God is at Work in Your Life

“He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” Job 23:10 NIV It’s a mistake to compare yourself to other people, because God has a plan for you that’s unique and personal. His methods may sometimes seem strange and His training laborious, but His results are always worth waiting for. Without scams and games He accomplishes His purpose in our lives, and all He asks us to do is trust and obey. It’s that simple. In the midst of unspeakable heartache and trouble, … [Read more...]

Deal with the Stress in Your Life

“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Ex 33:14 NKJV Is life overwhelming you? You’re not alone. Moses, one of the greatest leaders in history, got so stressed out with the responsibilities he was carrying that he wanted to die. You say, “Surely that wasn’t God’s will for him.” You’re right. But it’s not enough to know God’s will, you’ve got to do things God’s way. Moses was working from early morning until late at night, six days a week, with no vacations and no time off. He … [Read more...]

Take Time to Reflect (Part 3)

“Oh…that they would consider their latter end!” Dt 32:29 NKJV If your goal is personal growth, then you must make time for reflective thinking. So: (1) Remove yourself from distractions. Reflection and distraction don’t mix. Reflection requires solitude. It’s not the kind of thing you can do well near a television, while the phone’s ringing, or with children in the same room. You say, “But I don’t have time to spend in reflection.” We all have 168 hours each week. If you spend just one of them … [Read more...]

Take Time to Reflect (Part 2)

“In the day of adversity consider.” Ecc 7:14 NKJV The digital age has great advantages. Through emails, texts, and tweets we can communicate quickly. The disadvantage is that it doesn’t cultivate in us a desire to think about things deeply. You can’t microwave personal growth; it requires a crockpot. The Bible says, “In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: surely God has appointed the one as well as the other.” By taking time to reflect: (1) You gain confidence … [Read more...]

Take Time to Reflect (Part 1)

“In it he saw…honey.”  Jdg 14:8 NIV  One day Samson encountered a lion and slew it. The Bible says, “Some time later, when he went back…he turned aside to look at the lion’s carcass. In it he saw…some honey. He scooped out the honey with his hands and ate as he went along” (vv. 8-9 NIV). There’s a lesson here for you. When you take time to stop and reflect, you discover “honey” in your experiences that you can eat and grow stronger and wiser. When you reflect, you are able to put things into … [Read more...]

How Big is Your God

“The battle is the Lord’s…he will give you into our hands.” 1Sa 17:47 How you handle life depends on how big you believe God is. If He’s too small: (1) You’ll live in constant anxiety thinking everything depends on you. (2) Your outlook will be dictated by your surroundings—or worse, your critics. (3) Without the acceptance of a loving God you’ll be a slave to people’s opinions. (4) You’ll constantly crave recognition because you don’t understand that “your Father who sees what is done in … [Read more...]

Be an “Up” Person

“He picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus.” Eph 2:6 MSG In order to become an “up” person, you must do these three things: (1) Expand your concept of God. How? By reading His Word and getting to know Him better. Be like the little boy in Sunday school whose teacher asked what he was drawing. He replied, “God!” The teacher said, “But nobody knows what God’s like.” Confidently he replied, “They will when I’m finished!” What is your God like? Loving or judgmental? … [Read more...]

Being Friends with God (Part 2)

“‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’” Ex 33:12 NIV We’ve witnessed Moses talking with God like a friend, saying what he truly felt and thought, and God wanted it that way. Let’s listen in on their conversation. When Moses said, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people’…You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me’” (v. 12), he was mirroring back to God what God had just said to him. Do you remember saying to your spouse or friend, “You were the one … [Read more...]

Being Friends with God (Part 1)

“The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” Ex 33:11 NLT When you talk to a friend, you’re unguarded and relaxed. No need to “mind your P’s and Q’s.” You can say what you think without fear of being judged. That’s how Moses and God talked to each other—like two friends who were trusting and transparent. They said what they felt and thought. The Israelites had just created a golden calf to worship, and God was angry enough to disown them and pick some new friends. … [Read more...]

What Season are You In?

“In season and out of season.” 2Ti 4:2 NIV If you sow your seed at the wrong time, you risk losing your harvest. Why? Because you didn’t recognize what season you were in. Are you in the season of small beginnings? If you are, God says, “Do not despise these small beginnings” (Zec 4:10 NLT). The richness and stability that come from “small beginnings” and gradual success are more lasting than the temperamental theatrics of those who have never learned their own vulnerabilities or developed a … [Read more...]