Being Successful!

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Success isn’t magical. It takes intention and purpose, furthermore it’s more of an inward work than outward. Below I’ve listed 3 things you have to do or become to achieve and maintain success.

1. Think positive. It’s so much easier to be pessimistic than to be optimistic, isn’t it? To look at the half empty glass instead of the half full glass, to criticize and complain instead of expressing our appreciation and gratitude for everything that happens to us and all around us. Well, not anymore.

2. Set goals and write them with target schedules. Without dreams, how can we have a winning attitude to fight life’s many battles? Without target schedules, goals are fantasies and unexciting.

3. Passion. We should love our work, whatever our vocation. We should be the best and throw away the “It’s already okay” mindset.

I want to hear your thoughts….what are your steps for success.

Sometimes you have to get dirty with it!

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Hello family!

I hope you guys have been well over the holiday weekend.

You know a lot times as Christians we put a lot of emphasis on staying clean, and to that point we push everyone around us to be clean just like us (or just like we desire to be). First of all, let’s define the meaning of clean. When I say clean, I’m speaking of those set of spoken and unspoken rules that you better not break or you just might not make it in to heaven. You know “those” rules.

Though striving to live a clean life for Christ is commendable, it can become a two-edged sword. I have seen church people judge people and even evaluate the measure of Love that God will give an individual based on how they keep the rules or not. I have also seen individuals concentrate so  on getting or staying clean that when they make a mistake they are so guilt ridden and find it hard to grasp the Love and forgiveness of God for themselves.

We can easily start to preach and evangelize this hard to understand, legalistic gospel that leaves very little room for grey. This ideology also affects how we evangelize and who we evangelize to. We tend to shun the person that is “too far gone” The dirtier the individual the less we will embark any kind of evangelism with them.

Hear is what the bible says about ALL of us in Isaiah 64:6

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

So in essence we are all in the same boat, we are all dirty. The difference is those that follow Jesus decides to take part in the Grace of God everyday that keeps our Judgement from our sins remedial and not penal.

Have you been so concerned about living an upright life before God that you have turned legalistic? Are you judging others by those same hard legalistic points of view?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, I want to challenge you to get to know God again. His way is easy and His burden is light!

You Will End at the Right Place at the Right Time.

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Have you ever been traveling to a place you have never been before, and though you are following the GPS and/or given directions to the “T” you are still slightly worried if you are going in the right direction? I have experienced that, and only when you arrive to the proper destination do you at ease, knowing that you were going in the right direction the entire time.

Life can be like that, especially because this life journey that we’re on can offer us some unexpected twist and turns that can seemingly be unfavorable. We ultimate have to trust the maker, our eternal and internal GPS (God Positioning System) that no matter what path he leads us down we will ultimately end up at the right place and at the right time.

The variable in this equation that can throw the whole scenario off track isn’t the GPS or the roads He leads you on. The shaky variable is us, will we trust God wherever he leads? Or will we, out of fear, ignore the turn by turn directions and find our own route? See God’s plans for us our super abundantly good, even what appears to be bad for the Christian is actually working good in us. Here’s a truth that I want you to consider today: You can’t have God in a situation and not have good. God and good are synonymous.

Which driver are you on this journey? Are you the type that will trust the direction regardless? Or are you the type that will trust the GPS (God Positioning System)?

I want to encourage you today, You Will End at the Right Place at the Right time. Don’t burn unnecessary energy (fuel) worrying about where you are, as long as you know whose you are, you should KNOW that God is going to bring good into your life and your end will be PERFECT!

Never EVER give up!

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Life always seems to present us with innumerable challenges and problems on a daily basis. It throws left hooks when we were expecting right ones; it gives us apples when we desire oranges; it even presents us with seemingly awful surprises that we weren’t expecting, and it bloats us with unresourceful emotions that tend to tie us down to a life of mediocrity and unhappiness.

Despite all this, it is not so much what happens to us that actually makes a difference, it is rather what we do with what happens to us that determines where we will end up, what we will have, and how we will be transformed by our experiences.

It is very easy to strive towards the attainment of our goals and objectives when the oceans are calm and nothing appears to be standing in our way. However, if we are not mentally prepared the moment something begins to stir the waters and rock the boat from side-to-side, we begin to panic and struggle to deal with our circumstances. We see these problems and challenges as larger than life and way beyond our capabilities and means.

The great thing about these type of challenges is they really come to make us stronger. Challenges, turmoil, mishaps are meant to be a form of strength training for you. If you take them on, handling one challenge at a time, you’ll be stronger, wiser, and better for it.

No matter what happens this week or this month – keep your head high – and your focused zeroed in on what matters and good things are guaranteed to come out of it!

How’s Your Fruit – Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness

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Hey guys we had a great conversation this week about the fruit of the Spirit. My intentions were to just go through the fruit of the Spirit that spoke to me mostly, but at the last minute I figured I would just go over 4 more.  🙂  Enjoy this last installment!

Joy.  To have joy is the ability to be consistent in a state of mind of happiness in spite of what is going on. Joy feeds off of nothing but Faith, your strong belief that all is well no matter what. It’s a consciousness that bleeds into everything you do and say.

Peace.  There is a word that is used often as a phrase and it’s “unbothered” That’s what Peace is. It’s not the absence of turmoil, but it’s a response to it. When you have God’s Peace you are as this generation says. “unbothered”.

Patience. A lot like long suffering, it’s the ability to endure any sort of ill treatment from life without reacting negatively.

Kindness. First of all like all other gifts of the Spirit mentioned, Love undergirds them all especially this one. It’s the ability to adapt- to meet the needs of others. You have to have genuine Love for this gift to properly operate in your life.

Now if you look at the explanation of each fruit, do you get the picture of the life the Christian is suppose to live? When we sway to far from this template for living we actually do God and His agenda a disservice vs service. It’s almost better to put your I’m A Christian banner up until you’re able to arise to as close to this character as you can, then to wave the banner and dishonor His name.

Hope you enjoyed the discussion this week. Looking forward to talking to you guys again next week!

How’s Your Fruit – Long-suffering

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So long-suffering ey?

Who wants to talk about that and why in the world is this a fruit of the spirit? Yes those are my question as well 🙂

When we were coming up in Sunday School long-suffering was taught as the ability to suffer long. The webster definition is:

1. (n.) Bearing injuries or provocation for a long time; patient; not easily provoked.
2. (n.) Long patience of offence.

Long-suffering is a fruit because it is what is produced when you are able to uphold your integrity and your belief for an extended period of time without giving in to the temptation to be weak or lower you standards. As a parent or a spouse you need long-suffering. You need longevity or you’ll end up in divorce court. So long-suffering doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have to literally “suffer” long, but it means you have the ability to stand the test of life and not fold under it’s pressure. Doing that over and over consistently produces a long-suffering characteristic in you.

Long – suffering can only be established in tribulation. You do not form such a fruit in the midst of peace. It is forged in difficult painful situations, in the midst of trials and tests.

So this isn’t really a gift or characteristic to shy away from. Instead of focusing on the suffering you should focus on the Faith you need to apply to endure. By keeping the Faith you automatically will grow a long suffering characteristic!

See that wasn’t bad was it? Leave your comments below, what situations are you in where you need a good dose of long-suffering?

How’s Your Fruit? – FaithFULLness

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Hey guys we are halfway through the week! Let’s keep on pressing through.

Today I want to talk about FaithFULLness. I put emphases on FULL, because you have to be FULL of faith. See that’s the key, I have heard the term faithful thrown around carelessly a lot. It’s have been used for people who are always available when you call for example the faithful few. It’s more proper to call them the committed few.

The reality is you can be a dependable person, but not faithFULL person (full of faith). I know a lot of people who will come when you call them, but bring their friend negativity Nancy with them. Those people are not faithFULL. So we can deduce this- your attitude determines your true faithfulness. Faithfulness is a position of heart before it’s an outward action.

From an evangelism perspective, you can have perfect attendance and be on the top of your game at your job, but what proves true faithfulness that is a proper representation of Christ is your attitude. In school we use to have attitude check moments where the teacher would say aloud ATTITUDE CHECK and we would have to respond A-OK! I believe every pastor in America need to do this during their next service. 🙂

Let’s even talk about our Faithfulness to God. Do you pray, give, study your word, and come to church weekly without your heart really in it? If that is the case, no matter what anyone tells you, you are not being faithful, you are more than likely being committed to a religious regime.

I want to challenge you today to inspect your heart and find out have you really been faithful or just committed? If you are committed, it shows and those who are reading the billboard of your life are not impressed. They love your commitment, but probably are not interested in your Christ.