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You’re Stronger Than You Think You Are

Some time ago, I preached a message entitled “You’re Stronger than You Think You Are.”  I talked about how many times we are reluctant to change because we feel that our blessing or our way out exists only in one framework or pattern of thought.  For instance, in the bible there was a man at the pool of Bethesda, who stayed in his condition because he had no one to put him in the pool.  Or what about the man at the Gate called Beautiful in Acts 3, who sat there begging because no one had invested in his healing but simply contributed to his cause.  We have to realize that we are so much stronger than we think, because feeling powerless or helpless is not a great feeling.

I believe that one of the most debilitating feelings in the world is powerlessness. The feeling that we can no longer effect change in our lives leaves many frustrated and dejected. That feeling inevitably leads us to becoming apathetic about the world around us. When we feel like there is nothing we can do we stop caring about what is going on. After all, it simply doesn’t matter since there is nothing I can do anyway. That is exactly where the enemy wants us. Feeling frustrated, powerless, and apathetic takes you out of the game.

The truth of the matter is you are stronger than you think you are. Power does not come from physical strength, or the control of others but the wisdom to use what you have to the best of your abilities. When you begin to look at what you have and put it to its highest use, you realize that you have more at your disposal than you thought.  We must you wisdom and stop putting our faith in futile things, and realize the power is within us. With wisdom, you have the ability to change your disposition, which will position you to influence others around you. Not all power comes from might, sometimes it comes from access to might. Wisdom lets you have great access, giving you great power.  One of my favorite scriptures is, “A man’s gift maketh room for him and bringeth him before great men.”  Sometimes the blessing is not in the gift alone, but the access to great men that it brings you.  Wisdom, however can be rendered ineffective if you don’t change your mindset to carry out what wisdom teaches you.

Today, take the opportunity to muster your strength. Don’t look at the strength of others, look inside yourself. What are your abilities? What do you do well? What do you have access to? That is your strength. It doesn’t matter if it is not the strength that others have. They can’t be you, and you can’t be them. Wisdom is knowing how to be the best you. When you are the best you, you are powerful. So today, go after it because you are stronger than you think you are.

Prayer:
Father, thank you for every person who is reading today.  I pray that they will realize the strength that resides within them. Father help them to reach forth towards that which you have predestined for them.  We give you pray for greater strength and the wisdom to accomplish all that you have given into our hands.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen!

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Do You Really Want Change?

Have you ever heard the old idiom which says, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?”  Many people are dissatisfied with their lives, unhappy about where they are, where they live, where they work, or how their life has turned out.  But because they have aged and have become so tied into a system, they would much rather accept the familiar rather than adapt to change.  The world around us is changing and if you’re not careful, you’ll still be stuck in times gone by, while everyone around you will have moved on and forged ahead into their future.

It has been said that old habits are truly hard to break. But what truly makes them difficult to break is that we are so accustomed to doing them. After all, what makes a habit is the fact that we constantly repeat an action. For many of us repetition breeds comfort and often gives us a false sense of security. The funny thing is comfortable things are not always good things. There comes a time when we have to leave what’s familiar and what’s comfortable behind.    Proverbs 9:6 says, “Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.” Plain and simple….all foolishness… we need to leave behind. The problem that arises is we are so comfortable with the habit, the relationships, or the career, that the very thought of trying something new, causes unexplainable fear. 

The truth of the matter is, for better or for worse, we are often the  product of our routines and our environments that we have become so accustomed to.  So in essence, the things that we repeat are often the things that we become. We are wired to be people of patterns, routines, and habits.  But the determining factor is whether it’s good or bad.  Good habits breed good results. If you make eating healthy a habit, you become a person of great health. If you make reading a habit, you become a person of knowledge. In stark contrast bad habits also breed correlating results. If you make a habit of continuing to being in abusive relationships, you become the victim of bad relationships. If you always wait to the last minute and never plan, you are likely to always be ill-prepared with poor presentation .

Today we must take a moment to decide if we really want change and whether we are willing to change our habits, our predispositions, and our routines in order to achieve that change. There comes a time when we have to leave the ways that are not working to walk towards what will work. Picking up good habits means looking at the end we want then building processes in our life that lead us there. When we walk away from habits that are not producing the results we want, we are a step closer to getting what we actually want. Today God gave us a brand new opportunity to start new habits, new ideas, and to break old habits, ties, and fruitless affiliations. You must be confident that the new opportunities line up with what God has purposed in your life. It might be uncomfortable initially, but after a while it will make you who you want to become.

Making a decision to change will cost you something.  Whether its friendships, your time, your resources, or your energy.  But when you really want change you’ll forsake all foolishness, and begin to live your life!

Living a Life of Change,
DP

Prayer:
Father, I thank you for every reader today.  As I write this, I feel the burden of so many who desire change, but are afraid of the unfamiliar, so they would rather stay locked into a system rather than fight for their future.  I pray that you would cause their eyes to be enlightened to see the habits that are smothering their potential and purpose.  We decree today that we have an opportunity to begin afresh!  Thank you for the change that is on the way!  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen!

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

This is Just a Rehearsal

Many of us have lived our lives with a sense or feeling that something big or great is going to happen for us.  In reality it’s a dream that we had for a long time, it’s that unshakable feeling that where you are right now is not where you’re going to end up.  You see a bigger picture, and many times you try to close the curtain on the window to your future for fear that you will never reach or attain your goal.   If you’re like me, there have been numerous occasions where my circumstances defined my perspective of my future.  I could not function, I could not operate properly, and I could not fully believe God.  It is at this point that if you’re going to believe God you have to believe him against all odds, all circumstances, and all detours.

I believe that the detours we experience in life, are simple opportunities to continue rehearsing and sharpening the gifts and talents that God has invested in us, until we arrive at our place of Destiny.  A good friend of mine said recently, “Practice your gift before you get to the King.”  There will literally be no time when you arrive before the King to rehearse or practice your gift, you must be ready when you get there.  So in the meantime, while you’re waiting for God’s work to be perfected and manifested, you must continue to grow, develop, and sharpen your skills.

Joseph was an individual that had a dream.  But the story tells us that his dream got him into a little trouble.  He ended up being thrown into a pit by his brothers, then into prison after being falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife.  All of these things happened prior to him even coming into his place of prominence, which his dream ultimately portrayed.  But one of the things I love about Joseph, was that his circumstance didn’t stop him from dreaming.  As a matter of fact, it was his dream which kept him alive! 

I won’t outline all of the details of the story, but one thing that stuck out about his entire ordeal was that while he was in prison, he continued to use his gifts.  Subsequently, God allowed the butler and baker to be thrown in with him.  Conveniently, they both had dreams, of which Joseph who had an extraordinary gift of interpreting dreams, accurately told them of what was to come.  Joseph didn’t allow his environment to stop his gift from operating!  Two years later after the butler was freed, he remembered Joseph when Pharoah had a dream he could not interpret or understand.  I sincerely believe that God allowed the situation to unfold, and put Joseph on the mind of the butler to position Joseph in his place of purpose.  That is exactly what God is going to do in your life… he is going to cause people to become preoccupied with your potential!  Sharpen your gift because a summons from the King is on the way!

Sharpening My Gifts,
DP

Prayer:
Father, I thank you for continuing to use all of us in spite of our circumstances and our adversity.  We thank you because we know that our trials are literal processing chambers for our promise.  I decree and declare that every dream that you have given us will be realized at it’s maximum potential, and we will never lose focus.  Help us to continue to sharpen our gifts and our talents, because we know a summons from the King is on the way!  We give you praise for bringing us before the courts of greatness! In Jesus’ Name.  Amen!

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Consider the Ant….You Sluggard!

It is easy because of the cares of life to lose your motivation.  However, it is important in this season that you do not allow the cares, the pressures, or the various circumstances that arise in life to drain you of your motivation.

An interesting scripture is written in the book of Proverbs 6:6:

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise 

Have you ever been in a place in life where you lacked motivation? I know I have been there, you get that overwhelming feeling that there is so much to do and so little time.  In times past it was easy for me to just be lazy rather than to prioritize what needs to be done, and accomplish it.  You know that feeling when you just do not want to do anything. At some time or another we have all hit the wall and not wanted to do anything, any more, and there is no convincing us otherwise.

One of the most powerful weapons the enemy uses against us is the lack of motivation.  He is wise in knowing that once he has taken away your desire to do anything, you are far less likely to actually do anything. Motivation can make all the difference in your life.  Where does motivation come from?  Motivation can come from the people who you admire or aspire to be like or better than, or motivation can come from people who don’t think you will succeed.  But I believe that one of the best places motivation comes from is Within.   Self-motivation is the key to success.  If you don’t invest in yourself, how can you expect others to invest in you?

The scriptures talk about the ant. The ant is quite an intriguing insect. If you watch an ant, you will notice that they are always busy. Ants are always going from one place to another and  are almost always preparing for their future.  Whether its building or stocking food it remains in a constant state of preparation. When you see an ant, you will notice that if it is not carrying something, it is looking for something to carry. Ants are constantly busy because they know that if they don’t do what needs to be done there is nobody who will be there to do it for them. For the ant, their world is simple, I need to do this because if I don’t nobody will.

Take some time this month to consider the ant. What I’m really saying is take time to prepare for your future.  Know where you’re going, how you’re going to get there, and what you’ll need when you arrive.  And begin to prepare!  When you consider the ant, the days and time periods where you lack motivation and being lazy will come to an end.   Considering the ant, is when you don’t look to the outside but look to the inside for motivation. You must emphatically decide that in spite of how you feel you are going to be productive. Especially on the days when you don’t feel like it or circumstances seem to overwhelm you to the point where you can’t think, feel, or move towards your destiny…consider the ant.

Considering the ant as the proverb states allows you to not only reflect on what you’ve produced, but it also pushes you to be wise!  Being wise causes you to become good stewards of your time, your energy, and your resources.  It is imperative that you prepare today, for where you’re going tomorrow!  So take a moment to consider the ant, and make moves towards one of the greatest seasons in your life.On an ant day, expect that because you did more, God is going to do more. After all, when you believe you can take on the world, you probably can.

Considering the Ant,
DP

Prayer:
Father, I thank you for all who have been blessed today by reading this blog.  I pray that today they will begin to consider the ways of the ant.  It is my prayer today, that as they begin to prepare for their future you will teach them wisdom and principles in every area of their life.  We praise you that as we begin to more, you will begin to do more on our behalf.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen!

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2011 in Uncategorized