Tuesday, December 30, 2014


My dear friends, tomorrow is the last day of the year. If you're serious about making healthy changes in your lifestyle in 2015...I want to tell you that you CAN do whatever you set your mind too! Eight months ago I purposed to make some changes...it's been a long journey but to date I've lost approximately 45 lbs. and went from a size 44 waist to a size 34 waist! Friends, if I can do it...ANYONE can do it!
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Monday, December 29, 2014

Five Things For Monday

Life’s biggest limitations are the ones you make in your mind.  Life’s biggest causes of unhappiness are the false beliefs you refuse to let go of. You are capable of far more than you are presently thinking, imagining, doing or being.  But you will ultimately become what you habitually contemplate; so clear your mind & let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Merry Christmas from The Hyltons

Secure In God's Love

First John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love…but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror!”

Getting a revelation of God’s unconditional love will help you understand that your worth and value are based on the fact that you're a child of God, not on what you do. This is so important because if we believe God loves us based on what we do or how well we perform, we will never be truly secure and stable in our relationship with Him.

No matter what you do for a living, whether you’re single or married, have children or not, you’re well educated, rich or poor, you are just as important to God as everyone else. We are all equally valuable to God.

God is love. And He really loves YOU! I pray that you will experience God’s love for yourself every day of your life. Then you can have the life of peace, joy and true security that He’s planned for you.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

What's Your Plan For The Holidays?

Are you ready for the Holidays?  Ready or not...it's that time of the year when we gather with our loved ones and give thanks for the blessings in our lives, overeat, exchange gifts and make memories!

It can also be a time of year when people stress over finances, family drama and the chaos of travel.  Sometimes it can steal your joy and make you wish you could time travel past it all.

I don't know what it will be like around your table and Christmas tree, but I hope it's a wonderful time for you and your family.  After all, it should be "The most wonderful time of the year!"

Consider sticking to this plan...

1. DRAMA FREE - No matter how many crazy relatives try to "pull you" into gossip and family drama...refuse to participate. Choose to rise above. Diffuse it with laughter and joy. A healthy family should always have more comedy than drama.

2. PEACEMAKER - When we come together, it should be to celebrate the birth of "The Prince of Peace!"  Jesus is our example. Seek to promote peace at your family gatherings. Offer love and respect to people even if they don't deserve it. Don't treat your family the way they treat you. Treat them the way God treats you.

3. STAY ON BUDGET - Financial stress is the last thing you need during the Holidays. Sometimes you can feel pressure to "overdue" it on your kids and relatives...however, they really don't need more gadgets and clothes as much as they need you.  Give thoughtful gifts; not expensive gifts. 

4. MAKE MEMORIES - You'll probably want to see everyone, but realistically you'll only be able to spend quality time with a few.  Don't make your schedule based on trying to make everyone happy (which is impossible). Schedule based on maximizing the moments you have with your loved ones. Take pictures and remember the moment.

5. EAT SMART - I love to eat as much as anyone but when ignore myself on cookies and biscuits for a week, I pay the price.  A lack of exercise and a ton of calories ends up making you grumpy and sleepy.  Enjoy the good food, but don't go crazy. Find time to exercise.

6. LAUGH ALOT - Humor is infectious. The sound of people laughing is definitely more contagious than any cough, sniffle or sneeze.  When laughter is shared, it brings people together and increases happiness. Scientifically, laughter can trigger healthy physical changes in your body. Humor and laughter can strengthen your immune system, boost your energy and shield you from the negative effects of stress.  Best of all...it's FREE!

7. FOCUS ON FAITH - The presents and food are awesome, but don't forget to honor God who makes it all possible.  Keeping your focus on Him has a way of bringing everything else into it's proper place. Jesus is the reason for the season.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

You Know You!

Only you know what you’re capable of! UNLESS someone can look into the core of your heart, & see the degree of your PASSION, or look into the depths of your soul & see the extent of your WILL, then they have no business telling you what you can or cannot achieve.  Because while they may know the odds, they do not know YOU, & what you’re capable of.  That’s something only you know!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Can You Be Saluted For Being Faithful?

In my opinion, one of the greatest compliments that could be paid a person is that they are faithful Christians and servants of the Lord. The Bible says of Moses in Hebrews 3:5 that he “verily was faithful in all his house.” That is a great testimony for any Christian. 

Paul spoke of himself as a faithful servant in 1 Timothy 1:12: “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.” 

One of the expectations of Christians and servants of God is that they be faithful. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 4:2, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” One of the goals of our spiritual life ought to be that one day we will hear the Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23). 

The title or testimony of faithfulness cannot be purchased. It is a testimony that is earned and achieved by the kind of life and service you give to the Lord. Again, it ought to be our goal to be found faithful.


Paul says in Titus 3:14, “And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.” The “ours” speaks of the members of the Church. Paul speaks of members as being:

Faithful Workers

Members are to “maintain good works.” Maintaining has the idea of faithfulness. Christians are to be workers and they are to be faithful workers.

When Paul speaks of learning to maintain good works, he is talking about how Christians are to learn and come to the understanding that serving God and being a Christian worker is part of the Christian life. Some have the idea that the pastor and church staff are to do the work. They have a work, but they are not the only ones that are to be working. Every Christian is to be a worker.

In fact, Paul speaks of “necessary uses.” He is talking about pressing needs that exist and how Christians are to learn to assist in these pressing needs. The idea is that the needs are so great it is beyond the pastor’s ability to meet those needs. Therefore, members assist and are involved in the meeting of these needs.

When it comes to the work of God EVERYONE is needed. The work is so great that it is impossible for one person (pastor) to meet those needs. Every Christian is to use their spiritual gifts and abilities in God’s work so such needs are met.

Are you a WORKER? Paul’s words to Titus indicate that every Christian is come to the understanding they are to be workers. I am to work, you are to work and we are to be faithful workers.

Someone has written, “Last Sunday, I voted to close the church. Not intentionally, not maliciously, perhaps, but carelessly, thoughtlessly, lazily, indifferently, I voted. I voted to close its doors that its witness and its testimony might be stopped. I voted to close the open Bible on its pulpit—the Bible that has been given to us by years of struggle, and by the blood of martyrs who died that we might have it to read. For, you see, I could have gone and I should have gone, but I didn't. I stayed away from church last Sunday.”

You could say that if you do not work, you are also casting a vote to close the Church. There are faithful workers, but also Paul speaks of:

Fruitful Workers

In verse 14 he speaks of members “that they be not unfruitful.” Faithfulness leads to fruitfulness. Jesus said in John 15:8, “Herein is my Father glorifed, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” Fruitfulness is to characterize the life of the Christian.

I once came across what is called the Christian’s Garden: First, plant five rows of peas:Preparedness, Promptness, Perseverance, Politeness, and Prayer. Next to them plant three rows of squash: Squash Gossip, Squash Criticism, and Squash Indifference. Then five rows of lettuce: Let us be Faithful, Let us be Unselfish, Let us be Loyal, Let us be Truthful, Let us Love One Another. And no garden is complete without turnips: Turn up for Church, Turn up with a Smile, Turn up with Determination.

Some Christian lives are more like a desert than a garden. As Christians we are to live fruitful lives and produce spiritual fruit. The spiritual fruit Paul primarily had in mind is the lives of others. Winning people to Jesus is bearing fruit. Ministering to others and helping them is bearing fruit. Being used of God to help others grow in the Lord is bearing spiritual fruit. 

Are you faithful? 
Are you faithful to God’s work?

Are you fruitful? 
Is your Christian life bearing spiritual fruit?

Paul closes his letter with verse 15, “All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.” He is saying, everyone that is with me, we salute you that are faithful.

Can you be saluted for being faithful?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Adding Value is Valuable!

Successful people have one thing in common. It really doesn't matter what field they're in...they all do one specific thing on a consistent basis.  They are busy ADDING VALUE to other people's lives in some way.  By doing this, they also create success for themselves.  This doesn't happen by accident...it is 100% INTENTIONAL! Creating greater VALUE for others is always received!  I've never met a person yet who got angry because someone made them feel good about themselves.

Be Intentional today! Create VALUE for someone else and you'll create SUCCESS for yourself.

I’m sure you know by now that everyone in the province of Asia deserted me, even Phygelus and Hermogenes. But God bless Onesiphorus and his family! Many’s the time I’ve been refreshed in that house. And he wasn’t embarrassed a bit that I was in jail. The first thing he did when he got to Rome was look me up. May God on the Last Day treat him as well as he treated me. And then there was all the help he provided in Ephesus—but you know that better than I.  2 Timothy 1:15-18 (MSG)

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Keep That Bone To Yourself

Ever been guilty of jumping on someone else's bandwagon before you knew the facts and the truth for yourself? I have been guilty of this. 

I've listened to other leaders rant and rave about someone they didn't "agree with" whether it was their theology, personality, leadership style or appearance. They had me sold on the fact that these people were "evil", "off in their thinking" and we all needed to steer away from "the likes" of them. 

I was naive and wanted to please them so I bought into their garbage rather than using my own brain and investigating for myself. 

I now know that if someone comes to you talking about someone else, they'll talk about YOU to someone else. A hard lesson learned. 

Time and experience has taught me that I ONLY have room in my life for COVENANT relationships. 

Never base your opinion of someone based on someone else's opinion.  Do your own due diligence and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you. Never talk ABOUT someone if you haven't talked TO them. 

God taught me that lesson and now, before I say anything critical of anyone I go over these three questions…


Honestly, most of the criticism you face in life is from people who really don't KNOW you. It's easy for people to misconstrue something they hear or read and come to a "conclusion" without ever having the courage or courtesy to talk to you FACE to FACE.

Over the years, I've heard people crucify Joel Osteen on his television interview with Larry King.  He's been called a heretic and his faith called into question by people who don't even KNOW him. Friend, unless you KNOW Joel, unless you've talked to him for yourself...then it is idiotic to form an opinion of him based on a 30 second clip from a television show.

The bottom line is, unless you KNOW the person for yourself, have spent time with them and heard them share from their heart...be careful what you believe from other sources.


Probably not.  Most of the boldness you see from people today is on the Internet.  It has become a place for cowards, who do not have the love of Christ or the correct interpretation of Matthew 18:15-17, to hideout and bash anyone from behind their keyboard.  Most cowards think it's OK to send an anonymous email or place a comment on a blog with a fake email address.  You know what you should do with those? DELETE. :)

You may differ with someone's theology or even their methodology...but if you must disagree, do so one-on-one.  In doing so, you'll probably walk away having been stretched and challenged as to what they believe and why they believe it.

It takes GUTS to talk to someone face-to-face...anyone can blog, facebook or tweet.


According to Proverbs 6:16-19 God HATES it when someone does this.

You may have an opinion...we all do.  But God certainly hasn't released any of us to BLAST people publicly no matter how right we may feel we are.  By doing so, we release a firestorm against them which God hates.

Believe me...what you do to someone else...will eventually be done to you.  The world is watching...and when Christians cause Christians to get mad at other Christians...somehow I just don't believe God is pleased.

These are three questions you need to ask yourself BEFORE you jump on someone else's bandwagon, carry their bone or keep the tail wagging.

I have to be honest.  I've had my own share of attacks and some of them heartbreaking. Yet, in the midst of them, God's love has been so intimate and encouraging.  I know firsthand that you want to react, respond, lash out, vent and defend yourself.  However, just because you know something and could enlighten the world...that doesn't mean you should. (Refer to question 3.) 

Remember, we are all people who have to spend time on the potter's wheel repeatedly. I yearn for God's people to act like God's people...but then I remember that I'm flesh and blood too and am a work in progress.  

Stay focused on your assignment, look to Jesus and pray your way through. 


Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Hollywood's film makers transport us to a false reality and mesmerize our senses in such a way that the normalcy of everyday life becomes boring and mundane. 

Q: What happens when people are too hyper exposed to Sci-Fi and false reality? 

A: They seek escapism to find relief from the pressures of everyday life by stimulating their senses with another movie or experience that will transport them to a place where they can forget about their problems and pressures, at least for a little while. 

This type of "stimulating escapism" even creeps into the church. People, believers and non-believers alike, come to our services with unfair comparisons to what they're bering offered mentally, emotionally and visually by the world and then expect the church to deliver a mesmerizing experience that will appeal to their flesh driven appetite so that their senses are satisfied and utopia is achieved...even if only for an hour. 

Therefore, the church finds itself competing with the world's marketing gurus to develop gimmicks, teasers and full blown campaigns just to appeal to people who should already have a settled sense of biblical contentment in their soul. 

It's a sad day when the church has to "sell the saints" through marketing and events just to get them to show up to church and be who they confessed at the cross they'd voluntarily be. 

Perhaps a desensitizing spirit has gripped the church to the point that we are no longer content with just the basics. 

I remember growing up in a church that lacked the sounds, sights, lights, technology and efficiency that we have  available to us today.  Yet, because of the hearty desire we possessed for an authentic moment in Jesus' presence, we were undeterred or hindered by the lack of polish, performance or professionalism in our organic environment. A hymnal, piano, window air conditioner and radio shack microphone was more than sufficient to aid us in our quest for God's presence. 

I am an advocate for excellence, technology and forward thinking. However, let us never become desensitized to the authentic, raw, simplicity of simply standing in serene silence...without the aid of anything electronic to usher us into God's presence. 

Let us never forget the power of the CROSS, the BLOOD that was shed or the magnitude of GRACE and MERCY. Let it be enough to satisfy our senses without the aid of haze, lights, timed intros, outros or seamless transitions. Let our craving for more of His presence captivate our senses with utter satisfaction "till the things of this world grow strangely dim in the light of His glory & grace."

Longing for the less is more,


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Refuse To Ration Your Passion!

It is important to find the areas you are passionate about & stay focused on them.

John Wesley said, “When you set yourself on fire, people love to come & watch you burn.” This is what happens when a leader has passion. The leader starts gaining more influence with others & people want to be a part of what’s going on. If you want to raise your influence, then you need to be passionate in your pursuits.

When you're passionate about your dreams & vision you'll have little time, if any, to be focused on squabbles, drama or other people's business. You'll be so utterly consumed with today & tomorrow that you won't have extra energy or desire to look back, look around or look down.

For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I SET MY FACE LIKE A FLINT, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. (Isaiah 50:7 KJV)

Where there is no VISION....people, programs, passions & purposes PERISH!  

Maintaining status quo is a sure indicator of a visionless leader whose myopic vision can only see five feet ahead.

Keep your eyes on the horizon & run forward with unbridled energy! That energy will catapult you over every hurdle & hindrance you encounter!

Choose to run passionately after your God size dreams! God gave them to you because He believes in you!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Friend...The BIBLE.

Do you remember your first BIBLE?  I sure do.  I won it in a Sunday School contest when I was eight years old.  It was a pocket New Testament.  I still have it. 

I couldn't wait to carry it to church every week.  Eventually, that little New Testament was replaced with a bigger BIBLE.  I remember feeling a sense of pride with being able to find our pastor's text with the rest of the congregation. It took a while to remember which books were in the Old Testament and New Testament. (Sometimes, I still get a brain freeze when looking for "Amos.")

I can still see my pastor holding up his big leather BIBLE in the air - with his name embossed in shiny letter - and preaching up a storm!  He told us that the BIBLE was and is the LIVING WORD of GOD!

  • Question: Do you believe the BIBLE is the LIVING WORD OF GOD?
  • Question: Do you believe the BIBLE has the answers to all of our questions?
Honestly, the BIBLE was a book that I found full of mystery.  I knew it contained God's principles but somehow it wasn't something that I fell in love with until later in life. For a long time, it was more of a source to help me with the problems I was dealing with at the time.  I later came to realize that the community of people I was raised with USED the BIBLE more than they LOVED it. So did I.

I don't think I just speak for myself when I say that we are guilty of handling the BIBLE like an OBJECT, depending on our situation.  We treat it like either a sword or a piece of fine china. But do we treat it as if it's ALIVE?  (Read Hebrews 4:12)

I'm not trying to find fault with how I was raised or the way the people I grew up with treated the BIBLE. I will say this...they DUG DEEP into the Word of God...sometimes just to find supportive Scriptures to reinforce certain standards...but nonetheless they stayed in the Word!

Time has brought a chance in the way I perceive the Word of God.  Time has also brought me in contact with various Christians who all have their own perspective about the BIBLE. Some people approach the BIBLE with fear or intimidation. Others analyze it like a textbook or they read it like a novel. Still others speak of it with great admiration...with or without actually spending time with it. I remember one time watching a person be nearly afraid to even touch their BIBLE for fear that it was going to burn them and they had to tip-toe around it like they were afraid of offending it. :)

No matter how you view the BIBLE...the real question is...DO YOU HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH IT?  Not a relationship with an object...but a relationship with something that is LIVING!

YES...LIVING!  I believe the BIBLE is ALIVE!

The BIBLE is more than just another book on a shelf. It is alive and desires to be KNOWN! The best way for me to describe it is to say that you have to view the BIBLE as having a PERSONALITY!

Before you stop reading this blog, please understand what I'm saying. I believe the BIBLE desires to be known. It dares us to chase after it, pursue it and immerse ourselves within it! The more you read it, the more of a craving you have to read it more and more!  You find yourself desiring to spend time with it, getting to know it with all of it's mystery!

Sure, we could study it and analyze it but the BIBLE, like a person, is not something that you can analyze and comprehend fully. In the same way that a person isn't their Facebook profile or their resume, the BIBLE isn't merely an object.  When it comes to knowing a living person, it can take years, if not a lifetime, to truly know and understand someone. It takes dedication and loyalty - and even conflict. And even if we're willing, the best of intentions can still push people away from us. 

Every try getting to know someone, but come off as too eager? It can often lead to relationships that are lopsided or off balance.  Getting to know someone's true self takes mutual respect and trust.

Knowing a LIVING BEING is not a science. KNOWING is not merely data-gathering. Truly knowing a living being takes TIME and PURPOSE and RELATIONSHIP. Becoming familiar with the life inside of someone is a complex process! And while the idea of approaching the BIBLE as a living thing might seem like a strange concept, there is something sacred available to us when we give the Scriptures room to be ALIVE!
  • When we encounter beautiful passages, we can LOVE them back—knowing that God is in them and SPEAKING through them.
  • When we wrestle with confusing texts, we can let ourselves feel uncomfortable, yet still TRUSTING.
  • When we encounter hope, we can CELEBRATE alongside our Scriptures.
  • When we read of acts of justice, we can be INSPIRED to IMITATE our BIBLE.
  • When the words pour out like tears, we can sit alongside of them and offer comfort.
  • When we read the red letters, the words of Jesus, we can FEEL gratitude to each page and recognize each letter as a gift from God.
Your Bible is not just a book. It is your friend. 
It is the kind of friend who will be waiting there no matter how much time passes. 
  • Do not use your friend. 
  • Do not manipulate your friend’s words. 
  • Do not label or treat your friend like an object.
  • This friend has seen lifetimes come and go. 
  • It has seen God step into and through reality. 
  • It has seen blood spilt and blood sacrificed for thousands of years.
  • Our friend is wise. 
  • Our friend speaks in whispers through the One who authored it. 
  • Our friend has emotions and layers.
  • Like most living things, it wants deeply to be known. 
When we read God's Word, what is taking place is more than just a one-way "study" from PERSON to OBJECT. Instead, God's Word is indeed living as God moves it to work in our life—and makes us more like Him.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Waking Up With a Smile

God added one more day in your life today, not necessarily because you need it, but because the world still needs you to let your light shine.

So, starting today, FALL IN LOVE. Not necessarily with a person, but 
with an AIM, an AMBITION, a PASSION.

What would be your reason to wake up every morning with a smile? That’s what you need to start working on today!

"Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is
beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back." (Philippians 3:13-14 MSG)


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Every Day is BORROWED...Why Are You Waiting For TOMORROW?

Take time to work on YOU today!  Taken an extra 10 minutes to REFLECT & RESPOND to God by...

  • THINKING about God's Word, Love, Grace and Mercy!
  • DISCIPLING your choices. (i.e., food, habits, exercise, entertainment, relationships, conversation, etc.)
  • PUTTING your best foot forward and giving 100% of your energy and enthusiasm to whatever is before you today!

"Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day." (‭Psalm‬ ‭139‬:‭13-16‬ MSG)



Monday, October 20, 2014

So, You Want To Be Used In Ministry?

Realize that God has called us all to be His hands & feet to the world. He has given us gifts, skills & talents that are unique to our personality. 

Learn to be comfortable in your own skin & don't force yourself into it or onto anyone. If you struggle with insecurity, you'll constantly be trying to make things happen for you rather than letting them happen for you. Truly, your gift will make room for you at the right time & in the right place if you'll just wait on The Lord. 

Don't be consumed with trying to find more to do...believe me, ministry will find you. Just stay focused on Jesus. Be loyal, humble, maturing, serving & patient. When you try to make things happen instead of letting them happen you end up frustrating yourself and others. 

Marinating takes time. 
Pottery takes time. 
Construction takes time. 

Ultimately you want the strength of an oak not the weakness of a weed to define your tenure. Oak trees take time to mature. 

Remember, if your Father affirms you, you won't lack security or be fearful of rejection. It's unnatural to be intimidated by rejection when you're so used to His acceptance. 

Be you. 
Be still. 
Be content. 

Let God bring you more when you can handle more. He knows when you're ready for the next level. Until you can pass all the tests at your current level, you're not ready for the next level. 

So, abide. Follow instructions. Bloom where you're planted. Serve with excellence. Shoulder your responsibility. Get up under your leaders arms. Put your best foot forward. Learn all you can. Refuse to be offended. Don't pout. Enjoy the process. 

Then...watch God bring His promised provision to pass. :) 


Friday, October 10, 2014

It's Kindness Not Condemnation That Wins People!

We live in an unkind world. Many times we encounter rudeness, meanness & just plain hatefulness. We've all experienced it and felt it's wrath!

And yet, as Christians we are told to be kind. No matter what people do to you, say about you or think about you...you still have to practice loving them like Jesus does. 

Since God was patient with us (2 Peter 3:9); therefore we should be patient with others. 

It was God’s KINDNESS that led us to Him (Romans 2:4); therefore we should know it will be our KINDNESS (not our condemnation) that will lead others to Him as well. 

Consider praying for those who are unkind. That's what Job did in Job 42. He ended up praying for "his friends."

Quite honestly, they didn't seem like the kind of friends anyone would want to have. Friends don't do what they did. In fact, we would consider them "FRENEMIES!" (An enemy that's friendly to your face but talks about you like trash to others.)

With friends like Job had, who needs enemies? And yet God told Job to pray for them. 

Like Job, you'll have to pray for those who lie on you, break their promises, betray your trust, scheme & plot to destroy you. 

Keep being KIND!
Pray for them anyway!

Even those who are unkind to you need kindness showed to them. Believe me, they're going to need it when they realize what's coming.  

Always keep this verse before you regardless of who it is:  "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;" (Romans 12:10 KJV)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

5 Things For Thursday

"Let all things be done decently and in order." (1 Corinthians 14:40)

The work of the ministry, most times, should be a blessing, but it can also become rather tasking & tiresome if we are out of order.

As a leader or Christian worker, I must do my best at all times to remain in order & follow the protocols given to me. Obviously, being in order starts with God, the creator of my life. 

Ministry can become very demanding & you can easily become preoccupied with ministry & church work & neglect your private, personal quiet time with God.

The beginning of disorder in my life & ministry comes when I'm out of tune with God. The more I fellowship with Him, the more He gives my spirit man the ability to be in control of my spiritual life, spiritual environment & everything in the physical.

There is order in Heaven. The stars in Heaven differ in glory from one another; angels are also higher than one another. So, there are also levels & seniority among leadership. We are not the same in rank, service, position & authority. If we are to excel as leaders, we must know our rank & maintain our post with excellence. 

God's anointing is poured out heaviest upon us when we remain in order & alignment.  

Consider the order of blessed unity expressed in Psalm 133:1-3:

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore."

Friends, the oil of unity may have started at the HEAD but it gathered thickest at the HEM!  

Learning how to yield to instructions, protocol & other leaders brings an INCREASED anointing to our lives. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Let It Go & Move On!

There is a familiar saying, “Do you want to hear God laugh, then show him your plans.” It’s not that God doesn’t want you to try or dream big.

He gives you the desires of your heart but His plans are bigger than we can ever imagine.

People look to fortune tellers and psychics to get answers. They want to know their future and what to expect. God wants you to trust Him. You don’t need a crystal ball for that.

Possibly that traffic jam saved you from a horrible accident. Perhaps that job didn’t call you back because it’s really not the right place for you. Maybe if you wait a little longer a better job opportunity is coming, and it is the right one.

When we struggle in life, our faith is tested. Learning to trust God is lifelong journey. There will be days your faith will be challenged. When doors will be locked and you have to wait it out.

Psalm 37:3-4 says, “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

God knows today, tomorrow, and all things that intertwine. We cannot see everything He sees and we cannot know everything He knows.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:8–9

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

5 Things For Tuesday

Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, smile often, forgive quickly & let go of what you can’t change.  Life is short, yet amazing.  Enjoy the ride!