Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Take Action with a Decided Heart!



This is a quote from Andy Andrew's The Seven Decisions.  This is a great book.  I challenge you to make this your declaration:

"Beginning today, I will create a new future by creating a new me. No longer will I dwell in a pit
of despair, moaning over squandered time and lost opportunity. I can do nothing about the past.
My future is immediate. I will grasp it in both hands and carry it with running feet. When I am
faced with the choice of doing nothing or doing something, I will always choose to act! I seize this
moment. I choose now.

I am a person of action. I am energetic. I move quickly. Knowing that laziness is a sin, I will create
a habit of lively behavior. I will walk with a spring in my step and a smile on my face. The
lifeblood rushing through my veins is urging me upward and forward into activity and accomplishment.

Wealth and prosperity hide from the sluggard, but rich rewards come to the person
who moves quickly.

I am a person of action. I inspire others with my activity. I am a leader. Leading is doing. To
lead, I must move forward. Many people move out of the way for a person on the run; others are
caught up in his wake. My activity will create a wave of success for the people who follow. My
activity will be consistent. This will instill confidence in my leadership. As a leader, I have the
ability to encourage and inspire others to greatness. It is true: An army of sheep led by a lion
would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep!

I am a person of action. I can make a decision. I can make it now. A person who moves neither
left nor right is destined for mediocrity. When faced with a decision, many people say they are
waiting for God. But I understand, in most cases, God is waiting for me! He has given me a
healthy mind to gather and sort information and the courage to come to a conclusion. I am not a
quivering dog, indecisive and fearful. My constitution is strong and my pathway clear.
Successful people make their decisions quickly and change their mind slowly. Failures make
their decisions slowly and change their mind quickly. My decisions come quickly, and they lead
to victory.

I am a person of action. I am daring. I am courageous. Fear no longer has a place in my life. For
too long, fear has outweighed my desire to make things better for my family. Never again! I have
exposed fear as a vapor, an impostor who never had any power over me in the first place! I do
not fear opinion, gossip, or the idle chatter of monkeys for all are the same to me. I do not fear
failure, for in my life, failure is a myth. Failure only exists for the person who quits. I do not quit.
I am courageous. I am a leader. I seize this moment. I choose now.

I am a person of action.

A wise man once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Knowing this
to be true, I am taking my first step today. For too long my feet have been tentative, shuffling left
and right, more backward than forward as my heart gauged the direction of the wind. Criticism,
condemnation, and complaint are creatures of the wind. They come and go on the wasted breath
of lesser beings and have no power over me. The power to control direction belongs to me. Today
I will begin to exercise that power. My course has been charted. My destiny is assured.
I have a decided heart. I am passionate about my vision for the future. I will awaken every morning
with an excitement about the new day and its opportunity for growth and change. My
thoughts and actions will work in a forward motion, never sliding into the dark forest of doubt or
the muddy quicksand of self-pity. I will freely give my vision for the future to others, and as they
see the belief in my eyes, they will follow me.

I will lay my head on my pillow at night happily exhausted, knowing that I have done everything
within my power to move the mountains in my path. As I sleep, the same dream that dominates
my waking hours will be with me in the dark. Yes, I have a dream. It is a great dream, and I will
never apologize for it. Neither will I ever let it go, for if I did, my life would be finished. My
hopes, my passions, my vision for the future is my very existence. A person without a dream
never had a dream come true.

I have a decided heart. I will not wait.

I know that the purpose of analysis is to come to a conclusion. I have tested the angles. I have
measured the probabilities. And now I have made a decision with my heart. I am not timid. I
will move now and not look back. What I put off until tomorrow, I will put off until the next day
as well. I do not procrastinate. All my problems become smaller when I confront them. If I
touch a thistle with caution, it will prick me, but if I grasp it boldly, its spines crumble into dust.
I will not wait. I am passionate about my vision for the future. My course has been charted. My
destiny is assured.

I have a decided heart."









If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

You Lifted Me!





You lifted me up!  Out of the muck and the mire! Out of the slimy pit, you lifted me!

When we think of our issues and the messes that we are in, whether we think it was our faults or not, God wants to give us a testimony like David's:

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.

Psalm 40:2  

Sure there situations that I would like to, and you would like to be out of, but not my own testimony.  I don't want to have a testimony of what I did to get myself out of the pit.  I want my testimony to be that HE lifted me out of the muck and the mire, and the slimy pit.  He did it!   Sure I may have done something, but it all wasn't me.  It was because I trusted in the name of the Lord my God.  Not to us, not to us, but to your name be my testimony, and let my testimony be for your glory!

Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. 

Psalm 115:1


We are different

We are different.  Those that are in Christ, we are to have a different testimony.   Our lives are to reflect not our awesomeness, but His goodness.  So let every testimony be that He lifted me!  He lifted me out and set my feet on solid ground.  HE lifted me!  THAT will be our testimony!  Not to us, but because we trust in the name of the Lord our God.  Amen.




If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

We CAN reach Perfection, but not yours...

Let God define what perfection is.

 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." 
Galatians 5:22-23



Photo my Phillip Cordts


"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." 
Matthew 5:48

Before knowing Christ, I tried in vain to reach perfection.  Now that I know Christ, He encourages me to reach perfection.  At first this confused me because I didn't know how, but the key is with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!  Therefore, let God define what perfection is!

When I try to define perfection for myself, I think of striving, working (which isn't bad in and of itself..) comparing, competition, being "the best" in comparison to others, which never wins, and leaves us quite empty, tired, and alone.  But the perfection that God is defining through Christ has to have it's definition come from Him, and must have the main ingredients of "humble" and love.  There is no law against love and the other fruits of the Spirit, because in them is perfection.  "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

I want to encourage you to walk in perfection.  Strive for perfection, but strive in the perfection that God defines.   Perfection is humility, peace, patience and love and let those things define your perfection today.   You will as you walk with Him today.  :)

God bless you





If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.