Monthly Archives: November 2012

Update Available

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We live in a world where updates are offered continually as bugs in software are being revealed and security threats are discovered.

It’s just like us and our walks with Christ.

We easily get bogged down with the cares of this world, and our minds become dull after steadily absorbing the negativity in the world around us. Our thinking becomes prone to the attacks of satan and we don’t hear God speaking to us on a daily basis anymore.

We need to implement a constant upgrade cycle in order to keep the mind of Christ in the forefront position.

Daily prayer time, bible reading, and consistent church attendance are vital to keeping sharp and alert as to what is happening in the Kingdom around, and within us.

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. (Romans 12:2 AMP)

The default setting of humanity is conformity. It takes consistent hard work to make the transition from being easily influenced, to influential.

For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. (1 Corinthians 2:16 AMP)

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By Faith Noah

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I want to remind us all, that in the tasks and projects God is is calling us to, we must all start somewhere in order to get where we are going. Often the beginning steps are so small that we wonder if we’re even making a difference.

The goal that you have in your heart may seem insurmountable, but you must remember that it’s not by our power that it comes to pass. Yes, an effort is demanded on our part but more often than not it’s to prepare us for what is going to happen. It’s God that does the heavy lifting.

Noah put a tremendous amount of time and energy into building the ark. He was responsible for making the accommodations, as well as taking care of the animals once they were on-board. Noah had duties within this vision, but God was faithful in filling the ark. Noah’s efforts were not in vain.

If you are called to lead worship, start by setting some individual worship time aside every day, and choose to invest some time honing the skills you have. Or if it’s preaching and teaching, get your bible out often and ask God to show you something new that you can apply to your life, and share with the people around you.

What ever it is that you have been created for, I encourage you strongly to start cultivating that gift, and the associated skill-set. We should all pursue excellence on this side of heaven in all that we put our hands to.

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.
(Zechariah 4:10a NLT)

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But What are They Among So Many…

I want to genuinely encourage you today.

I want to remind you, that we are more than capable of making a significant impact in our current environment for the Kingdom of God. You can make a difference.

It might be a smile you give, or maybe some canned goods to a local food bank. Maybe you have an extra jacket or hoodie that you can take to a homeless shelter. Never underestimate what Jesus can do with what He has put in your hands.

Let me remind you about the boy with the two fish and five loaves in the New Testament.
The bible doesn’t provide us with the exact dialogue between the boy and the disciples, but I can’t imagine that the men would have taken the fish and loaves against the boy’s wishes.

“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” (John 6:9 NKJV)

John captures the common attitude perfectly in this verse, “but what are they among so many?”

Don’t we often think the same way?

It’s only a hoodie, what is it among so many homeless people? It’s only a few cans of soup, what are they among so many hungry people? It’s only $20, there are so many people that could use this…

Be encouraged and reminded God is moved by our faith, and not our needs. (If He was moved by our needs, we wouldn’t haven any…)

Giving in faith moves the hand of God to work mightily in the situation. Be encouraged to never underestimate your potential when you mix obedience and faith. Just watch what He will do.

But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. (James 2:18 NKJV)

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Response vs. Reaction

I’ve heard it said that while we can’t control everything that happens to us in life, we can definitely control our responses in these situations.

I’ve also learned that there is a significant difference between responding and reacting.
The difference is rather simple actually; a response comes from the mind. It is a calculated action based on previous training and experiences; whereas a reaction comes from our emotions.

Think about it for a minute. Who would you rather have rushing to help you if you were in a car accident? A “First Reactor” or a “First Responder?” A reactor might be the one who calls 911, but it’s the responder you want kneeling over you if you stop breathing.

We need to condition our minds with the Word of God on a daily basis so when these trails and tribulations come, we don’t melt down and go into crisis mode, but instead fall back onto the everlasting name of Jesus!

It’s obvious that the uncertainties and trials ahead of us in life are plentiful, God doesn’t hold any punches when He tells us about life on this side of heaven. His written Word provides us with ample warning of the troubles of this world, and more importantly, how to navigate through them.
His Word will always fill us with hope when applied to our lives on a daily basis.

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5, 6 NKJV)


Let’s remember that God gives us hope when we feel like breaking, peace when our world is shaking, and real joy when we feel like faking.