Madison Sanders

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Words

We are bombarded by words every day. They can create images and pictures in our minds either good or bad. Words can edify and lift up or condemn and tear people down. Once words are spoken they cannot be taken back. We have all said things in haste or anger which we later regretted. Sometimes as soon as they roll off our tongues we think, ” Why did I say that?”

The wrong words spoken can start an argument or fight. We really say the wrong things when we try to win a heated debate. We need to learn to be swift to hear and slow to speak. Our fleshly nature causes us to lash out with words trying to defend and justify ourselves. No one ever wins an argument. In the end, feelings are hurt and people are wounded. The wrong words can end close relationships, destroy marriages, and tear families apart.

What can we do to get control of our tongues? Sorry, there is no easy one, two, three-step formula to gain control of your tongue. No matter what your age, your fleshly nature has control of your brain. Whatever you think in your mind will roll off your tongue.

~Luke 6:45 says,” A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”

Gaining control over our tongue is a matter of our hearts. When Jesus used the word treasure it translates to deposit or wealth. What we have deposited within our hearts is what we have to draw from. One of my favorite scriptures is: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” ~Psalm 119:11 As we grow and mature by treasuring God’s word in our hearts. We have a good deposit to draw from. His Word is spirit and life. His Word is pure and refined. His Word is love and kindness.

Gaining control over our tongue is an ongoing process. Our hearts, therefore our words, are santified daily as we read and meditate on His word. We are the Bride of Christ, and as His Bride we are to make ourselves ready.

~Proverbs 31:6 “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. Let us strive to be that beautiful Bride of Christ.”

~Ricky Robinson

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