Expect the Great

With every breath…

I realize your mercy. You have blessed us with so many good things and I believe there is so much more to come.

I live because your plan was life for me. Help me to always glorify you with my life.

  • Because of you, I expect the great.
  • Because of you, I can excel in great.
  • Because of you, I can influence great.

Because of you, I live with great expectations. I surrender my will for yours.

In Jesus name, amen.

You Bring Me Joy!

Oh Father, my Father. I simply want to say thank you for joy. It is an amazing gift to have joy in the midst of tumultuous times.

This joy, however, is not as a result of the dire circumstances and challenges we face today, but rather in the consolation of knowing that you can make it all better and not only that you can, but you will, if only we learn to tap into the authority we have within us, through 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

In the midst of our sorrows, you bring us joy. When I am surrounded by frustration, uncertainty, fear, anxiety and what appears to be a relentless problem that will not go away, your joy carries me and gives me strength to endure.

You bring me joy!

Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!” Philippians 4:4-5 MSG

When life challenges you to focus on everything that is wrong, settle your heart and mind to focus on what matters most and think on those things. If we be honest, life has never been easy, but somehow you made it through. Only now, you have the promises of God to help you get through. Move with Him, not against Him so that you find peace in the midst of crisis. The joy is not fictitious- it is assurance and trust in Jesus that He sees, He knows, and He will lead you beside still waters.

Oh yeah, brace yourself through the storm.

Don’t let this storm take you out. It’s only for a moment. The storm is where you learn how to persevere so go ahead and cry. Get situated, lay down the anchor of hope, take down the sails, put on your life jacket and ride out the storm.

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” Philippians‬ ‭4:8-9‬ ‭MSG‬‬

This is where it runs out!

What you speak produces what you see. If you change what you say, you will see a change in what you see. Let’s start here:

  • I will not have diabetes, asthma, or CHF.
  • My family and I will live, prosper and be in good health, even as our soul prospers.
  • My children will excel far beyond what I could ever think or imagine.
  • My children will not succumb to peer pressure, life pressure, and world pressure.
  • My children will not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • I will have favor with God and man.
  • As the Lord enlarge my territory, those I’m surrounded by and connect with will be enlarged as well.
  • My life will bring glory to God.

We must learn to stop giving power to generational curses and speak generational blessings.

I am determined to speak life into my life and those surrounding me. What about you?

I’ve Already Won

Today we find ourselves in a fight. A fight for justice, peace, health, sanity, and life itself.

As you fight for your family, your city, your country, your spiritual being, allow me to remind you of the power of God.

  • Is there an army too big for Him to subdue?
  • Is there a battle too hard for Him to overcome?
  • Is there an enemy too strong for Him to beat?

Here is your mid-week reminder:

There is NOTHING too hard for God.

“I am the LORD, the God of all living things! Is anything too hard for me?Jeremiah 32:27 CEB

Nothing or no one can defeat Him. No scheme or strategy can undermine Him. No weapon can prosper against Him. If you are in Him and He is fighting for you, you can proclaim victory as well: no weapon formed against you will prosper, no evil scheme can outwit you, no enemy can defeat you.

Lay aside your weapon and ask the Lord to take over, rest in His peace, and thank Him for His protection.

There is peace in knowing that you’ve already won.

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14 NIV

Thank You for Being a Friend

When you think about relationships what comes to mind? What are your relationship goals?

Most often when asks these questions, people consider marital or dating relationships, but there are so many other relationships that require cultivation and goal planning.

The relationship expectations you define for corporations determine which jobs you’ll apply for and the companies that both you and others would identify as good employers.

The expectations you define with clothing stores and grocers, identify where you feel most comfortable shopping and who has the best deals and quality products.

Even the expectations of a technological tool i.e. computers and mobile phones, dictate if you are an android user or have an iPhone preference.

Who and what cultivates your relationship with the Lord? What goals do you put in place to ensure your relationship grows with Christ? Do you inspect personal relationships that expect the love of Christ to be put on public display?

Establish relationships that encourage and strengthen your relationship with God.

Let’s pray:

Father, you are such a faithful friend and confidant. You are more concerned about our lives than we are. You created us to be in relationships – more importantly those that lead to loving you.

Lead us into relationships and connections that encourage us to be more like you.

Thank you for being a friend- the epitome of a true friend.

A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 NKJV

The Light of Christ

It is easy to find a small source of light in a dark room….

  • The digital clock on the cable box.
  • The small blue light wrapped around the charging cord from your laptop.
  • The display screen from your home alarm system.
  • The night light shining from underneath the bathroom door.

No matter where you are in that dark room, you can identify the light and navigate to find its source.

The lights described above are “little” lights.

The Bible says we are a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden. I would not consider city lights on a hill, little lights.

Think about the view of a city in the evening, when flying on an airplane. The view of a city from this point gives a different perspective of the city.

Does your light provide a different perspective on life? Are people drawn to it? Can they see it in the midst of darkness? Or do we blend right in?

If we are the light of Christ, why are we so overtaken with darkness?

Reset, change the battery, whatever you need to do. It’s time to get serious and intentional.

The presence of light in darkness is something that is unmistakable.

You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew‬ ‭5:14, 16‬ ‭CEB‬‬

I’ve Got Confidence in You!

Oh Father, there is nothing beyond your ability and power. There is nothing that you cannot do.

When I feel nervous, overwhelmed, or uncertain, please help me to remember that I am in this with you! You are the source of my strength and the strength of my life. Where I come up short, you overcome my shortness. In other words, you make up my shortfalls and then some.

When I am unsure, I want to find my boldness in you. You said when we are most weak, is when we are strong. That is because we become more dependent upon you.

If the work I do is for you?…then I CANNOT fail.

“He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!” Acts 28:31 NIV

The Third Monkey on the Ark

Have you ever been in a situation where you had NO idea how you would get out?

The enemy creates an illusion of being stuck. The Bible says this:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (KJV)

Make sure you pay attention to the word of God. God says the devil…AS a roaring lion. HE IS NOT a roaring lion! He roars LIKE a lion. A lion is the king of the jungle. Lions are symbols of strength and courage. They are also common symbols for royalty and fierceness. The enemy is not a lion. How can he be, when God says Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah?

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. Revelation 5:5 (KJV)

I heard someone say that the enemy learns from YOUR mistakes, even when we do not. What does that mean? While we are working on our weaknesses, so is he. The areas that we fell short, or areas we are weak, he learns those weaknesses and improves his game plan.

So what are you going to do? Are you going to fight or crumble at the sign of struggle? Don’t give up so soon. Your character is developed in the fight. Your purpose is found in the fight. Your strength is realized in the fight.

You will not win on your own. We have a blessed assurance that if we fight with the mighty weapons given to us by our Father, we win. We win. We. Win.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,” II Corinthians 10:4 NKJV

We are in a warfare. Please remember this!

It’s time to fight! It’s time to be forceful and intentional in this fight. You better stand up and tell the enemy: “You may see me struggle, but you’ll NEVER see me quit.”

What is on Your Mind?

If you place a cup ON a table, it can be removed.

If you put ON a piece of clothing, it can be taken off.

Whatever is put ON can be taken off.

What’s ON your mind?

Our own thoughts can poison our mind and create chemical imbalances that distort reality. In other words you can put an entire story together in your mind and it not be reality. You become the writer, executive producer, the main character and supporting cast and then you sit back and become the viewer, just watching how it all unfolds- all from the wrong thoughts.

It is our thoughts about Jesus and what He has done for us or perhaps has not done (on our mental timeline) that even makes us believe that He is not for us, nothing good ever happens for us, or that nothing good that we desire will happen to us.

We have to change what is on our mind and we have the power to control that.

  • Find the good in everything.
  • Change your acquaintances.
  • Speak positive affirmations over your life.
  • Love unconditionally without expecting it in return (that’s when the hurt comes in).
  • CAST DOWN that thought.

Evil thoughts are a byproduct of what is in our heart and it ultimately taints our spirit so that it does not align and connect with the Holy Spirit.

Guard your heart. What comes from your heart poisons your thoughts, your thoughts become words that you speak, and your words have power so that what you speak is what is manifested in your life.

Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭GNT‬‬

There is no reason to drown from within when you have the natural capacity to swim above any issue.

There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” Mark 7:15, 21-23 NKJV

Take off your old thoughts and renew your mind.

Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:23-24‬ ‭NLT‬‬