Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Make it Happen Now. God is With You!

My encouragement to you this week is to build on your potential and start making things happen now! No matter how much  life you have lived or haven't yet, start making things happen now. Don't be mad at the obstacles. Keep God with you and press forward. There is no failure in God!

There is no failure in God! I believe in this statement with my entire heart. Yes, I may fail at some things in this life but I know that if I keep with God, I will be successful no matter what life brings. So why am I still living in my tomorrow? Some may think I mean my promised future or something of the sorts. No. I mean how we are constantly putting something off that you know needs to be handled now. We all have so many dreams and hopes for our lives. We say things like, "If I had this" or "If I start on this". Well, why are we waiting? What are we waiting on? The reason we dream certain things for our lives because there is a 95% we already have the potential to make it happen. So I ask again, why am I still living in my tomorrow?

We all have too much of a tendency to put things off that can really affect our lives in such a positive way. Maybe it is because we are afraid to fail. Maybe because we don't believe in ourselves. Maybe because we think our window will never close on us. Let me start on the window. The window is definitely closing on us when we keep putting things off. Because the older we get, the less inspired we become when we let all of our other situations cloud our minds and pull our attention on them. Then when you look up, you have shut the window on yourself because we may feel that our life now has too much of a grip on us that we can't get to it anymore. And sometimes that is really the case. Then there are times we don't believe in ourselves. That is such an agent of the devil. Doubting yourself to make sure that you become your greatest enemy. You lose all belief that you can change. You begin to denigrate yourself. You call yourself things that you shouldn't at times. Then that can really lead to a fear of failure. Like, this failure will destroy your whole world.

Enough. First off, start telling yourself that you can do this. God has given us certain gifts. God has made us able to do things no matter what we are going through. Start telling yourself all the right things. I know some of you may be telling yourself it's harder than it seems but you have to try. Right? How can you know what God can do for you and how great you are until you start trying? We all have a lot of potential in us! We have all have so may good things that we can use to start making things happen now! And now is the time to start making them happen! We can do this. There is greatness in all of us that we can build on to make some great things happen for us. We have to start moving towards those goals immediately. And hold on tight for the obstacles. When in life have we just gotten easily the things that we desire the most? We had to struggle at times. Some goals we struggled harder for than other goals. So don't be mad at the obstacles. Don't dare get discouraged into submission to where we give up on our potential. Stick with God and God will keep you. I didn't say He will keep you away from the struggles and storms but He will be with you the whole way until you make your way out. God will keep you and make sure that you will be successful. There is no failure in God. Stick with God and let Him show you why is that such a great decision. Press forward. Please don't quit. You have potential to be great and I know that you can do it. We all can do it. God won't let you fail. If you fail, God won't get the glory AND others can't see the glory of God through us. So again, God won't let us fail. BUT above all of that. God loves us SO MUCH. His love for us will move the mountains of our lives! His love for us undeniable! God sacrificed His son for us. What won't He sacrifice for you? What will he not do for you? Our God is awesome and He will always be there for us...Be Blessed...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Work on Your Salvation!

My encouragement to you this week is to actively work on your salvation. Submit to God's purpose for your life. Be obedient to His word. Rely on God. Let others see God through you and through your active service to God's kingdom.

Your salvation will not find you. Your salvation is nothing guaranteed to you from birth. Your salvation is nothing owed to you. Our salvation is something to be sought. Our salvation is something to be treasured. Our salvation is something we live in everyday. Our salvation is only attained when we accept Christ in our heart as our one and only savior. But after we get this beautiful and wonderful gift, what do we do with it? Do we just walk around and go about our lives like we can cash in this salvation whenever we need it? Saints, we have to be working on our salvation daily. Yes, we got a free gift from God but this is a gift we cannot take for granted. We have work to do. Not here and there. Daily.

Saints, there is one thing in life that we a re too good at and it is sinning. We do it without thinking about it sometimes. Sin hurts us and causes more than enough problems in our lives. Sin results in separation from God, both in this life and the next. God is good, perfect, and just, and so sin by its nature prevents a right relationship with God. Therefore sinners cannot enjoy the full benefits of knowing God in this life, such as peace, comfort and help in times of trouble.But we have hope in our salvation. We have been given an alternative from separation from God. Salvation gives us comfort because we can turn to God and ask for forgiveness and for Him to help us with our sin. He will remember our sins no more but salvation calls for you to actively work at your sin so that we can feel peace. Sin takes away peace from our lives. The salvation we get through our faith needs to be fostered in us daily.

But I tell you saints, we have to be obedient to His word to really grow our salvation and to ensure we can be recognized by God when our last breath is taken and we stand for judgment. I don't mean following rules solely. We have to grow a relationship with God. When we truly realize that we can trust God to be all of our help we should want to obey Him because we know that there is so much to gain. I don't mean selfish gain either. Just to have peace from following the word of God and listening is something all of us would pay millions for us to keep! But we have to actively get to work! "The moment the sinner believes in Christ, he stands in the sight of God uncondemned; for the righteousness of Christ is his: Christ's perfect obedience is imputed to him." Look, we will never be perfect. But the point is following Jesus' example of the way He lived His life to serve God and others. Are you doing that? Are you looking to serve God and others? We should be looking for that. Christ is our hope and our refuge. His righteousness is imputed  to the obedient. DO NOT be discouraged by the high level of the standard. The measure of the sacrifice is the guarantee of the power of God to save to the uttermost. The repentant receive the blessing of Christ's righteousness which bears fruit in obedience to the commandments. God just wants a heart that is willing to earnestly try and obey His will and work for Him!

As we are obeying His word others need to be able to see God through you. This may sound like pressure but don't let it be that. If you are really living for Christ, I promise you being an example to someone will just happen. They will see God through what you do naturally. That's all. But people have to see a difference in you than the world. That is really important for others to see the difference in you and those who don't know God. They possibly can know God through you. Don't be scared of that. Be happy that we can introduce another to the peace that we feel from serving our God..Be Blessed...