Archive for February 2011

Changing Your Status Quo

Why was Israel under oppression in Judges Chapter Six. How did God use Gideon to changed the status quo of the man and his nation? God changed the heart and mind of one man, Gideon, who would then be able to save his people and nation.

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The Power of Your Seed

Mark 4:26 And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, 27 and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.

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Removing Barriers to Success

Removing obstacles has less to do with focusing on negative forces in and around your life and more to do with focusing on your own attitude, habits and preparation. Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

There are three critical things we must do: 1) Forgive others and yourself 2) Change your thinking 3) Follow Instructions

Forgive Heb. 12:14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.

Detoxification defined: 1. the process of removing toxic substances or transforming them into something harmless 2. the treatment of an alcoholic or drug addict by controlled withdrawal of the toxic addictive substance.

Toxin defined: any substance said to accumulate in the body that is considered to be harmful or poisonous to the system

The toxin of self-will or idolatry poisons our heart.

Psalm 51:10, Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 86:10, For You are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are God. 11] Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. 12] I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And I will glorify Your name forevermore.

Psalm 27:14, Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!

Psalm 34:18, The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

Renew Mind / Change Thinking

Rom 12:1 (Message) 1-2 So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

What is a mindset? 1) It is a belief that affect somebody’s attitude. 2) Habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations

What is an attitude? 1) A personal view of something 2) Manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation of the mind:

For example. If you get a poor grade on an exam and the teacher shows you exactly where you came short, simply being aware of the shortcomings won’t raise your grade.

Follow Instructions

Prov. 10:17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, But he who refuses correction goes astray.

Prov. 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,

Prov. 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Prov. 8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold;

Prov. 12:1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid.

Prov. 15:32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.

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