Make Wise Choices

Choices. Life is filled with them. From the second we open our eyes in the morning to the time we go to bed at night, we are faced with a myriad of choices that impact our lives in so many ways.

As believers, the Bible was written to help us make wise choices in life. Not only that, it’s filled with examples of good and bad choices that were made, and the outcomes they produced.

So many people make bad choices in life and wonder why things never work out for them. They often complain about the outcomes without ever considering the causes that created them.

God expects more from His children. He wants us to make decisions that are in harmony with His plan for our lives. Therefore, it is up to us to align our wills with the Word in order to experience God’s best.

Scripture Focus:

“All wisdom comes from the LORD, and so do common sense and understanding.”– Proverbs 2:6 (CEV)

Are Excuses Holding You Back?

There are people in the world who make a lifestyle out of making excuses. On the other hand, there are people who, in spite of opposition, press forward into their dreams.

Right now, I want you to examine your life. Are excuses holding you back from reaching your goals? Whether it’s serving God, getting out of debt, starting your own business, or building quality relationships, faith requires taking action, not making excuses.

There will always be an excuse not to do something you know you should do. Obstacles in life are plentiful. We all have our share. But I want to challenge you today to stop giving God your excuses and start giving Him your obedience. 

You can either decide to keep making excuses, or start making moves. At the end of the day, it is your decision to make. So don’t postpone your life any longer waiting for things to be perfect. Get rid of the excuses and start taking steps toward progress. 

Scripture Focus:

“Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.”– Proverbs 24:12 (NLT)

Take Time With God

Did you know that God has a plan for your life, and that He isn’t keeping it a secret from you?

However, when we don’t take time to fellowship with Him, we’ll never discover and fulfill those plans. As a result, we will lose focus on why we are living and who we are living for.

Today, I want to challenge you to make spending time with God a priority. When we take time to fellowship with our Heavenly Father, we will become more connected to His heart and desires for us.

Knowing this, we can live purposefully, joyfully, and at peace, no matter what comes our way.

Scripture Focus:

“You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.” – Psalm 16:11 (HCSB)

Don’t Fear Change

Every challenge we face in life is an opportunity to grow and become better. But there is no possibility for growth without change.

Change is inevitable; it’s a natural process of life. Tadpoles turn into frogs, caterpillars turn into butterflies, and children grow up to become adults.

Every day is a new opportunity to change for the better and become more than what we are. Although you cannot go back and change your past, you can start where you are and change your future.

To reach your goals and fulfill your divine potential, you must become intentional about your personal growth. So rather than fearing what change can do to us, think about what we can do because of it.

Scripture Focus: 

“... all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” – Job 14:14

Worrying Accomplishes Nothing

Worrying is something all of us struggle with from time to time, some more than others. It’s hard not to worry, especially when facing situations with an uncertain outcome.

It’s human nature to want to know all the answers. And when we don’t have all the answers, our minds start to worry. However, worrying is a futile and fruitless activity. God wants us to enjoy life, not waste it worrying about it!

Here are several reasons why we need to stop worrying as much as we do:

  1. Worrying is bad for both your mental and physical health. It has a negative impact on your mind and your body. Not only can it make you sick, it can leave you with an overall sense of doom and hopelessness. 
  2. Worrying cannot get you where you want to go in life. It cannot solve any of your problems or change your situation. 
  3. Worrying is a clear indication that you are not trusting God. Instead of worrying, take time to pray and talk to God about your concerns. 

In short, worrying has never solved a single problem for anyone. In fact, it only complicates them. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its trials; it only empties today of its triumph.

The bottom line is this—when we worry about the future we become unfruitful in the present. Although we do not know what the future holds, we know Who holds the future.

Scripture Focus: 

“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” – Matthew 6:27 (NLT)

Faith Is A Journey

Did you know that living by faith is a journey and not a destination? For Abraham and Sarah, that required putting themselves in the hands of God. It was being willing to go on a journey into the unknown, wherever God would lead them.

Faith was trusting God against all odds and the uncertainties of life. Yes, there would be many difficulties. Mistakes would be made along the way. There would be moments when faith would be tested and anxieties would be overwhelming.

However, it was the promise that they would be the father and mother of great nations that kept them moving forward. At times, it may have seemed like a ridiculous dream. Through long seasons of waiting, they could have abandoned hope. But instead, they continued on the journey and saw God’s promise come to pass.

Scripture Focus:

”I will bless her, and I will also give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she will become a mother of nations, and kings will come from her.” – Genesis 17:16 (GWT)

You Will Get Through This

The world as we know it has changed drastically in a short time. Stress and anxiety are overtaking people’s lives as fear emerges and dominates the culture.

The number one question that seems to run through most people’s minds during these times of uncertainty is, “How will I make it through?” What about questions like, “Will I be able to provide for my family? Will I lose everything I have worked so hard for? Will I become sick or ill?” These thoughts have so many people in panic and disarray.

Now, more than ever, is the time to center our lives, not on the latest news, but on the Word of God. In times like these, we don’t need a new promise or a new revelation; we just need to remember the promises God has already given.

Although life is filled with great difficulties, God is faithful to bring us through each one. His promises never fail—even in a pandemic. We can be confident that if God is for us, nothing or no one can stand against us!

So whatever your ‘this’ may be, by the grace of Almighty God, you will get through it!

Scripture Focus:

“When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will not be burned; the hard trials that come will not hurt you.” – Isaiah 43:2 (GNT)

How Do You Respond to Situations?

Every day, we are faced with a decision in how we respond to situations in life. We can either choose to react emotionally, or respond with wisdom. 

The initial reaction for most people is usually the emotional one. How we respond, especially when we’ve been misunderstood, says a great deal about the depth of our character. 

We should take every opportunity to respond to people and problems the way God wants us to. With this approach, we can avoid escalating the issue and giving place to the enemy. 

It is imperative that we learn to hold our tongues and speak from a place of peace. As a result, we’ll experience victory over our emotions and fulfill God’s will. 

Scripture Focus:

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.” – Proverbs 15:1 

The Father’s Love

Some people may find it difficult to relate to God as our Heavenly Father. Perhaps it’s because of the negative experience they hold of their earthly father.

Despite the worst or best dads on earth, there is no love like the love of our Heavenly Father. The magnitude of His love cannot be explained or even fathomed. It transcends all human logic!

The outpouring of the Father’s love has no limits. He loves us unconditionally, like no other love we have ever known. His love for us never changes. It is a perfect love.

The Father’s love is not influenced by our appearance or by our possessions. It is not altered by our abilities or inadequacies. It is greater than hate, deeper than sorrow, and stronger than death.

Our Heavenly Father loves us whether or not we feel that we deserve to be loved. He wants to lavish His love upon you today! Receive His love so that you will be empowered to love others. 

Scripture Focus:

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” – 1 John 3:1 (NIV)

YOU Are Your Only Limit

There are no reasonable limits relating to what you can achieve in life other than those that exist in your own mind.

It all begins with how we think. If we want to experience a life change, the answer is first to remove the limits of wrong thinking, because the way we think will direct the course of our lives.

It’s time you stop placing a lid on what God can do in your life. Who you can be, what you can do, and what you can have is totally up to you! YOU are your only limit.

No one else can stop you from having the life God designed for you! Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.

Scripture Focus: 

“For as he thinks within himself, so is he…” – Proverbs 23:7