Monday, August 30, 2010

Open Door

There are doors of opportunity that only God can open. When God opens a door for us, we can be assured that it will stay open. It does not matter what opposition or challenges we may face in an attempt to walk through the door. Even though the opposition and challenges can make it seem as though the door is closing or closed, know that the door will remain open until God says otherwise; all we must do is walk through it.


Revelation 3:7b-8 What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut, I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

~By Faith, Walk Through The Door!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Opposition

     When trying to achieve something in life, opposition can be viewed as one of the most debilitating and discouraging things to face. Some people face opposition and see it as only a bump in the road; others face opposition and view it as an opposing obstacle that cannot be defeated. Sadly, I often find myself amongst those in the latter category. However, after recently experiencing some opposition, I asked myself how I could view and handle opposition differently? We can respond to opposition in various ways.

     First, when facing opposition we can be optimistic. I heard a great philosopher once say that they were not an optimist; however I believe that in order to get through the opposition you must be optimistic about the outcome. It takes too much of our energy to worry and think the worse of every situation (plus it's bad for our health). Second, opposition brings opportunity. For the believer, opposition presents an opportunity to pray and rest in the bosom of God. Opposition also brings opportunities for growth. God never allows opposition to take place in our lives to harms us, but He always uses it (if we allow Him) to teach us. Embrace the opposition...see it through to the end.

~Blessing

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Be Seen Through...Invisible!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Be Seen Through (Part III)

Invisibility calls for dependability! To be seen through God must be able to rely on us to move out of the way. Are you obstructing the people’s view? Do they see God or you? Will you stand in the way or will you BE SEEN THROUGH!?!?!? The choice is yours…

Friday, August 13, 2010

Be Seen Through (Part II)

The invisible servant must be mature enough to serve when the spotlight is turned in the opposite direction. Those who have served and do serve in society are people who have disciplined themselves enough to accomplish their given tasks without requiring the approval of the crowd. People such as Dr. Martin L. King understood what it meant to be visible, yet invisible. While he was visible because of his service to humanity, he knew that God, who was at the crux of his message, needed to be seen as a God of equality and love. The second way that we can achieve invisibility is to be selfless. This is not a selflessness that disregards the care for oneself; rather, this is a characteristic seen in individuals who give of their time, talent, and resources generously. SELFLESS PEOPLE ARE INVISIBLE PEOPLE!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Be Seen Through (Part I)

On her Bold Right Life CD, singer Kierra Sheard has a song entitled Invisible. In this song she talks about a servant’s disposition as it relates to the one who is being served. As we reflect on our service to God, can we honestly say that we are Invisible? When we serve in our respective capacities, is it about us or about Him? There are ways that we can accomplish being seen through in our lives, ministries, and places of service. First, in order to be invisible we must be visible. In the song, Sheard speaks about being invisible to the point that no one can see us, but they only see God. If we are going to serve God we must be seen doing the work of God so that God can be seen through us. Then people will see our good works and glorify God who is in heaven (Matt. 5:16). It is never about us! God expects to look at us and see Himself.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Influence!


To have influence is not about forcing ones ideas, proposals, or suggestions on another person; it’s not always about what you say! Sometimes the best way to influence someone else in a positive way involves living a life of congruency. You never know who’s watching you to see how you will handle your next move. Don’t live life worrying about what someone else will think about your decision or actions; however, do live life knowing that you influence people not with what you say, but with how you live.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Choices


Life is filled with choices! Sometimes the choices we make are for our benefit; other times our choices can turn out to be for our detriment. When we make decisions that are not necessarily in our best interest they have the potential to shift our focus, change our paths, or even cause us to sin. If there is anything good that comes from heading in the wrong direction, it is having a God who is willing and able to rescue us and place us back on the right path. One of God's greatest attributes is that He is compassionate! In God's compassion He always makes decisions that are in the best interest of His people. If we have drifted away from the Will of God concerning us, repentance and a walk in the right direction will give us the opportunity to experience the unfailing compassion of God.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Transparency

Why are we afraid to be transparent? Why do we feel that we must hide a piece of who we are? There is no doubt that there is a time and a place to use discretion and to choose who we will be transparent with; however, discretion should not lead to hiding who we are as a person. Transparency, at times, may come at a cost, but your transparency may evoke someone's deliverance. The fruit we bear is a reflection of the lifestyles we live. If we are adamant about hiding the life that we live, we may lose an opportunity to produce more fruit.

~Pause, think about it...