There are thoughts that run continually through the mind. You gather your things in the morning and you run out the door headed for work. The only thing you forgot while leaving was your presentation notes. These notes would be used to catapult you to the next level. You don’t have them and you are 35 minutes from home and the presentation is in one hour. What is the best strategy for this situation? Go and risk being tardy or become super creative within the hour before presenting?
Time and chance happens to them all. You could very well go in the meeting without your first idea and make it or your second idea could bomb it. You really do not know. If you are a Christian that has been fellowshipping with Jesus, you know that all things work together for good to them that love God. This knowledge not laced with a close relationship with Jesus provides little comfort.
Sweat develops on your forehead and you become frantic. What do you do? You calm yourself with a quiet prayer and begin asking the Lord for on the spot wisdom. You trust him and go into the meeting and present your second idea. The moment you step in front and begin to present, peace ensues.
The presentation was remarkable and you received your catapult. You thank the Lord for his faithfulness and grace.
When you have a victory from the Lord do not stop praising and thanking him. Let it be your lifestyle.
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In the Bible the story of Gideon is one of great inspiration and encouragement. Gideon was a man that honored and reverenced God and who’s heart was right with God. God knew his potential and God had a big plan for his life and sent an angel to him.
Don’t you realize that God has a plan for your life? Don’t you realize that you need to fight a fight in your mind and trust God when you feel insignificant or not capable of doing what God knows you can do?
The angel arrived and when Gideon was in his sight he saluted him and say, “Greeting oh great and mighty man of valor”…Gideon was chosen to lead one of the greatest battles that the Israelites would ever encounter.
When the angel told him the plan, I wonder if Gideon thought to himself, “hey, he’s got the wrong guy, here I am scrambling to find some food to eat and he’s calling me a great man”?
Sometimes we don’t see our potential as God does. He knows what we are capable of and sometimes it just takes someone to encourage us. I am encouraging you today, all of you. Ask God what he wants you to do, in fact everyday we need to ask him to ‘order our steps’…and he will.
What is in your heart? What is hidden deep down inside? Don’t think that God only calls us to ‘big’ things. Everyone isn’t called to be a ‘Billy Graham or a Mother Theresa’…no some of us are called to be mom’s and dad’s that pray and fast for our children. Some of us are called to be a prayer person for our brothers and sisters or aunts and uncles.
The pressures that we feel as Christians to constantly perform our Christian duties can sometimes be self-imposed. Let your heart lead you in the direction that is suited for you. Just be faithful to that leading and God will be pleased. Don’t ‘beat yourself up’ with condemnation; God knows how he wants to use you.
Be encouraged that all your efforts to live right and do right will not go unnoticed by the one to whom it matters the most, Jesus!
by Sheila (Guest Post)
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Someone told me about a Christian defeated. I wondered who this man could be. I searched the scriptures ravenously and could not find where a Christian was not set free. I thought to myself if indeed this exist it must be outside the scriptures you see.
This man said, I saw churches destroyed and church homes demolished. I saw Christians placed in jail and even fired. Christians removed from the military and the Senate. I saw Christians mocked in the media and even losing ground on the moral issue of abortion and gay marriage.
I asked myself this man must be right. Christian’s have been defeated look at their plight. Really! Look at their plight. But out of the dark stood a man on the cross his name that continues to shake the nation. The name above all names. The King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Wonderful Counselor and the Prince of Peace. Jesus is his name.
This man has accomplished what no other could do. He rose from the dead and set the captives free. See this man who said, Christians are defeated has forgotten that he has been made free.
Are you defeated? No! This can’t be. For into the grave shall all men proceed and those who know Jesus will wake up with everlasting life indeed.
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