George Floyd

Due to the recent events of the wrongful death of George Floyd, I must confess that today’s Life Key was a real challenge for me to write. Our hearts ache for his family and the families of those who have been the victim of systemic racism in this nation.

To deny that racism exists in this nation is perhaps where the problem begins. Sadly, racism is alive and well in the year of 2020. When there are injustices in our world, one would hope that those in a position to affect change would respond justly.

For most people, however, a normal default is just to keep quiet and try not to make any waves. It’s always easier to do nothing in a difficult time than it is to do something.

But I believe God is looking for people who will take the right initiative to bring about positive change in this nation. As Christians, we should boldly stand together against the spirit of hatred and racism in America.

The nation right now is hurting and in an uproar! There is a crisis within a crisis, and we need God to intervene like never before. To many people, prayer unfortunately has been an excuse for inactivity in the face of injustice. The truth of the matter is all Christian pursuits of justice begin here.

Jesus taught us to pray: “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Prayer is always the first action. Then as we yield to the Holy Spirit, He will show us how to respond constructively and not destructively!

Let’s continue to pray and take appropriate actions.

Scripture Focus:

“If we hate others, we are living and walking in the dark. We don’t know where we are going, because we can’t see in the dark.”– 1 John 2:11 (CEV)

The Comparison Trap

Have you been feeling the pressure of comparing yourself to others lately? When you catch yourself comparing yourself, stop immediately!

No matter how well you are doing, comparing yourself to other people will always take your eyes off God’s purpose for you. That’s why comparison is the thief of your joy and peace; it’ll rob you of your focus and happiness!

To overcome the comparison trap, you have to realize that you are unique, with different strengths and abilities others don’t possess. When you embrace your uniqueness, only then will you come into your distinction.

Today, take some time to reflect on all the wonderful things your Creator has given you and be grateful for your life. 

Scripture Focus: 

“But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point.” – 2 Corinthians 10:12 (MSG)

Success Is No Accident

Scripture Focus: 

Success is no accident. Living a great life does not come by luck or chance. There’s no quick fix solution, no magic wand to wave, and a pie won’t fall from the sky.

The good news is, God has laid out a blueprint in His Word that leads to success. These are proven principles, that if you commit to, will position you for a life of favor and blessing.

When you do the things successful people do, you will have the results successful people have. Live by these Biblical principles, and you will live a great life!

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” – Joshua 1:8 (NLT)

Belief Systems

What would you dare to dream if you knew failure wasn’t an option? The level of success you’ll ever have in life is a direct result of your belief system.

What is a belief system? We all have one. A belief system is a set of beliefs one holds to be true. Whether those beliefs are about God, relationships, or financial success. Whatever you believe to be true will determine the kind of results you achieve in life.

Have you ever considered that you decide what you believe? Not your friends, colleagues, family, or even the media. When it comes to achieving your goals and reaching your destiny, it’s all contingent on what you decide.

If you believe that God’s grace and favor has empowered you to win and excel in life, then you won’t settle for anything less than what you know God has for you. Believe you can and you will.

Scripture Focus:

”Jesus said to him, “As far as possibilities go, everything is possible for the person who believes.” – Mark 9:23 (GWT)

What Do You See?

An eagle is the king of birds. It has the capacity to see approximately five miles from the sky in graphic detail. The eagle’s eyesight makes it the most dominant bird of its species.

Like the eagle, to rule and dominate in life takes a clear vision. In other words, if you want to go places others won’t go, you must have the ability to see things others don’t see.

Where others only see a disappointment, a person of vision can see a divine appointment. Vision is what makes you stand out from the rest. What do you see today?

Scripture Focus:

”The word of the LORD came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied. The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” – Jeremiah 1:11-12 (NIV)

Are You Tempted to Give Up?

We live in a world where it’s very easy to give up hope. Especially when the most dominant news in the media is about the perils of life. It can be extremely difficult to reach for your dreams when everything around you is screaming defeat.

If you’ve been wrestling with the idea of giving up, you could be throwing away something wonderful―your future. When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. Faith doesn’t work without hope because faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).

In other words, you have to hope that things canget better before you believe things will get better. The most amazing things in life tend to always happen the moment you’re about to give up.

So don’t do it! Keep pushing. If you fall down, get back up and try again. Success is not always a straight line, a perfect score, or a one-time prayer. It’s really about the resilience to keep going no matter what!

I encourage you today to never give up, never surrender to defeat, but always rise against all odds.

Scripture Focus:

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. – Psalm 31:24

Press In

Many times during our lives we go through challenges that make us question our purpose in life. During these tough times, we may wonder why we are here and doubt the vision God has given us to fulfill.

It’s also during these times that we must remind ourselves that God has a plan for us and He’s already given us everything we need in order to achieve our dreams in life.

Sometimes it’s just a matter of pressing in a little harder to experience the victory God has promised you. Today is a good day to press forward into your purpose!

Scripture Focus:

”But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” – 2 Chronicles 15:7 (NIV)

What’s On Your Mind?

Until you get your mind right, you’ll never be able to get your life right. Why? Because nothing in your life can exceed your level of thinking. Your reality cannot supersede your mentality.

Every success or failure in life is brought about by your way of thinking. Consequently, those thoughts become the driving force of your actions. That is why so many people live a life of limitation; their life is as restricted as their thinking.

If you truly want to change your life, you must first change your way of thinking. Bigger and better results require a bigger and better vision for your life. So the choice is yours. You can either think your way to a whole new level or to an all-time low. Which will it be?

Scripture Focus:

“For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” – Proverbs 23:7 (NASB)

A Relationship with Christ

Do you realize that in one split second, everything in this world could be taken away from you? Be it your job, money, possessions, health, or loved ones. The only thing that cannot be taken away from you is your relationship with Jesus Christ. That is what we need to be pursuing daily and sharing with this lost world. 

Pray to Receive Jesus:

Dear God,

I know that I am a sinner in need of a Savior. I come before You asking for the forgiveness of all my sins. I turn away from my sinful life and receive the life You have planned for me. Cleanse me of my past and make me brand new.

I believe that Jesus died for me and was raised from the dead. I receive the eternal gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Come live in my heart from this day forward and help me to live each day with purpose, knowing that You are always with me. Amen.

A Friend to the Friendless

Have you ever found yourself searching for real love and a place to belong? In a broken and hurting world, it’s hard to find a friend who’s loyal and true. Not everyone is willing to go through the good and bad times with you.

As cliche as this may sound, a real friend is hard to find. We’ve all had friends who either disappeared when we needed them the most, fell through the cracks, or perhaps befriended us with wrong intentions. Therefore, hurt was the end result.

After all the betrayals, broken trusts, and abandonments, many people end up a lot more friendless, and even worst—disconnected. If this has been your experience, I have good news for you. They may have left, but your best friend is still close by your side.

We have a friend who will never leave us, forsake us, or abandon us. While many seek to be a friend to the famous, Jesus chooses to be a friend to the friendless.

Scripture Focus: 

“There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.” – Proverbs 18:24 (NLT)