Are You Limiting Your Beliefs

I am currently reading a book where the author says, "Your Beliefs Shape Your Reality."

He goes on to say that we can have limiting beliefs or liberating truths. 

A limiting belief is something that you believe, but it keeps you from reaching your goals.  
A liberating truth is what replaces that limiting belief when you either reject it or reframe it. 

If you have done an honest review of 2017 and said to yourself, "Well that was a waste of time"don't feel bad.  Lots of people are saying that.  The question is, what are you going to do about it?  

Proverbs 28:26 Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.

#1 - Determine that you do not want to waste another minute of God's time.  Everything belongs to God.  Even the ticks on the clock as they pass by.  God has given you the time that you have, what are going to do with them? 

#2 - Ask the Holy Spirit to give you an honest assessment of yourself.  Sure it can be painful.  But the pain of regret is never more significant than the pain that comes from doing nothing. 

#3 - Ask for wisdom.  I blogged about that a few days ago.  The wisdom that the writer of Proverbs is talking about comes from God.  Read James 1.  God will give you all the wisdom you need to make the right decisions in your life.  Especially the eternal ones.  But he goes on to say, " You don't have it because you didn't ask for it."  Good point James.  So it is up to you to ask. 

PRAY: Dear Jesus, I'm asking for wisdom to make the right decisions and overcome my limited beliefs in myself.  AMEN 

God Does Answer Prayer

God answered a prayer for me this weekend.  One that I have been praying about for around 7 years.  You read that right, 7 years.  

If we let it, our desire for instant gratification can overwhelm our faith and discourage us.   Waiting and having patience just isn't a part of our DNA.  

Ps 27: 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

I've seen some followers of Christ roll their eyes when you talk about patience, thinking it is a bad thing.  But think about this.  

When your marriage is going through a tough time, have patience.  It will change. 
When your career seems to be in a drought, have patience.  It will change. 
When you're going through a tough time, have patience.  It will change. 

Patience is a process that forces us to wait on God for His will and wisdom in our lives.  
Patience is time set aside for you to mature into your solution. 

The key to having patience is who or what you focus on.  When you focus on Christ, then everything will be done in His time.  When you focus on your problem or yourself, then nothing will happen on time. 

How do you practice patience? 
#1 - Watch your attitude towards having patience.  If it is negative, it will have an effect on everything that you think and do. 
#2 - Patience places your faith in the solution - Jesus.  Everything is in His timing.  Impatience will focus on your fears.  Fear will push you to do something, anything and usually the wrong thing.  
#3 - Wisdom will guide your patience.  Pray for wisdom and patience will be your friend.  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I will be patient if You will guide me.  AMEN  

P.S. The prayer that God answered?  It isn't mine to tell.  It is someone else's story that they will give God credit for.  I have been praying for the day that they could tell that story.  

Jesus Loves Me This I Know!

Do any of you remember this children's song? 
Jesus loves me this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to him belong
They are weak, but he is strong

Yes Jesus loves me
Yes Jesus loves me
Yes Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so

As a kid growing up in a church, I can't tell you how many times we sang this song. Like all songs in church, we would sing because we could. It was fun. But it wasn't until later in life that I discover the power of the lyrics. 

Did you know that it was a hymn? According to Wikipedia, Anna Bartlett Warner (1827–1915) wrote the lyrics that first appeared as a poem. It appeared in an 1860 novel written by her older sister. In 1862 William Batchelder Bradbury wrote the tune and added his own chorus "Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus Loves me..." After publication, it became one of the most popular Christian hymns in churches around the world.

Hear the message of the song.  Jesus loves me.  How do you know this?  The Word of God declares it plainly.  John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. We are not able to live this life on our own. We need help, and He will come through for us. 2 Cor 12:9 - 11. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Our days are filled with all sorts of messages.  Always keep them simple.  

Here is your message for today.  

Jesus loves you, you feel weak, but Jesus is right here just for you. 

PRAY:   Dear Jesus, I need you today.  Thank you for loving me.  AMEN  

My Big Change In 2017

For the last couple of weeks, I have been reviewing 2017 and planning for 2018.  After all my reviews, I say was my most significant change (in myself) in 2017 was . . . ? 

I pray for wisdom.

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

It isn't that I didn't pray for or seek wisdom before.  It's just that I discovered a new depth and need for it.  Life isn't getting any easier for any of us.  The world isn't a nice place and becoming more complicated all the time.  

Then this morning my devotions took me to James 1:5.  What a great reminder.  In my notes, I wrote the following.

WISDOM IS THE KEY. Ask for it. Wait for it. Seek it all the time. Don’t rely on your wisdom. It is foolishness compared to His. God will always give you wisdom.

I appreciate all the knowledge that I have.  I enjoy every bit of wisdom God gives me.  But in the end, I must depend on Him for everything.  God knows my future, and He knows what to do.  The one thing that each and every one of us must remember is that God includes us in His solutions.  We must grow to face the challenges yet to come.  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I am asking for the wisdom to meet this day.  AMEN  

I Just Had To Laugh

I was listening to a podcast this morning as I do most mornings.  But there was something about this one that made me laugh.

The speaker made a short and pointed remark to those who are facing obstacles in their life.  "GET A GRIP!  So is everyone else."  Every person who has ever done anything worthwhile faced obstacles.

For some followers of Christ, this is a problem.  Let me break it down for you.

Some followers believe that they are privileged in some way because of their faith.  That every time they wake up in the morning there is an angelic choir singing "Ahhhhh" in melodious tones and a halo appears at the crown of their head.  Nothing bad could happen to them, they are too, "good" for that.  So when obstacles appear before them, they must have done something wrong.

Some followers believe that because they are, "chosen", therefore they are to be immune to the effects of sin and life.  When obstacles are thrown into the mix, they concluded that they must not be, "chosen" and subsequently give up on faith.

Some followers are so focused on their obstacles that is all they use their faith for.  Now, before I get the hate email, follow along.  Yes, some circumstances can happen that will require you to go all in with all of your faith.  Terminal illness, abuse, a severe accident and more.  I'm not speaking to you who are going through the most desperate times of your life.

I am speaking to those who see nothing but obstacles. Their, "perfect little life" isn't a reality and they tend to get a little angry with God about it.

Mark 11:22-24 22 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

So, what can you do?  Well, here are a few keys you can use to unlock your faith.

1) Everyday faith is designed to address daily obstacles.  But remember, there is supernatural faith (1 Cor 12) that is available to help you address needs that are bigger than yourself.

2) Trying to get God to, "bless you mess" will never work.  Instead, find out what God is doing and get on board with it.

3) God will always be more concerned about your salvation than your comfort.

4) Mark 11:22 - 24 would lead you to believe that you have some kind of, "blank check" when it comes to God.  Well, you kind of do.  You can ask for anything, but that doesn't mean that God will answer everything.
- Discover what His will is and pray for it.
- Be willing to accept, "no" for an answer.
- Be willing to wait on Him.  Timing is everything.

Well, I could blog on this all day, so let's pray.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, increase my faith and then teach me how to use it.  AMEN

Who or What Inspires You?

in·spire inˈspī(ə)r/   verb
1. fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

Who doesn't like to be inspired?  It is one thing to have a dream.  It is another to believe that you can achieve that vision.  But how? 

Many organizational/motivational gurus will advise you to find someone who is doing what you want to do - then model yourselves after them.  There is some wisdom to that theory, but it isn't the best idea to take it literally.  

I've seen people who modeled themselves after their favorite millionaire or rock star.  They walked like them.  They talked like them.  They even dressed like them.  Now, most people would stop me here and say, "What's the problem if it gets them what they want?"  Nothing - except.  God created them to be unique.  

Matthew 10:30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.

The point of this verse isn't that God knows how many hairs you have on the top of your head (or how many have fallen out).  It's essential for you to know that God cares enough about you to see every detail.  You are unique to Him because He created you!  He created you to be inspired.  

You can model yourself after Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs, Donald Trump, Oprah, Michael Jordan, Pink, or Harrison Ford.  But think about this.  There is only one of them.  There will just be one of them.  While they can inspire you, you cannot walk a mile in their shoes.  

Matthew 16:24-25  Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Jesus never asks us to conform to religions idea of what a follower is.  He asks us to be transformed into what He thinks we should be.  But for that to happen, we have to give up what we want.  Sure, life may be good enough, but you have to give up good to have better.  Jesus will inspire you to a better life. 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I want to follow You where You want to lead me today.  AMEN