Thought For Today

 Chosen for your miracle.....
"Why you? Because there's no one better. Why now? Because tomorrow isn't soon enough." ~ Donna Brazile 

Maintain Your Confidence And Hope In God And Endure To The End!

I want to say to you, yes you, whatever you are going through today, know that you are going to make it to the end. Continue to run the race with endurance! Run the race believing by faith that God is right there with you! Keep your eyes fixated on Jesus, and the prize at the end of your destination, and don't look back!

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and sin that doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:1-1)

Declare with me right now:

Don't Worry, Just Be Happy.....

Happiness is an individual thing, just as it has different meanings to different persons. I am sure if I did a survey to find out from a cross section of persons what happiness means to each one, that answer would be astounding. Here are just a few ideas that crossed my mind as to what makes people happy:
  1. I am happy because I am a child of God and He saved me from heading down the path of destruction
  2. I am happy because I am married to the love of my life
  3. I am happy because I've got my dream home.
  4. I am happy because I am more financially stable than I've ever been.
  5. I am happy because I've got a good job that pays me well.

It Doesn't Matter!

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The day began quite well. Everything that was planned was going as scheduled. Indeed, I looked forward to what I had planned ahead of me also. After all, it was the end of another long and tiring work week and it was also the weekend. I was elated! Things that I had dreamed of for so many years were finally coming to fruition. Truly it's harvest time and a joyous occasion.

My day would soon be interrupted though by a telephone call expressing the violent opposition that one member of my family was facing at that moment. I tried to speak calm into the situation and gave the reassurance to keep a focused mind even in the midst of all the chaos. I said, "take deep breaths and every breath you inhale, breathe into your spirit peace, calm, positivity and every breath you exhale, picture yourself releasing the poisonous venomous toxins of what was attacking your mind." The conversation ended but then came along a member of Satan's cohorts. For the purpose of anonymity, I refer to the spirit as Gossip Shop. The conversation went like this:

No Matter What, God Is Faithful....

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, georgeous, talented, and fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you."
-Nelson Mandella-

Be Still My Soul, He's Just A Prayer Away

Today we can breathe a sigh of relief, because you have assured us yet again of your amazing grace towards us, and of your mercies that is new everyday. Lord we receive your forgiveness for our sins, we choose to let your word take root into our hearts and lives that we through the blood of Jesus, are made new creatures in Him, old things have passed away, and all things have become new. We recognize that yesterday is passed, it cannot be changed.

We refuse however to stay buried in the rubbles and cares of it. We lay down the spirit of heaviness and put on the garment of praise instead. We receive the oil of joy in our hearts to the point of overflowing. We break free from every evil entanglement and execute a divine injunction against all forms of evil/perversion from our lives, our family and our friends lives...continue reading

A Powerful Identity Within!

"Faith is taking the first step even if you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King Jr. "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness..." (2 Corinthians 12:9) There comes a time in the life of every person that the true identity of who you are within will tell your consciousness that "you are capable of much more than what you are doing." It is at that crossroad that life confronts death and they both engage in a battle. Death throws its first punch at you and you are knocked down, you gasp for air but then you raise your head up and you pause for a moment. Then seemingly willing to succumb to death you begin to wonder if you heard right in the first place. You question yourself, "did I really hear the voice of God?"

He's Father, Husband And Best Friend - He's Every Woman And Child's Dream Come True

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For decades, statistics have shown that men receive far less recognition and praise as the way women do, except that is, in their work places where they are usually the ones selected to lead and later honoured in the corporate world for their outstanding performances. Then, it is also a known fact that men tend not to receive the more lavish gifts like the women and when they do, they are the ones left with paying the bills for the gift that would have been bought. For 2012 and beyond, join me and let's change that! After all, he is father, he is husband and best friend. He is a family man, a source of  security, a spiritual leader and the strength of the woman. He is the hero that everyone looks up to. He is the role model that his children, especially his sons wants to emulate. He is provider, the bread winner if you please, he is a mentor, teacher and comforter - he is every woman and child's dream come true.

Now you might be wondering what can you do differently this time around. A good place to start is to show the man in your life how much you really love and appreciate him. Let him know by what you do differently this time that he is really special. How about you giving the back massage instead of an outside therapist? You are the one who is always going to get the pedicure and the manicure. Well, how about you giving that service to him as a special token and expression of your love? You may even want to give him a break and you take out the trash for this week instead.

What Time Is It?

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." ~ Anatole France
There should never be a dull moment in our lives!

Living In The Realm Of Kingdom Royalty

The exceeding greatness of God's Almighty power - that power which He exerts towards His people, and by which He raised Christ from the dead (Ephesians 1:15 - 20) is the undeniable proof of the truth of the gospel to the world that believers in Christ have a new way of living. It is called, "Living In The Realm Of Kingdom Royalty." Following on the heels of that, I am honored to quote one well known preacher of our time and one who I consider a great spiritual mentor, Minister Robert M. Wright Th.M.D.M who said, "We must move in God's truth...From recognition to revelation....From calling to conquest...From kingdom potential...To kingdom purpose."

How desirable a thing it is then that you and I must become more acquainted with that measure of immeasurable power and indeed our inheritance, that through Jesus Christ, our Heavenly Father distinguishes us and have already separated us from the curse of mediocrity and the maladies of a worldly system.

The digression of the Apostle Paul's exaltation in the selected text is not merely speculative but factual, as he makes mention of the Lord Jesus Christ that not only was He raised from death unto life, with all power in His hands, but that He now sits at the Father's right hand in heavenly places. The crowning moment of His glory extends even further as God has put all things under His feet and gave Him to be the head of all things to the church (v 22). It was a gift to Christ, and it is a gift to the body of believers [Christ Church] to be provided with a head endued with so much power and authority.

As believers, though we do not have the power to rule in heaven, through Christ, that which completes the comfort of the blessing is that we have been given dominion and power to rule in the earth. God specifically chose you and I to be heirs and joint-heirs to Kingdom Royalty (Romans 8:17).We are brought forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be the people of inheritance (Deuteronomy 4:20).

God had you in His plan of life, to live in the realm of Kingdom Royalty (1 Peter 2:9). We are...."a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." God not only had delight in our fore fathers to love them, but that we today as their seed and offspring have been chosen above all people as it is this day. It is what I call "unmerited favor" and "unprecedented blessings." (Deuteronomy 10:15)

It is indeed an honor to be called God's holy people, the redeemed of the Lord and a people who are called Sought out. (Isaiah 62:12) The mention of Christ's sufferings in Revelation 5 was that He was slain, but as partakers of it, today we are blessed beyond measure living in the realm of Kingdom Royalty as we are now partakers of the fruits being His redemption to God and His high exaltation, for in God, we are the kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:9-10)

Don't Count Yourself Out!

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of (his) her dreams." - says Eleanor Roosevelt. Who told you that you were not good enough and you would never make it in life? Do you remember the last time someone tried to convince you that it was not worth the fight of another try and that you should just quit? How many times have you heard someone utter words of discouragement into your ears such as, 'many persons have tried that same thing before you and it did not work, so I don't think that you are going to get it work either?' You may have even heard things such as 'you are too fat or you are too skinny.' You may have even been in situations where you felt unloved, unwanted and favouritism was shown that instead of you being chosen for that job or that promotion, someone else was chosen instead of you. You turn to the left and to the right until you finally succumbed to the waves of negative emotions where you yourself felt like giving up. I am sure you must have been there at one point or another. I know I have.

The dreadful feeling of being utterly alone, unloved, and rejected shatters your confidence and hope the way nothing else can! You become broken and torn on the inside, you are left with the internal hemorrhage until hopefully, divine intervention steps in. It was Tyler Perry who said, "It doesn't matter if a million people tell you what you can't do, or if ten million people tell you no. If you get one YES from God, that's ALL you need." And so from a series of let downs, disappointments, painful experiences, suffering circumstances, and very bad choices that you yourself may have made, you are finally confronted with an ultimatum to either face the fear, the pain and uncertainty of changing the course of your life or face death.

The stories that I am about to share with you today are about ordinary people just like you and I who have beaten all of the odds against them in life and have proven that you can never measure a man's success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces back up when he hits rock bottom. From homeless to Harvard University, David Boone at 18yrs of age from Cleveland is admitted to one of the top Ivy League Colleges in the USA on full scholarship. Not only did he face illnesses, pressures from gangs and everything else associated with such a tumultuous home life, and many dark and cold nights of being homeless and sleeping on the park benches, but he would later go on to conquer the odds and prove that with hard work, good grades and perseverance, that dreams can be a thing earned.

My next success story is about Paul Connolly. In his book, Against All Odds, Connolly a celebrity fitness trainer explained how he endured an appalling childhood. Not only was he abandoned in a dustbin as a two week old but he suffered years of abuse at a children's home in Essex, England. He explained in his book that as a child he had to face each day of the abuses hearing, 'You're rubbish. You'll never amount to anything....retard...Irish lowlife scum..who ever loved you? Nobody, that's who, and nobody ever...will.' (pg 5) The debut Author who didn't learn to read until the age of 25 years, now tops the e-book charts read more.

One final motivation story which comes from "Fuel My Motivation" is that of Joe Roberts who after some ten years of living his life as a drug addict, and a homeless, living in doorways and under bridges in Vancouver, Canada vowed to turn his life around and would later go on to become CEO of Mindware Communications - a company in Canada. read more in Joe's book "Seven Secrets To Profit From Adversity: Success Against All Odds."

Like David, Paul and Joe, I have proven that you should never count yourself out. You too have your own success story. It may not have been the identical situation like they had but you yourself have defied all the odds! You proved your worst critics to be so wrong! God has turned your life around. And even if you are still waiting on your change to come, remember, you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you. Hold on for your change is going to come! Weeping may endure for a night, but at last in the morning your joy will come. Hold on to God's truth in His word. His Holy Spirit is the one who brings the revelation of how to conquer your fears and eventually death will loose its grip, its power shall be broken where you can now advance into kingdom potential and the kingdom purpose for which God has created you. You should never count yourself out!
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