Being a Vessel of God’s Power

July 30, 2014

I have grown so much as a person in the past few years. However, as joyful as I am about that, I realize that I still have so far to go to fully realize and be the person I want to be, and the one that God wants me to be. I want to accomplish great things, but still sometimes think I don’t have the capability to make a difference.

You may be able to relate and may be thinking that, regardless of some of the excellent qualities you have, you have too many weaknesses to make a difference. If so, I will share a Bible verse that inspired me today from 2 Corinthians 4:7. The version I read (NLT) says…we now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

I was deeply inspired for a couple of reasons. One is that I am learning more and more that God is not just someone on the outside that we beckon when we need him, but instead God is part of us and we are part of Him. He is this great treasure and this light shining in our hearts.

Another reason this verse inspires is that it shows perfection is not required. We are compared to fragile clay jars that can break at any moment. Yet God still loves and trusts us enough to house His treasure in us. In the commentary I read along with this verse, it mentioned great Bible figures that God has used. For each it mentioned God’s greatness in them along with the many mistakes that they had made. It’s further proof that perfection is not required.

My hope is that this will inspire you today. You may be fragile and breakable (even perhaps on the verge of breaking). However, you have an unbelievable power that is part of your very being. When you focus on the fact that this power is perfect, and it is the very power of God working in you, the potential in your life is endless. You can accomplish anything. The key is to get yourself out of the way, and yield to this power, which is God in you. Let this light shine. Then simply follow it and do what you believe you are called to do.

Remember, He trusts you, his breakable and imperfect vessel, to carry this light and shine it for great things. If you do, you will certainly experience more of those great things that you can count. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


How To Gain True Freedom

July 8, 2013

Last week the United States and Canada each celebrated their Independence Day. It’s a great reminder of the freedom that we have as citizens of these countries.

The problem is that, as much freedom as we have, many individuals hold themselves in bondage and feel like they lack the freedom to be who they want to be. It’s quite ironic that we live in a free country, yet we sometimes are the only ones who put restrictions on ourselves.

If you are stuck in that situation and you are seeking the freedom to be the person you want to be and live the life you are dreaming of, I have the simple solution. I was reminded of this Bible verse by a song we sang in church yesterday. It says…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17).

Therein lies the immediate solution. Do you want personal freedom? I believe the above verse says it all. The God’s Word translation is a bit more basic. It says “The Lord is the Spirit. Wherever the Lord’s Spirit is there is freedom”.

Did you know the Lord’s Spirit dwells in you? It is a large part of your very being. So the freedom you are seeking….is already a part of you. You’ve had it all along!

The key is to focus on His spiritual presence as you go about your day. When you are conscious of this presence, you are free. There can be no bondage in your relationship with yourself and others. There can be no financial bondage, no health issues, no worries.

Do you get the picture? You are free as long as you acknowledge the Spiritual presence that makes up your being. It’s part of God’s word, and that word is true and constant. I encourage you to enjoy that freedom. Live in its blessing and confidence, and carry that light as you interact with others. Enjoy the blessings : )


Dare To Believe

January 13, 2013

It’s amazing how I’ve read certain quotes or Bible verses countless times, and then, just once, it stands out so powerfully. One such verse is 2 Corinthians 5:7. it says we walk by faith, not by sight.

I often discuss this concept on this site, yet sometimes forget to follow it myself. When I do follow the advice and walk by faith, great things happen, many of which I didn’t even see coming. The same is true for you or anyone else.

What is walking by faith? It is living by the definition of faith, which is the assurance of things hoped for and the certainty of what we do not see. You can do this in several ways. First, you need to know exactly what you want. Then, you visualize it taking place. Along with visualizing, it is very important to feel success. Enjoy the positive feelings you would feel if your goal was actually being realized. Another important point is to live by the “as if” philosophy. Be and do as if you alredy have what you want.

This is a great way to build your faith. We often don’t believe like we should because we don’t see the results. For example, people want more peaceful relationships, but they still see strife. We want more money, but still see the low bank balance. We want health and energy but still see a higher number on the scale. When you visualize the success you are seeking, you are walking by faith, regardless of what you see. In fact, when you are visualizing, you are seeing your success.

God provides miracles for people who believe. When you walk by faith you are setting yourself up for those miracles. Then you will also see the success you are dreaming about. I dare you to believe : )


3 Power Steps To The Next Level

August 8, 2012

I am a firm believer in doing what it takes to bring life to a higher level. I am very happy with many things in life, but at the same time, average just doesn’t do it for me anymore. Many posts I write here are geared to help my readers and I take life to a higher level.

I received a newsletter from one of my favorite pastors/authors Joel Osteen the other day. It is titled, “3 Keys To Experiencing the Next Level”. As you can imagine, it certainly had my attention in a hurry! I found the information very helpful and interesting, and I would like to share it with you. Here are the 3 keys Joel mentions:

  1. Believe that God has great things in store for you and wants to bless you. He quotes Psalm 37:4 which says..take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
  2. Release every negative thought and bad experience to God and trust His plan. The verse he mentions here is 2 Corintians 5:17…if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new is here.
  3. Receive the promises of God for your life and live with confidence. He uses Matthew 21:22 which says…you can pray for anything, and if you have faith you will receive it.

I agree with Joel Osteen and firmly believe God wants to take us to a higher level in our lives. I find his 3 step process very helpful, and very simple to do consistently. It can certainly work for you too. For more information on this, go to http://JoelOsteen.com/elevate

Have an excellent day!


Walk By Faith

July 30, 2012

For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7.

Imagine how much better our lives would be. Imagine how much more empowered we would feel. Imagine the greater impacts we could make during our time on this earth. All if we would take this Bible verse completely to heart, and live it out on a daily basis.

The good news is that it is entirely possible. When we live our lives walking in faith, all of the above situations and more are possible. Is it easy to do? I would say yes and no. It is sometimes difficult to live in faith, especially if things have been difficult and haven’t gone your way. However, it is easy, because it is fully in your control to do. You don’t have to wait or rely on someone else before you can walk in faith. It is fully in your control to begin this instant. Once you start doing it on a regular basis, it becomes easier each day.

So how do we take this new walk of believing before seeing? There are several things you can do. The main thing is to get your mind right. Faith is a mindset. Get it firmly entrenched in your head by telling yourself each day that you choose to live by faith, regardless if things are not going your way at that time. Accept nothing less than a faithful attitude.

Another important idea is to constantly see events and situations in your mind as you want them to be. This again is not easy, especially if your desired outcomes are not taking place in reality. This is the key to faith right here. Keep seeing the positive outcomes in your mind. Replay them over and over. Feel the joy as your desires play out in your mind. What happens when you do this is that your subconscious begins to take hold of it, and you start believing it. How is this important? You need to take some action yourself as you let God do His part. When your mind is in this positive mindset, the action you take is more positive and likely to lead to success. When you take action without the necessary faith, your mindset actually causes you to fail. That is because you will lead yourself to situations that will cause failure. You may have heard of this as a self-fulfilling prophecy.

As your faith grows, keep doing what you are doing. The positive thoughts and success will snowball, and your faith will grow even more. I am also a firm believer in prayer. When you ask God for wisdom and faith, He generously provides it. Not only that, but there have been too many times in my life where He makes things happen to show that He is behind me, and to build my faith even more. He also protects me from any avenues I shouldn’t venture to. The same will be true for you.

The bottom line is that when you only focus on what you are seeing, you are limiting yourself to those circumstances. When you focus on negative or average  thoughts, you only bring more negative and average into your life. In order to break the chain of negative circumstances, and go above the normal routine, you need to change your thinking. Live instead by believing and seeing the desired outcomes coming to pass in your imagination. Before long you will not be imagining it. You will be living it out for real.

I will end with another powerful Bible verse, my favorite of all…Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24). This is walking by faith and believing, and the blessings are beyond imagination. Enjoy : )