Father, I come before you in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Lord, you know all things. They are all before you like an open book. Who can hide their heart from your presence and your eye? The deeds of the most clever men are exposed before you. Your omniscience knows know bounds - and if it were not for grace, I would be of all men most terrified. But there is grace, abounding and glorious, poured out upon the weakest of men, and abounding to your glory.
Father, I praise you and I worship you; I thank you for all that you are and all that have done. There is no one like you in Heavens and on the Earth or under the earth. You are the King and there is no other. You are Savior and you share your glory with no one. Father, this day you know me and my great need of grace. Why am I here except that you called the weakest among men, the most ignoble among brothers, and that by your grace, often times, the lesser teaches the greater? That is always my case and I praise you. I worship you. Father, help us today, to the wind with eloquence, to hell with brilliant intellect, Father. Let the truth go forward. Let me be changed that the state of your church be more glorious. I pray for grace upon grace and mercy upon mercy for myself and for those who hear. Help us, Oh God, and we will be helped; and we will boast in that help in Jesus' Name. AMEN!!!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Value Of Minimalism

By Dan Pedersen

The less you own, the less you have to take care of.

The less you own, the less you have to replace.

The less you own, the less money you need to earn.

The less you own, the more time you have for other things (and people).

The less you own, the less things you need to protect.

It’s not always easy to want less, but we are capable of doing it.It starts with appreciating what we already have.

While we’re thinking about what we don’t have, we’re forgetting about what we do have.
We have more than we usually realize. And we don’t need many of the things we think we need.

It’s part of human psychology to gain something and shortly thereafter start thinking about what else we can get.It’s also our nature to vehemently protect what we have (even blessings that come our way unexpectedly, and unearned). The way to combat this is to regularly be thankful for what you have.

Minimalism is not about depriving yourself of comfort. It’s not about having a poverty mindset. It’s about removing distractions from your life. Having fewer wants can greatly uncomplicate your life.

It doesn’t mean we can’t be wealthy (if we have everything we need, we are wealthy).
It’s about not pursuing wealth as a way of fulfilling yourself spiritually. It’s about not allowing what you own to own you. It’s about not allowing your possessions to blind you from the things that are most important in life.

We all want to be comfortable and not have to worry about money. There’s nothing wrong with that. I wish we could all have that. Maybe one day everyone will. But don’t think that the more you have, the happier you’ll be. This is true only to an extent.

Part of having more, is wanting less. Being content with less, is itself an increase.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Beatitudes For Leaders

Blessed is the leader who knows discouragement, who presents no alibi.

Blessed is the leader who knows where he is going, why he is going and how to go there.

Blessed is the leader who leads for the good of the most concerned, and not for the personal gratification of his own ideas.

Blessed is the leader who develops leaders while leading.
Blessed is the leader who has his head in the clouds but his feet on the ground.

Blessed is the leader who considers criticism and opposition as a call to improvement and a challenge to prove his worth.
Blessed is the leader who considers leadership an opportunity for service.

Blessed is the leader who in spite of being honest and sincere, experiences hardship, misunderstanding, personal risk and sometimes personal loss. In the long run, he will find that the trouble he takes is small compared to the sense of personal fulfilment and achievement for the good of all.

Admire To Be A Leader Of Such A Character. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

To Stretch Your Faith, Tame Your Fear!

If you’re going to make a fresh start with faith in your life, you must face your fears. Fear has an incredible ability to paralyze our potential, to keep us from launching out, to keep us from having faith in our lives.

 Giving into our fear makes us skeptical. We become afraid of trying anything new when we’re afraid.

 Remember the story of Bartimaeus in Mark 10 in the Bible? He faced a fear that most of us face: the fear of rejection and disapproval.

 He was blind and in need of healing. Jesus was walking by, but Bartimaeus knew that to shout out at Jesus in that crowd wasn’t the culturally acceptable thing to do. He knew that people would look down on him for it, but he was desperate.

And he knew that Jesus Christ was the only one that could help him.

 Bartimaeus shouted. And sure enough, people in the crowd criticized him for it. When he shouted out to Jesus, the Bible says in Mark 10:48, “Many scolded him to get him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’” (NET).

 When he shouted out, everyone around said things to him like, Don’t do that. Be quiet. Quiet down. Don’t make a scene. Surely Jesus Christ isn’t interested in you. He’s got more important things to do.

 The Devil whispers things like that to a lot of us. And those kinds of thoughts often keep us from having faith. When you see before you the opportunity to change, to be healed, to take another step forward in your spiritual journey, all kinds of shouts from inside and outside of you tell you not to rock the boat.

 But here’s an important question: Whose disapproval do you fear the most? Whoever that is, that person is your god. That person can keep you from having faith or invite you to have faith. Peer pressure isn’t just for kids.

 It’s possible that as you read this, God is asking you to do something greater than you’ve ever done before. He’s asking you to depend on him in a way you never have before. Of course it’s a little scary.

 Here’s my encouragement: Tame your fear and move out in faith!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Confronted with the Cross, Jesus Trusted the Father with His Life.

During the time leading up to Christ’s death on the cross, His human side showed up big time. He felt the weight of the burden He had come to bear. How would you like to know the exact day you were going to die and the barbaric way it was going to occur? “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death,” He told His disciples (Matthew 26:38).
We often talk about the deity of Christ. It’s what makes Him one with God. It’s what separates Him from every other person that has been born of a woman. But during His sufferings leading to His death, Jesus ministered as a human servant. Emotionally, the assignment was overwhelming. He prayed three times requesting that the bitter cup He was about to drink would pass from Him, if it were possible.
Though omniscient, prior to the cross, Jesus did not know death first hand. He did not know what it was to be separated from His Father. He had live every day, abiding in the Father’s love. But now the One who knew no sin would become a sin offering for us. As such, He became separated from the Father. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” He cried on the cross (Matthew 27:46).
How could the Lord endure this ordeal? Where could He find an anchor for His soul amidst the utter darkness of those hours leading to His death on the cross? It was but in the arms of the Father that He could find such a place: “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46).
Because Jesus trusted the Father with His life, He could see beyond the agony of the cross. “After I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee,” He said to His disciples (Matthew 26:32).
In the arms of God, His life was in good hands. Jesus is our example. Like Him, we must entrust our lives into the hands of the Father. In the appointed time, He will raise us from the grave.
So it was on that first Easter (or Resurrection Day, or whatever). When Jesus died, He laid in the grave the appointed time. He trusted the Father with His life. On that historic and victorious day, God raised Jesus from the dead. Our hope is in the power of that same resurrection. Our life is in the loving care of the same God.
Because Jesus lives forever, we too shall live forever. Then will be fulfilled the saying, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Cor. 15:55).

Sunday, April 2, 2017


You are beautiful, well-thought-out of God. You are not an accident! Before time began, God loved you, and when the time was right, He made you. You have always mattered to Him; but for some reason, when we go through hard times, we forget how cherished we are by our maker.

Rather than seeing the dark moments of our life as God's loving moments, we reflect on the feelings we're experiencing. But God teaches us through every moment of life, whether good or bad. He may not desire evil things to happen to you, but He sometimes allows this for your growth or to test your sincerity. There are a few times, however, when God does bring difficulties on us to rebuke us for the sake of repentance. This is not God's wrath but, rather, His loving hand gently breaking us. Like a master sculptor, He uses the hard moments of life to chip away the unnecessary pieces of our hearts. But His finished work is beautiful.

In everything He does, God loves you, if you reflect on His love for you rather than on your disdain for something about yourself or someone else, it will edify your heart to speak words that bring healing. Everything God says is spoken in love. There isn't a single word of His that isn't founded on love in one way or another. Even in condemning the evil at judgement, His words are yet spoken in love-love for justice and love for you the person He is setting free from the surrounding evil.

When your struggling with faith or with self-condemnation, you need to remember how the Lord sees you. Satan enjoys tearing us down, nagging us in our thoughts with our failures and things we can't stand about ourselves or others. But if we ignore his destructive words and focus on the Lord and His love for us, God's joy overtakes us instead. Every word begins with the heart. If we allow the love of God to change and shape our heart, our words will follow.

If you are struggling financially, will He let you suffer in need forever? While it may seem like forever, if you are patient with God, He will provide for you in His own timing. But whether you wait patiently or not, He will save you. He Has appointed a day on which your trial will be over.

If you are looking at yourself with a negative self-image, you need to stop being so critical and focus on the Spirit of God. When we look at our own issues, it causes us to reflect on self rather on than the Lord. The only way to experience His Joy is through focusing on Him, then darkness can establish a foothold in our hearts and minds.

If you have the ability to change what you don't like about yourself, then lay it before the Lord in prayer. Ask Him to keep you accountable, that you can continue in confidence. If you ask God for change, He will give it to you. But no matter where you're at in life, and no matter who you are, what you have done, or what you look like, God loves you. He cherishes you, and the only thing He wants to change in you is your heart. So focus on the plan He Has for you. Embrace His purpose, and you will discover how much you are really worth.

God once described that, "No one can take you from Him. You are His child. You are His son and His baby. Heaven and earth will pass away, but His love for you shall never pass away!" This is how God feels about you. You are so precious to Him! You are His beautiful baby. He loves you so much, and nothing will separate you from His love.

While you may see your failings, your shortcomings, and your sin, God sees you as beautiful and altogether precious. He will heal you and cleanse you of all these things. But the real question is : Will you let Him?

Run away from your past and straight into the arms of Jesus. Let it go, and embrace God instead. Then let your words reflect a heart that's wholly sold out to God. If you constantly reflect on God and His love for you, how might that change what you do and what you say? If you reflect on what you hate in yourself, it will damage your heart, and your words will show it.
For Jesus Said,

"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." Luke 6:45

I  you have a damaged heart, it will be evident through your mouth. So draw near to God, that Jesus can heal your heart. Whether your heart is broken or not, you must grow in Christ, drawing near to God always. Especially, let your heart be conformed to His so you may speak the words of Love and life that Jesus would speak.

Grow in every facet of life. Study your Bible diligently, that the word of God may be on your lips continually. If you want power in your words, then let your mouth speak the word of God and the words of the Spirit. The only way to have the word of God on your tongue is to study it. And the only way to have the words of the Spirit is to listen intently to His voice. As it is written,

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through Him." Colossians 3:16-17

Before you say anything about yourself or someone else, consider how God views each of us. Become the living example of His love and let your words reflect it.