Weekend Devotions

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:14 Do you think it’s possible that the images of bodily perfection you’ve been taught to aspire to are really a sham? I sure do! Contrary to what you’ve seen, celebrities and models don’t wake up in the morning ready to do a cover shoot for Vogue or Esquire. In fact, many of them are only 16 or 17 years old and they go on special diets for a week just so they can pose for a “perfect” picture. You see, the standard you’ve been comparing yourself to doesn’t exist; it’s all made up, so it’s about time you stop trying to achieve it.  Interestingly, Apple, a brand that’s often thought to be synonymous with hip youth, is actually consumed primarily by senior citizens. Do you wonder why you

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When You Live in a Man-made World

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” – Acts 17:24,25 Yesterday, I expanded on the first of my seven Biblical world-changer thoughts to keep your mind healthy, which is: Focus on the spiritual world behind the material world. I stated that the greatest power comes from the spiritual world! I used to think that our lack of belief today was due to science, the modern-age university, and all of our discoveries. That’s hogwash. I believe that our lack of belief today is caused by our indoor environment.  So when you live in a “man-made world,” you begin to believe that the world was made by man

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With All Your Mind

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.” – Deuteronomy 6:5,6 I want to continue sharing the fact that adapting to a new thinking pattern and mindset is challenging — but possible! Multiple Bible passages emphasize the importance of loving the Lord with all your mind. We are instructed in the above scripture to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” The Hebrew word for strength is “me’od.” “Me’od” means very or very much and is often translated as strength. The word very is used to enhance the impact of any word it is associated with. For example, when God created the world He said it was good, but when He created man, He said it was very

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A Call To Fail?

“He said, ‘Go and tell this people: Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ ” – Isaiah 6:9 If God called you to fail, would you obey? It wasn’t until after Isaiah exclaimed “Send me!” that he heard more about what his call would actually entail. Essentially, God told him, “I’m sending you to your people, Israel, and they’re not going to listen to you. You’re going to preach to them about the poor, and they’re going to shut their ears. You’re going to preach to them about orphans and widows, and they’re going to harden their hearts. You’re going to preach to them against idolatry, and they’re going to hate you. Not one person is going to listen or repent.” To me, that sounds like a call to failure. If God asked me to plant a church no one would attend or to preach

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The Price of Your Dream

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” – Genesis 50:20 To achieve the dream God put in Joseph’s heart, he had to overcome and endure many challenges and obstacles. Yesterday, I shared the struggles he faced. Today, I have an additional reflection. I learned that God doesn’t like to show us the price of our dreams. Meaning, the price will not be revealed to you by God. The dream will be shown to you, but the price will not be disclosed. You say, “That’s not fair,” and I agree with you. It’s a good thing that God works in this way because if we understood the price, we would be terrified! Understanding the price of our dream is like explaining to a first grader that at the end of their scholastic journey they’re going

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The Value of Wisdom

“My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion;” – Proverbs 3:21 Today we will continue our discussion of what I call the “Golden Trinity,” which consists of the three greatest heavenly treasures found in God’s Word. The first treasure is: Favor with God and man; the second treasure is: Wisdom; and the third is: Faith. Several days ago, I mentioned the story of Solomon and the great wisdom he possessed early on before he turned away from the Lord. Wisdom is a superpower and its treasures are joy, success, and a good life. Interestingly, wisdom is often confused with knowledge. Science gives us knowledge, but it cannot provide us with wisdom! It’s for this reason that some of the smartest people in the world, who have tons of knowledge, have miserable lives. Their bank accounts are empty, they can’t find happiness in

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Impact Those Around You

“So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:25,26 Yesterday I shared the importance of Jesus’ teachings on storing up treasures in the Heavens on earth and in eternity. Part of this good news is that the reward is for now and not just when we pass away. The reason we know this is because Jesus did not come up with this on his own; it was also mentioned in other Jewish texts. Here are a few examples of what heavenly treasures are and what they look like: Knowledge, skills, goodwill, peace, leadership abilities, and confidence are just some of the attributes we recognize as heavenly treasures.  The more we develop these qualities that we use

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A Prize Winning Seed

“The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people.” – Zechariah 8:12 I know it’s January, but I want to talk about pumpkins. A 2,560-pound pumpkin holds the record for being the largest pumpkin in the world. Do you know how you can grow a pumpkin like that? You must first get a prize-winning seed! For one seed, it would cost at least eight hundred dollars. At this price, it is very important that you get a good seed, and you need to have a dream for the success of this seed before you can begin to plant it. God created some awesome seeds! Planting this expensive seed in the ground might seem like a simple thing, but there is an

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Who Are You Looking For?

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” – James 1:5 Choosing who we will surround ourselves with is an important part of making the best decisions in our lives. First and foremost, I think it’s important to ask ourselves who it is that we’re looking for. People often wonder who the right person is to connect with based on the situation. Perhaps you are wondering who to marry or who to partner with in business. You may be considering hiring someone or investing in a mentor. The most important thing is to connect with someone who is focused on growing, no matter what the circumstances are! People who desire growth in their lives don’t blame others, but look in the mirror and ask themselves how they can improve, become a better person,

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The Love of Christ Is Deep

“…may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:18,19 Yesterday, I shared that God’s love has many dimensions, and Christ’s love is wide and deep. We will focus today on His deep love for us. He knows us and loves us exactly as we are. It’s fair to say that many people don’t understand how to walk in deep love. A great way to look at your relationships is to examine how a gardener looks at a garden. Gardening requires constant effort and diligence. You must take care of it every day by pulling weeds, feeding and watering it, and making sure that it gets enough sunlight. Proper care is

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