You Have Been Pre-Selected

The enemy always tries to make us feel unworthy but he has nothing to do with what I am about to share. Are you ready?

God, YOUR Father through Jesus. Has blessed you.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: (Ephesians 1:3, KJV)

The only way someone can be a blessing TO you, is if they are ALREADY blessed.

The definition of bless means “to confer (bestow) prosperity or happiness upon.”

Ephesians 1:3 begins with saying our Father is blessed: “Blessed be…” What is God blessed with?

  • He is blessed with peace
  • He is blessed with power
  • He is blessed strength
  • He is blessed with healing
  • He is blessed with grace and mercy
  • He is blessed with forgiveness
  • He is blessed financially
  • He is blessed with stability (He is consistent)

God is saying: “I can bless you because I am blessed. And I gave you access to the blessings through Jesus Christ.”

In fact every good gift comes from God.

“Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all.” James 1:17 CEB

If your image of God is not right, you will exalt your problem. Your problem presents an image of being cursed and becomes so big that it becomes your God. Your problem is not your issue. Your eyes are.

YOU.

ARE.

BLESSED.

Your problem is a tool to grant you access to your blessing. How? Your problem is designed to make you refocus on the Lord and to remember where you help comes from.

God’s original plan was for His children to experience prosperity, peace, and fulfillment, but that design was interrupted when sin entered the world.

Statements of blessings are a wish for God to restore His favor on you. The ultimate blessing that God has given is new life and forgiveness that comes through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. The material blessings we enjoy from day to day are temporary, but the spiritual blessings are forever.

So go ahead. Be blessed…

because you were pre-selected (chosen) to be so.

“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,” Ephesians 1:11 ESV

God is in Control

It’s the start of a new week and a new day. Things that can be easily done, are also easily taken for granted. For example, you wouldn’t think about not having the ability to breathe unless you were suddenly faced with wearing an oxygen mask or if you were involved in an accident involving partial removal of your lungs.

We simply cannot take life, breath and the act of moving for granted.

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As we head towards the closure of the day, consider this:

  • Someone is holding the hand of a loved one for the last time.
  • Someone is sacrificing their life to bring forth life through child birth.
  • Someone will close their eyes to lay themselves down to sleep, only to never open them.

Our life is not our own. It behooves us how we treat ourselves and others.

Romans 14:12
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

  • What are you doing when you leave the grounds of the sanctuary?
  • What are you saying when you get into your vehicle to yourself, your spouse, or whoever you carpooled with?
  • Are you doing what you do for the glory of God to be revealed through you or because you are gifted?
  • Do you talk to your children differently in church than at home? You know, more harshly? A non-loving tone? Less patient? Abrasive in your speech?
  • Are you wishing, pleading and praying that your co-worker loses the job, so the two of you have no more dealings (but wait! What if that’s the person you need to reach and to display the character of Jesus to)?

What are you thinking and saying in your mind, but have not verbally stated?

Psalm 139:2 (NKJV)
You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.

What are you doing and saying in the presence of God? We are not in control as we think we are. If we understood this, perhaps our daily activities, thoughts and calculated steps would be different.

Let us remember today: God is in control!

Proverbs 15:3
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

Love Yourself

In the book of Matthew, Jesus was having a discussion with the Scribes about the greatest commandment. Well – Jesus was not actually having a conversation. The Scribes (who had authority to draft legal documents such as marriage agreements, sale of land, etc. and known to be well versed in the scripture) sought to test Jesus after he had put the Pharisees in their place regarding the subject of paying taxes and then the Sadducees about the resurrection (who say there is no resurrection). Jesus put all these social movements in place, according to the word , which they claimed to have a great comprehension.

The Scribes proposed the question about the greatest commandment. Jesus responded about how deep our love for God should be. Our Love for God should trump EVERYTHING!

Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38 (NKJV)

The capacity to love others is based upon how much you love yourself. The Bible is all about self-care:

  • You repent.
  • You cleanse your hands
  • You draw near to God and then He will come to you.
  • You cast your cares on Him.
  • You separate yourself.
  • You forgive others so you can be forgiven.
  • You overcome evil with good.

The ability to see the love of God, through Jesus Christ, and all that has been sacrificed for us, is based upon our capacity to recognize our need and interdependence on God. Once we recognize that an abundant life filled with peace, deliverance, and love is an option, the question then becomes if we love ourselves enough to desire the best for ourselves and anything connected to us.

It is easy to say: “I love me.” If you love you, the opinions of others and their inability to love themselves will have less impact on you. You will love them through their faults because you understand what it means to say that you love you, but your behavior implies that you are unhappy with yourself.

Love yourself. Value yourself. Once you do that, you’ll be able to do the same for others – as God commands.

And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:39 (NKJV)

Affirmation: “I will value myself to show value to myself as I value others.”

Great Expectations

Have you ever been let down by someone who promised to fulfill a request of yours? You just needed a foot in the door. They had the connection you needed. What you needed was not as important to them as it was you.

Maybe the completion of your job is contingent upon someone else completing their tasks and they did not come through which pushed the project schedule past the due date; however, the appearance of it looks as if you did not do what YOU needed to do.

Maybe you interviewed for a job and the feedback during the interview went SO well, that you were expecting to receive a call back with the next steps to confirm your start date.

  • Maybe you’re waiting for that man to propose to you.
  • Maybe you’re waiting to get the attention of that person…
  • Maybe you’re waiting for the doctor’s prognosis to change…
  • Maybe you were expecting the business you worked for to operate in integrity as you do 👀

Maybe…just maybe, you are expecting something from someone who can not do anything for your situation.

Bae baeeee you may have too much confidence in flesh (people). You better learn how to talk to yourself- yes YOU- talk to you.

Please talk to yourself- not yourself but to the CORE of who you are. Your soul better tell you fleshly self to shut up and sit down and where your expectation comes from.

“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” Psalms 62:5 KJV

My soul…My soul…MY soul! You better wait on God. My expectation is from my Father.

Yeah-

  • I anticipate hearing from Him what my next move should be.
  • I anticipate Him touching the heart of that person to connect with me to do My Father’s will so He can get the glory out of my life, my job, my children, my marriage.
  • I contemplate hearing from my Father the specific instructions that will keep me on that path of my purpose- the reason why I even exist.

Listennnn! Stop placing your expectations in people. God is our rock. God is our strength. God is my refuge. God is my defense and I have GREAT expectations of Him as He does of me, as His child.

GLORY!!!!

It was Me!

Have you ever complained about not having the resources to do what you need? I know I have!

Jesus took 2 fish, 5 loaves of bread, and fed many. He connected with some people who were willing to sow into His vision. He knew that what He had to offer was invaluable. You have to know that what God has given you is needed and invaluable to those the Lord has connected you with. The question is:

What are you doing with the resources you have been given?

You have everything you need to be successful, but you will have to activate it.

It’s all IN you!

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” Ephesians 3:20 NKJV

Remember in every situation you have the ability to control the environment.

It IS according to the power that WORKS. IN. YOU.

Activate your power today and reflect the image of God.

Limited Time Offer

“Limited time offer…” these words are powerful marketing tools to get you, the consumer, to act quickly in the purchasing of a product.

These words typically mean that a product or service is going to be available for a clearly defined, short period of time.

This is your friendly reminder!

We only have a limited time on this Earth. Whether you have been living 20 years or 90, it is still limited.

  • Use your time wisely.
  • Make the most of your time.
  • Do something great.
  • Leave a legacy.
  • Forgive quickly.
  • Love unconditionally.
  • Have compassion and empathy.
  • Guard your heart from foolishness.

Our time is limited but our ability through the power of Jesus are limitless.

Heaven is a limited time offer, but it’s benefits are eternal. It is up to us to act quickly and relentlessly to the call of God- before the offer of life expires.

So remember…whatever you do, do it all with your whole heart- for the glory of God’s work to be manifested through you.

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Watch Your Surroundings

Awareness, is crucial. To become aware of who you are, there must be the awakening within your mind that if you are not where you truly want to be it is because you are not placing yourself in the correct environment to reach your fullest potential.

Many of us are unaware of the excuses we create and engagement in mediocrity on a daily basis, because we have become comfortable with where we are. We want to excel, but it takes more than a desire – it takes commitment, confidence, courage, and a changed mind.

Many of us are also unaware that we have the potential within ourselves to achieve greatness. If we serve a GREAT God, everything He creates is GREAT, and He created us to be like Him, then of course we have GREATNESS potential. What are you going to do with what you have been given?

Become aware of your potential, become aware mentally that you can achieve your dreams. Once the limits in the mind are banished you will not settle for a life of mediocrity but rather craft a life of limitless abundance. The abundance of peace, the abundance of joy, the abundance of love, the abundance of forgiveness, the abundance of kindness, the abundance of salvation, the abundance of contentment.

Get your mind right; prepare yourself for what you have been seeking for and watch your surroundings.

  • Surround yourself with people who want to grow.
  • Surround yourself with people who want to be effective.
  • Surround yourself with people who will hold you accountable.
  • Surround yourself with people who will not settle.
  • Surround yourself with people who are not just readers but also doers.

If you do not surround yourself with better, you’ll become surrounded by bitterness, defeat, frustration, anger, low expectations.

Watch your surroundings!

1 Corinthians 15:33 (NLT)
…“bad company corrupts good character.”

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