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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Resurrecting Your Dreams

Every single one of us goes through life with some disappointment, loss, or broken dreams. This doesn’t mean we’re failing but it shows that we’re trying. The only difference between success and failure is when we stop trying and give up.
Many people are living a down, defeated and mediocre life because they have given up on themselves. People debate that the richest place on earth is not the diamond mines of Africa or the oil fields of the Middle East. However, I’ve found that the richest place on earth is the graveyards where dreams got buried without ever being fulfilled. Witty inventors, engineers, doctors, scientists, authors, business persons, politicians, actors, artists are buried in there because people gave up a little too soon. They died with their dreams still inside. Today, my challenge to you is don’t die with a dream still in your heart.
In the Bible, if someone stole an ox, he had to pay back five oxen. If someone stole a sheep, he had to return four more. Proverbs says the thief will have to return seven times more than what he stole. In Isaiah, God promised that He would pay you back double for your trouble. Notice the principle, God always gives you back more than what you’ve lost!
Our co-workers in India work among the slum dwellers. They minister to the poorest of the poor, who spend their day looking through the garbage or doing menial jobs. Their ambition is to find something – in the trash. Our evangelists are faithful to share the Gospel with them. By the grace of God, a large number of slum-dwellers have come to know the Lord. Their prayer to God has been for a better life. You know, there’s a special place in God’s heart for the poor.
One day, the slum-believers got news that the government was going to widen the road and their little shacks were going to be demolished. They were in total despair! But they prayed and trusted the Lord for their safety and protection. Not many days after the “bad news,” they got another report. The local government was going to give them a substantial amount of money so each of them could have their brick and mortar house. They were also promised one government job (steady income) for each family for the rest of their lives for the inconvenience of having to move away from their “homes.” What looked like a disaster for the slum-dwelling believers became a huge blessing from the Lord.
Friend, sometimes what looks like a setback is actually a setup. Right now God is getting you in position to promote you! You may feel defeated and discouraged but instead of feeling despair, why don’t you trust in God that somehow, someway, He will turn your tears into triumph! Remember, nothing happens to you; everything happens for you. Your greatest battle ground will become your biggest harvest field. It’s time for you to resurrect your dream.
Today as you celebrate Easter, remember, no other man in history has done what Jesus did for us. Painful as it was, our Lord went through the experience of Calvary because He saw the crown and not the cross. He kept the resurrection in focus.
You too have gone through the death. You’ve gone through the burial. Now is your time for resurrection! When you look beyond your pain, suffering, and disappointments, then you’ll find it easy to get to your resurrection. Psalm 30:5 says, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”
Friend, just because a few things have gone wrong in your life doesn’t mean God is through with you. You have kept the faith. You’ve helped a multitude of people. You’ve sacrificed for your family. You have taken a stand for God. You’ve kept your integrity.
Don’t just think that your reward is coming, your reward is here. Today is the day. This is the week. This is the month. This is the year! God never aborts a dream. I pray and declare that every dream you’ve received from God will come to pass. All of the dreams you buried will come back to life. You’ve gone through the death, you’ve gone through the burial, now is the time for your resurrection. Happy Easter!
We went through fire and flood, but you brought us to a place of great abundance” (Psalm 66:12 NLT).
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Everything is About to Change

Where I live in DFW, and in most parts of this country, we’re experiencing spring taking over the gray state of life. What looked dead for months is suddenly coming back in full color. Trees are blossoming and wild Texas bluebonnets are everywhere.

What happens in the natural is often a symbol of what God is doing in the spiritual. For many of us, we’ve lived in a long dormant season of financial drought, sickness, loneliness, lack, and despair. Things may have looked dead for a long time but today God is saying, “Spring is coming back! I’m going to color your life beautifully, like you’ve never experienced.” Friend, your world is going to be filled with laughter, joy, peace, health, and wealth again. Everything is about to change!

This is what happened to a man named Hezekiah in the Old Testament. He had been sick to death. They didn’t have modern medicine or a cure for what may have been considered shingles today. Hezekiah didn’t know what to do so he called for a prophet to predict his future. Prophet Isaiah said, “Set your house in order. You will die.” This is not the verdict Hezekiah was waiting for. Amazingly, he didn’t get discouraged and accept defeat.

When you’re going through a rough patch, don’t accept the doctor’s report as the final decision. Don’t give into what the “experts” in the financial industry are saying. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Give them due respect but ultimately, do like Hezekiah did. The Bible says that he turned his face to the wall and began to remind God of all the good things he had done. Do not mistake this for earning God’s favor with good works, but when we remind God of our devotion, honesty, integrity and faithfulness to Him, it gets His attention. You’ve taken your family to church. You’ve financed the work of God. You have blessed your enemies. You’ve kept the peace at home and at work. Listen, ALL of that counts! NOTHING you do for God will be unrewarded.

Friend, God’s mercy is unfathomable. We cannot comprehend God’s goodwill towards us. He will change His mind if He has to in order to give us the good life we desire. What can separate us from the love of God? Nothing! Hezekiah reminded God of his good deeds and would you believe it, before prophet Isaiah could even get out of the building, God told him to turn around and tell Hezekiah that God had changed his mind! God added fifteen more years to Hezekiah’s life!

You may not understand what’s happening to you right now. But trust in Him. God will use your obstacles as your stepping stones. He will take your problems and propel you to the next level. The winds are shifting. The tide of God’s favor is rising. You’re going to get unstuck and sail the great ocean to do business is deep waters. Get a vision for what your life could be. Let it sink deep down in your spirit. God is not limited by anything. His dreams for you are bigger than your own. Right now God is putting things in place to give you an amazing future!

When Hezekiah heard the good news, he took off his grave clothes and put on his praise suit. He thanked God for the new season of increase coming into his life. He may not have felt any different but he knew everything was going to be alright. God had made an adjustment. The wind of favor was blowing in his direction.

The same is happening for you my friend. When you honor God with your life, He will honor you. Let me speak a blessing over you today. A new season of increase is about to break forth in your life. Your days of trials, lack, and hardship are coming to an end. Your enemies will be scattered and your victory will be sweet. You will overcome sickness and the bad habits that have cast a shadow in your life. You will live and not die and declare the works of the Lord. You will find your dream job and your days of loneliness are over. Laughter, increase, and influence will find you.  Now, would you give God some praise? Everything is about to change!

“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness” (Psalm 30:11 ESV).

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

God Has Provisions Waiting for You

None of us know what is in our future. We all worry – some more than others. Worrying is not a sign of weakness. However, if we want to live a peaceful, joyful, and productive life then we have to learn that God will take care of us.

When we learn to depend on God, we will live a carefree life. When we do not allow stress and our circumstances to dictate our lives, then we can enjoy every day. Today, no matter what you’re facing, you must know that God has provisions waiting for you!

At work, you may have a challenging boss, co-workers, or a hard task. You may not see how to get past that negative situation every day. Sales may be slow and the market may be down. You may not have had a commission in a long time. You’re beginning to feel fatigued and get discouraged. Today, I have good news for you. Recently, a friend told me “Sandy, my boss is amazed! I’ve been at my work for only a few weeks and I’m already selling more than the people who have been there much longer!” I told him what I’m telling you, “You have the Joseph anointing. It’s not you, but God’s favor is working on your behalf.” It’s good to work hard and give our due diligence but when you call in God’s favor, He will go to work with you! Don’t complain, instead, stay in faith that God has 101 ways to multiply your efforts. Do your best and let God do the rest. God has provisions waiting for you!

Once, a man of God in the Bible was affected by a famine in the land. God told him to go to a city called Zarephath, where He had chosen a widow to supply his needs. When Elijah got there, the poor widow was collecting wood to make the last meal for her son and die. Elijah said to the widow, “First make me some bread and then your supply will never run dry as long as the famine last.” Amazingly, the poor widow agreed! She took care of Elijah and her supply never ran out. Friend, is there a famine in your life? Has it been difficult to pay your bills? Are you robbing Paul to pay Peter? Are you struggling hand to mouth? Today I want to encourage you. God has provisions waiting for you. My challenge to you is will you look to God as your Provider?

Some of you are concerned about the spiritual welfare of your family members. Pray for them. Be an example but don’t worry about them. God has provisions waiting for you. I heard of a young man that got into trouble and landed in prison. The family was very distraught and kept praying that God would save his life. In the prison, this young man and another inmate got in a fight over the remote control while debating what show to watch. In the middle of their heated argument, a large man walked into the scene. He grabbed the remote control from them. Petrified, the young man was leaving the room when the large man grabbed him and said with a gruff voice, “Sit down!” He started flipping through the stations and found an inspirational channel. The young man was convicted. He remembered his family trying to tell him about the Lord. He broke down and began to cry! Right there in the prison, the large man led the young man to the Lord!

Friend, God has provision ready for you. What do you need today? If you’re fighting a sickness, God will heal. If you’re having a problem in your relationship, God will restore. If you’re lacking and struggling to pay your bills; if your business is slow, God will bring increase. He has financial abundance waiting for you. If you are struggling with a long-term addiction, freedom awaits you. I request that you do two simple things: give your due diligence and then turn it over to God. Say it with me, “My God shall supply ALL my needs. I will obey and honor God with my life and He will honor me.” Now sing with me, “Don’t worry, be happy!” I’m praying for you my friend. God has provisions waiting for you!

“Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done” (Philippians 4:6 NLT).

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Friday, April 4, 2014

5 Facts You Must Know About Yourself

One of the main reasons why people struggle is our own perception of who we are. We often tend to identify and magnify the gifts and talents in others but we’re not so sure about our own abilities.

We get our self-esteem from various sources. It can come from parents, teachers, and other authority figures. Even religious leaders may have taught us not to think too highly of ourselves. We must be humble but if we don’t have God’s perspective on who we are, then we’ll go through life thinking less of ourselves.  Today let’s discuss five important facts you must know about yourself.

#1. You’re magnificent. Of all the breathtaking creations in the world, you’re God’s best! You’re created by design. When we accept that God made us in His own image, it changes everything. You’re stunningly beautiful. You have the smarts. Your personality matches with your purpose. You’re here in this time and space to change the world. Let this truth sink deep down into your heart. Say it with me, “I am magnificent!” Agree with God because that’s what He says about you.

#2. You’ve got what it takes. God has equipped you with the right gifts and talents. You don’t need to be anybody else. The original YOU is more explosive than all the dynamite in the world. Quit comparing yourself to others. Accept who you are. Take some time to discover your own uniqueness – flaws and all. Albert Einstein said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it’s stupid.” Find your mojo and be the best YOU that you can be! You’re a great husband, Dad, brother, and neighbor.

#3. You have the right connections. How many times do we suck up to people thinking they will open doors for us? There’s nothing wrong with trying to meet people and look for opportunities but you’ll have a greater sense of confidence if you accept that God is your source. He’s your strongest link to success. The Scripture puts it this way, “If God is for us, who can be against us!” Let’s stop the frustrating cycle of trying to impress people. Right now, God has just the right people and connections lined up for you to take you to the next level. If you focus on impressing God, He will impress others about you!

#4. You have the favor of God. Your natural talents may not measure up but God’s favor will make up for your deficiency. Never be too lazy to do your best. After that, let God do the rest! That’s what the young shepherd boy David did. He was the anointed (favored) unprofessional and Goliath was the experienced professional. Get up each day and pray out loud, “Thank you Lord for giving me preferential treatment today. I have the favor of God. I expect victory and success in all I do.” My friend, this is the breakfast, lunch, and dinner of Champions!

#5. There’s always hope for you. Once someone told me, “You’ve lost the window of opportunity.” People have a hard time letting go of old memories but God will never write you off. Don’t let the sins of your past rob you of your bright future. No matter how down, defeated, or desperate you feel, you can come out of your misery in a split second. The first person you’ll meet when you decide to turn from your wrongs is Jesus. God is always there for you. His mercy endures forever! He is not mad at you, He is madly in love with you. Why don’t you take a moment now and make it right with God. Say this out loud with me, “Dear God, I made mistakes. I take ownership for my wrongs. I need your forgiveness. I accept the power of the Holy Spirit to fuel me from here on. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Friend, no matter what you feel, always know these facts about you. You’re fearfully and wonderfully made. You are full of God’s can-do power. You have the right connections working on your behalf. God’s grace is sufficient for you. Nothing you do can separate you from the love of God. Now what are you waiting for? Go with God and make history!

But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12 NLT).

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mastering Your Money

Money is a big priority in our lives. Many talented people wasted their lives because they never learnt to manage their money. We do not always need more money.  If we learn to manage what God gives us, then we will become kings in life.

The other day I was talking to a young friend who is getting started in his financial business. He is a very hard working and honest man. As we were visiting, I casually shared my simple money views with him. I guess he was encouraged because he said, “Can you write those points for me?” I’m no Dave Ramsey, or Warren Buffett but today I will share with you what I have learnt about money.

First, don’t make money making your goal. The famous Zig Ziglar once said, “If you help enough people get what they want, you will always get what you want.” Money is a bi-product. There is nothing wrong in going after your dream job or wanting a profit from the business but if money is our main motivation, we’re running a poor business. When we follow God and maximize our gifts and the talent He has given us, money will follow. Seek God’s face more than you seek His hands.

Second, honor God by giving back. Be generous! The church has dwarfed people of faith by nagging members for 10% of their income. I say this with all due respect but this is not scriptural. There is nothing wrong with supporting our local churches, but church is people. We should be more concerned about building people than building buildings. In the New Testament, Jesus upheld the tithe but He didn’t stop there. He taught us to surrender ALL to God because it’s all His in the first place! God doesn’t want your money, He wants your life! This is what the church did in the Book of Acts and what a revolution they started! When we help the poor, the widows, and the persecuted, we’re advancing God’s Kingdom and accumulating treasure, both in heaven and here on earth. We should give according to what measure we want to get back. I challenge you to consider giving 80% of your income away. You may be tilting your head at me but try it and see what God does for you!

Third, pay yourself. Putting resources away for retirement, inheritance for the family, and investing are principles straight from the Scriptures. When we’re brainwashed to give everything away or never take a step of faith to bless others, then we have a skewed view of money. God instructed Joseph to save 20% for the famine to come. Joseph obeyed and the whole country was saved. Could it be, saving is God’s way for us also? God’s principle will still work if we only heed to His ways.

Fourth, pay your bills before they’re due. You would be amazed by how many people don’t pay bills on time. Remember, the pain of a bad habit can cost you much. Bank auto pay is a great way to pay our bills. Normally I have two days in a month when I pay my bills. I write the big bills first like giving a percentage to God, the mortgage, and so on. To eliminate late fees, I normally allow seven working days for the payments to process.

Fifth, owe nothing to anybody. With 15%-29% interests, credit cards are daytime robbery. The Bible says, “The borrower will be slave to the lender.” Once I foolishly put $10,000 on my credit card to pay a conference bill for a number of people. It took me three years and thousands of dollars in interest to pay it off. Now I carry a negative balance on that card. Here’s my advice. Have no more than two major credit cards. Apply for the ones that give you miles or rewards for using their card. Stay away from retail store credit cards. Unless you know you’re able to pay the FULL AMOUNT back at the end of each month, do not buy on credit. Carry only one card in your wallet for emergencies and leave the rest at home – especially the ones you’re tempted to use the most. Be smart. Exploit the system, don’t be a victim of it!

Last but not the least, if you’ve messed it up in the past, ask God for mercy. Change your habits and ask God for a financial miracle. My friend’s $100,000+ debt was canceled by the IRS! I pray for financial miracles every day and God answers my prayers. My friend, ask God for favor, be generous, show some character, learn to live within your means and you’ll experience a financial tsunami you’ve never imagined before. I’m praying for you!

“Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication; And let them say continually, "The LORD be magnified, Who delights in the prosperity of His servant" (Psalm 35:27 NAS).

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How to Validate the Feelings of Others

One of the greatest human needs is to be validated. Validation simply means to understand and agree with a person’s feelings. Our feelings are neither good or bad. It only becomes right or wrong when we act on our feelings.

Yesterday, my sixteen year old daughter came to me asking for a favor. She said, “Daddy, I just need to get something off my chest. I need you to listen to me about something. I don’t want you to say anything.” My first thought was, “Girl, you’re a great communicator! Who’s your Daddy?” I assured her that she had my undivided attention and she began to spill what was on her heart. I didn’t offer one drop of advice, kudos to me. We hugged, she felt better, and the world lived happily ever after!

What my daughter needed was validation. While this is a good start for a teenager, I myself have not always been so enlightened on the subject. I’m still growing in this area. As a typical man, I used to be very generous about offering solutions to people’s problems. After much pain and heartache, I learnt that most of the time people don’t want to be fixed; they want to be heard. People are dying to share what they’re feeling but they want to do it in a safe environment.

People are smart. Most of the time people figure out the solutions to their own problems. They don’t need me. What we all want is validation. When we’re in doubt, when we’re struggling, we want to process life with someone who understands what we’re going through and approves of our feelings. This doesn’t have to mean we believe the same things or endorse their actions. People have a need to feel safe emotionally, to air their ideas and hang them on the lines of our hearts for some fresh air as we do with our laundry. When we think, pray, and process with them, often they find the answers to their own problems.

So how can we become effective in validating others? We can learn from our Lord -- the master communicator. When He met with the woman at the well, He didn’t condemn her. He didn’t grab her by the throat and tell her that she was going to hell for her crimes. No; instead he validated her. He drew the negatives out from her heart and turned them into positives. He didn’t condemn her but He didn’t condone her actions either. He lovingly said, “Go and sin no more.” How easy it was for her to swallow that pill! Friends, if you want to be like Jesus quit throwing stones at people. Validate others. Let me give you a few tips.

First, learn to listen. When we listen without interruptions and offering advice, we create a safe environment. We show respect and dignity when we allow the person to vent without making them feel guilty for their feelings.

Second, share your own shortcomings. When people are feeling bad about themselves, they feel condemned. That is not the time to say, “I told you so.” In vulnerable situations like that, it’s best to validate the person’s feelings by sharing very brief story about your own failure. This will still keep the conversation on the other person but ease the burden of guilt.

Third, become a consultant. Give advice if, and only if, it’s asked. Share only when the person is open, willing, and ready to receive it. When they are hungry for advice, they’ll be more willing to change. One of the best things we can do to help others is to allow them time and space to come up with their own solutions.

Today, let’s validate someone. Don’t prejudge a person. People treat us like the clothes we wear. They only see what we show them. Let’s take the time to listen to people. When we validate others, we give them wings to fly!

“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry” (James 1:19 NLT).

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