Who God Says We Are

In God’s eyes, everyone has worth. We may not always feel worthy or deserving, but we can be assured that God loves us with a perfect love.

It’s during times of feeling broken, forsaken, and lacking, that we learn the approval of others isn’t what keeps us going. God’s approval is what we need to achieve true happiness and success in life.

So regardless of what others say or do, our identity rests secure in who God says we are. He says we are His beloved, precious in His sight, and created for His unique purpose.

Scripture Focus:

”Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are!” – 1 John 3:1 (BSB)

Got Faith?

Faith is a word that too often gets thrown around and taken for granted. It’s one of those things that we assume we have, but don’t really know we have until we are forced to put it into action.

The amazing thing about faith is that its powerful substance does not come from this natural world; it comes from hearing the Word of God. Therefore, you don’t have to be defined by your past, or “chained” by your current circumstances.

Whatever you are facing today, you have the power of faith to rise above it! 

Scripture Focus: 

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17

A Vision of Destiny

Have you ever thought about why the windshield of a vehicle is bigger than the rearview mirror? Perhaps to remind you that what’s behind you is not nearly as important as what’s before you.

To reach for what’s before you requires vision. Without a vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18). As long as you can’t see where you’re going, then next year at this time you will be exactly where you are today.

A clear vision for where you are going is important to reach your destination. But it’s impossible to stay on the journey if you don’t know where you’re going. Once you are clear about the vision, you’ll begin to develop faith for the necessary resources to fulfill it.

I want to encourage you to get a vision for your life. Seek God about your life’s purpose. Set some goals for yourself. Stop living in complacency and start making moves toward your destiny! 

Scripture Focus:

“You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.” – Psalm 73:24 (NLT)

Change Your Mindset

Did you know that your mindset plays a huge role in how you see yourself and the world around you? Your mindset is the single most influencing factor of your life. It’s important because your success and total wellbeing depend on it. 

Many people don’t even realize that their own thoughts are holding them back from reaching their full potential. Therefore, the key to an effective mindset is right thinking. What you think can either prevent change from happening or allow new possibilities to blossom.

To be all God has destined you to be requires a mindset shift. A new year cannot make your life better if you are not ready to release old mindsets. In order to create a new vision of your future, you must be willing to let go of any thoughts and beliefs that do not support where you’re headed. 

Scripture Focus: 

“Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind.” – Romans 12:2 (GNT) 

A New Chapter

The only thing standing between you and your goals is the same story you keep telling yourself over and over again. There comes a point in your life when you have to turn the page and begin a new chapter in your life.

When you become fully committed to moving forward in victory, nothing will stand in your way. The circumstances of your day will not dictate the blessings of your future. Where you’re going is so much greater than where you’ve been.

As the year comes to an end, don’t look back on yesterday’s disappointments. Look straight ahead to God’s wonderful promises that are yet to unfold. My prayer for you in this upcoming year is that God would bless you over and beyond all that you could ever ask for, think, or imagine.

Scripture Focus: 

“Your future will be brighter by far than your past.” – Job 8:7 (CEV)

Every Good and Perfect Gift

One of the most powerful ways to radically change your outlook on life is to shift your focus from grumbling to gratitude. Today’s scripture is a reminder that we are blessed and where our blessings come from. 

Every good and perfect gift that we receive comes from the hand of God. Whether it’s our health, or our families, every blessing comes from the Father of heavenly lights. When we make the conscious choice to count our blessings rather than our problems, we will begin to see our trials in a new light—God’s heavenly light.

Focusing on God’s faithfulness and His unchanging goodness will help you to meet your current circumstance with confidence. You will begin to see that whatever looks like anything but a “good and perfect gift” is actually a blessing in the making. As your journey of faith continues to unfold, the tests and trials along the way will soon translate into testimonies.

Scripture Focus:

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17 (CSB)

Are You Fighting the Wrong Battles?

Have you ever found yourself fighting the wrong battles in life? Do you struggle with this constant need to prove your point and set everybody straight?

There will always be opportunities in life to quarrel and disagree about something. None of us are exactly alike. To avoid unnecessary stress, it is important not to let everything upset you. When you choose your battles wisely, you have more energy, patience, and clarity to focus on those things that are most important.

So often, we run around fighting battles that aren’t ours to fight. Consequently, we end up being exhausted, overwhelmed, and always on the edge. If we live in a constant state of confrontation, we run the risk of turning our lives into a war zone. Instead of being filled with peace and love, we end up living a life of anger and hostility.

Every battle that presents itself to you is not yours to fight. Choosing your battles wisely means there is a time to fight and a time to step back and let go. If you are faced with conflict today, I want to encourage you to step back and ask God whether this is your battle to fight or His. And always remember, never go to war when there are no spoils to be gained.

Scripture Focus:

“If you follow this advice… then you will be able to endure the pressures.” – Exodus 18:23 (NLT)

Where To Find True Happiness

The Declaration of Independence of the United States boldly claims that each person is “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This pursuit of happiness seems to be a driving force for many people.

Generally, we all want to be happy. But what is happiness? And how can a person be truly happy? As a Christian, your happiness in life should not be dependent on the things the world offers. True happiness cannot be found in people, money, status, or any special achievement.

Life’s greatest pleasure is only experienced in a relationship with the One who made us and knows what’s best for us. Therefore, true happiness can only be found in God. Yes, we can enjoy the things we have in this life, but what makes these gifts so special is the One who gives it.

Scripture Focus: 

“You brought me more happiness than a rich harvest of grain and grapes.” – Psalm 4:7 (CEV) 

A Life Worth Living

Have you ever wondered, “Why do I exist?” “What is my purpose in life?” One of the most powerful discoveries you will ever make is when you realize you were made for something greater than yourself.

In fact, the Scriptures reveal that God created us to bring glory and honor to Him. Knowing this is what guarantees that our life has incredible meaning and purpose. Since God created us for His divine purpose, when we align our lives with that purpose, we will become the most fulfilled.

There is a wealth of promises that can only be experienced when we choose to live for the glory of God. We weren’t created to live for our own pleasures or pursuits. But, if we’ll choose instead to seek God’s purpose for our lives, to pursue the life He intended for us, we’ll find meaning and a life worth living.

Scripture Focus:

”God planned for us to do good things and to live as he has always wanted us to live. This is why he sent Christ to make us what we are.” – Ephesians 2:10 (CEV)

Giving Thanks During Difficult Times

If the year of 2020 has taught us anything, it’s gratitude. Despite these unprecedented times that we face, there are plenty of reasons to be thankful.

Thankfulness helps us to readjust our focus. Instead of having our minds distracted by the problems of the world, God and His goodness become the center of our focus.

Giving thanks is a way of recognizing the faithfulness of God in the midst of it all. When we give thanks, we become more conscious of His blessings—family, health, and peace of mind.

My challenge to us all is that we continually spend time in reflection on what the Lord has done for us. Embracing gratitude during difficult times may be the one thing that will get us through them.

“With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD.” – Ezra 3:11 (NIV)