Create Some Bandwidth

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, He said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” – Mark 6:31,32 Philippians 4:6 encourages us not to take on anxiety. In the Greek language, the word is merimnaō and I describe it as being pulled in a million directions. Yesterday, I discussed distractions, sidebars, and diversionary activities that will divert our attention from what is truly important! Besides what’s going on consciously, there’s also what we acknowledge from a clinical perspective unconsciously. On top of all the things you think about in your day-to-day life, there are also many unconscious activities. Trauma, disappointments, and hurtful words from a bully, your parents, or a teacher from the past are examples

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Fixing Your Focus

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” – Isaiah 26:3 My goal today is to convince you that you can control what you think about. Your focus is the key to  centering your thoughts on what matters. Every day, fix where your mind goes, where your eyes go, and where your thoughts go. Sometimes, it’s easy to think you don’t need to change your focus. Yet it is possible to have a disciplined mind, which changes everything for the better. Here are two amazing principles that will help us maintain the right focus from Philippians 4. First, we’re told to “Rejoice in the Lord always.” You may find this annoying, especially if you’re going through a difficult time. It is easy to complain, but we are to rejoice always, not just sometimes! Second: ”Do not be anxious about anything, but in

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The Power of a Peaceful Mind

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7 Today, I want to focus on how to be a person of peace. Don’t underestimate the power of a peaceful mind. Yes, I know that our ministry isn’t called the Hour of Peace, but the Hour of Power, right? There are many people who want power, success, and achievement in their lives. I am going to make the point today that a peaceful mind is a significant part of leading a godly, powerful, successful life, and I think you can’t separate them from each other. Ideally, they have to be aligned with each other. A peaceful mind is the key to having the kind of life you want. Several scriptures teach us how to have that more often, even every day if we practice it.  Leaders who are

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What’s in a Word?

“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God.” – Isaiah 61:1,2 Anytime we talk about the Jewish language, it’s important to remember that their alphabet is one of imagery, which means that you can see pictures within the characters and words themselves. The Hebrew word for favor is “channah” and the root word is “chen,” which carries the idea that God will protect and sustain His people. Though it would be helpful to have an image to show you, I invite you to use your imagination with me and picture that, when the word is written, you see two distinct images within it.  As you read from right to left, the first letter of the word is “chet,” which makes

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Our Supernatural Defender

“ ‘Come, Zion! Escape, you who live in Daughter Babylon!’ For this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye.’ ” – Zechariah 2:7,8 Happy Independence Day or 4th of July! It’s wonderful to celebrate the freedom of America. I pray you have a safe and celebratory holiday with friends and family.  After the Holy Spirit spoke through Zechariah to assure the people that they were safe to rebuild the temple in a city without walls, He gave another impassioned invitation to those who had yet to come home. Since Babylon was the only place many of the Jews had known, a few of them had chosen to stay behind. Yet God continued to woo them, this time with a promise that He would supernaturally guard and bless them. 

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God’s Fantastic Favor

“Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” – Psalm 5:12 How do you feel when you hear the word favor? Though it can sometimes be a hard concept for Christians to grasp, the truth is that we are all objects of such great affection that our Heavenly Father calls us His favorite. In fact, in the Bible, the words grace and favor are used interchangeably, and in English, any time you see one, it’s safe to replace it with the other. This means that when we read that we are saved by “grace” through faith, we can also say that we are saved by “favor” through faith. In other words, God had His eye on us, reached down, built a bridge to Himself through Jesus’ blood, and saved us because we are objects of His compassion and safe-keeping. While it can

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Safety and Glory

“ ‘And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.’ ” – Zechariah 2:5 After the Lord made the bold declaration that Jerusalem would be a city without walls, He went on to state that He would be a wall of fire around it and a source of glory within it. Since they were rebuilding and in a vulnerable position, living without the protection of a barrier would have put the Israelites at great risk, and it was natural for them to want to construct a physical boundary.  Nevertheless, God Himself promised to be their shelter; the challenge they faced was to believe Him. Would they trust His provision to shield and defend them or would they take matters into their own hands? No doubt, the latter was tempting since the obstacles that laid before them were great.

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Don’t Go It Alone

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5 Today, I would like to point out that life is not a single-player game, my friend. Avoid the mistake of trying to fulfill your Christian walk all by yourself. This is not a good idea for Christians. Every day of your life, begin by spending time with the Lord. You will always find God to carry you through the toughest times and the greatest victories. This is the best way to start every day! Do everything to give this your best effort instead of going it alone. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you!  As long as you have the help of the Holy Spirit, you will be able to start and finish every day in victory. Start

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God Is Able To Restore You

“Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.” – Psalms 41:1-3 This is my word of encouragement for you today: God is able to restore you and bring victory in your life. I was sick for three days not too long ago. I was suffering from a horrible fever and my whole body hurt. I couldn’t sleep at all, and I remember thinking, I can’t remember what it feels like to be healthy. I even thought, “Have I always been sick?” It’s a strange feeling, but then you get better and think, wow, I’m glad I got through that!

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