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Eliminate Laziness


Proverbs 18:9 NCV “A person who doesn’t work hard is just like someone who destroys things.”

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Approach your day in a new way.

Take inventory of how much time is spent driving, working, or eating?

Do this in an effort to eliminate laziness.

Simply ask yourself the question, how much of my time is wasted?

Actively make an effort to be productive in the kingdom of God. Replace wasted time with an activity that has value in the kingdom of God.

Look, search and see if there is an opportunity for you to be more productive. Be honest with yourself.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to see this clearly, then humbly go to the Father and ask Him for help.

Prayer

Father, God I thank you for today and I thank you that I can be honest and candid with you. Please help me to take inventory of how I spend my time and money. Help me to be an exceptional steward over what you have given me.

Help me to change and help me to totally accept your love for me. I want to be just like you. Open my eyes and help me to be open to growth in this area.

Thanks for hearing my prayer. Amen!

Scriptures to explore

Proverbs 6:6-11, 18:9, Ecclesiastic 10:18, Romans 12:11, 2 Thessalians 3:11-12 and Hebrews 6:11-12

Inspired by The Devotional Bible by Max Lucado

Walk as a Child of God by Christ’s Kingdom Representative


Isaiah 57:1-2 (KJV)

The righteous perishes,
And no man takes it to heart;
Merciful men are taken away,
While no one considers
That the righteous is taken away from evil.
He shall enter into peace;
They shall rest in their beds,
Each one walking in his uprightness.

Walk as a Child of God

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You may have noticed that the father is being a lot stricter with you and that is because He wants you to understand that in this hour it is very important that your WORDS match up with your ACTIONS in validation of your FAITH!

We are in the END -TIMES where people are in flat out rebellion and willfully do not want to serve the Lord! Music, T.V. Films and the media in general are all working in opposition to the word of God and his commands, which has shaped a generation that is inevitably, being groomed to serve in the ANTICHRIST system.

We all have family members and friends who are resistant to hearing the word or being saved and though we pray and try to drop a word here and there, they just like us will have to make a choice whether or not to follow the Lord sooner or later. I say all of that to say this, our lives and the words we speak and our actions in many cases may be the closest thing that some people will ever get to the BIBLE.

We are a walking epistle!

People who cannot receive Christ for whatever reason are watching the things we do and they are weighing up their options to see if they could walk the walk and believe like us. We must more than anything start to practice what we PREACH and if we are not be honest about it by being transparent rather than unintentionally leading anyone astray or into discouragement!

The word of God say is that troubles and tests will surely come but we must not let them become an obstacle for ourselves or anyone else around us. Your consistency in following the word of God over the doctrines of the world is like a banner over your life for all to see.

The REMNANT of God is the ones who preach from the gospel and apply it to their lives, living the word, breathing the word, dreaming the word! No one is perfect and trust me we all fall short but we have to constantly be aware of how we live and what we do.

Sometimes, you not partaking in certain things speak more than just telling people what is right and wrong.  We need to be men and women of the WORD of God everyday so our whole lives becomes a tool to evangelize our unsaved family members, friends, work colleagues and brothers and sisters in the ministry who need to see a good example.

God is separating the wheat from the chaff; you are now being able to see, who the REMNANT is as opposed to the ones who follow the worldly church system. The Lord says my sons are the ones who are led by my spirit and my friends are the ones who do as I say!

 

My Heart is Overjoyed


 

 

Psalm 23

Thanks

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Dear Lord when I think of your goodness and mercy over my life I am overjoyed.

My heart is glad and is full of expressions of praise and thanksgiving. You are my rock and my fortress and in you I am comforted.

Thank you Father for all you have given me and for fulfilling the promises you have for me.  Day in and nigh out I see you in my life.

You keep coming through for me and my promise is that I will serve you with every breath that I take.

Father Jesus, you have blessed me beyond measures.  My cup is overflowing.

You have prepared a feast for me in the presence of my enemies and today my enemies are rejoicing with me because they have seem you living through me.

I am forever grateful and I will sing praises unto you and bless your name at all times. Sure you are good and your mercy is forever.

Lord you sought me out to bless me I cannot contained the joy you placed within my heart.

I must tell somebody that you have been a great God.

Thank you Lord! for keeping me, in those days, when things were dark and gloomy.  Thanks for the testimonies after testimonies in those trying moments.

I have found the answer I learnt how to pray.

Lord, I love you and again I am grateful.

Please keep me humble in all that I do.  Help me to walk in purpose and to never lose sight of who you are in me.

All success comes from you and I thank you for your favor over my life.

I am truly blessed and highly favored by you God.

 

Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young


Hebrews 12:2  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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Jesus is calling

Jesus is calling

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My face is shining upon you, beaming out Peace that transcends understanding. You are surrounded by a sea of problems, but you are face to Face with Me, your Peace. As long as you focus on Me, you are safe. If you gaze too long at the myriad problems around you, you will sink under the weight of your burdens. When you start to sink, simply call out “Help me, Jesus!” and I will lift you up.

The closer you live to Me, the safer you are. Fix your eyes on Me, the One who never changes.

Philippians 4:7, Matthew 14:30, Hebrews 12:2

Excerpt from the January 15 devotional of Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young taken from DaySpring

Appreciating all Things


1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”.

Appreciating all things

Appreciating all things

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Today is different.  I started my day with prayer as usual and did my regular chores for the day.  What is remarkable is that I am off from work and I am able to take my daughter to school.

It seemed perfect! Just the way I have always wanted it.  My husband got up, got showered and dressed for work and came out to my prayer den with a wide smile and holding Jaiden Rae in his hand.  We all kissed and hugged and my heart was overjoyed.

Just as I know, it could be.  It took eight year for us to be there and I will enjoy every moment of it. Eight long years for me, to finally submit, and for me to give it all to Christ.  Eight long years for me to rid myself of every ounce of bitterness and un-forgiveness and eight year, to start all over from the beginning, wiping the slate clean.

The last days were hard because I was always holding on to something else that I thought I was entitled to. Today I am enjoying the fruits of hard work and grace and mercy, letting go and let God.

I dropped my daughter off to school and I watched her play; as I handed the paperwork over to the teacher and say my New Year’s greeting. There is a peace that comes with watching my child finding her way and knowing her place in the world.

For years, we have prayed for Jaiden Rae to be bold and today again we are seeing just that.  Father I thank you for the small benefits of life.

One of the teachers mentioned I could take a group and read stories to them.  I did it and it was an experience for me to read to my daughter and friends at her school.  We hugged, we kissed and then it was time to leave. I called Gardner and shared the great news with him.  He was delighted.

My Prayer

Dear God, I thank you for the big and small things in my life.  Thanks you that I was able to get the day off from work to take my child in to school. I am grateful for all that, you have done. Please help me to see how much you love and care for me.  I give you back today; help me to walk in your will and to appreciate all things. Amen!

He wants it all


Sunday December 30, 2012 was very special for the Curtis Family. It marked the end to a life of un-forgiveness, divisiveness and bitterness in our family.

He wants it all

He wants it all

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We were minutes away from having everyone together again. Father we will always serve you and this is a true testimony that “prayer works”.

This has been the desire of my heart and I kept praying and speaking life into everything that surrounds us being together. I strongly believe that God works upon the desires of our hearts and he will bring goodness to pass in my life.

I also believe that my mind is powerful and if I can see it and believe it through God’s grace; I will eventually have it. I have asked the Holy Spirit to help my unbelief concerning my family situation and even when things seem to be going South I refuse to focus on what I see.

I have worked on keeping my focus on things ahead. Philippians 3:14-1514 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

According Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” this I hold on to and kept praying and seeking God for a breakthrough.

We were excited and gave God thanks for creating such an opportunity for us to be together again as a family.  We have to hold on to the promises of God and remember that he will do what he promised in his timing and his perfect Will for our lives will be accomplished as we trust, obey and completely surrender our all.

I have seen God’s hands in our lives. It has been a long time coming. I am claiming everything that God has for me for 2012. I am in my eleventh hour, the last quarter, doing the last minutes in the last lap and I am determined to be completely delivered from every generational curse, every doubt, every negative thoughts that plague my mind concerning leading a positive and fulfilling marriage life.

My expectations are being met one by one.

In the end, it came full circle and God completed the healing where it all started at my home church. I am so happy now. I am having one of the best moments in my life.

I love you God and I am grateful for your finished work on Calvary and for the breakthrough in my family.

God will not relent until he has it all and self is fully crucified.

Hope for the Weary


Isaiah 40:28-31 (KJV) 28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Hope for the weary

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For us it was another day to do what God has created us to do.  Actually, not everyone knows what that is, and for everyone it looks different. I am talking about purpose in God and answering the great commission to go into the world and make disciples according to Matthew 28: 19-20.

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Again, I know what my purpose was for today and together the group did just that….

As you probably know, Camden has been on my mind and has been a city that I carry spiritually and often sought the Lord to get an understanding of why it is a forgotten city.

Geographically Camden is located between two great cities near the riverbed.  The city of Philadelphia on one side of the river and the other is the city of Collingswood. Both neighboring cities have its own troubles but it seems different from Camden.

There seem to be a spirit of depression over the city.

The answer I will never know and could be very much debatable.

However, as part of the will of God for the day Prayer Works Evangelism Outreach Ministries was there today. We had planned from weeks ahead that we would serve breakfast today.

It was wet and rainy and all seem dead when we got there.  We saw one woman who lived in her wheelchair on the road.  Her name is Laura. We prayed with her and asked if she needed something to eat and a change of clothes.

She took the coffee and the sandwich and told us her clothes size. Luckily, we had her size.  She was happy.

After we got back to the car with the food and clothing, we thought we would go to another location to feed and pray. We had one person, and then it turned into two before we knew it we were feeding several persons. We were ministering to one need after another.

It was nothing extravagant but God used us to be his hands and feet for the day touching lives, which had been forgotten.

It is funny how we take for granted the fact that we can afford coffee of our choice and food.  For others they wait for people to show up with a kind heart and they eat what is provided.

There were a series of events, which lead to us doing this.

You see, I always felt that God needed more out of me and that I was created to be more than just an ordinary person.

Spiritually, I was obese.

Sunday after Sunday, I would go to the house of God and I would eat but there was no spiritual exercise (outlet) to release all that I have been hear and reading since I was a child.

You see, I was spiritually overweight and I had to do something about that through the help of the Holy Spirit.   I pledged that I would start pouring out into others.  This created a balance, a spiritual workout from all the eating of the word.

Hence, I start ministering in every situation, the good, the bad and the indifferent. I am the church and the church is within me therefore everywhere I go, is affected by the God in me.

My counselor once said, “When I show up I carry the authority of God.” It took root in my spirit and now it bearing fruits.  The atmosphere will never remain the same. When I show up, because Christ lives in me people want to tap into their best and are motivated to be the best them.

All of us are change agents for Christ. How much we believe this and act on it is another thing. However, it does not change the facts.

What are you doing to help the weary in spirit today?

You might never be able to go to Camden or to a foreign country is there a “Camden” near you?  Can you use what God has given you to make a difference?

I mean will you activate your talent for the Kingdom.

One sure thing I know is when you do the will of God it brings peace and you can rest in the fact that he leads us beside still waters and He is the great shepherd.

Do what God is calling you to do and leave the outcome and everything else to Him.