YOU CAN’T CHANGE THE MIND UNTIL YOU CHANGE THE HEART…

CHANGE THE HEART, AND THE MIND WILL FOLLOW…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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How many times have you heard someone say, “You aren’t going to change my mind”?
As Christians, we say that to anyone who tries to convince us to reject Jesus. So, as we strive to promote the love of Christ, and to convince people to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, it’s easy to understand how some people who were born and raised in other faiths or no faith will say the same thing.

But, we must understand that our challenge as Christians isn’t to change MINDS, but to touch HEARTS. When you touch someone’s HEART with the love of Christ, their THINKING changes.


In Jeremiah 33:31, God promises us, 
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it…

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IS THIS WHY YOU’RE GOING THROUGH THIS TRIAL RIGHT NOW?

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1 Peter 1:7 (NKJV)
7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,

Once we are baptized into the Body of Christ, then comes of lifetime of growth in our faith. That public affirmation, testimony and ‘marriage ceremony’ of what has taken place on the inside is symbolized by being totally immersed in water.

But, as God matures us sometimes through trials and challenges. Difficulty in your life doesn’t always mean you’re being punished…sometimes you’re being perfected.
1 Peter 1:7 (NKJV)
7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
Malachi 3:2-3 (NKJV)

2 “But who can endure the day of His coming?
And who can stand when He appears?
For He is like a refiner’s fire
And like launderers’ soap.
3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver;
He will purify the sons of Levi,
And purge them as gold and silver,
That they may offer to the Lord
An offering in righteousness.

Remember,


What water cleans, fire purifies.


BE BLESSTIFIED!

HOW TO ENJOY YOUR BITTERSWEET MILESTONE BIRTHDAYS…

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In cultures that value youth, birthdays can sometimes be bittersweet. When you’re a child you look forward to reaching double digits and growing up. As a teenager you look forward to the benefits of becoming an adult.

But, usually after their 20’s, many people begin to dread their milestone birthdays…


30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 years old


Those milestone birthdays can give people an overwhelming feeling of leaving their youth behind. You’re reaching those ages that you have always considered ‘old’. You’re reaching a number of years that you may remember your parents, grandparents or even great-grandparents at that age.

You’re getting old!

There’s truth to the old statement that age is nothing but a number. You have the power to enjoy each and every birthday God allows you to see through your mindset. Don’t let society dictate to you how to view getting older…

Romans 12:2  (NKJV)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

REMEMBER, IT’S A BLESSING TO GET OLD

Unfortunately, there are so many people who don’t live to see old age. Years are a blessing from the Lord. The only way to avoid old age is to die young.

Psalm 91:16  (NKJV)

16 With [a]long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

Proverbs 20:29  (NKJV)

29 The glory of young men is their strength,
And the splendor of old men is their gray head.

The only way to avoid old age is to die young. Thank God for every birthday that He blesses you to see. Embrace the blessing of another year because there are many who share your birthday and year who didn’t live to see your shared milestone birthday. Do you have classmates and friends and relatives your age who are no longer here? Be thankful because it could have been you.

YOU’RE STILL YOUNGER THAN YOU WILL EVER BE

As we grow older we are still always younger than we will ever be if God allows us to live.

If you are turning 50, you’re no longer in your LATE 40’s, but you are now in your EARLY 50’s. You are 10 years, 3,652 days, 521 weeks, and 120 months from your 60’s. Enjoy every day, week and year of your milestone and subsequent years. Stop thinking, ‘I’m almost 65’. Enjoy every year of being 64. I think you get the point. You are always younger than you will ever be if the good Lord allows you to continue to live.

Psalm 90:12  (NKJV)

12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

STOP VIEWING YOUR FROM THE AGE YOU WERE

Stop viewing yourself from the perspective of your LATE 20’s, 30’s, 50’s etc. and begin viewing yourself from the perspective of your EARLY 30’s, 40’s 50’s, 60’s etc.

If you’re turning 40, those in their 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s view you as ‘younger’. Think about how much younger those people who are 10 and 20 years younger than you seem. Too many times we continue to view life from the perspective of when we were younger. As you grow older, let your maturity and level of thinking change with your age.

EMBRACE YOUR NEW ROLES IN LIFE

As your perspective changes you will be able to embrace your new role in life.

Job 12:12 (NKJV)

12 Wisdom is with aged men,
And with [a]length of days, understanding.

With age comes wisdom and respect if we live our lives with integrity and learn from the mistakes of our youth. Embrace those lessons and the respect that should come with getting older. Enjoy becoming parents and grandparents. Be okay with being the oldest person in the group. There are some answers and solutions that only your age, experience and wisdom can bring. There is great value in that. The more that we value the benefits of getting older, the more our culture will shift to respect age rather than look down upon it.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

There are many people in their 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s in better health and better ‘shape’ than some people in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. God tells us to take care of our ‘temples’ (1 Corinthians 3:16,17). Of course there are health conditions that we have no control over, but eating healthy, exercising, getting proper rest, managing stress, and letting God guide you in your decisions can help you maintain a higher quality of life as you get older.

How many times have you heard people say, “40 is then new 20” or “50 is the new 30”. It is true that people these days seem much younger than they did at the same age years ago. That’s okay as long as you aren’t still behaving and thinking as you did when you were 20 years younger.

So if this is a milestone year for you, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Enjoy every year God gives you!

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2 THINGS WE ALLOW TO STEAL, KILL & DESTROY OUR FUTURE…

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John 10:10  (NKJV)

10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

FEAR

Fear is a faith killer.

It steals your hope.

It destroys your purpose.

It stops you in your tracks.


The enemy uses fear to get us to undermine our own future.


The fear of the shame and consequences of failure. The fear of the challenges and responsibilities of success. Some people are afraid of being promoted, afraid of being a leader, afraid of being held accountable. Some people don’t run for public office because they are afraid of shameful secrets from their past that may be revealed by an opponent. Some people are simply afraid of change.

What are you afraid of?

Do you look shamefully on the Jesus’ disciples fear during the storm in the boat, while you may be afraid of flying…afraid of water?  Remember, God did not give us the spirit of fear…

2 Timothy 1:7  (NKJV)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

If God didn’t give us the spirit of fear, that leaves only one source.

Facing your fears, attacking your fears is attacking the enemy. And, you can’t do that without the power of God. Never try to face your fears without prayer.

COMFORT

Comfort, convenience and luxury are enemies of your purpose because they disguise themselves as success. Most of us would love a comfortable, trouble free life, but that’s simply not an option to purpose-driven people called by God…

Philippians 1:29  (NKJV)

29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,

 Nothing of value comes without sacrifice. How fair would that be since God had to sacrifice His own Son to pay the required price for sin…

Hebrews 9:22  (NKJV)

22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

 Too many of us won’t sacrifice our comfort enough to be what God truly called us to be. True ministry is rarely comfortable or convenient. People who claim they have a heart for ministry remain in the comfortable ‘four walls’ of the church because they don’t want to get their ‘hands dirty’.  So many real entrepreneurs may have given up a enormous salaries, benefits, and sacrificed some of their luxuries to pursue their vision.

People stay in lucrative careers and dead-end jobs fulfilling someone else’s vision while letting their own vision die.

Big houses, fancy cars, nice clothes, impressive titles all SOUND LIKE success. But when we put all of our energy pursuing those things, how much do we really put into our purpose?

When we achieve those things what are we willing to do to keep them? If you have invested the money that you’ve put into your comforts into your vision, would you be working for yourself right now? How powerful could you be for the Kingdom of God.

The desire for comfort steals, kills and destroys your desire to sacrifice what is necessary to achieve what God has placed you on this earth to do.

Look inside yourself. Is what you’re afraid of holding you back? Look around you. Is what you have and what you want preventing you from being what and who you can be?

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

REMINDER: PREACHERS HAVEN’T PERFECTED EVERYTHING THEY PREACH…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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Let me first say that this article is in no way excusing the sin, shortcomings of weaknesses of any preacher, but rather acknowledging them. I know that God expects us as ministers and teachers to set the standard of behavior and holds us to a higher degree of accountability.

1 Peter 5:2 (NKJV)

Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly,[a] not for dishonest gain but eagerly;

1 Corinthians 11:1 (NKJV)

11 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.

1 Timothy 3:2-12 (NKJV)

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money,[a] but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in…

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MARRIAGE: 3 WAYS TO TELL YOU WERE MEANT TO BE TOGETHER…

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It’s God will that marriage be for life. And, that’s not easy.

Mark 10:8-9  (NKJV)

and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

We all know that marriage is a series of ups and downs, highs and lows. It’s a lifetime of challenges and confirmations of your love for one another. That’s exactly what these challenges are…confirmations.


The good times are the reward of love, but the hard times are the reasons to love.


After 31 years there are some things that confirm beyond the shadow of a doubt that my wife and I were meant to be together. Here are three…

1. WHEN YOU CAN SMILE ABOUT YOUR BAD MEMORIES

When you think of some of the things you endured together…Some of the things your spouse said to you in anger,…some of your most challenging struggles you survived…it can make smile or shed a tear of joy.

2. WHEN YOU KNOW YOU WOULD MARRY THEM ALL OVER AGAIN

When even though you wouldn’t do everything the same, you know in your heart that you would marry them all over again.

3, WHEN YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO BE WITH ANYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD

No matter how they look, what they have, what their accomplishments may be or what they can do…you wouldn’t want to share your life with anyone else in the world. You wouldn’t want to share their struggles with anyone else. You wouldn’t want to share your joys and victories with anyone else. It just wouldn’t be the same.

Enjoy one another, and continue to prove your love to one another every day.

You may also enjoy this: MARRIAGE ADVICE: IT’S YOUR DIFFERENCES THAT MAKE YOU A PERFECT FIT…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

 

WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN ASHAMED TO BE SEEN WITH JESUS?

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It’s no question that our society today values appearances. Many people today love to look good and they want to be seen with people who look good.

Some men and women even consider some people to be ‘beneath them’ or ‘not in their league’ because of their appearance.

Some people expect their friends, associates and even their pastor to have a certain appearance or status.

Be honest with yourself. How receptive are you to people who look less attractive or not groomed as well?

The bible let’s us know that Jesus wasn’t what was considered that times’ standard of ‘good looking’.

Isaiah 53:2  (NKJV)

For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no [a]form or [b]comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no [c]beauty that we should desire Him.

Would you have taken Jesus seriously based on His appearance?


Would you have been ashamed to be seen with Jesus?


Would you feel comfortable saying, “I’m with Him?”

The fact of the matter is that some people today would have rejected Jesus simply because He wasn’t white (appearance) as He is popularly and falsely portrayed. And, I’m not just talking about ‘white people’.

Revelation 1:14-15  (NKJV)

14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;

 Matthew 2:2  (NKJV)

saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

Would you have accepted Jesus today if He wasn’t your race? There are too many Christians who wouldn’t accept a Pastor who wasn’t their race.

Be honest with yourself. Would you accept Jesus if He applied to be Pastor at your church? A Jewish carpenter who wasn’t formally educated…

John 7:15-16  (NKJV)

15 And the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?”

16 [a]Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.

We love to point a self-righteous finger at the religious leaders in the bible that rejected Him, but how would you have received Him?


HOW MANY CHRISTIANS WOULD BE ASHAMED TO BE SEEN WITH CHRIST?


If He was here in the flesh today as He was then, would you be ashamed of Him? Would you have accepted Him? Would you have taken Him seriously?

Your attitude today indicates what your attitude would have been back then.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

 

 

WHEN YOU INSPIRE YOUR HATERS…

Remember,

People are secretly watching you. And, some of the people you inspire the most will…

Copy you…

Model you…

Imitate you…

Emulate you…

Plagiarize you…

Talk about you…

Slander you…

Speak evil of you…

They will be secretly encouraged by you. Secretly admire you. Benefit from God’s light in you…


They just won’t tell you!


1 Peter 2:12  (NKJV)

12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

John 7:12-13  (NLT)

12 There was a lot of grumbling about him among the crowds. Some argued, “He’s a good man,” but others said, “He’s nothing but a fraud who deceives the people.”13 But no one had the courage to speak favorably about him in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders.

May this encourage and remind you that influence isn’t always recognized or rewarded by others, but it always is by God.

This may also bless you: 3 SIGNS YOUR HATERS REALLY SEE THE VALUE IN YOU…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

HOW TO TURN YOUR PITY PARTY INTO A PRAISE PARTY…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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Remember, you can’t whine, complain or be petty at the same time.

Remember, whining, complaining and praise are all contagious.

The next time you’re feeling sorry for yourself and wanting someone else to notice and feel sorry for you…STOP, and give God some praise that things aren’t worse.


TURN YOUR PITY PARTY INTO A PRAISE PARTY!


It’s when you feel worse that praise is an actual sacrifice. You have to dig deep into your faith, confidence, trust and love for God and with the fruit of your lips praise Him in spite of __________.

Hebrews 13:15  (NKJV)

15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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