The Power of Possibilities

The Power of Possibilities

Each one of us on this earth has it, the ability to lead, motivate and inspire. Whether you are black, white, Latino, Indian, Asian or any other ethnicity. You are capable of being anything you want to be in life, the only main obstacle to your dreams being you.

Sometime our work, contributions and effort seem small and insignificance, but yet we should never forget that a small ripple can gain momentum, and build a current that is insurmountable and every big tree was once a seed. Begin with one small step and do not let others bring you down, walk your own path, your own journey for God has called us all to different purposes, some may laugh at you and many will follow but if they laugh so what? Don’t ever give up for winners never quit and losers never win.

Success comes by courage which is the ability to hold on and go on even when others are quitting and looking back, fear is the argument the devil uses to stop you to your dreams, fear keeps people small. But run the race, conquer your fears and confront your fears, do not become friends with your fears for on the other side of your fears is your great life.

Get out of the stands join the race stop observing, run the race, chose to play the game rather than being an observer of the game of life, life is what you make! So what are you making seating down in the stands. Take the risks, take a leap and watch God show up in your situation, have a good attitude think positive for what you think is what you become. Dream big, dream large, feel it, believe it, pursue it, achieve it and live it.

Whatever your dreams may be, go after them, for when you achieve them you will cause others to aspire, then inspire them to conspire with others before they expire. Ask for help, extend your hand to a friend in need, be kind and care for the needs of others and God will care for your needs. Be of good cheer being a role model, be the change you want to see in the world for the first step of change starts with you.

Disturb us, Lord

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the Waters of Life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery:
Where losing sight of land
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push us in the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

Francis Drake, 1577

True success /The Life of Joseph

The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man (Genesis 39:2)

The Life of Joseph

The fact that this verse refers to a cocky youth who has just been betrayed and sold into slavery by his own brothers seems a contradiction.

It wasn’t enough for him to be his father’s favourite. He had to rub it in. When given a dream that he would rule over all of his brothers as well as his parents, he told everyone about it. Then he told them all again, just in case they didn’t get it the first time. Eventually, his brothers sold him to some Ishmaelites just to be rid of him.

In a single day, his circumstances completely changed. A bright future seemed ruined. From living a privileged existence, he suddenly faced separation from home and parents, shame, pain, and disappointment. The dream that he would be ruler was replaced by the reality of slavery. Imagine the feelings and the doubts. But it was this very experience that would start him down the road to become the leader God intended him to be. It has been said, “Whenever God wants to give us a gift, he wraps it in struggles and difficulties.” In James 1 we are reminded that “the testing of our faith produces perseverance, and perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything.”

Over these difficult years Joseph suffered betrayal and learned many hard lessons. From pit, to prison, to palace, his responses in difficult situations molded his character. It would have been easy to choose bitterness and resentment-toward God and everyone else, especially toward his brothers. But Joseph chose a different response to his circumstances. “The same sun that softens the wax, hardens the clay.” Its our response that reveals our character. Joseph was keenly aware of God’s hand over all the years of his life. (Gen 50:19-20) Joseph responded with dependence upon God, and his confidence in God allowed him to survive and prosper where most would have given up and failed.

Being sold into slavery, Joseph developed competence and organization serving in the palace. Framed as an adulturer, and imprisoned, he used his ability to discern dreams and solve problems for the benefit of others. Forgotten in prison, he quietly trusted God and was ready when God created another opportunity for him to display the wisdom of God. His wise preparations for the seven years of famine not only provided for Pharoah and Egypt, but evenually the blessings rested on his family too! And finally, when faced with the return of his brothers who, “hated” him, he dealt with them with integrity, compassion, and tender forgiveness.

Joseph’s obvious commitment to God and blessing by God, and his demonstrated wisdom won the hearts and trust of everyone he met: Potiphar, the warden, his fellow prisoners, even Pharoah, and ultimately his own brothers.

Has life been less than fair with you?

Consider Joseph’s experience: betrayed and deserted by his family, exposed to repeated sexual temptation, punished for doing the right thing. He endured long years of imprisonment and was forgotten by those he had helped. Study Joseph’s positive response to each setback. Rather than ask “Why me?” he determined to be God’s man, whatever came next. His response was always noted by those who were around him; they sensed that God was with him. In Genesis 41:33 and 39, he was referred to as a wise and discerning man. Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find anyone like this, a man who has the spirit of God in him?” (Genesis 41:38)

Success never went to his head. His change in character was not a gift or an accident. It developed. When faced with great trials and difficulty, Joseph chose to live a life of gratitude and not resentment, conscious of God’s daily protection, love, and grace. We would do well to follow in his steps when faced with the circumstances of life.

My notes from Joyce Meyer at THE FORUM 2010

My notes from Joyce Meyer at THE FORUM 2010

 

  • The most courageous thing you can do is be a servant.
  • Washing feet might not get a lot of applause.
  • You cannot be a true servant without the right attitude.
  • The right attitude only comes from knowing who you are In Christ.
  • Most people don’t like themselves. They look at others and want what others have.
  • John 13:2-5
  • You cannot be truly free until you have no longer anything to prove.
  • Don’t live your life trying to impress people.
  • There is more value in serving God than anything else.
  • Jesus was qualified because he was anointed.
  • Mark 8:34
  • 2 Corinthians 5:15
  • Jesus died so you can live a life that is not self centered.
  • What have I done to make somebody else’s life better?
  • Be an authentic leader.
  • Ecclesiastes 2:4-11 (AMP)
  • He built everything for himself. Thats why is was worthless.
  • We need to know that we are nothing without God.
  • Courage is actually going ahead in the presence of fear.
  • Everybody is afraid, especially when it comes to doing new things.
  • As leaders we need to push past fear.
  • God already has laid out a plan for your leadership.
  • There is always going to be an element of not knowing but you still have to do it.
  • God din’t tell Joshua to be Moses, even though he was under his leadership.
  • Its what you do when no one is paying attention to you that is vital for the future of your leadership.
  • There was a lot of rejection that I had to deal with.
  • We are built for love and thats why rejection is one of the hardest thing to deal with.
  • There is a difference between weird and unique.
  • David was anointed to be king 20 years before he wore the crown.
  • You are destined to be transformed into the image of Jesus.
  • God is never going to help you be anybody other than you.
  • Learn to have a meeting with yourself and be honest.
  • God called us to be fruitful not busy.
  • God promotes us in levels.
  • Every time you have to go to the next level you will have to give up something from the past.
  • Success is not easy.
  • Not matter what the cost, it is always worth it to obey God!
  • Being yourself, saying NO and leading takes courage.

 

You’re Closer than you think

You’re Closer than You Think

Its easy to be tempted to give up on a goal, prayer or desire when it seems as if the answer isnt coming as quickly as you would like. Yet, at these times, dare to learn how to hope even more in God. Usually, our battles seem the darkest just before the dawn.
Just like a woman experiences birth pains right before the birth of her child, we too experience intense moments before breakthrough. Yet, we must not give up prematurely during these heated times. In Hebrews 10:35 it says, Do not cast away your confidence for it will be richly rewarded.
And we all know that these are challenging times, not only for families in America, but for Fathers, Mothers and children all over the world. It’s time to stand upon the word of God, i’ts time to let the word do the talking and the walking, the scriptures say in Philippians 4 v.s 19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus. And my friends these needs change at different levels in life, our needs may be financial, physical or sometimes emotional.
As faith-filled believers, we must keep hoping, keep believing and stay faithful. Many times, we are closer than we think to victory. God is faithful to His promises. When God says we will be richly rewarded for keeping our confidence in Him, that should give us a second wind, giving us fuel to keep up the faith. Dont give up today on your dreams and your hope in God. By developing the attitude, Ive come too far to stop now and learning how to be full of hope, expecting Gods favor daily, youll see God begin to do amazing things even in the midst of trying times! You are closer than you think to victory. Dare to hope in God and His promises. You will not be disappointed!
While am writing this am reminded of an old song by Rev James Cleveland
I don’t feel no ways tired, I’ve come too far from where I started from. Nobody told me that the road would be easy, I don’t believe He brought me this far to leave me.
I know that God did not bring you this far just to leave you!!!!!!!!
Don’t quit keep running, for they are races that you must run and victories that you must win………

Serving and Starving

Serving and Starving

One day I was talking with the owner of a local restaurant; a place where I am known all too well. I was there at the tail end of their rush hour, and let me tell you, this place is a zoo for about 90 minutes around noon. It was slowing down and the owner finally was able to stop to talk with me. When he asked me how I was doing, I said, “Well, I’m doing a lot better now. I had lunch!” The owner said, “I know what you mean. If I wait very late to eat lunch, I start to get shaky.” I told him, “Well, I guess you’re in a good place then.” Actually, he corrected me. He said, “Sometimes we are so busy serving it that we don’t have time to eat it ourselves!”

I want to share a word with you in this season “Serving and Starving.”
A lot of us have experienced what my restaurant owner friend was talking about – being so busy serving that we don’t have any time to get fed ourselves – spiritually, that is. Hey, it happened to Martha, didn’t it? It’s happened to me way too often, and probably to you, too.
Martha’s experience is described in Luke 10:38, our word for today from the Word of God. “Jesus came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary who sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.'”
Now, Martha’s busy serving Jesus. Mary is sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to Him. Which is better? Most of us make-it-happen, get-it-done types would instinctively gravitate to the doing stuff rather than the being stuff. But Jesus says, “Mary has chosen what is better.” I think we’ve all been Martha-ed…maybe you are right now. You get so busy serving Jesus that you have no time to be with Jesus. It’s like my pizza friend. We’re so busy serving spiritual food to others that we’re actually eating less of it ourselves.
Now that’s backwards! The more people are looking to you, the more you have to be with the Lord yourself. But, frankly, it’s easy to let your spiritual health become a victim of ministry. In fact, serving God’s Word without experiencing God yourself is a prescription for burnout.
There’s a danger in studying God’s truth only to prepare lessons, Bible studies, sermons and missing the purpose of studying it, which is to have your life changed through applying it to your everyday life. There’s a danger of becoming someone who leads others to experience the Lord while you’re slowly becoming a spectator yourself. And you can so fill your life with Christian meetings, Christian positions, and Christian activity that it feels like knowing the Lord. But, in fact, those activities have slowly crowded out that precious private time with Jesus. And that time is the fuel for any valid ministry!
So you may be serving others while starving yourself. Soon that’s going to lead to a Martha Meltdown. Ministry is supposed to be the overflow of your own time with the Lord, not a righteous substitute for it. So if you feel yourself growing weak and tired, frustrated, and negative while you’re serving your Lord, don’t blame the work and don’t blame the customers. You probably have not taken time to feed yourself spiritually – to really be with Jesus. You don’t want to lose your closeness to Jesus in the middle of serving Jesus.
Many great men of God have lost ground and stability,because much time is spent on preparing sermons rather building a stronger relationship with God