Got Questions?

We all have questions about life and the problems we face. When you can’t find the answers to your question, consider reading the WORD. Reading and studying God’s Word are essential to our Christian walk because it lets us know how we should live our lives.

God gave us his word to guide, strengthen, and comfort us. The Word of God has changed my life and I am sure that it can change your life. I have seen many lives healed from addiction, sexual, physical, and psychological abuse. The Bible is an answer book for all the questions we may experience on this earth.

You can get started by reading fifteen minutes a day. You may consider participating in a reading plan that will facilitate you in reading the Bible in one year. There is an even more aggressive plan that will help you to read the Bible through three months or 90 days. You have many choices. Go to a Christian book store and go through a few Bibles to determine what translation appeals to you the most. For the most part, the indexes will have supplemental information such as reading plans to assist you in your journey.

In addition, there are many Bible study curriculum available in the Christian book store as well. My personal favorites are studies from Kay Arthur and Dr. Charles Stanley. However, today you have many options. You may want to search for free Bible study online. You have access to print, audio, and video. Getting involved in a small group at your church or in your local community can help enhance the experience and allow you to fellowship with other believers.

 

Awareness … Part 3

When we meet people, we should never attempt to impose our thoughts into their minds. We cannot know with any certainty what another person is thinking. By imposing our past-focused worldview upon another we do not contribute to a better understanding of life. If anything, we deprive ourselves of any possibility of learning from another person’s experience. We see what we want to see and nothing else.

What happens when you accidentally touch a pan of boiling water? Or when you are walking along the street and out the corner of your eye you catch sight of an object rapidly moving towards you? The majority of people would automatically recoil and try to move away from the danger. Our brains are designed to react quickly against perceived threats. We do not need time to think in either of the described situations. Instead, our brains react to keep our bodies safe. This is an unconscious reaction. An act of self-preservation.

These unconscious reactions serve us well and keep us safe. If we had to process every single piece of information we receive on a daily basis, we would be unable to function. We would become paralyzed and nothing would ever be done. However, sometimes our brains do not act in our best interests. As humans, we operate at a higher cognitive level than other species that can only react to external stimulus. We must exercise good judgment. We must seek the Spirit of God when it comes to becoming aware of our own reality.

 

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

Moving Forward

Not that I have already reached the goal or

am already fully mature, but I make every effort

to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by

Christ Jesus. Brothers, I do not consider myself to have

taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is

behind and reaching forward to what is ahead,

I pursue as my goal the prize promised by

God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus

Philippians 3:12-14

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

He Came

“People do what matters to them. If you mattered to them, they would have been here.”

I cannot count the many times these words have violated my ears. The feeling that overwhelms me every time is that of rejection. The essence is no one cares and I do not matter.

What a debilitating feeling this can be. Do not believe it. Do not put your trust in feelings.

I am here to tell you that feelings lie.

Because you matter—Jesus says you matter. You matter enough for Him to come and be born a human in order to know what it feels like to be rejected. He came to give you the greatest gift—the gift of salvation.

So, when no one shows up; you matter because He is always with you.

He came to show you how much you mean to him. Let’s study and get to know His indescribable gift this Christmas day. Through this gift

  • You will never have to be separated from Him.
  • You can trust him to be merciful.
  • You can cultivate a growing relationship with God.
  • You have the Holy Spirit to empower you to do God’s will (John 14:26)

 

Dr. G

First Thing First

If we intend to have a life that matters, we need God and He is the foundation of anything worthwhile. Acts 17:28 teaches us that it is in God “we live and have our being”.

Our daily connection and communion with God allows us to express the fullness of who we are. Therefore, we can experience full contentment because it is He who lives through us.

As Christians when we gave our lives to Christ, we have in essence prayed the psalmist’s prayer “unto You, O Lord, do I bring my life” found in psalm 25:1.

When we surrender every aspect of our daily lives to our Lord, this will allow us to experience happiness because God is in control and He knows exactly what we need.

Putting God first means that we make God’s Word a priority and reality in our lives by living it out.

Shine Your Light on Fear

Fear is the mind-killer, fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. When fear overcomes us our rational senses are diminished, we become primal and feel the world has turned against us. Seen through the prism of fear life holds no joy, everywhere we turn threats seem to be in abundance.

Fear paralyses us, fear tells us how to feel. It takes anything good and turns it around into something warped. Of course fear is how Satan wants us to experience the world. We seek refuge from fear in base pleasures and easy vices. A fearful human lives in the darkness, unable to see the beauty and joy that exists in the world.

Fear appeals to our primal nature. The most ancient part of our brains is located in the center of our cortex. The amygdalae are almond shaped bundles of nuclei located deep within the temporal lobe of the brain. Their purpose is to alert us to danger and allow us to react with speed to avoid threats. As ancient components of the brain they can over ride our higher functions.

Is it any wonder that television and the popular media promote content high in levels of sex and violence? These images appeal to the amygdala and grab our attention. Satan knows that without guidance he can manipulate humans and keep them trapped in a circle of  non-virtuous behavior through a cycle of fear.

To overcome fear is to see the light in the world. It is like opening the curtains and casting light across a darkened room. The shadows disappear and we can see the world as it truly is. God is that light. Letting Jesus into the room will dissolve the murky bleakness and remove the shadows where fear can grow.

Illuminating your life with the light of the Lord can transform you into a beacon. Evil and fear no longer have a place to hide. Those around you will draw strength from your refusal to cower in the darkness. With your newfound security you can see the path the Lord intended you to take and illuminate it for others to follow.

To light up your life and follow the path is simple. Tools have been provided for you. Let scripture be your guide and by living by the Word of God let the light grow within you. Do it today and see how the light can enter your life.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3

We need to claim this promise. God promises that he will give us perfect peace if we do two things according to this verse. First, we need to trust Him to be who He was, is, and always will be–that is God. Trusting God is believing that He will keep His promises and that He will do what He says He is going to do. God is never late. God is never early. He is always on time. Second, all our thoughts are to be fixed on Him. When we are distracted, we tend to get frustrated and worry ourselves unnecessarily. However, when our minds is stayed on God, He is sure to give us the peace we need to go through challenges, obstacles, and successes of every kind.