A Promise in Your Heart

“And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.” – Exodus 3:17 Over the next few days, I will share the value and importance of having concrete, long-term goals for your life and how this is a significant objective that God wants for us. It’s called the promised land, and it’s a major cure for what ails many of us today. If you want to get to the promised land in your life, you cannot fix your eyes on the desert, the weather, the scorpions, and the sand.  What is the promised land? In the Bible, the Promised Land was a special place God had for a special people who had been freed from slavery and who had to walk across a desert to enter a place

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God Will Transform You

“Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, ‘I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.’ ” – Jeremiah 1:9,10 Today, I want to strengthen you with this thought: God will transform you into the person you need to be as you go. What I mean by as you go is this: As you take daily steps in this journey called life, and as you move forward in each season, God prepares you as you go. The journey itself is sometimes the catalyst that changes you. You’re never fully prepared for the journey God has for you. Never, because God’s ways and thoughts are much bigger than ours. He provides for you and transforms you one step at a time. 

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A Path Before Us

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’ ” – Isaiah 30:21 Today I want you to consider this thought: God has laid a path before us, and we are encouraged to walk that path. You will only feel peace if you are on the right path! If you think something is not quite right, it’s worth asking the Lord, “Am I on the correct path?” It is ok to ask, even if you’ve experienced success and everything is going right. Even if all your friends speak well of you, ask if you’re on the right path. Your spouse or closest friends will tell you the truth! It’s uncanny how often we don’t know the right path because we tend to think about the journey’s end rather than the beginning. Repeatedly, God

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God’s Promise of Joy

“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.” – John 17:13 In the next several Positive Minutes, we will explore how to weave the important threads of experiencing God’s joy, into the fabric of our lives. Did you know that joy is a part of God’s promise to us? It’s in the Bible. It’s a part of the promise of our new life in Christ, and it’s not just something we get when we go to Heaven. It’s actually something that you get when Heaven goes into you. This means that joy is there when the Holy Spirit dwells inside our hearts and bodies, even if we’re going through personal turmoil and trials.  When we experience God’s joy but fall into adversity there is something inside us

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You Have Many Callings!

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” – John 15:16 Did you know that you have many callings? A lot of us go through life with the mistaken idea that there’s just one major thing we’re supposed to do, but this is not the case. Most of us have many callings and each one prepares us for the next. For example, we looked at the story of Joseph, and for the last couple of days, the life and trials of Jesus. I really don’t believe we would have seen Joseph leading the nation of Egypt without his experience at Potiphar’s house. Nor do I believe that Jesus could have so completely redeemed our suffering without choosing to first suffer with us

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The Irritating Perfection of God’s Timing

“He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. The men said, ‘This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’ Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. He said to his men, ‘The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.’” – 1 Samuel 24:3-6 We looked at King David yesterday, his call from God, and how things got tougher for him after his anointing. I want to

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The Journey to Healing

“Then he said to him, ‘Rise and go; your faith has made you well.’” – Luke 17:19 In continuing our study of the story of the ten lepers who cried out to Jesus for healing, it’s interesting to note that He bid them embark on a journey in order to see their miracle manifest. Though He often touched someone — or even spoke a word — and restoration happened immediately, this time it was different. Rather than instantaneously changing their circumstances, He instructed them to go and show themselves to the priest, who happened to be in Jerusalem. Since they were near Samaria at the time, it would have been a three or four day walk from where they were to get to the temple. And while they could have come up with any number of reasons why they shouldn’t make the trip, they started moving with the faith that

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His Eye is On You

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” – Psalm 139:7-10 Yesterday, I shared one of my most memorable Rancho Capistrano stories, and today, I’m reminded of another one. On a different Friday, when I was at the ranch praying and communing with Jesus, Pastor Russ Jacobson needed to reach me. However, as is often the case when I’m seeking solitude, my phone was off. Since he couldn’t text me or call me, he used a feature that Apple offers called “Find My Friends,” which enabled him to see my

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Preparation is Power

“However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’— the things God has prepared for those who love him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9 The dictionary defines preparation as “the action or process of making ready or being made ready for use.” Though many of us don’t give a lot of thought to preparation in our 21st century world, in the Bible — especially the Old Testament — it’s a very common theme. The Jews gave time and attention to preparing their bodies, minds, and hearts for both worship and war. And while our culture is quite different now than it was then, I believe it behooves us to embrace the value and power of preparation today. As those who’ve surrendered our outcomes to Jesus Christ, each of us is in a season of equipping — it’s just

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