POWER…

Power is the faculty or

capacity to act, the

strength and potency

to accomplish

something.

It is the vital

energy to make

choices and decisions.

It also includes

the capacity to

overcome deeply

embedded habits

and to cultivate

higher, more

effective ones.”

—Stephen R. Covey

The Road Less Traveled

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that made all the difference.

-Robert Frost

Surrender Is Not For Wimps

The term surrender seems to have a negative connotation. We tend to equate it to giving up, giving in, loser, and tapping out. Surrender in our minds is equivalent to defeat and raising up the white flag. There seems to be nothing positive about the word. Surrender wreaks weakness – another term we could care less for and often revolve our lives around changing it rather than embracing it.

We can’t understand how God uses our weaknesses to give us purpose and to change the world. As Joyce Myer states, God takes our mess and turn it into our message, and that is incomprehensible to us. The same way we cannot grasp the idea of surrendering our lives and “offering our bodies as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1).

To change the negative connotation of surrender to a positive one, we must understand it in a different light knowing that God is offering us a life that is beyond our imagination. We must realize that we are trading this life with all its cares and placing it in the Father’s hand to do as he wish. Releasing the control over to God seems to be the hard part.

That is why surrendering is not for wimps; it is for people who are courageous enough to know that they need a Savior. These courageous people are willing to make some difficult decisions. They have decided to …

  1. Be totally committed
  2. Have an attitude of gratitude
  3. Trust God for everything
  4. Give up all of their rights

He alone can prepare us to receive the abundance he has in store for us; he can only do that when we surrender.

God-Engineer Your To-Do List

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and

He will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Have your New Year’s resolutions ever get you exhausted? Do you seem to have too many things on your lists and never enough time to complete them? Do you end up tired, stressed, overburdened, and shackled by your to-do lists? Are you just flabbergasted at the results that instead of crying you start to laugh your heart out loud?

Quite often I find myself laughing my heart out loud concerning my goals and resolutions because when I look at them a second time, I can’t help to wonder “what were you thinking?” Seriously, you wanted to nurture your relationship with God, work a full-time job, work a business, finish a graduate program, take great care of your husband and kids, write a book, keep a clean house, and keep up with the children’s activities on a daily basis?

Although you may want to change your life NOW, it does not make sense to tackle every single aspect of your life in one BIG swoop. That gets overwhelming and exhausting. Before you can change your life, you must to change your day. You have to remember that it is not you doing the changing, but the Spirit of God in you. Therefore, before you start making resolutions and setting goals, you have to start where it matters the most. You must start with God. You must God-engineer your goals.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you go about setting your goals for this year.

Ask God to Lead You  

Although you may think you know the key areas that you need to concentrate on in order to make your life fabulous this year, only God knows exactly what you need and He knows exactly how to get you there. Specifically, make your request to God so that He can tell you the areas that He desires that you work on.

Pray and Listen

It is important that you pray to God about your goals, resolutions, and your dreams. He desires that you do incredible things in your life; however, you have to be in that constant line of communication with Him so that He can reveal His will for your life.

Study and Remain Alert

One of your main goals should be a spiritual one – one that will enable you to study the Word of God and to apply it to your life. God uses His Word to nudge you in the right direction and to sustain you.

Set BIG Goals

Set goals that you cannot reach on your own. These goals will force you to seek the help of God to get them done.

Be Precise

You must know exactly what you want to accomplish, how you want to accomplish it, why you want to accomplish it, and when it must be accomplished. Keep in mind that God has His own timeframe.

Be Committed

Be forthright with yourself. Only write goals down what you truly intend to commit your time and your resources to. Write it down, read it, and pray about it at least twice a day preferably in the morning upon waking up and at night right before you go to sleep.

Chunk it Down

Be committed to do what you can do in one hour or in a day. Progress may be slow, but you will be able to celebrate small successes. Tackling too much at once may leave you depleted and without energy to maintain a consistent pace.

Take the Risk

Step out in faith! Big goals that require the help of God to accomplish demand you take big risks. You can step out in faith knowing that God is leading always and that He is the one responsible for the pursuit of this particular goal. As Proverbs 3:5-6 states, if you trust in Him and acknowledge Him, He will make your paths straight.

 

Dr. G

Step into His Goodness

For the Lord God is a sun and a shield;

the Lord gives grace and glory;

no good things does He withhold from

those who walk up rightly.

Psalm 84:11

Many of us have a warped perception of God. We see God as a domineering father figure who is ready to strike us down when we do something wrong. To the contrary, God is the opposite. He is loving, benevolent, generous, and caring. God does not pay us lip service when He says that only He is good. He has given us ample evidence to demonstrate that. He shows us his goodness through nature, the way that he cares for us, and through His Son Jesus Christ.

Furthermore, the evidences for God’s goodness permeate our everyday living. The natural blessings that we take for granted on a daily basis. For example, we take for granted waking up every morning, having good health, and experiencing the seasons of life. God is good enough to give us food when we need to eat, clothes when we-re naked, comfort when we feel afraid, and music to soothe our very soul. God delivers us from everyday troubles. He delivers us through the ups and downs that we go through when we experience life’s trials and challenges.

When we understand the goodness of God and we take it to heart, the Spirit of God will move us to repentance because we often doubt that God is good and that He has a good future for us. Once we have God’s goodness in the right perspective, the mind will be renewed, will have the confidence to pursue a different direction; and as a result, we will begin to see the Holy Spirit change our lives. In addition, when we understand the goodness of God, we will not be surprise when adversity comes. As a matter of fact, we will be excited to take big risks and step out on faith. Deep down we know that God will never ask us to do anything that will hurt us. Everything He asked us to do is to transform us to the likeness of His Son.

Psalm 84:11 is a good example of God’s goodness. “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord gives grace and glory; no good thing does he withhold from those who walk up rightly.” “The Lord is the sun” – your source of power energy and resources. He’s a shield – your protector. “The Lord gives grace and glory” – your comprehensive source of resources and blessings. “No good thing does he withhold from those who walk up rightly” – if you live your life God’s way, he will make sure that you lack no good thing.

Here is a prayer by Chip Ingram taken from God: As He Longs for You to See Him that will be a blessing to you if you decide to meditate on it.

Oh Lord, full of goodness and mercy, as I look into the

face of Jesus and ponder the goodness of the cross, grant

that I might 

repent of my unbelief and ingratitude,

rest in your goodness even in the midst of trials, and

risk trusting you in every area of my life like never before. 

I praise you that I live under a friendly sky, that you are for

me, and that I need never be afraid of the future because

you are good!

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

 

Dr. G

The Confidence to be UNSTOPPABLE

I can do ALL things through Christ which strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).

Why are many of us so lackluster, insipid, or perhaps dead in the pursuit of life as God would have us live it?

I think the answer to this question for the most part is a lack of confidence in the promises that God has given to us, our inability to receive them, and the fear that we may not be get it right.

It is not enough to know the promises; we must accept them, study them, internalize them, and put them into practice.

We know that fear is not from God, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Therefore, confidence is having a divine perspective to do what God has equipped you to do knowing that He has your back every step of the way.

We see this confidence when…

Hezekiah trusted in, leaned on, and was confident in the Lord… (2 Kings 18:5).

Peter answered, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water (Mathew 14:28).

Esther entered Xerxes inner court uninvited (Esther 4:14). Not only did God preserve Esther’s life, but He also eliminated the threat of extinction for the Jewish people.

God has our backs no matter what. It is up to us to do what He has equipped us to do. We can do it all because he is right by our side giving us all we need to take every single step.

How will you be UNSTOPPABLE today?

Dr. G

Being Bold

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.    Deuteronomy 31:6

Draw strength and boldness from the Lord.

With the Lord at your side as you walk through life you cannot fail. Whatever challenge or seemingly impossible task is sent your way you will always overcome it. Rejuvenated with the power of the Holy Spirit your resolve will not falter.

The more your seek wisdom from the scripture the more your boldness will grow. However do not let your boldness manifest itself in an  inappropriate way. You should seek to lead by example while never becoming to big for your boots nor begin to act in boastful way.

Boldness does not mean beating down the opinion of everyone in your path. True boldness is the inner confidence to speak quietly but with powerful words. The people around you will draw strength from your inner confidence and boldness. Let me them know how you arrived at this state and they too will want to follow the illuminated path towards Christ.

Being bold means living bravely as a Christian ever day, bold in the morning, afternoon and evening.