Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!!




 

Wishing you and your family the very best in 2015. May God richly bless you and yours. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, God's unfailing love for you will never be shaken. (Isaiah 54:10)



 

 

 
Don't dwell on the past, God is doing a new thing! Arise & Shine in 2015…Write the vision (goal) and make it plain. (Isaiah 43:18, 60:1; Hab. 2:2)
 

 


 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The 7 Ups of Life Summary


Summary

 


“Let us lift up our hearts with our hands unto God is in the heavens.”

 

a. Being “up” isn’t difficult. It does require a conscious effort on our part to involve God in our daily lives.


b. We must first wake up with the realization we have been given the gift of another day to serve God and advance His kingdom.


c. We must dress up with the smile that comes from the knowledge that God is all in all.


d. We must shut up when it is appropriate, not saying things we shouldn’t.


e. We must stand up for God and our belief in His son.


f. We must look up to Him for our every need, our every problem.


g. We must reach up to Him. When everything or everyone else fails us, we know we can depend on Him.


h. And, finally, we must lift up to Him not just all our burdens and cares, but also our gratitude for what He has done for us.



Here are the links to all "The 7 Ups of Life"

First - Wake Up


Second: Dress Up!


















Source: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-7-ups-of-life-bobby-mcdaniel-sermon-on-growth-in-christ-62934.asp? 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The 7th - 7 Ups of Life




7th: Lift Up - Your Prayers.  "Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING" Philippians 4:6

 
a. Do you remember that sleek new bicycle you wanted? How about that pretty new dress? Or, years later, that car you just had to have in order to continue living?


b. Whatever your wants, your desires, your problems, the ultimate solution was to take them to Dad or Mom.


c. Is it any different now? Only now, we have a heavenly father who wants to be the answer to everything.


d. Philippians 4:6 
—Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

(1) This is not a call to a carefree life, but rather an entreaty to not be worried about anything.

(2) Paul and Timothy cared for or were concerned those they ministered to, yet they retained trust in God.

 
(3) Jesus Himself warned against worry, which reduces or eliminates trust in God.

(4) Matthew 6:25-33


(5) Paul encouraged the Philippians to pray rather than be anxious. "Pray about everything."

e. There is an acronym about prayer. It is P.U.S.H.—pray until something happens.

f. In all things we should lift up all things and pray until something happens.















Source - http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-7-ups-of-life-bobby-mcdaniel-sermon-on-growth-in-christ-62934.asp? 
 
 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The 7 Ups of Life - #6

 
6th: Reach Up! - For something higher. As Jiminy Cricket sings "High Hopes" Always try to better yourself.  “Christ in you, the hope of glory”. Colossians 1:27
 
a. Do you have those moments when you just aren’t sure? Do you question whether the actions you have decided on are what God would have you do?
 
b. It is important that when you have these doubts, as you look up, reach up!

c. Proverbs 3:5-6 —Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

(1) Trusting in God means so much more than just trusting in Him when the times are tough.
 
(2) While we may not understand God’s ways or His reasoning, the one thing we can understand with certainty is that He has our best interests at heart.

(3) We may be wise beyond our years, but that wisdom can never replace the need for a full and complete trust in God’s superior ways.

(4) If we trust in God and acknowledge Him, not with just a nod of recognition, but with a deep and intimate knowledge of Him; we find that he will make our paths straight. That is, He removes obstacles, or shows us a way around them, and makes a smooth path for us to travel, or gives us a better life, or helps us to achieve that unachievable goal.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Source - http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-7-ups-of-life-bobby-mcdaniel-sermon-on-growth-in-christ-62934.asp? 

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

The 7 - Ups of Life - #5



 

Fifth: Look Up! To the Lord. "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength" Philippians 4:13

 
a. A television program from the 50s frequently used the line, “Look! Up in the air, it’s a bird, it’s a plane. No, it’s Superman.”

b. Whenever problems arose, they could always count on meek and mild-mannered Clark Kent to shed the suit, glasses, and shy persona and become Superman. They could count on him to save whatever problem they were collectively facing at the time.

c. While we don’t have a Superman, we do have a super God. And though he doesn’t come flying in faster than a speeding locomotive to solve our problems, he does equip us to solve or contend with our problems.

d. Philippians 4:13 —I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

(1) In this statement, Paul tells the church at Philippi that he could handle anything through Christ, even handling poverty or living in abundance.

(2) This was not an expression of pride in his abilities, but rather a statement of the strength he received through his reliance on Christ.

e. So, when you wake up, if you can’t dress up, then look up. Look up to the God who has given you so much.

 
“We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or just happened.” Mark Twain
 
 
 
 
 

Source - http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-7-ups-of-life-bobby-mcdaniel-sermon-on-growth-in-christ-62934.asp? 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Fourth 7th Up




Fourth: Stand Up! - For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything. "Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good. "Galatians 6:9-10 

a. As Christians, it is important that we stand up for our beliefs, for what we know to be
true and right.
 
b. Galatians 6:9-10 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

(1) It is easy to become discouraged or frustrated with spiritual sowing, because we often do not see the result of that planting and even less often do we see the harvest of that planting.

(2) We often reach the point we say, “Why bother?” “Nothing is going to happen anyhow.”
(3) We have to keep in mind, though, that the harvest is God’s timing, not ours. When we plant our gardens, we don’t instantly see the plants grow and bear fruit like Jack’s mystical beanstalk.
(4) We do, however, have a responsibility to always do good, whether to Christian or non-Christian.

(5) When Christ fed the 5,000, it wasn’t to just 5,000 saved people and the un-saved were left to fend for themselves.
(6) While the church is not a social organization, it does have the responsibility and the charge to minister to people as it able and as it has the opportunity.
 
“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” Norman Vincent Peale
 
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Winston Churchill
 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

#3 of the 7 - Ups of Life


 


Shut Up! - Say nice things & learn to listen. God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. "He who guards his lips guards his soul" Proverbs 13:3 "Gossip betrays confidence, avoid men who talk too much" Proverbs 20:19 "Listen to advice, accept instruction and in the end, you will be wise" Proverbs 19:20

 
(1) Being careful of what you say keeps you out of trouble; whereas speaking hastily and thoughtlessly can bring trouble to not only you, but also to others.


a. I was taught long ago, if you can’t say anything nice about somebody, then say nothing at all.

b. Although the thought is a bit cliché, it would seem that since God gave us two ears and only one mouth He intended for us to speak less and listen more.

c. There is a little poem that goes something like this:
The mighty owl is a wise old bird. The less he spoke, the more he heard.
The more he heard, the more he learned.
Now, wasn’t that a wise old bird?

d. Again, as in Proverbs 13:3 – Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

(2) Speaking without thought can cause you to make promises you can’t keep, reveal information you shouldn’t, offend others, or misrepresent the truth.

e. Make it a point to engage your brain before you open your mouth.

 
“If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.” Emily Zola

















Source - http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-7-ups-of-life-bobby-mcdaniel-sermon-on-growth-in-christ-62934.asp? 



Friday, December 12, 2014

The 7 Ups of Life - #2



 

#2: Dress Up! - The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart" - 1 Sam 16:7

 
 
a. So now you’re awake. It’s time for the morning routine—shower, shave, brush your teeth, and dress.


b. When you consider your attire for the day, do you consider your physical attire as well?


c. The best way to dress up, to put the finishing touches on your appearance, is to put on a smile.


d. 1 Samuel 16:7 —But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”


  1. Your friends, your co-workers, even your family, may focus on your outward appearance. That is, your new dress or your new suit, but God is not concerned with such things.
  2. Rather, God is concerned with what's on the inside. With Christ in your heart and the knowledge of what ultimately lies in store for you, how can you not smile? 
 
 

 
Here's the link to the - First: Wake Up


Stay Tuned for more to come!

 
Third: Shut Up!

Fourth: Stand Up!

Fifth: Look Up!

6th: Reach Up!

7th: Lift Up

Summary

 



 

 

 

Sourcehttp://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-7-ups-of-life-bobby-mcdaniel-sermon-on-growth-in-christ-62934.asp? 
 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The 7 - Ups of Life




 
 

First Wake Up -Decide to have to good day. "Today is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice & be glad in it"
- Psalms 118:24


a. What is your attitude when you first wake up?
(1) Do you rush right into your routine? Are you immediately focused on what the day has in store for you, what lies ahead?


(2) Or, do you take the time to thank God for His grace and mercy, and ask His blessings on what lies before you?


b. Psalm 118:24—This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.


c. The Psalmist makes it very clear, this day, or any day, is a gift from God. We should rejoice because of this great gift and be glad or happy in it.

 

 

“Determination is the wake-up call to the human will” Anthony Robbins
 
Stay Tuned for more:
 
 







Summary













Source: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-7-ups-of-life-bobby-mcdaniel-sermon-on-growth-in-christ-62934.asp? 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Act Like a Success

Daily Motivator
 
 
(Ralph Marston)
 
 
How you act today if you were the most successful person in you industry? Howa would you dress? How would you walk? How would you prioritize your time? Who would you speak to? What would you say?

What is preventing you from doing these things today? Nothing except your own expectations. You can stand confidently, walk confidently, speak and act confidently at any point in time.

Confidence comes not only from where you've been. It also comes from where you expect to go. Expect the best and you'll be your best.

Sincerely act like a winner and you will become a winner. Winners understand that their actions create their reality.

How would you act if you were successful? Do it today. Understand that the actions come first and the success comes as a result. Act like a success, and before long you will be. The first step to success is beginning.

Our Preparation + God's Providence = Success

Expect great things and great things will happen.

And whatever you do, do it with joy and gladness as to the Lord and not to men. (Colossians 3:23) Let your light shine, so that others will see the joy of the Lord in you.


Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

Have a Wonderful, Successful Day and Rejoice!


Read also: Be a Put On and

Friday, November 28, 2014

What's in Your Heart?



Our hearts reflect our character - who we are as an individual. It's a inescapable quality, the real person hidden on the inside. It is said that "out of the heart, the mouth speaks." No matter how hard we try, what's on the inside will eventually come out.

What's in your heart? Is what you see in your reflection the same as what others see?






Blessings,
Cheryl

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I Am Thankful




As we celebrate this Thanksgiving with family, friends and loved one; I just want to say how thankful I am for each and every one God has placed in my life – wonderful family and friends. Some for a reason, others for a season, nevertheless I am forever thankful and I love each of you dearly. Our lives overflow with things to be thankful for, and because God gives us the eyes to see how incredibly we have been blessed. He is good; His love endures forever. (1 Chronicles 5:13). Look around – the list of things we have is much longer than the things we don't. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15) Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess. 5:18)


Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:19-20)
 

 One week ago today, I said good-bye to my sweet little friend Phoenix. Although, it was most painful; I am over-joyed by all the happy memories and joy he brought into our lives. I miss him terribly but I am so thankful for the almost 15 years we got to share with him. He was loved by everyone. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised. (Job 1:21) O Lord my God, I will give thanks forever. (Psalm 30:12)

I will praise the Lord with everything within me and I will not forget all His blessings and benefits. I will praise His Holy Name. Amen! (Psalm 103:2)

 
I Am Thankful!


Have an awesome day! Now good enjoy yourselves and eat too much turkey - I know I am!!!

 

Monday, November 24, 2014

FAITH





Luke 18:8b (NIV) When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

Believing the Truth

Faith is believing in what is true. Faith has two elements: 1) being convinced of the truth, being certain of reality, having evidence of unseen things, and 2) believing, hoping in, embracing, seizing the truth.

 
Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Because Jesus is God, He lives forever. Before the world began, He lived with God, and He will reign forever with Him. In Book of John, Jesus is revealed in power and magnificence even before His resurrection.

Jesus offers eternal life to us. We are invited to begin living in a personal, eternal relationship with Him now. Although we must grow old and die, by trusting (and having faith in) Him we can have a new life that lasts forever.

Through God’s Holy Spirit we are drawn to Him in faith. We must know the Holy Spirit to understand all that Jesus taught. We can experience Jesus’ love and guidance as we allow the Holy Spirit to do his work in us.

We can be changed as the disciples were and have confidence that our bodies will one day be raised to live with Christ forever. The same power that raised Christ to life can give us the ability to follow Christ each day.


 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Be A Put On



 
In Colossians 3, Paul says we are to play a "part" – Put on the new man/woman. Put on kindness and mercy, longsuffering and love. 

Colossians 3:9-10 … since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

What does it mean to "put on" the new self? It means that your conduct should match your faith.

Most Christians say, "Accept me the way I am. I'm grumpy before I have my morning coffee, and that's just the way it's gonna be."


Put off that old man/woman, counters Paul and "put on the new."

Everyone is deciding who to be in the drama of life if you're not careful, you'll make the wrong choice and pick the wrong part.

Whenever we try to put on roles, the question will be "Will it work, or will you end up with a mess on your hands? There is only one role that will ultimately any man/woman. It is the role of putting on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14)

What does it mean to put on Christ? In verses 12-14, Paul list the following characteristics, traits also clearly seen in Jesus: mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, forbearance, forgiveness and love. Therefore, to put on Christ means to exhibit these same qualities.

You see, all of true biblical Christianity is, in a sense, put-on. It's a choice I make to put on Jesus Christ. It's a choice I make to ask, "What would Jesus do if He was tired and a woman came to Him with a problem?"

As He sat by a well, exhausted, a woman who was living with a man and who had already had five husbands approached Him. Jesus began a dialogue with her that resulted not only in her salvation, but in the salvation of many (John 4:29, 30)
 
To put on Christ means to continually ask "What would Jesus do in this situation?" and as you choose to put Him on, you will ultimately find yourself becoming in the role and the role becoming you. Being grouchy or brusque, impatient or unforgiving because "that's just the way I am" is then no longer an option because God didn't save us to keep us the way we are. He save us to change us into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29).

The word "Christian" means "little Christ." That is the only role that will satisfy us presently and reward us eternally. Put on kindness. Put on longsuffering. Put on mercy. Put on patience. Above all put on love. But you'll fail miserably if you try to put them on without putting Him in.

You can say, "I admire Jesus' kindness and compassion, so I'm going to try to imitate Him." If you have Him in your heart, that's great. Without Him, you don't have a chance. You'll fail over and over again until finally you say, "This doesn't work!" and give up.

In this drama of life, Jesus is the Director in our hearts. He's the One who whispers in our hearts and brings Scriptures to our minds, the One who enables us to play His part once we open our hearts to Him.

We run in circles until we finally say, "The one thing I am is a Christ-Follower, and I'm going to play that part all the days of my life." 

The Bible uses many illustrations to teach what happens when we choose to let Jesus be Lord of our lives.
  1. Because Christ died for us, we have been crucified with Him (3:3-5)
  2. Our old, rebellious nature died with Christ (3:9, 10)
  3. Christ's resurrection guarantees our new life now and eternal life with Him later (3:1, 3)
The process is acted out in baptism (Col. 2:12), based on our faith in Christ. (1) The old sinful nature dies (crucified). (2) We are ready to receive a new life (buried). (3) Christ gives us new life (resurrection).











Resources: The Glo Bible App, NIV Life Application Study Bible, Jon Courson's New Testament Commentary on Colossians



 


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Yes to God Wrap-up




What Happens When Women Say Yes to God
Wrap-up

 

God wants His people to live to say yes to Him.
God's will is all about how He wants us to be. What we are supposed to do will unfold from there.
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thess. 5:16-18 NIV)
Consider it pure joy, my brothers (and sisters), whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything – James 1:2-4 NIV
"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace removed, says the
Lord,
who has compassion on you" (Isaiah 54:10 NIV)

Pray continually.
  • God says, "Just be with Me." (Psalm 46:10)
  • Every day, moment by moment, we can pray, "God I want to see You. I need to hear You. I need Your truth. I need to know You right now. Help me say yes and follow hard after You even in this situation."
Be thankful. Give thanks in all circumstances.
  • Recognize what God has already done.
  • Sometimes when we have too many blessings, we forget to be thankful.
Sometimes saying yes to God means to simply be in the center of His will in the small, everyday things.
If we want to be unusual – different, holy, and set apart for an amazing work of the Lord – we must be joyful, prayerful, and thankful every day.
Life is like making a cake.
  • It takes all different kinds of ingredients to make a life – dry times, sweet times , and yucky times.
  • We say to Jesus, "I am going to trust You and be a woman who says yes to God no matter what kind of time I'm going through"
Once we learn how to say yes to God and commit ourselves to ling that out, we start to wonder, What does God want me to do? What is God's will for me? Is there some big assignment God wants for me to complete? How will I know?

The good news is that God's will is not a mystery. We can move closer to the center of His will every day by becoming women steeped in joy, prayer, and gratitude.

 

God's will is all about how God wants us to be. When we are the kind of person who determines to be in the center of God's will, what we are supposed to do will unfold from there.
The apostle Paul describes three key components of becoming the kind of people God wants us to become: "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thess. 5:16-18 NIV)
Hard times are not the time to push the pause button on this great adventure with God…We can find joy in the midst of our circumstances. This is God's will for His people who want to live with a yes-heart.
It may be surprising to think of joy as something we experience in the absence of trials but in the midst of them. Bust some Bible scholars believe it's actually impossible to experience true joy any other way. In difficult times, we can experience joy by saying "a defiant Nevertheless."
I am struggling; nevertheless, God is good to me. I am hurting; nevertheless, I know God loves me. I am confused; nevertheless, I know Go is with me.

Every difficulty is an opportunity to practice joy, to say a resounding 'nevertheless."
The apostle James affirms the connection between joy and suffering:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers (and sisters), whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything – James 1:2-4 NIV
Prayer isn't something (for which) we have to sit down and find all the official words and do it just right. God says, "Just be with Me." …It is an everyday conversation.
God accepts every expression of gratitude, but He loves to know that His gifts are noticed and appreciated just as we do. One way to do this is to "get small" – to focus on the everyday gifts and graces we sometimes take for granted.
Take a few minutes and "get small" with your gratitude.
  • Things I am grateful for within the last week…
  • Things I am grateful for within the last 24 hours…
  • Things I am grateful for within the last hour…
  • Things I am grateful for this very moment…

 
 
Week 5 includes links to the previous weeks of this study.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How to Build Truth into Your Life


  • Recognize the need I the more energy & time invested, the greater the reward
  • Desire - whatever God places in your heart - He will provide
  • Decision/Commitment - build truth into your life daily. Daily Quiet-time
    • Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you sow - 2 Cor 10:15-17
  • Identify a point of need in your life - Sometimes God calls us to do things just for a "season"
  • Begin searching The Word to find related scriptures
  • Make personal application of what you read
    • God wants to give His power to those who hope & trust in Him
  • Apply the results
    • Live according to God's Word...Keep God's Word in your hearts - Psalm 119:9
  • Continue to embrace the truth
    • Let God's Word dwell in you richly - Col 3:16
  • Pursue knowledge and truth
    • Record it -write it down - JOURNAL IT!!!
Knowing and obeying the Word is what brings victory and spiritual maturity.

Daily Decisions - Decide Destines


Monday, October 13, 2014

What Does God Want Me To Do

Alright. You are ready for an amazing week!

 

WEEK 6 – What Does God Want Me To Do
Upcoming Events for Week 6~

So, here's what we need to do to really prepare for this week:
    Read Chapters 8 & 9. When you finish reading, begin the questions at the end of each chapter.
    Verse of the Week – Psalm 118:24 (NIV)
The LORD has done it this very day; let us rejoice today & be glad.
This week's topics ~
  1. Phrase of the Week – "I Said Yes" –what have you said yes to and what led to your decision of obedience?
  2. A Heart at Rest – How has saying yes to God through this study helped you find a heart at rest?
  3. The Great Life – Read & journal what Psalm 81:10 means to you.
  4. On page 143, Lysa challenges us to pray for the next 30 days asking God to reveal Himself to us with a desire for Him like never before.
    1. Journal your 30 day prayers.
God owns it all. We are simply managers of His resources.
Two things happen when we say yes to God. 

  • We come up against opposition and obstacles that could keep up from being obedient.
  • We experience radical blessings.

 Be blessed ladies!

 

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