How to Receive God’s Blessings

One of the most unhappy people that you will ever meet in life is the person who is trying to get and that will never give.  They don’t ever give to anyone, but they are always trying to receive.  They are the hoarder, the miser, and the non-giver.

Gods Blessings

On the converse, the happiest person, the most joyful person in life is the giver.  This person is always giving to others.  They seem the most fulfilled when they can give things away.  They look to bless other people.

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Overwhelmed? How to Reset When Life Becomes too Much

We all need a time to reset, take a step back, and to get a breather. Maybe you are finding yourself overwhelmed with tasks, with more to do than hours in a day, week, a year. You don’t know how you are going to do it. Completely Overwhelmed?

Reset when overwhelmed

I found that place a few times this year, my most recent time was a month ago. My website had re-launched with this blog and I had begun writing again. I was thoroughly enjoying it.

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Praise of God, Not of Man

Today, self-esteem and “self-love” reign in the thought process of what is thought of as right.  If it makes you feel good, then it is OK for you to do.  But conversely, it is not popular to follow Jesus. It is popular to seek the praise of people, not the praise of God.

Praise of God, Don't Think Positive

Oh, it is OK to follow the “positive” Jesus, to be religious and positive. To teach all of Jesus’ teachings and to including the negative aspects is thought of as unloving and that somehow you harbor hatred.

Seeking People’s Praise

In Jesus’ day, people believed in Jesus but did not want to follow Him because they were afraid of what the religious leaders of the day would think.

If they followed Jesus, they would have been ostracized by their town and synagogue.  They didn’t follow Jesus because they loved something more than Jesus.

People then loved their own status in society.  They loved the feeling of acceptance and praise by their peers.

People are OK with those who want to be religious and follow a set of beliefs in this society.  They are OK with it if it is positive on the outside.

Follow Jesus to Get the Praise of God

I find that when you venture out and truly follow Jesus as the Bible teaches, there will be some people whom you will offend.

They might disapprove of you to the point of distancing themselves from you.  Even today, we must choose between people’s praise or God’s praise.  Our choice is to follow Jesus.

It is infinitely better to have God pleased with us than to have people pleased with us.  It is better to receive His eternal praise instead of people’s temporary praise.

The praise of people is fleeting and can change from day to day, it is only temporary.  The praise of God is eternal and will last forever.

Remember, Jesus was praised by people a week before they shouted “crucify Him”.  Jesus sought the praise of God, the Father.  Let’s follow Jesus and seek the praise of God, the Father in Heaven.

So, let’s love the praise of God and we will not have to be concerned about the praise of man.

What’s some of things that we do to receive the praise of people?

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Two Things You Can Do to Go Deeper with God

There are a few phrases floating around in the Christian lingo. One that I’ve heard quite a bit is to Go deeper with God. I’ve even sang the words in church. Have you ever wondered what that meant? Is that even a thing?

Go Deeper with God

When I go swimming, I hate the part of getting in. I’ve used all of the methods, jumping in to get used to the water quickly, getting splashed by others (not by choice and dislike it a lot), and starting in the shallow water and walking to the deeper area.

Whatever the method, there is only one way that you can swim, to get wet. You can’t stay dry and swim, your body has to be immersed in water to swim.

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7 Tips on How to Read the Bible

Our most valuable commodity is time. Today our time is pulled in so many directions. It seems that we never had enough of it. It is hard to find the time to read the Bible among all the other priorities we have.

7 Tips on How to Read the Bible

When I had rededicated my life to the Lord, I knew that I had to read the Bible regularly. I knew that I had to have time each day to read the Bible to grow. I needed a solid foundation in the Bible to have a strong relationship with God.

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God’s Power in My Life

There is a noticeable power vacuum lately. This is NOT a political statement.  I am not even talking about the lack of strong leadership around us.  There is a noticeable power vacuum with a lack of God’s Power in people’s lives.

God's Power in My Life

Look around you. If you notice what I have noticed lately, there are people in despair. People have no hope of overcoming the problems in their lives.

They have tried man’s wisdom and it hasn’t worked. People are looking for power in their lives and they will go anywhere to find it.

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Live Unoffended in an Offensive World

How to React On Social Media to Negative Comments

I wrote a couple of simple lines on Facebook. Some emotions ran high. Unexpected comments came in.  I had no idea that a simple statement would cause this.  Sound familiar?

Live Unoffended in an Offensive World

I am reminded how so many people online can come across combative. There are countless times when I have seen outright attacks or comments that are misaligned.  In a time when information flies quickly across our screens and our reactions seem just as quick, we can become quickly offended.

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4 Reasons There is No Time for Sin

There was a realization that I had today.  We look around the world and see every crazy thing happening.  Islam is making a push to take over the world, Atheism is taking over in countries where Christianity once was prominent, and the United States is in a moral tailspin.  The realization was this, THERE IS NO TIME FOR SIN IN MY LIFE.

There is No Time for Sin

I remember growing up in a large church.  We were comfortable there.  The church was enjoyable, with a pastor who lived fully for God.  We had great music and an amazing youth group.

Although, some of the church members seemed to live a double life.  We would dabble in worldly things and clear our conscience on Sunday when we devoted our lives to God for a couple of hours.

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Do This One Thing To Always Succeed

Whatever you do will prosper! You won’t fail. You will be successful. Anything that you put your effort to or take a risk on doing, it will be a hit. You will always succeed! That’s a promise!

How to Always Succeed, Why You Can't Fail

I have a little metal paperweight that reads, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?” I find much encouragement in that.

Not because I can’t fail. I can and I have many times. I find encouragement in that because God says that I won’t fail.

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