Friday, October 10, 2008

Ask God for whatever you desire.

Matt 7:7-12 NIV, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a serpent?If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."

Before you assume you know what to do in a certain situation, ask God, or before you assume you know what that person sitting across from is thinking and feeling, specifically, ask God.
This is a good advice for all, old and young, whenever you need anything from him ask him that has everything within his reach and he will do it.
Before you lose your temper ask God how He would have you respond.
Before you assume you know all there is to know about all there is to know ask God.
Before you get married ask God whom He wants you to marry.
Before you tear into your teenager because it appears they have been disobedient, ask God to help you respond to this child you love with all your heart in the way He wants you to respond.
Before you change jobs ask God what He wants.
Before you assume you know how you should handle the difficult situation asks God to tell you how He wants you to handle the situation.
Before you treat someone with unkindness ask God to give you new words.
Before you quit ask God what He wants you to do.
Before you rush into the office ready to express how unhappy you are in the work place, ask God how He wants you to speak to your boss.
Ask God what He wants you to say. Ask God to show you what your boss needs from you.
Before you change jobs ask God what He wants.
Before you fuss at the lady behind the desk ask God to remind you of times when people have shown you patience. Ask God remind you what patience looks like.
Before you go too far into the day ask God to direct your path.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Living under pressure?

Prophet Isaiah believed that if you have faith in God, you can walk through fire and not be burned. He didn't promise that you wouldn’t feel the heat, just that you won't be burned, Isaiah 43:2. Living through the pressures of life can be compared to walking through fire.
You can walk through Life's Hot Spots when you:

Remember that tough times don’t last but tough people do:
This Difficult Time Will Pass. It may feel that you are in a repeating time warp, but realize that pain is time-limited. All problems have a beginning and an end.
Keep Walking:
Surefire way to get burned is to stop walking. When you are afraid, or under extreme stress, or hurting -- keep going. You will get through if you keep dealing with the everyday tasks at hand to the best of your ability.
Are True To Your Self:
You will have more strength for dealing with ordeals in life if you have the courage to be true to your own values. Hypocrisy destroys internal energy.
Take "What Is" And Make The Most Of It:
You are not called upon to create perfection from every situation, only to make the most of it. Don't waste your time on ceaseless complaining, but look for meaning and joy in all situations.

Clean Up Your Own Trash.
Stand on your own feet and don't try to blame others for your problems. You are not a victim. Choose to live the rest of your life with a controlled response to what is happening.

Make Rough Times Work For You.
Not everything is good, but the Bible reminds us that everything can be used for good if you submit your will to God. Look for ways to learn, grow, or cope in your pain or stress.
Determine What Is Within Your Control.
You cannot control what happens to you, but you can choose the frame you put around your experiences. You can choose how you will deal with all situations.

Be Enthusiastic.
Enthusiasm literally means, "God in us." If He is in you, let your life so shine. Learn to love life. Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of a fire.

Have As Much Fun As You Can.
Anticipation of fun raises the level of your energy. Learn to laugh through your trials.

Be Gladder Than Madder.
Expressions of gratitude calm the soul and clear the mind.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Watch where you step

If you were to look back on some of the decisions you regret in the past, I'll bet you'd see that you failed to really watch where you were stepping; to see what this was going to cost you. For many of us, a lot of the frustration and pain we're dealing with today is the harvest of bad decisions that we've made in the past. Jesus wants us to avoid regrets like those by looking where we're stepping.
You don't just run into something because it feels good or sounds good or looks good. Before you go running ahead full speed, you have to stop your forward progress. First sit down, and asks yourself some cost-counting questions. How will this affect my family? My reputation? How will this affect my health? The other commitments I've already made? What could this cost me financially? How is it going to affect my time with God? My time to serve God? What temptations is this going to throw me into? What am I sacrificing to do this? Can I really live with what this might cost me?
Those questions anticipate the harvests that you’re going to reap from the decision you’re about to make - the price you'll be paying. Don't go charging into something until you have really looked at what you're about to step into!
So, watch your step.

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