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How Does God Feel About FEAR?

If fear was necessary to life, God certainly would have given it to us.  But He didn’t! The Bible is very clear about it. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT)  That’s new news to many of us.  Fear is a evil spirit and it doesn’t come from God. Understand this, if God is not the author of fear then it’s an enemy spirit and we need to deal with it accordingly. Let’s start by identifying “fear” and all the related “enemy agents.” From concern,…

How Do You Feel About Standing Alone?

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. John 15:18-20 Boy, if there was ever a time when the attribute or character trait of “standing…

The Formula for Perseverance

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 Perseverance is nothing more than the ongoing practice of patience and continued effort in pursuit of a promise or desired end result.  We have clear direction for developing patience: My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-5)  That’s a pretty amazing promise. If…

Do You Suffer Ambiguity Angst?

The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? Proverbs 20:24, NLT Do you hate it when things are up in the air?  Do you feel uncomfortable when you can’t seem to get the information you need to make the “right” decision?  Well, you are NOT going to like what I’m about to say.  The truth is that you never will have all the pertinent information to make good decisions and things will never be within your control.  When you think you have a good grip on everything, it is simply because you can’t see…

Reclaiming Prosperity

The devil has certainly had fun with the “prosperity gospel.”  With some clever tweaks and twists he has led many to believe that a quick profession of Jesus Christ as Lord qualifies the confessor to treat God as some kind of personal Santa Claus.  This line of deception is doing far reaching damage to God’s Word in three camps: fear-based followers, baby believers, and blessing chasers. The first group has fallen prey to fear at such a deep level that they won’t claim the promises God has provided for them and even feel obligated to harshly judge those who do. …

It’s Time to Act

Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Ephesians 5:17 Research has demonstrated that there are common attributes evident in people who are effective and successful in the workplace. These “success factors” are demonstrated by believers and nonbelievers alike. And while these characteristics on their own may be of some value, as believers we need to take into account the very clear words of Jesus when he said, “without me, you can do nothing.” A success factor may be great characteristic to have but, like everything, if not used in line with God’s direction, it may…

Sizing Up Others

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.‘” 1 Samuel 16:7 Do you get that there are two ways of “seeing” people and sizing them up?  The Bible is filled with stories about times when God showed up and described people in ways that definitely did not fit the behaviors or character they were demonstrating at the time.  Gideon was not acting like a mighty man of…

Kingdom Career Ambition

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 Ambition, for the right cause, is not a problem.  Passion and ambition are attributes given by God to fuel the fire that Jesus started; a wildfire to spread the good news of the Kingdom of God!  But Career Ambition? Do you really want to expend all your passion and gifts on the pursuit of an upward-spiraling series of work assignments and positions? To what end—so that you can leave…

It’s Time to Act

Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Ephesians 5:17 Research has demonstrated that there are common attributes evident in people who are effective and successful in the workplace. These “success factors” are demonstrated by believers and nonbelievers alike. And while these characteristics on their own may be of some value, as believers we need to take into account the very clear words of Jesus when he said, “without me, you can do nothing.” A success factor may be great characteristic to have but, like everything, if not used in line with God’s direction, it may…

Battle for the Workplace

There’s a spiritual battle being fought over the workplace. The armies of the Lord and true followers of Christ are warring against the forces of the Enemy and the economy of the world. What’s being fought for is the hearts of workers including, unfortunately, the hearts of many believers who don’t even realize they’ve been captured and imprisoned in this battle. That statement may strike you as odd and you may be wondering how hearts could be won or lost in the workplace. In many cases the hearts of those in the workplace may seem to be nowhere in sight….