Secrets of Self-Control (Part 3)

“The grace of God…teaches us to say ‘No.’” Tit 2:11-12 NIV Talk back to your feelings. We put far too much emphasis on our feelings. We think everything has to feel good or it’s not worthwhile. We say things like, “I don’t feel like studying…I don’t feel like working…I don’t feel like reading my Bible.” Or, “I feel like having another drink…I feel like sleeping until noon.” Don’t give your feelings so much authority. Feelings are highly unreliable; if you allow them, they will control and … [Read more...]

Secrets of Self-Control (Part 2)

“With the Lord’s help, [you] will stand.” Ro 14:4 NLT Put your past behind you. “[This] one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining forward toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal” (Php 3:13 NIV). This Scripture exposes a misconception that will keep you from gaining self-control: Once a failure, always a failure! You may say, “Oh, I tried to quit my bad habit. In fact, I have tried over and over. I guess I’ll never be able to get control of this.” That is a misconception. … [Read more...]

Secrets of Self-Control (Part 1)

“A man’s temptation is due to the pull of his own inward desires.” Jas 1:14 PHPS  For the next few days let’s look at how to develop self-control. Here’s the first step: Accept responsibility for your lack of self-control. Admit your problem. “A man’s temptation is due to the pull of his own inward desires, which greatly attract him.” The main reason you do things—is because you like to! When you know something’s bad for you but you still do it, it’s because you want to. Sometimes we try to … [Read more...]

This Year Invest What God Has Given You

“Remember, each of us will stand personally before the Judgment Seat of God.” Ro 14:10 TLB Judgment day will be characterized by two things: rewards and regrets! Jesus highlights this in the story of three servants who were given talents to invest on behalf of their master. The first two invested well and were rewarded, while the third one buried his talent and was judged accordingly. The first two considered their options, crunched the numbers, took the plunge, and were willing to risk … [Read more...]

This Year Get Out of Your Comfort Zone (Part 2)

“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid…[of] them!” Dt 31:6 NLT  Incredible though it may seem, when Israel encountered difficulties in the wilderness, they wanted to return to their old life of slavery in Egypt. The security of the known was less threatening to them than the challenges of the unknown. So the Lord said to them, not once, but twice, “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid…[of] them…the Lord your God will…go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor [forsake] you.” Why … [Read more...]

This Year, Get Out of Your Comfort Zone (Part 1)

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.” Isa 41:10 NLT  Two of our biggest fears are—failure and criticism. And they never completely go away. You can overcome them, but they’ll show up when you face your next challenge. It’s in accepting fear as part of life’s journey instead of running from it, that you learn to conquer it. Indeed, as you look back at what you’ve already overcome, you realize that most times failure doesn’t do permanent damage—you actually grow stronger through it. If you’re … [Read more...]

I Am Alpha And Omega

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8, KJV). These powerful words were uttered by our glorified Lord when John had a vision of Him in the spirit. He declares that He is the beginning and the ending. Please note He did not say anything along the lines of, “I am the One who begins everything.” He said I am the beginning and the ending. This is one of those powerful “I AM” statements of our … [Read more...]

New Years Resolutions

“Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” Php 3:13 NKJV  Be honest: How many of last year’s resolutions did you keep? They say, “Procrastination is the thief of time.” We keep promising ourselves we’ll do better. But “resolutions” only happen when you’re “resolute.” That means having a mind that’s made up. So here are four resolutions you need to make up your mind to keep this year: (1) Take time for what really matters. Get up earlier in … [Read more...]

Instead of Worrying, Pray

“Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything.” Php 4:6 CEV One Bible teacher writes: “The pressures of our times have many of us caught in a web of the most acceptable, yet energy-draining sin in the Christian family: worry. Chances are good you woke up this morning, stepped out of bed, and before doing anything, strapped on your well-worn backpack of anxiety. You started the day not with a prayer on your mind, but loaded down by worry. What a dreadful habit! Jesus challenged His … [Read more...]

6 Tips to Prepare for 2018

You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past. With your hand of love upon my life, you impart a blessing to me. Psalm 139:5 TPT As we move through the holiday season with all of its fun, distractions, stress and busyness, we don’t always want to think about preparing for 2018. But, knowing God has already gone into our future to prepare the way should inspire us to prepare our hearts for what he has already … [Read more...]