Month: May 2011

Discipleship

Posted on May 31, 2011

THOUGHT:

Blessed are the merciful. Mercy is what He desires.

Challenge

Jesus said several times in the Gospel that He desires mercy not sacrifice – that He had come to call the sinners, not the righteous. Today, recognize that you are a sinner, ask for His mercy, and then extend mercy to someone in need. Do this and you will be blessed.

Verse

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Reference

Matthew 5:7

Priorities

Posted on May 27, 2011

THOUGHT:

If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don't, you will find an excuse.

Challenge

Find a way to get closer to God today… No Excuses!

Verse

Therefore, from the day we heard this, we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding

Reference

Colossians 1:9

Wisdom

Posted on May 26, 2011

THOUGHT:

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing be be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

Challenge

As you strive to control your destiny, recognize that God has called us to do what is right at all times and costs. That is the destiny God has called us to live. What gift did God give you and how will you use it today to further His kingdom?

Verse

Indeed, I wish everyone to be as I am, but each has a particular gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.

Reference

1 Corinthians 7:7

Service

Posted on May 25, 2011

THOUGHT:

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

Challenge

Be persistent in your Christian faith. Make an effort each and every day to serve someone in some small way.

Verse

God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in proclaiming the gospel of his Son, that I remember you constantly,

Reference

Romans 1:9

Habits

Posted on May 24, 2011

THOUGHT:

Education is what you get when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.

Challenge

Read the Bible regularly, always educating yourself in the Christian faith. Why pay the price of experience when the perfect Word of the Lord is so near at hand?

Verse

III - “Because they rob the weak, and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will grant safety to whoever longs for it.”

Reference

Psalm 12:6

Attitude

Posted on May 23, 2011

THOUGHT:

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.

Challenge

When faced with obstacles today, turn to God for the strength, courage, and wisdom to prevail. Step up your faith and your outcomes and your outlook will improve immensely.

Verse

Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus,

Reference

Philippians 2:5

Faith

Posted on May 20, 2011

THOUGHT:

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.

Challenge

Let your faith ALWAYS drive your actions. Walk the walk of a good Christian life and provide others an example to live up to.

Verse

You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by the works.

Reference

James 2:22

Priorities

Posted on May 19, 2011

THOUGHT:

If you stop to think about it, there are very few benefits in your life for which you can take sole credit.

Challenge

In fact, if you Think About God, you’ll realize that He is where the true credit lies. Acknowledge the benefits in your life as Blessings from God and you can't help but give credit where credit is due.

Verse

For I will not dare to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to lead the Gentiles to obedience by word and deed,

Reference

Romans 15:18

Praise

Posted on May 18, 2011

THOUGHT:

The hardest math to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.

Challenge

Get an A+ in counting. Set up a time each day to count your blessings. Be consistent and be thankful; you will be amazed.

Verse

The Father’s Plan of Salvation. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,

Reference

Ephesians 1:3

Prayer

Posted on May 17, 2011

THOUGHT:

Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout.

Challenge

Steer close to God each day with heartfelt prayer. Don’t just ask Him for help with problems, but always remember to thank Him for the joys of your many blessings.

Verse

Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.

Reference

Romans 12:12

Attitude

Posted on May 16, 2011

THOUGHT:

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach. Perfection is God's business.

Challenge

Push for excellence in all you do. Strive to be all that God wants you to be and you will find peace in your accomplishments.

Verse

Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others,

Reference

Colossians 3:23

Vocation

Posted on May 13, 2011

THOUGHT:

Believe 5/5 I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about. – Henry Ford

Challenge

Believe that God will guide you down the right path, and be open to His plan for you. Stop worrying and start living.

Verse

Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

Reference

Luke 1:45

Discipleship

Posted on May 12, 2011

THOUGHT:

Believe 4/5 To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.

Challenge

Live your Christian beliefs each day, all day, and show those around you the strength of your faith. There are no shortcuts to being completely honest in your faith. Be faithful in your choices ALL the time.

Verse

Then the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!”

Reference

Mark 9:24

Praise

Posted on May 11, 2011

THOUGHT:

Believe 3/5 I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

Challenge

Think About God every time you see the sun rise, and then throughout your day, see and acknowledge the wonderful blessings He has given you.

Verse

Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” Conclusion.

Reference

John 20:29

Prayer

Posted on May 10, 2011

THOUGHT:

Believe 2/5 You'll see it when you believe it.

Challenge

Take the time today through thought and prayer to really see what God wants for you. Focus your sights on the belief that this is your path. Then follow it.

Verse

Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.” The Authority of Jesus Questioned.

Reference

Matthew 21:22

Kindness

Posted on May 9, 2011

THOUGHT:

Believe 1/5 I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another. – Thomas Jefferson

Challenge

Feel the pleasure found in doing good to another knowing that you are following Christ’s Golden Rule. Feel this genuine pleasure each and every day.

Verse

Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Reference

Luke 6:31

Attitude

Posted on May 6, 2011

THOUGHT:

No matter what the test, in God's hands, we are at rest.

Challenge

As the challenges of the day begin to attack, meet them head on knowing that God is with you, and when you are in His hands you have the ultimate protection around you.

Verse

Declare them guilty, God; make them fall by their own devices. Drive them out for their many sins; for they have rebelled against you.

Reference

Psalm 5:11

Praise

Posted on May 5, 2011

THOUGHT:

To believe in God is to know that all the rules will be fair – and that there will be wonderful surprises.

Challenge

Look for God’s little surprises today. It may be as simple as a child’s smile, something that makes you laugh, or just a quiet moment when you can be at peace. Count them as the day goes on and realize how wonderfully blessed you are.

Verse

The heavens proclaim his righteousness, for God himself is the judge. Selah

Reference

Psalm 50:6

Joy

Posted on May 4, 2011

THOUGHT:

The best use anyone can make of any day is to enjoy it - and then spread that joy to others. Let us celebrate today!

Challenge

Thank God for the gift of today by enjoying it and spreading that joy to others. Find a way to reach out to someone today that will allow them to clearly see the joy within you. Joy is conTAGeous.

Verse

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.

Reference

Psalm 118:24

Attitude

Posted on May 3, 2011

THOUGHT:

Regardless of the road you choose, make sure you take God with you.

Challenge

As you encounter forks in your path, remember to follow Christ and you will never get lost. You may not know where you're going, but you can trust His navigation. Enjoy the journey.

Verse

You indeed are my savior, and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.

Reference

Psalm 63:8

Change

Posted on May 2, 2011

THOUGHT:

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.

Challenge

Be a caring person each and every day. Change someone else’s world today by giving of your time, talent, and treasure to make a difference.

Verse

The Golden Rule. “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets.

Reference

Matthew 7:12